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CTN Express Expands to Serve Customers Better

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CTN Express Limited, the express wing of the Chisco Transport Company is known to control a large volume of the express and logistics business in Nigeria. To continue to take its market share, the company has recently   embarked on expansion of its network in various parts of the state. Tony Anunobi, general manager of the company revealed that a new branch of the company was opened in the   second quarter of the year at the Computer Village, Ikeja while in the third quarter three new branches were opened at the Trade Fair Complex. Apapa and Ilupeju branch located at the Osolo Way. Anunobi says opening of the new branches will avail the company the opportunity to reach its customers and also serve them better.  He believes the moiré branches you open in the courier business will expand your network and that when you expand your network you are bound to service your customers better.
Anunobi says competition in the industry is becoming stiffer even as he feels the business is equally expanding as the courier business is gradually moving from mail environment to parcel environment, corporate haulage and so on.  He says people now go to China, India, Dubai and other places to buy goods and they will ask you to come and take care of their logistics from there.  Anunobi also said that some people will even sit  in their rooms  and import goods without going out. All they need to do according to Anunobi is  to ask a courier company to go there and get these things done. Further he intimated that many companies in Nigeria   don’t want to get involved in the movement of their finished goods, instead they call Logistics Company to come and move the goods for them. Anunobi submits that the courier business is expanding just as competition is becoming stiffer.
On the regulation of the postal and courier sector, Anunobi says his stand like any other professional in the industry is to see the birth of Courier Service Commission. However Anunobi says government business is not like private organization where you can easily make approvals and things will change. He says government bureaucracy has a way of delaying things but is optimistic that the courier umbrella body, Association of Nigeria Courier Operators (Anco) and the Courier Regulatory Department (CRD) are working hard to make sure that the commission comes on board.  He says “ the delay is not too good but generally that is the way government does  business in Nigeria  and our own will not be an exception .
Looking at what the sector has so far lost with the delay in constituting the commission, Anunobi says the delay has caused his men development, movement, double taxation and believes that as soon as the commission comes on stream that the harassment of local government officials will become a thing of the past. All other government agencies that would want to collect tax here and there he said will no longer be there. But with the commission in place, he argues, Nigerians will be interested to come and invest in courier business and foreigners will have the confidence to invest too. “ So far we have lost a lot. If we start counting what we have lost, we will all be crying but truth is that if we start today, it is not too late” Anunobi said.
In the area of innovation, Anunobi says CTN Express is planning to equip its operations with Information Technology tools such as electronic tracking system and car tracker which he said the company will use to monitor its vehicles. Along the same line he says by first quarter of next year the company will also buy new trucks, new vans, and new motor-cycles to make sure that the company moves. They will also expand their operations to the northern part of the country to make sure that their products and services are visible in every part of the country.

 


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NCC Arrests Man for Hacking into DSTV System

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Nigeria Copyright Commission (NCC), has arrested one Mr Aliu Olalekan, for allegedly hacking into DSTV system and watching the channels free without subscription.

NCC Arrests Man for Hacking into DSTV System

Mr Matthew Ojo, NCC Director in the Lagos Directorate Office said this while speaking with newsmen in Lagos, on Tuesday.

He said that the suspect used to watch DSTV channels free without subscription on his Android phone via an app which he downloaded on google play store.

“This suspect distributed the know-how to his telegram followers and on his blog with the aim of gaining more followers and viewership on his blog and makes more money through google ad-sense.

“The operation was based on surveillance which had earlier been carried out by the Multi-choice team and verified by a copyright inspector, ” he said.

He added that the arrest was made in collaboration with a team of copyright inspectors led by the Head of Enforcement Department, Mr Charles Amudipe.

Others included; a team from Multichoice Nigeria led by Mr Umar Ibrahim and policemen from Lagos Command Headquarters, Ikeja.

Ojo said that the joint team conducted an anti-piracy operation at the premises of the culprit in Amukoko, Lagos.

According to him, the suspect was contacted on phone by a member of the operation team on the disguise of patronising him. “The suspect came out to meet the caller and in the process of discussion, he was apprehended.

