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Former Olympic and Commonwealth Games athletes and major stakeholders in Nigerian sport will gather in Lagos to receive the Queen’s Baton, which is expected to arrive in the country on April 1. To ensure a befitting reception for the Baton, which arrival will kick start activities leading to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) and the Ministry of Sports have lined up a series of activities to celebrate the event.

Speaking in Lagos yesterday, Chairperson of the Queen’s Baton Committee, Hauwa Kulu-Akinyemi said the Baton, which was officially launched by British Monarch, Queen Elizabeth 11 at the Buckingham Place on March 13, has been on a 388-day journey covering all the 70 Commonwealth countries.

According top Kulu-Akinyemi, “The Baton, accompanied by a five-man international team will arrive in Nigeria on April 1 and depart on April 5, 2017. In tradition with the Queen’s Baton protocol, it has always been presented to the nation’s highest authority hence on its previous visits to Nigeria, the Queen’s Baton had always been received by Mr. President.

“However, due to logistics, this time around, the Queen’s Baton will be celebrated in the city of Lagos alone. The city of Lagos hosted the 2002 and 2014 editions of the event.”
She said the activities lined up to celebrate the Queen’s Baton arrival in Nigeria include a reception on April 1, adding, “April 2 being a Sunday will be a rest day for the visiting team, while on April 3, the Baton will be presented to Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode.

“Thereafter, the Baton Relay train will proceed to the National Stadium where series of activities have been lined up. These include a city float, leading to a relay pack of past Commonwealth athletes, Olympians and Paralympians, from National Stadium through Western Avenue to Ojuelegba and back to the stadium.”

She added that the Baton will on April 4 visit NOC’s partner school, Greensprings Schools at Lekki, stop over at Oba S.A Elegushi’s Palace, visit the British Council before leaving for Kenya on April 5 in continuation of the global tour.

A United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Ambassador, Emmanuel Ejiogu has urged government to adopt sport as an instrument of peace and growth. He also urged philantropists and corporate organisations to invest in sporting activities because its helps to develop individuals as well as unite the nation.

Speaking at Divine Step Schools, Lagos, yesterday ahead of next week’s commemoration of the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP), Ejiogu, who is the president of Youth Orientation Development, a non-governmental organisation affiliated to UNESCO, said “Sport has proven to be a cost effective and flexible tool in promoting peace and development objectives. Due to its vast reach, unparalleled popularity and foundation of positive values, sport is ideally positioned to contribute towards the UN objectives for development and peace.

“To raise awareness of this potential, April 6, of every year was declared as the IDSDP by the UN General Assembly. We are therefore calling on government and well meaning Nigerians to invest more on sporting activities as it can help bridge our gaps, break down barriers, mend fences and build our infrastructures.”

He noted that a country like Nigeria that is already bedevilled with so many discordant elements should embrace sports as a flexible tool in promoting peace and development.
He said the theme for this year’s celebration, which is “Sporting Together for a Peaceful Nation,” is apt as the United Nations is aware of the positive influence sport can have on the advancement of human rights, social and economic development.

Echoing Ejiogu’s view, UNESCO-YOD representative from Germany, Mrs. Clara Odeh said sports exposed participants to important key values that would help them form great personalities.

“The practice of sport is a recognised instrument for promoting peace. It also plays a significant role as a promoter of social integration and economic development in different geographical, cultural and political contexts. It is indeed a powerful tool to strengthen social networks, and to promote ideals of peace, solidarity and tolerance,” she said.

The Proprietress of the school, Mrs. Francisca Nwachukwu expressed optimism that through the awareness the nation would take decisive steps that would bring the desired results.

SPORTS / Super Eagles’ Emerging Talents Thrill Rohr
« on: Today at 07:27:49 AM »
Coach Rohr had the chance to watch some of Nigeria’s youngsters in a two-a-side training game…on Monday.

Super Eagles’ Manager, Gernor Rohr, believes the country’s emerging talents will make Nigeria difficult to beat in the near future. The coach has had a rare opportunity to be with his squad for up to four days and his findings gladden his heart.

Nigeria played an international friendly against Senegal last week Thursday and were billed to meet Burkina Faso in another game on Monday. But visa hitches ensured the second match did not hold, but it gave Rohr the opportunity to see all his players in action in a two-a-side training game.

He said in the Super Eagles’ official twitter handle: “We planned two international friendlies but could only play one. However, we were still able to do some work.

“We have been able to see some new players and young Nigerian talents here in the UK, that could be part of our group in future.”
In the training session held at Barnet’s Hive Stadium, London, Rohr had the opportunity to run the rules over such new players as Ola Aina, Chuba Akpom, Isaac Success, Olanrewaju Kayode, Joel Bazee and Tyronne Ebuehi.

He revealed that with such players joining the side that are already top of the Russia World Cup qualifying group, Nigeria will soon regain its position among the best sides in world football.

The coach is thinking of combing the Nigerian league to look for strong legs to complement the talents based in Europe.

“I will be back in Lagos next week to watch some NPFL games and see some of our home stars in action as we continue to plan ahead,” he said.

Meanwhile, England coach, Gareth Southgate, has insisted that he won’t force players who have dual nationality to represent the Three Lions, stating that they should be honoured to wear the England jersey without persuasion.

In the last few days, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have held talks with Arsenal striker Chuba Akpom, Chelsea defender Ola Aina, Sunderland’s Josh Maja and QPR starlet Eze over committing their international future to the Super Eagles, while the progress of Ovie Ejaria at Liverpool is being monitored.

And it appears the leadership of the Federation was successful in the approach, with Akpom, Aina and Eze training with the national team in London this week.

“In the end I have to focus on players who are desperate to play for England. I am not aware those sorts of players are wanting to play for England or not really…, ” Southgate said.

“I didn’t get capped until I was 25 and I had no interest in playing for anyone else. I am English and proud to be English and I think part of your identity as a national team has to be pride in the shirt.

“So for me the commitment has to come from the player.”

SPORTS / NBBF Confirms April 10 For Zenith Basketball League
« on: Today at 07:21:45 AM »
The Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) yesterday confirmed that the 2017 Zenith Bank Basketball League would dunk off on April 10 in Abuja.

The federation, which received the N35 million sponsorship fee from Zenith Bank at the bank’s headquarters in Lagos yesterday, also used the opportunity to assure the stakeholders that everything had been put in place to ensure a successful season.

Speaking after receiving the sponsorship cheque from Zenith Bank, NBBF President, Tijani Umar, thanked the sponsors for having faith in the federation, adding, “it is not very easy for a partnership to be together for so long, I really want to thank Zenith Bank for standing by us for the past 13 years till this moment. I was privileged to be a board member when it all started in 2005 and remarkably, it has been moving from strength to strength.

“In the eight years God has given me the opportunity to lead the board, it has blossomed, and today, I am part of the success story of the Zenith Bank’s sponsorship of the national women basketball league.
“When we started, we have five teams competing, but after 13 years, we now have 18 teams competing which shows how far we have gone.”

Also speaking at the event, Zenith Bank’s Deputy Managing Director, Ebenezer Onyeagwu, said contributing to the development of basketball over the years was a delight to the organization.

He added: “We take sports seriously and that is why we have been with basketball for this long period. It is a delight that many of the players have developed to represent Nigeria at international competitions and that is a success story for us.

“There have been testimonies of players discovered through the league who are now playing abroad. This has given us joy that the initiative we started from humble beginning has grown to become a very big league.”

SPORTS / Brazil Book World Cup Berth As Argentina Collapse
« on: Today at 07:17:10 AM »
Brazil became the first team to qualify for the World Cup on Tuesday after beating Paraguay to clinch an eighth consecutive victory as Argentina’s campaign stumbled after the shock suspension of Lionel Messi.

Five-time champions Brazil had been left waiting in suspense after goals from Neymar, Philippe Coutinho and Marcelo handed them a 3-0 win over the Paraguayans at Sao Paulo’s Arena Corinthians.

But Uruguay’s upset 2-1 defeat to Peru in the day’s final South American qualifier combined with other results meant Brazil are mathematically guaranteed a place at next year’s finals in Russia.

The qualification completes an astonishing turnaround for Brazil, who less than a year ago were in crisis after taking only nine points from six games.
That run of results had left the Brazilians outside the qualifying places in sixth place.

The further embarrassment of a first round exit at last year’s Copa America Centenario only deepened the sense of despondency.

However the sacking of former coach Dunga and the appointment of former Corinthians coach Tite was the catalyst for a Brazilian resurgence.

That revival saw Brazil take maximum points from their next eight qualifying games, leaving them nine points clear on Tuesday with four games left.

Against Paraguay, Brazil were already in party mode, with Coutinho opening the scoring on 34 minutes following a deft one-two with China-based midfielder Paulinho.

Neymar had a chance to make it 2-0 in the 53rd minute from the penalty spot only to see his kick saved by Anthony Silva.

On 64 minutes Neymar doubled Brazil’s tally, collecting the ball deep inside his own half and setting off on a surging run down the left flank.

Neymar’s dribble ended with him curling in a shot which took a slight deflection on its way into the Paraguayan goal. Real Madrid defender Marcelo added a late third to seal Brazil’s win.

– No Messi, big problem –
While Brazil celebrated, Argentina and Messi were left digesting another stumble in their progress towards Russia as they slumped to a 2-0 defeat in La Paz.

Argentina had been rocked just hours before kick-off after confirmation Messi had been hit with a four-match ban following a ruling from disciplinary chiefs at world governing body FIFA in Zurich.

The Barcelona superstar was stunned after being suspended for four of Argentina’s five remaining World Cup qualification matches for swearing at an official in a game against Chile last week.

Messi’s suspension left Argentina coach Edgardo Bauza forced to make a hasty reshuffle to his starting line-up, bringing in Atletico Madrid’s Angel Correa in attack while leaving Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero on the bench.

But Argentina, clearly struggling in the thin air of La Paz, which is 3,600 metres (11,800 feet) above sea level, were well beaten at the Estadio Hernando Siles.

Bolivia, desperate for three points, tore into Argentina from the opening whistle, spending long periods camped around their opponents’ area.

Juan Carlos Arce opened the scoring for Bolivia on 31 minutes, heading in Pablo Escobar’s inviting cross before Marcelo Martins doubled the home side’s lead early the second half.

The defeat leaves Argentina languishing just outside the automatic qualifying places following results elsewhere Tuesday.

Chile moved up to fourth place with a 3-1 win over Venezuela in Santiago, Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez opening the scoring with a stunning early free-kick. Esteban Paredes scored twice for Chile to give the host a 3-0 lead before Salomon Rondon pulled a goal back for Venezuela.

In Quito, Real Madrid star James Rodriguez scored one goal and set up another for Juan Cuadrado as Colombia beat Ecuador 2-0.

The pace of Islamic banking model in the country is fast gaining momentum, just as the Non-Interest Banking unit of Sterling Bank Plc got a $15 million facility from the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD).

ICD, a multilateral development financial institution said it recognised the contribution of the Sterling Bank to the growth of Islamic banking in Nigeria and Africa barely four years after it commenced operations.

It also commended the bank’s ability to use non-interest banking contracts to structure transactions in the most unique manner.

It would be recalled that the in 2014 and 2015, Sterling Bank received a line of $25 million from the International Islamic Finance Trade Corporation (ITFC) and $30 million from the ICD, both of which are members of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) Group.
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) had in 2016, approved an array of innovative non-interest financial instruments, which will keep the franchise ahead of industry performance.

ICD was established in November 1999 to support the economic development of its member countries through the provision of finance for private sector projects, promoting competition and entrepreneurship, providing advisory services to the governments and private companies and encouraging cross border investments.

