Leader in Microfinance and Agriculture Development
PROFILE OF DR. STEVE OLUSEGUN OGIDAN,
Dr Steve Olusegun OGIDAN is an employer of labour, a self-motivated and hard-working strategy expert and development planner, with experience in agriculture, rural development and microfinance, as well as human resources development. A goal-directed, results-oriented individual with a strong and varied background and education in poverty management, capacity building, HR Solutions, Micro-insurance, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and Strategy for organizational development.
Dr Ogidan has a BA Education Degree from the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Nigeria, Masters Degree from the University of Lagos Nigeria and PhD in Business Development from the Trinity College and University, Spain. He was also trained at the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization, ITC/ILO, Turin, Italy, Vaikuth Mehta National Institute, Pune, India and the NEGEV Institute of Strategies in Beer Sheva, Israel.
He is presently the National Coordinating Consultant to NIRSAL Plc Project Monitoring Reporting and Remediation Offices nationwide to the Nigeria Incentive-based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL), which is an innovative mechanism, targeted at de-risking lending to the agricultural sector. It is designed to provide the singular transformational and one bullet solution to break the seeming jinx in Nigeria’s agricultural lending and development and also Team Leader on the IFAD/VCDP Strengthening Farmers Organisation Project in Ogun State.
Dr Ogidan is an able and effective team leader, an efficient and effective strategic planner, researcher, excellent trainer and communicator at all levels within and outside organizations with good problem solving and analytical skills. Specific interests include business development, strategy formulation, HR Solutions, training and participatory research. Proven leadership skills including managing and motivating others to achieve objectives, strategic planning, change management and process re-engineering and analytical skills. He is very fluent with information technology.
He was the Team Leader for unprecedented three terms for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd FGN/IFAD-RUFIN Supervision Missions for Nigeria between 2010 and 2013. He was a consultant to the UNDP and the Central Bank of Nigeria on Microfinance Development Strategy. He was part of the team that designed the Microfinance Certification Programme for Nigeria. He was also a Strategy Consultant to the Supreme Court of Nigeria 2011-2014 and the UNDP Nigeria and Africa Regional Office on Facility for Inclusive Market and many others.
Dr Ogidan is an accredited OPTMA Trainer, Trainer by Centre for Management Development, Nigeria and the Institute of Management Consultants, Nigeria. He is an accredited trainer by the International Labour Organization ILO/ITC to deliver its programme on Making Microfinance Work, MMW in Africa. He is also an accredited Trainer of the Women’s World Banking WWB to deliver Microfinance Management Development Trainings of the Centre for Microfinance Leadership (CML). He is also accredited by PrOpCom (Promoting Pro-poor Opportunities in Commodity and Service Markets) a DFID initiative, as a training consultant and service provider. He is a capacity building Consultant to International Fertilizer Development Centre, IFDC, USA and worked on Rice, Sorghum, Maize, Ginger, Groundnut and Soybean in Kaduna, Kano and Katsina States of Nigeria; project sponsored by Strategic Alliance for Agricultural Development in Africa (SAADA), funded by the Directorate of General International Cooperation (DGIS) of the Netherlands; He is also currently a consultant with the UK Department for International Development (DFID) ENABLE programme assisting in building Business Membership Organizations (BMO’s) capacity for advocacy. He is a member of the ITC/ILO International Team developing Training Curriculum and Manuals on Access to Finance for African Workers and Trade Unions in Africa 2010- 2012.
In partnership with Making Cents International, Dr Ogidan is certified to deliver the Youth-Inclusive Financial Services, YFSanother product to deepen the outreach of Microfinance in developing world. Implementing Sound Practices in Youth-Inclusive Financial Services provides microfinance practitioners and youth enterprise and livelihoods practitioners’ critical overview of today’s relevance of financial services to youth in the developing world and how to design and implement interventions to expand youth-inclusive financial services. He served as a Strategy Consultant to the Central Bank of Liberia and facilitated the transformation of Microfinance Unit of the CBL to Inclusive Finance Department, project sponsored by the UNCDF.
Dr Ogidan has also completed the European Union Project as a Master Trainer on the Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Reform (WSSSR) programme aims at providing support to institutional and policy reform and demonstrating innovative approaches to service delivery, including implementation of water supply and sanitation projects co-financed with the government. Dr Ogidan was recruited by PricewaterhouseCoopers Nigeria and handled the Training and HR components of the project implemented by PricewaterhouseCoopers in a Consortium of 3 firms namely: ITAD Limited, UK – Consortium Leader, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Nigeria, Mott MacDonald, UK
He was also the BDS/Grant Management Specialist on the World Bank Rice Value Chain Project in Kaduna in 2008-2010: a World Bank/FGN Programme under the leadership of Dr Rama Rao Vellanki. He is currently the Kaduna State Coordinator of the World Bank State-Level Private Sector Policy And Institutional-Mapping (SPPIM) project. Dr Ogidan was a consultant to UNDP Nigeria on Microfinance as part of the National Experts on Microfinance Baseline Survey Team and the Development of New Microfinance Development Strategy, NMDS for Nigeria. He was a Consultant to the Central Bank of Nigeria and the GTZ on Microfinance Curriculum Development and Training. He is an accredited CBN Microfinance Training Service Provider (MTSP) training Microfinance Bankers in Northern Nigeria.
