Today marks the international workers day celebration, and it has become a historic significance all over the world and celebrated by the Labor unions worldwide.
Workers with their commitment and efforts, have united to make our Nation’s economy ranked among the global economies, and indeed they deserve the honour for the work they do.
I therefore, cease this opportunity to expressed my gratitude and gratefulness to the true spirit of hard work exhibited by men and women who have tirelessly proven their worth through their commitment and efforts in their respective places of service.
It is of note, that in time past, workers get together and celebrate their strengths, which tend to indicate how effectively they always have been able to and will continue to struggle to bring in positive reforms for the working class of the society.
I therefore, urge us all to safeguard the working class in all respects that we can do. Though this day is celebrated internationally, we should not just deal with this day as a normal day, but also as the true dedication to honour the efforts and activities done by workers.
We should encourage everyone to celebrate this day and also appreciate the efforts of every worker out there, who through commitment to duty have made our economy stabilize.
To every son and daughter of Biase, I wish you a happy New Month. And decree greatness and overflowing grace in all that you do. May this month be another giant step closer to our expected glory.
100,000 Nigerians to benefit from one-off N50,000 MSME grant
The Steering Committee of the MSMEs Survival Fund and guaranteed Off-take Stimulus Scheme chaired by the Honourable Minister of State, Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Amb. Mariam Y. Katagum, wishes to announce the commencement of the Guaranteed Off-take Stimulus Scheme and the MSME Grant portal opening from February, 9th, 2021.
The Guaranteed Off-take Stimulus Scheme is aimed at protecting and sustaining the incomes of vulnerable Micro and Small Enterprises by guaranteeing the offtake of their products.
A total of 100,000 Micro and Small Enterprises are to benefit from the scheme.
The total target national number of beneficiaries is 100,000. The breakdown is as follows: Lagos, 3,880; Kano, 3,280; Abia, 3,080; while the other states will each have 2,640 beneficiaries.
The qualification criteria for this Scheme are as follows:
Applicant must be a Nigerian National.
Applicant must be registered under Corporate Affairs Commission with at least a Business Name certificate
Applicant must have a verifiable BVN and Bank Account
Applicant must have at least 2 staff
Applicant must be ready to produce under NAFDAC and SON specifications.
The list of products captured in the Guaranteed Off-take Stimulus Scheme track is as below:
PRODUCT LIST FOR GUARANTEED OFFTAKE
CATEGORY A SANITIZATION & CLEANING
LOT 1 PRODUCT 1 Face Masks 2 Liquid Soap 3 Disinfectant 4 Hand Sanitizer
CATEGORY B PROCESSED FOODS
LOT 2 GRAINS 1 Beans 2 Garri 3 Acha 4 Alkama 5 Brabusco 6 Rice (Parboiled) 7 Rice (Raw)
The General MSME Grant is a one-off grant of N50,000 that will be given to each qualified MSME as direct cash injection into their enterprise. the total number of beneficiaries in this track is 100,000 spread across the States.
In the same vein, the General MSME Grant quota as s follows: LAGOS, 3,880; KANO, 3,280; ABIA, 3,080; and other states, 2,640.
All potential beneficiaries of this track must meet the following criteria:
Applicant must be a Nigerian National.
Applicant must be registered under Corporate Affairs Commission with at least a Business Name certificate
Applicant must have a verifiable BVN and Bank Account.
The chairman of Biase Local Government council, Hon Mrs Ada Charles has yesterday presented the 2021 budget to the Biase legislative assembly.
The budget which is centered on the development and progress of the local government Council is estimated to be at the sum of 3,222,023,847.00 for the 2021 fiscal year.
Christened “Budget of Collaboration” Hon Ada Charles has elaborated the different sectors of the local government that needs reforms and also rehabilitations.
The chairman in her presentation reiterate the needs for collaboration across different sectors of Governance to ensure effective and productive utilization and delivery of democratic dividends to the people of Biase.
In her words she has this to say…. “We have to collaborate with relevant MDAs and other critical stakeholders as well to ensure sustainable development and peace be found in the local government…..”
The budget which has an opening balance of 55,176,938. 30,000,000.00 internally generated revenue, 50,000,000.00 statutory allocation from the state government, 1,300,000,000 statutory allocation from the federal government, 609,560,212.00 value added tax, excess crude oil sales will generate the council 30,000,000.00 and grants from other donors agencies 100,000,000.
The executive chairman of Biase local government council Hon Mrs Ada Charleshas saluted the honour, courage, sacrifice and dedication of our nation’s Armed Forces, the men and women who have dedicated their lives in protecting our country and its citizens.
The executive chairman in company with the secretary of Council Mr Daniel Enang , the Paramount Ruler of Biase Local Government area council of chiefs His Royal Highness Onun Nicholas Odum, the leader of legislature Hon Charles Ekor and a host of others councilors and aides, marks the arms forces Remembrance Day Nigeria –
The chairman in her speech, stressed the need to honour the memory of our distinguish veterans who paid the supreme sacrifice to keep the country United.
