Newspaper editor freed after being given suspended prison sentence

first_img RSF_en Follow the news on Niger July 16, 2020 Find out more Organisation The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Reporters Without Borders is relieved to learn that Zakari Alzouma, the editor the independent weekly Opinions, was released yesterday but is astonished that he was given a three-month suspended prison sentence for supposedly libelling interior minister Albadé Abouba.Alzouma was arrested on 30 October in response to a complaint by the interior minister about an article reporting that he “took advantage” of Prime Minister Seini Oumarou’s absence to award a US company a contract for the transport of pilgrims to Mecca that had already assigned to a local air transport company.The local company, Sahel Airlines, sued the government and won its case. A Niamey court upheld the original contract and quashed the one with the US company.———————-4.11 – Newspaper editor “caught in the act” of libel, held for past five daysReporters Without Borders calls for the release of Zakari Alzouma, the editor the independent weekly Opinions, who has been detained since 30 October in Niamey as a result of a libel complaint by the interior minister and whose case will not be heard for another week.“Niger’s legislation on press offences comes in handy for a government that does not want to give up its bad habits,” Reporters Without Borders said. “By continuing to send journalists to prison, the authorities are just putting off the day when they will finally have to abandon their repressive ways. Furthermore, this kind of case puts Niger’s judges in embarrassing and contradictory situations resulting in absurdities.”Alzouma was formally charged yesterday with being “caught in the act” of libel although he had already spent four days in police custody. He was due to appear in court in Niamey today but the hearing was postponed to 11 November on grounds that a piece of prosecution evidence was missing.In the meantime, Alzouma has been placed in pre-trial custody in the main Niamey prison, with the result that he will have spent at least 13 days in detention by the time his case is finally heard.His lawyer told Reporters Without Borders he was “very shocked by the postponement, which is completely unwarranted.” He said he also failed to understand the prosecutors’ refusal, without offering any reason, to agree to Alzouma’s conditional release. “Zakari Alzouma is charged with a press offence, not a crime,” he said. “There is no reason for keeping him in detention.”Alzouma is being prosecuted because of an article claiming that interior minister Albadé Abouba “took advantage” of Prime Seini Oumarou’s absence to award a US company a contract for the transport of pilgrims to Mecca that had already promised to a local company. November 27, 2020 Find out more News News Reports Help by sharing this information center_img Niger: Two journalists arrested in disturbing setback for press freedom to go further November 12, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Newspaper editor freed after being given suspended prison sentence NigerAfrica May 11, 2021 Find out more The conviction of Niger newspaper editor Moussa Aksar is an attack on investigative journalism Receive email alerts News NigerAfrica last_img read more

