JOHESU Strike: Saraki Meets Adewole, Ngige

SAN FRANCISCO, May 26, (THEWILL) – President of the Senate Dr Bukola Saraki is in a closed-door meeting with Minister of Health Isaac Adewole and Minister of Labour Chris Ngige over the strike by health workers.

This was as the Senate chose to intervene in the ongoing industrial action embarked upon by the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) and make the nation’s hospitals functional once again.

Saraki, after a meeting with the leadership of JOHESU on Thursday, where he listened to their grievances and demands, decided to meet with Adewole and Ngige to hear their own side of the issue.

While meeting with the JOHESU leadership led by its Chairman, Comrade Biobelemonye Joseph, the President of the Senate, had pledged that the Senate would ensure that the right thing is done to end the strike.

Chief Press Secretary to the President of the Senate, Sanni Onogu, in a statement in Abuja, said Saraki’s meeting with Adewole and Ngige was meant to hear their side of the issue and to forge a way forward, not only to end the strike but to ensure that there is lasting peace and industrial harmony in the nation’s health institutions.

During his meeting with the leadership of JOHESU, Saraki said the Senate and indeed the National Assembly, would ensure that the right thing is done to end the strike.

He noted that it is not in the interest of the country to have its hospitals closed while he pledged that the Senate would work with all stakeholders to ensure that the strike is called off.

Saraki said: “Our interest here in the Senate and the National Assembly in general, is to find a solution to this problem. It is not in the interest of the country for us to have our hospitals closed and we must work to ensure they are reopened promptly.

“I have heard your remarks, I will spend sometimes to discuss with you and get more details to see how we can put an end to this strike.

“On our own part, we will bring all parties involved together to ensure that where commitments have been made, those who made the commitments honour them.

“The only thing I can assure you is that we will make sure that the right thing is done and that this matter is resolved,” he said.

TianQu XS809W Specs and Price

TIANQU XS809W

Introducing another Mini drone from the affordable segment of the market. The TianQu XS809W is a quadcopter with a number of goodies in its spec sheet and quite frankly at a cheap price. TianQu XS809W appears well built with foldable arms which takes its portability up a notch. However, a bit of a downside is that the propellers are not protected rather there’s a fail safe implementation we will be talking about later.

Where to Buy TianQu XS809W

Jumia Nigeria – See Offers | GearBest – See Offers | Amazon – See Offers

TianQu XS809W  Key Specs and Features

  • Foldable arms
  • FPV
  • 10 minutes flight time
  • Adjustable HAD camera
  • 3.7V 900mAh battery
  • 100m Transmitter range

TIANQU XS809W

Design and Build

The drone as a nice black plastic finish accentuated by shades of yellow and has said earlier have foldable arms. The logic behind the foldable arms is that, it folds instead of breaking upon collision. Hemce, acting as a kind of protective measure in that case. At the back, you’ll find the battery slot where you slide and key the battery into place.

Under the drone, the camera is stationed but can be adjusted up or down to suit your style. The landing legs are directly under the propellers and could get in the way of folding unless you fold the rear one first.

Performance

The TianQu XS809W appears to be quite a nice quadcopter in the air with steady gait and nice yaw. It also responds well to controls and with a little deadzone once in a while. There are three speed levels only to choose from, although, the max speed is not really as fast as can be. Also, it has the customary skill set which includes flips, rolls etc on board as well as a one button land feature.

There is enough time on the TianQu XS809W drone, with up to 10 minutes of flight time depending on how you use it. You could go a little while longer by not using the video recording function or snapping pictures. To prevent crashing, the drone lands when the battery is getting low and also have headless mode for beginners.

TIANQU XS809W CONTROLLER

Controls

For controlling the drone, there’s a remote controller from the box which looks more or less like a gamepad. Like most drones, there is a kind of throttle on it that is used to navigate the drone through the flight as well as buttons for added functionality. At the top of the controller you’ve got an adjustable clip where you attach your smartphone. This is used when the FPV function wants to be utilized and that is done by connecting to the drones wi-fi signal through the drone App.

