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Aig-Imoukhuede Foundation Trains Federal Perm Secs, Sponsors Health Summit, Others

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As part of activities to celebrate its April events, the Aig-Imoukhuede Foundation has released its newsletter, showcasing monumental efforts to further uplift professionals and provide assistance to making the country a better place through trainings and sponsorships among other endeavours.

Below is the detailed newsletter:

Notes from the Executive Vice-Chair

Welcome to the April edition of our newsletter.

This month, in furtherance of our commitment to improving the lives of Africans through increased access to quality primary healthcare, we partnered with the Global Business Coalition for Health to sponsor the Africa-UK Health Summit. The summit brought together stakeholders from Africa and the UK to deliberate on strategies for improving healthcare systems across Africa and to leverage partnerships with the United Kingdom.

As part of our capacity-building efforts for the public sector, we successfully held the AIG Senior Leaders Programme, a training programme specially developed for Federal Permanent Secretaries by the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford. The programme helped to prepare the senior civil servants for the upcoming government transition, equipping them with the tools and frameworks to navigate the challenges and opportunities that may arise during this period.

You can read more about these and other updates in this newsletter.

Ofovwe Aig-Imoukhuede

Executive Vice-Chair

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2023 AIG Senior Leaders Programme

The quality of the public sector leadership is a key driver of its performance and so in line with our mission to improve public service delivery, we were delighted to partner with the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, to offer the AIG Senior Leaders Programme to Federal Permanent Secretaries.

The training programme, which was strategically timed to prepare the permanent secretaries for the upcoming administrative transition, allowed participants draw on their collective experience, as well as the expertise of the programme faculty from the University of Oxford, to explore strategies to deepen public sector reforms for increased effectiveness and integrity in government. A key takeaway from the programme was the development of a roadmap to ensure a smooth administrative transition when new government Ministers are appointed.

 

Sponsorship of The Africa-UK Health Summit

In furtherance of our commitment to improving access to quality primary healthcare, we partnered with the Global Business Coalition for Health (GBCHealth) to sponsor the Africa-UK Health Summit, which held in London on April 24th and 25th. The Africa-UK Health Summit is a prestigious annual event that brings together key stakeholders to facilitate dialogue and partnerships aimed at addressing Africa’s pressing health challenges.

Present at the summit were leaders from diverse sectors including government, academia, non-profit organisations and the private sector. The Summit provided a platform for thought-provoking dialogue, knowledge sharing and strategic planning on a wide range of health-related topics, including AI and data, research and development, health financing, innovation in healthcare delivery and health policy.

Speaking during the summit at a session on “Health Financing and the role of business”, the Chairman of the Foundation, Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede stated that the per capita spend of African governments on healthcare was insufficient to address the complex healthcare challenges facing the continent and that the private sector had a major role to play in devising innovative solutions to close this funding gap.

 

The Foundation Receives Award for its Adoption of 23 Primary Healthcare Centers

During the Africa-UK Health Summit, we received an award from the Private Sector Health Alliance (PSHAN) for our work on the Adopt a Healthcare Facility programme (ADHFP). The ADHFP. seeks to establish one world-class primary healthcare centre in each of Nigeria’s 774 local government areas, increasing access to affordable quality primary healthcare across the country. Last year, we announced that we had adopted 23 primary healthcare centres across five states, a N2.3 bn commitment that will equip the healthcare centres with the right equipment, medical staff and drugs to allow for the provision of comprehensive healthcare services in the communities for a 5 year period.

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Olubusola Olatunji is a Deputy Director, Town Planning and the Head, Physical Planning Research and Statistics Department at Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority, an agency responsible for granting planning permits for the construction of buildings in Lagos State.

Olubusola applied to the 2022 AIG Public Leaders Programme at a point in her career when she needed exposure to platforms for personal and career development. She affirmed that the programme exceeded her expectations.

