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The minister of women Affairs Pauline Tallen has challenged the womenfolk to rise up, speak with one voice as well as be their sisters keepers.
Speaking at an event organised by the Association of Nigerian Women Business Network (ANWBN) with the theme: women in leadership and Equality on Thursday in Abuja, she said they should stand to be counted when it comes to being their sisters keepers
“If women can speak in one voice they can decide who becomes the president of Nigeria.”
Tallen was speaking against the backdrop that her counterpart in the ministry of transportation Rotimi Chibuike Ameachi had earlier indicated that though brilliant and intelligent, women are the cause of their own problems.
Ameachi had blamed the womenfolk for the tendency to always pull down their fellow women once they notice any progress coming that is not for them particularly.
Hence, Tallen admonished women,
“So let us change the strategy by loving one another and lifting up one another.
She lamented the deficit of women in the formal sector of the economy however, she encouraged them not to underestimate themselves but asked them to believe they can do anything.
She gave examples of successful women across the globe to include the Nigerian pride in Ngozi Okonjo Iwealla as well as the new Tanzania President.
“You can do more to expand the hands that rock the world.”
Earlier, the National Coordinator of Nigerian Women Business Network (ANWN) Mrs Modupe Oyekunle said the network is a coalition of female business and professional associations across Nigeria.

According to her the Network started with 18 associations but as “I speak with you we have 52 associations across Nigeria in the 6 geopolitical zones with about 4million membership under the coalition.
“This coalition was put together by the Center for International Private Enterprise called (CIPE).”
According to her, the center put the together because it recognises the fact that there are primary associations.
“We want everyone to come together for the purpose of advocacy, purpose of policy review, policy development, policy implementation that affect female entrepreneurs across Nigeria and to ensure that we engage the Government.
“This is a democracy and in a democracy the people must participate. This is the reason for the policy dialogue.
“We have a validated research document that we call Our Women Business National Agenda. That our audited research document is part of our discussion at this policy dialogue.
“I am glad to announce to you that the Presidents of the associations are in attendance. We invited ministries and parastatals that would be engaging especially as it regards the five priority areas: “The first area is high rate of insecurity, genda inequality in Governance at all levels, poor dilapidated road network, power and lack of access to finance from a single digit perspective.”

She commended the Government for what it has done thus far, as women are not where they used to be, however she said, “We are very far from where we ought to be.
“As we engage with Government we will put forth our recommendations and ask for what they are going to do.”
She said the network has been in existence for 7 years.
“The coalition was put together seven years ago. Tangeability first is that we have been able to build a coalition none existent before now that is the first one.
“Second one is that we were able to do the first agenda, Women Business and Inter Advocacy Document that had four priority issues and from the four priority issues three were achieved.
“One of it is from the 2016 document, we were able to introduce the genda inequality bill at the floor of the national Assembly. We are glad to say that the Senate has been able through the women that are there to push the bill.
She said, in the next 10 years the association would ensure that all female associations in Nigeria that are focused on Business and professional leadership will come under the coalition.
This she said is enable them become a formidable voice as well as being able to participate more in democracy in terms of what affects women and advocate for things that affect us as women.

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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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