Thursday, 22 June 2017

ADSEMA Commends Red Star for relief materials to IDPs

From L: Women leader, Fatima Hassan; Divisional Managing Director, Red Star Freight, Tonye Preghafi; Director, Red Star Express Plc, Alhaji Aminu Dangana; Camp Manager, Giwa Kurutsi and Marketing and Corporate Affairs Manager, Red Star Express Plc, Olufemi Oluwole at the presentation of relief materials to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) by Red Star Foundation in Malkohi, Yola, Adamawa State on June 16th, 2017.  

Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency (ADSEMA) has commended the Red Star Foundation, on behalf of the state government, for its relief materials and food stuffs donated to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Malkohi camp of the IDPs located about forty kilometers away from Yola the Adamawa State capital.
The Foundation donated 30 bags of grains including rice, beans, maize, guinea corns; 10 bags of sugar and salt; 24 cartons of noodles; 5 gallons of vegetable oil; beverages and 8 boxes of cloths. Presenting the materials in Yola, the leader of delegation and director, Red Star Express Plc, Alhaji Aminu Dangana, disclosed that the company, through the Red Star Foundation, came all the way from Lagos to identify and show concern with the situation of the IDPs.

“Our presence here is not only to present this donation but to show concern at the plight of the people. With the turn out today and what we have seen here, we will not stop here. We will mobilize others on the need to support government in assisting you and making your stay comfortable in the camp”, Dangana said.  
Explaining the rationale behind the donation, Divisional Managing Director of Red Star Freight and president of the Red Star Foundation, Tonye Preghafi stated that it is a way of giving back to the society as the foundation has continued to play a major role in alleviating the needs of the people in its immediate society.
“The foundation runs the ‘I care project’ in which the staff of the company and their friends contribute to give back to the society. This is part of what we are doing here today as all these materials were put together by the staff. Also we have a scholarship scheme for indigent students currently running in Lagos, Port Harcourt and Kano”, he said.
  From L: Divisional Managing Director, Red Star Freight, Tonye Preghafi; Director, Red Star Express Plc, Alhaji Aminu Dangana and Marketing and Corporate Affairs Manager, Red Star Express Plc, Olufemi Oluwole at the presentation of relief materials to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) by Red Star Foundation in Malkohi, Yola, Adamawa State on June 16th, 2017.

Speaking further, Tonye disclosed that the donations are also part of the series of activities to mark the 25th anniversary of Red Star Express Plc later in the year. “We are not stopping here. We will do more as the year runs by. The company is 25 years this year. In our consistent tradition, we will be moving round to contribute our own quota in alleviating needs”, he said.
Receiving the materials in the presence of the IDPs, an official of the Adamawa State Emergency Agency, Abdullahi Yakubu thanked the company for the gesture which he said would be put to judicious use. “In this camp, all donations are presented in presence of all the IDPs like we have witnessed today. Immediately the donations are made, the IDPs take charge by themselves”.

Friday, 16 June 2017

GTBank holds 7th Annual Autism Program

Foremost African financial institution, Guaranty Trust Bank plc, is set to hold the 7th edition of its Annual Autism Conference. The two-day conference, which is free and open to the general public, will hold on the 13th and 14th of July 2017 at the MUSON Centre, Onikan, Lagos.
This year’s conference, themed “Childhood to Adulthood: Communication and Social Development”, will create conversations and develop resources which address the dynamic needs of people living with Autism right from their childhood through adulthood.
As part of the 2017 program, there will be globally renowned specialists present to offer consulting services ranging from the assessment of children for Autism and other developmental challenges to the counselling of their parents from 17th to 22nd July 2017 at Digital Village, Alausa, Ikeja. There will also be sessions for Speech Therapy, Physical Therapy, Behaviour Analysis, Audiology, Clinical Psychology, Developmental Psychiatry, Physiotherapy, and Occupational Therapy.
Since 2009 the Autism Awareness Conference has been a core part of GTBank’s Orange Ribbon Initiative, an advocacy program designed to support people with developmental disabilities and special needs, especially Autisim Spectrum Disorders (ASD). In 2016, the 6th edition of the Autism Conference had over 1,500 participants over the two-day period, more than triple the number which attended the inaugural conference. This year is expected to attract a larger audience and will have as partners, Ministries of Health and Education, Blazing Trails International, Texas, USA, College of Medicine, Idi-Araba, Lagos, Patrick’s Speech and Language Centre and the Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Aro Ogun State.
Commenting on the 7th Annual Autism Awareness Conference, Mr Segun Agbaje, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Guaranty Trust Bank plc, said; “Over the past six editions of this conference, we have made tremendous achievements in amplifying the national awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorders and increasing the expert assistance available to people living with Autism. This year, we are going several steps forward to address the dynamic communication and social needs of children living with Autism as they transition into adulthood. He further stated “Aware that we are a voice for people who don’t have a voice, we will continue to support children living with Autism as well as their parents, teachers and care givers so that through us, the world can hear them.
Guaranty Trust Bank plc is a Nigerian financial institutions that has maintained a defined Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy since its inception in 1990. The Bank actively supports numerous programmes across Africa that positively affect Infant and Maternal Healthcare, Education, the Art, Community Development and the Environment.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