“It came at a time when I was posted to a department popularly seen as a “Siberia” in my organisation. I felt frustrated and so it was a relief to start the PLP and spend my time resourcefully. The programme is different from any learning experience I have undertaken. I participated in group and class discussions, learning from peers and understanding our similarities. Many of the lessons learnt will help me resolve challenges in the future. I enjoyed the intense and demanding simulations and practical exercises. ´

PLP candidates carry out a capstone project in their organisations, using the learnings they have gained from the programme. Olubusola’s capstone project focused on reforming the data management system of the Physical Planning Research and Statistics Department in Lagos State, which serves as the databank of the Physical Planning Permit Authority. The project digitalised the process of data collection and storage, sorting and batching the files and indexing the information into the software application for Standard Querying Language and converting hardcopy application files and registers dating back to 1945 into softcopies. This was in a bid to prevent the reoccurrence of cases like the wanton destruction of the Micro-Film Storage Facility during the END-SARS civil unrest.

The programme boosted Olubusola’s leadership capacity and equipped her to be the much-needed change agent in her organisation, for the benefit of the public at large.

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Whiz Kid, Abdul-salam, Seeks Assistance to Prosecute M.Sc Studies in Scotland

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By Eric Elezuo

Teslim Abdul-salam, a 24-year-old Nigerian, from Oyo State, has sent a save our soul message to well meaning Nigerians to come to his aid in his quest to become a Global Energy Leader and establish a Youth-led Sustainable Energy Company in Africa.

Abdul-salam made this disclosure during an exclusive chat with The Boss. He noted that he intends to extend his high flying academic sojourn with an opportunity to obtain an M.Sc degree in Energy Economics and Finance at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, the admission he had already secured.

On why he thinks he is qualified for assistance from well meaning Nigerians to pursue the Masters honours, Abdul-salam said:

“My name is Teslim Abdul-salam, a 24-year-old Petroleum Engineering graduate from the First Technical University, Ibadan, Nigeria. I graduated with a Second Class Upper and have furthered my education with masterclasses in Leadership for Young Engineers from Guardian of the Nation International (GOTNI), Abuja, and in Business Management from the Tony Elumelu Foundation.

“Additionally, I hold diplomas in French Studies and Entrepreneurship Studies from the First Technical University, Ibadan.

“Throughout my academic and professional journey, I have achieved notable accomplishments. I received the Tech-Upreneur (Entrepreneur) Ambassador award in 2020, led a team that qualified for the Hult Prize Regional Entrepreneurship Competition in Cairo in 2020, and was among the Top 100 out of 17,000 applicants in the International Breweries Foundation (IBF) Kickstart Entrepreneurship Contest in 2019.

“I possess strong skills in public speaking, data analysis, business writing, and digital marketing. Currently, I run a digital freelance business in Nigeria.

“My long-term vision is to become a Global Energy Leader and to establish a Youth-led Sustainable Energy Company in Africa. I am a passionate advocate for climate action, focusing on making clean energy accessible and affordable for underserved communities in Africa.”

His avalanche of distinguished achievements notwithstanding, Abdul-salam is unable to move closer to his dreams of becoming a better person, and contributing his quota to the making of a better Nigeria with the MSc in Energy Economics and Finance, and therefore, seek financial assistance or sponsorship.

“I have been offered conditional admission to the MSc in Energy Economics and Finance programme at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. However, I am unable to meet the financial requirements for the programme.

“I am reaching out to request assistance in obtaining a scholarship or financial support to cover the tuition and living expenses for my postgraduate programme. This opportunity is crucial for me to achieve my goal of becoming a Global Energy Leader and contributing significantly to sustainable energy solutions in Africa. Any support or guidance you can provide would be immensely appreciated,” he said.

With the importance this administration has attached to education, it will not be out of place if the likes of Abdul-salam are assisted to achieve noble objectives in science, management, finance among a host of other academic disciplines that can turn the fortunes of the nation, and reduce youth restiveness in the country.

Abdul-salam needs your assistance. Please, help!

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FG Endorses Groundbreaking Clean Cookstoves Project, Partners GreenPlinth Africa

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In a landmark move towards sustainable development and environmental conservation, the Federal Government of Nigeria through the National Council on Climate Change has officially endorsed a revolutionary initiative aimed at addressing global climate crisis, environmental challenges and improving livelihoods across the nation.

Under the auspices of GREENPLINTH AFRICA LIMITED, in collaboration with strategic partners, an ambitious Article 6.4 project has been launched to distribute 80 million clean cookstoves free of charge to households throughout Nigeria.

This initiative, the largest single clean cooking systems project in the world, marks a significant step forward in combatting the adverse health and environmental impacts associated with traditional cooking methods, such as indoor air pollution and deforestation.

