President Muhammadu Buhari has asked the Senate to approve the appointment of eight new Supreme Court justices. The letter read by the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, at plenary on Tuesday, said the appointment was based on the recommendations of the National Judicial Council. The nominees are, Lawal Garba, (North West), Helen Ogunwumiju (South West), Abdu Aboki (North West), and M M Saulawa (North West). Others are, Adamu Jauro (North East), Samuel Oseji (South South), Tijani Abubakar (North East), and Emmanuel Agim (South South).
The Director-General of the Department of State Services, Yusuf Bichi has activated a lopsided hiring process to fill the ranks of the secret service with personnel from the northern part of Nigeria, according to multiple media outlets. The region has an overwhelming share of the roughly 1,300 recruits currently undergoing cadet training at two different camps in Lagos and Bauchi. Of the 628 cadet trainees at the Bauchi facility as of 23 September, 535 identified themselves as trainees joining the service from either the North-East or the North-West. Only 93 were from either the South-East, South-South, South-West or North-Central, according to recruitment filings. In addition, reports show that at least 71 of the cadet trainees hail from Bichi Local Government Area in Kano — the director-general’s home lLGA. Similar concerns over lopsided recruitments at the DSS were made in 2017 under then Director-General, Lawal Daura.
Nigerian online retail pharmacy, HealthPlus is going through a boardroom and shareholder squabble that threatens the operations of the company. The battle for ownership of the company is now between Alta Semper, a private equity investor in the company and Bukky George, the company’s founder and CEO. The dispute attracted media attention after a press release was issued, announcing Chidi Okoro as Chief Transformation Officer of the company. The ‘company’ reported that Mr. Okoro’s “mission is to optimize day-to-day management, and elevate the business to novel scale and profitability,” effectively removing the founder. Mrs George issued a counter press release denying that she had been removed as MD/CEO and describing the initial press release as authorized and false. Alta Semper, on its part, maintains that “the majority of the Board of Directors of the Company, determined that a change of leadership was required if HealthPlus was to achieve its strategic goals, and the former CEO’s appointment was terminated in accordance with its terms.” Several attempts to resolve the issues between Bukky George have failed, due to a disagreement on the terms and conditions for the injection of capital into the company. HealthPlus is reportedly going through financial challenges and is in dire need of capital to remain in operation. In April 2018, Alta Semper Capital agreed to invest US$18 million into HealthPlus. The new funding was to enable the company to expand its retail footprint and enhance its competitive position. It had approximately 80 locations across the country at the time and currently has about 90 branches.
South Africa’s jobless rate fell in Q2 to 23.3% from 30.1%, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) said on Tuesday. The numbers, on the face of it, don’t seem accurate considering that the economy contracted 51% in the period but a technicality in the statistics agency’s definition of unemployment is to blame. “This sharp fall in the unemployment rate… is not a reflection of an improvement in the labour market, but rather the effect of the national lockdown, since the official definition of unemployment requires that people look for work and are available for work,” Stats SA said in a statement. The number of employed persons fell by 2.2 million to 14.1 million in the biggest fall since the survey began in 2008. If the number who became unemployed in Q2 2020, about 2.2 million individuals, were not removed from the labour force (that is were not deemed “not economically active”) and were instead added to those already unemployed, the unemployment rate would stand at 45%, says Investec chief economist Annabel Bishop. Stats SA estimated that 90% of employed graduates received full pay under lockdown compared with 75% of blue collar or nongraduate workers.