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NIPSS Will Witness Phenomenal Growth Under My Leadership—Prof Omotayo

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By Aduragbemi Omiyale

The Director-General of the Nigerian Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, Jos, Plateau State, Professor Ayo Omotayo, has promised to take the institute to greater heights under his leadership.

The scholar made this pledge while responding to a congratulatory message sent to him by the Harvest of Talents Foundation (THoTF) established by Mr Rafiu Laguda.

THoTF is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) based in the United States of America and Nigeria providing a strong and stable environment for people to discover, grow, develop and maximize their talents.

The foundation has developed several initiatives aimed at developing the capacity of youngsters in Nigeria.

In the message, Mr Laguda said, “We are proud of the achievement of our Honorary Executive Director, Professor Ayo Omotayo, who has recently been appointed as the Director-General of NIPSS, Plateau State.

“With this appointment, we have seen that there is hope for Nigeria when qualified persons are allowed to contribute their quota to national development.”

In his response to the goodwill message, Prof Omotayo appreciated the THoFT family for their love and he promised not to disappoint them.

“I will like to appreciate the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari for considering me of being worthy to lead this noble institution.

“This is a call to serve in a foremost institute that has done the nation proud in the area of developing strategic policies and plans that have aided the growth of the nation. I will do all to ensure that the institute experiences more phenomenal growth under my leadership,” he said.

Until his appointment, Prof Omotayo, who is a graduate of the prestigious University of Ibadan, was the Director of the Centre for Planning at the Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo and he was the former Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences from 2012-2017.

He was the founder of the MBA Programme at LASU helping the university break new grounds in tuition-paying education. He is a Council Member of the Association of Nigerian Geographers.

The Professor of Environmental Sustainability in the Department of Geography and Planning at the institution was also a Foreign National Scholar to the United States of America. He has authored several papers in the field of fluvial geomorphology, hydrology, and sustainable environmental development. He is involved in different charity works across various strata of society.

Aduragbemi Omiyale is a journalist with Business Post Nigeria, who has passion for news writing. In her leisure time, she loves to read.

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ECOWAS Trade Network Re-elects Nigeria’s Yakusak Ezra as President

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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.

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FG Names Anamekwe Nwabuoku as Acting Accountant General

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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.

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

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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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