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Twitter founder, Jack Dorsey donate N2.3 million to Nigerian startup, DevCareer

Twitter founder, Jack Dorsey, has invested £5,000 ($6,437) in Nigeria’s nonprofit software startup, DevCareer.

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Twitter founder, Jack Dorsey, has donated £5,000 ($6,437) in Nigeria’s nonprofit software startup, DevCareer. The fund from Dorsey, who was in Nigeria last year, formed part of the £16,800 ($20,599) raised by DevCareer.

The founder of DevCareer, Sultan Akintunde, disclosed the Twitter founder’s interest in his startup, which offers laptops and software development training for free to interested individuals on Twitter.

“A big thank you to @jack for supporting the growth of budding developers in Africa through @dev_careers.”

DevCareer had begun through crowdfunding on Twitter, to buy laptops for aspiring developers in Nigeria. The reactions from the tech community encouraged Akintunde to further the ambition of DevCareer.

He requested to raise funds to buy laptops for 20 upcoming developers who can’t afford it and a mentorship program to 30 extra upcoming developers. DevCareer went on to raise £5000 in its first cohort to train 22 developers across three states. It has also raised more than £10,000 (N4.6 million) for it second cohort. So far, the company has raised £21,000 (N9.8 million) altogether; including the recent £5,000 from Twitter’s Dorsey.

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In his statement on Twitter, Akintunde said, “I know there’s a quote about setting goals and smashing it. I just don’t know what it is,” he tweeted while thanking the tech community for the support.

(READ MORE: Twitter forecasts future drop in revenue after milestone record in Q4 2019)

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For its second cohort, trainees are expected to be selected based on the best performance in aptitude tests: Lagos, Oyo, Ogun, Abuja and Rivers state. Now, the startup plans to train 50 people over the next few months, starting from March 2020.

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In a chat with Nairametrics, Akintunde stated that, “We have a structured layout and already rolled out plans for 50 people (25 males 25 females).”

DevCareer doesn’t have any plan to increase the number yet, as it “will require more planning which we never had prior planning for,” Nairametrics was told.

Akintunde said the number was pegged at 50 in order “to keep up with the quality of the program and not just increase the number of candidates we train.”

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He revealed that applications were received from African countries like Zambia, Kenya and Ghana, and five developers will be selected from each country while 35 will come from Nigeria.

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DevCareer is currently pulling a cat out of the hat considering its competitors: Andela, Semicolon and Decagon, are not offering free services. While the test for entry is done physically, DevCareer offers free training online and provides resources like laptops for free. This makes it a non-profit startup in a competitive market that is capital intensive.

When asked if the free service is for a short-term or DevCareer is willing to continue for the long-term.

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Akintunde said, “We have a sustainability plan but it can’t be related to business models like Andela and others. Short term and long term. We will continue to be a non-profit.”

Olalekan is a certified media practitioner from the Nigerian Institute of Journalism (NIJ). In the era of media convergence, Olalekan is a valuable asset, with ability to curate and broadcast news. His zeal to write was developed out of passion to shape people’s thought and opinion; serving as a guideline for their daily lives. Contact for tips: [email protected]

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Neimeth Pharmaceuticals to raise N5 billion in additional equity

The Board of Neimeth is set to raise N5 billion additional equity upon the approval by shareholders of the company at the AGM.

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The Board of Directors of Neimeth Pharmaceuticals has revealed plans to raise N5 billion in additional equity upon approval by shareholders of the company.
The information was contained in a press release published on the NSE and signed by the Company Secretary, Mrs. Florence Onhenekwe.

The disclosure is part of the resolutions reached at the Board of Directors meeting of 15th January 2021. At the end of the meeting, it was resolved that the company would raise additional equity to the tune of N5 billion.

In line with this development, a board resolution proposing to raise equity will be presented at the Annual General Meeting of the Company scheduled to hold on 9th March 2021.

