06. BAYO OMOBORIOWO, THE MAN BEHIND THE PRESIDENTIAL LENS
40. ZUCKERBERG ‘REPUTATION AND IMAGE ARE BADLY DAMAGED’
08. FACEBOOK SHARES FALL, ZUCKERBERG LOSES $5B
42. CLARKE ENERGY COMMISSIONS ULTRA MODERN WORKSHOP
09. KEYSTONE BANK PARTNERS NIPOST, LAUNCHES AGENCY BANKING 10. EKO ATLANTIC: LAGOS TRULY DESERVES A SPECIAL STATUS, AMBODE 12. EASTER: AMBODE HARPS ON PEACE, STABILITY 14. AHEAD OF 2019: IS NIGERIA’S FUTURE STILL IN THE HANDS OF RETIRED GENERALS 16. LIRS CHAIRMAN, SUBAIR, EXPLAINS RATIONALE FOR HIKE IN LAND USE CHARGE 18. CLARKE ENERGY IS UNWAVERING IN ITS RESOLVE TO DEVELOP THE POWER SECTOR USING GAS - ENGR. PATRICK NZEKWE
44. FG PROBES PROPERTY OWNERS IN HIGHBROW AREAS OF LAGOS AND ABUJA OVER TAX 46. BLESSING AGHEDO INTEGRITY AND EXCELLENT SERVICE DELIVERY ARE CRITICAL TO BUSINESS SUCCESS
48. AT EASTER: CLERICS CHART WAY FORWARD FOR NIGERIA 50. TOP 10 FASHION DESIGNERS IN NIGERIAN 54. ADVERTISING CAN THRIVE AGAIN AFTER THE DOWNTURN CAUSED BY ECONOMIC RECESSION - ERHABOR EMOKPAE 56. MEASLES: LAGOS TAKES STEP TOWARDS ELIMINATION
20. SENATE REINTRODUCES ELECTORAL ACT TO OVERRIDE BUHARI’S VETO
58. ACCESS TO CAPITAL IS THE BIGGEST ENTREPRENEUR CHALLENGE IN NIGERIA SAYS MR. ADEOYE FLOURISH
21-39. ETI-OSA JOURNAL: SUPERVISORY COUNCILOR FOR EDUCATION, ETI-OSA L.G.A, LAGOS STATE.
64. BUHARI, OSIBANJO AND AMBODE RAINS TORRENT OF ENCOMIUM ON TINUBU DURING HIS 10TH COLLOQUIUM
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his is the beginning of the second quarter of 2018 and I believe that your dreams for the year are still alive. The beauty of this edition is that it coincided with the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ which is a significant event in Christendom. In our usual tradition, Ekocity Magazine, your favourite medium is focusing on the intrigues ahead of the 2019 general elections and the role as well as impact of retired generals in the political landscape of Nigeria. This edition is a bumper package as we present to you captivating interviews from great entrepreneurs and business men and women who have distinguished themselves in their chosen profession. As you have always known, Ekocity Magazine is a 100% Lagos focused portal with combined daily reach of 530,000 on our online and digital platforms. This edition of Ekocity Magazine has been packaged as a memoir for budding entrepreneurs that might want to learn one or two things from established business people. The most popular segment, “Eti-Osa Journal” is repackaged for your reading delight in this edition. This segment was created to report events and activities in and around Eti-Osa Local government areas. With the celebration of Easter, we want to use this medium to appreciate everyone that has contributed in one way or the other towards the success of Ekocity Magazine so far and we say a big thank you to all. We strongly hope that you will enjoy this edition which has been carefully packaged and feel free to ask for copies from your vendor and as always, we will like to get feedback from you to help us serve you better.
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OMOBORIOWO THE MAN BEHIND THE PRESIDENTIAL LENS
Bayo Omoboriowa (born May 13, 1987) is a Nigerian photojournalist, and documentary photographer. He is the Official photographer for President Muhammad Buhari. Early life and education Omoboriowo was born and bred in Mushin, Lagos. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in pure and applied chemistry from the University of Lagos. Bayo Omoboriowo who is from Ekiti State was born without a silver spoon, as he tasted poverty, experienced the low esteem poverty inflicts on its victims but never allowed his past to define him. He decided to change his story, and that he did successfully looking at what he has done for himself within a space of 6 years. He took his destiny in his hands, discovered his passion which was photography, refined and turned it to a business and income making project. He graduated from University Of Lagos in 2009 and since then he has only been doing one thing – Photography. Today, he is the official photographer of our dear President – President Muhammadu Buhari. Bayo became president Buhari official photographer as a result of his endurance, passion and tenacity. It showed how far he has gone, and where God has taken him to. Bayo’s life is teaching young people what is possible
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and do-able. A man born in poverty at Mushin Lagos 31 years ago is now flying with the President of this country all over the world because of his passion and determination to give meaning to his life. What then is your excuse? Discover your passion, key into it and start now. You donâ€™t need capital to start, you just need few people who believe in your passion and would do anything to see it come to fruition. Your network determines your net worth; those friends around you have a lot to do with your tomorrow, more than you know. Bayo(s) of this world are passing a compelling message to young Nigerians to leave every other thing that is distracting them and run with their dreams. Again let me emphasize, Bayo started from the bottom. He started with zero capital. He had nothing except his incredible belief in God and the dream he has and nothing more. Believe in God, yourself and your Passion, then Sky is the beginning. EC EKOCITYMAGAZINE.COM | 07
Ahead of 2019: Is Nigeriaâ€™s Future Still in the Hand of Retired Generals As we count down to the 2019 general elections which is about a year away, the future of Nigeria appears to be in the hands of retired generals going by the recent letters, messages, and all kinds of machinations that have recently defined the relationship between ex-leaders Olusegun Obasanjo and Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, with President Muhammadu Buhari. This has sparked various narratives, some of which say it is all power play at high levels as it seems the trio is bent on deciding the future of our political landscape? These retired generals having reached the peak of their military career have several things in common; while Obasanjo and Buhari were at different times Head of State, and thereafter elected president, IBB only served as Military President. EKOCITYMAGAZINE.COM | 08
OBASANJO'S BOMBSHELL Ahead of the 2019 general elections, which is about a year away, Obasanjo has fired a salvo to Buhari has advocating for a coalition to take over the presidency of Nigeria. To the shock of keen political observers, he pointedly asked Buhari to go home and rest and shelve the idea of contesting the 2019 election even though the latter has not declared his intention to run. In the well-circulated letter, Obasanjo rated the Buhari administration low in the fight against corruption which was the major fulcrum of the administration's campaign even as he accused him of nepotism and lacking the understanding of internal political dynamics. "The situation that made Nigerians to vote massively to get my brother Jonathan off the horse is playing itself out again. Many say the Obasanjo-declared Coalition for Nigeria Movement (CNM), which he said is not a political party but an alternative to unseat Buhari, is simply out to cause confusion. The movement, greeted with suspicion and misgivings, posed a question: What is Obasanjo after? While many politicians and political observers align with Obasanjo on some issues raised in his letter, they are not convinced about the sincerity of the former President. This is why the formation of the coalition being championed by some ex-governors, especially former governors Olagunsoye Oyinlola (Osun) and Donald Duke (Cross River) has been greeted with snide remarks by major political players, who see the group as being populated by the same old politicians of the ruling party, and PDP stock. Meanwhile, The Coalition for
Nigeria Movement led by former President Olusegun Obasanjo has asked Nigerians to be wary of President Muhammadu Buhari’s government as it has corrupted security agencies ahead of the 2019 general elections. It said the statement by a former Minister of Defence, Lt. Gen. Theophilus Danjuma (retd.), that the military was colluding with unscrupulous individuals should not be dismissed. The spokesman for the CNM, Mr. Akin Osuntokun, said this while responding to allegations by heads of security agencies that there was a plot by some groups to disrupt the 2019 general elections. However, Osuntokun said that the security heads were acting out the script of the All Progressives Congress. THE BABANGIDA LETTERS The letter(s) written by IBB has also remained a subject of dispute. Babangida described his statement as 'My Counsel to the Nation,' a caption seen many as a move by the ex- president 'to tactically depart from how exPresident Olusegun Obasanjo passed his message to Buhari. According to him, "Recent happenings and utterances by political gladiators is alarming and not in the interest of common man that is already overstretched and apparently living handto-mouth due to precarious economic conditions. I am a realist that believes in all issues in a democratic atmosphere are sincerely discussed and resolved in the spirit of give-and-take." BUHARI AS THE ONLY OPTION: Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to the government of the federation, has affirmed that President Muhammadu Buhari will seek reelection in 2019. Speaking at the Unity Fountain in Abuja, while
addressing a rally organised by the Democratic Youth Congress, led by its National chairman, Kassim Mohammed, Mustapha said there is no alternative to Buhari. The group had urged Buhari to declare his intention to contest in the 2019 elections. Mustapha said, “We do not have an alternative to President Muhammadu Buhari for now. I will present your entire message to him. I congratulate you for your support for President Muhammadu Buhari to run in 2019.” He has come with the change philosophy. He has lived for this, to bring change to this nation. Since his military days, he stood to fight corruption, indiscipline. “Many people fear him because he does not compromise corruption and corrupt people are afraid that they will be brought to book. And those who have already looted the treasury of this nation are followed by the security agencies. By the grace of God Buhari will not relent in this fight. Analysts believe that considering their personal and collective experiences, the recent exchange between Obasanjo, IBB and Buhari is not surprising for students of politics, who believe that many factors might have come into play, including patriotism, ego clashes, and to a certain extent, greed. While some say he should bow out when the time comes, many feel he should be allowed to take a decision or whether to run again or not, considering that the ultimate decision lies with the electorate. While Obasanjo will never vie for the presidency, IBB publicly retired from active politicking. Buhari, who is now on the saddle, still has the room to go for a second term. And that is probably why the future of Nigeria’s political landscape lies with the retired generals. EC EKOCITYMAGAZINE.COM | 09
Lagos truly Deserves a Special Status, Ambode President Visits Eko Atlantic City, Says Project’ll Boost Nigeria’s Economy
ko Atlantic is a new coastal city being built on the then Bar-Beach Victoria Island Lagos, Nigeria, to solve the chronic shortage of real estate in the world’s fastest-growing megacity. It is a focal point for investors capitalising on rich development growth based on massive demand – and a gateway to emerging markets of the continent.
Governor Ambode, who spoke at a State Dinner in honour of President Buhari at the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, as part of activities to commemorate his two-day official visit to the State, expressed concerns that 26 years after the Federal Capital was relocated from Lagos to Abuja, the State has been left to strive for development without much Federal support.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday evening urged President Muhammadu Buhari to seriously consider the possibility of granting Lagos a Special Status to enable it sustain its position as the driver of the nation’s economic growth.
The Governor said that despite the strategic position the State plays in the nation’s economy, there was still much untapped potentials and opportunities for economic, social and cultural growth in the State, which he said his administration was doing its best to explore by
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strategically focusing on improving the ease of doing business, entertainment, sports and tourism. He, however, said that for these potentials to be realised, the State requires Federal Support, adding that several attempts by some eminent personalities to push for a Special Status for Lagos as well as a bill seeking to accord the State same was turned down by the Senate. “Mr. President, it has become glaring that Lagos State cannot achieve this alone. Mr. President, 26 years after the Federal Capital was relocated from Lagos to Abuja, the State has been left without much Federal support.
POLITICS conducting President Buhari round the Eko Atlantic City (EAC) which is a multi-billion dollar project expected to accommodate over 150,000 people who would reside there and another 250,000 who would work and commute within the city on a daily basis, Governor Ambode said the project was a practical example of how the private sector could partner with government to boost the economy. He recalled that the project, which was conceived and initiated during the tenure of former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, was a brilliant engineering display which had saved the whole of Victoria Island from ocean surge and other threats. “Your Excellency, despite all these, Lagos State needs more and Lagosians deserve more. Eminent Nigerians have called on the Federal Government to grant our State a Special Status. I recall that a bill seeking to accord it a Special Status has been rejected three times in the Senate. Lagos deserves a Special Status if we want the State to continue to serve as the major driver of the nation’s economy,” Governor Ambode said. Thanking President Buhari for magnanimously yielding the State’s request to reconstruct the Oshodi International Airport Road into a 10-lane world-class road and transform the Presidential Lodge Marina into a monument and cultural legacy, Governor Ambode also seized the occasion to request the President to cede the ownership and management of the National Stadium, Surulere and the National Arts Theatre, Iganmu to the State Government to enable it revive them for the benefit of all. “Mr. President your word has been your bond as far as your promises to Lagos State are concerned. You approved the reconstruction of the Oshodi to Murtala Muhammed
International Airport Road into a 10-lane world-class road that will be ready by the end of this year. You gladly released for our kind use, your Presidential Lodge in Marina because you believe in our vision to transform the lodge into a monument and cultural legacy as part of the Onikan-Marina cultural and architectural regeneration. “In addition, as part of our drive to use entertainment and sports to drive tourism and economic growth, we again ask of Your Excellency to consider ceding the ownership and management of the National Stadium Surulere and the National Arts Theatre Iganmu to Lagos State. These two edifices have been left to decay and our government is in the best position to revive these assets and make them viable again for the benefit of all Nigerians. “This is not too much to ask but we are reassured that our President is a listening father who understands the yearnings of Lagosians. We are confident that he would listen and respond positively to the demands of about one-eighth of the nation’s population resident in Lagos,” Governor Ambode said. Speaking
“This project has actually saved the whole of Victoria Island and is standing on over 750 square kilometres bigger than Victoria Island itself when it is eventually completed. This is just an example of what the private sector can really do to the Nigerian economy and that is why we have made it possible that Mr President should take a practical tour of how we can really move the Nigerian economy when we partner with the private sector,” Governor Ambode said. Responding, President Buhari commended the initiators of the EAC, saying he was extremely impressed with the potentials of the project, which according to him, would create jobs and boost Nigeria’s economy. “I have just gone round to see the Eko Atlantic City. I’m impressed with the potentiality of this project and the amount of jobs and positive effect which this project is capable of having on the economy. “I’m really grateful for those who agreed to invest so much in our country to get a secured area for operations capable of handling big businesses and investments throughout Africa,” the President said. EC EKOCITYMAGAZINE.COM | 11
Easter: Ambode harps on peace, stability
ov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos on Saturday urged Nigerians to see the Easter season as a period to think on how to help steer the nation back on the road to peace, stability and prosperity. Ambode in his Easter message released by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Habib Aruna in Lagos, said this could be achieved by working in the spirit of togetherness.
