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ACAMB Elects New Executives, As Bolarinwa Emerges President – Naijanewsdirect

  The Association of Corporate Affairs Managers of Banks (ACAMB) - an umbrella association of communications and marketing professionals, working in Nigeria's banking sector - has elected new executives who will pilot the affairs of the Association for the next two years. The hugely attended AGM/ election for key positions, saw Mr. Rasheed Bolarinwa, Head, Corporate Communications of Polaris Bank emerged the new ACAMB President. First Bank's Mr. Oze K. Oze was elected First Vice President; Mrs. Lola Egboh of First City Monument Bank (FCMB), Second Vice President, while the new Secretary-General is Mr. Sipe Babajide of Ecobank. The position of Assistant Secretary General was won by Mr. Omede Odekina of United Bank for Africa (UBA), while Mr. Patrick Osilaja of Fidelity Bank emerged the Financial Secretary. Wema Bank's Mrs. Funmilayo Falola is the new Treasurer while Mr. Abdul Imoyo of Access Bank will serve as the Association's Publicity Secretary. Also on the new executive list is Mrs. Ozena Utulu of Heritage Bank as Social Secretary. Four distinguished members of the Association namely: The immediate past President, a staff from CBN, NDIC and CIBN respectively are to serve as Ex-officios. The election of the new officers held on Thursday, 19 January at the Bankers' House, CIBN Building, Victoria Island, Lagos. In his post-election acceptance speech, the new ACAMB President, Bolarinwa, assured members that he would reposition ACAMB as a foremost professional Association that they would all be proud of. He added that his vision also includes innovating post-retirement strategy that ensures members have a sustainable livelihood long after exiting the industry. "I will be committed to my vision, which is to reposition ACAMB as a foremost professional Association that encourages and ensures every marketing communications professional in the Banks aspires and attains the highest level of professional recognition and fulfillment on the job while at the same time being assured

Femi Otedola To Super Eagles: Win AFCON Get $250,000 – Naijanewsdirect

  Billionaire businessman and Executive Chairman, Geregu Power Plant, Femi Otedola, comes across as a phenomenon of sorts. Indeed, it is no exaggeration to say that his life epitomises a tenacity of purpose. His ability as a strategist and winner has never been in doubts. Indeed,  every move he makes, either in his business or private life, has never escaped the attention of newshounds. He is a delight to professional journalists and biographers. If you choose to write about his uncommon feats as a businessman, you will come up with volumes of work that will most likely intimidate a bibliophile. In the same way, if you choose to document his philanthropic acts, in black and white, your hand may grow tired. Whenever the businessman dabbles into any business, it usually becomes a major story not only in the media, online and traditional media but among other business owners, the elite as well as those on the streets. The Lagos born business mogul once again showcased his milk of kindness as he promised Nigeria’s football team, the Super Eagles at the on going African Cup of Nations, AFCON, the sum of $250, 000 if they win the trophy.  The message was delivered today by government delegation to Cameroon led by the  Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele. You will recall that the man with heart of gold gave out the sum of $50,000 to the Super Eagles at the 2019 edition of AFCON. The team lost at the Semi Finals to Algeria though. This latest effort by Otedola has further foregrounded his abiding fellow-feeling and love for humanity. In the past years, Otedola had put smiles on the faces of a number of eminent Nigerians , including the late musician Majek Fashek; Christian Chukwu, a former captain and coach of the Super Eagles; Peter Fregene, a former

Former Lagos LG Bosses Raise Campaign Team For Tinubu’s 2023 Presidential Ambition – Naijanewsdirect

The former council bosses under the aegis of Grassroots Network for Asiwaju Bola Tinubu (GNAT), said they cannot afford to betray their benefactors.   According to them, Tinubu is an eminent politician who has built many notable actors, including Governor Kayode Fayemi, Muiz Banire (SAN), Lai Mohammed, Rauf Aregbesola, Babatunde Fashola, among others.   GNAT comprises serving and former local government chairmen, councillors, supervisors, secretaries to the local government, secretaries to education, special advisers, special assistants and other political appointees at the local government level.   Leader of the group, Abiodun Mafe, who spoke at the formation of the group in Lagos, said the foot soldiers cannot afford to be ingrates to the former Lagos governor, who played a great role in their rise to prominence.  

