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Dr. Steve Olusegun Ogidan, fma, FIMC, FNIM, MNIPR

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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.

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Award Winners and Recipients

OUTSTANDING NIGERIAN LOCAL GOVERNMENT CHAIRMEN MERIT AWARD “2020”

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Outstanding Nigerian Local Government Chairman Merit Award 2020

Nomination List

  • The Executive Chairman, Aba South LGA. Abia State
  • The Executive Chairman, Mahia LGA, Adamawa State
  • The Executive Chairman, Ifedore LGA, Ondo State
  • The Executive Chairman, Ovia South-West LGA, Edo State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Eastern Obolo LGA, Akwa-Ibom State
  • The Executive Chairman, Iwo LGA, Osun State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Akinyele LGA, Oyo State
  • The Executive Chairman, Anambra West LGA, Anambra State
  • The Executive Chairman, Bogoro LGA, Bauchi State
  • The Executive Chairman, Sagbama LGA, Bayelsa State
  • The Executive Chairman, Ador LGA, Benue State
  • The Executive Chairman, Askira/Uba LGA, Borno State
  • The Executive Chairman, Akampa LGA, Crossriver State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Aniocha South LGA, Delta State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Ohaukwu LGA, Ebonyi State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Egor LGA, Edo State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Ikole LGA, Ekiti State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Igbo Eze LGA, Enugu State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Bwari LGA, Federal Capital Territory
  • The Executive Chairman, Balanga LGA, Gombe State
  • The Executive Chairman, Obokun LGA, Osun State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Oluyole LGA, Oyo State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Ideato South LGA, Imo State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Babura LGA, Jigawa State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Kachia LGA, Kaduna State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Gezawa LGA, Kano State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Dan Musa LGA, Katsina State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Argungu LGA, Kebbi State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Ajaokuta LGA, Kogi State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Toungo LGA, Adamawa State
  • The Executive Chairman, Baruten LGA, Kwara State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Ibadan South-West LGA, Oyo State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Eti-Osa LGA, Lagos State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Akwanga LGA, Nasarawa State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Borgu LGA, Niger State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Odeda LGA, Ogun State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Ilaje LGA, Ondo State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Ife-Central LGA, Osun State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Egbeda LGA, Oyo State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Langtang North LGA, Plateau State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Kaura Namoda LGA, Zamfara State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Girei LGA, Adamawa State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Bodinga LGA, Sokoto State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Kurmi LGA, Taraba State
  • The Executive Chairman, Olorunda LGA, Osun State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Iddo LGA, Oyo State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Karasuwa LGA, Yobe State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Kaura Namoda LGA, Zamfara State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Ryom LGA, Plateau State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Song LGA, Adamawa State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Alkaleri LGA, Bauchi State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Emure LGA, Ekiti State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Lokoja LGA, Kogi State
  • The Executive Chairman, Akoko North-West LGA, Ondo State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Yewa North LGA, Ogun State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Odo-Otin LGA, Osun State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Afijio LGA, Oyo State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Ado-Ekiti LGA, Ekiti State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Koton-Karfi LGA, Kogi State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Odeda LGA, Ogun State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Orolu LGA, Osun State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Mangu LGA, Plateau State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Ibadan South LGA, Oyo State

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PROFILE OF MRS NKECHI OSUJI

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Mrs Nkechinyelu Leticia Osuji, a certified chartered economics and management professional. Was born on November 12.  1963 at Enugu-Ngwo, Enugu North LGA of Enugu State,

For her primary education, she attended St. Mary’s Primary School, Ngwo, Enugu State and later proceeded to St. Catherine Secondary School, in Imo State where she earned her West African School Certificate (WASCE) in 1980.

Her quest for further education made her also sat for Ordinary General Certificate in Education (GCE) in 1985 and she later gained admission to the prestigious University of Lagos to study Business Administration and she graduated with a B.Sc in Business in 1998 with a Second Class Degree. She later went to the University of Ado-Ekiti to earn her Masters in Business Administration in the year 2005.

