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NIPOST @ Lagos Trade Fair, Restates Commitment to SMEs’ Growth

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Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) has restated its commitment in advancing the growth of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the country through its robust e-Commerce delivery system, designed to boost the Nigerian economy.

NIPOST @ Lagos Trade Fair, Restates Commitment to SMEs’ Growth

Dr. Ismail Adedayo Adewusi, postmaster general of NIPOST, who restated the commitment during NIPOST’s Special Day at the just concluded 2020 Lagos International Trade Fair, said NIPOST would continue to leverage technologies to diversify and enhance her services in the different areas of its operations, including the e-Commerce space.

The Postmaster General who was represented by Mr. Olakunle Oladapo, general manager, NIPOST e-Commerce and Logistics, commended the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) for giving NIPOST the opportunity to create greater awareness among its teeming customers and stakeholders on the importance of postal service and how NIPOST has been repositioned to enhance customer service delivery.

He explained that NIPOST developed markets to move the economy forward in line with the best practice worldwide, adding that small businesses are taking advantage of NIPOST’s competitive rates to deliver goods to customers, as its e-Commerce and e-Logistics ventures are taking the centre stage in business networking.

Mrs. Toki Mabogunje, president of LCCI, in her welcome address, stated that the aim of LCCI was to connect businesses and create value between manufacturers, customers, major sector companies and consumers by promoting their products and services at the annual Trade Fair.

Presenting a paper on, ‘The Role and Involvement of NIPOST in Advancing the Growth of SMEs,’ Oladapo, said: “Technology has revolutionised the way companies conduct business and the Nigerian Postal Service without exception, has stepped up to embrace its disruptive influence. NIPOST has further diversified and embedded its services in the seven Commercial Business Units (CBUs) to meet the ever demanding needs of our customers.”

Speaking about the strategies for advancing SMEs, Oladapo said NIPOST developed an electronic platform as a marketplace with focus on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in promoting local content initiative; Improved its last mile delivery system; Developed a processing system to integrate with online marketplaces for last mile and post office pick-up deliveries; Developed line haul services for e-Commerce companies, while currently working with the Universal Postal Union (UPU) to actualise the Operational Readiness for E-commerce (ORE) program to enhance e-Commerce business.

“Though NIPOST a new entrant in the technology savvy and dynamic industry, It is believed that with our wide global network, government support and committed workforce, the post will rise to the occasion to advance SMEs and MSMEs and as well position its Commercial Business Units among the major competitors in the industry in no distant time,” Oladapo said.


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Nigerians Pay Some N87m in Bribes to Public, Private Officials In 2023

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At least N87 million bribes were paid to Nigerian public and private officials in 2023, according to data from National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).

Nigerians Pay Some N87m in Bribes to Public, Private Officials In 2023

NBS data also indicated that of all Nigerian citizens who had at least one contact with a public official in the 12 months prior to the 2023 survey, 27 per cent paid a bribe to a public official.

According to the Bureau, Nigerians’ confidence in the government’s anti-corruption effort has been declining over time and across regions.

“While in 2019, more than half of all citizens thought that the government was effective in fighting corruption, in 2023, the share declined to less than a third of all citizens.

“The downward trend in the citizens’ confidence is observable across the entire country, with all six zones recording reductions of more than 10 percentage points between 2019 and 2023 in terms of the share of citizens who thought the government was effective in fighting corruption,” it stated.


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12 Professors, 15 Others Inducted into Shell Sabbatical, Research Positions

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The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) Joint Venture has significantly expanded its educational initiatives by inducting 27 Nigerian academics and research interns.

12 Professors, 15 Others Inducted into Shell Sabbatical, Research Positions

A cross section of participants in the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) Joint Venture’s 2024 sabbatical and research programme in a group photograph with the leadership of SPDC’s Corporate Relations team at the induction ceremony held in Port Harcourt…recently.

This year’s programme, a 35% increase from the previous year, welcomed eight professors, four senior lecturers, and 15 other participants.

Held at the company’s headquarters in Port Harcourt, the induction ceremony marked the beginning of a one-year programme focused on knowledge exchange and skill development.

Drawn from 13 Nigerian universities, these participants will gain valuable industry experience in fields like biodiversity, petroleum engineering, and environmental impact assessment.

“The research and internship programmes are central to our commitment to supporting higher education in Nigeria,” explained Mr. Igo Weli, Shell Nigeria’s Head of Corporate Relations, and SPDC Director.

He described the programme as mutually beneficial nature by offering Shell access to specialised expertise from professors and lecturers, who in turn acquire practical industry knowledge and exposure to cutting-edge technologies.

Despite operational challenges, Mr. Weli reaffirmed Shell’s position as the industry leader in fostering a positive learning environment and empowering people.

Representing Mrs. Bunmi Edith Lawson, NNPC Upstream Investment Management Services, echoed Mr. Weli’s sentiments. She highlighted the programme’s significance in scientific exploration, environmental stewardship, and knowledge advancement.

“This is an investment in the next generation of innovators,” she stated, “and a way for us to give back to our stakeholders.”

The 2024 programme includes participants from a diverse range of universities across Nigeria, including the University of Benin, Rivers State University, University of Ibadan, Niger Delta University, and Ahmadu Bello University.

Others are Bingham University Karu, Federal University Wukari, University of Medical Sciences, Ondo State, Covenant University, Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo, University of Uyo, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, and Michael Okpara University of Agriculture.

 

 


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Ex Power Minister who Allegedly Stole N33Bn Gets N10Bn Bail

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Saleh Mamman, former minister of Power, who was charged for a N33 billion fraud by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has been granted bail.

Ex Power Minister who Allegedly Stole N33Bn Gets N10Bn Bail

During a sitting on Friday, at the Federal High Court in Abuja, Mamman was granted N10 billion billion with two sureties in like sum.

Issuing the verdict, James Omotosho, chief judge, held that the sureties must be owners of landed properties within the Federal Capital Territory with a minimum valuation of N750 million.

The judge stated that the sureties must swear an affidavit of means and submit their three-year tax clearance certificates, adding that certified copies of the defendant and sureties’ bank statements and their most recent passport photograph must also be submitted.

In addition, the judge directed the defendant to turn in his international passport to the court’s registrar, stating that the registrar must confirm every document before the defendant is allowed to leave custody.

The court further ordered that the defendant be held in jail until all bail requirements were fulfilled and that the sureties could provide a bank guarantee or bond of N10 billion. The case has been adjourned until September 25, 2024.

On Thursday, July 11, the judge ordered the remand of the former minister at the Kuje Prison after his not-guilty plea to all the 12-count charges preferred against him. His lawyer, Femi Ate, a senior advocate, however, told the court that a bail application had been filed on behalf of his client.

Although the judge stated the bail application had not yet made it into the court file, the lawyer representing the EFCC, Adeyinka Olumide-Fusika, also a senior advocate, admitted that the application had been received.

Meanwhile, the defendant had collapsed outside the courtroom before the hearing on Thursday but was revived with the help of his lawyers and some medical personnel at the court.

 


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