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Monday, September 25, 2017

NomCom seeks comments with survey

The Nominating Committee (NomCom) of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is seeking comments with a survey over ongoing review, reports ITRealms.

The survey which takes up to between 10 and 15 minutes, is the main instrument in the review process to express community opinion about ICANN's NomCom.

This, ITRealms reports could access the survey directly and has until 13 October.

Also, ITRealms reports that NomCom plays a critical role within ICANN as it appoints individuals to the ICANN Board, the Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) Board, the
Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) and Country Code Names
Supporting Organization (ccNSO) Councils, and the At-Large Advisory
Committee.

The NomCom organizational review, ITRealms gathered, is assessing how effectively the
NomCom is operating, how well it is achieving its purpose, and if it is accountable to the multistakeholder community.


ITRealms also gathered that following the survey, the independent examiner will attend ICANN60 to conduct further review work.


The draft final report of the independent examiner, ITRealms further gathered, will be posted for public comment, and the review is expected to conclude by mid-2018.

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Lagos Archdiocese inducts CAMPAN, Osu charges members on selflessness

The Archdiocese of Lagos has inducted members of the Catholic Media Practitioners of Nigeria (CAMPAN), reports ITRealms.

Performing the ceremony at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, Northern Foreshore, Lekki in Lagos, the host and Director, Social Communications Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos, Monsignor Gabriel Osu said that as Catholics, particularly media practitioners, noting that CAMPAN operates under his office and its also operational in all diocese and archdioceses across the country with the blessing of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria.

He admonished CAMPAN members as Catholic Communicators to be selfless in their support for their church at all times.

“You are expected to give your time, talent and treasures for the advancement of the gospel,” he declared.

Osu also urged members to pull their resources together by bringing their respective expertise and resources towards achieving greatness.

He assured CAMPAN of necessary support from the Church and His Grace, Most. Rev. Dr. Alfred Adewale Martins, provided they abide by the norms of the Mother Church, insisting that they must strive to be truly professionals in all they do so as to bring glory to God.

He recalled that CAMPAN has been in existence in the country over three decades now before fatigue crept in, he expressed delight that finally CAMPAN has come back to life, under Mr. Tony Agbugba as President.

Earlier in his welcome address after the induction ceremony cum mass, Mr. Agbugba said that Communication is at the heart of the Church’s activities, urging CAMPAN members to see themselves as selected few called to utilize their talents, tools of trade and strategic positions to evangelize and defend the Church at all times.

“In doing this, we are invariably taking part in the priestly office of teaching,” he declared.
Agbugba said that under the umbrella of Signis, CAMPAN is a better organized body poised to take its pride of place among the most vibrant lay organisations in the Church.

“We are working also assiduously to partner with other bodies within and outside the Church to ensure the promotion of godly values in our society. By God’s grace, we shall lead while others follow,” he assured.

In addition, he implored other lay organisations and stakeholders in the Church to support CAMPAN to enable the group effectively communicate Christ in tandem with its motto, pointing out that task ahead are enormous, “so also the rewards that comes from the Almighty.”

Over 30 members drawn from various parishes in Lagos Archdiocese participated in the first induction exercise.


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AfDB mourns Senegalese Babacar Ndiaye, names auditorium after him

The President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr. Adesina Akinwumi, has named an auditorium at the headquarters of the bank in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, to honour late Babacar Ndiaye, the group’s fifth elected president, reports ITRealms.

Ndiaye, ITRealms gathered was the Bank Group's fifth elected President, who served two terms between 1985 and 1995, and passed away on July 13, 2017 in Senegal.

In an intensely emotional tribute, Adesina said in Abidjan, that Ndiaye who is fondly referred to as AfDB papa and ambassador for Africa’s development, as AfDB icon, a father and mentor to everyone and who emphatically launched the career of the Bank Group's current President.

“He inspired us. In losing him, Africa has lost one of its best sons," he asserted and underlined the personal ties between late Ndiaye and his predecessor, recalling that he knew Ndiaye when he worked for the West Africa Rice Development Association (WADRA), which was then based in Bouaké, Côte d'Ivoire.

"Babacar Ndiaye was charismatic, and left an indelible mark on our continent. His legacy is vast, because he always saw the big picture. He was quite simply magnificent," Adesina said, stressin that during the campaign for the AfDB presidency, he naturally went to see him in Dakar.


