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ICPC Recovered, Restrained N166.5 Billion Assets In Two And Half Years – Mid Term Report

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ICPC Recovered, Restrained N166.5 Billion Assets In Two And Half Years – Mid Term Report

ICPC recovered/restrained N166.5bn Assets in Two and Half Years – Mid Term Report

Olushola Okunlade Writes

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has revealed that it recovered and restrained cash and assets valued at N166.51 billion from corrupt persons in the last two and half years.

This represents an increase of 378 percent over the assets recovery target of N44 billion under the Commission’s Strategic Plan 2019 – 2023.

This achievement is contained in the Commission’s Mid-Term Performance Report (2019 -June 2021) presented at the ICPC Board and Management retreat held in Abuja recently.

Recovery of proceeds of corruption through seizures and forfeiture of assets is an enforcement activity of the ICPC.

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According to the Mid-Term Performance Report, assets worth N81.23 billion were seized and recovered in 2019; N82.57 billion in 2020, and N2.71 billion between January and June 2021.

The recovered assets include houses, vehicles, electronics, jewelry, clothing and accessories, plots of land, and farms.

ICPC Recovered, Restrained N166.5 Billion Assets In Two And Half Years – Mid Term Report
ICPC Recovered, Restrained N166.5 Billion Assets In Two And Half Years – Mid Term Report

The Chairman of ICPC, Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, SAN, commended the board, management, and staff for ensuring that the chain of the Commission remained strong.

He said, “Lead with fresh impetus from the front and not from behind. Be proactive in leadership, pull your weight and the effects will surely be seen. Be prudent with public funds and be firm with staff who are not adding value”.

While acknowledging efforts of the Commission in the fight against corruption, Prof. Owasanoye enjoined the management and staff not to rest on the achievements.

”We need to walk the talk. You know the problem and you have the solution so just implement it and produce results,” he stated.

In the Mid-Term Performance Report (2019 – June 2021), the Commission recorded an overall average performance of 134% which represents the weighted average of all targets.

The report further indicated that the anti-corruption agency had an impressive performance in some Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) such as corruption monitoring activities; the Ethics and Integrity Compliance Scorecard assessment of Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs); anti-corruption activities undertaken by ICPC-supported CSO platforms; filing of cases in court; staff training and non-petition intelligence-led investigation.

Under its Constituency and Executive Projects Tracking Initiative, the ICPC tracked over 2,000 projects worth over N300 billion during the period under review.

In the same period, 326 contractors of abandoned projects across the six geo-political zones of the country were forced by the Commission to return to the site to complete projects amounting to N32.183 billion.

The Constituency and Executive Projects Tracking Initiative has aided improved service delivery and higher completion rates for funded projects in compliance with regulatory requirements as well as ensured value for money in the national budget under the present Administration.

The Commission’s Systems Study and Review of personnel and capital votes of MDAs resulted in savings of N261 billion to the government between 2019 and June 2021.

The government saved N89 billion in 2019, N147 billion in 2020, and N25 billion in 2021.

The report further showed that the Commission received 3,940 petitions between January 2019 and June 2021, out of which 1,045 investigations were concluded. It also concluded 119 non-petition intelligence-led investigations during the period.

While the Commission filed 200 cases in court, it however secured 56 convictions during the period under review.

Apart from the notable gains in the enforcement mandate of the Commission, ICPC made giant strides in the areas of sensitization of the public on and against corruption, staff training, and inter-agency partnerships.

The mid-term report showed that ICPC successfully conducted a total of 1492 sensitization sessions across government agencies and other anti-corruption stakeholders within the two and half years of the report.

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MultiChoice is once again searching for 20 aspiring film and TV content creators to be part of the Class of 2023.

Think you’re made for film and TV? Then apply to join the MultiChoice Talent Factory Academy Class of 2023!

Olushola Okunlade Writes

MultiChoice is once again searching for 20 aspiring film and TV content creators to be part of the Class of 2023.

