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Superbo Announces Collaboration with Microsoft for Azure OpenAI Deployments in Africa

Superbo x Microsoft

Superbo x Microsoft

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Oct. 18, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Superbo, a pioneering provider of advanced AI solutions, is thrilled to announce its new partnership with Microsoft, geared towards propelling Azure OpenAI deployments across the African continent. This relationship accentuates Superbo’s dedication to extending its global reach while playing a pivotal role in technological advancement across Africa.

Superbo is a valued addition to the Microsoft Partner Network in Africa owing to its cutting-edge AI technologies and rich experience in crafting intelligent solutions. This alliance is primed to expedite the deployment of Microsoft Azure OpenAI technologies, which are paramount in addressing the distinct challenges and harnessing the opportunities present in Africa’s dynamically evolving digital landscape.

Superbo will supply key AI-driven solutions, taking an integral part in Microsoft’s ambitious endeavor to spur digital and AI transformation across the African continent. The blend of Superbo’s prowess in AI and machine learning with Microsoft’s robust cloud platform promises to usher in a new epoch of innovative, accessible, and impactful technology solutions.

Generative AI, a critical component of Microsoft Azure OpenAI, showcases an extensive potential to revolutionize customer engagement, content creation, and numerous other domains. Through natural language generation and understanding, Generative AI enables businesses to engage with their audiences in a personalized, efficient, and insightful manner. This not only fosters enhanced user experiences but also paves the way for businesses to attain new heights in operational efficiency.

“The relationship with Microsoft marks a significant landmark for Superbo,” said Demetri Papazissis, CEO of Superbo. “Merging our AI finesse with Microsoft’s vast resources, we stand on the brink of delivering groundbreaking Azure OpenAI solutions that are set to drive digital innovation while significantly improving the lives and businesses of individuals in Africa.”

“AI is the defining technology of our time and will have a lasting impact on people, industries, and society for years to come. Companies like Superbo are an integral part of the AI ecosystem and add value by integrating their solutions with Microsoft Azure Open AI,” says Ravi Bhat, Chief Technology Officer at Microsoft Africa. “Their AI expertise and intelligent solutions enable businesses and individuals to stay productive, improve operational efficiencies, and build resiliency to remain competitive. The time is ripe for organizations to accelerate their digital transformation using AI as a mainstream technology.”

Sharing a common vision of unleashing the power of AI to unlock fresh opportunities, improve digital services access, and contribute towards socio-economic progress in Africa, this vendor relationship embodies Superbo’s remarkable capabilities and its fervent commitment to promoting AI technology adoption on an expansive scale.

About Superbo:
Superbo is a forward-thinking AI entity that forges cutting-edge solutions to address real-world quandaries. With an unwavering focus on perpetual innovation and driving positive societal impact, Superbo is at the vanguard of harnessing AI to orchestrate a better and technologically progressive future.

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Wike pledges support for maintenance, development of National Mosque

Mr Nyesom Wike, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), on Wednesday pledged continued support for the maintenance and development of the Abuja National Mosque.

Wike made the promise when the Abuja National Mosque Management Board, led by its Chairman, the Etsu Nupe (the chief of Nupe people), Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, visited him in Abuja.

The minister assured the board members that the FCT Administration would not hesitate to support the maintenance of the Mosque, having been declared a National Monument.

“No government will hesitate to support the maintenance of a National Monument, be it for Christians or Muslims.

“I will always give support to anything that has to do with Islamic affairs.

“Whatever assistance the previous administration has been helping, if we do not surpass it, we will continue to do that,” Wike said.

The minister also extended the three months grace period for the development of undeveloped plots for the religious body considering how they generate resources for projects.

The extension was for Plot 99, belonging to the National Mosque, which was currently being developed.

“For Plot 99, we will extend the date for you as a religious group because your project depends on donations and support from people,” the minister said.

Wike also gave Mr Shehu Ahmad, the Executive Secretary, Federal Capital Development Authority, 24 hours to explain the position of Plot 63, also belonging to the Mosque, but situated on a road corridor.

