Prominent women in Delta State on Wednesday urged President Muhammadu Buhari to tackle the question of national reconciliation by appointing people from other political parties.
The women, cut across ethnic cleavages in the state, appealed to President Buhari to close gender gaps in the country.
At a one –day seminar on effective democracy in Nigeria, the women charged Nigerians to look ahead with optimism for a transformed Nigeria.
They listed security, unity of the nation, diversification of the economy, job creation, and expansion of infrastructure, agricultural development, health, education and gender equality as critical areas for the new administration
“President Buhari will reform the public service, grow the economy and fight corruption” they said.
The women also eulogized the virtues of the chairman of Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF), Dr. Ngozi Olejeme, commending her for upholding the mandate given to NSITF by the Employees Compensation Act (ECA).
A statement by the chairperson of Delta Political and Business Women Forum (DPBWF), Dr. Elizabeth Akpore shortly after the meeting in Asaba applauded Olejeme for her integrity and strength of character.
Giving account of NSITF under Olejeme’s watch, the statement said the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) paid N211.92 million as claims to organised private sector employees between January 2011 and February 2015.
“N37.41million was paid between June 2011 and December 2012 to 211 employees while 593 employees received N75.80 million in 2013. N80.83 million was paid to 967 employees in 2014 while 193 others got N17.84 million between January and February this year” the statement said.
“President Muhammadu Buhari knows where he is going and the people who can sail with him in the same boat without rocking it. Dr. Ngozi Olejeme is certainly one of them. Olejeme epitomizes services. She is meeting Nigerian workers’ needs” the statement added.
Global Newstrend Honours Olejeme
Global Newstrend Newspaper will on Friday, August 14, 2015 honour the chairperson of Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF), Dr. Ngozi Olejeme.
“On behalf of the management of Corporate –Mix Media Trend Ltd, publishers of Global Newstrend Newspaper/ Panleda Int’l Magazine and the Award selection Committee, I am delighted to inform you that your nomination as recipient of 2015 Millennium Achievers and Leadership Gold Award as ‘Leader with the Midas Touch’ has been approved” a statement by the Chief Executive Officer of Corporate –Mix Media Trend Ltd, publishers of Global Newstrend Newspaper/ Panleda Int’l Magazine,Elder Emmanuel Eduongo said.
Continuing, the statement said, “Your investiture, alongside other notable Nigerians as ‘Leader with the Midas Touch is scheduled for the prestigious Governor’s Office Annex, Wellington Bassey Way, Uyo on Friday, August 14, 2015 by 6pm during the 2015 Newstrend Annual Leadership & Entrepreneurship Conference Dinner with the theme “Evolving cutting-edge strategies for global best practices in entrepreneurship” where prominent personalities from both the public and private sectors will be in attendance”
Dr. Olejeme is being honoured for her dynamic, pragmatic and transparent leadership.
The statement said the management looked forward to meeting Dr. Olejeme at the event.
Olejeme conferred Fellowship of Institute of Human Resources and Strategic Management of Nigeria
Apparently overwhelmed by her achievements and service to the country, the Institute of Human Resources and Strategic Management of Nigeria has conferred upon the Chairman of Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF), Dr. Ngozi its highest award of Fellowship.
“The institute selected Dr. Ngozi Olejeme strictly on merit and for her contributions to the development of Nigeria and mankind” a statement signed by the institute’s registrar, Mr. Abel Minna said.
The statement praised Olejeme for the smooth implementation of the Employees Compensation Scheme and for solving problems of workers and retirees.
“Like a rejected stone which has turned out to be very vital in construction, NSITF now has a wonderful place in the history of Nigeria” the statement said.
Listing poverty alleviation schemes , endowing a chair in one of the premier Nigerian Universities with a view to broadening knowledge in social security matters, affordable housing scheme , health and safety education through seminars, workshops and printing of posters and teaching aids to help prevent work place injuries and diseases, social assistance to the less privileged and aged, vocational rehabilitation, social assistance to the unemployed and health disability support as major achievements of NSITF, the institute praised olejeme for her integrity, humility, strength of character, timely compensation for employees, spending wisely and thousands of jobs for Nigerians.
The award presentation ceremony will be held on August 29, 2015 in Lagos.
The Institute of Human Resources and Strategic Management of Nigeria (IHRSM) is a registered professional institute developing human resources, engaging in strategic management programmes.
Nigerian Women praise Olejeme
Female politicians in Nigeria on Saturday eulogized the virtues of the Chairman of Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF), Dr. Ngozi Olejeme, describing her as a woman with a difference.
They also accused some politicians of telling lies against an innocent woman and pasting same to various websites all in their determination to destroy her.
At a meeting to discuss challenges facing women in politics in Abuja, the women praised Dr. Olejeme for entrenching probity, accountability and transparency in NSITF.
