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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Implement consensus policy for IGO, INGO identifiers

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is seeking all ICANN generic top-level domain (gTLD) contracted parties to as a matter of urgency implement the new consensus policy concerning the protection of certain specific names of intergovernmental organizations (IGO) and international nongovernmental organizations (INGO) identifiers in all gTLDs, reports ITRealms.

This policy, ITRealms gathered  is  related only to those identifiers specifically approved by the ICANN Board in April 2014 following the conclusion of a Policy Development Process (PDP) conducted by the Generic Names Supporting Organization. 

According to ICANN, this direction does not include IGO and INGO identifiers for which Board approval is still pending or for which GNSO policy work remains ongoing.

ITRealms also gathered that contracted parties will have until 1 August 2018 to complete implementation of the new requirements for certain specific names of IGOs, the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and the Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement (RCRC). 

Further ICANN explained that for INGOs, the implementation period will be 12 months from the release of the INGO Claims Systems Specification which is currently under development by ICANN org.

The protections, ITRealms gathered is within this policy pertain to specific names of certain IGOs, INGOs, the IOC, and the RCRC, according to the recommendations adopted by the ICANN Board.

"The policy requires registry operators to withhold the specified names from registration for IGOs, the IOC, and the RCRC at the second-level and provides an exceptions procedure for registration. For INGOs, the policy requires claims notices at the second-level" ICANN said.

Just as additional information is available at the ICANN Generic Names Supporting Organization working group and IGO/INGO implementation review team wiki pages.

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Why Nigeria needs adequate pricing model - Danbatta

The Executive Vice Chairman and chief executive officer, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta has explained why the Nigeria needed adequately defined  pricing model, reports ITRealms.

This, he said, would make certain the nationwide affordability and availability of broadband.

Danbatta said these in Lagos, Tuesday, while speaking at NCC organised stakeholders forum on the study to determine the cost based-pricing for retail broadband and data services in the country, held at the Digital Bridge Institute, Cappa-Lagos.

He told stakeholders that not only will a broadband pricing structure allow for affordability, but also throw up fair competition by checking price discrimination, excessive pricing, predatory pricing, margin squeeze and price fixing to name but a few.

Danbatta noted that to have a price structure for broadband is in line with the Commission’s mandate of creating an enabling environment and promoting fair competition in the telecoms industry and in line with the strategic objectives of the National Broadband Plan.

In futherance, ITRealms reports that NCC has appointed KPMG to study the 'Determination of Cost Based Pricing for Retail Broadband and Data Services Nigeria' and report back to the industry.

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Private conversation comes to Skype via Signal, Microsoft collaboration

A San Francisco-based software entity, Signal and Microsoft Corporation, have advanced plans to introduce a Private Conversations feature in Skype, powered by Signal Protocol, reports ITRealms.
The collaboration, ITRealms gathered, would see Signal and Microsoft bring onboard end-to-end encryption to Skype, to make private communication simple and ubiquitous.
With hundreds of millions of active users, ITRealms gathered that Skype is one of the most popular applications in the world.
This, the partnership disclosed they were excited that ‘Private Conversations’ in Skype will allow more users to take advantage of Signal Protocol’s strong encryption properties for secure communication.
ITRealms also reports that the Private Conversations feature is now available in preview for Skype Insiders.
“There’s still more to come,” the partnership to ITRealms in a press statement made available at the weekend.
ITRealms recalls that with this development, Microsoft has joined a growing list of organizations including WhatsAppGoogleFacebook, and Signal itself that have integrated the open source Signal Protocol into their messaging platform.
Officials, told ITRealms, “We’re going to continue our efforts to advance the state of the art for frictionless private communication, in our own app and in others. We’re excited about the future of Signal Protocol and the places it is going.”
Further, they said, “Signal is making private communication simple. We design open protocols, develop Open Source software, and give it away for free.

Though they noted it has been challenging work, “… We started this project because we think making things is fun, privacy is valuable, and cryptography is remarkable.”

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Benue: Herdsmen attack is terrorism - Archbishop Martins

The Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, His Grace Most Rev Dr Alfred Adewale Martins has condemned in strong terms the recent killing of over 75 innocent villagers in parts of Benue and Adamawa States, describing it as an act of terrorism, reports ITRealms.

Archbishop Martins while commiserating with the family members and relations of the deceased said the attack is a national calamity that must be seen as an act of terrorism.