He directed Ahmad to consider providing an alternative plot or determine the portion of the land that would be affected by the road, including the compensation.

Earlier, Abubakar explained that the visit was to congratulate Wike on his appointment as the minister of the FCT and pray for God’s wisdom and strength to enable him to deliver his mandate.

He pointed out that the National Mosque had been declared a National Monument, adding that the structure needs to be maintained and sustained.

The chairman disclosed that the FCTA had made a commitment to support the maintenance of the Mosque, noting however that the rehabilitation and renovation of the mosque had stopped.

He added that Plots 99 and 63, belonging to the National Mosque, were among plots that were given three months to commence development or face revocation.

He said that plot 99 was receiving the needed attention, adding however that work on plot 63 was suspended based on the directive of the FCTA.

He said that the suspension was on the ground that an expressway passes through the plot based on the Abuja Master Plan.

“We are hoping that by the time that portion of the land that would be affected is removed, we will know what remains and then how to be compensated by the authority.

“We crave your indulgence to let us have the position of the authority on that land,” he appealed. (NAN)

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

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How ineffective digital payment system undermines e-transactions in Nigeria

Mrs Patience Ehigiator, a petty trader in Benin in Southern Nigeria, juggles multiple businesses to support her family. She is majorly a food vendor, but complements the business with sales of table water, soft drinks, beverages, among others.

Ehigiator says that she has been in the business for more than five years.

The young woman says she loves digital transactions which she finds safe and secure.

“Digital payment methods are not common in our area, but I always encourage my customers to pay through mobile money to a designated bank account.

“I was excited when the Federal Government announced the plan to implement a cashless policy in Nigeria; clearly, the policy will streamline transactions and reduce the risk of dealing with cash.

Mrs Peace Ehigiator, a petty trader in Benin City, Southern Nigeria

“Online payment is good. It is secure and safe. It reduces robbery since nobody would be carrying money around. Even with an ATM card, one can go to a POS operator and transfer money without anybody knowing. This informed why I preferred to be paid digitally even before the government policy,” she says.

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in 2012 introduced a cashless policy in Lagos, Nigeria’s major financial centre and economic hub, but extended it to other parts of the country on July 1, 2014. This policy, alongside naira redesign, ensured a full implementation of a cashless economy from January 9, 2023.

The initiative, according to the CBN, seeks to reduce financial crime and tax avoidance, decrease cash dependency, advance the adoption of Digital Financial Services (DFS), decrease the risks to the payment system and foster financial inclusion.

Eager to embrace the change, Mrs Ehigiator applied for a Point of Sale (POS) machine for financial services which could also expand her petty business.

She says, however, that the excitement about the new digital payment system introduced by the government has been replaced with general frustration.

According to her, malfunctioning POS machines and intermittent network failures constitute constant hindrance.

“Very often, we struggle to receive payments from customers to restock our goods,” she fumes.

Ehigiator is not alone in the situation. Bushrah Yusuf-Badmus, a civil servant, who also engages in petty trading, says she has lost many customers due to the ineffective payment system introduced by the government at the centre.

“My experience has not been palatable. Buying and selling has been very difficult because of the digital failures while making payment for goods and services,” she says.

“The situation has resulted in poor sales because people do not have cash to make purchases and they cannot make digital payments because of poor infrastructure. As a result of this, I only sell to people I know.

“When I tried to find alternatives, Igot swindled.

“This bad infrastructure forced me to open a palmpay account which is faster, but I got swindled through the application and I lost over N6,000 before I later deleted the application,” Yusuf-Badmus says.

Mrs Bushrah Yusuf-Badmus’ shop

But Yusuf-Badmus is optimistic that the policy to digitise payments, if implemented well, will solve many challenges traders like herself face.

“Cashless economy is a good initiative as it reduces carrying cash around and also reduces theft, but it can only thrive in a society that has a good facility and available network.