They also praised her for placing the organization on a better footing to carry out its very crucial duties.
“Olejeme is a crusader for women empowerment and humanity. She has done so much in NSITF and other organizations. Her investment profile in human development is heavy. She is an achiever.” they said.
A statement by the spokesperson of Women for Active Political Participation (WFAPP) said “Olejeme is everything positive”
The statement praised Olejeme for putting NSITF on the right track of development and acting with integrity, honesty, a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual and groups.
“Olejeme picked NSITF from a status of a moribund entity unable to pay salaries and lifted it to a world class institution. She restructured the organization and re-engineered its current workforce, thus making it one of the most transparent and most equitable government agencies in Nigeria.
The statement enjoined Nigerians to join hands with President-Elect, Muhammadu Buhari to build a united, virile and progressive nation
Olejeme is regarded as a turnaround expert.
HENRY OVIE EBIRERI
Olejeme Bags Outstanding African Personality Award
The Voice Magazine has named the chairman of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF), Dr. Ngozi Olejeme as Outstanding African Personality.
A statement on Thursday by the magazine said Olejeme was being conferred with the award for transforming NSITF into world class institution, rebranding Nigeria through her style of politics and bringing succor to Nigerians at home and abroad.
The Voice Magazine Annual Award is one of the most prestigious and highly rated awards in Europe used to recognize and honour African achievers and friends of Africa who have distinguished themselves in their areas of calling for the advancement of their countries, Africa and humanity at large.
Announcing this year’s award on Wednesday in Netherlands, the head of the organization, Elvis Iruh described Dr. Olejeme as a living example for Africa and the rest of the world.
“Dr. Ojeleme, your academic and professional records are impressive and despite all the vast opportunities abound to you, you decided to offer yourself for service in Delta State and despite not momentarily given the chance, you have continued to help salvage Nigeria by developing her from within through your various charitable works to better the life of women, children and the public in general” Iruh said.
Continuing, he said “In a culture where many politicians fastidiously enrich themselves at the expense of the poor, Dr. Olejeme, you are widely known to rather spend a substantial amount of your personal wealth on charity. Your deep involvement and total commitment to women and the youth saw you being elected as National President of Igbo women forum, an NGO deeply rooted in charitable work aimed towards women and youth empowerment in 1998. Your various Widowhood Projects try to redress social – economic cum cultural challenges facing widows through empowerment and grants for trade. In a patriarchal society where women have less access to power, leadership positions and decision making process, your effort to empower women is highly commendable; a productive women’s group is tantamount to a progressive society”.
The Voice magazine is the first pan-African magazine published in the Netherlands and the entire Benelux region of Europe. It is dedicated to the advancement of Africans and has been in circulation since August 1999. The Voice magazine is published in English for ordinary readers of the language for clear understanding of African stories. It has become an essential tool of the people and institutions that want to be informed or inform others of their activities, businesses, social events and general news.
“In line with our commitment, we have inspired others and today there are many African newspapers, radio, television and magazines published in the Netherlands which were not there before our advent on the newsstand” Iruh added.
The ceremony is slated for 23rd & 24th October 2015 at Van der Valk Hotel Almere, The Netherlands.
HENRY OVIE EBIRERI
14th May 2015
Ref: 002-5/TV/AP 2015
Dr. Ngozi Juliet Olejeme, FCIDA, MIoD
Ngozi Olejeme Foundation
Asaba, Delta State
Dear Dr Mrs. Olejeme
NOMINEE FOR THE VOICE MAGAZINE ACHIEVERS AWARD 2015
“OUTSTANDING AFRICAN WOMAN PERSONALITY AWARD WINNER”
We have the honour to inform you that the award committee of The Voice Magazine Achievers Award 2015 has proudly nominated and conferred on you, Dr Mrs. Ngozi Olejeme, FCIDA, MIoD, the founder of Ngozi Juliet Olejeme Foundation as our OUTSTANDING AFRICAN WOMAN PERSONALITY AWARD WINNER FOR 2015.
Your selection for this award was a unanimous choice because of your tremendous contribution to every sector of human endeavor you have been engaged in which includes business enterprise, with a wealth of experience in business, politics, impeccable record in community services, backed up with enviable philanthropic achievements. You are a business mogul with a proven track record of business acumen. You are a living witness of women’s ability and intelligence if and when given an equal opportunity like any other person to excel. Truly you have brought distinction to public service and it is quite commendable.
Dr. Olejeme, your managerial intelligence and ability and your numerous achievements at the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust fund pensions PLC is not a coincidence, rather your success story of your vast business empire which is a convincing testimony of your status as a managerial juggernaut. As the Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer of ABLE-JES Nigeria Limited, Julind Nigeria Limited, Fresh Energy Nigeria Limited, or a Board member of Directors of Ajaokuta Steel Company and Sheraton Hotels and Towers, to mention but a few of your outstanding attainment.