Chief Rasaq Okoya Celebrates 82 Birthday In Low-key – Naijanewsdirect

  It was a memorable day for Chief (Dr.) Rasaq Akanni Okoya (CON), the Aare of Lagos as family, friends and well-wishers gathered at his home, Oluwanishola Estate, Ajah to celebrate his 82nd birthday. The celebration was a low-key affair owing to the unexpected death of Otunba Adebayo Alao Akala, the former governor of Oyo state. In an exclusive chat with Chief Rasaq Okoya, he expressed his gratitude to Almighty God for his life at 82, and also expressed sadness that he lost an in-law (Chief Alao Akala) same day. While speaking further, he advised the Nigerian youths to work hard and be focused in order to be successful and wealthy, he stressed that it took him 60 years to build his business empire. He believes with hard work, Nigerian youths will be successful as he is today and they should always pray for good leadership, that Nigeria is a good country with many genuine business potentials to grow and progress. The birthday celebration started with Islamic prayer at his mosque within the Oluwanishola Estate, where dignitaries from all walks of life gathered to celebrate with the business mogul “Mr. Eleganza” The wife of the celebrant, Chief Dr. (Mrs) Shade Okoya also wished her husband a happy birthday in good health and longer life.

NdaniTV Releases 5th Season of Real Talk Show! (Photo/Video) – Naijanewsdirect

  NdaniTV has released new photos and a teaser video from the 5th season of its Talk show, Real Talk. The production company has also unveiled the multi-talented, Bisola Aiyeola, as the host for this season and if the teaser video is anything to go by, we are in for an exciting season! About Real Talk Real Talk first launched on the NdaniTV YouTube channel in 2016 and has had a number of popular hosts including Nicole Asinugo and Cornelia O’Dwyer. The talk show brings celebrities together to speak on societal issues and a lot more. The new season is set to launch on YouTube on the 20th of January 2022. About NdaniTV NdaniTV is Africa’s premiere platform for original web series and is home to some of the most popular series including Gidi Up, Rumour Has It, Skinny Girl in Transit, Officer Titus and more. With over 441,000 subscribers on YouTube and over 109 million minutes in watch time, the channel is one of the fastest growing platforms for original content out of Nigeria and made for Africans. NdaniTV content remains free to view on YouTube and is powered by GTCO PLC. Below is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9caAxzbBWo&feature=youtu.be  

2023: Obasa Hints On Type Of Leader Nigeria Deserves – Naijanewsdirect

  - Says Tinubu laid foundation that makes Lagos a successful state - Lists competence, knowledge and experience as characteristics of a good leader The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, on Thursday said Nigeria desires a leader with an experience of success in previous assignments. Dr. Obasa said this at the Anchor University's first Distinguished Public Lecture of the faculty of Humanities in Lagos stressing that leaders can only succeed when they have the requisite capacities to meet the desires of their followers. Noting that Nigerians currently yearn for more from their leaders in the face of daunting challenges, Obasa expressed hope that the country would meet the collective dream of the citizens soon. "If you place our country side by side some countries and compare developments in the last 50 years, you would agree that we have challenges. "However, we are all leaders in our various spheres. Leadership has to do with the roles you play in your various communities. "Today, people choose to go to Dubai instead of some other countries. Look at their development in the last 50 years. We heard stories of how their leaders visited Ibadan for medical checkups. "Now, what do we have? Nigerians visiting the country and others for medical reasons. "Today, China is a super power because of its growth and development. "That is why we have to talk about leadership and the most important thing for us now is to have a leader who understands and can handle our situation such that a man living in a corner in Ipaja, who does not have interest in who the leader is, enjoys what should be simple amenities of life," he said. The Speaker argued that fixing Nigeria requires good governance and that the country currently has an opportunity to get it right ahead of 2023. "And as you

FirstBank Rewards Customers In Transact And Win Promo – Naijanewsdirect

  Getting rewarded for spending money is a dream that is probably going to remain exciting for many people, but not for the Firstmonie Wallet users. In a two month Transact and Win campaign that started on November 22, 2021, First Bank of Nigeria Limited is rewarding several customers for carrying out transactions on its Firstmonie Wallet application. The e-wallet is useful for conveniently paying utility bills, purchasing airtime and data, transferring and receiving money, and many other digital transactions. Just for using the mobile-friendly wallet app, Customers got rewarded with mouth-watering prizes both in cash and kind. The number of transactions done on the app determines the price a user could win. 100 customers who had done 1-15 transactions through Firstmonie Wallet within the month won N10,000 cash price; 53 25kg bags of rice and 50 units of standing fans were also won by customers who carried out 16 – 30 transactions with the Firstmonie Wallet; 2 units of power generating sets, 1 unit of Air Conditioning systems and 1 unit LED Televisions went to customers who carried 31 – 50 transactions; while 2 units of iPhone 12 were won by customers who had carried out over 50 transactions on the app within the month. Victor Nnanna Onyedikachi, a student of the University of Abuja was one of the winners of the iPhone 12, and while receiving his gift, he admitted that he did not expect to win the prize.  “I used the Firstmonie Wallet App, and just like that, I was told that I had qualified. I did not believe it until I saw it myself. I am truly grateful to FirstBank” he said. Other winners also expressed their pleasure at being rewarded for using a completely user-friendly app. “There is no issue of service error when using it for any transaction. The

