|Digital money transfer service hits 10,000 unique transactions per month|
|DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, February 20, 2017/ — Digital money transfer service WorldRemit(www.WorldRemit.com/en/Cameroon) is consolidating its rapid expansion into Tanzania, supporting the growing demand for instant remittances to the country from over 4 million expatriates living abroad.
Today WorldRemit is announcing:
WorldRemit customers can send money to Tanzania via Mobile Money to Tigo Pesa, Vodacom M-Pesa and Zantel Ezy Pesa Mobile Money accounts, as well as bank deposit and cash pick up.
The biggest senders to Tanzania include migrants currently living in the UK, Sweden, Australia, Norway and Canada, amongst others.
With WorldRemit, people in more than 50 countries can send instant, secure transfers to more than 140 destinations. Known as the ‘WhatsApp of money’, WorldRemit makes sending money as easy as sending an instant message.
Remittances play an important role in the economy of Tanzania – in 2015 the country received a total of$390 million according to the WorldBank, almost ten times the amount received in 2010.
Ismail Ahmed, founder and CEO at WorldRemit, comments: “Our Mobile Money partnerships combined with existing services for bank deposits and cash pick-up will give more choice to Tanzanians, further supporting the transition from costly offline remittances via high street agents to faster, cheaper and safer online transfer methods”.
WorldRemit customers currently send over 580,000 transfers every month.
The Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu has warned Nigerians to disregard rumours making the rounds that NSCDC is recruiting or doing replacement secretly and favouring children and candidates of top government functionaries or influential persons in Nigeria.
NSCDC In a statement signed by its public Relation Officer, Emmanuel Okeh, said the corps is not recruiting as widely speculated on the internet and various social media platforms. Beware of 419 and fraudsters who have hacked into NSCDC’s website to dupe innocent and desperate job seekers online.
NSCDC asked the general pulic to ignore all messages with religious undertone going viral, it is an attempt by mischief makers to use religion to dent the image of the Corps.
“Be informed that when it is time for recruitment, the process will be published in various National Dailies and Electronic Media”.
Ghana’s President Nana Akufo Addo will deliver the Opening Keynote at this year’s Commonwealth Africa Summit 2017 in London. Dr. Akufo Addo is expected to join other Commonwealth Leaders including Her Majesty the Queen and other members of the Royal Family, Former Prime Minister of Barbados Arthur Owen, Nigeria’s Ooni of Ife, the Commonwealth Secretary General and senior corporate executives at the weeklong event in London, United Kingdom.
Leveraging our Commonwealth Heritage for economic development and collective growth will be at the top of conversations at the 2017 Summit from the 13th – 15th March 2017.
The Commonwealth Africa Summit 2017 activities will begin with a wreath laying service in honour of those who were lost to the 2 world wars and will be followed by a Service at the Westminster Abbey in the Presence of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and other Royals.
Her Majesty will usually host world leaders and eminent individual in attendance at a dinner reception at Marlborough House as part of the activities to celebrate the Commonwealth Week.
The Summit business activities will begin on Tuesday 14th March with an Opening Plenary and close with a Dinner on Wednesday 15th March in Westminster.
The 2017 Commonwealth Africa Summit will be attended by government leaders from across Africa and the Commonwealth in addition to business leaders from all member states. At the 2017 Commonwealth African Summit, prominent leaders will deliberate on the theme ‘from Shared Prosperity to Collective Growth’ – one that promote prosperity and secures Africa’s future. Issues such as energy and power, Africapitalism, trade and investment, sustainable livelihood, child rights, counter insurgency and terrorism will be discussed and lasting solutions proposed.
Interested participants are encouraged to register on www.casevents.org/cas2017 . Information about the Commonwealth Africa Initiative can be found on www.commonwealthafrica.com
BEN television will be providing media and Broascast coverage. To get more information on scheduling, please visit www.bentelevision.com
A call has gone out to officials of the Nigeria Police Force, especially officers in the various gender units of the Police Divisions and other relevant stakeholders in the protection of children’s rights, to internalise the provisions of the Lagos State Child Rights Law.
Making the call today at One-Day Workshop and Training programme for police officers and relevant stakeholders on children matters at Alausa, the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Youth and Social Development, Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola, said that the State government will continue to equip police personnel, stakeholders and NGOs involved in Child Protection with necessary tools and information needed to ensure optimal protection of children in Lagos.