Speaking about supporting the retired veterans, the executive chairman Hon Mrs Ada Charles, made a cash donations of hundred thousand naira to encourage and also extend her recognition and consideration to their efforts in keeping the nation United.
she also expresses her gratefulness to the Governor of Cross River State, His Excellency Senator (Prof) Ben Ayade who happen to be the patron of the legions in Cross River State for the support he has been giving to the legions over the years.
On behalf of my family and the good people of Biase Local Government Area, I welcome everyone to the year 2021.
2020 was a year of many challenges (from COVID-19 to #EndSARS protests) and disruption in our economy, livelihood and life generally both as individuals and as a Local Government.
The year 2021 is a time for stock, a time to count our blessings, make laudable recoveries and spare a thought for those less fortunate than ourselves as well as for those that have fallen on the unavoidable hard times .
While I commend your prayers, support and courage amidst our challenges, I reiterates my administration commitment to unite us as one indivisible people as well as build a strong and developed Biase.
It is therefore with a sincere passion for humanity and with your unwavering support that I urge you all to be hopeful, tolerant and patient as I optimistically look forward to 2021 to continuing my work of delivering democratic dividends across the eleven wards of Biase.
Going forward, I urge you to disregard the purported blackmail making the round on social media, it’s obvious, as a local government, we’re doing well and our distractors are not comfortable neither are they happy with our achievement so far.
While the matter is been investigated following my official reportage to the appropriate authorities, be assured that the perpetrators of this heinous and inhumane act after investigations will be brought to book and my administration shall remain more focus, unwavering and my people-oriented agenda will be delivered in accordance with stipulated time frame.
I wish you all a Happy and Prosperous New Year as we move forward together in 2021.
Hon Mrs Ada Charles Rehabilitate and Maintain roads in the council quarters, Akpet central and Ugbem/Ukupeyire roads.
The emergency response project, hopes to ameliorate the bad condition of this two access route, to meet the burgeoning demand for a comfortable drive and evening strolling by commuters and community dwellers.
To this end, the project has specifically met the maintenance needs of this roads.
The Executive Chairman of Biase local Government council Hon Mrs Ada Charles joined her colleagues of Yala, Bekwara, Obanliku, Obudu, Obubra, Abi and Odukpani in the joint meeting of Officials of Cross River Benue, Ebony and Abia states on the inter state boundary dispute resolution held at the National Boundary Commission (NBC).Headquarters, Abuja.
The deligation of cross River state which was aptly led by the deputy Governor of Cross River State His excellency Prof. Ivara Ejemot Esu, Are committed towards effective representation that will lead to lasting peace in Warring areas of the state.
The meeting which is aimed towards finding a lasting solution in resolving the lingering boundary dispute between Biase Communities of Erei, Ikun, Utima and her neighboring state of Ebonyi, and Abia states respectively has seen a positive head start as decision has been made to ensure peaceful coexistence among the people.
It is commendable that through the leadership of the Governor of Cross River State His excellency, Professor Ben Ayade and his Deputy Professor Ivara Ejemot Esu and the support of the executive chairman of Biase local government Area, Hon Mrs Ada Charles. A lasting solution and peace will finally returned to the affected areas in the local government.
It is with great pleasure I extend my happiness and joy to you all on this glorious day that marks our independence day and also a beginning of a new month.
It has been 60 years since our nation got her independence, for some of us, we may be younger, but we are a great part of this moving train. The grace that has sustain us as a nation, has proven without doubts the love God has for us. We have survived and live with the concept of “Unity in diversity” with diverse language, culture and religion, It is a prove that we have truly grown as a nation and a people.
Yes indeed there are some setbacks ranging from corruption, poverty, ignorance and lack of jobs ; however one cannot deny that even the most powerful nations have these setbacks. It is therefore important that we take a collective efforts in rebuilding our broken walls.
Waiting and hoping on the government to do everything might not give us the desired results as hoped and prayed. Let us strive to make our country a better and safe place by following the values and principles taught by our fathers.
Let us spread awareness, knowledge, values and gain wisdom. Let us make this our Independence Day and new month resolution. If we as a local government follows these basic principles, we will grow, and gradually spread the tentacles of our new found light across and eventually it would lead to a massive revival across our country, making Nigeria great again.
I also will use this medium to wish every father /mother and also every son and daughter of Biase a happy new month and a joy filled independence day celebration. I love you all.
Hon Mrs Ada Charles yesterday flagged off the therapeutic efficacy study project in Akpet one.
Accompanied by the Vice chairman, Hon Barr Oyoyo Owai, the secretary of council Hon Daniel Enang, the supervisor for health Mrs Amatey, and a host of others, flagged off the project officially while declaring the community health centre opened for the world health organisations team.
