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NAICOM approves as Fajemirokun emerges AIICO Insurance boss

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AIICO Insurance Plc has officially announced Mr Babatunde Fajemirokun as its new Managing Director and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) with effect from Aug. 14.

According to a statement from AIICO on Thursday in Lagos signed by Mr Donald Kanu, the company’s secretary, the new development came on the heels of Fajemirokun’s approval by the National Insurance Commission (NAICOM).

The underwriting firm said prior to Fajemrokun’s appointment, Mr Edwin Igbiti was the Managing Director and CEO of the company until July 11 adding that he led the company meritoriously for 27 years.

According to AIICO, Fajemirokun holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from University of Chicago with a concentration in Finance, a Master Degree in Business Information Technology System from the University of Strathclyde.

He has BA (Hons) degree in Business Economics from the Glasgow Caledonian University.

“He is also a qualified associate (ACII) of the Charted Institute of Insurance (UK and Nigeria) with a Chartered Status (Chartered Insurer), he is also a member of the Institute of Directors (IoD),” the company said.

AIICO said Fajemirokun started his career in 2001 as a visiting lecturer in the department of Economics and Enterprise at the Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland.

“He joined Accenture Nigeria Financial Services Unit in 2003, as an analyst and specialised in Mergers and Acquisitions projects.

“He joined United Kingdom (UK) Capgemini Consulting Business Information Strategy Unit in 2008 as a Senior Consultant and worked on UK government transformation projects,” the company said.

The underwriting firm said Fajemirokun joined AIICO Insurance, Life Division, in 2009 and was responsible for the delivery of key projects in its maiden transformation initiatives.

“He led the retail operations function between 2009 and 2013, which encompassed retail processing (underwriting new business and renewals), alterations.

“It included endorsements and policy issuance delivery, customer services, retail claims, business process redesign and technology among others.

“In October 2013, he was appointed Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the underwriting firm to oversee all strategic functions, retail operations, actuarial functions.

“The operation included enterprise risk management and shared services (finance, human resources, information technology) procurement and estate management operations in the company.

“In 2017, he was appointed as Group Chief Business Officer with supervisory responsibility for all the subsidiary businesses especially the asset management business.

“He is also responsible for raising additional capital at appropriate valuations for Group companies to meet solvency and strategic growth objectives among others,’’ the company added.

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ICPC ex-chair takes over Salaries and Wages Commission

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Mr Ekpo Nta, the former Chairman, Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Offences Commission (ICPC), has taken over the leadership of the National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission (NSIWC).

The Chief Press Secretary of the Commission, Mr Emma Njoku made this known in a statement on Saturday in Abuja.

According to Njoku, the Chairman of the Commission, Chief Richard Egbule handed over to Nta, who is also the Commissioner for Compensation at the NSIWC, after the completion of his statutory 10 years tenure.

Egbule, while handing over to Ekpo Nta, described his tenure as historic, being the first to complete two terms and the first Chairman as the pioneer staff of the Commission from inception in 1992.

He called on staff of the Commission to get acquainted with the Act establishing the Commission.

This, according to him, will enable them know the enormous contributions and importance of the Commission to the development of the Civil Service and overall welfare of Public Service.

Nta, in his response, commended Egbule for his achievements in streamlining the nation’s salary administration.

The Nigeria News Agency recalls that Egbule started his working career as an Administrative Officer on grade level 08 in the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation and rose to the post of Chief Management Consultant in the same office in 1992.

He became a pioneer staff of the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission in 1992 and worked to structure and builds the Commission with the best professional practice.

In 2006, he was appointed the Secretary to the Commission and on Aug. 17, 2009, former President Umaru Yar’Adua made him the Executive Chairman of the Commission.

He attained 10 years as the Executive Chairman on Aug. 17.

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Kaduna Govt. to prioritise uncompleted project in 2020 –Commissioner

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The Kaduna State Government says it will give priority to projects that were unlikely to be completed and paid for in its 2020 budget.

Mr Thomas Gyang, Commissioner, Planning and Budget Commissioner, made this know in the 2020-2022 Multi-Year Budget Call Circular, obtained by the Nigeria News Agency in Kaduna on Saturday.

“Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) are advised to ensure that all ongoing projects that are unlikely to be completed and paid for in 2019 are captured in their 2020 Budget.

“Where ongoing projects exceed budget ceilings, they should be spread into 2021 and 2022 columns of the Multi-Year Budget.

“New projects are not to be integrated into the 2020 budget except priority projects of utmost importance,” Gyang said.

He also requested all MDAs to be guided by the state Development Plan 2016 to 2020 in coming up with programmes and projects to ensure coherent development across the state.

According to him, the administration will continue to focus on economic development, social welfare, security and justice and good governance.

“In preparing the budget, financial resources will be strictly dedicated to meet the objectives outlined in the State Development Plan as it relates to each sector.

“Therefore, MDAs will focus on delivering the outputs and strategies that will deliver the outcomes specified in the development plan.

“Resources should be allocated starting from the highest priority activities and continuing in sequence down to lower priority activities until the budget ceiling is reached.”

To give room for community participation in the budget process, the commissioner advised the MDAs to engage civil society organisations, community-based organisations and relevant stakeholders in drawing up their budgets.

He, however, stressed that inputs from such engagement should be in line with the aspirations of the state government as contained in the state’s development plan.

He also advised the MDAs against presenting over-ambitious budgets, adding that previous budget implementation rates have provided ample evidence of absorptive capacity issues across MDAs and the revenue generating capacity of the state.

“The government wants to facilitate service delivery which cannot be achieved without appreciable funding due to consistent dependence on statutory allocation from the Federation Account that has been dwindling over the years.

“This underscores the need for the Revenue Generating Agencies to perform maximally for the state to meet the challenging and obviously increasing demands of its citizens.

“To improve revenue generation, Kaduna State Internal Revenue Service is being repositioned alongside the review of revenue laws that governs revenue generation in the state.

“MDAs are, therefore, required to submit realistic and implementable multi-year budget estimates for the 2020 budget, based on the state revenue potentials outlined in the Medium-Term Expenditure Framework 2020 to 2022.”

Gyang directed all MDAs to submit detailed budget proposals to the Planning and Budget Commission by Sept. 17, while budget defence would be held between Sept. 24 and Sept. 29.

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Edited by Ismail Abdulaziz

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Gov. Akeredolu lauds CBN ‘s  various intervention programmes

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Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has commended the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for various intervention programmes that lifted the country out of recession.

Akeredolu stated this on Friday in Akure when he received some  officials of the bank who visited him in his office.

The governor, represented by his Deputy, Mr Agboola Ajayi, said as the manager of the nation’s economy, the apex bank should continue to be steadfast and play active roles in  growing  and rebuilding  the nation’s  economy towards sustainablity.

Akeredolu said the meeting was important because it provided a veritable platform for interaction between the state government and the CBN.

“It offers us the opportunity of gaining first hand information and useful insights on the abounding opportunities within the bank, which the state can explore to better the lots of her citizens,” he said.

Akeredolu noted that the state government would key into the numerous opportunities provided by the CBN such as  the School Feeding programme, which provided employment for food vendors and income for farmers.

He expressed the determination of his government to improve on the already established relationship to open up  the rural economy in the state.

Earlier, the leader of the CBN ‘s delegation, Mr Olumide Aina, urged the state government to improve on the level of its participation in the various intervention programmes of the bank.

Aina later made presentation on various intervention opportunities available in the bank.

 

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Ekiti targets 3rd spot on ease of doing business index – Fayemi

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