David’s Business Academy (DBA), an investment school that offers advanced financial research and executive education on investments has said arrangements are in the pipeline to establish world class global investment research institutions and virtual library in Nigeria.
Mr. Tunde Adeyemi, DBA research fellow and executive vice chairman DHTL Capital Management Limited who stated this recently in Lagos said the vision was to make Nigeria become a hub of Africa’s foremost international investment school with a mandate of filling the gap in the continent’s capita market by providing qualitative trainings, workshops and resources for the attainment of skilled human capital development and requirements to meet the challenging and dynamic global investment market development and practices,
Adeyemi noted that still under the private funding from the board of DHTL capital, the academy would be initiating further support across the confinement to help set up the institution.
He said the academy has put machinery in place to attract the best hands in finance especially investment across the globe to facilitate and help in support the quest to bring experts in finance across the key financial centres in the world to train and equip the continents professionals on the ideal and current capital market practices, coupled with advanced academic trainings in finance by the leading professors in this area.
Adeyemi noted that filling the gap in the today human capital development in the continent’s capital market is the key mission of the academy that has been recruiting qualified parishioners in America, Europe and Asia, attracting and interspacing between leading investments institutions across the globe.
“With our core aim of offering practical rhetorical and value added training programmes to institutions, interested individuals and other sovereign institutions. We have started initiating and structuring products and programmes that will satisfy and meet the needs of the capital market professionals and institutions. Our programme combines state-of-the-art knowledge in investment management with practical experience and insight into the funding of the capital markets”, he said.
Adeyemi noted that a number of factors have made investment management one of the fastest growing and competitive businesses in the financial services industry.
He listed the factors to include tremendous growth in assets under management, the globalisation of capital market, proliferation of investment alternatives changes in client demographics and relationships and rapid technological advancements.
Adeyemi said research estimates as a first quarter 2008, showed assets of the global fund management industry increased for the fifth year running to reach around $140 trillion.
He noted that this line of business requires a higher level of personalised service adding that the primary challenge for service providers has been to keep pace with changes in the industry.
He stated that while investors and their portfolio managers still concentrate on traditional investment vehicles such as publicity traded stock and bonds, an increasing number of modern techniques needs to be adopted to enhance a portfolio’s risk-return potential and relationships and that requires a great skills and consistent trainings and networking.
Adeyemi said the academy is looking at a niche partnership careers with companies in the financial market on how to obtain them practically in asset and risk management where it could impact in the requisite human capital to make investment decision.
He said arrangement has been concluded for the academy’s summer strategic training in financial asset management and alternative investment slated to commence in August.
Adeyemi noted that the short courses are targeted towards equipping practitioners and would-be practitioner with the needed skills and global knowledge of the dictates of the financial markets.
FOI Act Implementation Bothers BPST Boss
The Director-General, Bureau of Public Service Reforms, Dr Dasuki Arabi, has expressed regrets that the implementation of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) has remained very low since the law was enacted.
The BPSR boss made the observation during a workshop held on Wednesday in Abuja on the appraisal of Freedom of Information Act.
Arabi said the Act was meant to entrench transparency and openness in governance through improved compliance to annual reporting obligations of public institutions.
“It is also expected to guide and improve compliance of public institutions in proactive disclosure of mandatory publication requirements, as well as empower citizens, the right to access information held by the state.
“Regrettably, since the introduction of the FOI Act, it is evident that the level of compliance among public institutions still remains low.
“While the level of engagement by citizens still remains insignificant and in some cases fraught with misunderstanding between the State and Non-State actors,” he added.
Arabi, therefore, said that the workshop was to resolve some of the grey areas around FOI, as well as foster a harmonious relationship between the State and Non-State actors towards the implementation of the Act.
He said good governance and transparency would only thrive in the country when citizens access to Information is assured.
The DG emphasised that the FOIA provided platform for inclusiveness that sought to hold leaders to account and feed into the decision making process.
Arabi said that the Bureau had worked assiduously towards the implementation of the Act and was making efforts to ensure that it was institutionalized across the public sector.
He said that the interventions were in the areas of training public service workers and development of feedback mechanism through which a portal for application and responses for FOI request were deployed.
Others, he said, are score-card for ranking the performances of websites of public institutions using specific benchmarks, including FOI portal.
“Creating platforms for citizens engagement with Civil Societies Organizations on topical issues of government through the BPSR flagship programmes such as the monthly Lunchtime Seminar series,” he added.
Arabi said that the Bureau had also deployed information technology to provide innovative means to improve record keeping and management using intranet and Electronic Data Management Systems.
He continued that they were working in conjunction with the Nigeria Economic Summit Group to gauge the perception of citizens on public policies.
In her remarks, the National Coordinator, Open Government Partnership (OGP), Nigeria, Dr Gloria Ahmed, said making information open was a hallmark of democracy and a basic human right.
She said that the FOIA has given citizens the opportunity to access information as regards government policies and reforms.
FCTA Harmonises Mobile Adverts, Haulage System Against Double Taxation
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), Department of Outdoor Advertisement and Signage (DOAS), has launched the FCT/State Mobile Advertisement and Haulage permits for 2023 financial year.
Permanent Secretary, FCTA, Mr Olusade Adesola, while launching the system sought the cooperation of the business owners in the FCT, in order to achieve the objective of the initiative.
Adesola said the move was part of efforts to facilitate the ease of doing business drive in the nation’s capital.
He commended DOAS for the initiative. aimed at improving institutional cooperation and partnerships with the critical stakeholders.
Adesola warned: “FCTA would no longer tolerate acts of thuggery in the collection of taxes, as there are better ways of doing such, which will ensure the attainment of ease of doing business.”
He commended the leadership of Area Councils for resolving to synergise with DOAS to streamline the system.
The Permanent Secretary said the proliferation of collection authorities for mobile advertisements had led to serious loss of Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) in the FCT.
Earlier, the Executive Chairman, Kwali Area Council, Danladi Chiya, said although Area Councils have the constitutional right to collect such advertisements, they have no issue with FCTA over the establishment and mandate of DOAS.
LASG Begins Vehicle Parking Lanes Demacation
The Lagos State Parking Authority (LASPA) has revealed it will today commence creating additional Vehicle Parking Lanes in some selected locations across the State.
The Authority stated that all efforts have been geared towards improving the parking system of the State.
Speaking on the planned initiative on Friday in Ikeja, the General Manager of LASPA, Mrs. Adebisi Adelabu, stated that the vehicle parking lane mark exercise, which will begin with designated streets within Surulere, Ikoyi, Lekki, Obalende, Ikeja and Victoria Island axis of the State, is a step towards improving street parking from 2023.
Adelabu noted that the Parking Lane Markings will further guide motorists and pedestrians on appropriate parking regulations and spaces, minimise indiscriminate parking, confusion and uncertainty, while conveying a range of information to residents on parking procedures within each specified environment.
According to her, the lane markings will also include special consideration for people living with disabilities and signposts for parking directives, among other features.
The General Manager, however, solicited the understanding of residents within the locations who might be affected by any inconvenience the process might cause, assuring that the government is working rigorously in regulating and improving the parking culture as part of its Traffic Management and Transportation Agenda to ensure parking is convenient, safe and secure across the state.
Recall that the Authority had recently unveiled plans to begin full implementation of parking policy in the second quarter of 2023 and has continued to sensitise the public on the need to embrace the parking culture.
By; Nkpemenyie Mcdominic, Lagos
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