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MainOne Discusses Economic Recovery, Growth Plan at 2017 IOD Fellows’ Luncheon

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(L-r): Samuel Yemi ‎Akeju, ‎president/chairman of Council, IoD Nigeria‎; ‎Ms. Funke Opeke‎, CEO of MainOne and Ms. Bennedikter Molokwu,‎ chairman, IoD Fellows Committee, ‎at the 2017 Institute of Director Fellow  Luncheon which held recently.‎

The prestigious Institute of Directors (IoD) Nigeria recently hosted at its annual Fellows’ Luncheon themed “2017 Budget Implementation and Challenges” with ‎Funke Opeke, CEO MainOne, highlighting the need for ‎ the nation to drive ICT sector development in order to trigger sustainable, economic growth.‎

This year luncheon held ‎at the Civic Center, Victoria Island, Lagos State had in attendance directors and executives from major industries in Nigeria deliberating on the Nigerian economic situation and the effect of government projected policies on businesses.

It also served as a platform to honor two distinguished Nigerians as Fellows of the Institute.

Funke Opeke, CEO MainOne, was one of the guest speakers at the event and presented a paper on the “2017 Economic Recovery and Growth Plan” and its impact on the business, with a particular focus on the ICT Sector.

She highlighted the elements of the plan and emphasized the need for the nation to drive ICT sector development in order to trigger sustainable, economic growth citing examples of developed countries like China who improved their economy using technology.

According to Ms. Opeke, “while the erosion in the economy appears to have slowed, the real transformation or expansion required to diversify the economy from oil or gain access to new enabling infrastructure is still quite nascent”.

She also touched on the challenges that the Nigerian business environment faces which makes business operations costly and inefficient with Nigeria currently occupying the 169th position out of 190 countries in the World Bank’s “2017 Doing Business Index”.

In concluding her presentation, she commended the ERGP as being laudable but stressed that effective implementation will be critical for its success.

Andrew Nevin‎, chief economist of PwC, also made a presentation on the macro-economic situation in Nigeria and highlighted the need for foreign capital to grow the economy.

The major highlight of the event was the conferring of the Honorary Fellowship Award on His Majesty, Nnaemeka Alfred Achebe, the Obi of Onitsha and the Distinguished Fellowship Award on Dr. Michael Olawole Omolayole based on their significant contributions to Corporate Nigeria. 

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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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Desarrollar Partners Top Firms to Improve Real Estate Solutions

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l-r: Senior Partner, Banwo and Ighodalo, Mr. Olufemi Banwo and Lead Partner Desarrollar Group, Mr. Ikemefuna Mordi at the official all Parties signing ceremony between Desarrollar group, a leading Lifestyle and real Estate solutions company and its partners in Lagos recently.

Desarrollar Limited a lifestyle and leading real estate solutions company in Lagos, Nigeria has partnered with Union Trustees Limited, First Bank Trustees Limited and Banwo & Ighodalo  and The Lodt Legal Partners to improve real estate services and solutions.

 

The partnership which was signed on Monday, in Lagos, will unveil Nigeria’s most secure and institutionalized real estate trust consortium aimed at safeguarding the financial investments of Nigerians and Africans living abroad and in Nigeria.

 

According to Mr Ikemefuna Mordi, Lead Partner, Desarrollar Limited, the trust framework includes Nigeria’s leading Trustees, legal firms and real estate firms which will work towards ensuring and providing real estate solutions.

 

Ikemefuna said, “Desarrollar and its partners have created an institutionalised safe-haven to protect Nigerians and Africans in the Diaspora and those living on the African continent from fraud, deception and, sometimes, misplaced dependence on dishonest family-based relationships, through delivering full, seamless and stress-free lifestyle colutions to the Nigerian and African communities both at home and abroad.”

 

He explained that Desarrollar applies a premium standard of excellence to its residential development, commercial development and real estate acquisition services in Nigeria, The United States and the United Kingdom. Their website www.desarrollargroup.com throws more light on their Service offerings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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