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Friday, 09 October 2020 00:00

Jaiz Bank appoints three new directors

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Jaiz Bank Plc, the premier non-interest bank in Nigeria has appointed threenew directors to fill existing vacancies as well as furthering the Bank’s succession plan. The appointments have been approved by the Central Bank of Nigeria and forwarded to the Nigerian Stock Exchange.

The appointees include Mrs. Aisha Waziri Umar and Dr. Abdullateef Bello as Independent Non-Executive Directors, with effect from 1 st October 2020, while Dr. Sirajo Salisu is appointed as an Executive Director with effect from 1 st January 2021.

See profiles of the Directors below:

Mrs. Aisha Waziri Umar is a Legal Practitioner & Notary Public with over 23 years’ experience across multiple sectors including law, banking, finance, public sector policy and administration. She is the founder of Inara Foundation, a non-governmental organization assisting victims of violence in the northeast of Nigeria.

Mrs. Umar is an advocate and promoter of special education in Nigeria and the proprietor of the Centre for Children with Special Needs in Abuja, a special school that caters for the learning needs of children and adolescents with physical and/or learning difficulties. She is a partner at Prodiverse Global, a legal and business advisory firm in Abuja.

Mrs. Umar is a 1987 graduate of Law from the University of Buckingham, England, Masters of laws Degree (University of London) and Post-Graduate Diploma in Global Business from Oxford University, Said Business School England. She is currently a student at the University of West Scotland, researching Nigeria’s engagement with the WTO (World Trade Organisation) Dispute Settlement system.

Dr. Abdullateef Bello received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Applied Statistics from the University of Oxford (U.K). He was the recipient of the prestigious Rhodes scholarship, which enabled him to complete his studies at Oxford.

Dr. Bello has published extensively in leading international journals including International Research Journal of Finance and Economics, The Statistician; Computational Statistics and Data Analysis; Statistics in Medicine; Biometrical Journal; Communications in Statistics: Theory and Method; Journal of Statistical Computation and Simulation; and Australian Journal of Statistics. He has also contributed a number

of short papers in Bulletins and magazines worldwide. In the late ’80s and early ‘90s, Dr. Bello served as a Lecturer at the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria (1987-88) and a Computational Statistician with the Numerical Algorithms Group (NAG, UK) (1992-1994). In August

1994, he joined the young professional programme of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) and worked for 20 years in the Economic Research and Policy Department where he eventually retired as Principal Statistician.

Dr. Sirajo Salisu is a Certified Risk Manager (CRM), Fellow Institute of Credit Administration (FICA) and Honorary Senior Member Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN).

Sirajo is a 1991 B.Sc. Economics graduate from Bayero University Kano, Msc Monetary Economics (University of Port Harcourt) and Ph.D Agricultural Economics from Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Bauchi. Sirajo also obtained his second Masters Degree on Islamic Banking and Finance from Bayero University Kano.

Sirajo has 28 years practical banking experience with 11 years at Top Management Level. He started his banking career in 1992 with Inland Bank Plc as a Supervisor and rose to Assistant General Manager in 2009 with First Inland Bank Plc. He held various Managerial Positions in both Operations, Credit Administration and Business Development including Regional Manager FCT Abuja in 2007.

In 2009, he was appointed Managing Director/CEO Arab Gambian Islamic Bank (AGIB), a position he held for Six (6) years till January 2015.

Sirajo joined Jaiz Bank Plc in 2016 and served as the Regional Manager South while supervising the Treasury Department of the Bank. In 2018, he was appointed as the Chief Risk Officer of the Bank a position which he would hold before assuming his position as an Executive Director of the Bank.

Sirajo has attended several Management and Islamic Banking Courses in and outside Nigeria as a participant and/or a speaker. He is an Alumnus of the prestigious Lagos Business School (SMP 33) and Madinah Institute for Leadership and Entrepreneurship (PALM 11), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The Board of Jaiz Bank Plc is pleased with the appointments and looks forward to working with the Directors.


The Lagos State House of Assembly on Friday demanded the proscription of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery and the introduction of a new and well-structured security outfit in its place.

The House also called on the Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Hakeem Odumosu, to provide protection for the protesters while they express their grievances.

The call was made at an emergency sitting presided over by the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, to add a voice to the current call across the nation for an end to the widely reported alleged inhuman activities of the body.

