Sunday, 9 February 2020

"Self discovery is the apex of education."

There is no greater joy than igniting the flame in a young mind; to search and search, to flip the pages of our entire human fabric and find one's self. 

The Not Too Young To Make Sense (NTYTMS) programme is committed to crusading and championing self and purpose discovery, intentional career choices, inspiring the youth to dream, to work hard and smart, to inculcate the fast depleting reading culture and making them believe there is no limit to their dreams.

The Lagos leg of NTYTMS has proven to be most effective and impactful. All our goals were smashed [the pictures clearly show that].It took place at OBA MORUF SCHOOL, Orisumbare with over 80 empowering books distributed and over two hours training on:
Financial literacy
Character formation
Career guide
Personality development
Question and answer with the teenagers.

Get Up Youth Africa is a non-profit youth organisation focused on building a generation of changemakers and African leaders who would champion sustainable growth in Africa. Via our three-fold mandate (to Inspire, Ignite Imagination and Provoke Right Action for sustainable nation building), we are establishing avenues for young people to proactively engage in personal and community development to fight unemployment through Quality Education (SDG4), create a positive environment for Decent Work and Economic Growth (SDG8) and End Poverty (SDG1).

On the 14th of February we are storming more schools in 3 states with this mandate #NotTooYoungToMakeSense.

However, we believe much more can be done to spread this campaign to other parts of Lagos and Nigeria at large before the end of the first quarter of 2020. We need your support. To be a part of send a mail to getupyouthmovement@gmail.com
To be a partner send your donations to Fidelity bank 6173151159.
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Tuesday, 21 January 2020

CONCERNED GROUPS PETITION OUTGOING CEO OF MTI, ONITSHA, CAUTIONS PRESIDENCY AGAINST RE-APPOINTMENT

Series of interest groups comprising of the host community, students, the Alumni, engineering experts and even staff have jointly filed a petition to President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari against the outgoing Director/Chief Executive of Metallurgical Training Institute (MTI), Onitsha, Mr. Olabode Fakuade over corrupt practices and management ineptitude. The petitioners have equally urged the President to discountenance any recommendation seeking to reappoint Mr. Fakuade as NTI Boss. 

In the petition jointly signed by His Royal Majesty, Igwe Chidubem Iweka, the Eze of Iweka III and Engr Steve Nwoha, Mr. Anayo Okolo and Mr. Jude China the representatives of Staff, Alumni and students respectively, the petitioners have in an elaborate document spelt out a litany of administrative wrongs accredited to Mr. Fakuade and have further advanced reasons why his stay at MTI was a sham. 

The petitioners have further insisted that, President Buhari should not contemplate the possibility of reappointing Mr. Fakuade owing to his porous administrative abilities and have equally charged the President to consider an expert in regard of the nature of the institute in appointing the next Chief Executive. The petition highlights in part the many atrocities of Fakuade in view of the foregoing: 

