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Chris Okotie: The Face Of Restructuring

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By Ladi Ayodeji

Restructuring has long been the buzzword in our polity; it’s always the rallying cry of ethnic nationalities that feel marginalized in our country.
Various governments since independence have responded to the quest for equity, justice and devolution of power to aggrieved ethnic groups, which was why the Midwest region was curved out of the western region in the first republic.

Yet, regional rivalries culminated in the power struggle that led to the civil war.
The military regime of Gen Yakubu Gowon, which prosecuted the civil war, did so to keep Nigeria one, but the unity of the country has always been tested by the perennial struggle between very aggressive centripetal and centrifugal forces, especially before, during and after every election cycle.
This inspired the participation of patriot,thinker, renowned clergyman and political reformer, Rev Chris Okotie in the political process.
Since 2003, the Reverend been canvassing the idea of a paradigm shift as a way to reposition Nigeria and align it with modern developmental trends going on around the world.
Okotie threw his hat in the ring by contesting the presidential election three times.
However,in 2019, he began a new process of taking the idea of restructuring to a new level altogether,by his call for the adoption of Aboriginal Democracy as the best template for a new Nigeria.
Aboriginal Democracy is a dynamic new proposition that could solve most of the existential problems of ethnicity, religious bigotry, corruption, mismanagement, phobias, and other issues that have continued to hamper the progress of the country.
Okotie has argued correctly that his campaign for restructuring through the adoption of Aboriginal Democracy, which would be facilitated by an interim government is based on the fact that no incumbent government can restructure Nigeria.
This is a fact of history. All previous governments tried to restructure the country through national conferences,by whatever name called, but such efforts always ended up being blown away by selfish manipulation of the process and the intrigue of politicians.
Moreover,no subsisting government would yield power to an interim government because it would automatically lead to it’s demise.
Okotie, therefore decided to summon himself to the enormous task of heading the interim government he is proposing, being a neutral player and patriot who does not covet the presidency as career politicians do.
Of all the political players on the scene today, Okotie is the Face of restructuring, the only one who embodies the type of radical change that could create an all inclusive participation of all Nigerians in the governing process.
The previous attempts to restructure Nigeria have now culminated in the adhoc approach of seeking to address the problem by promoting the idea of devolution of power, state police, resource control and other elements that only turn out to aggravate the challenge of wholesale restructuring, which is what Aboriginal Democracy is all about.
Restructuring by contending politicians cannot work because the main goal of these politicians is to capture power by all means, not to restructure Nigeria.
Running Nigeria is no longer possible under the current constitution with all its flaws and obvious structural defects. It is a document hurriedly authored by the military around 1998, which is why it has the elements of a unitary constitution.
This constitution must be replaced immediately by a truly federal, original constitution which must be a product of the collective will and aspiration of all Nigerians.
That’s what Aboriginal Democracy,as championed by Okotie is promoting for the benefit of all Nigerians, irrespective of tribe,creed, religious beliefs, gender or other peculiarities.
Being the Face of restructuring, and the chief exponent of Restructuring, Okotie is not running in any election which would follow the restructuring he is advocating. That’s the proof of his sincerity and commitment to this project.
This is why the integrity of his campaign cannot be impeached.This is why restructuring should come before the 2023 general election.
Any transition programme that ignores restructuring is unrealistic as it would automatically return the country to the game of musical chairs we have been playing since 1999, when the present constitution became operational.
For those who haven’t read the details of Aboriginal Democracy and the modalities of it’s operations,I implore them to read the relevant subject on the internet, various media reports and interviews of Rev Okotie on the matter. They would be educated on the merits of this restructuring template.

However,in a nutshell, let me attempt a summary of the interim government proposition. First and probably most fundamental,is the elimination of the legislative branch of government.
In its place, the professional associations like the Nigerian Medical Association, the Bar Association, Teacher’s union and such bodies, would undertake legislative responsibilities.
Okotie believes that, these organisations are best suited to make laws pertaining to their respective areas of interest,than lawmakers who know little about the specialized functions they currently preside over.
Aboriginal Democracy has no provisions for ministers, political parties and most of the current structures of government that have become the wasteland of public resources.
The Aboriginal Democracy as the basis of a restructured Nigeria, would reduce or eliminate corruption, mismanagement and regional xenophobia, which constitute the perennial headwinds that hold back our progress.

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Appeal Court Exonerate Zenith Bank, Upturns High Court Judgement Slam Fine on Real Integrated & Hospitality Limited

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After several months of legal tussle between Zenith Bank Plc v Real Integrated & Hospitality Limited and State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) Gombe State, a three-man panel in the Court of Appeal sitting in Lagos led by Justice Muhammed Sirajo in Appeal No:CA/LAG/CV/262/2022 – have unanimously upturned the Lagos State High Court judgment of Justice O. O. Abike-Fadipe over claims that; on March 8, 2022, there was a breach of contract because on October 7, 2011, Zenith Bank refused Real Integrated to withdraw from its Account No. 1012465427.

 

In her judgment, she directed Zenith bank to pay an interest of 15 per cent per annum on the N872,780,522.84 from May 17, 2011, when the advanced payment guarantees expired till judgment and thereafter at the rate of 10 per cent per annum until final liquidation

 

Through Zenith Bank’s team of counsel led by Prof. Fabian Ajogwu, SAN and Mr Sylva Ogwemoh, SAN, the bank challenged Justice O. O. Abike-Fadipe’s decision of awarding N2,500,000 as the cost of the action in favour of Real Integrated. The legal team via valid argument backed by proofs argued and sought an order setting aside the lower court decision on the ground that it acted in full compliance with its contractual obligations in line with the Advanced Payment Guarantee (APG) contract and that the trial court was wrong. The Court of Appeal, in a unanimous decision on November 23, agreed with the bank’s submission and resolved all the issues raised in its favour. It was gathered that; the 1st Respondent, through its Counsel, E.O Jakpa, argued that the bank breached the contract while SUBEB Gombe State did not contest the Appeal.

