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Olam Agri Reiterates Commitment To Widening Access To Quality, Nutritious, Affordable Foods – Naijanewsdirect

  Olam Agri, a leading agribusiness in food, feed and fibre, has reiterated its commitment to ensuring the local population continues to access quality, nutritious and affordable foods in Nigeria. This wholesome inclination forms part of the four pillars of the business’ Seeds for the Future Foundation that was launched recently. The Seeds for the Future initiative is a multi-million naira, multi-year value chain intervention project targeted at driving Nigeria closer to attaining wheat production self-sufficiency. The initiative was initially launched in 2021 but has since been scaled into a full-fledged foundation focusing on supporting farmers and farming communities to strengthen local wheat production; enabling wider education and skills development for young people; empowering women in farming communities; and promoting health and nutrition across the country. Speaking on the foundation’s health and nutrition focus, Ashish Pande, the Country Head of Olam Agri Nigeria, said, “Olam Agri continues to work with an increased number of smallholder farmers to improve their operations while prioritising research in high-yielding seeds.” According to Pande, “We are making an extensive investment in our manufacturing plants, locating them in strategic locations. As well, we are investing in innovative food production processes and food fortification facilities such as Vitamin Premix to enrich the quality and safety of our deep line of packaged food portfolios. Our fleet operations coverage has widened greatly in the past couple of years. These investment efforts are geared towards improving access to quality, nutritious and affordable food in the country.” The country head said that Seeds for the Future’s impressive first-year report, which showed that the business achieved its milestone of producing 10kg pre-multiplication wheat seed varieties that suit the unique local topography and climate, is a huge step towards enriching the country’s food production value chain. “We will keep leveraging our in-country capabilities and expertise, which have seen us

Behold The Newly Fulfilled Prophecies of Primate Elijah Ayodele – Naijanewsdirect

  The Leader Of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Primate Elijah Ayodele definitely needs no introduction, he has become a household name for Nigeria, the African continent and across the nations in the world for his unique prophetic ministry. He has well over 15,000 fulfilled prophecies to his credit and now, it seems like there is no event that happens around that world that Primate Ayodele didn’t prophesy. There are always references to his prophecies whenever any notable event occurs, be it good or bad. Some events that happened in the last few days have also been linked to the prophecies Primate Ayodele said in the past and recently. There was a landslide In Cameroun last week that claimed the lives of some citizens. Primate Ayodele in his annual book of prophecy titled Warnings To The Nations specifically warned Cameroun against having land issues. He warned them against natural disaster and the landslide was a confirmation of his prophecy. The former president of China, Jiang Zemin died two days ago due to multiple organ failure. Primate Ayodele had in his prophecy book foretold the death of some former presidents in the world. Jiang Zemin has fulfilled the prophecy. Also, the governor of Adamawa, Ahmadu Fintiri has escaped death twice in one week after his convoy got involved in a crash four days ago and another yesterday. This led to the death of some of his aides. Primate Ayodele had in an online news outlet warned Nigerian governors to be careful of sad situations like this. Furthermore, Primate Ayodele was in the news recently when he revealed that star footballers will not make their teams proud at the ongoing world cup in Qatar. Primate Ayodele said it in a video interview uploaded on tiktok that some big names will not shine in the tournament while warning their countries not

NCC Seeks Judiciary’s Interest in ICT Trends – Naijanewsdirect

    The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) is seeking the nation's judiciary to be part of Information Communications Technology (ICT) trends, whose impact has now affected ways that justice is delivered across the world. The leadership of the Commission made the call during a workshop organized for Nigerian judges which started in Lagos on Tuesday with the theme: “The digital world and the future of adjudication,” with judges from the federal and state high courts, and appeal courts in attendance. Speaking at the 18th annual capacity-building workshop, the Chairman, NCC Board of Commissioners, Prof. Adeolu Akande, urged the legal luminaries to make greater contributions towards Information and Communication Technology (ICT) development in Nigeria. While stating the centrality of a functional adjudicatory system as a bedrock for any civilised society, Akande said there was the need to constantly equip judicial officers with the requisite skills for effectual adjudication, especially in the digitized world, where the rate if technology development t is fast ahead of laws. Executive Vice Chairman/Chief Executive Officer (EVC/CEO) of the NCC, Prof. Garba Danbatta, in his address, said the Internet comes with several challenges, hence the need for judges to be exposed to the benefits as well as the challenges associated with new technologies. The EVC said through the workshop, judges will be exposed to disruptive technologies, the rights of data subjects, and jurisdictional issues in the digital age, which have continued to make the ICT industry a dynamic one. “The increased reliance on telecommunications, as well as the growth experienced in the sector, has introduced some issues of legal connotation which will be deliberated upon by various experts during this workshop. One of such issues is the ownership of online content and materials. “So, it is envisaged that with the increase in the amount of online content, as well as the economic value attached to it,

