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NCAA latest inductee into ‘FOI Hall of Shame’

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Monday, August 21, 2017

NCAA latest inductee into ‘FOI Hall of Shame’

 
The Media Rights Agenda (MRA) today conferred the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA)
with membership of its Freedom of Information (FOI) “Hall of Shame”, accusing the agency of wasting public funds to advance a culture of secrecy and cover up dubious transactions, reports 
ITRealms.

In a statement in Lagos announcing the NCAA’s induction into the FOI Hall of Shame, MRA’s Freedom of Information Programme Manager, Mr. Ridwan Sulaimon, said rather than complying with the FOI Act which encapsulates a public policy of open government, the agency has chosen to dissipate public funds in challenging every effort to make it transparent and any attempt by citizens to obtain information from it.  

He called on the Buhari Administration to direct an investigation into the amount of public funds that the NCAA had wasted in unjustifiable litigations aimed at avoiding its duties and obligations under the FOI Act and ensure that the funds are recovered from those officials responsible for every decision not to comply with the Law in all cases resulting in legal expenses.

The NCAA is the regulatory body overseeing the activities of all airlines and their pilots, engineers and cabin staff, airports, airstrips and heliports, navigation aids, all aviation service providers, including the airport authority and air traffic service providers, aviation training institutions, among others and oversees the entire aviation industry.

The agency claims that its operating principles, guidelines and standards applied in the civil aviation sector in Nigeria are based on the Standards and Recommended Practices (SARP) of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and stipulated national laws and regulations.

Mr. Sulaimon said: “This claim by the NCAA that its operations and activities are guided by national laws and regulations is a myth going by its clear disregard for the FOI Act.  An agency that performs such important functions and activities as the NCAA should be open and transparent.  But a quick examination of the activities of NCAA since the inception of the FOI Act reveals that it is one of those public institutions undermining the Act through its actions and omissions.”

MRA noted that since 2011 when the FOI Act was passed into Law, the NCAA has failed to comply with its duties and obligations under the Act, saying that the agency prefers to squander public resources in fighting any request for the disclosure of information by engaging the services of lawyers to assist its efforts to advance an illegal and unjustifiable culture of secrecy.

It cited as evidence of this the web of litigations that the NCAA has been entangled in since 2013, following its refusal to grant a series of FOI requests made by several individuals, civil society organizations and networks, including human rights lawyer and former President of the West African Bar Association (WABA), Mr. Femi Falana (SAN); Enough Is Enough (EIE), Public and Private Development Centre (PPDC), MRA, and the Zero Corruption Coalition (ZCC), to disclose, among other things, its budgets, procurement information and details of its purchase of two controversial BMW 760 LiHSS bullet proof cars for then Minister of Aviation, Mrs. Stella Oduah, worth N225 million.

MRA accused the NCAA of also failing to meet most of its other obligations under the FOI Act, saying it had not published the title and address of the appropriate officer to whom applications for information under the FOI Act should be made, as required by Section 2(3)(f) of the Act.

It also noted that despite the express provisions of the Law, over the last six years since the FOI Act came into force, the NCAA had not issued or submitted to the Attorney-General of the Federation, as required by Section 29(1) of the Act, any annual report on its implementation of the Act and has not on its own published such a report for any year, as stipulated by the Law.

Additionally, MRA said, the NCAA has not complied with its proactive disclosure obligations under Section 2(3) and (4) of the Act as it has not published on its website or circulated anywhere else, the categories of information which the Law requires it to publish and disseminate widely to members of the public through various means, including print, electronic and online sources.

MRA added that it was not aware of any request for information that the NCAA has granted over the last six years, insisting that on the contrary, the NCAA has repeatedly refused to disclose information requested by members of the public, including many civil society organizations, even when no exemptions applied to the information requested, with nearly all of them resulting in litigation against the NCAA for its failure to disclose requested information.

