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Food for Living: The Power of Faith

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By Henry Ukazu

Greetings Destiny Friends,

“Sorrow looks back, Worry looks around, Faith looks up”Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every journey of life undertaken without faith will surely end in frustration; nothing is guaranteed and there’s nothing worthwhile that can ever be achieved without faith. The reason is obvious; no one sees the end place before they begin a project. For instance, in business, one can never tell how far they can go if they do not begin; it is faith that makes a student believe a 4.0 or 5.O GPA on graduation is possible. It’s with faith an employee believes he will get to the managerial or topmost position in his field of endeavour.

Faith, ordinarily, is the capital to begin any enterprise, endeavour or life’s journey.

Let me make this disclosure, I’m nor referring to the spiritual kind of ‘faith’ in this article, rather I’m referring to the inspirational faith which progressive minds use to achieve the extraordinary.

It’s instructive to note that faith is a powerful force that can transform our lives and help us overcome obstacles. If you have a project or vision in mind you would like to accomplish, if you don’t have extraordinary faith, it will be hard to achieve your dreams.

Great and visionary leaders had absolute faith and believe in themselves and their projects. They were not deterred by the vicissitudes of life. As a matter of fact, they were inspired by their challenges because it enabled them to work hard.

According to NapoleonHill, in his book, Think and Grow Rich, “whatsoever the mind can conceive, believe, it can achieve it”. This tells you how powerful the mind is. It should be noted, success and failure start from the mind. If you believe you can do something, you will do it and if you believe you can’t do anything, trust me, you can’t do it. Even the Book of life states 1 John 4:4 that “…greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world”.

What is faith? Faith is the confident belief in something that is not yet seen or fully understood. As mentioned earlier, without faith, it’s impossible to achieve any commendable feat. Uninformed minds think faith is having everything ready before they begin a project. They have this mindset, if all the t’s are crossed, and i’s are dotted, what’s left is do the necessary. They fail to understand that done is better than perfect when perfect is not done. Sometimes in life, you don’t wait for the coast to be clear before you can soar. 

Just imagine the ship thriving despite waves in the ocean and the plane flying the wind in the air. That’s simply how life works. We don’t give up due to the challenges of life. Sometimes, it’s through the challenges we are fashioned. It’s just like the gold and petroleum which must be processed before they become refined products. So also, we must pass through some challenges in order to be processed, refined and appreciated.

Furthermore, when one has faith and believes in a project, the universe has a way of bringing interested minds, who are either passionate about the project or cause to support the being.

One may be wondering how faith works, imagine being hungry as a student, one will not feel the hunger too much if one knows he has food in his refrigerator. Now compare that scenario to when there’s no food. My late mother will always say, the most painful part of being poor is, if one does not have money and doesn’t know anyone to borrow from. Trust me, it can be heartbreaking.

 The importance of faith cannot be overemphasized, faith gives us hope, it strengthens us, it brings blessings, and it inspires hope and confidence.

The power of faith can enrich one’s life in many ways. Here are some of the ways faith improves our work and life.

1. Faith Improves Your Daily Work

When you love what you do, you will be inspired to spend some time developing your project. Faith impacts what you do, how you do it and how you live your life.  With faith, you will be intentional. Faith keeps you going. If you want to do any task, you need to have faith that you will accomplish it. If you have faith, you feel motivated to get things done because the faith will serve as a propeller.

2. Faith Helps You in Difficult Times

There is a popular phrase, “whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” If you have faith, you will have hope, and hope will help you endure difficult times and uncertainties in life. Times can be bad, and you may find yourself drowning in despair. But never lose hope. Even when you lose your job, suffer the pain of losing a beloved, don’t have enough money, or face any other challenge, having faith means to release control to a greater power, the universe or God.

3. Faith Encourages Others

Do you know your faith can inspire and encourage others? Have you wondered how creative-minded people come up with new ideas or directions to take after failing multiple times?  They have faith that they can achieve their goal. No matter what comes their way, they remain focused and motivated, even after facing backlash from people. Their example can encourage others to follow the same path. You too can be the same way by having faith. People around you will learn from you. They will follow your lead. When you have absolute faith and believe in a project, people will notice.

4. Faith Gives You Courage

Courage helps you do the things that scare you. It plays a significant role in motivating you to act on something despite the risks or dangers involved. If you have courage, you show more strength in times of pain or grief. Courage comes directly from faith. For instance, you gather the courage to go on a job interview. You think you won’t get the job, but there is always a chance you will. You have faith in yourself and your abilities and take a bold step in going after the job, which can lead you to success.

5. Faith Helps you Discover Purpose

The ups and downs of life can take a toll on you. In some cases, it leads you to question why you’re here. But when you do, faith can save you from falling. It guides you to move in the right direction and helps you discover your purpose in life.

In conclusion, we all travel by air and trust the pilot to take us to our destination safely, we all use the sea and trust the captains to arrive safely, we all have faith that when we turn on the light, it will lighten up, why can’t we trust the creator we have not seen? When you trust the creator, believe in your project and believe in yourself, trust me, you will not only get to the promised land, but you will also exceed expectations.  According to Ralph Waldo Emerson, “All I have seen teaches me to trust the creator for all I have not seen.

