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A coalition of NGOs led by Empathy Driven Women International Initiative EDWIIN has decided to Challenge the Norm this year in line with the 2021 International Women’s Day theme. The group of exceptional women chose to move away from the regular gatherings and conferences that characterize every year to celebrate with vulnerable young women and women in general in the Internally Displaced Persons, IDP camp. They are joining forces with The Navigators Nigeria who has been working in various humanitarian capacities to effect impactful projects.

 

Amongst the leading NGOs are the U.S based Achana legacy foundation, Shogbonyo Foundation. Hospital for humanity, and Centre for Poverty Reduction. From the Nigerian team are women in business Arena, Reedges collections, Standard Bearers School Lekki and Body Mechanics and Physiotherapy Wellness Center.

 

These women with a clear vision came together to donate items to the women like Ankara, cartons of sanitary towels, noodles, cartons of spaghetti, detergents, bathing soaps, mats, and insecticide coils amongst others.

 

The convener of EDWIIN Uri Ngozichukwuka also mentioned an education Fund in the offing for the children. This is not the first time EDWIIN will mark international women’s Day with vulnerable women in society. In 2018 the young NGO organized the first medical outreach for women with disabilities in Lagos at the Teslim Balogun stadium.

 

IDP CAMPs in the country total 32 with over 3.2 million displaced people. This particular camp has 1,720 persons including 250 children born in the camp between 2016 and 2021 

 

The event will have in attendance 200 women and 45 young women from the camp and about 18 officials representing the various NGOs that form the coalition led by Uri Ngozichukwuka of EDWIIN.


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The  IT division at GTBank has suffered a continual decrease in personnel within the last six months. It has caused a significant technical lacuna and work overload for current employees. Reports reaching 1st News have it that GTBank has been slow in promoting its staff; inadvertently triggering a wave of exits into the labour market which had attractive offers for their talent.

The shortage in manpower is bringing about increased workload; and mounting pressure on the remaining IT employees.

One staff said, “I was handling one application then it doubled as a result.”

Another one also: “There’s a particular team where three members left in the space of one month. Now, four people’s responsibilities are being juggled by one person.”

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And yet another staff said, “The pressure is crazy. One person is doing three people’s jobs all in the name of efficiency. That’s why our cost to income ratio will always be the lowest in the industry.”

An undisclosed source said the frequent loss of experienced workers without commensurate hiring resulted in gaps in technical capabilities.

He said: “The application I am managing was handled by two people; but my partner has gone to join another team. If I’m leaving now, a new person can’t cram; and get a good grip of everything in my handover note within 3 weeks. We simply need more people on the team!”

This gap is often reflected when there is a service downtime towards the end of the month caused by server overload. During this period, transaction volume increases due to salary payments; and other month-end payments; leading to more pressure on existing resources.

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Pyramids’ Road Trip Video to Aba Stadium, a Wake up Call, Says Egbe

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The Chief Executive Officer of Monimichelle Group, Ebi Egbe, has called on the federal government to do something on the state of the roads in the country, declaring that the state of the Port-Harcourt Aba Road has become a bad advertisement for the country.

The poor state of the federal highway came to the fore over the weekend when Egyptian side, Pyramids Football Club who flew in the club’s private jet landed

at the Port Harcourt Airport and made a video of the horrible road trip to Aba and posted it on the social media, calling it a shame.

Pyramids held Enyimba 1-1 in Aba yesterday but qualified 5-2 aggregate for the semi final of the CAF Confederation Cup.

But Egbe whose outfit constructed the Enyimba Stadium turf noted that the Egyptians deliberately wanted to paint the country in bad light by showing the video to the world.

Egbe was however quick to add that government on its part also need to avoid the country being embarrassed by her international visitors by fixing our roads.

“That video by Pyramids is to me, a wake up call for us to not only fix our stadiums but also fix our roads.

“Teams that come to Aba to play have always commended the playing turf. We need to get it right on all fronts. This is why I am appealing to the federal government to get our roads fixed.

“Our teams would return to the continent next term and it would be a shame if teams from other countries that are far less endowed come in and mock us that we ve got no good roads in the country,” Egbe stressed

He further charged the various state governments to also upgrade their stadium facilities just like other countries are doing.

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