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WilsonHCG named No. 1 global RPO provider in HRO Today’s 2023 RPO Baker’s Dozen List

TAMPA, Fla., Sept. 20, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — WilsonHCG has been recognized as the No. 1 Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) provider in HRO Today’s 2023 Baker’s Dozen List.

The longest-standing customer satisfaction survey in the RPO industry, HRO Today’s Baker’s Dozen List is designed to highlight the world’s top RPO providers and lends transparency into the RPO partnerships that are most impactful. Providers are rated on a range of factors including breadth of solutions, quality of service and size of deal.

“It’s an honor to be ranked No. 1 in the Baker’s Dozen List,” said John Wilson, CEO at WilsonHCG. “This recognition means so much to us as a business because it’s solely driven by client feedback. It really is a testament to the commitment and care that our people place in our client relationships. I want to say a huge thank you to the team and can’t wait to build on this success as we continue to add even more value to our client partnerships.”

“Since WilsonHCG’s first placement on the HRO Today Baker’s Dozen as a challenger brand, it has focused on great customer service and innovative approaches to recruitment process outsourcing and workforce solutions. It has transitioned from its early days as a challenger to a large and market dominating leader which is helping redefine what success should look like for clients of these service offerings. Remarkably, WilsonHCG’s service orientation has continued to improve as it has grown to one of the largest and most successful companies in the space and we congratulate it and its leadership team on ranking as the top provider on the HRO Today RPO Baker’s Dozen,” said Elliot Clark, CEO of HRO Today.

Visit the HRO Today website here to find more information about the Baker’s Dozen List.

About WilsonHCG
WilsonHCG is an award-winning, global leader in total talent solutions. Operating as a strategic partner, it helps some of the world’s most admired brands build comprehensive talent functions. With a global presence spanning more than 65 countries and six continents, WilsonHCG provides a full suite of configurable talent services including recruitment process outsourcing (RPO), executive search, contingent talent solutions and talent consulting.

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Acino significantly expands presence and capabilities in Latin America through acquisition of M8 Pharmaceuticals

Over 300 M8 employees, product portfolio and pipeline to enhance Acino’s footprint and strategic position in key Latin American markets.

Zurich, Switzerland, Sept. 20, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Acino, a Swiss pharmaceutical company headquartered in Zurich, today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire M8 Pharmaceuticals (M8), a fast-growing specialty biopharmaceutical company, headquartered in Mexico City and focused on licensing, marketing, and distributing innovative and established medicines in Mexico and Brazil.

Through this acquisition, Acino will enter the two largest pharmaceutical markets in Latin America, significantly expanding its geographic footprint and strengthening its position in the region, providing a more powerful and comprehensive offering for healthcare professionals and patients. The acquisition will complement Acino’s existing Latin American division, which is based in Panama and operates across eight countries in Central America, the Caribbean, and Ecuador, delivering high-quality medicines to improve people’s health in this key region.

M8, a Montreux Growth Partners portfolio company, has a highly successful record of signing exclusive licensing agreements with large pharmaceutical and biotech companies for the rights to market and commercialize products in Latin America. M8 brings a portfolio of well-known proven brands and innovative products, a best-in-class deal-making platform and an outstanding reputation among its partners. Moreover, it has built a large pipeline across a broad range of key therapeutic areas, including CNS, cardiometabolism, respiratory, gastroenterology, oncology and hematology, and rare diseases.

Andrew Bird, Interim CEO at Acino commented: “This is a transformative deal for Acino, significantly expanding our presence in Latin America and delivering against our overall strategy and stated intention to increase patient’s access to high-quality pharmaceuticals and diversify our footprint in key high-growth markets. We see M8 and Acino as highly complementary offerings, and we are confident that we can use this acquisition as a catalyst to further increase value and accelerate growth for Acino in this key region.”

Joel Barlan, CEO at M8 commented: “This agreement will provide M8 with considerable additional resources, expertise, and access to a much wider geographic footprint, which will further accelerate our growth. We look forward to leveraging the skills and capabilities of both teams to grow the combined business and continue to bring proven and innovative treatments to patients and caregivers throughout Latin America and other emerging markets.”

Dan Turner, Managing Director at Montreux Growth Partners commented: “We could not be more pleased with what M8 has achieved during our ownership. We first invested in the early stages of its development. We were able to bring on board a world-class management team, who have focused the company on patient critical therapeutic areas, with a product portfolio that now includes over 30 leading brands from major pharmaceutical companies around the world. The company has delivered tremendous growth and profitability, while also doing much good for the lives of patients. Acino is the perfect acquirer to continue that history of success”.

The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including antitrust clearance, and is expected to be completed by the end of 2023. Banco J.P. Morgan S.A. is acting as exclusive financial advisor, Goodwin LLP as exclusive legal advisor, and PWC as exclusive accounting and tax advisor to Acino. Stifel, Cooley LLP and Credit Suisse, a UBS Group Company acted as advisors to M8.

