Tuesday, March 02, 2021

Nwannenna, Uwadia, Aladekomo chart new path for NCS future, applaud Sodiya - ITREALMS

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Some three former presidents of the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) have charted a new path for the society looking into its future, reports 
ITREALMS.

The trio of Dr. Chris Nwannenna, Prof. Charles Uwadia and Sir Ademola Aladekomo made their contributions on the theme, “NCS: Challenges and Future Direction” at a webinar hosted by the Education Committee of the society, last weekend.

EFCC chairman, Bawa advised to embrace ICT – ITREALMS

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The newly appointed chairman of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), Mr. Abdulrasheed Bawa, has been advised to embrace Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), reports 
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The former Minister of Aviation,Chief Osita Benjamin Chidoka, gave this advise at the weekend in his open letter to the new chairman, made available to ITREALMS.

Mobile app: Vodacom, Mondia drive innovation for mum, baby - ITREALMS

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Leading pan-African communications company Vodacom DRC (Vodacom.com), and Mondia (Mondia.com), a private mobile technology company driven by innovation, are proud to announce the rollout of the Mum & Baby maternal health service across the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Mum & Baby is a free-of-charge mobile health intervention service that provides Vodacom DRC subscribers with maternal, neonatal and child health information designed to encourage good health practices amongst pregnant women, mothers, partners and caregivers.

U.S. Ambassador opens 1st window on America in Nigeria - ITREALMS

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The United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard, has opened the first-of-its-kind window on America in Nigeria, reports ITREALMS.

Hosted at the Lekki Slum2School Innovation Hub in Lagos on Monday, the Window on America will serve as a community center where young people develop their ideas, as well as their leadership and entrepreneurship skills through programs and workshops designed especially for them.

Monday, March 01, 2021

SouthBridge investments in innovative joint venture, names Charles Kié, CEO - ITREALMS

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SouthBridge Investments (SBI) and New African Capital Partners (NACP) are proud to  launch their joint venture tagged, SBNA, reports ITREALMS.
SBNA will act as a “permanent capital fund” aiming to attract investors who take a long-term view on Africa. The joint venture intends to directly invest in Africa’s future with long-term capital, focusing on FinTech, the financial sector integration, and micro and meso finance.

Princewill: Hope always wins - ITREALMS

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A young Ogoni lady who sells onions to make a living, Miss. Hope Akenna, has emerged winner of the monthly Princewill Trust Help the Hard Worker competition, reports 
ITREALMS.

The monthly competition put together by the hard working team of the Princewills Trust is well into its second year and is fast becoming the go to standard for transparent online competition.

Osita Chidoka: Open Letter to EFCC Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa - ITREALMS

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My Dear Abdulrasheed Bawa,

Congratulations on your appointment as EFFC Chairman. 

As somebody who shares some similarity with your trajectory, I want to publicly advise you as the euphoria of your appointment and the deluge of advice continue to come your way. 
Usually, I would have been critical of this appointment as it continues the profound disrespect and insensitivity to the constitutional provision on Federal Character. 

Nigeria DigitalSENSE Forum 2021 gets June date - ITREALMS


The multiple award-winning digital news platform, and the organizers of the annual Nigeria DigitalSENSE Forum series, ITREALMS Media, has unveiled the date for this year’s edition, reports 
ITREALMS.

The Editor-in-Chief/Lead Consulting Strategist at ITREALMS Media, Mr. Remmy Nweke, disclosed this at the weekend, saying the management has approved Thursday, June 10, 2021 as the date for the yearly NDSF which borders on Internet Governance for Development (IG4D) and Nigeria IPv6 Roundtable respectively.

No increase in fuel price this March says NNPC - ITREALMS

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Amidst speculations of imminent increase in the price of Premium Motor Spirit (petrol) in the country, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has ruled out any increment in the ex-depot price of petrol in March, 2021, reports 
ITREALMS.

A press release by the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Dr. Kennie Obateru, stated that the Corporation was not contemplating any raise in the price of petrol in March in order not to jeopardize ongoing engagements with organized labour and other stakeholders on an acceptable framework that will not expose the ordinary Nigerian to any hardship.

Sunday, February 28, 2021

Fr. Ebido on 'Living a transfigured life' - ITREALMS

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Second Sunday Week of Lent B (February 28/2021) 

Your Daily BlessingMay God our merciful Father confirm you as one of His choicest vessels! Amen.

Read Gen 22:1-18; Rom 8:31-34; Mark 9:2-10; pray Psalm 116.


