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Sahara Power Begins 2018 Graduate Engineering Program

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Sahara Power Begins 2018 Graduate Engineering Program

By Dipo Olowookere

Leading power generation and distribution holding company, Sahara Power Group Ltd, has commenced its 2018 Graduate Engineering Program (GEP).

The GEP aims to recruit engineers aged between 21- 27seeking opportunities to build foundational technical and professional skills with hands-on rotational assignments, strategic technical projects, and leadership skills in the group’s power generation operating companies – Egbin Power Plc and First Independent Power Limited.

Sahara Power Group Ltd was established in 2013 as a holding company for the formerly state-owned Egbin Power Plc., Ikeja Distribution Company, and First Independent Power Limited, Rivers State. It is widely considered one of the most credible industry models of vertical integration in the power sector consisting of two generation plants and a distribution plant.

The strategic vision of the company to become the largest, most efficient, most effective, privately owned electric power company in Sub-Saharan Africa and beyond spurred the creation of the GEP which is delivered through a rigorous selection process and the training of eligible applicants from various fields of the engineering profession including electrical, chemical, electronic and mechanical.

Since 2014 Sahara Power Group has recruited over 130 graduate engineers in the country in line with its commitment to empower the youth and develop local capacity in the power sector. These young engineers have continued to grow their expertise in line with Sahara’s robust human capital development policy.

Explaining what determines an ideal candidate, Ms Ivie Imasogie-Adigun, Head-Sahara Group Human Resources said, “Engineers are a crucial component in any STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) framework.

“At Sahara, we have embraced innovation as the driver of the framework required to scale up our human capital development and power generation capacity.”

She added, “Whilst there is a high barrier to entry with respect to academic requirements, we are also looking for softs skills in terms of communication, interpersonal relations and rounded displays of emotional intelligence. A combination of soft skills and academic acumen move us ever closer to the goals we sought to achieve when we conceived the GEP.

Eligible candidates may submit their applications via http://e-recruiter.ng/portal/spgcareers before September 28, 2018.

Dipo Olowookere is a journalist based in Nigeria that has passion for reporting business news stories. At his leisure time, he watches football and supports 3SC of Ibadan. Mr Olowookere can be reached via dipo.olowookere@businesspost.ng

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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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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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