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S’Africa: Global Forum for Human Rights and Sustainable Development Condemns Xenophobic Attacks In South Africa. ….appeals for calm in Nigeria, urges FG’s intervention

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 The Global Forum for Human Rights and Sustainable Development, a nonprofit and non governmental organization has condemned the attacks and the killing innocent Nigerians and other foreign nationals residing in South Africa in the recent violent Xenophobic attacks in the country. The organization, in a press statement issued by its General Secretary, Keshiro Morenike Kaosarat and made available to the journalists described the act as reckless, barbaric and condemnable. 
”It is very sad and disheartening that the lives of Nigerians and other nationals residing in South Africa are being wasted with such carelessness and recklessness”, she stated adding that according to United Nations declaration, “everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within borders of each state”.
She harped that other Nationals of any country have right to live in any country of his or her choice, saying South Africans should stop the dastard attacks against Nigerians and others who live, work and reside in South Africa. While accusing the South African government and its security agencies for tactically supporting their citizens in the evil act, the organisation’s scribe pointed out that ”up till now, nothing has been done by the South African government as regards to the interview granted by the former Deputy Minister of Police, Bongani Mkongi, where he incited South African citizens against other foreign nationals residing in South Africa”. 
Bongani was quoted as saying: ‘How can a city (Hilbrow) in South Africa be 80% foreign Nationals? That is dangerous, we have surrendered our city to foreign Nationals. There is no where in the world where you have 80% foreign nationals domiciled in a city. You won’t find South Africans in other countries dominating a city into 80%. This is a sign of taken over power and in future, you may have foreign national as your President. It’s not Xenophobic, to talk true but a matter of principle. We fought for it”.
”Despite the fact South African government promised to sanction him. This has been swept under the rug.  The South African Government is not clean, they giving them support.This is not the ideology and the principle laid down by Iconic Dr. Nelson Mandela. This is not the practice in the United States of America, Canada, United kingdom and other countries”, the statement added.
She therefore, tasks Nigerian government to be proactive in defending the rights of their citizens in any part of the world. ”Our government has not done enough, there are a lot of steps to be taken to put a total stop to this wanton attacks and killings”. 
In 2012, during the former President Goodluck Jonathan regime, South Africa deported 125 Nigerians over allegations that they were “bringing yellow fever to South Africa “. The Nigerian government immediately deported 80 South Africans back and blocked off entry for other South Africans trying to get into Nigeria, telling them that South Africa has a HIV problem and Nigeria could not afford to have them over here. In less than a week the South African government apologised to Nigeria over the incident. 
Morenike, however appeals to Nigerian Youths to remain calm and not to destroy the South African investments in Nigeria, explaining that doing so will amount to anarchy and this may result in unemployment on the part of those who were gainfully employed by these companies. 

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BUA SUGAR REFINERY LATEST: TRADE & INDUSTRIES MINISTER ADEBAYO REVERSES EARLIER DIRECTIVE ON SUGAR IMPORTATION FROM FREE TRADE ZONES INTO NIGERIA

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Days after, sending out an earlier letter to the Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed prohibition the importation of sugar from free trade zones, in Nigeria, the Minister of Trade Industries and Investment, Adeniyi Adebayo has backtracked and reversed himself.

 

Adebayo, acting on a controversial petition written to him by the Chairman Dangote Industries Limited, Aliko Dangote and Chairman, Flour Mills of Nigeria PLC, Mr John Coumatros had written a letter which he copied the Managing  Director Nigeria Ports Authority, Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs Service as well as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation prohibiting the importation of sugar from the country’s Free Trade Zones. This move was targeted at BUA sugar refinery as well as investments.

 

Recall that BUA Group Chairman, Samad Rabiu had reacted to the petition by revealing that his investments in sugar, especially the Port Harcourt project did not pose any threat to the country’s sugar policy. According to Samad Rabiu, his was project  indeed, meant to checkmate arbitrary increase in prices and which will ultimately benefit the ordinary Nigerian on the street.

