March 23, 2019

Zinox: Nigeria must develop digital culture to leapfrog technology (ThisDay) * Apapa gridlock: Daily car sales drop by 92% – Berger motor dealers (Vanguard)

Zinox: Nigeria must develop digital culture to leapfrog technology (ThisDay)                *  Apapa gridlock: Daily car sales drop by 92% – Berger motor dealers (Vanguard)

Zinox: Nigeria Must Develop Digital Culture to Leapfrog Technology (ThisDay)

The Chairman of Zinox Computers, Leo-Stan Ekeh has said Nigeria must imbibe digital culture in order to leapfrog technology in the 21st Century. Ekeh who was monitored on Arise Television yesterday, said the journey to digital economy is tough but insisted that the best way to go about it is to detach self from analogue to digital and imbibe the digital culture that would make the county develop fast in the use of technology. He called on governments at all levels to drive computer penetration in schools and equip schools with the right technology that would make students competitive in today’s digital world. Read More

INEC Registers 23 New Political Parties, Extends CVR Exercise (ThisDay)

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday said it had approved the registration of 23 new political parties, bringing the number of political parties to 91. The commission said it received a total of 144 applications from political associations seeking registration as political parties. The National Commissioner and Member, Voter Education and Publicity Committee, Malam Mohammed Haruna, in a statement in Abuja, said the commission had extended the Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) exercise by two weeks. Read more

Apapa gridlock: Daily car sales drop by 92% – Berger motor dealers (Vanguard)

The United Berger Auto Dealers Association  has said that the number of vehicles sold daily has dropped by 92 percent from the level three years. Disclosing this to  Vanguard Maritime Report in his office in Lagos, the President of the Association, Metche Nnadiekwe  , said three years ago they use to sale between 20 to 30 vehicles daily but the number has since reduced to less than three a day. He attributed this to the economic situation in the country and the state of the roads leading to and from the port that are so bad. He said even if the trucks are not blocking their wares, the bad roads would still have prevented would be vehicle buyers from coming to buy from them. According to him, “This Park is in sections. In this section of the park we sale about 20 to 30 vehicles. It varies, it could go up or come down but since all these blockade started, before we sale one now we will pray and speak in tongues. Read more

Letting Fraud and Imposter Syndrome Destroy Your Career (ThisDay)

I was telling a friend of mine the other day, how I suffered from imposter syndrome at a point in my career. Have you ever had to ask yourself, what am I doing here? Do I have the capacity to do this job? Will I be well regarded? Am I in over my head? There have been times in my career, when I had to ask myself these questions. Where I felt very inadequate and did not think I was deserving of the positions I had attained nor the accolades that came with these positions. Many women suffer from imposter syndrome. Let’s unpack what imposter syndrome means. It can be defined, “as a collection of feelings of inadequacy that persist despite evident success. ‘Imposters’ suffer from chronic self-doubt and a sense of intellectual fraudulence that override any feelings of success or external proof of their competence. Research has shown that both men and women experience impostor feelings, and Pauline R. Clance published a paper acknowledging that impostor syndrome is not limited to women. Today, impostor syndrome can apply to anyone “who isn’t able to internalize and own their successes,” says psychologist Audrey Ervin.” Read  more

Lagos Ranked World’s Third Worst City to Live in (ThisDay)

Lagos State has been ranked the third worst city for humans to live in the world. according to the latest 2018 Global Liveability Index released by The Economist Intelligence Unit and World Bank. Lagos ranked 138 out of the 140 cities considered for the ranking. This, however, was a slight improvement from the 2017 ranking, where the country was ranked 139th out of 140 cities on the index. Read more

Saraki, Dogara: No Basis to Reconvene N’Assembly (ThisDay)

The leadership of the National Assembly has said it cannot reconvene now to consider the 2019 general election budget proposals before it until the joint committees set up to consider the proposals complete their work. President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, in a joint statement yesterday, said based on this, no date has been fixed for the two chambers to reconvene. The statement signed by their media aides, Alhaji Yusuf Olaniyonu and Mr. Turaki Hassan, emphasised that so far, no meeting of the joint Senate and House Committees on Electoral Matters, Appropriation, Loans and Bonds had taken place to prepare the ground for National Assembly resumption. Read more

Tinubu: Obasanjo Can’t Stop Buhari in 2019 (ThisDay)

Former Lagos State Governor and National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Bola Tinubu, has assured Nigerians that despite the antagonism of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, the former president cannot stop the second term ambition of President Muhammadu Buhari. But one of the leaders in Southern Nigeria, Col. Tony Nyiam (rtd), said President Buhari lacks leadership qualities and cannot win any free and fair election. Read more

CBN interest rate on agric loans outrageous, says Ogbeh (Guardian)

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh, has criticized the nine percent interest rate on agricultural loans given to farmers under the Anchor Borrowers Scheme of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), describing it as outrageous. Ogbeh, who spoke at the second conference of the Feed the Future Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project yesterday in Abuja, said the growth in the agricultural sector could not be sustained with the 25percent or nine percent interest rate He wondered how possible for the economy to grow on the back of such an interest rate that has lasted for over three decades. Read more

