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Direct selling industry inevitable to ending poverty in Nigeria — Qnet tells FG

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The direct selling industry under the e-commerce sector is inevitable to ending Poverty in Nigeria, QNET has told the Federal Government.

The company made this disclosure during a roundtable on Wednesday in Abuja.

The Director-General, QNET Sub-Saharan Africa, Mr Biram Fall, called on all well-meaning Nigerians and Africans to embrace the potential of the direct selling industry in their countries.

Fall reiterated the company’s commitment to the growth and development of the sector in the African continent.

He urged Nigerians to disregard allegations claiming QNET was a pyramid scheme.

“QNET is committed to the growth and development of the African direct-selling business industry and works with local governments to ensure compliance with regulations and laws.

“We built our partnership with Transblue Nigeria Limited on the need to tap into the Nigerian market’s exuberance in Direct Selling.

“To provide a globally recognised platform for customers and distributors to facilitate sales and marketing, and create genuine entrepreneurial skills among the youth of Nigeria.

“Unfortunately, QNET has faced controversies in certain countries, Nigeria included, with allegations of being a pyramid scheme.

“We have consistently and will continue to maintain that we are a legitimate business model,” he said.

In his remarks, Managing Director Transblue, Abdulhakeem Abiodun, said that a partnership with Qnet on the Direct Selling industry was veritable for fighting poverty in Nigeria.

Abiodun said there was a growing demand for job creation among young people in Nigeria to drive economic growth.

He said technology and innovation had provided the opportunities for young entrepreneurs to develop new businesses, solve local problems and positively impact society.

“We are convinced that such partnership models are the key to fighting poverty while giving business opportunities and enhancing productivity in Nigeria.

“We want to leverage the technological advancement needed for direct selling to achieve these goals.

“Mentorship and networking opportunities are also available for young entrepreneurs to gain knowledge and support from experienced business owners.

“Entrepreneurship education, financial literacy, skill development and business management programs are available for young people in Nigeria to build the skills necessary to start and grow their businesses in different areas, including music, fashion, and the arts.

“There are numerous support programs for young entrepreneurs in Nigeria, including incubators, accelerators, and access to funding,” he said.

On her part, the Group Chief Communication Officer, Qnet Group, Singapore, Ramya Chandrasekaran, said there was a need for Nigeria’s direct selling industry to be regulated.

She stated QNET was committed to impacting Nigerian society positively.

“The direct selling industry in Nigeria is largely unregulated, making it easier for unethical companies to operate and for consumers to be misled.

“QNET is a multinational direct-selling company operating in multiple regions globally.

“We work through a network marketing business model where Independent Representatives can earn income by selling products and building a network of their own,” the communication officer added.

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‘Tinubu paying fuel subsidy more than before’ – El-Rufai

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The former governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, has claimed that the President Bola Tinubu-led Federal Government is currently subsidising fuel for Nigerians.

Fielding questions from journalists in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, on Monday, El-Rufai said the FG is now paying fuel subsidy more than before.

President declared during his inauguration on May 29, 2023, that the country can no longer subsidise fuel for the citizens, saying the petrol subsidy is gone.

The development skyrocketed the price of fuel and other products and services, triggering the economic hardship that has been bedevilling the nation since 2023.

But the former governor told journalists on Monday that the subsidy is back.

According to him, the FG returned the subsidy because “the impact has been seen and the packages of support that would reduce the impact have not been so effective in reducing the impact, so the federal government is back now subsidising petrol.”

He said many people don’t know that the fuel subsidy is back.

“If they want to know whether we are subsidising or not, they should compare the price of petrol and diesel because petrol should be more expensive than diesel but diesel is priced above a thousand naira while petrol is at N600 per litre.

“So, we are still subsidising Petrol because the government has realised that the way it implemented the fuel subsidy initially required some adjustments,” El-Rufai said.

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Clark calls for special taskforce for release of Chibok girls

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Pa Edwin Clark, Leader of  the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), has urged the Federal Government to appoint a special taskforce to ensure the rescue of the remaining Chibok girls held by Boko Haram

The elder statesman made the call while briefing newsmen in Abuja on Monday at a ceremony to mark the Chibok girls’ 10th anniversary in captivity.

While expressing displeasure over the failure of past administrations to rescue the girls, Clark urged President Bola Tinubu to leave no stones unturned to secure the release of the girls.

“About 90 of them are still missing after 10 years. This should be a source of worry and concern to any government.

“Tinubu should appoint a special taskforce with brave soldiers, who are competent and transparent and not nepotic.

“Their main duty will be to travel at all times to Sambisa forest or where ever these citizens are, to look for these girls and rescue them.

“In giving this advice, I also want to add that a time limit should be given to them to carry out this task.”

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Oodua Nation Agitation: NSCDC puts personnel on red alert in Ondo

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Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Ondo State Command, has ordered divisional officers and tactical teams to be on red alert and ward off any incursion into the state by Oodua nation agitators.

NSCDC Commandant in the state, Oluyemi Ibiloye, who stated this at the weekly muster parade where the corps’ operations during the last Eid-el Fitr celebration were reviewed, also ordered the teams to be on standby for other miscreants.

Ibiloye, in a statement made available to newsmen by the command’s Spokesperson, Aidamenbor Daniel on Monday in Akure, admonished officers to take positive posture toward their job.

He reminded the officers and men of the corps of the ongoing political activities within the state and the need to be professional and apolitical in their operations.

“The intelligence department, armed squad, counter terrorism unit, rapid response squad and operations are to be on red alert to ensure that the security breach that took place in Oyo State does not happen in Ondo State,” he said.

According to him, this has become imperative especially now that various political parties are having their rallies in the state, with mixed crowds in attendance.

“The command wishes to reiterate its commitment to safeguarding lives and properties, and ensuring the protection of critical national assets and infrastructure.

“We would do all within the ambits of the law to ensure the safety of all good and law-abiding citizens of Ondo State.

“For quick intervention and actionable intelligence sharing, the command’s quick response lines 08034027234, 08037871044 and 08032797388 are open for public use,” Ibiloye said.

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