By Sodeinde Temidayo David
The federal government has hired about 450,000 graduates under its N-Power programme aimed to lift millions of Nigerians from poverty.
The graduates employed by the central government are under the Batch C stream 1 of the scheme, which will have 510,000 beneficiaries across the country.
The beneficiaries, according to the government, will receive N30,000 each month, for a period of time as it is not permanent employment.
The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Ms Sadiya Farouq, while speaking at the flag-off of the Batch C stream 1 of the programme held at Abuja, stated that President Muhammadu Buhari was determined to achieve the federal government’s goal to lift 100 million Nigerians in 10 years.
She said at the ceremony that the N-Power Batch C was divided into two streams. Stream C1 of 510,000 beneficiaries and stream C2 for 490,000 others.
She noted that under Batch C1, 450,000 would benefit under the graduate component, while 60,000 beneficiaries would be under the non-graduate component.
“Today, we are here to inaugurate the N-Power Batch C1. The N-Power graduate volunteers are entitled to a monthly stipend of N30,000 for a period of one year.
“The non-graduate beneficiaries are entitled to N10,000 monthly stipends for a period of nine months.
“All beneficiaries are granted an appropriate starter pack for their trade to enable them to start their businesses in their chosen trades,” the Minister said.
She expressed that the ministry was committed to achieving the National Social Intervention Programmes (NSIP) strategic objectives.
Also speaking on the inauguration, the Minister of Information, Mr Lai Mohammed expressed that the N-power aims at giving Nigeria youths the opportunity to acquire skills, to enhance their lives, and even create employment for others.
“I have no doubt that the lessons learnt in Batch A and B would be brought to bear in Batch C to achieve President Muhammadu’s Buhari vision of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty,” he said.
Correspondingly, the UN Resident Coordinator for Humanitarian Affairs, Mr Edward Kallon, said the onboarding of the N-Power Batch C stream 1 was another milestone achievement by the government towards lifting millions of Nigerians out of poverty.
Senate to Screen Ahmad, Adamu as CBN Deputy Governors
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
The Senate will screen the Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in charge of Financial System Stability, Mrs Aisha Ahmad, and her counterpart in charge of Corporate Services, Mr Edward Lametek Adamu, for a second term in office.
This followed their nominations for the positions by President Muhammadu Buhari in a letter sent to the Senate and read before the upper chamber of the National Assembly.
Mrs Ahmad was first nominated for the role by Mr Buhari in October 2017, while Mr Adamu was nominated in February 2018 by the President.
Mrs Ahmad is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter-holder, and in her role, she has ensured a safe and sound financial system in Nigeria, a core mandate of the CBN.
With over 25 years of policy and financial industry experience, she holds an MSc in Finance & Management from Cranfield University UK, MBA (Finance) from the University of Lagos and a second-class upper Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Abuja.
She has been credited with bringing dynamism and a strong combination of academic qualifications and private-sector experience to her role as deputy governor of FSS.
On his part, Mr Adamu, a quantity surveyor by training, has a 25-year career culminating in his role as HR Director at the CBN.
He is a graduate of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria Kaduna and a fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors and the Institute of Credit Administration. He began his career with the Unified Public Service in 1983.
Sanwo-Olu Appoints Folasade Coker as Executive Secretary of LJLA
By Adedapo Adesanya
The Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has appointed Ms Folasade Coker as the Executive Secretary of the Lateef Jakande Leadership Academy (LJLA).
The initiative is a leadership and mentorship programme of the state government, with the vision to develop tomorrow’s leaders today for public service and governance in Africa.
According to a statement made available to Business Post, she was appointed based on her impressive track record and demonstrated successes on various leadership assignments.
Ms Coker has worked across numerous leadership roles in both the public and private sectors in a career spanning over 30 years to date.
She is the Visionaire and Chief Executive Officer of Coker & Castle Nigeria Ltd, a management consulting and coaching firm, which she co-founded with Derek Castle in 2003. She has a wealth of experience in delivering training on communication/interpersonal skills, team building, leadership and management, marketing and providing bespoke solutions.
Her role as the Executive Secretary of LJLA will include program planning and proactively monitoring its progress, and organisational and budget planning.
She will be responsible for administering the business affairs of the Leadership Academy.
Ms Coker will also be in charge of the total welfare of the fellows and to achieve their objectives of being part of the fellowship, and build an all-round leader mentally, emotionally and physically.
The objective is to support the LJLA vision to develop future leaders by equipping them with the requisite skills to positively influence public service and instil in them the ethics and values of purposeful leadership through direct mentorship and on-the-job training whilst ensuring the efficient management of the academy in all aspects.
ICPC Busts Job Racketeering Syndicate in Sting Operation
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
A job racketeering syndicate has been busted in a sting operation carried out by operatives of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).
In a statement issued on Monday, the agency said it was able to apprehend the prime suspect of the team, which specialises in defrauding unsuspecting job seekers through offers of non-existing employment.
According to the disclosure, four applicants were also arrested in the sting operation, which is part of an ongoing crackdown on employment syndicates by the commission in collaboration with the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation (OHCSF) and intelligence arising therefrom regarding a replacement exercise in a federal government agency.
The statement noted that efforts are in place to find other suspects related to the case, as the arrested persons are being interviewed and are giving the commission useful information.
The syndicate’s mode of operation, according to the ICPC, is hoodwinking their victims into believing that they have a strong connection with the OHCSF and can use such influence to secure employment for them.
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