By Dipo Olowookere
Chief Executive of Dynamo Facilities Management, Mrs Abimbola Olusegun Adamolekun, has been elected as the new president of International Facility Management Association (IFMA), Nigeria Chapter.
She will lead other executive members of the chapter to steer the affairs of the group for the next two years.
Other elected executive members were Mr Segun Adebayo, as the Vice President; Engr Sheriff Daramola as the General Secretary; Mr Lekan Akinwunmi as the Treasurer and Mr Kehinde Daniel as the Publicity Secretary.
Mrs Adamolekun, who becomes the 10th president of the association, was chosen during the last Annual General Meeting of the Nigerian arm of IFMA, which took place recently at the secretariat and chaired by the outgoing President, Mr Pius Iwundu.
Interestingly, Mrs Adamolekun is the second female President to be elected by the association.
She is a graduate of Microbiology from the Ondo State University (now Ekiti State University), Ado-Ekiti and a certified Security Professional and a Facility Management Professional with over 20 years professional experience.
She had the opportunity of honing her skills at PriceWaterHouseCoopers (PwC) before setting up her own outfit, Dynamo Facilities Management. Prior to this time, she had served as a two-term Treasurer of the association between 2011-2012 and 2015-2016 as well as the Vice President from 2017 to 2018.
In her acceptance speech, she said, “I am delighted to have emerged as the president of the association after about two decades of becoming a member of the association. I appreciate the confidence reposed in me and other newly elected executives of the association, we would ensure that we exceed the expectations of all members of the association.”
“Our priorities for this administration shall be Service; Sustainable Trainings for members; collaboration and partnership with other organizations and many more,” she added.
The International Facility Management Association, Nigeria Chapter was formed in 1995. The organization offers the opportunity to develop the competence of her members through national and international programmes with the drive to enhance the maintenance culture within the built environment in the country.
The outgoing President, Mr Pius Iwundu and his council members were highly commended for a job well done for creating a lot of awareness about Facility Management during their tenure.
They paved the way and made marketing of all IFMA’s Trainings to be dimensional by introducing local training which was a huge benefits to members and the council also ensured visible progress for the association financially and intellectually.
ECOWAS Trade Network Re-elects Nigeria’s Yakusak Ezra as President
By Adedapo Adesanya
The Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), Mr Yakusak Ezra, has been re-elected as the President of ECOWAS Trade Promotion Organisations (TPOs) Network in Accra, Ghana.
With the election, Mr Ezra is to serve another one-year tenure and will lead 15 other member ECOWAS countries in driving trade within the sub-region.
A statement signed by Mr Ndubueze Okeke, Head, Corporate Communications of NEPC said Mr Ezra’s re-election was also in line with Article 11 of the ECOWAS TPO Network.
“The ECOWAS Trade Promotion Organization is a network of all Trade Promotion Organizations in West Africa established by the decisions of the Council of Ministers at the Ordinary Session.
”Nigeria became the pioneer president in April 2021. Dr Ezra became the president following the expiration of the tenure of Mr Awolowo as ED/CEO of NEPC.
”The re-election of Dr Ezra was at the end of 2nd Annual General Meeting of the Network held at Alisa Hotel, Accra, Ghana from 19th – 20th May 2022.
”He was re-elected along with the vice president, Mr Ben Guy Mbangue from Cote’ D’Ivoire.
“The duo constitute the Executive Bureau of the Network and the tenure expires after one year. All members present unanimously re-elected the President and Vice President respectively,” the statement said.
ECOWAS TPO Network is a public-sector led entity and will work in partnership with the ECOWAS commission to drive inclusive trade development initiatives within West Africa and beyond.
The body is part of steps towards building mutual trust and cooperation without borders within the ECOWAS region. As of today, intra-Africa exports only account for about 16 per cent of Africa’s global export, and more specifically intra-ECOWAS trade only accounts for a tenth of ECOWAS countries’ global trade.
FG Names Anamekwe Nwabuoku as Acting Accountant General
By Aduragbemi Omiyale
Mr Anamekwe Nwabuoku has been appointed by the federal government as the acting Accountant General of the Federation (AGF).
The appointment of Mr Nwabuoku followed the suspension of Mr Ahmed Idris from office after the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arrested him over an alleged N80 billion.
Last Monday, the anti-graft agency apprehended Mr Idris after his failure to honour an invitation extended to him over the matter.
He was taken into the EFCC custody to answer questions about the alleged fraud and to ensure an “unhindered investigation,” the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, asked him to step aside.
This action led to the postponement of the monthly Federal Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) last week as the embattled AGF leads the gathering.
In order not to create a vacuum, the federal government has asked Mr Nwabuoku to head the office in an acting capacity pending the outcome of the probe into the fraud allegation against Mr Idris.
His appointment was confirmed in a letter dated Friday, May 20, 2022, and signed by the Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mr Aliyu Ahmed.
According to the notice, the acting AGF is expected to carry out his duties in strict compliance with extant rules and observe the highest sense of professionalism.
Semiu Adeniran Becomes Nigeria’s Statistician-General, NBS Chief
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
A professional statistician, Mr Semiu Adeniran, has become the substantive Statistician-General of the Federation and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).
The appointment of Mr Adeniran was approved by President Muhammadu Buhari, a statement signed on Friday by Sufuyan Ojeifo, the Special Assistant on Media to the Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Mr Clem Agba, disclosed.
The new Nigeria’s statistician-general was selected for the job following the death of the former occupier of the position, Mr Harry Simon on April 13, 2022.
According to the statement today, prior to his new appointment, Mr Semiu was the Director of Demographic and Household Statistics at the stats office.
The new NBS CEO has over three decades of statistical hands-on experience garnered from various local and international institutions and has a bias toward Demography and Social Statistics.
It was stated that the appointment is with immediate effect.
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