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Presidency’s Statement On Campaign Against Communications Minister, Isa Pantami
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Presidency’s Statement On Campaign Against Communications Minister, Isa Pantami

STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENCY ON RECENT CAMPAIGN AGAINST THE MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL ECONOMY Today, there is an unfortunate fashion in public discourse that makes leaders in politics, religion, and civil society liable in the present for every statement they have ever made in the past – no matter how long ago, and even after they have later rejected them. This insidious phenomenon seeks to cancel the careers of others on the basis of a thing they have said, regardless of when they said it. The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami is, currently, subject to a “cancel campaign” instigated by those who seek his removal. They do not really care what he may or may not have said some 20 years ago: that is merely the instrument they a...
Cryptocurrency: We Acted In Nigerians’ Best Interest – Emefiele
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Cryptocurrency: We Acted In Nigerians’ Best Interest – Emefiele

The Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele, has said the bank’s decision to prohibit deposit money banks, non-banking institutions and other financial institutions from facilitating trading and dealings in cryptocurrency is in the best interest of Nigerian depositors and the country’s financial system. Emefiele stated this yesterday while briefing a joint Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance and Other Financial Institutions; ICT and Cybercrime and Capital Market, on its directive to institutions under the apex bank’s regulation. Describing the operations of cryptocurrencies as dangerous and opaque, the CBN Governor said the use of cryptocurrency contravened an existing law. He said given the fact that cryptocurrencies were issued by unregulated and unlic...
President Buhari Unveils National Digital Economy Document For Nigeria
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President Buhari Unveils National Digital Economy Document For Nigeria

Information Communication Technology, ICT is now a major contributor to Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product with over 13% input. President Muhammadu Buhari announced this on Thursday when he unveiled the National Digital Economy document for Digital Nigeria in Abuja. The President noted that the Government has saved over N16.8 billion through the deployment of ICT in its operations. With the unveiling of the document, President has directed the Ministry of Communication to sensitize and train all Ministries, Departments and Agencies as well as Parastalals to adopt ICT in the operations of government and also streamline operations of government into one fold. More to follow…..
Senate Tells Yahoo Boys To Use Their Talents Legitimately
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Senate Tells Yahoo Boys To Use Their Talents Legitimately

The Senate on Wednesday lamented the growing number of youths in correctional centres in the country due to their involvement in cyber crime, it urged those engaged in the act to take advantage of the numerous legitimate opportunities in ICT by converting their knowledge to make money and earn a living rather than using it to commit a crime. The Senate gave this advice at its deliberation over the motion titled “The Growth of Digital Technology and the Challenge of Cybercrime: Urgent Need to Safeguard the Future of Nigeria” sponsored by Sen. Yakubu, Oseni (Kogi Central). The motion read; “The Senate Notes that the growth of digital technology, otherwise referred to as ICT revolution has brought about improved performance in all aspects of society. It is an economic developmen...
Don’t suppress rule of law – INEC charges Ekiti lawmakers-elect
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Don’t suppress rule of law – INEC charges Ekiti lawmakers-elect

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Wednesday, advised lawmakers-designate in Ekiti State, to promote equity and justice when inaugurated as members of the House of Assembly. The electoral commission said the essence of the legislature is to strengthen constitutionality and the rule of law by making laws for the good governance, and urged the incoming legislators not to derail from this norm. The Acting Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, in Ekiti State, Dr. Muslim Omoleke spoke in Ado-Ekiti while presenting certificates of return to the 26 legislators-designate elected during the March 9 and 23 assembly polls. The event was attended by the Police Commissioner, Mr Asuquo Amba and other security chiefs in the state, APC chieftains, traditional rulers and elde...
APC Is In Total Control Of INEC, El-Rufai & Zakari In Charge Of ICT – PDP
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APC Is In Total Control Of INEC, El-Rufai & Zakari In Charge Of ICT – PDP

The Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, has accused the All Progressives Congress, APC, of being in total control of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC. It also claimed that Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufai and Amina Zakari are in charge of the Information and Communication Technology, ICT, of the electoral body. National chairman of the PDP, Uche Secondus, made this claim on Tuesday during PDP’s emergency National Executive Council, NEC, meeting in Abuja. He was reacting to the allegation by the APC national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, on Monday that INEC informed the PDP before postponing the presidential and National Assembly elections earlier scheduled to hold on February 16. He said, “Since last Saturday they have been talking and making claims, they ...
2019 Elections Result will Reflect People’s Will, Buhari Reassures
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2019 Elections Result will Reflect People’s Will, Buhari Reassures

