Ikoku Spare-Parts Dealers Count Losses …As RSESA Re-Opens Market
Ikoku motor parts dealers at Mile 2 Diobu, Port Harcourt have lamented over the huge business losses incurred as a result of the recent temporary closure of the place by the Rivers State Environmental Sanitation Authority (RSESA) due to poor sanitary condition of the area.
The market which was shutdown on December 29,2009 was reopened for business on Monday January 11, 2010 (barely 14 days).
Speaking to one of The Tide’s sources a motor parts dealer at Ikoku said the imposition of sanitation exercise on the traders within the two weeks period is a welcome development that has changed the face of the area positively.
He thanked RSESA for their courage to intervene into the poor sanitary condition of the area lately, shifting the blame of the traders woes on the scrap dealers who would litter disused motor parts on the major Olu-Obasanjo Road and drainages thereby causing serious traffic hold up on daily basis, also blocking the free flow of drainages to Ntawogba River.
He regretted that this singular act has caused the entire traders loss of huge sum of money as they could not operate their businesses for two weeks.
Also, Mr Agbaso Wagbara who alleged that the state government has imposed a levy of N1 million monthly on the dealers as sanitation fee and compulsory sanitation exercise in the area every Thursday of the week, urged the state government to review the alleged N1 million levy saying that the possibility raising such amount may not be visible due to lack of a leadership body in the market.
He cautioned that the issue should be handled with care so as not to allow some groups of persons use the avenue to dupe others.
Motorists who ply Olu-Obasanjo Road as well as those who patronise the spare parts market expressed their displeasure over the closure of the road and the market by RSESA saying that at this time of fuel scarcity a journey they were supposed to make in 100r 15 minutes intervals now took them hours because they divert to Okija street before heading to Waterlines or the Garrison Junction loading points. They respectively said that the opening of the road has reduced the burden imposed on their transport business in that route.
They commended RSESA for clearing the scraps and disused motor parts obstructing the flow of traffic along the road as well as improving the overall sanitary condition of the place.
Commenting on the issue, Press Secretary to the chairman of Rivers State Environmental Sanitation Authority Executive chairman, Mr Olanikan Ige said that the resolve to shutdown Ikoku spare parts market was muted out of poor sanitary condition that besieged the area lately, stressing that scraps and disused vehicles were seen disrupting free flow of traffic along Olu-Obasanjo Road, also blocking the drain lives which led to regular flooding of the area.
He debunked the rumour that RSESA imposed a monthly N1 million sanitation level on the traders, saying that meetings and negotiations are ongoing between RSESA and the traders to fashion out the way forward and the basic amount to be paid as sanitation level. “You know that waste generation attracts payment” he added.
He explained that the temporary shutdown of the market was to enable government and the traders chart a course toward sanitising the area.
The press secretary lamented over the situation where the traders make huge sums of money without contributing a dine to the improvement of the business environment where they make the money, pointing out that no responsible government will allow that. He confirmed that government has declared every Thursday of the week as sanitation day in public places like markets, parks, etc, noting that this is to ensure that business place are kept clean always.
Meanwhile, the Ikoku market has been opened temporarily while dialoguing and negotiations continues, he asserted.
Digitisation Policy, Impactful On Nigeria – NITDA
Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Kashifu Inuwa, has said the digitisation policy drive of the Federal Government as contained in the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) is impacting positively in corporate governance, Business-to-Business (B2B), Business-to-Customer (B2C), and Business-to-Government (B2G) relationships.
A statement issued yesterday by the Head of Corporate Affairs and External Relations of NITDA, Hajia Hadiza Umar, said Inuwa stated this while delivering a good will message at the Validation Workshop for the National e-Commerce Policy and Strategy by the National Advisory Committee, on Electronic Commerce and Digital Economy (NACEDE), which took place in Abuja.
He said the Digital Economic sector, which is a super-set of e-commerce, remains key to Nigeria’s economic recovery in the post-COVID-19 era, deploying new technological innovations, such as e-commerce platforms, including social media-enabled trading handles, and ensuring rapid uptake of e-commerce for economic growth and competitiveness.
“Nigeria is experiencing the positive impact of e-commerce activities due to the growing increase in access to the Internet and related IT tools and services.
