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Eco Bank Workers in ‘Digital’ Panic! (Read Why)

Ecobank plans to close branches and cut jobs as the Pan-African lender steps up investments in digital platforms, its chief executive said on Wednesday.

Speaking to Reuters on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum for Africa in Durban, Chief Executive Officer Ade Ayeyemi said the bank’s plans to expand its mobile platforms would help deliver profits. “This means reducing our branch network, using technology to deliver to customers and processing transactions centrally,” said Ayeyemi.

“We believe that this business model can deliver profitability to our shareholders.”

Ayeyemi, a former Citigroup executive in Africa, who took over at Ecobank in 2015, said the expansion into online platforms would lead to lay-offs. The bank employs more than 17,000 people. He also said a recovery in oil prices in 2017, which would result in higher import revenues for African economies dependent on crude sales, was a positive policy for the bank.

Ecobank’s operations in nearly 40 countries across sub-Saharan Africa are exposed to some economies that have been pressured by the slide in commodity prices and unfavourable currency swings. The bank, which counts South Africa’s Nedbank and Qatar National Bank as shareholders, suffered a hefty $131 million pre-tax loss in 2016. The bank reported a pre-tax profit of $75 million in the first quarter of 2017 though that was still down 17 per cent from a year earlier due to high bad loan provisions. Nigeria accounts for 40 per cent of Ecobank’s revenues.

Source: Vanguard

Probe ASUU! -Group Tells Police (See Why)

A civil society group has urged the Nigeria police to investigate officials of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) over the hacked website of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB).
The group, Concerned Stakeholders in Education and Governance said the officials must be investigated to ascertain the roles in the hacked website.

 A statement jointly signed by group’s president Bala Kuta and its secretary general Silas Awulu said the CSEG condemns the statement credited to the ASUU University of Ibadan chapter’s chairman Deji Omole. Omole had called for the sack of Ishaq Oloyede, JAMB’s registrar, and scrapping of the examination bodyBut in his reaction, Kuta said CSEG view Omole’s statement against Oloyede and the examination body as a plot to sabotage the admission process in Nigeria.

He said the plot is also aimed a favouring syndicates that some dubious lecturers, who are no doubt ASUU members, use for populating the nation’s higher institutions with mediocre candidates.We also demand that the Police should further probe the hackers of the JAMB website to see if there is any nexus between the criminals and members of ASUU, University of Ibadan that they can go any length to destroy Professor Oloyede and his good reforms for Nigeria,” Kuta said.

Recall that the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) arrested five suspects in this regard. We think that it is no coincidence that some of these suspects were arrested in Oyo state, where Dr Omole is based, in addition to the others caught in Ogun and Borno state.He added that the solution ASUU’s tactics is simply to get back at the chief executive of a government agency.

The group said the statement attributed to the University of Ibadan ASUU chapter chairman on scrapping of JAMB is a ploy to sabotage the education in NigeriaHe said that members of ASUU have focused on the perennial demand for increase in their wages while leaving the welfare and quality of education to the dogs that they cannot appreciate trends in education.Even as it tries to remove the speck from another’s eye, in the ultimate insult to Nigerians, ASUU has refused to address the numerous cases of cultism, examination malpractice and sexual abuses perpetrated by its members on Nigerian campuses.

 “It is therefore ridiculous that it has appointed itself into a tribunal over the Governing Board of JAMB. “We therefore call on the University of Ibadan Chapter of ASUU and Dr Omole to apologize to Nigerians for calling for the scrapping of JAMB,” Kuta added.

Dangote is Giving Out 3,000 Job Offers!, Rolls out First Made-in-Nigeria Trucks

Dangote Sinotruck West Africa Limited, a multi-million Nigeria truck assembly plant established in Lagos by Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, has rolled out its first set of locally assembled trucks for local consumption.

