Wallgreen Wins Most Outstanding Real Estate Company Award

A Nigerian based construction and real estate company, WallGreen Properties, which prides itself as being one of Africa’s leading brand in the Real Estate sector, has recently been awarded the Property company of the year at the 2018 edition of the prestigious Trek African Entrepreneurship Conference, which was held at the Lagos Chambers of commerce and industry (LCCI) Expo centre, Ikeja and the company with Chief Hon. Lanre Rasak, a real estate mogul and the Balogun of Epe Land as the chairman of the occasion.
One of the side attractions of this year’s edition was the usual special recognition and awards session, which is reputable for being a veritable platform for celebrating outstanding performances and innovative brands in the corporate business world. The session which featured several industrialists and business tycoons saw WallGreen properties limited emerges the winner of the industry excellence award as “Property Company of the year”.
The award which many attribute to the consistency and selfless contribution on the part of the team towards improving the standard of living of their clients is expected to drum up competition between other companies in the real estate sector.
WallGreen properties Limited, a construction and real estate company which was incorporated in some years ago, set goals of delivering quality way of life and convenience to clients and given this most recent recognition by the Trek Africa team, the CEO and staff of WallGreen properties commended the activities of Trek Africa team.
Mr. Wale Lawal, MD/CEO Wall Green Properties limited is a renowned real estate personality of repute who has garnered local and international accolades in the corporate business world for his exemplary leadership and demonstration of excellence.

PHOTO NEWS: Adeosun, Elumelu, Others At IMF/World Bank Meeting

The Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun and the Central Bank Governor on Sunday left Nigeria for Washington DC to join other economic experts from around the world in discussing issues affecting global economy.

The discussions is taking place under the auspices of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

The Spring Meetings of the IMF and the World Bank will bring together central bankers, ministers of finance and development, parliamentarians, private sector executives, representatives from civil society organisations and academics.

They will discuss issues of global concern, including the world economic outlook, poverty eradication, economic development, and aid effectiveness.

Also featured are seminars, regional briefings, press conferences, and many other events focused on the global economy, international development, and the world’s financial system.

Below are some pictures from the meeting.



Sex-for-marks Lady, Monica Osagie, Breaks Silence

Miss Monica Osagie, the student at the centre of a sex-for-mark scandal rocking the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, has denied shunning an invitation by the panel probing her audio tapes of her conversation with disgraced Professor Richard Akindele, who demanded five rounds of sex for marks.

She made the denial via proxy, and said she was awaiting an invitation by the panel, the Saturday Sun newspaper reported.

Her proxy, Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi, Founder, Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre, a non-profit organisation, said that the university did not at any point invite Miss Osagie to face the panel.

She challenged the university to bring evidence that she was formally invited by any means to appear before the panel.

“Before the matter went viral, the university was aware of it and they did not do anything. If the case did not go viral, the university probably would have not done anything and it would have been swept under the carpet.

“I think that we should focus more on whether the act of that professor amounts to sexual harassment, whether it was a breach of the school’s code of conduct, whether it was a breach of terms of contract for lecturers or whether he abused the relationship that should exist between lecturers and students.”

Afolabi stated that the university should be responsible and responsive in addressing issues of sexual harassment because Miss Osagie is ready to come out whenever the university extends a proper invitation to her, adding that it appears the school wants to protect its reputation at the expense of the young lady.

“Let the university do what they are supposed to do by giving her proper invitation. They have all her records because she is their student. The panel has never invited her, so when the panel invites her today, she would come.”

Akiyode-Afolabi further noted that even though Miss Osagie made the recording to serve as evidence against her lecturer, “she didn’t release the audio. She got the evidence and it was given to one or two people when she was seeking for help. So definitely one of them released the audio, and she cannot be blamed for it.”

Akiyode-Afolabi stated that there has not been any threat made against Monica. “We are not comfortable with the university saying they invited her when they didn’t invite her. Her name is already out, the whole world is aware so we cannot say because of security and safety, we won’t allow the truth to prevail.”

According to the panel report, only the suspended lecturer honoured its invitation while the lady neither showed up before the panel to defend her case nor wrote a formal complaint to the institution to defend the leaked audio.

“We will like to reiterate that OAU will continue to do everything legally and morally acceptable in pursuance of its avowed commitment to zero tolerance for sexual harassment, intimidation and, or coercion,” the university’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof Eyitope Ogunbodede, said in a statement.

Akiyode-Afolabi said Monica hasn’t done anything wrong and is unapologetic about what she did.

“I think society should focus on what really happened, and whether such should happen in higher institutions of learning and not about what she did.”

