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LCCI Celebrates International Women’s Day, Calls For Critical Policy, And Social Reforms For Gender Equality

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ASIWAJU (DR) MICHAEL OLAWALE COLE, CON PRESIDENT, LAGOS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & INDUSTRY (LCCI).

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The Lagos Chamber of Commerce & Industry (LCCI), a gender-sensitive organization has congratulated women all over the world on this year’s International Women’s Day celebrations today, 8th of March 2022. 

The theme of this year’s edition, “Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow” provides us an opportunity to join voices with people around the world and shout our message for equal rights and that “Women’s rights are human rights!” This year’s theme is all about recognizing and amplifying the important role women and girls around the world play in addressing climate change for a more sustainable future.

ASIWAJU (DR) MICHAEL OLAWALE COLE, CON PRESIDENT, LAGOS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & INDUSTRY (LCCI).
ASIWAJU (DR) MICHAEL OLAWALE COLE, CON PRESIDENT, LAGOS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & INDUSTRY (LCCI).

Beyond the speeches and celebrations that mark the annual International Women’s Day, we use this medium to call for critical policy and social reforms that put gender equality and sustainability at the center of governance, politics, and international affairs. Women should be given equal access to resources for them to add more value to society. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) revealed that if women farmers had equal access to productive resources, their farm yields would increase by 20 to 30 percent. This could provide enough food to keep 100 to 150 million people from hunger and thereby reducing global hunger to 17 percent.

At all levels of government, women’s representation and leadership appear to drive better performance and more sensitivity to environmental outcomes. At the local level, women’s participation in managing natural resources has led to more equitable and inclusive resource management and better conservation outcomes in Nigeria. In public service, women have proved to be less corrupt than their men folks who have been in the news for the wrong reasons.

The Lagos Chamber of Commerce & Industry, a gender-sensitive organization is pleased to congratulate women all over the world on this year’s International Women’s Day celebrations today, 8th of March 2022. The theme of this year’s edition, “Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow” provides us an opportunity to join voices with people around the world and shout our message for equal rights and that “Women’s rights are human rights!” This year’s theme is all about recognizing and amplifying the important role women and girls around the world play in addressing climate change for a more sustainable future. Beyond the speeches and celebrations that mark the annual International Women’s Day, we use this medium to call for critical policy and social reforms that put gender equality and sustainability at the center of governance, politics, and international affairs. Women should be given equal access to resources for them to add more value to society. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) revealed that if women farmers had equal access to productive resources, their farm yields would increase by 20 to 30 percent. This could provide enough food to keep 100 to 150 million people from hunger and thereby reducing global hunger to 17 percent. At all levels of government, women’s representation and leadership appear to drive better performance and more sensitive to environmental outcomes. At the local level, women’s participation in managing natural resources has led to more equitable and inclusive resource management and better conservation outcomes in Nigeria. In public service, women have proved to be less corrupt than their men folks who have been in the news for the wrong reasons. In line with global trend, Nigerian women constitute nearly half of the population of the country. But despite the major roles they play with their population size, women roles in the society are yet to be given the recognition they deserve. This is due to some cultural stereotypes, abuse of religion, traditional practices, and patriarchal societal structures. In Nigeria, about 51 percent of women are involved in voting during elections. Despite this, women are still under-represented in both elective and appointive positions. The extant National Gender Policy (NGP) recommended 35% affirmative action and sought for a more inclusive representation of women with at least 35% of both elective political and appointive public service positions. Recently, both chambers of the National Assembly were presented with a “Bill for an Act to Alter the Provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to Provide for Special Seats for Women at the National and State Houses of Assembly”. It was saddening to see the Bill rejected by majority votes which has led to pockets of protests by women groups across the country. We urge the National Assembly to reconsider the rejected bills for a possible review and acceptance for inclusive governance. We commend the lawmakers for accepting the “Bill for an Act to Alter the Provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to Provide a Minimum Percentage for Women in Ministerial or Commissioner Nominees.” We urge the government to leverage this Bill passage to deliberately work toward the inclusion of women in governance as this would give Nigeria international recognition and relevance. Political parties should also be sensitive to the provisions of this Bill towards ensuring that deliberate steps are taken to include more women in the running of the parties and offer elective opportunities to women. Nigeria, being a signatory to many international treaties that support women in politics like the 35 percent affirmative action, should enact more local laws that support more women participation according to international provisions. ASIWAJU (DR) MICHAEL OLAWALE COLE, CON PRESIDENT, LAGOS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & INDUSTRY TUESDAY 8TH MARCH 2022