He also described as most unfortunate and regrettable the failure of the Federal Government under President Muhammadu Buhari to effectively protect the lives and properties of the citizens from the hands of the marauders.

The visibly angry clergy man wondered why the FG incessantly failed to arrest the perpetrators and sponsors of the heinous crimes. 

"We often see people who openly come out in the media to justify the callous actions of the criminals while issuing threats that the killing would continue even as they deny knowing those who are responsible," he decried.

Pointing out that such inaction by the authorities was capable of sending the wrong signal to the masses that the marauding herdsmen are indeed above the law of the nation.

“While we acknowledge the efforts being made to beef up security in the affected places at this time, we cannot but say that it has come too late for those who have already been killed and those who have been maimed and inflicted with life-changing injuries," Martins said.

The Federal Government, he said, owes the nation the responsibility to ensure peace and equal attention to threats to peace across board. For instance, the failure to deploy the military to the affected areas to protect the people and flush out the perpetrators in spite of the various letters purportedly forwarded to the Presidency  by Governor Ortom of Benue State, gives one the impression that the matter was not given the serious attention that it deserved as was done in Niger Delta and the North East. Like many others, I feel strongly that the barbaric actions of the gun totting herdsmen and similar groups like them should be likened to acts of terrorism and should be so designated. We would like to have a clear idea of what it means to create cattle colonies in the various states in order to know about the proposed  lasting solution to these killings.”

While urging the Federal Government to urgently call an all-stakeholders meeting in Abuja to seriously appraise the root cause of the conflicts and find amicable solutions to them, insisting that cattle rearing remain a private  enterprise which  should be subject to similar laws guiding business enterprises across the country. 

“If the cost of doing the business in a sustainable way is too high for individual cattle owners, then banks should be given the mandate to provide loans at favourable terms in the same way as they provide for poultry farmers, for example.

Archbishop Martins went on to pray God to grant the souls of the departed eternal rest, healing to the wounded and consolation to those who mourn.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Ambazonia accuses Nigeria of abduction, demands release of President, 10 others

...  Indicts UK, UN, EU of negligence

The Interim Government of the former British Southern Cameroons known as the Federal Republic of Ambazonia has accused the Nigerian government of abducting its President, Julius Ayuk Tabe and 10 others, reports ITRealms.

AmbazoniaITRealms also gathered, accused the United Kingdom (UK) as the root-cause of current negligence, while the United Nations (UN) and European Union (EU) were accused of abandonment.
According to the Secretary for Communication & IT, Federal Republic of Ambazonia, Mr. Chris Anu, the people of the former British Southern Cameroons noted with dismay, that since the abduction d at gunpoint on January 5th, 2018, the President, Julius Ayuk Tabe and 10 other members of his Cabinet have not been granted access to any lawyers and family members by the Nigerian government. “which we are now aware that in complicity with the Cameroon regime in Yaoundé, engineered their abduction.”

They equally condemned vehemently, the fact that the Nigerian Government, more than a week after the abductions has not as much considered a press statement on the abductions even when the majority of those abducted are duly registered refugees in Nigeria.
“Nigeria is a signatory to International conventions on human rights, and to be acting recklessly as it is doing in this case, is a bridge of those conventions,” he said.

Further, they called on the “Nigerian authorities to immediately effect the unconditional release of our President and the 10 others abducted along with him on January 5th.”

“We are demanding for the immediate and unconditional release of Dr. Nfor Ngala Nfor, Dr. Fidelis Nde Che, Dr. Henry Kimeng, Prof. Che Awasum
Dr. Cornelius Kwanga, Mr. Tassang Wilfred, Dr. Ojong Okonghor, Barrister Nalowa Bih
Barrister Shufai Blaise Berinyuh and Barrister Eyambe Elias.

“We would like to bring to the attention of the Nigerian Government, and the world at large the fact that these victims abducted in the guise of fomenting trouble in the nation of Cameroon are not Cameroonians. They are Ambazonians. And as long as the Cameroon Government continues the military occupation, assault, rape, killings and the savagery on property in the Ambazonian territory, our resolve to launch a campaign aimed at economic divestment in la Republic du Cameroun will not relent.

“We will target foreign companies that do business in La Republique du Cameroun and whose revenue supports Mr. Paul Biya’s corrupt and inefficient functionaries. It is time for Western Governments to pass a Cameroon Divestment Act that will force their governments to cut investment ties with companies doing business in La Republique du Cameroun. But if they don’t, our actions will definitely force them to do so.”

