Ngozi Onadeko, the new Commissioner, Oyo State Police Command, has assumed duty.
CSP Olugbenga Fadeyi, the command’s Spokesperson, made the disclosure in a statement on Friday in Ibadan.
Fadeyi said Onadeko took over from Nwachukwu Enwonwu, who has been redeployed.
He said the new CP is an alumnus of Imo State University, Owerri, where she bagged BSc. (Hons) in Sociology in 1985.
Fadeyi said Onadeko later proceeded to the University of Lagos, where she bagged Master’s degree in Criminology.
He added: “CP Ngozi Onadeko was appointed into the Nigeria Police Force as a Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police (POLAC/ Cadet ASP Course 15) on 15/03/1988 and was trained at the Nigeria Police Academy Annex, Kaduna State, between 1988 and 1989.
“On passing out, she has served in various administrative and operational capacities such as: Crime and Staff Officer SOI, SOJ between 1989-1993 in Imo State Police Command.
“From 1993-2001, she served as a directing staff at Police College, Ikeja, Lagos State.
“She equally served as Divisional Police Officer, Divisional Crime Officer, Area Crime Officer, Staff Officer and Chief Superintendent of Police (Admin) all in Lagos State Command.
“She was later redeployed to Police Academy, Kano, in 2008 as a directing Staff between 2009- 2016.
“As an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), she was AC Intelligence, (FIIB), FHQ Annex, AC X-Squad FCIID Alagbon, Area Commander, Eastern Port Authority Police Command, Port Harcourt.”
Fadeyi said Onadeko was the Second-in-Command/Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of ‘Administration’ Delta State Police Command from 2016 to 2019 and proceeded on course to the National Defence College on September 1, 2019.
He said: “Sequel to her promotion to the enviable rank of Commissioner of Police on 21st December, 2019, she was posted to the Department of Training and Development, Force Headquarters, Abuja as CP Training.
“The Commissioner of Police has attended various on-the-job courses during her career, which include; Advanced Detective Course (ADC) 1999, Operational Leadership Command Course (OLCC) 2005, Tactical Leadership Command Course (TLCC) 2009, Strategic Leadership Command Course (SLCC) 2015, all at the reputed Police Staff College, Jos, Plateau State and National Defence College (NDC) Abuja,
“The CP has Professional Qualifications to her credit amongst which are; Pass Staff College, psc, Member Nigerian Institute of Management, (mnin) and Fellow of the Defence College, (fdc).
“She is equally a member of professional institutions, which include; International Association of Women Police (IAWP) and International Association of Chief of Police (IACP), United States of America (USA).
“She is a thorough-bred professional who distinguished herself in all the places she has served.
“Consequently, all the experiences she has gathered over the years shall be brought to Oyo State to consolidate the existing security apparatus.
“The CP assures the good people of Oyo State maximum protection to lives and property, and solicits constant dissemination of credible information to enable the Police serve them better.”
Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has directed civil servants on Level 14 and below to work from home till February 1, 2021 as part of measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease amid the second wave of the pandemic.
This was contained in a statement signed on Saturday by the Head of Service in the state, Hakeem Muri-Okunola.
Muri-Okunola, however, noted that the directive excludes staff on essential duty as well as first responders.
He said, “Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has approved a further extension of the work-from-home order to all State Public Servants on Grade Levels 14 and below from Monday, 18th January 2021, to Monday, 1st February 2021, to curtail the spread of the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“He urged all public servants to stay safe and ensure continued observance of all COVID-19 protocols for physical distancing, use of face masks, regular washing of hands with soap and running water as well as the use of hand sanitisers.”
Muri-Okunola also stated that the weekly duty rosters should be maintained for effective service delivery by Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the State Government.
The Leader of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Primate Elijah Ayodele, has issued a strong warning to corrupt politicians in Nigeria, amidst the ravaging COVID-19.
Primate Ayodele during a live service in his church revealed that COVID-19 will not really affect the poor, but the rich and corrupt politicians who have hands in the retrogression of Nigeria.
