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Court Judgement: NLNG requests $315m debt from NIMASA

ITREALMS : The management of Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) has formally applied for the sum of $315,598,823.29, the judgment de...

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Court Judgement: NLNG requests $315m debt from NIMASA

The management of Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) has formally applied for the sum of $315,598,823.29, the judgment debt to the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), reports ITRealms.

This follows the recent judgement on October 3, 2017 by the Federal High Court in Lagos in favour of NLNG and against NIMASA, and that all such payments already made by NLNG to NIMASA should be refunded immediately.

The sum, ITRealms reports, represents the payments made under protest to NIMASA by NLNG since 2013, via direct and shipping losses incurred by NLNG due to the initial 2-day blockade of the Bonny Channel by NIMASA in May 2013.

The Court Presided over by Hon. Justice M. B. Idris had held that NIMASA was wrong in blocking the Bonny Channel for the purpose of enforcing the payments against NLNG.

Commenting on the development, General Manager External Relations of NLNG, Dr. Kudo Eresia-Eke described the Federal High Court ruling transcending above simply but legal victory for NLNG.

“It must be viewed for what it really is: A resounding message from Nigeria to the global investment community. The message is that we can be trusted to keep our sovereign word and that Nigeria remains open for business, partnership and investments,” he said.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

CYSEC-NG 2017: Cyber Security experts converge in Lagos

The 2017 edition of the Cyber Security Challenge Nigeria (CYSEC NG), would gather cyber security experts for two days in Lagos, reports ITRealms.

The event, ITRealms gathered is being being organised by Upgraded Era Solutions at the Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos, between October 25 and 26 2017, in collaboration and partnership with government and non-government agencies.

ITRealms recalled that last year, the maiden edition of the conference and Hackathon competition, saw stakeholders from National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), International Institute of Professional Security (IIPS), Centre for Strategic Cyberspace + Security Science (CSCSS), The Nigerian police, Wanoster, British High Commission, Afrocet Montgomery of Securex West Africa, Lagos State Government, financial institutions, Academic institutions, Directors, CEOs, GMs, IT department heads, Digital Forensic Investigators, hackers, Penetration Testers, Leading Industry Vendors and many more. During its 2-day duration, over 500 guests comprising techpreneurs, key IT personnel from different companies, students, and international IT investors were in attendance live and via our online channels.

Affirming this, the Managing Director of Upgraded Era Solutions, Mr Victor Idonor, notes that building on the success of its debut edition, and continuing with its objective to building a viable IT/ cyber security professional base for Nigeria, Cyber Security Challenge will host a wider scope of prestigious experts from more agencies, organizations and notable passionate individuals including the Wali of Borno State.

This year, CYSEC NG will also feature the launching of its big project tagged: ‘Green shield for Nigeria’s cyber space’, industry experts’ like presentations on cyber security latest trends and way forward as it relates to the theme of the event. In addition, the cyber security conference and hackathon will see the return of battle for tje Ultimate CYSECA - a high level hacking competition where qualified participants lurks horns for grand cash prizes.

Idonor said, “Our maiden conference in 2016 was an exciting one and a huge success that validated our commitment to further create this platform for connecting Nigeria’s best and brightest to the cyber security industry. Bring together all stakeholders in the I.T security industry to deliberate the most logical way to address the forever growing cybercrime wave recorded within and outside Nigeria.

In an interview session during CYSEC NG 2016 with the Assistant Commissioner of Police for Lagos state, ACP. Johnson W. Adenola in his declared, he saw the conference as a novel idea, an excellent initiative by Upgraded Era, considering the issues raised, it will benefit the Nigerian society as a whole.

“We of the Nigerian Police Force have a lot to benefit from this and will like to take it up from here,” he said.

Stressing that the dimension of Cybercrime in the country is unimaginable and assured of police leadership willingliness to partner with Upgraded Era and looking up to more collaboration with the CYSEC NG body.

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U-Report reaches 2m Nigerians

The UNICEF’s unique social media platform to engage with communities on issues that affect them, known as U-Report, now has over 2 million registered responders in Nigeria, reports ITRealms.

