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AMEN cries out over inability to access Lagos state intervention funds – Iche President

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AMEN cries out over inability to access Lagos state intervention funds – Iche President  By Ifeoma Ikem

 

 

 

 

The National President , Association of Micro Entrepreneur of Nigeria (AMEN), Prince Saviour Iche has cried out over his inability to access the Lagos State intervention funds to boost his business.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Iche said this in an interview with our Correspondent on Sunday in Lagos.

 

 

 

AMEN cries out over inability to access Lagos state intervention funds - Iche President

 

 

 

He said that having met all the requirements for the application for loan since November 2021, he is yet to get the intervention funds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He said that Lagos state government in its wisdom provided a grant opportunity for SMEs to assist them in businesses because of what they went through during the covid-19 pandemic .

 

 

 

 

 

According to him, ‘having met all the requirements, accessing the fund has been almost impossible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Apart from the cost of raw materials which we need to sustain our businesses, so many of us applied for the grant and many were successful approved of which I was one of them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I applied for N10 million, later an independent valuer called me that they were coming to ascertain if really am an entrepreneur.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“So when they came, they saw what I was doing with my staffs, asked them questions and also took pictures in the course of discussions with them”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He said when he received a congratulatory message for being among the successful ones, so i went to Alimosho council where my local government area is to confirm on the list and my name was there and I was given a form to fill.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“They gave me the offer letter and when I collected the offer letter I discovered that it was for Ninety thousand Naira grant.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“My question is, what will I do with ninety thousand naira? is it for chemical or what at this difficult time, a liter of diesel is six hundred and fifty naira per liter?.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” I want government to know that some persons are using SME’s as a means of committing fraud and extort money from the government.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Even the Ninety thousand naira they claimed to have given me I’m yet to receive it,” he added.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Iche noted that his purpose was to make a protest and also to give a feedback to the Lagos state government because it has good intentions for SMEs.

 

 

 

“We have a lot in common, we are partners in progress because if the SME’S being the highest employer of labour are not well taken care of, our contribution to the economy will impact negatively.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Government will give grants to support entrepreneurs but those in charge to disburse the grant will divert the money for their selfish interest, let the state government investigate this applications.

 

 

 

 

 

 

He noted that there are series of government intervention loans fashioned towards the needs and support of the SMEs but very difficult to access.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” The independent valuer made me to know that with my qualification and what I have on ground I will be qualified to even get up to 15 million”.

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Davido reacts after clash with Portable

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Davido reacts after clash with Portable

 

Nigerian Afrobeats singer David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido, has reacted after his colleague, Portable, called him out for allegedly giving him ‘bad advice’ during their recent dinner in the United States.

 

 

 

It would be recalled that Portable recently lamented that Davido, who signed with Sony Music, advised him against joining the label and urged him to sign with Empire instead.

 

 

The ‘Zazu’ crooner alleged foul play, saying he is also aiming for a Grammy like Davido yet the DMW boss is asking him to join a label that might not influence the award for him.

 

 

Davido has now reacted by unfollowing Portable on Instagram.

A visit to their respective Instagram accounts on Thursday evening confirmed that the DMW boss has now unfollowed Portable.

Portable had earlier raised the alarm that some people were trying to pit Davido against him.

According to him, people have been “pushing” him to fight with Davido but he refused because the DMW boss has helped him in the past.

 

 

 

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Ex-Miss Commonwealth, Nkem Ituludiegwu Loses Mum @ 72

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Ex-Miss Commonwealth, Nkem Ituludiegwu Loses Mum @ 72

 

 

Former Miss Commonwealth Nigeria, Nkem Ituludiegwu has announced, with deep sorrow, the passing of her beloved mother, Lady Iyom Okwesileze Adaeze Ituludiegwu. Lady Iyom passed away peacefully at the age of 72.

 

 

Ex-Miss Commonwealth, Nkem Ituludiegwu Loses Mum @ 72

A British-trained medical practitioner, Lady Iyom was known for her dedication to healthcare and her compassionate service to the community. She met her husband, Sir Ozonkpu Okwudili Mike Ituludiegwu, in England during their academic years. Sir Ozonkpu Okwudili, a distinguished veteran who served in the Royal Navy and later in all arms of the Nigerian Military – the Army, Air Force, and Navy – shared a life of service and commitment with Lady Iyom.

 

 

 

The Ituludiegwu family invites friends, relatives, and well-wishers to join them in celebrating the life of Lady Iyom through a series of memorial events:

Commendation/Tribute Service: Friday, June 28, 2024, at Our Saviour’s Anglican Church, TBS, Lagos Island.
Wake Keep: Friday, July 5, 2024, at the family country home in Iridana Ifite, Njikoka LG area, Nawfia, Anambra State.
Funeral Service: Saturday, July 6, 2024, following the Wake Keep at the family country home.

 

 

 

Outing Service: Sunday, July 7, 2024, at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Uruoji-Ifite, Nawfia, Anambra State.
The family expresses their gratitude for the outpouring of love and support during this difficult time and requests continued prayers for strength and solace.

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CELEBRATING N.O.I AT 70: A Journey of Resilience and Leadership* _By Segun Awolowo_

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*CELEBRATING N.O.I AT 70: A Journey of Resilience and Leadership*

_By Segun Awolowo_

 

Dearest N.O.I, as you celebrate your 70th birthday, I’m filled with immense gratitude and admiration for the extraordinary person you are. Our 20-year journey together has been a masterclass in leadership and resilience. Your unwavering dedication to Nigeria and the world is a beacon of hope and inspiration.

 

 

 

Working alongside you under President Obasanjo’s administration was a defining period in my life. Your guidance and unwavering belief in me helped shape my perspective and purpose. Your influence has been a steady source of strength and motivation. You taught me to love my job !!!

Visiting you at the WTO, Geneva , I was struck by the global impact of your vision and leadership. You’ve successfully bridged borders, fostered understanding and championed equality. I remember with nostalgia when you arranged a surprise birthday dinner for me . You will always be celebrated in Jesus’s mighty name

Today, Nigeria and the world celebrate your remarkable journey and your unwavering commitment to excellence.

May God in His infinite wisdom bless you immensely. Happy 70th birthday, dear N.O.I – a true icon. #joyonly🤗🤗🤗🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾

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