It said despite the clear provisions of Section 13 of the FOI Act, which mandates every public institution to ensure the provision of appropriate training for its officials on the public’s right to access information and records held by them for effective implementation of the Act, there is no indication that the NCAA has done this in the last six years.

Mr. Sulaimon said: “In the light of this appalling record by the NCAA, one can only wonder why the agency feels that such egregious disregard for a valid and subsisting Law is in its interest, and while it is so blatantly flouting the law with impunity, whether it has any moral authority to insist that other public institutions and private bodies over which it is given regulatory powers by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (Establishment, Etc.) Act should comply with the provisions of that Law.”

Media Rights Agenda launched the “FOI Hall of Shame” on July 3 to draw attention to public officials and institutions that are undermining the effectiveness of the Freedom of information Act, 2011 through their actions or inactions, decisions or utterances.

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Waiting for ASUU to end strike: What students can do!

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It has been a few years since students in Nigerians had to deal with long-term strikes; and just at the moment we thought the era of students having to stay an extra 2 to 3 years in school due to unnecessary strikes championed by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) was over, they strike again.

It certainly felt like Deja Vu when the National President Of The Union, Dr. Biodun Ogunyemi, announced this last Monday at a meeting of the National Executive Council (NEC) of ASUU in Abuja that there would be an indefinite strike and that during the strike, there will be no teaching, no examination and no attendance of statutory meetings of any kind in any of the union’s branches across the country.

There is some value in ASUU going on strike. They hope that issues such as payment of fractions/ non-payment of salaries, as well as Earned Academic Allowances (EAA); refusal to release the operational license of NUPEMCO; and the non-implementation of the provisions of the 2014 Pension Reform Act with respect to retired professors and their salaries, will be sorted.

It is easy for affected students to get into a lazy mode, where they sit around doing nothing or just meshing the entire time into one long continual nap fest…wasting valuable time and making no positive strides in their life all through the period of the strike.

If you are one of the affected students and you are wondering how you could possibly make this “indefinite” time worth your while, you may want to consider a handy list of helpful suggestions.
Start a Business
There is no age too young for becoming an entrepreneur. Use this period at home to start a small business. You could either sell products or render a service. The good thing is that you do not necessarily need a large capital to get yourself started. You also have the social media as a very important promotional tool.
You could start a home cleaning service or food delivery service…there are so many options.
Managing a business gives you a lot of opportunities to gain a lot of experience with will be beneficial when you eventually conclude your studies.
Learn a new skill
You finally have the time to learn a new skill. It could be photography, jewelry making, learning to play an instrument like the saxophone or guitar, baking, writing and producing music or playing a sport like football, tennis or volleyball. 
Take the time to learn it and get really good at it. Not only does it give you an edge and provide opportunities for a side hustle, it will help build your self-confidence and give you value for time invested.
Enroll for a professional certification course
The university might be closed but there are other avenues for learning. You can enroll in short courses online or for professional classes that will grant you certain qualifications that may become relevant in future.
 Even if you do not have the money to pay for these courses, you can go for free ones on portals like Coursera or Edx.

