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Court strikes out false accusation case against maritime consultant

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The Federal High Court in Lagos has struck out a case of false publication against a Lagos-Based Maritime Consultant and Employment Solutions Strategist, Ronke Kosoko.

In the two-count case filed on January 31, 2019 between the Federal Government of Nigeria (Greg Ogbeifun) and Ronke Kosoko, the Maritime Consultant was accused of sending an email to the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council (CWEIC) for the purpose of causing annoyance, inconveniences, and insult to one Greg Ogbeifun, Chairman/CEO of Starzs Investments Company Limited over some alleged  scandals.

Kosoko was also accused of intentionally transmitting several emails, text messages to Ogbeifun and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention etc) Acts of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Ruling in the case on April 11, 2019, Justice A.C Faji stated that the case was struck out in view of the application by the Prosecutor and the decision of the Complainant as well as contrition shown by the defendant.

The order was based on the hearing of A. O Nwabusi, counsel for the Prosecution informing the court that the nominal complainant has forgiven the defendant and applied to withdraw the charge.

O. Ojakovo Counsel for the defendant also informed the court that the defendant has fulfilled all conditions for the case to be struck out by sending mails retracting previous mails and hard copies given to the complainant and was not opposed to the application for the charge to be withdrawn.

While recommending the case for mediation between the complainant (Greg Ogbeifun) and the defendant (Ronke Kosoko), the Judge said: “I have looked at the issues, it has the capacity to destroy relationships across board hence should be settled through mediation and not court process. This lady has a very bright and long future ahead of her that should not be truncated with this kind of things.”

“I have seen them both. She is too young for this kind of thing and it is the court’s duty to repair relationships and not break them, hence the need to mediate”.

Ms Kosoko has however said she will be sharing her own side of the story to the industry stakeholders as well as the youth community which she serves in the employment market so as to enable the mediators understand the issues and appropriately mediate on the issues to which she desires a permanent ending with Ogbeifun having tried to privately handle them to no avail which led to the public clash between both parties.

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Communications minister, Pantami hails ICT’s contribution to GDP

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The Honourable Minister of Communications, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, has hailed ICT’s contribution GDP in the second quarter. In the report released by National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), the contribution of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) surpassed that of Oil and Gas in the second quarter of 2019.

The report, released on Tuesday 2nd September, 2019, observed that the country’s GDP grew by 1.94% (year-on-year) in real terms in the second quarter of 2019 compared to the second quarter of 2018, which recorded a growth of 1.50%. Furthermore, the non-oil sector contributed 91.18% to the nation’s GDP in the second quarter of 2019 as opposed to the 8.82% contributed to total real GP by the oil sector. Particularly, the ICT sector contributed 13.85% to total nominal GDP in the second quarter of 2019 which is much higher than the 11.22% contributed in the same period in 2018.

The Honourable Minister observed that the significant contribution of the ICT sector to the GDP is as a result of the concerted efforts of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, especially the manner in which the implementation of the administration’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) is being pursued. These efforts, he said, led to a sustained focus on growing the non-oil sector of the economy, especially ICT and the results witnessed are testimonies of impact of these efforts.

The Honourable Minister reiterated the Communications Ministry’s commitment to the economic diversification efforts of the present administration and called on all stakeholders to support Mr President’s laudable initiatives aimed at taking Nigeria to the next level.

 

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FMBN to provide affordable homes for Nigerian workers

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FMBN CEO, Ahmed Dangiwa

The managing director and chief executive officer of the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN), Arc. Ahmed Musa Dangiwa said the Bank is committed to providing affordable mortgages to drive home ownership among Nigerian workers.

Dangiwa was speaking when the Director-General of the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) Sir Joseph N. Ari and his team paid him a courtesy call in the bank’s headquarters in Abuja.

In a statement, Dangiwa said providing affordable mortgages to Nigerian workers is done through the National Housing Fund(NHF) Scheme into which Nigerian workers both in public and private sectors contribute 2.5% of their monthly income.

“Through the scheme, the bank has continued to provide affordable mortgage to Nigerian workers and construction finance for housing development. Our National Housing Fund (NHF) individual mortgage loan, granted at 6%, is the most affordable in the country” Dangiwa said.

In his response, the Director-General of the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) Sir Joseph N Ari, commended FMBN on the giant strides in reforming the bank under the present management.

Ari said the purpose of the visit was to provide a platform that the two organisations will work together for their mutual benefits.

He called on FMBN to arrange for a sensitisation workshop for the staff of ITF.

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NURTW members protest Oluomo’s emergence as caretaker committee chair

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Some members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in Lagos State on Wednesday marched on the premises of the Lagos State House of Assembly in Alausa, Ikeja.

They protested the emergence of Musiliu Akinsanya aka MC Oluomo as the chairman of the caretaker committee of the union.

The protesters carried placards with inscriptions such as: ‘We say yes to union constitution, we want the government to save our soul in Lagos’, ‘We say no to Lagos NURTW, we say no to imposition’, ‘We say no to self-imposition as NURTW Lagos State chairman’, ‘We say no to thuggery in Lagos NURTW’, and others.

NURTW National President Alhaji Tajudeen Ibikunle Baruwa appointed MC Oluomo as the caretaker chairman, Lagos State chapter of the union.

It was gathered that Baruwa issued a statement on Tuesday dissolving the executive committee of the state chapter hitherto headed by Comrade Tajudeen Agbede, who is now Baruwa’s deputy, and replaced it with an 18- member caretaker committee led by MC Oluomo.

MC Oluomo, the chairman of Oshodi branch, Lagos chapter of the union, is one of those contesting for the Lagos State NURTW chairmanship.

Speaking during the protest, one of the leaders, the Chairman of Ojuwoye NURTW branch, Ademola Olanrewaju, alleged that MC Oluomo’s emergence would cause chaos.

“A meeting was held yesterday and after the meeting, it was decided that MC Oluomo should emerge as the chairman of the caretaker committee.

“Directly or indirectly, they are trying to impose him on us because there was fracas in Abuja and both parties were supposed to be dealt with, but MC Oluomo’s group was exonerated.

“What we are agitating for is that we don’t want MC’s government in Lagos State.

“Lagos State has given us the little it can in terms of empowerment, by giving us what to eat.”

At press time, no government official had addressed the protesters.

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