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.
Abidemi Sikiru, Abeokuta
National President of Pan Yoruba Cultural group, Afenifere Renewal Group ARG Chief Wale Osun has called for devolution of power among the federating states of Nigeria to fastrack development and end unnecessary agitation by ethnic group in the country.
He stated this during the 2016 midyear review meeting of the group.
Chief Osun charged South West governors to set aside political differences and come together under one umbrella to fight for the interest of Yoruba people.
While describing the attack on some Yoruba towns by rampaging herdsmen as an affront on the entire Yoruba people, he called on the federal government to devise means of curtailing insurgency under any guise.
Nigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo has described the ongoing Dangote refinery and petrochemicals at the Lagos Lekki Free Zone Area as the most ambitious infrastructure to be delivered on the African continent.
Professor Osinbajo affirmed this while on a working visit to the Lekki Free Zone Area where the Dangote group is handling four major projects.
According to the Vice President who leads Nigeria’s economic team, the ongoing refinery project, petrochemical company, fertilizer and subsea gas projects are massive industrial undertakings that will change the face of Nigeria’s industrial climate.
The Governor of Lagos State, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode stated that the projects would create employment in no small measure across different fields of specialisation.
Lagos Good Investment Destination
The President of the Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote described Lagos State as a good investment destination, stressing that the investment climate in the state had been a source of inspiration for the conglomerate.
The refinery on completion in the first quarter of 2019 is expected to be refining at least half of Nigeria’s daily crude oil production.
Qasim Akinreti, Lagos
The teaching of religious studies in Nigerian schools has been advocated by the National Legal Adviser of the All Progressives Congress, Muiz Banire to curb the decadence and high level of criminality in the society.
Dr Banire made this recommendation at the breaking of Ramadan fast with the children from the Babel Salam Orphanage home.
He said it was unfortunate that what Nigerians celebrate today is wealth without asking question about the source, believing that the society can effectively reverse the trend through the teaching of the young ones with religious studies that will make them to be conscious of their actions and their creator at all times.
Bring back morals
According to the Senior Advocate of Nigeria, the teaching of religious studies in schools will surely bring back morals and values that we have lost due to gross indiscipline and corruption in the country.
He recalled that when he was appointed to serve in Lagos state in 1999, a close relatives advised him not to return to the family without getting his own share of the National cake but ignored the advise.
Banire noted that what we have in the country today is people celebrating people convicted of corruption and other criminal activities.
Care for orphans
He explained that he was touched by the pains the less privileged and the orphans go through in the society to put in place various measures to have direct contacts with them.
On the state of the nation, Dr. Muiz Banire renewed appeal on Nigerians to always pray for the success of the Buhari-led government, appealing to Nigerians to shun all forms of divisive tendencies .
The Babel Salam Orphanage home was established by the late religious, business philanthropist and business tycoon ,Chief Wahab Iyanda Folawiyo.
Abdul Salam Folashade, Abuja
Nigerian Minister of Communication, Adebayo Shittu has stated that the Federal Government would be targeting at least one percent of the global market share for productivity and value proposition benefits within the next five years in West African and beyond, considering the global coverage of the Navigation Band.
The minister gave the assertion at a Stakeholders Workshop on Applications of Satellite Navigation Technologies and Services organized by Nigerian Communications Satellite in conjunction with China Great Wall Industries Corporation held in Abuja.
Good Policy Trust
The Permanent Secretary, Sunday Echono who represented the minister explained that Nigerian Communication Satellite Limited which is one of the Agencies under his Ministry is driving the policy trust in facilitating Universal and cost effective access to Communications throughout the Nation as well as leveraging ICT for National development.
He noted that prior to this development, over 40 percent of Nigerians were ignorant about the usage of ICT which is one of the major challenges faced.
Managing Director of NIGCOMSAT LTD, Ms. Abimbola Alale however stated that the workshop was aimed at sharing ideas, advance strength in Navigation Technologies and feedback on identified gaps requiring urgent solutions with enormous value for wealth and job creation.
Abdul Salam Folashade, Abuja
The Appeal Committee of All Progressives Congress-APC on the Edo State Primary election has extended the submission of its report to the party’s secretariat by one week.
Addressing newsmen at the party secretariat in Abuja, Chairman of the Committee, Opeyemi Bamidele, said the deadline extension for submission was necessitated by the content of the petition sent to the Committee by two aspirants, which he said are too grievous to be left unattended to.
He however stated that the report of Appeal Committee will now be expected next week Friday disclosing that services of a forensic experts have been engaged to analyze the ballot papers as it has been alleged to be compromised already.
Correspondent Folashade Abdulsalami reports that the committee further noted that they will not hesitate to recommend cancellation of the primary if any fraud is discovered.
Mr. Opeyemi further stated that presence of the Aminu Masari led primary election committee, the aggrieved aspirants and the media would all be expected for the presentation of the report reiterating the determination of the committee to ensure justice and transparency
Abdul Salam Folashade, Abuja,
National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has resumed work after calling off a strike embarked upon due to the inability of the government to meet their demands.
National President of the Association, Mohammed Askira, said in Abuja that NARD’s decision to call off the strike action was borne out of the need of alleviating the plight of Nigerians, who have been unable to access medical services during the period of the industrial actions.
Dr, Askira however, appealed to the government to implement agreements reached with the association before July the 14th assuring that doctors would officially resume duties from Monday, June 27.
The Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC ,Badagry Unit has set all machinery in motion to start enforcing the law against excessive overloading of goods by Long haul articulated vehicles – trailers along the Lagos- Badagry Expressway leading to the Nigerian – Benin Republic border town of Seme.
The overloading trailers along the route who commute in the evenings, late nights and early hours have been a pain in the neck of motorists and security agencies for a while, incessantly causing road accidents and damage to the expressway.
Most times they articulated vehicles drive on the another lane to avoid some sections of the bad road and in some cases over turn on the expressway, causing delay to travel time and risks to other road users.
Ahead of the enforcement, Assistant Corp Commander , Fatai Adesina Bakare ,FRSC Badagry Unit held a sensitisation programme and send a letter to the stakeholders- Association of License Custom Agents, ANCLA and others in the transport business in the border to ensure strict compliance to the law on excessive overloading.
According to him, “the damage done to the road and the road users by the long vehicles are unimaginable, constituting a great risks to all, as the trailers load goods far above the capacity of the vehicle. They also resulted to travel on the ever busy Lagos- Badagry expressway in the evenings and wee hours of the nights.
Mr Fatai Bakare said since his resumption at the Badagry Unit of the FRSC, he has maintained utmost road safety efficiency and sanitise the road consciousness of the people in the area, with the innovative equipment such as the reflective “Crone baton “at nights and ever supportive personnel.
He stated that his men embarked on round the clock especially around the Badagry round about to decongest traffic at peak periods of the day through the collaborative efforts of other security agencies such as the Customs, The Nigerian Army and the Police.
He appealed to all road users to assist his proactive measures on road safety within the locality.
Tanker explosion locks down Lagos-Ibadan Expressway .An overnight tanker explosion on Tuesday night has caused a serious gridlock on Lagos-Ibadan expressway.
Eye-witness accounts reveal that a 33,000 capacity tanker conveying premium motor spirit otherwise known as petrol, collided with a concrete road median in front of Mountain Top University causing the tanker to lose control and its eventual fall.
Unfortunately, some miscreants took advantage of the situation to scoop fuel from the tanker before the ugly incident occurred.
One of those who escaped the disaster, Mr Henry Fredrick Imo said he was initially stuck in the traffic congestion as a result of the fallen tanker, but trouble started when one of the drivers decided to start his car after the commuters had been warned not to do so.
“I was coming home when the incident took place; the drivers were asked to turn-off their engines and just push their vehicles to safe places but suddenly someone started his car engine and the crisis started,”I had to run for my dear life, people left their cars while some passengers ran out of commercial vehicles, can you imagine people jumping out through the window of luxury buses” Frederick Imo stressed.
He added that a gas tanker was also caught-up in the fire which then led to many cars being affected.
Another eyewitness, Mr Taiwo Daramola who got home on Wednesday morning due to the ugly situation put the blame on those scooping petrol from the fallen tanker.
According to Mr Daramola who gave a different version of the story- “there was no fire initially, even when the content of the tanker spilled on the road, but those guys decided to unlock the tanker’s discharge point and that was what led to the explosion.”
Reports have it that some of those involved in the scooping of the fuel were killed in the explosion while some casualties were also as a result of injuries sustained.
The spill-over effect of the incident however was felt all the way to the Redemption Camp and the Sagamu interchange on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway as at the time of filing this report.
Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial nerve centre is now set to be the Africa’s SMART City following the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Lagos State Government and the City of Dubai in the United Arab
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the Lagos Smart City was
signed at the Emirate Towers, Dubai by the Lagos State Attorney
General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Adeniji Kazeem and the Chief
Executive Officer of Smart City Dubai Mr Jabber Bin Hafez.
