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Brenda Nwanguma, a worker with Inner City Mission for Children, under the Christ Embassy Church canopy, is threatening to drag the church and Pastor Kenechukwu Kanu, aka Kaycee, to court.

Nwanguma, a member of the Christ Embassy Church, is demanding for justice in respect of alleged work place harassment, intimidation, blackmail and libel.

Nwanguma’s lawyer, Samuel Akpologun, had already petitioned the church.

Nwanguma is threatening to take the church and Pastor Kaycee to court if nothing was done to address the issue.

Earlier this year, Nwanguma, a mother of three, had accused Pastor Kaycee of sexually harassing and victimizing her.

While Nwanguma accused Kaycee, a father of two, of sexual harassment, Kaycee countered by calling her a “loose woman who has slept with at least two to three men here.

“Her husband doesn’t know her.

“He should go and put his house in order.

“I’m a man of the cloth.

“There’re certain things I shouldn’t say.”

Nwanguma had further accused Kaycee of having a penchant for sexually harassing and even succeeding in sleeping with women in the organization.

Nwanguma noted that it was because she rebuffed Kaycee’s sexual advances that led to her being victimized.

She is heading to the after endlessly waiting to hear from the committee constituted by the church to look into the allegations she raised.

Part of Akpologun’s petition states: “It is our brief that on April 3, 2017, our client, Brenda Nwanguma, who is a staff in your organisazation, made a complaint to the Head of Administration of the said mission, Pastor Ifeoma Chiemeka, through electronic mail on the following; sexual harassment.

“She said that Pastor Kaycee, who is the head of operation of this said mission, under which our client has worked as a staff, had been sexually harassing our client by making demands to have canal knowledge of her in return for facilitating her transfer from a department with an oppressive boss, to another department.”

The lawyer further stated that because his client turned down Kaycee’s sexual advances, the cleric resorted to victimizing her by posting and transferring her twice, within the space of a month.

Akpologun noted: “The first vindictive transfer was made on January 3, 2017, whereby she was transferred to the Media Sub Department to act as a Librarian.

“The second transfer was made via a mail dated January 25, 2017.

“She was moved to the school Pastoral Care Unit to act as pastoral care coordinator, thus effectively brining her under the same boss, about whom our client had earlier complained.”

Speaking on discrimination, intimidation and blackmail of his client, the lawyer noted that when his client was forced to report the situation to the Director of the Mission, Omoh Alabi, the Director, allegedly refused, neglected or omitted to respond to Nwanguma’s complaint.

Alabi also allegedly did not take any step to address or investigate the grave allegations contained in the email sent by Nwanguma to her on January 26, 2017.

Akpologun claimed that Omoh blackmailed and intimidated his client until she had to apologise to Kaycee and sent a copy of the letter of apology to Omoh, before she was given any audience.

Thereafter, Omoh asked Nwanguma not to resume at work until “high authorities” had looked into her case and determined where exactly she would be work.

“It has been more than nine months now since Nwanguma was promised that her case would be looked into. Yet nothing had been done in that regard,” stated Akpologun.

The lawyer further stated that it was also his brief that since Omoh asked his client to stay away from work, his client had not been given any further instruction or information.

He also argued that his client’s salary, since she was asked to stay away, had been unduly withheld for no just cause for nine months now.

He added: “When on April 28, 2017, the situation was reported to The New Telegraph; the management of the Mission convened a panel, invited our client and promised to look into her case after receiving evidence from her.

She was further instructed to stay away from work till the outcome of the panel. Since then, till date, the said management has neither got in touch with our client nor paid her salaries due.

“It is our further brief that Pastor Kaycee caused a libelous publication to be made in the said New Telegraph Newspaper against our client. In the said publication of April 28, 2017, Pastor Kaycee falsely and maliciously alleged that our client is an adulterous woman, who had slept with more than two staff of the Mission.

We have the instruction of our client to demand as follows; that the salaries of our client for the months of February to November be paid within 14 days.

That the report of the panel held in May 2017, be made available to our client through our office.

