Mr. Pius Oghenevwairhe Ughakpoteni has been named Director, Corporate Affairs of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC). He is a management expert, skilled writer with insightful and analytical talents, which he appears to have earned during his many years in journalism practice.
Ughakpoteni, who announced this on Friday, has been the Director of New Media at the NDDC since October 2022, following a seven-month stint as the Director of the Abuja Liaison Office, where he led a team of talented and passionate professionals in communicating the NDDC’s vision, mission, and achievements to the public and stakeholders through digital platforms and tools.
In a signed statement, Ughakpoteni, said “I am honoured and humbled to announce that I am taking over as the new Director of Corporate Affairs at the NDDC, following the retirement of the outgoing Director, Dr. Ibitoye Abosede.
“This appointment is effective immediately and comes with a new mandate and responsibility. The New Media Department has been merged with the Corporate Affairs Directorate, creating a unified and integrated function that will oversee all aspects of external and internal communications, stakeholder engagement, reputation management, and brand strategy for the NDDC.
“This is a significant change and a great opportunity for me and my team to leverage our skills and experience to support the NDDC in achieving its goals of facilitating the rapid, even, and sustainable development of the Niger Delta region.
“I am confident that we have the talent, creativity, and passion to deliver on this mandate and to make a positive impact on the lives of millions of people in the region.
“I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation to all of you who have been very supportive of me over the years in my different roles before this. Your encouragement, feedback, collaboration, and friendship have been invaluable to me and have helped me grow personally and professionally. I look forward to continuing our relationship and working together in this new capacity,” he stressed.
Ughakpoteni has 30 years of experience in journalism, management, public relations, and practice-driven research in Nigeria’s corporate and public sectors, as well as in universities in England and Switzerland.
Ughakpoteni was born on June 26, 1964, in the oil-rich Niger Delta region, namely in Eruemukohwarien, Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State. He began his academic career as a homeboy at St Paul’s Primary School, Ughelli, and later transferred to the Government College, Ughelli.
That humble beginning has now blossomed and propelled Ughakpoteni into the international arena, where he is a doctoral candidate at Business School Lausanne, Chavannes, Vaud, Switzerland, focusing on Business Administration, Business Transformation & Entrepreneurship, C-Suite Leadership for Corporate Sustainability Performance Advancement.
His research interests are leadership, sustainability, innovation, change, and strategy implementation. He is intrigued by collaboration and constructive engagement for change, as well as questions about how to collaborate with senior executives to increase business sustainability performance for the benefit of all.
Ughakpoteni, who is passionate about professional development, got three Master’s degrees in six years from three universities in England. These include a Master of Science in Business and Management Research from the University of Reading’s Henley Business School (2017), a Master of Business Administration in Leadership and Sustainability from the University of Cumbria (2014), and a Master of Arts in Leading Innovation and Change from York St John University (2013).
In 2912, he received the PR Academy, Maidstone House, Maidstone, United Kingdom Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) Diploma Public Relations.
He earned a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Management from the University of Calabar in 1991, prior to his international success. That was more of a consolidation, as he began his higher study at Auchi Polytechnic in 1983, graduating with a National Diploma in Business Administration.
Ughakpoteni began his career as a Management Assistant in 1991. Two years later, he became a Researcher/Reporter at Nigeria’s THISDAY newspaper, where he worked on the Business, Energy, and Politics desks in multiple newspapers before becoming Associate Editor of Leadership.
As a member of the pioneer teams that launched two major national newspapers in Nigeria, THISDAY and LEADERSHIP, he effectively collaborated with other journalists. This reinforced his strong desire for success and ability to collaborate effectively with people in a team, as well as provided him with work skills transferrable to other settings.
Since joining the public sector in 2004, he has progressed from Senior Manager to Director of Media Relations at the Niger Delta Development Commission, an organisation established by an Act of the Nigerian parliament to support the long-term development of the country’s Niger Delta region.
Ughakpoteni has worked with his colleagues over the years to refocus and strengthen the employee-oriented newsletter and the Oyster Magazine, the Niger Delta Development Commission’s external stakeholder-oriented publication, as reliable means of communicating with the organisation’s diverse public in order to elicit their understanding and support.
Instagram Unveils Improved Editing Tools For Creators, Users
Instagram has announced new and improved editing tools to help creators and users better express their creativity on the app. The new tools include several improvements to reels and exciting new updates for feed photos, carousels, and stories, that make it easier to create directly within the Instagram app.
For reels, enhanced video editing tools help users express creativity and tell the story they want to, all within the app. In the feed, new filters for photos and carousels will explore different tones and moods for posts. In addition to the editing tools, Instagram has also built new tools to help creators better understand their performance.
The full suite of updates includes:
Reel editing updates: We’re rolling out new fonts to level up text on reels, and updating editing individual clips with the ability to zoom/crop/rotate; undo and redo edits; and 10 new text-to-speech voices.
