The Association of Advertising Agencies of Nigeria will hold its 46th Annual General Meeting (AGM)/Congress from 11 to 13 July at the Best Western Plus Elomaz Hotel, Asaba, Delta State. This was made known in a statement signed by Jenkins Alumona, Publicity Secretary of the Association.
According to the statement, the AGM/Congress, which has as theme “The War Within: Solutions for Survival”, will be declared open by the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State. Captains of the industry, top business leaders and policy makers within and outside the marketing communication industry are expected at the AGM.
AAAN President, Mr. Ikechi Odigbo, said the Association aims to use the AGM as a platform to engage in intellectual and critical discourse on the challenges facing the business and practice of Advertising in Nigeria and advocate unorthodox solutions in rebuilding and rebranding the industry.
Chairman of the Events Planning Committee, Mr. Doyin Adewumi, stated that the Association has decided to invite its distinguished senior members to lead the discourse on the theme, adding that the discourse will be beneficial to delegates and members of the Association.
To underscore the importance of the AGM, the statement disclosed, the Association has invited Mr. Jimi Awosika, Vice Chairman, Troyka Holdings. Other panellists include Mr. Steve Babaeko, Group CEO, X3M Ideas, Mrs. Chizor Malize, CEO, Brandzone LLC and Mr. Igbo Amadi-Obi, CEO, BBDO.
It equally revealed that some senior members will be honoured with special recognition awards for meritorious service at the AGM/Congress.
The Association’s AGM is a major event on the nation’s marketing communications calendar and attracts local and foreign media coverage.
Ademola Adeleke, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Osun state governorship election, has congratulated Gboyega Oyetola, governor of the state, over his victory at the supreme court.
The supreme court had upheld the election of Oyetola, candidate of the APC, in the September governorship election.
In a statement by Olawale Rasheed, his spokesman, Adeleke said the judgement remained final, regardless of his misgivings.
He added that his ambition to be the governor of the state was never a “do-or-die affair”.
“As a democrat and law-abiding citizen, I accept the ruling no matter my misgivings,” he said.
“I wish Governor Oyetola well in the governance of Osun State. In all circumstances, we must thank God Almighty. We gallantly fought a good fight in pursuance of a democratic cause. The ideals we fought for lives on.
“Our ambition was never a do-or-die affair. We aspired to serve and deliver democratic dividends to the people of Osun state. Our ambition was altruistic. We wish Governor Oyetola the best in the governance of the state.”
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared Oyetola winner of the election after a rerun in September 2018.
Dissatisfied with INEC’s declaration, Adeleke filed a petition at the tribunal and he was declared winner of the election but Oyetola appealed the verdict of the tribunal.
In May, the appeal court gave judgement in favour of the APC candidate. The court had set aside the entire proceedings of the tribunal, saying the panel was not well constituted.
But delivering judgement on Friday, Bode Rhodes-Vivour, a judge, held that the appeal court was right to set aside the entire proceedings of the tribunal.
The judge said the failure of J. Obiora, a member of tribunal, to attend proceedings on February 6 rendered the judgement a “nullity.”
The judge also said the certified true copy (CTC) was not signed by Obiora. He, therefore, dismissed Adeleke’s appeal.
Barely two weeks after the rollout of the 10-year passport embedded with the National Identity Number, the Nigeria Immigration Service has issued over 20,000 booklets to applicants in Abuja and Lagos.
The service also said it had been able to resolve the challenges of multiple identities by applicants, noting that the new e-passport would soon be rolled out in Kano and London, United Kingdom.
Disclosing this in Abuja on Friday shortly after decorating four Deputy Comptrollers-General of Immigration with their new rank, the CG of Immigration, Muhammad Babandede, explained that the new booklet was expected to replace the old one in due course.
He said: “We have already rolled out in two stations in Abuja and Ikoyi, Lagos. The next will be Kano, and then followed by London. At the beginning, we had challenges because Nigerians didn’t understand.
