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BSG Launches 4th Edition of SMASHED Project – A campaign against underage consumption of alcohol 

The SMASHED Project is an annual BSG campaign against underage alcohol consumption delivered using thought-provoking drama and interactive workshops to engage adolescents



BSG SMASHED PROJECT - L-r: Corporate Relations Director, Guinness Nigeria Plc, Rotimi Odusola; Corporate Affairs Director, Nigerian Breweries, Sade Morgan; Chairman, Beer sectoral Group, and CEO Guinness Nigeria plc, Baker Magunda and Corporate Affairs Director, International Breweries plc, Temitope Oguntokun during the launch event of the 4th edition of BSG Smashed Project in Abuja on Thursday, 7th of July, 2022

The Beer Sectoral Group (BSG) of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) launched the 4th edition of its SMASHED Project on the 7th of July 2022 in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

The SMASHED Project is an annual BSG campaign against underage alcohol consumption delivered using thought-provoking drama and interactive workshops to engage adolescents, encouraging them to take a firm stance against underage drinking.

BSG SMASHED PROJECT L-r: Director, Federal Ministry of Education, Dr Abbey Andrew; Deputy Director, Industrial Department, Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade & Investment, Mrs Olumiyiwa Ajayi-Ade; Chairman, Beer Sectoral Group BSG, and Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer, Guinness Nigeria Plc, Mr. Baker Magunda; Director, Food and Drugs Services Department, Federal Ministry of Health, Pharm. (Mrs) Olubunmi Aribeana and Director/ Secretary/ FCT State Education Board, Mrs Nanre Emeje during the launch event of the 4th edition of BSG Smashed Project in Abuja on Thursday, 7th of July, 2022

The SMASHED Project is an initiative of Collingwood Learning UK and is delivered in Nigeria by the BSG, an association of brewers in Nigeria, currently comprising Guinness Nigeria Plc, Nigerian Breweries Plc and International Breweries Plc. 

Speaking of what BSG aims to achieve with the SMASHED Project, the Chairman of the Beer Sectoral Group, Baker Magunda said,  

“The campaign against underage drinking is only a part of a broader contribution of the BSG to the discourse on the harmful use of alcohol. As a socially responsible sector, the BSG will continue to campaign against the harmful use of alcohol and will be glad to partner with and support the government in this regard, as the opportunities arise. 

The SMASHED Project was introduced in Nigeria in 2018 and has so far been delivered in Lagos, Abuja FCT, Ogun, Edo, Enugu, Anambra, Oyo, Delta, Kwara and Akwa-Ibom states, covering over 100 different localities, both urban and rural.  

In Nigeria, the SMASHED Project has been delivered to over 65,000 students in over 350 public and private schools and has enjoyed the immense cooperation of the Federal and State Ministries of Education, as well as principals, teachers, guidance counsellors and students – with more of them understanding the risk factors associated with underage drinking and how to detect and prevent such risks from materializing.  

The BSG plans to continue to deliver the SMASHED Projects on an annual basis, with a commitment to ensuring that more young Nigerians are poised to making positive choices with regards to their wellbeing. 

Other social initiatives of the BSG include its annual Don’t Drink & Drive campaign aimed at educating the general public on the dangers of drink-driving and delivered using motor park rallies and billboard campaigns.

The Don’t Drink & Drive campaign has so far been delivered in Lagos, Abuja, and Port-Harcourt and has included the donation of breathalysers by the BSG to the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC). is on a critical mission; to objectively and honestly represent the voice of ‘grassrooters’ in International, Federal, State and Local Government fora; heralding the achievements of political and other leaders and investors alike, without discrimination. This daily, digital news publication platform serves as the leading source of up-to-date information on how people and events reflect on the global community. The pragmatic articles reflect on the life of the community people, covering news/current affairs, business, technology, culture and fashion, entertainment, sports, State, National and International issues that directly impact the locals.

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VDL: Essay Contest Alert For Senior Secondary School Students In Nigeria. Interesting Prizes For Winners Attached



If you are a secondary School student in the senior category (SS1 – SS3) in Nigeria, Here is your chance to showcase your writing prowess in the “Values for daily living ESSAY CONTEST”

The VDL has set out in full motion to reward students who are eager to unleash their academic brilliance and challenge their inner strength.

This opportunity serves as a way to give back to the society by not only inculcating the values needed for a better society, But by additionally encouraging students to let their inner lights shine even brighter.

With the VDL Essay contest, Winners get to take home a whooping sum of;
₦500,000 For the student in place of the 1st Position,

₦300,000 For the student in place of the 2nd position, And

₦200,000 For the student in place of the 3rd position.

And it gets even better as the prize doesn’t just end here.
Winners will enjoy numerous benefits that will expose and propel them to a more beautiful journey ahead.

So what are you waiting for?

Are you a parent, A guardian, A teacher, A friend, Whoever you are, Share the Goodnews around and tell a friend to tell another friend.
Get that eligible student(s) registered as soon as possible as registrations will be ending on the 28th of February 2024.

To register and submit your essay, Visit the website by clicking on the link displayed on the Eflyer.

Please carefully read through the instructions on the website before registering.

Seize this moment to make your Narrative count!

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Anambra Govt Kickstarts CBT Tests for Recruitment of 3000 Teachers

Report by Sandra Ani



Soludo CBT Tests for Teachers
Governor Chukwuma Soludo of Anambra State

Anambra State Government on Thursday commenced the conduct of Computer-Based Tests for applicants for the 2023 teachers’ recruitment exercise.

