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Obiageli Ezekwesili, an Icon of Prominence and Excellence!

Posted on July 4, 2018 in Uncategorized

Being a woman is not a limitation; rather it is an opportunity to live as a man with a womb! It is a calling to do all that men can do and even more, it is living with audacity, much of it! Every woman is pregnant with possibilities and can give birth to potentials that will transform lives and impact nations!

Ever thought of you or seen yourself in the limelight of prominence and huge success? If you have once painted this picture in your mind, you will agree with me that it doesn’t take much to be a huge success; just a little out of the ordinary every day stuff.

We have women who have enhanced their capacities for development and contributed to the growth of countries. One of such women with refined reputation and high prestige is Obiageli Ezekwesili. This powerful and influential woman holds a Bachelor Degree from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka; she is a Nigerian Chartered Accountant and one of those who have brought positive transformation to the world at large.

With the University of Lagos Masters’ Degree in International Law and Diplomacy and another of Masters in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Oby is a master of excellence and influence. She is a woman to learn from if you want to truly stand out.

Obiageli Ezekwesili is an exceptionally gifted woman with praiseworthy accomplishments. She first worked with Deloitte & Touche as a consultant. While there she handled the audit of the organization, controlled affairs of business and was vitally involved in other financial services of the organization. She is so transparent a person that she co-founded the worldwide anti-corruption group called Transparency international. For five years, she served in the position of a Director for this Berlin, Germany based group.

Oby is not afraid of work, she proved this when she went to work with Professor Jefferey Sachs at the Center for International Development at Harvard. She worked as Director of The Harvard-Nigeria Economic Strategy Program. Though fully engaged and busy yet she had the interest of her country at heart and served as an aide to the first President of Nigerian Fourth Republic, President Olusegun Obasanjo.

In the course of time, she was formally chosen for a job in the Presidency. She accepted the position of the Senior Assistant to the President of Nigeria on Budget Monitoring and Price Intelligence. While serving in this capacity, she acted as a leader of many institutional reforms. She achieved this through the act of establishing due process mechanism and strategies. The great work she did at this position earned her the nickname, Madam Due Process. She competently led a team of other experts and ensured that public procurement legislation, the NEITI legislation and the new Minerals and Mining legislation were appropriately carried out.

This noble woman who is married to Pastor Chinedu Ezekwesili served as the Minister for Solid Minerals, now Mines and Steel Development for twelve months. She initiated a workable reorganization and improvement program that helped Nigeria to become a recognized and credible mining investment destination. She stopped at nothing to make a success and effect national transformation; she equally headed the Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative. She showcased her transparency further by directing the first ever national implementation of the universal ideals and ethics of transparency in the oil, gas and mining sector.

This mother of three refused any limitation. She took up the challenge of heading Nigeria’s most sensitive ministry, the Federal Ministry of Education. She served as the Honorable Minister of the Federal Ministry of Education for ten wonderful months. As the Education Minister, she changed the basic structure of the ministry to concentrate mainly on the attainment of education for all. She went beyond set targets to enhance the Millennium Development Goals in education.

Service delivery in the Nigerian Education sector cannot be talked about without mentioning this honorable woman. She initiated modern educational standards like the Public-Private Partnership models for education service delivery. She brought about significant changes that improved the Federal Inspectorate Service. This positive-minded leader brought transparency and accountability mechanisms for better governance of the budget to the mind of the public.

Mrs. Ezekwesili is really a personality to learn from; the establishment of the Innovation & Vocational Enterprise Institutions initiatives is to her credit. These initiatives which focus on the development of skills for economic competitiveness have given many the competitive advantages needed for greater achievements. She is really a leading light; her influence is quite amazing. She extended her sphere of influence to the Nigerian Stock Exchange and got them to partner with her in the launch of Adopt-A-School program which fosters love for all humanity by corporations, community groups and individuals.

In 2007, the United Nation Bank appointed Obiageli Ezekwesili as the Vice President for the World Bank’s Africa Region. She watched over the activities of over one thousand six hundred staffs and ensured that delivery of projects, economic and sectoral work in forty-eight Saharan countries was a success. Her impact and uniqueness drew praise and accolades from the mouths of many. She is a valuable and an inspiring woman of honour. She served remarkably at the international bank for reconstruction and development. She stood tall and she is still doing so at the local and international stage of successful impact till date.

