T.B. Joshua Sees Vision Concerning Abducted Chibok School Girls, Says Divine Rescue Operation is on The Way!

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Here is the powerful message Prophet T.B. Joshua passed on yesterday, Sunday 27th April 2014 in his church concerning the abducted schoolgirls in Borno State:

“They have to be released. That is the voice of God. I saw a vision where some of these girls have escaped and they are trying to find their way from the forest to the town. In the midnight, some of these girls ran away. The ones that are still under their custody – God said He will release them. This is the voice of God. God has spoken – these children must be released. We can’t wait to see them. God has marked them that nothing should happen.  

The family members of the abducted schoolgirls – your pain is our pain. I learnt many of
the parents are in the bush. Please come back home. It is not your battle alone but the battle of all people of God all over the world. They are also our children.   We are in a spiritual battle. God has promised all of them will come out free, without harm and hurt. However, if there is unnecessary confrontation, it may affect them. 

  I want to tell our security men that they should take it easy. They should not go with full force because it will bounce back on these children. Let us be prayerful and at the same time be tactical and strategic, so they will not harm our dear schoolgirls. Their captors are in a place where they cannot move forward or backwards. Confrontation is dangerous. The security men should be very careful in their strategy and approach.

  Almost half of these girls have escaped and are inside the bush. Our prayer is safety for these little ones. Let them come out! We can’t wait to see them! I was expecting “Breaking News” last Thursday that almost half of them escaped. It was the shooting of our security men they heard that scared them. They are afraid the shooting is from the militants, not knowing our security forces were coming to rescue them. They have stopped their journey and are hanging somewhere. God is in control!   Lift up your voice and pray for the protection of these girls. Remember our security forces too in prayer. Ask God to give them more wisdom and a clean and clear strategy, so that their approach will not be attack for attack.

No matter what the militants do, even if they attack, they should not attack back in order not to harm our girls. On Tuesday, be in an attitude of prayer. With God, all things are possible.” #TBJoshua #BringBackOurGirls

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The 23-year-old with 24 kids: Genocide orphans form their own families

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It's a sunny April afternoon at the University of Rwanda College of Education in Kigali. Some students huddle in groups conversing in hushed voices; others hurry between buildings carrying books. Exams begin in a week.

On a grassy knoll behind an office block, Jean Claude Nkusi is giving his 24 children a talking to. "Study hard everyone," he says. "If you work hard you can improve your life and make it better."

This isn't your typical family. Nkusi is 23. None of his "children" share his DNA. In fact, the only thing linking them is that they're all genocide survivors — ethnic Rwandan Tutsis who lost their families in the 1994 violence that killed 800,000 people.

'It's because of history'

Creating "artificial families" to help young genocide survivors cope is the brainchild of an organization called the Association for Student Genocide Survivors (AERG). Originally founded by 12 University of Rwanda students in 1996, they've expanded to 43,397 university and high school students from across the tiny east-central African country today.

AERG initially creates families from members based on the secondary school or university they attend, after which the newly-formed family meet to democratically elect a willing father and mother from among their ranks. Though they don't all live together, they do help each other out financially and attempt to pool their resources.

In the University of Rwanda's College of Education alone there are 21 such families, with hundreds more being set up across the country.

"(We) Rwandans, we used to have big families but during the genocide many people were killed," says Daniel Tuyizere, AERG's second vice coordinator at the University of Rwanda.

We have to build artificial families so that we can go back to the way we were
Daniel Tuyizere, AERG

"To fight against that, we have to build artificial families so that we can go back to the way we were," he adds. "That's why you can find a father with 25 children — it's because of that, it's because of history."

AERG National Coordinator Constantine Rukundo explains that the concept stems from a basic necessity.

"You need someone to care about you," she says, adding that the aim is that the families will stay together for life. "When you get married your family will be there; they'll be the first to help you."

Scarred by war

UNICEF estimates that 95,000 children were orphaned as a result of the genocide. Seventy per cent witnessed murders or injuries, while many were victims of violence and rape themselves.

Their problems continued after 1994. By 2001, an estimated 264,000 Rwandan children had lost one or both parents to AIDS, a disease which was partly spread through the use of rape as a tool of war.

Today many of these young people suffer disproportionately from poverty, homelessness, trauma and legal issues, including having had their deceased parents' land taken away from them when they were too young to claim it.

