Thursday, July 02, 2015

Obiaya challenges media on positive change @ 30yrs of ICT Journalism

The Dean, School of Media and Communications, Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos, Dr. Ikechukwu Obiaya has called upon the media to channel their energy on issues that would bring about positive change to the society, reports ITRealms.

Dr. Obiaya while commending the media for their role in social reconstruction through their reportage, described them as a window, a mirror and a gatekeeper. The media to him is also a signpost guide, a disseminator and an interlocutor, adding that the media person must influence the society positively, saying that there are critical issues in which the media could play key role. Issues like aesthetics, environment, corruption, traffic management in order to ensure national development.

He further stated that the media must challenge the people with the truth and must not be a mere blank sheet to be influenced by those in authority,  stressing that the media need to do more for national development. He stated that the celebrant has done a lot by documenting his ideas and experiences in book form.  

The eminent scholar threw this challenge in a keynote address today, July 2 at Planet One, venue of the occasion to mark 30 years of ICT Journalism and launch of three books by Aaron Ukodie.

Dr. Olusanya Awosan, the former Public Relations Officer  to Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, in reviewing the three books: “The Privatization of NITEL”, “Path to Nigeria ICT Development”, and “The Lead Story”, ITRealms reports, extolled the virtues of Aaron Ukodie to include integrity, saying that while different currencies belong to different countries, integrity is the currency of the world. He said that the content of any intellectual work is to have positive impact on society, and that the brain behind such work has a way of influencing the intellectual work, adding that for the author to have come out with the three wonderful books in spite of debilitating challenges is a clear testimony of his doggedness and passion for the industry.

He said that “The Privatization of NITEL” examines the challenges which the NITEL faced until the eventual privatization, while “Path to Nigeria ICT Development” looked at the progress which have been made in the industry till date. The last but not the least, “The Lead Story” which is characteristically an autobiography, examined the passion and dream of the author in the industry. He therefore encouraged the public to get the book both for self and institutions.

The former Minister of Communication and Chairman of the occasion, Engr. Olawale Ige  in his address, said that Aaron Ukodie, during his ( Ige’) regime in the industry, was one of the very few intelligent journalists that show persistence and would stop at nothing until they got answers for their questions. He praised him for having the intellectual prowess and time to put his ideas in a book form.

Other dignitaries at the event, ITRealms reports include, the Chief Executive Officer, Zinox Computers, Dr. Stan Leo Ekeh; the Group Executive Editor and Lead Strategist, DigitalSENSE Africa Media, Publishers of DigitalSENSE Business News, ITRealms and NaijaAgrooNet online, Mr. Remmy Nweke;  the former President of the Association of Telecom Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), Dr. Emmanuel Ekuweh; Funlola Akiode, a Director in Nigerian Communications Commission and representative of Dr. Eugene Juwah,the Executive Vice Chairman, NCC; Engr. Bashiru Gwandu , a Director in NCC and former Acting Executive Vice Chairman, NCC; Engr. Lanre Ajayi, President, ATCON; the former President, Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria (ISPON), Dr. Chris Uwaje, colleagues of the celebrant in journalism profession and others too numerous to mention.

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TD, Yudala, Konga say 'YES' to Yezz Mobile

The trio of Technology Distribution (TD), Yudala and have jointly endorsed the entrance of Yezz Mobile into the Nigerian market, reports ITRealms.

They gave their endorsement on Yezz Mobile at its formal launch in Lagos Wednesday at TD Auditorium in Lagos, declaring that they are saying yes to Yezz Mobile and urged Nigerians to embrace the America mobile device by trusting on the three brand judgement.

Officials of the trio in separate remarks at the launch of Yezz Mobile, declared they are saying yes to Yezz because it serves the purpose of 21st enthusiastic mobile users, especially in Nigeria.

Country Manager Yezz Mobile, Mr. Awesola Adeola noted that TD Mobile would make the product range available for sale exclusively online via for the launch period, as well as through key partnership with Yudala and key Opcos into selected open channel retail outlets throughout Nigeria. 

He said that the company which started as an American brand and designed in Miami and well received in Venezula, has find its way into the Nigerian market because of the potentials it got to offer and comes  as the super thin mobile device.

According to him, Yezz Mobile has varities namely its Billy 4.7, Andy 5T, Andy 6m and C21 feature phone for entry levels.

He cited for instance, YezzAndy 5T, saying that it has ultrathin Android 5T at 6.9mm and 123 grams really provides a unique coolness factor in terms of its design. Packed with a powerful 13mp main camera and 5mp selfie camera, combined with a highly useable 5 inch touchscreen, we see this as a highly desirable alternative to the existing offerings in the market, particularly in terms of design.

Yezz Mobile in Nigerian market, he said, currently available on Android and Windows Operating System (OS).

He further said that since they entered Nigerian market in January, the journey has been encouraging.

Adeola pointed out that Yezz Mobile was designed and birthed in Miami USA five years ago and has experienced tremendous success in the Latin American markets over the last few years. “This success has led the US based company Yezzto expand its distribution footprint into Europe and also Africa, a key growth focus region for the company,” he said.


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Wednesday, July 01, 2015

AOU, Nigerians in diaspora reject transfer of Boko Haram convicts to Ekwulobia

Members of the Aguata-Orumba indigenes in diaspora under the aegis of Aguata-Orumba in the United States of America (AOU) have condemned the recent relocation of 47 Boko Haram convicts to a sleeping town of Ekwulobia in Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State, ITRealms reports.

Reacting to the ugly development, a member of AOU resident in California, Mr.  Ikedinobi Onunkwo called on the leaders of AOU to stand tall at this time and vehemently reject the transfer of terrorist scumbags to Ekwulobia.

Onunkwo wondered “where are the availability of security infrastructures in our small state and small towns to host these dangerous dregs of society? Is this a brazen exercise of federal executive fiat or couldn't this have been seriously negotiated with our state's leadership before any attempt to effect this potentially insidious transfer?”

Suspected terrorists, he said, belong in the holding cells of maximum security prisons such as the Kirikiri prisons in Lagos, “not a rickety and inefficiently maintained minimum prison in the small and vulnerable town of Ekwulobia!”

According to him, whether or not this is a cynical political payback for Anambra people, “we must stand tall and reject, denounce, and condemn it without equivocation.”

He decried that whomever conceived this seemingly mischievous move to continually subject Anambra people to a perennial nervous security edge.

“They would readily sidetrack our region when it comes to citing meaningful infrastructures for economic and civic development, and will now quickly remember our geographic space in the deployment of society's ‘toxic nuisance’ and ‘human wastes’, Onunkwo lamented.

He, therefore beckon on leadership of AOU-USA to swing into action by collaboratively harnessing the political capital and goodwill of folks like  Chief Andy Uba, Ide of Oko, Dr. Raymond Obieri,  Chief Anigbogu and others in the community.

Onunkwo insisted that AOU-USA should use all stripes to vehemently reject this transfer of terrorist scumbags to Ekwulobia.

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Airtel, UNICEF partner to empower Nigerian communities

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and Airtel Nigeria are partnering to expand their collaboration across all 36 states and FCT in Nigeria, reports ITRealms.

The accord, ITRealms learnt, allows UNICEF to tap into Airtel’s mobile services to make health, education, child protection and community-focused content available to Airtel customers across the country. Through improved connectivity, more Nigerians will have free access to mobile applications and services developed by UNICEF, such as U-Report.

UNICEF Representative in Nigeria, Jean Gough, said “UNICEF is committed to providing innovative solutions towards better delivery of services and social change. This partnership with Airtel has the potential to empower millions of Nigerians through access to information and with opportunities to help them transform their societies.”

U-Report, which Nigerians could belong to by texting the word ‘JOIN’ to 24453, is a free innovative SMS-based platform that empowers Nigerians to participate and engage in policy-making and governance and to access real time information on key social issues. The platform,ITRealms also reports, was launched officially in Nigeria on 29April, 2015, has over 400,000 registered users, making Nigeria the leading U-Report platform globally, among 16 other countries that are running the same application.

According to UNICEF, about 15 million text messages were sent and received through the U-Report platform while the country battled Ebola in 2014, ahead of the official U-Report launch this year. The awareness messages and real time responses via SMS and on the U-Report Social Media platforms sent out during the Ebola outbreak were able to combat rumours about mythical remedies such as bathing with hot water and salt and taking bitter kola to cure the disease. U-Report participants were informed about how to identify the disease, and how to keep safe.

The support provided by Airtel, ITRealms learnt, has enabled U-Report to grow into a vibrant tool to empower Nigerians. UNICEF said it looks forward to continued collaboration and expansion, striving to achieve its target of 1 million U-Reporters by the end of this year.

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South-East Traders protest: Soldiers now man Ekwulobia Prisons, MASSOB may join campaign

Solders have taken over the security in the Ekwulobia Prisons, following the protest by the South-East Traders over the relocation of Boko Haram convicts, even as its anticipated that Movement for the Actualization of Republic of Biafra (MASSOB) may join the campaign, reports ITRealms.

This development is coming a few days after the Anambra State Amalgamated Traders Association (AMATAS) shut down all markets in the State to protest the relocation of Boko Haram convicts to Ekwulobia Prisons, traders from the entire South-East region showed solidarity to the cause by staging a 7-hour protest in Ekwulobia, to demand that the prisoners be moved back to the North.

ITRealms recalls that these spade of protests is on the heels of the relocation of 47 members of the dreaded Islamic sect who were moved to Ekwulobia prisons in Aguata Local Government Area last weekend, which led to Governor Obiano’s emergency visit to President Muhammadu  Buhari on the issue.

Also, ITRealms gathered that the South-East traders comprising traders from Imo, Abia, Ebonyi, Enugu and Anambra States during the solidarity protest marched around major roads in Ekwulobia urban, chanting anti-Boko Haram songs and calling on the Federal Government to withdraw the terrorists from the area and any other part of Igboland.

Some of the placards during the protest read: “No Place for Boko Haram in Igboland.’’ “Buhari, return Boko Haram Prisoners to the North,” “Boko Haram Prisoners are Not Our Share of Democracy Dividends,” among others.

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Pic: President Buhari