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How Femi Adesina failed Christendom by CAN - ITREALMS

Commentary@ITREALMS: We have just read the reaction of the Federal Government to the press statement by the Christian Association of Nige...

Saturday, January 25, 2020

How Femi Adesina failed Christendom by CAN - ITREALMS

Commentary@ITREALMS:
We have just read the reaction of the Federal Government to the press statement by the Christian Association of Nigeria on the killing of CAN Chairman, Michika local government, Adamawa State, Rev Lawan Andimi through the special Adviser to the President on media and publicity, Mr Femi Adesina.

We are surprised that Mr Adesina who is supposed to be a Christian could take up the gauntlet to villify his brothers and fathers in the Lord just to please his master on an issue that should have made him sober over the plight of his brethren. For Adesina, what matters is the happiness of his master not the interest of his brethren. We can’t imagine that people like Adesina cannot play Nehemiah, but continually play Sanballat over the destiny of their brethren.

However, we understand that this is the tragedy of a man hired to market a bad product. Mr Adesina’s response is a fine prose that will pass any public relations examination as a good public relations stunt. Herein lies the dilemma of the public relations practitioner. He is cut in the delimma of saying and doing what he does not believe is right . It is the dilemma of the Adesinas that make some people wary in taking up image making as a job not minding how juicy.

Those that read Femi Adesina in his heydays as a journalist can attest to the fact that he is not the same person known to speak truth to power. What an unfortunate price to pay for accepting to package and maintain a product that is not only bacterial,fungal as well as virulent, but irredeemably putrefied.

If this puerile defense is coming from another government spokesman like Mallam Garuba Shehu, we would not have bothered to reply, but would have dismissed it as one from those who don’t understand the pains the church leadership is passing through having its members being systematically decimated on daily basis without those in authority responding adequately to the change. But to come from one who ought to know the truth and say the truth is worrisome. We are further worried that when it comes to insulting the church leadership by government it is always through those that are said to be Christians in the corridors of power. If it is not Femi Adesina it must be Lauretta Onochie just to please their master. Only last week in the interfaith meeting in Abuja, the Sultan boldly accused governments of cowing religious leaders and traditional rulers in the country preventing them from playing their role. Garuba did not pick on the Sultan. If it was CAN president either Adesina or Lauretta would have hushed him. What a show of disrespect to men of God.

Now to vitrolics from Adesina on matters complained about in the CAN’s press conference, but before that may we observe the deception on Adesina”s so called “feelings of humanity ” over the death of Rev. Adinmi. Quoting the 16th century classical poet, John Donne, he said “I am not mourning Rev. Adinmi because he is a Christian, but because any man”s death diminishes because I am involved in mankind”. That sounds human on the face value, but Adesina’s response to the Christian communities who are being killed and dispossessed of their ancestral lands is for them to surrender their inheritance for their life. This is a feeling of humanity without sense of justice. For Adesina the dictum: your land or your life is a philosophy that agrees with his humanity. But this is ungodly.

On the argument that President Buhari sympathized and sympathises with bereaved families, should it not be a worry to the president’s image maker that theirs have become a government of condolence. Can he count how many of such condolence messages he has released in the last four years over avoidable calamities if government is serious. CAN said that Rev. Adinmi stayed two weeks with his captors and called on government to come to his aid. Does it not worry Adesina that rather than take step to rescue the preacher, government was quick to send condolence message to the family. Which is more important? To rescue the victim or sympathize with the family.

I am sure the President is waiting to see the video of the beheading of another Christian that Adesina would be instructed to issue condolence statement and condemn the killers. Of course, that is cheaper than paying ransome.

We are wary of pontification by likes of Adesina on the conduct of men of God as if the responsibility to be truthful is the sole prerogative of the clergy. Every man, including those in political position are enjoined to speak truth always. But to dish out half truths and sometimes blatant lies or wilful denial of facts by government and it’s agencies and turn around to accuse the clergy of promoting lies is height of hypocrisy which is common with this administration.

