An Nigerian Online and Editor in Chief, ITRealms ,Remmy Nweke has bene honoured with the 2016 Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) Presidential award for outstanding reportage of Information and Communications Technology sector in Nigeria.
ITRealms Online is a member of DigitalSENSE African Media group, which also publishes NaijaAgroNet, DigitalSENSE Business News; founded since 2004 and has distinguished itself with multiple awards internationally. These include ITRealms Online emerging the first runner-up at the inaugural Telkom-Highway Africa New Media awards for the deployment of new media technologies in dissemination of information on the continent in 2010; and in 2011, ITRealms won the first-ever joint prize by Free and Open Source Foundation for Africa (FOSSFA) and Deutsche Welle (DW) prize under FOSSWAY project as part of the fourth Idlelo conference in Accra-Ghana, among others.
The media category of the NCS Presidential awards 2016 held at the NAF Conference Centre Kado-Abuja in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) also saw AIT Infotech led by Bayero Agabi emerging for Television and Emma Okonji of ThisDay Newspapers taking the lead in print subcategories respectively.
Correspondent recalls that the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) is the umbrella organization of all Information Technology professionals, interest groups and stakeholders in Nigeria, which was formed in 1978 as Computer Association of Nigeria (COAN) and later transformed into NCS in 2002 due to harmonization with other stakeholders and interest groups, thus positioning itself as the national platform for the advancement of Information Technology science and practice in Nigeria.
While presenting the award to Remmy Nweke [ITRealms], the former NCS President and executive chairman, Chams Plcs, Sir Demola Aladekomo in the company of current president, Prof. Adesola Aderounmu and chairperson, Ethics & Disciplinary Committee of the society, Dr. (Mrs.) Titilola Akinlade, commended Mr. Nweke and his team for outstanding reportage of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector and in particularly the Computer Society through ITRealms and other platforms under the DigitalSENSE Africa Media group.
He also urged for continuous support as the nation now delves into the use of IT for national safety and security, which formed the theme for this year’s national conference.
In a letter pronouncing the Presidential award sent to the Group Executive Editor, DigitalSENSE Africa Media and publishers of ITRealms, NaijaAgroNet and DigitalSENSE Business News, Mr. Remmy Nweke, the acting Executive Secretary of NCS, Mr. Iyiola Ayoola on behalf of the President, National Executive Council of NCS and the Jury, congratulated him for good job.
“In recognition of your invaluable contribution to the Society, the growth and promotion of IT and enhancement of professionalism, you have been chosen for NCS Special Recognition Presidential Award 2016,” he said.
Ayoola pointed out that this award goes to individual, institution, academia and industry that has promoted the teaching, usage, development, application of IT for human capacity development and economic growth in Nigeria.
Responding, Mr. Nweke, who is also the author of ‘A Decade of ICT Reportage in Nigeria’ dedicated the award to the entire management and staff of Digital SENSE Africa Media group for their support and prayed for the strength to contribute more for the betterment of Nigeria and ICT society globally.
Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode says the security challenges being experienced in some parts of the state will soon be a thing of the past as adequate measures have been put in place to address the situation.Governor Ambode stated that all the security outfits within and outside the state had been put on red alert to contain any breach.The Governor added that transportation reform and environment sanitation would be the main focus of the government in its second year.
He appraised one year in office and promises to unveiling new strategies to make life more comfortable for residents through people-oriented polices.
The rich tourism potentials of Badagry, a border town between Nigeria and the Republic of Benin will soon be on the global stage. Lagos state Commissioner for Tourism, Mr Folorunsho Folarin-Coker, gave the hint while briefing journalists in Badagry , Lagos West Senatorial District.
Mr Folarin said the government is opened to partnership from individuals, Corporate Organizations and private tourists to ensure that the development was maximized to increase internally generated revenue for the state.
“Tourism and the heritage of Badagry are too important not to celebrate with the identity of Badagry itself, so we are going to have a Badagry day; government will also document it in a professional way so that we can set platforms that the whole world can see that the rich cultural heritage of Badagry is one worth making the journey to come and see,” he said.
On his part, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Steve Ayorinde, noted that the recent visit of Governor Akinwumi Ambode and his team to Badagry, was to ensure that all parts of the state enjoyed even development.According to Mr Ayorinde, Badagry Day will be celebrated before the end of the year after the launch of the One Lagos Brand.”His Excellency the Governor has said that he wants to make Badagry the number one when it comes to tourism, not only in Nigeria but also in Africa and this is coming just barely a week to the grand launch of the ‘One Lagos Brand’ which will happen between the 27th and the 29th of July,” the Commissioner hinted.
The Information Commissioner assured residents that the present administration would leave no stone unturned in making life more comfortable for residents and open more job opportunities for Youths.
Meanwhile, Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode during the opening session of the Executive retreat had disclosed that the security challenges being experienced in some parts of the state would soon be a thing of the past as adequate measures had been put in to address the situation.
He stressed that all the security outfits within and outside the state had been put on red alert to contain any breach.
