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PEBEC Addresses Bureaucratic Bottlenecks in Businesses via Stage Play



PEBEC Addresses Bureaucratic Bottlenecks in Businesses via Stage Play

The Presidential Enabling Business Council (PEBEC) on Sunday staged a play, “Welcome To Easiland: The Future Is Here”, to enlighten Nigerians, particularly entrepreneurs, on how bureaucratic bottlenecks are addressed by the government.

The play staged at the Landmark Event Centre, Lagos, portrays how businesses in “Easiland”, likened to Nigeria, are sabotaged and ways to do things right.

Dr. Jumoke Oduwole, Special Adviser to the President on Ease Of Doing Business, said that the play was also part of activities to mark the fifth anniversary of PEBEC.

According to her, PEBEC is a council that works on bureaucratic bottlenecks and legislative interventions for small and medium-sized enterprises.

“As you saw from the play, those are realities that we have captured over time. These are the realities that the team worked with.

“From the play, you saw some of the reforms that we have implemented. Sometimes, some errant officers will try to sabotage the reforms and we urge people to also lodge complaints.

“We have received a lot of compliments and we have also received a lot of complaints concerning the saboteurs within the system,” she said.

Oduwole said the play was initially staged in Abuja during the Independence Day weekend after which people requested that the play be brought to Lagos.

“We had to squeeze it into the budget so we could bring the play to Lagos over New Year’s day just to celebrate the season and also to give hope and inspiration to Nigerian entrepreneurs.

“This is to enlighten them, as a lot of them don’t know about the reforms. You saw the reforms at the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) and the Customs. A lot of things are going on that people don’t know about,” she said.

Oduwole said that the play was adopted as a form of enlightenment having realised that Nigerians love comedy and drama, adding that it was the perfect way to deliver the message.

She further encouraged the people to use to lodge complaints if the reforms did not work, as feedback would be necessary to address bureaucratic bottlenecks.

According to her, the Ease of Doing Business is something that is here to stay and there is no need to know anyone in government to get the required services.

“People don’t need to know Ministers or someone at the presidency. There is need to have an enabling environment where the legislative and regulatory bottlenecks are removed.

“Government parastatals’ websites are working. You can use the technology to do your processes, your permits, nobody will tell you happy weekend or anything just to extort you.

“That is the message that we’re preaching. And we want it to be entrenched in people’s hearts. We want them to demand it as a right and we want the government to deliver it as our responsibility, so that’s what we’re doing here today,” she said.

Oduwole said that some other states were also requesting that the play be brought to their people just as there are deliberations on further ways to take the movie closer to the people.

The Project Manager, Mr. Ayokunu Ojeniyi, said the idea about the play is to first of all celebrate the new year and to communicate to Nigerians that the country belongs to everyone.

“Government and citizens have their roles and together we can make Nigeria a place that we desire. So as I said, “Easiland” represents our collective will as a nation.

“It is a land on a journey itself and there are quite a lot of similarities between Easiland and Nigeria. As the play depicts, if everybody does their own path, you will see that the country that we want comes to fruition,” he said.

Ojeniyi added that the idea of a staged play was chosen as there was no better way to communicate with people while they have fun and also see themselves as the characters.

“These are the kind of experiences that you are not able to get if you are just watching TV or listening to the radio.

“However, by watching it and seeing the characters playing a replay of your own experience as a way of resonating with individuals, that way the message can be delivered.

“Just like Nigeria is known for Nollywood, it’s because stories can be told through movies and stage plays. It is just a way of staying with the audience,” he said.

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Methodist Church enthrones first female Bishop in Nigeria



Methodist Church enthrones first female Bishop in Nigeria
*First Female Bishop of Methodist Church Nigeria, Most Rev Dr Nkechi Nwosu, Bishop Diocese of Jos

The Methodist Church Nigeria, on Sunday, enthroned Rt Rev. Nkechi  Nwosu as the first female bishop of the Church in the country.

 Nwosu was enthroned by His Grace, Most Rev Dr. Joseph Nnonah, Archbishop of Kaduna at the Christ Methodist Cathedral, Jos.

The new bishop in a brief interaction with newsmen revealed that “God is using what has happened in the Methodist Church, Nigeria to tell the whole world that the time to release women to fulfill their destiny has come.

She said that women and men needed to join hands to achieve the mandate of God.

“God knew that by creating only Adam, He will not be able to bring his heart’s desire, so He had to make the woman to complement him.

“So, for the word of God to reach to the end of the world, “man must put their hands together to serve God”, irrespective of gender because God is a spirit.

“He is not a flesh, the flesh we are seeing is just for our comfort, as He said that everybody who believes in Him and is led by the spirit of God is the son of God.

“And so every child of God who is born again and dwells in the Holy Spirit is a son of God.

“And when men or women of God in charge of denominations understand this, I believe we will conquer more for the Lord than what we have done,” she said.

On the 2023 general elections, Nwosu called on Nigerians to listen to the voice of God who knows the best leader for the country at this moment.

