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Facebook trains 7,000 women on digital skills in Nigeria, others  

No less than 7,000 women businesses have been trained by Facebook in 2019. #FACEBOOK #DIGITALSKILLS

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No less than 7,000 women in businesses have been trained by Facebook in 2019 on digital skills in Nigeria and across sub-Saharan Africa. 

This was revealed in an infographic released by the company tagged ‘2019 Year in Review’. Facebook also said, while highlighting some of its investments and achievements in Africa, that it expanded its third-party fact-checking to 10 African countries. 

Recall that Nairametrics had reported that the fact-checking project which is aimed at combating fake news moved to Ethiopia, Zambia, Somalia, Burkina Faso, and other countries after Facebook successfully pioneered it in Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, Cameroon, and Senegal. 

According to Facebook, its investments in Sub-Saharan Africa is an expression of its commitment to giving people the power to build community and bring the world closer together.

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Facebook said it made significant support and investments into growing the ecosystem of developers, entrepreneurs, creatives, and many other communities.

 The tech company also said it partnered with MainOne in Nigeria to build and operate more than 750kilometres terrestrial fiber infrastructure to provide metro fiber connectivity to more than one million people in Edo and Ogun States. 

Also in Edo state, a tech hub was launched by a new gathering of developers known as Facebook Developers Circles. Punch reported that the Tech Hub is expected to create a community where experts and tech enthusiasts meet to deepen their knowledge of tech and develop new products. 

About Facebook Developer Circles: Developer Circles is a new programme from Facebook which comprises of a global network of developer communities around the world. It is driven by Facebook’s overall mission to connect the world and provide its 20 million users and businesses with a growing host of tools and services. 

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Chidinma holds a degree in Mass communication from Caleb University Lagos and a Masters in view in Public Relations. She strongly believes in self development which has made her volunteer with an NGO on girl child development. She loves writing, reading and travelling. You may contact her via - [email protected]

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Hyundai and Kia to set up an assembly plants in Ghana by 2022

The automobile giants will join Toyota-Suzuki, Nissan, Kantanka, Volkswagen, and Sinotruck who already have plants in Ghana.

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Few weeks after Twitter announced its plans to open its first African office in Ghana, Hyundai and Kia have also concluded plans to set up an assembly plants in Ghana by 2022. The automobile giants will join Toyota-Suzuki, Nissan, Kantanka, Volkswagen, and Sinotruck who already have plants.

Ghana’s Minister for Trade and Industry, Alan Kyerematen announced this on Twitter.

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Pleased to announce that Hyundai & KIA are set to establish assembly plants in Ghana by the end of 2022 to join Toyota-Suzuki, Nissan, Kantanka, Volkswagen & Sinotruck. The Ghana Auto Development program = 3,600 assemblies & 6,600 manufacturing parts jobs in Ghana.

The local assembly of vehicles, 3,600 direct and indirect jobs would be created in Ghana, and the addition of components and parts manufacturing will also add about 6,600 direct and indirect jobs.”

READ: Toyota snubs Nigeria as it moves to establish assembly plants in Ghana, Ivory Coast 

Why this matters

More foreign companies are shunning Nigeria in favour of Ghana. Recently, Nairametrics reported that Amazon is set to situate its African Headquarters in South Africa, a multi-billion dollar investment that is projected to create over 20,000 jobs both directly and indirectly.

Following its move to Ghana, Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey cited a number of human rights-related reasons for the choice of Ghana over Nigeria. Added to this are rising insecurity, stifling government regulations and the gapping infrastructural deficit bedevilling Nigeria. Consequently, our nation is steadily losing opportunities to attract foreign companies that could be very instrumental in bridging its unemployment gap which is currently over 30%.

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Passports: Backlog of undelievered passports to be fixed before May 31st – Minister

The government also announced the launch of a new passport application system, which would be aided by fast track services nationwide.

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The Federal Government disclosed that all backlogs of undelivered passport requests would be fixed before May 31st, and announced the launch of a new passport application system, which would be aided by fast track services nationwide.

This was disclosed by Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, in a press briefing with newsmen on Thursday.

What the Minister said

“On or before May 31st, all backlogs of undelivered requests for passports will be totally met, unless such applications have a problem,” he said.

“But before the deadline, the problematic application would be contacted, so that we know what’s wrong with the applications. Assuming there would be no problem, every successful application for a passport would be given a passport on or before May 31st,” he added.

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The new passport process

The Minister disclosed that the FG will launch a new passport application process which would come into effect soon.

“When you finish your application process, there would be a waiting period of six weeks to collect your passport, however, if you want an express service, there would be fast track centres nationwide, to meet requests for express passport users,” he said.

What you should know 

  • Recall Nairametrics reported last month that the Federal Government inaugurated the Nigeria Immigration Service Passport Express Centre, which is a partnership with the private sector to enable the government offer passport services to Nigerians and make passports available in a maximum of 72 hours of a successful application.
  • The FG also launched the Electronic Temporary Passport to cater for Nigerians desirous of returning home but whose national passport is not available.

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