Duck Creek Technologies Announces New Chief Marketing Officer

Experienced Marketing and Technology Executive Bindu Crandall to Join Duck Creek Technologies

BOSTON, May 20, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today, Duck Creek Technologies, the intelligent solutions provider defining the future of property and casualty (P&C) and general insurance, announces the appointment of Bindu Crandall as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). As CMO, Bindu is responsible for overseeing Duck Creek’s strategic marketing and branding efforts driving the company’s global expansion and leadership as a provider of P&C insurance software and services.

“Bindu is a seasoned marketer and leader who understands how to connect with SaaS customers and deliver value,” said Mike Jackowski, chief executive officer of Duck Creek Technologies. “She has a wealth of experience building and scaling world-class marketing organizations for cloud-based software companies. I am thrilled to welcome her to the Duck Creek team and look forward to working with her to accelerate our growth and expand our market leadership.”

With more than 20 years of experience at enterprise technology companies, Bindu brings deep expertise in branding, demand generation, thought leadership, and content strategy to her role, backed by a proven track record of successfully launching brands and products through revenue-driven marketing and sales strategies.

“I am honored and excited to join Duck Creek at this pivotal time in the insurance industry,” said Crandall. “Duck Creek is a visionary company that is transforming the way insurers operate and serve their customers. I am impressed by the company’s culture, products, and customer-centric approach. I look forward to collaborating with the talented Duck Creek team and partners to amplify our brand, engage our audiences, and drive business outcomes.”

Prior to joining Duck Creek, Bindu was the CMO of Navisite, part of Accenture, a digital transformation and IT services provider, where she built an award-winning marketing organization that relaunched the company as a leader of managed cloud services in the mid-market. Earlier in her career, she was the Senior Vice President of Marketing at Optima Healthcare Solutions, a SaaS provider for the post-acute care industry, and held senior marketing, product marketing, and strategy roles at companies including Internap, McKesson, and Scientific Atlanta (now Cisco).

About Duck Creek Technologies

Duck Creek Technologies is the intelligent solutions provider defining the future of the property and casualty (P&C) and general insurance industry. We are the platform upon which modern insurance systems are built, enabling the industry to capitalize on the power of the cloud to run agile, intelligent, and evergreen operations. Authenticity, purpose, and transparency are core to Duck Creek, and we believe insurance should be there for individuals and businesses when, where, and how they need it most. Our market-leading solutions are available on a standalone basis or as a full suite, and all are available via Duck Creek OnDemand. Visit www.duckcreek.com to learn more. Follow Duck Creek on our social channels for the latest information – LinkedIn and X.

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Duck Creek Technologies Nomeia Nova Diretora de Marketing

Experiente Executiva de Marketing e Tecnologia Bindu Crandall Junta-se à Duck Creek Technologies

BOSTON, May 20, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Hoje, a Duck Creek Technologies, fornecedora de soluções inteligentes que definem o futuro do seguro de propriedade e acidentes (P&C) e geral, anunciou a nomeação de Bindu Crandall como Diretora de Marketing (CMO). Como CMO, Bindu é responsável por supervisionar os esforços estratégicos de marketing e branding da Duck Creek, impulsionando a expansão global e a liderança da empresa como fornecedora de software e serviços de seguros de P&C.

“Bindu é uma profissional de marketing experiente e líder que entende como se conectar com clientes SaaS e agregar valor”, disse Mike Jackowski, diretor executivo da Duck Creek Technologies. “Ela tem uma vasta experiência na criação e dimensionamento de organizações de marketing de classe mundial para empresas de software baseadas em nuvem. Estou muito feliz em recebê-la na equipe da Duck Creek e estou pronto para trabalhar com ela para acelerar nosso crescimento e expandir nossa liderança no mercado.”

Com mais de 20 anos de experiência em empresas de tecnologia empresarial, Bindu traz uma profunda experiência em branding, geração de demanda, liderança de pensamento e estratégia de conteúdo para sua função, apoiada por um histórico comprovado de lançamento bem-sucedido de marcas e produtos por meio de estratégias de marketing e vendas orientadas por receita.

“Estou honrada e animada em me juntar à Duck Creek neste momento crucial no setor de seguros”, disse Crandall. “A Duck Creek é uma empresa visionária que está transformando a maneira como as seguradoras operam e atendem seus clientes. Estou impressionada com a cultura, os produtos e a abordagem centrada no cliente da empresa. Estou pronta para colaborar com a talentosa equipe e parceiros da Duck Creek para ampliar nossa marca, envolver nosso público e gerar resultados de negócios.”

