Power Investment Meeting Hold In Abuja, Leading Investors To Meet With Nigeria’s Govt

Over 300 senior participants from Nigeria, the Americas, Europe and Asia will represent companies

On 12-14 October, the Annual Powering Africa: Nigeria Investment Summit will be hosted under the Official Patronage of Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing and with the endorsement of the Bayelsa State Government, the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission, the Electricity Commission of Nigeria, the Transmission Company of Nigeria, the National Power Training Institute of Nigeria and the Nigeria Investment Promotion Commission.

Pre-meeting networking activities including the Powering Africa: Nigeria Golf Networking Day and the pre-meeting evening drinks reception hosted by Detail Solicitors will provide an exclusive relationship-building space prior to the start of the conference. Delegates are also invited to attend the Gala Dinner hosted in association with the EnergyNet “Off the Grid Club”, a programme dedicated to bringing together credible off grid technology providers, financiers and regional leaders to invest in and develop reliable and scalable power solutions for Africa. The evening will feature vibrant mix of arts and music entertainment, high level speeches and exclusive dining food.

Over 300 senior participants from Nigeria, the Americas, Europe and Asia will represent companies including the International Finance Corporation, FMO, CDC Group, AAPA Energy Ltd., Nexant, NetcoDietsmann, Control Risks,  Hannon Capital Partners, Mensah JB & Associates, Jackson, Etti & Edu, Voith Hydro Shanghai Ltd., Rook Solar Investment Limited, ILF Engineers Nigeria Limited, Chemtech Group, Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP, Vestas, Diamond Development Initiatives, Engro Powergen Limited, Powerhive, Lubeserve Engineering Ltd, United Capital Plc, Rockwill Electric Corporation (Pty) Ltd, Multisol South Africa (Pty) Ltd, Vergnet, GAGE, SunFunder, ILF Engineers Nigeria Limited, Express Discount Asset Management Ltd.,  NAREVA HOLDING, Sahara Power, Rand Merchant Bank, United Bank for Africa, Mantrac, Quantum Power Operations Limited, GM Power and Gas, Total, Cornerstone, among others.

Decision makers confirmed to attend include:

  • His Royal Highness Mai Borgu, Emir of Borgu Kingdom, Federal Republic of Nigeria
  • Dr Anthony Akah, Acting Chairman, Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission
  • Prof Eli Jidere Bala, Chief Executive Officer and General Director, Energy Commission of Nigeria
  • Eng Dr Abubakar Atiku Tambuwal, Deputy Managing Director, Transmission Company of Nigeria
  • Ladi Hauwa Katagum, Acting Executive Secretary/CEO, Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC)
  • Longe Yesufu Alonge, Head Power Procurement and Power Contracts, Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading PLC (NBET)
  • Kemela Okara, Hon. Commissioner, Trade, Industry and Investment, Bayelsa State Government
  • Chief Fidelis Uche Nnadi, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor, Enugu State Government
  • Prof. Bart Nnaji, Chairman and Founder, Geometric Power
  • Marcus Heal, Chief Executive Officer, Pan Africa Solar
  • Oti Ikomi, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Proton Energy Ltd.
  • Dr. Ransome Owan, Group Managing Director, Aiteo Power, Infrastructure & Real Estate
  • Mohammed N. Mijindadi, Managing Director, GE Gas Power Nigeria
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Tech, Media Leaders Meet In Lagos To Assess Investment And Growth Strategies

Poised to become the technology and investment hub for Africa – Lagos, Nigeria will play host to the event for the first time

LAGOS, Nigeria, September 14, 2016/ — Leading strategy and investment heads from technology and telecom giants including Google, Uber, Intel, Africa Internet Group, Vodacom, Airtel, Nokia and Etisalat are meeting in Lagos on September 20 to discuss strategies for investment and regional growth at TMT Finance Africa in Lagos 2016.

Poised to become the technology and investment hub for Africa – Lagos, Nigeria will play host to the event for the first time, which will see more than 150 regional and international telecom, media and technology leaders, investment bankers, investors, advisers and government representatives meet for a series of panel debates, networking sessions and private roundtable discussions.

“Nigeria is fast becoming one of the most innovative and dynamic places in the world for technology and mobile connectivity, and we are delighted that household names such as Google, Uber, Intel and Africa Internet Group will be represented at the conference alongside some well-known Nigerian tech and media companies such as Sliide, iRoko and Andela, which is backed by Mark Zuckerberg’s Chan Zuckerberg Initiative,” said Ben Nice, Director, TMT Finance Africa in Lagos. “However, there are still many challenges that some of these companies face, including a lack of access to adequate financing, which is where TMT Finance Africa in Lagos should help to plug the gap and get the dialogue going between the genuine decision makers,” Nice added.

Leading investment banks will be represented by key institutions such as Standard Bank, Citi, IFC, Barclays, Africa Finance Corporation, Access Bank and FNB, while private equity firms speaking at the conference include: Convergence Partners, African Capital Alliance, ECP and Carlyle.

Over 80 C-level speakers are confirmed for the conference, and only a limited number of tickets are still available, and can be purchased on the website.

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Meet The Brilliant Nigerians Working With Mark Zuckerberg At Facebook

It’s no longer news that the founder and CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg is in Lagos, Nigeria.

His first stop was the Co-Creation Hub, in Yaba where he watched children learning to code and interacted with at least 50 local startup founders and developers.

More impressively, he trekked over 2km through the streets of Yaba to get to Andela, the talent accelerator he recently invested $24 million in.

But if there’s anything most exciting about Mark Zuckerberg’s surprise visit, it’s the fact that he chose Nigeria as his first destination in Sub-Saharan Africa. This is more than enough validation for the Nigerian technology ecosystem

Without a doubt, Mark Zuckerberg is beginning to take Nigeria seriously. But that didn’t happen suddenly. You’ll find proof  in the increasing number of Nigerians on his payroll.

Chukwuemeka Afigbo

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Chukwuemeka Afigbo joined Facebook from Google, where he served until 2015 before being replaced by Aniedi Udo-Obong.

