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Develop Homegrown Solutions, Human Capacity and Invest in Agriculture to Rebuild Africa; Experts say at UBA Africa Day Conversations

•Prioritise SMEs Development
•Advocate Partnerships between Private Sector and Government

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African thought leaders and great minds have noted that the development of homegrown solutions and adequate investment in human capacity building and agricultural expansion are key steps that will help to rebuild Africa and put the continent on a stronger footing post Covid-19.

Analysing the theme ‘Domestic Policies, Regional Development and a Global Agenda: SDGs and African Development at Crossroads; the speakers collectively gave this submission during the second panel session of the 2020 edition of United Bank for Africa (UBA) African Day Conversations.

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The virtual session, which was moderated by Veteran Journalist and Media Consultant, Eugenia Abu, was made up of thought leaders from across Africa, including the Regional CEO, UBA West Africa, Abiola Bawuah (Ghana); Senior Program Coordinator, Regional Network of Agricultural Policy Research Institutes, Dr Nalishebo Meebelo (Zambia); Leadership Coach and Chairman, Go Ahead Africa Ltd, Roland Kwemain (Cameroon); Founder and Executive Director, Social Change Factory, Sobel Aziz Ngom (Senegal); Special Assistant to the President Muhammadu Buhari on Digital and New Media, Tolu Ogunlesi (Nigeria); and Social Entrepreneur and Founder, LEAP Africa, Ndidi Nwuneli (Nigeria).

Abiola Bauwah who emphasised how Africa should rely less on foreign donors, said, “There are five areas we should work on more for us to reach the SDG goals; the private sector; rapid industrialization; institutions and the rule of law; develop our human capital; remove the barriers across Africa. We should institute Africapitalism which is an economic philosophy that says that the human and capital resources of Africa are the only ways in which we can develop Africa.”

Nalishebo Meebelo noted that there’s a lot that young people can do along the value chain of manufacturing, transporting, technology and marketing, adding that, “Government cannot do it alone, they need to work with other stakeholders. Cut and paste solutions do not work for us here in Africa, we need to have our own homegrown solutions to fight this pandemic.”

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Eugenia Abu, who focused on the huge role that women and youth must play in rebuilding the continent, said that Africa had to work together to provide solutions to its numerous challenges. “Women, entrepreneurial champions, young people and collaborations between African countries are very key to developing Africa,” she stated.

Ndidi Nwuneli who was saddened that the agricultural sector remained hugely untapped, emphasised the need for a change of mindset where people usually equated agriculture to poverty. “This is a $1 trillion industry and we are neglecting it; therefore my charge to you is that we invest in the agricultural sector, prioritize it, leverage it, transform our educational system to prepare our young people for this sector, change the mindset and trade with each other,” she explained.

Sobel Aziz Ngom pointed out the need for the youth to take charge in Africa. “It is time to not just serve young people, but to trust them to lead. The challenge that we have at the domestic and continental level is making the change in our structure and in the political system that give the place to young people to be 100% engaged,” Ngom stated.

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In his own submission, Tolu Ogunlesi, said, “All over the countries young people are seizing opportunities, and we need to start thinking about how to make sure that this is not just for the age of COVID but for now and beyond COVID-19. Even if the pandemic was to disappear today, I hope that the lessons we’re learning, we’re not going to forget them and go back to where we used to be.”

For Roland Kwemain, more institutions need to tow the line of UBA in events such as UBA Africa Conversations. “If 100 multinationals in Africa were doing that UBA is doing, we would go far because CSR is an amazing leverage not just for the brand but also for supporting people & women in terms of activities. The truth is that we need partnership between the government, corporates and the civil society,” he said.

The United Bank for Africa is a leading pan-African financial institution offering banking services to more than twenty million customers globally. With footprint in 20 African countries and presence globally in the United Kingdom, the USA and France, UBA is connecting people and businesses across Africa through retail, commercial and corporate banking, innovative cross border payments and remittances, trade finance and ancillary banking services.

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Rivers, Kwara, receive 6 ambulances, food supplies and N100million each from BUA for COVID-19 intervention

BUA Foundation said the donations are intended to assist both governments in fighting the pandemic.

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Rivers, Kwara, receive 6 ambulances, food supplies and N100million each from BUA for COVID-19 intervention

The Rivers and Kwara State governments have commended BUA Group through its philanthropic arm, BUA Foundation for its support to both states in assisting in their fight against COVID-19. This came as BUA donated 6 ambulances, food supplies and 100million Naira each to both states.