Bringing light back

Rwanda is currently in the middle of 100 days of mourning. The 20th anniversary commemorations have been upsetting for many of the young people who still carry both physical and mental scars from the past.

It's when something was dark, and now it is bright again.
Jean Claude Nkusi

Kelsey Finnegan, Project Officer at Survivors Fund, says that trauma permeates into many different aspects of their lives: "Many for example have difficulties studying, maintaining relationships, or have issues with drugs and alcohol."

Kevin Mugina, 21, says that being in a family environment helps young people to deal with their emotions. "Some people used to be very angry." He says that together they discuss their feelings and how to control them enough so that they can live peacefully with their neighbors.

Yet, he adds, trauma among his peers is still a huge issue. "We have kids who have been so shocked from genocide that they have a permanent shock — that is one of our big problems."

But overall, it seems that they are in good hands. Augustin Nsengiyumua, 27, calls up his artificial mother for all sorts of small things. "For example if I don't have a pen, or I don't have soap," he says.

Younger than several of his artificial offspring, Nkusi says that fatherhood is a lot of responsibility but he relishes it. "You have to know every situation that your children are in — if they're studying without any problem, if they're eating, everyday life. If one of them is sick I have to be the first one to know it."

He has named their family Urumuri.

"Urumuri," Nkusi says, "means to light something up. It's when something was dark, and now it is bright again."

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Six Months After, Tension Mounts over PHCN Contract Workers

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Less than 48 hours to the expiration of the six months’ duration for the termination of the appointments of the staff of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) who were employed on a contract basis by the new investors in the power sector, a fresh crisis is looming between the investors and labour unions in the power sector, THISDAY has gathered.
 
The new owners, who took over the PHCN assets on November 1, 2013 disengaged some workers and gave others contract employment that will terminate after six months from the handover date.
 
At the expiration of the six months, the new investors are expected to right- size and inject new blood into the sector, so as to end the inefficiency that had characterised the sector under government’s watch.
THISDAY however gathered that about two days to the April 30, 2014 cut-off date stipulated under the privatisation guidelines for the new investors to appraise the performance of their old workforce and disengage non- productive staff, the labour unions are spoiling for a showdown with the investors.
 
The labour unions, which allegedly collected over N8 billion, apparently as arrears of check-off dues, as a condition for allowing the first disengagement carried out last year, have vowed to resist any attempt to disengage the contract workers.
 
The disengaged workers, it was learnt, were also paid over N360 billion entitlements last year, with management staff collecting over N100 million each, while each of the junior workers went home with N5 million.
 
Those disengaged can still get jobs in other establishments, where they can earn another pension.
One of the new investors told THISDAY that the April 30 deadline for the termination of the appointments of the contract staff would be an opportunity for the new investors to do proper appraisal of their human capital to get the right people for effective service delivery.
“It will be a plus to the power sector because the new owners will do an honest appraisal of their human capital. I don’t believe that any company will just terminate people’s appointments just because the six months have expired. A number of the companies have employed the services of KPMG and PwC to do audit of their human capital and what they actually need. It will provide an opportunity for the review of remunerations and anybody retained will have a brighter future and electricity consumers will also enjoy the benefits of having the right people to reach them,” he said.
 
According to him, if the private investors are prevented from disengaging workers, who are no longer productive, there would be no employment of young and energetic workforce, thereby worsening the power situation.
 
But one of the top officials of the unions, who spoke to THISDAY on the condition of anonymity at the weekend, said labour would resist  the plan to sack the workers.
 
“It is normal that the labour will resist it and there is a plan to resist it. There ought to have been a resistance last week but the unions went back to re-strategise. It will be resisted at the Nigeria  Labour Congress (NLC) level,” said an official.
 
He stated that  one of the major grievances of the workers was that some of them were being owed their entitlements by the federal government and the new investors.
 
Meanwhile, the federal government has again asked potential investors in Nigeria’s emerging electricity market to take advantage of several investment incentives it has initiated to take concrete decisions on investing in Nigeria’s power sector.
 
The government stated that such incentives, which include a $300 million Partial Risk Guarantee (PRG) which is domiciled with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the World Bank, tax holidays and waivers on certain operational equipment have been initiated to act as a major push to protect investors, strengthen their confidence and guarantee return on investment in the country’s power sector.
 