Muhammadu Buhari President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday in Abuja said he understood the yearnings of Nigerians and strongly believed in the collective dream for a greater country, assuring that all would be done to ensure that results of 2019 elections reflected the will of the people.He made the remark while receiving the Letter of Credence from Ambassador of Finland to Nigeria, Dr. Jyrki Juhani Pulkkinen, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. In a statement by the Special Adviser on Media and publicity, Femi Adesina, Buhari said Nigerians reserved the right to elect leaders at various levels in 2019, stressing that all efforts would be made to safeguard the integrity of the process. “I respect the people’s feelings. I assure all that we will have a free and fair election next year,’...
Ugwuanyi Awards Contracts for Road Projects
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Ugwuanyi Awards Contracts for Road Projects

In line with his administration’s vision to develop the rural areas in accordance with the government’s four-point agenda, Enugu State Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has awarded contracts for another set of development projects across the state, totaling over N1 billion. Briefing newsmen after the meeting of the State Executive Council (EXCO), the Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Greg Nnaji, stated that the projects duly considered and approved by the council include the extension of the construction of Ogurute-Mkpamute – Igogoro-Ikpamodo-Okpo-Amaja road and the Ogurute – Umuogbo-Umuokpu-Ette road, both in Igbo-Eze North Local Government Area of the state. Nnaji noted that the present administration had constructed phase one of the two roads, adding that the newly awarded pr...
Cybercrime: Expert Advocates Use Of Biometrics To Identify Website Owners  Read more at: https://www.vanguardngr.com/
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Cybercrime: Expert Advocates Use Of Biometrics To Identify Website Owners Read more at: https://www.vanguardngr.com/

An ICT expert, Mr Uche Kalu, on Tuesday in Abuja, advocated the use of biometrics to identify website owners as a means of fighting cybercrime in Nigeria. •Cybercrime Kalu, who is the Centre Manager, Aptech Hardware and Networking Academy, Abuja, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). He said that the call became necessary in view of the need to make Internet Service Providers (ISPs) more responsible in providing responses to internet requests to unmask Internet Providers (IP) Addresses. READ ALSO: Google looking to future after 20 years of search He also called for enabling laws that would adequately address issues of internet fraud in the country. According to Kalu, the challenges posed by cybercrime in Nigeria may persist until there is a framew...
South-South Innovation Hub Unveils Free Legal, Accounting Services For Edo Start-ups
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South-South Innovation Hub Unveils Free Legal, Accounting Services For Edo Start-ups

The South-South Innovation Hub has unveiled free business support tool-kit, including legal and accounting services, for start-ups in Edo State and environs, to help young innovators and entrepreneurs formalise and scale up their businesses. Managing Director, South-South Innovation Hub, Oluwatobi Gege (left); and Edo State Focal Person, National Social Investment Programme; Osayuwamen Oladeselu, at the Innovation Hub, in Benin City. Managing Director, South-South Innovation hub, Oluwatobi Gege, disclosed this during an interview with journalists in Benin City, the Edo State capital. The South-South Innovation Hub is domiciled at the Edo Innovates complex, in Benin City, and is open to start-ups in the South South region. Gege explained that the third-party services will in...
Man Exposes Lady Who Came To His House To Steal His Phone
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Man Exposes Lady Who Came To His House To Steal His Phone

A man has exposed the lady who came to his house to steal his phone. According to him, she visited his family when she carried out the devilish act. Explaining this on Facebook, he wrote; THE STORY OF MY MISSING PHONE. While young people are struggling everyday to impact their world, this young lady suspect is busy stealing. And she fixed her eyes on my very busy phone the day she came visiting my family. I was surprised the investigations revealed she is a final year student of Fine and Applied Arts in NDU. Since she got hold of my phone from where I peacefully left it in my house, She not only removed my SIM cards but wiped off everything in my phone to personalize it and sadly all memories of that day I had inside that was yet to backup. The phone is also now damaged. S...
UNESCO Urges Youths To Restore Pan-Africa Through ICT
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UNESCO Urges Youths To Restore Pan-Africa Through ICT

