SystemSpecs Hosts Industry Stakeholders At Social Media Week

To deepen digital lending opportunities and further empower individuals and SMEs in Nigeria, SystemSpecs, a leading provider of financial technology and human capital management solutions and services, would be hosting an insightful session during the 2020 edition of the Social Media Week (SMW) in Lagos.

The session with the theme, “Human-Focused Lending in a Digital World: Impact of Fintech Collaborations” would hold between 11:00 am and noon on Thursday, 27th February 2020 at Landmark Event Centre, Oniru, Victoria Island.

Bringing together customers, providers, facilitators and regulators of digital lending in Nigeria including banks, other financial technology players, and policymakers, panelists at the session would discuss the potentials that abound in retail lending as well as the innovations and extensive opportunities that can be created through increased collaboration among Fintechs, banks, alternate lenders, credit bureaus and other data providers.

Speakers at the session would include the Chief Executive Officer of Arvo Finance, Ayotunde Bally; Business Head, Digital Banking Group, Access Bank, Esther Obiekwe; Co-Founder, Lidya, Tunde Kehinde; and Divisional Head, Payment Applications and Vertical Markets, SystemSpecs, David Okeme. The session will be moderated by Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata, Co-founder, CFAmedia

SystemSpecs, developers of Remita, the innovative payment and collection solution for corporates, SMEs and individuals, is known for powering the services of most of Nigeria’s top lenders. Since the inception of its data referencing service in 2017, SystemSpecs has become well-known as a key enabler in the ecosystem by providing insight on credit, streamlining lender’s risk decisions and facilitating the lending of over N35 billion to individuals and SMEs.

Thriving on partnerships within the ecosystem, its Remita direct debit offering is adjudged the leader in the industry and continues to attract interest from Deposit Money Banks (DMBs), Microfinance banks, alternative lenders and LendTech solution providers.

Patrick Ikpelue, Divisional Business Development Lead at SystemSpecs, said a major hindrance to the growth of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) is the lack of access to funds as a result of stringent measures such as lengthy, torturous approval processes as well as convoluted requests for collaterals.

“A virile finance and credit system is a key enabler to the realisation of a number of sustainable development goals, particularly in reducing poverty and raising peoples’ social status. At SystemSpecs, we are committed to empowering the delivery of digital lending to individuals, SMEs and larger organisations to enable them meet their financial needs,” Ikpelue said.

Noting that more financial institutions and Fintech lenders have now become active players in the retail credit business, he said this move would deepen retail portfolios and enhance collaborations.

Retail lending partnerships, if properly harnessed, will further strengthen the economy. The session on digital lending aligns with the overarching goal of the 2020 Social Media Week in Nigeria which is “to support ideas, campaigns and brands that embody a human-first approach to creating digital experiences, which is not only good for business, but will advance us as a society and culture.”

SystemSpecs is a leading provider of Africa’s financial technology infrastructure and human resource management software application. For 28 years now, SystemSpecs has offered robust solutions to individuals, corporate organisations – small, medium and large, and government at state and federal levels in Nigeria and on the African continent.

Laetitia Dagan murder suspect has been arrested by the police in Abuja.

The 47-year-old Dagan an Assistant Director attached to the State House in Abuja,  was killed by gunmen on Monday evening in her apartment in the Galadimawa District of Abuja.

According to a statement by the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Command spokesman, Anjuguri Manzah, the arrest followed a preliminary probe by the criminal investigation department of the force.

The police added that the suspect whose identity was not revealed conspired with others, who are still at large, to carry out the crime.

The statement, also, warned members of the public to overlook inaccurate stories on social media about the murder of Dagan so as not to pre-empt investigation.

