Whispering Hope Africa Initiative emerges winner of the 2020 Beyond School Community Challenge

Whispering Hope Africa Initiative (WHAI) – a non-profit organization committed to building healthy

generations of slum/rural women and youths and people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS (PLHIV), has emerged

winner of the Beyond School Community Challenge, an initiative of The Mandela Washington Fellowship Alumni

Association of Nigeria in collaboration with United States Mission to develop entrepreneurial mindsets of young

people between 13-17 who are predominantly in both public and private secondary schools across Nigeria.

The founder of the the organisation Ada Africa made this known on her facebook page, and also on Techquest

whatsapp group.

3 days after Buhari’s broadcast, #ENDSARS protesters begin process to elect leaders

Barely three days President Muhammadu Buhari ordered Nigerian Youths to stop protesting, #ENDSARS campaigners have begun the process to elect their leaders and advisers.

This was revealed by unidentified group, named BNI, which made provision for the online voting process via Google form.
A former education minister, Oby Ezekwesili; Pastor Sam Adeyemi; Ibukun Awosika; Amina Salihu, among others, are listed among those that can be voted for as advisers.
The nominees for the national leadership contain a list of 19 names including the rap artist, Jude Abaga Folarin Falana, Aisha Yesufu; Timi Dakolo; Feyikemi Abudu, and Editi Effiong.
Another 12 names were presented to choose from for the coordination of activities in Lagos State. The nominees include, Inibehe Effiong; Debo Adebayo, Kiki Mordi; Temitope Adekunle (Small Doctor), among others.
Recall that Buhari had on Thursday appealed to the youths to discontinue from protesting, noting that their demands have been heard and would soon be attended to.
His words: “I therefore call on our youths to discontinue the street protests and constructively engage government in finding solutions.
“Your voice has been heard loud and clear and we are responding. And I call on all Nigerians to go about their normal businesses, and enjoin security agencies to protect lives and properties of all law-abiding citizens without doing harm to those they are meant to protect.”
Not satisfied with Mr President’s offer, the coalition of protest groups across Nigeria through BNI issued a statement, noting that the struggle must continue but not in a physical protests like.
Read the full statement below:
A STATEMENT FROM THE COALITION OF PROTEST GROUPS ACROSS LAGOS AND NIGERIA
Following the nationwide address from President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, October 22, we are more resolved to press not just for justice but for a new and better Nigeria where all citizens are safe and can thrive.
Lagos State, where the hotbed of resistance began has been under state-wide curfew imposed by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu. Prior to that, Soldiers attacked peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate and unleashed carnage. We have watched with horror, the ensuing acts of violence, murder, looting, razing and vandalization of homes, businesses and organizations in Lagos State, and we will like to state emphatically that these are not protesters. We completely condemn any form of violence or looting.
For the sake of the wellbeing of our comrades and ordinary citizens being adversely affected by this, we will deprioritize the physical protests, for now. But, for the sake of those who died, before the protests, during the protests, and at the hands of Soldiers at the Lekki Toll Gate — people who the government has largely refused to acknowledge, THE STRUGGLE MUST CONTINUE.
Here are our objectives in the next few days:
1. Clean Up
During our protests, we made a conscious effort to clean up the venues and keep our environment safe for everyone. Following the condemnable vandalizations that took place since the curfews began, we are volunteering efforts towards the clean-up and rebuilding of the state.
2. Online Protest
We will continue to intensify online publicity and protest of the issues and demands made. We will be hosting conversations, sharing articles and amplifying voices of thought leaders in that direction.
3. Offline Community Engagement
We will continue grassroot mobilization and civic education of the masses, providing tools for education to enable them to understand the scale and scope of what is at stake.
4. Timelines
We are putting a timeline together to track actions taken to meet our demands. This way, we know what has been done, what is being done, and what can be ticked off our list. This way, we know if and when the government defaults, and we can decide if a return to the streets is necessary.
5. Strategy:
We are building short, medium- and long-term strategies to sustain this momentum and keep this fire that has been ignited by the actions of young people across Nigeria burning. The strategies are pillared on and geared towards Education, Voter Registration, Political Consciousness and Representation for Young People in government.
6. Structure:
We will create a structure to strategically consolidate demands, formalize the coalition, galvanize the continued online protest, develop standards for monitoring and evaluation, and continue the mobilization and education of the citizens.
7. Representation:
The leaderless nature of this protest but consistent oneness in demands have been part of our unique strengths. As we move towards consolidation and negotiation, it is now pertinent we put forward a diverse group to represent the different coalitions; from celebrities to activists, legal minds to strategists, journalists to entrepreneurs, etc. We consulted far and wide, to come up with these names, and while this may not be exhaustive, it offers us an interim basis to begin the negotiation and consolidation.
The nominees will meet with different protest leaders/blocs across the country/states, and consolidate on a vehicle for continuous demands. They will also track actions of the Government, represent our demands and provide feedback to us regularly.
Advisory:
Due to the decentralized nature of this movement across the country, we nominate a team with experience in leadership and diplomacy, to assist in advisory and other support. This team will be consulted from time to time within the process. The criteria are people with integrity, people who have a vast experience in national issues, and who have a track record of being pro-young people.
All nominations are provisional. If there are people you think should be on the list, people who have been critical in the success of these protests and can work towards the actualization of our demands, and the ultimate mission — a better government/future for Nigeria, please nominate.
In conclusion, these protests have never been politically motivated. It is not about ethnicity or tribalism. The young people across the country are demanding justice, good governance, accountability and reforms. These protests have no sponsor nor agenda other than what we have stated repeatedly; better governance, accountability and an end to brutality.
To everyone who has lost someone or something, we stand in solidarity with you.
To all our heroes that died before and during these struggles, we say Rest in Power! Your deaths will not be in vain.
It is NOT finished!
On behalf of the Coalition.”
Source: vanguardngr.com

