Mr Jones Bamidele, Chief Photojournalist at News Agency of Nigeria , has led a team of six photographers to participate in the Green Action Photo Exhibition in commemoration of 2020 World Environment Day.
The virtual group photo exhibition, curated by Art for Humanity in partnership with the Embassy of Sweden in Nigeria, opened to the public on Friday by noon.
Mr Osaze Efe, the Executive Director of Art for Humanity, said the exhibition would run from June 5 through June 12, 2020, and urged the public to log on to “greenactionexhihibition.com” to view the work of the artists.
Efe further said: “The work of the six photographers are reminding us of a hurting planet and why a greener earth is critical to the future of mankind.
“Let’s push their messages further and make our environment worth living in because environmental pollution is a menace to the future of mankind.
“In the new world, meet artists and advocates who are using their visual voice to amplify the call for a greener earth,” he said.
Other exhibitors along with Bamidele are Mark Silas, Abdulrasaq Adebayo, Jerry Chidi, Oke Oluwasegun and Muhammad Mubarak.
Jones exhibited a total of five photographs that speak to pipeline explosion and its impact on the environment; rain and accompanying flood which carries and empties the plastic waste it carries on the road; fire disasters in the cities that cause serious air pollution; and oil spillage in rivers which impede farming and fishing in local riverine communities.
Mark Silas is a photographer, educator and a data analyst whose four pictures captured in Kaduna State are a narrative of how unhealthy environments wield devastating impact on global health and human safety. His photographs therefore call for a friendly environmental behaviour.
Abdulrasaq Adebayo’s two pictures shot in Lagos speak on a single-use plastics such as plastic bottles which find their way into our drains, rivers and oceans, thereby endangering people and life underwater, leading to acute flooding and also cause threat to human existence.
Jerry Chidi’s four-piece contribution is an environmental awakening drawn from his long term projects spanning over a period of nine years.
He says “Photography may not change the world but it can be employed in creating awareness on sustainable issues involving humans and the environment; such awareness then change the world”.
Oke Oluwasegun is a documentary photographer based in Ogbomoso, Oyo state. His Green Action series of eight pictures is based on review of human activities and its effect on the climate change which calls for an urgent action.
He did his work in Makoko community which is one of Africa’s most unique inner-city slums, with a third of the community built on stilts in a lagoon off the Lagos mainland.
He said: “The main objective of my visit to this slum is to raise awareness to both government and private organisations for emergency support for a cleaner and healthy environment.”
Labour Party dissociates self from CUPP lawsuit against FG
The Labour Party (LP) has dissociated itself from the lawsuit instituted against the Federal Government by the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP).
The National Chairman of LP, Alhaji Abdulsalam Abdulkadir, at a news conference on Monday in Abuja, said he and his party, which was a stakeholder in the organisation of the opposition parties, were not in support of the action.
“I have been forced to address this news conference by the recent media controversy as well as the action taken by an individual to sue service chiefs in the name of CUPP, an organisation that I am a relevant and senior member of.
“This decision, as well as many others taken by this individual, has not been one borne out of consultations among members but a decision exclusively his.
“This habit, therefore, brings the question of why he did not use his own Political Party, rather than an organisation comprising other political entities.
“An individual should not and cannot continue to act in the interest of the whole without due consultation and approvals.
“I want to state categorically, as a formidable stakeholder in CUPP, that I am against the action of suing the Federal Government on the issue of the continuous stay of the service chiefs.
“Let me also state that I and the Labour Party, do not support the federal government’s decision to continue to retain the Service Chiefs in the face of rising insecurity in the North East and other parts of the country.
“However, we would not also allow ourselves to be dragged or become a party to a circus suit aimed primarily at promoting an individual’s quest for popularity and misplaced political relevance rather than at exacting justice for the Nigerian people,” he said.
Abdulkadir added that the law suit, no matter how pleasing it sounds, is not geared towards yielding a decisively positive result in the Courts but is geared towards making mockery of our judicial processes.
According to him, the Labour Party and I, will not be a party to reducing our national institutions into a mere circus and I therefore distance myself from the law suit.
“We cannot embark on a ludicrous journey aimed at taking undue advantage of our judicial process.
“Even though, we are an opposition Party and a standing member of the CUPP, we cannot continue be a part of an individual’s quest to weaken our national institutions and systems, when we are striving and hoping to take control of them in the future.”
Abdulkadir said that other executive members had watched with dismay how some persons who were not members of the Steering Committee had ran away with the organisation meant to represent a coalition of over seventy individual political interests, without recourse to the Steering Committee or the sensibilities of other partners.
“This has gone on for a long time in spite of concerted and concerned calls from all and sundry.