“I prefer a cashless economy but Nigeria seems not ripe enough for it. There are many things that have to be put in place before we can have a total switchover.”

These experiences are faced by many Nigerians since the relaunch of the digital payment policy, judged by many to be good.

Even when the digital payment system seems to work, the collapse of several financial institutions has often left people in a state of uncertainty.

Reports of funds disappearing, accounts frozen and difficulties in making online payments as a result of downturns are common. For individuals like Mrs Ehigiator, who rely heavily on online platforms for their livelihoods, these drawbacks have brought financial strain and anxiety.

While the objective of the policy was to bring positive change, the lack of adequate preparation and infrastructure has proved to be debilitating for Nigerians.

Government agencies, financial institutions and technology providers appear ill-equipped to handle the immediate and broader impact of the policy.

According to a report by the Centre for the Promotion of Private Enterprise (CPPE), Nigeria lost more than N20 trillion to the policy implementation between January and March 2023.

In the report obtained by Dataphyte, a media research and data analytics organisation, the losses emanated from the de-celeration of economic activities, crippling of trading activities, stifling of the informal economy, contraction of the agricultural sector and the paralysis of rural economy.

The report said the economy was gradually grinding to a halt due to the collapse of payment systems across all platforms, as digital platforms performed sub-optimally due to congestion and poor infrastructure.

As the problems mounted, Nigerians voiced their frustrations, demanding swift action and resolution. The government, recognising the urgency, pledged to rectify the situation by investing in improved digital infrastructure, training personnel and ensuring seamless access to digital payment platforms.

Calls for policy reevaluation

Currently, government is under intense pressure to fix the challenges of implementing the policy as demands for digital payments and transactions grow among the populace.

Charles Collins, a student, has been transacting via the government-built platform and wants the government to address current challenges so he could fully benefit from the system.

“There is a need to revisit the policy for its inherent benefits. However, it must be ensured that the technical glitches that undermined the policy are looked into,” he said.

Corroborating Collins’ stance, Yusuf-Badmus also backed a re-evaluation and re-introduction of the policy.

According to the trader, this is necessary due to the weighing benefits of digital payments which surpass whatever may be the shortcomings, particularly in a country battling insecurity.

“Cashless economy guides against carrying physical cash and reduces chances of corruption because any digital payment made or received can easily be traced. This will reduce theft and can also help one to control lavish spending,” she says.

Experts’ opinions

Mr Abbo D’Léon, a digital expert, acknowledged the impressive growth Nigeria has recorded in the adoption of digital payments in Africa, but noted, nonetheless, that limited investment as well as lack of trust occasioned by low awareness of the inherent benefits of the policy among the public, still hinder the progress of this technological innovation in the country.

A digital expert, Abbo D’Léon

D’Léon blamed the poor infrastructure on the financial institutions in the country, which have failed to expand their facilities to meet future demands.

“Infrastructure for the policy was not anticipated at that rate. There is what we call bandwidth. Internet subscription or internet access is limited by either speed or bandwidth.

“Technically, the internet is free, but it is being limited by speed and bandwidth. So, the access or bandwidth that an organisation has, based on the existing infrastructure, could be 10,000 users at a particular time frame. That means, that is the limit they are paying for.

“When the policy implementation started, they may now be getting 50,000 transactions or processings. Meanwhile, the system was not set up to do that. It means the institutions are only managing their existing infrastructure instead of upgrading the infrastructure to fit the current demand that led to the collapse,” he said.

Similarly, a tech expert, Mr Oloruntobi Oladele, has observed that right of way laws were slowing down digital infrastructure expansion in the country. Many cables for strong connectivity, which is an enabler of digital public infrastructure, he says, are being destroyed owing to right of way claims by the government.

Right of way law is the total land area acquired for the construction of the roadway. Under this law, the government hides to unearth telecommunication cables meant to improve quality service delivery.

The infrastructure that is unearthed remains the backbone of enabled service delivery all over the world, Oladele points out.

He opines that investment is required at government and private sector levels to optimise infrastructure interventions as digital payments run through the same service providers which are few at the moment.

