Carbon Limits Nigeria appoints Ogunleye managing director

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Carbon Limits Nigeria, a Joint Venture focused on climate change strategies and mitigation actions as well as energy and carbon market issues in Nigeria and throughout Africa, has announced the appointment of James Ogunleye as managing director. He succeeds Paul Parks.

Ogunleye has over 18 years’ experience which spans projects planning and implementation, projects coordination, business advisory and carbon projects development. He specialises in renewable energy systems, climate change and electricity. He has also worked with specialised power and renewable energy consulting outfits that played active roles in the grid and off-grid power systems and emerging renewable energy industry in Nigeria.

He has a Bachelors degree in Engineering from the University of Ilorin, Master of Science in Engineering from the University of Ibadan, and Master of Science in Renewable Energy & the Environment, the University of Reading, United Kingdom.

Prior to joining Carbon Limits Nigeria, Ogunleye held various positions such as project implementation officer at Globacom, projects/business advisor at PowerCap Limited, and project coordinator, Rubitec Nigeria Limited.

“I am very pleased with the appointment of James Ogunleye into the new role. As Carbon Limits Nigeria enters her next phase of growth, James brings the relevant industry experience to deliver on the mandate. I wish him a successful tenure,” said Paul Parks, outgoing managing director.

Torleif Haugland, technical partner, Carbon Limits, Norway, said, “We commend the board of Carbon Limits Nigeria on the choice of James as the managing director. James is an accomplished professional whose rich industry experience will be helpful in further strengthening CLN’s footprints in the Nigerian market.”

 

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Nothing comes to God by surprise, and His dreams never die – Obembe

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Joseph Olanrewaju Obembe, a cardinal, archbishop and founder of El-Shaddai Bible Church, Lagos, recently passed on to glory, aged 63. The former Chairman of Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Lagos Chapter, is being missed by a retinue of followers and members of his family. In this interview with SEYI JOHN SALAU, Olanrewaju Obembe, the eldest son of the late cleric, spoke about the life and times of his father, Obembe. Excerpts:

 

How does it feel losing such a special person in your life?

I don’t know how best to properly answer that question because loss is a very weird thing. No matter how you might think about it or try to prepare about it; when it actually comes around it’s never the same. Like you said, to lose somebody who you’ve seen all your life just shows you the brevity of life, and how we are just working under grace basically. So, how do I feel? I really cannot put it into words but we trust in God to take every day as it comes. A lot of people are quick to pray and say – forgive and forget, but it doesn’t work that way because you are not necessarily going to be praying for amnesia but we can only pray for grace to remember less. The bible has told us how God is the Father to the fatherless; we can only lean on him more to help through this trying times. It goes without saying that the lost is enormous and these are going to be some really big shoes to fill-in because when you have people like my dad who have had a special connection with God, it goes a long way; all you can do is just lean on Him.

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Global strategy on Child Labour elimination: The Oyo State example

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A recent global trend in labour administration is the renewed fight against child labour, forced labour, modern slavery and human trafficking. This objective is encapsulated in the Alliance 8.7, an initiative of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), which seeks to end child labour and modern slavery. The global alliance, which was launched at the Ford Foundation on September 21, 2016, builds on the momentum created by the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The initiative also helps to advance other sustainable development goals, including poverty eradication, education and gender equality.

According to the ILO, an estimated 180 million children work in the worst forms of child labour, including hazardous work, slavery, forced labour, commercial sexual exploitation and illicit activities.ILO defines child labour as work that is physically, mentally, socially or morally dangerous and harmful to children and which interferes with their schooling by depriving them of the opportunity to attend school; obliging them to leave school prematurely, or requiring them to combine school attendance with excessively long and heavy workIt is widely believed that one of the worst forms of abuse and exploitation of children is child labour as it is detrimental to a child’s physical and mental development.

Poverty is believed to be the root cause of child labour. Therefore, it is more prevalent in Africa and Asia, which account for over 90percent of total child employment and where abject poverty is widespread.

In November 2017, ILO unfolded four key policy pillars in efforts at ending child labour across the globe by 2025. These include boosting legal protections, improving the governance of labour markets and family enterprises, strengthening social protection and investing in free, quality education. It urged governments to step up efforts at ending child labour.

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Lagos and the coming rains

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In Lagos, a few days back, the heavens opened and it rained profoundly. If the enormity of the recent rainfall is anything to go by, Lagos residents must gear up for more of such fierce rainy moments in the coming days.

 

Indeed, experts have predicted that the intensity of this year’s rains will be more than what we had in the past. For instance, the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) had earlier predicted “extended rains for areas in and around Adamawa, Ogun, Edo, Niger Delta and low-lying areas such as Lagos.

As Lagosians await the rains this year, certain issues need to be put into proper perspective. First is the topography of Lagos. A critical feature of Lagos topography is that the state is essentially made up of low lying terrain up to 0.4 percent below the sea level. Naturally, this arrangement is the source of huge drainage challenges that confront the state. If this is added to the volume of rain that is being experienced in the state lately, it would be realized that there is possibly no way there would not be flash flooding in Lagos.

Second, certain negative practices such as indiscriminate dumping of refuse and blockade of drainages easily aid flooding. This is often rampant in markets and other commercial centers as well as densely populated areas in the state. Often, the effects of such poor sanitary habit on affected residents are unquantifiable and devastating. Some have been rendered homeless and miserable, no thanks to human induced environmental hazards. Thus, we all need to fully embrace the culture of proper waste disposal, comply with building regulations, tap into alternative energy use, and pay necessary attention to sanitation issues among others.

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CAN election: Contenders urged to exhibit Christ-likeness in their ambition

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The forthcoming June election of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has continued to elicit variegated remarks as the day draws nearer. Many stakeholders and observers have expressed disappointment over the level of politicking attending the campaign towards the election. They wonder if such was necessary if the motive of seeking election was indeed service to God.

They have also urged those in the race to pursue their ambition with every sense of humility and exhibit the virtue of Christ-likeness.

Recently, the Electoral College cleared Caleb Ahima, the president of Tarayar Ekklisiyoyin Kristi A Nigeria (TEKAN), and Samson Ayokunle, the president of Nigerian Baptist Convention and current president of CAN, to contest in the race for the new CAN leadership scheduled for June.

TEKAN means Fellowship of the Churches of Christ in Nigeria and consists 15 churches in northern Nigeria, which share same bloc with Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA).

If anything, the June election could either be a vote of confidence on the incumbent to continue in office or signal a change of leadership. CAN members include the CSN, CCN, CPFN/PFN, OAIC, and TEKAN/ECWA.

Ahima, while making his intention known said it is God who gives leadership, as he prays that God’s will be done. “The journey to leadership cannot be permitted in any way to divide God’s people or cast aspersion on the image of the church.

“My nomination by TEKAN for the contest and ECWA’s acceptance of the nomination is the voice of God, since, quite often, the voice of the people is the voice of God,” said Ahima.

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