The Minister of State for Power, Mohammed Wakil, said at a recent Power Africa event organised by the United States Department of Commerce in Miami, Florida that apart from these operational incentives, reforms in Nigeria’s power sector offers huge opportunities for investors to take part in the sector that is touted to soon emerge as one of the largest in   Sub-Sahara Africa.
 
A statement by his Special Assistant, Media,  Mr. Olawale Rasheed, yesterday in Abuja quoted  Wakil as saying this in a keynote address he delivered at the event where he reminded investors that the $300 million PRG was still available.
According to the minister, there are tax holidays and waivers for importation of power equipment needed for generation, transmission and distribution in the sector.
 

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NCAA Approves Security Programme for Airports, Audits Foreign Airlines

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In response to the prevalent security threats in the country, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCCA) has approved security programme for the 22 airports owned by the federal government in line with the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulation Part 17 requirements and the National Civil Aviation Security Programme (NCASP).
 
The approval is part of efforts by the agency to respond to the security challenges facing the country especially in the wake of breaches at the nation’s airports which indicate that many of them are porous and lack perimeter and security fencing.
 
There also may be inadequate aviation security personnel, which explains why the airports have not met the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) certification.
 
According to statement by the NCAA General Manager,  Public Affairs,  Mr. Fan Ndubuoke, the Airport Security Programme (ASP) is reviewed regularly and subjected to ICAO’s amendment of Annex 17 in response to the global threat to civil aviation.
 
He said the security programme was reviewed taking cognisance of the prevailing local threats which would give fillip to further examination of NCASP  or security directives to the industry.
 
“Suffice it to say that security programmes are written by airports, aircraft operators, caterers, ground handling companies and other stakeholders. Thereafter, this is submitted to the regulatory authority, NCAA, which is the appropriate authority responsible for aviation security in the country”, he added.
 
He explained that aviation security programme provides measures and procedures on safeguarding the airport, aircraft, crew and property against acts of unlawful interferences.
 
“NCAA provides guidelines for the development of the Airport Security Programme, which is a requirement of ICAO Annex 17 standard 3.2.1 which states that each contracting state shall require an airport serving civil aviation to establish, implement and maintain a written airport security programme appropriate to meet the requirements of NCASP,” he said.
 
Meanwhile, wholesale security audit has been conducted on 18 foreign and local airlines operating in the country.
 
The audit was based on emerging threats, previous findings and incidents to forestall reoccurrences and the exercise would be carried out annually or bi-annually, depending on current security situation at any time.
The NCAA explained that holders of an approved security programme  are periodically audited to ascertain the level of compliance to security guidelines.
 
Other parameters to be adopted were the NCASP, security directives and other benchmarks.
The authority stated that at the conclusion of the audit, the airlines were mandated to submit a Corrective Action Plan (CAP) outlining measures that would be taken within a specific time frame to address their shortcomings.
 
To ensure that all operators and stakeholders are in tune with adequate security measures of NCAA, the Aviation Security Unit of the Directorate of Aerodrome and Airport Standards (DAAS) conducts aviation security awareness training for them on regular basis.

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NIGERIA: Consortium Denies Suspension of Work on Second Niger Bridge

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The preferred bidder for the development of the second River Niger Bridge Project, Julius Berger-NSIA Motorways Investment Company (JB-NMIC), has debunked some media reports suggesting that work on the bridge has been suspended due to non-compliance with environmental laws.
 
A statement jointly issued by the Managing Director of the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA), otherwise known as Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF), Mr. Uche Orji, and his Julius Berger counterpart, Wolfgang Goetsch, on behalf of JB-NMIC Consortium, said the reports represented ‘inaccurate and misconstrued information.’
 
“Contrary to recent reports, work on the Second River Niger Bridge Project is in progress according to schedule, to ensure timely completion of the bridge, which is set to be executed under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement for a concessional period of 25 years through the Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Transfer (DBFOT) model.
 
“In fact, the nominated EPC contractor, Julius Berger Nigeria Plc, has commenced full mobilisation to site and timely execution of all scheduled activities is anticipated,” the statement said.
It alluded to the consortium’s continuing emphasis on compliance with Nigerian environmental laws as a paramount priority, adding that Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) is an intrinsic part of the project, which is carried out in  compliance with the environmental laws that govern Nigeria and in collaboration with the relevant ministries.
 