U-Report uses simple Short Message Service (SMS) messages and social media to reach communities around the country and provides an opportunity for community members to share their opinions and drive positive change. U-Report relies on volunteer community members, mostly young people, serving as U-Reporters to provide information through conducting polls on issues that affect their communities. It is also an important tool for sharing information through message alerts.

Including the more than 2 million Nigeria U-Reporters, the U-Report platform reaches communities in 39 countries around the world and has grown to almost 4 million since it was first launched in 2011.

The first U-Report poll in Nigeria was sent out in April 2014 and since then, 169 polls have been run and more than 150 alerts issued on the Nigerian U-Report platform in Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo, Pidgin and English. The topics include health, education, safety and security, Internally Displaced Persons, water and sanitation and violence against children, with results disseminated to Government and other relevant agencies.

Since its inception in Nigeria, UNICEF’s main partner on U-Report has been National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) which has been a key player in the recruitment of responders. All states in Nigeria are represented on the platform, with the highest number of U-Reporters registered in Jigawa state.

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ICANN60: Global Internet Stakeholders head to Abu Dhabi

All is now set for the 60th public meeting of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) tagged ‘ICANN60’ slated to hold in the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre from 28 October to 3 November, reports ITRealms.

ICANN60, ITRealms gathered, is hosted by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

ITRealms reports that the meeting will bring together global stakeholders from government, business, civil society, non-government organizations, research institutions, technical communities and others. The sessions will enable discussions on a broad range of Internet-related topics and inform the audience on latest issues of concern to the stakeholders. The meeting will be a platform for developing policies for the Domain Name System.

The opening ceremony, ITRealms also gathered has been billed for 30 October, with H.E. Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, Director General of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of UAE, ICANN Board Chair Dr. Stephen Crocker and ICANN President and CEO Göran Marby addressing the audience.

“They will provide a high-level overview of what is expected to take place throughout the meeting,” said Luna Madi, Communications Director for ICANN at Europe, Middle East and Africa.

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Africa Week 2017: Opportunity abound in Africa says Guterres

The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr António Guterres, has urged the international community to change the way they look at Africa, reports ITRealms.
In his opening remarks to the Africa Week in New York on Monday, Mr. Guterres described Africa as a place of opportunity.

ITRealms reports that Africa Week commenced with a high level event on “Supporting an Integrated, Prosperous, People-Centred and Peaceful Africa: Towards the Implementation of Agenda 2063 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.”

Also, ITRealms gathered, that the rationale for this year’s theme for a prosperous African continent is one where different national economies are seamlessly integrated and the economic and social participation of all citizens is guaranteed and promoted. Governments and partners were therefore urged to work to ensure an environment in which entrepreneurship takes root and flourishes, as a means to stimulate economic growth and with a focus on peace and security.

Equally in his remarks, the Acting Special Adviser on Africa, Mr David Mehdi Hamam, pointed out that the UN agenda is central for Africa’s prosperity and peace.

“The question is not whether Africa can achieve its goals, but rather how we can facilitate the continent’s partnerships to achieve these goals. Africa is progressively overcoming its challenges towards the Africa We Want leading up to the World We Want,” Hamam said.

In the same light, Mr Miroslav Lajčák, President of the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly reiterated that, “Africa is rising. The World Bank has confirmed that after a period of stagnation, growth on the continent is on the up-swing. Africa is taking charge of its own development.”

The Commissioner for Economic Affairs at the African Union Commission, Prof Victor Harison, stated that achievements in Africa include implementation of the First Ten Year Plan of Agenda towards integration. 

“Industrialisation must spearhead development and rural infrastructure development will lead to greater transformation,’ Prof Harison said.

In addition the chief executive of NEPAD Agency, Dr Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, focused on what not to do in order for Africa’s transformation to be realized, stressing on the need for countries not to implement solutions that contradict regional priorities, if integration is to be attained.

With regards to people-centred transformation, Dr Mayaki called for the broadening of partnerships, that is, governments, private sector and civil society. In order to realise a peaceful continent, he emphasised on the need for raising sufficient levels of youth employment through labour intensive industries, coupled with inclusive governance.