In this second batch of teachers’ recruitment going on under the present administration of Governor Chukwuma Soludo, 3000 teachers are targeted, for Post Primary School Service Commission, PPSSC and the State Universal Basic Education Board, ASUBEB.

The recruitment is driven by the Commission and the Board, with technical support from the State ICT Agency.

Our correspondent who visited some of the centres in Awka, reports a seamless exercise which started as early as 7am.

Governor Chukwuma Soludo of Anambra State
CBT Tests for teachers recruitment in Anambra State

The applicants were verified by the ICT Agency technical staff with their national identity cards and examination slip before they were alowed into the CBT hall for the examination which lasted for about only 30 minutes.

Speaking at the Staff Development Centre, Awka, venue for the ASUBEB examination, the ASUBEB Chairman, Dr. Vera Nkiru Nwadinobi, disclosed that over 19,500 applications were received on the application portal, with the applicants grouped in batches for the examination.

According to her, the CBT examination is part of the governor’s strategies to train digital teachers, who will drive the vision of digital schools in the state.

“There is no way we can have smart schools when the teachers are not ICT compliant, hence the need to conduct the computer-based tests,” she said.

Dr Nwadinobi made it clear that the latest recruitment exercise is to fill the shortfall in the number of teachers in hard-to-reach communities of the state, reminding the applicants that the Board will not entertain any application for transfers when recruited.

She assured that the partnership with the State ICT Agency is critical to ensure that process is seamless and failproof.

Also speaking, the Chairman of PPSSC, Prof Nkechi Ikediugwu observed that the CBT process will help address the numerous bottlenecks associated with paper examinations for teachers’ recruitment.

On his part, the MD/CEO of the State ICT Agency, Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata, CFA, said his agency is providing technical support for the process, as the government agency with the mandate to deliver the ‘Everything Technology and Technology Everywhere’ vision of Mr. Governor.

“What we are looking at is a situation where we provide the millieu for the full exploration of technology across board and there can be no end to the benefits for Anambra people.

“That’s Mr Governor’s vision and that’s what we are driving,” he said.

Some of the applicants, Okonkwo Emmanuella and Michael Maduako, who spoke with our correspondent  commended the initiative of the CBT exams, saying it has done away with so many bottlenecks usually characteristic of such exercises.

Recall that Governor Soludo had earlier last year recruited 5,000 teachers in specific areas of need.

Therefore, the ICT Agency is providing technical support in line with our mandate and in support of Mr. Governor’s vision for a technologically sound state

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UNILAG Finally Reduces Fees After Meetings With NANS



After a marathon meeting with the national leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, the management of the University of Lagos, UNILAG, has agreed to a reduction in the obligatory fees payable by students of the institution.

To restore student unionism By Adesina Wahab After a marathon meeting with the national leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, the management of the University of Lagos, UNILAG, has agreed to a reduction in the obligatory fees payable by students of the institution.

In a statement by the Head, Communication Unit of UNILAG, Adejoke Alaga-Ibraheem, on Friday morning, the meeting was attended by the National President of NANS, Comrade Usman Umar Barambu accompanied by other NANS officers and the university team led by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Folasade Ogunsola.

“The meeting agreed that Utility Charges for all categories of students be reduced to N15,000:00 from N20,000:00. Obligatory fees for new undergraduate students was reviewed from N126,325:00 to N116,325:00 for courses without Lab/Studio and N176,325:00 to N166,325:00 for courses with Lab/Studio.

“The obligatory fees for returning undergraduate students was reviewed from N100,750:00 to N80,750:00 for courses without Lab/Studio; N140,250:00 to N120,250:00 for courses with Lab/Studio; and from N190,250:00 to N170, 250:00 for Medical / Pharmacy students and students in Health Professions.

“The Convocation Fee to be paid by all final year students was reduced to N27,000:00 from N 30,000:00. Hostels fees were reviewed as follows: For undergraduate hostels in Akoka and Yaba campuses, the fees was reduced to N43, 000:00 from N90,000:00. For hostels in Idi-Araba campus, the fees was reduced to N65,000:00 from N120,000:00. The fees for Sodeinde Hall was reduced to N135,000:00 from N250,000:00.

”At the commencement of the meeting, NANS President highlighted the demands of UNILAG students as: Reversal of obligatory fees, reversal of hostel fees, and the reinstatement of Students’ Union Government in UNILAG.

Comrade Barambu observed that the absence of Students Union Government (SUG) in UNILAG had adversely affected communication between the students and management. He also noted that students would be able to channel their grievances appropriately through their SUG.

Professor Ogunsola enumerated the dire situation of the University in view of prevailing economic realities, and the struggle to meet its obligations to students, staff, and municipal service providers, among others.

She stated the university’s commitment to the actualization of measures put in place to ameliorate the impact of the obligatory fee review.

These measures include the Instalment Payment Option, Revitalisation of Work-Study Programme, Assistance to Indigent Students, Triple A Project, Pay for Mentors Project, scholarship opportunities among others.

The Vice-Chancellor also reiterated that “No UNILAG student would drop out of the institution due to fees”. She stressed that the aim of the university was to deliver quality education to its students regardless of class, tribe or creed.

The VC would commence the process of reinstating students’ union activities in the university as soon as possible.

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