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UNDP releases $30m to Nigeria to support newly liberated victims of insurgency

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Minister of Finance, Mrs Zainab Ahmed: Says $30m released would support in addressing the immediate stabilisation needs in the newly liberated areas from insurgency.

The UN Development Programme (UNDP), has released 30 million U.S. dollars to Nigeria from the regional stabilisation facility for the humanitarian crisis in the North East.

UNDP Resident Representative in Nigeria, Mr Mohamed Yahya disclosed this on Friday in Abuja at the first inaugural meeting convened by UNDP on the way forward in actualising the ‘Nigeria window’ of the Regional Stabilisation Facility.

The Regional Stabilisation Facility was launched in July in Niamey, Niger at the second Governors Forum to contribute support to the affected regions of Nigeria,

The project was expected to be implemented between Sept. 1, 2019, and Aug. 31, 2021.

Governors from Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon, Chad, and regional stakeholders attended the meeting in Niamey under the auspices of the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC).

Those who pledged to deploy funds in Niamey to support the project, which will be monitored by the UNDP and the African Union (AU), include the governments of Sweden and Germany and the regional governors from Borno, Adamawa, Yobe (Nigeria), Lak, Hajder-Lamis (Chad), Diffa (Niger) and Far North and North regions in Cameroon.

The UNDP is expected to provide seed funds to run the facility yearly.

He said the regional stabilisation facility is aimed at providing rapid response to support immediate stabilisation in the three states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe affected by insurgency.

He also said that the ‘Nigerian window’ was expected to receive over 30 million USD which would facilitate recovery and stabilisation interventions including; livelihood support for communities, massive civil engineering works and strengthening of local security structures.

Yahya, said that the board had two years to provide work of stabilisation in the affected states.

He said that the entire facility might not work if there was no local authorities such as the military and the police, adding that more work needed to be done in terms of coordination.

Also speaking, Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Hajiya Zainab Ahmed said that the government of Nigeria was optimistic that the facility would support in addressing the immediate stabilisation needs in the newly liberated areas.

She said this would also sustain development in the region and allow the return of Internally Displaced Persons to their various permanent place abode.

According to her, the facility will in no doubt assist the government to demonstrate its value to the citizens in providing resilience and stabilisation for the population affected by Boko Haram insurgency in the northeast.

She said that the Ministry would collaborate with UNDP, the three affected states and all relevant stakeholders to ensure accountable utilisation of the stabilisation facility fund.

Similarly, the Executive Secretary, Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC), Amb. Mamman Nuhu expressed the Commission’s readiness to provide strategic regional guidance for the implementation of the regional stabilisation strategy at the national and state level through the facility.

He said the commission would provide enabling environment by mobilising regional support to ensure coordinated approach yo the challenge.

“Our transboundary mandate provide us the requisite platform to mobilise the political and strategic spaces available across the region for the success of the regional stabilisation strategy.

”Our objective is to ensure local, national and regional ownership in the implementation of the regional stabilisation strategy through the regional stabilisation facility.

” We urge all national partners to ensure consistent coordination with the Lake Chad Basin Commission through the Secretariat of the regional stabilisation strategy” Nuhu said.

According to him, Nigeria is the worst-hit country, with the biggest humanitarian and development needs of all the four affected countries.

“It is therefore expected that Nigeria should demonstrate not only in the fight against Boko Haram but also in ensuring that the thousands of people affected across the three front line states are supported to live a life of dignity,” he said.

The Governors expressed their readiness to ensure effective implementation of the regional stabilisation facility.

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Men staring at women’s boobs 10 minutes daily will live longer: Scientists

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•A woman shows her boobs partly at an audition for contestants at the BBA in Lagos,in 2012.

Men who stare at women’s breasts for 10 minutes daily will live longer and will also be healthier, a study done by a German scientist, Karen Weatherby, and published in the New England Journal of Medicine said.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the study, which was carried out over a period of five years, involved 500 men, half of whom were instructed to stare at women’s breasts in a lustful manner for no less than 10 minutes every day.

The other half were instructed to abstain from doing such.

It concluded that men who stared at breasts, more often, showed lower rates of heart problems, slower resting heart rate and lower blood pressure, all of which enable a healthy living and long life.

The study said men should stare at breasts for 10 minutes a day to improve the wellness of their hearts and live longer.

“Just 10 minutes of staring at the charms of a well-endowed female every day is roughly equivalent to a 30-minute aerobics work-out,” the study revealed.

When the two groups of men were tested, men that stared at breasts daily had lower blood pressure, slower resting pulse rates, as well as fewer instances of coronary artery disease.

“Sexual excitement gets the heart pumping and improves blood circulation. Gazing at breasts makes men healthier and engaging in this activity a few minutes daily cuts the risk of stroke and heart attack by half.

