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Friday, February 17, 2017

Smart devices misleading Nigerians - Bode George warns

The South-West Leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George, has cautioned Nigerians not to be carried away from development due to avalanche of smart devices existing in the country today, reports ITRealms.

Chief George gave this counsel  at the first annual lecture of Freedom Online at the Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos with the theme 'Unemployment: How do we tame this monster?"

He observed that due to lots of smart devices flying around in our environment, most Nigerians invariably assumed this display of device is capable of cutting down on unemployment, wondering how many of such smart devices are produced locally to create the enabling jobs for Nigerian citizens.

He was also not comfortable that most banks and some high-flying corporate Nigeria would prefer to advertise in the international media like Cable News Network (CNN) while ignoring patronage of the local media and people who patronise them.

George, therefore, beckoned on the Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS) to go after any company who embarks on such 'senseless' advertorials in international media and surcharge them a given percentage.

As far as he is concerned, such advertorials does not add value to Nigeria's efforts at creating more jobs for the locals.

He lamented that such fund, be used in advertorials in foreign media to create jobs and support local media outlets aggressively.

Further, George advised the political class to always ensure continuity in good government policies and look beyond political parties or affiliation, because good governance is what every electorate expects from political leaders after elections.

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Pix: President of the Nigeria Guild of Editors and Managing Editor-in-Chief of New Telegraph, Mrs. Funke Egbemode (second left) presenting an award to the Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Mrs. Oluranti Adebule, at the first annual lecture of Freedom Online at the Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja...on Thursday. With them from left are former governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, Managing Director/Editor-in-Chief of Freedom Online, Gabriel Akinadewo and South-West Leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George.

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