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Thursday, 17 August 2017

Top 6 Employability Skills In Shortage Among Nigerian Graduates

Chukwu Emmanuel     August 17, 2017     No comments
Productivity, Work, Businessman, Employability Skills

Our educational system is tailored to produce more certificate holders than solution providers. As a student in Nigeria, you spend over 70% of your schooling years learning theories, this may be a hypothesis but it's not far from the truth. Quite a number of courses offered in our higher institutions are focused on solving abstract problems and not real life problems. As a result we have too many people with certificates but jobless or underemployed.

Certificate don't make people outstanding, skill does. The more skills you have, the better your options in the labour market. The level of skills you have will greatly affect your career pace and your earning potential.

So many graduates know a lot about the courses they studied but only a handful know how to create value with the knowledge and make money off it. This is because our schools don't teach us how to apply our knowledge to real life situations. We can only learn this crucial lesson through self education.

Most powerful economies are run by people with skills (with or without certificates). To make significant contributions to our country and enjoy the dividends of Nigerian economy you need to level up your skills level. Make skills acquisition a lifetime goal.

Here's six necessary skills every graduate should learn:

1. Digital Literacy

Digital literacy is the set of competencies required for full participation in a knowledge society. It includes knowledge, skills, and behaviors involving the effective use of digital devices such as smartphones ,
tablets , laptops and desktop PCs for purposes of communication, expression, collaboration and advocacy. While digital literacy initially focused on digital skills and stand-alone computers, the focus has shifted from stand-alone to network devices including the Internet and social media.

This is number one on the list simply because the acquisition of other skills is significantly dependent on it. We are in a digital age, and for most organizations - computer literacy is not optional but necessary. Without this skills your chances of getting a good job is limited.

2. Research Skills

Your ability to assess a situation, seek multiple perspectives, gather more information if necessary, and identify key issues that need to be addressed are critically important.

Since every potential employer, regardless of the profession, is seeking employees who can help them to solve problems the more that you can showcase your abilities in this area will certainly catch their attention.

Here is a suggestion of how you can communicate this on your resume.

3. Leadership Skills

Leadership skills are not only required at executive levels, they are critical for success at all levels. Leadership skills include strategic thinking, ability to make thoughtful decisions about organization's objectives, effective communication, etc.
According to MindTools Leaders help themselves and others to do the right things. They set direction, build an inspiring vision, and create something new. Leadership is about mapping out where you need to go to "win" as a team or an organization; and it is dynamic, exciting, and inspiring.

4. Communication Skills

Communication is an inevitable skill required for success in all walks of life. This is the ability to effectively and efficiently express your ideas or views to another person. With clear communication you can get your message to a prospective employer impressively. Here's an article on
Improving Communication Skills in Your Work and Personal Relationships

5. Salesmanship

Salesmanship is defined as the level of skill you have in convincing people to buy or in persuading people to do something. Starting from your resume down to interview, this skill is important. You have to sell yourself well at each stage of the recruitment exercise to get any prominent job.

You need to do all you can to improve on your salesmanship, you can read these tips on how to improve your salesmanship

6. Negotiation Skills

"Negotiation is the process by which we search for terms to obtain what we want from somebody who wants something from us." - Total Success

If you lack this skill, you'll settle for less than you are worth. Learn how to negotiate with even difficult people and the stages of negotiation - here.

"Good Enough" - Edgar A. Guest

Chukwu Emmanuel     August 17, 2017     No comments


Good Enough

My son, beware of "good enough,"
It isn't made of sterling stuff;
It's something any man can do,
It marks the many from the few,
It has not merit to the eye,
It's something any man can buy,
It's name is but a sham and bluff,
For it is never "good enough."

Recommended Poems:
The Man Who Thinks He Can
Our Deepest Fear
A Father to His Son

With "good enough" the shirkers stop
In every factory and shop;
With "good enough" the failures rest
And lose to men who give their best;
With "good enough" the car breaks down
And men fall short of high renown.
My son, remember and be wise
In "good enough" disaster lies.

With "good enough" have ships been wrecked,
The forward march of armies checked,
Great buildings burned and fortunes lost;
Nor can the world compute the cost
In life and money it has paid
Because at "good enough" men stayed.
Who stops at "good enough" shall find
Success has left him far behind.

There is no "good enough" that's short
Of what you can do and ought.
The flaw which may escape the eye
And temporarily get by,
Shall weaken under the strain
And wreck the ship or car or train.
For this is true of men and stuff—
Only the best is "good enough."


Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Must Read: 7 Best Online Devotions for Kids

Chukwu Emmanuel     August 16, 2017     No comments
As parents we are accountable to God for the spiritual and moral training of our kids . It's our noble responsibility to lay a strong foundation for our children... We all want our children to have a bright future but not all of us are really teaching them how to.

 Devotions for Kids, Children Devotionals

Every community is made up of at least one family; a community is good simply because most of its members are good and these members are ambassadors of the families within the community.

The best investment you could ever make on earth is to train your children in the way of the Lord and develop them after God's heart... Load your children daily with God's wisdom. To effectively carry out your assignment as parents, you need some resources and one of such resources is a good devotionals.

I have compiled a list of some reality-based and good devotionals (with fun and interesting stories) that will help refine your kids and bring out the best in them.

You don't have to thank me, I'm just doing my job...
The list begins:
The Bible is full of amazing stories about people who did great things for God - some were brave and strong, like David and Samson. Others were quiet and gentle, like Daniel and Ruth. The one thing they all had in common was that they loved the Lord with all their heart and dared to do big things for Him. This exciting devotional will take kids on a journey through the Bible with stories of heroes who had all kinds of adventures. This devotional covers topics such as:
  • God's plan
  • Loneliness
  • Miracles
  • Fairness
  • Friends
Your kids will learn valuable lessons to apply to their lives, and become so passionate about God.
With Keys for Kids devotions, you'll learn more about God's love every day! Read or listen to a fun story and hide God's Word in your heart with the Key Verse of the day.
This online daily devotionals for kids is loaded with interesting stories you could play or read out to your kids every morning and bedtime. You can also download devotionals for use anytime.
These Children and Youth Devotionals have been written to inspire and teach kids on topics they can relate to. Below is a list of the Children's Devotionals, just click on the title you want to go to. The scripture reading with each of the Kids Devotions is linked to 'Bible Gateway', so you can click on the scripture reference and read it in whatever translation or language you want to.
Kid’s devotions are a helpful way to encourage children to spend time with God each day. Kids love to talk to their friends, spend time with them, share secrets together, and help when one is sad. God wants to be their friend too. John 15:15 says, “I do not call you servants anymore. Servants do not know their master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends. I have told you everything I learned from my Father.”

When kids spend time with God in prayer and reading His Word, they get to know Him and His love for them. Kids’ devotions are a practical way to support your children’s quiet time with God. They will learn directly from God’s Word and also discover how to apply those truths to their lives.

Kids’ devotions are also a great tool for family devotions. A family can meet together regularly to pray for one another, read God’s Word, and read the devotion. Family devotions are a great way to stay connected!

As parents, our desire is to raise children who use prayer and God’s Word as their guide for life. Kids’ devotions are a great place to start!
Each of these easy-to-read devotions will quickly draw your child into an exciting experience with God. Colorful illustrations—featuring a lively group of multicultural characters—help kids identify with everyday life lessons. Kids not only learn about God, they’ll also practice reading His Word through short and easy-to-remember Bible verses. Including fun facts and interesting questions, Our Daily Bread for Kids is perfect for children to read alone or with the family.
KIDS WORLD includes lots of free Bible lessons which are valuable for all ages (even teens and adults!), but especially for those up to age 12. You'll find stories like how David & Jonathan got started and lots more. Your kids will learn how to:
  • Think right, do right, feel right
  • Accept yourself
  • Listen to your conscience
  • Deal with negative behaviours and avoid them
  • Become more like Jesus
  • Become used by God
  • Become a soul winner
  • ... and lots more!
 There are little graphics inside the stories to make them more interactive and interesting for children.
The goal of this site is to provide Christian educators with exciting, fascinating, and memorable scientifically based object lessons to teach biblical truths to children.

Each lesson has been designed to both fascinate the audience with the science while still maintaining a strong biblical message. Each comes complete with a simple lesson plan, a brief summary, questions to be addressed, relevant scripture, a list of materials required, preparation directions, and presentation suggestions. The result is a dramatic and stimulating presentation, perfect for use in Sunday school classrooms, youth groups, church camps, retreats, home schooling, and sermons, making exploring the Bible an unforgettable experience.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Patients Raped at Edo Central Hospital

Chukwu Emmanuel     August 15, 2017     No comments
Patients at the Edo Central Hospital in Benin and their caregivers on Tuesday staged a protest against alleged robbery and rape in the hospital.

The patients and their caregivers, who protested around the hospital premises, appealed to the management of the institution to put in place security measures to ensure the safety of their life and property.

Some of the victims of the crimes said that the hospital lacked security, especially in the night.