Obiageli Ezekwesili is an influential woman, one that has made an impression of her success in the male dominated platform. Her high quality and distinguishing features have caught the attention of great people of influence all over the world. She is a board member of Bharti Airtel; she sits on the boards of World Wildlife Fund and the School of Public Policy of Central European University. Her distinguished economic policies are mind-blowing! This has attracted organizations like Harold Hartog School of Government and Policy, New African Magazine and The Center for Global Leadership, Tufts University to tap from her specialized knowledge. She is a board member in these organizations.

Honor crowns and everyone wants to be identified with it. The personal integrity of Dr. Obiageli Ezekwesili stood her out and made the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta in Nigeria to award her an honourary Doctor of Science Degree. Inspiring curriculum vitae if you ask me! I am sure you agree with me that Dr. Obiageli Ezekwesili is a woman of excellence and positive influence.

She is a woman to learn from and stand out exceedingly. You can be like her too! She is like many of us; her first degree and her first Master’s degree were even in Nigeria. Who said you can’t attain that height you have dreamt of? What is hindering your movement? Turn that hindrance to a stepping stone and move unto the higher life earmarked for you, Dear Woman! That standing ovation can be for you!

I am so privileged to have worked with this unique woman of substance; I was one of her Administrative officers in the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development: where she taught us how to make the earth work for us and I make bold to say she is truly a distinguished woman. She has this unique way of carrying everybody along with none feeling left out in any way! She is somebody that many love, admire and respect, though with a few dislikes but definitely none ignored her; she sure knows how to make her mark.

I remember during one of the workshops we had, everybody dressed alike in a pair of jean trousers or skirts and a T-shirt; one could hardly differentiate between the junior and senior staff. During the tea break, I was exchanging pleasantries with someone and so wasn’t paying attention to where I was headed until I mistakenly bumped into someone, stepped on her and as I looked up to apologize; I discovered it was Madam Minister, as we called her then: Dr. Ezekwesili herself! Instead of getting offended, she reached out to hold me so I don’t fall and even when I found my voice and apologized, she said, it’s okay, now, can we go in for the next session. I was awed and truly inspired by her simplicity, authenticity and ingenuity.

She is a go-getter, one that I admire so much and one I think every woman needs to pattern herself after.

Dear Woman, all you need for that beautiful life and for those dreams of yours to be fulfilled lie inside you, reach inwards and draw them out. It has nothing to do with the name of the school you attended, the place you grew up or your parents’ level of education and exposure; as good as these are but they are not all there is. Reach inwards and draw that unique potential out, with it you can be anything and achieve so much!

There is truly nothing that is impossible, yes, anything is possible. So Go Girl!

Copyright, Jaachynma Agu

Five New Area Superintendents Appointed to the San Diego Schools

Posted on June 26, 2018 in Uncategorized

In June 2006, Superintendent Carl Cohn appointed five new area superintendents for the San Diego Schools.

Each new area superintendent will be an advocate for the schools under them, as well as the communities for these schools. They will be empowered to ensure that the San Diego Schools have a fully enriched and competitive curriculum that recognizes the importance of the educational basics, as well as the nearly forgotten art, music and physical education programs. They will be responsible for expanding in their partnerships between parents, the community, businesses and higher education. Each student is to be ensured as smooth a transition as possible for students and parents, especially in the early years.

These five appointments complete key staffing of top leadership positions in the San Diego Schools. Each of the five areas within the schools in San Diego will include up to 25 elementary schools and their nearby middle schools.

The new area one superintendent is Carol Barry. She earned an MA inn school administration from Azusa Pacific University and a BA in liberal studies from San Diego State University. Before her appointment, Barry served as acting assistant superintendent for the San Diego. Previously, she was the principal at several San Diego Schools.

The area two superintendent is Dr. Hye Jung (Chelsea) Kang-Smith. Kang-Smith holds an Ed.D. from the University of Southern California, MS in education from California State University Fullerton, and her BS in biology from the University of California Irvine. Kang-Smith came to the San Diego Schools in 2005, where she first served as principal in Anaheim Union High School District and most recently as assistant superintendent.

Dr. Richard Cansdale is the area three superintendent. He holds an Ed.D. in educational leadership from the United States International University, an Ed.S. from Point Loma Nazarene University, an MA in education of exceptional children from San Francisco University, and a BA in elementary education from the University of Nevada at Reno. Previously, Cansdale was the principal at Cherokee Point Elementary School in the San Diego Schools.

The area four superintendent is Vincent Matthews, who was a 2006 fellow of the Broad Superintendent’s Academy. He earned an MA in educational administration and a BA in elementary education from San Francisco State University. Before his appointment, Matthews was an educator in residence for the NewSchools Venture Fund in San Francisco. Prior to that, he was an advisor to 35 charter schools that serves approximately 9,000 low-income students.