Prof Mahamoud Youssouf Khayal, Chairperson, African Peer Review Panel of Eminent Persons, underscored the fact that both Agenda 2063 and 2030 Agenda are people centred, and the African Peer Review Mechanism for Africa is also people centred.

Ms Chinwe Esimai, Managing Director and Chief Anti-Bribery and Corruption Officer,
Citibank, made the point that through Agenda 2063, technology and innovations have the potential to root out corruption and contribute to prosperity.

The events of Africa Week present an opportunity for open discussion on issues that are in line with the implementation of goals set out in the African Union’s Agenda 2063 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. These two Agendas are mutually reinforcing as they focus attention on inclusive and sustainable structural transformation across all dimensions of sustainability including governance, peace and security and sustainable development.

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Banks must absorb fintech innovations – Okere

The founder of Computer Warehouse Group (CWG) and Entrepreneur in Resident at Columbia Business School, New York, Mr. Austin Okere has said that banks must absorb financial technology innovations to remain relevant, reports ITRealms.

Speaking at the third quarterly forum of the Nigeria Information Technology Reporters Association (NITRA) in Lagos, at the weekend, Mr. Okere said banks must wear a new look in much the same way that retail did with the advent of electronic commerce (e-commerce).

This, he said, would afford banks to absorb fintech innovations currently blossoming globally and also improve the value chain by way of enhancing customer experience.

Okere, who also is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Innovation and Intrapreneurship, emphatically said that banks and financial technology (FinTech) must collaborate for mutual benefit.

“Fintech companies in emerging markets have shown that with the right technology, it is possible to leapfrog to new forms of banking. Truth be told, Banks are best placed to continue to influence the future of Financial Services because of their huge branch network, solid reputations, and risk controls, as well as years of customer cultivation and loyalty,” he said.

Further, Okere pointed out that banks however, have to radically change the ‘we win when you lose’ mind-set, considering that credit card customers who default on payments have their interest rates hiked to the extent of repaying £2.50 for every £1 borrowed as revealed in a report by the Financial Services Authority in the U.K.

“This hardly fosters an endearing partnership,” he warned.

Earlier, NITRA chairman, Emma Okonji, welcomed participants to the third edition, noting that the forum was set up to avail stakeholders opportunity to interact with IT reporters in the country in the last four years, since its inception and solicited for more industry collaborations.

The forum was attended by the chairman, Conferences at Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), Jide Awe; Executive Secretary, Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), Gbolahan Awonuga; Managing Director, Global Accelerex, Tunde Ogungbade and  Divisional Head, Electronic Banking, Fidelity Bank, Ifeoma Onibuje.

Also in attendance included the President, Institute of Software Professionals of Nigeria (ISPON), Olorogun James Emadoye, and his counterpart at the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA) Mr. Sunday Afolayan, among others.

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L-R: Jide Awe, Chairman, Conferences, NCS; Gbolahan Awonuga, Executive Secretary, ALTON; Tunde Ogungbade, Managing Director, Global Accelerex;  Ifeoma Onibuje, Divisional Head, Electronic Banking, Fidelity Bank; Emma Okonji, Chairman, NITRA; Austin Okere, Vice Chairman, CWG Plc; James Emadoye, President, ISPON and Sunday Afolayan, President, NiRA at the 3rd Quarterly Forum organised by Nigeria Information Technology Reporters’ Association held in Ikeja, Lagos.

Nwankwo Kanu unveils N1bn jackpot lotto to support Heart Foundation

Nigerian football legend, Nwankwo Kanu has unveild N1 billion jackpot lotto to support the Kanu Heart Foundation (KHF), reports ITRealms.

KHF, ITRealms gathered, since inception in 2000, has assisted people from all walks of life beyond Nigeria, and paid for 538 children to be treated at facilities throughout the world, even as Kanu, also a philanthropist has help to build a specialist cardiac hospital in Abuja.

The KHF lotto, ITRealms also gathered offers a jackpot starting at N1bn in conjunction with AfroMillonsLotto, which promises to twice-weekly draws with bigger jackpots than all the lotteries in Nigeria combined, as well as being the largest jackpot anywhere in Africa. 