That you either investigate the libelous publication made by Pastor Kaycee or prevailed on him to make a public apology for same which said apology must be published in the New Telegraph, where the libelous publication was made.

That our client be restored to her job forthwith. Otherwise we may be compelled to advise our client to seek necessary legal redress in the court without further notifying you.”

 

 

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Historic Race As JAC Motors Abeokuta 10km Marathon Debuts November 2nd 2019.

Peter Okunoren

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The much-talked-about maiden edition of the JAC Motors sponsored Abeokuta 10Km Race is now re-scheduled to hold for Saturday, November 2nd, 2019.

According to a press release by the media office of Nilayo Sports Management Limited, the organizers of the international event, the shift in date for the event is to allow all and sundry observe their Sunday devotions without disruption of any sort.

The organizers, however deeply regret any inconvenience the change in date might cause, especially the sponsors and partners of the maiden edition of the Abeokuta marathon, and particularly, the over three thousand registered potential competing racers of the marathon.

The JAC Motors sponsored Abeokuta 10Km marathon, ably supported by the Ogun State government, Rite Foods, Bet9ja, QMB Builders Mart, Landwey Investment Limited, IBD International Hotels is the vision of Nilayo Sports Management Limited.

On a personal note, our heart aches as we announce the sudden passing of our media officer for the Abeokuta 10Km Marathon, Mr. Gbenga Davies. He was an extraordinary journalist who inspired a lot of young people in his profession.

We offer our deepest condolences to Mr. Davies family, colleagues and the media family in Ogun State.

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Seasoned Journalist, Gbenga Davies, For Burial August 14…. OGD, Amaechi, Saraki, Fayemi, Others Mourn

Gbemileke Ajayi

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Notable politicians, friends, and associates have commiserated with the publisher of Metronews Nigeria, Otunba Femi Davies, and the entire family on the demise of Gbenga.

The remains of Gbenga Davies, the brother of the popular and award-winning veteran journalist, Otunba Femi Davies, would be buried in Abeokuta, Ogun State, tomorrow, the August 14th, 2019.

It was reported that Gbenga slumped on Friday night at Abeokuta while watching a football match with friends. All attempts to resuscitate him failed, as a family put the cause of his death as due to cardiac arrest. He was 46 years old.

The burial arrangement as released by the family starts tomorrow at 11.00 am when the body will leave General Hospital, Sokenu, Abeokuta. There will be brief service of songs at the NUJ Secretariat, Iwe Iroyin House, Abeokuta, at 11.30 am. His remains will be buried at Kobape Cemetery by 12.30pm.

Many friends of the deceased were grieved by Gbenga’s sudden death. He was described as an easy-going and free-spirited journalist. He was never known to brood or bear grudges against anyone.

Numerous politicians across the political divides in the country have been paying glowing tributes to Gbenga, who was a three-time Journalist of the Year in Ogun State. Prominent amongst them were the former governors of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, the former Senate president, Sen. Bukola Saraki and the executive governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi.

Others, who also commiserated with the family, were former Rivers State governor and now minister, Mr. Romiti Amaechi, and several friends of Gbenga Davies.

Gbenga was a friendly and jovial person, an humanitarian, whose contributions to his immediate community will remain unforgettable.

He had his secondary school education at Festac Grammar School, Lagos and proceeded to Ogun State Polytechnic (now Moshood Abiola Polytechnic) in Abeokuta, where he studied accounting. Though he would later choose a career in journalism, a profession he had passion for due to his closeness to his brother, the ace journalist, Otunba Femi Davies.

Until his death, he was the spokesperson for JAC Motors-sponsored Abeokuta Marathon.

Gbengene, as he was popularly called, is survived by his wife, four children, brothers, and an aged mother.

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Lets Build Nigeria Through Industry, Innovation And Infrastructure SDGs Festival Of Ideas-Goal 9 —– McKelvin Jude Oseh

Gbemileke Ajayi

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The SDGs Festival of Ideas is an International Festival scheduled to hold for 17 days, to INFORM, IMPACT and INNOVATE on the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals in achieving Agenda 2030.