Image and Video

You can’t expect much from this drone considering the price tag placed on it. Talking about live feed, the TianQu XS809W only broadcast it’s video in 480p quality through the wi-fi network. Despite the fact that the camera can be adjusted, it is still more or less stationary. Due to the fact that there is only a 0.3MP camera in place ,you will not be able to see more than what is in front of you.

Pricing and Availability

The TianQu XS809W is available in a June of online stores for about 18, 000 naira depending on the deal and your location.

TianQu XS809W Specs

Here are a few specs of the TianQu XS809W:

General Features

  • Description: Mini Quadcopter
  • Platform Support:
  • Colours: Black
  • Processor:
  • Memory:
  • Storage:
  • Motor Type: brushed motors
  • Dimension: 320 x 330 x 55 mm unfolded & 135 x 185 x 55 mm when folded
  • Weight: 149g

Camera

  • Resolution:
  • Video Recording:
  • EV Range:
  • Camera Angle Adjustment:
  • FPV: Yes
  • Shooting Time Delay:
  • Field of Vision:
  • Features:

Drone Experience

  • Sensors:
  • Satellite Navigation:
  • Flight Time: 10 minutes
  • Maximum Altitude:
  • Controller:
  • Functions:

Power

  • Battery: 900mAh
  • Charging Time: 1 hour

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Syma X5SC Specs and Price

Syma X5SC

Small time drone is a new buzz word , as it is more affordable and offers basic drone functionalities. The Syma X5SC is another drone in the Syma’s X5 series with some improvement compared to its predecessor as well as an improved design. You have some of the perks of even more expensive drones like headless mode, stunts like 360 flips, Above all the main attraction here is the nice build and number of features available at the slated price.

Where to Buy Syma X5SC

Jumia Nigeria – See Offers | GearBest – See Offers | Amazon – See Offers

Syma X5SC Key Specs and Features

  • Head free mode, 360 Flips and barrel rolls
  • 6 Axis Stabilization
  • 2.4 GHZ radio control
  • 100 meters Flight range
  • LED lights (to differentiate front and back)
  • Detachable HD camera with 2 megapixel lens
  • Still photos and video capturing
  • 500mAh Li-Po rechargeable battery
  • 6-8 minutes Flight Time
  • Charge time is 2 hours

Syma X5SC

Design and Build

As recent quadcopters are made with propeller guards, the Syma X5SC”s prop guard comes in form of an extension at the base that goes beyond the propellers, thus protecting it. Another clear improvement is its legs that appears to be longer preventing the camera located under from touching the landing surface. Like its peers, the drone is made of plastic, but it can still take a hit plus most of the parts are replaceable.

You also have LED lights that signifies the orientation, whether front or back. Take note that the camera on the drone is stationary and positioned to face downward by default. That being said, the overall build is nice and quite elegant capable of taking flight after a minor crash.

Performance

Flying the drone is pretty much a easy thing to do using the remote controller. There is also the famed headless mode which comes in handy for beginners. This is because beginners often operate the drone based on where they are facing rather than where the drone is facing. That being said, it flies quite well in still air, but you might find it difficult to move around in slight wind. Same as the rest of its peers, you might find it difficult to keep the drone steady in the air while maintaining the same altitude.

As I may have mentioned before, the drone can get quite acrobatic if you want it to with movements like 360° flips in all directions and barrel rolls. It is also capable of supplying live feed from the camera to you in real time as you fly.

Syma X5SC Remote controller

Controls

One of the items in the box as the Syma X5SC ships is a designated remote Controller with which you get to control the drone. Apart from the analog sticks which are loaded with springs to give a nice tactile feedback, there is an LCD screen that shows vital information such as battery level, signal strength and so on. The transmitter has a range of about 50m although you could increase this with a little tweak here and there.

