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Business Drive
Apppzone Launches Next Generation Payment Infrastructure For Africa

Business Drive

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 1:06


Appzone Group, sub-Saharan Africa's leading fintech software company has announced the launch of Zone, the continent's first blockchain platform for payment processing that facilitates local and Intra-African payments in fiat and digital currencies. CEO of Appzone Switch, Uche Elendu says Zone Switch represents the cashless and borderless future of payments in Africa adding that the platform will eliminate the systemic risk associated with centralized payment systems while delivering the uptime and throughput required in a truly cashless society.'He says the team at Appzone Switch are looking to evolve the platform's digital token for settlement into a stable Pan-African digital currency that is fully compliant, approved by Central Banks, and backed by a basket of fiat currencies in Africa.

Business Drive
US Drugmaker Strikes Deal For Global Access To COVID-19 Medication

Business Drive

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 0:52


US drugmaker Merck has announced a deal that could see generic versions of its experimental oral COVID-19 treatment for people infected with the disease widely distributed in poorer countries.The global Medicines Patent Pool which is backed by the United Nations, says it had signed a voluntary licensing agreement with Merck to facilitate affordable worldwide access for its antiviral medicine molnupiravir.Merck and MPP in a statement saying this is the first transparent, public health-driven voluntary license for a COVID-19 medical technology.

Business Drive
EU Court Fines Poland 1m Euros A Day Over Judicial Reform

Business Drive

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 1:04


The European Union's top court has ordered Poland to pay 1 million euros a day over the country's longstanding dispute with the bloc over judicial independence.The ruling by the Court of Justice came after the EU's executive commission asked for financial penalties to ensure compliance with a ruling from July.Poland has been embroiled in a long-running dispute with Brussels over judicial reforms it says undermine the independence of courts. The row heated up in July when the Court of Justice ordered the country to suspend the controversial disciplinary chamber of its top court.The court says the penalty was necessary in order to avoid serious and irreparable harm to the legal order of the European Union and to the values on which that Union is founded, in particular, that of the rule of law.

Business Drive
China Against Taiwan Joining The United Nations

Business Drive

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 0:53


China says that Taiwan has no right to join the United Nations, a day after the United States voiced support for the island's meaningful participation at the organisation.The back-and-forth comes days after Taiwanese officials spoke with US officials about Taiwan's desire to have a role at the UN.Taiwan had held the Chinese seat at the organisation until October 25, 1971, when it was voted out as representative of the country in favour of the People's Republic of China, which won the civil war in 1949 and forced the republican government to flee to the island.

Business Drive
Facebook Changes Name To Meta In Rebranding Process

Business Drive

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 0:54


Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg announced the parent company's name is being changed to “Meta” to represent a future beyond just its troubled social network.The new handle comes as the social media giant tries to fend off one of its worst crises yet and pivot to its ambitions for the metaverse virtual reality version of the internet that the tech giant sees as the future.Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp will keep their names under the rebranding.Zuckerberg says they have learned a lot from struggling with social issues and living under closed platforms, and now it is time to take everything that they have learned and help build the next chapter.

Business Drive
Uganda Exporter Apologise Over Nile Perch Ban

Business Drive

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 0:46


The chairperson of the Uganda Fish Processors and Exporters Association has apologised over his comments calling for local consumption of Nile perch to be banned.Sujal Goswami reportedly made the remarks to MPs last week, arguing that such a ban would protect the species from illegal fishing and preserve it for export, according to local media.Mr Goswami said he meant the Nile perch needs to be protected and the industry be well regulated by stopping illegal activities.

Business Drive
Mozambique President Sued In UK Over $2 Billion Debt Scandal

Business Drive

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 1:03


Mozambique's President Filipe Nyusi is being sued in London by a firm at the centre of a $2-billion loan scandal that plunged his nation into a financial crisis.Abu Dhabi-based shipbuilder Privinvest, owned by French-Lebanese billionaire Iskandar Safa, signed contracts with Mozambican state companies to supply tuna fishing and maritime security vessels.The government took out secret loans in 2013 and 2014 to finance the deal however much of the money disappeared in kickbacks and bribes, and the country later defaulted on repayments. Privinvest confirms that on 19 October 2021, President Nyusi was served in Mozambique with Privinvest's litigation claims in the High Court in London against him.

