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PTF on Covid-19 certifies NYSC orientation camps ready to open on November 10

The PTF on COVID-19 has certified orientation camps of the NYSC as COVID-19 compliant.



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The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has certified the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Orientation Camps across the country as COVID-19 compliant and ready to welcome prospective corps members.

The 2020 Batch B Stream 1A orientation programme is expected to kick off across the country on November 10, 2020.

This was disclosed in a press statement issued by the PTF on COVID-19 on Tuesday, November 10, 2020.

In its statement, the PTF on COVID-19, said,

“PTF Infection, Prevention and Control (IPC) focal persons visited the Orientation Camps in all 36 States and the FCT and worked with NYSC and State Health officials to ensure the readiness of the facilities across the country.

“NYSC camp facility requirements include COVID-19 sample collection sites, at least one ambulance, water supply and hand washing sites, adequate and well-spaced beds, as well as spacing for other camp facilities.”

PTF National Coordinator, Dr. Sani Aliyu, stated that Federal and State health authorities are collaborating with all Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDA) to ensure the successful operation of the NYSC Orientation Camps.

Dr Sani Aliyu said, “The Orientation Camps are significant in terms of Covid-19 prevention and management. The camps represent a large gathering of persons in demography most susceptible to Covid-19 infections.

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“We have to ensure that everyone in these camps follow prevention protocols to protect themselves and their colleagues, as well as those they will return home to.”

The PTF has called for caution as schools and other institutions reopen, following the resurgence of the pandemic in Europe and America.

The statement also pointed out that all the NYSC officials and participants are expected to adhere to the NYSC safety guidelines which encourages participants to comply strictly with the date of reporting, undergo temperature checks on arrival, have at least 2 washable facemasks, and wear their facemasks properly at all times.

Prospective corps members are advised to observe physical distancing in all camp activities, wash their hands with soap regularly or use hand sanitizers.

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Chike Olisah is a graduate of accountancy with over 15 years working experience in the financial service sector. He has worked in research and marketing departments of three top commercial banks. Chike is a senior member of the Nairametrics Editorial Team. You may contact him via his email- [email protected]

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FG to name new train station after Mobolaji Johnson

FG to name flagship train station located at Ebute Metta after the former Governor of Lagos State, Mobolaji Johnson.



The Federal Government is set to name its flagship train station located at Ebute Metta after the former Governor of Lagos State, Mobolaji Johnson.

This was disclosed by the Ministry of Transportation via its Twitter handle on Sunday.

It tweeted, “New indoor photos of our flagship station located at Ebute Metta. It is to be named Mobolaji Johnson Station after the former Governor of Lagos State. Please share your thoughts.”

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The Federal Government has also stated why the China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC) Nigeria Limited could not link the final part of the Lagos-Ibadan rail line to the sea, according to Nairametrics.

The government in its explanation said that it was due to disruption by trucks going in and out of the port complex.

According to a press statement signed by the Director, Press and Public Relations of the Federal Ministry of Transportation, Eric Ojiekwe, this disclosure was made by the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, while on a routine tour of the Lagos-Ibadan rail line project on Saturday, April 10, 2021.


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The five-ingredient of a successful startup pitch

Every great pitch has these 5 ingredients to help you maximize your chances when fundraising for your startup.



Startups typically prepare a pitch deck to present to potential investors for funding. A pitch deck is a brief presentation that provides investors with an overview of your business. It typically focuses on showcasing your product and business model. An excellent pitch is highly essential to the success of a startup seeking funding from investors.

According to Romeen Sheeth, an angel investor who heard 200 companies pitch and invested over $1million last year, every great pitch has these 5 ingredients to help you maximize your chances when fundraising.

  • Problem:  Is this an issue?
  • Solution:  Do you have the fix?
  • Market:   Is this a big enough issue?
  • Business: Can you make money
  • Team:  Do you have the human resources to do it?

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The best pitches nail all 5. Good ones hit 4. Subpar hit 3 or less.


The problem statement is an explanation of why a set of circumstances is painful for a set of users. There’s one word in that sentence that is most important: painful. If your problem is not painful enough, it’s a vitamin. The best startups are pain killers.


The solution statement is an explanation of how you address the pain felt by your users. If you don’t have the right solution, you won’t get customer traction. Customers don’t buy your thesis on the pain point. They buy the actual thing that solves their pain point.

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In tech, only businesses that have outsized potential get funded. To have outsized potential, you have to either be in a: (a) small, but rapidly growing market or (b) large existing market that can be resegmented. If not, the business is not venture backable.


The business model defines how you print cash. What is the key insight you’ve figured out that other people haven’t? You don’t need to reinvent the wheel on everything to be a compelling business. Just explain the secret sauce that helps you capture the value.

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Everything else is academic if you can’t execute. Ultimately the investor is betting on your team’s ability to bring out the reality in the insights around the problem, solution, market, and business. Communicate why you are the best in the world to build the business.

Once you feel good about these 5, think through the connection points. Every topic that comes up in the conversation will be a function of a connection point. For example:

  • Problem-Market = Industry Dynamics
  • Solution-Market = Competition
  • Market-Business = Unit Economics

Bottom line

When you pitch, always keep it simple. Understand the 5 core ingredients, think through how they relate to one another, communicate with clarity, and don’t assume investors understand your business.

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