JCI Nigeria Begins Search For Ten Outstanding Young Persons’ Of 2017

Junior Chamber International (JCI) is a membership-based non-profit organization of young active citizens aged 18 to 40 in more than 100 countries who are dedicated to creating positive change in their communities. With about 5,000 Local Organizations, JCI forms a vibrant global community of nearly 200,000 active citizens with millions of alumni. JCI Nigeria is the first youth organization of its kind in Nigeria and was established in 1957 with members across every state of the federation.

Since 1983, JCI has formally recognized young persons who have excelled in their chosen fields of endeavour and created positive change in their communities through its annual Ten Outstanding Young Persons (JCI TOYP) Awards.

Past recipients of the JCI TOYP Awards in Nigeria include such well-known personalities as Dr. Ola Orekunrin (won TOYP World in 2013), Ray Ekpu (won TOYP World in 1988), Sidi Modupe Osho (won TOYP World in 1996), Sir Shina Peters, Kanu Nwankwo, John Momoh, Femi Anikulapo-Kuti, Nduka Obaigbena, Ibukun Awosika, Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, Daddy Showkey, Richard Mofe Damijo, Gbenga Sesan, Linda Ikeji, Japheth Omojuwa, and legends such as the late Bimbo Odukoya, MEE Mofe-Damijo and Amaka Igwe. All were named before the age of 40, and before they had achieved national prominence.

Speaking on the 2017 TOYP Awards, JCI Nigeria President, JCI Senator Richard Babajide Ojo says, “As an organization working towards the fulfilment of its mission of empowering the youth, JCI Nigeria recognizes young people who excel in their chosen fields, endeavours and in commitments to their communities. These young people’s stories of discovery, determination and ingenuity help inspire others to be better leaders and create better societies.”

On the nomination and voting process, the 2017 Chairman TOYP Awards, ‘Bisi Ogunwale explains, “Any Nigerian can nominate anyone between the ages of 18 and 40. A select panel of eminent and credible Nigerians from different walks will serve as judges for the nominations phase, while members of the public will be invited to vote on the nominations after the release of a shortlist in each category.”

He also added that JCI Nigeria partner, KPMG, a reputable international professional services firm, will carry out verification of nominations and voting process.

The 2017 JCI Nigeria TOYP Award Ceremony takes place in Lagos in September, coinciding with JCI Nigeria’s 60th anniversary. The Nigerian Honourees will later be presented for the global JCI TOYP Awards alongside other honourees from over a hundred JCI countries, out of which the final list of Ten global honourees will be selected and awarded in Amsterdam, Netherlands in November 2017.

Group Invokes FoI Act To Demand MDAs Annual Compliance Report

A Civil Society Organisation, Media Initiative against Injustice, Violence and Corruption-MIIVOC, has invoked the Freedom of Information Act in demanding for details of Annual Compliance Reports by Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of the Federal Government with the FOI Act, from 2011 to 2016.

MIIVOC made the demand, pursuant to section 29 of the Freedom of Information Act, 2011, which provides that “Public Institutions shall submit to the Attorney General of the Federation, a report which shall cover the preceding fiscal year…”

In a letter dated 7th February, 2017, entitled: Request for details of Annual Compliance Reports by MDAs, status of Senate Order of Arrest of former EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Lamorde and details of the regulation submitted to the International Community at the Egmont Meeting on Nigeria’s AML/CFT Compliance; a request under the FOI Act, and signed by MIIVOC’s FOI Officer, Phillip Inyang, MIIVOC made a 6-point demand on the Attorney General of the Federation and Mister for Justice.

“We are concerned about the low compliance level with the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act by Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of the Federal Government, the raging controversy over the whereabouts of immediate past EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Lamorde and the status of the arrest warrant issued by the Senate on him as well as the Regulation allegedly issued by the immediate past Attorney General and Minister for Justice, Mohammed Adoke SAN and submitted to the Egmont group on the situation with Nigeria’s Anti-money laundering and counter-financing of terrorism compliance.”

