Akinwumi Adesina Receives Order Of The Star Of Africa Of Grand Band Of The Republic Of Liberia [2018]

Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB), has received the Order of the Star of Africa with the Grade of Grand Band of the Republic of Liberia, during an investiture ceremony hosted by Liberian Head of State, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, at the C. Cecil Dennis Auditorium of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in Monrovia, Liberia.

Akinwumi Adesina

The award honours Dr. Adesina’s visible and tireless commitment to the rapid economic development of Liberia through, among others, the implementation of the Bank’s first and second priorities as set out in the High 5s: Light up and power Africa and Feed Africa.

According to the Liberian President while presenting the Order of the Star of Africa with the Grade of Grand Band of the Republic of Liberia honour:

“The African Development Bank has always been a good partner for Liberia. In the last two years, Liberia went through troubled times.

And the African Development Bank became a close partner to Liberia in being able to set down with us, share our successes and challenges and continue to respond to our agenda and to our commitments regarding two priorities: power and connectivity and agriculture. In this last case, Akinwumi Adesina helped us to duplicate what he did when he was Minister of Agriculture in Nigeria with cassava. Now, cassava is grown all over Liberia.”

In the words of Dr. Akinwumi Adesina on receiving the Order of the Star of Africa with the Grade of Grand Band of the Republic of Liberia:

“On behalf of the African Development Bank, I am deeply honoured to receive the Order of the Star of Africa, Liberia’s highest distinction.

I would like to personally thank President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the jewel of Africa. When I took over as President of the African Development Bank in 2015, President Sirleaf became an important ally in our High 5s strategy to Light up and power Africa, Feed Africa, Industrialize Africa, Integrate Africa, and Improve the quality of life of the people of Africa. She had already begun focusing on these development priorities in Liberia, decades earlier as Minister of Finance and more recently as President.

The African Development Bank will continue to support Liberia.

We look forward to working with President-Elect George Weah and the new administration to score the most important goals of developing Liberia.”

The African Development Bank is credited with transforming the lives of Liberians through financing road and infrastructure projects, the provision of electricity, and the improvement of water and sanitation services.

To date, the African Development Bank’s total cumulative commitments of approved projects in Liberia since its first intervention in 1967 is US $1.124 billion. The Bank’s active portfolio comprises 11 ongoing and recently approved operations with a total commitment equivalent to US $336.17 million.

There are 9 national operations valued at US $219.9 million and two multinational operations valued at US $116.20 million.

The portfolio is largely spread over six sectors and is heavily invested in infrastructure, predominantly in roads, energy, and water and sanitation, amounting to a total of US $290.25 million or 82% of the total commitments. This portfolio is aligned to Liberia’s Agenda for Transformation priorities. The transport sector accounted for the largest share of the portfolio (49%), followed by energy (23%), agriculture and rural development (14%), water and sanitation (11%), and governance (3%). The average project size in Liberia is US $30.6 million.

Zenith Insurance & FBNInsurance Win World Finance Global Insurance Awards 2017

Zenith Insurance & FBNInsurance have emerged winners of the World Finance Global Insurance Awards 2017 in the general insurance and life insurance categories respectively in Nigeria.

World Finance publishes its yearly line-up of the best companies in global insurance, recognising those that continue to grow and expand, even in spite of an ever-changing landscape and modern-day risks.

The World Finance Global Insurance Awards 2017 celebrate those that are staying ahead of these developments and driving ahead with innovative solutions. Each year, the World Finance in-house judging panel compiles the list of winners after consulting key business metrics and talking with a number of industry experts.

According to the Head, Marketing and Corporate Communications, FBNInsurance, Elizabeth Agugoh:

“The World Finance Global Insurance awards aim to celebrate those that have stood out as clear industry leaders over the course of 2017 by remaining agile even in the face of rapid change.

For us at FBNInsurance, we  attribute the win to the company’s continuous commitment to providing responsive insurance to every Nigerian. In our seven years of operation, we have been able to carve a niche for ourselves by continuously engaging the consumer through our retail drive thereby gaining trust and traction in the market. We are happy to have won this award yet again; we will not rest on our oars even as we set our sights on more successes.