Henry Ukazu writes from New York. He works with the New York City Department of Correction as the Legal Coordinator.  He’s the founder of Gloemi. He’s a Transformative Human Capacity and Mindset coach. He is also a public speaker, youth advocate, creative writer and author of Design Your Destiny and Unleash Your Destiny.  He can be reached via info@gloemi.com

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JAMB Pegs Cut-off Marks at 140 and 100 for Universities and Polytechnics Respectively

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has released the official cutoff marks for the 2024/2025 academic year. Following the stakeholder meeting on the 18th of July, 2024, these benchmarks were established to guide admissions into tertiary institutions across Nigeria. These include colleges of education, polytechnics, and universities.

JAMB 2024 cutoff marks for all Universities

Universities have a higher threshold, with the JAMB cutoff mark 2024 set at 140. This standard is uniform across federal, state, and private universities. The aim is to ensure that candidates possess the requisite academic readiness for the rigours of university education.

JAMB 2024 cutoff marks for all Polytechnics

Polytechnics will adhere to a JAMB cutoff mark 2024 of 100. This benchmark is intended to align with the practical and technical training focus of these institutions. Candidates seeking admission into polytechnic programmes must meet or exceed this score to be considered eligible for entry.

JAMB 2024 cutoff marks for all Colleges of Education

For colleges of education, the JAMB cutoff mark 2024 has been set at 100. This threshold applies to all colleges, ensuring a standard level for candidates aspiring to teacher training institutions. This measure aims to streamline admissions processes and maintain a consistent academic standard.

Addressing misconceptions about JAMB cutoff marks

Several misconceptions exist regarding JAMB cutoff marks. It is essential to clarify these misunderstandings to help candidates better understand the admission process.

Misconception 1: The cutoff mark guarantees admission

One common misconception is that meeting the JAMB cutoff mark 2024 guarantees admission. While achieving the cutoff mark is necessary, it does not automatically secure a spot in an institution. Admission is highly competitive and other criteria, such as post-UTME scores, O’Level results, and course quotas, also play significant roles in determining eligibility.

Misconception 2: The cutoff mark is uniform across all courses

Another misunderstanding is that the JAMB cutoff mark 2024 is the same for all courses within a particular institution. In reality, while the overall institutional cutoff may be set, specific courses, especially those in high demand like Medicine, Law, and Engineering, often require higher scores. Institutions may set additional benchmarks for such competitive courses to ensure only the most qualified candidates are admitted.

Misconception 3: Institutions cannot set higher cutoff marks

It is also wrongly believed that institutions cannot set their own higher cutoff marks above the JAMB benchmark. While JAMB sets the minimum threshold, individual institutions have the discretion to establish higher marks based on their specific admission policies and the competitiveness of their programmes. This practice ensures that institutions maintain high academic standards and admit students who are best suited for their engaging programmes.

Final thoughts on JAMB official cutoff marks for all institutions 2024/2025

The JAMB cutoff mark for 2024 signifies a unified approach to admissions, reflecting the input and agreement of key stakeholders in the Nigerian education sector.

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Finally, Labour, FG, Settle on 70k Minimum Wage

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President Bola Tinubu and the organized labour unions have reached an agreement on a N70,000 minimum wage for workers.

The Minister of Information, Mohammed Idris, made this announcement while briefing reporters at the State House after meeting with labour union members and government officials.

Additionally, Idris revealed that President Bola Tinubu has assured that Nigeria would be more CNG-compliant to reduce reliance on fossil fuel energy.

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Take Full Advantage of Reviewd Act, Sulaiman-Ibrahim Charges NPTF

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The Minister of State for Police Affairs, Hajia Imaan Sulaiman-Ibrahim has reiterated the need for the management of the Nigeria Police Trust Fund (NPTF) to take advantage of the review of the act to address any gap that exists in the revenue of the agency.

She stated this when he received the management of the Nigeria Police Trust Fund (NPTF) led by its Executive Secretary, Mohammed Sheidu at the Headquarters of the Ministry in Abuja, according to a statement signed by the Deputy Director, Information & Public Relations, Mr. Bolaji Kazeem, and made available to the National Association of Online Security News Publishers (NAOSNP).

The Minister of State pointed out that the agency must look for another avenue for resource mobilization noting that the Nigeria Police Force requires Rapid Intervention Projects to enhance their effectiveness and efficiency.

In her words, “all the training institutions, barracks, police stations, hospital and others require urgent attention. There is a need for new technology that would enhance the service delivery of the Nigeria Police Force. We have the biggest police force in Africa and have to leverage on the existing resources with sincerity of purpose”.

The intervention projects require a huge amount and there is a need for support from all the stakeholders noting that the Ministry is harmonizing the reforms in partnership with the stakeholders to strike the right connection for implementable reforms of the police force.

According to her, there is a lot of work to do and you cannot do it alone. You have to sit with the police to discuss and synergize with the Ministry to avoid duplication of efforts. It would be best if you worked with the police and the Ministry for an effective strategy that will improve service delivery of the NPF to the citizens”.

She added that the police are the obvious symbol of the Federal Government across the country. Every nook and corner of the country has the presence of the police, and urged all government agencies to capture the role of police from planning stages for effective national security.

Earlier, the Executive Secretary, Nigeria Police Trust Fund (NPTF) Mr. Mohammed Sheidu promised to do his best for the Nigeria Police Force and its security infrastructure noting that its agency is the heart of the ongoing reforms of the federal government.

He stated that there is no way the country can move forward if it is not secure to enable investment and growth adding that it is an enormous task that needs the help and support of all stakeholders for the agency to achieve its mandate.

In his words, “Nigeria Police Trust Fund is a focal point, and it would be more visible to end users and people would soon feel the impact of the agency. I assure you that is what is going to happen.”

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