He insisted that the Interim Government will like to make this clarification; The Cameroon crisis isn’t about secessionists or separatists, as is being widely reported.
“Ours is rather a classic problem of a failed decolonization from British colonial rule. If Britain had granted Southern Cameroons independence like all other colonial powers did to their territories, this problem would not be here now. So let it be made plain and clear, Ambazonians are not separatists or secessionists, we are freedom fighters in the order of Nkrumah, Lumumba, Awolowo, Azikiwe, John Garang, Nyerere etc., fighting colonization by La Republique du Cameroun. The Union between La Republique du Cameroun and the Southern Cameroons was never consummated,” he lamented.

The IG of Ambazonia, he said, will continue worldwide campaigns for Southern Cameroons’ right to self-determination and continuous nonviolent protest within Cameroon until our dream of a completely free and independent Ambazonia is achieved. “Nothing less.” 

Abducting our leaders isn’t going to deter us, it will only just spur us the more. And killing, arrest, torture, rape and even a hundred thousand more refugees will not deter our resolve. 

He insisted that they have battled the injustice forced upon them by the British Government for 56 years.

“If the international community thinks we are now ready to let go at this juncture, it is mistaken. If the UN, EU, Commonwealth, the AU, the US and British governments want to stop a bloodbath in Cameroon, the time is now, not tomorrow. Every one of us, 8 million Ambazonians will be killed before our territory will be made part of Cameroun again,” he maintained.

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Gov. Udom swears-in Emmanuel Ekuwem as SSG to Akwa-Ibom

The newly appointed Secretary to the Government of Akwa-Ibom State (SSG), Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem, has been sworn-in at the Government House Banquet Hall, Uyo, capital of Akwa-Ibom State, reports ITRealms.

The swearing-in which was performed by the Executive Governor of Akwa-Ibom State, Mr. Emmanuel Udom on Tuesday afternoon, tasked Ekuwem to use his wealth of experience in adding value to the state in his new capacity of SSG.

The occasion graced by friends and family members also saw Dr. Ekuwem adorned in his full regalia of his “Obong Ifiok Ibaka” title, saw the governor insisting that the unity of Akwa Ibom State is non-negotiable, stressing he was poised to ensure the whole state irrespective of tribes as part of his government’s political inclusiveness agenda.

“Akwa Ibom is all one, joined by a common destiny and aspirations and our unity in non-negotiable, our common ethos and fidelity to the Akwa Ibom project remains sacrosanct,” the governor said.

He also noted that the greatest asset by God to Akwa Ibom is her people, hence the people will make the different once united, just as he assured that every part of the state has a sense of belonging.

“I enjoin you to celebrate this mutually inclusive tendencies and put those naysayers, to shame that we will never be derailed from the path of unity and collectively sworn to uphold,” he declared, tasking Dr. Ekuwem on the high expectations of the government and the people who came to witness his swearing in.

Udom reminded Ekuwem that he must work to justify the reason for his appointment which was mainly to add value to the government industrialization process.

“We are happy that your name has gone across everywhere and it was your integrity that worked for you when you contested for and won as the President of Nigeria Internet Group” he said, urging Ekuwem to bring his leadership quality to bear so that the state could unite and bring everybody together, added, “from this moment nothing should divide the state as development has also been spread across the three senatorial districts.”

Akwa Ibom, Udom said, is one family, adding that nobody ever predicted where they were to be born, and sued for unity and love among all in the state.

He thanked the immediate past Secretary to Government, Sir Etekamba Umoren for a cordial working relationship with him from the time Umoren was the permanent secretary of the office of the governor till his appointment as then Secretary to Government.

ITRealms recalls that the founding Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Teledom Group and immediate past-chairman of the Board of Nigerian Export Processing Zone Authority ( NEPZA ), Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem, was Monday named the new Secretary to the Government of Akwa-Ibom State (SSG).

According to the Commissioner for Information & Strategy, Akwa-Ibom State, Charles Udoh said that Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel made the disclosure, adding that Ekuwem, would be sworn-in on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at the Government House Banquet Hall, Uyo.

Udoh also informed ITRealms that the appointment of Dr. Ekuwem, a former President of Nigeria Internet Group (NIG) is part of a continuous effort to rejig the governance structure of the state which started with the swearing-in of 2 new commissioners less than two months ago.

