Experts Underscore Role of Financial Services in Funding MSMEs

ASABA/Nigeria: Stakeholders have hinged access to finance as the ability of individuals or enterprises to obtain financial services, including credit, deposit and other risk management services. The assertion was made yesterday during the third edition of the COVID-19 recovery webinar series tagged “Accessing Finance to Improve your Business during the COVID-19 Era” organized by the Delta State Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency. The stakeholders included Dr. Kingsley Emu, Economic Adviser to the Governor of Delta State, Mrs. Stella Okotete, Executive Director, Business Development, NEXIM BANK and Mr. Jerry…

FIRE OUTBREAKS: Commissioner Harps on Appropriate Handling of Electrical Appliances

WARRI/Nigeria: The Delta State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), has reiterated the need for the appropriate handling of electrical appliances in our homes to mitigate incidences of fire occurrences. The Commissioner, Bureau for Special Duties, Hon. Omamofe Pirah, made the call when he visited a story building in Ekurede-Itsekiri axis of Warri, in Warri South Local Government Area gutted by fire last Saturday for an on-the-spot assessment. Preliminary investigations showed that the building of six flats belonging to one late Mr Suleman Abubakar went ablaze after an electric surge with the…

OPINION: Issues in ensuring COVID-19 Vaccine Compliance

By Derek Yach We conducted a survey in June of 2020 that addressed whether people’s willingness to use a COVID-19 vaccine and adopt other preventive healthcare measures was associated with trust An effective COVID-19 vaccine could help us emerge from isolation and end the social distancing required during this pandemic; but it will only work if people are willing to be vaccinated. We conducted a survey in June of 2020 that addressed whether people’s willingness to use a COVID-19 vaccine and adopt other preventive healthcare measures was associated with trust. …

Facebook announces its New Office in Lagos

LAGOS/Nigeria:  As part of its continued commitment and ongoing investment in Africa, Facebook today announced it will be opening an office in Lagos, Nigeria – its second office on the African continent. Aimed at supporting the entire Sub-Saharan Africa region, the office is expected to become operational in H2 2021 and will be the first on the continent to house a team of expert engineers building for the future of Africa and beyond. Facebook’s office will be home to various teams servicing the continent from across the business, including Sales,…

Reminisces Of Amaechi’s Political Activism: A History of Partisan Craftsmanship and the Foopp Factor – As Told By an Insider

“Amaechi’s exploits and unique feats in assisting to midwife the first successful union and formation of APC that was able to ouster a powerful political party like PDP that prouds herself as the largest political party in Africa from power is not an easy feat. This feat unarguably was achieved based on the knowledge he acquired above through the formation of FOOPP and I can authoritatively state that this unique feat of Amaechi in the history of opposition political parties in Rivers State and Nigeria stands him out as the…

Warri: Okere-Urhobo Youth Controversy, Okumagba Acted Against Court Order- Group

WARRI/Nigeria: A community based pressure group, Okere-Urhobo Solidarity Front, OUSF, says the President-General of Okere-Urhobo Kingdom in Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State, Chief Emmanuel Ono Okumagba, acted against a court order, when he inaugurated a 5-man interim Youth Executive, Friday September 11, to pilot the affairs of Okere-Urhobo for eight weeks, at the expiration of an interim leadership, which administered the youth body for three months. According to OUSF, members of the 8-week interim executive controversially sworn-in by Chief Emmanuel Okumagba in disregard of the purported court…

OPINION: Democracy, Electricity and a Nation’s Romance with Darkness

By Jerome-Mario Utomi The growth, prosperity and national security of any country says development practitioners are critically dependent upon the adequacy of its electricity supply. And, the link between electricity supply and economic development is such that the health of the industry is a matter of deep and personal concern to all citizens. Nigeria is no exception. Even Barrack Obama, a former president of the United States of America (USA), underlined the above assertion when he remarked in his book; the Audacity of Hope, that a nation that cannot control its energy sources…

OPINION: Expediency of Remembering POI’s Messages Through His Wife, Idia Ize-Iyamu At The Poll

By Isaac Asabor Never in the political history of Edo State, even right from when it was known as Bendel State, has the wife of an aspiring governor solidly threw her weight behind her husband ahead of an election just the way Professor Idia Ize-Iyamu is currently doing on behalf of her husband, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, (POI), the gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of the September 19 election. I must confess at this juncture that never before had I understood Saint John Chrysostom’s quote that says,…

Delta Assembly Pledges Continuous Effort to Make State Safe, and Peaceful

ASABA/Nigeria: The Delta State House of Assembly has pledged to continue their supports on policies and decisions that we make the state, and the entire Niger Delta safe and peaceful. This position was given at the Delta State Report on Insecurity by the Niger Delta Dialogue Secretariat in an event held Thursday, September 17, 2020 at the Orchid Hotel Asaba. Receiving the report, the Deputy Speaker, Rt. Hon Christopher Ochor Ochor, who represented the Speaker, Rt. Hon Sheriff Oborevwori, acknowledged the efforts of the organisers of the workshop, and promised…

SPECIAL FEATURE: How Tidi Is Changing the Narratives in Warri South

By Elohor Foghola George Bernard Shaw once said, ‘’Progress is impossible without change and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.’’ When Dr Michael Tidi took on the helms of affairs of Warri South Local Government Council on 6th January, 2018, it was at a time when Warri was in need of transformation from its negative narrative of youth restiveness, poor sanitary condition, insecurity, unemployment and poverty. Dr Tidi did not waste time in declaring his intention to changing the ugly narratives. The Tidi-led administration is embedded on…