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Toyin Kappo-Kolawole of Coconut Empire – Making Lemonades out of Lemon

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Toyin Kappo-Kolawole is someone who made lemonades out of the lemons that life handed her. Though lemonade is not popular in this part of the world, she did make a lot of wonderful things out of coconuts. Her discussion with the host of the Good Citizen Show proved that there is always an opportunity to make something amazing from the little things around us. Again, like in our previous discussion, delayed gratification was a key aspect of the discussion and a principle a lot of people need to adopt in their careers and lifestyle.

Ms Kappo-Kolawole started her career by hawking coconuts and making coconut meals from raw coconuts, but today, she has made an empire out of it. She is a small business entrepreneur but she has also built a sustainable enterprise from her products by using resources that will always be needed and available for use. She is doing enough to support herself and her family and hasn’t had to succumb to any of society’s vices to survive so far. She is a stellar example of the type of good citizen that needs to come from the discussions on the radio show.

Small and medium scale enterprises are Nigeria’s largest employers of labour; they are responsible for creating up to 84% of all jobs in the country. This means starting up a small or medium-scale enterprise like coconut manufacturing would do a great number of people a big favour. Coconut oil is an amazing health resource; it is a staple in healthy diets all around the world. The host met Ms Kappo-Kolawole through a friend who shared her contact, in a quest for a coconut dealer that will provide coconut oil to use in her meals. On her first encounter with the guest, the host said Ms Kappo-Kolawole sent the requested products without collecting her fee upfront. Such an act is rare in the present-day economy in Nigeria.

Ms Kappo-Kolawole replied that it is in her character to let her products speak first for her as this sets the tone for her entire business. It was a usual practice in the past to send people products, trusting that they will pay, because people were bound by their word. These days, it is really rare to come across such people with integrity from either buyer or seller’s point of view.

Growing up in the Badagry area of Lagos state, coconuts were a staple natural resource. From consumption and use for skin care in her childhood, the guest learned how to make hot-pressed coconut. In 2018 after an unsuccessful job hunt, she found she could turn her coconut making skill into a sustainable career path. The first opportunity to use her skill presented itself when she found she could use coconuts to heal a person with high blood pressure.

From there, she started making more discoveries from coconuts. She found that she could make more litres of coconut oil for a lot cheaper than what was available in the market. She started marketing her products in her neighbourhood and among her church members. As the business began to grow, she moved from Igando to the Isolo area of Lagos state. She hired more staff and bought more coconut produce. She eventually found a masterclass online to her develop her skills in making coconut produce, but it was too costly at that time.

She was able to crowdfund to pay for half of her masterclass tuition fees and promised to pay the rest before the end of the masterclass. One day, a customer requested 100 litres of both cold-pressed and hot-pressed coconut oil. This was a huge leap from the 1 litre of coconut oil she was producing in the past. This customer of hers paid her in half to make the coconut produce with the intent to complete the payment after the job was finished. This payment was what enabled her to get the rest of the tuition fees to make up for her masterclass. That was her breakthrough.

She never would have been able to get that breakthrough if she didn’t start and relied on excuses that most people rely on to stop themselves from taking the next step. She took her first step and invested in herself and it was amid that investment that she got a breakthrough. Belief in a person’s business, according to her, is the first step in building a successful business venture.

Today her business comprises a range of coconut products like coconut poundo, coconut flour, coconut oil (hot-pressed and cold-pressed) and coconut candy. This business is an oasis in Lagos where it is difficult to find good quality coconut oil. The business name came from her desire to have something that would always take her back to her roots. The name, therefore, came from the word home- “DeCribbshome”. It also speaks of her heritage as well. The major impetus behind her growth is credited to God, her husband, some members of her family who invested in her and her customer referrals. Integrity and hard work have also gotten her very far.

She advised anyone who was thinking of starting a business in Nigeria to start small and be hardworking. Humility and perseverance were also necessary ingredients for success. Humility makes a huge difference in customer relations because everyone plays a critical role no matter how inconsequential their job description seems. She concluded by saying nothing good in life comes easy so there’s always a need to stay true to who you are and what you do.