“The CUPP is made up of mature, respectable and responsible individuals and entities, which may explain why a lot of restraint have been exercised and members have been refrained from having a public showdown,” he said.
Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Felix Ajide (NAN)
Flour Mills announces AGM attendance by proxy Sept. 10
Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc has announced that its 60th Annual General Meeting (AGM) scheduled for Sept. 10, would be by proxy and live streaming.
Mr Joseph Umolu, the Company Secretary, disclosed in a notice posted on the website of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) on Monday in Lagos.
Umolu said: “In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, the restrictions on mass gathering and in line with the guidelines issued by the Corporate Affairs Commission on holding AGMs using proxies, attendance at the AGM shall be by proxy.
“Consequently, a member entitled to attend and vote at the AGM is advised to select from the listed proposed proxies to attend in his stead,” he said.
The listed proxies are, Mr John Coumantaris; Dr Emmanuel Ukpabi; Mr Paul Gbedebo; Dr Salamatu Suleiman; Sir Sunny Nwosu; Mr Adesina Oladepo; Mr Boniface Okezie; Mrs Esther Augustine; Mr Nonah Awoh and Chief Timothy Adesiyan.
Umolu informed shareholders that the proxy form was attached to the annual report of the company and also available on url:shorturl.at/mp349.
He disclosed that dividends, if approved, would be paid on Sept. 14 to shareholders.
The secretary also informed shareholders that some dividend warrants had been returned to the registrar as unclaimed.
He urged shareholders to open bank accounts, stockbroking accounts and CSCS accounts for the purpose of e-dividend and bonus.
Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)
Gov. AbdulRazak constitutes visitation panels to Kwara Poly, Aviation College
Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara State has approved the constitution of visitation Panel for the Kwara State Polytechnic and International Aviation College, Ilorin.
In a statement, Hajiya Sa’adatu Modibbo-Kawu, Kwara Commissioner for Tertiary Education, Science and Technology said on Monday that the visitation panel will be chaired by Dr. Fatai Bello.
She stated that Bello was Country Representative of the Global Fund, a United Nations’ agency in Nigeria and former Council member of the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Ilorin.
According to her, other members of the panel include Mr Suleiman Talban Lafiagi; AbdulGaniyu Sani, a Chartered Accountant/ forensic audit expert; Muyideen Aliyu, Rtd Director of SSS; Mrs. Yetunde Adekeye, former Principal, School of Midwifery; and Hajiya Asmau Yusuf Saka, Rtd Banker/Accountant.
She disclosed that the Assistant Director of the Kwara State Ministry of Tertiary Education, Science and Technology, Ayansola Justina, will act as the secretary of the visitation panel.
Kawu-Modibbo also said the governor has also accepted the appointment of Prof. AbdulGaniyu Alabi, former Dean, College of Engineering, Kwara State University (KWASU), as chairman of International Aviation College Visitation Panel.
She noted that other members of the visitation panel are: Mr AbdulFatai Olajide, Private Chartered Accountant and Auditor as member, and Mrs Christina Amudipe, a Primary Health Consultant ad member, among others.
Edited By: Felix Ajide (NAN)
Nigerian Breweries earns N152bn revenue in 6 months
Nigerian Breweries Plc says it earned a revenue of N152 billion for the half-year (H1) ended June 30, 2020.
Mrs Sade Morgan, Corporate Affairs Director said this in a financial report on the company’s unaudited and provisional results sent to the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) on Monday in Lagos.
A breakdown of the results showed that the revenue of N152 billion was a drop, compared to the N170 billion recorded in the corresponding period of 2019.
According to the report, the Company also made a N5.70 billion Profit after tax in the period under review.
“The half-year results for the 2020 financial year show a strong balance sheet for the Company despite several factors that negatively impacted on the Company’s operations, such as an increase in Excise Duty, a rise in inflation, an increase in VAT from 5 to 7.5 per cent, as well as the impact of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic on businesses worldwide.
“Despite these challenges, the Company’s financial position shows stability and sustained profitability.
“To support the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, the Company, during the period under review, made various donations in cash and kind valued at about N531 million out of a phased commitment of N600 million to the Federal and State Governments’ Covid-19 Relief Funds,” the statement said.
The Board of Directors commended the company’s management for its efforts to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on the business.
It also lauded the prudent management of its resources as reflected in a seven per cent reduction in expenses incurred on marketing, distribution, and administration.
“The Board expressed confidence that the Company is well-positioned to continue to deliver return on investment to Shareholders.
According to the Board, the Company’s priority during this period “remains ensuring the health, safety and welfare of employees, customers and partners”.
Edited By: Edith Bolokor/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)