Tech giant launches engineering academy in Ekiti State
The second academy follows the success of the first engineering academy in Lagos and it will be located in Ekiti State, Southwest Nigeria
According to various media reports, Samsung Electronics West Africa has launched its second engineering academy in Nigeria.
The second academy follows the success of the first engineering academy in Lagos and it will be located in Ekiti State, Southwest Nigeria, in partnership with the Ekiti State government.
Mr. Brovo Kim, MD, Samsung Electronics West Africa, commenting on the launch of the academy, said the aim is to build successful partnerships in Nigeria to equip the country’s youth with the technical skills they need to transform their lives and contribute to the development of the country.
“The Engineering Academy initiative seeks to address the critical technical and skills shortage in Africa, Samsung has launched its Engineering Academy in South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria to provide hands on vocational skills training for youth. By opening up well-paying job opportunities for its students, Samsung’s quality of service is differentiated and set in line with the government’s drive for creating decent jobs, especially for young citizens,” Kim stated.
The Ekiti Engineering Academy has three theory rooms and three practical rooms, each with a capacity of 20 seats.
Students at the academy will be taught across three disciplines including Audio Visual, Home Appliances, and Information Mobile Technology.
Monarch, Babalola urge Ekiti indigenes to invest at home
A call has gone to Ekiti State indigenes to invest in the state and tap into the vast natural resources abound in all the sixteen councils in the state.
The Ewi of Ado Ekiti, Oba Rufus Adejugbe, and the Founder of Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti (ABUAD), Aare Afe Babalola (SAN), who made the call said with the federal government decision to diversify the economy, the fertile land of the state, which they said is the best suitable for agriculture should attract Ekiti indigenes to return home and invest.
To them, such investments would not only better the lots of the people, government but also will solve the problem of youth unemployment and reduce crime rates in the state. Oba Adejugbe and Aare Babalola spoke respectfully in the Ewi Palace and ABUAD in the state capital, while hosting industrialist and Chairman of Prosperous Group of Companies owners of Prosperous Hotels and Resorts, Ado Ekiti, Chief Abiodun Isinkaiye, who paid them calls.
They lauded the industrialist for his investments in Ekiti State, which they said had added value to the state and its people, saying his recorded success should encourage others.
The monarch hinged his call on Ekiti people to come home to invest on the need to harness the vast opportunities in the state for its development, saying: “Nobody will develop this place for us if we don’t. So our people have to come here to invest. “There are lots of opportunities here that people should tap into. There are avenues for partnership with the state government. There are tourism potentials in the state. We have Ikogosi Warm Springs Resorts and the Iwaraja. Our land is fertile for agriculture and Ekiti can produce the food that can feed the nation”, he said
While lauding Isinkaiye for his contributions to the socio-economic development of the state, Babalola, who said investing in the state would bring about its transformation, urged other well-meaning Ekiti indigenes to heed the call to contribute to the growth of the state.
Babalola said that he established ABUAD, ABUAD Farms and the teaching hospital under construction in the state as part of his contributions to lift the state. Isinkaiye said he derived his inspiration to establish the hotel and oil and gas outlets in the Ekiti State from the love that Afe Babalola has for the state, assuring that he would expand the scope of his investments in the state in the New Year.
Ekiti State government on Wednesday at The Lady Jibowu Hall of Government House in Ado-Ekiti flagged off distribution of the Ekiti State Government/CBN Micro, Small and Medium Scale Enterprises loan in her effort at improving the welfare of her people.
The State Commissioner for Finance, Chief Toyin Ojo who described the ceremony as a very important milestone in the life of this administration thanked the state Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose for his efforts at ensuring the programme saw the light of the day adding that the flag off of the scheme is a further testimony of the Governor’s continued contribution to the development of SMSE in the state.
Chief Ojo who said Micro, Small and Medium Scale Enterprises have been acknowledged universally as a delivery mechanism for economic development and poverty alleviation stressed that research has shown that SMSE account for more than 95% of all productive activities (besides oil and agriculture) with the capacity to employ over 70% of the workforce as well as ability to contribute about 70% to GDP.
The Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose who was represented by his deputy, Dr. Kolapo Olusola in his address charged members of the Ekiti State Government/CBN/SMSE Development Fund Technical Committee to ensure the creation of enabling environment to facilitate SMSEs’ prompt access to the funds and also make sure it gets to the grassroots as well as the need for beneficiaries to pay back as at when due.
“While the committee in charge of the disbursement of this fund has been instructed to do what is right by giving enabling environment to those who are qualified to access this fund, a lot of moral burden is placed on those of us who are the beneficiaries to also ensure that we do not default in repaying this loan”.
“I want to tell you that the era of business as usual has gone for good in Ekiti State. There is nobody that will take this loan and will not be made to pay back within the stipulated period, I am laying emphasis on it because this is very very important, this is the first tranche of this disbursement, if those of us benefiting in the first phase fails to repay as at when due, apart from the fact that we are ripping off the state government despite the economic recession that we are experiencing, the other disadvantage of defaulting is that we’ll be depriving those who are expected to benefit from the second phase of this same fund and that will not be fair on other noble citizens of the state who are expected to also be beneficiaries of this loan”, the governor said.
