Eastman School of Music da University of Rochester Entra para QS World University Rankings

The University of Rochester is a top-tier research institution which has the third highest percentage of international students among all U.S. universities (U.S. News). Guided by its commitment to equity, diversity, and sustainability, the institution embodies its motto: Meliora “ever better”. With seven schools, over 200 academic majors, nearly 12,000 students, six hospitals comprising a leading academic medical center, and the nation’s premier optics institute, it is a hub of excellence.

ROCHESTER, N.Y., June 03, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A Eastman School of Music da University of Rochester entrou para o prestigiado QS World University Rankings de 2024. Classificada em terceiro lugar na América do Norte e em 11º globalmente, Eastman divide o palco com as principais instituições musicais do Reino Unido, França, Rússia, China, Finlândia, Dinamarca e Hungria.

Por mais de um século, a Eastman School of Music tem sido um exemplo de excelência em educação musical e performance. Fundada com base nos seus pilares fundamentais de arte, erudição, liderança e comunidade, a Eastman cultivou um ambiente diversificado onde a música prospera não apenas dentro de nossas salas, mas também reverbera além, enriquecendo vidas e promovendo o engajamento. A escola é conhecida por sua abordagem holística à educação musical, integrando treinamento musical rigoroso com estudos de humanidades, educação de liderança e experiências interdisciplinares. Esse compromisso com a educação abrangente produz diplomados que não são apenas músicos qualificados, mas também indivíduos bem preparados para usar seus talentos para influenciar e inspirar comunidades em todo o mundo.

Dr. Jane Gatewood, the University of Rochester’s Vice Provost for Global Engagement, is aninnovative leader with a 17-year career in global engagement within higher education andexpertise in global research partnerships, academic mobility, and economic development.Dr. Gatewood oversees large cross-functional teams with a global footprint. Her data-drivenand risk management-focused contributions have helped position the university as one of theworld’s top institutions with the largest number of international students. As a Fulbright-Nehru scholar in India, an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow at the University of London, an instructor at the Middlebury Institute for International Studies, and an editor of the Oxford English Dictionary as well as NAFSA’s Guide to International Partnerships (2020), she has significantly contributed to the global discourse on international education.

O reitor Jamal J. Rossi comentou sobre o ethos da escola e sua recente premiação: “A Eastman School of Music é uma comunidade vibrante onde alguns dos melhores músicos do mundo se reúnem para melhorar uns aos outros. Nossa dedicação de um século aos valores fundamentais da arte, erudição, liderança e comunidade serviu como base com a qual nossos ex-alunos desenvolveram carreiras impactantes em todos os aspectos da música e enriqueceram o mundo com a sua música. Esse reconhecimento pelo QS World Rankings reafirma nosso compromisso e missão de moldar o futuro da música por meio da excelência artística e acadêmica e da liderança inovadora.”

Jane Gatewood, Vice-Reitora de Engajamento Global da University of Rochester, também comentou sobre a importância dessa conquista: “O reconhecimento do QS World Rankings da Eastman School of Music ressalta nosso impacto global e prestígio acadêmico. Este reconhecimento é um testemunho da dedicação do nosso corpo docente e do talento dos nossos alunos, refletindo o nosso papel de liderança na preparação da próxima geração de músicos de categoria global.”

Este ano marca a inclusão inaugural da categoria de música no QS World University Rankings. O ranking QS para escolas de música é derivado de avaliações abrangentes da reputação acadêmica e da reputação do empregador, que contribuem com 80% e 20% para a pontuação total, respectivamente. Critérios como qualidade da pesquisa, parcerias estratégicas, inovação e empregabilidade desempenham papéis fundamentais nesta avaliação.

Jamal J. Rossi is the Joan and Martin Messinger Dean of the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester.

Para mais informação sobre o ranking de música QS World University, visite: https://www.topuniversities.com/university-subject-rankings/music

Para mais informação sobre a Eastman School of Music da University of Rochester, visite: https://www.esm.rochester.edu/admissions/

Para mais informação sobre matrículas internacionais e colaborações globais, visite: https://www.rochester.edu/global

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Pangea Unveils Annual Sustainability Report

Achieving Excellence in Environmental Stewardship and Ethical Practices

Rochester Hills, MI, June 03, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Pangea, a pioneering force in the automotive leather industry, proudly unveils its annual Sustainability Report, showcasing remarkable achievements in environmental stewardship, ethical business practices, and social responsibility. The report highlights Pangea’s unwavering commitment to driving positive change and creating a sustainable future for generations to come.

This reporting year was an important year for Pangea who not only reduced their carbon footprint, and that of each product, they also introduced a new series of Advanced Leather Products—Ecoda, Terova, Vendura, and Nevila—each boasting distinct characteristics and improvements over standard materials, reinforcing Pangea’s commitment to innovation and quality.

Key Accomplishments Featured in the Report:

  • Gold Standard Accolades: Pangea attained the prestigious Leather Working Group Gold Standard across all leather producing sites globally, underscoring its dedication to responsible leather manufacturing practices.
  • Acclaimed Certifications: Renowned certifications from Supplier Assurance (NQC), Drive Sustainability, EcoVadis, and the Sustainable Leather Foundation (SLF) further validate Pangea’s commitment to sustainability and ethical sourcing.
  • Emissions Reduction: A remarkable 16% reduction in Scope 1+2 emissions compared to the prior year demonstrates Pangea’s dedication to lowering its carbon footprint. This reduction has led to a corporate average decrease from 1.14 kgCO2e/m2 to 0.96 kgCO2e/m2 of finished leather.
  • Energy & Water Conservation: Energy consumption decreased by approximately 5% across the board, while water usage was reduced by over 10%, showcasing Pangea’s proactive efforts in resource conservation.
  • Chemical Management: Nearly 20% of chemicals used comprised natural components or content from renewable sources, emphasizing Pangea’s dedication to safer and more sustainable chemical management practices.
  • Waste Recycling: Pangea recycled nearly 20% more waste than the previous year, demonstrating its commitment to waste reduction and circular economy principles.

