By Modupe Gbadeyanka
The board of RT Briscoe (Nigeria) Plc has announced the appointments of Mr Olorunfemi Eguaikhide and Mr Jubril Adetokunbo Shittu as Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Acting Chief Financial Officer (CFO) respectively.
A statement issued by the firm disclosed that Mr Eguaikhide is an alumnus of the prestigious Lagos Business School of the Pan Atlantic University having attended the Advanced Management Program (AMP) in 2016.
He is a graduate in Microbiology from the University of Benin Teaching Hospital and holds a Post graduate Diploma in Business Administration and an MBA in Marketing Management from the Enugu State University of Science and Technology.
He is also a full member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (MCIPM), Associate of the Nigerian Institute for Training and Development (AITD), Fellow of the Institute of Credit Administration (FICA) and a Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Administration of Nigeria.
Prior to his joining R.T. Briscoe, Mr Eguaikhide had worked with Shell Petroleum Development Company as Client Services Supervisor.
He also served in various capacities within the Genesis Group as AGM Hotels, DGM Human Resources and IT, General Manager HR & IT, General Manager Operations and Chief Operations Officer at The Bridge Healthcare Company. He joined R.T. Briscoe (Nigeria) Plc as Group Head, Human Capital Development in 2012 and was seconded to the BriscoeFord dealership in 2014 as its General Manager.
Mr Eguaikhide was appointed the Head of Briscoe Motors with responsibility for the motor business in July 2017 before his recent appointment as Chief Operating Officer of the company with effect from July 27, 2018.
On his part, Mr Shittu, the Acting Chief Financial Officer designate, is a Chartered Accountant and the holder of a Bachelor degree in Applied Accounting from the Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom and an MBA in Marketing from the University of Lagos.
He has also attended various leadership and management training programmes within and outside the country.
Mr Shittu has over 20 years’ professional working experience garnered from serving in various finance and accounting positions. He began his career in 1998 as an Accountant with Premier Paints Plc and subsequently served as an Accounts Manager in Petrolog Limited, an oil servicing company. He joined the UAC of Nigeria Plc (UACN) group in March 2005 where he held various management positions as Management Accountant and Finance Controller-Transport Distribution at MDS Logistics Division, Group Co-coordinator, IFRS Conversion Project and Financial Controller at Portland Paints and Products Nigeria Plc (a subsidiary of UACN).
Mr Shittu joined R.T. Briscoe (Nigeria) Plc in January 2016 as the Head, Management Accounts Control and was promoted in January-2018 as Assistant General Manager, Finance / Deputy CFO. His appointment as the Acting Chief Financial Officer of the company takes effect from September 4, 2018.
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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