INEC continues voter registration indefinitely - ITREALMS

Sunday, July 03, 2022

Isara Bridge fatal crash, avoid night trips says FRSC- ITREALMS

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The Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi has again warned road users to as much as possible avoid night journeys due to poor visibility, excessive speed and other unhealthy driving behaviour that are associated with driving during the dark hours on Nigerian roads.
He gave the warning following the multiple fatal crash that occured at 2220HRS on Saturday 2 July, around ISARA bridge (KM 61-750) on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

Atiku to launch Aaron's book: Nigeria Drivers of Digital Prosperity - ITREALMS

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Nigeria’s former Vice President Alhaji Atiku Abubakar (Waziri Adamawa), will this Thursday, 7th July 2022 lead a pack of eminent Nigerians to the Oriental Hotel, Lekki, Lagos for the launch and public presentation of the book: Nigeria DRIVERS OF DIGITAL PROSPERITY, The Trajectories Of The Digital Evolution, Sector Analysis And Players’ Contributions, authored by Aaron Ukodie, Nigeria’s pioneer ICT and Technology Journalist.
Atiku Abubakar
The 472-page page hardcover book, printed in glossy colours, is an experiential chronicle of Nigeria’s sojourn through the backwaters of IT and Telecoms to the revolution which inspires the present global reference of its institutions, corporate entities/brands, and the individual skills sets.

Saturday, July 02, 2022

U.S. Consulate celebrates 4 years of empowering businesswomen - ITREALMS

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The U.S. government is strongly committed to supporting women’s economic empowerment and gender equality through thoughtful and innovative business development programs that enable Nigerian businesswomen to achieve their full economic potential.
On Thursday, a diverse group of 250 women graduated from the fourth cohort of the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) and joined 520 other Nigerian businesswomen who have benefitted from the program.

CTO to inaugurate Ministerial Alliance in London - ITREALMS

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The Commonwealth Telecommunication Organisation (CTO) has advanced plans to inaugurate the Ministerial Alliance that will be convened on 20th and 21st September 2022 in London United Kingdom, reports ITREALMS.

The CTO’s Ministerial Alliance, ITREALMS gathered was conceived to bring together Commonwealth government ministers responsible for telecommunications and information and communication technologies (ICT) and leaders of technology companies.

Friday, July 01, 2022

Military pledges protection of civilians in conflict, curb human rights abuses - ITREALMS

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The Nigerian military has pledged its readiness to prioritize conflict management and reduce civilian harm in face of the insurgency.
The Commandant National Defence College Nigeria Rear Admiral Murtala Bashir, during a workshop on the protection of civilians in a challenging environment organized by the Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC)in collaboration with the Alumni Association of the National Defense College (AANDEC), said violence against civilians is an unintended consequence of conflict however he stated that civilians harm perpetrated by security forces will not be tolerated.

CBN releases cybersecurity guidelines, sets compliance date @January 2023 - ITREALMS

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has released the Risk-Based Cybersecurity Framework and Guidelines for Other Financial Institutions (OFIs) which sets January 1, 2023 as date for compliance, reports 

This, ITREALMS gathered followed the recent rise in the number and sophistication of cybersecurity threats against financial institutions.

Beware of scammers, Konga warns customers, public - ITREALMS

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The management of Konga, Nigeria’s leading composite e-commerce giant, has raised the alarm over the activities of suspected fraudsters using its brand name to scam unsuspecting victims, even as it cautioned the public and its customers to remain alert to the antics of these unscrupulous con artists.

The warning comes amid revelations that some individuals have recently been targeted by the scammers.

100 days in Office: Soludo, insecurity and baptism of fire - ITREALMS

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The Anambra State Governor, His Excellency, Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo had, long before now, given the impression that he never believed in the tradition of celebrating 1st 100 Days in Office. I share that same opinion with him. 
Contributed by Chidi Abajue, a Lagos-based public affairs analyst, media consultant, managerial psychologist, and Publicity Secretary of Association of Anambra State Development Unions (AASDU).
To me the intricacies, landmines and shockers embedded in the learning curve of any organisational leadership requires at least a complete operational cycle before a meaningful performance evaluation can be conducted.