“Considering the controversy trailing the above and more, we invoke the FOI Act, 2011 to demand for clarifications.”

“A Certified True Copy of the details of Annual Compliance Reports by MDAs with the FOI Act from 2011 to 2015. The record should include: names of MDAs, compliance status, date of submission of report and all other relevant details.”

“An information on why the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister for Justice (AGF) is yet to direct the Inspector General of Police to arrest/produce Ibrahim Lamorde, former EFCC boss to give account of his stewardship, as ordered by the Senate.”

“An information on why the purported Order of Court (if any) restraining the Senate/Federal Government from investigating, arresting and prosecuting former EFCC boss, Ibrahim Lamorde, over allegations of corruption has not been challenged.”

“A certified true copy of the Guideline allegedly submitted to the Egmont group of FIUs by the immediate past Attorney General and Minister for Justice on Nigeria’s compliance level with international requirements on CFT/AML.”

“An update on the fate and present status of Nigeria on compliance with International requirements on CFT/AML?”

“Details on the situation with Nigeria’s quest to become a member of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), having applied.”

 

The demand for Annual Compliance Report of MDAs may not be unconnected with an earlier decision from a MIIVOC- organized FOI Roundtable in December, 2016, wherein participants resolved to embark on a Class Action; involving the joining of hundreds of Public Institutions in a legal Suit for violation of the FOI law.

 

Phillip Inyang

FOI Officer, MIIVOC

Aisha Yesufu Resigns As Board Member Of Citizens Of Impact Foundation

The Citizens of Impact Foundation (CIF), a Social Justice Organization with the primary purpose of promoting the interest of ordinary citizens of Nigeria wishes to inform the General Public that Mrs. Aisha Yesufu has resigned from the board of trustees of the organization.

CIF wishes to thank Mrs. Aisha Yesufu for her invaluable contributions in the formative stages of the organization.

We wish her all the very best in her future engagements.

Citizens of Impact Foundation (CIF) have been in the forefront of championing due process in recruitments by government agencies.  We embarked on a protest to the Office of Secretary to the Government of the Federation on the 27th of July 2016 against secret and underhand recruitments in the Central Bank of Nigeria, Federal Inland Revenue Service and Nigerian Prisons Service and are still following up on the recruitment processes to ensure level playing field for all citizens who are qualified.

In November 2016, we followed up with NAFDAC on clandestine recruitment of 103 staff without any advertisement of such vacancies to the general public, a violation of due process and federal character principles. However, they responded with letters of waiver from the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation and Federal Character Commission.

We have also written to the Comptroller General of Immigration as we were approached by the aggrieved Nigeria Immigration 582 (NIS-582) – a subset of the Nigeria Immigration 2000 involved in the recent screening and re-verification exercise which followed the Presidential Order for their reinstatement – with proof of irregularities in the final results.

NAMES OF THE TRUSTEES:

  1. HAJIA MIRIA YAKUBU IKUNAIYE, CHAIRMAN
  2. DANIEL OLUWASEUN OLATUNDE, EXECUTIVE SECRETARY
  3. IBIENE WILLIAMS, FINANCIAL SECRETARY
  4. DOROTHY NJEMANZE, TREASURER
  5. GANA FATIMA ZANNA, MEMBER
  6. DEJI KOLAWOLE, MEMBER
  7. SAMBO ISHAQ SIDIQ, MEMBER
  8. CHINWE MADUBUIKE, MEMBER
  9. CHIMA ACHU, MEMBER

 

Signed for Citizens of Impact Foundation

Daniel Oluwaseun Olatunde

Executive Secretary

NEITI Unveils Roadmap On Beneficial Ownership Disclosures And Use Of Open Data

The Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) has unveiled two documents designed to push the boundaries of implementation of transparency and accountability in the extractive industries in Nigeria.

The first document is the Roadmap on Beneficial Ownership disclosure. It seeks to outline Nigeria’s strategy towards the implementation and fulfillment of Requirement 2.5 of the EITI standard which among other things demands public disclosures of the real owners of oil, gas and mining companies that operate in Nigeria.

