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Biggest Nigeria’s E-commerce Tech Comes to Your Neighbourhood November 26

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Hicolumn, the biggest ground-breaking e-commerce Tech that gives merchants (big or small), especially small and medium enterprises (SMEs) the opportunity of leveraging the internet to serve or sell to their existing and prospective customers anywhere and anytime, without the customers physically visiting the shops opens in grand style on November 26, 2020.

It promises enabling consumers to buy from shops that they would ordinarily prefer to buy from physically.

The hi-tech company being a platform designed for consumers to buy from and within their immediate community of residence is set to create over 100,000 jobs before the end of 2021, and will bring about large-scale youth empowerment as well as increase significantly the patronage of locally made goods.

Hicolumn is a mobile app designed to give visibility to neighbourhood stores, showcase stores and connect the stores directly to their customers anywhere, anytime.

It offers stores, merchants, SMEs that have existing and verifiable businesses, with physical structure the opportunity to become active participants in the e-commerce ecosystem within 30 minutes after download, and absolutely free of any registration charge.

The App is poised to revolutionize the e-commerce space as stores and merchants do not need to have a website to leverage e-commerce and most importantly do not need to worry about delivery, as goods ordered by customers will be delivered to them by Hicolumn’s delivery partners without any delivery charge to the stores or merchants.

With matchless qualities, the e-commerce Tech takes advantage of the non-adoption of the traditional commerce in the Africa online market by ensuring that customers’ usual places of shopping are made available to them, by making it possible for consumers to view and choose to buy from stores they already know, without physically going to the stores and still have their goods delivered within 20 minutes, with same quality, same price and faster than it would have been if they were to visit the stores physically.

The cutting-edge e-commerce marketplace is designed to take advantage of the weaknesses of the existing online market in Africa and the world at large, thus redefining its scope and operations with unparalleled services aimed at reducing the threat that the current e-commerce system poses to SME’s survival, due to loss of sales and which has seen high number of stores run out of business.

The Founder, Hicolumn, Uche Elekwachi, said the platform combines the power of three Apps into one unique e-commerce ecosystem comprising the Hicolumn Customer App, Hicolumn Merchant App and Hicolumn Delivery App. The three Apps are connected together and work as one Enterprise Resources Programme for real comfort and quality convenience.

Established by Hicolumn Technologies Limited, the biggest e-commerce Tech provides the complete sense of security and assurance which has been lacking in online trade for so long.

Benefits accrued to merchants and stores partnering with Hicolumn on the e-commerce Tech include increased profitable sales; reduced cost of operation with less than five employees; proper inventory management; and elimination of threat posed by the current e-commerce system.

Others include empowering merchants with the same capacity of an e-commerce global giant; customers’ retention on full scale; reduction of operational cost; business enhancement through effective online promotion; increased merchants’ focus on core operations; and opportunity for massive promotion and customer acceptability.

Moreover, Hicolumn allows only merchants and stores that have traceable physical structures or locations; with verifiable business registration and corporate bank accounts or business bank accounts; and with quality goods.

With over 126 million internet users, there exist opportunities for the growth of the nation’s e-commerce sector which was estimated at $13 billion in 2018, and in this period of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, more Nigerians have resorted to online shopping, thus making it lucrative.

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“The labour of our heroes past shall never be in vain”.

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This line from the Nigerian national anthem is a paradox in itself, especially when one takes a look at present-day Nigeria and realises that the labour of the dead heroes who fought for the nation’s independence seems to be wasted. It has been sixty-one years since Nigeria gained her independence from Britain. For the past sixty-one years, Nigerians have had to deal with the same regurgitated set of leaders. In fact, if Nnamdi Azikiwe and co. were to come back from the dead and take a field trip to Nigeria, they’d be shocked to find the same set of people, who were in power during the 80s, still ruling Nigeria.

 

As Nigerians, it is clear that we have a leadership problem. The old men who ruled when our fathers were half-naked, innocent children are still in power today. This brings us to the big question: why? Why are youths not holding the reins of power? To any foreigner observing from outside Nigeria, two answers may seem correct. One, the nation is practicing gerontocracy. Two, the youths are too incompetent to handle power. However, as Nigerians living in Nigeria, we all know that these answers are incorrect. The problem with Nigeria is that the country is run by a set of people whose hands are stuck to the reins of power. Young Nigerians are rarely given positions of power and in cases where youths are elected into power, they only end up being puppets to the ruling class.

So far, Nigerian youths have proven their mettle and resilience in handling leadership positions, from creating startup companies to organizing groundbreaking revolutions. However, just one thing stands in their way: lack of opportunities. For young Nigerians living in today’s world, finding the right opportunity is almost as difficult as finding a unicorn. To make matters worse, there is an uneasy wave of political apathy among the younger generation. Most youths who have the leadership skills required to turn this nation around are simply not interested as a result of the discouraging state of the political and socio-economic systems.

Fortunately, this problem seems to be coming to an end, thanks to one man, Hon. Shina Abiola Peller, the senator representing Iseyin/Itesiwaju/Kajola and Iwajowa constituency in the Federal House of Representatives. In January 2020, Hon. Shina Peller alongside a few young Nigerians birthed the idea of Lead Generation Initiative (LGI), a youth-driven organization committed to creating opportunities for young people to achieve their dreams and channel their creativity towards developing the nation.