Antes de ingressar na Duck Creek, Bindu foi CMO da Navisite, parte da Accenture, fornecedora de serviços de transformação digital e TI, onde criou uma organização de marketing premiada que relançou a empresa como líder de serviços gerenciados em nuvem no mercado intermediário. No início da sua carreira, ela foi Vice-Presidente Sênior de Marketing da Optima Healthcare Solutions, uma provedora de SaaS para o setor de cuidados pós-agudos, e ocupou cargos seniores de marketing, marketing de produtos e estratégia em empresas como Internap, McKesson e Scientific Atlanta (agora Cisco).

Sobre a Duck Creek Technologies

A Duck Creek Technologies é fornecedora de soluções inteligentes que definem o futuro do setor de seguros de propriedade e acidentes (P&C) e geral. Somos a plataforma utilizadas como base dos sistemas de seguros modernos, permitindo que a indústria capitalize o poder da nuvem para executar operações ágeis, inteligentes e perenes. Autenticidade, propósito e transparência são fundamentais para a Duck Creek, e acreditamos que o seguro deve estar disponível para indivíduos e empresas quando, onde e como eles mais precisarem. Nossas soluções líderes do mercado estão disponíveis de forma independente ou como um pacote completo disponíveis em Duck Creek OnDemand. Visite www.duckcreek.com para obter mais informação. Siga a Duck Creek nos nossos canais sociais para obter as mais recentes informações – LinkedIn e X.

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Une nouvelle directrice marketing pour Duck Creek Technologies

La spécialiste du marketing et de la technologie Bindu Crandall rejoint Duck Creek Technologies

BOSTON, 20 mai 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Duck Creek Technologies, le fournisseur de solutions intelligentes qui trace les futurs contours du secteur de l’assurance générale et IARD (incendies, accidents et risques divers), annonce la nomination de Bindu Crandall à la direction marketing. Sa mission est de superviser les stratégies marketing et de marque inhérentes au pilotage du développement de Duck Creek à l’échelle mondiale et à son leadership en matière de logiciels et de services d’assurance IARD.

Mike Jackowski, PDG de Duck Creek Technologies, observe que « Bindu Crandall est une marketeuse et une leadeuse d’expérience qui maîtrise parfaitement les ficelles de la communication client et le principe de valeur dans le domaine des solutions SaaS. Sa vaste expérience réunit la création et la mise à l’échelle d’organisations marketing de classe mondiale pour le compte d’entreprises de développement logiciel en mode cloud. Je me réjouis de l’accueillir au sein de notre équipe et suis impatient de travailler avec elle pour accélérer notre croissance et renforcer notre leadership sur le marché. »

Forte de son expérience de plus de 20 ans au service de grands groupes de la technologie, Madame Crandall apporte à sa nouvelle fonction une profonde expertise en branding, en génération de la demande, en leadership d’opinion et en stratégie contenu. Elle a également à son actif un bilan positif côté lancement de marques et/ou de produits, reposant sur des stratégies marketing et commerciale ciblées sur la croissance.

« C’est un honneur et un plaisir de rejoindre Duck Creek à l’heure où le secteur de l’assurance traverse une phase clé », déclare Madame Crandall, avant de poursuivre : « C’est une société visionnaire qui transforme le mode de fonctionnement et de service au client des assureurs. Je suis impressionnée par leur culture d’entreprise, mais aussi par leurs produits et leur approche centrée sur le client. Je suis impatiente d’entreprendre une collaboration avec ses talentueuses équipes et partenaires pour développer notre marque, impliquer nos utilisateurs et enregistrer des résultats. »

Avant de rejoindre Duck Creek, Bindu Crandall était directrice marketing chez Navisite, une société du groupe Accenture, un fournisseur de services de transformation numérique et de services informatiques. Elle y a bâti une organisation marketing de toute pièce qui a permis de replacer l’entreprise dans une position de leader des services cloud gérés sur le marché intermédiaire. Auparavant, elle était vice-présidente senior du service marketing chez Optima Healthcare Solutions, un fournisseur SaaS pour l’industrie des soins post-hospitalisation, et a occupé des postes de direction dans le marketing, le marketing produit et la stratégie dans des entreprises comme Internap, McKesson ou Scientific Atlanta, aujourd’hui Cisco.