Transportation and the environment
The Governor added that government would focus more on transportation reform and the environment in its second year. Governor Ambode said the retreat was to appraise the last one year in office of the present administration with a view to unveiling new strategies that would make life more comfortable for residents through people-oriented polices.
The theme of the 3-day retreat is “Reflect, Reappraise, Restrategize, Raising the Bar of Governance.”
in 2017 and N50billion monthly in 2018 as well as a yearly budget size
of one trillion naira by 2018.
Council, Permanent Secretaries and heads of government agencies and
parastatals, the State Government said it had resolved to scale up and
run efficient revenue collection machinery through the convergence of
the Ministries, Departments and Agencies’ operations and utilization
of cutting edge technologies.
journalists by the Commissioners for Information- Mr Steve Ayorinde
and Economic Planning and Budget- Mr Akinyemi Ashade; government said
participants intensively deliberated on the six pillars of Lagos State
Development Plan (LSDP) namely infrastructural development,
sustainable environment, finance, economic development, social
development and security and governance.
ambitious, appropriate measures were being adopted to achieve the
ensure that we use technology to drive it in terms of automation and
collection, what we are also going to ensure is that the whole reform
around consumption taxes is really taken to another level, the land
administration system, the EGIS (electronic geographic information
system) also will support this our initiative and we believe that once
we are through with the automation of the processes, the reform in the
consumption tax administration in the state and blocking all
loopholes, we believe we will have the right funding to finance all
these plans and we will not forget one critical fact which is that all
is about Public Private Partnership,” Ashade said.
Ambode administration to make life better and more meaningful for the
people, as well as recognized the role of government as the enabler
and therefore resolved to create the enabling environment for
everybody and businesses.
budget performance with a 58 percent to 42 percent ratio for capital
and recurrent expenditure, efforts would be redoubled at reducing cost
and blocking leakages, while MDAs not yet integrated into the Treasury
Single Account (TSA) be brought in before the end of third quarter of
“Participants pledged to ensure timely preparation of the Y2017 Budget
and its passage into law by the end of October 2016, this will
facilitate implementation of the budget from 1st January, 2017.Ayorinde stressed.
and the need to invest more in the sector with particular emphasis on
improving the technological capacity of the Lottery Board to create
jobs and increase revenue generation.
to improve on the performance of Lagos Water Corporation (LWC) in the
production of water and collection of water tariff as well as
encouraging private sector investment in production and supply of
portable water, maping out strategies towards food security especially
by increasing rice production in order to reduce dependence on food
importation within the next three years.
for social development and security in view of its impact on the
people, as well as the need for a comprehensive inter-modal public
transportation system as obtainable in other developed economy.
organisations to take ownership of the Tree Planting initiative of
government to mitigate the effect of climate change by nurturing and
ensuring survival of trees.
Ayorinde recalled the Town Hall Meeting and the State Executive
Council Meeting which held in Badagry the previous week as well as the
tour of government projects in the historic town, saying that it was a
demonstrable evidence of the readiness of the Ambode-led
administration to develop all parts of the State.
Babs Adeyemo ,Abeokuta
The former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Dimeji Bankole has lamented the falling standard of education in the country, urging all ties of government to look into the situation.
Bankole who was spoken in Abeokuta at the Grand Finale of the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN), Ogun State Unit maiden Secondary Schools competition at the premises of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) also appealed to the teachers to instill good character and moral into their students.
The former nation number four man however urged the Executive and the Judiciary to synergies activities so as to alleviate the suffering of the common men in the country.
In his keynote address, the MSSN B-Zone Amir, Alhaji Mushafau Kehinde Alaran commended the court ruling in Lagos State on the usage of hijabs in schools, saying “We are happy with the judgement. It made us to believe in Nigeria judiciary”.
He urged all the State Governors to allow the usage of hijabs in the schools, stressing that there shouldn’t be any agitation before the students could be allow to wear hijab to schools.
Exclusive breastfeeding has been identified as one of the potent ways
of lowering the risk of breast cancer in women.
Against this backdrop, expectant and nursing mothers in Nigeria have
been reminded of the significance of the breastfeeding.
This was the unanimous position of health experts and stakeholders at
a programme tagged- “Hope for Expectant Mothers,” an event organised
by the Hope for Women Foundation, (HOFOWEM) in Lagos.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris stressed the need for
expectant mothers to embrace exclusive breastfeeding in the first six
months of their baby’s life, for the good of the baby and the mother
Dr Idris also advised women to always plan ahead for pregnancy by
seeking medical advice to forestall and prevent danger signs during
“Many of us don’t take it seriously, the latest study now shows that
breastfeeding enhances the growth of the child and more importantly
too, women who breastfeed exclusively have lower chances of getting
cancer of the breast,” the Commissioner reiterated.
On her part, the State Director, National population Commission, Mrs
Olusola Osideko, who also buttressed the need to imbibe the culture of
exclusive breastfeeding, harped on the importance of birth certificate
as soon as a child is born.
