By Dipo Olowookere
The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has a new leader, Mr Simon Harry, replacing Mr Yemi Kale, who has headed the agency for 10 years.
A statement issued by Mr Yunusa Tanko Abdullahi, the Special Adviser on Media and Communications to the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, disclosed that the appointment of Mr Harry was approved by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Business Post gathered that the appointment of Mr Kale expired on Monday, August 16, 2021, after being in office for a two-term of five years each.
He signed the executive summary of the gross domestic product (GDP) report for the second quarter of 2021 released today. This will most likely be the last report on the job as Statistician-General of the Federation.
In the statement issued by Mr Abdullahi, it was stated that the new statistician-general is an experienced data analyst as he is the Director, Corporate Planning and Technical Coordination Department of NBS with almost three decades of statistical experience.
“He joined the erstwhile Federal Office of Statistics as Statistician 11 in 1992 and rose to the position of a substantive Director of Statistics in 2019.
“In the course of his civil service career, Dr Harry has contributed to several reform initiatives including the reform of the then Federal Office of Statistics which transformed to the current NBS, the reform of the Nigerian Statistical System which resulted to the creation and establishment of State Bureaus of Statistics at the sub-national level,” the statement disclosed.
While in office, Mr Kale brought a class to the stats office, churning out figures that became a huge interest to several Nigerians and data analysts.
NW Tech Capital Appoints Stella Damasus to Help Boost African Expansion
By Adedapo Adesanya
Nigerian veteran actor and singer, Stella Damasus, has been appointed as the lead Consultant for talent acquisition of Las Vegas-based company, NW Tech Capital (NWTT) Beauty and Wellness division in its African expedition.
In a statement, the company said, “NW Tech Capital and TROPICSLAB is pleased to announce that award-winning Nollywood celebrity Stella Damasus, has joined us, as lead Consultant for talent acquisition of the company’s Beauty and Wellness division in its African expedition.”
It was disclosed that she will be tasked with the responsibility to expand the company’s tentacles by acquiring the best talents to fulfil the vision of establishing a flurry of high-end celebrity cosmetic brands across Africa.
NW Tech Capital, a publicly traded diversified holding company that was founded in 1996, is actively involved in the acquisition and investment of small, mid-size, and development-stage private businesses in varied industries.
Based on Tropicslab’s clinically tested formula, over the next five years, NWTT projects to invest at least $100,000,000 in Africa, in Skincare research and development, manufacturing, distribution, and marketing, to generate substantial revenue for our shareholders and to help combat skin cancer for people of colour.
Speaking on the projection, NWTT CEO Mr Cedric Yengo said – “Stella brings with her a wealth of experience and refined skill in talent acquisition that is almost unparalleled in today’s market.
“With her extensive connections in the industry and her acumen for strategic alliances, we believe that Stella will help us to position ourselves as the premier Beauty and Wellness Company, in the nearest future”.
According to Ms Edith Delight CEO of Tropicslab, “The Task Force led by Stella Damasus will begin accepting applications from celebrities immediately, for the creation of high-end celebrity cosmetic brands”.
Orazulike Joins Ecobank Nigeria Board as Non-Executive Director
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
A seasoned business magnate, corporate administrator and philanthropist, Mr Nnaeto Orazulike, has been appointed to the board of Ecobank Nigeria Limited as a non-executive director.
A statement from the financial institution disclosed that the appointment of the founder and Group Managing Director of Genesis Group took effect from April 2022.
Genesis Group is a Nigerian conglomerate with interests in restaurants, cinemas, hotels, food production and oil & gas services and production.
The businessman would be expected to the board his wealth of experience from similar positions in the past as he had previously served on the board of Fidelity Bank Plc between 2008 and 2017.
He is the National Chairman of the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture Trade Group on Tourism and Hospitality. He also currently sits on the boards of various companies and organizations including Shelf Drilling Nigeria, West African Metal Processing Co. Ltd., Fate Foundation, and Spiritan University, Nnochi Imo State.
Mr Orazulike is a graduate of the University of Nigeria with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree and an alumnus of Harvard Business School, Executive Training Program. He was also awarded the prestigious Honorary Doctor of Science degree by the University of Port Harcourt in 2015
It was stated that he was picked for this position because he has distinguished himself as a leader in his various endeavours, pioneering and promoting professions through the growth of indigenous talents in Nigeria and beyond.
It was said that the appointee embodies the pan-African vision of the bank and brings with him the wealth of experience, professionalism, and integrity which has earned him national and international acclaim.
Adewale Oyerinde Takes Over as New NECA DG
By Adedapo Adesanya
The Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA) has appointed Mr Adewale Oyerinde as the Director-General of the association, effective on Monday, August 1, 2022.
NECA’s President, Mr Taiwo Adeniyi, made this known in a statement on Sunday in Lagos.
The position of Director-General became vacant following the demise of late Dr Timothy Olawale in September 2021.
Mr Adeniyi said that Mr Oyerinde was expected to build on the legacies of professionalism and excellent service that the association was known for and take it to greater heights.
Prior to his ascension, Mr Oyerinde was the Deputy Director and Head of Membership Services of the association.
Mr Oyerinde joined NECA in 2010 and has worked in various capacities in the Social, Economic and Labour Affairs Department and also the Learning and Development Department of the association.
He has over 16 years of experience in Industrial and Human Resources (HR), Business Development, Stakeholders Management and key areas of Employers’ Federation/Business Membership Organisation Management.
Mr Oyerinde, according to the statement, is an HR thought-leader and International Labour Organisation (ILO) trained Master Trainer
He is also a United Nations Industrial Development Organisation-trained ISO 9001:2015 (Quality Management System), ISO 1400:2015 Lead Auditor.
Mr Oyerinde holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the University of Lagos. He is an alumnus of the International Training Centre of the ILO and a full member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM), among others.
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