“The huge traffic on those infrastructure leads to poor quality of service provisioning,” the expert says.

D’Léon, on the other hand, identifies awareness as key to deepening adoption of digital payments for commercial transactions, which the cashless policy seeks to encourage.

“There is adoption among institutions because of the high educational awareness, but adoption in the less formal sector is low such as among marketers and other SMEs because of lack of educational awareness.

“The second part is lack of awareness of the capability of the facility. If people do not know that something exists, they cannot use it. The conventional type of transaction that works and is reliable to them, is cash,” he said.

Backing the calls for the full scale implementation, D’Léon says that when cashless economy grows in a nation, it fastens such economy at a very rapid rate

“Based on the way money works in terms of how cash works and the value that is attached to it, cash, in terms of currency, is limited in print and supply. When a cashless economy grows, we see that it allows the economy to grow at a very faster rate as it does not require you necessarily to have more cash.

“With increase in mobile financial transactions and purchases across different sectors or industries, you do not necessarily need to print more cash. That is one benefit; it helps the economy to grow faster. The cost of printing money is reduced. It does not necessarily mean they won’t print or make cash available, but when people adopt this, it increases the growth of the economy and makes it easier as well as less expensive for the government to manage it.

“It also increases the ease of doing business because it ensures there is convenience on the part of business owners and the consumers because nobody needs to start looking for cash to carry out transactions,” he says.

He submitted that since Nigeria had tested the policy, it was a very good learning phase for the country and an opportunity to take a look at how the system operates and create a better system.

“I think people were beginning to get used to the situation before the policy was relaxed. If it had existed a month longer, we would have adapted properly to it and be able to manage it.

“Nevertheless, the adoption rate has increased. It was a good learning period for the financial institutions, business mechant and for the government in terms of seeing how people want to do business,” the expert said.

CBN’s efforts on efficient payments system

Meanwhile, to make the digital payment system more robust in Nigeria, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has developed Nigeria Payments System Vision 2025 meant to promote and encourage electronic payments and convince the public of the benefits of the new technology solution.

Nigeria Payments System Vision 2025 document

The CBN, in the document, aspires for Nigeria, a cashless and efficient electronic payment system infrastructure that will facilitate financial services in all sectors of the economy, and provide secured, reliable and user centric financial solutions in compliance with international standards, with minimal risk.

To achieve this, the apex bank says it has initiated a review of the core payments infrastructure and central switching platform to ensure continued capacity to meet payment demands. (NANFeature)

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

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Defence Minister wants expansion of defence cooperation on military equipment, training with India

The Minister of Defence, Alhaji Mohammed Badaru, on Wednesday, called for the expansion of the existing defence cooperation on military equipment and training between Nigeria and India

This is contained in a statement in Abuja by Mr Henshew Ogubike, Director, Press and Public Relations in the Ministry.

Badaru spoke when he received the High Commissioner of India to Nigeria, Balasubramanian, at the Ship House, in Abuja.

He said that Nigeria and India had excellent bilateral relations and there was the need to expand defence cooperation on military equipment and trainings between the two countries.

He added that the Federal Government was willing to deepen defence collaboration with the Government of India, adding that there was a joint consultative meeting that would be convened between between Nigeria and India on Nov. 30.

Badaru said that the meeting would afford both the countries with an opportunity to discuss and finalise the proposed collaboration.

Earlier, Balasubramanian said that there was an existing Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Nigeria on Defence cooperation and that the Government of India would further strengthen the relationship.

The high commissioner said that India and the Nigerian Navy had successfully cooperated in fighting piracy at the Gulf of Guinea. (NAN) (www.nannews.ng)

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

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We cannot afford to let Nigerians down, CAS charges commanders

The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Hasan Abubakar, has reminded the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) personnel of the huge responsibility placed on members of the Armed Forces of Nigeria by all Nigerians in ensuring their safety and wellbeing.

Abubakar said this during a meeting with branch heads, directors, commandants, commanders as well as air component commanders, on Wednesday in Abuja.

