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Fayemi advocates review of education curriculum - ITREALMS

ITREALMS : The Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi has called for a review of the country’s education curriculum so that it can meet...

Monday, September 23, 2019

Fayemi advocates review of education curriculum - ITREALMS


The Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi has called for a review of the country’s education curriculum so that it can meet international standards and adequately respond to the challenges the nation is facing, reports ITREALMS.

Speaking at a lecture commemorating 110th Founder’s Day of King’s College, Lagos, the Governor said there should be a shift from the curriculum which is aimed at producing certificated individuals rather than individuals who can contribute practically to the development of the country.

Dr.Fayemi whose keynote address was titled ‘The Promise of Kings College and the Development of Nigeria: Stakeholders in Partnership with Government for Better outcomes in the Education sector” also called for the restoration of merit over quota system in the admission of students into legacy schools across the country.

In attendance at the lecture were prominent Nigerians and old boys of the school, including the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Mohammadu Sanusi II.

The Governor commended the legacy schools, especially King’s College, for “ producing leaders who are contributing to national development”, He also called on all stakeholders to work together to re-invent the days when the nation’s education system produced men and women who are truly worthy in character and learning.

“I can only imagine the immense pressure on school authorities during admission cycles. It is during such times that we see different lists of people seeking admission. This is a reflection of the decay in our society and the gradual relegation of meritocracy in favour of other considerations.

“It is possible for the King’s College community to show leadership by leading the country back to the path of meritocracy, where your admission is solely a function of your performance in an entrance examination ranked amongst your peers.

“We must bring back the days that every common citizen could access such institutions as King’s College without knowing anybody. If you don’t qualify to enter a school, simply apply to the next available school. While the promotion of the federal quota system is not out of place for a diversified country as Nigeria, merit should not be sacrificed on the altar of such arrangements”, he said.

While urging stakeholders to examine the role of the school in national development, Dr Fayemi said government at all levels must build more schools to cater for the rising number of students and curb overloading existing schools beyond their capacity.

The governor said the current challenges facing the nation’s education sector must be surmounted now in order to provide the “required solutions for Nigeria’s development in all ramifications – generation after generation”.

He said government, school authorities and other stakeholders must be proactive and strategize in order to reposition the nation’s education system.

Earlier, the President of Kings College Old Boys Association, Alhaji Ibrahim Kashim-Imam had said the plummeting education system was responsible for the lecture marking the school’s 110th founder’s day celebration.


Uj. N. Dominic

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PIC: L-R: Trustee King’s College Old Boys Association (KCOBA), Olorogun (Dr) Sunny Kuku: Vice President KCOBA/ Emir of kano, HRM Mohammadu Sanusi; Guest Speaker/Governor of  Ekiti State; Dr. Kayode Fayemi and President, KCOBA,  Alhaji Ibrahim Kashim -Imam during  the College’s 110th Founder’s Day lecture in Lagos…on Friday..

NITDA, DBI Partner eBusiness Life On ICT Career Fair 2019 - ITREALMS

Education is nothing if not directed at solving a social challenge or helping the educated attain a level of passion-fulfillment in society.

Bearing this in mind, eBusiness Life Communication Limited has set things in place towards hosting stakeholders in all sectors of the economy to a one-day Career Fair holding in Lagos in November 2019.

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and the Digital Bridge Institute (DBI) have indicated interest in partnering with eBusiness Life in this maiden edition of the Fair.



The one-day eBusiness Life ICT Career Fair 2019 presents an opportunity for companies to showcase what products and services they have that are geared towards enhancing career prospects of Nigerians. It will be an avenue for participating organisations to show their alignment towards developing skills in Nigeria.

According to the convener and Chief Executive Officer, eBusiness Life, Mrs. Ufuoma Emuophedaro, this event seeks to bring together stakeholders that are involved in shaping and encouraging professionalism in the ICT industry. These will include both government and private sector agencies and companies. Participation will also transverse Recruitment Agencies, ICT Training Institutes, ICT service users, among others.

It will further have a session for an exhibition of products and services by participating organisations. Programme for the event will also include a seminar on entrepreneurship opportunities.

The Fair with the theme: “ICT Career: Laying The Blocks For The Future”, will be an open Fair for students, individuals planning on changing careers to ICT or those trying to understand more of ICT.



NITDA, the country’s Information Technology (IT) regulatory agency as we know, has a mandate to enter into strategic alliance with the private sector as well as international organizations for the actualization of the IT vision and also the development of human capital with emphasis on creating and supporting a knowledge-based economy. A role NITDA has performed very well.

In the same vein, DBI has a mandate to promote the development of human resources capacity by training personnel in the telecoms and ICT sectors of the economy, as well as educating future leaders in technology industries of all kinds. A role DBI has performed very well and is still performing to date.



According to Mrs. Emuophedaro, the partnership with the two bodies further buttresses the fact that there are still companies and individuals who are ready to help others develop their skill sets and further align with a career that will not only help them achieve self-development but also contribute in the growth of the nation’s economy.

“We appreciate their ability to support and help raise the standard of our Telecoms and ICT skills set in Nigeria,” she stated.



e-Business Life Communication Limited publishes a monthly Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Magazine incorporated to bring better information that would link users and service providers as well as enable Nigeria to take its pride of place among the comity of nations in the new global economy.



The mission at e-Business Life Magazine is to inform and educate ICT users on trends and developments both locally and internationally; to provide a platform on which to build ICTs in Nigeria and also to be a voice for ICT consumers in the country. Also, the company is poised to create a world where Nigerian youths have a better understanding of modern technologies and can easily deploy these technologies in developing their communities.


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Friday, September 20, 2019

FirstBank supports educational institutions with FirstEdu - ITREALMS

Nigeria’s premier and leading financial services provider, First Bank of Nigeria Limited, has announced its educational solution – FirstEdu - specifically designed to enhance the educational facilities in schools. The FirstEdu product includes FirstEdu loan and FirstEdu portal.

FirstEdu loan is targeted at private Nursery & Primary and Secondary schools to assist the schools in achieving their desired growth in the medium and long-term. The product provides funding to replace old furniture and equipment, pay staff salaries, purchase brand new or fairly-used buses as well as refurbish dilapidated buildings and classroom blocks. With this product, school owners/proprietors can stay ahead of competition at all times.

The product enables the schools to access facility with no tangible collateral, apart from domiciliation of school fees account with the Bank.