Just as 20 per cent of every ticket sold will go directly to KHF to help it continue work by ensuring underprivileged children across Africa with heart problems get the treatment they deserved.

Kanu said “We are excited to launch this major fund-raising initiative for the Kanu Heart Foundation and hope people support it by buying tickets, helping us to build a new heart hospital for Nigeria."

He reassured that "Not only could people change their own life with the potential to win the jackpot of over N1 billion, they can help to change the lives of other people by supporting our Foundation."

ITRealms reports that the first KHF.AfroMillionsLotto.com draw takes place on Wednesday 18th October and the website also offers nine, ‘Candy Crush’ style, Instant Win games, which could be played for fun or to win cash prizes of up to N12 million. If there isn’t a jackpot winner, the prize money rolls over, increasing by N100 million with each draw until it reaches a maximum of over N2 billion.

He called on those who would like to support KHF, to visit KHF.AfroMillionsLotto.com and give their selves the chance to win a life-changing prize whilst supporting a worthy cause at the same time.

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Monday, October 16, 2017

INTERPOL, Kaspersky enter deal to strengthen threat intelligence exchange

The Kaspersky Lab has reiterated commitment to global collaboration in the fight against cybercrime by signing a threat intelligence sharing agreement with INTERPOL, reports ITRealms.

The legal framework, ITRealms gathered has been designed to facilitate and develop cooperation between Kaspersky Lab and INTERPOL by sharing threat intelligence data on the latest cybercriminal activities, wherever they appear.

ITRealms reports that with cyber threats often borderless in nature, Kaspersky Lab, a leading proponent of the importance of industry collaboration, says its experts have regularly cooperated with INTERPOL to share fresh cyberthreat discoveries with police in its member countries.

For example, Kaspersky Lab participated in a groundbreaking INTERPOL-led cybercrime operation that identified nearly 9,000 botnet command and control (C2) servers and hundreds of compromised websites, including government portals, across the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region.

Equally, ITRealms  reports that Kaspersky Lab had previously assisted in a global operation coordinated by the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI) in Singapore to disrupt the Simda criminal botnet – a network of over 770,000 infected PCs around the world.

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$109bn market: Angonix, i3D.net in remote peering deal

The Angola’s largest Internet Exchange Point (IXP), Angonix has welcomed i3D.net as its first remote peering customer, in anticipation of exploring the $109bn online gaming market, reports ITRealms.

i3D.net, ITRealms gathered is a managed hosting provider specialising in online gaming that hosts tens of millions of players for game publishers on the Microsoft Xbox and Sony PlayStation networks. i3D.net joined 17 other companies at Angonix, Africa’s third largest IXP.

The Project Manager at Angonix, Darwin Da Costa, said that with the ‘Remote Peering’ services from Angola Cables, online gamers in Angola will enjoy an improved gaming experience with a much reduced latency.

“It is the first phase as we look forward to eventually having i3D.net establish a local infrastructure in the country” Da Costa said.

ITRealms also reports that this year, global revenues in the games market including Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) games that support thousands of players at a time playing over the Internet – will total $109 billion, a growth of 56 per cent over the past five years.

This, industry observers noted accounts for the majority of the online gaming market, MMOs are expected to have a value of $27 Billion (USD) by 2025.

“Whether on smartphones, PCs or consoles, the growth of the global online gaming market is expected to consistently be above 10 per cent until 2023 with the availability of better gaming infrastructure as one of the primary drivers propelling the growth prospects of this market,” according to Technavio.

“i3D.net provides services to a variety of online video gaming publishers, aggregating a large number of games that can be played on our infrastructure. We are always working to bring content as close to the end user as technically possible and welcome the opportunity to partner with Angola Cables and the Angonix Internet Exchange Point. i3D.net continues to build a stronger presence in Africa as one of the few truly global providers with extensive local presence throughout the African continent,” i3D.net CEO Stijn Koster said.

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DHL wins Top Employer seal for fourth year

The DHL Express has been certified as a Top Employer in Africa for the fourth consecutive year, at the prestigious Top Employer Africa 2018 certification ceremony, reports ITRealms.