Townhall: Lagosians urged to leverage ICT for PVCs - ITREALMS

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Lagosians have been urged to make use of various Information and Communications Technology (ICT) impetus introduced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to obtain their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) in order to exercise their franchise in the forthcoming 2023 general elections, reports 
The Chairman, Lagos State House Committee on Science and Technology, Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Afinni Olanrewaju Suleiman, representing Lagos Island II, at 8th Annual Constituency Stakeholders TownHall Meeting in Lagos.

Olawunmi of Wumat Cakes advises practitioners to always upgrade knowledge - ITREALMS

Aremu Olawunmi, Chief Executive of Wumat Cakes and Events Ikorodu, Lagos State, is a passionate cake maker. She spoke with ITREALMS’ GBEMI OMOTOSO, advising practitioners to always upgrade their knowledge.
Aremu Olawunmi, Chief Executive of Wumat Cakes and Events Ikorodu, Lagos State


What brought you into cake industry?
Smiles...Passion! I developed passion for Cake making right from my secondary school days.

Polaris Bank clinches NHEA's excellence prize - ITREALMS

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The Polaris Bank, Nigeria’s leading retail bank, has been recognized as the “Outstanding Healthcare Financial Institution of the Year” by the Nigeria Healthcare Excellence Awards (NHEA).
Polaris Bank MD/CEO, Innocent C.Ike (Middle), receiving the NHEA Health Excellence Award from NHEA Advisory Board Chairman &, Dr. Anthony Omolola (4th from left) & Dr. Olaokun Soyinka (3rd from left) joined by Polaris Bank's ED, Lagos Business, Segun Opeke (1st left) & Moses Braimah, Director NHEA Marketing, Communication & Strategy
The award presentation, which took place in the Bank’s head office in Lagos on Tuesday was presented in recognition of the Bank’s contribution to the healthcare sector as part of the highpoints of the 8th Annual Nigeria Healthcare Excellence Awards (NHEA) which held over the weekend in Lagos.

INEC continues voter registration indefinitely - ITREALMS

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared that the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) would continue indefinitely until further notice, reports ITREALMS.

Rising from a crucial meeting on Thursday, INEC management directed all Resident Electoral Commissioners and Electoral Officers nationwide to continue the exercise.

National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye Esq. confirmed this after the meeting on Thursday to ITREALMS, acknowledging they deliberated on a number of issues, including the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise, the issuance of Certified True Copies (CTCs) of documents and the commencement of the Uploading of the List and Personal Particulars of Governorship and State Assembly Candidates. 

According to him, "the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) will continue nationwide, and all the Resident Electoral Commissioners and Electoral Officers have been directed to continue with the exercise pending further directives from the Commission. The Commission has consistently reiterated its resolve to continue to provide electoral services to the Nigerian people and register all eligible Nigerians that are interested in registering. The Commission has yet again deployed additional machines to areas of pressure and will continue to serve the people of Nigeria." 

Also, he disclosed that the case at the Federal High Court relating to the terminal date of the CVR came up yesterday Wednesday 29th June 2022, and based on the request of the Commission, the Court granted an accelerated hearing and adjourned the matter to Monday 4th July 2022 for hearing of the substantive matter. The Commission will give an update after court hearing next week. 

The Commission, he said, has been inundated with applications for CTCs of various documents, so far, 186 requests for CTCs, some running into hundreds of pages, have been processed. The Commission is working round the clock, including weekends, to attend to all such requests. 

"We wish to assure political parties, aspirants, candidates, and all applicants for CTCs of documents that their applications will be treated expeditiously and will be issued in earnest," he said.

Further, he disclosed that by the Timetable and Schedule of Activities released by the Commission, political parties that conducted valid governorship and state assembly primaries shall upload the list and personal particulars of their nominated candidates between 1st and 15th July 2022. 

