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NEWS / 2019: INEC Fixes Presidential, National Assembly Polls For Feb 16
« on: December 09, 2017, 08:08:22 AM »
The 2019 presidential election is only 423 days away,the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced yesterday.

Nigerians,according to the time table released by the commission,are expected to elect the president on February 16,2019.

Also scheduled for the same day is the election into the Senate and the House of Representatives.

News of the election dates was broken by INEC chairman,Professor Mahmood Yakubu, at an induction  retreat for Resident Electoral Commissioners in Uyo,Akwa Ibom State.

The governorship, state assembly and area council elections in the Federal Capital Territory will follow on  March 2, 2019, Yakubu said.

The implementation of the 2019 Election Project Plan is to begin on   January 1, 2018.

He said an additional 3,630,529 voters were registered in the recent continuous registration.

”This is an important development in our efforts to ensure that electoral services offered to Nigerians are better, more frequent and easier to access than ever before,” he said.

This exercise will continue until 60 days to the 2019 general elections, as a provided by the Electoral Act.

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Ahead of the National Convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), members of the National Assembly caucus of the party on Thursday night exchanged blows at the residence of a former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Chief Godswill Akpabio, over the choice of the next national chairman of the party.

Akpabio, who is the Minority Leader in the Senate, had convened a session on how to keep the party united and ensure a rancour-free convention.

The session was also meant to allow the National Assembly Caucus to interact with all the aspirants of the party.

The fracas occurred at the residence of Akpabio in Asokoro District, Abuja.

A top source, who was at the meeting, said: “The Senate Minority Leader convened the session in his house to enable us interact with all the aspirants on their programmes and form our opinion on who to vote for.

“We were barely settling down for the session when some members of the House of Representatives raised issues concerning some aspirants for the office of the National Chairman and others disagreed.

“The development led to shouting match and fisticuffs among some Senators and members of the House of Representatives.

“The rowdy session was witnessed by the Deputy President of the Senate, Chief Ike Ekweremadu, and some of the aspirants in attendance, including a leading candidate, Prince Uche Secondus.”

Another source at the meeting said: “The meeting ended abruptly when some lawmakers started exchanging blows over who should lead the party.

“I think the clash was a carry-over of some political misunderstanding among some members of the National Assembly in some states over the choice of chairman for PDP. But we all bore the brunt of the fisticuffs.”

A member of the House of Representatives, who was hit at the session, said: “I think some of our colleagues at the session were just being overzealous by taking sides. They misread the intent of what we were to do.

“The assumption was that the session was meant to adopt a candidate for the Office of National Chairman of PDP.”

When contacted, Akpabio’s spokesman, Mr. Jackson Udom, said: “Why can’t you get in touch with the Senate Minority Leader himself? I do not speak on party matters.”

The chairmanship candidates are a former Acting National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus; a former Minister of Education, Prof. Tunde Adeniran; a former Deputy National Chairman, Chief Olabode George; a former Minister of Sports, Prof. Taoheed Adedoja; a former Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel; a media mogul, High Chief Raymond Dokpesi; and Aderemi Olusegun.

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Nameless Restaurant & Bar, a reputable Bar located in Lagos State, is recruiting suitably qualified candidates to fill the position below:

RESTAURANT & BAR MANAGER

JOB DESCRIPTION

A Nameless Manager needs to have sufficient experience in the Restaurant business and be able to work under pressure in a professional manner.
The individual must have excellent communication skills to be able to coordinate with both back and front of house team.
He/she will also have to train new kitchen staff about the operations in the restaurant, maintain a high level of hygiene in the restaurant kitchen, keep the kitchen stocked with the needed food supplies, and work according to the health standards of the company.

MAIN JOB TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Set objectives weekly and monthly revenue targets for restaurant and beverage unit/bar
Drive the revenue activities such as food delivery, lunch specials, happy hour, partnership and events management
Drive the marketing plan for Nameless
Drive the Social Media Presence for Nameless
Determine staff needs and recruit staff
Manage staff performance
Assess development needs and train and coach staff.
Delegate duties and tasks to staff to meet objectives and maximize resources
Set and monitor quality and service standards for staff
Communicate company policy, standards and procedures to staff
Direct and manage staff members to meet standards and objectives
Organize and adjust staff rotas and schedules in accordance with available resources and labor regulations
Oversee the preparation and presentation of beverages to meet set standards
Resolve customer complaints promptly
Monitor cleanliness and hygiene of bar area
Promote and practice compliance with fire, health, safety and hygiene standards and regulations
Oversee accurate cash-up procedures and ensure necessary paperwork is complete
Ensure adherence to cash management procedures
Ensure adherence to stock control procedures
Monitor and order supplies
Liaise with suppliers and sales representatives
Confirm that procurement of supplies is on the best possible terms
Make certain all deliveries are checked in correctly and documentation is correct
Check stock is correctly rotated and stored to reduce wastage
Oversee the bar display to maximize functionality and attractiveness
Set, monitor and control budget for the beverage unit/bar
Plan and implement cost control measures
Plan and implement systems to maximize sales and revenue
Organize promotional activities
Generate and present financial reports
Implement improvements for products and service
Maintain regular communication with staff and management through meetings and discussions
Stay current with relevant legislation regarding service of alcohol, sale of tobacco and licensing
Present Monthly report to the Management and Directors.

SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
10 years experience in the management of a management, bar or beverage service operation.
Complete working knowledge of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
Knowledge of business management principles and practices.
Knowledge of basic accounting procedures.
Knowledge of cost control procedures.
Knowledge of human resource management practices.
Knowledge of administrative procedures.
Knowledge of relevant computer applications.

KEY COMPETENCIES:
Judgment.
Quick Thinker.
Decision-making.
Problem-solving.
Organizing and planning.
Resource allocation and management.
Delegation.
Communication.
Attention to detail.
Coaching.
Stress tolerance.
Team member.
Flexible Working Hours.

TO APPLY
Applicants should send their Applications and CV's to: sales@rynong.com

DUE DATE: 15 December, 2017

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Marketsquare is Nigeria’s emerging grocery retail chain – a place where Nigerians can go to find their trusted brands of groceries at the best prices. Marketsquare was conceived from a burning sensation to create a modern and relevant retail shopping experience for Nigerians and a more convenient way for people to get their everyday needs.

HEAD, RETAIL OPERATIONS
JOB LOCATION:
Port Harcourt

DETAILS:
The Head, Retail Operations will be responsible for the day to day profitable operations of all retail stores under his management in line with the company’s retail operating standards and set objectives. The Candidates must be an Inspiring, confident and self-driven person with bias for action in line with our business goals.

