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ZENITH BANK WILL CONTINUE TO SUPPORT EFFORTS TO CLOSE DIGITAL SKILLS GAP – AMANGBO

Zenith Bank Plc. has restated its commitment to supporting efforts geared toward closing the digital skill gaps in the country.
Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Office of the bank, Peter Amangbo, made this commitment at the 2018 Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship Award sponsored by Zenith Bank in Lagos on Wednesday.
Amangbo, who was represented by Mrs. Adobi Nwapa, a General Manager in the bank, said this was part of the bank’s corporate social responsibility projects and urged stakeholders in the education sector to work together to equip students with digital skills.
He said the award ceremony was to recognise and reward the students and teachers competing in the Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship in Nigeria.
“I particularly want to acknowledge the efforts of our partner in this project, ReadManna.
“I also would like to encourage our schools to include the acquisition of the commonly used desktop productivity Microsoft Office tools in their curriculum.
“Zenith Bank is proud to be a partner in this laudable project that is designed to provide the students with computing expertise they need now and after they graduate.
“As a bank, we are committed to youth empowerment which is at the core of our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).”
“While we leverage on cutting edge technology to deliver world-class products and services that have been acclaimed at home and abroad, our corporate social investments have equally been commended.
According to him, Zenith Bank has over the years undertaken notable corporate social responsibility initiatives that have impacted schools, cities and the youths
“These include the sponsorship of the Nigerian Female Basketball League, the National Under-13 and Under-15 Football Teams.
“Others are Delta State Principals Cup as well as the donations of ICT Centres to major higher institutions and cities in the country.”
The partnership between Zenith and ReadManna has produced world winners in various categories in the past.
They are Miss Olubunmi Agusto of Day Waterman College, Abeokuta, Ogun State, as the second place winner in Word 2007 and First African Champion in 2014; Master Atafo Abure, Childville School, Ogudu, as the 10th place in Excel 2010 in 2015 and Miss Katherine Eta of Childville School, Ogudu, as the 10th place in PowerPoint 2013 in 2016 and also third place in Word 2016 (2017).
Mrs. Edna Agusto, the Chief Executive Officer of ReadManna, the partner of Zenith Bank in the project, said she appreciated the management of Zenith Bank for its decision to grow the Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship in Nigeria.
Augusto said the bank’s support would help every Nigerian student to know the importance of acquiring basic digital skills at an early age.
The Microsoft Office specialist encourages schools to embrace the competition.
“The Computing Fundamentals Competition enables schools to evaluate their ICT curriculum.
“It gives an independent assessment of your student’s ability in basic ICT that is taught in the school, and it is aligned to school curriculum and international standards.
“Students, who compete in this competition, stand a good chance of getting ‘A’ in Computer Studies in all national and international exams, “she said.

Insiders Reveal; Gov Udom Plans To Dump PDP For APC (begs Akpabio)

With the general elections some months away, the big story in the political circles in Akwa Ibom State is that Governor Udom Emmanuel might have sensed what is to come and has started making moves to join the All Progressives Congress.

“This evening he sent a high powered delegation of Ibibio elders to beg Senator Godswill Akpabio to be allowed to defect to the APC before Monday, the last day for filling of candidates in INEC. The delegation begged for the governor’s name to be sent to INEC in place of Mr Nsima Ekere who won the APC primary held last Sunday. It was a request which drew a chuckle from a bemused Akpabio because it sounded as strange as a tale from the outer world”, according to an APC chieftain who was privy to the meeting.

Those in the know have claimed it is “the umpteenth time the governor is making desperate efforts to decamp to the ruling Party in a bid to escape electoral humiliation. Early August a group of APC stakeholders in the state had to take up advertorials in some newspapers asking their National Chairman not to allow Udom Emmanuel into the Party”.

Months ago, Udom’s predecessor and major power broker in Akwa Ibom politics, Senator Godswill Akpabio dumped the People’s Democratic Party for the APC, a move that caused a major shift as the better percentage of his followers moved to the APC with him.