The roadmap provides comprehensive plans and actions designed to guide Nigeria in its implementation of beneficial ownership disclosure in the extractive industries.

The strategy document also identified the institutional frameworks that are required for effective implementation of ownership transparency, clarity on definition of beneficial owners and explanation on thresholds for public disclosure required in the process.

The document also defined those who fall into the category of Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs) and the reporting obligations expected of them as well as the challenges  that may be encountered during the process of  data collection, data quality assurance, accessibility and timeliness.

The plan also identified the need for capacity building for all stakeholders expected to be involved in the implementation given the complexity of the extractive industries in Nigeria and highlighted the need for public education and enlightenment on the principles and benefits of Beneficial Ownership disclosures.

The roadmap apart from fulfilling the EITI requirement, is also in line with the commitment made by President Muhammadu Buhari at the London anti-corruption summit where he pledged to establish a publicly accessible register of all companies operating in Nigeria.

In Mr. President’s words, “we welcome the new 2016 EITI Standard, in particular, the requirements on beneficial ownership and the sale of the government’s share of production”.

The President also declared that  “Nigeria will establish a transparent central register of foreign companies bidding on public contracts and buying property. We welcome the proposal by developed countries to work together to improve the access of developing countries to beneficial ownership information for use in public contracting”, President Buhari declared.

The EITI standards require all implementing countries to publish their Beneficial Ownership Roadmap by January 2017 and commence full implementation by January 2020.

The process adopted in the development of the roadmap was consultative, robust and consistent with the multi-stakeholders approach of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) which involves civil society, media, extractive companies, relevant government agencies and development partners.

In a similar development, NEITI has unveiled an open data policy in keeping with the realization that the world is currently witnessing a global shift towards making  data open and accessible. This is also in compliance with the EITI Standards and the global shift towards open data availability which is largely attributed to technological advancement and increasing demand for transparency and accountability by citizens.

Under the open data policy released by NEITI, information and data contained in its industry audits would be made publicly available and accessible in a reusable format.

The policy defined Open data as data that is in the public domain or ought to be in the public domain. The definition also provides that such data should be accessible, freely used at no cost and can be shared and built upon by anyone.

The open data policy also requires that the data be used anywhere and for any purpose without restrictions from copyright, patent or other control mechanism and must also be expressly excluded by the provisions of the laws of Nigeria.

This requires making the data convenient, modifiable in open format, easily retrievable, indexed, and well organized. The open data policy also represents the framework for the implementation of the global drive for use of open data to pursue reforms, enthrone transparency and accountability especially in the extractive sector of the Nigerian economy.

The open data policy is expected not only to create a solid foundation for open data disclosures in the extractive sector, but has the potential for implementation in other sectors of the economy.

NEITI therefore appeals to the media, civil society, parliamentarians and citizens to avail themselves of the two policy documents and use them as tools for public education, information dissemination and enlightenment on governance issues in the extractive industry in Nigeria.

Dr. Orji Ogbonnaya Orji

Director, Communications

Hate Speech: Security Agents Must Do The Needful – MURIC

The founder of Omega Fire Ministries, Johnson Suleman, recently instructed members of his church to kill Fulanis. An attempt by operatives of the Department of State Security (DSS) to arrest him in Ado Ekiti yesterday was foiled by Governor Ayodele Fayose.

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) strongly condemns Pastor Johnson Suleman’s vituperations. It is provocative, irresponsible and unpatriotic. In the same vein, we are nonplussed by Governor Fayose’s penchant for preventing security agents from performing their lawful duties. By shielding such a high profile suspect, Fayose has manifested blatant disregard for the rule of law, encouraged lawlessness and exhibited executive brigandage.

Pastor Johnson Suleman wants to make the country unsafe for Muslims and law abiding Fulanis. It is not in our character to issue threats. We are mature enough to control our emotions. Yet it is not out of cowardice that we prefer to tow the path of peaceful coexistence. Muslims have never been known to fear death or to compromise their faith. But we do not want to join issues with belligerent people who are always bullying Muslims and Fulanis by telling lies and issuing threats. Neither do we want to heat up the polity.