Reacting on behalf of the micro-finance banks who will serve as intermediaries between the people and the government regarding the loan repayment, GM of Ikole Micro-Finance, Mr. Toyin Famoroti while promising that the banks will not disappoint the government in the discharge of their duties thanked the state government for giving Ekiti people this uncommon opportunity for economic emancipation.
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Protest in Ekiti over Fayose’s airport project
Land owners and farmers displaced by the airport project in Ekiti State yesterday protested against what they called “illegal acquisition of their farmlands and unlawful destruction of economic trees and crops”.
They claimed that 10 farmers, including three women, have died of shock from what they called “huge economic loss”, resulting from the destruction of their farms.
The farmers, from Igbemo, Igbogun, Aso, Iwajo and Ijan spanning three local governments -Ado, Gbonyin and Irepodun/Ifelodun-, urged Governor Ayo Fayose to stop work on the project because of the suit they had filed in court.
They described the acquisition of their land as “fraudulent, wicked, callous and illegal”, alleging that government surveyors and other officials visit their land occasionally to steal their produce, including cocoa, cocoyam, yam and banana.
The placard-carrying protesters claimed that they did not receive any valid notice before government bulldozers moved in to destroy their farms.
The farmers said they don’t need any compensation but restoration of their land.
Some of their placards read: “Gov Fayose, Please Relocate Your Airport to Government Forest”; “We All Say No To Illegal Airport Project”; “Please Leave Us Alone, Don’t Damage Our Life”; “This Land Is The Major Cocoa Plantation, Please No Trespass”; “Igbogun Cries Over Illegal Destruction of Our Property” and “Iwajo, Aso Say No To Illegal Airport”.
They urged the Federal Government through the Ministry of Agriculture to save them from being thrown into the labour market.
Their leader, Ojo Awe, said: “We are here to protest the bulldozing of our farms without any prior legal notice and we are here to invite the Federal Government to help us talk to Fayose to leave our farms alone.
“We have not received any compensation as being claimed by the government, nothing of such happened.
“This step is illegal although they may say the land belongs to them but if you want to take over my land you must tell me because my ancestors owned the land before government came.
“The other area where government also erred was when we heard the rumour that the land might be acquired, we went to court and court papers were duly served.
“When the process was going on, government invited the monarchs of the affected communities and served them papers, indicating that the land had been taken over, despite the pending court action. This is illegal and unacceptable.
“This government wants to defraud us. Nobody was contacted before our land was bulldozed. The government in Ekiti does not respect the rule of law and when officials come to our farms, they steal our cocoa, cocoyam, yam and banana.
“The effect of their action on our land cannot be quantified because since they destroyed our land and crops, we have not made anything and 10 persons have died of shock, including three women.”
But Commissioner for Information Lanre Ogunsuyi maintained that the land belongs to the government.
He urged the farmers to channel their grievances to the right quarters rather than protesting.
Ogunsuyi said: “The project was conceived a long time ago. That land belongs to the government. Some people are just willing to clog the wheel of progress, but we would ensure the project is a success.
“The aggrieved people have means of avenues of channeling their grievances. We don’t have to hold meeting and turn anyone into a tin god in the process. If anybody wants to speak with the government, there are 14 ministries they can go to.
“We have a tradition of paying compensation and we would do that. But there is no way government would surrender its power to some people. The land belongs to government.”
Ekiti State Government has announced that it would release N10m for reforestation this year, warning forest guards against conniving with poachers and people who cut trees illegally to deplete the state’s natural resources or deny the state of legitimate revenue.
At a meeting forest guards and revenue officers in Ado Ekiti, Governor Ayodele Fayose said, “Like we did during my first term in office, when we planted trees across the state, we are going to embark on the same exercise now. The sum of N10 million will be used for that purpose this year. We cannot continue to fell trees and not re-plant. Cutting down a tree is like cutting down a human life”, he said.
In a statement by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi, the governor said anybody caught sabotaging government’s efforts would be severely dealt with.
Fayose noted that with dwindling statutory allocations from the Federal Government, the government had no option other than to look inwards to generate more income.
“If allocations from Abuja should stop coming, it does not mean that Ekiti State will be scrapped. We still have to exist as a state and our natural resources are what we need to fall back on.
“We don’t have crude oil but our forest reserves are some of the precious things we have. Anyone among you who collects money for people to cut tree illegally we be dealt with. You have put in many years into your career and I know you would not want all to go down the drain.
“To motivate you, we will provide 20 motorbikes to assist you in proper monitoring and on no account must anybody fail to remit any revenue collected as soon as you get it. Don’t go home with government money or spend it”.
Fayose added that he would ensure a conducive atmosphere for the workers, urging them to also reciprocate the gesture by putting in their best.
The Ogun State Government has warned communities sharing boundary with the State to stop encroaching into the state’s forest reserves, warning that trespassers would be dealt with in accordance with the rule of law.
The State Commissioner for Forestry, Chief Kolawole Lawal gave the warning while speaking with the residents of Odo-Oha in Imeko Afon Local Government area of the State, during a working visit to Imeko Forest Reserve.
Lawal said his visit to the reserve to enable him have first-hand information about the reserve and also to access the situation of the reserve, know the challenges militating against the maintenance and sustenance of the forest reserves as well as proffer solution to their plights