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Lai Mohammed for Lagos PR Confab on National Peace, Security

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By Dipo Olowookere

On Thursday, August 27, 2020, the Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, is expected to grace the 7th edition of the Lagos Public Relations Stakeholders’ Conference.

A statement from the organisers disclosed that the theme for this year’s programme, which is taking place virtually, is Adopting Proper Communication Strategy, Channels and Technology for National Peace and Security.

The country at the moment is facing a huge security challenge and it was because of this the organisers settled for the theme to collate views of experts and make recommendations for the government.

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The conference will engage government, corporate organisations, national security agencies, women leaders, groups, media and communication professionals.

Participants will discuss government policies, communication strategies, and technological applications that will help to achieve improved national peace and stability in line with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

This is because the annual confab has evolved over the years to become a bridge-building talker-shop for stakeholders to interact, discuss and proffer solutions to the social, political and economic challenges plaguing our nation.

The event, hosted by Addefort Limited, is in partnership with the Lagos State Chapter of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) and will have the Programme Specialist, Women, Peace and Security, United Nations Women, Mr Peter Mancha, as another speaker.

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Others include the Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Speaker, Federal House of Representatives, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila; Executive Secretary/CEO, Lagos State Security Trust Fund, Dr Abdurrazaq Balogun; President, African Public Relations Association, Mr Yomi Badejo-Okusanya, amongst others.

According to the Chairman, Lagos NIPR, Mr Segun Mcmedal, the conference is going virtual this year following government directives on social distancing to check the spread of the COVID-19 ravaging the globe. The virtual conference offers the opportunity to reach a wider audience in an online community before, during and post-event.

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On his part, the Project Coordinator and Lead Consultant, Addefort Limited, Mr Olabamiji Adeleye, said, “The conference will identify dependable channels for public engagement towards achieving national peace and stability in Nigeria.”

The Lagos Public Relations Stakeholders’ Conference is the creation of Addefort Limited, a public relations and concept development firm. This edition is coming in collaboration with Lagos NIPR and Peace and Conflict Resolution Resource Centre (PEACrEc).

Dipo Olowookere is a journalist based in Nigeria that has passion for reporting business news stories. At his leisure time, he watches football and supports 3SC of Ibadan. Mr Olowookere can be reached via dipo.olowookere@businesspost.ng

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Swiss Business School Honours Monument Distillers CEO

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By Ashemiriogwa Emmanuel

Mr Godwin Oche, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Monument Distillers Nigeria Limited (MDN), has been awarded an honorary doctorate by the Swiss School of Business and Management, Geneva.

The Swiss faculty confirmed that the laurel was in recognition of his huge contributions to the development of the African manufacturing ecosystem and for his technological innovations.

In his acceptance speech, Mr Oche appreciated the institution and MDN for the recognition and honour.

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“Few things have made me more proud and more grateful for my journey than this humbling recognition of my contributions to business and manufacturing by the esteemed Swiss School of Business and Management. I am truly honoured. Most especially, I am grateful.

“I am grateful to my wife and family for their dependable support through the years, to Monument Distillers for giving me the platform to shine, to our customers for their tremendous loyalty and support, and most especially to the good Lord who has blessed me with far more than I ever dreamed,” he said.

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Mr Oche is a Chemical Engineer and holder of a Postgraduate Diploma (PGD) in Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in marketing from the Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUTECH).

He is a fellow of the Institute of Management Consultant (FIMC), a member of the Nigeria Institute of Marketing (MNIM), and also a member of the Nigeria Institute of Personnel Management (MIPM).

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MDN is a fast-rising wine and spirit company that produces a wide range of global and local brands such as John Bannermans Scotch Whisky, 1960Rootz Bitters, 4 Horses Bitters, Les Damier Wine range and so much more.

The company also has distribution rights to brands such as Four Cousins Wines, Sazerac Southern Comfort Bourbon and other ranges of spirits. The company offers a broad range of collections for all occasions.

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Kano Forex Trader in Trouble Over N197m

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By Modupe Gbadeyanka

A foreign exchange (forex) trader based in Kano State, Mr Yusuf Yakubu, may have bitten more than he can chew as he has found himself in murky water.

He was accused of diverting about N197.6 million belonging to his customers, who wanted him to exchange his Dollars to Naira.

It was alleged that in January 2021, the Kano forex trader collected $870,000 with the promise to pay the Naira equivalent, but he refused to fully honour this pledge.

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Instead of returning the full amount, he only paid N220.3 million and allegedly diverted the balance of N197.6 million and efforts to make him pay were futile.

As a result, a petition was filed to the Kano Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), which waded into the matter.

After interrogations, Mr Yakubu was arraigned before Justice Sanusi Ma’aji of the Kano State High Court on August 4, 2021, on a one-count charge of misappropriation.

“That Yakubu Yusuf on or about January 14, 2021, within the jurisdiction of this court, with intent to defraud dishonestly misappropriated the sum of N149,000,000 belonging to Oliver Ogokumaka and Obumnemi Okoli and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 308 and punishable under section 309 of the Penal Code,” the charge read.

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When the charge was read to him, the defendant pleaded not guilty, which prompted the prosecution counsel, Mr Musa Isah, to ask for a trial date.

However, counsel for the defendant, Mr Abdul Adamu, informed the court that he had filed a motion challenging the jurisdiction of the court and the judge consequently adjourned the matter till August 18 for argument on the motion.

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Meanwhile, the defendant was granted bail in the sum of N50 million and two sureties in like sum, one of who must be a relative of the accused person and both must also be resident of Kano, with verified business addresses.

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Stanbic IBTC Revamps Abeokuta BTI Correctional Centre

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By Ashemiriogwa Emmanuel

A top financial institution, Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc, through the Stanbic IBTC Finance Team, has reconstructed the vocational centre at Borstal Training Institute (BTI) located in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

The BTI is an arm of the Nigerian Correctional Service where young offenders are remanded and given both educational and vocational training, used to be a deteriorated structure with very few tools.

The poor facility was not able to live up to the purpose of the institute in terms of equipping students with education and skill acquisition.

However, the intervention of the Stanbic IBTC Staff Volunteerism Initiative saw a complete overhauling of the Abeokuta BTI Correctional Centre to encourage the purpose as to which the BTI was built.

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The reconstruction entailed the demolition of the existing dilapidated shed, construction of a new building which was demarcated into four segments, along with the establishment of an Information and Communications Technology (ICT) unit equipped with six desktop computers.

In addition, a tailoring section was also set up and provided with four sewing machines, a stitching machine, several tailoring tools, and fabrics for practice.

There was also a barbing section which was supplied with three clippers, a sterilising machine, and other necessary barbing tools.

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The renovation also entailed the establishment of a carpentry section equipped with necessary equipment such as a drilling machine, spraying machine, and circular machine.

The water supply channel was also improved with an overhead water tank for the facility.

In his statement on the project, the Chief Executive, Stanbic IBTC Holdings, Mr Demola Sogunle, pointed out that the provision of these necessary facilities will encourage easy reintegration of the students into the society as it will equip them with digital and vocational skills.

“I believe that this project will directly impact the lives of these young Nigerians. It enhances their easy integration into society as they are already equipped with either digital or vocational skills, based on their preference.

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“Upon release, they will not be idle but will hopefully put the skills they have acquired to good use,” he said.

The reconstructed BTI vocational centre which houses about 330 students will now have about 182 of them engaged in school and computer skill acquisition, and 148 students equipped with vocational training.

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