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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Editors’ confab excites corporate Nigeria - ITREALMS

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... Gets supports from Elumelu Foundation, CBN others

Just few weeks to the 17th All Nigeria Editors’ Conference, many corporate organisations and security agencies, including, Tony Elumelu Foundation, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Globacom, Air Peace, Zenith Bank Plc, Access Bank Plc, Department of State Security (DSS) and others, have backed the conference.
The editors conference, which is the largest gathering of Nigerian editors and owners of mass media: newspapers, magazines, radio/television stations and online newspapers in Nigeria, is scheduled to hold between October 21 and 22 at the NAF Conference Centre, Abuja.

ICPC arraigns Ex-NIS officer over certificate fraud - ITREALMS

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A retired Chief Superintendent of Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Imam Aminu, has been arraigned by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), over alleged forgery of academic certificates.
The Commission, in a 4-count charge brought before Honourable Justice A.O. Abong of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court 18, sitting in Gwagwalada, Abuja averred that the accused person had forged a National Diploma Certificate in Public Administration from the Kaduna State Polytechnic and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management from the University of Calabar.

FirstBank expands international money transfer network - ITREALMS

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In furtherance of the need to expand diaspora remittance inflow into the country, First Bank of Nigeria Limited has increased its network of International Money Transfer Operators (IMTOs), targeted at easing the accessibility of its customers to receive money from close to 100 countries across the world in a safe and secured manner. With over 750 branches across the country, customers can receive money from the nearest FirstBank branch closest to them.
Over the years, FirstBank has been in partnership with Western Union, MoneyGram, Ria, Transfast, and WorldRemit. The bank is also in partnership with other IMTOs which include Wari, Smallworld, Sendwave, Flutherwave, Funtech, Thunes and Venture Garden Group to promote remittance inflow into the country, thereby putting Nigerians and residents at an advantage in receiving money from their families, friends and loved ones across the world.

Ndiaye hoists Senegal flag @WATRA Secretariat as Danbatta applauds - ITREALMS

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History was made recently by Senegal at the Secretariat of West Africa Telecommunications Regulators Assembly (WATRA) as the country hoists her flag, reports 
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Aboki, Ndiaye and Danbatta

The Ambassador of the Republic of Senegal to Nigeria, His Excellency, Babacar Matar Ndiaye performed the hoisting the flag in the company of the Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (EVC/CEO) of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta.

Universal Connectivity: Broadband Commission calls for people-centred solutions - ITREALMS

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Over a year and a half into the COVID-19 pandemic, amid relentless global demand for broadband services, the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development has reaffirmed its call for digital cooperation, innovation with information and communication technologies (ICTs), and collaborative approaches to secure universal connectivity and access to digital skills.


The Commission’s flagship State of Broadband Report 2021, released during the meeting, outlines the impact of pandemic policies and calls for a concerted, people-centred push to close the world’s persistent divide. In the world’s least developed countries (LDCs), no more than a quarter of the population is online.

“Digital cooperation needs to go beyond access to broadband,” said H.E. President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, Co-Chair of the Commission. “We also need to close the gap in the adoption and use of affordable devices and services, in accessible content, and in digital literacy.”

Monday, September 20, 2021

TD Africa, Dell EMC talk up PowerStore solution - ITREALMS

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Sub-Saharan Africa’s leading tech, solutions and lifestyle distribution giant, TD Africa and multinational technology company Dell EMC Technologies have stressed the benefits of leveraging cutting-edge technology in gaining significant advantage in the 21st Century business environment.

They made this known while addressing channel partners and other key stakeholders from the technology ecosystem at an event co-hosted by TD Africa and Dell EMC on Thursday, September 16, 2021, where the latter’s award-winning PowerStore storage solution was unveiled to participants.

20th Anniversary: N100m up for grabs by Airtel customers - ITREALMS

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As part of activities commemorating its 20th anniversary in Nigeria, leading telecommunications services provider, Airtel Nigeria, has announced the commencement of Recharge and Blow promo, a new offer that empowers customers to earn cash reward of up to N100m when they increase their weekly recharge.

Airtel is also rewarding all its customers with a gift of 250mb of data and 20 SMS as part of the anniversary celebrations.

