The Brief: Rugby Africa Unveils the 2018 Competition Schedule, The Future of Work in Nigeria, MainOne and Tizeti Partner with Facebook

The 2018 African champion will gain automatic qualification for the the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

Rugby Africa unveils the 2018 Competition Schedule: 32 African countries, 10 competitions, more than 100 matches

With the promise of an action packed year, Rugby Africa unveiled its 2018 Competition Schedule. The year will see a total of 10 competitions taking place, with over one hundred fifteen-a-side and sevens rugby matches and up to 32 participating countries.

The 2018 African champion will gain automatic qualification for the the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

“It’s a rich and well-articulated program that we offer to rugby federations and fans in Africa. Rugby Africa wants to involve as many countries as possible in its continental competitions. This we do in a spirit of solidarity but also to allow local rugby to develop by having the opportunity to progress and play in bigger tournaments. The participation and hosting of continental competitions are important arguments for retaining talent but also to gain support from institutional and private partners,” says Abdelaziz Bougja, President of Rugby Africa.

“The spotlight will be on the Rugby Africa Gold Cup this year, as the competition allows qualification for the 2019 World Cup. It will be a hard contest between the six countries in the running, and they will all give their best and will mobilise their best teams to try to earn their ticket to the World Cup. Rugby Africa will be supporting them to organise very high-level tournaments. Thanks to Kwesé Sports who will broadcast all the matches live and to our official partner APO Group, our public relations agency, we will talk a lot about African rugby in 2018 on the continent and beyond and we hope to raise awareness around our sport and its value”, says Guédel N’Diaye, director of competitions at Rugby Africa.

The Future of Work in Nigeria – a GE Nigeria Report

As part of the company’s global “The Future of Work” series, General Electric Nigeria released a whitepaper detailing insights garnered from a survey of their key leaders across four industries – Oil and Gas, Transportation, Healthcare and Power. The survey looked at the impact of skills shortages on their businesses, as well as ways to address the skills shortages.

“Competing in the 21st century global economy requires advanced skills development strategies and policies robust enough to adjust to changes in the economic landscape and the associated demands for skills. GE is committed to building a world that works better. We are committed to building skills to meet critical needs and fill skills gaps domestically and globally. Our aim is to achieve success by building collaboration, increasing employability, and engaging the public sector and business community. We understand that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to skills development. Indeed, it varies across countries and sectors. However, what is constant is the need for both the public and private sector to come together to ensure that the education system- from traditional structures, to vocational and new approaches are producing the necessary skills for the country’s current needs while anticipating its skills needs in the future.” said Lazarus Angbazo, President and CEO of GE Nigeria.

The preface for the report was written by The Honorable Vice President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo who stated that, “Nigeria faces a Herculean task in plugging its skills gap. As the economy grows and new technologies emerge, the demand for skilled, competent and technical employees will only grow. Much of the emphasis needs to be placed on educational resourcing and policy reform – issues that sit predominantly with government and donors. But, the private sector has both a vested interest and a role to play in supporting the development of talent and the widening of the skills base in Nigeria.”

The paper is titled “The Future of Work in Nigeria. Bridging the Skills Gap: The Key to Unlocking Nigeria’s Inherent Potential”.

MainOne and Tizeti partner with Facebook to improve internet connectivity in Lagos

A joint development partnership between MainOne, Tizeti, and Facebook, has been announced to enable the expansion of internet services in Lagos. The partnership will look to leverage MainOne’s fiber connectivity, Tizeti’s twenty brand-new solar-powered towers, and Facebook’s Express Wi-Fi.

Speaking on the partnership, Chief Executive Officer, Tizeti, Kendall Ananyi, said, “Access to fast and reliable unlimited Wi-Fi connectivity has been a problem for most Nigerian residential customers and small businesses for too long. This partnership aims to demonstrate a sustainable and cost-effective solution to the under-served areas of Lagos State through our solar-powered, always-on Wi-Fi towers, and robust internet bandwidth from MainOne.”

Ibrahima Ba, Facebook Connectivity Programs, said, “We are committed to working with partners across Africa and elsewhere to support connectivity initiatives and develop better internet infrastructure in communities that lack reliable and affordable access.”