À propos de Duck Creek Technologies

Duck Creek Technologies est le fournisseur de solutions intelligentes qui trace les futurs contours du secteur de l’assurance générale et IARD (incendies, accidents et risques divers). Les systèmes d’assurance modernes se reposent sur nos solutions et capitalisent sur le potentiel du cloud pour mener des opérations agiles, intelligentes et évolutives. Authenticité, détermination et transparence, voilà les maîtres-mots de la philosophie de Duck Creek. Pour nous, l’assurance est au service des particuliers et des entreprises, n’importe quand, où, et comment ils en ressentent le plus le besoin. Nos solutions, leaders du marché, sont commercialisées à l’unité ou sous forme de suite packagée et sont toutes disponibles sur la page : Duck Creek OnDemand. Rendez-vous sur www.duckcreek.com pour en savoir plus. Suivez-nous sur les réseaux pour découvrir nos dernières informations : LinkedIn et X.

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Evergreen Musical Coy begins construction of musical museum in Lagos


The Evergreen Musical Company has begun the construction of a musical museum in Ikeja, Lagos.

Its Managing Director, Bimbo Esho, who disclosed this in a statement on Sunday, said the museum upon completion would be called ‘Evergreen Music Heritage Foundation’.

Esho said that the museum would help to upscale the promotion of music of yesteryears with sound moral values.

She said the idea was to also bequeath to future generations a strong philosophy on music while appreciating the sheer artistic genius of Nigeria’s renowned musical talents, many of whom had been forgotten.

According to her, the project was birthed following the collaboration between Chief Femi Esho, Founder of Evergreen Musical Company and Dr Daniel Olukoya, Founder of Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministry.

She said the edifice would accommodate a music museum, music library, gallery showcasing head burst of artistes, display of over 1,000 pictures of Nigerian musicians from 1914 till date.

She explained that there would also be relics
of the musicians’ costumes, old musical instruments, an event centre for music concerts, cinema theatre, recording studio and so much more.

According to her, Olukoya, an ardent lover of good music had been of huge financial support to the project.

She noted that the founder of Evergreen Musical Company would remain the chairman of the foundation while Olukoya had been selected as the Patron.

‘The project is a massive one, it is a historic landmark project that will stand the test of time and outlive all of us.

‘Dr Olukoya has been more than supportive to our cause. He has been magnanimous and we remain eternally grateful to him for his love and support for this dream. But there’s still plenty of work to be done.

‘This magnificent edifice is situated at Oyedele Ogunniyi street, Anthony Village, Ikeja, Lagos. We are still calling on all music enthusiasts, lovers of Nigerian music all over the world to come support this dream.

‘It will be a contribution to a legacy that will be sustained for generations t
o come, all of the enduring morals and intrinsic values that our music of yesteryears taught us, all of which is lacking today.

‘The edifice is a place the youth can come to enjoy quality music and research into the past musical history of some of Nigeria’s most accomplished musicians of the 50s, the 60s down to the 90s,’ she said.

Esho said that the construction should be completed before the end of the year.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

UBA 75th Anniversary: GMD praises Elumelu


Mr Oliver Alawuba, Group Managing Director, UBA, on Monday commended the role played by the bank’s Group Chairman, Mr Tony Elumelu, in shaping UBA’s trajectory.

Alawuba gave the commendation at a world press conference in commemoration of the bank’s 75th Anniversary on on Monday in Lagos.

The event also showcased the bank’s history and outlined its future vision.

He also lauded the contributions of past and present leaders,

He said that under Elumelu’s visionary leadership, UBA had experienced significant growth and innovation, becoming a trusted financial partner for millions across Africa and beyond.

The UBA boss said that the bank’s years of existence had been of innovation, stability and customer-centric growth.

On UBA’s impressive achievements, Alawuba revealed the bank’s reach, with operations spanning 20 African countries and presence in four global financial nerve centres.

According to him, with over 25,000 staff serving more than 35 million customers, UBA stands as a beacon of stability and ex
cellence in the banking industry.

Alawuba said that the bank had been introducing several groundbreaking initiatives in the Nigerian banking landscape.

He noted that the bank had consistently pushed the boundaries of innovation, from pioneering mobile banking and installing the first ATMs in Nigeria to launching innovative chatbot banking solutions.

Looking ahead, Alawuba emphasised UBA’s commitment to digital transformation and innovation, with a focus on enhancing customer experience and driving operational efficiency.

The bank’s strategic vision includes expanding its presence, seizing growth opportunities, and deepening relationships with stakeholders.