Business Drive
African Union To Buy Up To 110m Moderna Doses

Business Drive

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 1:11


The African Union plans to buy up to 110 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine from Moderna Inc.Moderna is prepared to deliver the first 15 million doses to Africa later this year as part of an agreement facilitated by the White House.An additional 35 million doses will be delivered in the first quarter of 2022 and up to 60 million doses in the second quarter.The company is also working on plans to allow it to fill doses of its Covid-19 vaccine in Africa as early as 2023, in parallel to building an mRNA vaccine manufacturing facility in Africa.Stéphane Bancel, the chief executive of Moderna says they believe the vaccine can play an important role in addressing the needs of low-income countries given its combination of efficacy against Covid-19, strong durability in the real-world evidence, and superior storage and handling conditions.

Business Drive
Sudan Reopens Khartoum Airport To Flights

Business Drive

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 0:47


Sudan will reopen Khartoum airport to all inbound and outbound flights.The head of civil aviation authority, Gen Ibrahim Adlan, told news agencies that the airport will resume operations.The country suspended flights a day after the military seized power and declared a state of emergency.Most cabinet ministers in the transitional government were also reported to have been detained, although Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok has been released.

Business Drive
Nigerian Government's Taking Painful Decisions To Invest For Prosperous Future

Business Drive

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 1:01


President Muhammadu Buhari has explained how his administration took painful decisions to invest for a prosperous future for all Nigerians.The Nigerian leader says upon assuming office in 2015, his government understood the importance of inclusive policies for sustainable peace.The President says in the past six years, the government took very painful but necessary decisions to invest for a long-term prosperous future knowing very well that this will come with short term pains.He says the Federal Government will keep encouraging public and private initiatives that increase investments in health, education, capacity building, youth empowerment, gender equality, poverty eradication, climate change and food security.

Business Drive
Politicians Fuelling Crisis In Northern Nigerian

Business Drive

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 0:44


The Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum and Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, has accused politicians of fuelling crisis in his state.Lalong says the governors of the 19 northern states are in full support of the creation of state police to tackle the numerous security challenges facing their domain.He noted that Plateau has long been known as a state of peace and tourism before some political actors started creating problems in the state.

Business Drive
Nigerians To Experience Turnaround In Power Sector

Business Drive

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 0:54


The Minister of Power, Engineer Abubakar Aliyu, believes Nigerians will soon begin to experience a turnaround in the power sector.Aliyu says the Federal Government is aware of the challenges facing the sector and is working to resolve them.He noted that the government is focusing on improving liquidity in the sector, improving services in terms of hours of supply, billing transparency and accuracy, and wider access to electricity.The Minister added that the government is working to explore opportunities that will, in the short term, deliver the much-desired quick wins while still focusing on the long-term objectives of increasing the available power.

Business Drive
China Supplies Nigerian Army Armoured Vehicles

Business Drive

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 0:53


The Nigerian Army has taken delivery of 60 new VP – 1 Type Tracked Armoured Personnel Carriers manufactured in China to boost the ongoing war against Boko Haram insurgency and banditry in the North-East and North-West.The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya says the deployment of new platforms to the battlefield underscores the Federal Government's commitment to ensure that a state of normalcy is achieved across the country.The Army Chief assured that the military is taking cogent steps in ensuring that bandits and terrorists are neutralised and annihilated throughout the country.

Business Drive
Nigeria Presidential Clinic Equipped With14-Bed Space Worth N21billion

Business Drive

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 0:47


President Buhari approved the construction and equipping of a 14-bed space Presidential Clinic at a cost of N21 billion.The Permanent Secretary State House, Mr Umar Tijjani explained that the Presidential Clinic was conceived in 2012 by the previous administration and will be open to people from other African countries for medical treatment.He further says most of the preliminary work has been concluded and a Certificate of No Objection has been sought from the Bureau of Public Procurement.

