Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Obi @UK Downing Street: Urges for functional AfCFTA - ITREALMS

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Frontline aspirant for the 2023 presidency in Nigeria and former Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi, has described the problem with Nigeria as mostly economic, reports ITREALMS.
Peter Obi in London for Commonwealth Eminent Personalities meeting
Speaking on Monday in London, shortly after the meeting of selected persons among the Commonwealth countries with the Prime Minister of Britain, Mr. Boris Johnson, at his 10 Downing Street office, Obi disclosed that the meeting deliberated on trade and investment among Commonwealth countries.

Sophos leads in 2022 KuppingerCole Leadership Compass for Endpoint Protection - ITREALMS

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Sophos, a global leader in next-generation cybersecurity, today announced it has been named a leader in the 2022 KuppingerCole Leadership Compass for Endpoint Protection, Detection and Response.

Raja Patel, senior vice president

It is commended as an Overall Leader, sweeping all product, innovation and market leadership ratings.

Soludo says Choco Nwaigbo 20-point agenda on security is fake - ITREALMS

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The government of the Anambra State Government led by Prof Chukwuma Soludo has described as fake the 20-point agenda on security tagged "Soludo Solution" reports ITREALMS.
Gov Soludo of Anambra State
A press statement available to ITREALMS and endorsed by the Press Secretary to the Governor of Anambra State, Mr Christian Aburime said its fake agenda.

Insecurity: INEC is confident of improvement says Yakubu - ITREALMS

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The general security situation in the country and its impact on the electoral process is a source of concern to the Independent National Electoral Commission, but they are confident of an improvement before 2023 general elections, reports 
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Disclosing this at the weekend in Abuja, the chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu expressed confidence that with the nine months to the 2023 General Election, there is enough time to respond to the security challenges and secure the nation for elections nationwide.

Southeast seminar: Indian herbal firm gifts cars to Nigerians, other consolation prizes - ITREALMS

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An Indian herbal company with office in Nigeria, the Green Extract International, has ended its south-east mega seminar with presentation of car gifts to some deserving marketers, reports ITREALMS.
Some of the car winners at the Green Extract Mega Seminar in Onitsha with Chief Obiekwe
Confirming this development to 
ITREALMS at the end of seminar for product marketers in the commercial city of Onitsha, Anambra State, the African representative of the company, Chief Kingsley Obiekwe said that the duo of Bishop Patrick Okoye and Dr. Precious Ukachukwu were presented with Toyota Camry each among beneficiaries in other categories with consolation prizes.

Monday, May 23, 2022

CSP Ajisebutu takes over @Makinde Police Division - ITREALMS

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The former Divisional Police Officer (DPO) and now Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Francis Ebhuoma, has officially handed over the baton of administration to the new DPO, Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) Ade Ajisebutu, at the Makinde Police Divisional Headquarters, Mafoluku-Oshodi, Lagos, reports 
Some members of PCRC with new DPO CSP Ade Ajesibutu and ACP Ebhuoma at the handover
Noteworthy is that CSP Ade Ajisebutu is a seasoned police officer who was the former Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) until recently. He assumed office at Makinde Police Division as the DPO.

Zinox not ready for Jumia acquisition now - ITREALMS

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While there may been some substance to the rumoured acquisition of pan-African e-commerce brand, Jumia by Sub-Saharan Africa’s leading tech conglomerate, the Zinox Group and to possibly merge it with Konga, there is currently no concrete interest.
This was revealed by Gideon Ayogu, Head of Corporate Communications, Zinox Group, in a virtual chat with newsmen on Saturday, May 21, 2022.

Election duties: INEC to review code of conduct for security personnel - ITREALMS

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With the coming into force of the Electoral Act 2022, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has advanced plans to review its code of conduct and rules of engagement for security personnel on election duty, reports 
L-R: Hon. Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, National Commissioners Major General A. Alkali (Rtd), Mrs May Agbamuche-Mbu, Prof. Abdulahi Zuru, Prof. Kunle Ajayi, Prof. Muhammad Kallah and Mr Sam Olumekun at the second quarterly meeting of the Inter-agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES) held at the INEC headquarters on Friday 13th May 2022. PHOTOS. ABIODUN AYODELE
The INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu revealed this at the second quarterly meeting of the Inter-agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES) for the year 2022 at the INEC conference room Abuja at the weekend.

