- Plan to Redistribute Recovered Corruption Money Needs a Rethink [The Conversation Africa] The Nigerian government has announced that USD$322 million (£244 million) stolen by Nigeria's former military ruler, Sani Abacha, has been returned by the Swiss authorities. Abacha, an army general who was head of state from 1993 until his death in 1988, is suspected to have embezzled between USD$3 to 5 billion of public money.
- Buhari's Govt is Confused, Says Obasanjo [Vanguard] Abuja -Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Wednesday lampooned the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration, saying that the government is at the moment confused in addressing the mirage of problems and challenges confronting Nigeria as a country, just as he warned that if serious action was not taken, they would be the death knell to the country's democracy.
- Minna Jailbreak - 51 Inmates Recaptured [Premium Times] The Nigeria Prisons Service in Niger says 51 out of the 210 inmates that escaped from the Minna Medium Security Prison on June 3, had had been recaptured.
- What Nigerians Think of the New National Carrier #NigeriaAir [Premium Times] Mixed reactions on Wednesday trailed the unveiling of the name and logo of the proposed new national carrier by the Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika.
- Airlines That'll Succeed Are Those That Aren't Too Posh [Nation] Recent years have been brutal for African airlines but, in spite of that, there is a new rush to resurrect dead national carriers (in Uganda) or to put bedridden ones in the air again (in Tanzania).
- Niger Delta Leaders Reject PIGB, Insist On PIB [Guardian] Port Harcourt -Stakeholders in Niger Delta have cautioned President Muhammadu Buhari against signing the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB), alleging that it seeks to privatise the country's oil and gas assets and to further impoverish the people of the region.
- No Return to Normal Life for Freed Girls of Dapchi [Deutsche Welle] Five months ago, Boko Haram kidnapped more than 100 schoolgirls. Four weeks later, the terrorists let the girls go. But for many of them, a self-determined and normal life seems out of reach. A report by Adrian Kriesch.
- Why Political Space Dwindles for Women [Premium Times] During the precolonial era, women, traditionally, were allowed to participate in government and hold major roles in markets in parts of South-eastern Nigeria dominated by Igbos.
- Okorocha's Move to 'Divorce' Madumere Rankles Imo State [Guardian] If the House of Assembly succeeds in impeaching his deputy, Eze Madumere, the Imo State helmsman, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, would make history as the only governor that impeached his two deputies in his eight years governorship.
- Senate Approves Subsidy Payment to 74 Oil Marketers [Premium Times] The Senate has approved the payment of N348 billion as outstanding subsidy claims to 74 petroleum marketers.
- Police Arrest Eight Boko Haram Kidnappers of Chibok Schoolgirls [Vanguard] The Nigerian Police has, Wednesday, arrested Eight members of the Boko Haram terrorists suspected who partook in the kidnap of the 276 Chibok schoolgirls in Borno state.
- Oldest Nigeria Practising Lawyer, Pa Gomez Dies At 90 [Vanguard] Acclaimed oldest Nigeria lawyer, Pa Tunji Fortunatus Gomez died Tuesday night.
- Senate Summons Petroleum Minister Over 'Irregularities' in Agencies [Guardian] The Nigerian Senate Wednesday summoned the Minister of State Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu over irregularities in the management of oil and gas agencies.
- Nigerian to Write Standalone Comic On Black Panther's Shuri [Premium Times] An award-winning Nigerian comic writer, Nnedi Okorafor, has been commissioned by Marvel Comics to write a book for Black Panther character, 'Shuri'.
- Crucial Roles of American and British Ambassadors [Vanguard] A NAME that was missing during the ceremonies that had to do with those honoured on the June 12 Presidential 1993 election was Mr. Walter C. Carrington.
- Consumers Bear High Spectrum Costs in Nigeria, Ghana, Others [Guardian] Kigali, Rwanda -Telecommunications consumers in Africa are said to be the ones bearing the brunt of high spectrum fees in the region, as untold cost are passed to them.This is even as it has been revealed that about four billion people across the globe are still very much offline.As such, better spectrum pricing policies are needed in developing countries to improve the economic and social welfare of the billions of people that remain unconnected to mobile broadband services.
- Despite Receiving N700bn in 2017, Power, Agriculture, Other Ministries Hide Details of Expenditure [Premium Times] The ministries of power, works and housing; education, health, agriculture, and water resources received over N700 billion from N1.58 trillion released by the Federal government for capital projects in the 2017 budget but have failed to make the spending details public.
- Amaechi to Nigerians - Rate My Performance in Transport Sector So Far [Vanguard] The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has sought public opinions on his performance in the transportation sector.
- Group Praises Buhari Over Nigeria Air [Vanguard] The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has praised President Muhammadu Buhari for the unveiling of the logo and the planned take-off of Nigeria Air in December.
- S-East Town Unions to Buhari - Stop Killings or Be Voted Out [Vanguard] Aba -ASSOCIATION of South East Town Unions, ASETU, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari, to stop the killings by armed herdsmen across the federation or be voted out by the electorate in the 2019 presidential election.
- GTBank Plans Nationwide Projects With 'Impact Challenge' [Guardian] Following more than two decades of consistent investment in community development, Guaranty Trust Bank Plc said it is taking its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) further with the launch of Social Impact Challenge.
- Meet First Miss Nigeria, Ever Beauty 86 Year-Old Grace Oyelude [Vanguard] Nigeria's Twitterati gushed on Wednesday over the enduring beauty of 86 year-old Grace Oyelude, first Miss Nigeria in 1957.
- We've Limited Powers to Stop Vote-Buying - INEC Spokesman [Vanguard] Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has said it was limited in its capacity to stop vote-buying and justified the N242 billion proposal to conduct the 2019 general election.
