Thursday, July 2, 2020

Hushpuppi handed over to the FBI

Nigerian Instagram 'scamster' Hushpuppi has been handed over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the US, according to the Dubai Police.




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source: Gulf news

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Fire outbreak reported on RoRo ship


A fire outbreak was recently reported on a 12,250-vehicle capacity Höegh Autoliners, operated by Grimaldi shipping. The incident which started on the 7th deck of the 10-year old ocean autoliner occurred at the Blount Island port in Jacksonville, Florida. 

The Grimaldi operated Roll on Roll off (RoRo) ship is popular for shipping thousands of vehicles to Africa and other continents.

All 21 crew members were safely evacuated however some members of the Jacksonville fire service sustained injuries.

Not much is known about the extent of damage to the cargo on board but Grimaldi is in communication with shipping agents including Dallas based Kingz logistics who expressed concerns about the interruption the unfortunate incidence will cause to scheduled consignments in addition to the challenges brought about by covid-19.


source: trendy communications

Monday, June 1, 2020

AfDB transformation strategy for Africa


For the past ten years, Africa has recorded some of the world’s strongest rates of economic growth. At the same time, many African economies continue to function at well below their full potential. Structural transformation is needed to create more jobs, reduce poverty and accomplish sustainable development objectives.

The African Development Bank’s High 5 priority areas are intended to support African countries’ achievement of the SDGS. They are: Feed Africa; Light up Africa; Industrialize Africa; Integrate Africa; and Improve the Quality of Life for the people of Africa.

Feed Africa

Since 2015, 74 million Africans have benefited from improved agricultural technologies through the Bank’s efforts to support increased food security on the continent.

In western Mauritania, for example, the Brakna-Ouest irrigation infrastructure improvement project, supported by the Bank in the amount of $12 million, enabled 1 500 farming and livestock-producing families to return to cultivating their fields. 

Light up Africa

Without electricity, agriculture cannot effectively meet the growing challenge of food security in Africa. The Bank has made investment in energy a priority. Since 2016, it has mobilized $12 billion for its “Light Up Africa” strategic priority. Through this investment, 13.4 million people have gained access to electricity.

Morocco has made significant progress in widening access to electricity. In just the past twenty years, the electricity system has expanded to cover almost the entire country. The national rural electrification program, supported by the Bank with 155 million euros, has connected nearly 12.8 million Moroccans to the national power grid.

Industrialize Africa

As part of the Bank’s “Industrialize Africa” priority, 9 million people have gained access to private financing. In Nigeria, for instance, where more than 70 percent of the population depends on agriculture, fluctuating harvests have significant repercussions on yields, income and food security.

One solution is fertilizer, particularly if locally produced. The Bank provided $100 million to support construction of a modern fertilizer plant in Port Harcourt.

Integrate Africa

To derive more benefit from industrialization, Africa must become better integrated in terms of trade and markets. Through integration, African countries can gain access to larger markets and thereby increase incomes for millions of residents through new opportunities.

Since 2015, 69 million people have benefited from the Bank’s support for new transport infrastructure that has advanced integration. Gaps in the primary transport corridors have been filled, links between countries have been strengthened, and intra-African trade has been revitalised.

A good example of this is The Nairobi-Addis-Ababa corridor, which received $670 million in Bank financing and which has enhanced the potential for trade and job growth in Ethiopia and Kenya.
AfDB President, Akinwumi Adesina



Improve the quality of life for the people of Africa

An important part of improving living conditions is providing better access to essential services such as health, water and sanitation. Since 2015, Bank-supported projects have given 43 million people access to water and sanitation.

source: APO 

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Kenya President Kenyatta extends covid19 curfew by 21 days


President Uhuru Kenyatta has extended the nationwide curfew and the cessation movements in counties of Nairobi, Mombasa  Kwale,  Kilifi and Mandera till 6th June in a bid to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on the advice of the National Emergency Response committee on coronavirus.

The President also announced that there will be cessation of movement of persons and passenger into and out through Kenya-Tanzania and Kenya – Somali border except for cargo, beginning midnight today.

Kenya President Kenyatta


He disclosed that the government will continue to take every measure to protect the lives of Kenyans from the COVID- 19 pandemic, and to plan for the recovery of the economy.
The President announced 49 new positive cases of covid-19, bringing the total to 830.

“On a positive note l want to thank the dedication and commitment of our health care workers, we have discharged 301 individuals from our health facilities having registered full recovery since the onset of this pandemic,” he noted and thanked all Kenyans who are adhering to the health hygiene and social distancing measures.