He explained that the vaccine going round is not the solution to the virus as no solution has been gotten yet, and that it will be serious in the coming days till August.
He warned those in government to be very careful, and repent if they have been involved in corrupt practices.
Ayodele said: “COVID-19 is not for the poor.
“Those in government should be careful, especially those who have spoilt the country.
“Let them repent now.
“COVID-19 is coming for them.
“We are moving to the final stage till August.
“The vaccines are not the solution.
“They have not gotten the solution.
“In Nigeria, it will be very serious in the coming days.”
Also, Ayodele warned the Independent National Electoral Commission against foul play in the outcome of Imo North Senatorial District election.
Recall that the popular prophet had prophesied victory for the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the election but as it stands, even though the INEC declared the All Progressives Congress as the winner with no candidate, there is serious uncertainty about the final outcome.
Primate Ayodele reinstated his prophecy on the victory of the PDP candidate, and warned that anyone who tries to alter the victory will face the wrath of God.
He said: “In Imo, Emmanuel Okewulonu will be the one to be declared winner of the Imo North Senatorial election.
Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, the Director-General (D-G), National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), says the agency has not approved any COVID-19 vaccine.
She made this known in a statement on Friday in Abuja. She stated that the agency had not received any application from vaccine manufacturers “and therefore, no vaccine had been approved by NAFDAC.
“There are reports of fake vaccines in Nigeria; NAFDAC is pleading with the public to beware. COVID-19 vaccines are new, and the side effects must be monitored.
“No COVID-19 vaccines have been approved by NAFDAC. Fake vaccines can cause COVID-like illnesses or other serious diseases that can kill.’’
The director general, who restated the commitment of the agency toward guaranteeing drugs security, warned companies and corporate bodies against unapproved
ordering of vaccines, noting that genuine manufacturing companies had to submit applications to NAFDAC first. “No government establishment or agencies should order for COVID-19 vaccines without confirming from NAFDAC.
“However, NAFDAC is discussing with manufacturers of candidate COVID-19 vaccines concerning potential Emergency Use Authourisation (EUA),
registration or licencing of their products as the case may be.”
Adeyeye, however, assured applicants of NAFDAC’s determination to approve vaccines for emergency use if phase three clinical data were convincing and robust with regards to safety and efficacy, and the vaccine had been submitted for World Health Organisation (WHO) emergency use listing.
She emphasised the commitment of NAFDAC in using “Reliance” or “Recognition” to expedite Emergency Use Authourisation (EUA) for vaccines already approved by mature regulatory authorities.
“The full dossiers submitted by manufacturer or Market Authourisation Holder (MAH) will be thoroughly reviewed by the Vaccine Committee that is made up of multiple directorates in the agency.”
The NAFDAC boss, who said that the agency would welcome the application for Emergency Use Authorisation in Nigeria, however, reiterated readiness to examine the safety of any vaccine.
She affirmed the collaboration of NAFDAC with sister agencies as National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), UNICEF,
WHO and Ministry of Health, aimed at achieving holistic approach for effective immunisation and delivery. “NAFDAC plans to also use Traceability with GS1 Technology to monitor vaccine distribution, using Global Trade Item Number (GTIN).
“The goal is to prevent fake vaccines from infiltrating the supply chain and to ensure there is no diversion.
“This effort will create a reliable and predictable supply chain. The multi-stakeholder technical working group has been meeting to address different issues from access to distribution to traceability to monitoring of adverse events following immunisation.
“NAFDAC is also a member of Regulators Steering Committee of African Union -3S (Smart, Safety, Surveillance) with Ghana, South Africa and Ethiopia, collaborating with UK Medicines Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) with funding from Bill and Melinda gates Foundation.
Adeyeye explained that the aim of the continental collaboration was to use COVID-19 vaccines distribution and immunisation as pilot to actively monitor the distribution, delivery and monitoring of Adverse Effects Following Immunisation at the continental level, aimed at creating an African-based vigilance system for safety of medicines.
Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu has approved for private and public schools in the state to resume from Monday, January 18, 2021.