A Commonwealth Scholar at the National Institute of Cooperative Management, Pune, India (1994), a MASHAV (Government of Israel) Scholar at the NEGEV Institute for Strategies of Peace and Development (NISPED), Beer Sheva, Israel (2006) and a MasterCard Foundation Scholar at the School of Applied Microfinance, Kenya, 2008. He is also member of the Institute of Management Consultants IMC. Dr Ogidan is a Faculty Member in the School of Applied Microfinance, Mombasa, Kenya and The Enterprise Development Centre (EDC) of the Pan African University, (Lagos Business School) and a Strategy Development Expert for EDS in Cuttington University, Monrovia, Liberia.
His passion for agriculture and microfinance led him to make incursions into several African countries as he led the team on the establishment of Togo Incentive-based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending, International Consultant and Strategy Expert to the Central Bank of Liberia on Inclusive Finance, 2012. He was the Team Leader Rest of Africa Engagement, NIRSAL Plc to Togo, Rwanda, Sudan and Morocco
He is also the lead consultant facilitating the establishment of a nation-wide microfinance bank midwife by NIRSAL Plc – NIRSAL Microfinance Bank which recently commenced operations across the length and breadth of Nigeria.
Dr Ogidan who is the MD/CEO of Successory Nigeria Ltd, Beresh Consulting and Chairman, Global Knowledge Group also chairs the Board of Directors of a Microfinance Bank while providing management assistance to a number of Microfinance Banks and Businesses across Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, Liberia, the Gambia, South Africa and the Royal Kingdom of Morocco. He is also a Fellow of the Microfinance Association of the United Kingdom. He is married with children.
Pastor Adeboye Leads Protest to End Killings in Nigeria
Pastor Enoch Adeboye, General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, discarded his hitherto conservative and conciliatory disposition and took to the streets to lead thousands of his members in a protest march against insecurity and killings of Christians across the nation, especially in northern states.
The action is sequel to an earlier directive by the leader of one of the most influential Pentecostal churches in Nigeria that its members should conduct the protest nationwide, with him starting his own action at exactly 11am at the RCCG National Headquarters in Ebute Metta, Lagos.
The Assistant General Overseer (Admin and Personnel) of the church, Pastor J.F Odesola, in a circular dated January 29, 2020, addressed to all regions and provinces of the RCCG, parishes of the church were asked to end their service not later than 11am on Sunday to enable members “march round their immediate environment, praying for God’s intervention in the ongoing situation in Nigeria.”
The protests are at the instance of the RCCG General Overseer, Pastor Adejare Adeboye.
The circular, read: “The Christian Association of Nigeria, the umbrella body for all Christians and Christian organisations in Nigeria, has made a clarion call for prayers and advocacy to all Christians in Nigeria in response to the inhumane acts against Christians in the country.”
Aremo Olusiji Balogun
Who is Aremo Olusiji Balogun
Olusiji Balogun is a Nigerian politician. He is presently aspiring to be Ondo State Governor. He is an Associate Member, Chartered Institute of Personnel Management in Nigeria among others. He is the Founder of Ase Youth Association, among other organisations, His company Promec Innovative Concepts was a child of necessity when his attempt to register Prince Royal Media Concept (Promec) at the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) met a brick wall.
Olusiji Balogun is an organizational growth and business development expert with adaptable skills. He is able to use own initiative or work as part of a team. An efficient and effective Human Resources Manager, community worker, excellent communicator at all levels within and outside organizations; he has good problem solving and analytical skills with pioneering spirit. Specific interests include teaching and learning for new product development, business development, participatory social activities, keen insight into the needs of others and with high energy, initiative and focus, proven leadership skills including managing and motivating others to achieve objectives. An effective community and social worker, he is fluent with information technology and capable of handling executive assignments and leadership. Other qualities include being positive with potential ideas, he has the ability to work with any existing staff under any condition or situation and contribute greatly to achieving the best goals of the establishment.
He was born in Ondo town to the family of Samuel Olusegun Balogun and Mrs Grace Remilekun Balogun at Surulere, in PA Akingbola’s house. He was raised up with strong Christian virtue in a nuclear family of three girls and two boys. All alive and doing well in their chosen fields.
