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NIMC Workers Commence Nationwide Strike

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NIMC Lagos office

By Ahmed Rahma

Due to poor welfare package and exposure to COVID-19, the employees of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) have embarked on a nationwide indefinite strike.

The strike notice signed by the President of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, NIMC branch, Mr Lucky Michael, and its Secretary, Odia Victor, stated that, “Consequent upon the just-concluded congress of the above mentioned association that took place on January 6, 2021, the unit executive directs all members of grade level 12 and below in the head office and state offices to report to their respective duty posts tomorrow January 7, 2021, and do nothing.

“All members at the local government offices and special centres are advised to stay away from their various centres as task force and implementation committees would be on parade to ensure total compliance to the directive.”

Workers of NIMC became very busy recently after the federal government directed GSM network providers to disconnect any mobile number not linked with the National Identification Number (NIN).

This made many telecommunications subscribers throng the offices of the agency to obtain their NINs for linking with their SIM cards.

It is believed that over 100 million Nigerians are yet to update their SIM card records with their operators. The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) had earlier fixed December 30, 2020, as the deadline for the exercise but it extended it to January 19, 2021, after several calls from Nigerians and the parliament.

The huge number of people at the offices of NIMC across the country seeking to obtain their NINs has raised questions about the sensitivity of the federal government, especially when it is advising citizens to avoid large gatherings because of increasing rates of COVID-19.

In the press statement issued by the aggrieved workers of NIMC, it was stressed that the strike had become necessary due to the exposure of staff to COVID-19 risks, lack of personal protective equipment, irregularities in the promotion and poor funding.

They also asked to be paid overtime and given enough tools to work with.

The congress noted that “staff members were infected with COVID-19 and adequate measures have not been taken to curtail the spread.

“The meeting resolved that the safety of staff should be prioritised.

“Furthermore the office environment should be fumigated immediately.

“The congress agreed that the NIMC staff salary structure approved by the federal government vide Presidential assent be implemented in the personnel appropriation of the 2021 annual budget effective January 2021.

“That the lopsided and irregular promotion done in 2017 and 2020 be reviewed, regularised and gazetted in accordance with public service rules.”

Ahmed Rahma is a journalist with great interest in arts and craft. She is also a foodie who loves new ideas. She loves to travel and would love to visit other African countries someday. She is a sucker for historical movies and afrobeat.

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Total Energies Nigeria Appoints Jean-Philippe Torres as Chairman

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Jean-Philippe Torres

By Aduragbemi Omiyale

A Frenchman, Mr Jean-Philippe Torres, has been appointed as a Director and Chairman of TotalEnergies Marketing Nigeria Plc, one of the oil companies operating in the country.

A statement from the company disclosed that the appointment of Mr Torres was approved by the board of directors of the organisation on Thursday, November 25, 2021.

The chairman would be expected to use his position to take the company to higher heights and expand the operations of the firm in the country.

Mr Torres started his working career as an Analyst in the French Ministry for Economy and Finance, joining the Total Group in 1992 as a Financial Controller in the Combustible Fuels Division of Elf Antar France.

A year later, he moved to Elf Raffinage Distribution as Treasurer in charge of the African affiliates and in 1995, he was the Sales and Marketing Manager for Elf Oil Zaire and went on to hold a similar position in Senegal in 1997 and in 1999, he was appointed General Manager of TotalFinaElf Gambia.

Two years later, Mr Torres was appointed Managing Director of Total Togo and Total Benin and in 2004, he became the Managing Director of Fina Congo.

In 2007, he was appointed Strategy and M&A Senior Project Manager Total Raffinage Marketing, Paris and in 2011, he was appointed General Manager Retail and Fuel Cards of Total Germany.

In the notice issued by the company, it was disclosed that Mr Torres became the Executive Vice-President of North & Central America of Total Marketing & Services, Americas Division in 2014 and in 2016, he was appointed the Managing Director of Total Nigeria Plc.

In 2018, he left the board when he was appointed the Vice President East & Central Africa. He later became the Executive Vice President of Mediterranean & Indian Ocean in September 2021 and last month, he was named the Senior Vice President of Africa, TotalEnergies Marketing & Services.

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7 Steps for a Killer Entry Level Software Engineer Resume

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Entry Level Software Engineer

Introduction

Software engineering has always been the fundamental pillar of the Information Technology industry. A software engineer job profile is also considered one of the most secured career domains in terms of employment rate.

