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Leading Oil Firm, Oando Plc Ensures Gender Equality

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Globalization has led to a discourse on leadership and management having different perspectives. Today, one of the discourses includes gender diversity in leadership positions across organizations.

While the African continent comes third after the United States and Europe, and first amongst other emerging regions in terms of women’s representation on boardrooms of top listed companies, some sectors are doing better than others.

In Nigeria, Africa’s largest economy, the banking sector is leading the pack. In what many observers have described as a paradigm shift, the Nigerian banking sector is currently seeing a surge in the number of women at its top echelon. Presently, eight women serve as Chief Executive Officers (CEOs)/Managing Directors (MDs) of the country’s leading banks.

Other sectors, especially the energy sector, hitherto a male-dominated sector, are towing the line. Shell Nigeria unveiled its first female Managing Director for deep-water Nigeria, last year. Most recently, Oando Plc, Nigeria’s leading indigenous energy solutions provider appointed two seasoned professional women to its board of Directors, Mrs. Ronke Sokefun and Mrs. Nana Fatima Mede.

A review of Oando’s culture shows that it’s been conscious of the imbalance within the sector and as such, has always prioritized two things: strengthening indigenous capacity and ensuring gender parity wherever possible. Today 43 per cent of the company’s workforce is female, compared to 22 per cent across the industry. Of this, 33% of executive-level employees are female with the hope that its female representation on its board continues to grow.

In an interview published in 2020 for Africa Oil Week, an Oando Executive said “As leaders, our focus is on building the most desirable company in which to work and invest. To do that, not only do you require vision, ambition, and passionate people, you need a balance of ideas and characters – which you get by prioritizing gender parity.

Our desire to see a more gender-balanced company and in turn sector via proactive action has fuelled our commitment to making gender diversity a priority.

This commitment is effected in every part of our business, from the offering of benefits that encourage women to return to work after maternity leave to our charity, Oando Foundation focusing on educating the girl child; reverberations that can be felt not only within our business but also the community at large.

We have seen and reaped the benefits of a more inclusive business environment and thus inclusivity will always be a priority, one that we will champion until the industry achieves gender balance.”

Mrs. Sokefun, an Alumni of Oando, has over 35 years of work experience. In 2002, she moved to the Oando Group, where within a few years she rose to the position of Chief Legal Officer. During this period, she also sat on the Board of the telecom’s giant – Celtel/Zain (now Airtel) as an alternate Director. She served in this position until 2011 when she was called to public service in Ogun State and proceeded to serve as a 2-term Commissioner – holding diverse portfolios – under Senator Ibikunle Amosun’s 2-term administration as Ogun State Governor.

As conversations on climate change and harnessing sustainable energy sources continue to intensify, oil and gas companies are looking for ways to improve on their operations in line with global standards and requirements.

In line with this, Oando appointed Mrs. Nana Fatima Mede, who has served as a Federal Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Environment where she coordinated the formulation of the Nigerian Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) document on Greenhouse Gases (GHG) in relation to Climate Change – a document which was presented by the President at the Conference of Party (COP 21) in Paris, 2015. She will showcased her expertise on clean energy to support the company’s ambitions.

The growth of female representation across corporate boards shows that unlocking the potential of Africa’s successful transformation requires concurrently removing barriers to women’s leadership and participation.

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Hamzat To Speak On Harmonious Working Relationships Between Arms Of Government As Path To Successes In Lagos 

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His Excellency, the Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat will be the Guest Speaker at the 4th educational and social interactive programme, Timeline Awareness Initiative Lecture/Award on Wednesday 23rd of March 2022.

The programme which promises to be an eye-opener, revealing the level of cooperation in Lagos State Government since the inception of former Lagos State Government and All Progressive Congress APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu in 1999 till date.

According to the Organizers, led by Yusuf Adeoye, Publisher of TimelineNG, an Online Newspaper, Dr. Hamzat who has held several positions in the State including Commissioner For Science & Technology before his present elective position as Deputy Governor will be speaking on the Topic: ” Imperatives of Harmonious Working Relationship Between Arms of Government, A Key Ingredient in The Success of Lagos State Government. With Focus on 2023 General Election’

The Event which hold at the Lagos Sheraton hotel, Ikeja, will witness the Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa as Keynote Speaker. He will be sharing his vast experience as legislator working to aid and ease the work of the executive in Lagos State, which has led to the tremendous infrastructural development and cordial working atmosphere in the State over the years.