The Ideal candidate should have:
Minimum of Bachelor’s degree in Management, Business Administration or relevant field. MBA will be added advantage.
Minimum of Ten years’ management level experience in a retail/franchise experience for a multibranch modern grocery retail chain
The ideal candidate should have had operational excellence and profit goals, oversight and responsibility for a minimum 10-superstore modern grocery retail operation

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:
Day to day oversight on all assigned retail operating stores
Visiting individual stores and investigating the performance and operations of each store
Maintaining best practice visual merchandising standards across all assigned locations
Ensuring that all the stores are working towards higher profitability
Checking the financial details of each store and ensuring that they are in order
Assist in the development, update and enforcement of retail operating standards and policies
Ensuring that all the stores are adhering to and working as per company policies
Provide troubleshooting solutions to stores in times of problems
Instituting best-in-class loss prevention strategies aimed at protecting company’s assets and managing costs
Creates business plan for the stores and communicates same
Creates end-to-end sales plan, display plans and ad plans customized for each Category
Maintains comprehensive awareness of industry trends and competitive landscape
Ensuring proper controls and minimal shrinkage to the company’s inventory
Working with the Human Resource function to identify and recruit operating staff
Training and mentoring staff

Relevant Competencies
Excellent Leadership skills and attention to details

Advanced user of Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook and power point) & excellent presentation skills
Excellent Business and Finance Acumen. Cost and profit conscious
Clear and Effective Communication Skills
Good Project Management Skills

GENERAL MANAGER, E-COMMERCE OPERATIONS
JOB LOCATION:
Port Harcourt

The General Manager, Ecommerce Operations will be responsible for developing and managing the company’s online sales and presence. The job holder will also oversee all the company’s retail business and be responsible for their profitability and financial performance.

The Ideal candidate should have:
Minimum of Bachelor’s or equivalent degree in Management, Business Administration, Business or Internet Marketing or relevant field. MBA will be added advantage.
Minimum of Seven (7) year’s management level experience in a successful ecommerce retailing business
The ideal candidate should have had operational excellence and profit goals, oversight and responsibility for a multi-billion naira retail operation

Track-record of effectively managing teams to complete multiple, time-sensitive projects and competing priorities with minimum guidance

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:
Managing the e-commerce site from build to implementation and beyond, proposing further developments and upgrades as may be required to meet corporate objectives from time to time.
Responsibility for managing the merchandising of the sites, tracking and responding to online sales progress, product availability and margins to maximise sales growth and profitability.
Undertaking sales and traffic analysis to proactively identifying incremental sales and profit opportunities for each e-commerce site.
Managing a team of designers, tech professionals, marketers and logistics operators to ensure a seamless end to end online retail service that ensures the customers finds what he wants and gets it within an acceptable and defined service timeframe.
Managing fleet of delivery vehicles
Keeping the site up to date and functional at all times
Loss prevention and asset protection
Recruitment and manpower development

Relevant Competencies
Track record in developing successful e-commerce sites
Internet sales and marketing
Tech savy with particular knowledge and skills in graphic and web design and analytics

Excellent Leadership skills and high attention to details
Excellent Business and Financial skills

Strong in people management with an ability to build partnerships and influence internal/external customers
Good Project Management Skills
Strong analytical, problem solving and strategic planning skills
Superior verbal and written communication skills
Ability to adapt to and drive change

BUTCHERY MANAGER

JOB LOCATION:
Port Harcourt

The Butchery Manager plans, directs and controls all aspects of the butchery unit of the Fresh Food Department’s operations.  He/she is responsible for the profitable operations of the section in line with established policies and corporate objectives

The Ideal candidate should have:
Minimum of National Diploma or equivalent qualification in Food Science, Hotel & Catering or other relevant field.
Minimum of Four (4) year’s supervisory level experience in a successful meat processing and retailing business
The ideal candidate is knowledgeable, skilled and capable to train in all methods of product care and processing of fresh and processed meat products, including the proper handling and cutting of all meat products

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:
Directs the Meat Department employees to meet production, sales and merchandising objectives.
Employee shift and work scheduling
Oversees all ordering to maximize sales and profits
Assists customers, makes cuts to order, controls inventory, controls stock levels, checks in vendors, logs spoilage, logs item sales and maintains product freshness
Manages customer service
Supervises general cleaning functions of the Unit
Ensures compliance to all governmental regulation on proper food handling and maintenance requirements
Ensures department merchandising and product pricing are in compliance with company policies and procedure

TO APPLY
Only qualified and interested candidates who are willing and available to partake in the selection exercise which is scheduled to hold in Port Harcourt should apply. Applications should be submitted to  recruitment@sundrymarkets.com.. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

DUE DATE: 21 December, 2017

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InstaForex, the award winning and international forex broker seeks to serve her Nigerian clients better by the introduction of an InstaForex Nigeria Representative office. InstaFxNg.com is operated by Instant Web-Net Technologies Limited as a Nigerian InstaForex Representative / Introducing Broker Partner.

DIGITAL MARKETING EXECUTIVE

DETAILS:

We are a major player in Forex Brokerage in Nigeria with branches in Lagos State and environs. Our team is made up of highly creative individuals with awesome ability to think, own and deliver projects in line with our value chain.
We seek to recruit a Digital Marketing Executive with strong competencies in content marketing, E-mail Marketing, SEO/SEM, Social Media Management, and Projects Management.

JOB DESCRIPTION:
Develop and manage digital marketing campaigns.
Oversee the implementation of social media strategies for lead generation and conversion.
Manage and maintain the organisation’s website(s)
Write and optimise content for the website and social networking accounts such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter etc.
Track and analyse website traffic flow and provide regular internal reports.
Fix any errors or bugs in online content
Edit and post videos, pictures, podcasts and audio content to online sites
Arrange webinars and webcasts for the online training service as well as the traders’ online forum initiative.
Create online banner adverts and oversee pay per click (PPC) ad management
Write contents for email marketing campaigns
Identify new trends in digital marketing, evaluate new technologies and ensure the brand is at the forefront of industry developments, particularly developments in mobile marketing.

REQUIREMENTS
The ideal candidate should possess:
A bachelor’s degree in any discipline.
1-2 years’ cognate experience in Digital Marketing.
Strong competencies in creative content marketing.
Ability to lead a project team from project initiation to delivery.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY

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SATURDAY JOBS / Job Openings at CHEERS Nigeria, Saturday 9, December 2017
« on: December 09, 2017, 07:49:46 AM »
CHEERS is one of the leading indigenous Implementing Partners in Nigeria focussing on mitigating the impact of HIV/AIDs, Malaria and Tuberculosis in Nigeria. CHEERS mission is to improve the quality of lives of vulnerable population groups in rural communities across Nigeria by increasing access to healthcare services, education and economic empowerment. CHEERS is currently scaling up TB/HIV program coordination and implementation within the 6 geopolitical zones of Nigeria and is in need of competent/qualified persons to fill up the vacant positions listed below.

MERL MANAGER

DESIRED START DATE:  January 2018

QUALIFICATION:             MPH, MBA, BSc.

SUMMARY OF POSITION:     
S/he has the overall responsibility for effective planning and successful implementation of CHEERS M&E programs and projects as well as all activities related to developing, implementing, and overseeing the Program’s entire performance management and reporting system, including preparing and updating the M&E Plan for CHEERS.

MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES:   
Direct and manage the development of state project work plans and budget for the M&E component of any CHEERS state project.
Provide performance data, ensuring data integrity, verifying data, preparing and submitting in a timely manner all required performance reports to donors.
Supervise monitoring and evaluation processes and ensure quality and timely periodic production of M&E information products in line with requirements.
Review M&E information products, distil and communicate their implications for programme implementation, including modification in geographical priorities, target groups, interventions and implementing partners with a view to shaping programme direction.
Coordinate and supervise development of information management systems for monitoring and evaluation.
Facilitate capacity building for monitoring and evaluation of TB/HIV programmes.
Actively participate in training sessions, presentations, and meetings relating to M&E.
Effectively communicate on all technical project implementation plans and expectations to team members and state officers in a timely and clear fashion.
Delegate tasks and responsibilities to appropriate Program Officers and Assistants within the M&E unit.
Enhance M&E capacity among member organisations, to ensure accountability, facilitate planning and strengthen service delivery.
 Provide M&E technical assistance, strategic guidance, training and practical support to member organisations as well as to team members.
Assist with documenting and continuously improve CHEERS central M&E system.
Collect, verify, collate and analyse data on performance indicators from CHEERS state offices and partners.
Consistently and transparently disseminate and report M&E data to stakeholders.
Monitor and evaluate progress of States work in the field by undertaking periodic visits to program sites within the states.
 Develop and submit monthly, quarterly and annual reports on M&E to the Programs Coordinator, Executive Director.
Carry out any other duties assigned by the Project Coordinator and Executive Director.

QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS:
Master’s Degree or equivalent, in health, social sciences, or management.
At least eight years’ experience in the monitoring and evaluation of large-scale programmes e.g. Global Fund.
At least five years’ experience in managing a team of at least five persons.
Experience in the design and building of at least one monitoring and evaluation system, from inception (or design stages).
Three years’ experience in designing and implementing scientific research (research project leader on at least one major research project).
Systems building and systems thinking skills as well as high-level advocacy and communications skills.
Well-developed conceptual thinking skills.
Evidence of result-driven and results-based management.
Extensive experience in working with international cooperating partners and donors, the public and private sectors and non-governmental organisations
Have a good grasp of the determinants, challenges and impact of TB/HIV in Nigeria and the growing demand for effective response planning, monitoring and evaluation frameworks.
 Experience in the design and implementation of TB/HIV programmes
Experience in the design and implementation of DHIS 2.0, and other M&E related software
Ability to work in and around team building environment and work under pressure.
Previous experience in managing a Global Fund project, working on M&E will be an added advantage.

INTERNAL AUDIT MANAGER

ESIRED START DATE:  January 2018

QUALIFICATION: MSc, MBA, ICAN.

POSITION SUMMARY:
S/he will provide strategic direction and effective oversight on the internal audit function as a trusted advisor to management with objective analyses, observations and recommendations developed in conjunction with the Internal Audit Department's review of the accounting, financial, compliance, contractual and other operational activities. The Internal Auditor Manager will also oversee the implementation of CHEERS annual risk based internal audit plan and provide periodic independent and uncompromised assurance on the effectiveness of risk management and compliance frameworks.

MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES
Develop the internal audit annual work plan for approval by the Board
Implement the approved annual work plan in a flexible manner to ensure that CHEERS internal work dynamically addresses organizations risks
Facilitate biannual organizational control self-assessments as a key step in risk assessment
Supervises and performs audit procedures, including identifying and defining issues, developing criteria, reviewing and analyzing evidence.
Ensure documentation of processes and procedures are in accordance with professional standards and donor requirements.
Conducts interviews, reviews document, develops and administer surveys, reviews and prepares working papers and composes formal audit reports.
Regularly review the key components of risk within the CHEERS and ensures that these areas are reviewed and tested as appropriate.
Establish and maintain effective relationships with management so that Internal Audit is seen as a trusted advisor to the organization.
Ensures key findings and risks are communicated in a timely and effective manner.
Demonstrate and apply strong project management skills, teamwork, and responsibility with internal audit team members, external auditors and CHEERS funders.
Provides quality and value-added audit services while maintaining independence and objectivity.
Understands and adheres to national and international professional auditing standards, where appropriate.

QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS
Post Graduate Degree in Accounting, Business or related field.  Chartered Accountant and / or CIA designation preferred.
Minimum of 5 years’ experience in a position managing and performing internal audits and/or related functions within the health response in Nigeria.
Knowledge of USG and Global Fund reporting requirements.
Highly proficient in Microsoft Office Products, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
Excellent listening, verbal, written and presentation skills with the ability to communicate with all levels of management.
Strong technical internal audit skills, with hands on internal audit experience directing financial and operational audits, and evaluating internal controls.
Experience leading audit teams with a strong focus on execution and team development.
Ability to quickly assimilate relevant information in unfamiliar situations.
Superior analytical and critical thinking skills.
Strong influencing and negotiating skills.
Passion for continual improvement.
Sound judgment and the highest integrity.

TECHNICAL OFFICER: M&E

DESIRED START DATE:
  January 2018

QUALIFICATION:             MSC, MBA, BSc.

SUMMARY OF POSITION:     

S/he has the responsibility of supporting CHEERS M&E programs and projects as well as all activities in the state.

MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES:   
Provide routine supportive supervision to focal facilities.
Development of capacity strengthening plan for the state ministry of health in coordination with the State Team Lead.
Provide performance data, ensuring data integrity, verifying data, preparing and submitting in a timely manner all required performance reports from facilities to the head office.
Supervise monitoring and evaluation processes and ensure quality and timely periodic production of M&E information products in line with requirements from the state.
Facilitate capacity building for monitoring and evaluation of TB/HIV programmes in the state.
Actively participate in training sessions, presentations, and meetings relating to M&E at the state level.
Enhance M&E capacity among facility staff, to ensure data accountability, facilitate planning and strengthen service delivery.
Collect, verify, collate and analyse data on performance indicators from facilities and LGAs.
Develop and submit monthly, quarterly and annual reports on M&E to the State Team Lead
Carry out any other duties assigned by the Project Coordinator and Executive Director.

QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS:
Candidates should be holders of a University degree and further qualification in the social or health sciences or a related field with at least 3 years of work experience in TB/HIV in Nigeria.
Experience in monitoring of TB/HIV services in any of the states listed above.
Solid working knowledge of TB/HIV M&E framework especially in a treatment setting.
Experience in Global Fund project monitoring and evaluation.
Computer skills (MS Office), knowledge of basic accounting and grant management.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, as well as the ability to learn quickly and expand scope of functions.
Integrity, professional discretion and ability to handle confidential information.
Ability to assume ultimate responsibility, work under pressure.
Experience in the design and implementation of DHIS 2.0, and other M&E related software
Ability to work in and around team building environment and work under pressure.

TO APPLY
Please submit a one-page application and CV as a single document (word or PDF only) containing contact details of 3 referees to recruitment@cheersnigeria.org please indicate clearly that you are applying for any of the above mentioned position by mentioning the position and state in the subject line of your mail and in your application letter. Candidates are discouraged from applying for more than one position

The closing date for all application is 5pm Friday 15th December 2017.

NOTE: There are no relocation allowances for the advertised position. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and shortlisted candidates must be ready to attend interview at their own cost within one week after the closing date.

We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer

WHAT WE OFFER
Challenging working environment with scope for professional and personal development;
Being part of a dedicated, motivated and intercultural team;
Salary depending on the capacity and experience of the candidate.
All candidates must meet all the criteria of minimum qualification.

