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01-March-2024

Harvard Business School Introduces Tony Elumelu Foundation Case Study

By Modupe Gbadeyanka A case study to spotlight the role of celebrated African businessman, Mr Tony Elumelu, in transforming the development agenda on the continent through his Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) has been introduced by the Harvard Business School. The case study, launched on Thursday, February 29, 2024, will critically look into how the former banker is catalysing entrepreneurship in Africa through his Africapitalism approach. At its unveiling before a class of graduate students at Harvard Business School, Mr Elumelu said, “TEF is creating economic hope and opportunity for African entrepreneurs. We know that entrepreneurship is the solution to youth

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26-February-2024

NECO Releases Results of 2023 SSCE External Candidates

By Modupe Gbadeyanka The results of the 2023 November/December Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) external candidates conducted by the National Examinations Council (NECO) have been released. The Registrar and chief executive of NECO, Professor Dantani Wushishi, who announced the release of the results at the NECO headquarters in Minna, Niger State, on Monday, disclosed that 67.35 per cent of candidates who sat for the exam scored five credits and above, including English Language and Mathematics. He disclosed that the results of more than 8,518 candidates were withheld for involvement in various forms of examination malpractices. Prof Wushishi also disclosed that

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23-February-2024

Okpe Leaders Want Completion of Sapele Polytechnic, University in Orerokpe

By Henry Ovie The Delta State Governor, Mr Sheriff Oborevwori, has been tasked to make efforts to complete the Sapele Polytechnic, which was started by the administration of Mr Emmanuel Uduaghan. This call was made by some prominent leaders from the Okpe kingdom, who said the completion of the school and the establishment of a university in Orerokpe would assuage, “to some extent,” the people of the areas, who they said have been “historically neglected.” On Thursday, the leaders held a crucial meeting of the National Executive Council (NEC) of the Okpe Union worldwide. They commended Mr Oborevwori for responding

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23-February-2024

Eva Adelaja Girls’ At 60: Old Students Donate to Orphanage, Thrill Students

By Adedapo Adesanya It has been an eventful celebration at the ongoing 6oth Anniversary of Eva Adelaja Girls’ Secondary Grammar School, Bariga, Lagos. The event was planned to celebrate the institution established by the late educator, Mrs Evangeline Adebayo Adelaja, in 1964. Particular resplendent in this celebration are the alumni of the school, the Eva Adelaja Girls’ Secondary Grammar School Old Girls’ Association, which have been on the ground to ensure that the planned activities go smoothly. The event, which kicked off with the Praise Day and Community Hymn Singing held at Chapel of Christ the Light in Alausa, Ikeja,

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21-February-2024

VFD Group Donates Books to Comenius Nursery and Primary School

By Modupe Gbadeyanka About 1,000 copies of Mama’s Sleeping Scarf by renowned Nigerian writer, Ms Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, have been donated to the pupils of Comenius Nursery and Primary School in the Ikola area of Lagos State. The educational items were given to the elementary school by a leading proprietary investment company, VFD Group Plc, as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative. The firm, which is committed to fostering growth across diverse industries in Africa, said the books were donated to promote reading culture among children and inspire young minds to explore limitless possibilities. Mama’s Sleeping Scarf is

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20-February-2024

100 Teachers Undergo Robotics Training in Lagos

By Modupe Gbadeyanka A training programme aimed to enhance robotics learning in schools across Lagos State has been organised for teachers in the metropolis. The three-day robotics training programme commenced on Tuesday, February 20, 2024, and will involve 100 teachers drawn from various schools in the state. Addressing the participants at the venue of the programme, the Lagos Chambers of Commerce and Industries (LCCI), Ikeja, the Permanent Secretary in the Lagos State Ministry of Establishments and Training, Mrs Olubusola Abidakun, explained that the initiative was the state government’s unwavering commitment to the continuous upskilling and knowledge enhancement of teachers in

