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Female ministerial nominee promises value addition to Tinubu’s administration



Mrs Uju Ken-Ohanenye

Mrs Uju Ken-Ohanenye, one of the females ministerial nominees, says her main goal is to empower the less privileged and the vulnerable groups in Nigeria.

Ken-Ohanenye, a former All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential aspirant, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Abuja.

She said her target was to give voice to the vioceless, widows, less privileged and the poorest of the poor in the country.

She thanked President Bola Tinubu for nominating her and seven other women for a ministerial appointment and assured of living up to the expectations of Nigerians.

Ken-Ohanenye who was screened by the Senate along side other nominees, was the Vice-Chairman of the defunct APC Presidential Campaign Council (PCC).

“I went into business and education after graduating from Law School in Lagos, I have also been in real estate and humanitarian jobs, going to government hospitals to pay medical bills for indegent patients.

“Donating medical consumables to health centres in Kogi, Kaduna, Kano and other States across the federation, in the process of going to hospitals and engaging in humanitarian services.

“I saw a lot of things less privileged Nigerians are going through, not because they are not working hard, but because of their meager earnings and the challenging economy situation which made it difficult for them to take care of themselves.

“I really didn’t feel good about this, though I had never been a politician, but this prompted me to join the APC race in 2022 as the only female presidential aspirant,” she said.

Ken-Ohanenye said that she joined the race to serve as the voice of the down trodden, widows and the poorest of the poor who suffered neglect from the system, even from the hands of security agents and land offices.

She added that her desire was to also be a voice for poor widows who could not speak even when their lands and landed properties were taken from them because of some customs and traditions.

“As a lawyer, I felt if I can have the opportunity with government backing, I will be able to put smile on the faces of such persons and the general society.

“This I hope to achieve with the collaboration of other institutions and organisations,like FIDA and the Nigerian Union of Journalism (NUJ) among others.

“I am into politics to address issues of man’s inhumanity to man, especially the poor masses, widows, and the less privileged that are being maltreated daily in the society,” she said.

The ministerial nominee said it was unfortunate that some people died of certain illnesses like sickle cell anemia because of lack of sensitisation.

She said that sensitising the public on healthcare and national issues as well as being the voice of the vioceless would remain her focus in office as a Minister.

Other female ministerial nominees included:Hannatu Musawa, Dr Dorris Uzoka, Nkiru Onyeojiocha, Olubunmi Ojo, Stella Okotette and Betta Edu, APC National Women Leader.


We’ll reshape hospitality industry, tourism in Abia – Otti



Alex Otti

Gov. Alex Otti of Abia has expressed readiness to reshape the hospitality industry and tourism sector through creative strategies to boost the state’s economy.

Otti said this on Thursday during a meeting with members of Nigeria Hotel Association and Hotel Proprietors Association in Umuahia.

The governor, who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Dr Caleb Ajagba, said that he was desirous to develop and strengthen the hospitality industry as well as tourism sector to meet global standards.

He said that the rebuilding agenda of the government was focused on achievement of even distribution of socioeconomic development and added that the hotel owners had a vital role to play in this regard.

“We are here to kick start what would be an enduring legacy in terms of reshaping the perception of stakeholders in the hospitality industry.

“Also looking at creative ways to move the hospitality industry, and one of the take aways we are looking at, is building partnership with stakeholders.

“Government cannot do everything, however, government will create an enabling environment for businesses to thrive, but it is the responsibility of entrepreneurs to drive the process to boost wealth creation,” he said.

Otti said that the government would create channels that would enhance the visibility of Abia’s hospitality industry on the digital space, and further drive the hospitality businesses to deliver world class services.

The Commissioner for Digital Economy, Dr Matthew Ekwuruibe, urged stakeholders in the hospitality industry to align with government’s rebuilding agenda.

Ekwuruibe said that plans were underway to build a website for hotels listing and booking , as well as connecting the hotels to Google Map, and added that the website would contain information about tourism centres in Abia.

He said that the use of digital technology to reinvent the hospitality industry had a lot of benefits such as increased visibility, enhanced ease of doing business, among others.

Also, the Commissioner for Information and Culture, Mr Okey Kanu, said that the hospitality industry played a central role in improving the economy of any state.

Kanu said that “the hospitality industry is central to any government that is interested in growing its economy.

“The relationship between government and the hotel owners is a relationship that needs to grow into a partnership to transform the hospitality industry,”
The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Kazie Uko, described the meeting as a deliberate effort by the government to transform the hospitality industry in the state.

Uko said that the engagement between the government and stakeholders had created a viable opportunity to address the issues inhibiting the growth of the industry in the state.

Furthermore, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Tourism and Entertainment, Mr Martins Justice, described the hospitality industry as the bedrock of the tourism sector.

Justice said that the government was working to build a hospitality industry that would meet the demands of the 21st Century as well as develop the tourism sector.

Earlier, the National Treasurer of Nigeria Hotel Association, Mr Charles Ezeala, called on the state government to create an enabling environment for hotel businesses to thrive.

Ezeala said that the government had a great role to play in assisting hotel businesses to thrive, for the hospitality industry to be transformed.

Also, Mr Nnanna Ngwakwe, a member of Hotel Proprietors Association, Aba branch, said that insecurity, poor power supply and bad roads were the bane of hotel businesses in Abia and added that this was affecting the growth of the hospitality industry in the state.

Ngwakwe called for the urgent intervention of the state government in addressing the challenges threatening the advancement of the industry in Abia.

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Gov Sule charges real sector conference to proffer practical solutions to economy



Abdullahi Sule

Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State has charged participants at the Nasarawa State University Keffi (NSUK) 1st International Real Sector Conference to proffer practical solutions to rejuvenate the economy.

He gave the charge on the first day of the two days conference on real sector productivity held at the University in Keffi Local Government Area of the state.

The theme of the conference is “Rejuvenating the sector productivity in Nigeria”.

Sule challenged participants to get real and proffer workable and practical solutions that would rejuvenate the real sector in Nigeria for optimal productivity which in turn would impact on the economy of the country positively.

“The question we should be asking ourselves here is that why are we not getting it right in the real sector in Nigeria?

“So let us proffer practical solutions so that we don’t just end up having an event and having all the communique and all that and then they end up in our offices. Let us ask ourselves what is that is possible and how do we contribute,” he said.

He said their recommendations should also be useful in shaping a better future for the real sector in Nigeria so that future Nigerians could build on that.

“So we must sit down and deliberate on what exactly is our problems in this sector. Are we ready to make sacrifices? And we must make sacrifices because that is the only way we can move forward.

“I want to assure you that in Nigeria we can change the narratives but it will take all of you here to convince the rest,” he said.

Prof. Suleiman Bala-Mohammed, Vice Chancellor, NSUK, commended the university’s Department of Business Administration for organizing the conference and urged the department to sustain it as it would be a platform for cross fertilisation of ideas and wider conversations on local and international issues.

He also urged participants to brainstorm and come up with policy recommendations on how to rejuvenate the real sector in Nigeria.

Mr John Mamman, Nasarawa State Commissioner for Education, however, told NAN that he expected the outcome of the conference would change the narratives because the real sector, according to him, is the driver of the economy.

“The manufacturing, construction, engineering and others are the real movers of the economy. Once we get it right from the drivers of the economy, other sectors will also be impacted positively,” he said.

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