After years of agitation for a second Niger bridge, President Goodluck Jonathan had on March 10, laid the foundation of the bridge which cost was put at N117,860,700 billion.
 
According to the president, when completed, the bridge would boost the economy of South-eastern states as well as other states which it would connect, adding that the project was being executed under a PPP arrangement for a concession period of 25 years, through a DBFOT model.
The federal government is to provide N40 billion as counterpart fund for the project, and is expected, on completion, to alleviate the pains experienced by travellers as a result of congestion of the old bridge, particularly during festive periods.
 
The existing bridge over the River Niger was constructed and opened to traffic about 50 years ago.

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UBA Restructures to Deepen Operations in Nigeria, Africa

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The United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc has announced a new operational structure, which will see it deepen its operations in Nigeria and its African subsidiaries.
 
The new structure, according to the Group Managing Director, Phillips Oduoza entails the splitting of its operations into two broad divisions – UBA Nigeria and UBA Africa – and the appointment of CEOs and Deputy CEOs for both markets.
 
UBA Nigeria comprises domestic branches and UBA Africa comprises its 18 African subsidiaries.
 
The new structure and appointments, according to him are expected to drive the bank's quest for industry leadership by 2015. The new structure is effective May 1, 2014.
 
Oduoza, who briefed the media at the weekend said the bank has since 2005 been pursuing a regional expansion programme to create a platform for diversification of the revenue base of the bank, which has seen it move to 18 African countries with 17 of the locations achieved in the last three years.
 
He said having successfully concluded the first phase of the expansion programme, it was time to consolidate and reap the benefits of the investments.
 
"We have been investing all along, which has stretched our resources including people, time, and capital. Time has come for for us to reap the full benefits of our investment," he said.
 
He said up till now, the contribution of the bank's African subsidiaries to profit was marginal at 11 per cent in 2012 growing  to 20 per cent in 2013, adding that the new structure is targeted to make each of the two broad business divisions – Africa and Nigeria – contribute 50 per cent to the bank's bottomline.
 
The new structure is an outcome of the bank's Project Alpha, a three-year road map of key transformation initiatives, designed to reinforce the Group’s strategic positioning and leverage its huge Africa presence.
 
The structure entails the splitting of its operations into two broad divisions, UBA Africa and UBA Nigeria with their respective CEOs who will report to the Group Managing Director/CEO.
 
"Though the two divisions will operate independently, they will be supported by the Group's verticals, a common technology and process as well as treasury management," he said.
 
He assured stakeholders that the new operational structure will not bring conflict between the two broad divisions but will strengthen operational efficiency.
 
The UBA Africa Division will be made up of the 18 African country subsidiaries of the UBA Group outside Nigeria. UBA Africa will have a CEO supported by two Deputies along the Bank’s two core product lines: Wholesale Banking (comprising, Corporate Bank, Institutional Bank and Public Sector) and Retail Banking (comprising, Personal Banking and SME Banking).
 
Kennedy Uzoka, Deputy Managing Director, has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer, UBA Africa while Emeke Iweriebor, an Executive Director, has been appointed UBA Africa Deputy CEO, Retail Bank; and Oliver Alawuba is now UBA Africa Deputy CEO, Wholesale Bank.
 
According to Phillips Oduoza, Group Managing Director, “the newly created UBA Africa Division will grow and deepen the bank’s presence in member countries, optimise the synergies within the network, deepen service delivery excellence, and promote cultural integration and a high level of motivation in UBA staff in the different countries to foster one UBA Family."
 
Also, the new UBA Nigeria Division of the Group which will be managed by Mr. Apollos Ikpobe, Deputy Managing Director, DMD, Domestic Bank, will consolidate all of UBA’s Nigerian businesses into a single division and will comprise all the Regional Banks in Nigeria, Corporate Bank, Energy Bank, and UBA Pensions. 
 
The Nigeria division will intensify the bank’s focus on the Nigerian market, with the aim of expanding its market share, while deepening UBA’s wallet share of existing businesses.
 
Also in the announcement, Ms. Obi Ibekwe, formerly Executive Director, Human Resources and Customer Service will serve as the Executive Director, Resources overseeing Human Resources, Customer Service, Corporate Services and Procurement.
 
“These changes will have a strategic impact on our business as we take critical steps to fast track our Project Alpha initiatives and transformation process.
 