What will ordinary Muslims do when we exchange banters with firebrand Christian extremists like Johnson? Why should religious leaders speak as if they have stocked heaps of weapons in hiding? Why should spiritual guides incite their followers to kill and maim? What do religious leaders gain from goading their followers to shed blood?

The victims are usually the poor masses who are hypnotized by the rhetoric and mesmerized by the oratorical skills of their fanatical leaders. This is why leaders must weigh every word they utter. Leaders are models. They must live by example and teach their followers to learn how to love, to tolerate, to forgive and to peacefully coexist.

MURIC charges Nigerians to objectively and critically examine the Fulani herdsmen phenomenon.  They should not allow some misguided spiritual leaders who have hidden agenda to becloud their sense of assessment. Fulanis have been coming to Nigeria before the 1914 amalgamation. Their nomadic and pastoral flow has never waned since the first Fulanis came from Futa Toro in Senegal in the 11th century. We should therefore not be surprised that the criminal elements among the herdsmen are not even Nigerians. They are Senegalese and Malians.

It is therefore unwise of us as Nigerians to allow a few lawless foreigners to cause religious or ethnic war in our land. Let us separate criminals from their tribe or religion. We should resist the temptation to stigmatise Fulanis or Muslims because a few herdsmen take the law into their hands. For the avoidance of doubts, we denounce the criminal activities of these herdsmen but we should mind where we point accusing fingers.

Are Nigerians unaware that the same Fulani herdsmen have are also been attacking and killing Muslims in Zamfara, Niger, Kano, Bauchi and other Northern states? Why have we been ignoring this angle if we are sincere? Has the status of a herdsman changed when he attacks a Northern farmer or a Muslim and steals his cattle?  Let us be objective. Let us stop criminalizing Fulanis and demonizing Muslims. It is the height of hypocrisy and absolute lack of patriotism to give the criminal activities a religious or ethnic colouration.

We therefore call on the Nigerian security agencies to do the needful. Nobody is above the law. Fayose or no Fayose, Pastor Johnson Suleman must still be questioned and cautioned for his vituperations and provocative statements. He cannot remain tied to Fayose’s apron string forever.

Even Fayose should be told point blank that his days as a free man are numbered. He must answer for his executive rascality and lawlessness. No governor in the history of Nigeria has abused his office like Fayose has done. His cup of executive recklessness has been filled to the brim. The people of Ekiti State have indeed entered a ‘one chance’ bus. Or what do we say about a state governor who is seldom sober? We do not need a micro-biologist to tell us whether or not Fayose has the ‘area boy’ syndrome virus.

We charge the Nigerian security agencies to spare no effort in dealing decisively with the notorious herdsmen who have brought untold hardship to Nigerian farmers. The full wrath of the law must be unleashed on them for killing innocent farmers and destroying their farms. We appeal to Muslims to go about their lawful duties and to remain calm and law abiding. We invite religious leaders to douse tension in their areas of influence in order to allow peace to reign.

As we round up, we remind the United Nations Organisation, the European Union and the African Union to take note of the hate speeches emanating from Nigeria and their authors for the day when the come will come to become.

 

Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Director,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)

Rising Tyranny In Akwa Ibom: Release Benson, Kenneth And Utibe Now – Group

Our attention has just been drawn by the leadership of the Next of Kin of Late Primary School Teachers in Akwa Ibom State (1991 – date) to the illegal and unconstitutional molestation, arrest and detention of three leading members of the group: Messrs. Benjamin Benson, Enobong Kenneth and one Utibe on Monday 23rd January, 2017 at about 11:00 AM on the orders of the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel. The affected persons are currently being detained at the Police Area Command, Barracks Road, Uyo.

