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Kano State Agro Pastoral Development Project offers N128. 25 million scholarships to 115 Kano students

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Kano State Agro Pastoral Development Project offers N128. 25 million scholarships to 115 Kano students


Ajagbe Adeyemi Teslim

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Kano state Agro Pastoral Project, KSADP, has disbursed one hundred and twenty eight million, two hundred and fifty thousand Naira worth of scholarships to 115 indigenes of Kano state.


The State Project Coordinator, Malam Ibrahim Garba who revealed this during the flag off of the disbursement, said the scholarship is strictly for students of agricultural extension and livestock related courses.


“The project, funded by the Islamic Development Bank, the Lives and Livelihood Funds and the Kano state government, is supporting five PhD students, 10, Msc students, 50 Ordinary National Diploma and 50 Higher National Diploma students from the Kano, in milk processing, livestock, crop management and extension at Bayero University, Kano, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, as well as polytechnics and colleges of agriculture”, he stated.


“This intervention is the first of its kind by any project in Kano and is aimed at supporting students from low-come families, who want to pursue their education in agricultural extension and livestock development, in view of its importance to food security and national development.”


Besides the scholarship, Malam Ibrahim disclosed that the project has approved funds for the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture, IITA and ICRISAT, to provide technical assistance to, and supervise the PhD and Msc thesis of the beneficiaries.


He explained that the 115 beneficiaries were selected from 1,250 applicants, adding that the 100 Ordinary National Diploma and Higher National Diploma students will get N970, 000 each for their two years of study, the Msc students will get N2, 050, 000 each while the Phd students will get N2, 150, 000 each, for their two years of study respectively.

The amount for each student covers, tuition fees, upkeep, cost of study materials etc.


The Kano State Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Jibrin Yusuf Rurum, tasked the beneficiaries to maintain positive attitude by devotion to their studies and by paying attention to skills development instead of anticipating white collar jobs when the complete their studies.


“You should remember that you have responsibility to your communities and the society in general so you should not become liabilities. You should study, not to wait for jobs but to be able to face the challenges of life”, he cautioned.


In his remarks, the Managing Director of KNARDA, Dr. Junaidu Yakubu Muhammad spoke extensively on the achievements of the KSADP, urging beneficiaries of its scholarship programme to make good use of the opportunity, in the overall interest of the state.


Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Malam Umar Musa thanked the Islamic Development Bank the Lives and Livelihood Fund, and the government for Kano state for using the KSADP to sponsor their education, saying they are fully committed to justifying the investment.


Highlights of the occasion include distribution of free laptops to all the 115 scholarship beneficiari
es

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SME: NITDA CANVASSES FOR ADOPTION, ADAPTATION OF DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

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AJAGBE ADEYEMI TESLIM

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The survival of the 21st century Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, (MSME) has been said to largely depend on the adoption and adaptation of digital technologies, hence, the call on entrepreneurs by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), to embrace it to increase productivity and profitability of their businesses.


The NITDA’s Director General, Kashifu Inuwa, expressed this view as a keynote speaker at the 10th edition of Abuja Enterprise Agency’s Business 360 Clinics with the theme “Technology Utilisation and Innovation: Its Effect on SME Profitability and Productivity.


The NITDA’s boss who was represented at the event by the Acting National Coordinator, Office for Nigerian Digital Innovation,(ONDI), Mr Yakubu Musa, said the effective utilisation of technology by SMEs will result in improved efficiency, and invariably leads to higher productivity. So, productivity increases when SMEs focuses on progress, rather than perfection.


He maintained that there is a significant impact on the economic survival of the nation if technology is embraced.

He said, “Technology utilisation exerts a significant impact on the economic survival of nations, particularly, in today’s high-technology market where technological innovations are rapid and disruptive.

This has become the gains derived from the adoption and adaptation of existing technologies while also investing in the creation of new technologies to ensure sustained growth in Nigeria’s SMEs.