The event ITRealms gathered was held at Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg last Thursday, and saw DHL awarded this honour by the Top Employers Institute for the fourth year.

“DHL Express values its employees and strives to make the company a rewarding place to work at. We are proud to have that fact affirmed by Top Employers Institute,” says the chief executive officer (CEO), DHL Express Sub-Saharan Africa, Hennie Heymans.

He also explained that aside being the fourth consecutive year, DHL was the only company to be certified as a Top Employer in 18 markets in Africa, including Angola, Botswana, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Morocco, Nigeria, Namibia, South Africa, Senegal, Uganda, and Zambia.

“DHL has cultivated an insanely customer centric culture across the entire organization, which we see as a critical component of our success. Maintaining this culture across the world has relied heavily on our effective employee engagement programs,” said Heymans.

“It therefore goes without saying that employee motivation and development are important areas of focus for us. We are committed to having a team of high performers who operate in a high performance culture that promotes and drives leadership diversity.”

According to Heymans, DHL’s use of employee initiatives and programs, including the company’s Certified International Specialist (CIS) cultural change programme has helped to unlock the potential of the company’s employees across Sub-Saharan Africa.

“This year, we have placed greater emphasis on up-skilling and empowering middle-managers and supervisors – as this rung of leadership is pivotal to the leading and executing of our growth aspirations in the years to come. As we continue to grow, we need every person in the business to understand their role and how to execute it efficiently. After all, the role of supervisors and middle-managers is to build trust and inspire great performance,” Heymans said.

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Signis Nigeria calls for 2017 entries

A call has opened for the submission of entries for film, musical video and documentaries for the Signis Nigeria Film Festival 2017, reports ITRealms.

Signis Nigeria Film Festival, ITRealms gathered would be submitted at the office of Directors of Communication, Catholic Diocesan Secretariats nationwide, just as this year entry submissions would close on October 25, after a press conference the previous day at the Press Centre, Enugu, Enugu State.

ITRealms reports that as part of the programme of activities to mark 2017 edition, there would be evaluation by the jury and shortlisting of entries for final screening.

On November 4, the organisers disclosed, there would be a morning session with a 10am Mass to be followed by the opening ceremony and paper presentation.

The afternoon and evening sessions, ITRealms reports would witness public screening of some of the shortlisted submissions.

The following day, ITRealms reports that event would begin with a holy mass at the Holy Ghost Cathedral Uwani-Enugu, whereas the afternoon and evening sessions would be the grand finale and awards ceremony, respectively.

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If Buhari, Malu distrust Military medicare, why shouldn't I

As kids growing up in Aba in the 1980s, our parents took us (not once, but many times) to the health department of Aba Urban to be vaccinated. I remember we used to call it 'oku aka'. One fierce looking man would bring out something like a short gun and 'shuk' you in your shoulder. One, two or three minutes of crying would then follow. 

Even in the 1990s as a teenager and young adult, I remember going to Umule Village Hall and Osusu Village Hall at different times to receive free Yellow Fever and Hepatitis vaccinations.

Therefore, the people of the southeast did not reject a good thing (vaccination) as some are already mocking. However, people of the southeast are saying that they are not interested in their children being vaccinated by the Nigerian Army which just three weeks ago invaded their land and killed their unarmed youths. I am cocksure that the people will as usual consent to their children being vaccinated should the Rotary International or the then ubiquitous Kick Polio Out team come today tp give vaccinations.

Indeed, the people have the rights to be apprehensive. History is on their side. Remember that the federal government is still struggling to refute the allegation that they deliberately injected people with monkeypox in Bayelsa.

Remember that there were also rumours that those who carried out the Ozubulu massacre were wearing military uniform. Remember that the Nigerian army has a history of killing unarmed civilians: They did it in Asaba in 1967. They did it in Odi in 1999, They did it in Zaki Biam in 2000.

They also did it in Aba and Onitsha in 2016. In the same 2016, they killed Joseph Izu (a footballer with Shooting Stars) in Bayelsa. Remember, too, that President Buhari does not even trust the medical competence of the Nigerian Army, hence he jets to the United Kingdom (UK) every now and then to receive treatment.