Now approaching its fifth year, the MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF) Academy is excited to once again call for applications for its world-class film and TV training programme which kicks off in October this year! 

The call is open to all emerging filmmakers with either some industry experience or a relevant post-school qualification, to apply for this exciting opportunity to hone their television and film production skills. Our curriculum combines film studies such as directing, sound design, and the business of the film to name a few, with workplace experience in Africa Magic and SuperSport’s top productions.

The 12-month fully-funded program is open to candidates from Nigeria and Ghana for the West Africa Academy which is based in Lagos, Nigeria.

MultiChoice is once again searching for 20 aspiring film and TV content creators to be part of the Class of 2023.

“This couldn’t be a more exciting opportunity for African film and TV content creators,” says West Africa hub Academy Director, Atinuke Babatunde. “There are so many stories on our continent that need to be told and documented with a sense of skill and passion that only a programme such as the MTF Academy can train young people to do. I can’t wait to be a part of this journey,” she adds. Alongside her expert track record with M-Net through Africa Magic since 2014, Babatunde will lead the Class of 2023 with her over 20 years of experience.

In addition to the hands-on training that all students will receive as part of the programme, they will also get enhanced training experience from the Academy’s partnerships, which include the New York Film Academy (NYFA), the Henley Business School, Dolby and Canon, among others. Previous cohorts have also worked on United Nations’ Verified campaign, and pitched projects to Partners Against Piracy (PAP) and Creative Development on a climate change campaign. 

Think you’ve got what it takes? Then visit https://multichoicetalentfactory.com/ to find out more! Applications will be open from Monday, 9th May and close on Friday, 3rd June 2022, and have to be completed on https://cte.multichoicetalentfactory.com/ 

Applications made outside of this website will not be considered. 

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FRCN, NTA, DAAR, ASO Radio/TV Endorse The Nigerian Broadcasting Awards

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FRCN, NTA, DAAR, ASO Radio/TV Endorse The Nigerian Broadcasting Awards

Olushola Okunlade Writes

Four major broadcast media establishments have endorsed The Nigerian Broadcasting Awards (TNBA) scheduled to hold in October 2022.

This was disclosed in a statement issued on Thursday by the Awards Steering Committee, whose members paid courtesy visits to the offices of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), DAAR Communications, owners of African Independent Television/Ray Power FM; and Abuja Broadcasting Corporation, operators of ASO Radio and Television in Abuja.

The awards are being organized by the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) to recognize and reward excellence in the industry. At the FRCN, the BON delegation, led by Mr.Bayo Awosemo of Arise News, was received by Dr. Mansur Liman, the Director-General.

Speaking during the visit, Awosemo requested FRCN to support BON in its bid to deliver a high-caliber awards ceremony to celebrate professional accomplishments in the Nigerian broadcasting industry.

Responding, Liman, who is also the Vice-chairman of BON, commended the decision to celebrate stellar broadcasting industry professionals whose talents, for long, have not been formally recognized and rewarded. “The awards will recognize and reward the talents that abound in the Nigerian broadcasting industry, spur them to be better, and inspire up and coming professionals to excel in the knowledge that they will someday be recognized and celebrated,” said Liman.

At the NTA, members of the committee were received by the Director-General, Mallam Yakubu Ibn-Mohammed, who described The Nigerian Broadcasting Awards as an intervention necessary to raise practice standards in the industry. “We are delighted that this intervention is coming at this time. It is one that will bring about enormous professional improvement in the Nigerian broadcasting space,” said Ibn Mohammed.

The NTA Director-General also promised to ensure that the event is a successful one by putting the resources of the NTA at the disposal of the Steering Committee.

Earlier in the day, High Chief Tony Akiotu, Group Managing Director of DAAR Communications, delivered his organisation’s endorsement of the awards in addition to advising the BON delegation on the need to recognize and reward broadcasting superstars of yesteryears just as the current crop will be recognized. 

“Broadcasting in Nigeria has come a very long way and broadcasters have made a lot of sacrifices. It is time we started celebrating broadcasters for their sacrifices. While it is important to celebrate those who are currently excelling, it is equally important to celebrate those who excelled in the past,” Akiotu noted. 