Currently there are 481 cases undergoing treatment. Globally, the coronavirus pandemic has claimed over 300,000 innocent lives as of this morning from 4.7 million infections.

source: APO

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

242 new cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria


Nigeria is reporting 242 new cases as at May 12, 2020. See highlights below.
88-Lagos 64-Kano 49-Katsina 13-Kaduna 9-Ogun 6-Gombe 4-Adamawa 3-FCT 1-Ondo 1-Oyo 1–Rivers 1-Zamfara 1-Borno 1-Bauchi
4641 cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria
Discharged: 902
Deaths: 150

Source: Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

African Development Bank approves €40 million in grants for bridge linking Cameroon and Chad


Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group has approved grants worth €40.94 million for the construction of a bridge to connect Cameroon and Chad across the Logone river. The grants, comprising a €20.785 million tranche for Cameroon and €19.215 million for Chad, were approved on 30 April 2020. The facility is from the Investment Facility for Africa under a framework agreement between the Bank Group and the European Commission.
Akinwumi Adesina

The funds will co-finance the costs of construction of the bridge between Yagoua in Cameroon and Bongor in Chad, access roads and feasibility studies, management said in a report to the Board. The bridge is expected to bolster bilateral and sub-regional integration and cross-border trade, safeguard life and property during the river crossing and boost socio-cultural ties between the two countries.

In addition to the Logone river bridge, other projects under the Pillar Assessed Grant or Delegation Agreement (PAGODA) include the rehabilitation of the Lome-Cotonou road, road development and transport facilitation on the Bamako-San Pedro corridor between Mali and Côte d’Ivoire and the rehabilitation of the CU2a community road section in Burkina Faso near the border with Niger.

The Bank and the European Commission are committed to co-financing development projects that tackle poverty by investing in critical infrastructure to promote seamless connectivity of transport, energy and ICT.

Source: APO

Monday, April 20, 2020

UN Goodwill Ambassadors Idris and Sabrina Elba launch appeal for International Fund for Agricultural Development's (IFAD) $200 million coronavirus relief fund for rural communities


Actor, filmmaker and humanitarian Idris Elba and actress, model and activist Sabrina Dhowre Elba have launched a new global coronavirus relief fund on behalf of the United Nations’ International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to prevent economic shocks caused by the COVID-19 pandemic from triggering a global hunger and food crisis.

With US$40 million in seed money from IFAD, the multi-donor COVID-19 Rural Poor Stimulus Facility aims to raise at least an additional $200 million from governments, foundations and the private sector to lessen the impact of COVID-19 on rural small-scale farmers and producers.
The Facility seeks to help them continue to grow their crops, keep their businesses open and maintain access to financial services and markets as their countries go into lockdown and movements are restricted.
British actor Idris Elba and his wife, actress and model, Sabrina Dhowre Elba

The Facility is part of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ call for urgent and coordinated actions across the UN system in support of putting an end to the global pandemic and reducing its economic and social consequences.

IFAD has recently seen that food prices are already rising – even as productivity and household incomes are falling – in some countries affected by the pandemic.

In response, IFAD is already at work securing food supply chains in a number of countries by ensuring farmers can access seeds and other inputs; facilitating the purchase and storage of produce; and working with governments to keep transport routes open to farmers so they can sell their goods. It is hoped that these measures will help avert a potential food and hunger crisis – one that would have particularly harsh effects on vulnerable people in developing countries.
British actor Idris Elba

Most rural farmers depend on small family farms for their incomes and sustenance. Rural areas are home to nearly 80 per cent of the world's poorest people, as well as most of the world’s hungriest people. In the developing world, small-scale farmers, working on around 500 million small farms, produce half of the food calories consumed globally.

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Source: International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Nigeria covid19 numbers by states as at April 15


As at 15th April, number of states with confirmed cases of #COVID19 in Nigeria are as follows:

Lagos - 232
FCT - 58
Osun - 20
Kano - 16
Edo - 15
Oyo - 11
Ogun - 9
Katsina - 7
Bauchi - 6
Kaduna - 6
Akwa Ibom - 6
Kwara - 4
Delta - 4
Ondo - 3
Enugu - 2
Ekiti - 2
Rivers - 2
Niger - 2
Benue - 1
Anambra - 1
Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire

SOURCE: Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC)

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Jobs available for coronavirus data clerks in Nigeria


The Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) is recruiting for short term consultancy - Surveillance Data Clerks in 12 Molecular Laboratories. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) is the government agency with the mandate to coordinate the surveillance, detection and response to infectious disease outbreaks. Location: Osun, Lagos, Oyo, FCT, Sokoto, Kaduna, Kano, Ebonyi, Borno, Plateau, Rivers
Start Date: April 20, 2020
End Date: October 19, 2020
Employment type: Full time

Over the last three years, NCDC has deployed a new tool for disease surveillance. The Surveillance, Outbreak Response Management and Analysis System (SORMAS) is a system jointly developed between the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI) to improve disease surveillance as well as detection and management of outbreaks and thus strengthen the public health service in Nigeria.

In addition, NCDC has also supported states in establishing Public Health Emergency Operations Centres for improved coordination of outbreak preparedness and response.
NCDC is investing resources in strengthening health security at the sub-national level including improving capacity to effectively prevent, detect and respond to infectious disease outbreaks.