De Cribbs coconut can be gotten on WhatsApp on 08033409333.

Listen to the full interview here.


Ibrahim Bakare – The “Lover Boy” Who Persevered (Good Citizen Series)

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The entrepreneurship series on The Good Citizen Show kicked off in May with the first guest, Ibrahim Bakare. He is the CEO and nail tutor of Sugar Coat Tips nail salon. He is a prime example of a young man who still believes and practices the virtue of delayed gratification amid peers who are occupied with various “get rich quick” schemes. In his words, “With the right ethics, you can still make it in life.”

He runs the nail salon with his brother and a friend, which is an anomaly in such a female-dominated field. He grew up in an environment where gender roles were not too stringent. House chores, cooking and cleaning were handled by everyone. When asked how his upbringing impacted his business and helped him grow to the point he is now, he said his father was a major caregiver in the home. He said his father didn’t let the fact that there was no mum in the house get in the way of being a nurturer.

Hard work and consistency were key in starting up his business and getting customers. Building on his good reputation and customer referrals, without the aid of Instagram ads, his business was able to grow organically. Though he struggled to get to that point, he still took it upon himself to find little pleasures in life.

It was difficult for him to not fall under peer pressure and venture into illegal business opportunities. He held on to the virtue of delayed gratification and the belief that he was going to succeed in what he was doing eventually. Telling the story of a woman who offered to teach him the 419 (fraudulent) business of 419, he was able to overcome the temptation by holding on to his principles.

He got the nickname “lover boy” for being “too soft” and not resorting to vices. He said he believed in things that last forever. He still desired to be comfortable and rich but he was willing to wait for however long it took to preserve his peace of mind. He was all about imparting excellence.

He defined what success meant to him through some key role models of his. He started the business with his mentor, Mrs Yetunde Olowo who saw him through the business.

In the business, his brothers that were also his business partners were more of his accountability partners than anything else. Through the business, he was able to train himself through Yaba College of Technology (Yabatec), and his brothers were able to get married and have kids.

He advised listeners on the show to stay true to their principles because hard work pays. No one should try to cut corners to get to where they want to be in life.

Listen to the full interview here.

Laughter, Funfair as The Elevation Church, Ikoyi Hosts Maiden International Food and Arts Festival (Photos)

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he International Food and Arts Festival (IFAF), an initiative of The Elevation Church Ikoyi Expression, took place recently at Strong Tower Hall, 40 Alfred Rewane Road, Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria. The IFAF is aimed at recognizing and celebrating the uniqueness and beauty of the culture of different citizens, not indigenous to Nigeria yet significant to our economic development. This was designed with the objective of rallying together expats in the Church to provide a platform that facilitates interaction with them and accelerate their assimilation into the church.  

The International Food and Arts Festival IFAF) is designed to showcase and celebrate the food, culture, fashion and arts of different countries especially those that are predominant in TEC Ikoyi’s target demography. It’s our own twist of the Taste of our Tribe Eater funfair yearly event of The Elevation Church, and it’s targeted at the expatriate community.

The fair will be used to drive diversity and inclusion by providing opportunities for fellowship, cultural appreciation within a relaxed atmosphere. This maiden IFAF event is scheduled for May 2Ist, 2022 at the Strong Tower Hall, 40 Alfred Rewane Road, Ikoyi event centre from 11am

The countries of focus this year include France, South Africa, China, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Lebanon, Jamaica, India, Trinidad & Tobago.

