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Nafisa Mohammed Assumes Duty As New ROSOWA President



The wife of Mallam Shehu Mohammed, the new Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Hajiya Nafisa Shehu, has taken over as the new President, Road Safety Officers Wives Association (ROSOWA).

The brief ceremony took place at the national Secretariat of the Association in Abuja on Monday, according to a statement signed by the Corps Public Education Officer, Corps Commander Olusegun Ogungbemide, and made available to the National Association of Online Security News Publishers (NAOSNP).

Hajiya Nafisa took over from the erstwhile President of the Association, Hajiya Aisha Biu.

At the handing over ceremony, the new President commended her predecessor for her exceptional leadership and gave assurance of her resolve to build on the legacies handed over to her. She pledged her commitment towards promoting collaboration and bring up strategic initiatives that will promote unity amongst members.

While appreciating God for the opportunity to serve, Hajiya Nafisa implored members of the association to give her the necessary support to make her tenure a successful and impactful one.

The erstwhile President, Hajiya Aisha Biu equally thanked the incumbent President for a successful handing and taking over and urged members to give her successor more support than she enjoyed during her tenure.

The handing and taking over ceremony was carried out at the National Secretariat of the Association in Abuja on Monday.

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Tinubu Appoints Yakubu As DG, Budget Office, Drops Akabueze



President Bola Tinubu has approved the appointment of Mr. Tanimu Yakubu as the Director-General of the Budget Office of the Federation, following the expiration of the tenure of Mr. Ben Akabueze.

This was disclosed in a statement signed by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, on Thursday.

Yabuku is an accomplished economist and Chief Economic Adviser to a former President from 2007 to 2010; Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria from 2003 to 2007, and Commissioner of Finance, Budget, and Economic Planning in Katsina State from 1999 to 2003.

The new Director-General of the Budget Office of the Federation holds a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance from Wagner College, Staten Island, New York, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the same institution.

The statement noted that President Tinubu thanked the outgoing Director-General, Mr. Akabueze, for his services and wished him success in his future endeavours.

“The President expects the new Director-General of this pivotal agency to further enhance the provision of efficient and qualitative budget functions, with a view to promoting fiscal sustainability, transparency, and accountability in public finance management for national development,” it added.

Akabueze was first appointed by former President Muhammadu Buhari as a Special Adviser Planning (SAP) to the President on February 15, 2016, and later redeployed and appointed as DG Budget, June 10, 2016.

Buhari renewed Akabueze’s appointment as the DG of Budget Office in 2020.

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Onyeali-Ikpe Makes MIPAD’s List of Global Top 100 Trade Champions of African Descent



In acknowledgment of her outstanding impact on global trade, Dr. Nneka Onyeali-Ikpe, the Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Fidelity Bank Plc, has been recognized as one of the honorees in the 2024 Most Influential Global Top 100 Export and International Trade Edition.
Themed, “Championing the Vision of Global Africa as a Unified Economic Block and Single Market,” the initiative which was announced on May 25, 2024 in celebration of Global Africa Day, lists several leaders in the global trade space of African descent, including the President, African Export–Import Bank (Afreximbank), Prof. Benedict Okey Oramah,); Minister of Trade and Export Promotion, Algeria, H.E. Kamel Rezig;  Chairman, World Trade Centre Accra, Ghana, H.R.H Togbe Afede; the Nigerian Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr. Doris Nkiruka Uzoka-Anite; Executive Director and CEO, Nigerian Export Promotion Council (Nigeria), Nonye Ayeni; Executive Vice President, Intra-African Trade Bank (IATB), Kanayo Awani; Director, Trade Development (Africa & Caribbean), World Trade Centre Miami, US, Kemi Arosanyin; Secretary of State for Business and Trade and President of the Board of Trade (United Kingdom/Nigeria), Kemi Badenoch; President, US-Africa Business Centre at US Chamber of Commerce, Kendra Gaither; and President of the Buenaventura Chamber of Commerce (Colombia), Milady Garces Arboleda.
According to a statement by Most Influential People of African Descent (MIPAD), the organisers of the initiative, “These honorees are recognized for their groundbreaking achievements in Trade & Export and are called upon to champion the vision of a unified Global Africa as an economic block. This recognition aligns with the ethos of the International Decade for People of African Descent, highlighting MIPAD’s ongoing commitment to celebrating individuals, organizations, and governments demonstrating outstanding leadership in advancing people of African descent globally.”
Commenting on the initiative, Dr Onyeali-Ikpe said, “This recognition demonstrates our market leadership in the international trade space at Fidelity Bank and our devotion to helping Nigerian businesses play a more active role in the global trade space.
Since 2022, we have hosted the largest private-sector driven trade expo tagged the Fidelity International Trade and Creative Connect (FITCC) with hundreds of export businesses from Nigeria, off-takers in the UK and USA, investors, regulators, media and other key stakeholder in the trade sector. Through FITCC, we have closed deals totaling $450million. Our commitment as a bank is to do more in this space and we thank MIPAD for the recognition.”
The Most Influential People of African Descent (MIPAD), is a global civil society initiative in support of the International Decade for People of African Descent, proclaimed by United Nation’s General Assembly resolution 68/237, to be observed from 2015 to 2024. MIPAD identifies high achievers of African descent in public and private sectors from all around the world as a progressive network of relevant actors to join together in the spirit of recognition, justice and development.
Ranked as one of the best banks in Nigeria, Fidelity Bank is a full-fledged commercial bank with over 8.3 million customers serviced across its 251 business offices in Nigeria and the United Kingdom as well as on digital banking channels.
The bank has won multiple local and international awards including the Export Finance Bank of the Year at the 2023 BusinessDay Banks and Other Financial Institutions (BAFI) Awards, the Best Payment Solution Provider Nigeria 2023 and Best SME Bank Nigeria 2022 by the Global Banking and Finance Awards; Best Bank for SMEs in Nigeria by the Euromoney Awards for Excellence 2023; and Best Domestic Private Bank in Nigeria by the Euromoney Global Private Banking Awards 2023.
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Ogunsan Felicitates with AIGs Longe, Owohunwa on New Appointments, Lauds IGP Egbetokun