One would have expected that Adesina would have soberly reflected over the concerns of CAN and advise his boss appropriately rather than engage on insults to the Association.

Perhaps, he does not know that sincere advice to the boss is part of the image making program. We think government image makers should go on refresher course to understand the need to advise the boss rather than always wanting to do the biddings of the boss.

On the issue that CAN is insinuating that Buhari is “antichristian”, is Adesina blind or is he wilfully choosing not to hear or see what everybody is seeing or saying. From the opposition parties to a section of those in government down to civil society groups and sociocultural groups in the country, is it not a common refrain that the president is running a sectional and sectarian agenda? .

Oh, Adesina would have preferred CAN keeping quiet over obvious truth. Has not even the international community made the same observation. Was it not why the same Adesina reacting to the position of Britain on a national issue retorted that Nigeria cannot take orders from Britain.

Come to think of it why can’t the image makers advise Mr President to look into the national complain of the need to review his security management policy with the view to changing his team in order to rejig the system. Why is Mr President giving himself out as one who does not listen to public opinion? . What is special about his service chiefs that he cannot disengage them if not that they are serving his selfish interest?

It is unfortunate that president’s spokesmen do not understand the power of public opinion, but are well schooled in the opposite which is propaganda. Mr Adesina should know that propaganda does not sustain any system for too long.

Finally, on the general security situation in the country, does it not occur to Adesina that he is deluded to believe that their government is winning the war against insurgency? He is not seeing that whatever seem to be the magic and gains of 2015 has been reversed in 2019. Yes, there are no incessant bomb explosions, but number of Nigerians killed by bokoharam and fulani herdsmen between 2018-2019 are far higher than 2009-2014. Can Adesina check available records both within and outside the country?.

Well, selective perception is a common feature with government.

May we at this juncture appreciate Adesina for accepting that the government he is defending is incapacitated in defending its citizens and acknowledged the place of divine intervention with his reference to Peter in prison for which he supported CAN”s call for prayers and fasting. We urge the Nigeria church to take the matter of divine intervention serious. It will be encouraging to hear miraculous deliverance in this season more than the beheadings.

God bless Nigeria.



*Courtesy of Prof Charles Adisa, National president, Nigeria Christian Graduate fellowship. Mr Onyenachi Nwaegeruo,
General secretary.


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Amotekun: APPPS Commends Oyetola over defense of initiative - ITREALMS

The Association of Progressive Political Parties in Osun State (Osun APPPS) has commended Governor Gboyega Oyetola, the Executive Governor of Osun State over his roles in the formation and defense of the Western Nigeria Security Network also code-named “Amotekun” reports ITREALMS.

It will be recalled that governors of the South West region of the country resolved few months ago during a security meeting organized by the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) Commission to have a “western Nigeria security network” code named “Amotekun” in an effort to tackle security challenges in the region and the security outfit was launched early January of this year.

Osun APPPS in a statement by its Chairman, Wole Adedoyin who is also the Osun State Chairman of the Hope Democratic Party (HDP) said Governor Oyetola’s role in the formation of Amotekun will not only contribute to the security of lives and properties of the people, but will also help in improving the economic wellbeing of the good people of Osun State and the Southwestern Region.

The group also lauded Oyetola’s efforts for the numerous security strategies and architecture he has embarked on ensuring that Osun State remains one of the most peaceful States in the Southwestern part of Nigeria.

Osun APPPS further noted that Governor Gboyega Oyetola knows the importance of security for the stability, growth and development of Osun state and the region, stressing that “without it, engagement in meaningful social, political and economic activities, will be virtually impossible”.

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FirstBank is ‘Best mobile banking app, fastest growing retail bank’ – ITREALMS

The First Bank of Nigeria has been named 2019 “Best Mobile Banking App” and “Fastest Growing Retail Bank” winner by Global Business Outlook, reports ITREALMS.