"Stakeholders will no doubt see significant results from the organisational and human capital repositioning we are making to enhance value creation in the Group’s operations” Oduoza said.
 
He said the new structure will enhance competition between the two business lines and improve the bank's bottomline.
 
Specifically he said of the 18 African subsidiaries, only eleven made profit in 2013 down from the 14 that made profit in 2012. He explained that fall in number of profit making subsidiaries was due to write-offs in some locations.
 
United Bank for Africa Plc is one of Africa's leading financial institutions offering banking services to more than seven million customers across 700 branches in 19 African countries. With presence in New York, London and Paris.
 

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NIGERIA: Bank Verification Number to Commence in Lagos

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Deposit money banks (DMBs) would commence the enrollment of customers on the Bank Verification Number (BVN) that was launched over two months ago in Lagos from May this year.
 
The BVN, a Banker’s Committee project is meant to address the safety of customers’ funds, avoid losses through compromise of personal identification numbers and other criminal activities in the industry.
 
The acting Head of Corporate Communication, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Isaac Okoroafor, who disclosed this, explained that BVN would revolutionise the banking system.
 
In addition, he said the scheme would initially commence in 1,000 bank branches in Lagos.
 
According to the central bank spokesperson, as at March 31st, the scheme which was launched on February 14, had been deployed to all the head offices of banks and “We said by April we would have started enrolling and that is ongoing. 42 of the 48 bank braches that we said we would roll out to in the pilot phase have been covered and we hope that within the next few days we would complete that.
 
“We also intend to enroll members of the public on the programme by the end of May. Just like we did with the cashless programme, you know people are not educated, and because it has to do with money, people may be reluctant to register.
 
“But what we intend to do is to start the public roll out in Lagos with 1,000 bank branches. Lagos has about 1,401 branches,” he explained.
 
Furthermore, Okoroafor pointed out that just like the cashless policy, the Bankers’ Committee would look at the challenges that would emanate from the exercise when it commences in Lagos, before extending it to other states in the country.
 
He said the scheme was introduced, considering the low literacy level in the country, which had hitherto discouraged a lot of people from being included in the financial system.
 
“We realised that so many people because they are not educated and can’t read and write are not able to come into the banking system.
 
“The bankers’ committee came up with the BVN solution to prevent identity, to check fraud and to enable those who can’t read and write to be included in the banking system,” Okoroafor said.
 
On his part, the Project Coordinator of the BVN, Mr. Oluwaseyi Adenmosun noted that one of the reasons why the Bankers’ Committee came up with the policy was to properly identify customers in the industry.
 
“Today, we do not know if the Seyi Ademosun that banks with First Bank is the same person as Oluseyi or Oluwaseyi Ademosun that banks with FCMB. So Seyi can have account in 10 banks, but the way he has been profiled in those banks would all be different.
 
“So as far as each bank is concerned, they are dealing with different persons. So there is nothing to show that the Seyi is the same person.
 
“So the bankers committee felt it was necessary given the state of fraud in the industry. So the BVN is something that would hold everything together. So, this project was identified to provide uniqueness.  It also helps us with accountability,” he explained.

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NIGERIA: NIMC to Launch National e-ID Card

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The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has said that the long awaited New National Identity Card would soon be launched.
 
The Director, Corporate Communications, Mr. Anthony Okwudiafor, who confirmed this said the Card would be formally launched by President Goodluck Jonathan.
 
According to him, the launching would be an important development and would usher in the formal and comprehensive identification of Nigerians and legal residents with the e-ID with embedded National Identification Number (NIN).
 
However, Okwudiafor explained that part of the reasons why the launch of the New National e-Identity card was delayed was to allow Nigerians distinguish, understand and appreciate the difference between the National Identification Number and the National ID Cards.
 
“Part of the reasons why we delayed the roll out of the cards is because we deliberately meant to separate and distinguish between the National Identification Number (NIN) which is a person’s identity in the strict sense of the Universal Identification Infrastructure and the National ID-Cards which will carry the National Identification Number”, the Director also explained
 
Okwudiafor said while the Commission worked on addressing the cynicisms which followed the past national identity card projects, research findings showed that there was need to distinguish between the NIN and the New ID Card in the minds of Nigerians.
 
He remarked that the Commission therefore delayed the Card launch in order to allow Nigerians know that the unique identifier is not the card which can always be replaced when it is lost, but the NIN, which would always remain the same, even when the card is lost and replaced.
 
