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PIN Seeks More Reportage Of Cyber Crime

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The Paradigm Initiative of Nigeria (PIN), a Non- Governmental Organisation has called for more reporting of electronic fraud to facilitate control.
The PIN Director of Programmes, Mrs Tope Ogundipe told newsmen in Lagos last Monday that many electronic fraud cases, especially in financial institutions were not reported.
The PIN official said that the under reportage could be to avoid creating fear in customers.
“The more the cases are reported, the more their customers lose faith, and they don’t want to lose clients.
“In as much as the actual crime goes unreported, it becomes difficult to curb,” she said.
The director said that the under reportage had made it difficult to determine whether cyber fraud in Nigeria was in the increase.
“What I do know is that more individuals are aware of the antics of cyber criminals,” she said.
Ogundipe said that more individuals had been able to respond appropriately to fake calls or electronic mails.
She added that Nigeria’s international image had improved as regards cyber security due to the Cyber Act Law enacted in 2015.
According to her, the law had a comprehensive provision around electronic fraud which signaled to the world that the country was ready to deal with it.
“This is saying to the world that the government is serious with sanitising the cyber space and that it can be trusted.
“The government is in the right direction,” she said.

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Nigeria’s Economy Still Vulnerable To Shocks – LCCI

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The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) has said that Nigeria’s economy is still vulnerable to external shocks due to fluctuations in global oil prices.
LCCI President, Mrs Toki Mobogunje, said this at a press conference on “State of the Nigerian Economy” held in Lagos, on Wednesday.
She said the mono-product nature of the economy would continue to expose the nation to volatility in the global oil market with its attendant consequences on the economy.
Mabogunje called on the Federal Government to intensify diversification efforts and embrace structural reforms to attract private investment and stimulate economic growth.
According to her, businesses still struggle to survive owing to multiplicity of levies, infrastructure challenges, sluggish growth, excessive regulation, high cost of credit and unfavourable government policies.
She said the challenges confronting growth of businesses had remained in spite of the country’s upward movement by 15 places in the ease of doing business ranking.
The LCCI president advised government to vigorously implement friendly policies to support expansion of businesses.
Speaking on inflation, Mabogunje advised the government to stem rising consumer prices through increased investment in infrastructure, especially power and transportation.
“The inflation rate, at 11.98 per cent in December, was the fourth consecutive month of rising inflation. Rising inflation has a profound welfare effect on citizens as it weakens purchasing power, as heightened food inflation naturally escalates poverty conditions.
“Policy makers need to worry about the increasingly intense inflationary conditions, especially the food component of inflation,” she said.
This, Mabogunje said, would help bridge the supply gaps and reduce transportation costs.
On foreign exchange and external reserves, she said the approach of supporting the reserves with foreign portfolio investment was unsustainable.
The LCCI president said there will be problems if portfolio investors develope apathy for Nigerian assets.
She also noted that the current security situation in the country had devastating implications for business activities, economic growth, food production and investment.
Mabogunje urged government to ensure a concrete and sustainable means of reducing youth unemployment by stimulating investment across all sectors of the economy.

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AfDB Moves To Invest $600m In Alternative Energy

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The African Development Bank (AfDB) says it has freed up $600 MILLION for investment in renewable energy in Africa.
The President, AfDB, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, who disclosed this in his keynote speech at the UK-Africa Investment Summit, said, “Huge opportunities exist for investment in renewable energy, especially for hydropower, wind, solar, thermal and geothermal.
“But many of these opportunities can’t be realised unless we invest a lot more in project preparation to make the projects bankable. The African Development Bank through its NEPAD infrastructure project preparation facility has helped to mobilise financing for $8.5 billion of infrastructure projects.”
The AfDB said the Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa, based at the bank, had supported investments in excess of $800m in renewable energy.
He said, “With global climate change, and increasing frequency and intensity of extreme weather events, there is an urgent need to climate proof infrastructure investments.
“The devastating cyclones in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe led to massive destruction of critical infrastructure. The same applies to coastal states, which are more vulnerable to coastal erosion and floods. Infrastructure investment must now be climate-resilient.”
According to Adesina, the bank used a partial risk guarantee to support the Lake Turkana wind power project in Kenya, the largest wind power generation project in Africa, which will produce 300 megawatts of electricity.
“The African Development Bank’s €20 million Partial Risk Guarantee essentially backstopped the government of Kenya’s obligations to developers against delays in the construction of transmission lines,” he said.
He noted that the bank launched a $1billion synthetic securitisation that it used to transfer risks on its private sector portfolio assets to the private sector.
Adesina said, “We are currently exploring with the DFID the use of synthetic securitisation for the sovereign portfolio of the African Development Bank. This will be used to transfer sovereign risk to the market, working with insurers and reinsurers in the UK. This could be a huge game changer for how governments can transfer their sovereign risks on infrastructure to the market.
“Because the bulk of infrastructure is financed through foreign loans, and the revenue streams are in local currency, it introduces high financial and forex risks to investors. Using swaps and hedging are effective, no doubt, but more can be achieved by focusing on local currency financing. This will also help with debt sustainability as the bulk of Africa’s external debt is on infrastructure.

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Five Dockworkers Die In Rivers Over Poor Package

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About five aged disengaged dockworkers have suddenly died in Port Harcourt on getting to know the poor severance package awaiting them from the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA).
The NPA had earmarked payment of Four Hundred Thousand (N400,000) only as severance package to each of the disengaged tally clerks and on-board security men on Monday.
Confirming the death of the members to The Tide on Monday in Port Harcourt, a disengaged tally clerk, Mr Ilomabo Taylor, said the five deceased dockworkers lived close to him.
Taylor said the aged disengaged dockworkers died when they learnt that all the NPA would pay them as severance package for over 20 years in service was N400, 000 only.
The 67 year old Taylor expressed worry that what accrued to the disengaged dockworkers from NPA was very poor compared to their years in the service.
He told The Tide that they were disengaged in 2015 without any benefits from the stevedoring or the NPA, thereby causing severe hardships to their families.
He appealed to the management of NPA to probe the payment of the severance package to the dockworkers.
Taylor said since 2015 he was disengaged from service, he could not afford to pay his rent and other bills for his family.

 

Chinedu Wosu

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