By Dipo Olowookere
Nigerian car manufacturing firm, Innoson Group, has entered into a partnership deal with a Chinese consortium to invest about $1 billion in the information and technology sector. The deal is expected to provide about 7,000 jobs for the youths.
A part of the partnership is a $400 million investment in Nigeria’s DSO project Digital Satellite TV Station and an additional $600 million covering other important sectors.
In a statement to newsmen by the spokesman of Innoson Group, Mr Cornel Osigwe, it was disclosed that the multi-billion investment deal will bring about production of Broadcast Digital Set-Top-Boxes.
Mr Osigwe also disclosed that the consortium of Chinese Foreign Investment Group will be received on Monday (tomorrow) by the Vice President, Mr Yemi Osinbajo.
He said the consortium would be led by Liu Baoju, a Deputy Minister of Communist Party of China in Shandong Province, who is equally the Chairman of Shandong Broadcasting Group and Shandong Cable Interactive Service Ltd, the world’s biggest TV operators and Huang Gang, Senior Vice President of Inspur Group and President of its Overseas Headquarters.
Mr Osigwe gave the analysis of the investment deal as:
- Financial foreign investment credit facility of $300million USD for local production and supply of a minimum five to eight Million (5-8million) Set-Top Boxes to support the Federal Government of Nigeria Digital Switch Over (DSO) project being handled by the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission in order to meet the deadline switch of June 2017.
- Financial foreign investment of $100million USD to establish the latest technology and biggest DTH (Direct-To-Home) Digital BING Television Station across all states of Nigeria.
In addition, the above two immediate investments are being followed by another $600 million USD investment in which negotiations is almost fully concluded with our strategic partners to cover the following areas of Nigerian economy:
- Smart City (CCTV camera) using cloud computing total solution that is known as E-Policing to cover the whole landmass of Nigeria.
- Cloud Computing Total Solution on Taxation with IT applications for such institutions as Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) and other taxation agencies for seamless and stress-free tax collection mechanism.
- E-Education IT Solutions with big data centres for all Federal Universities and Polytechnics in the country
It is also interesting to note that the Nigerian company bringing in and partnering with these foreign investors is the Innoson Group, Nigeria’s first indigenous and largest local manufacturer of automobiles and the largest plastic-processing manufacturer in West Africa.
The company as a trailblazer has decided to be part of history as one of the companies that will take Nigeria into the digital world. In order to keep up with its trend of opening new grounds, it has decided to diversify into Information Technology (IT) and the Multi Media Sector with the plan to launch a Satellite Digital TV operation and other services in partnership with Shandong Broadcasting Group and Shandong Cable Interactive Service Ltd China with technical support from Inspur Group Co Ltd, China.
This foreign investment is coming at a time when Nigeria is in dire need of foreign investors to boost the economy. The focus point of the investment will go a long way to boost the economy of Nigeria with the following as attendant benefits:
- Assist the Federal Government to meet its June 2017 deadline for the transition from analogue to digital broadcasting services.
- Establishment of 40 lines of production and manufacturing complex for making Broadcast Digital Set-Top-Boxes, the biggest of its kind in the whole of Africa.
iii. Job creation of over 5,000 jobs in the Innoson Group Set-Top-Box manufacturing complex in Nigeria within the next two years.
- Job creation of about 2,000 jobs by Innoson BING Digital DTH Television operation across Nigeria with the first two years.
- Nigeria will become the manufacturing hub for Set-Top-Box in Africa with the attendant benefit of earning foreign exchange through exports from Innoson Manufacturing Complex.
- Innoson Group would put into use its biggest plastic industry at Enugu by locally manufacturing most of the plastic components of the Set-Top-Box thereby saving cost.
vii. Another important benefit is that BING TV Project will engage the almost under-utilised Nigerian Communication Satellite (NIGCOMSAT) situated at Obasanjo Space Centre in Abuja with its numerous benefits of saving foreign exchange by buying into Nigeria available goods and services, instead of engaging foreign satellite and transponders as all our other competitors here in Nigeria are currently doing.
viii. Providing adequate National security using cloud computing technology to secure our country against insurgency, militancy, kidnapping and all other forms of dangerous crimes.
Ibadan Tanker Explosion: OYRTMA Issues Traffic Advisory
By Aduragbemi Omiyale
The Oyo State Road Transport Management Authority (OYRTMA) has advised road users to use alternative routes, while its men and other relevant agencies strive to return normalcy to the route.
This traffic advisory became necessary following an explosion of a petrol-laden tanker along the Agodi area in Ibadan, the state capital.
The Chairman of OYRTMA, Mr Akin Fagbemi, in a statement on Friday, stated that efforts were being made to bring the situation under control.
