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Buhari Reappoints Abike Dabiri-Erewa as NIDCOM Chairman



Abike Dabiri-Erewa

By Adedapo Adesanya

President Muhammadu Buhari has reappointed Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa for a second term as the Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM).

The notice of her reappointment was contained in a letter written by the President to the Senate requesting the upper chamber of the National Assembly (NASS) to confirm her reappointment.

President Buhari also wrote a separate letter to the Senate seeking the confirmation of the appointment of six federal commissioners of the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) to fill the existing vacancies in the states.

The nominees are Mr Ayogu Eze, Mr Peter Okpara, Mrs Hauwa Aliyu, Mrs Rajiya Ayuba, Mr Kolawole Adebola and Mr Ismailia Agaka.

Meanwhile, the red chamber has mandated its Committee on Interior to investigate the circumstances causing the delay in the issuance and renewal of passports by the Nigeria Immigration Service.

The Senate has also asked its Committee on Interior to probe the contract for the printing of passports by the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS).

The Senate issued these directives to its Committee on Interior at the resumption of plenary on Tuesday following a motion by Senator Uche Ekwunife, who said Nigerians are facing hardship and stress in getting their passports.

Mrs Dabiri-Erewa has been under fire for the treatment of Nigerians evacuated from conflict-ridden Sudan, facing a power struggle between two generals, with many saying the handling of the evacuation has been rough.

There are about 5,500 Nigerian students expected to arrive from Sudan in the evacuation that commenced last Wednesday.

According to National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), 13 buses conveyed the first batch of the evacuees from Khartoum in Sudan to Egypt, from where they will be airlifted to Nigeria.

It was reported that Nigeria hired a total of 40 buses for the evacuation.

Adedapo Adesanya is a journalist, polymath, and connoisseur of everything art. When he is not writing, he has his nose buried in one of the many books or articles he has bookmarked or simply listening to good music with a bottle of beer or wine. He supports the greatest club in the world, Manchester United F.C.

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



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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Buhari Appoints Madein as New Accountant-General



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.

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Aspiring Professionals Get Latest Work Trends at Interswitch Career Fair



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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