Dipo Awojide, Others for NGX Group’s Hybrid Symposium to Celebrate Women
By Aduragbemi Omiyale
On Wednesday, March 8, 2023, the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Group Plc will organise a hybrid symposium aimed at celebrating International Women’s Day (IWD).
The event, themed Embrace Equity: Setting the Standard for a Sustainable Future, is scheduled to commence by 1:00 pm, with several personalities billed to attend.
Some include the Regional Director of IFC, Dahlia Khalifa, who will deliver the keynote speech on Promoting Equity for Women and Men for a Sustainable World; the co-chair of Women Executives on Board Network, Rosie Bichard; and the CEO of NGX Regulation Limited, Ms Tinuade Awe.
Others are the Chairperson of NGX RegCo, Mrs Catherine Echeozo; the Chairperson of NGX Real Estate Limited, Erelu Angela Adebayo; the Country Representative for Nigeria and ECOWAS at UN Women, Beatrice Eyong; a member of the NGX Group board, Mrs Ojinika Nkechinyelu Olaghere; the Divisional Head of Business Support Services at NGX, Mrs Irene Robinson-Ayanwale; the Executive Director at United Nations Global Compact Network Nigeria, Ms Naomi Nwokolo; the Group CEO of NGX Group, Mr Oscar Onyema; the Senior Country Manager for Nigeria at IFC, Kalim Shah; and the CEO of NGX Limited, Mr Temi Popoola.
Guests on a panel discussion on Embrace Equity: Creating Safe Spaces for Women to Thrive are the CEO of Aruwa Capital Management, Adesuwa Okunbo-Rhodes; an actress and entrepreneur, Kate Henshaw; the convener of Lady Wheelers Association, Nkechi Abiola; the Head of Product Development at NGX, Chidinma Chukwueke-Okolo; the founder of BTDT Hub, Dr Dipo Awojide; and the founder of Wariff, Dr Kemi Dasilva-Ibru.
NGX Group disclosed that it was putting up this event in line with its objectives to accelerate progress and impact the advancement of women across all spheres of life.
The programme will feature discussions that highlight the business case for diversity, equity and inclusion as the pathway to a sustainable economic future.
Members of the stockbroking community, issuers, analysts, regulators, media and other interested participants can register to attend via http://bit.ly/ngx-iwd-2023.
Globally, International Women’s Day is a date set aside to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.
The exchange will join others across the world to Ring the Bell for gender equality.
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Family Announces Death of General Dipo Diya
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
A former Chief of General Staff, General Oladipo Diya (rtd), has been reported death by his family.
The late military officer was the second-in-command to the late Nigerian Head of State, General Sani Abacha, from 1993 to 1997, when he was arrested for an alleged treason.
In a statement, Mr Oyesinmilola Diya said the former Military Governor of Ogun State died in the early hours of Sunday, March 26, 2023.
However, he did not disclose if the 79-year-old Odogbolu, Ogun State-born army general suffered from any illness before his demise.
In the statement, he only stated that further announcements would be made public in due course.
We Will Fulfil Paris Agreement on Climate Change—FG
By Adedapo Adesanya
The federal government of Nigeria has assured that it is ready to fulfil the Paris Agreement on Climate Change to ensure effective gender inclusion.
This was disclosed by Mr Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment, during the inauguration and inception workshop of the project in Abuja tagged The Nigeria Initiative for Climate Action Transparency (ICAT), Just and Gender Inclusive Transition (JGIT) Project.
The project is aimed at helping countries to better assess the impacts of their climate policies and actions and fulfil their transparency commitments.
Mr Ngige said the objective of the inception meeting was to launch the ICAT Just Transition project and increase awareness among the national stakeholders for a better understanding of its implementation.
He said that ICAT, an International multi-stakeholder partnership of the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), was supporting Nigeria in setting up Monitoring, Reporting, and Verification (MRV) of a Just and Gender Inclusive Transition(JGIT).
The minister, represented by Ms Daju Kachollom, Permanent Secretary in the ministry, said Nigeria had signed a Project Cooperation Agreement (PCA) with the UNOPS, represented by the ICAT management.
According to him, the PCA is to firm up the process leading to the take-off and implementation of the project over a 12 months period.
“The objectives of the project, among others, include developing JGIT monitoring and MRV and ensuring it links with the sectoral MRV system.
“Another objective is to Enhance Transparency Framework (ETF) implemented by the Federal Ministry of Environment to achieve synergy, institutional memory, and stakeholder inclusion and cooperation.
“It will further enable a tripartite cooperation between government, labour, and employer associations to achieve a Just and Gender Inclusive Transition going forward with the implementation of the Paris agreement,” he said.
The minister said that the ICAT project would be implemented by a team of national experts and international ICAT consultants under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment.
On his part, Dr Yerima Tarfa, ICAT, JGIT Project Team Lead, said the initiative would help to increase the overall transparency capacities of countries and assess the contribution of policies and development objectives.
According to him, this is by providing appropriate methodological information and tools to support evidence–based policymaking.
Dr Tarfa noted that Nigeria was the largest economy and leading oil producer, and most populous in Africa.
“It faces the unique challenge of having to diversify its economy away from fossil fuels (petroleum, natural gas, and increasingly, coal) while responding to the unmet energy needs of its growing population.
“Nonetheless, Nigeria is turning this challenge into an opportunity by increasing the use of renewable energy, reducing its carbon footprints, and eliminating gas flaring.
“Nigeria’s National Determined Contributions (NDCs) is committed to a 20 per cent emission reduction by 2030 unconditionally and 45 per cent conditional, with focus on power and electricity, oil and gas,” he said.
The team lead said the highlights of the NDCs include ending gas flaring by 2030 and a 30 per cent energy efficiency level by 2030.
He said the inauguration of the inception workshop would provide the opportunity to create awareness and build a national cross-knowledge sharing that would provide a platform for key stakeholders to facilitate the implementation of the Nigeria ICAT JGIT Project.
He added that this would further set up an MRV of Just and Gender Inclusive Transition and its Roadmap for implementation in Nigeria.
Appeal Court Restores Adeleke as Osun Governor
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
An appeal court sitting in Abuja on Friday upturned the judgment of the Osun governorship election tribunal, which removed Mr Ademola Adeleke as Governor of Osun State.
In January, the tribunal declared the former Governor of the state, Mr Gboyega Oyetola, as the authentic winner of the 2022 governorship election in the state.
While Mr Adeleke contested for the position under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Oyetola flew the flag of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Mr Adeleke was declared winner of the poll by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), but Mr Oyetola, who contested as a sitting governor, approached the tribunal to dislodge the winner.
He argued that Mr Adeleke won through an electoral fraud, over-voting and his prayers were answered, as the tribunal upturned INEC’s decision and declared him the winner.
However, Governor Adeleke appealed the judgement and today, a three-member panel of justices held that the election tribunal erred when it ruled that Mr Oyetola and the APC proved their allegation of over-voting.
The appellate court held that Mr Adeleke was validly elected as the governor of Osun State and restored his mandate.
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