The Responsibilities of the NCDC Surveillance Data Clerk Include:
• Transfer all COVID 19, Lassa fever and other priority diseases data (clinical and laboratory data) into the SORMAS platform
• Daily follow up with result of all COVID 19, Lassa fever and other priority diseases case data sent for testing
• Liaise with the lab managers to ensure prompt release of result and update on SORMAS
• Real time update of SORMAS with result of COVID 19, Lassa Fever and other priority diseases samples after testing
• Send daily notification on status of sample testing
• Follow up with treatment Centre clinicians to ensure completion of COVID 19 and LF case management form
• Compile and upload Case management forms into SORMAS
• Verify all the treatment centre COVID 19 and Lassa fever data on the SORMAS platform by comparing it to source documents (i.e. Lassa fever case management form, COVID 19 case management form and IDSR 001B)
• Retrieve data from the SORMAS platform as requested
• Sort and organize paper forms (Lassa fever case management form, COVID 19 case management form and IDSR 001B) after entering data into the SORMAS platform to ensure it is not lost
• Send details of any record in the lab without case data in SORMAS platform to the NCDC Surveillance Support Officer to follow up with the LGA DSNO.
• Send weekly report of COVID 19 and Lassa fever cases in the treatment centre to the COVID-19/Lassa fever TWG
• Perform other tasks assigned

JOB REQUIREMENTS
Minimum experience:
At least 2 years’ experience with the use of excel or ODK for data collection
Minimum qualification:
First degree in any discipline.
Other requirements:
Proficiency in the use of Microsoft office suite
Good understanding of patient data confidentiality principles
Ability to pay attention and have a keen eye for detail
Good data collection and report writing skills required
Good verbal communication skills especially in the local language of the community and working knowledge of English
A team player with good interpersonal skills

HOW TO APPLY
Interested and qualified candidates should apply by sending their resume and a cover letter addressing the job requirements as per the advertisement by email to; info@ncdc.gov.ng before COB April 17, 2020 using the Job title and the preferred state as the subject of the mail e.g. ‘’Surveillance Data Clerk- Oyo State’’

*Note-only successful candidates will be contacted and may be assigned to any state of the federation.

SOURCE: Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC)

Monday, April 6, 2020

Nigeria compiles list of intending returnees


Nigerian government has released guidelines for evacuation of Nigerians abroad. Sequel to requests by Nigerians stranded abroad in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has directed all its missions abroad to compile lists of willing nationals who want to come back home.

As most Nigerian embassies and missions are closed due to covid19, a form for intending returnees is available on the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission-NIDCOM website. See below.
Note that cost of travels and other financial implications are to be borne by the prospective evacuees.


Nigeria Minister of foreign affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama




Saturday, April 4, 2020

Anti malaria drug to the rescue on covid19 pandemic

Doctors around the globe report that the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine seems the most effective treatment they've tried for coronavirus patients - but less than half as many doctors are prescribing it in the US as in other hard-hit countries like Spain.



SOURCE: dailymail

Friday, March 27, 2020

WHO launches COVID-19 alerts via WhatsApp


World Health Organization-WHO has launched a dedicated messaging services in Arabic, English, French and Spanish with partners WhatsApp and Facebook to keep people safe from coronavirus. This easy-to-use messaging service has the potential to reach 2 billion people and enables WHO to get information directly into the hands of the people that need it.

From government leaders to health workers and family and friends, this messaging service provides the latest news and information on coronavirus including details on symptoms and how people can protect themselves and others. It also provides the latest situation reports and numbers in real-time to help government decision-makers protect the health of their populations.

The service can be accessed by a link that opens a conversation on WhatsApp. Users can simply type “hi”, "hola", “salut” or "مرحبا" to activate the conversation, prompting a menu of options that can help answer their questions about COVID-19.

The WHO Health Alert was developed in collaboration with Praekelt.Org, using Turn machine learning technology.

Join WHO's Health Alert on WhatsApp:

Arabic
Send "مرحبا"  to +41 22 501 70 23 on WhatsApp
wa.me/41225017023?text=مرحبا

French
Send "salut" to +41 22 501 72 98 on WhatsApp
wa.me/41225017298?text=salut

Spanish
Send "hola" to +41 22 501 76 90 on WhatsApp
wa.me/41225017690?text=hola

English
Send "hi" to +41 79 893 18 92 on WhatsApp
wa.me/41798931892?text=hi


source: World Health Organization (WHO)

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Ooni of Ife restricts activities at Palace


The Arole Oduduwa & Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II has urged Nigerians to stay at home as they obey all principles laid down by Federal and State Governments in a bid to curb spread of the global Coronavirus pandemic. He stressed, “the earlier the citizens believe in the abilities of the government to secure them during this challenging period the better for the entire country”.

The Ooni further stated that Nigerians must look beyond the current negativity attached and look at the lessons embedded in this challenging period of our lives. Coronavirus teaches high personal hygiene, let us be clean and embrace regular hand washing with clean water and soap.

“While staying at home, let us maintain a high level of decency and avoid rumor peddling because panic kills faster than the virus itself. We now have several fake news flying across, let us act responsibly by not instilling fear in one another and it shall be well with us.” The Ooni stated. 

Earlier in a statement signed by his Director of Media and Public Affairs, Comrade Moses Olafare, the Ooni who is the Co-Chairman of the National Council of Traditional Rulers has restricted movement in and out of the palace, saying only  visitors with essential mission will be allowed. 

source: Ooni's palace

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

COVID-19 Cases on the Rise in Nigeria, United Nations mobilizes $2 million support fund


Nigeria has 44 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of March 24, 2020, a sharp increase from 8 cases last week. There are currently eight cases in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, and 29 in Lagos, the country’s commercial hub. One death has been recorded, and 2 of the 44 patients have fully recovered. As in other parts of the world, the actual number of cases is most likely much higher, due to limited testing and the way the virus spreads, with many who may be carrying the virus not showing any symptoms.

