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Vanguard Personality Award: NAOSNP Celebrates Gov Sanwo-Olu



The National Association of Online Security News Publishers (NAOSNP) has congratulated the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on winning the prestigious Vanguard Personality of the Year Award.

In a statement signed by the Association’s Public Relations Officer, Mr. Eric Elezuo, NAOSNP described Sanwo-Olu as the best man for the award, citing his developmental efforts in Lagos, and more importantly his efforts at making Lagos a crime-free State.

The statement also revealed that the Association’s president, Mr Samson Oki, who was present at the event, is elated at Sanwo-Olu’s award, and highlighted the governor’s achievements, with special mention to the many assistance rendered to all security agents and law enforcement agents in the state. These include providing highly rated security equipment and also training for personnel.

“Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s trajectory in governance is beyond the ordinary, and it is no surprise that many organisations, including colleagues in governance, have found in him a worthy companion in administrative convenience and in the provision of requisite dividends of democracy,” the statement said.

Recall that the Governor, who has spent only two years in the seat of power, was announced the personality of the year at the well attended Vanguard event held at the Eko Hotel and Suites weekend.

Responding, Sanwo-Olu, who dedicated the award to the people of Lagos State, disclosed that the award meant a lot to him as it would constantly remind him and his team to work harder for Lagosians.

“I feel highly honoured to receive the Vanguard Personality 2019/2020 by the Vanguard Newspapers Group. The awards means a lot to me. This prestigious award will be a constant reminder to me and my team to perform better to out do ourselves in the current year for efficient service delivery to the good people of Lagos State.”

He further reiterated his administration’s commitment to achieve the Greater Lagos vision in line with the THEMES agenda. He also thanked organisers of the award as well as the citizens for believing in the current administration, pledging that the government would not let them down.

“I wish to dedicate the awards to every Lagosian out there for believing in our administration’s vision of a Greater Lagos. We will not relent in our efforts to achieve this and other set goals along with our THEMES agenda.”

“My special thanks goes to the Vanguard Newspapers Group for the honour. Again, I thank Lagosians for standing by our government through the many phases since the beginning of the administration. Be assured that our best is yet to happen,” the governor said.

NAOSNP is an association of tested and trusted online publishers saddled with the responsibility of reporting researched, balanced and unadulterated security news.

The Association has received recognitions for its work from almost all security outfits operating in Lagos State and beyond.

Governor Sanwo-Olu was accompanied to the prestigious media award ceremony by the Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi; Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Tunji Bello; Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Gbenga Omotosho; APC Lagos State Chairman, Mr. Tunde Balogun; Special Adviser on Works and Infrastructure, Engr. Mrs Aramide Monsurat Adeyoye; Board Member, Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF), Dr. Ayodele Ogunsan; Commissioner for Housing, Hon. Moruf Akinderu Fatai; Commissioner for Job Creation and Employment, Mrs. Yetunde Arobieke among others.

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Former FPRO, Frank Mba Completes NIPSS Course, Inducted



The immediate past Force Public Relations Officer, CP Frank Mba, has been inducted as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Local Government Public Administration, having concluded the Senior Executive Course (SEC) 44 of the National Institute of Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, Jos.

The National Association of Online Security News Publishers (NAOSNP) learnt that the induction ceremony took place at the NIPSS auditorium on Sunday.

CP Mba, noted as one the best spokespersons to have emanated from the Nigerian Police Force, undertook the study about three months ago, and excelled, graduating with honours, and being inducted in an elaborate ceremony.

Mba, alongside five other senior police officers were nominated by the Inspector -General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, in February 2022, for the course. The others are: AIG Aisha Abubakar Baju , who was Head of Police Veterinary & Force Animal Branch; former Director, Peace Keeping Operations Department, CP Sadiq Abubakar; former Commissioner of Police, Yobe State Police Command, CP Abubakar Sahabo; CP Ebong E. Ebong of the Department of Operations, Force Headquarters and CP Arungwa of the Department of Logistics & Supply.

The officer, who is touted as a thoroughbred professional, accepted to go for the course, amid pressure to reject it. He however, remains till date, the longest serving FPRO in Nigeria.

A native of Udenu Local Government Area in Enugu State, the intelligent officer had his basic secular education before proceeding to the Nigeria Police Academy, Kano where he graduated from the academy as the best cadet inspector in academics in 1993.

