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Nigeria ranked among top 20 countries affected by spam calls, SMS – Truecaller 

The volume of unsolicited calls and messages, otherwise called spam has increased globally. This is according to Truecaller’s annual report.

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Truecaller records 130% growth so far this year, Truecaller responds to breaching Nigerian’s privacy rights , Nigeria ranked among top 20 countries affected by spams calls, SMS - Truecaller 

The volume of unsolicited calls and messages, otherwise called spam has increased globally. This is according to Truecaller’s annual report. According to the report, Nigeria emerged as one of the top countries affected by spam calls and SMS in the world.

The average Truecaller user in Nigeria received 8.4 spam calls per month, which is 20% higher than last year. Also, an average Truecaller user in Nigeria received 30 spam messages every month.

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The report also disclosed that telecom operators were the top spammers in Nigeria as they used the contact details of their customers to sell their data plans, promotions, and so on. Other categories of spam calls and messages include Robo-calls, telemarketing and financial service providers, amongst others.

Nigeria ranked among top 20 countries affected by spams calls, sms - Truecaller 

More details: As illustrated on the graph, Brazil topped the list, with the average Truecaller user receiving 45.6 spam calls monthly. After Brazil followed Peru and Indonesia at 30.9 and 27.9 spam calls respectively, then Mexico and Chile, USA, Russia, Colombia and Canada. The other continent which featured prominently was Asia, with countries like Indonesia, India, UAE, Sri Lanka, Israel, Lebanon and Malaysia.

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Apart from Nigeria, other African countries which were included as part of the countries affected by spam calls and messages are South Africa and Egypt.

[READ MORE: Truecaller responds to breaching Nigerians’ privacy rights]

What you should know: The Truecaller Insights Report is a yearly report which is collated anonymously from incoming calls that were either marked as spam by users or have automatically been flagged by Truecaller during the period of January 1st to October 30th.

Nigeria ranked among top 20 countries affected by spams calls, sms - Truecaller 

Globally, the volume of spam calls grew by 18% this year, as users worldwide received a total of 26 billion spam calls between the stipulated time.

About Truecaller: Truecaller was initially conceived as a call blocking app, filtering spam numbers from users’ call logs. It has, however, changed a lot as it now filters spam SMS in addition to facilitating payments in some territories and an offering host of other niche services.

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Just in: Fuel scarcity looms as NUPENG directs Tanker drivers to withdraw services in Lagos

This was disclosed in a press statement by NUPENG on Friday, August 7, 2020.

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The scarcity of petroleum products appears to be looming in Lagos as the leadership of Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has directed its members to withdraw its services in Lagos with effect from Monday, August 10, 2020.

This is due to the failure of government authorities to address the various issues that have been causing serious pains and harrowing experience on the petroleum tanker drivers in the state for several months now.

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This was disclosed in a press statement by NUPENG on Friday, August 7, 2020.

 

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President Buhari signs amended Companies Allied Matters bill

The President’s action on the document repealed and replaced the extant Companies and Allied Matters Act, 1990.

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Budget: FG completes just 31.7% of constituency projects, Nigerians react to President Buhari's signing of Finance Bill 

President Muhammadu Buhari has assented to the Companies and Allied Matters Bill 2020, which was recently passed by the National Assembly.

This was disclosed in a statement signed by a media aide of President Buhari, Femi Adesina and shared by the Personal Assistant to the President, Bashir Ahmad, via his Twitter handle.

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According to the statement, the President’s action on the document repealed and replaced the extant Companies and Allied Matters Act, 1990, and introduced several corporate legal innovations geared toward enhancing ease of doing business in the country.

Key innovations in the new Act:

* Filing fee reductions and other reforms to make it easier and cheaper for small and medium-sized enterprises to register and reform their businesses in Nigeria;

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* Allowing corporate promoters of companies to establish private companies with a single member or shareholder, and creating limited liability partnerships and limited partnerships to give investors and business people alternative forms of carrying out their business in an efficient and flexible way;

* Innovating processes and procedures to ease the operations of companies, such as introducing Statements of Compliance; replacing “authorised share capital” with minimum share capital to reduce costs of incorporating companies; and providing for electronic filing, electronic share transfers, e-meetings as well as remote general meetings for private companies in response to the disruptions to close contact physical meetings due to the COVID-19 pandemic;

* Requiring the disclosure of persons with significant control of companies in a register of beneficial owners to enhance corporate accountability and transparency; and

* Enhancing the minority shareholder protection and engagement; introducing enhanced business rescue reforms for insolvent companies; and permitting the merger of Incorporated Trustees for associations that share similar aims and objectives.

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NNPC signs agreement with CNOOC, SAPETRO to end OML 130 disputes

The agreement is expected to help resolve disputes stemming from Oil Mining Lease (OML).

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Crude oil market remains unpredictable- NNPC Boss

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), said it has signed a Head of terms (HoT) agreement with China National Offshore Oil Corporation(CNOOC) and an indigenous oil production firm —South Atlantic Petroleum (SAPETRO).

A statement that was issued by the state-owned oil company via Twitter, yesterday, noted that this is part of the efforts that have been undertaken towards resolving all the disputes stemming from Oil Mining Lease (OML) 130 Production Sharing Contract.

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READ ALSO: NNPC spends N535.9 billion on subsidy, FAAC in Q1 2020

Nairametrics understands that the agreement, which is temporary, could also be instrumental towards resolving similar disputes between the NNPC and other oil companies. The NNPC had previously accused some of these oil firms of under-declaring crude exports for three years between 2011 and 2013.

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READ ALSO: NNPC cultivates 2,675 hectares of cassava for Ethanol production

Specifically, the NNPC alleged that the likes of Shell, Total, Chevron, and Eni under-reported crude oil exports in their oil fields to the tune of 57 million barrels. The NNPC even sought repayments valued at $12.7 billion from the oil companies, according to a suit filed before the Federal High Court in Lagos. The companies denied the accusations.

The new agreement is now expected to help resolve such disputes. Even the NNPC’s Group Managing Director, Mele Kyari. was quoted to have said the agreement is “a major milestone toward the resolution of all disputes.”

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