Patients Raped at Edo Central Hospital

They alleged that armed robbers dispossessed them of their money and other possessions and raped them.

They said some suspected bandits, who invaded the gynaecology ward, last week, robbed and raped the patients, saying that the incident lasted for several hours.

Reacting, David Osifor, the state commissioner for health, said the incident that occurred at the hospital was a case of theft, rather than robbery and rape.

Osifor explained that the owner of the money stolen at the hospital might have disclosed it to those around her and she lost it to them.

“It happened in the female ward; it was not really an armed robbery case, it was just a minor scare and we are handling the matter,” he said.

“It is also not true that patients on admission were being raped as being speculated.”

The commissioner, who said that the police had commenced an investigation into the incident, promised that adequate security measures would be in place to forestall re-occurrence.

Source: The

ASUU, FG end Crucial Meeting in Abuja

Chukwu Emmanuel     August 15, 2017     No comments
The meeting between leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige has just ended in Abuja.

Newsmen report that the meeting held on Tuesday at the Minister’s Conference Room, Ministry of Labour, Abuja, took significant steps toward the resolution of the issues raised by ASUU.

ASUU Strike Continues

According to the Deputy Director, Press, Ministry of Labour, Mr Samuel Olowookere, the meeting agreed on the forensic audit of the sum of N30 billion earlier given to the ASUU in 2010.

He said the meeting further agreed on monthly remittances to ASUU, while the audit last.

The minister assured members of ASUU and Nigerians that government is already at work to resolve all outstanding issues in line with the present administration’s commitment to prevent disruption of academic calendar in universities.

ASUU had on Monday declared indefinite strike to protest non implementation of agreement between the union and the Federal Government.


Source: Vanguard News

HMO List In Nigeria That Might Come In Handy...

Chukwu Emmanuel     August 15, 2017     No comments
HMO List In Nigeria

HMO is an abbreviation for Health Maintenance Organization. According to NHIS, Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) is a private or public incorporated company registered by the Scheme solely to manage the provision of health care services through Health Care Facilities accredited by the Scheme.
The following HMOs are functional as at when this list was compiled... In addition to the list, we added a snippet (brief info about each HMO) and contact of each HMO mentioned below.

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Hygeia is one of the highly rated HMOs in Nigeria...

Excerpt from Hyeia website:

We offer comprehensive health insurance services to corporate organizations, SMEs with 10 or more members. We have delivered first-class health insurance services in Nigeria since 1986.

Our managed care schemes provide an outstanding level of healthcare. Hygeia continues to define and set new standards for health maintenance services in Nigeria and Africa, deploying global best practices. We are focused on improving health care in Nigeria by constantly adapting to the ever-changing and complex needs of our clients. We aspire to ensure that everyone has access to affordable, quality health care.

Contact - Head Office:
214, Broad Street, Elephant House, Floors 6 – 8, Lagos Island. 
Phone: 0700- 494342- 466
ClickHere to view contact for other branches.

Total Health Trust (THT)

THT is one of Nigeria’s leading Health Management Organisations (HMO...

Excerpt from THT website:

THT helps make healthcare work in Nigeria. We enable our customers to access affordable, reliable healthcare and we support healthcare providers in their efforts to deliver it. 

We have one of the largest networks of independent service providers, made up of over 500 private and 1,550 NHIS-accredited clinics and hospitals throughout Nigeria. Because we know your life may depend on this network, we continuously monitor our service providers and ensure that we pay promptly for their services. This commitment to supporting our healthcare providers professionally and financially has made us the trusted HMO for most hospitals and clinics in Nigeria.

Head Office: 2 Marconi Road, Palmgrove Estate, Lagos State Nigeria.
BBM Pin:2BD02E49
SMS/Whatsapp: 07013674541
Call centre:
01 – 448 2105 01 – 460 7560, 07080687600


Healthcare is no doubt one of the reputable HMOs in Nigeria...

Excerpt from Healthcare website:

We offer quality managed care services via a network of providers across the nation. Our aim is to ensure that quality healthcare services are delivered to registered enrollees irrespective of location and time.
Managed care is a form of health insurance. It is the provision of a defined set of healthcare services to an enrolled population at an affordable cost through a network of selected providers. It involves pooling of human and financial resources as well as the sharing of risks by all parties.

We currently manage over 450,000 lives on a network of about 3,000 hospitals on our various managed care schemes and our enrollees are drawn from various sectors of the society such as the civil service, organized private sector, community groups, schools and individuals

Contact Head Office: 308A, Murtala Mohammed Way, Yaba, Lagos
Phone:01-4489821, 07030009099


Mediplan is one of the giants in managed medical care delivery in Nigeria...