NARRATION
We all long for our own bodily transformation. Our basic desires like hunger, thirst, pleasure, along with those inner drives: to succeed in life, to be better persons, to be holy, and live saintly lives are all progressive expressions of the deepest hunger of all: our ultimate transformation. 

Ehingbeti 2021: 9mobile affirms support for Lagos Smart City initiative - ITREALMS

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The Chief Executive Officer of Nigeria's leading innovative telecoms company, 9mobile, Alan Sinfield, has affirmed the company's support for the 'Smart City' initiative of the Lagos State Government, reports 
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Sinfield gave the affirmation at a panel session of the Lagos State Economic Summit - Ehingbeti 2021 themed 'For a Greater Lagos: Setting the Tone for the Next Decade.'

Oyo North senatorial district PDP affirms support for Makinde - ITREALMS

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Oyo North Senatorial District chapter, at the weekend, unanimously affirmed its continued loyalty and support to the Oyo State governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde, stating that the party would "fully support his future aspirations."

This was as the party enjoined its members in the senatorial district to eschew politics of bitterness and to promote peace and harmony at all times, stating that only these could help to strengthen the party ahead of future general elections.

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Further notes to the Nigerian Left - ITREALMS

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The Nigerian Left has largely neglected, if not deliberately avoided a renewed ideological struggle which has become a strong factor in both the general turbulence and violence enveloping the whole country and the associated power struggle within the ruling class. 
The neglected or badly engaged ideological struggle may simply be described as “argument over the birth of Nigeria,” that is, argument over how Nigeria came into being and what would have happened if Britain, an imperial colonial power, had not invaded our lands, defeated or deceived our ancestors, gathered them together and imposed itself on them. 

Pace of works on infrastructure, excites GSM - ITREALMS

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The Oyo State Commissioner for Works, Infrastructure and Public Transport, Professor Dahud Kehinde Shangodoyin, said at the weekend, that Governor 'Seyi Makinde and the Executive Council of Oyo State are happy with the pace of work on the various on-going infrastructure development projects in the state.

The commissioner, who stated this while speaking with newsmen shortly after Governor Makinde and senior officials of the Ministry concluded an inspection tour of the ongoing projects in Ibadan metropolis, said the governor was determined to turn the state of infrastructure around.

You're not obliged to 'like' your enemies says Fr. Ebido - ITREALMS

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Saturday, First Week of Lent B (February 27/2021) 

Your Daily BlessingMay the Lord open your heart to love like He does! Amen.

Read Deut. 26:16-19; Matt 5:43-48; pray Ps 119:1-16.


NARRATION: We all have experienced the inner struggle to relate well with some people around us but each time we fall short. There are people we just don’t seem to go along with. For those seeking to get married, we are told to see if they are ‘compatible’.

In religious life (priests/monks/nuns) when two people are assigned to work together, efforts are made to ensure they not ‘incompatible.’

Friday, February 26, 2021

Journalists not criminals says NUJ, calls out Sheikh Gumi, demands his investigation - ITREALMS

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The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has condemned in the strongest of terms the remarks made on Arise TV last Wednesday by  Sheikh Ahmad Abubakar Mahmud Gumi where he labeled Journalists as criminals for calling bandits criminals, reports 
ITREALMS.
A press statement personally endorsed by the NUJ National President, Chris Isiguzo, and available to ITREALMS, he said, "We do not see any correlation between journalism and criminality."

@Senate Public Hearing: Stakeholders affirm health safety of 5G

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The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, has allayed the fears of Nigerians on the deployment of Fifth Generation (5G) technology in Nigeria, clarifying that there is no known scientific evidence till date suggesting that 5G poses any risks to public health and safety.

Pantami stated this when he led the heads of agencies under his ministry to an investigative public hearing by the Senate Joint Committee on Communications; Science and Technology; Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and Cyber Crimes; and Primary Health Care and Communicable Diseases, at the National Assembly Chamber in Abuja on Thursday, February 25, 2021.

Chips, Bits & Bytes on why Biyi Fashoyin was elevated to DMD - ITREALMS

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The foremost Information and Communications Technology (ICT) company, Chips, Bits and Bytes has given some reasons why the else while Chief Marketing Officer (CMO), Mr. Adebiyi Fashoyin to the position of Deputy Managing Director, reports 
ITREALMS.
Confirming this elevation to ITREALMS, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Chips, Bits and Bytes, Mr. Tunji Ola in a press statement expressed satisfaction on Fashoyin’s commitment and result-oriented services in the past  five years as CMO.

