Nigeria: Infracos set to connect 60 cities to broadband

Nigeria: Infracos set to connect 60 cities to broadbandAccording to a report by ngrguardiannews.com, Lagos as well as 60 other cities, in the North Central zone of Nigeria, are set to receive improved broadband services.

The report revealed that MainOne Cable will be in charge of the Lagos area while IHS will be focusing on the North Central states of the country and Abuja.

MainOne, which landed a submarine cable in the country, about four years ago and recently unveiled a Tier III data centre in Lagos, will provide InfraCos services to an expected 20 million people in the state.

According to the report, analysts believe that Lagos offers huge investment returns because it is the commercial capital of Nigeria, where expansive and affordable broadband access would impact significantly on more than 12 per cent of the population and nearly 60 per cent value of corporate Nigeria. Read More…

German Technology Nigeria Limited Opens First Karcher Centre in Nigeria

German Technology Nigeria Limited Opens First Karcher Centre in Nigeria German Technology Nigeria Limited, a subsidiary of Salhab Group, has introduced the Karcher range of cleaning equipment into Nigeria markets as it inaugurates its first showroom and service centre in Victoria Island, Lagos.

Speaking at the launch event, Mr. Axel Stolz, vice president, International Sales and Marketing, Alfred Karcher GmBH, said “We are very excited at the opportunity to bring our cleaning equipment and solutions to Nigeria. We are offering Nigerians a broad variety of equipment that meet a wide range of cleaning needs across various industries such as manufacturing, hospitality, food and agro, automotive industry etc.’

‎Continuing Stolz said, ‘The potential of the Nigerian market is huge. We recognize that the country is the largest economy in Africa and as such our headquarters in Germany will be providing all the logistics and support for the local partner over here. Service is an important sales tool for us. This has necessitated the setting up of a world class after sales center along with this showroom to ensure that we deliver quality product care to customers.”

Alfred Karcher is the world leader of cleaning equipment and machineries from Germany since 1935 with more than 1,400 patents for cleaning machines. Read More…

Nigeria’s neighbors band together to fight Boko Haram

Cameroon, Chad and Niger have launched a regional bid to combat the Boko Haram Islamists, as their attacks spread beyond Nigeria and concern mounts over the Nigerians’ failure to regain control.

The three neighbours have opted for a joint military response to the cross-border threat from Boko Haram fighters and have made veiled criticisms of Nigeria, whose armed forces appear no match for the Islamist group that emerged in 2009.

Brutal raids, massacres, suicide bomb attacks and kidnappings by Boko Haram have claimed at least 13,000 lives and driven an estimated 1.5 million people from their homes, mainly in arid northeast Nigeria.

Officially, all four states, whose borders converge in remote territory at Lake Chad, formed a military alliance that was due to take shape last November to battle Boko Haram.

But building a combined Lake Chad force seems to have dropped off the agenda.

Now the urgency of the situation is such that Nigeria’s partners appear to have finally lost patience and decided to act.

Cameroon in particular has been critical of what it sees as the Nigerian authorities’ passivity in the face of Boko Haram. Read More…

The Magic of Bollywood and Nollywood

Indian film industry, also famously known as Bollywood, is now going to join hands with Nigerian film industry, Nollywood, to endorse economic growth in both countries. India’s High Commissioner to Nigeria, Kaisar Alam shared the news.
Bollywood will support Nigeria’s show business in attainment of monetary benefits that could assist in boosting the GDP of Nigeria. There are plans to exchange programme and shows which can reap mutual benefits.
“Indian films are very popular in several countries like Russia, China, and Indonesia; and even in Nigeria. The film industry contributes significantly to the GDP of India. I understand that Nollywood also contributes significantly to the GDP of Nigeria,” Mr. Alam said.
India is the second largest producer of films after Hollywood. With more than 100 years’ experience, Bollywood can assist Nollywood in producing quality content that will help generate revenue.

Nigeria’s opposition set to pick presidential candidate

Thousands of delegates from across Nigeria converge on Lagos this week, as the main opposition party chooses its candidate to run for president in next year’s elections.

Unlike the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP), which has endorsed President Goodluck Jonathan as its only candidate, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has to choose from among five hopefuls.

But Wednesday’s primary looks set to be a two-horse race, although opinions are split as to who is the favourite.
“It is going to be a straight battle between Muhammadu Buhari and Atiku Abubakar,” Olusegun Adeniyi, who was former president Umaru Musa Yar’Adua’s spokesman, told AFP.

At stake for the winner of the February 14 vote is the chance to wrest the presidency from the PDP for the first time since Nigeria returned to civilian rule in 1999.

Nigeria may be Africa’s most populous nation, leading economy and top oil producer but it could hardly be described as being in the best of shape.

Boko Haram’s insurgency is raging in the northeast; the economy is reeling from falling global oil prices; while corruption, impunity and poor governance are seen as worse than ever.

“People want to see a candidate who represents some significant shift,” said Clement Nwankwo, director of the Policy and Legal Advisory Centre, a civil society group. Read More….