You don’t necessarily have to get a certificate; the idea is to acquire new knowledge that will be relevant to your career goals or aspirations.
Get a job
While you are at home, you might as well make a little money. Get a job as an intern or assistant in an office or company. You can even get a job as a paid apprentice at a salon or creative studio. 
Even more, you may decide to go for something freelance like writing or blogging.
The beauty of the internet is that you can get connected to so many job opportunities without necessarily breaking a sweat. 
The money made may not be the kind that will set you up for life, but it may be enough for extra chills…and then again, working would be fun and educational. You learn the value of time and money and attain the essence of work ethic and work culture.
Volunteer
Volunteering is a great way to give back to the society or just do some good with your time. You can volunteer at NGOs or religious organizations, where the aim is to help others and better the society.
You could also get involved in a number of empowerment programs tailored for young people where certain skillsets you possess may be needed.
There is a measure of accomplishment and sense of fufilment that comes with serving humanity. It also exposes you to great opportunities like training, travel e.t.c.
Travel
There is never a bad time to travel. As a student, you may not have a lot of resources available for long leisurely trips, but you can visit another state within the country or just other cities within your state. Travelling can be fun and educational at the same time for students.
It is also a great way for students to learn more about the world around you and open yourself to alternative cultures tradition and lifestyles. You could travel to other African cities or continents if you can afford it or you have a sponsor as well. 
The important thing though, is that you keep your ear on the ground while on your travels, so you are well informed when the strike is called off.
Attend seminars and personal development events
The period at home maybe offer a great opportunity to improve on your social skills. Attend conferences and seminars as well as events. It does not have to be professional or vocational seminars or events. It could be events that offer opportunities to explore your hobbies or just enjoy yourself.
Also, it offers opportunities for networking and exposes you to new connections. It could be book readings, slam poetry competitions, meetups, concerts e.t.c
The truth is that being on an “indefinite” strike sucks; however, being positive about how you spin it, could make the time really worth your while. Can you think of other ways students can engage themselves pending when ASUU calls off the strike?
Contributed by Vivienne Ndem |I Instagram @kem_dem |T Twitter @ndemv 
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My deal with Emeka Ojukwu - Buhari

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It has been revealed that every agitation for secession of the elsewhile Baifra was finally sealed and buried over five years ago by its leader, General Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, retired, reports ITRealms.

According to President Muhammadu Buhari in a state broadcast to Nigerians on Monday, this deal came about in 2003 when he hosted the former Baifra lord turned politician and leader of All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) who was on official visit to his home in Daura in Katsina State.

As said by Buhari, in 2003 after he joined partisan politics, the late Chief Emeka Ojukwu came and stayed as his guest at his hometown Daura. 

He disclosed that over two days both men who were former army officers, discussed in great depth till late into the night and analyzed the problems of Nigeria, where they had a deal.

"We both came to the conclusion that the country must remain one and united" he declared.

ITRealms gathered from political observers that the infusion of this in a supposed state broadcast after returning to Nigeria following a 104 days in the United Kingdom douse the seeming tension arising from secession calls by the Indeginous People of Baifra (IPOB).

This invariably triggered avalanche of regional calls for restructuring of the Nigerian entity.

Buhari noted that in the course of staying in the United Kingdom, he kept abreast with events at home.

While commending Nigerians for robust and lively discussing their affairs, Buhari said he was distressed to notice that some of the comments, especially in the social media have crossed national red lines by daring to question the collective existence as a nation. 

He lamented that this is a step too far.

Nigeria's unity, Buhari insisted, is settled and not negotiable.

"We shall not allow irresponsible elements to start trouble and when things get bad they run away and saddle others with the responsibility of bringing back order, if necessary with their blood."

Buhari stressed that every Nigerian has the right to live and pursue his business anywhere in Nigeria without let or hindrance.

Cautioning that the National Assembly and the National Council of State are the legitimate and appropriate bodies for national discourse.

The national consensus, he maintained, is that, "it is better to live together than to live apart."

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ADA 2017: NCC, MTN, NigComSat for honour ... Discuss on cyber threats

The 2017 edition of the twin event, the Nigeria ICT Impact CEO Forum (NIICF) and Africa Digital Awards (ADA), gets closer, the organisers of the event have released some of the corporate and individual nominees for the awards.

According to a statement signed by the Coordinator of the event, Mr. Tayo Adewusi, the institutional nominees to be bestowed with different awards include MTN, Nigeria Communicatoons Satellite Limited (NIGCOMSAT), the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and  Galaxy Backbone.

Individual nominees  for the award include Managing Director (MD) of Main One Cable, Ms. Funke Opeke; MD of  NigComSat, Ms. Abimbola Alale; and MD of Galaxy Backbone, Malam Yusuf Kazaure.

Other nominees are Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Bello; Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode; MD of Disc Communications, Engr. Bayo Banjo; CEO of Teledom Group,  Engr. Emma Ekuwem, among others. 