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation ( UNESCO ) has advised African youths to tap into the power of the Information and Communication Technology ( ICT ) for the development of  the continent. Mr Yao Ydo, the Regional Director of UNESCO, gave the advice in an interview on Friday in Lagos. He spoke on the sidelines of the maiden edition of the Association of Communication Scholars and Professionals of Nigeria ( ACSPN ), Eminent Persons Strategy lecture series. The event held at Caleb University, Imota, Lagos, was themed: “The 21st Century Youths and the Future of Communication in Africa”. Ydo said embracing Pan-Africanism was necessary because most African countries, except for Nigeria, were unable to make a head way because they “are too small and...
NCC Pledges Support For Oyo’s ICT Vision,Technical University
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NCC Pledges Support For Oyo’s ICT Vision,Technical University

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has expressed its preparedness to partner Oyo State government in its drive to become an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) hub, because of the state’s ranking as the fourth largest telecommunication services consumer.   Executive Commissioner, Stakeholders Management of the commission, Mr. Sunday Dare made this disclosure on Tuesday during a courtesy visit to Governor Abiola Ajimobi of the state.     Dare said that NCC would provide free internet services at the state-owned Technical University, Ibadan (Tech-U) by the end of July, as part of the commission’s support for the governor’s vision for establishing the university.   He said that the support would improve the educational and economic sta...
Senate President, Saraki States Key Reforms To Africa’s Development
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Senate President, Saraki States Key Reforms To Africa’s Development

President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has urged African leaders to shift emphasis from the current theoretical system of impacting knowledge in her education system to practical skills based approach in order to radically turn around the fortunes of the continent. Saraki made the call while delivering a keynote address at the 2018 Georgetown Africa Business Conference in Washington DC, United States of America. The conference was hosted by the Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business in conjunction with the Walsh School of Foreign Service’s African Studies Programme. Saraki, according to a statement by his Chef Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu, said that the much talked about rapid industrialization of the continent will remain a mirage if her leaders fail to adopt modern ...
Govt Decries Influx Of Fake Phones To Nigeria
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Govt Decries Influx Of Fake Phones To Nigeria

The influx of substandard and fake mobile phones has been described as a bad omen, and an economic sabotage for Nigeria, which requires urgent attention to reverse the trend. The Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, who stated this, while inspecting the Computer Village market, Lagos, at the weekend, said it has become necessary for the country to evolve a system of registering all phones coming into it. Shittu, who honoured the invitation of the Computer and Allied Products Dealers Association of Nigeria (CAPDAN) on a tour, noted that local production of telecoms devices must be encouraged to guard against Nigeria becoming a dumping ground for all manners of IT wares. CAPDAN is the umbrella body comprising the Dealers, Vendors, Artisans, Technician and SMEs at the popular Lagos ...
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Made in Nigeria: Driving Productivity And Competitiveness

“We can compete significantly if we can deliver a quality that matches and exceeds those of imported goods. Think creatively, take advantage of your being Nigerian and deliver products that will meet the specific needs of your people.” – Mrs. Ibukun Awosika, Chairman, First Bank Nigeria Ltd Nigeria is richly endowed with the material and human resources needed to diversify her economy. There has been increasing talks about the need for a shift from majorly exporting and consuming foreign products to the local production and consumption of ‘Made in Nigeria’ products – Nigerians undoubtedly possess abundant talent in entrepreneurship and innovation with potential for high productivity and global competitiveness. When production and consumption are localized, wealth is kept within the loc...
How BoI Intervention Funds Are Helping Female Entrepreneurs – NACCIMA Boss Alaba Lawson
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How BoI Intervention Funds Are Helping Female Entrepreneurs – NACCIMA Boss Alaba Lawson

Iyalode Alaba Lawson is the first female president of Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA) and also the leader of the women’s group known as NACCIMA Women’s Group (NAWORG). In this interview with YETUNDE OLADEINDE, the NACCIMA boss talks about government interventions for women entrepreneurs, her achievements and challenges as NACCIMA president and more. What role can women play to improve the economy?       We must not look down on the role that women are going to play.  The women are the architect of the micro economy in this great country. They are the ones moving the GDP of the country with either their formal or informal trading that they are doing. And so, we are the architect and the engine room of the growth of the economy and t...
200-Level University Student Reveals, I Narrowly Escaped Death After Being Captured By Ritualists
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200-Level University Student Reveals, I Narrowly Escaped Death After Being Captured By Ritualists

Latest news as A 200-level female student of the Kwara State University (KWASU), Malete, Dorcas Oluwatimilehin Olanrewaju, has recounted her ordeal at the hands of ritualists and how she narrowly escaped death. According to report in an audio obtained by Sunday Tribune, the lady was heard being interrogated by the security personnel believed to have visited her Omu-Aran family residence after her release last Friday morning. Dorcas is the daughter of the chairman, Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Kwara State Council, Mr. Layi Olanrewaju. She recalled that she left her off-campus hostel at about 11:16 a.m. last Thursday, after picking up her course registration form but could not find a commercial motorcycle to convey her back to campus. According t...
We’ll Create Environment For Business To Grow – Ogbonnaya Onu
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We’ll Create Environment For Business To Grow – Ogbonnaya Onu

The Federal Ministry of Science and Technology is to create an enabling environment for business development that will ensure Nigeria plays a dominant role in emerging technology. Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, disclosed this, on Monday, in Abuja when he received members of African Information and Communication Technology Alliance in his office during a courtesy visit. Dr Onu promised to utilize effectively Information Communication Technology, ICT, for the growth of Nigeria’s economy, adding that Nigeria was poised to domesticate and play an active role in Forensic auditing, artificial intelligence, robotics and data protection. He stressed that no nation ever attained greatness by depending on other countries for technology, adding that the Alliance should...
Education And The 2018 Federal Estimates
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Education And The 2018 Federal Estimates

In this season of the presentation of budget estimates by the executive and their consideration by the legislature, it is imperative to interrogate budgeting for education. Education is one of the building blocks of modern society and civilisation. The budget provides the opportunity for policy, plan and the budget to work in a continuum that moves resources towards the fulfillment of government’s core objectives in promoting development, economic growth, human rights and fundamental freedoms, etc. This discourse is focused on the right to education, which is a human right in itself but also an empowering right that facilitates the enjoyment of other rights and provides the knowledge, orientation, ecosystem and ground rules for development to proceed without hindrance. The sum of N61.73...
Nigeria Is Heading Towards A Failed State – Ohanaeze Chief Nnia Nwodo
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Nigeria Is Heading Towards A Failed State – Ohanaeze Chief Nnia Nwodo

The President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, thursday in Enugu declared that unless something urgent was done to arrest the socio-economic crisis rocking the nation, Nigeria would soon slip into a failed state. Nwodo spoke as notable Nigerians, including Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State; Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Edward Ubosi; MD/CEO of Fidelity Bank, Nnamdi Okonkwo; Director of Public Affairs, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Mr. Tony Ojobo, and a United Kingdom-based businessman received meritorious service awards from the Faculty of Management Science of the Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT). Nwodo, who chaired the event, painted a gloomy economic outlook for Nigeria, saying the country is in serious socio-ec...
NITDA Reaffirms Commitment To Support Start-Ups
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NITDA Reaffirms Commitment To Support Start-Ups

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) on Tuesday reiterated its commitment to support business start-ups and entrepreneurs. Dr Amina Sambo, the Acting National Coordinator, Office for ICT, NITDA said this during a three-day ecosystem development learning initiative to improve entrepreneurship skills among investors, innovators and industrialists in Abuja. Sambo, who was represented by Mr Abdulmalik Bello, an officer with the agency, said that the agency was supporting projects where young people were trained on business ideas and on how to support their businesses. “The next economy does not want to produce accidental leaders but leaders that can stand. “NITDA is committed to making ICT and innovation thrive in the country,” Bello said. Mr Arabic Tuk...
NITDA To Curb Yearly N720bn Loss To IT Importations
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NITDA To Curb Yearly N720bn Loss To IT Importations

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) says it is putting in place modalities to reduce the estimated two billion dollars (about N720 billion) being lost as capital flights to importation of Information Technology (IT). NITDA’s Director-General, Dr Isa Pantami, said this in a statement on Tuesday in Lagos at the ongoing 37th Gulf Information Technology Exhibition (GITEX), holding at the Dubai World Trade Centre, United Arabs Emirates (UAE). Pantami said that the capital flight was as a result of importation of foreign technologies into the country. He said that there was a need for Nigeria to promote local technology solutions to develop Nigerian youths in Information and Communication Technology (ICT). According to him, this will truly catapult Nigeria ...
NOTAP Blocks N192bn ICT Capital Flight – DG‎
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NOTAP Blocks N192bn ICT Capital Flight – DG‎

National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP) blocked N192billion capital flight ‎from the country, thanks to its vigilance and insistence on local content inclusion in information and communication technology (ICT) related businesses. This was achieved through NOTAP’s refusal to approve for importation of technologies and services that could be rendered by Nigerians. Dr. DanAzumi‎ Ibrahim, director general, said, that the measure was to ensure the acceleration of Nigeria’s drive towards a rapid technological revolution by an efficient assimilation and/or absorption of foreign technology and a concerted development of indigenous technological capacity through a proactive commercialisation and promotion of locally motivated technologies. The DG who regretted that...
NCC Working With NSA To Stop Hate Speech – Danbatta
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NCC Working With NSA To Stop Hate Speech – Danbatta