In a statement by the Director, Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet in Abuja, the CAS said Nigerians expected the service to ensure that all areas were clear of criminals and their tendencies.

He also called on them to use the period of the meeting to evolve strategies to improve NAF’s operations.

He also urged them enhance NAF’s logistics support systems and maintenance practices, while ensuring the serviceability of air assets for optimal employment of airpower capabilities in joint operations.

Abubakar said the NAF had started taking delivery of additional air assets purchased by the Federal Government with the receipt of the remaining two Diamond-62 Multi-Purpose Platform recently in Ilorin, Kwara.

According to him, NAF will, in no distant time, be inducting other new platforms acquired for the Service.

“When inducted, these additional aircraft would surely add considerable impetus to NAF operations in dealing with insurgents, terrorists and other criminal elements plaguing our nation,” he said.

Abubakar expressed appreciation to President Bola Tinubu for his continued support in attending to the operational, training and welfare needs of the service.

He also assured the president and all Nigerians of NAF’s unwavering commitment to continually work wholeheartedly, in concert with other security agencies, towards achieving the mandate of ensuring a safe, secured, united and prosperous nation.

Earlier, the Chief of Policy and Plans, AVM Sayo Olatunde, reminded the senior officers of the need for them to continue to see themselves not just as commanders or commandants but also leaders, managers and mentors to their subordinates.

According to him, “Command confers on you the authority and responsibility to effectively utilise available resources and to plan, organise, direct, coordinate and control your forces for the accomplishment of assigned tasks.

He stressed the need to continue to influence their personnel by providing purpose, direction and motivation with a view to accomplishing the assigned mission and improving the Service.

Olatunde also urged them to approach the meeting with a critical thinking mind and readiness to unlearn whatever they had learnt in the past to enable them take in new ideas that would enhance their capacity in command responsibility. (NAN) (www.nannews.ng)

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

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High food prices put balance diet out of reach of Nigerians-Survey

A cross-section of Nigerians in Abuja says balanced diet is out of their reach, due to the incessant rising food prices and dwindling household incomes.

They told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in separate interviews on Tuesday that the situation was worse, especially for low income earners in the country.

Some attributed the situation to the current economic situation while others said; they have maintained balanced meals in spite of the dwindling household incomes.

Mrs Susan Akpomera, a Healthy Living Consultant, said that maintaining a balanced diet was not a function of abundance of money but proper meal planning, proportioning and discipline.

Food stuff

According to her, a balanced diet is a meal or diet that contains essential nutrients needed for optimal functioning of the body.

”Therefore a plate of food can contain rice, a piece of meat, vegetable at the side and fruits to be taken after about thirty minutes, this is balanced”, she said.

Akpomera advised families to employ the services of a nutritionist to help in designing a healthy meal plan that would suit the size of their pockets.

Miss Peace Nwankwo, a banker, said eating a balance diet does not have to do with the amount of money you have, adding that, with proper planning, one could still maintained balance diet with a little income.

”With the current economic situation what we need to do is to feed well. We don’t eat to get full rather we eat what will sustain us.

“We need to reduce the number of times we eat to ensure that if we are eating twice a day, it should be good food. A little of all the needed nutrients will go a long way.

”Eating healthy will also keep us away from the hospital. We cannot afford to fall sick with the present economy, so let try to help ourselves,” she said.

Mrs Mary Balogun, a teacher, said that she feed her family with whatever she could afford just to stay alive.

She said” these days, we don’t think of balance diet, all we want is to eat something that will sustain us. Who is talking about balance meal.

“I can’t even afford to eat properly again as food prices continue to surge. Once I can feed my children twice daily, I am satisfied.

Mr Godwin Peter, a civil servant said he and his family eat not to maintain balance diet but to be satisfied and continue their daily activities.

He said in spite knowing the importance of egg for the development of his children, he could no long afford the one egg per day because of the cost.

Peter said that he look forward to a better Nigeria adding that hope is what is keeping him alive.

According to the National Bureau of Statistics Consumer Price Index (CPI) and Inflation Report, inflation rate in Nigeria has increased to 26.72 per cent in September.

The reports said these increases were observed in food and non-alcoholic beverages at 13.84 per cent and housing, water, electricity, gas, and other fuel at 4.47 per cent. (NAN)(www.nannews.ng)

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

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COP28: CSO urges world leaders to keep promise

Climate and Sustainable Development Network (CSDevnet), has called on world leaders to keep promises made to tackle effects of climate change in the forthcoming COP28.

The Civil Society Group made the call during a campaign tagged “keep your promise campaign” in Abuja on Wednesday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the campaign was done alongside a four-day inaugural conference on Accelerating Agricultural Adaptation in Africa which commenced on Oct. 16 to 19.

COP28 is the 28th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

It will hold at Expo City, Dubai in the United Arab Emirates on Nov. 30 to Dec.12.

Mr Philip Kilonzo, Head of Policy and Advocacy, Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PAGJA) in Nairobi, urged world leaders to protect the interest of all humans and be committed to their promises.

“The commitments include the cutting down on emissions, we have been suffering for long but now in COP 28 we require changes.

“We want climate finance for Africa it’s a campaign targeted at all policies action “keep the promise campaign” which is meant to trigger actions in the Pan African level we have got leaders.

He condemned disunity amongst world leaders, urging them to work together in unity and not to be disconnected in their actions.

“We are converging to tell the world leaders to keep their promises. Enough to climate injustices,” he said.

Furthermore, Mr Steven Abu National Coordinator of CSDevnet also frowned at climate injustices.

“We are holding a campaign tagged “keep your promise campaign” we are tasking world leaders, developed countries to go beyond COP promises.

“We are tired of hearing about promises we are going to commit particular amount to climate change action and we are yet to see action.

“This campaign is a call to nations to begin to unlock climate finance that the vulnerable across the world will begin to feel the action at the grassroots,” he said.(NAN) (www.nannews.ng)

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

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Stakeholders say more collaboration, right ecosystem will drive women businesses

The Association of Nigerian Women in Business Network (ANWBN), has reiterated the importance of collaboration in growing women-owned businesses in the country.

Members of the association said this at the ANWBN 2023 Summit/10th Anniversary in Abuja on Wednesday.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event has as its theme ,” A Decade of Collaboration”.

A member of the Board of Trustees of ANWBN, Mrs Saudatu Mahdi, said women’s businesses would thrive if the ecosystem of production, consumption and competition were put in place.

She urged for more support for women’s businesses in the country, saying if you empower a woman, it transcends her family, community, and larger group.

She said: ”If you also look at the economy itself, the major challenge we are all crying about is a conducive economic atmosphere.

”One that reduces the cost of production, enhances the market and helps people to compete favourably.

”We are now at the head of the World Trade Organisation. We should see that translate into our small businesses.

”We need to see them thriving, you do not need a billion naira in capital for a woman or an entrepreneur to thrive if the ecosystem of production, consumption and competition are correct.”

Mahdi then commended the women on the progress they had made over the years while urging them to continue to work together to move their businesses forward.

For her part, the FCT Coordinator of ANWBN, Mrs Mojisola Makanjuola, also reiterated the importance of cooperation among women in business.

Makanjuola said: ” When we work together, we work faster. It is a conglomerate of women in business who are here together.

”They learn from each other, they build capacity along the line, and they are able to do business better.”

Mojisola said there was no challenge in mobilising the women to come together.

She said the women voluntarily saw the need to have a network where they could boost their various businesses under one umbrella and use it as a platform to reach out to the world.

According to her, it has been a form of strength that women can come together under one umbrella to showcase what they are capable of doing in the world of business.

”And bringing their own quota to growing the economy of the country.

On challenges, the coordinator said the challenge that Nigerian women were crying out was to have an enabling environment where they could grow and get loans.