Nkechi, as popularly called by friends, started her long life career working with Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in 1982 where she retired in 2017 as Development Finance Officer (DFO) after a meritorious career. Upon her assumption of duty in Central Bank of Nigeria in April, 1982, she was engaged in general duties of CBN, which include and not limited to so many assignments in  different capacities in various offices and branches. She was Currency Processing & Sorting, administrative activities and a Pioneer Staff of Nigeria Export & Import Bank (NEXIM). In her career at CBN, she was into Issuing of Promissory Notes to Banks on financing non-oil produce, Issuance of receipts of payment in foreign currency to exporters or agro dealers of non-oil commodities exports and remit same to the then Foreign Operations Department involved  in reconciliation exercise with the  Nigeria Customs Export Desk at the Nigerian  Sea Ports.

Mrs. Osuji was Head of Development Finance Office (DFO) CBN, Owerri branch as a Manager until she was promoted to the level of a Principal Manager and her duties included Team Lead on farm inspections, pre-guarantee inspections, sensitization & enlightenment campaigns, Group Formation, Organization of Self Help Groups and linking them to banks, Sensitization of DMBs and MFBs, Joint Loan Recovery team, Preparation of facility for guarantee, signing of guarantee certificates, maintains the office approved budgets, monitoring and evaluation of projects etc.

She had several trainings to include; Project Development & Management; Introduction to Fraud Examination; Agricultural Credit  Managers; Investigation Methods/Techniques; Corporate Management Integration (COMI); Credit Risk Management; Agricultural Project Supervision & Loan Recovery; Corporate Planning & Strategic; Works in Organizational Productivity; Microfinance Banking  in collaboration  with GTZ; School of African Microfinance (Kenya ); Project Monitoring & Evaluation (Kenya); Project Finance Infrastructure; Developing Leadership Competencies and many others.

She participated as a member of Bankers committee sub-committee award for Deposit Money Banks (DMBs) on project verifications and confirmation; Constituency (Senior Staff) representative at CBN Joint  Consultative Committee (JCC); President CBN, Owerri Social Club; Chairman Imo State Rural Outreach Coordinating Committee (ROCC) under CBN/IFAD RUFIN Programme and National Award Winner; Chairman Imo State Anchor Borrowers Programme; A member of Imo State Special Purpose Vehicle for the implementation of state Micro Small & Medium Enterprises Development Fund; Branch Change Champion for Code of Ethic Business Conducts; Acting Branch Controller capacity to oversee the various activities of the branch in the absence of the Branch Controller; Board member Allworkers Microfinance Bank and host of others.

She is a member of many associations and professional bodies such as Fellow Nigeria Institute of  Chartered Certified Economics; Associate Member Nigeria Institute of Management and holds Doctor of Philosophy in Management,

Mrs. Nkechi Osuji is presently the Zonal Coordinating Consultant and Head Project Monitoring. Management and Remediation Office (PMRO) of Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL Plc) in Owerri.

She supervises the financing and intermediation activities at the State Offices of NIRSAL, geared towards creating access to finance by organized agricultural value chains as well as ensuring the monitoring and performance of projects generated within the State; Coordinates the Project Monitoring, Reporting and Remediation Unit at the State and operate the PMRO in good management; Generating credit requests from the State and assisting in the implementation of NIRSAL’s agricultural financing intervention programs at this level, ensuring that such initiatives are effectively implemented and work plans put in place for these interventions for the development of agricultural value chains; Lead the overall management of the PMRO with a view to ensuring the viability of the State and the achievement of  the overall objectives of NIRSAL PMRO in the State; Define and clearly map out in detail the end-to-end value chain financing for each agricultural value chain/commodity as articulated by the value chain development unit in the States; Generate actionable reports on activities, interventions and recommendations; Identify and attend industrial events and other business functions within State of operations to keep abreast of developments in the marketplace, find potential new businesses as well as market the company’s end-to-end solutions; Undertake such other roles as may be delegated by his/her supervisor & Develop financial models -estimate financial value and impact of potential interventions to the Nigerian economy based on rigorous, logical and rational assumptions, engage in sensitization and enlightenment campaigns of cooperatives, stakeholders and organized groups and other assignments.

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Pastor Adeboye Leads Protest to End Killings in Nigeria

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Pastor Adeboye carrying placards

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.”

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