Ambode said this is possible “if, as a nation, we eschew all divisive, parochial, ethnic and religious sentiments and rivalries, and begin to live more harmoniously with one another, as Jesus Christ enjoined us to.”
He urged Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of tolerance, peaceful co-existence and sacrifice for one another. The governor said that development and growth could only occur in the nation when all tribes and tongue He said there was no better unite and speak with one voice. time for the country to unite He said that such fundamental and eschew bitterness along values would go a long way in ethnic and religious lines. promoting and strengthening According to him, no challenge the foundation of love, peace is insurmountable where unity and harmony in the country. of purpose thrives. Nigeria, he said, is capable of ”The Easter season should serve making faster progress towards as a reminder to the selflessness, the achievement of the peaceful, love, sacrifice and tolerance of united, strong, progressive and Jesus Christ throughout His prosperous country that citizen’s earthly sojourn, his death and his desire. resurrection”. Jesus exemplified the virtues of selflessness, love EKOCITYMAGAZINE.COM | 12
and tolerance during his period on earth. ”I urge Christians to use the season as a period to reflect on their individual and collective roles towards promoting and sustaining that foundation of love, peace and harmony in the nation,” he said. The governor commended Lagos residents for their continued demonstration and promotion of mutual understanding and peaceful co-existence in spite of existing ethnic, cultural and religious diversities. He said that the cooperation of residents was responsible for the massive development achieved by the government across the State in the last 34 months. While wishing residents a happy Easter celebration, Governor Ambode enjoined them to continue to support his administration to deliver more developmental projects that would make their lives more comfortable. EC
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Saudi Arabia Embassy in Lagos 182, Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, Lagos State 234-1 2690306, 234-1 2690358 234-1 2690101 Senegal Embassy in Lagos 14, Kofo Abayomi Road, Victoria Island, Lagos Nigeria +234 1 611722
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Exclusive Interview with the
Supervisory Councillor for Education Eti-Osa LGA, Lagos State How Long Have You Been the Supervisory Councillor for Education and whats your experience so far? I was appointed in December 2017, and this is my fourth month in office. Actually, It has been challenging and demanding, but with the support of the Hon. Chairman, Saheed Bankole, it has been an interesting administrative experince. As a Supervisory Councillor for Education, What are your Key responsibilities? Thank you Joseph. As a supervisor, my integral role is an oversight function. In other to enhance effectiveness and efficiency, this office was birthed. Hence,i formulate and ensure that strict adherence and implementation of the policy while answerable to the Chairman. However, I stand in the gap between the educational institutions(both formal and informal) in Eti-Osa and the Chairman, Hon. Bankole by relaying the complaints and needs of the people to him for expedient EKOCITYMAGAZINE.COM | 16
response. Is there any program your administration brought to the education sector? We are introducing both educational and extracurricular programs in our secondary and primary schools. The essence of this programme is to reorientate and enlighten the students towards the need for taking their studies seriously and staying away from immoral and deviant activities.
on in all the secondary school in Eti-Osa to bridge this connection and espose them to the dangerous sides of cultism and its toxic effects. ‘Spelling B’ is ongoing in the primary schools. This program is geared towards harnessing the children at their early age. There’s a certain age in which the cerebral cortex of children is very active and can memorize any data. This is our target. To catch them young. And we are recording success in this regard.
Sir, what are the programs in question? Within the limited number of days in office, my office has been able to launch programs in both the secondary and primary schools. ‘Say No To Cultism’ is one of the programmes we have introduced in the secondary schools. Due to lack of orientation and information gap, the Local Government was at the verge of losing her youths to this malignicet cult activity. In other to disconnect these young and vibrant minds, we launched this programme which is going
Sir we learnt that Itedo Primary School was engulfed with fire recently, how true is this information ? Yes, it’s unfortunate. There was a fire outbreak in the school. However, proactive measures have been put in motion to ensure that the school is renovated. According to investigations carried out, it wasn’t an intentional incident, it was an accident. Some families living close to the school does their businesses close to the school. The fire started from one of the house that share boundary with
the school, and from there the school got affected. What is your office doing towards renovating the school and ensuring that such incident doesn’t happen again? We are on it. Expedient actions have been taking in ensuring immediate renovation of the school. As I’m talking to you now, we have contacted with the state ministry of environment and they promised to work with the Local Government in making sure the school is renovated. We have talked to the Bale of the community to sensitize his people. We have told them to give 200 meters space from the school fence before building their houses or business places. We have also implored the community to bring down their properties close to the school to ensure that such incident does not reoccur. During the celebration of 100 days in office by Hon. Bankole, there was presentation of bursary award to Indigenous students of Eti-Osa local government are. Is it only Eti-Osa indigenes that are entitled to this bursary? That’s a very good question. Let me use this medium to put the records straight. The bursary is 70% and 30% of Indigenous and non-indigenous students respectively. We have non-indigenous associations through which we certify the authenticity of non-indigene students. Another bursary exercise will be coming up soon. Publications will be made publicly once we are set to launch it. The essence of this programme is geared towards human capital development which is one of the core agenda of Hon. EC Bankole's administration.
L-R: Obi Joseph, EkoCity Magazine Staff, Education Supervisory Counselor Eti-Osa LGA, Lagos State & Abiodun Fawumi, Publisher EkoCity Magazine
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Hon. Noheem Adams kicks off his empowerment campaign for Eti-Osa residents DONATES ICT CENTRE, 3 BOREHOLES TO ETI-OSA ENDORSES GOV AMBODE AND SENATOR OLUREMI
he ground breaking event which was initiated by the grassroots leader and member representing Eti-Osa Constituency 1 in the Lagos state house of assembly, Hon Noheem Adams, on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 impacted the lives of his constituency through his economic empowerment programme. Beneficiaries of this programme went home with items including, hair dryers, sewing machines, grinding machines, generators, etc. Women, widows, and indigents went home with gift packs containing groceries and other food items plus cash. Before the empowerment programme, projects were commissioned across Eti-Osa, which include an ICT center at Olomu Junior Secondary School, Ajah, borehole facilities in Ilaje, Gbara, and Iru communities. Speaking at the occasion, Hon. Adams noted that a lot of ground still needs to be covered, as officially declared his intention to contest for the Lagos state house of assembly, for Eti-Osa Constituency 1 in the 2019 general elections. The cerebral lawmaker also used the opportunity to endorse governor Akinwunmi Ambode for a second term and senator Oluremi Tinubu for another term in office. Guests at the occasion include representative of the honourable speaker of the Lagos state house of assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, the Deputy Speaker, Hon Wasiu Esinlokun, Hon. Jide Akinloye, Alh Tajudeen Olusi OON, Hon Yaya Dosunmu, Hon Ismaily Azeez, Alh Owolabi Issa Imam. Others include, Alh Akinjagunla Rilwan, Alh. Kolaru Razaq, Hon Rafiu Olufunmi, Hon Saheed Bankoke, Omoba Esinlokun, Hon Mondiu Kolawole, Alh. S.B Adamson, Alh Chief A.M Jamiu, Alh Jinadu Kokoro-Owo, Hon Agunbiade Samsudeen, traditional white cap chiefs, Baales, and a host of others. As the programme progressed, the political Creamedâ€™ la crĂ¨me, industrial captains, business moguls and traditional rulers unanimously endorsed Hon. Noheem for a second term in office come 2019 while pledging their support to APC at both the state and federal level. EC
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Aare Fakorede Celebrates His In-law, Late Mrs. Janet Olasunbo Odebiyi in Grand Style
oday marks another historical moment in the life of the family of Odebiyi of Shagamu in Ogun State, Well-wishers, dignitaries and family member gathered to celebrate the final burial ceremony of Late Mrs. Janet Olasunbo Odebiyi. Madam Odeybiyi passed on to glory on 12th of January, 2018, funeral services and Christian
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wake keep took place on 2nd February, 2018 at No. 25 College Crescent Ajegunle, Sagamu and interment took place at No.9 Hospital road. However entertainment of guest was at Akarigbo Royal Hall, and the event was graced by the wife of Nigeriaâ€™s Vice President Mrs. Dolapo Osibajo. The commissioner for works Lagos State, Lagos State House of
Assembly member representing ETI-OSA Hon-Noheem Adams, Federal House of Assembly member representing ETIOSA Hon- Jide Akinloye, Chair Persons representing ETIOSA L.G.A and LCDAâ€™s, APC members were ably represented and other important guest within ETI-OSA and beyond. EC
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Interview Section with the Majority Leader of Eti-Osa LGA
Hon. Afeez Sir, briefly tell us about you? I am Hon. Afeez, representing Ward D in Eti-Osa LGA. I am the Majority Leader of the house. I was elected in June 2017. This is my eight month in the house. Have you been in the house before and how has it been? No Joseph, this is my first time in the Eti-osa house. Though during my university days i was an active member of the Student Representative Council fondly called SRC. Through my legislative days in the student legislative arm, i got acclimatized with the proceedings and legislative procedures. It has been a wonderful experience though challenging as the majority leader of the house. Itâ€™s a privilege and honor to serve the people through policy formulation. I have passion for impacting and effecting change in our legislative process, hence ensuring even development in the society through policy formulation. Oversight function is one the core function of the legislature. Do you think that the house is measuring up well to this regard? So far, we have fared positively in administering our constitutional functions. The executive has been cooperating. We ensure that credible personnel are been appointed by the chairman through rigorous scrutiny. The policy thrust of the house is to ensure human development. Therefore, during the budget approval, we ensure that the budget is in line with the thrust. We EKOCITYMAGAZINE.COM | 24
check the activities of the executive to ensure legitimacy from the execute arm. What is the relationship between the executive and the legislative arm? Controversy between the legislatures and the executive is one of the exponents of democracy. There is need for disagreement. We disagree to agree. By such, better and proficient policies that will be favourable to the citizens will be made. However, our administration is guided by unity of purpose. Amidst the normal fuss, the both party understands that is for the betterment of Eti-Osa. We are EtiOsa ambassadors; hence, we place Eti-Osa first in all we do. As a counselor representing Ward D which comprises of Maiyegun, Igbara, baruwa, igbu efun, what project have you drawn to your people through your office? The people of my constituency have indeed, enjoyed the dividends of my representation. Within the handful months in office, I have been able to draw the attention of the chairman, Hon. Bankole, to the bad state of roads in igbu efon, which the chairman has commissioned
and work has started there already. Work is going on at Bale Street, olukolu road and other roads. As the chairman of environment and health committee, we have been able to draw the attention of the Local Government chairman to the havoc flood is causing at Jakande, especially the back of Nikon Estate. Which the chairman has called the attention of both the state government and corporate bodies to join hands in seeing how to curb its toxic effect. Do you think that Hon. Bankole has done creditably well? Yes he has done tremendously well. Hon. Bankole, is experienced and has been in the administrative corridors of Eti-Osa over eight years. He was two time health supervisory counselor in this local government. That gave him a wide know how on the administrative structure of the area. During his campaign, he chiefly averred that his office will be open 24/7 once he emerges. Alas, he is a man of his word and has worked out this his promise. He is down to earth and always ready to extend his shoulders for us to lean on anytime you call at him. He is very accessible. Everyone in Eti-Osa is praising him for that. EC
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An Exclusive Interview with
ADEOLA ADETORO Vice Chairman of Eti-Osa LGA
Quickly Ma', what precipitated your political participation? Joe, according to Aristotle, human beings is political animal. He called it 'zoon Politikon'. Those who are indifferent to power would be overtaken by power seekers. Hence, we are all political beings. We can't do without politics. Politics to a layman is a gory adventure. But however, politics is moreorless the authoritative distribution and allocation of scarce values. Politics detects who gets what, when and how. Put differently, politics is policy oriented. In other to use my natural attention to details and a national builder as a woman, I felt this dare need to contribute my quota into bettering the lives of my fellow citizens. It was more of a mandate for me. And as you can see, as a vision, provision to ensure a smooth sail was in place. Within our term in office, Eti-Osa is wearing a new look. All thanks to my chairman, Hon. Saheed Bankole. I call him ' The Transformer'. According to you Ma', i call the chairman the transformer, and within your term in office, Eti-Osa people are feeling the wave of your administration. Kindly conceptualize Hon. Bankole as the transformer. Hon. Saheed Bankole is a Transformer. Before I will go on to outline the achievements of this administration, permeate to cease this medium to appreciate the people of Eti-Osa for their unflinching support towards this administration. There support, advise, complaints, feedbacks has been a hinge upon which the success of our adminstration draws succor from. Thanks to you all. Together we will rewrite the economic cum social anal of Eti-Osa. Hon. Bankole envisioned a lot of untapped opportunities surrounding Eti-Osa which will orchestrate the transitioning of Eti-Osa communities from a rural setting to an ultra-modern urban settings. Having kowtowed that Eti-Osa is an economic home to many domestic and international companies, saw the need to embark on EKOCITYMAGAZINE.COM | 32
socio economic activities to create a substantial ecofriendly environment for the citizens of Eti-Osa, while building a stronger and united community. This synergy built by Hon. Bankole has indeed, yield good fruits. The policy thrust of our adminstration is human resource development. In that light, with the limited resources at our disposal, we initiated an empowerment program for the aged people within Eti-Osa. During the cause of this program, financial aid was giving to about 120 people to enable them start some small businesses. The following are the few of the things we have done. 1. We launched a free medical screening
campaign geared towards treating hypertension and diabetes and provision of drugs for the age ones. 2. In other to encourage small scale business owners, we went into poultry farming and selling of processes at a subsidized rate. 3. Rehabilitation of road at Olukolu by Bale Street Igbo-Efon. 4. Sectional rehabilitation of Bale Street on sight with concrete drains to enable free passage of water within the area. 5. Renovation of Maiyegun health center that has long been in deplorable state. During our 100 days in office, bursary was given to indigent and non-indigent students within Eti-Osa LGA. 6. Provision of financial aid to 40 beneficiaries of 2017 N-Power under Agro sector posted to the local government and. Thereby, encouraging agriculture as the panacea to our economic development. 7. Promoting peace and security by having meetings with the CDA's in other to tackle any security threat or challenges. 8. It's imperative, to note, that the synergy built by Hon. Bankole, facilitated corporate social responsibility from private organization. Such as Chevron Oil into rehabilitating Agiran Primary School while Jakande primary school was rehabilitated by Main One. 9. In same positive light, Jakande health center was also rehabilitated by few staff of GURANTEE TRUST Bank (Elegushi Branch) recently. 10. Link road to Agiran primary school was also sand feed and graded by the local government. One of the statutory responsibilities of the chairman is to render monthly statement of income revenue and expenditure to the Local Government council for consideration and debate, how often do your administration toll through this constitutional road map? Answer Joe, I'm just coming back from
LGC meeting. That was why we couldn't see by 1pm as scheduled. Eti-Osa vision is not the executives vision. Is our mandate. To that effect, it will interest you to know that this administration on taking over the mantle of leadership, both the legislative and executive arm unanimously, pledged our unalloyed support to this Eti-Osa vision. Ever since we assumed power, we have only missed out from this monthly ritual twice and it was owing to some unforeseen adminstrative circumstances. What's this Eti-Osa vision? In a nutshell Joe, Eti-Osa vision is transforming Eti-Osa from a rural setting to an Urban settings. How's your administration striving to grow her IGR? Our economic policies and program are designed to substantially reduce rural-urban drift while boosting economic activities in the local government area. Through our policies, we lure and welcome investors to invest in Eti-Osa with our economic friendly policies. We lobby urban investors to complement rural investors. Through these policies, Eti-Osa IGR is at its increase. However, while cooperating with this private companies, we persuade the same companies to pay their levies. We are also having series of meetings with the private sectors for a joint ventures opportunities. Through this, we will grow our IGR. I applaud the response and corporation of thes private companies around. They have been so amazing. As a government under the leadership of all progressive congress (APC) which christened her policies on transparency and collective responsibility, does your administration conduct a weekly executive committee meetings which comprises of the chairman your office the chairman, the supervisors and secretary? Answer Like I said before, it's all about Eti-Osa vision. The executive
committee holds her meetings regularly. Where a committee exercises executive powers like municipal council meetings. As u know, my party APC is a pacesetter in Nigeria. We have schedules date for our monthly meetings which is always held on time, where we deliberate on important arising issues within each department and general concerns with positive resolutions always. Operation keep Lagos clean initiated by the state government has worked its policy by distributing waste disposable tanks at strategic stations in Eti-Osa Local Government. How is your administration fanning the embers of actualizing this state government policy? Answer Operation keep Lagos clean, which is a brain child of the man behind the smart city of Lagos State, His. Excellency Akinwunmi Ambode is been attended to seriously. Operation keep Lagos clean is saddled with the Eti-Osa vision. Our motto in that light is 'zero tolerance to refuse'. The executive chairman constituted a task force committee to this regard. Which is comprising of both the exco members to take sure that the rules and regulation surrounding this initiative is adhered to. Any saboteur will be nabbed and reprimanded for justice to take its course. What's your advice to other women out there? We can't solve a problem with same thought and knowledge we had when we created them. There's need for a paradigm shift. Is high time women took on their political heels. Nigeria is ours and Nigeria we serve. Is a call to service, shirk not from governmental responsibilities. We are the builders of family. Therefore, we are national builders. I encourage my fellow women to join active politics. Have you gotten your voters card? If you haven't, please the CVR is still on going. Your vote is your power. Make religious and judicious use of it. EC
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LIRS Chairman, Subair, Explains Rationale for Hike in Lagos Land Use Charge value for the high taxes, charges and levies imposed on businesses and residents in Lagos State. They have also warned that the new LUC law would inevitably be transferred by landlords to their tenants who are already contending with job losses brought on by the economic downturn, dwindling disposable incomes, and an inflationary environment. In reality, the new law will require property owners in Lagos State to pay at the very minimum over 200 per cent and in some instances over 500 per cent as LUC. The law, which also contains penalties for payment default within the stipulated period, has continued to attract condemnation from stakeholders.