The World Finance was established in 2007 and has celebrated achievement, innovation and brilliance in Business through their annual awards. It will be recalled that FBNInsurance won the Best Life Insurance Company in Nigeria at the 2014 and 2016 editions of the awards. The 2017 win is the third time the company will be so honoured with the global accolade.’’

Sunday Oliseh Guides Fortuna Sittard To First Title In 23 Years

Fortuna Sittard, coached by ex-Nigeria captain and manager Sunday Oliseh, has led the Dutch club to their first trophy in 23 years.

Sunday Oliseh

Sunday Oliseh guided Fortuna Sittard to a comfortable 2-1 win over Ajax Jong with the victory confirming Fortuna Sittard as winners of ‎the second period in the Eerste Divisie – their first silverware since 1995 after finishing as league leaders at the end of matchday 20.

The Fortuna Sittard Stadion outfit have recorded consecutive league wins over RKC Waalwijk, Den Bosch, Utrecht II, Go Ahead Eagles, Helmond Sport, PSV II and Jong Ajax in their last seven league games.

Fortuna Sittard’s last league defeat was a 1-0 loss to Cambuur on November 17, 2017. A single defeat between match day 12 and 20 in the second period of the Jupiler League.

In the words of Sunday Oliseh:

“We wanted to win this for the fans because they have not won anything in over 20 years, from a club that was dying in January to a club that is winning a Period title.

Our victory over Jong Ajax 2-1 today @FortunaSittard not only makes it a record 7 victories in a row but secures us the 2nd Period title. Fortuna’s 1st title in 23 years. God is Great!”

Sunday Oliseh’s side now sits at the summit of the Eerste Divisie log with 44 points from 20 games.

Chukwununso Nomeh 3.80

Chukwununso Nomeh, an inmate of the Enugu Maximum Security prison, has emerged the overall best post-graduate student of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Prisons Special Study Centres nationwide.

Chukwununso Nomeh graduated with a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.80.

The spokesperson of the Nigeria Prison Service in Enugu State, Mr. Chukwuemeka Monday stated that Chukwununso Nomeh who was convicted and sentenced in 2010 gained admission for the Masters in Business Administration (MBA) programme.

Mr. Chukwuemeka Monday further stated that a former awaiting trial inmate of the same centre, Theophilus Adeniyi, emerged the overall best graduating student in 2014 and was currently pursuing his PhD in one of the country’s universities.

The Desk Officer of Enugu Study Centre, CSP Kelvin Iloafonsi, said two other inmates also graduated from the NOUN post-graduate school.

Iloafonsi said that one of them had since been released.

The Controller of Prison in the state, Ndubuisi Ogbodo, urged the inmates to enroll in the NOUN and embrace the transformation mantra of the Controller General of Prison, Ja’afaru Ahmed.

Ogbodo said the transformation agenda focused on training and retraining of both staff and inmates.

The controller of prisons also called on the public to accept ex-convicts as reformed and responsible members of society.

Covenant University & Elsevier SciVal Latest Computations [2018]

Covenant University has maintained her profile as a frontline research institution in Africa, by occupying distinguished ranking positions in various subjects, according to the latest computations for universities in Africa by Elsevier SciVal.

Covenant University

Covenant University was the only Nigerian institution in the top 10 rankings of African institutions in the fields of Management Information System; Information Systems and Management; Management of Technology and Innovation; and Business and International Management, while another Nigerian institution featured alongside Covenant in the field of Computer Science (Miscellaneous).

Specifically, Covenant was ranked 3rd in Computer Science (Miscellaneous) with 54 publications, 61 authors, and 28 citations; 2nd in Management Information System with 67 publications 151 authors and 1 citation; and 2nd in Management of Technology and Innovation with 102 publications, 179 authors and 17 citations.

Also, the University emerged 3rd in Business and International Management with 119 publications, 226 authors and 18 citations; and 8th in Information Systems and Management with 77 publications, 165 authors and 14 citations.

The computations by SciVal, spanned the period between 2012 and 2017.

In the current rankings of African institutions in the field of Computer Science (Miscellaneous) by SciVal, Covenant was ranked 3rd in the continent behind the University of Johannesburg (South Africa) which was ranked 1st, and the University of Cairo (Egypt) ranked 2nd.

Elsevier SciVal is the world acclaimed ready-to-use solution that offers easy access to the research performance of 8,500 research institutions and 220 countries worldwide.