Some of the categories for the award include the Most Outstanding Telecom Company of the Year, Most Outstanding Government Agency of the Year, Public Sector Technology Company of the year, ICT Governor of the year, ICT Man of the year, ICT Woman of the Year, Broadband Luminary Award, Most Outstanding ICT Editor of the Year, Most Outstanding Online Editor of the Year, Youth Innovative Award, among others.

Speaking on the awards, Adewusi said the key criteria for this year's nominations include "value of the service or technology in solving recognised technology problems, meeting network requirements, optimising service and performance & enhancing customer service, overall quality of innovation and contribution to ICT advancement."

Other criteria, according to him, include originality & vision, potential industry growth and service, market success/acceptance and contribution to end  users quality of experience and service efficiency.

Meanwhile, simultaneously with the Awards, Adewusi said the Nigeria ICT Impact CEO Forum (NIICF) will also be taking place at at event.

He said that NIICF is the second leg of the annual event specifically designed  to bring together Information and Communication Technology (ICT) leaders driving the Nigeria growth with the theme: 'Broadband Access: The Challenges of Cyber Security Threat & Effect of Social Media Era.'

According to Adewusi, it is imperative for the federal government, regulators, and industry stakeholders to discuss and map out creative ways to make broadband penetration accessible, available and affordable in all nooks and crannies of this country, if the country must tackle the menace of cybercrime.

Scheduled to hold on August 25, 2017 at Oriental Hotel, Lekki, Lagos, Adewusi said the event would be chaired by the  Minister of Communications, Barr. Adebayo Shittu with supporting two keynote speeches from the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta and the Chief Executive Officer of MTN, Mr. Ferdi Moolman. 

Other leading papers expected would come from Galaxy Backbone, MainOne, Nigcomsat CEOs; President, Nigeria Internet Registration Asociation (NIRA), Rev. Sunday Folayan and Partner, Muiz Banire & Associates, Mr.  Kunle Adegoke. 

Adewusi added that the NIICF offers exclusive sessions and perspectives around the latest developments and trends in the Nigeria's ICT landscape around broadband, Internet security, Internet of Things (IoT) and social media.

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Youth endorses IPAC chairman for second term

A group operating under the aegis of National Interparty Youth Alliance (NIYA) at the weekend commended the outgoing National Chairman of IPAC and the Accord Party, Hon. Muhammad Nalado for his outstanding and exceptional performances recorded in his first tenure in office, reports ITRealms.

The group in a statement jointly signed by Wole Adedoyin the President and Ayodele Salawudeen, its Secretary and made available to newsmen weekend in Lagos reads that “Hon. Muhammad Nalado brought the dividend of IPAC to the grassroots. 

"He democratically performed well compared to some of his predecessors. Those IPAC members that attended the NIPSS workshop would forever remember his laudable tenure”.

He noted few of the achievements recorded by Alhaji Muhammad Nalado led exco are: the review of IPAC Code of Conduct, A Capacity building workshop for newly elected state official of the Interparty Advisory Council (IPAC) which was organized in conjunction with the Political Parties Leadership and Policy Development Centre (PPLPDC) of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, Jos from 6-9 December 2016, acquisition of new national secretariat For IPAC, issuing of timely press releases on the state of the nation, successful execution of 2017 IPAC National Conference, also the election dispute and resolution workshop to mention but few.

However, Adedoyin who is currently the Osun State Chairman of Hope Democratic Party (HDP) opined that Hon. Nalado might not be able to satisfy everyone but noted that his performance in office within a year was outstanding.

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What Buhari told Nigerians on return from UK

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Broadcast by President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, August 21, 2017 after return from medical tourism at the Abuja House in United Kingdom. Excerpts.
"My dear citizens,

I am very grateful to God and to all Nigerians for their prayers. I am pleased to be back on home soil among my brothers and sisters.

