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Julius Berger Plant And Equipment Academy Graduates 2nd Batch Of Trainees



Julius Berger Nigeria Plc, the country’s top engineering construction company, graduated a second batch of trainees from its Plant and Equipment Academy in Abuja on Thursday.

The occasion was described as a commemoration of another significant milestone in the company’s consistency of purpose and proactive commitment to the country’s industrial and technological development and advancement.

Francois Roos, Head of Julius Berger’s Plant and Equipment Department, which, along with the Human Resource Department, coordinates the Academy’s activities, kicked off the schedule of events by formally welcoming attendees to the ceremony at the Academy grounds.

Following that, the Managing Director’s representative at the event, the company’s Executive Director of Administration, Alhaji Zubairu Ibrahim Bayi, offered the warm felicitation of the executive management to both the Academy’s managers, the graduating students, and invited guests, calling the event a “proud and worthy event in the history of Julius Berger.”

Alhaji Bayi stated that the Julius Berger Plant and Equipment Academy concept, as well as its well-focused and consistent implementation, is a legacy contribution by the company to the transfer of critically needed technical know-how and skills to assist the country’s technological and industrial development needs.

Bayi went on to say that the Julius Berger Plant and Equipment Academy was also designed to provide selected craftsmen with additional productive technical capabilities for dependable industrial development and commitment to nation-building.

It will be remembered that during the Academy’s launch on February 25th last year, Bayi informed invited guests on behalf of the Executive Management that the Academy was envisioned by the company to be “a leading institution in technical training, JBN’s funnel for dynamic, highly trained, and resourceful technicians to fill the needs of the company and the industry in general.”

That is why Julius Berger chose the Armed Forces Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Mechatronic School (AFEME) as the company’s strategic partner for the Academy, according to Bayi. The Nigerian Army manages AFEME in conjunction with the German Technical Advisory Group.

Bayi expressed satisfaction with the outcome of that decision, saying, “From the Academy’s inception on August 25, 2022, until this 2nd graduation ceremony (on August 31, 2023), the partnership between Julius Berger and AFEME has remained consistently seamless, productive, and fit for purpose.”

While the first group of Academy graduates were trained in Combustion Engines and Drive Trains, the second group was trained in Basic Electricity and Automotive Application.

The number of trainees who graduated from the Julius Berger Plant and Equipment Academy last Thursday increased from six in the Academy’s inaugural set in 2022 to eight.

The ceremony which had the ‘Best graduating Student‘ being awarded a special prize for his brilliant results, also saw the graduates collectively presenting an impressive electrical project designed and made by their graduating class at the ceremony to good applause by both their satisfied instructors and invited guests.

Bayi noted and assured that while all the current graduands were males, “…as we go forward into the future, we believe the gender mix among trainees will be manifested perhaps by proactive affirmative action.” Bayi emphasised that “Julius Berger Nigeria Plc is proudly, strongly reputed to be gender-neutral in all its workspaces. We therefore look forward to graduating many female trainees as the Academy continues to progressively deliver its mission.”

The administration Director thanked the managers and facilitators of the academy for their commitment to the excellent ideas and ideals of the unique institution. He thereafter congratulated the graduating trainees for their disciplined commitment to their studies and wished them good success and only the best in their careers going forward.

“As worthy alumni of this institution, I charge you to be and remain good ambassadors of this great Academy in particular, and of our parent company, Julius Berger Nigeria Plc, both in practice and in character,” Alhaji Bayi said.

Guests at the ceremony included technical instructors from the Armed Forces Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Mechatronic School (AFEME) led by Captain M.M Idris as well as officials of the Industrial Training Fund led by Engr. Umar.

Other senior Julius Berger officials at the event included the Head of the company’s Plant and Equipment Department, Francois Roos, the Head of Human Resources, the Senior Manager of training, Festus Akin Ogunfuyi, Talent Manager, Adeyinka Adeniyi, the Coordinator of the Academy, Ajamah Himauel, Workshop Managers Juan and Price; and the Head of the company’s Media Relations Office, Prince Moses Duku, Fnipr.

Alhaji Bayi, on behalf of the company’s Managing Director and Executive Management, thanked guests for coming for the ceremony and wished both the graduates and invited guests a safe return journey to their respective destinations.



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.

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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”


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DCSL Set To Launch Innovative Boardroom App, Marks 10 Years Of Excellence



Bisi Adeyemi, Managing Director of DCSL

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.

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