“He welcomed me warmly. I took the opportunity to tell him about my vision for the High 5s. He agreed right away, and told me, 'That's what Africa needs to transform itself,'" Adesina revealed.
ITRealms recalls that Ndiaye had arrived at the institution in 1965 as part of the first group of African managers, he climbed the organisational ladder to become Division Chief, Director, Vice-President for Finance, and then President in 1985. Babacar Ndiaye was the first AfDB President to be re-elected to a second term of office.

Under his leadership, the pan-African financial institution obtained its first Triple-A rating in 1984.

The former President was the force behind the increase in the Bank's capital in 1987, which jumped from approximately US $6 billion to $23 billion, a 200% increase, after approving the process of opening the Bank's capital to non-African countries. He was also responsible for bringing the Bank into the international financial market.

"Babacar Ndiaye accomplished tremendous things for the AfDB and for Africa. He always advocated for excellence. He made the AfDB a credible and respected institution internationally," stated Donald Kaberuka, former AfDB President (2005-2015), in a message read on his behalf by Victor Oladokun, AfDB Director for Communication and External Relations.

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TV5MONDE, SES partner on distribution in Sub-Saharan Africa

One of the world's leading television networks, TV5MONDE, has signed a long-term distribution contract with SES to broadcast three major free-to-air channels to the French-speaking and Francophile public in sub-Saharan Africa, reports ITRealms.

As part of the agreement, TV5MONDE will use the SES-5 satellite to broadcast three channels: its main channel TV5MONDE Afrique, as well as two themed channels, the youth channel TiVi5MONDE and the lifestyle channel TV5MONDE Style HD. The three signals will be relayed to the satellite by the SES Video team.

Located at 5 degrees East, SES-5 provides optimal coverage for sub-Saharan countries. The video position 5 degrees East is a fast growing neighbourhood, made up of renowned TV platforms and more than 500 local and international channels, including 65 French-language channels.

"Thanks to Africa, the French language is being offered a new opportunity to broaden its reach, which is all the more decisive in a digital world where language is becoming increasingly important," said Yves Bigot, Directeur Général of TV5MONDE. "This partnership with SES Video offers us ideal coverage to reach our numerous viewers and a recognized expertise to broadcast our three channels".


"We are delighted to help TV5MONDE extend the distribution of its channels across sub-Saharan Africa and, in our own way, contribute to the spread of the French language on this continent," said Ferdinand Kayser, CEO of SES Video. 

In addition, Kayer said, TV5MONDE’s decision demonstrates the quality of its infrastructure and assets in these countries. 

"Thanks to its powerful and robust coverage, our SES-5 satellite will allow TV5MONDE to distribute this new content offer in an optimal manner to cable and IP networks in the region, as well as reach the 3.8 million TV homes equipped with direct reception at 5 degrees east" the SES boss said.

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

US denies considering IPOB a terrorist group

The government of the United States has denied any consideration of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as a terrorist group, reports ITRealms.

The Sunday Punch quoted the spokesman for the American Embassy in Nigeria, Russell Brooks, as saying on Friday that the U.S. Government does not have the notion IPOB is a terrorist group.

As said by Brooks, in an e-mail response to Sunday Punch “The United States Government is strongly committed to Nigeria’s unity.  Important political and economic issues affecting the Nigerian people, such as the allocation of resources, are worthwhile topics for respectful debate in a democracy.

“Within the context of unity, we encourage all Nigerians to support a de-escalation of tensions and peaceful resolution of grievances. The Indigenous People of Biafra is not a terrorist organisation under US law.”

Sunday Punch recollected that just “Last week, the Federal High Court in Abuja gave a judicial backing to the executive order of President Muhammadu Buhari, outlawing the group and its activities in the country.

“The court granted the order to proscribe the group on Wednesday. It declared that the activities of the group constituted acts of terrorism. The Federal Government also accused France and the United Kingdom of aiding IPOB activities.”

Meanwhile, France said they have no link with IPOB especially with regards to financing stronghold of the group.

ITRealms notes that IPOB is a registered organization in the United Kingdom.

