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Ayo Elias Becomes Airtel Nigeria’s Human Resources Director

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Adebimpe Ayo Elias

By Modupe Gbadeyanka

A human resources expert, Ms Adebimpe Ayo Elias, has been appointed by Airtel Nigeria as its Director of Human Resources and Administration.

Ms Ayo Elias was moved to her new role from her former position of Head of HR Business Partnering, according to a statement from the leading telecommunications services provider.

She will now be responsible for driving Airtel Nigeria’s people agenda with a keen focus on ensuring an inspired, happy, and highly engaged workforce.

The HR guru would be expected to perform well based on her more than 25 years of cognate experience garnered across several industries including telecommunications, software and fintech, and human resource consulting.

Ms Ayo Elias started her career at Societe Generale Bank Nigeria Limited where she was Executive Assistant to the GM Human Resource, then moved to Human Edge, MTN, Nokia, Corragio and System Specs Limited where she held several senior HR leadership roles until she joined Airtel in May 2020.

In addition to her wealth of experience, she holds several educational qualifications from accredited institutions globally including an M.Sc. in International Human Resource Management from Cranfield University, Bedfordshire, UK.

The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Airtel Nigeria, Mr Surendran Chemmenkotil, while commenting on the development, said Airtel is committed to growing and empowering its internal talent pool as well as reinforcing its drive towards gender diversity, at every level starting with leadership.

“At Airtel, our employees are our competitive advantage, and we are committed to creating opportunities for all our talented people to succeed, grow, achieve their full potential and fulfil their personal and professional aspirations.

“Adebimpe Ayo Elias has proven to be a transformational leader who is passionate about people, and we are very confident that she will deliver on our people agenda as we position as an employer of the first choice for talented Nigerians,” he said.

Modupe Gbadeyanka is a fast-rising journalist with Business Post Nigeria. Her passion for journalism is amazing. She is willing to learn more with a view to becoming one of the best pen-pushers in Nigeria. Her role models are the duo of CNN's Richard Quest and Christiane Amanpour.

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Buhari Appoints Adepoju Sunday as New Postmaster-General

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NIPOST Adepoju Sunday

By Adedapo Adesanya

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Mr Adepoju Sunday as the new Postmaster-General/Chief Executive Officer (PMG) of the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST).

This followed the recommendations of the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Mr Isa Pantami.

The new Postmaster-General of NIPOST was appointed for an initial term of five years, according to a statement issued by Mrs Uwa Suleiman, spokesperson for the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy.

Mr Sunday is a professional accountant and a former member of the House of Representatives. He was in the parliament between 2011 and 2019, representing Ibarapa East/Ido Federal Constituency.

NIPOST is an agency under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy. The appointment of Mr Sunday as the new PMG of NIPOST is with immediate effect.

Recall that the former occupier of the seat, Mr Ismail Adewusi, who was appointed in 2019, was suspended. Mr Bulus Yakubu was chosen in an acting capacity before the appointment of Mr Sunday as the substantive PG of the nation’s postal service.

The latest development means Mr Yakubu will return to his role as the Secretary to NIPOST Governing Board, Director (Special Duties) and also NIPOST Liason Officer to the National Assembly.

During the tenure of the suspended PMG, the federal government declared that NIPOST was the agency authorised to produce and collect stamp duties across the country.

By this declaration, NIPOST reclaimed the right to collect stamp duties from the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS).

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Sanwo-Olu Increases Salaries of Civil Servants in Lagos

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By Adedapo Adesanya

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has announced an increase in the salaries of civil servants in Lagos State.

Speaking to a large crowd of workers at the Alausa office of the Head of Service (HoS) in Ikeja, the Governor stated that the announcement was coming at a time that the country and, more importantly, Lagos was preparing for the 2023 general election.

“Last month (September), I instructed the Head of Service, the Commissioner for Establishment, Training, and Pensions to work out modalities for a salary increase for the over 100,000 public service workforce,” Mr Sanwo-Olu said.

Although Mr Sanwo-Olu did not disclose the percentage increment for the public workers, the least civil servants in grade level 01- 06 earn N35,009 as minimum wage In Lagos.

Mr Sanwo-Olu said his administration was aware of the country’s inflation and high cost of living but assured that he was determined to cushion the effects on the workers.

He added that Lagos, touted as Nigeria’s commercial capital, can pay workers higher salaries, stressing that the state would continue to lead by example.

“In salary increments, we are leading again. We will reflect the popular Buga slogan in the payment of salaries. We will not wait for the federal government’s minimum wage increase.

“We have commenced the process. I can assure you that by early next year, it will be ready for implementation,” the Lagos governor added, noting, “We don’t want to wait for workers’ unions to hold us to ransom before we do the needful.”

Mr Sanwo-Olu also assured that his government would pay all the outstanding backlog of pensions to retirees by the end of this month.

He revealed that the state was clearing the entire backlog of pensions as they were liabilities met on the ground by his administration when it took over power.

“I want to reassure you that all the few outstanding backlogs of pensions will be sorted out this week and payment by the end of October. We are the highest and best paying in pensions in Nigeria,” Mr Sanwo-Olu added.

The federal government had said there were plans to increase the N30,000 minimum wage in light of inflation currently ravaging the country.

Critics have said the move is politically motivated as the incumbent governor will seek re-election to the Lagos seat of power for another four years.

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Umar-Sadiq Becomes New NSIA MD/CEO as Orji Leaves

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Aminu Umar-Sadiq

By Modupe Gbadeyanka

Mr Aminu Umar-Sadiq has been appointed as the new Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA).

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Mr Umar-Sadiq, a statement from Mr Yunusa Tanko Abdullahi, the Special Adviser on Media and Communications to the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, confirmed on Tuesday, October 4, 2022.

Also appointed are two new executive directors for the agency, Mr Kolawole Owodunni and Mrs Bisi Makoju. They are all expected to help steer and transform the investment and infrastructure industry and propel the sector to a high pedestal.

Mr Umar-Sadiq was chosen to head the organisation following the expiration of the tenure of Mr Uche Orji on September 30, 2022. He was first appointed to the position on October 2, 2012. He served two terms of five years each.

Before becoming MD/CEO of NSIA, Mr Umar-Sadiq was an executive director and Head of Infrastructure. He obtained a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Engineering Sciences from the University of Oxford (Saint John’s College), Oxford, United Kingdom (UK). He is Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellow (ATLF) and Mandela Washington Fellowship (MWF).

Mr Umar-Sadiq commenced his professional career in Mergers and Acquisitions M&A) focused on Infrastructure and Energy at Morgan Stanley Investment Bank, proceeding to Infrastructure-focused private equity at Denham Capital Management, all in the UK.

He has worked on several projects, including the Presidential Fertiliser Initiative, an import substitution program for delivering one million high-quality, lower-cost to farmers at lower cost metric tons of fertilizer.

He was also a part of the Presidential Infrastructure Development Fund, an investment fund focused on actualising five strategic nationwide projects in the transportation and power sectors. He has a vast experience in the investment and infrastructure industry.

On her part, Mrs Makoju is a financial expert with vast experience in financial risk management, while Mr Owodunni is a professional of 18 years standing in the financial services sector with an emphasis in investment management, risk management and treasury.

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