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(L-R) Dayo Mobereola, Special Adviser to the Minister of Marine and Blue Economy; Prof Busayo Fakinlede, representing the Minister of Marine and Blue Economy, Gboyega Oyetola; Mr Onari Brown, Executive Director, Marine and Operations, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA); Ms Adenrele Adesina, Executive Director, Finance and Admins, NPA; Mr Sola Giwa, Special Adviser to Lagos State Governor on Transport and Mr Mohammed Garba, Deputy Director, Coastal and Ports Administration, Ministry of Transport during stakeholders engagement to free Lagos ports access roads recently held at the NPA House, Lagos

 

The Minister of Marine and Blue Economy, Adegboyega Isiaka Oyetola has promised to eliminate extortions of maritime truck drivers, illegal checkpoints, unapproved parking of trucks along the road among other vices causing traffic along the port access roads, within one week.

 

Rising from a stakeholders’ meeting held at the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) headquarters in Lagos with the theme: Review of Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for Truck Traffic Management Along the Lagos Port Corridor, Oyetola assured the stakeholders who included leaders of various truck associations, NPA officials, the E-Call up system management team and Lagos State government, that the issues would be dispensed-with within one

 

The Minister who was represented at the meeting by Professor Busayo Stephen Fakinlede, Technical Aide to the Hon. Minister of Marine and Blue Economy, told the stakeholders who were mostly from the trucking subsector that a committee had been set up to review all the grouses and suggested solutions saying the issues would be resolved within one. Speaking at the forum, Oyetola noted that, “We can see that all the stakeholders are here to make sure we resolve all these issues and you can see the passionate intention of everyone to see that this problem is so

 

So, we are going home with the singular thing that all of these things will be things of the past

 

“We have already set up a committee and all the solutions proffered to the problems will be put together for the committee to review and in a week’s time, some of these issues would be resolve

 

When asked how he intends to sustain the resolutions arrived at the meeting, Oyetola stated that the meeting he was having with stakeholders is a departure from what obtained in the past saying that the people whose businesses are mostly affected are involved in the meeting. He explained that maritime is germane to the development of the economy adding that as stakeholders would not want to lose money, so would the govern

 

“The difference between this and the past ones is that the stakeholders here are parts of the problems, we have the truck owners, terminal owners and the other stakeholders here, it is affecting their businesses and they know the solutions. That is why everybody is here toda

 

“Talking about maritime, time is money. The stakeholders cannot afford to lose money so also the government does not want to lose m

 

“The only way is for them to work together to find solutions and that is what is going to happen in the next couple of weeks because anytime we delay, it affects them. That is why this particular meeting is going to be different from the previous one

 

“The issues that have to do with infrastructure, those ones will take a little time but the solutions start from now and we already taking them one by one,” he exuded with confidenc

 

Earlier, Lagos State Government represented by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Transport, Hon. Sola Giwa reiterated the state had earlier resolve on moving parked trucks out of the road

 

He called on the management of NPA to review its Minimum Safety Standards (MSS) on trucks saying the scheme is not achieving its purpose because according to him, there are many rickety trucks still playing the port r

 

He added that it is important that the minister sit down with the IG of Police to rid the roads of miscreants and police officers extorting truckers along the corrido. “There are too many road blocks. NPA security, LASMA are collecting money,” he fume

 

He commended the efforts of the Electronic Call Up System (E-Call up System) managers over the years saying they have helped a great deal but advised that they should not turn themselves into revenue generators and forget about their core mandate of traffic manag

 

“E-Call up System is working, don’t scrap it. Your solution is superb but you must not turn yourself into a revenue generating agency

 

One of the leading trucking groups, Association of Maritime Truck Owners (AMATO) in its position paper, posited that E-Call up System would have been a success but for interference by government and non-governmental actors, manipulation the system by owners of NPA approved parks, terminals low productivity, uncontrolled release of Export Processing Terminals (EPTs), among other factors leading to increase in traffic along the corrido

 

AMATO therefore called on the ministry to help address the menace of hoodlums popularly called area boys mounting illegal road bl

 

The group added that EPTs should operate in line with the SOP in releasing trucks, deployment of E-tag technology to eliminate theft of E-Call up system identity or bypassing of system’s procedureocks.r..”ementd.r.oads.s.e.s.oney.y.ment.g.d.”.lved. week week. of E-Call up system identity or bypassing of system’s procedure.

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Baba Adinni and Iya Adinni: Harmony Gardens Chairman and Wife Inducted into Spiritual Roles

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In a momentous occasion of spiritual significance and community recognition, the Chairman of Harmony Gardens and Estates Development LTD, Hon. Dr. Saheed Audullahi Mosadoluwa, popularly known as Mr. Ibile, and his wife, Hadjia Aishat Adebimpe, were recently installed with revered titles at an event hosted by the Al-Irshad Islamic Foundation.

 

Hon Saheed Mosadoluwa Ibile inaugurated a multi-billion naira ultra-modern Central Mosque at Ibeju-Lekki immidiately after he got recognized by the West Africa Islamic Council as the AL Mujaddid in Rabbat, Morocco.

 

According to popular Muslim tradition, the term refers to an individual who emerges at the turn of each century in the Islamic calendar to rejuvenate Islam, purging it of extraneous elements and restoring it to its original purity. In contemporary times, a mujaddid is regarded as the preeminent Muslim figure of a century.

 

The concept of Mujaddid is based on a hadith (a saying of Islamic prophet Muhammad), recorded by Abu Dawood, narrated by Abu Hurairah who mentioned that Muhammad said:

 

Allah will raise Mujaddid for this community at the end of every 100 years the one who will renovate its religion for it.

