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NIMC: Nigeria Begins Registration of Citizens in United States

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NIMC National ID Card

By Dipo Olowookere

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), as part of its commitment to include Nigerians in Diaspora into the National Identity Database, has commenced the registration of its citizens living in the United States of America (USA).

At the moment, the scheme covers those living in Nigeria, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.

The National Identification Number (NIN) enrolment exercise, which will involve the demographic and biometrics data capture of all Nigerian citizens residing in the USA, is in collaboration with Thebez Global Resources Ltd, Defcon Systems Limited and National eAuthentication Limited (NeAL), Nigerian companies licensed by the NIMC to serve as its agents, and carry out enrolment services across the globe with a view to ensuring best-in-class services and inclusivity.

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Director General/CEO of NIMC, Mr Aliyu Aziz, reiterated that the extension is in line with NIMC’s mandate to ensure that all Nigerian citizens in Nigeria, those in the Diaspora and Legal Residents in Nigeria are enrolled into the National Identity Database and issued the unique NIN to applicants upon successful enrolment.

“The programme will make it easier for Nigerians in Diaspora to be identified, as the Federal Government of Nigeria has made the possession of NIN a mandatory requirement for elections, Bank account opening, Land Transactions, access to Legal/health services, acquisition/renewal of the International Passport, Driver’s License and the ECOWAS travel document, amongst others.” Mr Aziz stated.

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According to the Head of Corporate Communications at NIMC, Loveday Chika Ogbonna, the programme is scheduled to go live from Tuesday, May 28, 2019 in Washington DC at 11900 Parklawn Drive, Suite 160 Rockville, MD 20852.Other locations.

The commencement dates across the United States are:

  • 1001 Texas Avenue, Suite 5050 (Level 5) Houston, Texas, Tuesday, May 28, 2019

 

  • 9894 Bissonet Street, Suite 745 Houston, Texas, TX 77036, Tuesday, May 28, 2019

 

  • 370 Lexington Avenue, Suite 1505, New York, NY 10017, Thursday, May 30, 2019

 

  • 336 West 37th Street Suit 500, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10018, Thursday, May 30, 2019
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918 Holcomb Bridge Road, Suite 204 Roswell, Atlanta, Georgia, GA 30076, Friday, May 31, 2019.

Ogbonna said additional locations in other cities across the globe where Nigerians reside would be announced in due course.

The Nigerian companies licensed to work with their respective partners across all countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and America to carry out the enrolment of Nigerian adults and children in the Diaspora into the National Identity Database (NIDB) are Biosec Solutions Limited, CHAMS Consortium Limited, Defcon Systems Limited, National eAuthentication Limited, Thebez Global Resources and Venn Technology Limited.

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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Godwin Oche Monument Distillers

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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