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elev8 Inaugurates Qatar Digital Center Of Excellence In Collaboration With Microsoft And The MCIT

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The initiative seeks to create a highly qualified and competitive workforce for a fast-growing, diversified, technologically advanced economy.

elev8 consolidates its operation in the Middle East with a modern campus for training in new technologies

elev8, the world leader in digital training initiatives, recently launched the Digital Center of Excellence in Doha, Qatar, together with the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and Microsoft, to accelerate sustainable human development and digital transformation in line with the National Vision of Qatar 2030.

It is a modern training center, the first of its kind in Qatar and the region, located in Msheireb Downtown Doha, joining the global expansion of elev8, which currently operates in Nigeria and Costa Rica. The event was held a few days ago under the auspices of His Excellency Mr. Mohammed bin Ali bin Mohammed Al Mannai, Minister of Communications and Information Technologies, and a high representation of government officials and private sector executives.

The initiative seeks to create a highly qualified and competitive workforce for a fast-growing, diversified, technologically advanced economy. The center is expected to play a vital role in building the talent pool that will help accelerate the digital transformation of government institutions and private sector companies.

elev8 Inaugurates Qatar Digital Center Of Excellence In Collaboration With Microsoft And The MCIT

“A digital transformation is no longer an option; Qatar must improve its competitiveness at a regional and global level. Our wise leadership realized this many years ago. It has managed to achieve significant milestones in reducing the digital skills gap by launching many partnerships and initiatives, the most important of which is the Digital Center of Excellence, established with our partners Microsoft and elev8. These efforts are vital to ensure that more people in Qatar have the advanced digital skills necessary to enable an open and flexible economic environment, capable of competing in a changing world and building a knowledge economy based on research, development, innovation, and excellence in entrepreneurship,” said H.E. Mohammed bin Ali bin Mohammed al-Mannai, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, during his opening speech.

María Balbás, President of elev8, said that the partnership with Microsoft and the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology marks a crucial moment in Qatar’s digital transformation journey to create a highly-skilled workforce with essential digital skills for success in the fourth industrial revolution.

“elev8 supports a culture of lifelong learning and fosters curiosity and a passion for learning. We adopt an innovative approach, applying the elev8 active learning methodology so that students acquire knowledge through practical experiences and real-life scenarios. The Digital Center of Excellence will equip the inhabitants of Qatar with the necessary skills in cutting-edge technologies for a new digital world, whether they are students, professionals, or business leaders,” she explained.

Mrs. Lana Khalaf, CEO of Microsoft Qatar, concluded that the official launch of the Digital Center of Excellence is an essential milestone in the technology company’s current partnership with the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology. “Our efforts represent our joint commitment to unlocking opportunities for the people of Qatar in the digital age by developing the technical skills of students as well as those already in the workforce,” she explained.

As part of this collaboration, more than 13,000 people in Qatar have received training and certification in various functions and audiences in just 18 months. Students, teachers, computer professionals, developers, and business leaders.

The Digital Center of Excellence aims to develop the technical skills of students and workers. Through role-based and globally recognized training pathways, the center offers individuals and organizations a professional advantage by providing a range of training and certifications that train, enhance, and retrain current professionals, developers, business leaders, and students in advanced technologies such as cloud computing, artificial intelligence (AI), and cybersecurity.

The opening of the Digital Center of Excellence comes ahead of the commissioning of a new Microsoft Cloud data center in the Qatar region, which will feature enterprise-grade cloud services, combined with data residency, security, and the broadest compliance for organizations and companies in Qatar.

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FBNHoldings Wins Two Awards At Nigerian Investor Value Awards

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FBNHoldings Wins "Best Performing Stock And Best Stakeholders’ Communications Of The Year" At NIVA Awards 2022

Best Performing Stock

Best Stakeholders’ Communications of the Year

Olushola Okunlade Writes

Nigeria’s leading financial services group and holding company, FBN Holdings Plc, has won two awards at the Year 2022 Nigerian Investor Value Awards (NIVA). The prestigious event, which was held last Saturday at the Lagos Continental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos was organised by BusinessDay, in collaboration with the Nigerian Exchange Limited.

The first award was in the Best Performing Stock, among the bank holding companies category. The statement from the organisers read that, FBNHoldings within the period under review, had the best share price performance with a capital gain of 59.44% and a total return of 65.73%. 

Best Stakeholders’ Communications of the Year was the second award. According to the organisers, the consideration for the award was predicated on the fact that ‘FBNHoldings has a high quality, information-rich annual report, timely quarterly results communication, and a comprehensive investor relations website.’ 