1. The Director created a conduit for misappropriation and embezzlement of fund named Consult Unit meant to provide special services on special arrangements at a cost. He incorporated an organization to operate this unit to be run by an appointed stooge and opened a corporate account with First Bank Plc: Account Name - M.T.I Consult and Account No – 2011050993. Only the Director and the appointed stooge are signatories of the bank account opened in contravention of the Federal government directive on TSA account. The issue of misappropriation and embezzlement of fund through this illegal account is a subject of pending ICPC investigation and indictment at its Enugu Office.
2. In 2017, a fictitious contract was awarded to VUCO Consult Limited through Metallurgical Training Institute and it was never executed while the contract fee of forty one million, six hundred and eighty five thousand naira only (N41, 685, 000) was paid in full upon directive of the Director.
3. The contract for the completion of rehabilitation of erosion – ravaged internal roads and construction of reinforced concrete box culvert was dubiously categorized as phase 1, phase 2 and phase 3 and awarded three times by the Director to Blue Fortune Limited, a company belonging to his brother, Mr. Bayo Olatoke. In 2016 and 2017, the project was awarded and re-awarded at the cost of fifty four million and seventy five thousand naira only (54, 075, 000) respectively to the said Blue Fortune Limited without due process but it was abandoned after full payment to the company. In 2018, the Director re-awarded it to the same company and paid the contract value in full despite non-execution of the contract in 2016 and 2017.
4. Operation of two separate accounts; at FCMB and first Bank Plc with account number: MTI Consult and Account No. 2011050990 one for student's contribution to training and the other whose number should be investigated. Investigation of these account would reveal huge embezzlement and diversion of public fund as well as non-compliance with TSA directive.
5. The outgoing Director/Chief Executive was indicted by an audit team from the Ministry of Mines and Steel development which visited the Institute on 25th November, 2019 to investigate the judicious use of the Ministerial intervention of eighty eight Million naira (N88, 000, 000) and Ninety Seven Million Naira sent to the Institute in 2018 and 2019 respectively for procurement of training equipment.
6. The outgoing Director/Chief Executive was also indicted by an audit team from the Accountant General's office for failure to account for judicious use of almost One Billion Naira (N1, 000, 000) allocated to the Institute for 2019.
MISMANAGEMENT AND ORCHESTRATED FALSEHOOD
The outgoing Director/Chief Executive is apparently bent on running down the Institute over the last four years as reflected in the following specifics:
1. The Information Technology Unit of the Institute is presently moribund as the internet service subscription has expired since 2018 and most of the computer systems are down while the functional ones lack updated or functional software.
2. Despite huge budgetary allocation for capacity building in the Institute, more than 80% of the Staff of the Institute have not gone for any course for the past four years
3. Despite huge amount expended, the power supply situation in the Institute has been very poor and epileptic with most machineries rendered idle and non-functional, with street lights and some installed solar power units working for only few hours while others are not working at all.
4. As observed and vehemently condemned by the Project Monitoring and Evaluation Team of the Ministry of National Planning and Budget, most of the internal roads awarded and constructed by the Director have been washed away and overgrown with grasses in average period of 6 months to one year because the contract was awarded without due process, thereby leading to poor execution and use of expired or substandard asphalt. Also, Huge cost inflation and poor execution were also condemned by the Project Monitoring Team in respect of 800m concrete drainage and culverts which was awarded three times without due process.
5. As witnessed by the Honourable Minister of States for Ministry of Mines and Steel Development during his visit to the Institute, most of the critical and vital equipment in all the training workshops of the Institute including Process Flow in Instrumentation and Control Engineering Department, Power Console in Industrial Electrical Engineering Department, Welding Machines in Steel & Fabrication Welding Engineering and so many lathe & milling machines in Mechanical Maintenance Engineering Department are all non-functional despite misappropriation and embezzlement of huge fund in acclaimed repairs of broken down training equipment. Also, the Minister condemned the fact that most of the training equipment budgeted for were not procured and those procured were not done according to specifications.
6. The outgoing Director/Chief Executive a geologist, and not an Engineer as required to lead such an engineering-based Institute. This clearly explains his odd, curious and retrogressive management decisions in appointing an English Teacher as Head of Training, an office equivalent to Dean, School of Engineering of the Institute instead of a COREN registered Engineer as severally demanded by Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) through several letters and as also requested by National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) as precondition for full accreditation of courses for the Institute. In similarly odd and curious management decision, the outgoing Director/Chief Executive appointed someone who read Primary Education Management as the Head of Curriculum Planning of Engineering Courses in Electrical, Mechanical, Structural and Fabrication, Instrumentation and Control, Industrial Metallurgy and Heavy Mobile Engineering instead of a COREN registered Engineer.
7. There have been Newspaper reports on the demand by the ALUMNI of Metallurgical Training Institute, Onitsha for the removal of the outgoing Director/Chief Executive for reason of not being a qualified Engineer, professional incompetence, mismanagement and corruption; the most recent being news report of ICPC investigation of alleged fraud by the management of the Institute on page 9 of Sunday Telegraph of June, 2019.
8. With lack of accreditation, professional incompetence, abysmal mismanagement, corruption, bizarre appointment decisions and dubious and fraudulent contract awards and execution, it is not surprising that everything about the Institute has been going from bad to worse particularly in the past four years of the leadership of the institute by Mr. Fakuade, the outgoing Director/Chief Executive.
PROFESSIONAL INCOMPETENCE
The outgoing Director/Chief Executive of the Metallurgical Training Institute, Mr. Olabode Fakuade is a geologist and yet wrongly appointed to head a training institute for engineering expertise in Electrical, Mechanical, Structural and Fabrication, Instrumentation and Control, Industrial Metallurgy and Heavy Mobile Engineering. This is clearly a case of square peg being forced to cover a round hole which is both illogical and impossible. This explains the request and recommendation by Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) that a COREN registered Engineer should be appointed to head the Institute. In a similar vein, the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) advised, as precondition for full accreditation of courses that the Institute be headed by a COREN registered Engineer and that same should apply to its training department.
CONCLUSION AND DEMAND
Given that this strategic institute has great implications for the development of technical expertise for our Engineering profession, the mines and steel sector and industries generally, the renewal of appointment of Mr. Olabode Fakuade for another four years term will greatly worsen the already decadent situation of the Institute. 
We have information that the outgoing Director/Chief Executive, Mr. Olabode Fakuade has deployed falsehood and misrepresentation of facts to deceive the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Arc. Olamilekan Adegbite into approving or recommending his re-appointment for another four years tenure. By this public petition, we appeal to His Excellency, President Mohammadu Buhari and the Minister of Mines and Steel Development to consider the interest of stakeholders of the Mines and Steel Sector, Engineering Profession, Industrial Development and concerned alumni, student representatives and academic members of the Institute to appoint a COREN registered Engineer as Director/Chief Executive of the Metallurgical Training Institute.

