Coronavirus pandemic has taken the world by storm. Since the outbreak in Wuhan China in December 2019, over two million cases have been recorded, with over 130,000 lives lost.
Governments across the globe have enforced lockdown measures to flatten the curve of COVID-19. New normal has emerged: online shopping is now the safest channel for buying, selling and distribution of essential and hygiene products necessary for daily survival.
In Africa where access to eCommerce is still relatively low, Jumia has introduced some initiatives and strategic partnerships to keep life going for people and drive safety measures. We examine seven of such initiatives here:
Price slash & free delivery on hygiene products: Under its ‘Stay Safe’ Campaign, Jumia entered a partnership with Reckitt Benckiser and Procter & Gamble (P&G) to enable customers to have access to hygiene products on its platform for Nigerians during the COVID-19 lockdown. One of the key elements of the partnership is that Jumia is taking 0% commission on essential products from Reckitt Benckiser, and there is free delivery on select SKUs from P&G. Jumia also sealed a partnership deal with global beverage manufacturer, Coca-Cola to provide access for consumers to shop for their essentials and enjoy price discounts on selected products.
Contactless Delivery and Cashless Payment: To align with global best practice, Jumia came up with social distancing measures, including contactless delivery for prepaid packages on the platform that enable consumers to make prepaid payments for products online via JumiaPay and get them delivered without a direct body contact or cash exchange with the delivery agent.
Support for the health system in Africa: Jumia offered African governments to use its last-mile delivery network for the distribution of supplies to healthcare facilities and workers. In addition to offering its logistics and supply-chain network, Jumia is collaborating with health ministries in several countries to use its website and mobile platforms to share COVID-19 related public service messages.
Donation of Health Kits: As part of its contributions to the safety of health workers at the forefront of COVID-19 battle, Jumia donated certified face masks to health ministries in Kenya, Ivory Coast, Morocco, Nigeria, Uganda and others.
Hygiene sensitization:In partnership with Lagos State Government, Jumia Nigeria launched #MyHandsAreSafe Challenge to help Nigerians learn and imbibe thorough and regular hand washing habits which is a very potent tool in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic
25% cut off co-founders salary: The two co-CEOs and co-founders of the company, Jeremy Hodara and Sacha Poignonnec, voluntarily accepted a 25% salary cut to support the company during the COVID-19 crisis.
Intervention Fund for #JumiaHeroes: Jumia established a voluntary fund for the frontline staff carrying out essential duties every day in its offices, warehouses, delivery hubs during the COVID-19 crisis and also those who may be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds are made up of voluntary and confidential donations from its employees.
Guest Flees As Hotel Uncovers Murdered Female Companion
The Kwara State Police Command has begun searching for a man who allegedly killed a lady in a hotel in Ilorin, the state capital, about three weeks ago.
The suspect, whom the police identified as Adegboye James of Okelowo Street, Ede, Osun State, was alleged to have murdered the lady whom he brought to the hotel on Adewole Housing Estate, Ilorin, on May 27, 2021.
The police, in a statement signed by the command’s Public Relations Officer, Ajayi Okasanmi, said the address given by the suspect was fake and could not be traced.
He called on members of the public whose daughter or female relation was missing since May 28, 2021, to check the Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation Department for possible identification of the corpse.
The statement read, “On May 28, 2021, around 7.30pm, we responded to a call from one Olalekan Anafi, the supervisor of Premium Diamond Hotel, in the Adewole area of Ilorin that on May 27, 2021, around 2pm, one Adegboye James, lodged at their hotel.
“The said Adegboye James went out and came back with a lady. The said Adegboye James later checked out of the hotel without the knowledge of any of the hotel staff.
“In the morning of the following day when nothing was heard from the room occupied by the said lodger, a spare key was used to open the room and the hotel was confronted by the dead body of the lady.
“Investigation into the incident is already at an advanced stage as ordered by the Commissioner of Police, Kwara State, CP Mohammed Bagega, to arrest the lodger whose name and address as reflected in the hotel’s logbook is fake.”
In another development, the Kwara State command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps said its operatives are searching for a motorist who allegedly cut off the hand of a seven-year-old Alimanjiri student, Usman Abubakar, of Malam Aliu Adamu School, Patigi, in the Patigi Local Government Area of the state.
A statement by the Public Relations Officer of the NSCDC, Babawale Afolabi, said the child was allegedly kidnapped together with his schoolmate by the unknown motorist, who promised to take them to where they would eat on Monday night.
Babawale said the suspect, who is now at large with the boy’s hand, later escaped into the bush.
He said the victim lost much blood and was treated at the Patigi General Hospital.
The PRO said the NSCDC had commenced investigation into the incident.
Buratai, Olanisakin Get Ambassadorial Postings, Buhari Silent On Other Ex- service Chiefs
Former Chief of Army Staff, Lt.Gen. Tukur Yusufu Buratai (rtd), has been deployed to Benin Republic. While General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin (rtd), former Chief of Defence Staff, has been appointed the head of mission to Cameroon.
At a brief ceremony in Abuja on Tuesday, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, presented letters of credence to the ex-service chiefs.
This was disclosed by Mr Kimiebi Ebienfa, information officer of the ministry.
“The Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Geoffrey Onyeama today 22 June 2021, presented Letters of Credence to the Ambassador-Designate of Nigeria to the Republic of Cameroon, General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin (Retired) and the Ambassador-Designate of Nigeria to the Republic of Benin, Lt.Gen. Tukur Yusufu Buratai (Retired).”
“The Minister of Foreign Affairs during the brief ceremony congratulated the immediate past service chiefs on their appointment by Mr. President and called on them to deploy their wealth of experience to promote Nigeria’s interest during their tour of duty in countries of accreditation,” he said in a statement.
However, the statement was silent on the postings of the other former Service chiefs, Vice Admiral Ibok- Ette Ibas (retired) former Chief of Naval Staff; Air Vice Marshal Sadique Abubakar (retired), ex-Chief of Air Staff and and Air Vice Marshal Muhammad S. Usman (Rtd), former Chief of Defense Intelligence.
President Muhammadu Buhari had, on February 4, 2021, appointed the ex-service chiefs as non-career ambassadors.
The president appointed the ex-service chiefs in 2015 and refused to bow to the pressure to relieve them of their duties until they “voluntarily resigned”.
Their ambassadorial appointment sparked public outrage, with calls on the Senate to reject their nominations.
Despite the outrage, the Senate, on February 23, 2021, confirmed their nominations.
UNIJOS Hires Hunters To Secure Campus Against Bandits
The University of Jos (UNIJOS) has hired local hunters to beef up security within and around the campus, its vice-chancellor Prof. Sabastine Maimako has stated.
Maimako announced this on Tuesday during the valedictory session to mark the end of his five-year tenure.
He said: “It is no longer news that the security situation in the country is quite tenuous. This is why under my administration we made frantic efforts to ensure that all lives and property within the University are adequately protected.
“When we got a security report that we were the soft targets, we closed our hostels for almost two weeks and suspended lecturers eventually.
“Now before we could reopen, we were given a condition that we must employ the services of local hunters to help us secure our hostels, particularly at night.
“Today, this is where we are but thanks to God the Director of Peace and Conflict Studies looking at the happening, he has offered to train these hunters on the rule of engagement in their working in the University.”
He noted the institution has collaborated with various security experts for a significant drop in crimes on campus while some staff were recruited to address the deficits in security personnel.
He said his administration initiated and completed 85 projects which have been commissioned.
The VC explained out of the 75 programmes, which the institution was to run, 43 have full accreditation status while 30 programmes have interim accreditation status.
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