Dr. Delfino Aleman, Jr. is the area five superintendent. He holds a Ph.D. in educational administration from the University of Texas at Austin, an MA in education from Texas Women’s University, and a BA in theology from Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas. Aleman, who is proficient in Spanish, was the associate superintendent for teaching and learning at the Isaac School District in Phoenix, Arizona. Previously, he served as director of policies, procedures and public information in the San Antonio Independent School District.

In addition to these five new appointments, the schools filled three other positions through recent appointments.

Dorothy Harper is the new associate superintendent for parent, community and student engagement. Harper earned her MA in education from Memphis State University and bachelor’s degree in biology from Dillard University. Her experience includes vice president of development for the Newton Learning Supplemental Education Services, as well as area superintendent, assistant superintendent, and deputy superintendent at the Long Beach Unified School District. In her new position, Harper will work to establish a comprehensive, consolidated system of support that will engage parents, the community, and students within the San Diego Schools.

Arun Ramanathan, an advanced doctoral fellow at Harvard, is the new executive director for governmental relations. He earned an MA in special education and elementary education from Boston College, and a BA in government from Dartmouth. Prior to his appointment, Ramanathan was research director for the Los Angeles Unified School District. He will serve as an advocate for the San Diego Schools to state legislators on issues and laws affecting the school district.

Dr. Kyo Yamashiro is the San Diego Schools’ new director of school management. She holds a Ph.D. from UCLA, which she received in June of 2006 as a top doctoral candidate. She earned an MA in administration and policy analysis and a BA in English literature from Stanford University. Prior to her appointment, she was a research and evaluation consultant for the Long Beach Unified School District. In her new position, Yamashiro works with the School Choice programs, including charter schools, No Child Left Behind program improvement, and enrollment options program — magnet schools and voluntary ethnic enrollment programs (VEEP) are included.

These appointments excite the San Diego Schools. All will serve well the more than 132,000 students in the San Diego Schools, the second largest school district in California. With more than 216 educational facilities, these talented and motivated appointees will be a plus for the district.

Project – The 2 Minute Guide – Why You Need to Know The 3 Degree Rule, Plus 10 Project Killers

Posted on June 20, 2018 in Uncategorized

Project – What you must know

There are 10 project killers and 8 essentials to master in this real life look at project work. Almost anything can be turned into a successful project, for example something as ordinary as to how to keep your room well organised for homework through to how to be the greatest football player.

It is not the extraordinary things we do that sets us apart but the ordinary things done extra-ordinarily well that make a real impact. There are still over 1.3m hits on the internet a year on the famous school project title of ‘Pay It Forward’, so whether you are ‘Learner’ or ‘Earner’ you should extract some useful nuggets which you can weave into your life and stack the odds in your favour.

Commitment

Imagine being one of the first ever aviators. Not only did you probably build the aircraft, you are now going to take your life in your hands and fly it too! if you have never considered the necessity of understanding the subtle difference between involvement and commitment, now is probably a good time to reflect. Take the time to have a McDonalds or a cafe breakfast and tuck into a hearty bacon and egg sandwich and a hot mug of tea, and just before you take your first mouthful of your bacon and egg sandwich ask yourself “what has the pig got that the hen lacks” Well the pig is in your sandwich and the hen isn’t, so I guess you won’t get much more commitment than that. The hen is involved and is of course welcome to an opinion, the pig however does not have that luxury any more he has become the fact.

Discernment

There is a big difference between fact and truth. A fact is a result and devoid of all emotion, truth however is subjective and alive with emotions When you start a project you are the filling in the middle, many others can be involved but you are the fact, and so are your other team members. Being part of any project, whether it is the school play, or the run into a big match, or exams, remember this one thing “your opinion will kill any project stone dead”. Opinions are frequently laced with a lethal cocktail of emotions and that is what will torpedo your project because it evokes attitudes which will derail the purpose.

Do what is next

We can all have theories on what will fly and what won’t but until you get it airborne it is worthless. People who are committed need to be mentally structured for success, attitude is the key. Projects are always brimming full of ideas, desires, requirements and intentions. Just stop for a second and work out a journey plan. To do this you need an objective, a time frame, knowledge and resource or in other words what do you want, when do you want it and what needs to be done to do it? This applies to every project and is fundamental to the outcome.

