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As Vice President Shettima Launches 2024 National Design, Innovation Contest, All Eyes On AFP

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Vice President Kashim Shettima has hailed the pivotal role of youths and creativity in shaping Nigeria’s future, declaring that innovation is the driving force behind the nation’s manufacturing sector and its boundless potential.

He spoke recently at the official launch of the National Design and Innovation Competition in the Presidential Villa, just as the event raised high expectations from leading furniture design and manufacture company and a subsidiary of Julius Berger Nigeria Plc, Abuja Furniture Production, AFP.

Vice President Shettima who emphasized that the future belongs to the youth and the creatives, said, Nigeria’s youthful population, with an average age of just 19 years old is an age group that is pregnant with ideas for innovation and for the social and economic transformation of Nigeria.

He said, innovation drives manufacturing adding that Nigeria is brimming with possibilities and opportunities.”

The National Design and Innovation Competition which aims to spur entrepreneurship and creative ventures among Nigeria’s burgeoning youth population is organised by the Interior Designers Association of Nigeria (IDAN) in partnership with the Bank of Industry (BOI), Wema Bank and other related industry sector players.

The Vice President pledged federal government’s support for youth aspirations and entrepreneurship, commending the financial institutions’ backing of the creative sector.

In her remarks, leader of the delegation and Founder of the Interior Designers Association of Nigeria (IDAN), Titi Ogufere, announced plans by IDAN and the Design Innovation Hub of Nigeria, in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Arts, Culture, and Creative Economy to train one million youths in furniture, product and industrial design.

This initiative which aims to equip aspiring creatives with the necessary skills and access to training will feature design competitions and workshops where participants can showcase their prototypes and work with top Nigerian manufacturers like Julius Berger’s AFP, among others, she said.

Suggesting that the development will no doubt throw up high expectations from the world on AFP, Ogufere enthused: we are used to AFP and what good furniture the company can do. It easily excels in trendy and enduring office and home furniture and AFP’s fast pace at adjusting to customer’s needs is legendary.

AFP, an award-winning furniture brand provides best-in-class furniture solutions for residential homes, corporate offices, and the hospitality sector in Nigeria. The company offers cutting-edge products that deliver creative, inviting and stunning spaces required to make customers’ property stand out.

AFP commenced operation in 1991 and has excelled at collaborating with clients to understand their unique requirements, serving to bring their ideas to life.

The company‘s factory houses heavy-duty computerized machines, tool and equipment with which all products are manufactured and assembled utilizing a wide range of indigenous materials, supplemented with non-local resources when necessary.

Utilizing the latest machinery and highest level of craftsmanship for the production of quality furniture, AFP undoubtedly exceed the expectations clients in creating comfortable and stylishly furnished spaces.

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G-60 Reps Coalition Bow To Authentic Chinda’s Led Caucus

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…… Shun Proposed Media Briefing

The G-60 Peoples Democratic Party Opposition Coalition, described as fake by the authentic Hon Kingsley Chinda minority caucus in the House of Representatives has finally bowed to the superiority of the officially known and accepted leadership of the minority parties

At the House of Representatives Tuesday, the Ikenga Ugochinyere’s G-60 group which had previously announced a press briefing following the outcome of a meeting the group was to hold, declined to brief the media

The impostor group as they have come to be known and identified is a purported group of imaginary 60 lawmakers under the auspices of Opposition lawmakers coalition that boast of their numerical strength

They had last week threatened to quit the party if the doctored list of Caretaker Committees in Rivers and 10 other states which was filled with members and loyalist of the All Progressive Congress (APC) is not nullified.

But credible sources familiar with their activities have punctured their 60 acclaimed numbers, putting it at a misery 5nos

While the G-60 shunned an earlier press conference it initially scheduled, the third Regular meeting convened by the Leader of the Caucus and House Minority Leader, Hon. Kingsley Chinda held on Tuesday at House Committee Room 413, National Assembly Complex Abuja ahead of Thursday’s National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party, was followed by a press conference

Though the G-60 could not advance any cogent reason for cancelling the press parley, after Hon Chinda had addressed the media , but news making the rounds had it that the press secretary of one of the G60 members had alleged that the meeting with the Minority Leader ended in commotion as lawmakers were sharply divided along the lines of pro and anti-Umar Damgun, the party’s acting National Chairman.

It was alleged from the outcome of the meeting that the move to pass vote of confidence on Damagun failed.

“We are glad that the plan of the pro- Wike group supporting Damagun fell like a pack of cards as we refused all entreaties to perpetuate illegality and stoking of crisis in the party. Our position remains that Damagun must go for someone from North-central to take over and complete Ayu’s tenure” the press secretary was said to have lied

Another quote linked to the group, also said “Our Party needs total overhaul and reformation. We currently have in the PDP a national leadership that is in bed with the APC and is working extremely hard to hand over the party to the APC. This is quite shameful disheartening. But we won’t fold our hands and let gat happen”.

But a very reliable source within the PDP disclosed that the meeting of the caucus went smoothly as they were all on same page.

Buttressing the position also were remarks credited to Kingsley Chinda, the minority leader while addressing journalists after the meeting

Chinda told newsmen that the PDP caucus was united, indivisible committed and out to perform its duty as the watchdog on behalf of Nigerians.

