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IWD: “Encourage more women to the table” – NDIC Chair charges women in leadership




The Board Chairman of the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC), Mrs Ronke Sokefun has said there is need for women in leadership positions to encourage more women to join the table to ensure the number of women in management positions keep growing and consequently ensure its sustainability.

Mrs. Sokefun, said this at the NDIC’s commemoration of the 2022 International Women’s Day in Abuja with the theme: “Changing Climates: Equality Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow”.

A statement by Bashir Nuhu, Director, Communication & Public Affairs Department of the NDIC, quoted Sokefun to have said while more women are making an impact in every sphere of society, it is critical to develop strategies to sustain and increase the rise of women to leadership positions.

She advocated for more encouragement by those already in positions as well as the need for capacity development and robust networking skills to strengthen their abilities to contribute their best based on merit and performance.

The NDIC Board Chairman lauded the current 33.9 per cent women population in the Corporation’s manpower structure, stressing that the push was to achieve higher proportion in the nearest future. She told NDIC female staff that they would be pulled up when they demonstrated a readiness for that next role and therefore they needed to keep evolving.

On his part, the Managing Director of NDIC, Mr. Bello Hassan, described the Corporation’s female staff as a great asset to the Corporation as they continue to demonstrate all the values of the Corporation such as professionalism and passion towards achieving the Corporation’s mandate.

Hassan who was represented by Mrs Emily Osiji, said the Corporation’s management is extremely proud of her womenfolk who are well represented at all levels of the organisation.

In her lecture, the Managing Director of First City Monument Bank (FCMB), Mrs Yemisi Edun, commended the Corporation for attaining a significant female representation within the NDIC workforce.

She further called on women to find the confidence to speak up and take advantage of the opportunities to make a better future for themselves and their families. She also stressed the need for women to stand up for their rights and help in breaking the bias.

The event featured lead presentation by MDD/CEO, FCMB, Mrs Yemisi Edun, panel session and master class in which other accomplished resource persons featured.

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CBN Limits Cash Withdrawals To N100,000, 500,000 Weekly For Individuals And Organisations





The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has set N100,000 as the maximum limit for weekly cash withdrawal over the counter by individuals.

CBN also set N500,000 as the maximum withdrawal by organisations with effect from January 9, 2023.

The apex bank made this known via a memo signed by the Director of Banking Supervision, CBN, Haruna Mustafa, on Tuesday.

Withdrawal at POS terminals was also limited to N20,000 per day.

The CBN noted that cash withdrawals above the stated limit will attract a processing fee of 5 per cent for individuals and 10 per cent for organisations.

The memo read: “Further to the launch of the redesigned Naira notes by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, on Wednesday, November 23, 2022 and in line with the Cash- less policy of the CBN, all deposit money banks (DMBS) and other financial institutions (OFIs) are hereby directed to note and comply with the following:

The maximum cash withdrawal over the counter (OTC) by individuals and corporate organizations per week shall henceforth be N100,000 and N500,000 respectively. Withdrawals above these limits shall attract processing fees of 5% and 10%, respectively.

Third party cheques above 50,000 shall not be eligible for payment over the counter, while extant limits of N10,000,000 on clearing cheques still subsist.

The maximum cash withdrawal per week via Automated Teller Machine (ATM) shall be #100,000 subject to a maximum of N20,000 cash withdrawal per day.

Only denominations of #200 and below shall be loaded into the ATMs.

The maximum cash withdrawal via Point of Sale (POS) terminal shall be N20,000 daily.

In compelling circumstances, not exceeding once a month, where cash withdrawals above the prescribed limits is required for legitimate purposes, such cash withdrawals shall not exceed #5,000,000.00 and N10,000,000.00 for individuals and corporate organisations, respectively, and shall be subject to the referenced processing fees in (1) above, in addition to enhanced due diligence and further information requirements.