Southern Governors: On open grazing ban we stand, demands VAT - ITREALMS

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The Southern Governors Forum met last weekend, Thursday, in Enugu and took a number of decisions including to collect the Value Added Tax (VAT) for their states, despite efforts by the Federal Inland Revenue Service(FIRS), reports 
ITREALMS.
The governors also reaffirmed stand on an open-grazing ban, and urged member states who have not yet enacted a law soonest.

ANA condemns Maiwada's visit to Australlian Embassy, warns others - ITREALMS

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The Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) has condemned the recent visit of Ahmed Maiwada who personally imposed himself as President of ANA and using the name of ANA to engage in all sort of unauthorized and illegal activities that has dragged the beautiful name of ANA in the mud.
This was contained in a statement issued by ANA National Publicity Secretary (South), Wole Adedoyin in Ilesa on Friday.

Danbatta, Juliet, others charge Nigerian women 'Be bold, take up ICT-related roles' - ITREALMS

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Nigerian women have been charged to equip themselves and take up roles and responsibilities in the country’s Information and Communications Technology both in government and private sector, reports 
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Olatokunbo Oyeleye
The experts, who gave the charge yesterday at the maiden edition of the Women Entrepreneurs & Executives in Tech Summit’ with the Theme: Future Tech Trends, Challenges and Opportunities for Women Entrepreneurs, also argued that women can only take up roles by participating in ICT skill training and retraining.

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Thugs attack Obi Ogwashi-Uku convey @Otulu – ITREALMS

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The Obi of Ogwashi-Uku, His Royal Majesty (HRM) Obi Ifechukwude Aninshi Okonjo II, and his convoy survived cultists attack during their visit to Otulu Ogwashiku-Uku, Delta State where he went to offer prayers, reports ITREALMS.

Confirming this to ITREALMS in a press statement endorsed by the spokesperson to the Obi of Ogwashi-Uku, Prince Greg Okwumbu, said the Obi and members of the Council of Ogwashi-Uku had visited Otulu Ogwashi-Uku Friday, September 17, 2021.

ARC, UN Women join forces to integrate gender into disaster risk management - ITREALMS

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The African Risk Capacity (ARC) and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote integration of gender equality in the disaster risk management.
L-R: Oulimata Sarr, UN Women, Regional Director for West and Central Africa,
Director-General of the ARC Group, UN-ASG Ibrahima Cheikh Diong,
and Siaka Coulibaly, the United Nations Resident Coordinator in
Senegal at the signing of the MoU earlier Friday in Dakar, Senegal.

Under the MoU, signed by the Heads of both institutions, the Parties will jointly engage in high-level advocacy, communication, dialogue, awareness-building, knowledge development and sharing and resource mobilisation leveraging the influence of both agencies to pursue a stronger political engagement for Gender and DRM in the Sahel and other African countries.

Friday, September 17, 2021

CBN retains interest rate @11.5%, insists 'no going back on BDC ban' - ITREALMS

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has retained the Monetary Policy Rate (MPR), which has been on the interest rate of 11.5 per cent, reports 
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The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of CBN via the Governor, revealed this to newsmen on Friday in Abuja.

Obadare: Nigerian women can rule world with intellectual property - ITREALMS

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The co-founder and Chief Operating Office of Digital Encode Limited, Dr. Peter Adewale Obadare has declared that Nigerian women could rule the world with their intellectual property when optimised, reports 
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Dr Obadare receiving Speakers award
Speaking at the maiden edition of the Women Entrepreneurs and Executives in Tech Summit (WEETS) at Four Point by Sheraton Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos on Thursday on the subtheme of "Cybercrime: Converting Suspects to Technology Giants" powered by TechLife with Ugo, a project of TechLife Media & Communications Limited, he encouraged Nigerian women to explore digital technologies for their own good, self-empowerment and financial wherewithal at this digital era.

Isolation Centres: Oyo Ministry of Health debunks paucity of funds claim - ITREALMS

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The Oyo State Ministry of Health, on Thursday, declared that allegations that paucity of funds had hit the State's isolation centres as reported in the news were false.
The Ministry, which made the clarification in a statement released on Thursday, said that the allegations were untrue and baseless, adding that the state government has been providing adequate funds and personnel since the outbreak of COVID-19 in the state.