Business Drive
The US Revokes Licence Of Top Chinese Telecoms Company

Business Drive

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 0:54


Washington has revoked the US licence of one of China's biggest telecoms companies citing national security concerns.China Telecom must stop providing services in America within 60 days.Officials said the Chinese government's control of the company gave it the opportunity to access, store, disrupt, and/or misroute US communications.They said this in turn could allow it to engage in espionage and other harmful activities against the US.The decision comes hours after US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen spoke to China's Vice Premier Liu He about the state of the global economy.

Business Drive
Reserve Bank Of Zimbabwe Bans Bulk Airtime Sales

Business Drive

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 1:00


Reserve Bank Of Zimbabwe has banned bulk airtime sales, ordering telecommunications service providers to stagger the reduction of physical airtime sales to 10% in a bid to contain illicit foreign currency dealings.The Financial Intelligence Unit director-general, Oliver Chiperesa ordered the companies to control the production and sale of airtime.The FIU says bulk airtime recharge vouchers are being abused by airtime dealers to facilitate illegal foreign currency trading and money laundering.The unit says airtime dealers have been purchasing airtime vouchers in bulk from mobile telecommunication service providers using local currency and then disposing of the same at discounted foreign currency prices.

Breakfast Connect
Specialized Trading And Its Benefits In The Forex Space - Temitope Ijibadejo

Breakfast Connect

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 13:04


Temitope Ijibadejo is a professional Forex trader with over 14 years of financial markets experience and an award winner for best Forex Fund Manager at 2013's Lagos Forex Expo & Awards. He has been instrumental in training over 5000 traders and investors. He is currently the Nigeria Regional Manager for CMTRADING, Africa's largest Financial Broker.

Big Shot
The Viability of Dance in The 21st Century - Ndulue Uchenna Monica

Big Shot

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 24:29


Ndulue Uchenna Monica fondly known as “Ndumonique” is a prolific Versatile Dancer, Instructor/teacher and Entrepreneur. Trained and worked in Society for the Performing Arts in Nigeria- SPAN (2011- 2021) Lebanon and France. She won International Dance Organization- IDO championship in 2011 and was the first runner up subsequently. She has represented Nigeria in different Salsa Congresses and festivals in Africa. She is one of the best female kizomba dancers and the most sought instructor in Latin and Ballet in Nigeria. A graduate of Business Administration, Yaba tech, Native of Anambra state from a family of 5. Currently working on building her own company called ( Ndu Monique's World ) her world is all about Dance, Fashion designing and Baking because they are the things that make her happy.

Business Drive
Greenhouse Gas Levels Reach New Record High

Business Drive

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 0:59


The United Nations says Greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere reached record levels last year, in a stark warning ahead of the COP26 summit about worsening global warming.The UN's World Meteorological Organization says that continued rising greenhouse gas emissions would result in more extreme weather and wide-ranging impacts on the environment, the economy and humanity.The WMO says the economic slowdown caused by the Covid-19 pandemic triggered a temporary decline in new emissions but had no discernible impact on the atmospheric levels of greenhouse gases and their growth rates.

Business Drive
Poland Boosts Belarus Border Force To 10,000 Soldiers

Business Drive

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 0:50


Poland Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak says the country will increase to 10,000 the number of soldiers deployed to help border guards stop migrant crossings from Belarus, He says they are increasing the number of soldiers to help the border guard service by 2,500. Soon, about 10,000 soldiers will be guarding the security of the border.The EU believes the Belarusian regime is deliberately sending the migrants over in retaliation against EU sanctions.

Business Drive
US To Evaluate Entire Relationship With Sudan

Business Drive

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 0:55


The Biden administration has announced pausing US assistance to Sudan after the military takeover and urged the immediate restoration of the civilian-led government.Department of State spokesperson Ned Price told reporters that Washington will evaluate its entire relationship with Khartoum unless the country returns to the transitional path to democracy.Price says the United States condemns the actions taken overnight by Sudanese military forces.Price warned that the recent developments will affect bilateral ties between Khartoum and Washington if they are not reversed.

