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Fahim Saleh: Gokada CEO gruesomely murdered in his New York apartment

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Gokada CEO Fahim Saleh has been found dead in his New York residence Techeconomy can authoritatively report. 

The New York Daily News reports that authorities in New York have ruled the Mr Fahim’s death as a murder.

According to the news website, detectives went up to Saleh’s apartment after his sister called 911 upon discovering his murder. According to his sister, she had gone to the house to check on her brother after not seeing him for days.

Saleh’s headless torso was found next to an electric saw in his Condo situated in Manhattan, New York.

Friends close to Saleh have described him as an ambitious man who always had a smile on his face.

In Nigeria, Saleh is best known as the founder of Gokada, a bike-hailing startup that help revolutionised the transportation industry in the commercial capital of West Africa.

Even when the Lagos State government placed a ban on motorcycles in the city, Saleh was one of the first CEOs to adapt quickly, moving his company from a bike-hailing service to a delivery service provider.

In a statement on Twitter, Gokada wrote “We are deeply saddened to inform you about the sudden and tragic loss of our founder and CEO, Fahim Saleh. Fahim was a great leader, inspiration and positive light for all of us.

Our hearts go out to his friends, family and all those feeling the pain and heartbreak we are currently experiencing, here at Gokada.

Fahim’s vision and belief in us will be with us forever, and we will miss him dearly. Thank you for understanding as we get through this.

All updates and changes will be communicated with you, as it unfolds. Forever in our hearts.”

Fahim Saleh was just 33 when he died.

Saviour Adugba is a journalist by day and a poet by night. He is fascinated by the internet of things, virtual reality and connecting the dots for brands. Saviour is the Lead, Content Development at TechEconomy.ng.

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OPPO unwraps OPPO A92 in Nigeria

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Oppo Nigeria, the makers of the Oppo smartphone series have launched a new smartphone in Nigeria. The new smartphone christened the Oppo A92 was launched in a live event streamed on Oppo’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter channels.
The launch which saw attendances from hundreds of Nigerians was hosted by Oppo’s PR Manager Joseph Adeola, and saw appearances by Oppo’s Marketing Manager, Nengi Akinola and Sope Sogbesan, the Product Manager at Oppo Nigeria.
Commenting on the launch of the A92, Akinola said that the launch of the A92 “showcases our commitment to offer something special to our young users all around the world.” She also said that Oppo’s goal is “to elevate life through technological artistry.”
After her welcome address, Sope Sogbesan took the centre stage to introduce the specifications of the Oppo A92 with the help of popular Nigerian tech youtuber Eric Okafor.

Below are some of the specifications:

Oppo A92 Specifications

Design
6.5”
1080p screen
6.5” screen size
Weight: 192 grams

Battery
5000mAh
18 watts fast charge capability
Reverse charge capability

Storage and Performance
RAM: 8GB LPDDR4X memory
ROM: 128GB UFS 2.1 storage
Supports reverse charging
Multi-user mode

Camera
C-shaped camera layout
48 megapixels main camera
16 megapixels front camera
AI-beautification mode
4k high quality video shooting capability
EIS anti-shake capability for video shooting
Ultra-night mode 2.0
f/1.7 apperture

Sound
Dual stereo speakers
Hi-Res audio
Dirac 2.0 sound effect

OS
ColorOS 7.1
Android 10

Price of the Oppo A92 in Nigeria
The Oppo A92 currently sells at N109, 900 in Nigeria and isa available for sale at most of Oppo’s partner stores nationwide.

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Sanwo-Olu commissions first indigenous medical face mask factory in Lagos

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…Governor Procures 250,000 Face Masks, Donates 30,000 To Secondary Schools Students

The first indigenous medically graded face mask manufacturing company has opened in Lagos State.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Thursday, opened the O-Care Medical Face Mask factory in Odofin Park Estate, Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area of the State, saying the development was timely.

The factory is a subsidiary of Transgreen Nigeria Limited, a local manufacturer of medical equipment, such as respirator, ventilator, hand gloves and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

The O-Care face mask is said to be the first certified medical face mask locally produced in Nigeria in line with World Health Organisation (WHO) standards.

The Governor said the idea of setting up the factory was necessitated by the shortage of medically treated PPEs experienced in the wake of the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. He said he was personally elated by the development, in that the first indigenous face mask production factory was built in Lagos.

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Governor Sanwo-Olu putting on an O-Care Medical Face Mask during a tour of the health facility.

He said: “I am personally excited to attend this event, because Lagos is recording another first for a good cause. The establishment of the first indigenous factory producing certified medical face masks represents the can-do spirit of Nigerians. As a Government that supports fresh and progressive ideas, we will continue to celebrate and encourage good innovation.

“Mr. Orakpor deserves commendation because he has not let the pandemic affect his investment drive in bringing about new business and products to fit our own environment. This is part of the narratives we are pushing as government. We can be the enabler for investors to set up businesses.

“If wearing of face masks must be accepted as a new normal, we must be able to strategically domesticate solutions that can provide ready market for our people. The opening of the factory is a confirmation of what we stand for as a Government. We must be the catalyst to nurture ideas and support business.”

The Governor disclosed that the State Government had started to work out modalities for the creation of economic zone for healthcare delivery to drive more investments to the sector.

He said the Government was looking at a long-term loan facility for operators in the health sector to achieve local production of scarce medical equipment and materials.

The Governor hailed the factory owner’s audacity and resilience in investing his capital for the production of medical face mask, which he described as the most sought after product in this period of public health crisis.

To encourage the manufacturer, Sanwo-Olu procured 250,000 pieces of the O-Care face mask from the first production batch. He said the materials would be distributed to medical and emergency workers on the frontline.

