We are supposed to be a Mint country made up of Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria and Turkey and a member of the D8 leading developing eight countries. The D8 is made up of Iran, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Turkey, Malaysia, Egypt and Nigeria, so our standards should always match up. At the moment, we are lagging behind in too many areas. Below are my My Nigerian 10-point catching up plan 2020 to 2030 \tBoost generated electricity from the current 7,000MW to South Africa\u2019s 50,000MW \tIncrease the kilometres of tarred roads from the current 200,000km to South Africa\u2019s 750,000km \tIncrease the length of our railway network from the current 4,000km to Pakistan\u2019s 8,000km \tIncrease our literacy rate from the current 60% to Brazil\u2019s 91.7% \tBoost steel production from the current zero level to Egypt\u2019s 7m tonnes \tIncrease sugar production from the current 37,500 tonnes to the 762,000 tonnes of Sudan \tIncrease rice production from the current 5,000 tonnes to Thailand\u2019s 20,000 tonne \tBoost palm oil production from the current 1m tonnes to Malaysia\u2019s 19m tonnes \tIncrease natural rubber production from the current 150,000 tonnes to the level of India\u2019s 900,000 tonnes \tIncrease the ratio of hospital beds from the current 0.5 per 1,000 people to the Turkish level of 2.7 per 1,000 people As you can see, I have not compared Nigeria with any industrial giant like Germany, Japan, France or the UK. I do not think it is too much to ask that we keep up with other developing nations. Ayo Akinfe HEADLINES YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED FROM BRAND SPUR Nigeria Rugby Union signs kit sponsorship deal with BLK Sports British Apparel Company BLK Sport and The Nigeria Rugby Football Federation (NRFF) have signed an exclusive long-term kit sponsorship\/partnership deal aligning with the Company\u2019s global strategy. Apple buys another company Apple reportedly bought VR startup Spaces, the tech giant\u2019s eighth disclosed acquisition of the year. We discuss Apple\u2019s moves in the VR space \u2014 including a patent for reducing motion sickness while working virtually in a vehicle. IITA invests in development and implementation of seed yam certification system in Nigeria IITA renovated and equipped the diagnostic laboratory of the National Agricultural Seed Council (NASC) at their headquarter in Sheda, Abuja, with equipment worth $100,000 for seed quality control and Seed Tracker e-certification system. A PCR for DNA amplification and other laboratory equipment will allow technicians of the seed regulatory agency to conduct diagnostics and seed quality testing in line with the amended existing standards for seed yam. Efe Omoregbe, Bada Akintunde-Johnson, Ayeni Adekunle, others confirmed to speak at MTN\u2019s business of the art series In line with its continuous commitment to youth development in Nigeria,\u00a0MTN Foundation, the CSR arm of Nigeria\u2019s leading ICT company, MTN Nigeria, has engaged leading minds in the Nigerian entertainment and media industry for this year\u2019s edition of MTN\u2019s Business of the Art Series. LASCODA trains youths on commercial coconut oil processing The Lagos State Government has embarked on the training of youths and women on commercial Coconut Oil processing at the Farm Service Centre, Oko-Oba, Agege as part of efforts towards Making Lagos State a 21st Century Economy. Lessons we need to learn about record labels moving into Africa If we are not careful, we are in the beginning of the creativity of African music and artistry being captured and abused by the American corporate system? NNPC generates $4.60bn revenue from 19.104bn litres of crude oil, gas export in one year The Nigerian National Oil Organization (NNPC), on Sunday, said it made a sum of $4.60billion from raw petroleum and gas sent out between June 2019 and 2020. The shape of disruption in the retail space: how it works, how to respond to it, and why it matters You won\u2019t find too many jokes about \u2018digital transformation\u2019. It\u2019s a serious business. And if you ask who is doing it, every corporate will raise their hands \u2013 but there\u2019s little agreement around exactly what it is, the implications for the organisation, how to go about it. RMB\u2019s recent retail client webinar, featuring Wits\u2019 Prof Brian Armstrong, provided strong direction.