Think outside box, explore new initiatives to fight corruption,Bawa charges staff
The Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa, has charged management staff of the Commission to think outside box and explore new initiatives to galvanise the fight against economic and financial crimes in Nigeria.
He said the need for new initiatives is imperative and urged the management staff to see themselves as critical stakeholders in the anti-corruption crusade.
Bawa gave the charge at a three-day Management Retreat of the Commission, at the Radisson Blu Anchorage Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, with the theme: “Consolidating on Achievements for Enhanced Performance and Greater Impact”.
He said:” We are the leaders of this organisation and we cannot expect angels to come down and help us.”
Bawa stated that the Retreat was convened to create a family atmosphere, where “we are expected to tell ourselves the truth – the whole truth.
“Luckily, at the EFCC, we have our own Strategic Plan, so we need to go through and come up with ways we want to move the Commission to greater heights.”
He further urged the participants to think outside the box, stressing that, “We are not only doing it for ourselves, but for the EFCC and our country, Nigeria.”
While making a reference to the achievements of Lewis Hamilton, the seven-time Formula One driver, he stressed that cooperation was needed for success and progress to be achieved “as Hamilton could not have achieved the feat without those working with him.
“We need to re-strategise and build the system,” he said.
In his remarks, the Secretary to the Commission, Dr. George Ekpungu, said there was need, at every point in time, for an organisation to evaluate its activities, with the hindsight of restrategising to advance its mission and vision.
According to him, “We have gathered here for the Retreat, in order to take stock of our activities in the past year across all our departments and operations, evaluate them, and come up with projections for the current year, while restrategising to achieve the set goals.”
Speaking on the topic, “Strategic Leadership: An Imperative for Optimum Organisational Performance”, Air Marshal Mohammad Garba Gumi ( rtd.), Directing Staff, National Institute for Security Studies, took participants through a critical thinking of the role leadership plays in the direction that an organisation goes.
He described strategy as the balanced relationship among “ends, ways and means.”
He said: “Ends are the objectives or goals sought and this explains what is to be accomplished; and if accomplished, create or contribute to the achievement of the desired end.
“Strategy can be applied at national level and level of the organisation; and it is a relationship between ends, ways and means and must be balanced.
“For any organisation to succeed, it must get its strategy right.”
Commending the EFCC for having a Strategic Plan, which copiously distills the Commission’s vision, mission, and core values, he urged the staff of the Commission not to “be dejected” in their fight against corruption, in spite of all the challenges facing them.
He also noted that “capacity building is a very important resource” in any strategic plan.
Gumi noted that globalisation had blurred the difference among the three main strategy levels-tactical, operational and leadership-adding that “No matter how conceptualised the strategy is, leadership boils down to influencing your environment to achieve specific objectives given to you.”
According to him, strategic leaders address four critical questions: “Where we right now; where do we want to go; how do we get there, and how do we measure our progress?”
In his presentation titled, “Leadership in the 21st Century and Organisational Performance”, Dr. Linus Okorie, a Leadership Development Consultant, provided down-to-earth practical examples to distill necessary leadership skills needed to help move the Commission forward.
“You must think strategically and take strategic decisions,” he said.
Shedding light on the 21st Century realities of leadership, he stressed that globalisation, technology, diversity, information overload, and individualism, “now have roles to play, especially as the world has now become a global village.”
He added: “Leadership without strategy is a tragedy.”
He itemised leadership demands in the 21st Century to include learning, thinking, envisioning, executing, and planning.
According to him, the characteristics of a 21st Century leader include “being a change-maker; being a multiplier of talent among staff; a lover of values; a collaborator; a strategic thinker; a solution provider, and a networker.
“Leaders are custodians of vision, and it is the responsibility of the leader to transfer that vision.”
Other presentations bordered on “Mental Health and Wellbeing”; “Fundamental Human Rights: Obligations of the EFCC”; “Electronic Documents Management System”; “Assessment of the Implementation of the EFCC Strategic Plan 2021-2025”; “Digitalisation of the EFCC Processes and Procedures” among others .
Participants at the Retreat include Directors in the Commission, Unit Heads, and Zonal Commanders.
Court restrained Dr. Ayu from parading himself as PDP National Chairman
A Benue State High Court sitting in Makurdi has restrained the National Chairman of the People Democratic Party, PDP, Senator Dr. Iyorchia Ayu from office.
Justice W.I. Kpochi also restrained Dr Ayu from parading himself as the National Chairman of PDP pending the determination of a Motion on Notice filed by Engr. Engr Conrad Terhide Utaan against Dr. Ayu and the PDP following Ayu’s suspension from the party by
his ward executive, the Igyorov Council Ward ,Benue State on Saturday.
The judge issued an order of interim injunction after hearing from Mr. M.T.Assoh the lawyer who moved and argued an ex-parte application brought by Engr. Utaan .
Engr. Utaan had filed a suit marked MHC/85/2023 against Dr. Iyorchia Ayu and the People Democratic Party but later brought the ex-parte applications which the court granted as prayed.
