In his widely read column, Pendulum, ace journalist and publisher, Dele Momodu, recently penned a very inspiring piece entitled “Tony Elumelu,the President Africa Needs Desperately”.
Of course, except you carefully read and digest the contents of that beautifully knitted article, you will want to puncture Momodu’summation about Elumelu, as some un-informed critics are wont to do.
But those who know the essential Elumelu better would tell you that Momodu had not exaggerated in his description in any way.
About a decade ago, precisely July 2010, Elumelu, an economist, entrepreneur, philanthropist, founded the now internationally recognized Tony Elumelu Foundation, TEF, after retiring as CEO, United Bank For Africa, UBA.
Unlike some others on the verge of retiring, Elumelu, an international renowned businessman never nursed any fears of retiring into irrelevance or obscurity.
Indeed, when he was retiring from UBA at 47, he already had a vista of some potentially great plans laid before him, one of which is the
In launching the Foundation, Elumelu, who was born on March 22, 1963, clearly spelt out its objective: “to prove that the African private sector can itself be the primary generator of economic development.
The Foundation is charged with the mission of driving Africa’s economic development by enhancing the competitiveness of the African
“As a premier pan-African-focused not-for-profit institution, the Tony Elumelu Foundation is dedicated to the promotion and celebration of entrepreneurship and excellence in business leadership across the continent.”
Interestingly, Elumelu, also the Chairman of Heirs Holdings has remained
very faithful to his seeming vow with humanity. Some years ago, he
pledged the sum of $100m to empower 1,000 entrepreneurs at $10m per
annum over a period of 10 years.
Also , as proof of his commitment to eradicate poverty and reduce unemployment across Africa, Elumelu, few weeks ago, gathered notable personalities from all walks of life for the fifth edition of the Tony Elumelu Foundation Forum.
The three-day event with the theme” Empowering African Entrepreneurs” held at the Transcorp Hilton in Abuja.
Since the widely publicized event held, it has been generating critical discourses across the globe. Without a doubt, the event has further
highlighted is abiding desire to give promising African youth a lift.
In order words, the Delta State-born multiple investor has offered himself as an angel of hope to many.
Described as arguably the largest gathering of entrepreneurs, policymakers, and business leaders across the continent, it was graced
by five African presidents, including President Paul Kagame of Rwanda; President Macky Sall of Senegal and President Felix Tshisekedi of
Democratic Republic of Congo; Nigeria’s Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, and Akinwunmi Adesina, President, African Development Bank.
City Businessman, Kenny Duyile, Cooking Something New
For some time now, man of many parts Chief Kenny DUYILE seems to have been off the social circle radar that made many quibbling minds to be wondering what was happening around him.
His avoidance of the klieg lights for some time now we gathered has nothing to do with a dwindling fortune or influence., but a deliberate move for him to concentrate on a particular business project that has been taking up his time lately.
Unknown to many, the ONDO high Chief who is into various business interests ranging from, but not limited to Real Estate, Farming, Hospitality, Publishing, Oil and Gas has been swiftly and silently cooking something big that will see the sunshine state of Ondo becoming the hub of undiluted entertainment.
Industrious and very astute businessman , who is one of the privileged few that can boast of the ownership of the posh wonder on wheels Rolls Royce series from the 90s till date, has been investing heavily in what will become the talk of the town , not only in rocky town of Ondo but the entire country Nigeria, because the vibration will be heard loud and clear when it eventually birth .
Those who know believe that this new project will be a bang because Chief Kenny is not known to doing his things in small measures
For the records ,Chief Kenny DUYILE, was the brain behind the then talk of the town society journal, Celebrity Mirror and also wave making hospitality haven , Rockview Hotels that are majorly located in the southwest of the country.
Resident doctors threaten to embark on indefinite strike on Thursday, April 1
There was palpable fear after Members of the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) threatens to embark on an indefinite strike on Thursday, April 1.
The body disclosed (NARD) that the strike will be coming on the heels of the expiration of the 60-day ultimatum given to the Federal Government on January 25 for the payment of arrears of salaries of house officers across the country and the review of hazard allowance, among other demands. According to members of the association, since the pandemic began in 2020, it has lost 17 doctors, whose families and loved ones are yet to benefit from the Death in Service Insurance Scheme.
According to a statement released in Abuja by the President of NARD, Dr Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, after NARD’s extra-ordinary National Executive Council (NEC) meeting on Sunday, March 28, reads in part
“The NEC observed that her earlier ultimatum given to the Federal Government during the January 2021 NEC meeting in Owerri will expire by 12 midnight on the 31st of March 2021 with no significant achievement.
The NEC reiterated her full support for the Central Placement of House Officers. Nevertheless, they decried the agony our members have been made to pass through for three months now without salaries despite uninterrupted service delivery to the nation.
This is due to the inefficiency of the Registrar of MDCN in handling the processes of central placement of House Officers as approved by the Federal Executive Council since 2017.
The NEC bemoaned the suffering of some of our members in GIFMIS platform who have not been paid salaries for four months now due to delay in biometric capturing by IPPIS department.
They lamented the inhumane treatment being meted on our members in some State Tertiary Institutions like ABSUTH being owed twenty months salaries, IMSUTH five months salaries and UNIMEDTH three months salaries.
The NEC also observed that despite the three-month window given to the Federal Government to review the hazard allowance of health workers, the hazard allowance has remained a paltry sum of five thousand naira monthly.
The NEC noted that despite the efforts of NARD, the erroneously paid 2020 Medical Residency Training Fund (MRTF) to non-resident Doctors is yet to be addressed. Also, the 2019, some of 2020 and 2021 MRIF are yet to be paid.”
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