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Ministerial Screening: How Remi Tinubu Attacked Babatunde Fashola




The ministerial screening of Babatunde Raji Fashola was supposed to be a smooth one.

A two  term governor in Lagos State elected under the umbrella of the APC, he was also a minister in the APC government, what more was supposed to make his screening smooth.

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Senator Remi Tinubu

The screening however took a slight turn when Senator Remi Tinubu told Babatunde Fashola (a ministerial nominee) that her constituency was denied employment slots during his first tenure as Minister of Power, Works and Housing.

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The Senator representing Lagos central said Fashola should remember her constituency this time around if appointed as Minister.

“My only addition is that during your first tenure, I remember I didn’t get any chance to give employment letter to my constituency.

So, when you get there this time, just remember Senators here that have people back home. My constituents are asking us for employment slots.

So, I want you to put that in your agenda for next tenure. We all need slot for employment for our constituents,” she said.

She was however quick to add that Fashola who was also a former governor of Lagos State is fit and competent to serve as a minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria again. Fashola, however could not give a response to Senator Tinubu as he was asked to take a bow and go after almost two hours of engagement and questioning by the lawmakers.

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Lagos BRT fares hike unnecessary, wicked —Commuters



Some commuters in Lagos State on Friday expressed dissatisfaction over the hike in fares by the Primero Transport Services Limited, operators of the Bus Rapid Transit in the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the BRT operator on Thursday announced an upward review of transport fares across all routes with effect from Friday to meet up with current challenges.

The Managing Director of the firm, Mr Fola Tinubu, had told NAN that a trip that cost commuters N200 had been increased to N300, and that of N300 had risen to N500.

Tinubu said that the firm understood the plight of the people and the economic situation, but that the step became imperative to keep serving the commuters diligently and to provide a world-class service for them.

According to him, the cost of operating the buses had increased so much that the firm is finding it difficult to survive and sustain operations, and had been piling up losses.

Some commuters plying Ikorodu-CMS axis, however, told NAN that the increase in fares at such a trying time for the masses would further increase hardship and financial burdens.

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“Why are they doing this to the masses at a time when the government is supposed to be doing things that will make people survive this difficult time?

“Even if the hike is truly necessary, it should not be now. More so, there is no increase in pump price. This action is ill-timed.

“The government is encouraging yellow buses to push up their fares, then life will be more difficult. It should not be now. This will bring hardship, “Mr Gift Wejem, a furniture maker, told NAN.

Mrs Ade Adesiyan, a media expert, said that the best the government could have done at such a time was to provide bailout funds for the BRT operators if they were finding it difficult to operate.

Adesiyan, who said that though some people would not be affected by the increase in fares, government authorities should have considered the poor whose burden would be heavier.

This is not a good time, but for some of us, we are interested in smart, effective and efficient services. We will be glad to witness reformed services. It will be disappointing if the services remain the same.

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“The time we lose at bus stations waiting for buses is too much. We will be happy if this is addressed now that the fares have been increased.”

A welder, Mr Titus Oyedeji, who was Lekki-bound, from Ikorodu, said the hike portrayed insensitivity on the part of the government.

Oyedeji asked: “How can government-controlled buses be thinking of profit-making at a time when the poor masses are fighting hard to survive? I am not happy at all.”

According to him, the hike will affect so many people who, because of their pockets, always wait for long on queues to use the BRT buses.

The BRT operator had earlier withdrawn its services since Monday over losses occasioned by COVID-19 new transport guidelines that mandated it to commute only 20 passengers per trip instead of 70.

The firm resumed operations on Friday morning with a new fare regime, saying it had received the government’s nod for an upward review.


Culled: Punch

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Coronavirus Impact: Opportunities for businesses to thrive and explore new territories





Without any doubt Coronavirus has impacted a combination of health, economic, financial, supply/logistics, human resource and operational challenges on virtually all aspects of our life most especially businesses.


Businesses in Nigeria, however, must begin to rise and tap into the new opportunities and potentials that COVID-19 presents especially amidst the resolve by the government to allow more sectors to return to business.


As the world settles down into the new normal that the Coronavirus pandemic has foisted on all of us, implementing a recovery and business continuity plan/strategy is the most paramount thing for businesses now.


The need to encourage personal responsibility and enforce compliance of the citizens with physical and social distancing protocol that has become part of the new world order, is therefore, an imperative for businesses to begin to think and act smart.


It is now time for businesses to see beyond COVID-19 crisis to tapping the enormous opportunities and potentials that are within, and ahead the current situation as we gradually move into a more relaxed phase of the ease of lockdown that will see many more businesses open, and more people on the streets and in public places.