The Festival of Ideas (FOI) is a project hosted by a network of NGOs including Youth Initiative for Progress (YiPAfrica), led by IBI Foundation and Foundation for Inclusive Development and Accountability (FIDA) in collaboration with the Office of the Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria (Social Investment Program) and Office of the Senior Special Adviser to the President on SDGs (OSSAP-SDGs). The festival is intended to identify, amplify and unify individuals and organizations with highly innovative and impactful ideas on Nigeria’s response to achieving the SDG’s.

 

The Executive Director of Youth Initiative for Progress Africa (YiPAfrica) disclosed that YiPAfrica will be coordinating Goal 9 – Day 9 of the festival themed ‘Lets BUILD NIGERIA TOGETHER” scheduled to hold on the 11th September 2019 in Abuja.  Sustainable Development Goal 9 is based on three economic development powerhouse: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure. These are interconnected to navigate the growth of a nation and they all share the objective of achieving societal inclusive and environmentally sustainable economic development.

SDG 9 has approximately five (5) targets:

 

  • To develop quality, reliable, sustainable and resilient infrastructure, including regional and trans-border infrastructure, to support economic development and human well-being, with a focus on affordable and equitable access for all.
  • Promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and, by 2030, significantly raise industry’s share of employment and gross domestic product in line with national circumstances, and double its share in least developed countries.
  • Increase the access of small-scale industrial and other enterprises, in particular in developing countries, to financial services, including affordable credit, and their integration into value chains and markets.
  • By 2030, upgrade infrastructure and retrofit industries to make them sustainable, with increased resource-use efficiency and greater adoption of clean and environmentally sound technologies and industrial processes, with all countries taking action in accordance with their respective capabilities
  • Enhance scientific research, upgrade the technological capabilities of industrial sectors in all countries, in particular developing countries, including, by 2030, encouraging innovation and substantially increasing the number of research and development workers per 1 million people and public and private research and development spending.
  1. Facilitate sustainable and resilient infrastructure development in developing countries through enhanced financial, technological and technical support to African countries, least developed countries, landlocked developing countries, and Small Island Developing States.
  2. Support domestic technology development, research, and innovation in developing countries, including by ensuring a conducive policy environment for, inter alia, industrial diversification and value addition to commodities.
  3. Significantly increase access to information and communications technology and strive to provide universal and affordable access to the Internet in the least developed countries by 2020.

These targets are closely linked to other SDGs related to job creation, sustainable livelihoods, improved Health, Technology, Human Capital Development, and Decent Work, Gender equality, Food security, Green energy, and Climate change. In addition, the review underscored linkages with and positive impacts on other SDGs, as Infrastructure, Industries, and Innovation are enablers of growth and sustainable development for the stimulation of SDG implementation in countries broadly.

 

With participation of key stakeholders in Science, Technology, Works and Infrastructure, Government agencies, Civil Society Groups, and Private Sector, SDG Goal 9 side event during the festival will play significant role in creating different pathways to recommending possible strategic engagement with Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) and Joint Ventures (JV) to solving Nigeria’s infrastructural deficits in meeting her growing populations.

 

Amongst Other high-level Panel discussions will include:

 

  • Boosting the value chain and exploring opportunities of the 4th industrial revolution.
  • Human capital development, harnessing exportable knowledge on Information Technology and Innovation for economic growth.
  • Transportation (fast, accessible and affordable means of transportation) beaming more on alternative means and Nigeria’s National Air Carrier and Financing.
  • Identifying factors affecting Manufacturing and Up-Scaling Made in Nigeria goods to meet ISO for exports.
  • Affordable Housing
  • Power: Exploring alternative source on clean and renewable energy
  • Affordable internet service coverage
  • Credit guarantee by FGN for the growth of SME’s

 

While we anticipate the adoption of our recommendations, Nigeria needs to start building. Build resilient infrastructure; promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation to meet up the challenges ahead of Nigeria’s projected population growth of 265 million people in 2030, 150 million of which will be below the age of 25 – World Poverty Clock.

 

Let us Build Nigeria TOGETHER.

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