Birth certificate is a right
Mrs Osideko who described birth certificates as the baby’s first right
in life, emphasized that birth certificate was meant to be issued in
the first sixty days of life free of charge after which charges would
In a keynote address, wife of the Lagos State Governor, Mrs Bolanle
Ambode, noted that women had key roles to play in the health-for-all
aspiration of the state to achieve zero infant and maternal mortality
Zero maternal/infant mortality
Mrs Ambode urged pregnant women to complement the efforts of
government at achieving zero infant/maternal mortality rate by
embracing healthy and hygienic lifestyle.
According to her, often times infants are at risk of infections,
diarrhea, poor growth and many common diseases associated with
un-hygienic habits, as a result, such expectant mothers must make
hygienic living a habit such as simple washing of hands constantly.
“The act of washing hands is so simple yet we do not see it as a game
changing solution, they are so elementary that we frequently forget
they can save lives, basic personal hygiene and good sanitary conduct
begins with hand-washing; so it is an important message to take home
for the young ones, let them know the many benefits of that simple
act, tell them it prevents infections, keeps them neat, keeps them
healthy and happy all the time,” she noted.
The pet project
Speaking on her passion for women and children, Mrs Ambode explained
that her pet project- HOFOWEM remained a foundation established with
the intention of uplifting the welfare of widows, children and aged
She said her vision was to transform their lives, put smiles on their
faces, give them hope and make life more meaningful for them.
“This event is significant for me as a mother, a parent and as a
Nigerian, the programme is not just about supporting good hygiene and
healthy habits during pregnancy and after delivery, but it is also
about safeguarding the future of our children right from infancy,” she
Over two hundred expectant mothers were given delivery kits and baby
Earlier, HOFOWEM Coordinator, Ms Oyefunke Adeleke lauded Mrs Ambode
for her kindness to women and children in the State, adding that the
programme was one of the numerous initiatives in the current
dispensation in Lagos State.
By Jumu’ah Abiodun
More than 35,000 delegates from over 90 countries are expected to attend the 50th Ahmadiyya Muslim Association, Annual Islamic Conference, UK Jalsa, to increase religious knowledge and promote a sense of peace and tranquility.
The event will be broadcast live globally via satellite TV from the Muslim Television Ahmadiyya International with simultaneous translation in up to 13 languages. In Nigeria, Murhi International Television MITV and Television Continental TVC are expected to re-broadcast the proceedings and reports live from, the Alton, United Kingdom.
Arrangements have been concluded for the reporters from the print media notably, the Guardian, Vanguard, National Mirror and The Gazelle News, an online news medium to cover the events live in the UK. The Nigerian journalists will be coordinated by the National Secretary Publications and media relations of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat, Nigeria, Qasim Akinreti, who is also an Assistant Director News Voice of Nigeria.
Eminent speakers will discussed a range of religious topics and their relevance to contemporary society.
The Jalsa is also attended by a number of parliamentarians, civic leaders and diplomats from different countries who also address the gathering. A key feature of this convention is that it is blessed by the presence of His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the Head of the worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim community. He addresses the convention over each of the three days expounding on the principles of Islam and elaborating on the role of religion in bringing peace to the modern world.
According to the organizers of the conference entry to the Jalsa Salana arena will be strictly on the basis of Computerized Registration ID Cards. Participants are requested to obtain their Registration Cards from the Registration Offices.
UK members in possession of their AIMS Cards shall be entitled for entry into the Jalsa Salana arena. Members who do not have this card should contact their Local President immediately. Replacement of an AIMS Card will be issued after verification by the Local President and will incur a £5.00 charge. Any UK member not in possession of an AIMS Card will be issued a Jalsa Salana Registration Card. This will be issued to those members who have completed their UK Tajneed Forms. This form is available from your Local Jama’at President.
Members from overseas countries (e.g. Germany, Norway or Holland) that have Computerised Tajneed systems may use their cards to obtain entry into the Jalsa Salana arena. However please ensure, prior to departure from your home country (Ameer), that your specific Computerised Card is acceptable for entry or not.
Members from overseas countries where a computerised card system is not, in practice, are requested to obtain their Jalsa Salana registration cards from Registration Offices at Baitul Futuh or Hadeeqatul Mahdi, immediately upon arrival in UK. Registration requires passport & a verified invitation or permission letter by the respective Ameer or President.
Abdulsalami Folashade Abuja,
A total sum of N559.032 billion naira has been disbursed to the three tiers of government in Nigeria as revenue for the month of June.
The Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, announced the figure while addressing news-men on the outcome of the Federation Accounts Allocation Committee, FAAC, meeting in Abuja.
Giving a breakdown of how the revenue was shared among the three tiers of government, she said the Federal Government received N199.754 billion naira, representing 52.68 per cent; states government N101.318 billion naira representing 26.72 percent; and local governments had N78.112 billion naira, amounting to 20.60 per cent of the amount distributed.
She also stated that N17.124 billion naira representing 13 per cent derivation revenue, was shared among oil producing states noting that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) refunded the sum of N6.330 billion naira while an exchange gain of N79.272 billion naira was recorded?