NCC advises on automatic updates of antiviruses to avoid vulnerabilities - ITREALMS

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has advised telecom consumers and other Information and Communications Technology (ICT) end users on the need to always enable automatic update features for AVAST and AVG antiviruses to prevent potential cyber vulnerabilities.
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This was contained in a new advisory released by the Computer Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT), the cybersecurity centre for the telecom sector established by the Commission, in continuation of its resolve to always keep Nigerians safe in the cyber space.

Good governance: Group calls for LG reforms in Nigeria - ITREALMS

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A Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), The Thursday Group (TTG), has declared that the devolution of powers to the local government remains the best option for possible growth of any country, hence need for Nigerian government to do the needful in the interest of responsible governance.
convener of The Thursday Group, Akogun Kola Onadipe
The convener of the group, Akogun Kola Onadipe made the declaration during a press conference held at Iwe iroyin press centre, Abeokuta, Ogun State Capital, stressing that no state government can be tagged successful in existence, without local government proper restructuring and programmes delivery.

Konga Food goes live, offers customers free delivery, other incentives - ITREALMS

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The management of Konga Food, the online food delivery arm of Nigeria’s composite e-commerce giant, has assured Nigerian food lovers of exciting times ahead, beginning with the offer of 14 days of free delivery to mark its formal entry into the market.
Konga Food is equally introducing the fastest delivery times in the online food delivery segment in Nigeria, in addition to a host of freebies and other incentives.

Sunday, May 22, 2022

Makinde presents seven Land Cruiser Prado jeeps to Oyo High Court Judges - ITREALMS

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The Oyo State Governor, 'Seyi Makinde, on Thursday, presented another seven-brand new Land Cruiser Prado Jeeps to judges in the State High Court, declaring that the gesture was in fulfillment of a promise ahead of their appointment.
Governor Makinde, who was represented at the brief ceremony by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) Mrs. Olubamiwo Adeosun, said that the vehicles would make the work of the judges easier.

ISA Confeb'22 advances Igbo society, culture, language and history - ITREALMS

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The Igbo Studies Association (ISA) has advanced society, culture, language and history at its 19th annual international conference and meeting held between May 12 and 14, 2022, reports ITREALMS.
The conference with the theme “Onye Aghana Nwanne Ya: Everyone Counts,” the three-day virtual event of intellectual engagement and interaction of the USA-based association advanced ISA’s mission to foster active collaboration among academics and professionals towards the promotion and advancement of Igbo society, culture, language, and history.

British Council, EU empower 200 CSOs to drive sustainable development in Nigeria - ITREALMS

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The British Council's Agents for Citizens-driven Transformation (ACT) has strengthened the capacity of some 200 civil society organisations (CSOs) reports 

This, ITREALMS gathered is to enable them to become credible drivers of change and sustainable development in Nigeria.

Saturday, May 21, 2022

Alapomu of Apomu commissions FRSC Outpost Command - ITREALMS

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Oba Kayode Adenekan Afolabi the Alapomu of Apomu has officially commissioned the new Federal Road Safety Corps Outpost Command in Apomu.
The event took place on May 18 in Apomu. 

UK battles unfulfilled vacancies says Olivia Smith - ITREALMS

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For the first time there are more job vacancies than the number of unemployed people. But not all is positive for employees, writes OLIVIA SMITH.

An unprecedented event has occurred in the United Kingdom (UK). For the first time in recorded history, the number unfulfilled vacancies in the UK exceeds the number of unemployed people.

Lagos storey collapse: One confirmed dead - ITREALMS

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The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has confirmed the rescue of one person, and the recovery of one dead body in a two-storey building that collapsed Saturday at Freeman Road, Lagos Island in Lagos State, reports 

AfCFTA challenges: Lagos NUJ council to host stakeholders workshop - ITREALMS

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The Lagos State Council of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) has concluded plans to host stakeholders on challenges of African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) on Tuesday May 24 in Lagos, reports ITREALMS.

Adeleye Ajayi, Lagos Council chairman NUJ
The workshop, ITREALMS gathered would hold at the Lagos Airport Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos State.

‘Akili and Me’ new season debuts on AIT, focuses on words, sounds - ITREALMS

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Ubongo, Africa’s leading edutainment production enterprise, has announced the airing of a new season of its hugely popular children's entertainment and educational program, ‘Akili and Me’
The show which has been aired in Nigeria since 2018 targets 3–6-year-old and teaches numeracy, pre-literacy, and English as a second language as well as provides a foundation for social-emotional skills like empathy and conflict resolution.

