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The board of directors of FCMB Group Plc has announced the appointment of Yemisi Edun as the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of its largest subsidiary, First City Monument Bank Limited effective May 1, 2021 following approval of the Central Bank of Nigeria


A notice at the Nigerian Exchange Limited on Tuesday said prior to the appointment, the new MD was the Executive Director/Chief Financial Officer of the bank and previously served as the acting Managing Director


The appointment followed the end of service of the bank’s former managing director Mr Adam Nuru who attracted media attention in late 2020 over alleged romantic affairs with a staff of the bank.


The bank said the board had reviewed the allegations against the former MD and did not establish any contravention of its policies.


The new CEO with a work experience spanning nearly 35 years, she holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from University of Ife, Ile Ife and a Master’s degree in International Accounting and Finance from the University of Liverpool, UK


she is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria and a Certified Financial Analyst, Charter holder.


She is also an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute Of Stockbrokers; an Associate Member of the Institute of Taxation of Nigeria; a ,Member of Information Systems Audit and Control, USA; and a Certified Information System Auditor.


“The board is confident that her appointment as MD/CEO of the bank will no doubt be of great value to the entire FCMB Group,” the notice said.


The board of Directors of FCMB also thanked the former MD for his years of dedicated service and wished him all the best in his future endeavours



The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami and the Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, have rejoiced with Alhaji Aminu Ado Beyero on his coronation as the 15th Emir of Kano.


Prof Danbatta, who hails from Danbatta Local Government Area of Kano State, paid homage to the Emir, Friday evening, to congratulate him in his personal capacity and also deliver a similar congratulatory message on behalf of the Hon, Minister, Board of Commissioners and the entire staff of the Commission.


Danbatta in a congratulatory message during the visit, said: “On behalf of the Board, Management and staff of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), I heartily felicitate with Your Highness and the Kano Emirate Council on your coronation and presentation of Staff of Office as the 15th Emir of Kano”.


He said the Commission, while rejoicing with the monarch, also prays that peace, progress and prosperity continue to be the hallmark of his reign.


“As we delightfully share in the bliss of this historic event with Your Highness and the good people of Kano Emirate, we also pray for Almighty Allah’s (SWT) health, wisdom and guidance as you receive the staff of office,” he added.


Meanwhile, the EVC noted that the Commission will continue to work with traditional institutions towards advancing the course of telecommunications infrastructure deployment for the rapid socio-economic development of their communities.


“In the matrix of our stakeholder engagement, traditional rulers are the closest to people at the grassroots and therefore play a very important role.


“The Commission, therefore believes by working closely with the traditional rulers, we stand a better chance to seek understanding from the locales towards creating the needed conducive environment for telcos to build their telecoms infrastructure in their domains, thereby extending telecoms services that will transform the lives of the people,” he added.


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Members of the Lagos chapter of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) have elected Mrs Comfort Nwankwo as the new chairman of the Chapter in the state.

Mrs. Nwankwo defeated Mrs. Eniola Mayowa and Mr Jide Benson in the contest, which held during the 32nd Annual General Meeting of the chapter.

Mr. Samuel Ayetutu defeated Mr. Oladapo Soneye to emerge winner of the Vice Chairman position.

Contestants for the other vacant positions in the executive council were returned unopposed.

In her acceptance speech, Mrs. Nwankwo thanked all those who voted for her and promised to deliver on all her campaign promises.

She pledged to draw on her wealth of experience and knack for service in different walks of life to create the right visibility and partnership for the chapter.

While extending an olive branch to other candidates that vied for the position of the chairman, she stressed the need for cooperation and synergy among the chapter’s members in order to maintain the flagship status of Lagos NIPR.

Other newly elected executive council members inaugurated by the President and Chairman of Council, NIPR, Mallam Muhktar Sirajo, to pilot the affairs of the chapter for the next two years include Dr. Ahmadu Fatimah Binta, General Secretary; Mr Quadri Adeleke Adewale, Assistant Secretary; Mrs Modinat Tosin Olowoeshin, Treasurer; Mr Olumuyiwa Ojelabi, Internal Auditor; Mr Nyinongo Nicodemus Nyitar, Financial Secretary.

Others are Mr Samuel O. Adeyemi, Public Relations Executive; Mr Bassey Ekpe Nta, Ex- Officio; Mr Adeola Ekundayo Harry, Ex-Officio, Mrs Oluwatoyin Adedoyin Adeseun-Nwosu, Ex-Officio.

Earlier at the strategic discourse held at the same venue, keynote speaker, Dr Jossy Nkwocha, Group Head, Corporate Communications and Special Adviser to the Managing Director, Indorama Nigeria, posited that truth is the only antidote to communication failure, and earning the trust of stakeholders in both public and private sectors.

He called on communication professionals to be open and sincere while communicating with their stakeholders.

He said, “Building trust is one of the key pillars of reputation management namely trust, integrity and character. Integrity and character build trust. Trust is a psychological, mental attitude toward a proposition that someone is dependable, trustworthy and reliable.

“Trust is a powerful force that builds loyalty, increases credibility and supports effective communications. It gives you the benefit of the doubt in situations where you want to be heard, understood and believed. Trust often results from consistency.

“How to communicate truthfully, sincerely and honestly is a challenge for some business organisations and business leaders; and most especially in political communication, and among political leaders.”

He concluded his presentation by advising those, who handle public communications at federal and state levels to “douse tension in the country and rebuild brotherhood and unity by being mindful of their speech writing and public communications”.

Commissioner for Information in Lagos, Mr Gbenga Omotosho, who represented the Governor of Lagos, also identified truth as the right tool that has helped the Lagos State Government to build trust among Lagosians.