In addition, FirstEdu portal is a modular and robust web-based enterprise portal that enables Tertiary educational institutions manage academic, administrative, professional, logistics and payment challenges. The basis for its robustness is to take the stress of logistics, administrative and payment challenges off the institutions, as they focus on meeting their year-long, medium and long-term objectives.

The product features and benefits include; e-Learning, virtual library and facilitation of exchange programmes with foreign educational institutions; academic & student events/time-table/calendar management; school fees payment via the internet; online information and result checking; interactive community forum between students and teachers. It also affords applicants the opportunity of enrolling from the comfort of their homes or any location around the world; no licensing, installation and maintenance cost and plugs avenues for revenue leakages amongst others.

According to Chuma Ezirim, Group Executive, e-Business & Retail Products, First Bank of Nigeria Limited, “with FirstEdu, private schools across the various tiers of education in Nigeria; elementary, secondary and tertiary, have the right tool to boost their business to the level they desire. With over N5 billion loans already disbursed to schools this year alone, we are committed to supporting growth in this key sector of our economy.”’

Uj. N. Dominic/Editor

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6 Nigerians emerge fellows @African School of Internet Governance - ITREALMS

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Six Nigerians emerged as fellows at the just concluded African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG), reports ITREALMS.

The African School on Internet Governance is a multistakeholder training initiative that gives Africans from diverse sectors and stakeholder groups the opportunity to gain knowledge and confidence to participate effectively in internet governance processes and debates nationally, regionally and globally. 

In addition, ITREALMS gathered that it contributes towards increasing the diversity, extent, quality and effectiveness of African participation in internet governance by creating a space that promotes multistakeholder learning and dialogue. The six Nigerians are; Amina Ramallan, Olamide Egbayelo, Gabreal Odunsi, Musab Muhammad Isah, Tomiwa Ilori and Morisola Alaba .

The Seventh African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG) which was held at N’Djamena, Chad, had 45 participants from 23 countries with a series of sessions, lectures and workshops on internet governance processes at the local, national, sub-regional, regional and global levels.

The school which is usually co-located with the annual African Internet Governance Forum came to a wrap on September 12, 2019.

In a press statement released by the alumni group in Nigeria, “The African school on internet governance represent the grooming place for future leaders on Internet governance on the continent and it is great that there are six Nigerians among the 45 fellows this year.”

Over the years, a number of young Nigerians from different stakeholder groups have been part of the AfriSIG building multidisciplinary cadre of expertise in internet governance on the continent through the participation of current and emerging leaders drawn from government, business, academia and civil society.

According to Adeboye Adegoke, Program Manager at Paradigm Initiative and member of the Nigerian alumni group, “Unlike the traditional governance process which is exclusive to the government, Internet Governance is a multistakeholder process and usually requires inputs from all actors.” 

“... Given that people are not used to this approach, the Afrisig represents a veritable platform to learn and understand how this works. Irrespective of your area of expertise, Afrisig gives you an opportunity to see the Internet from the perspective of others and this is helping the resilience of the Internet and promoting the principle of an open Internet on the continent” Adeboye concluded.

While commenting on the development, another member of the alumni group and coordinator of the Nigerian School on Internet Governance, NSIG, Caleb Ogundele, noted that “the school is part of the long term strategic plan to strategically drive additional capacity building initiatives to raise the Next
Generation of Internet Governance thought leaders that will shape policies across the Internet Governance space in Nigeria and beyond.”

Nenye Dom/Editor

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Thursday, September 19, 2019

ALTON reassures Minister of support, demands attention on telecom challenges - ITREALMS

The Association of Licensed Telecommunication Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), has reassured the Minister of Communications, Dr. Ali Isa Patanmi, demanding that he gives attention to issues retard ease of doing business in Nigeria’s telecom sector, reports ITREALMS.

ALTON, is an industry body of all licensed telecommunications operators in Nigeria and is duly registered under the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and recognized as an industry representative by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and other Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies.

According to ALTON, access to basic communications services have transformed personal and business productivity, enhanced governance and facilitated security services delivery in the country.

“There is no gainsaying that Information Communication Technology (ICT) also has a direct impact on the performance of Government at all levels.

“The ICT Sector accounts for approximately 10% of nominal GDP as against 2016 with a direct contribution of over N1.549trn to the economy. Our sector consistently accounted for over 30% of Nigerian Foreign Direct Investment since its deregulation in year 2001. It is pertinent to state that the ICT Sector has created over 20,000 direct and 1.5 million indirect jobs since its deregulation in 2001.

As said by ALTON, despite the above milestones, it is of great concern to stakeholders that the ICT sector is still operating below its potentials, as it is faced with fundamental challenges militating against network enhancement and development as well as inadequate infrastructure to support broadband roll out.

Specifically, ALTON in the letter endorsed by its chairman, Otunba Gbenga Adebayo, noted that the provision of first class telecoms service in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja has been hampered by the refusal of the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) to grant permits to our members to build infrastructure.

“Despite concerted engagement, FCDA has maintained that due to the need to maintain the Abuja Master Plan, it will not grant approval to our members to build new sites in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja,” the group said.

ALTON pointed out that without adequate infrastructure, the provision of qualitative telecommunications services cannot be guaranteed.

“We, therefore respectfully invite you to use your good office to liaise with the FCDA to identify suitable locations for new sites build by our members to ensure the provision of qualitative telecoms service in FCT and environs,” he said.

In addition, ALTON emphasized that more base stations are needed for more resilient infrastructure and other elements to support stable telecom operations. Lamenting that, however they were faced with a number of issues for which require intervention of government at the highest level.

Chuks Egbuna/Editor

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Wike lauds Gov Fayemi's leadership - ITREALMS

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Rivers State Governor, Barr. Nyesome Wike has described his Ekiti State counterpart and Chairman of the Nigerian Governors' Forum ( NGF), Dr Kayode Fayemi, as a highly focused leader who does not discriminate against members of tbe opposition party, but sees them as partners in progress.

Governor Wike gave the commendation, Wednesday in Port Harcourt, during the commissioning of the ultra modern Rumuwoji Market as part of activities marking the first 100 days of his second term in office.

Wike said Governor Fayemi was given the honour of commissioning the market in recognition of his rare qualities as a leader who does not discriminate based on political party affiliation.

"My brother, the Chairman of NGF, Governor Fayemi is a great leader. He has never discriminated against opposition parties. He sees everybody as partners in progress.

"He is one of the few leaders who understand that a political party is a vehicle to get into government and that party affiliation should not bring animosity, especially when development is the focus.

Governor Wike recalled how Governor Fayemi's intervention helped to douse the tension that was brewing over the issue of mosque demolition in the state earlier in the month.

