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Zulum, Sanwo-Olu, Emmanuel emerge ‘The Industry Governors of the Year’

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The Industry Newspapers, organisers of The Industry Summit/Awards, formerly The Industry Evening Summit, has announced Governor of Borno State, Prof, Babagana Zulum, Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Udom Emmanuel as The Industry Governor of the Year- Overall, Job Creation and Infrastructure respectively.

The Industry Awards team of assessors led by the Leadership Newspaper, South West General Manager,  Chima Akwaja also named the Central Bank of Nigeria Governor,  Godwin Emefiele, Chairman, Troyka Holdings- Dr. Biodun Shobanjo, Chief Executive Officer of Fidelity Bank Plc-  Nneka Onyeali-Ikpe, as Regulatory Officer of the Year, Doyen of Advertising in Africa, Banker of the Year respectively.

According to  Akwaja, the decision was reached after the team of assessors of The Industry Summit/Awards had painstakingly reviewed the impact of governance by these Governors in Nigeria on their states and finally settled on these three governors.

The award will be conferred on all the recipients, during this year’s edition of The Industry Summit/Awards. This year’s event which is in its third edition, with the theme: “Financial inclusion, digital payment and the challenges of banking the unbanked” is scheduled to be held at the Banquet Hall of Sheraton Hotel & Tower, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria on 26th of April, 2022 starting with the Summit by 10am and Dinner/Awards ceremony by 6pm.

In a statement made available to newsmen recently in Lagos, the convener of the Summit, and the Editor-in-chief of The Industry Newspapers,  Goddie Ofose revealed that, “the event is envisioned to bring together leaders of thoughts in Nigerian business landscape in order to rev up conversations that would deepen financial inclusion and proffer solution to the challenges of banking the unbanked.

According to him, Nigerians who have access to financial services are reported as having a lack of basic resources and the financial knowledge necessary to carry out transactions, stressing that, lack of education around financial services has likely contributed to low financial inclusion.

He pointed out that, “in a quest to extend financial services to the unbanked, particularly those in remote and rural regions, it is critical that we engender conversation about the viability of agents. Agents are retail storefront operators representing financial services providers with the delivery of financial services.”

“According to EFinA’s 2018 Access to Finance Survey, financial exclusion is highest in rural areas. This is because the traditional model of delivering financial services —  the bank branch — is not sustainable in these areas.” He noted.

He also stated that, the Keynote Speaker for this year’s event is the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Dr. Godwin Emefiele, while CEO Financial Institution Training Centre (FITC),  Chizor Malize will deliver a lead paper.

The year panel is consisted of Chioma Afe, Group Head, Retail Marketing & Analytic, Access Bank Plc, Cherry Eromosele, Group Chief Marketing & Corporate Communications Officer, Interswitch Nigeria, Chuma Ezirim, Group Executive, e-Business & Retail Products, FirstBank,  Kenny Joda, CEO, FibreOne,  Bola Atta, Group Director for Communication, UBA Plc, David Okeme, Divisional Head Payment Solutions & Vertical Market Systemspecs, Olugbenga Agboola, CEO Flutterwave,   Oti Ukubeyinje, Senior Vice President, Products and Product Marketing, Terragon Babs Ogundeyi, CEO Kuda Microfinance Bank.

The Moderator for the session is Alhaji Mojeed Jamiu, seasoned financial journalist/publisher of Upshot Reports.

Also, the Awards ceremony will witness conferment of awards on six first ladies from each geopolitical zone with best PET projects, among others.

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Ogun APC stakeholders reject endorsement of Lagos senator, Yayi

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A select stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ogun State have rejected an alleged plan to hand over the party’s Ogun West senatorial ticket for next election to Senator Solomon Adeola, alias Yayi, whom they described as a “foreigner.

Reacting to the recent endorsement of the senatorial ambition of Yayi, senator representing Lagos West Senator, who recently switched to Ogun State, by some politicians in the region, the leaders insisted that the senatorial seat “is not for sale.”

They also insisted that Yayi “is not an indigene of the state.”

The meeting tagged, “Preserving the Integrity of Ogun West Senatorial District,” attracted former commissioners, local government chairmen and members of the state House of Assembly from the region.

The APC leaders, in their separate remarks, described Adeola’s ambition as an aberration and illegal.

They also ruled out alleged endorsement of Senator Adeola as the flag bearer of the APC by some leaders of Ogun West, insisting that such position didn’t represent the collective interest of the region.

