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NIPS Alunmi Association hails Alapini At 72

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A true officer, gentleman and respected retired  Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG), Chief Tunji Alapini has been showered with encomiums by the alumni association of the National Institute of Policy & Strategic Studies (NIPPS).

In a letter by National President of the Alumni Association of the National Institute (AANI), Amb. E.O Okafor, the association hailed Alapini, recipients of multiple awards and chieftaincy titles for his illustrious life and remarkable contributions he has made to Nigeria and the body.

The full text of the letter signed by Publicity Secretary, Brigadier-General Sani Kukasheka Usman (Rtd) is presented below:

 

The National President of the Alumni Association of the National Institute (AANI), Ambassador EO Okafor mni, joyfully extends heartfelt birthday wishes to one of our most distinguished and actively engaged members, Chief John Olatunji Akanni Alapini mni NPM MSc psc (+), SEC 29, 2007. A retired Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG), Chief Alapini mni, marks his 72nd birthday anniversary today, and we celebrate not only the passing of another year, but the illustrious life and remarkable contributions he has made to our nation, AANI, and the pursuit of peace and security, towards a better society.
The celebrant, stands as a motivational and sacrificial figure, radiating love with a blend of bluntness, compassion, and kindness. His journey through life has been marked by brilliance, a down-to-earth attitude, and an unwavering commitment to making a positive impact. Born on January 3, 1952, to the late Chief Antonio Bolaji Alapini and Mrs Fabiana Atinuke Alapini (nee Vera Cruz), Chief Alapini’s educational journey took him through Holy Cross Catholic School in Lagos, St. Gregory’s College, Obalende, Lagos, and St. Peter’s College, Abeokuta. He furthered his studies at the University College Cardiff, now the University of Wales, by obtaining a Master’s Degree in Criminology.
Chief Alapini’s illustrious career in the Nigerian Police Force spanned 35 years, during which he served the nation with distinction. Notably, his tenure as the Nigeria Police Force Public Relations Officer (FPPRO) elevated him as one of the brightest and best advertisements of the post-independence Nigeria Police Force. A criminologist par excellence, he retired as an Assistant Inspector General of Police in 2009 at the age of 57.
Beyond his professional life, the celebrant has maintained a loving marriage for over 40 years with his beautiful wife, Ibipo, a retired permanent secretary, and together they have three sons and eight grandchildren. His positive influence extends to various communities, earning him numerous accolades and traditional titles.
He has been able to maintain a decent relationship with people from different social strata and communities. This has earned him many accolades and traditional titles which include, Bobadara of Egbaland, Atobase Okemesi Ekiti, Maiyegun Edunabon, Atayese of Akinale, Akogun of Itoriland, Aremo Towulade of Akinale, Maiyegun of Owu Kingdom, Aare Agbonfinro of Iperu, Otunba Akogun of Ike-Ila Orangun, Otun Oluwo Adimula of Ile Ife and Fiwajoye of Iloko- Ijesa, Otun Oluwo Adimula of The Source, Ile-Ife,  Agu Na Eche Mba of Ofeme Auto  Community (The Lion that protects the Community), Abia State.
A very good and exemplary AANI ambassador, the celebrant has maintained relationships with people cuts that across various age groups and geo-political zones of the country. He is also a very strong believer in the notion that our behaviours are a reflection of our backgrounds, which always emphasises that a good name is important as it can outlive any individual.
Consequently, AANI salutes and celebrates AIG, (Chief) John Olatunji Akanni Alapini mni NPM MSc psc (+), for his exceptional contributions to national development, peace, and security. His genuine integrity, candour, and belief in the importance of a good name make him a remarkable role model for us all.
Sir, we wish you a Happy Birthday anniversary, God’s continuous blessings and many more years of prosperity and positive impact.
Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman (Rtd) mni fnipr fapra fnarc FIOARM fspsp
Sarkin Yakin Kanwan Katsina
AANI National Publicity Secretary
Wednesday, January 3, 2024

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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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