Lagos State Governor Mr Akinwunmi Ambode says the Lagos Smart City is
expected to bring multi-billion dollars investments to the State,
create thousands of jobs and transform the Ibeju-Lekki axis in
particular and the entire Lagos State in general.
Governor Ambode described the deal as a deliberate attempt by his
government to establish a strong convergence between technology,
economic development and governance.
“The historic signing of the MOU is between Lagos State Government and
Dubai Holdings, LLC, owners of Smart City (Dubai) to develop a
sustainable, smart, globally connected knowledge-based communities
that drive knowledge economy,” Governor Ambode said.
He stressed that the collaboration was part of the larger vision to
make Lagos safer, cleaner and more prosperous.
“A Smart-City Lagos will be the pride of all ‘Lagosians’ just as we
have Smart City Dubai, Smart-City Malta and Smart-City Kochi (India);
we are encouraged by the fact that we do not, as a government, need to
develop at a slow pace, but take full advantage of the digital age and
fast track development of Lagos to a real megalopolis that we can all
be proud of, the future is ours to take, it also marks the first smart
city in Africa when completed,” the governor added.
The Governor added that apart from creating jobs for the people, the
project would also become the world’s first carbon neutral city.
According to Ambode, Lagos will become an important centre for
innovation in smart technologies, wellness and destination for green
The Deputy Prime Minister of UAE, Ahmad Bin Byat said the Dubai
authorities were impressed with the conduct and readiness of Lagos
Bin Byat who is also the Chairman of Dubai Holdings, stated that his
team was eager to proceed with Nigeria’s economic capital city in the
Smart City Lagos project.
A Smart City is a growing concept that draws from the success of
Dubai’s innovative knowledge-based industry clusters to empower
business growth for companies and knowledge workers all over the
The Lagos State Government says the global economic recession is one of the challenges the government has to cope with as it charged civil servants to brace up for the challenges ahead and increase productivity.
The Head of Service, (HOS), Mrs Olabowale Ademola said global economic recession had greatly affected the nation, the world over and that Lagos State was not left out of the scheme of things.
Mrs Ademola said “civil servants should know that there were no jobs outside there and that people were being laid off from their work on daily basis, while Governor Akinwunmi Ambode had not done anything like that.”
The HOS appealed to the civil servants to repay the governor’s gesture with hard work and dedication.
Moreso, Ademola said another challenge facing civil servants was that of orientation, which he said government was working assiduously to improve.
She added that there was the challenge of qualitative service delivery which must be improved upon by the civil servants, charging them to do more in rendering qualitative service delivery to the people of the state.
However, Ademola asserted that arrangements had been concluded to ensure a successful week-long programme of events for the celebration of this year’s Public Service Week in the State.
According to her, “the commemoration of the public service day is in pursuance of the Tangier Declaration of Conference of African Civil Service Ministers which in 1994 mandated all African countries to dedicate 23rd of June as the African Day of Administration and Civil Service,” she reiterated.
She explained that the celebration was in appreciation of the efforts of public servants for efficient service delivery and good governance.
This year’s celebration would be kicked off with a Jumat Service at the State Secretariat Mosque in Alausa today, which would be followed by a walk for fitness by all public servants on Saturday.
The HOS added that an interdenominational thanksgiving service would take place on Sunday at the Chapel of Christ the Light, while the grand finale of the celebration would be rounded off on 23 June with the annual public service lecture and recognition of outstanding public servants.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information and Strategy, Mr Fola Adeyemi said the weeklong event had become a tradition in the state which had over the years provided platforms for public servants to interact and carry out peer reviews on how to make the Lagos State’s civil service exceptional.
Lagos Keen On Human Capacity Development
Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde has said declared that one of the cardinal direction of Governor Ambode led administration is to invest in capacity development of government officials who are major stakeholders in articulating his plans, programmes and policies for the development of the State.
Ayorinde said that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode is specifically interested in the way and manner activities of the government is communicated to Lagosians including people at the grassroots and would continue to support the Public Affairs Officers in honing their skills to help in achieving the objective for better service delivery.
The commissioner made this known while declaring open the second stream of the retreat programme organized for Public Affairs Officers in the employ of the government held at Golden Tulip Hotel, Amuwo Odofin.
Speaking on the rationale behind the change in nomenclature from Public Relations Officers to Public Affairs Officers, the Commissioner said the government expects public involvement in information management in line with the pledge made by the Governor during his inaugural address to run a government of inclusion.
He called for improved commitment to duty from the officers urging them to go extra miles in gathering information that would project the state government better and also benefit members of the public.
Giving the overview of the retreat, the Director of Public Affairs in the Ministry, Mrs. Adetoro Oladapo said that the programme was organized to boost the capacity of officers especially with their new nomenclature, standardize public affairs practice, provide opportunity for officers to network and also jointly provide solutions to challenges confronting them.
According to her, the theme for the retreat ”Public Sector Information Management in Challenging Times” was deliberately chosen to equip the officers with needed skills to communicate government activities to the diverse residents of the State. Mr Qasim Akinreti, Assistant Director, Voice Of Nigeria presented a paper on Managing Public Information Through the Social Media Platforms.
Public Procurement Act Bill To Enforce Patronage Of Locally Produced Goods
Folashade Abdul Salaam, Abuja
The Nigerian Senate has passed into law the Public Procurement Act 2007 amendment bill to enforce mandatory patronage of a locally produced goods in the award and implementation of government contracts.
This followed clause by clause consideration for the approval of the report of the senate committee on public procurement presented on the floor of the Senate at the plenary sitting on Thursday on a bill, tagged :” A Bill for an Act to amend the Public Procurement Act to provide for and adopt a Local Content Policy and timely completion of procurement processes.”
Presenting report, Chairman, Senate Committee on Procurement, Senator Joshua Dariye said the Bill has become necessary, in view of the need to encourage Nigerians to patronise locally made goods noting that the bill when finally accented to by Mr. President would go a long way to encourage Nigerian manufacturers and by extension provide job opportunities for nation’s teaming unemployed youths towards the development of the nation’s economy.
National Assembly correspondent Folashade Abdulsalami reports that the Lawmaker further submitted that amendment bill as passed for third reading will aid in developing Nigeria to become a world class producer.
President of the Senate in closing remarks on the bill charged his colleagues to play their roles as Lawmakers in ensuring that the executives complies with the decision of the senate especially in the area of 1st policy options which would help to stimulate the economy noting that many countries have used this means to improve their economy.
Senate Urges FG To Ensure Implementation Of Child Right Act In States
Folashade Abdul Salaam, Abuja
Senate has advised the Federal and state Governments to ensure implementation of the Universal Basic Education Act and the implementation of the Child Rights Act in states.
This was sequel to the senate consideration of a Motion on 2016 International Day for the African Child sponsored by Senator Remi Tinubu representing Lagos central.
The Lawmakers further urged the central government not to relent in their effort to key into the State Developments Goals that provide a framework for government programs to key into agreed development outcomes noting that one of the visions of the just concluded Millennium Development goals (MDG), 2000-2015, to ensure that all children in the world are in school and learning was not achieved.
National Assembly correspondent Folashade Abdulsalami reports that the Senate however congratulated the African Children and Nigeria in particular on the celebration of the 2016 African Child Day, noting that June 16 is observed as the International #AfricanChildDay.
They also advocated for budgetary allocation for programs on children’s nutrition and education in the relevant ministries, noting that the good health as proper education of Nigeria’s children is key to nation’s development
President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki therefore gave the assurance of the 8th senate to protect rights of children by ensuring that states yet to adopt the Child Rights Act do so adding that there would be penalties for those who fail to send children to school.
Senate however recalled that on June 16, 1976, in Soweto SA, thousands of black school kids took to the streets to protest inferior quality of Education and expressed worries that 30Million of the world’s 57Million children who are out of school are in Sub-Saharan Africa and 10M of this 30M are in Nigeria.
President Buhari Returns On Sunday
The Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari back is now expected in the country from his vacation in the United Kingdom (UK).
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo announced his boss arrival at the sideline of the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
According to Osinbajo”the President will be back on Sunday. I spoke with him yesterday evening and I think it is best that he takes the weekend off. He will certainly be back on Sunday. I think the most straightforward thing is when he will be back. He will be back on Sunday. There is no point rushing back on Friday or something like that”.
The VP reiterated that, the President is hale and hearty. In his words”Mr. President is in good condition, he is fine, he is very well. He should take a day or two off in London and rest a bit and come back hale and hearty on Sunday and be ready for work on Monday,”
The president took a 10 days medical leave in the United Kingdom (UK)? On Monday, June 6, 2016, to enable him attend to an ear infection and was expected to resume work today June 16, 2016.
Before his departure, President Buhari wrote the National Assembly informing them on the intended trip and mandated Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to act in his absence.