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Ecobank Rolls out Money Transfer via WhatsApp

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Ecobank Nigeria has unveiled a new app for transfering funds by Whatsapp, Email and Sms.

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Mrs Olukorede Demola-Adenyi, Head of Consumer Banking Ecobank said this was part of the bank’s innovation in digital banking innovation.

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She said: “This opportunity could not have come at a better time when many people are self-isolating and keeping social distance due to the COVID-19. We have the responsibility as a bank (Ecobank) to continue to innovate for the benefits of our teeming customers. We encourage our customers and others to utilise this new addition to our digital self-service solutions.

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“With this feature, a customer can transfer up to N50,000 without the beneficiary’s account number.The transfer can be initiated without the beneficiary providing an account number or deciding on which account to receive the funds. For us, this is super convenient for money transfer.”

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Mrs Demola-Adeniyi went on to say the process is simple and beneficiary can redeem the money sent in three simple steps: receive the web link sent to his mobile number as SMS or WhatsApp message, click on the link to select bank and enter the account number, then, submit the request and senders account is immediately debited. The beneficiary account irrespective of the bank receives the credit.

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She added: “The Ecobank mobile app allows you to enjoy our banking services instantly and conveniently on your mobile device. The app provides you with an easy channel to manage your account and perform financial transactions in a simple and secured manner.”

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FGN Commence Training of South South Youth in Batches

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Festus Keyamo - Minister of Labour and Employment

The Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) has commence the training of South South youth in batches.

The Federal Government of Nigeria through the Federal Minister of Labour and employment, noted that the training is a nationwide programme to promote skill development majorly targeting the youth, in the South South region as the first beneficiary.

The Nigeria Minister of Labour and employment, Festus Keyamo disclosed that the programme would train youth of the South South region in “targeted trades, which are in line with the Skill demands available in the region, with a view to creating employers out of them. “The programme is organized in batches to accommodate an expected large turnout of participants and to increase its coverage and impact in the region.”

According to Festus Keyamo, the nationwide training would also “provide relevant information, resources and incentives for the development of skills, entrepreneurship and enterprises necessary for national growth.

“The intervention programme seeks to complement and boost the conventional skills development trainings available at our existing centres nationwide where individuals, corporate organizations, non-governmental organizations, government and private companies send their personnel to learn skills, most of whom are gainfully employed, while others are self-employed and some employers.”

The Minister noted that such trainings would not only equip the youths with skills to make a living, as well as create employment for others, but would also lure them away from social vices and crimes. Keyamo stated that the initiative resonated with government’s commitment to ensuring youth inclusiveness in its plans and programmes.

He further noted that “formal employment has proven to be insufficient, giving rise to an increase in informal employment, which is largely considered as the driving force of most developing countries’ economies. This in clear terms necessitates the need for schemes that will equip the youth with specialized skills to empower them for gainful employment both in the formal and informal markets.”

The director Skills Development and Certification Department South South Zonal Headquarters, Ehigbai Iziren, highlighted that the Federal Government’s deliberate engagement of the youth in that zone, on quality trainings, skill acquisition and employment would effectively improve the growth and development of that region. He commended the Federal Government for taking such a bold initiative to address the rising youth unemployment situation in that region.

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Warri and Kaduna Refineries to get Rehabilitated as FEC approve $1.48bn

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The Federal Executive Council presided over by Nigeria Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo has approved the sum of $1.484 billion for the rehabilitation of both Warri and Kaduna refineries.

The rehabilitation of Warri and Kaduna refineries awarded to  Messers Saipem SPA and Saipem Contracting Limited at the combined total sum of $1.484 billion, will be rehabilitated in three phases of 21, 23 and 33 months, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timperley Sylva, announced at the end of the over six hours Federal Executive Council meeting, which started with a minute silence in honor of the former Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Malami Buwai, who served during the regime of the former Head of State, General Sani Abacha from 1994 – 1996.

Sylva, also said 15 percent of the total sum for the rehabilitation of the two refineries in  Port Harcourt  which was awarded earlier this year had been paid to the construction firm currently working at site.

According to him, $897,678,800 will be spent to repair Warri refinery while Kaduna refinery will gulp $586,902,256.

He stressed that the completion of the rehabilitation exercise will be in three phases spread over 77 month period.

Sylva said: “The completion of the rehabilitation of Warri and Kaduna refineries is going to be in three phases. First phase will be completed within 21 months, in 23 months phase two will be completed and in 33 months, the full rehabilitation will be completed”.

On Port Harcourt refinery, Sylva noted that the repair work had commenced adding that already the first 15% of the contract sum has been paid to the contractor and the contractor was fully mobilized to site.

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Opinion on Kwara State Hijab Controversy

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Kwara State have been on the news due to the hijab controversy, the Christian missionary schools would not allow the Muslim girls to put on Hijab while in school while on the other hand the Muslim elders/parents would not allow such to persist especially at Kwara State that is known for the Muslim.

On February 19th Kwara State Governor ordered the immediate temporary closure of school to prevent the civil unrest currently going on in the school due to the hijab controversy and then the state government took further steps to set-up a committee to find a lasting solution to the hijab crisis while the schools remains temporary closed.

The Hijab crisis committee was compromised of both Muslim and Christian elders and several meetings was held in a bid to find a lasting solution to the hijab controversy and then March 8th 2021 Kwara State Governor ordered the reopening of schools only for crisis to erupt again with the Muslim preventing the Christian missionary schools to open, barricading schools gates and driving students to back home, but all thanks to quick intervention of the combined effort of both the state police and military to restore normalcy using all sort of strategy to dispatch protesters including the use of teargas.

The opinion on all of this issue is that they should all remain calm for peace to reign the christian missionary schools should allow the girls to put on Hijab even when it contravenes the christians doctrines but then again why allow the Moslem girls to enroll at the christian missionary schools when they are fully aware that some doctrines contravenes their own doctrines.

On the other side the Muslim doesn’t have any right or whatsoever to kill or disturb the peace of the state all because of religion issues after all Nigeria is not for a particular religion it a diverse religion, the Muslim either withdraw their ward from the missionary schools to elsewhere or stay calm and resolve the issue amicably.

We hope that Kwara State Governor would act on this issue of hijab controversy immediately so the state would be at peace.

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