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Herbert Wigwe, Emefiele honoured with Juris Law Award for outstanding contributions in finance sector

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The Chairman, Body of Bank CEOs and Group Managing Director of Access Bank PLC, Herbert Wigwe, has been recognised for his outstanding contributions to Corporate Governance and Rule of Law in Nigeria’s Banking Industry. Wigwe was presented the Juris Law Award by Chief Justice of Nigeria, Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad at the 2021 Judges Workshop on Banks and Other Financial Institutions Act (BOFIA) 2020 which held on Tuesday, 12 October 2021 in Abuja.

 

Also honoured with an award was the Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele. The Juris Law Award is presented in honour of leaders who are taking significant steps towards promoting economic growth in Nigeria through deepening institutions, corporate governance and Rule of Law.

 

Accepting the award, Wigwe stated that he was honoured to receive the award, adding that “through innovative banking initiatives and our underlying sustainability drive, Access Bank will continue to create shared value for all our stakeholders, striking a balance between competitive advantage and corporate social responsibility.”

 

Wigwe and Emefiele have partnered in the creation of several positive socio-economic initiatives such as the Creative Industries and Financing Initiative; a loan scheme developed to provide access to long-term and low-interest financing for entrepreneurs in Nigeria. In addition, Wigwe, Emefiele and Aliko Dangote were key parties in the formation of the Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID) – a vehicle created to spearhead corporate Nigeria’s support for the federal government’s fight against the deadly virus. The successful coalition funded the establishment of response centres,  acquisition of medical equipment, supplies and food palliatives for vulnerable Nigerians.

 

The 2021 Judges Workshop on Banks and Other Financial Institutions Act (BOFIA) 2020 focused on reforms and the statutory requirements imposed by CBN on all banks and other financial institutions in Nigeria to adopt policies on anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism and cyber security in Nigeria.

 

Also in attendance of the workshop were the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice (AGF); Abubakar Malami (SAN); the Appeal Court President, Justice Monica Dongban-Mensen; the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice John Tsoho; the Former Chief Justice of Nigeria and former Chairman, Board of Governors, National Judicial Institute, Hon. Justice Mahmud Mohammed and other high-ranking judicial officers and the legal community.

 

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“IFA Spotlights Wealth and Prosperity as Theme of this Year’s Festival” – Oluwo Osunniyi Olajide

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Popular Social media enthusiast, IFA priest and cultural ambassador Oluwo Osunniyi Olajide with the sobriquet as Oluwo Jogbodo Orunmila is currently gearing up for the annual 2021 Ifa Festival. Oluwo Osunniyi also revealed Ifa’s central message for this year’s feast that will be hosting all sundry and also celebrate the rich religious aesthetics of IFA divination.

During a conversation with the highly cerebral priest, he revealed that; the essence of consulting Ifa ahead of the festival, is to seek guidance concerning principal activities. “Ogbe Alara is the divination this year. Ifa spotlights wealth as major theme of this year’s festival”. Anyone struggling with one engagement or the other in life, Ifa is inviting them, to encounter their breakthrough”.

 

Oluwo Osunniyi Olajide

He further disclosed that; The festival which is slated to last for three days, will flag off on October 29 with Ìkúnlẹ̀ Ọdún and Ìbọ́fà Ọdún the following day.

“On the grand finale, 31st of October, 2021, popular artiste, Àṣàbí Ọ̀jẹ̀ Afẹ́nápa will perform to the audience at the grand reception which will take place at Ile Olúwo, Agric Olomi, Olojuoro, Ibadan. Oluwo Jogbodo Orunmila is a well revered priest and culture custodian, who is constantly upholding cultural values and practices in positive light, home and abroad.”

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From Agege to Kampala; Prestigious Victoria University witness Sujimoto Deliver Mind-Blowing Lecture 

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When English Playwright and Writer Williams Shakespeare averred that; “Our content is our best having”; what Shakespeare simply meant was that; when an individual is loaded with content, he or she is fully armed with the requirements to survive life. Some have content with no innate ability to deliver what they have inside of them. For Sijibomi Ogundele; Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Luxury real estate company Sujimoto; he is embedded with too much content with a mastery in the art of delivery. Give it to him; he is one of the few who makes a promise and will stand by it even with a rifle on his head. He showed his oratory and cerebral prowess in the issues of finance, business management, real estate management and entrepreneurial success over the week far-away East Africa, Uganda.

In a bid to share his experience in the murky waters of entrepreneurship as an entrepreneur who rose from the rustic suburb part of Lagos in Agege to become a real estate giant in Nigeria; On the invitation of the management staff of the prestigious Victoria University, central business district, Kampala, students witnessed Sujimoto deliver a mindblowing lecture on his journey as an entrepreneur, sharing business principles he never learnt in the classroom. First, he implores his audience to shun poverty ideology. Saying Poverty only hinders anyone from reaching his or her full potential. “Erase poverty mentality and you are on the first step to success.” In his remarks, Sijibomi averred that; Education is the foundation for achieving any great purpose either formal or informal. “we should also learn pragmatic experiences of mentors who are successful in any field we want to delve into. I learnt a lot from M.K.O Abiola. To succeed in business as an entrepreneur, you need to learn Dreaming Big, Integrity, Passion, Diligence and Building a network of great people as assets these principles will help you thrive successfully in life as a business owner”.

