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LASUBEB intensifies Lagos Interest in Maritime Education through Catch-them-Young approach



LASUBEB intensifies Lagos Interest in Maritime Education through Catch-them-Young approach

A new initiative capable of revolutionising the education system has begun in Lagos State, with the Government of Babajide Sanwo-Olu committing to exposing pupils in primary schools to the gains of the Nigerian Maritime Careers and endowments.

The Maritime First learnt that a three-prong approach, involving the State Government, the Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board (LASUBEB) and recognised NGOs promoting educational careers in the Maritime / Oceans like the Ocean Ambassador Foundation are already walking the talk, towards redirecting and renewing interest in Blue Economy, through a Catch-them-Young initiative.

Ocean Ambassador Foundation CEO, Olaitan Williams (left) with the representative of LASUBEB Boss, Sherifat Adedoyin

 It was further learnt that the inspiration emanated from the current chairman of LASUBEB, Honourable Wahab Alawiye-King specifically targets the girl child, for enduring inclusiveness.

Providing insight into the vision, Mr. Wahab Alawiye-King, the Executive Chairman LASUBEB, stated that maritime tourism is one thing the state authorities were already eyeing.  

Alawiye-King represented by Mrs. Sherifat Adedoyin, Permanent Board member in Charge of School Curricular Activities, stated that it was essential to catch pupils at younger ages, to attain the specified development and growth of the sector.

“Well, let me just correct that, this is not the first time we are engaging our pupils on what has to do with the maritime subsector. We are already in partnership with some others and they have been having some programs for our pupils and we even celebrated it two years and even a year ago.  

“So, it is not really new to us but we have not gone deeper like we were actually aiming to do. 

“We want a situation where we will be taking our students on excursions, so they can see the practical aspects of all these theories and that will help them understand what we are talking about better.

“Children love practicals and whatever they do with their hands, whatever you engage them with, will stay with them for a very long time, unlike just writing in the classroom, where it is only when they open their notes, they understand. They might not even fully understand; but when they engage in the practical aspects, what they do with their hands, it helps better. 

“So, this is not the beginning and it is not going to stop here. We are going to continue for as many NGOs that are coming on and we are going to engage all the government agencies that are of similar natures to develop our children so that from it, they can even get their own careers or professions. 

“Personally, I always believe in catching them young, whatever you want to do, start with the children. You will not be surprised that they will even be the ones correcting their parents at home.  

“So, it is a good investment on the side of Mr. Governor and on the side of the NGO that is putting these together and we look forward to more!” LASUBEB Boss stated.

The Maritime First learned that the LASUBEB Boss who comes from Lagos Island is a highly informed Maritime personality, and as such is driven by vision.

In his mind, he has probably captured a vision of how Lagos State could play the lead role in the future, of championing vibrant life-long careers in the sea-denominated terrain.

The Maritime First further learned that, in the current initiative, experienced leadership and business consultants have also been engaged, as professional mentoring/ change agents, to ensure that year 5 and 6 pupils in public schools become duly exposed to the rich maritime careers and endowments.

Speaking during a pilot program at the weekend, a representative of Governor Sanwo-Olu Babajide, highlighted that though SUBEB exists in every State of the Federation, it is, however, only in Lagos State that the initiative of anchoring it to the grassroots has begun; noting that the mission tilts towards developing and promoting career interests, at the grassroots.

 “It is Lagos State that is taking the innovating interest of bringing maritime awareness to the grassroots. Lagos State is in the front”, he stated.

She explained that LASUBEB as an agency has deemed it fit to bring maritime to the grassroots; and congratulated the Governor and the LASUBEB Boss.

 “It is a kudos to our amiable Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and the innovative, futuristic Chairman of SUBEB, who has been a two-time House of Assembly, and in fact, he was in charge of education when he was in the assembly; so it is not farfetched for him to pursue this enviable vision”, She says, adding that visioner also strongly believe that the public schools, or the grassroots, is the future of Lagos State; and therefore should be adequately informed about maritime. 

She equally praised the teachers involved in the project, saying: “I don’t call them teachers, I call them dream-actualisers”.

Corroborating the above view, the Chief Executive Officer of Ocean Ambassador Foundation, Olaitan Williams lauded the Governor and the LASUBEB Boss, for their vision, stressing that the State would immensely benefit from their present commitment.

“It is in the wisdom of the current LASUBEB Chairman, who was a two-time House of Assembly member in charge of education. He called me and said: ‘I am from a maritime domain; you handle maritime. I want the children to know about maritime studies’; and I said well, ‘I will give it to you, but I prefer we start from one local government which is our local government. But he said the milage will not go far, that he wants it throughout the State!

