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Aregbesola: How Interior Ministry Managed 1.5m Applicants For 5,000 NSCDC Jobs; 500 Staff Parading Fake Certificates – Head Of Service

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Rauf Aregbesola The recently concluded recruitment into the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, has been declared one of the fairest and most transparent in recent time, despite the huge number of applicants who applied for the few positions available.

This was declared by the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, at the Policy Dialogue on Entrenching Transparency in Public Service Recruitment in Nigeria, organised by the Anti-Corruption Academy of Nigeria, an institution of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Relates Offences Commission (ICPC) in Abuja on Tuesday.

“For the NSCDC, about 1.5 million applications were registered on the website. Those who met the requirements on age and height were about 750,000 and were asked to upload their certificates. A total of 217,000 applicants uploaded their certificates of which 113,000 were shortlisted to write the CBT but only 53,116 eventually sat for the test. It is from these that 5,000 were picked among the successful ones.

“In recruiting into the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), the board decided to advertise in the media to bring the information to the awareness of as many people as possible.

This rules out secret recruitment. We also put away the manual mode of conducting tests and adopted computer based tests that can be done in any location, eliminating the need to have a mass crowd together in one place. We hired a reputable examination body, the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) for the aptitude test.

“In addition, we included the National Identity Number (NIN) to authenticate the identities and biodata of applicants and eliminate fraud and possible impersonation.

We also engaged the Federal Character Commission at all stages of the recruitment exercise. All these were done through a dedicated website,” the minister revealed.

The Minister who revealed the process was long and tortuous, however stated that the recruitment exercise was a novelty that came with a lot of pressure, yet we’re able to recruit the best into the service.

“The recruitment process into the NSCDC was long and tortuous, though It is also a novelty. So we expected a lot of pressure. Some of the pressures are understandable. A woman came with her son after getting very high up people to influence his appointment. But we discovered that the son was far, far below the required height of 1.7 metres. Some applicants on wheelchairs also came, demanding for the statutory five per cent allocation for special people. We politely explained to them that the job is paramilitary, requiring strenuous physical exercise for which they are not eligible, given their physical condition.
“One of the lessons we learnt, which we have always known anyway, is that there is no part of this country where we cannot get merit, if we want the best. We got people from all parts of the country who are qualified, including females, as certified by the Federal Character Commission that was part of the process from the beginning to the end,” the Minister noted.
Speaking during his address, the Chairman of the ICPC, Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, noted that the event was the third in the series and germane in the fight against corruption.

“You will agree with me that the theme for today, Entrenching Transparency in Public Service Recruitment, is very germane in the fight against corruption and more importantly, they contribute towards the attainment of the National Anti-Corruption Strategy (NACS) one of whose objectives is promoting an improved legal, policy, and regulatory environment for the fight against corruption.

“Indiscriminate recruitment has impacted personnel budget such that government personnel wage bill has continued to rise geometrically almost doubling between 2015 and 2022 from N1.832trn in 2015 to N3.494trn in 2022,” the ICPC chairman noted.
In her keynote address, the Head of Service of the Federation, Dr. Folashade Esan, campaigned for more transparency in the recruitment process of all government agencies.

“Transparency in recruitment is a matter that elicits interests because some people for some incorrect reasons think public sector jobs are somehow better than jobs in other sectors. In fact, according to a 2021 Q3 report, Agriculture, Trade and Manufacturing stands as the highest employers of labour in Nigeria.

She continued, “In March 2021, my office reported to the ICPC that in a particular Ministry, over 1,000 people were carrying fake employment letters and are already enrolled on the IPPIS platform and are drawing salaries from the Federal Government.

She however listed the measures being put in place to ensure transparency in recruitment and also delist those found wanting or parading fake employment letters.

“Just yesterday, the Civil Service Commission sent us a list of 500 people parading fake employment letters and recommended that their salaries be stopped. A list of another 3,000 was forwarded for their salaries to be stopped until their certificates and letter of appointments are verified,” the Head of service stated.

Other dignitaries at the event include, Provost of the Anti-Corruption Academy of Nigeria, Prof. Tunde Babawale; Chairman of the Federal Civil Service Commission, Dr. Bello Tukur Ingawa; Director (IPPIS), Office of the Accountant General of the Federation, Dr. Ben Nsikak, Executive Director, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), Mr. Adetokunbo Mumini amongst others.

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Wale Tinubu, Oando top Managers set to deliver papers at Africa Oil Week

