Pastor Olalekan Akin-Joseph is the General Overseer of Breakthrough Anointing Solution Church, Meiran, Lagos. In this interview with the Group News Editor, AYO FADIMU, the Clergyman speaks on the reason he wants to make sure everybody in his church is financially independent and his plan to give capitals to budding entrepreneurs and unemployed youths in the church. He also speaks on the roles church should play in the society. Excerpts:
We learnt that you want to empower your members business-wise, Is that true sir?
Glory be to God in the highest. Yes, that is how it is exactly. When God blesses a person, people should be able to benefit from that person that God has blessed. It is not something good for a Minister of God to be going high in blessings and the members are wallowing in poverty. So that is the reason why we consider empowering people who are without jobs so that they can have a job to do and be their own employer.
What about those who are not willing to do business but want to engage in skill acquisition?
We have also made arrangement for that; to make money available for those who want to engage in any form of skill acquisition. We have made money available for that scheme because we want everybody to be employed in Breakthrough Anointing Solution Church.
Is there any empowerment arrangement for those who after acquiring their desired skills do not have the means?
There is an arrangement for them. If after acquiring the necessary skills they do not have the means, it depends on their seriousness. If we discover that they are serious minded and we have a good testimony of their diligence from their tutor, that is what will determine how we are going to make provisions for the necessary tools they need.
We know that this kind of scheme is mostly sponsored by politicians, and we know that some Pastors too do engage in Politics. Are you working on that platform?
I am not into politics. Christ is the Lord of lords who is sponsoring me. As he has put it in my mind to do it for people, so also I’m doing for the people. There is no politician, Jesus is the one supporting me in doing this. There is no one, it is I who God is using to do this.
Are you not afraid that some people after empowering them might depart to another Church?
The Bible has said something that “I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy on”. It is what God has sent me in this season that I am doing for the people. If they wish they may stay in Breakthrough Church, If they wish they may not stay. It is what God has sent me that I am doing for the people.
Who are those who are qualified for this oppor-tunity, and from what number of years will they qualify to enjoy this benefit?
We have made this kind of arrangement sometimes ago but which people misused the grace, but the Committee and the Elders of the Church had a resolution that we should fix the years above as a member in the church of qualification to begin from five years, but I advised them that we should fix the number of years to three to four years for the benefit of the people.
Is the scheme only for workers alone or are non-work-ers included?
Both workers and non-workers are included. It is meant for everybody.
What is your advice for other Pastors?
My advice for other Ministers is that if God has blessed them, they should allow people benefit from them. They should also help to raise those who are not privileged, because nobody knows tomorrow. We who are speaking today, have sometimes faced hardship in the past before God lifted us. So we have to appreciate God in the lives of those people. Let those Ministers of God who have mounted high learn to help the less privileged people.
I saw a bus with the name of a football club. Does the church also engages in football?
Yes, we have a team. We are using that also to help people. The BreakthroughAnointing Solution Church has developed a team as a way of helping our youth for a better future. The team is meant for sponsoring those who are talented in playing football.
What is your advice to Church members?
My advice to Church members is that once a person has accepted Jesus as his/her Lord and Saviour, rest on Him, and they should be obedient to the Commandments of God, Those who follow Jesus in truth willl be lifted. The bible says “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning”. All those members of the Church who have the grace of hearing me, my advice to you is to move closer to God, because it is in Jesus that there is fullness of joy. For those who are close to God, they will surely become what they have being destined to become, whether the enemies like it or not.
AMCON takes over assets Of Pan Ocean Group over N240billion debt
Hon. Justice A.M. Liman of the Federal High Court, presiding over the suit between the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) vs Everest Nominees Limited and Dr. Bolaji Ogundare a subsidiary of Pan Ocean Group has ordered AMCON and its assignee to take over all the assets of the companies. Pan Ocean Group is promoted by Dr. Festus Fadeyi, a flamboyant Lagos oil and Gas businessman whose total indebtedness to AMCON is over N240billion.
The court had also granted an order appointing AMCON as a Receiver Manager (in accordance with its 2019 Act as amended) and its designated human nominees (Mr. Kunle Ogunba Esq. SAN) its privies and assigns over the assets of Pan Ocean, their corporate guarantors, cronies and cohorts to take over a number of prime assets of Pan Ocean over some irreconcilable huge debt owed AMCON by both Everest Nominees Limited, Pan Ocean Group and their promoters as well as directors.
The court in suit No. FHC/L/CS/722/20 ordered AMCON and its assigned designate to take over several oil mining and oil prospecting licenses that are exemplified by OML 147 (formerly OPL 275), OML 152 and OML 98 respectively. The order also mandated AMCON to took over the property lying and situate at No. 33b, Adebayo Doherty Street, off Admiralty Way Lekki Phase One in Lagos State as well as the property lying and being specifically known as FF Towers, Plot 13/14 Ligali Ayorinde Avenue, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Others include another property lying and specifically known as No. 8, Modupe Alakija Crescent, Ikoyi, Lagos; the properly lying and specifically known as No. 10/12, Modupe Alakija Crescent, Ikoyi, Lagos christened and identified as Grand Villa; No. 14, Modupe Alakija Crescent, Ikoyi, Lagos; another property lying and known as Ark Towers situate at No. 17, Ligalli Ayorinde Avenue, Victoria Island, Lagos as well as Plot 5 and Plot 822, Samuel Manuwa Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Aside these prime assets of the obligors, Justice Liman also ordered AMCON to take over any other assets, businesses, affairs, undertakings, interests etc belonging to the defendants wherever same may be found. He also directed the Inspector-General of Police and his commissioners to assist AMCON and its designates as well as the Court Bailiffs in taking over the assets on behalf of the Corporation.