“Number one, he comes from a coastal community, so he knows the importance of maritime; two, he is in education and would want the upcoming generation to know about maritime, especially now that the global concept is gearing towards 2030 Blue Economy. 

“So, if we are in the coastal community and the upcoming generation, who are supposed to be the direct beneficiaries don’t know about it, then we haven’t sprouted the maritime business vision.

“So, I said fine, it’s a challenge, I have never done primary school before, but we will help these children; to know it and grow with it”.

Speaking further, Olaitan Williams said the foundation adopted a model that makes learning as simplistic and excitingly attractive as possible, by starting with the colour of water, since most of the pupils never knew much about blue water…

 “I’m sure they have never seen blue water, so we have to start from there. We are starting from the grassroots because they are the grassroots. 

“So, you must speak the parlance of the grassroots to them, mind you, they are not on the advantaged side of going abroad, so we must make it as simplistic as possible and that is what we intend to give to them as takeaways”, she explained further      

A mentor, leadership and business consultant, Dr. Toyin Sanya Olu said the vision being anchored on education makes it praiseworthy.

She observed that Education is an all-encompassing process that by and large, permeates the total person.

She was particularly assured that the involvement of a tripod stand of the Maritime Sector, the Education Section, as well as the State Government is genuinely reassuring. She was convinced that the pupils would be immensely benefited, especially, after being so exposed to knowledge about maritime education on time. 

“Now, the truth is what exactly is education? Education is about the transformation of lives and it’s about helping our children to get exposed to, not just the mainstream teaching and learning of the normal subject, but as well as innovating, tech, maritime, social aspects of life and all-around learning. So, that’s what we’ve come to do here today.

“I want to congratulate the Hon. Wahab Alawiye-King, as well as the Ocean Ambassador Foundation Head, Mrs. Olaitan Williams, 

“I really want to congratulate them because they are doing something unique, something exceptional; to expose our children, especially the ones in year five, and year six to what maritime education is, especially the girl-child. 

“You know, maritime is a sector that is filled with most of the male gender, not to say that we are being discriminative here, but then, it is important for the girl-child to be given a lot more options to express themselves in the way they can. 

“So, today is a landmark event in the history of education especially in Lagos State, because we are beginning to expose them to the sea world, the Atlantic world, and these children can begin to channel their careers and their pathways into maybe, committing fully to develop our sea spaces in Lagos.       

A participant from Eti-Osa, proudly noted the waters of their environment is actually blue in colour.

“So today, we have to say a very big thank you to the SUBEB Chairman, who is from Lagos Island. 

“When we were growing up, we did not know the benefits. We know Ships used to pass there, but then we did not know that they were going to Apapa Port then.

“It was only those who visited Apapa that would see all the ships. When we were young, we also didn’t have the opportunity of someone telling us…”

She said it was not until she became older, that she discovered that the environment was indeed sitting on big money, which explains why she decided to ensure that pupils in Lagos actually enjoy the benefits she lacked at her formative age.

 She called attention to the benefits of import and export business, stressing that “As we all are today, most of what we are putting on, were all imported!”

 “God loves human beings; that’s why he gave us the story of Noah’s Ark.

 “The first time somebody had a ship; it was Noah, the ark was the ship. God gave us water for the benefit of the totality of humans and now that water has gone to the next level, they now called it International Trade”.

She called attention to the various careers on land and added that every Career has something like it in the sea.

“There is no career that you have on land that you don’t have in the sea; if you want to be a lawyer, we have maritime lawyers; be it an engineer, we have different fields of experienced marine Engineers.

 “If you decide to be a doctor, the ship is like a house, you have nurses there, you have pharmacists, doctors, etc., so there is no career you have on land that you don’t have in the Waters subsector”, she further indicated.   

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In Osogbo, Tinubu restates commitment to job creation, credit for business owners



In Osogbo, Tinubu restates commitment to job creation, credit for business owners

…Carpets Governor Adeleke for poor governance***

All Progressives Congress Presidential Candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, took his message of Renewed Hope to Osun State on Thursday where he assured the people and party supporters of his commitment to create jobs for the unemployed and make credit available for business owners.

Speaking in Yoruba to a mammoth crowd of people who thronged the venue of the campaign rally at Freedom Park Osogbo, Tinubu said his administration would empower the people with the skill that will make them employable while ensuring that the youth will no longer spend years in university due to lecturers’ strike action, stating that his pledge to the people will remain a binding covenant.

“I make a social covenant with you today that the unemployed among you will get jobs. Those with no skill will be provided the relevant skill that would put food on their table. When we get to government, we will make soft loans available for market women and business owners.”