Below are photos from the event:

L-R : Director of Global Ministry The Elevation Church, Pastor Debo Omotunde; Assistant Director Lagos Creative Art Ministry of Tourism, Mrs. Qudri Adebowale; Sawati Kumas Kastuni of The Indian Embassy Lagos; Resident Pastor of The Elevation Church Ikoyi and Host, IFAF, Pastor Kola Fayemi; Co-Lead Pastor of The Elevation Church, Pastor Bola Akinlabi; Director of Creative Art , Ministry of Art and Tourism Lagos , Idowu Johnson; and representative of the Indian Embassy Lagos, Provein Kumas
L-R : Director of Global Ministry, The Elevation Church (TEC), Pastor Debo Omotunde; Head of Membership, TEC, Teni Stuffman; Representative of Austrian Consulate, Odin Bluecode; Co-Lead Pastor of TEC, Pastor Bola Akinlabi; Resident Pastor of TEC Ikoyi and Host, IFAF, Pastor Kola Fayemi; Representative of French Embassy, Yann Gilbert; and Head of Ministry, TEC Ikoyi, Timi Koleolu
L-R : Head of Assimilation, The Elevation Church (TEC), Funmilayo Falola; French Consulate representative, Yann Gilbert; Co-Lead Pastor of TEC, Bola Akinlabi; Resident Pastor of TEC, Ikoyi, Kola Fayemi; and Head of Ministry, TEC, Timi Koleolu
L-R : Co-Lead Pastor of The Elevation Church, Pastor Bola Akinlabi, Sawati Kumas Kastuni of The Indian Embassy Lagos, Ghana Consulate General, Samata Gifty Bukari, Saipranaui Kastuni of The Indian Embassy Lagos, Director of Global Ministry The Elevation Church,Pastor Debo Omotunde

Activist alleges foul play in Eti-Osa PDP Rep primaries

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A volunteer for one of the aspirants for the House of Representatives, have alleged attempts to compromise the PDP Re-run Primary Elections for the Eti – Osa Federal Constituency House of Representatives position.

He alleged that some officials are compromising the process to write results and declare their preferred candidate winner, against the proper run of play, which is to conduct a free and fair election.

Addressing journalists on Monday morning, Rex Anighoro, a renowned Civil Society leader and activist who is a Sam Aiboni Jnr volunteer said: “As at this morning, Monday 6th June, the Returning Officer, Sanni Nana is still in Abuja, and one of the contestants is allegedly with party officials in Marriott Hotel, Ikeja instead of the venue of the Primaries at the PDP Secretariat.

“Hon Sam Aiboni Jnr, the other contestant for the Eti – Osa Federal Constituency House of Representatives position on the platform of the PDP has been at the Venue, No 17 Murphy Adetoro Alfa Beach Road since 7am waiting for the elections to be held while the other has not shown up since morning.

“This is therefore a clarion call on all to ensure that the right thing is done, and the primary elections are fairly conducted, as anything outside of this will be vehemently resisted.

“Conduct the Elections, and not write the results to favor a candidate” He concluded

Recall that a re-run for the ticket was fixed for Monday June 6 following irregularities from that which was conducted earlier.

How SystemSpecs Lead Tech’s Transformation of Accounting and Finance in Nigeria

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By Chidi Alabi

`As the world progresses in the digital transformation era, technology is playing an increasingly dominant role in many professions, revolutionizing the mode of operations in these areas to improve efficiency, save costs and simplify processes.

One of the notable fields that is being increasingly influenced by technology is the accounting and finance industry, which is being transformed through innovations in automation, cloud-based services, artificial intelligence and unprecedented access to data. Indeed, technology in accounting and financial planning has transformed the sector with newer and advanced software, and its ability to ensure accuracy and reduce errors, which helps businesses avoid tax penalties and other issues. Furthermore, it is now much easier to organise audits in a highly efficient manner.

In Nigeria, the rising impact of technology on accounting processes is illustrated in the emergence of innovative financial management systems such as the federal government’s Treasury Single Account (TSA) and the rise of the booming fintech sector which has provided thousands of jobs for Nigerians and helped millions of organisations and individuals process financial transactions more efficiently.

Today, Nigeria has become the leading fintech hub in Africa with several products providing innovative solutions servicing millions of people in diverse sectors. These products include Paystack, Flutterwave, Remita and Quickteller facilitating payment, Piggyvest, Carbon and Palmpay facilitating lending and investment, and Paylink and Opay facilitating remittance amongst several others. To stimulate efficiency and fast track business growth in a tough, highly competitive, and rapidly changing market, organisations in Nigeria need to maximize the leverage provided by fintech and other digital technology solutions.