iF DESIGN Awards 2020 : Nokia Phones Win Six Accolades

Nokia phones have been honoured by iF DESIGN Awards 2020 for outstanding design.
HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones stated this recently.
  The company has been resolute in their commitment to delivering premium phones that embody our Nordic heritage at every price point to our fans across the world.
iF DESIGN  Awards 2020 awarded the following Nokia phones:
Nokia 7.2
Nokia 1 Plus
Feature phones
Nokia 105
Nokia 110
Nokia 800 Tough
Nokia 2720 Flip
Juho Sarvikas, Chief Product Officer, HMD Global, said: “We have always aspired for a Nokia phone to stand apart in the sea of sameness – with pure, emotive designs inspired by our Nordic heritage. These awards are a fitting testament to our impressive product design team, who remain committed to innovation in design and materials craftsmanship. We’re flattered that the international design community has recognised them for their exceptional talent and proud of the work they have achieved during the past year.”
An intuitive user experience, coupled with Nordic design expertise, is woven in the DNA of each Nokia phone. The same premium design principles run throughout the portfolio, whether that’s the Nokia 7.2 with its light-diffusing satin glass back, the Nokia 4.2 with its compact size and edge to edge display, or the Nokia 800 Tough that boasts an anti-slip coating and rubberised edges.
The iF DESIGN™ Awards are held by the world’s oldest independent design organisation iF International Forum Design GmbH.
The judging panel consisting of 78 independent design experts reviewed over 7,000 entries from 56 countries across the globe.
Airtel Uplifts Underprivileged Kids in Touching Lives Episode 4

Leading telecommunications services provider, Airtel Nigeria, has reaffirmed its support for underprivileged children as it pledges to build modern toilet facilities as well as donate educational materials to the pupils of Methodist Central Primary School in Uruan Local Government Area of Akwa-Ibom State.
Airtel is offering this support as part of the ongoing Season 5 of its flagship Corporate Social Responsibility programme, Airtel Touching Lives, which will air on Sunday, February 23rd.
Episode 4 documents the heartfelt story of Methodist Central Primary School in Akwa-Ibom State, which had been in a state of disrepair, with no toilet facilities, furniture or adequate learning materials for its over 900 pupils.
For several decades, the school had lacked power, potable water, first-aid kits as well as modern toilets, and pupils had to share an unhygienic pit latrine, putting them at risk of infections and diseases. Despite the situation of the school, the teachers remained steadfast in imparting knowledge to the pupils as well as discharging their duties.
However, the conditions had become quite dire in recent times, leaving the teachers frustrated and bereft of hope. The upcoming episode will show how Airtel promised to intervene and turn around the situation.
Last week, Episode 3 of the programme documented the story of Omishakin, a small community in Ogun State that had been without electricity for over 13 years, hampering businesses and affecting livelihood of community members.
The community was also faced with security problems owing to the lack of power as hoodlums swarmed its environs in the dark, putting lives and properties at constant risk. Community members also had to walk long distances to fetch potable water as commercial boreholes were no longer sustainable as their owners could not continue to fuel their power generating sets.