Excerpt from Mediplan website:

MEDIPLAN Healthcare Limited is a Health Maintenance Organization incorporated in May 2000 in Nigeria to carry on the business of providing healthcare services to corporate organizations and members of the public, under a prepaid arrangement, utilizing a network of primary, secondary and specialist healthcare providers nationwide.

Our goal is to elevate the quality of healthcare services to the highest level in the country at an affordable cost. It is in furtherance of this that our Company was established to fully participate in the provision of healthcare services in the country using Managed Care. This is a system of delivering a set of healthcare services to defined voluntarily enrolled clients through a network of Healthcare Providers (HCP) i.e. hospitals, clinics, pharmacies, etc. This system ensures improved health outcomes at very reasonable cost. It is a prepaid scheme, in which payment for healthcare coverage is in the form of insurance premium, which is calculated as a fixed amount per person per annum.
Contact Head office: Capital Building 332, Ikorodu Road, Idiroko Bus Stop, Maryland – Lagos.
Tel: 08159394380, 07063351328, 07063352134, 08159394358
Click Here to view more details.


Avon HMO is a one of the top HMOs in Nigeria known for high quality services.

Excerpt from Avon HMO website:

“Our task at Avon HMO is simple. We want to ensure that Nigerians from all walks of life have access to adequate and effective health care services when they need it, without financial constraints becoming a life threatening hindrance or obstacle.” – Adesimbo Ukiri, Chief Executive Officer, Avon HMO.

Whether you’re an Individual, a Family, an Association or Corporate Organisation, our health plans have been created to give you access to quality healthcare services whenever you need it.
Once you are subscribed to our health plans and you fall ill, suffer an accident or are diagnosed with a health condition, Avon HMO steps in to co-ordinate your care and pay the bills; ensuring and overseeing the delivery of quality healthcare services that will enable you to get better.

Lagos Office
29 Rumens Road, Off Bourdillon Road, Ikoyi, Lagos
Abuja Office
Hajjar’s Place, Plot 1349, Ahmadu Bello Way, Garki II, Abuja FCT
Asaba Office
Association of Senior Civil Servants, 10 Mariam Babangida Way, off Okpanam Road, Asaba, Delta State
Call Center: 0700 277 9800 or 01 277 9800


AXA Mansard Health Limited is one of the providers of innovative and effective healthcare solutions in Nigeria.

Excerpt from AXA Mansard Website:

AXA Mansard Health Limited is the Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) arm of the AXA Mansard group of companies. The HMO is geared to promote her members’ wellbeing.
The company has consistently received the most enviable industry risk ratings; B for financial strength and bb+ for issuer credit from A.M. Best in 2012. A+ for Credit Risk from Agusto & Co. in 2013 and A+ for Claims Paying Ability from Global Credit Rating Company of South Africa. In 2013, for the second consecutive year, AXA Mansard was celebrated as one of the top 5 Best Places to Work in Nigeria by Great Place to Work, Nigeria.
AXA Mansard Health has a 24-hour call center, a team of highly trained and dedicated professionals, service portals at all AXA Mansard Welcome Centres nationwide and has deployed state-of-the-art technology to attain operational excellence while contributing to prompt service delivery and overcoming of challenges being encountered in the Nigerian health insurance industry.
The Company is today positioned to provide optimal and effective health risk management solutions and financial services to both individuals and corporate bodies.
AXA Mansard Health Limited 177 Ikorodu Road Onipanu, Lagos
Call: +234 1 4606655-9


Healthpartners is one of the big names in the Nigerian healthcare industry known for delivering quality healthcare services.

Excerpt from Healthpartners Website:

Health Partners Limited – Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) was established in 1999 and is currently one of the leading managed care companies in Nigeria with a firm base anchored within the organized private sector. The company is fully accredited with the NHIS (HMO No.: 35) and has a viable financial foundation drawn from shareholders’ funds and assets acquired over the years.

From a modest beginning, Health Partners has grown and become established in the big league of the managed care industry through the dedicated service of a highly disciplined and resourceful management team.
Office Address
25 Ribadu Roadd, South-West Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria
Call Us: 0807-460-9165, 0807-714-0759

Roding Healthcare

Excerpt from Roding Website:

RODING HEALTHCARE LTD, a subsidiary of The Roding Medical Centre limited, is a healthcare solution provider incorporated in Nigeria to satisfy individual and corporate organization healthcare needs.
We ensure satisfaction and loyalty of our customers through delightful healthcare experience, affordable healthcare packages, promptness and instant fulfilment.
we offer round the clock accessibility through our toll free lines and 24 hour Emergency help services.
Office Address
Roding Healthcare Ltd, 4 Makoko Road, Adekunle Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria.
Telephone: +234 1 295 2577
+234 807 420 6599
+234 807 420 6515

This is just but a fraction of the HMOs in Nigeria, I will update this post soon... 

