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INEC Extends Continuous Voter Registration Till End Of July 2022



INEC Extends Continuous Voter Registration Till End Of July 2022

…after a meeting yesterday to review the suspension of CVR


Olushola Okunlade Writes

Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) met in an extraordinary session yesterday, Friday 15th July 2022, and discussed among other things, the suspension of the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR).

This followed the judgement delivered by the Federal High Court on Wednesday 13th July 2022 in which it dismissed the suit filed by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) which is seeking an extension of the exercise beyond 30th June 2022.

The Court has affirmed that INEC is at liberty to appoint a date of its choice to suspend the CVR, provided it is not later than 90 days before the date fixed for the General Election as provided in Sec. 9(6) of the Electoral Act 2022.

In compliance with the interim injunction of the Court pending the determination of the substantive suit, and in order to enable more Nigerians to register, the Commission continued with the CVR beyond 30th June 2022. For this reason, the CVR has already been extended beyond 30th June 2022 for a period of 15 days.

With the judgment of the Federal High Court, all legal encumbrances have now been removed. Accordingly, the Commission has taken the following decisions:

  1. The CVR is hereby extended for another two weeks until Sunday 31st July 2022, thereby bringing the total duration of the extension to 31 days (1st – 31st July 2022).
  2. The exercise has also been extended to eight hours daily from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm instead of the current duration of six hours (9:00 am – 3:00 pm) daily.
  3. The exercise is also extended to include weekends (Saturdays and Sundays) as against only weekdays.

We appreciate that the timeframe may be tight for many prospective registrants, but there is a lot that the Commission is required to do under the electoral legal framework in relation to voter registration and compilation of the register that will require time to accomplish. For instance, the Commission is required to:

  1. Clean-up of the register to remove multiple registrants using the Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS);
  2. Consolidate the national register of voters (existing voters and new registrants) and display the same on a polling Unit basis for each of the 8,809 Registration Areas (Wards) across the 774 Local Government Areas nationwide for public scrutiny. This lasts for a period of one week. On the basis of a new projection of 95 million voters, on the basis of 10 voters per page, the Commission has to print 9,500,000 pages for the display;
  3. Print millions of Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) for all fresh registrants and applicants for transfer and replacement of lost or damaged PVCs;
  4. Ensure that there is ample time for voters to collect their PVCs ahead of the 2023 General Election;
  5. Print the final register of voters in triplicate for the 2023 General Election involving a projected 28,500,000 pages for accreditation and display at 176,846 polling units for national elections (Presidential and National Assembly) on 25th February 2023 and State elections (Governorship and State Assembly) on 11th March 2023; and
  6. Make copies of the updated national register of voters available to political parties not later than 30 days to the date fixed for the General Election.
INEC Extends Continuous Voter Registration Till End Of July 2022

We appeal for the patience and understanding of all Nigerians as we conclude the exercise which will resume after the 2023 General Election.

We observed that following the continuation of the exercise beyond 30th June 2022, many of the registration centers recorded a low turnout of prospective registrants. With this two-week extension, we appeal to eligible citizens not to wait until the last few days before they inundate the centres again to register.

We appreciate the interest of Nigerians to register and participate in the electoral process and once again reiterate our commitment to credible and transparent elections. This can only be achieved with the support and cooperation of all Nigerians.

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Femi Omolade Private Schools Marks 27th Graduation Ceremony In Grand Style



…as parents, and guardians extol the school’s virtues

Olushola Okunlade Writes

Femi Omolade Private Schools has marked the 27th graduation ceremony in grand style leaving parents, friends, and passersby in amazing surprise.

Friday, August 12, 2022, will remain memorable in the annals of the pupils and students of Femi Omolade Private Schools, Ajasa Command in Agbado Oke-Odo Local Government Area of Lagos State anchored by Mr. Makanjuola Segun.

The event held at the school premises at 25/27 Ajasa-Command Road, White House Bus Stop, was kick-started with praise and worship by Mrs. Augustina, which was witnessed by parents/guardians, among others.

