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Uber to enlist 1million female drivers by 2020

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In a bid to stem-the-tide of reported cases of sexual assaults on passengers  by its drivers, ride-hailing app Uber, has pledged to sign up one million female drivers globally by 2020. Uber had earlier issued guidelines to drivers operating on its platform.

General Manager Uber West Africa, Lola Kassim, stated this when she hosted a selection of female driver-partners, professionals and entrepreneurs in Lagos at an event it tagged: Uber For Her. 

“We have a global vision of upskilling and economically empowering 1 million women across the world by 2020. We know Nigerian women to be very industrious, focused and entrepreneurial, and luckily for us at Uber, we have a good number of them partnering with us as driver-partners. This event is essentially to allow other female attendees see the sort of economic opportunities they can benefit from if they use the Uber app.” Kasssim said.

Speaking at the event, Head of Policy West Africa for Uber, Jackie Omotalade, also restated Uber’s commitmment to economically empowering women.

“Uber is committed to promoting diversity and inclusiveness for the amazing women of West Africa. This event is an opportunity for us to continue to empower women and to show them the many ways they can thrive economically and be successful as individuals. If we are going to further develop the African continent, then it is imperative that we seriously focus on the task of upskilling our Nigerian women.” She said.

Participants at the event are of the opinion that women can achieve anything they set their minds to achieve, and advised them never look down on themselves because of their gender.

Partnering with a global brand like Uber helps women to understand how to build my their business better and ensure they always provide customers with excellent customer experience.

Uber currently has 2 million drivers in 77 countries and 616 cities worldwide. In the United States, about 14 percent of its 160,000 drivers are female.

Fikayo has a degree in computer science with economics from Obafemi Awolowo University. ITIL v3 in IT service management. An alumnus of Daystar Leadership Academy. Prior to joining Nairametrics had stinct in Project management, Telecommunications among others. Also training in Consulting and Investment banking from Edubridge Academy. He has very keen interest in Politics, Agri-business, private equity and global economics. He loves travelling and watching football. You can contact him via [email protected]

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    Energy

    Agip shut oil facility in Bayelsa due to oil spillage, environmental pollution reported

    Agip on Wednesday confirmed an oil leak, resulting in a shutdown.

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    The Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) has confirmed the shutdown of its Idu oilfields at Egbebiri settlement within Biseni in Yenagoa Local Government Area in Bayelsa, due to an oil spillage.

    A Joint Investigative Visit (JIV) report on the incident said that the leakage at the facility could be traced to equipment failure due to a rupture at the wellhead.

    According to a report from the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Eni, the parent company of NAOC, in a response statement, said the facility was shut down to prevent further damage to the environment.

    READ: Shell wants oil spillage case tried in Nigeria, but victims say no 

    What Eni is saying

    An Eni spokesperson on behalf of the Italian Energy firm, in a statement, said, “As soon as the incident was reported, we activated our oil spill response, shut in the well, and notified government regulatory agencies.

    “The Joint Investigation Visit (JIV) was carried out on 09/05/2021, with the participation of community representatives and the government regulatory agencies.

    “The event occurred within the Company’s wellhead location which is paved and walled round. There is no significant third-party impact,” Eni stated.

    READ: UK court ruling affects acquisition of Shell’s oil block by Governor Wike 

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    Environmental Rights Group reports environmental degradation

    An environmental rights group, Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN), however, said that the incident which discharged crude and associated gas had severely polluted the environment.

    The Non-Governmental Organisation said that a visit to the spill site showed pictorial evidence of the crude spreading beyond NAOC’s right of way as nearby vegetation were affected as a result of the crude impact.

    The Head of Field Operations at ERA/FoEN, Mr Alagoa Morris, in a field report on the spill said the Idu fields was notorious for frequent spills caused by equipment failure.

    He said, “The people of Egbebiri in Biseni kingdom have experienced several oil spills over the years. And all the oil spill incidents documented by the Environmental Rights Action/ Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) in this community environment have occurred as a result of equipment failure and on Wellheads.

    “ERA/FoEN has had cause to visit the environment of Idu Well 5 and 11 located within the same place in the past and it has always been Idu Well 11 spewing crude oil into the environment.

    “Available records from ERA/FoEN indicate that there have been previous oil spills from this particular Idu Well 11 operated by Agip. Before concluding this Field Report, ERA/FoEN confirmed that Joint Investigation Visit (JIV) was carried out on Sunday, 9th May 2021.

    “This is why the official Spill Reference No 2021/LAR/028/058 is indicated in this report; sourced from the JIV report. Cause of spill was attributed to equipment failure,” ERA/FoEN stated.

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    The report quoted a resident of the community simply identified as Georgie as saying that the spill incident of May 7 spilled oil from around 10 p.m till about 8 a.m the next day before the leak was stopped adding that the level of damage was enormous.

    What you should know

    It can be recalled that in a similar circumstance, Shell Petroleum Development Company reported an oil pipeline spillage at its Okordia-Rumekpe 14-inch crude truck line, discharging about 213 barrels of crude oil into the Ikarama community in Bayelsa State and polluting about 1.34 hectares of land.

    This new leakage is the latest in a series of oil spillages by the multinational oil exploration and production companies, which has put them in conflict with the host communities.

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    Nigeria records system collapse during holidays

    Nigeria’s national electricity grid collapsed on Wednesday morning.

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    Abuja, Ikeja Discos top list in collection efficiency in Q1 2020- NERC, Estates in Lekki increase electricity tariff to N105/kWh, Eko Electric, Ikeja and 5 others to face NERC sanction for non-compliance, CBN reveals framework for financing National Mass Metering Programme (NMMP), Nigeria ranks eight African country with well-developed electricity regulatory frameworks, as Uganda tops.

    The Nigerian grid has experienced a partial collapse, dealing a blow for stay at home Nigerians during the holidays.

    This was confirmed in a statement by the Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC), as seen by Nairametrics.

    What EKEDC is saying about the grid collapse:

    “Dear customer, there is a partial system collapse on the National Grid. Our TCN partners are working to restore supply immediately. Please bear with us.”

    According to latest reports, partial restoration of power is already occurring across the country.

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