Sultan Of Sokoto To Grace Primate Ayodele’s Annual Thanksgiving Ceremony On February 14 – Naijanewsdirect

  The Sultan Of Sokoto, Sa’adu Abubakar has been confirmed as one of the guest expected at the annual thanksgiving ceremony of popular prophet, Primate Elijah Ayodele which will be holding on February 14, 2022. Though not very much known to the public, Sultan Of Sokoto and Primate Elijah Ayodele have a robust relationship that started long time ago. It would be recalled that in 2017, Sultan described Primate Ayodele as his brother while recognizing the many philanthropic activities he has done for the Muslim community. Apart from Sultan Of Sokoto, several dignitaries have confirmed their attendance at Primate Ayodele’s annual thanksgiving in February. They include state governors, international organisations, captains of industry, presidents, among a host of many others. The event will also feature the energetic performance of Juju maestro, King Sunny Ade who has also been a friend to the man of God for many years. As usual, Primate Ayodele will be giving out massively to the people during the event. He will be giving out cash, scholarships, vehicles, WAEC and GCE forms, to mention a few.

LIRS Announces January 31 Deadline For Filing Of Annual Tax Returns By Employers Of Labour – Naijanewsdirect

As the new year begins, Lagos State Internal Revenue Service (LIRS) wishes its esteemed taxpayers a prosperous 2022. The agency also reminds businesses and employers of labour of their statutory obligation to file annual income tax returns pursuant to section 81 (2) of the Personal Income Tax Act (PITA) Cap P8 LFN 2004 (as amended). The Act stipulates January 31st as the deadline for filing of annual income tax returns, failing which penalty accrues. The Executive Chairman of Lagos State Internal Revenue Service, Mr. Ayodele Subair urges all businesses and employers of labour resident within Lagos State, to file their annual income tax returns on or before January 31, 2022, to avoid payment of penalties as well as other statutory sanctions. The only available platform for filing of annual income tax returns in Lagos State is the LIRS e-Tax portal: https://etax.lirs.net. The e-Tax portal is built for convenience of taxpayers, is easy, convenient and safe. All businesses and employers of labor are advised to use the e-Tax portal to file their returns. Taxpayer ID of all employees is compulsory for the annual income tax returns to be successful filed on the e-Tax portal. Therefore, all employees and taxable persons within the State are advised to generate a taxpayer ID (where applicable) and file their individual annual income tax returns on the e-Tax portal. As part of the Agency’s quest to ease compliance obligations for taxpayers, it has designated some staff at its various offices to assist taxpayers with using the e-Tax portal and other filing related issues. For more information or any inquiries, taxpayers are enjoined to visit our website:www.lirs.gov.ng, follow us on our various social media platforms: @lirsgovng, email:etaxinfo@lirs.net or call the LIRS customer care hotline: 0700CALL LIRS (0700-2255-5477). Taxpayers are advised to stay safe and adhere to all Covid-19 guidelines as stipulated by the Lagos

Unity Bank Partners RIFAN Mega Rice Pyramid Display, Pledges More Support For Farmers – Naijanewsdirect

  Agric-focused lender, Unity Bank Plc has partnered Nigerian rice farmers under the aegis of Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria, RIFAN to unveil a mega rice pyramid on the occasion of the National Rice Festival held in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja on Tuesday. The event, which coincided with the flag-off of the dry season farming, was used to showcase the gains produced by rice farmers in driving self-sufficiency in rice production through the Central Bank of Nigeria’s Anchor Borrowers Programme, ABP. Speaking to newsmen at the event, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Unity Bank, Mrs. Tomi Somefun, while going down memory lane on the support of the rice farmers by the Bank since the inception of the Anchor Borrowers Programme, ABP commended the rice farmers for their unwavering belief and collaboration in the implementation of the intervention programme, adding that as the PFI (Preferred Financial Institution) for the ABP transactions, the Bank will continue to support the farmers and ensure that more smallholder farmers get the requisite financial support to boost rice production. She said: “Our strategic partnership with RIFAN started in 2018 when we financed about 273,000 smallholder farmers. This was the largest single-ticket transaction in that year. This financing cut across 33 states of the Federation including the FCT. “In 2019, the Bank increased the tally by financing another 146,810 smallholder farmers for the wet and dry season farming. This funding cut across 35 States of the Federation including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). “Additional funding was granted to finance additional 221,450 smallholder farmers of the Association across the 32 states of the Federation including FCT for the wet season and additional 300,000 hectares was financed in sixteen states for the 2020 dry season cropping season. “As of March 2021, the Bank has financed no fewer than 190,000 smallholder rice farmers across 35

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