What Is A Chief Data Officer And Why Do Firms Need Them?


With the increased importance of data management, data protection, and analytical competency, CEOs are trying a number of different methods to help their firms navigate the challenges. A common approach is to add a new position, such as the Chief Customer Officer or Chief Analytics Officer. A new role deigned to address data management, integration, and utilization challenges is the Chief Data Officer (CDO). To better understand what this role is and how is fits with the traditional CMO and CIO positions, I turned to Mark Gambill, CMO of MicroStrategy, a leading worldwide provider of enterprise analytics, mobility and security software solutions.

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Lagos shanties of Horror


All over the world, shanties in cities is a natural concomitant of urbanisation. In world’s most populous cities such as Bombay, Hong Kong, London and Singapore, the problem of shanties is a recurring decimal which governments in these countries have battled to solve for ages. The cause varies from rural urban migration, illegal immigrants syndrome in capitals like London and Washington DC, to poverty and insufficient and unaffordable accommodation. Coupled with this is the fact that the urban population in the world is rising generally.

Lagos, a mega city with an estimated population of 22 million inhabitants is not an exception in the menace of shanties and this has been on for ages. The only exception is that Lagos shanties are becoming that of horror where illegal migrants like kidnappers and militants have made their comfort zones, from where they make use of the waterways to ferry their victims to another location.

Recently, Governor Ambode ordered that all shanties in Ilubirin and along all creeks, waterways and under high tension cables be demolished while the illegal occupants should be evicted. This may sound harsh in the face of the present economic situation, but the fact remains that the action is necessary in order to protect lives and property of about 22 million Lagosians. Building of illegal structures under high tension cables is without doubt, an accident waiting to happen which no responsible government would condone.

The history of the Ilubinrin shanties especially, reveals that the present illegal occupants moved in and erected illegal structures by cashing in on the time lag created by the redesigning of the Ilubinrin housing project which was started by former Governor Asiwaju Bola Tinubu about ten years ago with the reclamation of the lagoon while the fishermen who were there at that time were resettled at Badore.

The housing units which was initially expected to accommodate 1,254 housing units started in 2013, while the scheme was reviewed and redesigned by the administration of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to accommodate 1,500 families and make the place a live, work and play environment, with the partnership of a private investor. However, the illegal settlers moved into Illubirin waterfront during the process of redesigning the scheme and erected shanties. It is also noteworthy that all quit notices to the illegal occupants have been ignored up till the time that the illegal structures were demolished.

It is not in doubt that shanties all over the world have always provided a safe haven for all sorts of criminals. In Lagos, shanties, especially those along the coastal areas have become the base of kidnappers as witnessed in Arepo, though in Ogun State, the kidnappers who are suspected militants operated in Lagos and even kidnapped a monarch, Oba Goriola Oseni, the Oniba of Iba. It took the aerial bombardment of the Arepo shanties by the Nigerian Airforce to reduce the once operational base of the kidnappers to rubbles and this has restored relative peace in the area.

The recent case of kidnap of students and teachers of Lagos Senior and Junior Model College,Igbonla-Epe, on Thursday in their school and who are still in captivity, once again brought to the fore the dangers inherent in allowing these shanties to fester in the state. Before the Epe kidnapping incident, in March 2016, 3 female students of Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary, Ikorodu Lagos, were also abducted and were only rescued six days after, through the prompt intervention of the Lagos State Government.

With the above incidents, the Governor could hardly be faulted for ordering the demolition of all shanties along creeks and waterways. Apart from the security of lives and property of millions of Lagosians which is the primary responsibility of any government, the move would enhance the government’s pursuit of its policy on cleaner environment and restoration of master plans through the removal of all environmental infractions and nuisances across the state. No investor would bring his money to a city where his life, that of his family and property are not safe.

While the plight of the urban poor most of who migrated to the city to have a better live must be considered as many of us including Governor Ambode are from humble backgrounds, this does not mean that government should fail in its duty to educate the people on the need to refrain from constructing any structure on river banks, because the safety of about 22 million residents of the State cannot be allowed to be jeopardised by few.