According to her, women need equal opportunity with their male counterparts to enable them to contribute their quota and ensure the economic growth of the nation.

Earlier, the National Coordinator of the association, Angela Ajala, said the major significance of the 10th anniversary was coordinating four million women to collaborate and work together for ten years.

”Organising women is not an easy task. So, having a platform that gives voice to women to advocate the things they want to do.

”To provide an enabling environment for them to thrive as an entrepreneur is a major milestone, and now we are celebrating it.

”And we are opening up another decade of the next steps we are taking with our women.

We are inaugurating some very special projects today dedicated to women,” Ajala said.

According to her, the association is pushing exports to ensure every woman is a global participant in the economy.

She said the organisation was making plans to ensure health insurance for its members and providing an e-commerce platform to showcase their products.

”We are working with some partner financial institutions to see how they can give start-up capital at single-digit interest rates.

”We are inaugutating what is called ‘ Her Business Hub’ to help women in the area of documentation, account audit and how to scale up their businesses.

”We are also inaugurating the first women’s estate, with the Lagos and Abuja pilot phases taking off.

”If you empower the rural women, the start-ups, they are the engine room of any nation. If business is going well at that level, Nigeria will prosper,” she said.

According to Ajala, ANWEBN is more than just an alliance of associations; it is a testament to the strength, resilience, and unwavering commitment of women.

”Women who have dedicated their lives to shaping a brighter, more equitable future. It is a testament to the power of collaboration and shared purpose. (NAN)(www.nannews.ng)

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

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Troops sustain operations against insurgents, eliminate scores in N/E, NW

The Nigerian Army says its troops have sustained aggressive operations to rid the nation of terrorists, insurgents and other criminals across the country.

This is contained in statement by the Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, on Wednesday in Abuja.

Nwachukwu said in this respect, troops of 2 Battalion on Oct. 17, ambushed some marauding insurgents at Udawa general area in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State and eliminated three unsurgents.

He said the fierce fire fight forced others to escape, while troops recovered a bandolier containing 111 rounds of 7.62 mm ammunition, one AK 47 magazine, two motorcycles, a high frequency communication radio and two mobile phones.

According to him, one soldier paid the supreme price during the encounter.

Nwachukwu added that troops of 1 Brigade on the same day during a stop and search operation, intercepted a suspected ammunition courier in Birnin Magaji Local Government Area of Zamfara.

He said preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect was on a mission to deliver ammunition to a bandit leader named Gishiri.

According to him, the vigilant troops recovered a bag containing 224 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, one mobile phone and the sum of N4,000 from the courier.

“The suspect is currently in custody undergoing further investigation.

“In the North East theatre of operation, a notorious Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT) Commander, identified as Bulama Bukar has surrendered to troops of 5 Brigade in Gubio.

“The surrendered terrorist was the commander of the BHT Camp Tapkin Chad at Gilima village in Abadam LGA of Borno.

“Items recovered from the surrendered terrorist include one AK 47 rifle, 5 magazines, 44 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, one magazine carrier jacket, one knife, one motorcycle and the sum of N23,500.

“The suspect is currently undergoing profiling sessions” he added. (NAN) (www.nannews.ng)

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

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Palestine calls for independent commission of inquiry on Gaza attack

The Palestinian Ambassador in Nigeria, Abu Shawesh, has called on the United Nations and African Union to set up an independent commission of inquiry on Tuesday’s attack on a hospital in Gaza.

The Envoy made the call on Wednesday in Abuja while addressing newsmen on the attack.

He said that women and children were mostly killed when Israeli Air Force jets allegedly struck the Baptist Hospital in Gaza.

Shawesh said that the hospital, which was located side by side with the Baptist Church, had served as a safe haven for families displaced by the ongoing war.

He also said that calls by the Israeli authorities for people to evacuate the hospital was rejected by medical personnel of the hospital, who said doing so would amount to slow killing of sick and injured patients receiving health services.

He allegedly said that “before the end of Tuesday at 5:30 pm (Jerusalem time), Israeli occupation war aircrafts bombed the Baptist Hospital in Gaza.