The value of distributed leadership at credit unions

first_imgRegulations, cyber security, EMV migration, low interest rates, technology and competition. These are just a few of the issues concerning community-based financial institutions as they strive to be competitive or make the transition to becoming a larger institution. With all of that on their plates, I am nonetheless dismayed that one crucial area that lacks attention in a credit union’s quest for success is how to maintain a level of leadership that is capable of guiding it for the long-term.Don’t get me wrong, there are countless examples of credit unions that put a lot of time and effort into searching for and recruiting individuals with certain qualifications to fill specific roles when there is an opening due to a retirement or resignation. But when it comes to effectively distributing leadership throughout the organization consistently – and having a plan to ensure a legacy of long-term leadership – the anecdotes are more difficult to uncover.The precedent begins at the topLet’s begin at the very top. In today’s rapidly changing business and regulatory environment, credit unions need strong board leadership that represents the membership, is knowledgeable about key issues that are concerning to regulators and is committed to the credit union’s long-term strategic direction. While maintaining board membership with this level of expertise and involvement takes a commitment and on-going planning by both existing internal and external leadership, failure to do so can result in costly consequences.My advice to credit unions of all sizes is to look at the existing board roster and determine if this important leadership segment reflects the current member profile or represents who the organization served 20 years ago. Do members have a thorough understanding of the technology and compliance issues facing the credit union? Do they have the financial knowledge and skill necessary to make prudent business decisions that can affect long-term viability? Do they have an appreciation for the next generation of members and the solutions they are likely to see as valuable?Depending on how you answer these questions, it may be time to think about how board members are evaluated, what educational opportunities are available or need to be provided, and whether or not it may be time to think about instituting necessary changes in order to maintain strong leadership at the top.Are the folks that “got you here” capable of “getting you there”?A common dilemma I frequently see when counseling clients is when the leadership needs of an organization gradually exceed the capabilities of its current management. For instance, while an entrepreneurial CEO, budding CFO or capable controller did an outstanding job of getting a new start-up on the map, as the organization grows the skills that were effective in the beginning are no longer applicable or scalable as the challenges increase and the risks become greater. This can be especially troubling if existing leadership is entrenched in the idea that their way of doing business or their vision for the organization’s future is the only one that matters.If allowed to continue, this situation prevents the creation of a more productive work environment, hinders talented staff from reaching their potential and creates unnecessary attrition – which can ultimately lead to a loss of members if the level of service declines or the credit union fails to keep up with service options provided by competitors.Strengthening the chain of commandAnother – and perhaps longer term – dimension of the equation is the need for leadership development beyond the C-Suite as a credit union grows. Maintaining a strong presence in the market or fulfilling a strategic goal of growth occurs more organically when leadership talent is developed internally with people who are familiar with the organization and its members. This includes people in middle management – along with others who possess leadership potential – who are working “in the trenches” every day, who are committed to the mission, vision and values of the credit union, and who can effectively serve as examples to those employees who are in contact with members on a daily basis.When working with clients who are interested in building collaborative environments, I tell them it is their responsibility to actively share what they know, communicate what they expect and in every way possible instill their vision for the credit union’s future in the people who are likely to pass it along to their co-workers. Otherwise, management becomes the bottleneck that stifles leadership development, blocks the flow of ideas from the folks who are most connected to what members are saying and slows the organization’s ability to be nimble in an ever-changing environment.There will be times when allowing less experienced managers to make leadership decisions will lead to a mistake or two. However, you have to be able to trust your people to take actions based on the credit union’s mission, vision and values to serve your members’ needs.Two heads are better than oneSo the next time you find yourself in a situation where a decision needs to be made – whether the situation is beyond your span of control or comfort zone, or requires more time than you have available – I encourage you to consider involving others in the decision-making process. As the old saying goes, two heads are better than one; especially when both of them are well-informed. 45SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Keith Hughey Keith joined JMFA in 2012, with more than 35 years of consulting and managerial experience. Until founding his own practice, J. Keith Hughey Company in 2008, he was a principal … Web: Detailslast_img read more

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Magala Wins IBB Ladies Open by Four Strokes

first_imgOlawale Ajimotokan in AbujaUgandan Evah Magala lived to the pre-tournament hyep around her by winning the 21st IBB Ladies Open Golf Championship in Abuja over the weekend.Magala carried the day with a gross tally of 244 over 54 holes, beating the 2017 champion, Rachel Danjuma of IBB Club, Nigeria by four shots. Amina Wilfred also of IBB Club was a further six shots adrift in third place while Evelyn Oyome of Ikoyi Club 1938 carded 260 gross to finish in fourth.“It feels so nice. In November 2018, I won the Nigerian Ladies Open Championship in Uyo and now I have added the IBB Ladies Open. I am so excited. I promise to keep on coming to Nigeria, because I feel I have luck in Nigeria,“ Magala, who is the President of Uganda Ladies Golf Union said.She overturned a two-shot lead held through 36 holes by Danjuma on hole number three of the final round, after the latter took a quadruple bogey nine.That mistake affected Danjuma’s stride and she subsequently struggled to get into the rhythm after another double bogey on Hole seven.“By Hole two, we were already level. I left Rachel behind at Hole four and from then, I knew it was done. At the same stage, Amina was playing well, and I was keeping my eyes on her,” Magala remarked.She added that the victory was good for her career and would serve as a boost for her World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) as she will now be playing in better tournaments in South Africa, Thailand, Malaysia and Portugal.The IBB Lady Captain, Mrs Julie Acholonu Mrs Acholonu expressed delight with the successful organisation of the tournament that drew over 160 players including sponsors like Gasstock Limited, Deano Golf, National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) and Konferge among others.Acholonu said that the WAGT will take effect at the 22nd edition next year and will boost the profile of Nigerian female golfers.“I am happy about the event but regarding the WAGT, we are still a bit away from it. I believe we will get there hopefully at the 22nd edition next year,” Acholonu declared.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more