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Adagunodo Urges Young Nigerian Employees to Embrace Organizational Awareness

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The Managing Director of Jumia Travel, Omolara Adagunodo, has urged Nigerian employees to embrace organizational awareness in order to guarantee personal and career growth.

Adagunodo made this call at the first edition of the Young Manager’s Summit organised by the Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM) (Chartered) held recently at the Management House, Idowu Taylor Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Presenting on the topic: ‘Harnessing the Power of Organizational Awareness’, Adagunodo stated that organizational awareness is about employees having a holistic understanding of their organization from top to bottom, and being aware of the external forces that impact their organization.

“Today, we have a lot of employees with an indifferent approach to the happenings at their place of work. But as employees and young managers, you have to show inquisitiveness and curiosity, identify influencers and get to know them and how they operate, go the extra mile, work hard, play hard, dig deep and fly high. Have informal conversations with co-workers and get their perspectives on how things get achieved,” Adagunodo said.

On the benefits of being organizationally aware, she highlighted that it helps to improve staffing decisions, promotes team building, communication, culture and leadership effectiveness. It also ensures that managers understand the strengths and weaknesses of all employees and give them an opportunity to think outside the box and learn new things.

In his opening remarks, the Director, Capacity Building, NIM, Mr Jude Iheanacho MNIM, FCA said: “The aim of the Young Manager’s Summit is to refocus attention on young Nigerians who aim to become future managers in their various fields of endeavours and equipping them with the right knowledge and mindset.” 

Iheanacho reiterated the NIM’s commitment to nurturing the development and growth of young managers reeling out initiatives such as the NIM-NYSC partnership that allows corp members to be graduate members of the NIM and the Young Managers’ Competition to celebrate young competent managers among other initiatives.

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Ramadan: Osinbajo Preaches Love, Kindness, Generosity

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has urged Muslim faithful in Nigeria to devote themselves to higher virtues of kindness, love and generosity towards one another as they observe Ramadan.

The vice president spoke with State House correspondents shortly after presiding over the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting on Wednesday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Muslims in Nigeria on Tuesday joined their counterparts around the world to begin the 30 days Ramadan fasting.

“I must express my very sincere greetings to our Muslim brothers and sisters who have begun the Ramadan fast already.

“This is not just a time for abstinence from food, drink and other worldly pleasures; it is a time of rededication to the higher virtues — love, kindness, generosity, and consideration for others regardless of faith or ethnicity.

“And also for our nation, the time, I believe to recommit ourselves to unity, brotherhood, to peace and reconciliation in various ways so that our country will achieve all of the objectives that we set for ourselves.

“So, I wish our Muslim brothers and sisters a very happy period of Ramadan; Ramadan Kareem,” he said.

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FEC Approves N20.1bn to Equip Customs Equipment

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The Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday approved a total of N20,114,002871 for the acquisition of various operational equipment for the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS).

The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, disclosed this to State House Correspondents after the week’s virtual FEC meeting presided by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The Minister said further that Council also approved the sum of N539,277, 673 for construction of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) building at the Ilupeju Medium and Small Taxpayers’ office.

Speaking on the contracts approved for Customs, the Minister said a total of 427 operational vehicles, worth N14.55 billion and nine assorted gunboats worth N5,564,002,871 were all approved.

“The ministry also presented, on behalf of the Nigerian Customs Service, a memo that was seeking for Council’s approval for the design, construction and supply of two NC36M patrol boats, in favour of Messrs of Boat Plus Limited, in the sum of N5,062,530,400, inclusive of 7.5% VAT with a delivery period of 12 months and council approved our request.

“We also presented a memo, again on behalf of the Nigerian Customs Service, for the approval of Council for the design, construction and supply of seven fast assault patrol boats and seven regular patrol boats, in favour of Messrs Siwa West Africa Limited, in the sum of N501,472,471.08, inclusive of 7.5% VAT with a delivery period of eight weeks.

“The purpose of the purchase of these two types of petrol boats is to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of operations of the Nigerian Customs Service in its bid to control smuggling and also ensure enhanced efficiency in all customs duty operations in the Marine Unit of the Nigerian Customs Service.

“We also presented, again on behalf of the Nigeria Customs Service, a request for Council’s approval and council approved the procurement of 427 operational vehicles for the Nigerian Customs Service operations in favour of various contractors in the combined sum of N14.55 billion, inclusive of 7.5% VAT with a delivery period of four weeks”, she said.

Also addressing State House Correspondents after the meeting, Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who spoke on behalf of the Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, said Council approved a project for the extension of the University of Ibadan’s library at the sum of N532 million.

“The Minister of Education also presented a memo for the award of contract for the construction and furnishing of the extension of the library of the University of Ibadan. The memo, which was approved, is at the cost of N532,609,000 and with a completion period of 48 weeks.

“It was a memo that was very well received because of the need to actually extend the library facility in the University. For many years, the library of the University of Ibadan had needed real extension, given the surge of the student population”, he said.

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Lagos Pegs 2021 Umrah Fare For N1.37M

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The Lagos State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board has pegged the fare for performing the Y2021 Umrah (lesser Hajj) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at N1.37 million, being the least package fees.

The Executive Secretary of the Board, Mr. Rahman Ishola, who disclosed this in a statement issued by the Board on Tuesday, added that the exercise, which comes up during the last 10 days of the Holy month of Ramadan, has two different packages that the intending pilgrims can choose from.

He said, “The first package at a cost of N1.37 million includes stay at a Three-Star Hotel; Sahur (Morning meal) and Iftar (Evening meal) in Nigerian delicacies; Economy Class ticket with a reputable airline; Executive and convenient local transportation; five days stay in Madinah, including three days isolation period; COVID-19 tests in Makkah and Madinah; visitation to historical sites and two-to-a-room accommodation”.

“The subscribers to the second package at a cost of N2.7 million would be accommodated at the Five-Star Ajyad Makareem Hotel in Makkah and Coral Hotel in Madinah. This is in addition to other benefits contained in the first package like Sahur and Iftar among others”, Ishola added.

The Board Secretary explained that the increase in fare was due to the strict implementation of the COVID-19 protocols by Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health, emphasising that the Umrah exercise will hold between April 27 and 15 May 2021, and urged interested Muslims to seize the opportunity provided by the Board to make their payment as soon as possible.

He also encouraged those who had already made initial deposits to endeavour to pay up the balance for the package of their choice and forward evidence of payment (teller/bank receipt) and International Passport to the Board on or before April 18, 2021, for further necessary action.

Ishola stated that it is mandatory for all the intending pilgrims to get the COVID-19 vaccine before embarking on the pilgrimage, stressing that without the vaccination, they would be denied entry into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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