Last month, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) also underlined this increased collaboration when the Institute’s 57th president, Mrs. Comfort Eyitayo, paid a courtesy visit to the headquarters of African technology giant, SystemSpecs, as a major stakeholder of the prestigious accounting institute. One of the oldest technology firms in Nigeria and a pioneer of the fintech revolution, SystemSpecs was founded in 1992 by a former banker, John Obaro. It is known for its innovative revolutionary products in financial technology, human capital management and ecommerce. Some of the company’s popular solutions include HumanManager, Paylink, and Remita which has already become a household name.

Congratulating the company on its ‘Three Decades of Innovation and Impact’, the ICAN boss said it is noteworthy that SystemSpecs has operated for three decades while developing topnotch human capital and financial management software for the Nigerian and African economies.

With its flagship products, Remita and HumanManager, SystemSpecs is one of the firms revolutionizing financial planning and management in Nigeria. For instance, HumanManager is an all-in-one solution that takes care of payroll, reporting, staff record, performance, and human capital management needs for organizations across Africa whilst Remita has helped thousands of individuals, corporate organizations and governments organise their finances more efficiently with its aggregated interface enabling people to access all their bank accounts vis one dashboard. Remita has also acquired a reputation as a national product with its adoption as the technology powering the TSA.

The TSA is an essential public finance management reform agenda recommended by the World Bank to ensure proper oversight of government cash flows and reduce the cost of keeping public money in several commercial banks. Like several other countries around the world, it was embraced by the Nigerian government to facilitate a unified structure of government bank account for all public sector transactions. Along the line, it has also become a major instrument of campaign for zero tolerance for corruption.

The TSA has been so successful that over N45 billion in interest rates is currently being saved by government on a monthly basis, according to the Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed. TSA has allowed, for the first time, visibility of the total quantity of government funds at any point in time. This has Increased transparency in government processes and brought governance closer to the average citizen.

Besides the joint federal government accounts, the TSA has also transformed financial management for many government agencies through the maximisation of technology. A very good case is the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB). The exam body’s increasing compliance with strict government financial policies, such as the Treasury Single Account (TSA) has made it possible for it to increase revenue and reduce prices, making its examinations more accessible to millions of indigent students.

While speaking at a colloquium in May 2018, JAMB’s Registrar, Prof Ishaq Oloyede, had said the examination body’s yearly remittances before 2017 was a meagre N52 million but had now increased to N7.8 billion under his administration.

As the world progresses in the digital transformation era, technology is playing an increasingly dominant role in many professions, revolutionizing the mode of operations in these areas to improve efficiency, save costs and simplify processes.

One of the notable fields that is being increasingly influenced by technology is the accounting and finance industry, which is being transformed through innovations in automation, cloud-based services, artificial intelligence and unprecedented access to data. Indeed, technology in accounting and financial planning has transformed the sector with newer and advanced software, and its ability to ensure accuracy and reduce errors, which helps businesses avoid tax penalties and other issues. Furthermore, it is now much easier to organise audits in a highly efficient manner.

In Nigeria, the rising impact of technology on accounting processes is illustrated in the emergence of innovative financial management systems such as the federal government’s Treasury Single Account (TSA) and the rise of the booming fintech sector which has provided thousands of jobs for Nigerians and helped millions of organisations and individuals process financial transactions more efficiently.

Today, Nigeria has become the leading fintech hub in Africa with several products providing innovative solutions servicing millions of people in diverse sectors. These products include Paystack, Flutterwave, Remita and Quickteller facilitating payment, Piggyvest, Carbon and Palmpay facilitating lending and investment, and Paylink and Opay facilitating remittance amongst several others. To stimulate efficiency and fast track business growth in a tough, highly competitive, and rapidly changing market, organisations in Nigeria need to maximize the leverage provided by fintech and other digital technology solutions.