He had his early education at St. Luke”s Primary School, Akure but finished at St. James’s Primary School, Ikaram Akoko, all in Ondo State, where he obtained the First School Leaving Certificate. Olusiji Balogun subsequently earned his west African Senior School Certificate in 1990 after attending Omoluorogbo Grammar School, Akure before proceeding to Ala Community Comprehensive High School, at Ala-Elefosan, Idanre Local Government Area of Ondo State. He also attended Institute of journalism and Nigerian Institute of Journalism, (NIJ), Akure Campuses for his Diploma in Journalism. He also attended Akwa-Ibom Polytechnic, for his Higher National Diploma in Business Administration. He later proceeded to Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma. Edo State. for his Bachelor of Science in Public Administration. He is an Associate Member of various professional bodies.
Olusiji Balogun experience in politics is vast. His team helped installed Olusegun Agagu, Olusegun Mimiko as Ondo State Governors. He was the nucleus of Olusegun Mimiko Campaign Organisation for his second term when he was Editor.
He is married to Mrs Olamibo Oluwadamilola Balogun, Proprietaress of Great Minds Readers Literacy Club, in Abuja. He is blessed with three children, One boy and two girls, namely Oluwabanke, Modesireoluwa and Modesolaoluwa.
PDP will win 2020 Governorship Election in Ondo State – AOB
Aremo Olusiji Balogun is a seasoned journalist and aspirant for the 2020 governorship position in Ondo State. In this interview with some journalists and our team, led by Peter Akinduro, he speaks on zoning of the governorship position, chances of the PDP winning the election and his agenda. Excerpts:
Taking critical look at the 2018 Presidential and National Assembly Elections in Ondo State and projecting into the forthcoming 2020 governorship election. What would you say are the chances of the PDP?
The chances of PDP as a party winning the coming Governorship election in Ondo is very bright, I’m 100% sure considering the failure of the present APC government. If the recent happenings in political landscape is anything to go by, PDP will occupy Alagbaka government house in the forthcoming election. However, the party needs to restructure it’s leadership for balance. The State Party Chairman is from Ilaramokin. One of the top aspirants who was the party’s governorship candidate in the last governorship election, Eyitayo Jegede, who lost the last election by whimsical, is from Akure. Both from the same Central Senatorial district. The former Governor of the State, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, who spent constitutional eight years, is from Ondo town: same Central Senatorial district. All these prominent indigenes of the State are from the Central Senatorial District. If you go by the present settings, themood of the people, this is one anomaly that has to be corrected. For this year’s Governorship election, PDP, as a party will win. So, taking a critical look at the 2018 Presidential and National Assembly elections result in Ondo State and projecting into the forthcoming 2020 Governorship election, the chances of the PDP, as a party is very bright.
Zoning of the next governorship ticket of the PDP to Ondo South Senatorial District has been a loud agitation from mostly governorship aspirants coming from there. However, the PDP’s leadership said zoning would not be a criteria for electing it’s candidate for the election. What’s your take?
On the issue of zoning, the agitations from the Southern and Northern Senatorial Districts, to produce the next Governor cannot be wished away. Having said that, I also believe the leadership of the party, I mean, PDP, is very sincere and principled by saying zoning will not be a criteria. The contest for primaries should be open to all contestants.That is fair enough.
Your party, the PDP has criticized the independent electoral commission of not been objective in recent elections, particularly, that of Kogi State. Do you think your party can evolve mechanisms to curtail possible APC’s rigging mercenaries in the forthcoming election in Ondo State?
The INEC in recent time cannot be said to be objective. When you say party, you’re talking of people with different opinions coming together. We have not criticized INEC decisions. But it is imperative the electoral umpire checkmate rigging in order for election results to reflect the wishes of the electorates.
Why are you aspiring for the position of Ondo State Governor?
My aspiration as Governor in year 2020 is a divine project. It’s the people’s agenda. Nobody can deny God His rights. I’m aspiring to be the next Governor of Ondo State, after Akeredolu might have spent his four years constitutional tenure by God’s grace.
Do you have the wherewithal to scale through the PDP’s primary?
The wherewithal to scale the primaries is God’s given. All my resources are given by God. I don’t lay claim to anything.
What difference are you going to make if eventually elected governor of Ondo State?
Government is a continuum. You only bring new projects to the table. What the previous government can’t achieve, I’ll achieve double by the special grace of God. Be it roads, agriculture, education, etc. All I’ve done in my life is to surround myself with capable hands. My team always deliver. No matter where we find ourselves. The people can testify to this. My aspiration, I repeat, is divine. The difference I’ll make if elected Governor this 2020, will marvel the populace.
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