DUE DATE: 15 December, 2017

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Noxie Limited is a wholly owned Nigerian company founded in 2001. Our company policy is anchored on the need to render the best quality service through qualified personnel while at the same time upholding a high standard of professional and ethical excellence in all projects entrusted to us by our clients. We are proud that our personnel possess vast experience comparable to other leaders in the service industry

JOINERY CAD DRAUGHTSMAN

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Producing joinery design and setting out drawings using AutoCAD.
Conducting accurate measuring surveys on site alone or assisting colleagues establishing datums and grid lines.
Apply care and attention to all aspects of joinery design work with the objective of achieving quality and accuracy with the timescales / budgets allotted.
Ensuring all joinery construction detail is accurate and achievable allowing production to the required standards of quality and completing within allotted timescales.

EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:
Previous joinery experience with an understanding of methods of construction is essential.
Minimum 2 years’ experience of AutoCAD drawing in model and paper space with the latest software.
Knowledge of joinery such as box, sash and casement windows, doors, paneling, working with veneers, staircases.
Excellent communication skills and attention to details.
Required skills

CAD
Joinery

TO APPLY
This is a great opportunity to join a well-respected company and work on varied and interesting projects.
Interested candidates should please send their cover letters and CV via Noxie@noxielimited.com

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HealthPlus Limited is Nigeria's 1st Integrative Pharmacy, the fastest growing pharmacy chain in West Africa. Since 1999, we have been committed to our mission of helping people achieve optimum health & vitality. In 2010, a sister company was birthed - CasaBella International Limited. CasaBella, a one-stop store for beauty and grooming solutions is now a retail chain and a household name.

Our success is based on our great people, great values and a winning corporate culture. Our people are passionate, driven and committed to continuous learning in order to maintain our edge. Our testimonial is that we are proud to be members of the HealthPlus family as we are offered a strong platform to explore our potentials. We believe in best practices always and therefore employ and retain the best talents.

PHARMACIST (OWERRI MALL)

DETAILS:

Key Responsibilities:
Dispense medicines and nutritional supplements
Counsel on medicine use, disease conditions, management and preventive methods
Supervise Health Care Assistants
Create awareness of the Pharmacy’s products and services in the community
Faithfully discharge all duties according to laid down standard operating procedures (SOP’s) to ensure smooth running of the business

ROLE PROFILE:
A registered Pharmacist
Good interpersonal and communication skills.
Friendly and matured disposition
Good customer satisfaction skills
A good working knowledge of Microsoft packages

CLICK HERE TO APPLY

DUE DATE: 11 December, 2017

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One Acre Fund is growing quickly, and we plan to at least quadruple our farmer impact in the next five years. Program Associates play a major role in driving that growth and ensuring that this growth is stable and systematic – while also adding major innovations and improvements to our program quality. This offers Program Associates a strong career opportunity: the ability to learn from a successful field operation, contribute to aggressive growth, and also make improvements to our program.

NIGERIA PROGRAM ASSOCIATE

JOB DESCRIPTION

As an organization, we constantly seek to impact more farmers, and we are currently launching our Nigeria program. This role is part of a small team based in rural Western Nigeria that strives to put an end to poverty by transforming the lives of Nigerian farmers. The team's purpose is to launch One Acre Fund's model in Nigeria, starting small but scaling up rapidly within the next few years.

The Nigeria Program Associate will report to the New Country Expansion Trial Lead. The will support the launch of our model in Nigeria. More specifically, the Nigeria Program Associate will support all aspects of the launch of our field operations, provide constant insights for revisions of the products and services offered, and build and manage the local field teams. If successful, the program will scale to thousands of households and the Program Associate will play a key role in the scale-up process.

On a day-to-day basis, the Nigeria Program Associate will cover a mix of activities:

Launching the program: supporting all aspects of the initial launch stages such as procuring inputs, ensruing quality and timely delivery of inputs to farmers, coordinating customer service, training staff, and more.
Executing and Managing the program: One the program is launched, the Associate will set and ensure compliance with team KPIs, create project calendars, design workflows, create field tools and talking points, design incentive systems, monitor project execution in the field, and more.
Providing insights: Once data is collected, the Associate will clean and analyze the data to generate insights on how to tweak the model to adapt it to the Nigeria context and make recommendations about future program expansion.
Building and Managing Teams: The Associate will hire staff using One Acre Fund's unique 'experiential hiring' system. S/he will mentor key deputies and manage parts of the team.
Engage with stakeholders: The Associate will communicate with internal and external stakeholders with support from OAF's global teams, engaging with public (national and local Government entities) and private stakeholders when needed.
One Acre Fund has deep operational experience running rural field programs at a scale of 1,000+ full-time staff per country. Program Associates benefit from this past experience, quickly building their skill-set through immersion in our operating environment. At the same time, the main role of Program Associates is to accelerate growth and to constantly stretch and improve our operations. This presents an excellent career opportunity to both learn from One Acre Fund’s accumulated experience and constantly improve and enable 40%+ program growth per year.

CAREER GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT
One Acre Fund invests in building management and leadership skills. Your manager and a global support team will commit significant time in your career development. We provide constant, actionable feedback delivered through mentorship and through regular management consulting-style career reviews. We also have regular one-on-one meetings, where we listen to and discuss career goals, and work collaboratively to craft roles that each person can be passionate about. Because of our rapid growth, we constantly have new high-level roles opening up and opportunities in many functions.

QUALIFICATIONS
We are seeking an exceptional professional with 2 years of work experience and ideally a demonstrated passion for international development. Candidates who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:

Leadership experience at work, or outside of work.
Strong work experiences. Examples include a demanding professional work experience, or successful entrepreneurial experience, e.g. starting a field program in a developing country, leading a conference, starting a business, solid Volunteer Service Organization accomplishments (VSO, Peace Corps, JICA, etc).
Trial execution and management:
Operational skills:
Hiring and managing field staff
Setting KPIs and meeting them
Create and manage calendars
Procuring and ensuring the delivery of inputs
Promptly solve operational issues etc.
Field and desktop research skills:
Combining qualitative and quantitative data analysis
Perform data collection
Adopt data quality practices
Carry out data cleaning
Provide insights on trial design based on some key data analysis
Team management:
Hiring skills:
Build the entire trial field team through careful hiring
Deliver onboarding and ensure staff retention
Coaching and mentoring skills:
Ensure smooth decision-making within the team in an uncertain environment
Motivate and inspire people in their role
Communication
Communication skills:
Communicate clearly and concisely both internally and externally
Partnership skills:
Having managed groups of several stakeholders
Having worked on partnerships projects within the private and/or public sector in Nigeria
A willingness to commit to living in rural areas of Nigeria for at least two years.
Language: English required in all locations.

PREFERRED START DATE
Early 2018

DURATION
Minimum 2-year commitment, full-time job

COMPENSATION
We offer a modest starting salary that affords a high quality of life in our areas of operation. This is a career-track role with performance-based raises and the ability to expand responsibilities over time. We offer a modest starting salary that affords a high quality of life in our areas of operation. This is a career-track role with performance-based raises and the ability to expand responsibilities over time.

BENEFITS
Health insurance, immunizations, flight, room and board.