He stated that “the incident, which resulted to the slagging of powered electric poles and cables dangling across the road, portends danger to motorists plying the route hence, in the interim, the authority has barricaded the way from Total-Garden to Agodi-Gate, Ibadan to enable safety officials of relevant government agencies evacuate the affected vehicles and restore normalcy.”
“Motorists are advised to navigate towards the State Secretariat at the Total-Garden Round-about to link the Government Road towards the Kola Daisi Civic Center inwards Agodi-Gate to Iwo-Road,” he disclosed.
“Alternatively, Motorists could opt for the Premier Hotel road to link the State Secretariat and move as above.
“From Beere to Iwo-Road Motorists are advised to take the Oje-Market to link Agodi-Gate inwards Iwo-Road.
“Another alternative is for motorists to move from the State Secretariat and navigate Ikolaba via the Nigerian Customs Zonal Hq. to get to Iwo-Road, Ibadan,” he further stated.
The agency beseeched commuters to drive carefully around the affected area as its men and officers are working concertedly with relevant agencies to restore normalcy in the shortest time possible.
Coscharis Partners Sterling Bank for Vehicle Finance Scheme
By Ashemiriogwa Emmanuel
A leading auto dealership in Nigeria, Coscharis Motors, has partnered with Sterling Bank Plc to offer a vehicle finance scheme to allow retail and fleet buyers to purchase their choice vehicles through a repayment plan from the bank.
The partnership has also seen that the auto company lists its vehicles on the bank’s Non-Interest Banking Division platform- AltDrive to equally promote e-commerce transactions.
With this, customers are offered an online retail marketplace where vehicular brands sold by Coscharis Motors can be accessed and purchased either through self-funding or credit finance from Sterling Bank.
The Coscharis Group General Manager, Marketing and Corporate Communications, Mr Abiona Babarinde, while commenting on the idea, said that, “We took this strategic decision earlier in the year to collaborate with relevant stakeholder partners to be able to give our numerous discerning customers and prospects alike the soft landing of owning any of our vehicles with ease in terms of providing friendly financial schemes.”
According to him, the repayment pattern can be expanded for up to five years, of which customers can choose between 15 per cent to 30 per cent initial payment.
He said this is coupled with the bank’s friendly interest rate and ease of accessibility to a plethora of car brands to aid customers’ ultimate satisfaction.
“This ultimately gives anyone the capability to purchase any of our brands with more convenient payment terms with any of our partners like the Sterling Bank.
“We started this initiative with one of our sister companies in the group, Coscharis Mobility, representing sixth in Nigeria amongst some other financial institutions while others are in the pipeline to come on board,” Mr Babarinde added.
Ember Months: Makinde Urges Drivers to Drive Cautiously
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has encouraged drivers across the state to be more careful during this last quarter of the year as the vigilance of everyone means safety for all while negligence of anyone portends danger to all.
He said this at the 2021 National Workshop for Proprietors and Training for Instructors of Driving Schools organised by the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).
Mr Makinde promised to consolidate the existing relationship with the agency to reduce accident indexes in the state, particularly during the ember months, noting that the partnership will ensure continuous and adequate training of drivers across the State.
The Governor, who was represented by the Chairman of the Oyo State Road Transport Management Authority (OYRTMA), Mr Akin Fagbemi, said the collaboration was necessary at such a time when there are more vehicular movements usually associated with some haste, rush and unacceptable attitude of untrained drivers.
He commended the FRSC on the ongoing Driving School Standardisation Programme (DSSP) aimed at improving driving school operations in Nigeria.
He noted that the programme has developed uniform standards, safety consciousness, professionalism and proficiency in drivers’ education in the State.
Mr Makinde extolled FRSC saying, “the great successes recorded in monitoring and regulating the driving school industry through driver training education which is evident in the reduction of road traffic crashes over the years as a result of improved driver education in recent times.”
The Governor added, “It is also very important to note here, that training of learner and professional drivers must be carried out in accordance with standards enshrined in the driving schools training manual, with all the required training facilities in place, most importantly trainees must undergo all the sessions required for the type of vehicles they intend to learn how to drive and at the end must pass the Compulsory Computer Base Test (CBT) before the National Drivers Licence is issued to them”.
“Through these efforts put in place by the FRSC, Nigeria has been recognized globally by several organizations including the United Nations and other international road safety organizations. Our National Drivers Licence is now recognized and accepted by counties across the globe,” the Governor said.
Stakeholders at the workshop included the Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Director DSS Oyo State Command, Representative of the FRSC Corps Marshal, Representatives of the Comptroller General of Customs, NSCDC among several others.
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