Commenting on the release of the report, Pangea’s Sales, Marketing & Design EVP, Tim Brennan, expressed pride in the company’s achievements, stating, “At Pangea, sustainability is not just a goal; it’s a fundamental principle that guides our every action. Our annual Sustainability Report reflects our relentless pursuit of excellence in environmental stewardship, ethical practices, and social responsibility. We remain steadfast in our commitment to becoming the most trusted, sustainable supplier to our customers.”

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University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music Recognized in the QS World University Rankings

University of Rochester
The University of Rochester is a top-tier research institution which has the third highest percentage of international students among all U.S. universities (U.S. News). Guided by its commitment to equity, diversity, and sustainability, the institution embodies its motto: Meliora “ever better”. With seven schools, over 200 academic majors, nearly 12,000 students, six hospitals comprising a leading academic medical center, and the nation’s premier optics institute, it is a hub of excellence.
Dr. Jane Gatewood
Dr. Jane Gatewood, the University of Rochester’s Vice Provost for Global Engagement, is aninnovative leader with a 17-year career in global engagement within higher education andexpertise in global research partnerships, academic mobility, and economic development.Dr. Gatewood oversees large cross-functional teams with a global footprint. Her data-drivenand risk management-focused contributions have helped position the university as one of theworld’s top institutions with the largest number of international students. As a Fulbright-Nehru scholar in India, an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow at the University of London, an instructor at the Middlebury Institute for International Studies, and an editor of the Oxford English Dictionary as well as NAFSA’s Guide to International Partnerships (2020), she has significantly contributed to the global discourse on international education.
Jama J. Rossi
Jamal J. Rossi is the Joan and Martin Messinger Dean of the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester.
Eastman School of Music at the University Rochester
Eastman School of Music Wind Ensemble, Kodak Hall in Rochester, New York. The University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music has been honored in the prestigious QS World University Rankings for 2024.
Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester
The University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music has been honored in the prestigious QS World University Rankings for 2024.
Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester
The University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music has been honored in the prestigious QS World University Rankings for 2024.
Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester
The University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music has been honored in the prestigious QS World University Rankings for 2024.
Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester
The University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music has been honored in the prestigious QS World University Rankings for 2024.
Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester
The University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music has been honored in the prestigious QS World University Rankings for 2024.
Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester
The University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music has been honored in the prestigious QS World University Rankings for 2024.
Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester
The University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music has been honored in the prestigious QS World University Rankings for 2024.

ROCHESTER, N.Y., June 03, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music has been honored in the prestigious QS World University Rankings for 2024. Ranked No. 3 in North America and No. 11 globally, Eastman shares the stage with leading music institutions in the United Kingdom, France, Russia, China, Finland, Denmark, and Hungary.

For over a century, the Eastman School of Music has been a beacon of excellence in music education and performance. Building from its foundational pillars of artistry, scholarship, leadership, and community, Eastman has cultivated a diverse environment where music thrives not only within our halls but also reverberates beyond, enriching lives and fostering engagement. The school is renowned for its holistic approach to music education, integrating rigorous musical training with humanities studies, leadership education, and interdisciplinary experiences. This commitment to comprehensive education produces graduates who are not only skilled musicians, but also well-rounded individuals prepared to use their talents to influence and inspire communities around the globe.

Dean Jamal J. Rossi commented on the school’s ethos and its recent accolade: “The Eastman School of Music is a vibrant community where some of the best musicians in the world come together to make each other better. Our century-long dedication to the core values of artistry, scholarship, leadership, and community has served as the foundation upon which our alumni have built impactful careers in all aspects of music, and they have enriched the world through their music. This recognition by the QS World Rankings reaffirms our commitment and mission to shape the future of music through artistic and scholarly excellence and innovative leadership.”

Jane Gatewood, Vice Provost for Global Engagement at the University of Rochester, also remarked on the significance of this achievement: “The QS World Rankings’ acknowledgment of the Eastman School of Music underscores our global impact and academic prestige. This recognition is a testament to our faculty’s dedication and our students’ talent, reflecting our leading role in preparing the next generation of world-class musicians.”

This year marks the inaugural inclusion of the music category in the QS World University Rankings. The QS ranking for music schools is derived from comprehensive evaluations of academic reputation and employer reputation, which contribute 80% and 20% to the total score, respectively. Criteria such as research quality, strategic partnerships, innovation, and employability play pivotal roles in this assessment.

For more information on the QS World University rankings for music, please visit: https://www.topuniversities.com/university-subject-rankings/music

For information about the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music, please visit: https://www.esm.rochester.edu/admissions/

To learn more about the international admissions and global collaborations, please visit: https://www.rochester.edu/global

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L’École de musique Eastman de l’Université de Rochester reconnue dans le classement mondial des universités QS

ROCHESTER, N.Y., 03 juin 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — L’École de musique Eastman de l’Université de Rochester a été distinguée dans le prestigieux Classement mondial des universités QS pour 2024. Classée troisième en Amérique du Nord et onzième à l’échelle mondiale, l’École de musique Eastman partage la scène avec des institutions musicales de premier plan au Royaume-Uni, en France, en Russie, en Chine, en Finlande, au Danemark et en Hongrie.

Depuis plus d’un siècle, l’École de musique Eastman est un modèle d’excellence en matière d’éducation et d’interprétation musicales. S’appuyant sur ses piliers fondamentaux que sont l’art, l’érudition, le leadership et la communauté, l’École de musique Eastman a su cultiver un environnement diversifié qui permet à la musique de rayonner non seulement à l’intérieur de nos murs, mais également au-delà, enrichissant l’existence des autres et favorisant l’engagement. L’école est célèbre pour son approche holistique de l’éducation musicale, qui associe une formation musicale rigoureuse à des études en sciences humaines, une formation au leadership et des expériences interdisciplinaires. Cet engagement en faveur d’une éducation complète permet de former des diplômés qui s’avèrent être non seulement des musiciens compétents, mais aussi des personnes bien équilibrées, prêtes à utiliser leurs talents pour influencer et inspirer les communautés du monde entier.

