By Moses Nosike
At the just concluded 2010 Annual conference of Women in Management and Business (WIMBIZ) held in Lagos, participants from all walks of life have tasked women during the forum not to relent in their effort to making impacts in the society.
Women in Management and Business is a non-profit organisation with an overriding mission to be the catelyst that elevates the profile of women in management and business and the Nigerian hub of the African Businesswomen’s Network (ABWM); the continental umbrella organisation for business women.
Contributing to the event is an American Civil Rights Activist and Baptist Minister, Rev. Jesse Jackson who started by charging participants to continue in their endeavours, stating that it is possible for a woman to become Nigeria’s President.
In addition, Chairman Silverbird Group, Ben Murray Bruce, without mincing words, challenged the delegates of the conference to make an impact in their immediate environment, even though there are fundamental problems that require steps to be taken to solve.
In addition, he shared his life story with the participants from his experience in the Civil War to starting his career in entertainment and in between, taking time to highlight the individuals like Obafemi Awolowo, Fela Anikulapo Kuti and James Brown who have influenced his life and career.
Ben Bruce was asked about his fraternity with past leaders and public officers and why he has not proferred solutions to Nigeria’s manyproblems.
“I have spoken to them about these many times but they won’t just listen!’
Jeffery Daniel of the hit music band, Shalamar; who accompanied Ben Bruce also encouraged the women and pledged his support to making Nigeria a better place.
Later on, Dr. Tony Rapu of the Freedom Foundation shared his work with rehabilitating individuals with addiction to drugs and the participants engaged him and other officials of the Foundation on their work. With tears flowing freely and emotions unhindered, many more readily volunteered to work with the foundation towards achieving its goals.
On the current statistics of 6% population of Nigerian women in political offices in Nigeria, Hon. Funmi Tejuoso and Hon. Jumoke Okoya – Thomas shared their experiences and encouraged more women to vie for political offices in future.
The WIMBIZ 2010 conference came on the heels of a hugely successful stakeholders’ forum co-organised by WIMBIZ with the Executive Governor of Lagos State, Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN, who promised to meet with the women if they could make it happen and other executives of the State in attendance.
that production of oil and gas locally could be made easier and less costly and the industries could survive at a lesser cost and thrive at a greater speed in the overall interest of the nation’s economy.
The Managing Director of the Lubcon, Mr Taye Williams, said this in a chat with news men at the corporate head office of the company in Ilorin, Kwara state on the international award garnered by the company in Paris.
Based on this world quality commitment award in the platinum category having earlier received Gold category award in 2007, Mr Williams expressed delight that the company had once again been recognized international for its commitment to quality.
Mr Williams who noted that the award was conferred on the company by B.I.D. a Spain based body which monitors commitment of companies across the globe to qualities and innovations assured that the award will spur the company to be more resilient in its untiring efforts to be producing quality products of world standard
The Lubcon boss who stated that his company was about the only one in its sector in West Africa which received the award said that the award would improve the image of the country as a nation where quality products are encouraged.
He stressed that owing to the non-function him of the most of the refineries the Lubcon which produces industrial, automotive and marine lubricants has over the years relied on foreign purchase of base oil which forms about 90 per cent of its products.
According to him if the refineries are working, the raw material would be locally available while the company and others in the same business would be relieved of the financial implication of importing the commodity.
Williams who said his company along side some others in other sectors received the latest award in Paris last October quoted the president of B.I.D, José E. Prieto to have said that the awarded companies were symbols of commitment to leadership, technology and innovation.
November 15, 2010