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WACOT Rice Eyes 60,000 Jobs Via Argungu Project



WACOT Rice Jobs

By Modupe Gbadeyanka

No fewer than 60,000 jobs would be created across Nigeria and West Africa by WACOT Rice Limited through its partnership with the USAID on the rice outgrower expansion project.

“The core objective of establishing WACOT in Argungu and the launching of this partnership today is to create a catalyst for investment and provide grants to more farmers,” the Deputy Chief of Party for USAID’s West Africa Trade and Investment Hub (WATIH) project, Mr Karl LittleJohn.

“We want to show that we can create jobs. And we want to also increase trade investment with our partners across West African countries,” Mr LittleJohn added.

Mr Farouk Gumel, the Chairman of WACOT Rice, a subsidiary of TGI Group, which is based in Argungu, Kebbi State, said over 2,000 jobs have been created by the company due to the USAID partnership. He stated that the expansion of the company has given opportunities for more farmers to cultivate more land for rice production.

“When the company was established in 2017, we hardly sold our product for the first three months because customers were demanding for foreign rice but today, we steadily sell Nigerian rice and people continue to ask for it. Many people have shown interest in becoming our agents and marketers,” Mr Gumel said.

Earlier, the United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Bert Leonard had said that the US government’s partnership with WACOT was to sustain food security and creation of more jobs in Nigeria.

She said more than $8 million (about N3.1 billion) would be injected into the economy through the partnership.

In his remarks, the Kebbi State Governor, Mr Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, said the presence of WACOT Rice in the state has positively impacted its economy, adding that the development attracted the USAID investment.

He commended the company for always being active since it commenced its operations in the state, stressing that many women have benefited from their farmers’ empowerment.

Through the partnership with USAID, WACOT Rice is registering an additional 5,143 farmers to complement its already existing outgrower network in the state.

They will cultivate over 5,000 additional hectares of land, thereby producing over 20,000 tons of paddy which will be utilised at WACOT Rice’s 120,000-ton rice mill in Argungu.

The mill was commissioned by the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo in 2017. It produces premium household brands of parboiled rice.

Modupe Gbadeyanka is a fast-rising journalist with Business Post Nigeria. Her passion for journalism is amazing. She is willing to learn more with a view to becoming one of the best pen-pushers in Nigeria. Her role models are the duo of CNN's Richard Quest and Christiane Amanpour.


Aviation Minister Appoints Arise TV’s Amaka Udeh-Walker as GM NAMA



Amaka Udeh-Walker

By Aduragbemi Omiyale

One of Arise TV’s correspondents, Mrs Amaka Udeh-Walker, has been appointed as General Manager for Public Affairs of the Nigeria Airspace Management Agency (NAMA).

The broadcast journalist was appointed for the position by the Minister of Aviation, Mr Hadi Siriki, according to a statement from the Ministry of Aviation.

She is one of those chosen by the Minister to lead some agencies in the sector as part of its reorganisation for efficiency.

Amaka Udeh Walker is a news anchor on Arise TV and was once the Head of Programmes at Hot 98.3 FM, where she oversaw the affairs of the Programs Department and Presenters.

She joined Arise TV in 2018 and has risen to be one of its top members of staff.

At NAMA, she will work directly with the Director General/CEO, Mr Tayib Odunowo.

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Buhari Appoints Madein as New Accountant-General



Oluwatoyin Sakirat Madein

By Modupe Gbadeyanka

Mrs Oluwatoyin Sakirat Madein has been appointed as the new and substantive Accountant-General of the Federation (AGF).

She is replacing the former occupier of the seat, Mr Idris Ahmed, who was suspended over allegations of corruption and embezzlement of public funds.

A statement signed by the Director of Communications in the Office of the Head of Service of the Federation, Mr Mohammed Abdullahi Ahmed, disclosed that the appointment of the new AGF is with effect from Thursday, May 18, 2023.

According to the statement, the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs Folasade Yemi-Esan, confirmed the appointment of Mrs Madein.

This followed the approval of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Prior to her appointment, Mr Sylva Okolieboh had been acting as the Accountant-General of the Federation.

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Aspiring Professionals Get Latest Work Trends at Interswitch Career Fair



2023 Interswitch Career Fair

By Modupe Gbadeyanka

It was an exciting moment for aspiring professionals at the 2023 Interswitch Career Fair last Saturday at the Landmark Event Centre, Lagos.

Participants were equipped with the latest trends in the industry, as they learned from experts on the panel, who discussed various topics relating to career development and growth.

Some of them included Franklin Ali, Chief Human Resources Officer, Interswitch Nigeria; Akeem Lawal, MD, Interswitch Payment Processing and Switching (Interswitch Purepay); Damilola Olokesusi, Co-Founder/CEO Shuttlers; Halima Usman, Divisional Head, Core Operations, Interswitch; Adaobi Okerekeocha, Chief Innovation Officer, Interswitch;  Ivie Temitayo-Ibitoye, Head of Employee Relations, Sahara Group and Sikemi Tayo, CEO, Kit for Professionals.

They explored trends around relevant subject matters such as navigating the Nigerian job market, career acceleration in today’s digital age, innovation in the workplace and navigating the world of tech as a woman.

During the job fair segment, attendees were given the opportunity to interact with company representatives stationed at the various booths set up to satisfy their career curiosities and employment potentials at The Switch.

Speaking about the event, which was themed The Future of Work, Franklin Ali explained Interswitch’s commitment to supporting Nigeria’s expanding workforce by empowering them through initiatives such as the Career Fair.

He stated that the Interswitch Career Fair 2.0 was a great success and a significant milestone for them at Interswitch.

“We are committed to empowering talented young people in Nigeria, and this event was an opportunity for us to equip aspiring professionals with the latest work trends and point them towards the right opportunities,” he added.

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