Le doyen Jamal J. Rossi a déclaré à propos de la philosophie de l’école et de sa récente distinction : « L’École de musique Eastman est une communauté dynamique où certains des meilleurs musiciens du monde se réunissent pour se perfectionner au contact des autres. Notre attachement, depuis un siècle, aux valeurs fondamentales de l’art, de l’érudition, du leadership et de la communauté a servi de base à nos anciens élèves pour bâtir des carrières marquantes dans tous les domaines de la musique, enrichissant ainsi le monde grâce à leurs productions. Cette reconnaissance dans le Classement mondial QS confirme notre engagement et notre mission qui sont de façonner l’avenir de la musique grâce à l’excellence artistique et académique et à un leadership innovant ».

Jane Gatewood, vice-rectrice chargée de l’engagement mondial à l’Université de Rochester, a également souligné l’importance de cette performance : « La reconnaissance de l’École de musique Eastman par le Classement mondial QS atteste de son influence au niveau mondial et de son prestige académique. Cette reconnaissance témoigne du dévouement de notre corps professoral et du talent de nos étudiants, et reflète notre rôle de premier plan dans la préparation de la prochaine génération de musiciens de calibre international. »

Cette année est la première année où la catégorie musique est incluse dans le Classement mondial des universités QS. Le Classement QS des écoles de musique est établi à partir d’évaluations complètes de la réputation académique et de la réputation de l’employeur, qui contribuent respectivement à hauteur de 80 % et de 20 % à la note totale. Des critères tels que la qualité de la recherche, les partenariats stratégiques, l’innovation et l’employabilité jouent un rôle primordial dans cette évaluation.

Pour obtenir plus d’informations sur le Classement mondial des universités pour la musique, veuillez consulter : https://www.topuniversities.com/university-subject-rankings/music.

Pour obtenir plus d’informations sur l’École de musique Eastman de l’Université de Rochester, veuillez consulter : https://www.esm.rochester.edu/admissions/

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IXOPAY Appoints Brady Harris as CEO to Drive Global Payments Growth

Following the IXOPAY and TokenEx merger, new leadership strengthens the company’s market position and serves the evolving needs of customers

IXOPAY Appoints Brady Harris as CEO to Drive Global Payments Growth
Brady Harris, CEO of IXOPAY
Following the IXOPAY and TokenEx merger, new leadership strengthens the company’s market position and serves the evolving needs of customers.

TULSA, Okla., June 03, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today, IXOPAY, announced the appointment of industry veteran Brady Harris as its new CEO. His appointment aligns with the recent merger of IXOPAY and TokenEx, highlighting a significant shift in the payments industry towards a multi-processor payment model, which empowers merchants and fintech companies to improve and diversify their payment strategies. The company thanks departing CEO Marc Olesen for his direction and contributions.

Harris, rated a Top 3 nationwide CEO on Glassdoor, brings over 20 years of experience and executive leadership in FinTech, Payments, and SaaS. As CEO of Dwolla, he oversaw the rapid growth of annual payment volumes from $10 billion to $70 billion, while adding 1.5 million new users monthly. Prior to Dwolla, as the President of Payscape, he was instrumental in its merger with Payroc, creating a global full-service payment provider with over 1,000 employees across 13 offices worldwide; the combined entity operating in 46 countries, serving 150,000 businesses.

His expertise in mergers, acquisitions, and scaling companies to successful exits under private equity sponsors is key as IXOPAY positions itself to become the one-stop solution in the payment industry. The merger has created a platform capable of offering omnichannel tokenization, payment orchestration, and card lifecycle management. The merger addresses the need for redundancy, geographic expansion, and fee negotiation capabilities that single-processor systems lack.

“Payments technology is rapidly advancing, and IXOPAY is set to lead this evolution,” Harris stated. “The integration of tokenization and orchestration allows us to offer a platform that not only supports multi-payment processing but also fosters the development of innovative services.”

“Under Brady’s leadership, IXOPAY is poised to set new benchmarks in the payment sector,” said Vik Verma, Chairman of the Board of Directors. “Our bold strategy emphasizes scalability, security, and groundbreaking advancements that will redefine what payments can achieve.”

Harris and the IXOPAY team are attending Money 20/20 Europe in Amsterdam this week. They will showcase the expanded offerings following the merger, including advancements in payment orchestration, tokenization, risk management, and card lifecycle management. Join them at the RAI Amsterdam at Booth 8a202 to explore how these developments will shape the future of merchant payments.

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IXOPAY, a TokenEx company, is a leading payment orchestration platform that provides a flexible and independent payment solution to manage all payment services in one place. Following its recent merger with TokenEX, IXOPAY is positioned to expand its services globally, offering enhanced capabilities in payment processing and advanced security measures.

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ISPS Certification: NNPC Ltd. sustains move towards regulatory excellence


The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPC Ltd.), has reiterated its commitment to sustain its move towards process improvement, regulatory compliance and performance excellence.

This is coming as the NNPC Ltd. bagged the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency’s (NIMASA) Compliance Certification on Ship, Port Security.

Mr Inuwa Danladi, the Executive Vice President, Business Services, NNPC Ltd. said this while speaking on the recent certification of the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code Compliance obtained by the Company, from NIMASA.

The ISPS certification, issued in April 2024 and covering all NNPC Ltd. jetties nationwide, is crucial for the Company’s business continuity as it prevents potential operational disruptions and financial losses.

Danladi on Sunday in a statement issued by Olufemi Soneye, the Chief Corporate Communications Officer, NNPC Ltd. said the certification also granted the Company entry into the Global Integrated Shipping Information Syste
m (GISIS).