Taking a swipe at the current Peoples Democratic Party government of Governor Ademola Adeleke in Osun State for poor governance of the state, the APC presidential candidate charged the people that the APC administration will soon return to continue the good work.

“They were given a little opportunity to rule for some months and they started misbehaving, killing and creating unrest in Osun state.”

From his prepared speech which he didn’t get the time to read, Asiwaju Tinubu congratulated Alhaji Adegboyega Oyetola, who was declared winner by the governorship election petition tribunal.

He praised Oyetola’s tenacity, diligence, consistency and determination, which made him not give up until he got his stolen mandate back.

On his plans for Osun, Tinubu noted that the state, which is highly blessed with diverse resources, should be a destination for business and tourism across the country, promising to help achieve this if he becomes the president.

He said, “Osun is a beautiful state filled with virtuous, industrious and welcoming people. We will support Osun to become a manufacturing, industrial, agricultural and tourism paradise.

“You have fertile soil, abundant mineral resources, and a rich culture and history capable of attracting tourists from across the world.

“A vote for me is a vote to develop all parts of this state and this country. Rural areas will not be forgotten but will be developed to support more economic activities and create better lives for the people.

“At the same time, our growing urban population – you city boys – will enjoy decent jobs and a living wage.”

Tinubu urged the people of the Osun State not to be deceived by the empty promises of Peoples Democratic Party Candidate Atiku Abubakar and Labour Party Candidate Peter Obi, saying both have nothing to offer.

While he said Atiku was only interested in stealing the nation’s resources and pocketing them for himself and his cronies, Tinubu likened Obi to the unprofitable servant who buried his talents, saying while Obi was Anambra State governor, he failed to use the state’s resources to develop it, rather saving them for no purpose.

“None of the other major candidates in this election have the capacity, integrity, knowledge or determination necessary to do what must be done. Only I, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, am prepared and up to the task of leading this country, our cherished homeland, back toward its best destiny.

“Do not vote for the candidate of the poverty development party, Mr. Privatise, Atiku Abubakar. When, as the Vice President of this country, he had a chance to make a positive difference, he chose the lesser path.

“He chose to use his position to enrich himself, his family and his friends. He sold Nigeria’s most prized assets for a fraction of their value. In the name of privatisation, he stole from your future to enrich himself.

“Worse, he has learned nothing. He has gone everywhere telling the Nigerian people that he is coming back to finish the job. He has promised that this time he will not steal your prosperity.

“You should not believe him or his greedy co-conspirators. The nation does not need the return of its Privatiser-in-Chief. Reject him and his band of foul jesters. They have no serious plans for this country. They resort to cheap and vile antics because they have no substance and no solutions.

“Be equally wary of the false messiah, Mr. Stingy, Peter Obi. This man’s promises are bold and his boasts are plentiful. Yet, when he was given the responsibility to lead just one state, he was overwhelmed by it.

“He could only stash away the money he was supposed to be using to develop the state. All the people of Anambra could hope for was that whoever came next would have better ideas.

“A governor is not a banker, expected to hold fast to his customer’s deposit. Obi was expected to build good roads, schools and hospitals”, he said, emphasizing that Obi rather, saved the money.

In another development, the Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai has that Northern Governors we’re all solidly behind the APC Campaign.

“Let me assure you 100%, the entire Northern Governors of the APC are completely, wholeheartedly supporting the Next President Bola Tinubu…” stated Nasir El-Rufai, even as Gov. Masari says: “Give Me Names of Northern APC Governors Not Supporting Tinubu?”

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MAN Warns: Cash-strapping may lead to 25% Drop in Sale of locally-made goods



MAN Warns: Cash-strapping may lead to 25% Drop in Sale of locally-made goods

 The Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) on Friday in Lagos, warned that Cash-strapping may unwittingly lead, to a 25 percent drop, in the sale of locally-made goods.

The Director General, MAN, Mr. Segun Ajayi-Kadir, stated this, emphasizing the need for the CBN to intensify efforts at ensuring a seamless transition from old naira to new naira notes, as anything to the contrary would be inimical to manufacturing.

He said if the current hardships being experienced in accessing money persisted for the next three weeks, there would be a possible drop of 25 percent in monthly sales of made-in-Nigeria goods.

He noted that as purchases from the retail end, mostly transacted in cash dry up; there would be a sharp drop in wholesale purchases leading to a glut of unsold inventories in factories.

He added that the situation which was no good for manufacturing, for the government and for the ordinary citizen would lead to compounded crippling lack of patronage for the domestic manufacturer.

Ajayi-Kadir also stressed that the development would also deny government the revenue that would have accrued from consumption taxes and result in the disruption of the daily life and need of the average Nigerian.