About AcinoAcino is a Swiss pharmaceutical company headquartered in Zurich with a clear focus on selected markets in the Middle East, Africa, Ukraine, the CIS Region, and Latin America. Acino is part of ADQ, an Abu Dhabi based investment and holding company. We deliver quality pharmaceuticals to promote affordable healthcare in these emerging markets and leverage our high-quality pharmaceutical manufacturing capabilities and network to supply leading companies through contract manufacturing and out-licensing.

About M8 Pharmaceuticals

M8 is a specialty biopharmaceutical company focused on licensing, marketing and distributing innovative and established therapeutics in Latin America: Brazil and Mexico. We aim to become the preferred pharmaceutical partner for the licensing of high-value innovative and proven therapies across our main therapeutic areas CNS, respiratory, cardiometabolic, immunology, gastroenterology, onco-hematology, and rare diseases. Our mission is to provide the people of Latin America with access to the proven and innovative medicines they need to transform their lives.

About Montreux Growth Partners

Founded in 1993, Montreux Growth Partners has a long history of investing growth capital into category-leading companies that are advancing healthcare and financial technology. It focuses on commercial stage companies which have highly differentiated products, technologies, and services. It is an active and collaborative investor, working closely with the management teams at its portfolio companies.


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Lifezone Metals Announces Publication of H1 2023 Financial Results and Shareholder Letter

New York (United States), Sept. 20, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Lifezone Metals Limited (“Lifezone Metals” or the “Company”) (NYSE: LZM), a modern metals company creating value across the battery metals supply chain from mine to metals production and recycling, announced today that it has published the Company’s first half 2023 financial results in a Form 6-K and an accompanying Shareholder Letter.

Highlights to-date in 2023, as expanded upon in detail in the Shareholder Letter, include:

  • Lifezone Metals’ public listing on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) as LZM, creating the first pure-play NYSE publicly traded nickel resource and cleaner technology company
  • Completion of a second investment by BHP of $50 million, enabling continued progress at the Kabanga Nickel (“Kabanga”) project site in North-west Tanzania and on key study areas
  • Progress on Kabanga DFS and resource definition activities, building on years of studies and 621 kilometres of historical resource drilling, and further defining the Kabanga resource as the Company works towards an updated S-K 1300
  • Updated Kabanga metallurgical test work results, which indicate Kabanga nickel concentrate is amenable to processing using Lifezone Metals’ Hydromet Technology, and is integral to the Kabanga-Kahama nickel refinery flow sheet
  • Headway on Kabanga site operations, early works and site access, with simultaneous critical path activities including expanded camp and internal roads upgrades enabling drilling and land surveys
  • Key achievements in the areas of Kabanga external affairs, sustainability and permitting, with a comprehensive program in place comprised of an operating team of 100+ actively focused on community engagement, environment, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and social performance
  • Acquisition of Simulus Laboratories, expanding capabilities for Lifezone Metals’ growth strategy beyond Kabanga
  • Formal commencement of off-take marketing of Kabanga nickel cathode, creating an off-take monetization opportunity for the nickel, copper and cobalt production from Kabanga given the interest in these products from original equipment manufacturers
  • Evolved Hydromet opportunities beyond Kabanga, entering into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a global platinum group metals (PGM) customer for a commercial scale PGM recycling facility

Keith Liddell, Founder & Chair of Lifezone Metals, said: “We are excited to share our first ever Shareholder Letter. As we are new to the public market, our first instalment of this communication will both introduce Lifezone Metals to those who are new to our story and present a detailed overview on what we believe are the key accomplishments for our Company so far in 2023.”

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About Lifezone Metals

Lifezone Metals (NYSE: LZM) is a modern metals company creating value across the battery metals supply chain from resource to metals production and recycling. Our mission is to provide commercial access to proprietary technology and cleaner metals production through a scalable platform underpinned by our tailored Hydromet Technology. This technology has the potential to be a cleaner and lower cost alternative to smelting, allowing us to responsibly and cost-effectively provide cleaner metals.

By pairing the Kabanga Nickel project in Tanzania, which we believe is one of the largest and highest-grade undeveloped nickel sulphide deposits in the world, with our proprietary Hydromet Technology, we will work to unlock the value of a key new source of supply to global battery metals markets. We have a long-standing partnership with BHP on the Kabanga Nickel project, with BHP having invested USD100 million, as we work to empower Tanzania to achieve full value creation in-country and become the next premier source of nickel.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements made herein are not historical facts but may be considered “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended and the “safe harbor” provisions under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements generally are accompanied by words such as “believe,” “may,” “will,” “estimate,” “continue,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “expect,” “should,” “would,” “plan,” “predict,” “potential,” “seem,” “seek,” “future,” “outlook” or the negatives of these terms or variations of them or similar terminology or expressions that predict or indicate future events or trends or that are not statements of historical matters. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding future events, the business combination between GoGreen Investments Corporation (“GoGreen”) and Lifezone Holdings Limited (“LHL”) that formed Lifezone Metals, the estimated or anticipated future results of Lifezone Metals, future opportunities for Lifezone Metals, including the efficacy of Lifezone Metals’ hydromet technology (“Hydromet Technology”) and the development of, and processing of mineral resources at, the Kabanga Project, and other statements that are not historical facts.