Dr. Ekuwem who replaces Sir Etekemba Umoren holds a Bachelors degree in Engineering Physics, Masters Degree in Physics, Masters Degree in Electronic & Electrical Engineering (Microcomputer-based Instrumentation and Control Engineering) and a PhD in Electronic and Electrical Engineering (Computer-based Instrumentation and Control Engineering).
Until his appointment, Dr. Ekuwem was the Founder and CEO of Teledom Group and hails from Ofi Uda in Mbo Local Government.

Further, the Government of Akwa Ibom State appreciated the erstwhile Secretary to State Government Sir Etekemba Umoren for his services to the state and wishes him well in his future endeavours.
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Pix: Dr. Ekuwem and Gov. Udom after his swearing-in

Shithole: ECOSOCC demands apology from President Trump

African civil society under the auspices of the Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC) of the African Union (AU) has asked Mr. Donald Trump, the president of the United States to tender unserved apology to Africans over his latest lambasting of the continent and tagged it a ‘shithole,’ reports ITRealms.

A press statement made available to ITRealms ECOSOCC said, they received with utter shock the news of the uncouth words used by the President of the United States in reference to African people and people of African descent.

“We condemn in the strongest terms the racist undertones of this language and the clear expression of naivety about the place, role and value of African people by the President of the United States,” the group said.

In Africa, they said, elders are highly respected and the language that elders use should be respectful as well to befit the positions that they hold.

The President of the United States, they said, should be an elder and should exude wisdom, deep respect of cultural and social diversity and value of humanity, describing as unfortunate, that the President seems to be depicting the contrary.

“We therefore call upon all citizens and peoples groups, religious and faith leaders, private sector and professional organizations, academics and civic actors in the US and Africa to condemn this language in the strongest terms,” they said.

Citizens across the world, ECOSOCC noted, should be respected for what they are and referred to in appropriate and respectful language.

“To continue to propagate racism through language in the world, is to fuel other types of violent behaviors that we see around the world,” they said.

ECOSOCC therefore, asked US President to seriously consider withdrawing the controversial  statement and issue a public apology to the all Africans and people of African descent in the world.

“The President should note that the social, economic and cultural contributions of Africans in the United States is one of the highest in the world,” they declared.

Stressing that the United States has a big number of African people in a diversity of professions that do not fit the despicable description used by the US President.

In addition, they said, that one of the Agenda 2063 Aspirations developed by African people and its leaders is: An Africa with a strong cultural identity, common heritage, shared values and ethics.

ECOSOCC, they said is as an organ that promotes and popularizes the Agenda 2063 and strives to build an Africa and world that is ethical and value-based. We therefore call upon the President of the United States to embrace this aspiration and other progressive and positive aspirations of the African people.

African civil society and ECOSOCC therefore joins the rest of the world to condemn the language of US President.

We call upon the President of the United States to restrain himself as well as educate himself about the world and its people and ensure that he espouses the values that the United States people have been known for over the ages.

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Alaafin explains how Gani Adams emerged Aare Ona Kakanfo

The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III, has disclosed that the title of Aare Ona Kakanfo was bestowed on Dr. Gani Adams because of his passionate commitment to the protection of the culture and territorial integrity of Yorubaland, reports ITRealms.

Oba Adeyemi made the disclosure during a thanksgiving service on Sunday at St Mary's Catholic Church, Oyo to mark his 47th year on the throne.

He disclosed that out of 25 candidates shortlisted for the title, Adams was found to have paid dearly and earnestly for the interest of Yorubaland

Oba Adeyemi said: “The benchmark of selection was not hung at the sentinel of political engagement, solidity in terms of gold, wealth or fortune, neither was it on the number of properties acquired on global pedestal, but on agrarian and blind engagement of those who have abused and abusing, those who have infringed and infringing on the territorial and cultural territory of Yoruba.

“Whatever methods employed by him and his association, the fact still remains that there was a counter balance check valve which sent jitters down to the spines of the irrational irredentists who hitherto thought that they can make mincemeat of Yoruba land.

“And for his bold steps at ensuring that Yorubaland was not desecrated or lorded over both by blue collar miscreants, ethnic irredentists and he paid dearly for it.”

