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Abakaliki agog as multi million naira Roban Stores opens

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Roban Store Limited has commissioned a multi million naira retail store in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State.

The Ebonyi State Government led by His Excellency, Engineer David Umahi, has congratulated the management for the investment drives that gave employment to many indigenes of the state.

Speaking at the grand opening ceremony of the international standard one stop shop in Abakaliki on Thursday December 14, 2017, Governor Umahi commenced, the Group Chairman of the Roban Store Group, Sir Rob Anwatu and his wife, lady Nwanne Anwatu for their vision and resolve to make Ebonyi people have the test of one stop retail shop where quality products are sold at a high competitive rate.

He said that this government is already building a mall which will be the biggest in the country and most beautiful in West Africa which is sitting on ten thousand square metre besides the Ecuminical Event centre in Abakaliki.

He said he was offering Roban the right of first refusal in the shopping mall and also pleaded for Sir Rob Anwatu to come and look at the drawing and advise them on its possibilities.

Gov. Umahi also commended Sir Anwatu for involving his family in his business which according to him has made Roban store unique.

Meanwhile, the State has issued Roban store limited with the Certificate of Occupancy on Friday, December 15, 2017.

Earlier in his speech, the Group chairman of Roban store, Sir Anwatu appreciated God for his love and mercy upon his family that has keep the business growing.

He commended the governor and his wife for honoring them despite his tight schedule, “initially when l muted the idea of establishing Roban store in  Abakaliki, a lot of people discouraged me , but I  said No, God has a reason for bringing t he idea to my mind at the initial stage. When I started it and gave a dateline, some also believed that it’s unachievable, but thank God we are today Declaring it open”

Sir Anwatu said that Nigeria Business needs the support of the political class. “Sometimes we support foreign business more than local business we give land and provide them with all needed infrastructures for them to come in and invest. Unfortunately, no nation, no state, can develop or move further economically without indigenous company” So whether we like it or not, we must support our local businesses. Roban store is totally 100% indigenous” in another quote he said “if I have one hundred stores in Nigeria today, Roban store can never employ any foreigner to work for me. It’s unfortunate that the government doesn’t want to do the right thing, but for Roban, we are teaching the people to do the right thing”

Sir Anwatu said that Roban store has employed 80% of ebonyi state people that is working in Abakaliki branch of roban store.

He noted that he is happy that for finally establishing Roban store in Abakaliki. He stated that what you cannot find in Roban store would be impossible to be found in other shop.

However the governor and his wife was accompanied by the wife of deputy governor, Her Excellency Mrs  Nnenna Igwe, Chief of Staff, Mr. Emmanuel Offor Okoli, Head of Service, Mr. Chamberlin Nwaele, PDP Chairman South East , Chief Austin Umali, H.R.H, Igwe S.N. Oketa (OMEOHA III) the traditional ruler of Nkaleke Autonomous community.

Others include Chief Barr. Ofili Nwosu ( Traditional Prime Minister Of Nnnewi) Chief Dan Ulasi (Okosisi Nnewi), Prince Chris Atuegwu, Lady Chika Nwajiagu , Mr. Christain Anwatu and many others.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Blockchain Technology Will Redefine Company of the Future, Says CTO of Digital Encode

Dr. Akindeinde also received “AfriTECH Blockchain Technology Mastery Personality Award 2022”.

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Akindeinde at AfriTECH 2

Dr. Oluseyi Akindehinde, the Co-founder and Chief Technical Officer (CTO) of Digital Encode Limited, has identified blockchain technology and the mobile phone as going to be fundamental to the company of the future.

Making a presentation at the just concluded Africa Tech Alliance Forum, otherwise known as AfriTECH 2.0, held in Lagos, recently, Akindehinde said that with the coming of the 5G technology, it is expected that the company of the future has to provide services along those lines.

The cybersecurity expert however, argued that it is doubtful that humans will completely live their lives using such tools as the mobile phone and the internet without any other thing explaining why he titled the presentation “Web 3.0, Blockchain and a decentralized digital identity.”

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Dr. Oluseyi Akindeinde, Co-Founder/CTO, Digital Encode Limited, speaking at AfriTECH 2.0

According to Akindehinde, “Blockchain is actually three things. Blockchain is a protocol, like when you have an email, for instance. Email has an organized protocol; it is called SMTP. Blockchain is also a protocol.