Image and Video

Pretty much like a number of other budget mini drones, the Syma X5SC has a somewhat low quality image and video resolution. Shooting from a 2MP HD camera stationed up front, the capture quality is not as clear as can be in higher priced ones.

Pricing and Availability

The Syma X5SC is available for sale in various online stores for about 25, 000 naira depending on your location and the deal.

Syma X5SC Specs

Here are a few specs of the Syma X5SC:

General Features

  • Description: Quadcopter
  • Platform Support:
  • Colours: Black and white
  • Processor:
  • Memory:
  • Storage: 4GB with SD card
  • Motor Type:
  • Dimension: 31.5 X 31.5 X 10.5 cm
  • Weight:

Camera

  • Resolution: 720p
  • Video Recording: Yes
  • EV Range:
  • Camera Angle Adjustment:
  • FPV: Yes
  • Shooting Time Delay:
  • Field of Vision:
  • Features:

Drone Experience

  • Sensors:
  • Satellite Navigation:
  • Flight Time:
  • Maximum Altitude:
  • Controller:
  • Functions: Headfree mode 360 Flips and barrel rolls

Power

  • Battery: 500mAh removable Li-Po battery
  • Charging Time: 2 hours

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Democracy Day: FG Declares Tuesday Public Holiday

SAN FRANCISCO, May 26, (THEWILL) – The federal government has declared Tuesday, 29th May as public holiday to celebrate the 2018 Democracy Day.

This was revealed by the Minister of Interior Abdulrahman Dambazau, on Friday, in Abuja, on behalf of the federal government.

Dambazau congratulated Nigerians on the occasion and pledged government’s continued dedication to entrenching democracy in the polity.

In a statement signed by the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Dr. M.B Umar, the Minister urged all Nigerians to trust and support the government in its commitment to building an indivisible, peaceful and greater nation based on the tenets of democracy.

UN Earmarks N720m To Fight Cholera Outbreak In Yobe

SAN FRANCISCO, May 26, (THEWILL) – The United Nations has earmarked the sum of $2 million (around N720 million) to support response to a cholera outbreak affecting thousands of people in Yobe.

More than 404 cases have been reported since the outbreak was declared in four local government areas on March 28 and at least 15 people have been killed.

The UN said finance for the response will come through the Nigerian Humanitarian Fund.

However, additional resources are needed to ensure that the outbreak is contained, especially ahead of the rainy season when the risk of outbreaks and spreading of water-borne diseases is higher.

The funding will enable provision of safe water for over 1.6 million people, improve sanitation for thousands in the affected communities, and boost the technical and human resource capacity in hotspot areas so that cholera can be detected early and treated promptly.

“Cholera outbreaks can potentially impact and kill thousands of people, especially women, children and men who are living in overcrowded places such as camps for internally displaced persons. Surveillance and early detection are key to limiting the number of fatalities and the spread of the outbreak,” said the UN Humanitarian Coordinator Edward Kallon.

“Acting swiftly is pivotal if we are to prevent high mortality rates. These funds will help the UN and partners strengthen the capacity of community health personnel and equip local health facilities with diagnostic and treatment equipment as the rainy season gets underway and access to some of the affected localities might be impacted by flooding,” he added.

Nigeria needs an adult literacy campaign to industrialize – RenCap’s Charlie Robertson

Nigeria’s economy recorded a slight growth last year, as it pulled out of a year-long recession. Its exit from recession also coincided with the rise in oil price in late 2017. For the oil-dependent country, this was good news. Oil prices reached a four-month high this year, and it has also translated into an increase in Nigeria’s Forex reserves.

However, analysts say Nigeria should begin to think long term if it wants to truly maintain a steady economic growth. Firstly, it needs to industrialize its economy.

One of such analysts is the Global Chief Economist of Renaissance Capital, Charlie Robertson. While speaking on the sidelines of the Renaissance Capital Investment Conference last week in Lagos, he mentioned that for Nigeria to industrialize, it needs to carry out a massive literacy campaign.