“Some of them had different names in the National Identity Number database and the passport and when you link it, you find a lot of problems because the passport could not be issued.”
“The challenge is that Nigerians don’t care about their identity, but now, they realized they need to have only one identity. We have issued over 20,000 in Abuja and Lagos, we would continue to issue in all commands and formations. Gradually, it would replace the old one, but the old one would continue to work concurrently with the new passport,” Babandede stated.
He encouraged applicants to pay online, noting that the NIS no longer received cash payments for its services.
Giving an update on a Nigerian, Jeffrey Ewohime, who vandalized vehicles at the Nigerian High Commission premises in London a few weeks ago, over the delay in the release of his passport, the CG stated that he had been issued the booklet on Thursday.
Babandede said: “The man came yesterday (Thursday) to the high commission to collect his passport and he was given. He ought to have collected it a month ago; The passport was ready, it was his duty to leave a self-addressed envelope, he didn’t.
“I’m glad to state that things are okay, the man has realized that it is not right. Our future would be probably removing the passports from the Missions to a place where it can be commercialized. The man had the right to complain and we have the right to explain.”
The age-old rivalry between Nigeria and Cameroon will be rekindled today when the Super Eagles of Nigeria take on the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon in the Round of 16 of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations holding in Egypt.
The match between the two continental football giants will be broadcast live at 5pm on SuperSport 7 and 10 on all DStv packages as well as SuperSport Select 2 and 4 on all GOtv packages.
The Super Eagles qualified for the knockout phase of 2019 AFCON after securing 1-0 victories against Burundi and Guinea respectively. They, however, lost the chance to finish as Group B winners after slipping up 0-2 to Madagascar in the final group game.
Cameroon, on the other hand, began their AFCON campaign with a 2-0 victory over Guinea-Bissau and secured respective goalless draws against Ghana and Benin Republic to finish second in Group F and advance to the knockout phase.
Cameroon, the defending champions, and Nigeria, winners in 2013, have a history of epic clashes. The Indomitable Lions famously defeated Nigeria in the 1984, 1988 and 2000 finals to record three of the five AFCON victories. They have met 22 times, with Nigeria winning on eleven occasions and Cameroon winning four times.
While both teams are yet to light up the tournament, they have some of the best players on the continent.
The Super Eagles frontline of Odion Ighalo, Ahmed Musa and Alex Iwobi has, so far, been underwhelming, but there is no doubt that the trio possess the means to make life uncomfortable for the Cameroonian backline. Super Eagles’ coach, Gernot Rohr can also rely on the experience of skipper John Mikel Obi as well the “Oyinbo Wall” duo of William Troost-Ekong and Leon Balogun to provide stability in midfield and defence respectively.
The defending champions will rely on Christian Bassogog, 2017 AFCON player of the tournament; Karl Toko, and Clinton Njie in the crucial encounter billed for the Alexandria Stadium. Coach Clarence Seedorf will also rely on the defence nous of tough-tackling Michael Ngadeu and the reliability of youthful goalkeeper Andre Onana.
The Round of 16 matches began yesterday with Morocco playing the Republic of Benin, while Uganda faced Senegal.
Saturday’s other fixture aside Nigeria vs Cameroon is between hosts, Egypt, and South Africa (showing at 8pm on SuperSport 7 and SuperSport Select 4).
Madagascar and DR Congo will go head-to-head on Sunday (showing at 5pm on SuperSport 7 & 10 and SuperSport Select 2 & 4), while Algeria tackle Guinea in the other fixture of the day (showing at 8pm on SuperSport 7 and SuperSport Select 4).
The second-round fixtures will be completed on Monday, July 8, when Mali face Cote d’ Ivoire in a West African derby (showing at 5pm on SuperSport 7 and SuperSport Select 4) and Ghana square up against Tunisia (showing at 8pm on SuperSport 7 & 10 and SuperSport Select 2 & 4).
All the matches of tournament are available to DStv subscribers on Premium, Compact Plus, Compact and Family packages, while selected matches will be available to DStv Access subscribers. On GOtv, the matches are available to subscribers on GOtv Max and GOtv Plus packages.