The $100 million project which is supporting full employment of 3,000 Nigerians to boost the national economy, also aims to meet an expected increased demand for logistics, construction and other industries in the country.
Disclosing this on Tuesday, during a media tour of the facility in Ikeja, the company’s Group General Manager, Projects, Mr  Hikmat Thapa, said the truck plant which is 65 per cent owned by Dangote and 35 per cent by Sinotruk, will assemble and produce full range of commercial vehicles covering heavy duty truck, medium truck, light truck and  other semi-trailers.
During the tour of the plant, Thapa showcased a couple of measures put in place for quality control at different stages of production, while he said the newly rolled out trucks have undergone necessary technical tests making them fit for Nigeria roads.
Speaking further in company of other management staff, Thapa said the plant is currently running an eight-hour work shift but hopes to begin full working shift in May, while the second shift which starts in June, will do 24-hour daily production.
Though currently assembling between four to five trucks per day, Thapa said the plant has the capacity to assemble and produce 16 trucks a day, which amounts to 10,000 trucks annually.
From June when the second phase of production starts with two shifts of 24-hour daily operation, the company hopes to move from Semi-Knocked Down (SKD) components to Completely Knocked Down (CKD) parts assembly.
“Currently we are starting with SKD and now waiting for the CKD parts coming at the end of the month, but as soon as we move on to 24-hour daily operation, we will churn out between 20 and 30 trucks per day,” Thapa said.
With all these, he said the company aims to provide new employment opportunities, improve local automobile technology, equipment and technology level, and promote the economic development in Nigeria.
The company said “with the formation of the production base, not only the market demands in Nigeria can be met, but also the requirements of covering the neighbouring countries will be gradually met.”
Besides, Dangote Sinotruk also makes contributions to build friendly relationships between China and Nigeria, the company said.
Apart from local assembling of trucks, the plant will also start the production of cabins needed by the locally assembled vehicles, and form its production line with local content plus imported ones, while engine production is also part of the company’s programmes.
Thapa said the partnership with Sinotruk, China, will be of a great advantage to boost the technological advancement of the company, being the cradle China’s heavy-duty truck, and the largest production and export base for heavy-duty truck in China.
Established in 1960, Sinotruk which is reputable for manufacturing of heavy duty truck, medium truck, light truck, bus, other special purpose trucks and military trucks, is a publicly traded company in HKSE main board in 2007, with more than 48,000 employees.

Source: Naija News

Worker’s Day: FG declares Monday May 1st as Public Holiday

The Federal Government has declared Monday, May 1, 2017 as public holiday to celebrate the 2017 Workers’ Day celebration. 

The announcement was made by the Minister of  Interior, Lt Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (retd.)on behalf of the Federal Government in a statement on Friday by the Director, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Alhaji Muhammadu Maccido.

He congratulated Nigerian workers for their resilience, hard work and commitment to the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari despite current challenges.

The minister urged them to continue to support the  President “in his desire to fight corruption, ensure security of lives and property, and stabilize the economy through creation of jobs and diversification of the economy.”

Dambazau further urged the workers to re-educate themselves to the service of the nation and to remain productive for the growth and development of the country, particularly now that the government is embarking on the implementation of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan.

The minister  wishes all Nigerian workers a joyful and peaceful celebration, the statement added

Source: Punch

Dangote Bags ‘Malaria No More’ Award (Photos & Video)

Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, has been named the 2017 recipient of the ‘Malaria No More’ Global Leadership Award.

The event which took place in New York in the United States, was attended by dignitaries from across the world, all committed to eradicating the scourge of malaria in the world.

The organisers say Mr Dangote was honored for his role in fighting the spread of the disease in Africa and Nigeria in particular, through his contributions to the ‘Saving One Million Lives in Nigeria’ initiative.

Although the event sought to address the malaria menace, it was still indeed an evening of relaxation.

Watch the full video below


Source: Channels

There’ll be no double registration for 2019 elections – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission has said that anyone who attempts to register twice in the ongoing continuous voter registration exercise will be caught.


According to the commission, the technology it is using for the exercise is capable of checking and flagging all attempts at double registration.

The Director of Information Technology Development, INEC, Chidi Nwafor, said this on Thursday in an exclusive interview.

He explained that attempts at double registration would be spotted an eliminated via a process called deduplication, which would be run at both state and national levels.

“What it does is that when you do two registrations, it matches them and strikes one of your registration off,” he said, adding that it did not matter whether an individual registered in two different states.

Nwafor also warned those who might be planning to register twice that attempting to do so is a criminal offence.

He said, “Whichever way you do it, before 2019 when we run the system you will be caught and you will not be allowed to vote. Also, people should know that it is a criminal offence and people have been in trouble because of that.”

Nwafor explained that the continuous voter registration exercise started by INEC on Thursday would not only allow those who have turned 18 since the last general elections to register, it would also give people who could not vote due to one issue or the other with their registration to resolve the problem.

He said, “This is what we call housekeeping, making sure that we start this process of doing the registration and solving the issues of the cards, making sure everybody has their cards before the 2019 elections.”

With new registrations ongoing, Nwafor said that about seven million voter cards have yet to be collected from the commission, while between 52 and 53 million people had collected cards and could vote in elections.

Source: Channels

Value Of Nigeria’s Forest Cover Depletes To 5% – Institute

The Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria has confirmed that Nigeria’s forest cover is now depleted to 5% as against the expected minimum value of 25% which is recommended by global agencies such as the United Nations, (U.N).


The Executive Director of the Agency, Dr. Adesola Adepoju, stated this during a courtesy visit to the Government House in Benin City, the Edo State capital.

