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Nigeria Militant: Presidential Amnesty trains 100 ex-agitators at Bio Devt Centre Odi

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Presidential Amnesty Programme flagged off the training of 100 out of 500 delegates already captured into the programme at the Bio Resources Development Centre, Odi in Bayelsa State.

The 100 delegates are the first batch of 500 delegates to be trained in various areas in Agriculture at the Bio Resources Development Centre, Odi.
In his opening remarks, the centre’s Director/Coordinator, Mr. J.B. Habu said the initiative is the first step towards encouraging urban-rural migration aimed at attracting development to rural areas where he said “huge employment opportunities abound.”

He said Biotech centres across the country are training the new generation of farmers who will eventually become job creators in rural communities and potential millionaires in the future.

In her remarks, the Director General, NABDA, Prof. L. J. Ogbadu said with the enthusiasm displayed by the new delegates, she saw success in the entire initiative and encouraged them to put every commitment required to achieve the purposes of the initiative, adding that the “programme is specifically designed for skills impartation and empowerment in specialised ways because its technical demands”.

Mrs Agbadu reminded the delegates to be weary of the fact that the training is coming at a very critical time in the history of the country when agricultural sector is gradually becoming the main stay of the Nigerian economy and they should set example for others to emulate from.

While addressing the newly inducted delegates, the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brig. Gen. Paul Boroh (rtd), said he was very impressed with the turnout of delegates which was a sign of willingness on their part to not only make a living for themselves but to join the agricultural revolution of Muhammadu Buhari’s government.

One of the delegates, Alagoa Fred Ockiya, who spoke with Leadership, thanked the Federal Government for its continued commitment to the PAP programme for youths in the Niger Delta region. He the training it is an opportunity for him and others to start up a better life themselves.

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News: Federal Government of Nigeria promise to end child marriage

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Federal Government is to take concrete steps towards ending child marriage in the country.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo made this known when he launched the campaign to end child marriage at an event organized by the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, in Abuja.

Vice President Osinbajo explained that progress had been made in terms of legislation but more needed to be done especially in the area of advocacy and formulation of policies. 
    
The Vice President enjoined state governments to make provisions for girls that dropped out of school as a result of either child marriage or pregnancy, to complete their education. 

The Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Senator Aisha Alhassan expressed the administration’s commitment towards achieving its objectives which include, using the National Strategy document.

The Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development is working in collaboration with development partners from United Nations and the Canadian Government.

Vacancy: Sustainability Manager at Standard Chartered Bank Nigeria

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Standard Chartered Bank Nigeria - We attract talented individuals. Not only can they give you the benefit of their experience, they also reveal a closer, more personal look at the wide range of global opportunities we offer. At the core of the Group's people strategy is our focus on employee engagement. Engagement is a key driver of productivity and performance, which creates the foundation of our performance culture. We encourage and focus on the behaviours that bring out the very best from every employee, assessing their performance not just on results but on how those results were achieved. To further embed these behaviours we have a remuneration programme in place, carefully designed to incentivise our employees to live our values every day.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:                          
  
Job Title: Sustainability Manager
  
Job ID: 535602
Location: Lagos, Nigeria  
Regular/Temporary: Permanent
Full/Part Time: Full time

Responsibilities

    Manage, monitor and report the Bank’s activities and procedures to ensure compliance with the regulatory requirements of the Nigeria Sustainability Banking Principles, namely:
        E& S Management System for Business Activities
        E&S Footprint Management for Business Operations
        Human Rights
        Women’s Economic Empowerment
        Financial Inclusion
        E&S Governance
        Capacity Building
        Collaborative Partnerships and
        Reporting.
    Oversee the co-ordination of the Sustainability Working Group to collate the required data across the Bank to prepare the regulatory returns to the Central Bank of Nigeria.
    Support the Group Sustainability team to meet the requirements of the Group Key Control Standards (KCS) as part of the Operational Risk Framework.
    Engage with the Brand team, internal business teams and support functions to further develop and deliver the Bank's Sustainability strategy aligned with the Bank's Here for Good brand promise.
    Ensure that the Bank's Sustainability strategy is articulated to internal and external stakeholders through key communication channels.
    Report the progress made regarding the Bank’s Sustainability Strategy to the Management Team and the Board.
    Keep key stakeholders up to date on progress against key milestones.
    Give direction towards the achievement of the Bank’s Sustainability Strategy, in line with the Group’s Sustainability goals and objectives.
    Ensure the departmental heads are kept informed of industry developments which are relevant to the operation of an efficient sustainability function.
    Carry out any further tasks for which your qualifications & experience are suited as directed by the senior management.

Risk Management:

    Responsible for identifying, assessing, monitoring, controlling and mitigating risks to the Group. Also, an awareness and understanding of the main risks facing the Group and the role the individual plays in managing them
    Identify the case for change regarding key issues impacting the region; assess whether there’s a global or regional impact and respond accordingly
    Use data and factual evidence to drive and underpin day-to-day management actions and decision-making (including driving compliance, identifying opportunities for improvements and driving for gap resolutions)

Governance:

    Responsible for assessing the effectiveness of the Group’s arrangements to deliver effective governance, oversight and controls in the business and, if necessary, oversee changes in these areas
    Awareness and understanding of the regulatory framework, in which the Group operates, and the regulatory requirements and expectations relevant to the role.
    Responsible for supporting ‘effective governance';

Regulatory & Business conduct:

    Display exemplary conduct and live by the Group’s Values and Code of Conduct.
    Take personal responsibility for embedding the highest standards of ethics, including regulatory and business conduct, across Standard Chartered Bank. This includes understanding and ensuring compliance with, in letter and spirit, all applicable laws, regulations, guidelines and the Group Code of Conduct.
    Effectively and collaboratively identify, escalate, mitigate and resolve risk, conduct and compliance matters.
    Ensure effective compliance to the Central Bank’s Assessment Criteria for Approved Persons' Regime for Financial Institutions

Other Responsibilities:

    Embed Here for good and Group’s brand and values in Nigeria
    Perform other responsibilities assigned under Group, Country, Business or Functional policies and procedures.

Key Stakeholders
Internal:

    Chief Executive Officer
    Chief Risk Officer
    Compliance
    Operational Risk Management
    Corporate Affairs
    Management Team
    Head, Sustainability & Community Engagement, AME

External:

    Regulators
    Peers in the industry
    External contractors or companies
    Sustainability Consultants

Qualifications and Skills
Knowledge and Skills

    Minimum of a second class degree from a reputable university.
    A Master’s degree or professional qualification will be an added advantage.
    Relevant experience in Environmental and Social Risk Management.
    Good working knowledge of the Nigeria Sustainability Banking Principles of the CBN.
    Demonstrated experience managing networks and delivering programmes within diverse international organizations.
    Demonstrated experience managing stakeholder relationships and strong understanding of sustainability and corporate community investment.
    Excellent writing, communication (including public speaking), and project management skills.
    Ability to influence and communicate at all levels within an organisation, including executive level engagement.
    Commercial and pragmatic approach, dedicated to operational excellence.
    Ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines, with excellent time management skills.
    Experience working in or with the markets where the Bank operates across Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

Behaviours:

    Role models ethical values and demonstrates a strong moral compass in all decision making
    Embraces matrix reporting lines
    Inculcates confidentiality

Application Closing Date
Not Specified.

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Vacancy: Sustainability Manager at Standard Chartered Bank Nigeria

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Standard Chartered Bank Nigeria - We attract talented individuals. Not only can they give you the benefit of their experience, they also reveal a closer, more personal look at the wide range of global opportunities we offer. At the core of the Group's people strategy is our focus on employee engagement. Engagement is a key driver of productivity and performance, which creates the foundation of our performance culture. We encourage and focus on the behaviours that bring out the very best from every employee, assessing their performance not just on results but on how those results were achieved. To further embed these behaviours we have a remuneration programme in place, carefully designed to incentivise our employees to live our values every day.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:                          
  
Job Title: Sustainability Manager
  
Job ID: 535602
Location: Lagos, Nigeria  
Regular/Temporary: Permanent
Full/Part Time: Full time

Responsibilities

    Manage, monitor and report the Bank’s activities and procedures to ensure compliance with the regulatory requirements of the Nigeria Sustainability Banking Principles, namely:
        E& S Management System for Business Activities
        E&S Footprint Management for Business Operations
        Human Rights
        Women’s Economic Empowerment
        Financial Inclusion
        E&S Governance
        Capacity Building
        Collaborative Partnerships and
        Reporting.
    Oversee the co-ordination of the Sustainability Working Group to collate the required data across the Bank to prepare the regulatory returns to the Central Bank of Nigeria.
    Support the Group Sustainability team to meet the requirements of the Group Key Control Standards (KCS) as part of the Operational Risk Framework.
    Engage with the Brand team, internal business teams and support functions to further develop and deliver the Bank's Sustainability strategy aligned with the Bank's Here for Good brand promise.
    Ensure that the Bank's Sustainability strategy is articulated to internal and external stakeholders through key communication channels.
    Report the progress made regarding the Bank’s Sustainability Strategy to the Management Team and the Board.
    Keep key stakeholders up to date on progress against key milestones.
    Give direction towards the achievement of the Bank’s Sustainability Strategy, in line with the Group’s Sustainability goals and objectives.
    Ensure the departmental heads are kept informed of industry developments which are relevant to the operation of an efficient sustainability function.
    Carry out any further tasks for which your qualifications & experience are suited as directed by the senior management.