The Excess Crude Account (ECA) balance was therefore noted to stand at N394 billion naira.
In the meantime, Adeosun disclosed that the gross revenue of N538.788 billion naira received for the month was higher than the N237.466billion naira received in the previous month by N301.322billion naira saying that the total revenue distributable for the current month including Value Added Tax (VAT) is N559.032 billion naira.
She however attributed the rise in the revenue sharing to improvement in revenue collection at all levels, both in mineral and non-mineral avenues, despite the decrease in oil production.
The Rivers State government is now set to host the 12thedition of the All Nigeria Editors’ Conference (ANEC) holding from August 3-7 in Port Harcourt, Rivers State with the theme: Economic Diversification: Agriculture as Option for a Prosperous Nigeria. No fewer than 300 Nigerian editors, a collection of mainstream farmers, agribusiness financiers, policy-makers and captains of industry are expected to grace the event.
Host Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, said the conference would afford the state the opportunity to showcase its investment potentials. In a statement signed by the Special Assistant to the Governor on Electronic Media, Simeon Nwakaudu, the Governor noted that the conference would be a fitting platform to partner with editors and the media to consolidate development in both the state and the nation at large.
Wike noted that the state is hosting several national and international events as a demonstration of the fact that Rivers State is an investors’ destination, stressing that the state is peaceful and the people hospitable. “Hosting this year’s conference will also make the editors witness first-hand the development projects and programmes of my administration which has improved the living standard of the people”, the Governor said.
Largest gathering of Editors
The All Nigeria Editors’ Conference is the largest gathering of Nigerian editors. It is a watering hole of ideas that have shaped government policies and programmes over the years. The maiden edition was held in 2004 at Ada, in Osun State. Subsequent editions have been held in different parts of the country. The conference also attracts both local and foreign speakers as well as editors from organizations such as the West African Editors Forum (WAEF), the African Editors Forum (TAEF), the World Editors Forum (WEF) and the World Association of Newspapers (WAN).
This year’s edition has been tailored primarily to focus on agriculture as a counterfoil to the dwindling receipts from crude oil. Speakers include a rich mix of practising farmers, agriculture financiers and policy-makers.
The Founder of HoneySuckle PTL Ventures, Mosunmola Cynthia Umoru, would speak on Agriculture as Panacea for Unemployment while Mr. Kola Adeniji of Niji Farms would talk on Agriculture as a Foreign Exchange Earner. The Chief Executive of Bank of Agriculture, Professor Danbala Danju would be explaining the Role of Banks in Agriculture Financing while Kano-based farmer, Muhammad Abubakar, the Managing Director of L&Z Integrated Farms would experientially explore the topic: Making the Most of Agriculture Value Chain.
The Acting President of the Guild, Funke Egbemode, said “the sole emphasis on agriculture for this year’s conference was in response to the falling price of crude oil at the international market which has automatically reduced government’s earnings and revenue base. This is the first the conference is focusing on agriculture in the most pragmatic sense and it is meant to draw the nation’s attention to the limitless opportunities that abound in agriculture”.
The Value of Previous Editions
Previous editions have bordered on good governance, electoral values among others. In 2005, the then Minister of the Federal Capital Territory Administration, Malam Nasir el-Rufai, facilitated the conference in Abuja with the theme Media, a Catalyst for Good Governance.
In 2006, the government of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, then governor of Bayelsa State, sponsored the conference, which was held in Yenagoa and the theme was Media and the Challenges of Political Transition.
In 2007, ANEC was held in Bauchi State, with the support of the government of Malam Isa Yuguda. Theme was: The Media: Electoral Reform and Election Management. The 5th edition was held in 2008 in Kaduna with the support of the government of the then Governor Mohammed Namadi Sambo with the theme Vision 2020, Economic Growth and the Nigerian Editor.
In 2010, Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State hosted, and theme was Oil and Gas, Post-Amnesty and the Nigerian Editor, while in 2011, Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State hosted the conference with theme Deepening our Democracy: Role of the Nigerian Editor. In 2012, the Akwa Ibom State government hosted, and theme was National Security and the Nigerian Editor.
Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State hosted in 2013 and the theme was Nigeria Beyond Oil, while in 2014 Katsina State government hosted with the theme Credible Elections and Good Governance – The Role of the Editor. Last year, Bayelsa State hosted and the theme was Nigeria: The Change We Need – Role of the Editor.
The International Criminal Court (ICC) has launches a new #JusticeMatters social media campaign to mark the Day of International Criminal Justice, including a Facebook photo contest
Participants are invited to submit photos, to ask their networks to like and share them, and to challenge their friends to add a little justice to their world view.
Photos of the scales of justice were submitted on the ICC Facebook page transforming a monument, city skyline or a natural landscape into a symbol of justice. The three photos to receive the most “likes” and “shares” will win a Justice Matters photo book. The campaign aims to raise awareness of the ICC, its goals, and the importance of international criminal justice on a global scale.
