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13 Budding Businesses Receive GET Compass Awards to Catalyse Start-ups



Grooming Endowment Trust (GET) has awarded 13 promising entrepreneurs GET Compass Award grants, providing them with a vital stepping stone to initiate their businesses.

The GET Compass programme, a flagship initiative of Grooming Centre, is dedicated to fostering Micro, Small, and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) that offer products and services vital to community well-being and economic growth. This comprehensive programme includes bespoke training and mentorship events designed to equip these emerging businesses for success.

According to the Centre, amidst stiff competition, 13 exceptional entrepreneurs who were selected from hundreds of applications to join the esteemed programme, were honoured during an award ceremony held recently at the Centre in Research in Enterprise and Action in Management (CREM) office in Lagos.


At the ceremony which was graced by members of the board of trustees of the centre and some prominent industry figures, five standout business owners, namely Tipping Recycle, Replast Engineering, Smoothies Bargains and Shakes, Craft Planet and Makizi Blossoms and Enterprises were presented with N2 million each.

The grant funding was to empower them in kick-starting their ventures, while all other participants were granted N250,000 each to support their entrepreneurial journeys.

Speaking on the profound impact GET Compass has had onits alumni since its inception, the Chief Executive Officer of Grooming Centre, Dr. Godwin Nwabunka encouraged all participants to cultivate a winner’s mindset, highlighting that success transcends financial rewards.

Dr. Nwabunka stated that, “Grooming Endowment Trust began with a humble team, and today we have staff members across the nation. Our journey commenced modestly, yet with a resolute mission. While we received a multitude of applications, we are thrilled to welcome these entrepreneurs into the GET family. We eagerly anticipate sharing their progress with the world.”

The award recipients expressed their enthusiasm, networked with fellow business professionals, and reaffirmed their commitment to nurturing and expanding their businesses with the support and resources offered.

The Grooming Endowment Trust (GET) was established by Grooming Centre to provide funding for an array of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) related initiatives.

Incorporated in August 2020, the Trust offers grants and investments in the areas of education and capacity building, healthcare, enterprise and community development, venture formation, and humanitarian relief. The governance and operational mechanisms for the Trust have been established, with activities commencing in the first quarter of 2021.


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Akwa Ibom State Governor, Pastor Umo Eno has directed the immediate release of an additional 1.5bn naira for payment of outstanding gratuities of retired workers in the State.
The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Ekerete Udoh who broke the news, said it was a further confirmation of the Governor’s resolve to fulfill his pact with workers in the State.
During his campaign, Pastor Eno had promised to continue paying backlog of gratuity from where his immediate predecessor in office had stopped.
Before the current release, N5.3 Billion had been released by the Governor for retired workers in the State, a confirmation of the Governor’s humane disposition to the people of the State.
Few weeks ago, an additional one month salary otherwise called 13th month salary, or “ Enomber” was approved for civil servants in the State, to bring Christmas cheers.
Governor Umo Eno, has, in under six months in office, touched on the critical pillars of the ARISE Agenda, especially in rural development, education, healthcare, security and infrastructural maintenance.
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WIA honors Dana Air as Airline Wins Best Corporate Social Responsibility award



Dana Air has been honored by the Women in Aviation for celebrating 15 years in Nigeria’s Aviation Industry at the Annual Conference of Women in Aviation Nigeria Chapter held recently in Kano.
According the President of Women in Aviation Nigeria, Rejoice Ndudinachi, this year’s conference is Themed: Connect, Engage, Inspire, and the highlight is presentation of awards to persons and organisations who have distinguished themselves in the society”
Similarly, Dana Air has bagged the Corporate Social Responsibility airline of the year Award 2023 at the City Business News Summit 2023, held recently in Lagos at Oriental Hotels.
Speaking on the double honors, Dana Air’s Chief Operating Officer, Ememobong Ettete, said, Dana Air is committed to the theme of this year’s WIA conference as always and this is a well-deserved recognition for us and it just goes to show that people see and appreciate the little things we do to support not just our dear country but communities, youths, the women in aviation, our industry and even the entertainment industry.”
As a responsible corporate citizen, we remain committed to supporting worthy causes across the country and contributing to her growth and development as we have no other option than to build our country and see it achieve its full potential. he added. 
Having flown over 36m passengers in the last 15 years of its operation, Nigeria is one of Nigeria’s leading airlines with a mixed fleet of boeing aircraft and daily flights to major cities in Nigeria
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JCI Lagos Coral Commemorates a Year of Outstanding Success, Championing Youth Leadership and Community Transformation



In a year marked by unparalleled achievements and industry acknowledgment, Junior Chamber International (JCI) Lagos Coral proudly commemorates its outstanding contributions to community development and nurturing young leaders in the organisation.

Under the leadership of JCIN Amb. Idaraesit Michael who is the President this year and the remarkable Board of the organisation has fervently achieved the mandate, significant positive change and sustainable growth.

In her words, Michael explained that JCI Lagos Coral garnered a string of prestigious awards, recognizing their commitment to excellence and impactful endeavors within the local community and the global sphere.

The awards were gathered at various events such as the Southern Conference, JCI Nigeria National Convention, JCI Nigeria Southwest Training Retreat, JCI Africa & Middle East Convention (AMEC) in Zimbabwe, and the JCI World Congress in Switzerland.

“The organization secured an impressive tally of eleven esteemed awards. These accolades underscore the organization’s exceptional performance and contributions across diverse areas”

“The Southern Conference proved to be a triumphant ground for JCI Lagos Coral, securing three coveted awards, notably the Best Local Inter-Organization Collaboration Project for its groundbreaking JCI Career Weekend Program”, she explained.

The organization received recognition for achieving the highest delegates at the JCI Nigeria Southern Conference, showcasing its active involvement within the JCI community. Notably, Temitope Ojo was honored with the Most Outstanding Member award, spotlighting the organization’s commitment to nurturing exceptional talent and leadership.

At the National Convention, JCI Lagos Coral continued its streak of success, claiming three prestigious accolades that highlighted its operational excellence and impactful initiatives. The JCI 100% Efficiency Award underscored the organization’s commitment to maintaining exceptional standards of performance. JCIN Amb. Idara Michael was recognized twice as the Most Outstanding Local Organization President, emphasizing her exemplary leadership guiding JCI Lagos Coral to greater heights. The organization was also lauded twice as the Most Outstanding Local Organization, reinforcing its holistic approach to community development.

Internationally, the JCI Nigeria Creative Young Entrepreneur Program received the prestigious Best National Flagship Program award at the JCI African and Middle East Conference (AMEC) 2023. This recognition affirmed JCI Lagos Coral’s commitment to promoting entrepreneurship and empowering young leaders to drive economic development and innovation in the region.

As JCI Lagos Coral continues its mission to empower young leaders and foster positive change, the organization remains dedicated to advancing impactful initiatives, driving sustainable development, and nurturing future leaders in the community and beyond.


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