he Executive Chairman of the Lagos State Internal Revenue Service (LIRS), Mr. Ayodele Hamzat Subair, has hinged the recent decision by the state government to significantly increase the Land Use Charge (LUC) by between 200 and 500 per cent on the need to raise the state’s internally generated revenue (IGR), in order to bridge the wide infrastructure gap in Lagos. In a bid to increase the IGR and expand its tax base, the Lagos State Government recently repealed the Land Use Charge Law of 2001, and replaced it with a new Land Use Charge Law this year. The government also extended the
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But the LIRS boss explained that Lagos has a huge infrastructure gap, pointing out that following the drop in oil prices as well as the reduction in the Federation Account allocation to the state, the only way the state could fund its massive infrastructure projects was to raise its IGR, the LUC inclusive. period for the payment of all annual LUC demand notices for 2018 to April 14, 2018. This, it explained, would enable property owners and affected occupiers take the option of enjoying the discount available for prompt and early payment of LUC invoices. However, the recent amendment of the LUC Law has been described by the organised private sector and residents in the state as draconian, alienating and a gross disregard by the state government for the well-being of both corporate and individual residents in Lagos State. Several residents have vowed to challenge the enforcement of the new LUC law in the courts and have questioned if they are getting
“Basically, we have to try and raise our taxes within the state. The Land Use Charge is just one of the various types of charges that have been introduced. Now, if we start to catalogue what the state needs to expend in terms of developmental projects, it is huge. And already you can see that under the administration of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, he is very eager to try and turn things around in Lagos. There has been a lot of neglect over the past and it has built up for so many years. There is serious under-investment in infrastructure projects,” Subair explained. He, however, noted that a lot people in the state most times mistake levies for taxes, saying that taxes generally are compulsory payments
POLITICS that are made by residents and they don’t have to get a direct benefit from the taxes. On the other hand, charges and levies are payments that they make, for which they have direct benefits. According to Subair, the previous law on the LUC in the state was a bit defective in the way it was being computed. He added: “You would see different buildings of similar description having wide-ranging disparities on the charges. So, there was the need for the increase and standardisation. “Again, the Land Use Charge has not been renewed for about 16 years. So, the government deemed it fit to try and review the law. In the past, a lot of properties were seriously undercharged. “You could see a house on Queens Drive, Ikoyi that is paying N18, 000 and the house is worth probably hundreds of millions of naira or even billions.” Subair revealed that currently, the formula for computing the LUC has been simplified, saying that it now comes with valuation of the property. Property owners in the state, he further pointed out, are allowed to carry out a self-assessment on the LUC, adding that the formula is very easy to follow and the market value can be obtained from qualified real estate agents or surveyors. He explained: “One can self-assess and pay ahead of the demand notice. And if you have self-assessed, you will qualify for the discount because you paid ahead of time. Also, while responding to a question on the implication of the astronomical increase on households and firms, especially in an economy that is just emerging out from recession, Subair said: “Generally, if you look at the profiling of our IGR and take it down to what is generated by LIRS, the salaried workers are the ones that are really paying taxes. “Seventy to 75 per cent of our numbers (as a percentage of LIRS’ generated revenue) come from PayAs-You-Earn (PAYE) and direct assessment. “PAYE alone is between 70 and 75 per cent, while direct assessment which is usually what high networth individuals pay, is about five per cent of our total collection. “So, we can see that it is a bit lopsided and really and truly, there has to be other means of this type of taxation. “You mentioned that the Land Use Charge has gone up and will be transferred to tenants. Yes, at the end of the day, the ultimate person who bears the brunt could be the tenant, but it is really the property owners that we are looking at.” He added: “We are not just raising revenue to put up infrastructure; there is also provision for social services. There are all sorts of social services that need to be overhauled. “It is a total regeneration as far as the administration is concerned over this issue of infrastructure. Really, if you look at the performance of this administration in the past two years, there have been a lot of investments in infrastructure. “If you go to Lagos East and Lagos West, there is a big impact on the lives of people. If you go to Alimosho, Iju, and several other areas, lot of streets are now opening up.” He further disclosed that the Lagos State Government was targeting an IGR of N720 billion this year, while the target for the LIRS in 2018 was put at N440 billion. According to Subair, in 2017, LIRS alone generated about N285 billion, while the state generated a total of N340 billion in the same year. EC EKOCITYMAGAZINE.COM | 35
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Clarke Energy Is Unwavering In Its Resolve to Develop the Power Sector Using Gas - Engr. Patrick Nzekwe
Engr. Patrick Nzekwe is the General Manager of Clarke Energy Nigeria Limited, a multinational specialist in distributed power generation solutions and the authorised distributor and service provider for General Electricâ€™s reciprocating gas engines in Nigeria with a strong focus on after sales support. In this interview, Engr. Nzekwe who had an insight in all aspects of the engineering profession having trained as a Marine Engineer, then as a Mechanical Engineer and a strong exposure to Electrical Engineering spoke on Clarke Energyâ€™s unwavering resolve to develop the power sector of the Nigerian economy using gas.
Clarke Energy has been at the forefront of utilizing gas as energy resource for power, how has the journey been? Clarke Energy has been at the forefront of developing the energy industry using gas like you rightly said. The journey has been very tough but we are happy that we are making a lot of progress in that aspect. When we started, it was very difficult to spread the gospel as Nigerians have little or no knowledge about gas usage. Except for the cooking gas that is very common at the time, Nigerians did not see gas as energy resource for power. The challenge then was how to convince industries on the need to utilize gas as a cheap, clean and alternative energy source. We are proud to say that despite the daunting challenges, Clarke Energy has evolved to be a leading firm in the area of gas utilization as energy resource for power in the country. EKOCITYMAGAZINE.COM | 38
gas as energy resource for power in terms of cost. Our efforts paid off as everyone seem to have gradually woken to the realization that this is a great opportunity to tap into. I can confidently tell you that currently there is over 80% acceptability of gas utilization in Nigeria. The first company that keyed into this gas to power project in a large scale was Flourmills of Nigeria Plc as they bought 27MW of electricity and they made so much profit from it before people even realized it.
What has been the level of acceptance of this energy resource in Nigeria? When we started, the level of acceptance was less than 15% because people were afraid because of the highly combustible nature of gas. We embarked on massive education and enlightenment on the benefits derivable from utilizing
O u t s t a n d i n g accomplishment as an organization? The number one achievement is being recognized as a power generation solution provider in the country; we can go into the details of it. Since our Nigerian operations started 12 years ago, Clarke Energyâ€™s installation base of engines has steadily increased to become the fastest growing gas power generation supplier in the region. Our locally
INTERVIEW based team has delivered – about 400MW of electrical generation capacity to many large industrial facilities across Nigeria, seeking economical, reliable captive power plants as well as delivered multi-engine power plants for independent power producers. If you ask companies that have been converted, they will tell you in all sincerity that they’ve saved about 50% of operational cost. Having succeeded in Lagos, we have extended the success journey outside Lagos as we have companies in Port Harcourt, Aba, and Ajaokuta, using our gas engines to run their factories. Local content in your operation? Interestingly, we have succeeded in Nigerianising the operations of Clarke Energy. Our company's focus on localisation is an important component of our success in Nigeria. The company employs over 100 Nigerians, trained to the highest international standards with product-specific training in Europe. We operate a policy of localization by recruiting local sales and service Engineers to support the company’s operations and they are trained at Jenbach in Austria and at Clarke Energy’s dedicated GE Jenbacher training facility in the UK. What is the strength of your after sales service? The core of our strength lies in our robust after sales service and it is second to none in the country. A large number of our staff are in the service department equipped with the right kills to offer maintenance services to our customers twenty four hours in a day. We will continue to train and equip Nigerians for the global challenge ahead. When we started, even our staff doesn’t understand fully the essence of gas utilization,
and today we had access to our engine running in Tanzania from our office.
but systematically, we have taken our people to UK and Austria for training from time to time on the use of gas and maintenance of this equipment. We have become successful in this area that we now have Nigerians commissioning and overhauling and repairing our engines efficiently. These things come with experience and knowledge as it is not something you can pick up easily. Right now, we have young capable Nigerians that are eager to offer solutions to problems and they are doing it very well. What is the Unique Selling Point of Clarke Energy? In the course of our twelve years operations in Nigeria, Clarke Energy has installed cogeneration and trigeneration power installations for various manufacturing companies, who have been able to maximize their efficiencies by being able to generate power, heat and or cooling from a single fuel source. Apart from our engines been originally built for gas utilization, the unique feature of our engines is that we can diagnose, maintain and commission the engine using a remote control from our facility in Ikeja, Lagos. Clarke Energy has been able to develop that capacity
What was the rationale behind the customer forum you organized recently? We truly understand that the strength and success of our operations lies in the patronage of our customers, so, we decided to organize a customer forum to first and foremost thank our customers for their patronage. The forum was also an avenue for us to showcase what we’ve been doing in the last twelve years including the commissioning of an ultra modern workshop in our facility to enable us overhaul our equipment here in Lagos. Over the years, we do this service in customers’ site and some are taken overseas for overhaul, but, with the commissioning of this workshop as well as the equipment and well trained staff, we have all it takes to overhaul our equipment here in our facility. With the commissioning of this turbo charger overhauling and turbo charger balancing machines in our facility, the number of down times on the machines during repair will be reduced substantially. Projections for Clarke Energy in the next five years? We want to continue to maintain the leadership position in the power sector. Despite the challenges, we intend to lead the pack with our knowledge, technical expertise as well as durability of our engines. The beauty of our engines is that they are efficient as they are originally made for gas utilization from the home of gas in Jenbach, Austria whereas our competitors are running on converted engines. To remain at the top, we intend to improve on our efficiencies and business processes so as to remain the world leader in gas utilization in the sub region. EC EKOCITYMAGAZINE.COM | 39 05
Clarke Energy Commissions ultra modern workshop Interacts with loyal and esteemed customers 700 MWe in sub- Saharan Africa and out of this number, 400 MWe is sitting right here in Nigeria.
