UK Accounting body, ACCA, Recognises Dangote

The United Kingdom accounting body, ACCA, has awared the President of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote the AACA for his continuing support as a key employer of ACCA members.

The ACCA team, led by the Chief Executive Officer, Helen Brand, presented the award during a courtesy visit to Dangote.

In a statement by ACCA, Dangote had during discussions acknowledged the importance of ACCA members, stating that an ACCA member with an entrepreneurial mindset is even more solution-driven.

He said his company did not have enough ACCA professionals and that the group and even the economy at large were struggling to get talents in finance, especially with the rapid changes in business and technology.

According to the Africa’s richest man, Dangote, in particular, has more challenges, with a revenue projection of over $4bn to over $30bn in 2020, which underpins an increasing need to have people with business agility to deal with changes in business models.

Brand, who acknowledged his concerns, shared results of the ACCA employer-led global research, ‘Social mobility: purpose and the profession,’ which revealed that social mobility was transforming the potential talent pool for professional accountants.

Committee Report On 2018 Budget Available Next Week – Saraki

President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, has stated that the Committee on Appropriations is expected to present a harmonised report on the 2018 Appropriation Bill next week.

The Senate committees have been given a deadline of  Friday to present their reports on the 2018 budget proposal by the Federal Government’s Ministries, Departments and Agencies.

Saraki made the announcement at the plenary on Tuesday after reading a letter from the Chairman, Senate Committee on Appropriations, Senator Danjuma Goje, who asked the standing committees to submit their reports to his committee for compilation and harmonisation.

The letter read in part, “Final announcement: Appropriation sub-committees are hereby informed that the submission and defence of budget report has been extended to Friday, 13th of April, 2018. Please note that there will be no further extension of time, as the committee will take appropriate decisions on the budgets of the MDAs.”

In his remark, the Senate President said, “Distinguished colleagues, particularly chairmen, just to re-echo this communication from the chairman of Appropriations, Friday is the deadline. And chairman of Appropriations, you must submit your report to us next week. So, by Friday, there cannot be further extension.”

“All the chairmen of committees that have still not submitted their reports, after Friday, Appropriations must not take any report from any chairman; just go ahead and do your report, and bring it before us by next week.”

Katsina, Jigawa, Two Other State To get N70m For Toilet Construction

The United Nations Children’s Fund has said it has released N70 million to 3,000 households in four states in Nigeria as a loan to construct modernized toilets, under its Sanitation Marketing Programme.

The UNICEF International Consultant on Sanitation Marketing, Mr. Amir Syed, said this in a news conference on Wednesday in Katsina.

According to Syed, the loan is to assist Nigeria to attain Open Defecation Free status by 2025.

The international consultant  listed Katsina, Jigawa, Bauchi and Benue states as the states that benefited from the loans.

He said that the loan was disbursed through some Micro Finance Institutions in the participating states.

Syed further said the programme had been extended to Zamfara State.

Seyd said 18 local government areas in Nigeria were currently participating in the programme.

The international consultant explained that Toilets Business Owners, trained on toilet technologies were engaged to construct the improved toilets for the affected households.

In his contribution, the Executive Director, Katsina State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency, Alhaji Aminu Dayyabu, said the programme was being implemented in five local governments in the state.

According to him, the local governments are Bakori, Mai’adua, Sandamu, Safana, and Dutsin-ma.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Iheanacho, Ndidi For Leicester City Season Awards

Nigeria stars Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi have been nominated for five awards at their Leicester City club this season.

Iheanacho has been nominated for three awars namely Player of the Season, the Young Player of the Year and the Goal of the Season award.

The Super Eagles forward has so far scored six goals in 23 games in all competitions this season.

Ndidi also got two nominations (the Player of the Season, the Young Player of the Year).

Iheanacho and Ndidi are up against Demarai Gray, Ben Chilwell, Fousseni Diabaté, Harvey Barnes, Hamza Choudhury and Josh Knight for the the Young Player of the Year award.

Ndidi won the Young Player of the Year award last season.

The pair of Iheanacho and Ndidi were also nominated for the player of the season alongside 28 other players.

Surprisingly, Ahmed Musa who did not feature for the Foxes in the English Premier League before he departed on loan to CSKA Moscow was also listed among the nominees for the Player of the Season award.