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Governor Sanwo-Olu being given a tour of the medical facility.

Managing Director of Transgreen Nigeria Limited, Mr. Cyprian Orakpo, said the idea of setting up the company was born out of the embarrassing situation the nation found itself with the absence of local manufacturers of medical face masks in the country.

Orakpo said medical PPEs had become objects of national security, especially in the period when there is not curative vaccine to stop the spread of the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic. He stressed that scarcity of the products could spell doom for the nation if there’s no local manufacturer.

He said: “In this time when the use of medical face mask is highly recommended, we have risen to the occasion to fill the void in medically certified face mask production to contribute our quota in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic and to promote health security in the country.”

The O-Care face mask is developed with three layers that offer substantial protection against dust, airborne viruses and bacteria. Its nose clip provides comfort for breathing and gives low respiratory resistance.

An official of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr. Kola Jinadu, who represented the agency’s Director-General, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, said the company must be commended for the initiative, which he also described as “timely”.

In showing appreciation to the Governor for his support, the owner of the factory donated 30,000 medical face masks to the State Government. Sanwo-Olu ordered that the face masks be donated to Secondary School pupils who will be taking their examination from next week.

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Lagos Smart Meter Hackaton: Governor, Minister, Unveil Lagos Smart Meter Initiative, Call for Entry

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In furtherance of ongoing efforts to address the metering gap in Lagos and Nigeria, the Lagos State Government through the Lagos State Ministry of Energy & Mineral Resources, in collaboration with Eko Innovation Centre, has unveiled a Smart Meter Initiative tagged “The Lagos Smart Meter Hackathon 2020”

This new initiative was unveiled by the Governor of Lagos, Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu and the Honourable Minister of State, Federal Ministry of Power, Goddy Jedy-Agba; along with other government officials at a virtual press conference held on Thursday July 30th 2020.

Through the initiative, which is widely applauded as a game changer, the Lagos State Government will leverage the availability of bright local talents in Nigeria to develop and produce affordable smart electricity meters for consumers. The initiative is expected to significantly reduce the revenue leakages in the sector and ultimately improve last-mile electricity supply.

Governor Sanwo-Olu in his remarks stated that the launch marks a significant milestone in the implementation plan of the State Government towards improving access to electricity in the state and it is also in line with the Sustainable Development Goal 7 of the UN which aspires to drive universal access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all by 2030.

He added that increased electricity access is one of the priority mandates of his administration given its significance in ultimately driving economic development of the State to enable it achieve the objective of making Lagos a 21st century Economy.

“This Lagos Smart Meter Initiative is an important way for the Lagos Government to demonstrate its commitment to improving electricity access and reliability for Lagosians. We believe that adequate metering of Lagosians and in turn Nigerians, would increase willingness to pay for electricity, improve productivity, and more importantly, continue to improve the living conditions of our people”.

“Now, as we launch the Lagos Smart Meter Hackathon 2020, we call on all relevant stakeholders – electricity sector players, technology experts, investors, regulators – to support this worthy cause as we strive to ensure sustainable electricity for all in Lagos,” he disclosed.

In his keynote address, Jedy-Agba explained that local design and production of affordable meters will be transformational for the industry and the economy at large and therefore urged all to support it.

“Lagos is an important state in Nigeria in terms of size, economy and resources. With a population of over 20million and the 5th highest GDP in Africa, Lagos is by far the biggest economy in Nigeria. Therefore, getting access to electricity right in Lagos is critical for access to electricity in the entire country.

“Electricity is an essential service, and we need to ensure that the benefits of smart meters flow to everyone. I call on all relevant stakeholders in the sector to support this innovative and impactful initiative– industry regulators, electricity sector players, technology experts, and fund providers.”

Similarly, the Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Mr. Olalere Odusote said the initiative is expected to provide access to affordable smart meters for Lagosians to improve electricity supply, monitoring, and trust between electricity providers and end users while preventing revenue leakage. It is also expected to drive innovation and creativity while generating new interest in young people for the sector.

“Over the years, despite significant investments and resolutions around power generation and distribution, there remains a huge metering gap of over 60% of electricity consumers in Lagos and Nigeria. This metering gap is what we are seeking to bridge through the Lagos Smart Meter Hackathon”.

“In line with the objectives of the Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu (BOS) Administration to make Lagos a 21st century economy, we have identified the need to intervene and support the facilitation of effective metering across the state, to ensure the provision of reliable electricity for Lagosians and Nigerians in the long-term,” he stated.

Doja Ekeruche, Advisory Board Member, Eko Innovation Centre explained that a call for application has been sent out to local talents in the tech community to submit their proposed hardware and software solutions using the guidelines stipulated on the Lagos Smart Meter website. All concepts will be assessed based on strict but transparent criteria to identify the most viable concepts proceeding to the next stage.

Furthermore, she highlighted that, “Judges with knowledge and expertise within power and tech ecosystem will review the entries and shortlist teams to proceed to the hackathon event. Final Winners of the Hackathon, in both the hardware and software categories, will win N7million. They will also be a part of the co-creation phase with other experts, and then proceed to the production and testing stage before the full commercialization of the smart meter”

Other participants at the event included the Deputy Governor of Lagos State – Dr. Obafemi Hamzat; Olatunbosun Alake, Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Innovation and Technology; other Commissioners, Special Advisers and Heads of Parastatals from the Governor Sanwo-Olu administration; key representatives from the Energy and Technology Industry, journalists and other stakeholders.

To register for the Lagos Smart Meter Hackaton, kindly visit this link: https://lagossmartmeter.com/

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