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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Fefegha commends Dickson over UNIAFRICA VC

The Education Commissioner in Bayelsa State, Elder Markson Fefegha has commended Governor Henry Seriake Dickson over the appointment of Prof. Christian Daniel Jacobs as Vice Chancellor of University of Africa, Toru-Orua, reports ITRealms.

He also gave kudos to Dickson for his choice of Dr. Ghalib Fahad as Dean, School of Foundation Studies of the University.

According to him, choice of the Vice-Chancellor and Dean has further reinforced the governor’s commitment to establishing world class institutions to expand the frontiers of knowledge as well as appointing versatile and renowned intellectuals, with a penchant for quality service delivery and international best practice to facilitate development in the Niger-Delta region.

He said with the appointment of the duo, the University of Africa is set to take off as planned this September and advised intending students, who are seeking quality education to take advantage of the window of opportunity open to them. 

Elder Fefegha pointed out that, the university is not only ready and dedicated to changing the erstwhile narrative of the region by offering qualitative education, but also distinct in its vision of inculcating in our youths, the ability to transfer their knowledge to capacity for sustainable development.

Dr. Ghalib Fahad (PhD) is an experienced academic who has spent over thirty years in the United Kingdom educational sector, Director of various Undergraduate and Post graduate programmes in Middlesex University Business School, London, for over two decades. 

He has a range of administrative and external university experience and leadership. Supervised several Doctorate Degrees and countless Master’s Degree Programmes. 

Prof. Christian Daniel Jacobs (D. Ed, PhD) is a renowned international academic and researcher. He has more than forty years’ experience in the tertiary domain at the University of Pretoria and the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. He is the previous Vice-Chancellor of the University of Chrisland, Abeokuta, Ogun State. He is an author of numerous textbooks with contributions in Educational Psychology, Entrepreneurship, Quality Assurance and E-Learning. He was the study leader and promoter of forty eight Masters’ Degree students and twenty three Doctoral students.

The education commissioner also used the opportunity to commend Dickson for the appointment of Prof. Timothy Epidi, as the new Provost of the Isaac Jasper Boro College of Education, Sagbama. 

Further, he expressed appreciation to the pioneer provost, Prof. Saviour Agoro, for his selfless service and sacrifice in instilling moral and academic discipline in the institution during his tenure and wished him well in his future endeavors, while also urging the new provost to consolidate on the pioneering efforts of academic excellence the outgoing provost has set.

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Mushin apprehension worries TMG

The Transition Monitoring Group (TMG) has expressed concern over the tension building around the elections for the Local governments and the Local Council Development Authorities (LCDAs) in Lagos State, this Saturday, reports ITRealms.

The TMG, through its Chairperson, TMG – Abuja, AbiolaAkiyode – Afolabi  and South West Coordinator, TMG, Lagos, SulaimonArigbagbu, told ITRealms they were particularly worried about the incessant violence in some areas of Lagos, especially in Mushin due to issues surrounding the nomination of candidates and the tension building up in some quarters due to undemocratic activities of some of the major political parties in the run up to the election and the impact of such tension for the coming elections. 

“We are also concerned about the speed with which the Lagos State House of Assembly passed an amendment to the Lagos Electoral Law regulating the conduct of election to allow for the substitution of a party candidate before the elections,” TMG lamented.

The new bill, they noted, allows a political party to withdraw and substitute candidate not later than three (3) days to LASIEC verification. Just as it also statesd that any candidate could withdraw from contesting not later than three (3) days to the election by personally taking a letter of withdrawal to the State Secretary of the party involved who must also personally take same to LASIEC not later than 12noon, three (3) days to the election.

TMG is worried about the implications and dangers such amendment portends on the credibility of the Saturday, 22nd Lagos State Local Government Area (LGA) Council elections as scheduled by LAISEC. Conduct of credible, free, fair and legitimate elections cannot be achieved in this kind of arrangement with an amendment taken place just three days to election. 

Furthermore, we are also apprehensive of the implications of the multiplicity of court cases relating to party candidatures giving the fact that the election is just three days away. Such conflicting decisions could cast aspersion on the credibility and legitimacy of the elections.