Nigeria’s healthcare system is plagued with chronic under-funding and limited infrastructure. The government repeatedly falls short on its 2001 commitment under the Abuja Declaration to spend at least 15 percent of its budget on health. 

In 2018, only 3.9 percent was allocated, and in 2020, this marginally increased to 4.5 percent. According to the Nigerian Medical Association, the country has only about 40,000 doctors to provide care for an estimated population of almost 200 million.

With only five testing laboratories in the country, three of them in Lagos, the capacity for quick testing is limited and currently only available to those who have recently traveled internationally or had contact with those confirmed or suspected to have the virus.

The United Nations-UN in Nigeria has mobilized $2 million to help the Government’s efforts to contain the COVID-19 outbreak and care for those in the West African country stricken by the virus.
The funds will be used to procure essential medical supplies. Nigeria’s Minister for Health, Osagie Ehanire, thanked the United Nations system for its support. He said the Government will ensure that resources are deployed where they are needed most, and that his Ministry is prepared for both worst-case and best-case scenarios.


source: APO

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Nigeria suspends travel from coronavirus impacted countries


As part of measures to stem the spread of the Coronavirus in the country, the Federal Government of Nigeria has announced the restriction of entry for travelers from 13 Countries that have recorded at least 1,000 domestic cases of the pandemic. Chairman of the Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation SGF, Mr Boss Mustapha announced this at a press briefing in Abuja.
Lagos, Nigeria

According to him, government has also suspended its visa on arrival policy. “The Federal Government of Nigeria is restricting entry into the country for travelers from the following thirteen (13) countries; China, Italy, Iran, South Korea, Spain, Japan, France, Germany, Norway, the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Netherlands and Switzerland. These are all countries with over 1,000 case domestically; “All persons arriving in Nigeria who might have visited these countries prior to such arrival, will be subjected to supervised self-isolation and testing for 14 days.

The travel ban for Government officials will remain in place until further notice and until the situation of the pandemic nature of the Coronavirus abates. By this notice, any prior approval to travel abroad within this period is accordingly rescinded. With regards to the general public, we want to advise citizens in their own interest to cancel all non-essential trips abroad including business and vacation trips. “We urge everyone returning to Nigeria from any country to strictly self-isolate for 14 days in their homes.

All people returning from high community transmission rates especially countries that have recorded 1,000 cases and above will be effectively followed up”, he added. Members of the Taskforce are the Ministers of Health, Foreign Affairs, Interior, Aviation, Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Services, Education, Information and Culture, Minister of State Health and Minister of Environment. Others are the Director-General, Department of State Services, Director-General, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control; and WHO Country Representative/National Coordinator – Dr. Sani Aliyu.

Source: vanguardngr

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Dangote donates N200m to fight Coronavirus in Nigeria


The Aliko Dangote Foundation has earmarked N124million that will support facilities to help prevent, assess and respond to health events at Point of Entry to ensure National Health Security
LAGOS, Nigeria - The Aliko Dangote Foundation (ADF) has pledged a whooping sum of N200million to support current effort of the Nigerian government towards curbing the spread of Corona Virus or Covid-19 in the country.

ADF’s intervention is considered the largest single donation by a corporate organization in the country to contain the spread of coronavirus since Nigeria recorded its first index case last month in Lagos, Nigeria.
Aliko Dangote

The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Aliko Dangote Foundation Ms. Zouera Youssoufou, represented by the Health and Nutrition Programme Officer Maryam Shehu-Buhari, at a donor coordinating meeting in Abuja on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 said the donation was part of the Foundation’s cardinal objective of partnering with governments at all levels against the dreaded disease in Nigeria and the rest of Africa.

The Foundation is also the only Nigerian donor that attended the meeting and made monetary pledge.
To this extent, she said the Aliko Dangote Foundation has earmarked N124million that will support facilities to help prevent, assess and respond to health events at Point of Entry to ensure National Health Security.

Ms Youssoufou also highlighted other areas of intervention to include surveillance and epidemiology, where facilities worth N36million will be provided by the Foundation to support government’s effort.
According to her the ADF will also donate N48million for case management training of health workers.

Speaking at the meeting facilitated by World Bank, the Country Director represented by the Operations Manager Ms. Kathleen Whimp identified four thematic areas to tackling the spread of COVID 19. These are: Regular communication with the public, contact tracing, training of volunteers and international co-operations.

Speaking also, the Director, Health Emergency Preparedness and Response of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Dr. John Oladejo said some of the challenges, going forwarded include lack of enough isolation centres, contact tracing, training of volunteers, international cooperation, fake news and panic, among others.

Mr. Noel Chisaka of the Regional Disease Surveillance System Enhancement Project commended the Aliko Dangote Foundation for the contribution and encouraged others to join in the fight against Covid-19. Other donors invited to the meeting include: WHO, UNICEF, BMGF, RTSL, EU, USAID, US CDC, DFID, Public Health England, GIZ, JICA, Africa CDC, WAHO, PHI, MTN, Red Cross, IFRC and AFENET.