In line with the global trends, Nigerian women constitute nearly half of the population of the country. But despite the major roles they play with their population size, women’s roles in society are yet to be given the recognition they deserve. This is due to some cultural stereotypes, abuse of religion, traditional practices, and patriarchal societal structures. In Nigeria, about 51 percent of women are involved in voting during elections. Despite this, women are still under-represented in both elective and appointive positions. The extant National Gender Policy (NGP) recommended 35% affirmative action and sought for a more inclusive representation of women with at least 35% of both elective political and appointive public service positions.

Recently, both chambers of the National Assembly were presented with a “Bill for an Act to Alter the Provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to Provide for Special Seats for Women at the National and State Houses of Assembly”. It was saddening to see the Bill rejected by majority votes which have led to pockets of protests by women groups across the country. We urge the National Assembly to reconsider the rejected bills for a possible review and acceptance for inclusive governance.

We commend the lawmakers for accepting the “Bill for an Act to Alter the Provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to Provide a Minimum Percentage for Women in Ministerial or Commissioner Nominees.” We urge the government to leverage this Bill passage to deliberately work toward the inclusion of women in governance as this would give Nigeria international recognition and relevance. Political parties should also be sensitive to the provisions of this Bill towards ensuring that deliberate steps are taken to include more women in the running of the parties and offer elective opportunities to women.

Nigeria, being a signatory to many international treaties that support women in politics like the 35 percent affirmative action, should enact more local laws that support more women participation according to international provisions.

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LAPO Microfinance Bank Bags ITF Award

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LAPO Microfinance Bank Bags ITF Award

LAPO MfB Bags ITF Award

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LAPO Microfinance Bank Limited (LAPO MfB) emerges as the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) “Best Organization in training contributions” among other organizations in Edo State, Nigeria.

The award is in recognition of LAPO MfB’s prompt and consistent contributions to the ITF in 2021; an implicit indication of the microfinance bank’s unwavering support for human capital development.

In a press release, Barr. Faith Osazuwa-Ojo, Executive Director, Operations, representing Cynthia Ikponmwosa, Managing Director, LAPO MfB stated,  “The Management of LAPO MfB is delighted to receive this award from the ITF. The microfinance bank place premium on its people, this is reflective in the quality and value of investments made in Learning & Development. In the last decade, (2012-2021) over Four Billion Naira was expended on staff training.

LAPO Microfinance Bank Bags ITF Award
Left-Right: Amen Akenbor, Head HR, LAPO Microfinance Bank, Sir Joseph Ntung Ari, CEO, ITF, and Faith Osasuwa-Ojo, Executive Director, Operations, LAPO Microfinance Bank Limited.

The Tertiary Education Trust Funds (TETFUND) equally recognized LAPO Microfinance Bank as “The Most Supportive Bank” in 2021, a testament to the bank’s commitment to the development of the Education sector and human capital development.

LAPO Microfinance Bank Limited shall continue to invest in the development of its workforce and seek meaningful partnerships in furtherance of its vision of providing learning and developmental opportunities to Nigerians.

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Stanbic IBTC LATTES; Women Should Be Identify With Goals, And Achieving That Goals -David Borha

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Stanbic IBTC LATTES 2022 Edition

…Stanbic IBTC LATTES 2.0 – Rising Above Bias

…Women Should Not Be Too Dismissive – Sola David-Borha

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To reiterate its unwavering commitment to ensuring that women have all the support required to be the best version of themselves, Stanbic IBTC on Wednesday, May 18th, 2022 held a webinar aimed at encouraging women to excel in their careers and improving their social media presence in Nigeria.

The Stanbic IBTC Ladies At The Table Empowerment Series (LATTES) 2022 edition of the Ladies at the Table Empowerment Series (LATTES), themed ‘Rising above bias – excelling in your career and improving your social media presence was hosted by Ayo Mairo-Ese with the motive to inspire women to achieve their set goals.

