Business Technology

Facebook Now Lets People Open Shops On WhatsApp, Messenger, etc

Facebook has come up with what I can describe as a lockdown-proof economic helper. Online shopping on business pages on all its popular platforms.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, says the reason is to allow businesses that are locked down still make sales and take orders from their Facebook, Instagram, livesstream,Whatsapp, Messenger business pages – lockdown or no lockdown. Customers can pay on checkout with their debit or credit cards on Facebook and Instagram. Soon they will be able to take payment even directly on WhatsApp and Messenger.

Speaking during a livestream, Zuckerberg said:

‘If you can’t physically open your store or restaurant, you can still take orders online and ship them to people.’

Quoting Zuckerberg, Fortune reported that:

Customers will be able to communicate with the retailer through WhatsApp, Instagram Direct, or Messenger. In the future, Facebook said, customers would be able to make purchases directly through these messaging services too.

Facebook Shops will allow any business to set up a unified Facebook and Instagram virtual storefront, put its catalog online, and take orders through either a link to its own website or, for companies in the U.S. that use Facebook’s “checkout” feature, directly on Facebook’s platform.

Done well, this feature will certainly help ecommerce businesses. It is also a strategic move for Facebook as it would be entering a field that has been dominated by Amazon.

Fact Check

Fact Check: Lagos State Government Never Banned Online Teaching. See Full Text Of Statement

There have been online reports that Lagos State Government has banned online teaching by private schools . These reports are NOT news.

The Lagos State Ministry of Education only clarified that Third Term has not yet until further notice by the government and started and online lessons remain what they are: just online lessons – like holiday lessons.

At no point did the ministry ban online teaching as is widely reported. The ministry merely asked that:

schools consult extensively with parents and find a win-win solution that will be acceptable to all stakeholders.

Here is the press statement in full:




The attention of the Lagos State Ministry of Education has been drawn to the plans by some private schools in the State to resume academic activities for the third term of the 2019/20 session by online teaching. This is with effect from Monday, 27th April, 2020.

As we are already aware, the State is presently on lockdown imposed by the Federal Government over the Covid-19 pandemic. The Ministry regards the “resumption” by schools as a strategy for ensuring that students continue to learn while the school calendar continues as planned.

Please, note that the third term resumption remains postponed until directives to the contrary.

Most schools are charging for this online service; often at a discount on existing tuition fees while some schools are charging full fees.

Parents are concerned about the cost to them of this programme, ranging from fees charged by schools to cost of data and devices as well as the cost of fuelling generators to ensure steady electricity power supply. Parents also have to supervise online teachings to guard against the exposure of children to pornography, in addition to online harassment and bullying.

The Ministry calls for continuous dialogue between school administrators and parents. We are aware that most parents are not working and earning money at the moment. We are also aware that schools continue to incur costs as teachers and other members of the staff have to be paid for providing online teaching. Furthermore, the schools, in some cases, will have to purchase devices for teachers and provide them with data to prepare for the daily teaching activities.

In view of the aforementioned, we ask that schools consult extensively with parents and find a win-win solution that will be acceptable to all stakeholders.

The Ministry wishes to state categorically that all schools in Lagos State remain closed and have not yet been opened for the third term. The State continues to offer free teachings on various media, especially radio and television. It will continue to improve on the educational offering of its distance learning programmes. We are pleased that students and pupils across private and public schools are taking advantage of this free service. Plans are also underway to ensure that our children in public schools are able to complete their term whenever the lockdown is lifted.

Mrs Folasade Adefisayo
Honourable Commissioner for Education
22nd April, 2020

Recall that some private schools have been organising lessons for students using WhatsApp and Edmodo app.



These days, we hear of hackers hacking into people’s WhatsApp account and using the account to try to dupe others. This can lead to the hacker securing sensitive information from friends/relatives of the victim or tarnishing the victim’s good name.

Fortunately, you now have two-way verification that makes it almost impossible for a hacker to easily hack your account with today’s technology.

So, here are the steps to protect your WhatsApp account enabling two-step verification:

1. In your WhatsApp click on Settings. 2. When it opens, click on Account
3. When that opens click on Two-Step Verification.

You will then be prompted to enter a 6-digit PIN of your choice twice; and then a recovery email address of your choice twice.

If they both match, you will be notified that Two-Step Verification has been enabled. When you click Done, you’ll get a prompt to put in the 6 digit PIN you just entered. Once you do that, they’ll take you go back to your interesting chats.

That’s it! Your WhatsApp account will now have the added Two-Step Verification enabled and hackers won’t be able to easily hack your account unlike before.

This security measure takes less than 5 minutes to set up. Did I say 5 minutes? More like 2 minutes. No, under a minute!


How To Protect Your WhatsApp Account From Hackers

These days, there are numerous stories of WhatsApp accounts being hacked and used for fraudulent activities. But WhatsApp has provided Two-Step verification that makes it much harder for a hacker to hack your WhatsApp account. But that is if you enable it. How do you enable Two-Step verification on WhatsApp?

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You Can Now Make Your DSTV Payments, Fix Errors On Whatsapp

MultiChoice, the operators of DSTV have launched a WhatsApp service that’ll reduce your need to transport yourself down to their office to make payments/ fix errors, etc.