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Sustainability Professionals Set To Host Seminar On Implementing SDG8 In Nigeria

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Association of Sustainability Professionals of Nigeria (ASPN).

…Theme; Implementing SDG 8 in Nigeria: What Role Should the Sustainability Profession Play?

Olushola Okunlade Writes

The Association of Sustainability Professionals of Nigeria (ASPN) is set to host a virtual seminar on “Implementing SDG 8 in Nigeria: What Role Should the Sustainability Profession Play?” to understand the role of sustainability in advancing the development of effective policies around SDG 8.

The Association of Sustainability Professionals of Nigeria (ASPN), a body of sustainability practitioners founded to develop the capacity of members and support Nigerian businesses towards actualising sustainable business growth while driving Nigeria’s sustainable development.

The virtual seminar will hold on Monday, November 29, 2021, from 10:00, am -12:00 noon. Participation at the seminar is free and will be drawn from the public, private, and development sectors.

To participate in the webinar, register via the link https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAsfu6qpjgrG9NhxW5i8eIqCmhOrFeaSgzM is required.

Unemployment and under-employment are major challenges faced by many developing countries such as Nigeria. As of the last quarter of 2020, the data from the Nigeria Bureau of Statistics put unemployment and youth unemployment rates at 33.3% and 53.4% respectively. Some direct outcomes of these two conditions are poor economic growth and poverty. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 8is the global ambition set to address inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all. The goal identifies that not only should jobs be created but they should be decent and capable of lifting people out of poverty.

Over the years, organisations have played a critical role in addressing issues related to SDG 8 such as employment, economic inclusion, non-discrimination, capacity building, availability of a skilled workforce, elimination of forced or compulsory labour. Organisations have created job opportunities, offered apprenticeship opportunities, mentored young entrepreneurs, initiated skills development programmes, put in place mechanisms to identify child and forced labour throughout its supply chains, and developed policy against unfair hiring and recruitment practices, amongst many interventions. There is no doubt that sustainability professionals have been at the centre of developing and implementing these interventions for organisations,

Therefore, sustainability professionals have been and will continue to be crucial in the achievement of the SDGs, and it is on this backdrop that the Association of Sustainability Professionals (ASPN) has decided to organise a seminar on Implementing SDG 8 in Nigeria: What Role Should the Sustainability Profession Play?

This high-level stakeholder engagement programme aims to unravel the issues and challenges faced by the sustainability profession and its professionals in the implementation of the SDGs within the context of SDG 8 in Nigeria. This is in direct alignment with the objective of ASPN to support and enhance the development of the sustainability profession and advance sustainable development in Nigeria. The workshop will also provide a compelling examination of the state of the profession in Nigeria. This will include, how the profession has contributed to the sustainability evolution both in the fiscal policy, regulatory and private sector spaces; the capabilities and competencies required by sustainability professionals for the growth of the profession; and the solutions that will transform the profession to have a broader sustainable socio-economic development role in the holistic implementation of the SDGs and within the context of SDG 8.

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Association of Sustainability Professionals of Nigeria (ASPN).

Speakers at the seminar will comprise of leading voices in the sustainability space such as Ismail Omamegbe, Director, Advocacy & Stakeholder Relations Directorate, ASPN; Professor Chris Ogbechie, Dean, Lagos Business School; Professor Kenneth Amaechi, Chair, Business, and Sustainable Development, University of Edinburgh; Rukaiya el-Rufai, Partner, Sustainability and Climate Change, PwC West Africa; AmarakoonBandara, Ph.D., Senior Economic Adviser, UNDP; Soromidayo George, Director, Corporate Affairs and Sustainable Business, Unilever, West Africa; Dr. Ndidi Nnoli-Edozien, Co-Chair, Private Sector Advisory Group on SDGs, Nigeria; Eunice Sampson, Director, Learning and Development Directorate, ASPN.

Participants at the seminar stand to benefit from the opportunity to identify ways of strengthening and developing the sustainability profession in Nigeria; contribute to an innovative transition that will have a significant impact in Nigeria by helping devise strategies for sustainable socio-economic development, inclusive growth, and decent work; be part of and network with a community of practice to shape, drive and support the sustainability agenda across different sectors

Additionally, the seminar participants will also be able to understand the challenges associated with Nigeria’s SDGs implementation journey, the fundamental linkage between SDG8 and other SDGs that are required to be taken into consideration in developing effective policies around SDG8, and understand the trend (evolution and current state) of the sustainability profession in Nigeria and the contribution of the profession to the sustainability agenda amongst others.

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Dangote-Led Flood Committee Commences Distribution Of N1.5bn Relief Items To Victims Nationwide 

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Dangote-Led Flood Committee Commences Distribution Of N1.5bn Relief Items To Victims Nationwide

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The Dangote-led Presidential Committee on Flood Relief and Rehabilitation (PCFRR), known as Dangote Flood Committee has commenced the distribution of relief materials, worth N1.5 billion to victims of flooding nationwide.  

