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Dangote, ICIR Train Journalists On Improved Nigerian Economy Reportage



Dangote, ICIR Train Journalists On Improved Nigerian Economy Reportage

Dangote, ICIR Train Journalists On Improved Nigerian Economy Reportage




To strengthen the coverage of the Nigerian economy, the International Centre for Investigative Reporting (ICIR), in partnership with Dangote Industries Limited, organised a two-day capacity building workshop to train journalists on investigative reporting.



Dangote, ICIR Train Journalists On Improved Nigerian Economy Reportage



The workshop, which took place in the South East geopolitical region recently exposed the journalists to the intricacies involved in investigative reportage of different sectors of the economy.

Several areas of investigative journalism techniques, such as Ethical Business, Human Rights and the Environment, Understanding International Financial Flows and Money Laundering, Interpreting Financial and Economic Data, Forensic Interviewing Techniques, and Data Reporting were covered during the training.

Opening the training in Enugu, the General Manager, Branding and Communications, Dangote Industries, Mr. Okey Nwankwo, said the training was planned to upgrade the capacity of practising journalists on business reporting skills, while describing the company’s relationship with the media as cordial.

According to him, apart from equipping the journalists with the necessary skills required for adequate reporting of social economic and business issues, the programme would further strengthen the existing relationship between the company and the journalists.

The ICIR Programme Officer, Afred Akerele, explained that the training was organised to strengthen the capacity of Business Correspondents/Reporters with best practices on investigative reporting, especially in the business and finance sector, knowing that the private sector contributes the largest growth index to the Nigerian economy.

According to Akerele, as a Centre with a strong passion for investigative reporting, The ICIR track records in training span increased intellectual, practical, and improved professional skills for media organizations and personnel.

He stated: “For us, business reporters must advance from traditional media practices to a more advanced and digitalized approach with a quest to learn new reporting innovations, analysis, virtualization, proper documentation, headline crafting, and verification. This is an extended project that will cut across all six regions of this country, but we are piloting with the Southeast.

“It’s interesting to know how excited the participants were seeing the learning schedules/curriculum designed for the programme with the level of expertise of the facilitators. Sessions were much more engaging and interactive, which opened up the participants to some entirely new innovations that were not limited to business/finance reporting and also enhanced their knowledge of other mechanisms for investigative reporting with prejudices, corruption, or bias. The practical sessions help the participants to systematically practise their learning under the guidance of the facilitators, for this is the hallmark of learning we hope that continued practising will help the participants to increase their knowledge and become well-oriented business reporters and, in turn, have a great impact in improving the Nigerian Economy and in building a robust private sector partnership with The ICIR and the Dangote group as we move to other zones in Nigeria for this training.”

He appreciated Dangote Industries for the purposeful partnership in ensuring the economic growth of Nigeria through Business Reportage.

Speaking on the benefits of the training, a reporter with Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria Voice FM Nsukka, Rita Onyekwe, described the training as educative and beneficial for economic and business reporting in Nigeria.

She commended Dangote Industries and The ICIR for creating the opportunity for journalists to be trained on different aspects of investigative journalism techniques. “I was really fascinated by true life experiences shared by the facilitators. This training is definitely going to take my career to another level.”

For Chigozie Uzosike of Newspoint Newspapers, Owerri,  the training was timely for the present-day challenges facing journalists in Nigeria.

Uzosike commended the organizers for selecting the best facilitators to tackle issues like ethics in journalism, responsible reporting, fact-checking and validation for news before publication.

He believed that the knowledge gained during the training would expose him to more opportunities in the global media industry.

Another journalist with The Guardian Newspapers, Enugu, Lawrence Njoku, stated: “I want to reiterate that it was not a mistake at all when I applied for this training opportunity. I say this because investigative journalism is on the progressive trend and requires constant capacity building. From the two-day exercise, I have been able to improve my knowledge on investigative reporting. Before the training, I was always in a hurry to conduct investigative stories and got discouraged when the right sources were not forthcoming.  With this training, I have acquired new skills. I can now do better and represent my medium appropriately.”

According to him, with the knowledge gained on data journalism, “I can now do better stories using data and graphics.”