The discourse chaired by Dr Rotimi Oladele, immediate-past President of NIPR, had other discussants like Mrs Temitope Oguntokun, Director Legal and Corporate Affairs, International Breweries, and Mr Tunji Oketunbi, GM, Public Affairs, Accident Investigation Bureau; who all aligned with the postulations of the keynote speaker and chairman of discourse.

The discourse was compered by Mrs Victoria Uwadoka, Lead, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, Nestle Nigeria PLC.

The Lagos State Chapter is the flagship branch of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR); the umbrella body of professional Public Relations practitioners chartered to regulate as well as direct its development and the practice.


The Nigerian Academy of Engineering (NAE), one of the highest professional bodies in the engineering field in the country, has presented an award to the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) in recognition and appreciation of its support of the activities of the academy towards enhancing economic development.


The NAE is a not-for-profit and non-governmental organisation established for the purpose of promoting excellence in technological and engineering training and practice to ensure the technological growth and economic development in Nigeria.


The Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta received the recognition award at the 2021 Academy Technology Dinner/Lecture organised by NAE at the Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos on Wednesday, June 23, 2021, which had the Minister of the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, as Special Guest of Honour.


Danbatta is a Fellow of the Academy and has, since becoming the EVC of NCC in 2015, remarkably stepped up NCC’s engagements with the academia and other professional institutions in science and technology towards advancing the socio-economic development of Nigeria.


The EVC, who spoke with the media shortly after receiving the recognition, said NCC is delighted to have been recognised for the modest contribution to the activities of the Academy and to the advancement of the nation’s economic development.


“On behalf of the Board, Management and the entire staff of the Nigerian Communications Commission, I wish to express our appreciation to the Nigerian Academy of Engineering. We see this gesture as an acknowledgement of the little efforts we are making towards the progress of the NAE,” he said.


Danbatta also spoke about the various interventions the Commission has been making through its concerted initiatives such as the Digital Awareness Programme (DAP) for secondary schools and Advanced Digital Appreciation Programme for Tertiary Institutions (ADAPTI) for tertiary education across Nigeria.


President of NAE, Engr. Alex Ogedengbe, further appreciated the Commission for its consistency in supporting the Academy, especially since the coming on board of Prof. Danbatta as the country’s Chief telecoms regulator.


He thanked the NCC Management for supporting the objectives of the NAE, which he said, are “To promote excellence in and the advancement of science, engineering, technology and innovation for the development of the economy and humanity.”


According to him, the NAE also facilitates dissemination and exchange of ideas among members and other similar bodies and establishments.


The event which was attended in strict compliance with COVID-19 safety protocols, had Prof. Sam Adefila, as the Guest Speaker. Prof Adefila spoke on the technical theme of the annual lecture feature of the event: “H20, The Peculiar Features of Earth’s Most Abundant Compound.”


Fellows of the Academy are drawn from a broad spectrum of engineering discipline, occupation and geographical location and include very senior Nigerian and foreign engineering professionals, who have distinguished themselves in professional practice, business, academia and government.


The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has urged Nigerian youths to leverage Internet/broadband access to unleash their potentials for innovation and creativity, as well as their quest for job opportunities and skills acquisition.

The Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of the Commission, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, made the call during the presentation of 100 pieces of mattresses to the Federal Capital Territory’s Permanent Orientation Camp of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Kubwa, Abuja recently.

The presentation of the mattresses was in demonstration of the Commission’s solidarity and corporate social responsibility (CSR) to support the replacement of some of the items carted away from the camp by hoodlums during the EndSARS protests of October 27, 2020.

Speaking on behalf of Danbatta during the presentation, NCC’s Director, Public Affairs, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, said the youths play a great role in nation building as they contribute to national development by bringing about social reforms, noting that the NCC will always support the course of the youth in the country.

Adinde said the Commission, has various youth initiatives and programmes aimed at making them self-reliant while enhancing their contributions to the economy.

He, therefore, charged the corps members to use Internet services for gainful and profitable activities, while also advising them to refrain from using their access to telecoms services for irresponsible and nefarious activities, which could land them in trouble.

“Access to telecommunication services, especially the Internet, plays a key role in job creation for the youths and ultimately for accelerating economic development. It is critical to the overall socio-economic well-being of every economy and the youth have a greater role to play, as agents of social change, in using the Internet for positive ventures,” he said.

He also charged the large gathering of corps members, who attended the presentation ceremony, to take advantage of the various consumer-centric initiatives which the Commission has emplaced to protect and empower them as active users of telecoms services.

These include the NCC’s toll-free number 622 for consumer complaints resolution, the NCC Do-No-Disturb 2442 Short Code for dealing with unsolicited text messages, the 112 National Emergency Number managed by the Commission’s Emergency Communications Centres (ECC) located across the country.

Meanwhile, NYSC FCT Coordinator, Abdul Suleman, expressed appreciation for the solidary and support shown by the NCC to the NYSC family, especially regarding the welfare of corps members deployed to the Federal capital for the mandatory one year service to the nation.

“I am happy to receive 100 mattresses donated by the NCC, under the leadership of Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, the Executive Vice Chairman/CEO, to alleviate the pains inflicted by the miscreants who vandalized the camp. The generosity of the NCC is coming at a time it is most needed, especially with the orientation camp in session.”

“On behalf of the Director-General, Management, Staff and Corps members, I wholeheartedly express our profound gratitude to the NCC for the magnanimous gesture and for investing in the Nigerian youths,” Suleman said.

At the presentation ceremony, the Commission created a lot of fun and excitement for the corps members through the ‘fast-finger’ game where airtime of different network operators were picked up freely by the corps members. Smart phones were also given out to lucky winners of the raffle draw organized by the Commission