Again, remember, that just four days ago, news came that a former Army Chief, General Victor Malu died while receiving treatment in a Cairo hospital. So, if Buhari and Malu do not trust the capacity of the Nigerian Army to deliver, medically speaking, why should anybody blame the hapless southeast commoners for not trusting the army and their medical overtures?

In any case, the outright rejection of the so-called medical outreach by the people should get the Nigerian Army thinking. Perception is everything. The people see the Nigerian Army as killers and nothing more pretentious. Obviously, there was poor sensitization before the ill-advised outreach.

The Nigerian Army should learn how to engage the public. It is an art. Everything is not show of force. From the statement issued by the Anambra State Government, it was clear that there was no sensitization  prior to the outreach. Even the state government was not carried along. I doubt if the State School Management Board, teachers and parents were carried along too. 

In climes where people reason, the sensitization would have lasted for a month or even more, particularly if such an outreach is to be carried out in an area where the army just invaded and wreaked havoc. And the best combination of media would have been used to reach the target audience.

I believe the Nigerian Army must have learnt a lesson or two from this misadventure and as such will engage the public better next time.

*Contributed by Nnaemeka C.I Meribe

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

IPOB: Lai Mohammed writes, begs international community

“If they fail to give us Biafra, Somalia will look like a paradise compared to what will happen to that ‘zoo’ (Nigeria).” These are the words of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the so-called Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

On September 20, the Federal Government of Nigeria proscribed IPOB as a terrorist organization. I, as minister of Information and Culture and the spokesman of the government, call on our international partners to do the same.

Whilst there is no internationally agreed definition of terrorism, many nations’ characterizations closely correlate. Basic to all of them is this: the calculated threat or use of violence to further a political, religious or ideological cause.

Back to Nnamdi Kanu: “I don’t want peaceful actualization (of Biafra)”; “We need guns and we need bullets”; “If they don’t (give us Biafra), they will die.” Public announcement like these puts IPOB’s designation beyond doubt in most jurisdictions: they are a terrorist organization, as ETA was in Spain, the Tamil Tigers was in Sri Lanka, and the PKK is in Turkey (all of whom are proscribed by the U.S. State Department).

But it is not for the sake of a label we level this appeal. Currently, streams of cash come from across the globe to swell the organization’s stockpile of weapons. Yet funding of terrorism is illegal in international law. Only with the group’s correct categorization will our international partners be able to halt the financing — and with it, IPOB’s future.

The threat posed by the organization may be low. IPOB commands little grass-root support in the South East (the region it calls Biafra). All South-East governors have collectively condemned IPOB’s calls for secession. And local traditional and religious leaders have weighed into the debate, restating that absolute integrity of Nigeria. Violence, much less terrorism, never solves grievance. And for that reason, the overwhelming majority of residents in the South-East reject IPOB. They know the ballot box offers the best mechanism for redress.

*Lai Mohammed, is Minister of Information, Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Mrs. Silverline Ugonma Iwunze


I, formally known as Silverline Ugonma Kezie, now wishes to be known and addressed as Mrs. Silverline Ugonma Iwunze. All former documents bearing the old name remain valid. —  October 13, 2017.

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IXPN migrates network to IPv6

The Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN) has successfully migrated its network to the Internet Protocol Version Six (IPv6), an evolutionary upgrade of the Internet protocol born out of concern that the demand for IP addresses would exceed the available supply, reports ITRealms.

The migration and subsequent implementation of IPv6 on the IXPN’s network follow the official announcement of the depletion of the Internet Protocol Version Four (IPv4). IXPN members like Web4africa, MainOne and Google presently exchange IPv6 content at the Exchange.

According to a statement signed by the Managing Director, Mr. Muhammed Rudman, the implementation of the IPv6 on IXPN’s network mean that members who have migrated to IPv6 can now come on board with their IPv6 as they have been provided with a platform that will enable such.

“Apart from giving our members the platform to experience enhanced connectivity, the implementation of IPv6 on our network will place Nigeria on the international map where other countries that have implemented IPv6 are,” the statement reads.