Why Airtel Nigeria credited subscribers with free airtime

Airtel Nigeria has disclosed that it credited its subscribers with N1,000 airtime and data as compensation for service disruptions on its network on Friday, October 16, 2020.
This was contained in messages sent by the network provider to its subscribers, informing them that the airtime and free data were compensation for service disruptions.
There had been social media reports that Airtel Nigeria was crediting its subscribers with free N1,000 airtime. While many of the subscribers did not know the reason for the unusual gesture by the network provider, they claimed it was a cyberattack by ‘Anonymous’ hackers after it had asked Airtel Nigeria subscribers to check their balance for N1,000 airtime.
Some others claimed that the free airtime was a giveaway to support the ongoing #EndSARS campaign in the country.
The message from Airtel states, “Dear customer, we apologise for the recent service disruption experienced on October 16. Normal service has been restored and your line will be credited with five minutes of on-net calls and 100MB of data both valid for one day.”

This is in line with the compensation policy of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) for the industry.
A spate of hacks claimed to have been executed by an “Anonymous” hacker group had sparked rumours of bank accounts and Pay TV hacks on social media. Even some Federal Government agencies were not spared of the alleged hack by this same group.
On Sunday when MultiChoice’s customers found that restriction had been lifted on all channels on DStv and Gotv, they attributed it to cyberattacks perpetrated by ‘Anonymous’.
However, a representative of the company said the Pay-TV company was upgrading its system and had informed its subscribers via text messages last week.

Source: Nairametrics.com

#EndSARS Experience: Advice to protesters, read through and caution your children and youngsters.

Please be careful, advice our youth and teens to delete any End SARS pictures on their phone and they should not wear any shirt or paraphernalia that suggest End SARS. All will be well.
***
Just as I left the hospital.

Before I got to the intersection.

They pulled before us in a black Toyota Sienna.

Blocking us from moving further.

These men.

In black and blue jeans.

And black tight t-shirts.

Heavily armed.

Sunglasses as usual.

Climbed out of the vehicle.

My driver exhaled heavily.

“These people again.”

Eight men.

Two moved toward the Taxify.

Gun raised.