"He called me when he heard about the development. He came here and intervened in the matter, not minding our political party affiliation. That is leadership. And such a leader should be encouraged" He added.

Governor Fayemi, in a short remark before commissioning the market complex also has hailed his Rivers State counterpart, Barr. Wike for his developmental strides in the state.

He described Wike as a frontline member of the NGF, adding that he was impressed by the Rivers State Governor's penchant for people- oriented projects, which he said had earned him the nickname "Mr Project".

Dr Fayemi who was the special guest of honour at the event, said government is about affecting the lives of the people positively and ensuring that "we fulfill promises made during electioneering period.

He said his role as NGF Chairman is to support, protect and defend members of the Forum regardless of party affiliation.

The two governors later led other dignitaries and traders on an inspection of facilities in the ultra modern market.

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Emeka Ozumba elevated to DCPS - ITREALMS

The former Chief Media Officer to wife of Anambra State Governor, Mr Emeka Ozumba has vowed to redouble his efforts in serving the state, reports ITREALMS.

Ozumba made the vow during his swearing in as Deputy Chief Press Secretary while being sworn-into his new portfolio, during the State’s Executive Council Meeting at Exco Chambers, Government House, Awka.

Prior to his appointment into political office, Ozumba was Managing Consultant at Ozion Ltd., a government/public affairs and media advisory consultancy services based in Abuja.

Earlier, Gov. Obiano while performing the swearing-in had urged Ozumba to work harder in the discharge of his duties.

The Governor had explained that his latest appointment was because of his commitment and excellence in the performance of his media and communications duties.

Ozumba, who hails from Urunnebo Enugwu-Ukwu, Anambra State, has not less than 25 years experience in marketing communications and public affairs.

He was a 1987 Mass Communications Graduate of the Institute of Management and Technology (IMT), Enugu.

Ozumba later obtained a Post Graduate Diploma from the Nigeria Institute of Journalism, Lagos and a degree from the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Igbariam.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Cashless Policy: CBN commences nationwide charges on deposits, withdrawals above N500,000 - ITREALMS

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has commenced a nationwide implementation of the cashless policy with effect from March 2020, while implementation of charges on deposits and withdrawals takes immediate effect, from Wednesday, September 18, 2019, reports ITREALMS.

A circular to all Deposit Money Banks (DMBs) in the country, made available to 
ITREALMS, CBN said that implementation of the policy signals the imposition of charges on deposits in addition to already existing charges on withdrawals.

The circular, also noted that the charges, which take effect from Wednesday will attract three per cent processing fees for withdrawals and two per cent processing fees for lodgments of amounts above N500,000 for individual accounts.

On the corporate accounts, CBN in a circular signed by the Director, Payments System Management Department, Mr. Sam Okojere, said that DMBs would charge five per cent processing fees for withdrawals and three per cent processing fee for lodgments of amounts above N3,000,000.

The charge on deposits, CBN noted, would apply in Lagos, Ogun, Kano, Abia, Anambra, and Rivers States as well as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja, while the full implementation of the cashless policy will effectively commence from March 31, 2020.

Further said this would promote the cashless policy and enhance the collection of applicable government revenues, just as it reviewed the process for merchant settlement.

“With effect from Tuesday, September 17, the CBN had given approval for banks to unbundle merchant settlement amounts and charge applicable taxes and duties on individual transactions as stipulated by regulations.

Okojere, insisted that a downward review of the Merchant Service Charge has been approved, from 0.75 per cent capped at N1, 200 to 0.50 per cent capped at N1, 000.

Chuks Egbuna/Editor

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HP: Task Systems maintains supplier of genuine products - ITREALMS

Foremost ICT solution company, Task Systems, has maintained its status as a certified supplier of genuine products and solutions from global Original Equipment Manufacturer, Hewlett-Packard (HP). The company recently scaled a rigorous audit by HP, further affirming Task’s quality assurance rating.

The audit comes as the company has promised its numerous clients across the ICT ecosystem of continuous supply of genuine ICT products.

In a letter to announce the successful audit, HP Vice President, Distribution and Supplies Sales in charge of Europe, Middle East and Africa, Tiago Drummond-Borges, commended Task Systems for its consistently high level of product and service delivery.

The letter reads: “Thank you for your cooperation in the recent Channel Partner Protection Audit (CPPA) of HP-branded and Samsung-branded supplies (“HP Supplies”) conducted in your company. Our auditor did not find any cartridges that are counterfeit, grey marketed or otherwise unauthorised for resale by you, in the premises on the date of the audit. Consequently, we are glad to confirm your status as an HP partner as per your HP Partner Agreement.”

Receiving the letter, Task Systems Managing Director, Olufunke Oduntan disclosed that the development has, once again, confirmed Task Systems as the undisputed choice when it comes to the supply of genuine ICT products.

“We are very elated that Task Systems again passed HP Channel Partner Protection Audit (CPPA). In these past years, we have worked hard to make Task Systems the preferred ICT solution provider in Africa and beyond.

“We again assure our numerous clients that we will continue to meet their demands by continually supplying genuine products aimed at innovating and improving their business performance,” Oduntan said.

Established 32 years ago, Task Systems is Nigeria’s leading ICT solution provider in cloud data, enterprise solution, network foundation solution, data security, among others.

The company, one of Nigeria’s most successful, structured and long-standing corporates, has grown from its early days of transitioning Nigeria to the technology landscape, to become one of the strongest, most reliable and most trusted ICT solution providers in West Africa.

Nenye Dom/Editor

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GOCOP President tasks journalists on peace promotion via social media - ITREALMS

The President of the Guild of Corporate Online Publishers (GOCOP), Mr. Dotun Oladipo, has tasked media practitioners to occupy the social media space in the bid to promote peace in the country, reports ITREALMS.

Oladipo, who is also the Managing Editor and CEO of Premium Eagle Media Limited, publishers of The Eagle Online, stated this on Monday in Lagos at a Forum convened by the Journalists for Democratic Rights on peace building and conflict prevention.

The Forum was designed for journalists to imbibe the principles of peace, democracy and stability in their reportage.

The GOCOP boss lamented the non-occupation of the social media and online publishing spaced by professional media practitioners, a development that has made a large portion of the space to be dominated by quacks and mischief makers.

Oladipo lamented that despite the huge number of journalists on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIN, Instagram and WhatsApp among others, many of them do not go beyond “chatting” and making comments on development instead of correcting wrong information and providing accurate news.

