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Governor Sanwo-Olu and Jim Ovia step into virtual reality at PwC’s new Experience Centre

Multinational professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers unveiled its first experience centre in Lagos, yesterday.

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PricewaterhouseCoopers unveiled its first experience centre in Lagos

Multinational professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers unveiled its first experience centre in Lagos, yesterday. With over thirty of such centres around the world, Nigeria’s commercial capital was long overdue to join in on PwC’s futuristic quest to spread its digital services and innovative solutions across Africa.

The experience centre is a new-age, technology-focused ecosystem replete with colourful designs and set-pieces that are meant to foster idea generation for PwC clients. In attendance at the Lagos launch were Vice President Yemi Osibanjo, represented by the Director-General of the Budget Office, Ben Akabueze, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, Zenith Bank Plc’s Chairman, Jim Ovia, and the former GMD/CEO of the now-defunct Diamond Bank Plc, Uzoma Dozie, among others.

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In his remark, Nigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, stated that Nigeria’s future would be spearheaded by technology and not oil and gas.

“The PwC Experience Centre is in line with the smart technology initiative of the government. As an administration, we recognise that Nigeria’s future does not lie in oil and gas but more in technology and innovation. This is anchored on moving the economy away from a resource-based to a people-based model. We must take this seriously going forward.” –Osinbajo

The Lagos State’s Babajide Sanwo-Olu also expressed the same sentiment:

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“I think the PwC initiative is the way to go. It is in line with what Lagos state government is doing to boost the economy. I encourage other companies to see it as a challenge and begin to tap into the opportunities the government is creating.”

Governor Sanwo-Olu and Jim Ovia step into virtual reality at PwC's new Experience Centre

L-R: Partner and Experience Centre Leader, PwC West Africa, Femi Osinubi; Regional Senior Partner, West Africa, PwC, Uyi Akpata; Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Chairman, Zenith Bank, Jim Ovia; Director-General, Budget Office, Ben Akabueze; GMD of First Bank of Nigeria Holdings Plc, Urum Kalu Eke; and Managing Director/CEO, Providus Bank, Walter Akpani, at the unveiling of PwC Experience Centre in Lagos…Wednesday.

Each one of the Vice President, Governor, Mr Ovia and PwC’s Regional Senior Partner for West Africa, Mr Uyi Akpata, all made opening remarks to kick off the launch. According to Mr Akpata:

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“The Experience Centre is an important part of our broader drive to transform how we engage with our clients, our people and our community to Re-imagine the Possible in a fast changing and competitive market. This Centre will drive our thinking around disruption and the emerging technologies. It will also provide us a platform to support clients, working with them to co-create solutions that meet todays and future business challenges. The Centre will also allow us experiment from prototypes, simulate scenarios, see how it’s going to work, test it and see that they meet the needs of the client and the market.”

A look at the Facility: After the opening remarks, guests were given a tour of the facility which included a demo room with PwC employees giving presentations on the company’s latest offerings in Tax and Drone technology. Also featured were a virtual reality simulator, a “Geek zone” for strategy sessions, a “nap room” for rest and a game room for employees to unwind.  With millennials comprising a significant portion of the company’s workforce, it was important to design a work environment inspired by youth.

The experience center is located at CCP Place, Plot 17, Block 25, Chief Abiodun Yesufu Way, Oniru, Victoria Island.

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About PwC: Pricewaterhousecoopers is a a network of firms in 158 countries with over 250,000 people that provide advisory, auditing, and tax services.

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4.48 million beneficiaries apply for N-Power jobs in 16 days

The Minister for Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development announced on Twitter.

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The Federal Government have announced that it has received 4.48 million applications from beneficiaries for the Batch C of its N-Power programme within 16 days.

The N-Power 2020 recruitment portal which opened on Friday, June 26, 2020, at 11.45 pm is the third batch of the programme

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This was disclosed in a tweet post by the Minister for Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, on her official Twitter handle on Sunday, July 12, 2020.

The Minister in the tweet post said, ‘’My team and I continue to interface with stakeholders to ensure a successful transition for the N-Power programme. It has been 16 days since the portal opened and we have received 4.48 million applications to date.’’

According to the ministry, the batch C of the N-Power National Social Investment Programme (NSIP), will only absorb 400,000 applicants at the end of the recruitment exercise.

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Nairametrics had over 2 weeks ago, reported the opening of fresh online application portal for the batch C of the N-Power Programme. It was reported that those that applied before the due date and time set for opening of the portal, will have it declared null and void. They also said that all the processes involved in the application are free and as such, applicants do not have to pay anybody.

It was also reported that upon the opening of the portal, the ministry received over 1 million applications across the country within a period of 48 hours. While playing down the initial fear of the portal being compromised, the ministry also assured that it was secured, with all data safe.

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Yomi Badejo-Okusanya, Ayeni Adekunle, Tomiwa Aladekomo, Others to speak at the Phyllion Tech Conference

The event will provide opportunities for stakeholders in technology to showcase future-driven solutions.

