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10 Essential Office Equipment You Should Have in Your Office

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By Esther Adeniji

One aspect of branding that many SMEs in Nigeria often overlook is the internal appearance of their office. Your business needs to be conducted in a conducive environment. A conducive office environment has the necessary equipment put in place for the day to day business operations.

There is essential office equipment in your office as a Nigerian business owner. If you plan on opening a new office for your startup in Nigeria, you can check out these 10 essential office equipment.

10 essential office equipment you should have in your office

  1. Photocopiers

When it comes to keeping a record of daily activities and transactions at the office, paperwork would be required. Therefore, your employees will need to make photocopies to document your office paperwork. Due to the excess number of copies needed daily, a photocopier should be on standby.

To become a successful entrepreneur in Nigeria, you need to learn how to cut costs by getting this kind of equipment in the office. When you also consider the stress it will take employees to outsource this service from a third party; you will realise that it is better to have the machine in the office. And while the cost of getting one may be relatively expensive, you can consider browsing through Jumia online store and check for a discounted price.

  1. Office furniture

You must have HSE-standard furniture in your office to help staff and clients alike comfortable while sitting or waiting in the office. Often, employees develop back pains from sitting on an uncomfortable chair and eventually have serious back, knees, and leg illnesses. Therefore, your office furniture must be of good quality, relieve back stress for staff, and be easy to use. This is not limited to formal office space. If you are the type that works from home, you should ensure you have this in your home office too.

Some Nigerian businesses do not even have waiting chairs for clients, which is inappropriate. The same way an entrepreneur provides chairs for employees is how provision for clients should be made available. Remember, the more comfortable a client uses your services, the more willing to patronise your business.

The type of chairs you can get in your office include; ergonomic chair, swivel chair, saddle chair, 24-hour chair, exercise ball, egg chair, executive chair, meeting chair, banquet chair, and leather chair.

  1. MiFi Routers

Reliable WiFi connection equipment is one essential thing you should have in your office. We are in the digital age where over 90% of your transactions would be conducted using the internet. Hence, you need a device that will allow employees and clients to access the internet. To install an internet connection in your office, you can get MiFi Routers from network providers in the country. Some of the best MiFi Routers in Nigeria are; Airtel LTE MiFi, Hauwei Glo 4G MiFi, JoFi 4G LTE MiFi, ZTE Universal Mobile MiFi, MTN 4G LTE MiFi, and 9Mobiile 4G LTE MiFi. Also, if you are short of cash, a courtesy visit to Jiji can save you some huge expenses.

  1. Computer, laptop, and other accessories

In Nigeria today, if you are looking at getting equipment that will enable your employees to function better in their job roles, a computer is one of the essentials. Therefore, a desktop or laptop computer should be made available in the organisation for employees to use.

The function of computers in your office is it allows the implementation of technology and digital skills for the users. Also, with a computer, at the office, paperwork becomes reduced. You can use Microsoft software or Google Docs to create and store the organisation’s data. Computer accessories such as; mouse, flash drive, etc. It should also be made available.

  1. Printer

When employees need hard copies of documents for record-keeping or presentation, the printer comes in. A good printer will keep you to identify the original documents and the duplicates made by photocopy. This file can be in white and black or coloured format. The printer is a piece of equipment used by employees whose duty requires paperwork or record keeping, like a secretary, accountant, cashier, business consultant, etc.

Documents printed can be photocopied using the photocopier to reduce the workload on the printer. Also, the printer needs to come with extra toners. Toners are the ink that used on the printer. Toners do get exhausted and require to be refilled from time to time.

  1. Television

This equipment is placed in the waiting room or offices of senior staff. The purpose of television is to keep guests, clients, and staff entertained while at work. However, the staff is not allowed to watch TV during working hours. As a Nigerian business owner, having a television at the office might seem unnecessary because it does not directly generate income for the company. However, it is a form of hospitality the company renders to the clients and guests. Clients that get comfortable tend to have a positive mindset about the organisation.

