No sacred cow in anti-corruption war in Buhari’s Govt—OSINBAJO

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ABUJA—Vice President Yemi Osinbajo yesterday in Abuja stated that the government of President Mohammadu Buhari will not spare any corrupt person in the fight against corruption.

The Vice President spoke at Day Two of the ongoing 21st National Economic Summit in Abuja on the topic: ‘’Reforming Public Institutions to Ensure Competitiveness And Accountability.”

He said: “there is always a sense that it is someone else that will effect this desired change. I think we must be one in deciding in this country that we want a change.”

According to him, individual Nigerians would like the rules to be enforced as long as it is not enforced on them.

He, however, regretted the ethnic and religious considerations and interpretations attributed to the fight, saying it clogged the wheel of justice.

His words: “If we pick up somebody here and want to try him, I know how many calls I will get from people in this room. I’ve had the experience in public service and I don’t mind being the tough guy. I’ve sacked people that needed to be sacked. So there are no sacred cows, the rules will be applied anyway.”

While expressing the view that it was possible to achieve the reform of the nation’s public institutions against any known cynicisms or challenges, Osinbajo said: ‘’I think that an important message which we have taken from this discussion, is that it is entirely possible to reform our public institutions, to turn our country around. I perfectly have no doubt in my mind about that”.

The Vice president also charged the elites in the country, including the participants at the event to play a more significant role in attaining such a national objective, especially in upholding existing rules and regulations.

Talking from his previous public service experience as former Attorney-General of Lagos State, he said: ‘’I find that everybody will like the rules to be applied so long as it will not apply to himself. We can’t apply the rules except we apply the rules to all of us; there should be no sacred cows.”

The Vice President noted that the reform of public institutions is critical for efficient and transparent use of public resources as well as sustainable delivery of public goods at national and sub-national levels.

Osinbajo further disclosed that Government was embarking on the reform of public institutions with the fundamental objective to enhance their capacity and capability effectively and efficiently in response to the needs and demands of the citizens.

He disclosed further that ‘’the key element of our institutional reform agenda, first is transparency and accountability. The whole idea is participatory governance, checks and balances which invariably will ensure policies and outputs of public institutions response to the needs and wants of citizens.”

The specific reform agenda currently being implemented by the Federal Government, according to the Vice President were focused at achieving fiscal discipline, revenue diversification and efficient collection of government revenue.

Some of the on-going specific initiatives outlined by Osinbajo include the Treasury Single Account (TSA), Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS), Government Integrated Financial Management Information System (GIFMIS), adoption of zero-based budgeting, bottom-up economic planning model, the Anti-Corruption Committee and capacity building for public servants.

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Falae identifies kidnappers, 5 caught

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AKURE — Former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief Olu Falae, who was kidnapped by Fulani herdsmen on his 77th birthday and released after paying N5m ransom four days after, has identified his abductors who were paraded before him by the police. Falae on Tuesday, identified three of the suspects as those who kidnapped him and threatened to kill him if he failed to pay the ransom. Chief Falae, according to a police source, also identified one of the kidnappers who was kind to him.

This came as the Police, Wednesday evening, recovered N137m from robbers who raided a new generation bank on Trans-Amadi Road in Port Harcourt.
Suspected kidnappers of Chief Falae with their leader Abubakar Auta holding N823,900 of the ransom in Akure

Suspected kidnappers of Chief Falae with their leader Abubakar Auta holding N823,900 of the ransom in Akure

Falae’s abductors

Five of Falae’s kidnappers were arraigned, yesterday, before an Akure High Court, Ondo and Chief Falae will be a star witness when the trial commences November 10.

The suspects, who were docked for kidnapping, conspiracy and armed robbery 24 days after abduction were Abubakar Auta, Bello Jannu, Umaru Ibrahim, Masahudu Muhammed and Idris Lawal.

Three of the kidnappers admitted that their share from the N5m ransom collected was N100,000 each. The accused persons could not speak English and were ordered to be remanded in prison custody by the high court judge, Justice Rotimi Olamide till November 10 when the case would be heard.

The service of an interpreter, Bassey Victor who is a security operative was sought by the court.

