Webb Fontaine (www.WebbFontaine.com) and the Niger Chamber of Commerce and Industry, together with their partners, marked the launch of the Niger National Single Window platform through a ceremony held at the Niger Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
The single window platform will boost foreign trade and increase Niger's income while improving the overall speed and efficiency of trade.
The event was attended by Yayé Djibo, representing the office of the President of the Republic of Niger, Colonel Diori Hamani of the General Directorate of Customs and Ousmane Mahaman, Secretary General of the Niger Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIN) .
Created by decree n°2021-210/PRN/MF/MC/PSP on March 26, 2021, powered by Webb Fontaine technology, NNSW provides a contactless, cashless and paperless business ecosystem that reduces time and cost of doing business for Nigerien merchants.
and empower them to compete globally.
The NNSW platform is capable of incorporating multiple processes related to the proper functioning of trade and customs involving government and private organizations.
The platform enables Nigerien traders to electronically connect with multiple government and non-government agencies involved in international trade to obtain the necessary licenses, permits, certificates, and other business documents required for international trade.
The development of the NNSW platform started in 2021 and is now operational with its first pre-authorization module.
"We are honored to be Niger's official technology partner, working closely with the Government to implement the Single Window for Trade.
Webb Fontaine's latest technologies will help transform Niger's business environment, modernizing and streamlining all processes while increasing trust between stakeholders.
Samy Zayani, Commercial Director, Webb Fontaine Niger's business community can now carry out clearance processes online, efficiently and effectively.
The platform offers a single point of entry for all import, export and transit operations in Niger.
"Webb Fontaine's goal and mission is to assist and empower the business community in the use of the new NNSW platform, and we will soon be opening an Internet hub to further drive adoption of the new platform.
It is with great pride that we will continue to work with the government of Niger to improve the country's business climate using cutting-edge business technology."
Ali Karim Alio, General Manager of Webb Fontain e Niger “Niger's National Single Window is a long-awaited update that will strengthen Niger's position as a trading partner and also strengthen its international trade.
The dematerialization of business procedures has become even more important in the post-COVID world, as the pandemic has shown that supply and logistics chains can bear the brunt of a global crisis and create new crises in their wake.
It is crucial for Niger to work together with other economies and grow its trade, the development of the NNSW platform marks an important milestone for.
I am delighted that Niger is joining the global trade movement.” Ousmane Mahaman, Secretary General of the NNSW Niger Chamber of Commerce and Industry can be accessed here (https://bit.ly/3SLMOyf).
PRNigeria, an Image Merchant Promotion outfit, has called on the Federal Government, Red Cross Society and other humanitarian agencies to assist IDPs in Kagara and Chonoko communities in Niger and Kebbi states.
Mukhtar Madobi, an investigation staff member of the organisation, made the call during a roundtable Media Interface and Presentation of a report on Humanitarian Situations in Kebbi and Niger states on Friday in Abuja.
He said the over 10,000 IDPs in Chonoko community in Kebbi were living under hardship as they had no basic necessities of life.
Madobi said most of the schools in the community were closed down due to the fear of attacks by bandits, adding that some of the schools in town had been turned into IDP camps.
“This has sent a lot of students out of classes, leading to increased number of out-of-school children in the area.
” Chonoko community is suffering from lack of water; investigations show that residents and IDPs usually battle for water from the two available boreholes.
People spend nights to queue for water.
“IDPs are living in a crowded shelter, for example, 20 people are sharing a single room.
NEMA are trying their best, but the items don’t get to the vulnerable communities and people.
“Government and security forces should sustain effort towards restoring peace and security to affected communities.
” He called on NEMA, Red Cross, International Donors and NGOs to provide adequate shelters to the IDPs.“Also, education should be rescued and medical supplies be considered to ensure sound healthcare delivery,” Madobi said.
On Kagara community in Niger, Madobi said residents were assisting victims of bandit attacks with foods and materials, adding that most IDPs were engaged in businesses to sustain their lives.
According to him, security has improved in Kagara, but that bandits are still attacking the surrounding villages.
He said the Vigilantes were not well equipped with good weapons which reduced their efforts in confronting the bandits.
“We also discovered that farmers were paying levies to bandits to have access to their farms and conduct farming activities, thus, farming has been affected, leading to food crisis.
“Most schools in Kagara are closed and the only General Hospital is providing skeletal services because medical personnel usually refuse posting to the community, because of fear of bandit attacks.
He appealed to Federal Government to boost security in villages by providing sophisticated weapons to vigilantes.
He also said that security personnel should be posted to critical infrastructure like schools and hospitals to encourage teachers and health personnel posted to the community.
Speaking, the Head, Press Unit of NEMA, Mr Manzo Ekekiel, said the Agency was committed to the sustainable provision of relief materials to IDPs, especially those affected by insecurity and other disasters across the country.
Ezekiel said the Agency had put in place necessary measures to ensure seamless and hitch-free distribution of relief materials to the communities affected by insecurity challenges and other disasters such as flooding across the countryHe underscored the need for synergy between the Agency, Security Agencies, State Governments and Community Leaders to have unfettered access to the IDPs camps.
“The Kagara that we were discussing here and Chonoko, their locations are within the same general areas, so the DG has a cause to go to Kotongora to go and flag off the relief distribution there.
“Kagara is under our Minna Office, and I am aware that a lot of relief materials approved by the Agency have been delivered to the IDPs there.
“Also, Chonoko is under our office in Sokoto and I am also aware that our Coordinator there has delivered the relief materials approved at that location too.
“I want to say, in fact, there must be strategic reasons why PRNigeria picked on these two communities.
“But I must say here that not only these two communities are affected by insurgency and displacement of persons.
Recently, we were in Plateau to deliver materials to people affected by gunmen in Kanam Local Government,” Ezekiel said.
No fewer than 25 Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) fighters fleeing Nigerian military airstrikes have drowned in a deep river located within the Mars axis of the Lake Chad axis in the northeast.
Military warplanes, including the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Super Tucano, raided the terrorists' camps on Wednesday and Thursday in sustained airstrikes for a week.
An intelligence operative embedded in the local community told PRNigeria that ISWAP insurgents' camps and warehouses were bombed by the plane.
“Military aircraft shelling was carried out simultaneously on Bukar Mairam and Jubularam, Abbaganaram and Chikul Gudu, resulting in warehouses being blown up, killing several terrorists.
“However, those who survived the explosion in Bukar Mairam and Jubularam fled and tried to cross a river within the axis of Lake Chad. It was in the process that about 25 of them drowned,” he added.
He further said that recent air offensives by troops have affected ISWAP's operational command, thwarting the group's plans to carry out major attacks on military formations in the northeast.
Sustained air strikes against terrorist enclaves in the northwest by a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) aircraft have killed high-profile terrorist leaders and their foot soldiers in Katsina state.
PRNigeria deduced that the airstrikes, carried out by NAF planes on the Ilela community in Katsina state on Sunday, led to the elimination of several terrorists belonging to the camps of Gwaska Dankarami and Alhaji Abdulkarami, two notorious terrorist leaders.
It was also learned that the eliminated terrorists were behind a series of attacks around the Safana and Dan Musa local government areas of Katsina state.
The attacks were carried out after NAF platforms destroyed a rocky cave on the outskirts of Ilela Village, where terrorists often retreat and use as a safe haven after carrying out attacks on innocent citizens.
An intelligence source confirmed the success of the airstrike that killed dozens of terrorists.
“Receiving reports of incessant terrorist attacks in villages around Safana LGA, especially Ilela Village, where some 12 people were recently killed and others driven from the village, the air component of Operation Hadarin Daji deployed Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR ) planes to unravel the modus operandi of the terrorists.
“ISR rig footage revealed significant terrorist activity on some rocky hills approximately 1.5 km southwest of Ilela and south of Rubu Villages. Closer scrutiny of the footage revealed armed terrorists on 19 motorcycles traveling on multiple roads leading to a cave within the rocky hills.
“So it was apparent that the footage corroborated earlier intel from other sources around the location of the rocky cave.
“Consequently, the OPHD Air Component dispatched a fighter jet and a helicopter gunship on an aerial interdiction mission to exterminate and infuse maximum casualties to the bandits, as well as destroy their enclaves,” he said.
A national intelligence operative working with locals told PRNigeria that dozens of terrorists were killed during the airstrikes.
“The aircraft bombed terrorists who were fleeing on motorcycles in rocky enclaves. At least 43 bodies of terrorists were counted in the vicinity, including that of Alhaji Shingy, brother of the murdered bandit leader Auta.
“Several fighters inspired by the terrorist leaders Dankarami and Abdulkarimu suffered maximum casualties with their logistics and motorcycles demolished during the airstrikes.
When contacted, NAF Information and Public Relations Director Edward Gabkwet told PRNigeria that attacks against terrorist elements will continue as long as they continue to pose threats to peace-loving Nigerians.
“With the level of coordination and cooperation between the services and other security agencies, Nigerians should not be surprised at the high level of success achieved through precision strikes aimed at eliminating key terrorists and their foot soldiers.
“We assure Nigerians of the commitment of the air and ground components, as well as other security agencies, to restore normalcy to the north-west and north-east regions,” concluded Mr. Gabkwet.
The Nigerian Air Force NAF Super Tucano aircraft under Operation Hadin Kai has eliminated several ISWAP commanders and terrorists in Kirta Wulgo.
PRNigeria gathered that ISWAP senior commander Mallam Ari, who is in charge of Kirta Wulgo, and foreign mercenaries who make improvised explosive devices, IEDs, for terrorists, were killed during the airstrikes of the aircraft.
A senior military intelligence official said the airstrikes were authorized after intelligence revealed that more than 40 terrorists were converging on the northeastern outskirts of Kirta Wulgo, near a point where a suspected ISWAP flag was being raised.
“Some were also seen with weapons around a nearby makeshift structure, which was likely an indication that the structure may have had a high caliber terrorist target.
“After the air strikes, some of the surviving terrorists were seen making frantic efforts to put out the fire that followed, while others scrambled.
"In fact, makeshift structures were significantly burned and destroyed on the fringes."
"Several ISWAP fighters were neutralized in the airstrikes, including one Mallam Ari who was identified as Kirta Wulgo's Fiya."
Fiya is a title held second in the hierarchy of the terrorists' military structure.
When contacted, NAF spokesman Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet confirmed that the NAF did carry out some strikes in areas around Kirta Wulgo, but remained silent on the number or identities of casualties.
The ISWAP leadership recently made sweeping changes to its structures due to the loss of some of its key members who were killed mainly by airstrikes from NAF planes.
After the loss of its commanders and fighters in the recent aerial bombardments of the Nigerian army's Super Tucano plane, the ISWAP leadership has reorganized its cabinet.
PRNigeria gathered that a two-day meeting held at the behest of ISWAP leader Sani Shuwaram over the weekend was attended by members of the Shura Council and terrorist commanders from the Mars axis, including Garal, Kayowa, Tumbum Murhu. , Kurnawa. , Chikun Gudu, Tumbumma, Kwalaram, Kirta, Wulgo and Jubularam, among other notorious insurgent camps.
Some of the newly appointed commanders included Abubakar Dan-Buduma to supervise Bakassi Buningil and Doron Buhari; Muhammed Ba'ana for Kirta; Mohamet Aliamir for Kwalaram; Bakura Win for Jubularam; Malam Musa for Jubularam; and Mohamadu Mustapha for Mars.
According to sources, the meeting focused on the loss of commanders and fighters from the airstrikes of the Super Tucano plane deployed by the Nigerian army that targeted the terrorist infrastructure, armories, camps and high-value places on Mars and Abadam in Borno. and other places on the axis of Lake Chad.
As fleeing bandits storm villages on their escape routes from aerial bombardments, military intelligence agents are helping free captives from enclaves of bandit leaders willing to embrace peace.
PRNigeria gathered that while reluctant and terrified bandits are attacking communities along the Anka and Bukkuyum axes of Zamfara state, some bandit leaders in the Shinkafi and Tsafe areas have sent emissaries to the authorities, seeking peace and continued releasing kidnapped victims into his custody.
Bandits in Zamfara state have been in a panic recently, with constant airstrikes coming from the Nigerian army after the government officially outlawed bandit groups as terrorists.
Security sources told PRNigeria that following the storming of their camps and the assassination of some of their leaders by Nigerian military forces, fleeing bandits are attacking villages on their escape routes.
“While fleeing their places with their animals due to the sustained bombardment, the bandits clashed with security guards and raided the villages on their escape routes. Some of the communities that attacked are Barayar Zaki, Rafin Gero, Rafin Danya and Kurfa.
“Criminal elements are alarmed by the rate at which the military attack is catching up with them in recent times. The constant attacks have decimated its population, as many bandit commanders and terrorists have been killed, ”the sources said.