Late Thursday, Obasa and some lawmakers had addressed some residents of Lagos who protested to the House of Assembly demanding for an end to F-SARS with some of them alleging that innocent people had become the major victims of the body.

Among the seven-point resolution passed after an extensive deliberation was also that the Senate and the House of Representatives should carry out a probe of the allegations against F-SARS including killing, maiming and dehumanising of Nigerians.

Below is the list of demands made by the House of Assembly:


The House Resolved as Follows,that:

1. The Commissioner of Police Lagos State should protect End-SARS Protesters in the state and ensure that they are not molested

2. The Commissioner of Police should stop unwarranted molestation of our youths by the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad otherwise known as F-SARS and its counterparts in the State

3. The Senate President and the Speaker of National Assembly should institute public enquiry on the extra judicial activities, killings,maiming and dehumanization of our youths by the Anti- Robbery Squad ; ensure that the victims are duly compensated while erring officers sanctioned appropriately

4. SARS be proscribed and a new security outfit which will be more efficient with clearly spelt out code of conduct and rule of engagements be established while sanction is imposed for misdemeanor

5. Mr President to ensure that culpable officials of SARS receive the punishment as prescribed by the National Assembly

6. Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Public Petitions liaise with the Commissioner of Police and Attorney General of the State to fashion out ways and means to address allegations of ruthlessness and extra judicial killings contained in the petition against SARS in the state.

7. The Governor of Lasgos State Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu engage relevant institutions to protect lives and property in the state such that phones, laptops and other means of communication belonging to youths are not confiscated indiscriminately without warrant.


…Aisha Buhari, Oyetola, Others To Grace Event


About 6,000 participants are expected to attend the 20th National Women Conference (NWC) of the Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO) to be held virtually from October 14 to 15, 2020 in line with Covid-19 regulations, First Lady of Lagos State and COWLSO Chairman, Dr Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu has said.


Addressing a pre-event press conference on Thursday at Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja to announce activities lined up for this year’s edition of the COWLSO conference, Sanwo-Olu said all is now set to host the conference, revealing that necessary arrangements have been firmed up.


According to her, “Last year, we had about 3,000 participants physically. With the present pandemic protocols in place, we know that is not possible and so the NWC Committee decided that it will be virtual this year.


“In line with the guidelines put in place by the administration of the Governor of Lagos State that says we must have less people in a place depending on the size, we have decided this year that inside the hall, there will not be more than 100 to 200 people and because it is now virtual, we are expecting that if we have had 3,000 people, our expectation this year is that it might double the number.”


She said the participants at the physical venue will be minimal, while all Covid-19 safety regulations would be strictly observed.


“There will be a minimal number of dignitaries, resource persons and participants at the physical venue at The Convention Centre of Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, from where activities of the Conference will be beamed live to the public.


“I must add that all relevant and necessary Covid-19 guidelines will be strictly adhered to at the physical venue, while only accredited individuals will gain access to the said physical venue,” Sanwo-Olu said.


She also said interested participants can register through COWLSO’s website –, adding that the registration fee has been reduced from N50,000 to N10,000 to give opportunity for robust participation. 


Speaking on the theme of this year’s conference – “Exploring The Possibilities In A New World,” the First Lady said it was carefully selected and aimed at equipping participants with the skills and information to cope and stay above board in these interesting times when the world is contending with Covid-19 pandemic, which she described as unplanned, unanticipated and unprecedented health crisis in human existence.


“As it is the tradition of the Conference to strategically empower women and youth to contribute positively to the development of the State and Nigeria at large, this year’s theme was carefully selected in line with the “New Normal” that is now the order of the day.


“Covid-19 has practically changed life as we used to know it. We now have the “New Normal” and the “New Realities” in all spheres of human endeavour, and as a proactive organization, COWLSO is already thinking Post-Covid where women can explore possibilities in a new world and take good advantage of an unprecedented crisis,” she said.


She said it was gratifying to note that Nigeria’s First Lady, Dr. (Mrs.) Aisha Muhammadu Buhari would serve as the Mother of the day and would declare the Conference Open, while Governor Gboyega Oyetola of the State of Osun, would serve as the Special Guest of Honour at the opening Ceremony.