Group Head, Marketing & Corporate Communications at FirstBank Nigeria, Folake Ani-Mumuney, confirmed this to ITREALMS, quoting the Global Business Outlook Award as recognising and rewarding excellence in business in companies across the world, both in the public and private sectors. The award rewards innovation, creativity and the drive to create value.

According to the organisers, FirstBank earned the Fastest Growing Retail Bank recognition because of its leading role in promoting financial inclusion in the country, a drive which has resulted in its 44,000 Agent Banking network designed to complement the provision of beskpoke financial services at its over 750 branches nationwide.

“It also won the Best Mobile Banking App award thanks to its Firstmobile banking app’s capability at performing a wide range of financial transactions in a safe, adaptable, futuristic and efficient manner. The user friendly app is widely renowned for its ease of navigation and state of the art security features to mitigate risk against fraud,” part of the press statement available to ITREALMS read.

In the course of 2019, ITREALMS gathered that FirstBank bagged numerous awards across various areas of its business operations. The awards comprise Women Empowerment Category – Sustainable Banking Awards by CBN Bankers Committee, Best Private Bank in Nigeria 2019 by Global Finance Magazine and World Finance Magazine respectively; Best Process Automation Initiative, Application or Programme by Asian Banker International Excellence in Retail Financial Services; Best Banking Brand Nigeria 2019 by Global Brands Magazine; Best Retail Bank in Nigeria by Global Banking and Finance Review and Asian Banker International Excellence in Retail Financial Services Awards respectively; Cashless Driver: Highest Volume in Bill Payments and Highest Transaction Volume in Real-Time Payments by CBN Electronic Payments Incentive Scheme (EPIS) – Efficiency Awards; Long Service Corporate Award by Nigerian Economic Summit Group; Best Financial Inclusion Program - Nigeria 2019 and Bank of The Year - Nigeria 2019 by International Investor, amongst many others.

Further speaking on the awards, Folake Ani-Mumuney, said, ”We appreciate the recognition of these awards by the respective awarding bodies. The awards are dedicated to all our customers across the globe as their continued patronage of our services is appreciated. We remain steadfast and would not rest on our laurels at rendering bespoke financial services tailored to meet the financial needs of our valued customers, irrespective of where they may be.”

Nenye Dom/Editor

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Friday, January 24, 2020

9mobile’s Enin, first Artificial Intelligence personal digital customer assistant - ITREALMS

ITREALMS:
Innovative telecommunication company in Nigeria, 9mobile, has reaffirmed its commitment to a superior experience for its esteemed customers with the launch of 'Enin', a personal digital customer assistant on the 9mobile network, reports ITREALMS.

'Enin', an Artificial Intelligence-enabled chatbot solution, is the first-of-its-kind by any Nigerian telco which provides virtual assistance to customers and interacts with them as a human would.

According to Acting Director, Customer Care, 9mobile, Ehimare Omoike, 'Enin' performs several roles such as airtime purchase, subscription to data plans, presents customers with offers, bonuses, sales, reminders, notifications, recommendations, subscriptions and customer service information. It can also help to activate or deactivate services, as well as hand a customer over to a live agent, among other services.

“‘Enin’, is currently available on the 9mobile website, and plans are already underway to extend the service to our social media platforms. This service is a significant New Year incentive for our customers as it provides 24-hour quality service to them. With ‘Enin’, customers not only get their queries resolved promptly, but the icing on the cake is also that the service is not limited by time or physical location,’’ Omoike explained.

On how to access ‘Enin’, Omoike disclosed that it is a first contact resolution and can be "accessed directly by clicking the chat bubble on the 9mobile website or via https://9mobile.com.ng/askenin."

Commenting further on the chatbot solution, Omoike stated that superior customer experience is a cornerstone of 9mobile’s operations even as he affirmed the telco’s commitment to doing more for Nigerians in line with its established reputation as the caring network.