Members of the group have been agitating peacefully for years to get the attention of the State government to their plight. Rather than pay attention to the legitimate demands of the group which consist largely of orphans and bereaved citizens whose parents or guardians died while in active service to the State government, the government has consistently ignored them.

The Next of Kin of Late Primary school teachers in Akwa Ibom State who lost their lives while in active service between 1991 to date have not been paid the entitlements of their late parents or relatives.

On Monday members of the group were at the Akwa Ibom State Government House to register their grievances only for the Nigeria Police Force to teargas, molest, harass, arrest and detain the three aforementioned leaders of the group in an attempt to stop members of the group from continuing with thier persistent agitation.

The Police were ostensibly ordered by the State governor to clampdown on the group which is seen as a source of constant irritation to the governor.

Rather than use the police to intimidate the group, Governor Udom Emmanuel should pay their entitlements without further delay. The State Government cannot allude to paucity of funds as an excuse for not paying the Next of Kin of those who spent several years imparting knowledge. Instead of dancing on the graves of the late teachers by arresting Benson, Kenneth and Utibe or any other member of the group, Governor Emmanuel should use part of N14.5billion he recently received as the State’s share of the part of the reimbursement for the over-deduction on the Paris Club loan to settle the entitlements of members of the group.

Since the inception of the current administration in Akwa Ibom State, there has been little respect for democratic values and human rights. Security agencies have been deployed indiscriminately to attack innocent citizens for merely exercising their fundamental rights. The reign of tyranny in Akwa Ibom State has to stop.

Nigerian citizens have the right to freedom of expression under Section 39 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), including the right to protest peacefully without a police permit as was held by the Nigerian Court of Appeal in the celebrated case of INSPECTOR GENERAL OF POLICE V. ALL NIGERIA PEOPLES PARTY (2007) 18 NWLR (Pt.1066) 457.

The Akwa Ibom State Government and the Akwa Ibom State Police Command should immediately release the detained persons.

Signed

Inibehe Effiong, Esq.
23/1/2017.

Umuigbo Progressive Network Pass Vote Of Confidence On Bukola Saraki

It’s a notorious fact that over the decades, our political environment has been saturated with sweet promises most of which were never achieved. This discrepancy leads to loss of trust in leadership. Such pattern is common in our clime. However, the current assembly of the Nigerian Senate headed by its President, Dr. Olubukola Abubakar Saraki, is a unique exception, the President of the 8th Assembly of the Senate and his crop of colleagues are among the steadfast persons that keep to their promises of being true representatives of the Nigerian people. His emergence as the Senate president made him chairman of the National Assembly, a position that is strategic and core in rebuilding the legislative arm of government to let people have the feel of true and genuine representation.

It’s on good record that, since his emergence as the Senate president, and in keeping to terms with the public mandate that produced him, he made it a point of duty to post daily activities of the upper legislative chamber. This feat is sui generic and in keeping to terms with principle of running an open administration as the Senate of the people to enable input from members of the society and to show his commitment to transparency and public accountability.

Amidst the many challenges plaguing the Nation, Dr. Saraki has continued to be pro-people as seen in the activities of the National Assembly. Under his leadership, we have seen the Senate sit up to the real business of legislation that have seen many bills, petitions, motions and oversight functions come alive. These legislative actions have been designed to:

-Promote economic diversification

-Boost Business-Sector growth and Investor-driven economy

-Encourage Infrastructural development

-Formulation of Legislations that will build the confidence of investors

-Adhere to rules of law and practice of constitutional democracy.

We applaud His Excellency, Dr. Bukola Saraki and the 8th Senate for their interventions in the following:

Labour disputes

CBN Forex Policies

Excessive tuition fees for tertiary institutions

PMS Price crisis

NERC electricity tariff

Made In Nigeria Campaign (BuyNaijaToGrowTheNaira)

The Senate leadership under Dr. Saraki has directed the Nigerian Customs to stop forthwith the planned ban on importation of cars through the land borders. This is not only pro-people but altruistic in every sense.

