22 March 2019

Nigeria: Oando, Canadian Govt Partner Accountability Lab

Nigeria's leading indigenous energy solutions provider, Oando Plc and the Canadian Government is partnering a non-governmental organisation, Accountability Lab, in promoting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 16 Innovation Challenge Nigeria.

The challenge is an initiative to find creative solutions for SDG 16 on justice. The competition supports young men and women ages 15 - 35 years to develop ideas, build skills and connect with others working towards a shared goal of strengthening accountability, the rule of law and access to justice for Nigerians.

The top 40 ideas submitted for the innovation challenge were invited to a 3-day- workshop in Abuja and Lagos respectively.

In a statement sent to THISDAY, yesterday, twenty finalists were hosted to have a 3-day mentorship, training and brainstorming session to further refine their concepts.

The NGO is focused on establishing change-makers to develop and implement positive ideas that promote integrity within their communities.

It prides itself for catalyzing a new generation of active citizens and responsible leaders around the world partnered with Oa

In the Lagos edition, 20 finalists were hosted by Oando PLC at the company's head office from March 6 to 8 2019. The finalists were opportune to engage with Oando Chief Compliance Officer & Company Secretary, Ms. Ayotola Jagun.

She spoke extensively on leadership and introduced the contestants to the idea of servant leadership; she went further to highlight the core skills required to be a leader which include emotional intelligence, being future oriented and having the disposition to serve.

Wandoo Ihyembe-Hassan, Asset Manager, Oando Energy Resources, spoke on innovative thinking, social/digital innovation, emphasising the premise of digital innovation and the ability for information to move at an unprecedented speed, which presents a unique opportunity for innovation.

The participants then had a session on project management where they engaged in team building activities that enabled them refine, restructure, plan and improve their project from a simple idea to full scale implementation.

To achieve this, they engaged members of Oando's corporate governance and Oando Foundation team members whose extensive experience and expertise provided the necessary tools to guide the entrants for the future rigours of their projects.

The finalists were required to apply what they learnt to create a pitch which they presented to the judging panel. The panelists included; Mary Omonoyan of Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC), Mr. Iyanuoluwa Bolarinwa of Civic Hive/BudgIT, Oluwafunmilayo Oguntoye, Governance Supervisor, Oando Trading, and Oghogho Aghimien, Governance Supervisor, Oando Plc.

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