A graduate of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Mba also bagged a Master’s Degree in Law at the University of Dundee, Scotland. He was the FPRO to former Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, between 2012 and 2014. He was also the FPRO during the administration of former IGP Mohammed Adamu, between 2019 to 2021 and from 2021, to when he proceeded to NIPSS, he was the FPRO to IGP Baba.

He is a National and International Security certificate holder from Harvard University, USA, and a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) National Academy, Quantico, USA.

Prior to his promotion to the rank of CP on December 30, 2020, Frank Mba had served with the Nigerian Police force since 1993 when he graduated as Cadet Inspector. He had occupied different positions, earning his promotions with due diligence.

In addition to his FCPA, MBA can conveniently add mni to his name, having successful been inducted.

We, at NAOSNP, wish the super cop the best of career endeavours.

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Victoria Island PCRC Celebrates CP Ahmed Kantagora with Gala Nite



It was a colourful evening of celebration and felicity in honor of a fine gentleman officer who has just gotten a new rank of Commissioner of Police in the Nigeria Police, CP Ahmed Mogaji Kontagora. The evening of super fun, sumptuous meals, graceful dance proved to be a time to unwind for many friends of the new CP Kontagora.

Many police officers who due to the intensity of work rarely have time to relax were able to let down the hair even as they salute their colleague, CP Kontagora who will soon to be moved out of the Lagos State Police Command to a new command, Oki Samson of the National Association of Online Security News Publishers, NAOSNP report. The gala was attended by many police officers including some who are higher in rank than the new CP Ahmed Kontagora.

The special guest at the gala, the AIG in charge of Zone 2 (comprising Lagos and Ogun state commands), AIG Adeleke Adeyinka Bode noted that himself and Kontagora had been friends for over 30 years. ‘Kotangora is my coursemate. So if there is anyone who knows him, I am. I have known him for the past 30 years. He is a gentleman officer and very likeable.’

The host of the event, Mr. Matthew Ibadin who is also the Chairman of PCRC Victoria Island took the opportunity to celebrate Kontagora whom he described as ‘reliable police officer and an excellent operations person.’ He wished the new CP well in his new endeavor.

Speaking on behalf of the officer-colleagues, DCP Umar Shelleng shared: ‘Kontagora is a very industrious person. We have known each other right from when we were younger officers. We worked together in INTERPOL for a very long time when he had the opportunity to represent Nigeria Police in INTERPOL office in Cote D’Ivoire.

He is a very nice, amiable, humble, and down-to-earth person which has been attested by others. He is firm, straightforward and has a way of addressing issues without being unnecessarily harsh or aggressive.’

‘I wish you well. I congratulate you. Promotion comes with a lot of responsibility and I am very sure that your posting will soon be announced’, he told Ahmed Kontagora.

Celebrating the CP Kontagora on behalf of his civilian friends, Otunba Ayoola reiterated that Kontagora has a way of addressing issues. ‘You won’t even realize that someone is there. There was an experience where a lawyer ran to Alagbon over a rent issue after a kongaroo judgement. He didn’t even know the person but we were all surprised the way he addressed the issue quietly without noise.’

‘Above all, he is very patriotic. He loves the job. Sometimes 2am is when he retires to his home. I celebrate him’, NAOSNP gathered from Otunba Ayoola.

On behalf of media professionals whom CP Ahmed Kontagora often interacted with, President of the National Association of Online Security News Publishers, Oki Samson noted that the newly promoted CP is media-friendly, ‘He is always responsive to address issues of public importance which arise from their activities as Police. He is a fantastic operations officer who puts the maintenance of law, order, and security as a priority. May you continue to rise to greater heights in the Nigeria Police.’

The Chairman of PCRC in Lagos, Apostle Kehinde Showemimo while giving the toast at the event said: ‘I appreciate this wonderful, friendly, very gentle man who is always ready to help. Whatever the issue is, he is looking for solutions.’

‘We are happy that God has elevated him, may God continue to elevate him the more. May he experience exponential growth in every sphere of life’, Apostle Showemimo concluded.

Before his promotion, CP Ahmed Kontagora held the position of the DCP in charge of Operations in the Lagos State Command where he excelled tremendously under the leadership of CP Sylvester Abiodun Alabi. He also worked with the former Lagos CP, the retired AIG Hakeem Odumosu.

