In a bid to encourage civic participation and ensure that public servants have the opportunity to exercise their voting rights, the Lagos State Government has announced a four-day work-free period.
The purpose of this initiative is to enable public servants to collect their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) from their respective local government or local council development areas within the state.
The declaration was made by the Head of Service, Hakeem Muri-Okunola, who confirmed the development through a circular issued on Wednesday. Muri-Okunola revealed that the state Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, graciously approved the work-free days for the public servants, recognizing the importance of citizen participation in the electoral process.
The work-free days will commence on Tuesday, January 24, and conclude on Friday, January 27, 2023. The designated dates have been allocated to different grade levels of workers in the public service to ensure a systematic and organized approach to the collection of PVCs.
Muri-Okunola highlighted the significance of the initiative, stating, “Consequent upon the extension of the collection of Permanent Voters’ Cards by the Independent National Electoral Commission, it is hereby notified for the general information that all public servants who are yet to collect their Permanent Voters’ Cards from designated INEC Centers are encouraged to do so before Sunday, January 29, 2023, as it is a civic responsibility to vote.”
The circular further outlined the specific dates assigned to each grade level for PVC collection. On Tuesday, January 24, 2023, public servants in grade levels 01, 03, 07, and 15 will have the opportunity to visit the designated collection centers. Grade levels 02, 04, 08, and 13 are scheduled for Wednesday, January 25, 2023, while grade levels 05, 09, 12, and 17 will have their turn on Thursday, January 26, 2023. Finally, grade levels 06, 10, 14, and 16 will have the work-free day allocated to them on Friday, January 27, 2023.
To ensure the smooth implementation of the initiative, Muri-Okunola urged accounting officers to allow their officers in the respective grade levels to be excused on the designated days. He emphasized the importance of compliance, urging accounting officers and all public servants to give the circular the service-wide publicity it deserves.
The collection of PVCs is crucial for eligible voters as it grants them the opportunity to exercise their democratic right to vote. The Lagos State Government recognizes the significance of voter participation and aims to create an enabling environment for its citizens to fulfill this civic duty.
This work-free period for public servants demonstrates the government’s commitment to promoting democratic values and facilitating citizens’ engagement in the electoral process. By providing dedicated time for public servants to collect their PVCs, the Lagos State Government is actively encouraging voter registration and ensuring that individuals are equipped to participate fully in the forthcoming elections.
It is expected that the work-free days will contribute to increased voter turnout and foster a more inclusive and representative democratic system in Lagos State. The government’s efforts to support the collection of PVCs align with its broader goal of fostering a participatory democracy and ensuring that every citizen’s voice is heard.
As the designated dates approach, public servants are encouraged to seize this opportunity to collect their PVCs and actively contribute to shaping the future of Lagos State through their votes.
Abbey Mortgage Bank Host Sustainability Workshop with Non-Profit Stakeholders in Abuja
Geared towards boosting impactful investment opportunities for Non-profit organizations, a leading primary mortgage Bank in Nigeria, Abbey Mortgage Bank has organized a sustainable workshop for stakeholders of non-profit organizations to enhance financial sustainability and drive positive change within the civil society sector.
The event which was Tagged “Financial Management: A Sustainability Tool for Non-Profit Organizations” held on Wednesday 29th November 2023 in Abuja, is aimed at creating impactful investment opportunities to aid sustainability efforts in line with SDG 17 which supports the implementation and revitalization of Global Partnership for sustainable development in the civil society.
The workshop was attended by prominent guests including Jubril Shittu, CEO of PPDC; Dr. Ayodotun Olutola, CEO of CCCRN; Hamza Lawal, CEO of CODE; and Gideon Olanrewaju, CEO of AREAi among other guests.
Speaking at the event, The Group Head, Non-Profit Organizations at Abbey Mortgage Bank, Bukola Ewedairo, noted that, “Abbey Mortgage Bank is rightfully positioned to partner with institutions in the civil society by creating opportunities for long-term sustainable investment.
“We believe that Non-profit organizations need to be strengthened to achieve their mission and this workshop was our way of collaborating to ensure that they can thrive especially with the volatilities in our local economy.” She stated.
Also speaking at the event, the Managing Director of Abbey Mortgage Bank and a key speaker at the event, Mobolaji Adewumi, noted that, ” At Abbey, we are creating an ecosystem where non-profits can flourish, contribute meaningfully to society and drive sustainable change.
Adewumi further noted that “We are committed to helping individuals build wealth and attain financial empowerment and we are proud to collaborate with these distinguished leaders to make a lasting impact by supporting financial growth and empowerment” He stated.
The workshop had informative and interactive discussions, providing a forum for participants to share insights and explore collaborative opportunities. Attendees engaged in dynamic conversations, delving into strategies to enhance financial sustainability and drive positive change within the civil society sector.
Abbey Mortgage Bank reaffirms its commitment to fostering continued partnerships with NGOs, furthering its impact on the non-profit sector. The bank looks forward to ongoing collaboration, contributing to the achievement of sustainable development goals in Nigeria.