Practice attitude

You will create either an ordinary outcome or an “Extra” ordinary outcome by getting one thing right – your attitude. Anyone can fly, become a football hero, save lives, be the leader of their nation, they just need the right attitude. Landing a plane requires practice to achieve the right attitude. If you are in charge you can’t back out, lean on others or order them, without warning, to sort out your mess. You need to practice because the first essential is confidence and like riding a bike, it is better done in a controlled environment and not in Piccadilly Circus for the first attempt. School is that controlled environment, practice is the job. Skills in leadership are what come out of knowing the route so well you can safely take others along it too. In a project you must assemble this information factually and quickly and often for the first time, so being clear on the project objective is essential otherwise you will climb the wrong mountain.

The Three Degree Rule

The 3 degree rule states that your angle of approach (to the runway ) must be three degrees. Too low and you bury the nose and too high you plant the tail plane. In project terms this simply means a determination to see the task through and make a job of it, always bearing in mind you will have plenty of self opinionated hens to deal with but any worthwhile use of your time will make you a better person for the experience. So the 3 degree rule is ‘adopt the right attitude ‘ which is the first thing you want if you are to succeed with the project. Below are some examples of the sorts of things that have to be dealt with in an engineering project relative to building new factories and warehouses.

Material Handling Equipment and Storage Systems Projects

With over 35 years experience in the Material Handling Equipment and Storage Systems Industry, I list below 10 of the main ‘Project Killers’ to be avoided or sorted so that your project is finished on time and within budget. Let me help you to avoid some of the most common pitfalls when starting a project.

10 Project Killers

  1. Foundations
  2. Environmental issues
  3. Traffic
  4. Permissions
  5. Use
  6. Regulation Contradictions
  7. Services
  8. Neighbours
  9. Over Ambitious Scheduling
  10. Co-ordination

Applicable applications:-

  • New Buildings Steel Framed
  • Warehousing
  • Conveyors
  • Mezzanine Floors
  • Racking and Shelving Systems
  • Material Handling Projects
  • Equipment Design
  • Fitting Out and Servicing
  • Ground Works Co-ordination
  • Planning Applications
  • Building Regulations
  • Health and Safety

4 Reasons to Choose Professional Project Management:-

  • The net asset value of their work should outperform cost.
  • Good budget control.
  • Problem Solving.
  • Contacts and Resources.

8 Essentials of Project Management

  1. Knowledge is power: The No. 1 Skill – For small project work your project manager must have exceptional general knowledge and contacts, otherwise he or she will be incapable of responding to your needs or recognising serious problems before they start. Literally millions of pounds are saved as a result of these core attributes.
  2. Look for some Grey Hair: Flair for the job is important but so is someone with long service, experience, and many successfully concluded projects. A family history in engineering is often a good sign with hundreds of trusted contacts which consist of trusted supply sources and manufacturing facilities and no learning curve.
  3. Improvisation: Creativity – Catalogues are useful, good product literature is always helpful, but improvisation is a mandatory skill much valued in all project situations. The fewer borders or boundaries to solving key problems the better. If your solution is not there you have to be able to design or develop one, test it and supply it, ready to use or move into.
  4. The Law is the Law: Understanding statutory rules and obligations, most of which are implemented at the insistence of engineers in the first place, is an essential qualification for any project management partner.
  5. Resources, who you know not what you know: Patent agents, local authorities, planning officials, building control engineers, chartered surveyors, funding experts and many other specialists such as design engineers, equipment specialists, warehouse experts, geo-technical engineers, consulting engineers, environmental engineers and other professionals have to be expertly guided on to the exact project tasks to avoid hours of case study work and tens of thousands of pounds trying to recruit the specialist required. If you don’t know this then find someone who does.
  6. Expect the unexpected and plan for it; How? Budget! 50% for a novice, 25% of a new build where you are going to handle some aspects (because you will change your mind), 15% for managed works and 5% if this is the 50th identical time you have done it. I have never been involved in an industrial project where the ten killers were neutralised first time or fully understood by the people for whom the instructions were being carried out. Projects led by non-technical managers or who lack the team skills face shortfalls and learning curves which produce unbudgeted costs. Seek out and detect the project killers. The above 10 are an abridged version of a list ten times longer, so make provision for them.
  7. Time: Cannot be retrospectively purchased at any price, so avoid liquidated damages, penalty clauses and setting silly deadlines, spend a long time planning and a short time building – never the other way round, unless you have a magic delete button that puts money back into your bank account after the wrong goods turn up on site!
  8. Qualifications – By experience or by academic achievement. Avoid learning curves, they always carry a price tag.

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