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Red Star Awards Scholars, Appoints New Mentors

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By peter oluka

Not less than nine (9) scholars have been awarded scholarship at this year’s Red Star Foundation Scholarship Scheme.

New mentors were also appointed to guide the wards. The 14th edition of the scholarship event organized by Red Star Express Plc recently, is a platform for the company to demonstrate its core values in its Corporate Social Responsibilities for the benefit of its immediate community in particular and Nigeria in general.

Sola Obabori, the group managing director, Red Star Express Plc, said the initiative was aimed at supporting the growth of education in the country. “The whole initiative of the Red Star Foundation in undertaking this task is to support the growth of education in the country. As an organisation we believe in improving the lives of those who cannot pay for high quality education.

“The annual programme is organized in collaboration with its host community, Oshodi Local Government, the Schools’ Officials and University of Lagos Consult. The scholarship programme started in 2004 and it is now in its 14th edition”, he stated.

“We have 140 students who have gone through this programme and have also graduated from the university. That is some inspiration for us that many more people can participate and enjoy the little that we offer”, he added.

On the role of the mentors, he explained that the primary role of a mentor is to provide guidance and support to scholars based on his or her unique developmental needs. “At different points in the relationship, the mentors will give advice and guidance, share ideas, and provide feedback, identify resources to help mentee enhance personal development and career growth and provide quarterly reports on achievements and academic performance of scholars”, he reiterated.

In his speech, the Chairman Board of Trustees of Red Star Foundation, Mr. Tonye Preghafi, said the aim of the scholarship is to improve the educational standards in the country. “In order to improve the educational standards in the country, mentors have been selected to ensure the wards are well guided. I am appealing to the beneficiaries, on behalf of my organisation, to keep giving their best in all their endeavours”, he enthused. He also revealed that the scheme will be expanded beyond Oshodi/Isolo to cover other areas.

During the event, nine students were given scholarship. The students were from four schools within Oshodi Local Government Area. They include Okonofua Tomillola, Ochella Victoria and Lawal Suliat from Ikeja Senior Grammar School, Okorovivian and Ajigboteso Joseph from Mafoluku Senior Grammar School, Arilesere Modinat from Bolade Senior Grammar School and Morakinyo Eniola, Adebayo Mark and Moses Olamide from Unity and High School.

To ensure continuity of scholarship, students must demonstrate continuous academic excellence throughout the duration of the scholarship and show exemplary character and integrity.

Red Star Express is a licensee of FedEx (Federal Express), and one of the most reputable companies in the Nigeria logistics industry. Incorporated in October 1992, the company provides a portfolio of logistics solution which includes domestic and international deliveries, freight forwarding, integrated warehousing and haulage services, information and document management, e-Commerce order fulfillment services. Red Star became an Associate of TNT following the acquisition of TNT by FedEx in 2016.

 

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Customs Targets N1.5 trillion Revenue in 2018

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The Nigeria Customs Service has set a revenue target of N1.5 trillion for 2018.

Hammed Ali, Comptroller-General of Customs, , disclosed this at the first management meeting for 2018 held in Abuja.

A statement by Joseph Attah, Customs PRO yesterday, said that in 2017, the Service generated N1.37 trillion, surpassing the year’s target of N770.57 billion.

According it, promotion of officers, which would soon be approved by the board and the review of salaries, payment of bonus to Customs officials, were discussed.

It added that in the meantime, 577 officers were retired according to a circular titled CIRCULAR NO/HRD/2017/003-LIST OF OFFICERS/MEN FOR STATUTORY RETIREMENT IN YEAR 2018 and signed by Sulaiman M.S.J, Comptroller Establishments.

“The officers included a Deputy Comptroller General, an Assistant Comptroller General, 11 Comptrollers, 27 Deputy Comptrollers, 27 Assistant Comptrollers and 23 Chief Superintendents of Customs.

“Similarly, the Service carried out promotion and redeployment of some officers as contained in a statement issued some weeks ago by the Service National Public Relations Officer, Joseph Attah.

“Among those promoted in acting capacity were Isa Talatu Mairo to Deputy Comptroller-General Tariff and Trade; Amajam Bukar, Controller, Federal Operations Unit Zone C, elevated to the rank of Assistant Comptroller-General, Enforcement, Investigation and Inspection and David Elisha Chikan as ACG (Human Resources and Development),’’ it said.

It said that the CGC charged the affected officers to see their appointments and as opportunities to contribute their best towards consolidating the gains of the ongoing reforms in the service,” it said.

Other rank and file listed on the retirement notice include five Chief Inspectors of Customs Terminal (CIC T); 21 Chief Inspector of Customs (CIC); 21 Superintendents of Customs (SC) and 36 Deputy Chief Inspectors of Customs (DCIC)

Others are 23 Deputy Comptrollers (DCs); 121 Assistant Chief Inspectors of Customs (ACIC); four ACIC1; 131 Deputy Inspectors of Customs (DIC) and one Assistant Superintendent of Customs 11.

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Arik Assures Nigerians of Better Operations in 2018

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The management of Arik Air, Nigeria’s largest carrier has sent messages, thanking Nigerians and all travellers for their support in 2017, and assures customers of a brighter and better 2018, while wishing them a great and prosperous new year.

In his New Year message, Captain Roy Ilegbodu, the chief executive officer of Arik Air, said: “We owe Nigerians a heartfelt gratitude for their support in 2017. They believed in the airline, stood by us and that unflinching support was the tonic that propelled us to regain our leadership position in the industry”.

In the New Year, the airline has pledged to redouble its efforts in order to surpass the expectations of its valued customers in 2018.

The CEO elaborated: “For us, time is money and we will continue to ensure an on-time service delivery which enables customers get to their destinations punctually. Arik is known for safe operations and we will not compromise the safety of our customers at any time.”

The airline is also promising a value added service that makes the customer King in 2018 while route integration will be vigorously pursued.

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Eko Disco Tenders Apology to Residents Over Power Outage

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Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) has apologised to its consumers over the irregular power supply currently being experienced.

 

Mr Godwin Idemudia , General Manager, Corporate Communications, explained that the epileptic supply was due to a system collapse from the national grid affecting the entire country.

 

Idemudia, said the system collapsed which occurred recently had resulted in nationwide blackout had really affected the EKEDC consumers.

 

According to the General Manager, since five days now, power supply to customers under our network has been on and off.

 

“Until Generation goes up, there is nothing we can do now because National Grid (NG) is the only source of our supply.

 

“We feel your pains.

 

“We are, therefore, appealing to customers to bear with us, as supply will be restored as soon as these repairs are concluded.

 

“EKEDC highly regrets any inconveniences caused by this irregular supply,” he said.

 

Nigeria was on Jan.2 thrown into a nationwide blackout as the country suffered total collapse of its power system grid.

 

The collapse followed a fire incident on Nigerian Gas Processing and Transportation Company Ltd (NGPTC’s) Escravos Lagos Pipeline System and a shutdown of pipeline supplying gas to 3,182 Mega Watt (MW) plants.

 

These plants include Egbin 1,320MW; Olorunsogo National Integrated Power Plant (NIPP) 676MW; Olorunsogo 338MW; Omotosho NIPP 450MW; Omotosho 338 MW and Paras 60MW power stations.

 

The Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, which confirmed the collapse and the shutdown of gas supply to the 3,182 MW plants, described the incident as a setback to the power sector.

 

 

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