What you should know

  • The Board of the Company is yet to disclose if the additional equity would be a rights issue or a private placement, as the details of the additional N5 billion equity set to be raised are yet to be finalized.
  • The fund will help the company’s management to execute key strategies that will reposition the company as a leader in the healthcare industry, with the hope to deliver better returns on investment to shareholders.
  • The additional equity financing will also increase Neimeth’s outstanding shares, which will dilute earnings and impact the Company’s stock value for existing shareholders.
  • The move has the potential to trigger a sell-off of the company shares on the Nigerian Stock Exchange.

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Buhari appoints Abubakar Nuhu Fikpo as Acting DG of National Directorate of Employment

President Buhari has appointed Abubakar Nuhu Fikpo as the Acting DG of the National Directorate of Employment.

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Buhari sacks DG National Directorate of Employment, Nasiru Argungu

President Muhammadu Buhari has announced the appointment of Abubakar Nuhu Fikpo as the Acting Director-General of the National Directorate of Employment.

This was disclosed by media aide to the Presidency, Garba Shehu, in a social media statement on Monday.

He said:

  • President Muhammadu Buhari has formally conveyed to the Hon. Minister of State, Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, SAN, his approval of the nomination of Mallam Abubakar Nuhu Fikpo, as the Acting Director-General of the National Directorate of Employment, pending the appointment of a substantive Director-General for the Agency.
  • Last month, the President relieved the former DG of his appointment, and directed the Minister to nominate an Acting DG to superintend over the Agency, pending the appointment of a substantive DG.

What you should know 

  • The Federal Government through the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) formally kick-started the Special Public Works (SPW) programme, which was designed to create 774,000 jobs across the nation, with the inauguration of the State Selection Committees in 2020.
  • Nairametrics reported last month that President Muhammadu Buhari approved the sack of Dr Nasiru Mohammed Ladan Argungu as the Director-General of the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) with effect from December 7, 2020.
  • The Presidency did not give any specific reason for the sack.

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Covid-19: WHO warns the world faces catastrophic moral failure due to vaccine nationalism

The WHO has said that the prospects of equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines were at serious risk.

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Dr Tedros Adhanom, Head of the World health organization (WHO), COVID-19

The World Health Organization (WHO) said the world is on the brink of a catastrophic moral failure due to the fear of Covid-19 vaccine nationalism by the wealthy countries, while the poor countries are left behind.

This is as the UN health agency revealed that the prospects of equitable distribution of the vaccines were at serious risk just as its COVAX vaccine-sharing scheme plans to start distributing inoculations in February.

According to a report from Reuters, this disclosure was made by the Director-General of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyrsus, at the opening of the body’s Annual Executive Board virtual meeting.

He pointed out that 44 bilateral deals were signed last year and at least 12 have already been signed this year.

What the WHO Director-General is saying

Tedros warned against vaccine nationalism to avoid making the same mistake during the HIN1 and HIV pandemic.

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The WHO boss in his statement said,

  • This could delay COVAX deliveries and create exactly the scenario COVAX was designed to avoid with hoarding, a chaotic market, an uncoordinated response and continued social and economic disruption. Such a ‘me-first approach’ left the world’s poorest and most vulnerable at risk.
  • “Ultimately, these actions will only prolong the pandemic, countries should avoid making the same mistakes made during the H1N1 and HIV pandemics.’

He expressed his reservations over the ‘me-first’ attitude of the rich countries and the vaccine manufacturers who prioritize going for regulatory approval in wealthy countries rather than submitting their data to WHO for approval of the vaccines for use globally.

The global scramble for shots has intensified, as more infectious virus variants circulate.

Tedros said more than 39 million vaccine doses had been administered in 49 higher-income countries, whereas just 25 doses had been given in one poor country.

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Observers say this board meeting, which lasts until next Tuesday, is one of the most important in the U.N. health agency’s more than 70-year history, and could shape its role in global health long after the pandemic ends.

What you should know

  • The WHO and health experts had severally warned against nationalism as a serious threat to the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
  • They had called for an equitable distribution of the Covid-19 vaccine amongst all countries globally, as the wealthy nations will still be at risk of the pandemic if the poor countries are still battling with the disease.

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