                                                           
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Odinkalu replies Umar Jibril, says NGO bill anti-democracy, inspired by military tendencies

The former chairman of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Prof. Chidi Odinkalu has replied Hon. Umar Buba Jibril on the ongoing controversies surrounding the attempt to regulate Non-Government Organisations (NGO) and Civil Society Organisations (CSO) in Nigeria, reports ITRealms.

Odinkalu also described Jibiril attempt to justify the bill as desperate and poor as well as anti-democratic, military dictatorship inspired NGO bill

Reacting to Hon. Umar Jibril, Deputy Majority Leader of the House of Reps attempt in Abuja at the weekend and who now claimed in a press statement made available to ITRealms, that his NGO Bill is needed because NGO's are sponsoring terrorism.

“That needs an immediate response,” he said, arguing that the desperation in the release “doesn't bear thinking about. Almost every line in the release by Hon. Jibril drips with cheap mendacity. It's difficult to think that Hon. Jibril himself has even read the bill that he claims to be sponsoring.

Prof. Odinkalu decried the fact that this is coming from a supposed National Assembly, which has refused to say categorically, how much its members earn.

“It is irresponsible for the leadership of the NASS to claim that NGOs who are sponsoring terrorism or stealing money in the North East can only be dealt with after we have got a new law, surely. Or violating immigration laws? You mean there are no laws, nor means now to put them out of business? You just need to mention this to realise how specious it sounds,” he said.

Pointed out that Nigeria has a report, done by the Vice-President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, no less, on the stealing by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, which is being branded under the guess of ‘grass cutting’ in the North East, which is being blocked from being released to Nigerians.

“Would the report still be vegetating on some unknown shelf if it was about some PDP villain?” he asked.

Odinkalu equally noted that in 2011, the Galtimari Report on the situation in the North East made explicit identification and recommendations on those supporting Boko Haram and what to do with them.

“The White Paper on the report explicitly recommended prosecution. Those people are still in, around or hob-nobbing with government. No one in either the Osinbajo Panel's work, or the Galtimari Report or in any of the work since then, has named any NGO as funding terrorism. Obviously, that would be beyond any pale. But the named politicians enjoy protection from the same people conducting this smear,” he observed.

Declaring that “Terrorism has become the currency of the moment” Prof. Odinkalu emphasized that looking at the models they cite: “Israel, where their law is used to target Palestinian NGOs & NGOs that work with Palestinians; Kenya where their NGO law was unlawfully used to try to de-register NGOs that blew the whistle on the rigging of the recent elections.”


The Kenyan Supreme Court decision recently vindicated the NGOs, decrying that in Uganda the NGO law is being used to oppress and de-register those advocating against President Museveni's eternal presidency project as he sets about lifting age limits that bar him from running again.

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Saturday, September 23, 2017

NGO bill debate: Umar Jibril alleges some collected IDPs funds, disappeared

The Deputy Majority Leader, House of Representatives, Hon. Umar Buba Jibril has alleged that Non-Governmental Organisation (NGOs) and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have collected funds meant for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the North East and disappear, reports ITRealms.

This, he said, was a core reason for the introduction of the NGO Regulation Bill before the National Assembly, aside the allegation of sponsoring or financing terrorism in the country.
Jubril, “...Some people registered NGOs, solicited for funds and disappeared. That happened recently in the North East,” just as he said, “...Churches, Mosques, Esusu, Market Women Associations not affected.“

According ot him, religious bodies and organizations are “NOT NGOs” stressing that quasi financial institutions at local levels are not NGOs.

“These organizations have existed for centuries to serve businesses and commerce of our market women and traders.

Pointing out that NGOs and CSOs are voluntary organizations that are registered to partner Government at all levels to fill gaps wherever they exist, thus partners in progress with the Government; hence the need for a commission to serve this purpose arises

“Secondly and naturally for them to carry out their activities, the NGOs and CSOs solicit for funds from all over the world and collect billions of naira on behalf of Nigerians. Thirdly they recruit expatriates to help them run their activities in the country with lots of abuses,” he said.

He also “Some NGOs are used to fund the activities of terrorist and insurgents.”

Jubril attempted to explain that the NGOs bill is primarily to set up a commission to regulate their activities and provide a platform for robust relationships between them and the government for the interests of Nigerians.

In addition it is to ensure transparency and accountability in the ways and manners the NGOs collect moneys and use them for Nigerians.

