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NIPOST Partners Egyptian Firm to Bridge Border Delivery




By Adedapo Adesanya

The Nigerian Postal Services (NIPOST) has signed a partnership deal with Egyptian firm, e-Gate Egypt, on digital transformation of logistics and last-mile delivery chain services across borders.

The Postmaster-General (PMG) and Chief Executive Officer of NIPOST, Mr Ismail Adewusi, confirmed this in Abuja on Monday when the CEO of e-gate Egypt, Mr Essam Alsaghir, visited NIPOST headquarters to sign the partnership.

Last-mile delivery is the movement of goods from the warehouse, shelf or transport hub to its final delivery destination or the customer’s doorstep.

Mr Adewusi, who said that the partnership would help in addressing infrastructure gaps in the agency, added that it would also assist in job creation.

According to the PMG, “the digital transformation of the post implies that from end to end, the customer can track the movement of his mails and his parcels.

“I think it is one area that we’ve really lacked some form of competitive edge.

“The signing of this agreement will also assist us in contributing to the vision of President Muhammadu Buhari administration of lifting 100 million people out of poverty over the next 10 years.”

He said with the agreement, NIPOST could engage many youths thereby increasing job opportunities in the country.

Mr Alsaghir, while explaining the significance of the agreement, said that digitally transforming NIPOST operations would fundamentally change the way postal services were delivered in Nigeria.

“When the agreement is implemented, the entire mail delivery system will be automated using driver mobile application. Customers can track the movement of their parcels through a mobile app.

“Our partnership with NIPOST will provide our customers with new technology and mobile app for a secure, easy and faster way to reach their clients not only for postal service but other transactions,” Mr Alsaghir said.

He further said the partnership would help to generate money-making opportunities for many Nigerians, particularly young people.

“It is an income-generating opportunity, where citizens’ vehicles will be used. Now, every citizen with a vehicle will be a potential Courier Agent for the POS and private business,” he said.

The framework agreement is aimed at allowing Pan African Postal Union (PAPU) and stakeholders to explore and execute business opportunities for registered communication and digital postal services.

Adedapo Adesanya is a journalist, polymath, and connoisseur of everything art. When he is not writing, he has his nose buried in one of the many books or articles he has bookmarked or simply listening to good music with a bottle of beer or wine. He supports the greatest club in the world, Manchester United F.C.

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Akinwumi Adesina Turns Down Requests to Become Next Nigerian President



Akinwumi Adesina Sworn-In

By Adedapo Adesanya

The President of the Africa Development Bank (AfDB), Mr Akinwumi Adesina, has ruled himself out of the 2023 presidential race in Nigeria.

Mr Adesina made his position known in a statement on Tuesday after months of calls for him to join the contest after a group bought the presidential nomination form of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for him at the cost of N100 million.

In the statement, the banker emphasised that his current desire is to continue to hold the office of the president of the AfDB which he won reelection for last year.

However, he expressed appreciation for those who found him worthy of leading his country at this critical time it is undergoing different challenges ranging from economy, security and others.

“While I am deeply honoured, humbled and grateful for all the incredible goodwill, kindness, and confidence, my current responsibilities at this time do not allow me to accept to considered,” the statement read in part.

“I remain fully engaged and committed to the mission that Nigeria, Africa and all the non-African shareholders of the African Development Bank have given me for Africa’s development.

“I remain fully focused on the mission of supporting the accelerated development and economic integration of Africa,” Mr Adesina added.

Less than two weeks ago, a coalition of 28 groups purchased the N100 million APC presidential forms for the former Agriculture Minister.

The coalition consists of groups such as the Youth Arise Movement, Nigerians in Diaspora, One Nigeria Group, Prudent Youth Association of Nigeria, women groups, farmers, and other civil society groups.

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Sanwo-Olu Promises Justice for Sound Engineer David Imoh



David Imoh Sound Engineer

By Modupe Gbadeyanka

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has promised to ensure that the late Sound Engineer killed by a mob in the Lekki area of the state last week gets justice.

The Governor gave this assurance through the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotoso, in a statement issued on Monday night.

Last week, after boarding a commercial motorcycle, an argument ensued between Mr David Imoh and the okada rider over N100 and attracted other riders, who then lynched him.

There have been calls for justice for the deceased and in the statement today, the state governor said this would be done.

He condemned the mob attack and said the police are interrogating four suspects at the State Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Panti in connection with the incident, while two survivors of the act are in hospital.

According to Mr Sanwo-Olu, the government will address the root cause of this and similar incidents, which have caused public anxiety, appealing to residents to remain calm as police continue to investigate the matter.

“Lagos has no room for savagery and anybody found to have been involved in this barbarism will surely face the law.

“We condemn and will not condone any kind of jungle justice, no matter who the perpetrators are,” the statement stressed.

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N80bn Fraud: EFCC Arrests Accountant General of the Federation Ahmed Idris



ahmed idris

By Modupe Gbadeyanka

The Accountant General of the Federation (AGF), Mr Ahmed Idris, is cooling off in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

He is having talks with the agency, explaining what he knows about an alleged diversion of N80 billion belonging to the federal government.

He was picked up by operatives of the EFCC on Monday, May 16, 2022, after allegedly failing to honour invitations by the commission to respond to issues connected to the issue.

In a statement issued on Monday night, the anti-money laundering organisation claimed that Mr Idris, through verified intelligence, “raked off the funds through bogus consultancies and other illegal activities using proxies, family members and close associates.”

“The funds were laundered through real estate investments in Kano and Abuja,” another part of the statement disclosed.

The AGF has been in the news lately over an audit report, which indicted some ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) of the federal government of fraud.

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