He, however, lauded the Edo State government for its contribution to forest development in the country.

“Edo State is still one of the stakeholders in the left-over forest cover of the country. Even when our forest cover has been depleted to less than 5% as against the expected minimum of 25%, according to the FAO, U.N and other conventions recommendations.”

Meanwhile, the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has disclosed plans of establishing forestry commission in the state, adding that his administration is set to clamp down on illegal logging activities.

“What we decided and what we have done is to take out forestry and create a forestry commission. And for us, it is urgent and important. We are not unaware of some activities that are going on and threatening our forest, and as a government, we are going to fight back and reclaim our forest”.

The visit is expected to open a window of opportunities for collaboration between the state government and the institute in areas of forest development and employment generation.

BREAKING: FG To Crack Down On Cattle Rustlers

The Federal Government is set to go tough to crush cattle rustlers and militant groups across Nigeria.

The resolution forms part of the outcome of the meeting of the National Economic Council (NEC), which held on Thursday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, under Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo.

The National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, made this known while giving a report of the security situation in the country to the council.

Meanwhile, also at the meeting, governors of Nigeria’s 36 states formed a committee to audit the country’s Ecological Fund.

Speaking on the reasons behind the development, the Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, said the governors decided to audit the fund because although states have not collected any money since the beginning of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration, the balance appeared to be diminishing.

“No state has collected money from the ecological funds in the last one or two years and we notice that the balance is going down. Somebody must be touching it,” he said.

The Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, addressing journalists at the end of the meeting, stated that members of the committee include governors of Oyo, Borno, Imo, Akwa Ibom, Kaduna, Anambra as well as the Ministers of Finance and Environment.

He also noted that the balance in the Ecological Fund currently stands at 33.6 billion Naira.

Source: Channels

Dangote Set to Hit it Big in Another Industry! (Read What He Said)

President of the Dangote Group, Mr Aliko Dangote, says his group of companies’ expansion into agro-allied local production of tomato, rice and sugar is the game-changer.

He also noted that the expansion is in line with the Federal Government’s focus on agriculture.

The Africa’s richest man said this on Monday while addressing journalists at the Nigerian Stock Exchange in Lagos State, south-west Nigeria.

He also closed the first trading day of the week, in company of top stock exchange executives, as well as Mr Femi Otedola and the NSE President, Mr Aigboje Aig-Imokhuede.

Mr Dangote, who celebrated his 60th birthday with the closing gong, gave an update on his ongoing 750,000 barrels per day refinery in Lagos.

Source: Channels

Songhai Farms To Be Replicated In Oyo – Ajimobi

The Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has reiterated the commitment of his administration to replicate Songhai farms model in the state within nine months, in his quest to maximise opportunities of areas of comparative advantages, especially in agriculture.

He made the disclosure in Ibadan while receiving a delegation from Songhai farms led by its Chief Executive Officer, Prof. Godfrey Nzamujo in his office.

The visit was a follow up to the Governor’s earlier visit to Songhai farms, Port Norvo in Benin Republic to understudy the farms with the aim of establishing a partnership, likewise replicating such in the state.

The Governor said the agricultural sector of Oyo state would experience a total turn around sequel to a new partnership with Songhai farms.

Also, implementations have been made on one of the state farmlands with a further spread across different farm settlements within the state.

Governor Ajimobi said that they have been very much keen to take advantage of all areas where the state has comparative advantage, such as agriculture.

“Our state is well positioned as the food basket of Nigeria. The state is the largest in the south and with good climate.

“If you are talking about an integrated, well managed farm model, it is Songhai farms.

“I am confident that any state that replicates the model will be among the topmost in the comity of nations. Songhai has multiplier effects,” he said.

Governor Ajimobi added that the fastest way to development was through templating, adding that it was the reason for their visit to Songhai to understudy the template.

“I have no doubt in my mind that our efforts in replicating Songhai farms model in the state is a long lasting legacy which would begin to yield results in nine months,” he said.

Earlier, the founder and director of Songhai farm, Nzamujo Godfrey, hinged his visit to the state on the vision and inspiration exhibited by the Governor during his visit to the farms in Port Novo.

“Your excellency, we are here because you inspired us when you came to Port Novo. We are really impressed about your vision and determination to leave a lasting legacy in Oyo state.

“It is that inspiration that brought us down to the state and I am here with two of my leading assistants to help with the vision of replicating the farms here.

“I am sure that your vision will be carried out because we will give it all the necessary pushes,” he said.

He added that the replication of Songhai farms in the state would begin to yield results in nine months.

Source: Channels

Naija React: See What Nigerians Are Saying About Suspended Covenant Varsity Students!

