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Reps Fume as Foreign Partners Pocket N72Bn NIS Revenue

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House of Representatives Committee on Finance has asked Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) to explain how some N72billion of over N80billion generated from the issuance of international passports and other services by the Service is lost to foreign and other technical partners of the Nigerian Immigration Service.

Reps Fume as Technical Partners Pocket N72Bn NIS Revenue

This was made known when Mohammed Babandede, comptroller general, NIS, appeared before the Mr James Faleke-led Committee on Finance Committee on the 2021-2023 Medium-Term Expenditure FrameWork and Fiscal Strategy Paper,

Babandede disclosed that his outfit generated N14, 772,051billion in 2018, N16,777,643,537billion in 2019. and N5,714,780,005billion in 2020 from passport sales.

From the revenue generated from passports in 2018, N12,181,069,761.69 billion went to Iris Smart Technologies, for 2019, N10,327,818,235.21, went to Iris, while in 2020, N3,508,830,380.61 went to the company.

From ECOWAS/AA, he said the NIS generated 126,136,960million, in 2018, N110,316,892 million in 2019, N38,372,820 million in 2020.

From the revenue generated from ECOWAS/AA, the CG said technical partners, New Works Solution Limited, got N1,376,352,413.59billion, in 2018, N1,573,354,911.58billion, while in 2020, N378,833,730.40 million went to them.

For Address Verification, he said the agency generated N2,075,066,728 in 2018, N2,715,888,307,50billion in 2019,and N561,839,700 million in 2020.

Of the revenue generated from Address Verification, a technical partner National E-government got N302,069,664.39million, in 2018, N276,688,519,22 million in 2019, N82,210,586.84 in 2020.

For the Combined Expatriate Residence Permit and Aliens Card, CERPAC, he said the Service, generated N20,358,233,000 billion in 2018, N40,786,437,950 billion in 2019, N16,705,512,250 billion in 2020.

Of the money generated through CERPAC, FMI, collected N236,323,494.00million in 2018, N2,056,632,384.50million in 2019, and N8442,909,515.50.

For E-Pass, the NIS, generated N1,426,566,000.00 in 2018, N1,731,048,700,00 in 2019, and N763,249,300,00 in 2020, while a total of N20.5million, amounting to a total revenue of about N80billion.

From the revenue generated by NIS, through E-Pass, IPTELCOM gulped NN2,442,484,334.50 in 2018, N3,343,331,440,33 billion in 2019 and N1,436,169,951.50billion in 2020, while Nigeria Security Printing and Minting Company, Federal Inland Revenue Service, Sub-Treasurer, IPTELCOM took over N4billion from a remainder of the N68billion generated for the years 2018- 2020 from E-Pass and other services.

The payment to foreign and local technical partners namely, Iris Smart Technologies, NewWorks Solution Ltd, National E-government, Greater Washington, Contec(CERPAC-E-Pass), FMI(CERPAC-E-PASS), NIS(After-Payment To IPTELCOM), NSPMC, FIRS,SUB-TREASURER, and IPTELCOM got a dollar payment, totalling $92million dollars, representing over 80 percent of the revenue the NIS generated from 2018-2020.

Faleke who was apparently dissatisfied with the submission summoned all technical partners and agencies involved.

Faleke, while dismissing the Comptroller General, said “CG, thank you. We will use you directly to invite all your partners to appear before this Committee on Thursday”.

He added that “And when they’re coming, they should come with all their tax remittances documents, from personal income tax, withholding tax, Company income tax and Value Added Tax, all from the day they signed the agreement till this day.”


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Jumia Partners Reckitt Benkiser, Nokia, Others to Enable Consumers Access Quality Products

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Jumia has launched a Brand Festival campaign in partnership with top global brands such as Reckitt Benkiser, Unilever, Nokia, Intel, HP, Nexus, Hisense, Sharp, Samsung, Binatone, XIAOMI, ABSOLUT, Dettol, and Logitech.

The campaign which is scheduled to run from September 21st to 27th, will provide consumers access to top quality products directly from the manufacturers, eliminating all third parties, thereby reducing the cost of the products, which will enable consumers to save money.

Jumia Nigeria CEO, Massimiliano Spalazzi, said: “The aim of the campaign is to enable our consumers to save more money while getting the best quality products directly from the brand manufacturers. Consumers today are more conscious of the quality of the product they buy on Jumia, and at the same time want to save money while shopping.

In the wake of COVID-19, we have continued to strive to operate so that consumers can continue to stay at home, use e-commerce to shop, and stay safe in this trying time. We are proud to partner with Unilever, Nokia and other top brands as part of our commitment to provide customers easy access to quality products directly from the manufacturers at best prices.

Head of Key Accounts and e-Commerce at Reckitt Benckiser Nigeria Ltd, Afam Onwordi, stated that: “We have enjoyed a good and healthy relationship with Jumia in the last couple of years.