Alawuba said that UBA was the first Bank in Nigeria to offer an Initial Public Offering (IPO) in 1970.

Alawuba stated that the Bank was the first in Nigeria banking industry to be listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE).

According to him, UBA was the first Nigerian Bank to open a branch in the USA and London.

He said:’ UBA was the first bank in
Nigeria to install ATMs, the first Bank to open a campus branch at the University of Lagos(UNILAG) in Nigeria and the first Nigerian Bank to open a subsidiary in Africa, specifically, Ghana, in 2005.

‘UBA appointed the first female Board Chairperson in Nigeria and was a pioneer in introducing mobile banking in Nigeria.

‘The Bank introduced Leo, the first multi-lingual chatbot in Nigeria and was the first Nigerian Bank to launch the most successful prepaid cards across Africa.’

Alawuba noted that amidst economic challenges and market dynamics, the group has demonstrated remarkable financial strength and resilience.

He expressed that the performance of the group especially within the last year is a testament to its robust fundamentals and sound strategic decisions.

The group managing director further stated that UBA remained committed to creating value for its shareholders and capitalising on emerging opportunities in the market, as it navigate through the ever-changing landscape.

Also, Mr Muyiwa Akinyemi
, Deputy Managing Director of UBA, highlighted the group’s commitment to stability, reliability, and excellence in banking, emphasising its numerous milestones and positive impact on communities.

He attributed UBA’s success to its dedication to exceptional customer experience and financial strength

According to him, the group aims to continue offering value-enhancing services while solidifying its position as a forward-thinking institution.

As UBA looks to the future, Akinyemi expressed enthusiasm for the next chapter, saying, ‘We look forward to another 75 years, 100 years of impact; to our people, businesses, and communities across the globe.’

From its humble beginnings as the British and French Bank on Kakawa Street, Lagos Island in 1949, UBA has evolved into a global financial powerhouse with a presence in 20 African countries and four global financial nerve centers – New York, London, Paris, and Dubai.

The anniversary celebrations, which kicked off with a news conference, will feature a range of act
ivities, including the launch of UBA’s documentary.

Others include Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)programmes, a global HACKATON online programme for youths, a legacy promo, and a grand finale in November, as reported by the News Agency of Nigeria.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Student loan scheme to commence with federal tertiary institutions-NELFUND


The Managing Director, Nigerian Education Loan Fund (NELFUND), Mr Akintunde Sawyerr says students in federal tertiary institutions would first be considered in the roll out of the scheme.

Sawyerr disclosed this in Abuja on Monday, at a news conference on pre-application sensitisation on the loan scheme.

He said that the Fund would roll out its obligations to federal universities, polytechnics and colleges of education which had completed and uploaded their students’ data on their dashboard.

Sawyerr stressed that uploading of students’ data on the Fund’s dashboard by their schools was the only means through which the students would be eligible to apply for the loan.

He said NELFUND had partnered with the institutions for seamless upload of the students’ data and the loan would be paid 100 per cent to the beneficiaries through their institutions.

Sawyerr called on federal tertiary institutions, yet to upload details of their students to do so.

‘The loan application will be opened on May 24. We are startin
g with the federal tertiary institutions, but the loan will, eventually, be rolled out to state institutions too,” he said.

Sawyerr added that the beneficiaries would be made to pay the loan, two years after completion of their National Youth Service Corp (NYSC), on condition that the individual had secured employment.

According to him, the repayment is expected to be made by the beneficiaries regardless, of where they get their job after their NYSC.

Speaking on what becomes of the scheme in cases of death, mental and physical illness of the beneficiaries, he said the fund is looking at an insurance model that will address bad loans.

He also noted that the NELFund establishment Act has made case for debt forgiveness.

‘The first thing we are doing is to try to make sure that we have adequate information about the application for the loan, as much as possible.

‘We need to know that those who applied for the loan are bonafide Nigerian citizens and they are of good standing and we have various ways to know
that.

‘We are working with security agencies to ensure the people who are applying for this loan are not people who may want to defraud the system.

‘We will also follow up on the beneficiaries each year they apply and ensure we are in constant communication with them.

‘We are looking at an insurance model to ensure loans that are bad, are handled. This will help to protect tax-payers money,’ he said.

He urged students to apply by logging into its portal through www.nelf.gov.ng and create an account using their existing credentials.

Sawyerr said the students would also be required to document their information such as their JAMB admission letter, NIN and BVN.

