Obaseki to attend 2019 BusinessDay agribusiness conference

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Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, has confirmed his attendance at the 2019 edition of the BusinessDay Agribusiness and Food Security Summit where he will be the Special Guest of Honour.
Themed  “Fixing the Broken Linkages between Farm and Market,” the annual summit organised by BusinessDay Media Limited is set to hold July 18 at the Landmark Centre, Plot 2 & 3, Water Corporation Drive, Victoria Island Annex, Lagos.
At the summit, experts and stakeholders would convene to take the lead in setting an agenda for agricultural prosperity in Nigeria.
The annual summits have so far been unarguably among the biggest and most diverse agriculture sector-focused events in Nigeria, bringing together, virtually every notable stakeholder in the agriculture value chain.
It has consistently drawn progressive farmers, resellers, distributors, importers, government officials, academics, seed companies, agricultural machinery vendors, fertiliser producers, agrichemical makers, packaging companies, and many more.
Last year’s summit, which held under the theme ‘Evolving Actionable Models to make Agribusiness more viable’ had an impressive turnout matched by impactful discussions.
Speakers included Audu Ogbeh, former minister of agriculture and Rural Development, and Godwin Obaseki, Governor of Edo State.
Building on the success of previous events, the 2019 edition of the BusinessDay Agribusiness and Food Security Summit will seek to consolidate on the deliberations of the previous summits.
This 2019 will adopt a resolutely solutions-based approach as speakers and panellists will proffer solutions to pressing issues, instead of rehashing problems that are already familiar and well documented.
At the event, Local and foreign experts and organizations with solid, cognate experience and outstanding success rates in the focus areas will be assembled by BusinessDay to identify practical solutions to some of the problems in the agribusiness value chain.
In 2019, advocacy for policy change and support for

IPAC chair advises APC to manage victory for people’s benefit, congratulates Okiye

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Edo State chapter of the Inter-Party Advisory Council of Nigeria (IPAC) has expressed displeasure over the disagreement concerning the inauguration of the Edo State House of Assembly, urging the All Progressives Congress (APC) to put its house in order in the interest of the people.

Chairman, IPAC, Kelly Ogbaloi, said this at IPAC’s second general meeting at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) annex office in Benin City.

Ogbaloi conveyed the displeasure of the council over the rancour among the APC-led government in relation to the inauguration of the Edo State House of Assembly.

He said, “We advise the APC to manage its success for the benefit of the society. We hope that Governor Godwin Obaseki and Comrade Adams Oshiomhole would be on top of the issue to ensure no further issues arise. We applaud the government for being able to inaugurate the Assembly as we congratulate the Speaker, Hon. Frank Okiye.”

He noted that the state government had recorded impressive feats in critical sectors of the state, notably in the economy, road construction and rehabilitation as well as the completion of abandoned projects initiated by previous governments.

“The policies driven by Governor Godwin Obaseki are laudable. He is civil and novel in his approach. Compared to what we saw in the past from political leaders, he is a breath of fresh air. There are cases where vital projects were abandoned or discontinued, but his government is outstandingly different,” he said.

He praised Governor Obaseki for making land management and property development seamless in the state, noting, “Thugs, touts and thieves have been told by the governor to keep a distance. You can now own lands and houses without molestation from any quarter in Edo State.”

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Edo assures rich display of innovative cultural products at 2019 NAFEST

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Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki, says his administration will exploit the hosting of the 2019 National Festival for Arts and Culture (NAFEST) to showcase the state’s rich, innovative cultural products to the world.
The governor gave the assurance in commemoration of the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, marked every May 21, by the United Nations and its various organs.
The 2019 National Festival for Art and Culture will be hosted by Edo State from October 19 to 26, 2019.
According to Obaseki, “As we mark the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, we assure of plans to showcase the glamorous heritage of Edo people and promote our world-renowned cultural products during the 2019 NAFEST.
There is no denying that Edo State occupies a pride of place in the cultural map of the world as a result of our peculiar heritage in arts, culture and remarkable footprint in human civilisation.
“All of these and the modern incarnations will be on display at the 2019 NAFEST, which will serve as an opportunity for us to show how through innovative approaches, we have continued to preserve our rich cultural heritage bequeathed to us by our forefathers.” 
The governor reiterated the state government’s commitment to building institutions as well as leveraging multilateral partnerships to preserve and promote its cultural assets, noting, “Our cultural artefacts and expressions hold unique features which speak to and amplifies our identity as a people. We have set modalities for the building of institutions to showcase, promote, conserve and preserve our cultural assets for future generations.”
According to the United Nations, “In 2001, UNESCO adopted the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity and in December 2002, the UN General Assembly, in its resolution 57/249, declared May 21 to

Edo subsidises tech training for undergraduates, graduates to groom more techpreneurs

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Committed to creating more opportunities for Edo youths to tap from Nigeria’s booming tech ecosystem for self-reliance, Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki, is subsidising the training of youths in in-demand tech fields, such as Artificial Intelligence, Data Science and Machine Learning.


The six-week training programmes are being run by Curators University and held at the Edo Innovation Hub, Institute of Continuing Education (ICE), Wire Road, Benin City. At the last count, over 250 youths have been trained, which is also partly funded by Microsoft.


Young people who want to take the same courses in Lagos and Akure, Ondo State pay as much as N160,000 ($140), in cases where they don’t get sponsors or subsidised by Curators University. This makes Edo one of the most IT-friendly state in the country.


The programme, open for undergraduates and graduates, is being subsidised through EdoJobs, Edo State’s skills development and job creation platform.


Senior special assistant to Edo State Governor on Jobs Creation and Skills Development, Ukinebo Dare, said the gesture was part of the governor’s promise to create at least 200,000 jobs in Edo State before 2020, noting that up to 90,000 jobs have been created so far.


According to Dare, “Students in the programme get to learn Python and R programming languages and are encouraged to continue with advanced level work at the end of the 6-week training. By the fourth week, they are able to tackle real-life problems in data science and machine learning and are ready for the workplace.”


A beneficiary, Princess Oviawe, a 300-level undergraduate at the University of Benin (UNIBEN), said though she could code in HTML and CSS languages before the programme, she was able to learn Python and R, and was now confident of working