Tony O. Elumelu Leads High-Level Team to World Economic Forum in Davos

Davos, Switzerland, 18 January 2017 – Philanthropist and serial entrepreneur Tony O. Elumelu, CON leads a delegation of senior executives from his proprietary investment firm, Heirs Holdings, to the World Economic Forum (WEF), which begins in Davos, Switzerland today.

Elumelu will join global business and political leaders during the event, bringing a message of Africa’s continued economic renaissance and of the critical role that Africa’s private sector is playing in the continent’s transformation. Heirs Holdings executives accompanying Elumelu to the Forum include Transcorp Hotels CEO Valentine Ozigbo and the CEO of The Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) Parminder Vir OBE.

Elumelu attends WEF as both Chairman of Heirs Holdings, whose pan-African interests include financial services, energy, real estate, healthcare, power and agriculture; and as Founder of the Tony Elumelu Foundation. The meetings will also provide the opportunity to highlight the $100 million entrepreneurship incubator, the TEF Entrepreneurship Programme. Already, 2,000 African entrepreneurs have benefited from training and seed capital. This year alone, applications for the 3rd cycle of 1,000 places, which closes on 1st March, are expected to exceed 50,000. Given the success and the need to reach an even wider audience, TEF is opening up the opportunity to strategic partnerships to participate and increase access to even more entrepreneurs.

“The massive impact of our Programme so far, proves that it is durable, measurable and scalable,” Elumelu said. “We are already well on our way to accomplishing the goal of catalyzing a new generation of entrepreneurs, and the time has come to scale the programme further to benefit more African each year. We are coming to Davos to seek partners ready to invest in African entrepreneurs, contributing not just time, skills, networks, but also seed capital so that we can scale up and support additional entrepreneurs each year”.

Use the hashtag #AfricaAtDavos to follow the activities of Africa’s political and business elite during the event.

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CPC orders firm to refund N25m to aggrieved consumers

The Consumer Protection Council on Sunday said it had ordered VIP Express Tourism Limited to refund over N25m to 63 aggrieved subscribers of its holiday packages, due to gross violation of their rights.

The CPC’s Order, according to a statement on Sunday by the Deputy Director, Press, Mr Abiodun Obimuyiwa was signed by its Director General, Mrs. Dupe Atoki.

It said the order was the outcome of its investigation into the operations of the company, following complaints alleging gross abuse of consumers’ right against the company.

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Adamawa blast: Govt to review use of hijab

 

Adamawa State Government is considering temporary review of the  use of hijab in security prone areas as part of measures to contain suicide bombers.

The state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mallam Ahmad Sajoh, announced this on Sunday in Yola.

He was addressing newsmen on the outcome of an emergency security meeting over the Friday’s twin bomb blasts in Madagali market that led to many dead and injuries.

Sajoh said Governor Muhammadu Bindow would meet with members of Adamawa Muslim Council and other stakeholders to discuss the possibility of taking that temporary measure, adding that those that carried out the Madagali suicide attack were in hijab.

Sajoh said the meeting also underscored the need for people to be more vigilant during this festive period and in places like markets, motor parks, churches and mosques.

“We also resolved in the meeting, based on security recommendations, to assist members of vigilance groups in the areas in view of their contribution to security agencies.”

 

Source: Punch

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Police set up special panel to investigate alleged abuse of IDPs

 

The Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris has set up a special investigation panel to investigate cases of alleged sexual abuses, exploitation, harassment of IDPs against security personnel and others by the Human Rights Watch.

The Human Rights Watch in its report, accused the Police, Nigerian Army, vigilante groups and camp leaders of raping young girls and women in various IDPs camps.

The Force Spokesman, Deputy Commissioner of Police, DCP. Don Awunah, in a statement, said Idris was committed to the protection of all Nigerians.

 

Source: Punch

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Reps honour Dr. Olutoye with standing ovation

The House of Representatives on Thursday honoured a US-based Nigerian medical doctor, Prof. Oluyinka Olutoye, for the rare medial feat he recorded recently by operating on a 23 weeks old foetus.

The foetus suffered a medical condition known as ‘sacrococcygeal teratoma’, a tumour, which developed while the baby was still in the mother’s womb.

However, Prof. Olutoye and his team successfully removed the foetus from the mother’ s womb, performed a surgery on the baby to remove the tumour and returned her to the womb again.

The baby grew normally till week 36 and was delivered safely.

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APC hasn’t managed its electoral victory well – Okorocha

The Chairman, All Progressives Congress Governors’ Forum, Mr. Rochas Okorocha, has expressed worry over the cold war among the executive arm of government, the National Assembly and the ruling party.

Okorocha, who is also the Governor of Imo State, said this when he visited the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, on Wednesday.

Okorocha, who said his visit to the Senate was belated, added that,  “Nonetheless, it is never late to make amend where possible.”

A statement by the Office of the Senate President quoted Okorocha as telling Saraki that he was visiting in his capacity as the Chairman of the APC Governors’ Forum.

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