"We urge political parties to scrutinize the list and personal particulars of the candidates they propose to sponsor at the election to avoid any mix-up and duplication of names. Political parties are advised not to wait until the last day before uploading the list and personal particulars of their candidates. The Candidates Nomination Portal will shut down at 6pm on 15th July 2022," Okoye said.

He advised political parties that have challenges with uploading documents to contact the Commission’s Help – Desk, through the dedicated telephone lines or contact the candidate nomination centre at the Commission’s headquarters.

*Chuks Egbune/DoP

eWorld 2022: ICT companies, CEOs line-up for 'Drivers of Digital Prosperity' - ITREALMS

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Many ICT industry leading companies and chief executives have indicated interests to grace the launch of the book: Drivers of Digital Prosperity and the eWorld Forum '22 taking place on July 7, 2022, at the Oriental Hotel, Lekki, Lagos, reports 
Drivers of Digital Prosperity by Aaron Ukodie
A number of ICT industry-leading companies and chief executives have indicated their interest to grace the launch of the book: Nigeria Drivers of Digital Prosperity and the World Forum 22, taking place on July 7, 2022, at the Oriental Hotel, Lekki, Lagos.

Thursday, June 30, 2022

Mushin-Odi-Olowo Igbo-speaking community confers Obijiogu, Ezendigbo - ITREALMS

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The Mushin-Odiolowo Igbo-speaking community in Lagos State, has conferred Monday Lawrence Obijiogu as Eze Ndi Igbo (king) tittle, Ezedioranma 1 of Mushin-Odiolowo community, reports 
The conferment, which held at Papa Ajao and Ladipo Market area, has in attendance different traditional rulers both Yoruba and Igbo speaking communities in Lagos State.

Adefila: Schools need old students support - ITREALMS

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The Chairman, Planning Committee of the 30th Graduation Anniversary of the 1992 set of the Association of Mass Communication Graduates of the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Dr. Femi Adefila, has emphasised the need for old students to play active roles in developing their alma mater.
Adefila, the Founder of RAVE FM in Osogbo, Osun State, said this in a statement he issued on Wednesday.

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Pantami takes digital economic agenda to Minna - ITREALMS

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The Federal Government’s agenda to transform the country to a robust digital economy, became the focal point in the message of the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Ibrahim Pantami, who was the special guest at the weekend commissioning of a ‘Digital Nigeria Centre’ at the Father O’Connel Science College, Minna, Niger State.
Hosted at the occasion by the college community led by its old student and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Zubairu Dada who facilitated the project executed by the Universal Service Provision Fund, USPF, Pantami said through diligent implementation of the digital economy agenda, Nigeria has the potential of critical mass of ‘digital natives’ that can transform the country into a regional and global digital powerhouse.

IPI Nigeria calls for withdrawal of vexatious charges against WikkiTimes - ITREALMS

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International Press Institute (IPI) Nigeria has noted with concern the arrest, detention and subsequent arraignment before a magistrate court in Bauchi of the publisher of WikkiTimes online newspaper, Mr. Haruna Mohammed and a reporter, Mr. Idris Kamal, by the police in Bauchi.
The journalists claimed that they were physically assaulted while they were in detention.

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

e-Naira now available on Remita - ITREALMS

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Remita, Africa’s leading electronic payment brand, has introduced e-Naira, the digital currency of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), as an additional payment option across all its touch points.
With the introduction of eNaira on Remita, individuals and businesses can now make and receive payments with eNaira for all utilities, services, and products available on the Remita web and mobile platforms as well as through the Remita Payment Gateway deployed to thousands of merchants and aggregators.

USAID to partner LWC for improving water supply - ITREALMS

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In its bid to improve access to safe water, the state government through the Lagos Water Corporation (LWC) has entered partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) with a view to have a holistic revitalization of the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) for the residents.
This was revealed during a working visit of USAID team led by Dr. Joechim Ezeji to LWC on the Lagos Urban Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (LUWASH) at the LWC 45 million Gallons per Day (MGD) Iju Waterworks.