Business Drive
Australia Unveils 2050 Net Zero Target Ahead Of Glasgow Summit

Business Drive

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 1:00


Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced that Australia will commit to a target of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 but will not improve its goal for 2030 at a crucial United Nations climate summit.Morrison says Australians want action on climate change but they also want to protect their jobs and their livelihoods. Morrison published an opinion piece in the Australian News Corp newspapers explaining his decision, which will commit to the 2050 net-zero goal but will not improve on an election pledge to reduce emissions between 26 per cent and 28 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030.

Business Drive
The US Halts $700million Aid To Sudan

Business Drive

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 0:47


The United States suspended $700 million in aid to Sudan after a military takeover and urged the immediate restoration of a civilian government.State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters that the civilian-led transitional government should be immediately restored and represents the will of the people.He says that the suspension concerned a $700 million package in economic support meant to assist Sudan's democratic transition.

Business Drive
Turkey Revere Threat To Expel Western Ambassadors

Business Drive

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 0:59


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan rowed back from his threat to expel 10 Western envoys over their joint statement of support for a jailed civil society leader.The reversal came after the United States and several of the other concerned countries issued identical statements saying they respected a UN convention that required diplomats not to interfere in the host country's domestic affairs.He concluded the meeting by victoriously announcing in televised comments that the 10 ambassadors had learnt their lesson and will be more careful now.The new Western statement shows they have taken a step back from the slander against the country.

Business Drive
Tesla Tops $1trn In Market Value

Business Drive

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 0:56


Tesla became the latest US tech giant to hit $1 trillion in market value Monday as investors cheered a large order from Hertz and shrugged off criticism from a US auto safety official.Shares of Elon Musk's company finished at $1,024.86, up 12.7 per cent and topping $1 trillion for the first time.The surge followed an announcement from rental car giant Hertz of an order to buy 100,000 autos from Tesla by the end of 2022 in the latest embrace of electric car technology by a mainstream auto player.

Business Drive
BioNTech To Open First Vaccine Hub In Rwanda

Business Drive

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 0:55


The German firm, BioNTech, has signed deals with Rwanda and Senegal to build Africa's first vaccine manufacturing facility based on mRNA technology.BioNTech says the plant will have an initial capacity to produce 50 million doses annually. The plant will be built in Rwanda.The partners say mRNA vaccines could also be developed to fight other diseases such as malaria and tuberculosis.Rwanda's Health Minister Daniel Ngamije said the goal was to include Africa in networks of scientific innovation and production.

Business Drive
Egypt Lifts State Of Emergency In Force Since 2017

Business Drive

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 1:02


Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced the lifting of the state of emergency in place since deadly jihadist attacks on Coptic Christian churches more than four years ago.The North African country has been under a state of emergency since April 2017 bombings of two Coptic churches by an Islamic State group affiliate that killed more than 40 people.Sisi says Egypt has become, thanks to its great people and its loyal men, an oasis of security and stability in the region.Under a state of emergency, police powers such as arresting and holding citizens are extended and constitutional rights such as freedom of speech and assembly are curtailed.

Business Drive
South Sudan Urges Sudan To Return To Dialogue

Business Drive

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 0:48


The government of South Sudan is urging the military and differing parties in neighbouring Sudan to quickly return to dialogue amid a coup.A press release issued by South Sudan's foreign affairs ministry says President Salva Kiir affirms his unwavering solidarity with the people of Sudan.The ministry in a press release says it remains steadfast in supporting the aspirations and stance of the Sudanese people and will avail all its diplomatic channels to support Sudan.

Business Drive
Nigeria's e-Commerce To Hit $75bn by 2025

Business Drive

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 1:03


Agusto & Co, has predicted an influx of new entrants into the small and medium scale enterprises segment of the Nigerian economy.It also estimated that Nigeria recorded a volume of $12 billion transactions on online purchases in 2020, and projected that online transactions might hit the $75 billion mark by 2025.The report stated that the growing surge in e-retailing would continue to see an upward trend and would be buoyed by the uptick in digital payments that have been growing on the back of the spread of information technology with internet penetration increasing to 46.6 per cent in 2020 from 23.7 per cent in 2015.