Cross Section of Sujimoto and Students After Delivering the Lecture

The Cosmopolitan businessman further spurred the innate mindset of every young Ugandans to rise and take their own destiny in their hands; “I use this opportunity to call on every young Uganda, those here in this room and across the hills nation, I want to remind you that you are the true asset of this country, That you are 60% of the 46 million population of this nation. That no one will give you a chair at the table of opportunity, you have to create your our chair.  The old will go”.

Ogundele further harps on the need for every Ugandan youth to also leave behind the idea of impossibility stating that; everything can be achieved if there is passion and the will to achieve success. “What about the young lady raised by a single mother, who found strength in dancing and didn’t allow the challenges of Kawempe stop her from Singing her way to becoming not only the Sheebah of Kampala but a music icon of this nation. Great Assets of Uganda, let me remind you, It doesn’t matter how much you have in your wallet today, or the certificate in your Waldrop, if you dream big and embrace the spirit of possibility, you will see that what God cannot do does not exist.”

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It is worthy to note that, Sujimoto construction is currently building the tallest residential building in Africa’s most expensive neighborhood; Banana Island called Lucrezia By Sujimoto in Lagos. The residential building is fully automated and armed with luxury housewares along with the finest of finishing enacting and arousing taste for luxury. In the same neighborhood, Popstar Davido currently occupies one of his luxury condominiums Guiliano by Sujimoto; a sold-out even before completion. With other numerous projects like; Queen Amina by Sujimoto in Abuja among others, it’s a testimony that Sujimoto is gradually giving other real estate competitors a run for their money. He has vowed not to stop until every city in Nigeria and Africa has a Sujimoto luxury edifice erected to make the difference.

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Otunba Gbenga Daniels’ Ambition tears Gov. Dapo Abiodun and Ogun APC apart

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The duo of former governor Otunba Gbenga Daniel known as OGD and incumbent governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun are close friends of decades ago. During the tenure of former Governor Ibikunle Amosun when he wanted to install a successor against the mandate of Dapo Abiodun, despite OGD being in the opposition, he worked assiduously for the emergence of his friends as Governor of Ogun state. It was a very big political fight as different factions within and outside the All Progressive Congress APC teamed up to truncated the emergence of Gov. Amosun’s stooge; Hon. Akinlade Adekunle, candidate of Allied Peoples Movement APM.

 

After the pools, we gathered that; OGD was rewarded for his commitment to using his resources to ensure Governor Dapo emerged Governor. “He was given slots for his people for political appointment and also his Conference hotel that was under locked key during the 8 years tenure of Senator Amosun was handed over to him for business.” These among other things we gathered that Daniel benefitted from the Dapo Abiodun administration which led him to dump the opposition Peoples Democratic Party PDP to the ruling APC. After Daniel decamped, the APC family applauded his movement. They rejoiced and jubilated that the PDP lost a big fish like Daniel leaving Hon. Ladi Adebutu as the only opposition in Ogun.

 

According to sources, Daniel’s defection to the APC was borne out of his selfish desire to follow Amosun’s footstep by getting the APC senatorial ticket for Ogun East. A senatorial district where Gov. Dapo Abiodun hails from. According to political pundit, Gbenga Daniel is from Sagamu and Governor Dapo is from Iperu under the same Remo Federal constituency. “Since the history of Ogun East, all senator representing the district are from Ijebu-Igbo and Ijebu-ode because they have block votes from that district that no guber candidate will joke with.”

 

We also gathered that OGD’s senatorial ambition is currently tearing the party apart as members of APC claimed that a decampee cannot come from PDP to fight for their ticket. “Ogun East APC elders are not happy with the recent development. Daniel cannot come and call the shot for us in APC. We have people who have suffered for the party just to clinch the ticket to represent the district at the Senate but the party told them to wait for their turn. Now Daniel is coming to cause division in the party. We will resist him at all cost.” A party chieftain disclosed.

 

Currently, Governor Dapo Abiodun is in a tight corner as he does not want to lose anybody because of his second-term ambition. Senator Amosun will be returning for Ogun central, Senator Solomon Olamilekan Adeola Yayi would be coming to battle Senator Tolu Odebiyi for the Ogun West ticket and Senator Lekan Mustapha would also want to retain his seat in the red chambers. Dapo Abiodun from Remo needs votes from the Ijebu voters and his own people in Remo will definitely vote for him which is where Daniel is from. “With the situation of things; Governor Dapo will be looking to sacrifice OGD’s Senatorial Ambition to get the block vote from the Ijebu’s for his reelection. Senator Yayi’s structure will be ready to work again for his re-election as he will also work for Yayi to get the Ogun West ticket.” A close source told CITYSPY.

 

Governor Dapo as the leader of the party in the state is doing everything possible to make sure Gbenga Daniel shelves his ambition as he has promised to further include him in his government during his second tenure. “With Governor Dapo’s body language, he is diplomatically conveying a message to Daniel to forgo his ambition. A Governor and Senator cannot emerge from the same constituency. It’s good to share everything equal for an all-inclusive government so votes from the district will not be divided because of clashed interests. Governor Dapo is currently reconciling with aggrieved members so as to make his reelection process smooth.”

 

CITYSPY gathered that; consultation is ongoing for Otunba Gbenga Daniel on his senatorial ambition. With stiff opposition from APC chieftains, it seems OGD might likely defect back to the PDP or another party if he wants his ambition to see the light of the day as Ogun APC is not ready to give him the ticket or else votes from the district will be shared which is not a welcoming idea for Governor Dapo Abiodun. As the election draws nearer, more political intrigues will trail the Ogun state political landscape anytime soon.

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