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21 Kwara youths secure job placements

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An initiative, Oba Graduate Trainee Programme (OGTP), has trained and given job placements to 21 graduates in reputable organisations.

The trainees were presented both certificates and placement letters in Ilorin, Kwara State capital on Wednesday.

The founder of the initiative, Mr. Umar Oba Adelodun, said the graduate trainees went through intensive training before being qualified to be recommended to established companies for placement.

Adelodun noted that the idea of the programme was to create an incubation for youth where we train them after which we send them to organisations to learn how they structured.

He further stressed that “It is in two parts. First is the training and the curriculum cuts across project management, soft and hard skills. The second part is a six-month long paid internship and we are happy enough to have believe of various organisations like Julius Berger, BUA Group, Dele Group, KAM Holdings and hosts of other companies have taken this graduate training from us.”

Adelodun added that, “The graduates were issued training certificate and letter of placement to different organisations, that was the maiden edition and we hope to continue every year.”

The initiative chairman noted that only 21 graduates were streamlined from 421 applicants, hoping to accommodate over 100 in the next edition to be sent to different organisations. Calling the trainees ambassadors of the initiative, Adelodun charged them to act like one by upholding good work etiquette.

The Kwara State Deputy Governor, Mr. Kayode Alabi, lauded the conveyner for his insight and innovation to engaging youths, congratulating and appealing to trainees to imbibing taking work serious as a lifestyle.

In his remarks, the Speaker of the Kwara State Assembly, noted that talents are very critical for development of any society, while appreciating the convener for the noble programme.

Other dignitaries present were; Hon. Commissioner for Business, Innovation and Technology, Mrs. Damilola Yusuf-Adelodun, Hon. Commissioner for Water Resources.
One of the partners, Mr. Damilola Shittu, the Group Executive Director of HMA Medicals, described the initiative as a necessary nexus to connect the education acquired from institutions with field of work.

“One of the reasons we go to school is to learn how to connect with the world, be it people or workspace. But the problem we’ve had in Nigeria is that there is no nexus between what we study in school and the outside world. We learn so much theories without learning how to connect it with work environment. This is always a problem, and thankfully OGTP has come to solve that”, Mr. Shittu noted.

Commenting also, Aisha Indinmi-Dangote, a board member of OGTP, congratulated the graduate trainees, describing them as first set.
She further noted that, “I’m particularly glad that all our graduate trainings have gotten placements at reputable organisations. In this era where many Nigerians who have graduated for years does not have such opportunity of directly having access of getting jobs from school to placement.”

She expressed satisfation about the outcome of the programme, while congratulating the interns who spent 6 months in the course of their training.

Alabi Yusuf, one of the interns expressed profound appreciation for being part of the training programme, noted how “the programme has really shaped my thinking and exposed me to lots of things which prior to this time I didn’t know. I’m now fully equipped to move the next stage in my life. I’ve been able to have good networking, even with the deputy governor of Kwara State. It’s amazing!”

Also, another graduate trainee, Azizat Olajumoke Aroyehun appreciated organiser of the programme saying, “I have gained a lot from Oba Graduate Trainee Programme. I’ve learned how to build my economy, be effective in an organisation and build my career goals.”

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Order CBN to honour Letters of Credit– SINET to Tinubu, NASS

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Amidst several hardships facing the Nigerian populace, the Social Integrity Network, (SINET) has urged President Ahmed Bola Tinubu and the leadership of national assembly to compel the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Mr. Olayemi Cardoso, to order and reconsider honouring the forward contracts that are genuinely backed up with proper compliant documents for utilisation against each Letters of Credit (LCs) opened by the commercial banks using the forwards as a hedge.

The group also urged the Federal Government to make further clarification concerning a statement credited to the CBN Governor on issues regarding the alleged and well-publicized revelations of a $2.4 billion forex trading fraud.

SINET recalled that “On February 5, 2024, the governor of CBN made this declaration in both his interactions with Senate committees and his interview on a national television, following the engagement of Deloitte Management Consultant to conduct a forensic investigation where he claimed that the said amount was uncovered.