SPONSOR INTERNATIONAL CANDIDATES
No. Nigerian nationals strongly encouraged to apply.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY

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At Air Peace Limited, we continuously strive for excellence in all we do. Through our people we are able to attain higher heights because their unique strengths and experiences help us turn challenges into opportunities. We employ the best talent and provide a great opportunity and environment for them to display their best skills in a service driven environment.

We are looking for people to join our ever growing team. We require talent who are as excited as we are to help build a world class Airline flying out of Africa, to fill the vacant position below:

HUMAN RESOURCES EXECUTIVE

REPORTS TO:
Human Resources Manager

JOB SUMMARY:   
The Human Resource Executive is responsible for providing support in the various Human Resources functions, maintains payroll and benefit record requirements for accounting of salary, benefits, accruals, and deductions.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES / RESPONSIBILITIES
Interprets, implements, and maintains policies and procedures pertaining to payroll and benefits.
Ensures payroll database reflects current and accurate information; verifies and inputs pay and data changes. 
Calculates termination payments in compliance with policy.
Prepares invoices and payments associated with payroll.
Audits and maintains accurate benefit use and accruals.
Submits payroll and benefit reports to external agencies as requested
Enroll newly employed employees on APL Medical Scheme, Workers Compensation and Pension Scheme.
Tracks, reports and monitors Workers Compensation claims.
Timely and accurate remittances of PAYE and other statutory deductions to the approved authorities.
Creates new hire personnel files.
Engage in promoting and living the core values of APL, monitory employee insurance, pension scheme, group life insurance and delivering improvements through appropriate and considered employee benefits.
Take responsibility for ensuring the implementation of all HR policy, ensuring that all HR issues are dealt with within the timescales set out in the policy and procedures of APL.

MINIMUM EDUCATION AND WORK EXPERIENCE
University Degree in social science or similar field with minimum of 5 years work experience.
Additional qualification in MBA is desirable.
Ability to work with extremely confidential & sensitive data.

TO APPLY
Interested and Qualified candidates should apply through Careers@flyairpeace.com

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NEWS / Ex-Zimbabwean VP Challenges Women On Leadership
« on: December 08, 2017, 09:58:01 AM »
A former Zimbabwean Vice-President, Dr. Joice Mujuru, and a former First Lady of Liberia, Senator Jewel Howard-Taylor, have urged women not to succumb to the ‘weaker sex tag’ but to aspire to top political and corporate leadership roles.

Mujuru and Howard-Taylor said this on Wednesday in Ibadan, at the opening of the 2017 National Women’s Summit, where they were special guests.

The three-day summit, with the theme, “The resilient woman: making a difference,” was organised by the Officials’ Wives’ Association, under the auspices of the wife of Oyo State Governor, Mrs. Florence Ajimobi.

It held at the International Conference Centre, University of Ibadan.

Mujuru, who delivered a keynote address, urged women to stop placing themselves at the mercy of men, urging them to brace themselves for the challenges of leadership at the top echelon of all spheres of human endeavours.

She said, “We must have the desire to make a positive transformational difference and not be satisfied by being helpers of men. We must run business and be leaders of nation not rulers.

“We cannot continue to play a second fiddle simply because of gender. We must rise to the occasion. We should no longer accept the tag of a weaker sex.”

Howard-Taylor, who is a ranking senator and running mate to the presidential candidate of the Coalition for Democratic Change, Mr. George Weah, in the Liberian presidential election, said, “Women must tell their own stories to inspire those who think they cannot make it to the top. Seek help when you need it. You will be surprised that many people will be willing to help. We must mentor the next generation of women leaders.”

At the event were governors of Oyo, Lagos, Osun and Bayelsa states, Abiola Ajimobi,  Akinwumi Ambode, Rauf Aregbesola and Seriake Dickson, respectively.

In their separate addresses, Ajimobi, Dickson, Ambode and Aregbesola said women had pivotal roles to play in the development of the country.

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Pope Francis has said the Roman Catholic Church should adopt a better translation of the phrase “Lead us not into temptation” in the “Our Father,” the best known prayer in Christianity.

“That is not a good translation,” the Pope said in a television interview on Wednesday night.

Francis said the Catholic Church in France had decided to use the phrase “Do not let us fall into temptation” as an alternative and indicated that it or something similar should be applied worldwide.

The prayer, also called “The Lord’s Prayer,” is part of Christian liturgical culture and memorised from childhood by hundreds of millions of Catholics.

It is a translation from the Latin vulgate, which was translated from ancient Greek, which was in turn translated from Aramaic, the language spoken by Jesus Christ.

Liturgical translations are usually done by local churches in coordination with the Vatican. (Reuters/NAN

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NEWS / Osinbajo, Amosun Urge Akarigbo To Mobilise Subjects For Devt
« on: December 08, 2017, 09:55:17 AM »
The Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo and the Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has advised the new Akarigbo of Remoland, Oba Babatunde Ajayi, to use his stool and rich professional background in law and accountancy to galvanise his subjects for the development  of Remo.

Both of them spoke on Thursday at the installation and presentation of staff of office to the new monarch at the Gateway International Stadium, Sagamu, Ogun State.

Oba Ajayi is the 19th Akarigbo of Remoland.

Osinbajo, who described the installation of the Akarigbo “as a monumental historical event,” urged him to use his reign to usher in a new lease of life for his people by bringing together the sons and daughters of Remoland for the progress of the town.

Describing the Akarigbo throne as an hallmark of enterprise and integrity, the Vice-President added that Oba Ajayi should use his professional acumen to organise his subjects for unity and progress.

He said, “We are all witnesses to this monumental historical event. The throne of Akarigbo has long been a representation of enterprise and integrity. Therefore, the new Akarigbo, must combine his discipline as an accomplished accountant and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, to rally the people of Remo in unity, for the development of the land.

“We are confident that your attributes will benefit Remoland. You also have a task of galvanising your subjects towards the development of your domain, and ensure your reign marks the coming together of Remo sons and daughters for the purpose of developing Remo.”

On his own part, Amosun urged the new monarch to promote peaceful co-existence among the residents of Remoland.

Amosun, who described the process of the monarch’s selection as rancour-free, commended others who vied for the stool for their show of sportsmanship.

He appealed to the people of Remoland to support and cooperate with the monarch in order to surpass the achievements of  the late Akarigbo.

Giving the peculiar location of Sagamu,  the governor implored the new monarch to collaborate with security agencies in checking the influx of migrants with criminal tendencies from other parts of the country.

Responding, Oba Ajayi called on the people of Remoland to cooperate with him and the state government so they could cater to the needs of the unemployed youths.

He also called on other royal fathers in the state to continue to play their role as a crucial stabilising factor in their communities.

 He said, “But to attain that glorious future, we have to work together as one large family. Government cannot do it alone. We have to complement the efforts of the government.

“We have to assist  the government to cater to the needs of our growing number of unemployed youths. We have to carry our women along, those born entrepreneurs who have to juggle the challenges of the domestic front with today’s current realities of dwindling resources.

“Together, we must assist  the government to provide a peaceful environment in our communities so that Remo will continue to grow in leaps and bounds.”

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi and the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo, who also spoke at the event, congratulated the monarch and called on his subjects to support him.

Ooni also prayed for peace and tranquility in Remoland during Oba Ajayi’s reign.

