31 Mar

Daily Watch – Air Force gets in bed with Innoson, IT fraudsters take 0.08% of our GDP

  • The Nigerian Air Force has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Company in Nnewi, Anambra state, to address difficulties encountered in procuring spare parts. The agreement is aimed at ensuring adequate maintenance of the Air Force’s air fleet. The agreement was announced by Air Vice Marshal James Gbum, who led a delegation of top senior officers of the NAF on a visit to the Anambra State governor, Willie Obiano. AVM Gbum said that there are heightened efforts to improve research and development and that an order by the Chief of Air Staff had brought about the discovery of Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Company. With the agreement, the Air Force hopes to surmount the challenge of searching for spare parts in several countries around the world which had led to the grounding of many of its aircraft. The leader of the team said the car manufacturer passed the test of assisting in manufacturing brake assemblage haulage for activation of grounded aircraft which would in turn step up operation in the North-East against Boko Haram. According to him, the collaboration will also encourage indigenous manufacturing
  • The NLC in Oyo State has given the state governor, Abiola Ajimobi, a week to meet with it over unpaid worker’s salaries or face an indefinite strike. Union leader, Waheed Olojede said the move became necessary after efforts to meet with the Governor to find a solution to the backlog of five months’ salaries failed. However, the governor’s spokesman, Yomi Layinka, expressed surprise at the pronouncement. He said a meeting had already been scheduled for today with the leadership of labour unions in the state.
  • Nigeria loses about N89.55 billion annually to computer and internet-related frauds according to the National Information Technology Development Agency. A consultant with NITDA, Abdul-Hakeem Ajijola, quoted the United States Centre for Strategic and International Studies and information security firm, McAfee. This puts Nigeria’s loses to cyber-crime at 0.08 percent of the nation’s GDP, a figure which Ajijola said was equivalent to the cement industry.