He further enjoined media practitioners not to be in a hurry to publish stories online without cross checking their facts.
He said Google provides veritable tools to so do.

Oladipo also enjoined professional journalists to keep establishing online news websites and use their social media platforms to publish authenticated news and information, especially to counter wrong and divisive information.

He said with the number of Nigerians accessing information online using their mobile phones and in a country of about 200 million persons, the number of authoritative online news platforms were too few.

Speaking earlier, the Executive Director of JODER, Adewale Adeoye, said the body was founded in 1996 during the military era, adding that despite the fact that there is no military government in the country anymore, there are still some vestiges or “new curve” of violence, which includes suppressing the media, kidnappings and killings.

Adeoye said it is only the media that can rise up in ensuring that these are adequately reported and if possible put to a conclusive end.

Also, the Chairman of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, Lagos State chapter, Dr. Quasim Akinreti, enjoined journalists to always be conversant to the environment they work, mind their use of words during reporting as well as the image or pictures they employ in reporting the story.

He called for more registration among members, stressing that the body is poised to do biometrics for registered members and in due time the NUJ will clampdown on members that are not registered.

Akinreti also spoke about student registration, assuring that there are talks about the body engaging with media proprietors to pay staff as and when due.


He lamented that media practitioners could have done better in owning media firms instead of leaving proprietorship of media houses to businessmen.

Further, he said the NUJ is embarking on necessary media investments like establishing a 35 hectares of land for agriculture, a community radio for the NUJ and an E-library to assist reporters in writing their stories.
Other resource persons at the training included Kudu Abubakar, Vice President, Arewa Youth Consultative Forum; former News Editor, Vanguard Newspaper and training facilitator, Chris Okechukwu Nderibe; and Director of News, TVC, Babajide Otitoju.
The training was organised by JODER with the support of the Institute of International Education and the Ford Foundation, West African Regional Office.

Ayo Midele/Editor

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Rugby World Cup 2019: Canon to implement ‘Free Viewpoint Video System, provide footage -

Canon Inc has disclosed that during seven matches of Rugby World Cup 2019, to be held from September 20 to November 2, the company will provide highlight footage created by the Free Viewpoint Video System to the International Games Broadcast Services (IGBS).

These video highlights feature viewpoints and angles not possible with conventional cameras, effectively conveying the thrill of such sports as rugby and delivering an experience that feels like being right on the field.

Canon will create Free Viewpoint Video content during all seven of the tournament matches to be held at the International Stadium Yokohama. Captured video footage will be curated into highlight reels that display the excitement and superb skill of each play from the ideal viewpoint and angle.

Generated video will be provided to IGBS, who will then distribute the content to rights holders for broadcast, streaming, news, sports commentary programs and other forms of content viewing. In addition, content will be made available on the Canon homepage approximately 24 hours after the conclusion of each match.

Canon has continued to refine such aspects of the Free Viewpoint Video System as camera positioning, method of image capture, image-processing algorithms and hardware to achieve higher image quality and faster content generation workflows.

The system is now capable of delivering high-quality, newsworthy content to broadcasters and content distributors. With the system, Canon is able to generate Free Viewpoint Video content and freely control its time and positioning. This technological evolution has been recognized by IGBS, thus laying the foundation for full-scale professional use by broadcasters.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

NiMES 6th edition promises better opportunities - ITREALMS

The organisers of the Nigeria Mobile Economy Summit and Expo (NiMES), have assured that the 6th edition of the event scheduled to hold on September 27 would provide better opportunities for participants, reports ITREALMS.

The event endorsed by the Federal Ministry of Communications and Technology, 
will be held at Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.

With the theme of this year's event tagged "Unlocking the Economic Impact of Digital Transformation in Nigeria", organisers said attention would be focused on issues relating to mobile technology and economy driven by digital transformation as they affect the society.

NiMES, which is an annual event by Centre for Cyber Awareness and Development (CECAD), is organised for key players and captains of industries in IT and other related firms to chart the course for the digital economy and what future it holds for the country.

Speaking on the event, Programme Coordinator, Moji Alabi, said opportunities would be opened to participants to meet senior executives from public and private organizations who will be discussing the future of digital Nigeria in a digital age and its prospects for the citizenry.

According to Alabi, the event provides a platform for business leaders, policymakers and technology innovators opportunity to discuss and partner on the re-invention of products, processes and technologies to achieve a connected digital society for Nigeria

"Access to technology changes people’s lives," Alabi said. "It improves business and drives economic growth with exponential rate while unleashing its potentials through the contribution of digital brands."

She said the event would foster "culture of innovation and management of digital disruption as a key process within your organisation, as a catalyst for career development and as a tool for personal improvement in the digital age."

Highlighting some of the benefits of the event, the programme coordinator said: "The participants will hear directly from government agencies, stakeholders and drivers of technology innovation in Nigeria on their strategic objectives and network with the decision-makers.

"They will meet and network with key business stakeholders from the top corporations, SMEs and start-ups and align their brands with Nigeria Mobile Economy Summit. Through this, they will be able to maintain sustainable growth with the use of new digital technologies, innovation and the creation of knowledge economies."

Furthermore, the summit has been expanded to include a key component of its scope, a special feature with a forum on the Future of Banking, Payments and Fintech. Key players within the banking, payment and fintech space in Nigeria will be part of the forum to explore opportunities of emerging trends, debate on disruptive technologies affecting the space and how the future of transactions in the country can be reinvented for growth.

Alabi assured that with the knowledge that will be acquired at the event, better ways of getting work done and business efficiency is guaranteed.

"Imagine new ways of getting work done by leveraging on the information you have where you can reimagine the past and use it to guide and fuel your transformation from ordinary to exceptional.

"No need to think further, all the trends and disruptive technologies will be showcased at the upcoming #NiMES2019, #1 mobile and digital economy event," she stated.

Recalling experiences recorded in the last edition, the programme coordinator said: "last edition, the conference brought together the brightest and most innovative minds that are shaping the mobile ecosystem in Nigeria. Delegates and VIPs flocked to the conference to learn about the latest developments, innovations and investment opportunities which will help them succeed in the industry.

"They were able to network. The showcase session, expo and the conference allowed our attendees to meet and engage with potential customers by building relationships which is the core of a brand, solution and business.

"The exhibition session allowed visitors to gain exclusive access to decision-makers in the industry and generate genuine business connections.

"It showcased the leading solutions to prospective customers and raise awareness of different businesses in the content, broadband, entertainment, payments, e-commerce & retail sectors," Alabi stressed.

