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Lagos, Stanbic IBTC Charge Civil Servants to Stay Mentally Alert

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Civil Servants Lagos

By Adedapo Adesanya

Stanbic IBTC Holding Plc has collaborated with the Lagos State Government to spur its civil servants to be mentally active during the current COVID-19 lockdown which entered its fifth week on Monday.

Through a webinar themed Evolution Series: A New Generation of Public Service, the bank charged civil servants in the state to expand their horizons while they continue to observe the federal government’s stay-at-home directive.

Speaking on how they can be active during what has become the new normal, Mrs Olufunke Amobi, Country Head, Human Capital, Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc noted that new trends are shaping the world of a constantly evolving workforce globally.

Mrs Amobi noted that new behaviour, new technologies, the millennial workforce, mobility, and globalisation are slowly replacing existing systems in the labour world.

She then charged workers to embrace these new realities to be more efficient and competitive in doing their work.

In her presentation titled Current Trends in the World of Work and Workplace, she disclosed that there are three products that define the quality of every type of work, which are: The Work, the Worker and the Workplace.

Mrs Amobi took the opportunity to laud the Lagos State Government for its commitment in latching unto globally best practices in the civil service.

She said, “The introduction of this kind of programme and policy into the Public Service affirms our readiness to align with current trends in the world.”

She further encouraged civil servants and other employees to embrace the digitalisation of work and the workplace, as those who do so will not only survive but thrive.

The bank’s Head of Human Capital also urged the Lagos State Government to invest more in new digital activity for its workforce.

She challenged participants not to rely solely on their employers to acquire knowledge, adding that they should exploit different opportunities for free online courses, to develop their digital literacy skills.

Speaking on the initiative, the Commissioner for Establishments, Training and Pensions in the state, Mrs Ajibola Ponnle, said the online training programme was designed to enhance capacity development of the workforce as well as sharpen their skills during the COVID-19 lockdown.

She revealed that online training is part of the government’s initiatives to continually improve the staff as they remain at home to curtail the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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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Semiu Adeniran Becomes Nigeria’s Statistician-General, NBS Chief

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Semiu Adeniran Nigeria's statistician-general

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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Buhari Appoints Adamu Tutuwa as New FIIRO DG

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Adamu Tutuwa FIIRO

By Adedapo Adesanya

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Ms Adamu Tutuwa as the substantive Director-General and Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Institute of Industrial Research, Oshodi (FIIRO), Lagos.

This was contained in a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Mrs Monilola Udoh, on Friday in Lagos.

The statement said that Ms Tutuwa was the Director of the Biotechnology Centre of the National Biotechnology Development Agency in Jalingo, Taraba, until her new appointment.

It added that Tutuwa’s vast experience in science research and development would come in handy as a veritable tool to give FIIRO a further push into the commonwealth of renowned scientific, technology and research nations.

“With her core competence in biotechnology and her affiliation to scientific donor agencies, hopes are high that her new constituency will benefit therein,” it said.

Ms Tutuwa’s appointment takes effect from May 10, 2022, with a five-year non-renewable tenure.

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Finance Minister Suspends Ahmed Idris for Unhindered Investigation

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By Aduragbemi Omiyale

To allow for a “proper and unhindered investigation,” the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, has suspended the embattled Accountant General of the Federation (AGF), Mr Ahmed Idris.

Mr Idris was asked to stay from office over his arrest by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Monday for an alleged N80 billion fraud.

In a statement issued on Monday, the EFCC claimed that the AGF failed to honour invitations sent to him to explain what he knows about the matter, prompting his arrest.

According to the agency, Mr Idris committed the alleged act by taking “funds through bogus consultancies and other illegal activities using proxies, family members and close associates.”

“The funds were laundered through real estate investments in Kano and Abuja,” the statement further stated.

The arrest of the nation’s chief accountant has generated reactions from various quarters, prompting the Minister to suspend him on Wednesday.

In a letter confirming the suspension today, the Minister said the AGF is not expected to have any contact official in his office except for any disciplinary hearing that may be advised and will not receive any salary while on suspension.

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