For the latest news, fixtures, and results from the 2019 AFCON and other football competitions, visit www.supersport.com.
The supreme court has upheld the victory of Gboyega Oyetola, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Osun governorship election.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared Oyetola winner of the Osun governorship election after a rerun in September 2018.
Dissatisfied with INEC’s declaration, Ademola Adeleke, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, filed a petition against at the tribunal.
The tribunal declared Adeleke winner of the election in March. Gboyega appealed the verdict of the tribunal.
In May, the appeal court gave judgement in favour of the APC candidate.
The court had set aside the entire proceedings of the tribunal. It said the panel was not well constituted.
At the apex court on Friday, five of the seven judges on the panel agreed with the judgement which favoured of Oyetola while two disagreed.
THE Department Of Petroleum Resources (DPR) on Thursday sealed two Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) stations in Lagos safety reasons.
The first was Petrocam in Ayobo, Alimosho Local Goverment Area of Lagos. It was totally sealed by DPR officials for allegedly operating without approval; operating in a residential area, and in a building under direct high tension cable.
The downstream oil sector regulator also partially sealed Gasland Nig Ltd for allegedly operating under a risky and unsafe condition.
Head, Gas Section, DPR Lagos Zonal Office, Williams Ateukudoh who led the team during the clampdown said the exercise was part of Department’s routine inspections to forestall fire outbreak, and general compliance to safety standards in the domestic service stations.
He said through the inspection and surveillance routine on gas stations, DPR has been able to stop illegal operators to the detriment of the general public.
He said: “Today, we are on surveillance inspection of gas facilities and what we have seen is very very unsafe. We realised that Petrocam is an illegal entity. The site is unsuitable for operation, so we effect the closure.
“We had sealed it off some five months ago but in violation of DPR mandate, they continued to operate, so we effect another closure to ensure this time they cease to operate.
“At Gasland, the operation is very unsafe; we shut it down because safety has been thrown overboard. And it was not like that when we licensed them.”
Head, Corporate Service, George Ene-ita who was part of the team, appealed to members of the public to always furnish DPR with useful information on suspicious illegal operators and those that have thrown safety and precautionary measures to the wind.
“We want to appeal to the public to help ensure that proper and standard procedures are in place and adhere to by reacting out to us when stations default. We have a dedicated line for this and the DPR website is also there,” he said.
The Chief Executive Officer of First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Dr. Adesola Adeduntan, has encouraged children to cultivate the habit of showing kindness to people around them irrespective of class, race or circumstance.
Dr. Adeduntan gave the charge on Wednesday, 3rd July while espousing the Bank’s values-promoting initiative, ‘Start Performing Acts of Random Kindness’ (SPARK) to pupils of Methodist Girls’ High School, Yaba, Lagos as part of the activities marking the third edition of FirstBank’s Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability (CR&S) Week themed ‘Ripples of Kindness, Putting You First.’
Represented by the Bank’s Group Head, Retail Banking, Lagos Island 1, Mrs. Olufunke Smith, the CEO explained that the premier and leading financial institution conceived SPARK to help the pupils and Nigerians in general to develop and practice compassion, empathy and giving.
He said kindness has several benefits including feeling happy, fulfilled, developing one’s skills, improving mental health and live out positive values because “a value-centred life helps in building and achieving goals and objectives.”
Apart from encouraging the use of magic words like ‘thank you’, ‘please’, ‘excuse me’ and ‘pardon me’, Dr. Adeduntan disclosed that SPARK also encompasses compassion, civility, charity and connection.
He added that connection includes “asking a neighbour how they are doing, reaching out to someone you haven’t heard from in a while, helping younger ones do their homework, expressing compassionate traits like giving one a hug and visiting one that is ill in the hospital.”
Dr. Adeduntan advised the pupils to imbibe the value of kindness and ensure that they are civil at all times.
