FG Sets up Monitoring Teams for 774,000 SPW Jobs
By Ahmed Rahma
To actualize the essence of the Special Public Works (SPW), the federal government has constituted coordinating committees in all the 36 states of the federation.
The major function of the panels is to monitor the implementation and sustainability of the 774,000 jobs created under the programme.
The Minister of State for Education, Mr Emeka Nwajuba, while speaking the extended SPW programme at the Ahiajoku Convention Center in Imo State, disclosed that the plan is to use the scheme to cushion the effect of unemployment in the country as well as the COVID-19 pandemic. He noted that the federal government expects the youths to reciprocate this gesture.
“To whom much is given much is expected. These works are public works in their nature. We are inviting citizens to come and be witnesses to how 1,000 persons posted to a local government cannot make any impact in improving the facilities,” he said.
Speaking about the committees, he said, “NDE is not an ad hoc office. It exists in the Ministry of Labour and Productivity. We have set up a coordinating committee within the state to monitor the implementation and sustainability of the programme.
“We have also taken responsibilities even as minister to monitor the process, government is not those who occupy office, governments are the people who must see to the implementation of these programmes and we who in this state, we will ensure that those given these responsibilities deliver them.”
Also speaking, the Imo State Governor, Mr Hope Uzodimma, represented by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr Cosmas Iwu, shortly said: “President Muhammedu Buhari should be commended. Our youths should reciprocate by taking this opportunity seriously. What I am saying is that those who got this opportunity must be serious about it.
“It will be recalled that 2 billion has been released by the Hope Uzodimma government, in line with the empowerment of youths in the state, because an idle mind is the devil’s workshops. My simple advice is that our youths must not joke with this opportunity.”
In his welcome address, Chairman of Imo state selection committee, Mr Okenze Obinna, said, “I am elated to welcome you to this event this is in fulfilment of President Muhammadu Buhari’s promises to engage Nigeria youths in contributing their quota in the development of our communities.
“And it is at this point that I will like to inform you that we have 27,000 youths from, 1,000 per local government from the 27 local government areas of Imo state, They have been engaged successfully, and in the process, we ensured that all interest groups were captured. “However, I will like to commend the members of the selection committee for their total commitment in making sure that this project is achieved.”
Outrage as NNPC Appoints French-Swiss National to Head Oil Trading Business
By Adedapo Adesanya
Nigeria’s oil company, the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited, has appointed Mr Jean-Marc Cordier, a former Vice President of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), to head its oil trading business.
This was disclosed in a statement signed by Mr Garbadeen Muhammad, the Chief Corporate Communications Officer of the organisation, saying Mr Cordier joined as the Head of its oil trading arm, NNPC Trading Limited.
He said Mr Cordier’s appointment was in furtherance of the ongoing repositioning drive in the company toward improved growth, better performance and service delivery.
According to the company, the renowned international oil trader, a French/Swiss national, holds a Master’s degree in Corporate Finance with Distinction from Paris 9 University.
“[Mr] Cordier comes into the role with a rich background spanning over 30 years in physical oil, oil derivatives and risk management with significant experience in reorganizing and creating a trading business,” he said.
He spent 24 years with Elf Trading/Total Trading in various positions as Trader, Trading Desk Manager in Geneva and four years as the Global Trading Manager at Addax Energy in Geneva.
At ADNOC in Abu Dhabi, UAE, he served as Vice President, Middle Distillates, Senior Vice President of Risk Management, Senior Team Member in charge of building the trading activity for ADNOC and the launch of ADNOC Global Trading (AGT) in December 2020,” he said.
Mr Muhammad said that Cordier had since assumed duty.
Business Post understands that the French-Swiss national’s appointment has sparked outbursts from stakeholders who complained that it doesn’t align with the promises of the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA), which promises more Nigerian involvement in the country’s oil company.
While some argued that expatriates have always held posts in oil companies, others said NNPC should endeavour to promote the local content drive of the federal government.
Jobrole Introduces Flexible HR Plan for SMEs
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
An outsourced human resources (HR) management solution designed to accelerate the activities of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the country has been introduced by a leading talent management company in Nigeria, Jobrole Consulting Limited.
This plan, called Jobrole Flexi HR, will enable small business owners to navigate common HR challenges while focusing on core business operations.
It is an integrated human resources and business solution designed to meet the administrative needs of Nigerian small businesses and help them grow from sole proprietorships to flourishing organizations with select employees and clientele lists.
Jobrole Consulting is reputed for its wide-ranging human resources solution for high business performance, and this new package further cements its status in the industry.
The Director of Strategy and New Market at Jobrole Consulting, Mr Chigbo Okeke, informed newsmen that the Jobrole Flexi HR plan was to justify that people are a strategic resource for every business.
According to him, no matter how large or small a business is, there is always a need to use effective HR strategic planning techniques to manage the company’s resources and minimize human resources issues.
“We are excited to introduce Jobrole Flexi HR plan to the Nigerian SME market. This is an outsourced HR management solution that assists start-ups and other small-to-medium-sized businesses in reducing operational issues such as staff identity risks, recruitment turnaround time, hiring costs, and developing HR policies for your organization.
“These HR activities are vital business functions, strategic to the operational success of all businesses. We help our clients carry out these tasks and get them done without a hitch while they face their core business operations,” he said.
Mr Okeke added that, “Nigerian small businesses must prioritize building a comprehensive human resources programme into the company’s overall business strategy.”
This, he said, is critical to increasing their bottom line and capable of strengthening their organization’s competitive advantage.
Some Flexi HR deliverables include staff recruitment, onboarding and documentation, employee background checks, performance management, payroll management, and HR policy development.
He urged small business owners in Nigeria to take into account that the HR role is key to their operations, noting that with the changing nature of the work environment in recent years, it is now very clear that the role of HR is very significant for small and bigger businesses because the value one or a few employees add to the business’s performance is quite significant and immeasurable.
Former NBS Chief Yemi Kale Joins KPMG Nigeria as Chief Economist
By Aduragbemi Omiyale
The former chief executive officer of the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), Mr Yemi Kale, has joined a leading audit firm, KPMG Nigeria, as a partner and chief economist.
Mr Kale was also Nigeria’s Statistician General of the Federation between 2011 and 2021 and was very respected for how he projected the agency as a reputable stats agency.
In a post on Thursday, KPMG said Mr Kale would lead the company’s view on macroeconomics and enhance the breadth of our solutions involving economic modelling and macroeconomic analysis in private and public sector clients.
“The partners and staff of KPMG Nigeria are pleased to welcome Dr Oyeyemi Kale to our firm as he assumes the role of Partner and Chief Economist of KPMG Nigeria.
“Yemi holds a B.Sc. Honours degree in Economics (first class), Addis Ababa University, and an http://M.Sc. (Distinction) and PhD in Economics from The London School of Economics and Political Science.
“He has deep experience, gained from both the private and public sector, in macroeconomic analysis, financial, economic and investment research and fiscal and macroeconomic policy advisory.
“From 2011 to 2021, he served as the Statistician General of the Federation/Chief Executive Officer of the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).
“As our Chief Economist, Yemi will lead the firm’s view on macroeconomics and enhance the breadth of our solutions involving economic modelling & macroeconomic analysis in private and public sector clients,” the announcement read.
Under his watch, the stats office released data that were favourable and unfavourable to the ruling government with fear.
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