The Day of International Criminal Justice marks the anniversary of the adoption on 17 July 1998 of the Rome Statute, the founding treaty of the ICC, which seeks to deter people from genocide, crimes against humanity and war crime. 17 July unites all those who wish to support justice, promote victims’ rights, and help prevent crimes that threaten the peace and security of the world.
African Press Organisation,APO
The Lagos digital Library, An online portal that will provide an unlimited access to knowledge through the collection and creation of digital content is to officially kick-off in Lagos State in six months time.
the online platform is expected to be characterized with a plethora of e-books, videos and study aids. Special Adviser to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode on education, Mr Obafela Bank-Olemoh who confirmed the take-off of the initiative said the content would include, among others; numerous topics, 1,600 videos covering English, Mathematics & Sciences for all classes as well as 2,000 study aids in key subject areas for secondary school subjects.
Mr Bank-Olemoh stressed that quality research papers from Lagos State Tertiary institutions covering a wide variety of topics would be digitised for the platform while vocational training videos, creatively presented history lessons and online course on coding would also be available via the platform.
“The portal will be accessible via the internet on a range of devices including desktop computers to feature phones; the first phase will be launched next January, the digital library will feature Study Aids, tutorials, instructional videos and selected e-books from basic to SS3 approved texts, brief history of Lagos State and an online forum,” he added.
According to the Special Adviser, the digital library is principally designated to benefit all Nigerians and would be accessible from around the country and around the world.
“It would also be designed to ensure optimal user experience for the designated community, which includes producers of content, publishers of approved school text books, Lagos State Library Board content providers, external content providers, external providers could include individuals who want to self-publish, providers of study materials who provide their resources for a fee and other third parties, one of the key mandates of His Excellency is that we solve problems and create value, in creating the digital library, we are committed to ensuring that we are not just setting up another online portal but providing a solution, we will approach the project iteratively and continuously seek feedback from end users and other stakeholders to ensure the content and features provided are value-adding, timely, and innovative,” Bank-Olemoh reiterated.
Some of the objectives of the digital library include preserving history and culture, enhancing collaboration, providing tutorials for children, promoting local talent and content, create jobs as well as strengthen physical Libraries.
Upgrade of 21 schools
Meanwhile, the Special Adviser said that government had concluded plans to upgrade 21 secondary school libraries across all the six educational districts this year.
He disclosed that the State Government’s public-private-partnership initiative tagged ‘Adopt-A-Library’ was geared towards transforming the state’s public libraries into modern, ICT-enhanced knowledge centres.
He said the Ipaja Public Library has been upgraded while the Ilupeju Public Library was recently upgraded by Custodian & Allied Insurance as well as the Herbert Macaulay Library, Yaba, currently under renovation by Guaranty Trust Bank.
Bank-Olemoh further said that the libraries and ICT centres at Ireti and Falomo Secondary Schools were recently upgraded by ARM Pensions while Citibank also upgraded the library facility at Government Senior Secondary School, Victoria Island.
Scores of women under the aegis of Concerned Group have staged a peaceful protest in Lagos where they condemned the verbal attack on Senator representing Lagos Central at the upper legislative chamber, Oluremi Tinubu by her colleague from Kogi West Senator Dino Melaye.
The women, drawn from the three senatorial districts in Lagos State, said they were shocked and saddened by the attack against Senator Tinubu during the closed door session of the Senate on July 12.
“I want to commend all of you for coming out to condemn the assault on a ranking Senator, this is a cause worth coming out for and we condemn his action in its totality; we say no to women abuse and we are of the strong view that Senator Melaye should be recalled by the people of Kogi West if he fails to apologise for his shameful conduct.
“If we don’t resist it now, they will continue to treat all of us in that manner and that is why we must stand against such behavior now,” Akande said.
The Nigerian Guild of Editors Has Elected Mrs Funke Egbemode, the Managing Director and Editoring chief of Daily Telegraph newspaper and a Women columnist as the Acting President, of Nigeria’s prestigious media group,
Mrs Egbemode takes over from Mallam Garba Deen Muhammad show relinguished his position after his appointent as group Managing Director,Nigerian national pétroleum corporation,NNPC.
At the standing committee meeting of the Nigerian Guild of Editors in Abuja, the Guild also notes with concern that the economy is largely in a bad shape showing signs of recession, as statistics of unemployment is worsening while the future looks bleak. It therefore urges the Federal Government to take urgent steps to revitalise the economy in the area of job and wealth creation in order to alleviate the suffering of the masses.
The Guild condemned in strong terms the vandalism of oil facilities in the Niger Delta region and calls for dialogue by creating avenues to engage the various agitators in order to address their concerns.
In the same vein it also urges the agitators to embrace dialogue.
The Nigerian media group regret the increasing spate of kidnapping across the country and calls on the new Inspector-General of Police to come up with more proactive measures to curb the menace.
The Nigerian Guild of Editors , commends the gallantry of the Nigerian military in its fight against terrorism in the north east and the recovery of territory from the insurgents and urges government to pursue the anti-terrorism fight with more vigour until peace is fully restored to the troubled area.
