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Elumelu Calls For National Unity, Heavy Investment in Youths and Women

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By Tayo Oyediji

 

 

 

United Bank for Africa (UBA) Chairman and Founder, Tony Elumelu Foundation, Mr. Tony Elumelu has called for governments and Nigerians at all levels to strive for national unity while investing heavily in youth development and women.

 

Elumelu who spoke at the ongoing 2023 Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Conference which has its theme as:“Getting it Right, Charting Course of Nigeria’s Nation building’ noted that unity and inclusivity were key elements that will lead Nigeria to greater heights.

 

According to him ‘’We have come together today united. United with one ambition, one duty – nation building. Yes – United, whatever our backgrounds, geographies, religions, experiences, by a single desire – to ensure that our country experiences a true renaissance.

 

“Let us approach the task of nation-building with unwavering determination, guided by the principles of unity, inclusivity, and progress’. Let our pursuit of nation-building be characterized by unwavering determination, empathy, and the commitment to create a legacy of progress, unity, and hope for generations to come”.

 

Elumelu also urged a reawakening of nation-building consciousness amongst Nigerians, pleading with the government at all levels to invest heavily in youth development.

 

He asserted that nation-building entails a fundamental renewal of the social and economic infrastructure of Nigeria, stating that the country needed to invest heavily in youths, women, the power sector, security, social infrastructure and in brand Nigeria.

 

Elumelu also noted that “Nation-building, at its core, is the intricate process of forging a cohesive, harmonious, and united society, out of diverse individuals, culture, and ideologies. It is the art of constructing a shared identity, purpose, and vision that transcends all individual interests

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Elumelu who is also  the Chairman, Heirs Holdings, stated that already, Nigerians have shown their capacity as champions in all spheres of human endeavor and what is needed is our collective will to unite.

 

In his words “In international leadership positions at the WTO, at the UN, at the African Development Bank, at the Afreximbank, in technology, in music and entertainment, in business, in arts and in media, in film, in sports. Indeed, in virtually every human endeavour, Nigerians excel”. In business, the Nigerian private sector is showing globally our capability, our ingenuity, our institutionalisation.

 

“We have global businesses with Nigerian origins: Let me name one – UBA, the United Bank for Africa, the only African Bank that operates in the USA as a deposit taking bank. We are now in Dubai, Paris, and London – and just as importantly 20 other countries in Africa – who would have thought 20 years ago, that Nigeria would be home to Africa’s global bank!”

 

Having achieved these feats, Elumelu said “Transforming Nigeria is a journey that demands our collective dedication, building across political affiliations, ethnic differences, and socioeconomic differences. Great nations start with great people, not just great leaders. Our private sector, our philanthropies, our civil society, all citizens must be brought together and be empowered – as real, valued and executing partners for this national renewal, this nation building. It behoves on us all to collaborate in unity to reset Nigeria.”

 

Elumelu also harped on the supremacy of the rule of law. Urging the NBA to work assiduously towards achieving a country where the rule of law is upheld. He maintained that, “No country – and no entrepreneur, can truly thrive without the rule of law, without peace, without certainty and fairness – for all – for our young, our old, our women and our men, our future generations.”

 

As he is passionate about nation building, Elumelu observed that he was not alone “There is no one in this distinguished gathering, that does not want the best for Nigeria. Whether my learned friends of the Bar or our distinguished leaders present. We know the potential of Nigeria.We know the resources, human and natural, that Nigeria has at her disposal.

 

“It is the art of constructing a shared identity, purpose, and vision that transcends all individual interests. Transforming Nigeria is a journey that demands our collective dedication, building across political affiliations, ethnic differences, and socioeconomic differences. One that is not the responsibility of our government alone.

 

.So, what does this mean? For me this is nothing less than a fundamental renewal of the social and economic infrastructure of Nigeria. The contract between a nation and its people.

Nation building is not a quick fix, it entails sacrifices. We cannot keep doing the same things and expect different outcomes”.

 

“Let us lead our nation building, by laying those important foundations for our nation – let us renew our infrastructure. Investment in our youth – we need to renew our commitment to our youth, provide them with the means to succeed in Nigeria – not beyond Nigeria. This means not just investment in our education system, but in our entrepreneurial culture”.

