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The Executive Council of the Nigeria-British Chamber of Commerce, NBCC, last Thursday in Lagos vested its premium membership status on the country’s leading engineering construction company, Julius Berger Nigeria Plc. The well-attended induction ceremony held at the headquarters of the NBCC, Lekki, Lagos.

The induction ceremony kicked off promptly when the Deputy President of the NBCC and Chairman of the Chamber’s Membership Committee, Prince Bimbo Olashore who is also the Vice President of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, LCCI, introduced members of the NBCC’s Executive Council.

Thereafter, the NBCC’s President and Chairman of Council, Mrs Bisi Adeyemi gave a formal welcome address to members, inductees and guests at the event.

She congratulated the new members and urged them to take good advantage of the business networking opportunities that abound to their membership of the Chamber.

Mr Ray Atelly, frpa, presented a brief history and structure of the NBCC to the gathering and new members were formally mentioned and given an opportunity to make a one-minute pitch on behalf of their companies.

Julius Berger’s delegation to the event was led by the company’s Executive Director Administration, Alhaji Zubairu Ibrahim Bayi, Fniob.

In his pitch for Julius Berger Nigeria Plc, Bayi said: Since our business advent in Nigeria with the Eko Bridge Project in 1965, Julius Berger Nigeria Plc, has remained at the forefront of the country’s engineering construction industry, continuously building on robust experience and strong technical development and innovation for the creation of long-term value and diversification of portfolios for clients, stakeholders and the general public.”

Alhaji Bayi further said, “…that remains Julius Berger’s progressive mission, work and unwavering commitment to Nigeria’s development agenda.” Bayi who said Julius Berger’s premium membership of the NBCC itself is an investment, also prayed for more successes for the company by its membership of the Chamber.

According to Bayi, “in terms of history, scope, resources, project management, quality, high standards and reliability, the mention of Julius Berger in engineering construction conversations in the country brings such conversations to a conclusive finality. …with an eye for the finest engineering detail, we respectfully but confidently, boldly lead our sector”, Bayi concluded.

The Guest Speaker at the event was Mr Benson Adenuga, Director of Coverage and Head of Nigeria Office, British International Investment.

He spoke extensively on the critical need for well thought out investment partnerships, traversing the ideas of start-up venture capital, growth capital, strategic (long-term) capital, and turnaround capital.

The manifestly seasoned international investment guru emphasized the irreducible need for clarity of both international and municipal regulatory compliance and alignment of purpose between businesses and capital investors as that alignment becomes pivotal to business growth and connection to markets.

Mr Adenuga further maintained that clarity about the kind of investor required at any point in time during a business cycle; the proposed governance structure between the business managers and the capital investor; as well as the need for commitment to transparency and an organizational culture that is fit for purpose, are all noteworthy signals for investment readiness for an enterprise.

The Nigerian-British Chamber of Commerce, NBCC, is a foremost bilateral Chamber in Nigeria with the objective to promote trade and Investment between Nigeria and Britain since its establishment in 1977.

NBCC is affiliated to the British Chambers of commerce (BCC) which gives member companies access to a network of 52 other chambers of commerce across the commonwealth.

With a membership strength of over 400 companies, whose total net worth is about N200 trillion from all sectors of the economy, the NBCC is a constantly developing network of local branches in all parts of the country and has an NBCC-UK office presence.

The Nigerian-British Chamber of Commerce was set up to promote and develop Anglo-Nigeria trade relations, continually create value for its members and facilitate business-to-business relationships.

In conjunction with the British Chamber of Commerce, BCC, the NBCC is delighted to be working with accredited Chambers of Commerce who are piloting Local Skills Improvement Plans (LSIPs) in their areas.

At a time of critical levels of skills shortages, weak productivity and increasing changes in the way people work, the Chamber Network has launched a campaign to address these crucial issues.


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PDP Crisis: Ortom, Fayose, Anyim, Others Get Soft Landing



…..Party Rescinds Sanctions

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rescinded sanctions slammed on former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, and ex-Senate President, Pius Anyim, over alleged anti-party activities.