“The displaced families believed that this hospital was completely immune from military attacks, in accordance with international law.

“The death toll of the Palestinians in this massacre has so far reached about 900 people; the majority of them are women and children, in addition to several hundreds wounded.

“Since Oct. 7, the death toll on the Palestinian side is more than 3000, of which two to three are children and women and more than a thousand are still missing under the rubbles.

“I call for a humanitarian court to be set up by an independent body such as the United Nations and African Union aside from the west.

“Many Western media outlets are waging a dirty war against the Palestinian people by broadcasting and distributing dozens of false and fake news,” he added. (NAN)(www.nannews.ng)

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

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Ganduje urges electorate to vote APC in off-circle election

The National Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr Abdullahi Ganduje, has called on electorate in Bayelsa, Imo and Kogi to vote for the party in the Nov. 11 governorship elections to continue to enjoy more dividends of democracy.

Ganduje said this when he spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Wednesday at the 13th Symposium and Award Presentation of Kogi based newspaper, Democracy Newsline.

The former governor of Kano State, who was honoured with Personality of the Year Award by the Newspaper, was represented by the Director of Publicity, APC National Secretariat, Mr Bala Ibrahim.

Ganduje described the APC candidates as the best coming to work for the development of the people and the states.

“The people of the states should wake up and smell the coffee. They should know that what we are doing at the federal level is going to be replicated at the states.

“For the people of Kogi and Imo, they should look at the kind of dividends they have received from these incumbent governors. The incoming governors of this state will double efforts.

“Imo is going to continue in the hands of Sen. Hope Uzodinma and he has made promises to do beyond what he has done or doing. He is going to do more.

“For the people of Bayelsa, I want them to believe in Timipre Sylva is one person that has been tested and trusted,” he said.

Ganduje added: “For the people of Kogi, the incoming governor will be one that will not fail them. It is a confluence state that is going to join hands with the federal level and see to it that people are made to smile.

“Kogi is not an industrial state, but the blueprint of the incoming governor is that he’s going to industrialize it and make sure that it rub shoulders with the Federal Capital Territory in a way a manner that people will be happy.”

He expressed confidence that the party would win the three states, saying APC was a party to beat in the Nov. 11 election.

“We have advertised ourselves in a way and manner that we are convinced based on the works we have done in those states with the exception of Bayelsa which is not in our control but will come to our fold after Nov. 11. We are fully prepared,” he said.

Ganduje commended the newspaper for the award given to him and advised media practitioners to continue to discharge their duties with passion, dedication, upholding the truth and ethics guiding journalism.

He said that media practitioners must shun personal interest, remain unbiased and should not be seen to be agent of dissemination of falsehood.

“My appeal to media practitioners is to remain steadfast is to remain factual and stand on the path of the truth,” he said.

The Chief Executive Officer of A. F Progressive Ventures Nigeria Ltd, Mr Raphael Arokoyo, also urged the people of Kogi to be peaceful before, during and after the election.

Arokoyo, also a recipient of the newspaper’s Entrepreneur Award of the Year, urged of the people to see the November election as opportunity to rewrite the state story in whatever way they wanted it.

“I am not a politician but I think every electorate is entitled to vote a candidate of his or her choice, going by the manifesto, their campaign, their promises to the electorate.

“These are what will justify who gets the chunk of the votes at the end of the day

“In Kogi state we all know the situation of things. This is a very good opportunity for us to vote our conscience, and the right person in power so that will not repeat another crisis or suffering anymore,” Arokoyo said.

He urged the media to be unbiased, saying its involvement in partisan politics does not really help the democracy.

Arokoyo, also the Chairman of Marktot Oil and Gas Ltd., described Democracy Newsline as a media with top notch publications, even though there were still room for further improvement.

Commending the newspaper for the award, Arokoyo described the award as a challenge for all recipient to do more in any areas they were he recognised.(NAN)(www.nannews.ng)

Source: News Agency of Nigeria