Stanbic IBTC LATTES 2022 Edition
Bunmi Dayo Olagunju
Stanbic IBTC LATTES 2022 Edition
Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc Chairman, Mrs. Sola David Borha

Bunmi Dayo Olagunju in her opening remarks stated that Stanbic IBTC has adopted the theme for March 8 international women’s day ‘Break The Bias’ for today’s round table discussion, she said the reason is to the call for women’s opportunity is mostly around gender equality.

Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc Chairman, Mrs. Sola David Borha enlightened women by quoting Maya Angelou “Courage allows successful women fail and learn powerful lessons from failure so that in the end she didn’t fail at all’ across boards to embrace corporate governance and subject themselves to their organization’s policies in other to rise above bias in today’s world.

She stated that women must be respectful to whoever they are associating with either low class or high class, with the theme; “Rising Above Bias: Excelling in Career and Improving Your Personal Brand,” where she noted that when fear is conquered one rises above bias both in the private and public sector.

Sola David-Borha advised women to invest in any opportunity they have while continuing to engage all stakeholders and thinking about other people by using their position or office to intervene in other people’s lives.

According to her, women must learn to embrace tasks irrespective of their competence or skill by deliberating and accepting challenges in whatever professions they find themselves in. She maintained that her previous experiences pushed her to accept a role that would have literally passed her.

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Stanbic IBTC LATTES 2022 Edition
Stanbic IBTC LATTES 2022 Edition

Stanbic IBTC LATTES 2022 Edition
Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc Chairman, Mrs. Sola David Borha

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Industrial Growth: Dangote Tasks States On Investments Enablers

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INDUSTRIAL GROWTH: DANGOTE TASKS STATES ON INVESTMENTS ENABLERS

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President of the Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote has challenged state governments to consider as the topmost priority, the provision of enabling environment for investments as a potent means of attracting private sector operators to their state for investments.

The business mogul who was speaking on the sideline during the recently concluded Nasarawa economic summit in Lafia said there is no state in Nigeria that is not blessed with resources that could serve as the potential for industrial growth.

What the states should do, according to him, is to look inward and put in place economic policies that guarantee an environment that would be conducive for investments in the available resources in the states.

“When states provide enabling environment, it will incentivize the private sector to invest and it will be a win-win situation for both the state and the private sector”, he explained.

Dangote recalled how the enabling environment in Lagos had motivated private sector operators to move into the Lekki Free Trade Zone, Lagos to establish companies that are now adding value not only to the economy of the state but also to Nigeria in general.

In the same vein, he stated that such is the enabling environment situation in Nasarawa that made his Dangote Sugar Plc invest in multi-million dollar sugar business in the state.

Dangote reiterated his position earlier while speaking during the opening of the summit that various economic policies including the land reform put in place by the Nasarawa state government were necessary requirements for a state that is committed to promoting enabling socio-economic development, as well as improving the quality of lives of their citizenry.

Dangote commended the state governor Engr. Abdullahi Sule for providing the necessary enablers for the investment summit to achieve its goals. Such enablers, he said include, providing committed and focused leadership and a well-thought-out institutional framework that enables the creation of a sustainable conducive business and investment climate.

Dangote equally pointed out that it was not enough to develop a credible, comprehensive plan that identifies investment opportunities and projects but to back these up with supportive public policies and regulations that make these investment opportunities competitive.

“Here is the good news, I can say with confidence that Nasarawa State has in place all the three requirements that promise to guarantee the attainment of the goals of this summit.

“First, I can say, with all humility, that the state has the lead with the vision and commitment to achieve it,” he said while describing the Nasarawa governor, Engr. Abdullahi Sule was one of the visionary leaders that made the success of the Dangote Group possible.

“As the GMD then of Dangote Sugar Plc, he has proven this by positioning Dangote Sugar in the top tier of stock in the Nigerian Stock Exchange as the leading sugar company in Nigeria and also Africa,” Dangote stated.

Also speaking, former president of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama, in his keynote address shared some key thoughts on how Nasarawa State can proceed, with the benefit of hindsight, with its investment plan and implementation milestones.

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