Wednesday, March 6, 2013

As Middle Class Grows, Global Brands Hit Nigeria

Inside this 1950s-style American diner, waitresses softly sing along to Aretha Franklin as they sling hamburgers and whip up milkshakes. The jukebox belts out Ritchie Valens as a customer wearing a Muslim prayer cap and flowing blue robes ambles in.

This isn't the U.S., where the kitsch restaurant chain Johnny Rockets has several hundred locations, but instead Nigeria, where foreign companies have hesitated to invest because of logistical challenges, poor electricity and government corruption.

Video: Employment Scam Can’t Happen In Civil Defence – Lagos Commandant

The Lagos State Commandant of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC) Obafaiye Shem has said that the incidence of recruitment scam does not happen in his organisation.
Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Mr Shem said he was surprised when the NSCDC’s name was mentioned among government agencies where employment racketeering take place.

Expert Says Nigerian Education Curriculum Responsible For Unemployment

The Founder of the Centre for Applied Thinking, Josefu Adeyeni on Wednesday said the Nigerian Educational curriculum is structured in a way that graduates are prepared to be job seekers rather than job creators.
Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Mr Adeyeni said the Nigerian educational system is using the 20th century curriculum to prepare 21st century people.
He said though the Bloom’s Taxonomy, which guided the curriculum structure in Nigeria education and was prepared in 1956, was revised in 2001, the country still use the old version which emphasised preparation for job after graduation.

Fracas In Ogun Assembly as Lawmakers Break Into Pandemonium

There was pandemonium in the hallow chamber of the Ogun State House of Assembly yesterday following attempts by the Speaker, Hon. Suraj Ishola Adekunbi, to suspend four members for allegedly infringing on the House rules.
The uproar witnessed on the floor of the House, which resulted in the breaking of the mace, was as a result of the crisis rocking the Assembly over the composition of members of the tenders’ board.
At the plenary yesterday, the Speaker, recalled an alleged unruly behaviour of four lawmakers during the previous sitting.
Adekunbi noted that four members- Hon. Job Akintan (Egbado North II); Hon. Remmy Hazzan (Odogbolu); Hon. Adijat Adeleye-Oladapo (Ifo II); and Hon. John Obafemi (Remo North); all walked out on all other members without taking a bow at the previous sitting.

FG Set To Clamp Down On Satellite Campuses – Education Minister

Education Minister, Prof. Ruqayyatu Rufai, has said that the Federal Government would take serious action against the activities of Nigerians operating satellite campuses.
Speaking in Kaduna, on Monday, at the consultative meeting between the Executive Secretary of the National Board for Technical Education and Rectors of Polytechnics and Provost of Colleges of Education in the country, Rufai noted that the government would soon clamp down on those operating the satellite campuses and outreach centres.

Reps move to criminalise late, non-payment of salaries

A new bill before the House of Representatives has proposed stiff penalties for employers of labour in both the public and private sectors who fail to pay or delay the payment of workers’ salaries.
The bill passed second reading on Tuesday, getting the support of the majority of lawmakers at a session presided over by the Speaker, Mr. Aminu Tambuwal.
It also proposes that underpayment of workers’ wages; pension and emolument will attract sanctions.
According to the sponsor of the bill and House Minority Leader, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila, the penalties will include the loss of 10 to 20 per cent of the value of the delayed salary.

Accreditation Crisis: FG To Transfer UNIABUJA Engineering Students To Other Varsities

Indications have emerged that the Federal Government is making moves to relocate Engineering students of the University of Abuja to other universities.
The Faculty of Engineering is among the University’s programmes that are yet to get accreditation from the Nigeria Universities Commission and its students have been embroiled in several protests in recent times, aimed at drawing attention to their plight.

3 Foods that are Killing you and Need to be Removed from Your Diet

If you love your heart then you need to severely restrict or remove some foods from your diet. It’s not about punishing yourself; it’s about keeping yourself alive. There are a lot of tasty foods out there that are healthier, so just replace some of these food with something healthier.

You need to kick Alfredo sauce out of your diet.
The three main ingredients in it are butter, salt and cheese which are often consumes each on their own but still manage to be harmful to your health. You can restrict the amount that you use by asking for the sauce on the side and only using a little of it. The key with Alfredo sauce is moderation. Avoid heaping portions of pasta and large amounts of sauce and you can still keep a little bit of Alfredo in your life.

Cisco rakes $750m from Nigeria, others on services

NIGERIA'S robust market was confirmed in South Africa Tuesday where Cisco, a United States (U.S.)-based networking firm announced a yearly revenue of $750 million from its operation in Nigeria and other African countries.
The company, which said, about $1.7 billion could be generated from African market offering the same services, also stressed that South Africa, Nigeria and Egypt constitutes about 63 per cent of the continent’s potential market.
According to the company, seven countries represent 80 per cent of Africa’s total addressable market (TAM). The are Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, Egypt, Libya among others.

Nigerian Police make mass arrest over Kwara CP’s murder

The Enugu State Police Command on Tuesday said it had raided criminals’ hideouts and made random arrests in its investigations of the murder of Kwara State police commissioner, Mr. Chinweike Asadu, last Saturday.
    The Enugu State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Tonye Ebitibituwa, who announced the arrests declined giving the number and identity of those arrested. The PUNCH  however learnt from residents of Nike in the Enugu metropolis, where the late police boss was gunned down, that over 500 youths of the area had been picked.
     A resident of the area, who refused to give his name for fear of police harassment, said, “All the youths in this area have been arrested and detained in many police stations in the state. Over 500 persons have been arrested in this area.”

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez dies

A deeply divided Venezuela is mourning its late leader and preparing to pick a new president to replace him.
Venezuelan officials called for peace and unity after President Hugo Chavez's death on Tuesday, emphasizing in state television broadcasts that all branches of the government and the military were standing together.
Elections will be held in 30 days, and Vice President Nicolas Maduro will assume the presidency in the interim, Foreign Minister Elias Jaua said in an interview broadcast on state-run VTV.
Tearing up as he announced Chavez's death after a long battle with cancer, Maduro called on Venezuelans to remain respectful.

Nigerians remained indebted to Obasanjo, says Jonathan

Abuja – President Goodluck Jonathan has congratulated former President Olusegun Obasanjo on his 76th birthday.
This is contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, Dr Reuben Abati.
The statement quoted the president as saying that Nigerians remained indebted to Obasanjo for his efforts at ensuring peace, stability and development of the country.


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