Business Drive
Nigerian Labour Congress Urges Workers To Take COVID-19 Vaccine

Business Drive

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 0:48


The President of the Nigerian Labour Congress, Ayuba Wabba asked workers across the country to take the COVID-19 vaccine for a chance to stay alive.Wabba appealed to workers to take advantage of vaccination provisions made by the Federal Government, in order to reduce hospitalisations and fatalities among workers.He says while health issues need to be approached with great caution, it would be foolhardy to undermine the protective powers of vaccines against the virus.

Business Drive
eNaira To Increase Nigeria's GDP By $29bn

Business Drive

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 0:55


President Muhammadu Buhari says Nigeria's new digital currency, eNaira, will increase the country's Gross Domestic Product by $29 billion over the next 10 years.The President says the launch of eNaira makes Nigeria the first country in Africa and one of the first few countries globally to introduce a digital currency.The new payment system is expected to drive financial inclusion, serve as a backbone for electronic payment in Nigeria and also enable the movement of more people from the informal to the formal sector, hence scaling up the tax base of the country.

Business Drive
Google Pays Fines To Russia Over Banned Content

Business Drive

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 1:08


U.S. tech giant Google has paid Russia more than 32 million roubles in fines for failing to delete content Moscow deems illegal.Russia said it seek to fine the U.S. tech giant a percentage of its annual Russian turnover later this month for repeatedly failing to delete banned content on its search engine and YouTube, in Moscow's strongest move yet to rein in foreign tech firms.Marco Pancini, YouTube director for interacting with state authorities in EMEA, says that Google had paid all enforced fines on time. These stood at 32.5 million roubles for this year.Communications regulator Roskomnadzor says it has the technical capability to slow down the speed of YouTube, Interfax reported, but that administrative measures are currently sufficient.

Business Drive
Cambodia Top Politicians Banned From Holding Dual Citizenship

Business Drive

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 0:54


Cambodian lawmakers approved an amendment to the kingdom's constitution barring political leaders from holding dual citizenship, a move seen as targeting the country's most prominent opposition figure.Strongman leader Hun Sen had requested the Ministry of Justice to look into the amendment, saying in an October 6 post the change was needed in order to show loyalty to the nation and avoid foreign interference.The amendment says all candidates appointed as the prime minister, presidents of the National Assembly, Senate and the Constitutional Council must hold only Cambodian citizenship.

Business Drive
The US Urges North Korea To End Provocative Tests

Business Drive

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 0:40


A senior United States diplomat has urged North Korea to end its concerning and counterproductive missile tests and resume negotiations.Sung Kim, the top US official on North Korea affairs, called on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea to cease these provocations and other destabilising activities, and instead, engage in dialogue.

Business Drive
Top Oil Exporter Saudi Arabia Vows Zero Carbon Emissions By 2060

Business Drive

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 0:57


Saudi Arabia announced it aims to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2060, joining more than 100 countries in a global effort to try and curb man-made climate change.The announcement made by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was timed to make a splash before the start of the global COP26 climate conference being held in Glasgow, Scotland.Energy exports form the backbone of Saudi Arabia's economy, despite efforts to diversify revenue as the world increasingly looks to transition away from reliance on fossil fuels.The country is forecast to make $150bn in revenue this year alone from oil.

Business Drive
Taiwan Willing To Return To The United Nations

Business Drive

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 0:53


The Republic of China's government had fled to the island of Taiwan with millions of refugees as the communists took power but continued to hold the seat of China at the UN and was a permanent member of the Security Council with veto power. Officials in Taipei had the support of the US thanks to fears in the West that communism might sweep through Asia.The ROC had promised to return by the 1970s, but by then it was clear to many UN members its government no longer represented the hundreds of millions of people living across the Taiwan Strait in the now-communist controlled People's Republic of China.

