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Bayelsa Loses N2.6bn Annually to Payroll Fraud

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  • Bayelsa Loses N2.6bn Annually to Payroll Fraud

The Bayelsa State government is losing about N2.61 billion to unauthorized employment, the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the state’s payroll alleges.

Presenting the volume one of its reports in Yenagoa, the Commission also discovered 6,280 unauthorized employments at the eight constitutionally recognized local council areas and the 32 Rural Development Authorities.

The Chairperson of the Commission, Hon. Justice Doris Adokeme, blamed the over bloated wage bills on the activities of fraudsters in the system.

The commission, in its findings, discovered 3,243 unauthorized employees at the Rural Development Authorities and 3,037 at the eight constitutionally recognized Local Council Areas of the State.
Ekeremor top the chat with 1,162 employees followed by Southern Ijaw, Yenagoa, Ogbia and Brass.

The Justice Adokeme-led Commission gave Kolokuma/Opokuma local Council and the RDA a clean bill of performance, with the employment of 505 staffers, adding that, in spite of their strength, the workers are putting up optimal performance.

The commission attributed the over bloated wage bill at the third tier of the government to illegal transfer of service, substitution of names of retirees, illegal substitution of names of dead employees and back dating of appointment.

It, therefore, called for a holistic implementation of the recommendations of the Commission, stressing that, it is the only way to curb the activities of pay roll fraudsters and reduce the wage bill.

Receiving the report, Governor Dickson commended the efforts of the Commission’s Chairperson and its members for the painstaking manner they have carried out their assignment and assured that the government would look into it and take necessary steps.

Governor Dickson asked the commission to beam its searchlight on the education sector, describing it as another critical sector that is giving the administration sleepless nights.

The governor said his administration is waiting to receive other volumes of the reports, especially reports on the mainstream civil service.

He stated that a committee would be inaugurated to carry out the re-organization in the Ministry of Environment and announced the commencement of the employment of sanitary inspectors.

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AIICO Refutes Claims of Non-Remittance of Pension Assets to PTAD

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AIICO Insurance Plc has refuted claims of non-remittance of pension assets to the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD).

This was disclosed recently in a statement by Segun Olalandu, the Head, Strategic Marketing and Communications Department.

It stated: “The attention of the Management of AIICO Insurance Plc. has been drawn to a recent report in the media on allegations of non-remittance of pension assets to the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD).

“AIICO Insurance Plc. hereby wishes to inform the public that all pension assets due for remittance have been duly transferred to PTAD since the year 2017, in full compliance with the directive. Both parties are presently engaged in a reconciliation exercise to conclude the process. We implore the public to disregard any information that may suggest otherwise as there is no basis to that effect.”

Mr. Segun assured that AIICO Insurance Plc. remains a responsible corporate citizen of Nigeria and will continue to engage the best practice in all its business activities and operations in line with extant laws and regulatory provisions guiding its practice.

AIICO Insurance is a leading composite insurer in Nigeria with a record of serving our customers that dates back over 50 years. Founded in 1963, AIICO provides life and health insurance, general insurance, and investment management services as a means to create and protect wealth for individuals, families, and corporate customers.

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2021 Maltina Teacher Of The Year Contest Begins

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The Nigerian Brewery Plc, on Tuesday in Lagos, announced the commencement of entries for the 2021 edition of the Maltina Teacher of the Year competition.

Entries for the 7th edition of the competition begin today, Tuesday 20th April to Friday, June 25th, 2021.

Mrs. Shade Morgan, Corporate Affairs Director, Nigerian Breweries Plc, organiser and sponsor of the competition, announced the kick-off at a press conference in Lagos.

Morgan declared that the seven-year-old initiative had continued to impact, motivate teachers, promote the teaching profession and quality learning across the country.

The competition that had been on the Felix Ohiwerei Education Trust Fund, is to identify, showcase and celebrate exemplary teachers in both the public and private secondary schools nationwide.

The 2021 winner of the competition would go home with a trophy and a N6.5million cash prize.

Besides, the winner would also benefit from an all-expense paid capacity development training abroad, while the school represented would equally get a block of six classrooms or computer laboratory depending on the needs of the school.

A breakdown of the winning prize shows that aside from the N500,000 as state champion, the winner also wins N1 million as a national champion and would also be paid N1 million yearly for the next five years provided he or she remains in the teaching profession.

Morgan explained that all participants must be certified by the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN).

According to her, the first and second runner-ups would receive N1 million and N750,000 respectively, in addition to another N500,000 as champions from their respective states, saying that other state champions would go home with N500,000 each.

Since its inception, the Maltina Teacher of the Year initiative has produced six grand winners; Rose Nkemdilim Obi, Anambra (2015), Imoh Essien, Akwa Ibom (2016), Felix Ariguzo, Delta State (2017), Olasunkanmi Opeifa, FCT (2018), Ezem Collins (2019) and Anani Olubunmi Adamawa (2020).

At the hybrid event, Registrar of the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN), Professor Josiah Ajiboye, in his remarks online, lauded NBL through the Felix Ohiwerei Education Trust Fund for sustaining the competition that had promoted excellence and put the names of teachers in Nigeria in the global arena.

Ajiboye described the Maltina Teacher of the Year Competition as a permanent feature in the nation’s education calendar and pledged continued support of TRCN in uplifting the rating of teachers in the country.

In the same vein, the National President of the Nigeria Union of Teachers(NUT), Dr. Idris Nasir, represented by Mr. Segun Raheem, the National Treasurer urged other corporate organisations to take a queue from the NBL initiative that had become a platform for demonstration of excellence by teachers in Nigeria.

Besides, the reigning champion, Anani Oluwabunmi of Concordia College, Jimeta, Yola, Adamawa State, who was part of the briefing online, said the award had added to her confidence and enhanced her rating as a teacher.

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MILO Cereal Launches New Online Campaign, ‘Beast Mode – Activated’

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MILO Cereal has launched its first major marketing campaign for its newly launched Protein cereal, via independent creative communications agency Connecting Plots.

Building on MILO’s brand message of fuelling active kids, the new campaign platform, ‘Beast Mode – Activated’, evolves the master brand’s focus on team sports.

This aims to celebrate how MILO Protein helps active kids unleash their own full potential, take their training to the next level and successfully compete with their peers.

The campaign launched on 16 April and will run across various social channels and online videos.

Connecting Plots creative partner Dave Jansen said the approach to the MILO Protein cereal campaign was about tapping into the teen mindset and being less overt and more authentic.

“Creating advertising that doesn’t feel like a ‘sell’ is the challenge when targeting teens,” Jansen said in a statement.

“We’ve shied away from the polished tropes of traditional, achievement driven sports ads to bring this to life in a way that hopefully gives life to a teenager’s desire to do their best, feel like they are stepping into their future adult self and showing how MILO Protein Cereal can help on that journey.”

Cereal Partners Worldwide’s marketing manager, Keara Deignan, added: “Aussies grew up with MILO cereal, it’s a staple of every Australian pantry.

“However, we’ve seen that as teens start to carve out their own identities, their consumption habits change so this product aims to keep pace with their active on-the-go lifestyle.”

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