But Sterling Bank noted that the fund would provide the much-needed liquidity to finance additional projects for the benefit of the public, assuring that it would make good use of the facility.

It also stated that it would continue to support the overall objectives of ICD, which is mainly to finance projects and provide a wide range of financial products and services, support the development of Islamic financing in Nigeria and beyond through business expansion and complement the role played by ICD in the promotion of the private sector as a vehicle for boosting economic growth and prosperity.

It would be recalled that Sterling Bank Plc last year, bagged the Non-Interest Bank of the Year Africa award, for its non-interest banking window- Sterling Alternative Finance.

The award, courtesy of “The European,” is one of the major categories at the Global Banking and Finance awards held in London.

With about 200 branches offering non-interest banking services, the bank’s coverage is considered the best in Africa, quality of staff, consultants and advisors such as Sheikh Abdulkader Thomas who belongs to several advisory boards globally.

The bank has assured that it will continue to intensify efforts to sell Sterling Alternative Finance offerings to customers and prospects and remain a reference institution in non-interest banking not only in Africa but globally.

…Charge ANLCA, NAGAFF to eschew violence
The International Freight Forwarders Association (IFFA), has vowed to deploy strategic mechanisms to ensure that activities boomed again at the Lillypond Container Terminal Limited.

The IFFA also inaugurated another chapter at the Ijora area of Apapa, Lagos State, also charged sister associations including the Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA), and the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF).

It charged them to eschew violence and avoidable confrontations with the Federal Government by threatening to shut down the ports, but should rather embrace peace and constructive argument.

The Forwarders’ President, Dr. Sam Onyemelukwe, who inaugurated the Ijora Chapter, noted that his group comprised professionals committed to the advancement of their business interests as well as to stimulate growth and development in the freight forwarding sector, while also supporting government’s efforts in growing the economy through the seaports.
In the face of prevailing economic instability, the group promised to collaborate with other port stakeholders to make maritime and freight the number one revenue earner of the Federal Government.

He enjoined members of the association nationwide to disregard any directive on industrial action and withdrawal of services declared last week by ANLCA and NAGAFF. Both groups had given the Federal Government a 21-day ultimatum to look into cases of corruption and extortion of their members inside the port.

“We must move away from the old, primordial tendencies of militancy evident in issuing unnecessary ultimatums, withdrawal of services, closing down of the ports, strikes, violent protests and their likes. Problems are better solved through continuous engagements and interfacing among stakeholders by effective dialogue to articulate plans and measures that will engender progress,” he said.

In his acceptance speech, Chairman of the Ijora-Lillypond Chapter of IFFA, Chief Lawrence Ubah, noted that the moribund condition of the Lillypond Container Terminal is worrisome to major stakeholders, hence the establishment of the IFFA at Ijora.
According to him, all the known, and existing associations that had all it takes to bring back the glory of Lillypond Terminal, and its Customs Tin Can Island 2 Command, had failed to do so.

He assured the Tin Can 2 Customs Comptroller, Mahmud Dalhat, that the coming of the association would bring a turnaround in his Command, and increase its revenue generation.

Ubah also assured the terminal operators and other government agencies at Lillypond that the association is set to bring about the needed connections and contacts to revive the terminal.

“IFFA is the only association for now that has all it takes to bring back the glory of Lillypond Command. This is evident and can be attested to by the crème of personalities and groups of people who are members of IFFA”

“The IFFA executives inaugurated today have come on a rescue mission, we have come to fulfill the mission of freight forwarders in Ijora, we are here as the last hope of the common agents and young freight forwarders,” he said.

•Government targets $18 billion by 2019
To boost bilateral ties and increase inflows of foreign direct investments, stakeholders within Nigeria and Norway have sought opportunities in the non-oil sector in addressing economic challenges bedevilling the two nations.

Besides, the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) has identified a potential earning of $18 billion from non-oil export sector by 2019 if opportunities in the sector are properly harnessed.

According to stakeholders, the challenges impacting both on the Nigerian and Norwegian national economies have created unprecedented opportunities to strengthen commerce and investment ties between our countries.

Speaking at the Nigerian Norwegian Chamber of Commerce’s quarterly business roundtable in Lagos, the Chairman of the Chamber, Chijioke Igwe stated that though the global economy is undergoing both structural and cyclical adjustments, due in part to the collapse of energy prices, there are significant areas of complement across the economic landscapes of both Norway and Nigeria.
He said: “Both our countries have had a long and productive trade relationship over many years; both economies are also committed to economic diversification from the traditional engine of growth, the energy sector

“While Norway has a highly developed industrial and services base, Nigeria presents viable investment potential, with the wealth of human capital, agriculture, mineral resources, infrastructure and value added manufacturing”.

The Chief Executive Officer of NEPC, Olusegun Awolowo stated that the Federal Government’s agenda to replace oil as the major national foreign exchange earner will see the country’s earnings growing to $30 billion by 2025 if there is an increase in production output from farms, while exporters explore ways to penetrate new markets.

Awolowo stated that the outputs from the farms are very low to meet local demand, even as pressure rises to increase foreign exchange earnings from non-oil export.

“The world’s largest exporters tend to be wealthier than other nations even as only three countries in the top 20 exporters depend mainly on oil exports. It is time for Nigeria to plan for a future with zero oil. As such we are focusing on sectors based on financial value, degree of complexity and products where the nation has comparative advantage”, he added.

Citing the need to deepen trade ties between Nigeria and EU countries, the Head of Trade and Economics section, EU Common Embassy in Nigeria, Filippo Amato stated that the body is interested in the development of the country and would not jeopardise its growth.

Igwe added that the NNCC was established in order to create a platform to facilitate trade and investment, remove perception barriers and mitigate transaction risks that its members might experience in exploiting the commercial potential in Nigeria.

NEWS / Britain To Launch EU Exit Process Wednesday
« on: Today at 06:59:17 AM »
Britain formally launches the process for leaving the European Union on Wednesday, a historic step that has divided the country and thrown into question the future of the European project.

Just days after the EU’s 60th birthday, Britain is poised to become the first country ever to seek a divorce, striking a blow at the heart of the union forged from the ashes of World War II.

Nine months since the shock British referendum vote to leave the EU, Prime Minister Theresa May will trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, meaning Britain is set to leave the EU in 2019.

“We must no longer be defined by the votes we cast in the referendum — but a determination to make a success of the result,” May will tell MPs later on Wednesday, according to extracts of her speech released by her Downing Street office.
“The triggering of Article 50 is the moment for the country to come together,” May will say, a day after Scotland’s parliament voted in favour of holding a fresh referendum on independence from Britain, in a bid to hold on to EU ties.

May has already signed the Brexit letter to be delivered to EU president Donald Tusk on Wednesday.

The two leaders spoke by phone on Tuesday ahead of the momentous event.

Brussels and London face monumentally difficult negotiations over outstanding bills, immigration and future trade ties.

The process has already split Britain, where 52 percent voted for Brexit last June, but 48 percent wanted to stay in the EU — including a majority in Scotland, which has renewed its threat to secede.

On Tuesday, Scotland’s semi-autonomous parliament backed a call by its nationalist government for a new referendum on independence before Brexit.

Scotland is particularly concerned about leaving Europe’s single market — the price May says must be paid to end mass migration, a key voter concern.

The prime minister rebuffed the referendum request and has vowed to fight for a new relationship with Brussels that will leave Britain stronger and more united than before.

The EU, too, is determined to preserve its own unity and has said that any Brexit deal must not encourage other countries to follow Britain out the door.

– Brexit ‘best thing’ –

Britons are as divided as they were in the referendum.

Tens of thousands of people marched through London on Saturday demanding Britain keep its 44-year-old EU membership, urging politicians to “stop this madness”.

But many are elated after waiting years for this moment, including 66-year-old pensioner Christine Garrett who was out shopping at a street market in Bethnal Green in east London.

“I think we could stand on our own two feet as a country. What do they do for us? Nothing,” she said.

Pushing her pram nearby was Julia Rogers, 38, who disagreed saying: “It’s going to be a disaster”.

In the City of London financial hub, employees were mostly worried about the implications of Brexit.

“I think it’s quite a sorry state of affairs,” said Daniel Smith, 41, adding: “We’ve sort of backed ourselves into a corner that we can’t get out of”.

– Budget battles –

The EU is expected to issue a first response to Britain on Friday, followed by a summit of EU leaders on April 29 to adopt their own guidelines — meaning it could be weeks before formal talks start.

Their priority is settling Britain’s outstanding obligations, estimated between 55 and 60 billion euros ($59 and $65 billion) — an early battle that could set the tone for the rest of the negotiations.

Both sides have also said they are keen to resolve the status of more than three million European nationals living in Britain after Brexit, and one million British expats living in the EU.

The two sides also want to ensure Brexit does not exacerbate tensions in Northern Ireland, the once troubled British province which will become the country’s only hard border with the rest of the EU.

Britain also wants to reach a new free trade agreement within the two-year timeframe, although it has conceded that a transitional deal might be necessary to allow Britain to adapt to its new reality.

Many business leaders are deeply uneasy about May’s decision to leave Europe’s single market, a free trade area of 500 million people, fearing its impact on jobs and economic growth.

The Brexit vote sent the pound plunging, although economic growth has been largely stable since then.

– Walking away –

With the challenges ahead, there is a real chance that negotiations will break down and Britain will be forced out of the EU without any deal in place.

This could be highly damaging for both sides, by erecting trade barriers where none now exist as well as creating huge legal uncertainty.
May has said that “no deal is better than a bad deal”, and she has the support of pro-Brexit hardliners in her Conservative party, who have been campaigning for decades to leave the EU.

While talk of walking away has softened as the negotiations loom, experts say it may be her only trump card in a process in which the ticking clock means the EU will hold most of the cards.

“This marks the end of the period when our government was in control,” said Professor Anand Menon, director of the “UK in a Changing Europe” programme.

Internet subscriptions in Nigeria seem to have sustained a downward profile, as about 1, 275, 573 consumers appeared to have fallen off the radar in one month. This is going by the recently released Subscribers’ Statistics for the month of February by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

Specifically, in the last three months ending in February, operators appeared to be losing subscribers at the end of every 31 days. For instance, the figure, which fluctuated between 93.1 million and 92.4 million between October and November 2016 respectively, declined to 91.8 million in December, meaning that the service providers lost 536,346 subscribers within the period.

The continuous downward profile could pose a big threat to Federal Government’s target of 80 per cent Internet penetration and 30 per cent broadband target set for 2018 across the country. This is even as about 207 communities with about 40 million people residing have been discovered newly not to have access to any telecommunications services.

By January ending, the players have lost 605,586 subscribers as a result of the difference between 91.88 million in December and January figure of 91.27 million. The loss came to 1.27 million at the end of February because of the fall from 91.27 million to 89.99 million.
Further analysis of the NCC statistics revealed that the Internet users on both GSM technology platforms and Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA), networks dropped from 91,304,755 in January to 90,029,182 in February.

It also showed that, of the 90,029,182 Internet users in February, 89,998,873 were on GSM networks, while 30,309 were on CDMA networks.

The data revealed that MTN had 30,300,705 subscribers browsing the Internet on its network in the month under review. MTN recorded a drop of 714,700 subscribers in February after recording 31,015,405 in January.

According to the data, Globacom had 26,932,485 customers surfing the net on its network in February, revealing a decline of 143,787 users from the 27,076,272 who surfed the internet on the network in January.

Airtel had 19,468,684 Internet users in February, reducing by 149,801, and the number of customers in its January record of 19,618,485.

The data also showed that Etisalat had 13,296,999 customers who browsed the internet in February. It recorded a decrease of 267,285 users from the 13,564,284 users it recorded in January.