He listed other required information to include, personal details, academic information, and financial needs.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Lagos plans justice reform summit to address challenges


Lagos State Government has concluded plans to organise a justice reform summit to address challenges facing its justice system.

Lagos State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Lawal Pedro (SAN), gave the assurance at a news conference on Monday in Lagos.

Pedro said that an efficient, modern, agile, responsible and effective justice system would ensure equitable access to justice, safeguard fundamental rights, protect property and investment while meeting evolving needs of the people.

He added that an efficient justice system would boost investor confidence and grow the economy.

He urged all stakeholders to participate in the summit and contribute their quotas to enable the state’s justice sector to address various challenges to effective justice delivery.

‘The summit shall be appraising the causes and consequences of delays in the justice system, exploring innovative strategies to expedite legal processes, fostering collaboration among justice sector owners and rebuilding public and investo
r confidence in the administration of justice.

‘The event will feature judges, scholars members of the Nigerian Bar Association – both inner and outer bar – the police, correctional officers, lawmakers, private sector representatives and others.

‘We will engage in constructive dialogue to evaluate our past, assess our present and chart the course for the future,’ he said.

According to him, the chief justice of Nigeria, chief judge of Lagos State, attorney-general of the Federation and Lagos State governor are among the dignitaries to participate at the summit.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Group unveils 8th Technology Innovation challenge for young girls


The Odyssey Educational Foundation on Monday unveiled its 8th Technology Innovation challenge to encourage young girls’ interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education.

Mrs Stella Uzochukwu-Dennis, Chapter Ambassador for Technovation in Nigeria, who spoke at the Technovation Regional Pitch event in Abuja, said it was an opportunity to empower young girls through technology and innovation.

According to her, Nigeria’s participation in Technovation has helped teams represent the country several times in California as finalists since 2006.

She said that the Technovation programme was a beacon of hope and opportunity for girls, equipping them with the skills and confidence to solve real-world problems using technology.

‘The programme fosters a sense of empowerment and independence, teaching young innovators not just to code but to think critically, work collaboratively, and lead fearlessly.

‘By participating, these girls are breaking barriers and challenging stereotypes, thereby
paving the way for a more inclusive and equitable future’.

Uzochukwu-Dennis also highlighted the crucial role of mentors in the Technovation programme, saying they provide guidance, share their knowledge and expertise, and inspire the next generation of tech leaders.

‘The benefits of Technovation extend to the state and country as well, fostering a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship.

‘This contributes to building a stronger, more resilient economy by encouraging local solutions to local problems, driving sustainable growth and development.

‘It also positions Nigeria as a leader in the global tech industry, attracting investments and creating opportunities for youth’.

Uzochukwu-Dennis expressed profound disappointment over the lack of financial support from the government and agencies, in spite of the programme’s numerous benefits and immense potential.

She explained that no monetary aid or resources had been provided to support the programme, in spite of the countless hours of hard work, persona
l sacrifices, and support from international partners, and others.

The chapter ambassador said the winning team from this year’s programme would receive an all-expenses-paid trip to California.

She extended a heartfelt welcome to all attendees, noting that over 2,000 apps were submitted this year, with Nigeria having the highest number of quarterfinalists.

Mrs Vivien Kwande, CEO of LifeAid International Initiative, said the event was an opportunity to celebrate the creativity, dedication, and resilience of young technologists who have worked tirelessly to bring their innovative ideas to life.

Kwande said that participants have researched, designed, coded, tested, and refined their ideas, transforming visions into viable solutions with the potential to impact communities and the world at large.

She expressed her belief in the power of technology to drive change and the potential of youth to lead this transformation.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the event saw many schools participating in
ICT innovation pitches.

NAN also reports that Technovation has improved the lives of over 270,000 women to participate in science and technology in 120 countries globally.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Germany partners Nigeria to tackle climate change


The German Government is into partnership with Nigeria to combat climate change and related issues in the country, the Ambassador to Nigeria, Mrs Annett Gunther, says.

Gunther made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Abuja.

She added that the perennial floods in parts of Nigeria is a global challenge, aggravated by the climate change phenomenon.

She noted that all hands must be on deck to tackle the root causes of climate issues, adding that decarbonisation, and zero emissions would help to solve the problem not only in Nigeria but globally.

The ambassador added that Nigeria has an ambitious goal in its energy transition plan, developed under the previous administration to ensure zero emission until 2060, adding that if properly implemented, it can be impactful.