Between regulators and technology platforms - ITREALMS

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There is a perfect storm brewing between Regulators and Technology Platforms.

Regulators should ordinarily be one of the most critical enablers of a society. They, however, tend to be either a source of support or a headwind against progress.
Austin Okere, Founder, CWG Plc
The regulator should not constrict the pursuit of opportunity nor act in a manner to entrench protectionism.

5th Nation Brand Forum to catalyse South Africa’s economic recovery - ITREALMS

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Plans have been concluded by the Minister in the Presidency and Brand South Africa to jointly host the fifth annual Nation Brand Forum (NBF), with the theme:
 Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan (ERRP), reports ITREALMS.
The organisers disclosed to ITREALMS that the objective is to revive and revitalise the South African economy post the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nigeria: Shell reiterates commitment to research, development - ITREALMS

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Energy giant, Shell, has said its research and development strategy is aligned with Nigeria’s 10-year strategic roadmap for local content being implemented by the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB).

Mrs. Elohor Aiboni, MD, Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Limited


Managing Director of the deep-water business of Shell in Nigeria, Mrs. Elohor Aiboni, said Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo) would continue to explore opportunities for collaboration with public and private sector stakeholders to enhance in-country capabilities in research and development.

NAF Hospital Lab wins ISO 15189 certification for quality systems - ITREALMS

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The 661 Nigerian Air Force Hospital Laboratory (661 NAFH), Ikeja-Lagos, has won for the second time, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 15189:2012 accreditation certificate for quality management systems and excellent service delivery, reports 
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CAS Amao receiving the certificate from Dr. Erhabor
According to the Director of Public Relations and Information, Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet in a press statement available to  ITREALMS, he said the award was presented to the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Oladayo Amao at the Headquarters NAF, Abuja by the Registrar, Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN), Dr Tosan Erhabor.

Controversial professorship: CAN suspends Gombe caretaker chairman for congratulating Pantami - ITREALMS

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The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has suspended its caretaker chairman in Gombe State, Mr. Sunday Congo, for congratulating Dr Isa Ibrahim-Pantami over his controversial professorship awarded by the Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO) recently, reports 
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Isa Pantami is the current Minister of Communications and Digital Economy since the commencement of the General Muhammadu Buhari, retired, administration.

Thursday, September 16, 2021

EFCC: Bawa is hale and hearty - ITREALMS

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The Economic and Financial Commission (EFCC) has refuted media reports that his chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa is hale and hearty, reports 
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Bawa, chairman, EFCC

Head, Media & Publicity, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren made this clarification, in a press statement available to ITREALMS and said, it has became necessary following an incident on Thursday, September 16, 2021 at the Presidential Villa, Abuja where he was giving a goodwill message to the National Identity Day celebration, felt unwell and had to return to his seat.

ICPSP sign MoU with NAWOJ, inducts chairperson, Adeola Ekine as fellow – ITREALMS

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The Institute of Corporate and Public Sector Professionals (ICPSP) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Lagos Sate chapter of the National Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), reports 
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Mrs Adeola Ekine, Lagos NAWOJ Chairperson
This is coming as the chairperson of NAWOJ in Lagos, Mrs. Adeola Ekine was conferred with a Honourary Fellow of the institute (HFICPSP).

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Nigeria: Paradigm, EiE, MRA, SERAP condemn continuous Twitter ban - ITREALMS

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A coalition of four Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have berated the Nigeria's Twitter ban which hit 100 days on Sunday, September 12th, 2021, reports 
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Speaking on this prolonged ban on Monday, September 13th, at a joint press conference, the CSOs namely, Paradigm Initiative (PIN), Enough is Enough (EiE) Nigeria, Media Rights Agenda (MRA), and Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) dissected the implications and charted the way forward on the Twitter ban in Nigeria at CIVIC Hive, Yaba, Lagos.

2021 confab: GOCOP unveils date for fifth edition - ITREALMS

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The Guild of Corporate Online Publishers (GOCOP) has unveiled October 6 and 7, 2021 as dates for its fifth annual conference, reports 
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A press statement signed by GOCOP publicity secretary, Mr. Olumide Iyanda and made available to ITREALMS, revealed that the theme of the conference is "COVID-19 Pandemic: Recovery and Reconstruction in Nigeria.”

