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SMEDAN empowers 70 Ekiti women along agricultural value chain

70 Ekiti community women have benefitted from the SMEDAN capacity training for rural farmers.

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The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) has empowered through capacity building, a total of 70 Ekiti community women in agro-related businesses.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria, this was revealed by SMEDAN Assistant Director for Agriculture Business Development and Extension in Nigeria, Mr. Tunde Oloyede, during the commencement of the second batch of Women in Self Employment Programme (WISE-P).

What they are saying: Commenting on the recent development, Mr. Oloyede said, “What we are doing is a deliberate shift from oil to agriculture, which is more sustainable.

“There is an issue of food insecurity that is already threatening the nation. This is a direct intervention in this direction through SMEDAN.”

Why it matters: The latest development is in line with the concerted efforts by the Federal Government to facilitate food security and uplift rural women out of poverty by providing them with the necessary skills, knowledge and capacity to maximize opportunities available in the agricultural value chain.

Mr. Oloyede further explained why the training was targeted at women, stating that it was due to their active involvement in the processing of agro-allied products.

What you should know

  • SMEDAN had earlier announced its intention to empower women through capacity training in the agricultural value chain, noting that WISE-P was formed, to among other things: Facilitate access of women farmers to resources and finance which will enhance their farming activities, and expose them to modern value addition techniques as well.
  • Participants and beneficiaries were drawn from agricultural food processing and marketing sectors in the state.

Chidi Emenike is a graduate of economics, a Young African Leadership Initiative Fellow and an Investment Foundations certificate holder. He worked as a graduate Teaching Assistant in the Federal College of Education Kano and is also a trained National Peer Group Educator on Financial Inclusion

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    Burger King to open first outlet by Q4 2021

    Burger King is expected to employ about 6,000 people (direct and indirect) in Nigeria between 2021 and 2026.

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    Burger King, an American multinational hamburger fast food chain, is expected to start its operations in Nigeria by the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2021.

    The company is also expected to employ about 6,000 people (direct and indirect) in the country between 2021 and 2026, other things being equal.

    These were disclosed by Antoine Zammarieh, the Franchisee of Burger King in Nigeria and Managing Director, Allied Food & Confectionary Services Limited, in an interview with Nairametrics on Tuesday.

    He said, “Burger King will start operations by Autumn, i.e between September and November 2021. We have set up the Quality Control unit and have met some of our local suppliers to seal the deal. Also, we have sent some of the ingredients to America to test quality.

    As a company, we are delighted to enter this new market being the largest country in Africa and are looking forward to serving our future guests with our world-famous Burger King meals.

    Most importantly, our goal is to positively contribute to the economy by creating more jobs and employment opportunities. In five years, we hope to directly or indirectly employ between 5,000 and 6,000 people in Nigeria.”

    Zammarieh added that the hamburger maker, in a show of interest in the Nigerian market, had signed a development agreement for the Nigerian market.

    He explained that the development agreement of the chain in Nigeria, which was recently signed, would give more confidence to the Nigerian market and consumers in general, especially during these hard times.

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    What you should know

    Nairametrics had reported, three weeks back, when Zammarieh said, “I always believed in Nigeria and in its people. I am confident this venture will go a long way and prove successful for Burger King, Nigeria, and our company.”

    “I believe this will be a tremendous step towards giving more confidence to the Nigerian market and consumers in general.”

    What to expect

    The first outlet of the hamburger chain in Nigeria is expected to be launched in Lagos.

    The Florida-based restaurant chain is set to join the likes of Dominos Pizza, Krispy Kreme, KFC, and Chicken Republic (pieXpress) in a stiff competition for market share and dominance in a saturated market, with hundreds of other traditional restaurant chains.

    Burger King is expected to dig deep into its quiver of strategies to ensure an impressive performance and success in its first year of operation, as other players have been having it tough following their respective launches into the Nigerian market.

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    The COVID-19 pandemic however has affected the fast-food industry severely, as the disruption to the industry’s supply chain, especially the on-trade channel, which accounts for a significant percentage of restaurant sales, triggered declines in their profits in 2020.

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    JAMB: How to register for the 2021 UTME examinations

    JAMB stated that the registration for the examinations has now commenced in full swing as all the issues have been resolved.

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    The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) had about 3 weeks ago announced the commencement of the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination and Direct Entry registration exercise on April 8, 2021, to May 15, 2021, with National Identification Number (NIN) made mandatory at the point of registration.

    This was put on hold due to the exam body’s effort to ensure that candidates have access to its registration app for the 2021 UTME/DE and also finalise work on its pin vending process before the take-off of the exercise.

    However, in a new statement, the spokesperson for JAMB, Dr Fabian Benjamin, said the registration for the examinations has now commenced in full swings as all the issues have been resolved.

    JAMB in its public communications gave a guide on how to register for the UTME.

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    How to register for the 2021 UTME

    • VALID, FUNCTIONAL E-MAIL, PHONE NUMBER: The applicants must have a valid and functional e-mail account in addition to an active phone number. This is relevant for registration and sending and receipt of information from JAMB.
    • NATIONAL IDENTIFICATION NUMBER (NIN): JAMB has made it mandatory for applicants or potential candidates to provide their NIN at the point of registration or enrolment.
    • VISIT JAMB WEBSITE: After having your email address and NIN, the applicant can proceed to the examination body’s website, where he/she can create a JAMB profile, preferably before buying the form.
    • CHECK JAMB iBass: After creating a profile, you are advised to check JAMB iBass to be sure of your eligibility to take this year’s examination. The information is provided on the official website of the exam body.
    • JAMB e-pin: After confirming your eligibility, you can go ahead to buy your 2021 JAMB e-pin registration from banks and other accredited outlets.
    • CBT CENTRE: Then, proceed to any accredited 700 computer-based test (CBT) centre with your personal details and your profile code.

    READ: JAMB sets date for 2021 UTME registration and examination, makes NIN mandatory

    What you should know

    JAMB a few days ago confirmed the commencement of registration for the 2021 UTME/DE examinations after the initial hiccup.

    It stated that applicants must provide NIN at the point of registration with the registration by Direct Entry candidates to run concurrently with that of UTME candidates.

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    JAMB also said that the mock examination is expected to hold on Friday, April 30, 2021, for those who indicate interest and are registered before April 24, 2021, with the registration fee for the application still N3,500 and N500 for recommended Reading Text.

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