Fashola, Kayode Adegbulugbe, Gbenga Komolafe, others bag Honorary Doctorate Degree at 48th Uniben Convocation
The Chief Operating Officer, Green Energy International Limited (GEIL), Engr. Kayode Adegbulugbe have been conferred with the award of Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science (D.SC) Honoris Causa, by the University of Benin at the just concluded 48th Convocation Ceremony.
In a colourful ceremony staged at the University of Benin on Saturday, November 25, Dr. Kayode Adegbulugbe and other award recipients including a former Governor of Lagos and immediate past Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola, Mrs. Betsy Obaseki, first lady and wife of Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, Engr. Gbenga Olu Komolafe, Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission, NUPRC, among others were honored by the university.
Commenting on the award, Dr. Kayode Adegbulugbe noted that he felt “honored and humbled” to have been recognized for his ingenious contribution to the development of the Nigerian oil and gas sector by the Senate of the University.
According to him, “it’s an honor to be considered among the other great recipients of this award like Engr Komolafe and Babatunde Fashola. Their reputation precedes them and I feel very humbled to be recognized by this great University.”
Born into a distinguished family of academics and entrepreneurs in Ibadan on August 8th, 1978, he is a high-flyer in the world of Petroleum Engineering, and an entrepreneur dedicated to delivering serial number 1 exploits, a committed philanthropist known for his significant contributions to countless community developments and humanitarian efforts in Nigeria.
Dr. Kayode Adegbulugbe graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University Ile Ife, after which he earned a Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. He went ahead to broaden his horizon by obtaining a Master of Laws (LLM) in Oil and Gas Law with Distinction from Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen.
He has achieved remarkable feats in the Nigerian Oil and Gas industry in his role as COO at GEIL, the Operator of the Otakikpo oil field. Under his leadership, GEIL has become the highest-producing marginal field operator in the country, currently producing 11,500 barrels of oil per day as of October 2023.
One of his numerous standout achievements is leading the construction, installation and commissioning of a 12 million standard cubic feet modular LPG extraction plant at the Otakikpo field. This scale of modular LPG plant is the first to be installed in the country; an achievement that demonstrates that he is undaunted by hitherto serial number 1 exploits.
This achievement will significantly contribute to ameliorating the perennial associated gas flares that has bedeviled the several stranded pockets of oil fields in the Niger Delta thus supporting the Nigerian government’s aspiration of combating the issue of gas flaring in the country. Dr. Kayode Adegbulugbe hails from Ondo town in Ondo state.
Association Of Licensed Private Security Practitioners Of Nigeria (ALPSPN) Holds 3rd Annual Private Security Conference in Lagos Nigeria
Sanwo-Olu, Dr Solomon Arase, Dr Audi, Dr Tunji-Ojo, Others To Grace Summit
The Association of Licensed Private Security Practitioners of Nigeria (ALPSPN) – the umbrella body of all licensed private security companies in Nigeria – is hosting its 3rd Annual Private Security Conference (PSI) in Lagos Nigeria.
The summit is a convergence of over 1,450 licensed private security companies in Nigeria including government security agencies, regulating ministries, security consultants, business leaders, decision makers and other stakeholders interested in security development.
The theme of the summit, “Redefining Security – The Role of Private Security in a Changing World,” underpins the need for collaboration amongst all stakeholders to have a safe and secure home, businesses and country.
Dr. Chris Adigwu
The National President
Association of Licensed Private Security Practitioners of Nigeria (ALPSPN), in his statement revealed five major reasons stakeholders should attend the Private Security Industry Summit:
1. To understand the anatomy of the private security industry.
You’ll understand the different stakeholders in the private security industry and their roles. You’ll equally understand your role in protecting your assets, your immediate environment, and Nigeria as a whole.
You’ll have a mindset shift in how you see private security companies and the industry in the 21st century. This’ll help you know how to source for and collaborate with reliable companies, improve your security, and better prevent avoidable losses.
2. You’ll understand the different ways private security can help improve your bottom line and promotion of productivity.
3. You’ll explore business opportunities with the over 2,000 stakeholders attending the conference.
4. You’ll be updated on the current security conversations, global trends, and strategies in the industry. This way, you’ll be better informed to make the right decisions in your investments in security.
5. You’ll understand how to collaborate and get the best out of your security service provider.
Interestingly, the executive Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu is the Chief Guest of honour, while the host is Dr. Chris Adigwu
National President ALPSPN, Dr. Ahmed A. Audi, Commandant General: Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) as Co-host, and the Chief Host is Hon. Dr. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, Minister of Interior, Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The Keynote Speakers is, Dr. Solomon E. Arase IGP (Rtd.), Chairman, Police Service Commission (PSC).
The host state chairman is Mr. Babatunde Mumuni, Chairman ALPSPN Lagos State Nigeria
Mark Otabor, anchor of the Nigeria popular TV debate show on TVC: “The Big Issue is the MC and the date is 28th November, 2023 from 9am to 4pm at the Civic Center, Victoria Island Lagos.
Access fees is N100,000 for Non- ALPSPN members While Members pay N70,000
Don’t miss this event.
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