Afigbo currently manages Strategic Product Partnerships for Facebook in Sub-Saharan Africa and has been instrumental in Mark Zuckerberg’s Nigeria tour.

Ime Archibong

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Ime Archibong is the Director, Strategic Partnerships at Facebook, where he leads a team working to connect Facebook’s products and strategies with various business partners.

Archibong and his team have worked on everything related to Facebook including the Messenger app. Prior to joining Facebook, Ime was an Advanced Technology Business Development Professional at IBM.

Nmachi Jidenma

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Nmachi Jidenma manages Payments and Commerce Partnerships for Facebook Global, right from the heart of San Francisco Bay Area.

With previous experiences working at PayPal, Google and JP Morgan, she also happens to be the founder of CPAfrica.

Ebele Okobi

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Ebele Okobi has headed Public Policy for Facebook in Africa for the past 2 years. She was the former Global Head & Senior Legal Director, Human Rights for Yahoo!

Laurence Aderemi

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Laurence Aderemi built Moni, a person-to-person money transfer app, which won the 2013 edition of Start with e-novation.

Apparently, his competence got the attention of Mark Zuckerberg, who hired him to head Payments and Commerce Partnerships for Facebook Global.

Morin Oluwole

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Having been raised in Nigeria but lived in 3 continents, Morin Oluwole is a polyglot — she speaks about 5 languages. This is probably why she sealed a role as the Chief of Staff, VP Global Marketing Solutions at Facebook.

UPDATE 1: Morin Oluwole has since taken up a new position as the Luxury Vertical Lead for Facebook/Instagram.

Lauryn (Hale) Ogbechie

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Lauryn Ogbechie leads a Strategic Partnership team within Facebook’s Global Platform Partnerships organisation in Menlo Park, CA. In this role she partners with mobile developers to help them build, grow and monetise their apps through the integration of Facebook platform products.

Prior to Facebook, Ogbechie worked as a digital organiser for President Obama’s re-election campaign.

Francis Ebong

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Francis Ebong joined Facebook in November 2015 where he has since acted in the capacity of Director, Online Operations. Francis is a graduate of The George Washington University.

Teniola Adedipe

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Teniola Adedipe (L). Source: Bella Naija

Prior to joining Facebook, Teniola Adedipe served in two capacities within Konga, in the space of 14 months. She started out as the Head, Merchandise Planning in January 2014, she then went on to become Associate Director, Retail Operations.

Teniola Adedipe is now the Program Manager, Deal Desk & Global Agency at Facebook, New York City area.

Monica Ugwi

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Still relatively new at the company, Monica Ugwi works with the Product Operations division of Facebook. Prior to that, she was an Engagement Manager for McKinsey & Company and an Analyst at Goldman Sachs.

A graduate of Computer Science, Ugwi also holds a Masters in Business Administration from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Ibrahim Shekoni

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Ibrahim Sekoni is Facebook’s Product Specialist at San Francisco Bay Area. His previous experience no doubt played a huge role in blending him into Facebook.

Prior to joining Facebook, he was the Mobile Product Manager at optionXpress where he managed the top-rated mobile trading App across multiple Mobile platforms. He also worked as a Business Analyst at Phoenix bits LTD overseeing various operations. He joined Facebook in April 2015.

Olaoluwa Okelola

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Olaoluwa Okelola is one of the few Nigerian-born software engineers at Facebook.

Having completed his secondary education at the International School Ibadan, Okelola proceeded to Avi-Cenna International School and Howard University, Washington DC, to complete his secondary and university education respectively. He then joined Microsoft as Explorer Intern in January 2005 and left in August the same year for Google where he worked as an Engineering intern from May 2006 until August 2006.

Okelola joined Facebook in 2007 and has been there ever since.

UPDATE 2: All post-publication updates are below. The total number of Nigerians on the list is now 18


Barbara Mbanefo

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Barbara Mbanefo is another Nigerian-born software Engineer at Facebook, where she develops iOS applications that help businesses connect with their customers.

Mbanefo completed her primary and secondary education in Nigeria before proceeding to France to obtain her Masters degree in Software Engineering. She speaks French fluently. Prior to joining Facebook in May 2016, Mbanefo worked as a Software Engineer and a Mobile App User Experience Designer in France, Canada and Hollywood, California

Kunbi Adeyemo

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Kunbi Adeyemo has served in two capacities at Facebook. Between 2013 and 2014, she was on the Facebook North America Small and Medium Business Team as a Customer Insights Analyst.

In December 2014, Adeyemo moved up to the San Francisco Bay Area, where she has since served as Facebook’s Diversity Programs Manager – Women in Computer Science.

Isaac Nwokocha

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After obtaining a First Class degree in Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 2010, Isaac Nwokocha tried his hands out on entrepreneurship; he co-founded two startups, including real-time road traffic web app,TrafficDey.

Probably deciding he had had enough of entrepreneurship, Nwokocha proceeded to Stanford for a Master’s Degree in Management Science and Engineering. No sooner had he completed his Masters Degree than he secured a role as a Product Data Integrity, Community Operations/Project Manager at Facebook.

Michael Awotedu

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Armed with an MBA in Finance (summa cum laude) from the University of Tampa John H. Sykes College of Business, Michael Awotedu works in Risk Program Management at Facebook where he helps to facilitate strategy, and execution for Risk Management on products like FB games, Oculus VR and Ads.

Prior to Facebook, Awotedu oversaw Risk Management for Walmart’s $30 billion check cashing portfolio.

PS: I happen to know Michael Awotedu personally, as he hails from my alma mater — Federal Government College, Odogbolu (I couldn’t resist the temptation to let you in on that).

Jane Okpala

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With almost 10 years of strategic, analytical, negotiating, presentation, and management expertise, Jane Okpala is the Product Specialist (Social Good and Goodwill), Community Operations, at Facebook.

A polyglot in her own right — she speaks at least 4 languages — Okpala worked previously as an Associate at McKinsey & Company where she served mainly technology and financial institution clients on a wide variety of analytical and strategic engagements

Dayo Olopade

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Dayo Olopade started her career as a journalist Washington, covering the 2008 campaign and the Obama era for publications including The Atlantic, The Guardian and The Washington Post.