According to a report by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1,847,900 Software Developers, Quality Assurance Analysts, and Testers are currently working in the country.

These numbers are expected to grow up to 22% by 2030. So, if you are in the middle of your computer science degree program, you are on the right path for a lucrative career.

Meanwhile, we are backing you up with the resume-building process. To help you make the best junior software engineer resume, we are here with seven killer resume-building steps. You can follow these steps to craft an impeccable resume for your entry-level job search:

Step 1- Make an Outline

To build a professional & well-organized resume, create an outline of your resume before any other step. We recommend using reverse chronological resume format for entry-level job seekers.

Step 2- Mention Key Skills

Skills play a vital role in a technically strong resume. Highlighting profile-centric skills on your resume will not only help you in parsing through the ATS (Applicant Tracking System) but also in getting the recruiter’s undivided attention.

Moreover, we advise you to make separate sections for your technical skills and soft skills. It will make your resume look organized and professional.

Step 3- Add Your Educational Qualifications

Write your education details related to the software engineering profile. You can consider adding the below-given points while framing the educational qualifications section of your resume:

  • Degree/Diploma Name
  • Institution Name
  • Acquired Grades
  • Location of Institute
  • Year of Enrollment & Graduation

Step 4- Showcase Your Project Details

You can make a separate section for elaboration on your previously built projects. It will help you in stealing the limelight during the recruitment process. Here are some points that you can add in the projects section of your resume:

  • Name of Project
  • Programming Languages Used
  • Other Technical Elements Used
  • Highlighting Tasks

Step 5- Shed Some Light on Your Training

Training section will cover the professional experience space in your resume. Just like professional experience, you need to showcase your training profile, company name, location, and serving year in this section.

We suggest you write all your training details in bullet points to improve readability. Take a look at some essential points to remember while framing your resume points:

  • Use a power verb to start every point
  • Quantify your bullets wherever possible
  • Highlight important keywords and metrics

Step 6- Add Certifications

Additional certifications apart from your educational degree can add value to your initial level job search. You can list all your certifications obtained related to a software engineer profile. These certifications will make you stand out from the crowd of your competitors. The certifications section of your resume must include the following details:

  • Name of Certification
  • Name of Issuer
  • Month and Year of Completion

Step 7- Write a Crisp Resume Summary

As its name defines, it possesses the highlights of your entire resume in an easy-to-read paragraph. Your resume summary needs to be appealing and expressive about your capabilities and achievements.

We recommend you to write your resume after summing up all other sections of your software engineer resume. Moreover, you can stuff it with profile-centric keywords to make it more impressive to steal the limelight during the resume screening round.

Key Takeaways

Take a look at the key takeaways of this article:

  • Outline your resume in reverse chronological resume format
  • List your technical skills and soft skills in separate sections
  • Mention the details of your educational degree with enrolment & graduation dates
  • Showcase the details of your previously built projects
  • Add your training details to fill up the gap of professional experience
  • Write about your certifications related to the software engineering profile
  • Craft an appealing and impressing resume summary stuffed with industry-specific keywords

These guidelines will lead you towards a professional entry-level software engineer resume. For any other career assistance, you can use the comment section given below.

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NEC Ratifies ALGON Delta Chairman as National Legal Adviser

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By Modupe Gbadeyanka

The Delta State Chairman of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON), Mr Victor Ebonka, is now the substantive national legal adviser of the group.

His appointment was ratified by the National Executive Council (NEC) of ALGON at the 4th zonal meeting and retreat of the organisation held in Lagos State.

At the event, a new deputy national president of the association was elected and this was Mr Aminu Maifata Muazu from Nasarawa State.

Also elected was a new national treasurer, Mr Mohammed Bappa of Takai Local Government Area Kano State.

They were all sworn in immediately by a notary public, Mr Taiwo Onayinka of Strict Attorneys.

During the NEC meeting, the ALGON National President received a delegation of the Association of Bloggers and Journalists Against Fake News who paid him a courtesy visit led by its president, Mr James Ezema.

The media practitioner appreciated the ALGON leader for his open-door policy, pledging to partner with the group in its effort to mitigate the negative impact of fake news on peace and development in the country.

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