“Number two, why do you have a protocol? It presupposes that there is a network; there are servers that host the email. The last thing about blockchain is that it is software. That means you have the SMTP, the servers, and the software.

“When we talk about blockchain in this part of the world, it is usually an anonymous cryptocurrency. Cryptocurrency is just the work of four quadrants which are fungible, non-fungible, transferable, and non-transferable.

“Cryptocurrency is fungible and transferable. When we talk about it being fungible, if I bring out a thousand naira note for instance, you can bring yours, and we exchange it; it doesn’t matter. The problem with a physical asset like that is that we can only make that transaction when we are in the same space,” he further disclosed.

While explaining the difference between electronic transaction and digital transaction, Akindehinde stated that what people often do online is electronic because there is somebody in the middle granting access.

“When you log onto your bank mobile app and you make a transaction from bank A to bank B, what you are doing is transferring messages; it’s like email. When you take your ATM card to an ATM, what you are doing is that you are delegating control of that transfer to that man in the middle which is your bank.

“This brings out two things: The concept of ownership and the concept of control. So, when you are doing that electronic transaction, you do not own that transaction, you are only in control of it. If the network goes down, you can no longer do that transaction.

“Your university degree for instance, is an asset to you, it’s unique to you; it’s non-transferrable. Unlike money you can exchange with another person, you cannot exchange your certificate with another person.

“Why can’t we, therefore, have a digital driver’s license or a digital passport, or a digital identity management system? Why are we still carrying plastics? That is why there is the need to power a digital economy through decentralized identities.

“We all have BVNs and NINs, why can’t I be authenticated with my NIN for instance, and I sign in and go? When you are online and you go and authenticate to your bank, by putting your username and password, your bank is not authenticating to you,” he said.

Akindeinde at AfriTECH 2
L-r: Olabanji Soledayo, Marketing and Retail Sales Manager, ESET West Africa; Seun Dania, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Tradefada; Jude Ozinegbe, Founder and Convener and Dr. Oluseyi Akindeinde, Co-Founder/CTO, Digital Encode Limited, during a panel session Blockchain | Cryptocurrency | Cybersecurity and the Future of Money, at AfriTECH 2.0

On the difference between Web 2 and Web 3, the Digital Encode CTO said that “Web 2 simply means that something is entirely online. I can’t use what is online in the physical world. For instance, if you have Gmail, Google Authentication or Microsoft, you can only use it on Google. The authentication resides on the server of the bank. That is the entire concept of Web 2.

“Web 3.0 on the other hand simply means that instead of having all the things stored on a centralized internet, you now have the data in your control; you are the owner, and you are in control of it. And that is why we have what is called a self-solving identity system.”

Dr. Akindeinde also received “AfriTECH Blockchain Technology Mastery Personality Award 2022”.

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The newly unveiled Naira Notes have been met with so much disappointment & dissatisfaction from Citizens

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Just like the Central Bank of Nigeria disclosed the remaking of the naira notes some months back, Citizens have been anxiously waiting to see the new designs that will surface.

The Central Bank of Nigeria stated that one of the reasons they were taking that step, Was to catch citizens who were hoarding stash of cash illegally. So bank deposits were monitored during the process as the new redesigned currencies were to be in circulation from January 2023.

However, though their plans were working quite well and the new naira notes has just been Unveiled by President Mohammadu Buhari, The new currencies which comprised of 200, 500 and 1000 naira notes was short of expectation as a lot of citizens were not happy about what they saw.

The new naira notes

Instead of new designs, The currencies were just given new colours which looked immature based on many citizen’s judgement.

The Unveiling of the new naira notes
The unveiling of the new naira notes

Still faced with the disappointment, A Citizen took it upon himself to Challenge the Central Bank of Nigeria on what a redesigned currency should look like. He made a design of 500 naira note using Photoshop, People couldn’t help but gush over his beautiful design.

Design of 500 naira note made by a citizen

Many Citizens say they still prefer the Old currencies to the new.