Identity Day 2021: Airtel, NIMC urge Nigerians to embrace digital identity enrollment - ITREALMS

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Leading telecommunications services provider, Airtel Nigeria, has announced a strategic partnership with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to intensify the campaign on the need for Nigerians to embrace digital identity (ID) enrollment in commemoration of this year’s National Identity Day scheduled to hold tomorrow, 16th September.
According to Airtel, the partnership with NIMC to mark the National Identity Day is in line with its commitment to support the government’s agenda of building a robust and reliable soft infrastructure and identity management system that will accelerate economic development as well as boost safety and security of all citi\zens and residents across the country.


Commenting on the partnership, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Airtel Nigeria, Surendran Chemmenkotil, said Airtel is delighted to join NIMC, the Nigerian government and other well-meaning stakeholders to create further awareness on the importance of identity and digital identity enrollment, noting that a solid national identity database is a powerful tool that can drive efficient economic and social planning, governance and service delivery.

“Airtel commends the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) and the management of the NIMC under the leadership of Aliyu Aziz for their commitment to creating a world class identity database for Nigerians and for the relentlessness in inspiring several platforms and initiatives to put the conversation around identity management on the front burner. Airtel is excited to join NIMC in hosting this year’s identity management day and we will continue to support the institution in delivering its mandate to Nigerians,” he said.

According to the Director General and Chief Executive Officer, National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Aliyu Aziz, the commission is celebrating 16th September as National Identity Day in collaboration with the global agitation for the day to be formally declared as world international identity day.

“Nigeria has been positioned to take giant steps in providing unique identity to all through collaboration with government institutions and viable partnership with the private sectors. The essence of this celebration is to create awareness among Nigerians on the importance of identification as a tool for national development.

“We need more Nigerians to not only understand the role identity plays in improving governance but also in empowering individuals to exercise their rights and responsibilities fairly and equitably in a modern society. We are delighted Nigeria became the first country in the world to declare September 16 as ID Day, thereby leading the rest of the world in this important direction”, he said.

September 16 has been recognized annually as National Identity Day in Nigeria since 2019, following approval of the Federal Government under the administration of Mr. President, General Muhammadu Buhari, retired, to join the Coalition for International Identity Day.

The National Identity Day is commemorated as part of the Government’s efforts to promote awareness on the importance of identity in enhancing access to rights, social services and formal economy.

9mobile Director, Abdulrahman Ado, Not on UAE Terror Financier List - ITREALMS

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The management of 9mobile has distanced itself and its Executive Director of Regulatory and Corporate Affairs, Abdulrahman Ado as a  wanted person in the United Arab Emirates' terror financiers against social media rounds, reports ITREALMS.
Abdulrahman Ado
A press statement available to ITREALMS, 9mobile insisted that the report that ‘Abdulrahman’ Ado ‘Musa’ purportedly designated along with others by the United Arab Emirates as terror financiers, describing the report as false.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Konga, FG sign MoU on job creation - ITREALMS

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Konga, Nigeria’s leading composite e-commerce giant, has been hailed by the Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Hon. Sunday Dare as a digital platform with immense capacity to help re-write Nigeria’s unemployment narrative.
He made this known during the signing of a landmark partnership between Konga and the Ministry aimed at generating creative employment for millions of Nigerian youths.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to seal the partnership was signed on Monday, September 13, 2021 in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

IPOB tags those insisting on sit-at-home traitors, warns perpetrators - ITREALMS

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The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) may have put its acts together with a stoppage declaration on sit-at-home, tagging those insistent on the exercise, traitors, reports 
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The past four weeks of sit-at-home by IPOB, ITREALMS gathered has cost Eastern states over N50 billion in four weeks

‘State of π‘πšπ§π¬π¨π¦π°πšπ«πž 2021’ in Nigeria: 𝐒𝐨𝐩𝐑𝐨𝐬, π“πžπœπ‘π„πœπ¨π§π¨π¦π².ng to host webinar - ITREALMS

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United Kingdom (UK)-based company with primarily focus in providing security software, the Sophos Group, in conjunction with TechEconomy.ng has slated September 23, 2021 (10.00 AM WAT) as the date for the ‘State of Ransomware’ webinar, reports ITREALMS.
A snippet of the Sophos’ report shows that Ransomware attacks have doubled since the first half of the year and are targeting over 50% of organizations globally.