The Alake, on his own part, said the Igbore settlement in Egbaland “is a place where the Egba and Remo people co-exist in peace and harmony.”

He prayed for the peace and progress for Remoland.

Other dignitaries at the event included the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, Osile Oke Ona, Oba Adedapo Tejuoso, the Speaker, Ogun State House of Assembly, Suraj Adekunbi, Deputy Governor, Ogun State, Mrs. Yetunde Onanuga and Chief of Staff to the Governor, Chief Tolu Odebiyi.

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NEWS / We’ll Have World-Class Accounting Records — LASG
« on: December 08, 2017, 09:53:48 AM »
The Lagos State Treasury Office has promised residents of the state and its stakeholders to employ global best practices in the accounting and financial processes of government.

The state’s Accountant- General, Mrs. Abimbola Umar, stated that the first IPSAS Accruals 2016 Financial Statements in Nigeria was a success and had improved the skills of accountants in the civil service.

Umar, who spoke at the Technical Meeting of Directors and Heads of Accounts of Ministries, Departments and Agencies in Lagos, commended the input of the accountants in the area of Fixed Assets Verification.

The Accountant-General added that the achievements of the officials had made Lagos State a pacesetter on the continent, a statement said on Thursday.

She said, “The Lagos State Treasury Office is assuring its stakeholders and the general public that it will continue to employ global best practices in the accounting and financial processes of the government.

“Lagos State will meet up the three-year period for the full IPSAS Accrual compliance by the end of 2018 Financial Year.”

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NEWS / LASG Promises More Projects In 2018
« on: December 08, 2017, 09:53:05 AM »
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Thursday said he would implement more projects in 2018 aimed at making life comfortable for investors and residents.

The governor, who spoke in Alausa, Ikeja, at the grand finale of 2017 Community Day with the theme, ‘Community Affinity: Aligning Lagos Communities with Private Sector,’ said his administration’s aim was to transform and secure the future of the state.

He said, “2018 is a year we hope to achieve a phenomenal increase in the state’s ability to sustain itself by persuading more people to contribute to the transformation going on across the state.

“You are all witnesses to the modest projects our administration has executed such as the reconstruction of Airport Road, the Oshodi Transport Interchange, the Abule-Egba and Ajah bridges, among others.

“What you have not seen but which is on the way is the implementation of the embedded power project which will bring electricity to every home in Lagos.

“With your support, we can safely commit ourselves that by the end of 2018, our communities will be better with more youths gainfully employed and small businesses growing.”

At the event, Ambode approved immediate support fund of N500,000 each to all the 57 community development committees in the state, totalling N28.5m.

In his goodwill message, Chairman of Lagos State Community Development Advisory Committee, the umbrella body for all the 3,900 CDAs in the state, Alhaji Tajudeen Quadri, said the body had decided to support Ambode for a second term.

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NEWS / Trump To Release Medical Records
« on: December 08, 2017, 09:52:01 AM »
The White House described questions about President Donald Trump’s slurred speech as “ridiculous” Thursday, but committed to releasing the results of a physical examination early in the new year.

Trump appeared to struggle with some words during a live statement at the White House Wednesday, mangling familiar phrases like “god bless America.”

“There were a lot of questions on that. Frankly pretty ridiculous questions,” said White House press secretary Sarah Sanders. “The president’s throat was dry nothing more than that.”

“He does have a physical scheduled for the first part of next year,” Sanders added. “The full physical that most presidents go through that will take at Walter Reed (National Military Medical Center) and those records will be released by the doctor following that taking place.”

It is the first time the White House has committed to releasing records about the president’s health, something his predecessors did regularly.

Wednesday’s incident came after persistent questions about his weight, mental health and whether he wears dentures.

Some psychiatrists have flouted industry rules on diagnosing public figures to openly question whether Trump is suffering from dementia or narcissistic personality disorder.

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NEWS / Parties Reject INEC’s Date For Taraba By-Election
« on: December 08, 2017, 09:51:09 AM »
Stakeholders in Taraba State on Thursday unanimously kicked against the January 13, 2018 date for the conduct of Ardo Kola State Constituency by-election by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

The date was rejected at a stakeholder meeting convened by the Acting Resident Electoral Commissioner in Taraba, Alhaji Umar Muhammed, in Jalingo.

The Taraba Assembly Speaker, Abel Diah, had on November 20, declared vacant the seat of the former member representing the constituency in the State Assembly, Emmanuel Dame, who died on October 26.

The state Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Victor Kona, at the meeting said the date was unrealistic because his party was preoccupied with preparations for the national convention.

“The incoming executive will need at least two weeks to settle down. Unless INEC doesn’t want the PDP to participate in the election,” he said.

Similarly, the state’s youth leader of the All Progressives Congress, Abdullahi Ade, rejected the date, saying it would clash with activities associated with the New Year and Christmas celebrations. He urged INEC to shift the date.

 The state Chairman of the Inter Party Advisory Council, Mr.  Peter Achagwa, urged INEC to consider February 10 as the date for the election, considering the festivities and the expected change in leadership in the PDP.

Earlier, the INEC Administrative Secretary and Acting REC, Muhammed Umar, told the stakeholders that the national headquarters of the commission had fixed January 13 for the by-election.

 Umar, however, promised to convey the stakeholders’ position to the commissions’ headquarters for appropriate action.

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NEWS / FG Okays Enrolment Of Corpers For NHIS Scheme
« on: December 08, 2017, 09:50:26 AM »
The Federal Government has approved the enrolment of National Youth Service Corps members in the National Health Insurance Scheme.

The Director General of the NYSC, Brig. Gen. Suleiman  Kazaure, announced this at the NYSC orientation camp in Ede, Osun State on Thursday during his inspection visit.

He said participation in the scheme would give corps members the opportunity to visit hospitals for treatment anytime they were sick during their service year and to prevent avoidable deaths.

Kazaure said, “Let me inform you that the President has approved the enrolment of all corps members into the NHIS.

“I was impressed when I received a call last night that very soon the whole process will be completed and I am sure that by next week, everything about this will be set.”

Kazaure advised the corps members to utilise the opportunities offered by the NYSC skill acquisition programme to be self-reliant after their service instead of searching for paid jobs.

The DG had earlier inspected a laboratory built by a corps member, Kayode Agarawu, who is serving with Eyiowu-Awi Pharmaceuticals Limited.

 The owner of the pharmaceuticals company, Alhaji Atanda Babatunde, sponsored the project.

Kazaure also inspected the close circuit television cameras installed to monitor movements in and out of the camp to beef up security and ensure the safety of corps members.

The Osun State Coordinator of the NYSC, Mr. Emmanuel Attah, also lauded the corps member and his employer for contributing to the development of humanity and the camp.

Attah said his administration had been working tirelessly to make the camp comfortable for corps members despite little assistance.

The NYSC coordinator said 2,417 corps members were registered in the state but 70 of them were redeployed on health grounds while 29 were redeployed on marital grounds.

He urged corps members to respect the culture and traditions of their host communities in order to live peacefully with them and assured them that Osun State was a peaceful state.

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NEWS / Obasanjo Condemns Return Of Slave Trade To Africa
« on: December 08, 2017, 09:49:27 AM »
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Thursday condemned the resurgence of slavery in some parts of Africa, saying the development was worrisome.