Last month, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) also underlined this increased collaboration when the Institute’s 57th president, Mrs. Comfort Eyitayo, paid a courtesy visit to the headquarters of African technology giant, SystemSpecs, as a major stakeholder of the prestigious accounting institute. One of the oldest technology firms in Nigeria and a pioneer of the fintech revolution, SystemSpecs was founded in 1992 by a former banker, John Obaro. It is known for its innovative revolutionary products in financial technology, human capital management and ecommerce. Some of the company’s popular solutions include HumanManager, Paylink, and Remita which has already become a household name.

Congratulating the company on its ‘Three Decades of Innovation and Impact’, the ICAN boss said it is noteworthy that SystemSpecs has operated for three decades while developing topnotch human capital and financial management software for the Nigerian and African economies.

With its flagship products, Remita and HumanManager, SystemSpecs is one of the firms revolutionizing financial planning and management in Nigeria. For instance, HumanManager is an all-in-one solution that takes care of payroll, reporting, staff record, performance, and human capital management needs for organizations across Africa whilst Remita has helped thousands of individuals, corporate organizations and governments organise their finances more efficiently with its aggregated interface enabling people to access all their bank accounts vis one dashboard. Remita has also acquired a reputation as a national product with its adoption as the technology powering the TSA.

The TSA is an essential public finance management reform agenda recommended by the World Bank to ensure proper oversight of government cash flows and reduce the cost of keeping public money in several commercial banks. Like several other countries around the world, it was embraced by the Nigerian government to facilitate a unified structure of government bank account for all public sector transactions. Along the line, it has also become a major instrument of campaign for zero tolerance for corruption.

The TSA has been so successful that over N45 billion in interest rates is currently being saved by government on a monthly basis, according to the Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed. TSA has allowed, for the first time, visibility of the total quantity of government funds at any point in time. This has Increased transparency in government processes and brought governance closer to the average citizen.

Besides the joint federal government accounts, the TSA has also transformed financial management for many government agencies through the maximisation of technology. A very good case is the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB). The exam body’s increasing compliance with strict government financial policies, such as the Treasury Single Account (TSA) has made it possible for it to increase revenue and reduce prices, making its examinations more accessible to millions of indigent students.

While speaking at a colloquium in May 2018, JAMB’s Registrar, Prof Ishaq Oloyede, had said the examination body’s yearly remittances before 2017 was a meagre N52 million but had now increased to N7.8 billion under his administration.

Tech Giant, SystemSpecs, Extends Children’s Day Essay Competition Deadline

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SystemSpecs, Africa’s leading financial, human resources and e-commerce software technology giant, has extended the deadline for submission of entries for the 2022 Children’s Day Essay Competition till April 29, 2022.

According to Oluwasegun Adesanya, Group Head, Corporate Services, SystemSpecs, the extension is in response to the call by many participants, parents, proprietors of schools and other stakeholders from across the country who claim the second term holidays and overlapping activities have challenged the adequate supervision and coordination of entries’ submission.

Existing in two categories – Junior (age 9-12 years) and Senior (age 13-16 years), the Competition is open to primary and secondary school students who are to write on the 2022 topic, “Improving the Quality of Education in Nigeria through Technology.” All entries are to be submitted through the competition portal, www.systemspecs.com.ng/2022essay. Only submissions made through this portal are valid.

Entries into the junior category should not exceed 1,000 words, while the senior category should not exceed 1,500 words. Essays must reflect participants’ original ideas, devoid of plagiarism, written in English and endorsed by an accredited school official, parent, or legal guardian.

According to Adesanya, “the school that produces the most number of top winning entries in the junior and senior categories would be rewarded with 10 and 20 high-capacity personal computers, respectively, aside from other benefits.”

The top 3 individual winners in both categories will win high capacity laptops, topnotch headphones, free uLesson coding certificate courses, monthly 40 gigabyte Internet data for 1 year, travel suitcases, unique keepsake hoodies, school bags and much more. They will also gain automatic admission to the SystemSpecs National Summer Coding Camp.