“To be clear, there is no doubt that the currency redesign is desirable; there are socioeconomic and political imperatives for the change.

“It is a critical element of the CBN cashless economy policy that should have far-reaching positive results for the economy.

“However, the continued scarcity of the newly redesigned naira notes is quite worrisome.

“With our growth prospects heading further south, we can ill afford a downturn in our Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

“The negative impact it portends for local producers, the agricultural and distributive segments of our economy is huge.

“It may worsen the bashing our economy has received from both external and internal shocks in recent times,’’ he stressed.

Ajayi-Kadir cautioned that adequate measures should be put in place to ensure a smooth currency transition, particularly in the unbanked areas of Nigeria.

He charged the CBN and Bureaux de Changes to be most engaging at the highest level at this time.

According to him, there is a need for strategic communication and joint operations to ensure widespread and sustained availability and circulation of the redesigned naira notes.

“It is baffling to approach a bank only to be told that there are neither the old nor the new naira notes.

“We hope that the resumption of payment across the counter in the banks and the intensification of the CBN special cash swap arrangement in remote areas will yield positive results.

“I hope that what the country is experiencing is temporary pain and that government will do well to bring the hardship to an end immediately.

“We must make haste to ensure that the price to be paid for this otherwise laudable policy does not outpace the gains,’’ he also cautioned.

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Disdain Towards Nigerian Passport: My regret as Foreign Affairs Minister – Onyema



Disdain Towards Nigerian Passport: My regret as Foreign Affairs Minister – OnyemaDisdain Towards Nigerian Passport: My regret as Foreign Affairs Minister – Onyema

…Shed tears, when he saw Nigerian girls forced into prostitution in Libya***

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyema, says his regret as minister is the disdain with which Nigerians are being treated outside the shores of the country and upon siting their international passports.

The Minister disclosed this in Abuja at the 22nd edition of the President Muhammadu Buhari Administration Scorecard Series (2015-2023) organised to project the achievements of the government.

Onyema was responding to a comment by a journalist who expressed displeasure about how Nigerians travelling abroad were being subjected to harassment upon sitting on their green passports.

The Minister agreed with the position of the newsman and attributed the challenge to the desperation of many Nigerians who took desperate and illegal measures to travel out of the country.

“If there is one thing that I look back to with the greatest regrets in my seven and half years in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, it is the situation of Nigerians in foreign countries,” he said.

The minister gave some of the instances he had witnessed and had to wade in to rescue trapped victims in the middle of the desert.

“I went to Libya and I actually shed tears when we went to this camp where they were holding Nigerians.

“There is that whole issue of slavery and of course, all the exploitations that go with it and they told us that there were only a hundred or two hundred Nigerians there,”

“So, we went to the yard and it was one of the most touching things I ever experienced.

“We have all these young boys, 13, 14, 15 years old and they all came out, over a hundred of them and they all stood up to attention,” he narrated.

The minister continued: “As soon as they saw us, they started reciting the Nigerian national anthem and tears came to my eyes.

 “We were told that the girls were used as prostitutes at night.

“When we saw them, the girls told us there were more Nigerians and we insisted they should bring them out.

“Lo and behold, twenty minutes after, they brought out another set which was about 200 Nigerians.

“The President gave directives, that we should charter planes in order to get them out and we did.”

Onyema attributed the despicable situation to the push factor leading a lot of young Nigerians to take desperate and ridiculous risks through the deserts and the high seas.

He said when they even finally got to their so-called dream countries, they got involved in drugs and all sort of crimes which made it difficult for Nigeria’s passport to be respected.

“Those of us in government have to blame ourselves, particularly in the immigration and even in foreign affairs,” he said.

Onyema narrated another scenario where the U.S., Ambassador to Nigeria came to show him the list of Nigerians that were issued visas through Note Verbal to go to the U.S. but they never attended the events they were scheduled for, but absconded.

He said he was also shown the list of those who were not respecting their visa deadlines and requirements, including top Nigerians.

The minister said all the illegal acts and sharp practices contributed to the manner Nigerians were being treated with disdain abroad when they cited their passports.

“In order to reverse the situation and ensure Nigerian passport is given the due respect it deserves, we all have to work hard and behave ourselves.

“We are all suffering from this because we have people with genuine missions seeking to travel abroad looking for visas and they are denied.

“It is a challenge for each and every single one of us and it is impacting negatively on our country.

“We all have the responsibility to salvage the situation,” he said.

Onyema said President Buhari had never rested on his oars on the issue because whichever country he travelled to, he stressed to Nigerians in Diaspora to be good ambassadors of their country.

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