Ayo Midele/Editor


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Fayemi assures workers on clearing arrears, 2019 promotion - ITREALMS

Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has assured workers in the state that his administration will not renege on its promise of prompt payment of salaries and emoluments, reports ITREALMS.

Dr Fayemi who revealed that the arrears of salaries and gratuity of workers and pensioners since 2015 had amounted to N52 billion, said government was making concerted efforts to defray all not minding that they were owed by the previous administration.

The Governor spoke on Monday at an interactive session with the workers at the state secretariat, in Ado Ekiti. He said monthly allocation of about N5.2Billion accruable to both state and local government was not enough to defray all the debt in one swoop.

Fayemi, who was applauded by the workers, urged them to give him time to address some of their needs, assuring them that while some would be attended to immediately others would come much later.

He explained that his administration had ensured the sanctity of the civil service by insisting that all appointments from the least to the highest position of permanent secretaries were merit - based.

According to the Governor, “We have tried within the limited resources available to our state not to miss payment of salaries as and when due. We’ve tried to restore to the best of our own ability and commitment to the restoration of Ekiti values that meritocracy should define our Civil service and those who have been appointed either as permanent secretaries, General Managers and Executive Secretaries, there is none of them that can say I became this because I went to governor Fayemi’s office and he likes my face so I was promoted to become Permanent Secretary.

"They all went through a process starting with an examination and then rigorous interview and it is the best of the best that emerged and we are determined to continue that in our civil service transformation programme.

“I believe that there are things we can address in the immediate, I believe we can address the immediate promotion.
There are promotion that have been done that are notional, there are promotion that are due now, under the Fayemi administration, not the one due before. I want to deal with the one that are due under me now, and you will get the one that you are owed too but not immediately.

" The arrears of promotion you are owed in 2015 to 2017 amount to N4Billion and N488 million for the local government service. If you look at what we are owing you in 2019, which is about N705million, that is the one that I say I want to try and clear. The 2015 to 2017 notional promotion arrears would be defrayed installmentally.

“I have a responsibility to make sure that whatever we do, we must not hurt the collective in the attempt to satisfy a critical component of our population, and you are the critical component. So we are going to take a lot of what we are confronted with in phases because we don’t have the resources to clear everything that we are owing at a go.

“On salary arrears, you know I promised you when I was campaigning, that within one year we would clear the arrears. That promise still stands to a large extent and before coming here, I asked for a compilation again both at the level of the civil service where you are owed about three months and the local government, six months. We are still very committed to defraying this, it is a tough challenge but we would try and see what we can do about that.”

“On the leave bonus, leave bonus has not being paid since 2016 in the local government and in the civil service, since 2017, again, leave bonus alone comes to N6.4Billion.

There is no way we can defray all of what we have spoken about in one fell swoop. Collectively, we are owing you N57Billion, that is not just salary, there is also gratuity, leave bonus and promotion, so that gives you a picture of where the state stands and averagely on a monthly basis, about N3billion comes to the state and about 2.2 billion comes to the local government making N5.2billion every month. That gives you a picture of where Ekiti is.

Earlier, the Head of Service, Mr Ayodeji Ajayi, on behalf of Ekiti workers, appreciated the governor for turning around the dignity of the public service within one year by restoring its eroded values and culture that was bastardized during the immediate past administration.

The Head of Service commended governor Fayemi on his commitment to the welfare of Ekiti workers with improvement in the loan schemes and regular payment of salaries as and when due.

Ayo Midele/Editor

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Soludo, Bismark join Buhari’s Economic Advisory Council – ITREALMS

… Buhari sacks EMT
President Muhammadu Buhari has sacked the Economic Management Team (EMT) constituted an eight-man Economic Advisory Council (EAC) with immediate effect, reports ITREALMS.

They include the former Central Bank governor, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, and stock market guru, Mr. Bismark Rewane as members while Prof. Doyin Salami would chair the Council.

Others are Dr. Mohammed Sagagi – Vice-Chairman, Prof. Ode Ojowu – Member, Dr. Shehu Yahaya – Member, Dr. Iyabo Masha – Member, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo – Member, and the Senior Special Assistant to the President, Development Policy, Dr. Mohammed Adaya Salisu as Secretary.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media & Publicity, Femi Adesina told ITREALMS that this advisory council will replace the current Economic Management Team (EMT) and will be reporting directly to the President.

“The Economic Advisory Council (EAC) will advise the President on economic policy matters, including fiscal analysis, economic growth and a range of internal and global economic issues working with the relevant cabinet members and heads of monetary and fiscal agencies,” he said.

In addition, he said, the EAC will have monthly technical sessions as well as scheduled quarterly meetings with the President, stressing that the Chairman may, however, request for unscheduled meetings if the need arises.

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Monday, September 16, 2019

Internet Governance: AfIGF honours Guellouz, Makane & Moctar - ITREALMS

The 2019 African Internet Governance Forum (AfIGF) ended at the weekend in Ndjamena, Chad with an award ceremony by the African Union (AU), the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the Government of Chad to recognize the some contributions in Internet development on the continent, reports ITREALMS.

A public statement available to 
ITREALMS listed three key awardees for this round of honour, including Tunisian Ridha Guellouz, former UNECA staff, Makane Faye and Moctar Yedaly of the African Union.ITREALMS gathered that Ridha Guellouz of Tunisia, was honoured for his foresightedness leading to his proposal he made in 1998 at the Indianapolis ITU Plenipotentiaries Conference for the convention of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS).

"Since then, he has been at the forefront of WSIS and IGF worldwide and in Africa and the Arab world," part of the stated read.

Makane Faye, 
ITREALMS gathered, is a retiree of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa whereas Moctar Yedaly is from the African Union.

"They have established the African Internet Governance Forum and have been running it successfully since inception despite all odds. Moreover they have strengthened existing partnerships and enlisted new partners and more African countries and Regional Economic Communities (RECs) in the Internet governance process.

In their response, they declared "We are honored to receive the award and are grateful to the numerous colleagues and persons who provided their support to us and our activities."

Chuks Egbuna/Editor

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Nigeria: Restructure or rupture - ITREALMS

Nigeria is standing on the edge of a dangerous cliff. It is just a matter of time before it tips over. Rather than the current emotional and politically driven call for a “Revolution”, we all really need to calmly analyse and situate the cause(s) of our problems. In any case, a revolution without a vanguard is a recipe for anarchy. Besides, we are too fatally fractured as a people to achieve a broad-based revolution acceptable to all. The best we can achieve in such a situation will be strife, anarchy and uncontrolled fragmentation. With the perennial mutual mistrust and prevalent hatred spread on social media, the resultant crises will take forever to settle. Libya will be a child's play.