NUC approves all ACETEL post graduate programmes - ITREALMS

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The National Universities Commission (NUC) has given approval to all six post-graduate programmes offered by the Africa Centre of Excellence on Technology Enhanced Learning (ACETEL) National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), reports 
NOUN logo

The six approved accredited postgraduate programmes by the NUC offered at ACETEL include, M.Sc. PhD. Artificial Intelligence, M.Sc. PhD. Cyber Security and M.Sc., PhD. Management Information System.

In a letter of approval signed by the Director Academic planning, Dr. N.B Saliu on behalf of the Executive Secretary NUC said “After due consideration of the exercise, the result of the Resource verification and Accreditation of ACE’s (ACETEL) postgraduate degree programmes of your university are as follows: M.Sc. PhD. Artificial Intelligence, approved and accredited, M.Sc. PhD. Cyber Security, Approved and Accredited, M.Sc., PhD Management Information System, Approved and Accredited”.

The statement added the commission has the statutory mandate to resource verify and accredit programmes in all Nigerian Universities.

“Pursuant to this mandate and in consonance with Government approved guidelines, the NUC organized in March,2022 the resource verification/Accreditation of Post Graduate Academic Programmes of Africa Centre of Excellence (ACE’s) at the National Open University of Nigeria NOUN)”.

The statement enjoyed the university to ensure all programmes bear only the approved titles and nomenclature and to provide human and material resources for the development and growth of the approved programmes.

The accreditation status is for a period of five years.

With this development, ACETEL has met Nigerias legal requirements of running a post graduate programme in the courses offered at the Centre. Efforts are underway according to Centre Director Prof. Grace Jokthan to equally subject “our academic programmes to international accreditation bodies”.

*Uju N. Dominic/Editor

Monday, June 27, 2022

10th anniversary sales: 'Celebrating Happiness found on Konga' debuts - ITREALMS

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Konga, Nigeria’s leading composite e-commerce giant, has flagged off its 10th anniversary mega sales.

Tagged 'Celebrating Happiness Found On Konga,' the Konga 10th anniversary sale runs from June 27 – July 10, 2022, and aims to celebrate customers for partnering with Konga over the past decade.

EU-ACT advocates robust framework for CSOs, government operations - ITREALMS

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The European Union Agent for Citizens-Driven Transformation(EU ACT) has stressed the need to provide a guiding operating platform that will harmonize the procedures between Civil society organisations and government agencies at the state and local government levels in the country.
Edem Udoekong, Component 2 Manager of the EU-ACT, while speaking at the "National Consultative Forum as key for MDAs and CSOs network" organised by British Council in Abuja, said the forum is a capacity-building discussion on how to improve the regulatory environment for CSOs operations in Nigeria.

Konga Mid-Year Shopping Festival to end Thursday - ITREALMS

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The maiden edition of the Konga Mid-Year Shopping Festival, a month-long mega discount sale, is set to witness an all-action finale this week as shoppers rush for last minute deals.
Konga Mid-Year Shopping Festival logo

The promotion, which commenced on Wednesday, June 1 is set to come to a fitting climax on Thursday, June 30, 2022 – the final day of the shopping festival – after an exciting, rollercoaster month marked by price slashes, heavy discounts, unmatched deals and a rain of special offers and incentives from various arms of the Konga business.

Imo Wealth Project now to kickoff June 29 - ITREALMS

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The Leo Stan Ekeh Foundation (LSEF) has announced a change of date for the commencement of the training programme for the Imo Wealth Project, a job creation and empowerment initiative.
Leo-Stan Ekeh, Chairman, Zinox Group
The programme, previously scheduled to commence on June 28, will now kick off on Wednesday, June 29, 2022 in order to accommodate the sit-at-home expected in Imo State and other parts of the South East, notably with Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) scheduled to appear in court in Abuja on Tuesday.

