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Food for Living: Developing Capacity for Success



By Henry Ukazu

Dear Destiny Friends,

Human beings by nature, always seek opportunities to succeed. They do this by asking friends, organizations, mentors, celebrities, supervisors, leaders, etc for a window to showcase what we have. Sometimes, we apply for jobs, positions, admissions, exhibitions, international programs, etc. During the application process, one may be asked to submit resume, essays, past work, referrals, and the likes. The reason for this is simply to know if one has developed the capacity to be given an opportunity to feature in the programme or event.

You may be wondering what capacity building is? Capacity-building can be defined as the process of developing and strengthening the skills, instincts, abilities, and processes that organizations and communities need to survive, adapt, and thrive in a fast-changing world. This capacity building comes in various forms. They can come in the form of online or real time training, internship, formal or informal knowledge, skills etc.

Developing capacity is one of the best things that can happen to any progressive individual, company, or organization. This is the simple reason people who are specialized in one area of life are highly revered and sought after in addition to getting paid handsomely. This is because it shows how far they have developed and gained authority and expertise in the subject matter.

Developing capacity is one of the best forms of education because it is a self-taught form of knowledge. As a Human Capacity Coach, sometimes people ask me how I have been able to acquire so much knowledge and understanding within a very short period of time since starting my business. My simple answer is, I educate myself. While most people learn from the four walls of education, I endeavor to use the internet, mentors and those who are knowledgeable in that space. The beauty of self-learning is that you learn more because of the research and exposure you gain as opposed to the formal knowledge you gain in the classroom.

In order to develop capacity, you must develop competency in both theoretical and practical knowledge in your chosen field of knowledge. Most times when we apply for positions or programmes, and don’t get accepted, we tend to have ill-feelings, but the truth of the matter is that you will only get what you deserve when you have developed the capacity to receive it.

Developing capacity entails preparing, reading, researching, learning the ropes, etc, just to get experience and insights on how the industry works. When you don’t develop yourself, and gets an opportunity, you are likely to disgrace yourself. It’s just like when people say, someone is lucky, there’s nothing like luck in the field of success. As a matter of fact, luck plays a minor role which can be attributed to 10%, while hard and smart work takes a bigger share. Imagine, if you have an opportunity to pitch your ideas to a resource person and you are not prepared, what do you think will happen? You are bound to feel bad. Do you see why luck is an opportunity meeting preparation? Imagine if you were prepared, what would have happened? It might be a life changing experience for you if all goes well.

Developing capacity applies to all fields of life: marriage, business, academic, politics, etc. Let’s take a case study of a man/lady who wants to marry. He/she will have to go for counselling sessions to learn what’s obtainable in marriage, he/she will have to develop a level of understanding and maturity to withstand the challenges of marriage. And even when you are married, you still must do more work by learning your partner in order to sustain the marriage.

To understand how developing capacity works in marriage, any lady that wants to marry a man ought to be concerned about the man’s capacity to attract wealth with his vision as opposed to his present predicament. Myopic ladies will be concerned about looking for a man who has everything, they however, fail to realize that some people are customized, and built to build their partners from ground zero.

In conclusion, to succeed in life, you must develop the capacity to gain value in any industry that appeals to you, and offer your value to the world. This value might be a product or service.

Henry Ukazu writes from New York. He’s a Human Capacity & mindset coach. He’s also a public speaker, youth advocate and creative writer. He works with the New York City Department of Correction as the Legal Coordinator. He’s the author of the acclaimed book Design Your Destiny – Actualizing Your Birthright To Success and President of He can be reached via

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Ban on Sales, Consumption of Sachet Alcoholic Drinks Still in Force, Says NAFDAC



Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Prof. Moji Adeyeye, has reaffirmed that the ban on the sale and consumption of sachet alcoholic beverages in the country is still in force.

Adeyeye announced this on Wednesday during a press briefing in Lagos.

She said: “The ban on sachet alcohol is a ministerial directive and the ban still remains until the ministers respond. The meeting last week Thursday is a continuation of the discussion.

“The outcome of the meeting is that the ministers should write a memo to the Speaker (of Reps) and the House (of Reps), and the Representative of the Speaker, Prof Jake Dan-Azumi then said we should continue the discussion after the recess of the House members in July. So, the discussion continues.”