 

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Khalifa Rabiu, Executive Director, BUA Foundation addressing Nyesome Wike, Governor Rivers State during the presentation of 3 ambulances to the state Government to help fight the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Speaking while presenting the ambulances to Nyesome Wike, the Rivers State governor in Port Harcourt and his Kwara State counterpart, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq in Ilorin, representatives of BUA Foundation said the donations are intended to assist both governments in fighting the pandemic to a standstill as number of cases continue to rise in Nigeria.

READ ALSO: COVID19 UPDATE: Jigawa, Sokoto states receive ambulance from BUA Foundation

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On his part, Governor Wike praised the sustained support from BUA Foundation to the Rivers State government. He also revealed that the company has made a donation of 100million as well as 4,000 cartons of pasta for which the State remained grateful

L-R: Khalifa Rabiu, Executive Director, BUA Foundation and Nyesome Wike, Governor of Rivers state at the presentation of 3 ambulances to the Rivers Government to help fight the Coronavirus Pandemic in the state.

READ ALSO: Caverton Helicopters Ltd explains incidents that led to shutdown of its Rivers’ offices

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Also, Governor AbdulRahman thanked Abdul Samad Rabiu, the Executive Chairman of the Group for the ambulances and the 100million Naira donations to Kwara state which will further strengthen the state’s fight against the pandemic. He also added that the donations will be used judiciously.

Since the start of the pandemic, BUA has committed about 20million dollars to various efforts to tackle the virus within Nigeria.

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Propertymart boosts affordable housing, allocates plots at Fairmont Hilltop Estate  

Allottees were full of commendations for the Company as they took possession of their plots.

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Leading real estate company, Propertymart Real Estate Investment Limited, has intensified its effort to provide affordable housing to Nigerians with the allocation of plots of land to subscribers at Scheme Two of its Fairmont Hilltop Estate, Alagbado, Lagos.

Subscribers to the residential scheme, an affordable housing initiative, were full of commendations for the Company as they took possession of their plots at the weekend.

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The subscribers, who praised both the scenic hilltop estate and infrastructure already provided by the Company, also hailed the speedy and transparent allocation process.

One of the allottees, Gibson Eze, praised the Company, saying “I’m impressed with Propertymart. I like their customer service in particular and I will be recommending this Estate to others because my experience so far has been excellent. Every one of their activities is documented, and since it’s documented, it gives you the room to have trust. Once there is documentation, trust can easily flow.”

Another allottee, Biodun Koleosho, also praised Propertymart for the excellent layout of the Estate and not using the COVID-19 lockdown to delay allocation of plots.

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He said, “They have done an excellent job of following up on keeping to their word and that is being able to deliver plots to customers. In terms of documentation, despite the COVID-19 lockdown, they got in touch with me and sent me an e-copy of the contract pending when I could come to the office and sign the hard copy. So, despite the challenges of COVID-19, they are still able to deliver as promised.”

Head, Marketing Services, Palton Morgan Holdings, Oluwaseyi Otulana (left), and an allottee, Bosede Otusanya, at the physical allocation of plots of land to subscribers of Fairmont Hilltop Estate, Alagbado, Lagos, at the weekend.

An elated Mrs Abiola Oni also said, “I like the speedy nature of the sale and documentation process. We paid around early February, and here we are in June with our plot. The environment is nice and cool. I am impressed with Propertymart.”

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Mrs Lynda Esohe Ugbesi, who stood in for her brother, Lucky Anthony, couldn’t contain her excitement with the serene Estate. She explained that “The environment is conducive and accessible. The terrain is excellent. I can see flooding won’t be an issue. The allocation process is transparent. I’m happy with the way everything has been done. I was even asking if they have more plots available so that I can tell others about the Estate.”

While commending the beautiful location, another allottee, Timothy Oyeniyi, said he had been on the lookout for a beautiful estate to invest in and that Fairmont Hilltop fit the bill perfectly.

He said, “It is secure from the hustle and bustle of the main Ota; it is close to Lagos. You can jump in and out without having to go through the potholes that many people experience in Ota. It’s a serene environment. That’s what I like about the location itself. And the fact that it’s a border town between Ogun and Lagos States.”

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Speaking about the Estate and Propertymart’s resolve to provide affordable housing to Nigerians, General Manager, Sales and Marketing, Propertymart, Oluwasegun Damiro said, “We are committed to helping many Nigerians own their homes in a safe and secure environment and at pocket-friendly prices.”

He said, “we are for the grassroots and what we want to sell to people, particularly first-time homeowners, is affordability. Inside this Estate, we have some two-bedroom bungalows that we are constructing for people who won’t have time to build and want to save themselves the hassles of buying land and clearing. This is apart from the common land grabbers issue.”