Iheanacho’s strike against Peterborough United in the English FA Cup is one of 10 goals nominated for the Goal of the Season award at the club.

The Foxes have opened voting to their supporters for their end-of-season awards ceremony, which will be held at the King Power Stadium on May 1.

Voting has commenced with the deadline set for Friday 20 April. The winner will be announced on May 1 at the Club’s 2017/18 End of Season Dinner.

 

Ecobank, MTN In Joint Cross-Border Mobile Financial Services

Telecommunications company, MTN Group, and Pan-African banking conglomerate, Ecobank, have partnered  to provide mobile financial services across the various African countries where they are presently and currently operating.

While signing a Memorandum of Understanding to seal the agreement  in Lagos on Tuesday, the companies said they would work together to produce a unique and fantastic experience by allowing access to affordable financial services via MTN Mobile Money and Ecobank banking services.

The two organisations said the collaboration would enable bank-to-MTN Mobile Money wallet, wallet-to-bank transfers as well as cardless ATM withdrawal for MTN Mobile Money users within Africa using the rapid transfer platform.

According to MTN and Ecobank, the partnership will also provide savings accounts and lending solutions to MTN Mobile Money users.

As part of the partnership, MTN Mobile Money agents would be able to create and redeem e-money through Ecobank branches while Ecobank merchants can also accept payments from MTN Mobile Money users.

“With this partnership, MTN will leverage Ecobank’s payments infrastructure to facilitate money transfer via mobile wallets across the MTN and Ecobank footprints,” the companies said in a statement.

“The use of MTN Mobile Money as a payment solution in Ecobank’s corporate offering will enable salary payment and corporate supplier’s payments to be made through MTN Mobile Money.”

Commenting on the collaboration, MTN Group President and Chief Executive Officer, Rob Shuter, said,“Partnerships between banks and mobile money operators are fundamental in the mobile money ecosystem, hence our long-standing partnership with Ecobank in many of our markets aimed at driving financial inclusion.

“We are excited to be taking this partnership to the next level as this latest development will spearhead innovative initiatives, which will deepen financial access on the continent.”

He added that MTN was open to working with other financial institutions in order to bridge the financial divide on the continent.

The Chief Executive Officer, Ecobank, Ade Ayeyemi, said, “Combining Ecobank’s innovative digital banking range with MTN’s enormous subscriber base means that virtually every African can now have an instant bank account, savings accounts, loans and make instant remittances on their mobile phone.”

Nigeria’s Ajayi Woeful In Women’s 400m Final, Botswana’s Montsho Wins Gold

Nigeria’s Yinka Ajayi was woeful as she finished eighth in the women’s athletics 400m final at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Australia on Wednesday.

Ajayi recorded a time of 52.26 seconds at the Carrara Stadium Track.

The 20-year-old had earlier finished second in the women’s 400m semi-final 2, posting a time of in 51.81 seconds.

Amantle Montsho from Botswana recorded a time of 50.15 seconds to win gold while Jamaica’s Anastasia Le-roy won silver with a time of 50.57 seconds.

Amosun Rewards Badminton Star

Ogun State Governor  Ibikunle Amosun on Tuesday  rewarded the best African Badminton player Dorcas Adesokan with a cash prize of N5m  for her fantastic and stand out performance in the game.

Presenting the cheque  to the player in Abeokuta, the governor, represented by the Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Mr Afolabi Afuape, said the money was meant to improve Adesokan’s carrer and to further encourage and push her to be better.

He said  such achievement cannont be left “un-recognised”, saying that athletes such as Adesokan needed constant flow of income to survive.

Amosun also said it was for the same reason that she was given an automatic employment in December 2017.

The governor also said the money would assist in preparing Adesokan for the upcoming 2020 Olympics and other international competitions.

“At present, Adesokan is the best badminton player in Africa and I want to encourage other athletes to emulate  her.”

Adesokan thanked the governor for his gesture and commended the ministry for its support in nurturing her to her current level.

She promised that the money would be used judiciously, saying that it was a great booster toward her preparations for the Olympics.

“This money will be a great booster to my career and toward the preparation for the upcoming 2020 Olympic

“I will like to appreciate the Governor, the Commissioner, the Director of the Sports Council and in particular, my coach for being able to discover me on time,’’ Adesokan said.