These statements are based on the current expectations of Lifezone Metals’ management and are not predictions of actual performance. These forward-looking statements are provided for illustrative purposes only and are not intended to serve as, and must not be relied on, by any investor as a guarantee, an assurance, a prediction or a definitive statement of fact or probability. Actual events and circumstances are difficult or impossible to predict and will differ from assumptions. Many actual events and circumstances are beyond the control of Lifezone Metals. These statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties regarding Lifezone Metals’ business, and actual results may differ materially. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: general economic, political and business conditions, including but not limited to the economic and operational disruptions and other effects of the COVID-19 pandemic; the outcome of any legal proceedings that may be instituted against the Lifezone Metals in connection with the business combination; failure to realize the anticipated benefits of the business combination, including difficulty in integrating the businesses of LHL and GoGreen; the risks related to the rollout of Lifezone Metals’ business, the efficacy of the Hydromet Technology, and the timing of expected business milestones; Lifezone Metals’ development of, and processing of mineral resources at, the Kabanga Project; the effects of competition on Lifezone Metals’ business; the ability of Lifezone Metals to execute its growth strategy, manage growth profitably and retain its key employees; the ability of Lifezone Metals to maintain the listing of its securities on a U.S. national securities exchange; costs related to the business combination; and other risks that will be detailed from time to time in filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). The foregoing list of risk factors is not exhaustive. There may be additional risks that Lifezone Metals presently does not know or that Lifezone Metals currently believes are immaterial that could also cause actual results to differ from those contained in forward-looking statements. In addition, forward-looking statements provide Lifezone Metals’ expectations, plans or forecasts of future events and views as of the date of this communication. Lifezone Metals anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause Lifezone Metals’ assessments to change. However, while Lifezone Metals may elect to update these forward-looking statements in the future, Lifezone Metals specifically disclaims any obligation to do so. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing Lifezone Metals’ assessments as of any date subsequent to the date of this communication. Accordingly, undue reliance should not be placed upon the forward-looking statements. Nothing herein should be regarded as a representation by any person that the forward-looking statements set forth herein will be achieved or that any of the contemplated results in such forward-looking statements will be achieved. You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements in this communication, which speak only as of the date they are made and are qualified in their entirety by reference to the cautionary statements herein.

Certain statements made herein include references to “clean” or “green” metals, methods of production of such metals, energy or the future in general. Such references relate to environmental benefits such as lower green-house gas (“GHG”) emissions and energy consumption involved in the production of metals using the Hydromet Technology relative to the use of traditional methods of production and the use of metals such as nickel in the batteries used in electric vehicles. While studies by third parties (commissioned by Lifezone Metals) have shown that the Hydromet Technology, under certain conditions, results in lower GHG emissions and lower consumption of electricity compared to smelting with respect to refining platinum group metals, no active refinery currently licenses Lifezone Metals’ Hydromet Technology. Accordingly, Lifezone Metals’ Hydromet Technology and the resultant metals may not achieve the environmental benefits to the extent Lifezone Metals expects or at all. Any overstatement of the environmental benefits in this regard may have adverse implications for Lifezone Metals and its stakeholders.


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Chief Sustainability & Communications Officer, Lifezone Metals

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Chief financial Officer, Lifezone Metals

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Annonce des lauréats des Prix Stevie pour les grands employeurs 2023

Bank of America et Globe Telecom figurent parmi les grands gagnants

FAIRFAX, Virginie, 19 sept. 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Les lauréats des Prix Stevie® pour les grands employeurs 2023, un concours international, ont été annoncés le lundi 18 septembre pendant un gala à New York. Les prix récompensent les meilleurs employeurs au monde ainsi que les professionnels, les équipes, les réalisations des ressources humaines ainsi que les produits et fournisseurs liés aux RH qui aident à créer et à favoriser des lieux de travail exceptionnels.

Une liste complète de tous les lauréats des Prix Stevie d’or, d’argent et de bronze 2023 par catégorie est disponible à l’adresse

Ces lauréats incluent divers individus et organisations du monde entier. L’entreprise qui a remporté le Grand Prix Stevie de l’Organisation la plus récompensée de l’année est Bank of America, basée à Charlotte, en Caroline du Nord, avec sept Prix Stevie d’or, sept Prix Stevie d’argent et sept Prix Stevie de bronze, qui totalise ainsi 45,5 points. Le prix d’Organisation de l’année revient à l’entreprise ayant remporté le plus de points, chaque Stevie d’or représentant trois points, chaque Stevie d’argent représentant deux points et chaque Stevie de bronze représentant un point et demi.

