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Insurance Chief, Ezekiel Chiejina To Launch Book On Pensions***Atiku, Ambode, Utomi, Others To Attend



A former Director-General of the Nigerian Insurers Association (NIA) and a Lawyer, Mr. Ezekiel Chiejina, is set to launch his new book titled ‘Pensions in Nigeria’ next week Tuesday at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA) in Lagos.

 The book, a compendium of contemporary information on pension matters, discussed exhaustively the characteristics, intricacies, and implications of the various pension reforms and payment schemes in Nigeria.

Former vice president Atiku Abubakar, who also doubles as the keynote speaker will unveil the book. Other expected dignitaries are Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, former Director General of of National Pension Commission and Chairman, Skye Bank Plc, Alhaji Mohammad Ahmad and Professor Pat Utomi, among others.

Chiejina who is a renowned pensions and life insurance specialist, tutor and consultant, stated in a statement made available to journalists that the book is a definitive treatise on the evolution of pension schemes in Nigeria, the various pension reforms and their benefits and shortfalls as well as the roles and responsibilities of the various key stakeholders in the pension matrix.

In the Preface to the book, the author said the book was inspired by “pension reform initiatives and eventual enactment of Pension Reform statues” as well as his resolve to document for posterity his three and a half decades engagement in pension and life insurance in Nigeria as manager of pension schemes for private and public sector companies, lecturer and trainer of pension desk officers and chief executive of insurance companies.

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 Chiejina began his Insurance carrier with National Insurance Corporation of Nigeria (NICON) in 1974 and pursued his professional studies/examinations the same year. He qualified as an Associate of Chartered Insurance of London (ACII) in 1976 and qualified as a Fellow of the Institute by examination in 1979. He also obtained a Bachelor of Laws degree (LL. B.) of the University of London in 1986, and was called to Nigerian Bar in 1987.

In 1990, Mr. Chiejina rose to the position of Senior Manager (Life and Pension) in NICON, and between 1991 and 2000, he worked as CEO of two composite insurance companies. He also worked with Industrial And General Insurance Company Limited as Head of Life Insurance and Pensions operations from 2000 to 2002. He was appointed as Director-General/CEO of the Nigerian Insurers Association (NIA) – a position he held for six years, and retired in 2010.

Chiejina was a Council Member of Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (CIIN), and headed some committees as Chairman; Council Member, NIA: Advisory capacity in life insurance and law; Member, Legal Committee and Nigerian Insurance Law Association.

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Between 2003 and 2010, he served as Member of Board of Trustees. Cargo Defense Fund; Council Member, Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA); and Member, Governing Council, Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA).

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants. He is the President and Principal Consultant, QUEEN and KENNEDY CONSULTING LIMITED. He is saddled with activities in human capital development & training/agency development for insurance industry, pensions advocacy, retirement planning, legal practice, publications real estate, and commercial arbitration among others.

He has consulted for several insurance companies within and outside Nigeria in setting up and re-organization of their life insurance and pensions operations for enhanced performance, rapid growth and profitability. He has written and presented over 100 papers on various subjects and contemporary issues, including economics, law & legislation/compliance, life insurance pensions, annuities, insurance claims management, and sports.

He served as a visiting lecturer at the Wesr African Insurance Institute (WAII) Banjul, The Gambia where he lectured for 13 years, taking Life and Health Insurances, Pensions and Business Law. He also lectured part-rime on Pensions briefly at Lagos State Polytechnic in 1990/91

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UNN Gets New VIce Chancellor




The University of Nigeria Nsuka (UNN) has gotten a new Vice Chancellor (VC).

Professor Charles Igwe, was named the new VC of the institution of higher learning and its 15th Vice Chancellor.

The new helmsman is a professor of soil science. He made history as the first alumnus of the premier University to assume the post of Vice Chancellor.


Professor Charles Igwe, Vice Chancellor, UNN

Until his selection and appointment last month by the Governing Council, he was the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Administration.

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He took over from Professor Benjamin Ozumba whose tenure ended on Friday.

Speaking during  his inaugural address, Professor Igwe noted that the journey to the position was not an easy one.

According to him, “It is by the special grace of God that I emerged victorious and received my letter of appointment on that blessed day of May 23, 2019,” he said.