Polaris Bank Promotes SMEs, Sponsors The Fashion Souk – Naijanewsdirect

  Polaris Bank has reaffirmed its commitment to support the growth of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Nigeria. The Bank in a statement gave this assurance while disclosing plans to sponsor The Fashion Souk 7.0. The statement further noted that 3 successful entrepreneurs who emerge winners in a business pitch at the event will go home with N1million, N500,000 and N250,000 for the overall winner, first runner-up and second runner-up respectively. The two-day event, which is organised in partnership with Nigeria’s foremost event management company, EVENTFUL Limited is scheduled to hold on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th of December 2022, at the Harbour Point, Victoria Island, Lagos. Speaking on behalf of Polaris Bank, the Group Head, Strategic Brand Management, Nduneche Ezurike, said that “Fashion and style enthusiasts can once again look forward to experiencing unparalleled fashion moments from Nigerian entrepreneurs.” Mr. Ezurike noted that “As an SMEs-friendly Bank, it is always our delight to explore opportunities to grow Nigeria’s Small and Medium Enterprises. Polaris Bank’s lead sponsorship of the 7th edition of The Fashion Souk, underscores our acknowledgment of the SMEs as the catalyst for Nigerian’s economic growth.” Continuing, he noted that “this year’s Fashion Souk is unique as it provides an opportunity for the yuletide holidaymakers with an unforgettable shopping experience as visitors will behold the creativity of the Nigerian entrepreneurs, especially in the beauty and fashion space.” Mr. Ezurike further stated that Polaris Bank’s continued partnership with EVENTFUL Limited stimulates the entrepreneurial spirit of many Nigerians, especially the new-age innovators in the key sectors of the national economy. He commended Eventful Ltd for visibly showcasing the enterprise amongst Nigerians. Commenting on the essence of the SOUK, Founder and Chairman of Eventful and Convener of the Fashion Souk, Yewande Zaccheaus, said: “Eventful Limited has been deliberate in using the platform of The Fashion Souk to create

Union Bank Unveils Brand New Sonic Identity – The Sound of Union – Naijanewsdirect

Union Bank of Nigeria has launched a brand-new sonic identity tagged ‘The Sound of Union. At 105 years, the Bank is now leveraging the universality of music to engage with new and existing audiences through this unique sound identity. The Bank tapped prolific and award-winning music producer Tee-Y Mix, to create a timeless sound and interpret it across multiple genres for today's and tomorrow's generations. Speaking about The Sound of Union during the official Twitter Space unveiling, Ogochukwu Ekezie-Ekaidem, Chief Brand and Marketing Officer, Union Bank, spoke about why the Bank is unveiling the sound identity at this time. She said:   “Over the past couple of years, Union Bank has gone through significant evolution and as a team, we are constantly thinking of ways to connect with our audiences - new and existing. At 105 years, we are entering into a new era of identity and the Sound of Union represents a milestone for us. We have produced a distinct tone and instrumental melody spanning five music genres drawing on our local culture to connect with audiences across different geographical zones. We believe we are the first Nigerian bank to create an identity using sound, and not just a one-off jingle or payoff. This launch underscores our commitment to providing the simplest and smartest solutions while offering the best experience for our customers.” To launch the sound identity, Union Bank has partnered with Boomplay to release an EP which will include the five genres of the melody which will make the EP available exclusively to Boomplay subscribers for a period before it is available on other other platforms. Also commenting during the Twitter Space, about the audio distribution partnership between Union Bank and Boomplay, James Afuwape, Marketing Manager at Boomplay said: “Boomplay is the largest and fastest growing streaming platform in Africa, and we are passionate