This, he said would enhance its reputation as a safe and reliable business destination and potentially reducing the company’s insurance premiums.

He listed some of the rigorous processes followed in obtaining the certification to include the upgrading of relevant security facilities at the nation’s ports and jetties and the establishment of the ISPS Code Command Centre.

He also included the engagement of NIMASA Recognised Security Officer (RSO), who played a crucial role in managing key regulatory processes.

‘The development of Port Facility Security Assessment (PFSA); Port Facility Security Plan (PFSP), coupled with the meticulous Verification Inspection Exercise (VIE) from NIMASA.

‘It also underscores NNPC’s commitment to ensuring adherence to the highest standards of maritime security in the Company’s operations.

‘This achievement is a testament to our consistent dedication, and we pledge to continue striving towards attaining regulatory excellence in all our operations,” Danladi said.

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ource: News Agency of Nigeria

CBN revokes licence of Heritage Bank


The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has announced revocation of the licence of Heritage Bank Plc with immediate effect.

This is according to a statement issued by Hakama Sidi-Ali, the Acting Director, Corporate Communications Department of CBN on Monday in Abuja.

Sidi-Ali said that the action was in accordance with the apex bank’s mandate to promote a sound financial system in Nigeria and in exercise of its powers under Section 12 of the Banks and Other Financial Act.

This action became necessary due to the bank’s breach of Section 12 (1) of BOFIA.

‘The Board and Management of the bank have not been able to improve the bank’s financial performance, a situation which constitutes a threat to financial stability.

‘This follows a period during which the CBN engaged with the bank and prescribed various supervisory steps intended to stem the decline.

‘Regrettably, the bank has continued to suffer and has no reasonable prospects of recovery, thereby, making the revocation of the licence the next necessary step,
‘ she said.

According to her, the CBN took the action to strengthen public confidence in the banking system and ensure that the soundness of the financial system is not impaired.

‘The Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) is hereby appointed as the Liquidator of the bank in accordance with Section 12 (2) of BOFIA, 2020.

‘We wish to assure the public that the Nigerian financial system remains on a solid footing.

‘The action we are taking today reflects our continued commitment to take all necessary steps to ensure the safety and soundness of our financial system,’ she said.

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Why traditional institutions better suited for resolving conflicts – Etsu Nupe


Traditional institutions have more potential for conflict resolution than conventional agencies, considering their proximity to the people and their veneration in the society.

The Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, made the assertion on Wednesday in Lagos.

The Etsu Nupe, also the Chairman, Niger State Council of Traditional Rulers, delivered a lecture on the theme, ‘Traditional Authority and National Integration in Nigeria’.

The lecture was organised by the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA) with the aim of generating national discourse on the relevance of traditional institutions.

Abubakar said that traditional institutions understood the basic problems confronting their peoples and societies, culturally, religiously and emotionally.

He said that the expertise of traditional rulers as peacemakers and socio-cultural bridge builders should be maximally exploited to bring greater value and understanding among the different peoples of Nigeria.

The royal father emphasised the significance of
traditional institutions for the overall development of Nigeria.

He said that traditional institutions had deep-rooted attachments to local communities and had the abilities to influence public acceptance of initiatives.

He said this was in addition to their established roles as custodians of cultural values.

According to the Etsu Nupe, traditional institutions prioritised communal interests vital for re-establishing peaceful societies.

He noted that traditional institutions encompassed traditional rulers, traditional title holders, religious leaders and community elders.

‘Most significantly, their permanent residency and intimate familiarity with local environments makes them ideal for effective community surveillance and security management as well as local experts in conflict resolution.

The royal father called on the National Assembly to rethink its review of the constitution along the debates of restructuring governance, devolution of powers and the complex interplay between traditional institution
s and the federal political system in Nigeria’s multi-ethnic democracy.

According to him, amid growing insecurity, ethnic tensions and perceived declining national cohesion, advocating a formalised constitutional advisory role is seeking to leverage centuries-old indigenous governance structures to tackle modern challenges.

‘The system of local leadership was entrenched long before colonialism. Modernism brought about eroding of this cherished system, and modern governments are reluctant to re-integrate it into modern governance.

‘Therefore, it is imperative that the reluctance to accord the traditional institutions the authority to serve in matters affecting religion, culture, security and conflict resolution may need to be reconsidered.

‘Also, the tacit advisory roles that the traditional rulers and religious leaders play today would need to be formalised.

‘They are already serving as consultants on a variety of issues including security and conflict resolution,’ Abubakar said.

Abubakar, also Chairman
, Coordinating Committee of National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria, said that the council’s vision for and commitment to security, peace and welfare of citizens transcended Nigeria.

He added that the council’s experiences in peacebuilding were centuries-old.

He said that traditional institutions were the bedrock of the success of any government.

According to him, this is because the traditional institution is an enduring cultural heritage of the people and a system through which they govern themselves.

Prof. Eghosa Osaghae, Director-General of NIIA, said that questions were being asked about traditional institutions in Nigeria.

‘Almost everyone agrees that if we are looking for the anchor that will help us solve many of the problems and mobilise national support especially in the security sector, the place to look at is the traditional institution.

‘I am sure that the contributions from the NIIA will help in the resolution of a national quest and the emergencies that confront our nation toda
y,’ Osaghae said.

The Chairman of the occasion, Prince Adewole Adebayo, said that the existence of traditional institutions should be taken advantage of, because solutions to national problems were situated there.

‘The people of Nigeria don’t care much about the form of government but about justice, and traditional institutions are instruments of justice.

‘Even in diplomacy, traditional institutions are soft power. Our traditional institutions are soft institutions and have the dignity of our society,’ he said.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Student loan ‘ll curb undergraduates dropout-Minister


The Minister of State for Youth Development, Mr Ayodele Olawande, says that the student loan scheme is for youths to access interest-free facility for their educational pursuits in tertiary institutions.

