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Abiodun Oshinibosi Introduces Girl-Child Matrix Project



Mr Abiodun Oshinibosi


Buoyed by the pertinent need to further amplify and extrapolate UN Secretary-General, Antonio Gutteres’ summation that “Investing in girls, is investing in our common future”, the Abiodun Oshinibosi-led Abelinis Limited has come up with a not-for-profit project called The Girl Child Matrix.
































































































































The project, according to him, was triggered by the need to offer the girl child, who in most cases is usually left disadvantaged, a better chance and opportunity to excel in all fields of human endeavour.
































































































































Planned to coincide with the International Day of the Girl Child, which is October 11 of every year, as declared by the United Nations, Oshinibosi explained that “In these last years, there’s been increased attention on issues that matter to girls amongst government, policy makers, and the general public, and more opportunities for girls to have their voices heard on the global stage.” Unfortunately, “Investments in girls’ rights remains limited and girls continue to confront a myriad of challenges fulfilling their potential.
































































































































“Girls around the world continue to face unprecedented challenges to their education, their physical and mental wellness, and the protection needed for a life without violence.”
































































































































Targeted at girls between 11 and 16 years, in secondary schools grades 7-12, vibrant and energetic, proficient in English or French, 12 states and cities have been selected for this maiden edition in commemoration the 12th anniversary of the International Girl Child Day, coming up on Wednesday, October 11, 2023.
































































































































A digital affair, interested participants are expected to first do a formal registration, and then sign the consent document. After that, they upload a 1-minute video, on a soon-to-be-unveiled website, sharing plans for the girl child as the head of government, ministry, organisation, corporation or business. The videos with most likes and engagement in each city get shortlisted and screened by a Jury and afterwards, the top 12 are picked from each city.





































































































The shortlisted girls will also go through a finishing school/workshop, get attached to respected and renowned Nigerians across different professions for under-studying and also hands on experience. Cash prizes and gifts will equally be given to each of them.
































“The ultimate goal is to produce an ‘Advo-Documentary’ tagged Girl Child Matrix Series 1. This will be released for general viewing and broadcast on all possible platforms to further achieve the desired objectives, among them, to boost and bolster the confidence of the girl child. The overall winner in each city will win $5000 CAD while the other 11 finalists in each city will get $2000 each.”




Finally, and on why he has taken up this fresh advocacy, Oshinibosi, an experiential marketer who has been effectively and efficiently providing marketing solutions to multinationals, government agencies and individuals since 2007 said, “As a father of both male and female children, experience garnered over the years in my sector, my interactions in the corporate and public sectors, with both male and female friends and clients, I have no doubt whatsoever that our women, our girls, our daughters, our sisters and our female colleagues deserve more, and that majorly is the whole idea and driving force behind the Girl Child Matrix.”

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Court Denies Binance Executive Tigran Gambaryan Bail




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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Governor Adeleke Felicitates with Dele Momodu at 64




The Executive Governor of Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke has felicitated with the celebrated journalist, and Publisher of Ovation Magazine, Akinrogun Dele Momodu on the occasion of his 64th birthday, describing him as “a pride of the media industry.”

Governor Adeleke noted Akinrogun Momodu’s heartwarming contributions to a just and equitable society, saying he has touched the minds and hearts of countless people with insightful words, logistic support and unwavering dedication to truth and justice.

The Governor appreciates the Ovation Magazine Publisher’s sustained commitment to informing and enlightening the public as a weapon of nation building, acknowledging him as an inspirational figure, who has empowered readers to think critically, and engage meaningfully.

“I congratulate my dear friend, Akinrogun Dele Momodu, on the auspicious occasion of his birthday. The Aare Tayese of Iwoland is a unique personality, who has touched lives positively and brought smiles to countless faces,” the Governor was quoted in a congratulatory message, signed by his spokesperson, Mallam Olawale Rasheed.

“On this auspicious occasion, I honour both your wonderful life and exceptional contributions to the media sector and the larger society. I note, with admiration, Akinrogun Momodu’s deep sense of commitment to a better Nigeria, which is manifest in columns and public discourse.

“On behalf of my family, I convey best wishes to Akinrogun Momodu on his birthday and it is my prayer that God grant him many celebrations in good health and happiness while also bestowing him the grace to give more to humanity.”

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Why We’re Charging Helicopter Landing Fee – Aviation Ministry




The Ministry of Aviation and Aerospace Development on Monday said the introduction of helicopter landing levies was in line with global best practices and cost recovery measures.

This is contained in a statement by Odutayo Oluseyi, Head, Press and Public Affairs of the ministry in Lagos.

According to Mr Oluseyi, the ministry recognises the importance of helicopter operations in Nigeria’s aviation industry and is committed to implementing international best practices in helicopter operations.

He said that helicopter landing levies were commonplace in countries such as the US, the United Kingdom, India and various other regions worldwide.

He maintained that Tallahassee International Airport in Florida began implementing helicopter landing levies under Vector Airport Systems, since 1 October 2022.

Mr Oluseyi said helicopter landing levies were common across airfields in the United Kingdom, ranging from major commercial ones, to small general aviation fields.

He added that, typically, helicopter levies matched or exceeded those for fixed-wing aircraft, and varied based on factors like location and services provided.

“The federal government has granted NAEBI Dynamic Concepts Ltd exclusive rights to collect helicopter landing levies in line with the MoU between NAEBI Concept and NAMA (focal Agency), Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).

“It is instructive to note that NAMA, under the Act as amended in 2022, is empowered to collect aeronautical revenues in both the upper and lower airspace to support her self-sustainability.

“However, over the years, NAMA has predominantly relied on the upper airspace for her revenue generation.

“Government in her wisdom, having discovered a lacuna on the lower airspace where helicopter operations is dominant, directed NAMA to live up to its responsibilities, to enable them generate enough resources, to sustain their aeronautical architecture, enhance security and surveillance and improve the overall quality of helicopter operations in Nigeria,” he said.

According to Mr Oluseyi, the government is confident that the move will improve capacity, efficiency, safety, security and attract more investments in the aviation industry.

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