Adams, Oba Adeyemi pointed out, “has been poignantly consistent in fighting for the protection of Yoruba. He was for many times humiliated, disgraced, manacled and jailed. It is natural for you either to hate, love and dislike him. However, the truth must not only be told that he was there when the Yoruba needed a person who is bold, strong and ready to lay his life for the defence of the heritage.

“After he came first at the examination and scrutinization by men and earthly beings, his appointment as the 15th Are Ona Kakanfo was also subjected for approval and subsequently sanctioned by the gods and all the elemental forces in the firmament.

“We also ensured that the three religions being fervently practiced by the Yoruba prayed and endorsed his appointment. Thus, we find it expedient to be here today not only to give and pray to God through Mother Mary, the Holy Virgin for my 47th year on the throne, but also for the successful installation ceremony of the 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland.

“The role of an Aare Ona Kakanfo both in the peace and war period is not a deal for the Lilly or jelly livered or for a spineless fellow. It is the consignment of a man with a Lion's heart and an eagle spirit, which we have found in Aare Gani Adams.”

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Internet, DNS center opens in Seoul

The Korea Internet & Security Agency (KISA) and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) have opened the center known as the Internet and 
Domain Name System (DNS) Engagement Center in Seoul, reports ITRealms.

This initiative, ITRealms gathered, elevated KISA and ICANN's partnership, established in November 2013 with the signing of the KISA-ICANN Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

“Per the objectives of the MOU, the Center will provide an avenue to foster dialogue and mutual understanding between KISA, ICANN as well as the wider Korean and regional Internet community. The Center will facilitate ICANN's engagement with Korean and regional stakeholders; and carry out cooperation programs in collaboration with ICANN and other Internet Governance Organizations, such as the Asia Pacific Internet Governance Academy (APIGA),” ITRealms was told.

This initiative, located at 11F Platinum Tower, ICANN said will enhance KISA's involvement to engage the wider Internet community as it commits its staff and resources to the Center.

The Center's staff will remain as KISA's employees and report directly to KISA. They are in charge of the Center's activities, working directly with the ICANN APAC regional office, and any other partners.

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KGS unveils Gibran International Day

A literary outfit based in Ibadan, Khalil Gibran Society (KGS) has unveiled the Gibran International Day (GID) in the ancient city, reports ITRealms.

KGS, ITRealms gathered is a literary organization established to promote Gibran’s works and literary ideology, and is affiliated with Gibran National Committee, Cedars Institute and Pen Lebanon.

ITRealms also gathered that Gibran International Day (GID) is an annual worldwide chain of events administered by the Khalil Gibran Society and the Gibran National Committee with support from the Cedars Institute and PEN Lebanon.

Further reports available to ITRealms indicated that it is a day devoted for artists, readers and lovers of Gibran’s books and artworks across the world to draw, paint and read any Gibran’s selected book.

According to Wole Adedoyin, “It is also an avenue of promoting painting and reading culture across the world. Gibran International Day is celebrated in schools, offices, markets etc. Organizers can organize reading/art seminars, workshops, for a, symposia and conferences to fulfill the day.

He pointed out that GID promises to be an avenue of book and poetry reading, arts exhibition, dramatic display etc.

“The date for the celebration of GID will soon be announced to the world. Those interested in organizing one event or another should follow this link for further information

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Benue herdsmen attack: Tiv community wants IGP to disarm Hausa-Fulani

The Tiv community in Lagos State, under the auspices of Mdzough U Tiv (MUT), has called on the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim K.Idris, to  urgently disarm the irate Hausa -Fulani youths in Benue, especially Makurdi, reports ITRealms.

President General, MUT, Prince Aondowase Ikyernum Kajo, made this appeal after Saturday and Sunday night attacks on their host community in Wadata area of Makurdi where some Tiv residents were killed, others sustained varying degrees of injuries and their houses burnt by the rampaging youths.

Also, they alleged that intelligence information at their disposal indicated that there is a huge stockpile of dangerous arms and ammunitions in mosques, homes, shops and many other unidentified places by the Hausa -Fulani residents in the state.

With the kind of arms these rampaging youths were brandishing, and recklessly attacking Makurdi residents, it means they are well prepared to do the worst, hence, the urgent need to clampdown on the aforementioned places and confiscate those weapons.

It would amount to double standards by the Nigerian security agencies (soldiers) who hastily arrested the Benue State livestock guards who were on a legitimate duty protecting their communities against marauding Fulani herdsmen terrorists but looked the other way when other tribes are causing severe harm to the lives and property of our people with more highly sophisticated weapons.

