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Ogun completes training of 500 artisans, technicians

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By Dada Jackson

The Ogun State Government through its Technical and Vocational Education Board has released 500 certified and well-trained artisans, technicians and craftsmen into the society to reduce the shortage of skilled manpower with a promise to train 2,000 more before the year runs out.
Special Adviser to the Governor on Technical Education, Prof. Joseph Odemuyiwa, who made this known at the Grand Finale of the week-long skills acquisition programme organised to celebrate the year 2021 World Youth Skills Day held at the Ogun TechHUB, Kobape, Abeokuta disclosed that the beneficiaries had been given intensive training on both technical and vocational skills.
Odemuyiwa pointed out that the board had earlier consulted the industries in the state to ask for their specific needs before training the participants in line with the industry’s requirements, assuring that these beneficiaries would be easily absorbed by the industries.
His words: “We trained the participants in eight different technical and vocational skills according to their choice and these beneficiaries cut across the entire state.”
In his address, the Commissioner for Youth and Sport, Dr Damilare Kehinde, congratulated the beneficiaries for the opportunity, urging them to put to use all that they had learnt.
The number one youth in the state who enjoined all participants to embrace the shift from educational certification to hands-on technical know-how said any skill acquired is a life changing opportunity adding that the more you practice the skill, the better you become as no skill learnt can ever be too much.
His counterpart from the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Mrs Kikelomo Longe ,who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mr Olu-Ola Aikulola, said the ministry would continue to collaborate with Ogun State Technical and Vocational Education Board to engender and create robust partnership which would increase skill acquisition and build self-confidence.

Longe enjoined the youths to position themselves for opportunities as the state is the industrial capital of the country with enormous advantage to harness.
The Chairman, Ogun State Youth Council of Nigeria, Abdul-Jabal Ayelaagbe, said the way to go for as a nation was skill acquisition, imploring youths to put the same zeal they put in academics into choice skill for the greatness and development of the nation.
Messrs Saliu Ayodele of Solar Energy Department, Balogun Joseph of Electrical Electronics department and Mrs Funmilola Akindele of Catering Department appreciated the government for the training programme, affirming that the knowledge acquired would have much impact on their lives.
The beneficiaries unanimously called on government to sustain training of this nature as it would continue to sharpen their skills.

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Photos: Coscharis rolls out new Land Rover Discovery Sport, Jaguar F-Pace

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Coscharis Motors on Wednesday unveiled the 2021 edition of the Land Rover Discovery Sport and Jaguar F-Pace at its Lekki-Epe Expressway head office, Lagos.
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CBN fixes N1m application fee for payment service firm

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Anyone intending to set up a payment service holding company will have to pay a mandatory application fee of N1m, the Central Bank of Nigeria has announced.
This, it said, was part of the guidelines for the establishment and regulation of payments service holding companies in Nigeria.
Musa Jimoh, CBN’s director of payments system management department, stated this in a circular.
The guidelines require companies that intend to offer both switching and processing, and mobile money services to set up a PSHC structure.
“This arrangement would prevent commingling of activities, facilitate management of risks and enable the Central Bank of Nigeria exercise adequate regulatory oversight on all the companies operating within the Group (PSHC),” the circular stated.
The CBN said promoters of a PSHC would be required to submit a formal application for the grant of a licence.
But it said the application process would be in two phases: approval-in-principle (AIP) and a final licence.
According to the guidelines, the capital requirement to apply for an AIP is “a non-refundable application fee of N1,000,000.00 (One Million Naira only) or such other amount that the CBN may specify from time to time; payable to the Central Bank of Nigeria, through electronic transfer.
“Not later than six (6) months after obtaining the AIP, the promoters of a proposed PSHC shall submit an application to the CBN for the grant of a final licence.
“The application shall be accompanied with non-refundable licensing fee of N5,000,000.00 (Five Million Naira only), or such other amount that the CBN may specify from time to time, payable to the Central Bank of Nigeria by electronic transfer.”
The apex bank explained that a PSHC would be set up for the purposes of making and managing equity investment in two or more companies being its subsidiaries, which are payments service providers across three categories: mobile money operations, switching and processing, and payment solution services.
It said, “PSHC shall be non-operating, existing solely to carry out investment in approved subsidiaries without engaging in the day-to-day management and operations of subsidiaries.
“It shall have a board size of between 5 and 10 or as determined by applicable CBN Corporate Governance Guidelines.”
The CBN added that no PSHC is allowed to borrow from the Nigerian banking system for the purpose of capitalising itself or any of its subsidiaries.

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UAE lifts ban on transit flights from Nigeria, others

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The United Arab Emirates has announced the exclusion of some countries from which entry has been prohibited, including India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Nigeria and Uganda, as of August 5.
These categories of travellers named are those with valid residency permits who have received full vaccination doses in the UAE and 14 days have passed since receiving the second dose and who have vaccination certificates approved by the official authorities in the country.
Others are medical personnel working in the country will be excluded, including doctors, nurses, technicians from the vaccinated and non-vaccinated, and those working in the educational sector in the country who teach in universities, colleges, schools and institutes from the vaccinated and non-vaccinated categories.
Students studying in the country and humanitarian cases (vaccinated or not vaccinated) who hold valid residency, workers in federal and local government agencies, and cases of completing treatment in the country, whether they are catering or not, will be excluded.
All of these categories will be required to submit a request on the website of the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship to obtain the necessary approvals in addition to vaccination certificates certified by the concerned authorities in the country for the categories from which these certificates are required.
The excluded groups will be obligated to submit a prior (PCR) laboratory test within (48) hours from the date of departure, provided that the tests are from accredited laboratories, bear a QR Code, and conduct a quick laboratory test before boarding the plane.
In addition to applying precautionary and preventive measures to receive arrivals, including quarantine and PCR checks upon and after arrival, in addition to follow-up and health monitoring of arrivals.
Travel will resume for transit passengers from all countries from which transit passengers were previously suspended, provided that the traveler’s last destination is accepted and a laboratory examination is submitted within 72 hours from the time of departure, and the country’s airports will allocate special lounges for transit passengers.

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