I leveraged ASUU strike to get skilled on cakes, decoration says Busrah - ITREALMS

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The founder of ‘Let's Talk About Cake’ Busrah Adeola Adelakun-Adeniji, is a Mass Communicator cum Creative Director of CakesbyBusrah, says her venture into the bakery industry was unintentional, advising startups to follow their passions. The Fondant Queen revealed to ITREALMS’ GBEMI OMOTOSO how she leveraged ASUU strikes to get trained and technologies for delivery.

Founder of ‘Let's Talk About Cake’ Busrah Adeola Adelakun-Adeniji, is a Mass Communicator cum Creative Director at CakrsbyBusrah

Family life:

I’m married to a wonderful man and we have two cute sons.

What is your educational background?

I attended Ad-din International School (Primary) Challenge, Ibadan, Oyo State; then, my secondary school education at Abadina College, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, after which I proceeded to Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State to study Mass Communications alongside the 2006/2007 set. I also obtained some professional course in Advertising and Promotional Management at the University of Lagos (UNILAG) Akoka, Lagos and holds MSc in Mass Communications from the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) in 2015.

Friday, May 20, 2022

Zinox mourns founding director, tech billionaire David Kan, passes on - ITREALMS

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The management of Zinox Technologies Ltd., Nigeria’s foremost tech giant, has reacted with sadness to the news of the passing of David Kan, a founding member of its Board of Directors and CEO of Mustek Plc, a leading integrated technology group listed on the Johannesburg and Taiwan Stock Exchange.
Chairman and Founder, Zinox, Leo Stan Ekeh (left) with former CEO of Elf Oil, now Total Plc, Pierre Lanversin (middle) and the deceased Mr. David Kan, founder and Chairman of Mustek Plc., all founding Directors of Zinox when the brand was launched in 2001
David Kan, 62, died on Thursday, May 19, 2022.

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Redeemers Men’s Fellowship Business Summit: RCCG leader explains why Christians are poor - ITREALMS

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As millions of Nigerians are groaning under harsh economic climate, a Professor and Pastor at the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Prof. Solomon Adekunle Bello has explained the reasons behind poverty within the Christians community and the steps to take to escape poverty.

Prof. Bello, Pastor in Charge of Lagos province 71 (LP71) who delivered the lead paper at the Business Summit of the Redemeers Men's Fellowship of the LP71, Divine Connection Zone with the theme: 'For Christians Not Be Poor, To Avoid Conflicts And Financial Crises' said, “poverty is not for any true child of God. As long as men continue to sin against God, they will continue to struggle.”

NLNG bags most supportive taxpayer award - ITREALMS

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Nigeria LNG Limited has been recognised by the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) as its most Supportive Tax Payer.
This recognition was conveyed via a Press Release issued by the Executive Chairman, Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Mr. Muhammad Nami, in which he commended the 20 top-performing taxpayers whose compliances to tax obligations helped the service surpass its N6 trillion tax collection target in 2021.

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Kwara gov, Makinde flag off 76.6km Ogbomoso-Iseyin Road - ITREALMS

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Oyo State Governor, 'Seyi Makinde, was on Wednesday, joined by his Kwara State counterpart, Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, to flag off the construction of the 76.67 kilometres Ogbomoso-Fapote-Iseyin Road, where he stated that the project is of economic importance to both Oyo and Kwara states.
Gov. Makinde
The project connects Ogbomoso, which is less than 30 minutes from Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, to Iseyin, a city in Oke Ogun zone of Oyo State, which also shares a boundary with Kwara.

EU to Nigerian youths: Participate actively in 2023 elections, shun violence - ITREALMS

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The European Union has urged Nigerian youths to go beyond obtaining their voter's card to participate actively in the upcoming 2023 general elections and ensure that they influence the outcome.
The head of the European Union (EU) delegation to Nigeria and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Ambassador Samuela Isopi described the 2023 polls as a critical time for young people in the country as it presents another opportunity for youths to be part of the decision making process.