Discover the colour of wickedness says Fr Ebido - ITREALMS

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Friday, First Week of Lent B (February 26/2021) 

Your Daily BlessingMay the Lord grant you the grace to always bless with your mouth! Amen.

Read Ezek 18:21-28; Matt 5: 20-26; pray Ps 130 [or 129].

NARRATION: In one of my earlier reflections, I distinguished between religiosity and spirituality. The former is concerned with observing religious rituals aimed at fulfilling certain minimum requirements of law so as to be seen as ‘good,’ while the latter is about striving to be really good. 

The former is at home with being seen as devoted to God while at the same time at home with all forms of wickedness; but the latter grieves at his or her weaknesses that often lead one to unintentionally hurt other people.

Adiitu's life story inspire 'Inulayewa' says Fagunwa - ITREALMS

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On Saturday 27th of February, Ibadan Book Club in conjunction with the Race Course Amphitheatre will be hosting Diipo Fagunwa, the surviving Son of Late D.O Fagunwa inside the Adamasingba Stadium in Ibadan as Guest Writer for the month of February. In this interview with Wole Adedoyin, he unveils details about his writing career and his latest book titled 'Inúlayéwà'.

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Danbatta leads guests to endorse book on telecoms law, regulations - ITREALMS

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The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof, Umar Danbatta was among eminent personalities that endorsed a new book on Nigeria telecommunications industry’s legal and regulatory ecosystem, reports 
ITREALMS.

The book entitled, “Nigerian Telecommunications Law and Regulation”, which is co-authored by Quasim Odunmbaku, a telecoms regulatory professional at the NCC and Rotimi Akapo, a lawyer, who specialises in Telecommunications, Media and Technology (TMT) practice, is written in 18 chapters and over 600 pages.

Ekiti sets to deliver regular power supply - ITREALMS

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Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi has assured the people of the state that his administration has put all machinery in place to ensure adequate and uninterrupted power supply to the state before the end of his administration.

Fayemi, who lamented the poor power supply to the State by Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC), said his administration has concluded plans with the Federal Government to build two 132/133 kva substations in Ekiti to boost electricity generation and transmission in the state.

N170m FIRS contract fraud: Court vindicates Zinox, TD Africa, awards N20m damages - ITREALMS


An Abuja High Court has vindicated the long-held position of Zinox Technologies Ltd., and TD Africa, two of Nigeria’s leading technology giants, that it’s chairman, Dr. Leo Stan Ekeh and staff, Company Secretary, Barr. Chris Eze Ozims and two others, Shade Oyebode and Charles Adigwe respectively, had no wrongdoing in a long-drawn court case involving an alleged N170m Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) contract fraud, reports 
ITREALMS.
The court on Wednesday, February 24, 2021, discharged and acquitted the duo of Princess Kama Onyeoma and Chief Onny Igbokwe, partners to Mr. Benjamin Joseph, who were accused of fraudulently executing the N170m contract awarded to Citadel Oracle Concepts, an Ibadan-based ICT firm owned by Joseph.

Fr. Ebido explains 'Praying in our helplessness' - ITREALMS

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Thursday, First Week of Lent B (February 25/2021) 

Your Daily BlessingMay God answer all your petitions from Mount Zion! Amen.

Read Esther C:12,14-16, 23-25; Matt 7:7-12; pray Psalm 137.

Narration: I assume that we are all familiar with the experience of praying for something without getting any clear answers. It is more painful when you read in the Gospel, like today that says, “Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock, and the door shall be opened for you; for whoever asks receives and the one who seeks finds…” I cannot presume I can answer this dilemma in a few lines reflection. 

DEMS to Pantami: Rethink suspension of SIM card activation - ITREALMS

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A non-governmental group, the 
Digital Economy Media Support Volunteers Network (DEMS Volunteers Network), has urged the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami), to review the current ban on new registration or renewal of Subscriber Identification Module, (SIM), widely known as SIM card.
The digital economy advocacy group recalls that the Honourable Minister, in December 2020, directed the Nigerian Communications Commission, (NCC) to embark on another audit of the Subscriber Registration Database, wherein the Mobile Network Operators, (MNOs) were asked to suspend new Card registrations and replacement of lost SIM cards.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

'Time for digital scale-up in Africa' - ITREALMS


The digital platforms in Africa should scale up to take advantage of the continent’s surging demand for creative content, said Africa Investment Forum Senior Director Chinelo Anohu, adding that the African Development Bank flagship entity is providing advisory services and investment support to creative players.
Anohu was speaking at a virtual “fireside chat” on Tuesday with Afreximbank President Benedict Oramah and Dean Garfield, Netflix’s Vice President of Public Policy. 