Business Drive
Pope Urges Governments To Stop Sending Migrants Back To Libya

Business Drive

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 0:49


Pope Francis urged governments to stop returning migrants to countries like Libya where they are sent to detention centres rife with abuse, and prioritise saving lives of those crossing the Mediterranean.His message comes as Italy sees an increase in migrant arrivals from Libya, and the debate within a divided EU shifts to migrants entering the bloc's eastern borders with Belarus.Francis expressed his closeness to the thousands of migrants, refugees and also others in need of protection in Libya.

Business Drive
Mali Expels ECOWAS Representatives From The Country

Business Drive

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 0:44


Mali's foreign ministry says its transitional government has given the Economic Community of West African States' special representative 72 hours to leave the country following actions incompatible with his status ECOWAS, West Africa's main political and economic bloc, has been pressing Mali to respect its commitment to hold presidential and legislative elections next February following an August 2020 military coup.

Business Drive
UN Suspends Flights To Rebel-Held Ethiopian City

Business Drive

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 0:54


The UN says its flights to Mekelle in Ethiopia's Tigray region have been suspended after one of its planes had to abort its landing on the same morning as a military airstrike was carried out on the city.The Ethiopian government says its planes had been targeting a training centre used by Tigrayan rebels.The fact that airstrikes were being carried out in the same city on the same morning will be of great concern to the UN – as the plane had been cleared for take-off by the authorities in the capital, Addis Ababa.Seven million people are now in urgent need of assistance and the UN says malnutrition rates are rising every day.

Business Drive
Sudan's Military Declares State Of Emergency

Business Drive

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 0:54


Sudan's top general declared a state of emergency, dissolved the authorities leading the country's democratic transition, and announced the formation of a new government after soldiers detained civilian leaders Monday in what activists denounced as a “coup”.General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan's says to rectify the revolution's course, they have decided to declare a state of emergency nationwide… dissolve the transitional sovereign council, and dissolve the cabinet.His statement came as clashes erupted in the capital Khartoum, with soldiers firing live rounds at people who took to the streets to protest against the power grab.

Business Drive
UN Officials In Mali To Urge Democratic Transition

Business Drive

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 0:57


A UN Security Council delegation is in Mali to meet politicians, members of civil society and military leaders at a time when there are fears that the officers who carried out a coup in August want to delay a return to civilian rule.The West African regional grouping Ecowas is insisting that the transitional President, Colonel Assimi Goita, hands over power after elections next February.The visiting delegation - which includes the ambassadors to the UN from Kenya, France, Niger and the US - is also assessing the security situation.Mali has seen frequent jihadist attacks as well as inter-ethnic violence in the north and the centre of the country.

Business Drive
Presidency Rejects Economist's Report On Nigeria

Business Drive

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 1:04


The Presidency formally reacted to last week's report by London-based The Economist magazine which said the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration wasn't doing enough to address several challenges confronting the country, especially the rising state of insecurity.A statement from the presidency says the Buhari-led government had been busy addressing the four identified threats to the nation's stability including terrorist attacks, kidnapping, herders-farmers clashes and activities of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra in the South-East zone.The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in a statement also emphasised that the resilience and fortitude of patriotic Nigerians would see the country through the current trying times

Business Drive
International Criminal Court To Investigate Abduction Of Nigerian Schoolchildren

Business Drive

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 1:03


The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court is set to seek authorisation from the Pre-Trial Chamber of the court to open an investigation into cases of abduction of schoolchildren in several parts of Northern Nigeria.A statement by Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project says they will also be investigated the closure of schools, and the persistent failure of Nigerian authorities at both the federal and state levels to end the abduction.The agency's Deputy Director, Kolawole Oluwadare, says the ICC prosecutor's decision followed a petition sent to the court by SERAP.SERAP argued that the severe and lifelong harms that result from depriving children of the right to education satisfy the gravity of harm threshold under the Rome Statute.

Business Drive
Nigeria Launches Digital Currency eNaira

Business Drive

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 0:54


President Muhammadu Buhari has launched the country's digital currency, naira.President Buhari says the adoption of new CBN digital currency is estimated to increase Nigeria's GDP by $29billion over the next 10years.The President says Nigeria becomes the first country in Africa and one of the first few globally to introduce a digital currency to its citizens after countries like China, Bahamas, and Cambodia.The digital currency has two applications – eNaira speed wallet and eNaira merchant wallet, which were launched on the Google Playstore and Apple Store.