The PCFRR, which was established by the Federal Government following the 2012 flooding, is co-chaired by Africa’s foremost industrialist Aliko Dangote, and Dr. Olisa Agbakoba.  

The flagging off ceremony for the relief materials distribution for this year started in Borno State and was conducted by the State Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum Tuesday in Maiduguri, Borno State capital. The Governor thanked the Dangote Flood Committee and promised that he will ensure that the items get to the victims.

Dangote-Led Flood Committee Commences Distribution Of N1.5bn Relief Items To Victims Nationwide
Left-Right: Assistant Secretary (PCFRR) Umar Musa Gulani, Who Represent the Chairman Presidential Committee On Flood Relief Rehabilitation (PCFRR) Aliko Dangote, Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Umar Zulum, Director General (NEMA) Ahmed Mustapha Habib, Representative of King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center, Al-Yousuf Abdulkarim, during the visit to the Governor office before the Flag Off ceremony for Distribution of Presidential Committee on Flood Relief Rehabilitation donated relief materials to Flood Victims in Borno State on Tuesday 6th December 2022 at NEMA Zonal Office, Maiduguri, Borno State.
Dangote-Led Flood Committee Commences Distribution Of N1.5bn Relief Items To Victims Nationwide
Left-Right: Assistant Secretary (PCFRR) Umar Musa Gulani, Who Represent the Chairman Presidential Committee On Flood Relief Rehabilitation (PCFRR) Aliko Dangote, Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Umar Zulum, Director General (NEMA) during the visit to the Governor office before the Flag Off ceremony for Distribution of Presidential Committee on Flood Relief Rehabilitation donated relief materials to Flood Victims in Borno State on Tuesday 6th December 2022 at NEMA Zonal Office, Maiduguri, Borno State

UNICEF revealed that the 2022 flood killed 600 people, displaced 1.3 million, and destroyed more than 82,000 homes in Nigeria, therefore making it the worst in decades.   

The Representative of the Dangote-led Presidential Committee on Flood Relief and Rehabilitation (PCFRR), Alhaji Umar Musa Gulani assured at the flagging off for the Northeast zone that the exercise would also be conducted in the other five geopolitical zones of the country.

Gulani said the items from the Committee have been officially handed over to the Borno State Government and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA). He said the exercise would be conducted across the six geo-political zones, beginning from the northeastern State of Borno.   

The breakdown of items donated includes 86 bags of rice, 34 bags of beans, 34 bags of maize, 34 bags of millet, 34 bags of Guinea Corn, 34 bags of Garri, 86 cartons of noodles, 86 cartons of spaghetti, 86 cartons of macaroni and 86 bags of sugar, and 857 bags of cement, among several food and non-food items.   

Gulani said over N10 billion has been expended by the committee to mitigate the effect of flooding since inception in 2012, adding that no fewer than 84 Hostels have been built for flood victims in 24 states of Nigeria. According to him: “This private sector-led project is highly commendable and it has been sustained in the past ten years. It is a selfless service from the private sector and Nigerians should appreciate their selfless service to humanity”

Director General of NEMA Alhaji Mustapha Habib Ahmed described the Committee’s intervention as a milestone for Nigeria in general, and flood victims in particular. “Responding to the humanitarian outcomes of this nature requires concerted effort,” the DG said and added that the donation by the Dangote Flood Committee would eventually be made available to flood victims across the affected states in Nigeria.   

Dangote-Led Flood Committee Commences Distribution Of N1.5bn Relief Items To Victims Nationwide
Left-Right: Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Umar Zulum, Director General (NEMA) Ahmed Mustapha Habib, Assistant Secretary (PCFRR) Umar Musa Gulani, Who Represent the of Chairman Presidential Committee On Flood Relief Rehabilitation (PCFRR) Aliko Dangote, at Flag Off ceremony for Distribution of Presidential Committee on Flood Relief Rehabilitation donated relief materials to Flood Victims in Borno State on Tuesday 6th December 2022 at NEMA Zonal Office, Maiduguri, Borno State
Dangote-Led Flood Committee Commences Distribution Of N1.5bn Relief Items To Victims Nationwide
Left-Right: Assistant Secretary (PCFRR) Umar Musa Gulani, Who Represent the Chairman Presidential Committee On Flood Relief Rehabilitation (PCFRR) Aliko Dangote, Director General (NEMA) Ahmed Mustapha Habib, Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Umar Zulum, at Flag Off ceremony for Distribution of Presidential Committee on Flood Relief Rehabilitation donated relief materials to Flood Victims in Borno State on Tuesday 6th December 2022 at NEMA Zonal Office, Maiduguri, Borno State.
Dangote-Led Flood Committee Commences Distribution Of N1.5bn Relief Items To Victims Nationwide
Left-Right: Assistant Secretary (PCFRR) Umar Musa Gulani, Who Represent the Chairman Presidential Committee On Flood Relief Rehabilitation (PCFRR) Aliko Dangote, Director General (NEMA) Ahmed Mustapha Habib, Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Umar Zulum, at Flag Off ceremony for Distribution of Presidential Committee on Flood Relief Rehabilitation donated relief materials to Flood Victims in Borno State on Tuesday 6th December 2022 at NEMA Zonal Office, Maiduguri, Borno State

Speaking on behalf of the victims, Khalifa El-Miskin said the victims were extremely appreciative of the gesture. 

