As part of efforts to protect her citizens in troubled South Africa, the Federal Government has directed that Nigerians that are willing to come home should immediately be evacuated from the country by Friday free of charge.
They would be evacuated from the country by Air Peace on Friday.
In a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, it was revealed that the move is not compulsory but for Nigerians who wish to leave South Africa.
A statement by Ferdinand Nwoye, the Ministry’s Spokesperson said;
”The Ministry of Foreign Affairs wishes to inform the general public that following the recent unfortunate xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals, including Nigerians in South Africa, the Proprietor of Air Peace Airlines Chief Allen Onyema, has volunteered to send an aircraft from Friday 6th September 2019 to evacuate Nigerians who wish to return to Nigeria free of charge.
MTN Nigeria Communications Plc, on Wednesday, confirmed attacks, saying that all MTN stores and service centres would be closed until further notice.
The company stated this in a letter sent to the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) by its Company Secretary, Uto Ukpanah.
Ukpanah, in the letter, confirmed that over the last day “our facilities, customers and some of our stakeholders have been the subject of attacks in retaliation for the ongoing xenophobia situation in South Africa.”
He said that the company had confirmed reports of attacks in Lagos, Ibadan and Uyo.
“While we remain committed to providing uninterrupted services, the safety and security of our customers, members of staff and partners is our primary concern.
“All MTN stores and service centres will, therefore, be closed as a precaution, until further notice.
“MTN condemns any act of violence, prejudice and xenophobia, and remains absolutely committed to ensuring a peaceful, harmonious and respectful relationship with all communities in Nigeria and across Africa.
“We are engaging all relevant authorities in this regard and urge them to act swiftly to reduce tensions, both in South Africa and Nigeria.
“We will provide further updates as and when possible,” Ukpanah stated.
Tony Elumelu has described the greatest threat in Africa as ‘Poverty’.
Elumelu stated this in an article to express his displeasure to the ongoing xenophobic attacks and counter attacks between Nigerians and South Africans.
In his words, “our greatest threat in Africa is not our Fellow African brothers and sisters. It is Poverty! And as I have often said, Poverty anywhere is a threat to all of us everywhere. Let’s not lose sight of our shared destiny.”
See his full article below:
Africa is such a beautiful and blessed continent and we Africans are our greatest resource. I’ve always known and felt this.
As a young man when we started at Standard Trust Bank, banks were still focused on metropolitan areas but we wanted to give opportunity to everyone and create access to financial services for all around the country. So we left the city and we expanded all over Nigeria.
UBAgroup was a one country operation in 2005 when I took over as CEO following the merger but our strategic intent was to do what we did with Standard Trust Bank and expand this time all over Africa bringing excellence in financial services and again – access. And uniting Africa through banking.
Today we are in 20 countries and waxing stronger. After I left as CEO of UBA, my sights still set on Africa, I founded the TonyElumeluFoundation and this time, finally can proudly say today that we are empowering young African men and women in all 54 countries across the continent.
The reasons have never changed. I believe in Africa and I believe in Africans. Our greatest threat in Africa is not our fellow African brothers and sisters. It is Poverty! And as I have often said , Poverty anywhere is a threat to all of us everywhere.
Let’s not lose sight of our shared destiny. It is only together that we can face our common enemy- Poverty. We need to stop attacking each other but rather embrace one another and work together to uplift our continent and be our brother’s and sister’s protectors wherever we may find ourselves.
This is the only way to our economic liberation and prosperity.
We must say no to barbarism and savagery. Violently mutilating and killing our brothers & raping our sisters; looting and destroying their livelihoods is evil and un-African and it dehumanizes us all. Instead, we must always seek to elevate, protect and help one another.
I am disheartened by the videos and stories floating around social media around these xenophobic attacks! They are despicable and pure madness!
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission says it has obtained orders for the interim forfeiture of assets traced to a former governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha; his wife, Nneoma Nkechi, and their daughter.
The Head, Enugu Zonal Office of the commission, Mr. Usman Imam, disclosed this on Wednesday in Enugu while briefing newsmen on the activities of the commission in the last eight months.
Imam said the EFCC also obtained similar order on a property traced to a former aide to Okorocha, Mr. Paschal Obi, and the former governor’s daughter.
He said that the commission had established prima facie cases against the suspects, which they would answer to.
Imam said that the commission would like to know how the Rochas Foundation and “other accomplices” acquired and or converted some of the property for personal use.
He listed some of the property to include a 16-block 96-flat structure and an eight-bungalow multimillion naira estate, hotel, two schools, shopping plaza, supermarket, hospital and four vehicles.
The EFCC chief said that while the hospital was traced to Obi, the remaining property were traced to the former governor and his family, including his wife and daughter.
“We hope to get permanent forfeiture orders on the property in order to return them to the people of the state,” he said.
Imam said that all the facilities, including the schools, would remain functional as the commission would not like to shut them down for the sake of the students and other users.
The executive governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has sued for peace and tolerance in the wake of xenophobic attacks against Nigerians in South Africa.
The governor made his call as tension mounts and the Federal Government expressed “deep concern” over persistent attacks against Nigerians resident in South Africa.