 

SEYI MAKINDE FAULTS AJIMOBI’S LEGACY

A gubernatorial aspirant on the platform of PDP in Oyo State, Engr Seyi Makinde has described the legacy left behind by the out -going government in the state as deliberately designed to frustrate the vulnerable ones in the society and punish the poor.
In a statement issued by the Seyi Makinde organisation and signed by Prince Dotun Oyelade, Makinde who was Speaking after being screened for the party’s governorship primary said that any candidate who believes he can ride on the back of Gov. Ajimobi’s achievements lacks the compassion and capacity to make a difference in the lives of the common man.
According to Makinde, it will take the next 18 years for a succeeding government to pay up the    157bn debt which this Administration has incurred in seven years.
Makinde said that Oyo state ranks 30 in the comity of the 36 states in Nigeria that cannot sustain itself because it has a monthly 10bn expenditure and a monthly revenue of 6bn  leaving a deficit level of 4bn.
The implication of this figure is that the state sinks into further debt every month to fulfill its recurrent responsibilities in spite of increase in Statutory Allocations of 34bn from oil revenues and VAT of 1.3bn.
Even if Gov Ajimobi turns a new leaf today and pay up all the outstanding debts owed the poor workers and pensioners, the damage has already been done.
According to the PDP aspirant, he has done his home work and with transparency and accountability which are currently lacking, and management of overheads, the situation can be reversed in two years.
According to Makinde, he is in the best position to turn around the fortunes of Oyo state because he is unblemished and has no God Father to mislead him to work against the interest of the massesSEYI MAKINDE QUERIES AJIMOBI ”s LEGACY…
A gubernatorial aspirant on the platform of PDP in Oyo State, Engr Seyi Makinde has described the legacy left behind by the out -going government in the state as deliberately designed to frustrate the vulnerable ones in the society and punish the poor.
In a statement issued by the Seyi Makinde organisation and signed by Prince Dotun Oyelade, Makinde who was Speaking after being screened for the party’s governorship primary said that any candidate who believes he can ride on the back of Gov. Ajimobi’s achievements lacks the compassion and capacity to make a difference in the lives of the common man.
According to Makinde, it will take the next 18 years for a succeeding government to pay up the    157bn debt which this Administration has incurred in seven years.
Makinde said that Oyo state ranks 30 in the comity of the 36 states in Nigeria that cannot sustain itself because it has a monthly 10bn expenditure and a monthly revenue of 6bn  leaving a deficit level of 4bn.
The implication of this figure is that the state sinks into further debt every month to fulfill its recurrent responsibilities in spite of increase in Statutory Allocations of 34bn from oil revenues and VAT of 1.3bn.
Even if Gov Ajimobi turns a new leaf today and pay up all the outstanding debts owed the poor workers and pensioners, the damage has already been done.
According to the PDP aspirant, he has done his home work and with transparency and accountability which are currently lacking, and management of overheads, the situation can be reversed in two years.
According to Makinde, he is in the best position to turn around the fortunes of Oyo state because he is unblemished and has no God Father to mislead him to work against the interest of the massesSEYI MAKINDE QUERIES AJIMOBI ”s LEGACY…
A gubernatorial aspirant on the platform of PDP in Oyo State, Engr Seyi Makinde has described the legacy left behind by the out -going government in the state as deliberately designed to frustrate the vulnerable ones in the society and punish the poor.
In a statement issued by the Seyi Makinde organisation and signed by Prince Dotun Oyelade, Makinde who was Speaking after being screened for the party’s governorship primary said that any candidate who believes he can ride on the back of Gov. Ajimobi’s achievements lacks the compassion and capacity to make a difference in the lives of the common man.
According to Makinde, it will take the next 18 years for a succeeding government to pay up the    157bn debt which this Administration has incurred in seven years.
Makinde said that Oyo state ranks 30 in the comity of the 36 states in Nigeria that cannot sustain itself because it has a monthly 10bn expenditure and a monthly revenue of 6bn  leaving a deficit level of 4bn.
The implication of this figure is that the state sinks into further debt every month to fulfill its recurrent responsibilities in spite of increase in Statutory Allocations of 34bn from oil revenues and VAT of 1.3bn.
Even if Gov Ajimobi turns a new leaf today and pay up all the outstanding debts owed the poor workers and pensioners, the damage has already been done.
According to the PDP aspirant, he has done his home work and with transparency and accountability which are currently lacking, and management of overheads, the situation can be reversed in two years.
According to Makinde, he is in the best position to turn around the fortunes of Oyo state because he is unblemished and has no God Father to mislead him to work against the interest of the masses

 

APC GUBER CANDIDATES TO MEET AJIMOBI TOMORROW; WHO GETS WHAT?

