New entrepreneurs emerge as FSD/NAGODE empowers 20 with vocational skills


As part of sustaining its tradition for continued support in growing the economy of Nigeria through vocational, technical and entrepreneurship training for Nigerian youths and adults who want to acquire a skill for economic empowerment, the Field of Skills and Dreams (FSD)  Centre, has graduated 20 trainees from its 2019 vocational and skills acquisition training sponsored by Nagode Foundation.

 Speaking at the graduation ceremony in Lagos, the Chairperson, Nagode Foundation, Mrs Meenakshi Garg, said the organization is glad working with FSD to impact lives in the society.

 “Nagode family is extremely happy working with FSD. I’m happy you understand and believe in the training and in yourself for a better future. This is power of partnership,” she said.

 While congratulating the graduates, she said, “you have to work for your life and people in your life. We are so proud of you.”  She also commended FSD for doing a great job, in imparting the trainees with the character and seeded skills.

Meanwhile, FSD Managing Director, Mrs. Omowale Ogunrinde, said interest free loan ranging from N80,000 to N150,000 naira will be given to some of the beneficiaries while equipment including cooking gas with cylinders, dummies, hand dryers scale, sewing machines would be given to the trainees.

 “We will present you with your equipment for free to go out there and work. For those that will receive the loan, don’t consider it free money that you have to waste. We will collect it back from you later. So guarantors should encourage them to work and earn a living for themselves and contribute their quotas to the society,” she said, addressing the graduates.

One of the students who trained in catering, Tope Praise, described the training as a complete different experience. “The teaching opens you up and we are taught with lots of patience. A big thank you to Nagode, “she said.

Amaechi Innocent, who trained in hair dressing commended the organisers. ” If we’re to pay, my parent can’t afford it. It’s a dream come true because I have passion for hair dressing. A big thank you to Nagode. If everybody that has money can do this, there’ll be less suicide in the country, ” he said.

As part of the event, there were display of various products by the trainee who also gave music and drama presentations to appreciate Nagode.

Top: Cross session of trainees and well-wishers

Down: Display of products by trainees

UK supports Nigeria in fight against extremism – Foreign Secretary


The United Kingdom Foreign Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has visited the North East of Nigeria to show that the UK remains committed to supporting Nigeria and its neighbours in the fight against Boko Haram and Islamic State in West Africa. The UK has repeatedly called for the release of all those abducted by Boko Haram and Islamic State in West Africa and the protection of all civilians.

 Hunt visited the World Food Programme (WFP) warehouse in Maiduguri during his week-long trip to Africa, where he spoke to people providing life-saving support to millions who have fled their homes following attacks by terrorist groups. He also met with the UK Military Liaison and Support Team which is working with the Nigerian military.

 Speaking in Maiduguri, Hunt said: “People are being forced from their homes by the evils of extremism and terrorism. Boko Haram and Islamic State are the antithesis of the values we all hold dear, and we will continue to support Nigeria in the fight to give people secure, prosperous and happy lives.”

 The UK is providing a substantial and increasing package of security, humanitarian and development support. This includes training and capacity building for Nigerian armed forces deploying in the North East. The UK has trained over 30,000 Nigerian troops in recent years.

 As the second largest humanitarian donor, the UK government was one of the first to respond to the crisis, investing £300 million in live-saving aid over five years to reach over 1.5 million of the most vulnerable people. UK support is also addressing root causes of the conflict, helping the Nigerian Government to deliver for its citizens in the longer term, including in health and education.

The UK-Nigeria Security and Defence Partnership, signed during the Prime Minister’s visit to the country in 2018, will increase the UK’s co-operation in the fight against terrorist groups and other security challenges.

Nigeria needs to plan for civilian-led stabilisation and development in areas where the military has ousted the terrorist groups. Together with international partners, the UK will continue supporting Nigeria and its neighbours to tackle threats to regional stability.

hdForeign secretary meets with Nigerian and British soldiers who are part of a training and support programme by British military.

2019 WPFD: IPC criticizes rise in fake news, threats to journalists


 As the world commemorates the World Press Freedom Day (WPFD), the International Press Centre (IPC) has called attention to the need for deliberate ways to combat the rising tide of fake news and disinformation as well as growing threats to journalists in reporting democratic development and elections.

Global discourse for Year 2019 WPFD, which is the 26th edition of the event taking place at the African Union Headquarters, Addis Ababa, is with the theme; “Media for Democracy: Journalism and Elections in Times of Disinformation.”

In a statement, Mr. Lanre Arogundade, Director, IPC, noted that the role that the media play in reporting the actions and activities of stakeholders in the electoral process remains imperative as journalists remain obligated in providing factual and truthful information to citizens.

“In the face of emerging realities, media channels especially online platforms have become susceptible channels for the dissemination of disinformation in reporting elections as witnessed in the building up to the 2019 general elections, which is a dangerous trend that  ethical and professional journalistic report must address.

“Respect for truth and for the right of the public to truth is the first duty of journalists, and this must be upheld at all times, especially when it comes to reporting democratic governance”, he said.

Arogundade however lamented that journalists have also become targets of repression and assault of anti-democracy forces, which tramps on the rights of journalists.

“The International Press Centre (IPC) through its 2019 Media and Elections situation room found it worrisome that there was an increase in the attacks on journalists during the Governorship and State Assembly elections in disregard to the rights of journalists to monitor and report election activities as guaranteed by various regulatory frameworks such as the Electoral Act, the Nigeria Broadcasting Code and the Nigerian Media Code of Election Coverage”.

“These acts are inimical to an enabling operational environment for journalism”, he added, while calling on institutional stakeholders to use the 2019 WPFD as a spring board to addressing all infractions inimical to freedom of expression and free media.