She said that ‘in our cooperation talks, we are interested in how to help

Nigeria to achieve that goal.

‘We therefore have opened a hydrogen diplomacy office called German-Nigerian hydrogen diplomacy of
fice where experts organise meetings, conferences, discussions and bring together stakeholders in the area of renewable energies and particularly on hydrogen.

‘Even though gas is currently the primary source of energy and power, we have to chart the way forward. We need to have these discussions to reach our climate goals earlier or as soon as possible.”

The envoy explained that weather had become unpredictable and difficult for agriculture to thrive.

‘In our development cooperation, we have programmes to support farmers in developing drought resilient crops.

‘We are also aware that the effect of climate change reduces the sources of income for people, as well as durable land for farming.”

Gunther further disclosed that plans were underway to address the issue of shrinking resources, as the German Government work toward mediating conflicts between communities.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Al-Habibiyyah tasks Islamic scholars on sustained sensitisation against corruption


The Al-Habibiyyah Islamic Society (AIS), an Islamic NGO, has tasked Islamic scholars and Imams to champion the fight against corruption in Nigeria through sustained sensitisation and sermons to their congregation.

The executive director and national Chief Imam of AIS, Sheik Fuad Adeyemi gave the admonition on Sunday in Abuja, at the end of 2-day sustainability workshop on anti-corruption organised by the AIS in collaboration with the MacArthur Foundation.

Adeyemi, who decried the endemic nature of corruption in the country stressed the need for a holistic solution to the problem.

He said the anti-corruption training for Islamic scholars which started in 2018 is aimed at changing the narrative in the corruption fight, with the scholars as vanguards because of their revered position in the society.

‘The sponsorship of this programme started six years ago and will be coming to an end soon, but that does not mean the laudable programme should end by itself.

‘Alhamdulilah, we have made a very big landmark, bu
t also we want to come together and continue the training almost on zero budget, expand it and come come up with new strategies to make it more effective, ‘ he said.

The Imam emphasised that government alone cannot fight corruption while highlighting that the concept of the training was to focus on behavioral change of Nigerians against the vice.

‘What the government is doing is fighting the after-effect of corruption, that’s what almost all government agencies are doing, but we are fighting corruption before it’s committed, so that it’s effective.

‘So we are trying to preach against it (corruption), we are saying don’t be involved in corruption, if you do these are the repercussions from Allah.

‘We appeal to their conscience through sermons, religious books, we use behavioral change to sensitive them not to indulge in it at all, and if some go ahead, then government agencies like the EFCC can take it from there,’ he said.

Adeyemi said that the Abuja training had about 40 Islamic clerics from Kaduna, Kog
i and the Federal Capital Territory. (FCT).

He said that the workshop will also take place across the six geo-political zones of the country, starting next week with the south-west and then the North-west of the country.

Adeyemi expressed optimism that with all hands on deck, the anti -corruption message will begin to yield positive impact across the country, which will in turn galvanise the development of the nation.

Earlier, Dr Rekiya Momoh Abaji, Project Coordinator, Project said the all-encompassing training has gone a long way in sensitising Islamic scholars and the youths on the dangers of corruption.

‘With the training, the Imams are now more emboldened to talk about issues of corruption and preaching against it.

‘Along the line, we also educated our youths on the dangers of corruption and how to be good citizens, maximize their digital skills and so on,’ she said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the workshop had as its theme ‘Creating Resilient Faith-Based Community for Sustained A
ccountability’.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Again, TAJBank wins best Islamic bank award


TAJBank Limited, Nigeria’s fastest-growing non-interest banking services provider, has won the Islamic Finance News’ (IFN’s) ‘Best Islamic Bank in Nigeria 2023’, beating other nominees from across the global geopolitical zones in the competition.

This is according to a statement by TAJBank’s Founder/CEO, Mr Hamid Joda on Monday in Abuja.

‘TAJBank had since inception won the BusinessDay Newspaper’s ‘Islamic Bank of The Year’ awards for 2021, 2022 and 2023 and before then it also clinched the Leadership Newspapers’ ‘Bank Of The Year Award’ in 2020,’ he said.

The IFN’s Organising Committee explained that the Best Islamic Bank in Nigeria 2023 was conferred on TAJBank in recognition of its superior value-adding, world-class products and innovative service delivery to non-interest banking customers globally.

In his acceptance speech, Joda commended the IFN’s Committee for the global recognition.

The CEO expressed the Board and management of TAJBank’s gratitude for recognising it as an emerging frontline player
in the global Islamic banking landscape for the IFN Award for 2023.

