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New Horizons Set to Organise National Job Fair

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New Horizons is set to orgnise the biggest job fair/IT seminar in Africa. This is the first time in Africa where all the global IT giants like Microsoft, Oracle, Cisco, Sun Microsystems, EC-Council and New Horizons will be coming together under one roof to discuss the latest trends in IT and how it affects Nigerians as a whole, but more importantly, how individuals can benefit optimally from the numerous IT opportunities. The epoch making event will take place in three locations across the country: The indoor sports hall of the National Stadium, Surulere; the Cultural Centre, Kuto Abeokuta and the CBN centre, Computer Science department, University of Ibadan. The event will take place on the 18th of October 2008. Futhermore, information from New Horizons revealed that participants will learn about actionable steps to take towards improving their professional skills thereby making it easier to get the jobs of their dreams. Other invited guests include top recruitment companies: People Prime, IRIS Consulting, Michael Stevens, and Clement Ashley Consulting.

Bavisi, the co-founder of EC-Council, creators of programmes such as CEH-Certified Ethical Hacker, CHFI-Certified Hacking Foresnsic Investigator, Master of Security Science-MSS, and MBA E-Business will be in attendance to discuss the importance of e-business to national growth and career development.

At the fair, participants will have the opportunity to meet with the recruitment firms to discuss their career aspirations, the needed steps to take to achieve their goals and job opportunities in the Nigerian employment market. They will also get to know the top paying companies in the country, good universities they can attend on a reasonable budget abroad for their postgraduate programmes as well as available scholarships they can tap into to sponsor their schooling.

MD/CEO of New Horizons , Tim Akano said they were organising another job fair because of the unpredecented turn out of particpants at the first one in which more than 10,000 people came. He e further revealed that people had been calling in, writing letters and emails, beckoning on the organsation to put together another job fair, not only in Lagos, but in other states and that is why the firm is putting together a bigger job fair. He added that they were expecting upwards of 30,000 people to come for the event.

He drew attention to the deplorable situation of unemployment in the country and the need to address the situation with pragmatic and long lasting solution. He said the former minister for education Mrs. Oby Ezekwelisi and the present CBN Governor, Charles Soludo said that more than 70% of Nigerian youths are unemployed, unemployable, or underemployed and if the situation is not reversed Nigeria will soon become a nation of criminals. He said the effect of unemployment is deeply felt in the society as the rate of crime has risen to alarming proportions and the only solution to it is to provide the right skills to people so as to rise above the situation and live more prosperous lives. He explained that ICT is the area in which skills are needed in the world today and those who strive to acquire these skills will be better for it.

It will be recalled that New Horizons had previously organized a job fair at the National Sadium Lagos, where more than 10,000 gathered to witness the event; an infotainment night-the first of its kind in Nigeria involving 9ICE and Dan Forster, they have also put together a mobile scholarship initiative in a bid to emancipate the youths from the shackles of unemployment.

New Horizons, the world’s No.1 ICT Training Institution (IDC Report 2007, www.idc.com), as well as the two time winner (2006/2007) for the best ICT Training Institution in West Africa (Direct Marketing Association of West Africa)

 

 


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MTN Launches ‘Visitor SIM’, Designed for Guests Coming into the Country

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MTN Nigeria has announced the introduction of its new Visitor SIM specially designed for guests travelling into the country.

The Visitor SIM comes pre-loaded with an appealing package that includes local and international call and data bundles.

This package will enable people visiting from other countries to stay connected with their friends, family and business associates on MTN’s super-fast network.

MTN VisitorSIMs are easy for inbound international visitors to acquire, activate and use, in addition to which they offer far better value than any roaming tariff.

Not available from any other operator, the service is poised to deliver convenience and the best-in-class customer experience in line with MTN’s brand promise.

According to Adekunle Adebiyi, chief sales and distribution Officer, MTN Nigeria, “The new Visitor SIMs will ensure that before setting foot outside the airport, people visiting Nigeria can plug in, reconnect – to loved ones, associates, tools and information, and begin sharing their remarkable experiences, with no concern about roaming charges.”

 

MTN Visitor SIMs are available in the arrival halls of international airports and other ports of entry.

They are valid for 14 days, which can be extended up to 30 days via MTN’s self-service menus or USSD.


