As part of its commitment to promote the drive for sustainable development initiatives in Nigeria, Unity Bank Plc, recently hosted the Sustainability Discourse Series in collaboration with Avant-Garde Innovation & Technology Services (AGITS) which took place at Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island Lagos on Wednesday, 13th November, 2019.
The Sustainability Table Discourse Series is a platform that offers an avenue of opportunities to learn and share ideas/initiatives on strategies for achieving the sustainability development goals.
Unity Bank has been very active in promoting sustainable practices in Agriculture and the sponsorship of the summit was an opportunity to strongly reinforce the Bank’s sustainable development initiatives.
The event provided a platform for the convergence of policy makers, entrepreneurs, sustainable development experts, leading corporate organisations and various subject matter experts to discuss and solve pressing world challenges facing selected industries as it relates to the environment, climate change, sustainability and the quest for a green economy.
Unity Bank executive director, Risk Management & Compliance, Usman Abdulqadir gave a keynote address on factors affecting climate change and sustainable development and the effectiveness of Unity Bank's response in various spheres such as food security, climate action, gender equality and sustainable job creation.
There were various panelists’ discussions in line with the sustainability discourse in addition to the Speech on Green economy and expectations in the Nigerian scenario by Dr Lawrence Chidi Anukam, Director General – National Environmental Standards and Regulations Agency.
Other Unity bank representatives at the Summit were TA, MD/CEO/Ag. Head, Corporate Planning & Strategy, Ibukun Coker and Head, Tax Management & Compliance Temitope Arasi.
As a title sponsor, the Bank had strong brand presence.
President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to arrive in Nigeria late Friday, sources close to the presidency have told PREMIUM TIMES.
The president’s flight was said to have taken off from Stansted Airport, London, at about 3:27 p.m. Nigerian time.
Sources at the presidency said they have been asked to be at the airport by 7:30 p.m. to welcome the president, who is expected to arrive at about 9 p.m.
The president has been on a 15–day “private visit” in the United Kingdom since November 2. He was due to return on November 17.
On Thursday, a Nigerian diplomatic car believed to have been carrying the president was booed by an angry mob in the UK.
Many of the protesters carried placards calling for freedom for the detained publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore. Others condemned the treatment of the leader of the Shiite movement in Nigeria, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.
“Buhari, Stop Poisoning Sheikh Zakzaky,” one of the placards read.
“Omoyele Sowore is not a criminal,” another placard read. (Premium times)
In a trilling, but energy-sapping mental duel last weekend, representatives of Lagos and Ogun States shrugged off all challenges to emerge victorious in the finals of season 5 of the Cowbellpedia Secondary Schools Mathematics Television Quiz Show sponsored by Cowbell Milk, the flagship brand of Promasidor Nigeria Limited.
In an electrifying final battle of the Junior category, Michael Enehizena of The Scholars Universal Secondary School, Ota, Ogun State put the crown beyond the reach of his fellow contestants by garnering 125 points at the end of the two-round encounter.
Enehizena who also had a perfect score in the qualifying examination in March, pushed Abdul-Quayum Alli, of Ota Total Academy, Ota, Ogun State, who had 115 points and David Charles of Graceland International Secondary School, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, who scored 110 points to the second and third place respectively.
Ebube Okafor of Saint Francis Catholic Secondary School, Idimu, Lagos State and Alonge Esmond of The Scholars Universal Secondary School, Ota, Ogun State had earlier crashed out after the first 12 questions in the first round, while Ernest Ofoama of Makurdi International School, Makurdi, Benue State, fell after a tie-breaker at the end of first round.
The 14-year old Enehizena who dedicated his victory to God and his parents explained that he ‘practiced hard and prayed harder’ during the competition. “I am always very excited with the way the Cowbellpedia winners are celebrated. We see them on television screen and read about them and their schools in the papers and online. I am excited and grateful to God that it is my turn to be celebrated now,” Enehizena who aspires to study Mechanical Engineering told journalists outside the studio.
His teacher, Daniel Ogunleye commended him for his wonderful performance and commended Promasidor for exposing his great talent through the Cowbellpedia initiative.
The Senior category contest was equally exhilarating as Oghenero Ologe of Zionfield Pinnacle School, Ikorodu, Lagos State took the crown at the expense of Akinyemi Dabira of The Ambassadors College, Ota, Ogun State and Hezekiah Olabisi of Bibo Oluwa Academy, Ilesha, Osun who emerged first and second runner-up respectively.