Five Lagos Communities To Enjoy Solar Energy Soon



Five Lagos Communities To Enjoy Solar Energy Soon

By Ifeoma Ikem




No fewer than 12,500 residents in five communities at the Epe axis in Lagos State would benefit from solar mini energy project embarked upon by the Lagos State Government; A4&T Power Solutions Limited and Ikeja Electric PLC. The ground breaking ceremony of the interconnected solar mini grid was done recently.

The jubilation at the event was understandable for the reason that when the 0.88MW (scalable to up to 2MW) interconnected solar mini grid, will be completed, it will provide energy for the communities in Epe, Eredo Local Government Area of the State.

The project is being developed by A4&T Power Solutions Limited, in partnership with Ikeja Electric PLC. The project is a product of the Interconnected Minigrid Access Scheme (IMAS) program.

The Lagos State Governor , Babajide- Sanwo-Olu who described the project as laudable and first of its kind ,said it was a step in the right direction, towards bridging the energy gap, and enabling universal sustainable energy access in Lagos State.

“The Lagos State Government, via its Off-Grid Electrification Strategy and Action Plan, has set a target to achieve 1GW of Solar PV generation by 2030 and collaborative efforts of players in the sector, such as being witnessed today between A4&T Power Solutions Limited, and Ikeja Electric PLC, will help to accelerate the achievement of this target.

The Governor, who was represented by the Honorable Commissioner for Energy & Mineral Resources, Engr. Olalere Odusote, said,” In line with its T.H.E.M.E.S agenda of making Lagos a 21st Century Economy, the Babatunde Olusola Sanwo-Olu administration is dedicated to fostering investment in the electricity sector towards achieving an optimal energy mix,and will continue to support, encourage, and partner with forward-thinking corporate entities to further promote, and deepen sustainable off-grid electrification in the State”

Mr. Odusote, thanked A4&T Power Solutions Limited, and its development partners for choosing the state as the investment destination,and commended the management of Ikeja Electric PLC for its dedication, and demonstrated efforts, towards improving electricity supply in unserved and underserved communities across the state.

Odusote reiterated the commitment of the Babajide Sanwo-Olu ( BOS) administration to supporting collaborative efforts aimed at accelerating sustainable energy access across the State as it continues to provide forward thinking leadership, and the enabling environment towards facilitating improved electricity supply for its continuously increasing populace.

On his own, Special Adviser to Lagos State on Innovation and Technology, Mr Tubosun Alake, said that the initiative would support the advancement of digital transformation, and provide alternative energy options for digital businesses within the state, and lauded the initiative.

Head of Business Development Ikeja Electric (IE), Ms Obianuju Okweze, while giving her goodwill message on behalf of the IE DISCO, expressed the company’s commitment to serving underserved customers, and reducing the over-dependence on the grid.

The Epe mini-grid power plant will be powered by Solar and Gas, which will improve the energy mix and it is expected to benefit approximately 12,500 people,while reducing tons of CO2 emissions yearly.

Chairman, Board of Directors A4&T, Mr Victor Afolabi, expressed the delight for what the stakeholders were doing about the project. He shared that the organization’s strategic objective is to continue to raise the bar of innovation in the industry through integrated utilities.

The CEO of A4&T Power Solutions, Mr Ayo Ademilua, provided an in-depth insight into the structure of the Hybrid Interconnected mini-grid plant. The CEO hinted on some unique modern technologies like Electric Vehicle charging station to power Electric motorcycles; Three Wheelers (popularly known as keke marwa), and Electric vehicles that would be demonstrated in the communities to further promote cleaner environment and reduction of carbon footprint in the state.

“This landmark project is the first of its kind in Lagos and marks a new era in sustainable energy solutions in Nigeria. it is set to make a lasting impact on the clean energy landscape of Nigeria as A4&T Power Solutions is poised to lead in bringing electricity to Nigeria’s unserved & underserved communities towards creating a brighter, cleaner and more sustainable future.