The athlete also lauded them their effort in tracking and monitoring her progress.

Also speaking, the Head Coach of Badminton, who doubles as Adesokan’s coach, Mr Adewale Olasunkanmi commended her for her consistency, hard work and focus.

Roma Hero Dzeko: I’ve Never Seen Barcelona Struggle That Badly

AS Roma striker Edin Dzeko has expressed his shock as Barcelona struggled in their UEFA Champions League second-leg quarter-final clash attheStadio Olimpico on Tuesday night.

Going into the reverse fixture with a 4-1 deficit, Roma won the game with a 3 goal margin thanks to goals from Dzeko, Daniele De Rossi and Kostas Manolas and qualified on the away goals rule after aggregate score stood at 4-4.

It was the first time Roma since 1984  would progress into the semi-final where they went on to lose to Liverpool on penalties in the final.

“This was the best, but even better may well be yet to come,” Dzeko told Mediaset Premium.

“It proved we can play against anyone, as Barcelona are such a strong side. We put three goals past them and could’ve had more.

“I have never seen Barcelona struggle so much. We pressed them constantly from the first minute.

“It was easier for me to play when Schick and Radja were closer to me, as it created more space and stretched out their defence. It was the first time we played with three at the back and we did great. I was very happy with this system.

“We all believed, even if everyone else gave us a five per cent chance. We knew it’d be tough to win 3-0, but now we’ve done it in such a splendid way, I can safely say Roma are deservedly in the Champions League semi-final.

“Every time we’ve faced the big clubs, we have won or got a positive result. Perhaps it’s our fault, as when we are the favourites in a tie, we think for some reason it might be easy, but it never is easy.”

The former Manchester City striker, who was reported to be attracting interest from Chelsea, expressed delight he stayed with Roma.

He added: “Now I can play the semi-final too! It wasn’t easy, but I stayed here and am very happy to be here. I think the club is glad too!”

Ajayi Qualifies For 400m Finals

Nigeria’s Yinka Ajayi on Tuesday made it to the final of the women’s 400 metres at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games scheduled for Wednesday.

The 20-year-old  competed in the second semi finals and  finished second with a time of 51.81 secs.

Maximila Imali from Kenya finished first in 51.52 secs.

The six other athletes who also made it to the final were Jamaican duo Stephenie McPherson and Anastasia Le-Roy. Others are  Amantle Montsho and Christine Botlogetswe  from Botswana.

Others are Australian Anneliese Rubie of Australia and India’s Hima Das.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Ajayi won gold for Nigeria in the 4X400m relay at the 2015 Africa Junior Championships in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Also, Faith Obazuaye will be targeting her second win at the Games when she takes on India’s Vaishnavi Sutar  today in the women’s TT6-10 singles Group 2.

Obazuaye beat Andrea McDonnell from Australia in straight sets 9-11, 9-11, 6-11 on Tuesday to advance to the next stage.

In the men’s TT6-10 singles Group 2, Temitope Ogunsanya, who lost in three straight sets to Theo Cogil from South Africa, will face Barak Mizrachi from Australia.

The country’s number one table tennis star Aruna Quadri will feature for the first time at the Games today when he competes in the men’s doubles round of 32.

Quadri missed out on the men’s team event due to illness but will partner 43-year-old Segun Toriola in the doubles event against Tomlison Simon and Watson Kane from Jamaica.

Also, Abiodun Bode and Olajide Omotayo will face the duo Khawaja Fahad and Rameez Muhammad from Pakistan in another men’s doubles round of 32 clash.

Triple jumper Blessing Ibrahim finished fifth in the final of her event on Tuesday. The 28-year-old had a leap of 13.48 metres, which was not enough to earn her a medal. Jamaican Kimberly Williams won gold with a leap of 14.64m

We Want To Meet Buhari –Medallists

Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games  para powerlifting gold  medallists Esther Oyema,  Rowland Ezuruike, as well as silver medallist Lucy Ejike have expressed their happiness and delight  that Nigeria is in the limelight  because of their efforts.

Oyema on Tuesday broke her world record to win the Commonwealth Games powerlifting event for the third consecutive time after lifting  131kg  in the women’s lightweight  to win gold.

Ezuruike won men’s lightweight gold ahead of defending champion Paul Kehinde after lifting  188kg and 194kg to score  224.3 points. Ejike came second behind Oyema.

