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NLC President to speak on Tinubu’s economic policies at 21 Trust Dialogue

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President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Joseph Ajaero is expected to join a team of experts to x-ray the economic policies of President Bola Tinubu at the 21st Daily Trust Dialogue on Thursday in Abuja.

Alhaji  Ahmed Shekarau, the acting Group Chief Executive Officer of Media Trust Group said this in a statement on Monday in Abuja.

Shekarau said that Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Mr Mr Wale Edun, would also speak at the dialogue with the theme; “Tinubu’s Economic Reforms: Gainers and Losers”.

He said that Dr Victoria Akai, former Director-General of Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) was also expected to contribute to the discussion at the dialogue.

“Aside the three, several other economists, industrialists, businessmen and women, as well as eminent citizens are participating in this year’s Daily Trust Dialogue which is the 21st in the series.

“These include a Professor of Economics at the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, Muttaka Usman and the Special Adviser to the President on Economic Matters in the Office of the Vice-President, Dr Tope Fasua

“Others are the Operations Manager at the World Bank Country Office in Nigeria, Mr Taimur Samad, Mohammed Bago, a banker, politician and member of the 9th House of Representatives,’’ he said.

Shekarau added that the special guests included the Chairman of the Northern Governors’ Forum, Gov. Muhammadu Yahaya of Gombe, Gov. Chukwuma Soludo of Anambra and Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarwa State among others.

He listed dignitaries being expected at the dialogue to also include former state governors, serving and former lawmakers, chairmen and members of market associations and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) from across the country.

He said the 2024 dialogue would be combined with the presentation of winner of the 2023 Daily Trust African of the year award.

“A South African humanist, Dr Imtiaz Sooliman, emerged winner of the 2023 award after a rigorous process undertaken by the selection board for the award, which is being chaired by a former President of Botswana, Mr Festus Mogae,’’ he said.

He added that the event would be broadcast live on Trust Television on StarTimes Channel 164, NigComSat’s Free TV, Moreplex 715, ArabSat Badr Sat7 as well as on Trust Radio which streams online.

Shekarau explained that the annual Daily Trust Dialogue was part of the Media Trust Group’s contributions to stimulating discussions by Nigerians and fellow Africans.

He said the dialogue was aimed at enhancing national and African integration and cohesion which were crucial for sustainable socio-political growth and economic development of Nigeria and the African continent at large.

Shekarau said that since 2002, Media Trust had hosted the annual public lecture series to discuss topical issues on various aspects of governance.

He said the series of dialogues had been attended by past Heads of Government, the leadership of the National Assembly and captains of commerce and industry, aside members of the diplomatic corps.

“The Daily Trust Dialogue had equally been graced at different times by eminent personalities from across Africa.

“They include late former President of Ghana, Flt. Lt. Jerry Rawlings and Dr Salim Ahmed Salim, former Prime Minister of Tanzania.

“Others are late Mrs Winnie Mandela of South Africa’s anti-apartheid struggle , Dr Mo Ibrahim, founder of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation and Mrs Samia Nkrumah, daughter of late Dr Kwame Nkrumah,’’ Shekarau said.

He said several serving and past presidents of the Nigerian Senate and speakers of the House of Representatives, Governors and Deputy Governors, also participated in the event over the years.

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AGF warns treasury managers against corruption, fraud

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Mrs Oluwatoyin Madein, the Accountant General of the Federation (AGF) has advised treasury managers to guard against corruption, fraud and financial mismanagement by implementing strong internal control mechanisms.

Madein said this at the training programme organised by the Chartered Institute of Treasury Management (CITM) in Abuja on Thursday.

The AGF, who was represented by Alhaji Muhammed Aliyu, Director, Special Duty, said that there was a need to safeguard public funds and protect the interest of government and the public.

“We must remain watchful against the threats of corruption, fraud and financial mismanagement by implementing a strong internal control system and promoting a culture of compliance.”

This, according to her, is in a bid to achieve the virtues and behaviours necessary to curtail corruption in the polity.

She said: “training and professional development are essential in equipping the practitioners with the knowledge and skills necessary to conduct the activities of Treasury Management Ethically.”

“Let us seize this opportunity to expand our understanding of ethical principles and best practices, so as to strengthen our ability to serve the public well.”

She urged the participants to uphold the highest ethical standards in their work and actions as treasury professionals.

According to her, together, we shall strive to build a future where transparency, integrity and accountability will be the focus in management of public finances.

“As professionals, we must resist the temptation of personal interest or undue influence in our decision-making processes.

“We must always prioritise the public interest above all other interests, even in the face of unpleasant situations or pressure from the public.” she said.

