Customs Seizes 661 Action Rifles, Arrests 3 Suspects
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
On Monday, Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Mr Hameed Ibrahim Ali, paraded some about 661 action riffles intercepted by his men on Sunday, January 22, 2017.
Briefing newsmen in Lagos, Mr Ali explained that the Roving Team of the NCS Federal Operations Unit, while on information patrol, intercepted a Mack truck with registration number BDG 265 XG conveying a 1x40ft Container with Number: PONU/825914/3 along Mile 2 Apapa road.
He said the truck was immediately taken to the premises of FOU Zone A, Ikeja where physical examination revealed 49 boxes containing a total number of 661 pieces of pump action rifles concealed with steel doors and other merchandize goods.
The customs boss noted that these rifles are under absolute prohibition, declaring the importation illegal.
According to him, “Such deadly contravention of the law is even more unacceptable considering the fragile security situation in some parts of the country.”
He informed journalists that three suspects have already been arrested in connection with the illegal importation.
Mr Ali gave the names of the suspects as Mr Oscan Okafor (Importer) age 51, Mr Mahmud Hassan (Clearing Agent) age 56 and Mr Sadique Mustapha (accompanying the consignment to its destination) age 28.
“Investigation has already commenced and I have directed that the drag net should be wide enough to fish out all persons involved in the importation and clearing of the consignment.
“Already, the officers involved in the clearance of this container are with the Comptroller FOU Zone ‘A’ Ikeja.
“This seizure underscores the determination of the Service to enforce all laws relating to importation and exportation of goods into and out of Nigeria thereby contributing to the economy, security and wellbeing of the Country.
“This feat is no doubt commendable and represents the new normal in the service where most Officers and Men are on a daily basis ensuring that illegalities are not allowed unchecked.
“I commend the Comptroller, all officers and men involved in this great seizure.
“Let me seize this opportunity to call on all well-meaning Nigerians to support the service with information that could assist the service perform their statutory responsibilities in the interest of our father land,” he said.
Aleph Organises Free Online Digital Marketing Masterclass
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
A free online digital marketing masterclass will take place on Thursday, March 23, 2023, at 7 pm Nigerian time, with a certificate issued at the end of the training.
The course is being put together by a global partner of the world’s leading digital platforms, Aleph, as part of its Digital Ad Certificate, a global free online training and certification program in digital marketing aimed at people without prior experience.
Participants will have the opportunity to learn from the CEO and founder of the company, Mr Gaston Taratuta, who will share the learnings of his path to being selected as the world’s best entrepreneur in 2022.
Interested participants of the free 90-minute training titled How to be an Entrepreneur in the Digital World would be required to register through this link.
The training also includes a cooperative learning methodology focused on teamwork, which generates constant exchange with the other people taking the classes.
More than 7,000 students in 100 countries participated in the proposal, with a satisfaction ratio of 9.2 out of 10, according to surveys conducted with the students. The goal is to certify 50,000 people worldwide.
At the end of the course, students will receive a certificate from Aleph, which also shares the profiles of the graduates with the thousands of clients it has globally. The training lasts three months and includes theory, information on various platforms, cases, assignments, and masterclasses.
“When I started my path, I experienced difficulties accessing digital education, which is why we decided to make the Digital Ad Certificate available to everyone. This masterclass summarises my entrepreneurial journey and aims to inspire more people to get involved in digital marketing, one of the fastest-growing industries in the world that offers enormous development opportunities for individuals, small and medium-sized enterprises, and even economies in the region,” Mr Taratuta said.
With only $5,000, Mr Taratuta founded IMS, the first company in Aleph’s portfolio, in 2005. The company quickly became a partner in the region of digital firms from Silicon Valley, which were starting to show their potential and appeal as platforms for brands.
In 2010, five years after its creation, IMS already had offices in Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, and Colombia and was consolidating its position alongside major digital platforms and collaborating with companies seeking new levels of attraction.
In 2017, with the acquisition of Httpool, the company embarked on a journey beyond the limits of the Americas, which was consolidated with the creation of Aleph Group Inc, a global company that in 2021 achieved unicorn status with a market valuation of over one billion dollars and a presence in more than 115 markets.
In 2022, he was selected as the “EY World Entrepreneur of the Year 2022,” a global competition for entrepreneurs that includes businessmen from more than 60 countries.
“Our goal as a company is to universalize access to digital advertising to unlock economic development worldwide. To achieve this, we need many more people with technical knowledge in digital marketing, and that is why Digital Ad Certificate is a great opportunity,” added Mr Taratuta.
