The prestigious Umuahia Premier Club, a group of elites and professionals, Saturday, elected a new executive to pilot its affairs for the next three years.The election took place during the club’s 2022 National Executive General Meeting in Umuahia. At the end of the keenly contested exercise, an eight-member executive emerged, with a Management Consultant and Trainer, Mr Lawrence Akomas, as the National President.In an acceptance speech, Akomas said that his leadership would reposition and rejuvenate the club toward the realisation of the objectives of its founding fathers.“We are going to ensure a paradigm shift in the way we do things. It will not be business as usual. “We have rules and regulations and we will make sure that whatever we do here will be guided by these rules and regulations.“We hope to bring back sanity in the club and ensure strict financial discpline,” he said.Akomas said that the executive would venture into some investments to earn money to be able to execute its programmes and projects.According to him, this is the time for us to work.“We cannot afford to disappoint this array of prominent professionals, who have elected us to lead them. “Therefore, anybody who feels that he is not prepared to serve selflessly is free now to opt out,” he said.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Akomad polled 40 votes to defeat his rival, Chief Acho Obioma, an APC chieftain, who got 38 votes.He appealed to members, including Obioma and elders of the club, to join hands with the executive to actualise the dreams for which it was founded.“For me, there is no winner, no loser. We all won,” Akomas, who is the third national president of the club, said. In an interview with NAN at the end of the election, Akomas said that the club was founded over 30 years ago to champion the cause of development in Umuahia.He described the present state of infrastructure in the capital city as deplorable and below the expectations of the club. Also, the outgone National President, Chief Nnanna Achugo, told NAN that part of the club’s programmes included offering scholarship to bright indigent students of Umuahia origin.Achugo also said that the club intervenes in community development programmes.He, however, regretted that COVID-19 scuttled the realisation of some of the projects outlined for execution by his executive.The National Treasurer, Mr Iyke Nwoko, said that the executive was determined to bring great transformation to the club and Umuahia community.Nwoko, who is a House of Assembly candidate of ADP for Umuahia Central, said, “The new leadership will deploy available resources toward achieving the club’s mandate.”A pioneer member of the club, Mr Francis Nwosu, expressed joy that the body, which was formed in 1982, had remained result-oriented, with more brilliant and enterprising members.Nwosu urged the new executive to take pragmatic steps to make the club more relevant in the scheme of things, in line with the dream of its founding fathers.He specifically advised the new leadership to strive to connect with the next administration in Abia with a view to drawing its attention to the critical infrastructure needs of Umuahia as a state capital.He said that the club hitherto enjoyed robust relationship with previous administrations but regretted that the situation was no longer the same.He expressed concern that Umuahia had suffered untold neglect, saying, “It is shameful when you compare Umuahia with other state capitals in the country”.Nwosu, who retired as a Deputy Director in NAN, is the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Press Council.He served as Secretary of the Lagos Branch of the club and two-term National Secretary.The Traditional Ruler of Ossah Ibeku Autonomous Community in Umuahia , Eze Joshua Akomas, said that the club was principally formed “to enable us to give back to the community that helped to nurture us”.The royal father, who is a life member of the club’s Board of Trustees, urged the new executive to strive to make the club more relevant to Umuahia community, Abia and the country in general.(NAN)
The Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) and Risk Managers Association of Nigeria (RIMAN) on Saturday inducted 37 candidates into its Certified Risk Manager (CRM) Certification programme.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the ceremony, which had the theme, “Enterprise Risk Management and Organisational Efficiency,” took place at the Lagos Oriental Hotel, Lagos.
The inductees are: Ademola Vida Komo, Adeniji Oluwaseun Omotayo, Ashiante Orukpe Emmanuel, Aina Babatunde Jamiu, Ajiroba David Oluwagbemiga, Babayo Dalhatu, Badru Azeez Abiodun, Boluwade Daisi Ezekiel, among others.
Dr Ken Opara, of CIBN, while congratulating the inductees, described their induction as “the beginning of their journey.”
He said, “you have given a good account of yourselves by balancing your studies, work, and other personal responsibilities successfully. You have added another feather to your cap and this calls for celebration.
“Given the current socio-economic climate, your skills and expertise are in high demand as organisations need to respond to the emerging risks occasioned by disruptive innovations in the market place.
“The 4th Industrial Revolution, characterised by the adoption of emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, robotics, quantum computing, blockchain, cryptography, Internet of Things (IoT), machine learning and cloud computing, has caused disruptions in the ecosystem.
“These new technologies have paved way for enhanced services, therefore enabling organisations to reach wider customer base.”
Meanwhile, Dr Ezekiel Oseni, RIMAN President, said risk management was more on the centre stage since the global financial crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic, noting that organisations were more conscious of how it was embedded in their structures.
“It is, therefore, imperative that to improve organisational efficiency, risk management has become an integral part of the decision making.
“Risk management objectives and organisational performance has, therefore, become an important process for organisations to survive.
“It is in line with this that today, organisations are expected to align their risk management objectives, risk approach, risk management framework, risk exposure impact, among others, to achieve excellent .
“This has become pertinent in view of the global business environment that has witnessed uncommon challenges. Organisations are managing through unpredictable, and crisis prone business environment with attendant risk ramifications,” he said. (
18-year-old Gombe United Football Club player, Mohammed Aminu, said his style of play had endeared him to fans and supporters of his club who gave him the nickname ‘Obi.’
Aminu, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Gombe on Saturday, said fans likened his style of play to that of Ex-Super Eagles midfielder, Mikel Obi, hence the nickname.
He said enjoyed the overwhelming support of fans of Gombe United during and after matches.