He said, “We have just concluded the third meeting of the People’s Democratic Party caucus in the 10th Assembly and have resolved to tell all of us and the world that we are United and we are one and remained United, indivisible, committed and out to perform her duty as the watchdog on behalf of the Nigerian people.

“In the same vein, we x-rayed the security situation in the country and resolved that we can no longer accept the situation where Nigeria is today tagged one life, one minute silence.

“The government is therefore called upon to immediately take steps to ensure that the security situation in the country is normalised and the caucus has also given a three month ultimatum for government to normalise the security situation in our country.

“After three months, the caucus will take further steps to sensitise and mobilise Nigerians to perhaps take their security in their hands.

The House caucus also agreed to call on all party caucuses, the Board of Trustees, National Executive Committee and the National Working Committee of the party to embark on reconciliation measures with a view to resolving all litigation that are pending and has hindered the party in any way whatsoever from having a substantive national Chairman.

“We call on our leaders in the PDP to continue to demonstrate unconditional loyalty to the party and ensure that the party reclaim her pride of place where she enjoyes the position of the largest party in Africa and to take back the Aso Villa which actually supposed to be our birth right.
Speaking on credible Opposition, he said:
“For us, we are going back as we resume the session to commence a strong, virile and purpose driven opposition to give the people a voice in the parliament.

“We also call on the Senate Leadership to please take steps to recall our colleague and senior brother, a veteran politician, a parliamentarian per excellence, Abdul Ningi.”

Those who attended the enlarged meeting of the PDP Caucus, among others , were the G-60 , who were seen present during the meeting and briefing , seated calm, putting fillip to why they backed down on the scheduled press conference.

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PDP To Take Back Power In 2027- Reps Caucus

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…… Set For Credible Opposition

The House of Representatives Caucus of the Peoples Democratic Party,PDP, says it must take back government, by extension the Aso Rock Villa in 2027.

According to the Caucus, the villa is supposed to be its birth right.

Leader of the minority group in the House, Rep. Kingsley Chinda, who disclosed this Tuesday in Abuja while briefing newsmen after the third Regular meeting of PDP lawmakers, said there’s was no going back on its resolve to return to power in 2027

The caucus which also gave the Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration a three-month ultimatum to stabilize security in the country, spoke in a communiqué issued after the meeting

Hon Chinda further disclosed that the PDP caucus was resuming this time around to engage in robust and virile opposition that will give Nigerians a voice in the Nigerian parliament

“And so for us, we are going back as we resume the session to commence a strong, virile and purpose driven opposition to give the people a voice in the parliament.

The lawmakers also issued a three-months ultimatum to the Federal Government to normalize the security situation in the country , in the communiqué

According to him, the government is therefore called upon to immediately take steps to ensure that the security situation in the country is normalized.

He said, ” we x-rayed the security situation in our country and we resolved that we can no longer take this situation where Nigeria is today almost tagged as one life, one minute silence.

“After three-months the caucus will take further steps to sensitize and mobilize Nigerians to perhaps take their security into their hands.”

He said the caucus also agreed to call on all party caucuses, the board of trustees, national executive committee and the national working committee of the party to embark on reconciliatory measures. This according to him is with the view to resolve all litigations that are pending and that has hindered the party in anyway whatsoever from having a substantive national Chairman.

He called on leaders of the PDP to continue to demonstrate unconditional loyalty to the party and ensure that the party is placed where she enjoyed the position of the largest party in Africa.

He said that the House of Reps PDP remained united, indivisible, committed and out to perform her duty as the watchdog on behalf of the Nigerian people.

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Arrest Those Behind Ganduje’s Suspension-CAM

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…….. Says Perpetrators Are Impostors Endangering Democracy

Members of the All Progressives Congress under the aegis of Concerned APC Members (CAM), have called for the immediate arrest of those behind the suspension of the national chairman of the party, Abdullahi Ganduje, frowning at the development

They described the perpetrators as impostors who are endangering Nigeria’s democracy and must be brought to book

Recall that Ganduje was on Tuesday allegedly suspended by APC in his Ward in the Dawakin Tofa Local Government Area of the state.

The state leadership, however, denied the alleged suspension, describing those behind it as impostors.

Reacting to the development at a press conference on Tuesday in Abuja, CAM, under the leadership of Okpokwu Ogenyi, called for the immediate arrest of those behind the alleged suspension.

Ogenyi said the perpetrators must be brought to book, to serve as a deterrent to others.

He said, “It is with rude shock, we received the news of the suspension of the APC National Chairman of our party, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje by some members of the New Nigeria Peoples Party, NNPP who disguised as members of our party from his Ward of Kano State.

“The impostors even went far in using the name of our party’s legal adviser in Ganduje ward to announce the purported suspension of our National chairman without the prior consent of the said legal adviser even though a legal adviser lack the powers to suspend officers of the party hence such powers is vested on the ward chairman.

“Impersonation is a criminal offence punishable by law. We call on the Inspector General of Police and the Director General of State Security Service to immediately arrest the impostors and prosecute them to serve as deterrent to others willing to orchestrate such devilish act.

“If these impostors are not arrested and prosecuted immediately, in a short while, some members of the PDP or Labour Party may constitute themselves and suspend Mr. President from the APC.”

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