The study which is aimed to check Antimalarial drug efficacy, is assessed through therapeutic efficacy studies (TES). The project is conducted in three different zones in the country, and my LGA being selected as the test centre for the South south region gives me happiness. I watched more than 30 of my people undergo the test and was assured by the project team that those tested will be treated accordingly.
TES are conducted in a controlled environment in which drug administration is supervised, the results of microscopic examinations of blood films are validated, and the origin and quality of the drugs are verified.
The exercise moved smoothly, with a hundred percent response and comportment from the people of Akpet One in Biase local government.
It is with great pleasure I welcome you to the month of September, a month that will be full of happiness and success in our personal and professional lives. Few months ago, I became the chairman of our great local government after a successful election processes. Before the elections I’ve reviewed the council performances and achievements both past and even at the absence of a democratic elected leader.
By my assessment and reviews, I and my team had set new objectives and priorities for our days and time in office and committed ourselves to implement them. To this end, we’ve validated two committees and with time form new ones, with assigned specific missions and tasks to ensure effective representation that will lead to sustainable growth and development of our dear local government.
It is my Ernest desire to work towards sustaining the projects of my predecessors and also reinforce the councils ties with the state government, to bring the best of democratic governance to the people of Biase and also connect with organisations to bring about change in areas that we are found wanting.
As we wake up to a new month, we must also look back but with the knowledge that brighter days are ahead of us – that although our challenges are great, each of us has the courage and determination to rise up and meet them. That together as brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers of this great local government called Biase, can make the ultimate difference that will put our dear local government in the global map. It is that spirit that has kept me as an individual focused and determined and it is that spirit that I believe will make all the difference and give us a head start that will make Biase great again.
I feel greatly honoured to be invited as the Guest of Honour at this august occasion, as the world celebrates resilient entrepreneurs. On behalf of my cabinet members and my councilors, I bring you greetings on the occasion of the world’s entrepreneurs day, with the theme “celebrating resilient entrepreneurs, winning against all odds”.
I congratulate the convener Mr Great Ogban (SA Entrepreneurship development) and urge that the effort be sustained and improved upon. Your choice of the theme for this year’s event is apt and germane to the current efforts to strengthen entrepreneurial practices among youths as a major factor to coop unemployment and ensure sustainable growth and a more productive Nigerian economy.
I am proud to be identified with this event because of its positive impact in the development of entrepreneurship globally and in our dear State. I believe, this day being set aside to celebrate entrepreneurs globally, is aim at ensuring consistent growth and development of entrepreneurs and also create awareness for entrepreneurship, innovation and leadership around the world. As an entrepreneur, I have over the years observed that Resilience is the key to moving through failed leadership or failed plans, or both. And it is a vital skill for every aspiring entrepreneur.
It is therefore important to celebrate an entrepreneur who climb through bumpy start-ups or sudden market changes against all odd. Today, becomes a fantastic time to hit the reset button to hit our lives as young people, as a state and also as a country, to shift our direction away from being average and mediocre, and push harder towards entrepreneurial revolution that will boost our economy and put an end to unemployment.
Asides celebrating the resilient and dynamic nature of entrepreneurs who are committed against all odds, I implore every entrepreneur or aspiring entrepreneur to unleash his or her creative and innovative energies that lies within, to solve the basic problem of our economy.
I implore the SA entrepreneurship development Mr Great Ogban to unravel critical issues militating entrepreneurial development and come up with strategic plans that will upscale the desired growth and development of entrepreneurship in Cross River State.
It is encouraging to see His Excellency Prof Ben Ayade the Governor of Cross River State, seeking ways to ease doing business in the State. Such efforts will give businesses and investors more confidence to grow their investments here. And also his role in enhancing agricultural practices in the state is so important in further adding value in the agriculture sector that will deliver a more diverse economy, but also enhance Cross River State food security.
CONCLUSION Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, I am fully convinced that entrepreneurship development will be the new face of our state sustainable development practice. I therefore appeal to all stakeholders to show commitment and support in the implementation of entrepreneurial development practices among young persons.
There is no gainsaying the fact that many businesses and aspiring businesses require funds, I urge the government to create policies and schemes that will enhance entrepreneurship development in the state.
While not pre-empting the keynote speaker, the special guest of honour and others who are here to celebrate world entrepreneurs day, it is my fervent hope that all the various facets of speeches delivered here today will be seen from the view that is aimed in promoting entrepreneurship development practices in Cross River State.
I urge every young person here, to explore creative and innovative ways of solving problems, as it is the bed rock of every entrepreneurial activity globally. I am confident that given the array of professionals gathered here today, implementable recommendations will emerge from this year world entrepreneurs day on strategies that will strengthen entrepreneurship development in Cross River State and the world at large.
Thank you all for your kind attention.
Hon Mrs Ada Charles. Executive Chairman. Biase LGA