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Merits and Demerits of a Fixed Deposits

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Even if the process of placing a fixed deposit varies slightly from one bank to another, opening a fixed deposit account is still very simple. First, determine how much you want to place in your deposit plan. If you do not have a regular savings account in the bank, you will have to fill-in a deposit mandate form. In some banks, you would also need to fill-in reference forms so you can deposit cheques issued by third parties.

The bank will require; passport photograph, proof of identification, a copy recent receipt from any public utilities and a copy of a residence or work permit for foreign account holders is required. If you have existing account(s) in the bank, you need to just fill-in a form stating the following: account name, account number, deposit amount, duration of deposit.

Merits/Advantages

The most important advantage of investing in Fixed Deposit is that, it offers guaranteed return because there are very low risks and uncertainties as compared to investment in stock market. Furthermore fixed deposits are very flexible and convenient in nature because one can have fixed deposit with maturity for 1 month or 1 year with any amount unlike real estate where one needs to invest heavily. In addition, investing in a fixed deposit account earns you a higher interest rate than leaving your money in a savings account as FD’s interest rates are highly negotiable. It is easy to raise a loan against your FD. One can borrow up to 90 per cent of the FD’s amount.

Demerits/Disadvantages

As attractive as fixed deposits can be, they may not necessarily be suitable for everyone. One of the biggest disadvantages of investing money in fixed deposit is that, its returns are low compared to other investment options and if the inflation is very high fixed deposit investors are the worst hit as the return from fixed deposit may not be sufficient to cover the high expenses due to inflation.

Also, If one invests all of his or her money in fixed deposits, he or she may not enjoy the benefits of diversification which one get if one invests the money in stock market, real estate, gold and other alternate investments. As far as taxation is concerned fixed deposits are taxed at normal rates of taxation and hence one cannot take the tax benefit from this investment, unlike the infrastructure bonds.

Moreover, because your money is locked away with the bank, often for months, you lose the flexibility of a regular, day-to-day savings or current account. If you do withdraw your money from your fixed deposit account before the agreed maturity date, you will likely be penalised in the form of reduced interest or penalty fees.                                                                                                  -(Credit: Nairaland)

Osinbajo Declares Every Thursday #TaxThursday For Tax Awareness

The acting president of Nigeria in person of Prof. Yemi Osinbajo declared every Thursday as #TaxThursday starting from today for tax enlightenment and awareness.

The Twitter account of the Nigerian Presidency said in a tweet below

Graduate Employment At British American Tobacco

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British American Tobacco (www.bat.com) is a market leading, global organisation with a long, established history and a bright and dynamic future. Thanks to our people we have continued to deliver growth and exceed expectations in an increasingly complex and challenging marketplace.
Our aim is to become the leading tobacco company in each of our markets by providing excellent products with confidence and responsibility expected of global consumer brands.
If you have the talent and motivation to help us succeed you’ll find we are equally committed to helping you reach your full potential too.
We are recruiting to fill the position below:
Job Title: Global Graduate (Legal and External Affairs)
Job Number: 12453BR
Location: Lagos
Appointment type: Permanent
Job Purpose and key Deliverables
  • British American Tobacco has an exciting opportunity for a Global Graduate (Legal and External Affairs) to join our team in Nigeria.
We are BAT!
  • A global leader with more than 200 brands in over 200 markets; we bring together the world’s brightest and best minds, that’s why we value uniqueness.
  • If you’re driven, passionate, ambitious and courageous, our Global Graduate Programme will help you achieve your potential.
  • Our Global Graduate Programme (Legal and External Affairs) enables you develop exceptional commercial skills, equipping you with a deep understanding of the dynamics of the market you operate in. It offers you the opportunity to challenge yourself on international projects, network with graduates from around the world and strengthen your leadership skills, through participation in our Global Academy and with the support of your dedicated Coach and Mentor.
  • This is a real job from day one. One in a tough and fast-paced environment that will stretch you to the limits – you’ll progress from graduate to manager in 12 months! An inspiring journey awaits you here at BAT Nigeria. The question is; Are you up to the challenge? Show what you’re made of… Join our 2017 Global Graduate Programme!
Requirements
Essential requirements:
  • Are you a recent university graduate within the last 3 years, with a high-performance academic track record – minimum of Second Class Upper division or equivalent?
  • Do you have excellent verbal and written communication skills in English and French?
  • Are you ambitious, resilient and more proactive than others when it comes to learning new things?
  • Have you completed the National Service Year (for Ghana applicants) or equivalent for other countries?
Desirable Requirements:
  • Legal academic background is required.
How to Apply 
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply
Application Deadline   13th July, 2017.
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RELATIONSHIP: 5 Signs that Tells you to Move On.