  1. Refrigerator

A refrigerator in the office kitchen allows employees to refresh during working hours. In some companies, employees have the right to take any item from the fridge, while in some, employees are only allowed to use the fridge to keep their lunch to avoid it getting spoiled. Offices that provide employees with a refrigerator are fun to work with.

  1. Standby generator or solar panels

The number one tip for surviving as a business in Nigeria is to remember that electricity is not stable. Also, you can get charged outrageous bills from the Electricity Distribution Company. So as an entrepreneur looking to make profits in this country, you have to learn to look for an alternative source of electricity.

The best alternative source of electricity for a Nigerian business is either a generator or a solar panel. The advantage of a solar panel over a generator is that it can work endlessly, while a generator requires fuel to be powered. Therefore, in a situation with fuel scarcity, a generator might not be the best option for your business.

  1. File cabinet

A file cabinet is needed to store all the necessary documents and data used in business operations. Hardcopies of documents like; employees’ bio, letters, receipt, meeting minutes, etc. c, need to be stored in a file cabinet. Offices need to have a file cabinet among the essential equipment.

  1. Air conditioner/Fan

There is a need to provide a free flow of air in the office. An office is usually filled with more than one person, so it is necessary to make provisions for an AC or fan to help reduce heat. In addition, working under cool conditions helps employees get comfortable in their work environment.

11· Telephone/Landline

Communication is needed in the office. That is why a telephone or landline should be at employees’ desks to allow them to communicate effectively with each other. In addition, a landline help to connect more than one desk, so there is no need for employees to walk around while passing a message to each other.

12· CCTV

Security is another important thing to consider at the workplace. The security of the office building, workers, customers, products, etc., must be considered when getting equipment for the workplace. A better way to keep security in check is by purchasing and installing CCTV cameras at vital points in the office. The cameras are connected to a system where daily activities are monitored. This device is one of the first things a company should consider when shopping for office equipment.

Conclusion

Office equipment is not things that are placed at the office. Office equipment is needed for employees to perform their tasks better. You can decide to get equipment without getting the right ones, that is why we put together ten essential office equipment you need in your office.

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Itsekiri And Ijaws’ Creation of Hyper-Modern Path to Peace Via Football Tournament

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By Jerome-Mario Chijioke Utomi

Benikrukru Community field, Gbaramtu kingdom, Warri South West Local Government Area, Delta State, the kickoff venue of the Ijaw/Itsekiri peace and unity football competition initiated by Chief Sheriff Mulade, Ibe-sorimawei of Gbaramatu kingdom and National Coordinator/CEO, Centre for Peace & Environmental Justice (CEPEJ), was on Wednesday, November 16, 2022, filled to capacity and moderately dotted with imposing banner conspicuously positioned with screaming but familiar inscriptions that emphasise on the importance of peace and unity to humanity.

The ambience at the venue was refreshing as merrily dressed guests strolled in. Community members of Ijaw and Itsekiri origins were relaxed in their sitting positions. They were entertained to the rhythms from the stable of Ijaw and Itsekiri traditional dancing maestros.

Their humble and friendly dispositions complimented each other and made it very easy for non-indigenes to be at ease in their presence, even as that was the maiden visit to the community.

Aside from having in attendance former Super Eagles players, Christian Obodo and Sam Sodje, among others, the event was also graced by courageous Niger Deltans, who have met resistance from their own government in the past but refused to give up in their quest to build a better Niger Delta region and Nigeria by extension.

But of all that I observed, the gathering acknowledged what has been on the mind of Nigerians.

Fundamentally, it frontally demonstrated a strong conviction that non-discrimination, justice and fairness are the foundation for peace, unity, stability and economic prosperity of any nation. From the love that existed among the two ethnic groups on that day, at that time and in that place, it was obvious that building a nation where all citizens of the country shall not be discriminated against on the basis of ethnicity, sex, language, religion, political or other opinions, birth or other status is possible.