Music Students display their talents.
Graduating Pupils and Students of Femi Omolade Private Schools.
Left-Right: Miss Kafilat Moyinoluwa Sulaiman and Mrs. Agunpopo Olayinka dancing at the graduation ceremony on Friday.

Rev. Mother Ajiboye during ministration and prayer urged parents to be prayerful, monitor their wards, and children, be close to their children and avoid negative statements, especially in the face of social media influence. According to her, there is a need for parents to step up efforts in inculcating the right moral values in their children, as the school cannot do it alone.

She prayed for God’s grace to nurture the children into growing up to be notable citizens in society.

Hon. Adesola E. Ajiboye, Principal of Femi Omolade Private Schools.

In his graduation speech during the event, the Principal of Femi Omolade Private Schools, Mr. Adesola E. Ajiboye, remarked that the school, established years ago, has produced many notable citizens spread across the country and in the diaspora was the best to be established in the environment and one of the top private schools established in Ajasa Command.

Mr. Ajiboye, who also displayed medals of different categories won by his pupils at various competitions (including Mathematics and sports competitions), also urged the graduating pupils, as well as college students in the schools, to aspire for the best in life, and assured that the school would do it’s best to ensure that the enviable standard set by the school’s founders is sustained.

He also commended the effort of the Lagos State government in providing a good road network linking the school to the urban places within the state.

He urged the government to provide adequate power supply, and an effective security network, among other social amenities, as factors that will enhance both private and public schools’ growth and proper development.

Igbo cultural dancers

While assuring that he would use his wealth of experience to make the schools one of the best in academic, sports, and vocational studies, Ajiboye further appealed to the government, Parents, NGOs, and well-to-do individuals to encourage Femi Omolade Private Schools pupils and students to achieve it set goals, by awarding a scholarship to indigent ones.

Speaking to BusinessEcho Magazine, Mrs. Osowo, a parent, who spoke on behalf of others, commended the management of the schools for setting a good standard of education for its pupils and students.

She said, “Since I enroll my children in Femi Omolade Private Schools. I didn’t regret bringing them to this school. “When they were brought here, everything changed for the better. Today, I am proud of my children in both learning and character. I am sure other parents will have similar testimony to share.

“I advise the school management to maintain the tempo. I will also urge parents and teachers in this school to cooperate with management to achieve its lofty goals.”

Also speaking, an alumnus of the school, who also witnessed the ceremony, commended the school management for maintaining a good standard of education since its inception.

A student of the college, Miss Kamilat Moninuola Sulaiman, who also spoke to BusinessEcho Magazine, rated the standard of education in the school very high. He commended teachers in the schools for their high dedication and urged other parents to consider bringing their wards to the school for quality education and development.

The ceremony featured students’ music department, Stepper’s dancers, Choreography, and cultural songs in Igbo, and Yoruba, the presentation of gifts to parents, pupils, and students at the college by the school’s management, display of medals won by the school at different competitions, among other things.

Enrol your students/wards into Femi Omolade Private School and Femi Omolade Private College at 25-27 Ajasa-Command Road, White-House Bus Stop Ajasa-Command and 5 Gbenga Alao Street Off YetKem Road Ajasa, Lagos State, or call 08084277215, 08064156615.

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BUA Chairman, Abdul Samad Rabiu, Donates N10billion Security Support Fund For Various Interventions Through ASR Africa



BUA Chairman, Abdul Samad Rabiu, Donates N10billion Security Support Fund For Various Interventions Through ASR Africa

…BUA built over 10 factories with two of the Group’s subsidiaries during President Muhammadu Buhari’s tenure

…BUA is now among the top 10 largest publicly listed companies in Africa – Rabiu

Olushola Okunlade Writes

Leading Nigerian Businessman, Industrialist, and Philanthropist, Abdul Samad Rabiu, paid a visit to President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday in Abuja, to update him and thank him for creating an enabling environment for business to thrive, and also brief him on the strides BUA Group has made in the past few years.