Le Grand Prix Stevie de la Nomination la mieux notée de l’année revient à Globe Telecom Inc., basée à Taguig, aux Philippines, pour sa nomination d’Ato Jiao en tant que directeur des RH de l’année, qui a reçu un score moyen du jury de 9,5 sur 10.

Les plus grands gagnants des Prix Stevie d’or comprennent Bank of America (7 prix), Cathay United Bank (5 prix), IBM (4 prix), Tata Consultancy Services (4 prix), Tech Mahindra (4 prix), Dimes Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş. (3 prix), Enerjisa Enerji (3 prix), Product Madness (3 prix), TELUS International (3 prix), Akbank T.A.S. (2 prix), American Systems (2 prix), Ayala Land Inc. (2 prix), BlueSky Personnel Solutions (2 prix), Borusan (2 prix), DHL Global Forwarding, Freight (2 prix), FedEx (2 prix), Globe Telecom (2 prix), GoHealth (2 prix), Golden Hour Veterinary Telemedicine (2 prix), Kordsa Teknik Tekstil A.Ş. (2 prix), Saint-Gobain North America (2 prix), Siemens AG (2 prix) et Top Hat (2 prix).

Plus de 1 000 candidatures d’organisations de 28 pays ont été évaluées dans le cadre du concours de cette année. Les gagnants ont été sélectionnés en fonction des scores moyens de plus de 125 professionnels à travers le monde, jouant le rôle de juges.

Les lauréats des Prix Stevie dans les 31 catégories Employeur de l’année ont été déterminés en combinant de manière exceptionnelle les scores donnés par les professionnels et les votes du grand public.

Les Prix Stevie pour les grands employeurs récompensent les réalisations dans de nombreux aspects du lieu de travail. Les catégories comprennent :

  • Prix d’employeur de l’année
  • Prix des réalisations en matière de RH
  • Prix individuels des RH
  • Catégories des équipes de RH
  • Prix des fournisseurs de solutions
  • Prix des solutions, mises en œuvre et programmes de formation ou médias
  • Catégories leadership éclairé
  • Prix de réponse à la COVID-19

Les prix sont présentés par les Prix Stevie, qui organisent huit des plus grands programmes mondiaux de récompenses commerciales, dont les International Business Awards® et les American Business Awards®.

À propos des Prix Stevie

Les Prix Stevie sont décernés dans huit programmes : les Prix Stevie en Asie-Pacifique, les Prix Stevie en Allemagne, les Prix Stevie pour le Moyen-Orient et l’Afrique du Nord, les American Business Awards®, les International Business Awards®, les Prix Stevie pour les femmes entrepreneurs, les Prix Stevie pour les grands employeurs et les Prix Stevie pour les ventes et le service à la clientèle. Les concours des Prix Stevie reçoivent chaque année plus de 12 000 nominations émanant d’entreprises de plus de 70 pays. En récompensant les entreprises de tous types et de toutes tailles, ainsi que leurs collaborateurs, les Prix Stevie reconnaissent les performances exceptionnelles sur le lieu de travail dans le monde entier. Pour en savoir plus sur les Prix Stevie, rendez-vous sur le site

Parmi les parrains de la 8e édition annuelle des Prix Stevie pour les grands employeurs, on peut notamment citer HiBob.

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Vencedores do Stevie Awards de 2023 para Grandes Empregadores

Bank of America e Globe Telecom Entre os Principais Vencedores

FAIRFAX, Va., Sept. 19, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Os nomes dos vencedores do Stevie® Awards for Great Employers (Stevie Awards para Grandes Empregadores) de 2023, uma competição internacional, foram anunciados na segunda-feira, 18 de setembro, durante um evento de gala na cidade de Nova York. Os prêmios reconhecem os melhores empregadores e profissionais de recursos humanos, equipes, conquistas e produtos e fornecedores relacionados a RH do mundo que ajudam a criar e impulsionar ótimos locais de trabalho.

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Um grupo diversificado de organizações e indivíduos de todo o mundo está entre os reconhecidos. A organização que ganhou o Grand Stevie Award de Organização Mais Honrada do Ano foi o Bank of America de Charlotte, Carolina do Norte, com sete prêmios Ouro, sete Prata e sete Bronze Stevie Awards, totalizando 45,5 pontos. O prêmio de Organização do Ano foi concedido à organização com mais pontos, com cada Stevie de Ouro contando três pontos, cada Stevie de Prata dois pontos, e cada Stevie Bronze contando 1,5 ponto.

O Grand Stevie Award de Melhor Indicação do Ano foi concedido à Globe Telecom Inc. de Taguig City, Filipinas, por sua indicação de Ato Jiao para Diretor de RH do Ano, que recebeu uma pontuação média dos juízes de 9,5 de um total de 10 possíveis.