The athletes said they are looking forward to meeting President Muhammadu Buhari after the Games.

Oyema said, “I feel so excited because it was like a film to me.

“I was anxious about winning gold at the Games. I had to start the process of cutting down on my body weight,  because I was already in the heavyweight class and I knew I needed a lot of hard work to shed about 10kg. My coach Pat Ibite encouraged me so I started training for it. If I didn’t work on my body weight, I wouldn’t have set a new world record today.”

The 35-year-old added, “Today I have made sacrifices to make my country proud. I have won gold and set a  third  world record. I would  like to meet President Buhari. I want him to make us proud too.”

Oyema lamented para-athletes  are  often ignored by the country  despite setting world records, calling for  Buhari  to change things this time round.

She said, “Most of us are well educated but we can’t find good jobs,  because of our physical challenges. I do this competition with passion because I love what I’m doing. Today, everybody wants to felicitate with us but after the Games, we will be forgotten. We are not recognised despite being number one in the world in para powerlifting.

There are so many of us on the streets out there looking for food to eat. They are  Paralympic and world champions but nobody knows them anymore because they are no longer competing so I want the President to recognize us and put us in the right position.”

Ezurike, who  echoed Oyema’s complaints, however   said he was not happy winning   gold medal by  beating his friend and world record holder Kehinde.

He said, “It’s an honour for me to beat a world champion. He is one of the greatest in powerlifting. He beat me in the last Commonwealth Games and I defeated him in this year’s. I’m happy not just because of the gold medal but the person I beat.”

Ezurike added, “What they expected from us, we have given it to them and I know that Mr President will do something for us. Sport  is all about encouragement and motivation. They say that to whom much is expected, much is given. I think we have given them our best and we are expecting from them. I have finished my part and I want our dear President to invite us to Aso Villa for a reception. That is my dream.”

We Want To Meet Buhari –Medallists

Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games  para powerlifting gold  medallists Esther Oyema,  Rowland Ezuruike, as well as silver medallist Lucy Ejike have expressed their happiness and delight  that Nigeria is in the limelight  because of the fforts the put in place.

Oyema on Tuesday broke her world record to win the Commonwealth Games powerlifting event for the third consecutive time after lifting  131kg  in the women’s lightweight  to win gold.

Ezuruike won men’s lightweight gold ahead of defending champion Paul Kehinde after lifting  188kg and 194kg to score  224.3 points. Ejike came second behind Oyema.

The athletes said they are looking forward to meeting President Muhammadu Buhari after the Games.

Oyema said, “I feel so excited because it was like a film to me.

“I was anxious about winning gold at the Games. I had to start the process of cutting down on my body weight,  because I was already in the heavyweight class and I knew I needed a lot of hard work to shed about 10kg. My coach Pat Ibite encouraged me so I started training for it. If I didn’t work on my body weight, I wouldn’t have set a new world record today.”

The 35-year-old added, “Today I have made sacrifices to make my country proud. I have won gold and set a  third  world record. I would  like to meet President Buhari. I want him to make us proud too.”

Oyema lamented para-athletes  are  often ignored by the country  despite setting world records, calling for  Buhari  to change things this time round.

She said, “Most of us are well educated but we can’t find good jobs,  because of our physical challenges. I do this competition with passion because I love what I’m doing. Today, everybody wants to felicitate with us but after the Games, we will be forgotten. We are not recognised despite being number one in the world in para powerlifting.

There are so many of us on the streets out there looking for food to eat. They are  Paralympic and world champions but nobody knows them anymore because they are no longer competing so I want the President to recognize us and put us in the right position.”

Ezurike, who  echoed Oyema’s complaints, however   said he was not happy winning   gold medal by  beating his friend and world record holder Kehinde.

He said, “It’s an honour for me to beat a world champion. He is one of the greatest in powerlifting. He beat me in the last Commonwealth Games and I defeated him in this year’s. I’m happy not just because of the gold medal but the person I beat.”

Ezurike added, “What they expected from us, we have given it to them and I know that Mr President will do something for us. Sport  is all about encouragement and motivation. They say that to whom much is expected, much is given. I think we have given them our best and we are expecting from them. I have finished my part and I want our dear President to invite us to Aso Villa for a reception. That is my dream.”