Managing Director, Propertymart Real Estate Investment Limited, Abimbola Arasi (left), and an allottee, Segun Fasasi, at the physical allocation of plots of land to subscribers of Fairmont Hilltop Estate, Alagbado, Lagos, at the weekend.

Damiro added that though plots in Schemes One and Two in the Estate have been fully taken, prospective homeowners can take up the exciting promo offers in Scheme Three which run till the end of June.

“Ordinarily, our plot size is 500 Sqm, but we have 400 Sqm, 324 Sqm and 240 Sqm so that you could pay as low as N5 million. It’s all to encourage people. The promo price for 500sqm in Scheme Three is N7.8 million. That’s a discount of about N2 million from what you have in Schemes One and Two,” he said.

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Damiro further added that Propertymart, which has been in the real estate business for over 12 years doesn’t just sell land, but a lifestyle to its customer.

He said, “We have allocated over 6,000 homes and serviced plots since inception and we are glad that our customers have faith in us. We don’t just sell land. What we sell is a lifestyle. Before people move in, infrastructure is ready. Street light, roads, electrification, which means that even before you start building, you have a planned Estate where you can start dreaming of where to keep a home—your children, where they are going to play. Where you can get your groceries. What we sell every day is a lifestyle, not just the normal Omo Onile.”

Fairmont Hilltop Estate, Alagbado, is part of the ‘The Fairmont’ serviced plots strategically located in Arepo and Lekki-Ajah. They are not only affordable but also allow clients to live in safe, beautiful environments with well-defined perimeters.

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WAeY provides income opportunities for Nigerians amidst and beyond COVID-19

WAeY guarantees that you get your deliveries in the shortest possible time.

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The logistics industry has been one of the unsung heroes in the fight against the Coronavirus (COVID-19). This industry has been instrumental in the continuous movement of the wheels of online commerce. In fact, without the logistics companies, e-commerce would not be nearly as successful as it currently is. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, demand for last-mile logistics has increased significantly as people are more dependent on online stores and e-commerce sites to meet their urgent need for food, clothes, and other home essentials.

The importance of this industry is further evident in the numbers. According to the Global Logistics Market Report, global logistics reached a value of $4,730 billion in 2018 and is projected to reach an impressive value of $6,300 billion by 2024. Bringing it home to Nigeria, the industry has enjoyed steady growth and development and was valued at N250 billion in the 2018 Logistics and Supply Chain industry report. Early on, the sector was dominated by international courier companies until the influx of top e-commerce players who created the need for same-day delivery services at affordable rates, thereby strengthening the growth of the sector.

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In recent years, the logistics industry has benefitted from advancements in technology, integration and globalisation. Some of the notable advancements we have seen include GPS tracking, automated material handling, drones, internet of things, and smart logistics technology. All of these have improved efficiencies along trucking transportation, international transportation, supply chain management and shipment tracking. While not all of these technological innovations are available in Nigeria, several logistic companies have sprung up and are capitalizing on these utilities to enable them deliver superior services such as on-demand delivery.

One of the companies doing this, and expertly so, is WAeY. This platform is leading the pack in making instant deliveries of any type of parcel more convenient and accessible. What WAeY does is to match riders to requests closes to them on an app, ensuring that the often frustrating hurdles you experience with more traditional logistics companies is eliminated completely. Essentially, WAeY guarantees that you get your deliveries in the shortest possible time, a feat that would not be achievable without heavy reliance on technology.

It is also worthy of mention that the WAeY methodology has a ripple economic effect on players within the sector again through its dependency on technology. By giving the customer and business owner the ability to track orders in real-time, it becomes easier to build and renew trust between users and delivery service providers. With trust being a major currency in service delivery, this will inadvertently yield positive results with a promise of up to 80% returns for partners or bike owners according to information available on their social media accounts.

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What is most interesting to note at this time is that WAeY Technology – in partnership with HOR Logistics – is at the moment offering business opportunities for entrepreneurs and those who need a source of income in a time like this. With the growing demand for logistics occasioned by the new normal that the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced, on-demand logistic services are set to thrive. In response to the increased demand, WAeY is offering interested partners an opportunity to come on board. With as low as N600,000, anyone can become a business partner and enjoy access to a bike, medical insurance, training, and more.

As questions continue to swirl around opportunities for economic gain in a post-COVID era, one of the sectors that will surely experience a boom is the logistics sector. Furthermore, its low-cost entry and ability to deliver quick returns makes it a sweet spot for any interested participant. Will you consider this business opportunity with WAeY? You can reach them via email at [email protected].

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