According to reports there are a total of 90,936 confirmed cases worldwide – although more than half of those (47,995) have already recovered. The biggest numbers are still by far in mainland China (80,151), followed by South Korea (4,812), Italy (2,036) and Iran (1,501). Japan has 274 confirmed cases, France 191, Germany 165, Spain 120, Singapore 108, US 106, and Hong Kong 100. There are also cases in South America, Africa and Australia.

The total death toll stands at 3,117 with 2,936 of those coming from China. The countries with the next highest numbers are Iran (66), Italy (52) and South Korea (29). Deaths have reported in Japan, the US, France, Australia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Thailand.

It would be recalled that the Aliko Dangote foundation also committed N1billion in the fight against the dreaded Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Africa, helping to build resilience and strengthen Nigeria’s health system in a manner expected to endure beyond the Ebola crisis period.

The foundation’s support during the Ebola crisis ensured the establishment of the National Ebola Emergency Operations Centre (EEOC) in Yaba, Lagos; provision of 12 units of thermal cameras across Nigeria's International Airports with training for 160 staff/personnel of the Federal Ministry of Health, Port Health Services Department, on the use of the thermal cameras; provision of W.H.O-certified Personal Protective Equipment, PPEs and comprehensive logistics support for the returnee volunteers on Ebola intervention across countries ravaged by Ebola.

President Muhammadu Buhari had then commended Mr. Aliko Dangote for what he described as “remarkable sacrifices in eradicating Ebola virus disease and polio in Nigeria.”

source: APO 

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Togo breaks ground on largest Solar Photovoltaic project in West Africa


Togo’s Breaking Ground on West Africa’s Largest Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Project Sets it on a Path Towards Energy Transition. The Moyamed Bin Zayed Solar PV Complex is West Africa’s largest ongoing solar PV project, and supports Togo’s ambitions to increase its rural electrification rate to 50% by 2022, and 100% by 2030.



The project further confirms the growing presence of AMEA Power in the continent. The UAE-based company has become a serious investor in Africa’s energy sector and represents the growing appetite of private players and investors from the Middle East to invest in Africa. At the end of 2019, Saudi Arabia-based ACWA Power signed two long-term power purchase agreements for 250MW of solar PV projects in Ethiopia, while state-owned ADNOC is reportedly looking at several investments into the African upstream oil & gas sector.

The 50MW Mohamed Bin Zayed Photovoltaic Solar Power Complex is located in Blitta. The project was launched in presence of H.E. Faure E. Gnassingbe, President of the Republic of Togo, and Hussain Al Nowais, Chairman of AMEA Power, the company in charge of designing, financing, building, launching, operating and maintaining the facility.

“AMEA Power is a foreign investor who understands Africa and has demonstrated a commitment to supporting local content wherever it operates,” declared Nj Ayuk, Executive Chairman of the African Energy Chamber and CEO of the Centurion Law Group. “As public and private sector interest for Africa grows in the Middle East, such players are most welcomed. Their work in and with Africa contributes to the development of a sustainable and prosperous future.”


source: APO

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Hackers use names of Grammy nominees to spread malware

Cybercriminals are actively abusing the names of artists and songs nominated for a Grammy 2020 award, in order to spread malware. Analysis of the nominated artists by Kaspersky showed that the names of Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift and Post Malone were used most to disguise malicious files, with over half (55%) of detected malicious files named after them.

The connection between the rise in popularity and malicious activity is very evident in the case of newer artists such as Billie Eilish. The teenage singer became hugely popular in 2019, and the number of users who downloaded malicious files with her name has risen almost tenfold compared to 2018 – from 254 to 2171, the number of unique distributed malicious files – from 221 to 1,556.

For instance, while the number of users attacked by Malware disguised as Billie Eilish songs in Nigeria accounted for only 381 in 2018, 2019 saw this number increase to 9,722. Overall, Nigeria saw 55 of such malicious files distributed in this region in 2019, with 94,630 attacks.

STEPS TO REDUCE THE RISK OF INFECTION:

1. If you want to listen or download famous artists' songs, use reputable services like Apple Music, Spotify Premium, and Amazon Music. Or try to find a recognised free music site that allows you to download songs legally.

2. Try to avoid suspicious links, promising exclusive music content. Check musicians’ official social media accounts or read reputable music blogs like Pitchfork, to make sure that such content exists.

3. Look at the downloaded file extension. Even if you are going to download an audio or video file from a source you consider trusted and legitimate, the file should have an mp3, .avi, .mkv or .mp4 extension among other music and video formats, definitely not .exe or .lnk.

4. Use a reliable security solution, for comprehensive protection from a wide range of threats.

source: APO

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Siemens supports Ghana's sustainable industrialization


Siemens has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Republic of Ghana to address the country’s energy and infrastructure challenges, while contributing to the Governments growth and development agenda of creating high quality jobs and enhancing the vocational skills of Ghana’s youth. The MoU was signed by Siemens and the Ghana Grid Company Limited (GRIDCo) in the presence of His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo and the President and Global Chief Executive Officer of Siemens AG, Joe Kaeser.