USA-based GPNews, NIDO to host confab on patriotism among Nigerians - ITREALMS

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A United States of America (USA)-based media organisation, the Global Patriot Newspapers (GPNews), is set to host an international conference aimed at reviving the spirit of patriotism among Nigerians, reports 
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GPNews, ITREALMS gathered is organising the virtual conference in collaboration with the Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation (NIDO), New Jersey Chapter, with support from the Nigerian Consulate in New York.

One day walk by Fr. Ebido - ITREALMS

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Wednesday, First Week of Lent B (February 24/2021) 

Your Daily BlessingMay God's love radiate in you today and everyday of your life. Amen.

Read Jonah 3:1-10; Lk 11:29-32; pray Ps 51.

Narration: The task of the prophet and the preacher is not an easy one. Thomas Merton once said that “The saint preaches sermons by the way he walks, the way he stands, and the way he sits down and the way he pick things up and holds them in his hands.”

2nd GNI: Google opens call for Africa, Middle East & Turkey - ITREALMS

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Google has opened calls for the second Google News Initiative Innovation Challenge in Africa, the Middle East and Turkey with an open call for projects that increase reader engagement and explore new business models for media, reports 
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The first GNI Innovation Challenge saw 21 projects in 13 countries receive funding last year. Awardees were from Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Turkey, and the UAE.

Lai Mohammed mourns Olupo of Ajasse-Ipo - ITREALMS

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The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has described the passing of Oba Sikiru Atanda Woleola, the Olupo of Ajasse-Ipo, a first class traditional ruler in Kwara State, as a great loss not just to his family and community but indeed to the entire state.


Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Nationwide clampdown on rickety vehicles looms - ITREALMS


The Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi has directed Commanding Officers across all formations of the Corps to commence immediate clampdown on rickety vehicles plying Nigerian roads, reports 
ITREALMS.
The clampdown, ITREALMS gathered, is an integral part of rejigged efforts of the Corps in the year 2021 to further reduce road traffic crashes across the country.

Solar lights for Sasa market, reopens - ITREALMS

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The governor ‘Seyi Makinde of Oyo State on Tuesday directed the immediate re-opening of the crisis-torn Sasa market, in Akinyele Local Government Area of Oyo state, reports 
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Also, he has directed that solar light be installed done so that we will see what is going on there every day and night.

Access Bank accelerates startup empowerment with Africa FinTech foundry - ITREALMS


Access Bank Plc is accelerating startups empowerment with its Africa FinTech Foundry (AFF) initiative, reports ITREALMS.

The initiative, ITREALMS gathered is set to empower emerging startups, with mentorship programmes, advisory and has committed N10 million in cash to the top three finalists.

ERA/FOEN: Nnimmo Bassey & Co to face contempt of court - ITREALMS

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The former Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN), Arc. Nnimmo Bassey and a former staff of ERA/FoEN Barr. Chima Williams have been dragged before the Federal High Court, sitting in Lagos for contempt of court, reports ITREALMS.

Recall that the Federal High Court order made on 7th October 2020 had restrained the duo from parading themselves as the Board Chairman and acting Executive Director of ERA/FoEN respectively.


Power of words according to Fr. Ebido - ITREALMS

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Tuesday, First Week of Lent B (February 23/2021) 

Your Daily BlessingMay the Almighty Abba, speak unto you words of life, love and peace today and always. Amen.

Read Isaiah 55:10-11; Matt 6:7-15; pray Psalm 34.

Narration: I have always marveled at the account of creation in Genesis. I marvel at the power of God’s words: “Let there be light, and there was light” (Gen 1:3b). The challenge of faith is to grow in our relationship with him to the point we can believe with childlike certitude that his words literally do what it says.

Get instant cash with Polaris Bank salary advance - ITREALMS

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The Polaris Bank has introduced salary advance to customers who may be in urgent needs, reports ITREALMS.
The bank now asked "Are you aware you could easily access funds for urgent needs that can’t wait till the end of the month?

12.45% GDP: Telecoms leads other sectors to take Nigeria out of recession - ITREALMS

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The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has revealed that the telecommunications sector under the supervision of Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) contributed some 12.45 percent to the nation's Gross Domestic Product (GDP), the sector is leading other sectors of the economy in efforts to take Nigeria out of recession, reports 
ITREALMS.
Latest data released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) made available to 
ITREALMS, telecommunications & Information Services under Information and Communication grew by 17.64 per cent in the last quarter (Q4) of 2020 from 17.36 per cent in Q3 2020 and 10.26 per cent in Q4 2019.