Essentially also, from the way the two teams entered the field with a stride of confidence and fair play, the competition provided Ijaw/Itsekiri with an opportunity for introspection by the two ethnic groups on the journey so far. Some gave the ‘union’ kudos for the tremendous progress it has made in forging unity and peace and riding the area of hatred and hostility, while others felt that the new challenge before the two ethnic nationalities is to transform into a strong economic bloc in order to position for the challenges of the 21st century as it patterns Niger Delta region.

To assist readers in appreciating this current journey to sustainable peace by the two ethnic groups via football tournament, it is important to underline that the district of Warri in Delta State, going by reports, has been the scene of ethnic and territorial conflicts between the Itsekeri and the Ijaws since March 1997, when ethnic violence broke out between the Ijaws and the Itsekeris following a government decision to relocate the headquarters of the Warri south local government council from an Ijaw community to a community belonging to the Itsekeris.

Though the hostility was overtly arrested and brought under control, covertly, it has remained a zone where fierce war has been raging between ethnic and social forces in Nigeria over the ownership and control of oil resources. And as a direct result, a long dark shadow has been cast on efforts to improve the well-being and economic development of the region’s individuals, peoples, and communities.

Without a doubt, the Ijaw/Itsekiri hostility is not only telling evidence of the numerous problems facing the people of the Niger Delta region, but largely an expose of unwillingness by the government over the years to address problems which possess the potent capability to affect the stability of Niger Delta as a region.

The above claim, in my view, becomes more telling after listening to Mulade, who spoke on the sidelines in the kick-off match, where he stated that ‘’The essence of this tournament is to try and reduce the hostility among us. Some years ago, we had some misunderstandings. That led to what is known as the Warri crisis. So, what we are doing is building the relationship. So, for you to join us is to support this celebration of peaceful co-existence.”

Certainly, there are grains of truth in the above position. The tournament has not only brought out something different and fundamentally new that will help shape the relationship between the two ethnic groups. Rather, it has assisted in providing health and vitality of peaceful co-existence, rededicating commitment to peace, promoting unity and intensifying harmonious development of the Niger Delta region.

The facts are there and speak for it.

On Monday, November 7, 2022, it was reported that the Olu of Warri, Ogiame Atuwatse III, while playing host to Chief Mulade Sheriff and members of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) who paid him a courtesy visit in his palace, gave his endorsement and royal blessings to the peace and unity football event. The Olu applauded Chief Comrade Sheriff Mulade for initiating such a laudable programme and promised to liaise with Mr Amaju Pinnick to bring his wealth of experience in football management to support the process.

In a similar style, members of the LOC, on November 11, 2022, were received by Oboro Gbaraun II, Aketekpe, Agadagba of Gbaramatu Kingdom in his palace at Oporoza, the traditional headquarters of the kingdom.

In his response, the monarch appreciated the organizer’s initiative and implored him to continue preaching and spreading the need for peaceful coexistence because peace is not negotiable. He also enlightened the LOC team on the importance of peace to attract development to Delta, particularly Warri and its environs. He encouraged the untiring contribution of the LOC towards uniting Ijaw/Itsekiri, the importance of which is crucial to harnessing the dividend of development and opportunities to our people.

While this piece celebrates the feat, there are, however, accompanying beliefs in my views that the Ijaws are a truly peaceful set of people.

The first such example is a recent statement by an Ogbe Ijoh-based political pressure group, the Independent GrassRoots Liberators (IGL), where the group, among other comments, pleaded with the Senator Ifeanyi Okowa’s led Delta State Government to immediately settle the communal disputes between Ogbe-Ijoh, Ijaw ethnic nationality of Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta state and Aladja, an Urhobo community in Udu Local Government Area of the state, adding that they want to live in unity as they have been living before. “We don’t want to be killing ourselves anymore,” they said.

The second has to do with the recent comment credited to Pere of Gbaramatu Kingdom, Oboro-Gbaraun II, Aketekpe, Agadagba, at his palace in Oporoza, the ancestral headquarters of Gbaramatu Kingdom while he played host to Mr Ali Muhammad Zarah, Managing Director, Nigeria Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), on Sunday, November 13, 2022.

