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NIPOST at Retreat, Rejigs to Remain Afloat

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Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) is repositioning the post office as a critical national infrastructure to utilize its extensive network penetration for social and financial growth, Bisi Adegbuyi, postmaster general of the Federation has said.

 

Adegbuyi at the NIPOST zonal strategic management retreat in Kaduna, said that the retrest, will help determine the true position of NIPOST strategic milestones in the journey towards actualization of the set objective.

 

He said, “The retreat will provide us with the opportunity to x-ray our position as we analyze our performance so far against set objectives with a view to taking remedial measures in the area of sharp deviations and as well re-invest a new wheel where necessary in our march to the promise land.

 

“In the last five months of uninterrupted strategy implementation, a lot has happened, the corporate restructuring is taking shape, the business units are reshaping their products, the zones are now on ground supported by their districts while the Chief Operating Officer has taken full control of the operations for efficiency.

 

He observed that the greatest challenge to the relevance of NIPOST is in the area of product offering adding that, “For a long time NIPOST has remained a mono-product organization focusing mainly on mail and even that too is challenging.”

 

Malam Abdulrahim Baba, director, Strategy and Business Development, said the post office can help farmers and small businesses scale up their production by repackaging their products so that they can acquire market instead of letting their products rot away.

 

He added, “NIPOST will put internet facilities and computers in our rural post offices so that the children living in the rural areas can learn how to use the computer and the internet because presently, the computer and internet is used in all sectors.”

 

He informed that the NIPOST presently has seven different business from the one that was available in the past adding that, “We have cut down from 36 territories to seven zones to conserve resources and provide good services to our customers in a bid to create a new playing field.”

 

Malam Nasir El-Rufai, governor of Kaduna state, represented by Engineer Mahmud Hassan, commissioner, Kaduna state Ministry of Works and Transport, urged participants to live up to expectation and the sky is their limit.

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FG to Partner Boeing to Launch National Carrier

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Sen. Hadi Sirika, Minister of State for Aviation, has said that the Federal Government is set to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Boeing on the establishment of a national carrier for Nigeria.

Sirika, in his tweet on his handle,@hadisirika on Thursday, said the MoU would be signed during the forthcoming Third ICAO World Aviation Forum (IWAF) in Abuja.

The minister also disclosed that Airbus of France had indicated interest in partnering with the government on the proposed carrier and establishment of Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul facility in the country.

He said that the government and Airbus would also discuss further during the IWAF 3 that would hold from Nov. 20 to Nov. 22.

“Airbus signified interest in our National Carrier and our MRO, we will discuss further during the upcoming ICAO forum,’’ he said.

It would be recalled that the minister had expressed President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration determination to establish a national carrier and MRO in a bid to reposition the nation’s aviation sector.

He had since announced the appointment of transaction advisers for the national carrier and MRO.

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Taxify Set to Launch Services in Abuja

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Taxify, the fastest-growing ride-sharing platform in Europe and Africa, launches in Abuja with hundreds of driver-partners signed up to the platform and ready to accept rides all across the city.

To celebrate, Taxify is offering a 40% discount to riders during the month of November.

Uche Okafor, the operations manager, comments:  “Abuja is an exciting and thriving market with an outgoing population for private urban transport. We’re very excited to launch here and have a solid team on ground.

“We are confident that Taxify can effectively contribute to healthy competition by improving the quality of service and lowering the prices for the end customer.”

Taxify takes only 15% commission from its drivers, compared to the 25% that competitors take.

The lower commission allows Taxify to offer lower prices for riders and ensure that drivers still keep more money in their pockets.

Taxify treats our drivers better so that they can in turn treat our riders better. Taxify does this by ensuring that drivers are able to earn more driving on our platform than on any other platform.

This combined with our end to end support ensures that our drivers are happier driving on Taxify and are ultimately able to provide better quality service for riders. Taxify also believes in providing exemplary customer service to riders, with a local customer support team that offers real time over the phone support.

Taxify is an international urban ride-sharing platform founded and headquartered in Tallinn, Estonia.

Taxify is operating in 20 countries in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Central America. Taxify has a global team of over 300 employees, and is considered one of the fastest-growing ride-sharing platforms in Europe and Africa.

In August 2017, Taxify announced a strategic partnership with Didi Chuxing, the world’s leading mobile transportation platform. The Taxify app is available on iOS and Android.

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Cocoon Homes Sponsors 2017 Lagos City Criterium

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Innovative Real Estate Company and developers of the Cocoon Atlantic Estate – Cocoon Homes Ltd, has partnered with the Sustainable Cycling Foundation of Nigeria as a key sponsor for the 2017 edition of the Lagos City Criterium.

The Lagos City Criteriumis a competitive cycling tournament around a technical 2.9km circuit starting and ending on the opposite side of dolphin estate, Ikoyi Lagos.

The November edition of the Lagos Cycling Criterium, saw cyclists from the pro male, pro female, junior boys and junior girls categories, come from all over the country to compete on the classic racing course cycling before crossing the finish line.

As part of the sponsorship, Cocoon Homes unveiled the traditional cycling sponsored winner jerseys and announced its Cocoon Atlantic project in which construction will begin within a few weeks.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the Criterium, Mr. Farouk Imam, managing director, Cocoon Homes Ltd said that, “Cocoon Homes is excited to be part of the Lagos City Criterium. This sporting event is very important to us because it will help raise awareness on cycling not only at the grass roots and for youth, but as a sport that should be adopted by all Nigerians for its positive attributes which include better physical and mental wellbeing”.

According to him, “Cocoon Homes has a strong partnership with the Sustainable Cycling Foundation (SCF), and the organization is committed to fulfilling its Corporate Social Responsibilities through this support.

“We believe that the Lagos City Criterium is a way of developing cycling as a sport amongst people of all ages and backgrounds. Furthermore, cycling bridges the social gaps and division that exists in our society, there by creating better opportunities for people, especially the youth who make up a significant percentage of the Nigerian Populace.”

The Sustainable Cycling Foundation was founded in 2015 and there has been over 16 Criterium in Port Harcourt and Lagos since the foundation was founded.

The November edition of the Criterium is the opening edition of the Lagos City series for 2017/18 season.

The Sustainable Cycling Foundation provides a pathway to maintaining a positive youth sport culture through training and development of the cycling in Nigeria.

The foundation hasbeen involved in various intervention programmes which include team sponsorship, and advocacy programmes on the health benefits of cycling.

Cycling is a cornerstone of Cocoon Home’s corporate social responsibility strategy and the innovative real estate company is committed to supporting cycling at the grassroots level. Cocoon Atlantic, promises to be an affordable community with lifestyle amenities.

The estate is located in Sangotedo and will have a total of 384 units which includes 3-bedroom apartments, 3-bedroom and 4-bedroom townhouses.

Other amenities planned in the estate include water with water treatment facilitiesand sewage treatment, solar power, good and accessible road networks, retail spaces, playgrounds and sufficient parking spaces for residents and guests.

It will be an attractive place to live upon completion.

 

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