A statement issued on Monday by SINET national coordinator, Ibrahim Issah, disclosed that “On the contrary, we wish to unequivocally state that these claims lack merit and do not take into account the consequences they will have on businesses, public perception, or the economy of our cherished nation and its implication on forex both at home and abroad.”

According to him, “Without sentiment, the claim is completely falsehood and unacceptable as he, the CBN governor, failed to consider its economic implications. It is pertinent to state that genuine businessmen and women across the country, borrowed Funds from commercial banks, some with interest rates as high as 30% to secure forex from the CBN through their respective commercial banks since CBN does not sell the dollars to individuals directly.

“The same funds have been deposited with CBN for the past one and half years for forwards allocated for which the Apex Bank is now claiming were fraudulent transactions. May we remind Mr. Governor that while the CBN allocated the forwards after collecting the naira for each forward allocated, the commercial banks used these same forward contracts as a hedge and issued Letters of Credit (LCs) to their various customers against their offshore credit lines and also as a sovereign guarantee to their offshore banks which stand unpaid till today as a result of the failure of CBN to honour the various forward contracts.

“May we also remind our CBN Governor that as a result of their failure to honour these contracts, the outstanding foreign loans continue to accrue interest (post-negotiation charges), which the commercial Banks are passing to their customers: the same customers you say do not have a genuine claim.”

The statement further stressed that, “The public would like to ask Mr. Governor the following questions: What will happen to the foreign bank that is expecting their payment to be paid back? What will happen to the businessmen and women who had borrowed Naira from commercial Banks and paid the same into the CBN account for the purchase of forex for over eighteen months? Who will bear the interest charged on borrowed funds locally? Who will bear the charges running against the offshore lines used in establishing Letters of Credit? What will happen to the businesses? What will happen to the employees that are dependent on the survival of the businesses that CBN is trying to kill?

“We call upon the senate president and, in fact, the president and Commander In-Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to call the CBN governor to order and reconsider honouring the forward contracts that are genuinely backed up with proper compliant documents for utilisation against each Letters of Credit (LCs) opened by the commercial banks using the forwards as a hedge.

“Let us state categorically that the CBN is killing businesses by cancelling the forward contracts that were sold to them about 18 months ago at the rate of N450/dollar and now selling the same funds to the commercial banks and directing the bank to sell the money at the rate of 1,500/dollar to the same businesses who initially had a forward contract at the rate of N450/dollar.

“May we also remind Mr. Governor, that failure to honour these forward contracts is taking commercial banks longer time to clean the offshore lines already used for establishing Letters of Credit against which shipments have been done and payment made to LC beneficiaries by the offshore banks. The delays of the commercial banks to settle their Forex obligations to their offshore banks is making our country risk to be very high.

“Lastly, the public will like to call on the coordinating minister for the economy, Mr. Wale Edun to engage the CBN regarding this issue of undelivered forward contracts because at present in Nigeria, almost 60% of companies in the manufacturing sector have been closed due to the volatility of Forex in Nigeria in order to avoid the other 40% from also closing down.

“This will go a long way to help the few remaining manufacturing companies still in operation in Nigeria and also encourage the new investors that the president and commander in-chief of the federal republic is trying woo to bring their investments to Nigeria.”

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APC To Yahaya Bello: Stop Confusing The Party, No Vacancy For National Chairman

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Yahaya Bello Kogi state

The leadership of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has told the immediate-past governor of Kogi state, Yahaya Bello that there is no vacancy in the office of the national chairman of the party.

The national publicity secretary of the party, Felix Morka warned the former Kogi governor to stop confusing the party, saying the position of the national chairman is currently occupied.

Morka handed down the warning while addressing newsmen at the national secretariat of the party.

The posters of the former governor were seen on major streets in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), especially around the federal secretariat and on walls and fences of structures around the APC national secretariat along Blantyre Street, Wuse 2, Abuja.

The bold picture of the former Kogi state governor is adorned with the inscription, “APC Next Level. Alhaji Yahaya Bello as APC National Chairman. Leading the Change, Building a Stronger APC.”

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