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Adeduntan Sustains Winning Streak, Pioneers Leadership Excellence in Banking



Since his appointment as MD/CEO of First Bank of Nigeria Limited in 2016, Dr. Adesola Adeduntan has completely transformed the financial institution and has made it attractive to every strata of the society. From an institution that used to be perceived as an old-generation bank, FirstBank is now a darling to all as it leverages latest digital tools to meet its customers’ needs. Also, under Adeduntan’s leadership, the 128-year old bank has made huge contributions to national development, thereby stimulating development, setting standards and motivating excellent output across sectors. Clearly, these contributions to national development were what endeared Adeduntan to President Muhammadu Buhari who recently saluted him on his recognition by Cranfield University, UK, one of the most prestigious citadels of learning in Europe. Adeduntan will on Wednesday, June 22, be conferred with Doctor of Science, Honoris Causa and he would be delivering an address to the graduating class of the university. This feat, the president in a statement by his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), Femi Adesina, described as, “another testament to the fact that Nigeria is blessed with the brightest and the best in all areas of human endeavor.” Buhari lauded Adeduntan for being a role model to the younger generation, showing that hard work pays, and with resourcefulness and doggedness, great heights are achievable.

Adeduntan holds a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Ibadan, Master’s in Business Administration from Cranfield University, and is Fellow of Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), as well as Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN).

The president sent best wishes to Adeduntan and family as he hoisted Nigeria’s flag proudly to receive an honor Cranfield University said was in recognition of his outstanding contribution to business. Incidentally, Buhari’s commendation came on the day the bank successfully held its AGM which showed a stellar performance in its financials, a transformational result that put the bank on course to reclaiming its leadership position of the financial sector.

Adeduntan has a distinguished career in finance having held senior positions at Citibank Nigeria, KPMG and Arthur Andersen Nigeria. He studied at Cranfield University as a British Chevening Scholar, achieving an MBA in 2005.

Commenting on the honour by Cranfield University, the FirstBank boss said: “I am extremely humbled and most grateful to the university for this recognition. My time at Cranfield served as a catalyst for my professional and personal development propelling me to the leadership position I occupy today.

“I am a firm believer in talent management, being vital to further accelerate Africa’s growth to enable it to benefit from its demographic dividend and the opportunities therein. I look forward to sharing my experiences with the students on the universal applicability of the skills the Cranfield MBA provides to positively impact the world.”

On his part, the Chief Executive and Vice-Chancellor of Cranfield University, Professor Karen Holford CBE FREng also congratulated Adeduntan, saying: “It is an honour to welcome Dr Adeduntan back to Cranfield to recognise all his professional achievements in this way. His own experience at Cranfield University has propelled his career forward and this serves as a true inspiration for our graduates both this year and in the future.”

Indeed, Adeduntan is an accomplished professional with distinctive international and domestic experience in commercial and investment banking, development finance, audit, and consulting; a philanthropist and leader with keen interest in providing platforms for the development of other young leaders.

The FirstBank Group, the commercial banking arm of FBN Holdings Plc, which he heads is made up of First Bank of Nigeria and subsidiaries including FBNBank UK, FBNBank DRC, FBNBank Ghana, FBNBank Senegal, FBNBank Guinea, FBNBank Gambia, FBNBank Sierra Leone and First Pension Custodian as well as Representative Offices in France and China.

Adeduntan is overseeing one of the most extensive transformation programmes in sub-Saharan African financial services industry, with the goal to reposition FirstBank Group to market pre-eminence.

He is leading FirstBank Group on the journey to win the most significant emerging business opportunities in the financial services industry through the development and execution of a digital-led strategy that has established FirstBank as the dominant player in digital banking.

FirstBank Group’s transformation programme, under the leadership of Adeduntan has enabled the bank to grow customer accounts from about 10 million in 2015 to over 36 million (including digital wallets), become the second largest issuer of cards in Africa with over 11.8 million issued cards, onboard over 18.6 million active customers on FirstBank’s digital banking platforms, and initiate and grow the most expansive bank-led Agent Banking Network in Africa with over 170,000 agents.

His career in banking and finance, spanning almost three decades, has earned him various recognitions and awards including Forbes Best of Africa – Outstanding Leader in Africa, Distinguished Alumnus Award by both the Cranfield University’s  School of Management and the University of Ibadan, African Banking Personality of the Year,  African Banker of the Year Award; Banking Icon of the Decade by the Sun Newspapers and induction into the African Leadership Magazine (ALM) Hall of Fame, Honorary Citizenship of the State of Georgia and Congressional Commendation Award from the Georgia Senate – USA, Bank CEO of the Year by the AES Excellence Club and several other awards.