Jubril maintained that the NGOs bill is not new or peculiar to Nigeria. It exists in many countries particularly in the ECOWAS sub- region and all over Africa and other continents. In Europe, Israel passed theirs last year! Kenya has a similar law since 1990.

“Nigeria is and should not be a banana republic where anything goes,” he said.

Emphasising that finally, the way the NGOs are reacting to this wonderful and well packaged bill particularly SERAP is not only shameful, but condemnable.

The Nigerian parliament is an institution governed by rules and traditions, he said, noting, that when a bill is for public hearing you go there and present your views like other interested Nigerians and invited cooperate bodies and government agencies for the standing committee to do justice to the bill.


“Going on cheap propaganda and blackmail and even calling on world bodies including the United Nation to help you withdraw a bill from our National Assembly will not help you,” he insisted

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Nigeria media urged to create 21st century platforms

Leadership of Nigerian media industry have been urged to ensure they create 21st century platforms and professional group befitting this era, reports ITRealms.

In a keynote address to the 13th All Nigeria Editors’ Conference (ANEC) at the Presidential Hotel, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, the Managing Director cum Editor-in-Chief of The Interview, Mr. Azu Ishiekwene, called on media business leaderships to make certain they create and maintain website and social media platforms befitting a 21st century organisaton to keep afloat in business.

Ishiekwene who dwelt on “Nigerian Media: Balancing Professionalism, Advocacy And Business” also enjoined them to build networks with other professional groups, especially in more developed, open media environments.

“Rejuvenate the Ethics & Disciplinary Committee and let the public know how they may approach it, if they have any complaints … Publish audited accounts,” he declared.
For those wanting to hire a proven executive director, he said, they must ensure having specific, and measurable business targets.

He also advised getting sponsorships from any of the global media giants, with interest in media in developing countries, as well as creation of open, periodic value-driven conversations that will sufficiently interest partnership with corporates.


In addition, he underscored the need to start periodic research-driven solutions for media and allied industries, whilst de-emphasising physical structures, by way of thinking of network and people.

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Nigeria to increase data centres - Shittu

Minister of Communications, Barr. Abdur-Raheem Adebayo Shittu has said efforts are on to expand the number of Data Centres in the country as part of government’s plan to expand its presence on a digital platform, 1-gov.net, reports ITRealms.

The platform, apart from consolidating existing government ICT infrastructure, it also enables MDAs to exchange data in a seamless manner while allowing each other to remain independent and maintain its privacy and the security of its operatives.

The Special Assistant to the Minister on Media, Victor Oluwadamilare in a press release said Barr. Shittu stated this in a keynote address titled Empowering Digital Governments to share latest innovative technology trends and government solutions with emphasis on Microsoft’s Technology platform to improve the capabilities of government within Nigeria”.which he delivered at the 2017 Microsoft Digital Government Conference held at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja.

The minister said through the 1-gov.net, government has become more participative and accessible where citizens can participate in policy process through discussions, suggestions and online-polls.

“Various Government Departments are using this platform for seeking inputs on a wide range of issues. Using the 1-gov.netPlatform, Government has been able to save 30% of what it would have expended on a unit per unit cost. As at date 90% of all MDAs within Abuja are linked with fiber backbone and 3,500 locations of different MDAs have been touched across the country. 

"About 270 MDAs websites and applications are being hosted on the network, adding that“Government has recorded success in 1-gov.net, we now focus on some services that have direct bearing on the present administration’s priorities, and we determined to continue with the shared ICT infrastructure and services initiative in the MDAs. The1-gov.net is promoting Whole-of-Government approaches in the information Age based on shared services," he said.

In addition, he said, this approach will enhance productivity of government officials, increase experience of patrons of government services, enhance security and drive out the menace of corruption.

He said the government recognizes the urgent need to increase efficiency and transparency, improve and align processes, smart government and smart cities, attract new investors, bridge the digital divide, transform government transaction services, data-driven government, better access to and management of information, thereby enhancing citizen satisfaction and trust, meeting the needs of rapidly changing demographics and balancing costs while optimizing efficiency.
According to him, digital government is a vision statement that seeks to bring about citizen empowerment by harnessing the potentials of ICTs as well as seeking to transform government into digitally empowered society and knowledge economy in a manner that government is available on the palm of every citizen, where - The Government is open and the Governance Transparent.