Asides the main theme, the First Lady said other sub-themes to be examined by seasoned academics and accomplished professionals include: The Woman’s Physical And Mental Health; Legal Rights Of Women: Inheritance, Widows, Gender Quality In The Workplace and Divorce; Investment Opportunities And Wealth Building For Today's Woman; Promoting Family Unit As The Bedrock Of The Society; Opportunities And Importance Of Agriculture; Digital Technology And Social Media;  Environmental Sanitation & Personal Hygiene; Domestic Violence and Rape, among others.


She said the conference would be streamed live in order to give opportunity for members of the public to participate, while plans were also underway to come up with some viewing centres where Covid-19 regulations would also be strictly observed.


She said alongside other exciting programmes listed to make the conference memorable, awards would be presented to Inspirational Woman Of The Year Award, as well as Outstanding Achievements Awards to three individuals who have contributed immensely to the growth and development of COWLSO over the years.


Also, the First Lady said as part of pre-conference activities, there will be a Walk Against Rape And Domestic Violence by COWLSO on Saturday, 10th of October, 2020 by 8am from Ndubuisi Kanu Park to Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja.


On her part, Wife of Deputy Governor and Deputy Chairman of COWLSO, Mrs Oluremi Hamzat said it was heartwarming that the annual COWLSO NWC would be held despite the ravaging Covid-19 pandemic, saying it was a clear confirmation of the determination of the leadership to play up issues affecting women and youth in the State.


Also, Conference Planning Committee Chairperson, Prof Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello said all necessary arrangements have been put in place to make the conference memorable and hugely successful. 


Ahead of the Saturday 10th October 2020  Governorship election in ondo state Nigeria, an Abuja based  Prophet and the Senior Pastor of Authority Arena church in Mpape, Prophet boating Bempah has declared that the APC Governorship candidate and the incumbent Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu will win the much anticipated elections, he confirm this prophecy to this medium

Prophet Bempah well known for his accurate prophecy on any political activities, few months ago also predicted the outcome of the Edo state governorship election, he said despite all odds Governor Obaseki will win the election and it came to pass among many other prophesy he has given including the last presidential election in Ghana

Our relationship with Governor Rotimi Akeredolu - Businessday NG

The man of God while speaking in one of church services said the tension in ondo state has been so heated with various attacks here and there but whatever the circumstances, the incumbent Governor Rotimi Akeredolu will emerges winner because at the end of the tunnels there is always a testimonies, and Rotimi Akeredolu will surely testify he remarked

It will be recalled that this Nigeria based Ghana prophet remain one of the consistence man of God when it comes to accurate prophecy, in this year alone so many of his prophesy for the year 2020 has come to pass including the dreaded pandemic, Covid-19.  he is well known also for various humanitarian program and support across the continent of Africa



Work as we knew it was always poised to undergo a massive transformation driven by several developments. It was characterized by conflicting information and rooted behaviours for almost a decade.

This left plenty of room for debates across the advancement of technology, the talent evolution, the data boom, and more. The reality, however, is that the transformation of work is painting an even bigger picture than we envisioned or planned for. The creative destruction of Coivd-19 has ultimately led to an acceleration of said changes and workplaces have been taken over by radical innovation.

Offices are becoming smarter and talent more competitive. Softer skills like hosting online meetings, running successful teleconferencing, and collaborating via social media apps have become the mainstay. Geopolitical transformations are having an unprecedented impact on the daily changes we see. “Several mega-trends are bringing a radical shift to the way we work, live, and learn. We are looking, listening, learning, and creating banisters for all genres of the corporate world to transition smoothly on the unprecedented path to the future of work”, said Fokanferanmi Okojie, Senior Consultant Learning Innovation


Despite emergence from the pandemic lockdown, our unemployment rates are skyrocketing daily, youth are shaken and those currently employed are clearly unprepared for the future that is speedily presenting itself. The systems designed to support learning at all levels are just as inadequately prepped for the change. The quality of our long-term professional talent pool is dwindling and the influx of youth into the workforce only fails deeper when they are onboarded to a corporate system with no plan for the future of work.

This opportunity has presented itself for workable accessible solutions to bridge the knowledge and competence gap that currently exists in Nigeria. This must be done with a sense of purpose in contributing towards shaping the change that must take place.