Largest of its kind Youth Survey reveals rising Afro-Optimism and Afro-Capability driven by entrepreneurship, post-colonial mindset, digital technologies and shared African identity.
48% choose stable governments over democracy 
75% feel they positively change their communities through their work 
79% believe that Wi-Fi access should be a fundamental human right
67% say ‘fake news’ is impacting their ability to stay informed
Donald Trump, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg are the leaders who will have the greatest impact over the next five years 
The most comprehensive survey of Africa’s youth to date – the African Youth Survey 2020 – reveals a rising Afro-Optimism among the continent’s youth driven by a strong sense of individual responsibility, a post-colonial mindset, entrepreneurialism, and confidence in a shared African identity.
Africa’s youth believe they can solve problems collaboratively, and are hopeful of fighting corruption, achieving peace and improving their personal living conditions.
These findings, which are in stark contrast with global stereotypes and outdated narratives of a hopeless continent, were unveiled by the Ichikowitz Family Foundation, a leading African foundation encouraging active citizenship across the continent.
The African Youth Survey 2020 was conducted across 14 African countries in an unprecedented attempt to pulse the aspirations, motivations and viewpoints of one of the world’s key demographics.* Transatlantic polling firm, PSB Research, conducted interviews in Congo Brazzaville, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Togo, Zambia and Zimbabwe – a total of 4 200 in-depth, face-to-face interviews.
A loud wake-up call to all the Afro-sceptics
The African Youth Survey reveals young people who are self-starters, pan-African, digital and media savvy, tolerant but mindful of the challenges that could blight their ‘African Century’, such as corruption, the lack of new jobs, limited start-up capital, water scarcity, fake news, terrorism and poor education systems.
They were asked their opinions on their identity as Africans; on social cohesion in their communities, on the environment; on political stability and democracy; on foreign relations; on entrepreneurship; technology and the media; and, their views of the future.
Ichikowitz Family Foundation Chairman, Ivor Ichikowitz said: “The results of the African Youth Survey are a loud wake-up call to all the Afro-sceptics. We have found that youth in Africa are imbued with optimism about the future – and want to shape their own destiny. We have found a youth that refuses to shy away from the very real challenges of Africa, that is honest about what needs to be done and what their role has to be to achieve this – and they are overwhelmingly keen to make that difference.”
“The Afro-optimism that’s flourishing among young Africans does not rest on hope, but on their ability to seize the opportunities provided by the modern world. The findings underscore entrepreneurship as the greatest aspiration of African youth, who are embracing digital technologies to shape their futures. If there were ever doubt in the ‘Africa-Rise’ narrative, this research provides us with strong evidence that Africa’s time is here, and that it will continue to rise – carried forward by a new generation of innovative, responsible and confident leaders.”
Afro-optimism, underscored by a belief in Afro-capability
Former President of South Africa, Kgalema Motlanthe, a guest contributor to the report said: “I am encouraged by the youth of Africa’s common vision of a pan-African identity; of a love of their fellows that transcends colour, creed, class or nationality; and, of their commitment to fight the corruption. I am immensely heartened too by their Afro-optimism, underscored by their belief in Afro-capability.”
“We have much work to do if we are to stand a very real chance of making the dream of the African Century a reality for our people, but this survey shows that in our youth, we have the very best chance yet, which truly is something to celebrate, to encourage and to look forward to.”
The results seriously challenge the old African stereotypes and cynics:
Optimism: African youth are overwhelmingly positive about their personal future and the African Century: 65% believe that the 21st century will be the African Century,  72% are confident about their financial future, they feel more optimistic about the future of the continent than their country’s future (63% unhappy with own country, 49% unhappy with Africa)
Entrepreneurship – The next African generation are entrepreneurs and self-starters who are resolute in their goals and ambitions: 76% want to start a business in the next five years, over 60% have an idea for a business or social enterprise, 75% feel they positively change their communities through their work
Technology – African youth are well-connected and technology and media savvy with a great interest in current affairs: 79% believe that Wi-Fi access should be a fundamental human right, 81% believe that technology will change the fortunes of Africa, 59% use their smart phones for more than three hours per day, 89% use it for social media
Media – Social media is the second biggest source of news (54%) after television (72%). The least trusted sources of news are Facebook (53%) and WhatsApp (50%). ‘Fake News’ is viewed as problematic: 67% saying its impacting their ability to stay informed; 25% know someone or have personally been victims of online bullying
Environment: African youth are not concerned by climate change as such, but rather about more specific environmental challenges like water scarcity (86%), plastic waste (79%) and poaching of wildlife (69%)
Climate Change: Nearly two thirds of African youth (57%) believe that developing countries have equal responsibility to address climate change – their Afro-optimism is grounded in a belief in Afro-capability
African Identity –The nation state remains a strong source for collective identity but 76% of African youth overwhelmingly agree that a shared African Identity exists, brought forth by common culture and the values epitomised by Nelson Mandela (86% believe Mandela’s values are still relevant today)
African Unity – Many young Africans say the continent is headed in the wrong direction and 63% call for unity to bring Africa forward, 72% believe the AU can unite Africa
Community Cohesion – Young people in Africa are deeply embedded in their local communities, which many describe as ethnically, religiously and economically diverse
Democratic Values – While African youth are divided on whether democracy (48%) or stability (48%) is more important for the continent, most believe in the democratic values of participation, tolerance and freedom, although critically, very few see a political career as a key aspiration to improving their own lives
Foreign Relations – African youth are conflicted in regard to foreign influence: on the one hand, many are wary of new forms of economic colonialism but at the same time most consider the influence of specific countries to be positive; the USA, China and EU have the greatest influence and Donald Trump, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg are the leaders who will have the greatest impact over the next five years
Challenges: Young Africans see infectious disease and terrorism as the continent’s two biggest threats of the last five years, but the future being defined by job opportunities, innovation and entrepreneurship, and bedevilled by corruption
A roadmap for private and public sectors  in Africa
Robyn de Villiers, Founder and Chairperson of BCW Africa, the African network to the third-largest global communications agency, BCW (Burson Cohn & Wolfe), and the most established network of independent communications firms on the continent, describes this study as inspirational.
 “The Africa Youth Survey reveals the hopes, aspirations and concerns of African youth, but most importantly, it also brings to light the sheer optimism of the largest and fastest growing demographic on the continent. These insights are extremely valuable for those in the private and public sectors – anyone doing business of any kind on the continent.”
Ichikowitz concluded: “Africa’s youth, measured just in sheer numbers, will be the world’s most important demographic in 30 years. The purpose of this study is to provide a roadmap for governments, policymakers, investors and young people across the continent, who will be the world’s largest source of human capital, consumers, entrepreneurs and innovators of tomorrow.  Ignoring their voices would be a catastrophe for the world.”
Zedcrest Unveils Digital Wealth Management Subsidiary