“We believe that by doing so consistently, the average man can extend his life for four to five years,’’ he added.
(NAN)

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Heritage Bank boosts economic growth, empowers young entrepreneurs

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L-R: Dike Dimiri – Executive Director, Lagos & South West Region, Heritage Bank; Boladele Dipo-Thomas, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment, Lagos State; Mide Akinlaja, Executive Producer, Next Titan and Afolashade Alonge, Divisional Head, Corporate and Specialized Banking, during the selection of 16 contenders for the Season-6 of the entrepreneurial reality TV show lead sponsored by Heritage Bank Plc in Lagos, recently

As part of drive to contribute to the growth of economic drive, Heritage Bank Plc has continued to support The Next Titan Season-six; in ensuring that the entrepreneurial targets of the Nigerian youths are attained.

The Next Titan entrepreneurial reality TV show sponsored annually by the Heritage Bank Plc has unveiled the top 16 contenders for the season-6 of the competition.

The 16 lucky candidates were selected from among 50 contestants who made it to the Bootcamp after the auditions that saw thousands of Nigerian young entrepreneurs jostle for selection at the audition centres in Lagos, Port Harcourt, Enugu and Abuja.

The contest is out for the N7 million cash prize staked for grab by the chief sponsor, Heritage Bank, and a brand new Ford car donated by Coscharis Ford Motors.

The cash prize has been increased to N7million from N5million in the last five seasons.

Having emerged top 16 contenders, the entrepreneurs will proceed to the Next Titan House where they will be involved in a-10 week entrepreneurial and social service tasks including trainings and mentorship under the guidance and supervision of astute business leaders who serve as judges.

Speaking at the Premiere Night in Lagos on Sunday, where the top 16 were unveiled, the Regional Executive, Lagos and South West, Heritage Bank, Dimiri Dike, said the programme was one of the ways the bank drives social and economic change as a responsible corporate citizen.

Dike said: “On the economic level, you know that entrepreneurship drives employment, it drives social change, so we are really doing it for both social and economic change. And also, time it was in the past when a lot of people entered entrepreneurship without proper training. This platform, the Next Titan, offers you a very good beginning.

“Some of the advantages and benefits that entrepreneurs in the past never had are what these ones are enjoying. So this is an opportunity for them to be schooled and at least stand the fighting chance from the perspective of knowledge and experience of those that had gone before them to succeed”.

Advising the top 16 contenders, Dike said: “First, be yourself, you have to be humble. The fact that you made it to the top 16 doesn’t mean you are better than those who didn’t get here.  It could have been just one thing or another.  So, if you now go and be thinking that you have now arrived, that lack of humility could be your undoing.

“And more importantly, enjoy the experience because even after you have won; it is the memories of your journey to victory that will keep you going, long after you have become a successful entrepreneur”.

Giving insights into some changes in the programme, the Executive Producer, Next Titan, Mide-Kunle Akinlaja, said: “One, the prize has changed from N5million to N7million. Then two,  we are improving in all areas, content-wise, trying to make the show more entertaining and at the same time not allowing the entertainment to water down the essence of the show, which is entrepreneurship. So, generally, we keep improving”.

The winner of the show will be announced in December at the Grand Finale in Lagos.

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Zenith Carax Boss, Olamilekan Adelana To Chair 14th Lagos Ikeja City Award

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As the forthcoming Lagos Ikeja City Award gathers momentum  come 8th Sunday, December, 2019 the epoch making annual event will hold.
Contrary to the normal ritual of giving awards, there will be a seminar like discourse that will focus on housing; one of the major problems being faced by Lagosians.
To make it unique,  Hon. Toke Benson Awoyinka Special Adviser to Executive Governor of Lagos State Babajide Sanwo-Olu on housing will be the guest speaker, stakeholders in Real Estate and Housing range from individuals and Government experts will be there to educate and enlighten people.
The theme for this year edition; REAL ESTATE BUSINESS IDENTIFYING KEY STAKEHOLDERS: How Can Government Be Involved, is basically to educate participants on Housing and its rudiments.
According to the Convener ; Sola Olugbemiro, “Aims and objectives of an award ceremony shouldn’t be basically profit making. Avenue should be created to educate participants and let them gain one or two things. This is the reason why we bring in this new concept.
However top on the list of distinguished personalities to witness the 2019 edition of Lagos Ikeja City Award are; His Excellency, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Executive Governor of Lagos State who is the Host. Hon. Francis Babatunde Oke, Chairman, Onigbongbo LCDA Co-host, Hon. Moruf Akindero Fatai, Commissioner for Housing Lagos State, Special guests of honor.
Undisputable big player in haulage business and reknown philanthropist, Mr. Olamilekan Adelana, CEO Zenith Carex Int’l Ltd, is chosen as the Chairman of the event, he will also been picking award as Outstanding Philanthropist of The Year Humanity.
Mr. Julius Oyedemi, MD, PWAN Plus, the Key Note Speaker.
The event will take place at Presken And Resorts located at 17 Alayande Avenue, Obafemi Awolowo Way, opposite Airport Hotel, Ikeja Lagos.

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