2.     In the course of my stay in the United Kingdom, I have been kept in daily touch with events at home. Nigerians are robust and lively in discussing their affairs, but I was distressed to notice that some of the comments, especially in the social media have crossed our national red lines by daring to question our collective existence as a nation. This is a step too far.

 3.     In 2003 after I joined partisan politics, the late Chief Emeka Ojukwu came and stayed as my guest in my hometown Daura. Over two days we discussed in great depth till late into the night and analyzed the problems of Nigeria. We both came to the conclusion that the country must remain one and united.

4.     Nigeria's unity is settled and not negotiable. We shall not allow irresponsible elements to start trouble and when things get bad they run away and saddle others with the responsibility of bringing back order, if necessary with their blood.

5.     Every Nigerian has the right to live and pursue his business anywhere in Nigeria without let or hindrance.

  6.    I believe the very vast majority of Nigerians share this view.

  7.     This is not to deny that there are legitimate concerns. Every group has a grievance. But the beauty and attraction of a federation is that it allows different groups to air their grievances and work out a mode of co-existence.

8.     The National Assembly and the National Council of State are the legitimate and appropriate bodies for national discourse.

9.     The national consensus is that, it is better to live together than to live apart.

10.   Furthermore, I am charging the Security Agencies not to let the successes achieved in the last 18 months be a sign to relax.

11.     Terrorists and criminals must be fought and destroyed relentlessly so that the majority of us can live in peace and safety.

 12.     Therefore we are going to reinforce and reinvigorate the fight not only against;

·       elements of Boko Haram which are attempting a new series of attacks on soft targets

·       kidnappings, farmers versus herdsmen clashes,

·       in addition to ethnic violence fuelled by political mischief makers. We shall tackle them all.

13.   Finally, dear Nigerians, our collective interest now is to eschew petty differences and come together to face common challenges of;

·       economic security,

·       political evolution and integration

·       as well as lasting peace among all Nigerians.

14.     I remain resolutely committed to ensuring that these goals are achieved and maintained. I am so glad to be home.

15.    Thank you and may God bless our dear Nation."

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Good News from Sovereign Wealth Fund

Less than seven months after Audu Ogbe, Minister of Agriculture promised the nation that the government was poised to crash fertilizer price down to N6,000 or below, tangible evidence has emerged that this is a promise kept.

Last Monday. Uche Orji, the ebullient Managing Director of the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority, NSIA, revealed that the Authority had put back to work 11 fertilizer blending plants across the country, adding over 6 million bags of NPK 20:10:10 to the current fertilizer production in the country.
This is cheering news for at least three reasons. The NSIA action has substantially crashed the price of fertilizer to below N6,000, something that was thought impossible earlier in the year. Second, it has also put an immediate end to the scandal-prone fertilizer subsidy and the non-accessibility of the product to farmers. Nigeria pays billions of Naira in fertilizer subsidy, yet farmers are either unable to access the product or buy far beyond the subsidized price.
Agro-dealers, in collusion with government officials have profited from a thriving fertilizer scam over the years that all efforts to reform fertilizer distribution in the country had been frustrated. Farmers, who are the end users of the product have groaned endlessly without any solution in sight. The results have been low yields and skyrocketing food prices.
Not only has middlemen been eliminated from the distribution chain, NSIA is delivering fertilizer at 30 percent below the market price without the government subsidising production. As fallout of this development, not less than 50,000 jobs had been created thereby reducing unemployment in the country.
The rehabilitation of six other moribund fertilizer blending plants across the country are at various stages of completion and are expected to become fully operational before the end of the year. By year end, this would add not less than 3 million additional bags of fertilizer to the current production level with the possibility of a further crash in the price of the product.
Directly resulting from this development is the saving of over N50 billion that would have gone into subsidy by this time of the year. The fertilizer initiative of the Authority has also assisted the government to conserve foreign exchange through the substitution of 65% components of the fertilizer with local content. This is remarkable, especially in view of the dwindling foreign reserve of the country.
The NSIA was set up to receive, manage and invest in a diversified portfolio of medium and long term, revenue of the Federal government, State government, Federal Capital Territory, Local government and Area Councils to prepare for the eventual depletion of Nigeria’s hydrocarbon resources for the development of critical infrastructure in Nigeria that will attract and support foreign investment, economic diversification, growth and job creation.
The government recently committed additional $500 million to the Sovereign Wealth Fund. This was announced by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo when he inaugurated the board of the Authority recently. Osinbajo charged the board to deploy the capital into projects that are in line with the administration’s key priority areas, namely: infrastructure and agriculture in order to improve the economy.
NSIA was established in 2011 with a start-up capital of $250 million sourced from the Excess Crude Account (ECA). The mandate of the Authority’s board is essentially to increase investment in local infrastructure, touching on agriculture infrastructure, power, toll roads, second Niger bridge as well as health care. The board reports to the National Economic Council, which is the governing council of the NSIA.