Only recently, the media was awash with news that the debt of Dr. Festus Fadeyi of Pan Ocean Group and his firms to Skye Bank Plc accounted for why the bank eventually collapsed. Skye Bank Plc officially collapsed in 2018 leading to its takeover by the Federal Government of Nigeria through AMCON, which injected a fresh cash of about N786billion. AMCON had to step in because the bank required urgent recapitalization, which at the time save thousands of jobs and depositors’ money.
Economy: Emefiele, CBN will not be deterred – Spokesman
ABUJA – The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) says the Governor, Godwin Emefiele, and his teamat the Bank will not be deterred in their effort to steer the Nigerian economy away from the looming recession due to the global impact of the Corona Virus (COVID-19) pandemic, in spite of the push by some vested interests to impugn the integrity of the Bank.
The Bank’s Director, Corporate Communications Department, Isaac Okorafor made the declaration in Abuja in a chat with newsmen, disclosing that the Bank had uncovered sinister plans by some persons with selfish interests in Nigeria’s economic and socio-political space to distract the CBN and discredit the institution through deliberate misinformation, complete fabrications and outright lies.
He said that the Bank, in pursuit of its mandate enshrined in the CBN Act (2007), as Amended, will continue to strive to ensure accretion to the external reserves to safeguard the international value of the Naira, in addition to ensuring no individual or institution circumvents the system.
According to Okorafor, the Naira, in the past three years, had remained stable against other world currencies, due largely to strict measures put in place by the CBN to check cases of round-tripping. He said the Bank, working with other relevant agencies of government, had equally curtailed the activities of economic saboteurs neck-deep in smuggling and other economic crimes.
While noting that those opposed to the policies of the CBN will not relent in their effort to undermine the Bank, he said the Bank remained resolute to the dictates of its enabling Act and would not be distracted by subjective criticisms from persons who do not mean well for the general good of the Nigerian people and the economy.
He recalled that the CBN, under Emefiele’s leadership, had made genuine patriotic efforts at promoting economic growth and development through its intervention programmes, particularly in the agricultural sector,which he said led to the revamp of value chains across over ten agricultural commodities, including cotton, oil palm, fish, poultry, livestock and maize, among others. He cited the rice revolution under the Anchor Borrowers’ Programme (ABP) as a major contributor to shielding Nigeria from a food crisis when major rice producing countries of the world halted exports from their shores in the height of the corona virus (COVID-19).
Also alluding to the recent interventions of the Bank through the
N50 billion Targeted Credit facility (TCF) for households and small businesses affected by the corona virus and the N100 billion Credit Support for the Health sector, Okorafor said the Bank remained people-oriented.
Continuing, the spokesman bemoaned a situation where persons with vested interest in the economy of the country and its socio-political landscape continued to misinform unsuspecting members of the policies of the Bank as well as impugn the integrity of the institution and its key officers.
Okorafor assured that the CBN remained committed to transparently pursue its mandate in the interest of majority of Nigerians rather than for the selfish interest of a few, stressing that majority of Nigerians were better informed and would not indulge in unpatriotic economic acts for selfish purposes.
Children’sDay: UnityBank announces 2020 One Minute Genius contest
By Ayo Fadimu
In line with the efforts to drive the financial literacy initiatives of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Unity Bank Plc has announced a One Minute Genius (OMG), an educational gameshow to engage students as part of activities to commemorate this year’s Children’s Day.
Over 120 winners are expected to emerge at the end of the 5-day contest that will kick off on Monday, June 1, 2020, and run daily till Friday, June 5th, 2020 on Beat FM 99.9 Lagos, Beat FM Abuja, 94.1, and online on the Bank’s Website (www.unitybankng.com/omg).
The One Minute Genius is an initiative that underscores Unity Bank’s belief in children. It connects with the Nigerian children’s aspirations and reinforces the importance of education as a vehicle to empower the child to succeed beyond their wildest dreams.
Every Child and student between the ages of 6 –12 years are welcome to participate in the game. The idea is to enable the participant to improve their intelligent quotient and unleash the genius in them. The game will be played as a blend of quizzes containing spelling Bee and Arithmetic questions.
The children that answer the questions correctly within the one-minute stipulated timeframe will be rewarded with cash prizes.
Commenting on the initiative, Head, Retail and SME Banking, Unity Bank, Funwa Akinmade said: “The One Minute Genius gameshow is a participatory learning and reward contest aimed at motivating students towards subject mastery using a branch of reinforcement model.
“At Unity Bank, we continue to look for innovative ways to impact the next generation. This year has proved very challenging because the world battles a pandemic, but we must continue to make deliberate and conscious efforts to cater to the needs of our future generation.
“This gameshow provides an invaluable opportunity to engage the young minds creatively to provide stimulating learning opportunities despite the pandemic.
“We hope that parents and guardians will avail their wards the opportunity to explore the opportunity that this provides.”
In previous editions of Children’s Day engagement, the Bank held Spelling BEE competition in 2019 while it hosted students of Kings College, Lagos to promote financial literacy, leadership, and advocacy against anti-social behaviour among youths in 2018.
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