The decision was reached after “due consultations” with stakeholders, including Governors, Commissioners of Education, Proprietors and heads of institutions, staff unions and students.
Director General, Office of the Education Quality Assurance, OEQA, of the state Ministry of Education, Mrs Abiola Seriki-Ayeni, in a statement on Friday, Jan 15, said the Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folasade Adefisayo urged all school managers to enforce strict compliance with all subsisting protocols to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the state.
The statement read in part: “I want to convey the approval of Mr Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu that all public and private schools in Lagos State can still resume for 2nd Term 2020 /2021 academic session with effect from Monday 18th January, 2021.
“In view of this, Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folasade Adefisayo wishes to enjoin all school managers to enforce strict compliance with all subsisting protocols to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the state. I wish you all happy resumption and please stay safe.”
At the meeting, the stakeholders insisted on the compulsory wearing of facemasks by all students, teachers and workers in all schools.
Other guidelines decided on during the meeting included compulsory temperature checks and hand washing facilities at strategic locations in all schools, ensuring constant supply of water and sanitizers and enforcement of maintenance of social distancing and suspension of large gatherings such as assembly and visiting days.
The meeting called for schools to avoid overcrowding, ensure limitations in class sizes and hostel occupancy; availability of functional health clinics with facilities for isolation and transportation of suspected cases to medical facilities.
“These measures which are to ensure safe reopening of schools for academic activities will be subject to constant review as we urge teachers, school administrators and other stakeholders to ensure strict compliance,” FG stated.
The Federal Government has urged Nigerians to disregard the news circulating on the social media that it was contemplating another lockdown.
Mr Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), also Chairman, Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, made clarification in a statement signed by Mr Willie Bassey, Director Information in his office.
Mustapha also advised Nigerians to join hands with the Federal Government to contain the spread of the virus by adhering to Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions (NPI’s) as recommended by PTF.
“The attention of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has been drawn to some misinformation circulating on the social media to the effect that the Federal Government is contemplating another lockdown this weekend.
“The PTF wishes to state categorically that there is no such consideration at any of its meetings, nor has any recommendation been made to this effect to the President.
“The PTF frowns at such unpatriotic misinformation which is capable of causing unnecessary panic and anxiety among the populace,” he said in the statement.
Heirs Holdings (“HH”), the leading African strategic investor, in partnership with affiliated company Transnational Corporation of Nigeria Plc (“Transcorp”), Nigeria’s largest publicly listed conglomerate, announced today the unconditional acquisition of a 45% participating interest in Nigerian oil licence OML 17 and related assets, through TNOG Oil and Gas Limited (a related company of Heirs Holdings and Transcorp), from the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited, Total E&P Nigeria Limited and ENI.
In addition, TNOG Oil and Gas Limited will have sole operatorship of the asset.
The transaction is one of the largest oil and gas financings in Africa in more than a decade, with a financing component of US$1.1 billion, provided by a consortium of global and regional banks and investors.
OML 17 has a current production capacity of 27,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day and, according to our estimates, 2P reserves of 1.2 billion barrels of oil equivalent, with an additional 1 billion barrels of oil equivalent resources of further exploration potential.
The investment demonstrates a further important advance in the execution of Heirs Holdings’ integrated energy strategy and the Group’s commitment to Africa’s development, through long term investments that create economic prosperity and social wealth. Heirs Holdings’ heritage and approach to business fundamentally underscores its commitment to inclusive development and shared prosperity with its host communities. Heirs Holdings is fully invested in the development of the Niger Delta region.
Heirs Holdings’ strategy of creating the leading integrated energy business in Africa is executed through a series of strategic portfolio holdings. Transcorp is one of the largest power producers in Nigeria, with 2,000 MW of installed capacity, through ownership of Transcorp Power Plant and the recent acquisition of Afam Power Plc and Afam Three Fast Power Limited. Transcorp closed the US$300 million Afam acquisitions in November 2020.