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Again, Nigerian oil and gas mogul, Oando Group Chief Executive, Jubril Adewale Tinubu, is set to put the country on a global stage when he steps on the podium to address the world at the forthcoming Africa Oil Week, in South Africa.
Over the last few years, it has been noticed that the energy sector has become fraught with divergent views regarding the use of fossil fuels which in some cases have inhibited the development of the oil and gas sector. 
It is, therefore necessary to unite as an industry and open new ideas and new channels of communication to find workable solutions that will ensure Africa can develop its natural resources in a sustainable and modern manner, with Oil and Gas  playing a central role in the regional energy mix.
Africa should play its part in this progressive solution, we can do so as a part of a global energy mix and we must do it for the prosperity of the continent.  African oil and gas stakeholders have developed a platform for conversation that allows Africa to develop and guide its energy future, and determine how the continent’s rich resources can take advantage of the world’s energy requirements with reliable and experienced global partners.
Africa Oil Week, AOW, 2022 will commence next week in Cape Town, South Africa, where prominent personalities across the continent of Africa will converge to discuss oil and gas. Among those expected for the three days event, which will hold between 3 and 7 October, 2022, will be ex African Presidents, Ministers, Oil Companies CEOs, Petroleum Commissioners, top oil players, analysts and top decision makers in the oil and gas sector among others.
This year’s event, tagged ‘Sustainable growth in a low carbon world’ will see  the top VIPs deliberately on the future of oil and gas in Africa.
Among top shots and brilliant speakers and that would speak include Oando Group Executive, Jubril Adewale Tinubu, the company Chief Operating Officer, Dr. Alex  Irune Inojie, Oando General Manager ,Commercial Bambo Ibidapo-Obe and its Head, Corporate Communications and CSR Oando Energy Resources Plc, Alero Balogun. 
While Tinubu would be among top panelists that will deliberate on  Natural Gas and the African Continent: How can Africa Bridge the Regional and Global Energy Deficit Using Natural Gas Prospective as a Transition Fuel, Dr. Inojie will join other to discuss ‘African Resources for the African Continent – Driving Regional Energy Markets’, while Ibidapo-Obe will deliver a paper on ‘Farm Out Opportunities – Oando Energy Resources’.
Other speakers include Balogun, who will join the session to brainstorm on the topic ‘Attracting and Retaining Talent: What Steps Does the Energy Industry Need to Ensure it is Attracting New Talent Across the Board?Oando is the  Titanium sponsor of  Africa Oil Week 2022. 
Organizers of the event  have gone into making this year’s event as spectacular as others in its  28-year history.
The agenda is focused on delivering strategic business intelligence and exclusive deal-making opportunities across Africa. The VIP programme will ensure you continue meeting those at the highest stratum of the energy industry. 
The networking functions at AOW will offer further opportunities to build relationships and open the doors for better understanding and cooperation across a diversified energy sector whilst offering above market returns for those who want to walk on this exciting journey with Africa at Africa’s pace.
Africa Oil Week will drive the Africa’s agenda forward for the prosperity of the continent, in order to meet demands and improve the livelihood of millions of citizens and at the same time continue to advocate and support the sustainable development of the continents hydrocarbon sector.
Also, a  combination of panel discussions, presentations, fireside chats, and much more are designed to encourage conversations post sessions.

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Aregbesola Receives Life Time Achievement Award From NAPTAN

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Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, Thursday, 22 September, 2022, received a life time achievement award from the National Parent Teachers Association of Nigeria (NAPTAN), in Abuja.

The National President of the Association, Alhaji Haruna Danjuma, represented by his Vice President, Mr Adeoye Ogunbanjo, said the decision was informed by the outstanding achievements of the Minister during his tenure as Governor of Osun state.

He stated that the former Governor initiated the construction of 3,685 brand new classrooms across the state, and 11 of these structures are of world class standard installed with cutting edge facilities.

Alhaji Danjuma added that the Minister’s initiative in the state led to higher performance of students in their O/level examinations, where students were lifted from 15 percent pass he inherited in 2010 to 46 percent; and 70 percent of students in the state obtained credit in Mathematics.

He said such human development strive has equally come to bear in his assignment as a cabinet member in the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, where he introduced innovation in the Nigerian Correctional Service, leading to an unprecedented number of prison inmates furthering their educational pursuit, to some aspiring to acquire PhD in their choice of disciplines.

At the occasion, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Interior, Dr. Shuaib Belgore, stated that he was not surprised with the positive remarks from earlier speakers, because the Minister has demonstrated unusual dynamism in his style of leadership. “The vigour with which Ogbeni Aregbesola pursued his work is unprecedented, there by leading to the automation of the activities of Ministry of Interior, among other innovation”, he said.

Dr. Belgore added that the Minister is highly visionary and has asked them to ensure that the system is made better than how he met them.

The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, while responding, thanked NAPTAN for recognising and appreciating his performance, he further said that nothing is more exciting than people to appreciate the service rendered in the state.

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Ondo Chamber of Commerce condoles with Akeredolu over mother’s death

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The Ondo State Chamber of Commerce, Industry,Mines and Agriculture (ONDOCCIMA) has joined other mourners across the world to condole with Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN, over the death of his mother, Madam Grace Akeredolu.President of ONDOCCIMA, Honorable Olumide Araoyinbo, in a statement he personally signed, described the passing of the Akeredolu’s matriarch as a huge loss, not only to the family but to the entire state.Araoyinbo said he and the entire business community in Ondo State pray to God to grant the governor and the entire Akeredolu family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.He said the Akeredolu family should be comforted that Mama lived a good life and indeed left behind good children and legacies.The statement below:I, on behalf of my good self, the executive and the entire members of the Ondo State Chamber of Commerce, Industry,Mines and Agriculture (ONDOCCIMA), join other mourners around the world to condole with our amiable governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotim Akeredolu, SAN and the entire Akerdolu family over the death of their dear mother.Her death at this time is no doubt a huge loss, not only to the family but to the entire Ondo State.Though death is a necessary end, but we take solace in the fact that Mama lived a good life filled with many legacies. For us, her passing is a celebration of life and we believe that the heavens have gained another Angel.Our hearts are with you over the loss of your doting and devoted mother and we pray that shall you and your family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.From all of us in ONDOCCIMA, we pray fervently that God shall grant Mama eternal and blissful rest.

Signed:Hon. Olumide AraoyinboPresident, Ondo State Chamber of Commerce, Industry,Mines and Agriculture.

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