NDIC Bags ISO Certification For Excellent Service Delivery

Mohammed Shosanya

The MSECB, an international provider of Audit and Certification Services has granted the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) three ISO certifications.

Bashir A. Nuhu, the Director, Communication and Public Affairs, conveyed this in a statement made available to newsmen on Tuesday.

He said the ISOs include “Information Security Management System ISO/IEC 27001:2013 (on how organizations manage and protect their information assets so that they remain safe and secure, using this robust framework);

“IT Service Management System ISO/IEC 20000-1:2011 (on how to ensure effective and resilient services in today’s changing service delivery environment); and Business Continuity Management System, ISO 22301(on the requirements for a management system to protect against, reduce the likelihood of, and ensure businesses recover from disruptive incidents)”.

The certifications followed a rigorous and independent audit exercise confirming that the NDIC is in compliance with the requirements for the three standards,the statement said.

“The ISO is an independent, non-governmental international organization that brings together experts from around the world to develop, voluntary, consensus-based, market relevant International Standards that support innovation and provide solutions to global challenges.

“The certification is a three-year, multi-layered process that begins with an initial certification in the first year, followed by two (2) surveillance audits over the course of two (2) years.

“In line with its vision to be one of the best deposit insurers in the world, the Corporation will continue to offer excellent services consistent with international standards and best practices to ensure that the current achievement is duly sustained”,the statement added

IADI–ARC Appoints NDIC Boss As New Vice Chairperson

Mohammed Shosanya

The International Association of Deposit Insurers, African Regional Committee (IADI-ARC) has appointed the Managing Director/Chief Executive of the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC), Mr. Bello Hassan its Vice Chairperson.

The appointment was made at the IADI-ARC Annual General Meeting (AGM) held recently in Dakar, Senegal,according to a statement by Bashir Alhassan Nuhu, Director, Communication & Public Affairs.

It noted that the International Association of Deposit Insurers (IADI) was formed in May 2002 as the global standard-setting body for deposit insurance systems and forum for knowledge and experience sharing through international conferences, workshops, attachments and other capacity building programs as well as research and guidance on matters relating to deposit insurance for its members.

In furtherance of its objectives, the Association develops core principles, standards and guidelines to enhance effectiveness of the deposit insurance systems in various jurisdictions.

Bello was elected into the IADI Executive Council (EXCO) in October last year during the IADI’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) held in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It is instructive to note that, the IADI EXCO is the governing body of the Association that ensures the smooth functioning of its affairs.

The IADI-ARC leadership noted that the appointment of Bello into the Association’s EXCO by its General Assembly and their collective resolve in appointing him as the IADI-ARC Vice-Chairperson were all in recognition of his outstanding contributions, commitment and leadership role in deepening deposit insurance practice in Africa and the globe in general.

TotalEnergies Upstream Companies in Nigeria Gets New MD

Mohammed Shosanya

Mr. Matthieu BOUYER has been appointed the Managing Director/Chief Executive of TotalEnergies Upstream Companies in Nigeria and representative of TotalEnergies Company in Nigeria .

His new took effect from August 21, 2023,according to a statement to Premium News on Thursday.

A graduate of the Ecole Centrale in France, Matthieu BOUYER joined Total in 2005 through the Exploration & Production Facilities Engineer program.

He held various high-level positions in Operations, Field Development, Engineering, Project Management in Africa, Asia, France, and Middle East.In 2015, Matthieu worked at the headquarters of the company as a Strategy Analyst on key long-term projects and activities of the company across the world.

He moved to London in 2017 within the Investor Relations Entity where he he was involved with other top executives in the building relations with shareholders and monitoring the performance of TotalEnergies in the financial market.

In November 2020, Matthieu became the Managing Director of TotalEnergies EP Qatar and Country Chair in Qatar, a position he held until his appointment as the Managing Director of the upstream business and TotalEnergies representative in Nigeria.

Sterling Bank Boss,Two Others Join NESG’s  Board Of Directors

Mohammed Shosanya

The Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) has announced the appointment of Mr Abubakar Suleiman, Mr Adetola Adeyemi and Mr Olakunle Alake to the Board of the NESG.