Appreciating FirstBank for the initiative and visit, the Vice Principal, Administration, Methodist Girls’ High School, Mrs. Abimbola Ali, expressed her delight on the impact of the SPARK initiative, noting that the general theme of kindness tallies with the motto of the school.
She said, “I really want to appreciate FirstBank for deeming it fit to choose Methodist Girls High School for this talk. Your character determines how far you can fly and the character-based traits teachings on kindness is synonymous with our motto, ‘In Love, Serve One Another’. Serve other people out of love, not convenience. That’s kindness.”
FirstBank’s CR & S Week is holding from 1st July to 6 in Nigeria’s six geopolitical zones and the Bank’s business locations in Ghana, Gambia, Guinea, Senegal, Sierra Leone, DR Congo and The United Kingdom.
The SPARK Initiative in schools is to embed the values of kindness amongst school children at a young age, so it becomes part and parcel of them, forming a habit and nature as they develop into adulthood. The event had some senior management staff of the Bank give talks on kindness to pupils of 20 secondary schools across the country and other locations in sub-Sahara Africa.
Aside Methodist Girls’ High School, Yaba, FirstBank’s SPARK initiative was also activated at Gbaja Boys High School, Surulere and Opebi Senior Grammar School, Ikeja in Lagos. Other schools visited include, Sunshine International School Bauchi; Government Science School Maitama, Abuja; Racecourse Secondary School, Kano; Girls Model School, Ikot Ekan, Abak, Akwa Ibom State; Recdot Comprehensive Primary and Secondary School, Pine Crest College Independence Lay Out, Enugu amongst others.
…Facility begins operation december, says contractor
…Gov: ‘Lagos to meet 20 per cent national rice demand’
Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Thursday defied the downpour to inspect the Rice Mill and Industrial Park project being developed by the state government at Imota in Ikorodu Division of the state.
The inspection tour of the project site, Gov. Sanwo-Olu said, is in fulfillment of his promise to continue all unfinished projects initiated by previous administrations. The Governor was joined on the inspection by his Deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, and Head of Service, Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola.
Sanwo-Olu said the visit was to assess the progress of the project and also to get the contractor’s confidence on the completion date.
Describing the project as “capital intensive and strategic”, the Governor said the rice mill would be the biggest in the country when completed. The project, he said, is being built with a capacity to produce 32 metric tons of rice per hour and 2.8 million bags of 50kg bags of rice per annum.
He said: “The tour of the project site is another pointer to our pledge of continuity in governance. We are taking the pain to come down to Imota to assess the magnitude of the rice mill and industrial park project initiated by my predecessors. This is a 32-metric tons per hour rice mill, which is the biggest in the country. In terms of national importance, the rice mill is expected to meet 15 to 20 per cent of national demand for rice.”
After touring the project site, the Governor expressed satisfaction on the level of work done by the contractor, but said a lot of work still needed to be done. He assured that the contractor would be kept on site to ensure timely completion.
The Governor said: “By the end of this year, we should see the first phase of the project completed. It is not for us to just have the biggest rice mill, but to also begin a conversation with rice producers in rural areas to have massive cultivation and production through the mill.
“The mill is being built with a capacity to store up to 36 months of hundreds of thousands of rice bags. We have studied the entire value chain and we are speaking to other stakeholders to ensure this project, when completed, can galvanise people towards the objective of President Muhammadu Buhari, which is developing local capacity towards boosting agriculture and feeding the nation from local produce.”
When completed, the mill and industrial park are projected to generate over 1,500 direct jobs, while 254,000 indirect jobs were also expected to be created in the value chain.
The light industrial park on the project site, Sanwo-Olu said, is being built by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry to boost small and medium scale businesses around the axis. The Governor said the park would have amenities that would make businesses to thrive and bring returns on investment to business owners.
Managing Director of CIBA Construction Company Limited – the contractor handling the project – Mr Josiah Samuel assured the Governor of the firm’s commitment to the agreed completion date, disclosing that the firm was re-mobilised back on 12 months ago.