New-age financial solutions powerhouse, Zedcrest Capital Limited has announced the launch of a wholly owned subsidiary and new Investment/Asset Management firm aimed at digitally  `democratizing investment in Africa.

The new company, Zedcrest Investment Managers (“ZIMVEST”) will introduce digital private wealth and investment management, help clients grow wealth by beating inflation and currency risks through multicurrency investments, through best in class paperless processes

According to the Founder & Group CEO of the Zedcrest Group, Saheed Adedayo Amzat, CFA, “ZIMVEST’s differentiating factor will come from the renowned expertise of the Zedcrest group in the global financial markets. This is evidenced by the leadership position of its global markets business, Zedcap Partners which bagged the 2019 best brokerage service award of FMDQ OTC. The Group also has a wide distribution experience garnered from setting up another subsidiary, Zedvance, a top-three consumer lender in Nigeria.

The Chairman of Zedcrest Group and former managing partner of Ernst & Young, Adebisi Sanda said: “The launch of the Asset Management business ties in nicely with our plan to dominate every important vertical of Financial services: our four pillars of global markets, investment management, lending and payments. Despite some growth in the last decade, capital formation in Nigeria is still relatively low compared to our frontier/emerging market peers. The total AUM of the contributory pension scheme, at 10 trillion is just under 10% of GDP compared to South Africa at 63% of GDP. The non-pension AUM at about 1.2 trillion is very low and represents a clear growth opportunity, one which we are going after.”

Gbenga Adigun, the newly hired head of Asset Management  believes ZIMVEST would leverage on the Group’s remarkable capacities and capabilities to launch the firm into the top five players in 5 years.

“I am delighted at the focus and vision I met on ground at Zedcrest Group and excited at the unique opportunity we have to create tremendous impact. In the coming months, we will be unveiling new well-thought-through products to meet the investment needs of the public. We would have propositions for the salaried employees, entrepreneurs, HNIs, corporates, governments and family offices”, Adigun said.

He also showered glowing praises on the Management of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), for the support in granting the operational license in record time.

With the current thrust of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to drive inclusive growth in the economy, returns have fallen tremendously as fund managers have been locked out of the Juicy Open Market Operation market, in favour of foreign investors who bring the much needed foreign currency inflows.

 Most fund managers are expected to have negative real returns in 2020, a situation Zedcrest attributes to the unusual dependence on risk-free government securities investments.

A recent guideline from the CBN elongates the available CBN futures yield curve to 5 years from 12 months. The management of Zimvest believes this is to encourage foreign direct investment in critical sectors of the real economy and would significantly give Nigeria a growth lifeline.

“The Nigerian rising narrative is about to be rekindled and we believe this is the best time for us to be setting up. We have a clear opportunity to bring alternative investments products to the market, and reduce the focus on government securities. We would be creating products for underlying investments in infrastructure and the agricultural value chain,” noted Stella Duru, another Zedcrest Director.

Reinstate Mrs Maryam Danna Senate directs NDPHC

The Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has mandated the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) to reverse the alleged wrongful termination of the appointment of a female chartered accountant and widow from Borno State, Mrs. Maryam Danna.