Cancer Prevention, Treatment: Toyin Saraki Hosts Stakeholders

In a bid to create awareness for the prevention, early detection and control of cancer, the Founder-President, Wellbeing Foundation Africa, Mrs Toyin Saraki, hosted key stakeholders to a meeting to review the cancer assessment report.

The meeting which held in Abuja brought together Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire; the Vice-Chairman Senate Committee on Health, Senator Clifford Odiar; the West Africa Regional Director, Amref, Dr. Sylla Thiam; the Country Director, Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson and Johnson, Mitchelle Akande; among others.

The Rapid Assessment of the Prevention and Control of Cancer in Nigeria report, is a collaborative study undertaken by the Wellbeing Foundation Africa, with support from Amref Health Africa.

Speaking at the vent, Mrs Saraki who is the wife of the President of the Nigerian Senate, told the stakeholders that she was optimistic that the review meeting will proffer solutions that can key into the National Cancer Control Plan.

“I want to thank everyone who has made this event possible, and I believe that those of us present can harness our wealth of knowledge to key into the National Cancer Control Plan.

“We must teach our people and engage them to stop high risk behaviours, and to be best positioned to detect cancer at the early stage, when it is most cost-effective to treat.”

“The biggest challenge in development is transforming global goals and national goals into grassroots actions.

“I would want to quote Margaret Meade in saying we must never doubt the power of a small group of people united with a common purpose; and our purpose is to prevent cancer, detect cancer, and provide infrastructures to be able to respond to the needs of our people in relation to all types of cancer.

“I would like to again thank everyone present; Amref Health Africa for your partnership and the Federal Ministry of Health for giving civil society such a role in taking the traction from what you have begun,” she said.

Mrs Saraki who was recently named by Devex as a Global UHC Champion and Global Goodwill Ambassador for the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) urged the stakeholders to come up with recommendations that will help address the problem of cancer in Nigeria.

Also speaking at the opening of the meeting, the Minister of State for Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, said that the government was currently pushing to strengthen the training of cancer-related healthcare workers.

He said that it was the plan of government to improve infrastructure and strengthen service delivery for cancer care, including prevention and palliative care.

“We welcome inter-sectoral collaborations, as well as partnerships with local and global stakeholders in order to improve awareness and information on preventive practices, as well as encouraging early diagnosis and management of all cancers,” he said.

Dr. Sylla Thiam of Amref, she commended Wellbeing Foundation Africa for carrying out the study, stressing that the timing was very apt considering that the disease has taken a toll on the country.

Standard Chartered MD, Bola Adesola Appointed Vice-Chair Of UN Board

THE Secretary-General of United Nations, Antonio Guterres has appointed Nigeria’s Mrs Bola Adesola, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Standard Chartered Bank Nigeria, to serve as Vice-Chair of the Board of the UN Global Compact.

Also appointed with Adesola is Mr Paul Polman of the Netherlands, Chief Executive Officer of Unilever, to also serve as Vice-Chair of the Board of the UN body, the UN announced.

Global Compact is a voluntary initiative based on Chief Executive Officers commitments to implement universal sustainability principles and to take steps to support UN goals.

“The Secretary-General is pleased to confirm that Bola Adesola of Nigeria, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Standard Chartered Nigeria and Paul Polman of the Netherlands, Chief Executive Officer of Unilever, will serve as the two Vice-Chairs of the Board of the United Nations Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative.

“Ms Adesola and Mr. Polman succeed out-going United Nations Global Compact Board Vice-Chair, Sir Mark Moody-Stuart, Former Chairman of Royal Dutch/Shell Group of Companies and of Anglo American PLC.

“The Secretary-General extends his great appreciation to Sir Mark for serving in the position for the past 10 years and shepherding the United Nations Global Compact into a new era,” the UN said.

Both Adesola and Polman had served on the Board of the United Nations Global Compact previously.

“They would bring to the position a wealth of experience in the private sector, in the corporate sustainability space and specifically with the United Nations Global Compact itself.”

Adesola had served as Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Standard Chartered Bank Nigeria Ltd since 2011.

She has over 25 years of banking experience, including at First Bank of Nigeria and at Citibank.

Adesola holds degrees from Harvard Business School and Lagos Business School, as well as a law degree from the University of Buckingham.

Polman had served as Chief Executive Officer of Unilever since 2009.

Prior to joining Unilever, he worked at Nestlé S.A., and at Proctor and Gamble, where he spent 26 years.

Polman holds degrees from the University of Groningen and from the University of Cincinnati.