Cocking their rifles as though they had caught some criminals.

I sat calmly.

If you are a young man who frequents Taxify or Uber in Lagos, you’d probably get used to that embarrassment.

I had nothing with me just my phone.

And the medication I had gotten from the hospital.

I was so weak.

Massive headache.

While they approached I asked my driver.

“Who are those guys?”

“Haaa. Bros, na SARS o.”

I said.

“I thought they have banned these guys?”

He looked at me.

“For wia. Na today?”

I sighed.

The two approached one on each side of the car. I kept my hands in plain sight and made no sudden moves.

One of the men shouted at my driver.

“You no go wind down? Abi you want us to beg you?”

The Taxify driver quickly hit the window button as he screamed forcing a smile.

“Aaah officer of the law no vex, sir! I throw way salute.”

The one who had shouted approached my window.

I was looking away.

He shouted.

“Oga, you no dey greet person abi you no see us?”

I slowly turned my head and looked at him.

“Officer, good afternoon, sir.”

“Afternoon. Who are you?”

I was about to answer.

He shouted.

“Oga, come down?!”

One of his folks standing a few steps away shouted.

“Who be dis person wey no dey hear us? Na one of those protesters? Devil go welcome am for hell now if he be one of those protesters.”

He cocked his gun and approached my Taxify.

It was a lonely road.

No onlookers.

A few cars passed by the other side of the lane.

I gently got down from the car.

I greeted again.

Both of them.

“Officers, good afternoon, sir.”

My driver came out and said.

“Na my passenger! I pick am from that hospital down the road.”

The one who had asked me who I am shouted at him.

“Shut up! Did we ask you anything? You dey mad? Your moda!”

Then he turned to me.

“Oga, who are you?”

“My name is Kyrian Chiemelie, sir.”

“What do you do? Wetin dey your pocket?”

“I am a writer, sir.”

“Journalist?”

“No, sir. Author, scriptwriter, filmmaker, sir.”

“Oga, wetin dey your pocket?”

“My phone, sir.”

“Bring it out.”

I dug out my phone.

“Unlock it.”

“Why?”

The other one shouted attracting the rest, pointing his gun at him.

“You are asking us questions? Are you stupid?”

I said.

“No, sir. But none of you has the right to search my phone. I didn’t do anything wrong.”

One shouted, running toward us.

“Who dey yarn that rubbish? Na one of the protesters? Shoot the modafuvker!”

The other one said.

“We never know na when we search him phone we go know.”

The Taxify driver said to me.

“Please, unlock your phone. You know what is going on already.”

The one pointing rifle at me shouted.

Eyes widened.

Dark lips.

Unsmiling face.

“Oga, unlock your phone for the last time!”

As I used my fingerprint he snatched my phone from me immediately.

Handed it to the last folk who approached us.

He seemed to be the leader.

He started to go through my phone as he said.

“What did you say you do again?”

“I am a filmmaker, sir.”

“Actor?”

I shook my head.

“Basically writing.”

He looked at me.

“You look tired.”

I said.

“I just dey come back from the hospital. The one down there.”

“Wetin dey do you? COVID-19?”

“No, sir. Na stress and little sickness. My doctor has given me some tablets, I will be fine in a couple of days.”

As he scrolled through my phone the others watched.

Gun pointed up, down. A few at me.

I remained chilled.

He asked.

“And you are not one of the end SARS protesters.”

I remained silent.

One of them moved toward me as though he wanted to hit me his rifle.

I dodged.

“Oga, dey ask you, you dey ignore am.”

The man said.

“Leave am. Make I see end SARS pictures on his phone first and he is gone with the gun.”

I was still silent.

A few minutes later.

One said to the one with my phone.

“Oga, did you see any pictures of end SARS on his phone?”

“I never see one.”

I said.

“Sir, can I go, please? There is nothing on my phone.”

He looked at me.

“Are you teaching us our job?”

“Not at all, sir. But there is nothing on my phone. My doctor said I should not stand too long.”

Two laughed.