Perhaps much more than many government independent government agencies, the management of NSIA has demonstrated integrity, commitment and a unique sense of duty in delivering on its mandate. It is quietly but steadily making indelible impact in key sectors of the economy. Apart from the strides in fertilizer production, it is committing action on commodities exchange-a vital component of the government’s agricultural reform.
It is also stepping into the oil and gas, and is partnering with Delta and Akwa Ibom State governments on modular refineries in the Niger Delta to solve the problem of unemployment and youth restiveness. By the time the projects are completed, it has the potential to end agitations in the region. These and many others are key projects that would unlock the economic potential of the country and get it faster out of economic recession.

But inspite of all these sterling achievements, it is almost incredulous that NSIA has failed to blow its trumpet. But this may be a function of the leadership style of Uche Orji, NSIA’s Managing Director who is said to believe more in action than words, and who is of the strong view that good work speaks for itself.

But Lai Muhammed, Minister of Information, understandably and rightly disagrees with Orji. When he visited NSIA last Monday and learnt of the things the authority had done with the sovereign wealth fund, he was pleasantly shocked, and wondered why the management kept all that to itself. While commending the Fund for its intervention in the critical sectors of the economy, the Minister said the present administration has succeeded in breaking the jinx in fertilizer supply to farmers.
“You have done three major things here. One is that you have crashed the price of fertilizer and this in itself is very significant because what we have today is that for the cost of one bag of fertilizer, you can get two bags of fertilizer.
“When you now look at the improvement in the type of fertiliser that you are now making available, it has helped us to increase yield from about 2 metric tonnes per hectare to 7 metric tonnes and I think in some areas up to 11. More remarkable to me is that we have been able to demystify the fertilizer conundrum,” he said.
Alhaji Mohammed said the intervention by the Fund has also eliminated corruption and scandals in the procurement of fertilizer, and observed that the laudable efforts of the Fund in the area of Agriculture, infrastructure and health, are ground-breaking and pledged to partner with the Fund in order to publicize its activities.
But it is not just the minister of information that recognises the achievements of NSIA, it has also received regional and global recognition as an astute sovereign wealth fund manager. It received global recognition through its admission into the International Working Group of Sovereign Wealth Funds and was awarded the “African Sovereign Wealth Fund of the Year” by the Africa Investor magazine in 2013; and only recently it was awarded the “Most Innovative Sovereign Wealth Fund’ in the world by the internationally influential European CEO magazine.

Contributed by James Ume  via james@channelkoos.com

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Official! FRSC partners GOCOP for 7th Annual Lecture

The Federal Road Safety Corps has named the Guild of Corporate Online Publishers (GOCOP) as one of its partners for its forthcoming 7th Annual Lecture series scheduled to hold in Abuja.

The GOCOP is an association of professional journalists who rose to the top of their profession in the print media before taking their practice online.

A press statement earlier by Corps Public Education Officer of the FRSC, Bisi Kazeem, said the lecture series will hold on August 24, 2017.

The event will take place at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa in Abuja.The lecture has a theme: “Achieving the goals of the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety in Africa.”