Another leader of the gang, Abubakar Auta was also arrested in Niger State with N823,900 cash, part of the ransom money by Police Special Intelligence Response team put up by the Inspector-General of Police.

The cash with the wrappers of a commercial bank in Akure, the Ondo State capital paid as ransom for the release of the former Finance Minister was discovered in the booth of the vehicle being driven by the suspect before his arrest.

The accused person, who spoke with newsmen before his arraignment, confessed that they kidnapped the septuagenarian politician.

They were arraigned on a five-count charge of procuring or counseling another for the purpose of kidnapping and abducting, aiding and abetting, contrary to Section 2 of Anti-kidnapping and Anti-Abduction Law of Ondo State, 2010.

The charges

However, when the charge was read to the suspects in court, they all pleaded not guilty.

The charge reads: “That you, Abubakar Auta, Bello Jannu, Umaru Ibarahim, Masahudu Muhammed, Idris Lawal and others now at large, on or about Monday, September 21, 2015 at Kajola/Eyinala Community in Akure Judicial Division did give information for the purpose of kidnapping and abducting Chief Samuel Oluyemi Falae.

“Abubakar Auta, Bello Jannu, Umaru Ibarahim, Masahudu Muhammed and Idris Lawal, and others now at large, on or about Monday, September 21, 2015 at Kajola/Eyinala Community in Akure Judicial Division did aid the kidnapping and abduction of Chief Samuel Oluyemi Falae.

“Abubakar Auta, Bello Jannu, Umaru Ibarahim, Masahudu Muhammed and Idris Lawal, and others now at large, on or about Monday, September 21, 2015 at Kajola/Eyinala Community in Akure Judicial Division did Kidnapped Chief Oluyemi Falae, the Former Secretary to the Government of the Federation and did not release him until N5,000,000 ransom was paid.

“Abubakar Auta, Bello Jannu, Umaru Ibarahim, Masahudu Muhammed and Idris Lawal, and others now at large, on or about Monday, September 21, 2015 at Kajola/Eyinala Community in Akure Judicial Division did conspire to commit a felony to wit armed robbery.

“Abubakar Auta, Bello Jannu, Umaru Ibarahim, Masahudu Muhammed and Idris Lawal, and others now at large, on or about Monday, September 21, 2015 at Kajola/Eyinala Community in Akure Judicial Division did rob Chief Olu Falae of N15, 000 and his handset while armed with guns, cutlasses and other dangerous weapons”.

The offence, according to the prosecution, is contrary to Section 2 of Anti-Kidnapping and Anti-Abduction Law, 5(1)(a) of the Anti-Kidnapping and Anti-Abduction Laws, Section3(11)(b) of the Anti-Kidnapping and Abduction Law, Section 6(b) of the Robbery and Firearms(Special Provision) Act,Cap R11, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and Section 1(2)(a) of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) Act,Cap R11, Vol. 14, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

Vanguard was informed by a top police source that Abubakar Auta was arrested in Niger State; Idris Lawan, Masahudu Muhammed and Bello Jannu were arrested in Ekiti, while Umar Ibrahim was picked up in Ondo State.

Two other suspects, Usman Kato and Babawuro are already in the custody of the Directorate of State Service,DSS. Babawuro was arrested in Lokoja, while two other members of the kidnap gang are still on the run.

The exhibits

Exhibits recovered from the gang leader Abubakar Auta include cash of N823,990:00, 12 SIM cards, a phone used for negotiating the ransom of Chief Falae and a Red Bajaj Motorcycle with Reg No; KER 385 QA which was used to convey Chief Olu Falae to their camp when he got tired of walking in the bush.

During interview, Umaru Ibrahim said they have a boss called Baba Uro who they have not met but who sent the N100,000 to them after the ransom was paid by Chief Falae’s family.

He said that their boss lives in Abuja and that he has only spoken with him once.

Ibrahim told newsmen that he paid a debt of N60,000 from his own share of the ransom.

Also, Idris Lawal confirmed that he received N100,000. He said that they spent five days in the bush and that they are eight in number. He confessed that he hails from Katsina State and he is a herdsman.