“Government should think long term, and make sure 100 percent of Nigeria’s children are at school. They need to conduct an adult literacy campaign. All of the data we have shows you cannot take off the economy unless adult literacy is about 70 percent, preferably 80 percent. For Southern Nigeria, it is 70-80, or even better. In the North, it is 30 percent, 40 some states. And that as a rate is not enough to sustain or grow the economy.” he said.

Presently, Nigeria’s adult literacy rate is 51.08 percent, meaning only 51.08 percent of people aged 15 and older can adequately read and write. However, literacy is concentrated to only one region of the country. Adult literacy is as low as 7.23 percent in Yobe state, Northern Nigeria, which is a reflection of the rest of the region, while it is as high as 96.43 percent in Southern Nigeria, implying that education in Nigeria is a regional metric. Many have made direct correlations between the low literacy rate and the emergence of terrorism in North Nigeria.

Mr Robertson feels Nigeria should take a leaf from the book of South Korea, who underwent a massive adult literacy campaign in the 1950s, and that set it on the way to becoming one of the Four Asian Tigers.

“What Korea did in the 1950s was to get adult literacy from about 30 percent to 90 percent in 10 years…They were poorer than Ghana but then became richer in the 1960s. In the 1970s, electricity spread across the country. In the 1980s, people started to buy Korean goods for the first time in the world, in a big way. So, it started with an adult literacy campaign. And that is what I think in the long run will make Nigeria more attractive to investors.”

He also believes Nigeria needs electricity to industrialize. Presently, Nigeria generates 144.48 Kwh per person. However, Charlie says 300 kWh per capita is the minimum power needed for industrialization. “There are very few instances in the last 50 years of countries with less than 300 kWh per person that have been able to industrialize.” he said.

“Now, investors may not realize that, because they are not thinking “how do I make a profit in three months”. They are thinking how do they make a return in 5 years. And you do that by investing in the country that’s got human capital, electricity, and actually an investment. But if the first two is in place, obviously investment will follow.” he further said.

On the Ease of Doing Business Index

He also commended Nigeria’s move up the Ease of Doing Business Index and forecast that Nigeria would further move up the Index in 2018. Investors watch out for the priority that the government places on investment and businesses that investors watch out for.

“It is not hard to jump in the ease of doing business. What you need is a government that says this is important. You need a government that says I care about investments and businesses. Nigeria didn’t move in the rankings for a long time, they said ‘they’ve got higher oil prices, fine. who cares about the ease of doing business.’ Angola hasn’t made any big improvement.” he said.  “Nigeria said in the last two years that they can improve that. They did that last year, and they are gonna do this year too. It’s a positive sign. Does it produce growth at 6 percent instead of 3 percent? No. But does it tell you, you have a government that wants to see growth go from 3 percent to 6 percent? Absolutely. And that’s something that works for investments.”

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ESCP Europe signs agreement with Honoris United Universities to support education in Africa

Honoris United Universities, the first private pan-African higher education network, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with ESCP Europe to further its transnational network of leading academic centres of excellence. This development is geared towards supporting ESCP Europe’s mission to participate in the future training of African leaders.

The MoU provides both parties with new opportunities to fortify their academic and global reach by enabling significant options for students to gain wide geographical exposure and shared intelligence.  This will include scholarships and financial aid by Honoris member institutions to endorse students admitted in ESCP Europe programs such as MIM, MSc, MBA and executive education programs.

“We believe in the empowerment of the individual, which can be achieved through distinctive educational paths fundamental through the pursuit of singularity.  This means working the unique talents of our students against the backdrop of collaborative intelligence – this is at the heart of both institutions’ purpose in working together. I believe that the MoU signed today will help embolden our joint objectives of delivering a new generation of highly capable and agile transnational leaders,” CEO of Honoris United Universities, Luis Lopez said.