Digital Government, he said, does not comprise the digital architecture alone, but it encompasses digital delivery of citizen-centric services, and ultimately, digital empowerment of the people.

He said, “Internet users in Nigeria have crossed 90 million. The mobile users have also crossed 156million mark. The smart phone users are more than 60 million. Today, from booking of train tickets to payment of fees and taxes, from post office and banking transactions to issue of digital documents, online registrations to online applications and e-services, Digital Revolution is seen everywhere and touches almost every aspect of life of a common citizen.

Barr. Shittu disclosed that government invests in shared ICT Infrastructure to secure the benefits of lower cost, increased security, increased innovation and faster service delivery, adding that government is supporting the development and sustenance of ICT applications that are driving cost effectiveness and transparency in Government Service Delivery. He added that applications supporting the Treasury Single Accounts (TSA), IPPIS, Budget Portal and BVN verifications among others are already resulting in huge savings.

The Ministry of Communications, he said,has expanded the Open Government Data Portal which is a part of the Federal Government Open Data Initiative, stressing that many civil servants have been trained across MDAs on the use of the portal.

He said government would appreciate the opportunity for Microsoft to help train our local ICT savvy youth and key into our local content policy on current projects and priorities to ensure a smooth transition, while he emphasized that Nigeria is the new bride in empowering Digital Governments to share latest innovative technology trends and Government solutions to improve the capabilities of government within Nigeria.

Commending the digital giant, he said,“I take this opportunity to applaud Microsoft and its contributions in the development and growth of the country through this noble initiative. The Ministry of Communications will continue to partner with the organized Private sector, and other stakeholders, in its bid to move the digitization efforts of the country forward. I would like once again to congratulate the Microsoft team for organizing this timely and commendable conference.
“I am aware that Microsoft in collaboration with the Nigeria Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) & Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) are committed to supporting the government's transformation by leveraging technology to drive productivity and empower citizens to do more regardless of location and time. Citizens’ engagement is a key performance indicator of any government and Microsoft, NITDA & NCC can provide robust platforms that help citizens provide feedback and queries to their leaders. Ultimately, digitally transforming government leads to good governance, accountability to citizens and builds trust between the government and its citizenry.”
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Sold out! Google-powered Freetel ICE 2 smartphone

Just a few days after its debut, the Freetel ICE 2 revolutionary smartphone launched in partnership with Google, MTN and TD Mobile has been sold out, reports ITRealms

The Google-backed Android, smartphone, ITRealms gathered, sold out for N13,000, even as thousands of enthusiastic Nigerians anticipating to have high-quality, pocket-friendly smartphone were rushing to MTN in order to pre-order for the next shipment which is expected in the country soon. 

Solely distributed by Sub-Saharan Africa’s biggest mobile devices distributor, TD Mobile, the ICE 2 smartphone is one of many devices from the stable of Freetel, Japan’s largest selling smart phone brand in open market.

The attractive price-point of the ICE 2 smartphone is seen by analysts and industry experts as a major factor, that will not only make it one of the fastest selling devices in the market, but a significant selling point that will boost the pace of smartphone penetration in the country.

ITRealms equally reports that being Google GMS certified, confirmation that it meets Google’s performance requirements and properly runs the Google Apps; the Freetel ICE 2 also comes pre-loaded with some of the latest software and security updates from Google including Google Play Protect: a newly-developed software which continuously works to keep one’s device, data and apps safe; Google Street View and Google G-Board, an app which allows the user type in the local Nigerian languages.

Powered by Google’s most recent Android operating system – Android 7.0, the device also comes pre-loaded with Worldreader’s free e-library of over 40,000 e-books, which enables Nigerians to read their favourite book at no cost.

The smartphone, ITRealms further gathered is pre-loaded with MTN’s latest apps including MTN Music Plus while all customers who buy the device also get to enjoy double data bonus on every data bundle they buy for three months, courtesy of MTN.


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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Nigeria to rake in USD452m in 4 years

Nigeria will rake in revenue to the tune of US$452 million from Internet access in the next four years, reports ITRealms.

Making this prediction, experts in entertainment and media said this figure will be part of the USD$ 2.8 billion to be made in the next four years.