FG receives N813bn from Total, Chevron, CNOOC in one year (Vanguard)
THE Federal Government received $2.68 billion, about N817.4 billion, from Total, Chevron and China National Offshore Oil Company, CNOOC, in 2017, according to documents obtained from the Canadian government. The companies presented the information under Canada’s extractive industry law which required extractive entities active in Canada to publicly disclose, on an annual basis, specific payments made to all governments in Canada and abroad. Giving a breakdown of the payments which was made to the various agencies of government, the report which was compiled in 2018, noted that Total made total payments of $1.2 billion to the Nigerian government; Chevron made total payments of $1.4 billion,  while CNOOC paid the country $586.7 million. Read more

Igbo leaders want new constitution before 2019 general polls (Guardian)

The Ben Nwabueze-led Igbo Leaders of Thought (ILT) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately set up a constituted assembly that will midwife a new constitution for the country before the 2019 general elections. In a communiqué released after their meeting in Enugu yesterday, the group said the call became necessary following the alleged general rejection of the 1999 Constitution, stressing that the observed flaws from the constitution would continue to affect election outcomes if not checked. Read more

Ethiopian Airlines moves to manage proposed Nigeria Air (Guardian)

Ethiopian Airlines (ET) has officially submitted a bid to partner Nigeria in setting up its national carrier. Its Chief Executive Officer, Tewolde Gebremariam, said yesterday that it was in the forefront to manage the proposed Nigeria Air billed to commence operations on December 24 this year. The Federal Government in London last month unveiled the name and logo of the new national carrier, indicating that it was seeking a strategic partner to invest up to $300 million on the airline. Gebremariam, at a conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, said: “We are among a small group with an interest in establishing a national carrier (in Nigeria)…we do not know the results (of the tender), though we are frontrunners.” Read more

Real sector’s growth optimism constrained by lingering challenges (Guardian)

Although business operators are optimistic about the economic outlook this month, there are concerns that insufficient power supply, high interest rate and insufficient demand, among other factors, may constrain growth in the real sector. Indeed, latest report on the monthly business expectations survey conducted by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) also showed that firms expect the Naira to appreciate in the current and next months; inflation rate to fall in both months; and borrowing rates to rise in the current month and fall in the next month. Specifically, the firms surveyed within the period under review, identified insufficient power supply, high interest rate, unfavourable economic climate, financial problems, unclear economic laws, insufficient demand and unfavourable political climate as the major factors constraining business activities. Read more

IGP renames unit, to appoint new commanders (SUN)

The IGP, in compliance with presidential directives, has ordered the immediate overhauling of the SARS to address complaints and allegations of human rights violations against some of the personnel of the outfit from members of the public in some parts of the country. In the new arrangement, a new commissioner of police has been appointed as the overall head of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad nationwide. The Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad previously under the Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigations Department (FCIID) is henceforth to operate under the Department of Operations, Force Headquarters Abuja. Read more

CAN declares 3-day prayer over alleged threat to democracy (Punch)

The Christian Association of Nigeria has declared a three-day prayer over what it described as a threat to democracy in the country. It stated that the decision was informed by the “recent political drama unfolding in our nation.” The acting CAN General Secretary, Daramola Bade, in a statement on Tuesday,  directed churches nationwide to mobilise their members for the prayer from August 27 to 29 to seek God’s face concerning the social and political state of the nation and for the peaceful conduct of the 2019 elections. Read more

I collected N15,000, says vigilante who trafficked schoolgirl to Burkina Faso (Punch)

A member of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria, Ikorodu branch, Rasheed Salau, who allegedly trafficked a schoolgirl to Burkina Faso, says he was paid N15,000. The Sagamu, Ogun State indigene, claimed that he was not aware that the 14-year-old would be turned into a sex worker. He explained that he sent her to work with his mother, who owned a beer parlour in the West African country. Punch Metro had reported that the schoolgirl, Risikatu Uthman, was declared missing after she followed a boyfriend on an outing in June 2018. Read more

Danjuma sure Falconets will reach U-20 Women World Cup final (Guardian)

National U-20 women team coach, Chris Danjuma is confident that his side will reach the final of this year’s FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup in France, reports Danjuma gave the assertion in the wake of his side’s heroic draw with China on Monday, which was enough to take them into the knock out stage, much to the coach’s delight and all Nigerians. He has now gone on to reveal that his target is to qualify to a third final after their feats of 2010 and 2014. Read more

AC Milan sign Chelsea midfielder Bakayoko on loan (SUN)

AC Milan have signed midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko from Chelsea on loan with the option to make the move permanent at the end of the season, the two clubs said on Tuesday. The 23-year-old player has joined the Italian top-flight club for a reported loan fee of five million euros (4.5 million pounds). The fee could rise by 35 million euros if AC Milan decide to make his move permanent. The Rennes youth product, capped once by France, moved to the English Premier League club last year from French side Monaco, which he joined in 2014. Bakayoko made 29 league appearances last season, scoring two goals. Read more


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