The fourth suspect, Masahudu Muhammed declined to tell newsmen how much his share of the ransom was.

It will be recalled that Chief Falae was abducted by Fulani herdsmen on Monday, September 21, 2015, the day he clocked 77 at his farm in Ilado, Akure North council area of Ondo State.

He was released four days later.

Police recover N137m from fleeing robbers in Rivers

A statement released Wednesday night by the Police Public Relations Officer in Rivers State, DSP Ahmad Muhammad said the Police got a distress call at about 5.12pm on Wednesday that robbers were operating at the bank, and they immediately mobilised to the scene.
Part of the N137m recovered from fleeing robbers in Port Harcourt. Photos Jimitota Onoyume.

Part of the N137m recovered from fleeing robbers in Port Harcourt. Photos Jimitota Onoyume.

He said before the Police got to the bank, the robbers had driven out but they pursued and caught up with them.

DSP Muhammad said during an exchange of fire, two policemen sustained bullet wounds, adding that they were responding to treatment at an undisclosed hospital in Port Harcourt.

Continuing, he said among items recovered from the robbers were N137 million, one AK-47 rifle, a rocket, a pistol and six magazines.

He said the items were found in a vehicle abandoned by the fleeing robbers who could not stand the fire power of the police.

He said: “At about 5.15 pm, we received a distress call that some criminals robbed a new generation bank at Trans Amadi, Port Harcourt. Instant action and hot chase by our men forced the armed robbers to abandon their operational vehicle, a Lexus SUV and escaped with gunshot wounds. Items recovered from the vehicles include the stolen money to the tune of N137m, one AK-47rifle, rocket, an English-made pistol and six magazines”.

The fleeing robbers, according to the Police, also abandoned another Lexus SUV at Rukpokwu area of the state capital.

The Police PRO said the Police will not sleep until those behind the robbery were brought to book.

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If Falae’s kidnappers were Igbo, would Yoruba elders have threatened to secede?

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ABUJA – A group known as North East Solidarity Forum condemned the recent secession threat made by some Yoruba groups, describing it as a treasonable felony.

Listing the groups as the Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE), the Yoruba Unity Forum (YUF), the Oodua Foundation, Afenifere, the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), the Coalition of Yoruba Autonomy (COYA), the Oodua Democratic Coalition (ODC), the Ominira Yoruba Apapo, and the Agbekoya Organization, the Forum said that the statement was an utter reckless, calling president Mohammadu Buhari to call the groups to order.

A communique signed by the Co-Ordinator General of the group, Usman Abdulkadir a meeting accused the Yoruba elders of inciting the general populace and especially the people of the South West region of the country to violence and bloodshed.

The Forum which regretted that such statement could emanate from the groups which he said should have noted the ethnic configurations of the country, stressing that the kidnapping of the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation was supposed to be a concern for all to help the president Buhari tackle the incessant case of kidnapping and insecurity at large.

“We have gathered here today to critically examine the recent unguarded and unwarranted vituperations that emanated from the Summit of Yoruba Elders in Ibadan, Oyo State and wish to state unequivocally that the threat to secession in the South West must not be taken lightly nor ignored by the Federal Government. It must be properly investigated by the security agencies and all actors in the summit must be brought to book”, Abdukadir said.

The forum recalled the situation of Boko Haram that has ravaged the North East and the various incidences of kidnapping in parts of Nigeria, asking whether the Yoruba Elders would have threatened to secede if the kidnappers of Chief Olu Falae were an Igbo or from other tribes in Nigeria.

“We believe the threat of secession by the Yoruba Elders has a hidden agenda which must be unravelled urgently by the security agencies because of the weighty nature of their statement and we know that if any region is to make such call, it should have been from the North East due to the ruin the region has witnessed in the last four years”, he said.

Part of the Communique read:, “A call for the breaking of Nigeria by a section of any individual or groups is a treasonable felony and there is no exception to what happened in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

“While we condemn kidnapping or any act of criminality by any indidual in the country and in any part of Nigeria, we want to use this opportunity to call on President Muhammadu Buhari to use all available means to protect the unity, oneness and integrity of this great country Nigeria. Nobody is above the law and no tribe or ethnicity can threaten our corporate existence without being called to account for their misdemeanours. The YCE should not be an exception”. The group said.