The News Agency of Nigeria reported that Obasanjo said this at the 2017 Annual Conference of the Comptroller-General of Immigration held at the MITROS Residences in Abeokuta. Obasanjo said slave trade in the 21st century should be condemned in the strongest term possible.

The theme for the conference was, ‘Managing migration and facilitating trade and development in 21st century Nigeria: NIS perspective.”

The former President noted that the current development in Africa called for sober reflection among African leaders.

He said, “I believe that slave trade in the 21st century should be condemned in the strongest language possible and nobody who is involved in it should be excused.

“What can we do and what must we do? We must ensure that conducive atmosphere is created for genuine exchange of goods and ensure development within our country, sub-region, continent and the world which we live.

“But then today, migration has a very nasty connotation, particularly when you watch the television and you hear the story of thousands of our youths daring to go through the desert.

“Then after they have embarked on such perilous journeys, some of them are sold as slaves. Slaves in the 21st century, Africans being sold by Africans and maybe to Africans.

“All of us as leaders must feel a sense of regret and have sober reflection on what we have done or what we have not done to bring this about to our own people,” he said.

Obasanjo urged the men of the NIS to imbibe the culture of training, professionalism, integrity, loyalty, and service.

In his address, the Comptroller-General of the NIS, Muhammad Babandede, said the service was committed to safe and regular migration of Nigerian citizens and foreigners.

He disclosed that the situation in Libya was not new to the NIS and it had regularly engaged in measures and activities to reduce the menace.

Babandede however warned travel agencies, individuals and officers in the passport offices at various borders, who engage in smuggling of migrants to desist from it, saying anybody found wanting would be made to face the law.

The service, according to him, has some cases of smuggling under investigation.

Babandede added that from January, 2018, the National Identity Number  would be part of requirements for the issuance of the Nigerian passport with the National Identity Management Commission.

Earlier, Gov. Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State, who declared the conference open, had condemned the return of slave trade in Libya, saying that African leaders should rise to condemn the act.

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NEWS / Police Promote Two To AIG, Confirm 248 Others
« on: December 08, 2017, 09:45:15 AM »
The Police Service Commission has approved the promotion and confirmation of acting appointments of 250 senior police officers.

It also elevated Commissioners of Police, Etop James and Rasheed Akintunde, to the next rank of Assistant Inspector-General of Police.

A statement by the commission spokesman, Ikechukwu Ani, on Thursday in Abuja explained that the promotions had been forwarded to the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, for implementation in a letter signed by Mr. Musa Istifanus, the Permanent Secretary and Secretary to the PSC.

It stated that the PSC equally confirmed the acting appointments of CPs Donald Awunah, former Force Public Relations Officer, now at the Police Academy Wudil, Kano;  Hafiz Inuwa,  Cross Rivers  State Command; Garba Umar, Anambra State Command; Bello Ahmed; Imohimi Edgal, Lagos State Command and Ali Janga,  Kogi State Command.

The commission also promoted 15 Deputy Commissioners of Police to the substantive rank of CP.

They included Omololu Bishi, presently at the Nigerian Defence College, Abuja; Isaac  Akimoyede also at the NDC; Aminu Saleh; Makama  Usman; Mobolaji  Fafowora; Igbodo David; Dajuma  Ibahim; Okon Ene; Abang John; Aminu  Kwambe; Felix  Gani; Ibrahim Umar; Joseph Mukan; Wakil Mohammed and Abdullahi  Ibrahim.

Acting DCP Habu Ahmadu’s appointment was confirmed while 54 Assistant Commissioners of Police were promoted to the rank of Deputy Commissioner.

The new DCPs are Fausat Azeez; Presley Dode; Adepoju Ilori, Area Commander Ughelli, Delta State Command;  Oladimeji Olanrewaju, Area Commander Metro, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State Command and Ambrose  Onah of the Department of Training and Development, Force Headquarters, Abuja.

“The commission also approved the promotion of 164 Chief Superintendents of Police to the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police and eight Deputy Superintendents of Police to the rank of Superintendent,” the statement added.

It said the Chairman of the PSC, Mike Okiro, congratulated the promoted officers and charged them to continue to discharge their duties with respect to the rule of law and fear of God.

He said the commission would continue to ensure that promotions in the Nigeria Police Force are regular and guided by merit, seniority and availability of vacancies.

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NEWS / Osinbajo Decorates Two NNMA Awardees
« on: December 08, 2017, 09:43:48 AM »
Prof. Adesoji Adesina and Bruce Onobrakpeya were, on Thursday, conferred with the 2017 Nigerian National Merit Award.

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo presided over the ceremony held inside the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Osinbajo stood in for President Muhammadu Buhari who was still on a two-day official visit to Kano State as of the time of the conferment.

The Vice-President promised that the Federal Government would continue to support research innovation in the country.

According to him, posterity would not forgive government functionaries if they failed to provide support for research activities.

While lauding the recipients for their achievements, he urged them to continue to use their experience to improve the society.

Specifically on Adesina, the Vice-President noted that his works in engineering and technology spanned over three decades.

He added that the recipient had trained a number of students, including 42 PhD holders, who are now professors, executives in petro-chemical industry and captains of engineering designs in various parts of the world.

He said, “To date, Prof. Adesina is credited with nearly 450 refereed publications, patents and books. He has supervised more than 100 graduate students to completion, including 42 PhD alumni, with a truly global hue.

“Among these former students are university professors in highly-ranked institutions, executives of the petrol-chemical processing industries, government dignitaries and captains of engineering design and consulting firms located throughout China, South-East Asia, Middle East, Europe, USA, Canada and Australia.

“He has won over $15m in competitive research grants from government and industry sponsors.”

Osinbajo added that Onobrakpeya’s works in arts and humanities spanned six decades.

Adesina, on behalf of himself and his co-recipient, thanked the Federal Government for the recognition.

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NEWS / FG, States Hit By N25b Revenue Shortfall
« on: December 08, 2017, 09:38:47 AM »
The federal, states, local governments in  October shared N532.7 billion which shows a decline of N25.3 billion when compared to what they shared in September.

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr Mahmoud Isa-Dutse said this on Thursday in Abuja while briefing newsmen on the outcome of the monthly Federal Account Allocation Committee (FAAC).

Isa-Dutse attributed the decline to the decrease in revenue from export sales of 42.94 million dollars due to a decrease in crude oil production by 1.25 million barrels.

He said that even though, the average price of crude oil increase from 46.29 dollars per barrel to 48.66 dollars per barrel, it was not enough to make up for the loss in production.

“Some of the issues that impacted negatively on crude oil production were attributed to ageing facilities which resulted in shut-ins and shut-downs of pipelines at various terminals for repairs and maintenance.

“Petroleum Profit Tax increased significantly while Import Duty and Value Added Tax improved only significantly.

“Companies Income Tax and Oil Royalty recorded slight decreases in the month under review,” he said.

In summary, Isa-Dutse said after deductions as cost of collection by FIRS, Customs and DPR, the Federal Government received N205.7 billion, representing 52.68 per cent; states and N104.3 billion, representing 26.72 per cent.

The local governments, he said, received N80.4 billion, amounting to 20.60 per cent of the amount distributed.