Giving.NG Partners Shoprite Nigeria On 40 Days of Giving Campaign – Naijanewsdirect

  Giving.NG is partnering with Shoprite Nigeria on "40 Days of Giving" campaign, aimed at inspiring people and organizations to spread kindness and treat it as an everyday thing, rather than a seasonal activity. Giving.NG, Africa's first and only free crowdfunding platform, has announced that it will begin a campaign in November to assist less privileged Nigerians and honor organizations and people carrying out exceptional, social impact work nationwide. The campaign, themed "40 Days of Giving," is being launched in partnership with Africa's largest fast-moving consumer goods retailer, Shoprite Nigeria, and is expected to span the Christmas season and into the New Year. Traditionally, the Christmas season is known to be a season of giving, with statistics showing that most donations are made during this time. Most people use the season to appreciate people who have been there for them all year round or give back to the less privileged. The 40 Days of Giving campaign plans to tap into this existing trend in a way that encourages people to give and creates a chain of giving that goes beyond the festive season. Speaking about the campaign, Sterling One Foundation's CEO, Olapeju Ibekwe explained that this was a much-needed campaign considering how tough the year has been, alongside the huge loss by the recent flood crisis in at least 32 states of the country. In her words; "This campaign is about getting as many people as possible to join us in lending a helping hand to vulnerable Nigerians while supporting those changemakers who have been on the frontlines doing the same all year round. For each day of the campaign, we want to support at least one person, selected through an online nomination with their next meal, resources to restart their small business or just new clothes. We just want to spread kindness to many people

Huawei Names Computer Lab After Danbatta, District Head Commends Him – Naijanewsdirect

  A computer lab, constructed by Huawei Technologies and commissioned at the weekend to serve the community of Koguna Town of Makoda Local Government of Kano State, has been named “Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta Computer Lab”.   Director, Public Relations of Huawei Nigeria, Lola Fafore, said at the commissioning, which was witnessed by the Executive Vice Chairman of the NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, and the District Head of Makoda, Alhaji Labaran Abdullahi, that the project was among the company’s contribution to Nigeria as part of its corporate social responsibility. Fafore assured that Huawei will continue to promote digital inclusion, primarily through the provision of access to technology.   “Huawei has been operating in Nigeria for over 22 years now and we can say that Nigeria is a great country filled with many great talents and potential. We love the Nigerian people and are happy to always give back through Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives such as this,”   “Huawei is therefore constantly making more effort in terms of connectivity, applications, and skills transfer to promote digital inclusion for all. This is in line with Huawei’s mission to bring digital services to every person, home, and organization for a fully connected intelligent world. As part of our contribution to this great nation, we believe in making technology accessible to all. Technology should not be for the few, but for everyone,” she said. In appreciation of naming the centre after him and donating to the community, Danbatta commended Huawei Nigeria Limited. He also thanked the company for the central role it has played in the development of the telecommunications industry in Nigeria.   “This computer laboratory was built through a huge donation by Huawei. And Huawei is a household name in Nigeria. They provide and manage services for major telecommunications companies in Nigeria. They are dominant in that sector. I can’t imagine the state

Siju Iluyomade’s Golden Heart, Throws Weight Behind Quincy’s Son, Temi Classy Wedding To Ashley – Naijanewsdirect