This is coming 22 months after the last Senate had in their resolution of May 3, 2018 ordered her immediate reinstatement to her position as General Manager (Audit & Compliance) of NDPHC.

PRNigeria also gathered that President Muhammadu Buhari had also directed that the woman who was sacked in June 2016 be reinstated. On October 25, 2016, the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), wrote the Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, intimating him that the President had during a meeting with him ordered the reinstatement of Mrs Mohammed back to her job. But the widow was not reinstated.

In the latest development, the Upper Chamber also resolved to immediately communicate its resolution to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, and urged him to direct the Managing Director of the NDPHC for compliance and implementation of the resolution.

The Upper Chamber, which adopted the report its Committee on Ethics, Priviledges and Public Petitions, in Abuja, also directed the NDPHC to pay all her salaries and other entitlements.

Chairman of the Committee, Senator Ayo Akinyelure, in his report on the petition against the NDPHC by Mrs. Mohammed, said the panel after a painstaking investigation found that Mrs. Mohammed was truly a staff of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN).

Akinyelure said that the staff was offered an exclusive secondment to the NDPHC to head the Audit Department as General Manager with effect from 1st July, 2011 and remained a civil servant and not a political appointee.

He said: “Prior to her disengagement, there was no meeting presided over by the Chairman of the Board of NDPHC, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo or any other member of the Board of NDPHC where the decision to disengage her was taken.

“The disengagement of Maryam Danna Mohammed along with the Executive Management team and the Executive Directors of NDPHC who were political appointees of Mr. President was out of order.”

He added that the Committee observed that due process was not followed in the disengagement of Mrs Mohammed, “in accordance with the terms and conditions of employment and disengagement of civil servants in the service of the nation and by extension, the service of NDPHC.”

He also noted that the officer was not accused of any offence, queried or suspended prior to her disengagement which was by announcement through the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA).

The Committee averred that that from the submissions of the incumbent Managing Director of the NDPHC, that non-communication of the resolution of the 8tln Senate to the management of the Company, has been the reason for non-reinstatement of the petitioner up till now.

The petitioner, Mrs. Mohammed, in her petition, stated that her disengagement was discriminatory, unfair and that it did not follow laid down procedure.

She also explained that she was offered exclusive secondment from the PHCN to the NDPHC in 2011 hence she transferred her services to the agency and was promoted as General Manager the same year.

She further explained that throughout her 24 years in service, she had never been found wanting in the discharge her duties neither was she involved in any form of misconduct.

The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the NDPHC, Mr. Chinedu Ugbo in his submission to the Committee noted that Mrs. Mohammed was a staff PHCN but was offered an exclusive secondment to the NDPHC to head the audit department as General Manager effective from 1st July, 2011.

Ugbo said: “She was the general manager audit and compliance until her disengagement by the Federal Government.

“Her disengagement from the service of NDPHC was on the approval of the President Federal Republic of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari.”

Mrs. Maryam Danna Mohammed, a chartered accountant had exposed anomalies in the credential of some top-management staffs of the agency who were later sacked. She was sacked after one of the management staff with questionable credential became a Permanent Secretary with a strong connection to the Aso Villa.

Minister, Stakeholders Advocates Girl-Child Education to Rid Society of Evil, Criminality

The Minister for Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen, has called for the support of the Girl-Child education to enhance a sustainable society free of criminality.

According to PRNigeria, Tallen made this call at an Annual Conference in Abuja, themed ’21st century Nigerian Girl Child, societal norms and traditional parenting’ organised by the Association of Nigerian Female Students (ANFS)in collaboration with West Africa Network for Peacekeeping (WANEP) stating that this in the long run will create a family of relevance with profound advantage to the society.

Represented by the Special Assistant Technical, Ms. Princess Jummai Idonije, the Minister reiterated the need for parents and authorities to ensure an enabling environment for the Girl Child to thrive in education and other relevant sections.

She said: “There is a need for us to make continuous effort to balance the percentage of girls in school to reach her maximum capability.

“All hands must be on deck to support the Girl-Child to create a home of properly nurtured children as educating a woman is educating a nation ,without the girl Child there can be no continuity of society there must be an attitudinal change.”