Three other contestants: Onyeka Madumere of Scholars Universal Secondary School, Ota, Ogun State; Gift Omoelegbehan of Crescent International School, also in Ota, Ogun State and Famuyiwa Henry of Model Secondary School Alagbaka, Akure, Ondo State fell to superior firepower at the end of the first round.
An excited Ologe told journalists outside the studio that “it is nice and wonderful to be the champion.” A first timer in the Cowbellpedia Competition, Ologe revealed that he watched many episodes of the competition to sharpen his preparation ahead of the contest. “I did not participate in the Junior edition, but I was determined to make an impact and so, I practiced hard,” the 15-year old said.
For their efforts, the two champions got N2 million each and an all-expense paid education excursion outside the country.
The first and second runners-up in each category received N1.5 million and N1 million respectively, while the teachers of the top prize winners were awarded N500, 000. Those of the first and second runners-up received N400, 000 and N300, 000 respectively.
In his chat with journalists at the event, Managing Director of Promasidor Nigerian Limited, Mr Einarsson Anderson reiterated the commitment of the company towards education, saying it is the most important investment for the future of the children of Nigeria.
He saluted the finalists for their excellent performance while also assuring that Promasidor will continue to support the academic development of Nigerian children.
An Appeal Court sitting in Port Harcourt on Friday ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission not to remove the All Progressives Congress and its governorship candidate, David Lyon, from the ballot, to enable him to participate in the forthcoming governorship election in Bayelsa State slated for Saturday.
The court gave the order following an ex parte motion filed by counsel for the Bayelsa State governorship candidate, David Lyon on November 14, 2019.
An election observation group, YIAGA Africa, through its Watching The Vote (WTV) project, says voters in Bayelsa and Kogi states are trading their permanent voters’ cards for N500 and N1,000 ahead of the governorship elections in the two states.
The group disclosed this in a report from its observers it deployed to all the local government areas in the states.
According to the report, findings revealed that political parties were moving from house to house documenting names and addresses of voters with PVCs.
Vote buying is a practice of inducing voters to make them vote for a particular candidate during an election. It has remained a major concern during Nigerian elections.
”WTV findings reveal that buying and selling of PVCs still exists. WTV LTOs reported political parties moving from house to house in Ankpa LGA, Kogi state, documenting names and polling unit numbers and addresses of citizens with PVCs.
”While offering advance payments of five hundred naira (N500), ahead of the election. In Bayelsa (Yenagoa LGA), findings also reveal that some citizens in Opolo and Gbarian area were selling their PVCs for five hundred (N500) and one thousand (N1,000) naira.
YIAGA Africa, which said it deployed 1077 Citizen Observers in both states, also warned of the recruitment of political thugs and stockpiling of weapons in the two states ahead of the gubernatorial polls.
”WTV reports highlight possible threats to the peaceful conduct of the election with the observation of the presence of small arms and weapons in some LGAs.
”LTOs identified a community called Okabb in Ankpa LGA, being used for the storage of ammunition and the recruitment of thugs. Though the ammunition were discovered to have been stored prior to the 2019 General Election.
”Other reports of recruitment of political thugs were from communities in Yenagoa and Sagbama LGA in Bayelsa State and in Okehi and Idah in Kogi State.”
The group added that its team monitored and tracked voter inducement through the distribution of money or gift items.
“The WTV LTOs found out that political party candidates or their supporters are distributing money and gift items such as vehicles in communities in Yenagoa, Bayelsa and in Okehi and Ankpa of Kogi,” it said.
The group also said it would deploy Parallel Vote Tabulation (PVT) election observation which would aid the monitoring of elections in both states.
YIAGA Africa also deployed the PVT in the just concluded 2019 general elections.
”YIAGA AFRICA’s WTV Election Day deployment adopts the Parallel Vote Tabulation (PVT) methodology for election day observation at the polling units and will also be deploying observers to the LGA collation centres.
”The PVT is a proven and advanced observation methodology that employs well-established statistical principles and utilises sophisticated information technologies,” the group said.
In the furtherance of the Bank’s commitment to promote business ethics, professional excellence and education, reflected in the Bank’s Endowment programme – the Samuel Asabia Chair for Business Ethics at the University of Lagos – First Bank of Nigeria Limited for three consecutive years is partnering with CFA Society Nigeria to host its annual flagship event, the Ethics Challenge, scheduled for Friday & Saturday, 15 -16 November 2019 in Abuja and Lagos for the regional and national levels respectively.
The Ethics Challenge is designed to increase students’ awareness of the ethical dilemmas and issues they may face when they enter the investment management industry. At the Ethics Challenge, students are given an ethics case study to analyze, evaluate, recommend and present to a panel of judges. To determine the winning team, the judges provide feedback based on the identification and understanding of the ethical issues in the case, the recommendations provided with the depth of the analysis, quality of the presentation, and responses to the judges’ questions.
The 2018 winner, Obafemi Awolowo University, would compete with 15 other higher institutions in the country to defend its trophy. Babcock University, Bowen University, Covenant University, Federal University of Technology Akure, Mountain Top University, University of Calabar, University of Ibadan and University of Lagos are the schools competing in the Lagos preliminary round.
Other schools are University of Abuja, University of Maiduguri, Bayero University, University of Ilorin, University of Nigeria and Madonna University in the Abuja based preliminary round.
The competition will be judged by Mrs. Adeola Asabia, Member, Board of Trustees, Business Ethics Chair, University of Lagos; Musa Bagudu, CFA, Head, External Funds Management Office, Central Bank of Nigeria; Kunle Anida, CFA, Director, Deals Advisory, PWC Nigeria amongst others.
According to CFA Society Nigeria President, Mr. Banji Fehintola, “The annual Ethics Challenge embodies CFA Society Nigeria’s mission to promote the highest standards of ethics in our investment and financial services industry. It touches on many of CFA Institute’s Future of Finance six areas of focus which include: Transparency and Fairness, Regulation and Enforcement, and Safeguarding the System.
It also promotes ethical awareness and fosters a healthy investment industry that works for the ultimate benefit of society. Through our collaboration with First Bank of Nigeria Limited to run this competition annually, we will continue to invest in our university students and we hope to build the commitment of our future professionals to operate according to sound ethical principles”.
Expressing her delight on FirstBank’s support and participation in the CFA Ethics Challenge, the Group Head, Marketing & Corporate Communications, First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Folake Ani- Mumuney said “through our 125 years of existence, we at FirstBank pride ourselves in being exemplary in ensuring that global best practices are upheld in adherence to ethical standards across our organizational practices and activities.
“We recognize the impact of the CFA Society Nigeria through its giant strides in fostering Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct amongst university students and other touch points in the society in preparing them to overcome ethical challenges that they may face in the workplace environment “.
One of Africa’s leading mattress and beddings company, Mouka, has recently introduced an improved version of its Orthopaedic mattress range, Regal and Regina to meet the physiological needs of users of the products.
This was recently disclosed by the company’s Senior Brand and Innovation Manager, Jide Odelola who also hinted that the effort provides optimal capacity to address the needs of the orthopedic market segment.
“We have enhanced the product architecture of our Wellbeing Regal mattresses to provide superior comfort and support for a quality night’s sleep. Manufactured using state of the art technology, which includes the combination of fiber and foam layers, the new Mouka Wellbeing Regal promises to be a delight to the our consumers. In addition, Wellbeing Regal is covered in luxury Pama fabric which is breathable and provides soothing feeling.” says Jide Odelola.
According to Odelola, the orthopedic product which bears the endorsement of the National Association of Orthopedic Manual Therapists, now also has the endorsement of the Nigeria Society of Physiotherapy.
Explaining further, Odelola said: “In addition to the endorsement of the Mouka Wellbeing range by the National Association of Orthopedic Manual Therapists (NAOMT), these products are now endorsed by the Nigeria Society of Physiotherapy (NSP). This is testament to health benefits that can be derived from sleeping on our Wellbeing range of products especially for those with orthopedic needs.
Also speaking on the benefits of the enhanced products, Tolu Olanipekun, Mouka’s Head of Marketing said both products are not just the exclusive of users with orthopedic needs but are designed to also address the basic sleep needs of all consumers, adding that the innovation is an offshoot of Mouka’s resolve to foster among Nigerians, a quality and healthy sleep culture for overall wellbeing.
“Even though our Wellbeing range have features which cater to those with orthopaedic needs, Mouka Wellbeing Regal or Regina can be used by any consumer who desires that degree of firmness in their mattress. These mattresses are designed to provide our consumers with a good night’s sleep for their total wellbeing.” she said
The making of a smooth operating businessman in the corporate world is always grand stood with groundbreaking ventures, and this exactly what the swift industry player, Seyi Tinubu has been sign-posting, albeit quietly without any noise or publicity.