According to Nwaji Jibunoh, Head of Training at pcl "Nigeria is at the inflection point where the name of the new game is how best prepared you are for the future. Upskilling yourself will no longer be about fulfilling requirements but about survival". As technology continues to evolve and adoption accelerated, moving closer and closer towards fully automated systems, the future of work and the emerging technology skillsets required, are no longer conversations for tomorrow, but rather, for today. COVID-19 has forced us to reimagine the way that we work digitally, and it has brought the reality into our lives in many unimaginable ways. The growth of the digital workplace will continue unabated!

Rob Taiwo – Managing Director Phillips Consulting stated that “Covid-19 has accelerated the rate of technology adoption. Recent pandemic GDP indicators in Nigeria suggest that we will continue to see ICT growth. However, whilst we expect the impact to remain fairly low in the manufacturing sector, we can expect major disruption in financial services and logistics. Policy change and training are powerful tools that the public and private sector can use to prepare human capital for the impending disruption”.

As an innovative and tech-driven company, Phillips Consulting has developed a solution that shall address the challenges this current environment faces. The pcl. Micro Courses is a Virtually led interactive learning intervention. The unique and innovative price point of each course is designed to enable accessibility for the busy corporate professionals, students, unemployed graduates, and lifelong learner, etc.

Our learning team will psychometrically profile learners and guide them to courses they genuinely need for their development. Every course offered is an opportunity to interact with hundreds of minds per bite-sized session and active learners are prioritized into the pcl. talent pool for job opportunities. These courses will inspire, educate, and shape learning for the future, whilst disrupting a stagnant career trajectory.


The Lagos State Government has been urged to relocate gas stations around the residential areas of the state to reserved areas to avoid risking the lives of Lagosians.

The Alimosho Local Government Area of Lagos State experienced an early morning explosion which rocked Best Roof Cooking Gas in the Baruwa community on Thursday.

Speaking to press correspondents at the Liberty Place, the state Secretariat of TEAM JANDOR, on Thursday, the initiator of ‘Lagos4Lagos’ movement, Mr. Abdul-Azeez Olajide Adediran, said “the continuous spate of fire incidents in the state need urgent attention of the Lagos state government and the quickest and most effective safety initiative is to enforce the ban of gas retailing stations within residential areas of the state to avoid future occurrences.”

Jandor, as he is fondly called, equally frowned at the increase of fuel stations in residential areas, saying that with effective policies, the unfortunate incidents are avertable.

While commiserating with the family of the victims, he prayed to God for strength and fortitude to bear their sad loss.

Pan African financial institution, United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, has said that the recently…

The state structures of Arewa and the South - South ethnic groups, an arm of TEAM JANDOR, on Wednesday met with the Lead Visioner of the foremost socio-political group in Lagos, Mr. Abdul-Azeez Olajide Adediran, to finalise the arrangements and modalities for the inauguration of the wards and Local Governments/Local Council Development Areas structures across the state.

The ethnic groups, just like their sister group, Ndi Igbo in TEAM JANDOR, pledged their support for the Lagos4lagos project in its bid to make Lagos work for Lagos.

Speaking at the strategic meeting, Jandor as he is fondly called reaffirmed that “Lagos4Lagos is a venture to make Lagos work for all, irrespective of status, either as indigenes or non-indegenes

“Lagos must work for Lagos and not a few anymore,” he added.

Jandor further charged the executive members of the group to step up their efforts to bring more members to its folds, noting that “we will speak  in our numbers.”

In their responses, the leaders of the groups, acknowledged the wide acceptability of the ‘Lagos for Lagos4Lagos’ movement across the state.

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Our Brother, Uncle, Father and Friend, Hon, Otunba Taiwo Joseph popularly known and addressed as "OTJ" It gladdens my heart to join your admirers and well wishers all over the world to celebrate you on the auspicious occasion of your Diamond anniversary 60th birthday, a milestone in the annals of a man's sojourn on earth.


"OTJ" as you are fondly called, there's no gainsaying that our dear state, hometown is blessed to have a diligent team player like you, whose doggedness for a better Erukucity, Kwara State project is unquestionable. I say again that we are all lucky to have a natural leader of men like you pull through the rigours of several pranks of life to attain the diamond jubilee mark with avalanche of accomplishments.


As you begin to ride through the elderly steers of life, the good Lord, the ultimate giver of life shall give you life all round, such that we will have you around enduringly enough for benefit of mankind. You are a rare gift to Erukucity and I will remain proud to be associated with you.


Congratulations and happy birthday sir!


Igba Odun, Odun Kan ni ooooo.