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Nigeria’s Presidential Commission on Small Arms on Learning Visit to Liberia

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first_imgLiNCSA vice chairperson Bennietta T. Jarbo (R), Chairman Fromayan and retired General of the Nigerian Army, Major Olayinka Akinyemi Oshinowo alongside other delegates.-Nigeria hopes to Learn from Liberia’s experienceA 5-man delegation from the office of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, currently serving as the nucleus of the proposed Nigeria National Commission on Small Arms and Light Weapons, arrived in the country over the weekend for a week long working and experiential learning visit with its counterpart, the Liberia National Commission on Small Arms and Light Weapons (LiCNSA).James M. Fromayan, chairman of LiNCSA, who spoke to journalists at a press conference in Monrovia yesterday, said the purpose of the delegation’s visit is to do a week long case study that will enable them to transition from a presidential committee on small arms to a national commission on small arms.Chairman Fromayan said as the Nigerian government tries to comply with the ECOWAS convention, which he said aims to establish a national structure that will oversee the management of small arms as regards the proliferation, prevention and eradication of light weapons in that country and the region, they saw it fit to visit Liberia to use it as a case study.According to Fromayan, Liberia, Ivory Coast and Ghana have made significant progress with respect to the standards set by ECOWAS, and with Liberia being one of the countries far ahead in this regard, the Nigerian government considered it prudent to come to Liberia to do a case study, he emphasized.He said over the years Liberia has established a National Commission on Small Arms and has been working very hard to maintain its status by putting in place proper systems and working with national security agencies to ensure that small arms within the region are registered and tracked accordingly.Fromayan re-emphasized that Ghana and Ivory Coast have also made significant progress as well.He said the Nigerian government has a presidential committee on small arms (PRESSCOM) which is in transition to becoming a functional and fully fledged commission. And because Nigeria is determined to make sure that they establish such a body, they decided to come to Liberia, Fromayan declared.“While they are here they will be visiting some key security institutions and some personalities within our society,” he said.He said during the week-long tour Liberia will share experience with their Nigeria counterparts to provide the necessary technical knowledge that will enable them form a full commission on small arms.Meanwhile, a retired General of the Nigerian Army, Olayinka Akinyemi Oshinowo, who is heading the five-man delegation, lauded the government of government for its efforts to successfully establish a capable commission.General Oshinowo said he was so impressed with the level of work being done by LiNCSA and based on that it was important for them to visit Liberia to understand the technical aspects on how Liberia has made such significant progress in the prevention of the proliferation of small arms that Nigeria can learn from and adopt.“We actually choose to come to Liberia because we knew that Liberia has been through bad times before in terms of arms circulation during the country’s civil conflict and now is a time we must start learning from Liberia.“We are here to know the processes and the challenges you went through and the prospects, and how we will be able to interface with the government and other international organizations in the process of carrying out our assignments,” he said.Oshinowo also stated that small arms and light weapons are like weapons of mass destruction, “because a single arm can create a lot of problems and as such we need to make sure that we get these out of the region. I hope that for this one week that we are going to stay here, there will be a lot that will be learned.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Founders Corner Eloqua and Influitive Founder Mark Organ on the Secrets to

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first_imgMark Organ Founder's Corner2 Mark Organ has been revolutionizing the B2B marketing space for 15 years, first as the founder and CEO of Eloqua, the world leader in marketing automation software, which was acquired by Oracle for $871 million, and more recently as the founder and CEO of advocate marketing pioneer Influitive. Organ recently sat down with us to talk about his path to becoming an entrepreneur — a journey that began with a degree in neuroscience and included a stop at Bain & Company — and the challenges founders face in creating new categories, knowing when to pivot, attracting great team members, and empowering customer advocates.“We took thought leadership very, very seriously at Eloqua. As part of being a category creator, you lead as much or even more so with your ideas than you do with your technology.”— Mark Organ, Founder of Eloqua and InfluitiveWatch the Full VideoKey TakeawaysOn knowing when to pivotDon’t get married to your initial findings: Before it was a pioneer in marketing automation, Eloqua actually started out as a chatting tool aimed at the FIRE sectors (Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate), primarily because that’s where they achieved initial traction. What Organ and his team discovered, however, was that the real interest wasn’t in chatting, but the ability to track, manage, and engage with leads.Data doesn’t lie (and sometimes the truth hurts): The key to discovering your true product/market fit is to formulate a hypothesis, be very narrow in terms of your focus, and to be very honest with the results, be they good or bad. In the case of Eloqua, once Organ determined the prime use case was managing leads and saw that the initial traction with FIRE demographic wasn’t panning out, they quickly decided to change course and start targeting a market where that need was very high — essentially, technology companies like themselves.Once you have your answers, be quick to act: Eloqua wasted no time in pivoting. It was able to shift gears in six months.Don’t let your ego get in the way: Sometimes your hunches will pay off, other times they won’t. The important thing is being humble enough to admit when you’re wrong and move forward accordingly.On the qualities of successful founders“Investors love to talk about metrics, but at the end of the day, people make decisions based on people.”Why ego is a double-edged sword: On one hand, founders really have to be the type of person who is motivated to surround yourself with amazing people and be a true servant leader. On the other hand, you also need to have the confidence to set out and do things others aren’t.Founders need to be driven by curiosity: There are five questions you should always be asking yourself: why, why, why, why, why?Being charming is important (and there’s a recipe for it): You need to attract the best people, and the best people are attracted by honesty, work ethic, transparency, and authenticity.On creating a category“The category is really not so much created by a marketing department…the category is actually created by your customers and users, themselves.”The importance of thought leadership: Companies attempting to create a new category don’t just have to sell, they also have to educate. Eloqua made thought leadership a top priority, scheduling regular Intellectual Capital Development Meetings, and producing top notch whitepapers that are still being referenced and circulated today.Elevate your champions to superstar status: Organ quickly came to appreciate the power of early advocates and adopters in helping to establish and validate a category. To celebrate these crucial champions and encourage even more engagement, the Eloqua team launched the Markies, a take on the Oscars celebrating excellence in marketing. The first event, hosted in 2007, was a huge hit, and it helped further establish Eloqua as a brand at the forefront of supporting and enabling cutting-edge marketing. Be ready to raise and expand quickly: Again, you need to take a completely honest look at the data and feedback you’re receiving, but once there are signs that you’ve hit an inflection point and the market is really clicking you need to be ready to capitalize. B2B software is a bit of a winner-take-all game, with the top two or three products often taking the majority of the market, so it may make sense to raise funding to expand quickly. More Stories from the Founder’s CornerCheck back weekly for more personal insights and tips from SaaS founders and CEOs.Danielle Morrill, co-founder and CEO of Mattermark on leveraging content, being a marketer in a developer’s world, and the problem with obsessing on any one metric.Tawheed Kader, founder and CEO of ToutApp on the power of up-front payments, choosing just customer segment to focus on, and building your team for the long haul.Larry Kim, founder and CTO of WordStream on what it means to be a technical founder, his tips for working with one, and his philosophies on recruiting and product development.Will Critchlow, co-founder and CEO of Distilled on on why he created the company when he did, which mistakes he’d correct if given the chance, how SEO will continue to evolve.Sarah Bird, CEO of Moz on the challenges of stepping in as a new CEO, the importance of surrounding yourself with great advisors and mentors, and inspiring more women to explore opportunities in tech. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more