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Lagos Moves To Tackle Arms Proliferation, Gender-Based Crimes, Others

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…Convenes Security Summit

 

The Lagos State Government on Wednesday said plans have been firmed up to convene a security summit where a comprehensive strategy and homegrown solutions will be developed by critical stakeholders to myriads of security challenges confronting the State such as cultism, drug abuse, gender-based crimes, arms proliferation, among others.

 

Executive Secretary of the State’s Security Trust Fund, Dr Abdurrazaq Balogun, who said this at a press briefing held at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre in Alausa, Ikeja on the forthcoming summit scheduled to hold on April 9, 2018 at Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, said other critical topics including terrorism, transnational crimes, intelligence and community policing would also be examined at the summit.

 

He said the idea of the summit followed a pledge by the State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode at the annual Town Hall Meeting on security held last year, to convene a larger platform for a more robust deliberation on current security issues, and to proffer actionable solutions which can be implemented by the State Government.

 

“The summit would have four panel sessions on various aspects of security from cultism, drug abuse and gender-based crimes to arms proliferation, terrorism and transnational crimes including intelligence and community policing, among others,” Balogun said.

 

He added that the summit, with the theme – “Securing Lagos State: Towards a Sustainable Framework for a Modern Mega City,” would specifically provide a platform for leaders, leading minds and subject matter experts to share best practices, knowledge and experiences focused on recommendations for a sustainable security framework for the State from 2018 to 2030.

 

While enumerating the objectives of the summit, Balogun said the event would be used to design and agree on an overall security strategy and system, as well as engage and secure input and buy-in of all critical stakeholders to the said security strategy, while it would also be deployed to develop homegrown solutions that can be implemented by the State Government.

 

He added that a sustainable funding model for security in Lagos State would also be brought to the fore at the summit.

 

Balogun, who addressed the briefing alongside other members of the Organizing Committee, also revealed plans of the State Government to incorporate private security outfits operating in the State into the security architecture of the State.

 

He said: “This is going to be a very engaging summit even though it is just for a day but we are going to be having about 15 sub themes and these themes speak to the germane issues that we have in Lagos.

 

“For example, we have a topic on integrating private security practice in security architecture of Lagos State which is a very important aspect of our security architecture because as we speak, there are so many private security companies operating in this State and there is a need to bring them into the security of this State; they must collaborate with the Nigerian Police so that we can have a very robust security network in the State.”

 

Also speaking, Special Adviser to the Governor on Oversees Affairs and Investment, Professor Ademola Abass, recalled the Traffic Summit held by the present administration at inception which to a large extend helped in developing solutions to traffic challenges in the State, saying that the Security Summit was also designed to come up with acceptable and sustainable solutions to the challenges in the sector.

 

Already, Abass said a British-Nigerian scholar and founder of African Leadership Centre, Professor Funmi Olonisakin has been prepared to deliver a lead paper on “Leveraging Global Best Practices for a Security Network for Lagos State,” while the Commissioner of Police, CP Imohimi Edgal would present paper on important security data for the State, among other speakers.

 

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Don’t try it, it’s not yet time for a single currency, prophet Ikuru tells African presidents

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By Collins Nkwocha

The prophetic hall of fame, prophet Godwin Ikuru of Jehovah Eye Salvation Ministry has told the African countries under the umbrella of ECOWAS not to embrace a single currency because it would ridicule them and expose their unhealthy rivalries to the entire world.

Speaking further about the planned introduction of the ECO in the ECOWAS nation,he prognosticated that the currency will bring problems because there’s no unity among the ECOWAS nations ” I’m speaking as a prophet, what I saw in the realm of spirit concerning the introduction to money is not appealing, the money will bring complications and issues between the nations of ECOWAS because there’s no unity between them,their interests are divided,most of the nations see themselves are rivals as the currency will further make mockery and ridicule of the African continent, the truth is that Africa is not yet matured to use a single currency as this is not the right time to introduce the money “.

He maintained that things should be done at the right time as this is not the appropriate time for Africa to use a single currency ” if there’s unity among the nations of ECOWAS and they have common interest then it would have been a lovely initiative that would propel growth and development throughout the West Africa Sub-region ,but for now,it would rather do the opposite “.

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What Primate Ayodele Said About LG Autonomy In ‘Warnings To The Nations’

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Primate Ayodele Releases 30th Edition Of Prophecy Book ‘’ Warnings To The Nations’

It is no longer news that Nigerian prophet, Primate Elijah Ayodele has released the 30th edition of his annual prophecy book ‘Warnings To The Nations’ on Saturday, 6th of July, 2024.

As usual, some prophecies have been coming to pass already since the release while some were fulfilled even before the day of release. This is evidence that Warnings To The Nations isn’t an ordinary book but indeed, a prophetic publication that reveals things to come.

The federal government has just won against state governors on the issue of local government autonomy at the supreme court. The federal government had dragged states to court for not allowing LG autonomy and even though the governors resisted the move, they lost the case at the apex court.

A quick dig into Warnings To The Nations indicated that Primate Ayodele foretold the success of the LG autonomy at the court. He highlighted the challenges that would be faced in the process but in the end, he said that the AGF will do everything within him to see that LG Autonomy is granted by the court.

These were his words

‘’Local government autonomy: The local government autonomy will create friction between the federal government and state as some states will oppose it while some will embrace it. This will divide the governors forum and it will see to the end of some governor’s self ambition. The attorney general will take a strong stand to see that the autonomy is achieved.’’

These were noted on Page 229 of Warnings to the nations (2024/2025) edition. The prophecy accurately noted that autonomy will be achieved but warned of some things that may come up after it. He mentioned that there will be issues between federal and state governments. Whether or not the other parts of the prophecy will come to pass, we will know very soon.

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Keystone Bank wins ‘Retail Bank of the Year 2024’ award

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Keystone Bank Limited, has emerged as the ‘Retail Bank of the Year’ at the just concluded Africa Industrial and Development Conference and Awards 2024.

The bank was presented with the prestigious award during the Nigeria Middle East Investors Expo and Awards ceremony held at Transcorp Hilton, Abuja, over the weekend.

The African Industrial and Development Conference and Awards is an annual event dedicated to promoting industrial development, economic growth, and sustainable best practices across the African continent.

Speaking on the award, Managing Director and CEO of Keystone Bank, Mr. Hassan Imam, expressed his gratitude for the recognition, stating, that the award is a testament to the effectiveness of the Bank’s various transformation programmes aimed at raising the bar in developing and delivering unique retail financial products to all levels of customers.

According to the bank’s CEO, “Keystone Bank has in place a robust retail banking strategy that enables us to review our retail products and processes to ensure that the needs and lifestyles of customers are met.

“We are grateful for this recognition and dedicate the award to our customers who rely on us to provide the right support for operating effectively in their businesses.

“As a bank, we remain committed to our goal of growing together with our customers. We operate from a position of financial strength, consistently meeting our obligations as well as all regulatory requirements. Our focus is on building a lasting relationship with our customers and continually enhancing their banking experience” he concluded.

It would be recalled that KPMG, a leading audit and consultancy firm, rated Keystone Bank high in the retail and SME segments in the country in 2023.

In the 2023 edition of the Nigeria Banking Industry Customer Experience Survey released by the agency, Keystone Bank topped other Nigerian banks moving up from its fourth position in 2022 to second in retail banking with 76.4 points. The lender’s customer experience performance in SME banking also improved significantly as it moved from fifteenth position in the last survey to third in 2023 with 73.5 points.

According to the survey report, customers commended user-friendliness and reliability of Keystone Bank digital platforms as well as its efficiency of payment services, superlative relationship management and swift resolution of complaints.

It’s worthy of note that Keystone Bank has invested substantially in technology and developed fully integrated service models that enable its customers to enjoy banking services through a wide range of channels. The effort is in the bank’s determination to take financial services to every household in order to drive effective inclusion and participation in the recovery and growth of Nigeria’s economy.

The upgraded Keystone Bank digital platforms provide a truly customer-centric experience. The bank believes in innovation, creativity, and the use of technology to enhance the lives of its customers.

The bank’s upgraded digital platforms which include: the Keystone Bank Mobile Application, known as KeyMobile; Keystone Internet Banking platform and its *7111# Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) solution, are seamless, secure, fast, reliable and easy to use at convenience.
On SME, Keystone Bank has been a major supporter and promoter of the segment in the country.

The bank has embarked on several initiatives to train SMEs on financial literacy and bookkeeping to enable them to take control of their financial future and tap into the opportunities in the financial industry. Thousands of SMEs across the nation have benefitted from the bank’s programmes and initiatives.

The retail lender’s SME financing strategy is delivered through a multi-faceted approach that includes robust business advisory, practical handholding, and guidance of aspiring and existing entrepreneurs to building sustainable businesses. Its SME package leverages partnerships, value add offerings, and cost saving banking services to support its customer’s business growth.

Keystone Bank is a technology and service-driven commercial bank offering convenient and reliable solutions to its customers.

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