Ave Maria Micro-finance Institute Hits Lagos For Digital Payment Conference
Ave Maria Economic Ventures of JDPM Oyo attended Digital PayExpo held between June 5 and 7, 2018 at Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island Lagos, with the theme; “Innovative Financial services for the vast unserved segments” It was a gathering of colossus think tanks in all spheres of human endeavors involving Communication industries, financial services, Corporate Organization and Private companies. No doubt, it featured Captains of Public and Private Companies in attendance such as Prof Umar Garba Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of the Nigeria Communications Commission, Mr. Segun Oloketuyi, MD, Wema Bank/ Chairman, Payment Systems Committee, Mr.Isaac Ondieki, Regional Managing Director of MicroSave Africa Nairobi, Kenya, Mr. Nish Kotecha, MD, Geosandar, India, a Financial Services Entrepreneur and Venture Capitalist, Mr. Dipo Fatokun, Director, Banking and Payments System, Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Jan Nack, Sales Director, Middle East & Africa, Dermalog, Mr. Venkat Attalum, Microsave’s Digital Financial Services, Mr. Olatunde Ogungbade, MD/CEO, Global Accelerex to mention but a few.
Eko hotel and suitesThe Digital PayExpo which was previously known as (CardExpo Africa) was the 18th Annual Conference on Digitalization of Payment, Identification, and E-commerce. The rationale behind the program was the dire need of expanding digital financial services to both literate and illiterate’s population in Nigeria and Africa. The vision of the organizers was to foster economic growth, through an improved state of access to financial services to allow non-bank players in the interplay of digital financial services, by leveraging on technology in order to bring access to the bottom of the pyramid markets.
The program which lasted for 3 days allowed participants to interact with one another on cross-cultural and cross-national discourse on why Africans needs to realize the importance of having Bank Accounts and explore simple digital means for financial services. To make it easier for delegates, the program is organized into plenary sessions on all 3 days (accessible to everyone), while on Day 2 and Day 3, a powerful session was designed to allow brainstorming on specific themes; Data Fiesta and Start-Up challenge.
At the end of the Conference, participants underscored the importance of quick expansion of digital financial services such as POS, Bank Mobile Apps, E-banking and Telecoms USSD to initiate transactions by target audiences without wasting time, unlike the previous years. Hence, one could not but agree that volcanic digital revolution has seriously shaken Africa, spreading the virus of change and a paradigm shift in digitalization mostly across West Africa nations such as Nigeria, Ghana, Togo, Benin Republic, Cameroon, The Gambia etc on high speed in the recent time. Unarguably, the trend is believed to continue waxing stronger with periodic meetings of stakeholders to brainstorm on the latest development in information technology with time, in order to join the league of advanced nations in financial digital transformation.
Oyo Catholic Faithful Agog, As Monsignor Paul Adegboyega Olawoore Ordained Bishop in Ilorin
All roads lead to Ilorin, Kwara State Capital as history was made on the 13th July 2018 as Rt. Rev. Msgr Paul Olawoore was ordained as the Bishop-Elect for the Catholic Diocese of Ilorin at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Cathedral, Taiwo road, Ilorin, Kwara State Nigeria. The illustrious son of Idiko Ago, Oyo state, was a cynosure of all eyes as his daring priesthood sojourn led him to a greater place since his elevation to the post of coadjutor by his Holiness, Pope Francis for the Catholic Diocese of Ilorin on the 4th April 2018. The Episcopal Ordination featured Bishops Emeritus, Archbishops, Bishops, Monsignors, Rev Fathers, Knights and other high priests from far and near Nigeria as well as acquaintances from various parishes; Oyo, Osun, Ekiti, Lagos, Kwara, Ogun including members of staff of JDPM Oyo. The venue which was well barricaded with armed security men, stand by gentlemen of the Press, Laity Councils commanded public attention throughout the day as a result of how colorful and organized the programme was. The new Bishop-Elect, Monsignor Paul Adegboyega Olawoore who was born on November 30th, 1961 in Ikirun, Osun State Nigeria was the first son and the second born of the family of four’s children. He had his Primary Education at St Paul’s Catholic Primary School, Ikirun and completed it at St James Catholic Primary School, Oyi via Ila Orangun in 1974. He then proceeded to African Church Secondary Modern School, Iree, in 1974 and obtained his Modern School Leaving Certificate in 1977. As a core Catholic faithful, he received a Divine Call to be a Catholic Priest while working in Lagos with total awe of faith and conviction of spirit, He wrote a letter to Fr John Morrissey who was then at Iganna whom he owed much of his early tutelage to resort to full-time priesthood, prompting his decision to further his education by registering at Okeho-Iganna Grammar School in 1981 since he has been advised by his mentor that he could not enter the Major Seminary without Secondary School Certificate. Still burning with the passion for the priesthood, the Bishop-Elect heeded advise not to forsake the Divine mandate and decided to enter Major Seminary SS Peter and Paul Bodija, Ibadan where he bagged B.A (Hons) Philosophy and B.Th. Sacred Theology between 1985-1992 and was eventually ordained a priest on October 3, 1992, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Idiko Ago, for the Diocese of Oyo. Until his appointment in the priesthood; He has served in the following capacities as follows;- (1992-1993) Collaborator at St. Mary’s Ilesa; (1993-1994) Collaborator at SS Peter and Paul Parish, Ile-Ife; (1993-1994) Secretary to S.E Mons Julius Babatunde Adelakun, Bishop of Oyo Diocese (now Emeritus Bishop) (1996-2000) Parish Priest at St. Bernardine,Oyo; (2000-2002) Parish Priest, St Magdalene Church, Tede; (2002-2003) studies for a license in Canon Law at the Pontifical Urban University, Rome; (2003-2012) Parish Priest of St. Andrew’s Akinmoorin; Principal of St. Francis Catholic College, Oyo, Chaplain, Federal College of Education (special) Oyo; (2007-2012) Zonal Chaplain of CWO, Oyo Zone; (2005-20012) Dean of Oyo Deneary. As an indefatigable icon who cherished goodwill and egalitarian society, his commitment and efforts in contributing immensely to the secular and spiritual world never ceased. He kept waxing stronger in faith, energy and commitment making him to served meritoriously in other capacities as the Principal Maryland Catholic Grammar School, Ogbomoso (since 2012), Dean of Ogbomoso Deanery (since 2012), Diocesan Canonist/ Judicial Vicar (since 2003), Zonal Chaplain of CWO, Ogbomoso zone (since 2013). No doubt, the euphoria of his new appointment will forever remain a nostalgic experience in the heart of all and sundry from now till many years to come. The Catholic faithful must be indebted to his outstanding performance and astonished career roadmap since his ordination began some decade ago. With this development, Monsignor Paul Olawoore begins his Episcopal journey from Coadjutor to automatically taking over from His Excellency, Most Rev. Ayo-Maria Atoyebi as the new Bishop of Catholic Diocese of Ilorin. The task ahead of this man of great deeds should prove no harder than expected because he is always rising to all challenges through Christ who has been strengthening him. Therefore, it is hoped that his appointment will bring good development to the Diocese and the entire Christendom.