The Senate has also in its bid to ensure it lives up to its bidding as “the Senate of the People of Nigeria” tasked the Ministry of Aviation to find other means of retaining the Nnamdi Azikiwe International  Airport billed for repairs other than moving the activities to Kaduna international Airport. This is to forestall the untold hardship this act will inflict on the Nigerian people, her visitors and the international community.

The recent economic legislations passed by the Senate that will create about 7.5million jobs nationwide for our teeming young people is not only commendable but also historical. We are upbeat that Dr. Saraki’s Leadership of the Senate at this time is timely and most envisioned.

The Ilorin-born lover of young people and Chairman of the National Assembly, promised Nigerians transformational economic policies in 2016 and these he has been doing meticulously despite the distractions that characterised his assumption of office.

We, the Umuigbo Progressive Network, hereby unanimously pass a Vote Of Confidence on a Man of valour, a visionary leader, a consummate politician, an erudite scholar, a gentleman and a quintessential family man.

We trust you to continue to steer the ship of the National Assembly to transforming a Nigeria we will all be proud to call our own.

Bravo Our Dear Senate President.

 

Barr Obi Oscar Uchenna, KSM.                     Arch. Sylvester Ogbu

– National President                                        –  P.R.O

Tel: +234 (0)8064421292

Kidnap Of Students And A Turkish Teacher

We wish to notify the general public of the unfortunate incident that occurred on January 13, 2017, at the premises of the Nigerian Tulip International Colleges (NTIC) Ogun State.

At about 9.30pm local time, a group of people armed with dangerous weapons gained entrance to the girls’ section through different means and held hostage three female supervisors, a female cook, a female teacher (Turkish) and three students.

The school security noticed some movement on the CCTV camera at the girls’ section and promptly deployed security personnel and alerted the relevant security agencies in the area as customary. Upon hearing the security alarm activated and sighting our security personnel, the armed invaders opened fire on the security staff and managed to escape through a very dangerous route with the hostages.

The security agencies are currently on their trail as the whole area has been cordoned off.

We wish to assure parents and guardians that the students and teacher will return to safety soon as everything possible has been deployed to ensure that our teachers and students return unhurt by God’s grace.

Signed,

 

Cemal Yigit

Spokesperson

08095644036

Buhari Appoints New Executive Secretary, Chairman For Financial Reporting Council Of Nigeria

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the immediate removal and the replacement of the Executive Secretary and the reconstitution of the board of the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria (FRN). He has appointed a Chairman and a new Executive Secretary for the council.

The new Council as approved by the President has Mr Adedotun Sulaiman, MFR as Chairman.

Mr. Sulaiman was a former Managing Partner/Director of Arthur Anderson and later, Accenture. He is a Chartered Accountant and a product of the University of Lagos and Harvard Business School.
The President has also approved the appointment of Mr. Daniel Asapokhai as the Executive Secretary of the Council.
Mr. Asopokhai is a partner and a Financial Reporting Specialist at the PricewaterHouseCoopers (PWC), Nigeria.
He is a product of the University of Lagos and the University of Pretoria.
President Muhammadu Buhari has also instructed the Minister of Industry, Trade, and Investment to invite the nineteen ministries, departments and agencies of the Federal Government and private sector organizations specified in the FRC Act to nominate members of the board of the council.
 
GARBA SHEHU,
Senior Special Assistant to the President

(Media and Publicity)

January 9, 2017.

Royal Foundation International Calls for Entries in Her Teens Enterprise Devt Fellowship

Royal Foundation International (RFI) is a youth-led organization, established in October 2013 with a commitment to grow the economy while reducing the scourge of unemployment and poverty in West Africa by promoting individual effectiveness and wealth creation.

According to Kayode Babarinde, Co-Founder, RFI, “leadership and entrepreneurship are necessary skills Nigerian youths should have in solving 21st Century challenges through education. We believe these challenges need to be addressed sustainably in making the future better for the next generation.”