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Nigeria Govt. welcomes US troops for Cameroon over Boko Haram crisis

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Nigeria on Thursday welcomed a US decision to send up to 300 military personnel to Cameroon to help the regional fight against Boko Haram, despite having itself requested more direct help from Washington.

President Muhammadu Buhari’s spokesman Garba Shehu said the deployment was a “welcome development” while the military said it demonstrated cooperation was needed against the Islamists.

US President Barack Obama on Thursday said 90 personnel had already been sent and the full contingent would conduct intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations.

“The United States has given the pledge to support the fight against Boko Haram in Nigeria and in the region,” Shehu told AFP by telephone.

“This is the fulfilment of that pledge and we are very happy about it. The United States’ move is quite commendable.”

Military spokesman Colonel Rabe Abubakar added: “This is how the fight can be done collectively with partners cooperating with us to fight against a common cause — terrorism — which has been ravaging the region for some time now.

“We appeal to other nations to emulate the good example of the United States. The United States has experience in fighting terrorism.

“Fighting terrorism is not one nation’s issue. It requires a global effort. We all need to work together… to fight this evil.”

Buhari, who took office in May vowing to end the violence and on Wednesday met the US military’s Africa Command chief General David Rodriguez in Abuja, has spearheaded efforts for a new, five-nation fighting force against Boko Haram.

The Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) was due to be deployed in late July but the deadline passed with no new date announced for it to start.

The US announcement comes after the Islamic State group-allied militants have increased attacks against civilians using suicide bombers in border areas of Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger.

Diplomatic relations between Abuja and Washington were strained under Buhari’s predecessor, Goodluck Jonathan, over the United States’ refusal to sell weapons to Nigeria.

Buhari repeated those criticisms in July on a visit to the US capital, asserting the embargo — in place because of his military’s human rights record — was helping Boko Haram.

Washington last year provided intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance expertise to Nigeria in the hunt for more than 200 girls abducted from their school.

The assistance included drones and spy planes as well as up to 80 military personnel
 

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Sex and masturbation may hamper Ebola eradication efforts

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Geneva – The WHO has advised all male survivors of Ebola to be tested three months after the onset of symptoms and then monthly until they know they have no risk of passing on the virus through their semen.

Bruce Aylward, Head of the WHO’s Ebola Response, said on Thursday in Geneva that isolated flare-ups of Ebola may point to a higher risk of transmission via the semen of male survivors than previously thought.

“It’s not the sex that is dangerous; it’s the semen that is dangerous. How people actually get exposed, in soiled linens or whatever, is not clear.

“Transmission through semen may explain why a few cases continue to occur even though the outbreak has been almost completely eradicated by an intense international effort, recently bolstered by the deployment of a trial vaccine in Guinea and Sierra Leone,’’ he said.

Aylward said the latest flare-up, in a village on the northern border of Sierra Leone, followed the death of a 67-year-old woman late last month, 50 days after the previous confirmed case in the region.

He said transmission chains are considered to have been broken after 42 days with no new infections.

However, Aylward said that sexual transmission was “obviously not a huge risk, because if it were we would have seen a lot more in the areas that were hardest hit at the beginning of this outbreak.”

He said this could undermine the hope of ending the outbreak in West Africa by 2015.

A clinician said on condition of anonymity, that a forthcoming study in the New England Journal of Medicine, based on around 200 survivors, found that around half still had traces of the virus in their semen after six months.

“The old advice of three months is no longer good.

“The number of people with persistent virus in their semen is much greater than expected,” clinician said.

The clinician added that the risk might not only be from sex but also from masturbation. (Reuters/NAN)

 

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Women Equality Day: Nigerian women deserve a better living condition

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As the women Equality Day is being commemorated today in the United States, well- meaning citizens of Nigeria have also continued to urge the various stakeholders in the Nigeria polity to formulate policies that will make life better for women in Nigeria. Although Women's Equality Day is a day proclaimed each year to commemorate the granting of the vote to women in United States, women equality has become a matter of global concern with the incoming of the United Nation’s millennium Development Goals which makes it the third goal.

