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Julius Berger gets new Non-Executive Director

During a meeting on June 19th, 2019, the Board of Directors of Julius Berger Nigeria Plc announced the appointment of Engineer Goni Musa Sheikh as a Non-Executive Director of the construction firm.

According to a notice by Julius Berger Plc to the Nigerian Stock Exchange dated June 20th and signed by the Company Secretary Mrs Cecilia E. Madueke, it was disclosed that Mr Sheikh’s appointment would take effect on 1st July, 2019.

Goni Musa Sheikh’s Profile: He was appointed Mining Engineer I at the Nigerian Mining Corporation (NMC), Jos, Plateau State in 1980. From 1980 to 1990, Sheikh was involved in the design, development, and executions of many mineral projects like gold, barytes, cement, feldspar, talc, bentonite, tin ores, soda ash, tantalite, lead/zinc sulphides, diatomite and kaolin.

In 1990, he became the General Manager/Chief Executive Officer of Nigerian Kaolin Limited (a subsidiary of Nigerian Mining Corporation, Jos).

He rose in 2000 to the post of General Manager, Corporate Infrastructure and Projects of the Nigerian Mining Corporation, Jos, where he oversaw all the operations and development of new projects of the Corporation.

Between 2000 and 2006, he was the Executive Director of the Bitumen Project, Akure. Sheikh held several positions in Government including Director, Mines Inspectorate Department; Director, Mining Cadastre Office; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Mines and Steel Development; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum Resources, and Permanent Secretary, Ecological Fund Office.

He was appointed Special Technical Assistant to the Minister of Mines and Steel Development in 2006. Here, Sheikh spearheaded the technical report preparations and investment drive in INDABA South Africa and PDAC Canada. He served two ministers in this capacity.

He had been Nigeria’s representative at many international conferences, served on many boards and worked closely with different international organisations and blue chip companies.

He was the Nigeria Governor for OPEC for almost three years, later becoming the Chairman, Board of Governors of OPEC.

Before his appointment at Julius Berger, Mr Sheikh was a board member of the Nigerian LNG, Bonny Gas Transport and the National representative of African Petroleum Producers Association (APPA).

Sheikh retired as a Federal Permanent Secretary after putting in 35 meritorious years of service and is currently engaged in Consultancy works in Oil, Gas and Mining.

A recipient of many academic awards, Sheikh is a Fellow of Nigerian Society of Mining Engineers and Member of Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), The Council of Registered Engineers of Nigeria (COREN), Council of Mining Engineers and Geoscientists and Nigerian Mining and Geosciences Society.

Julius Berger stock opened on the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange today at N20.9 per share.

Source: NairaMetrics

Governor Sanwo-Olu and Jim Ovia step into virtual reality at PwC’s new Experience Centre

Multinational professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers unveiled its first experience centre in Lagos, yesterday. With over thirty of such centres around the world, Nigeria’s commercial capital was long overdue to join in on PwC’s futuristic quest to spread its digital services and innovative solutions across Africa.

The experience centre is a new-age, technology-focused ecosystem replete with colourful designs and set-pieces that are meant to foster idea generation for PwC clients. In attendance at the Lagos launch were Vice President Yemi Osibanjo, represented by the Director-General of the Budget Office, Ben Akabueze, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, Zenith Bank Plc’s Chairman, Jim Ovia, and the former GMD/CEO of the now-defunct Diamond Bank Plc, Uzoma Dozie, among others.

In his remark, Nigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, stated that Nigeria’s future would be spearheaded by technology and not oil and gas.

“The PwC Experience Centre is in line with the smart technology initiative of the government. As an administration, we recognise that Nigeria’s future does not lie in oil and gas but more in technology and innovation. This is anchored on moving the economy away from a resource-based to a people-based model. We must take this seriously going forward.” –Osinbajo

The Lagos State’s Babajide Sanwo-Olu also expressed the same sentiment:

“I think the PwC initiative is the way to go. It is in line with what Lagos state government is doing to boost the economy. I encourage other companies to see it as a challenge and begin to tap into the opportunities the government is creating.”









“The Experience Centre is an important part of our broader drive to transform how we engage with our clients, our people and our community to Re-imagine the Possible in a fast changing and competitive market. This Centre will drive our thinking around disruption and the emerging technologies. It will also provide us a platform to support clients, working with them to co-create solutions that meet todays and future business challenges. The Centre will also allow us experiment from prototypes, simulate scenarios, see how it’s going to work, test it and see that they meet the needs of the client and the market.”

