Lagos To Partner Firm On Digital Economy – – The Tide

The Lagos State Governor, BabajideSanwo-Olu, has said that the State will  partner with TERAWORK, a tech platform for hiring freelancers, to explore the gig and digital economy.
According to Sanwo-Olu,  this partnership will help upskill youths and train them to seize employment opportunities in tech industries globally.
He disclosed this while paying a visit to the business stand of the company during the Lagos Employment Summit organised by the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund, recently.
“The Lagos State Government is scaling its intervention in critical areas of the economy. As part of that effort, we are rejigging the activities of the LSETF to broaden its impact in terms of strengthening the productivity of businesses and entrepreneurs”, he said.
He noted that the platform will offer an impressive proposition and solutions that meet the expansive needs of the active segment.
The also said that it will help businesses  to raise productivity level by leveraging the skills of a wide range of freelancers while also creating new job opportunities for the teeming youth segment.
The Chief Executive Officer, TERAWORK, Femi Taiwo, who spoke during a break out of the summit themed, ‘The Future of Work: Gig Economy’, said the gig economy is the locus of shared prosperity in the 21st century.
Taiwo, also pointed out that  it can be expanded to drive economic growth if appropriate national policies are formulated and implemented.
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A former President of the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF), Dr . Eugene Nweke, has withdrawn from the forthcoming governing council election of the Council for the Regulations of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN).
Citing large scale compromise and rascality by state actors in charge of the electoral process, Nweke said “in the absence of professional and ethical integrity, diligence and sticking to the rules guiding an elitist professional body like the CRFFN, the inevitable result can only be hogwash”.
He said “the outcome of the election has been determined beforehand”.
Nweke, a former member of the governing council in a letter addressed to the Minister of Transport through the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Transportation, Abuja, dated March 1 2022, lamented that a supposedly professional regulatory council election “has since been turned  to a market union association election”.
He noted that based on intelligence report regardibg the activities of the CRFFN elections, on one han and the collusion of some of the committee members on the other hand, it has become imperative for him to withdraw temporarily from the race.
“Honorable Minister Sir, it is in view of the above findings and for the sake of preserving one’s professional integrity, that I wish not to entangle myself in an election marred with fundamental flaws and falling short of professional modesty and credibility.
“On this note,  I hereby most humbly and temporarily withdraw from the electoral contest for  the CRFFN Governing Council Membership Election 2022, pending such a time a credible professional regulatory governing council election will be contemplated for the advancement of freight forwarding profession in Nigeria”, the statement said in part.
Condemning what he described as a ploy to cause confusion through sponsored diversionary press statements, devised to divert attention from the alledged collusion, Nweke challenged the supervising ministry of transportation to challenge itself to deliver a credible council election.
“I insist that professional integrity, diligence and standard should be a watch word, but, with series of subtle threats and unwholesome plotting against me, may I unequivocally posit again that if purposeful and selfless service is our pursuit in this election, to serve in the CRFFN governing council is not a do or die affair.
“So far, I  thank you for your attempt to discharge your leadership obligations,  by giving direction of essential character to the CRFFN management when it matters most, especially on your insistence for the rule of law to prevail in the Governing Council Election.”
The CRFFN had fixed 8th of March for accreditation and screening of candidates ahead of the election across Abuja , Lagos and Port Harcourt.
It would be recalled that the council through the fedteral Ministry of Transportation, recently approved participation of independent candidates against the earlier agreed associations for the forthcoming elections.
Analysts say the latest development is about the worst move so far undertaken by the Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi.
For the umpteenth time, the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) said it intercepted  649,300 capsules of Tramadol, 225mg and 809,850 Euros cash.
The Agency said all of the impounded items were among consignments from Pakistan, Austria and Italy, and was at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, (MMIA), Ikeja Lagos .
It was also disclosed that various quantities of Heroin and other illicit drugs were blocked from being exported to the United States, United Kingdom and Canada by operatives of the NDLEA.
A statement signed by Femi Babafemi, Director, Media & Advocacy, NDLEA Headquarters, Abuja, said the seizure took place at the Skyway Aviation Handling Company cargo warehouse at the airport.
According to the statement, “anti-narcotic officers seized 649,300 capsules of Tramadol 225mg weighing 460.95kg imported from Pakistan via Addis Ababa, through Ethiopian Airline on Wednesday 16th Feb and a suspect, Nwadu Ekene Christian, was arrested in connection with the seizure.
It noted that on the same day, a female passenger, Ms. Ayeki Happy, who arrived the airport from Italy on Turkish Airline flight was arrested with 69,850 Euros cash concealed in her luggage.
The Agency’s spokesman further explained that, “this was four days after another lady, Precious Idahagbon was arrested with 740,000 Euros cash hidden in her luggage and undeclared upon her arrival at the airport from Vienna, Austria via Istanbul, Turkey.
“Both cash seizures are currently under investigation to establish if they are proceeds of drug business.
“At the NAHCO export shed of the airport, operatives seized a consignment of 131 parcels of Cannabis concealed in packages of black soap (Dudu-Osun), during outward clearance of cargo going to the UK.
After sustained pressure by freight forwarders, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has suspended the Vehicle Identification Number  (VIN) valuation policy for 30 days.
The suspension was sequel to the long-drawn protests and strike actions which culminated in the stakeholders’ meeting held in Lagos by the Customs authority to gauge the mood of the irate customs brokers.
In a circular titled “Approval of Grace Period To Clear Backlog Of Vehicles”, dated March 7th, 2022 and signed on behalf of Comptroller General of Customs by H.K Gummi, the Assistant Comptroller General, the reprieve period takes effect from Tuesday, March, 8th, 2022.
According to the circular with reference number  NCS/T&T/ACG/008/S.100/VOL 111,   the Service said it has approved one month window to enable the clearing agents to clear the backlog of vehicles held up in the port as a result of the strike action.
A statement signed by the National Public Relations  Officer of the service ,DC Timi Bomodi and made available to The Tide in Lagos, said the waiver was in the consideration of public out cry against the VIN policy.
“As a responsive and responsible agency , Nigeria Customs Service will sustain its consultations with stakeholders in line with Article 2 of WTO trade facilitation Agreement for smoother customs stakeholders relationship  “, the statement read.
“The Comptroller General, Col.Hammed Ali (Rtd), has graciously approved one month window to enable clearing the backlog of Vehicles held up in ports as a result of strike actions”.
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