Os principais vencedores do Gold Stevie Awards incluem Bank of America (7), Cathay United Bank (5), IBM (4), Tata Consultancy Services (4), Tech Mahindra (4), Dimes Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş. (3), Enerjisa Enerji (3), Product Madness (3), TELUS International (3), Akbank T.A.S. (2), American Systems (2), Ayala Land Inc. (2), BlueSky Personnel Solutions (2), Borusan (2), DHL Global Forwarding, Freight (2), FedEx (2), Globe Telecom (2), GoHealth (2), Golden Hour Veterinary Telemedicine (2), Kordsa Teknik Tekstil A.Ş. (2), Saint-Gobain North America (2), Siemens AG (2), e Top Hat (2).

Mais de 1.000 indicações de organizações de 28 países foram avaliadas na competição deste ano. Os vencedores foram escolhidos por uma pontuação média de mais de 125 profissionais de todo o mundo que atuaram como julgadores.

Os vencedores nas 31 categorias de Empregador do Ano foram esolhidos por uma combinação única de classificação de profissionais e votos do público em geral.

Os Stevie Awards for Great Employers homenageiam as conquistas em muitas facetas do local de trabalho. As categorias são:

  • Employer of the Year Awards (Prêmios de Empregador do Ano)
  • HR Achievement Awards (Prêmios de Conquista de RH)
  • HR Individual Awards (Prêmios Individuais de RH)
  • HR Team Categories (Categorias de Equipes)
  • Solution Provider Awards (Prêmios de Provedor de Soluções)
  • Solutions, Implementations, and Training Programs or Media Awards (Prêmios de Soluções, Implementações e Programas de Treinamento ou de Mídia)
  • Thought Leadership Categorias (Prêmios de Liderança de Pensamento)
  • COVID-19 Response Awards (Prêmios de Resposta à Covid-19)

Os prêmios são apresentados pelo Stevie Awards, que organiza oito das principais premiações de negócios do mundo, incluindo os International Business Awards® e American Business Awards®.

Sobre o Stevie Awards

Stevie Awards são concedidos em oito programas: Stevie Awards Ásia-Pacífico, Stevie Awards Alemão, Stevie Awards Oriente Médio e África do Norte, The American Business Awards®, The International Business Awards®, Stevie Awards para Grandes Empregadoras, Stevie Awards para Mulheres Empresariais e Stevie Awards para Vendas e Serviço ao Cliente. Os concursos Stevie Awards recebem mais de 12.000 nomeações todos os anos de empresas de mais de 70 países. Honrando empresas de todos os tipos e tamanhos, e as pessoas por trás delas, os Stevies reconhecem excelente desempenho no local de trabalho em todo o mundo. Saiba mais sobre os Stevie Awards em

Um dos patrocinadores do 8º anual Stevie Awards para Grandes Empregadores é o HiBob.

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Potential voters in Imo yet to collect 134,000 PVCs for governorship election – INEC

Barely seven weeks to the Nov. 11 governorship election in Imo, registrants are yet to collect at least 134,000 Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs), INEC declared in Owerri on Wednesday.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner, Prof. Sylvia Agu, told newsmen that INEC resumed the issuance of PVCs for the election on Sept. 11 and that the exercise would continue until Oct. 9.

“INEC still has about 134,000 uncollected PVCs in Imo piled in the 27 local government council secretariats of the state.

“I urge Imo residents to collect their PVCs at the INEC offices in their council areas, while those in Orsu Local Government Area should collect theirs at the state office in Owerri.

“Apart from the 27 local government area offices, INEC has also created some centres for PVC collection for Registration Areas that have more than 1,000 uncollected PVCs,’’ she said.

“Remember that PVCs cannot be collected by proxy and they must be exchanged with the Temporary Voter Cards.

“INEC has gone a step further to gather the phone numbers of owners of uncollected PVCs in Bayelsa, Imo and Kogi to send bulk SMS to them,’’ she added.

Off-cycle governorship elections will hold in Imo, Bayelsa and Kogi on Nov. 11.

Prof. Agu also told newsmen that INEC was fully prepared for the election in Imo and that all non-sensitive materials had been received and would be distributed to the various local government areas appropriately.

“The Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security of which the police is the lead agency is on top of the security situation and shall draw up security architecture for the exercise.

“INEC is poised to yet again conduct a credible, free and fair Election,’’ Agu assured. (NAN)

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FCTA sets up 7-man committee to prevent building collapse

The Department of Development Control, Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has set up a seven-man committee for the prevention of building collapse in the federal capital, Abuja.

The Director of the department, Mr Mukhtar Galadima, told newsmen after the inauguration of the committee in Abuja on Wednesday, that the move was part of proactive measures to address incessant building collapse.

“We don’t have to wait for another building to collapse before we act. That is why we set up the committee to help investigate structures that are not structurally stable for human habitation.

“It is good to go round and identify these structures, conduct integrity tests and where necessary provide for remedial measures and remove the structure if it is found not stable.

“The committee will be looking out for structures that visually may look stable but not, and recommend an integrity test,” Galadima said.

He added that the committee would also make recommendations on how to reduce the incidence of building collapse to the barest minimum in the FCT.