She said that God gave Nigerians conscience and power and that the power is in the Permanent Voters Card (PVC).

“We must all go out there and agree with God, listen to the spirit of God and do what God said we should do.

“Do that so that God will use us and anybody He wants to put on that seat to restore Nigeria to a place of pride in Africa, and the world,” she added.

His Eminence, Dr. Samuel Uche, Prelate Emeritus, Methodist Church Nigeria, during whose tenure Nwosu was elected bishop, said that God made all humans equal.

Uche said that Jesus Christ elevated the position of women by being born of a woman.

“So I believe there is no difference between a man and a woman, after all, in the Hebrew language, a man is a he-man and a woman is she man, so we are all men.

“And moreover, in Methodist Church, we taught that people who have reached menopause, who are no longer childbearing can hold responsible office in the church because they have the capacity.

“They have the ability, they are meticulous, resourceful and spiritual.

“So we decided that we should have in Methodist Bishop a woman and I know that some time ago, the President of the British Church was a woman from Ireland,” he said.

 Nwosu will serve as Bishop of Jos Diocese.

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*1- If you are in a hotel or restaurant, and you put more sugar or milk in your tea than you do in your home then you have a predisposition to corruption.*

*2- If you use more tissue paper, soap or perfume in a restaurant or public place than you do at home, then if you have the opportunity to embezzle, you will embezzle.*

*3- If you serve yourself more food than you can devour in weddings and open buffets just because someone else will pay the bill, this is proof that if you have the opportunity to eat public money, you would.*

*4- If you usually skip people in queues, it is certain that you will not mind climbing on the shoulders of others to reach power.*

*5- If you consider that what you collect from the street, money and other things is your right, then you have signs of a thief.*

*6- If you care more about knowing a famous last name instead of a first name then you are a racist and will likely help people only because of who they are.*

*7- If you violate traffic rules and have no regard for the traffic lights… you have a tendency for all transgressions.*

_Fighting corruption starts from the self. Let’s try to be distinguished people wherever we are, and remember that honesty is what you do between you and yourself and not just what you do in the presence of people._

*_Fighting corruption starts with self!*

*Capt. Akin Ibrahim Olugbade


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Academy to Establish Football School in Abuja, to Export Talents abroad



Academy to Establish Football School in Abuja, to Export Talents abroad

 Prestige Football Academy, an Abuja-based club, said on Friday it had intensified plans to establish a football school in the FCT, to enable youths to develop their football talents.

The Manager of the academy, Uchendu Nwabara, said in a statement that the football institution, when completed, would combine secondary school education with football training.

Nwabara said the aim was to achieve holistic development of the players in line with modern sports business concepts.

“We want to create opportunity for every player to achieve his or her career in a reputable club locally or internationally, with high academic standards as well as social and health development,” he said.

According to Nwabara, beyond establishing the school, the academy is planning to recruit 30 players between ages 14 and 20 in an exercise expected to hold from Jan. 9 to 21 in Abuja.

Nwabara explained that the recruitment was part of efforts to develop the football careers of some talented youths in Abuja.

He said that 14 of the 30 recruited players would be taken to Ghana for trials where scouts from UK, Italy, France, Poland, Qatar and Ghana would watch them play and subsequently land them deals with foreign clubs.

Nwabara said, “qualified players from ages 18-20 will sign contracts with clubs, while the minor ages of 14-17 who excel in the trials can still be selected by the clubs to inject into their respective academies based on agreement with the academy”.

He said the screening, which attracted a token amount, would take place at Baze University Sports Field, Abuja, while that of Ghana would take place in Obuasi, Kumasi, Cheetah FC Stadium in Accra, Ghana.

The football manager said a curriculum had been designed for the academy to assist the players to develop their football career alongside their academics.

“Our curriculum is mostly associated with teaching football skills and education which includes different approaches to football training, drills and exercises, learning and assessment as well as instilling quality relationships between coaches and the players.

“We have developed a curriculum that provides an opportunity to create relevant, coherent and engaging environment for all players and coaches.

“Players are to have a clear purpose of representing the team and to provide a reference point not only for football but also for their education.

“We offer team assessment that provides the opportunity for self-discovery, cognitive and mental development and we evaluate players’ skills and performance standards.

“We engage in local and international friendly matches to enable each player to attain his full capacity in football and we inculcate confidence, self-esteem, knowledge and create the opportunity for players to participate in competitions at various levels.

“In general terms, our educational football academy consists of everything that promotes intellectual, personal moral values, social and physical development of the participants,” Nwabara said.

He added that the academy was in partnership with FIFA-verified agents, including Istepan Saraka from UK, Geinnaro Gisonna from Italy, Onur Demr from France, Janusz Dziedzic from Poland, Hamad Al-Hal from Qatar and Emmanuel Samjohn based in Ghana.

He also said that competent coaches and intermediaries were among those facilitating the signing of players.

“We have a reservoir of international collaborators who conduct scouting competitions from time to time and select the best players for foreign clubs”.

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