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Nigeria COVID-19 Response: UNICEF, IHS Nigeria Collaborate to Contribute Medical Supplies

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United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) received the delivery of 115,800 COVID-19 test kits to support the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria. These supplies were funded by IHS Nigeria, the Nigerian subsidiary of IHS Towers.

Testing remains the mainstay of the response led by the Presidential Task Force and Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the first step towards diagnosing the infection. Tests enable health officials to understand the COVID-19 status of an individual and link that person to care, support and treatment while contributing to the protection of families and communities.

“Testing remains a core strategy of Nigeria’s response to COVID-19. This is critical for understanding the burden of the disease on our population and targeting our response activities accordingly. The primary goal of the Nigerian Government is to control the spread of this disease.

“This donation from IHS Nigeria through UNICEF will contribute to the national stockpile of test kits managed by NCDC, and support efforts of the growing network of accredited laboratories across the country for the testing of COVID-19. We are grateful for the continued support from UNICEF, IHS Towers and other partners.” said Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director General, NCDC.

IHS Towers has been a strong and continuing partner of UNICEF. At the onset of the coronavirus in Nigeria in late February, IHS Nigeria provided funding to UNICEF to urgently procure essential supplies and equipment with which UNICEF supported the Government of Nigeria in its COVID-19 response.

“UNICEF is deeply appreciative of IHS Towers’ commitment to being a partner in UNICEF’s work in Nigeria. Once more, IHS has shown great generosity in supporting UNICEF’s ongoing efforts to work closely with the Government of Nigeria in the fight against COVID-19.

“I am very delighted to receive this huge contribution from IHS Towers, the benefit of which will reach many more children and their families“, said Peter Hawkins, UNICEF Country Representative.

“We are proud to have played an important role in supporting the Government and our communities where we operate to provide crucial tools needed to fight this pandemic. We understand this virus is here to stay for the foreseeable future, but are confident that with our support, and that of our other private sector colleagues, we are helping to manage and mitigate the impact of the virus in our country” said Mohamad Darwish, Chief Executive Officer of IHS Nigeria.

This recent support of essential tests makes IHS Towers the biggest private sector donor for UNICEF Nigeria’s emergency response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


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Coca-Cola, Red Cross Society Expand Fight Against COVID-19 In Nigeria

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In a bid to support the fight against the Coronavirus disease, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) along with its national society Nigerian Red Cross (NRC) has started the distribution of PPEs and risk communications efforts to the tune of N228 Million to support its COVID-19 interventions in Nigeria.

 

This is part of The Coca-Cola Foundation’s $2.5million grant to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support the COVID-19 pandemic within the West and Central Africa sub-regions.

The grant, which leverages the long-standing partnership between The Coca-Cola Company and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), seeks to support national efforts in the fight against the Coronavirus disease through the provision of essential medical supplies, personal protective equipment (PPE) and risk communications to impacted communities, healthcare personnel on the frontlines and treatment centres across the country.

 

Speaking on the donation, Yebeltal Getachew, managing director, Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited, explained, “The Coca-Cola System (Coca-Cola Nigeria, Nigeria Bottling Company and Chi Limited) remains committed to providing support to the communities we serve during these challenging times.

 

“By providing healthcare workers with much-needed PPEs, we are confident that this will go a long way in ensuring their safety as they remain on the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19.

 

“Coca-Cola is proud to support the Red Cross as we deliver on our purpose of making a difference across the world”. 

 

Medical supplies being donated comprise N95 respirators, surgical masks, examination gloves, face shields, medical gowns, no-touch thermometers, disposable aprons, heavy-duty rubber gloves, rubber boots, basic masks, disposable gloves, and hand sanitizers.

 

Expressing his gratitude for the donation, Abubakar Kende, secretary-general for the Nigerian Red Cross Society explained, “We have identified the facilities in urgent need of these PPEs in consultation with NCDC and the Federal Ministry of Health and will subsequently be distributed to these centres.

 

“This will ensure that treatment centres across the country are properly equipped with necessary PPEs as we continue to fight the disease”. 

IFRC seeks to directly impact the lives of over 1.4 million people in Nigeria and across other countries in West and Central Africa under this partnership. For over a century, The Coca-Cola Company and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) have sustained a rewarding partnership that has seen the rehabilitation and preservation of human lives across the world through the delivery of humanitarian aid and emergency response to communities affected by disasters.

 

 

 


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