Worried by the rising level of poverty in the country, an Online trading company, ‘Resolution Technologies, has promised to create about 10 million jobs in two years by stepping up telecommunications business across the country.
Chief Executive Officer of Resolution Technologies, Faithful Samuel, made the promise while speaking with newsmen shortly after the official opening of its Port Harcourt office at the weekend.
He debunked claims in some quarters that online trading is a scam.
Samuel said the company already exists with visible offices in six states,, including Abuja, Lagos, Aba and now Port Harcourt, adding that the company is legally registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) and the Nigerian Telecommunications Commission (NCC).
According to him, “The purpose of opening this place is to alleviate poverty and make people understand the benefits of telecoms business. We are legally registered with board of directors and it is not a Ponzi scheme that will come today and go tomorrow.”
Samuel explained that many people spend money on telecommunications business, unlike the oil and gas sector where only the rich people that have generators and cars would buy fuel.
“When it comes to telecoms, even the less privilege are using it. Those N100 airtime they are buying on daily basis, if they are to be given, maybe five per cent of the worth of airtime they have been buying, it will come up with some big of money. So what we are doing is that small N100 that they are buying, we are giving them percentage on daily basis.
“Not only on their purchases but when other rich people also purchase. So, this money will circulate to everybody, in that way, we will be able to alleviate poverty.
“This is our six months in business and we have over ten thousand subscribers on our platform currently. But our target is to have at least ten million Nigerians in this business within two years.
“Coming in as a partner, you have the privilege each time we recharge and those that will buy after you. It is a very great privilege because airtime business has taken over. Banks, government, everybody is doing this business and that is why it is attractive,” he said.
In his remark, Senior Partner, Resolution Technologies, Kelechi Ohams also assured that the business would take millions of Nigeria out of poverty, adding that the company is an online trading platform where people can come and do all manner of shopping such as telecoms, e-commerce, ticketing, electricity bill, hotel and reservations and crypto currency.
Describing the offer as irresistible, Ohams said, “We have all of these on the platform and we modelled it in a networking way and everything comes at a discounted rate. Imagine N100 recharge card that people usually buy, we sell it below that amount and in addition we pay you commission for using our platform to consummate that transaction.
“For electricity bills that you recharge online and the bank will take commission; we pay you back the commission for using our platform”.
Piracy, A Threat To NNPC Operations -GMD
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has described piracy and other criminal vices in the nation’s waterways as a threat to the corporation.
This is as the corporation said the nation lost about $750 million to oil theft in 2019.
The amount is about N230 billion at the official CBN exchange rate of N306 to $1.
This was contained in a statement by the NNPC Acting spokesman, Samson Makoji, on Wednesday.
The Group Managing Director, Mallam Mele Kyari, was quoted to have stated this during a presentation to members of the Executive Intelligence Management Course 13 of the National Institute for Security Studies (NISS) who visited his office.
Kyari noted that any threat to the corporation’s operations was a direct threat to the very survival of Nigeria as a nation because of the strategic role of the corporation as an enabler of the economy.
The GMD listed other security challenges facing the corporation to include vandalism of oil and gas infrastructure and kidnapping of personnel, adding that there was a deep connection between the various shades of insecurity challenges as they are all linked to what was happening in the Gulf of Guinea and the entire maritime environment.
He called for a concerted effort and synergy to secure oil and gas operations for the economic survival of the country.
Also speaking, the NNPC Chief Operating Officer, Downstream, Engr Yemi Adetunji, said in 2016, the Gulf of Guinea accounted for more than half of the global kidnappings for ransom.
He noted that out of 62 kidnap cases globally, 34 involved seafarers.
Adetunji, however, stated that the NNPC was working closely with security agencies to tackle the security challenges, and cited the “Operation Kurombe” that was recently conducted by the Nigerian Navy at the Atlas Cove as an example of such collaborative efforts.
FIRS Targets 17% Tax To GDP Ratio By 2023
The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), says it will raise Nigeria’s tax ratio to Gross Domestic Product ratio from the current six per cent to 17 per cent by 2023.
The FIRS Executive Chairman, Muhammad Nami, said this during a meeting with traders in Lagos.
A statement from the FIRS stated that the objective of the meeting was to sensitise Lagos traders and market unions on the 2019 Finance Act.
Over 100 officials of traders’ associations and unions attended the meeting.
He listed the benefits of the new Finance Act to include reduction of the Company Income Tax from 30 per cent to 20 per cent.
Nami urged the entrepreneurs to register their businesses officially rather than operate informally in order to access the benefits from the Act.
He urged the traders to separate their personal finances from their business capital in order not to lose their working capital to state tax bodies.
The FIRS stated that doing so would help their businesses to grow as they pay less tax.
He urged the traders to endeavour to charge value added tax on applicable goods and services, especially consumption, and remit it to the FIRS promptly.
Nami also disclosed that more FIRS tax offices would be opened in markets nationwide to bring the service nearer to traders and make tax compliance easier for them.
He said the FIRS under his watch would reposition its corporate social responsibility activities to benefit the informal sector, including markets, in order to create a conducive business environment for them.
SON Opens Talks With China Over Sub-Standard Products
In a bid to check the menace of substandard goods in the country, the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), has opened talks with Chinese trade authorities.
Special Assistant to the Chief Executive of SON and Head of Public Relations, Mr Bola Fashina, disclosed this in an interactive session with newsmen in Lagos on Wednesday.
Fashina said the deal with China would ensure that Chinese factories that produce items for Nigerian manufacturers implement at least the minimum Nigerian standards for goods destined for the nation.
According to him, discussion with the Chinese authorities was opened in June 2019 and had reached advanced stages.
He disclosed that another meeting that had been fixed for the first week of February could not hold because of the current coronavirus ravaging some parts of China.
The deal with China would ensure that factories in the Asian country reject orders from Nigeria that do not meet Nigerian standards.
Fashina said, “The authorities are not happy that some of their manufacturers are giving their country a bad name. That is why we are working with them to nip the problem in the bud.”
Generally, on the menace of substandard products, Fashina said that the regulatory body was having more challenges with imported goods than with the ones manufactured in the country.
He said for goods made in Nigeria, they could be taken back to the factory while it is difficult to make amends for goods that were manufactured abroad.
“Our major problem is with imports. That is also because it is difficult to catch them from the source. We have been out of the ports since 2011.
“Sometimes we work on information from Interpol. We follow them when they are out of the ports and sometimes we miss them,” he stated.
Fashina said that importers of substandard products prefer taking their goods from the ports during weekends and public holidays.
He said the facilities and centres of the organisation across the country had been strengthened to rein in substandard products throughout the federation.
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