He explained that the training programme was meant to strengthen the Governor Akinwunmi Ambode-led Administration’sinitiative tagged – “Lagos State Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy”, adding that the policy was aimed at intensifying the protection of individuality and uniqueness of every child which gives clear and concise directions to all child centred organizationson various roles to play when contact exists with children.
The Permanent Secretary encouraged all individuals, Non-Governmental Organization and Corporate bodies to be alive to their responsibilities by giving their best in helping these hapless children while also complementing the State government’s efforts at providing opportunities for young people to make the best out of their lives.
Speaking on the role of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) on child right protection, Inspector Okafor Kenneth Ewemethafor, a facilitator from Ikeja Police Training School, pointed out that all police divisions have established Juvenile Welfare Centre (JWC) to handle cases involving different types of child abuses ranging from Emotional, Physical, Sexual and Domestic violence amongst others in the State.
He stressed that Juvenile Welfare Centres are provided with the necessary equipment and officers well-trained on the best steps in case of incidents of child abuse, noting that the Child’s Right Law and Domestic Violence Law already operational in the State would help to penalize perpetrators and protect the right of victims.
Inspector Ewemethafor, however, implored Lagosians to report all abuse cases to the nearest police station.
Lagos State government today demonstrated its avowed commitment to ensuring that the Lagos CBD attained the desired international standard for business operation by embarking on enforcement operation in Ebute-Ero and its environs.
Leading the operation, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Central Business Districts, Mr. Agboola Dabiri, said the State Government has invested heavily in the viability of an effective Lagos CBD and as such constant monitoring and enforcement of policy, bothering on free traffic, sensible driving and clear walkways would be enforced.
While acknowledging that Lagos Island is difficult to manage, Dabiri, however, said that the government would not relent on its oars to put in place a conducive environment for business operation.
“Lagos Island is not easy to manage given its indigenous status,” he said, adding that more than 100 percent performance would be put in place to ensure that CBD comes to stay not only on the Island, but in other four designated places of Ikeja, Surulere, Apapa and Eti-Osa.
The Special Adviser was accompanied on the operation by personnel of the State task force, Police, LASEMA, RRS as well as other field officers in a bid to ensure the realisation of the policy and objectives of setting up the Agency.
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The operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Lagos State Police Command on Wednesdayarrested an 18-year-old ex-convict over alleged serial phone thief in Oshodi.
The suspect, Sadeeq Wasiu, who had been imprisoned seven times, was re-arrested in Oshodi after several months of being on the operatives’ wanted list.
Wasiu, alias “Omo Eiye”, as he is popularly called in Oshodi, was arrested at Oshodi Under Bridge while trying to escape after snatching an Infinix Note 3 from an undergraduate.
Before his arrest, Wasiu had been fingered to be the master-mind of four phone thefts and two bag snatching attempt in Oshodi.
Wasiu, who disclosed to interrogators that he was released from Potoki Prison, Badagry in January, 2017, said he ran away from Ikire, Osun State when he was 15 years old.
“I was 15 years when I came to Lagos to work as a conductor in 2014. My parents were not aware I am in Lagos.
“My popular name is Eiye. I steal phones from people at Oshodi. We were three in my group; Ahmed alias Oyi, Tombolo and I. We have stolen more than 45 phones as a group and I have stolen countless number of phones individually.
“I used to sell the phones at Idi Oro, Mushin. I sell the phone according to their make. I sell some N10, 000 and N8, 000. I have gone to jail seven times.
“I sell Indian Hemp too. I buy it from Spider in Lagos Island and I resell in small raps to over 50 of my colleagues in Oshodi. I can buy N4, 000 and brake into small wraps and sell for N8, 000,” he narrated.
Confirming the arrest, the State’s Police Public Relations Officer, Superintendent of Police, Dolapo Badmus, assured that the Command will not rest on its oars in nipping in the bud criminal activities in the state.
The suspect has been transferred to the Lagos State Taskforce in Oshodi.
BEN TV Lagos
|Minister Meets with Trade Officials, State Department|
WASHINGTON D.C., United States of America, February 15, 2017/ — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s U.S.-Africa Business Center Tuesday hosted the Nigerian Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment Dr. Okechukwu Enelamah (www.FMITI.gov.ng) for a roundtable discussion with U.S. business executives at their office in Washington, D.C.
