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Bus Reforms Will Create 3,000 Jobs – LASG

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Pic.02. From Left, Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry Of Transport, Dr. Taiwo Salaam, Managing Director Planet Projects, Mr Biodun Otunola, Commissioner for Information And Strategy, Mr Kehinde Bamigbetan, his Transport counterpart, Mr Ladi Lawanson and Managing Director, Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority, Mr Abiodun Dabiri during the facility tour of Ikeja Bus Terminal and other Bus Terminals in the State

Lagos State government has said no fewer than 3000 jobs would be created when the 13 bus terminals springing across the city finally comes on stream. This is as it disclosed that about 473 buses to flag-off operation of the bus reform would soon arriving the country.

 

Speaking over the weekend during a media tour to both the Ikeja and yet to be completed Oshodi Bus Terminals, Mr Ladi Lawanson, Lagos State Commissioner for Transportation said the bus terminals are part of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s gift to the 12 million masses of the state, who uses public transportation daily.

 

He said the terminals will put an end to insecurity, unreliability, accident and mugging associated with the current commercial bus regime in the state.

 

Lawanson said construction is ongoing in 13 different bus terminals all aimed at ensuring that more people embrace public transportation and that sanity returns to the roads.

 

He said: “We have Alapere Bus Shelter, Ilupeju Bus depot, Yaba Bus Terminal, Anthony Bus depot, Maryland Bus Terminal, Agege Bus Terminal, Ojota Bus Terminal, Oyingbo Bus Terminal, Tafawa Balewa Square Bus Terminal among other proposed corridors.

 

“These facilities will provide over 3000 jobs for youths and increase transport connections and inter modal connectivity in the state.

 

His colleague, Kehinde Bamigbetan, Commissioner for Information and Strategy said the idea is to cater for low and medium income residents who cannot afford to fuel their own cars every day.

 

“We are expecting over 800 buses that the government has procured to kick-start operation for the benefit of the residents,” he said.

 

He said the Ikeja Bus Terminal is a major transportation infrastructure constructed to improve efficiency, adding that 23 routes would be serviced from the terminal and while the facility would be servicing 400,000 passengers daily. It would reduce traffic congestion, occasioned by the present street loading and dropping off of passengers and reduce environmental pollution.

 

Bamigbetan said the Ikeja terminal has facility to cater for 100 buses daily, adding that the government hoped to take off with the Ikeja-Obalende route before June ending.

 

Also speaking, the Managing Director Planet Project Mr Biodun Otunola said the Ikeja Bus Terminal which sits on 10,000 square metres of land is more than a bus stop as “some ignorant critics have lately being ranting.”

 

He said the facility has a sheltered walkway, 13 ticketing booths, an ATM gallery, and a food court. Also, the facility has a functional Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) which makes routes and travel planning easy. The terminal is provides conveniences for both sexes and free wifi spot for the the use of commuters.

 

Otunola who also took the reporters on tour of the Oshodi Bus Terminal and Interchange said the iconic terminal on completion would be servicing 300,000 passenger traffic every day, which he said is projected to hit one million in the next five years.

 

He said each of the three wings five-floor terminals, which would be completed with a skywalk is the first of its kind in the world. “While Terminal One, is intercity transport, Terminal Two exclusively services intra city transportation , while Terminal Three would service Lagos Island, Ikorodu corridor. Each terminals is one five floors, has multi level car park, conveniences, six lifts and one escalator each, food court, a park and ride facility, cctv system, holding bay with capacity for 70 buses and a control centre.”

 

Otunola described what is going on in Lagos as revolutionary as it was the first time government is deliberately planning and providing world class facility to road transport users. He added that the facilities presently going on across the state would redefine the transportation system in the state.

 

He said the Oshodi interchange will be delivered by October this year.

 

The tour was led by the Commissioners for Transportation and Information and Strategy, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Transportation Mr Taiwo Olufemi Salaam, Mamaging Director of the Lagos State Bus Services Ltd., Mr Idowu Oguntola, MD Planet Projects Ltd., Mr Biodun Otunola, directors in the Ministry of Transportation, among others.

 

 

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FG, Korea To Unveil Phase-2 Of ICT Project

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The Federal Government and Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) are concluding arrangements to launch second phase of partnership in ICT that would develop experts and highly skilled labor in information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Nigeria.

This was disclosed yesterday when a delegation from the KOICA office, led by its  Country Director, Sook Hyun Park paid a courtesy visit to the Ministry of Communications, Abuja.

The country Director said that, South Korean government through KOICA has enjoyed a strong partnership with Federal Ministry of Communications in its e-government capacity building project for the past 7 years.

“Our first e-government project which has existed for the past 7 years with a strong partnership with Federal Ministry of Communications would be concluded next year. We shall keep our effort and support to Nigeria. E-government in the 2nd project which  we plan to embark  upon, we are interested in developing human skilled labor in ICT areas hence, the need for the Minister to share his expertise and ideas that would be of good direction to the Federal Government ”, the Director stated.

Sook Hyun stated that KOICA’s visit to the Ministry of Communications was aimed at introducing the agency’s upcoming project (phase 2) being worked towards year 2020 and beyond, following the conclusion of the introductory (first phase) which would be concluded by 2019.

In his contribution, Headquarter Coordinator, An Kwangsoo, said KOICA as an agency was set to move from the introductory part of its partnership project which was focused on e-government capacity building, scholarship for masters and PHD Degrees in Korean Universities for Nigerians to a bigger phase in order to assist Nigeria in achieving the implementation of her e-government master plan.

In his remarks, the Minister of Communications, Dr. Adebayo Shittu thanked KOICA on behalf of the Federal Government, for generously investing so much towards the development of Nigeria, particularly in areas of e-government and capacity building.

The Minister said that, Federal Government cannot take KOICA’s selfless cooperation for granted and urged them to sustain the smooth relationship that is being enjoyed by both parties in service to humanity.

He urged the Agency to meet with the Ministry’s e-government department to work together for a very beneficial launch of the 2nd phase of broader partnership between the federal government and the Republic of Korea via KOICA.

In the new phase, Shittu urged the Agency to make conscientious efforts to ensure at least 100,000 civil servants are trained annually, to improve Nigeria’s system of operations to be more effective and efficient.

He also appealed to them to collaborate with the Nigerian Universities by sending technology gurus from the Korean universities to impart technological ideas and knowledge to students in Nigeria who shall in turn train others.

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MTN Smart Survey a Smart Way to get Customer’s Insight

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There’s nothing more important than the opinion of the masses when it comes to marketing or business positioning.

 

After all, without the approval and buy-in of the public, it would be hard to get any product or concept off the ground.

L-R: General Manager, Customer Experience, MTN Nigeria, Kolawole Oyeyemi; General Manager, Enterprise Marketing, MTN Nigeria, Onyinye Ikenna-Emeka and Customer Enablement, MTN Nigeria, Ladipo Nylander at the launch of MTN Smart Survey, an effective tool for customer insight which held on Monday, December 10, 2018

 

Market/consumer surveys provide detailed insights into competitors, and aid in understanding customers’ preferences & discomforts.

 

Consumer surveys are used in analysing latest market trends, consumer buying patterns, economic shifts, and demographics.

 

Useful as these surveys may be, many businesses are unable to obtain the insights they need from them for business decisions.

General Manager, Customer Experience, MTN Nigeria, Kolawole Oyeyemi taking guests through a presentation tagged ‘mobile survey as an effective tool for customer insight and optimal value propositioning’.

 

In response to this challenge, MTN Nigeria has just launched a business tool, MTN Smart Survey to enable smart business owners to leverage on market research in developing effective strategies for business growth.

 

MTN Smart Survey, which is offered in collaboration with Communication and Marketing Research Group Limited (CMRG), provides an electronic medium for conduct and administration of surveys specifically targeted to a group of MTN subscribers.

Guests at the launch

The service offers survey delivery through the USSD channel to subscribers that have been profiled based on specific attributes, such as age, gender, location, etc.

 

The launch of the new solution had in attendance dignitaries from various business sectors in Nigeria who had a firsthand experience of the platform and its functionalities.

Guests at the launch

 

The new business tool has also been designed to reward customers with N100 MTN airtime upon completion of questions administered through the survey.

 

MTN Nigeria continues to seek ways to contribute to the Nigerian economy by extending its partnership capabilities to brighten the lives of business owners within the country.

 

 

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Heirs Holdings Inks $600m Facility Deal with Afrexim Bank, to Scale its Energy Investments.

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K-r: chairman, Heirs Holdings Group, Mr. Tony Elumelu and President of African Export-Import Bank(Afreximbank), Dr. Benedict Oramah, during the signing of $600 million Facility Deal between Afreximbank and Heirs Holdings Group to scale Heirs Holding’s Energy Investments in Africa…….. in Cairo, Egypt on Tuesday

African Export-Import Bank’s (Afrexim), has signed financing facilities totalling US$600 million with the Heirs Holdings Group, a pan-African proprietary investment holding company.

 

This is as a further demonstration of the African Export-Import Bank’s mandate to facilitate the growth of intra-Africa trade and support the development of African businesses,

 

Heirs Holdings has significant investments across Africa, in the financial services, resources, real estate and hospitality and power sectors.

 

The facilities will further support the Group’s power, oil and gas strategy, as it positions itself as an African leader in integrated natural resources.

 

The signing ceremony took place at the Afrexim Intra-Africa Trade Conference taking place in Cairo, Egypt.

 

The proceeds of the facilities will assist the Heirs Holdings Group vision of creating a dynamic resource based division, focused on ensuring value creation occurs on the African continent and that value chains are developed, that directly benefit the broader African economy and consumer.

 

Commenting at the ceremony, Dr. Benedict Oramah, President of Afrexim who signed on behalf of the Bank, stated that the investment by Heirs Holdings would play a key role in addressing some of the fundamental challenges that have affected the power and energy sectors in Africa. He stated that “A world class energy sector is fundamental to the sustainable growth of businesses in Africa. If we do not deal with these basic matters, growth of trade and exports will always be limited”.

 

Mr. Tony Elumelu, chairman of Heirs Holdings, commented that “We are delighted to be partnering with Afrexim. The Bank continues to play a critical role in the economic and social development of the continent. Together, we illustrate that Africa can create world class institutions, which are capable of successfully making the long-term investments necessary for Africa’s economic transformation and catalyse the enabling environment that will unleash Africa’s potential”.

 

 

 

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