Not a few people will agree with the obvious fact stated by the state government that, “It is quite worrisome that ramshackle structures, sheds, canopies and shanties, especially along shorelines have turned to the abode of miscreants/street urchins, rapists, kidnappers, touts, street traders and hawkers who often vandalise public utilities and attack innocent citizens”. Apart from the above, lives of the illegal occupants of these shanties are at risk of flooding and other health hazards like cholera and other communicable diseases as a result of poor hygienic conditions of the shanties.

Just like any other city in the world, the concentration of economic development in a city like Lagos has largely accounted for population boom in very short periods of time which has severely stretched the coping capacity of city governments. One of the most visible outcomes of rapid urbanisation is therefore Urban Slum Formation. The most pragmatic solution to this is that the Lagos state government taking a cue from other developing nations with city slums, is focussing on the effective link established between planned economic development, uban growth and housing.

This is why Governor Ambode’ s assurance to Lagosians that a lot of houses would be rolled out in the next few months is a cheering news. It is equally heart warming that the private investor will move into the Ilubinrin housing project site with an investment of a whopping $500m anytime from now.

Boxer and politician Manny Pacquiao, built over 1,000 houses for poor Philippinos in his home town. The multi-millionaire boxing champion, who is also a congressman, and a born-again Christian said, “As faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms, each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others. I’m so happy giving this houses free to my constituents in Sarangani Province from my own pocket more than thousand families are the beneficiaries.”

I know we may not have another Pacquiao in Nigeria even though we have many religious organisations richer than many state governments, but let such individuals and organisations compliment the effort of government by assisting the poor to have access to decent but affordable accommodation. If they cannot offer the houses free like Pacquaio, they can at least make it so cheap that there will be no need for the urban poor to erect shanties that would later become a safe haven for criminals with the attendant health risks to the inhabitants, especially hapless women and children.

It is high time the Lagos state government demolish all shanties of horror which has become the abode of kidnappers of our school children while reviewing the law against kidnapping to make it a capital punishment as obtained in other states in Nigeria.

Akintunde, a development economist, wrote from Lagos.

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Dariye’s Trial: Witness Goofs On Alleged EFCC Raid On Finance Ministry


Former Plateau State Governor Joshua Dariye
Former Plateau State Governor Joshua Dariye

The trial of a former governor of Plateau State, Joshua Dariye, continued on Monday, October 17, 2016 before Justice Adebukola Banjoko of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court, Gudu, Abuja, with a defence witness, Paul Datugum, a staff in the Office of the Accountant-General, Plateau State Ministry of Finance, failing to substantiate an alleged raid by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on the Ministry in 2005.   

At today’s sitting, Datugum, who claimed to have worked in the State Ministry of Education between 2000 and 2006, told the court that his predecessor in the Central Cash Unit of the Office of the Accountant-General, the late Bala Kwafur, did not hand over any document to him because ‘‘EFCC staff had invaded and taken away all the documents in the Ministry of Finance by the time I was posted there.’’ 

Datugum, who is the seventh defence witness, DW7, said: ‘‘On that fateful day, I was in the Ministry of Education when we saw people from the Ministry of Finance running helter-skelter. Then, we saw a Hilux bus parked outside the Ministry of Finance and staff of EFCC were packing documents from the Office of the Accountant-General.’’ 

However, under cross-examination by the counsel to the EFCC, Rotimi Jacobs, SAN, Datugum, who admitted that the Ministry of Education building was some metres from the Ministry of Finance, said he did not see the particular documents that were allegedly carted away by operatives of the EFCC. 

‘‘I did not see the particular documents; I did not see the contents either. But they were documents because they were packed inside Bagco bags (Jute bags),’’ he said. 

When Jacobs further asked if DW7 saw the inventory of the documents allegedly taken away by operatives of the EFCC, he replied in the negative, saying, ‘‘I didn’t see the inventory.’’
The witness also told the court that the late Kwafur did not give him the inventory of documents allegedly taken by operatives of the EFCC.

While still cross-examining witness, Jacobs  told the court that the late Kwafur never mentioned in his statement to the EFCC that documents were moved away from his office. 

When asked if he was aware that the Accountant-General, Nuhu Madaki, and the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, had been invited by the EFCC, Datugum, who denied being a politician or a supporter of the defendant, said: ‘‘ I am not aware that the Accountant-General has been invited by the EFCC or even charged to court .’’