Monday, 14 August 2017

FG to Set up Intl Reference Centre for Treatment of Lassa Fever

Chukwu Emmanuel     August 14, 2017     No comments
The federal government is to establish an International Reference Biorsources Centre for treatment of Lassa fever in Abuja.

The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, confirmed the plan while inaugurating the committee for the establishment of the centre in his office.

The minister promised that the ministry would provide what was needed to strengthen the relationship between the research institutes and organized private sector to actualize the plan.

FG to Set up Int Reference Centre for Treatment of Lassa Fever

He also promised that the ministry would look into the initiative and see how it could be incorporated into the ministry’s budgetary plan to encourage symbiotic relationship between the innovators and interested investors in the Research and Development sector.

With the establishment of the centre, he said Nigeria would earn foreign exchange and create job opportunities and increase GDP contribution to the economy. He said: “Whatever that is needed to strengthen the relationship, we are going to do. We will look at what you have proposed today and see how it can be cooperated. There are so many areas we can strengthen relationship between research institutes and private sector.

‘’We are aiming to get to the point where our GDP will be multiplied from what it is today. We are confident that we will be self reliant. With this reference biotechnology centre, it is obvious that Nigeria will change the paradigm from resource to knowledge economy.

“We are very concerned about so many things like job creation, wealth creation, poverty reduction. We want a situation where our citizens will be empowered. We believe that this can be realized.” Many countries have achieved. “Government cannot do it alone, we have to work together with the organized private sector for us to get our country to where we want it to be which all of us desire.

“I believe Nigeria will achieve. It does not matter the difficulties or challenges. We have established a relationship between the government and the organized private sector. And we have been trying to promote a relationship between research institutes in the ministry, industry and the organized private sector, informal sector.”
Source: Vanguard News
By: Emmanuel Elebeke (Abuja)

Breaking News: ASUU Has Declared Indefinite Strike

Chukwu Emmanuel     August 14, 2017     No comments
 ASUU Strike, Nierian Universities On strike
Finally, the Academic Staff Union of Universities  (ASUU) has declared indefinite strike over unresolved issues with the Federal Government of Nigeria.

Having seen that it members across the country were getting increasingly frustrated, distracted and disenchanted, the union has decided to opt for strike action starting from 13th August, 2017. The resolution to embark on indefinite strike was agreed at the emergency meeting of the National Executive Council (NEC) which took place on Saturday, 12th August,2017.

To justify the stand of the union, the National President of ASUU, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi said: "our members across the country were getting increasingly frustrated, distracted and disenchanted. It became evident that their patience had been tasked beyond reasonable limits and government's insensitivity imposed severe burden on the leadership of the union."

We gathered that the union had tried both dialogue and other possible methods to get their concerns resolved but to no avail. The issue has lingered for too long, it was recalled that ASUU even embarked on a six month strike between July and December 2013 which was suspended when government signed an MoU with the union. The union also embarked on one week warning strike in November 2016 to press for the implementation of 2013 MoU.

The union is grieved by the Government's failure to implement the understanding reached by both parties (the union and the Federal Government) based on the intervention by the leadership of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

We also gathered that of all the items contained in the MoU, Only the N200b out of N1.3tr of the Public Universities Revitalization ( Needs Assessment) fund was released. In addition, the union has also met with the 2009 Agreement Implementation Monitoring Committee (IMC), and had written several letters with press releases and communiques on the outstanding issues to no avail.

The Executive Council, NEC of ASUU met at the University of Abuja on August 12, 2017 to consider the result of a referendum from all branches and to deliberate on ways of convincing the government to implement the outstanding aspects of the 2009 and the MoU of 2013. Hence, the union has decided to embark on indefinite strike. During the strike there shall be no teaching, no examination and no attendance of statutory meetings of any kind in all its branches across the country..

According to Ogunyemi, the outstanding issues with the Federal Government include:
  • Payment of salaries
  • Non-Payment of earned academic allowances
  • Non releases of operational License of NUPEMCO
  • Non implementation of the provisions of the 2014 pension reform Act with respect to retired professors and their salaries
  • Removal of Universities Staff Schools from funding by government
  • Funds for the revitalisation of public universities.

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