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Operator-Govt Interface in Courier: Matters Arising

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Professionalism in any field of human endeavour holds the key to accepted ways business of a particular field should be conducted. This will no doubt lead to mastery and growth of that particular field by players in the industry.

 

To instill professionalism into courier business, Dr. Simon Emeje, chief regulatory officer and senior assistant postmaster general of the Nigerian Postal Service (Nipost), had for the umpteenth time, emphasized the need for players in the postal and courier business to go about their activities the right way.

 

Having considered the role of education to nation building and as an agent of change, Emeje makes sure that courier practitioners have a large dose of it. At least three times a year, the Courier Regulatory Department (CRD), organizes seminars at affordable rates and invite resource persons from outside the industry to rub minds with stakeholders on how to be better courier practitioners in the courier business.

 

The gains of attending these lectures are better imagined. Participants are left more informed than they were prior to the lectures.

 

The most thrilling was the one that held on April 23, 2008 at the Ikeja Airport Hotels. The title was ‘Operator-Government Agency Interface in Courier Business.’

 

The CRD succeeded in bringing government agencies that courier practitioners encounter at the airports in the line of duty. The Nigeria Customs Service, the Police, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA); were all represented and each delivered a paper. Beyond that, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) was also invited.

 

The round robin lecture was apt as it vividly showed that a lot of people in the courier business needed to be educated on a wide range of issues that they were not privy to, before the lecture.

 

The Nigeria Customs Service representative, Chimezie Ugwu, deputy comptroller of customs, Airport Courier; his counterpart, Emmanuel Sylva, assistant commissioner of police, head of police operations, Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Otunba Lanre Ipinmisho, director general / secretary, NDLEA; Isyaku Bala Tilde, assistant director investment, representing SEC, were personalities present at the event.

 

After each lecture was delivered, courier representatives at the event were allowed to ask questions and their questions well attended to.

 

The government operatives also blamed courier firms in areas they failed to comply with the rules.

 

It has been a few months after the seminar and there seems to be quite a reduction in the number of cases of fraudulent practices reported against some of the courier operators.

 

A visit by our correspondent to Alhaji M.L Yusuf, public relations officer, Nigeria Customs Service, Murtala Muhammed International Airport, affirms that courier agents have learnt to go by the rules.

 

We have not also heard of the usual clampdown on fake courier companies by the Courier Regulatory Department in recent times probably because of the renewed effort by the regulatory body to deal decisively with such illegal operators in addition to the enlightenment that courier is not an all corners affair.

 

Dr. Simon Emeje had once revealed to our correspondent that training is close to the heart of his department.

 

Nigeria CommunicationsWeek would advice that no amount of seminars and training will be too much for courier operators as education is a continuous process. Courier practitioners should embrace the opportunities offered by such platforms as no amount of money invested on education can be said to be too much.


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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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