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“The labour of our heroes past shall never be in vain”.

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This line from the Nigerian national anthem is a paradox in itself, especially when one takes a look at present-day Nigeria and realises that the labour of the dead heroes who fought for the nation’s independence seems to be wasted. It has been sixty-one years since Nigeria gained her independence from Britain. For the past sixty-one years, Nigerians have had to deal with the same regurgitated set of leaders. In fact, if Nnamdi Azikiwe and co. were to come back from the dead and take a field trip to Nigeria, they’d be shocked to find the same set of people, who were in power during the 80s, still ruling Nigeria.

 

As Nigerians, it is clear that we have a leadership problem. The old men who ruled when our fathers were half-naked, innocent children are still in power today. This brings us to the big question: why? Why are youths not holding the reins of power? To any foreigner observing from outside Nigeria, two answers may seem correct. One, the nation is practicing gerontocracy. Two, the youths are too incompetent to handle power. However, as Nigerians living in Nigeria, we all know that these answers are incorrect. The problem with Nigeria is that the country is run by a set of people whose hands are stuck to the reins of power. Young Nigerians are rarely given positions of power and in cases where youths are elected into power, they only end up being puppets to the ruling class.

So far, Nigerian youths have proven their mettle and resilience in handling leadership positions, from creating startup companies to organizing groundbreaking revolutions. However, just one thing stands in their way: lack of opportunities. For young Nigerians living in today’s world, finding the right opportunity is almost as difficult as finding a unicorn. To make matters worse, there is an uneasy wave of political apathy among the younger generation. Most youths who have the leadership skills required to turn this nation around are simply not interested as a result of the discouraging state of the political and socio-economic systems.

Fortunately, this problem seems to be coming to an end, thanks to one man, Hon. Shina Abiola Peller, the senator representing Iseyin/Itesiwaju/Kajola and Iwajowa constituency in the Federal House of Representatives. In January 2020, Hon. Shina Peller alongside a few young Nigerians birthed the idea of Lead Generation Initiative (LGI), a youth-driven organization committed to creating opportunities for young people to achieve their dreams and channel their creativity towards developing the nation.

Under the leadership of the young senator, LGI has successfully carved a niche for itself as a frontline organization promoting youth participation and empowerment. In 2020, it partnered with YIAGA Africa to create the Get Involved Leadership Training (GILT), a program aimed at training youths on core leadership skills such as: strategic communication, active citizenship and nation-building. The program kicked off in Ibadan, Oyo state with up to 68 participants drawn from the 33 local governments of the state.

So far, GILT’s tentacles have extended to three other states: Osun, Gombe and Bauchi, with a total of 1300 trained participants. Today, thousands of Nigerians from all 36 states of the Federation have registered with the Lead Generation Initiative.

However, despite the unfolding success of the organization, Hon. Shina Peller is definitely not backing down on his initiative to ensure that young Nigerians are duly empowered with the necessary leadership skills. As such, under his leadership, the Lead Generation Initiative is set to hold a groundbreaking leadership symposium on January 21st 2021 at Transcorp Hilton, Abuja. The symposium tagged: “The future of leadership” will feature prominent personalities such as the Vice-President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Prof Yemi Osibanjo, Kate Henshaw and many others as speakers.

In furtherance of Mr Peller’s dedication to driving more young Nigerians into positions of power, the key topic for the symposium is: “Why the Leaders of Tomorrow must Start Leading Today”. Panelists who will be speaking on the topic are: Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun (Wizkid), Hon. Akin Alabi, Japhet Omojuwa, Samson Itodo, Sound Sultan and many more.

To prove that Hon. Shina Peller and the LGI stand firm on leading by example, the symposium would be 80% virtual with only 25 people in physical attendance, in compliance with COVID-19 protocols and guidelines.

The Lead Generation Intiative’s leadership symposium and its cause is important to us, especially the Nigerian youths, because it signifies a turning point where young Nigerians are given the opportunity to take charge of relevant political and economic issues and channel their skills towards making Nigeria a better place for themselves and the generation to come.

Every Nigerian youth grew up with the assurance that they were the leaders of tomorrow. Well, ‘tomorrow’ is here and Hon. Shina Peller’s Lead Generation Initiative is taking giant strides to ensure that Nigerian youths can become the leaders they were meant to be.

 

 

 

 

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IQRA Foundation Redefines Learning for Children at Bariga

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The IQRA Foundation, a non-profit in Nigeria focused on providing improved access to quality education for marginalised children in Nigeria, is launching a community walk-in library at Bariga, Lagos.

Established on the back of the school closure that denied access to millions of marginalised children, this walk-in community library will prevent a future occurrence as it will ensure children in the community have access to a variety of books to aid literacy, no matter the situation. It will be managed by the community book club and Bright Achievers Academy.

The library was built in partnership with Spazio Ideale, an interior design company in Lagos who ensured it was up to standard and homely enough for the children.

RovingHeights, Page Bookstore, Ouidah Books, and Restructure Africa donated suitable books for school aged children. These books along with books from other individual donors will ascertain that the library is well equipped to cater to children of all age groups/ children ages e.g. 4-18. We are grateful to our donors, who provided funding and manpower to ensure the library was constructed to be up to quality child engaging standards.