“As our fight in RB is making access to the highest quality hygiene, wellness and nourishment a right and NOT a privilege, we would therefore always seize the opportunity of every major event like this (Brand Festival) to reward our consumers with interesting offers and deals across our wide range of products.”

Senior Business Manager at HMD Global, Emmanuel Ossai, said: “For us at HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, we are very excited to be supporting Jumia on this festival for authentic brands in Nigeria.

“We have a commitment to continuously deliver value and believe that this partnership will afford Nigerians more opportunities to enjoy the beauty of quality hardware and the secure Android experience that we offer across our range of Nokia smartphones.

“Interestingly, we have new exciting devices that will be unveiled to our Nigerian customers in the coming weeks and we cannot wait for you to have a feel of hardware magic carefully combined with software excellence. So, keep watching this space.”


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TikTok Picks Oracle to Provide ‘Secure’ Cloud Tech

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Enterprise software giant Oracle announced that it has been chosen to become TikTok’s “secure” cloud technology provider.

According to Oracle, this technical decision by TikTok was heavily influenced by Zoom’s recent success in moving a large portion of its video-conferencing capacity to the Oracle Public Cloud.

Oracle’s announcement comes after TikTok parent ByteDance last week said it will not be selling the video-sharing app’s US operations to software giant Microsoft.

This after US president Donald Trump signed an executive order on 6 August, blocking all transactions with ByteDance in an effort to address “national emergency” issues.

On 14 August, the US president issued an order that gave ByteDance 90 days to divest the US operations of TikTok.

Since then, US companies such as Microsoft and Oracle have been lining up as potential buyers for the popular short video app.

As the trade war between the US and China rages on, the US government has accelerated its efforts to purge Chinese apps and technology companies that it deems untrustworthy.

Trump and his administration raised national security issues, alleging the Chinese-owned company will share sensitive user data with the Chinese government.

“TikTok picked Oracle’s new Generation 2 Cloud infrastructure because it’s much faster, more reliable, and more secure than the first generation technology currently offered by all the other major cloud providers,” says Oracle chief technology officer Larry Ellison.

“In the 2020 Industry CloudPath survey that IDC recently released where it surveyed 935 infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) customers on their satisfaction with the top IaaS vendors including Oracle, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, IBM and Google Cloud…Oracle IaaS received the highest satisfaction score.”

“As a part of this agreement, TikTok will run on the Oracle Cloud and Oracle will become a minority investor in TikTok Global,” says Oracle CEO Safra Catz.

“Oracle will quickly deploy, rapidly scale and operate TikTok systems in the Oracle Cloud. We are 100% confident in our ability to deliver a highly secure environment to TikTok and ensure data privacy to TikTok’s American users, and users throughout the world.

“This greatly improved security and guaranteed privacy will enable the continued rapid growth of the TikTok user community to benefit all stakeholders.”


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Inq. Acquires Vodacom’s Business in Nigeria, Others

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inq. Holdings Limited, artificial intelligence service provider, has acquired Vodacom Business Africa’s operations in Nigeria, Zambia and Cote d’Ivoire.

Inq. Acquires Vodacom’s Business in Nigeria, Others

It plans further acquisition in Cameroon subject to regulatory approvals.

Mr. Valentine Chime, managing director, inq. Holdings Limited, said the 100 per cent acquisition of the Vodacom Business Africa’s operations in the three countries was in pursuit of the company’s dream of building pan-African network that will help in creating better future through digital solutions.

Domiciled in Mauritius, inq. Holdings Limited is a subsidiary of Convergence Partners Communications Infrastructure Fund, a fund dedicated solely to communications infrastructure and related services and technologies across Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).

Formerly known as Synergy Communications, the latest acquisition has grown inq.’s regional footprint with operations in 12 cities in seven countries across Africa. It has existing operations in Botswana, Malawi and South Africa with an additional investment in Mozambique.

“Under the inq. banner the company will embark on the next phase of building a unified Pan-African cloud and digital service provider, bringing to market a very relevant suite of next generation technology solutions in the fields of Edge AI, SD-WAN/NFV and Cloud,”Chime said.

According to him, with operations in major African cities of Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Kano, Gaborone, Lusaka, Ndola, Blantyre, Lilongwe, Mzuzu, Abidjan and Johannesburg, the inq. team prides itself on global best practice methodologies customised to local customs in each of the 16 cities, covering different sectors including banking, oil and gas, fast moving consumer goods, mining, health, real estate, information technologies, public sector and logistics.

“Covid-19 has accelerated digital transformation, and inq. is perfectly positioned to deliver intelligent connectivity through seamless delivery of cloud and digital services and  technologies to our clients. We are about simpler, seamless solutions,” Chime said.

 

 


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