COVID induced economic downturn: Banks have roles to play says Sanwo-Olu – ITREALMS

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In order to rebuild the economies disrupted by the still ravaging COVID-19 pandemic, the Governor of Lagos, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has said that banks especially in Nigeria have significant role to play in any recovery plan, reports ITREALMS.
Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State

Speaking as the special guest at the hybrid 14th annual Banking and Finance Conference with the theme: “Economic Recovery, Inclusion & Transformation: The Role of Banking & Finance” which held both physically and virtually in both Lagos and Abuja, Gov. Sanwo-Olu told participants in the centre of excellence that as the world struggles to rebuild and restore disrupted economies even as humanity tries to mitigate its impact on lives, livelihoods and societies, the banks, no doubt, have a very significant role to play in the economic recovery we would like to see.

1bn empowerment fund: Ex-militants accuse amnesty boss, Dikio of fraud - ITREALMS

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The Presidential Amnesty Programme boss, Col. Milland Dikio has been accused of spending funds for the empowerment of 400 ex militants on travels and stakeholder meetings, reports 
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Col. Dikio, Amnesty boss
Press statement available to ITREALMS and endorsed by Churchill Amieye, an APC youth member from the South-South region, stressed that “It seems like the drama in the Niger Delta Presidential Amnesty Office is far from over. Revelations have shown that, even after the widely publicized verification exercise carried out by the caretaker committee, set up by the National Security Adviser to the President, the office is still overwhelmed with unprogressive policies and mismanagement of funds.”

2021 endurance runners to benefit from satellite tracking - ITREALMS

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The Globalstar Europe Satellite Services Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Globalstar Inc. and a leader in satellite messaging, IoT, and emergency notification technologies, has confirmed that SPOT devices will track and safeguard all athletes competing in the 35th edition of MARATHON DES SABLES (MDS), the world’s most extreme running race, reports ITREALMS.


Globalstar, ITREALMS gathered, has for the sixth time been named Official Tracking Partner for this year’s event, taking place from 1-11 October 2021. MDS did not take place in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Pandemic: 66% firms in Nigeria witness rise in phishing attacks - ITREALMS

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Sophos, a global leader in next-generation cybersecurity, today announced the findings of its global survey, “Phishing Insights 2021,” which reveals that phishing attacks targeting organizations ramped up considerably during the pandemic, as millions of employees working from home became a prime target for cybercriminals.

The majority (66%) of IT teams in Nigeria said the number of phishing emails targeting their employees increased during 2020.

ARC, IP Dakar sign MoU to assist AU members - ITREALMS

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The African Risk Capacity (ARC) Group and the Fondation Institut Pasteur de Dakar (IP Dakar) and signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) establishing a collaborative framework to assist African Union Member States to better prepare, plan and respond to epidemics and other high-impact infectious disease outbreaks, reports 
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Under the agreement, IP Dakar and ARC Agency will join forces and leverage their individual expertise to support the evaluation of AU member states capacities for epidemiological surveillance, outbreak response, and laboratory diagnostics. This will be beneficial for contingency planning and providing a timely response to disease outbreaks and mitigating outbreak situations.

Makinde not gunning for President says CPS - ITREALMS

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A fake news item, purportedly promoting Oyo State Governor, ‘Seyi Makinde, as a presidential hopeful in the 2023 election, has come to the attention of the Media Office Of The Governor.
Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State

The banner advert, which has the picture of Governor Makinde and the Nigerian flag, as well as a picture of the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, allegedly promoting the presidential ambition of the governor, should be treated for what it is: Fake News!

US-CDC trains 40 Nigerian public health officials on emergency response - ITREALMS

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The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US-CDC) on Monday kicked off a two-week capacity building program in Lagos for Nigerian experts on public health emergency response.
The training seeks to certify the first cohort of 40 participants drawn from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), state-level ministries of health, the Nigeria Port Health Services, and the Nigerian military in the Public Health Emergency Management Professional Certification (PHEM PC).