A look at the Facility: After the opening remarks, guests were given a tour of the facility which included a demo room with PwC employees giving presentations on the company’s latest offerings in Tax and Drone technology. Also featured were a virtual reality simulator, a “Geek zone” for strategy sessions, a “nap room” for rest and a game room for employees to unwind.  With millennials comprising a significant portion of the company’s workforce, it was important to design a work environment inspired by youth.

The experience center is located at CCP Place, Plot 17, Block 25, Chief Abiodun Yesufu Way, Oniru, Victoria Island

Each one of the Vice President, Governor, Mr Ovia and PwC’s Regional Senior Partner for West Africa, Mr Uyi Akpata, all made opening remarks to kick off the launch. According to Mr Akpata:

About PwC: Pricewaterhousecoopers is a a network of firms in 158 countries with over 250,000 people that provide advisory, auditing, and tax services.4


Community protests encroachment on land

Twelve persons were arrested yesterday in Abba and Ukpo, Prince Arthur Eze’s Community in Anambra State, following a land dispute between the two communities.

Of the number, three are women.

The land dispute has lasted 44 years.

Abba community had planned a peaceful demonstration on the Onitsha/Awka expressway to protest the alleged takeover of their land by Ukpo.

The Supreme Court, in January, told the communities to return to the High Court to begin the case afresh following missing court documents relating to previous rulings.

As early as 6am yesterday, hundreds of stern-looking policemen had blocked the expressway and the road leading to Abba, while women were stopped from doing their businesses in the market.

The teargas canisters that landed inside the Community Secondary School forced pupils to join the protest.

Vehicular movement was hindered for several hours, forcing motorists to use alternative roads.

A community leader in Abba, Mr. Obinna Chukwuma, regretted the development, describing it as unfortunate. He added that their decision to embark on a peaceful demonstration was to let the world know what they were passing through over their land.

He said: “Abba is a peaceful community but it is under siege. We have been living in harmony with our neighbours, but all of a sudden, a money bag from our neighbouring community, Ukpo, decided to take over our land by force.

“Anybody approaching this community from Awka would see the signpost with the inscription, ‘welcome to Abba’.

“That is our boundary with Ukpo, and they know it very well. When they built their local government headquarters, they built it on their land. When they built a police station, they built it on their land. They also plan to build a market called Eke Agu Ukpo on their land. So they know where their land is located.

“But unfortunately, they have come into our own land to mount a banner with the inscription ‘welcome to Ukpo junction, Dunukofia local government. In other words, they erected their sign post in another local government because Abba is in Njikoka council and not Dunukofia.

“That is why the people are protesting. We don’t have arms, we are not fighting anybody. We just want the world to know what is happening.

“It is unfortunate that someone who feels he has money is using it to intimidate us. Look at policemen firing teargas on innocent people, and women chased away from the market.

“Last week, the security operatives blocked our community with 12 hilux vans. Today, there are more than 500 policemen and over 20 hilux vehicles, including anti-bomb vehicles, just to mount a signpost on our land, even when Boko Haram is driving people out of their homes in some parts of the country.

“We will let the world know what is happening in our community…”

The protesters called on President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Willie Obiano to intervene in the interest of peace and harmony.

Police spokesman could not be reached for comments. But a senior officer, who pleaded for anonymity, said the command would not allow anybody or group cause mayhem.

Source: The NationNg

Rebrand your profession, Moghalu tells surveyors

The presidential candidate of the Young Progressive Party, YPP in the 2019 presidential election, Prof. Kingsley Moghalu has called on the Nigerian Institute of Surveyors, NIS to re-brand the profession to be attractive to younger generation.

Moghalu who was a former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN made the appeal yesterday while delivering a keynote address at the 53rd Annual General Meeting of NIS with the theme “National Mapping Infrastructure and Geo spatial Technologies in Monitoring Disaster for Sustainable Development,” held in Awka, the capital of Anambra state.

He said the institute needs to re-brand the profession from analogue to Geo spatial Technologies to make it more appealing to younger generation who are digitally driven. “The profession has not much meaning to younger ones. Whenever it is rebranded to reflect digital world, many youths will be attracted to the profession. Rebranding to Geo spatial technologies will make more sense to them,” he said.

