These are certainly not the best of times for members of staff of Samsung Electronics, Nigeria branch, as it has been uncovered that the staffs have been operating under a very harsh atmosphere which has forced many of them to exit the company as the only option available to them. The alleged unpleasant unfolding series, according to dependable sources, might get out of hand and result into bringing the company to her knees if the situation is not nipped in the bud.
Meanwhile, the source of the ugly development is alleged to have been traced to the door step of the company’s Managing Director, a Korean, David Suh whose actions is alleged to be behind the whole unbecoming events that is fast becoming rampant in the company. Chiefly among series of accusations leveled against Suh is alleged intimidation of staff and being a racist.
Sources informed members of staff had thought they could cope with David when he began to act in a way that gave me out as one with a very bad human relation after he resumed duty in Nigeria some five months ago, but times and events is said to have proven coping with him will be a difficult task. Due to this, while some top members of staff have left the company out of frustration on account of Suh’s unruly intimidating nature, Suh himself is alleged to have personally or the sack of many and this is allegedly taking tool on the company. It was alleged that a particular department that is dominated by Nigerians is said to be operating in epileptic nature on the allegation that Suh has fired almost all of them for no other reasons aside the fact that they are blacks. Suah is said to be so arrogant and intimidating that he tells to people’s faces that he doesn’t like them. Workers are said to be working under fear and psychological trauma that emanates from sack threat Suh regularly frightens them with, especially as its evident his threats are usually not empty. Dealers and distributors of the company are said not to have been spared of Suh’s arrogance and abusive nature as they are said to have tasted from his frivolous tongue. Some of the dealers and distributors reportedly walked out of a meeting he had with them in Abuja when he told he allegedly told them they could go if they would agree to his terms of operations.
Meanwhile, information has it David has always been a liability to the Korean company as Nigeria is said not to be the first place he would throw the organization into chaotic state. While he superintended over the organization’s operations in Senegal, the workers on a particular occasion was said to have shut down operations to protest against high handedness, share victimization and what was referred to as total disrespect of members of staff by the managing director. This singular incident was said to have fetched David a query from the head office in Korea and recommended to undergo training at Human Relations Management Institute.
He was alleged to have been taken out of the organization’s Senegal branch when the good he was doing to the company was nothing compared to his negative influence on the reputation of the organization. He was said to have flouted lot of labour rules in the country such that he got into trouble with the Labour union and Samsun, as its employer dragged to court for various charges that most of them are still being heard in the court.
BUA SUGAR REFINERY LATEST: TRADE & INDUSTRIES MINISTER ADEBAYO REVERSES EARLIER DIRECTIVE ON SUGAR IMPORTATION FROM FREE TRADE ZONES INTO NIGERIA
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.
THE COMPLICITY OF NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER IN CORRUPTION AND BANDITRY IN ZAMFARA STATE
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
Public affair analyst
Rural Resident Expresses Satisfaction On Jumia Service Delivery
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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