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Ceramic company deplores incessant harassment and extortion by youth group

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Ceramic company deplores incessant harassment and extortion by youth group


Irrespective of harassment and extortion by some misguided youths an Ajaokuta based Ceremics company, BN Ceremic industry Nig. Ltd. in Kogi state said it will never compromise it’s determination to give top priority to the welfare of every cadre of its workforce.
The  company also reiterated its commitment to providing succor for it’s host communities through its robust corporate social responsibility platform especially by providing employment opportunities to youths.
Speaking with newsmen in Abuja shortly after some youths allegedly invaded the company premises and destroyed property worth millions of naira, the Human resources Manager of the company, Mallam Saliu Mohammed said the management was shocked over the invasion.
According to him the youths under the  auspices of Pan African Youths Development Network forcefully invaded the premises of the company accompanied by some armed policemen and soldiers and threatened to deal with the management of the company unless ₦10 million was given to them.
He disclosed that the youth group who also illegally demanded for a bus and certain amount of money to be paid to them from the company’s monthly profit also incited the workers against the management of the company which according to him led to the shutdown of the company.“BN ceramic  provides employment to over 1000 youths and pays all local government, states and federal government taxes and levies, if they shut us down what would happen to the teeming youths working here? This kind of blackmail and intimidation will only scare away foreign investors from the country,” He said.Mohammed stressed that the youth group capitalized on the accident that occurred  outside the premises of the company involving a Volkswagen saloon Golf car and the company bus where two of its staff lost their lives with the allegations that the management was not responsive enough.
The Human resources Manager who was flanked by the Marketing development manager, Mr James Bright and the  sales manager, Mr Mike Tamir said there was practically nothing the company could have done to stop an accident that occurred several kilometres away from the company premises involving another careless commuter. He told Journalists that  immediately the news of the accident got to the management, they immediately dispatched some people to the scene led by the company’s  safety officers who rescued the victims and  immediately took those injured to the hospital.
Regrettably, “two female staff of the company namely, Faliar Ozigi and  Halimat Jibo died on the spot of the accident.” he added. 
The human resources manager said while he was preparing to go to the scene of the accident with other management team of the company to sympathize and give  them necessary support, some youths in the area threatened to lynch them if they ventured out of the company premises, a situation which he said scared them.
He, however, disclosed that the management still  made necessary arrangements and swiftly provided the necessary logistics to move the injured to the hospital and paid for all expenses incurred while those  with complications have been moved to a higher hospital.
While saying the company has prepared a comprehensive package for the families of the two staff who lost their lives , he said more incentives will also be made available to the injured and vowed that the company will always be responsive to the plights and welfare at all times.END

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Heritage Oil allegedly Sacks HR Manager Over Contracts’ Infractions

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Heritage Oil allegedly Sacks HR Manager Over Contracts’ Infractions

Heritage Energy Operational Services Limited (HEOSL) has fired her General Manager of Human Resources and Administration, Bola Olajomi-Otubu.

Bola Olajomi-Otubu contract was allegedly terminated over allegations of gross misconducts bordering on misappropriation of funds, negligence, and abuse of office duties.

A source in Heritage told The Union Nigeria that “amongst her many alleged corrupt practices uncovered, was the use of front companies to bid for and win contracts in the organization for herself and her associates within OML 30 oil field especially in areas of Manpower contractors.”

“She also refused to give explanations to most of her conducts whenever she was called upon rather shunning top executives and arrogated extreme powers to herself as a supremo in Nigeria and that these “expatriates” can do nothing to her.”

“Until the termination of her appointment, Bola committed varying degree of infractions which on several occasions reduced the estimation of the oil multinational firm from the perspective of the general public.”

“It is noteworthy that the management of HEOSL under the visionary leadership of the CEO Naeem Atik Sadiq in a move to curb the excessive malpractices of the former GM Human Resources & Administration, deemed it fit to sack the erring General Manager to reduce the damage she has since caused the organization after joining HEOSL from Guinness Nigeria Plc in 2019.”

Another source said, “Bola, cut an intimidating posture in the organization and once threatened to fire the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) from Nigeria boasting of her connections within the industry and have since resorted to cheap blackmail of the amiable CEO once she got wind of her impending sack.

