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Nigerian Developer to Launch New First-person Shooter Game

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NCHE The Escape

By Aduragbemi Omiyale

A Nigerian developer, Mr Okolie Uchechukwu, will launch a new first-person shooter game, NCHE: The Escape, on Monday, March 14, 2022.

A statement from Mr Uchechukwu disclosed that the mobile game, a product of an inquisitive mind, entails the player using the resources available to make his way through lasers and zombies in the quest for survival.

According to him, a test was carried out last year and based upon the feedback, he and a co-developer, Cleec Designs, an indie studio based in Nigeria, improved the skill balance, gameplay experience for both android and IOS devices, and boosted the overall graphics and UI design.

He stated that the online showcase uploaded via his official YouTube channel has gathered interest from fans of the genre across the world.

When officially unveiled in less than two months’ time, game lovers would be able to download and play NCHE: The Escape for free by both iOS and Android users.

Mr Uchechukwu further explained that NCHE: The Escape thrusts players into a mysterious mental facility where escape is seemingly impossible.

“You’ll have to keep your wits about you as you try to find a means to escape. As the perfect icing to the cake, the facility is overrun by bloodthirsty zombies, so making it out of the place alive is indeed a challenge.

“Players will go through a series of eerie levels each time, encountering zombies, picking up defence supplies, and avoiding the lasers. NCHE: The Escape places players in a strange mental facility where the existence of life is unthinkable.

“So, making your way through the facility overrun by violent zombies will be a challenging task. Players can pick up guns and ammo on their way as they move ahead in levels, in search of their way to escape.

“The hitch here is that players have to be critical when using their weapons as ammo is limited. They will come across moving lasers and zombies that can be shot down any moment but sometimes simply dodging them would be a better alternative for players to make it through the advancing intense levels.

“The difficulty level increases with every progress as players will find it more and more challenging to withstand the approaching obstacles,” he added.

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US dollar starts the week on a strong footing as investors sought safety

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On Monday, the greenback began the week just off a 20-year high against peers, as investors sought safety due to concerns over global growth, while cryptocurrency markets showed some stabilization after last week’s turmoil.

Following six consecutive weeks of gains, the dollar index was at 104.54, briefly crossing the 105 level on Friday. A mounting global growth concern is supporting broad dollar strength.

On concerns about the U.S. Federal Reserve’s ability to dampen inflation without causing recession as well as the effects of China’s zero-COVID-19 policy, investors have been flocking to safe-haven currencies.

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Traders are also looking for reiteration or pushback on the notion that 75-basis point rate hikes are currently off the table.

  • Markets are pricing in a 50-basis point hike at the Fed’s next two meetings, according to CME’s Fedwatch tool, but a larger increase is possible.
  • Despite the strong dollar and the exposure of the European economy to the Ukraine conflict, the euro started the week near its lowest level since early 2017.
  • The euro was trading at $1.0398 on Monday morning, barely above the $1.0354 level it reached on Thursday, its lowest level since early 2017.
  • The European Central Bank is also scheduled to give numerous speeches this week for investors to watch.
  • The pound has weakened along with the euro, slipping to $1.2256 on Monday after sliding as low as $1.2156 last week due to softer than expected GDP figures for the first quarter.
  • As of Monday morning, the Japanese yen was trading at 129.43 yen per dollar. It enjoyed its first week of gains since early March last week, as growth fears led to a halt to the upward march of U.S. Treasury yields. The yen is vulnerable to rising U.S. yields when Japanese yields are low.
  • After a turbulent week driven by TerraUSD, a stablecoin that broke its dollar peg, cryptocurrency markets have had a quiet weekend, with Bitcoin staying above $30K.

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2023: Saraki promises to resolve Ajaokuta steel in first year if elected president

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Bukola Saraki

Bukola Saraki has stated that in the first year of his government he will resolve the 40-year-old Ajaokuta steel issue which is crucial to enabling local Nigerian industries to grow.

This was stated by Saraki, a presidential aspirant under the umbrella of the Peoples Democratic Party on Sunday in a meeting with Kogi PDP national delegates in Lokoja, according to NAN.

The Federal Government has been sorting for a final solution for the steel project, recently denying handing over the Ajaokuta Steel plant to a British firm for rehabilitation.

What Saraki is saying

The former Senate President stated that if elected, ”In the first one year of my government, resolving the issue of Ajaokuta will be our number one priority because it is crucial to Nigeria’s economy, as well as mining and agricultural sectors.

”These are the sectors that could easily help our local industries to grow, our economy is too dependent on oil which is not too good for us.

”So, the steel will be my social contract with Nigeria if I am elected as president.

”I can assure and promise the people of Kogi State that getting Ajaokuta steel properly running is a major priority.

He added that he does not see why it should take seven years to resolve the Ajaokuta issue. He said that as president, he will take charge, bring all the parties together, come up with a lasting solution that will get Ajaokuta up and running.

On insecurity, he added that technology would be beneficial for the insecurity Nigeria is currently facing.

We must have collaborative intelligence, bring technology into play and ensure that people are held accountable.

”We believe that security is a priority and definitely we will end banditry, we will also ensure we put an end to kidnappings through technology and intelligence sharing, and more importantly we must professionalise the security agencies,” Saraki added.

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  • The Ministry of Mines and Steel Development Arc. Olamilekan Adegbite recently refuted claims that the Federal Government plans to hand over the Ajaokuta Steel plant to a British firm for rehabilitation.
  • Adeyemi said, “The minister clarified that a local Nigerian firm with a British partner, had expressed interest in carrying out the TECHNICAL AUDIT for free with no preconditions. The minister pointed out that the federal government had been in discussion with a Russian firm Messrs TPE (nominated by the Russian government) towards conducting the technical audit. The war between Ukraine and Russia has caused a setback to the proposed plan.”
  • Adegbite explained that when the technical audit is completed, the result would be shared with all interested investors and potential partners interested in Ajaokuta Steel Plant resuscitation, which they would use to enter their submission bids.

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