The first-class monarch, according to media reports, said; “This is Gbaramatu Kingdom, and we are very peaceful people. If you come closer to the people, you will know the kind of people we have here. Some people can castigate our names or tarnish our image, but we are not like that. We know who we are.”

Waxing philosophically, the Monarch said, “We want to say, if the children are happy, definitely the father is happy too. Recently, I told some senators that instead of staying in Abuja and speculating about what is happening in the Niger Delta region, they should take a trip to the region for an on-the-spot assessment of the situation. If they come, they will know how the people are, but staying far from them, you cannot know how they really are. So I am very happy for people like you visiting our Kingdom.”

As the author of this piece, while I commend the efforts of the tournament organisers, the piece, on its part, thinks that there is a lesson government must draw from the above words of the revered traditional monarch.

Utomi Jerome-Mario is the Programme Coordinator (Media and Policy) at Social and Economic Justice Advocacy (SEJA), Lagos. He can be reached via jeromeutomi@yahoo.com/08032725374

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Makeup Through the Years

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From a very young age, girls are taught that makeup is a way to enhance their natural beauty. There are endless tutorials and tips on how to apply makeup. The reality is that most women don’t wear makeup for the sake of looking good. In fact, many women wear makeup as a form of self-expression or as a way to boost their confidence. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, there are certain makeup essentials that every woman should have in her beauty arsenal. These include a good foundation, concealer, powder, blush, mascara, and lipstick.

With these products, you can create various looks, from a natural daytime look to a glamorous evening look. While some women are content with a minimal makeup routine, others enjoy experimenting with different products and looks. If you’re someone who loves experimenting with makeup, then you’ll need a wider range of products, including eyeshadow, eyeliner, and bronzer. No matter what your reasons for wearing makeup are, there’s no denying that it can be a lot of fun. So go ahead and experiment with different products and looks to find what makes you feel your best. When you figure it out, it’s a 22Bet bonus!

Makeup Updates

As the years go by, makeup changes with the trends. In the early 1900s, makeup was used to accentuate the features of the face and was seen as a way to enhance beauty. Women would use rouge on their cheeks, kohl around their eyes, and lipstick to accentuate their lips. This was seen as a way to attract a husband and was seen as being very important for a woman’s social status.

However, in the 1920s, makeup became more about individuality and self-expression. Women would experiment with different colors and looks, and it was seen as a way to be creative. Women were also starting to wear more makeup in public, and it was seen as a way of empowering women.

The start of the “glamorous” look that was popular in Hollywood was in the 1930s. In the 1940s, makeup was used to create a more natural look. Women would use foundation to even out their skin tone, and they would use powder to set their makeup. They would also use rouge on their cheeks and lipstick to accentuate their lips. This was seen as a more sophisticated look, and it was also seen as being more appropriate for work and other public places.

In the 1980s, makeup was used to create a more polished look. Women would use foundation to even out their skin tone, and they would use powder to set their makeup. They would also use eyeliner and mascara to define their eyes. Today, makeup is used to create a variety of different looks. It is up to the individual to decide how they want to use makeup to express themselves.

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Does Nigeria Have a Problem or a Situation?

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By Prince Charles Dickson PhD

In 1845, Karl Marx jotted down some notes for The German Ideology, a book that he wrote with his close friend Friedrich Engels. Engels found these notes in 1888, five years after Marx’s death, and published them under the title Theses on Feuerbach. The eleventh thesis is the most famous: ‘philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways; the point, however, is to change it’.

The most widely accepted interpretation of this thesis is that, in it, Marx urges people not only to interpret the world but also to try and change it. However, we do not believe that this captures the meaning of the sentence. What we believe that Marx is saying is that it is those who try to change the world that has a better sense of its constraints and possibilities, for they come upon what Frantz Fanon calls the ‘granite block’ of power, property, and privilege that prevents an easy transition from injustice to justice.