‘These awards and several others TAJBank had received in the past three years will further encourage us to do more in surpassing the expectations of our growing customers in terms of quality products and service delivery for invaluable value-addition to them and their businesses,’ Joda added.

Also commenting on the awards, the bank’s Co-Founder/Executive Director, Mr Sherif Idi, lauded the IFN for the award.

He also commended the customers for their growing confidence in TAJBank to deliver superior products and services with, in some cases, personalized touches to confirm to them that our only interest is in them.

The IFN Organising Committee also commended the TAJBank for hard work, persistence, and innovative strategies that enables the bank to make giant strides in spite of the whirlwinds in the Nigerian economy.

The selection of winners for the 2023 IFN competition was conducted by the IFN Organising Committee with support from the R
edmoney Group, the foremost global provider of specialized Islamic financial media services across three core divisions of events, publishing, and training.

It would be recalled that TAJBank in recognition of the non-interest lender’s strict compliance with global best practices, particularly in information security standards in all areas of its operations,TAJBank in 2022 received the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) certification.

It also received three International Standards Organisation (ISO) certifications by the Certification Partner Global (CPG), namely ISO 27001, ISO 22301, and ISO 20000 on Information Security, Business Continuity, and IT Service Management Systems.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Foundation commits to empowering vulnerable Nigerians through skills acquisition


True Foundation for Africa, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), has pledged to empower more vulnerable Nigerians nationwide, especially youths and women, with skills acquisition to enable them to become self-reliant.

The founder of the organisation, Ms. Onose-Brenda Ataga, made the promise while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Saturday.

She spoke with NAN at the closing session of the foundation’s six-day vocational training for indigenous people of Byazhin Kubwa Zone 3, Abuja.

NAN reports that the participants were trained in baking, barbering, and makeup during the event, which started on May 13.

Ataga explained that the vision was to fundamentally change the narrative of unemployment and promote local economic production for the country’s benefit.

She expressed the foundation’s determination to equip indigenous people with easily learnable skills, enabling each family to fend for itself.

She noted that each training delegate would receive a business starter pack to immed
iately apply what they had learned.

Ataga promised that the Foundation would continue to contribute to youth and community development.

NAN reports that True Foundation for Africa is a non-profit organisation committed to empowering underserved youths and women-led families by providing free skills acquisition training.

Founded in 2010, it has reached out to over 4,000 families and conducted over 30 sessions of vocational training nationwide.

As part of its annual activities, True Foundation has commenced its 2024 free vocational training programme.

The first cohort of this programme began with the indigenous people of Byazhin, Kubwa Zone 3, Abuja.

The foundation has been delivering this programme to various communities in Nigeria for the past 13 years.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Domestic securities market a major source of funding for FG – DMO


The Debt Management Office (DMO), says the Nigerian domestic securities market remains a major source of funding for the Federal Government.

The Director-General of the DMO, Patience Oniha, said this on Monday in Lagos at an interactive session with primary dealers in the Federal Government securities market.

According to Oniha, during COVID-19, when the international markets were closed, we were able to raise the full amount needed to fund the budget.

‘Last year, we raised seven trillion Naira as new domestic borrowing. It speaks to the size of the domestic market, its resilience, and its sophistication, unlike we have in many African markets,” she said.

Oniha said that the 2024 budget had a deficit of six trillion Naira to be financed through new domestic borrowing.

She said that the National Assembly also approved N7.3 trillion Ways and Means for securitisation.

‘Out of the new domestic borrowing of six trillion Naira, we have raised N4.5 trillion. For the Ways and Means, out of seven trillion appro
ved for securitisation, we have raised N4.905 trillion.

‘The financial sector has come a long way, and this is another strategic meeting to chart a way forward,” Oniha said.

Mrs Nadia Zakari, the President, Financial Market Dealers Association (FMDA), said that the Nigerian business environment was evolving and unique, necessitating such interactive sessions.

According to Zakari, such sessions are critical for both market operators and the Federal Government for them to be able to make decisions as they plan for the rest of the year.

‘We stand as financial intermediaries, and we are in a very important position of interacting with other market operators, the end investors and the DMO,” she said.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Stakeholders want full implementation of disability laws in Nigeria


The Disability Community in Nigeria has called for full implementation of disability laws in the country to ensure inclusiveness.

