Data Story · Statistics

Like It or Not, NIPOST Isn’t Going Away Anytime Soon.

One would think that by now the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) would have phased-out especially with the advent of the digital age and the availability of better but pricier alternatives like DHL, UPS, etc. Although they provide an important service, this service is plagued by the lack of right tools, poor remuneration, infrastructure, confusing street numbering system, and poorly motivated staff who seem to have contributed to its ineffectiveness. But as problematic as it is, the Postal Service is one of the most important institutions in this country, and they deserve appreciation for their scale, reach, and affordability.

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Text Analytics: A Tale of Lengthy WhatsApp Messages!

I don’t know whether it’s just me or every other person feels same, but I really do not like lengthy and “forward-this-to” WhatsApp messages. In fact, I don’t even read them! I think I had this notion that WhatsApp was meant for a quick exchange of, “hello, how was your day?” and not, “The story of the Bamboo”, and “… forward this to twelve people you care about, and twelve blessings will come to you this week” – I quickly move from 😕 to 😡 in milliseconds, like seriously? I remember when I first got the application, I presumed that the founders coined the name after exchanging pleasantries – “WhatsApp” as in “What’s up”, that being the case, the app will basically be used for exchanging pleasantries. After using the application for some time my thought process changed. Continue reading “Text Analytics: A Tale of Lengthy WhatsApp Messages!”

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May Day! May Day!, Minimum wage Increase!

Considering the current realities of the Nigerian economy today, the prevailing inflation has left the average Nigerian struggling to survive with escalating prices of everyday commodities.  One wonders how salary earners are able to meet their basic needs with the ₦18,000 minimum wage. The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) have been in talks with the government advocating a review of the national minimum wage and demanding an increase to ₦56,000. This they argue is to cushion the effects of the high cost of living in the country. Continue reading “May Day! May Day!, Minimum wage Increase!”