NESG Calls for Application for Bridge Fellowship Programme

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Ugo Aliogo
The Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) in conjunction with LEAP Africa has announced a call for application for the NESG Bridge Fellowship.
The Bridge Fellowship is a merit-based fellowship jointly designed and administered by the NESG, a private sector Think-Tank and Policy Advocacy Group, and LEAP Africa, one of the youth-focused leadership development non-profit organisation in Nigeria.

According to a statement, the fellowship was initiated in 2019 by the Board of Directors of the NESG to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Nigerian Economic Summit (NES#25) with the goal to equip a new cadre of young visionary leaders with leadership, research and policy advocacy skills to contribute to policy reform in diverse policy areas.

It further explained that the fellowship programme would admit 30 mid-level professionals between the ages 22 to 35, who have demonstrated interest in research, public policy, community development, social work, business and/or social entrepreneurship.
According to the statement: “The professionals would be drawn from the academia, private, and public development sectors and across the six geopolitical zones in Nigeria.

“They would go through a stringent selection process with two levels of review where the review panelists will assess their applications, curriculum vitae and written essays.
“The NESG bridge fellowship is designed to inspire and equip a new generation of young visionary Nigerian leaders, with requisite skills to carry out policy-oriented research and advocacy for national transformation. “Selected participants would go through a rigorous and engaging capacity development process where they will contribute to knowledge and policy at the National level.
“The selected bridge fellows will be matched to the policy commissions of the NESG to function in the areas of policy, research and leadership and will also be required to carry out a social change project.”

Sanusi, Others to Discuss Fourth Industrial Revolution at ICAN Conference
The former Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria and former Emir of Kano, Alhaji Sanusi Lamido; the Executive Chairman, Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Mohammed Lami and Flutterwave boss, Olugbenga Agboola; are some of the eminent personalities will speak at the 50th Annual Conference of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN).
Others are the President of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC), Mr. Allan Johnson and Minister of Communications & Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami.

A statement revealed that the theme of the conference which holds from April 5th to 9th, 2021, in Abuja is “The 4th Industrial Revolution: Boom for the Accounting Profession and Panacea for Pandemic.”
It stated that the theme was specifically chosen to discuss the effects of the 4th Industrial Revolution on the accounting profession.

The lead paper entitled “Digital Revolution: The Accountancy Profession and the Future of Work,” to be taken by the IFAC President, would focus on how Nigeria could benefit from the fourth Industrial Revolution (IR) which is driven by rapidly changing digital technologies which has continued to transform societies, economies, professions and organisations.
The Plenary session two entitled “Redefining a New Model of Accountable Leadership in Nigeria in the 4th Industrial Revolution” would be delivered by Sanusi.

The paper would examine how a digital Nigeria would drive accountable leadership. It would also make recommendations on how Nigerian leaders could quickly adapt to digital technologies.
“Furthermore, this paper will demonstrate what accountable leadership will look like in a digital age as well as highlight how Nigeria, with a significant youth population can benefit from the ongoing digital revolution to harness the capabilities of the growing youth population like we have in the more advanced digital nations,” it added.

“Taxation in a Digital Economy: Prospects and Challenges” is the focus of the third plenary session. It will be taken by the Executive Chairman of the FIRS, Mohammed Nami. This paper will examine the prospects and challenges of taxation in a digital economy whilst evaluating the efficacy of the amendments proposed and effected to date by the National Assembly in Nigeria and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.

“Other papers to be delivered include: Entrepreneurship: The Bane for the Development of Emerging Economies through Technological Advancements; Internet of Things: The role of Communications Companies.
“Other prominent speakers billed to speak on the various topics associated with the conference are: Mr. Ben. Afudego, Partner, Consulting Leader West Africa, Ernst &Young; Mr. Joseph Tegbe, Partner, KPMG; Chief Judge, Borno State State High Court, Justice Kashim Zannah; Mr. Yomi Olugbenro, Partner, West Africa Tax Leader, Deloitte; Mr. Olubayo Adekanmbi, Chief Transformation Officer, MTN, Nigeria; Mr. Ademola Adebise, MD/CEO, Wema Bank Plc; and Mr. Femi Osinubi, Partner Technological/Digital Leader, PwC, among other eminent professionals.”