Jacobs also pointed out to the court that the Accountant-General   had instructed Datugum to search for the same documents, which he (Datugum) claimed had been carted away by operatives of the EFCC. 

‘‘You remember you said in your statement that you spent days looking for the documents, without being able to identify them,’’ Jacobs added. 

Responding, DW7 said: ‘‘I was looking for them for about a week at the Expenditure Control.’’ 

Justice Banjoko, thereafter, adjourned to Thursday, October 20, 2016 for the further hearing.  

Dariye is being prosecuted by the EFCC for allegedly siphoning the state’s ecological fund to the tune of N1.16 billion.

Wilson Uwujaren
Head, Media & Publicity
17th October, 2016

Former Plateau State Governor Joshua Dariye

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When Jesus set free the adulterous woman he told her ‘go and sin no more’, the crowd must have thought how impossible it will be for such a woman (known for her immoral lifestyle) to go and sin no more. Jesus immediately told the crowd what will make it possible. He said to them, “I am the Light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the Light of life.” Jesus is the Light, if the woman follows Jesus’ teachings and ways she will never walk in darkness/sin anymore and she will be a light. So also anyone willing to give up his/her sinful ways to truly follow Jesus the Light will sin no more- such will be made to be like Jesus as he follows continually, I am a living testimony; where I am today isn’t where I was when I first started following the Light; it’s getting better by the day and my light is shining brighter and brighter day by day.

Yes, when you follow Jesus you will be a light and your light is meant to shine. Jesus told his followers, “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” Light cannot be hidden so is anyone who is a light, your lifestyle will show that you are a light. You are to live godly lifestyle that will attract the world (sinners) to the Light; thereby delivering them from darkness.

One who is light produces these godly lifestyles:
– Love: loves God and neighbours; loves God with all his heart, soul and strength- lives a life that is pleasing to Him. Loves his fellow human being especially the one who doesn’t deserve to be loved; shows unmerited/unconditional love. And will do no harm to anybody.
– Joy: joyful in spite of affliction, persecution, trial, sorrow etc., not in pretense but real joy. This makes one different and people want to know the source of such strength.
– Peace: Peaceful in times of quarrels, conflicts, distress, fighting. A peace maker.
– Longsuffering: bears very long with another without giving up; long patience even when offended.
– Kindness: in spite of hatred, meanness, unkindness.
– Goodness: to all especially the wicked and undeserving.
– Faithfulness: steadfast in good works.
– Gentleness: tender, respectful, polite, descent, friendly, in spite of antagonism and harshness
– Self-Control: discipline in difficult times; with emotions and desires in check.
Willingness to follow Jesus will make these lifestyles possible, bringing glory to God.

Imagine what this nation will be like if we all live this way. If only 50% in Nigeria live thus, many will come to the Light and our nation will be great because righteousness exalts a nation but sin diminishes a nation.

For the Nigerian motto: UNITY AND FAITH, PEACE AND PROGRESS to be- let your light shine!

If you see your brother standing by the road
with a heavy load from the seeds he’s sowed
and if you see your sister falling by the way
just stop and say, you’re going the wrong way

You got to try a little kindness
Yes show a little kindness
Just shine your light for everyone to see
and if you try a little kindness
then you’ll overlook the blindness
of narrow-minded people on the narrow-minded streets

Don’t walk around the down and out
Lend a helping hand instead of doubt
and the kindness that you show every day
will help someone along their way. Song Writers: Bobby Austin, Curt Sapaugh

Text: Mathew 5:14, John8:12, Galatians 5:22-23.
From: Faith Nwachukwu

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Nigeria Wasting Time without True Federalism – Tunde Bakare


*Churches increasingly enmeshed in financial scandals

Paul Obi in Abuja

Senior Pastor and Founder of Latter Rain Assembly, Tunde Bakare, on Saturday said Nigeria is just wasting her time without true federalism that will devolve power to the federating states.

He stated this during the 14th anniversary of Foursquare Gospel Church, Asokoro, Abuja, as a guest speaker of the ceremony.