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Moving on is one thing so many people find rather difficult to do. Often times, people hold on to people or things that are not so beneficiary. It is important to know why you should move on. Instead of wasting time on something that threatens your peace, you should rather move on.

These are some signs to tell you when to move on. 

1.Loss of interest.
When there is no interest or reason to push forward, it could be a bad sign. Moving on is one thing people should always learn to do. Any relationship where interest is lost is like a waste. There is no point wasting time on someone you are not interested in. When you no longer see the need to make it work. Or there is loss if interest from things that normally mean the world to both of you.

2. Incompatibility.
This happens when you and your partner don't share same goal, beliefs and desires. It becomes a thing of worry when you are with a partner that is not on same level with you in terms of compatibility.

3. all forms of abuse.
Abuse could come in various forms. It could be emotional,physical or mental. Abuse is not healthy for you and your partner. As much as possible, keep off any relationship that threatens your peace of mind. If your partner constantly abuse you in any form, you should discuss it or quit for a while.

4. Constant cheating
It is important to know when to draw the line. A partner that is fond of cheating on you has no regards whatsoever. If a person cheats once and you decide to give them a second chance, there is probability they wouldn't stop cheating. This is not too good for the relationship sake.

5. Disrespect
A partner that does not respect you is of no good to you. When your partner sees you as nothing and think it is pointless staying with you, then you should run. A partner that talks to you anyhow or disrespect you wouldnt respect anything that has to do with you. Respect is reciprocal.                                       -(Credit: Nairaland)

Doing More With Less

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Most companies are asking employees to do more with less. These demands may produce positive results in the short term, but they are not sustainable in the long term. “Organizations can do more with less simply by not leaving so much untapped performance on the table.” The frustration people often face in these conditions is not an engagement problem; it is more often an enablement problem. 

Mark Royal and Tom Agnew of the Hay Group, explain that The Enemy of Engagement is frustration caused by a highly engaged employee’s inability to succeed in a role due to organizational barriers or the inability to bring the bulk of his or her talents, skills, and abilities to the job. Ironically, the more engaged they are, the more frustrated they get because they care more.

“Doing more with less doesn’t mean conjuring higher levels of motivation out of thin air, but rather allowing motivated employees to perform at their best. It’s about harnessing and unleashing the full potential of frustrated employees—those who want to give their best but can’t due to organizational barriers and constraints.” 

Typically we associate better engagement with leadership, but what drives it is better management. Fixing engagement means dealing with the frustration of thwarted employees. Specific management practices detailed by the authors include:

  • Create specific, measurable goals and clearly lay out what employees need to do—the precise behaviors and activities—to achieve them.
  • Provides employees with regular, concrete, and constructive feedback about their work and its value to delivering business strategy.
  • Empower employees to make the decisions necessary to execute and excel at their jobs—and make sure employees understand which decisions they control.
  • Prioritize investments in resources and staff with an emphasis on providing employees with the tools and support they need to succeed.
  • Assign and coordinate roles with serious consideration of each employee’s strengths, reward and reinforce teamwork and collaboration.
One of the most actionable things to do is to simply ask: “How can we change things around here to help you be more effective?” By doing so “a manager creates an opportunity for an employee to speak honestly and openly about enablement issues.”

Enablement is what drives engagement and what ultimately frustrates it. Get people what they need to do their jobs and get out of the way. The Enemy of Engagement is focused on employees who are engaged, motivated, and loyal—who aren’t ready to give up—but who are experiencing frustration on the job. Ultimately, it requires that we rethink our notions of what it means to be a leader and what it means to manage. We insert ourselves far more than we should.
-(Credit: LeadershipNow)