NESG said in a statement that Mr Abubakar Suleiman is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Sterling Bank Nigeria.

He specialises in Monetary and Development Economics, Major Programme Management, Business and Tax Consulting, Treasury and Financial Markets, Asset and Liability Management, Strategy and Quality Assurance, Finance, Risk and Capital Management, Business incubation and market development.

Mr Tola Adeyemi is the Senior Partner of KPMG in Nigeria and Chairman of KPMG West Africa.

He joined Arthur Andersen in 1988 and was admitted as a partner of the Firm in the year 2000.

On the transition of the Firm to KPMG in 2002, Tola became the first Nigerian to head its Audit and Assurance business and successfully led this business for a number of years.

He has over 34 years of professional experience advising local and international clients across various industries and sectors of the economy, including the public sector.

Mr Marcus Olakunle Alake is the Group Managing Director of the Dangote Group.

He holds a BSc in Civil Engineering from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile–Ife Nigeria and is also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria.

Mr Alake currently sits on the Board of the Dangote Group Holding Company as well as all the subsidiary companies listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange.

He has had extensive stints in strategic planning and financial control, having served variously as Strategist and Financial Controller with indigenous companies of high repute spanning Banking, Audit Consultancy and Manufacturing.

Chairman of the Board of the NESG, Mr Niyi Yusuf,congratulated the new board of directors on their appointment,and appreciated all members for their commitment to the national interest and charged every Nigerian to remain steadfast, innovative and resilient in ensuring Nigeria’s growth and economic development.

Tayo Aduloju Is NESG’s Next CEO

Mohammed Shosanya

The Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) has announced the appointment of Dr. Tayo Aduloju as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective January 1, 2024.

Dr. Aduloju, who currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Senior Fellow for Economic Policy, Strategy, and Competitiveness,will succeed the CEO, Mr. ‘Laoye Jaiyeola, upon the completion of his two-term tenure,a statement said on Wednesday.

It explained that under Mr. Jaiyeola’s transformational leadership, NESG has taken a quantum leap, utilising technology and data to promote the inclusive and sustainable growth of Nigeria’s economy while upholding its core principles of a free-market economy, the rule of law, and governance in the national interest.

The Chairman, Board of Directors, NESG Mr. Niyi Yusuf,expressed his gratitude to Mr. Jaiyeola for his dedicated service and impact.

“As the incoming CEO, Dr. Tayo Aduloju brings exceptional vision and expertise to NESG. A distinguished scholar-practitioner, economist, policy entrepreneur, and strategist, he has contributed significantly to various reform initiatives, spanning sectors such as aviation, agriculture, finance, governance, maritime and public service.

“Dr. Aduloju’s experience includes advising former Presidents Yar’Adua and Obasanjo, as well as spearheading the NESG’s national public-private leadership forums and promoting sustainable development,” the statement said.

Aduloju, with an illustrous academic background as an alumnus of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, University of Oxford, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, possesses the ideal qualifications to lead NESG through its upcoming phase.

Dr. Aduloju holds several distinguished accolades, including the Walden University 2022 Citizens Award for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

He earned a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Economic Policy and Public Administration.

Dr. Aduloju is also a graduate and alumnus of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, in addition to holding an Executive Certificate in Economic Development from Harvard Kennedy School.

He is a fellow of esteemed professional institutions, including The Chief of Staff Association, the Institute of Strategic Management in Nigeria, and the Institute of Management Consultants in the United states.

NESG was established in 1996, as a non-profit, non-partisan organisation dedicated to advancing economic reform in Nigeria.

Through its research, programmes, and engagement, NESG has become the leading platform for public-private dialogue, fostering collaboration among the government, private sector, and stakeholders.

NESG’s commitment to creating a modern, globally competitive, sustainable, inclusive, and open economy remains unwavering.

“NESG looks forward to Dr. Aduloju’s visionary leadership as its 6th CEO and the continued pursuit of its mission to transform the Nigerian economy.