Nowadays, Olopade applies her wealth of journalistic experience on the Facebook Media Partnerships Team, where she helps publishers take advantage of Facebook, from a business and product perspective. She maintains a painstakingly detailed personal website.

Credit: TechPoint

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Nigeria’s Power, Finance And Energy Investors To Meet With Govt In Abuja This October

Leading development finance institutions and heads of Nigeria’s most accomplished energy companies will meet with national government at EnergyNet’s Powering Africa: Nigeria Investment Summit, taking place in Abuja from 12-14 October 2016.

Over 50 public and private sector decision makers will address 300 power developers and investors to discuss the driving factors behind power development in Nigeria. The investment summit will underpin Nigeria as a hub for regional gas development as well as an important market for clean and renewable energy. Key themes of the conference include how to diversify Nigeria’s energy mix, regulation policy to promote international investment in renewables, and examining Nigeria’s off grid energy market- promoting energy access for everyone.

This meeting follows EnergyNet’s recently concluded 18th Africa Energy Forum (AEF) in London this June, which welcomed 2,200 vetted investors from the Americas, Europe and Asia, and government representatives from 30 African countries. Major deals were signed at the meeting including a merger between Harith General Partners and Africa Finance Corporation (AFC), KFW’s US$150 million 15 year loan facility to AFC, Access Power’s US$7 million award to three renewable developers, Mainstream’s US$117.5 million Africa Clean Energy Equity Funding and DFID’s two Compacts in Kenya and Sierra Leone, to name a few.

“For 24 years EnergyNet has supported governments across the continent playing an advisory role helping policy makers meet the very best private sector investors. Our role is not unique; however our approach is as individual as a thumbprint, highlighted by the trust the World Bank, Power Africa, IFC, FMO, Proparco, DFID, AfDB and many more who place their trust in EnergyNet, which supports our position as a market-shaper when it comes to global energy development,” says Simon Gosling, Managing Director of EnergyNet.

The meeting is officially endorsed by the Energy Commission of Nigeria, the Transmission Company of Nigeria and the National Power Training Institute of Nigeria. It has the official support of the UK’s DFID-funded Nigeria Infrastructure Advisory Facility, of Germany’s GIZ and of the European Union.

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Meet Aisha Wakil, Declared Wanted By The Army Over ‘Links’ With Boko Haram

She stood out when President Goodluck Jonathan inaugurated the committee on amnesty for Boko Haram last Wednesday in Abuja, covered from head to toe in her burqa. The mystery of the woman behind the veil extends to her origins. Tony Akowe in Kaduna profiles the woman Boko Haram insurgents call “Mama.”

In a region where women are given little attention, the announcement of the name of Aisha Wakil as a member of the Committee on Dialogue and Peaceful Resolution of Security Challenges in the northern part of the country came to many as a surprise.

Even though not much is known about her, her name has consistently appeared on the list of people allegedly released by the Boko Haram insurgents as one of those to represent them in any form of dialogue or negotiation with the government.

In November last year, when the insurgents announced the names of prominent northerners who they wanted to represent them in negotiations with the Federal Government, Aisha Wakil and her husband, Justice Zanna Wakil of the Borno State judiciary, were on the list headed by former Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari.

When the leader of the Supreme Council for Sharia in Nigeria, Sheikh Datti Ahmed, rejected his nomination into the committee, many Nigerians felt disappointed – especially in view of the fact that he is one of those that may have had any form of contact with members of the group. Ahmed was part of the botched peace deal and he believed that the government was not serious about peace with the insurgents.

Alongside her husband, Justice Wakil, Aisha, a practicing lawyer was nominated by the government to help resolve the problem. Even though she was called the mystery lady, many Nigerians may not be aware of the fact that she has been in touch with some members of Boko Haram and was even instrumental to a ceasefire declaration announced by the group at a time which was later denied by another faction of the group.

During one peace march by women in Borno State, she was quoted as asking them to come out and state their grievances. “My sons, I have been begging you since in silence to come out and state your grievances and stop destroying your homeland. Please come out and state your grievances and stop these killings,” she allegedly said amidst tears.

One Mohammed Amin Abdullahi, who said Aisha was a friend to his sister, claimed on his Facebook page that Aisha Wakil actually hails from the South-East, but converted to Islam when verses of the Holy Qur’an started appearing on her skin and blended well with the Borno Muslim community.

He wrote “Barr. Aisha Wakil, I would say, is a mysterious woman. She is Igbo by tribe and was a Christian during her education in University of Maiduguri many years ago. She converted to Islam when inscriptions of verses from the Holy Qur’an started appearing on her skin. Members of the sect became so close to her that they even called her mummy.

“They visited her house at will. She even sold her valuables to feed them, just to convince them to drop their weapons. There was a time she seized from them and burnt a note book containing the lists of people killed and those to be killed.

“A lot of them confessed to her that they were fed up with the sect activities. She has been trying to convince members to stop their insurgency long before the issue of dialogue and amnesty started. I got to know all these because she is a close friend of my sister’s, who is also a human rights activist. I once drove my sister, whose name I don’t want to mention here, to Aisha’s house and had the opportunity of seeing the sect members.”

Barrister Wakil, who works with the National Human Rights Commission, told Peoples Daily, an Abuja-based newspaper that largely covers the north, that her relationship with members of the sect dates back to a time before the conflict began and before the death of the spiritual leader of the group.

She also alluded to the insinuation that she was an Igbo lady. She was quoted as saying that she “started the dialogue process since 2009, even before the major crisis erupted, because I knew their slain spiritual leader, Muhammad Yusuf. His father in-law, late Alhaji Baba Fugu Mohammed, was my spiritual father in Islam, and I used to visit his home.

“In fact, Mohammed Yusuf almost married my younger sister Amina, but Almighty Allah did not make it possible. So that was how I got closer to the duo. It went even to the extent that I was cooking food and taking it to the house of late Alhaji Fugu, to the pupils of the Qur’anic school, (almajari).

