Lets Talk Academia- the education-based arm of creators of Nigeria’s first indigenous instant messaging app, has trained 24 top management staff members of the National Environmental Standards and Regulatory Enforcement Agency (NESREA).
The firm made this known in a statement by its Chief Executive Officer, Ms Folashade Ayeni, on Sunday in Abuja.
Ayeni said the two-day training with the theme, “Improving Employee Work Ethics Performance and Commitment in the Workplace” was part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities.
She said the training was anchored on the need to encourage staff commitment to organisational goals and vision to produce optimum service delivery.
According to her, the four cardinal modules of the training are understanding work business ethics, building commitment and trust in the workplace, assertive communication and effective delegation as well as guiding against toxic work environment.
She said the initiative was borne out of the need to bridge the knowledge gap and instill good work ethics in the staff within the public service.
Ayeni noted that the training emphasised the need for participants to create their own personal value system centering around their “carriage and expectation.
” She added that LETS TALK had developed an innovative environmental safeguard product, known as the Save Environment Compact Tank (S.
Ayeni said this was to ensure the fulfillment of the Ministry of Environment’s mandate to protect the nation’s primary and secondary environment.
She said the product had captivating features such as surveillance, profiling, waste management and energy conservation among others.
Also speaking, Prof. Aliyu Jauro, Director-General of NESREA, commended the firm for organising the training which he said would contribute to national development.
Jauro said most of the participants had testified about the quality of the training and relevance to their duties and therefore called for further collaborations between LETS TALK and the agency in future.
Shoprite, Sterling One Foundation, Wema Bank Plc, Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), and the Osteogenesis imperfecta Foundation Nigeria (OIFN) and others have received award of excellence for their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) contributions.
Mrs Adenike Shobajo, Managing Director, AS+A Communications, made the presentations at the organisation’s 2022 Public Relations to commemorate her 70th birthday anniversary on Wednesday in Lagos.
Shobajo said the award of excellence was in recognition of the developmental legacies the corporate organisations had done for the society in areas of health, education, and environment.
She charged businesses operating in the country to embrace CSR for the development of the nation.
“There are influential, well placed and endowed Nigerians like them, who sit in their closets without any care for the underprivileged.
“This event is to encourage them to come out and join us to build a just and egalitarian society.
“The award is in recognition of all the successes they have achieved over the years as a socially responsible corporate and individual personalities for the promotion of commerce and industry, most especially in areas of national development,” she said.
Mrs Olapeju Ibekwe, the Chief Executive Officer, Sterling One Foundation, reiterated her focus on contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as a way of improving the livelihood of people in underserved communities.
Ibekwe said that the foundation’s focus areas were on education, health, climate action, gender equality and food security.
She said its 2023 focus was to expand education programmes, launch giving impact, train and fund 100,000 youths, plant 10 million economic trees and adopt key primary health centres.
“Through our key partnership programmes, we would be achieving all of the set goals as our give back to the society to drive inclusive growth and development,” she said.
Dr Joseph Onoja, the Director-General of NCF, noted the need to respect mother nature’s demands by embracing the proper usage of land, and drainage systems to advance and sustain the environment.
Onoja noted that there was no need to build along flood planes; areas where water must pass through to salvage lives and properties when nature decides to take its course.
“We must save the planet so that the planet would save us eventually.
“Nigeria must prosper while living in harmony with nature,” he said.
Mrs Tarela Aghanti, the Founder, OIFN, stressed the need for more awareness, support and care for persons with osteogenesis imperfecta also known as brittle bone disease to help them live better lives.
Aghanti, represented by Mrs Dobra Awobokun, a representative of the foundation, noted that early and proper diagnosis could go a long way in helping them live longer lives.
“There’s the need for right medications and expertise to support and provide the treatment and we are committed to going extra miles to ensure that is made available.
“We need government and other persons to understand what the OI means and support by providing better medical facilities to better accommodate the needs of those living with the ailment,” she said.
Dr Adetokunbo Pearse, a lecture at the University of Lagos, emphasised the need to shore up the country’s budgetary allocation to education to at least 15 per cent from the current 6.5 per cent to salvage the future of the youth.