 

Recall that in a grand ceremony attended by distinguished personalities and spiritual leaders, Hon Saheed Audullahi Mosadoluwa, Chairman and CEO of Harmony Gardens and Estates Development LTD, officially commissioned and handed over a state-of-the-art central mosque in Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos State, on Friday, January 19th, 2024.

 

The auspicious event witnessed the presence of esteemed religious leaders, including Sheik Semiu .A. Opeloyeru, The Grand Chief Imam and General President of the League of Imam and Alfa in Ibeju-Lekki L.G.A. The ceremony commenced with the arrival of Sheik Semiu .A. Opeloyeru, setting the tone for a day of spiritual significance and community celebration.

 

Representing the executive governor of Lagos State, His Excellency Babajide Sanwoolu, was Hon. Ahmed Abdulai Jembe, the Special Adviser on Islamic Affairs to the governor, graced the ceremony. The Onibeju in attendance emphasizing the significance of the event in the cultural and traditional context.

 

The event saw the attendance of various traditional rulers, highlighting the communal and inclusive nature of the mosque inauguration. Notably, the newly appointed Lagos NURTW Chairman, Mustapha Sego, drew attention as his presence added an extra layer of recognition to the occasion.

 

However, the prestigious ceremony, held at Monarch Hall in Osapa London Lekki, Lagos State, saw Hon. Dr. Saheed Audullahi Mosadoluwa bestowed with the title of Baba Adinni, signifying a revered position within the religious community. His wife, Hadjia Aishat Adebimpe, was similarly honored as Iya Adinni, a title of great respect and responsibility.

 

The Al-Irshad Islamic Foundation, under the guidance of its founder Sheik Rasheed Adeleke, who is also the owner of Al-Irshad Travel and Tours, organized the event as a Pre-Ramadan lecture, award ceremony, and Turbaning ceremony. The atmosphere was filled with spiritual fervor and communal joy as community members gathered to witness the momentous occasion.

 

Notably, Abu Abel and other prominent figures, was also present at the event, adding to the significance of the gathering. The ceremony, held on Sunday, February 25th, 2024, brought together individuals from diverse backgrounds to celebrate the exemplary contributions of Hon. Dr. Saheed Audullahi Mosadoluwa and his wife to both the community and the Islamic faith.

 

The Turbaning ceremony, a traditional rite of passage within the Islamic community, symbolizes a deep connection with cultural heritage and spiritual leadership. The titles of Baba Adinni and Iya Adinni carry great responsibilities, signifying the honorees’ commitment to serving the community and upholding the values of the Islamic faith.

 

As the community celebrates this significant event, the installation of Hon. Dr. Saheed Audullahi Mosadoluwa and Hadjia Aishat Adebimpe as Baba Adinni and Iya Adinni reflects their exemplary leadership and commitment to the principles of Harmony Gardens and Estate Development LTD. The event serves as a beacon of unity, spirituality, and communal recognition within the Osapa London in Lekki community.

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Squad Powers OmniPay’s Trade Business to Simplify Payments for FMCG Industry

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In a strategic move aimed at furthering its mission to empower African traders with the necessary payment solutions for thriving in the digital era, Squad, a fintech subsidiary of Guaranty Trust Holding Company Plc (GTCO), offering comprehensive payment and e-commerce solutions for businesses, has entered a partnership with OmniPay, a subsidiary of OmniRetail Inc.

 

This collaboration has currently benefited more than 65,000 stakeholders, which include retailers, distributors, and manufacturers through improved payment and collection methods using Squad’s Virtual Bank Account without incurring any charges. Additionally, they have gained more accessible and affordable working capital to procure goods on credit for their businesses, contributing to the daily transaction volume exceeding N3 billion, and this figure continues to grow.

 

Adeyemi Atanda, the Chief Marketing Officer, Squad, shared insights on the partnership’s significance, emphasizing, “At Squad, our mission revolves around providing African businesses with the right solutions for effortless payment processes, available at their convenience. We understand the pivotal role small businesses play in our economy. Through strategic alliances like this, we aim to empower even more merchants by granting them access to rapid, user-friendly, and dependable payment solutions that optimize their business operations and, in turn, boost their revenue.”

 

Deepankar Rustagi, CEO of OmniRetail stated, “As we join forces with Squad, we are driven by our shared vision of transforming the digital payment landscape for African businesses. With OmniPay, businesses will gain improved payment methods with zero transfer fees, while retailers and distributors will have easier access to OmniPay’s BNPL (Buy Now Pay Later) solution. This partnership aims to empower businesses, streamline payment processes, and enhance record-keeping accuracy through automated reconciliation for orders. This partnership reinforces OmniRetail’s commitment to innovation and financial inclusion.”

 

About Squad

 

Squad is a complete payment solution that is reliable, secure, and affordable, making receiving in-person and online payments simple and convenient.

 

Our goal is to support SMEs, micro-merchants, large corporations, and other fintechs (Tech Stars) with the tools they need to thrive in an evolving digital economy and expand beyond their current market reach.

 

Squad’s current products and service offerings include SquadPOS, Squad Payment Links, Squad Virtual Accounts, USSD, and E-Commerce Storefront.

 

Find out more at www.squadco.com.

 

About OmniPay

 

OmniPay, a subsidiary of OmniRetail Inc., is a company with a mission to simplify payments in Nigeria and provide working capital to trade businesses. OmniPay provides an API-based wallet built to simplify trade payments.

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