This position was contained in the latest ‘Entertainment and Media Outlook: 2017 – 2021: An African perspective’ by the PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and made available to ITRealms.

Disclosing this to ITRealms, the Entertainment and Media Industry Leader for PwC Southern Afric, Vicki Myburgh, noted that in terms of total E&M revenue, Nigeria is one of the fastest-growing countries in the Outlook.

“… But this figure must be treated with caution, as a huge proportion of that growth comes from Internet access revenue alone–specifically mobile Internet access revenue.”

Of the US$2.8 billion, the Outlook revealed that the Nigerian market will add between 2016 and 2021, all but US$452 million will come from Internet access revenue.

The combined elements of TV and video, the Outlook indicated will add nearly US$200 million in revenue growth to 2021.

The Outlook, ITRealms gathered, is a comprehensive source of analyses and five-year forecasts of consumer and advertising spending across five countries, namely South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana and Tanzania; and 14 segments: including the Internet, data consumption, television, cinema, video games, e-sports, virtual reality, newspaper publishing, magazine publishing, book publishing, business-to-business publishing, music, out-of-home, and radio.


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ACF unveils brand ambassadors, resource persons

The Africa Cinematography Festival (ACF) has presented its brand ambassadors and resource persons for the 2017 Festival, reports ITRealms.

The six-day event, ITRealms gathered has been scheduled to hold between November 5 and 11 this year across six venues in Lagos, the nation’s entertainment capital.

Among those unveiled are Nigerian actor, Ramsey Nouah, British-Ghanaian multi-talented actress, Ama Konadu Abebrese, Actress Sandra Seghers Mushid from the DRC, the Cameroonian duo of Lizzette Benz and Ayuk Thambi Atem-Ebai and Beninoir actor, singer and model, Serge Parick Laleye and Guinean Model, Bintu Sylla. Others are Liberian actor, Major Owusu Danshaw, Nollywood actress, Oghenekaro Itene,  Vanessa Swert from South Africa and Nollywood actor and Rycardo Agbor.

The resource persons include Dr. Iyabo Ajibola, Adeniran Makinde, Akin Lewis, Kingsley Nwosu, Prof. Hygeniu Ekwuazi, Prof. Chukwuma Okoye, Dr. Tunde Bakare, Alex Gansallo, Yinka Smart Babalola, Prince Kojo Hilton, Dr. Alphonsus Orisayemi, Michael Mulutombo, Frank Adekunle Macaulay and Nwendamutswu Maanda

Speaking at the unveiling, the founding matron, Africa Cinematography Festival (ACF), Mrs. Folorunsho Alakija described the ACF as “a roadmap into the future of the film industry cum economy” of both Nigeria and the African continent”.

Mrs. Alakija noted that the ACF shares a “common optimism which speaks to our collective desire for a better future guaranteed under a system run by a new generation of stakeholders whose distinctive qualities are not primarily tied to age but rather bother on their commitment to professionalism, promotion of industry growth over self-gratification and in their ability to harness potentials to drive the economic growth of country and continent.“

Mrs. Alakija also revealed that the ACF will feature training in such areas as sound production, light design and lighting, script writing, production design, make-up artistry, costume design, directing, motion and still camera, lens handling, editing and film-making among others.

Also speaking, the Managing Director and Chief Executive of the Nigerian Films Corporation, Dr. Chidia Maduekwe while lauding the initiative assured on the commitment of his agency to providing the enabling environment that will enhance the development of the industry.

“The NFC has and shall continue to initiate, provide and champion the required policy environment that will support the accelerated growth of the industry. The increased film production activities within the industry across the country, its acceptance by the citizens of Nigeria, and lately, its contribution to the growth of the nation’s economy are indication that there are opportunities that are yet untapped,” he said.

Meanwhile, the National Films and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) has pledged to rid the industry of piracy and all other forms of rights infringements that hinder adequate returns on investment for stakeholders.

The Executive Director of the NFVCB, Alhaji Adedayo Thomas, who stated this at the Unveiling said that the board was not only committed to providing an enabling environment which will facilitate global film content production but also ensure that film and video investment is guaranteed through structured distribution and right protection.


