General Electric Nigeria said it had empowered a total of 141 entrepreneurs with skills at its Lagos Garage, a hub for advanced manufacturing-based innovation, strategy development, idea generation and collaboration. The company, which marked the one-year anniversary of the establishment of the facility on Monday, also released a whitepaper, entitled: ‘The Future of Work in Nigeria. Bridging the skills gap: The key to unlocking Nigeria’s inherent potential’ as part of its global ‘The Future of Work’ series to highlight the need for investment in sustainable skills development. It said the permanent installation of the Lagos Garage, co-located with the GE Lagos offices, offered a year-round series of skills training programmes focused on building the next generation of Nigerian entre
The Managing Director of the Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority, Mr. Emmanuel Jime, has said that for Nigeria to attract foreign investors, it must develop its infrastructure. Jime, who stated this in an interview with journalists in Abuja, said Nigeria’s huge population alone would not attract foreign investors. The NEPZA boss lamented that most foreign investors preferred Ghana to Nigeria because of the shortage of infrastructure in the country According to him, because of the dearth of infrastructure, only 14 out of Nigeria’s 34 free trade zones are functional. The NEPZA managing director said the Muhammadu Buhari administration was determined to change the fortunes of the free trade zones. Explaining activities of his agency, Jime stated, “When I came into offic
An Abuja High Court on Wednesday cleared the path for Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court, Abuja, to resume sitting, when it dismissed the 18 criminal charges filed by the federal government against him, his wife, Olabowale, and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mr. Joe Agi. The trial judge, Justice Jude Okeke, also discharged and acquitted the three defendants on the grounds that the prosecution failed to establish a prima facie case against them. Justice Ademola was one of seven judges whose residences were raided by the Department of State Services (DSS) last October on allegations of corruption. He was arrested and subsequently charged to court by the federal government, compelling the National Judicial Council (NJC) to direct him and other judges with similar allega...
Iran is posing a comprehensive challenge to the interests of the United States and its allies and partners in the Middle East. Over the past four decades, it has managed to establish an “arc of influence” that stretches from Lebanon and Syria in the Levant, to Iraq and Bahrain on the Gulf, to Yemen on the Red Sea. What the United States now needs is a comprehensive, integrated, and sustainable “push-back” strategy. Any such American strategy needs to take account of the way that, in the Middle East, everything is connected. Push back on Iran in Yemen, and they might well stir up the Shiite population in Bahrain. Push back on Iran in Syria, and they might well use the Shiite militias in Iraq to undermine our effort to eliminate ISIS there, or encourage Hamas to launch rocket attacks on
For the 8th of March, International Women’s Day, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has organised the screening of the film “Desert Flower”, distributed in Italy by the independent producer “Ahora!”. The film tells the true story of Waris Dirie, a Somali migrant woman who became an internationally famous top model in London and the official spokeswoman for the UN’s campaign against female genital mutilation. Through this throbbing story along the path to realisation, the Foreign Ministry aims to reaffirm its commitment in favour of women’s rights and of the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women.
The Nigerian community in South Africa monday said that another shop belonging to a member was looted in the latest xenophobic attack at Jeppestown, Johannesburg. Mr. Ikechukwu Anyene, President of the Nigeria Union, South Africa, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the phone from Pretoria that the shop was looted on Sunday night. “We have received information that there was an overnight attack on shops belonging to foreigners at Jeppestown, a business district in Johannesburg. “A shop belonging to a Nigerian was affected. “The goods in the shop were looted by the attackers. The Nigerian was not hurt during the attack. “We also learnt that shops belonging to other foreigners were also looted,” he said. Anyene stated that attempts made to loot another shop belonging t
Being an entrepreneur in the current Nigerian economic environment can be demanding, exhausting and frustrating. This can result in you abandoning everything you have done for years because of the exhaustion. When you think of the power shortage, the dollar to naira exchange rate and the economic uncertainties, you just want to give up. But you know from the moment you decided to become an entrepreneur, it was a risk. There is no way to escape entrepreneurial burnout. It is how you manage or overcome the exhaustion of burnout that is important. Jumia Travel shares tips on how to overcome entrepreneurial burnout or tiredness. Establish realistic goals Having goals is important to our lives whether you are an entrepreneur or not. As for an entrepreneur, it is essential you set real
The African Union readmitted Morocco as a member, more than three decades after the country quit the organization in protest over the disputed territory of Western Sahara. Morocco became the bloc’s 55th member after the support of “an overwhelming majority of African countries,” Morocco’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement on its website, without giving further details. African heads of state began a two-day summit Monday in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital. Morocco formally submitted its bid to rejoin the body last year, when King Mohammed VI set out his government’s objectives of placing the country “at the center” of Africa’s economic development. The North African nation withdrew from the African Union’s predecessor, the Organisation of African Unity, in 1984 after it recogni
President Donald Trump has ordered work to begin on building a wall along the Mexican border, angering his southern neighbor with his hardline stance on immigration. The US leader instructed officials on Wednesday to begin to "plan, design and construct a physical wall along the southern border" and see how it could be funded. "A nation without borders is not a nation," Trump said, echoing former president Ronald Reagan, as he visited the Department of Homeland Security to sign two executive orders. "Beginning today, the United States of America gets back control of its borders," the Republican president said. Hours later, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto demanded "respect" for his country in a nationally televised address. "I regret and condemn the decision of the...
So many of us have untapped skills and abilities that we have yet to discover and take advantage of in business and personal relationships. For me, this one human "superpower" has saved me many times when placed in a bad spot. It's one of the strengths of an emotionally-intelligent person: intuition. I'm speaking of that "inner voice" -- that gut feeling from deep down inside -- that clues us in to thoughts and feelings under the layers of logic and rationale. In emotionally-intelligent people, intuition kicks into high gear as an internal compass to keep them moving in the right direction (or not moving when they should stay put). But here's the catch: Intuition without character is merely lipstick on a pig. I can't tell you how many impulsive choices I made in my twenties that led to...