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Public Sector Turnaround Specialist, Peterside, To Deliver Keynote Speech At SON’s Calabar Retreat



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The Standards Organisation of Nigeria, , is set for a four-day Leadership Strategy Retreat in Calabar, Cross River State.

The standards regulatory body in Nigeria said the retreat, to have top leadership experts in the country, is in its desire to build on the foundation laid by previous managements. It shall also aim at repositioning SON for greater effectiveness and efficiency. SON has responsibilities for setting and enforcing standards for industrial goods in Nigeria .

In a release made available to The Neighbourhood, on Thursday, SON said that Nigeria’s leadership coach and foremost public turnaround expert, Dr. Adol Peterside, shall deliver the Keynote Speech at the event.

Peterside, who is the immediate past Director-General/Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, shall be sharing his strategies that turned around NIMASA from a near-bankrupt Agency into a money-spinner for the country.

According to Farouk Salim, the DG/CEO of SON, the organization would be honoured to have Dr. Peterside join SON at the agenda-setting four-day retreat.

The Retreat shall run from February 9 to 12.

“We look forward to hearing Dakuku Peterside’s story of how he took NIMASA from an underperforming regulatory agency to a world-class institution. We will have the privilege to learn of the philosophy that inspired him and the methods that gave him and his team exceptional results”, Salim said in the statement.

Dr. Peterside shall be speaking on “SON: Growing an effective and efficient regulatory organization”,  which SON disclosed, would be the theme of the retreat.

The organisation also stated that the strategy retreat would be the first major outing in a series of agenda-setting programmes to reposition the agency and set her on the path of becoming the foremost standards organization in Africa. “Under the new leadership, the DG is determined  to make SON a role model and safeguard Nigerians from the risk of substandard products whether manufactured in the country or imported into the country”, it said adding that “SON plans to ramp up enforcement of standards in the next few weeks and make Nigeria hostile for producers of substandard products.”

Dr. Dakuku Peterside, author of  the book, ‘Strategic Turnaround’, will be joined by other great organizational development experts at the retreat, which is facilitated by SAMUELSON B. V. Professional Services, a leading consulting firm in the country.

The other resource persons expected at the retreat are Tony Epelle, Managing Consultant & CEO of SAMUELSON, Dr. Eric Ighalo, a renowned trainer & facilitator, Dr. Joseph Odumodu, a former DG of SON, Barr. Osuagwu Sunny Uwanakwa, Chairman of SON Review Committee set up by the Salim led administration, and Elijah Affi, Managing Director, Take-Out Media.

The four-day retreat will deal with issues like goal setting, art & science of execution for regulatory agencies, key performance indicators and stakeholder management, among other issues.


No Bench Warrant against NDDC Interim Administrator – Senator Nwaoboshi



… Says money allocated for new NDDC Hdqs well uilitised

Chairman, Senate Committee on Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Peter Nwaoboshi, has refuted reports that the Senate issued a bench warrant for the arrest of the Interim Administrator of Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Mr. Efiong Akwa.

Senator Nwaboshi, who was speaking during the oversight visit of the Senate Committee at the new NDDC headquarters in Port Harcourt, described the reports as untrue, saying that he was reliably informed that no such order was issued.

“The Interim Administrator has been reaching out, communicating and discussing with the Senate,” he stated, adding: “He opened discussions with us. We are happy that he accepted that there is need for cooperation and collaboration for Niger Delta to move forward.”

The Senate Committee chairman, however, disclosed that the Senate was still investigating the issues connected with the NDDC COVID-19 palliative funds, adding: “We are aware that the NDDC Interim Administrator was not part of the NDDC leadership team at the time.”

He stated that the NDDC boss was appointed Acting Executive Director, Finance and Administration of the Commission in August, 2020, “a month after the National Assembly began probing the matter. He was not a party to any of the transactions on the palliatives.”

Sen. Nwaoboshi also expressed delight over the completion of the NDDC permanent headquarters, noting that the Committee had appropriated N16 billion for the completion of the headquarters building.

He stated: “We are happy to sit at the headquarters today. We have come to see how the money has been used in executing the project. We want to know whether the money has been well uilitised. And I want to state that we are happy with what we have seen. The money has been well utilised.”

Welcoming members of the Senate Committee, to the NDDC permanent headquarters, Mr. Akwa commended the Committee for their unflinching support for the NDDC, noting that the support was critical for the development and progress of the Niger Delta region.

Akwa said: “For about a year we had misunderstanding with some members of the National Assembly. The members are noble men and they had to bend backwards to bury the hatchet in the interest of the region. When I went to the joint session of the Senate and the House of Representatives to defend the 2020 budget, they cooperated with us. I assured them that we will insist on doing the right thing at the NDDC.”

The Interim Administrator later took members of the Senate Committee on a tour of the newly completed headquarters complex.

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BREAKING: Buhari Appoints Bawa As New EFCC Boss




President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Abdulrasheed Bawa as substantive chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Mr Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, announced this in a statement on Tuesday.

According to the statement, his appointment is subject to the confirmation of the Senate.

“President Muhammadu Buhari has asked the Senate to confirm Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa as substantive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

“In a letter to President of the Senate, Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan, the President said he was acting in accordance with Paragraph 2(3) of Part1, CAP E1 of EFCC Act 2004.

“Bawa, 40, is a trained EFCC investigator with vast experience in the investigation and prosecution of Advance Fee Fraud cases, official corruption, bank fraud, money laundering, and other economic crimes.

“He has undergone several specialized trainings in different parts of the world, and was one of the pioneer EFCC Cadet Officers in 2005. Bawa holds a B.Sc degree in Economics, and Masters in International Affairs and Diplomacy,” the statement said

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