Olawande told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Abuja that it was part of President Bola Tinubu’s ‘Renewed Hope Agenda’ to carry the youths along.

He said that with the scheme, undergraduates would no longer drop out of school because of financial difficulties.

.’If the president said a child will not drop out of school because he or she is not able to pay school fees, I think that is a very big plus for the ministry.”

Olawande advocated for enabling environment for young people to thrive and achieve their goals in life.

According to him, the country has more than 60 per cent of young people; hence, with enabling environment much can be achieved.

The minister said that the ministry was making critical decisions and suggestions while the president made sure they were put into action.

Olawan
de said that the scheme had an agency and a chairman.

He said that students could access the portal at https://nelf.gov.ng

‘You don’t need to know anybody; just go and apply.

‘They will put it together; send it to the school and it will be sorted out so that one can study properly and pass the exam.”

According to him, the loan is for students in public tertiary and technical institutions.

Olawande said that everything must not be just education because the country had gotten to the stage were skills was needed.

‘China, India, U.S. and others are successful because of the skills the citizens have.

‘The government is not saying that everything must be university, polytechnic tertiary institution, it must also go to the technical schools so that the person can have one or two skills.

‘Most of the foreigners they bring to Nigeria to come and work which we call graduates are not graduates; they are technicians,’ he said.

According to him, in every ministry and parastatals, young people are found there;
so, most of the decisions government makes still boils down on the youth.

NAN reports that the student loan, which is being implemented at present, is part of the Higher Education Access Act, assented to by Tinubu in June 2023.

In February, the Act was returned to the National Assembly for a complete overhaul and was passed again and assented to by the president.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Business network ‘ll bridge employment gap for people with disabilities – Chair


The Nigeria Business and Disability Network (NBDN) says it plans to launch an app designed to connect People With Disabilities (PWD) with potential employers.

Omobolanle Victor-Laniyan, Chairperson of NBDN and Head of Sustainability at Access Corporation, unveiled this initiative during the NBDN 2024 Annual Diversity and Inclusion Conference held on Wednesday in Lagos.

The conference, hosted by Access Bank, centered around the theme, ‘Disability Inclusion in Corporate Sustainability’.

It aimed to address the challenges faced by PWDs in accessing employment opportunities.

Victor-Laniyan emphasised the importance of creating a safe and inclusive space for PWDs, stating that the app would alleviate the hardships and discrimination they often encounter during job searches.

‘The app will serve as a platform for PWDs to access job opportunities and receive guidance on CV writing and other necessary skills,’ she explained.

She further highlighted that the app would enable employers to post job vacancies and se
arch for potential candidates, facilitating a seamless connection between PWDs and employers.

While the launch date of the app is pending due to ongoing partnerships, Victor-Laniyan reassured attendees of NBDN’s commitment to advocating the rights of PWDs despite challenges in data collection.

In her opening speech, Victor-Laniyan underscored the need for increased employment opportunities for PWDs and urged corporates to integrate them into suitable roles based on qualifications.

The conference featured panel discussions and keynote addresses from industry experts, including Dr James Lalu from the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities, Ms Adenike Oyetunde from the Lagos State Office for Disability Affairs (LASODA).

Others were Dr Toyin Adeyemi from Save the Children International, and Dr Joy Shuaibu from Sightsavers Nigeria.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

NAN MD mulls adoption of military-like retirement ceremony for staff


The Managing Director, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Malam Ali Mohammed Ali said on Monday the agency would ‘adopt the military style of pulling out its retirees’ from service.

Ali said this during the send-off party organised for the agency’s immediate past Head of Politics Desk Mr Inuwa Ali, after 35 years of service.

Military pulling-out parades, also known as farewell parades, are held at the instance of retiring senior officers who have served the nation meritoriously.

According to the managing director, the military-style pull-out ceremony will be significant because it will indicate that their contributions and service of more than 30 years have been recognised and acknowledged.

‘I think we will now adopt the military style of pulling out its retirees because they have contributed enormously.

‘This style of celebrating our retirees in the newsroom will have to change and we will now have to pull them out like it is done for generals in the military,’ he said.

Ali reiterated his commitment to leve
raging technology to deliver the agency’s mandate by building a workforce that is in tune with technology and digitally savvy.

‘Recently we made some changes in the editorial department – at least in the multimedia unit – because we want to reposition the agency such that it can face the impending challenge of Artificial Intelligence (AI).

‘Now the shape of the newsroom in the digital or AI era is quite scary and unless we wake up to that reality and equip ourselves with the right knowledge and tools, we will be left behind.

‘We are determined to collectively confront and understand the threat of job losses because, with AI, you won’t need many people in your operations,’ he said.

He congratulated Inuwa on his retirement, describing him as a close friend, a selfless and generous man, and fun to be with.

In his speech, Mr Ephraims Sheyin, NAN’s Editor-In-Chief (EIC), said Inuwa was not only an effective staff member but also one of those persons a leader could rely on for their support.

Sheyin said Inuw
a always made everyone around him in the newsroom feel at ease and laugh even when the situation was tense.

‘He seemed to know many things happening in many parts of the country and would tell stories using the happenings and make everybody around him laugh,” he said.

The EIC described Inuwa as one of the staff members always willing to do their best and sacrifice for the agency, advising editorial staff to continue to offer their best services.

The agency’s Director of Administration, Mr Abdulkadir Khaliel, also congratulated Inuwa on his retirement and prayed to God to grant him a brighter future in his retirement life.

Also speaking, the agency’s Director of Special Duties, Mr Mufutau OJo, described Inuwa as an effective media manager who offered his subordinates effective leadership and trained them to become better reporters without having to bully them.

He urged other leaders in the agency to emulate Inuwa’s leadership style.

‘One thing we have learned about him is that you can be an effective me
dia manager without being a bully.

‘He is a type that has been doing a lot, even without being noticed,” he said.

Deputy Editor-in-Chief (DEIC) and Head of NAN Abuja Newsroom, My Kayode Olaitan, described Inuwa as a friendly and calm person with whom he had worked over many years.

‘One thing I know about him is that he is a very calm person who will never reject a request from you,” Olaitan said.

Another DEIC, Hajia Hadiza Aliyu, the Head of the Health and Gender Desk, described herself as a member of ‘Inuwa’s tea-drinking club”.

She said that Inuwa was retiring even when he still had so much to offer the agency and the nation.

She said Inuwa would be remembered for his sense of humour in the newsroom and for sharing tea with his colleagues.

Assistant Editor-in-Chief, Mrs Ese Eniola-Williams, also extolled the good qualities of Ali, describing him as a generous person always willing to share good things with his colleagues.

Another Assistant Editor-in-Chief, Gregory Mmadukolam, urged NAN managemen
t to find a way to re-engage Inuwa even after retirement for his wealth of experience and skills.

A politics correspondent, Emmanuel Oloniruha, described Inuwa as hardworking, jovial, and open-hearted.

‘Inuwa is a man who does not hide his feelings when you fail to carry out instructions.

‘However, the moment you let him see reason and apologise, he let go,” Oloniruha said.

He prayed to God to grant him a fulfilled life in retirement.

Another reporter, Angela Atabo, described Inuwa as a good boss always willing to assist reporters with their reports regardless of the time of the day.

‘As my desk head, I learned a lot from him, especially how to cover civil society organisations.

‘He will be greatly missed. I wish him all the best in life,” she said.

Responding to the encomiums poured out upon him, the retiree, thanked his colleagues for the outpouring of love and for celebrating him.

‘I started my career in the Lagos office of the agency on the sports beat and met colleagues who became like brothe
rs to me.

‘I have travelled to more than 10 countries across the world in the course of my job. I covered three Africa Nations Cup tournaments.

‘I have been to South Africa, Spain, the U.S., and Sydney, among others, covering sports.

‘I am proud to have worked in NAN.

‘All the experiences helped to shape my life and made me who I am today, and I am fulfilled because I am leaving NAN today feeling like a two-star general,” he said

According to Inuwa, journalists give their all in their jobs, yet what they are paid is not commensurate with what they put in for the sake of society.

He called for the implementation of a decent media salary structure acceptable to Nigerian journalists.

‘We are getting so much less. Nigerian journalists are suffering and I think it is time now for the NUJ to champion this cause, for them to have a better salary scale in this country.

‘That is the motivation. We have offered so much to Nigeria. We deserve so much from Nigeria too,” he added.

Source: News Agency of Nigeri
a

Senior advocate lauds Tinubu for establishing evaluation standards for Ministers


A Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mr Mohammed Ndarani, has commended President Bola Tinubu for establishing the evaluation standards for the assessment of his ministers.

Ndarani said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday while reacting to the recent event of presentation of ministerial scorecards demanded by President Bola Tinubu.

He urged strict adherence to them for the good of their ministries, and also for the people of Nigeria as a whole.

‘It is only proper that to whom much is entrusted, much is expected, which means that these assessments would in addition keep political appointees on their toes.

‘Article 19[1]2 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights provides a guide for the assessment of ministers and other federal appointees.

‘The assessment will help the public to also track the performances of these minsters and know when and how to hold them accountable”.

He recalled that Tinubu had instructed 47 ministers to present their performance scorecar
ds ahead of his administration’s one-year in office.

Ndarani also commended Tinubu for mandating no fewer than 140 officials to track and assess the performance of all federal ministries, departments, and agencies ahead of the first assessment exercise.

He noted that although some ministers might have embarked on extensive media hype with little to show in real achievement, much might not have be heard of others, who may have performed well.

‘Sometimes, it is not the people that you hear of who are the performers in this country, so, nobody can evaluate any minister other than members of the public,” he stated.

‘They are the ones who would have felt the impact of the ministers’ actions, or the lack thereof”.

He equally urged the president to consider Section 14[1], 2[a] [c] of the constitution to serve as the foundation during the next ministers’ assessments.

‘Section 14[1], 2[a] [c] of the 1999 Constitution says, ‘(a) sovereignty belongs to the people of Nigeria from whom government through this Con
stitution derives all its powers and authority; (c) the participation by the people in their government shall be ensured in it.

‘In the light of the above, it is desirable that citizens’ opinion and assessment is considered, in order to get an accurate rating of the ministers.

‘There should be modalities for the assessments, key performance indicators and the reporting mechanisms made available for the public to participate in the exercise”.

He said that while a few ministers have performed well, others are still learning on the job.

Ndarani suggested that allowing only ministers to evaluate their own performance undermines the objectivity of the assessment as a minister cannot be the judge in his own case.

‘We know that sometimes highly placed public officers operate under serious constraints with several factors in play, which revolve around a paucity of funds.

‘Nonetheless, the ministers alone cannot be left to make their own assessments, as this would negate the principle of ‘Nemo judex in causa su
a’, which simply says that one cannot be a judge in his own cause.

‘A scorecard where only the ministers assess themselves and score themselves might be a watered-down exercise which could raise questions as to the objectivity of the assessment.

‘There should be an avenue, a mechanism or a survey put in place where people can vote or voice their opinions on the performances of ministers, or public officers, generally.

‘Nigerians should be given a voice in the ministers’ assessments since this will improve the outcomes, and bring them into compliance with global best practices.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Civil War: How Tinubu is rebuilding bombed southeast bridge


At the foot of the destroyed bridge is a monument which reads: ‘We remember you who died at this bridge that we may live. Rest In Peace (24th Dec. 1969).’

The bridge is on the Achingalli-Udo-Na-Obizi-Umunwanwa-Ubakala road. It connects parts of Imo and Abia. It took a hit during the Nigeria civil war and for 55 years has been in ruins.