The order issued by the judge read as follows:
“By this ex-parte application the Plaintiff’s/Applicant principally seek the order couched thus:
“An order of interim injunction restraining the 1st defendant Dr.Senator Iyorchia Ayu from parading himself as the National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party , PDP, having lost membership of the party, pending the hearing and determination of Motion on Notice already filed.
‘”The application is supported by a fifteen (15) paragraphs affidavit to which is annexed three exhibits as Exhibits: A1, A2, and B, which are the Applicant’s membership card of the 2nd defendant, receipts for payment of dues and a vote of no confidence passed on the 1st Defendant/Respondent by the Igyorov Council Ward of the 2nd Defendant in Gboko.Local Government , Benue State.
‘”Upon hearing Mr. M.T.Assoh learned Counsel ably move the application and upon dispassionate considerations of facts placed before me in the pool of affidavit evidences, and again,upon the considerations of issues distilled in the written address by Mr. M.T.Assoh learned Counsel ,it is my candid view that this is a proper case to grant interim injunction as craved.
“Consequently, this application is hereby granted in the terms of the reliefs, captured in the motion paper as herein before reproduced.
“It is so ordered.”
The matter has been adjourned to 17/4/2023 for hearing.
Suspension: Ayu mocks Exco members, derides them as illiterate persons who lack power to suspend him
Embattled suspended National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Dr Iyorchia Ayu has described his suspension as exercise in futility and u n institutional.
He is fighting back with all the venom, the bile and causticity in him as he unleashed verbal attack on the exco members in hus state who suspended him fir alleged anti-party activities.
Deriding them, he declared that the members of the PDP Executive Committee in Igyorov Ward, Gboko Local Government Area of Benue State, who suspended him for alleged anti-party activities, were “illiterate” persons.
Ayu said the PDP committee lacked the power to suspend him, noting that the members of the committee were ignorant of the party’s Constitution.
The committee had on Sunday suspended Ayu for alleged anti-party activities, adding that his anti-party activities, alongside his allies, contributed to the party’s loss in his ward and local government in the March 18 governorship election in the state.
They also accused Ayu of not paying his annual dues as enshrined by the party’s constitution, noting that most of his closest allies worked for the All Progressive Congress (APC) which resulted in the abysmal performance of the PDP in Igyorov Ward.
However, the PDP chairman, in a statement issued on Monday by his media aide, Simon Imobo-Tswam, described his suspension as “an exercise in futility as it derives its strength majorly from gross illiteracy, ignorance, gambling, and desperation”.
He stressed that only the PDP National Executive Committee (NEC) had the power to suspend him, saying the suspension letter was written by an illiterate person and given to the coerced members of the committee to sign in Makurdi, the Benue State capital.
The statement read: “We wish to state categorically and with all emphasis at our disposal thus:
“For starters, Article 57(7) of the PDP Constitution as Amended in 2017 expressly prohibits any organ of the party or executive committee of the party at the Ward or State Level from taking any disciplinary measure against any member of the party’s National Executive Committee.
“The purported suspension is, therefore, an exercise in futility as it derives its strength majorly from gross illiteracy, ignorance, gambling, and desperation. It has only mischief, drama, and propaganda value.
“But more than this, the so-called suspension letter was written by an illiterate (sic) before hand and only given to the coerced members to sign somewhere in Makurdi.
“This is why the original date is tipexed and 24 March imposed on it. And this is also why it states that the presidential/NASS and Governorship/State Assembly elections were held on 25th and 18th March 2023, respectively.
“From what we know, the document itself is fraudulent as the signatures of the Ward Executives were forged or obtained under duress.
“The (Ward) chairman, his deputy, and legal adviser didn’t sign. The 14th person on the list didn’t sign, too. She was at NKST Ambighir for the Holy Communion.
“In fact, the same applies to Nos. 5, 8, and 16. At the time they were supposed to be in Makurdi with the other coerced, intimidated, and induced members of the Exco, they were actually in their villages, going about their normal businesses”.
“Up till now, about nine members of the Ward Exco are still being held hostage in a location in Makurdi for obvious reasons. And expectedly, their mobile numbers have been switched off. It is instructive.
“The general public is hereby advised to ignore rumours to this heinous effect. Those behind the plot are only investing in expensive illusions.”
I Prefer Kissing, S3x Scenes With Seasoned Actors – Nancy Isime
Popular actress and media personality, Nancy Isime has revealed how she feels acting s3x and scene kissing roles. She spoke during an interview with media personality, Dadaboy. According to her, she doesn’t enjoy acting such roles. She further explained that even if it looks good on screen, she prefers such scenes with seasoned actors who understand professionalism. She said, “Well, it’s a script, and Yes, I do kiss in movies. But Why will I enjoy it? 5,000 people around you. Enjoy what? I never enjoy doing nothing. There’s cameras around, it’s a scene. I prefer to actually have kissing scenes with seasoned actors who understand the professionalism of a kissing scene or a s3x scene. “S3x scene of course because everybody is all dressed up but there is movement. So there’s literally people who understand the job and are focused and are literally just running through a script.”
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