 

The barometer is flailing wildly, it’s an interesting time in the history of Oyo State.
Interesting in the sense that at no time and political period had there been a cluster of qualified people jostling for the seat of power in the State.
The gladiators are many, branding qualifications, backgrounds, experience, connection, money and whatever they have to sway support and earn the trust of the electorates.
Another interesting angle is the strong belief across the state that whoever picks the ticket of the ruling APC has scaled half the hurdles, with opinion linking the hopes of the party on the achievements of the outgoing governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi who broke the jinx and won a second term in office, becoming the first Governor in the State to rule for 8 years (a feat many considered impossible), thus explaining why the finest of the contestants are jostling to hoist their flag with the APC and sail to victory under the Governor’s goodwill.
A source revealed it was not an easy task for Governor Abiola Ajimobi to pick a successor. The Governor, a seasoned politician that firmly holds the reins of the party vowed not to impose a candidate, but narrowed down the attributes he wanted in a successor.
Governor Abiola Ajimobi hinted that his successor would be a competent individual, highly cerebral with track record of achievements, who will not only envision and visualize but someone who will have the courage to do what is right.
The contenders under the APC are being screened while Governor Ajimobi displayed openness and encouraged all the aspirants. The Governor never showed his direct support to any candidate and his body language is difficult to interpret, even to his closest allies and family members, Governor Ajimobi kept a sealed lips on his choice of candidate.
Interestingly Governor Ajimobi some days ago disclosed of the plans in conjunction with some elders of the All Progressive Congress to meet all the contenders tomorrow, Saturday 8, 2018 at the Government house, Agodi, Ibadan
The Governor explained that the meeting became necessary for the party to appeal to some of the contenders to possibly step down and avoid waste of resources.
The pundits have gone to work, with strong analysis on the strength and weaknesses of each contender…

THE 5 STRONG CONTENDERS

Niyi Akintola (SAN)

Niyi Akintola is a notable and highly successful legal practitioner from Ibadan in Ido Local Government Area of Oyo State. He was Deputy Speaker in the Oyo State House of Assembly during the aborted Third Republic before he gave politics a break. He has declared his intention to vie for the governorship seat and he is an aspirant that merits the position in all considerations, especially given his exploits and accomplishments in the legal profession.

However, many are saying the strength of the legal giant lies in his closeness to many top-shots of APC for whom he had handled many electoral cases. As far as politics is the main consideration here, he may not be able to go far with a simple fact that he is more of a stranger to the clusters in the party..

Adebayo Adelabu

Among the recurring names in the race for the governorship seat in Oyo State is Adebayo Adelabu (FCA), one of the grandchildren of the late popular Ibadan politician, Chief Adegoke Adelabu. A distinguished accountant and an accomplished banker, the relatively young man has carved a niche for himself, directing the affairs of the nation’s apex bank as a deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) before he resigned recently.

In terms of popularity, he is quite popular as he has done quite a lot to positively change the face of Ibadan and its people. He has the war chest and enjoys the backings of some stalwarts in the APC, however there are strong indications that Governor Ajimobi does not share the belief that he is the man for the job. Recent events and calculations had pointed to the fact that the qualities the ex banker exhibited in the boardroom may not work for him in politics.

AYO KARIM

The Managing Director of Costain PLC is rumored to be the favorite of Governor Ajimobi among the contenders. Bold and witty, Karim according to observers has all the qualities that Governor Ajimobi claimed he was looking for in a successor.
He is fairly young, 48 to be precise and his I-SHAPE strategy that involves Infrastructure, Sports, Health, Agriculture, Power and Education is what many described as a master-plan that puts him ahead of others in readiness for the task ahead.
A specialist in initiating and executing ‘niche’ projects utilizing refined work approaches has all the aces and technical experience to govern Oyo State .