“And because I am from the southern part of the country, I normally prepared southern dishes, which Yusuf had always come to eat. In fact he liked my egusi soup very much and we became very close when his father-in-law told him that I was the one who cooked the food. So anytime we met, he expressed delight and prayed that Almighty Allah would reward me, for he was eating from my pot and that was how I established a strong relationship with him.

“Though I did not know where he lived at that time, but whenever I visited Fugu’s house, I saw many people trooping to the area and they would later gather behind a particular compound, so I asked Fugu who these people were. He replied that they were the followers of his son-in-law and that they had come for a preaching session conducted by the late Boko Haram leader. When they finished the preaching and were offering closing prayers, I would sometimes walk across to get the blessings of the prayers.”

Wakil admits knowing some members of the sect saying, “I reside in Shehuri North Ward, the epicentre of the insurgency and I know majority of the insurgents, so I sat down and made up my mind, that how could I just watch them continue like that?”

“When this thing was about to start in 2009, late Yusuf had been detained severally and when he came out after one of the detentions, I went to his house to greet him, but his followers refused to allow me access to him. I was angry and said I would never go to greet him again.

“On hearing that, he rushed to his father-in-law and asked him to plead with me that I should forgive him, saying he was not around when I came. But three weeks to this problem, I started hearing rumours that they would launch deadly attacks. So, I called him (Yusuf) to my house and when he came, I learnt that Abubakar Shekau and other followers had escorted him, but they stayed outside.

“When he entered my house, he didn’t even look directly at my face. He put his two hands behind him and I said to him, “my son, I’m hearing something. These rumours I’m hearing, I beg you in the name of Allah, don’t do it. He said that he was betrayed; I said by whom, he said by government, I said can I come into it, he said. Alright, if you can intervene and settle it, we are ready.’

“But I was unable to do so due to the protocol involved in government, especially when it entails meeting governors. I tried all I could to get to the former governor, Ali Modu Sheriff, to discuss the issue, but wasn’t able to get to him. But I later spoke to Yusuf’s in-law, telling him that I was not comfortable with these rumours I was hearing but he said there was nothing he could do, as he was a man of over 70 years and that he had written a letter to the government but he didn’t tell me precisely the content of the said letter.

“I continued talking to Yusuf and he kept giving me instances of the betrayal as his followers were shot over the use of crash helmet for instance. Then when they carried their dead bodies for burial they shot them again despite the fact that there was an agreement between them, they were betrayed.

“In fact he had seriously lamented this betrayal as I’m talking to you now I don’t know the betrayal he was referring to and nobody has told me about it up till now. And another issue is, I didn’t know the problem will degenerate into mayhem like we have seen, otherwise I would have contacted some of the elders in the state so that they can come into the matter with a view to finding a solution to it.”

But how was she able to convince the sect members to lay down their arms, she was asked. She said “it was not easy, it was hell. It was horrifying, scary, because when I spoke with one of them, he directed me to come to a particular place. When I reached the location, I found him with an AK 47 rifle and improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

“Afterwards, he said, ‘Mama, why did you risk your life to come here? I said because we are killing ourselves and I want to put a stop to the bloodshed. He said ‘you know I’m not alone’. I replied that yes, I know and I said but you can talk to others and that was how the whole thing started. I was able to persuade them to come out from their hide-outs in the forest and show their faces, promising that they will not be harmed or arrested. I was able to do so because I’m fully involved in the dialogue procedure.

“After succeeding in convincing some of the insurgents to show up as their safety was guaranteed, I was linked with someone and I contacted the Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, who welcomed the development and facilitated several meetings between myself and the insurgents who accepted the dialogue on one hand with the top officials of the state government as well as the Borno Elders Forum, after which the dialogue process was mapped out resulting in the present ceasefire.”

They, however, gave conditions, which include the need for absolute confidence from government that they would not be arrested, all their members in detention should be freed, compensation should be paid to the families and relations of all those killed in the violence.

Others were, rebuilding of the enclave of their leader and houses of some members destroyed in the conflicts, they should also be empowered to be self-reliant, and that all those involved in the extra-judicial killing of late Yusuf should be prosecuted.”

She was not unmindful of the fact that some members of the sect denied ever agreeing to a ceasefire, but said that the denial could not have come from Abubakar Shekau, leader of the sect. She noted that the leaflets denying the ceasefire did not “emanate from Shekau, because he was in support of the truce and in fact was the one who directed Ibn Abdul-Aziz to represent the sect in the agreement.”

Moreover, why did it take long before the purported Shekau denied the ceasefire? She replied: “You would recall that before the ceasefire was reached, Shekau was always hasty to react on any particular issue that didn’t emanate from him. I also want to dismiss the recent video footage of the person who claimed to be Shekau, because the insurgents’ spiritual leader does not cover his face in all his appearances as that man did. But even with the ceasefire, killings and bombings have continued. Actually all these attacks were the handiwork of some faceless enemies of peace and progress of the state. Whether they are politicians or ordinary citizens, all I know is that there are some individuals who are not at all happy with the ongoing peace process that the state has started enjoying.”

But she is not happy with the statement credited to President Goodluck Jonathan, calling the sect members ghosts. She said, “it is quite unfortunate that the president made this statement at a time when dialogue is still going on, Boko Haram is not a faceless group because we have seen them and sat with them. The president’s position will not in any way jeopardise our peace initiative because we are doing it for the benefit of women, children and elderly people, who are at the receiving end.”

This mystery woman may be the key to solving the insecurity that has continued to destroy the north and the economies of some of the most vibrant cities of the north. It is apparent that a lot will be expected from her if the peace initiative is to work.

This article was first published by TheNation Newspapers in its online edition of April 28, 2013

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Anyaoku, Mimiko, Afolayan, Others To Meet Youths To Discuss Jobs And Opportunities In Nigeria’s Economy

China is leading the world in global manufacturing and production.

America is blazing the Trail in artificial intelligence, cloud computing and the technological advancement of their Economy.

In 2012, Nigerians spent an estimated N160billion Naira on Tuition Fees for their children abroad and to be more specific, Vanguard reported on Feb 10 2016 that about 2 Billion Dollars was invested in School Fees in Ghana with about 75 000 Nigerians as Students there.

Guys, this is Ghana. Ghana o. Down the road here. Not South Africa, Dubai, France, Germany or China. It’s Ghana o. Black Africa. West Africa. Far Smaller in Size, Population and Revenue than Nigeria. Not without its fair share of “leaders with horns’ but at least, we can’t build an Education System fit for our own not to talk of Foreign Students, abi.

We should be worried. We should be very very worried. About our future as young people.

In Nigeria, we produce everything we don’t consume and consume everything we don’t produce.

We even import Toothpick. What are we producing, what are we exporting?

It’s such an irony that youth Unemployment remains one of the greatest challenges of our Country, yet we keep importing Labour from other Countries instead of training our own youth to become empowered and eligible for these Jobs. We spend billions of naira paying low cost skilled labourers from Togo, Benin Republic, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire and Niger and high level expatriates from China, Lebanon, India, the Philippines etc. We are merely deliberately rendering our Youth Useless.

Anyway. The Book of Lamentations was written for Nigerians so moving on,

In line with the Theme set by the United Nations for the International Youth Day 2016, THE ROAD TO 2030: ERADICATING POVERTY AND ACHIEVING   SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTION AND CONSUMPTION, RISE Networks, Nigeria’s Leading Social Enterprise in Youth and Education Development has partnered with the UN Office in Nigeria to dissect these issues and throw up concrete Solutions for Nigeria. You should come, really?

The Event Scheduled to begin at 11am on Saturday, 13th August 2016 at the Multipurpose Hall C, University of Lagos (UNILAG) Akoka, Yaba will see thought leaders and Professionals from various alternative Industries to our monolithic Oil Economy come to share practical insights on how the successor generation of Nigeria will survive in the post oil era by focusing on acquiring major skills with or without formal education with our Speakers providing perspectives for an all- inclusive future.

CHIEF EMEKA ANYAOKU, Former Secretary-General of the Common Wealth who has been advocating for the restructuring of Nigeria in recent times is the Distinguished Chairman of the Occasion. The Governor of Ondo State, DR. OLUSEGUN MIMIKO headlines as Keynote Speaker and they will be joined by KUNLE AFOLAYAN – Actor, Film Producer and Director; AISHAH AHMAD – Group Head, Consumer Banking & Wealth Creation, Diamond Bank PLC and Chairperson of the Governing Council of WIMBIZ – Women in Business Management and Public Service; JOY ISI BEWAJI – Feminist Writer, Newspaper Columnist and TV/Radio Presenter; AUDU MAIKORI– Lawyer, Social Activist and President of Chocolate City Entertainment Group; NKEMDILIM BEGHO, Founder/MD, Future Software Resources and OKECHUKWU OFILI, Founder of Okadabooks.com.

The event is proudly supported by Loya Milk, Printmagicng.com, Close Up and Nigerian Bottling Company. Official media partners are Thesheet.ng, The Guardian, Bellanaija.com and Channels Television. The event is FREE and open to everyone. No Sign Up needed. Just show Up and Let’s thrash out these issues once and for all.

The Official Twitter Hashtag for this Event is – #UNYouth and you can visit risenetworks.org for find out more and follow us on Social Media – Twitter via (@risenetworks) and on facebook via (facebook/risegroup).

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Behind The Trouble Maker: Meet The Other Abdulmumin Jibrin

Since his decision to resign as Chairman of the Appropriation Committee of the House of Representatives, Honourable Abdulmumin Jibrin has been in the media limelight for his crusade against what he calls institutionalized corruption in the House. At 39, he is one of the youngest lawmakers in Nigeria country. But who exactly is Abdulmumin Jibrin?
 
Born on September 9th 1976, Hon Abdulmumin Jibrin represents Kiru-Bebeji Federal Constituency of Kano State in House or Representatives under the aegis of ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC). He was educated at the University of Abuja and Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. Jibrin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science, obtained from the University of Abuja in 1999. He followed up with a Master of Science degree in International Affairs and Diplomacy from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 2003. He then returned to the University of Abuja to obtain PhD in International Relations in 2009.
 
In 2009 he attended London Business School, UK, where he obtained certificates in General Management and Global Economy Crisis. He then proceeded to the prestigious Harvard Business School, USA, for certificates in Negotiation, Competitive Decision and Deal Process, and Comprehensive Leadership Development. Between 2012 and 2014, he got an MBA from the Swiss Business School Zurich, Switzerland. He also has certificates in Telecommunications Strategy and Marketing European Institute of Business Administration INSEAD, France and also attended the Oxford Strategic Leadership Programme at the Oxford University, UK.
 
Jibrin started work and business in the media and construction industry at 19 before establishing his own company Green Forest Investment Limited. He later became Chairman/CEO of Green Forest Group with subsidiaries in investments, construction & engineering, property development, petroleum and gas and agriculture. Between 2010 and 2011 he was Chairman (Nigeria) of Turkish construction giant, TASYAPI, as well as Chairman of the Abuja branch of Nigerian-British Chamber of Commerce.
 
In 2011, he resigned as Chairman of Green Forest Group Limited to join politics. The same year he contested and won election into the House of Representatives under the PDP. In his first stint in the House he was Chairman of Committee on Finance. He was also head of a joint ad-hoc committee on Finance, Petroleum Upstream, Petroleum Downstream and Gas Resources. In 2015 he was re-elected into the House of Representatives under the APC and served as Chairman of Appropriation Committee until his resignation.
Jibrin has a passion for teaching and has lectured as several universities mostly pro bono, including the Nasarawa State University where he taught International Relations. He has written several books and papers including the celebrated book on Obasanjo’s foreign policy.
 
Hon Abdulmumin Jibrin is a fellow of several professional bodies and has won several awards both home and abroad. He was the third Nigerian recipient of the French International Visitors Leadership Program since 1989. Jibrin was awarded a Paul Harris Fellow in 2010 for his philanthropy work and sits on the board of and supports several charity organizations.
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APC Governors Meet Buhari, Agrees To Wade Into NASS Crisis

The All Progressives Congress (APC) governors yesterday expressed concern about the crisis in the National Assembly.

Speaking with State House correspondents at the end of the group’s meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, the Chairman of APC Governors Forum, Rochas Okorochas, said the governors decided to look into the crisis.

According to him, the nation cannot develop without a strong and vibrant National Assembly.

He said the state governors from the ruling party were concerned about the incessant happenings in the National Assembly and had resolved to look into the matter.

The two chambers of the National Assembly have continued to witness crisis since inception following the emergence of leaders, who were not the preferred candidates of the ruling party, the APC.

Crisis is currently brewing in the House of Representatives following an allegation by a former Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin, who accused the leadership of the House of padding the 2016 budget to the tune of N40bn.

Okorocha added, “We have come to reassure Mr. President that the APC governors are solidly behind him in his fight against corruption; his fight against insurgents and all his laudable projects.

“We are concerned about the incessant happenings in the National Assembly and we have taken it upon ourselves to look into the matter; that is the crisis in the National Assembly.

“We are going to look into the matter because we need a strong and vibrant National Assembly to make things move fast in the country.”

Okorocha defended the recent decision of the Nigeria Governors Forum for six state governors to travel to Germany for what they called “vocational training.”

“There is nothing like jamboree trip. We are going to Germany because we cannot do everything here without exchanging ideas. Everything you do in your home and your business, you share ideas.

“So, we want to see how they have done what they have done to succeed. It is the aspiration of Nigeria to be like other countries of the world,” he said.

When asked if the trip would be funded by states, some of who owed workers’ salaries, Okorocha responded, “So, who will fund it, you!?”

Despite the continued hardship in the states, the governor stated that a lot of improvement had been recorded in some states.

He noted that what the states were getting from the Federation Account was close to what they were collecting when crude oil was selling above $100 per barrel.

Other governors, who attended the meeting, included those of Kaduna, Kwara, Zamfara, Benue, Kano, Sokoto, Plateau, Niger, Ogun, Borno, Osun, Edo, Kogi, Adamawa, Nasarawa and Kebbi.

The meeting was also attended by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo; Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal; and the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, among others

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Meet 35 Year-Old Entrepreneur Who Owns Nigeria’s 2nd Largest Rice Farm

Nigerians consume more than 5 million metric tons of rice every year, with a significant portion of its consumption needs sourced from imports. Rotimi Williams, an ambitious 35 year-old Nigerian entrepreneur and rice farmer, is on a quest to change that.

Williams, a former Journalist, is the owner of Kereksuk Rice Farm, the 2nd largest commercial rice farm in Nigeria by land size. His farm, which is situated in Nasarawa state in northern Nigeria, currently sits on 45,000 hectares and employs more than 600 indigenes of Nasarawa.

Forbes’ contributor, Mfonobong Nsehe, recently caught up with the budding entrepreneur in Lagos, and had a brief chat with him where he recounted his journey and mused on how Nigeria can attain self-sufficiency in rice production in the near future.

What’s your educational and professional background?

I attended King’s College in Lagos. After attending secondary school at King’s College I proceeded to obtain my first degree at University of Aberdeen where I graduated with a degree in Economics. I also obtained a Master’s Degree in Economics from the same institution. My quest for more knowledge led me to enroll for yet another Master’s Degree at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London where I gained an MSc. in Finance and Development Studies.

Upon graduation, I landed a role as an analyst at the European Economics and Financial Centre in London. Afterwards, Euromoney Magazine- employed me where I covered the African space.

I would say that this is where my journey truly started.

Credit: Forbes

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Meet 13 Nigerians Who Got International Recognition

Since inception of Nigeria as an independent geopolitical entity we have had Nigerians who have distinguished themselves in various areas of human endeavour through their outstanding commitment to what they were or are still into, and have either affected lives or attracted attention beyond the shores of this country, winning international accolades. LEADERSHIP Friday deems it fit to use ‘the pen’ to celebrate ‘our own’, especially those that have excelled and won famous awards at the international level. Abah Adah writes:

Ahmadu Bello (Knight of the British Empire)

Sir Ahmadu Bello KBE (June 12, 1910 – January 15, 1966) was a Nigerian politician who was the first and only premier of the Northern Nigeria region. He also held the title of Sardauna of Sokoto. Bello and Abubakar Tafawa Balewa were major figures in Northern Nigeria pre-independence politics and both men played major roles in negotiations about the region’s place in an independent Nigeria. As leader of the Northern People’s Congress, he was a dominant personality in Nigerian politics throughout the early Nigerian Federation and the First Nigerian Republic.

Bello was made a Knight of the British Empire (KBE) by Queen Elizabeth II of England in 1959.

Abubakar Tafawa Balewa (Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire)

Alhaji Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, KBE (December 1912 – January 15, 1966) was a Nigerian politician from Bauchi, and the only prime minister of an independent Nigeria. Originally a trained teacher, he became a vocal leader for Northern interest as one of the few educated Nigerians of his time. He was also an international statesman, widely respected across the African continent as one of the leaders who encouraged the formation of the Organization of African Unity (OAU). Nicknamed the Golden Voice of Africa because of his oratory, he stands one of the only three National Heroes of the Nigerian Nation.

In January 1960, Balewa was knighted by Elizabeth II as a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE). He was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Sheffield in May, 1960.

In 1957, Balewa was appointed Chief Minister, forming a coalition government between the NPC and the National Council of Nigeria and the Cameroons (NCNC), led by Nnamdi Azikiwe. He retained the post as Prime Minister when Nigeria gained independence in 1960, and was re-elected in 1964.

He was overthrown and murdered in a military coup on January 15, 1966, as were many other leaders, including his old companion, Ahmadu Bello. Today, his portrait adorns the five Naira Note. The Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University in Bauchi is named in his honour.

Abubakar Gumi (King Faisal International Prize)

Abubakar Gumi (COFR) (1922–1992) was an outspoken radical Islamic scholar and Grand Khadi of the Northern Region of Nigeria (1962–1967), a position which made him a central authority in the interpretation of the Sharia legal system in the region. He was a close associate of Ahmadu Bello, the premier of the region in the 1950s and 1960s and became the Grand Khadi partly as a result of his friendship with the premier. In 1967, the position was abolished.

Apart from his national award, he received the King Faisal International Prize from Saudi Arabia for his translation of the Quran into Hausa language.

At a time in his political career, after his closest political ally, Sir Ahmadu Bello and Sadauna of Sokoto had exited finally by the January, 1966 coup that brought the First Republic to an abrupt end, he became a supporter of women’s rights to vote.

Wole Soyinka (Nobel Prize for Literature)

Akinwande Oluwole Babatunde Soyinka (born 13 July, 1934), popularly called Wole Soyinka is a Nigerian playwright and poet. He was awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize in Literature, the first African to be honoured in that category.

After study in Nigeria and the UK where he bagged his BA in Literature at the University of Leeds, he worked with the Royal Court Theatre in London. He went on to write plays that were produced in both countries, in theatres and on radio. He took an active role in Nigeria’s political history and its struggle for independence from Great Britain.

Soyinka was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1986, becoming the first African laureate. He was described as one “who in a wide cultural perspective and with poetic overtones fashions the drama of existence”.

Philip Emeagwali (Gordon Bell Prize winner)

Philip Emeagwali (born in 1954) is an Igbo Nigerian-born engineer and computer scientist/geologist who was one of two winners of the 1989 Gordon Bell Prize, a prize from the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), for his use of a Connection Machine supercomputer to help analyse petroleum fields. He performed the world’s fastest calculation at 3.1 billion calculations per second.

This calculation was remarkable not only because it was twice as fast as the previous world record, but also because of the method used to achieve this phenomenal task. Rather than use a multimillion dollar supercomputer, Emeagwali used the Internet to access 65,536 small computers simultaneously (called massively parallel computers).

This technology is revolutionising the oil industry as it is used to help simulate how to recover oil from oilfields, thus helping oil producing nations to efficiently extract more oil and increase their oil revenues. It is also applicable to the field of meteorology as it can be used to help predict weather patterns for the next 100 years forecast.

Nwankwo Kanu (Olympic Football Gold Medalist)

Nwankwo Kanu (born 1 August, 1976), popularly called Papilo, perhaps owing to his willowy physique, is a retired Nigerian footballer of Igbo extraction who played as a forward. Kanu’s magnum opus was his leading Nigeria’s U-23 football team (otherwise referred to Dream Team I) to victory at the 1996 summer Olympics thereby becoming the winner of the Olympic soccer gold medal of that year. He was a member of, and later captained, the Nigerian national team, the Super Eagles, for 16 years from 1994.

Kanu’s international success includes a FIFA under-17 World Cup title in 1993 and the 1996 Olympic football gold medal, UEFA Champions League medal among several others. He is also a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.

He announced his retirement from international football at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

The 1996 Summer Olympics were a summer multi-sport event held in Atlanta, Georgia, United States from 19 July to 4 August 1996. A total of 10,318 athletes from 197 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) competed in 271 events in 26 sports.

Chioma Ajunwa (Olympic Gold Medalist)

Chioma Ajunwa-Opara, popularly known as Chioma Ajunwa, is a Nigerian former athlete who specialised in the long jump. Ajunwa hails from Ahiazu Mbaise in Imo State.   After various setbacks in her career, she achieved fame when she became the first athlete in her country to win an Olympic gold medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, and to date remains Nigeria’s only individual Olympic gold medalist. Ajunwa is also an officer with the Nigerian Police Force.

As a professional sportswoman, Ajunwa originally played football for the Nigerian women’s team and was a member of The Falcons during the Women’s World Cup in 1991.

Ajunwa performed as a track and field athlete and specialised in 100m, 200m and long jump, eventually competing at the African Championships in 1989 and the All Africa Games in 1991 where she won the gold medals in the long jump.

Agbani Darego (Miss World)

Ibiagbanidokibubo ‘Agbani’ Asenite Darego,  popularly called Agbani Darego, (born December 22, 1982) is a model, best known as the first black African to be crowned Miss World in 2001. Darego hails from Abonnema, Rivers, and was born into a family of eight children.

Darego managed to divide her time between her official duties with her education at the University of Port Harcourt where she was studying Computer Science, and she represented Nigeria in the 2001 Miss Universe competition, held in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. She placed among the top 10 semi-finalists, finishing seventh. She was the only black semi-finalist that year – and the only finalist to wear a maillot swimsuit. In November 2001, Darego was crowned Miss World, beating Miss Scotland and Miss Aruba in the final round.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Commomwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book/ Orange Prize for Fiction)

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (born September 15, 1977) is a writer whose first two novels won literary awards. She is a native of Abba, in Njikoka Local Government Area of Anambra State. At the age of 19, Adichie left Nigeria and moved to the United States for college and studied at Drexel University in Philadelphia. In 2003, she completed a master’s degree in creative writing at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. In 2008, she received a Master of Arts in African studies at Yale University. Chimamanda is a 2008 MacArthur Fellow. Her first novel, Purple Hibiscus, was published in 2003 and won the 2005 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book. Her second novel, Half of a Yellow Sun, named after the flag of the short-lived Biafran nation, is set before and during the Biafran War. It was published by Fourth Estate in the UK and by Knopf/Anchor in 2006 and was awarded the 2007 Orange Prize for Fiction.

Mike Adenuga (African Entrepreneur of the Year)

Michael Adeniyi Agbolade Ishola Adenuga Jr (born 29 April 1953), popularly called Mike Adenuga, is a Nigerian business tycoon, and the second richest person in Nigeria. His company, Globacom is Nigeria’s second-largest telecom operator, and also has a presence in Ghana and Benin. He also owns stakes in the Equitorial Trust Bank and the oil exploration firm, Conoil (formerly Consolidated Oil Company). Forbes has estimated his net worth at $3.2 billion as of September 2015 which makes him the second wealthiest Nigerian behind Aliko Dangote, and the sixth richest person in Africa

In August of 2007, Adenuga was named the African Telecoms Entrepreneur of the Year for his courageous and rapid investment in the telecom sector. The recognition was given at the 2007 maiden Africa Telecoms Award event held in Lagos and witnessed by prominent Africans.