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Phyllion unveils its line-up of reputable speakers and tech leaders who will drive the conversation about the theme; Technology Transformation in Africa, What’s Next? The event is phased into three sessions; the general session, led by the Keynote speaker and female tech influencer as moderator; the Panel discussion, and will end with the start-up pitch session.

Leading this team of tech and communications thought leaders with the Keynote Address are Yomi Badejo-Okusanya (YBO) and Adrian Clews. YBO is a renowned Public Relations Veteran, Group Managing Director of CMC Connect (Perception Managers) and President, African Public Relations Association (APRA), with over 30 years of experience in the Marketing Communications industry, while Adrian Clews is Managing Director at Hinckley Associates Nigeria, leveraging on innovative solutions to help reduce business costs & improve security.

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Other reputable speakers are Tosin Faniro-Dada, who leads the Lagos Innovates Team at the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF). She is responsible for developing and implementing programmes that provide an enabling environment for tech start-ups to thrive, and cultivating strategic partnerships to increase its reach in Lagos State.

Tomiwa Aladekomo, the Chief Executive Officer of Big Cabal Media, publisher of TechCabal and Zikoko, tech and youth publications. He is involved in building the next generation of African media brands and creating some of the most interesting original content from the continent.

Award-winning Media & Public Relations Consultant, Ayeni Adekunle, who is the Founder of the Black House Media Group (BHM), home to highly revered Public Relations Consultancy Company- BlackHouse Media, digital marketing and media company – ID Africa, and technology start-up – Plaqad.

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In addition are Emmanuel Asika, Covid-19 survivor and Channel Manager for Hewlett Packard (HP), Central Africa ; Funmilola Eniolorunda, the Chief Operations Officer at fast-growing software company, Venture Garden Group ; and Segun Iffie the Global Service Delivery Manager (Nigeria) at HPE .

Noteworthy on the panel is Temi Ophylia Ibekwe, Founder, Phyllion & Partners, who is a Strategic Communications Professional with nine years hands-on experience in Public Relations and Marketing, working with consumer brands, government institutions as well as small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

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Also the start-up pitch panel is packed with tech leaders such as, Managing Director, HP Central Africa, Ify Afe, CEO Edgebase Technologies, Joel Egbai, US-based Digital Business Transformation Strategist, Ogechi Chidebell and Mo Durosinmi-Etti, Program Manager at the Bulb Africa.

To host the event and moderate the sessions is a well-known female tech influencer, Tobi Ayeni, (Miss Techy).

Speaking on the conference, member of the panelist, Black House Media Group Founder, Ayeni Adekunle said, “I’ve always spoken about the importance of Nigerian companies embracing technology to transform not only their operations but the Nigerian landscape and I’m glad platforms like the Phyllion Tech PR Conference are championing the cause ensuring we set a lot of these theories in motion.”

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The event will not only help determine the direction of businesses post-COVID,  it would make prominent the impact of communication on tech businesses, and also reward tech-preneurs who have discovered innovative ways of solving problems in their milieu and society at large.

It is first of its kind within the sector and it provides opportunities for various stakeholders in technology to showcase future-driven solutions that will drive technology growth in the African continent.

The event is scheduled for  Friday, July 17, 2020 between 12:00pm and 2:30pm. The Phyllion Tech Conference presents a platform for communication to enable technology transformation in Africa through impact-driven conversations and actions.

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Deap Capital Management & Trust Plc reacts to ‘rumoured’ AMCON takeover

AMCON had dragged the company before a Court in a bid to recover the debt.

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Deap Capital Management & Trust Plc

Deap Capital Management & Trust Plc has reacted to media reports about the supposed takeover of its assets by the Asset Management Company of Nigeria, AMCON.

In a statement that was signed by the Company Secretary, Yetunde Fashesin-Sousa, Deap Capital admitted that it is indebted to AMCON to the tune of N1.6 billion. It was also confirmed that AMCON owns a 20% equity stake in the fund management firm.

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Note that the indebtedness arose after AMCON took over ownership of certain banks. Apparently, these are banks that Deap Capital originally owed. However, following the transfer of the unnamed banks’ assets to AMCON, the debts were also transferred alongside.

Meanwhile, AMCON had dragged the company before the Federal High Court in Lagos in a bid to recover the debt. A ruling on the case, which was delivered on January 28 by the Hon Justice John Terhemba Tsoho, was in AMCON’s favour.

Following the ruling, AMCON began the process of recovering the debt from Deap Capital Management & Trust Plc. The company said it has been cooperating in this regard by working towards repaying the debt.

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The company also clarified that the assets that were taken over by AMCON belonged to its former directors whose names were not mentioned. Nairametrics could not verify if these directors are among those who were recently reinstated by the Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC. But we do know that AMCON had obtained a court order to attach the ‘former directors’ assets’ in its attempt to recover the N1.6 billion debt.

In the meantime, Deap Capital Management & Trust Plc said it is committed to resolving its operational challenges, including the recovery of its operational license and profitability issues.  The company’s latest earnings report (for its Q1 period ended December 31st, 2019) showed a total income of N1 billion. There was also a N6.3 million loss for the period under review.

Deap Capital’s stock opened today’s trading session on the Nigerian Stock Exchange with a share price of N0.30. Year to date, the stock has declined by some -18%.

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