He said, "At 9mobile, superior customer experience is a core value that we are deeply committed to at all times. This is why we are continuously innovating to satisfy our customers because they are the reason we are in business. We are delighted to state that we have proceeded from rendering services to providing solutions for Nigerians, and this is a key value for us."

Omoike added that 9mobile would not relent in boosting superior customer experience and that more innovative solutions were in the offing.

In its over 11 years of operation, 9mobile has launched several innovative solutions to boost superior customer experience. Last year, it introduced a personalised WhatsApp Customer Care Channel on 09092000192 that is accessible to over 1.2 billion users globally and over three million users on the 9mobile network.

Chuks Egbune/Editor

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Smoking costs America $300b annually - ITREALMS

The Surgeon General of the United States of America, Vice Admiral Jerome Adams, has revealed that smoking cost America some $300 billion, about N108,450 trillion annually, reports ITREALMS.

He decried the fact that on average, every American pays roughly $1,000 every year to cover the national cost of smoking.

Adams also lamented that much of that cost is borne by governments, through taxpayers.

The Report, 
ITREALMS gathered had noted that nearly all smokers started in adolescence, and became hooked on a product that was engineered to be as addictive as possible.

“Children cannot sign contracts, vote, or rent a car; legal authority comes at the age of 18 for a reason,” part of the report read.

Insisting that a middle schooler cannot consent to become a nicotine addict, the report blamed tobacco epidemic squarely on the tobacco industry, but governments bear some responsibility for allowing a product that is addictive and kills when used as intended to be sold in nearly every corner store.
ITREALMS also gathered that the human right to health which is well recognized in international law stipulates that every human has the right to the highest attainable standard of health.

Commenting on the report, an over fifty year anti-tobacco organization, the Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) commended Adams for this exposure, lamented that in a rich society like the U.S., access to smoking cessation treatment is certainly attainable.

“We also have a duty under human rights to seek equity in human development, especially for vulnerable populations.

ASH, which spoke through Megan Arendt, pointed out that racial minorities and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community have been particularly targeted by tobacco industry marketing, and consequently suffer disproportionately from the tobacco epidemic.

Chuks Egbune/Editor

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Security questions for Lagos State governor - ITREALMS

There has been a piece making a round on the social media with pointer to questions the Lagos State Government led by Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu should answer, especially on the security aspects, from an unknown author.
Excerpts.
Last week, a motorist in Festac Town hit an okada rider. He was trying to negotiate a turn, while signaling with his blinker. Unfortunately the motorcycle rider was going too fast, and did not know his road signs. The result was an accident which damaged both car and motorcycle, and injured both rider and passenger. Before the driver of the car could come out of his car and offer assistance to the injured, about fifty okada riders appeared out of nowhere and descended on the driver, screaming for his blood and chanting Islamic slogans. As onlookers stared, the okada mob beat the driver of the car senseless and damaged his vehicle. He only escaped with his life after he parted with N35,000.

In December 2019, a woman was making a turn into her compound, when a crazed okada rider came out of nowhere and ran into her car. When she came out of her car to assess the damage, a mob of okada riders attacked her and tore her clothes. By the time help came from people in the area, her purse and phone had been stolen and her children watched in horror as their mother was beaten and fondled by okada hooligans. This is becoming a regular occurrence in and around Festac area.

Who are these okada riders? Where do they come from? Why are there so many of them? How come we cannot identify them? Where do they sleep at night? These are questions we have to ask ourselves, and appeal to our government and police to answer. In the last one year the influx of northerners parading as commercial bike riders, trash packers, vendors of tomato, fruits and vegetables, shoemakers, tinkers (garuwa paper), and other petty items vendors is alarming. These men come to Lagos in droves and settle wherever with no identification, no address, no documentation. Nobody knows their real names; where they come from, or how to monitor them. They parade around as cart pushers and steal drainage covers and man-hole covers, leaving gaping holes in the road. They steal generators and air conditioning units from houses and flats, and under the guise of bike riders, they rob innocent men and women at night or in the early mornings. You cannot catch them because they have no identity and no one seems to know them.