L-R: Peter Ocheibi of General Electric (GE); Engr. Gbenga Ajumo of Electron Energy; Engr. Patrick Nzekwe, General Manager, Clarke Energy (Nigeria) Limited; Haydn Rees, Managing Director of Clarke Energy's UK, Irish and Sub-Saharan African operations; John Fletcher, Projects Director at Clarke Energy and Ireoluwa Adegoke of GE at the commissioning of Clarke Energy’s ultra modern workshop and customer forum
n its renewed efforts towards contributing to the industrialization and development of the Nigerian economy as well as improve their after sales support, Clarke Energy (Nigeria) Limited, a multinational specialist in distributed power generation solutions and the authorised distributor and service provider for GE’s reciprocating gas engines in Nigeria, has opened an ultra modern workshop in their office in Lagos. At the official opening of the facility in their Lagos Office, the General Manager of Clarke Energy (Nigeria) Limited, Engr. Patrick Nzekwe affirmed that the organisation have a real commitment to developing power generation solutions by utilizing gas as energy resource for power for the benefit of the Nigerian economy. Re-echoing the successes recorded by the company in its over two decades of operations in Nigeria including Clarke Energy’s delivery of close to 400 MW for a wide range of applications and customers; providing support and after sales service to 190+ Jenbacher engines in sub-Saharan Africa as well as the supply of its first hybrid solution using gas and storage at OK Plast in Lagos and this solution has helped the customer to solve the challenges of low efficiency, high
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maintenance cost and poor reliability. Continuing, he reiterated that the opening of the ultra modern workshop is a testament of their commitment to the development of the Nigerian economy as their locally based team has delivered –about 400MW of electrical generation capacity to many large industrial facilities across Nigeria, seeking economical, reliable captive power plants. Clarke Energy was also able to deliver multi-engine power plants for independent power producers, and supplied one of Nigeria’s first gas-fuelled IPP facilities at Akute. “Clarke Energy has equally installed cogeneration and trigenerational power installations for various manufacturing companies, who have been able to maximize their efficiencies by being able to generate power, heat and or cooling from a single fuel source”, he concluded. Toyin Abegunde, Commercial Director of General Electric (GE) for subSaharan Africa, in her speech spoke glowingly of Clarke energy partnership with GE and equally recognized them as their biggest channel partner globally. She concluded her speech by saying that the partnership between GE and Clarke Energy has produced over
The highlight of the event is the introduction to My Plant, Material Streams Conversion Modification and Upgrades which enables the client to remotely control the equipment from anywhere using Android or Iphones as well as facility tour of the workshop. Conducting the customers and guests round the new ultra modern workshop, Muhammad Asim, Clarke Energy’s After Sales Product Support Manager informed all that the essence of building the workshop in Nigeria is to reduce engine down time during repairs as against taking it overseas which takes a longer time. Speaking further, he said maximizing equipment availability is the essence of building the workshop as the Turbo Charger overhaul will enhance their operational efficiency and effectiveness. “Clarke Energy has an excellent organisation and localization is a critical element of Clarke Energy’s success in Nigeria as the company employs over 100 Nigerian nationals, trained to the highest international standards with product-specific training in Europe. We operate a policy of localization by recruiting local sales and service engineers to support the company’s operations. These teams are trained at Jenbach in Austria and at Clarke Energy’s dedicated GE Jenbacher training facility in the UK” he concluded. There was a robust customer focused interaction between the Directors of Clarke Energy and their customers. Some of the dignitaries that graced the event were Nella Hengstler, Head, Commercial Section of Austrian Embassy; Kate Rudd, West African Trade Director, Department of International Trade; David Raison, Regional Director Africa of Kholer SDMO; Alan Fletcher, Managing Director of Clarke Energy, Sub-Saharan Africa; Peter Ocheibi of General Electric (GE); Engr. Gbenga Ajuino of Electron Energy; Haydn Rees, Managing Director of Clarke Energy's UK, Irish and Sub-Saharan African operations; John Fletcher, Projects Director at Clarke Energy and Ireoluwa Adegoke of GE. EC
Keystone Bank partners NIPOST, launches agency banking
ne of Nigeria’s most reliable financial institutions, Keystone Bank Limited has launched ‘KeyServ’ (An Agency Banking Proposition) to serve customers outside its conventional brick & Mortar mode of banking. The initiative in partnership with the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) and i-OneC (A FinTech Firm) is in line with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Financial System Strategy (FSS2020) goals to increase Financial Inclusion uptake in Nigeria. According to the Group Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer of Keystone Bank Limited Mr. Obeahon Ohiwerei: “Enabling Financial Inclusion is our core area of focus and we have partnered with other industry players to deploy Digital Financial Solutions/ Platforms for improved access to
finance; leveraging data to improve the product offerings, personalised & predictive customer service, and uncovering new customer segments”. “The recent reports on adult Nigerians (according to EFInA) that are financially excluded is 40.1million (41.6% of 96.4million adults).” “To this end, we are partnering with NIPOST and i-OneC to offer financial inclusion services to un(der)banked Nigerians especially in the rural and less urban areas.” “Under this partnership, KeyServ (Keystone Agency Banking Services) offers services such as Account Opening, Bills Payment, Cash-In, Cash-Out, ATM Services, Fund Transfers, Balance Enquiries, ATM cash withdrawals, Mini Statements and a whole lot more.” “One landmark feature of KeyServ (Keystone Agency Banking Services) is that it offers affordable access to financial services than the
traditional banking methods” the MD/CEO also reiterated. Also, speaking at the launch, the ED Corporate Banking & South, Keystone Bank, Yemi Odusanya, added that “with this scheme, customers, especially in the rural areas will enjoy unfettered access to banking services. “As at today, we have about 106 approved agents across the country and already, the services are available at SabongidaOra (Evbiobe)-Edo State, Sabon Gari (Kano), Mirinjibi (Kaduna), Barnawa (Kaduna), Yaba (Lagos) and Ikoyi (Lagos)”. “It’s simply convenient, affordable and several NIPOST locations nationwide have been earmarked to feature actively in this initiative.” “Nigerians now have the opportunity to take full advantage of this partnership to enjoy the bouquet of Financial Services across the country.” Odusanya concluded. EC EKOCITYMAGAZINE.COM | 41
Senate reintroduces Electoral Act to override Buhari’s veto assent to the amendment stressing that the legislature infringed on the roles of INEC. Most controversial aspect of the bill is section 25 that seeks to adjust the electoral sequence for the National Assembly elections to hold before the Presidential Election.
he National Assembly has begun plans to override President Muhammadu Buhari’s Veto on a bill to amend the Electoral Act. The planned override continued on Tuesday on the floor of the Senate with the re-introduction of the electoral Act Amendment Bill. Recall that last week, the House of Representatives also reintroduced the bill. President Buhari had refused
The Chairman of the Senate Committee on INEC Suleiman Nazif presented the bill on the floor of the senate and it was adopted by other members of the upper legislative chamber. The bill was passed in the red chamber on the 30th of March 2017 and in the green chamber on the 23rd of January 2018 and harmonized version presented on the 14th of February. However President Muhammadu Buhari on 13th of March wrote to both chambers stating reasons of withholding assent to the bill. According to him, certain sections of the bill would infringe upon the constitutional powers of INEC. EC
Hon. Rita Orji empowers women in Ajegunle By Ephraim Oseji
member of the House of Representatives r e p r e s e nt i n g Ajeromi-Ifelodun Federal Constituency and the chairperson, Diaspora Committee, Hon. Rita Orji, has said that women are vital to the development and growth of the nation’s economy She made this statement during her empowerment of 200 women with soft loans to enable them invest into their various businesses, explaining that she’s making sure no one is left behind in her resolve to bring government down to the grassroots and for the people to enjoy the dividends of democracy.
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According to her, she promised to better the life of the people when she was given the mandate to represent her constituency in 2015 and she thanked God for her achievement so far. The lawmaker said most women in her constituency are petty traders who do not have collateral security to collect loan from the bank and other financial houses, as such she decided to remove that burden to ease their suffering. She urged the people of Ajeromi-Ifelodun local government to continue to support her so as to do more for them in the future. EC
FG Probes Property Owners In highbrow areas of Lagos and Abuja over Tax
he Federal Government has extended its probe of suspected tax evaders with properties in highbrow areas of Lagos and Abuja. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Federal Government had on July 1, 2017, granted tax payers a nine month grace to regularise their tax status under the Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS). A Presidency source told newsmen in Abuja, that the Federal Government through its data mining programme tagged “Project Lighthouse’’ had received documents on property owners across the country from state governments. According to the source, the first set of property owners to come under scrutiny for tax compliance are owners of
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properties in Maitama, Asokoro, Garki ll, Wuse ll in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Also those with properties in Banana Island and its environs, Magodo, Lekki and Ikoyi in Lagos state would be investigated. The source also revealed that the Federal Government was also extending the searchlight to the Northern states, the South East and the South-South regions as the tax records and bank account details of these property owners were presently being reviewed by the team of “Project Lighthouse.” “The extension of the searchlight on these property owners is not unconnected with Illicit Financial Flow (IFF).” Most of these people are diverting their incomes to properties and are not paying
taxes,” the source said. It was further disclosed that some state governments had also provided electronic searchable data base for both individual and corporate property owners. According to the source, the state governments have provided information such as name of owner, plot number, location and Certificate of Occupancy number. The Federal Government had recently vowed to name, shame and prosecute tax evaders from April 1, 2018, after the expiration of the grace period provided by the VAIDs programme. Under the VAIDS programme, state governments will be major beneficiaries of the programme as after the recovery, the money will go to the states. This is why the states are co-operating with the Federal Government on the scheme. EC
Ogesh Empowerment Initiative Debuts Initiative is a national institution with an international perspective and is dedicated to mobilizing resources and offering financial services to the entrepreneurial poor that have little or no access to conventional forms of financial services. The organization operates as a viable institution by hinging its services and operations on global best practice approaches perfected by ASA Bangladesh, a global market leader in providing microfinance services and introduced to Nigeria through the UNDP Assisted MicroStart Programme. She listed their products under the following categories
gesh Empowerment Initiative, a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) founded in February 2018, and registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) Certificate, to provide financial services has opened its door for business with a view to empowering the active poor engaged in small trading business, table-top and micro productive activities in many parts of the country.
Micro Loan - The product is designed for economically active poor to create selfemployment businesses that can make them selfreliant. The first stage of the loan is Forty Thousand Naira (N40, 000) and attracts a 15% service charge and both loan and interest are repayable in equal installments over a 23 weeks repayment period. Savings - We bring a savings culture to our members. The minimum weekly savings installment is N200. This product is helping the members to build their own capital over time. Members are free to withdraw their savings after they have finished paying their Loan without any hindrance. Small Business Loans - We provide Festival Loan to our deserving clients. The loan volume ranges from N50,000 to N100,000 and it attracts 12%. It is accessible to every member that has successfully graduated to the third stage of the small loan cycle. We no longer restrict the disbursement of the loan to festive periods but it is given to enable client members to benefit from the high business activities that may occur at any time during the year.
Speaking at the formal opening of the organisation, the Managing Director, Mrs. Florence onwuemene noted that the initiative is the result of the strong commitment of a group of microfinance practitioners to building a vibrant and high growth organization that will play a leading role in improving access to financial services for the poor. It is a membership organization which implements a radical action programme through a range of financial services delivered to the door step of its EC any Asset Loan - We help our members also to buy members. type of household equipment at a convenient and She further reiterated thatb Ogesh Empowerment affordable price and at any time in the year. EKOCITYMAGAZINE.COM | 45
Zuckerberg ‘Reputation and Image are Badly Damaged’
ark Zuckerberg rose to wealth and fame with a mission of connecting everyone through Facebook, but now faces the wrath of users outraged he isn’t doing more to defend their data. “If Facebook was a typical company, and Zuckerberg was the founder, he would probably be gone,” said tech industry analyst Rob Enderle of Enderle Group. “He looks like a guy who really doesn’t know what he is doing. He is not the hero that a lot of people had viewed him as; his reputation and image are badly damaged.” Facebook has prospered on digital advertising that benefits from being able to use what people share about themselves to target ads. If Facebook was betting on people’s better natures when it came to truthfully sharing, respecting others, and being able to connect with anyone, it wasn’t always a winning wager. The California-based social network has been a flashpoint for controversies about bullying,
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harassment, free speech, extremist propaganda, election meddling, privacy, and more. “They don’t put enough effort into making sure the user is protected and the experience is assured,” analyst Enderle said. “They only care about the advertisers, and the user is basically a digital slave.” A public apology by Zuckerberg failed to quell outrage over the hijacking of personal data from millions of people, as critics demanded that the social media giant go much further to protect user privacy. Belatedly speaking out about the harvesting of Facebook user data by a British firm linked to President Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign, Zuckerberg admitted Wednesday to betraying the trust of its more than two billion users, and promised to “step up.” Vowing to stop data leaking to application makers and to give users more control over their information, he also said he was ready to testify before US lawmakers following — which a powerful congressional committee promptly asked him to do.