- How Ekiti Gov Election Vindicates Our No Election Stance - Biafra Group [Vanguard] The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has said that the opposition would lose the 2019 general elections, going by what it described as the "charade" that characterised last Saturday's governorship election in Ekiti State.
- Pipeline Attacks, Insecurity Increase Energy Coys Shutdown Days to 160 Days [Vanguard] Constant pipeline breakages, uncertainties in security of assets amongst other issues in the Niger Delta oil fields have increased oil and gas companies' average shut down days from 45 to 160 days.
- Executive Order 6, a Decree Misnamed? [Vanguard] Many see a lot of wisdom in the Benin adage that at the mention of the whiteman, the white ant also gets jittery.
- UN Envoy Praises Nigeria's Courage in Tackling Challenges [Premium Times] Nigeria is a courageous country that stands up to its challenges by addressing them tenaciously, UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, has said.
- My Grouse With Buhari's Presidency - Bukar [Guardian] Men with military backgrounds use military solutions
- Unicef, Obama, Gates, Others Celebrate Mandela [Premium Times] On Tuesday, former US President Barack Obama delivered the Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture.
- APC Postpones Osun Governorship Primary Till Friday [Premium Times] The All Progressives Congress (APC) primary to elect its candidate for the forthcoming Osun governorship election has been postponed from Thursday July 19, till Friday July 20.
- Four ways mobile can unlock innovation in retail Much attention has been given to the phenomenal rise of e-commerce, as consumers delight in the convenience of shopping from the comfort of their homes. And as e-commerce interfaces have become ever more slick and seamless, with one-click payment systems and smart, interactive platforms, shoppers have begun to use e-commerce on a regular (sometimes daily)...
- Cryptocurrency unlocks energy access in rural areas Sun Exchange, a solar micro-leasing marketplace, recently announced a new initiative in partnership with rural mini-grid solutions provider, Powerhive, which will utilise the crypto-economy to accelerate global progress towards universal energy access. More...
- Microsoft and Walmart team up to take on Amazon Microsoft and Walmart are teaming up for a five year strategic partnership that will take on rival Amazon in both technology and retail. The move is aimed at helping Walmart compete better against Amazon, which is taking a growing share of retail sales in the...
- Destroy old hard drives and backup tapes before it’s too late Old hard drives and backup tapes are a major security threat for any business, they store a massive amount of confidential data that can easily be compromised. Regardless whether the drives or tapes are outdated or inoperable, this data is always accessible...
- AI Agriculture innovation draws in funding for Cape Town startup Aerobotics has successfully closed its Series A funding round with a raise of approximately $2 million. Major investors in the round include South African bank, Nedbank Group, US Ag-Tech Venture Capital Fund AgFunder, US-based AngelList and South...
- Understanding tax amendments for Cryptocurrencies Treasury has proposed certain amendments to the Income Tax Act relating to the tax treatment of cryptocurrencies in the recently issued Draft Taxation Laws Amendment Bill (draft TLAB). In the draft TLAB, Treasury proposes to include cryptocurrencies in three...
- Jumia celebrates six years of creating a sustainable impact in Nigeria Jumia’s six years anniversary celebration taking place throughout the month of July, aims at celebrating major milestones achieved over the period of its operations in Nigeria. These include, for instance, the listing of over 5 million unique products...
- ESET launches updated MSP Administrator, its license management dashboard ESET, a cybersecurity company, has on Tuesday, 17 July 2018, launched a new online licensing management system to provide MSPs visibility into customer licenses, their usage and activated devices, allowing them to better serve their customers. The new ESET...
- Cisco appoints Clayton Naidoo General Manager for Sub Saharan Africa Cisco has appointed Clayton Naidoo as the new general manager for Sub Saharan Africa based out of the Johannesburg office in South Africa. In his role, Naidoo will oversee the implementation of Cisco’s strategy in the region, executing a vision that...
- Oracle rolls out Blockchain Cloud service Businesses around the world have been deploying an early adopter version of Oracle Blockchain Cloud Service, which becomes generally available today. Blockchain has the power to fundamentally transform how every industry does business by making interactions...
- Developing talent across the continent in the digital financial services space A recruiter, whether external or internal, formal or informal, plays a crucial role in both a candidate’s and an employer’s work life. If recruitment companies are to survive the proverbial rat race, they have to stay ahead of their game by...
- SA Deputy Minister of Communications to speak at DTC 2018 Deputy Minister of Communications, Ms Pinky Kekana, is set to deliver a keynote at ETION Digital Transformation Congress on 26 July 2018 at the Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa. The congress aims to bring together local and...
- Liquid Telecom building fibre network from Cape Town to Cairo Telecom Egypt has signed a memorandum of understanding with Liquid Telecom to enable the pan-African group to complete Africa’s terrestrial fibre network stretching across the African continent, the companies announced. Liquid Telecom, a subsidiary of...
- 5 reasons to sponsor DTC 2018 Digital Transformation Congress, that will be held at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg on 26 July 2018 is the ideal gathering for IT and business executives in Africa. The event aims to be an unparalleled comprehensive experience on the...
- Citrix and Microsoft partner to help enhance user experience Citrix announced that it has partnered with Microsoft to provide Citrix SD-WAN solution as the on-ramp to Azure, for the new Azure Virtual WAN service. The joint solution is designed for the WAN edge of Azure to help enhance user experience, deliver...
- Robot Sophia talks about Industry 4.0 in Vietnam Sophia, renowned globally as the world’s first robot citizen, hogged all the limelight as she took the stage at an international event in Hanoi on Friday, as part of her first-ever visit to Vietnam. The artificial intelligence (AI)-powered humanoid robot,...