Remember that during the state government Amnesty program, only  Benue indigenes submitted over 700 arms to the state. It is not logical for people who are armless to be living in the midst of their dangerously armed visitors that are daily inflicting pains on them unchallenged.

We also warn that those sponsoring these irate youths recently drafted to Benue with no viable source of living to cause chaos paving the way for a declaration of state of emergency in Benue should have a rethink as such diabolical agenda would not succeed in our state.

We thank the governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, for standing firm with his people in these trying times. We also thank the Benue Traditional Council, led by HRM Prof. James Ayatse, Tor Tiv V, heads of all the socio-cultural organizations in the state and religious leaders for their efforts to see that these unprovoked attacks on our people stop.

We equally thank other critical stakeholders in this struggle to save our lives especially media professionals, social media activist, civil society organizations, the good people of Benue and well meaning Nigerians for standing with us.

We deeply sympathize with the families who lost their loved ones and  also wish the injured speedy recovery.

This is as we call on President Buhari who is the Commander in Chief of the armed forces to end this pogroms against Benue people by Fulani herdsmen terrorists.

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Emmanuel Ekuwem is new SSG to Akwa Ibom State

The founding Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Teledom Group and immediate past-chairman of the Board of Nigerian Export Processing Zone Authority ( NEPZA ), Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem, has been appointed the new Secretary to the Government of Akwa-Ibom State (SSG), reports ITRealms.

Confirming this to ITRealms, the Hon. Commissioner for Information & Strategy, Akwa-Ibom State, Charles Udoh said that Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel made the disclosure, adding that Ekuwem, would be sworn-in on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at the Government House Banquet Hall, Uyo.

Udoh also informed ITRealms that the appointment of Dr. Ekuwem, a former President of Nigeria Internet Group (NIG) is part of a continuous effort to rejig the governance structure of the state which started with the swearing-in of 2 new commissioners less than two months ago.

Dr. Ekuwem who replaces Sir Etekemba Umoren holds a Bachelors degree in Engineering Physics, Masters Degree in Physics, Masters Degree in Electronic & Electrical Engineering (Microcomputer-based Instrumentation and Control Engineering) and a PhD in Electronic and Electrical Engineering (Computer-based Instrumentation and Control Engineering).
Until his appointment, Dr. Ekuwem was the Founder and CEO of Teledom Group and hails from Ofi Uda in Mbo Local Government.

Further, the Government of Akwa Ibom State appreciated the erstwhile Secretary to State Government Sir Etekemba Umoren for his services to the state and wishes him well in his future endeavours.

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Pix: Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem, new SSG to Akwa-Ibom State government

Lagos to prosecute 30 cart pushers for sabotaging waste policy

The Lagos State Government has said it would prosecute the 30 cart pushers for sabotaging the new waste management policy of the state, reports ITRealms.

On Monday, ITRealms recalled that some  30 cart pushers were arrested for dumping refuse indiscriminately on road medians in some areas of the State in the middle of the night.

Chairman of the State’s Task Force on Environmental and Other Special Offences (Enforcement Unit), SP Olayinka Egbeyemi who made rhis know to  NaijaAgroNet, said the arrest was in line with the recent ban on the activities of cart pushers and wheel barrow operators by the State Government.

Egbeyemi, who affirmed that the activities of cart pushers in the State are illegal, said investigations found them culpable in dumping refuse on the road side especially at night thereby sabotaging efforts by the Government to keep the State clean. 

He said the Government is poised to go all out to prosecute any persons found to be working against the new waste management policy encapsulated in the Cleaner Lagos Initiative (CLI), saying the programme is designed to revolutionalise waste administration in line with global best practices when fully operational.

“There are reports that refuse are littering the Lekki, Victoria Island, Ajah and other parts of the State and investigations reveal that it is the handiwork of unscrupulous elements within Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) and their outside sponsors who are not comfortable with the new arrangement for the management of waste in the State and are hell bent on sabotaging government effort and frustrating them from carrying it out.

“The State Government has vowed to go all out against the saboteurs and after their sponsors and punish them in line with the laws of the State.

“We also need to let Lagosians know that it is illegal to use cart pushers to evacuate refuse and they should stop encouraging it. There are PSP vehicles that come around to pack refuse and they are the ones they should patronise and not these cart pushers.