“We also express displeasure over the latest pronouncement by the authorities of the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LAISEC) regarding its planned accreditation plan and observer's deployment for the Saturday Local Government Election in Lagos State,” TMG said.

Our concern is further heightened by the refusal by LASIEC to deploy Card Reader for the conduct of this coming elections. This is an anti-climax to the widely acknowledged improvement to our Electoral System during the 2015 General Elections.

 As a flagship organization on election and governance monitoring in Nigeria, TMG is seriously concerned about plethora of allegations trailing the preparations for the election and the lopsided observer’s deployment plan adopted by LAISEC. TMG urges the commission to reconsider its decision on these issues. 

TMG further called on LASIEC to ensure highest standard in the conduct and administration of the coming Lagos LG/LCDAs elections, by carrying out their responsibilities in accordance with law, and without fear or favour.

“We hope that LASIEC is committed to an open, genuine, free and appropriate process that is devoid of any suspicion misgiving in the process leading to the election,” they urged.

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Friday, July 21, 2017

9mobile, a reflection of Nigerianness

The emergence of 9mobile into the Nigerian telecommunications depicts a true product of what Nigerians can offer this industry, says its chief executive officer, Mr. Boye Olusanya, reports ITRealms.

Speaking at the official launch of 9mobile in Lagos, Olusanya told ITRealms that the new name and brand is a deliberate representation and confirmation of its Nigerian heritage, 9ja-centricity, and another phase of its evolution after 9 years of operations in Nigeria.

Olusanya who was accompanied by management team of mobile network operator including the Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, Mrs. Funke Igbodaro, the Chief Financial Officer, Adebisi Idowu and Ken Ogunjiofor, said the change is a positive one especially as the brand is known for innovation data and vibrant brand.

“Those who made this brand what it is in the last nine years are here to make it better,” Olusanya stressed.

He also noted that although Etisalat Nigeria name and brand have changed, but assured customers that the values on which it operates remain the same and intact.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Become media entrepreneurs, alumni tell MAPOLY students

The 1992 set of the Association of Mass Communication Students of the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta, Ogun State have told the Mass Communication students of the institution to explore how to become media entrepreneurs instead of looking for white-collar jobs.

Officials and members of the set, known as AMACOS ’92, said this on Tuesday when they came to their alma mater, which was known as Ogun State Polytechnic during their time in the school, for a mentoring programme in the department.

The association, during the programme, taught the students practical aspects of public relations, advertising, print journalism, broadcast journalism and blogging to mark their 25 years post-graduation anniversary from the institution.

The programme, which had as theme: “Classroom Experience and Post-Classroom Reality,” was held at the auditorium of the Mass Communication Department.

It had in attendance the Rector, MAPOLY, Prof. Oludele Itiola; the Director, School of Communications and Information Technology, Dr. Goke Raufu; the Head of Department, Kolawole Amos; and the Sub-Dean, Lekan Oketokun.

An alumnus and Founder, Rave FM 93.7, Osogbo, Osun State, Femi Adefila, who spoke on: “How to become a successful media entrepreneur,” told the students that the days of white-collar jobs were gone, advising them to develop the mentality of job creators.

Adefila urged them to have the “can-do spirit” because, according to him, nothing is impossible.

"You must be pregnant with ideas and deliver it. You should dream big and always think out of the box. At times, there may not even be any box,” he stated.

Another alumnus and Editor, Nigerian Tribune, Debo Abdulai, who spoke on: “How a journalist can remain relevant in today's newspaper world,” noted that for a journalist to stand out, he or she must be creative and constantly seek knowledge by reading wide.

Abdulai also listed adaptability, carving a niche for oneself, taking initiatives, integrity and nurturing relationship as some of the ingredients that would make the students relevant in the media practice after leaving school.

He noted that the media industry, especially print journalism, in the country was striking, as circulation had dropped, identifying online media as the biggest threat.

“Your success as a journalist isn't just dependent on the right skills and experience, it is dependent on you showing initiative. How you show initiative plays an active role in your career and it determines how far you will go in your career,” he said.

The Publisher, The Eagle Online, Dotun Oladipo, who spoke on online publishing, allayed the fears that online journalism might kill newspapers, arguing that newspapers would continue to survive despite the penetration of online media.