Market Square participants applaud OOUAA Lagos - ITREALMS

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Participants at the second edition of the Market Square organised by the Lagos State chapter of the Olabisi Onabanjo University Alumni Association (OOUAA), have commended the group, reports ITREALMS.
A cross section of participants at OOUAA Market Square held recently in Lagos
Some of the participants who spoke to ITREALMS at the event with theme "Another great Opportunity to Expand your Business Network" commended especially the executive led by Alhaji Lukman Idris for the initiative.

Sunday, June 26, 2022

How Atiku, Joda, Ndukwe saved 2001 GSM License auction - ITREALMS

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Expectations were high on January 19, 2001, the day scheduled for the GSM auction technically referred to as the Digital Mobile License auction. 
NCC officials, observers, and accredited journalists were already seated in a secured room at Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja.

Makinde appoints new Deputy Chief of Staff, OYSROMA chair, DG Liaison Office, others - ITREALMS

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The Oyo State Governor, ‘Seyi Makinde, has appointed a former Chairman of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON), Oyo State chapter, Chief Ademola Ojo and an aspirant for the Oyo Central Senatorial seat, Mr. Wale Ajani as Deputy Chief of Staff and Director-General, Oyo State Liaison Office, Abuja, respectively.

The governor equally appointed the duo of Mr. Ogunlade Busoye Soladoye and Akanmu Kolawole Elijah as Chairman, Oyo State Road Maintenance Agency (OYSROMA) and Special Assistant on Budget and Economic Planning.

A4AI-Nigeria Coalition to meet on advancing meaningful connectivity - ITREALMS

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The Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) Nigeria Coalition has advanced plans for it latest meeting in July at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja, reports 
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The coalition meeting scheduled to hold on Thursday, July 7 at Sheraton Abuja Hotel would be on the theme: ‘Advancing Meaningful Connectivity for an Inclusive Digital Economy.’

Saturday, June 25, 2022

Collaboration is success path to 5G deployment in Nigeria, says Danbatta - ITREALMS

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Industry collaboration is very essential to successful deployment of 5G Services in Nigeria, so says the Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, who in Lagos earlier, urged industry stakeholders to stand with the Commission to explore the prospects and potentials of the new technology, which is enormous.
Prof. Danbatta, who spoke at the 90th Edition of the Telecom Consumer Parliament (TCP) hosted by the Consumer Affairs Bureau of the Commission, said the policy framework for the deployment has come into place and will facilitate deployment of services by the recent winners of the 3.5GHz spectrum auction, MTN Nigeria Communications Ltd and MAFAB Communications Ltd.

Chapter chair urges OOUAA members on institutional development - ITREALMS

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The Chairman, Lagos State chapter of Olabisi Onabanjo University Alumni Association (OOUAA), Alhaji Lukman Idris, has urged all former students of the institution to contribute to the development of the university, reports ITREALMS.
Idris made this call at the second editions of OOUAA Market Square with the theme: "Another Great Opportunity to Expand Your Business Network" which held in Lagos, recently with lots of vendors majorly alumna, exhibiting their products and networking.

Ex-Maggi queen, Kemi, advocates subsidy for baking industry - ITREALMS

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Former Maggi Queen reputed for gravity-defying cakes and Chief Executive Officer, El-Royalithos Catering Institute, Mrs. Kemi Oluboro shares deep knowledge of cake industry and catering in Nigeria with ITREALMS’ GBEMI OMOTOSO. She tracks her driving-force to passion, focus and determination, while advocating subsidy for baking industry.


Former Maggi Queen reputed for gravity-defying cakes and Chief Executive Officer, El-Royalithos Catering Institute, Mrs. Kemi Oluboro

How did you coined your brand name "EL-Royalithos"?

"EL" signify God, "Lithos" is a Greek word that means "stones" while the "Royal" means Royalty;(as the Maggi Queen & King which dated to 1994 where I was crowned the best Cook of the year in Nigeria at the "Maggi National Cooking competition" organised by Nestle. Coincidentally in 2019 my late husband who was a Pharmacist won the same cooking competition and was crowned best cook of the year. So "EL-Royalithos" means God’s Royal Stones.