“You dey tell us na. We wey no get doctor make we die. We wey dey use chamist cure our infection and malaria.”

I didn’t say a word.

One of them approached me and showed me some images on his phone.

Dead bodies.

Fresh corpses of youth, both male and female.

Lying by the bush.

Blood gushing from bullet wounds.

I looked at him, in fear.

He said.

“Shey dem dey shout end SARS we no dey catch anybody again o. But na make we see pictures of end SARS for person phone the person is gone. Dis ones wey you dey see so na some of the protesters o. Shey dey don die like dis? Dey will keep dying.”

One shouted at him.

“Why you dey tell am this thing? Why you dey leak our secret? Do you know who he is?”

“Shey he talk say na filmmaker? He won’t do anything.”

Goosebumps rushed over me.

In actuality of how these guys are killing in reckless abandon.

The one with my phone said.

“I no see anything for him phone. He is free to go.”

He handed my phone back to me.

Then said.

I took my phone and said.

“Thank you.”

As I headed back to the Taxify, a Lexus Jeep was approaching behind us.

They rushed immediately and flew it to stop.

The Taxify driver got in and we started to drive off.

While I looked behind, watching as they dragged five guys out of the car.

About three wore t-shirts.

Boldly written ‘EndSARS’.

The Taxify turned right at the intersection and I couldn’t see anymore.

He shouted.

“Ah. These people are in trouble.”

But I heard it barely ten seconds later.

It was loud from a distance.

Pooo!

Pooo!!

Pooo!!!

Three gunshots.

.

Ikeja

By Kyrian Chiemelie Offor

Job Title: Project Coordinator

Job Title: Project Coordinator
Location: Jos, Plateau
Ref: IITA-HR-NRS2020-026
Recruitment Type: National (1-year renewable contract)

About the Job

  • NPSSP aims to support potato seed security in Nigeria by building local capacity within the public and private sector to supply adequate amounts of quality seed of in-demand and locally adapted varieties that meet the main market segment, while supporting smallholder farmers in maximizing their investments in seed through building capacity in on-farm seed quality management, good agricultural practices for improving soil health and fertility.

Duties
Project Management:

  • Learn the project proposal to fully understand and internalize the entire project mission and be ready to contribute as an important member of the team towards meeting the set goals at scale in an effective, sustainable and cost-effective manner.
  • Develop and maintain plans to support the project including analyses of task, schedules and resources needed’;
  • Under the guidance of your supervisors develop a detailed work plan for yourself and diligently implement it to achieve the set goals and targets by identifying, enrolling, handholding and monitoring suitable project partners for various activities in the potato value chain;
  • Liaise with the Supervisor to ensure that activities are completed on time within budget and meet quality standard which will include developing and implementing plans for monitoring project progress as well as scheduling project meetings;
  • Oversee day-to-day management and implementation of the project activities in close collaboration with Green innovation centers for the agriculture and food sector (GIAE) teams and project partners;
  • Facilitate the implementation of project activities in the project area and participate in the monitoring of progress made towards achieving project set goals and outputs.
  • Ensure that quarterly and annual consolidated technical and financial project reports are prepared and submitted to the program management office on schedule.
  • Present the activities, results, impacts and outcomes of the project at professional, donor and other stakeholders’ meetings;
  • Document lessons learned and best practices on project development, implementation, and oversight activities;
  • Proactively take responsibility to ensure safety of humans and property at all times and implement the project activities in timely manner in keeping with the budgets allocated;
  • Be entrepreneurial and proactive in identifying new opportunities, partners and strategies towards enhancing the overall project deliverables towards meeting the organizational and donor expectations;
  • Provide support to public and private sector partners and ensure that they are fully and actively engaged;
  • Establish good linkages with CIP and IITA Nigeria to ensure that administrative support is provided for fiduciary services such as procurement and financial management;
  • Establish and maintain good working relationships with government extension service, research stations, NGO partners, and farmer groups
  • In close consultation and collaboration with the Green innovation centers for the agriculture and food sector (GIAE) teams ensure that capacity is developed in all needed areas for various stakeholders within the value chain;
  • Carry out any other duties as may be assigned by the supervisor to meet the objectives of the value chain;
  • Apart from working towards achieving this project goals, be an ambassador for CIP and strive to position CIP as a GoTo partner for GIZ, other donors and for the NARS partners in all things related to potato;

Technical Competencies:

  • Capacity building of public and private partners on early generation seed potato production to field multiplication and bulking using aeroponics and apical rooted cuttings technology;
  • Demonstration and training of potato on-farm seed management, soil fertility and other key agronomic practices and innovations through innovation sites;
  • Providing technical assistance to the national program, when requested and within the limits of available resources, in disease detection for seed certification schemes, in tissue culture for early generation seed production;
  • Development and advocacy for locally adapted protocols and schemes for seed quality assurance to the federal and state-level agency;
  • Design and implement wide-scale farmer extension materials, briefs, scripts for cartoons and videos, including through innovative use of ICTs platform;
  • Field bulking, testing, and identification of candidate CIP late-blight resistant varieties for Nigerian national registration;
  • Carry out any other duties as assigned by the Country Team Leader or senior members of the organizations.

Qualifications

  • M.Sc in Agriculture or Agricultural related discipline with minimum of ten (10) years’ related experience in project coordination, implementation and management and six years (6) of practical experience on potato seed system, good agricultural practices, seed storage, potato pest and disease will be an added advantage.

Competencies:
The ideal candidate must have:

  • Excellent and demonstrated ability to write, publish, and disseminate technical reports, success stories, and promotional materials.
  • Ability to work as a member of a multi-disciplinary team in a cross-cultural environment.
  • Ability and willingness to travel and work in resource-poor, rural areas.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent project management, leadership, interpersonal and team-building skills.
  • Experience on project coordination with stakeholder engagement.
  • Organizational, planning and budget management experience.

Remuneration

  • We offer highly competitive salary with equally attractive benefits and excellent working conditions in a pleasant campus environment.

 

 

To Apply
Interested applicants should complete the online application attaching detailed Cover letter and Curriculum Vitae saved with their names in Microsoft word format. The application must include the names and e-mail addresses of three professional referees which must include the applicant’s current or previous direct Supervisor, professional colleague and evidence of current remuneration package.

Click here to apply

Click here for more information (PDF)

Application Deadline:  20th October, 2020.

Note: IITA is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to building a diverse workforce. While all applications will be acknowledged, please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

Source: joblistnigeria.com

Job Title: Field Worker II

Job Title: Field Worker II
Location: Abuja
Ref: IITA-HR-NRS2020-027
Recruitment Type: National (2-year renewable contract)

Duties

  • Carry out sorting and prepare planting materials for yam field trials and seed multiplication plots;
  • Support the establishment of trials, seedling nursery and seed multiplication plots;
  • Carryout pollination and data capturing from yam hybridization block;
  • Support the post-harvest processing and data capturing from harvested tubers from yam trials;
  • Carryout maintenance of harvested yam tubers under optimum storage condition in the barn;
  • Carry out establishment of seedling nurseries in the screen house and field;
  • Assist in managing and maintaining established yam field trials under optimum agronomic conditions and support harvesting, data collection from yam trials, seedlings from the field and screen house;
  • Perform any other duties as may be assigned by the supervisor.

Qualifications

  • O’level with minimum of three (3) years’ related experience performing a related role.

Competencies
The ideal candidate must have:

  • Experience in yam pollination and be patient, passionate about yam and willing to work extra hours.

Remuneration

  • We offer highly competitive salary with equally attractive benefits and excellent working conditions in a pleasant campus environment.

 

 

 

How to Apply
Interested applicants should complete the online application attaching detailed Cover letter and Curriculum Vitae saved with their names in Microsoft word format. The application must include the names and e-mail addresses of three professional referees which must include the applicant’s current or previous direct Supervisor, professional colleague and evidence of current remuneration package.

Click here to apply

Click here for more information (PDF)

Note: IITA is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to building a diverse workforce. While all applications will be acknowledged, please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

 

Application Deadline  20th October, 2020.

Source: joblistnigeria.com

 

Job Title: Hotel Front Office Supervisor

Job Title: Hotel Front Office Supervisor
Location: Abuja (FCT)
Job Type: Full Time

Responsibilities

  • Ensure Outstanding customer care at all times.
  • Maintains a friendly, cheerful and courteous demeanour at all times.
  • Supervise daily shift process ensuring all team members adhere to standard operating procedures.
  • Train, direct the work of, resolve issues/problems and coach and counsel the front desk team members to ensure a quality operation.
  • Resolve customer issues, complaints with speed.
  • Courteously and accurately answers inquiries from potential guests and accepts hotel reservations.
  • Responds to telephone and in-person inquiries regarding reservations, hotel information and guest concerns.
  • Uses suggestive selling techniques to sell room nights, increase occupancy and revenue.

Requirements

  • Must be a graduate – BSc / HND.
  • 5 years hotel experience is a must.
  • Good communication skills.

 

To Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should kindly send their CV to: boltonwhitehr@gmail.comusing the Job Title as the subject of the mail

 

Application Deadline: 19th November, 2020

Source: joblistnigeria.com

Buhari finally reacts to #EndSARS protests

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday said he met with the Inspector General of Police over the continued extrajudicial activities of the notorious police unit Special Anti-Robbery Squad.

“I met again with the IGP tonight. Our determination to reform the police should never be in doubt,” Buhari tweeted.

“I am being briefed regularly on the reform efforts ongoing to end police brutality and unethical conduct, and ensure that the Police are fully accountable to the people,” he added.

Nigerians in Abuja, Oyo, Lagos, Edo, and some other states across the country have taken to the streets to demand the total disbandment of the SARS police unit. There were more than 2.4 million tweets with #EndSARS on Friday. Several celebrities also expressed support for the movement.

The squad has been accused of been notorious and their notoriety has been described as one that defies human comprehension and reeks of outright incompetence, deliberate violations of human rights, extra-judicial killings, and unbridled extortion.

Buhari said he ordered the IGP “to conclusively address the concerns of Nigerians regarding these excesses, & ensure erring personnel are brought to justice.”

Source: https://m.guardian.ng/

 

Duerksen Leadership Award for MBA Study At McGill University, Canada 2021

McGill University is providing an amazing opportunity to International students who are interested in pursuing a degree program at the Institution. The program aims to attract students from developing countries who want to pursue a degree program at Mcgill University in Canada.

Eligible Countries: Developing Countries

Type: MBA

Value of Award: $10,000

Eligibility:

  • Applicants must be International students
  • Applicants must have achieved a standardized test score of GMAT and GRE and also have a previous degree certificate.
  • Applicants need to demonstrate your English language ability through the TOEFL or IELTS test scores.

How To Apply: 

For applying, students have to take admission in the MBA degree program at the McGill University.

Application Deadline: 

  • 1 November 2020
  • 15 January 2021
  • 15 March 2021

Visit The Official Website For More Information

Source: scholarshipsandaid.org

Job Title: Executive Secretary

Job Title: Executive Secretary
Location: Lagos, Nigeria
Employment Type: Full-time

Job Description

You will report to the Managing Director, and provide an efficient and responsive administrative, organisational, and logistical service to her, and help her to manage and prioritise her time.

  • You will manage and maintain her diary and email account, filter emails, highlight urgent correspondence and print attachments.
  • In addition, you will ensure busy diary commitments, papers, and travel arrangements are managed effectively including producing a daily folder with diary, necessary papers, etc. and troubleshooting problems.

Requirements

  • Degree, you must have a minimum of 5 years’ experience.
  • You must be able to use a lot of initiative.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office packages is very important.
  • You must be organised and able to take charge.
  • You must have excellent oral and written communication skills.

 

To Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send their Applications and CV to: recruitment@sunroseconsulting.com using the Job Title as the subject of the email

 

Application Deadline: 9th October, 2020