The NCC data revealed that the CDMA operators, Multi-Links and Visafone, had a joint total of 30,309 Internet users on their networks in February, maintaining their January record.

Commenting on the slide, the President, National Association of Telecoms Subscribers of Nigeria (NATCOMS), Chief Deolu Ogunbanjo, in a telephone interview with The Guardian, said it was unfortunate that at a time like this, Nigeria is experiencing a dip in penetration.

Ogunbanjo said as nation, there is a need to develop policies that would bring people online because it is going to be positive on the economy.

“A situation where government is considering increase in data price and imposition of nine per cent Communication Service Tax (CST) on users should be discouraged totally. Once again, we are saying data price should fall,” he stated.

Ogunbanjo, who also stressed that the economic situation in the country is also having negative impact on subscribers, noted that users are not discarding their SIMs, “they rather do welcome back with the operators if need be.”

According to him, the figure would continue to fluctuate until there is a kind of stability in the economy and availability of disposable income.

Like Ogunbanjo, another telecoms expert, Kehinde Aluko, said the huge drop could be as a result of the biting economic times in the country that has seen a huge drop in the living standards of Nigerians and a diversion of resources towards food and other essentials for survival.

Beyond the issue of economic challenges, The Guardian also gathered that it could be that Internet subscribers are jettison the services of the quartet of MTN, Globacom, Airtel and Etisalat, which they considered not being reliable and which still run majorly on narrow-band to operators, whose core businesses are data services like Spectranet, Smile, Swift, nTel and others.
Meanwhile, the Internet Society said the slowdown in Internet growth rates, particularly in regions that were already falling behind the global average, lends urgency to the group’s objective to connect the unconnected.

Internet Society, which reported a 15 per cent fall in Internet users across sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), noted that there was evidence that existing users are increasingly concerned about privacy and security issues worldwide, and this may start to spill over to new users, who might become more reluctant to go online.
According to it, there have been reported cases of data breaches, which also necessitated the issue of online trust.

“If people trust the Internet, they are more likely to use it. Trust is at the heart of the Internet economy, and more and more at the heart of economic growth. This lends urgency to our objective to promote and restore trust in the Internet.

“Users are increasingly aware of privacy and security issues in general, and specifically in relation to data breaches. The number of reported data breaches is increasing, while the full extent of breaches is unknown. The data shows the trend is for outside ......ers to attack organisations to gather data for identity theft, which is a direct attack on the organisations’ users.”

Nigeria will no longer play its international friendly matches in London, Super Eagles’ Manager, Gernot Rohr has revealed. The manager wants the Super Eagles to play their subsequent friendlies in Schengen states, which provides flexible ways in acquiring visas for sides playing friendlies in their countries, reports

Nigeria will be following the footsteps of Ghana, who had previously used London as their base but visa delays and the expensive nature of hosting the matches in the English capital have resulted in the Black Stars opting for French cities.

Burkina Faso, the third-placed finisher at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, had been expected to provide stiff opposition for Gernot Rohr’s team as it builds towards FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifiers in August and September against Cameroun. But seven Burkina Faso players failed to secure visas so Nigeria held a training game among its own squad at The Hive, home of English League Two club Barnet.

“Yes, yes, because it’s too complicated to get the visas, you know,” Rohr, 63, told when asked after the training game if Nigeria could stay away from friendlies in the U.K. in future.
“I think it’s better to stay in Schengen, in Europe than go to London where the people have problems. Even some players in our team couldn’t come, you know. They didn’t get the visa in time.”

Rohr pointed out the positive aspects of Nigeria’s short trip to London, though, noting that the training exercise had allowed him to make a fuller evaluation of his squad.

“We tried to find another team but it was too late,” the German said. “We had one very good game against a Senegal team [that was] so strong, so powerful, we learned a lot. Now we look forwards to our next games.

“The second game, between us, I could see everybody,” Rohr added. “Some players need to play because they don’t play all the time at their clubs. It was an opportunity for them.”

The strange situation allowed Rohr to see several of his star forwards at once, with Kelechi Iheanacho of Manchester City and Alex Iwobi of Arsenal lining up against Watford’s record signing Isaac Success, who made his debut against Senegal on Thursday.

•Buhari, VP, govs, Dangote, others greet APC chieftain
The Federal Government said yesterday that its economic recovery template was adopted from a former governor of Lagos State and national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

The Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, who spoke during the ninth annual Bola Tinubu Colloquium to mark his 65th birthday in Lagos, noted that the tax mobilisation formula and other policies the APC chieftain deployed as governor were what the Federal Government had adopted in its efforts to revamp the national economy.

This tribute by the Buhari government underscores the growing cordial relationship between the presidency and Tinubu. This contrasts with a notion of the existence of a no-love-lost relationship between President Muhammadu Buhari and Tinubu which was given expression recently when Tinubu’s protege Governor Akinwumi Ambode and his predecessor, now Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, had a public spat over the development of Airport Road in Lagos.

At the event titled, “Make it in Nigeria – Use what we make, make what we use”, Adeosun further revealed that states were adopting the Tinubu economic model.
Her words: “We are following that template which you laid down. Oil has proved to us that it is a very unreliable source of revenue. As a matter of fact, it is a lazy way of economic revenue.

“The situation we found ourselves today demands that we should have multiple sources of revenue. We need to create jobs for our people by diversifying the economy but unfortunately, what we had before now was an unproductive economy which solely depended on oil.”

The minister stressed that the nation needed to drive the economy by creating jobs, adding: “We will change Nigeria by consuming what we make and make what we use. Using what we make and consuming what we make is the best way towards economic recovery.

“The tax mobilisation we copied from Tinubu is what we are using. And we thank you for leading the way in tax collection. As a matter of fact, when you embarked on aggressive tax collection, which eventually led to increased internally generated revenue (IGR) in Lagos, many people complained. But the truth is that we all can see the massive infrastructural development achieved from your aggressive tax collection.”

Adeosun vowed that very soon, she would employ an aggressive tax system towards wealthy Nigerians similar to that of Tinubu.

In the meantime, encomiums have begun pouring in for the former governor.

According to President Muhammadu Buhari, the celebrant is the most outstanding South West politician of his generation.

Represented by the Minister of Interior, Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (rtd), the president noted: “Tinubu is a great mobiliser, very good at planning and executing government plan. He played a great role in the transformation of Lagos State. Today, it is no exaggeration to conclude that Tinubu and his associates, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Minister of Power, Housing and Works, Mr. Babatunde Fashola and the incumbent governor of the state, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, are the architects of the new Lagos.”

Ambode said the astute politician was a great political mentor whose products traversed the country.

His Ogun State counterpart, Ibikunle Amosun, extolled Tuinubu’s selfless service to humanity and the nation at large. Amosun’s predecessor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel described, the famous businessman as a great mind.

The Lagos and Osun Houses of Assembly also paid tributes to the former governor.

However, the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, noted that there were many unexplored business opportunities in Nigeria. According to him, many entrepreneurs fail in business due to poor electricity supply and inconsistent government policies. He commended Tinubu for laying the foundation that brought about the refinery he is building in the Lekki axis of the state.

Tinubu said the occasion “is about what a people united in purpose must do to improve their beloved country. Though our roles may be different some may work under the public glare and others labour without fanfare, we are all but servants to that goal.”
Guests included state governors, Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi ); Simon Lalong (Plateau); Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo); Nasir El-Rufai (Kaduna); Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo); Aminu Bello Massari (Katsina) and Abdulahi Ganduje (Kano).

Others were former Vice President Namadi Sambo; erstwhile governors Olusegun Osoba and Otunba Gbenga Daniel of Ogun; Niyi Adebayo (Ekiti) and Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom).

Also present were Oba of Lagos, Rilwanu Akiolu; Senator Gbenga Ashafa; Alhaji Lateef Jakande; Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar; Senator Femi Ojudu among others.

• Suspends consideration of REC-nominees
• ‘We will defend ourselves against external attacks’
• Customs absence stalls probe of SUV purchase

The Senate yesterday suspended the consideration of President Muhammadu Buhari’s nomination of 27 persons for appointment as Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs).

The upper legislative chamber hinged its decision on the president’s failure to respect its resolution not to confirm the nomination of the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, as the substantive helmsman of the agency.

With this development, the chilling cold war between the executive and the legislature is threatening to assume a hot dimension. That is, the two elephants which have been sizing up each other are now locked in fight and the grass- good governance – shall bear the brunt.

The executive and legislature are two crucial arms of government that should maintain a harmonious relationship to achieve good governance. A conflict between both will undermine an effective implementation of government policies and programmes.
Also yesterday, the Senate said it had resolved to defend its integrity and itself against any attack.

Rising from a marathon closed- session that lasted for two hours, the lawmakers declared that they would not be intimidated in the course of carrying out their responsibilities.

On the suspension of consideration of Buhari’s nomination, the Senate said it was wrong of the president to continue to keep Magu in acting capacity despite its decision that he should be replaced outright.

Adopting a motion sponsored by Peter Nwaoboshi (PDP, Delta North), the Senate directed its President, Bukola Saraki, to within two weeks convey its position about the non-replacement of Magu to Buhari and report back to allow it take further legislative action on the matter.

Deputy Senate Leader, Bala Ibn Na’Allah, had in a separate motion urged the lawmakers to consider the nomination of the REC-designates in accordance with section 14 (3)(a) of the Third Schedule of the constitution as amended.

But in a feat of anger, the senators rose in total disagreement with Na’Allah’s suggestion, asking that the nominations be rejected.

Nwaoboshi, in his argument, drew attention of his colleagues to what he called the disgraceful manner in which the Senate’s decision against Magu is being treated by the president. He specifically expressed disappointment with remarks allegedly made by the chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Anti-Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay, to the effect that the president could ignore the decision of the lawmakers on Magu and continue to keep him in acting capacity. He suggested that the REC nominees be sent back to the president.

It took the intervention of Saraki and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, to persuade the lawmakers to agree to suspend the consideration of the nomination for two weeks as most of them had already made up their minds to throw out the president’s request.

Defending his motion earlier, Nwaoboshi said: “Recently in this Senate, we have dealt with the issue of confirmation, and today, the chairman of the Presidential Committee on Anti-corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay, went to the press and said that the Senate merely confirms…

“And now we are being given a list to merely confirm. Look at the list, we have eight of them here out of 27, for reappointment, which means they are acting already, they are already working and they are still in position. Prof. Sagay will start again and say that even if we don’t confirm them, they can continue to act…

“My position on this matter is that since our confirmation is a ‘merely thing’, let us suspend it until we now know whether we have the power as given to us by the constitution to look into confirmation matters or any other status.”

The Deputy Whip, Francis Alimekhana, said: “There is no need to disapprove one and he goes back to say you can continue to act. The EFCC chairman that we disqualified in this hall is still acting. Among the reports that are agog in the newspapers, he is behind them. Magu is terrorising us because we disqualified him, and we cannot hide it. He is still acting and they are still bringing in nominees for us to confirm. If they know they can do it alone, let them do it.”

On its decision to resist intimidation, the Senate vowed that it would protect its integrity by doing whatever it takes to ensure that it is not taken for granted while discharging its constitutional responsibilities.

The Senate said it took the decision, following a series of coordinated attacks against it by external forces. Saraki, who made the disclosure, did not give details or reveal the identity of the external forces.
The lawmakers’ position may not be unconnected with the recent face-off with key members of the executive, particularly the Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Col. Hameed Ali (rtd) and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. David Babachir Lawal.

Senate spokesman, Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi yesterday clarified the controversy surrounding the importation of a vehicle, saying the chamber didn’t buy any SUV at N298 million.

At a press briefing in Abuja yesterday, Abdullahi said the correct price of the vehicle when it was imported in 2015 was $298,000 which at the prevailing rate of N165 to a dollar was about N49m.