GTBank Launches GTPatriot, a Subsidized Banking Package for Nigeria’s Military and Paramilitary Personnel

Foremost financial institution, Guaranty Trust Bank plc, has launched GTPATRIOT, a unique Salary Account Package which offers Nigeria’s servicemen and servicewomen subsidized banking products and dedicated value added services. The GTPatriot Account allows serving members of the Military and Paramilitary institutions to open accounts with zero minimum balance whilst offering reduced Current Account maintenance fees and access to loans at reduced interest rates, amongst other value added services. 

GTBank has been at the forefront of providing innovative account packages designed for the unique needs of various segments of the society. Among these account packages are the GTCrea8 e-Savers account which offers young people, especially undergraduates, benefits beyond banking, such as scholarships and career master classes, and the GTBank Seniors Account which offers senior citizens aged 65 years and above free banking services. With the introduction of the GTPatriot Account, the bank will expand and deepen its relationship with another core segment of the society in line with its goal of enriching the lives of all customers and the communities in which it operates. 

Commenting on the launch of the GTPatriot Account, the Managing Director of Guaranty Trust Bank Plc said, “As an institution that deeply believes in service, we are excited to introduce this premium account that recognizes, applauds and appreciates the invaluable service that members of military and paramilitary institutions offer to the nation. The GTPatriot Account Package goes beyond providing best in-class banking products to servicemen and women, it includes a wide range of value added benefits that guarantees a superior banking experience and genuinely enriches their lives.”
He further stated that “We will continue to create innovative and specially targeted products and services in order to ensure long-term value adding relationships with several segments of our customers and the communities in which we operate.” 

Guaranty Trust Bank plc has always been at the forefront of industry innovations within the Nigerian financial services sector and plays a leading role in Africa’s banking industry. The GTBank brand is regarded by industry watchers as one of the best run financial institutions across its subsidiary countries and serves as a role model within the financial service industry due to its bias for world class corporate governance standards, excellent service, quality and innovation.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Red Star Express to Host SME 1000

Red Star Express Plc is set to host entrepreneurs and owners of Small and Medium Enterprises to a forum to give them support by sharing insights, information and industry advice as it affects them in relation to the growth of their business. This event will seek to provide advice and logistics resources from Red Star Express, other industry leaders and concerned regulatory agencies so as to assist in creating an excellent opportunity to interact and network.

Tagged “Breaking Boundaries”, the event will be held on July 7 in Lagos at the Welcome Centre, International Airport Road. Apart from being a form of Corporate Social Responsibility for Red Star Express, SME1000 is a groundbreaking medium by the company to bridge the logistics gap faced by SMEs.

The Group Managing Director of RedStar, Mr Sola Obabori elucidated on the reason behind the project. “Red Star chose to embark on this SME 1000 project in order to promote and create a platform to connect these SMEs globally, because RedStar is a global business that can connect with any part of the world in 72 hours. We want to bring 1000 SMEs together to partner with them and create opportunities and network for them in order to enable them understand the process of running an SME”.

“We understand that some of the challenges of coming up with an SME is infrastructure, inconsistency, succession plans, lack of focus, all amongst others. In international countries there are usually plans for succession but it’s hardly done in Nigeria. However, we can’t say Nigerians have done badly because we have had good SMEs that have grown and stood the test of time. For instance, we have Dangote, Globacom, FCMB, and the likes.”

According to the Head, Projects and New Ventures, Ngozi Ochokwu, the SME sector is a major part of Nigeria's economy and has the potential to spur the country out of recession. With SME1000, Red Star Express, as a foremost logistics company in Nigeria, will reaffirm its unwavering commitment to the development of the indigenous market.

"As we undertake all concerns regarding logistics, we urge businesses to take advantage of SME1000 whilst focusing on building robust trading platforms. All they simply need to do is to register at  and from there; they can get the opportunity to participate. Attendance is free and there are lot of experts on ground to assist these entrepreneurs with business ideas and opportunities", she said.