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16-February-2024

Eva Adelaja Girls’ Plans Big for 60th Anniversary

By Adedapo Adesanya Eva Adelaja Girls’ Secondary Grammar School, Bariga, Lagos is holding its 60th Anniversary Celebration from February 17-24, 2024. According to the Old Girls’ Association of the school, the celebration is necessitated by the impact that the founder of the school, Mrs Evangeline Adelaja, has laid down in contributing to the growth and development of the education of the Nigerian girl child. The President of Eva Adelaja Old Girls Association (OGA), Mrs Rhoda Ayinde, said, “We are beneficiaries of the sacrifice and great investments of Mama Evangeline Abebayo Adelaja, our proprietress and founder. We are grateful for the

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14-February-2024

WAEC Releases 2023 WASSCE Results for Private Candidates

By Modupe Gbadeyanka The 2023 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) results for private candidates have been released by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC). A statement signed on Tuesday by the acting Head of Public Affairs for WAEC Nigeria, Ms Moyosola Adesina, for the Head of the National Office disclosed that out of the 80,904 candidates that sat for the exercise, 78,419 candidates, representing 96.93 per cent have their results fully processed and released. The statement further disclosed that the results of about 2,485 candidates, representing 3.07 per cent, have a few of their subjects still being processed

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13-February-2024

NSIA Offers $220,000 Prize in Second Innovation Competition

By Adedapo Adesanya The Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) has announced the launch of the second edition of the NSIA Prize for Innovation (NPI 2.0), with a combined prize value of $220,000 and an all-expense paid, five-week training at Draper University, Silicon Valley, USA. The maiden edition of the NPI Programme recorded over 2,000 applications and a rigorous selection process, from which 25 start-ups proceeded to the accelerator phase. Following this, 10 finalists advanced to the demo day to pitch their refined solutions to a panel of seasoned entrepreneurs, innovators, and technology business leaders. The first three start-ups and seven

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04-March-2024

UK Announces £37.3m to Boost Livelihoods in Nigeria, Others

By Adedapo Adesanya The United Kingdom has announced new funding for the Mobile for Development Programme to help more people access mobile and digital technologies to find new opportunities and boost their livelihoods in Nigeria and other developing countries. UK’s Minister for Development and Africa, Mr Andrew Mitchell MP, during a speech at Mobile World Congress last week, announced that the UK is providing £37.3 million of new support for the Mobile for Development Programme. The new UK funding for innovative mobile phone technology will help change lives in developing countries around the world by harnessing AI technology to provide

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04-March-2024

Newly-Listed Transcorp Power Targets N500bn Revenue by 2031

By Adedapo Adesanya The latest company to join the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Limited, Transcorp Power Plc, has announced a revenue target of N500 billion by 2031, tapping opportunities in the capital market and sustainable energy. This was disclosed by the Managing Director of the firm, Mr Peter Ikenga, during the Facts Behind the Listing held at bourse on Monday. The firm, owned by businessman and Chairman of UBA Plc, Mr Tony Elumelu, listed its stocks on the Main Board of the nation’s flagship exchange by introduction. It listed 7,500,000,000 ordinary shares of 50 Kobo each at N240.00 per share. Speaking

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04-March-2024

DisCos Must Promptly Respond to Customers’ Complaints—FCCPC

By Aduragbemi Omiyale Electricity distribution companies (DisCos) in the country have been charged to respond to customers’ complaints quickly for better service delivery. This task was given to the energy firms by the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC), which said the companies must design a quick response mechanism to address issues from their customers. Speaking last Saturday at a four-day one-stop-shop for addressing billing, metering, transformer, connection, disconnection, customer service and other electricity consumer issues in Ikeja Electric coverage areas, the acting executive chairman of FCCPC, Mr Adamu Abdullahi, said the highest number of complaints received by the

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04-March-2024

Omokungbe Wants Implementation of Initiatives on Women’s Entrepreneurship

By Aduragbemi Omiyale A former Rector of Yaba College of Technology (YabaTech), Lagos, Mr Obafemi Omokungbe, has called for the implementation of programmes and initiatives designed to promote women’s entrepreneurship in Africa. Speaking at the just-concluded 10th anniversary of the African Women Foundation for Nation Building (WINBAFRICA) in Lagos, Mr Omokungbe, a fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), also appealed to African countries to renew their commitment to women’s empowerment, saying it is a crucial step towards nation-building. According to him, the journey toward women’s empowerment in Africa involves a comprehensive approach that spans various sectors, including education,