Pearse noted that the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation recommends 26 per cent as benchmark for education allocation in the budget of any country.
“Everything you do to the youth is a reflection of you and if you don’t take care of them, you are not taking care of the society.
“Education is the antidote to poverty and I am canvassing for funding to drive good education statistics,” he said.
The United Nigeria Airlines has flown relief materials to Yenagoa for distribution to victims of the devastating flood disaster in Bayelsa State.
Chief Operating Officer of the airline, Mazi Osita Okonkwo, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday in Lagos.
Okonkwo said the donations were made in fulfillment of the airlines Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
According to him, flood experienced this year has been very devastating.
Lives have been negatively impacted by the flood.
” Families have been separated.
Homes and properties destroyed.
” Businesses have also been negatively affected.
More than half of the state is under water.
“We hope for immediate receding of the flood so that people can return to their normal lives,” he said.
The CEO said: “What we have done is in line with our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
“It is also in response to the call for help.
The impact of the flood is huge and it will cost a lot to fix.
We have only contributed towards ameliorating the sufferings of the people many of who cannot even find a place to cook for their families.
” We put ourselves in the shoes of those who have been negatively impacted by the flood.
We feel their pains at this time and keep praying that succour will come their way sooner,” he added.
Receiving the items for onward transfer to the state government, Station Manager of United Nigeria at the Bayelsa International Airport (BIA), Mrs June Bells-Opara, expressed joy at the engagement.
Bells-Opara said the items would be officially handed over to the government on Monday.
Items donated included rice, milk, noodles, salt, sugar, cooking oil, potable drinking water among others.
Meanwhile, United Nigeria will resume regular scheduled daily flights to the state on Monday.
The Federal Government on Sunday vowed to continue to evenly spread its intervention projects to benefiting communities to avoid bickering amongst states within the same geo-political zones.
The Permanent Secretary of the Ecological Project Office (EPO), Malam Shehu Ibrahim, gave the assurance in a statement issued by the Senior Information Officer of EPO, Ms Amala Obegolu, in Abuja.
Ibrahim urged states and local government levels to collaborate to ensure effective management of their ecological fund allocations to address the ecological challenges across the country.
He said this when he received a delegation team from Veritas University, recently on courtesy visits to his office.
He said the institution`s requests for project intervention have been captured in the office’s database, adding that it was usually the preliminary intervention procedure.
According to him, it is a good step in the right direction and a work in progress.
The appropriate actions will be taken based on the merits.
The permanent secretary commended the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Hyacinth Ichoku, and his team for their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) offered to the Bwari Community.
“I must commend the university for providing a transformer, constructing a borehole, providing a police post, and equipping the vigilante group to beef up security in the community.
“It is also a proactive step not to only assuage the community but to also give them a sense of belonging.
It is a great intervention for the community,’’ he said The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Hyacinth Ichoku, appealed to EPO for quick intervention in the erosion menace around the university and the Bwari community to avoid the degeneration of the environment.
Ichoku said that the erosion challenge has not only threatened the university complex but also the entire Bwari community.
He said that the university had been involved in minor remedial works to tackle the situation, adding that the deep gully erosion threat is beyond its capacity.
Mohammed Ndarani of the university, had earlier commended EPO for prompt response to his letter of requests and appealed for quick intervention to the ravaging ecological challenge in his community.
Ndarani said that the intervention would add development in the community of Vinchi and other surrounding communities in Lavun Local Government Area of Niger State.
He said the situation was beyond their capacity, hence the passionate appeal to the Federal Government through EPO.
The Director, Pollution Control EPO, Mr Clinton Igwe, said that the office does not have the resources to attend to all the requests from the states.
He, however, advised that Nigerians should channel their requests to their state governments for intervention.
The Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines, and Agriculture (NACCIMA), has urged the Federal Government and other relevant agencies to support Olam Limited, Nigeria and other businesses affected by flooding in Nasarawa.
Its Director-General, Mr Olusola Obadimu, made the plea on Monday in Lagos, in his reactions to the Nasarawa flood incident that led to severe losses of food and properties by businesses domiciled in the area.
Obadimu said the call was important because in recent years, Olam Farms had contributed significantly to the nation’s rice consumption.