According to the sources, labeling the bandits as terrorists gave the military the legitimate right to deploy its full force against them and their leaders in Zamfara and the other northern states.
“Realizing the implication of the federal government's official classification of banditry as terrorism, some of its leaders have released large numbers of their captives in the Shinkafi, Tsafe and Kaura areas while seeking peace talks.
“A non-kinetic approach in collaboration with the state government and other security agencies, spearheaded by the Nigerian army intelligence service, is helping to facilitate the release of more captives throughout the state of Zamfara.
"'Brutal' offensives continue in areas where bandit-terrorists are proving to be 'stubborn', as fighter jets have been 'careful' during bombing missions to avoid collateral damage, as innocent citizens, especially kidnapped victims , they can get caught up in military attacks. " added the sources.
Beyond his active involvement in politics and the business world, Alhaji Bashir Tofa, who died on January 3 at the age of 74, was an accomplished writer, editor, and general perfectionist, whose building in the city of Kano remains one of the best mansions ever built. in the emirate, since the 1980s.
When I was a teenager in the 80s, I always wanted to pass by the magnificent and sprawling mansion, which has been continuously retouched to perfection to date, in the Gandun Albashu district of Kano.
As a writer, Tofa's articles on Nigeria's socio-economic and political development had appeared in major national newspapers of the 1970s, including the New Nigerian, Daily Times, Nigerian Tribune, The Sketch, and the vernacular tabloid Gaskiya Tafi Kwabo. .
Beyond his journalistic interventions, he was an extraordinary author of the word and the author of several books and stories on contemporary issues in both English and Hausa. As a deeply religious person, he also created the Office of Islamic Propagation (BIP) which helped unite Muslims and promoted interfaith dialogue with non-Muslims towards peaceful coexistence.
During my college days in the late 1980s, I admired his literary contributions, which were the focus of attraction that led me to seek an internship at his media conglomerate that published the Pen and Alkalami newspapers, and whose offices were located inside a building high along the Post Office Road in Kano.
It was in this media team that I met the manager, Mallam Garba Yusuf, who introduced me to the art of media marketing and Mallam Magaji Galadima, under whose tutelage I was trained in the vocation of investigative journalism and the editing of texts for production and publication.
While Garba Yusuf later became a highly influential commissioner in Governor Ibrahim Shekarau's cabinet, in his day he was a painstaking worker who always made sure the editorial team met the production deadlines that made newspapers available in the kiosks every Friday.
For his part, Magaji Galadima, who later became the pioneering Managing Director of Kano Geographic Information Systems (KANGIS) and currently holds the traditional title of Kachallan Kano in the Emirate, was a very meticulous editor who reviewed our news. . reports and feature articles for factual accuracy and house-style fidelity.
Due to Bashir Tofa's rigor as editor, management ensured that the reports in both newspapers were not only factual and truthful, but also based on reliable and authoritative sources. In addition to this, the editor ensured that the editorial staff adhered to the fundamental ethics of precision journalism, objectivity, fairness, accountability, and a general humanism in their work.
Even though Bashir Tofa's spirit was very strict, he still gave the two highest management staff members, who were responsible for the publications, the freedom to manage the newspapers independently. And although I was just an intern at the time, I had the opportunity to occasionally participate in marketing campaigns for ad placement and commissioning of special reports, along with my primary duty of searching for investigative stories.
It was during that first phase of my journalism experience that I met Jarman Kano, Alhaji Adamu Dankabo; Talban Kano, Alhaji Garba AD Inuwa; and the respected businessman Mallam Sabiu Bako.
As an editor who firmly believed in the principles of a free press, I vividly recall how the president, Alhaji Bashir Tofa, refused to interfere with an investigative report he had pinned on the mysterious death of a muezzin in a mosque in Sheikh Isyaku Rabiu. Be in Kano, the result of which he was forced to modify. I then conducted an interview with the chief imam of the mosque and the Dala district divisional police officer, a BI Bayero, when concerns were raised about the need to stop the report.
While the editor or my editors made no attempt to prevent me from completing that investigative journalism article, the story that followed was not only published in the Pen, but also in the Alkalami, the Hausa version of the newspaper.
In addition to the leadership and team-building attributes of delegating responsibilities to his staff, also because he traveled abroad frequently, Alhaji Bashir Tofa was equally a very generous Muslim, especially in providing scholarships to students and paying for medical care. of homeless people. As an intern, I was given a generous monthly allowance and my final year research project at the university in 1992 was funded by your company.
