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Lagos female chair dispels forcing N650,000 birthday fabrics on staff



Lagos female chair dispels forcing N650,000 birthday fabrics on staff

The Executive Chairman, Ikosi Isheri LCDA, area of Lagos State, Mrs Samiat Bada, has denied online allegations of compelling her staff to buy N650,000.00 fabrics for her forthcoming 50th birthday.

Addressing the media at the council secretariat, in Lagos on Tuesday, Bada described the allegations as completely false and baseless.

Recall that an online medium reported a petition filed by Concerned Ikosi Isheri LCDA Residents against Bada of selling N650.000.00 fabrics for her birthday at this difficult time.

The group had allegedly accused her of making it compulsory for councilors, supervisors and workers to buy the fabrics, among other allegations leveled against her.

Bada told newsmen that those allegations were part of a deliberate attempt to blackmail her, tarnish her reputation and create unnecessary division within her administration.

“I stand before you today to address the recent allegations that have been circulating on the social media in which the writer claimed that I imposed a N650,000.00 Aso Ebi (traditional fabrics) on my staff.

“I want to categorically state that these allegations are completely false and baseless. Since assuming office, I have prioritised the welfare and working conditions of my staff.

“I have worked tirelessly to improve their working environment and ensure that they feel valued and appreciated.
“One of the first actions I took was to increase their monthly welfare package from N400,000 to N1.4 million paid through NULGE Ikosi-isheri Branch.

“I believe the increment is even a significant increase that will further reflects their dedication and hard work to the development of the council,” she said.

The chairman said she recently increased their welfare bonus from N4,000 to N10,000 Naira, a gesture aimed at acknowledging their commitment and motivation to their work.

Bada added that she also procured some new staff bus to enhance their convenience and transportation to their working place.

She said in spite these positive developments and efforts to uplift the working conditions of her staff, it was, however, disheartening to see such allegations against her.

Bada, however, admitted that her friends and associates from abroad were the ones that decided to chose the N650,000 fabrics among themselves to celebrate her birthday coming up in December 2023.

The chairman said there was no formal invitation to her staff, forcing them to contribute financially towards her 50th birthday celebration.

She said appropriate legal route would be carried out to unravel this scheme and ensure that those responsible face the consequences of their actions.

Bada urged the media practitioners to exercise due diligence and report facts, not fiction.

Speaking, the Council Manager, Mrs Bola Adeyemi told newsmen that there was no time the chairman had forced her nor any member of staff to buy the N650,000.00 traditional fabrics for her birthday.

Adeyemi urged members of the public to debunk the allegations against the executive chairperson of the council.


We’ll reshape hospitality industry, tourism in Abia – Otti



Alex Otti

Gov. Alex Otti of Abia has expressed readiness to reshape the hospitality industry and tourism sector through creative strategies to boost the state’s economy.

Otti said this on Thursday during a meeting with members of Nigeria Hotel Association and Hotel Proprietors Association in Umuahia.

The governor, who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Dr Caleb Ajagba, said that he was desirous to develop and strengthen the hospitality industry as well as tourism sector to meet global standards.

He said that the rebuilding agenda of the government was focused on achievement of even distribution of socioeconomic development and added that the hotel owners had a vital role to play in this regard.

“We are here to kick start what would be an enduring legacy in terms of reshaping the perception of stakeholders in the hospitality industry.

“Also looking at creative ways to move the hospitality industry, and one of the take aways we are looking at, is building partnership with stakeholders.

“Government cannot do everything, however, government will create an enabling environment for businesses to thrive, but it is the responsibility of entrepreneurs to drive the process to boost wealth creation,” he said.

Otti said that the government would create channels that would enhance the visibility of Abia’s hospitality industry on the digital space, and further drive the hospitality businesses to deliver world class services.

The Commissioner for Digital Economy, Dr Matthew Ekwuruibe, urged stakeholders in the hospitality industry to align with government’s rebuilding agenda.

Ekwuruibe said that plans were underway to build a website for hotels listing and booking , as well as connecting the hotels to Google Map, and added that the website would contain information about tourism centres in Abia.

He said that the use of digital technology to reinvent the hospitality industry had a lot of benefits such as increased visibility, enhanced ease of doing business, among others.

Also, the Commissioner for Information and Culture, Mr Okey Kanu, said that the hospitality industry played a central role in improving the economy of any state.

Kanu said that “the hospitality industry is central to any government that is interested in growing its economy.

“The relationship between government and the hotel owners is a relationship that needs to grow into a partnership to transform the hospitality industry,”
The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Kazie Uko, described the meeting as a deliberate effort by the government to transform the hospitality industry in the state.

Uko said that the engagement between the government and stakeholders had created a viable opportunity to address the issues inhibiting the growth of the industry in the state.

Furthermore, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Tourism and Entertainment, Mr Martins Justice, described the hospitality industry as the bedrock of the tourism sector.

Justice said that the government was working to build a hospitality industry that would meet the demands of the 21st Century as well as develop the tourism sector.

Earlier, the National Treasurer of Nigeria Hotel Association, Mr Charles Ezeala, called on the state government to create an enabling environment for hotel businesses to thrive.

Ezeala said that the government had a great role to play in assisting hotel businesses to thrive, for the hospitality industry to be transformed.

Also, Mr Nnanna Ngwakwe, a member of Hotel Proprietors Association, Aba branch, said that insecurity, poor power supply and bad roads were the bane of hotel businesses in Abia and added that this was affecting the growth of the hospitality industry in the state.

Ngwakwe called for the urgent intervention of the state government in addressing the challenges threatening the advancement of the industry in Abia.

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Gov Sule charges real sector conference to proffer practical solutions to economy



Abdullahi Sule

Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State has charged participants at the Nasarawa State University Keffi (NSUK) 1st International Real Sector Conference to proffer practical solutions to rejuvenate the economy.

He gave the charge on the first day of the two days conference on real sector productivity held at the University in Keffi Local Government Area of the state.

The theme of the conference is “Rejuvenating the sector productivity in Nigeria”.

Sule challenged participants to get real and proffer workable and practical solutions that would rejuvenate the real sector in Nigeria for optimal productivity which in turn would impact on the economy of the country positively.

“The question we should be asking ourselves here is that why are we not getting it right in the real sector in Nigeria?

“So let us proffer practical solutions so that we don’t just end up having an event and having all the communique and all that and then they end up in our offices. Let us ask ourselves what is that is possible and how do we contribute,” he said.

He said their recommendations should also be useful in shaping a better future for the real sector in Nigeria so that future Nigerians could build on that.

“So we must sit down and deliberate on what exactly is our problems in this sector. Are we ready to make sacrifices? And we must make sacrifices because that is the only way we can move forward.

“I want to assure you that in Nigeria we can change the narratives but it will take all of you here to convince the rest,” he said.

Prof. Suleiman Bala-Mohammed, Vice Chancellor, NSUK, commended the university’s Department of Business Administration for organizing the conference and urged the department to sustain it as it would be a platform for cross fertilisation of ideas and wider conversations on local and international issues.

He also urged participants to brainstorm and come up with policy recommendations on how to rejuvenate the real sector in Nigeria.

Mr John Mamman, Nasarawa State Commissioner for Education, however, told NAN that he expected the outcome of the conference would change the narratives because the real sector, according to him, is the driver of the economy.

“The manufacturing, construction, engineering and others are the real movers of the economy. Once we get it right from the drivers of the economy, other sectors will also be impacted positively,” he said.

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