The investigation into the alleged purchase of the SUV was stalled yesterday following the failure of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) to appear before the Committee on Ethics probing the matter.

Cummins Inc. - A global power leader, is a corporation of complementary business units that design, manufacture, distribute and service diesel and natural gas engines and related technologies, including fuel systems, controls, air handling, filtration, emission solutions and electrical power generation systems. Headquartered in Columbus, Indiana, (USA) Cummins currently employs approximately 48,000 people worldwide and serves customers in approximately 190 countries and territories through a network of approximately 600 company-owned and independent distributor locations and approximately 6,800 dealer locations. Cummins earned $1.48 billion on sales of $17.3 billion in 2013.


Req ID: 170001DD
Job Type Experienced - Professional / Office

Manages key product line lifecycles. Understands and interprets market and industry trends. Leads the marketing initiatives for new product introduction and existing product change introduction.
Develops the long-term product line strategy, forecast, and the annual operating plan.
Provides product line budget requirements into the business unit annual operating plan.
Drives the development of product introduction plans.
Develops all aspects of the marketing mix to ensure the successful launch of new products and throughout the subsequent lifecycle.
Presents marketing approach for functional review and to the change management review group.
Drives pricing activity throughout the product lifecycle.
Drives available marketing resources and uses those resources appropriately and as needed.
Ensures that the product branding strategy is implemented effectively, and leads and supports internal and external communications in relations to the product range.
Protects intellectual property of the organization, and works with legal counsel and engineering to ensure asset protection.
Uses market research capabilities to plan for and implements an appropriate approach based on the understanding of Cummins’ target market and competitors.
Defines and adopts, in the target market, a specific stance relative to the competition with the use of market research capabilities.
Drives improvement of customer satisfaction and solves elevated customer issues in relation to product.
Drives management of the product lifecycle; determines when products should be deemed obsolete.
Develops, implements, and measures results of product promotions.
Collaborates with other functions and global locations to ensure global profitability of the product line.
Recommends marketing process changes that will improve Value Package Introduction and Value Package Change processes.
Develops work plans for Product Managers and Associate Product Managers to deliver product line results; provides guidance and direction on problems and issues; delegates work assignments considering employee skills and development needs.

Education, Licenses, Certifications:

College, university, or equivalent degree in Marketing, Sales, technical, or a related subject required.

Significant relevant work experience required, including supervisory experience.

Managing Profitability - Understanding of the relative contributions of the multiple product lines in the business as well as the ability to develop and execute a product management plan that maximizes profitability of the business. If in a sales role, the person is capable of compiling and maintaining an account tracking document. This includes the capability to interrogate profitability results, product costs, et cetera and advise recommended actions.
Marketing Program Development - Able to apply existing product/placement strategies, structures, and policies to a product line(s).
Market Analysis - Able to deploy local processes to attain the most critical market information required to develop a specific product/product line plan.
Product Knowledge - Knowledge of the products. Able to create strategies to sell the features and benefits of new products. Identifies strategies to gather data to increase sales opportunities.
Market Positioning - Understands market positioning tools and can apply them.


Req ID: 170001DF
Location: Port Harcourt
Job Type: Experienced - Professional / Office

Manages customer relationships to achieve sales goals and executing sales plans within an assigned sales territory or account.
Sells company products and services by developing new prospects and accounts.
Achieves sales targets and ensures customer satisfaction.
Develops relationships to generate customer goodwill and loyalty.
Conducts negotiations according to company guidelines.
Identifies, researches, and contacts prospective customers and builds positive relationships that will generate future sales and repeat business.
Responds to customer concerns about the company and its products.
Provides leadership and mentoring to less experienced sales representatives.
Drives utilization of Cummins tools and processes (i.e. Customer Relationship Management, Customer focus Six Sigma).
Focus On Customer Needs:

Able to leverage network of customer contacts to attain customer specific information that will provide useful in making informed business decisions and increase understanding of customer needs.
Account Planning:

 Is able to develop strategies to grow business, formulate marketing plans, identify support needs and measure progress.
Understands what strategies need to be put in place to strengthen customer relationships.
Uses the Customer Market Profitability tools (such as OEM Supply Agreement CORP 04-05-00-00) that support account planning as well as customer loyalty NPS tools and process.
Sales Calls:

Able to formulate sales call plans, conduct calls according to plans, gather information and negotiate terms of sale.
Able to coach others.
Manage Customer Relationships:

Manages customer interactions and relationships to maximize sales opportunities. Utilizes appointment and customer contact management software.
Able to coach others to develop effective contact management habits.
Consistently demonstrates ability to establish rapport, meet commitments, and develop effective working relationships with customers.
Sales Negotiations:

Able to identify negotiating tactics used by customers and how to manage them.
Familiar with Customer Market Profitability tools (such as OEM Supply Agreement CORP 04-05-00-00) that can be utilized during negotiations.
Can recognize the balance of power within a negotiation and has the skills to alter that balance.
Drives toward collaborative relationships (i.e. win/win relationships).
Education, Licenses, Certifications

College, university, or equivalent degree in Marketing, Sales or a related subject or equivalent industry experience required.

Intermediate level of relevant work experience required.


Req ID: 170001DE
Job Type: Experienced - Professional / Office

Manages customer relationships to achieve sales goals and executing sales plans within an assigned sales territory or account.
Sells company products and services by developing new prospects and accounts.
Achieves sales targets and ensures customer satisfaction.
Develops relationships to generate customer goodwill and loyalty.
Conducts negotiations according to company guidelines.
Identifies, researches, and contacts prospective customers and builds positive relationships that will generate future sales and repeat business.
Responds to customer concerns about the company and its products.
Provides leadership and mentoring to less experienced sales representatives.
Drives utilization of Cummins tools and processes (i.e. Customer Relationship Management, Customer focus Six Sigma).

Focus On Customer Needs:

Able to leverage network of customer contacts to attain customer specific information that will provide useful in making informed business decisions and increase understanding of customer needs.

Account Planning:
 Is able to develop strategies to grow business, formulate marketing plans, identify support needs and measure progress.
Understands what strategies need to be put in place to strengthen customer relationships.
Uses the Customer Market Profitability tools (such as OEM Supply Agreement CORP 04-05-00-00) that support account planning as well as customer loyalty NPS tools and process.
Sales Calls:

Able to formulate sales call plans, conduct calls according to plans, gather information and negotiate terms of sale.
Able to coach others.
Manage Customer Relationships:

Manages customer interactions and relationships to maximize sales opportunities. Utilizes appointment and customer contact management software.
Able to coach others to develop effective contact management habits.
Consistently demonstrates ability to establish rapport, meet commitments, and develop effective working relationships with customers.
Sales Negotiations:

Able to identify negotiating tactics used by customers and how to manage them.
Familiar with Customer Market Profitability tools (such as OEM Supply Agreement CORP 04-05-00-00) that can be utilized during negotiations.
Can recognize the balance of power within a negotiation and has the skills to alter that balance.
Drives toward collaborative relationships (i.e. win/win relationships).
Education, Licenses, Certifications

College, university, or equivalent degree in Marketing, Sales or a related subject or equivalent industry experience required.

Intermediate level of relevant work experience required.


Req ID: 170001DG
Job Type: Experienced - Professional / Office

Responsible for planning, scheduling, and supervising the work of an accounts receivable team.
Supervises a group of accounts receivable clerks within the established accounting policies of the corporation.
Monitors the collection process and negotiations with past due accounts.
Prepares reports on receivables, receipts, and account balances.
Recommends changes in methods and procedures to improve the efficiency of the accounts receivable unit.
Coaches and mentors accounts receivable clerks; assigns work according to availability, skills, and developmental needs; assesses performance and provides feedback to direct reports.

Education, Licenses, Certifications:
College, university, or equivalent Degree in Accounting, Finance or related field or equivalent related work experience required.


Intermediate level of relevant professional work experience in the field of study required, including some supervisory experience.
Manages accounts receivable supervisors of a team of accounts receivable staff within the established accounting policies of the corporation.
Monitors records of amounts owed to Cummins and assures prompt collection of payments; works with other areas of Finance to ensure appropriate cash management and application of credit policies.
Manages the review of work methods and procedures; considers the impact of any changes on the overall organization; develops and implements changes in those methods and procedures to improve the efficiency of the accounts receivable unit.
Develops and maintains relationships with outside credit and collections agencies; draws on their assistance as appropriate to collect payments due Cummins.
Acts as a point of escalation for complex, non-routine accounts receivable issues and problems.
Provides input into and manages the annual operating plan for the work area.
Manages, coaches, and mentors supervisors and accounts receivable analysts; provides guidance and direction on problems and issues; delegates work assignments considering employee skills and development needs.

REQ I.D: 170001DC


Manages, develops, and implements project(s) of varying complexity and size in assigned functional area. Partners with business stakeholders to ensure a successful project completion.
Leads multiple projects from inception to completion; facilitates project planning sessions with internal stakeholders to determine the scope and objectives of each project; works with business stakeholders to establish project performance goals; designs project plan, develops timeline, identifies project milestones, and tracks performance against performance goals and timeline.
Identifies, tracks, and works with others to resolve project issues.
Monitors and communicates project status to project team.
Plans and monitors project budget, conducts research and analysis; provides input into the design and development of project plans and timelines.
Manages project risk; uses quality tools to identify areas of risk; works with others on the team and outside the team to identify alternatives or solutions.
Documents and shares team learnings with other teams; draws on other project team experiences to enhance the success of the project.
Maintains project notes, databases, and other records; monitors measures and communicates with Project Sponsor and other stakeholders on status of specific projects and assignments.
Identifies and assigns appropriate resources to accomplish various project tasks; guides and coaches team members through various stages of the project; provides developmental feedback to team members.

Education, Licenses, Certifications:

College, University, or equivalent Degree required.

Intermediate level of relevant work experience, including team leadership experience, required.

Issue Management - Maintains a cross-functional project issues list, with appropriate prioritization based on the issue's level of importance. Drives appropriate and timely resolution and approval of changes to the project plan.
Scope Management - Solicits and organizes customer requirements (Voice of the Customer), and tracks the status of project deliverables. Uses a Value Package Profile (VPP) or other appropriate scope-defining document, and manages change.
Manages the connections between multiple levels of scope detail in related additional documents (e.g. Tech Profiles or equivalent documents).
Schedule Management - Develops and maintains a cross-functional schedule. Proficient at one or more schedule management tools. Knows the right level of detail needed to use the tool effectively.
Resource Plan Management - Develops and manages a cross-functional resource plan for a project. Knows the right level of detail needed to complete the processes and use the tools effectively.
Stakeholder Management And Communication - Identifies, engages and manages stakeholders on a project or groups of projects. Overcomes obstacles and resistance among stakeholders. Effectively stratifies stakeholder needs and creates and executes communications plans to fit the unique needs of each type of stakeholder.
Business Planning/Strategy - Familiar with tools for financial analysis and its relevance. Knows when, where, and how to get assistance.
Cross-Functional Knowledge - Understands the more detailed hand-offs between functional areas on a project, and knows the detailed work of at least one functional area.
Project Risk Management - Leads teams in the development of a project FMEA and/or 9-box project risk summary, and identifies and manages the actions to mitigate the risk.