Oladipo challenge the students to start making money from their smart phones even while in school. 

The Vice-Chairman of AMACOS ’92, Adekunle Adeshina, speaking on public relations, urged the students to dare to be different in whatever they were involved in.
“Walk with confidence and engage in self improvement,” Adeshina said.

The “hairman of the set, Adekunle Adams, said the association in the past had donated equipment worth over N2 million to the department.

The ex-students equally donated a giant generator to the department on Tuesday.
Adams expressed the support of the set for the transformation of MAPOLY to a university of technology.

Appreciating the former students, the Rector, who was represented by Raufu, said the Department of Mass Communication was the flagship of the institution.

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Communications Minister applauds NBA for embracing ICT

The Communications Minister, Barrister Abdur-Raheem Adebayo Shittu has applauded the leadership of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) for the giant feat of striving to reform the practice of the legal profession leveraging on Information Communication Technology (ICT), reports ITRealms.

Welcoming NBA President, A.B.Mahmoud and his team in his office, the minister expressed delight over the resolve of the Association to engage ICT in refining legal practice, saying advocacy and capacity building are veritable means to make Nigerian lawyers more effective and efficient.

Shittu also pledged to support the forthcoming 2017 NBA National Conference, saying that he will use his good offices to actualize the objective of the conference by encouraging agencies under the supervision of his ministry such as the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) to give logistics support to NBA for the conference.

The minister who promised to attend the conference billed for Lagos between August 18 and 24, 2017, alongside lawyers in the ministry and agencies under him, said he is proud to be one of the 11 versatile lawyers that are current members of the 37 members Federal Executive Council.

The NBA President said the visit was an advocacy one and also to seek support and cooperation for the conference of the minster and agencies under the ministry, stressing that NBA is out to gather necessary support for the success of the conference having contacted the Law Societies of England and South Africa.

This year’s conference, he said focuses on development of institutions of government, considering the various challenges the nation is facing.

Other members in his entourage were; Prof Shehu Musa, Ibrahim Abdullahi, Dafe Akpedeye SAN, Dr. Garba Tetengi SAN and Fatima Batulu Mohammed.

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Msgr Patrick Somide: Lagos archdiocese unveils funeral rites

The Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos, has unveiled the programme for home coming of Very Rev. Monsignor Patrick Somide, who passed on at about on Thursday July 13, 2017, after a brief illness, reports ITRealms.

Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, His Grace, Dr. Alfred Adewale Martins made this known to ITRealms in a press statement Thursday in Lagos, saying that late Monsignor Somide died at about 11:15pm penultimate Thursday, at the age of 97 years.

Bishop Martins recalled that Monsignor Somide was ordained a priest during the Marian Congress in 1954.

“It has pleased the Lord to call him back home during the 2017 Marian Year in Nigeria. He has served God and His people in the Archdiocese of Lagos for 63years in different areas of life of the Archdiocese,” he said.

As said by Bishop Martins, until his death, Monsignor Somide was the oldest priest in the Archdiocese and certainly one of the oldest if not the oldest in Nigeria.

Also, until his death he was in residence at the Catholic Church of the Resurrection Magodo, Lagos.

The funeral arrangements, he said would commence on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 with at 9am when his remains would leave the mortuary for the Catholic Church of the Resurrection, for lying-in-state.

By 12 noon of same day, Bishop Martins said, Holy Mass would be celebrated at 2 pm before his remains would depart Magodo for St. Agnes Magodo for St Agnes Catholic Church, Maryland, for lying-in-state

This, the Bishop said would be followed by an all-night vigil of Masses to be led by Chief Celebrant himself, His Grace, Most Rev. Alfred Adewale Martins, while the homilist would be the Very Rev Msgr. Philip Hoteyin.

By 9 pm, ITRealms gathered, there would be a Holy Mass to be celebrated by Very Rev. Msgr. Bernard Okodua, with Very Rev. Fr. Felix Onemeghie, OP as homilist.

On Wednesday, August 2, this year, ITRealms reports that a 12midnight mass would be celebrated by Rev. Fr. Gabriel Adeleke and supported with a homily by: Rev. Fr. Paul Adekoya, to be followed three hours later with yet another mass and homily by Rev. Fr. Anthony Orioha, the Chaplain, St. Rita Society.

At 6:30am the late Monsignor Somide would be treated to another Holy Mass and homily by Rev. Fr. Anthony Fadairo, who is the dean, Maryland Deanery. This, ITRealms reports would be followed immediately after with the remains departing for Holy Cross Cathedral, Lagos, where His Grace, Most Rev. Alfred Adewale Martins would celebrate another holy mass with homily by Very Rev Msgr. John Aniagwu.

The final commendation, ITRealms gathered would be performed by His Eminence, Anthony Cardinal Okogie, whereas the interment follows immediately at Ikoyi Cemetery.

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9mobile debuts with new brand identity

Acclaimed Nigeria’s most innovative telecommunications company, and formerly known as Etisalat Nigeria, has unveiled its new brand identity as 9mobile, the new name and logo, reports ITRealms.

The Chief Executive Officer, 9mobile, Mr. Boye Olusanya, told ITRealms in Lagos during the unveiling on Wednesday, that the new brand identity reflects the bold and creative attributes which the organisation shares with its valued subscribers.

“The vivacity of the brand will enable the company connect more with its subscribers especially the youth,” he asserted.

Olusanya said that with the migration to a new name and brand, 9mobile promises to sustain and continuously provide innovative and value-adding propositions which it has delivered since inception 9 years ago.

“In our 9 years of operations, we have remained at the forefront of innovation and take pride in consistently delivering superior experiences to our subscribers. We continue to establish meaningful partnerships with our customers and partners by providing platforms that support their goals and aspirations,” he said.

In addition, he said, the new name and brand is a deliberate representation and confirmation of its Nigerian heritage, 9ja-centricity, and another phase of its evolution over 9 years of operations in Nigeria. Although its name and brand changes, it assured its customers that the values on which it operates remain the same.

According to Olusanya, the new logo represents resilience and continuity, and also expresses the brand’s thoughts about the future, particularly of digital technology and its continued impact on communication and human interactions. Being a number-themed logo, it reflects the network’s futuristic slant. The colour green, both its light and dark variants, reflects vibrancy, dynamism, life, and youth as well as the brand’s ‘Nigerianness’.
The CEO explained further, “With the launch of our new brand, our commitment to providing our subscribers with best-in-class telecommunications services continues. We live in a digitalized world and 9mobile is positioned to deliver more platforms, products and services using the power of technology. The vivacity of our new brand is an affirmation of our creativity and the recent launch of a volley of value adding services, such as our BlazeOn and Kwikcash service, is testament to this”.

Over the years, the telco has built a strong network which better positions 9mobile to continue delivering innovative solutions which support businesses and people. The values of innovation, customer-centricity and Quality of Service remain its guiding principles even as the new management focuses on driving efficiency and steering growth.

Corroborating the CEO’s position, the Chief Finance Officer, 9mobile, Mrs. Funke Ighodaro, told ITRealms that “the immediate focus of the business is to drive value for the benefit of its customers. The approach and timing of the rebranding is evidence of the agility and responsiveness of the business.”

She said, rebranding has commenced at all of the company’s offices, Experience Centres, online and physical touch points, to facilitate seamless integration, as 9mobile guards its position as the most customer-centric and leading innovative telecoms company in Nigeria.

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Lai Mohammed denies ‘ban’ on Nigerian films, music video made abroad

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has denied pronouncing ban on all music videos and films to be produced in abroad for Nigeria market, reports ITRealms.
''I didn't say that henceforth, all music videos and films will be produced in Nigeria, or that the production of music videos or films outside Nigeria will be banned,” he asserted.

The Special Assistant (SA) to Hon. Minister of Information and Culture, Mr. Segun Adeyemi in a press statement made available to ITRealms, Wednesday in Lagos, quoted the Lia Mohammed denying the above story perception making a round on social media.

“All I said was that if a programme is designated as a Nigerian (local) content programme, we will amend the Code to ensure that it is produced in Nigeria,'' he said, adding, ''On that, there is no going back.''