The event which will witness awards for few distinguished prominent Nigerians will be Chaired by former Governor of Abia State and Chief Whip of the Senate, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu while the Minister of Information & Culture, Alhaji Lai Muhammed is the Chief Host of the day. Also expected at the occasion is Convener of Arise Women, Dr. Siju Iluyomade, Chairman House Committee on Defence, Hon Babajimi Benson from the House of Representatives among others.

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How Primate Ayodele Foretold All That Is Happening Between Ukraine And Russia Since 2021

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There is tension around the world presently following the crisis between Ukraine and Russia that has degenerated into a war-like situation.
The world woke up to the news of Russia bombing some Ukraine major airports, buildings following the crisis between both countries despite the fact that there have been appeals from some world leaders to Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin.
Of course, when the crisis began to be more pronounced earlier this year, many never thought it would be this serious but a popular Nigerian prophet, Primate Elijah Ayodele had foreseen and foretold the escalation during the release of his 2022 prophecies on Wednesday, 22nd Of December, 2021.
The prophecies which were packaged in a 90-paged booklet contained what will befall nations, individuals in 2022.
On page 12 of the prophecy booklet, Primate Ayodele categorically stated that the crisis between Russia and Ukraine will escalate if the two countries are not careful enough.
These were his words ‘’RUSSIA AND UKRAINE: The spirit of God said to me that the two nations must be careful as regards the crisis between them otherwise it will escalate and cause great problems. I foresee that world leaders will intervene for the crisis to be resolved’’.
As he prophesied, we came into the new year and saw how things escalated between these two countries. The other part of his prophecy that talked about world leaders intervening was also fulfilled.
On the bombings that took place overnight, Primate Ayodele had in a prophetic statement released two days ago made it known that he foresees destruction that will affect countries if world leaders don’t immediately intervene and put an end to Russia and Ukraine crisis.
He said this when some African leaders visited him at his prayer mountain located around the Nigerian-Benin-Lome border.
These were his words, ‘’International communities should handle the crisis between Ukraine and Russia now, otherwise, it will escalate beyond necessary. I advise Joe Biden and Putin to cease-fire, this crisis will escalate to something more disastrous, it will cause destruction, though it will not lead to third world war, I see the destruction that will affect other countries.’’ (https://dailypost.ng/2022/02/22/ukraine-vs-russia-i-see-destruction-coming-primate-ayodele-warns-joe-biden-vladimir-putin/)
Just 48 hours after his prophecy, Russia made a huge strike on Ukraine, causing death, destruction on some of Ukriane’s notable establishments.
In his statement, Primate Ayodele said other countries will also be affected. Some news outlets have reported that the president of Russia, Vladimir Putin has issued a threat to any nation that tries to interfere in the crisis, stating that the response of Russia will be immediate.
Of a truth, these developments have fulfilled Primate Ayodele’s prophecies on Ukraine and Russia.

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Sam Udekwe Emerges New Enugu NUJ Chairman

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Sam Udekwe of Enugu State Broadcasting Service (ESBS), on Tuesday, emerged chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Enugu State chapter, for the next three years.

Chairman of the electoral committee, Lawrence Njoku, said Udekwe emerged winner of the election with 157 votes.

Njoku said that Udekwe garnered 157 votes out of 247 votes cast as against his opponent, Mrs Amaka Nzekwe, who garnered 90 votes at the election conducted at the NUJ Secretariat, Independence layout.

Other positions were unopposed as Emma Acha from NAN emerged Secretary of the Union.

Speaking after the election, Udekwe promised to take the council to a greater height and to carry everybody along in his administration.

He thanked his opponent for her understanding that election is not a do or die affair, which he said created a room for free, fair and credible election.

Udekwe also thanked the outgone chairman, Rex Arum, for creating an enabling enviroment for the election which, he said, had ushered in a new era.

“Arum created the enabling environment for the new transition of power and I promise not to disappoint him and the union at large.

“I cannot end this my speech without appreciating the NUJ president, Mr Christ Isiguzo, for his unbiased nature to the election.

“Isiguzo is a man of peace and he still holds on to the peace he created in NUJ Enugu state since the beginning of his administration,” Udekwe said.

Arum, in his remarks, said that the election was free, fair and credible.

“I am happy that someone has come to replace me and I feel elated that two of them worked under my administration.

“Today, the better side won. NUJ decided and they voted for the person they felt will do better.

“My advice to the new exco is that they should work hard because the prayer of every father is for his son to do better than him.

“Enugu NUJ remains one family and I believe that the winner of today’s election will carry everybody along,” Arum said.

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