The uLesson Coding Certificate Courses for the 3 top winners in each category are the product of a recent collaboration between SystemSpecs and uLesson Coding School, a frontline ed-tech startup that provides high quality, affordable and accessible online coding classes. “uLesson Coding School, in addition to other prizes, will not only equip participants with hands-on relevant technology skills but also help to unleash their creative minds,” Adesanya added.

In recognition of SystemSpecs’ 30th anniversary celebration, there shall be 30 honour roll awardees in 2022 against 20 in prior years. Honour roll awardees are essay winners whose scores are in the very top bracket among participants.

In its third year, the Competition aims to provide Nigerian children with an opportunity to contribute to addressing national issues through technology-led thinking and initiatives.

Some winners of the past editions include Onuoha-Okoro N. David of St Anthony Grammar School (Private), Esure, Ijebu Imushin, Ogun state; Kalu Derrick Ugochukwu of Fosla Academy, Karshi, Abuja; Chetachi Best Mbalu of Lagooz College, Iyana Ipaja, Lagos; and Uchenna Rita Ohiaeri of Queensland Academy, Okota, Lagos for the junior and senior categories of the 2020 and 2021 competitions respectfully.

The organiser of the Competition, SystemSpecs, is a 30-year-old pioneer in financial and human capital technology solutions and services developed in Nigeria for the rest of Africa. The firm recently spun off its operations into two subsidiaries – Remita Payment Services Limited (RPSL) and SystemSpecs Technology Services Limited (STSL).

CSR-in-Action Takes on Gender-Based-Violence, Premieres Documentary on Women’s Plight

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Africa’s foremost sustainability consulting and advocacy outfit, CSR-in-Action, is set to premiere its expository docudrama, ‘Earth Women’, as part of its drive to tell the stories of women affected by the activities of the extractive industries in Nigeria and empower them.

Funded by Ford Foundation, the 30-minute documentary explores the brutal impact of extractive activities such as oil exploration and mining, on women in communities where those activities are taking place. It also addresses issues such as Gender-Based Violence (GBV), discrimination, oppression, health and safety, rape, prostitution, economic disadvantage, and other challenges faced by women in artisanal mining and exploration.

“Women are often the worst victims of the adverse effects of mining and oil and gas exploration, but their stories have remained largely untold because their voices are often silenced in male-dominated societies,” said Bekeme Masade-Olowola, Chief Executive, CSR-in-Action and the documentary’s Executive Director, “Earth Women is aimed at educating and driving the Nigerian leadership and populace into taking systemic action on social issues such as gender discrimination and gender-based violence in extractive communities.”

According to Masade-Olowola, who visualised the concept for the documentary, it is the result of almost two years of hard work; researching, navigating dangerous terrains, and having very difficult conversations. “As an African woman and reformer, I embrace my calling to use storytelling to bring focus to issues that matter to us most in Africa. No one but us must tell those stories in our own voice”.

“Earth Women is a thrilling exposé on challenges and discrimination faced by women within the extractive communities,” said Dolapo Adeleke, award-winning filmmaker and the documentary’s creative director.  

Adeleke, whose 60 minutes Valentine’s Day Digital film, PLAN B, won Best East African Film at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards 2019, added that, “There are disturbing revelations and eerie tales told by the women who live in these communities and have faced generational marginalisation and discrimination. This docudrama unearths their struggles and aims to highlight very important issues that have continued to plague women and children even in these supposed modern times.” 

Earth Women, also executive-produced by veteran thespian, Ego Boyo and communication expert, Meka Olowola, is part of the ‘SITEI-Woman’ project, a series of initiatives targeted at empowering women, especially those impacted by the extractive industries in Nigeria, while SITEI-Woman itself, is an offshoot of 10-year-old Sustainability in the Extractive Industries (SITEI) Initiative, of CSR-in-Action which is aimed at fostering fiscal and social justice for communities with oil and gas and mining resources.