The project is a product of the Interconnected Minigrid Access Scheme (IMAS) programmes.
The IMAS programme is aims at connecting approximately 27,600 households and impacting over 138,000 Nigerians. The programme is led by the Rural Electrification Agency (REA), under the Federal Government of Nigeria Ministry of Power with funded support from the European Union and the German Government through the Nigerian Energy Support Programme (NESP).

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The most common investments that can fetch you a lot are Cryptocurrency and Real estate. So, when you mention investment, these are the two that easily come to mind.






Over the years, both have proven to be worthy choices, meanwhile, this is not to say that each doesn’t have advantages and disadvantages. However, if you are perplexed about where to put your money, you may seek the assistance of your financial advisor.








Let’s talk about real estate.


What is real estate investment?


Real estate investment is the purchase, management, and sale or rental of real estate with the intent to make a profit whether immediately or in the long run.


Real estate has a great track record of price appreciation in 2022.



Steady cash flow

If you deal with rental or land flipping, you should be smiling to the bank all the time because you keep having cash flow all round year.


Long-term security

Real estate promises safety for a long time. If you bought your property from a reputable company and your property is not built in a way that may obstruct future development, hence, demolishing, then you should rest assured of long-term security.


Protection against inflation

This is not a big concern to you. Once your property is working for you, then, the effects of inflation on you are highly minimal.



Property hardly depreciates. As the year goes by, it keeps appreciating and whatever decision, in terms of reselling the property is such a profitable one at the end of the day.



High maintenance

Building a structure is not as expensive as maintaining it. You could spend a fortune on maintenance especially if a part of the house is not properly fixed, for instance, the plumbing aspect.


Capital insensitive

Real estate requires a whole lot of money, so you have to be financially ready before you begin.


What is cryptocurrency investment?


Cryptocurrency, which has bitcoin as the most famous investment option. It is backed by blockchain technology, bitcoin is touted as an immutable currency. These digital currencies act as a medium of exchange globally as an alternative to money. The cryptocurrency had its tremendous run in 2021, with bitcoin hitting all-time highs of around $68, 000 in November, bitcoin is indeed the attention it deserves.


As more people set their eyes on digital assets as another possible investment, their popularity might grow further.


Moreover, cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin have a lower entry barrier when compared to real estate.


This allows the average investor who does not have a lot of capital to spare to start his investment journey.



Cryptocurrency is relatively new, there’s not enough data to calculate its value. As recent price fluctuations show, the market is volatile.


In a twinkle of an eye, you could lose everything and go back to square zero. However, if you are willing to take the risk, you might be lucky.



-Transactional freedom

You are free to do anything without waiting for documents to seek the approval of the government.


Easy to trade

If you know your way around it, you can sit in the comfort of your home to trade.


Low maintenance

Unlike having structures to maintain, cryptocurrency does not require any sort of maintenance. Technically, your investment is virtual.



Not a tangible asset

Just like I said with the pros of cryptocurrency, it is a virtual investment and not an investment you can heavily depend on.


Security issues

Anything can happen. Your account can be hacked and you end up losing everything.


Little or no government involvement

When the government is not involved in a certain sector, it is dangerous. This means, it has no law guiding it, so, whatever happens, you are solely responsible to bear the loss.


-High risk

There’s no certainty of what would happen in the next few minutes. It’s in two ways, “win big or lose flat out.”




Choosing which of them is better depends on how vast your knowledge is, and the risk you are willing to take. Cryptocurrency is of low maintenance but highly risky while real estate will cost a fortune but of very low risk.


Just like they say now, “choose a struggle.”



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Fidelity Bank assures customers of cash payment



Fidelity Bank assures customers of cash payment


Fidelity Bank assures customers of cash payment




The management of Fidelity Bank Plc has assured customers of cash payment across all its branches nationwide.






Head of Corporate Communication of the bank, Dr. Meksley Nwagboh said this in a statement issued by the bank today.



Fidelity Bank assures customers of cash payment



He said, “Our customers can rest assured that we are working to meet their banking needs. All our branches nationwide are open to customers to pay in their old notes and withdraw the new notes in accordance with the Central Bank of Nigeria’s policy on Naira redesign.”

Nwagboh, therefore, enjoined customers of the bank to visit the nearest branch to carry out their banking transactions.

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