This is only a step forward in redefining education for the marginalized in Nigeria. There is a lot more to be done and The IQRA Foundation-Access to Books is committed to ensuring that each child gets a fair chance at a quality education.

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Wema Bank MD Ademola Adebise Swims In An Alleged N1billion Money Laundering

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It seems the ability to commit fraud is one of the criteria a candidate must have to be qualified to become a Managing Director at WEMA Bank. if it would be recollected one of the bank’s former MD Mr. Adebisi Omoyeni, by the Police Special Fraud Unit (SFU) in 2008 over issues that has to do with N450 million fraud. In the same vein Mr. Ademola Adebise, the current MD of the bank is allegedly indicted for using the customer’s account to lauder over N1 Billion.

It was gathered that Ademola Adebise and other members of his staff involved in the N1 billion money laundering scandal are now cooling their feet in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission – EFCC.

This online news medium understands that the financial institution which was recently indicted in an alleged money laundering case involving Dana Air is currently facing a fresh fraud case with its Managing Director (MD), Ademola Adebise allegedly in the forefront of the allegation.

At a time when the government of President Muhammadu Buhari is fighting corruption headlong and committing to the extradition of the 80-man list of wire fraudsters released by the FBI, Adebise and some of his top management staffs have been alleged of leading a money-laundering ring.

The current case could be likened to a scene from a mafia movie, as Adebise is said to have allegedly threw all caution to the wind in a fraud allegedly estimated to be in the tune of N1bn.

Reports in the media detailed how the Wema Bank MD smartly laundered the said amount using the account of an innocent customer without his consent.

The scam as it has been widely reported is part of a grand plan to dispose of the owners of popular hospitality and entertainment facility located in Maryland which is currently under the receivership of Kunle Ogunba (SAN) and the subject of litigation.

We learned in a report, that “a man who hardly could deposit N300,000.00 in his account was suddenly credited a sum of 1Billion Naira without an alert or any form of notice”.

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UBA’s GMD, Kennedy Uzoka Honoured with Prestigious Zik Leadership Award, Dedicates Award to UBA Staff and Customers

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he Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, Kennedy Uzoka, was on Sunday night presented with The Zik Prize for Professional Leadership. The award was presented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, under the chairmanship of Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka at a glamorous event held at the Civic Centre in Lagos, and organised by Public Policy Research and Analysis Centre(PPRAC)

Uzoka was announced as the winner of the much-coveted award alongside the Executive Vice Chairman/Chief Executive Officer at the Nigerian Communications Commission, Prof Umar Danbatta.

As he applauded the efforts of the organisers, Kennedy Uzoka said, “The Late Nnamdi Azikiwe is someone to whom I accord great respect; he is an iconic African statesman (Zik of Africa as he is fondly called). I am proud to be receiving an award that was first conferred on the late premier 25 years ago. I dedicate this award to the staff of the UBA Group in all our 23 countries of operations. They really are the best”.

Kennedy Uzoka received the award after a thorough, careful and rigorous selection process. His name was announced by Members of the Advisory Board, PPRAC, Professor Pat Utomi, and Executive secretary, Emeka Obasi, who stated that Uzoka was selected as a result of his outstanding contributions to the development and growth of the Banking and Financial Services Industry and also for an unblemished record of service as a banker of international repute.

Apart from Uzoka and Danbatta, other winners in various categories of public service, good governance, business, and professional leadership include Senate President Ahmed Lawan; Borno Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum; Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa; Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde; SGF, Boss Mustapha; Dr. Stella Okoli amongst others.

As it celebrates the silver jubilee anniversary of the Zik prize in leadership awards, the PPRAC, organisers of the award, reminisced that in the last 25 years, some other notable leaders have been recipients of the prize including: The former President of Ghana, Jerry Rawlings; former President of Tanzania, Nwalimu Julius Nyerere; former President of Kenya; Dr. Salim Ahmed Salim; former President of Namibia, Sam Nujoma; former President of South Africa, Dr. Nelson Mandela; Former President John Agyekum Kufuor of Ghana, and President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda.

Other past winners include the former Senate President David Mark; former Defence Minister, Alhaji Yayale Ahmed; founder, First City Merchant Bank, Otunba Subomi Balogun; former President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf; former Permanent Secretary, Alhaji Ahmed Joda and the Nigerian Central Bank Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele.

The Zik Leadership awards is organised by the Public Policy Research and Analysis Centre (PPRAC) and was instituted 25 years ago, in 1995, in honour of the first President of Nigeria, Late Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, primarily to encourage and nurture leadership on the African Continent and in the Diaspora.

United Bank for Africa Plc is a leading Pan-African financial institution, offering banking services to more than twenty-one million customers, across 1,000 business offices and customer touch points, in 20 African countries. Operating in the USA, the UK and with presence in France, UBA is connecting people and businesses across Africa through retail, commercial and corporate banking, innovative cross-border payments and remittances, trade finance and ancillary banking services

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