Req ID: 170001DH
Job Type: Experienced - Professional / Office


Provides comprehensive analytic marketing research for markets, products, and customers in support of the strategic and business planning process. Researches, verifies, and organizes complex market trend, competitive intelligence, and sales data.
Consults as required with business leaders, market strategy leads, and cross-functional subject matter experts on market research projects.
Provides market research project design, data collection, and analysis in support of brand and business performance such as a Voice of the Customer initiative.
Develops complex reports, insightful ideas and recommendations presenting information to all levels of business leadership.
Monitors critical market developments; synthesizes and communicates market trends and competitive intelligence in order to drive business decisions.
Prepares and updates market, customer, product, and competitor summaries.
Develops timelines and metrics to meet all key deadlines and deliverables.
Coaches and provides guidance to less experienced marketing staff.
Conduct evaluation of market size and market share.
Provide direct input on business planning and business measurement.
Manage third party marketing research vendor selection, planning process, and oversee project execution.

Market Analysis - Able to deploy local processes to attain the most critical market information required to develop a specific product/product line plan.
Gathering And Understanding Voice Of The Customer (Voc) - Knows the function of the information behind the gathering and understanding voice of the customer (Voc). The Expert is able to suggest changes to the process and test those changes to verify acceptability.
Market Opportunity Prioritization - Understands strategy process, can assess projects against strategic relevance to business and works with stakeholders effectively to align work.
Market Research - In depth understanding of industry market research standards and techniques. Experience with design, and the ability to complete analysis to make effective recommendations.
Facilitating Internal Relationships & Consensus - Understands tools & techniques for group facilitation and has exercised for small groups.
Education, Licenses, Certifications
College, University, or equivalent Degree in Marketing, Sales or a related subject required. MBA or equivalent degree preferred.

Intermediate level of relevant and related work experience required.


Guinness Nigeria Plc is a major market for Diageo: Guinness Nigeria operates in the unique and fast growing alcohol industry of over 15mhl beer potential. It is the only company that does Total Beverage Alcohol (TBA) in Nigeria. It’s an on trade dominated market but with a fast growing off trade channel.


AutoReq ID: 55835BR
Reports To: Supply Chain Director
Level: Senior Management

Guinness Nigeria (GN) has embarked on a high-value, high profile project (Project King). The project seeks to unlock end-to-end value in sourcing local raw materials to be used in current and innovation brands of GN.
There is an urgent need is to deliver on Project King, and to build a resilient raw material supply chain, which is well insulated from macro and micro shocks. GN LRM (Local Raw Material) supply chains should consistently deliver over 80k tons material at globally competitive prices.
LRM has a pivotal role in innovations as well: given Nigeria’s vast Agricultural potential, LRM should actively couple with other GN functions to explore land innovation opportunities in both beer and spirits, across the spectrum of product portfolios.  GN has a solid reputation, and LRM can play a role to build this even further.


To lead development and execution of GN LRM sourcing strategy, working collaboratively with a complex set of internal and external partners.
To lead Project King from inception to implementation, working closely with Guinness & Diageo Leadership, all external stakeholders including private and non-profit partners.

Market Complexity:
The role is part of the governance structure for GN LRM strategy and executions, accountable for delivery of key LRM business goals in GN.
The following are the market and role complexities:

Liaises with, consults and advises the GN Managing Director, Supply Director, CR Director, Heads of Procurement, and Finance Director and links closely with the Africa Head of Sustainable Agriculture Sourcing, to ensure application of lessons from other markets in Africa and globally. 
Works across functions and with the leadership team to ensure the development and implementation of GN LRM strategy that can guarantee cost-effective and sustainable local supply chains for core materials
Working with the Head of Sustainable Agriculture Sourcing and across markets to identify and implement partnerships and breakthrough business models that deliver value across all markets.

Leadership Responsibilities:
The role will be focused on leading the development and execution of best-in-class LRM strategies for GN. It would work closely with GN Exec and functional teams to ensure that LRM strategies are fit-for-market, and are pursued with rigor and pace.
The role would also interface with Senior State and Federal Govt. officials, as well as Senior Management of partner organizations both in the private and non-profit sectors.

Lead development and delivery of Project King
Lead development and execution of GN 5 year LRM strategy, and as priority implement a sustainable sourcing model for sorghum
Ensure supply chain stability and growth of LRM working closely with internal and external partners

Experience in exceptional development and execution of local sourcing strategies, involving multiple and diverse set of internal and external stakeholders
Strong, persuasive leadership, communication and influencing skills will be essential
An astute commercial sensibility, with proven experience in delivering on clear financial outcomes
Degree or equivalent in any Technical discipline
Good knowledge of Agriculture Supply Chains will be a strong advantage
Awareness of Diageo quality, risk management, environmental and safety standards.
An established network of government and business contacts in the field of agri-business development will be of advantage.


Andela extends engineering teams with world-class software developers. We recruit the most talented developers on the African continent, shape them into technical leaders, and place them as full-time distributed team members with companies that range from Microsoft and IBM to dozens of high-growth startups. Backed by Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, GV (Google Ventures) and Spark Capital, Andela is building the next generation of global technology leaders. Passion, excellence, entrepreneurial spirit, and rejecting the status quo are just a few of the things that Andela team members have in common.

We have a vision to empower 100,000 world-class developers in the next 10 years – and we want you to help make it happen.



Andela is seeking a People and Culture Manager to build our organizational capacity and ensure we are creating an environment in which our staff can realize their full potential. To be successful in this role, the right candidate will bring extensive knowledge and experience in managing and building people systems for growing organizations. As a coach to a growing team of managers, a supporter to our staff, and as the designer of our human systems, you will play an instrumental role in building a truly world class organization.

Support the People and Culture Director in managing all people systems and operations in Andela Lagos.

Core Areas
Lead all efforts related to Staff Performance Management.
Lead all efforts related to Employee Discipline Management.
Develop systems, procedures and policies to manage the full employee lifecycle, e.g. staff recruitment (non-Fellows), on-boarding, performance management, compensation,and exiting.
Work with individual supervisors and coach them on best practices related to driving individual performance.
Build upon existing systems to manage employee benefits, healthcare, and other Human Resources functions. The objective is to maximise value delivered to fellows and non- fellows whilst maintaining statutory compliance.

Support Areas
Support Andela non-Fellows recruitment process and work with team members to ensure a smooth process flow from identification of a vacancy to the filling of that vacancy.
Support on-boarding of new hires to ensure a seamless integration and optimise new hire productivity.
Support the Director of People and Culture in ensuring that the day-to-day operations of people-related functions are carried out in a timely, efficient, and proactive manner. The objective is to deliver transactions in alignment with agreed HR service standards specifications.
Support the Director of People and Culture in leading the People Team including the People Associate, People and Culture Coordinator and external suppliers and consultants.
Serve as a thought leader and Andela brand champion across various internal and external channels.

As the ideal candidates for this role you:
Comprehensive understanding of core human resources processes and systems (recruitment, absence management, organisation change, workforce planning and performance management) and best practice standards for each.
Ability to create effective working partnerships with key stakeholders and to use these to create and implement people and organisation related business plans that support the achievement of business goals and objectives.
Experience in a challenging, changing, complex business environments with a special focus on multiculturalism (and internationalism).
Implementation of employee engagement strategies that have successfully delivered improved individual employee and organisational performance.
A minimum of 10 years professional experience in a range of sectors.
BS/BA degree in Human Resources, Business Administration, Social Sciences or its recognized equivalent +7 years of relevant HR experience or MS/MA degree in Human Resources, Business Administration, Social Sciences or its recognized equivalent, and 5 years relevant experience.
Certified member of Chartered Institute of Personnel Management or related body is a bonus.

Skill to build HR systems: benefits, payroll, accounting (not necessarily extensive knowledge, more knowing how to build the system)
Ability to manage a team
Skill to implement a performance management system for growing organization
Skill to intervene with dissatisfied staff or mediate disagreements
Skill (+experience) to build a recruiting program
Ability to quickly build trust with staff, subcontractors, and recipients of assistance.
Skill to interact with diplomacy, tact and follow up on requests in timely and efficient manner. Must exhibit high levels of professionalism, integrity and ethical values at all times.
Ability to maintain confidentiality for sensitive HR issues, projects.
Computer literacy at an intermediate level. Including ability to use HR and other business software. Experience in HRIS implementation is an advantage. .
Knowledge of in-country employment regulations, e.g. Nigerian labor/employee relations statutes and capacity to apply them to Andela Nigeria. Ability to adapt applicable founding country labour laws (US) into local practices as required.
Strong knowledge of- salary structure, development, benefits and compensation, surveys/benchmarking and job evaluation systems.
Ability to plan and prioritize own work under tight deadlines, as well as to work on own initiative and as a member of a team.
We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.


Pfizer - Good health is vital to all of us, and finding sustainable solutions to the most pressing health care challenges of our world cannot wait. That's why we at Pfizer are committed to applying science and our global resources to improve health and well-being at every stage of life. We strive to provide access to safe, effective and affordable medicines and related health care services to the people who need them.

Job ID: 1050528
Full-Time: Regular

To manage projects and product-related registration strategies in the assigned countries.
Single point of contact for WSR-EM and PCO team on regional issues
To ensure that regulatory documentation meet relevant regulatory requirements.
To apply knowledge and interpretation of regulatory requirements in the assigned countries to the drug development process, including promulgation of health authority marketing authorization dossiers to enable efficient and effective registration of medicinal products consistent with the supported regions commercial objectives.
To ensure business continuity between headquarter Product Strategists and Regulatory PCO staff.
To build local relationships and ensure communication/clarity of regulatory timelines and strategy

Resources Managed:
Supervise Contractors /FTE for assigned Projects.

Apply regulatory expertise for assigned therapeutic categories/countries to enable preparation of high quality documentation and assure compliance with departmental procedures.
Provide input to the WSR-EM regulatory strategy for the development of products in-line with business objectives, ensuring strategies are adequately reflected in relevant country plans (e.g., business development or manufacturing supply) and alignment is achieved between regulatory activities and relevant country business/commercial plans.
Liaise with GCMC, WSR, PGS, Submissions Management, PCOs, ILG, ALIM, Cluster/Market, and any other key stakeholders to ensure the filing strategies are defined and executed and BoH requirements are met, ensuring a submission ready dossier.
Ensure that the appropriate regulatory requirements systems and database are updated in a timely manner when changes occur in market regulations. Ensure a submission planning and forecasting tool is utilized to update timelines.
Support all product lifecycle regulatory work, and liaise with GCMC, Submissions Management, Cluster/Market, and any other key stakeholders.
Manage regulatory strategies and plans for assigned countries, including review of existing regulatory guidelines and relevant literature.
Provide input to the local/regional Pfizer commercial strategic planning process as appropriate.
Co-ordinate with Product Strategist the receipt, distribution and response to regulatory queries from target countries, in line with product role in ISR, consistent with departmental procedures and including liaison with RRT members to ensure that response targets are met.
Manage customization and dispatch dossiers to PCOs.
Develop detailed understanding of regulatory guidelines and technical requirements in assigned countries and ensure that WSR-EM is aware of regulatory requirements (e.g., department presentations and Regulatory Requirements database) and assist WSR EM Policy with assessing the regulatory environment and identifying relevant trends.
Regularly follow up with PCOs on progress of registration submission and approval activities, and ensure line management are advised of progress in regulatory filings.

Project Management:
Oversee and/or facilitate training of Hub activity, including improvements to WSR EM departmental processes and procedures, RRS curriculum, WSR systems and databases, and applicable Pfizer policies and procedures.
Ensure product strategies, submission and approval time lines, and country registration requirements/guidelines are accurately captured and current in applicable systems/regulatory databases.
Ensure notifications of proposed regulatory changes and approvals are communicated to relevant stakeholders in a timely manner.
Participate and/or lead cross-functional project teams, to address business needs in line with WSR EM business units, Medical Departments, and County business objectives.
Represent their countries at relevant regulatory and project teams, or interdivisional meetings, as appropriate
Ensure that comprehensive records of communications, country requirements and regulatory status, are maintained.
To regularly follow up progress on regulatory submissions with PCO countries.
Contributes to the development of filing and approval goals for the region.
Ensure systems are in place and adhered to, to optimize process efficiency with out-sourced and in-house contractors, where applicable.