 

 

 

 

Curiously, some agencies of the Federal Government especially  the NPA, had acted on the Minister’s directive by directing all Terminal  operators to ensure strict compliance with the Minister’s order, despite a court injunction refraining not only the Ministry but all government agencies from disturbing it’s operations pending the determination of a suit filed by BUA group.

 

The move to disrupt BUA’s activities depsite the injunction clearly embarrassed the government, hence Adebayo’s quick reversal of his earlier stance and letter to the Finance Minister directing that the action be stopped.

 

As for Hadiza Bala Usman who was in a hurry to overlook the court order, she has since been suspended from office as the Managing Director of the Nigeria Ports Authority while an Acting CEO has been appointed in person of Mohammed Koko, the erstwhile Executive Director, Finance and Administration.

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THE COMPLICITY OF NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER IN CORRUPTION AND BANDITRY IN ZAMFARA STATE

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During the 8-year reign of former Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State , there is hardly a week the state is not in the news for either killings of scores of Zamfarans or kidnapping of them in large numbers. So bad it was during his tenure that the only presence of security is the escort services provided by security agents for workers on Yari’s farm.

 

It is despicable and rather unfortunate that a man who is battling to clear his name from many allegations of fraud and unprecedented corruption in Zamfara is seen flying around in a Nigerian Airforce Jet.

 

Mungono’s lackluster performance to rejig the security architecture which has led to breakdown of law and order has portrayed the Presidency in bad light as failing in its duty to provide security and welfare of its citizenry.

 

The approval of the use of NAF jet by Abdulaziz Yari which allegedly came from the office of the National Security Adviser further lent credence to the claims among Nigerians that the APC-led government is not serious about fighting corruption and insecurity.

 

 

Assuming without conceding that Yari facilitated the use of the aircraft on his own, one wonders an emergency situation that would warrant a former governor enjoying such luxury even when the allegations of corrupt enrichment is still hanging on his neck.

 

 

The National Security Adviser has yet again confirm the call for his removal over incompetence and that the reason for his call and advise for the declaration for a “No fly Zone” in Zamfara is unprofessional, partisan and may not be to secure the country as he would want people to believe.

 

By Hamid Shinkafi

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Rural Resident Expresses Satisfaction On Jumia Service Delivery

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At the current pace, there’s no denying the improved fortune of eCommerce in Africa. Even the most ardent doubters of eCommerce viability on the continent will accept that the online shopping business is gaining momentum on the continent, contrary to their forecast and expectations.

 

Major African markets like Nigeria and Kenya are improving their internet penetration while the number of mobile phone users is rising exponentially. This, in turn, is boosting the online market entrants in urban locations and gradually rubbing off on rural settlements.

 

As a result, the conversation around eCommerce in a major market like Nigeria has gravitated from doubts on feasibility and acceptance to quality of service delivery, customers expectations and satisfaction. With at least 87 e-commerce platforms in Nigeria, the online shopping community is increasing by the day with innovation and bespoke approaches to address the challenges of the market and meet customers expectations.

 

In the thick of this, some customers are already having a glimpse of what eCommerce offers at its peak, thanks to the effort of key market players. Iteshi Prince Izuchukwu, a businessman based in Rivers State said he likes shopping online because of the price slash. Based on his experience with several online shopping platforms, he was quick to acknowledge the extra effort of Africa’s market leader on its quality of service delivery. “Things I order include Television, Wristwatches and others. When I buy these items on Jumia, they deliver on time and in good condition,” he stated.

 

In today’s market where customers demand value for every penny spent, a well thought out packaging that meets the aesthetic taste of the customers can spell a huge impact on the eCommerce business. It can help reduce the volume and cost of return, foster customer loyalty and put the brand in the face of prospects. “I always feel happy when what I ordered is being delivered to me. And as a businessman, I want value for money which I can say I am getting on a platform like Jumia,” Izuchukwu said.

 

With continuous effort by eCommerce brands to meet customers’ quality, timely and packaging expectations in their service delivery, testimonials like this will go a long way in getting more people onboard the online shopping train.

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