He said the flood occurrences revealed the possible implications of disregarding the Sustainable Development Goals Seven (Affordable and Clean Energy) and 13 (Climate Action) were manifesting globally, particularly in African nations and Nigeria.
Obadimu said, this in turn, was causing an increase in the failure to achieve other goals.
He said that though, the 20 million dollar investment was completely insured, the impact of the disaster on the company, the surroundings and the threat to the depreciating environment and its topography could not be overstated.
The director-general advised that the parts that have not been completely submerged at Olam Farm might need some form of immediate rehabilitation.
“We regret the recent flooding in the Doma Local Government and other areas of Nasarawa, reportedly caused by the River Benue overflowing its banks.
“This incident has resulted in a significant loss for various businesses and properties around the area.
“We recognise the contributions of OLAM FARM’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to their host communities, as well as the significance of their farm to food production and the agricultural value chain.
“We also recognise the presence of other businesses around this area stretching all the way to the banks of Rivers Confluence in Kogi State that were direly affected.
“We urge the Federal and affected States Governments, together with relevant government agencies to promptly put in place measures capable of supporting the farm and other businesses around in their salvaging and recovery efforts,” he said.
The NACCIMA chief urged a higher level of responsiveness and absolute regard for NiMET’s warnings about climate change by being more proactive.
He said though, there were natural disasters in other climes, they were usually better managed through proactive steps to ensure minimal damages to both human and material resources.
Obadimu added that significant measures by those climes would protect investments that ensure livelihood for thousands of citizens around disaster-prone areas.
“Nigerians and private businesses must take climate change seriously, particularly concerning the need to minimise Carbon Dioxide emissions and in their corporate responsibilities to promote and advocate the climate change agenda, as well as promote, ultimately, the use of alternative green energy sources in Nigeria,” he said.
The Vice Chancellor, University of Lagos, Prof. Olawatoyin Ogundipe, has charged students to develop themselves more in the area of innovation, to complete locally and be relevant globally.
Ogundipe gave the charge at the inauguration of a N70million Digital Engineering Laboratory located at the Department of Electrical and Electronics of the institution, on Friday, in Lagos.
The laboratory was donated by Siemens Energy, as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the company which operates globally along nearly the entire energy value chain, has some of its products as gas turbnes, steam turbines, power generating sets, transformers and compressors.
Ogundipe, who described the laboratory as a game changer, noted that students of the university would be better positioned to think out of the box, in a bid to be more innovation inclined.
According to him, this way, they will be equipped with the much needed skills for their self development, as well as contribute their quota to the development of the country’s economy.
The outgoing 12th vice chancellor and professor of Botany said that the laboratory was of world standard, as it was comparable to what was obtainable in top class universities in other climes.
“This facility is coming up at the right time.
It will lead to modeling innovation in the area of energy.
“It is also a big investment from Siemens Energy in the university of Lagos and will be used by the students for their start ups or starting their own businesses.
“If you go all over the world now, what you see is how students develop their skills and this is what we are looking at to achieve with this laboratory, in the area of innovation, entrepreneurship and skills development.
“This will cut across every sections of life endeavours, be it Medicine, Engineering or Science.
This place will come handy.
“They will be able to see the simulation of some of the projects that they want to do and also, move to where we have the 3D to print some of the things that they come up with here,” he stated.
Ogundipe assured that the university was committed to ensuring that the facility was well maintained.
He lauded the donor company for the gesture, while assuring them that the laboratory would be given all the support needed to ensure maximum productivity.
“We will give this facility all the needed support in a bid to ensure that it is well maintained for maximum output, and so that in the next 10 to 15 years, it will still retain its standard and so that all that we have in there will remain highly functional and relevant.
“We are going to put softwares here, and like the Managing Director rightly said, they have imported software worth N20 million for the purpose of this laboratory and also train our academic staff, who will impact the knowledge on the students,” Ogundipe said.
While inaugurating the project, the Managing Director of Siemens Energy, Mr Seun Suleiman, said education and environment were among the key priorities for the company, in terms of giving back to the society.
According to him, with education, one can never get it wrong, as when a society is educated, it takes menace off the streets.