9 Fresh Vacancies At Dangote Oil Refining Company

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The Dangote Group is a diversified and fully integrated conglomerate with interests across a range of sectors in Nigeria and Africa. Current interests include Cement, Sugar, Flour, Salt, Pasta, Beverages, Noodles, Poly Products, Transportation and real estate with new initiatives in the Oil and Gas, Telecommunication, Fertilizer and Steel sector of the economy.
We are recruiting to fill the position below:
1. Job Title: Field Engineer for Piling
Location: 
Lagos
Business: Refinery
Fuction/Domain: Constructions (CONS)
Slot: 10
Position Description
  • Dangote Oil Refining Company is about starting with piling works required to provide bearing capacity for the projected refinery facilities and foundations. In order to validate the daily progress and quality of these piling works, we are looking for enthusiastic, hard-working and highly motivated graduates with 10 years relevant QA/QC experience in piling, civil and industrial Construction.
Job Responsibilities
  • Read and Interpret drawings and specification
  • Check and monitor the material manufacturing and piling activities as per the refinery requirement
  • Monitor and ensure that material quantity and blow counts are counted and actual
  • Check that pile shoe has not failed and check
  • Check Location of pile correspond with drawing
  • Check the soil report and follow up the drilling to make sure of the efficiency and accuracy of the foundation (pile, sheet pile, diaphragm, h-beam….etc.
Desired Qualification/Preferred Competencies
  • B.Eng or B.Tech in Civil Engineering with specialization and experience in Pile Engineering, Structural Engineering, Construction Engineering or Geo-technical Engineering.
  • A masters in Civil or Structural Engineering will be added advantage.
2. Job Title: Concrete Coordinator
Location: 
Lagos
Business: Refinery
Fuction/Domain: Constructions (CONS)
Slot: 2
Position Description
  • As a Concrete coordinator you will plan and implement the on-going construction projects that use concrete, you must be expert in the properties of concrete, the principles of design and typically you must have vast knowledge in concrete testing and integrity.
Job Responsibilities
  • Allocation of Grade Wise Concrete to respective batching Plant a day before it is required. Dispatch of ready mix transit mixers to allocated spots. Maintaining readiness of site to accept ready mix concrete.
  • Experience in the concrete, cement or construction industries Prior supervisory experience Strong verbal and written communication skills, ability to interact with customers Superior organizational skills and ability to handle multiple priorities and projects
Desired Qualification/Preferred Competencies
  • 3-5 years’ experience in operations of Running Batching plants to ensure seamless & timely delivery of concrete.
  • Civil/ Mechanical – Diploma /Graduate
3. Job Title: Batching Plant In Charge Executive
Location
: Lagos
Position available for: Expatriate
Business: Refinery
Function/Domain: Plant Operations (PO)
Position Description
  • To provide management support for all production activities at the refinery, supervise all production lines and provide training for the manufacturing personnel.
Job Responsibilities
  • To provide management support for all production activities at the refinery, supervise all production lines and provide training for the manufacturing personnel.
  • Ensuring effective management of production lines of all batching plant concurrently. Assuring good quality of concrete production.
  • Liaising with consumer (concrete required by) for timely supply of concrete.
  • Controlling & Monitoring overtime and enhancing efficient overhaul of batching plants.
  • Adhering to Safety Norms and guidelines.
Desired Qualification/Preferred Competencies
  • 10 years’ experience in Running Batching plants including All Aspects of Safety, Production & Maintenance. Civil/ Mechanical – Diploma / Degree Engineer.
4. Job Title: Batching Plant QA and QC Manager
Location: 
Lagos
Business: Refinery
Fuction/Domain: Constructions (CONS)
Position Description
  • The Quality Assurance Manager shall be responsible for developing and ensuring compliance with the Construction Quality Assurance (QA) program.
  • In addition, the QA Manager will review and report on the Contractor’s Quality Control process and results.
  • The position shall report to the Site Manager and responsibilities shall include, but not be limited to, the following:
Job Responsibilities
  • Develop, in coordination with the Site Manager and PM, the Construction QA Plan and Contractor Quality Control expectations
  • To carry out trails at labs match performance requirements.
  • To carry out slump tests, cube test and cube collection on mould.
  • To keep and maintain quality records structure wise
  • To train lab technicians on above skills and get the job done on daily basis
  • Understand the calibration of the batching plant.
  • Develop Quality Assurance Documents for existing
Desired Qualification/Preferred Competencies
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering or other related field required;
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience working with heavy civil engineering / Infrastructure projects including construction, with 5-8 years of experience in carrying out trials at labs and testing and management of engineering projects and 8 years of experience in a quality management role.
5. Job Title: Batching Plant Operators
Location:
 Lagos
Slot: 7
Position Available for: Both
Business: Refinery
Function/Domain: Constructions (CONS)
Position Description
  • The employees will be responsible for the set up and tear down, operation, maintenance and record keeping of portable concrete batch plant.
  • In addition to operating the plant, the employee will assist with the coordination of daily plant activities such as scheduling truck drivers and ordering plant materials.