He argued that the prevailing disconnect in governance and politics that has characterised the running of Nigeria as a country is tied to over concentration of power and economic resources at the centre.

According to him, “The truth be told, what we need are strong federating units but not a powerful centre. Let every federating unit develop at its pace.

“We had potentials on the ground; Cocoa in the west, groundnut in the north, and that’s what built Ahmadu Bello University, that’s what built Obafemi Awolowo University and those other things. Until we go back there, we are just wasting our time,” Bakare said.

On corruption, he explained: “In climes where the law is effective, certain congregations have reportedly been enmeshed in financial scandals. In Nigeria, there have been reports of clergy men engaging in fraudulent activities .

“Arraignments by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) are becoming more common. From the pulpit to the pews, corruption stinks to the highest heavens, and God cannot be mocked.

“By accommodating the corrupt in the land and adopting corrupt practices, contributes to the state of decay and decline and is part of the problem. Before blaming the government, the Nigerian Church needs to seriously self-examine to find out whether or not it has actively contributed to the impoverishing our nation and the collapse of our economy.”

He stressed that though there have been reports of church attendance, tithes and offerings shrinking as a result of the recession, the church must stand firm.

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Don’t Reopen Trans-Forcados Line or Negotiate with Clark Group’


Omon-Julius Onabu in Asaba

New militant group, the Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate (NDGJM), has warned against reopening of the breached Trans-Forcados pipeline in Delta State.

It also expressed opposition to the proposed negotiation meeting between the Federal Government and some stakeholders in the Niger Delta region allegedly led by erstwhile information minister, Chief Edwin K. Clark, towards the resolution of attacks and destruction of oil and gas facilities in the area.

In an e-mailed statement on Saturday, the spokesman of the NDGJM, “General” Aldo Agbalaja, the group said that the oil companies should not believe they were protected by the heavy presence of the military in the area and as such they could ignore the warning.

The statement said, “We do not have more to say to the oil companies than to just dare you to reopen the Trans- Forcados Pipeline (TFP). We are aware you are experts at testing wills, especially as you believe that you have a military shield. Please go ahead and restart the facility and see what will happen. Enough said!”

Moreover, the statement, titled “Do not put on the Trans-Forcados pipeline”, said it considered it inappropriate for the federal government to decide to deal with the people of the Niger Delta through certain individuals who have allegedly been hands-in-gloves with successive governments and oil companies that have for decades perpetrated economic and environment justice against the region.

It described the October 29th dialogue with the national Ijaw leader, Clark-led group as “grand error being orchestrated by those who are responsible for the current parlous state of our region.”

“These people seem to have succeeded in bewitching and railroaded the federal government into settling for a dialogue with them, in the name of the Niger Delta people”, it observed.

According to the group, “What we find offensive is the (fact that), as it has done in the past, (this is an attempt) to steal the identity of our people to hoodwink Government. By the time an agreement is reached with this so-called Pan-Niger Delta Dialogue Team, Chief E.K Clark’s new conduit, the current disaffection in the region will remain because the old man has his model of doing things, which ultimately sidelines the people of the region and satisfies the greed of a few.

“The Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate however uses this opportunity to warn the federal government not to make this mistake and to say that we are 100% against the October 29th meeting, we consider it to be an impersonation of the people of the Niger Delta and their interest.”

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Introducing LikeMoney, South Africa’s financial product comparison network



“The financial market is cluttered with hundreds of different products like car or life insurance, credit cards and loans. How do you find the best products to suit your needs? By asking those you trust most like friends and family.” Those are the opening lines to Like Money’s promo video.

LikeMoney is a South African financial network that allows users to compare and rate different financial products on the platform. Users can rate products ranging from car insurance, credit cards, motor warranty and savings accounts to debt rescue, medical aid and much more.

94 percent of South African mobile shoppers conduct online research before purchasing online. LikeMoney, which has been in beta testing since February 2016, makes the process easier by allowing users to make decisions on financial products based on what their friends, family and other social media users have recommended.

“LikeMoney is honest and fair in helping their customers and clients. The website provides unbiased, objective and independent information so users of the platform can evaluate the benefits of financial and consumer products,” says founder, Erez Atia.

When fishing for something as important as vehicle or life insurance, you definitely need all the help you can get.

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