FBNHoldings Wins "Best Performing Stock And Best Stakeholders’ Communications Of The Year" At NIVA Awards 2022
Left-Right: FBNHoldings Plc’s team at the event, Bode Oguntoke, Head, Internal Audit, FBNH, Opeyemi Okojie, Head, Strategy & Corporate Development, FBNH, Wale Ariyibi, Chief Financial Officer, FBNH receiving the award from Jude Chiemeka, Divisional Head, Capital Markets, Nigerian Exchange Limited, Ogho Okiti, MD/CEO BusinessDay Newspaper, and Simisola Salami, Team Lead, Communications & Shareholders Engagement, Investor Relations FBNHoldings Plc at the year 2022 Nigerian Investor Value Awards which held at Lagos Continental Hotel, Kofo Abayomi Street, Lagos last Saturday.

Commenting on the awards, the FBNHoldings Group Managing Director, Nnamdi Okonkwo said; “we are delighted to have been recognised for the high returns the share price of our great institution provided to our shareholders and investors in the year. This remains consistent with our focus of enhancing shareholder value”. Adding further, Okonkwo posited that “winning the second award on stakeholders’ communication demonstrates the quality of our disclosure, the excellent relationship with our stakeholders and the strong Investor relations practice. This epitomises the value our Group brings across engagements with our various stakeholders, which helps to make ours, the brand of the first choice”.

The NIVA Awards are being held for the second year in a row. It was formerly the Top 25 CEOs Awards which was held for over eight years. These latest awards are coming on the back of the recent International Finance awards where FBNHoldings won two awards, Best Investor Relations – Banking – Nigeria and Most Diversified Financial Portfolio Services – Nigeria.

Know More About FBN Holdings Plc: FBN Holdings Plc. is the non-operating financial holding company of one of the largest banking and financial services organisations in Africa. A truly diversified financial services group that offers a broad range of products and services, including commercial banking, merchant banking, and asset management and insurance to millions of customers. FBNHoldings oversees business groups that collaborate to deliver innovative financial solutions.

The bank and the non-bank subsidiaries of the holding company operating in Nigeria, as well as through overseas branches, subsidiaries, and representative offices across the world. The companies in the FBNHoldings Group include; First Bank of Nigeria Limited (FirstBank), a commercial bank with operations in 10 countries; the Merchant Banking and Asset Management business of FBNHoldings, which comprises FBNQuest Merchant Bank Limited, FBNQuest Capital Limited, FBNQuest Trustees Limited, FBNQuest Asset Management Limited, FBNQuest Funds Limited, and FBNQuest Securities Limited.

In the Insurance business line, the 20-year-old Insurance broking Company, FBN Insurance Brokers Limited is a subsidiary of the FBN Holdings Plc offering broking and advisory services to the Group’s captive businesses and other clients.          

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Alliance For Youth Nigeria Equips Youth Across The Country For Employment

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…Alliance for Youth Nigeria is investing in young Nigerians, equipping
them with the right skills, and information to thrive and succeed in the world of work – Uwadoka

Olushola Okunlade Writes 

Alliance for Youth Nigeria equips youth across the country for employment

Over 200 fresh graduates across Nigeria have received employability skills training facilitated by the Alliance for Youth Nigeria. The training comprised Building Winning Resumes, Career Positioning, Personal Brand Marketing, Personal Effectiveness, Time
Management, and Starting the Career Journey among others.

In addition, the best performers will benefit from internship and mentoring opportunities in the six companies that form part of the Alliance. At the end of the training, some participants of the training also had the unique opportunity of partaking in job interviews and placements, progressing on their career journeys.

Alliance For Youth Nigeria Equips Youth Across The Country For Employment
Left-Right: Mrs. Omomene Odike, CEO, U-Connect Human Resources Limited Edidiong Peters, Public Affairs Specialist, Nestlé Nigeria PLC Victoria Uwadoka, Corporate Communications, and Public Affairs Manager, Nestlé Nigeria PLC; Second Row Left-Right: Oyinlola Lawal, Youth Engagement Analyst, Jobberman Nigeria Damilola Odubanjo, Learning, and Development Associate, Jobberman Nigeria Olugbenga Alabi, Category and Marketing Manager, Coffee, Nestlé Nigeria PLC Uche Aso, Head, Learning and Development, U-Connect Human Resources Limited Lanre Coleman, Head, Recruitment and Outsourcing, U-Connect Human Resources Limited.
Alliance For Youth Nigeria Equips Youth Across The Country For Employment

Launched in August 2021, the Alliance is a business-driven movement of organizations passionate about working together to help young people around the country get the necessary skills to thrive in the world of work. Members of the Alliance for Youth Nigeria include Nestlé Nigeria, Jobberman Nigeria, Sterling One Foundation, Big Bottling Company, the United Nations Global Compact Network Nigeria, and U-Connect HR Limited, with Lagos State Employment Trust Fund and Activate Success International as partner organizations.

The member and partner organizations have positioned themselves to invest in joint and individual projects to give young Nigerians meaningful work experience, internships, readiness-for-work training, and mentoring opportunities in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 8 – to promote sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all by 2030.