“The organisation remains committed to driving positive change, facilitating crucial reforms, and collaboration to shape a prosperous future for Nigeria,” the statement added.

PwC Gets New Regional Director

Mohammed Shosanya

A professional services firm, PwC has announced the appointment of Sam Abu as the Regional Senior Partner for the West Market Area and Country Senior Partner for PwC Nigeria, with effect from 1 July 2023.

Following this appointment, Sam joins the PwC Africa Leadership Team (ALT). As a member of the ALT, he will help set and drive the strategy for Nigeria and the West Market Area, with focus on building trust and delivering sustained outcomes for stakeholders in the region.

Sam is based in Lagos, Nigeria and brings over 23 years of professional experience at PwC (Nigeria and the UK) to this new role, including many years auditing and advising local and multinational clients across a range of industries. He has held several leadership roles within the firm including most recently as the West Market Area Assurance Leader and the Financial Services Leader for Nigeria. He also served for 6 years on the PwC Africa Governance Board.

Sam will succeed Uyi Akpata who has held the position since July 2014. Uyi will continue to be with the firm until his retirement on 30 June 2024 after having a long and successful career in the firm that spanned almost four decades, over three of these as partner.

Commenting on the new leadership, Uyi said:‘’I congratulate Sam on his appointment which reflects the confidence of our firm in his leadership ability and proven track record. I am confident that the firm will continue to thrive under his leadership. I look forward to working closely with him over the next year”

Commenting on his new role, Sam said:’‘This is an incredible honour and an enormous responsibility, especially at this important time in our country and region. I look forward to exciting times ahead with the PwC community of solvers, building trust and delivering sustained outcomes with our clients and in our society. I am grateful to Uyi for his leadership of the firm over the last decade and I personally thank him for his guidance and mentorship over the years.’’

Immigration Promotes 7000, Redeploys 12 Comptrollers

Mohammed Shosanya

The Acting Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service,Wuraola Adepoju, has approved the release of about 7000 officers and men recently promoted across board by the the Immigration, Civil Defense, Correctional and Fire Services Board.

The Secretary of the board, Alhaji Jafaru Ahmed had through a letter announced the promotions in the different services of the Interior Ministry.

Acting Service Public Relations Officer, Mr Kenneth Kure, who was also elevated to the rank of Assistant Comptroller,said in a release that the number of promoted officers and men included both senior officers who sat for the regular exams as well as junior staff who were upgraded as a result of acquiring additional qualifications.

Besides,the Ag Comptroller General, Wuraola Adepoju has approved the appointment of the erstwhile Service Spokesman, Tony Akuneme as FCT command Comptroller.

Comptroller Joseph Dada was also elevated by the CG as new Principal Staff Officer to the Comptroller General.

Dada, a graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, had served in various commands in the NIS and was until his recent appointment, the Comptroller in charge of Marine Border Corps in the Service Headquarters.

Twelve Comptrollers were recently redeployed to different states, including FCT, Kano, Jigawa, Ondo, Ogun, Mfum Border Control , among others.

In her address to Officers and men of the Service during their monthly parade, the CGIS implored them to put the image of the job above personal interests as the NIS was one of the most noble professions and indeed the first agency that any visitor to Nigeria would accost upon arrival.

She promised to prioritize personnel welfare and vowed that henceforth promotion must be based strictly on seniority as it was indeed disheartening to see some older officers stagnated while newly recruited ones were moving over and above the older ones.

IoD Nigeria Inducts BAT’s External Affairs Director

Mohammed Shosanya

British American Tobacco (Nigeria) Limited,has announced its Director of External Affairs, Odiri Erewa-Meggison, has been inducted as an associate at the Institute of Directors Nigeria (IoD Nigeria).

She was inducted alongside 99 others, at the flag-off of its 40th anniversary event that was held in Lagos recently,the company said in a statement

The induction is a testament to the Institute’s efforts to support directors in Nigeria and promote best corporate governance practices in the country.