Zuckerberg has grown from a Harvard dropout who changed what it means to be social into a billionaire philanthropist bent on shaping a better world for his daughters. Zuckerberg and his doctor wife, Priscilla Chan, have pledged to give away their Facebook fortune to make the world a healthier, happier place for children. “Having kids changes a lot,” Zuckerberg said this week in an interview with CNN. “I used to think that the most important thing to me by far was having the greatest impact across the world as I can; now I just really care about building something my girls are going to grow up and be proud of me for.” Zuckerberg cemented his fortune, and a place in Silicon Valley history, by leading Facebook to a historic Wall Street debut in 2012. The $16 billion IPO was structured to keep control of Facebook in the hands of Zuckerberg, who has been Time’s “Person of the Year” and cracked the Forbes list of 20 richest people in the world. The hoodie-wearing 33-yearold, depicted in the Hollywood
SPORT drama “The Social Network” as a socially challenged computer geek, has evolved into a confident chief executive. Zuckerberg still favors t-shirts, jeans and sneakers, topped off by his trademark hooded sweatshirt and a mop of curly hair. He is known for setting annual goals, which have included wearing ties every day; only eating meat of animals he kills himself; and learning to speak Chinese. His personal goal this year is to fix Facebook, making sure it fosters realworld community. – ‘The facebook’ – Born on May 14, 1984, Zuckerberg was raised in Dobbs Ferry outside New York, one of four children of a dentist father and a psychiatrist mother. He began writing computer programmes at the age of 11, including one said to resemble Pandora’s musical taste programmes which reportedly drew the interest of AOL and Microsoft. He went to high school at the prestigious Phillips Exeter Academy, where he was captain of the fencing team, before entering elite Harvard University. Zuckerberg launched Thefacebook. com, as it was then known, from his dorm room on February 4, 2004 with some of his roommates and classmates. Facebook’s early years were not without controversy, however. In 2008, a $65 million settlement was reached with three Harvard classmates — twins Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss, and Divya Narendra — over their charges that Zuckerberg had stolen the idea for Facebook from them. The conflict was at the heart of “The Social Network,” the Oscar-winning film written by Aaron Sorkin and directed by David Fincher. Zuckerberg left Harvard in May 2004 for Silicon Valley, where he received his first major funding — $500,000 — from PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel. He has been referred to by some as being struck in the mold of late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. Zuckerberg has praised Jobs as a friend and a role model. EC
150 young Nigerians to contest first ever Standing Competition in Lagos
o fewer than 150 young Nigerians are expected to contest in the first ever standing competition billed to take place in May in Lagos. The competition tagged: “The Last Man Standing” is aimed at setting a world record of the longest time stood by any human being on earth. Edmund Tawiyah, the National Coordinator, Last Man Standing Competition, Nigeria, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Lagos that 150 young Nigerians were expected to contest in the competition. NAN reports that young Nigerians, males and females, from the ages of 18 to 45, who have good health status, can participate in the contest. According to Tawiyah, the winner will receive a brand new SUV, as well as the first ever Medal of Resilience to be awarded by a top ranking officer in the Nigerian Army. “This competition is expected to identify resilient young men and women. “One hundred and fifty young Nigerians will stand literally in an open space all day, all night, come rain come shine, for a minimum of five days and maximum of seven days. “This will be until the toughest and most resilient of them all emerges as the Last Man Standing 2018. “During the competition, contestants can walk around within the arena, dance, have conversations with fellow contestants. “But, there will be no sitting, no leaning, no squatting or pharmaceutical aid,” he said. On the goals of the competition, Tawiyah told NAN: “We want to instill belief in the Nigerian youth toward facing their life goals through strength, character and resilience. EC EKOCITYMAGAZINE.COM | 47
At Easter: Clerics chart way forward for Nigeria Advise Christians to be steadfast By Sam Nwaoko the family, through the inculcation of values and virtues of truth, fairness, selflessness, justice, among others, in youths.”
s Christians within and beyond Nigeria celebrate Christ’s resurrection at Easter, in spite of general economic challenges, Christians across the country have restated their determination to uphold the essence of the celebration. Also, clerics have called on people to be hopeful, in the spirit of the season. Dean Emeritus, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Diocesan Bishop of Lagos, The Most Reverend Dr. Ephraim Adebola Ademowo, has called on Nigerians to see the country as one worth sacrificing for. He stated this in his Easter message, in which he urged leaders to put the country first in their dealings, noting that citizens must be “God-fearing, hardworking and responsible.” He said: “The blessing of Easter and the message of Easter combine to encourage us to live courageously from day to day, doing great things
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with and in Christ. None of our situations are strange to Christ; Nigeria’s situation is not strange to Him. The story of our life, whether tragic or comic, is like a bud with bitter taste which will end up with the sweetness and blossom of the flower. “Our values, our attitudes can be revived while solutions should be provided to the socio-economic crises, insecurity, wrong perception of ourselves and other evil vices plaguing our nation. “Majorly, all Nigerians must play their parts in being good citizens. We must be God-fearing, hardworking and responsible as citizens. We should begin to see Nigeria as a country worth sacrificing for. There is the need to restore our values. We have sacrificed our value system on the altar of greed, indiscipline, selfishness and insatiable craze for material wealth acquisition. National rebirth must begin with
He also called for urgent efforts to address herdsmen’s clashes with farmers. “Governors, especially in the affected states, must begin to take the bull by the horn, by enacting anti-open grazing laws and meeting with stakeholders in order to promote and begin the enforcement of such laws. It would also not be out of place to legally set up or empower local structures of security so as to enhance the protection of the lives and property of hardworking law-abiding citizens. All that has just been said brings to light the necessity of state policing and true federalism. It is only in this way that true protection and solicitude for citizens can be guaranteed,” he stated. Let lessons of Lent resonate throughout lifetime - Most Revd Abidoye Christians in the country have been advised to allow the lessons of almsgiving, prayer and righteousness, as exhibited during the Lenten period, continue to resonate in their lives. Spiritual Father and Chairman of Cherubim and Seraphim Movement Church worldwide, Most Reverend Prophet Dr Samuel Adefila Abidoye, made the call in a statement issued at the church’s international headquarters, Galilee Land, Orile-Igbon, Oyo State, to congratulate Christians on the completion of the Lenten period. EC
Top 10 Fashion Designers in Nigerian Nigeria is a fashion powerhouse not only on the African continent, but globally. Numerous Nigerian fashion designers have won accolades for their exemplary work and roles in showcasing the Nigerian spirit, culture, and diversity.
Folake Folarinâ€“Coker Folake Folarin-Coker is the founder of Tiffany Amber, a world-famous iconic label whose journey began in Lagos in 1998. Born in Lagos, she did her schooling in Europe (England, Scotland and Switzerland), where she got an opportunity to interact and engage with various cultures while still at a young age. Interestingly, she has a Masterâ€™s Degree in Petroleum Law from Switzerland, but as fate would have it, her insatiable passion for fashion led her into fashion design. Her curiosity for cultures steered her love and interest to focus on unique fashion designs that appeal to women of various tastes and preferences. EKOCITYMAGAZINE.COM | 50
Duro Olowu London-based, Nigerian born, Duro Olowu, shares both Nigerian and Jamaican roots and is a household name in both the Nigerian and global fashion industry. He is, undoubtedly, a well-respected Nigerian fashion design personality, famous for his unique and colorful African prints. Heâ€™s super talented in working with patterns, and his designs incorporate the rich culture, spirit, and diversity of the Nigerian people.
Deola Sagoe Deola Sagoe is a renowned Nigerian fashion designer, entrepreneur and founder of The House of Deola Sagoe. Her unique approach of designing lively and colorful prints has earned her a global following including notable personalities such as Oprah Winfrey and Will Smith, who have recognized her for her celebration of African prints. Having launched her career in 1989, Sagoe has a Masters Degree in Finance and Management and has studied at both University of Lagos and University of Miami. She is a woman with many layers and this is reflected in her multilayered designs. Her signature designs, Attitude and Elegance, draw their inspiration from fabrics with a traditional Nigerian touch and western aesthetics.
Lisa Folawiyo Lisa Folawiyo is a selfmade Nigerian fashion designer who is famous for the way she creatively fuses traditional West African fabrics with modern tailoring techniques. She is known for her label, Jewel by Lisa, which she launched in 2005, and has since grown to become a global fashion brand with showrooms in New York and Nigeria. EKOCITYMAGAZINE.COM | 51
Soares Anthony Soares Anthony is a young, energetic, and talented fashion designer who focuses on his men’s clothing line, Soares Anthony. His work draws inspiration from local Nigerian fabrics coupled with Japanese tailoring designs. His designs are masculine, yet modern and trendy by way of transforming an ordinary look into a sophisticated design that embraces elegance.
Lola Faturoti Lola Faturoti is a Nigerian-born, New York-based fashion designer with extensive experience and renowned international repute. Faturoti, who hails from Ondo State, went on to school in London before moving to New York in the early 1990s. Her fashion journey began from childhood when she helped her grandmother, who was also a fashion designer. EKOCITYMAGAZINE.COM | 52
Frank Oshodi is a perfect presentation of how Nigerian cultural diversity has been embraced in unique fashion design trends. With extensive industry experience spanning over 25 years, Oshodi began his career as a model and was employed by top household fashion houses, such as Dakova and Nikki Africana. He also worked on popular TV commercials such as Maclean’s before rising in the ranks to become a model manager. He went into choreography before finally launching his makeup label, House of Bunor and Fashion Designing. His big break came when Silverbird hired him to be the designer and makeup artist for Agbani Darego, who was the 2001 Miss World winner. Since then, Oshodi’s career has continuously rewarded him, enabling him to acquire many clients across the world.
Mai Atafo Zizi Cardow Zizi Cardow is a forerunner in contemporary African fashion, she founded her eponymous haute couture label in 2000, and kickstarted a revolution for African fabrics with a view to globalization. After her debut year in the Nigerian fashion scene, Zizi received the prestigious Designer of the Year award at the NFS (Nigerian Fashion Show). This marked the launch of her designs across the continent, and internationally - in 2001 her clothes were on the runways of South Africa, Italy, France and the UK. In 2002 she staged a top-notch fashion show dubbed ‘’Jungle Renaissance’’ which received rave reviews from both local and international critics. By 2006, Zizi Cardow had become a household name.
Mai Atafo is a well-known Nigerian male bespoke designer. He rose into the limelight after launching his brand, Mai Atafo, which has been successful both on the local scene, as well as global fashion scene. His aim throughout his career has been to uniquely showcase the personality of a confident and elegant Nigerian gentleman. Atafo is a trained IT specialist with a Master’s Degree in Information Systems and Technology from the UK. Atafo’s clothing label has gained popularity while attracting top clientele. He has dressed personalities such as Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria in 2005, Omowunmi Akinnifesi, and I.K. Osakioduwa. In addition, other famous personalities on his list are Mercy Johnson, 2Baba, Waje, Gbenro Ajibade, and Stephanie Okereke.
Ade Bakare Ade Bakare is an established Nigerian fashion designer whose impeccable African designs have caused ripples around the globe. Having been in the fashion industry for two decades, his super elegant designs are popular, making him a household name in both Nigeria and London. His work is a perfect example of female sophistication.
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Advertising can thrive again after the downturn caused by economic recession
The Executive Chairman of Lowe Lintas, will be 60 on April 4. In this interview, Emokpai speaks on issues in the advertising industry.
but, practically, the effects of that recession are still around. Naturally, therefore, advertising budgets are usually the first to go when there are hard times; and as you well observed, a lot of empty billboards are everywhere, although that may be as a result of other factors. Those who are advertising are advertising heavily and those who are not advertising are not. But the bulk of advertising budgets are perhaps on big sponsorship items which are concentrated in a few hands, and, again, advertisers, who can afford regardless of the economic situation, continue to advertise; not that they are many; so there is dearth in that regard which may also be contributing. In terms of the more remote causes, I would like to suggest that problems started a long time ago and the result today is that advertising, as a profession, is not very well respected by clients. Technology has not helped because everybody kind of feel they can do advertising. It is unfortunate. You do not go to see a doctor and tell him of his prescription for you. If you go to the operating theatre and a surgeon is operating on you, you allow him do his job, but our business is one where it is a collaborative business; so you have to discuss with your client and reach your solutions together. Unfortunately through a combination of poor remuneration, poor compensation to agencies declining over the years, the client has become more or less superior in many ways to agencies in terms of their personnel, exposure and training. So we are no longer seen as the experts in whom the client may repose total confidence; that is basically the background to what I think is happening to our industry today.