He explained that some fans once named him after Super Eagles legend Nwankwo Kanu, while some likened his style of play to Obi, “but with time they began to call me Obi.
“This is because I like Obi, play like him and make the fans have a taste of what Obi used to offer Nigerians in terms of his unique passes and style of play.
“I love Obi’s style of play and I am working hard under Coach Aliyu Zubairu who is mentoring me well to achieve my ambition of playing better than Obi.”
Aminu who was part of Nigeria’s U-20 team, Flying Eagles, that won the WAFU B U-20 Championship in Niamey, Niger Republic, said it was a dream come true for him to be part of that winning team.
He said the tournament had exposed him to a new level of training and experience which he said was a preparation for “bigger things to come.”
Aminu told Nigerians to expect a young midfield player in the nearest future, “as I am doing my best to upgrade my skills daily and I believe one day I will wear the national team jersey.”
He stated that he was working towards playing for the Super Eagles in a year or two for “Nigerians to see why Gombe United fans nicknamed me Obi.”
On his take as a young player featuring in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), Aminu said it was great playing in the NPFL under “a good coach like Zubairu who has given me such rare opportunity.”
The young Gombe United midfielder who rated high the NPFL, said with young players like himself playing for the league, the national team at all levels would have enough experienced players to harness in the future.
Aminu appealed to fans and supporters of Gombe United to continue to offer prayers and support the team to ensure that the team finished well with only six games left in the season.
“I want to use this opportunity to thank Flying Eagles head coach, Ladan Bosso, for inviting me to be part of the Flying Eagles, and to Coach Zubairu, thank you for believing in me to play in NPFL,” he said.
A Kano-based businessman, Alhaji Abdulmumin Jibrin-Kofa, has established an agriculture market and trade centre designed to create about 500 direct jobs in the state. Speaking during the commissioning of the market on Saturday in Kofa, Bebeji local government area, Jibrin-Kofa said the market is a one-stop shop, with 200 stores.The market, he said, is situated at Kofa, his hometown, which is 65 kilometres from Kano, on the Kano-Zaria road.Jibrin-Kofa further said the project, conceived and commenced 10 years ago, would offer 24-hour services to customers.He further explained that the market would create additional 1,000 indirect jobs in the near future.Jibrin-Kofa revealed that the project was borne out of the desire to bring development to people by complementing various government efforts.According to him, the place has steady water and electricity supply, parking space for about 100 trailers, and space for loading and offloading.Others, he said, are efficient car park, hostels, inter-state car park, eateries, among others.NAN reports that the place has a filing station, police and security station, Mosque, bank, clinic and fire service, among others.In his remarks, the Chairman, Dawanau Grains Market, Alhaji Murtala Isa, commended the proprietor for the efforts, which, he said, would assist in boosting socio-economic activities in the state.He also urged wealthy individuals in the state to emulate Jibrin-Kofa by providing more opportunities for job creation for the people.Musa Aliyu, a dealer in textile materials in the market, expressed delight and called on the people to patronize the market.NAN reports that the occasion was graced by thousands of people, including Islamic clerics, businessmen, politicians within and outside the state. (
Sen. Obinna Ogba, representing Ebonyi Central senatorial zone and governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Ebonyi state, in the 2023 governorship election, has vowed to protect the mandate given to him by the people.
Ogba made the pledge while addressing newsmen on Saturday at his campaign office in Abakaliki.
He added that no amount of intimidation or threat from any quarter would make him to either surrender or reliquish the mandate given to him by the party delegates during the rescheduled PDP primaries in Ebonyi held between June 4 and June 6.
The senator noted that the Certificate of Return (CoR) issued to him by the party in Abuja is an affirmation that he remains the only authentic and recognised governorship candidate for the PDP in Ebonyi in 2023 gubernatorial election.
He congratulated the party leadership and the delegates who voted to entrust him with the party’s flag for the election, saying he is committed to taking the party to victory.
He said: “One thing I know is that nobody no matter the circumstance can intimidate me or take away the mandate given to me by our great party from the backyard; it is not possible.
“No matter how they have ganged up, I’m happy for our delegates have spoken through their votes.
“Twelve of the aspirants have congratulated us except one but, if in an examination you score 12 over 13, you have passed at distinction level.”
The guber candidate who also reacted to a Court judgement nullifying the primary elections that produced him as the PDP governorship candidate in Ebonyi, called on his supporters, PDP faithful and Ebonyi people to remain calm.
“Court is for everyone; it is for the rich and it is for the poor. We are going to respond appropriately and we are going to defeat them the way we defeated them at the party poll,” Ogba added.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that Dr Ifeanyochukwu Odii was elected governorship candidate in a primary election held by a faction led by Mr Silas Onu on May 28 and May 29 which was boycotted by the Ogba group.
However, following the cancellation of the PDP primaries in Ebonyi by the National Working Committee (NWC), the party ordered for fresh primaries in the state.
Ogba emerged winner in the governorship primary conducted under the supervision of Mr Tochukwu Okorie who was recently reinstated to his seat through an Appeal Court judgement delivered in Abuja.
Meanwhile, a Federal High Court in Abakaliki, presided by Justice Fatun Riman, on June 7 ruled that the primary elections that produced Ogba and other candidates were illegal, unconstitutional, null and void.
The Court also affirmed the primary elections earlier conducted in the state that produced Odii as governorship candidate of the PDP.
The Judge further ruled that PDP properly constituted a primary election committee and deployed them for the purpose of same and that INEC agreed to have monitored the election and returned candidates transparently.
The Court also held that any other primary elections held after those of May 28 and May 29 were null and void, conferring no benefits or rights whatsoever.