Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Montgomery West Africa sets for the second edition of Nigeria’s leading entrepreneurial event 'Women of West Africa Entrepreneurship Conference / WOWe 2014

The second edition of Nigeria’s leading entrepreneurial event 'Women of West Africa Entrepreneurship Conference / WOWe 2014' will take place on 26 - 27 June 2014 at the Oriental Hotel in Lagos, Nigeria – organized by Montgomery West Africa.

Tori Abiola, Managing Director of Montgomery disclosed this adding that,“As women continue to play the most significant role in economic development, they need their own economic independence and the skills to grow their businesses to be sustainable and result in growth opportunities. The success of 2013 has been positive, fulfilling and encouraging, and the reach of the conference has made it clear that women entrepreneurs are still facing challenges that need to be addressed with the right information, proactive development and through networks of determined business leaders and mentors.

She said, ‘Chapel Hill Denham, through its Women’s Investment Fund, is proud to be a sponsor of and participant in the Women of West Africa Entrepreneurship Conference (WOWe). We believe WoWe is a great platform for young women entrepreneurs to meet and share experiences while receiving first-hand knowledge from Nigeria’s most successful female entrepreneurs’, says Mrs. Ononuju Irukwu, Director Investment Management Group. Other major sponsor are Nestlé and First Bank.

Speaking at a press briefing held at german Chamber of Commerce, Lagos, Managing Director, Management Transformation Ltd Wuraola Abiola, also opines that
WOWe 2014 Conference is basically focusing on women and it will provides high level networking platform that connects the most influential women entrepreneurs to exchange ideas and dialogue on issues related to entrepreneurship and leadership.

"Pominent personalities in their fields like Ms Genevieve Nnaji (actress, model, singer, designer), Mrs Onari Duke (Country Director EMPRETEC Nigeria Foundation), Mrs Folake Akindele (Managing Director, Tiffany Amber) and Mrs Bukky George (CEO HealthPlus Pharmacy), to mention a few will be speakers at the conference," she says.

She gave an insight to what the participants will benefit for participating:
· Insight from our high level speakers on their entrepreneurial journey of success

· Create powerful networks to drive results

· Position your business as a competitive powerhouse

· Access new tends accelerating women across industries

· Exchange critical solutions raising capital - debt vs capital

· Gain insights on capacity building initiatives, skills development and mentorship

· Receive first hand training from our highly interactive Master-classes and workshops

WOWe was created as a platform for women entrepreneurs in West Africa to be able to tap into a wealth of resources, contacts, knowledge and opportunities irrespective of their background, connections and vision.

However, not just the business owners will be participating at the forthcoming conference alone, the investment and security tribunal established to act as a watchdog over investors and their clients in the capital market will also be participating.

Speaking at the briefing, Mr. Wale Ojo, Head, Lagos Zonal office, Investment and Securities Tribunal said the tribunal was established in 2002 to handle cases involving investment and security cases, it also deals with pension cases.
According to him, the Headquarter of the tribunal is in Abuja, with its zonal offices across the states in the country. He also disclosed that the tribunal has so far handled 40 investment cases in Lagos and across board has handled N351.9bn worth of investment.

The tribunal was established as part of transformation process to boost the economy. He further advised that investors that have been having issues monetarily in their business should bring their cases to the tribunal for judgment to be carried out on such issue.
Mr. Wale claimed that the tribunal has never in any form compromise any investmenmt case due to short of funds.

His words,"We live up to expectation, besides those involved are well to do so we have never fo once compromise any case. Also section 245 of the tribunal constitution gives us opportubnity to also deal with pension cases."

SAHCOL Sets For Ethiopian And Azman Air Ground Handling Services

The skyway Aviation Handling Company Limited, SAHCOL has achieved yet another success, as it set for full handling contracts with Ethiopian Airlines and AZMAN Air, to offer them ground handling services.
General Manager, Corporate Communications for the company, BASIL AGBOARUMI, disclosed this in a statement adding that its company will perform full handling services (Ramp, Passenger and Cargo/Warehousing) to Ethiopian Airlines' four(4) times a week passenger flights, and three (3) times weekly cargo flights, to/from the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA), Kano.

He explained that the company will also handle all AZMAN Air passenger, baggage and ramp handling services.
“SAHCOL, an ISAGO certified Ground Handling Company, and a 100% subsidiary of the Sifax Group continues to expand and gain credibility of airlines operating within/into Nigeria since the company became privatized in December, 2009.
“The new face of SAHCOL is witnessing massive deployment of modern State-of-the-art Ground Support Equipment (GSE), Training/Retraining of all categories of staff, Infrastructural development, Management repositioning, re-fleeting of vehicles, boosting of clients' confidence/ patronage, and massive Infrastructural Development, which includes an almost completed First-of-its-kind (West African Sub Region) Custom Bonded Cargo Warehouse, among others, all geared towards its goal of exceeding customers expectations.
“SAHCOL, an Aviation Ground Handling Provider, offers services in Cargo Handling/Warehousing, Passenger Handling, Ramp Handling, Aviation Security, Baggage Reconciliation, Executive Lounge Services, and other related Ground Handling Services; while ensuring that Ground Handling assignment is carried out in an efficient, speedy and safe manner, by deploying the right tools.
“Owing to the current boost in confidence, SAHCOL list of growing clientele includes the world best airlines, amongst which are Arik Air, The United Airlines, Air France, Egypt Air, Middle East Airlines (MEA), Allied Air, Aero Contractors Airline, Dana Air, Sudan Air, African Open Sky Airlines, Med-view Airlines, Camair-Co, South African Airways, Etihad Airways, Atlas Jet Airlines, Max Air, Kabo Air, African Word Airways (AWA), Gambia Bird Airlines, and other ad-hoc operators,” he maintained.

Ukraine: 30 killed in airport clashes

Punch Newspaper published earlier today that at least 30 pro-Russia separatists have been killed so far in fighting at the airport in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, insurgents say.

Armed separatists tried to take over the airport on Monday.

Kiev responded with air attacks and a stand-off developed.

Ukraine’s new President Petro Poroshenko on Monday vowed to continue “anti-terrorist operations” in the east, saying the situation should “last hours not months”.

A representative of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic told the BBC that reports of at least 30 dead in Monday’s fighting were accurate.

One insurgent told Associated Press the bodies had been brought to a hospital in the city.

Monday’s clashes started after separatist militants stormed the Sergei Prokofiev Donetsk airport in the early hours of the morning.

The Ukrainian military responded quickly with air strikes and an assault by heavily armed troops.

It is not clear who is in control of the airport. It was closed early on Monday.

Reporters said there was heavy gunfire throughout the day and night, with black smoke rising into the air.

The attempt to seize the airport may have been intended to prevent Mr Poroshenko from travelling there after he said his first trip in office would be to visit the restive east.

However, Mr Poroshenko has also said he wants to talk to Russia to end the crisis.

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Moscow was “open to dialogue” with Poroshenko but insisted that military action against separatists must end.

Ukraine’s military is engaged in an offensive in the east to tackle armed separatists who declared independence in the provinces of Luhansk and Donetsk.

The insurgency developed after pro-Moscow President Viktor Yanukovych fled Kiev amid bloody street protests and calls for closer ties with the EU.