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Konga Plans to Employ 500,000 Nigerians by 2025

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Konga Prime

By Adedapo Adesanya

Konga, Nigeria’s leading composite e-commerce giant, is set to become one of the biggest employers of labour in Nigeria as it has unveiled plans to provide meaningful employment opportunities for over 500,000 Nigerians by 2025.

The company also noted that it will be adding another 500,000 in other African countries by the set period.

The development will see Konga not only on top of the employment charts in the private sector but will also see the company rival government and sub-national entities in terms of employment figures.

The firm expressed optimism that this move will also significantly contribute reduce unemployment in Nigeria and other Africans as it prepares for strategic African expansion.

The ambitious plan, feelers from within the e-commerce group have revealed, will go a long way in re-writing the narrative for many underemployed and unemployed youths in Nigeria.

Specifically, the management of Konga intends to channel its considerable resources in developing creative employment for hardworking and aspiring youths across Nigeria.

In addition to offering many a chance to join the Konga Group’s retail revolution through its existing and new subsidiaries being unrolled across verticals; other beneficiaries will also get opportunities to become members of Konga’s fast-growing affiliates which ultimately grants successful candidates life-long partnerships with the company.

The Konga Group currently provides direct and indirect employment for well over 250,000 Nigerians across its multiple entities, including its growing chain of over 35 retail stores scattered across Nigeria; the Konga Marketplace, a game-changing initiative which it pioneered in Africa; KongaPay, a Central Bank of Nigeria-licensed Fintech platform; Kxpress, an ambitious digital logistics company with huge delivery assets.

Others include Konga Travel, an award-winning IATA-certified revolutionary travel and tours company; the recently launched Konga Health, a digital health care distribution chain and the soon-to-be-launched Konga Food, among many others.

Speaking on this, Mr Nick Imudia, co-CEO, Konga Group, while chatting with new hires virtually, disclosed the motivation behind the massive job creation drive.

‘‘We are passionate about giving as many Nigerians and Africans who are qualified and ready to work the opportunity to find meaningful expression of their talents. An example is our partnership with the Edo Stae Government which shall not only employ thousands of youths but shall enhance and facilitate activities for SMEs in the state to become global corporate citizens.

‘‘This is because we believe, in line with the Konga mantra, that this will help them find happiness and live fuller, richer lives. But it doesn’t just end with the unemployed. Our research has shown that there are quite a number of under-employed Nigerians, many of who can make a difference across board if given a chance.

‘‘Therefore, as a strong corporate citizen and in line with the status of the Konga Group as a company built as a public trust, Management has set an ambitious target to employ over 500,000 Nigerians by the year 2025. This is no mean feat by any standards, but at Konga, we are known for never shying away from confronting challenges and surmounting them.

‘‘We will be rolling out these creative employment opportunities soon and we are confident that it will offer many Nigerians who are determined to achieve, a useful avenue to, not only find gainful employment but also create employment and wealth for others,’’ he stated.

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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Prof Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello Emerges New LASU VC

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By Adedapo Adesanya

Professor Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello has been appointed as the ninth substantive Vice-Chancellor (VC) of the Lagos State University (LASU), putting an end to the institution’s leadership crisis, which started this year.

Prior to the expiration of Mr Olarewaju Fagbohun, the institution’s eighth VC, whose tenure expired on January 11, the state’s premier university had been in crisis, which spurred Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to cancel a previous appointment procedure in response to petitions.

According to an earlier statement, “After a thorough evaluation and investigation of the various complaints, Mr Governor, in his capacity as the Visitor to the university, ordered the cancellation of the process.”

A few months later, the Governor inaugurated a 13-member governing council for LASU, following the report of a special panel constituted to resolve the crisis that was holding the appointment of the varsity’s 9th vice-chancellor.

Now, the appointment of Mrs Olatunji-Bello has heralded a new dawn in the state-owned university.

The new LASU VC attended the University of Ibadan (UI) from 1982 to 1985 where she bagged a BSc in Physiology.

In 1987, she was awarded MSc (Physiology) at the University of Lagos (UNILAG). In 1998, she bagged a PhD in Physiology after a six-month research training at the University of Texas Health Science Center in the US, 1994.

She rose from an assistant lecturer (1988 to 1991), lecturer II (1991 to 1996), lecturer I (1996 to 1999), and senior lecturer (1999 to 2005) to become an associate professor (2005 to 2007) at the College of Medicine in UNILAG.

The academic assumed duty as the first professor of physiology at the LASU College of Medicine in October 2007.

She also held several professional and administrative positions both at UNILAG and LASU. Until her election as the first female deputy vice-chancellor of LASU, she was the first substantive head of the Department of Physiology at LASU.

She is a member of many professional bodies and was the first female second vice president, Physiological Society of Nigeria (PSN), and the first vice president. She is also the first female to hold that position up to the year 2019.

She is married to Mr Tunji Bello, the Lagos State Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources and they have three children.

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NDLEA Shifts Training for New Recruits to December

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By Sodeinde Temidayo David

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has rescheduled the date for the training of successful Narcotic Assistant (NASS) candidates to December 6 from December 3.