Apart from the appellate court setting aside the judgment of Justice Abike-Fadipe, the judge also awarded a cost of N200,000 against Real Integrated & Hospitality Limited and in favour of Zenith Bank. The appeal court further stated that the lower court judgment was upturned on the ground that the trial court was wrong to have presumed that the bank withheld the full account statement of Real Integrated in the light of Exhibit C6 (the comprehensive Statement of Account of Real Integrated), which was tendered by the bank for a limited purpose, adding that there was no need for the lower court to have invoked Section 167 (d) of the Evidence Act, 2011 against the bank.

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CapitalMetriQ Swift Bank Boss, Ambassador Sowemimo Abiodun’s Meteoric Rise

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Unlike the proverbial rattlesnake that crawls through the rocky path without its presence recorded, Ambassador Sowemimo Abiodun has crested his indelible footprints as a highly cerebral computer programmer, financial technologist, diplomat, internet entrepreneur, domain broker, computer media applications and online reputation management expert with an estimated net worth running into millions of Dollars. The billionaire business mogul does not give in to mediocrity.

Those close to the Head honcho of iNet Telecommunications, CapitalMetriQ Swift Bank and InfoMetriQ Data Network disclosed that he is a man destined for greatness because of his ferocious approach to work and his doggedness. While many of his peers were busy investing in frivolities, the Rome Business School Alumni was busy building a business empire that would outlive him.

Today, in the list of youths putting Nigeria on the world map globally, Sowemimo has distinguished himself with his uncommon and outstanding demeanour with numerous laurels and awards to show for it both locally and internationally. For his contribution to the African continent, he was awarded by the Egyptian President Abdel Fatth El-Sisi at the World Youth Forum as the most promising youth in Africa.

On September 25, 2019, at the 74th UN General Assembly, the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations, in collaboration with the World Award Foundation and Silicon Valley Nigeria Economic Development (SV-NED), he was also awarded the 2019 SDGs #9 honours in industry, innovations & infrastructure alongside Alicia Keys. Meanwhile, on January 26, 2019, he was conferred with an honorary Doctorate Degree (Honoris Causa) in Information Technology Management, from the Prestigious ICON University of Management Science & Technology.

 

The President & Chairperson of the African Chamber of Innovation Internet Governance & Digital Inclusion has indeed hit a milestone as all his silent prayers to his creator are being answered with the resounding success recorded by his CapitalMetriQ Swift Bank as it has changed stereotypes woven around modern technology banking as it put customers in the Centre of every transaction. Sources say the Bank is now popular for its swift service delivery and its usage of technology as a tool to drive access to mobile banking and access to soft loans. “Sowemimo is a big player in the industry who understands the use of technology in ensuring the bank provides innovative financial solutions to improve quality of life by empowering the economically underprivileged people to become self-reliant and also gain the needed skill to loom large in the financial market.” A source disclosed

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Parthian Partners wins Inter Dealer Broker of the year, lauded for pioneering IDB model in Nigeria

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Parthian Partners Limited, Nigeria’s first interdealer broker and founder of i-invest, the first fixed income investment app in Nigeria, has won the BusinessDay Banks and Financial Institutions (BAFI) Awards for the ‘Interdealer Broker of the Year 2022’ in recognition of its impact and contribution to the overall growth and stability of the fixed income market, its financial performance – credit rating affirmed Bbb+, as well as its innovativeness and growth across different product lines.

 

According to the organisers of BAFI, the Inter-Dealer Broker of the Year Award was initiated this year in recognition of the critical role this little-publicized corner of the fixed income market’s microstructure plays in ensuring its efficiency. “We congratulate Parthian Partners on the celebration of its tenth anniversary. Reading reports of how the journey of building the first interdealer broker in Nigeria, at a time when the regulations did not even exist, attests to the foresight and determination of the founding team and its backers. This is the type of grit to follow the path less travelled that we celebrate at the BAFI Awards,” they explained.

Representatives of Parthian Partners Limited: (L-R) Gafar Bashiru, Senior Associate; Yinka Arewa, CFO; Ronke Akinyemi, Assistant VP; Nonso Nduanya, Head of Brands, Marketing & Communications and Oluwaseun Dosumu, Head of Investment Research, receiving inter-dealer broker of the year award from Ogho Okiti (2nd r), MD, BusinessDav Media Limited.

Commenting on the award, the Group Managing Director of Parthian Partners, Mr. Oluseye Olusoga thanked the staff of the company for their commitment to the actualisation of the company’s vision, while dedicating the award to the firm’s clients. “Since we pioneered the wholesale fixed income financial intermediary model in Nigeria 10 years ago, Parthian Partners has remained steadfast in its commitment to matching buyers and sellers, providing independent data to participants in the fixed income market, enabling confidence in transactions, creating liquidity and price discovery, as well as facilitating the unfettered flow of capital for an efficient market,” he said. He stated that the company will not rest on its laurels but will continue to provide the best services while increasing shareholder value and returns on investment.

 

Now in its 10th year, the BAFI Awards were created to recognise and celebrate organisations, teams and individuals that are achieving excellence in the delivery of financial services across the entire client and customer spectrum.

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