According to a statement by the Media Officer of Supermart.ng, Oluwatayo Alofun “Women equality is not just an American campaign, it is a global campaign. Don’t forget that it is the third goal of the United Nation’s Millenium Development Goals. Most of these women combine career with the task of being mothers, wives and homemakers. You will agree with me that this is not easy especially in cities like Lagos. This was why we started Supermart.ng-an online groceries store that delivers groceries to households in as early as three hours as a way of making life easier for women in Lagos”.

Speaking further on making life easier for women, Alofun said “A typical woman will have to go from one grocery store to another because she can’t get everything she want in just one store, she will still have to go to local market to shop for local ingredients, all in the midst of the unpredictable Lagos Traffic. To reduce this stress, Supermart.ng has partnered with leading supermarkets and local markets to put up a one stop shop online with over 60,000 items including Fresh food, foreign products, Nigerian ingredients, general groceries and baby products among others”

“Supermart.ng has also invested a lot in training logistics personnel in order to ensure that our women don’t have to worry about delivery time. When people shop on supermart.ng, they can choose the time of the day when they want it delivered. Products are delivered in as early as three hours. This means that we save the women about three to six hours which they can use for more profitable things like taking care of their children, resting or reading for personal development” Alofun added.

We have also been partnering with other organisations to conduct entrepreneurship trainings for women. In particular, we have been teaching women how they can leverage technology for productivity in businesses and in their everyday life. We believe that Nigeria women deserve more, we are doing our best and we are calling on other stakeholders both in government and private sectors to do their best in giving our women the best.

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E-commerce firms must look beyond the Electronic Transaction Bill-Experts-Alofun

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Lagos-19/08/2015 Following the rise in the electronic commercial activities in Nigeria and its contributions to the growth of the economy, stakeholders have long been agitating for policies and regulatory frameworks that can aid orderly conduct of electronic transactions in a manner that is fair especially to the customers. It was against this background that the Electronic Transaction Bill was passed by the last National Assembly. The bill is currently raising concerns among e-commerce businesses who anxiously await its passage into an Act.

However, reacting to this development, the Media Officer of Supermart.ng, Oluwatayo Alofun has said that the while the bill is a welcome development that will be instrumental in bringing order to e-commerce in Nigeria, there is need for e-commerce firms to look beyond seeing regulations as the compelling factor for rendering quality services to consumers.

Citing the example of Supermart.ng he said “at Supermart.ng, we already promised our customers to deliver groceries to them in as early as three hours of order. . We understand that a customer’s time is very precious to him so we make it a goal to deliver on that promise against any logistics challenge. This has not being easy but we owe it to make life easier for households in Lagos by saving them three to six hours through our delivery system”

The Electronic Transaction Bill is expected to regulate the e-commerce sector and protect consumers. To this end, some of the key issues highlighted in the bill are non-disclosure of full information on products and services, deceptive advertisement, improper description of products, delivery of defective products, poor informal dispute settlement procedures, double payments and poor customer service.

Speaking on highlights of the bill, Alofun said “when you look at the key issues highlighted in the bill, they all go down to conscious efforts on our part as e-commerce business operators to put our customers interest first in our dealing, this is what Supermart.ng has been doing since inception-putting customers first. Take customer service as an instance, when we employ delivery men, they are professionally trained to be able to talk to customers, they are equipped with smart phones to be able to provide up to date information to customers and as well as update the Supermart.ng system. We leave nothing to chance in our customer service process which makes it almost impossible for us to fail on our promises”

Alofun however expressed hope in the possibility of the Bill to improve the state of e-commerce business in Nigeria and to boost consumer’s confidence in the electronic transaction system. He therefore urges the executive arm of the government to consider the Bill for assent into an Act.

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First Hundred Days of Change

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“Let me assure you that if I am elected President… we will always act on time and not allow problems to irresponsibly fester.” This statement made by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Chattam House before the election, has been grossly misunderstood by a number of highly expectant Nigerians. So much, that even when he reiterated that Nigerians should not expect miracles or magic, some still assume a Genie has come into power.