It however expressed concern over the pathetic living condition of the internally displaced persons , IDPs and calls on government, corporate organisations, individuals and international agencies to come to their aid.
Ogun state government has restated it commitment to workers welfare, despite dwindling economic in the country.
Speaking with our Ogun State correspondent in Abeokuta,the commissioner for finance,Mr. Adewale Oshinowo hinted that state government will not fail in it obligations to the workers and pensioners in the state.
Oshinowo says though the federal allocation had so far fallen by over fifty percent but the state government would not relent in it IGR drive so as to achieve a nearly balanced budget and fulfil her financial OGUN COMM ON STATE OF THE STATE
Babs Adeyemo,Abeokuta. Ogun state government has restated it commitment to workers welfare, despite dwindling economic in the country. Speaking with our Ogun State correspondent in Abeokuta,the commissioner for finance,Mr Adewale Oshinowo hinted that state government will not fail in it obligations to the workers and pensioners in the state. Oshinowo says though the federal allocation had so far fallen by over fifty percent but the state government would not relent in it internally generations revenue, IGR drive to achieve a balanced budget and fulfil her financial obligations.
The over 1,000 participants at the 2016 Nigeria Digital SENSE Forum series recently ended in Lagos, with Nigerian youths charged to turn challenges in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector into opportunities.
In a communique at the end of the forum the convener and Executive Director, Operations, Digital SENSE Africa Media, Mrs. Nkemdilim Nweke, noted that there are opportunities within every challenge.
She said, participants, made up of stakeholders, Internet service providers, electronic payment providers, cyber security professionals, students, youths and Internet Protocol gurus, pointed out that Nigeria has rich cultural heritage and indigenous knowledge; hence tourism apps could come up to document these heritages for use by visitors coming to Nigeria.
The communique also stated that development of social media in Nigerian languages is another opportunity, same with the gaming industry.
“There is also the opportunity to deepen citizen participation in governmental process and enhance public service delivery. Nigeria should embrace the great potentials in her human and natural resources and leverage on it to create services and products for Internet Protocol version Six (IPv6) compliance to address our local challenges,” part of the communique read.
On the way forward, participants agreed that there is need for everyone to get connected to the internet.
“There is need for network and content operators to make their networks and websites available over both IPv4 and IPv6 for the foreseeable future so that everyone can access the Internet whether they are using an IPv4 or an IPv6 address,” the communique stated, stressing that the internet is a public resource and people should be careful about what they post to avoid assault.
Stronger cyber laws
Participants also called for a stronger cyber laws to be enacted and implemented to prevent and curtail cybercrimes, pointing out that there is a great need to develop apps as well as capacity to help ensure cyber safety.
“Government at all levels should encourage e-governance as this will help in tracking government activities through the social media; it will also give people access to participate in governance thereby encouraging transparency and efficiency,” part of the communique read.
Emphasising, those young graduates should realize they are the architects of their own future and as such, they should learn early enough to take their destinies into their own hands as it concerns ICT and its usage.
Health experts across Africa have identified major new challenges facing the treatment of malaria in Africa.
Some of these challenges are growing resistance to frontline artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs) and insecticides, preventable and treatable, malaria continues to kill a child every two minutes and threatens the lives of many more as malaria deaths have declined by around 60% since 2000, with 6 million lives saved.
Solving these challenges was the main trust of Africa annual health summit by NOVARTIS, a health pharmaceutical company.
The event will also focus on key issues including efficacy and quality monitoring of existing therapies, the growing tide of resistance in Asia and its potential effect on African countries. Host country Senegal has already proven to be a leader in home-based malaria management through the use of rapid diagnostic tests administered by community volunteers, and lessons from this success will also be shared.
According to Dr Harald Nusser of Novartis, “Novartis is proud to convene this unique forum and bring together leading voices from across Africa to advance malaria elimination efforts. Despite the many advances in the fight against the disease, we know there is still a lot to be done if we want to achieve a malaria-free world. Bridging existing gaps in access to key interventions and introducing novel tools, including next-generation antimalarial drugs, will be crucial to achieving elimination.”
Delegates will also have the opportunity to meet community volunteers in a semi-rural area; attend public disease awareness sessions; hear from Global Fund representatives about the global replenishment drive to further mobilize efforts to end malaria; and hear plans for the Novartis SMS for Life 2.0 pilot – a project which uses mobile phones and online tools to improve access to malaria medicines and quality of care.
The NMCP workshop is coming up as the Novartis Malaria Initiative celebrates a new treatment delivery milestone. Since 2001, Novartis has delivered more than 800 million treatments without profit, including over 300 million dispersible pediatric treatments developed in collaboration with the Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV), mostly to the public sector of malaria-endemic countries.
Novartis recently announced an expanded partnership with MMV to further drive the development of KAF156, the first in a new class of dual-acting antimalarial compounds known as imidazolepiperazines (IZPs) that target the parasite at both the liver and blood stages of its reproductive cycle.
The NMCP Best Practice Sharing Workshop is co-chaired by Dr. Moustapha Cisse, Deputy NMCP Head in Senegal; Simone Kunene, Under Secretary of the Swaziland Ministry of Health and a former Head of the Swaziland NMCP; and Professor Zul Premji, Professor and Chair of the Department of Pathology at Aga Khan University
On the development of the education sector, Governor Ambode said recruitment exercise will kick-off next month to accommodate one thousand teachers.
He stated that another ten billion naira had been set aside for the rehabilitation of schools across the state, while a technical and vocational school will be established in Badagry.
“This administration will establish a Technical and Vocational School in Badagry, the ground breaking will be done in September this year, in addition, we will upgrade the infrastructure in all our schools starting from this month of July, all our Primary and Secondary schools will be upgraded to create conducive learning environment for students and teachers, another N10bn has been earmarked for this facelift of our Secondary and Primary schools across the State,” the governor highlighted
Lagos State is currently strategising on how to strengthen the state’s economy and reduce its dependence on federal allocation to 10 percent in three years and thereafter zero percent.
Governor Mr Akinwunmi Ambode stated this at the second quarterly town hall meeting, the fourth in the series held in Badagry area of the state, said the state remained undaunted by the current economic challenges rocking the country.
in his words,”We hope to reduce our dependence on federal allocation to 10 percent in three years; we also have plans to achieve zero percent as we develop our potentials in tourism and services; the future of Lagos is about service and tourism,” .
Ambode pointed out that the overall state government budget performance as at half year 2016 was 70 percent, saying it was an improvement over the corresponding period in 2015 when the performance stood at 63 percent.
“Revenue recorded 73 percent performance for the half year 2016 despite the challenging economic environment; your government spent a total of N115.624bn on Capital projects during the half year 2016 leading to the capital/recurrent ratio of 50:50 with the plan to improve this ratio to 58:42 provided for in 2016 appropriation law in the remaining half of the year,” he said.
10 billion health investment
Governor Ambode also noted that the state government had commenced a comprehensive action to rehabilitate and upgrade the facilities in all its hospitals.
He added that training for medical personnel would be given top priority from time to time.
“Modern equipment will be procured to facilitate treatment and we will invest in capacity building of our medical staff, we intend to spend over N10 billion on our hospitals across the state before December this year, we will recruit and train medical professionals in areas of rare specialization and special needs,” he stressed.
Babs Adeyemo, Abeokuta
The Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has flagged an health insurance scheme “Araya Scale Up” in the State.
The Community Based Health Insurance Scheme (CBHS), tagged “Araya Scale Up” is meant to provide affordable healthcare service delivery to residents of the State.
The governor who reiterates the commitment of his administration towards providing the much needed political dividends says his government will sustain the programme.
Leading the distribution of the card for the scheme, the Governor says the programme remains free for pregnant women, nursing mothers and the elderly people in the state.
Amosun explains that other categories of beneficiaries were expected to pay a token of 4,000 Naira to enjoy a full package of the insurance scheme for one year.
Members of the Lagos State Independent National Electoral Commission (LASIEC) have been sworn-in to in order to pave the way for the conduct of Local Council elections in the state. The State Electoral umpire is chaired by the immediate past Chief Judge of the State, Retired Justice Ayotunde Philips.
Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode at the event stated that the members had been painstakingly selected to guarantee a credible, transparent and accountable process.
The Governor also told the LASIEC members that his administration would not directly or indirectly interfere in the affairs of the Commission and urged them to be prepared to take responsibility for their actions. Responding, Retired Justice Philips who said all the members of LASIEC had studied the amendments to the state electoral laws; gave an assurance that they would do their best to make LASIEC an exemplary institution.
Council election soon
Justice Ayotunde Philips also hinted stated that LASIEC will soon come up with the date when Council elections will be held. Other members of the Commission Dr Bunmi Omosehindemi, Mrs Toyin Ibrahim-Famakinwa and Mr Olusegun Ayedun and former Special Adviser to the immediate past Governor of the State on Information, Mr Lateef Raji, whose appointment had been criticised by the opposition People’s Democratic Party.
The Leaders of EU powers will meet in Berlin to discuss the fallout from the UK’s decision to leave the European Union.
Britain’s exit will be the major discussion of the meeting.
President of the European Council, Donald Tusk earlier met with the French President Francois Hollande in Paris.
Last Thursday, Britain voted by fifty two percent to forty eight percent to leave the EU.
The Gender Equality Bill in Nigeria, is a work in progress as more opportunities are been created for the bill to be fine tuned.
The Chairman Senate Committee on Tertiary Education and Tetfund, Senator Binta Masi said Gender Parity should be considered in Nigeria to avoid abeyance of the gender equality bill with religious beliefs.
Mrs Masi emphasized that the Nigeria constitution is not gender bias stressing that every Nigerian is equal in the constitution irrespective of their gender.
Speaking on the Academic benchmark for the studies of gender and transformative leadership in Nigeria Universities, Senator masi said the essence is to bring equality of children irrespective of their gender.
Nigeria holds potential for investors and entrepreneurs interested in the technology sector.