Respected Board Member, Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF) and Chairman, Police Campaign Against Cultism and Other Vices (POCACOV), Dr. Ayo Ogunsan, has extended his congratulations to the duo of AIG Yetunde Longe and AIG Idowu Owohunwa on their new appointments as the Force Secretary and Head of INTERPOL National Central Bureau (NCB), Force HQ Abuja by the Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun.

The security expert, who is also the CEO, Executive Group, made his felicitations known via a statement he signed himself, where he lauded the capabilities of the AIGs as a result of their antecedents as well as praised the foresight of the IGP in appointing the duo.

“It takes only a leader with genuine foresight to discover the likes of Longe and Owohunwa to appoint them into such sensitive positions. So, I can’t hide for the able IGP,” Ogunsan said.

He further hailed the IGP for recognizing the abilities of women in the Force, and remaining gender-sensitive in distribution of appointments under his watch.

Speaking on the AIGs, Ogunsan noted that Owohunwa and Longe have paid their dues in the Police Force, and are forces to reckon with when it comes to both policing and administration.

He agreed with the IGP that the new assignments is a proof of their exceptional abilities and the trust the Force places in their capabilities.

“I have followed the trajectory of Owohunwa and Longe, and can’t agree more with the IGP. These officers have been exemplary in the discharge of their duties, and churn near impeccable records.

“I heartily congratulate them, and with them the best and successful time while their tenure in their various offices last. I’m very sure they will, and help to give the Nigerian Police Force the pride of place it deserves,” the LSSTF board member said.

He acknowledged Longe for her many firsts including becoming the first Female Deputy Commissioner of Police in Charge of Lagos State Criminal Investigation Department, SCID, Panti; first female Area Commander, Area F Ikeja, and the first female AIG in Charge of Training Department of the Nigeria Police Force.

Similarly, he acknowledged Owohunwa’s doggedness, noting that he has over the years proven his mettle in various capacities including as PSO to many IGPs, as Lagos CP, and most recently, as AIG of Force CID Annex Alagbon.

It would be recalled that IGP Kayode Egbetokun, in a statement signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, announced the appointment of the two AIGs.

The statement read:

‘The Inspector General of Police, IGP Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun, Ph.D, NPM, has approved the posting of two senior police officers to strategic positions within the Nigeria Police Force as part of ongoing efforts to bolster the efficiency of the Force and multinational approach to tackling crimes.’

“AIG Yetunde Longe has been appointed as the Force Secretary. In this capacity, AIG Longe will be responsible for overseeing the secretarial functions of the Force Headquarters, ensuring that policies and directives of the IGP are implemented effectively, as well as coordinate the affairs of senior police officers.

“Similarly, AIG Idowu Owohunwa has been assigned to the INTERPOL National Central Bureau (NCB) at the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID) in Abuja. He is tasked with enhancing international police cooperation and ensuring that Nigeria fulfills its obligations within the global INTERPOL framework.”

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