“The suspect took the team to his resident. The squad paraded his one-room apartment and recovered his laptop and phones used in perpetrating the ungodly act. “He was arrested and brought to the copyright commission office for further investigation, ” he said.

Ojo said that, on getting to the commission’s office, the statement of the suspect was taken and the inventory of items seized from him taken. He said that investigation on the matter was still ongoing and if found guilty the suspect will be charged to court.

 


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CBN Disburses N3.5tr COVID-19 Intervention Cash

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Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) had disbursed N3.5 trillion to different sectors of the economy to cushion the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic.

CBN Disburses N3.5tr COVID-19 Intervention Cash

Mr. Godwin Emefiele, CBN governor

It will also contribute N1.8 trillion into the N2.30 trillion Federal Government’s one-year Economic Sustainability Plan (ESP) through its Participating Financial Institutions (PFIs).

Godwin Emefiele, CBN Governor stated this on Tuesday after the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting in Abuja.

Emefiele gave a breakdown of who got what out of the N3.5 trillion COVID-19 intervention as follows: Real Sector (N216.87 billion); COVID-19 Targeted Credit Facility (N73.69 billion); Agri-Business/Small and Medium Enterprise Investment Scheme (N54.66 billion); Pharmaceutical and Health Care Support (N44.47 billion); and Creative Industry Financing (N2.93 billion).

Under the Real Sector Funds, Emefiele said: “a total of 87 projects that include 53 manufacturing, 21 agriculture and 13 service projects were funded.

He added: “In the health care sector, 41 projects which include 16 pharmaceuticals and 25 hospital and health care services were funded.”

The CBN boss also said: “Under the Targeted Credit Facility, 120,074 applicants received financial support for investment capital.

“The AGSMEIS intervention has been extended to a total of 14,638 applicants, while 250 Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), predominantly the youth, have benefited from the Creative Industry Financing Initiative.”

Emefiele said in addition to  the  initiatives, the   apex bank “is set to contribute over N1.8 trillion of the total sum of N2.30 trillion needed for the one year  ESP, through its various financing interventions using the  PFIs.”


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Yobe Gov Approves Employment of Staff @ State Owned Broadcasting Stations

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Mai Mala Buni, governor of Yobe State has approved the appointment of experienced casual staff working at Yobe Broadcasting Corporation (YBC) and Yobe State Television (YTV).

Yobe Gov Approves Employment of Staff @ State Owned Broadcasting Stations

This is as part of efforts to ensure enough manpower for the on-going digitization of the two stations.

Abdullahi Bego, commissioner for Information, Home Affairs, and Culture revealed this when the officials of the Radio, Television and Theatre Art Workers Union (RATAWU) paid him a courtesy visit at the office in Damaturu.

Bego said the governor had after approving millions of naira for the total overhauling of the two stations directed for formulation of all strategies that will ensure effective implementation of the digitization process.

The commissioner also said, “His Excellency Hon. Mai Mala Buni is passionate about the digitization process of the media organizations in the state especially when it comes to equipment, staff strength and capability.

“The next step is the training and retraining of the staff of the two media organisations for efficiency in the execution of their job,” Bego disclosed.

He said the casual staffs billed for employment were serving at the stations for more than eight years while others five to six years without permanent appointment letters.

“We feel it is good to employ them taking into cognizance their experience in the system and dedication to duty.”

Bego commended RATTAWU among other members of the organization for their effort in informing, enlightening, and entertaining the public at all times.

Comrade Nasiru Illiya, chairman of RATTAWU, while speaking, said they were at his office to register their gratitude to the giant stride of Governor Mai Mala Buni, especially on the digitization of the two media organisations in the state.

“Sir, we are equally very grateful to note that within your short stay as commissioner of Information, we have started witnessing a positive transformation in the sector through the award of contracts worth millions of naira for upgrading YBC and YTV from analogue to digital transmission

“As I am speaking to you now, YBC is online transmission live,” Illiya disclosed


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