He noted that the project, which cost the company N70 million, was kick-started together with his predecessor.
“When we started the project, we perceived that Unilag was at the centre of commerce, as Lagos is the hub of commerce in the country, and so felt that it will have more impact if we could start by citing it here.
“We will however also expand in other institutions across the country.
I will continue to maintain that education remains the key to liberate citizens from poverty.
“You can never get it wrong when you educate a society, because it is a major way of taking menace off our streets.
”Through education too, people are gainfully employed.
What we have put up here today is in the tune of N70 million, all for the betterment of the students.
“They will not be students who will leave the four walls of this university and will not be able to add value to their employers, so, this facility means a lot to us,” Suleiman said.
The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) and the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA) have condemned attack on Dangote Cement, Obajana Plant, which left seven persons injured and property destroyed.
They called for the intervention of relevant agencies to enable the Kogi government and Dangote Cement Plc come to a truce.
They made the call on Friday in Lagos in statements in reaction to the attacked on Dangote Cement Plc, Obajana Plant, which left about seven persons injured and property destroyed.
Dr Chinyere Almona, Director-General, LCCI, described the news of the attack on the Dangote Cement Plant as shocking and disappointing, ill-construed and avoidable.
Almona said the attack was a reflection of the poor handling of investment protection in the country.
According to her, the LCCI believes there are more decent ways to handle regulatory and legislative matters concerning businesses in Nigeria than resorting to violence.
She recommended a meeting of all government agencies connected with the acquisition of the cement plant to resolve any differences thereof.
“The chamber sees a role for the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC), the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), the Nigeria Investment Protection Commission (NIPC), and the Kogi State government in resolving the issue.
“The growing mining industry in Kogi State has benefitted from the production activities of the Dangote Cement Factory, which offers both infrastructural and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects to enhance the standard of living in the state.
“It is, therefore, expected that the government would be interested in creating an enabling business environment that can attract both local and foreign investors.
“And where there are infractions, handling such should be in accordance with best practices and the rule of law that protect investors’ rights and human lives.
“We advocate a win-win situation for businesses and the government and will, therefore, call on all parties to exercise caution and be protective of jobs, assets of production, and government revenues from corporate organisations like Dangote Cement Factory,” she said.
Almona stressed that henceforth, the process that could be taken must not necessarily shut down the factory and endanger jobs, products, and government revenues.
“This point is critical as wrong handling or unprofessional approaches to resolutions can send negative signals to potential foreign investors,” she said.
Also, Mr Olusola Obadimu, Director-General, NACCIMA, regretted the action of Kogi State government, which had resulted in the hasty sealing of the Dangote Cement Factory at Obajana.
Obadimu said the action could have surely been resolved on a more conciliatory and amicable note.
He stated that his view was based on the key consideration that the huge production plant supplied key domestic inputs (cement) into the economy, employing hundreds of thousands of Nigerians directly and indirectly.
This, he explained, was aside from its substantial budget for CSR outside of taxes.
He noted that shutting off the factory did not necessarily help the controversial issue of compliance on tax remittance to the Kogi State government.
Rather, Obadimu said, a continual operation of the plant would more likely facilitate a faster resolution of the dispute.
“We thus suggest that the company be reopened as quickly as possible to enable it continue its operation and fulfil its necessary responsibilities.
“This is not just on tax but also keep the hundreds of thousands of Nigerians in its direct and indirect employment dutifully engaged and, furthermore, sustain its crucial services, not just to the people and government of Kogi State but Nigeria in general,” he said.
King’s College Lagos has won the fourth edition of the Bible quiz competition for visually impaired persons organised by the Bible Society of Nigeria (BSN).
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the competition, which took place on Thursday in Lagos, saw the students of the college pulling 70 points to come out first position.
Students of the Nigerian Farmcraft Center for the Blind pulled 65 points to clinch the second position, while students of the Bethesda School for the Blind got 60 points to settle for the third position.
The theme of the quiz competition was: “You Can Be Their Eyes,” The Chairperson of the occasion, Mrs Kalango Koko, Founder, Rainbow Club Foundation, said that our world seemed to be lacking in the milk of human kindness in the manner we related to Persons With Disability (PWDs).