What you may find most alarming is this; they know you. They know where you live and how many children you have, but you know nothing about them. Most of them are not even Nigerian! They come from Niger and Chad and sleep outside your streets or roam around at night looking for what to steal. I overheard a group of them joking that if any of their members is killed, they will spill blood before anyone knows what is happening. They did not know that I understand Hausa, so they spoke freely.

If you live in or around Festac, please forward this message to everyone you know. It’s high time we check this massive invasion and force these people to identify themselves. Let 1966 and 1967 not repeat again, because these men all carry weapons and are just waiting for a signal to use them. Before my very eyes a policeman at Mile 2 tried to impound a motorcycle for parking on the expressway, and a dozen of them drew daggers and threatened to stab him and his colleagues. This happened on Monday at Mile 2! We are in danger and we don’t seem to know or care. By the time this message gets to the LG Chairman and the State Governor, perhaps they will force these men to begin to carry ID or even reduce their huge numbers.

I am not a bigot, and I don’t have anything against any tribe. But I value the lives of my family and neighbors, and I don’t want to wait until something disastrous happens before I say something.

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Amotekun: FG succumbs to South West Governors, makes a deal - ITREALMS

Finally, the Federal Government (FG) may have succumbed to the Amotekun's clamour, following an agreement reached Thursday in Abuja, reports ITREALMS.

Leading the FG delegation at the meeting with the South West Governors was the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, who Thursday met with Governors, the Attorney General of the Federation and the Inspector General of Police, over the controversies surrounding the Amotekun Initiative.

According to the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Office of the Vice President, Mr. Laolu Akande, said the meeting was at the instance of the Governors who had asked to see President Muhammadu Buhari over the controversy surrounding the Amotekun Initiative.

“However due to the President’s foreign engagement, he asked the Vice President to host the meeting,” he said.

The meeting, he also said, was very fruitful and unanimous resolutions were made on the way forward.

As said by him, having regard to the need for all hands to be on deck in addressing the security concerns across the country, “it was agreed that the structure of Amotekun should also align with the Community Policing strategy of the Federal Government.”

Also, Akande said it was agreed that necessary legal instruments will be put in place by each of the States to give legal backing to the initiative and address all issues concerning the regulation of the security structure.

Uboshe Uboshe/Editor

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News Express TV debuts with 'African Wedding Party,' airs on Fridays, Tuesdays - ITREALMS

A special programme dedicated to weddings, would tomorrow, Friday, January 24, 2020 make a debut on News Express Nigeria Television, reports ITREALMS.

Entitled ‘African Wedding Party’, the programme features short video clips that capture the climax of a typical African wedding: The couple’s dance, games, cutting of the cake and the first performance of couple duties.

“Apart from the entertainment value, ‘African Wedding Party’ also showcases the latest trending fashion and will, thus serving as a fashion compass,” News Express CEO Isaac Umunna told 
ITREALMS on Thursday.

He also disclosed in a press statement available to 
ITREALMS that the programme would every Friday and Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. Nigerian time.ITREALMS recalls that News Express Nigeria TV is an online television available globally at newexpressngr.com and at YouTube.com/News Express Nigeria TV. Subscription is free.

Nenye Dom/Editor
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•Pix: News Express CEO Isaac Umunna

Governors Forum resolves to address Right of Way challenges - ITREALMS

The Nigeria’s Governors’ Forum has resolved to address challenges militating against the Right of Way in the country, reports ITREALMS.

This assurance was given by the chairman of the Governors Forum and governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi in response to the presentation made by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami in Abuja, Wednesday.
ITREALMS gathered that the Governors via Fayemi, acknowledged the benefits of broadband penetration and assured that the Honourable Minister should consider the matter resolved.

“There will no longer be any need to appeal to the Governors on the issue of RoW,” he quoted as saying.