He insisted that any programme consumed by Nigerians must be produced in Nigeria, stressing that the government's decision on any programme meant for Nigerians must be produced in Nigeria, was not to develop the economy of other countries at the expense of the Nigerian economy.

The  nation’s Creative Industry, he said, has potential of creating 1 million jobs in three years would not be realized if jobs meant for Nigerians are being exported to other countries under the guise of producing, in other countries, programmes to be consumed in Nigeria.

The Minister recalled how his office was bombarded with calls from concerned Nigerians when the last edition of the ''Big Brother Naija'' was produced in South Africa, saying he subsequently directed the National Broadcasting Commission to investigate the circumstances surrounding the controversy.

''Following the findings, we decided to amend the relevant sections of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code to prevent a repeat of that development. We are now in the process of doing that, so that anyone who intends to produce a reality show or similar programmes for Nigerians cannot take the production of such shows outside Nigeria.

''Nigerians are a very proud and resourceful people, and we are sure that no Nigerian will be against a decision to prevent the jobs that can be done in Nigeria by Nigerians from being exported to other countries,'' he said.

In a related development, Alhaji Mohammed has said the Broadcasting Code is also being amended to help develop the local football league.

''This (amendment) is not just about the Creative Industry. We are also going to ensure that the NBC Code is amended in a manner that if any company in Nigeria today invests a million dollars in promoting or supporting any (football) team or league outside Nigeria, I want the Broadcasting Code to be amended to the effect that it will not allow that programme to be aired unless that company supports the Nigerian League with a percentage that will not be less than 30 per cent of what was spent.

''This is because we cannot continue to develop the economies of the other parts of the world from the sweat of Nigerians and at the expense of the Nigerian economy,'' the Minister said.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

FRSC to prosecute driver who sped-off with female personnel

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has reacted to the video making a round on social media describing it as a one-sided story intended to manipulate the public sympathy and expressed determination to prosecute the driver sped away with a female personnel at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja, reports ITRealms.

Confirming this to ITRealms, the Corp Marshal, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi described as manipulated video of the incident which has been trending on social media platforms.

The Corps, he told ITRealms, is determined to follow through with the suspect's prosecution as a deterrent.

According to him, on Wednesday last week, July 12 to be precise, at FCT, the offender was flagged down for routine checks and at the point when his car was to be impounded due running foul with the traffic laws, a female staff was attached to the offender to accompany the vehicle to a nearby FRSC office for further processes as demanded by the law.

“The driver sped away with the female staff,” he declared, adding that a patrol team obviously concerned about the motive, applied force to rescue the female operative.

“The manipulated video which the suspect released afterwards only told one side of the story,” he decried.

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FG releases another Paris Club refunds to states

The Federal Government (FG) has released yet another details on State by State breakdown of tranche of Paris Club refund of over-deductions on Paris Club, London Club Loans and Multilateral debts on the accounts of States and Local Governments between 1995 and year 2002, reports ITRealms.

Director of Information at the Federal Ministry of Finance, Mr. Salisu Na’Inna Dambatta told ITRealms, Tuesday that a total of N243, 795,465,195.20 was made to the 36 States and the Federal Capital Territory upon the approval of the President on May 4, 2017, in partial settlement of long-standing claims by State Governments relating to over-deductions from their Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) allocation for external debt service arising between 1995 and 2002.

He also quoted the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun in a press statement made available to ITRealms as pointing out that these debt service deductions were in respect of the Paris Club, London Club and Multilateral debts of the FG and States.

“While Nigeria reached a final agreement for debt relief with the Paris Club in October 2005, some States had already been overcharged,” she said.

These funds, the Minister said, were released to State Governments as part of the wider efforts to stimulate the economy and were specifically designed to support states in meeting salary and other obligations, thereby alleviating the challenges faced by workers.

These releases, she said, were conditional upon a minimum of 75 per cent being applied to the payment of workers’ salaries and pensions for States that owe salaries and pension.

“The Federal Ministry of Finance is reviewing the impact of these releases on the level of arrears owed by State Governments,” she said.

Adeosun further said, a detailed report is being compiled for presentation to the Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, as part of the process for approval for the release of any subsequent tranches.

Breakdown of payment to states below:

Nonye Dom with additional reports from Doris Minimah/GEE
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