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The Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed has emerged the LEAD Project Africa ‘Man of the Year’ for 2017.

Governor Ahmed beat Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Governors Willie Obiano of Anambra State and Akinwumi Ambode of Lagos State to emerge winner in the category at the 9th edition of the annual award and lecture series

The State Commissioner for Information and Communication, Alhaji Mahmud Ajeigbe received the award on behalf of the Governor at the awards ceremony held at the Oriental Hotel, Lagos on Friday night.

LEAD Man of The Year is the highest category of award in the LEAD Project Africa which honors a trailblazing personality that has made the greatest impact to people through leadership excellence, enterprise initiatives, employment creations leading to advancement of industry and the development of Africa economy, according to the organisers.

Among the members of the panel of judges and advisory board of the award are Dr. Christopher Kolade (CON), former Nigerian High Commissioner to the U.K; Prof Tunde Samuel, World Bank Consultant on Development; Prof Oladapo Afolabi, Former Head of Service of Federation, and Oby Ezekwesili, former Minister of Education and Director of World Bank.

Others are Dr. Frank S. Udemba Jacobs (MON) – MAN, President; Mr Kyari Abba Bukar, Chairman, Nigeria Economic Summit Group; Prof Abigail Ogwuezzy, Unilag’s First Female Professor of Mass Communication; Alhaji G.B. Kankanrufi, DG Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON) and Prof. Ralph Akinfeleye, DG, Unilag FM.

The organisers stated that Governor Ahmed was shortlisted for the award based on his Agricultural initiatives and Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) reforms of his administration, which have contributed to the development of Kwara State.

“For your agricultural initiatives which established KAMP in Partnership with Cornell University, New York, University of Ilorin and Kwara State University to create an Agro-driven Economy for Kwara State to develop an Agricultural value chain.

“The Loan facility provided to famers and your empowerment program in the state also created wealth and increased the output of farmers within the state. Your IGR reforms has also positioned the state for greater wealth creation through provision of infrastructure to the people.”

In his reaction, Governor Ahmed appreciated the award organisers and committed to work harder to make Kwara State better.

He said that the award is a recognition of his administration’s efforts to transform the State and will serve as a catalyst for better performance and delivery of good governance in the State.

Alhaji Ahmed noted that in the face of the dwindling national economy, the IGR reform of his administration has enabled the State government to meet its obligations through provision of infrastructural facilities and regular payment of workers’ salaries

He added that the Offtakers Demand Driven Agriculture (ODDA) scheme was geared towards creating a new generation of youth farmers through its innovative approach to farming that ensures farmers get necessary assistance and have ready markets for their produce, thereby eliminating cost of storage and foiling post-harvest losses.

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N65,000 Minimum Wage: Labour Begins Nationwide Strike Thursday

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The organised labour has served to warn of an imminent nationwide strike which will kick off on Thursday over Federal Government delay in the implementation of a new National Minimum Wage.

Mr Joe Ajaero, President, United Labour Congress (ULC) gave the warning in a communique issued after its meeting on Monday in Lagos.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the organised labour, made up of the NLC, TUC and ULC had on Sept. 12 issued a 14-day ultimatum to the government to state an amount to enable the minimum wage committee to conclude its sitting.

Labour had collectively demanded for N65,000 per month as the new National Minimum wage for all Nigerian workers as harmonised by organised Labour.

Ajaero said that if the government failed to meet their demand on the expiration of the ultimatum, it would collaborate with other labour centres and Civil Society Organisations to embark on a nation-wide strike.

”We shall no longer be obliged by this time to give any further notice to the government before embarking on the action.

”By this communiqué, we order all our affiliates and state councils nation-wide to move to the final level of alert in their preparation for the proposed nationwide strike,” he said.

The labour leader said that a new national minimum wage was desirable and possible, adding that lack of patriotism, greed and corruption was the bane of a reasonable wage.

Meanwhile, the Central Working Committee (CWC) of the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) has empowered the National Administrative Council (NAC) and its leadership to carry out all necessary actions in conjunction with other stakeholders to ensure the achievement of the minimum wage. (NAN)

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FRSC Screens 300,000 Applicants For 4,000 Jobs

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About 324,000 job applicants nationwide have commenced screening exercise for a slot of 4,000 positions in the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).

Speaking on Monday during an assessment tour to the screening centres in Abuja, its Corps Marshal, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi, said only 400 vacancies are made available for the officer cadre but have about 105,000 applicants were jostling for the job.

He said 3,200 vacancies were made available for Road Marshal assistants while 1000 vacancies were made available for Marshal Inspectorate cadre.

Oyeyemi said that they would go through different levels of screwing exercise ranging from credentials screening which has commenced, aptitude test to be conducted by the Joint Admissions Matriculation Board (JAMB), interview screening and drug test.

He noted some irregularities ranging from the presence of married women who were not supposed to participate in the recruitment exercise.

He also frowned at the presence of pregnant women and applicants below the height limit required for the job.

Oyeyemi appreciated the military and the Department of State Security Services (DSS) for their support in ensuring the smooth conduct of the screening exercise.

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You Can Now Apply For A Free Retail Stall At The 2018 GTBank Fashion Weekend [DETAILS HERE]

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Do you make or sell fabulous fashion apparels and accessories? Can your fashion brand stand out at the biggest fashion event in Africa? Then, the 2018 GTBank Fashion Weekend is calling for you!

Now in its third year, the GTBank Fashion Weekend has become the premier consumer-focused event that places African fashion on the global stage and helps small businesses in the local fashion industry thrive. The first and second editions of the event, which held in November 2016 and 2017 respectively, brought together over 250,000 people to interact with some of the best minds in the global fashion space and directly patronize more than 200 indigenous small businesses in the local fashion industry.

Organized with an overall vision of Promoting Enterprise, the 2018 GTBank Fashion Weekend will provide more than 130 small businesses with free stalls to showcase and sell the finest ensemble of apparels and fashion accessories. Applications for free stalls at the event are now open and will close on Saturday, September 29, 2018.

To apply for a free Retail Space at the GTBank Fashion Weekend, kindly visit; https://fashionweekend.gtbank.com/apply

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