“Further to (6) above, you are required to obtain the following information at the minimum and upload same on the CBN portal created for the purpose,” the CBN noted.

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BREAKING: Governorship Aspirant Jailed 42 Years Over Corruption



Senator Bassey Albert


The governorship candidate of the Young Progressives Party (YPP), Bassey Albert, has been sentenced to 42 years in prison for corruption.

A Federal High Court in Uyo, on Thursday, convicted and sentenced Mr Albert who was prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

He has been taken to Ikot Ekpene prisons, Akwa Ibom State, to serve his prison term.

Mr Albert, a serving senator representing Akwa Ibom North East District, was accused of receiving bribes of 12 cars worth N254 million from an oil marketer, Olajidee Omokore, during his (Albert’s) tenure (2010 – 2014) as commissioner for finance in Akwa Ibom State.

The convicted senator was a member of the Peoples Democratic Party, the ruling party in the state, before he defected months ago to the YPP, where he secured the party’s ticket for the 2023 governorship election.

He was a major challenger to the PDP candidate, Umo Eno, in next year’s governorship election in Akwa Ibom State.

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BREAKING: Appeal Court Sets Nnamdi Kanu Free, Challenges High Court’s Jurisdiction



Nnamdi Kanu
Nnamdi Kanu


The Appeal Court sitting in Abuja has discharged the embattled leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.

Kanu is being prosecuted by the Federal Government at the Federal High Court in Abuja for 15 count charges bordering, including treasonable felony and terrorism, offences he allegedly committed in the course of his separatist campaigns.

A three-man panel of the Court of Appeal said the Federal High Court lacks the jurisdiction to try him in view of his abduction and extraordinary rendition to Nigeria in flagrant violation of the OAU convention and protocol on extradition.

The court held that the 15-count charge preferred against Kanu did not disclose the place, date, time and nature of the alleged offences before being unlawfully extradited to Nigeria in clear violation of international treaties.

The court further held that the Federal Government failed to disclose where Nnamdi Kanu was arrested despite the grave allegations against him.

The court noted that the act of abduction and extraordinary rendition of Kanu from Kenya without due process is a violation of his right.

It added that the manner in which Nnamdi Kanu was procured and brought before the court was not evaluated by the lower court, before assuming jurisdiction to try him.

The lower court having failed to address the preliminary objection challenging its jurisdiction particularly the issue of abduction and extraordinary rendition from Kenya to Nigeria, the lower court failed to take cognizance of the fact that a warrant of arrest can only be executed anywhere within Nigeria, the appeal court judgement said.

The court further held that the trial judge was in grave error to have breached the right to fair hearing of Nnamdi Kanu

The African Charter on Human and People’s rights are part of the laws of Nigeria and courts must abide by the laws without pandering to the aim of the Executive, the appeal court said.

Treason charges

Mr Kanu has repeatedly called for the breakaway of a significant chunk of southern Nigeria to form the Republic of Biafra.

On October 2015, he was arrested by Nigerian authorities on an 11-count charge bordering on “terrorism, treasonable felony, managing an unlawful society, publication of defamatory matter, illegal possession of firearms and improper importation of goods, among others.”

He was granted bail on April 2017 for medical reasons.

However, Mr Kanu fled the country in September 2017 after an invasion of his home by the military in Afara-Ukwu, near Umuahia, Abia State.

He was then sighted in Israel and later continued to rally his supporters in Nigeria to employ violence in achieving secession.

“He has, upon jumping bail, been accused of engaging in subversive activities that include inciting violence through television, radio and online broadcasts against Nigeria and Nigerian State and institutions,” Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami said after Kanu was rearrested and brought back to Nigeria in June 2021.

“Kanu was also accused of instigating violence especially in the Southeastern Nigeria that resulted in the loss of lives and property of civilians, military, para military, police forces and destruction of civil institutions and symbols of authorities.”

Mr Kanu has denied any wrongdoing.


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