He has attended various executive and leadership programmes at Harvard Business School (USA), Wharton School (USA), London Business School (UK), IESE (Spain), University of Oxford (UK), University of Cambridge (UK), CEIBS (China) and INSEAD (France). He is a fellow of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN).

Adeduntan’s leadership drive also reflected in First Bank Nigeria Limited’s recently released full year 2021 financial statement. The results clearly showed the strength and resilience of the iconic African elephant as well as the financial institution’s leadership in the industry. The impressive results were a reflection of the robust strength and growth of the iconic African elephant, showing that the bank has taken its rightful position among the industry leaders.

In addition, it showed the level of work the current board, management and staff of the bank have put in to turn the tide in the 128 years old institution with entrenched corporate governance.

The full year 2021 performance by the bank represented a shift in the financial institution’s performance trajectory and was made possible through its undeterred commitment in pursuing its transformational agenda; cutting across customer-led innovation, building a digitalised bank, culture change, reinventing the bank’s workplace and safeguarding its assets for the digital age.

For the first time, FirstBank Group posted the best result in more than a decade history of the bank by crossing the N100 billion profit line. Specifically, in the full year 2021 financial statement, the FirstBank Group reported a 73.9 per cent growth in its profit after tax to N117.8 billion, as against the N67.8 billion recorded as of December 2020, just as its profit before tax stood at N130.9 billion, which was a significant rise by 77.9 per cent year-on-year, as against the N73.6 billion it was as of December 2020.

FirstBank’s gross earnings also increased by 30.3 per cent to N716.8 billion in 2021, up from N550.3 billion it was as of December 2020. Also, it recorded non-interest income of N342.2 billion in the year under review, which was 106.4 per cent higher than the N165.8 billion recorded as of December 2020. As a result of years of strategic restructuring of its balance sheet and operations, its gross earnings also moved northwards by 30.3 per cent, its total assets was up 15.9 per cent to N8.5 trillion as of the end of 2021, as against the N7.4 trillion recorded the previous year, just as its customer deposits also climbed by 19.5 per cent to N5.6 trillion, up from the N4.7 trillion recorded the previous year. The bank’s customer loans and advances also improved by 28 per cent to N2.8 trillion in the year under review, up from N2.2 trillion the previous year.

FirstBank has shown innovation, resilience and commitment to growth by significantly reducing its non-performing loans (NPL) from 25% in 2016 to an acceptable level of 6.1% in 2021.

To demonstrate that the bank’s performance in 2021 was not a fluke, the Bank equally performed excellently well in Q1 2022. FirstBank recorded 32% increase in gross earnings to N180bn in Q1’22 from N136.6bn in Q1’21. Profit after tax was up 108% to N32.4 billion (Q1’22) relative to N15.6 billion (Q1’21). This impressive performance is hinged on robust loan portfolio, effective cost structure and increased digital services.FirstBank recorded the highest decline in its cost-to-income ratio in Q1 2022, dropping from 79.5% recorded in Q1 2021 to 67.03% amongst tier-1 Banks in the review period.

With FirstBank under Adeduntan, the safety of customers and the security of their transactions come first. This has ensured the bank keeps the trust of Nigerians gained over the many years of its enduring legacy of safety and security.

The bank also delivers unique and bespoke financial services solutions across all customer segments underpinned by its commitment to innovation and the customer experience. It also leverages its strong investment banking capabilities to support clients in defining and executing innovative debt solutions as well as offer strategic advice at the highest level, arrange tailor-made financing structures, manage risk and ultimately help clients to realise their aspirations

Since its establishment in 1894, FirstBank has consistently built relationships with customers focusing on the fundamentals of good corporate governance, strong liquidity, optimised risk management and leadership.

Over the years, the bank has led the financing of private investment in infrastructure development in the Nigerian economy by playing key roles in the federal government’s privatisation and commercialisation schemes. With its global reach, FirstBank provides prospective investors wishing to explore the vast business opportunities that are available in Nigeria, an internationally competitive world-class brand and a credible financial partner. It is expected that the leadership excellence and recognitions accorded to Adeduntan would continue to reflect positively on the FirstBank brand and fundamentals of the bank so that the elephant will continue to stand ‘gidigba.’

Culled from ThisDay

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