Under the agreement, the two companies will work collaboratively to upgrade and extend Ghana’s transmission infrastructure, improve the country’s grid capacity and stability, enable and expand a stable power export to neighbouring countries in the West African Power Pool.

The President of the Republic of Ghana has set out to achieve an ambitious strategy to transform the country, both socially and economically, driving its progress to becoming a sustainably industrialized county. The Government is currently delivering on the promises made in their 2016 election manifesto. These goals include the issuing of National ID Cards, the reduction of electricity prices, reviving Ghana’s railways and reversing the trend of declining economic growth.

To support Ghana’s increasing need to reform the national Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) system, Siemens will also educate and train young Ghanaians in various engineering disciplines and provide training on Siemens equipment for STEM education and TVET.

Joe Kaeser further stated that Siemens is pleased to be entering this partnership and contributing to the growth and development of Ghana. Improving the energy sector in Ghana is now one of the key priorities for Siemens, therefore the implementation of this MoU will help leapfrog the country and its people towards its industrial and societal development goals.
 
source: APO

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Dangote says Apapa-Oshodi to last 40 years when completed


As part of Dangote Industries Limited’s commitment to the Federal Government of Nigeria, Group President Aliko Dangote took the Nigerian Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola on an inspection tour of the 35-kilometer Apapa-Oshodi-Oworonsoki-Ojota highway currently under construction by Dangote Industries Limited.

The work began in 2018, as part of a bargain between the company and the Federal Government to enjoy a 10-year tax rebate that accrues to N72.9 Billion. The road has been subject of heavy traffic flow. An initial attempt to work on the road fell apart, it was approved for N15 Billion in 2013, work on the road stopped after the 2015 general elections.

During the inspection, Aliko Dangote said; “We expect that by the end of 2020, the entire road network will be finished, you will have a road that will last for 40 years.”
Speaking on Dangote Industries Limited’s struggles, Dangote complained about the congestions at the ports, the gridlock which cost the company about N25 billion in revenue between 2017 and 2019 financial year.
Praising the quality of the road been constructed, Dangote assured that it will revive commerce around the Apapa area.  “This road will actually open up the economy. It will bring a lot of jobs and a lot of factories that have moved out will be able to move back.”
The road is on track to be concluded before the end of 2020. This is the first attempt to rehabilitate the busy road since it was first completed in 1978.

source: APO

Monday, November 11, 2019

Dangote Industries Appoints Halima Aliko Dangote as GED Commercial Operations


LAGOS - Halima Aliko Dangote has been appointed as the Group Executive Director, Commercial Operations of Dangote Industries Limited (DIL) (www.Dangote.com), one of Africa's largest and most diversified business conglomerates. According to a release by the company, Halima Aliko Dangote is returning to the Group after serving on secondment in several capacities across two of its Business Units over the last five years. She is also a Trustee of the Aliko Dangote Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the conglomerate.

In her most recent role, Halima served as Executive Director of Dangote Flour Mills. Remarkably, she led the turnaround of the business from loss in turnover to a profitable status; a feat derived from consistent high performance over time. Previously, she served as Executive Director of NASCON, a manufacturer of salt, seasonings and related consumer products, which are enjoying huge patronage among consumers. She continues to serve as a Non-Executive Director of NASCON.
Halima Dangote

Halima is the president of the Board of The Africa Center in New York, a uniquely focused center providing a forward-looking gateway for engagement with Africa, while encompassing policy, business and culture. She is a Board member of Endeavour Nigeria and is also a member of the Women Corporate Directors (WCD).

She has over 12 years of professional experience and has held several executive management roles. In her new role, Halima will be responsible for leading the development and implementation of the Dangote Group's customer strategy to drive customer growth, improve customer relationship management, enhance customer experience and increase long term customer value, according to the release.

She will also be responsible for the implementation of the Group's shared services strategy with specific oversight for the following functions; Commercial, Strategic procurement, Administration and Branding & Communications.

Halima, who has a strong passion for women empowerment, holds a Bachelors’ Degree in Marketing from the American Intercontinental University, London, United Kingdom and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Webster Business School, United Kingdom.

She has attended several high-profile leadership development programmes including: the Programme for Leadership Development (PLD) at Harvard Business School; Executive Development Programme at Kellogg School of Management; Finance and Accounting for Non-Financial Executives at Columbia Business School.

The Dangote Group, which recently emerged as the Most Admired African Brand and the Most Valuable Brand in Nigeria for the second consecutive year (2018 - 2019) is actively involved in manufacturing cement, sugar, salt, flour, poly-products as well as logistics, oil & gas and real estate.

APO Group on behalf of Dangote Group

Monday, April 8, 2019

Deputy Secretary Sullivan at the 2019 G7

David Hale
Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan, joined by Under Secretary for Political Affairs David Hale, concluded two days in Dinard, France, leading the U.S. delegation to the G7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting. The G7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting offers an opportunity for foreign ministers to seek common ground on political and security issues of mutual concern.