Competency 1.1.2. Detail / Comments (specific skills, etc.):
Knowledge of the Regional and Global regulatory environment and how this impacts regulatory strategy and implementation.
Understanding of regulatory agency philosophies, culture, and developing trends in the regulatory environment. Experience in preparing and submitting CTA’s, NDA’s, variations and LC submissions.  Working with and influencing, opinion leaders, external organizations and PCO’s facilitating approval of submissions.  Is driven to continually enhance regulatory expertise, both locally and globally.
Knowledge of drug development practice, rules, regulations and guidelines. Familiarity with factors likely to influence the regulatory environment, including new and emerging guidelines relevant to Regional regulatory strategies and implementation plans.  Maintains internal and external networks to learn in advance about new regulatory trends or changes impacting the Regulatory, Medical and overall Business strategy.
Technical skill Technically competent to understand CMC submissions, interpret and communicate BoH requirements, and identify potential regulatory risks.
Strategic Thinker Provides strategic contribution and anticipates what RA needs to contribute to develop and achieve business objectives.  Effectively explores alternative regulatory strategies and positions to reach outcomes that gain the support and acceptance of all parties.
Communication skills Clearly conveys information and ideas through a variety of media to individuals or groups in a manner that engages the audience and helps them understand the message.
Negotiation skills Can negotiate skillfully in tough situations with both internal and external groups. Can be direct and forceful as well as diplomatic. Gains trust quickly of other parties to the negotiations.  Has built a strong relationship with the local health agency and other relevant stakeholders (rKOL’s) and pro-actively manages issues with the HA’s and other key external stakeholders.
Problem Solving
Effectively identifies issues and challenges and works with partner groups to identify options and implement agreed upon solutions
Detailed Orientated Can be thorough and complete with high quality.
Project Management Can manage complex and multiple projects.
Understanding stakeholder needs Understanding internal and external stakeholder needs to gain trust, settling differences and winning concessions without damaging relationships.
Network and alliance building/ peer relationships Uses an informal system of external and internal contacts to facilitate and share ideas and learning. Establishes and maintains a wide range of relationships to support, guide and enable improved personal and team performance. Can quickly find common ground and solve problems for the good of all. Is seen as a team player and is cooperative.
Influencing Uses a range of communication styles and choosing appropriate strategies to deliver goals against a backdrop of diverse agendas, priorities and cultures.
Team working Comfortable acting in a wide range of team roles in the wider project interest.
Interpersonal acumen Relates well to all levels of people inside and outside the organization. Build constructive and effective relationships, uses diplomacy and tact and can diffuse high-tension situations comfortably.
Perspective Looks toward the broadest possible view of issues/challenges and is able to project impacts to the future.
Strong quality and compliance orientation Has an understanding of regulatory compliance issues and the potential impact of compliance related issues on meeting business objectives.
Analytical Thinking - Can analyze large quantities of complex scientific data and synthesize this with external regulatory environmental trends into workable regulatory strategies and issue mitigation.
Adaptability - Able to build effective working relationships and deliver results in wide range of environments and cultures.

Preferred education, experience, attributes:
Scientific Degree. A higher Degree (Pharmacy, B.Sc) may be an advantage but is not essential.
Appropriate Regulatory Experience - minimum 3-5 years experience
Proven ability to manage complex regulatory or drug development issues.
Proven ability to consistently deliver to time, cost and quality standards.
Fluent in English - written and spoken communication skills
Attitude: Right mindset, Outward looking, Strategically minded, Project management skills preferred
History of delivery - country and/or regional
Country/regional knowledge (specifically, MER, NEAR, South Africa, Maghreb).

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DUE DATE: 12 April, 2017

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is an impartial, neutral and independent organisation whose exclusively humanitarian mission is to protect the lives and dignity of victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence and to provide them with assistance.

Yola, Adamawa

Assists Health Delegate in running field activities related to the health program
Contributes to assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of health programs
Contributes to continuous assessment and monitoring of health situation in area of responsibility
In coordination with Health Delegate, networks and maintains contacts with State, local authorities and other humanitarian organizations, National Security, Nigerian Red Cross Society (NRCS) and community leaders
Participates in field trips; at times may be requested to organize and lead field trip.
Collects all relevant information in the field for the implementation of the programme and relays it to the health delegate or health coordinator.


Registered Nurse/Midwife registered with the Nursing council of Nigeria
Working experience in Public Health in the tropics & in Reproductive Health sector is mandatory
At least 2 years of experience in working in Nigeria and knowledge of the Nigerian Health System
Good command of both written and spoken English
Computer proficiency in Microsoft Office
Good knowledge of Adamawa & Borno (South) surrounding areas
Prepared to spend 80% of time doing field visits
Able to translate local language Hausa and Fulani to English and vice versa
Knowledge in Data entry and analysis

Strongly motivated by humanitarian work
Team leadership and good communication skills
Flexibility and ability to work independently and with a sense of initiative
Team work and partnership working skills
Willingness to learn and support others in their learning
Highly developed analytical, planning and organising skills

Yola, Adamawa

Assists the Head of Sub delegation in different daily tasks
Assists the Head of Sub Delegation in the security management of the Sub Delegation, especially with regard to premises and perimeter security, verification of ICRC rules applied and followed by staff and visitors, preparation of field movements/acquisition of security guarantees in support of the departments/monitoring of the security situation development
Develops mechanism and ensures proper information flow especially on security-related matters among the Sub Delegation Management (Head of Office), staff and for incoming visitors
Assists the Head of Sub Delegation, Head of Office(s) in the analysis of the political, security, socio-cultural and religious context and dynamics within the Area of Responsibility (AoR) and beyond (identification of regional dynamics that could impact on Yola AoR)
Supports the Head of Sub Delegation and Head of Office(s) in field trips as Field Officer, conducts interpretation if necessary
Conducts field trips as field trip leader to perform tasks of networking file.

Master’s degree, preferably in Social Sciences
Background in security services an asset (the interested should hold a senior officer rank)
Minimum of 4 years of experience in positions with public outreach or security management
Excellent knowledge of the political, security and socio-cultural/religious dynamics in Adamawa and South Borno
Existing network with key players of at least one of the mentioned layers (politics, security, religious circles, society)
Advanced analytical skills, especially on political, security and social dynamics of SD Yola AoR (i.e. Adamawa and south Borno) but also regional perspective
Good communication skills with good knowledge of written and oral English and advanced reporting skills (written reports)
Fluent in Hausa and Kanuri, with Arabic as a strong asset.
Advanced computer skills a must (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
Previous experience with a humanitarian organisation or NGO/CSO an asset.


Rigorous, methodical and accurate
Honesty & integrity
Leadership skills and good team spirit
Able to cope with stressful situations
Sensitivity and empathy to work with beneficiaries of the ICRC (victims of conflict/violence)
Flexibility to work over time when needed
Good communication and negotiation skills.



Focal person between the National Orthopedic Hospital, Dala-Kano (NOHD-Kano), the referred Persons with Disabilities (PwD) from Maiduguri’s catchment, the ICRC/Health/Maiduguri & the mobile ortho-prosthetist, Kano
Insure the referral of the PwD from Maiduguri’s catchment to the NOHD-Kano & their return to Maiduguri
Financial responsibility regarding reimbursement related to the Prosthetics & Orthotics (P&O) program in Kano
Manages the daily financial allowance for the food of the PwD and accompanying person
Assisting the mobile ortho-prosthetist with diverse administrative tasks
Make the monthly accounting closure for the project
Keep the administrative filing up-to date

HND (Higher National Diploma) or university degree in any course or relevant field
Two (2) years working experience in a similar field
Knowledge of cultural & socio economic environment of northern Nigeria
Fluent in written and spoken English
Understanding and able to speak Kanuri & Hausa languages
Good computer skills especially excel sheet


Discrete, humble and reliable person
Have empathy for persons with disability (PwD)
Sense of organisation and able to follow-up with projects/planning/etc.
Rigor and methodologica
Does not mind to dirt his/her hands

Applicants should send their application letter, curriculum vitae and contact details of three referees to:

Please clearly indicate the preferred position E.G; “Health Field Officer Yola" as the subject of your application (Applications intended for this role without this subject will not be treated).
Late application will not be considered. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
However, ICRC will not request for any monetary payments from applicants at any stage of the recruitment process.

DUE DATE: 7 April, 2017

Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible. In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we collaborate to put bold solutions into action - helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within, now and for the future.


Mercy Corps Nigeria’s humanitarian program aims to provide assistance to populations affected by the crisis in Northeast Nigeria. With funding from humanitarian donors including OFDA, FFP, and ECHO the humanitarian programs engage in several interventions including but not limited to food assistance, logistics and relief commodities, protection, livelihoods, WASH and capacity building of humanitarian response actors. Mercy Corps plans to scale up and expand its humanitarian response in Northeast Nigeria to reach more beneficiaries with additional and varied assistance in a wider geographic area.
Mercy Corps plans to implement a program in 2 states “BACRI” Borno and Adamawa Crisis Response for IDPs targeting IDPs and host community affected by the conflict in Northeast Nigeria.


The project assistant will perform the day-to-day implementation activities of the assigned program activities in the field, in the areas of intervention.

The Program Assistant will implement the project activities at the field level, under direct supervision of the Program Officer, to ensure program progress according to the developed schedule and work plan.
According to the project where s/he is assigned to s/he will have to perform one or several tasks like (but not only):
Daily supervision of processes like borehole drilling and well constructions on the works site.
Daily supervision of water treatment activities in general, on the program site and makes sure that the consumables are timely replenished
Mobilize the beneficiaries and supervise the latrine construction process at the program site level
Ensure the mobilization of families or communities to participate in the WASH program activities.
Assist in the coordination in target geographical areas.
Participate in surveys
Support in the process of beneficiary registration, community mobilization and sensitization.
Ensure the field level promotion of community participation and inclusion so as to encourage community ownership over activities implemented.
Ensure equal representation of various community groups in the implementation of activities.
Assist in the facilitation of community meetings, focus group discussion and other as required by the program.
Keep program officers and management updated with regards to security situation in the project implementation area.
Provide weekly field reports, capturing activities progress, lessons learned as well as general situation and community updates and needs.
Document lessons learned and success stories on the project.
Adherence to all MC policies and procedures as outlined in MC policies and procedure manuals;
Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its humanitarian mission in country of operation;
Security savvy, s/he Complies to -and sets the good example for the respect of- security measures and regulations in place.
Other duties as assigned.

1-2 years of working experience in related fields of expertise. Previous experience in WASH projects and/or community work is highly preferred.
According to the type of projects, the Program Assistant will need to have good understanding of hydraulics, principles of hygiene promotion, etc. Experience in water supply systems: boreholes, pumping, basic hydraulics, etc is highly preferred.
Proven ability to develop and maintain good relation with the local communities and project beneficiaries.
Demonstrated skills in planning, organizing and reporting
Bachelor degree in relevant field or equivalent experience is highly recommended
Ability to work under pressure
Strong interpersonal, intercultural and communication skills
Excellent oral and written skills and computer skills
Fluency in English as well as fluency in minimum one of the languages spoken by the beneficiaries is required

Success Factor
The successful candidate will be an effective communicator, with dedication towards community work, commitment to work long hours in the field conditions with limited access to resources.
S/He will be highly motivated, with initiative and capable to work with limited direct supervision.
S/he will be willing to conduct several days-long field travels and work in ethnically and culturally diversified and fast growing team.