The community made the call at the National Disability Convening, organised by the Ford Foundation, in collaboration with the National Commission for Persons with Disability (NCPWD) with the theme: ‘Reflecting on Progress, Evaluating the Implementation of the Disability Act in Nigeria’ on Monday in Abuja.

The Executive Secretary, NCPWD, Mr James Lalu, said that the Disability Act was a product of a united struggle by the disability community in the country spanning over 19-years.

Lalu said that the commitment of President Bola Tinubu through increased in budgetary allocation to the NCPWD was the best thing to have happened to the disability community.

”We have never had it so good. We are here to deliberate on the implementation of the Act and for the commission to know where we have reached and to harmonise the unity going forward.

‘When you look at the implementation of the
Act, the commission is working in the area of accessibility. We have already produced the accessibility regulations.

‘Our collaboration with Nasarawa State University on the establishment of Centre for Disability Studies will see us having degree programmes on Accessibility Engineering, Assisting Technology, Nigerian Sign Language and Disability Inclusive Development,’ Lalu said.

He appreciated the Ford Foundation and other stakeholders for their contributions to the disability community.

Also, the Senior Programme Officer, Ford Foundation, Dr Dabesaki Mac-Ikemenjima, identified lack of data as a major challenge in dealing with disability community in Nigeria.

‘I think lots of data available is not sufficiently disaggregated, and so we don’t have accurate numbers in terms of the proportion of our population that has experienced disability in the country.

‘So part of the work we supported over this years is to look at the right indicators that will help institutions responsible to collect accurate data an
d hopefully lead to a point where there will be accurate disaggregated data,’ he said.

Similarly, Dr Chike Okogwu, the Executive Director, Centre for Ability, Rehabilitation and Empowerment (CARE) advocated for more funding for PWDs through NCPWD.

”Without funding, the implementation of the Disability Act will not be done effectively.

‘There should be a deliberate action good enough to make the commission work better. Please provide adequate funding for NCPWD, and that way, we can do more to support PWDs,’ he said.

NAN reports that the event brought together personalities from the Ministry of Information and National Orientation, Ministry of Labour and Productivity, disability community and other relevant stakeholders.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

State police will deepen internal security – Senate leader


The Senate Leader, Sen. Opeyemi Bamidele, on Monday said creating state police would deepen internal security if approved.

Opeyemi said this in a statement in Abuja released by the Directorate of Media and Publicity, office of the Senate Leader.

He said with the present police system, which was ‘ailing and dysfunctional,’ there was the need for state police.

‘We must admit that the system can no longer guarantee the dignity of human lives and the security of collective assets considering our security dynamics in the Fourth Republic.

‘The proposal for the creation of state police has been a subject of intense debate in the last decade or more.

‘This, in part, can be attributed to the rise of armed attacks orchestrated by diverse interests either pursuing divisive agenda or seeking predatory ends in virtually all geo-political zones,’ he said.

He said Nigeria, as one of the world’s fastest growing nations in terms of population, could not continue operating a unitarist security architecture in spite of it
s strong federal tendencies.

‘Such a policing model cannot meaningfully address existential threats to our internal cohesion and stability.

‘Unlike in 1979 when we had a population of 70.75 million, Nigeria is now a federation of about 229 million people, currently the world’s sixth biggest country.

‘This is as shown in the demographic data of the United Nations. Contrarily, as revealed in the recent presentation of the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Kayode Egbetokun, Nigeria has a police-citizen ratio of one to 650.

‘This ratio is a far cry from a ratio of one to 460, which according to the United Nations, is a minimum requirement for every sovereign state or territory worldwide,’ said Bamidele.

He added that the shortfall further reinforced the dysfunctionality of the centrally-controlled model the country was currently operating.

He said the ongoing review of the 1999 Constitution would avail stakeholders the opportunity to redefine governance structure and recalibrate the security architecture.

‘B
ut we must go about it with a clear sense of self-realisation. We must, first and foremost, realise that the present police system is ailing and dysfunctional.

‘We must also admit that the system can no longer guarantee the dignity of human lives and the security of collective assets.

‘With this admission, it is evident that the option of adopting state police is no doubt inevitable as an antidote to diverse security challenges that threaten us as a federation,’ he said.

The senate leader further said as the debate for a more efficient police model persisted, the National Assembly was under obligation to provide a legal framework that provided clearly defined preconditions.

‘Sub-national governments must conform with the preconditions before they can establish their own police formation.

‘The role of all 36 State Houses of Assembly is equally indispensable in the quest to adopt the decentralised police system,’ he said.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria