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Outsourcing business is challenging but still viable- Okoh

Mr. Alex Okoh

Ten years ago the outsourcing industry was essentially unstructured. It wasn’t professionalised in terms of the service offering and the way that the services were offered. It was a developing industry at that time. So we thought that there was a huge opportunity in that space given the unstructured nature of the business and the opportunity that we saw in bringing the requisite level of professionalism and structure into that business.

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*Oba Michael Adedotun Gbadebo

You cannot maltreat our senior citizens — Alake, Oba Gbadebo

Some people may have lost their sense of responsibility and compassion towards the elderly, but the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo, certainly has his intact. This, he demonstrated when a team of professionals under the aegis of Care Companion & Quality Medicare visited his Ake palace in Abeokuta last week. Sunday Vanguard was with the visitors. Later in an interview with Sunday Vanguard explained that besides efforts by extended family members, successive governments have failed Nigeria’s old citizens.

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•Mr Steve Obasohan ....the number one challenge is the mental preparedness because you have to constantly learn

Outsourcing: iSON BPO does it differently- Steve Obasohan

“If you’ve worked in a particular position for a year and half or two years, you should be thinking of a higher role because the business is growing. We have a group of people we call iSON Young Leaders who were identified to be very good at what they do so they are put on the fast track. Every person that goes to the Apex award naturally goes into this category because they have done exceptionally well and we need to harness their potentials. From one year, we start preparing them and they start taking positions because they have worked in different projects before then. They have mentors who are in management who will teach them one or two things within that time frame.

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Valentine Obi

Nigeria grosses over $100 billion through e-payment annually- Obi

If we say that what we are doing is about 25 to 30 per cent of the e-payment industry. That gives you an understanding that we are doing over $100 billion in terms of transaction value in the market. But you know, all of us put together have not even scratched the surface, because there is still a lot of potential, there are still a lot of people that are not even in the system and this is what the CBN is trying to do, to see how we can get as many people as possible.

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Philip Gbasin

It’s dangerous to have Niger Delta as battleground- Gbasin

We were sworn in on August 28, 2015. Because of the paucity of funds, we have not been authorized to carry out any new project. What we are doing now is completing ongoing projects and staff management. We have already completed and commissioned some inherited projects. We have commissioned a concrete jetty at Salvation City, we commissioned a palace at Otu Jeremi and an area office of the Commission at Orerokpe, and there are other projects lining up for commissioning.

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Muturu

Plan to delist 5,000 beneficiaries harmful to Amnesty Programme- Ex-militant leader, Muturu

The programme is progressing and we believe we have gone far and all things being equal we will get to a successful conclusion. Already, Boroh has said in an interview with the Vanguard newspaper that 5,000 beneficiaries will be exited from the programme at the end of this month followed by another batch in December next year. Does this indicate that the government is actually committed to the execution of the programme?

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• Chief Dr. Judith Burdin Asuni

Militants see me as a solution to N-Delta crisis- Judith Asuni

SHE came to Nigeria about 45 years ago when many of today’s Niger Delta militants were yet unborn or still toddlers. Former militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo, was about three years at the time and since militancy manifested in the region, she has been actively involved in the process of resolving the conflict, interfacing with both government and militants.

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Primate-Ayodele

Primate Ayodele: God is angry with Nigeria

Primate Elijah Babatunde Ayodele is Head and Spiritual Leader of Inri Spiritual and Evangelical Church, Oke-Afa, Isolo, Lagos. Sunday Vanguard was with him recently during which his past prophecies were reviewed. He said God is angry with Nigeria, explaining that it is the reason things were not going on well with the country. He, however, in fulfilment of his promise to, as directed by the Lord, gather prophets across Nigeria to pray for the country as President Muhammadu Buhari alone could not do it, said he and some other prophets had started praying for Nigeria.

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Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC)

June 12: How NADECO drove the military out of politics- Odigie-Oyegun

There was no fear of witch-hunt. In fact, it was a problem if you could not reason and you could not speak, and you could not defend your point of view. That was a problem. So, some of us, because of that kind of background, had problems much later on in our career, but it was a fantastic civil service. For instance, I got whispers about the possibility of my becoming permanent secretary when I was attending a board meeting of the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA), because you never knew things like that would happen, but somehow, somebody heard of it and called me out of the meeting to inform me. Just to give you the idea that at that time, the golden days of the civil service where merit was everything, lobbying and corruption were absent. You dared not buy a car that was out of sync with your economic possibilities. It was not done. They would ask you.

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Apostle Clement Tonfawei

How natives can assist govt track Avengers- Apostle Tonfawei

A community leader at Gbaramatu Kingdom, Warri South-West Local Government Area, Delta State, Apostle (Dr) Clement Tonfawei, popularly known as the Nabodi 1 of the Universe, has said that if given the chance, the locals could rally round government to trail the Niger Delta Avengers, NDA. Apostle Tonfawei, who was among the Niger Delta stakeholders who met with a Federal Government team led by the Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr Ibe Kachikwu and National Security Adviser, NSA, May 25, in Abuja, said the militants were human beings living in the various communities in the region and the basic thing required to track them was intelligence.

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*Nzube Ekpunobi....CarMHI is dedicated to fighting local and professional mental health stigma through effective knowledge media design strategies

My passion for mental health started in the university- Nzube Ekpunobi

“My Specialist program explored human health from not just a physical and biological perspective, but from an emotional, psychological, societal and legal perspective. It was a very well rounded education, albeit incredibly demanding. It really helped turn me into the person I am today! It was there I saw my passion for mental health! I began working for the University of Toronto Students’ Union as Associate President, and was thrown into the world of advocacy, policy and justice.”

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Dr. Paul Angya is the Acting Director General, Standards Organisation of Nigeria, SON

What Nigeria’s trading partners are looking for in export products

We have a lot of new things happening at SON. What we have been doing is to try to communicate the benefits of standardisation which translates to quality for Nigerians. We have devised innovative ways of communicating to people to buy the culture of standardisation. The major mandates of SON has not changed- elaboration of standards and quality assurance, the regular inspections of factories and production lines of products; audit of companies and advising industries to improve on their products.

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