Comparison between the old and the new currencies

READ ALSO: No Administration Has Done What I’ve Done For Nigerian Businesses – Buhari

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AVEVA Showcases Role of Digital Technologies in Achieving Zero-Carbon Economy at COP27

Industrial software leader returns to annual UN Climate Change Conference to show how digital technologies are driving responsible use of global resources to build net-zero economies

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L-r: Lisa Wee, Global Head of Sustainability, Nayef Bou Chaaya, Vice-President – Middle East, Africa & Turkey and Amish Sabharwal, Executive Vice-President – Engineering and Simulation.

AVEVA, a global leader in industrial software, driving digital transformation and sustainability, will highlight how digital technologies can support public-private partnerships and unlock innovation to close the implementation gap on climate change at COP27.

The United Nations Climate Change Conference 2022 is being held on November 6-18 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. A sponsor of the parallel Climate Action Innovation Zone, AVEVA believes trusted data-led technologies are essential to decarbonization, driving responsible use of the world’s resources and delivering innovative, climate-forward products in the net-zero economy. AVEVA is one of the first 50 companies in the world1 to have its net-zero commitments validated by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).

AVEVA’s presence at COP27 will be led by some of its most prominent climate advocates: Amish Sabharwal, Executive Vice-President – Engineering and Simulation and member of AVEVA’s Executive Leadership Team; Lisa Wee, Global Head of Sustainability; and Nayef Bou Chaaya, Vice-President – Middle East, Africa & Turkey.

During a number of thought-provoking sessions at the Sustainable Innovation Forum 2022, being held alongside COP27, the AVEVA executives will use real-life examples to showcase how digital technologies are unlocking opportunities in the net-zero economy.

Global opportunities in climate change mitigation

Sabharwal will join a plenary panel on November 10. Alongside UN executives, he will seek to explain why climate change mitigation represents our biggest opportunity yet.

Amish Sabharwal-AVEVA
Amish Sabharwal, Executive Vice-President – Engineering and Simulation and member of AVEVA’s Executive Leadership Team

“UN data shows that immediate action can halve greenhouse gas emissions (GHG emissions) by 2030 and put us on track to achieving our goal of keeping global temperature increases to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. At the same time, we are facing our biggest opportunity yet. Climate change is accelerating the fourth industrial revolution and nowhere is that more obvious than in the communities and industries here in Africa.,” Sabharwal said. “The decisions we take at COP27 and beyond will put the global economy on track to building resilient net-zero economies that drive the adaptation and mitigation agenda. Digital technologies are integral to building the new industries and supply chains that will deliver sustainable growth and create new jobs.”

Sabharwal added: “Closing the implementation gap on the world’s ambitious decarbonization commitments presents a major source of economic opportunity for businesses and communities.”

Move towards sustainability handprint thinking

On November 9, broadcaster Nik Gowing will interview Wee in the context of her role as a climate leader. 

Lisa Wee, Vice-President of Sustainability, AVEVA
Lisa Wee, Vice-President of Sustainability, AVEVA

She will share insights from the frontline of climate change mitigation and offer real-life examples of how AVEVA and its partners are paying it forward by co-innovating climate-responsive technological solutions to help usher in a zero-carbon economy.

“At AVEVA we recognize that we can drive exponential impact through the products we bring to market while supporting our customers on their decarbonization journey,” Wee said. “Now, our thinking has moved beyond measuring and managing our carbon footprint to considering our sustainability handprint. This positive contribution to sustainability through business activities and partnerships is a way of paying it forward to secure a better future for humanity and our planet.”

Role of partnerships in decarbonization

Also on November 9, Bou Chaaya will amplify the discussion around innovation in the face of climate change in a high-level spotlight session, with case studies of how global organizations are responding to – and taking advantage of – the opportunities arising from the focus on net-zero targets.

Nayef Bou Chaaya Vice President Middle East and Africa AVEVA
Nayef Bou Chaaya Vice President Middle East and Africa AVEVA

“Public-private partnerships can speed up delivery of the next-generation of low-carbon technologies by 2030 and break down silos in the development of new low-emission products to meet the world’s net-zero goals,” Bou Chaaya said. “AVEVA’s expertise has already demonstrated the role of digital technology in developing and scaling green grids and accelerating sustainable development through smart cities and smart water applications. We are convinced of the importance of driving private-sector collaboration on scope 3 upstream and downstream mitigation activities. We believe an open and connected industrial economy based on free-flowing data networks will be essential to hasten and scale up those sectors that are hardest to decarbonize.”

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