  • Operates concrete plant to batch materials used for the refinery construction.
  • Manage controls to heat, weigh and mix aggregate, cement, and water to produce concrete that conforms to procedures
Job Responsibilities
  • Knowledge of concrete batching systems
  • Manage control to heat, weigh and mix aggregates, cement and water to produce concrete confirming to specifications
  • Understanding of quality requirement of concrete
  • Maintain accurate reports as required
  • Ensure safe operation of batching plant
  • Understanding and experience in calibration of batching
  • Oversee all plant operations; coordinate and monitor daily work load throughout the plant; monitor plant cleanliness. . Oversee all maintenance
Desired Qualification/Preferred Competencies
  • 3-5 years’ of concrete batching experience in a huge construction project, excellent experience in batching plants operations and having a maintenance experience will be added advantage.
  • Must possess a Bachelor’s degree in Civil or Mechanical Engineering with good knowledge of software application
6. Job Title: Batching Plant Maintenance Manager
Location: Lagos
Business: Refinery
Fuction/Domain: Constructions (CONS)
Slot: 2
Position Description 
  • As the company’s Plants maintenance manager, you will be required to handle supervision of mechanical, hydraulic, electrical and electronic maintenance and repair for a large number of concrete batching plants and water Chillers.
Job Responsibilities 
  • To manage mechanical, maintenance and plants construction teams to ensure maximum levels of personal performance through appraisals, performance management, communication, coaching & development, training and disciplinary matters.
  • To maintain accurate, complete and up to date records of statistics on the productivity and efficiency of the department, and production of weekly performance reports for Senior Management.
  • To maximize potential revenue through accurately claiming for warran
Desired Qualification/Preferred Competencies
  • Must have over 5 years’ work experience in overhaul and maintenance of concrete batching plant, transit mixer, wheel loaders, concrete trucks etc.
  • A Bachelor’s degree in Civil or Mechanical Engineering.
7. Job Title: Production Manager
Location
: Lagos
Position available for: Expatriate
Business: Refinery
Function/Domain: Constructions (CONS)
Position Description
  • The Production Manager leads production department to efficiently manufacture budgeted amount of concrete mix while meeting safety, environmental, and quality objectives.
Job Responsibilities
  • Planning and scheduling on monthly, weekly and daily basis of production requirements of concrete and associated materials
  • Ensuring effective management of production lines of all batching plant concurrently.
  • Making sure good quality of concrete production
  • Liaising with consumer (concrete required) for timely supply of concrete
  • Controlling overtime and enhancing efficient overhaul of batching plants
  • Adhering to safety norms and guidelines
  • Supervising and improving work perf
Desired Qualification/Preferred Competencies
  • 10 years’ experience in Running and maintaining Batching plants including All Aspects of Safety, Production & Maintenance. Civil/ Mechanical – Diploma / Degree Engineering
8. Job Title: Batching Plant Supervisor
Location: Lagos
Business: Refinery
Function/Domain: Constructions (CONS)
Slots: 4
Position Descriptions
  • This role is primarily responsible for oversight, coordination, planning and batching/loading of daily production activities to ensure uninterrupted supply and delivery of ready mix concrete to our customers.
  • It is also responsible for driving efficiencies, while maintaining a strong safety culture.
Job Responsibilities
  • Coordinates and deliver all materials needed in daily operation and production of ready mix
  • Coordinate with truck mixer drivers, loader operators and other equipment associated with batching plant for timely supply to the plant
  • Maintain the batching plant during operation daily particularly regular cleanup of mixer plant and surrounding
  • Notify production manager of overtime at batching plant and mixer drivers
  • Check for fuel sufficiency and arrangement to run the plant without down.
Desired Qualification/Preferred Competencies
  • A degree in Civil or Mechanical Engineering
  • With 2-3 years’ work experience in concrete ready mix plants also with a good knowledge of running and maintaining of Batching plants.
9. Job Title: Stock Controller
Location: Lagos
Business: Refinery
Function/Domain: Constructions (CONS)
Slot: 2
Position Description
  • The job purpose of the Stock Controller’s role is to manage the usage and replenishment of raw materials for concrete mix.
  • A key aspect of the role is maintaining the stock levels within the budget set by the business and Ensure all inventory and stock management systems are maintained accurately, within the agreed parameters in a timely manner.
Job Responsibilities
  • Supervise and oversee usage of raw materials and time keeping of deliveries and reporting to central stores
  • Appropriate inventory report on daily basis at bulk storage and mixture
  • Coordination with weigh bridge operator of deliveries
  • Direct the drivers for off-loading the materials
  • Ensure the regulation of in-stock level complies with inventory parameters.
  • Develop inventory control models that promote lower cost of production, shorter lead times and reduced stock levels.
Desired Qualification/Preferred Competencies
  • A B.Sc degree in Business Administration or a management related degree.
  • 2-5 years’ work experience in Inventory management and supply chain management.
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply
Application Deadline  15th July, 2017.

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