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NIMASA Grants Scholarship to 100 Marine Cadets



Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), has granted scholarship to 100 newly recruited seafarers under the Nigerian Seafarers Development Programmes (NSDP) students to embark on maritime training abroad.

Mr. Ziakede Patrick Akpobolokemi, director general NIMASA said the gesture was part of NIMASA’s effort at laying foundation to make Nigeria the hub in maritime human capacity development in Africa.

He described the NSDP as designed to provide platform for the socially and economically unprivileged Nigerians to benefit from the government and better their worth.

Akpobolokemi also lashed out at critics who had painted the programme as frivolous and waste of public fund, adding that it is never a white elephant project.

“Mr. President is committed to this programme. NIMASA will not give up on this. It will outlive my tenure; it has nothing tenure attached to it. And I want to use this medium to tell those who have labeled this programme as waste that they are wrong.

The industry, world over, is in dare need of seafarers, although the industry has witnessed some decline in the recent times,” the DG said.

He also enjoined the cadets to be law abiding, and take their studies seriously, on the contrary, they will forfeit the largesse. Hence, they should shun crime, violence and other nefarious activities that is capable of derailing their peogrammes.

He promised that their organization will treat them like human beings, because he believe in the efficacy of human capital development, as future of the nation.

Akpolokemi exuded confidence in the crop of youths, NIMASA is sending abroad for training and added that the programme is not a waste as envisaged by numbers of persons.

He said that it will rather be useful in development of  man power skills in other country and that, what the students owe Nigeria, is to come out in flying colours to enable them contribute their quote to the growth of the economy .

On his part, Professor Patrick Utomi, chancellor Pan-Africa University and special guest at the send off event, commended NIMASA for investing in youths.

He described the initiative as ‘’youth buy’’ as future leaders of tomorrow and for better economy.

Utomi enjoined them, to take the training with utmost seriousness, so as to imbibe the effectiveness of the Philippines seafarers, reputed in the world.


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TEDxIkeja Offers Panacea To Troubled World With Native Intelligence    




By Ugo Onwuaso

Thought leaders from different spheres of life who are adept at applying native intelligence to solve problems would meet at the 2017 edition of TEDxIkeja to offer panacea to a world troubled by myriad of challenges.

TEDxIkeja is a TED New York licensed conference. It tells native stories and showcase unusual ideas worth sharing to inspire people to change their lives, communities, and the world.


Annually, the forum attracts thought leaders who offer innovation, enterprise, and optimism as antidotes to global challenges.

Themed where do we go from here, TEDxIkeja 2017 would dissect the various ugly incidences that are occurring in Europe, Asia, USA, and Africa, and offer native solution to these incidences through storytelling techniques.   


In a statement released by Ademola Adeshola, the curator and organiser of TEDxIkeja, the world is at a crossroads and the present crop of leaders have not provided solutions to terrorism, terrorism financing, recession, food shortage, tsunami, and global warming.


“The fang of terrorism has sunk deep into the social-political structure of the world system while immigration has become a burden. Technology is disrupting everything. The new world has not spared our belief systems, culture, and philosophy. Yet the dividing lines between the truth and facts has blurred”, Adeshola said.


Expatiating on the thought leaders expected on October 14 at the forum, Adeshola said TEDxIkeja 2017 would aggregate ideas that facilitate new thinking. Such ideas include social reputation algorithm, suspended thinking, soft power, visual metaphor, Lassa fever detecting kits, something for the girls, stories from Internally Displaced Persons [IDP] and in need of ideology.


“We are fighting for the rights of everything and everybody from climate change, gay right to job cut. It feels like the history of humanity is swallowed up by liberalism”, Adeshola said.


He added that those expected at TEDxIkeja 2017 are the CEO of Inlaks, Femi Adeoti; CEO of Quadrant Company, Bolaji Okusaga; Head of Digital banking, Alat, Dele Adeyinka; winner of Big Brother Naija reality show, Efe Ejemba; MD/CEO, Studio 24, Ifeanyi Oputa; CTO, Social Lender, Bade Adeshemowo.


Others include Visual Artist, Visual Collaborative LLC; Comic Republic, spoken word artist, Cherry Enterfield and other thought leaders that would share native intelligence at the event.


Mo Abudu, Joe Odumakin, Tunji Olugbodi, Yele Okeremi, Deremi Atanda, Kenny Black, and Deolu Akinyemi are among previous speakers.      

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Ogun State Mulls Airport Project




The present administration in Ogun State intends to establish an all-purpose airport, but will not do this without carrying out necessary feasibility studies and consult widely with relevant aviation agencies.

Chief Olu Odeyemi, commissioner for Special Duties, who made this clarification on Tuesday in Abeokuta while fielding questions from newsmen at the ministerial press briefing said the State Government would take these steps to avoid mistakes of the past.

According to him, no site has been located yet for the project, assuring that government would however do the needful to ensure that project meets international standard.

Also answering a question on the renovated June 12 Cultural Centre, Odeyemi assured that the Centre would be properly maintained to ensure longevity, stating that contrary to insinuation in some quarters, the place was not meant for political functions but to help showcase and promote the rich cultural heritage of the State.

Speaking on the future plans of the Ministry, Odeyemi disclosed that it intends to build a theme park in each of the three senatorial district of the State as a relaxation centre for the people, adding that the parks would in the long run help to improve health condition and create a peaceful ambience for socio-economic growth.

The Commissioner also declared that before the year runs out, the Ministry would complete the abandoned swimming pool at the Ijebu Ode games village

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