CSR-in-Action will alongside the docudrama premiere host the third Community and Human Rights (CAHR) Awards, which honours individuals and organisations contributing selflessly to social justice and community development and inclusion in Africa. The awards were postponed from 2021 due to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The awards are in seven categories, each dedicated to a historically prominent personality. Categories include the Ken Saro-Wiwa Environmental Management Award, MKO Abiola Community Engagement Award, Hajiya Gambo Sawaba Community Impact Award, Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti Human Rights Award, Aminu Kano Leadership Award, Josephine Nkemdilim Equal Rights Award, and Apostle Hayford Alile Humanitarian Award. Past award winners include Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote; Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala; human rights activist, Aisha Yesufu; and Agip Oil Company Ltd.

The CAHR Awards 2021 jurors include popular rapper and community activist, Michael Ugochukwu Stephens known as Ruggedman; community organiser and women rights activist, Emem Okon; radio personality and musicologist of Classic FM, Sola Mogaji; renowned communications expert, Tokunbo George-Taylor; Chairman/Council member, Mining Solid Minerals Group, Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Otunba Engr. Babatunde Alatise; and Community Development Specialist, Dr. Mina Ogbanga.

Inclusion, Teamwork, Take Centrestage at Maiden Pro-Am Series one Golf Tournament

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Inclusion and teamwork are some of the themes highlighted by the maiden Series One Pro-Am Golf tournament held at Ikoyi Club 1938, Lagos on Sunday, 20 March 2022. The event was hosted by the Pro-Am Golf Group and sponsored by Giba Golf Nigeria and Zenera Consulting, amongst several other sponsors.

Aimed at supporting professional golfers while enabling amateur golfers to improve their game, the Series 1 Pro-Am tournament involved both amateurs and professionals from various clubs playing together in teams. Each team comprised of three amateurs and one professional playing a stableford scoring format.

According to Fred Akalamudo of Giba Golf Nigeria, one of the major sponsors of the event, the tournament has been a success.

 “I think it has been a highly successful competition,” said Akalamudo, who also played in the tournament, “The event was well attended by both spectators and players. Altogether, we had over 108 golfers who gave their best in a friendly but highly competitive atmosphere. Our aim is to support the pros and a big thank you to Ikoyi Club 1938 for providing this spectacular opportunity to achieve this.”

After an exciting game with stableford scoring format, the team comprising of Peggy Onwu, Meka Olowola, Akeem Lawal and Monday Eze emerged the overall winners of the tournament with 126 stableford points ahead of O.J. Ebong, Peter Okeke, Tony Onwu and Akinwande Oladipo who came second with 124points, whilst the quartet of Paul Brisibe, Ogemdi Akalamudo, Fred Akalamudo and Friday Akpodiete came a close third with 123 points.

Speaking at the prize presentation ceremony, Meka Olowola, Managing Partner of Zenera Consulting, “We came out there today primarily to have fun and grateful to be able to participate in such an exciting tournament comprising of perhaps the best pros and amateurs. It is, therefore, gratifying to have been a part of the team that won the overall best team despite the quality of players on the course.” said Olowola, a member of the first-place winning team.

The tournament offered amateur golfers, an opportunity to play competitive golf at an advanced level, thereby sharpening their skills while also promoting the professional golfers playing with them.

“More than often, amateur golf players see the professionals from afar,” said Ademola Osindero, Team Lead for the Pro-Am Golf Group.

“Here at Ikoyi Club 1938, we have been working with professionals for about a year during our weekly kitties and because of that experience, we play a lot better now. Therefore, we wanted more players to experience the quality of play and improvements in their games,” Osindero added.

JAMB ePINs 2022: Candidates Begin Purchase on Remita

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Remita, a leading electronic payment brand, has commenced the sale of the 2022 Universal Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry (DE) ePINs to prospective candidates seeking admission into higher institutions across Nigeria. In response and as a proof of trust in the platform, candidates have begun to purchase their ePINs from the platform.

Similarly, agents and schools across Nigeria who have begun to re-sell JAMB ePINs on Remita are also being duly rewarded with one of the most handsome commission available per transaction.