She advocated for patience and kindness in relating with the visually impaired.
“We should spare a moment, give our time, kind words, give a call to PWDs,” Koko said.
She enjoined the students to cultivate the habit of reading the word of God continuously to have the vision that will impact their lives and their world.
The General Executive Officer (CEO) of the society, Pastor Samuel Sanusi, said that the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) of the society was to leave no one behind in making the word of God available to all.
Sanusi said that there is always ability in disability.
He enjoined well-meaning Nigerians to support the production of Bibles in braille so that the word of God could be accessed regardless of one’s state or condition of life.
The CEO said that the competition would have been the fifth edition if not for the COVID- 19 Pandemic.
NAN reports that students who are multi-talented treated the crowd to Christian music renditions.
Airtel Nigeria has started the seventh edition of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) intervention, ‘Airtel Touching Lives Season 7’ with focus on financial inclusion and digital learning for underprivileged children.
The Managing Director of Airtel Nigeria, Mr Surendran Chemmenkotil, flagged off the initiative at a press conference on Tuesday in Lagos.
He said the CSR programme was an opportunity for the telecoms company to further connect with the several communities it served as well as focus on its sustainability agenda.
Chemmenkotil said in 2021 Airtel Africa announced an ambitious sustainability agenda with strong focus on providing access to digital learning for underprivileged children.
He said the company planned to work closely with the government to uplift the standard of primary education through adoption of schools and providing access via financial inclusion to the underbanked and unbanked.
“In implementing this agenda, Airtel Nigeria, through the Season 7 programme, will mostly seek causes and opportunities that speak broadly and primarily to digital and financial inclusion as well as adoption of schools.
“In the past, we have focused on several areas of the SDGs including access to healthcare, clean water, sanitation, environment, women empowerment, social justice among many others.
“It is our belief that accelerating digital learning for underprivileged children and providing financial inclusion for the excluded will not only transform lives but will also have massive impact for the society and economy,” he said.
He added that the company would look for ways to empower underprivileged children with access to world class curriculum through simple technology and make lives better for the many men and women living in different communities it served.
Chemmenkotil said: “As we begin this season, I am requesting Nigerians to feel free to nominate causes and as usual, we will provide help and support to as many as we can, considering our scope and resources.
The 1968 to 1972 sets of Oro Grammar School Old Students Association, Kwara, have trained no fewer than 55 teachers of the school on effective service delivery.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the theme for the training is “Training and Capacity Building: Panacea to National Development”.
The Resource person, Dr Nike Abdulsalam, re-emphasised the need for training and retraining of teachers in Nigeria.
She said the teachers must be periodically updated in order to be well acquainted with the latest information, skills and technology that are needed for teaching and learning profession.
She described the programme as a success and which must be continuum in order to improve the standard of education in Nigeria.
Abdulsalam lauded the vision of the association and described them as a shining example for other alumnus to emulate.
She opined that alumnus of other schools across the country in Nigeria should emulate them in order to move the education sector forward, reminding them that government alone cannot shoulder the responsibility.
At the end of the workshop, certificates of attendance were awarded to participants.
The Board Chairman of the school, Prince Olajide Titiloye, recommended a model teachers’ professional development that provides great training, hands-on mentoring, and the provision of high-quality teaching materials and equipment.
He explained that teachers are expected to participate in 100 hours of professional development over five years, specifically 60 hours of training that combines both teaching practices as well as subject matter contents.
Titiloye added that 40 hours in Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) should form the new model of group mentoring.
The board chairman, who is of the opinion that while teachers are still free to pursue any professional development opportunity in practice, said they should be encouraged through professional and other incentives to engage in teacher training that meets these requirements.
He noted that Oro Grammar School been the second oldest community turned public school should be given lead priorities in the proposed reforms by the Kwara State Government.
The training was organised as part of activities to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the graduation of the set.
The Chairman of the set, Mr Funsho Adedayo, said government cannot shoulder the responsibility of funding all activities of the education sector and asked other sets to complement their efforts.
Adedayo also sought for the involvement of private sectors in form of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) from firms within and outside the state.
The 3-day training ended in Oro on Friday.