Biu, Borno

The Mercy Corps Finance Department is responsible for all financial functions in Nigeria, including accounting, payments and banking, payroll, budgeting, financial reporting, and grant financial management and compliance.
The Mercy Corps Finance Department ensures compliance with donor regulations as well as Mercy Corps’ internal policies and procedures.
In its role as a support to the Program Department, the Finance Department provides timely reports and assistance to the Country Director and the Program team to ensure that financial resources are used efficiently and effectively.
The consultant will be expected to ensure proper re-filing of procurement records in Mercy Corps Nigeria Abuja in line with the Field Procurement Manual to ensure that all procurement files are stand alone and in a manner that will make retrieval easy.
This consultancy will run for a maximum of three months from the date of engagement.


Working in the Finance Department under the direction of the Field Finance Manager, the Senior Finance Officer will ensure the accuracy and completeness of Mercy Corps accounting records and will have primary responsibility for managing the monthly accounting cycle. 
The consultant will be working mainly with the procurement team to scan, enter file records on excel sheet, replace file on the appropriate shelve as well as communicate missing to procurement staff and ensure procurement documents are complete in all files.

Essential Job Responsibilities
Team Management:
Create a sustainable work environment of mutual respect that attracts motivated, skilled and effective team members and enables them individually and collectively to strive to achieve excellence.
Supervise and lead a diverse team of direct and indirect reports in field offices and conduct timely performance reviews and establish development plans.
Contribute to field office team-building efforts; build constructive internal relationships; help team members identify problem solving options and ensure integration of all team members into relevant decision-making processes.
Support the finance team to develop their technical finance skills through routine coaching and guidance.
Daily management of the assistant finance officers.

Ensure all the operational and travel advances cleared on time.
Generate Navigator Advance reports and shared with the fields offices on weekly basis.
Ensure Status by Funds reports and other navigator reports generated checked against all staff timesheet on monthly basis.
Oversee daily cash count with the assistant finance officer
Manage the month end accounting close process, ensuring the accuracy and completeness of the ledger and all supporting documentation in all country offices.
Primary responsibility for maintaining the general ledger software files, including set up and maintenance of new project accounts, regular back-up of files, etc.
Review and upload data to the general ledger and Field Connection
Receives all monthly field projections and prepares revenue recognition entries and other final closing journal entries
Enter, post and maintain filing of monthly journal entries and prepares month end balance sheet account reconciliations.
Oversee the maintenance of all accounting records, ensuring that records are complete, accurate and safeguarded
Assist in the training and support staff in the field office including answering daily questions, training new hires, making field visits, etc.
Monitor cash and bank balances and coordinate monthly cash flow requests
Assist the Finance Manager in responding to audit inquiries at the field level
Conduct monitoring plan to lessen financial and compliance risks at beneficiary sites
Maintain tracking as well as financial files in accordance with the Field Finance Manual.
Process payments and reconcile financial tracking to general ledger reports.
Assist in reconciling all payable accounts in Navigator, and ensure payments are made on time to the respective authorities or vendors

Assist in reviewing the re-class journal entries to the navigator.
Assist in reviewing other navigator journal entries for approval and review.
Managing Month end closing package file, and upload all necessary documents to the file exchange on monthly basis.
Assist in the month end balance sheet account reconciliations.
Assist in the month end accounting close process, ensuring the accuracy and completeness of the ledger, navigator and all supporting documentation.
Coordinate the preparation and ensure the on-time submission of the monthly reporting package to the main office.

Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its humanitarian mission
Other duties as assigned.

Four or more years of general ledger, accounting experience is required.
A university degree in Accounting is required.
Two years’ experience in the Finance Department of an international NGO is preferred.
Demonstrated competency with computerized general ledger software
Advanced computer skills in MS Office programs, particularly Excel
Prior management experience and strong organizational skills
Excellent oral and written English skills

Success Factor
The successful candidate will be capable of multi-tasking, rapid decision-making, have initiative, drive and a lot of energy, as well as high emotional intelligence, constructive mentoring skills and proven experience with capacity building. S/he will be committed to long-term program sustainability and the delivery of high-impact activities at the community level. Successful Mercy Corps team members have a strong commitment to teamwork and accountability, thrive in evolving and challenging environments, and make effective written and verbal communication a priority.
In particular, the successful candidate will be willing to travel to locations such as Damboa and other Borno LGAs according to the needs of the Mercy Corps program. This will mean sometimes staying and working in stressful environments with very basic living conditions, strictly following security protocols at all times and sometimes working long and irregular hours
Mercy Corps team members represent the agency both during and outside work hours. Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and Mercy Corps' policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.


I-SING project is a 2 year funded project by the EU- Trust fund. The position is based in Maiduguri with travel to Gombe and Biu on a regular basis.
The main office that houses majority of the staff is based in Biu thus the need to travel. The project’s focus is on adolescent girls and boys using the safe spaces model. The project works with IDPs, returnees and the host community.
The overall objective of the program is to improve the safety, livelihoods and personal agency of adolescent girls in North East Nigeria.


The Program Coordinator supports the ISING Program Manager and the Deputy in the day-to-day implementation of project activities in the Gombe and Borno states of Northeast Nigeria.
S/he will work closely with the ISING project MEL officer, Gender & Protection officer and Livelihoods officer to ensure smooth project implementation and delivery of project objectives.
In the absence of the Program Manager, the Deputy Program Manager with support from the coordinator will act on their behalf, managing the project and work closely both with management and support staff (including finance, administration and program) in Maiduguri to ensure the day to day activities are implemented according to schedule, budget and required quality.
The Deputy Project Manager reports directly to the ISING Program Manager.

Strategy & Vision:
Recognize opportunities for innovative action and create an environment where alternative viewpoints are welcomed.
Develop and organize activities to secure resources for programs and convince stakeholders to provide support.

Program Management:
Directly support the Program Manager in managing all operations and activities related to the ISING project in Maiduguri according to the work plan, project document and implementation strategy.
Troubleshoot, as needed, to prevent disruptions in daily program activities and liaise with Program Manager/Deputy as necessary. 
In close collaboration with the Program Manager build the ISING Program Officers capacity ensuring that there are fluent communication channels that the reporting schedule is timely met and that projects objectives are achieved.
Participate and facilitate coordination and collaboration with other agencies
Contribute to the design and implementation of trainings in any areas related to the ISING activities for staff, communities and project beneficiaries.
Closely coordinate and share information with the various sectors of the ISING project staff including gender and livelihoods and general program support with regular program meetings and activity plans.
Coordinate closely with the Program Manager and relevant administrative and finance staff to ensure proper logistics, administration, human resources and transport needs of the project are conducted within MC policy and with the maximum benefit to the project.
Support the ISING Program Manager in forecasting expenditure surpluses and deficits to enable adjustments to be made to the project in a timely fashion.
Ensure establishment and maintenance of relationships with communities, and local government in the target locations.
Support the Program Manager in overseeing the project filing system for all ISING related activities and ensure that information is organized accordingly to the reporting and auditing needs of the project. Ensure required levels of confidentiality.
Mobilize communities to participate in the design, implementation and maintenance of projects as well as design viable strategies that are both respectful with the local culture and are gender sensitive and effective in engaging women in the activities of the project.
Provide direct and ongoing supervision and managerial support to all national ISING program officers
Provide written and oral translation and report writing for program staff, as necessary;
Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its humanitarian mission.
Other duties as assigned.

Finance & Compliance Management:
Ensure compliance with donor and Mercy Corps regulations related to emergency programming.
Responsible for expenditure tracking of  activities carried out in the field

Influence & Representation:
Identify, build and manage collaborative partnerships with the community, government and other stakeholder’s
Communicate effectively to ensure overall project targets are met.

Ensure compliance with security procedures and policies as determined by country leadership.

Organizational Learning:
As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve, we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.

Accountability to Beneficiaries:
Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.

Demonstrated skills in planning, organizing and reporting
3-4 years of experience in project implementation, or work with local partners or in any role that included training and capacity building of staff or partners.
Bachelor degree in relevant field or equivalent. Master’s degree is preferred
Ability to work under pressure
Strong interpersonal, intercultural and communication skills
Excellent oral and written skills and computer skills
Fluency in English; fluency in Kanuri other local languages is highly recommended.

Success Factor
Strong Work Ethic, having the ability to learn the most efficient way of learning the most efficient way to complete tasks and finding ways to save time while completing daily assignments.
Dependability and Responsibility, having theability to come to work on time, are there when they are supposed to be, and are responsible for their actions and behavior. Adaptability,being adaptable and maintaining flexibility in completing tasks in an ever-changing workplace.
Mercy Corps team members represent the agency both during and outside work hours . Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC's policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.

Applicants should submit their CV's and Cover Letter in one document, addressing the position requirements to:

All applications must include the position title in the subject line.
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interview and we are an equal opportunity organization so women are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

DUE DATE: 11 April, 2017

Zeta- Web Nigeria limited is an ICT firm with significant expertise in designing, deploying and managing technology solutions in Nigeria and across Africa. We provide a balance between fast reliable internet solutions and business quality technology solutions on a cost effective platform to ensure operational efficiency for our clients.



Develop graphics and visual or audio images for product illustrations, logos, and websites
Cultivate a solid body of work
Creating design solutions that have high visual impact

Proficient in Photoshop
Proven graphic designing experience
Highly proficient in all design aspect
Possession of creative flair, versatility, conceptual/visual ability and originality
Up to date with industry leading software and technologies (In Design,Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Photoshop etc)
Must have completed NYSC

Applicants should send their CV's to:

DUE DATE: 7 April, 2017

Fosad Consulting Ltd is a business support services firm with offerings in Human Resource Management, Immigrations and Real Estate Consulting. We leverage our expertise and strategic alliances to support businesses. Our proposition is based on a deep understanding of the drivers of high performing businesses and the required business solutions that supports it. We work with clients to support their non-core business tasks to strategically position them for business success.


The candidate shall be responsible for:
Providing support in the various human resource functions, which includes recruitment, staffing, training and development, performance monitoring and employee counseling.
Developing HR policies and procedures
Maintaining, keeping and updating staff records for future reference according to policy
Monitoring and generating attendance reports of all staff.
Ensuring that approved policies and procedures are adhered to
Assisting in managing various HR projects in line with HR objectives.
Supporting the development and implementation of HR initiatives and systems.
Overseeing all administrative and human resource matters including the overall operations and functionality of office.
Any other reasonable duties which may be required

B.Sc in Business Admin & Management or Social Science; further training will be a plus.
5-7 years relevant HR experience gained within a fast paced environment.
Candidate should be resident in Abuja


Proven experience in a related HR position.
Competency in Ms.-Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc.
Accuracy and attention to details
Professional approach, coupled with strong interpersonal skills and commercial acumen.
Excellent verbal, written communication and presentation skills.
Knowledge of HR function.
Good team player
Additional information
Salary- N80,000-100,000

Forward applications to

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) is one of the worlds leading research partners in finding solutions for hunger, malnutrition, and poverty. Its award-winning research-for-development (R4D) approach addresses the development needs of tropical countries. IITA works with partners to enhance crop quality and productivity, reduce producer and consumer risks, and generate wealth from agriculture. IITA is a non-profit organization founded in 1967 in Nigeria and governed by a Board of Trustees. IITA works on the following crops: cowpea, soybean, banana/plantain, yam, cassava, and maize.


Ref: IITA-HR-NRS2017-0018 
Recruitment Type: National (3-year renewable contract)

Successful candidate will among other things perform the following duties:

Process accounts payables/receivables and key transactions into the Oracle Application;
Handling of blank cheques during working hours;
Handling local payment;
Assist the Finance Unit on bank reconciliation;
Assist in the reconciliation of statements of account of local suppliers;
Relieving the Finance & Administrative Assistant while on leave;
Perform any other duties as may be assigned by the Supervisor.