Audio updates: On reels, we’re launching the ability to add clips with audio from movies, TV shows,s or your own created audio to your reels from our new media clip hub.
New feed photo filters: We’re launching brand-new photo filters for feed posts and carousels.
Performance insights for creators: understand your Reels performance with a new metric, Reels Replays.
Custom Stickers: make your Reels or Stories stand out by turning part of any photo or video.
2024 Budget: Obi Queries N20.5bn Proposal For VP’s House
Peter Obi, the Labour Party Presidential flag bearer in the country’s last general election, has once again yelled at the level of waste in the APC administration of Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Obi, who had just blasted the government for sending over 1400 delegates to COP28 as wasteful, has now slammed the administration for proposing over N20 billion in refurbishment and construction of a new office space for the Vice President.
The LP standard bearer said he is still studying the N27.5 trillion budget presented to the National Assembly last week, but could not wait to wonder at the level of waste on nonessential things when the people are suffering and dropping into multi-dimensional poverty in droves.
Reacting in his X handle on Monday Obi said “Even as I am still studying the 2024 fiscal budget as presented to the National Assembly last week, I cannot wait as am compelled to ask what is exactly wrong with us as a country.
‘I ask this question because it is hard for me to understand some of the recent happenings in our nation, in these critical times.
‘The recent news about a budget provision of N15 billion for the construction of a new residence for the Vice President is both shocking and disheartening, considering the many important challenges facing our nation.
Obi recalled that “Just recently in the Supplementary Budget, the sum of N2.5 billion was included for the renovation of the Vice President’s residence in Abuja, which means that he already has a residence. Again, during the budget presentation, I heard the sum of N3 billion was allocated for the renovation of the Vice President’s residence in Lagos. If we total all these sums, we would have budgeted the sum of N20.5 billion for the housing of the Vice President at this critical time when we are not just the world’s poverty capital, but more people falling into poverty, with so many Nigerians not knowing where their next meal will come from”
“Our health facilities have collapsed, and unemployment is skyrocketing. I am convinced that 99.9% of Nigerians can only dream of living in the current residence of the Vice President.
The LP standard bearer also noted that ‘ Several people employed in the universities are not being paid. Just to give an example, the salary of a professor in a Nigerian university is about N400,000, which without removing tax is about N5 million a year. What we have budgeted for the housing of the Vice President who is already luxuriously housed is, therefore, the annual salary of about 3000 professors!
“This is the finance needed to develop the much-needed human capital.
“The budget of N5 billion for student loans, which is yet to be disbursed is only a tiny percentage of the cost of the Vice President’s new home.
According to the former Anambra state Governor, “We are projecting to use four times the amount for educating ALL Nigerian indigent students to house the Vice President, and we are being told there is nothing wrong with us”
“I am sure the major teaching hospitals in Nsukka, Lagos, Ibadan, and Zaria did not receive this much capital vote in the budget this year.
“We have had leaders that were exemplary in the past. Most Nigerians may not know that the popular 1004 flats in Lagos, was land allocated for the building of a Presidential Mansion for the then Head of State, General Murtala Mohammed but he “sternly turned down the offer and instructed that the land should be used to build blocks of flats for civil servants. That is the kind of sacrificial leadership worth emulating.
“Our leaders must therefore stop the recklessness and insensitivity to the plight of the masses. We need leaders who show compassion and are willing to sacrifice for common progress and development. Such compassionate and frugal leaders are critical in our journey to the New Nigeria”
DCSL Set To Launch Innovative Boardroom App, Marks 10 Years Of Excellence
DCSL Corporate Services Limited, a leading corporate service firm is set to celebrate a decade of professional excellence and launch an innovative boardroom app – “The DCSL e-Connect App” on Friday 8th December 2023.
Bisi Adeyemi, Managing Director of DCSL, reflected on the significant milestones achieved in the past decade and reiterated the Company’s commitment to delivering unparalleled professional services across its bouquet of offerings to diverse sectors of the economy.
“Our ten-year journey has been propelled by an unwavering commitment to delivering exceptional professional service to a diverse range of corporate and individual clients across various business sectors.
“The introduction of the DCSL eConnect app marks a pivotal moment, as we embark on a new era of transformative possibilities, reinforcing our dedication to innovation and precision in communication and collaboration within the boardroom.
“This celebration marks not only a milestone in our journey but also a testament to our commitment to excellence and innovation in the corporate services landscape”.
The DCSL eConnect App is designed to elevate boardroom communication, and collaboration and redefine efficiency. The innovative App will empower Boards and c-suite executives to efficiently manage meetings, streamline access to and retrieval of documents, facilitate approvals, and conduct polls and performance evaluations, all while ensuring compliance and tracking company plans.
The exclusive event will be graced by key stakeholders, clients, business leaders, and media partners.