National Dialogue post 3rd BR: Ene Obi harps on infrastructural investment for agriculture - ITREALMS

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Country Director of ActionAid Nigeria (AAN), Ms Ene Obi, has harped on infrastructural investment for agriculture growth across Nigeria, reports ITREALMS.
Country Director of ActionAid Nigeria (AAN), Ms Ene Obi
In her welcome address to the National Dialogue & Dissemination on Nigeria’s Performance at the 3rd Biennial Review Exercise on the Implementation of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development (CAADP), on Wednesday at Hawthorn Suites, Abuja, Ene said, improved investment on infrastructure has become imperative especially in the agriculture sector.

Academy4Women: U.S. Consulate selects 250 women entrepreneurs - ITREALMS

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The U.S. government continues to support women’s full and free participation in the economy by creating platforms that enable them to thrive in their businesses, succeed as entrepreneurs, and prosper in their communities.
On Monday, the U.S. Consulate hosted a virtual event to welcome 250 Nigerian businesswomen selected to participate in the fourth cohort of the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE), a U.S. government initiative that supports women entrepreneurs around the world.

LACMON decries killing of Deborah, David and rising injustice - ITREALMS

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The Catholic Men Organization of Nigeria Lagos Archdiocese (LACMON) has decried the recent killing of Deborah Samuel by her fellow students in Sokoto over accusation of blasphemy, reports ITREALMS.
LACMON President, Barr. Vincent Otiono
Deborah was a student of Shehu Shagari College of Education Sokoto and was killed and burnt for alleged blasphemy.

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

WSIS chair: Danbatta applauds Pantami - ITREALMS

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The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, has congratulated the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, on his appointment as the Chairman of the 2022 World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) Forum by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

Danbatta described the choice of the Minister as chair of the Forum as a worthy recognition of Nigeria’s leadership role in the global digital economy ecosystem, noting that Nigeria has continued to hold a front-row seat in the promotion of information and communication technology (ICT) as a driving force for national development since the assumption of office of the Minister.

Engr. Gbenga Adebayo to review 'Sagacity of a digital revolution' - ITREALMS

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The chairman of the Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) Engr. Gbenga Adebayo would be reviewing the latest book in the industry, entitled ‘Sagacity of a digital revolution’ authored by the award-winning journalist, Remmy Nweke, reports 
Engr. Gbenga Adebayo, reviewer of Sagacity Of A Digital Revolution

Adebayo, according to Remmy Nweke, would on Thursday, June 9, 2022 would share his thoughts as the reviewer at the book public presentation and formal launch slated to hold at the prestigious Welcome Centre Hotels, International Airport Road, Lagos, as a sideline event of the 2022 Nigeria DigitalSENSE Forum on Internet Governance for Development with the theme: ‘5G: Enthroning Internet Governance for Digital Economy.’

Rigging Allegation: Oshiomhole still suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder says Fayemi - ITREALMS

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The Governor of Ekiti State and Presidential Aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr Kayode Fayemi has denied any rigging alliance with the former National Chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole that he once asked him to rig an election in his favour, reports 
Dr Kayode Fayemi, Governor of Ekiti State
Reacting, Fayemi said Oshiomhole is most likely still suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder over his removal as party chairman, insisting there is no reason for such a request in the first instance.

Hybrid: Nigerian NSAs to review 3rd CAADP Biennial Report - ITREALMS

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A hybrid session is being put together to examine the recently released third CAADP Biennial Review (BR) by the national Non-State Actors (NSAs), reports 
Country Director, ActionAid Nigeria, Ene Obi
With this, the organisers, the ActionAid Nigeria plans for some virtual and physical sessions.

Kigali to host WTDC2022 focusing on SDGs - ITREALMS

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The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) will host its World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC) in Kigali, Rwanda, between 6 and 16 June.

This landmark conference is dedicated to driving digital transformation in line with the global Sustainable Development Goals set out by the United Nations. 

Monday, May 16, 2022

Nigerian startups woo investors, eye $20,000 in Dubai - ITREALMS

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Out of over 500 applications submitted by Nigerian startups, 40 made the shortlist and four emerged winners at the just concluded GITEX Global Northstar Roadshow Startup Event which is aimed at giving opportunities to indigenous startups to pitch their products and services and stand a chance to win $20,000 at the Gulf Information Technology Exhibition (GITEX) taking place in Dubai, United Arab Emirate this year.

The Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) will fully sponsor four startups out of the 10 that emerged tops to attend GITEX, which are the first and second place winners from Abuja and Lagos. While NITDA will sponsor the participation of the other six startups.