Red Star Express has been a major e-commerce delivery backbone for a large number of SMEs, by ensuring hassle free order fulfillment. The SMEs will be availed the opportunity of choosing from a bouquet of services depending on their business needs and requirements ranging from deliveries within 3 to 6 hours in Lagos, door-to-door deliveries nationwide, Cash-On-Delivery, Prepaid Delivery, Drop off & Pickup Centres, Freight, Warehousing, Inventory Management, Outsourcing, among others.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Olashore student wins Cambridge Awards.

Okupe Mofiyinfoluwa Ademidun a student of Olashore International School has been awarded the Outstanding Cambridge Learner Award at the inaugural edition of the British Council Recognition and Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards
The awards ceremony which held at the Intercontinental Hotel on the 19th of May 2017 was designed to recognise outstanding Cambridge Learners in 2015/2016 examinations and the partner schools that have exemplified Equality Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) and Child Protection policies.
Mofiyinfoluwa joined Olashore International School in the year 2010 and graduated in 2016. During her study in the school, Mofiyinfoluwa was hard working and consistently maintained the top position in her year group, her excellent performance in the school placed her under academic scholarship throughout her years in the school. Fiyin, as her friends popularly call her, served as the school’s media prefect in 2015/2016. In her tenure as media prefect, she was responsible for interviewing the many dignitaries that visited the school, these dignitaries include: Mr. Chidi Okoro, (MD UAC Foods Ltd), AIG Helen Adeyemi Kalafite, (Assistant Inspector General of Police Zone 11), Mrs Osaretin Demuren, (Chairman Board of Governors GTBank Plc) and Dr. Yemi Ogunbiyi, (Chairman, Tanus Communications). Some of the interviews she conducted with visiting personalities appeared in Oasis – Olashore International School termly magazine.

Fiyin participated in debate and public speaking competitions both in and out of school, coming out tops and winning numerous awards and prizes. She also served as the Master of Ceremony in school events. Upon graduation, she was the best performing student in practically all her subjects including Biology, Civic Education, Christian Religious Studies, Economics, English Language, Government, ICT, Literature in English and Photography. This placed her as the overall best graduating student in 2016 graduating set.

Fiyin Okupe expressed her gratitude to all that supported her on this journey. “I am extremely honoured to be receiving this award. Coming from Olashore International School where there is a great emphasis on academic excellence, I can truly say I am a product of my environment. Very heartfelt thanks to my parents for their persistent support, encouragement and inspiration. I'm also grateful to my school for providing me with such an enabling and conducive atmosphere. In particular I want to give special thanks to Mrs. Emezue, head of languages department, who created time for me always to be a sounding board, a listening ear and a friend. This award is for her just as much as it is for me. Most of all, I thank God for everything, without Him, this would not be possible.”


The Head of School/Vice Principal, Mr. John Toscano was able to shed light on why the school opted for the Cambridge examination. “Cambridge IGCSE enjoys a good reputation internationally as a reliable examination board. There are a wide range of IGCSE subjects offered, enabling students to choose options appropriate to the career pathways they intend to pursue. Cambridge provides a syllabus and assessment material for each subject but the school, through its teachers, then has the task of bringing the subject material to life and giving it context. At Olashore we emphasise the use of technology and practical experience as integral to learning.”

Olashore International School opened wide its gates on 9th January 1994 to welcome its first  set of one hundred Year 7 students. The school was founded by Oba Oladele Olashore, CON to compete with its counterparts around the world and also offer quality boarding education of an international standard in Nigeria. He chose to establish the school in Iloko, his home town. This singular act has brought about development in the community and placed it on the global map.

Olashore International School is a learning community committed to academic excellence, nurturing each child to their full potential in a safe and serene environment, developing leaders for the dynamic global society in the 21st century. Set in 60 acres of serene countryside, over the years Olashore International School has become the benchmark for world-class educational facilities in Nigeria. In this context, for the 20th Anniversary, the school developed a contemporary Mission Statement which captures the timeless values on which Olashore International School was built whilst placing them in a 21st century context.

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

IntelServe CEO outlines strategies for Sustainable Economic Growth in Nigeria

Roman Oseghale, an Architect, Business Analyst and CEO. of IntelServe Inc. a Canadian Business Analytical Services company, has identified human capital development as the key to developing sustainable economic growth for Nigeria. 
Speaking at The Platform recently, Mr. Oseghale argued that Africa which is one of the 6 continents is the richest in Mineral Resources but the poorest in per capita income. He noted that 1/3 (33.3%) of all earths mineral resources is buried in Africa, 2/3 (66.6%) of all global mined diamond comes from Africa, 1/10 (10%) of global oil reserve is in Africa, 75% of all cocoa beans is from Africa, and Africa is home to some of the rarest mineral resources.

Presenting a research that cost him about 600 hours of work, demonstrated how Investing in Human Capital Development has been the secret to how progressive nations have developed a Sustainable Economy and growth over the last 60 years. He stated that the Netherlands which does not grow cocoa processes 13% of all cocoa beans worldwide and Europe and Russia which equally don’t grow cocoa processes 38% of all cocoa beans, and the tens of products manufactured from cocoa are shipped back to Nigeria and Africa to be sold, and while the worldwide cocoa industry is estimated to be over USD$100 billion, Africa’s share is just 2% percent (USD$2 billion) despite producing 75% of the cocoa beans.

He stated through his research that developing a Sustainable Economic Growth ensures both economic and political stability in any country and is the gateway to creating wealth, building confidence in any economy and prevents the devastating and inefficient impact of corporate premature failure and death. Using analysis from both Business Survey and Business Intelligence and gathering both qualitative and quantitative data, Mr. Oseghale took the country back 57 years to 1960 and matched these data along timelines to know where Nigeria deviated from the progressive economic growth of the 60’s and 70’s. He also matched the data with those of 80 other countries across the 6 continents for the 57 years to be sure of his hypothesis.

He stated through his research the direct correlation between education expenditure and per capita income of countries and that all progressive countries were operating the Knowledge Economy, he stated that progressive countries develop individuals and as they earn more or create wealth, it ultimately increases the GDP of the country. He stated that Nigeria and most African countries were still operating the mineral resources economy and if the country was to make progress it must switch over to the knowledge economy and treat education as an investment rather than an expense stating that education is an economic tool for growth and sustainability.

He stated through his research that in the 60’s and 70’s, and early 80’s, Nigeria invested in education pushing to reach the United Nations stipulated mandate of 26% of budget or 5% of GDP on education Investment both on Federal and State levels, and reached an all-time high of 4.9% of GDP in 1981. He argued that for the UN to have stipulated that 26% be invested in Education and 15% in Health, a combined investment of 41% of the budget on investments which has to do with direct investments on human capital only proves one thing…..that Human Capital was the greatest assets and true wealth of a nation and not mineral resources as Nigeria and most African countries seem to think.

The highlight of his presentation was how the research showed how Nigeria was ahead of countries like Egypt and a lot of the Asian countries in Per Capita Income in the 70’s and early 80’s when Nigeria heavily invested in Education and treated it as an investment while those countries did not invest as much in education and treated education as an expense. But the reverse was to start happening from 1982, these other countries started investing heavily in education building a knowledge economy having realised that the knowledge economy was the future and the key to economic growth and sustainability while Nigeria kept reducing its education expenditure and reaching an all-time low of 0.77% of GDP in 1991 and it has remained at 0.8% annually ever since. While population was increasing, Nigeria’s education expenditure was reducing over the years and the country did not increase education expenditure in 30 years.

In 1981 at USD$3.038b representing 4.9% of GDP, Nigeria’s education investment remained below USD$1b for 20 years, between 1986 and 2006, and only climbed to USD$3.3b in 2011 after 30 years. His research also shows that no nation amongst the 80 countries used for the survey and research ever reduced education expenditure for more that 3 to 4 years in a row but Nigeria did not increase hers in 30 years. He noted that Nigeria was the only country that had the highest increase in population between 1981 and 2014 (134.5%) but only increased education expenditure by only 53.7%, while countries like Egypt increased in population by 101.5% and increased education expenditure by 1,709%, Thailand increased in population by 40.1% with increase in education expenditure by 2,625%, and Indonesia increased in population by 68.5% but increased education expenditure by 2,469% in 33 years from 1981 to 2014, and this is the reason these countries are ahead of Nigeria today.

The research also showed that the Federal Government has only invested USD$48.8 billion in education in 44 years (1970 – 2014) despite having a large and fastest growing population compared to countries like Brazil that has invested USD$1.5 trillion, Chile USD$120.5 with just 10% of Nigeria’s population, Mexico USD$882.6 billion, Canada USD$1.6 trillion, United States USD$17.2 trillion, United Kingdom USD$2.7 trillion, Germany USD$3.5 trillion, Egypt USD$148 billion, South Africa USD$354 billion, Thailand USD$218.9 billion, and Indonesia USD$222 billion. He stated that these countries and the others used in the survey treat education as an investment and economic tool of growth and sustainability, and that is why they have a progressive economy.

The research also highlighted the cost of our negligence, how Nigeria’s public education sector and infrastructure is now decaying and the country not able to meet up with the massive number of students seeking university admission yearly. He also stated that most of the kids are now seeking admission outside the country which is now costing the economy billions of dollars yearly, and while we may think the country is only paying school fees and upkeep, Nigeria is losing billions in Intangible assets annually as the country is losing its best brains.

He concluded that government must start treating education as an investment rather than expenditure and must immediately return the country back to the economic model of the 70’s when government invested in Human Capital Development and provided the citizens with the right skills noting that the knowledge economy was the future and no nation has ever recorded progress in economic growth and sustainability with the relegation of education.

He also stated that government should develop skills acquisition centres, stating that education does not just end with students graduating from the universities but they must be armed with the right skills to succeed and increase productivity, which ultimately benefits the country and that government should provide incentives of low interest loans for graduates of skills and acquisition centres who wish to go into manufacturing, he stated that this is the model the Asian countries have been practicing and that’s why they have been able to turn their countries to the manufacturing hub of the world. You can watch the complete presentation on

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Emirates Airline Treasures Nigerian Children....Fetes them on Children's Day, Offers Unique services On board Flight

Nigerian Children felt honoured by Emirates Airline with the interesting and fun-filled event put together to commemorate the Children’s day. The World’s International Airline, Emirates, made the day memorable  for Nigerian Children particularly the Nigerian kids.

Recently organized at the Silverbird Cinemas, located at Ikeja City Mall, the children watched a blockbuster movie with the Emirates Regional Manager West Africa, Mr Afzal Parambil, and also had several photographs with him. Selected children were also dressed in the Emirates pilot and cabin crew uniforms. The presence of a beautiful cake and an improvised aircraft portrayed the brand in good light, and wowed the children whom were keen on having a snap shot with them.  There were lots of food, drinks, popcorn, and souvenirs for the kids and their parents.

Children are recognized as important part of the society, so Children’s Day focuses on the significance of loving, accepting and appreciating children.

Meanwhile, Emirates also makes trips a memorable one for Children onboard flight. This airline pays attention to young flyers on board flight with tasty meals, non-stop entertainment, toys and goodies to inspire the greatest of imaginations. It goes every step of the way to give children extra comfort while on a trip. It offers a range of products and services with the needs of children in mind, and it shares its passion and love for adventure with these future travellers as well as stimulate their curiosity.

Toy is one of Emirates offerings on board. To fuel a sense of wonder and imagination, Emirates has developed its own set of toys for children.  Fly With Me Lonely Planet Kids are another set of products for children. Emirates has teamed up with the travel experts at Lonely Planet Kids to create packs that inspire older children to explore more of the world. 

The Fly With Me Animals Magazine is also another product produced exclusively for Emirates young flyers between the ages of three (3) and Eight (8) years. It is a fun and colourful magazine Each magazine includes a colouring set which features Emirates Little Travellers characters -- iconic Emirates cabin crew and pilot characters exploring the world.Emirates airline provides meals and special products for babies, toddlers, and children on all routes Emirates offers. Young travellers on Emirates receive specially designed headphones for a better fit and they can enjoy dedicated channels of children and family programming. Shortly before the Emirates flight departs, the Lounges in Dubai, both First and Business Classes are also made fun of fun for children. 

These Young travellers are kept busy with dedicated areas in the lounges. They have play areas, with adequate seating for parents to supervise their children. These play areas offer plenty of entertainment and exciting interactive games suitable for kids of all ages, up to older teens. Other special services for children and infants include, Priority boarding for families with small children, Special fares for children aged two to 11, 10kg free baggage allowance for infants not occupying a seat, Baby kits, bassinets, nappies and baby change tables , Baby bottles, milk formula and two types of jar food as well as food/ bottle heating services , Special ‘stroller’ delivery service for parents with babies in Dubai, provided immediately after disembarking, and Family check-in area at Dubai.Parents whose children are travelling alone can be assured of a smooth and stress-free journey from start to finish with our friendly and helpful staff. 

The unaccompanied minors service is available for children from 5 to under 12 years travelling alone or children under 8 years of age travelling in a different cabin class from their parents. Emirates Young Travellers between the ages of two (2) and sixteen (16) can also partake in the Skyward Skysurfers. Skywards Skysurfers is the airline’s   frequent flyer programme for young travellers aged.

Launched in 1985, Emirates is a global connector of people and places. Emirates is the world’s largest international airline, with an extensive network that has grown to offer its customers a choice of 155 destinations in 83 countries across six continents.  It has been fundamental in establishing Dubai as the Middle East’s commercial centre and aviation hub. As at this year, it operates more than 3,500 flights per week across six continents from its base at Dubai International airport.