Ola Sanni Emerge MEATF Realtor of the Year [2015]

The Managing Broker from Centurion Realty and Estates, Mr. Ola Sanni, has emerged Realtor of the Year at the 5th Annual Awards Gala hosted by the United States (U.S) Congressman, Danny Davis.

The ceremony was put together by the seventh Congressional District’s Multi Ethnic Advisory Task Force (MEATF) at The Meadows Club in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, Chicago, U.S.

According to Dr. Tapas Dasgupta of The Meadows Club, the Realtor of the Year Award is bestowed on an individual who has not only excelled in his field, but has also made a difference in people’s lives.

In his words:

“The Annual Gala showcases our community heroes and reinforces that the various ethnic communities play a significant and integral role in the progress of our society.”

MEATF was established in 2010 as a platform to acknowledge and appreciate leaders who are giving back in their respective communities.

Ola Sanni, who entered the American real estate industry in 1994 after his university education at Truman College and University of Illinois at Chicago, in July 1995, won the “Top Listing Award” and ranked among the top sales agents out of 750 sales associates. In April 1997, he broke into the million rank and earned US$1 million month certificate as part of Mattz Group.

Ola Sanni, who hopes to return to his home state, Lagos, to play a part in the socio economic development of the place, however said:

“America is blessed with tons of talents and I believe I can better utilise all my trainings and expertise to help my people. The problem with Nigeria is not corruption but leadership. If you eradicate corruption without good leaders, you are just scratching the surface. My generation has what it takes to move Nigeria to the next level.”

Nkemdilim Rose Obi Wins 2015 Maltina Teacher of the Year Award

Mrs. Nkemdilim Rose Obi, has emerged winner of the 2015 Maltina Teacher of the Year Award.

Mrs. Nkemdilim Rose Obi is a Chemistry and Mathematics teacher from Federal Government Girls College (FGGC) Onitsha, Anambra.

The award is in recognition for her passionate desire to bring out the best in students and help create a workforce that would redeem the image of Nigeria.

The award instituted by the Nigerian Breweries-Felix Ohiwerei Education Trust Fund was aimed at restoring the pride of teachers and the dignity of the teaching profession.

The race for the 2015 Maltina Teacher of the Year Award, which generated unprecedented interest from teachers across the country, started on Wednesday, May 20, 2015.

For emerging the overall winner, Mrs. Nkemdilim Rose Obi won 1 million cash prize and another 1 million to be paid into her account yearly for five years on every World Teachers day. Her school (FGGC, Onitsha) would be a beneficiary of infrastructural development and projects worth 25 million.

The second and third place winner, an English Language teacher from Federal Government College, Borno, Mohammed Binta Lawan, and a Chemistry teacher from Northern Annang Commercial School, Akwa Ibom State, Daniel Sunday Udiong, went home with 750,000 each, respectively.

This is aside from 500,000 cash prize for each of the 19 state champions, from which the last 10 and then the winners were drawn.

Speaking at the unveiling ceremony, the chairman of the panel of judges and Founder/Chief Executive Officer, Centre for Values in Leadership, Prof. Pat Utomi, stressed the need for teachers to be regularly exposed to training.

He said but for the groups that were competent and grounded on the job, some of the findings on teachers’ competency during the screening were disappointing.

Prof. Pat Utomi stated:

“We looked at the passion they have for teaching, their general competence on their subject and a particular philosophy of teaching that they deployed to be effective with the students, their commitment to long-term goal.

If, indeed, Nigeria desires to solve the challenges of national progress, she must educate her citizens, and teachers are central in this. We need to continually train our teachers to be able to keep them up with the speed of the world. And teachers must be encouraged to learn how to learn.”

On receiving her award, 37-year old Obi, and a graduate of Chemistry, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Anambra State, said her desire to expose students to rudiments of learning and guide them in career development is her staying power as several opportunities to leave the profession due to poor remuneration has presented itself.

Obi, a masters degree holder, whose mum was also a teacher said:

“I have succeeded in shifting from a traditional method of teaching to a discussion-based methodology. The strategy brings about a synergy between what happens in the classroom and what happens real life. It brings out analytical skills from students.

I am following my mum’s footsteps, my mum was a teacher, and I also have passion to bring out the best from students. Give them the best training and get them prepared to enter the workforce of the country. Secondary education is very important in career development, thus my resolve to give the best to students.”

NNPC Releases First Monthly Oil And Gas Report [2015]

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) have released their first monthly oil and gas report as promised by the new General Managing Director of the corporation Dr. Ibe Kachikwu.

The report which is in PDF covers the activities of the corporation for the months of January to August [2015]. It showcases activities and financial transactions in the upstream, midstream and downstream sector.

The report shows increase in refining capacity of the nation refineries and also detail crude allocation to them. Other areas covered by the report includes:

  • Crude Oil Lifting Values
  • Monthly Lifting Entitlement (Million Barrels)
  • Sales Revenue From PPMC Product Distribution Sales Volume
  • Gas Supply to Power plants & Generation
  • NNPC Group Revenue