He said that the committee would equally recommend who to be engaged to conduct the integrity test.

According to him, the committee comprises representatives from the Council for Registered Engineers of Nigeria, Town Planners Registration Council and Builders Registration Council.

Others are National Institute of Building and Road Research Institute and Standards Organisation of Nigeria among others.

Describing the task as a “national call”, the director said that the committee had two months at the first instance to deliver on the task.

Galadima warned that any official of the department involved in sharp practices would be dealt with in accordance with the civil service rule and other extant laws.

The chairman of the committee, Mr Allabeh Ndirmbula, said that reasons for building collapse were many – materials, construction, design, misuse, quackery, ageing and disaster among several other factors.

Ndirmbula, a former president of the Town Planners Registration Council, said that the committee would work to address, with focus on Phase 1 area of the FCT namely Wuse 1 and 2, Garki and Asokoro.

“What has already happened, we can’t help it; but the future is what we are looking at. We want to make sure that from now on, we have a system that checks against building collapse,” he said.

Also, Mr Ajibade Adeyinka, a Deputy Director in Development Control and Secretary of the committee, described the building industry as a “complex industry”.

Adeyinka said that the industry had so many professionals working in the field and their job interrelated in the processes and procedures of erecting a building for a specific use.

“However, there have been a lot of compromises along the way, from the developer to the owner of the building, to the professionals on site, issue of quackery and poor supervision and monitoring.

“This committee intends to look at existing structures, processes and procedures and look at how to rejig it if there are issues.

“When you talk about building collapse, we always look at buildings under construction, but we are also looking at buildings that have been completed and occupied,” he said. (NAN)

Source: News Agency of Nigeria


NAF airstrike hits target, eliminate 8 terrorists in Borno

A Nigerian Air Force (NAF) aircraft under Operation Hadin Kai, on Wednesday took out a gun truck and eight terrorists at Baranga village, Marte Local Government Area of Borno.

The Director of Public Relations and Information, NAF, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, said in a statement in Abuja that the strike was executed while on armed reconnaissance mission in the area.

Gabkwet said the airstrike was in furtherance of sustained onslaught against remnants of terrorists in the North East.

He said the opportunity strike, which presented itself unexpectedly, occurred when two armed terrorists on a motorcycle were trailed along an active track.

Gabkwet said the terrorists took cover under a thick vegetation after sighting the aircraft, adding that a gun truck with eight terrorists suddenly appeared, speeding off to evade the aircraft.

“Subsequently, the gun truck was engaged and destroyed, thus eliminating the terrorists.

“Remnants of terrorists in the Northeast continue to seek the covers of thick forests and vegetation to evade being detected by the Armed Forces of Nigeria and other security agencies.

“This strike is yet again a clear indication of the commitment of the AFN towards ensuring terrorists find it difficult to randomly roam about freely, attacking law abiding Nigerians,” he said. (NAN) (

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CJN swears in 9 Justices of Appeal Court

The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Kayode Ariwoola on Wednesday swore in nine Justices of the Court of Appeal.

Ariwoola while administering the oath of office to the new judges, said:”the level of public scrutiny of your conduct will, henceforth, assume astronomical dimension because you have willingly taken up appointment that will strategically place you perennially in the eye of the storm.

“The tempo and rate of public assessment of your conduct and disposition have also instantaneously assumed unprecedented spike from this moment.

“You must redouble your effort and dialogue properly with your conscience in order not to fall out of the grace of the Almighty God and the Nigerian people who are curiously looking up to you.

“It takes nothing to join the crowd but it takes a lot to stand alone with good conscience’’, he admonished.

He said that the ceremony was an indication of the times that we are currently in as several novel crimes are being committed in the country that have now made litigations to go on a steady rise.

“Political cases, especially, are taking a monumental toll on our dockets, indeed, the times we are in are not pleasant, to say the least.

“No court in the land is spared of this. We are constantly on our toes and the dockets are ever rising in response to the challenges of the time.

“This underscores the undisputed fact that Nigeria continuously ranks among the most litigious countries in the world.

“I strongly believe it is high time we began to imbibe the culture of less litigation and more of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms: so that our courts can be freed of unnecessary burden and depletion of both human and material resources’’.

He said the onus squarely rests on the Lordships to fasten their belt and roll up their sleeves to face the challenges head-on.

The CJN charged them to redouble their pace to catch up with the expectations of the litigants.

“As judicial officers, you have a divine mandate on earth that you must discharge with unveiled honesty and sincerity.

“You must give good account of yourselves to justify your elevation to the court of appeal so that you can subsequently earn an elevation to the supreme court to further actualize your dreams.

“Many high-profile cases would definitely come to you on appeal; and they may likely come in some juicy and irresistible gifts that are often intended to dent your reputation and integrity.

“I urge Your Lordships to flee from such disguised temptations because your reputation and integrity matter much and count enormously in your rise to honour and fame in life.