“This is why we took the fight against unlicensed distribution, distribution of unclassified films and video works, the unapproved release of film and video works and illegal export and import of film and video works to Alaba in August and we were able to rid the market of films and video works worth over 100 Million Naira,” he said.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Dangote gets hotline, email for monitoring, reporting unscrupulous truck drivers

The management of Dangote Industries Limited has set up hotlines and electronic mail (email) for the public to call in and report truck drivers, for recklessness and illegal haulage of contraband goods with a promise to appropriately compensate whistleblowers that lead to arrest of errant drivers, reports ITRealms.

A press statement available to ITRealms, Dangote management, noted that the trucks belonging to Dangote Cement are only allowed to carry cement, high grade gypsum and coal, those belonging to Dangote Sugar (NASCON) are authorized to carry only salt and Dan Q seasoning.

Also, the company disclosed that trucks belonging to Agro Sacks, the bags producing arm of Dangote Group, can only carry bags, belonging to Dangote flour Mills, Wheat, Flour and Danvita.

“The Management of Dangote Industries Limited hereby alerts the public to report any suspected Dangote truck driver involved in illegal haulage. Please call Dangote Industries Management hotline on all information regarding illegal haulage activities on 08070188000, 01-2123567, 08170023846, 08152093133 and or email us at CustomerCare@Dangote.com”.

Dangote Management also issued a stern warning to those illegally transporting unauthorized goods through its trucks. “Dangote Industries Limited also wishes to warn those that illegally transport materials on Dangote trucks that such unauthorized goods, when found, shall be confiscated and such owners prosecuted to the full extent of the law”.

It would be recalled that the company recently intercepted one of the company’s truck loaded with contrabands in Ibadan, arrested the drivers and handed them over the Nigerian customs for further investigations and prosecutions.

The arrest was effected by a crack team of the Company’s security personnel led by its Chief Security Officer who acted on intelligence, bordering on misconduct by some of its drivers.


While handing over the drivers and his motorboy to the Customs Authority, Assistant General Manager, in charge of Security Services, CSP Ali Garba explained that the company has a surveillance section that monitors all his trucks and drivers’ activities.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Enugu LG Election: Groups demand replacement of PDP candidate

An amalgamation of civil society and socio-political groups in Nsukka local Government Area of Enugu State, under the aegis of Nsukka Democratic Movement (NDM), has rejected the candidature of Mr. Patrick Omeje as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chairmanship flag bearer, urging the party to replace him, reports ITRealms.

The coalition, comprising Independent Nsukka Solidary Agenda Worldwide, United Nsukka Indigenes for Good Governance, Nsukka Arise for Change, Nsukka Youths Empowerment Initiative, Greater Nsukka Congress, Alliance for Democratic Governance, among others, insisted that if the PDP candidate was not replaced, they would mobilise opposition against the party in the council come November 4, 2017.  

The NDM in a statement signed by its Coordinator, Comrade James Ezema and its Secretary, Dr. Joseph Idoko, accused the candidate of intimidating and harassing Nsukka indigenes with siren even before the election, saying “if he can intimidate people with conveys and siren when election has not taken place, we are not safe if he wins the election”.

The groups maintained that “Beyond doubts about his competence and academic qualification, which is currently under investigation by our coalition, he has so far shown that he lacks qualities of a good leader. Worst of all, he seems not to be disposed to learning.

“We see the emergence Mr. Patrick Omeje as a fulfilment of a policy of marginalisation of Nsukka by political godfathers in Enugu state.

“We advise Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi to carry out a secret popularity and acceptance test of the PDP candidate in Nsukka as a whole to understand the danger in retaining him as a candidate for the election.

“We will resist, through every democratic means, the replay of the tenure of Prof. Mrs Rose Onah, which was characterised by underperformance in the council if the PDP insists on foisting an incompetent and irresponsible leadership on the people of Nsukka at this time.

“We learnt that the party ensured that only the candidate purchased form for the primary that produced him by those who want to rubbish the good works of the incumbent state government.

“The people’s Governor, Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, has recorded giant strides, which we cannot fold our hands while a man who, obviously, would erode all his legacies emerges as chairman and take us back to the dark days of non-performance in the council.

“We call on opposition forces in Nsukka to produce a credible candidate for our endorsement and mobilisation of support ahead of the November 2017 local government election to defeat the ruling party in event that the PDP upholds the process that produced Mr. Omeje as its flag bearer,” the coalition vowed.


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Pix: Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State.