The Brief: President Buhari Signs ‘Not Too Young To Run’ Bill

In this week's roundup, President Buhari consents to a bill that allows more young people to participate in the Nigerian electoral process, Nigeria's switch to digital to give it the largest TV market in Africa, and eCommerce supermarket, Mart.ng launches in Abuja.

 

Nigeria’s President Buhari Signs ‘Not Too Young To Run’ Bill

The Nigerian president announced that he will consent to a bill that allows more young people to participate in the electoral process.

The “Not Too Young To Run” bill reduces the candidate age for a position in political office. With more than half of the country’s population under the age of 30, Nigeria’s 1999 constitution states that the president must be 40 years of age, and senators, as well as state governors, must be 35 years and above. However, the Chambers of the National Assembly passed the bill in 2017 and two-thirds of the state assemblies approved.

During his signing of the bill, the President gave a speech which supported Nigeria’s young people and their involvement in the political scene. He said:

“You, the young people of Nigeria, are now set to leave your mark on the political space, just as you have done over the decades in entrepreneurship, sports, art, media entertainment, technology, and several other fields. You are undoubtedly Nigeria’s most important resource – not oil, not agriculture, not solid minerals – but you and all of us. Your energy, intelligence and talent are what will drive and develop Nigeria, long after we are all gone. This is an opportunity for me to affirm that this Administration will continue to do everything in its power to make Nigeria work for you.”

Evidently, Nigeria’s political scene realises that bridging the gap between the old and the young and strengthening an already prosperous nation requires adequate youth participation in all fields, including politics.

The advocacy group YIAGA called for more youth participation in politics in 2016 and has led the drive for the “Not Too Young To Run” bill.

Online Supermarket and Grocery store Mart.ng Launches in Abuja

Mart.ng launched its services recently in Abuja, Nigeria, accepting mobile-phone and WhatsApp orders.

Once employed shoppers receive an order, they search for the items at a supermarket and deliver it to customers via an in-house despatch rider.

Mart.ng has various advantages. They offer affordable prices and the company sources its products directly from producers. The company works with offline grocery stores and restaurants.

Committed to high-quality and time- effective customer service, the Nigerian startup began this service last November.

Nigeria’s Digital Switchover Will Give it the Largest TV Market in Africa

According to Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, Nigeria will have the largest television market once the switchover to digital, being undertaken by the National Broadcasting Commision, takes place.

Approximately, 2.5 million homes in Nigeria have digital TV, which shows how the switchover could have a far-reaching impact.  

The Vice President of the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) Folorunsho Folarin-Coker said that the launch of the TV station aims to be the first Nigerian channel that transmits all its shows in high-definition quality. This supports the government’s plan to utilise the creative sector for economic and social reform.

Nigerian Communications Satellite Plans on Providing E-learning Services to Schools in Nigeria

The Nigerian Communications Satellite (NIGCOMSAT) wants to provide e-learning facilities for schools within urban and remote areas. The company has already arranged for agents and engineers to offer this proposal to states of the federation.

According to the Executive Director, Marketing and Business Development, Nigerian Communications Satellite Ltd., NIGCOMSAT, Hon. Sampson Osagie, “It will also give the organisation the opportunity to provide e-learning solutions and broadband connectivity to both secondary and primary schools.”

The Gambian Government Dedicated to Banjul Port Development

The Port of Antwerp, Belgium, revealed aims to establish a training programme for dock workers in the Gambia in partnership with the Antwerp Maritime Training Centre (APEC).

According to President Adama Barrow, “My Government is committed to the continuous development of the Port of Banjul to transform The Gambia into a centre of excellence for sub-regional trade and distribution, value-added and re-export activities.”

The Port of Antwerp International (PAI), its maritime training centre (APEC), and The Gambia Ports Authority made this agreement. With the port holding an advisory role during this partnership.

In the past, the Port of Antwerp trained roughly 130 port worker from Banjul in Antwerp.