Risk Management:

    Responsible for identifying, assessing, monitoring, controlling and mitigating risks to the Group. Also, an awareness and understanding of the main risks facing the Group and the role the individual plays in managing them
    Identify the case for change regarding key issues impacting the region; assess whether there’s a global or regional impact and respond accordingly
    Use data and factual evidence to drive and underpin day-to-day management actions and decision-making (including driving compliance, identifying opportunities for improvements and driving for gap resolutions)

Governance:

    Responsible for assessing the effectiveness of the Group’s arrangements to deliver effective governance, oversight and controls in the business and, if necessary, oversee changes in these areas
    Awareness and understanding of the regulatory framework, in which the Group operates, and the regulatory requirements and expectations relevant to the role.
    Responsible for supporting ‘effective governance';

Regulatory & Business conduct:

    Display exemplary conduct and live by the Group’s Values and Code of Conduct.
    Take personal responsibility for embedding the highest standards of ethics, including regulatory and business conduct, across Standard Chartered Bank. This includes understanding and ensuring compliance with, in letter and spirit, all applicable laws, regulations, guidelines and the Group Code of Conduct.
    Effectively and collaboratively identify, escalate, mitigate and resolve risk, conduct and compliance matters.
    Ensure effective compliance to the Central Bank’s Assessment Criteria for Approved Persons' Regime for Financial Institutions

Other Responsibilities:

    Embed Here for good and Group’s brand and values in Nigeria
    Perform other responsibilities assigned under Group, Country, Business or Functional policies and procedures.

Key Stakeholders
Internal:

    Chief Executive Officer
    Chief Risk Officer
    Compliance
    Operational Risk Management
    Corporate Affairs
    Management Team
    Head, Sustainability & Community Engagement, AME

External:

    Regulators
    Peers in the industry
    External contractors or companies
    Sustainability Consultants

Qualifications and Skills
Knowledge and Skills

    Minimum of a second class degree from a reputable university.
    A Master’s degree or professional qualification will be an added advantage.
    Relevant experience in Environmental and Social Risk Management.
    Good working knowledge of the Nigeria Sustainability Banking Principles of the CBN.
    Demonstrated experience managing networks and delivering programmes within diverse international organizations.
    Demonstrated experience managing stakeholder relationships and strong understanding of sustainability and corporate community investment.
    Excellent writing, communication (including public speaking), and project management skills.
    Ability to influence and communicate at all levels within an organisation, including executive level engagement.
    Commercial and pragmatic approach, dedicated to operational excellence.
    Ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines, with excellent time management skills.
    Experience working in or with the markets where the Bank operates across Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

Behaviours:

    Role models ethical values and demonstrates a strong moral compass in all decision making
    Embraces matrix reporting lines
    Inculcates confidentiality

Application Closing Date
Not Specified.

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News: Nigeria House of Reps advocate new petrol fuel regime of N70/litre

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The House of Representatives has urged the Petroleum Products Prices Regulatory Agency (PPPRA), to reduce the current price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) to N70.

This followed the adoption of a motion sponsored by Rep. Abubakar Fulata titled “Urgent Need to Review the Petroleum Price Template”.

Fulata expressed dismay over specualtions that there might be a hike in the price of petrol in the country. He stated that it was a wrong time to do so, as the nation was going through hard times.
The lawmaker also called for the current template for the price of PMS to be reviewed downwards without affecting the profit margin of marketers and transporters.

“I am aware that the current cost of freighting PMS stands at N109.1, Lightering expenses N4.56, Nigeria Ports Authority charges N0.84, NIMASA charges N0.22, Financing N2.51 and Jetty put charges at N0.60,” he said.

“Storage charges N2.00, retailers margin N6.00, transport allowance N3.36, dealers margin N2.36, bridging fund N6.20 and marine transport average put at N0.15 bringing the total cost to N137.81.

“Thus, the total of both the landing and distribution costs is N138.11, while marketers are allowed to sell the product within the range of N140 and N145 per litre”, he added.
Fulata further revealed that over 90 per cent of the current price of PMS in the country was linked to transport related charges at N124.34 out of N138.11.

He criticized the NPA’s inability to dredge the ports, despite collecting N0.84 for every litre of fuel – an action that cost consumers N4.56 for every litre of petrol they buy.

“Bridging is supposed to be an annual event only when refineries are carrying out their turn around maintenance which should not exceed three months.

“However, due to the fact that pipelines linking the various depots have been vandalised or in a state of disrepair, bridging has remained a permanent feature of the oil industry in Nigeria.

“Also a realistic template would bring down the price of petrol to N70.04″, he added.

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GTB Transfer money anywhere in Nigeria with *737#

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How to transfer funds

Transfer to GTBank account
    Dial *737*1*Amount*NUBAN Account Number# (e.g. *737*1*1000*1234567890#) from the phone number you registered with GTBank, then follow the on-screen prompts.
Transfer to other banks
    Dial *737*2*Amount*NUBAN Account Number# (e.g. *737*2*1000*1234567890#) from your phone, then authenticate the transfer with the last four digits of your GTBank debit card.

Benefits

    It’s a convenient way to send money
    *737*transfer is available 24/7
    The entire transaction process takes about 10 seconds
    With *737*transfer, you can transfer to other Nigerian banks

Features

    Daily transaction limit of N200,000
    Works with phone numbers registered with GTBank
    Subject to phone network signal
    Money is deducted directly from your GTBank account
    Transaction requires the last four digit of your Naira MasterCard (Debit card)

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GTB: Use *737# to load airtime and/or data on your phone.

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How to:

Self top-up airtime
    Simply dial *737*amount# on your phone (e.g. *737*1000#) to buy airtime.
Buying for a friend
    To send airtime to a third party or to a friend, simply dial *737*Amount*Recipient’s number# (e.g. *737*1000*08023456789#)
Self top-up data
    Simply dial *737*4# on your phone and follow the on-screen prompt.

Features

    The phone number where the purchase is made from MUST be a number registered with GTBank.
    The service is available to Glo, MTN, Airtel and Etisalat subscribers
    The money is deducted directly from your GTBank account
    Daily recharge limit is N10,000

Benefits

    It’s quick and simple to use
    Airtime can be bought 24/7
    The entire process takes about 10 seconds
    Airtime is loaded as soon as the process is completed

GTB: Check your account balance anywhere

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How to check balance

To check for balances on any off your accounts, all you need to do is simply dial; *737*6*1# on your mobile phone and follow the on-screen prompts.
Benefits

    Fast, convenient and simple
    No need to enter the banking hall or fill any forms
    Check your account balances anywhere...

Features

    Online real-time display of balances on all your accounts.

GTB: Bill payment

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Pay your StarTimes cable subscriptions with ease.
How to pay subscription

You can easily pay your subscriptions from anywhere you are by simply dialiing the *737*37*Amount*Decoder Number# e.g. *737*37*2500*00123456789#. More billers (merchants) to be added soon!
Features

    The phone number to be recharged MUST be a number registered with GTBank
    The money is deducted directly from your GTBank account

Benefits

    It’s quick and simple to use
    The entire process takes about 10 seconds

Enquiries

Simply dial *737*6# to make enquiries on the following:

    Account balances (*737*6*1#)
    Loan balances (*737*6*2#)
    Card status (*737*6*3#)
    Cheque book status (*737*6*4#)
    Internet banking login details (*737*6*5#)

Internet banking login details

You can now retrieve your mobile and/or internet banking details without having to come to the banking hall.
How to:

Simply dial *737*6*5# and follow the on-screen prompt.
Benefits

    No need to fill any forms
    No need to enter the banking hall
    Go to www.gtbank.com or download the app to login
    Start using internet and/or mobile banking immediately

Opening a GTBank account just got a lot easier.

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How to open an account

Simply dial *737*0# and follow the onscreen prompts. An account number will be created automatically and sent to you via SMS. Account opening forms are NOT required for the signup process. Once you sign up, look out for your ten-digit account number (NUBAN). You can also use your phone number as your account number at GTBank branches, GTExpress outlets.
Benefits

    One time visit for authentication and BVN linking
    Open an account without completing any form.
    Save on a daily, weekly or monthly basis at a yearly interest rate of 3.9%.
    Deposit and withdraw money at GTBank branches, GTExpress locations.

Features

    Maximum deposit per transaction is N20,000
    Maximum account balance is N200,000
    No airtime or data needed to open an account

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News: Super falcon and Cameroun to meet for 2016 AWCON final

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Ruth David, The head of Women Football, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), has expressed confidence that the Supper Falcons will again defeat their Cameroonian counterparts at the ongoing African Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON). David, who expressed the confidence when she spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Abuja, hinged it on the team’s string of victories at the competition. NAN reports that Falcons had at the last edition of the championship defeated the Cameroonian side 2-0 in the final in Windhoek, Namibia. She urged the Super Falcons to beat the Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon for the second consecutive time in AWCON“The Falcons have done it before and I am confident that they will do it again. We will beat Cameroon for the second time,’’ David said. She congratulated the team for coming this far in the tournament, saying: “I want to congratulate the team for reaching the final of the event and for not conceding any defeat so far. “This shows that our ladies are a force to reckon with when it comes to football in Africa. “Right now, we are concerned about winning the title again. “They should not be distracted because Cameroon is the host team. They should play their game well,’’ David told NAN. NAN reports that Falcons will take on the Lionesses on Saturday, while Ghana and South Africa will tackle each other for third position on Friday

Entertainment: Khalifa says he’ll send Kanye West some weed to his ‘mental institution’

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We know they’ve never really been friends, but Wiz Khalifa has offered some very branded advice to Kanye West when pressed by the paparazzi about the rapper’s recent hospitalisation.

‘Nah man nothing like that,’ Wiz responds to the paparazzi when they ask him if he thinks the breakdown was ‘well-deserved.’ Wiz basically decided.

Ye just needed something medicinal to deal with everything. ‘He need to smoke some weed. Some some kk, make your day day all better.’ Everything sounded pretty nice and sincere on Wiz’s part, but he did let one diss slip in when he added,

It’s no secret Wiz and Kanye have had their differences in the past. If you remember, ‘Ye once claimed to own Wiz and Amber Rose‘s kid. Kanye told fans as much when he said that he had spoke to Wiz and that things are ‘all positive’ after the pair had a ‘great convo.’

However, Wiz later admitted; ‘I wouldn’t necessarily say it’s squashed though, because like when you see him talk about it, it doesn’t add up to what he said to me on the phone.’

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Music: Gan Gan feat. DJ Shabsy - Koker

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It is no longer news that Chocolate City artiste Koker is one of the hottest kids in the industry right now.

He has been dropping hits and also being featured on other peoples track.

Right now, he is in the news again, this time, the super-talented and raving singer and songwriter comes out with the official visuals to his recently released “Gan Gan” single which featured G-Worldwide and Soundcity’s talented disc Jockey 4EverDope DJ Shabsy.

The video was shot and directed by talented music video director Adamsgud.

This song has been trending for a while, will the video also trend?

Sports: President Muhammed Buhari hails Falcons’ qualification for final

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President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the Super Falcons, for qualifying for the final of this year’s African Women’s Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

Florence Omagbemi’s ladies beat South Africa 1-0 in a tight contest on Tuesday in Limbe.

Desire Oparanozie scored the winner in the second half of the match, via a heavily deflected free-kick.

Buhari says Nigerians will be looking forward to the final against hosts Cameroon.

“Our Super Falcons have made Nigeria proud again. The entire country looks forward to the #AWCON2016 Final on Saturday,” Buhari tweeted Tuesday night.

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Sports: What I really think of Leeds' defeat to Liverpool - Leeds United Manager

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Liverpool FC defeat Leeds 2:0 in EFL Cup quarter-finals last night after Divock Origi and Ben Woodburn both scored in the last 15 minutes.

The Championship side dominated the better chances for the first hour of the game, hitting the post through striker Kemar Roofe.

And manager Garry Monk was far from concerned by Leeds' display and believes the Yorkshire outfit deserved to leave Liverpool with a positive result.

"The team can be proud of what they did," Monk said. "With a little bit more composure, we would have scored two or three goals.
"Unfortunately their quality came through at the end and they scored the goals.

"We deserved more, if we carry on like that we can be successful. The ambition now is to have these types of games week in, week out."

Nigeria: A New crime reporting, management strategy launched in Abuja

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New crime reporting and security management system targeted at ensuring that criminal activities including vandalism of government installations were promptly reported to security agencies and other relevant government agencies, has been launched in Abuja.

The initiative, which involves sending security reports and complaints through Hawk Eye Application, was also intended to reduce the high-level of vandalism of power as well as oil and gas facilities which had negatively impacted the power sector.

Speaking at the launch on Monday, the Chief Executive Officer of Hawk Eye, Kayode Aladesuyi, disclosed that the free application which is easily downloadable could equally be used to report security threats and potential dangers in any part of the country.

He said that the firm which developed the application was undertaking the pilot phase of the roll-out with electricity distribution companies to curtail damages done to their facilities and help them improve on their service delivery.

Aladesuyi while speaking at the event attended by representative of National Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) and Assistant General Manager in charge of engineering technical standards, Mohammed Bello; chief executive officer of Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC), Ernest Mpwaya, and the representative of Eko Electricity Distribution Company, Adeniyi David, among others, noted that the application was designed in such a way as to protect the identity of the complainant except in situations where such disclosure became mandatory.

He expressed sadness at the situation where about 150 persons were said to have been electrocuted in 2015, and said that residents can use the opportunity of the application to inform their neighbours of areas that posed risk for them.
According to him, the action of people stealing power can, as well, be reported through the new application.

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News: Governor Obaseki of Edo state to engage female mechanics

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The Edo state Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki has offered to engage female mechanics for the maintenance of government vehicles.

The Governor who made this known during the graduation ceremony of twenty five female mechanics in Benin City said the Government will collaborate with the Lady Mechanic Initiative, a Non-Governmental Organization, to promote youth employment in line with his electioneering campaign promises. 

According to Governor Obaseki, the challenge of unemployment, rebuilding communities and society does not rest on one arm of government or institution alone.

The Governor who assured that government will rebuild and develop the Benin Technical College said, his first official assignment was to visit the Benin Technical College with a view to create a minimum of two hundred thousand jobs.

The Founder and Coordinator of the Female Mechanic Initiative, Mrs. Sandra Aguebor said she had been able to train and empower over one thousand female mechanics in Nigeria since inception in five states – Lagos, Benin, Kaduna, Kano and Abuja.

She said the young female mechanics were determined to make a difference in the field of auto mechanics.

News: Federal Government of Nigeria partners Unilever to promote oral hygiene

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Federal Ministry of Health on Monday announced its partnership with Unilever Nigeria Plc to promote good dental care and enhance oral hygiene education in the country.

Prof. Isaac Adewole, the Minister of Health, made this known in Abuja while briefing newsmen as part of the activities to commemorate 6th edition of the National Oral Health Week.

The Minister also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Unilever Nigeria Ltd. on behalf of the ministry.
Adewole said that the company had accepted to undertake the initiative to provide facilities to 10 million school children across the country through the Pepsodent School Oral Health Initiative, in collaboration with the ministry.

He said that the partnership had a far-reaching effect on Nigerians to promote proper habits for oral hygiene and encourage schools and families to play a role in their children’s oral health.
He said that the partnerships would promote quality assurance, patient satisfaction and universal coverage to all citizens.

According to him, oral diseases are among the most common Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) and it may affect people throughout their lifetime, causing pain, disfigurement, social isolation, distress and even death.

He said that oral diseases share risk factors with the leading NCDs, including tobacco use, harmful alcohol consumption and unhealthy diets high in sugar, “all of which are increasing in Nigeria’’.

The minister said that available studies suggested that there was low oral health service utilisation among adult Nigerians, while socio-demographic variables influenced oral health utilisation habits and oral hygiene behaviour among adult Nigerians.

He said that older persons resident in the northern zones of the country and less educated persons displayed poorer oral hygiene practices.

The Minister said that there had been an increased incidence of Noma cases in Nigeria owing to the rippling effects of the insurgence in the North-Eastern part of the country.

He said that malnutrition, poor oral hygiene and lack of adequate immunisation had been implicated as the major predisposing factors.

He called for the reinforcement of legislation aimed at preventing road traffic crashes and the total enforcement of existing laws to reduce orofacial injuries among children and adults.

Adewole said that the ministry had been working on the National Oral Health Promotion Programme aimed at integrating oral health into primary healthcare via a rapid oral health intervention programme.

Commenting on the initiative, Mr George Umoh, the Brand Manager Pepsodent, Unilever Nigeria Plc said that the company was committed to doing business in a sustainable way and as part of its sustainability agenda.
“we have committed to improving the lives of 10 million Nigerian children by the year 2020,’’ he said.

He said that the MoU with the ministry and other stakeholders was to promote oral hygiene and education and the habit of brushing twice daily – morning and night.
Umoh said “it is a global best practice to prevent the prevalence of dental caries and other oral health diseases in Nigeria.’’

He said that since the launch of the Pepsodent Oral Health Schools programme in 2014, Unilever Nigeria had so far reached 2.5 million Nigerian children directly in over 3,500 public primary schools.

He said that the pupils were provided with products (toothpaste and toothbrushes) educational materials and a 21days oral hygiene programme.

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Nigeria Customs Service generates over N600bn in 2016 – CG

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Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs Service, retired Col. Hameed Ali, on Monday said the service generated more than N600 billion for the last quarter of 2016.

Ali said this while addressing newsmen on the sidelines of the 136th meeting of the Joint Tax Board in Abuja.
He said Customs contributed N903 billion to the nation’s coffers in 2015.

According to him, the drop is due to the fluctuating foreign exchange rates and the ban on importation of more items by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

There are 41 items banned from importation; among them are soap and cosmetics, tomatoes/tomato pastes, plywood boards and panels, wooden doors, rice, cement, margarine and toothpicks.

Ali said the collaboration between the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and Nigeria Immigration Service would boost income and shift the nation’s view from oil.

He said the application of modern tools to check corruption among the agencies would minimise leakages.

Ali said a review and expansion of excise duties were being looked into for locally manufactured items, to expand government’s tax base to generate more revenue.

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Nigeria: FRSC to increase plate number and driver's license fees

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The Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, yesterday stated that the N6,000 spent to procure a driver’s licence and N12,000 for vehicle plate number is too poor, as the agency is spending so much to produce them. It went on to reveal plans to increase the amount.

The Corps Marshall of the agency, Boboye Oyeyemi, stated this yesterday at the 136th meeting of the Joint Tax Board, JTB, held in Abuja, where he cried out to the board to facilitate the payment of over N700 million owed it by various states in the country.

He also said the commission was tinkering with the idea of increasing the cost of procuring the driver’s licence and vehicle plate number, stressing that the current rate of N6,000 and N12,000 for both items respectively, was no longer sustainable judging from the hike in operational cost.

Oyeyemi said the debt was crippling its operations nationwide, adding that its running cost keeps swelling as many states have failed to supply generators to the FRSC offices where vehicle plate number plates and drivers licence are procured.

He however lauded some states like Anambra and Delta for offsetting their debt, even as he urged others to emulate them.

“FRSC is owed N700 million. I’ve written to the JTB. We need this money badly because it’s hurting our operations. Some states have credit balance of millions. We offer credit facilities but paying for service rendered is now very key. I hope the JTB intervenes,” he said.

Speaking on the plate number and driver’s licence, the Corps Marshall disclosed that the FRSC was spending much more to produce the two items due to recession, a development that is forcing the commission to push for an increase in the cost of procuring them.

“N6,000 to get a driver’s licence and N12,000 for vehicle plate number is too poor. We are spending so much to produce them. I’m running over 200 in stations across the country. I shouldn’t be providing that. The states should.

“When I came in last year, the popular Mikano generator was N1.5 million, now it’s N3.8 million. Only Kwara State provided a generator. Majority of the states defaulted in providing that. All states should have secured offices. They should own these stations and I want to relocate workstations there. I want to stamp out corruption. Enough is enough.

“So, for us, our running costs is too high and the states should help us. We can be collecting N1,000 on every plate number and N500 on every licence as commission. That will help us a great deal,” he added.

Nairaland

News: We’ll ease pensioners’ hardship – Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday assured that his administration’s reforms would ensure that Nigerians who spent the “productive years of their lives serving the nation”.

A statement by the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, said Buhari gave the assurance at a meeting with Sharon Ikeazor, the Executive Secretary.

The statement said the President directed a speedy completion of the ongoing nationwide verification of pensioners.

“President Buhari stressed that the exercise was necessary because the success of the administration’s goal of putting in place an efficient pension scheme hinged on the availability of a reliable database.”

In a presentation to the President, Ikeazor said the PTAD management was determined to restore dignity to pensioners by protecting their funds and paying their entitlements promptly.

According to her, in line with the anti-corruption posture of the current administration, the PTAD had put in place measures to ensure accountability, compliance with regulations and zero-tolerance for corruption.

NAN

News: Mtn, Glo, Airtel and Etisalat subscribers to pay more for data from Dec.1

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Subscribers of the Global System of Mobile telecommunications across the country would pay more for data with effect from December 1, 2016.

Although the telecoms companies declined to speak on the matter, top management workers across the networks confirmed the story to our correspondent, saying that the directive was from the Nigerian Communications Commission.

Speaking on the condition of anonymity, a senior management employee of Etisalat Nigeria said, “The NCC issued the directive late last week on the orders of the Federal Government. We have not announced it yet because most of the major telcos have been meeting the NCC on how to reverse this policy, because it will be too harsh for Nigerians.
“The government might have also taken the decision given that Nigerian subscribers have been kicking against the proposed nine per cent Communication Tax, whose bill is currently in the National Assembly.”

Pleading not to be mentioned, an employee of MTN said, “What this means is that MTN, Airtel, Etisalat And Globacom will increase their data rates as from December 1, 2016. A data plan of N1,000 for 1.5 Gigabytes will now be increased to N3,000 at N1,000 per 500 Megabytes.”

In text messages sent out to its subscribers, MTN, Africa’s mobile telecommunications giant, confirmed that it had agreed to implement the directive of the NCC.

The MTN text read, “Dear customer, please be informed that from 1st of December, some MTN data tariffs will be increased to reflect the new rates set by the NCC for operators. Thank you.”

The press could not obtain an official response from the NCC at of the time of filing this report.

However, a representative of the commission said that the telecoms regulator was unaware of such plans by the operators, even as she said her bosses had claimed ignorance of the circulated message.

“We are unaware of it. I just asked my bosses; they are unaware. We will forward your query to MTN for appropriate attention,” she said over the telephone.

However, in a letter by the NCC to the operators sighted by our correspondent, the commission stated, “This rate will subsist pending the finalisation of the study on the determination of cost-based pricing for retail broadband and data services in Nigeria.

“In order to provide a level playing field for all operators in the industry, small operators and new entrants to acquire market share and operate profitably, small operators and new entrants are hereby exempted from the price floor for data services.”

It added, “For the avoidance of doubt a small operator is one that has less than 7.5 per cent market share and a new entrant is an operator that has operated less than three years in the market.

“All operators are to ensure that subscribers are not automatically migrated to pay-as-you-go platform.

“Also, note that effective date for the interim price floor is December 1, 2016.”

Reacting to the development, the President, National Association of Telecommunications Subscribers, Mr. Adeolu Ogunbanjo, said that the NCC representative was being economical with the truth.

He said that for MTN to have sent out millions of text messages to its subscribers “clearly shows that the NCC indeed issued the directive.”

Ogunbanjo, however, said that the association would resist the tariff hike, adding, “We will challenge it in court. We are going right away to set the machinery in motion. We are also going to do an urgent letter to the NCC Executive Vice Chairman, Prof. Umar Danbatta, which we will drop in his e-mail box.

 “Unfortunately, the notice is short; today is November 28, yet the order will take effect from December 1. It is not just good for broadband penetration, whatever the reason may be. It is against telecoms subscribers.”

According to him, data availability means more youth engagement because they use data to develop apps and build software.

“But with what the NCC has done, these boys who develop apps will be slowed down and limited. The cost of doing business will also increase,” he added.

Punch

News: IDPs camps have been turned to cash cows— Shehu Sani

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Senator Shehu Sani (APC Kaduna Central) and Chairman, Senate ad hoc Committee on Humanitarian Crisis in the North East, on Sunday, said individuals found to have diverted government money meant for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) must be sanctioned.

Sani stated this in an interview shortly after a visit to Dalori IDPs camp in Maiduguri.

The lawmaker, who described the hospital meant for the IDPs as “in shambles’’, added that the quality of food being served to the displaced persons was also not commensurate with Federal Government’s spending.

Sani, who said that the Committee would also hold a public hearing in Abuja to further get information on its assignment, noted that “we are going to write our report on what we have seen here and a public hearing will be held in Abuja, where people from IDP camps will be invited.

Radionigeria

News: Cross River Govt to partner with NIMASA

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Cross River State Government has given assurance of its readiness to partner the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency of waterways in the area.
Governor Ben Ayade gave the assurance when the Management of the Agency visited him in Calabar.

Professor Ayade who said ninety percent of business trips were carried out through Maritime channels, expressed hope that the synergy would facilitate the timely completion of Bakasi deep seaport project.

Governor Ayade commended the Federal Government for approving the appointment of a Financial Adviser for the Bakasi Deep Seaport Project and urged the Management of NIMASA to remain focused.

The Director of NIMASA Dr Dakuku Peterside stated that the Directors of the agency were in the sate to brainstorm on the way forward for affective policy making and implementation.

Dr Dakuku Peterside explained that the choice of  Calabar  for the retreat was in consideration of its potentials to drive coastal transportation in the country.

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NNPC to ensure transparency in all transactions says GMD

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Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, (NNPC) says it will ensure transparency in all transactions of the Corporation.

The Group Managing Director of NNPC, Dr Maikanti Baru stated this in an interview with newsmen in Abuja.

Dr Baru said in line with the present administration's zero tolerance to corruption, the Corporation has ensured that all finances were deposited with the Central Bank of Nigeria.

The GMD of NNPC noted that contrary to statements from some quotas that the Corporation was in custody of funds accruing from crude oil transactions, to the Federal Government, the Corporation was only in a position to confirm monies deposited with Central Bank of Nigeria.

On the quality of the nation's crude oil and market demands, Dr Baru explained that the country's crude oil remains one of the best in the international market.

Dr Baru  expressed the hope that crude oil production would improve significantly when the joint venture operations commence by February 2017.

Article : Abraham Lincoln Legacy And Nigeria

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By : Ojabe Emmanuel

Abraham Lincoln was born in Kentucky on February 12, 1809 and guided the nation through the trauma of the Civil War. As President, he issued the Emancipation Proclamation, which in principle attacked slavery and guaranteed the abhorrent institution’s end - contingent, of course, upon the North’s victory over the Confederacy. He also signed into law some of the most visionary and important pieces of legislation in American history, including several bills that charted the course of settlement and development of the American West. Among these was the Homestead Act of 1862, commemorated and interpreted by the National Park Service at Homestead National Monument of America, located near Beatrice, Nebraska. Over the course of 123 years, the government distributed more than 270 million acres of land to homesteaders. Thirty of the 50 states had homesteads in them at one time or another, including such geographically diverse areas as Florida, Iowa, the Dakotas, New Mexico, Washington, California, and Alaska. Approximately 1.6 million homesteaders (about 40 percent) "proved up" on their lands by fulfilling all requirements and taking title from the government. Millions of people of different ethnic origins, ages, and backgrounds took advantage of homesteading, hoping to use the Act to help them fulfill their own personal visions of the American Dream of land and home ownership. An estimated 93 million homesteader descendants inhabit the modern world.

In Nigeria, former president Good luck Jonathan try his best to meet up with Abraham Lincoln legacy, but our politicians ideology is not to bring the necessary changes Nigerian want but to bring it back to primitive age because of their respective selfish reasons, tribal reason, and religion reason. We need change!!!!

The 1860 Republican Party platform on which Lincoln was elected to the presidency specifically called for the passage of a homestead bill. Visitors to the monument will see, in an exhibit entitled "Legislating Westward Expansion," a copy of that platform, as well as a copy of a letter written to President-elect Lincoln in January 1861 by a Canadian hopeful for passage of the Homestead Act once Lincoln took office. The Act proposed to make up to 160 acres of public land available to any qualified applicant. There was no charge for the land (besides administrative costs totaling $18.00); rather, the homesteader agreed to live on it for five years, cultivate and improve it, and build a dwelling upon it. If the applicant had done so to the government’s satisfaction within those five years, the U.S. government transferred permanent title to the land to the homesteader, who at that point took possession of it as private property. Men and women, black and white, young and old, married and single - nearly anyone qualified to homestead. The law became effective, interestingly enough, on January 1, 1863 - the same day as the Emancipation Proclamation - and remained active until 1986.

Now, President Muhammed Buhari was elected as civilian president in April, 2015.
He was elected into presidency by majority of Nigerian specifically to fight corruption that has been Devil the country. He give power to anti-graft agencies like EFCC, ICPC, DSS, POLICE COMMAND, to help him fight against corruption. He also, pass some bill into law to revive our agriculture that was started by former president G.E. Jonathan. Because of President action to fight corruption, our politicians pull our economy back to recession through, inflation of commodities in the market, rise in exchange rate and other internal factors push millions of Nigerian to hardship. What type of legacy is this?

Homesteaders exponentially increased America’s agricultural output and helped build the nation into an agriculture empire, and the exhibits at Homestead National Monument of America show the visitor how farming technology evolved from hand tools to mechanization. The equipment needs of homesteaders helped continue the Industrial Revolution and led to many new mechanical inventions, demonstrated in the monument’s "Unleashing an Agricultural Revolution" exhibit. Immigration to the United States increased after the Civil War, and many of those coming here sought the "free land" about which they had heard so much in their home countries. At the monument, artifacts such as immigrant trunks, wooden shoes, and household items show how immigrants made their journeys to America, what they brought with them, and how they lived once they arrived.

The law also impacted American Indians, and the monument’s award-winning interpretive film, Land of Dreams: Homesteading America, captures the essence of both the American Indian and homesteader perspectives on the Homestead Act. In addition, millions of acres of scientifically unique and valuable prairie ecosystems were destroyed. Over 100 acres of Homestead National Monument of America has been restored to tallgrass prairie, and visitors are encouraged to walk the more than two miles of trails to experience this diverse ecosystem for themselves. Finally, the Act led to increased land speculation, mortgaging of farms, and many attempts to farm lands not suitable for agriculture. The impacts of the Homestead Act—both positive and negative—are still felt across modern America, and many consider the Act to be one of President Lincoln’s most important legacies.

Many laws in Nigeria Constitution are slaves to the rich and powerful politicians in Nigeria. The judiciary dance to the tune of polician and wealthy cabal. The press, are not telling the masses the truth. All their report are in favor of polician and the rich. What a legacy of doom?

Other laws President Lincoln signed worked hand-in-hand with the Homestead Act to forever change the landscape of the West. On May 15, 1862, just five days before approving the Homestead Act, he signed a bill creating the United States Department of Agriculture, calling it "the people’s department, in which they feel more directly concerned than any other." On June 19, 1862, he signed a bill outlawing slavery in U.S. territories, ending the specter of the spread of slavery into areas likely to be settled by Northern-sympathizing homesteaders. He approved the creation of a transcontinental railroad by signing the Pacific Railway Act on July 1, 1862, and did likewise for a national land-grant college system with his approval of the Morrill Act the very next day. The visions for the American West of congressional leaders, farmers, immigrants, industrialists, abolitionists, and others were made possible by the presidency of Abraham Lincoln. Exhibits, artifacts, films, park ranger programs, and special events at Homestead National Monument of America interpret this aspect of Lincoln’s role in the creation of the modern West.

"The whole concept of the Homestead Act was certainly unique to the United States," said Mark Engler, Superintendent of Homestead National Monument of America. "At a time when people in many parts of the world were barred from owning land unless they were royalty or first-born sons, the U.S. government offered millions of acres to just about anyone who wanted it. What greater gift could a nation offer its own people and those from all over the world? The Act was very successful in many ways and less successful in others, but it certainly is among the most important laws President Lincoln signed during his time in office."

What do you think will be President Muhammed Buhari be to meet up with Lincoln’s most visionary performance? What do you think over 200 millions Nigerians at home and in diaspora would say?

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Vacancy: Dangote salt recruitment

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Dangote Group is one of Nigeria’s most diversified business conglomerates with a hard - earned reputation for excellent business practices and products’ quality. Our operational headquarters is located the bustling metropolis of Lagos, Nigeria. Dangote Group continues to grow its vision of becoming the leading provider of essential needs in Food and Shelter in Sub-Saharan Africa with sustained market leadership in Cement Manufacturing, Sugar Milling, Sugar Refining, Flour Milling, Manufacturing of Pasta (Spaghetti & Macaroni), Operation of Cement Terminals, Port Operations, Noodles Manufacturing, Packaging Material Production and Salt Refining.

Job Title: Head HSE

Business Unit/Department NASCON (Dangote Salt BU)

Locations: Lagos – NASCON Head office/Oregun plant

Reporting to: Managing director/ CEO NASCON. Dotted line to group HSSE (Dangote industries limited HQ, Ikoyi Lagos)

Direct Reports: NASCON Site HSE Managers.

Type: Permanent

JOB PURPOSE

With responsibility for the growth, development and mentoring of the team, a key requirement is the proven ability to clear NASCON HSE strategic direction, continuously improving HSE Performance while maintaining compliance with DIL Group HSSE Policies, standards and guidance ensuring all HSE programs, procedures, training, work practices and controls are effectively implemented. Drive HSE leadership across NASCON. 

Job responsibilities 

Provide for a clearly defined HSE management system for NASCON to identify and define the processes and procedures requires by regulation and group HSSE to protect the health and safety of employees, subcontractors, customers and the environment.Define the HSE competency framework to which employees should be working to within NASCON ensuring personnel are fully aware of risks associated with their work environment, in line with the above and DIL aligned.Ensure that adequate training is set up (workshops where appropriate) in the line with the competency framework.Provide an enhanced management system for high risk areas with NASCON, E.g. Plant, food and process safety with relevant guidance and training for operational team to adhere to.Drive the effort to embed the behavioral standard in NASCON.Lead an effective audit program to include identification of breaches to company policies and correct of “at-risk” conditions and/or behaviours.Introduce a regime of regular inspections and monitoring as part of compliance verification using relevant subject matters experts (SMEs). Monitor exposure risks for employees. Check adequacy of controls and work with operational team to address gaps and /or deficiencies in the system.Working with the operational management team, implement programs and processes that increase overall employee development engagement and retention in the area of HSE.Ensure a robust change management system in place to capture all safety related risks and associated controls to ensure layers of protection are maintained. 

Working with operational team agree:

Leading and lagging KPIs that are suitable and sufficient for PMP EMA and globally aligned:Annual improvement plans around HSE.TRACK Leading and lagging KPIs and report back to high level operational management, especially around corrective action mgt.Ensure a robust HSE related investigations and follow up is in place for all sites.Demonstrate strong leadership skills in driving accountability with the operational teams through effective communication to ensure compliance as a minimum but also drive encourage excellence in the area of HSE.Provide strategic vision for the future of NASCON, outlining areas of weakness, ensuring actions plans are in place, including involvement in and active encouragement of capital planning around HSE related improvements.Provide HSE reports for the NASCON leadership team, external stakeholders and incorporate any recommendations/comments emerging from the review of the report.Promote, support and monitor occupational health in co-operation with the HR team so that a holistic approach to managing work-related health issues is embedded.Work closely with the group HSSE to embed the BU HSE strategy. Ensure ongoing interactions with group HSSE and other Bus HSE colleagues to ensure group HSSE alignment and sharing of best practice and learning.

JOB REQUIREMENTS

MIN REQUIRED EXPERIENCE:

Not Specified

MIN QUALIFICATION:

Bachelor's Degree/HND

DESIRED COURSES:

Not Specified

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

Keys skills and experience required

Excellent technical capabilities, very good working knowledge of applicable H&S legislation, occupational health and safety hazards identification and risk assessment, occupational health and safety accident and illness prevention and protection techniques and international standards.Strong knowledge of occupational health and safety and process safety issues related to one or more of the industry sectors relevant to Dangote industries limited and a mature and level-headed approach to business;Possess a style of clear and effective communication, both oral and written. Very good level of cross cultural communication skills including public relations, negotiation, liaison, mentoring, information sharing and conflict resolution;Be able to differentiate between negligible H&S issues of possible material impact. Know when and how to involve appropriate legal and technical personnel within and outside the company to address and issues;Have the skills and attitude to act in a proactive manner to anticipate problems and solve existing problems in the context of operational requirements and H&s regulatory constraints;Able to listen to opinions, formulate recommendations in a confident and constructive manner;Project management, negotiation/dispute mitigation and presentation skills

WORK CONTEXT

The areas of HSE have broadly defined polices at corporate and group level. The challenge of this role is to both: collaborate with peers in the other sites in further developing and enhancing these broadly defined policies as well as translating them into strategic objectives to drive NASCON business improvement in HSE. The job involves a high level of persuasion, influencing and negotiation skills.

QUALIFICATIONS/KNOWLEDGE/EXPERIENCE

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in science , engineering or environmental related disciplineAdvanced degree preferred;Member of an internationally recognized environmental/safety/health professional body preferred. (E.g. IOSH, CMIOSH advantageous) – Chartered health and safety practitioner preferred.Knowledge and experience of working in an engineering, food processing, chemical and/ or pharmaceutical environment.Demonstrable experience in the application of HSE management systems.Proven experience in the supervision/management of professional and administrative staff.Track record in influencing positive organizational; change inside organization;Development and implementation of integrated management systems according to  international; standards e.g ISO 14001, OHSAS18001 (ISO 45001) and ISO 22000 international standards

SKILLS

The Candidate must be able to demonstrate that they have the following:

Ability to persuade and influence successfully at all levels of the businessStrong communication skills at all levels and across all disciplinesSystem literate

Interested qualified candidate should email CV and cover letter (with the relevant position included in the subject line of your email) to careers@dangote.com on or before November 30, 2016.

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News: The Path to tread in ASUU-FG impasse

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ACADEMIC activities in the country’s public universities were frozen for one week when the Academic Staff Union of Universities embarked yet again on a warning strike, which ended on Tuesday. The implementation of a 2009 agreement that seeks to improve the condition of our universities is the crux of the matter. A deeper rupture of the new academic session is a frightening possibility if pragmatism does not take the centre stage.

The Senate had brokered two meetings that ended in a deadlock. According to the Chairman, Senate Committee on Tertiary Education, Jibrin Barau, lack of consensus on the liquidation of arrears of “earned allowances,” staunched progress. The Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige, corroborated this on Wednesday after the Federal Executive Council meeting when he said that the Federal Government had no money to pay the N284 billion arrears, as the economy was on the cliff.  Government has acceded to seven out of eight demands of ASUU.  The times we are in demand that a common ground be reached, not doggedness, by all concerned.

The President of ASUU, Biodun Ogunyemi, nevertheless, was right when he said the insincerity of government in the past brought the country to this sorry pass. Indeed, our universities have been denuded of their essence, manifest in an unjustifiable high level of infrastructural decay: ill-equipped libraries and laboratories; shortage of classrooms; lack of resources for research; dearth of skilled manpower and mismanagement of available resources. As a result, many of our best academics have been migrating to Europe, the United States and Asia since the 1990s.

Such is the foundation for the 2009 Federal Government-ASUU agreement. Under the pact, government was expected to inject N1.5 trillion between 2009 and 2011, while each state university was billed to get N3.68 million per student in the then 24 of such institutions, over a three-year period. Now, there are 44 of such state-owned schools. Other demands are: improved salary structure, university autonomy and academic freedom; increase from 65 to 70 years retirement age for professors, among others.

But the FG has been anything but serious with the pact. By 2012, when the agreement was due for a review, only the consolidated salary structure had been implemented; a breach that pushed ASUU to embark on another strike, which lasted from July 1 to December 17, 2013. The academic session was completely lost in the process. Earlier, a 2012 Universities Needs Assessment Report, conducted by the government, had confirmed a shortfall of 34,000 PhD holders in the universities, a deficiency which invariably raised the issue of standards or quality of output.

Further engagements produced the 2013 FG-ASUU Memorandum of Understanding that also involved funding the system to the tune of N1.3 trillion between 2014 and 2018, with at least N200 billion per annum. However, the FG is in arrears of N660 billion to fund needs assessment revitalisation in the last quarter of 2016.

Amidst this turmoil, another MoU beckons. But the sad reality is that FG’s account is in the red. Its allocation in October was just N120.3 billion; yet it has a monthly wage bill of N145 billion. It is a stark reality that nudged President Mohammadu Buhari to present to the National Assembly a request for an approval to borrow almost $30 billion from foreign creditors, which the lawmakers are critical of. For this reason, some observers argue that ASUU’s legitimate demand is being made at a wrong time.  Besides, ASUU’s struggle is not for the 40 federal universities alone; the 44 state-owned universities are inclusive, and their case is even worse. With 33 states incapable of paying workers salaries, according to the latest statistics from BudgetIT (a civic organisation), any optimism of cheery news in these state institutions will be unfounded.

However, this delicate situation calls for compromise and reason for the two parties to end the imbroglio. Truth be told, ASUU’s past leadership failed its members by failing to strike while the iron was hot. With oil price averaging $100 per barrel between 2010 and mid July 2014, during which Nigeria made about $300 billion from crude oil sales, according to Tim Okon, a former Executive Director of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Abuja had no reason not to have implemented the agreement.

Government’s crass irresponsibility with its perfunctory funding of universities, whether at the federal or state levels, makes nonsense of the argument in favour of setting up more universities. Quality teaching, research, citation of published works and international outlook – all criteria upon which universities are globally ranked, are abysmally low here. These lacunae are why, even in Africa, they are not reckoned with.

Therefore, it will make sense to place more emphasis on quality rather than on the number of universities for the sake of increasing access to university education. The choice of the latter has reduced the worth of our degrees; and led to the milling of unemployable graduates.  This was not the path travelled by Britain, America, Japan, France, Germany and others, which have achieved greatness through science, technology and innovation.

Make no mistake about it; funding inadequacy is not the only problem confronting our universities. Maladministration by vice-chancellors and university councils is as much a malaise, if not more. Reports of how funds are recklessly used, uncompleted projects litter campuses and students admitted in excess of carrying capacities are common in our universities.

If universities now grovel before the government for autonomy and academic freedom – the very soul of their existence – it exemplifies how degenerate they have become here.

Punch, ojabeblog

News: National Insures Association (NIA) prepares members for risk-based supervision in the insurance sector

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The Chairman, Nigerian Insurers Association, Eddie Efekoha, has said that risk-based supervision being introduced by the insurance sector’s regulator will enable operators to be monitored in their compliance with the rules and how they approach risk management.

He said this during a workshop on risk-based supervision by the association in Lagos.

Efekoha, “The National Insurance Commission has since commenced the process of consultations and engagement with a view to building consensus among insurance players. This is commendable.”

The NIA chairman said that the workshop was intended to address some key issues that would help improve the industry’s understanding of the subject of discussion.

He said that the RBS was gradually becoming the dominant approach to regulatory supervision of financial institutions around the world, adding that it is a comprehensive, formally structured system that assesses risks within the financial system, giving priority to the resolution of those risks.

“Often contrasted with rules-based regulation, it is  also known as principles or compliance-based supervision;  a method of regulation which involves checking for and enforcing compliance with rules – legislation, regulations or policies – that apply to an entity,” he said.

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The victory in Ondo 2016 election means, Change is here - Akeredolu

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Ondo State Governor-elect Oluwarotimi Akeredolu yesterday promised not to fail the people when he assumes office on February 24.

Akeredolu, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), made the pledge in his acceptance speech read at his home in Owo amid jubilation after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared him winner of Saturday’s election.

Returning Officer and University of Ilorin Vice Chancellor Prof. Abdul-Ganiyu Ambali, who announced the result around 1.20pm, said Akeredolu polled 244, 842 votes to beat Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate Eyitayo Jegede with 150, 380 votes and Alliance for Democracy (AD) candidate Olusola Oke, who scored 126, 889.

APC won in 14 Local Government Areas. AD won in two (Ilaje and Okitipupa) and PDP in Ondo East and Ondo West councils.

The APC won in Akure North, Akure South, Ile Oluji/Oke-Igbo,

Ifedore, Ose, Akoko South West, Akoko South East, Akoko North East,

Akoko North West, Owo, Idanre, Irele, Ese-Odo and Odigbo Local Government Areas.

The Returning Officer said of the 1, 647, 973 total registered voters, only 584, 997 were accredited. There were 551,272 valid votes and 29, 615 votes were rejected.

“Having polled the highest number of votes and having satisfied all requirements, I hereby declare Oluwarotmi Akeredolu the governor-elect of Ondo State,” Ambali said.

Akeredolu praised President Muhammadu Buhari “our national leader” and the “principled” National Chairman of APC, Chief John Odigie- Oyegun and members of the National Working Committee (NWC).of the party.

He said: “I wish to express my profound gratitude, first, to the Almighty God whose infinite grace has allowed us to see this day.
”This victory is of God through the people. It is not for me or the APC alone; it is a victory for the people of Ondo State, irrespective of which side of the divide you stood during the election. For me, it is a challenge to perform. It is a call to rescue our state and reverse it fortunes.

”I thank the people of my dear state for their steadfastness. I have heard their messages throughout the campaign to all the nooks and crannies of the state. Today, you have spoken with one voice. You have walked your talk. You have voted for me as your governor for the next four years.

”Today, change has come. I hereby make a solemn pledge that this collective mandate shall address all issues with keen determination. The welfare of our people alone shall be the directive policy of the government.

Today’s victory is a confirmation of the willingness and readiness of the people of Ondo State to change and seek a better life. I thank you for your faith and confidence in me. I thank all those whose uncommon sacrifice, contributed in no small measure to the success of the exercise. A special show of gratitude must be extended to our security agents for their patriotic duty.

”I shall in few months be saddled with the task of providing responsible leadership, a leadership that would take our people from poverty and stagnation to productivity and prosperity, from pains and lamentation to joy and laughter.

”It is the sole reason you have voted for me and by the grace of God I will not fail you.

”There was jubilation in many parts of the state, especially in Akure and Owo. Members of the APC trooped out to celebrate Akeredolu’s victory. Most of them held brooms and danced round major streets, singing.

Many also converged on the party’s secretariat on Oba Adesida Road and at the Akeredolu campaign office at Oyemekun Road, where they sang and danced.

Residents of Owo took to the streets to celebrate the coming of another indigene as governor.Second Republic Governor of the old Ondo State, the late Chief Adekunle Adekunle Ajasin,  hailed from the ancient town. Many APC chiefs besieged Akeredolu’s residence to celebrate with him, among them Senator Tayo Alasoadura, Victor Olambitan, Tola Oworh, Gbenga Adefarati, Olalekan Odere, Wale Akinterinwa, Femi Agagu, Olayemi Omosuyi, Timileyin Adelegbe, Ifedayo Abegunde, Yemi Olowolabi, Saka Yusuf, among others.

Also in Owo yesterday was Minister of Mines and Steel Dr. Kayoode FayemiImmediately, the result was announced, Akeredolu in a convoy joined his kinsmen, who were already jubilating.They moved from Akeredolu’s residence at the Government Reserved Area (GRA), through Fajuyi Road to Ehinogbe, Iloro and ended it at the Palace of Olowo of Owo, Oba Folagbade Olateru-Olagbegi III.

Members of the Boys Brigade were also in the party.

Akededolu’s agent Dr Benson Enikuomehin,  said the election was free and fair.

”The result of the election showed that people are against Mimiko and his government. From the result, we could see that in Akure where the PDP candidate comes from, the party lost. Even in Mimiko’s hometown, the PDP won with a slight margin. This is to tell you that the people of Ondo State are tired of Mimiko and his hegemony,” he said.

But Jegede’s agent,  Mr. Ayo Fadaka, said INEC was too hasty in conducting the election. According to him, the election was conducted less than 48 hours after Jegede was declared the PDP candidate.

Fadaka alleged that “some individuals were used to truncate the future of the people of Ondo State by teaming up to work against the common interest of the people.”

“They came to Ondo to work against us and eventually gave our government to the APC.”

He said Jegede and the party would consult widely and decide on the next step to take, adding that “for now, we have not decided on what to do as a political party, but as time goes on, we shall take appropriate action.”

”INEC collaborated with the judiciary to deprive the good people of Ondo State good government, which the Olusegun Mimiko administration has ensured in the last eight years. Knowing full well that the electoral body has up to January, next year to organise the election, INEC still went ahead to conduct the election despiteunfavourable conditions,” Fadaka said.

The Nation

Zamfara Govt reaffirms its determination to end security challenges

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The Zamfara State Government has reaffirmed its determination to bring to an end the security challenges facing the state.

The Governor, Abdul Aziz Yari gave the assurance in Gusau while receiving a Federal Government delegation which was on a condolence visit over the recent killings in some parts of the state by bandits.

He told the delegation that his government had set up a Committee to assess the extent of damage and assist the victims.

Alhaji Yari said within the six years of his administration, this was the first time a Federal Government delegation was in the state to commiserate with his government over such attacks.

He commended the Buhari's administration for its solidarity with the state over the dastardly attacks.

Earlier, the leader of the Federal Government delegation, the Minister of Water Resources, Alhaji Suleiman Adamu said members of the Federal Executive Council were deeply concerned over the spates of attacks in the state, which has led to the death of over one hundred persons.

Sport: Pep Guardiola repeated Messi's wish

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The Argentina skipper is currently locked in contract talks with the Catalan club but Guardiola says he expects Messi to finish his career at the Camp Nou. 

Guardiola worked with Messi for four seasons at Barcelona, winning three La Liga titles, two Copa del Reys and two Champions Leagues.

"I told you more than once that Messi will stay at Barcelona and he will finish his career at Barcelona," the City manager said ahead of his side's match at Burnley on Saturday.

"It's my wish. I wish that he goes from the beginning to the end at Barcelona."

Barcelona and Manchester City have faced off twice so far this season in the Champions League group stages, when Guardiola's side were humbled 4-0 in Spain but victorious 3-1 at the Etihad in the reverse. 

Messi scored a hat-trick in the first meeting and also picked up Barca's only goal in Manchester with the Spanish giants guaranteed to top the group following City's draws with Celtic and Borussia Mönchengladbach. 

His current contract expires in 2018 and the forward refused to discuss the situation at an adidas event before Barca's 2-0 victory at Parkhead last week. 

Skyport

Sport: Hear what Pep says about Man City game against Burnley

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"This game is key for us," he said. "So important in terms of the points and in terms of getting better at our kind of game.

"Until now, we played well at Stoke City and West Brom, we didn't play well at Crystal Palace but we won. We have to try to insist in the way we play, even in those games away in small pitches against typical English football.

"I think it will be the toughest game for our regeneration, at 12.30. It is a derby, it is many things. We cannot forget they beat Liverpool, they lost in the 93rd minute against Arsenal and they drew at Old Trafford. What they do, they do really well. I am really impressed about their quality, their spirit.
"Of course they lost the last game 4-0 to West Brom, but I can imagine what happens when a team loses 4-0. Their attention and focus is higher than before.

"I prefer teams when they win a lot of games. They didn't win. So, in this moment, they are ready and prepared. In terms of intensity, I think they will be better. Their legs are faster and cleaner than ours."

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Nigeria News: The Nigerian Peace Corps hails NASS; urges Buhari to assent Bill

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The National Commandant of the Nigerian Peace Corps, Dr Dickson Akoh on Thursday commended National Assembly over the passage of the Bill for an Act to establish the agency.

The Senate had on Thursday read the Bill for the third time and finally passed it, in concurrence with the House of Representatives which had passed same earlier in the year.

Addressing Journalists shortly after the passage on Thursday, Akoh appreciated Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki; Speaker Yakubu Dogara and other members of National Assembly, for giving the Bill accelerated passage.

However, the Commandant expressed hope that President Muhammadu Buhari would grant speedy assent for proper implementation of the Bill.

Akoh explained that the Nigerian Peace Corps Act when assented to would proffer solution to menace of unemployment in Nigeria.

The Commandant recalled that on 22nd September, 1961, the America Peace Corps Bill was passed into law by the US Congress to accomplish the Order No10924 of March 1, 1961 by President John F Kennedy.

When asked if the Nigerian Peace Corps would work with the National Unity and Peace Corps which Bill was merged with that of the Nigerian Peace Corps; Dr. Akoh said the agency when approved by the President, would accommodate any able youth who would be willing to undergo the orientation programme of Corps.

He however cleared the air that there was no ambiguity in Bill passed by the National Assembly; adding that the House of Representatives had earlier passed a Bill for the establishment of Nigerian Peace Corps and the Senate also acted in concurrence.

The passage of the Nigerian Peace Corps is coming 18 years after the Corps was formed by Amb. Dickson Akoh.
It has trained and offered orientation to hundreds of thousands of Nugerain youths across the country.

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News: Nigeria house of Representative says, No member collects a monthly salary of N10m

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Nigeria House of Representatives says no member collects a monthly salary of Ten Million Naira.

The spokesman for the House, Mallam Abdulrazaq Namdas said the clarification had become necessary in view of reports credited to a former President who alleged that a member collects ten million Naira as monthly salary.

Mallam Abdulrazaq said that while the House would not join issues with any elder-statesman, it was misleading remark to ascribe a ten million Naira monthly salary to any members of the House.

Mallam Abdulrazaq Namdas said that even in the various MDAs the last official trips and other sundry expresses event not computed as salaries.

In another development, the Chairman, House Ad-Hoc Committee on the alleged fraudulent Land, Non Transparent sale of power assets by the Bureau of Public Enterprises, BPE, Alhaji Ahmed Idris, said that the Committee has concluded its preparation to commence its finding.

He said that the House was worried over the reported lack of due process in the alleged payment of twenty-three point six million Dollars per annum on contract award to Manitoba Hydro International to manage the Transmission Company of Nigeria for four years; a contract he said was terminated for non-performance.

Alhaji Ahmed Idris attributed the prolong challenges in Electricity in the country to the way the privatisation of the sector was handled.

Radionigeria

HOW TO OPEN A BLOG ACCOUNT AND MONETIZE IT/ADD GOOGLE ADSENSE.

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Before you create a blog account, you first need a gmail/google mail account Steps to open a gmail account
How to open a gmail account.
Go to www.gmail.com
Click on create account
Fill the form with your informations
Then summit

Once your account is creatd, go to www.blogger.com
Sign in to blogger with your gmail username and password
Follow the instructions and create your blog.
Once you have created the blog site it is now time for you to monetize it.

To monetize your blog. Follow the following steps
Sign in to blogger
Click on monetize
This will take you to google adsense site
Then fill the form with your correct information (this is because it is where your payments will be sent to}
Once you are through with this, wait for 48hrs before the adverts will begin to show in your blog site. That is for google to review your account.

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How to get into Football

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Football is a phenomenon. Hundreds of millions of people across the globe live and breathe it, playing it with their friends and watching their heroes.

But don't be content to just watch it. Lace up your boots and get your foot on the ball to take part in perhaps the most easily accessible sport there is.

Football provides a truly extensive variety of physical exercise. Players run, kick, dodge, sprint and jump, and constantly twisting and turning your body increases endurance, promotes agility and develops physical coordination.

Football also promotes teamwork on and off the pitch, as many teams socialise together.

It's a simple, fast-moving and exciting team game which showcases skill, agility and athleticism.

Jamie Vardy's remarkable rise from non-league football to EPL winner with Leicester City has ensured that grassroots football will remain a buzzword for years to come.

Despite the seemingly exponential increase in the Premier League's glitz - and profits - it is on Britain's parks and playing fields that the future of the sport is ensured.

BBC

Sports: Who will be BBC African Footballer of the Year 2016

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The five candidates were revealed during a special live launch broadcast on Saturday.

The winner will be decided by fans from across the world, who have until 18:00 GMT on 28 November to vote for their choice.

The 2016 recipient of the award will be announced on Monday, 12 December, live on BBC Focus on Africa TV and radio, starting from 17:35 GMT.

The BBC Sport and BBC Africa websites will also carry the announcement.

Borussia Dortmund and Gabon striker Aubameyang is on the shortlist for the fourth consecutive year, while West Ham's Ghana attacking midfielder Andre Ayew - winner in 2011 - is also shortlisted for the fourth time.

Leicester's Algeria forward Mahrez is the only player not to have been nominated before, Liverpool and Senegal striker Mane made his debut on the shortlist last year, and Manchester City's Ivorian midfielder Toure has featured for eight consecutive years and is a two-time winner.

Aubameyang, 27, has had an outstanding 2016, scoring 26 goals (at time of writing) for Dortmund.

He became the first African to be named Bundesliga player of the year, the first Gabonese to become the Confederation of African Football's Player of the Year, and has earned a place on the shortlist for the 2016 Ballon d'Or.

In August, West Ham broke their transfer record to sign Ayew, the £20.5m they paid Swansea a clear marker of his form in 2016.

The 26-year-old's impressive performances, and his 12 goals in 35 appearances, earned him the title newcomer of the year at the Swans' end-of-season awards in May.

Another English Premier League player, Mahrez enjoyed spectacular success as he inspired Leicester - who had been 5,000-1 outsiders - to a first league title.

Mahrez, 25, scored 17 league goals and was voted Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year - the first African to win the award. He also starred for Algeria as they qualified for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.

Mane, 24, became the most expensive African footballer in history when he joined Liverpool for £34m in the summer.

He has made an immediate impact at Anfield, with six goals and four assists in 11 matches for the Reds. Before his move, he had scored eight league goals this year for Southampton, including a hat-trick against then champions Manchester City,

Toure collected yet another trophy in 2016 - the 17th of his career - when he lifted the English League Cup with Manchester City, scoring the winning penalty as they beat Liverpool in a shootout in the final.

This was the year the 33-year-old powerhouse called time on an illustrious international career. But he declared he was still a force - and his inclusion on the list for another year backs that up.

BBC

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