The employability skills training is one of the projects of the Alliance designed to meet the target of reaching more than 250,000 young Nigerians with employability and entrepreneurial skills to enable them to secure gainful employment or set up businesses of their own within 3 years. This objective, which was announced during the launch of the Alliance, is in line with their commitment to work together to address the challenges of youth unemployment in the country with the associated social and economic impact.

Alliance For Youth Nigeria Equips Youth Across The Country For Employment
Tosin Babasanya-Craig, Country Manager, Performance Fact Inc. facilitating one of the Alliance for Youth Nigeria sessions to equip youth across the country for employment.

Speaking at the opening session of the training, Victoria Uwadoka, Corporate Communications, and Public Affairs Manager, Nestlé Nigeria PLC said, “I am delighted that yet again, the Alliance for Youth Nigeria is investing in young Nigerians, equipping
them with the right skills and information to thrive and succeed in the world of work. At Nestlé, we believe that society cannot thrive if we fail to offer a future for the young generations. The Alliance will continue to work together with other stakeholders in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 8 in fulfilling the huge target we
have committed to and I encourage young people around the country to take advantage of the available opportunities”.

Also speaking at the training, Mrs. Omomene Odike, CEO U-Connect Human Resources Limited, congratulated the youth for their interest and dedication to achieving their career and business goals demonstrated by their participation in the training. She further highlighted the value-adding opportunity of job interviews and placements provided by her organization for participants of the training, urging them to take maximum advantage of the offer.

According to Innih Ikhide, Youth Engagement, and Learning Manager Jobberman Nigeria, “Jobberman is dedicated to creating increased pathways for young people to access dignified livelihoods for a better Nigeria”.

For Naomi Nwokolo, Executive Director, United Nations Global Compact Network Nigeria, “The active engagement of youth in sustainable development efforts is central to achieving sustainable, inclusive, and stable societies by the year 2030, and averting the worst threats and challenges to sustainable development, including the impacts of unemployment. The beneficiaries of the training have shown a willingness to improve their skills and attain professional development and are now more equipped for successful participation in job recruitment processes”.

On behalf of other participants, Adasa Okandiji, commended the member companies for the excellent upskilling platform provided to equip and better position young Nigerians for a productive career, now and in the future. She expressed her readiness and that of other participants, to fully utilize the value-adding information obtained in creating their desired future. She also called on youth across the country to be deliberate about seeking out and taking advantage of existing opportunities, particularly that provided by the Alliance.

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FBNHoldings Wins “Best Performing Stock And Best Stakeholders’ Communications Of The Year” At NIVA Awards 2022

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…FBNHoldings Plc Wins NIVA Awards

Olushola Okunlade Writes

FBNHoldings Plc has won two awards, Best Performing Stock and Best Stakeholders’ Communications of the Year at the 2022 Nigerian Investor Value Awards (“NIVA”) which was held at Lagos Continental Hotel, Lagos last Saturday, May 14th, 2022.

According to the organizers, “Best Performing Stock and Best Stakeholders’ Communications of the Year Award” was conferred on FBN Holdings Plc for proven the resilience of its business model, and recovery capacity across all verticals it participates in, and strategic opportunism in new growth areas.

This award is in recognition of the indelible contributions of FBNHoldings Plc and its subsidiaries to the economic growth of Nigeria, throughout its 128 years of existence; representing all that is enviable about the financial services industry in Nigeria, reinventing itself to transform into a digital bank with sprawling footprints across the country and Africa.

FBNHoldings Wins "Best Performing Stock And Best Stakeholders’ Communications Of The Year" At NIVA Awards 2022
Left-Right: FBNHoldings Plc’s team at the event, Bode Oguntoke, Head, Internal Audit, FBNH, Opeyemi Okojie, Head, Strategy & Corporate Development, FBNH, Wale Ariyibi, Chief Financial Officer, FBNH receiving the award from Jude Chiemeka, Divisional Head, Capital Markets, Nigerian Exchange Limited, Ogho Okiti, MD/CEO BusinessDay Newspaper, and Simisola Salami, Team Lead, Communications & Shareholders Engagement, Investor Relations FBNHoldings Plc at the year 2022 Nigerian Investor Value Awards which held at Lagos Continental Hotel, Kofo Abayomi Street, Lagos last Saturday.

FBN Holdings Plc has been providing exceptional services to its customers, bringing mainstream banking to Nigeria’s 774 LGAs. Through its Agent Banking Platform, they empower people and transform lives. Its shareholders remain key to its success story and every day it strives to deliver quality returns on its investment whilst strengthening the fundamentals of the business through smart investment in technology, our people, and process. As a business, it also prioritizes Nigeria’s Economic, Social, and Governance practices to ensure the sustainability of the environment.”

The company has won many awards for its portfolio.

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