“As Chair of the Board of the United Nations Global Compact, the Secretary-General looks forward to working closely with Ms Adesola and Mr Polman.

“Along with United Nations Global Compact Executive Director, Lise Kingo, as they lead the United Nations Global Compact, the entry point for business within the broader United Nations system,” the UN stated.

Gov el-Rufai Welcomes First Grandchild

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State is officially a grandfather.

The governor who announced his new status in a tweet Friday night disclosed that his daughter-in-law Kamilah Bello El-Rufai has just delivered a baby girl.

”Alhamdulillah. I am officially a grand-father! My daughter-Inlaw Kamilah Bello El-Rufai delivered a baby girl about 30 minutes ago. Baby, mother and my son Bello are doing well. Please put them all in your positive prayers.” ~ Nasir El-Rufai, tweeted.

Magu, 17 Other Senior Police Officers Promoted

EFCC Boss Promoted Commissioner Police

The Police Service Commission (PSC) has approved the promotion of the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), DCP Ibrahim Magu, to the rank of Commissioner of Police.

A statement from the PSC Head of Press and Public Relations, Mr Ikechukwu Ani, revealed that the commission also promoted 17 other senior police officers.

The promotions were one of the high points of the commission’s 27th plenary meeting which ended on Friday in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The meeting was presided over by Chairman of the PSC and a retired Inspector General of Police, Dr Mike Okiro, Channels tv reports.

According to the statement, the PSC approved promoted AIG Agbola Oshodi-Glover who is in charge of Zone 11, Osogbo, to the next rank of a Deputy Inspector General of Police.

Similarly, CP Ghazzali Mohammed, the Commissioner of Police, Administration, DLS, Force Headquarters, and CP Peace Ibekwe Abdallah who is the former Commissioner of Police in Ebonyi State Command and currently the CP, Force Intelligence Bureau at Force Headquarters, were promoted to Assistant Inspector General of Police.

Senior officers also elevated to the rank of Commissioner of Police are Ebere Onyeagoro – DCP Administration, Kaduna State Command, and Moshood Gbolarumi – DCP Maritime, Lagos.

Other promotions approved by the PSC include one Assistant Commissioner of Police to Deputy Commissioner of Police, nine Chief Superintendents of Police to Assistant Commissioners of Police, one Deputy Superintendent of Police to Superintendent of Police, one Assistant Superintendent of Police to Deputy Superintendent of Police, and one Inspector to Assistant Superintendent of Police.

Dr Okiro congratulated the newly promoted officers and urged them to rededicate themselves to the service of their fatherland.

He also assured them that the commission would continue to pay attention to their basic entitlements which include regular promotions.

S/Africa: Ex-President Zuma, 76, Takes 24-yr-old Lady As 7th Wife

Seventy-six-year-old former president of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, is set to marry for the seventh time.

His bride-to-be is 24-year-old Nonkanyiso Conco, who confirmed to TimesLIVE that she and the embattled former president are set to wed.

“Yes‚ we are getting married‚ but that is all I can say. I need to consult before I give any interviews‚” she told the South African website.

Conco is a director of the Pietermaritzburg-based Nomkhubulwane Culture and Youth Development Organisation‚ aimed at protecting the cultural practices of young Zulu women.

Conco reportedly resides in the plush Ballito Estate Hilltop‚ home to some of the city’s most well-heeled residents. She would be Zuma’s youngest bride‚ at 52 years his junior.

Zuma‚ who has always been a proponent of polygamy‚ is currently married to Gertrude Sizakele Khumalo‚ Thobeka Madiba-Zuma and Bongi Ngema-Zuma.

He is divorced from Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and separated from Nompumelelo MaNtuli Zuma.

Oil Price Rises To $74 Per Barrel

Oil prices held firm on Friday near three-year highs reached earlier this week as ongoing OPEC-led supply cuts, as well as strong demand, gradually draw down excess supplies.

Brent crude oil futures were up at 73.79 dollars per barrel at 0440 GMT.

U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures down 2 cents at 68.40 dollars a barrel.

Both Brent and WTI hit their highest levels since November 2014 on Thursday, at 74.75 and 69.56 dollars per barrel respectively. WTI is set for its second weekly gain.

Oil prices have been pushed up by a gradually tightening market.

Led by top exporter Saudi Arabia, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), has been withholding production since 2017 to draw down a global supply overhang.

The tighter oil market is feeding into refined products.

Oil supply tightness is also a result of healthy oil demand.

Beyond OPEC’s supply management, crude prices have also been supported by an expectation that the United States will re-introduce sanctions on OPEC-member Iran.