The Director of Media and Advocacy of the NDLEA, Mr Femi Babafemi, disclosed this in a statement issued on Monday.

According to Mr Babafemi, successful candidates (Narcotic Assistants) are to report at the Jos NDLEA Academy at Kotton Rikus, with some documents, including original and photocopy of credentials with NDLEA online application reference slip.

“Four copies of 5×7 colour photograph without a headwear (cap neither a hat), writing materials, to include biro, pencils, ruler, notebooks and file jacket,” the agency stated.

Also, applicants are requested to bring their training kit and dress, including three pairs of white which should be unmarked, round neck vests and navy blue shorts without stripes.

For those who need extra dressing, the agency stated they must bring two black trousers and white long sleeve shirts, with two pairs of national dress or suit and casual wear and shoes.

This will also include two pairs of white and black socks, as well as two pairs of pure black canvas trainers. According to the institution, rubber type shoes are not acceptable.

Candidates are further required to bring kits that will prepare and make their living and rest in the training period, including two white bedsheets and pillowcases, one blanket, which must be a grey or army green colour.

Like every other programme, candidates have been told to bring some pocket money and toiletries while buckets, cutlasses and brooms.

Mr Babafemi further stated that successful candidates must observe the coronavirus protocols, and must have two black cloth facemasks.

He pointed out that candidates that fail to report to the training venue by 6:00 p.m. of the stipulated date would be disqualified.

Recall that the NDLEA had initially fixed September 25 for the training before it was postponed.

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Heifer International Picks Rufus Idris to Head Operations in Nigeria

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Rufus Idris Heifer International

By Aduragbemi Omiyale

An expert in development economics, Mr Rufus Idris, has been appointed as the new Nigeria Country Director for Heifer International.

The seasoned development specialist with cross-cultural experience spanning over 17 years was chosen to lead the Nigerian operations of the organisation and operationalize its global mission and strategy in Africa’s largest and most populous economy.

It was gathered that the new appointee assumed his duties in June 2021 and has already set the ball rolling.

“I am excited to join Heifer International as the Nigeria Country Director and to lead its innovative and inclusive in-country programs to end hunger and poverty, leveraging the creativity of our young women and men, new technologies, and strong public-private partnerships to unlock Nigeria’s potential for food sufficiency and a sustainable living income,” Mr Idris said.

The Senior Vice President for Africa Programs at Heifer International, Adesuwa Ifedi, while commenting on the choice of Mr Idris for the exalted position, stated that, “Rufus’s proven capacity as an administrator, mobiliser and excellent team player will serve him well in his new role as Country Director for Heifer Nigeria.

“His appointment will deepen Heifer’s interventions and support for Nigeria’s food systems resilience and sustainability agenda. I trust that he will provide the much-needed operational acumen required for Heifer International’s transformational journey in the years ahead.”

Mr Idris is an expert who has developed and led innovative economic development programs in Nigeria and the United States.

As Country Director for Heifer Nigeria, he will provide the leadership and the strategic focus required to develop and leverage public-private partnerships, implementing market-driven programs that address the systemic constraints and stimulating lasting market systems improvements for farmers to attain sustainable living incomes.

Prior to joining Heifer International, he served as Deputy Chief of Party for the USAID Feed the Future Nigeria Agribusiness Investment Activity, a five-year program aimed at strengthening the enabling environment for agribusiness finance and investment in five key value chains (rice, cowpea, soya, maize and aquaculture) and seven focal Nigerian states (Benue, Kaduna, Niger, Kebbi, Delta, Ebonyi and Cross River).

He was the Program Director for the UK Department for International Development (DFID) funded program Promoting Learning in Agribusiness using New Technologies (PLANT) where he led TechnoServe’s collaboration with DFID and the British Council to develop a more competitive agriculture sector in Nigeria by increasing innovation and uptake of technology within the sector.

He was also the Portfolio Manager for a DFID-funded – Market Development (MADE) Program in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria implemented by Development Alternatives Inc. (DAI).

Mr Idris holds a Master of Science in Community Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University (Manchester, NH), Executive Education in Performance Measurement for Effective Management of Non-profit Organizations from Harvard University (Cambridge, MA), Bachelors degree in Biology from La Roche University (Pittsburgh, PA), and a Diploma in Fisheries Technology from Federal College of Fisheries and Marine Technology (Lagos, Nigeria).

Working with rural communities across Africa for 47 years, Heifer International supports farmers and local food producers to strengthen local economies and build secure livelihoods that provide a sustainable living income.

The organization is repositioning its work in Africa to invest in infrastructure, young agritech entrepreneurs, and smallholder farmers to support the transformation of the continent’s agricultural sector.

Heifer has the vision to support additional three million smallholder farmers in Africa to reach a sustainable living income. As a part of this commitment, the organisation has extended its operations to Nigeria to assist more than one million farmers (largely young men and women) to reach a sustainable living income by 2030 through strategic private and public sector partnerships, unlocking demand and market opportunities, leveraging finance across priority value chains, and leveraging innovation and emerging agricultural technologies to reach transformational scale.

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