In China and elsewhere, businesses have started adjusting to the new reality by rethinking and repositioning their operations and catering to the new needs of consumers. By taking time to understand the new market realities, smart businesses are now making COVID-19 the main propeller for new growth and activating dormant potentials especially by moving from the traditional brick and mortar ecosystem to the online space, with the e-Commerce system powering things.


Nigeria cannot be an exception as COVID-19 has come with lots of opportunities and potentials for businesses – micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and large corporations – to rebound into profitability. Much more, for those that can transition from brick and mortar businesses to online and leveraging the e-Commerce backbone provided by a viable platform like Jumia, the sky would be the starting point of rebound and returning to profitability.


Examples of the sectors that businesses can tap into include agriculture of which food is a major segment, healthcare, education and services such as hygiene and sanitation, fast moving consumer goods (FMCGs), sports and gaming, entertainment, IT/technology and electronics/electrical appliances. For government business continuity, e-governance is a new opportunity to leverage.

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Food is man’s number one existential need and agriculture is the domain of food production and food security. During lockdowns, Jumia logistics bridged the supply and logistics challenges that hampered people from accessing agricultural produce especially groceries due to the poor enforcement of inter-state and inter-boundary movement bans.


In spite of the fact that coronavirus has disrupted farming activities this year, surge in demand for food such as fresh groceries, meat and poultry products remains a major trend. In order for consumers to get constant supply of these essentials, it means more storage facilities are needed.


Due to poor electric power supply in a country like Nigeria, however, many families,  for example, will be unable to stock perishable groceries for a longer period. MSMEs can take advantage of this need and invest with e-Commerce operators like Jumia marketplace and logistics serving as the pivot for them.


As more people work remotely from home, demand for essentials including food, water, cooking ingredients, toiletries and appliances will continue to increase. Hence, there is an opportunity for FMCGs manufacturers on the Jumia marketplace to push their inventories and put their products in the hands of millions of consumers.

Demand for healthcare and technology-driven products and services will continue to rise, and this also opens a new vista for businesses. Pharmaceuticals, supplements, medical devices, personal protective equipment (PPE), telemedicine, smart hospitals, online consultations, digital medical assistants, apps and mini-apps and self-diagnosing medical devices are all opportunities to extend business frontiers.


Virtual classrooms and tutorials, e-books, e-lesson notes and workbooks, online training and virtual cooking classes are also opportunities in the education sector that businesses can leverage while they are also helping to reduce physical contact and the spread of Coronavirus.


Online sports betting, development of online fitness classes, apps and mini-apps for indoor sports and games will also boost business sustainability as well as breaking the cycle of COVID-19 transmission.

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Virtual entertainment services such as dancing tutorial, singing via Zoom, gaming and virtual visits to landmarks are also some of the new ways of disseminating content and promoting small businesses as well as boosting social distancing.


With suggestions that Coronavirus can survive on cash money, remote or digital banking services such as payment and transfer of money as opposed to handling cash is another smart business model in this present situation. The good news is that JumiaPay has been at the forefront of promoting a cashless system thereby ensuring reduction of person-to-person/person-to-cash contact that can aggravate the rate of virus infection.


Small businesses can also key-in to Jumia Contactless Delivery to provide contact-less systems and enhance delivery of services to their customers. For non-essential goods, as more people are encouraged to work from home, and likely to do more home chores such as washing of dishes and laundry, they can make orders and pay online on JumiaPay for electrical appliances such as dishwashers, washing and sterilisation machines. Jumia agents in protective kits can deliver the appliances to them at home under strict no-physical contact protocol.


As businesses reduce the number of employees that can converge in line with social distancing rules, there are cost reduction opportunities that organisations can benefit from. They can cut down on office rent or redesign office space and let out a part, build remote work systems, leverage software platforms like Zoom and cloud-based solutions for internal and client meetings.


Businesses can also reduce cost of operations with apps for accounting and HR as well as digital solutions that can minimise paperwork, physical contact and promote the growth of an infinite number of contactless environments.


Certainly, transitioning to online businesses will increase demand for mobile devices such as handsets, tabs, laptop computers and data while adoption of e-Commerce will provide the needed impetus for the growth of the digital economy, which the Nigerian government is promoting as one of the major drivers of economic diversification

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Outcry Over Number Of Officers Guiding Derek Chauvin’s Home




There have been serious criticisms over the number of police officers spotted guarding the home of  Derek Chauvin.

At least, 75 police officers stood guard outside the sacked officer’s home, protecting him.

Recall that Chauvin was responsible for killing George Floyd, an unarmed African American man in Minneapolis on Monday, May 25.

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Chauvin knelt on his neck over a long period of time while arresting him.

Floyd’s death has since caused outrage with the four officers involved in his death fired. However, people are calling for their arrest, especially Chauvin’s.

Protesters have since gathered outside Chauvin’s house to express displeasure over the death of Floyd. An angry protester went online to share a video showing all the officers guarding Chauvin’s home.

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