As recently announced by the Joint Admission and Matriculations Board (JAMB), the sale of ePINs for 2022 UTME and DE registrations commenced on Saturday, February 19, 2022 and ends on Saturday, March 26, 2022.

Intending candidates are to register with their National Identification Number (NIN) by typing the word ‘NIN’, then space, adding their 11-digit NIN and sending as an SMS to 55019 or 66019, e.g (NIN 00123456789). They would receive an SMS with a 10-digit profile code via the telephone number that should be used to purchase their ePINs.

They are then to proceed to the Remita website and click ‘Buy JAMB form’, select ‘UTME’ or ‘Direct Entry’ and input their confirmation code, registered phone number, and other necessary details.

Prospective candidate can make payments using any channel convenient for them including debit or credit card, USSD, mobile wallet, bank account and internet banking. They can also walk into any bank and request to purchase their ePINs with Remita. Prospective candidates can also pay through Remita on JAMB’s website.

Once payment is completed, the PIN will be delivered to the candidate’s registered phone number and also displayed on their Remita receipt.

Chinedu Alisa, Retail Manager at SystemSpecs, the providers of Remita, said prospective candidates of the 2022 UTME will enjoy seamless and reliable registration when they buy their ePINs on the Remita platform.

“Candidates, agents and schools that purchase their ePIN on Remita are guaranteed a seamless experience when they make this purchase at any time and from anywhere through any of the multiple payment options available on Remita.

“We have made the bulk resale process easier for agents, schools and other outlets that buy JAMB ePINs on Remita, with an increase in the commission on each PIN bought via our platform. Agents can also file for refund of unsold PINs. This is to ensure that they get value for their money and are duly compensated for each sale they make,” he added.

Alpa Mead Boss Charges IFMA to Tailor Activities Towards National Development

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The Group Managing Director of Alpha Mead, Engr. Femi Akintunde, has charged the executives of the International Facility Management Association, (IFMA) Nigeria, to tailor their activities towards nation-building and standards regularization. This call was made during a courtesy call to the head office of Alpha Mead by IFMA executives recently.

Akintunde stated that the association has metamorphosed over the years and now needs to focus its attention on actions that will be of great impact to the country at large while ensuring the national facilities management (FM) standards are not compromised as a result of new players in the industry. “The IFMA should join the ranks of professional bodies that have added some measure of innovation to their activities. One such body is the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) and its National Infrastructure Scorecard it develops on an annual basis to assess the state of infrastructure as it pertains to usability, with the report presented to the presidency. I know that IFMA has the right personnel and technical competence to embark on a strategic task on this level and I urge you to take it into consideration” he said.

President of the association, Segun Adebayo, acknowledged that leadership position that Alpha Mead occupies in the sector and the association and reaffirmed some of the strategic initiatives that the body has embarked on to strengthen FM practice nationally. “I want to commend the resilience and impact of the organization on the FM industry. Also, I must state that my administration is driven by passion, and development in Facility Management is a marathon, not a sprint. It is for this reason that we are seeking to collaborate with Alpha Mead on our forthcoming silver jubilee celebration. We are also aware of the need to inject fresh blood into the association that will uphold the FM standards, so we launched a mentorship program last year that has been largely successful. The thinking here is by virtue of understudying experts in the space, there will be easier cross-generational transmission of global best practices,” Adebayo said.

On his part, the Managing Director of Alpha Mead Facilities, Wole Olufore maintained that collaboration between FM players being utmost at this time. He also charged that practitioners adopt green practices in business in line with the global trend.  “There is a pressing need for a more collaborative approach amongst stakeholders in the Facility Management sector. Shared knowledge and values will go a long way to improving the sector. We know what players are capable of individually and with collaboration clients and the industry as a whole will be better for it. But while this is being done, the need to align practices with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is pressing. The need to stem the effects on global warming on the planet is key and facilities managers have a big role to play as it pertains to how these built assets are made and how people interact with them daily”.

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