Isa-Dutse announced that N40.8 billion representing 13 per cent derivation revenue was also shared among the oil producing states.

He said that the country generated N317.2 billion as mineral revenue and N124.4 billion as non-mineral revenue.

He said this showed an increase of N41.6 billion from what the country generated as mineral revenue and a decrease of N23.5 billion in non-mineral revenue from what was generated in the month of September.

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NEWS / Boko Haram’s Plot To Bomb Abuja, Others Real –Police
« on: December 08, 2017, 09:31:17 AM »
The police have said the plot by Boko Haram to bomb the Federal Capital Territory and six other states is real.

The FCT Commissioner of Police, Sadiq Bello, said the police would work with other security agencies to make sure that the threat was not actualised.

The United States and the United Kingdom’s missions in Nigeria had last week warned of possible Boko Haram’s  attacks on the FCT, Adamawa, Bauchi,  Borno, Gombe, Jigawa, and Yobe states.

They warned Americans and Britons in Nigeria to avoid crowded places including shopping malls, gardens and hotels which could be targeted by the terrorists.

Following the warning, the Inspector-General of Police put the Commissioners of Police, Assistant  Inspectors-General of Police and personnel in the states on red alert.

The IG also directed the CPs in the states to hold stakeholders’ meetings with the people in order to proffer possible ways of tackling the threat.

Speaking during a stakeholders’ forum on Thursday in Abuja, Bello said that security agencies were working hard to thwart the Boko Haram’s plot, adding that various strategies were being executed to keep the states safe from terrorists’ attacks.

The CP said, “The threat to attack the city is real; however, we want to assure members of the public that we are working in collaboration with other sister security agencies to ensure that we all enjoy a peaceful Yuletide.”

He added, “We are doing a lot but we don’t want to mention the strategy so that the men of the underworld don’t take advantage of it. We are doing a lot especially with our sister security agencies. We have already mapped out strategies and we have already commenced that.

“It may involve massive raids, massive visibility policing, vigorous stop and search and we would also embark on intelligence gathering.”

Bello also urged members of the public to volunteer useful information that could assist the security agencies to prevent the attack.e said, “Police work is not magic, we depend on members of the public to make contribution and that is why we are urging members of the public to come up with useful information that would help us nip crimes in the bud.”

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NEWS / #Endsars: Reps Accuse Police Of Blackmailing Dogara
« on: December 08, 2017, 09:30:11 AM »
The House of Representatives said on Thursday that it would investigate the allegations of “corruption and brutality” of citizens levelled against the Nigeria Police, particularly its Special Anti-Robbery Squad.

It said the investigation would be carried out in public interest and within the legislative duty of the House, to protect the safety, rights and dignity of Nigerians.

The House gave the assurance to Nigerians in Abuja while reacting to a position taken by the Force Headquarters that the current #EndSARS campaign was sponsored by politicians.

Commenting on the issue, the Chairman, House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Mr. Abdulrazak Namdas, noted that the police spokesman, Mr. Jimoh Moshood, illustrated the police’ stance by using a photograph of the Speaker, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, and the lead campaigner, Mr. Segun Awosanya.

The House described the action of the police spokesman as an attempt to blackmail lawmakers and divert the attention of the public from the probe of SARS alleged atrocities.

Namdas stated that though Moshood did not specifically mention lawmakers while making his allegation by using Dogara’s photo with Awosanya for illustration, he implied that the Speaker was one of the politicians he accused of sponsoring Awosanya.

Namdas added, “It is important to note at this point that the police spokesman accuses politicians, and Speaker Dogara alone cannot be politicians. In any case, the House of Representatives and indeed the parliament happen to be the home of the highest number of politicians, especially elected officials. It is obvious that they are part of the politicians being so accused.

“Speaker Yakubu Dogara is not ashamed of being a politician because he is not just a politician but a tested and trusted leader, a lawyer and legislator of note with untainted honour and impeccable integrity. The members of the House of Representatives do not also have any cause to deny their status as politicians.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the picture in question was taken in September this year, when Mr. Awosanya came to submit the petition against SARS, which is a daily happenstance in the House and indeed any other parliament.

“This should not in any way be interpreted as ‘hobnobbing’ with politicians. If any official interaction between citizens and politicians is to be construed as “hobnobbing” then, all citizens, the police inclusive would be guilty.

“The police ought to know that sovereignty belongs to the people and the House of Representatives is made up of true representatives of the people; hence, people have the constitutional right to express themselves without let or hindrance; and so they can at any time petition the National Assembly, on any issue that affects their interests or the interest of the nation.

“As the Speaker assured the petitioners in September, the House of Representatives under his watch cannot be intimidated to abandon the investigation into these allegations of corruption and brutality against innocent citizens by SARS.”

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NEWS / Court Orders Lagos Director To Forfeit Houses, N28.5m
« on: December 08, 2017, 09:29:06 AM »
The Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered the temporary forfeiture of the sum of N28.5m found in the bank accounts of the Director of Accounts, Public Works Corporation, Lagos State, Anifowoshe Alade.

Justice Rilwan Aikawa gave the temporary forfeiture order on Wednesday based on an ex parte application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Counsel for the anti-graft agency, Rotimi Oyedepo, told the judge that Alade was being investigated for alleged diversion of funds belonging to the Public Works Corporation.

He said the N28.5m was part of a total of N329,469,435 which Alade allegedly diverted from the corporation.

The anti-graft agency claimed that Alade diverted the money into the account of a company, MAJ Anny International Limited, where he is a director.

In an affidavit filed in support of the ex parte application, an operative of the EFCC, Zayyanu Halliru, said Alade was the sole signatory to the company’s account.

He added that the account director abused his position as “the final authoriser of the Internet banking system of the Public Work Corporation, Lagos State.”

The investigator stated, “The respondent used his office and position to enrich himself with the funds from the Public Works Corporation to acquire landed properties within Lagos and Ogun states.”

He said the commission had recovered the properties.

According to him, the properties include six sets of three-bedroom flats; six sets of two-bedroom flats and six sets of one-bedroom flats on Adewale Osiyeku Street, Offin ile Igbogbo, Ikorodu, Lagos State.

Others are four sets of three-bedroom duplexes at No. 6 Tunde Gabby Close, Dopemu, Pako Bus Stop, Agege, Lagos State as well as a semi-detached three-bedroom flat and a unit of three-bedroom terrace at Cranbel Court, Citiview Estate, Arepo, Ogun State.

Also seized was a plot of land at Queen’s Garden Estate, off the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

The investigator said, “That the buildings highlighted above are reasonably suspected to be proceeds of unlawful activities purchased with the stolen funds from the Public Works Corporation, Lagos State.

“That the order of this court is needed to forfeit these aforementioned buildings to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

“That the respondent will not be prejudiced should this application be granted.”

Granting the application on Wednesday, Justice Aikawa held, “I have perused all the processes filed and the submission of learned counsel for the applicant.

“I find merit in the application and same is hereby granted as prayed.

“The applicant, the EFCC, is hereby ordered to publish this order to put any interested party on notice, to come and show cause why these properties should not be permanently forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria within 14 days from today.

“This case is adjourned till the 16th of January, 2018, for mention.”

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