Also, Kazeem named Jean Todt, the President, Federation Internationale de l’Automobile, the United Nation’s Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Road Safety, as the Guest speaker.

The Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), is scheduled to be the Special Guest of Honour, while the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, will serve  as the Chairman of the occasion.

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Tinubu welcomes Buhari's return, expresses hope in Nigeria

All Progressives Congress national stalwart, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has expressed joy at the return of President Muhammadu Buhari to the country after his medical vacation in the United Kingdom, saying the president’s return is a nation’s hope fulfilled.

In a statement by his Media Office, Asiwaju Tinubu, who is at present abroad, said the President Buhari had always been a man of moral fortitude, discipline, strength and dedication.

According to him, the attributes had helped him battle medical challenges. “These same attributes will lead him to success in surmounting our national challenges.”

The statement entitled “President Buhari’s Return: A Nation's Hope Fulfilled” reads: “President Buhari''s return home is our prayers answered. President Buhari has always been a man of moral fortitude, discipline, strength and dedication. These attributes have helped him battle medical challenges. These same attributes will lead him to success in surmounting our national challenges.

“President Buhari has demonstrated time and again his devotion to this nation and its great causes.  His love of country and the realization that he has a mission to fulfil so that Nigeria may realize its better self by providing security and prosperity to all Nigerians has compelled him home.

“Just as we gathered to pray for his health and his return, we must remain united in spirit to support President Buhari as he pursues the progressive agenda for which he was elected and that promises us all a better day.

“Our nation is strong but must overcome many challenges. We can do so with President Buhari at the helm and with the rest of the nation in active support.

“Thus, the president's return home is both real and symbolic. We all must renew our faith in our collective purpose  and rededicate ourselves to a nation indivisible and united in reconstructing our political economy so that it provides a decent and good life to all our people.

“It has been a heartening thing to see that our nation has matured to the point where governance continued in a meaningful, seamless manner during the president's absence.  This again was a sign of the harmony between President Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

“On this day, it is even more heartening to think of the things that can now be achieved with President Buhari back to lead the nation.

“Today is a glad and happy one for those who wish Nigeria well. While we celebrate the President's return, we also must quickly turn to the hard and heavy work at hand. 

“With President Buhari back and with the nation united behind him, we can accomplish excellent things. May we do our best to become our best.
“Welcome home Mr. President. Welcome home”.

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FCT to host FRSC 7th annual lecture

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The Federal Capital Territory ( FCT) Abuja would host the 7th lecture series of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), next Thursday, reports, .ITRealms

This year lecture slated for August 24, 2017, at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, has the theme “Achieving the goals of the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety in Africa”.

According to the Corps Public Education Officer of the FRSC, Bisi Kazeem, he stated that topical issues which bother on the five pillars of the Decade of Action for road safety in Africa will constitute parts of what will be discussed, amongst other burning issues on road safety.

In his words, the five pillars include Road Safety Management which concerns the institutional framework needed to implement road safety activities, Safer roads and mobility  that deals with road development, Safer vehicles which focuses on standards, entry and exit of vehicles into and from countries, Safer drivers and other road users that addresses driver training, testing and licensing, driving permits and enforcement of the driving code, awareness and education of the public, and the development of a safety culture, and lastly, Post-crash response which deals with onsite care, transport and trauma care of injured.

According to him, His Excellency, the Acting President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, is the Special Guest of Honour, while His Imperial Majesty, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi (Ojaja II, Ooni of Ife) is the Chairman of the Occasion.

The Guest speaker at the occasion is Jean Todt the President of Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) at the United Nation’s Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Road Safety.

Kazeem stated that the Corps Marshal of the FRSC, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi expects that the occasion of the 7thAnnual Lecture series and the morals gathered from it will cascade down to all categories of road users in Nigeria and in Africa such that they imbibe a safety culture and see road safety as everyone’s business.