During the working sessions, Deputy Secretary Sullivan joined his G7 colleagues in rebuking Iran’s destabilizing activities in the Middle East, expressing concern about China’s unfair trade practices, calling for a peaceful, democratic transition in Venezuela, and condemning the deployment of Russian military forces there.

Deputy Secretary Sullivan encouraged G7 partners to consider national security when evaluating telecommunications and infrastructure projects, and G7 representatives collectively committed to increased cooperation to strengthen cybersecurity defenses and deter malicious cyber activity.

In reaction to the increased military action in Libya, G7 representatives issued a joint statement urging the immediate cessation of military activity near Tripoli and reaffirming support for the efforts of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and Special Representative of the Secretary-General Ghassan Salame in assisting Libyans on a path to peace.

At the conclusion of the G7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, the United States joined G7 partners in a G7 Foreign Ministers’ Communique.

Source: State department

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Trendy Africa, DBDT in Strategic collaboration towards cultural awareness


For the third year, Dallas based Trendy Africa Magazine and the Dallas Black Dance Theatre (DBDT) are partnering to continue their strategic collaboration to promote cultural dance, fashion poetry and music in the City of Dallas.
The 2018 spring and 41st season activities of DBDT is off to a great start with its Cultural Awareness concert which features the works of Hurricane Katrina survivor and choreographer Michelle N. Gibson on Friday; Sunday, February 16-18, at the Wyly Theatre, 2400 Flora, Dallas, TX 75201.
Trendy Africa Magazine will host a fashion tagged “African Experience” during the DanceAfrica festival; one of the dynamic events that make up the DBDT annual activities. Trendy Africa will also promote DBDT annual activities on its dynamic media platform.

ABOUT TRENDY AFRICA MAGAZINE: Conceptualized in 2004 as a photo blog, Trendy Africa Magazine is an award winning multimedia solutions concept. TA reports, documents and presents the positive values and attributes of Africa, Africans and the world at large. Trendy Africa is the parent company for Dallas International Fashion Week, Mothers Appreciation Awards and  S.A.D-Speak Up Against Domestic Violence; a campaign against domestic violence.
ABOUT DALLAS BLACK DANCE THEATRE: Founded in 1976 by Ann Williams, the mission of Dallas Black Dance Theatre is to create and produce contemporary modern dance at its highest level of artistic excellence through performances and educational programs that bridge cultures and reach diverse communities. With an ever-expanding national and global audience, the company employs a diverse, multi-ethnic troupe of dancers performing for audiences of all ages and backgrounds.



The SpaceX Effect


I literally developed chills viewing the historic launch of SpaceX Heavy Rocket test flight from the Kennedy Space Center recently. The launch project, the brain child of visionary investor and business man Elon Musk, who had always had his eyes on the stars and eventually founded SpaceX in 2002, broke many records including the simultaneous re-entry and landing of the two booster rockets. I’m however not about to take you into the world of aerospace technology.
This was just not another space launch. This was a private sector driven launch of the most powerful rocket in the world with a factor of two comprising of 27 engines generating 5 million pounds of thrust at lift off; the same as 18 Boeing 747 aircrafts combined. I am naturally thrilled about technology and tend to keep up as such but this project was particularly inspiring.
The entire experience threw my mind into hyper thought process mode which resulted in extrapolating some qualities of bold and resourceful entrepreneurship.
1.       Exhibit a relentless passion to succeed.
2.       Have visions that are targeted at creating solutions for generations to come.
3.       Business models are designed to be infinite in development and design.
4.       At every stage of growth, re-invest in your vision.
5.       Risk is an understatement.
6.       It’s not much about re-inventing the wheel, but much more about improving on what exists.
7.       Technology rules in the mind of visionaries.
8.       Humility is a key component of success.

There was however a moment during the countdown to lift-off that hit me. It was the reaction of the team in the observation room. The scream of excitement maintained a high decibel for more than 15 minutes of countdown. The fist throwing and other physical expressions exhibited by the SpaceX Heavy Rocket development team was contagious as I found myself also screaming with them; mentally though.
Each of the team members including the live stream anchors exhibited a strong ‘Ownership’ characteristic. One could clearly see the fanatic expression towards a project born out of teamwork. In this case, the ‘Dream Worked’. It is imperative that the team should consistently and consciously be fanatic about the production and deployment of products. The deployment of new products in any industry should be one of great appreciation and celebration. The passion and sentiments expressed by team members should be positively infectious not only to team members but event to external industry players.
Elon Musk made a great sacrifice on the Heavy Rocket test flight. He sent his beloved Tesla Roadster on an infinite journey knowing fully well that he’ll never feel the thrills of the drive. As a visionary, he has his eyes set on the deep end of the galaxy; way beyond what we on earth can ever phantom.
To ensure that there is an end to a means, the team must see itself as problem solvers and solution builders. They must understand that they are creating solutions to ensure the sustainability of an industry for generations to come. They must exhibit a level of fanatical approach to the brand. This attitude also inspires the ‘Dreamers’ to dream bigger.
Tosan Aduayi is the founder of Trendy Africa Magazine and has actively practiced journalism since 1994



Monday, January 22, 2018

President George Weah of Liberia

Football legend George Weah, 51, has been sworn in as President of Liberia. It’s the country's first democratic transfer of power in 70 years. President Weah took over from Africa's first female president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Liberians of all ages formed long lines outside Samuel Kanyon Doe Stadium, near the capital, Monrovia, to witness the inauguration. The new President has promised to Tackle corruption, Help the private sector, Youth training, Transparency and Respect for rights and democracy.

