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IBEDC, OTHERS PARTNER USAID… HARPS ON WOMEN EMPOWERMENT, GENDER EQUITY

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Activist Urges Women Women have been urged to embrace careers in the energy sector to break the cultural norms and close the female gender gap.
Some feminist activists made the call at a career fair held at the Faculty of Science, University of Ibadan, on Friday in Ibadan.

 

The event tagged: “DISCO for Women Career Fair” was organised by the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company in collaboration with the USAID.
NAN also reports that the event was organised for the female final year students on career opportunities in the male-dominated energy sector to foster broader women representation in the country.

 

Ms Ehi Obaseki, IBEDC Chief Human Resource Officer, said that the Career Fair was a platform to provide unique opportunities for the female gender on learning, engagement and networking.
Obaseki said IBEDC believes in applying and getting jobs, but having the right set of people for job roles in equal measure, without bias.

 

She said that the effort of having the right set of people for job roles was a critical success factor for the country’s sustained economic growth. “With this Career Fair, we need to be brave and chart a course no one has ever taken before. It’s the first of its kind undertaken by any corporate body in Nigeria.

“It is important to have a vision that guides you in life and this vision should be informed by your passion and your talents.
“Employers are joining the race for your academic brain which makes it difficult to decide where the best start of your career should be,” she said.
Obaseki described IBEDC as a great starting point for work-life with admirable gender equity and diversity with practical on-the-job experience.
“A great learning environment and amazing workforce. It undertakes an array of career enriching projects with practical on the job experience,” she said.

 

The chief human resource officer implored the female final year students to make the most of the invaluable resources that had been placed before them.
Also, Mrs Angela Olanrewaju, IBEDC Head of Brand and Corporate Communication, said the Career Fair was part of the gender diversity programme the company had been involving for over six years.
Olanrewaju said that the power company had been partnering with USAID on a lot of initiatives, adding that one of them was empowering women. “What we noticed in this sector is that there is a lot of capacity gap for women.

 

The percentage of our women in this sector is very low.
“So, we partner with them to do a lot of programmes like this to make sure that we bring in qualified women onboard.
“We want to make sure that the power sector becomes an attractive industry for women to look into.
“So, we think we should do very deliberate things to make sure that we have gender diversity,” she said.

 

Olanrewaju admonished the government on women inclusiveness, saying research had proven that women bring a lot to the workplace, both at the government and economic levels.
Earlier, Prof. Babatunde Ekanola, the Acting Vice-Chancellor, University of Ibadan, expressed the university’s appreciation to the power company for picking the institution as a beneficiary of the first edition of the Career Fair.

 

Ekanola, represented by Dr Demola Louis, said the main reason for the Fair was to expose female final year students to career opportunities in IBEDC and other energy sectors of the economy.
He reiterated the university’s commitment to gender equity in all aspects of the institution’s life, including teaching, staff recruitment and administration.

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Ganado Farms: Redefining Nutrition, Agric Business In Nigeria

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The quest for the diversification of the Nigerian economy has no doubt hit a chord with many Nigerians, especially young people with an unquenchable thirst for entrepreneurial endeavors. The recourse and adherence to the quest for diversification, from research and daily realities, is more pronounced in the areas of agriculture and agribusiness, an area several Nigerian youths and start-ups are playing hard and smart. One of such start-ups is Ganado Farms, a multi-crop and integrated agribusiness involved in crop cultivation and livestock breeding. The success story of Ganado Farms is one many Nigerians will find inspiring and at the same time, surprising. This is because the reach and scope of the company, which started off in 2017, to say the least, is phenomenal.

Ganado Farms, which no doubt have its hands full, growing crops such as Cassava, Fruits, Vegetables, Ofada Rice, Ginger, Strawberry, Potatoes, Onions, Watermelon, Cucumber, Lettuce, Cabbage, Tomato, Pepper and Carrots, aside livestock breeding, can be described as one of the most diversified companies involved in agribusiness in Nigeria.

Speaking on the operations of the company, it’s Head of Operations, Mr. Tomisin Inumo-Jacobs in a chat, said though Ganado Farms is still a young company, which came into being in April 2017, the company nevertheless have the vision of becoming the pioneer of agro and techno platforms, through organic food, which will help in promoting and uplifting the agriculture sector in Nigeria and Africa at large.

 

He said: “We believe strongly that agriculture is still man’s oldest profession and as long as people and even animals eat, the sky is the beginning.

“Though we are still young, haven started operations precisely in April 2017, we already have farms in Nigeria and Ghana. We are in 3 states across the southwest and Plateau State in the North Central.

“In Jos and Epe in Lagos, we have our fruits and vegetable farms, while in Wasimi in Ogun State, we have the livestock farm. The Ofada Rice and Cassava farms are located in Oyo State, while we also grow ginger, Onions, strawberry and potatoes in Jos.

Speaking further, Inumo-Jacobs said the company focuses primarily on large-scale production of watermelon, cucumber, lettuce, cabbage, tomato, pepper, carrots, vegetables, potatoes, onion and strawberries.

Unlike many other companies that focus only on farming and the production of farm products, Ganado Farms is multi-faceted, as it also offers agricultural training and consultancy.

“We help people who are looking at going into agriculture but probably do not have the time and the experience to get started to generate maximum profit by helping them acquire the land and farming for them based on solid insurance and expertise. We also help sell to our off-takers after harvest.

“So far, we have helped over 1,200 stakeholders maximize great profits through agriculture. Our passion for Agriculture and transparency has helped us to stay on top of our game in the Agribusiness”, the Ganado Farms boss said.

Ganado Farms also prides itself of having a mission that speaks volumes of what has propelled it to the enviable level it has attained in a short while, as the mission statement says: ” to be ever dependable in helping people make a risk free agribusiness decision and healthy living, contributing our quota to the most affordable and organic food production, employment rate and promoting agriculture in Nigeria, Africa and beyond.”

 

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Though agriculture is believed to be the oldest profession in the world with its practice still largely primitive and manual in this part of the world, Ganado Farms have brought in some innovations, taking advantage of information and communication technology to make its operations less cumbersome.

According to Inumo-Jacobs, these innovative ways of doing things, especially with technology, were informed by the quest of the company to give the general public a more affordable, fresher, cleaner, healthier and more hygienic farm produce directly from their farms.

“We have been able to set up a value chain, reaching the final consumers directly with our products. Buyers can now shop from the comfort of their homes and get it delivered to their doorsteps through our fast and efficient delivery service, Ganado Logistics.

“Farm produce such as 100% stone-free Ofada Rice, Well produced Garri Flakes, Dried Catfish, Tomatoes, Habanero Pepper, Chilli Pepper, Local Pepper, Cucumber, Watermelon, Pineapple, 100% Fruit Juice and Smoothies in all variants. Potatoes, Strawberries, Chicken, Turkey, Eggs, Pigs and Cows can be ordered online by clicking on http://www.ganadofoods.com and it will be delivered in record time”, he said

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JCI Nigeria partners P&G, donate Sanitary Towels in the Celebration of the Girl-Child

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As Nigeria joins the rest of the world to commemorate and celebrate the Girl Child, Junior Chamber International Nigeria in partnership with P&G paid a visit to Alapere Comprehensive High School to sensitize the Female Students and donate Sanitary Pads. Speaking at the event, The National President, JCI Nigeria – Abiola Olorunnisola encouraged female students to be upright, Diligent, Bold and Be Active Citizens in all their endeavors, adding that the future belongs to the youth.

Olorunnisola further reinstated the organization’s commitment to continuous support and collaboration for the betterment of the youths through education and other initiatives. ‘’We are committed to improving the state of the world by engaging in meaningful initiatives in our immediate environment.

Also speaking at the gathering, the Local President of JCI Ikeja, Tricia Inalu charged the girls to ensure they pay due attention to themselves, their body and take care of their mental health.

Amongst JCI Nigeria delegates that were present at the donation event are Director of Projects, JCI Ikeja – Ruth Oriyomi Idowu; Director of Membership Services and Awards, JCI Ikeja – Wunmi Fakoya and other Members of the Organisation.

The Sensitization was followed by the distribution of Sanitary Towels. The Principal of the School, expressed his profound gratitude for the existing relationship and usual support to the School.

It will be recalled that 10 Blocks of Modern Toilets were also donated to the School in the month of June 2021 by JCI Ikeja. The President of JCI Ikeja, Tricia Inalu assured the Principal and the Students of the Organization’s continuous supports.

JCI Nigeria has been involved in different developmental projects all across the states of the federation, driving and providing development opportunities that empower young people to create positive change.

The organization is a worldwide platform

of young, active citizens under the age of 40 comprising career professionals, entrepreneurs, and public-spirited individuals desirous of making a positive impact in their communities.

 

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  Siju Iluyomade Begins Distribution of ‘Arise Pink Bucket’ Palliative Across Nigeria

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In a bid to bring succor to the less privileged in the society, Arise Women, led by Dr Siju Iluyomade has put everything in place to begin the distribution of its ‘Pink Bucket’, a food basket to serve as palliatives for millions of people across the country.

The package which consists of a couple of items like Spaghetti, Rice, Tomato paste, groundnut Oil among other things will be the content in a pink bucket, which is now a regular activity of Dr. Iluyomade’s way of reaching out to lots of underprivileged tagged ‘Arise Pink Bucket’ (APB), will commence on December 4th officially.

Though the distribution of the buckets started on 1st of December during Dr. Iluyomade’s championed Handmaidens weekly event at the COD Redeemed Christian Church of God, Victoria Island, were people trooped in to pick up the ‘Arise Pink Bucket’ palliatives, the distribution to Local Governments across the Country later during the week.

Over 3million of ‘Arise Pink Buckets’ are expected to be distributed in many parts of the country in the next few weeks according to Dr. Iluyomade.

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