We can shout as much as we can. We can argue from here till eternity. We can blame; we can abuse and accuse. We can change leaders all we want, but the truth is that we cannot build something on nothing. Apart from its name, Nigeria has no foundation to stand on. There is no generally accepted totem to inspire unity. The words of the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, are abiding to describe Nigeria. Nigeria is not a nation but a "mere geographical expression", an amalgamation of different and mutually antagonistic people forced to live together as a "nation."

Nigeria stands on a faulty structure and it is the structure that is holding it down. Address it and many other things will fall into place, gradually but progressively. The current federal structure that is defined by the concept of sharing does not only breed indolence but is also the major cause of our divisiveness. Most of the bitterness you see expressed comes from “them never share reach me.” Everybody wants a share of the free oil money euphemistically called nation cake without contributing to it. Nigeria belongs to all, but belongs to nobody. It is just there to be raped by any group of our parasitic elite that manages to manipulate itself into power.

We are deeply different people with different worldviews. We are not necessarily antagonistic. However, those benefitting from these differences for personal gains, have turned these differences to enmity by appealing to our emotions and playing the people against one another instead of instituting a system that will harness the strength and advantages of our differences.

Until Nigeria restructures and frees itself from the burden of the military imposed unitary system called federalism, it will never develop. We must recognise and acknowledge our differences and make provision for their expression for the nation to grow.

What the nation needs is a return to a true federal structure with minimum federal might. That's the only way to convert the fundamental differences which, over the years have been built into bitter rivalry between regions, states and ethnic groups into competition.

When this happens, we will realise soon enough, that we actually need each other more than we have thought. Hate will turn to strategic alliance in the competition for comparative advantage and bitterness converted into positive energy.

The South-east with the industriousness and ingenuity of its indigenes, for example, if allowed a degree of autonomy to develop its own system of self-governance under a loose federal system can transform into a Dubai in less than two decades. So are the other regions who will be challenged to look inwards for their area of comparative advantage. Some will survive on tourism, some in commerce, others in manufacturing and industry, oil, agriculture or a combination of a few. We have become too fused together to be able to survive without one another.

The Nigeria problem needs deeper strategic analysis than all the pro and against propaganda that we bandy about on social media as superior knowledge or understanding of the situation.

Nigeria needs a different type of revolution and not this idea of brats guiling rational men into “revolution”. The world has grown past these type of rabble rousing. It is disturbing that despite our education, we are still bent on using outdated methods to solve our problems.

Yes! We need a revolution but not a revolution for a mere change of government. Not to replace a set of leaders with another. Not even a generational change in leadership. The problem of Nigeria is not caused by the incompetence of our rulers. It is caused by the faulty structure of the nation. We must therefore begin now to channel our displeasure towards correcting this structure instead of spreading hatred and division between fellow suffering citizens.

When we occupy, therefore, let's occupy for the most fundamental of reasons: to force government to commence the process of restructuring. Let's begin to pressure and hold our representatives at the National and State Assemblies accountable for this. This is the type of revolution we need. But most importantly, we must eschew hate and bitterness in the struggle to free Nigeria.

No ethnic group or region has held Nigeria hostage, but a few greedy elite from all regions and ethnic groups who have played on our differences to perpetuate themselves in power. We need the masses of every ethnic group to drive this type of revolution. That is why education and talking with rather than talking down on any region is crucial to the revolution. The revolution to be meaningful cannot be exclusionary. The masses from every part of this nation are victims of the current structure.

To use the titles of Chido Onumah’s books as a metaphor, Nigeria is Negotiable and the Time to Reclaim Nigeria is now before it is too late.

Nigeria will descend into anarchy soon unless reason prevails. And the situation will be worse than whatever we have ever experienced. Let those baying for blood note this.

*Contributed by Austin Emaduku, a public affairs analyst, writes from Warri, Delta State. He can be reached through: canoways@gmail.com



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Ekiti spends N4bn to boost school enrolment – ITREALMS

The Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has disclosed that his administration had, in the last 10 months, spent about N4 billion to curb low school enrolment and boost access to free and qualitative basic education in the State, reports ITREALMS.

The Governor disclosed this on Monday, during the flag off of School Enrolment for the 2019/2020 session at Holy trinity Primary School, Ilawe- Ekiti. He said the sum was expended on the payment of outstanding counterpart funds to UBEC, provision of instructional materials to schools, provision of furniture and payment of running grants to all public schools in the state.

Dr. Fayemi, who blamed the low school enrolment figure of the state on the harsh education policy of the immediate past administration which imposed N1000 education tax on pupils in all schools across the state against UBEC law, said his administration has introduced a multi-pronged approach to tackling low school enrolment in the State.

He stated that his administration’s first step at tackling the problem was by outlawing the payment of fees and levies in all public primary and secondary schools in the State.

“Though our State is not one of the States of the federation with this noticeable problem but latest statistics however shows that our enrolment figures have dropped considerably in the last couple of years. The reason for this sharp decline is not far-fetched. The introduction of education tax and other anti-people’s policies as well as the neglect of the basic education sector and indeed the entire public service by the immediate past administration in the State has greatly eroded the gains made by our administration in the basic education sector during my first tenure”, he said.

While stating that government is not unaware of the appalling challenge of poor parental and communal attitude to education, Governor Fayemi said parents have no excuse not to send their children and ward to school now that primary and secondary education is free in the State.

Aside the introduction of school feeding programme in primary schools, the government, according to Dr Fayemi, has also concluded plans to introduce child friendly initiatives that would make pupils have all round skills in the forthcoming academic session.

The Governor said his administration would continue to constructively engage education stakeholders with a view to getting their support for the development of the sector.

Speaking on the ongoing recruitment of teachers, Fayemi assured applicants that the recruitment process would be transparent, fair to all and based on merit.

He urged teachers to put in more efforts to “complement plans to reform, restore and reposition the education sector of Ekiti State to an enviable one among the comity of states”.

In her welcome remarks, the Chairperson of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Prof. Francisca Aladejana, disclosed that government had procured 8,072 units of plastic pupils furniture, constructed 3375 units of metal legged pupils lockers and benches as well as 4150 units of teachers tables and chairs with the aim of making the learning environment conducive.

Aladejana said the 2019/2020 enrolment campaign was the first enrolment drive since 2015; adding that the action was a demonstration of Fayemi’s commitment to boosting school enrolment in the State.



Uj. N. Dominic/Editor




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Launchpad Accelerator Africa Class 4 tackles access to financial services, education, agriculture - ITREALMS

The Class 4 of Google Launchpad Accelerator Africa kicked off in Lagos. Comprising startups from six countries and spanning six sectors, this class is particularly strong, having collectively earned in excess of US$600 000 in revenue over the past six months, reports ITREALMS.

They’re also addressing some big challenges, including access to financial services, education, and agriculture.

“We continue to be impressed by the quality of startups that apply to the Launchpad Accelerator Africa programme,” says the programme’s head of startup success and services, Fola Olatunji-David. “Class 4 is no exception and we expect them to build on the successes of the previous three classes.”

Since Launchpad Accelerator Africa was first announced in late 2017, the programme has helped 35 startups achieve growth, raise millions of dollars in investments, and create hundreds of jobs across the continent.

“With every class, we’ve been able to refine the programme, improve our support for the participating startups and understand the contexts they operate in,” says Olatunji-David. “These startups have worked hard to grow their businesses, understand what they needed to do and in some cases pivot their entire model.”

As with each class, all the selected startups receive working space, and access to expert advisers from Google, Silicon Valley, and Africa. Participants also receive travel and PR support during each three-month programme.

The 12 selected startups, in alphabetical order, are:

Afara Partners (Nigeria): Afara Partners offers platforms that provide services to the financially underserved/excluded.

BrandBook (South Africa): BrandBook is a mobile app that incentives users to take a picture of their receipts, allowing it to harvest consumer purchase behaviour across all channels.

Elewa (Kenya): Elewa is a toolkit for establishing scalable high-quality training programs within existing education- or professional institutions.

Eversend (Uganda): Eversend is a multi-currency e-wallet that allows you to exchange, spend and send money at the best possible rates. It also includes insurance, virtual debit cards, and bill payments.

OZE (Ghana): OZÉ brings African small businesses into the digital era, equipping their owners to make data-driven decisions to improve their performance and access capital.

Phenomenal Technologies (Zimbabwe): Phenomenal Technologies offers low-cost field excursions for learners through virtual reality.

REACH (Nigeria): REACH recognises, categorises and interprets transaction data from SMS and other sources, making this data available as individual financial and market insights.

Sortd (South Africa): Sortd aims to re-invent email with the world's first All-in-One productivity suite for Gmail and GSuite.

TradeBuza (Nigeria): The TradeBuza is a cloud-based web and mobile application which digitises contract farming and trade.

Tulaa (Kenya): Tulaa is an online-to-offline marketplace for smallholder farmers in Africa.

XEND (Nigeria): XEND Allows users to make and receive payments, offline or online.

WorkPay (Kenya): WorkPay is a cloud-based employee management and payment solution using the power of mobile and biometrics.

Chuks Egbune/Editor

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FBNQuest celebrates 40th anniversary - ITREALMS

ITREALMS: 
FBNQuest Trustees Limited, an FBN Holdings company has announced the celebration of its 40th anniversary as a leading provider of world-class trust and estate planning services in Nigeria. 

The event themed “A Legacy that Preserves Legacies” was held on Friday, 13 September 2019 at Landmark Event Centre in Lagos, reports ITREALMS.

The event presented an opportunity for FBNQuest Trustees to share key insights on the importance of Corporate Trust Management, Estate Planning, and Wealth Transfer, which are crucial elements to ensuring the preservation of legacies. Dr. Omobola Johnson, Senior Partner at TLcom Capital LLP and former Minister for Communication Technology, delivered the keynote address at the event.

FBNQuest Trustees was incorporated as Standard Trustees Nigeria Limited on August 8, 1979. The company at the time was a wholly owned subsidiary of First Bank of Nigeria Limited, which was known as Standard Bank of Nigeria Limited. The name Standard Trustees Nigeria Limited was changed to First Trustees Nigeria Limited in March 1980; and in April 2014 it was renamed FBN Trustees Limited to align with the FBNHoldings group naming convention. In November, 2017 it was again re-named FBNQuest Trustees Limited to signal its membership of the FBNQuest family, and its commitment to partnering with its clients on their quest to define and achieve financial success.

FBNQuest Trustees is modelled as a representation of the forward thinking culture of the FBN Holdings Plc, to improve and develop specialised capabilities within the trusteeship, asset and fund management services of the Nigerian financial system. Today, the company specialises in providing Investment Advisory Services, Corporate, Public and Private Trust Management; and as a part of FBNQuest draws on the trailblazing spirit, and a consistent focus on excellence to deliver exceptional services to clients.

Over the past 40 years, FBNQuest Trustees has not only become a leading trust company in Nigeria, but also a key pillar in the business of trusteeship. To highlight some of its key achievements over the years, the company continues to be the preferred local partner for international and multilateral entities looking to have businesses in Nigeria, and in 2013 served as the sole bond trustee on the very first bond issued by a multilateral institution in Nigeria (International Finance Corporation (IFC) $50,000,000 fixed rate senior unsecured bond).

FBNQuest Trustees is the first trust company to publish an educative compendium on estate planning to actively engage, and educate stakeholders, on the importance of Estate Planning in Nigeria, through its Legacy Series; and is a pioneer for Islamic finance in Nigeria, which led to its co-management of the first government issued Sukuk instrument launched by the Federal Government of Nigeria in 2017. The company also partnered and organised a stakeholder engagement on Voluntary Asset and Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS) and its implications for estate planning.

Speaking about the milestone celebration, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of FBNQuest Trustees, Mr. Adekunle Awojobi, emphasised the firm’s impact on trusteeship business in Nigeria, and by extension, the economy. He said, “From when we began our journey in 1979, FBNQuest Trustees has delivered impeccable solutions for the safekeeping of our clients’ assets, the transfer of generational wealth, and the preservation of their legacies. We are extremely proud to be a part of the 125 year old legacy of First Bank of Nigeria Limited, and the rich heritage of FBNHoldings as we celebrate a 40 year track record of distinction, dependability and professionalism in the trustee business."

“We want to thank everyone who has contributed to the growth of the company over the years, as we continue to provide excellent services to our clients. We also take this opportunity to recommit to excellently serving our clients across diverse sectors to ensure that their legacies are preserved” he said.

In terms of growth and financial performance, the company has continuously delivered shareholder value in alignment with the mandate of the Group. From a share capital of about N30 million in 90s, the company has increased to a share capital of N3billion in 2019; and has grown its profit after tax (PAT) year on year consistently, with liquid trust assets under management in excess of N40 billion as at June 30 2019.