Speaking, Chief Executive Officer Youth Star Initiative, Mr. Kingsley Bangwell, disclosed that “the Girl-Child need to be properly represented, they should strive to add value to the environment and society.

According to him “the girl Child should be enabled to grow into a 21st century woman who is out to solve problem and move from just being a woman.”

Earlier, the President of ANFS, Ms. Sarki Sylvia Yemi, in her welcome address reiterated the need change the narrative concerning the girl Child and the future of women in Nigeria as for a long time our country and indeed Africa has tenaciously held unto oppressive practices making the girl Child feel that her highest aspiration should be to house wife.

“There is need to open up opportunities to the girl Child to forge a future different from what ancient tradition determined. I stressed that the path forged by our ancient tradition is not bad but needs to be updated to the 21st century standard to equip Girl Child with the necessary impetus to confront current challenges in the global arena.

Stating also the necessity of upgrading the traditional parenting as to the method of raising the boy Child to respect and value their female siblings, school mates and women in general.

“The male child must be raised to that every man no matter how highly placed is born an raised by a woman and through the influence of a mother figure as such they must grow to accord women the requisite respect needed to build corporative efforts aimed at rebuilding our society which is already been ravaged by drug abuse and other vices.

“There is need to raise our voices to be heard from the home to the school to the market places, a need to raise our girl Child using an upgraded traditional parenting style which must be felt from every seat of power.”

Paracetamol Abuse Could Cause Liver , Kidney Failures – Expert

A medical doctor with the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Gbenga Adebusoye, has warned that abuse of paracetamol in general and in tenderising meat in particular, could lead to liver and kidney failures.

Dr Adebusoye gave the warning in a telephone interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

He said drugs were chemicals and should not be taken lightly and when abused, they could be toxic to the human system and could endanger lives.

According to him, the abuse of paracetamol leads to rapid damage of the liver, which can cause acute liver injury that could result in liver failure that can not be managed except by a liver transplant.

The medical expert said that paracetamol should not be used to tenderise meat and for any other purpose, asides its clinical use and the specified dosage as its abuse was highly detrimental to health.

He said that drugs were usually meant to be stored in places with cool temperatures not above 25 degrees Celsius.

He said if drugs were not properly stored and left in places with high temperature, the act could damage the content of the drugs, making it less potent.

And with the possibility of chemical reactions that could be dangerous and harmful, turning the drug from a useful substance to a harmful one, he said.

Dr Adebusoye, therefore, advised people to desist from the abuse of drugs in general as such act could be very fatal.

NAN reports that some food vendors and caterers in the country have been understood to be using paracetamol tablets to tenderise tough meat.

Others even use table spoons, nails and potassium to cook food.

Some food vendors in Jos denied making use of paracetamol in tenderising their meats, but some admitted to using potassium in tenderising cowhide (Pomo) and beans.

Edo 2020 Governorship tussle : EU Sues For Peace

Mr Ketil Karlsen, European Union Ambassador to Nigeria, has urged politicians to show restraints in their quest for power.

Karlsen gave the advice on Thursday in Benin during a visit to Chief Dan Orbih, state Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and leaders of the party.

He also appealed for peace and non-violence in the forthcoming Edo governorship election, adding that the EU was also meeting with other political parties on the same message.

He advocated collaborative effort in order to amend the electoral law and pledged EU’s willingness to support the process.

He explained that the EU has over 3,000 projects across the Niger Delta and was partnering with Edo Government on many projects.

Karlsen also noted the role of the EU in the repatriation of youths trapped along illegal migrants routes and rehabilitating them to cut the illegal trade.

The ambassador emphasised the importance of the opposition in democratic consolidation.

He disclosed that since the restoration of democracy in 1999, the EU had spent more than 100 million Euros to support various democratic institutions.

Karlsen listed such institutions as INEC, political parties, Civil Society and Media, including deploying hundreds of long and short term observers and giving recommendations on the electoral processes.

He noted that the EU would remain impartial in its operations and urged parties and politicians to allow for transparent primaries, more participation by women and the youth, as well as to desist from hate speech.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that discussion also centered on politics, judiciary, illegal migration and women trafficking as well as the role EU in the political and economic development of Nigeria.