The Deputy Spokesman for the House of Representatives, Philip Agbese, disclosed last Friday that the House and NAFDAC resolved to lift the ban on the sale and consumption of sachet alcoholic beverages.

Agbese said the resolution to temporarily lift the ban was reached after a meeting between the House Committee and NAFDAC officials.

He said the lifting of the ban would end when the economy fully recovers from its current strain.

On February 1, 2024, NAFDAC commenced the enforcement of the ban on the importation, manufacture, distribution, sale and use of alcoholic beverages in sachets, PET, and glass bottles of 200ml and below.

The NAFDAC DG said the decision was based on the recommendation of a high-powered committee of the Federal Ministry of Health, NAFDAC, Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission, and the industry represented by the Association of Food, Beverages and Tobacco Employers, Distillers and Blenders Association of Nigeria, in December 2018.

However, the move to enforce the ban has generated repeated protests by distillers and labour unions, who said the ban would cost 500,000 workers their jobs, and ruin N800bn investments.

Meanwhile, medical experts warned that lifting the ban on alcoholic beverages will lead to acute health complications, increased road traffic accidents, increased risk of abuse of alcohol, liver problems, heart-related problems, and cancers, among others.

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Court Denies Suspended DCP Abba Kyari Bail



Justice Emeka Nwite of the Abuja Federal High Court has denied suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, bail.

In his ruling, the judge held that Kyari’s bail is at the discretion of the court in line with section 161 (2) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act.

The judge ruled that Kyari had not shown any evidence to warrant the court granting him bail.

On May 22, the judge had granted the former boss of the Intelligence Response Team, IRT, temporary two-week bail to bury his mother.

However, the two weeks were extended by a week upon an application filed by Mr. Kyari for an extension of the bail.

On June 1, Kyari perfected the bail conditions and was released the same day.

At today’s proceedings, Justice Emeka Nwite refused to extend his earlier order but granted accelerated hearing in the case.

Kyari was detained following his arrest on February 14, 2022, by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency for alleged involvement with an international drug cartel.

He, along with four members of the Police Intelligence Response Team—Sunday Ubia, Bawa James, Simon Agirigba, and John Nuhu—was arraigned on March 7, 2022.

Two suspected drug traffickers, Chibunna Umeibe and Emeka Ezenwanne, who were arrested at Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu, were also charged.

While Kyari and the IRT members pleaded not guilty, Umeibe and Ezenwanne pleaded guilty and were convicted.


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Fubara Nominates, Swears-in 23 Caretaker Committee Chairmen



Rivers State Governor, Siminalayi Fubara, is swearing in new caretaker chairmen for the 23 local government areas of the state.

The swearing-in took place at the Government House in Port Harcourt, amid tight security.

The first batch of 11 CTC chairmen took their oath of office first.

It comes a day after he forwarded the list to the state House of Assembly led by factional Speaker, Victor Jumbo.

Channels Television reported that the lawmakers had invited the nominees for screening as early as 8 am on Wednesday.

See the names of the caretaker chairmen nominated by Fubara below:

Abua/Odua LGA – Madigai Dickson

Ahoada East LGA – Happy Benneth

Ahoada West LGA – Mr. Daddy John Green

Akuku Toru LGa – Otonye Briggs

Andoni LGA – Reginald Ekaan

Asari Toru LGA – Orolosoma Amachree

Bonny LGA – Alabota Anengi Barasua

Degema LGA – Anthony Soberekon

Eleme LGA – Brain Gokpa

Emouha LGA – David Omereji

Etche LGA – John Otamiri

Gokana LGA – Kenneth Kpeden

Ikwerre LGA – Darlington Orji

Khana LGA – Marvin Yobana

Obia/Akpor LGA – Chijioke Ihunwo

Ogu/Bolo LGA – Evans Bipi

Okrika LGA – Princess Ogan

Omuma LGA – Promise Reginald

Opobo/Nkoro LGA – Enyiada Cookey-Gam

Oyigbo LGA – – Gogo Philip

Port Harcourt LGA – Ichemati Ezebunwo

Tai LGA – Matthew Dike

Channels Television

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