The new appellate court Justices are: Hannatu Azumi Laja-Balogun from Kaduna State, who was appointed a High Court Judge on May 24, 1999; Binta Fatima Zubairu from Kaduna State, appointed a High Court Judge on Oct. 31, 2001.

Others are Peter Obiora from Anambra, who was sworn-in as High Court Judge on Jan. 17, 2005, Justices Okon Abang from Akwa Ibom , who was appointed a High Court Judge on June 22, 2009.

Others are Asma’u Musa Mainoma from the Federal Capital Territory, appointed High Court Judge on February 1, 2013; Lateef Adebayo Ganiyu from Oyo State, who became High Court Judge on June 26, 2014; and Jane Esienanwan Iyang from Cross River State, who was sworn-in as High Court Judge on February 12, 2015.

The rest are Hadiza Rabiu Shagari from Sokoto State, who was elevated to the High Court Bench on February 12, 2015; and Paul Ahmed Bassi from Borno State, appointed to the High Court on July 14, 2017. (NAN)

Source: News Agency of Nigeria


Stakeholders seek stand-alone Sanitation and Hygiene Policy

Stakeholders in the water, environment and health sector have called for a standard stand-alone Sanitation and Hygiene Policy to address the poor sanitation situation in the country.

The stakeholders made this submission at the Validation Meeting on the Situation Assessment of Sanitation and Hygiene Policies at the National Level on Wednesday in Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Fatoa and Associates Nigeria Limited, was engaged by WaterAid Nigeria to carry out a review of existing sanitation policies at the national level.

Mr Kabiru Abass, Technical Expert of the organisation, said there was the need to review the current national Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) policy to be in tune with current realities.

Abass said that many policies from years back had prioritised the provision of water supply, thereby relegating the crucial role of scaling up sanitation and hygiene.

He said sanitation interventions ought to be done in an integrated manner so as to gain traction and promote sustainable hygiene practices in the country.

“We recommend a standard and standalone sanitation and hygiene policy, we also recommend a review of the current National WASH policy 2000 to ensure that it aligns to all African Sanitation Policy core elements, other cross cutting issues.

“We need to incorporate climate change into sanitation and hygiene policies as well as emergency preparedness plans so as to prevent casualties in the future,” he said.

He said a multi-disciplinary and inter-ministerial sanitation policy review committee should be established to coordinate the process of reviewing and developing the sanitation policy.

Abass said there should also be a holistic sanitation and hygiene sub-sector funding mechanism in the reviewed sanitation policy, saying it should also elaborate on the roles of civil society organisations.

The technical expert however called for renewed collaboration between all stakeholders that would ensure unhindered implementation of formulated policies, saying that it would would be beneficial for the people.

Earlier, Mrs Elizabeth Ugoh, Director, Water Quality Control and Sanitation, Federal Ministry of Water Resources and Sanitation, said the report being validated aligned with the objectives of the African Sanitation Policy Guidelines (ASPG).

Ugoh said it was critical to acknowledge the absence of a national, clear, coherent and stand-alone sanitation sector policy framework, saying this was a huge challenge.

“This lacuna has given rise to numerous issues, including overlapping functions, conflicting interventions, ineffective resource deployment, and inadequate monitoring, evaluation, and reporting.

“A stand-alone sanitation policy is good for Nigeria, Because when you talk of sanitation, you talk water and sanitation, for instance, look at our WASH accounts in Nigeria, there’s so much funding going into water, sanitation and hygiene is suffering.

“And so if we have a stand-alone policy, this will help also to attract not just the government budgetary process, to bring in money into sanitation, donors will also see why we need to have more funding and be able to achieve good results in sanitation,” she said.

The director said the validation meeting was a critical milestone in the journey towards transforming Sanitation and Hygiene practices in Nigeria.

She added that Nigeria needed to get it right when it comes to sanitation, saying a lot of things depended on it especially in the lives of most vulnerable.

Mr Nanpet Chuktu, Head of WASH, WaterAid Nigeria, said the activity was one of the organisation’s pillar in strengthening the system for multi-sectoral coordination and collaboration.

Chuktu said the recommendations from the committee for a stand-alone policy, would allow all other phases of sanitation and hygiene to be considered.

“They are not jettisoning the old thing, but they are saying that if we have one policy that addresses sanitation and hygiene, we will be able to pick unique issues.

“We see these as important because it will strengthen the sector; it will contribute to the National Action Plan, which is revitalising the sector; If you have the government to align budget, we would see a reduction in duplicity,’’ he said.

NAN reports that the African Ministerial Council on Water (AMCOW) had developed the ASPG for member states to develop, review, and implement national sanitation and hygiene policies.

It provides guidance to African governments to enhance or develop a clear and comprehensive sanitation policy that will pave the way for the development and implementation of large-scale national sanitation programmes. (NAN)

Source: News Agency of Nigeria


Group urges govt to revive public safety institutions

The Global Awareness for Public Safety Foundation (GAPS) has urged the Federal Government to revive and reactivate public safety institutions for effective protection of lives and property in Nigeria.