While the construction of second Niger Bridge has huge headlines over the decades, the hardship suffered by the commuters on the Achingalli-Udo-Na-Obizi-Umunwanwa-Ubakala road has gone unreported.

Therefore, no government has taken any practical step to restore the road and reconstruct the damaged bridge.

The closest the people of the area have used 21-kilometre road was in June 2020, when the Federal Executive Council of then President Muhammadu Buhari awarded contract of N11.540 billion for its reconstruction.

The contract included construction of 120 metres bridge close to the destroyed facility across the Imo River in Imo. Since, then nothing concrete has been done.

H
owever, since the inception of the President BolaTinubu’s administration, so much work has been done at the site and the people of the area are excited at the prospects of using the road again.

They also look forward to the contribution that the road would make in their socio-economic lives.

Eze Azubuine Obizie, the traditional ruler of Obizi in Ezinihite Mbaise Local Government Area of Imo, expressed happiness over the level of work done so far.

‘We are pleased that the job is going on; we owe much gratitude to the then Minister of Works, Mr Babatunde Fashola, who saw the need to give the road and the bridge back.

‘We are only praying and urging the government to continue so that the dividend of that project will be realised,’ he said.

Eze Obizie also expressed gratitude to Mr Amanze Uchegbulam, an indigene of Obizi for his efforts towards rehabilitating the road.

Obizie observed that he and his counterpart from the neighbouring Umunwanwa in Abia, had in 2017 wrote a letter to Fashola on the need to re
build the road.

Also, Eze Stephen Ihuoma, the traditional ruler of Umunwanwa, in Umuahia South Local Government Area, Abia, thanked Tinubu for carrying on with the project that was initiated by Buhari-led administration.

He said a site visit by Minister of Works, Mr David Umahi, was an indication of the president’s desire to complete the project.

According to Ihuoma when completed the road will make travel from Umuahia to Owerri easier.

However, the traditional ruler expressed concern over the slow pace of work at the Umunwanwa axis, and urged the government to put more effort.

He said: ‘The tarred section in Umunwanwa is not up to half kilometre and my people are suffering it because from the spot where they stopped work to the bridge head is bad.

‘Without the intervention of the communities about three years ago that road would have been a different thing all together.

‘My people are united in ensuring that the project is completed but I am appealing to the Federal Government to let my people feel th
e tarred portion of the road’, he told NAN.

Meanwhile, Mr Dennis Orji the consultant for the project and a former Director, Federal Ministry of Works, said erosion at Umunwanwa posed a major challenge to the project.

He said that the Federal Ministry of Works was considering an augmentation to be able to tackle the challenge.

As for the completion period, he said that it was difficult to determine when the project would be completed considering various potential challenges, including weather.

The consultant said that Imo and Abia belong to the rainforest and as a result not much would be achieved starting from May because of heavy rain.

He affirmed that the bridge construction was still going saying ‘we at the piling stage and once the bridge is done we will focus on the road.’

‘But there is a remarkable progress and the Federal Government is trying because the road is being funded through Skukuk.

‘Of course, governance is a continuum and luckily they are of All Progressives Congress party.

‘I think i
f there must be progress there must be continuity, otherwise there will be so many abandoned projects.’

Ongoing construction of a new bridge at Imo River

Also, Eze Stephen Ihuoma, the Traditional Ruler of Umunwanwa, in Umuahia South Local Government Area, Abia, thanked Tinubu for carrying on with the project that was initiated by Buhari-led administration.

He said that the visit to the project site by the Minister of Works, David Umahi, was a clear indication of the president’s interest to see that the road was completed.

According to Eze Ihuoma, the road when completed will make travel from Umuahia to Owerri very simple and will ease trade between Imo and Abia.

However, the traditional ruler expressed concern over the slow pace of work at the Umunwanwa axis, and urged the government to put more effort.

He said: ‘The tarred section in Umunwanwa is not up to half kilometre and my people are suffering it heavily because from the spot they stopped work to the bridge head the road is bad.

‘Without the inte
rvention of the communities about three years ago that road would have been a different thing all together.

‘My people are united in ensuring that the project is completed but I’m appealing to the Federal Government to let my people feel the tarred portion of the road.’

Meanwhile, the Consultant, Mr Dennis Orji, a former Director at the Federal Ministry of Works, admitted that the serious erosion problem at Umunwanwa was one of the challenges to the project.

He said that the Federal Ministry of Works was considering an augmentation to be able to tackle the challenge.

As for the completion period, he said that it was difficult to determine when contracts and projects would be completed in Nigeria considering the problems of funding and weather.

The consultant said that Imo and Abia belong to the rainforest and as a result not much would be achieved starting from this month(May).

He affirmed that the bridge construction was still going saying ‘we at the piling stage and once the bridge is done we will foc
us on the road.’

Orji continued; ‘But there is a remarkable progress and the Federal Government is trying because the road is being funded through Skukuk.

‘Of course, governance is a continum and luckily they are of All Progressives Congress party.

‘I think if there must be progress there must be continuity, otherwise there will be so many abandoned projects.’

Completed section of the road at Achingali

Rep. Emeka Chinedu, Member representing Ahiazu /Mbaise Ezinihite Federal Constituency at the House of Representatives, expressed happiness for the progress on the road.

He also thanked Tinubu for his efforts in sustaining the road as well as Fashola for his critical role in the award of the contract.

Chinedu recalled that the road was approved by 9th Assembly but was not funded in the budget.

He said that he and Chief Sam Onuigbo, former member representing Ikwuano/Umuahia North/Umuahia Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives also met Fashola to facilitate the project.

The lawmaker, who is
the Chairman, House Committee on the Federal Character Territory, equally commended the Minister of Works, Mr David Umahi, for his commitment in ensuring that the road was completed.

‘If you go on inspection there you will see the level of progress recorded.

‘That road is so significant to Imo and Abia because it is a link road between the two neighbouring states.

