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ICSAN wants chartered secretaries as compliance officers in MDAs

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ICSAN wants chartered secretaries as compliance officers in MDAs

The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria (ICSAN) on Tuesday called for appointment of compliance officers in government agencies to ensure stability and adoption of best governance practices.


ICSAN President, Mr Bode Ayeku, made the call in a statement made available to newsmen in Lagos.

According to him, similar to the requirements in the private sector Nigerian Code of Corporate Governance 2018, the laws establishing government agencies should make appointment of a compliance officer mandatory.

Ayeku said that the appointment should be made with clear provisions on qualifications, experience, due process as well as state clearly rules of engagement and disengagement should the need arise.

“We recommend that pending the release of the code of governance in the public sector, each Ministry, Department and Agencies (MDAs) should appoint a Secretary who should also be the Compliance Officer.

“There is no better professional well equipped to perform the role of a Compliance Officer in each MDA than a Chartered Secretary.

“The appointment must be based on rigorous process of appointment similar to the members of Council and Board and must be adequately equipped to provide independent advice to the Council and Board.

“Such secretary in the public sector should be required to perform the duties of compliance officer and charged with the responsibility of advising the Council and Board on issues relating to ethics, conflict of interest, governance, best practices,” he said.

Also, Registrar of ICSAN, Mrs Taiwo Ganiyat Olusesi, said that the Institute was scheduled to hold its annual public lecture on July 22, via a webinar.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the theme of the lecture is  “Survival of MSMEs During Uncertain Times: Is Corporate Governance a Luxury or Necessity?”

Prof. Chris Ogbechie of Lagos Business School (LBS) is to chair the occasion, while a Co-Founder of AACE Food Processing & Distribution, Mrs. Ndidi Nwuneli, will be guest speaker.

The Founder of Black House Media (BHM), Mr Ayeni Adekunle, and  Assistant Chief Enterprise Officer, SMEDAN, Mr Sola Dawodu, are listed as discussants.

Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)

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Okowa felicitates with Ibori at 62

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Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has congratulated a former Governor of the state, Chief James Ibori, on the occasion of his 62th birthday day anniversary on Aug. 4.


Okowa in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Olisa Ifeajika, on Monday in Asaba eulogised Ibori for his path-finding and immense contributions to the development of Delta and outstanding input to nation-building.

While felicitating with his boss, whom he served as two-term commissioner, Okowa said that Ibori’s deep knowledge of politics and his administrative acumen put him ahead of his contemporaries, and stood him out as a worthy and legendary leader of all time.

He commended Ibori for championing and his doggedness in the fight for resource control struggle.

Okowas said that the result of the resource contro struggle was the establishment of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) by the Federal Government as an interventionist agency for the development of oil producing communities.

“My distinguished leader, I can recall clearly that you and other great leaders fought very hard for the oil -producing states of the Niger Delta to enjoy 13 per cent derivation of the nation’s oil resources.

“As a champion of Resource Control and Fiscal Federalism, you were among the true patriots who struggled for the establishment of a regional interventionist agency to address the issues of development and environmental degradation of the oil-rich Niger Delta, which gave birth to the NDDC.

“As a respected voice in Nigeria’s democratic experience, we were not surprised when your colleagues in the forum of former governors named you as “Patron” of the group in an obvious recognition of your political sagacity and amiable disposition to the unity of the country.

“As the father of modern Delta, let me commend you for the visionary and inclusive leadership that you epitomised in the eight years of laying the foundation of the desired modern Delta laced with building bridges of unity among the diverse ethnic groups in the state.

“On behalf of my family, the government and people of Delta, I rejoice with your family members, friends, political and business associates on this occasion of your 62nd birth anniversary.

“It is my prayer that your best years are yet to come even as God Almighty grants you long life, good health and wisdom to keep navigating Nigeria’s political and business landscapes fruitfully,” Okowa said.

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Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Tajudeen Atitebi (NAN)

 

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Al-Hikmah Varsity to understudy Unilorin, says V-C

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Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin, says it will understudy University of Ilorin and emulate its success stories.


 

Prof. Noah Yusuf, the Vice-Chancellor {V-C} of Al-Hikmah University said this on Monday when he led his management team on a courtesy visit to the Vice Chancellor of  Unilorin, Prof. Sulyman Abdulkareem.

 

 

Yusuf also described Unilorin as one of the foremost Nigeria universities whose achievements were worthy of emulation.

 

Yusuf,recently appointed the Vice-Chancellor of Al-Hikmah University, said that Al-Hikmah would also improve on the gains it would acquire by understudying Unilorin in the nearest future.

 

He described Unilorin as a mother to Al-Hikmah University.

 

“My visit is to understudy Unilorin so that it will  help my administration as well as learn from the wealth of experience and successes of Unilorin and even improve on it where possible,” he said.

The V-C also led his management team on a visit to the Technical Entrepreneurial Centre of Unilorin.

 

He said that the visit had challenged Al-Hikmah University to take advantage of its vantage location of being in the heart of Ilorin to engage in commercially-viable businesses in the university and its environs.

 

“We have customers outside our campus. We are here to see what we can copy and improve upon to help the revenue generation of our institution and improve our academic infrastructure,” he said.

 

Yusuf commended the Unilorin Vice-Chancellor for his support and fatherly role.

“Al-Hikma would continue to visit Unilorin for quality counsel from time to time,” he said.

 

In his address of welcome, Prof. Sulyman  Abdulkareem, congratulated Prof. Yusuf on his appointment as Al-Hikmah Vice-Chancellor and wished him a successful tenure.

 

Abdulkareem advised the new Al-Hikmah V-C to ensure that his did nothing that would tarnish his reputation while in office.

 

“Everything you embark on must be within the regulation and resources available.

 

“Seek ventures that will yield profits and advise your investors where to put their money.

“You are to advise the management properly. You are lucky to be leading an institution where the people can be mobilised to get things done,” he said.

 

Abdulkareem also urged Yusuf to sustain the good name of Al-Hikmah University.

 

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Nigerian youths appreciate FG’s N75bn Investment Fund

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Nigerian youths on Monday presented letter of appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari


through the Minister of Youth and sports, Mr Sunday Dare, for the approval of 75 billion investment fund for them.

Mr Sukubo Sara-Igbesukubo, the President of National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), who presented the letter in Abuja,

thanked the president for the laudable act of establishing the Nigerian Youth Investment Fund with an initial capital of N75 billion.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Federal Government in July approved the establishment of N75 billion

Nigeria Youth Investment Fund (NYIF) for three years, following a memo presented by the Minister of Youth and Sports Development.

The NYIF is to serve as a sort of youth bank that will fund and support the innovative ideas, skills, talents and enterprise of the Nigerian youth.

Sara-Igbesukubo said that the fund was a special window for the Nigerian youths to access financial facilities for their entrepreneurial ideas,

innovations and projects.

He added that “the laudable milestone has shown that the present administration has the interest of Nigerian youths at heart.

“Today, the hope of millions of talented, hardworking and creative young Nigerians is being restored.”

Dare, who was represented by Mr Gabriel Aduda, the Permanent Secretary in the youth and sports ministry, said that

the fund would enable the country to go beyond empowerment to investment.

He said that the fund would help to boost youth investment in the country, noting that the ministry would work with Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)

to evolve modalities that would ensure that the fund was used for the investment it was meant for.

“The youths will be involved in the decision making as they will be in the forefront to achieve the goal of the fund,’’ he said.

Dare said that Nigerian youths did not lack ideas but have not had enough opportunities to utilise the talents.

He said that “we are hoping that with the fund, the youths will put every effort to get it running.”

The minister advised youths to be more involved in social media to be abreast with current developments in the world.

Edited By: Gregg Mmaduakolam/Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu (NAN)

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Stakeholders highlight advantages of exclusive breastfeeding

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Health experts and other stakeholders on Monday, urged Nigerian mothers to practise a minimum of six months exclusive breastfeeding of infants to enable them to grow into strong and healthy adults.


The experts made the call in a webinar organised by Alive and Thrive (A&T), an NGO, to commemorate the World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) 2020.

Alive and Thrive is a global nutrition initiative to save lives, prevent illness and ensure healthy growth and development through improved maternal nutrition, breastfeeding and complementary feeding practice.

Dr Victor Ajieroh of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, said the 2020 world breastfeeding week was remarkable and dwelt on the importance of breastfeeding to the environment.

He said that there was the need for countries to promote exclusive and optimal breastfeeding as a way of protecting the planet.

“It is a great pleasure for the Gates Foundation, working with the government of Nigeria, to support, protect and promote breastfeeding in Nigeria as part of the commemoration of the WBW.

“Two things are remarkable and noteworthy about this year’s celebration. The first is the theme that is connected to sustainable development.

“The COVID-19 pandemic with its associated disruptions and impact on life is another factor that necessitates us to support mothers with the right information on breastfeeding,’’ he said.

Ajieroh said that the present rate of exclusive breastfeeding in Nigeria stood at 29 per cent, and expressed optimism that achieving the target of 50 per cent by 2025 was feasible.

Dr Simeon Nanama of UNICEF noted that the 2020 world breastfeeding week came at a time when the world faced the challenges of climate and the COVID-19 pandemic.

He said that the theme of the 2020 commemoration “Support Breastfeeding for a Healthier Planet,’’ was relevant in highlighting those global challenges.

“The theme, “Support Breastfeeding for a Healthier Planet’’ is remarkable because it is coming at a time when the world faces two major challenges, climate change and the VOVID-19 pandemic.

“It  shows the important role breastfeeding can play in solving these global challenges .

“It is cheering to note that Nigeria has made steady progress in exclusive breastfeeding, having moved from 17 per cent to 29 per cent in the last few years.

“The 50 per cent target for 2025 is achievable,’’ he said.

The Director of Family Health at the Federal Ministry of Health, Dr Salma Anas-Kolo, said that women that exclusively breastfed their children were contributing to a healthy environment.

She said that exclusive breastfeeding of infants for the first six months played a major role in raising a crop of intelligent youths that would provide purposeful leadership in future.

Anas-Kolo called on all women and men to continue to support and promote exclusive breastfeeding through advocacy and sensitisation.

Dr Uche Ralph-Opara of Alive and Thrive said that the organisation had, in the last few years, supported some states in Nigeria through survey to establish the status of exclusive  breastfeeding.

She said that findings showed that many mothers believed that due to hot weather, their infants needed to supplement breast milk with some quantity of water.

“The breast milk contains 80 per cent water, so the infants can get all the water they require at any point in time from breast milk,’’ she said.

The webinar drew participants from the academia, NGOs, government and other stakeholders.

WBW is a global campaign to raise awareness and galvanise action on themes related to breastfeeding.

It is celebrated between August 1 and August 7 every year in commemoration of the 1990 Innocent Declaration.

In line with this year’s theme of the event, WHO and UNICEF have called on governments to protect and promote women’s access to skilled breastfeeding counseling.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Ejike Obeta (NAN)

 

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