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Pix: L-R – Patrick Mgbenwelu, Non-Executive Director, FBNQuest Trustees; Adekunle Awojobi, MD, FBNQuest Trustees; Dr. Oba Otudeko, Group Chairman, FBN Holdings Plc., Dr. Omobola Johnson, Senior Partner, TLcom Capital LLP; Kayode Akinkugbe, MD/CEO, FBNQuest Merchant Bank and Taiwo Okeowo, DMD, FBNQuest Merchant Bank at the 40th Anniversary event of FBNQuest Trustees which took place in Lagos recently.

Cryptography: ETSI, IQC Quantum Safe workshop for November’19 - ITREALMS

The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) in partnership with the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC), hosted by ETSI member, Amazon Web Services is packaging a three-day workshop on cryptography, reports ITREALMS.

The 3-day workshop, ITREALMS gathered, is the 7th ETSI/IQC Quantum Safe Cryptography session scheduled to take place on 5 through 7 November 2019 at the Amazon headquarters in Seattle, United States (US).

ITREALMS also gathered that this workshop will bring together diverse players from the quantum-safe cybersecurity community to facilitate knowledge exchange and collaboration that are required to transition cyber infrastructures and business practices in order to make them safe in an era of quantum computers.

On 5 November 2019, ITREALMS reports that the Executive Track on the state of the quantum threat and quantum risk management, designed for business executives, including Chief Executive Officers (CEOs), Chief Technology Officers (CTOs), Chief Information Officers (CIOs) and Chief Information and Security Officers (CISOs).

Between November 6 and 7, 2019, ITREALMS reports that it would be a Technical Track, designed for business, government and research communities with a stake in cryptographic standardization on a global scale.

This, the organisers said, is a unique opportunity to engage with key members of the quantum-safe cryptography community, participate in practical and scientific discussions and move towards a standardized approach to quantum-safe cryptographic solutions.

Just as there would be poster sessions during the technical track.

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FUOYE Protest: What Fayemi told Ekiti - ITREALMS

ITREALMS:
Text of a state-wide Broadcast on the Violent Protest at the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State, by His Excellency, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, Governor, Ekiti State, Nigeria, Sunday, September 15, 2019.

"Ekitikete, 

"I have in the last few days agonised over the incident that took place at the Federal University, Oye Ekiti (FUOYE) on Tuesday, September 10, 2019.

"Until the multiple investigations are completed, I am necessarily constrained from talking about the details of what transpired. I however do not need to be constrained about the emotions a tragedy like this evokes.

"Any death is a tragedy. Any shooting arising from legitimate protests diminishes our fledgling democratic dispensation and calls to question our commitment to fundamental human rights.

"Having heard from all parties to the incident, it is pertinent that I now personally convey my deeply felt sorrow for the loss of two promising young lives and for those who suffered injuries.

"To be sure, our government prides itself on its strict adherence to the rule of law. The right of citizens to protest on any issue relating to governmental actions or inactions is a fundamental component of our good governance agenda.

"We could not therefore under any circumstances have directed that deadly force be used on any of our citizens freely expressing their right to protest.

"Even before the conclusion of the investigations into this matter, we have taken a number of steps; a high level government delegation has visited the families of the deceased. This will not be a one-off intervention. We will stand firmly with, and support the families at this time. Those persons with varying degrees of injuries will also be given support whilst their hospital expenses will be defrayed by government.

"I have directed the State Commissioner of Police to urgently commence an investigation into the circumstances that led to the unfortunate shooting incident with a view to identifying possible culprits within and outside the Force. Taken together with the ongoing investigation by the University management, we will consider the need for an independent panel of inquiry, if necessary once these fact finding investigations are concluded.

"In the meantime, I have suggested to our police authorities to explore the use of non-lethal rubber bullets in managing public protests and the Nigerian Governors Forum will take this up at the highest levels in government.

"I note the initial public statement by the University authorities and its Students Union body. We welcome the conclusion that neither the wife of the Governor nor any Government official directed the shootings. Indeed it is obvious that the wife of the Governor and those on her entourage are victims of this unfortunate incident.

"The issue that led to the protest has been the subject of intense disagreement and negotiations with BEDC since I became Governor. Last week, my Commissioner for Infrastructure and Public Utilities was still in Benin to see BEDC management on the matter of inadequate and inconsistent supply of electricity in Ekiti State. Though Governors do not have any control over privatised power distribution companies, the four Governors from the states covered by the Benin DISCO have consistently expressed dissatisfaction with the services of BEDC and taken the matter up with the Vice President who chairs the Privatisation Council.

"In addition to this, I have been talking to the Rural Electrification Agency about including FUOYE in the next round of their University Electrification Project.

"I therefore appeal for calm and caution as we await the reports of the various investigations. No persons or group should attempt to use this tragic incident to destabilise the peace and progress of Ekiti State. It is time for sober reflection as we mourn the dead and care for the wounded.

"Thank you and God bless you all."


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Sunday, September 15, 2019

Bishop Kukah to speak on security, economy at GOCOP annual conference - ITREALMS

ITREALMS:
The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto, Most Rev. Dr. Matthew Hassan Kukah would be giving a keynote at the third annual conference of the Guild ofCorporate Online Publishers (GOCOP)  holding on Friday, October 4, 2019 at Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos State, reports ITREALMS.

Confirming this to 
ITREALMS, the GOCOP’s Publicity Secretary, Olumide Iyanda, said that the theme of 2019 conference is “Economy, Security and National Development: The Way Forward in Nigeria.”

He also said that former Director-General, West African Institute for Financial and Economic Management (WAIFEM), Professor Akpan Hogan Ekpo, and a former Director with the Department of State Services (DSS), Mr. Mike Ejiofor have been confirmed as discussants.

Former Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Mr Bayo Onanuga, will be the chairman of the occasion.

“Bishop Kukah was chosen to deliver the keynote address because of his global recognition in formulating peace and development agenda,” GOCOP spokesman said.
ITREALMS recalls that Kukah served in prominent capacities in the Investigation Commission of Human Rights Violations (Oputa Panel), National Political Reform Conference and Ogoni-Shell Reconciliation Panel, and is expected to bring an invaluable wealth of experience to the conference.

In addition, GOCOP conference, he said, would bring together policymakers in the private and public sectors.
 
Just as the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, would represent the Presidency.

Whereas the Newspapers Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN), Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON), Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE), Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) and other stakeholder groups in the media, he said, would equally be represented at the conference.

GOCOP represents media organisations registered in Nigeria with promoters drawn from practitioners who have served at senior levels in the profession.

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