As individuals occupying the office of the citizen, if we had done a good job in the first hundred days to passively observe the President we elected, we would have noticed that Buhari is not a man who takes time frame as the most important equation or factor. A number of people have boldly said he has done nothing, others say he could have done more, while others are neither here nor there.

On Power

Let us not go too far, Nigeria’s erratic power supply has improved tremendously. Because of this, ordinary Nigerians – ‘ordinary’, defined as the man on the molue in Ojuelgba – have been praying for and praising President Buhari. These are the people who cannot afford generators.

On Political Appointments

Buhari is currently putting in place daring policies and doing a thorough clean up exercise. While he has relinquished a few people of their appointments and nominated a few others, he has not been in a hurry to make his political appointments the defining theme of his first hundred days – particularly the ministerial ones. Although, there are a lot of criticisms from certain quarters that the appointments made so far are skewed towards one section of the country, in the president’s defense, these appointments are primarily his personal staff.

Chief John Oyegun, the Chairman of the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress, has said on several occasions –since the clamour about President Buhari’s appointments came up – that the upcoming political appointments will be balanced. This has been confirmed by recent reports that the president has been in consultations with leaders of the APC regarding his ministerial list.

It is important to note that beyond being balanced in terms of regional spread, Nigerians must also ask that all appointees moving forward are balanced in terms of gender. This may not look like one of the biggest issues of contention at the moment, however, with a near 50-50 split in the entire population, only one woman has been nominated by the president – out of 35 appointments so far.

On Security

In the area of security, Buhari has matched his words with action by giving the army the ultimatum to clear Boko Haram within three months. Since then, the army has intensified efforts against insurgency. He has also gone around neighboring West African States to secure strategic partnerships to eradicate Boko Haram. The army is doing a lot of work to make sure that Boko Haram’s strongholds in the North East, like the infamous Sambisa Forest, are purged free of the terrorists. Although, the BBC recently reported that over 1000 people have been killed since Buhari came into power, it acknowledged that a vast majority of the territories held by the Boko Haram group have been regained.

On Corruption

President Buhari is not partial in his search for looters. He has asked the ICPC and the EFCC to investigate anybody who has stolen public funds, whether PDP or APC. Ex-Governor Amaechi who contributed money for Buhari’s campaign is currently being investigated by the EFCC. The Nigeria tribune recently reported that the ICPC has stormed almost all the 36 states “to gather indicting documents on suspected looters of the treasury.”

Another daring Buhari-move was the order for all ministries, departments or agencies to operate a Treasury Single Account (TSA) to be domiciled in the Central Bank. Although, he has received a lot of blows (from potential looters), this alone will plug the loopholes in the system. Additionally, the president has ordered for the return of all diplomatic passports from all the former Ministers, Ambassadors, and Public Servants. Because of this, many Nigerians have said that our international image has taken a new turn, not only in Africa, but also in Europe and America.

To an extent, there has been a return of sanity because people are afraid to steal; people who have stolen, are returning the funds, and in general, people are afraid to break the rules. Right now, the fear of Buhari has become the beginning of wisdom.

On Youth

The youth are now realigning and redefining the meaning of “work” beyond government contract and there is a revelation of skills over politics. While effortlessly trying to avoid mentioning the wanna-be-ever-talking-rarely-processing young Nigerians crowding social media with every random thought, just so they too can be part of the conversation, most of the young people who clamored for change, are already criticizing within 100 days of its implementation.

Sincerely, even if it was possible to lift a house, reconstruct the foundation and place the house back on that foundation, I am sure a lot of time will be allotted to the strategic planning to pull that off successfully. Now, we are talking about a whole country like Nigeria here, and as Nigerians, we know the level of work that needs to be done to fix our country. So, seeing statements on twitter like “Na anti-corruption we wan chop” is a total application of ignorance. Governance is constituted by a host of factors, and a lot time is needed to measure the impact of governance.

