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Dangote Tomato Processing Factory Shut Down Again

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The Dangote tomato processing factory located in Kano is said to be idle at the moment.

The Bloomberg reported that the farmers engaged to supply the factory with raw materials abandoned tomato farming at the start of the rainy season in May, and moved to cultivation of other crops.

The factory resumed operations in March after being idle for three years.

According to the Managing Director of Dangote Farms, Abdulkareem Kaita, the company is losing at least N30m every month that it remains shut.

The factory, which is said to be Nigeria’s largest, has the capacity to process 1,200 tonnes of tomato a day.

The plant needs about 40 trucks of fresh tomatoes per day with each truck handling 30 tonnes of produce.

Dangote inaugurated the company in March 2016 to reduce importation of tomato paste estimated at 400,000 tonnes annually.

Nigeria is reported to be Africa’s third-largest importer of the commodity, importing from China and some other Asian countries.

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” No Security Breach” Says Access Bank, Assures Customers Of Safety Of Funds, Data

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Following the reaction of Nigerians to a viral video of a hacker Ihebuzo Chris who alleged that he was in possession of data such as BVNs, and Account Numbers, of customers banking with Access Bank, the bank has reached out to assure it’s customers of the security of their accounts stating that ‘there is no security breach with customers banking details’.

Contrary to the claims of the supposed hacker, Access bank in a statement said,

“ Your safety is our priority and we will never disclose any information that will result in loss of your funds.”
it stated that the bank is working with appropriate authorities to bring the perpetrator to book.

“ Please note that our customers financial security is a top priority, we will never disclose any information that will jeopardise the safety of your account”, the bank further affirmed. ”

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China’s Internet Users Reach 900 million, Live-Streaming E-commerce Boosting Consumption

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Report By Wan Lin

The number of people using the internet in China reached 900 million as of March, 2020, an increase of 75 million from the end of 2018. Around 710 million Chinese people shopped online in 2019, and 37 percent of them were live-streaming shoppers, according to a report published on Tuesday by the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) on internet development in China.

With 900 million internet users, China now ranks first in the world, followed by India with 560 million and the US with 313 million, according to Internet World Stats.

China’s internet penetration rate has reached 64.5 percent, up 4.9 percent from 2018. More than 99 percent of users surf the internet via mobile phones, the report said.

Qin An, head of the Beijing-based Institute of China Cyberspace Strategy, attributed the growth of China’s internet usage to the widespread popularity of smartphones and development of the internet industry in the country.

Qin also noted that online applications play an increasingly important role in people’s everyday lives.

Short videos, livestreams, ecommerce, online payments and other applications have reduced the threshold of internet use and enriched people’s entertainment, said Zeng Yu, director of CNNIC.

As of March, 2020, 710 million people shopped online, an increase of 100 million compared to 2018. The transaction volume reached 10.63 trillion yuan ($1.5trillion), up 16.5 percent year on year, leading the world’s largest digital consumer market for seven consecutive years.

Among all online shoppers, about 265 million shop through watching live broadcasting on ecommerce platforms, accounting for 47 percent of livestreaming users.

Livestreaming ecommerce has become a new driver for China’s online consumption by activating users’ perceptual consumption and making real-time interaction to improve users’ experience and stimulate their desire to purchase, said the report.

The report also presents the income structure of Chinese internet users.

About 72 percent of internet users in China (about 650 million people) have a monthly income of around 5,000 yuan ($715). Meanwhile, 33 percent have an income ranging from 2001 yuan ($285) to 5000 yuan, and 21 percent earn less than 1,000 yuan ($140) every month, according to the report.

CNNIC said that they conducted the survey via phone interviews with respondents selected among residents aged six or above who have used the internet in the past six months in the Chinese mainland.

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We Are Not Selling Some Animals In Sumu Wild Life Park – Tourism Commissioner

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The Bauchi state Commissioner of Culture and Tourism, Honourable Ahmed Modibbo has disclosed that the decision taken by the state government to sell some of the animals at the Sumu Wildlife park was not because the state is bankrupt.

The commissioner who was reacting to insinuations from some people that the decision may not be unconnected with the current Coronavirus crisis that has caused a serious threat on the global economy, revealed that the plan was taken even before the outbreak of the virus.

Modibbo who described the insinuations as laughable, maintained that “government is not a joke, this state government is not local government, therefore anybody saying this is ignorant of the workings of the government.

He said that the idea came after serious consideration, the space in which these animals are housed.. The animals have over the years been overstretched the park and that informs government’s decision to sell some of them.

“Some of these animals are old and some have multiply in number in such a way that we have to reduce them by selling them out and use the proceed to add to the IGR of the state, because it is not proper to continue to keep those that are too old in the park.”

The commissioner who said that selling some of the animals have been a normal practice, wondered why people are making an issue out of the decision.

“I think the reason why some people are complaining is because we made our own decision public unlike what was obtainable in previous government’s that does it silently. We are doing our things openly because we are determined to run a transparent government.

People should know that government is spending a lot of money in taking care of the animals. How much is government going to realise from the sales of the animals that some people are saying it is because the government is broke. Can the money sustain even a local government.

People should understand that we are not selling them because the state is going broke due to Coronavirus crisis. The arrangement has been there even before we came in, I am just implementing a policy that had been on ground since.

The commissioner who urged the citizens of Bauchi to be proud of Sumu wildlife park, said in the whole of Africa, there is no place like Sumu wildlife park.

He hoped that by the time the sell of the animals is flagged off, people will patronize the market so that the state will generate some income out of it.

He also urged the people of Bauchi state to continue to be loyal and submissive to the present government as it is poised to deliver dividends of democracy to all segments of the state.

On the fumigation exercise that took place in Yankari Game Reserve, the commissioner said it was meant to make the place safe for tourists and to curb the spread of COVID-19.

He said that there was no suspected case there but the fumigation was done as a precarious measures to de-escalate the spread of the virus into the Reserve.

Honourable Ahmed Modibbo who prayed for God’s intervention in ending the Coronavirus pandemic, said that the disease is real and that anybody desputing that is not being fair to himself.

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