“The contribution of the telecommunications sector to the National Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was an average15 per cent in July 2022 and experienced 44.5 per cent broadband penetration with active internet subscriptions that peaked at 151 million,” Inuwa said.
The DG, who was represented by Engineer Salisu Kaka, Acting Director, Digital Economy and Development Department, further said, “We have approximately 2000 digital innovation companies with 384 products in Nigeria.
“These Startups have raised over $2 billion in venture capital funding in 2021 alone. With an estimated 89,000 developers representing 12% of the African developers’ population, Nigeria’s e-commerce market size is about $17 billion. There is annual spending of about $12 billion in 2022, and this is projected to reach $75 billion by 2025.
“Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) appear to be the major beneficiaries of the concept of e-commerce as it enables MSMEs to operate in the global marketplace.
“MSMEs can now participate in regional businesses and enjoy social, economic, and cultural networks seamlessly across international boundaries.
“Global corporations now operate with much consistency while MSMEs experience enhanced participation in international value chains, increased market access and reach, improved internal and external market efficiency, and lower transaction costs,” he noted.
He also said there is a need to maintain the tide and optimize the benefit of technology and e-commerce, which have necessitated Nigeria to have a robust national e-commerce policy and strategy.
“Additionally, Nigeria is a signatory to bilateral, regional, continental, and global treaties on trade and trade-related activities. Having a national policy that recognized these treaties is necessary for the mutual benefit of member nations.
Kaspersky Identifies New Malware Campaign Targeting iOS Devices
Kaspersky, a global cybersecurity company, says it has uncovered an ongoing mobile Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) campaign targeting iOS devices with an unknown malware.
The cyber security firm made this known in its latest report on Friday.
It said that the APT which was tagged as ‘Operation Triangulation’, distributes zero-click exploits via iMessage to run malware gaining complete control over the device and user data, with the final goal to spy on users.
It said that Kaspersky experts uncovered the new mobile APT campaign while monitoring the network traffic of its corporate Wi-Fi network using the Kaspersky Unified Monitoring and Analysis Platform (KUMA).
It noted that upon further analysis, company researchers discovered that the threat actor had been targeting iOS devices of dozens of company employees.
According to the company, the investigation of the attack technique is still ongoing, but so far Kaspersky researchers were able to identify the general infection sequence.
“The victim receives message via iMessage with an attachment containing a zero-click exploit.
“Without any further interaction, the message triggers a vulnerability that leads to code execution for privilege escalation and provides full control over the infected device.
“Once the attacker successfully establishes its presence in the device, the message automatically deletes itself,” it said.
According to the report, the spyware quietly transmits private information to remote servers.
“This includes microphone recordings, photos from instant messengers, geolocation and data about a number of other activities of the owner of the infected device,” it said.
The report stated that during the analysis, it was confirmed that there was no impact on the company’s products, technologies and services, and no Kaspersky customer user data or critical company processes were affected.
It noted that the attackers could only access data stored on the infected devices.
Igor Kuznetsov, Head of Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa Unit at Kaspersky Global Research and Analysis Team, said: “When it comes to cyber security, even the most secure operating systems can be compromised.
“As APT actors are constantly evolving their tactics and searching for new weaknesses to exploit, businesses must prioritise security of their systems,” he said.
Kuznetsov said this involved prioritising employee education, awareness and providing them with the latest threat intelligence and tools to effectively recognise and defend against potential threats.
He said the company’s investigation of the triangulation operation continues, adding that further details on it would be shared as there could be other targets of this spy operation.
Immigration Seeks Hitch-Free E-Passport System In PH
The Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), Rivers State Command, has re-emphasised its earlier stand on the provision of seamless e-passort for applicants.
A top official in the NIS, who pleaded anonymity, disclosed this in an exclusive chat with The Tide in Port Harcourt during the week.
Warning against any attempt to put the agency in bad light, saying such will be resisted by the system, the source said there was no need for panic, especially at this festive season, adding that it has a sound digital system to address their needs.
He called on both officers and men of the command to up their game to enable them meet up with the endless demands of their teeming clients
According to him, the Passport personnel have all it takes to deliver tasks on schedule with zero complain.
“Passport system is digitalized. We can meet up with the demands of the people. Our challenge is that people are always in a hurry to collect or do thier new passports”, he said.
He further called on members of the public to learn how to make do with the direct information obtained from the command on passport issues instead of feeding themselves with rumors.
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