“With the planned introduction of the long awaited card, the era of proliferation of identity card and biometrics data would come to an end,” Okwudiafor said.
 
He added that the Commission has also introduced a new TV commercial shortly after sponsoring a weekly TV Drama which is aired every Sunday at 6:30 pm to sensitise Nigerians on the importance and need of the National Identity Management System (NIMS).
 
Recently the NIMC announced a successful issuance and testing of the card which would serve both as a payment card and travel document aside from being an electronic identity card.
 
As an electronic identity card it would enable an individual perform other functions under the harmonised National Identity Database which was recently ordered to be populated by the President in October, 2013.

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‘Mobile Payment Competition Healthy’

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The founder of Paga Mobile Payment Limited, Mr. Eyitayo Abiosun has said that the ongoing competition in the mobile payment industry is very healthy.
 
He made this remark in Lagos at the weekend during the organisation's fifth year anniversary.
 
He explained that competition among licenced mobile payment operators in the country have been healthy.
 
Abiosun also noted that all licenced mobile money firms are working towards efficient service delivery to their customers.
 
"There are many companies in the mobile payment industry and I think we are all going towards same business, which is how we can deliver mobile payment to Nigerians whether in your business or individuals, "he said.
 
He also pointed out that Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on one side as a regulator had been helpful in terms of risk management infrastructure to ensure safety of transactions.
 
"In 2013, we did five million transactions and by end of March 2014, we have done more than half of that, "he said.
 
While disclosing that presently, the firm has 4,500 agents in the country, Abiosun further stressed that his firm is targeting 7,000 agents by the end of 2014.
 
He, however, hinted that mobile payment system, especially with Paga, would support the growth of the economy. According to him, mobile payment would provide convenience for bank customers.
 
He also averred that there has been a value creation through job opportunities, adding that it had provided job opportunities for the over 4,500 agents.
"It is creating jobs. The 4,500 agents we have, many of them have hired people because Paga business, Abiosun said.
 
Meanwhile, the Co-founder, Paga, Mr. Jay Alabaraba, in a chat with journalists, said they his organisation is going in the right direction because it has already an established a brand that customers can trust and relate to.
 
He noted that it has been consistent with building the brand with the high quality service delivery they provide.
 
Speaking on the challenges faced by mobile money operators, he highlighted the infrastructure deficit, delays in SMS delivery and network downtime, which he said the firm has been able to resolve.
 
Alabaraba also pointed out that Paga’s unique selling point is its convenience.

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NIGERIA: Arik Plans Flights to India as Ambassador Inspects Facilities

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Nigeria’s major carrier Arik Air is making plans to operate direct flights to India to tap into the huge traffic of travellers  between the world’s second most populated country and Nigeria.
 
This consideration came to the fore when  the Indian High Commissioner to Nigeria, His Excellency, Ajjampur Rangalah Ghanashyam, visited the airline’s headquarters in Lagos.
 
The High Commissioner during the visit discussed with Arik on the possibility of the airline starting operation to India, considering the fact that presently passengers travelling from Nigeria have to connect to India through Addis Ababa, South Africa or Dubai, which usually makes the trip cumbersome.
 
According to the High Commissioner, direct flights between Nigeria and India would boost business, tourism, save passengers flight time and reduce the stress of the journey.
 
“Direct flights are also important during medical emergencies, because direct movement of patients during emergencies would save a lot of lives,” Ghanashyam said.
 
He said he was impressed with the profile of the airline, which appears to him a professionally run carrier, stressing that Arik Air’s fleet size, route network and staff strength meant it was an airline that would serve as a strong partner in providing direct flights between India and Nigeria.
 
“With over 120 daily flights, 26 aircraft and over 2000 direct employees, Arik Air qualifies as a serious player for any Indian airline to partner with in order to facilitate seamless flights between the two countries.
 
“This visit to Arik Air is the first stage in building an initial bridge of understanding. The airlines will decide the potential and viability of a partnership. I am confident that Arik Air has done well, given the facilities I have seen,” Ghanashyam said.
 
The High Commissioner was received on the visit by the Chairman of Arik Air, Joseph Arumemi-Ikhide, President/Group Chief Executive, Dr. Michael Arumemi-Ikhide and Deputy Managing Director, Captain Ado Sanusi.

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