Distinguished as the world’s first ever business school, ESCP Europe is a Triple-Crown Accredited pan-European institution with six integrated urban campuses in Berlin, London, Madrid, Paris, Turin and Warsaw.  Established in 1819, ESCP Europe’s mission is to develop the next generation of transnational business leaders preparing them to embrace the opportunities offered by cultural diversity and global challenges.

“I am delighted that through our shared values of agility and our focus on enterprise and entrepreneurship, this transnational network will be able to deliver high-quality education throughout the continents of Africa and Europe.  The sharing of our intelligence and resources will serve both institutions’ students extremely well, leading to richer academic experience for students in both continents,” said Professor Frank Bournois, who’s Executive President and Dean of ESCP Europe.

This will be a major commitment by Honoris’ to bolster the scope and scale of higher education that it can offer to its students.  The MoU also envisions Honoris students exchanging knowledge with and gaining access to ESCP Europe’s Blue Factory incubator hub in Paris; the Blue Factory incubator hub buoys start-ups provides tailor-made support programs and emphasizes accelerated growth among a mixed community of entrepreneurs and innovators.

The agreement is distinctive as it combines two innovative visions of higher education, pan-European (ESCP Europe) and pan-African (Honoris United Universities), that strongly endorse the cross-pollination of ideas, know-how and cultural values.

School level intervention to incubate entrepreneurs and business owners for the future is needed in Africa. The critical challenge of creating a significant number of jobs for the continent’s booming population will only be facilitated with developing home-grown business leaders able to access global markets and drive growth in a sustainable and inclusive manner.

Aside from the MoU with Honoris, ESCP Europe also signed MoU’s with three specific Honoris network institutions in the Maghreb region, the Université Centrale in Tunisia, Université Mundiapolis and EMSI (Ecole Marocaine des Sciences de l’Ingénieur), both in Morocco.

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South African rand slightly stumbles ahead of S&P and Fitch ratings

While South Africa’s rand has weathered the emerging market currency storms better than its counterparts in 2018, the rand has weakened ahead of credit ratings from two of the Big Three rating agencies.

South Africa’s rand weakened earlier on Friday, 25th May 2018. It was 0.42 percent weaker at 12.46 to the dollar. Down from Thursday’s one-week best of 12.38 touched briefly as the South African Reserve Bank kept interest rates unchanged, citing high consumer price inflation risks. The central bank said consumer price inflation is expected to average 4.9 percent this year, rising to 5.2 percent in 2020.

“The foreign exchange market was unimpressed by the (central bank) meeting. This is unlikely to change today in the regular review of the country rating by rating agency Standard & Poor’s,” Commerzbank analyst Elisabeth Andreae told Reuters.

The currency had experienced especially strong performance as against dramatic falls seen in other emerging markets this month, but analysts already forewarned on the potential risks facing the currency.

Fitch and S&P are expected to publish their reviews of the country’s credit rating later today. S & P had cut the local currency debt to “junk” status in November because it thought there had been “further deterioration of South Africa’s economic outlook and its public finances.” In March, the rating agency said it would be nowhere near to upgrading the rating until reforms under new President Cyril Ramaphosa took shape. It downgraded South Africa’s long-term local currency rating to ‘BB+’, or junk, from ‘BBB-‘ with a stable outlook in 2017.

On the other hand, Fitch Ratings kept both South Africa’s local and foreign currency credit ratings unchanged at BB+, one notch below investment grade, with a stable outlook last year.

Being downgraded can have a big impact on a country’s ability to borrow money on the markets. Investors see it as a riskier bet and demand higher returns to lend to governments.

Investors are also expecting the results of the growth rate of domestic production for the 1st quarter of 2018. Also, the growing recognition of an impasse between government and public sector trade unions over the negotiation of a new three-year wage agreement could also influence the strength of the Rand. The Public Servants Association (PSA), a union that represents more than 230,000 public sector workers, wants an above-inflation increase of 12 percent across the board.

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