The conversation focused on enhancing trade and investment relationship between both countries.
This comes in the context of a telephone call between President Muhammadu Buhari and President Donald TrumpMonday, where both Presidents discussed security and economic issues. It is seen as suggesting the U.S. consideration of Nigeria as a strategic partner.
“The U.S. has historically been one of Nigeria’s top trading partners; it was the biggest importer of Nigeria’s crude oil at some point. In the last five years, however, the sharp decline in U.S. imports of our crude, on account of rising domestic production of shale, has altered the trade balance between our two countries. This development presents Nigeria with a good opportunity for diversification and to explore and increase non-oil export – especially in agricultural products, services and the digital economy,” said Minister Enelamah.
On his part, the President of the U.S.-Africa Business Center and Vice President for African Affairs at the Chamber Scott Eisner, stated that “With the largest economy in Africa, Nigeria is an important partner for U.S. businesses. Our conversation highlighted the work being done to strengthen the economic relationship between our two countries and how we can continue to build on this relationship.”
Enelamah also participated in a Facebook Live conversation with the U.S.-Africa Business Center following the roundtable. Some of the companies that attended the gathering include Google, Microsoft, Blackstone, Procter and Gamble, UPS, Johnson and Johnson, Boston Scientific, Philip Morris International, Lekoil Oil, ITIC, etc.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.
Its International Affairs division includes more than 70 regional and policy experts and 25 country-and region-specific business councils and initiatives. The U.S. Chamber also works closely with 117 American Chambers of Commerce abroad. The U.S.-Africa Business Center is the preeminent voice in the global business community advocating for increased trade between the United States and Africa.
After the roundtable, the Minister went on to attend events focusing on the Ease of Doing Business and Investment at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and the Hudson Institute. He answered questions from a mixed audience of business executives, government officials, diplomats and others.
He similarly had meetings at the State Department with the outgoing Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas Greenfield and U.S. Trade Representatives for Africa at the Commerce office.
Issues on the agenda at the state department ranged from the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), SMEs, Nigeria’s leadership on the Continent and continued engagement with the new administration, while the commerce office focused on trade and the WTO.
Minister Enelamah was accompanied by his Trade Adviser and Chief Negotiator Ambassador Chiedu Osakwe, Special Adviser Bunmi Adeoye and Strategic Communications Adviser, Constance C. Ikokwu.
|Development should consider indigenous cultures and their relationship to the earth, says Pope Francis in meeting with delegation from IFAD|
|Rome, 15 February 2017 – In a private meeting with indigenous peoples’ representatives, Pope Francis stressed the need to reconcile development, both social and cultural, with the protection of indigenous peoples and their territories, “especially when planning economic activities that may interfere with their cultures and their ancestral relationship to the earth,” he said.
The 36-member delegation, which included representatives from the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), were in Rome to take part in the Third Global Meeting of the Indigenous People Forum of IFAD.
During the morning meeting, the Pope emphasized the need for governments to pay attention to indigenous identity, and to generate guidelines and development approaches that include young people and women.
“For governments this means recognizing that indigenous communities are a part of the population to be appreciated and consulted, and whose full participation should be promoted at the local and national level,” he said.
Mirna Cunningham, President of the Center for Indigenous Peoples’ Autonomy and Development (CADPI), headed the delegation.
“I think the Pope’s words are important,” she said. “He went straight to the point. We have to remember that technological and economic development is not progress in itself and IFAD can play a very big role with technical and financial support to ensure that these measure are considered with indigenous peoples.”
Antonella Cordone, Coordinator for Indigenous and Tribal Issues Policy and Technical Advisory Division at IFAD, said that “recognizing and institutionalizing indigenous peoples’ rights is essential, but we also have to work to set self-implementation strategies to support local economies. Otherwise we risk that indigenous peoples’ societies will disappear.”
Members of the delegation brought gifts to illustrate the work of indigenous peoples around the world, including an alpaca coat from Bolivian Andes, a blanket from the Igorot people in the Philippine Cordillera, and a bible translated into Miskitu from Nicaragua.
On 10th and 13th February, IFAD hosted the Third Global Meeting of the Indigenous Peoples Forum, bringing together representatives of indigenous peoples organizations and leaders of partner organizations to discuss the ongoing challenges faced by these communities.
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