Breakfast Connect
Conquering The Asian Movie Market - Abbey Abimbola

Breakfast Connect

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 35:15


Titithedynamite sits down with Abbey Abimbola famously known as Crackydon is originally from Nigeria, he has appeared in movies, television shows, and commercials. He was born on the 2, Nov 1980 in Iwo Osun state and raised in Mushin Lagos state. He started his career as a rap artist and later developed his passion into acting which has brought him to a few countries around the world and finally decided to pursue his dream in Malaysia in 2013 after featuring in close to 150 Nollywood Movies including a few movies written and produced under his own company AARMProductions.He started acting with F. Olu Michaels as one of the casts in his Soap Opera titled “Heart Mending” in the Year 2002. He has acted in close to 50 movies in Asia and its neighbouring countries. Abbey Abimbola is known as the first Nigerian Seniman Actor in the whole of Asia and also the first Nigerian FDAM Director (Film Directors Association of Malaysia) in the whole of Asia as well as the first MYPW Wrestler and a stuntman in the whole of Asia.

Business Drive
Poland Under Pressure From EU Summit Over Rule Of Law

Business Drive

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 0:52


European Union leaders pressured a defiant Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki to fall back into line on recognising that EU law trumps national decision-making, hoping that dialogue will stave off a fundamental crisis in the bloc.Morawiecki instead painted a picture of an overbearing union treating its 27 member nations as mere provinces, usurping ever more powers and feeling free to impose its values at will against the wishes of sovereign peoples.He countered that Poland will not act under the pressure of blackmail.

Business Drive
NATO New Plan To Deter Russian Attacks

Business Drive

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 0:57


NATO defence ministers have agreed upon a new master plan to defend against any potential Russian attack on multiple fronts, reaffirming the alliance's core goal of deterring Moscow despite a growing focus on China.NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says they continue to strengthen their alliance with better and modernised plans while also agreeing to a $1bn fund to provide seed financing to develop new digital technologies.Officials stressed that they do not believe any Russian attack is imminent. Moscow has denied any aggressive intentions and said it is NATO that risks destabilising Europe with such preparations.

Business Drive
The US Affirms Support For Taiwan Against China

Business Drive

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 0:49


US President Joe Biden says the United States would come to Taiwan's defence if the island were attacked by China, in comments that appeared to be a departure from a longstanding US policy of strategic ambiguity.The White House told reporters that US policy on Taiwan had not changed.A spokesperson says the US defence relationship with Taiwan is guided by the Taiwan Relations Act. A spokesperson added that they will uphold their commitment under the Act and continue to support Taiwan's self-defence.

Business Drive
Ethiopia Launches Air Strikes In Northern And Western Tigray

Business Drive

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 1:06


Ethiopia's military launched two airstrikes on what a government official said were rebel-held facilities in Tigray, capping a week of near-daily attacks in the war-torn northern region.The strikes signalled the military was potentially widening its campaign of aerial bombardments which has drawn international rebukes and disrupted UN flights to the famine-threatened territory.Government spokeswoman Selamawit Kassa says the same mission destroyed a separate facility in the northern town of Adwa used to manufacture military equipment as well as fake military uniforms used by TPLF combatants.TPLF spokesman Getachew Reda says that the target in Mai Tsebri was a hospital and that the target in Adwa was a textiles factory that was looted in an earlier stage of the conflict by Ethiopian and Eritrean soldiers.

Business Drive
Over 80,000 Health Workers Estimated Dead From COVID-19

Business Drive

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 0:58


The WHO says that 80,000 to 180,000 health care workers may have been killed by Covid-19 up to May this year, insisting they must be prioritised for vaccination.The World Health Organisation says the fact that millions of health workers remain unvaccinated is an indictment on the countries and companies controlling the global supply of doses.WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says health care workers needed to be among the first immunised against the disease.He says data from 119 countries suggest that on average, two in five health and care workers globally are fully vaccinated.