Being a different philanthropist, he made large anonymous donations to different public support causes on a regular basis. And, since the early 1990s, when he introduced Ramadan Cuisine, food has been provided to needy families during the holy month of fasting, while cooked food is also made available to people for breaking the fast and the Sahur early in the morning. , in various mosques and communities.
On top of that, Tofa annually recruited dozens of tailors to plant clothes in large numbers for the masses in the surrounding communities and also for those in need during the festive seasons.
Born into a Kanuri family in Kano on June 20, 1947, the late Bashir Tofa attended the City of London College, before starting a business and later joining politics. He was Secretary of Finance for the ruling National Party of Nigeria (NPN) during the Secondary Republic. Upon resuming political activities in the country in the early 1990s, Tofa joined the then Republican National Congress (NRC) and became its presidential candidate in the June 1993 elections, which however lost to his rival, Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale. Abiola. The official results were never fully published by the Babangida government.
Alhaji Bashir Tofa was a prominent businessman, oil trader, industrialist, politician, author, activist, journalist, and a strong contender during what has been declared the freest presidential election in Nigerian history in 1993. He died in the early morning hours of January 3 at the age of 74, after battling the health problems that kept him in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Aminu Kano University Hospital in Kano.
Yushau A. Shuaib is the editor-in-chief of PRNigeria
Wanted bandit leaders, Alhaji Auta and Kachalla Ruga, have been killed in a forest in Zamfara state, PRNigeria can report with authority.
The commanders gathered at their waterloo after a Nigerian Air Force, NAF aircraft, under Operation Hadarin Daji, acted with credible intelligence and bombed their enclaves, in Gusami Forest and Tsamre Village in the Birnin Local Government Area. State Magaji, last night.
Multiple airstrikes from the NAF plane, which took place in the early hours of Saturday, also eliminated Auta and Ruga's cohorts, PRNigeria learned.
Sources confirmed that dozens of bandits who had converged on the late Auta's residence, for his burial, were also hit by missiles from the military jet, with an unconfirmed number killed in the process.
A military intelligence officer told PRNigeria that follow-up airstrikes carried out by NAF fighter jets against fleeing bandits and those who took cover under trees within the area, resulted in many casualties from criminals. .
"For now, the whereabouts of other notorious bandits such as Alhaji Nashama, Shingi and Halilu, who may be incapacitated or on the run, are unknown," the officer added.
PRNigeria also gathered from the military source that the aggressive bombardments of NAF planes, in recent times have been very precise and effective in hitting the bandits' enclaves, eliminating their leaderships and followers, in the process.
“These operations have reassured citizens of the commitment and dedication of the armed forces and other security agencies to bring the threats posed by banditry under control, in a not too distant time.
"Citizens, especially in and around affected communities, are urged to continually provide law enforcement agencies with credible information that will go a long way toward addressing threats to their lives and livelihoods," he said.
The National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, says it has trained some 120,000 Nigerians in digital literacy across the country.
The agency's CEO, Kashifu Inuwa, revealed this on Friday in a comment at the end of the 3-day capacity-building workshop for journalists in the Northwest region, held at the PRNigeria Center in Kano state.
According to him, the agency is targeting a 95 percent digital literacy penetration by 2030 through a variety of its programs, such as Digital Academy, Digital State Program, among others.
Mr Inuwa said: “This year alone, we have trained some 120,000 Nigerians in digital literacy.
"We are also working in certified organizations to offer these trainings because we know that the government cannot do it alone, that is why we are incorporating journalists and civil society organizations to achieve this objective," he added.
In the area of cybersecurity, Inuwa revealed that the agency was doing a lot about social reengineering, such as raising awareness of the dos and don'ts of social media, which he said would help them protect their own confidential information. .
He said: “We have a Computer / Call Unit Emergency Preparedness Center. We also have a 24/7 Response Center to ensure we are proactively protecting the nation's digital space.
"Right now, we have private organizations and individuals who are protecting their data and information because we have people who are trying to find out what is happening in Deep Wave and Dark Wave, that is why we are actively protecting Nigerians."
DAILY NIGERIAN reports that the training, with the theme “Digital Journalism, Media Ethics and Responsible Reporting”, was jointly organized by Image Merchants Promotion Limited and Penlight Center for Investigative Journalism with the support of the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy and NITDA .