Dr Chuks Alozie, Director-General of GAPS, made the call on Wednesday in Abuja during a courtesy visit to Rev Yakubu Pam, Executive Secretary, Nigerian Christains Pilgrims Commission.

The Global Awareness for Public Safety Foundation is an NGO with the goal to enlighten the public on ways to prevent and manage dangers within their environment.

Alozie said there was the need for government at all levels to collaborate with stakeholders to revive all public safety institutions to boost safety and wellness of citizens.

“Regular awareness for public safety will play a critical role in preventing and protecting the public from events that could endanger their safety and security.

“Government and institutions at all levels should ensure the protection of lives of persons in their territory, organizations and institutions against threats to their well-being, survival and prosperity, ” he said.

He urged the government to reactivate emergency services and first responders, including the law enforcement agencies, fire service, emergency medical services, security and military for effective service delivery.

Alozie also prayed for wisdom for the NCPC boss to reposition the commission to reflect the goodness of the Christian community in and outside the country.

Responding, the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Christians Pilgrims Commission, Rev. Yakubu Pam, thanked the group for calling for the repositioning of the commission and other institutions to reflect their mandates.

Pam also assured the group of its willingness to collaborate, to provide the needed awareness on public safety and its organizations.(NAN)(

Source: News Agency of Nigeria


Africa can tackle food insecurity, poverty through AI – Danbatta

Prof. Umar Danbatta, Executive Vice-Chairman (EVC), Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), says Africa can overcome challenges of poverty, food insecurity, healthcare, and others, if she adopts and deploys Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Danbatta stated this on Wednesday in his keynote address at the 11th Edition of the Digital Africa Conference and Exhibition holding in Abuja.

The theme of the 3-day annual event is: “Artificial Intelligence and Africa”.

He said that AI had the potential to provide solutions to major challenges faced by African countries.

“AI-powered solutions have the potential to address some of Africa’s most pressing challenges, such as limited access to healthcare, food insecurity, financial inclusion, and infrastructure development,” Danbatta said.

He, however, said, for Africa to fully embrace the benefits of AI, several critical factors must be addressed.

The EVC added: “First, we must invest in building the necessary digital infrastructure. This includes expanding broadband connectivity.

“In Nigeria, as of July 2023, the broadband penetration stood at 47.01 per cent.

“Also, the continent must commit to ensuring reliable power supply and fostering a conducive regulatory environment.”

According to the EVC, without robust infrastructure, the potential of AI will remain untapped, and the digital divide will further widen.

Danbatta said: “Secondly, we must prioritise digital skills development. AI technologies require a skilled workforce capable of developing, deploying, and maintaining these systems.

“We need to invest in education and training programs that equip our youth with the necessary skills to participate in the AI-driven economy.

“By nurturing a generation of AI experts, we can elevate Africa’s position in the global AI landscape and create job opportunities for our youth.”

He said that ethical considerations must underpin the approach to AI as its systems were deployed, adding that transparency, accountability, and fairness must be ensured.

“We must guard against biases, protect privacy and data security, and uphold human rights.

“AI should be a force for good, promoting inclusivity and leaving no one behind.

“Collaboration and partnerships are also crucial in unlocking the potential of AI in Africa.

“We must foster collaboration among governments, regulatory bodies, academia, the private sector, and civil society.

“By working together, we can share knowledge, pool resources together, and leverage expertise to drive innovation and create an enabling environment for AI adoption,” Danbatta said.

The EVC assured Nigerians and Africans of the readiness of the NCC to fully support the adoption and deployment of AI.

Danbatta said: “NCC is fully committed to supporting the development and deployment of AI technologies in Nigeria and across the continent.

“We are working to create an enabling regulatory framework that promotes innovation while safeguarding the interests of consumers and citizens.

“We are also collaborating with stakeholders to establish AI research and development centres, incubation hubs, and startup ecosystems to nurture homegrown AI talent.”

Earlier, the Chairman of Digital Africa, Dr Evans Woherem, said Africa once led the rest of the world and can still bridge the gap to the world in regards to technology and development.

He said: “There was a time Africa was leading the whole world in regards to technology but after some years, as a result of so many things that happened to her.

“Slavery and colonialism had been unfortunate to have had some series of leaders that did not see the urgency in regards to development.

“As a result of that, we have underperformed all these years but many of us are pointing out that the gap can be bridged.

“We can only do so through technology. And AI is one of those technologies we just have to pay attention to.

“Make sure Africa bridges the gap between itself and the rest of the world regarding technology and therefore regarding development.”

Woherem said that was the reason why Africans were still crying, adding, “We are raising all these points for people to realise that there are somethings we need to do in order to budge the gap.”

On AI adoption and deployment he said: “You need to understand that this is a very important technology that is going to determine the countries that will be winners in this 21st century.” (NAN)(

Source: News Agency of Nigeria