Samuel said: “As at today, the Industrial Park is in over 60 per cent completion stage. But, the rice mill is being put together. There are different components of the rice mill. We are done with entire piling work; we have had to sink 700 piles on the site. The substructure of the mill is completed
“There are 16 silos to be constructed on the rice mill site, but the substructures of the six of the silos have been completed. We expect that before the end of 2019, this facility should be up and running.”
The contractor said weather was the main challenge it was facing in the construction work, promising that the firm would keep to completion date.
The twin project is being jointly built by the Ministries of Agriculture, and Commerce and Industry. The rice mill sits on 8.5 hectres out of the 26 Hectres developed for the entire project. The construction works are supervised by the Ministry of Works.
In an unprecedented move to empower millions of its product consumers economically, leading cement manufacturer, Dangote Cement Plc yesterday launched a jumbo consumer promo tagged “Dangote Cement Bag of Goodies”, which is designed to produce 21 million winners across the country.
The promo, which runs between July and September in which prizes worth billions of Naira would be won, was formally unveiled to the media at a news briefing in Lagos. Lucky consumers are to win 43 cars, 24 tricycles, 24 motorcycles, 550 refrigerators, 400 television sets, 300,000 Dangote foods goodies packs and recharge cards for all networks worth N200,000,000.00
While unveiling the promo, the Group Managing Director of Dangote Cement Plc, Engr. Joseph Makoju, who was represented by the Group Executive Director of Dangote Industries Limited, Knut Ulvmoen said the company decided to run the biggest promo ever in Nigeria as a way of contributing to the economic wellbeing of the consumers of its products given the prevailing economic situation.
He said the promo is to reward valued consumers for their unflinching partnership in ensuring that our range of cement products remains today the first choice for construction purposes across the country, and added that the consumer promotion gives opportunities for existing and new consumers to get a step ahead of their struggle for economic emancipation by winning any of the give-away items which has economic value.
“We have made it so transparent that you don’t have to go through any raffle or draw associated with many other promotions in the country. You win instantly because what is revealed in the scratch card is what you win”, he stated.
Explaining why Dangote Cement launched such a humongous promo, Mr. Knut explained that Dangote Cement is the largest in Africa with the largest production capacity and therefore decided to reward the consumers in the biggest way ever experienced in the country.
In her presentation on the promo, Dangote Cement Marketing Director, Mrs. Funmi Sanni stated that “Consumers are at the heart of what we do; without them there is no business. Consumers are important and a fundamental factor of production without which production process is incomplete and our ability to remain in business becomes impossible.
“To grow our business, we must constantly create value in terms of quality product and service, competitive pricing and depositing in consumers’ emotional bank accounts in order to become their preferred choice of brand at the point of purchase.”
The Marketing Director said as a business, the management of Dangote Cement recognizes the importance of every member of its value chain, distributors; wholesalers; and retailers, “and as such we have invested in growing their businesses through various empowerment schemes.”
According to her, the new Dangote cement promo bags have been shipped to all distributors and sellers nationwide and therefore there is no fear of scarcity of the new cement product.
She added that “every promo bag of cement contains a scratch card carrying winning items carefully inserted in each bag. Consumers need to be educated to scratch gently so as not invalidate their wining card.” She disclosed that the promo cuts across all Dangote Cement’s brands which include 3X, Falcon and BlocMaster.
Mrs. Sanni explained that the consumer promo was in line with the mission of the company which is to touch the lives of the people by providing their basic needs, and pointed out that the consumer promotion is another huge investment to help the customers improve their rate of sales and make more profit while at the same time improve the consumers’ quality of life. “We are doing this for the sake of our consumers who have not really benefitted much from our previous promo.”
The promo was also endorsed by the National Lottery Regulatory Commission. The Deputy Director and Coordinator of the Lagos Liaison Office of the NLRC, Mrs. Nkiru Onuzulu said the promo had been approved and registered with the Commission and can assure that it would be transparent, free and fair all through the processes.