Thereafter, Rabiu briefed the President on the activities of his foundation, The Abdul Samad Rabiu Africa Initiative (ASR Africa) during which he also announced the donation of an N10billion Nigeria Security Support Fund from ASR Africa towards the provision of some security equipment, medical and other supplies, upgrade of health facilities and other infrastructure for families of those on the frontlines.

BUA Chairman, Abdul Samad Rabiu, Donates N10billion Security Support Fund For Various Interventions Through ASR Africa
President Muhammadu Buhari, President, Federal Republic of Nigeria (2nd Right) having a handshake with Abdul Samad Rabiu, Founder & Executive Chairman, BUA Group (2nd Left) while Kabiru Rabiu, Group Executive Director, BUA Group (Left) and Niyi Adebayo, Nigerian Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment (Right) looks on during the visit of Abdul Samad Rabiu and BUA Group Management Team, to the State House in Abuja, on Friday.
BUA Chairman, Abdul Samad Rabiu, Donates N10billion Security Support Fund For Various Interventions Through ASR Africa
President Muhammadu Buhari, President, Federal Republic of Nigeria (Middle) Abdul Samad Rabiu, Founder & Executive Chairman, BUA Group (Left), and Niyi Adebayo, Nigerian Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment (Right) during the visit of Abdul Samad Rabiu and BUA Group Management Team, to the State House in Abuja, on Friday.

According to Rabiu, the visit was in order to identify with President Muhammadu Buhari, during whose tenure BUA has built over 10 factories with two of the Group’s subsidiaries now amongst the top 10 largest publicly listed companies in Africa, and to further support the efforts of his administration in business as well as in the security space.

In his response, President Buhari said it was heartwarming to see and hear of Nigerian companies doing so much within Nigeria, and Africa, especially in the area of production using locally available raw materials. He also expressed his elation at the achievements of BUA which had led to phenomenal growth within such a short time. “As a Government, we know we have done a lot in this regard, and we will continue to do more to support the aspirations of serious businesses, big and small, by providing an enabling environment as well as supporting value creation within Nigeria.”

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Alliance For Youth Nigeria Empowers Over 11,000 Young Nigerians In One Year



Alliance For Youth Nigeria Empowers Over 11,000 Young Nigerians In One Year

Olushola Okunlade Writes

As the world marks International Youth Day, the Alliance for Youth Nigeria has announced the conclusion of a vocational skills training program reaching over 350 young Nigerians in Lagos and Kano States.

The training covered four skillsets – Solar panel installation, Graphics Design (Designs, social media, and web design), CCTV and Cable installation, and Beauty Care (make-up, aromatherapy, and massage), which were delivered in collaboration with Whitefield Foundation.

Alliance For Youth Nigeria Empowers Over 11,000 Young Nigerians In One Year
High flyers of the vocational skills training and recipients of start-up kits from the Alliance.

The vocational skills training is one of the projects of the Alliance designed in accordance with the Alliance’s objective of reaching 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.

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

Since its inception, the Alliance has reached over 11,000 young Nigerians with employability and entrepreneurial training, internship and mentoring opportunities, and job placements. Projects delivered include:

• Soft skills training, covering personal effectiveness and time management, effective communication, business etiquette, employability skills, and emotional intelligence, for NYSC and fresh graduates in November 2021 reaching 590.

• Soft and employability skills training, covering critical thinking and problem solving, creativity and idea generation, developing the right mindset for the world of work, effective communication, etc, in May and June 2022 reaching over 9,600 NYSC members in Lagos, Kano, Ogun, and FCT orientation camps.

• Employability training for fresh graduates in April and June 2022, covering career positioning, personal brand marketing, building winning resumes, developing interpersonal skills, developing an entrepreneurial mindset, etc, and reaching over 610

• Vocational skills training, covering solar panel installation, graphics design (designs, social media, and web design), CCTV and Cable installation, and Beauty Care (make-up, aromatherapy, and massage), in Lagos and Kano states in August 2022 reaching over 350

Alliance For Youth Nigeria Empowers Over 11,000 Young Nigerians In One Year
Left-Right: Ahmed Alaga, Program Manager, Jobberman Nigeria; Lanre Coleman, General Manager, U-Connect HR Limited; Tumi Onamade, Senior Manager, Participant Engagement & Programs, United Nations Global Compact Network Nigeria; Shakiru Lawal, Country HR Manager, Nestlé Nigeria PLC, and ‘Goke Olaleye, Marketing Manager, Big Bottling Company Limited.

