The Central Bank of Nigeria has given N30 million to six undergraduates as it formally launched its Tertiary Institutions Entrepreneurship Scheme (TIES) in Abuja on Thursday.
The bank presented cheques of N5 million each to the six pioneer beneficiaries of the scheme to help boost their businesses, create employment and contribute to economic growth.
The CBN governor, Godwin Emefiele, said the scheme was designed to create a paradigm shift among students and graduates of tertiary institutions in Nigeria from white-collar jobs towards entrepreneurship development.
Mr Emefiele explained that the apex bank was collaborating with polytechnics and universities in the country on the scheme.
According to him, the idea is to make Nigerian graduates job creators rather than job seekers after graduation, as is obtained in some other parts of the world.
“What we are doing today is something that is taken for granted in other climes. At the CBN, we are concerned about the level of unemployment within the youth population, and we are taking steps to address it,’’ he said.
He urged the beneficiaries to apply for the loans well in their businesses to engender growth and create more jobs.
Mr Emefiele further stated that academic certificates of beneficiaries were accepted as collateral and would be returned to them when they offset the loans.
The beneficiaries are Aisha Sulaiman, a graduate of Bayero University, Kano and Chukwudi Ukpabi of Federal Polytechnic, Ebonyi. Others are Zainab Muhammed, a graduate of Federal Polytechnic, Bida, Nura Abdullahi of Kano State Polytechnic, Simeon Ojopane of Kogi State University and Adebowale Olaoye, an accounting graduate of the University of Lagos.
The CBN governor also inaugurated an 11-man body of experts, chaired by Abubakar Suleman, Sterling Bank’s managing director, to steer the scheme.
Nigerians to pay N4,500 for 2022 NECO common entrance registration
The National Examinations Council (NECO) has announced the commencement of registration for the 2022 National Common Entrance Examination (NCEE) for admission into JSS I of Federal Unity Colleges.
NECO Registrar, Dantani Wushishi, made the announcement in an official jingle on the council’s website.
Mr Wushishi said that the registration was only for pupils who would not be less than 10 years of age by September 2022.
“National Examinations Council (NECO) wishes to inform the general public that registration for the 2022 National Common Entrance Examination for Admission into Federal Government Unity Colleges has commenced.
“Registration fee is N4,500 per candidate, while payment should be made into NECO treasury single account (TSA) through ATM card, bank branch, USSD, internet banking or wallet,” he said.
Mr Wushishi noted that registration for the examination would be done on the council’s official website: www.neco.gov.ng.
While stating that registration would close on April 23, the registrar encouraged parents to visit the website or any NECO state office nearest to them for more information on the registration process.
We have enough fuel, avoid panic-buying, IPMAN tells Nigerians
The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), on Friday, urged Nigerians to avoid panic-buying of fuel, saying there were enough products on ground.
IPMAN’s spokesperson, Suleiman Yakubu, in a telephone interview said that the fuel price had not changed.
“I advise Nigerians to stop panic buying, as we have enough premium motor spirit (PMS), popularly known as petrol, on ground,” he said.
While reacting to the current fuel scarcity and long queues of vehicles at filling stations noticed in some areas in Abuja, he described the panic purchase and long queues as unnecessary.
“We want to assure the buyers that the government and marketers are doing everything possible to ensure that the products are available and avoid any impulse buying,” he said.
However, some motorists who spoke with journalists, expressed disappointment over the development, urging filling stations that had fuel to sell to the public.
One of them, Ese Osas, decried the refusal of some filling station owners to sell to the motorists, thus making them go through unnecessary stress.
Trader gets wish for divorce because husband loves his dog more
The Igando Customary Court in Lagos has granted the wish of a trader, Rashidat Ogunniyi, who sought to have her marriage dissolved because her husband loved his dog more.
The President of the Court, Adeniyi Koledoye, held that the repeated refusal of the respondent’s appearance in court would not stop the proceedings.
“Throughout the duration of this case, the respondent did not honour court processes therefore, the court has no other choice than to dissolve the marriage.
“The court hereby pronounces the marriage between Mr Kazeem Ogunniyi and Mrs Rashidat Ogunniyi, dissolved today. Both of you henceforth cease to be husband and wife,” he said.
Mr Koledoye gave the custody of the only child of the marriage to the trader and ordered Mr Ogunniyi to pay N10,000 monthly for her feeding.
He held that Mr Ogunniyi would also be responsible for the child’s education and general welfare.
Earlier, the trader sought dissolution of her 12-year-old marriage, claiming her husband was only concerned about the welfare of his dog.
“He only cares about the health, happiness, and safety of his dog. He always showers the dog with compliments,” she said.
The 40-year-old petitioner also said that her husband was domineering and physically abused her on several occasions.
According to her, Mr Ogunniyi encourages their daughter to steal her money and give him so he could buy a phone for her.
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