SOJI ENIADE

The former Head of Service is another strong contender. Those in the know claimed Eyinade understands the workings of the government based on his wealth of experience and understanding of governance. Eniade is a son of Chier Ayo Eniade, a chieftain of the APC in Oyo State.
What many considered his major weakness is that Eniade is only popular within the APC and not the among the electorates that will determine the outcome of the general election.

JOSEPH TEGBE

Tegbe is the assumed ‘man friday’ of Governor Ajimobi. The KPMG topshot has been a consultant to the State government from the word ‘go’. Tegbe’s hand is behind many lofty projects of Ggovernor Ajimobi. He is said to enjoy the ears of the government. What many dubbed his weakness has to do with his age, his late declaration of interest, his questionable background and unpopularity within and outside of the APC.

Aside these 5 strong contenders are other contenders like Dr Isaac Adeduntan, Barrister Bayo Shittu, Isaac Omodewu, Kehinde Olaosebikan, Soji Adejumo, Senator Soji Akanbi and many others who do not stand better chances like the others.

Major Trouble For Senators Atai Aidoko, Dino Melaye In Kogi State

 

Senator Atai Aidoko of the People’s Democratic Party is facing multiple troubles in his re election bid.

Recent returnee to the political party, Dino Melaye is facing the same situation.

The people’s Democratic Party just granted ‘’ automatic tickets to serving members of the National Assembly in States where the Party is not holding sway while allowing the Governors in PDP controlled States decide their preferred candidates’’.

According to information monitored on Kogiripples.com this decision was taken at meeting Uche Secondus led PDP National Working Committee and the PDP Caucus of the National Assembly.

The meeting reportedly held today at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel.

This development is said to have sparked off a growing protest as news of the development leak.

According to kogiripples.com source ‘’ This is clearly a return to the days of impunity which led to the ouster of the Party from Power in 2015.’’

The newsplatform which is very conversant with happenings in Kogi state reported in part ‘’ In Kogi State,the PDP will fail woefully in the event that it goes against its guidelines and constitutional provisions for party primaries as guaranteed by the Nigerian Constitution.

‘’The present occupant of some of the political offices especially Sen. Atai Aidoko Ali will not be allowed to return.

‘’The people of Kogi East Senatorial District are tired and fed up with Aidoko’s kindergarten representation.

‘’Elsewhere in the West, an aspirant had already issued a statement thus: If the PDP National working committee will not conduct a free, transparent and credible primaries as laid down in the guidelines of the party and imposes Dino Melaye on us as a candidate in Kogi west senatorial district, as they now planned, l Will not sit and watch anyone destroy the excellent work we have labored to do along with others in Kogi state to be sacrificed for his personal ambition. I will not hesitate with my massive supporters to pull out of PDP before the entire building collapse in the state. I came into House of Representatives initially in 2011, through ACN which was a non existing brand in my constituency, am prepared to start a new journey.

‘’The above is not just a mere threat but a wake up call to the party hierarchy and its leadership to rescind from this unpopular decisions as it is capable of truncating the effort made so far to redeem the party’s image.’’

The report authored by Isa Wada Odaudu further revealed that ‘’ Quite expectedly, a number of Party faithfuls are waiting for the formal announcements to ditch the party which is just recovering from the hemorrhage it experienced a few years ago.

‘’Coming at a time when the ruling APC is opting for an all-inclusive Democratic process, it is clear that the APC will be the net-gainer in the end.’’

The Lokoja based PDP member on Kogiripples insists ‘’ Imposition and all forms of impunity must be jettisoned by the NWC if we must make progress as a party as we cannot afford to repeat the failure of the general election in 2015 that ousted the party from the grip of the national government.

‘’The grim reality is that we are drifting off the radar of political renaissance for possible return to power with this political gangsterism and imposition.’’