In 2013, RFI hosted a business and leadership summit for youths in Abeokuta and it featured a business plan challenge that provided the winner with a token support as seed capital. This was done in partnership with Centre of Entrepreneurship Studies (CENTS) of Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta and School of Business and Success International, Ota and since then, she has had a reach of over 5000 people in Nigeria and Ghana.

RFI mission is to facilitate personal effectiveness and wealth creation by promoting the ideals of leadership and entrepreneurship in West Africa, starting with Nigeria. To achieve this, RFI is currently recruiting volunteers via: http://bit.ly/2i3rk1q.

RFI utilizes amazing innovations and cutting edge technologies to package fellowship programs, internships, bootcamps, summits and educational support services for young people to equip them with Leadership and Entrepreneurship skills. Part of which is, Teens Enterprise Development Fellowship (TED-F).

TED-F is a 12 weeks intensive entrepreneurship fellowship packaged for 50 Teens resident in Abeokuta and Ibadan and her curriculum covers: sales techniques, business plans, team building, personal management, and much more, to be delivered by leading entrepreneurs and resource persons from CBN-Enterprise Development Centre, Ibadan Business School, Centre of Entrepreneurship Studies in Ibadan and Abeokuta Universities, Lagos Business School, Fate Foundation, LEAP Africa, Bank of Industry amongst others.

Applications for first TED-F cohort is available via: http://bit.ly/2ht3cUR. and has been extended till 20th of January, 2017. Applicants will be reached on details of their application status by January 31st as the fellowship is scheduled to commence by February, 2017.

Enterprising Leadership Academy, Caring Heart Trust, Students and Teachers Outreach, and much more are other leading initiatives of Royal Foundation International.

Kindly visit: https://royalfoundationblog.wordpress.com and @RFISupport on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for further enquiries.

Call or Text: 09034873881, 08137365526 for Immediate responses.

NCS Redeploys Customs Spokesperson, Wale Adeniyi, 245 Other Officers

In a bid to strengthen operations and reposition the Service to meet the challenges of the new year 2017, the Comptroller-General of  Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) has approved the redeployment of 8 Assistant Comptrollers-General and 238 Deputy Comptrollers of   Customs.

The redeployment which takes immediate effect.

Assistant Comptrollers-General affected are   ACG Charles Edike from Zone A to Human Resource Development (HRD;   ACG Ahmed Mohammed from HRD to Zone B;   ACG Aminu Dangaladima from Zone B to Enforcement;   ACG Francis Dosumu from Enforcement to Zone D;   ACG Augustine Chidi from Zone D to Excise, Free Trade Zone and Industrial Incentives (Ex,FTZ, & I I);  ACG Monday Abueh from Ex,FTZ, & I I to Zone A;  ACG Umar Sanusi from HQ to Zone C; and   ACG Abdulkadir Azerema from Zone C to HQ.

The redeployment of Deputy Comptrollers of Customs affected the Service Public Relations Officer, DC Wale Adeniyi, who is now posted   to Apapa Customs Area Command, Lagos.

As all the affected officers report at their new Zones and Commands, the Comptroller-General reiterated Federal Government ban on   importation of Rice and Vehicles through the land borders. He charged all Officers and Men of the Service to ensure maximum collection of   revenue and strict implementation of fiscal policy of Government.

MURIC Condoles Prompt News’ Publisher Over Mum’s Death

The death has been announced of the mother of Prompt News publisher, Mrs. Sariyu Oyetunji. Mrs. Oyetuniji passed away yesterday, Thursday 29th December, 2016, around 11 am at her residence in Ologuneru, Ibadan, Oyo State. She was 72.

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) commiserates with Prompt News’ publisher, the Prompt News staff, the rest of the deceased’s family, her friends and associates over this irreparable loss.

We pray that Almighty Allah will forgive Mrs. Sariyu Oyetunji, repose her soul in Al-Jannah Firdaus and grant the family the fortitude to bear the loss.

Finally, we charge the publisher of Prompt News and his team not to allow this sad incident to dissipate the zeal with which they have been serving Nigerians on the platform of the online newspaper.         

 

Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Director,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)

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