Earlier, 
ITREALMS gathered that the resolution followed a presentation made by Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami), Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, during the meeting of the Governors’ Forum held on the 22nd of January, 2020.

He was accompanied to the meeting by Prof Umar Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Kashifu Inuwa, Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and Funke Opeke, Chairperson of the Presidential Committee on National Broadband Plan (2020-2025).

Dr Pantami discussed the many benefits that an increase in broadband access can have on the economy of the various States. 

He noted that one of the key benefits is the rapid growth in the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of any country that increases its broadband penetration. 

He further urged the State Governors to adopt the 2013 resolutions reached by the National Economic Council (NEC), which agreed on a maximum RoW charge of N145.00 per linear meter of fibre.

Chuks Egbune/Editor
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Pix: Gov. Fayemi

Enyioha beckons Ndi Anambra, promises to anchor on ICT, human capital - ITREALMS

The youthful and charismatic Anambra governorship aspirant, Chief Ugochukwu Okeke, has pledged to tap from the best brains in the state to run the first knowledge-driven government in Nigeria, reports ITREALMS.

Chief Okeke who spoke on his vision in Awka, state capital, noted that Nigeria and indeed the third world having missed the industrial revolution would rely on Anambra State for new primary source of wealth creation when he is elected.

He also said that Anambra State is blessed with some of the finest brains in the information and technology world and that if elected, he will harness these brains to provide better life for Ndi-Anambra.

Okeke, a frontline grassroots politician in Ananmbra and former governorship aspirant, believes that there is no limit to human imagination and is glad the Anambra state is richly blessed especially with men and women at home and diaspora flying the continent’s flag high.

Fondly called Enyioha for his infectious style of touching lives, Chief Okeke, said Anambra State do not need to run but must cheetah-pole-vault to reap the benefits of ICT and human resources that abound in the state.

Chief Okeke who hopes to pick the People's Democratic Party (PDP) ticket for the forthcoming election urged Ndi-Anambra to keep their hopes burning in spite of the ruinous cloud of bad governance that has enveloped the state over the past few years, leaving critical infrastructure in tatters and rural communities in adverse neglect, that the state can still be redeemed.

“Perhaps there has never been anytime in the history of this state that the consequences of our decision to choose who to lead us as governor will be weightier, more dramatic and consequential. Our State is standing on the threshold of history, we are on the verge and all socioeconomic indicators have taken a huge plunge amidst the huge potentials our State is endowed with,” Chief Okeke said.

According to him, “We cannot afford to gamble with the choice of who picks the ticket of our party as the task of redeeming our State from the present quagmire is an arduous one. It therefore behooves on our party to build a workable consensus and effective synergy to tackle the chronic leadership failure that has befallen us.”

Ozo Nweke Ozo/Editor

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Fayemi describes Keyamo as dogged patriot @50 - ITREALMS

The Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has congratulated Honourable Minister of State for Labour, Employment and Productivity. Mr. Festus Keyamo, SAN, on his 50th birthday, reports ITREALMS.

The Governor described Keyamo as an irrepressible human rights activist, consummate lawyer, pro-democracy campaigner, dogged patriot, compassionate philanthropist and advocate of good governance, who deserve to be celebrated for his consistency.

Dr Fayemi said Keyamo has contributed to the enrichment of the nation's jurisprudence through his brilliant handling of many landmark cases, the same way he has contributed to the deepening of the nation’s democracy through his incisive analyses and presentations as well as his ability to speak truth to power.

He recalled his working relationships with the Senior advocate during the 2015 and 2019 presidential elections and in several other party and national assignments, describing Keyamo as one Nigerian who puts everything into every assignment he is given.

Dr. Fayemi said it was no surprise that Keyamo attained the pinnacle of his legal career in 2017 when he was admitted to the Inner Bar as a Senior Advocate of Nigeria.
According to him, the celebrant used the instrumentality of the law to fight for the common man, combat military and civilian dictatorship and ensure the reform of the society.