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 and are committed to contributing to 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.

Celebrating International Youth Day and first-year anniversary of the Alliance, high-flyers of the vocational skills training were gifted start-up kits to ensure the immediate take-off of their businesses. High-flyers from the graphics design training were provided laptops, and those from the Beauty, massage, and aromatherapy training were provided make-up tool kits and massage beds while high-flyers from the installation training were awarded complete toolboxes for their vocation.

Speaking at the award ceremony, Shakiru Lawal, Country HR Manager, Nestlé Nigeria PLC said, “Youth is the future of our world and Nestlé is determined and committed to working with stakeholders and likeminded organizations to help young people develop their skills so they can find jobs or create their own businesses.”

“We are delighted with the progress we have made as an Alliance in the past year, reaching 11,000 youth. Yes, we are still a long way from our target, but we have built the framework and alliances that will help us deliver on our objectives. The provision of start-up kits to young people who excelled in the vocational skills training is a significant step in the right direction”.

Also speaking at the event, Mr. Lanre Coleman, General Manager, U-Connect Human Resources Limited said, “Youths are the future of the nation. Every investment towards their employability, engagement and empowerment is very critical for the society’s good and sustainable progress”.

According to Innih Ikhide, Youth Engagement and Learning Manager Jobberman Nigeria, “Youth in every society have the potential to stimulate economic growth, social progress, and national development. The Alliance for Youth Nigeria is providing an ecosystem of learning where young Nigerians can upskill by acquiring 21st-century skills that will increase their chances of getting employed or becoming self-employed. The testimonials from beneficiaries will continue to motivate us to do more”.

For Naomi Nwokolo, Executive Director of UN Global Compact Network Nigeria, “Our one-year anniversary is proof that advancing decent work for youth requires unprecedented levels of collaboration between key partners. The Alliance serves as a catalyst for reducing unemployment and promoting youth independence in order to increase labour and economic productivity in Nigeria. We urge stakeholders to take collective action in promoting the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly SDG 4, 8, and 9.”

In his comments, ‘Goke Olaleye, Marketing Manager, The Big Bottling Company Limited, said, “Investment in young people supports the economic empowerment of the nation and world at large. The Big Bottling Company Limited, while congratulating Nigerian youths remains committed to supporting their aspirations for growth”.

In a statement on behalf of the Honorable Minister of Youth and Sports Development, the Special Assistant to the Honorable Minister, Oluwakemi Areola, said, “In the next 10 years, jobs would have evolved from the traditional model we are familiar with now. It is imperative that Nigerian youth equip and upskill themselves with the necessary skills (digital and vocational) to give them an added advantage and keep them better positioned for the continuous benefit of decent work. The Ministry commends the effort and investment of the Alliance in promoting economic opportunities for young Nigerians”.

On behalf of other participants, Oluwakemi Olatunfe, who participated in the training in the Beauty category, commended the Alliance member companies for providing the unique opportunity for the training and upskilling of young Nigerians. Particularly delighted at the start-up kit awarded to her by the Alliance, she promised to fully utilize the training and the kit to start up her business, thereby adding value to herself and her family.

The International Youth Day is celebrated annually on 12 August to bring youth issues to the attention of the international and national communities, raising awareness of major concerns that impact young people, particularly as related to health, education, and employment while celebrating the potential of youth as partners in today’s global society.

With over 13.9 million youths unemployed and millions in unstable employment and underemployed in Nigeria, young people need the right skills and experience to help them in a rapidly changing economic landscape and the Alliance for Youth Nigeria is committed to continued investment in young people for a better future.

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