MoIC pushes for deployment of sign language interpreters on TV stations - ITREALMS

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The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has directed the National Broadcasting Commission to implement the Broadcasting Code provision that mandates television stations to deploy sign language interpreters on their major news bulletin, for the benefit of persons living with disability.

The Minister issued the directive in Abuja on Monday when he received executives of the Centre for Citizens with Disabilities on a courtesy visit to his office.

Digital Literacy: Canon African Frontiers outlines vital needs - ITREALMS

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Covid-19 has accelerated education’s digital transformation, highlighting Africa’s digital divide – and exposing the vital need for all-inclusive digital literacy, say expert panelists at the inaugural session of Canon’s groundbreaking thought leadership series, reports 
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As a result of the pandemic, online learning has provided a critical lifeline to learners affected by the worldwide closure of schools. This has, in turn, highlighted numerous social inequalities – not least the digital divide faced by the millions of students who lacked access to tools or resources and were unable to engage in remote learning.

Monday, February 22, 2021

Journalist’s arrest: MRA asks Niger State Governor to investigate Noel-Barje - ITREALMS

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The Media Rights Agenda (MRA) today called on Niger State Governor Abubakar Sani Bello to launch an investigation into reports that his Chief Press Secretary, Ms Mary Noel-Barje, ordered the arrest of The PUNCH correspondent in the State, Mr. Adebayo Ayinde, and directed security men to bar him from Government House in the State for undisclosed reasons.

In a statement issued in Lagos by its Project Director, Mr. Segun Fatuase, MRA advised the Governor to immediately relieve Ms Noel-Barje of her office if it is indeed established that she engaged in the unconstitutional and illegal action of using law enforcement agents to intimidate, harass and prevent the journalist from carrying out his professional duties.

Fr. Ebido harps on understanding power of binding and loosing - ITREALMS

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Monday, First Week of Lent B (February 22/2021) 

Your Daily BlessingMay God grant you the inner strength to seek reconciliation with anyone you need to reconcile with. Amen.

Read 1 Pet 5:1-4; Matt 16:13-19; pray Ps 22.

Narration: We have all come to understand that the Church has power to forgive or retain sins. We therefore believe in the power of the sacrament of reconciliation. 

Smile Telecoms in significant leadership changes - ITREALMS

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Pan-African telecommunications group with operations in Nigeria, Uganda, Tanzania, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the 
Smile Telecoms Holdings Ltd, has effected significant changes in the leadership of the group's board and management, reports ITREALMS.
This came after its board meeting held on January 15th, 2021, the group announced the retirement of Ms. Irene Charnley and Mr. Mohammed Wajih Sharbatly from the group's board and all boards of the operating companies, effective January 1st 2021.

NCC debunks allocation of 383m new lines - ITREALMS

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) would like to draw the attention of the general public to a news story in a national daily which wrongly interpreted an update report on National Numbering Plan, posted by the Commission on its official website.

Specifically, the report published by the media outfit with the headline: “NCC allocates 383 million new telephone numbers to operators," purported that the Commission allocated 383 million new telephone lines to telecoms service providers in the first quarter of 2021 alone.

Leo Stan Ekeh @65: A pride to modern Nigeria - ITREALMS

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Research has shown there are several gains or benefits of turning 65 years of age. For the working class, it may be time to stop filing personal income tax returns and retire from active service. For others, it could be a time to think and take seriously their health plan for retirement, yet another set sees this age as a turning point to further greatness.
After all, the good book, the Holy Bible promises Christians three scores plus 10 and above in Psalm 90:10, which Macmillan Dictionary defined as 70 years and above. Hence, turning 65 years of age is a milestone towards ascending to the three scores and 10. So, it is for Dr. Leonard Stanley Nnamdi Ekeh, also known as Leo-Stan Ekeh, Chairman of Zinox Group; as he clocks 65 years today, February 22, 2021.

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Fr. Ebido: Sober reflection on temptation - ITREALMS

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First Sunday of Lent B (February 21/2021) 

Your Daily BlessingMay God our Father protect you from all the arrows of the evil one. Amen.

Read Gen 9:8-15; 1 Pet 3:18-22; Mk 1:12-15; pray Ps 24

Narration: We adults are all familiar with temptation. But what we may not have taken notice of is that we often confuse temptation with something ‘bad’ or ‘evil’ in themselves. A very simple illustration will help.