Dissecting the Value of Public Relations in CEO Media Performance Audit
By: Philip Odiakose
Public relations (PR) is a crucial component of any organization’s communication strategy. It involves the management of communication between an organization and its stakeholders, including customers, employees, investors, and the media.
PR plays a significant role in shaping an organization’s reputation and can have a direct impact on its success. This is why it is essential for CEOs to understand the value of PR and to incorporate it into their media performance audit.
A media performance audit is a process that assesses an organization’s media coverage and evaluates its impact on the organization’s reputation, brand image, and business performance. The audit involves analyzing media coverage, identifying key messages, measuring the reach and impact of media coverage, and developing recommendations for improving media performance.
The value of PR in a media performance audit lies in its ability to shape the narrative of an organization’s media coverage. By leveraging PR strategies, CEOs can ensure that their organization’s key messages are being communicated effectively to the media and other stakeholders. This can help to enhance the organization’s reputation and brand image, ultimately leading to improved business performance.
One way that PR can be leveraged in a media performance audit is through the development of a media relations strategy. This involves identifying key media outlets and journalists, developing relationships with them, and pitching stories that align with the organization’s key messages. By doing so, CEOs can ensure that their organization is receiving positive coverage in the media, which can help to enhance its reputation and brand image.
Another way that PR can be leveraged in a media performance audit is through the development of a crisis communications plan. A crisis can have a significant impact on an organization’s reputation and business performance. By having a plan in place for how to respond to a crisis, CEOs can minimize the negative impact on their organization’s reputation and brand image. This can include strategies such as issuing statements, conducting media interviews, and engaging with stakeholders to address concerns.
In addition to these strategies, CEOs can also leverage media monitoring and intelligence consultants to track them and their organization’s media coverage and reputation by monitoring CEOs media coverage, which can identify trends, opportunities, and potential threats to their organization’s reputation. Media Intelligence consultants can provide insights into how stakeholders perceive the organization and can help to identify areas where improvements can be made.
In conclusion, the value of PR in a CEO media performance audit cannot be overstated. By leveraging PR strategies and tools, CEOs can ensure that their organization’s key messages are being effectively communicated to the media and other stakeholders. This can help to enhance the organization’s reputation and brand image, ultimately leading to improved business performance.
CEOs should work closely with their PR teams to develop a comprehensive media relations strategy, crisis communications plan, and monitoring and listening program that can help to optimize their organization’s media performance.
Philip Odiakose is the Chief Insights Consultant at P+ Measurement Services, a Media Intelligence Consultancy in Lagos state, Nigeria.
Justrite’s Energy Costs Surged Over 500% in 2022—Chairman
By Dipo Olowookere
The Chairman of Justrite Superstore, Mr Ayodele Patrick Aderinwale, has disclosed that the company’s energy costs in 2022 significantly increased by more than 500 per cent.
Speaking on Friday on Arise TV’s Global Business Report hosted by Mr Aruoture Rotus Oddiri, the Justrite chair said this surge in energy costs was triggered by the rise in the price of diesel in the year under review.
At the beginning of the year, a litre of diesel was selling between N200 and N250, but by the end of the first quarter of 2022, it was going for N650 per litre and later jumped to N800 per litre.
This increase was blamed on the invasion of Ukraine by Russia in February 2022. The price has not moderated to the pre-war period, forcing many companies to source cheaper energy.
But Mr Aderinwale said the company was making efforts to cut these energy expenses, especially with the funds raised from the sale of a minority stake in Justrite to Africinvest recently.
“Last year, our energy costs increased by over 500 per cent and don’t forget that energy is part of our major operational costs. You have to have electricity 24 hours because you cannot afford to be in the dark; that is why we have to embrace solar energy,” he said on the programme monitored by Business Post on Friday morning.
Speaking further, he said, “It is interesting that you raised this issue of renewable energy. One of the things we agreed with Africinvest is that from now henceforth, all our new stores to be opened would be powered solely by solar and the existing 17 stores would be integrated with solar energy.”
He expressed optimism that Justrite would gain immensely from the experience of Africinvest because of its rich pedigree on the continent.
According to him, Africinvest “is not just coming with money, it is coming with insight, corporate governance, repositioning of the company and all manners of strategies.”
“Before they made the final investment, they went through the due diligence process, both legal and commercial, to check the gaps and prospects of the company before signing the deal,” the chairman said.
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