Transcorp supplies electricity to the Republic of Benin, as part of an emphasis on promoting regional integration and delivering robust power supply to catalyse development in Africa. Transcorp also operates OPL281, under a production sharing contract with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (“NNPC”). Similarly, Heirs Holdings’ subsidiary, Tenoil is the operator of OPL 2008, under a production sharing contract with NNPC. Tenoil also owns the Ata Marginal Field, which will commence production in Q2, 2021, with 3,500 barrels of oil per day.
Chairman of Heirs Holdings, Tony Elumelu stated: “We have a very clear vision: creating Africa’s first integrated energy multinational, a global quality business, uniquely focused on Africa and Africa’s energy needs. The acquisition of such a high-quality asset, with significant potential for further growth, is a strong statement of our confidence in Nigeria, the Nigerian oil and gas sector and a tribute to the extremely high-quality management team that we have assembled.
As a Nigerian, and more particularly an indigene of the Niger Delta region, I understand well our responsibilities that come with stewardship of the asset, our engagement with communities and the strategic importance of the oil and gas sector in Nigeria. We see significant benefits from integrating our production, with our ability to power Nigeria, through Transcorp, and deliver value across the energy value chain.”
Speaking further, he said “I would like to thank Shell, Total and ENI, for the professionalism of the process, the Federal Government of Nigeria, the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, and the NNPC for the confidence they have placed in us.”
Speaking on the investment, the President/GCEO of Transcorp, Owen Omogiafo, said “This deal further demonstrates Transcorp’s integrated energy strategy and our determination to power Africa.”
Heirs Holdings was advised by Standard Chartered Plc, as Global Coordinator, and United Capital Plc, with a syndicate of lending institutions including Afreximbank, ABSA, Africa Finance Corporation, Union Bank of Nigeria, Hybrid Capital, and global asset management firm Amundi. The deal also involves Schlumberger as a technical partner, as well as the trading arm of Shell as an offtaker.
Heirs Holdings has created one of Africa’s largest, indigenous owned, oil and gas businesses, headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria and led by a board and management team with significant regional and global experience in production, exploration, and value creation in the resources sector.
The HH Group is committed to the highest standards of safety, health, and community relations, together with best practice in governance and accountability.
Uganda’s opposition leader Bobi Wine said the country’s election had seen “widespread fraud and violence”, as votes trickled in Friday under an internet blackout.
The 38-year-old former popstar-turned-MP did not give details about his accusations, which contradicted the government’s account that Thursday’s vote had been largely peaceful.
The internet remained down for a third day as vote counting continued, with provisional results from 24 per cent of polling stations giving President Yoweri Museveni an early lead of 65 per cent while Wine trailed with 27 per cent.
The capital Kampala was quiet and some businesses remained closed, while soldiers and police patrolled on foot the day after the election.
Full results are expected by Saturday afternoon.
Museveni is seeking a sixth term in office, having ruled for almost four decades, and his main rival among 10 opposition candidates is Wine, whose popularity among a youthful population has rattled the former rebel leader.
Voting in Kampala took place under the oppressive security presence of soldiers and riot police in the streets and at polling stations.
The election followed the most violent campaigns in years, with harassment and arrests of the opposition, attacks on the media and scores of deaths.
However, election commission chief Simon Mugenyi Byabakama said the vote had gone off in a “peaceful and tranquil manner”.
Police spokesman Fred Enanga said there had been “no major cases of violence reported.”
But a senior foreign diplomat told AFP there had been sporadic incidents of violence and many irregularities but no sign of mass manipulation.
– Observers denied –
The US, EU, UN and global rights and democracy groups have raised concerns about the integrity and transparency of the election.
Only one foreign organisation, the African Union (AU), has sent monitors, along with an AU women’s group.
On Wednesday, the United States, a major aid donor to Uganda, announced it was cancelling a diplomatic observer mission after too many of its staff were denied permission to monitor the election.
Wine has vowed non-violent street protests should Ugandans feel the election was stolen.
Museveni has warned that using violence to protest the result would amount to “treason”.
