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Buhari Appoints Madein as New Accountant-General

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Oluwatoyin Sakirat Madein

By Modupe Gbadeyanka

Mrs Oluwatoyin Sakirat Madein has been appointed as the new and substantive Accountant-General of the Federation (AGF).

She is replacing the former occupier of the seat, Mr Idris Ahmed, who was suspended over allegations of corruption and embezzlement of public funds.

A statement signed by the Director of Communications in the Office of the Head of Service of the Federation, Mr Mohammed Abdullahi Ahmed, disclosed that the appointment of the new AGF is with effect from Thursday, May 18, 2023.

According to the statement, the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs Folasade Yemi-Esan, confirmed the appointment of Mrs Madein.

This followed the approval of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Prior to her appointment, Mr Sylva Okolieboh had been acting as the Accountant-General of the Federation.

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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Aviation Minister Appoints Arise TV’s Amaka Udeh-Walker as GM NAMA

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Amaka Udeh-Walker

By Aduragbemi Omiyale

One of Arise TV’s correspondents, Mrs Amaka Udeh-Walker, has been appointed as General Manager for Public Affairs of the Nigeria Airspace Management Agency (NAMA).

The broadcast journalist was appointed for the position by the Minister of Aviation, Mr Hadi Siriki, according to a statement from the Ministry of Aviation.

She is one of those chosen by the Minister to lead some agencies in the sector as part of its reorganisation for efficiency.

Amaka Udeh Walker is a news anchor on Arise TV and was once the Head of Programmes at Hot 98.3 FM, where she oversaw the affairs of the Programs Department and Presenters.

She joined Arise TV in 2018 and has risen to be one of its top members of staff.

At NAMA, she will work directly with the Director General/CEO, Mr Tayib Odunowo.

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Aspiring Professionals Get Latest Work Trends at Interswitch Career Fair

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2023 Interswitch Career Fair

By Modupe Gbadeyanka

It was an exciting moment for aspiring professionals at the 2023 Interswitch Career Fair last Saturday at the Landmark Event Centre, Lagos.

Participants were equipped with the latest trends in the industry, as they learned from experts on the panel, who discussed various topics relating to career development and growth.

Some of them included Franklin Ali, Chief Human Resources Officer, Interswitch Nigeria; Akeem Lawal, MD, Interswitch Payment Processing and Switching (Interswitch Purepay); Damilola Olokesusi, Co-Founder/CEO Shuttlers; Halima Usman, Divisional Head, Core Operations, Interswitch; Adaobi Okerekeocha, Chief Innovation Officer, Interswitch;  Ivie Temitayo-Ibitoye, Head of Employee Relations, Sahara Group and Sikemi Tayo, CEO, Kit for Professionals.

They explored trends around relevant subject matters such as navigating the Nigerian job market, career acceleration in today’s digital age, innovation in the workplace and navigating the world of tech as a woman.

During the job fair segment, attendees were given the opportunity to interact with company representatives stationed at the various booths set up to satisfy their career curiosities and employment potentials at The Switch.

Speaking about the event, which was themed The Future of Work, Franklin Ali explained Interswitch’s commitment to supporting Nigeria’s expanding workforce by empowering them through initiatives such as the Career Fair.

He stated that the Interswitch Career Fair 2.0 was a great success and a significant milestone for them at Interswitch.

“We are committed to empowering talented young people in Nigeria, and this event was an opportunity for us to equip aspiring professionals with the latest work trends and point them towards the right opportunities,” he added.

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Atlantic Lithium Hires Keith Muller as New CEO

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Atlantic Lithium Keith Muller

An experienced lithium mine operator, Mr Keith Muller, has been hired as the new chief executive of Atlantic Lithium Limited, the lithium exploration and development company working to deliver Ghana’s first lithium mine.

The appointment of Mr Muller signals an important step in developing its flagship Ewoyaa Lithium Project in Ghana’s Central Region.

He would be expected to use his experience of two decades in the mining industry, particularly in hard rock lithium mining and processing, to take the organisation to a greater height.

The new CEO will focus on minimising the footprint of the proposed Ewoyaa mine, ensuring transparency across all operations with local stakeholders and generating long-lasting positive change in the region.

The Atlantic Lithium workforce is already 95 per cent Ghanaian, and the company estimates that over 600 direct jobs will be created as the mine goes into production, with additional opportunities for service providers and businesses closely associated with the mining sector.

“The Ewoyaa Project is particularly exciting given the positive impact it will have on the local community whilst putting Ghana on the global stage for lithium production.

“We have always considered Ewoyaa as a Ghanaian project for Ghanaians and, in all our operations, prioritise the best interests of our local stakeholders. We are proud, therefore, that Ewoyaa holds the potential to enable greater opportunity and prosperity for the Central Region.

“Ghana has the opportunity to diversify into green metals, which are of growing importance globally. I look forward to working closely with our team in-country and community partners to drive Ewoyaa to become a significant source of lithium and delivering long-lasting benefits to the region and to Ghana,” Mr Muller said.

Aside from local employment opportunities, Atlantic Lithium has shown a firm commitment to supporting the development of the Central Region and, to date, has donated to medical centres, sponsored community events, providing work experience opportunities for students, and enabled refurbishments and improvements to local infrastructure.

Former Interim CEO Len Kolff placed a strong priority on fostering and maintaining strong communications with the local community and will remain with the company as Chief Geologist and Head of Business Development.

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