“I can assure you that what you win is what you will get because we are monitoring and regulating the promo, and given the calibre of the company running this promo which is Dangote Cement, there won’t be any undercut.”
Also attesting to the inherent transparency in the promo, President of Blockmakers Association of Nigeria, Alhaji Rasidi Adebowale said Dangote has done a lot of promos that benefited the blockmakers in the past where there was no issue. He said this cannot be an exception.
On Wednesday, July 3, 2019, First City Monument Bank (FCMB) opened a new ultra-modern branch in Ile-Ife, Osun State. The new branch is located at 3, Akarabata Layout (along Lagere Road), Ile-Ife. The development is in line with the Bank’s strategic expansion drive and commitment towards bringing its banking services closer to the doorsteps of more people and businesses, while also promoting financial inclusion in Nigeria. This brings to 3 the number of branches of FCMB in Osun state and 206 nationwide.
The location of the branch had taken into consideration convenience for residents and businesses in Ile-Ife and neighbouring towns in the State. Apart from the experienced financial experts deployed to the branch, it is equipped with unique physical and technological infrastructure. This combination ensures convenient transactions and sundry financial services delivery to existing and potential customers in a relaxed environment.
Among the dignitaries that graced the launch of the branch were the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi (Ojaja II); Chairman of Ife Central Local Government, Hon. Elugbaju Olayera, traditional and community leaders, captains of industry, among other guests.
In his speech, the Managing Director of FCMB, Mr. Adam Nuru, reiterated the Bank’s commitment to strategically grow its network to meet the individual and business aspirations of its ever-increasing customer base across segments. Mr. Nuru, who was represented by the Executive Director, Business Development, Mrs. Bukola Smith, said that:
‘’Though, most customers prefer to carry out transactions from wherever they are, using our highly convenient and secure alternate channels, such as FCMBMobile, FCMBOnline, *329# USSD code and ATMs spread widely across Nigeria, some still prefer human interaction when banking. This additional customer touch point will further boost our offerings in line with our core values of Execution, Professionalism, Innovation and Customer-focus (EPIC) in a conducive and convenient environment’’.
The Managing Director assured that while the Bank will sustain the pursuit of its digital banking agenda as a forward looking financial services operator, it will continue to support the financial inclusion vision of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN by ensuring that every customer is adequately served on any channel in which such services are needed to meet their respective lifestyles, needs and experience.
Also speaking, the Divisional Head, Service Management & Technology of FCMB, Mr. Oluwakayode Adigun, said:
“Our Ile-Ife branch, just like other branches of FCMB across Nigeria, brings with it, something special in terms of structure and aesthetics. Part of our commitment to promoting a cleaner and greener environment, is by use of renewable energy and in this new branch, we have adopted solar technology which is a clean energy solution that produces minimal waste, is non-pollutant and great for the environment. In addition to this, the Branch will also offer excellent customer experience provided by our team of professionals. We are committed to scale our operations, build the requisite capabilities and deploy the best ways to simplify banking for customers, using our robust technology platform’’.
In his goodwill message at the ceremony, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Ogunwusi, described the opening of an FCMB branch in his domain as another milestone in the annals of the historical city, which is acknowledged as the cradle of civilisation. He stated that:
‘’The coming of FCMB to Ife is a welcome development that will further boost economic activities of our people. The Bank has a track record of performance and support to individuals and businesses. In the whole of Ifeland, this is the most beautiful Bank as we all can see. I implore our people to patronise FCMB. We also urge the Bank to extend the support it provides in other areas to Ifeland’’.
In the same vein, Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State, who was represented by the Chairman of Ife Central Local Government, Hon. Elugbaju Olayera, hailed FCMB for its commitment to national development through various forms of support to the private and public sectors. According to him:
“We commend the effort of the management of FCMB for deeming it fit to site a branch in Ife. The establishment of the Branch will go a long way to improve the economy of Ife and its environ and I have no doubt that our people will transact business with the Bank”.
See pictures from the launch below: