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GapX Targets 1,000 Young Women for Leadership Skills in the 2024 Workshop Series 

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GapX, a leading social enterprise dedicated to developing the leadership potential of young women, has announced its groundbreaking Workshop series, which aims to equip over 1,000 young women in entry and mid-level roles with practical skills needed for their career growth.

GapX Targets 1,000 Young Women for Leadership Skills in the 2024 Workshop Series 

The aim of the programme is to address the skills gap in preparing young women across Africa for leadership.

GapX Workshops, an empowering and transformative series of interactive sessions, will be delivered by seasoned industry experts tackling various areas relevant to women’s career development including financial planning and management, goal setting, personal branding, positioning oneself for management roles, and more.

Each workshop is designed to be interactive and practical, thought-provoking, with real-life experiences shared by industry experts.

With over 2,000 young women benefitting from its programmes, GapX continues to facilitate gender and financial inclusion, delivering on its mandate to launch more women across Africa into leadership positions.

According to Oluyemisi Wole-Ojomo, Co-founder, GapX: “GapX Workshops are an extension of our past knowledge programmes. We provide support for young women in the early and mid-stage of their careers as these critical stages need more intervention to reduce career drop-off and enhance the confidence needed for leadership. We believe that with women at decision-making tables, we can achieve a more gender-inclusive world, and when we empower women to make decisions at the highest level, we position families and societies for greater prosperity and build generational wealth for all.”

GapX recently graduated the 2023 cohort of its mentorship programme, an innovative programme that combines peer-to-peer mentorship with expert-led sessions that saw over 120 mentees benefiting from the expertise of 9 experienced mentors. The results: impactful guidance, invaluable connections, a thriving community, and enhanced opportunities for the participants. Building on this proven success, GapX emerges as a leading force, offering a validated platform for collaboration, growth, and advancement for future generations of women leaders.

Christiana Aileru, GapX Programme Manager said: “We are redefining the process it takes for women to attain leadership, making it more practical and granular, so young women can tap into existing pockets of experience and networks. Our programmes are built on 4 pillars of impact which we call gaps we are bridging – knowledge gap, resource gap, opportunity gap, and support gap. We believe that if we bridge these gaps, more women will have the confidence to pursue leadership roles”.

A recent participant, Izuma Marcus, who attended one of the programmes shared: “I am so grateful to GapX for selecting me to be part of this programme and I am also grateful to my mentor for taking me as her mentee. The programme was a series of unlearning and learning. I have a changed mindset about the realities of a working environment and life in general. Her leadership and guidance have helped me to see my potential. Her wisdom, support, and encouragement have not only shaped my skills but also enriched my character.”

GapX Workshops sessions are slated to run all through 2024 with applications to each session open on a rolling basis.

 

 

 

 


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Nigerian Banks Lost over N8Bn to Internet Fraudsters in 2022-  EFCC

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Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), yesterday said  that banks in the country lost over N8 billion to internet fraud, otherwise known as Yahoo-Yahoo Boys, in 2022.

Nigerian Banks Lost over N8Bn to Internet Fraudsters in 2022-  EFCC

Ola Olukoyede, chairman of the commission, also disclosed how Yahaya Bello, former governor of Kogi state allegedly moved a staggering $720,000 from the state account to pay his child’s school fees.

Olukoyede,  who made the disclosure during an interactive session with media executives in Abuja, narrated how cyber crime has hurt the companies and its negative effects in attracting direct foreign investment for the country. He lamented that no fewer than 71 percent of companies operating in Nigeria were victims of cybercrime in 2022 even as he argued that the Commission’s war against internet fraud is about safeguarding the country’s future.

“In 2022 alone, I’m waiting for the report of 2023, we discovered that more than 71 percent of Nigerian industries, companies and firms fell victim to cyber crime. Now, which country or company would thrive with this kind of thing? “You want to attract foreign direct investment; the moment you come in, Yahoo boys will attack your platform. You start losing money and you think they would stay?

“Is that not what we are seeing? We are rescuing the future of Nigeria by going into this cyber crime investigation and prosecution.

“Now, within that period, the Nigerian economy lost $706 million (via) these companies through cyber crime, to the activities of these Yahoo Yahoo boys because we don’t take them seriously now, not knowing that we are sitting on a keg of gunpowder.

“The alarming statistics continued with Nigerian banks losing over N8 billion to electronic transfer fraud in the first  nine months of 2022.

“A system lost over N8 billion to a particular scheme of fraud and you are asking EFCC to close its eyes to that kind of situation. Are we even fair to ourselves?”

He said the agency is prosecuting two of its operatives for violating the agency’s code of conduct.

He said the commission has made some reforms to enhance its fight against corruption, including the creation of the directorate of fraud risk assessment/control and ethics/integrity.

 

 


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Students Loans’ Beneficiaries to Start Repayment 2 Years after Graduation-  NELFUND:

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Nigerian Education Loan Fund (NELFUND) has said that students in tertiary institutions and approved vocational centres would start repayment of the loan two years after graduation.

Students Loans’ Beneficiaries to Start Repayment 2 Years after Graduation-  NELFUND:

However, NELFUND management specifically stated that the repayment of the loan would commence if the students secured a job or went into business.

Mr. Akintunde Sawyerr, managing director, NELFUND, said the Act specify a moratorium of two years after graduation for the students to begin repayment of the loan.

Sawyerr said if the students start work, his employer would be expected to remit 10 percent into NELFUND dedicated account.

He added: “The loan does not have a specified repayment tenure. It makes it easy for students to apply for the loan. NELFUND would pay according to the documents provided by the institutions. We cannot put tenure on the loan; some will die, drop out, ‘Japa’ or refuse to pay. While those who went into business would pay into same account.

“It is a revolving a loan. We will not put students under pressure to get the loan and we are not going to state a tenure because it is not a commercial loan.’’

According to him, the loan is meant for students in public universities, polytechnics, colleges of education and vocational institutes, who apply via NELFUND portal and are expected to present their JAMB admission letter, NIN and BVN.

He explained that non-students would not have access to the loan and that NELFUND has put the necessary machinery in place to ensure that beneficiaries can be reached when the need arises.

His words: “We are using technology to run the new system. The process of application is online through our dedicated portal and we are limiting human contact as much as possible. Once you have a Bank Verification Number (BVN) and National Identification Number (NIN), which are parts of the requirements, we will have access to your data and all your accounts. This will also help us to know if you are qualified or not,” Sawyerr stated.

The MD disclosed that students already in institution are eligible to apply for the loan at any level of their study and must be at the beginning of each academic session.

He noted that such students would have to provide their admission and matriculation details in addition to BVN and NIN.

Sawyerr added that about 1.2 million Nigerian students in tertiary institutions and government-recognized vocational centres would be among the first batch of beneficiaries and that the figure would increase as time goes on.

The NELFUND boss disclosed that the scheme would be funded from one per cent of the total annual revenue by the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), which would amount to N194 billion if the agency meets its projection.

Sawyerr observed that the loan would be paid in two segments, the first, being the school fees, which would be paid directly to the institutions while stipend would be paid into students’ account for their day-to-day upkeep.

He added that the amount individual students would access varies because of the course of study, school fees and geographical location of the institutions.

“You don’t start paying back the loan until two years after your National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme and you have secured a job or business. A beneficiary can defer repayment if he has not secured a job, but if after due diligence, he/she defaulted, then the student becomes a criminal and we will work with government agency that can help us get the money back, for example, EFCC, ICPC,” Sawyerr stated.


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GPA Raises Alarm, Says Malaria Vaccine Can Cause Meningitis

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Global Prolife Alliance (GPA), global health organization, has told the National Assembly that the intended malaria vaccine currently proposed by Bill Gates, American billionaire, for Nigeria can trigger meningitis in the populace.

GPA Raises Alarm, Says Malaria Vaccine Can Cause Meningitis

Dr. Philip Njemanze, chairman of GPA, gave the warning in a statement released to newsmen in Owerri, the Imo state capital.

Njemanze, known for being pro-health in the Catholic church, charged the national assembly not to be in a hurry to succumb to the pressure of the bill currently before the house.

He said the vaccine may trigger the deaths of millions of Nigerian children prone to cerebral meningitis, especially in the northern part of the country.

Part of the letter read “Among the side effects is a tenfold increase in cerebral meningitis. Nigeria is endemic for cerebral meningitis. A tenfold increase could cause the deaths of millions of children, especially in northern Nigeria.

“Please intervene and call for a public hearing, for an open public discussion on the pros and cons with expert opinions from both sides. This will help the Nigerian people to be better informed about granting or withholding consent for the vaccination.

“Your intervention could save millions of lives, especially in northern Nigeria, where meningitis is most endemic, particularly at this time of serious insecurity,” Njemanze warned.

 

 


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