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Obabori Wins CommunicationsWeek ‘Courier Personality of the Year’ Award

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(L-r): Olufemi Oluwole, head, Marketing and Communications, Red Star Express receiving ‘Courier Personality Award’ on behalf of the GMD of the Company and presented by Sunday Dare, commissioner, Stakeholders Management for Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) at BoICT Awards 2017 held at Eko Hotel, Lagos.

Sola Obabori, the group managing director and chief executive officer of Red Star Express Plc, has been named the ‘Courier Personality of the Year’ at the 9th edition of the ‘Beacon of Information and Communication Technology’ award organized by foremost ICT news and logistics publication, Nigeria CommunicationWeek.

According to organizers, the award is “merit-centric and designed to reward individuals and firms that have help make life better for Nigerians” in terms of service offerings and performance.

Obabori was chosen for the award because of his exceptional leadership in spearheading new frontiers in the Courier and logistics industry.

An astute management professional with long and outstanding Sales and Marketing career with an accounting and finance background, he has consolidated the Red Star Express Group as the leading brand in the Courier industry in the country.

Red Star Express under the leadership of Obabori has invested in new infrastructures to further actualize the objectives of the company in providing world class one-stop logistics solutions to both private and corporate clients.

The company holds the franchise of two great brands in Nigeria. It is a licensee of FedEx, the world biggest air cargo logistics solution provider and TNT, with Europe’s largest land connection.

Brief Profile
Sola was previously the General Manager/Chief Operating Officer of Red Star Logistics Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Red Star Express Plc.

He joined the services of Red Star Express in 1999. At various times, he served as the group’s Assistant General Manager in charge of Strategy and Business Development for over five years and as Deputy General Manager Sales with the responsibility for the national sales management.

Sola has a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc. Hons) degree in Accounting, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and a Master of Philosophy (M.Phil) in Business Administration from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria.

He is an alumnus of several advanced management and leadership programmes from world class institutions including -The School of Business Leadership of the University of South Africa, McGill Executive Institute, Canada; Lagos Business School, Nigeria; Harvard Business School, USA; Haas Business School of the University of California, Berkeley, USA; The University of Westminster, United Kingdom and FedEx Purple Academy, Belgium where he excelled as the Purple Star Award Winner in 2006.

He is a member of the 2016 FedEx GSP 3 class, Memphis, USA and a member of the Institute of Directors (IOD).

He is also an Associate member of the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria (Chartered) and a Fellow of the Institute of Business Development.

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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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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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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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