“We want to notify all these cart pushers that their activities are illegal in Lagos. Lagos is a mega city and we have all it takes to collect refuse. So, the issue of going to the streets and collecting refuse and then dump same on the road is an act of sabotage to the government,” he said.

Egbeyemi said the suspects arrested would soon be charged to court for prosecution, just as he assured that Government would leave no stone unturned in keeping the State safe and clean.

Besides, the Task Force Chairman said that the enforcement would continue across the State until the activities of cart pushers and other unscrupulous elements found to be frustrating government’s efforts are completely brought to a halt.

“For the past two to three weeks, we have been noticing refuse on the roads and investigations have revealed that part of those carrying out such act and sabotaging government efforts are these cart pushers and probably there might be some people behind them,” Egbeyemi said

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ICANN resolves potential data exposure in RFP system

The Internet Corporation for Names and Numbers (ICANN) has resolved a potential data exposure with JAGGAER (formerly SciQuest), the software as a service (SaaS) tool used for sourcing suppliers via competitive bidding processes such as Requests for Proposal (RFPs), reports ITRealms.

Affirming to ITRealms, ICANN said that two suppliers made ICANN aware of the issue on 4 December 2017 and ever since, ICANN has logged a severity 1 problem with JAGGAER immediately, and the vendor resolved the problem within 48 hours.

The issue, ICANN said, occurred in a module called Sourcing Director, which is used for administering RFPs and each RFP has a Question and Answer (Q&A) Board where RFP participants can post questions for the ICANN RFP team.

“Only the ICANN RFP team sees the questions while they are unanswered. ICANN posts the answer publicly, but the identity of the asker is not revealed on the website,” official disclosed to ITRealms.

The exposure, ITRealms gathered, occurred if RFP participants downloaded the page as a file extract.

“The extract listed the names of the entities that asked questions. We recognize that the problem undermined the expected confidentiality of those asking questions and potentially gave RFP bidders the names of their some of their competitors. As soon as ICANN learned of the problem, we reposted all questions and answers as if they came from ICANN, so the names of those asking questions no longer appeared in the file extract,” ICANN said.

This problem, ITRealms also reported, was not limited to ICANN as JAGGAER has verified that it was introduced on 10 November 2017 with the JAGGAER 17.3 upgrade that contained an enhancement to the Q&A file format.

“Because most people view the Q&A Board without file extraction, ICANN believes the data exposure was minimal. Bidders in three RFPs may have been affected, and they have already been informed of the issue.

Further, ICANN said that making this information public is part of its commitment to openness and transparency.

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Africa is future economic engine not a ‘shithole’

The African Leadership Magazine (ALM) has expressed deep disappointment over the rather unfortunate comment attributed to the President of the United States of America (USA), Mr. Donald Trump, which described Africa as a "shithole" as widely reported in the media, reports ITRealms.

The Group Managing Editor, at ALM, Mr. Kingsley Okeke told ITRealms that instead of seeing Africa as such, that Mr. Trump should see Africa more as the future economic growth engine of the world.

ALM in a press statement also made available to ITRealms, noted that the aforesaid comment is very unfortunate, and displays a posturing of a person that is not in tune with prevailing realities.

According to Okeke, available data has proven time and again, that Africa is a resource-rich continent, which has consistently rewarded American companies doing business on the continent.

Experts, he said, have projected that Sub-Saharan Africa, will reach a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of $29 trillion by 2050.

“The continent is also arguably blessed with some of the most outstanding human resource on the planet today, plying their trades in very key strategic roles globally,” he said.

Decrying that to describe the generality of the continent as a whole in such derogatory parlance is generalization and freedom of expression taken too far.

“Certainly, a continent that has experienced growth, with over one-third of Sub-Saharan African countries posting 6 per cent or higher growth rates annually, and another 40 per cent growing between 4 per cent to 6 per cent per year, cannot be a "shithole".

“A continent, described by international business observers as the future economic growth engine of the world, is definitely not a "shithole."

ALM, therefore urged President Trump, when next he is in search of a narrative for the continent to consider these indices, as well as the 1.8 Million African in diaspora, that are contributing to the growth of the American economy.

“And we call on all people of good conscience to condemn this denigration of our beloved continent, while thanking the American people who have risen up to condemn this attack on Africa - the cradle of civilization. We hope that President realizes his error and retracts this statement,” Okeke concluded.

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