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KongaNow: Guaranteed same day Delivery for Launch

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Konga, Nigeria’s leading composite e-commerce group, after two years of extensive research and test-running, is set to further raise the bar of service delivery in the industry with the launch of KongaNow, guaranteed same day delivery of verified products, for which Konga will take complete responsibility.

All you need to do is go to www.Konga.com/konga/now and any product tagged KongaNow must be delivered to the shopper between one to six hours same day, irrespective of the shopper’s location.

This offer goes live in Lagos and Abuja from 1am on May 30th, 2023, with shoppers set to enjoy a special one-day sale offering unbeatable prices on selected high and middle-end products direct from manufacturers to launch the initiative.

Konga is partnering with a lot of global manufacturers in the Electronics, Computing and Accessories, Home and Kitchen, Power, FMCG, Lifestyle products, Cosmetics and Health space among others, on this initiative.

Every product on KongaNow is available for immediate delivery, with the e-commerce giant also planning to roll out in other states in Nigeria before the end of September this year.

Most importantly, KongaNow will expectedly add impetus to the 2023 edition of the annual Mid-Year Shopping Festival that starts on the 1st of June through to 30th of June.

Through KongaNow, shoppers can enjoy unprecedented speed in the delivery of their high and medium value items Monday to Saturday, no matter how expensive the products. In addition, Konga takes responsibility for the quality of products delivered.

‘’This is why we have been investing billions in logistics assets and technologies in the last few months to take e-commerce to the next level,’’ disclosed KongaNow Project Head, Ms. Yvonne Enwerem.

‘‘I have absolutely no doubt that the Konga Group with her multiple verticals and experienced human capital can and will deliver on this project in Nigeria and beyond.

“We have the express mandate of the Board and support of critical manufacturers to raise the bar of e-commerce within the next one year.’’

She concluded by advising few media representatives who could not reconcile how this could be executed to try it out on Monday, the 30th of May, 2023 with a special one-day discount

The latest initiative is bound to further raise the bar of service delivery in the industry, with the management of Konga confident that this will go a long way in improving standards and boosting customer satisfaction among its teeming shoppers and other critical audiences such as bulk buyers, schools and educational institutions, corporate establishments and government parastatals, among others.

“We are confident that through KongaNow, we will be filling a huge, identified gap in the e-commerce space: swift delivery. From feedback and research at our disposal, this is one of the biggest challenges faced by shoppers.

“A lot of Nigerians are last-minute shoppers and most shoppers want to be able to take delivery of their items at short notice.

“Of course, the inability to resolve this is tied to the thorny issue of logistics and infrastructural deficiencies, both of which have remained twin obstacles to e-commerce in Nigeria,’’ disclosed Group Head, Marketing, Gideon Ayogu.

He added: “But at Konga, we have built a reputation as solution providers. So, we have taken on this challenge by offering our customers and other Nigerians a chance to enjoy lightning-fast, same day delivery of their items within one to six hours through KongaNow.

“We are starting off with Lagos and Abuja but we will be extending this offer to other cities in no time. There are no added charges but all items must be prepaid, preferably via KongaPay, our CBN-licensed mobile money wallet or through other means such as debit card, bank transfer or voucher to be eligible for same day delivery,’’ he concluded.

Meanwhile, feelers from within Konga indicate that the company has put in place efficient operational measures to ensure that all KongaNow orders receive priority attention for swift fulfilment.

In addition, orders must be placed and the check-out process completed latest by 2pm to enjoy same day delivery. Consequently, orders received after 2pm will be delivered on the next working day.

Prospective customers must also be physically available at their chosen location to receive the orders. Otherwise, they also have the opportunity of assigning someone else to receive the order, on the condition that they must notify the delivery associate or Konga Customer Care team accordingly.

KongaNow is open to all classes of shoppers, including regular shoppers, bulk buyers, corporates and other establishments.


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9mobile Refutes Claims of N55Bn Debt to Keystone Bank

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Board of Directors of Emerging Markets Telecommunication Services Limited, trading as 9mobile, has refuted reports suggesting that a court ordered the company to pay a N55bn debt to Keystone Bank.

9mobile Refutes Claims of N55Bn Debt to Keystone Bank

In a statement at the weekend, the telecommunications company clarified that it was not a party to any legal suit or court order related to the debt.

The legal dispute involves only its minority shareholder, Teleology Nigeria Limited.

“Our attention has been drawn to a wave of syndicated media publications dated Friday, July 19, 2024, with the same misleading headline: ‘Court orders 9mobile to pay N55bn debt to Keystone Bank,’” 9mobile stated.

“The Management of 9mobile wishes to inform the concerned public and critical stakeholders that, contrary to this misleading headline, Emerging Markets Telecommunication Services Limited, trading as 9mobile, was neither a party to any suit nor affected by the order said to have been made against it as an entity.”

On Friday, a section of the media reported that a Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos, ordered Teleology Nigeria Ltd. to pay the sum owed to Keystone Bank.

Bode Olanipekun, SAN, Keystone’s counsel, claimed Teleology failed to service the loan used to finance its acquisition of assets in 9mobile.

Despite Keystone Bank’s offer to restructure the loan, Teleology did not meet the conditions set forth. Instead of repayment, the plaintiff received a proposal from PAC Ltd. suggesting a debt conversion to equity with no immediate repayment.

9mobile emphasised that the reports were false and defamatory, impacting its corporate reputation.

“If the correspondents who filed the obviously syndicated news stories were anywhere near the courtroom during the proceedings leading to the issuance of the said order, they would have known that at no point was 9mobile a party to the suit in question. Rather, the action was appropriately classified and filed as ‘Keystone Bank v. Teleology Nigeria Limited.’”

