Thursday, March 15, 2018

Millions of Girls Without Any Basic Primary Education in Three Northern States

Photo Credit: UNICEF.

Percentage of Girls Without Basic Education in Kaduna, Kebbi and Sokoto.

Photo Credit: UNICEF.

40.3% of the girls in Kaduna State have no education.

Photo Credit: UNICEF.

75% of the girls in Kebbi State have no education.

78.5% of the girls in Sokoto State have no education.

Source: UNFPA

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Scania to Deliver 250 Buses for Public Transport in Lagos

Scania to Deliver 250 Buses for Public Transport in Lagos

SÖDERTÄLJE, Sweden, March 13, 2018  /PRNewswire/ --

Scania, in collaboration with the Brazilian bus and coach bodybuilder Marcopolo, will deliver 250 buses to the Nigerian city of Lagos. The buses will be delivered during the first half of 2018 and have been ordered by the company Transport Services Ltd (TSL), which will also be responsible for service and maintenance of the bus fleet.

"The choice of Scania and Marcopolo as suppliers is in line with our strategy of becoming a leading player within public transport in Nigeria. The companies supply robust and passenger-friendly buses with favourable operating costs," says TSL's CEO Deji Wright.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

U.S - Africa Relations: A New Framework

U.S.-Africa Relations: A New Framework

WASHINGTON, 06 March 2018 / PRN Africa / -- MR CABRERA: Good morning, everyone. Thank you so much for being with us today for a very, very special presentation. I'm honored to welcome our Secretary of State to George Mason, who, as you know, is on his way to a very important trip to Africa. And I'm slightly biased, but I think his choice of George Mason for this presentation couldn't be any better.

Blockchain Technology Disrupting a Rapidly Growing Listing of Industries and Human Capital Services

Blockchain Technology Disrupting a Rapidly Growing Listing of Industries and Human Capital Services 

PALM BEACH, Florida, March 7, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- News Commentary

Blockchain technology has emerged well beyond the cryptocurrency sector where it first gained widespread notice. Its core function, enabling the transparent and secure transfer of data, is being infused into a multitude of industries, services and applications, providing a wide range of growth opportunities for companies willing to infuse this innovative technology. Not only does Blockchain hold the ability to disrupt the way the financial sector often works but is now having ramifications on many other industries including medical records and data, consumer goods, media & telecom and even the emerging sector of the Gig Economy. The Gig Economy is one of the fastest growing market segments in the global economy as the value of human capital rises with more and more people choosing to control their own destiny when it comes to employment. Because of the recent growth and popularity, the Gig Economy industry is also being exposed to a variety of new risks for the first time, including security and digital threats. To combat this, tech firms are aiming to infuse Blockchain to bolster their digital prowess. Blockchain technologies will allow companies to create platforms that allow job seekers and companies to connect, making the industry more efficient and secure. Companies in focus today include: ShiftPixy, Inc. (NASDAQ: PIXY),, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN), GrubHub Inc. (NASDAQ: GRUB), Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ: SBUX), Intuit Inc. (NASDAQ: INTU).

Friday, March 9, 2018

Nigeria: National Insecurity is Caused by Corruption and Incompetence

247 Nigeria @247nigeria

Corruption and incompetence are the twin evils causing national insecurity; from Boko Haram to ethno religious crises and crimes in Nigeria.
The tragedy of it all is that corrupt and incompetent people prefer to live in denial of the terrible truth.

Majority of Nigerians rush to point accusing fingers at the politicians. But they are also guilty of corruption and incompetence; from the petty thieves and cheating traders on the street to the white collar crooks in the office; students cheating in exams; lecturers engaged in academic malpractices; greedy employers cheating and exploiting their poor workers; civil servants doing misappropriations of revenue allocations; filmmakers and film distributors diverting grants and loans with their partners in crime and others engaged in different forms of corrupt practices of all sorts.

~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima, Publisher/Editor of 247 Nigeria @247nigeria on Twitter

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Africa’s Population Explosion is A Ticking Time Bomb — African Development Bank Governors


Africa’s population explosion is a ticking time bomb — African Development Bank Governors

Africa is projected to have over 840 million youth by 2050 with the continent having the youngest population on earth

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, March 7, 2018/ -- The African Development Bank ( and its East and North African Governors have stressed the need for urgent measures to match the continent’s growing population and youth unemployment, which they likened to a “ticking time bomb.”

The meeting described the continent’s growing young population as a potential growth engine for the world.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Abducted Dapchi Schoolgirls To Be Released - Boko Haram

Abducted Dapchi Schoolgirls To Be Released  - Boko Haram

The Musab al-Barnawi faction of the Boko Haram said the 110 students of the Government Girls Technical College, Dapchi they kidnapped on Monday, February 19, 2018 are safe and will soon be freed. Click here to read the report.

Friday, March 2, 2018

African SMEs Set to Benefit from USD 74M Guarantee


African SMEs Set to Benefit from USD 74M Guarantee

SMEs in Africa’s infrastructure sector to benefit from African Guarantee Fund’s increased capacity through GuarantCo’s re-guarantee facility.

Felix BIKPO- Chief Executive Officer , AGF and Lasitha PERERA- Chief Executive Officer, GuarantCo (Source: African Guarantee Fund.)

LONDON, United Kingdom, March 2, 2018/ -- The African Guarantee Fund for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (AGF) ( has today entered into a re- guarantee transaction of an amount of up to USD 74 million with GuarantCo (, to increase its guarantee capacity for SME financing. SME’s have a large and growing impact on GDP in emerging markets and are a key source of job creation. Strengthening Africa’s infrastructure is critical for development as it is through this that African countries become more competitive at a global level. With this increased capacity, AGF will be able to support larger local currency transactions for SMEs involved in infrastructure.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Dangote Inaugurates Multi Billion Naira Rice Processing Plant in Jigawa...Promises to End Rice Importation


Rice Production: Dangote Inaugurates Multi Billion Naira Rice Processing Plant in Jigawa...Promises to End Rice Importation

The mill with a capacity to process 16 metric tons of paddy rice per hour, when completed, will in a year process paddy rice worth N14 billion bought directly from the famers in Jigawa at market rate

LAGOS, Nigeria, March 1, 2018/ -- The Dangote ( Rice Outgrower Scheme in Jigawa State reached a turning point yesterday when the President of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote laid a foundation stone for the construction of a multi-billion Naira rice processing mill in Hadin, Jigawa state.

Mastercard Partners with Nigerian Banks To Use Facebook Messenger To Help Small Businesses Go Digital


Mastercard Uses Facebook Messenger to Help Small Businesses Go Digital

Launches Masterpass QR bot for Messenger to enable Nigerian businesses to set up digital money accounts and accept QR payments

BARCELONA, Spain, March 1, 2018/ -- At Mobile World Congress (, Mastercard ( today announced that it will use Facebook Messenger to provide technology to small businesses in Africa and Asia to drive affordable acceptance of electronic and mobile payments. Access to digital payments will help these businesses expand to new markets, and unlock financial services and products that enables them to grow their livelihoods.