Jumia shares surge over rumoured acquisition by Zinox - ITREALMS

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Speculations of a potential takeover of pan-African e-commerce firm Jumia Technologies by the Zinox Group, Sub-Saharan Africa’s leading tech conglomerate, has seen shares of the e-commerce giant rise by 14.81 per cent.
Investigations showed Jumia’s shares currently trading at $5.89 on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) after it spiked by 14.8 percent on Friday May 13, 2022.

Ukodie to unveil comprehensive book on ICT industry @eWorld Forum'22 - ITREALMS

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The Nigeria’s pioneer ICT journalist and chronicler, Mr. Aaron Ukodie, is set to unveil one of the most authoritative and comprehensive books on the industry.

The unveiling of the book, scheduled to hold on July 7, 2022, at the Oriental Hotel, Lekki Lagos, comes with a seminal discussion, under the eWorld Forum ’22, on how to further push forward the frontiers of broadband connectivity and the consolidation of 4G and deployment of 5G networks across the country.

GCA: Senegal leads Africa’s path to resilient recovery - ITREALMS

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Senegal is on the front lines of the global climate challenge and will play a critical role in leading Africa’s response, Patrick Verkooijen – CEO of the Global Center on Adaptation said in closing remarks in Dakar, after meeting President Macky Sall on Friday.
His Excellency, Macky Sall, President of Republic of Senegal and Prof. Dr Patrick Verkooijen, CEO, Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) at the Palace of the Republic in Dakar, Senegal after the meeting last Friday.
Cutting climate finance risks stoking even bigger conflicts down the line. World Bank data indicates that internal climate migration could reach up to 1 million people in Senegal by 2050.

Sunday, May 15, 2022

TD Africa @23: Rolls out special anniversary sales - ITREALMS

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TD Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa’s leading tech and lifestyle products distributor, is marking its 23 years of leadership in the ICT distribution segment with a special anniversary sale tagged Sellerbration.
The company turned 23 on Sunday, May 15, 2022.

Soludo assures AASDU of partnership - ITREALMS

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The Governor of Anambra State, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo has assured that the Association of Anambra Sttw Development Unions (AASDU), being the official umbrella body for all Anambra town unions, trade and professional organisations in Lagos will be carried along in his governance of State, reports ITREALMS.
Chief Amechi Ebeledike,  AASDU President, Ichie Mezie Okoye, AASDU 3rd Vice President, Chief Dr Chidi Anyaegbu MFR, and HE, Prof C.C Soludo,  Governor of Anambra State at the event.
The Governor, accompanied by his Security Adviser, AVM Chiobi (rtd) made the assurance Wednesday, May 11 during his Security and Investment Fund Raising Dinner with Anambra Igbos in Lagos.

2022 WPFD: Speakers applaud Joseph Pulitzer’s courage, promotion of voiceless voices - ITREALMS

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Speakers at a screening of the documentary on “Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People” as part of the 2022 World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) have applauded the virtues of the late accomplished publisher, reports ITREALMS.
L-R The founder and Executive Secretary of MCDN, Mr. Lekan Otufodunrin; 2010 Winner of the CNN/Multichoice African Journalist Award, Pelu Awofeso; Deputy Director, Voice Of Nigeria, Mrs. Ugonma Cokey; 2021 WSCIJ-Nigerian Investigative Journalist of the Year, Kunle Akinrinade; Moderator and TV Host at Plus TV Africa, Maryann-Duke Okon and Information Specialist at the Public Affairs Section, US Consulate General, Lagos, Mr. Temitayo Famutimi
The screening was hosted by the United States (U.S.) Consulate General in Nigeria in collaboration with the Media Career Development Network (MCDN), at the Ikeja American Corner, Courier Plus Compound (inside former Concord Newspaper premises), Airport Road, Ikeja.

Beware! Hackers can unlock, steal your vehicles says NCC - ITREALMS

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…Warns of vulnerability to new Android trojan apps

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) wishes to alert telecom consumers and members of the public on an ongoing cyber-vulnerability that allows a nearby hacker to unlock vehicles, start their engines wirelessly and make away with the cars.
The fact that car remotes are categorized short range devices that make use of radio frequency (RF) to lock and unlock cars informed the need for the Commission to alert the general public on this emergent danger, where hackers take advantage to unlock and start a compromised car.