 

IBRU ROLL CALL;POOL SIDE CELEBRATION IN GHANA FOR OSKAR IBRU AT 60(as usual, Cecelia Ibru, Obaro absent, Oboden present)

A week to his 60th birthday the scion of the Ibru dynasty, Olorogun Oskar Ibru was popping champagne and munching finger foods with friends when his son, Chris got married to Ibiyinka Akinola. The gathering at the socialite’s Lagos home knew what was coming as he used the soiree to invite his friends to his 60th birthday.
Many who witnessed his 50th birthday party ten years ago were not surprised when they reached the scenic Ibru Heights Resorts in Aburi, Ghana and beheld a grand ceremony fit for only an Ibru in display.
The pool side of the 5-star recreation centre was occupied with friends and family members that were strictly screened by the billionaire businessman to be part of his big day.
Oskar who favoured a casual wear of t.shirt and shorts was on hand to see that his guests were well taken care of while his pretty wife, Wanda moved around to gauge the mood at the party and engaged in chit-chat with friends and asociates.
Spotted at the private party were Lady Maiden Ibru, Gloria Ibru, Greg Uanseru, Ian Randolph, Gaddy Larea, Debbie Oghene, Segun Adebutu, Antonio Giovanni, Ete Omatseye and many others.
With news of a raging feud amongst the Ibru clan, the former Managing Director of Oceanic bank, Cecelia Ibru was absent at the party, likewise her son Obaro. But the family must have been equally represented with the presence of Oboden who was at the party and acted in his usual calm manner.
The light lunch was followed by a praise worship and later a VIP dinner at Accra.
A lover of the good life…cars, clothes and choice drinks Oskar is a king in his own kingdom.