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said that it was working with the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) to curb hate speeches in the social media. The Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Commission, Engr. Umar Garba Danbatta, said this in Calabar while opening a two day workshop on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Utilization and Sustainability for South-South zone on Wednesday, organized by the Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF), a unit under NCC. Represented by the Head of Strategy and Corporate Performance of the Universal Service Provision Fund, Kelechi Nwankwo, Danbatta said NCC would ensure that the cyber space was sanitized in order not to endanger the peace of the country. “There is a cyber crime law which...
Jim Ovia Recognized In US As Africa’s Business Leader
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Jim Ovia Recognized In US As Africa’s Business Leader

Endorsement and recognition have again come the way of Jim Ovia, the Chairman of Zenith Bank Plc, as he was on Tuesday night recognized as a leading entrepreneur in Africa by the African-American Institute. Ovia, in what is a reward for his business leadership and philanthropy, received the AAI 2017 Business Leader Award at a ceremony held on the sidelines of the ongoing United Nations General Assembly in New York, the United States. He was recognized for impacting hugely on enterprise and human resource development on the continent. Ovia, the founding Group Managing Director and CEO of Nigeria’s largest bank, was honoured along with President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana (National Achievement), Nicole Amarteifio (Leadership in African Media and Arts) and Bozoma Saint-John, the Chief ...
Kenyan Supreme Court Ruling And Democracy In Africa
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Kenyan Supreme Court Ruling And Democracy In Africa

As expected, the Supreme Court’s annulment of Kenya’s August 8 presidential election over “irregularities and illegalities” has provoked mixed reactions. However, all seem agreed that the justices of the apex court had demonstrated rare courage in upholding the will of the people over and above other considerations including the risks of ruling against a usually powerful sitting African president. At issue was the deployment of Information, Communication Technology (ICT) in the electoral process, particularly in the vote tallying and results transmission, but events that led up to Election Day, were ominous, especially the gruesome murder a week to the polls, of Chris Msando, the acting head of the ICT department of Kenya’s Independent Elections and Boundaries Commission (IEBC). The fac...
Fed Govt Urged To Conduct Population Census
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Fed Govt Urged To Conduct Population Census

Participants at the just concluded first International Statistical Conference, organised by the Nigerian Statistician Association (NSA), have urged the Federal Government to conduct Population census at regular intervals. The participants made the call in a communiqué issued at the end of the 3-day conference in Lagos, signed by the NSA President and National Secretary, Prof. Sidney Onyeagu and Dr. Olatunji Arowolo, respectively. The participants observed that no appropriate measures were in place to check population growth. They recommended that government should consider measures to check population growth through family planning and enlightenment. The participants also advised the government to re-introduce Statistics as a core subject in the secondary school curriculum. ...
Benue Workers Begin Warning Strike Over Unpaid Salaries
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Benue Workers Begin Warning Strike Over Unpaid Salaries

Benue State workers on Tuesday embarked on a 7-day warning strike over the non-payment of salaries and allowances. A News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), who went round some offices, observed that they were all locked as the workers complied with the directive by the Nigerian Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress to stay away from offices. NAN also observed that usually busy routes leading to most offices were quiet. At the State Secretariat in High-level area, Makurdi NAN met only security personnel behind the locked gates. At the Secretary to the State Government’s Office along JS Tarkaa way, only a few casual staff were sighted loitering around. Other offices visited included the Benue State Environmental and Sanitation Agency, Benue State Water Board and the Urban Developmen...
Netherlands To Engage More Young Nigerians In Start-Up Programmes
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Netherlands To Engage More Young Nigerians In Start-Up Programmes

The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Nigeria on Wednesday announced its government’s plan to engage more young Nigerians in its Orange Corner Start-Up programmes. The Embassy’s Charge d’Affaires, Mr Michel Deleen, told newsmen in Lagos that the programme was meant to encourage more business ideas from young Nigerians. Deleen, who said that the Orange Corner had been operating in South Africa, Mozambique and Greece, added that it would increase the number of Nigerians in Start-Up businesses. “Last year, we commenced support for young Nigerians in Start-Up businesses in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt and Jos. “This is basically to give training opportunities to young Nigerian entrepreneurs that would in turn be linked with Dutch companies. “We are currently working on...
Methodist Prelate Urges Nigerians To Embrace Technology
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Methodist Prelate Urges Nigerians To Embrace Technology