While acknowledging that technological progress allows for efficient production of superior goods and services by SME, Kashifu noted that it remains the drivers of global economic growth. ”They play a major role in the economies of all the countries in the world by their contribution to national economic growth and employment. SMEs contribute greatly to job creation and overall economic growth,” he added.


The DG informed that NITDA has undertaken several collaborative initiatives and programmes that are positively impacting on Nigeria’s SME.

He listed some of the collaborations to include partnership with Nigeria Export Promotion Council (NEPC), on Digital Marketing for SMEs, Gender Techpreneurship Workshop for Women, partnership with the AEA on Digital Innovation Training for 300 secondary school students in the Federal Capital Territory, and many more.


Earlier in his welcome address, the AEA Chief Executive Officer, Malam Shehu Abdulquadir, described the theme as very apt because it hinged on technological adaptation towards the profitability of SMEs because the outbreak of COVID-19 has brought a lot of distribution which has made technological adaptation compelling.


He stated further that the program was aimed at supporting the recovery of SMEs from the COVID-19 pandemic, adding that, supporting SMEs after the pandemic would help them gain their traction back.


He revealed that the Agency has disbursed N200 million to 850 SMEs in Abuja and by next month, it is expected to disburse other tranches of 3.5 million USD to over 2,500 SMEs.


He said beneficiaries of the first tranches have retired the grant disbursed by the Agency from the World Bank assuring that “we are going to get more people from diverse stakeholders across all the six councils in the FCT to benefit from it.

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Photos As Speaker Obasa, Lawmakers Get Certificate Of Reture

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…Legislators thank Lagosians for mandate

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The Speaker of the Lagos Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, and other lawmakers-elect received their Certificate of Return from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday promising to ensure a greater Lagos at the 10th Assembly.

“On behalf of my colleagues, we will continue to build on the success of the current Assembly when we resume for the 10th Assembly. We want to assure Lagosians that we will continue to make laws, pass motions and resolutions that will bring progress to Lagos and protect the interests of residents.

“That’s the assurance that I have from the 39 other members-elect,” Dr. Obasa told journalists at the event which had Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Deputy Governor Obafemi Hamzat in attendance.

A total of 38 lawmakers-elect from the All Progressives Congress (APC) and two from the opposition received their Certificate of Return.

The Speaker thanked his constituents in Agege and Lagosians for their support for the APC.

“I thank my people in Agege for their consistency, loyalty and support at all times. And to Lagosians, we say thank you. At least APC has 38 lawmakers-elect out of the 40 for the House of Assembly. We have the three senatorial seats and a whole lot in the House of Representatives. We are very happy about this and have reasons to thank Lagosians.

“We are going to support the Governor in his assignments to bring growth and progress to Lagos State as well as protect the lives and property of our people. However, supporting the executive arm does not mean we are going to compromise or abandon our constitutionally guaranteed responsibilities,” Obasa said.

He expressed optimism that Lagos will benefit from the centre in the next administration because “we have a President-elect that we all have absolute confidence in and who had done very well in Lagos State with good track record.

“We are sure that with him, many of our national challenges would be resolved because he has the capacity and knowledge to deliver. I have no doubt in my mind about it.”

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ALFADARAI WITNESSES THE ISSUANCE OF CERTIFICATE OF RETURN TO THE GOVERNOR ELECT AND DEPUTY GOVERNOR ELECT IN LAGOS

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The State Commandant, NSCDC, Lagos state Command, Commandant of Corps Usman Alfadarai, fdc, mnim, mpa, fisn, today, Thursday, 30th March, 2023, witnessed the issuance of certificate of return to the Governor – Elect, Mr Babajide Olusola Sanwo – Olu and the Deputy Governor – Elect, Dr Kadri Obafemi Hazmat, of Lagos State, from the Honourable Resident Electoral Commissioner, of the State, Mr Olusegun Agbaje, at the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Yaba.

In addition, the members of the State House of Assembly also received their certificates of return today.

The event, which was also witnessed, by the Lagos Commissioner of Police, Idowu Owohunwa, mni, also had a lot of dignitaries from INEC and other relevant bodies, including visible media presence seen there today.

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