President George Weah




Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Botswana Shuts Bushiri Church

Botswana has shut down the church of a controversial Malawian self-styled prophet,  
Pastor Shepherd Bushiri, who claimed to walk on air. The government confirmed the closure of Shepherd Bushiri's Enlightened Christian Gathering Church (ECG) in Gaborone, reportedly due to concerns over so-called "miracle money".




Tuesday, January 9, 2018

British Ghanaian appointed Minister in England

The Theresa May led British Government has appointed 41 year-old Sam Gyimah as Minister of Universities and Science. Mr Gyimah, 41, will work alongside the newly appointed Education Secretary, Damian Hinds, who is replacing Justine Greening.




Monday, January 8, 2018

Show off's nabbed for fraud

A federal grand jury indicted five individuals on charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering. According to the indictment, between February 2016 and in or about July 2017, the defendants gained access to email accounts associated with the victims and sent false wiring instructions, causing the victims to wire millions of dollars into drop accounts set up by the defendants. The group had posted photos of their escapades on social media.

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Friday, December 29, 2017

Airline Chaos at Gatwick

What is really wrong with 'anything Nigerian'? It was Arik, now it's Medview. Hundreds of passengers were recently stranded at Gatwick Airport.


Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Dino Melaye themed Rap Video

Nigerians are scratching their heads in disbelieve at the sight of current serving federal senator Dino Melaye's appearance in the rap music video by Petroleum Minister Kachikwu's son; Kach. 100 dollar bills, exotic cars, skimpy clad girls and custom homes feature in the video. What's your take?







Tuesday, December 12, 2017

You think you can throw a party? Texan spends $4M on sons 18th birthday

As the saying goes; "everything big happens in Texas". Texas Attorney J. Henry just spent $4 million on his sons 18th birthday. Just last year, spent $6 million on his daughter birthday.



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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

BREAKING NEWS: Mugabe Resigns

In a statement released moments ago, Zimbabwe's President Mugabe has voluntarily resigned paving way for a smooth transition of power.



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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Mugabe Sacked

Zimbabwe ruling party Zanu-PF has sacked Robert Mugabe as its leader. Thousands of Zimbabweans had earlier protested outside one of the residences of the sacked 93 year old leader.



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Monday, October 30, 2017

ICE clamps down on marriage fraud

Some Houston residents have recently been indicted by for their involvement in marriage fraud or what is usually known as arranged marriage for the sole purpose of obtaining USA citizenship.

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source: ice.gov

Monday, October 9, 2017

Nigerian industrialist Aliko Dangote shares secret of backward integration

LONDON, United Kingdom, October 9, 2017 - Nigerian Aliko Dangote, Africa's most successful business leader, in the presence of Nigerian vice-president Professor Yemi Osingajo, Congolese presidential hopeful Moise Katumbi, and about 300 business leaders, shared secrets of backward integration at the Financial Times' 4th annual Africa Summit in Claridges, London.

Mastering detailed production statistics and highly-compelling demographics on promising sectors of the African economy, Dangote outlined the key to his success: self-sufficiency and backward integration, a manufacturing strategy that extracts value from entire processes. "We are not going to import anything any longer," he said. "In Nigeria we are learning how to produce the entire value chain." Once a heavy importer of fertilizer, Nigeria is now gearing up to produce 3M tonnes of locally manufactured fertilizer, transforming the nation into one of the largest fertilizer exporters in Africa.

In 2007 Nigeria was the second largest importer of cement after the US, Dangote reminded the audience of business elites. "Today, we have not only satisfied domestic needs; we have become a leading exporter of 6-7M tonnes of cement," he added.


Diversifying into agriculture, Dangote has eyes on the dairy industry motivated by the fact that "98% of all milk consumed in Nigeria is imported." Same for rice.  Dangote Group has invested heavily in rice production by investing in local farmers and then offering to buy back the 1M tonnes at open market prices that they are growing. "Soon we will be able to feed not only Nigeria but the entire 320M large West African market."

Dangote's business accumen was on rare exhibition as FT editor Lionel Barber himself seemed impressed with the business mogul's quick familiarity with the nuts and bolts of his businesses. "Are we going to continue to import everything?" Dangote asked. "Freight rates are now cheap but they will go up soon. A population of over 200M cannot continue to import basic needs on a daily basis," he answered himself.

By 2100 Dangote stated Africa will represent 49% of the world's population, up from 30% today. "If you don't think big we won't grow at all," he said. "In Africa you have to play long-term." Aside from Nigeria, which African nations do you think are good growth opportunities? Barber asked Dangote. "Aside from Nigeria?" the business leader repeated and smiled. "I'd have to pick Nigeria. I am a big fan of Nigeria. We are only using 8% of our land."


From APO Group' Special Envoy to the FT Africa Summit, David Applefield, Claridges, London, October 9, 2017