Meanwhile, it was gathered by The Union Nigeria that staff of the oil company were jubilating after her sack.

One of the staff said, “During her time as the GM Human Resources & Admin, Bola singlehandedly fired many Nigerians due to her huge ego problem with the constant threatening word “I will deal with you, I will deal with you”.

“Prior to her termination, she terminated the employment contracts of over 17 staff who protested their unpaid 13th Months’ salary for 2020.”

“It is a huge relief that she is out of the organization”, according to another Manager in the Warri office of HEOSL who begged anonymity also, “there was wild celebration across all facilities of OML 30 when the sack announcement hit them.”

“Some of the company staff expressed uncommon joy, they claimed her sack is a welcome development since her actions severely affected production figures with incessant shutdown of facilities every week across all oil field which we never experienced under Richard Cutts, a former GM Corporate Services who was a sound and experienced conflict resolution expert respected by all community stakeholders.”

“As at the time of writing this report, the management of the organization is currently in the process of correcting the damages inflicted upon the firm by the mismanagement of the company affairs by Bola Olajomi-Otubu.” The source claimed.

According to an insider who is close to sacked General Manager, said “she is planning to head to court, but unfortunately, the staff policy handbook she drafted shall totally nullify whatever litigation plans she is nursing as her sack was rightly done and long overdue according to the terms of the policy.”

While thanking the CEO for doing the right thing, some community leaders have resolved to work with the management of HEOSL in ensuring a smooth operation across the OML 30 oil field for the betterment of the Niger Delta people.

Meanwhile, all efforts to reach Bola Olajomi-Otubu proved abortive.

Her phone number was switched off for days. Text messages sent to her were not responded to.

A source close to her stated however, that she switched her line off due to harassing phone calls and text messages she was receiving from her former colleagues.

Culled from the Union Nigeria

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TStv Acquires Competence and Quality Certification

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TStv Acquires Competence and Quality Certification

Direct to Home Pay Television operators, TStv have announced the receipt of three distinctive certifications in acknowledgment of its outstanding facilities and qualitative services.
In a statement released by its Head of Corporate Affairs, Demola Olarewaju, the company says it is now ISO Certified in the areas of Quality Management, Information Security Management and Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems with ISO9001:2013, ISO27001:2013 and ISO45001:2018 compliance .
This certification ranks the quality of TStv operations in the top tier of the world’s best across industries and guarantees users of its services, high value and satisfaction. The scope of activities covered by the certificates include Pay TV services, Network Operations Centre, Call Center Solutions, Teleport Services, Satellite Services, Video Entertainment, Television and Radio Services, Content Aggregation and others.
TStv further assured its numerous subscribers of its commitment to providing qualitative television content and programming from across the world in order to give them value for money.

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Hope rises for Cashew Farmers as new president, Stephen promises to address bottle-necks

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Hope rises for Cashew Farmers as new president, Stephen promises to address bottle-necks

The newly elected National president of Cashew Farmers Association Mr. Ahiaba Stephen has promised to address the four major challenges bedevilling the Association.
Stephen had emerged the national President of the group after the election held at the Cashew House, Ogidibeje Junction, Anyigba in Dekina Local Government Area of Kogi State, Nigeria on Tuesday, March 30, 2021.
This was contained in a statement issued by the media handlers of the association.
According to the statement, Mr. Stephen in his acceptance speech, promised to address four four major issues that pose great challenge to the farmers that includes, the problem of farm gates encroachment and pricing and Multiple taxation.
Others according to him  are Cashew theft within the farm, warehouses and on transit and Cashew seedling production and grafting technology that can increase production and control in Nigeria.
His emergence the statement said elicited hope for a new dawn among members of the association.
“It’s a breath of fresh air with Mr. Ahiaba Stephen at helms of affair as it provides an opportunity for him to bring his wealth of experience in the agro-allied sector of the economy into the workings of the union for the good of all actors.
The statement explained further that, “His leadership promises a robust engagement with all involved in the cashew chain and as it is in his leadership style, everyone will be carried along in decision making as that has always brought him closer to the people he works with and that of the union won’t be different.”

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