How do you see the advertising industry today? Speaking about the advertising industry in general, I would say these are not its best days. We had some good times, unfortunately that is in the past now. It is my hope that those good times will come back, because advertising is the life blood of any economy. It is very close to the whole consumer space as you know. It is very close to flow of money. Now, some of the reasons are not far-fetched. In fact, the immediate challenge has been the recession that we entered into not so long ago. Technically, we are out of it, EKOCITYMAGAZINE.COM | 54
You said technology has not helped. Another school of thought believes technology has helped tremendously. Are you saying technology has not contributed in any way to the growth of the ad industry in Nigeria? It has contributed tremendously, but then it is a bit of a double edge sword. Take journalism for example, it is your profession and technology has helped you people greatly in the way you research, prepare your stories. Even as you are here now, you can write your story and send it to your office; it helps in that way. But then you are also challenged by the fact that every man and his dog can now be journalists, that is what I meant by technology has not helped. Technology empowers by its very nature; if it empowers narrowly, it empowers that group. But if
INTERVIEW it empowers broadly, it can challenge any previous seeming monopoly on particular field of expertise, that is what I meant by that. For example, while in the past if you wanted to do decent presentation, you needed to be an agency or have those tools etc., now, tools are available everywhere such that if you are not careful, you go for a presentation to a client, his own response may be better than yours, that is what I meant by challenge of technology, but that is not a very big aspect of it. The bigger problem perhaps stems from technology. It is fragmentation, the agency business used to be a very straight forward model. It was a one-stop shop, for all your needs, your marketing communications needs and your agency was your expert that brought it together. But with fragmentation and increased specialisation, you have one party doing activation, another doing digital, somebody else doing public relations. In fact media and creative work which used to be a key area has been split; if you prepare the work, somebody else places it. So the synergy that once existed because it was coordinated by one brand custodian is longer there, which means that the rich revenue that once attended to a brand within a specific point has been split, and intellectual property is something that is not always easily valued. It seems to come out of thin air, but you forget that resources go into making that intellectual capacity available to you, to generate those solutions. It’s not often regarded, somebody may bid far more easily for concrete or titrate, tangible things that they can see, there are quantities involved, you know the price and there is no discussion, but when it comes to intellectual property, how about cutting it by half or how about paying you per hour, so compensation suffers so badly in that area. And if you are not compensated, how are you going to keep up resources to possibly generate those wonderful durable ideas that keep brands going? You talked about intellectual property. Do you have patent rights to the jobs you do? No. By the nature of our business we do not own creative output, it is bought by clients. Centrally, the only ownership we have in the hands of the client might be a model or celebrity, so they licence the rights for a limited period after which you may no longer use that material. But in terms of the
agency owning intellectual property, no, it’s not a major part of our model. Foreign agency incursion, what is your take on that? My view may not necessarily be a popular one, but I have always believed that playing in the international space, you are playing in a space where there is competition of ideas, and ideas are subjective. You can always measure the quality of tangible goods vis a vis the import and decide, but when it comes to ideas, there are a number of factors in selecting agencies from abroad. Sometimes people feel they do not have that sharp edge that you see with global advertising. To be honest, we are not always able to raise that level in our industry because, as a culture, we tend to be very amenable to cutting corners. We do not always go for the best at any cost; we go for what is just enough often times. We are not encouraged to be daring and that may lead to the perception that ‘agencies here cannot give me what I want’ and some people go hunting outside and the danger of that is that agencies from abroad lack the cultural nuance required to make advertising relevant; so it is a dilemma trying to choose between the two. My answer would be that our agencies should be going back to the issue of respect if we are respected a little more, and we are a little confident in pushing our ideas and also a little more adventurous rather than just getting past what we think client wants, how about pushing a little bit. So if we are able to do that, and up the quality bar I think that will take us a lot nearer where we do not have to talk about made in Nigeria or not made in Nigeria, it’s just evident. There are many brands today in Nigeria today, especially the banking industry that do not lack for quality in terms of comparison to their international counterparts and they are home grown. I think much of that is probably done to throw a challenge to us in the industry, to raise our quality bar so that if you are good enough and really no concession problem we will have less people going abroad. The regulation of outdoor space by the Lagos Signage and Advertising Agency, LASA, was potentially a welcomed development. There were teething problems but I think those are well behind us. I think the phenomenon of empty boards may in fact have more to do with the huge demand that became apparent for outdoor advertising over the years; it became a more favoured part
of the media spectrum because of power issues. When consumers tune to a broadcast station, consumers may not receive signals because they have no light. Overtime advertisers realised that it is more cost effective to shift to outdoor which, of course, led to an increase in demand and therefore to increased pricing. When LASSA came and started to regulate, outdoor advertising went up in terms of cost and dominated ad budget, particularly in Lagos. And it was only a matter of time before it became maybe not cost effective. Look at the Light Emitting Diode, LED, billboard which cost hundreds of billions when they first started, that is also coming down a little bit. So with the advent of technology and advent of digital advertising, the reach is far better and the cost far lower; so many factors account for the vacant billboards. There is dearth of creative personnel in the ad industry. What is your company doing in this respect? The biggest challenge in our industry is finding good creative minds an that has always been the case. But it is not because we lack creative people in Nigeria. Nigerians are very creative. So it is a matter of people who are creative not choosing the advertising industry. It used to be a very glamorous industry, not so much anymore; and there are so many more outlets for creativity now. So it’s now competition for the creative minds that exist. They are better remunerated in other industries than in the ad industry. Nollywood is about creativity, our music, fashion, these are all creative outlets. The few in our industry get poached; so if you are lucky to have them, you have to nurture them and it is not always easy. What do you think the industry should do? I think the celebration of creativity via the Lagos Idea and Advertising Festival, LAIF, is a big step in that direction. Introduced by Eyi Odigbo when he was President of Association of Advertising Agencies of Nigeria, AAAN, it has gone on celebrating creativity. The industry is also trying to address the issue of training. AAAN has established an academy and a few other individuals have also done the same. I think overall the industry will find and train people to the world class level. But it will be a bit of challenge as advertising is not as lucrative as it was before. EC EKOCITYMAGAZINE.COM | 55
Measles: Lagos Takes Step Towards Elimination
hildren are dying needlessly from vaccine preventable diseases namely measles, tuberculosis, diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, poliomyelitis and yellow fever because parents and caregiver are uninformed about the importance of this very simple act of immunisation to the health status of their children. It is sad to note that half of these deaths occurred in subSaharan Africa and Nigeria accounts for a significant proportion of these preventable childhood deaths Measles is one of the six childhood killer diseases that can be prevented through complete and effective vaccination. The symptoms and signs of measles infection include fever, running nose, sneezing, skin rashes that start from the head and spreads to other parts of the body, ulcers in the mouth, etc. Complications of Measles infection include swelling of the brain tissue (encephalitis), ear infection, chest infections, blindness and even death. Remarkable progress has been made in the prevention of measles
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infection and its attendant complications through measles vaccination. The success story on the reduction of childhood deaths recorded worldwide from the late 1990s and year 2008 has been largely due to improved supplemental immunisation activities. World over, the emphasis have been on making sure every children completes routine immunisation schedule before the age of one year; and equally take advantage of supplemental immunisation doses like measles vaccines. Measles is a highly contagious viral illness transmitted through air droplets and with higher fatality rate amongst children who are under the age of five years in view of their vulnerability. Measles infection is deadly and all care givers must ensure that their children from nine to 59 months of age take the vaccination against measles during this campaign. It is in making sure children in Lagos are measles free that the government is holding the 2018
Measles Immunisation Campaign to provide both initial and follow up opportunities will be in two streams. According to the Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Primary Health Care, Dr. Olufemi Onanuga, the first stream starts March 15th – 22nd in Alimosho, Agege, Ajeromi, Amuwo, Epe, Ikorodu, Lagos Island, Lagos Mainland, Mushin, Ojo. Adding that the second Stream- holding between 22nd – 29th March, 2018 will take place in Apapa, Badagry, Ikeja, Kosofe, Somolu, Ifako – Ijaiye, Oshodi-Isolo, Surulere, Ibeju-Lekki and Etiosa. “The overall goal of Measles Vaccination Campaign in Lagos State is to reduce childhood mortality and morbidity from Measles infection among children aged nine months to five years. And the commitment of the Ambode-led administration to this preventive healthcare endeavour is total, given its mandate of preserving, protecting and restoring the health of Lagosians,” Onanuga said. “The main objective of the campaign
HEALTH is to immunise at least 95 per cent(3.6 million children) eligible children with Measles antigens in all the 20 LGAs and 37 LCDAs, irrespective of their previous immunization status. “It is important that all children aged nine months and five years receive an extra dose during this campaign, irrespective of their previous Measles immunisation status. It is therefore crucial for all of us to prevent children dying from this deadly disease by ensuring they receive a dose of measles immunisation during this campaign period. Measles vaccine is safe for all children even if the child has common illness, such as diarrhea, malaria or if the child is malnourished,” he added. He said two types of vaccination post will be used for the Measles vaccination campaign Fixed Post and Temporary Fixed Post, adding that the Fixed Vaccination Posts were located at permanent health facilities where immunisation will be provided throughout the day for all the days of the campaign. “The posts will also serve as depots for storage and distribution of vaccine and other supplies to other fixed sites and mobile teams. “The Temporary Fixed Vaccination Posts will be located at selected points at the communities such as public/private schools, mosques/ churches, town halls, houses of
traditional leaders, bus stops or terminals/motor parks, streets and markets, and hard-to-reach areas and border communities (local and international). Immunisation will be provided at these sites for either the duration of the campaign or partially, depending on the population density,” he said. According to him, the mobilisers will encourage the eligible children in houses to visit the immunisation posts for Measles vaccine and the other antigens. The operations will be between the hours of 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily at all designated posts. He said to ensure the success of this year’s Measles vaccination campaign, many refresher trainings have been conducted to prepare healthcare providers at all levels of care, adding that series of social mobilisation activities such as radio jingles and media appearances have been implemented. “Intergovernmental collaborations are being strengthened. The Local Government Areas social mobilisers have also been moving within the communities to sensitise and mobilise the citizenry effectively. Specifically, town announcements; community dialogues; mosque/church announcements; sensitisations with schools; and advocacy meetings with LGA Chairmen, Ward Councillors, Supervisory Councillors for Health, and key traditional and religious leaders have been and are being carried
out. International partners such as UNICEF, Japanese International Cooperation (JICA) amongst others have also augmented the creation of the needed awareness at the community level. The role of the Federal Ministry of Health and NPHCDA in giving direction and fervour to this endeavour cannot be overemphasised; The Lagos State Primary Healthcare Board as well as the State Ministry of Health also have all hands on deck in ensuring a successful exercise. The roles of other partners such as the Rotary International in ensuring success of this campaign are also acknowledged. In addition, state technical facilitators and independent monitors to provide technical assistance and supervisory support on the field are equally on ground. Machineries have also been put in place to ensure effective monitoring at all levels by all the stakeholders.” He said in Lagos State, tremendous progress has been made, of late, in the drive to drastically reduce the incidence of Measles and its attendant morbidity/mortality. “Every parent and caregiver are therefore enjoined to ensure that all their children between the age of nine months up to five years are taken to the health posts or designated posts for the Measles vaccination. The service is free! The vaccine is safe and effective, and is to be administered to the children irrespective of their previous immunisation status,” he added. EC
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Access to capital is the biggest entrepreneur Challeng in Nigeria Sayâ€™s MR. ADEOYE FLOURISH
Can we meet you Sir? My name is Adeyemi Ade Flourish Adeoye I was born in Lagos, my parents are from Osun, Iwo precisely. I attended primary school in Mushin and Iyana Ipaja and my secondary school at Abeokuta. I attended university of Ilorin and Western African University. I'm married to Mrs. Esther Oluwatohun Ade flourish and our marriage is blessed with three children, Excel, Flourish and Gods best respectively. Whar are the key element to your success? Permit me to be religious. I'm somebody that believe in help from above. I believe in grace. i believe in power of God and if i look at the journey of my life, i see God stepping in for me at every point in time. Looking at my background as a physiologist by qualification, i ended up being a classroom teacher of biology, integrated science and agriculture in a secondary school in Agbado Ijaye but as God will have it, he gave me this orientation at a EKOCITYMAGAZINE.COM | 58
particular time in my life, that i was able to sit down and analyze my life and saw the mistakes that i have made, and from that point, my orientation changed to that of whatever you find your hand doing, do it well. So, as a teacher, I was not doing the teaching job as just a job. I taugh as if everything depended on teaching. I was putting in that extra effort. And people saw the efforts of my hands and attested to it positively and God saw my efforts too. I think that was were the connection came from. However, a friend of mine was to come and manage a factory in Ajah, he recommended me as a matter of fact. He insisted that if i was not employed, he wasn't going to come. That was how i left my teaching job to come into the water industry as marketing manager before i was made the general manager. My mindset and orientation never changed as the promotion kept coming in. My mindset which is 'whatever you find your hand doing, do it well'. But in all this, i see myself as a product of grace because it's not all about hard
work. It's not all about personal input but that divine input. That's grace. It makes that personal input to stand out. That's how i found myself in this industry about 14 years ago. And by the grace of God, it has been a success story so far, i said to myself at some point in time that whatever is worth doing, is worth doing well. When I was in school, physiology wasn't my primary interest of study. I wanted to be a medical doctor. We refer to ourselves as JAMB wounded, because we didn't meet up the average, therefore, they will give you alternative course which is your second choice. That was how i saw myself studying physiology against medicine and surgery which was my dreamed course. Up on till my third year, i was still writing JAMB believing I will still land myself into medicine and surgery. After my third trial in my year three, i had to cede. However, my quest for medicine and surgery made me to become nonchalant to lectures in the physiology department where i found myself. It really affected my Grade Point(GP). As at that level, three hundred level, to work on your GP becomes literally impossible. After my service year, as a normal ritual, scouting for job becomes the child of necessity. When i give out my CV, the next question is, what your course of study is, once i said physiology people tend to see it as a petty course, most times they tend to call it philosophy. Until i secured employment as s class teacher. At that time, i felt bad, i accessed myself, questioning why i didn't give in my best to that physiology and that made me to bag a low grade. This meditation gave room to a new orientation. Henceforth, anything i'm doing, i do it perfectly well. It became my motto. As a teacher, i didn't just teach as a normal teacher, i taught as if everything depends on teaching. In the water industry, I gave in all my best. With the lessons of the mistakes of yesterday, i ensured that i give in my best. With this mindset, good result was inevitable.