According to Abiodun, this is the time for aggrieved parties to exhibit patience and caution as officials of both countries meet to resolve the ugly situation and salvage the friendly ties that had hitherto sustained their relationship as business associates and neighbours.
Rumours of a reprisal attack against the South African franchise, Shoprite, in Lekki axis of Lagos by a mob of protesters has generated concerns over the situation.
Nigerians at home and abroad are particularly aggrieved over persistent attacks against compatriots living in South Africa; mobs comprising natives of the host nation, descend on business hubs and townships in various parts of South Africa, looting dozens of shops and torching trucks driven by foreigners in a surge of anti-migrant sentiment.
Nigerians have suffered heavy losses in the heat of such attacks.
Just a week after xenophobic attacks erupted in Pretoria and two months after Nigerians were being attacked in Hillbrow, the South Africa is experiencing yet another spate of xenophobic attacks which began yesterday.
According to media reports, two people have been confirmed dead, including a woman who was shot at close range. A hundred others have been arrested thus far.
The reasons for the xenophobic attacks echo the pervasive anti-immigrant sentiment around the world. In a country with growing inequality, unemployment and poverty, many disenfranchised South Africans feel that foreign nationals are responsible for the lack of job opportunities and increasing crime.
South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa has condemned the wave of xenophobic attacks by South Africans against foreign nationals, especially Nigerians across the country.
The attacks, he said, unjustifiable and condemnable.
Ramaphosa also promised to summon a security meeting with ministers on Tuesday to discuss ways of halting the attacks.
The President, in a post on his verified Twitter handle, said: “ I condemn the violence that has been spreading around a number of our provinces in the strongest terms.
“I’m convening the ministers in the security cluster today to make sure that we keep a close eye on these acts of wanton violence and find ways of stopping them.
“The people of our country want to live in harmony; whatever concerns or grievances we may have, we need to handle them in a democratic way.
“There can be no justification for any South African to attack people from other countries.”
“We express our deep pain, support, solidarity and love to the families, friends and loved ones of all those who have lost their lives in the last month (Uyinene Mrwetyana, Leighandre Jegels, Nolunde Vumsindo, Meghan Cremer, Jesse Hess to mention but a few).
“Our security forces are on high alert. Whilst in no way, can we take away the sense of deep loss and unbearable pain you experience, as a country we commit ourselves to continue to work tirelessly to building the kind of South Africa, where indeed women and children will be safe.”
The Lagos State Government has set aside N4bn as grant to Lagosians with “ingenious business ideas,” being part of activities marking Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s first 100 days in office.
The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso, disclosed this on Tuesday at Alausa during a media briefing on Sanwo-Olu’s first 100 days in office.
Omotoso said the grant was under the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund Initiative aimed at promoting ingenious business ideas.
He said 600 people had already been billed to benefit from the initiative, “in collaboration with Access Bank Plc.”
“In line with its philosophy of giving opportunities to women, 50 per cent of the beneficiaries of the initiative will be women.
“Also, about 1,700 people have been shortlisted to benefit from a World Bank-assisted agricultural programme, and each of the beneficiaries will receive the sum of N2m,” the commissioner said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the World Bank-assisted Agricultural programme will amount to N3.4bn for 1,700 people.
Omotoso said the Sanwo-Olu administration recognised the need to “capitalise on its political capital and make things happen quickly.”
The Association of Advertising Agencies of Nigeria (AAAN) has concluded plans to hold its rescheduled 46thAnnual General Meeting/Congress at the Orchid Hotel, Lekki/Ajah, Lagos, on 20 and 21 September, 2019. This was announced in a statement signed by AAN Publicity Secretary, Jenkins Alumona.
The AGM/Congress, which was scheduled to hold in July in Asaba, Delta State, was rescheduled due to circumstances beyond the Association’s control.
The theme for this year’s AGM/Congress remains “The War Within: Solutions for Survival”.
President of the Association, Mr. Ikechi Odigbo reiterated that the Association aims to use the AGM as a platform to engage in intellectual and critical discourse on the challenges facing the business and practice of Advertising in Nigeria and advocate unorthodox solutions in rebuilding and rebranding the industry.
Chairman of the Events Planning Committee, Mr. Doyin Adewumi, disclosed that the Association will invite its distinguished senior members to lead the discourse on the theme. He further stated that the impact of the discourse will be beneficial to delegates and members of the Association.
To underscore the importance of the AGM, the Association has invited Mr. Jimi Awosika, Vice Chairman, Troyka Holdings, as keynote speaker. Panellists will include, Mr. Steve Babaeko, Group CEO, X3M Ideas; Mrs. Chizor Malize, CEO, Brandzone LLC; and Mr. Igbo Amadi-Obi, CEO, BBDO.
Adewunmi also revealed that in recognition of meritorious service, some senior members will be honoured and given special recognition awards at the AGM/Congress.
The Association’s AGM is always a major event in the nation’s marketing communications calendar and it always attracts overwhelming local and foreign coverage.
Captains of the industry and top business leaders and policy makers within and outside the marketing communication industry are expected at the AGM.