  The stage is set for what may eventually be tagged the wedding of the year 2022 in Lagos. This is because the wedding of Temi, son of celebrity Naturopathic Doctor, Quincy Ayodele to his heartthrob Ashley Robert will be attracting the very high & mighty in every strata of the country. Not only that, it has been receiving some great support from friends of the groom's Mother, one of which is the Convener of Arise Women, Dr Siju Iluyomade. The Church wedding ceremony which will take place at the Redeemed Christian Church of God, City of David Parish, Oniru, Lagos on Saturday December 17, will be followed up by reception at La Madison Place Event Centre, Okunade Bluewater Scheme, Lekki, according to information will be streamed live on various social media platform. Information at our disposal has it that, former President of Nigeria who is a friend to late father of Mrs Ayodele will be Chairing the occasion alongside Ooni of Ife, Oba Ade Ogunwusi and Senator Daisy Daisy Danjuma among others. We equally learnt, the delectable Arise Women Convener, Dr Siju who is one of the Mothers of the day is playing major supportive and moral role in what has been her policy, for Women to always support Women at everytime. She has been mobilizing members of Arise which Mrs Ayodele is also part of, to attend the event glamorously on the day of the wedding as well as on Thanksgiving day which hold the following day. We also gathered, Gbenga Adeyinka D 1st and MC Ajele will be anchoring the event while Fuji King Wasiu Ayinde will be on bandstand. The new couple to be met in the United States, dated for well over a year before deciding to make it a life-long affair. Temi hails from Kogi-State while Ashley is

Sterling Bank Sponsors Training For 1,000 Youths – Naijanewsdirect

  Sterling Bank Plc, Nigeria’s leading commercial bank, has partnered with Nigeria Jubilee Fellows Programme (NJFP) to sponsor 1,000 fellows during this year’s training programme. Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (MD/CEO) of Sterling Bank Plc, Mr. Abubakar Suleiman said, at the launch of the programme in Lagos, that the bank is supporting NJFP because of its interest in the education sector as one of five sectors it is presently concentrating investments in under its HEARTs of Sterling programme. The other sectors are Health, Agriculture, Renewable Energy and Transportation. The Nigeria Jubilee Fellows Programme (NJFP) is a youth empowerment partnership initiative between the Federal Government of Nigeria and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and was launched in 2021. It was borne out of rising unemployment and the COVID-19 pandemic which adversely impacted the ability of young Nigerians to find work. The programme seeks to connect talented graduates with local job opportunities that apply their expertise while equipping them with world-class practical knowledge and relevant skills and it does not matter if an applicant does not have job experience. NJFP targets a broad range of sectors, including the start-up economy, innovation, and creative industries, the digital and technology sector, the green economy sector, financial services, key public and international development institutions, research and development, agriculture, real estate, construction, transportation, and health services. In other words, there is a place for every organisation in this programme. It will be recalled that as part of its commitment to the reduction of unemployment among youths in the country, Sterling Bank Plc had recently renewed its partnership with iCreate Africa to provide a payment system that allows qualified workers to purchase tools and pay in instalments. Consequently, the bank has also introduced different packages so that skill-seekers can access soft loans to buy tools and it is encouraging skill-seekers not to let the

The Memory of Prof. Ibidapo-Obe Comes Alive As Zenith Bank Names Iconic UNILAG Building In His Honour – Naijanewsdirect

  The memory of Professor Oyewusi Ibidapo-Obe, a former Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos, came alive as Zenith Bank Plc named the iconic building housing its Unilag Branch and the University of Lagos (Unilag) Alumni in his honour on Friday, November 25, 2022. In his opening remarks at the commissioning ceremony, the Group Managing Director/CEO of Zenith Bank Plc and Chairman of the Body of Banks' CEOs in Nigeria, Mr Ebenezer Onyeagwu, lauded the Founder and Chairman of the bank, Jim Ovia, CFR, for being physically present at the commissioning of the building to honour the memory of his late friend, Prof. Oyewusi Ibidapo-Obe, who served on the board of Zenith Bank as a Non-Executive Director, and for his passion for youth education and digital learning. He noted the remarkable and continued commitment of Jim Ovia, CFR, to education and youth development in Nigeria, especially through the setting up of James Hope College, a co-educational institution which offers a combination of British and Nigerian curricula, and the James Hope University, which is billed to commence academic activities next year. He also extolled his philanthropy through the setting up of the Jim Ovia Foundation and Mankind United in Total Support for Education Initiative, which has awarded scholarships and produced over 1500 graduates from among indigent people who would not have had the benefit of having a university education. Onyeagwu also recalled how the bank’s partnership with the University of Lagos began in 2001 with the donation of the first ICT centre, when the Founder and Chairman was the Group Managing Director/ CEO of the bank. According to him, "Today, Zenith Bank has built not less than 15 ICT centres in various tertiary institutions and cities all over the country. And I just want to say that no single institution or individual has been

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