Under the leadership of the young senator, LGI has successfully carved a niche for itself as a frontline organization promoting youth participation and empowerment. In 2020, it partnered with YIAGA Africa to create the Get Involved Leadership Training (GILT), a program aimed at training youths on core leadership skills such as: strategic communication, active citizenship and nation-building. The program kicked off in Ibadan, Oyo state with up to 68 participants drawn from the 33 local governments of the state.

So far, GILT’s tentacles have extended to three other states: Osun, Gombe and Bauchi, with a total of 1300 trained participants. Today, thousands of Nigerians from all 36 states of the Federation have registered with the Lead Generation Initiative.

However, despite the unfolding success of the organization, Hon. Shina Peller is definitely not backing down on his initiative to ensure that young Nigerians are duly empowered with the necessary leadership skills. As such, under his leadership, the Lead Generation Initiative is set to hold a groundbreaking leadership symposium on January 21st 2021 at Transcorp Hilton, Abuja. The symposium tagged: “The future of leadership” will feature prominent personalities such as the Vice-President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Prof Yemi Osibanjo, Kate Henshaw and many others as speakers.

In furtherance of Mr Peller’s dedication to driving more young Nigerians into positions of power, the key topic for the symposium is: “Why the Leaders of Tomorrow must Start Leading Today”. Panelists who will be speaking on the topic are: Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun (Wizkid), Hon. Akin Alabi, Japhet Omojuwa, Samson Itodo, Sound Sultan and many more.

To prove that Hon. Shina Peller and the LGI stand firm on leading by example, the symposium would be 80% virtual with only 25 people in physical attendance, in compliance with COVID-19 protocols and guidelines.

The Lead Generation Intiative’s leadership symposium and its cause is important to us, especially the Nigerian youths, because it signifies a turning point where young Nigerians are given the opportunity to take charge of relevant political and economic issues and channel their skills towards making Nigeria a better place for themselves and the generation to come.

Every Nigerian youth grew up with the assurance that they were the leaders of tomorrow. Well, ‘tomorrow’ is here and Hon. Shina Peller’s Lead Generation Initiative is taking giant strides to ensure that Nigerian youths can become the leaders they were meant to be.

 

 

 

 

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IQRA Foundation Redefines Learning for Children at Bariga

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The IQRA Foundation, a non-profit in Nigeria focused on providing improved access to quality education for marginalised children in Nigeria, is launching a community walk-in library at Bariga, Lagos.

Established on the back of the school closure that denied access to millions of marginalised children, this walk-in community library will prevent a future occurrence as it will ensure children in the community have access to a variety of books to aid literacy, no matter the situation. It will be managed by the community book club and Bright Achievers Academy.

The library was built in partnership with Spazio Ideale, an interior design company in Lagos who ensured it was up to standard and homely enough for the children.

RovingHeights, Page Bookstore, Ouidah Books, and Restructure Africa donated suitable books for school aged children. These books along with books from other individual donors will ascertain that the library is well equipped to cater to children of all age groups/ children ages e.g. 4-18. We are grateful to our donors, who provided funding and manpower to ensure the library was constructed to be up to quality child engaging standards.

This is only a step forward in redefining education for the marginalized in Nigeria. There is a lot more to be done and The IQRA Foundation-Access to Books is committed to ensuring that each child gets a fair chance at a quality education.

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Wema Bank MD Ademola Adebise Swims In An Alleged N1billion Money Laundering

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It seems the ability to commit fraud is one of the criteria a candidate must have to be qualified to become a Managing Director at WEMA Bank. if it would be recollected one of the bank’s former MD Mr. Adebisi Omoyeni, by the Police Special Fraud Unit (SFU) in 2008 over issues that has to do with N450 million fraud. In the same vein Mr. Ademola Adebise, the current MD of the bank is allegedly indicted for using the customer’s account to lauder over N1 Billion.

It was gathered that Ademola Adebise and other members of his staff involved in the N1 billion money laundering scandal are now cooling their feet in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission – EFCC.

This online news medium understands that the financial institution which was recently indicted in an alleged money laundering case involving Dana Air is currently facing a fresh fraud case with its Managing Director (MD), Ademola Adebise allegedly in the forefront of the allegation.

At a time when the government of President Muhammadu Buhari is fighting corruption headlong and committing to the extradition of the 80-man list of wire fraudsters released by the FBI, Adebise and some of his top management staffs have been alleged of leading a money-laundering ring.

The current case could be likened to a scene from a mafia movie, as Adebise is said to have allegedly threw all caution to the wind in a fraud allegedly estimated to be in the tune of N1bn.

Reports in the media detailed how the Wema Bank MD smartly laundered the said amount using the account of an innocent customer without his consent.

The scam as it has been widely reported is part of a grand plan to dispose of the owners of popular hospitality and entertainment facility located in Maryland which is currently under the receivership of Kunle Ogunba (SAN) and the subject of litigation.

We learned in a report, that “a man who hardly could deposit N300,000.00 in his account was suddenly credited a sum of 1Billion Naira without an alert or any form of notice”.

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