OPINION; Senator Attai Aidoko Sir, Legal Quest Or Legislation? by John Paul

Senator Attai Aidoko Sir, Legal Quests Or Legislation?
Recently, I embarked on a journey to Ugbamaka lgah, the ancestral home of senator Attai Aidoko representing Kogi East in the senate. Whirling the community without a glance on potential pay-off for producing a Senator of the Federal republic, I resorted for interrogation and a retired police officer has this to say;
“This is not river, but a stream. The only stream sustaining our community and the neighborhood and its about four Kilometers away. Aidoko is far from our challenges because he only come here in the night and disappear before dawn since he became a senator.  As you can see we have no portable water, no electricity and other basic infrastructures.”
While the interrogation was still on, something struck my mind with the absence of morality in our leaders and I asked myself, why do people find pleasure in deceiving others? The senior citizen suddenly tapped and asked that I come with him. Lo and behold! I was taken to a large warehouse stocked with tricycles purportedly meant to electioneer Aidoko’s re-election bid in 2019.
Flash, Senator Attai Aidoko told us few months ago that he would not contest in 2019 as he will return to his farm in order to cater for his family but all doubt were cleared with events turning out from his camp within the last few days.
Sometimes I wonder if some of our leaders are sets of aggrieved people on vengeance. They are friendly while election is around the corner and once they are voted into power they turned their back on the electorates.
I stumbled upon a media branded achievement of the Senator from inception to date and I scoffed knowing it’s fallacious and politically intrigued. Though it’s the usual shenanigans with Nigeria politicians especially when election approaches but I don’t think it’s necessary to spend constituency allocation on tactics that is obviously irrelevant to the political curriculum of senator Aidoko. Why? Because unlike his contemporaries, Aidoko only sleeps and merry with his concubines while the court delivers his mandate in his choice location.
What a digression of our democracy.
Come to think of it why would Aidoko include electrification of Ikeje Igah to Ugbamaka in the projects he initiated when Ikeje has been electrified a year before he found his way to the corridors of power? As a matter of fact, Ikeje Igah’s electrification projects was initiated by the famous philanthropist Suleiman Babanawa in 2002.
Moreover, as a center to Okpo, Ogugu, Ugbamaka and Branch Obu, Ikeje town is located along Kogi – Benue – Enugu highways and it’s said to have been blessed with some basic infrastructures like schools, health care facilities and pipe borne water before our democratic rebirth.
Developing an already developed community in the face of others is abysmal. If Aidoko was in for the business he flaunts, it would have made more sense if suburbs like Igah gate, Igah Ocheba, Igah chechere which lacks virtually all the basic amenities especially portable water was considered.
Having watched helplessly while Kogi east legislative strides devalorize daily amidst national core issues, I put a call to some ‘behavioural scientists’ to find out what differentiates ‘psychological dispensation’ from action but they are yet to get back to me. Vision they say determine mission and mission determines action. The hypocrisy in the entire narrative of our legislative struggles is not far fetched; the man at the helm of affairs is formerly known for his indispensable slogan “Development of Igalaland is my priority”.
More delusive, Aidoko is also a major stake holder in the so called ‘project save Kogi’. So one may be tempted to ask, what has suddenly befell this noble personality? Has power actually corrupted him or the so called slogan was just a headway to political limelight?
The time is appropriate to pose this sacred question (Legal quests or Legislation?) before distinguished senator Aidoko as further delay may write off Kogi east from Nigeria’s Geo-political zones. Judiciary they say is the last hope of a common man but for Aidoko, it’s an avenue to quiz justice against the people.
In 2015, Kogi East Senatorial mandate was grasped via election petition tribunal as Abdulrahman Abubakar of the ruling All Progressive Congress won the senatorial poll.
Lending credence, he was given the certificate of return as member of the Nigeria Senate on the 3th of April 2015 and took oath of office in June 2015  conforming with electoral acts.
Six months later, Aidoko swirled into the Senate with a verdict from the state electoral petition tribunal siting in Lokoja asking senator Abdulrahman Abubakar (APC) who polled 98,915 votes to relinquish for him as the flag bearer of the opposition party with 88, 994 votes. Efforts to appeal the injustice perpetrated against Abdulrahman was an exercise in futility as Aidoko though has Alfa to contend with, bought his way in the entire process.
The legal battles between Aidoko and Alfa however came on the heel of nonconformity with party rules on individual mandate. While Alfa was anointed by his party with his mandate, Aidoko leveraged on his allotted court mandate.
To show that Alfa was also endorsed by the gods (ojo-ane), not only did he win the scheduled re-run, the pre election suit had had Aidoko declared unqualified for the second time. But coercively, Aidoko flouted court judgement to remain in the senate regardless of whose ox is gored and the recent appeal he filed at the supreme court is just a guy-man making the street attractive for the next ten months when his tenure shall elapse.
Apparently, Aidoko has never been mandated by his constituency in the senatorial journey so far going by the above facts. He has never won election but rely on paid court orders to overthrow those who toiled every nooks and crannies of the constituency to woo voters.
It was reported online that Aidoko bribed four judges of the supreme Court with a whooping some of N100,000,000 each in order to halt it’s  judgement on the pre- election suit by Isaac Alfa sometimes last year.
Space constraints may deter my urge to x-ray the saga between Air Marshall Isaac Alfa and distinguished senator Aidoko Ali Usman but one disgusting fact posterity may not allow if ignored is the fact that Alfa ambitiously gambled with Edward Onoja and cohorts in order to secure justice. But if I must balance the equation, Alfa’s last minute move is just a tradition everyone must adopt especially if the business of politics must thrive. His concordat with Edward Onoja which hierarchically introduced the influence of the state governor, Minister of Justice and finally the presiding judge was a perfect political permutations. At least the mission was accomplished even though the future is uncertain.
Our Democracy has been muddled. The business of legislation is now clustered in one-man’s show which neither regard the rule of law nor enforce common will. The judiciary has been cloned into private entity with the outputs favoring an individual.
Those accusing me of raising dust among our party men can now understand that Aidoko has no place in the heart of any party man or the PDP itself going by the odious selfishness and permutations that had reduced Kogi eastern legislation to a shit hole. How can Aidoko sit and watch while Dino Melaye and his counterpart from the central strive for Ajaokuta steel? How can we watch while our Constituency allowances is been diverted and use for legal cases? How can we fold our hands while myopically inclined, self-serving and self aggrandizement hold sway to the detriment of common will and aspirations?
To prevent further rots, Aidoko and his handlers must be called to order, at least to explain their preferences between the hovering legal quests and legislative business. So that if the need be, we must shop for possible replacement. A black goat they say is better captured in the day time. (PROPHETIC declaration)