The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) had officially announced the depletion of the Internet Protocol Version Four. This led to the setting up of an IPv6 council in Nigeria whose sole responsibility was to ensure that the operators and Nigeria as a whole migrates to the use of IPv6.

IPv6 is the successor to Internet Protocol Version 4 (IPv4). It was designed as an evolutionary upgrade to the Internet Protocol and will allow the Internet to grow steadily, both in terms of the number of hosts connected and the total amount of data traffic transmitted.

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Five ways to optimise your mobile data

Detailed analysis of mobile data usage suggests that connectivity rates remain comparatively pricey in Nigeria. According to the Research and Development Unit of Yudala, Nigeria’s pioneer online and offline e-commerce outfit, data has thus become a very critical commodity that must be efficiently maximized, especially in view of the tiered data plans currently used by service providers.

With the growing popularity of social media, we are in age of information overload; one in which content is not only king but also predominantly ubiquitous. In addition to music streaming, watching videos online and other activities that drain your data, most smartphones are also loaded with tons of data-hungry apps.

If not checked, you might find your mobile data bills burning a huge hole in your expense sheet on a monthly basis. The following tips from Yudala will come in handy for maximizing data usage on your smartphone:

1.Monitor your data usage: Most users live in fear of exhausting their mobile data before the expiration date, but with the help of some useful apps, you can now monitor and limit the amount of data used. The best way to save data is to be aware of the activities or applications that drain your cellular data.  Most smartphones are equipped with data usage setting that enable you manage your data. Usually located in the Settings menu, you can set up alerts for when you exceed data usage for your most notoriously data-consuming apps.

2.Exercise caution with online video streaming: This is a known fact. But as much as we hate to admit it, the fun things consume most of your mobile data. Excessive streaming of videos, music, high quality images or GIF files, are things you need to avoid if you really want to maximize your internet usage. While we know these things are not entirely avoidable, there are some other ways to stay entertained responsibly. If you can’t avoid the entertainment your smartphone brings, you can set the quality at lower rates or decrease resolution in the settings menu of your smartphone.

3.Use Wi-Fi connection for updates or downloading heavy content: Wi-Fi is often regarded as a blessing by most smartphone users. While access to unlimited Wi-Fi connection is still rather limited in Nigeria, there are certain locations you can count on for free Wi-Fi. One of the most sensible ways of maximizing your mobile data usage is by setting up your smartphone for automatic updates only when on Wi-Fi connection. This way, you get to save some significant volume of the data drain that comes with auto-updates. Furthermore, downloads of heavy contents such as videos, high-resolution images and music files should also be done when on a secure Wi-Fi connection.

4.Restrict background data: Some applications use up a lot of data even when the phone is not in use.  This is a brilliant feature of the smartphone: allowing background data to keep the applications on your phone updated. However, not every app needs to stay active at all times. You can stop the constant update by going to your settings option to select the app you want restricted or simply disable background app refresh in your settings. This helps reduce data consumption and also preserves the battery life of your device.

5.Preload and Cache: Despite the anxiety over cellular data, developers have made things easy and included options that make smartphone apps less demanding. A very good example is a cache, a hardware or software component that stores data so future requests for that data can be served faster. The data stored in a cache might be the result of an earlier computation, or the duplicate of data stored elsewhere These days, certain apps allow you to store data temporarily so you can cache as much content as possible. Caching is enjoyable on a Wi-Fi network which enables you enjoy preloaded content at any time, without using your cellular data. 
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VP Osinbajo denies approving NNPC contract, insisting on joint venture financing

The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN has denied approving the controversial NNPC contract, insisting that what was approved at a time was the financing arrangement, reports ITRealms.

Speaking to correspondent in Bonny, Rivers State, Osinbajo, SAN, explained specifically that the approvals he granted to the NNPC while he was Acting President were for financing arrangements for the Joint Ventures between the corporation and IOCs, and not approvals for contracts.