Saturday, 21 December 2019

THE UGANDAN HIGH COMMISSIONER,HE #NELSON #OCHEGER RECEIVES FESTIVALS &TOURS AFRICA MAGAZINE CREW,ON THE 16-12-2019,AT THE ABUJA COMMISSION.

The visit of Festivals and tours Africa magazine to the Uganda High Commission was very intriguing as the crew met with a welcome African hospitality Ambience and the very timely High Commissioner His Excellency Nelson Ocheger received the crew admist warm exchange of pleasantries.

The Team lead Festival and tours Africa magazine expressed the need to know more about the status and possible synergies with Uganda as Africa as a black continent needed those intra countries synergies to be bigger better and achieve a  really formidable Africa.

HE Nelson Ocheger Opined that there is no better continent like Africa richly blessed with resources that can't be found any where else in the world, he noted that for the continent to be and function together as one strong continent we must realize the strong similarities in our cultural and down tone the disparities that seem to pull us apart if we don't accept our cultures how do we encourage trade and investments?

If we don't accept and encourage initiatives like FESTIVALS AND TOURS AFRICA MAGAZINE our story will be told and published by strangers to suit their interest and motives,ignoring the truth of the situation, and also discouraging potential synergies from potential investors.

Festivals and tours Africa magazine sought to know the Visa procedures of Uganda.

HE,Ocheger said getting visas was a two way the either online where you would be given a code that informs u are accepted and then a visa at the point of entry.The the physical Visa application where you could apply with a hundred dollars for a tourist Visa, plus the advantage of a tourist Visa it let's you into three countries ,Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya.

Festivals and tours Africa magazine team was eager to know what was the Tourism and Trade attraction to Uganda?

HE Ocheger explained proudly Uganda was rich in games and natural reserves of endangered species of animals not found anywhere in the world but Africa, from Lions, Giraffes, Mountain Gorilla's Elephants, Antelopes etc,he boasted of lakes ,mountains,the peak ofMountain Rwenzori that had snow at the top all the seasons of the year,even though Uganda had two seasons wet and Dry seasons.
He mentioned that Uganda had large quantities of Rice,milk liquid and powdered, Tea,Tobacco, Wheat, coffee and more..

We the Festivals and tours Africa magazine team were curious to know at what point  Uganda as a country was in terms of women empowerment and inclusion in government.

HE Ocheger was very proud to tell us that Uganda had taken this the role of the women in development very seriously as far back as 1986,from then till 1994 when the constitution was rewritten, it was emphatic that the women and the youth where recognized as disadvantaged by sex,by history,tradition and ability, you may wish to know that Uganda is the first in the whole of Africa to have a female Vice President. Constitutionally not politically women have a 30% representation which can not be altered at all levels.
Uganda recognizes and respects the roles of women in development and their inclusion cannot be tampered with buh can only get better.

We also have women heading development banks, as CEOs head of various statutory bodies etc.We could say we proudly took the lead in East Africa and by extension Africa today others have followed suit including Rwanda.

FTA:As we rap up HE,NELSON OCHEGER,ANYTHING U LIKE TO ADD?

