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VOLUNTEERING AND APPRENTICESHIP: THE WAY TO GO

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By Engr. Opeseyi Opebiyi

Engr. Seyi

Since our educational system keeps churning out graduates yearly who obviously do not have the requisite skills to get absorbed into the main stream of their chosen professions (or vocations), I believe it is high time we rethink the attitude to the age long idea of volunteering and apprenticeship.

In Nigeria of today, it’s almost impossible to employ a fresh graduate and find any direct input or value they bring to the organization. There is always the need to train and induct them to the workings of the organization to kick start their career and this ultimately results in some sort of downtime on productivity as time that should be spent working is spent holding their hands and guiding them.

Inculcating the values of volunteering and apprenticeship definitely would not be an easy task considering the impatience for fast money as currently demonstrated in our youths. However, all hope is not lost as I believe if government and NGOs can drive the initiative and highlight the benefits, we will achieve a lot.

 There is also the need to reorganize the SIWES program as currently constituted. SIWES should actually be the first work experience an undergraduate has and if more checks and incentives are introduced, it could be a launch pad for promising undergraduates who would be headhunted by organizations they observed their SIWES with.

Another very important issue is in the event we have youths ready to volunteer or undergo apprenticeship but with a dearth of organizations willing to accept them, what happens then? Should  there be incentives for organizations who accept volunteers?

I seriously believe there is a need to sensitize our organizations on the need to accept these youths and mentor them, firstly as part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR) and two as a means of getting the best hands.

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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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