Benue Governor Samuel Ortom, Ibrahim Shema of Kastina state and other party Chieftains also sanctioned got soft landings after a crucial meeting of the national working committee of the party yesterday in Abuja

Recall that the party top shots were suspended by the embattled Iyorchia Ayu leadership over alleged anti party activities

But in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba, yesterday Thursday, March 30, the party announced that its National Working Committee,NWC, has reversed the suspension of the party’s chieftains.

Ologunagba noted that the PDP NWC also reversed Governor Ortom’s referral to the party’s disciplinary committee.

He said: “The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at its meeting today, Thursday, March 30, 2023, extensively discussed recent developments in the party.

“The NWC recognised the imperativeness of a total reconciliation among party leaders and critical stakeholders for a more cohesive Party in the overall interest of our teeming members and Nigerians in general.

“Consequent upon the above, the NWC reverses the referral of the Governor of Benue State, His Excellency, Dr. Samuel Ortom to the National Disciplinary Committee.

“The NWC in the same vein reverses the suspension of the following members of our great party: H.E Ibrahim Shema (Katsina State); Ayodele Fayose (Ekiti State); Sen. Pius Anyim (Ebonyi State); Prof. Dennis Ityavyar (Benue State); Dr. Aslam Aliyu (Zamfara State).

“This decision is without prejudice to the powers of the NWC to take necessary disciplinary action against any member of the party at any time pursuant to the provisions of the Constitution of the PDP (as amended in 2017).

“The NWC charges all leaders, critical stakeholders and teeming members of our party across the country to be guided by the provisions of the PDP Constitution (as amended in 2017) as well as the new spirit and necessity of reconciliation, unity, and harmony in our party at this critical time.

“The PDP must remain focused as we continue to take every necessary action to recover the stolen mandate freely given by Nigerians to our party and presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, on Saturday, February 25, 2023, at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal,” the PDP spokesperson stated.

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DSS ING Alarm:Legal Means Can Be Deployed To Stop Tinubu’s Inauguration- HURIWA



Civil rights advocacy group, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, (HURIWA), yesterday said there was nothing wrong in applying legal means to stop the inauguration of the President-Elect, Bola Tinubu on May 29, 2023 because the February 25, 2023 election that produced him is still being actively challenged in court by leading candidates in the poll.

HURIWA, in a statement by its National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, said the so-called alarm raised by the Department of State Services (DSS) on Wednesday that some politicians are plotting an interim government should not be used as an obstacle to stop the petitions filed by Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP) challenging Tinubu’s Victory

The DSS warning followed a petition by the Minister of State for Labour and Productivity, Festus Keyamo that the DSS should invite Obi and his running mate, Datti Baba-Ahmed, over their rejection of Tinubu as the President-Elect.

Similarly, Atiku had earlier in March led a protest to the Abuja office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to reject the result of the February 25 poll declared by the electoral umpire.

Both Atiku and Obi alleged electoral malpractices in the poll and are in court to challenge the declaration of Tinubu as President-Elect by INEC.

HURIWA’s Onwubiko said, “The Department of State Services should not rope in powerful opposition forces such as Peter Obi and Atiku Abubakar with a view to finding some frivolous charges to hang on their necks to frustrate their formidable petitions against the outcome of the February 25 presidential poll.

“The DSS must work for all of Nigeria and not work as errand boys of Tinubu and his allies who only recently made claims that some persons want to stop his swearing in. By the way, there is nothing wrong in applying legal means to stop his inauguration because the election is being actively challenged. Nothing should be used as obstacles to obstruct Obi and Atiku’s petitions.

He advised that ,“The DSS should go after arm smugglers, kidnappers, bandits and terrorists and leave politicking for politicians.”

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Edo NUJ Felicitates Arase Over Appointment As Chairman PSC



The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Edo State Council has felicitated with Solomon Arase, a retired Inspector General of Police on his appointment as Chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC).

In a statement signed by the union Chairman, Comrade Festus Alenkhe, the union described the appointment as well deserved.

The union expressed optimism that Arase will bring his wealth of experience to bear in his new assignment to his father land.

The union prayed God Almighty to grant him the knowledge and wisdom to reposition the Police Service Commission for better service delivery.

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