HE NELSON OCHEGER:As I rap I'll just add that NO ONE ELSE EXCEPT AFRICANS WILL DEVELOP AFRICA, NO ONE ELSE EXCEPT AFRICANS WILL TELL THEIR OWN STORY. THERE ARE IS A LOT OF POTENTIAL S TO VISIT, GROW,INVEST,BUILD ITSELF.
HARNESS RESOURCES TO DEVELOP INFRASTRUCTURE IN AFRICA THE ROADS THE RAILWAY S,WATER TRANSPORT.
THE ONUS IS ON US EACH AND EVERY ONE, BOTH PUBLIC AND PRIVATE TO PLAY OUR RIGHTFUL ROLES.

Friday, 22 November 2019

THE SANDY ROY BEAUTY THERAPY INSTITUTE (BTI) LAUNCHES IN ABUJA, SET TO REVOLUTIONALIZE BEAUTY THERAPY IN NIGERIA.

LR: Dr. Hilda Titiloye; BTI Abuja Principal and Sandy Fuhr; owner BTI/CIDESCO President  during the launch of Beauty Therapy Institute in Abuja.


The Sandy Roy Beauty Therapy Institute (BTI) Abuja launch event took place on Tuesday 12th November 2019, at BTI office in Maitama, Abuja. There was a great turn out of experts, professionals and enthusiasts in the beauty therapy industry. 

Sandra Fuhr, owner/franchisor of BTI and the current CIDESCO international President was on ground to grace the event where she talked extensively about the importance of a solid education in the beauty therapy industry and raising quality Beauty Therapists. 

The introduction/welcome address was by Dr Hilda Titiloye, Principal BTI Abuja and Clinic Director/Aesthetic Physician Skin101 clinics. Other speakers at the event were Adanma Okoro, Aesthetician at Skin101 Medspa Abuja and Educator BTI Abuja, and lastly Dr Onyinye Ibeagi, Aesthetic Doctor at SKIN101 clinics. It was an interactive session where a lot of knowledge was transferred on the topics of Skin peels, skin assessment and also professionalism and opportunities in the beauty industry. 
 
Since 1996, Beauty Therapy Institute has been committed to excellence by providing its trainees with top quality trainers. They pride themselves on offering flexible, part-time modular training courses in Health, Beauty and Skincare Therapy, so you can study at your own pace in your own time. Their Vision is to professionally educate individuals to enhance their lives and careers which will benefit the Health, Beauty and Skincare industry via exceptional, quality assured training.

The Sandy Roy Beauty Therapy Institute (BTI) Abuja is one of the 12 campuses located around Africa offering internationally recognized training that can lead to international certifications that enable graduates work anywhere in the world. With the establishment of BTI Abuja, the future of the beauty industry is steeped in education. It has never been easier to get well prepared for your future beauty career. 

BTI Abuja is located at No. 35 Pope John Paul II street, off Gana street, Maitama, Abuja.

For further inquires please reach them via mobile: 09086000333 or email: btiabuja@gmail.com

Instagram: @bti_abuja
 
Also find more information about the more than 40 courses offered at www.beautytherapyinstitute.co.za

Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Corruption issues in the oil and gas sector can be fixed if the national assembly steps up its oversight functions

OrderPaper Advocacy Initiative (OAI), a legislative interface platform, has asked the national assembly to step up its oversight on the country's oil and gas sector.

In a statement on Monday, Oke Epia, executive director of OAI, said the federal lawmakers could achieve this by engaging the audits carried out by the Nigeria Extractives Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI).

Epia lamented that previous NEITI reports laid before the national assembly as required by statutes have received little or no attention.

"The reports contain germane recommendations which when implemented can fix issues of corruption and other yawning gaps that have denied Nigerians the benefit of her huge petroleum resources for decades," he said.

"The 2016 NEITI oil nand gas audit put the total financial flows including crude oil sales, taxes, royalties and other income into the federation, other tiers of government and sub-national entities at $17.055 billion."

According to him, some of the recommendations in the report have not been implemented.

"The remediation of financial, physical and process gaps identified in NEITI audits have continued to be a major drag in the governance of the oil and gas sector and this is one core responsibility the current National Assembly must take up with all alacrity and consistency to restore transparency and accountability," he said.

The executive director said his organisation is set to roll out a purpose-built civic technology tool called RemTrack which will simplify the NEITI audit reports and stimulate massive citizen participation in the extractive sector.

"RemTrack, which has been developed in collaboration with the Civil Society Steering Committee (CSSC) of NEITI, will not only encourage informed citizen participation but also advance the performance of legislative oversight over the sector," Epia said.