“These were financing loans. Of course, you know what the Joint Ventures are, with the lOCs, like Chevron, that had to procure. In some cases, NNPC and their Joint Venture partners have to secure loans and they need authorisation to secure those loans while the President was away. The law actually provides for those authorisations. So I did grant two of them and those were presidential approvals, but they are specifically for financing joint ventures and they are loans not contracts,” he said.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity, Office of the Vice President, Mr. Laolu Akande, noted that earlier Thursday, he had tweeted on the same matter thus:
“In response to media inquiries on the NNPC Joint Venture financing arrangements, VP Osinbajo, as Acting President, approved the recommendations after due diligence and adherence to established procedures. This was, of course, necessary to deal with huge backlog of unpaid cash calls which the Buhari administration inherited, and to incentivize much needed fresh investments in the oil and gas sector,” he Akande asserted.

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Still on Nigeria @57: A country with stunted growth

Nigeria has clocked 57, but what is there to celebrate? At Independence in 1960, who would have thought that liars, criminals, crooks and charlatans would have been the ones running the affairs of the country. It is harmful and dangerous that Nigeria has been led by leaders without vision and conviction.

Are their cogent views for celebrating Nigeria at 57?
Nigeria's existence has been faced by the crass and almost irredeemable foolishness of her leaders. I know Rome was not built in a day, but there was a systematic, sincere and conscious effort to build Rome. Malaysia, Cyprus, Singapore have by far surpassed Nigeria when it comes to political, economic, educational, technological, institutional indices, where are we today? Be the judge.

Nigerians go to bed without food. Ask me what we are celebrating, and I say it is sheer-mediocrity. Why should I celebrate when people go to bed with one eye widely-opened? Why should I celebrate when the poor are getting poorer and the rich richer? Why should I celebrate when our hospitals are death traps? Why should I celebrate when we are more divided than ever? Why should I celebrate when corruption is a way of life? Why should I celebrate when strike has remained a national convention? Why should I celebrate when people are killed and kidnapped with reckless abandon?

So far, it has been a tortuous journey. Many analysts have described Nigeria as a big contract up for grabs. For me, I am not happy and cannot say "Happy Independence" to you, rather it is a time to pause and ponder, pray for the state of things to change in Nigeria.

Nigeria at 57 is a nation bedeviled by a plethora of challenges.  Despite the abundance of human, material and natural resources, Nigerians are still suffering.

Nigeria at 57 and I say that the country has lost her moral compass. A country enmeshed with wrong doings. If we keep eulogising wrong doings, we would create a cloudy environment that would make it extremely difficult for the next set of generation leaders. Bad leadership bordering on ethnicity, religion have been the deceptive problem of this country and we should not allow it to continue. The country is 57, but we have failed as a people to lay the necessary foundation for the country's developmental progress. The country in yearning for change needs political integrity coupled with effective leadership style and to ensure that anyone in the corridor of power has a clean state of selflessness and integrity to run the affairs of the country.

Nigeria at 57, the country has been raped, bruised and sapped. We are just drifting like a balloon in the ocean without an anchor chain. For me, I am not in any way carried away by the chants of change. Indeed, it is all sound and fury, signifying nothing - apologies to Shakespeare. True change will come when we have fresh brains, fresh ideas and for now, we have to wait for a true change. The promoters of change can only shout change to pay lip service to the attitudinal change required to bring about the real and enduring change. They sold dummy to Nigerians and we need the true face of change to move forward. Since our return to democracy, to us it is still nascent; we have continued to move at the speed of millipedes while the rest of the world has gone supersonic.

Today, economic and social lives are decrepit and a larger percentage of the populace are faced with grinding and excruciating poverty. A school of thought believes that 57 years is but a short time in the life of a nation. Do you  agree?

We have to move forward because sycophancy rules the public space in Nigeria. It is obvious that Nigeria remains a hopeless orphan with no one to salvage her from the jaws of killer whales called politicians.

Whether we restructure, re-strategise, redirect, re-process or rearrange the country, we can't look away from the fact Nigeria is today suffering from the symptoms of misrule of bad breeds, deficient in moral and good characters.

Conclusively, Nigeria is living dangerously with the state of her affairs and the auguries for the future are not in any way encouraging. Just saying it the way it is. GOD Bless Nigeria!

*Chris Uruakpa contributed this from Lagos

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