He has ruled Uganda without pause since seizing control in 1986 when he helped to end years of tyranny under Idi Amin and Milton Obote.
Once hailed for his commitment to good governance, the former rebel leader has crushed any opposition and tweaked the constitution to allow himself to run again and again.
And for many in the country, where the median age is 16, Museveni’s glory days are no longer relevant or sufficient.
But the 76-year-old — one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders — has never lost an election and observers expect this time around will be no different.
His opponents — most visibly Wine, who spent much of the campaign in a bulletproof vest and combat helmet — were arrested, blocked from rallying and dispersed with tear gas throughout the campaign.
Two days of protests in November led to the deaths of 54 people.
Fund Transfer, Access Bank Plc has started nationwide payout of dollars to beneficiaries of international remittances, in response to the recent policy change by the Central Bank Nigeria (CBN).
The CBN had directed that recipients of international fund transfer can now receive their funds in cash in dollars or to have funds paid directly into their domiciliary accounts.
Executive director, retail banking, Access Bank, Victor Etuokwu, in a statement said, “As part of our promise to create value and meet the needs of our customers, we are happy to announce that our customers can now receive funds sent from the diaspora in dollars at any of our branches nationwide.
“The funds will be available as cash pick-up or direct transfer into customers’ domiciliary accounts.”
Etuokwu stated that, “the bank’s promise to deliver more than banking services is even more critical at this time as customers are looking for convenient products and services that facilitate their lifestyle and our remittance services are available to both customers and non-customers of Access bank.
“We encourage Nigerians in the diaspora to take advantage of this season of giving, to send funds home for their loved ones, who in turn can receive either by opening an Access bank domiciliary account or reactivate their inactive domiciliary account and the funds will be paid directly to their accounts or visit any of our 500 branches nationwide to receive their funds in USD cash,” he stressed.
“We maintain a strong relationship with our remittance partners, Western Union, MoneyGram, Ria, WorldRemit, Transfast, Paysend, Shift, Sendwave and other international money transfer services and we are committed to delivering excellent service to all our customers.
Access Bank, over the years, has leveraged technology including advanced analytics, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, machine learning and robotics process automation to reform business operations and drive performance to improve customer experience, he stressed.
Looking to unwind this weekend? Well, you have come to the right place!
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Bring a bit of laughter to your home with Bringing Down The House at 8:30pm on BET (Channel 21) on Friday, 15th January. A man and a woman meet on the internet. She is a prisoner. She escapes from prison and comes to his house. She then proceeds to wreak havoc on his middle-class life.
Looking for action? Thriller? Watch out for The Trigonal: Fight for Justice at 11:40pm on M-Net Movies 4 (Channel 3) on Friday, 15th January. An underground fighting circuit run by an international crime syndicate invades a retired MMA champion’s small, idyllic island hometown.
Are you into romantic Indian movies? well, Hero airs at 1pm on Starlife (Channel 23) on Saturday, 16th January. A boy, Sooraj Pancholi and a girl, Athiya Shetty, find themselves stuck in a whirlpool of such intense love that they would do anything and go to any extent to face all odds.
While on patrol, an aging cop, his partner and their ride-along get caught in a deadly standoff with a band on mercenaries. To find out what happens next, catch 211 at 2:49pm on TNT (Channel 16) on Sunday, 17th January.
Enjoy this local content, Mr Wonderful at 5pm on AM Family (Channel 2) on Sunday, 17th January. Mr Wonderful is a TV comedy series that revolves around the experience of a Nigerian Cab driver in contact with diverse people, advice and lifestyle.
Don’t miss this sports drama movie, He Got Game at 6pm on BET (Channel 21) on Sunday, 17th January. A prisoner is out on parole with the promise of a commutes sentence. He only has to persuade his estranged son, Jesus, to sign with Big State, the Governor’s alma mater.
CN To The Rescue is a new web-series that combines the forces of Cartoon Network’s biggest fan in Africa, Taps Lembwa, and his favourites cartoon characters. Catch this on Cartoon Network (Channel 67) on Monday, 18th January at 5:30pm.
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