Friday, June 24, 2022

AMACOG 92 marks 30th graduation anniversary, renovates MAPOLY TV studio - ITREALMS

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The Association of Mass Communication Graduates of the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta, Ogun State has concluded plans to mark its 30th graduation anniversary on July 1 in the school.
Acting Rector, MAPOLY, Adeoye Odedeji

AMACOG 92 is an association of 1992 graduates of the then Ogun State Polytechnic, Abeokuta, now known as MAPOLY.

Future Summit'22: Sule, Sanwo-Olu recommit to Nigeria’s digital economy - ITREALMS

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Many Governors and agencies have continued to reiterate their commitment to Nigeria’s digital economy agenda being championed by the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy. Some such Governors are Abdullahi Sule, Governor of Nasarawa, Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, including the National Information Technology Development Agency.
While speaking at the Future Summit, organised by Digivation Networks in Lagos, these Governors and organisations highlighted some of the activities they carried out in their own state to make sure the digital economy flies.

Insecurity: Makinde advises stakeholders to employ more tactical approach - ITREALMS

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The Oyo State Governor, ‘Seyi Makinde, has called on relevant stakeholders in the country to employ a more tactical approach in combating the insecurity challenges facing the nation.
Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State

The governor, who made the position public at an expanded security council meeting held at the House of Chiefs, Secretariat, Agodi, Ibadan, said that security operatives must work on response time during emergencies.

Enhancing food security: GCA, WorldBank to boost smallholder farmers' investment with N251bn - ITREALMS

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The Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) has said its providing technical advisory support to a new World Bank’s investment project in Ethiopia valued at $600 million, about ₦251,962,109,400.00 to enhance the resilience of food systems and preparedness for food insecurity, reports ITREALMS.
A press statement available to ITREALMS by the Communications Specialist at GCA, Chinedu Moghalu, pointed out that as a result of climate change, smallholder farmers in Ethiopia are suffering from greater variability and extreme weather events, increased temperature and declining rainfall in a country where 85 percent of farmers are depended on rain-fed agriculture.

Leo Stan Ekeh foundation targets 10,000 jobs in Imo State - ITREALMS

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The Leo Stan Ekeh Foundation (LSEF), a futuristic Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) which focuses on promotion of 21st century knowledge through quality education, practical entrepreneurship, healthy living and enhanced lifestyle, is set to flag off a project to create over 10,000 employment opportunities for residents of Imo State, while also equipping entrepreneurs and other beneficiaries with useful knowledge and interest free loans to grow their businesses and improve their global competitiveness.

As part of the initiative, globally renowned tech companies like Microsoft, Meta (FaceBook), among others, are expected to certify the participating graduates who complete the programme.

ICRC boss @WES'22: FG commits to infrastructure development via PPP – ITREALMS

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The Federal Government (FG) has acknowledged that the major problem facing the Nigeria’s economy is the lack of adequate infrastructure and expressed total commitment to the development of infrastructure through Public Private Partnerships (PPP).
L-R: Mr Soji Adeleye, CEO, Alfe City Institution, Dr Oluseye Samuel Ajuwon, lecturer/researcher in Economics, University of Lagos; Mrs Maureen Chigbo, Publisher Realnews Magazine and Mr Dare Mayowa, Publisher, Global Financial Digest during panel discussion at the WorldStage Economic Summit 2022, at the Ibis Hotels, Ikeja, Lagos on June 22, 2022.
The Acting Director-General, Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission, Mr. J A Michael Ohiani who said this on Wednesday in his keynote address at the WorldStage Economic Summit 2022 #WorldStageEconomicSummit 2022) said the FG commitment was evidenced by the President Muhammadu Buhari’s continuous commitment as provided in the 2021-2025 National Development Plan (NDP) which sought to encourage more private sector participation in National Infrastructure Development.