Managing Director of Abuja Broadcasting Corporation, Mallam Ibrahim Damisa, also made the same appeal as his DAAR Communications counterpart. He enjoined the delegation to remember the sacrifices of previous stars of the industry. “We need to remember the sacrifices of our heroes past, some of whom are no longer with us but whose works we should never forget. The awards, which represent rewards for excellence, will lead to growth in the Nigerian broadcasting sector as excellence rewarded usually leads to more excellence,” he said.

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Lagos First Lady To Lead War Against Drug Abuse In Schools, Communities

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Lagos First Lady To Lead War Against Drug Abuse In Schools, Communities

…Holds Strategic Meeting With NDLEA, Other Stakeholders

Olushola Okunlade Writes

Lagos State First Lady, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu has pledged to work with the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and other critical stakeholders to reinvigorate the war against drug abuse especially in schools and in communities across the state.

The First Lady spoke on Wednesday at a strategic meeting held at Lagos House, Ikeja with the NDLEA and other critical stakeholders including the Wife of the Deputy Governor, Mrs. Oluremi Hamzat, senior officials of the Ministries of Education, Health, Youths, and Social Development, wives of Local Government Chairmen, Police Officers Wives Association (POWA), school principals, market women and the Medical Director of the Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Yaba, Dr. Gbenga Owoeye.

According to her, drug addiction especially among the youths had become a worrisome menace in society that no one could pretend about its existence.

Lagos First Lady To Lead War Against Drug Abuse In Schools, Communities.
Left-Right: Wife of Lagos State Deputy Governor, Mrs. Oluremi Hamzat; First Lady, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu; and State Commander, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Commander of NDLEA, Barr. Callys Alumona, during a stakeholders’ meeting convened by the First Lady to advance the war against drug abuse, held at Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Wednesday, May 11, 2022.
Lagos First Lady To Lead War Against Drug Abuse In Schools, Communities
Left-Right: Deputy State Commander, Drug Demand Reduction, NDLEA, Mrs. Chinyerem Eziaghighala; Wife of Lagos State Deputy Governor, Mrs. Oluremi Hamzat; First Lady, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu; and State Commander, NDLEA, Barr. Callys Alumona, during a stakeholders’ meeting convened by the First Lady to advance the war against drug abuse, held at Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Wednesday, May 11, 2022.

“The earlier we begin to tackle the daunting challenge, the better for our youths, ourselves, and the social health of our society. This strategic meeting is aimed at putting the menace of drug abuse and associated social vices on the front burner.

“We are truly and deeply concerned about the increase in the rate at which the younger ones are now getting addicted to illicit drugs, a development that brought about the need for all relevant stakeholders to embark on a campaign to fight the menace and enlighten victims on the dangers inherent in such lifestyle both now and in the future,” the First Lady said.

She added that the time was ripe for real action to tackle the war against drug abuse, and not just mere rhetoric, adding that in the coming weeks, she would be leading a series of initiatives to advance the fight against the menace in schools and in communities across the state.

“At the level of the Nigerian Governors’ Wives Forum (NGWF), we are all concerned about this and we have resolved in our respective states to frontally confront the menace, looking at it from a holistic point of view.

“We have to be proactive and connect with the schools, the religious bodies, community leaders and associations, and others to cascade the message to all segments and sectors of the state,” she said.

On his part, Commander of NDLEA, Lagos State Command, Barr. Callys Alumona commended the First Lady for convening the meeting of relevant stakeholders to advance the War Against Drug Abuse (WADA), just as he said that something urgent must be done to prevent the state from becoming a gateway for illicit and dangerous drugs, both within and outside Nigeria.  

He also urged the First Lady to organize a training workshop for women in government who are mothers themselves, as well as political and social leaders, to enable them to have a better understanding of the consequences of drug abuse and the signs to note when a child is engaging in drug abuse or illicit dealing in drugs. 

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