INTERVIEW How many years did you work as the manager? I managed other peoples company for eight years. I worked as s consultant for a year. A time came when i became too big to be employed in the industry and the best option at that time was to consult for people. I wanted to go into the company. I had that ambition to start my own but i was constrained because of limited knowledge. I was of the opinion of landing a big job that will earn me a reasonable salary which i will use in starting up my own company. This was my plan until someone i consulted for opened my eyes that i have the onions to start up a consulting firm and make a good money for myself. It was from that client i got that idea. My contact with that client was an 'eye opener'. Hence, i started with the limited capital i had. What is actally needed to start up in the water industry? To start with, it's imperative to note, that capital intensiveness is dependent on individual. To a retiree, is about 10 to 20 million naira of benefit, if that's what he want, it's not enough to start too. To a determined mind whose primary goal is that survival instinct, i can tell you that three million can start. So, it all depends on the grounds you are looking at it from. I had a lot of obstacles i had to cross. Fear of failure which every entrepreneur have to deal with during start up stage, didn't fail to set in during this time. By the time i was able to overcome that, my mind was strong that i have conquered that fear. I was ready to start but the resources wasn't there. I was only hoping on miracle to land a big job from where i will get money. But on resorting to that the idea i got, i didn't wait to have such big amount of money before i start. Then, i now had to change my orientation to that of an entrepreneur that can't be defeated by whatever obstacle, even resources. If someone has this entrepreneurial mindset, nothing will stand against their way. Once you develop this mindset, you begin to win the war from there. You will learn how to cut your coat according to your cloth. By this I mean maximizing the available resources of which may not be enough for somebody in another class. I may not have the correct answer for the capital intensiveness of the business, but I think is dependent. The mindset of the investor is what makes the
difference. How long have established House of Flourish Limited ? March 31, 2013 was when this company started, we would be five years on march 31, 2018. What are the challenges so far? Access to capital is a major problem in this country. If you want to access any facility, the best you can get is from finance houses or micro finance which gives loan at a 4% flat per month which amounts to about 48% per annum. That's killing for any business. Itâ€™s toxic working with that rate. Amidst finance, we have other challenges ranging from power supply to government policies cum agencies. Most of the equipments we have can't be used religiously because of epileptic power supply. In a day, you can only boast of 4 to 5 hours light which is normally brought in the night when every production has been shot down. We majorly rely on generators to power the company and that eats a lot into our profit margin. The government agencies are another challenge we face. Permit me to say, I think a lot of our leaders are hypocrites. They give you something with one hand and collect it back with the other hand. What do i mean by that? During their electoral campaigns, they promised to create employment whereas they are the ones killing the industries which are the creators of labour. They do this through their regulations. In the name of compliance, duplication if not multiplication of government agencies and all of them you have charges and dues to pay them. In the name of compliance, they make life difficult for the industries, which limits the growth of the industry. The aspect of tax is something else. I think there should be a legislation, which will protect infant industries from paying tax. Infant in the sense that they haven't spanned upto 10 years. Such legislation will give them a favourable environment to thrive and grow and while growing, the economy of the country grows as well. Itâ€™s like a parent that's expecting a sixteen years old child to pay back what they have invested in that child. Unless you want that child to go into prostitution or robbery. You don't expect a child that's in school to start fending for the family. That's the mentality of the government to this infant industries. Such legislation
will give preference to these infant industries there by encouraging them to grow. In the name of regulations, the government have turned to jackals trying to squeeze life out of these companies. How Supportive is ATWAP Lagos? In my own opinion, until now whereby you have a right thinking administrator or chairman of the Lagos State chapter of the Association of Table Water Producers, it has been a case of tyranny, use of veto power by the umpires of this association. The constitution of Nigeria says that you have the right to belong to any association. However, if you want to belong to an association, there are questions which you have to answer in other to ascertain your position. You have to know what you stand to gain or what you stand to loose. After weighing your variables, on your own you can decide if it's favourable to belong or not. The choices is yours to make. But in situations where you are been compelled, it infringes on your constitutional rights. In as much as we go against autocratic rule, military rule or dictatorship, we cannot be dictators in our homes or in our own little capacity. Permit me to use the world little capacity. Somebody will tell you that they frown at dictators trying to dictate the polity but of a truth, in their little way, in their businesses, in their small authority or positions they occupy, they are dictators at heart. Whereby you are not given any advantage that if you belong to the association rather it's a case of do or die. Itâ€™s either you join us or we make life difficult for you. But the trend has changed, we now have a leadership, especially in Lagos State chapter in the person of Alhaji Adeoye Yisau Oladapo, whereby for the first time, we have seen a man that carries everybody along. Alhaji Yisau, wants to see everyone's view before coming to a conclusion about the best way to go about the water industry in Lagos State. Beforehand, it was a dictatorial administrations, but Alhaji Yisau has been touring all the zones in Lagos State. He has visited virtually all the factories in Lagos State and by that virtue he has been able to articulate all the different problems peculiar to different zones. Problems you have in Ibeju-Lekki is not the same in Ojo, they are different. How do you apply same rule to different problems? It's not possible to get a positive results. What this man has been able to do, EKOCITYMAGAZINE.COM | 59
INTERVIEW is to go around, listen to people's opinion and reconcile the differences. In the bid of nipping the problems and proffering long lasting solutions. I believe in the faith of his leadership and believe that he would bring a lasting solution to the problems Association of Table Water Producers in Lagos State is saddled with. What are your Success factor ? Your leadership model is what makes the difference. I term it 'Kajola'. Kajola is a Yoruba word which means commonwealth or succeeding together. There's no way you can say you can make it all alone. You need synergy. You need cooperation of people in other to arrive at your destination. And there's no way people will support your vision or goal if they are not Incorporated in that vision. When i sit down and look at my past experience, i tried as much as possible to find out where i was not treated well. I had the opportunity to work with the good, the bad and the ugly and putting all these experiences together, i questioned myself, what was it that made me to stick my head out during my managerial work? I understood that leadership model was what made the difference. You don't have to coerce people into working with you, you need not to pressurise your workers to deliver, all you need to do to get the best out of them is to give them sense of belonging. Everyone wants to feel important. If you want an even performance from your followers or workers, give them that feeling of self important. They must believe that you have their interest at heart. If your crux is saddled on the saying "monkey dey work and Baboo dey shop", it means that the leaders are getting fat whereas the followers or workers are getting lean. That's not the kind of mentality i love to see leaders exude. In my own experience, i tried that out, i was of the opinion of the stick and carrot but now i changed my ideas to commonwealth. Let everyone see what's in it for him and you will see that you don't need to put gun on anybodyâ€™s head to get performance. When they know what's in it for them, they work harder to gain more. You let them understand that their destinies are in their hands. Therefore, what gets to you is solely dependent on you. Workers and managers who understands 'system theory', knows that your output is directly proportional to your input. They put EKOCITYMAGAZINE.COM | 60
in their maximum in other to get maximum output as well. In my managerial experience, this leadership approach has worked for me,there's a school of thought that separates a boss from a leader. The boss will be autocratic. Always using the first person singular pronoun,'i'. Everything is all about him. He doesn't consider the interest of his followers or workers. But a leader will go for the collective interest . He makes the team understand that is all about win win syndrome. If we succeed, we all have succeeded. If we fail, we all have failed. The choice is yours to make. Are we succeeding together to enjoy the benefit thereof together? It shouldn't be a case of winner takes it all. When we fail they bear the brunt but when we succeed only you the boss sits at the top of it. But if you cue their mentality into a common interest goal, they will begin to have a new and positive perspective about life. They will start telling themselves that this man will succeed, but in his success is my own success embedded on. Therefore, it gives them a sense of belonging knowing that their leader is not selfcentered. When common interest is the policy thrust of any company, you will witness outpouring performance. permit me to say that such thriving business arena makes me weak. This is because people are doing their job knowing fully well what they stand to gain, hence, making management minimal. No pressure is needed on the side of the workers to perform since is a win win syndrome. The result has been tremendous for the past five years. Is been said that behind every successful man, there is a woman who supports him. How supportive has your wife been? My wife has endured a lot with me. That's why i mentioned earlier about grace. Grace is a help from above. A divine intervention that orchestrates man's life. When i met my wife, something struck me that yes this is my wife. Of course, the journey hasn't been that smooth. We have had our challenges. I can recall vividly when we got
married, the circumstances that hit our boat then. Before i even went into the teaching job, i was a dry cleaner by accident. Accident in the sense that what i wanted to start was what we generally called 'business centre'. But I was only able to afford the telephone and a couple of things. We didn't have other things necessary to start. But we opened the shop were we make phone calls and other things for people. At that time, people were coming because occupant of that shop that time before I took over(rented) happened to be a dry cleaner. They were asking whether I have resumed, i was awed, in response, I asked, resumed, how? They now told me that the person here before used to do laundry services. After sometime, i said to myself, this business centre is not growing, what if i give the laundry a trial since the number of people that calls in for laundry are more than customers that patronize me. After meditating about it, i worked up to my wife, after discussing the development with her. She gave me her assent. She was doing the washing while i was doing the ironing when
INTERVIEW we started. As the new business was garnering momentum, we ran into the same government agency whom was meant to protect my business but ended up ruining my business. On that fateful day, a customer brought his cloth, before he could come back to collect it, people from the local government came and said there were rates and taxes we are meant to pay. It amounts to Sixty thousand naira. The penalty for refusing to pay was to collect our customers clothes. This landed us into problem and it led to closure of that business and I now delved into teaching. My wife has been supportive from the beginning. Whatever i want to venture into, she always supports me. Before the building of our first house, i told her that i want to go into contribution, she told me to go on, i will support you. For purely two years, i didn't partake in the up keep of that house. She was the one fending for the house for that two years. Up till now, she's my number one supporter. Anytime i want to venture into anything, i will just call her, please the tide will be rough. I'm not God but please this is what i want to do. Once i have her yes, that's all i need to go ahead. I give it to her. She's my backbone. Have you had any regret in your life? Yes, the only regret which i have experienced thus far in life was when i told you earlier my ordeal during my university days. How i treated my course with kids glove believing that i will get admission to study medicine and surgery. I learnt from that lesson. The lesson changed my attitude towards life . At that point , i found out that i made a terrible mistake. I told myself that moving forward it will not happen again. Having underscored your mistake Sir, how were you able to move on with your life? To make up for the lapses i got engulfed with at the beginning, i had to work on myself to ensure such mistake doesn't set in. There's a friend of mine, a lawyer. He told me recently that 'even if you ended up being a medical doctor, maybe you wouldn't have had this amount of fulfilment'. So, i looked back and said, 'i think it was the handwork of the Lord, He arranged my life that way'. But to make sure i don't have that sense of failure, i made sure i got other degree upto the masters level now. I still believe that i will still go further. Knowledge they
say is power. The more knowledge you have, the better you are informed. I think academic wise, i'm fulfilled and happy. Business and other wise, it has been good. Having recorded a laudable success in the business sector, do you have any plan of entering into politics? Unfortunately no. I'm not a political person. Things may change. Permit me to say that i recently told my friend and mentor Mr Fela Dorotoye that Nigeria is not ready for people with his padidegred quite unforunate but i prayhe succeeds to Nigeria on the right track. If you look at history, countries like America didn't get to where they are over night. Development is not rocket science. It's not as if i'm hopeless but it's just a case of timing. However, we never can tell. I'm not God. God will not want to work with hypocrites. If by chance that Nigeria is able to get what i called, 'double promotion', and people of such pedigree and calibre are able to come into politics, Nigerian development won't be far reached. Not the kind of politicians we have now, where you have money flying here and there, where you have character and physical assassination and Godfatherism and rest of them still predominant. It's not this kind of political scene that I would love to get myself involved with. But, if politics change in Nigeria before i'm 55, when i still believe that the energy is still there. Reasons behind this ideology is that after my assessment, i don't think anybody above 55 should run for office. This is not because is bad but because of the energy required for performance. But that doesn't dispute the fact that their are exceptional people who can be 65 and they will still be strong. Good and fine but until somebody has the energy, pedigree and right mind to serve the people and not this eat and eat people. A man that doesn't worth more than 50 million naira will go into a political office and after four years, will be amassing wealth of more than 500 million. It's not this kind of politics i want to go into. I believe in service to humanity. I believe in a saying that says that, 'the will of the majority is the supreme law'. Unlike the crop of leaders we have that behave in the few getting fat and the majority getting lean. That's why i don't see myself as a political person. I'm not a political person.
What's your Typical daily activity? I start my day with morning devotion with my family after which i move straight away to my office and my time for closing from office depends on if i have church service. If there would be, i will close by 6pm but if there's not, I usually close by 10pm. I'm fortunate that the proximity of my office to my house is very close. Such, that i can dash to the house even when at work to eat, to bond with my family. That's my daily routine. Your advice to an upcoming entrepreneur ? What we need is the right attitude and mindset. permit me to borrow the APC slogan,'Change begins with me'. But unfortunately, we have hypocritical attitudes in the sense that we want to remove the speak in someone's eyes while we have logs in our eyes. We need to change these attitudes by ourselves. Our mentality should be to serve. Be mindful of not making our neighbor to feel bad. Call to service should be our watchdog. Whether i worked or not, i will be paid mentality should be eschewed from our mindset. A call for quality service should be the foundation of our mindset. Once this mindset is created, it will breed a new crop of leaders who are service oriented. My candid advice is, whatever change you want to effect on other people, make sure you have that quality as well. How happy are you knowing fully well that your water in the house of many nigerians? I'm very happy on that side, i'm very happy because a lot of time, i try to feel the pulse of customers by handling the customer care line by myself. To hear their grieves and their complaints guides our policy thrust. When i look at the service we render, i feel fulfilled that i'm contributing to the wellbeing of people's life in my own little capacity. However, i had an experience whereby the association of table water Lagos state chapter went on strike. After sometime, i began to receive calls from people that did i want them to die. That single action made me to understand that this business is very important to the survival of many people out there. It only encouraged me to raise the standard and expand the scope of the business. I think at this stage I feel fulfilled. EC
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Ade Flourish Cool Water celebrates 5 Years of Success with Covenant Praises
he 5th of March, 2018 mark an historical day for Flourish Cool Portable Water situated at Ogunfayo Community under Ibeju Lekki L.G.A as they celebrate 5 years anniversary of success and launching of her new factory building to support the existing one, it was indeed an atmosphere of fun for all the attendees. In the bid to thank God for His mercies and kindness towards his business and family, the CEO of Flourish cool water, Mr. Adeoye Flourish, organized a thanksgiving programme tagged "1st Covenant Day of Praise". According to Mr. Flourish, "i entered into a covenant with God during my trial times in this business. I promised God that if He blesses me that every year I will be organizing thanksgiving program in honor of his mercies and love upon flourish cool water and my family". In the path of fulfilling my own part of the covenant, resulted in what you are witnessing this day. I'm blown away with joy. I'm excited that this
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day came to fruition. God fulfilled his own part of the covenant long ago. He's a covenant keeping God, he said. This covenant was entered in 2013, thatâ€™s, is 5 years already. God has done wonderful and nighty things in my life. Holy is His name. This program will be held every year, he added. The chairman of Lagos State Table Water Producers Association, Alhaji Adeoye, while commissioning the new industrial edifice of Flourish cool water, commended the personality of the celebrant. If you talk of one of the committed members of this association, Mr. Flourish has outstanding personality. He maintains the ethics of this noble industry. I have known him for barely twelve months, I must tell you that he's a role model. His managerial model is epic. One of the dignitary who honored the celebration while registering his satisfaction, Mr. Abiodun Fawumi the CEO of Ekocity Media, lauded the achievements and personality of the celebrant. We both worked
together at 'Apno Water' where Mr. Flourish was the marketing manager and his noble self was the admin. He exuded superfluous marketing strategy that within couple of months gained him the General Manager of the company. He knows his onions and he is focused. A lot of activities spiced up the covenant program as many gospel artists such as Precious Samuel, Leviticus crew, Bayo praise, and a host of other artists and drama groups performed on stage. The opening prayer was anchored by Pastor. Sunday while the chapel dedication was led by Apostle. Abraham. Mr. Flourish during the course of the programme, appreciated his outstanding staff by giving them several awards on the scale of honesty, loyalty, dedication and commitment. He appreciated everyone who honored his invitation and prayed for journey mercy. EC
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Buhari, Osibanjo and Ambode rains torrent of encomium on Tinubu during his 10th Colloquium Commemoration
agos State went agog for the tenth edition of Bola Tinubu Colloquium commemoration.
