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Nuclear-weapon States too slow to eliminate their nuclear arsenals – Buhari

President Buhari has called on Nuclear-weapon countries to hasten the process of eliminating their nuclear arsenals.

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President Muhammadu Buhari says Nigeria is worried about the slow pace of progress of nuclear-weapon states to accomplish the total elimination of their nuclear arsenals, in accordance with their legal obligations, as he warned that that trafficking of nuclear materials, remains a  threat to international peace and security.

The President disclosed this in a video message to the high-level UN meeting on Friday, commemorating the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.

Buhari said Nigeria is committed to peaceful uses of nuclear energy; but is however, worried about the slow pace of nuclear weapon states in disarming their nuclear warheads.

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“We are concerned about the slow pace of progress by nuclear-weapon States to accomplish the total elimination of their nuclear arsenals, in accordance with their legal obligations,” Buhari said.

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He added that for humanity to avoid the costs of Nuclear accidents and trafficking, the disarming of nuclear weapons is critical.

The best approach to avoid damage associated with nuclear materials such as humanitarian crisis, accidents, disasters, and criminality is the total elimination of nuclear weapons,” he added.

He emphasized that Nigeria had played a role in negotiating the African Nuclear-Weapon-Free-Zone Treaty (Pelindaba Treaty), and urged the universalization of the NPT, dependent on strict compliance with its three pillars namely; disarmament, non-proliferation, and peaceful uses of nuclear energy.

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“We will continue to galvanize the other African States to abide by the tenets of the Pelindaba Treaty. This is to ensure that the entire continent remains nuclear-free.

“While there are no easy solutions, when we confront one of the gravest existential threats to the survival of the human race, we must remain undeterred and committed to a world of safety and security, one without the volatility posed by Nuclear Weapons,” the President said.

Buhari reiterated that this year marks the 75th anniversary of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan, which is a reminder of the powerful and eliminating nature of nuclear weapons.

The Anniversary is a forceful reminder of the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons, which undermines global, national, and human security.

“Hence, there is a need for all states to comply with applicable international laws and conventions to ensure a world free of nuclear weapons.

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“We must, therefore, redouble our efforts to implement the provisions of the Nuclear NPT, being the basis of the Non-Proliferation Regime.

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“This is to enable us to achieve our desire for the total elimination of nuclear weapons.’’

He said Nigeria has played a role in developing multilateral support for the elimination of nuclear weapons, citing Nigeria’s signing of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, on 20th September 2017, and recently ratified it on 6th August 2020.

“Nigeria has been involved in the promotion of a peaceful application of nuclear science and technology at national and international levels.

“Accordingly, Nigeria ratified several international treaties and conventions, in the area of nuclear safety and security.

“We have also expressed political commitment to the IAEA Code of Conduct on safety and security of radioactive sources.

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“More so, we have developed and approved the first International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Integrated Nuclear Security Plan for the period 2010-2012, with further review to cover the 2019-2021 period.

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“In this connection, Nigeria commends the continued efforts of the IAEA, particularly its role in monitoring and inspecting nuclear facilities. We urge States to ensure compliance with IAEA safeguards and standards at all times, as well as nuclear verification disarmament measures,” Buhari concluded.

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Cristiano Ronaldo now tests negative for Coronavirus

Cristiano Ronaldo tested negative for coronavirus after nearly three weeks that he tested positive.

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Juventus F.C. star, Cristiano Ronaldo, has tested negative for coronavirus, nearly three weeks after he tested positive.

This was disclosed by his club via its website on Friday.

It stated, “Ronaldo carried out a check with a diagnostic test (swab) for COVID-19. The exam provided a negative result.

“The player has, therefore, recovered after 19 days and is no longer subjected to home isolation.”

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Ronaldo had tested positive for COVID-19 on October 13, while playing with Portugal. He had been in self-isolation since returning to Italy.

The 35-year-old missed four games including Wednesday’s 2-0 Champions League defeat to Lionel Messi’s Barcelona, and Juventus’s 2-0 win at Dynamo Kiev in their Group G opener.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s return will be a boost for Andrea Pirlo’s faltering side who are fifth in Serie A, four points behind leaders AC Milan.

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Ikeja Electric launches mass metering programme

Ikeja Electric has announced the commencement of the rollout of Prepaid Meters under the National Mass Metering Programme.

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This is to notify our esteemed customers that Ikeja Electric has commenced the rollout of Prepaid Meters under the National Mass Metering Programme, approved by the Federal Government, with effect from today, Friday, October 30, 2020.

This programme is part of the Federal Government’s effort to further bridge the country’s metering gap and also cushion the effect of the Service Reflective Tariff on electricity consumers in Nigeria.

In line with this programme, Ikeja Electric Plc (IE) is committed to driving the rollout through a series of one-day metering initiative across different locations in its network. This metering initiative is designed to ensure a seamless metering process that allows customers to register and be metered on the same day after following due process.

For the first phase of the programme, which will run till the end of the year, Ikeja Electric is rolling out over 106,000 prepaid meters to customers across its six Business Units – Ikeja, Abule-Egba, Akowonjo, Oshodi, Ikorodu and Shomolu.

Beneficiaries of this programme, which will cut across all locations in IE network, will not be required to pay upfront for the installation of meters. Rather, the modalities of cost recovery for the meters will be clearly defined and communicated to the beneficiaries.

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The primary objective of the National Mass Metering Program is to increase the metering rate in the country and close the gap of unmetered customers. It is also expected that it will assist in reducing Collection losses, while at the same time, increasing financial flows to achieve 100 percent market remittance obligation of the DisCos.

Part of the objectives also includes the elimination of arbitrary estimated billing, improving network monitoring capability and provision of data for market administration and investment decision-making.

Apart from its job creation potentials in the Meter value chain, the program will further strengthen the local meter value chain by increasing local meter manufacturing, assembly and deployment capacity, all in support of Nigeria’s economic recovery plan.

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Once again, Ikeja Electric wishes to restate its commitment to bridging the metering gap by metering all its customers, to ensure an efficiently managed electricity supply industry that meets the yearnings of Nigerians.

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Nairametrics partners Intelligence Interactive Ltd, to provide daily reports on NSE listed companies

Nairametrics has partnered with Intelligence Interactive Ltd in an effort to provide readers with daily automated intelligence reports on NSE listed companies.

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Nairametrics, Nigeria’s leading financial advocacy company, in a bid to provide cutting edge financial and non-financial intelligence report to its readers, has partnered leading digital insights, analytics, and content design platform, Intelligence Interactive Ltd.

What better way is there to start your professional day as a business owner, C-level executive or an investor, than to get the latest digitals insights on your industry and competition on a daily basis – insights that brings to the fore competitive threats that your brand can watch out for and take advantage of.

Imagine being able to get real-time insights on what customers and the media are saying about your industry and competition, and what your competitors are saying about themselves.

You could spot Threats like:

  • Customer negative sentiment trend(s) across the industry that would pique your interest.
  • New product(s) launched by competition that may be a threat to your brand.
  • Newly signed partnership agreements that could impact your market.
  • New hires in your area of dominance that could disrupt your industry.
  • New campaign launches that could change the value proposition on existing products – such as moving it closer to values you offer.
  • Market entrant(s) into new territories and what this means for you.
  • New mergers and acquisitions that could strengthen a competition.

 You could also spot these Opportunities:

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  • Consumer complaints that you can solve with a new product.
  • Competition’s product(s) failures that you can learn from.
  • Product leadership areas that you can reinforce.
  • Genuine negative sentiments of customers that you can turn into positive.
  • Media usage and mentions of industry leaders that you can learn from.

Competitions own conversations that can give you an idea into their next move or give your brand validation for a move.

All these loaded high profile information at the price of a newspaper – N500 per report (N25,000 monthly for 50 reports, twice daily: Morning and Evening).

Sign up HERE now

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Speaking about the partnership, the Managing Director of Nairametrics, Mr. Christopher Pemu, said,

”Our goal at Nairametrics is to be the trusted financial advisor/platform to business owners, C-level executives and investors, by providing them with all the information needed (Financial and non-Financial) to help them make better decisions for their business growth. We have done this successfully in the last 10 years and have become Nigeria’s number one financial advisory website.

“The growth and use of social and digital media globally and in Nigeria has accelerated the speed of information dissemination rapidly. Brands and organizations that will survive in this age, needs to listen to what is being said in real- time; process the information using artificial intelligence, analytics, and various algorithms; and bring out meaningful insights for users, which they can use in an instant or in their day to day business decision making.

“As we know it today, a single tweet can ruin or make a brand. Hence, the need to help brands stay on-top of this trends and conversations, providing the needed insight twice daily to aid quick decision making for growth and profitability.

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“The recent #EndSARS online protest has shown that the digital customers’ voice is now so powerful that it can no longer be ignored, as the coalition of customer voices online can lead to the downfall of a business or a whole industry in an instant. So, every business owner or C-level executive in Nigeria needs to constantly monitor the pulse of their industry and make quick decisions by the day, to enable the business maneuver various competitive challenges in the industry.

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“Even as an investor, you can see trends, social conversations, and sentiments around your brands of interest clearly. This new intelligence added to all your other information sources will help you make better short term and long term bets on brands, nothing is hidden to you any longer – whether it is customer complaints, competitor’s moves, product fails, etc.

“Now added to all the reports you get from us, you have this industry/competitive intelligence digital insights report, making our work of providing you with all round intelligence for decision making complete and world-class.

“It should normally cost about $1000-$5000 monthly for you to get this type of reports, but with innovation, we have painstakingly searched for the most important information you need (removing all the noise), and put it in this daily report – making it accessible to many brands, while simultaneously reducing the cost by over 90%, so that you can get the report for as low as N500 per report (N25,000 payable monthly).”

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Further more, he emphasized that “due to the quota limits that we have currently, we will only grant access to just 100-500 brands at this time on a ‘first-come-first-serve basis’. Portal for registration is already open and will be closed on the 23rd of November 2020, whether our quota is fully subscribed or not, and if our quota gets full before the 23rd of November 2020 (23 days from now), the payment portal will automatically stop taking orders.

“If you are really passionate about your business growth, continuity, and sustainability during and after this pandemic – when wallet share of customers is not growing, and the balloon market share effect kicks in ( when a brand’s market share increases, another competitor’s market share might reduce), then you know that every information you are able to get about your industry and competition is very key to your survival. A single insight on what your competition might be up to can just be what you need to defend and grow your brand. If you snooze in the fast paced digital world, you will lose out.

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“Great news is we have made it affordable, so that all brands of different sizes can benefit. If in the whole year, you get just 1 insight that gets your brand and business above the competition or saves your business from going under/making the wrong business and investment decision; then, it is worth subscribing to at just the cost of a meal – N1, 000 daily for two reports (N25,000 payable monthly).

“The reports cover all the industries on the Nigerian Stock Exchange – Banking, Insurance, Consumer goods, Construction and real estate, Conglomerates, Healthcare, Industrial goods, Natural resources, Oil and Gas, Professional, Other services, and Agriculture. It also gives insights on all the Stock Market brands.

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“All you have to do is fill in the industry you are interested, subscribe, and you start getting your reports on all the brands in that industry. If you are a banker or you run a bank-like service – Microfinance, Loans, etc., you can subscribe to the Banking industry report and get daily automated industry/competitive intelligence report on Zenith bank, Gtbank, Union bank, Fidelity bank, Access bank, Providus bank, Sterling bank, UBA, FCMB, and Heritage bank amongst others.

“The ICT sector also has listed and non-listed brands like Paystack, Andela, Flutterwave, Interswitch, and many more, while Professional service includes insights on brands like KPMG Nigeria, DELLOITTE Nigeria, PWC, Ernst and Young (EY). So, if you are an accountant, the professional service is for you and if you are into any form of Information or Communications Technology, then go for information on brands like Mtn, Airtel, e-Transact, Ntel, Globacom, Paystack, and Andela. If you are into other services like Aviation or Hospitality, it will do you good to SUBSCRIBE NOW to your report under the Other services industry.

“If you are like many businesses still using Google alerts to monitor your brand and competition, now is the time to step up, because social media insights is where the conversation happens now. Google alerts doesn’t cover that, meaning you will be missing out on almost 80% of the conversation.”

You can step up now by SUBSCRIBING NOW

Speaking to the Country Representative of Intelligence Interactive Ltd, Mr. Temiloluwa Sobowale, a Digital and Marketing Analytics Professional with over 12 years industry experience. He said,

“Nairametrics is committed to being ahead of the curve and at per with global news houses in providing the needed information to executives, investors, and business owners for quick decision making and growth.

“Adding automated digital insights industry reports to their service offerings, shows a commitment to leveraging cutting edge technology in assisting its readers to achieve the highest possible height in business, investing, professional, and individual lives. We must commend their efforts in pulling this through. Many leading brands in Nigeria already use this tool for insight at the enterprise level and is gradually becoming the preferred digital insight tool for Nigerian brands.

“The key competitive advantage of the  tool and  why it is  better suited for the Nigerian market more than any other digital insights is because of its heavy localization to the Nigerian market (training the algorithm to understand our nuances and also being able to properly categorize sentiment of conversations in English, Igbo, Hausa, and Yoruba. It’s the most suited sentiment analytics tool for the space), while also providing local technical support to boost localization and getting the needed help from the global technical team.

“You really need to thank the team at Nairametrics, because this is bringing insights needed for business growth in this digital age, hitherto, only available for Enterprise brands, and at huge prices to smaller businesses, making it available for all to have access at an affordable daily price of N1000 (N25,000 payable monthly).

“If you are serious about business growth, sustainability, and profitability in the digital age, you need to seize the opportunity to register before Nairametrics’ subscription quota gets filled up on or before the 23rd of November 2020.”

The quota will not be increased, SO NOW IS THE BEST TIME TO SUBSCRIBE HERE.

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