Several Nigerians have condemned the suspension of students of Covenant University, Sango-Ota, Ogun State for not attending the Easter Youth Alive Programme recently organised by the faith-based institution.

This is even as the university stressed that the need to build total students informed its discipline culture.

The concerned people have asked the university to rescind the decision and recall the students who have been sent home.

According to them, university education, whether in a faith-based or secular institutions, should allow freedom of worship and expression.

An economist, Mr. El Khalil ,  warned that if  the punishment was allowed to take effect, those affected might never recover from the psychological and emotional impact of the action.

He said, “Yes, there are rules governing Covenant University, but there is also the existence of the rule of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, which guarantees freedom of worship. The nation’s rules are more superior to the extant rules of Covenant University.

“I think it’s high time parents of  these students challenged the excesses of this institution  in court.”

Meanwhile,  although efforts to speak with the university’s Public Relations Officer on whether or not the school will reconsider its stance, it stressed on its website that the vision it had for students made it imperative for it to pursue discipline vigorously.

It stated on its Students Affairs section of its website, “The high demand placed on discipline as a fundamental requirement for making a total graduate as embedded in the core values of Covenant University makes it imperative to pursue it with the required doggedness.”

Source: Vanguard

Agriculture Development: Ogun Govt. Provides Fertilizers At Subsidized Rate

The Ogun state government has confirmed the availability of 20,000 tonnes of fertilizer at 5,500 Naira per bag, to farmers across the state to ensure a hitch free 2017 planting season.

The state Commissioner for Agriculture, Mrs Adepeju Adebajo, mentioned this at a meeting with officials of the World Bank and members of the private sector in Abeokuta the state capital.

Meanwhile, the state Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Mr Bimbo Ashiru, also assured business owners in the state of right policies and programmes to support their investments.

“There is need to close the gap between the government and the private sector, which is very key and that is wha we are working on. You would see that you are our greatest asset.

“The Ogun state government wants to engage you, we want to know what your problems are. We will look at the issue of policy, where we have the wrong policies, you can come back to us and say this your policy is not moving business forward.”

While advising entrepreneurs not to leave everything to the government alone, he also noted that both the entrepreneurs and the government are partners in progress.

Source: Channels

INEC Starts Continuous Voter Registration Nationwide

The Independent National Electoral Commission has commenced the continuous voter registration exercise across the country.

The Chairman of the commission, Prof. Yakubu Mahmud, said at a ceremony to mark the commencement of the exercise in Karu, Abuja that the exercise would afford eligible voters yet to register to do so before the 2019 general election.

He promised that the exercise will be taken to the ward level to allow for wider coverage.

INEC had on Tuesday said the continuous voter registration would run till few months to the 2019 general election.

The elections slated for 2019 will see voters elect their candidates for the presidential, states, legislative and council elections.

All those who were unable to vote in the last exercise and are now above eighteen years are expected to participate but not until they are registered to vote.

INEC is providing this opportunity through a nationwide voter exercise.

In the meantime, the electoral body is calling for cooperation from those participating in the registration and it is putting up a warning to prospective voters to avoid attempting to registers twice as the new electronic device procured for the ongoing exercise has a device that could disqualify anyone attempting to register twice.

Agriculture Will Help Nigeria Tackle Unemployment – Governor Wike

The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has stated that investments in agriculture would help the nation tackle youth unemployment.

Speaking during a courtesy visit by the Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh and Minister of State for Agriculture, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri at the Government House in Port Harcourt on Wednesday, Governor Wike said agriculture is essential to the revival of the nation’s economy.

He said: “If Nigeria must move to the next level, agriculture is the key to reduce unemployment, we must focus on agriculture.”

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh and Minister of State for Agriculture, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri during the visit of the Ministers of Agriculture to Governor Wike at the Government House.

Governor Wike lauded the Minister of Agriculture for displaying maturity by ensuring that the issues of food production is addressed by his administration.

The governor said that his administration is developing a public private partnership model to enhance the development of agriculture.

“We are developing the cassava factory to improve the commercial farming of the product. We are also working with a private company to revive our rubber factory”

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh and Minister of State for Agriculture, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri during the visit of the Ministers of Agriculture to Governor Wike at the Government House.

Governor Wike informed that his administration is working with the Rivers State University to revive the College of Agriculture at Onne for the training of agricultural professionals.

He added that the state government will collaborate with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture to improve key aspects of the state agricultural sector.

In his remarks, the Minister of Agriculture said unless the youths are reintroduced to agriculture, the country will always have security challenges as most urban youths are idle.

“Issues of agriculture must be placed above politics in the overall interest of the country. Rivers State has the potentials to be a major source of fish for the entire country,” Mr Ogbeh said.

Source: Channels