Are we going to trade time for performance, or are we going to tell ourselves that this man, Buhari, has performing at his own careful and deliberate pace. All in all, in comparison to others that have come before him, he has done more than some people did in 4 whole years. 100 days may be too early to fully judge the performance, however, I’m not saying that we can’t begin to appraise him after a year.

Until then, we watch and wait…

(Enitan Okediji is a TV Presenter and a Knowledge Manager. She currently presents the media review segment of "Insight", a current affairs show on NTA International. She tweets @emioluwa)

High regards,

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GradExchange Launches in Lagos and Port-Harcourt

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Lagos and Port-Harcourt witnessed a revolution in pre-employment testing as GradExchange, Nigeria’s pioneer graduate recruitment scheme was recently launched with series of tests conducted in centres across Lagos and Port-Harcourt.

This development follows the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) earlier this year, announcing the partnership among GradExchange, the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) and the Nigerian Employers Consultative Association (NECA) towards the simplification of the recruitment process in the country.
According to Mr.Robert Ikazoboh, Managing Director of Dragnet Solutions, Nigeria’s foremost E-Recruitment solutions providers and promoters of GradExchange, the portal avails recruiters the opportunity to access pre-tested and pre-profiled graduates, easing the cumbersomeness of the manual recruitment process and ultimately help solve the problem of employment in the country.

While expressing his delight in this development, Ikazoboh added that GradExchange is the future of Graduate recruitment. “Imagine being able to meet all your recruitment needs just by a few mundane clicks of your laptop button. You can have a recruitment need in the morning and by noon you are already inviting a crop of potential talents for interviews, the future is here”.
He added that “The GradExchange initiative was conceived to make the recruiting process smooth and seamless. With this initiative, companies do not need to spend money advertising for vacancies, either through the online or traditional media. They also do not need to spend long man hours and logistics in processing CVs. All they need to do is to log in to the portal and input the caliber of candidates that they are looking for along with the criteria they want and they are presented with candidates who fit their choice”’.

Horace Obaze, Business Head GradExchange, who was at the launch in Lagos, commented on the huge turnout of graduate jobseekers: “The turnout today is very impressive, Nigerian graduates have taken their future into their hands by coming out in their multitudes to take the GradExchange test to enhance their visibility to potential employers.
Obaze called on recruiters to join their counterparts who have already started reaping the benefits of the GradExchange, saying not only will they be moving to an “era of ease in recruitment” but they would also be contributing their quota towards alleviating unemployment in the country.
 

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Nigerian youths are scared to take initiative –Dragnet Boss

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Nigerian youths have been admonished to become pacesetters in their chosen fields and not shy away from taking initiatives.

Robert Ikazoboh, MD/CEO Dragnet Solutions Limited gave this advice while delivering a lecture at the AIESEC National Youth Summit recently held in Calabar.

The Summit which was designed to train youth on personal, professional and global competencies attracted delegates from the Cross Rivers State Government and other corporate organizations.

In his keynote presentation titled “Young Leaders, Acting towards Sustainable Impact”, Ikazoboh noted that most Nigerian youths are scared to take initiative and simply wait for things to happen. He also identified fear, lack of goals, wrong association and a negative mental attitude as other factors responsible for the inability of most Nigerian youth to create a sustainable impact on their environment.

The keynote speaker therefore charged the “leaders of tomorrow” to be imaginative, willing to try new things, strive to be the best in their chosen field and consistently crave for knowledge and experience through reading. These he said would give each youth a competitive edge among his peers.

With approximately 300,000 graduates being awarded the NYSC certificate annually and the unemployment rate pegged at 23.9% by the National Bureau of Statistics, Ikazoboh reiterated the need for graduates to be smart, creative and able to identify their Unique Selling Point which potential employers will recognize as being highly valuable.

Speaking further, he also urged young jobseekers not to merely focus on what an organization is willing to offer them but to always focus on how they can add value to an organization because according to him, “life is not just about getting a job but making a sustainable living based on mutual exchange of fair value”.

He added that with passion, firm determination and willingness to seek needed help along the way, youth can be productively engaged thus creating a sustainable impact on the larger society.

The Dragnet boss therefore encouraged the youth to be “Outliers”, always seeking avenues to make a sustainable impact in their environment.

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