The president of NIS, Mr. Alabo Charles said surveyors have not been actively involved in policy implementation in Nigeria, regretting that they have been limited to playing advisory role in mapping and surveying. According to him, NIS needs to be actively involved in the implementation of surveying and mapping of the nation at all levels.

Source: Dailytrust

Secretariat complex: Delta Assembly approves Okowa’s N2.2bn request

The Delta State House of Assembly has approved the request of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for an upward review of the fund for the construction of the new Central Secretariat Complex by N2.2 billion.

The Governor’s request was contained in a letter sent to the House and read by the Speaker, Sheriff Oborevwori at Tuesday’s plenary.

According to the letter, Okowa said the state executive council had approved an upward review of the contract for the construction of the new Central Secretariat Complex undertaken by North China Construction Nigeria Limited by N2.2 billion.

He said due to the urgency in bringing all ministries, departments and agencies under one roof to reduce the cost of governance, it became necessary to complete the project in record time by ensuring adequate funding bearing in mind its importance as one of the flagship projects of the present administration.

The Governor noted that the state executive council at its meeting which held on May 21, 2019, considered and approved the term loan financing of the upward review to the sum of N2.2 billion.

The Deputy Speaker, Ochor Ochor moved separate motions for the consideration and approval of the upward review and it was seconded by Emeka Nwaobi and Reuben Izeze.

However, the governor has denied the allegation that he is the contractor of the new secretariat.

Okowa said, “There has been a rumour that Okowa is the contractor handling the new secretariat, and I keep telling people I’m not the contractor but wish I’m the one. I must be a good contractor because the contractor handling that project is doing well”

Source: Punchng

EFCC arraigns man for obtaining property by false pretences

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibadan zonal office, on Monday arraigned one Paul Afolabi before Justice Patricia Ajoku of the Federal High Court, Ibadan Judicial Division, on four counts bordering on obtaining property under false pretences.

Afolabi, who allegedly operated under the name, William Sharon, was arrested in Ibadan by EFCC operatives after receiving an intelligence report dated May 10, 2018, alleging that he and other suspects were members of a syndicate formed to dupe people on the Internet.

The petitioner had accused Afolabi and his accomplices of using fake information to obtain Itune GiftCard and Amazon cards from foreigners.

The offences, according to the EFCC, run contrary to Section 1(b) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Related Offences Act, 2006, and are punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act.

Afolabi pleaded not guilty to the charges as they were read to him.

Following his plea, the EFCC counsel, Lanre Abdulrasheed, prayed the court for a trial date and an order to remand the defendant in prison custody.

The defence counsel, Ololade Animasahun, however, filed a bail application on behalf of his client, which the EFCC lawyer did not oppose.

The presiding judge adjourned the matter till July 3 for a ruling on the bail application and fixed the commencement of trial for September 30.

He also ordered that the accused be remanded in prison till the court would decide on his bail application

Source: Punchng.

Cabinet: Appoint Separate Ministers for Power, Works, Group Tells Buhari

The Vanguard for Transparent Leadership and Democracy has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to unbundle some ministries and appoint separate ministers for them as he prepares to constitute his second-term cabinet.

The group’s National President, Igbini Emmanuel, made the call in a statement made available to journalists in Abuja on Monday.

Emmanuel listed some of the ministries that should he unbundled for maximum efficiency as the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing; Ministry of Youths and Sports; Ministry of Information and Culture; Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development; and Ministry of Education, among others.

He also advised the President to allow the Nigerian Bar Association to nominate the next attorney-general and minister of justice.

This, he said, would engender the confidence of lawyers in the minister.

He said, “Mistakes were made by President Buhari in the merger of some critical ministries which led to the failure of the ministries to deliver services to meet the expectations of Nigerians.

“The merger of power, works and housing ministries was a fatal mistake that should be corrected in the next Federal Executive Council.

“The three ministries should be independent and headed by three substantive ministers not ministers of state.”

He added, “Also, the Ministry of Youths and Sports should be made independent and headed by two substantive ministers in view of the critical roles youths and sports independently play in the development of Nigeria.”

He added, “The Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism should be unbundled into ministry of information and ministry of culture and tourism. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development should also be separated and made independent. Ministry of orientation should be established to be headed by a minister.

“There should also be established separate ministries for tertiary and secondary/primary education.

“Ministers should be appointed into ministries where they have adequate educational training, professional competence and experience. Doing so will obviously help such ministers to hit the ground running immediately after their inauguration rather than spend almost four years learning about their ministries.”

The group advised that the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, being a very critical ministry in the dispensation of justice and enthronement of rule of law in a democracy, should be nominated by the Nigerian Bar Association.

“This will engender the confidence of legal practitioners in the attorney-general and minister of justice,” the group said.

Emmanuel also advised that each state of the federation should produce a substantive minister and not minister of state.

He claimed that the President had been acting in breach of the Constitution by denying some states their rights to produce ministers.

He argued that there was no constitutional recognition for the position of ministers of state, describing such appointments as “illegal, null and void.”

“There must be at least 36 ministries with each ministry headed by a minister from each of the 36 states of Nigeria in conformity with the provision of Section 147 of the 1999 Nigerian Constitution, as amended,” he said.

Emmanuel also urged the President to name his ministers in time in order to give the Senate adequate time to screen them for confirmation.

Source: punchng

CIBN, Others to Brainstorm on Nigeria’s Infrastructure Devt

In a statement, the institute said it would assemble erudite scholars and core professionals from banks and other institutions at a public forum in Lagos, to examine some critical issues that would further improve the state of infrastructure in the country.

It stated that the forum would be organised by the CIBN during its 2019 annual lecture in Lagos in June.

According to the statement, the theme of this year’s edition was, ‘Infrastructure development and growth in Nigeria: Prospects and challenges,’ and would be addressed by Prof Melvin Ayogu, of  Mapungubwe Institute of Strategic Reflection, South Africa; while the Group Chief Executive Officer/Partner, South Bridge Group,  Mr Andrew Alli, HCIB, would chair the occasion.

In a bid to ensure that Nigerians from all walks of life are carried along on critical policies of government as well as benefit from the knowledge-based issues’ forum, the institute said it had consistently made the programme free of charge for all of participants.

“The annual lecture series, therefore, is a public enlightenment programme aimed at keeping members of the public constantly abreast of topical economic issues and policies, it stated.

It stated that it was expected that this year’s lecture would not only attract chieftains of the banking and finance industry, top public officials,  diplomats, the academia, non-financial institutions and professional bodies, top executives of the organised private sector as well as other stakeholders in the Nigerian economy, but also bring immense value which ultimately would revolutionalise the infrastructure decay in Nigeria.

Source: punchng

NiMet makes Monday’s weather predictions for Abuja, Kano, Lagos, others

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted cloudy weather conditions with chances of rainfall and thunderstorm activities over most parts of the country on Monday. In its Weather Outlook on Sunday in Abuja, the agency predicted partly cloudy morning over the central states with day and night temperatures of 30 degrees Celsius to 34 degrees Celsius and 20 degrees Celsius to 24 degrees Celsius.

It also predicted chances of thunderstorms over Bauchi, Kaduna, Plateau, Abuja, Benue, Taraba and Adamawa axis during afternoon and evening. The agency predicted that northern states would experience partly cloudy morning and chances of thunderstorms over Kano and Katsina in the afternoon and evening.

It added that the cities would have day and night temperatures of 33 degrees Celsius to 38 degrees Celsius and 23 degrees Celsius to 25 degrees Celsius. NiMet also said that Southern states will experience cloudy conditions with chances of light rains over Calabar, Eket and Port Harcourt during the morning hours. “Down scaled weather activities are expected over the country, thou there are chances of thunderstorms in some places within the next 24 hours,” it predicted.

Source: (NAN)

SGF warns Nigerians over fake Buhari cabinet recruitment

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Boss Gida Mustapha, has urged Nigerians to disregard false information on the social media and through text messages, urging members of the public to submit their Curriculum Vitae at a fee, to a non-existing desk at his office, to facilitate their selection as Cabinet members. In a statement on Sunday, the Permanent Secretary, General Services Office (OSGF), Olusegun Adekunle, said:

“The public, is by this notice, advised to disregard such information as the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation has no such mandate and has never requested for such information.  “The SGF, Boss Mustapha, uses this opportunity to warn originators of such fraudulent request to desist forthwith from using the name of the SGF in their dubious and nefarious plan to fleece unsuspecting members of the public

Source: Daily Trust

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