“BAT Nigeria is committed to building a Better Tomorrow™ and contributing to the economic growth and development of the nations in which it operates,” said Odiri Erewa-Meggison in the statement.

She added:”I am grateful to the institute for considering me fit in character and competence, and I would leverage my capability to contribute to the institute achieving its objectives.As a global business operating in over 180 markets, BAT recognizes that diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is a key organizational strength that enables it to attract and retain the best talent and provide the best products and services to its consumers”

The company proud to be recognized as a Global Top Employer in Nigeria and West Africa and awarded the Diversity and Inclusion initiatives award and overall winner of the 2022 HR Oscars award conferred by the Chartered institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria.

Erewa-Meggison, an expert in corporate governance practices, is also an experienced lawyer as well as a chartered secretary, with experience garnered over 20 years of working across diverse sectors of the economy including oil and gas, telecoms and tobacco manufacturing sectors.

“As the External Affairs Director for West and Central Africa, she is responsible for leading the external affairs and communications strategy in accordance with BAT Group’s positions within those markets.With a robust workforce, BAT Nigeria continues to drive ownership and accountability, build diverse talent pipelines, create enablers and invest in its people, to achieve its DEI goals”,the statement added .

Axxela Emerges As Nigerian Domestic Gas Ambassador

Mohammed Shosanya

Axxela Limited, sub-Saharan Africa’s,has won an industry award as the ‘Nigerian Domestic Gas’ ambassador in recognition of its strong commitment and support for the advancement of the natural gas sector from the Nigerian Gas Association (NGA).

Speaking on the award, Chief Financial Officer, Axxela Limited, Timothy Ononiwu, who received the award on behalf of the CEO,explained that the award is a manifestation of the Axxela’s decades of pioneering innovative energy solutions and powering Nigerian and African businesses.

“We are honoured to receive this recognition from the Nigerian Gas Association (NGA) – Nigeria’s flagship voice for natural gas promotions – for our vast infrastructure investments that have enabled access to natural gas in the country. With 60% of Nigerians said to be in energy poverty, we understand the potentials of natural gas as the pivotal fuel that can take Nigeria into a revolutionary gas-powered economy,” he added.

He noted:”Taking into cognisance Nigeria’s enormous energy gap, we have elected to provide efficient and cost-effective fuel that aligns with today’s environmental concerns and assuages the astronomical energy costs that remained a pain-point for industries in the country. We remain poised to continue these efforts to promote the use of this clean and affordable energy source on the continent.”

With over 300km of gas pipeline infrastructure built, Axxela provides unique energy solutions through its subsidiaries: Gaslink Nigeria Limited, Gas Network Services Limited, Transit Gas Nigeria Limited, and Central Horizon Gas Company Limited.

NDIC Wins Best Contributing Employer Award

Tunde Sholanke

The Industrial Training Fund (ITF) has conferred the award of “Best Contributing Employer in Human Resources Development” for the 2022 Service Year on the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC).

Bashir A. Nuhu, NDIC’s Director, Communication and Public Affairs,said in a statement that the award was presented to the Corporation by the Director General, ITF, Sir Joseph N. Ari, who was represented by the Abuja Area Manager and Deputy Director, Mrs Hauwa Mohammed.

The ITF boss was quoted in the statement as disclosing that NDIC was the most compliant with the ITF Act through consistent periodic remittance of the statutory one per cent of its total staff cost as stipulated by the Fund’s Act.

He appreciated the Corporation for its commitment and patronage of the ITF Training Centre, describing the NDIC’s commitment and partnership with the ITF over the years as worthy of emulation by other government agencies.

In his acceptance remarks, the MD/CE, NDIC, Mr. Bello Hassan, represented by the Executive Director, Operations, Mr. Mustapha Ibrahim, appreciated the Management of the ITF for recognizing the corporation as the best contributing employer to the Fund.

He promised the corporation’s continuous collaboration with the ITF towards enhancing capacity building for its workforce, adding that: “Relationship between NDIC and ITF could be traced as far back as 1990. We therefore assure the ITF Management of our continued support” .