The yearly event, usually attended by dignitaries from home and abroad, is held in commemoration of the birthday of former Lagos State Governor and All Progressive Congress Party National leader , Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinibu. Although Asiwaju Tinubu's 66th birthday comes up on March 29, the Colloquium ritual which has spanned for a decade holds on march 28, a day before the D-day to commemorate his birthday. The Colloquium is more of a national meeting cum seminar usually anchored by captains in diverse industries, business moguls, politicians, philanthropist geared towards national development.
Thursday took turns to eulogise the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as he clocked 66. Speaking at the 10th Bola Ahmed Tinubu Colloquium, organised to commemorate the former Lagos Governor's birthday, President Buhari described Tinubu as a political patriot who has over the years invested in building people and creating future leaders of tomorrow. "I call on Nigerians to join me to celebrate Asiwaju, a man who is widely known as a political strategist and I have come to see him as a man who cares about people and is a fountain of ideas for the economy and for the common man and woman. He is a true democrat and we appreciate his contribution for Nigeriaâ€™s capital progress.
Ditto the 9th colloquium, "Use what we make, make what we use", the 10th colloquium had as it's theme "Investing in people".
"Asiwaju has invested in people because he believes that tomorrow will be better than today and good will one day triumph over evil," Buhari said.
Nigeria's President, Muhammadu Buhari, his Vice, Professor Yemi Osinbajo and Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on
Commending the Colloquium and theme, 'Investing apt, the President
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concept of the describing the In People' as said the Federal
Government over the last two years had initiated programmes and policies that have made direct impact on the people, adding that the nation can only grow when government invests in its people. Also speaking, Professor Osinbajo said he was proud to have garnered experience in public service under the tutelage of Tinubu when he was Governor of Lagos State, noting that it was during that period the foundation of development currently ongoing in Lagos was laid. He particular alluded to the concept of the Land Use Charge which Tinubu's administration initiated, saying that despite the challenges and dissenting voices, he (Tinubu) successfully defended, a move which, according to him, made Lagos better for it. "When we introduced the Land Use Charge, which was the foundation of the development we see in Lagos today, some of us believed that it should not be introduced at all, others believed it should be introduced. I remember we were having a meeting in a small room, Asiwaju, myself, Yemi Cardoso, Wale Edun and some others and the argument got so heated that Asiwaju asked us if we
were the ones the people elected. “He stormed out of the room and we did not leave, we stayed there. After some minutes, he came back into the room and asked us why we were still there. Then we continued the discussion. In the end, we developed that law and it has become part of the success story in Lagos. This showed that Asiwaju is one leader who allows people to develop ideas,” Osinbajo explained. The Vice President who also presented a discuss on the topic, ‘Linking the Philosophy To Governance and Commitment’, also described Tinubu as a “fighter and a champion of people- oriented courses. In his welcome address, Governor Ambode said Tinubu's era as Governor of Lagos from 1999 to 2007 showed the depth of his governance capacity, adding that he has over the years sustained his relevance in the nation's polity. "After his gubernatorial years, he has continued to show pivotal leadership, particularly on the national stage. It is not for nothing that he is acknowledged for his defining role in the emergence of a progressive political party in Nigeria," the Governor said. He said there was no better birthday present that his friends and well
wishers could give to him as befitting as what the theme of this year’s colloquium epitomized, saying that Tinubu’s legacy was built around his capacity to invest in people. “The theme of this year’s colloquium is “Investing in People”. Whether it is called human capital development or people-centric investment, the meaning is clear enough and its importance is undeniable. For us on the political landscape, it may well be the greatest governance challenge. Creating highly impactful programs and policies for our people is my simple understanding of good governance. At the end of the day, the level of investment on our people will determine our future sustenance as a Nation always. “Look around you, there are only a few people that can match his (Tinubu) unquestionable thirst to invest in people. It goes without any gainsaying that, I join numerous others seated here or outside, that have gained in the investment Asiwaju has made on people. I am grateful for that,” Governor Ambode said. He said the colloquium was not just a talk shop, but a veritable platform for the generation of ideas by all stakeholders on the need to invest in people, adding that the ultimate objective and expectation is for the forum to avail policy makers at
all levels of government new ideas and perspectives and to enrich the process of policy formulation, design and implementation. Besides, Governor Ambode thanked President Buhari for the support to the State and gracing the occasion as part of his activities to mark his twoday official visit to Lagos, just as he expressed optimism that the historic visit would be more beneficial to the State on the long run. In his response, Tinubu thanked President Buhari and the host of dignitaries including several Governors, members of the National Assembly, Ministers, members of the diplomatic corps, among other stakeholders for finding time to grace the occasion, saying that he was highly honoured by their presence. Tinubu, particularly lauded the strides of Governor Ambode, assuring him that he would continue to support his administration as it continues to drive Lagos was on the right path of economic development. “You (Governor Ambode) have been exceptionally committed to the progress and economic development of Lagos state and I can only say thank you. The act of many good jobs is more work and after beautiful challenges is more success. Work hard at it; we are in the booth together,” Tinubu said. EC
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Serviced Apartments! An emerging new trend in Lagos!
serviced apartment, also known as an extended stay apartment is a fully furnished apartment available for short-term or longterm stay, providing hotel-like amenities to clients like corporate organizations, who frequently use serviced apartments to host professionals who may be on local or international work assignments. Although serviced apartments are mostly for temporary accommodation and EKOCITYMAGAZINE.COM | 66
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primarily occupied by business executives, they are also available to the general public such as families, couples or friends looking to getaway in a home away from home environment. These apartments offer facilities much like a traditional hotel but provide more space, convenience and privacy. They have private cooking facilities, sometimes a kitchenette or most times a full-size kitchen with dishwasher and washing machine, living and sleeping areas that are larger than most standard
rooms, and often having access to gyms, restaurants, meeting space, concierges and other hotel-like services Nigerians are gradually gravitating towards serviced apartments which are a cheaper alternative to hotels as they have more amenities, are easier to maintain and also provide guests looking for temporary accommodation that absolute comfort which makes s life is made easier as problems of power disruptions, security and so on are managed efficiently by
LIVING the facility management on ground. Guests also enjoy the fact that there are no extra bills for housekeeping and security as the apartments mostly come with all-inclusive packages and the top notch ones actually have Chefs and nannies to take care of families and meals. A long list of advantages over hotels include more space, as serviced apartments generally have a separate living and dining area (and even more living spaces if you choose an Luxury or Premium apartment so you’re not just confined to a small bedroom. It provides room to unwind and relax after a long day at work. It also gives a convenient configuration for family or group travel as you can often find apartments with several bedrooms and bathrooms branching off from
one central living area, and this can work well for couples traveling with children or with another couple – everyone has their privacy/space but can still hang out together in the shared lounge room. Apartments are serviced like hotels and still have all the trimmings you’ll find in a standard hotel building, such as a pool, gym, conference center, restaurants and concierge – so you don’t have to sacrifice any amenities and yet serviced apartments will often work out cheaper than an equivalent hotel, and while some will require you to book for a month or a week to get a good deal, others still offer great rates for a stay of just a few nights. The fact that you can also cook your own meals can help you save even more money and the
longer you and your colleagues stay, the cheaper it becomes – perfect for business travel which can require lengthy stays. Lengthy stays in hotel rooms can cripple company financial budgets, not to mention that hotels aren’t always in good locations business-wise, which can upsurge travel costs. As an extra incentive, you can also save money with the inroom washer and dryer and by cooking meals in the serviced apartment’s kitchen. There are several hundreds of serviced apartments in Lagos in areas like Old Ikoyi, Banana Island, Lekki, Parkview, Ikeja Government reservation area (GRA), Maryland, Yaba, Surulere, Festac Town and the trend is definitely here to stay. EC
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ANRP Party Lagos Congress LAGOS STATE ANRP Took Up The Positive Renewal Challenge
bundant Nigeria Renewal Party (ANRP) is a New conversation political party in Nigeria that is here to change the Narratives, a party that believes in Abundant Nigeria, is focused on bringing back the abundance for which Nigeria is known - in terms of human and material resources, ensuring that abundance is shared by all. ANRP Lagos has made history today, electing its Executives democratically in the just concluded state Congress held in Lagos City Club, Surulere Lagos. ANRP has come to stay in Lagos and we remain our stand of no compromise, no money bags, no manipulation, no favourism for this is our own! These ever formidable teams of exceptional patriots elected today are as follows: LAGOS STATE EXCO 1. Biodun Dabiri Chairman 2. Olalekan Oshodi Vice Chairman 3. Francis Chilaka General Secretary 4. Alausa Ademola Asst. Secretary 5. Olukayode Awokoya Financial Secretary 6. Lolita Aguele Treasurer 7. Fredrick Kalu Okoji Dep. Treasurer 8. Yetunde T. Adekunle Spokesperson 9. Rauf Kazeem Dep. Spokesman 10. Adegoke Adedamola Organizing & Mobilization 11. Azeez Nurudeen Assist. Organizing & Mobilization 12. Akinyemi Aderemi Internal Auditor 13. Olowu Mistura Secretary Gender Balance & Youth Dev. 14. Percy Simai Dep. Gender Balance & Youth Dev. 15. Adeeko Oladipo Secretary Strategy 16. Hon. Olu Dep. Strategy 17. K. Makinde Sec. Intelligence & Security 18. Nwafor T. Prosper Dep. Intelligence & Security 19. Adewale Adekunle Sec. Info & Social Media 20. Onibon Kehinde Dep. Info & Social Media 21. Ahaji Hassan Sec. Party Discipline 22. Ayokunnumi Olugbemiro Dep. Party Discipline These 22-member team composed of 18 Men and 4 women which shows our ethos for inclusiveness especially gender balance yielded to the call. Participation of women and youth in politics is part of our utmost concern and our party has given room for sensitization of women and youth participation in politics in same vein, these formidable team are the real force representing our National Body in Lagos, They see Nigeria as bigger than the sum of our individual ambitions, greater than all the differences of birth or wealth or faction. They are here to deliver the mandate of Renewal!. In all, ANRP's great commitment has revealed that Nigeria, Lagos precisely can be an environment free of dirtâ€™s, an environment habitable for both young and old, rich and poor as we work towards an environment free of burglary, theft and it likes, this we tend to achieve with free environmental orientations and education, tree planting, recycling processes, cleanups and environmental sanitation which the party shall sponsor from time to time. EC
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The purpose of entrepreneurship: Why did you become an entrepreneur? By Tito Philips, Jnr.
CONTINUED FROM LAST EDITION The Starting Point of Every Entrepreneur is Either; • The recognition of a need (problem) or • The conception of an idea (solution). When an entrepreneur recognizes a need (problem), he goes in search of a solution (product or service) to meet that need. And when an entrepreneur conceives an idea for a product or service, he goes in search of a group of people who have a need for it. In either case, the entrepreneur is always in search of something or going after something. Entrepreneurs do not exist for themselves or by themselves; they depend on something out there; something beyond them before they can birth whatever it is they carry. They don’t do, they are being used. They don’t create, they are instruments for creation. They don’t start the process; they only complete what has been started. They see a need they didn’t create (problem) and find a way to fill it (solution). In other words, an entrepreneur is but an instrument of nature; a servant to customers functioning as a problem solver to humanity. This is why entrepreneurship is a calling and not a money-driven venture (profit) but rather a value-adding venture (service). And like every other calling, it has its own reward. For example; the reward of good leadership is committed followership; the reward of a good teacher is a knowledgeable and changed student; the reward of an inventor is the birth of an innovation and a missionary wins souls. Likewise, the reward of a good entrepreneur is profit. In order words, the reward of an entrepreneur’s call to create a value-adding venture is profitability. This is where money comes into play. The money comes only EKOCITYMAGAZINE.COM | 70
after a value-adding venture had first been created. So, going into business with the singular goal of making money is as simple as putting the cart before the horse. What most people fail to realize is that, money is a reward (an outcome/ output/end result/product). It doesn’t just happen on its own; it is the result or product of a particular activity or input. It never did or will never happen on its own, so making it the goal of going into business is choosing to fail from the very start. I say this, because the purpose of a business is not to make profit, but rather to deliver value to customers. Businesses don’t Exist for Profits’ Sake; they Exist for Customers’ Sake And these customers exist because they have a need or problem that needs to be solved. Indeed, anybody fit enough to solve these problems automatically becomes an entrepreneur. Therefore, an entrepreneur is someone who has answered the call to solve a problem (input or activity) for a set of people (customers or target market) and gets money (result or outcome) as a reward for being able to accomplish all these things. Understanding this chain-like relationship is what clearly makes entrepreneurship much more than making money. The goal of any entrepreneur going into business should not be what he will get (output or result) but rather what he will give (input or effort). This is because what he gets (money or outcome) is directly tied to how much he can and is prepared to give (effort or input). Your capacity to make money as an entrepreneur is greatly dependent on
how much problems you can solve or solutions you can proffer to customers’ needs or problems. So why focus on the end, when the end is unattainable without the beginning? Your focus as an entrepreneur should revolve around the problems you can solve for people. How well am I solving this problem? How many people out there have this kind of problem and need my solution? How may I reach them? Who else is out there solving this same problem for people too? How may I do better than this other person? These and many more customer focused questions are what an entrepreneur should go into business to answer. You as an Entrepreneur have but ONE Task; • To either solve one problem for so many people or • Solve many problems for a few people. This is what your focus should be, because your reward (money) is tied to this. The more people you solve one problem for, the more money (reward) you stand to get and the more problems you solve for a few set of people; the more money (reward) you also stand to get. Looking at several examples of successful entrepreneurs all over the world reveals the fact that at the heart of entrepreneurship is the provision of solutions to the day-today needs of society. Ask yourself why Richard Branson’s Virgin has become so successful? Have you ever wondered why Microsoft remains the world’s leading computer software company? All these case studies exemplify the true essence of entrepreneurship –providing solutions to the problems and needs of humanity! EC
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This is the beginning of the second quarter of 2018 and I believe that your dreams for the year are still alive. In our usual tradition, Ek...
Published on Apr 5, 2018
This is the beginning of the second quarter of 2018 and I believe that your dreams for the year are still alive. In our usual tradition, Ek...