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Medical Tourism: President Buhari returns after 104 days in UK

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The Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari has returned to the country Saturday evening, after what political observers tagged the longest medical tourism in the history of Nigeria, reports ITRealms.

Buhari's return is coming some 104 days after leaving Nigeria for medical attention in the United Kingdom (UK) and was quartered at the Abuja House in London throughout his stay.

The Special Adviser to the President on 
Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina while confirming this to ITRealms noted the President had left the country on May 7, this year, after handing over power to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who has functioned as Acting President since then.

President Buhari is expected to speak to Nigerians in a broadcast by 7 a.m on Monday, August 21, 2017.

He thanks all Nigerians who have prayed ceaselessly for his recovery and well-being since the beginning of the health challenge.

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Enugu done well in infrastructure development – Ugwuanyi

The Executive Governor of Enugu State, Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has declared that his administration has done well in infrastructure development, reports ITRealms.

Gov. Ugwuanyi in a goodwill message to the Guild of Corporate Online Publishers (GOCOP) during the first annual conference of the group at the weekend, made available to ITRealms by the chief press secretary, Uwakwe Abugu.

According to Abugu, the Ugwuanyi administration has done considerably well in infrastructure development as it has begun its plan to create more urban centres and break the jinx of having Enugu as a one-city state.

The result of this exhibition of utmost responsible disposition, he said, in handling the finances of the state which, of course, earned the governor awards and plaudits from organizations, groups and individuals.

As said by Ugwuanyi, one other major step taken so far by this administration is the reinforcement of the state’s internally-generated revenue machinery by bringing in professionals to run the affairs of the Inland Revenue Board.

“So far, it has upped the ante in revenue generation beyond the imagination of close observers of that sector of the state economy, making it possible for the state to continue to meet up its obligations at the level it has done so far,” he said.

Pointing out that, irrespective of the overriding problem of inability of many state governments to pay salaries and meet up with other responsibilities of governance, Enugu State government has continued to pay salaries and pensions between the 23rd and 25th of every month.

“Yet, our best strategy from the onset has been to run a very frugal system based on fiscal discipline at all levels of government,” Ugwuanyi emphasized.


The governor who described members of the Guild as responsible operators of the respected new media platforms across our dear nation, commended GOCOP on the theme of 2017 conference which centres on “Sustaining Growth Through Diversification of the Economy.”

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Eko to host 27th AFRINIC public policy meeting

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The commercial nerve centre of the Nigeria’s economy, Lagos, also known as Eko, would in November this year, play host to the 27th public policy meeting of the African Network Information Center (AFRINIC), reports ITRealms.

The meeting, ITRealms gathered would bring to the centre of excellence, hundreds of key players in the African and global Internet industry sector.

The event tagged AFRINIC 27, ITRealms gathered would serve as a platform for technocrats and businesses to discuss policies, trends, resources and challenges in growing Internet for sustainable development in Africa and the Indian Ocean Region.

Confirming this to ITRealms  recently, chairman of AFRINIC who doubles as President of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA), Rev. Sunday Folayan, said, the six-day event would be hosted by AFRINIC in collaboration with NIRA.

He also disclosed that the event slated for November 27 through December 2, 2017 is held annually and consists of keynote speeches, policy discussions, seminars, workshops, tutorials as well as other forums for sharing of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) knowledge within the African region.

“The 2016 edition was held in Mauritius and was attended by over 250 delegates from 48 countries around the world,” he said.

The registration for the event, he further told ITRealms could be completed at AFRINIC website.

ITRealms equally gathered that whereas Internet penetration in Africa has grown from 11 per cent to 28.6 per cent in just five years despite challenges such as cyber security, it is lower when compared to the rest of the world.

Measurable parameters such Internet Protocol (IP) address allocations, ITRealms further gathered, showed that the continent is quite behind.

ITRealms recalls that in April 2017, AFRINIC entered the depletion phase of fourth version of IP Addresses (IPv4) way behind other four continental regional Internet registries who are already distributing the newest version IPv6 in earnest.

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