The provision of clean cookstoves is set to transform the lives of millions of Nigerians, particularly women and children, who are disproportionately affected by the harmful effects of traditional cooking practices. The adoption of clean and efficient cookstoves by households will lead to improved indoor air quality, reduce respiratory illnesses, and largely contribute to mitigating climate change through lower carbon emissions.

In a statement by Dr. Olawale Akinwumi, president and CEO of GREENPLINTH AFRICA LIMITED, the Director General of the National Council on Climate Change, Dr. Salisu Dahiru recently issued a formal Letter of Endorsement (LoE) for the Improved And Efficient Cooking Energy Solution For Nigeria – a Programmatic Article 6.4 Project.

Dr. Dahiru, who is also the Designated National Authority (DNA) and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Focal Point in Nigeria averred that the project would result in greenhouse gas emission reduction and more importantly lead to sustainable forest development and job creation in Nigeria.

According to him, besides reduction in domestic emissions, the project will decrease upper respiratory infections, thereby leading to improved health conditions; and equally enhance the nation in achieving sustainable development and the goals of Nigeria’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).

Speaking on the importance of the project, Dr. Victor Fodeke, vice president and GMD of Greenplinth Africa Limited stated that the initiative will particularly benefits vulnerable communities, women, and children, who bear the brunt of health issues linked to traditional cooking practices. “Nigerians will experience tangible benefits while collectively contributing to global efforts in combating climate change”, he said.

Dr. Fodeke, a former Technical Adviser on Climate Change to the African Union (AU), declared that in addition to the deployment of clean cookstoves, the project includes an ambitious afforestation campaign, with plans to plant a staggering 4 billion economic trees across the nation. This initiative not only aims to combat deforestation but also to promote sustainable land management practices, enhance biodiversity, and create economic opportunities for communities across Nigeria – stimulating economic growth by creating new avenues for employment and income generation.

“The Article 6.4 Clean Cookstoves Project will be a foreign exchange earner for the Nigerian economy. This is first time anywhere in the world that efficient clean cookstoves project of this magnitude is being launched to be fully funded for every household, and 100% financed by Carbon Credits.

“Our PANDA Cookstove is also the first clean cookstove in the world to be launched with the co-benefit of Innovative Tree Planting and Nurturing to eliminate or reduce Poverty, Hunger, and Diseases,” he concluded.

The Federal Government’s endorsement of this groundbreaking Article 6.4 initiative underscores its commitment to fostering sustainable development, environmental stewardship, and the well-being of its citizens.

The Improved and Efficient Cooking Energy Solution for Nigeria is a United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Global Climate Action Portal (GCAP) registered Initiative.

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Court Denies Binance Executive Tigran Gambaryan Bail

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Justice Emeka Nwite of the Federal High Court Abuja, on Friday, refused to grant bail to an executive of Binance Holdings Limited, Tigran Gambaryan.

Justice Nwite held that Gambaryan is likely to jump bail if granted to him.

The company and its executive were arraigned on a five-count charge bordering on money laundering before Emeka Nwite, judge of a Federal High Court in Abuja.

The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Moving an application, Counsel to the Defendant, Mark Mordi, argued that the court had the power to grant bail to the defendant and impose conditions to ensure his presence in court.

The prosecution counsel, Ekele Iheanacho, however opposed the bail application, stating that the defendant is a flight risk.

He stated that the defendant attempted to obtain a new passport, which he claimed was stolen, and this is a suspicious act given the proximity to his colleague’s escape from custody.

He added that the court cannot risk granting Gambaryan bail, especially as he is not attached to any community in Nigeria.

“The fact that the passport of the defendant is with the complainant does not guarantee that he will remain in Nigeria because the defendant is not only an American citizen but also an Armenian citizen by birth.

He urged the court to refuse the application and instead remand him in EFCC custody to ensure his safety and prevent potential flight risk.

Delivering ruling, the judge said several factors including the nature of offence and its severity must be considered when trying to decide whether or not bail should be granted to the defendant applicant.

Justice Nwite agreed with the depositions made by prosecution and was of the view that the applicant will jump bail if bail is granted to him.

He subsequently ordered that the trial be given an accelerated hearing.

After the ruling, the EFCC called its first witness, a staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

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