Eat ‘N’ Go Limited closes franchise door on local investors

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Eat ‘N’Go Limited operators of  America’s Domino Pizza, Cold Stone and Pinkberry Gourmet Frozen Yoghurt brands is not ready for now to extend its franchise agreement to  Nigerian players who want to key into the success of the firm in Nigeria.

Patrick McMichael, CEO of Eat’N’Go told BusinessDay recently that the decision is informed by the desire to maintain quality and price for the brand consumers. “For now, franchising our business is not an option”, he said.

One of the reasons of franchising, regarded as a good market model is to replicate business success and enable franchisers to grow the brand quickly, but sometimes if not monitored quality and efficiency are compromised in the process.

Meanwhile, in spite of what many people regarded as challenging environment, Eat ‘N’Go has expanded outlets to 100 shops pan Nigeria within seven years, investing over N8 billion so far. The increase in outlets in Nigeria reinforces the brand’s dedication to bringing the best global food brands and concepts to Nigeria and Africa at large.

The company which started operation in Nigeria in 2011 today has over 2000 staff.  McMichael believed that its total investment in Nigeria could be more when other factors such as human capital development and other infrastructure are factored in.

Patrick McMichael linked the company’s success to his employees, customers, partners and the public for their loyalty and continued support over the years.

 

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WARIF empowers young girls with vocational skills

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As part of its drive to equip young girls faced with challenges of maintaining a school education with additional skill sets necessary to become empowered and financially independent, Women at Risk International Foundation (WARIF) has trained over 120 Secondary School students on various vocational skills in the first edition of its WARIF Student Empowerment Programme.

The training, sponsored by United States Agency for International Development USAID brought together experts in Makeup, Shoe Making, Fascinator Craft, Jewelry, Baking and Soap Making to teach students on how to learn and become experts in such skills, so as to generate an income for themselves. Speaking on the relevance of the training, Kemi Da Silva Ibru, Founder of WARIF said the vocational skills training is one of the key ways of tackling the issue of financial independence of sexual abuse survivors.

Ibru said the programme serves to empower young girls and women and to address the issue of the financial gap that exists with women who are in abusive relationships and situations but may not have a vocational skills set and are forced to remain and make poor choices due to this financial constraint.

This initiative by WARIF further enforces the organisation’s commitment to reducing the prevalence of sexual abuse following a sizable record of survivors whose perpetrators are well known and trusted individuals, most of whom survivors are financially dependent upon.

In addition to the skills acquisition programme organized by WARIF, the organisation also operates a Sexual Assault Referral Centre, a safe and secure facility, where all can walk in and where trained staff are available to provide support to survivors through free medical care, legal aid, psycho-social counselling and social welfare with the sole purpose of helping survivors overcome and heal from these traumatic events and ultimately Read More...

Chimamanda Adichie receives her 11th Honorary Degree

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was recently awarded an honorary degree in Fine Arts by Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) at its 136th Commencement ceremony, June 2019.

Alongside Adichie, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative Bryan Stevenson; Artist, Theaster Gates and Activist, Nadya Tolokonnikova were also given honorary degrees while Joseph Chazan was awarded the inaugural President’s Medal of Honor for his tremendous support to the institution.

This degree by the RISD becomes Adichie’s 4thhonorary degree in the space of one month and 11th honorary degree from a major US university. Recall that in May 2019, she received three honorary degrees from three American universities in less than 10 days – Doctor of Humane Letters from the American University (Washington DC, 10th May), Doctor of Humane Letters from Georgetown University (Washington DC, 18th May) and at Doctor of Letters honorary degree from Yale University (Connecticut, 20th May).

A writer, thinker and activist, Adichie’s voice has helped shape some of the most pressing discussions of our time. Her widely translated works include the award-winning novels “Purple Hibiscus”, “Half of a Yellow Sun” and “Americanah”, along with the book-length essay “We Should All Be Feminists”, which is based on her influential 2012 TED Talk of the same name. A 2008 MacArthur Fellow, she is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her most recent book is “Dear Ijeawele”, or a “Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions”.

 

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The return of Ebola, how prepared is Nigeria?

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It was in July 20, 2014 that Nigeria had its dosage of Ebola, when a Liberian envoy, Patrick Sawyer, brought the virus to the country through Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos. The man died five days later.

According to World Health Organisation (WHO)’s report, a total of 19 people were infected with the deadly virus, of which seven people died, including Ameyo Adadevoh, the heroic physician who placed Sawyer in quarantine despite pressures from the Liberian government.

The Federal Government, state governments, international community, and Nigerians fought the deadly virus to the end.

Following the 42-day compulsory watch, on October 20, 2014, exactly three months after the outbreak, WHO officially declared Nigeria Ebola-free.

In Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a handful of the outbreak continued on a regular interval until few days ago when a fresh outbreak erupted, which has been described as the second-largest (outbreak) in the history of the disease.

After years of preparation and protective measures against the importation of the virus, the virus finally found its way into Uganda, through a five-year old boy who had made cross-border journey to the neigbouring DRC.  The little boy died, making it the first case of Ebola reported in the country. Two people have also reportedly dead and many have reportedly been infected with the virus, according to a BBC report.

“The Ministry of Health Uganda and WHO have confirmed a case of Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in Uganda” the Ugandan Ministry of Health said in its Twitter handle, @MinofHealthUG.

In response to the recent outbreak, the World Health Organisation, which has twice ruled that Ebola outbreak has not constituted a global emergency, had its International Health Regulations (IHR) Emergency Committee meeting, Friday.

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Poor countries pay up to 30 times more for medicines, study shows

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The world’s poorest countries are paying some of the highest drug prices, with everyday medicines costing up to 30 times more than in rich nations, according to a study.

The Washington-based Center for Global Development examined billions of dollars in spending by developing countries, concluding that low- and middle-income countries were paying 20 or 30 times more for medicines such as omeprazole, for heartburn, or paracetamol, a common pain reliever.

Pharmaceutical and healthcare markets “don’t work for the poorest countries, especially in South Asia and Africa”, said Kalipso Chalkidou, one of the report’s authors.

The study uncovered a stark disparity in the proportion of poorer countries’ use of unbranded generic drugs, usually the least expensive option.

In the poorest nations, branded generics — which command a price premium — make up about two-thirds of the market by volume and value.

Unbranded generics are “a tiny sliver”, said the researchers, making up just 5 per cent of the market by volume and 3 per cent by value.

By contrast, in the US and the UK, unbranded quality-assured generics account for 85 per cent of the pharmaceutical market by volume, but only about a third by cost.

Nor was there much competition in the supply of essential medicines in low- and middle-income countries, the report said.

These markets tended to be dominated by a single, or small number, of suppliers, directly affecting the prices paid by public bodies or consumers.

In some low- and middle-income countries, the largest seller of certain medicines “accounts for upwards of 85 per cent of all sales, such as contraceptives in Zambia, the Philippines, Senegal, and Kerala; cancer medicines in Zambia and Kerala; diabetes medicines in Zambia; and antiparasitics in the Philippines, Zambia, Tunisia, and South Africa”, the researchers found.

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