A former Chairman of Yewa South Local Government, Jimoh Akinlade, called on the leadership of the party to address the concern before it “leads to an embarrassment for the party.”

Akinlade said, “They should try to review what is going on in Ogun West Senatorial District, if they fail to do this, there is a doom ahead somehow. We love the party, we love what the governor is doing, we don’t want any embarrassment for the governor, hence, they do the right thing.”

In a communique issued after the meeting, the elders resolved that leaders and party stakeholders in the region have neither endorsed nor ceded the APC senatorial ticket to Senator Adeola.

“We condemn in totality the attempt by the serving Senator representing Lagos West Senatorial District, Olamilekan Solomon Adeola, known as Yayi, to jump ship and seek the mandate of Ogun West Senatorial district while still holding on the one he currently occupies; a blatant illegality of the most despicable order.

“We must reiterate that Ogun West is arrayed with patriotic and morally upright leaders who will not betray their fatherland by supporting illegality and assault on the land.

“Distinguished Senator Ayo Otegbola, Senator Akin Odunsi, Senator Kola Bajomo, Senator Gbolahan Dada, Senator Iyabo Anisulowo, Jimoh Olaifa, Kola Lawal, Prince Gboyega Nasir Isiaka, Hon Biodun Akinlade, Chief Biyi Otegbeye, Hon Salmon Adeleke and Chief Mrs Mary Ogunjobi and Mr Tope Kuyebi are notable names among several others, who are not part of the evil plot to foist the Lagos Senator on Ogun West.

“We, therefore, use this medium to reinforce the indisputable fact that the genuine elders, leaders and stakeholders of Ogun West APC are not in support of the illegal move, and neither have we endorsed anyone for the Senate seat of our senatorial district, talk more of Senator Olamilekan Adeola — who by clear provisions of the constitution and the electoral act is not qualified to contest elections in Ogun State; and anyone or group that has done so, is speaking for themselves and not for Ogun West.

“Finally, we call on the National Working Committee (NWC) of our party, under the leadership of HE Senator Abdullahi Adamu and HE Prince Dapo Abiodun to intervene and halt the illegality being perpetrated in Ogun State. We like to also urge them to use their good offices to implement the admonition of the leader of our party, President Muhammadu Buhari, who said that the processes of the party and the tickets of offices must not be allocated to moneybags and the highest bidder.”

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Fr Mbaka has not named next Enugu governor — Adoration Ministry

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Adoration Ministry Enugu Nigeria (AMEN) has refuted reports that Reverend Father Ejike Mbaka has named who will be the next governor of Enugu State.

According to a press statement issued on Thursday and made available to newsmen by the spokesperson for AMEN, Maximus Ikechukwu Ugwuoke, the ministry stated that “Our attention has been drawn to a report in a section of the media that Reverend Father Mbaka, the Spiritual Director of Adoration Ministry Enugu has revealed a governorship aspirant in Enugu as the next governor of the state and has canvassed support for a governorship candidate under a certain political party.

“We make bold to refute the said report as it is false, misleading and ill-conceived.”

Explaining further, Ugwuoke averred that “To put the records straight, Fr Mbaka during his last Sunday mass in his characteristic passion for the good of the state and the country, prayed God to guide the governor of the state His Excellency Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and give him the wisdom to choose a successor that will build industries, create employment for the youths and care for the Enugu State indigenes and those residing in the state. 

“He enjoined the worshippers to pray that the next governor of the state shall be a man after God’s heart and not “a killer”, “a wicked person”, nor someone with “I don’t care personality”.

“Never at any point during the said prayer did Fr Mbaka mention any preferred candidate nor enjoined the governor to consider the candidature of any named governorship hopeful.”

The statement contended that “The satanic antics of the author of this report is to ridicule the name of Father Mbaka if their said named candidate fails to be the next governor of the state. We recall that these same antics were used by the same mischief makers during the last Anambra State gubernatorial election. For this reason, the legal team of the ministry has been detailed to trace the source of this mendacious report and make the authors and the publishers scapegoats.”

The ministry warned desperate politicians and their agents to steer clear of Fr Mbaka and his ministry.

“As the 2023 general election approaches, we are warning politicians and their supporters to stay clear of Fr Mbaka’s name and the name of  Adoration Ministry in their political propaganda. 

Fr Mbaka does not speak carelessly or out of his own volition on issues of such nature. He only speaks when the Holy Spirit propels him to speak. And the same Holy Spirit has always vindicated him,” the statement concluded.

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