Ordinary National Diploma (OND) in Accounting, Banking & Finance with at least 3 years hands-on working experience performing similar role.

The ideal candidate must:
Be innovative, highly dedicated and have good interpersonal relationship skills;
Have ability to work under pressure with minimal supervision;
Be a very good team player
Be honest and trustworthy

We offer highly competitive salary with equally attractive benefits and excellent working conditions in a pleasant campus environment.


Ref: IITA-HR-NRS2017-0018
Recruitment Type: National (3-year renewable contract)


Successful candidate will among other things perform the following duties:

Assist the Head of Station in managing Station financial and operational strategies;
Coordinate the overall functioning of the Station support systems and ensure logistics back-up;
Organize the preparation and implementation of the Station work program;
Maintain efficient information flow between the Station, hosted institutions and projects operating within the Station;
Assure timely financial reporting and posting of charge-backs to the Station cost recovery budgets; Ensure implementation of regulations and procedures for local purchases, procurement and logistics management; Liaise effectively with relevant units;
Perform any other duties, properly assigned, by the Supervisor.

Masters in Management/Administration or related discipline with at least eight (8) years working experience performing similar role in a structured organisation.

The ideal candidate must:
Have the ability to work with high degree of autonomy; initiative and good sense of judgment;
Have good interpersonal and communication skills;
Be creative and flexible response to changing work requirements;
Have Strong computer skills;
Have ability to work under pressure.
We offer highly competitive salary with equally attractive benefits and excellent working conditions in a pleasant campus environment.

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DUE DATE: 11 April, 2017

De Edge Hotel is a place where guests are treated like royalties. It is managed by Lac Management Consultants, a South African Hotel Management Company that provides highly skilled Hotel Management Consultants and experts. The hotel is tucked away from the very busy cosmopolitan traffic of the city and offers extensive luxury and comfort in the true tradition of De Edge hospitality.

Port Harcourt

Applicants must possess:
B.Sc or HND in Accounting from a reputable University or Polytechnic.
Possession of ICAN Certificates is an added advantage.
Have at least 5 years experience in a hotel industry preferably a four star hotel and above.
Have sound knowledge in the use of Opera- PMs, Micros and SAGE
Be able to prepare daily financial reports and final accounts up to Balaie Sheet.
Salary is negotiable depending on experience.

Applicants should forward their CV's including photocopies of credentials to:

Note: Only shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview

DUE DATE: 11 April, 2017

Rutotech International is a privately owned Nigerian company with its operational office at Block L Plot 2B Road KL, Sparklight Estate, Lagos - Ibadan Expressway, Ogun State, Nigeria. It began operations in 1994 with the core business of providing leading edge solutions and services in the areas of Supplies, Installations and Maintenance of Telecommunications Equipment, and later added to its services Recruitment, Training, as well as Manpower supplies and Human Resource Management.



Support daily work, such as bidding, quotation, solution development and other relevant job.
Training to customer in our product range.
Creating awareness for our products by conducting customer.
Visit customer site to understand customer’s requirement and then driving a solution through requirements, product contract, and positioning.

Flexible and dynamic thinker and doer
Strong studying and understanding capability
Familiar with Huawei / Cisco / Polycom / Avaya / Lifesize and other relevant manufacture Enterprise Communication products, such as Video Conferencing, IP Telephony, IP Call Center, Unified Communication, etc.
Proactive, highly motivated, thorough and result oriented with a high work ethic

Extensive industry experience: with more than 5 years of experience in the industry, candidates working in well-known Enterprise Communication vendors, integrators, and consulting firms are preferred. Candidates who have titles (such as senior pre-sales experts, CTO, director of the technical departments) are preferred.
Familiar with the Enterprise Communication industry: have a certain reputation or influence in the enterprise communication industry and fully understands the major player, mainstream technology solutions, technology trends, and relevant industry standards.
Successful experience with voice/video solutions projects, hosting projects, carrier projects for government and enterprise.



A fresh graduate accounting student, Accountant.
An accountant prepares, analyzes, and maintains financial records.
Accounting Clerk. An accounting clerk produces and maintains financial records for a company.



Support daily work, such as bidding, quotation, solution development and other relevant job.
Training to customer in our product range.
Creating awareness for our products by conducting customer.
Visit customer site to understand customer’s requirement and then driving a solution through requirements, product contract, and positioning.

Flexible and dynamic thinker and doer
Strong studying and understanding capability
Familiar with Huawei / Cisco / HP / other relevant manufacture IP products, such as switch, router, WLAN, firewall etc.
Proactive, highly motivated, thorough and result oriented with a high work ethic

5+ years of solution/product management experience, communication degree as a strong plus.
Knowledgeable in technology.



Support daily work, such as customer visiting & communication, site survey, solution design, Presentation and other relevant job.
Spread data center information to colleagues.
Transmit the value of solution to satisfy the customers.
Training to partners and customers about Huawei data center products and solution.

Familiar with mainstream manufacturer’s data center products and solution, such as electrical system, cooling system, HVAC, management system, fire suppression system, etc.
Strong studying and understanding capability.
Self-confidence and to be the caring listener.
Open mind, flexible thinker and work hard.
Proactive, highly motivated, thorough and result oriented with a high work ethic.

5+ years of solution/product management experience, electrical or cooling degree as a strong plus.
Involved in 3+ successful data center projects, team leader of the project will be preferred.
Familiar with Tier942 or Uptime standars.

Applicants should send their CV's to:

Note: if you don't have any of this qualification pls don't bother to send any CV.

Airtel Nigeria (Airtel Networks Limited), a leading mobile telecommunication services provider in Nigeria and a member of Airtel Africa Group, is committed to providing innovative, exciting, affordable and quality mobile services to Nigerians, giving them the freedom to communicate, rise above their daily challenges and drive economic and social development.

Any City, Nigeria

The successful role holder will be responsible for the management of Telecommunications Services and electronic interaction for any misuse as defined by NCC, Airtel policy and GSM regulations.
She/he will also be responsible for the enhancement of fraud awareness in the organization in addition to implementing defined strategies that would help in the detection/reporting of fraud within the business.

Zero fraud loss on all Prepaid fraud issues:
To ensure processes and procedures are put in place to prevent fraud and/or abuse of systems and/or accesses in the revenue generating activities.
To minimize revenue loss from fraudulent activities.
To prevent external or internal fraud activities that result in either a gain or loss of company resources.
Identify known/potential fraud losses and prevent them from occurring using proactive and reactive measures; thus providing assurance that all fraud losses are identified and mitigated on a timely basis.
Detect and Prevent Subscriber and network Fraud using the FMS and other data sources.

Fraud Investigation/Reporting:
Participate in fact-finding as well as admission-seeking interviews.
To carrying out detailed investigation, to detect and to report on findings of each case and providing relevant recommendation to aid management decision making.
Minimize Leakage from identified fraud incidents by close looping with resolver teams to close all outstanding issues.
Investigate prepaid alarms generated on ROC fraud management
Prepare preliminary Fraud investigation and incidence reports on findings while ensuring issues, surrounding facts and circumstances are clearly communicated in a timely manner.

Fraud Awareness:
To ensure staff and/or internal/external customers are aware of the functions of the Fraud Unit and the impact of fraud on the business and the staff

Risk Assessment & Mitigation:
Participate in cross-functional initiatives to proactively prevent fraud and implement changes that can enhance detection and/or deter future subscriber fraud behavior.
Proactively identifying possible risk and ensuring closure to avert revenue loss due to frau

Regulatory Affiars:
To provide first line support to law enforcement agencies and their agents.
Ensure Compliance with the disclosure of subscriber policy and NCC regulatory principles.
Ensure all call records and request from LEA are extracted and forwarded on a timely basis.

A University Degree in Accounting, Economics Computer Science or Engineering
Minimum of 2 years working experience in the Telecoms industry
Good interpersonal skills
Good report writing skills
Strong problem solving and analytical abilities
Extremely detail oriented
Good knowledge and experience in the use of Microsoft office tools

Maiduguri & Sokoto


The successful candidate will coordinate, control, manage, support and track day to day network operations in the zone to ensure optimal network availability and coverage while maintaining target network KPI’s to deliver plus one network quality.
He/She will also be responsible for providing local network support for both the sales and marketing team in the zones to ensure that network impacting issues are proactively resolved.

Day to day management of all Zonal Network Operations & Maintenance Strategic Partners(SPs) to deliver optimal availability and QoS
Support the operational Interface for both internal and external stakeholders especially commercial teams to ensure customer issues are resolved within acceptable key performance indicators [KPIs]
Track special events calendar with Zonal Business Managers and the Marketing function to ensure best in class service during special events within zone
Track zone network performance (Various KPIs and Network Availability)
Support periodic audit of all transmission, core and radio network and preventive maintenance schedule audit
Ensure that special task/project required by HQ technical is carried out in the zone
Closely work with E// MS Team to develop processes to prevent/reduce network failures
Track and ensure that Colo Partners deliver on servive level agreements [SLAs]
Ensure SAQ activity is up to date (rental renewal and lease payments with zonal finance)
Follow up with various internal functions; MS Partners, Colocation [Colo] Partners on all issues affecting radio network availability, quality and experience
Ensure security and community issues do not cause delayed closure of sites
Advise and ensure implementation of preventive activities by MS Partners and Colo Partners in order to improve network performance
Ensure the adherence to applicable regulatory requirements
Audit and support zonal spares management to ensure availability of both critical and non critical spares at the zonal warehouses
Probes network experience by doing a weekly trending analysis of the volume as well the types of complaints received
Ensure proactive and continuous improvement of customer experience and perception within zone
Daily analysis of worst cells and follows up with MS partners on corrective and preventive measures
Ensure power availability of all IBS sites that are not transferred to Tower Company
Drive continuous network improvement of own zone drawing up improvement plan and following up on related functions within network
Prepare and manage the annual Zonal operating plans OPEX (AOPs) for all the active and passive network systems in Airtel Nigeria [Financial] -
Direct annual zonal operating plan compilation for Airtel Nigeria Networks
Direct achievement of annual zonal operating plan targets and all local and group operating expenditure saving initiatives to ensure optimization of all network investments
Ensure key focus on recurring operating expenditure
Drive the end to end process documentation, implementation and compliance to processes, procedures and policies to ensure seamless operations across all SP [Process Management] -
Institute service level agreement measurement methodology to ensure all SPs are accurately measured, rewarded and penalized accordingly
Identify, document and implement pertinent processes procedures and policies that will continually improve operational efficiency
To ensure that all network facilities are maintained in adherence to global best practices

Regulatory Compliance:
Ensure that all activities of operations and maintenance in the zone adhere to corresponding regulatory requirements in daily operations

Partner Management:
Ensure all processes for effective management of partners
Ensure that zonal SP requirements receive the necessary support from both the network local and central teams

Bachelor of Electrical /Electronic Engineering or Telecoms Engineering(Masters Degree in Engineering a plus)
Sound knowledge of Mobile Network O&M
5-10 years of varied experience in operation and maintenance in the Telecom industry
3-5 years managerial/Supervisory experience in a GSM/mobile company

Analytical and Presentation skills
Strategic negotiation skills
Entrepreneurial disposition in decision making and managing resources
Logical decision making abilities
Flexible and dedicated
Ability to innovate and deliver value to business
Ability to manage an outsourcing partner to effectively deliver on service level agreements
Ability to motivate and lead both internal and external partners
Impeccable integrity and character
Communication Skills
Cost, process and automation Innovation

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DUE DATE: 10 April, 2017

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