This mercurial advertising guru, Seyi and his bosom friend and partner, Adenrele Olusoga recently concluded acquisition of one of the country’s leading outdoor advertising companies, E-motion Advertising, to become the leading outdoor company in the country.
It was revealed to us that the innovation-driven Loatsad Promomedia owned by Seyi Tunubu, that has been silently but steadily using cutting edge technology to take over the out-door advertising industry in the country has for some time now been locked in serious negotiations with E-Motion Advertising for a takeover, to further boost the mission of being the leading outdoor advertising company in the country; and now the effort has eventually yielded positive fruits as the acquisition was sealed for the eventual take-over of the operations of E-motion, and this is another sign of good things to come for the Loatsad entity. This perhaps is another innovation to the smart and very well-focused Seyi and his equally enterprising Adenrele, who are taking their game to unimaginable heights.
In the wake of this new feat, dutiful and very business-like Seyi soared again as he was honoured at last Nigeria Entrepreneurs Award as Business Person of The Year 2019,to add more feathers to his cap of many achievements. In his words following the announcement of the award to him, Seyi Tinubu, son of APC national chieftain, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, said pointedly: ‘@ the_entrepreneur_africa for nominating and announcing me as the winner of Business Person of The Year 2019, I say HUGE congratulations to all other Nominees and Winners at this Year’s Entrepreneur Africa Award.’ The Nigeria Entrepreneurs Award is at the forefront of celebrating and honouring entrepreneurship in Nigeria. They are aware that entrepreneurs drive the economy especially at the MSME level.
Since the inception of the award five years ago, Nigeria Entrepreneurs Award has consistently celebrated some of the best-known personalities in corporate Nigeria, who exemplify the very best in their business.
E-Motion Advertising was founded in October 2005 as an Out-of-Home Media firm, and has rapidly built up competence in deploying innovative Out-of-Home infrastructure that stands out from mundane traditional media, which ultimately transformed them into frontrunners trail-blazers in the Out-of-Home media industry in Nigeria, with a strong customer-base spanning all sectors of the economy, operating in the billboard, transit and street furniture segments, across all the major business hubs of the country.
The company, which focuses on investing in compelling locations and cutting edge products underpinned by excellent customer service has led to very strong growth in their client base.
As the market leader in the industry, the company developed excellent relationships with top brands, regulators and other various developers to ensure that the revenue potential of sites is maximized, while enhancing the aesthetics of the environment.
E-Motion Advertising is backed by leading local and international institutional investors, with proven track records of funding and support of high-growth companies.
#HappierSpecials with MultiChoice Nigeria
Nigeria’s leading Pay TV operator, MultiChoice Nigeria is set to make this year’s festive season happier and more memorable with its world class entertainment for customers on DStv and GOtv. With the campaign themes: Happier with DStv and Make Time for Family with GOtv, customers will be enjoying a content voyage, giving them more reasons to stay connected all through the season and beyond.
According to the Chief Customer Officer, MultiChoice Nigeria, Martin Mabutho, “We continue to put our customers at the heart of everything we do, that’s why customers on DStv and GOtv will experience specially curated content, surprise pop up channels and other top notch value added services. DStv and GOtv customers will be spoilt for choice with the hottest content and a Happier Holiday Season.”
Content line-up includes: Nigeria Festivals which features the biggest music concerts and shows on the continent such as AFRIMA 2019, Unusual Praise, The Experience, Calabar Carnival, Akwa Ibom Christmas Concert, Miss Africa, and Greater Lagos on DStv 198 & GOtv 29. Customers can also look forward to Africa’s premier boxing Fiesta, GOtv Boxing Night , the edition coming up December 28 on SuperSport. Also Football never stops, all Premier League, El Clasico & more Live with expert commentary and analysis on SuperSport this festive.
In addition, the much-loved special kiddies’ pop up channel, Animania opens December 4, and will be the perfect companion for DStv kids this season with the best-animated movies all day & every day. Animania is exclusive to M-Net Smile (Ch. 105) on DStv Premium.
It’s also the season to laugh, so enjoy the Naija Comedy Pop-Up channel on DStv 197 and GOtv 29 till 7th December. Hot local dramas and TV shows– The Johnsons, MyFlatmates, Unbroken, Muqabala and more on Africa Magic channels.
The MultiChoice self-service apps – MyDStv, MyGOtv and DStv WhatsApp are available to give you control. You can download from the AppStore to make payments the easy way, fix simple errors or upgrade your package to enjoy the full Happier festive experience.