This Award is coming at a time in your life when globally you have become an icon to inspire the younger generation coming behind. We choose this year’s theme as “Empowerment of African women” to inspire for greater heights. This award will be bestowed on you at a ceremony slated for 23rd & 24th October 2015 at Van der Valk hotel Almere, The Netherlands.
Dr. Mrs Ojeleme, your academic and professional records are impressive and despite all the vast opportunities abound to you, you decided to offer yourself for service in Delta state of Nigeria and despite not momentarily given the chance, you have continued to help salvage Nigeria by developing her from within through your various charitable works to better the life of women, children and the public in general.
You have championed the rebranding of Nigeria through your style of “politics without bitterness”, working for the common good of humanity, does not surprise one that the ordinary people choose to call you, “a mother with the heart of gold”.
In a culture where many politicians fastidiously enrich themselves at the expense of the poor, Dr Mrs. Olejeme, you are widely known to rather spent a substantial amount of your personal wealth on charity. Your deep involvement and total commitment to women and the youth saw you being elected as National President of Igbo women forum, an NGO deeply rooted in charitable work aimed towards women and youth empowerment in 1998. Your various Widowhood Projects try to redress social – economic cum cultural challenges facing widows through empowerment and grants for trade. In a patriarchal society where women have less access to power, leadership positions and decision making process, your efforts to empower women is highly commendable; a productive women’s group is tantamount to a progressive society.
As a living example for Africa and the rest of the world, the Voice Magazine is honouring you with our OUTSTANDING AFRICAN WOMAN PERSONALITY AWARD WINNER 2015 in the Netherlands.
Among those honoured in the past are H.E., Dr. Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia, H.E. President Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone, Former Governor of Anambra State , Chief Peter Obi; Mrs. Fatou Bensouda, The Chief Persecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC); Ambassador Bianca Ojukwu, Nigerian Ambassador to Spain, H.E. Ambassador Dr. Mrs. N.N. Akanbi, Nigeria Ambassador to The Netherlands; Bishop Matthew Kukah, Chief Joop Berhout of Safari publishers, Ibadan, Nigeria among other awardees.
This year promises to be more exciting as we expect awardees across Africa attending. We look forward to your positive response to our nomination please.
Do confirm in writing as to enable us continue our preparation for the event this year.
Our Esteemed Regards,
For: The Award Committee 2014
The place of Olejeme in history
By Rabiu Musa
Dr. Ngozi Olejeme, the chairman of Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF), needs no introduction, especially to persons who are familiar with social responsibility and advocacy, professional management and good corporate governance, transparency and accountability, human capital development and security of investible funds in present day Nigeria.
Olejeme is widely credited with transforming NSITF into one of the world’s most formidable organizations. In six years, the impressive and pragmatic leader contributed greatly to the labour administration process in the country. She saw to the successful enactment into law of the Employees’ Compensation Act in December 2010 and the setting up of necessary human and physical infrastructure for the implementation of the Act. She also brought optimism to NSITF when all hope seemed lost.
But what was the situation in NSITF before 2009?
“Before I came into NSITF, the contributory pension scheme had been taken from them. By the time I was joining NSITF in 2009, the size of its workforce had dwindled to a mere 80” Olejeme told journalists in 2010.
“We had offices all over the federation; these offices had to be virtually closed down. In most offices we had just 2 people each – and skeletal services. So you can see what we went through. And within those years, we did not earn a single kobo from anywhere. The issue became a very big problem for us. Even to pay salaries became a very big challenge for us. Structures started coming down, and in all cases our offices were very old and some of them were being rented. So we could not even pay rent in most cases. Before you know it, all our offices became closed down; all the structure were down, equipment were down, ACs and generators were all down because we could not maintain anything. It was a very big problem for us. Remember that by this time, the Fund was almost comatose. Offices across the country had all been closed, Staff strength and morale was at ground zero” Managing Director/Chief Executive of the NSITF, Umar Munir Abubakar said.
It is obvious that Dr. Olejeme was instrumental to the enhanced services of the NSITF. She regularised the social insurance scheme by seeing to the promulgation in 2010 of a more comprehensive and responsive scheme called the Employees’ Compensation Act (ECA). The ECA made provision for adequate and timely compensation of employees in both public and private sectors, who suffered from any form of accidents in the course of carrying out their official duties.
She changed the infrastructural look of NSITF, increased the work force of the organization, invested heavily in the training of numerous staff, kept youths off the streets by getting them positively engaged, re-connected and strengthened the working relationship between the Board and Management and initiated the process that led to the inauguration of a National Working Committee on Social Security Policy for Nigeria.
Indeed, Olejeme strengthened and revitalized NSITF.