This was the view of tech entrepreneurs who gathered in Lagos for the maiden edition of Nigeria Technology Exhibition and Conference NITEC 2016.
Mustapha Usman was one of the dozen of tech entrepreneurs who attended the NITEC 2016 titled role of disruptive technologies in increasing Africa’s gross domestic products.
He says tech entrepreneurs must understand the opportunities and work hard in order to succeed in Nigeria
The Gender Equality Bill in Nigeria, is a work in progress as more opportunities are been created for the bill to be fine tuned.
The Chairman Senate Committee on Tertiary Education and Tetfund, Senator Binta Masi said Gender Parity should be considered in Nigeria to avoid abeyance of the gender equality bill with religious beliefs.
Mrs Masi emphasized that the Nigeria constitution is not gender bias stressing that every Nigerian is equal in the constitution irrespective of their gender.Speaking on the Academic benchmark for the studies of gender and transformative leadership in Nigeria Universities, Senator masi said the essence is to bring equality of children irrespective of their gender.
Abidemi Sikiru, Ado Ekiti
Youths and students in Ekiti state have called on President Muhammad Buhari not to limit his anti corruption crusade to one political party.
They stated this during a peaceful protest embarked upon by youths in ado Ekiti, the state capital.
It will be recalled that the Economic And Financial Crime Commission , EFCC, freeze the personal account of Governor Ayodele Fayose at Zenith Bank
Eight films from the Nigerian movie industry otherwise known as
Nollywood will be showcased at the forthcoming Toronto International
Films Festival (TIFF) in Canada come September this year.
Organizers of the film festival will focus on film producers that are
based in Lagos and the platform will be a golden opportunity for the
selected films to get international exposure and market.
At a joint media briefing by the organizers and Lagos State
Government, Artistic Director of TIFF, Mr Cameron Bailey said the time
had come for Lagos and indeed Nigerian films to be on the global
Mr Bailey stressed that apart from the films, two Nigerian actors
based in Lagos will also be selected for recognition as he noted that
over 500,000 tickets had been made available for the event where the
city of Lagos will take the centre stage.
Lagos for celebration
The Artistic Director reiterated that Lagos was among the cities to be
celebrated at the Toronto event because the State remained the heart
of film industry in Nigeria just like Mumbai in India and Hollywood.
“There is a bond already between Nigeria and Canada, between Lagos and
Toronto, quite a lot of people from here now reside in Canada; every
year we play host to thousands of people from all over the world but
we are partnering with Lagos so as to ‘consume more of Lagos,’ get
more of Lagos, creative works from here are everywhere, in Barbados,
in London, in South Africa and the rest of the world, so we want films
from here that project the image of Nigeria and Lagos to continue to
win the Oscars and other world class awards,” he added.
The Lagos State Commissioner for Information, Mr Steve Ayorinde hinted
that Lagos would be fully involved in the event which would hold from
the 8th-18th of September this year.
“Lagos will be a city of focus at the Toronto International Films
Festival and the government is really glad with this development
because it is in line with government’s drive to boost tourism and
this development is coming just days after the unveiling of the logo
of Lagos at 50 celebration which kick-started the preparation for the
celebration of the 50 years of the creation of Lagos state, it is
coming just two weeks after Lagos was celebrated in Brussels, Belgium
where the governor made some pronouncements at the Centre for Fine
Arts Exhibition that will develop Lagos into a cultural city, so in
essence, Lagos State will be fully involved and welcome collaboration
that will promote talents and engender creativity on a large scale”
according to Ayorinde.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner for Tourism Arts and Culture, Mr
Folorunsho Coker on his part maintained that the involvement of Lagos
at the ‘City to City’ focus at TIFF was in line with the Akinwunmi
Ambode’s government cardinal programmes called ‘THESE’ which include
tourism, hospitality, entertainment, sports and excellence.
Babs Adeyemo, Abeokuta,
The Present fight against anti –corruption in Nigeria by the Muhammadu Buhari administration is not a selective war against any group and section of the country.
The Secretary-General, Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), Dr Khalid Abubakar Aliyu, a guest lecturer at the 5th Annual Ramadan Lecture of the Correspondents Chapel, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) stated this in Abeokuta the Ogun state Capital.
He urged Nigerians to shun tribal differences and rally round the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari in its ongoing campaign against corruption.
According to him, “ until corruption was expunged from the nation’s governance, the citizens would continue to experience insecurity and wallow in abject poverty”.
Aliyu faulted the claim in certain quarters that the fight against corruption by the present administration was selective, saying rather than cast aspersions, all well-meaning people should cooperate with the government.
However,in his opening remark, the chairman, Ogun state correspondents Chapel, Comrade Kunle Oluremi enjoined Muslims and Christians to co-exist peacefully and work together in the onerous task of nation-building.
The event had in attendance a former Deputy Governor of the state, Senator Adegbenga Kaka, a House of Representatives member, Honourable Adekunle Akinlade, and the Commandant, 35 Artillery Brigade, Alamala, Abeokuta, Brigadier-General Mohammed Danwalis, among other dignitaries.