 

“Nigeria is a nation of entrepreneurs – you know me as an investor and champion of entrepreneurs. Let us create a joined-up government task force to champion at the highest level, our young and our entrepreneurs. When entrepreneurs succeed, we succeed as a nation. If they don’t, we all fail.

 

“The nurturing of entrepreneurship is not merely an economic endeavour, but a social responsibility. By empowering our youth, supporting start-ups and SMEs, the private sector contributes to equitable wealth distribution, job creation, and social advancement. It paves the way for economic empowerment that uplifts communities and contributes to a more inclusive society. We all owe this to our people, even for our own enlightened self-interest”.

 

He also called for women to be duly supported to thrive “Nations that prioritise their young go far, Let us invest in our women. When a woman succeeds, families and communities are lifted out of poverty. Let us invest in our power sector, And let us invest in our social infrastructure, in our civil society, our courts of law and our administrators of justice, Let us invest in security, Let us invest in brand Nigeria, Let us invest in Nigeria”

 

 

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Glo Launches New Internet Solution Products for Homes, Businesses

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Two new products, which provide internet connectivity solutions specially designed for Residential and SME commercial customers, have been unveiled by digital solutions company, Globacom.

The products, Fibre to the Home (FTTH) and Fibre to the Business (FTTB) were packaged for Glo customers to enjoy reliable and high speed internet through linked fibre services.

Globacom said in a statement in Lagos “With these services, businesses and homes can access dedicated internet speeds of up to 1GBps, allowing unlimited internet usages for seamless video calls, video and music streaming and a whole lot of other dedicated usages to promote business success and equally provide endless entertainment for homes”.

It explained that the new product comes with a unique opportunity for “Residential Estates, High Rise Apartments, Commercial SME Estates to enjoy dedicated high speed internet in their cluster”.

These services, according to Globacom, give exceptional experience and unmatched speed for users at home or in offices and are provided through hi-speed fibre – unlike copper which was being used in the past.

Positioning itself as the premier provider of innovative solutions for businesses of all sizes, Globacom assured customers of the best value for money with the new offerings, adding that users who sign on for these services will also enjoy fully dedicated bandwidth.

“We are committed to delivering the most cost-effective data connectivity experience for homes and businesses in addition to providing dedicated and reliable services.” Globacom concluded.

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Naira Appreciates Further, Sells at N1,280/$ at Parallel Market

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The naira, on Friday, appreciated to N1,280 per dollar at the parallel section of the foreign exchange (FX) market.

The current FX rate signifies a 5.19 percent appreciation from the N1,350/$ reported on March 27.

Currency traders in Lagos, also known as bureau de change (BDCs) operators, quoted the buying rate of the greenback at N1,260 and the selling price at N1,280 — leaving a profit margin of N20. 

“The price of the dollar as well as other major currencies have been falling. It is affecting our business as some customers prefer to keep their currencies than change it with us,” a currency trader identified as Aliyu told TheCable. 

At the official section of the FX market, the local currency depreciated by 0.69 percent to N1,309.39/$ on March 28 — from N1,300.43/$ on March 27.

Meanwhile, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), on March 29, said the economy recorded over $1.5 billion in foreign exchange (FX) inflow this month, indicating its monetary policy initiatives are effective. 

The apex bank said the naira is headed in the right direction, and the administration of Yemi Cardoso, CBN governor, remains committed to ensuring the stability of the market and the appropriate pricing of the naira against other major currencies worldwide.

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NNPC Denies Reducing Petrol Pump Price

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The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Limited has declared that there is no plan to reduce the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) aka petrol and Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) aka diesel.

The national oil company disclosed this through a statement on Wednesday by its Chief Corporate Communications Officer, Mr. Olufemi Soneye.

He said: “The NNPC Limited wishes to clarify rumours suggesting a price adjustment for Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) and Automotive Gas Oil (Diesel) at its retail stations nationwide.

“The company asserts that these reports are false and urges Nigerians to disregard them entirely.

“NNPC Ltd. reaffirms its commitment to sustaining the current sufficiency in petroleum products supply across all its retail stations in the country,” the statement added.

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