‘If it is completed there is going to be heavy trade relationship between the two states and that will bring a lot of economic benefits to the people,’ he said.

Corroborating him, the ex-lawmaker, Onuigbo, said the completion of the bridge and the road would go a long way in enhancing the economic fortunes of the people.

Onuigbo, who represents South-East on the Board of the North-East Development Commission, said that it was important road that Tinubu administration was executing the project as part of his Renewed Hope agenda.

He said the government should be commended for taking up the project even when Tinubu did not get win South-East stat
es in the 2023 general elections.

‘Another reason for the commendation is that the bridge being reconstructed was one of the bridges destroyed during the 1967-1970 civil war.

‘Therefore, continuing with this project without abandoning it is a sign that President Tinubu is focused on the overall development of Nigeria.

‘I must also commend the minister, Umahi for visiting the site and working tirelessly to see that the project see the light of the day.’

Interestingly, Mr Amanze Uchegbulam, former First Vice President of Nigeria Football Federation also heaped praises on Tinubu and Fashola.

He said that he would eternally remain grateful to Fashola, whom he described as his friend and teammate at Eagle Club Surulere, for granting his request.

‘I really thank the Federal Government because our people have suffered for over 50 years from 1969-2019, when nobody cared for us.

‘My people are so happy for this project and they wanted to give me an award but I refused to take it.

‘I told them that I would not
take any award until the road was completed and we drive on it,’ said Uchegbulam, a former Vice President of Confederation of Africa Football Appeal Committee.

A commercial motorcyclist, Mr Izuchulwu Ukuwa, who plies the road is excited that the project would completed soon and urged the government to step up its effort.

Ukuwa, the Youth Leader of Umuoke in Umunwanwa, said that the road was very significant because it links some states including Imo, Abia, Enugu.

‘Our people are known for agriculture, especially cassava farming. If this road is completed it will help us in transporting our farm produce to the market.

‘I’m very happy that the government has remembered us and I pray that it try its best to complete the project,’ he said.

A commercial bus driver, Mr Valentine Chukwu, a native of Umuawada Onicha Mbaise, commended the government for committing to the project, especially the bridge.

‘When I was younger, it was plank that was used to cover up that bridge.

We were always scared whenever my fat
her carried me and my siblings through it on his motorcycle to take us in our primary school.

‘So the fact that the government is now constructing the bridge gives me joy. When the road is completed it will help our people in their daily businesses,’ Chukwu said.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Tripartite Committee on National Minimum Wage meets on Tuesday


The Tripartite Committee on National Minimum Wage (TCNMW), says it will hold its 8th meeting on June 4 to continue negotiations.

Mr Ekpo Nta, member and Secretary of the committee said this in a statement on Monday in Abuja.

According to Nta, I respectfully invite you to attend the 8th meeting of the Tripartite Committee on National Minimum Wage.

‘The meeting is scheduled to hold on Tuesday, June 4, 2024, at Nicon Luxury Hotel, Area 11, Abuja at 10.00 a.m. prompt,” he said.

He said that he minutes of the 7th meeting, the draft agenda for the 8th meeting, and the Zoom Link for virtual attendance will be forwarded in due course.

Nta called on the chairman of the committee, members and observers to take note.

It would be recalled that Organised Labour at the 7th TCNMW meeting had expressed disappointment that no governor was present at the last meeting.

Labour had also complained that ministers were absent except the minister of State for Labour and Employment who also doubles as a conciliator.

Labour s
aid that there was none present on the side of the government with appropriate authority to commit them to any outcome.

Meanwhile, labour has begun an indefinite nationwide strike following the Federal Government’s failure to meet their demand on the new minimum wage.

It would be recall that the Federal government was offering N60, 000 as the new national minimum wage for workers in the country while Labour is demanding for N470, 000.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Army hands over 8 rescued students to Kogi Gov.


The Nigerian Army on Monday handed over eight students of Confluence University of Science and Technology Osara, Kogi State, who were rescued on Sunday, to Gov. Ahmed Ododo, at Army Headquarters Abuja.

The handing over was conducted by the Deputy Chief of Operations (Army), Maj.-Gen. Emmanuel Emekah, on behalf of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja.

Emekah said the troops of the Nigerian Army in synergy with operatives of the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies, successfully rescued the abducted students who were taken hostage by terrorists.

He said the rescue operation took place in a dense forest near Oro Ago Village in Kwara following an intense clearance mission.

He added that the operation was still ongoing to apprehended the perpetrators of the dastardly act and bring them to book.

In his remarks, Gov. Ahmed Ododo thanked God Almighty for making it possible for the rescue of the students, adding that it was a mixed feeling for him as two of the 31 abducted students
were murdered.

Ododo said that 29 of the students were successfully rescued while appreciating the efforts of President Bola Tinubu and the military for the fight against insecurity in the country.

He also thanked the National Security Adviser (NSA) for making the country’s security apparatus more effective, efficient and technology driven.

‘At this level, I have come to realise that the Nigerian army has all it takes to stamp out kidnapping, banditry and all forms of criminal activities from our land.

‘Because the level of synergy, the level of understanding, collaboration and coordination carried out by them professionally is highly commendable and I sincerely appreciate you and your men.

‘I want to promise that Kogi State will always be there to partner with you and we are ever ready to answer your call at any point in time and fighting crimes and criminality in our land.

‘We have all it takes in terms of equipment and we will continue to collaborate and synergise with your agencies to make sure our
land is free of all these criminalities,’ he said.

Ododo assured the student that the government would continue to support them to ensure that they succeed in their aspiration and educational pursuits.

According to him, Kogi is a state that is well known to be well blessed with mineral deposits and that deposit must work for the state.

He said the criminals had now known that Kogi was not a safe heaven for them, assuring that no criminal that entered the state would be spared.

The governor commended the army for its efforts and display of professionalism in carrying out the rescue operation.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria