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Olu of Warri, Olori Atuwatse III Provide Scholarships to 27 Riverine Children

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To advance access to educational opportunities for children in underserved communities within the Warri Kingdom, Ogiame Atuwatse III, Olu of Warri, and Olori Atuwatse III’s Royal Iwere Foundation (RIF), have partnered with Valley Stream British Academy (VAB), Sapele, to provide 27 children of primary and secondary school enrollment age with 3-6-year scholarships.

This partnership exemplifies a strong commitment from RIF and VAB to cultivate future leaders who will contribute to the socio-economic advancement of the Warri Kingdom and impact the global landscape.

Speaking on the importance of the RIF Scholarship Fund, Olori Atuwatse III stated, “The agency to transform our country and continent is education. We understand how critical it is for our children to access quality developmental education. This is why we invest robustly in education at the Royal Iwere Foundation to ensure the potentials of marginalized communities, especially the riverine, are not sidelined. I also applaud the management and staff of the Valley Stream British Academy, Sapele, for supporting this vision to nurture great minds regardless of their backgrounds.”

“I also use this opportunity to encourage more educational institutions across primary, secondary, and tertiary levels to partner with us, as over 20 million children are out of school according to the UNESCO Global Education Report, and we have many more lives to impact. RIF is resolute in its mission to empower and nurture great minds in the Warri Kingdom because these children are the leaders of tomorrow, and tomorrow is almost here. Let’s equip them for it.”

The RIF Scholarship Fund is an initiative under the Education Project pillar of the Royal Iwere Foundation, the humanitarian arm of the Warri Kingdom Monarchy. This pillar has been described as a catalyst for positive change and has created educational pathways through projects such as the Teachers Training Programme, Teach For RIF, Love Gardens, STEM Hub Boot Camp, Story Time with Mama Iwere, and Raising Royalty Academy. These initiatives aim to help riverine children and youths in underprivileged communities of the Warri Kingdom achieve their academic goals and contribute to the socio-economic advancement of Warri Kingdom, Delta State, and Nigeria at large.

The RIF Scholarship Fund works closely with community leaders, parents, and partner schools to provide comprehensive support across primary, secondary, and tertiary levels of education. Since its inception, it has impacted 43 beneficiaries: 22 at the primary level, 18 at the secondary level, and 3 at the university level. The beneficiaries, ranging in age from 9 to 25, include 19 males and 21 females across 15 communities in Warri. The annual net worth of the scholarships is currently valued between ₦150,000,000 and ₦200,000,000.

The primary and secondary levels of the RIF Scholarship Fund provide 3-6 years of quality education to underprivileged children aged 9-13 in reputable South-South Nigerian schools. The multi-layered program identifies underserved communities, invites pupils for assessment tests, and offers a 6-8 week boarding program with dedicated teachers, a custom curriculum, and support from child therapists and medical practitioners. The fund wraps up with scholarship exams and onboarding for successful pupils who undergo medicals and complete documentation before starting their new schools. Beneficiaries also join RIF’s Raising Royalty Academy, gaining access to summer camps, leadership coaching, and development programs for global opportunities.

The Royal Iwere Foundation (RIF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating and empowering the people of the Warri Kingdom for a brighter future. RIF is committed to effectively tackling obstacles and vulnerabilities that could hinder the Kingdom’s continuous development and its capacity to compete internationally through targeted SDG-oriented initiatives. For inquiries about RIF’s projects, please contact the foundation directly.

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OSSAP-TVEE, Ministry of Labour Signs MoU on Skill Development

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The Office of the Special Assistant to the President on Technical, Vocational and Entrepreneurship Education (OSSAPTVEE) Friday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Labour and Employment on the development of skills among youths in the country.

The ceremony, which took place at the office of the Minister of Labour and Employment, Hon. Nkeiruka Chidubem Onyejeocha, was witnessed by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mr. Ismaila Abubakar, directors of the Ministry as well as the OSSAP-TVEE Team.

In her brief remarks before the signing ceremony, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Technical, Vocational and Entrepreneurship Education, Madam AbiolaArogundade, expressed delight at the signing of the agreement describing it as a milestone in the collaborative development and upscaling of skills in Nigeria.

Madam Arogundade, who noted that the percentage of the high-skilled labour in the country currently is at the abysmal low of 15 percent, added that her office is currently engaged in  conducting  a skills mapping survey across the 36 states of the Federation to identify relevant skills required in the Job Market,  

She also pointed out that her office is in collaboration with the TETFUND and the National Bureau on Technical Education (NBTE) both to ensure adequate funding support for its programmes and the Certification of Vocational Skills beneficiaries for proper job placement, among other programmes currently being executed by the office.


Article 3 of the MoU,
requires the two bodies to collaborate to achieve an effective and efficient implementation of the President’s 8 point Agenda with respect to Job Creation by creating a descent and sustainable jobs per year to Nigerians, particularly the Youths and to work together to achieve the goals of Labour Employment and Empowerment Programme (LEEP).

This, according to the Article, include the creation of 2.5 million jobs annually especially in the area of vocational and entrepreneurship skills, collaborate among themselves on planning, execution and evaluation of LEEP by ensuring the effective utilization of the resources and expertise and to coordinate regular meetings and progress reports that will be scheduled to assess the achievements and challenges of the programme.

While Article 5 of the MoU also confers on the OSSAP-TVEE the responsibility of  conducting  a skills mapping survey to identify relevant skills required in the Job Market, the Offices agrees to develop a comprehensive curriculum aligned with the identified skills and to oversee the certification process as contained in Article 4  subsection 2 of the MoU.

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Biola Arogundade Gives Hope

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Abiola Arogundade oozes class and panache no doubt; meeting her for the first time will sweep you off your feet as her oratory and highly cerebral prowess will attract you to her. All her life, she is a result-oriented person as he talks less and believes in more action.

The Ondo State-born lady, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on technical vocation and entrepreneurship education, cut her teeth first with the British House of Commons from 2004 to 2009, where she served as a Policy Researcher and Adviser for the All Parliamentary Party Group for Africa. Where she advised on critical Foreign Direct Investment matters, presenting comprehensive analyses to influential figures, and steering high-stakes discussions on debt relief and governance-related issues in Africa.

 She also served at the Lagos State Government, as the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Economic Planning from 2009 to 2015. Her tenure was marked by pioneering the establishment of the Evidence-Based Impact Assessment Unit, where she meticulously analysed budget allocations’ effects on the economy, redirected funds for maximum impact, and presented comprehensive reports to the executive council. Last weekend on the 8th of June, in her capacity as SSA EVEE, she once again showed the stuff she was made of when she unveiled her Unleash Potentials, Driving Economic Potentials U-Lock Programme while participants graduated after months of intense training and they were presented with startup grants worth N500,000. The event which was held at Asokoro, Abuja had an attendance of over 120 participants, including top government officials, aides, ministers and other captains of industry. Arogundade disclosed that the U-lock program was conceptualized to bring hope to the youth demography and also teach them the potential of learning handiwork and transit from the white-collar world to creating jobs and employment through unlocking potentials. She also gave out solar-fitted mobile kiosks to winners. She also through the Corporate Affairs Commission CAC registered their businesses and also ensured they opened a bank account with Providus Bank to ensure smooth transactions and free flow of funds for economic gains.  

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Nwobi Hails Dumo-Lulu Briggs At 60

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Ms. Rosemary Nwobi, the Corporate Affairs Officer of Platform Petroleum, recently conveyed her warm wishes for Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs, the Chairman of Platform Petroleum, on his 60th birthday. Her heartfelt message highlighted Chief Lulu-Briggs’s tremendous philanthropic endeavors and his unwavering commitment to improving his community and the people around him. She described him as a remarkable individual, accentuating his selfless nature and willingness to assist anyone in need, regardless of their background.

Ms Rosemary Nwobi also lauded Chief Lulu-Briggs for his significant impact on the lives of many, noting his generosity and dedication to nurturing talent and empowering others. She added that the Rivers State High Chief and the Chairman of Platform Petroleum Limited is a remarkable person whose impact can be felt by all sundry, especially those whose paths have crossed his. She further divulges that he is one of the few detribalised men who does not care about your background before taking a chance to assist when anyone is in need. She writes, “On the occasion of your birthday, I celebrate the millions of lives you have impacted through your generosity and your heart of gold. I want to celebrate you for making yourself readily available and making sure that those around you tap from your affluent repertoire of knowledge and wealth of experience. Chairman sir, you have created a platform for men and women to grow and you have given us your wings to fly and soar on which shows how selfless of a man you are. Your sheer generosity and your ability to spot talents have made many grow from influence to influence. As you celebrate today may you continue to grow in good health and wealth. I celebrate God’s grace and greatness in your life.”

It was gathered that the Celebrant Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs who is also the paramount head, of Oruwari Briggs War Canoe Houses of Abonnema, the Chairman of Petroleum Limited and the CEO of DLB Group of Companies is set to begin a sequel of activities to mark his 60th birthday as he will be celebrated to the high heavens by friends, family and associates in the coming weeks.

 

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