Monday, September 13, 2021

Attah hands over NLNG Key to Mshelbila - ITREALMS

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The leadership transition period at Nigeria LNG Limited (NLNG) ended at the weekend in Port Harcourt with the former Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Engr. Tony Attah handing over the symbolic NLNG key to to his successor, Dr. Philip Mshelbila, reports ITREALMS.

At a farewell and welcome ceremony held in honour of the executives, the NLNG Key changed hands, marking the ceremonial commencement of Dr. Mshelbila’s tenure.

Shell trains 40 Imo youths on gas project - ITREALMS

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LEADING energy company, The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) has commenced a one-year professional and vocational training for 40 youths from the SPDC Joint Venture host communities of the Assa North and Ohaji South gas project in Imo State.
Osagie Okunbor, Chairman, Shell Nigeria

“The aim is to ready these youths, not only for opportunities in the operations of the Assa North and Ohaji South gas development project but also in the entire Nigerian gas development value chain,” SPDC’s Country Head Corporate Relations, Igo Weli, said.

Courtesy visit: Minister tasks on speedy 5G implementation - ITREALMS

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Given the last Wednesday's approval of the National Policy on Fifth Generation (5G) technology deployment in Nigeria by the Federal Executive Council (FEC), the Hon. Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, has urged the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to prepare for immediate and effective implementation of the policy, reports 
ITREALMS.
The Minister gave this charge when the Management of the Commission, led by its Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (EVC/CEO), Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, paid him a courtesy visit in his office at the Communications and Digital Economy Complex, Mbora, Abuja on Thursday, September 9, 2021.

CBN orders PSBs to separate transactions - ITREALMS

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has instructed banks and Payment Service Providers (PSBs) to separate all transactions that would normally categorised as bulk payment upon transition, reports 
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The Director, Payments System Management Department, Musa Jimoh, in a statement on CBN website, stated that the directive is in a bid to ensure transparency and clarity for auditing within the banking system.

Fake professorship to Pantami: Kperogi wants NUC to sanction FUTO - ITREALMS

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A Nigerian-American academic and media scholar, Farooq Adamu Kperogi, has charged the leadership of the National Universities Commission (NUC) under Prof. Abubakar Adamu Rasheed to invoke necessary sanctions against the Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO) for awarding ‘fake professorship’ to the sitting Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ibrahim Pantami, reports ITREALMS.
Farooq Kperogi and ES, NUC Prof. Rasheed

Prof. Rasheed, ITREALMS gathered is the Executive Secretary (ES) of NUC with vision to be a dynamic regulatory agency acting as a catalyst for positive change and innovation for the delivery of quality university education in Nigeria, whilst its mission statement is to ensure the orderly development of a well-coordinated and productive university system that will guarantee quality and relevant education for national development and global competitiveness.

NDIC Boss lauds ICPC for reducing Corruption in the Public Sector - ITREALMS

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The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC), Mr. Bello Hassan, has commended the Anti-Corruption and Transparency Units (ACTUs) set up by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), in Ministries, Departments and Agencies for reducing corruption in public sector institutions.

A press statement from ICPC by the spokesperson, Mrs. Azuka Ogugua, quoted the MD who gave the commendation at the inauguration and induction of the reconstituted ACTU of the Corporation following the retirement and expiration of tenure of the old members stated “Your agency has continued to give impetus to the current administration in the war against graft and other forms of corruption.

Abeokuta Book Club, IHRAF to host writers workshop - ITREALMS

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The Abeokuta Book Club in conjunction with the International Human Rights Art Festival (IHRAF), African Chapter has conclude plans to host a day practical workshop on the 18th day of September, 2021 for Ogun State-based writers, publishers, bloggers, librarians and editors, reports 
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A press statement issued by the Coordinator of the Club, Darasimi Adeoye in Abeokuta on Saturday, available to ITREALMS, informed that the workshop will encourage participants to think of themselves as writers and take their writing seriously.

