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Buhari lauds Okoro’s appointment, hails Ogwumike

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Sandie Okoro

Sandie Okoro

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated a Nigerian- Ms Sandie Okoro- of World Bank on her recent appointment as the Senior Vice President and General Counsel, World Bank Group.

The President also extended the same felicitations to Ms Nnemkadi Ogwunike on her record-breaking achievements in the United States Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) League.

In a statement signed by the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa in Abuja, the President described Okoro’s track record in the legal banking business as impressive, noting that this has brought a rekindled hope that Nigerians in the diaspora, given the right atmosphere, are professionally excellent.

“Having followed her excellent track records in making Nigeria proud as a nation, there is no doubt in my mind that the sky is your beginning’’, he stated.

Buhari said Nigeria received the victory of Nnemkadi Ogwunike as the 2016 Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the WNBA League with utmost pride and deep sense of appreciation.

He stated that Nigerians were even more excited to learn that the basketball star led her team, Los Angeles Spark to the title, which they last won in 2003.

Buhari added: “It is even more fitting and admirable that , as a true African and Nigerian daughter, you have set a remarkable example for your younger Sister, Chiney Ogwunike, who joined you to make world history in 2014, when she was selected by the Connecticut Sun as the Number One draft pick.

“This legacy you began in 2012, with your selection by the Los Angeles Sparks, making you two, the second set of siblings to ever be selected Number one in any American Sports.

“We are truly proud of you two and urge you to continue to extol the virtues and strengthen of Nigerian heritage. Your shinning beacon serves as inspiration to the youth of Nigeria.”

It read in part: “A third feel that their career success is more dependent on who they know, and what they know, and only 31 per cent consider their current organisation offers sufficient opportunities to achieve their career goals.

“The results also reveal the factors that make an employer attractive to young Nigerian talent. Top of the list at 96 per cent is the opportunity to learn and develop their skills; the least attractive is the work location at 66 per cent and the employer’s brand at 76 per cent.”

Commenting on the report, the Head of ACCA Nigeria, Toyin Ademola, said: “This is a clear signal for employers that they need to have the right policies and the right training to hold onto their talent. Stifled and frustrated career goals will lead to people moving on, so formal training and learning is clearly a need.

“If Nigerian employers want their staff to stay then they need to offer great training and development, and also job security. The whole package is important – but it’s interesting to see that work location and work life balance does not matter as much as the chance to develop skills and abilities.”


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