It would be recalled that the Committee also recently, during the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, donated N1.5 billion to fight the virus. Announcing the donation, Dangote said it was imperative for well-meaning Nigerians to help the Federal Government in fighting the virus.

The Committee also recently provided N250 million as relief assistance to victims of the devastating floods in Benue State. Aside from the donation in Benue, the Dangote-led committee also revealed that it had also donated the sum of N150 million (in kind) to provide relief assistance to flood victims in Anambra State.

It also released the sum of N118 million to NEMA to augment the N1.6 billion released by the Federal Government for procurement of food and non-food relief materials in aid of the flood victims in the following 16 states: Abia, Akwa-Ibom, Bayelsa, Ebonyi, Edo, Ekiti, Enugu, Abuja FCT, Kebbi, Kwara, Lagos, Niger, Ondo, Oyo, Plateau, and Sokoto.

It would be recalled that the Committee at its inauguration by former President Goodluck Jonathan raised a whopping N11.35 billion for flood victims. Top on the list of donors at the event was Dangote and the Federal Government, who donated N2.5 billion each.

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Glo Holds Another Draw For Festival Of Joy Promo Winners In Warri

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Glo Holds Another Draw For Festival Of Joy Promo Winners In Warri

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In continuation of prize presentations in its ongoing Festival of Joy promo, Globacom has held another draw in Warri, Delta State, to select a new set of winners.

The exercise,  which was conducted at Gloworld on Sapele-Effunrun Road in Warri, was witnessed by a cross-section of the media and many Glo subscribers who were excited to see winners emerge right in their presence.  A few of them also joined the Glo team to pick the winners at different stages.

A Glo subscriber based in Warri, Mr. Lawrence Ikenga, who attended the event expressed satisfaction with the exercise, which according to him” is very transparent”.

Glo Holds Another Draw For Festival Of Joy Promo Winners In Warri
Glo Holds Another Draw For Festival Of Joy Promo Winners In Warri

Globacom confirmed that the lucky winners from the draw would receive their prizes, including a brand new Kia car, power-generating sets, sewing machines, and rechargeable fans, on Tuesday, December 6, 2022.

The company enjoined voice and data subscribers who desire to participate in the promo to dial *611# and keep recharging in order to be eligible to win the prizes on offer.

According to Globacom, “Subscribers who desire to become a Festival of Joy landlord, should make data subscription(s) of at least N20,000 during the promo period. Those who are interested in winning cars should make a monthly recharge of N10,000, while N5,000 monthly recharge is for power generators, N2,500 monthly recharge is for sewing machines and N500 weekly for rechargeable fans”.

20 units of three-bedroom houses, 24 brand new cars, 100 generators, 200 sewing machines, and 1,000 rechargeable fans are on offer in the customer loyalty-reward promo.

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“Wake Me Up From This Dream “- House Winner In Glo Festival Of Joy Promo

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"Wake Me Up From This Dream "- House Winner In Glo Festival Of Joy Promo

By Moninuola Sulaiman

For Chukwu Reuben Okorie, the good life has begun as he became a proud owner of a  three-bedroom house in one of the choice areas of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, courtesy of Globacom’s Festival of Joy promotion.

The 48-year-old businessman,  who hails from Bende Local Government area of Abia State, kept begging Glo staff at the presentation of the keys to the house to him on Friday “to please wake me up from this dream. This is too good to be true. This is too much for me to contain”.

Okorie, the third house winner to emerge in the Glo Festival of Joy promo, was beside himself with joy when the reality of his rare luck finally dawned on him.

“From one bedroom in the interior part of the city, Glo has made me a landlord of a whole three-bedroom apartment with a two-room bungalow in the Federal City Territory. It is only possible with Glo”, he gushed with joy.

"Wake Me Up From This Dream "- House Winner In Glo Festival Of Joy Promo

Regional  Manager, Globacom, North Central, Mr. Kazeem Kemi Kaka disclosed that the realization that shelter is one of the key needs in life fuelled the desire to help some of them own houses of their own through the promo.

20 such lucky landlords/landladies will eventually be made throughout the duration of the promo while 24 others will win Kia cars and other prizes including power generators, sewing machines, and rechargeable fans. 

"Wake Me Up From This Dream "- House Winner In Glo Festival Of Joy Promo

The Director General, National Council of Arts and Culture, Otunba Olusegun Runsewe who was Special Guest of Honour at the ceremony Runsewe noted that said the gesture from Globacom will stem the tide of crime in the nation.

“Globacom has consistently displayed concern for the plight of common Nigerians. We are proud of the company as well as its Chairman, Dr. Mike Adenuga Jnr.”, he added 

The Assistant Chief Administrative Officer of the National Lottery Regulatory Commission, Mrs. Mariam Imam who also witnessed the prize presentation ceremony said the commission was pleased with  Globacom’s transparency in the promo. 

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