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He therefore promised to serve with due diligence and the fear of God, adding that it is hisi vision to propel the University of Nigeria Nsukka to a first-class University that is globally competitive in both contents and pragmatic delivery of teaching, learning and research outcomes.

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Shocker: Why Deeper Life Church Canceled Member’s Wedding




Wonders will never cease or how do you explain a church canceling the wedding of its members for the most unrealistic reason.

According to a report, Bolingo Israel and Okpokpolom Jemima members of Deeper Life Church allegedly got his wedding suspended for eating from the same plate.

The incident said to have happened a week before the couple’s wedding has been generating reaction on social media.

A Twitter user identified as @realoladele shared details of the incident. According to him, the couple were set to wed on Saturday, June 8 and held their traditional wedding on Friday, June 7.

According to him, during the course of the traditional wedding, they got a text saying that their wedding set to hold the next day had been suspended

Furthermore, the couple was placed on ‘discipline’ by the pastor. The incident is said to have occurred at Deeper Life Church in Bayelsa and all the arrangements made by the couple for the wedding day got wasted.

Report has it that the wedding was canceled by the pastor because the couple played the role of man and wife by eating from the same plate despite the fact that they were yet to be married.


When the family of the couple reached out to the pastor, he refused on the basis that the couple ate from the same plate a week before they were joined in holy matrimony and for that reason have to be punished.

Reacting to the development, the church explained that contrary to reports, the couple had actually engaged in immoral acts after sleeping in the same bed and it amounted to sin. The church further explained that after feeling guilty and reporting themselves to their respective pastors, the couple was placed on disciplinary action by the state overseer.

After the church felt they had repented, the wedding was slated to hold again but was eventually suspended the second time after they discovered the couple had engaged in ‘acts contrary to the laid down procedure by the marriage committee of the church’. Concluding the statement, the church explained that it stands for holiness and members have been admonished to abstain from evil. The couple was also described to have behaved unseemingly and were in a haste to enjoy the benefits of married couples.

Read the statement below:

“The church has a Marriage Committee that supervises marriage right from knowing the will of God, to obtaining parents’ consent, marriage registration to church wedding. When the intending couples were told to go to Brass Region in Bayelsa state to obtain the man’s parents’ consent, they spent several days together before coming back to Yenagoa. They slept on the same bed and engaged in moral acts which amounted to sin and against the marriage process of the Church. They felt what they had done was bad and reported themselves to their pastors. They were subsequently placed on discipline by the State Overseer. After some period, reporting that they have repented, the courtship was allowed to commence again.

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As preparation for wedding was going on, it was discovered that they again engaged in acts contrary to the laid down procedure by the marriage committee of the church. This is after they had been disciplined earlier and warned not to engage in acts that will impact negatively on their proposed marriage. When the Marriage Committee put a direct question to them based on the latest development, the man accepted their error. It is important to note here, that the church stands on holiness and members have been consistently admonished to “abstain from all appearance of evil. It is not also true that the parents pleaded with the pastor to wed them on the 8th June, 2019. The summary is that they behaved themselves unseemingly, and were in haste to enjoy the benefits the church and God allow only married couples to enjoy.”

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Intrigues As Kebbi State Names New Chief Judge



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Kebbi State governor, Atiku Baguda, has named a new Chief Judge for the state.

Baguda named Sulaiman Ambursa pending confirmation by the state House of Assembly.

The appointment comes following the sack of Elizabeth Asabe Karatu the state’s former acting Chief Judge.

The general impression is that Karatu was axed because the state assembly did not confirm her name. However, she has maintained that she was sacked because of her Christian faith.

Ambursa was sworn-in a ceremony which held on Friday, June 14.

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Reacting to insinuations that the former Chief judge was sacked due to her religion, the governor of the state said: “It baffles me when I read a story on social media that I did not forward Karatu’s name for confirmation because of her religion. “If you could recall, I re-submitted the name of Karatu for the second time on June 2, 2018, to the House for confirmation as Chief Judge. “I was informed that on Aug. 1, 2018, the House refused to confirm her appointment over the alleged alteration of her date of birth and primary school certificate,” he explained.

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Further, he said that he lobbied the lawmakers to ensure Karatu was confirmed but all effort proved unsuccessful. He also disclosed how he wrote to the National Judicial Council (NJC) on his efforts to ensure Karatu was confirmed by the House without fruitful outcome, stressing that the refusal to confirm her was not based on her faith.

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