She said ethical conduct in treasury management entailed an extremely large number of principles, which includes transparency, honesty, accountability, and fairness.

“We must adhere to these principles seriously, not only to maintain public trust but also to imbibe a culture of integrity and transparency within our organisations.”

She said that as custodian of public funds, treasury managers bear a tremendous responsibility to uphold the highest standards of ethics and integrity in our profession.

Also speaking, the Registrar, CITM, Mr Olumide Adedoyin, said to curtail financial crime, there must be deterrent, adding that enlightenment is also key.

“Once you create awareness, you must empower professional associations particularly associations like CITM, ANAN, ICAN, because where we are going is an evolving journey.

“And along the line, there are gaps that needed to be filled and that is why treasury management becomes important , if you don’t involve treasury management in your financial flow you are going to lose it”, he said.

He said that sound treasury management would help to safeguard the nation’s financial system by fortifying financial inflow and reducing corruption in the system.

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Nigerian telecom operators ask NCC to approve price hike

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Telecommunication operators in Nigeria have said they are the only service providers that have not implemented price increments in the last 11 years despite soaring inflation.

The Association of Licensed Telecom Operators of Nigeria, ALTON, and the Association of Telecommunication Companies of Nigeria, ATCON, disclosed this in a recent joint statement.

The associations noted that current telecom sector pricing does not align with economic realities, threatens the industry’s sustainability, and can erode investors’ confidence.

The operators said the time has come for the Nigerian Communications Commission to approve price increments for the sector.

“ALTON and ATCON respectfully reiterate that telecommunications infrastructure development requires substantial investments in network expansion, maintenance, and technology upgrades.

“Despite the adverse economic headwinds, the telecommunications industry remains the only industry yet to review its general service pricing framework upward in the last (11) years, primarily due to regulatory constraints.

“For a fully liberalized and deregulated sector, the current price control mechanism, which is not aligned with economic realities, threatens the industry’s sustainability and can erode investors’ confidence.

“ATCON and ALTON call upon the government to facilitate a constructive dialogue with industry stakeholders to address pricing challenges and establish a framework that balances consumers’ affordability with operators’ financial viability”, the statement by ALTON Chairman Engr. Gbenga Adebayo, and the President of ATCON, Engr Tony Izuagbe Emoekpere, said.

The development comes amid Nigeria’s soaring inflation, which stood at 33.20 in March 2024. This is as energy costs keep rising in Nigeria.

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Ogun Govt sympathises with victims of Ado Odo/Ota over rainstorm destruction

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…’We’re in touch with IBEDC for prompt action’

Ogun State  Government said it  is in touch with the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) to ensure the immediate fixing of poles damaged as a result of rainstorm occasioned by Sunday’s downpour in some parts of Sango in Ado Odo/Ota Local Government Area of the state.

The government, in a statement signed by the Special Adviser on Media, Hon. Kayode Akinmade said a team from the state government was in the area on Monday to physically ascertain the extent of damage and to know how to engage with IBEDC, as well as sympathising with victims.

Akinmade noted the cables had not been energised before the destruction, which saved lots of lives.

“Our team went on physical site inspection of the affected area on Monday to ascertain the extent of the damage and to know how to engage with the IBEDC team.

“We are currently working with the IBEDC team led by the Regional Manager and the Technical Head for the Ogun Region. Some of the less affected feeders have been restored and energised while the clean-up of the most affected areas has already started.

“Most of the poles on the roads have been removed while the remaining will be taken out today (Wednesday). We are working with IBEDC to ensure there will be full restoration of power in Sango Ota before the week runs out.

“The government is not relenting in its effort to make sure that we restore power to Sango Ota and its environs and we can assure the citizens that we are on top on the matter.

“We, therefore, commiserate with those whose properties were destroyed by the fallen poles, as the government urged those living in the area to remain calm.”

Residents of lyana lyesi, Osuke Town, Egan Road, lyana Ilogbo, Ijaba, Ijagba, Itele, Lafenwa, Singer, Joju, Alishiba, Oju Ore, Tollgate, Eledi, Akeja, Abebi, Osi Roundabout, Ota Town, Ota Industrial Estate, Igberen, lju, Atan, Onipanu, Obasanjo, Lusada, Arigba, Odugbe, Ado-Odo, Igbesa, Owode. Olokuta, Hanushi, Bamtish Camp Lufiwape, Eltees Farm, August Engineering, Spark Cear Soap Ayetoro, Amazing Grace Oil, Christopher University, Royal Garden Estate were affected by the disaster.

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