Nigeria is a very strange place. In Nigeria, we debate what is real, and imagined, what is fantasy and what is reality.

In Nigeria, we are problem-focused. We always have problems, our politicians, our leaders, the systems, our structure, our past, our present and future, our people, our democracy, and our elections. Everything has a problem. Everything and everyone is a problem.

You leave Plateau state to Bauchi to do an MRI scan because there is a problem with the problem. The prestigious and renowned University College Hospital Ibadan where it was said the Saudi royalty once upon a time came for their healthcare, currently has barely a twenty-bed ICU. See problem!

The governor of Abia has done a lot, including getting an eatery to establish an outlet in the state, the same Abia boasts of Aba, considered one of the dirtiest cities around and also one of the most industrious and neglected by the government. Solution and problem joined together!

Tell me the state and I will show where the people are drinking multidimensional pove-tea from all strata of government. Daura in Katsina hasn’t produced an exceptional student in any exam, even as the president’s homestead and the state continue to be plagued by insecurity.

Fake teachers from Abeokuta, the cradle of knowledge, to Jos, the land of natives and non-natives.

What are we committed to, what are we sacrificing for and to, what does Nigeria mean to us? Let’s break it if that’s a solution, so pedestrian and easy, I will remind us when the arm dealers are sealing and dealing with The Nupe Warlords, Anaguta freedom fighters, Fulani Miyetti and Hausa Aggrieved Warriors or Rare Igbo Union, it won’t be funny.

Welcome to Nigeria, in Nigeria, we don’t have problems because we are the problems, no. We don’t have problems; we have situations. If your wife catches you with a neighbour’s wife, you don’t have a problem, you have a situation. Problems are had to solve; situations can be solved. If your girlfriend is spending more time with another guy, if you don’t have money, all these are situations. Change your girlfriend or change your mindset, your work or something.

Nigeria as a whole, as a country, or nation, as a people have a situation we have gotten to that point on several occasions, we were there, and the civil war broke out, our several ethnographic-ethno religious conflicts have taken us there, the menace of herdsmen and farmers, bandits and politicians keep taking us closer to the precipice.

The powerful not only control social wealth; they also control the public policy discussion — and what counts as intellectually correct. Good ideas are never sufficient. They are not believed or enacted simply because they are right. They become the ideas of our time only when those who come to believe in their own power, which use this power to struggle through institutions and advance their ideas, wield them.

Nigeria is in a situation, will men of a good conscience and patriots stand up to be counted? There’s no structure or system to build upon. Yet we must sit and talk about who we are and how we want to live, our current situation provides yet another opportunity for us to look forward, and understand where we are coming from, and take a leap with understanding what needs to be done according to each peculiarity.

I end with this story.

So, I went to a mental institution and wanted to send one person home. So I am going to ask a simple question. I asked the first person 3×3, and the fellow scratched his head, and he answered 164, I said to him, go back. Then I asked the second person the same question, and he smiled, looked up and then responded after a while Tuesday. Sorry. Wrong answer. Go back to your room

I almost gave up, until I went to the last person and asked the same question, if you can answer this question, I will let you go. He looked back at the other two who had left and smiled and said doctor, it’s 9. Right, and I gave him the release papers, and he started running to the door. But before he ran away, I said I need you to tell me something; your two friends did not come up with the right answer. How did you manage it? He said it’s so simple. I multiplied 164 by Tuesday, and I got 9.

Nigeria may get the right answer, but is the thinking correct? Nigeria finds answers often at the last minute, but truth be told, ‘the country has been interpreted in various ways that only capture problems, without a change in thinking, we won’t solve it, we must see our present circumstances as situations that can change with a different interpretation, and better thinking.

We must, as a people, want to try and change our situation despite the sense of the constraints and possibilities of the ‘granite block’ of power, property, and privilege that prevents an easy transition from injustice to justice. We must want to try, we must want to change, we must want to solve, and must want a new narrative. Are we in trouble or in a situation where there are solutions? Only time will tell.

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