The company reiterated that no judgment was made against it and described the attempt to link 9mobile with the transaction of its minority shareholder, Teleology Nigeria Limited, as “false and maliciously misleading.”

9mobile highlighted that it is under new ownership, with a 95.5 per cent controlling stake in the business, and has not been found liable for the actions of its minority shareholder in the ongoing legal tussle.

“Our business transformation program has commenced, and we are poised to reclaim our place in the market,” 9mobile assured.

Teleology Holdings acquired 9mobile, previously known as Etisalat Nigeria, in November 2018 after a lengthy bidding process. However, just two months later, Teleology announced its withdrawal from the project due to dissatisfaction with its local partnership and operational challenges.

This decision jeopardised the initial $50m deposit made for the acquisition and highlighted ongoing financial difficulties faced by 9mobile, which has seen a significant decline in subscribers since its financial troubles began in 2017.

 


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TD Africa, BOSCH Strengthen Ties on Nigerian Consumer Electronic Market

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To further showcase its acknowledgment and endorsement of the Nigerian-born, Africa-wide technology distribution company, TD Africa, a delegation of Robert Bosch GmbH, popularly known as BOSCH, has paid a courtesy visit to the tech distribution giant at its Victoria Island, Lagos, head office.

L-R: Ifeoma Chigbo-Ndukwe (HR & Admin, TD Africa); Anastasia Etumeahu (Bosch Business Manager, TD Africa); Piet Ebersohn (Bosch Brand Manager, Sub-Saharan Africa); Chioma Chimere (Coordinating Managing Director, TD Africa); Chiamaka Okonkwo (Business Analyst, TD Africa); Omotola Basiru (Procurement Officer, TD Africa).

This pivotal visit marks a renewed commitment of the German multinational engineering and technology company to TD Africa as the strategic ally for Bosch business in Nigeria.

Mrs. Chioma Chimere, the Coordinating Managing Director of TD Africa, who warmly received the Bosch delegation, said the visit was to further strengthen the existing ties between the two companies and stamp the multinational’s presence in Nigeria.

Her words, “This visit signifies a renewed focus on making Bosch the most sought-after consumer electronics brand for the discerning Nigerian customer.

“We believe the collaborative strategies discussed will pave the way for big prospects and breakthroughs for Bosch in Nigeria, and TD Africa stands ready as a key partner in this journey.”

Topmost on the discussion were strategies for projecting TD Africa as the key distributor for Bosch products in the country. As both parties outlined plans towards achieving exponential growth through marketing initiatives, among others, to expand Bosch’s market share.

Mr. Piet Ebersohn, the Brand Manager for Bosch, Sub-Saharan Africa, who led the delegation, said: “TD’s commitment to the growth of the customer’s value chain is immeasurable and invaluable. This is one of the many reasons we value our partnership with TD Africa.”

For the continued efficacy of the alliance, the German company promised to ensure top-notch supply-chain management practices with TD Africa to ensure a steady flow of desired Bosch products to ease and meet the Nigerian consumer demands without delay.

While this collaboration further reinforces TD Africa’s commitment to making technologies accessible across the continent, the visit has again confirmed TD Africa’s position as the premier distributor of choice for leading global brands.


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FG Calls on Nigerians to Apply for ECOWAS Cybersecurity Hackathon

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Federal Government of Nigeria is calling on all Nigerian youths and IT enthusiasts to join the Capture the Flag (CTF) competition by registering to participate in the Economic Community of West Africa’s (ECOWAS) Cybersecurity Hackathon.

The event aims to empower citizens across the region with vital cybersecurity skills.

The event is being organised by ECOWAS and hosted by Nigeria in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy, and NITDA.

The Cybersecurity Hackathon presents an excellent opportunity for both beginners and seasoned professionals to dive into the world of cybersecurity, acquire new skills, and network with fellow enthusiasts.

All talented individuals and teams are invited to join this exhilarating competition. Demonstrate your expertise, collaborate with peers, and push the boundaries of cybersecurity. Be part of the talent pool driving cyberspace security for your country and West Africa as a whole.

The hackathon fosters a platform for young technology enthusiasts, enhancing the cyber workforce in the region. Nigerian youths are particularly encouraged to participate and showcase their brightest minds in this competition. Whether a cybersecurity novice or a seasoned expert, this event offers a unique opportunity to learn new skills and connect with fellow cyber enthusiasts.

ECOWAS Hackathon is an annual ethical hacking competition that brings together top cybersecurity talents from across ECOWAS, providing a unique opportunity to showcase skills, encourage knowledge sharing, and promote excellence in the field of cybersecurity.

The first edition took place in Porto Novo, Benin Republic in 2022 and Lome, Togo in 2023.

Eligibility and Registration Details:

Registration Period: Open from July 19, 2024, to August 5, 2024.

Eligibility Criteria:

All participants must be citizens of ECOWAS

member countries.

Travel tickets will be provided for participants residing within the region.

Teams must consist of 3-4 members, with at least one female participant.

Participants must be between 17 and 35 years of age.

This initiative came at the time of a recent report by the International Information System Security Certification Consortium (ISC2), which highlighted a global gap of four million unfilled cybersecurity jobs.

The Federal Government of Nigeria is addressing this talent shortage through its 3 Million Technical Talent (3MTT) programme, organised by the Federal Ministry of Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy.

The programme aims to train three million Nigerians in technical skills, including cybersecurity.

Register Now:

Don’t miss this thrilling opportunity to be part of West Africa’s cybersecurity community. Registration for the ECOWAS Cybersecurity Hackathon is now open. Join this exciting Capture the Flag (CTF) competition by clicking the link below: https://ecowasctf.ng](https://ecowasctf.ng)


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