Pantami’s fake professorship joins other intellectual frauds by Farooq Kperogi - ITREALMS

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"Pantami is not qualified to be promoted to the rank of professor in the two universities he has some associations with. Most importantly, though, he is not qualified to be appointed professor by and at any university in the world because he does not teach, research, or render service at any university now" - Farooq Kperogi.
It emerged late last week that Communications and Digital Economy Minister Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami (or his agents) possibly instructed Zamfara State governor Bello Muhammad Mutawalle to place an advertorial in the Daily Trust to congratulate Pantami on his “promotion to the Rank of Full Professor of Cybersecurity” by an unnamed university.
... Isa Pantami displaying an award

(In the advertorial, Mutawalle repeated the dishonestly hyperbolized claims Pantami cherishes and promotes, such as the claim that he has over 160 publications—which don’t show up in any scholarly repository—and that he was trained at Harvard, MIT, and Oxford even though he only attended a few days’ workshops there while in government. He used the American English “full professor” that the Islamic University of Madinah where Pantami taught also uses to describe what is simply called “professor” in British and Nigerian terminology. Since Mutawalle isn’t an academic, it’s obvious that Pantami wrote the advertorial for him.)

Konga plans to provide jobs for over 500,000 Nigerians by 2025 - ITREALMS

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Konga, Nigeria’s leading composite e-commerce giant, is set to become one of the biggest employers of labour in Nigeria after unveiling plans to provide meaningful employment opportunities for over 500,000 Nigerians as well as another 500,000 in other African countries by 2025.
The development will see Konga not only top the employment charts in the private sector but will also see the company rival government and sub-national entities in terms of employment figures, while also significantly contributing to ameliorating the worrisome unemployment situation in Nigeria and other Africans as it prepares for strategic African expansion.

Sunday, September 12, 2021

FCT Minister commends ICPC for innovative, professional effect - ITREALMS

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The enduring efforts of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) in improving corporate governance through innovative, professional and effective mechanisms in MDAs have been commended by the Honourable Minister of Federal Capital Territory, Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello.
Mallam Bello of FCT
Mallam Bello who made this assertion during a sensitisation workshop for top management staff of Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) recently in Abuja, commended the Commission’s Ethics and Integrity Compliance Scorecard in which FCTA emerged as top scorer in the year 2020 rating, stating that the success was attributable to the active role played by the FCT Anti-Corruption and Transparency Unit (ACTU).

Intellectual Property: MNP patent holder, Kenny Acholonu urges protection for Nigeria infant malnutrition - ITREALMS

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A quadruple patent holder, Dr Kenny Acholonu, has called on regulatory agencies and players in the Nigerian scientific community covering medical, pharmaceutical, and most importantly nutritional products to ensure recognition and protection of intellectual property rights, reports 
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Dr Kenny Acholonu
This, Acholonu said would encourage innovation even as he commended regulatory agencies pushing for enhanced utilisation of patented micronutrient formulations.

Makinde hails 3SC's return to Premier League - ITREALMS

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Oyo State Governor, 'Seyi Makinde, has praised the resounding success recorded by the Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) by securing the long-awaited promotion to the elite Nigerian Premier Football League.
Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State
He maintained that the promotion is in line with his campaign promise to get the Oluyole Warriors promoted to the elite league within two years of assumption of office, stating that the commitment and patriotism of the players and management are highly commendable.

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Cyber crime: Detecting most common online scams - ITREALMS

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Despite all efforts made by Law Enforcement Agencies and many Anti-fraud Organisations to reduce cyber crime to the barest minimum, research revealed that cyber criminals are becoming more sophisticated in their illegal activities, they are developing new fraud schemes every day with change in technologies.
However, the greatest weapon of all current and intending users of internet against cyber criminals is "knowledge" about the most common online scams and how to avoid them.

Akoko Edo Forum holds inaugural meeting - ITREALMS

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The Akoko Edo Forum (AEF), a recently formed umbrella group of Akoko Edo sons and daughters in Nigeria and the diaspora, has held its inaugural meeting on Saturday, September 4, 2021, reports 
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The meeting held virtually on Zoom platform, ITREALMS gathered had notable Akoko Edo sons and daughters in the private and public sectors, including industry captains, professionals, academics, retired military officers and civil servants, political office holders, etc in attendance.