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04-March-2024

NGX Group Declares 75 Kobo Final Dividend Amid 57.4% Surge in FY’23 Earnings

By Aduragbemi Omiyale A final dividend of N1.5 billion, amounting to 75 Kobo per share has been declared by the board of the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Group Plc for the 2023 financial year. This brings to N1 the total dividend to be paid by the company after paying 25 Kobo (N495.5 million) as interim dividend at mid-year. In its audited financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2023, the NGX Group said its gross earnings increased by 57.4 per cent to N11.8 billion in FY 2023 from N7.5 billion in FY 2022 because its performances in core revenue and

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04-March-2024

Red Line Rail: Labour Party Demands Value for Money

By Aduragbemi Omiyale The Lagos State chapter of the Labour Party has tasked Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to ensure the recently commissioned Red Line Rail does not turn out to be another failure due to poor maintenance culture. In a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Mrs Olubunmi Odesanya, the opposition party appealed to the state government to ensure its sustainability. While greeting residents of the metropolis on the project, which was commissioned last Tuesday by President Bola Tinubu, the Labour Party faulted the timing of its completion, saying the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) ought to have put the initiative in

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04-March-2024

Access Bank to Give 700,000 MSMEs Access to N50bn Via YouThrive

By Modupe Gbadeyanka An initiative known as YouThrive designed to give entrepreneurs in the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) access to a N50 billion credit facility has been introduced by Access Bank Plc. The lender disclosed at a media briefing in Lagos that about 700,000 MSMEs would benefit from this programme, which is open to business owners between the ages of 21 and 40 years. YouThrive is a transformative initiative designed by Access Bank to empower, uplift, and accelerate the next generation of MSMEs. According to the Deputy Managing Director of Access Bank, Mr Victor Etuokwu, who addressed journalists

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04-March-2024

Peter Obi Laments Nigeria’s Dependence on War-Torn Ukraine for Food

By Adedapo Adesanya The presidential candidate of the Labour Party in the 2023 polls, Mr Peter Obi, has lamented Nigeria’s dependence on Ukraine, a country ravaged by war, for food aid. Mr Obi, in a statement on Monday, expressed dissatisfaction at the current economic realities and recounted times when the Nigerian economy was faring better than that of Ukraine in 2015. “Ukraine cultivates over 60 per cent of its arable land, whereas Nigeria has over 60 per cent uncultivated arable land. “Despite the conflict, Ukraine feeds itself, and exports agricultural products worth over $25 billion which is about the same

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04-March-2024

AfDb Injects $134m Into Rice, Maize, Cassava, Soybean Production in Nigeria

By Adedapo Adesanya The African Development Bank (AfDB) is supporting Nigeria in the cultivation of rice, maize, cassava and soybean to boost food production with the provision of $134 million to achieve this. The president of the multilateral lender, Mr Akinwunmi Adesina, said on Saturday after visiting the Centre for Dryland Agriculture (CDA) at Bayero University, Kano, that the bank would support Nigeria to cultivate 300,000 hectares each of rice and maize, 150,000 hectares of cassava and 50,000 hectares of soybeans during the 2024 planting season. The CDA is a World Bank-supported centre established to serve as a regional training

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04-March-2024

Salesforce Unveils Conversational AI Assistant Einstein Copilot

By Modupe Gbadeyanka A new customisable, conversational, and generative AI assistant for CRM, Einstein Copilot, has been launched by Salesforce. The system was unveiled at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, and it will use adequate company data to generate useful responses. The Einstein Copilot enables Salesforce customers to generate responses using their private and trusted data, while maintaining strict data governance and without requiring expensive AI model training. As a result, Einstein Copilot can answer questions, summarise content, create new content, interpret complex conversations, and dynamically automate tasks on behalf of a user, all from a single, consistent