Monday, 16 September 2019

StarTimes, Kpop, Psy and Otondo in Japan



It’s a silly mistake Africans especially Nigerians make when the err at greeting an obvious Asian by saying Mihow- when infact the fellow is Japanese. The ubiquitous presence of Chinese is overwhelming in Africa. It has become a default expectation for many Africans to categorize most Asians they meet in Africa as Chinese. This can easily be linked to the massive population of China and their increased forays into Africa.

Thursday, 1 August 2019

If He Wasn’t Rich, Would You Love Him? – Nigerians Ask Regina Daniels After She Shared Loved Up Photo Of Herself And Hubby


                                  

Nollywood actress, Regina Daniels, took to her Instagram page to share a love up photo between herself and husband, Ned Nwoko,(59-year-old former house of Representative member) and the photo has sparked up reaction from Nigerians.

Actress Ini Edo Shows Off Her Curves In New Video She Shared On Instagram

                                  

Popular Nollywood actress, Ini Edo shows off her amazing figure in latest video she shared on social media.

Kanu Nwankwo Wife’s Celebrates Him Today With Love Up Photo As He Marks 43rd

                                  

Ex Super Eagles player, Kanu who is a native of Abia State, southeast Nigeria and a member of the Aro sub-group of the Igbo ethnic group. Nwankwo means “Child born on Nkwo market day” in the Igbo language, He was born on 1 August 1976.

#BBNaija 2019: “I Don’t Find The New Male Housemates Attractive” – Esther Tells Diane And Mercy (Watch Video)


                          

2019 Big Brother Naija housemates, Diane, Esther and mercy were caught on camera discussing about the newly introduced housemates by Biggie.

#BBNaija 2019: The House Run Out Of Condoms Because Of Khafi And Gedoni – Thelma

2019 Big Brother Naija evicted housemate, Thelma has also confirmed the $exual activities between Khafi and her lover Gedoni in the House.

Ned Nwoko Captured Playing With Regina Daniels Bumbum Before His Children (Watch Video)

This is a viral video as a billionaire, Ned Nwoko was spotted playing with his wife, Regina Daniels bumbum, in the presence of his children as she enjoyed a luxury meal.

BBNaija 2019: Omashola And Mercy Fight After Midnight (Watch Video)

                              

2019 BBNaija housemate, Omashola could have beaten other housemate, Mercy in a fight earlier today but they kept it verbal. This was as a result of Mercy’s nonchalance to a task given to them by biggie.

Ify Okoye Reveals How Bobrisky Hacked BBNaija, Nina Instagram Account


A Nigerian doctor, Ify Okoye who accused popular Nigerian cross-dresser, Bobrisky of owing her N8 million, has shown that she’s not backing down anytime soon as she has continued to make startling revelations about Bobrisky.

SCHOOL FEES SLASH IN WHITEPLAINS BRITISH SCHOOL ABUJA NIGERIA


                             

The Management and board of White plains British Schools both internationally and in Nigeria recently held a crucial meeting and the outcome, an unprecedented decision to make standard and world class education more accessible to Nigerians.

Wednesday, 31 July 2019

See what Senator Chimaroke Nnamani said about Ministerial nominee Geoffrey Onyeama - Watch Video



Former Governor of Enugu State and now Senator, representing Enugu East Senatorial District Senator Chimaroke Nnamani who was recently appointed

Sunday, 28 July 2019

BBNaija: ‘Take Your Eviction Like A Man And Move On’ – Leo Dasilva Teases Tuoyo

                               

Following evicted housemate, Tuoyo interview with Linda Ikeji TV, where he spoke about the relationships in the house and housemate Tacha, maybe using ‘juju,’ 2018 BBNaija housemate Leo, has shared his thoughts on this.

Chris Brown Spotted Dancing To Naira Marley’s Soapy

                                Davido and Chris Brown

American singer, Chris Brown was spotted on camera dancing to Naira Marley’s controversial song, Soapy along with his friends at a club.

My Big Boobs Are Too Sexy And Sweet To Make Me Have Back Pain”, Says Nollywood Actress

                                                     

Nollywood actress, Ruth Eze also known as Ruthy had an exclusive interview with a new source in which she opened up about her pains and needs for a man.

Iyabo Ojo’s Daughter, Priscillia Opens Up On Rumoured Relationship With Lil Kesh

Priscilla Ojo

Nollywood actress, Iyabo Ojo’s second child, Priscilla Ajoke Ojo has finally addressed her rumoured relationship with rapper, Lil Kesh.
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