Dr. Kanu Uche, Prelate of the Methodist Church of Nigeria, has charged the citizenry to embrace technology and make the economy technologically driven. “What is feeding most countries like Japan and others today is information technology. The economy of the world today is becoming technologically driven (ICT). Nigerian should also move into that area because it can bring in billions,” Uche said recently. The clergy has it that due to laziness Nigerians are under utilising their intellectual potential and natural resources thereby weakening the economy. “Our fertile land is under-utilised. If we tap all the resources on land, in the sea and those ones that are inside the earth crust we will be buoyant,” he made known. Advising the leaders, he urged them to be selfless in renderi...
NITDA Wins Outstanding Govt Agency Award
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NITDA Wins Outstanding Govt Agency Award

The National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, on Friday emerged the outstanding government agency of the year at the Titans of Technology awards in Lagos. The award is an annual event organised to celebrate organisations, institutions and individuals at the forefront of ICT adoption and usage in Nigeria. The 12th edition of the ceremony which held at the Oriental Hotel Lagos, on Friday, saw NITDA clinching the ‘Outstanding Government Agency’ of the year award. “This is in recognition of the Agency’s recent drive at ensuring IT Compliance among MDAs and effecting a high level of professionalism in the industry,” the NITDA said in a statement on Saturday. The acting head, Lagos zonal office of the Agency, Tarelisa Konyefa, received the award on behalf of the agen...
Osinbajo Approves Appointment Of 21 Permanent Secretaries
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Osinbajo Approves Appointment Of 21 Permanent Secretaries

The Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has approved the appointment of 21 new Permanent Secretaries in the Federal Civil Service. Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita, Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, announced this in a statement by Mr Haruna Imrana, Director, Communications in the office on Thursday in Abuja. The permanent secretaries are Ehuria Ekeoma (Abia State); Akpan Sunday (Akwa Ibom); Anagbogu Nkiruka (Anambra); Walson-Jack Esther (Bayelsa); Gekpe Isu(Cross River); Aliboh Lawrence (Delta) and Uwaifo Clement ( Edo). Others are Folayan Olaniyi (Ekiti state); Osuji Marcellinus (Imo); Mu’azu Abdulkadir (Kaduna); Sulaiman Lawal (Kano); Abdullahi Mashi (Katsina State); Adebiyi Adekunle, (Lagos); Ibrahim Wen, (NasarawaS tate); Odewale Olajide (Ogun) and Adesola Olusade (Ondo Sta...
NGO Trains Women On ICT, Skills Acquisition
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NGO Trains Women On ICT, Skills Acquisition

Mrs Wunmi Hassan, the President Hi-Tech Centre for Women and Youths, an (NGO) on Friday said the centre was currently training over 100 women in ICT and different skills. Hassan, who spoke in an interview with the News Agency of Abuja (NAN) in Abuja, said that the centre was carrying out the training with the support of Intel Corporation, an American Multinational and technology company. According to her, the training which is tagged: “Raised Women Entrepreneur’’ started about a month ago and for women entrepreneurs from 18 years and above. Hassan said that the training opportunity was aimed at 2000 women using ICT tools for business growth and entrepreneurial skills. She said that the training would avail the women the opportunity to learn how to be entrepreneurs with at least...
‘ISIS Seeking To Establish Cyber-Caliphate’
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‘ISIS Seeking To Establish Cyber-Caliphate’

A senior Iranian police official says ISIS has turned to the cyberspace to recruit operatives and coordinate its terrorist operations. A top Iranian police official says the Information Communication Technology (ICT) has undergone sea changes and, accordingly, influenced people’s lifestyles as well as social, cultural, economic, political, and security relations in societies. The comments were made by Brigadier General Kamal Hadianfar, the head of Iran’s Cyber Police, which monitors activities in the virtual space and deals with cybercrimes. “Renowned world organizations predict that cybercrime, cyber-attacks, and information theft in the virtual space will inflict $2 trillion worth of loss on the global economy in 2019,” said the senior police official while addressin...
214,952 Students Cheated In WASSCE – WAEC
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214,952 Students Cheated In WASSCE – WAEC

Some 214,952 candidates cheated in the May-June West African Senior School Certificate Examination(WASSCE) and their results have been seized by the authorities. Head of National Office of the West African Examination Council (WAEC), Mr. Olu Adenipekun, announced this, in Lagos, as he also announced the cheering news of a seven percent improvement in the number of candidates that passed the examination with five credits. Last year, 52.9 percent of the candidates recorded the feat. The number jumped to 59.22 percent this year, out of the 1,559,662 candidates that sat for the examination. Adenipekun said WAEC is still investigating the exam cheats and that the schools of the students would be duly informed soon. “The cases are being investigated and reports of the investigations ...
Saraki Hints At Reshuffling Of Senate Standing Committees
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Saraki Hints At Reshuffling Of Senate Standing Committees

The President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has hinted that there would be changes in the composition of the 68 standing committees of the Senate before the lawmakers embark on their annual recess before the end of July. Saraki said this yesterday in reaction to observations by Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, who faulted the composition of the committees. Ekweremadu, while contributing to the debate on report of the Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND on the Federal University of Maritime Studies, Oron, bill, observed that it was signed by only 12 out of 21 members. “It is unusual the number of senators, 21, that are in the tertiary institutions committee. It is unhealthy that many senators will be in many committees that would make it diffic...
Nigeria Rated Africa’s 19th Most Attractive Investment Destination
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Nigeria Rated Africa’s 19th Most Attractive Investment Destination

Nigeria is the 19th most attractive economy for investments flowing into the African continent, a new report has indicated. The Africa Investment Index 2016 report showed that Nigeria attracted a net Foreign Direct Investment of $3.1bn in 2015. According to the index, African investment destinations attracted an overall FDI of US $13.6bn. Botswana was ranked the most attractive economy for investments flowing into the African continent followed by Morocco, Egypt, South Africa and Zambia. The report was released by Quantum Global’s independent research arm, Quantum Global Research Lab. Commenting on the report, the Head, Quantum Global Research Lab, Prof. Mthuli Ncube, said, “Despite the current economic challenges, we are quite confident on the medium to long-term market pro...
NITDA Commends CAC, FIRS, JAMB For Effective Use Of ICT
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NITDA Commends CAC, FIRS, JAMB For Effective Use Of ICT

The National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, on Monday commended some government agencies for their effective use of Information and Communication Technology, ICT, for service delivery. A statement signed by Isa Pantami, NITDA Director General, said the commendation was necessary because the agencies met the expectations and requirements of the Executive Order signed recently by the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo. The executive order was on the promotion of transparency and efficiency in the business environment, designed to facilitate the ease of doing business in Nigeria through the use of ICT. According to the statement, the agencies are the Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS, Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, and Corporate Affairs Commission, ...
Senate To Investigate illegal Migration Across The Sahara
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Senate To Investigate illegal Migration Across The Sahara

The Senate on Wednesday mandated its committees on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora to investigate causes of rising migration across the Sahara and Mediterranean Sea to Europe. It charged the committees to proffer solutions to the problem. The upper chamber also called on the Federal Government to strengthen the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons and the Nigerian Immigration Service to take measures to prevent trafficking in persons. This followed a motion by the Deputy Chief Whip, Senator Francis Alimikhena, entitled: “Trans-Sahara-Europe Crisis.” In the motion, Alimikhena said that migration by Nigerians and other Africans through illegal routes across the Sahara and Mediterranean had resulted in colossal loss of lives over the years. He said that Ni...
Oyo To Generate 1,000 Megawatts From Wastes
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Oyo To Generate 1,000 Megawatts From Wastes

The Oyo State Government is to generate 1,000 megawatts from wastes following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) with some power-generating firms. The state government on Wednesday in Ibadan signed an MoU with Siemens International, MRF1 and West African Energy on conversion of waste to energy. Gov. Abiola Ajimobi said that the project would promote industrialisation and generate employment opportunities. He said that the project was anchored on his administration’s developmental tripod of restoration, transformation and re positioning. Ajimobi stated that the objective of the present effort was to uplift the state from its civil service status to an industrialized one. “As part of our development agenda of restoration, transformation and re positioning, we ha...
Before You Head To Camp As A Corper In Nigeria
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Before You Head To Camp As A Corper In Nigeria

Just before you head to camp as a Corper in Nigeria, take your time and read this. It is a dream come true for all graduates to serve their father’s land. Will it be a dream come true when you are done service, you then realize that you can no longer find your bearing in life again? Before you head to camp as a Corper in Nigeria, read carefully and digest it. One Year Will Pass Like One Day Are you thinking that one service year will take its time and crawl past you? You better think again. Especially when you are posted to somewhere that is fun, you won’t know when 1 year passes you with full speed. Whatever thing you want to do, do it as soon as you have the chance. Never give room for procrastination. See You Allowance as a Capital, Not a Salary That was the mistake I made, ...
Nigeria Seeks Foreign Investors For Smart Cities Project
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Nigeria Seeks Foreign Investors For Smart Cities Project

The Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, says Nigeria is set to hold a smart cities summit in June as part of efforts by the Federal Government to develop ICT sector in the country. Mr. Shittu disclosed this in an interview the News Agency of Nigeria on the sideline of the Transform Africa Summit held in Kigali, Rwanda, an ICT conference focused on development of smart cities. The minister, who said the plan was to replicate the unparalleled ICT transformation of Rwanda in Nigeria, said the “Smart Cities Nigeria 2017 Summit” was scheduled for June 28 and 29. NAN reports that a smart city is an urban development vision to integrate in ICT and Internet of Things (IoT) technology in a secure fashion to manage a city’s assets The initiative aims at leveraging technology soluti...
Why Private Universities Are Stronger In Nigeria
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Why Private Universities Are Stronger In Nigeria

In 1948, the university education started in Nigeria when the first university was established in Ibadan. The University of Ibadan came to being after Yaba College of Technology (YABATECH) was established as the first tertiary institution. In the wake of the birth of Third Republic in 1999, the deregulation of the economy saw the emergence of private universities. The financial crisis facing states of the federation encouraged the establishment of the private universities, which are increasing till date. It should be observed that the quest to give more choices to the ever-increasing number of admission seekers necessitated the establishment of private universities. Since then, there have been about 60 approved private universities in the country. Just like the public universities...
Zamfara Corper Declared Wanted By Modibbo Adama University Over N30m Scam
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Zamfara Corper Declared Wanted By Modibbo Adama University Over N30m Scam

A corps member serving in Zamfara State, Fidelis Chalokwo, has been declared wanted by the Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Yola, over N30m varsity school fees fraud involving 940 students. Our correspondent learnt that the 940 students of the institution risked being restrained from sitting for the second semester examination. The affected students were considered ineligible by the bursary department of the university to sit for the examination because they had reportedly not yet paid their school fees. According to the Students Union Government of the institution on Tuesday, preliminary investigations into the N30m school fees fraud linked Chalokwo, a former student of the university, now performing his NYSC programme in Zamfara, of executing 70 per cent of the fraud. ...
Nigerian Lecturers Are Still Using Old Methods To Teach – NACOSS President
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Nigerian Lecturers Are Still Using Old Methods To Teach – NACOSS President

Well, I strongly believe that one of the greatest challenge in Nigeria System of education,especially in the Technology world is lack of conducive environment. I always make an advocacy that, IT innovation parks should be sighted at least in each geopolitical zone. It’s well known that if you train accounting students, you build financial institutions, if you train medical personnel’s you build medical facilities and training centres , then if we see the importance of IT in Nigeria there should be need for Innovation Centres, China of today started from somewhere and Nigeria Can start from somewhere. Let there be an innovation Centre, some technologies that is new to us today are already outdated in some countries, because there’s is no supportive research centres. The curriculum need seri...
Buhari’s Govt, Worst In Nigeria — Asari Dokubo
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Buhari’s Govt, Worst In Nigeria — Asari Dokubo

Many Nigerians have criticised you for investing in other countries when you could have done that in the Niger Delta. I don’t believe in Nigeria. In December 2013, I was arrested based on the allegation that I was the leader of Boko Haram. How is Nigeria faring now under the All Progressives Congress. The fact that the President holds the people in so much disdain and cannot speak with the people who are supposed to have elected him is a shame. But it’s Nigeria, anything goes. I owe Nigeria no apology. I can’t establish my institutions and businesses in a hostile environment. Business ought to be in a conducive environment that will engender profit and so on. The Nigerian environment is still hostile to me. I had the opportunity of going to South Africa and other places to establish my ...
Tertiary Institutions Should Seek Alternative Funding- FG
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Tertiary Institutions Should Seek Alternative Funding- FG

The Federal Government through the Minister Of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, represented by the Director of Tertiary Education, Hajiya Fatima Ahmad had urged public Institutions to seek alternative funding due to the recession, he also adviced institution to increase the level Information Communication Technology, as the World had move from a normal class to a Digital class. He said, "Resource constraint is a challenge we are facing. However, the reality for now is the effective and efficient management of all resources available –human, material or financial. I would also want to urge you to come up with a framework for funding tertiary education to augment the statutory sources which are not adequate. This is critical because education, as we all know, is a critical nexus in the develop...

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