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Ex -Nipost Staff to Receive Entitlements this Week

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Luck may smile the way of Nipost ex-workers as Mori Baba, the postmaster general of the federation gave renewed hope for the payment of the severance benefits of Nipost staff laid off during the federal government’s down sizing and right sizing exercise. Mori Baba gave the hint last week at the 2008 World Post Day celebration in Abuja when he said that arrangement had been concluded by the Bureau of Public Service Reform to pay those affected by the exercise. He said that payment of cheques to the beneficiaries would commence this week and would be handled by the office of the Accountant General of the Federation.

Speaking on this year’s World Post Day celebration which he described as very significant, as the event marked the 60th anniversary of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) having been founded in 1946, Mori Baba emphasized that the UPU as a specialized agency of the United Nations has contributed in meaningful ways in facilitating development, poverty reduction, promotion of healthcare services, environmental protection, bridging of the digital divide and sustainable development.

"It is therefore no gainsaying the fact that the post has come a long way as a veritable vehicle for the delivery of development to the inhabitants of the planet earth. In the world business environment that is characterized by stiff competition, globalization, market liberalization and rapid growth of new technologies, the post has been able to make its mark in the sands of time. From the sending and receiving of letters and parcels, to the transactions in financial instruments, the post has been able to touch the lives of all categories of people all over the world. This is indeed worthy of celebration", he said.

Mori Baba reiterated that the priority of Nigerian Postal Service (Nipost) in the next two or three years would be to strengthen the postal house to ensure the provision of universal service, improve on quality of service delivery, modernize operations through computerization and introduce an acceptable addressing system that will facilitate efficient mail delivery and sustainable development which he said were in line with Nairobi Postal Strategy adopted at the 24th congress of the Universal Postal Union which held in Geneva , Switzerland between July and August this year. Kenya was to host the event but for political trouble that erupted in the country necessitating the shift to Geneva.

On Nipost ICT centres, Baba recalled that the organization saw the need to introduce ICT in all aspects of services to enable the administration enjoy benefits of e-solutions and had gone ahead to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with Galaxy Backbone Plc, to provide internet services using VSAT to 1,500 post offices in the country. He said that deployment of facilities to more than 100 sites in the project had been concluded.

In line with the recommendations and resolutions of the world postal body towards repositioning the post for greater contribution to socio-economic development, Mori Baba said his administration saw the need to embark on a reform in collaboration with Bureau of Public Enterprises aimed at achieving efficient service delivery for the organization. To beef up operations and marketing aspects of their business towards actualizing the present aspiration of Nipost , he intimated that the organization had acquired within the last one year 30 mail delivery vans which include 250 motor- cycles and 100 bicycles, and also purchased 16 Peugeot 206 and 307 cars through funds generated internally .

Further in his address, Mori Baba said that in the effort of the organization to restore public confidence in Nipost’s services, the postal body had embarked on extensive repair of postal facilities in the six geo-political zones of the country and even stepping up necessary infrastructure even as he informed that the body had also embarked on massive training of its workforce to be able to deliver world class professional services to its teeming customers.

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Coronavirus Outbreak in China: FAAN Releases Travel Advisory

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The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has advised passengers and other airport users to comply with all quarantine procedures at the nation’s airports.

 

FAAN said the advice is in an effort to protect passengers from the epidemic ravaging some countries and to prevent the spread of such communicable diseases into Nigeria,

 

FAAN said that all the equipment and personnel used in combating the deadly Ebola virus in 2014 are still very much in place at the airports.

 

“FAAN has always had thermal scanners in her airports that monitor temperature of passengers and capture their pictures. When passengers walk pass the scanner, it registers their temperature and if too high, they are pulled aside for observation,” FAAN stated in a statement.

 

Recall that recently, a deadly virus known as CORONAVIRUS broke out in China and has since killed six people, with over 300 also reported to have been infected.

 

The virus is highly communicable and has already spread to boarder countries like Japan, Thailand and South Korea.

 

The viruses can make people sick, usually with a mild to moderate upper respiratory tract illness, similar to a common cold. Coronavirus symptoms include a runny nose, cough, sore throat, possibly a headache and maybe a fever, which can last for a couple of days.

For those with a weakened immune system, the elderly and the very young, there’s a chance the virus could cause a lower, and much more serious, respiratory tract illness like a pneumonia or bronchitis.

 

FAAN, in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health, have confirmed the adequacy of the facilities at the nation’s airports to prevent the importation of the virus through the airports.

 

Passengers are therefore, advised to submit themselves for routine quarantine checks whenever they are asked to.

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Bharti Airtel, Western Union, Partner on Real-time Bank Transfers to India, African Mobile Wallets

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Western Union has teamed up with Bharti Airtel Ltd. to allow customers to send real-time payments directly to bank accounts in India as well as real-time fund transfers to mobile wallets in 14 African countries.

Users may transfer funds via Western Union to millions of accounts at Airtel Payments Bank, the banking subsidiary of Bharti Airtel, or direct funds through Airtel Africa, which has 15 million mobile wallet customers across the continent.

“The future of money transfer is about customer choice — allowing them to move money whenever, however and wherever they want,” Hikmet Ersek, president of Western Union, told the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, according to a company release.

“Our platform cuts through the complexities of cross-border money movement and payments so millions of customers can access their funds in real time in a manner that suits their local infrastructure and preferences.”

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Jumia Looks to Services, Platforms to Halt Slide

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Jumia Technologies, which last year became Africa’s first tech firm to list in New York, will focus on proving it can turn a profit after a bruising 2019, one of its co-founders told Reuters.

Jeremy Hodara said the company aims to capitalise on its payment platform and infrastructure network and to boost revenue from services for third-party sellers on its online marketplace.

“We’re going to be extremely disciplined and very focused on our path to profitability,” Hodara told Reuters at the company’s office in Lagos.

Jumia, which hit a peak value of close to $4 billion, has seen its shares fall by nearly 70% since its IPO last April.

They tumbled after short-seller Citron Research cast doubt on its sales figures, which dealt a major blow to investor confidence.

Late last year, it shut its e-commerce service in Cameroon and Tanzania and halted food delivery in Rwanda. Hodara declined to say whether more markets could face the axe.

Its third-quarter adjusted EBITDA loss widened to 45 million euros, up nearly 27% from a year earlier, and as it burned through cash, analysts warned that raising more could be a challenge.

“Clearly it’s a bit uphill, but I think in the end if investors believe they’re going to make money on the story, they’re going to buy into it,” said Sarah Simon, senior analyst at Berenberg. “But they have to prove themselves.”

Hodara declined to comment on whether Jumia planned to seek more outside cash, but said that as the business scaled up, costs would come down. Improvements to its algorithms were also helping, he said.

JumiaPay, the company’s online payment platform, is a key part of the growth plan, Hodara said. The company is interested in making it and its logistics network available to third-parties, even those not selling on its e-commerce platform.

Jumia has tested this on a small scale, but said widespread access – where, for example, an individual could drop a package at a Jumia hub in Lagos and have it delivered to a friend in Nairobi – could come eventually.

“We have a very significant footprint of physical locations across the continent where we can inject packages and parcels and distribute it. That’s unique,” Hodara said.

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