Oluwatoyosi Ogunseye (Knight International Journalism Award)

Who says there are no competent journalists of international standard in Nigeria?

Oluwatoyosi Ogunseye, a Mandela Washington Fellow from Nigeria, recently received the 2014 Knight International Journalism Award by the United States-based International Centre for Journalism (ICFJ). This prestigious award recognises outstanding investigative journalistic ability that makes a difference in the lives of people around the world.

Her stories are not just award-winning — they have catalysed positive change. In one of such, she published a piece on infant mortality rates at a top hospital in Lagos that pressured the hospital to purchase more incubators for high-risk new-borns.

Recently, March 9, 2016 to be precise, she received the Presidential Precinct’s inaugural Young Leader Award.

The Presidential Precinct, which announced the creation of the Young leader Award in January 2016 presented her with it in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Ogunseye is a two-time winner of the CNN/Multichoice African Journalists Award and several other national and international awards.

Aliko Dangote (African Person of the Year)

Aliko Dangote GCON (born 10 April 1957) is a Nigerian billionaire, who owns the Dangote Group. The company operates in Nigeria and other African countries, including Benin, Ethiopia, Senegal, Cameroon, Ghana, South Africa, Togo, Tanzania, and Zambia. As of January 2015, he had an estimated net worth of US$18.6 billion.

Dangote was named as the Forbes Africa Person of the Year 2014. In 2013, Alhaji Dangote and six other prominent Nigerians were conferred Honorary Citizenship of Arkansas State by Governor Mike Beebe who also proclaimed May 30 of every year as Nigeria Day in the US.

Oba Otudeko (Africa CEO of the Year)

Ayoola Oba Otudeko, CFR (born, August 18, 1943) is a Nigerian investor and entrepreneur whose domestic and foreign interests cut across diverse sectors of the economy. The Nigerian business mogul, who is the chairman of Honeywell Group beat seven other finalists, including Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, to clinch the coveted prize of Africa Chief Executive (CEO) of the Year (2016) at a meeting of more than 800 chief executives across the continent held in Abidjan, the capital of Cote d’Ivoire.

Set up in partnership with the AfDB, the Africa CEO Forum is an event organised jointly by Groupe Jeune Afrique, publisher of Jeune Afrique and The Africa Report, and Rainbow Unlimited, a Swiss company specialising in organising economic promotion events.

Credit: Leadership

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Kachikwu, Niger Delta Avengers Meet At Delta Govt House, Reach Agreement For Dialogue

Nigeria and the Niger Delta Avengers, the militant group that has been attacking oil pipelines in the Niger Delta region, on Wednesday agreed during a secret meeting to pursue dialogue to end the violence, which has reduced Nigeria’s daily oil production to 680,000 barrels per day.

The meeting was held at the Governor’s Office in Asaba, Delta State between Nigeria’s Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, with representatives of Niger Delta Avengers and other militant groups.

A copy of the communique of the meeting shows that the meeting also had in attendance the Delta State Governor, Patrick Ifeanyi Okowa; an Itsekiri militant leader, Ayirimi Emami; a representative of Gbaramatu Kingdom, Michael Johny; and two persons representing the interest of the Niger Delta Avengers: Gbeneka Godspwoer and Dan Ekpebide.

The meeting resolved that Mr. Kachikwu would visit Gbaramatu today to show good faith by the federal government to reinstate the “Maritime University” project, which is one of the key issues in the conflict.

As a result, the Minister traveled to the kingdom today and met with various stakeholders.

A source at the meeting said that from all indications at the meeting the Delta State Governor and Mr. Kachikwu clearly knew who the ND Avengers are, and had brought in Ayiri, who is an Itsekiri militant, as a way of reconciling both sides.

The Itsekiris are however said to have expressed the view that Mr. Kachikwu’s travel to Gbaramatu without visiting the controversial EPZ zone, located just five minutes away, showed he was more interested in pleasing Tompolo and the ND Avengers than anything else.

Mr. Kachikwu had held a series of meetings with representatives of the ND Avengers before today’s visit to Gbaramatu.

It would also be recalled that at a meeting last week with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and governors of the South-South States, the Minister was reported as having sided with those governors who demanded that corruption charges be dropped against politicians and militants in the Niger Delta region in exchange forpeace.

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Meet Gbenga Abiola, Youngest Locl Govt Chairman Boss In Lagos [Photos]

He looks calm but he exudes confidence and he belies his young age. He speaks so fluently and eloquently. For him, service comes naturally.

But he is only 28 years old. On Monday, June 13, 2016, he stood out among his peers. He had just been sworn-in as the Sole Administrator of Agege Local Government by the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode.

Gbenga Abiola was the cynosure of eyes at the event. He was the beautiful bride. Everyone wants to talk to him, particularly the media. At 28, Gbenga was perhaps the youngest ever council boss in the state and of course one of the ladies at the event said, “so cute, he is the most handsome among the lot.”

As the boss of Agege Local Government, Gbenga has a heavy burden on his young shoulder but he is confidence of delivering the good. “I have confidence in God and I’m equally confident that my political leaders are there for me. I also have confidence in the staff of the local government. By the special grace of God, we will deliver,” he said humbly.

Gbenga had his primary education at the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus Nursery and Primary School, Epe and proceeded to both Government College, Ketu, Epe and Folbim High School for his secondary education.

He attended the University of Lagos for his tertiary education graduating with honours as a Bachelor of Science degree holder in Psychology. He had his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Ekiti having his primary assignment at Usi Ekiti.

He was Director, Featland Children School; Internet/Business Strategist for e-Script and until his appointment as a Sole Administrator, Special Assistant on New Media and Publicity to the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa.

His hobbies include: strategic communication, table tennis, football and high jumping. He is a die hard supporter of FC Barcelona of Spain.

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