The Governor also noted that Keyamo excelled in his assignment as the Director of Strategic Communications/Chief Spokesperson of the All Progressives Congress (APC)/Presidential Campaign Council in the run-up to the 2019 general elections.
Fayemi pointed out that Keyamo exhibited brilliance, erudition, depth and won many Nigerians over with facts in projecting the party and its candidate, President Muhammadu Buhari, who recorded a remarkable victory.

“On behalf of my family and the good people of Ekiti State, I congratulate my dear brother, Festus Keyamo, SAN, on his 50th birthday. You sure have a lot more to offer in terms of service to our nation and humanity. We pray that God grants you many more fruitful years in good health and bliss.”, the Governor said.


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Tenaui, Delta join forces with Canon for Egyptian market - ITREALMS

World leader in imaging solutions, the Canon Central and North Africa (CCNA), has joined forces with two new partnerships that underline commitment to the Arab Republic of Egypt, reports ITREALMS.

The first, with Delta, establishes a new local presence in the North African nation. While the second, with Tenaui, extends the successful relationship the companies formed in Nigeria.

This win-win-win collaboration gives Canon a greater presence in an important market, deepens Canon support for the new partners, and provides the proud Canon community in Egypt with greater access and assistance. With a strong foothold in Egypt, Delta and Tenaui are the ideal partner for Canon to continue to provide easy access to its wide range of innovative products and printing solutions.

TENAUI is a market leader in imaging solutions through a group of companies covering Middle Eastern and African markets. They offer over 26 years of experience in the Egyptian market alone, giving TENAUI a professional established status in the North African market epitomized by a strong reputation for reliability for the Egyptian consumer as well as with partners and resellers. Their goal is to convert the business of photography in Egypt to digital printing through this new partnership with Canon.

“We have ambitious plans to extend our range of products and services offering a wider range of printing solutions to our broad B2B and B2C customer base,” says Yasser Elfarra, founder, president and CEO of Tenaui Egypt Ltd. “For that, we welcome the extension of our partnership agreement with CCNA to expand our product offering in the B2C business model that fulfill and complement the needs of our targeted market sectors. While also building on our strong B2B product relationship.”

DELTA TRADING CO. is a commercial and agent service company established in 2001 in Egypt with a total number of employees of 70. DELTA's goal is to facilitate access to its customers to a range of printing and packaging products at the best rates. DELTA also offers training to ensure that its customers have all the necessary knowledge to make the best use of the products they acquire through them.

Mohamed Younes, Chairman at DELTA TRADING CO, is confident about the success of this new long-term partnership: “We are delighted to have expanded our range of products to include Canon’s broad portfolio that offers to our customers innovative and unique printing solutions. We attach great importance to the reliability and modern safety features of the products we distribute and are therefore very proud to be able to expand our range with those from Canon.”

Nenye Dom/Editor

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Comparing GoToMeeting and Zoom for online meetings

Online meeting nowadays is becoming a lifestyle. In this report ITREALMS took a closer look at both Zoom and GoToMeeting.

No doubt, both Zoom and GoToMeeting are good and have impressive features and benefits and depending on what we intend to achieve or gain from such applications for our organization during meetings including, but not limited to:
Questions in mind
GoToMeeting
Offers
Zoom
Offers
Video conferencing
Yes
Yes
How many attendees expected
26
100
Do we need multiple video feeds visible on screen?

Yes
Will there be need for screen sharing,
No
Yes
Will there be need for:-


Annotation,
Yes
Yes
Group chat, Breakout rooms,
Yes
Yes
Need to record our meetings, and if so, how much cloud storage might we need?
Yes
Yes
Dial-in and calling options
Yes
Yes
Design and Ease of Use
Yes with advanced technicalities
Yes with ease
Host and Admin Controls
Yes
Yes
Transcripts, and Storage
Yes
Yes
Audio:
GoToMeeting
Zoom
VoIP (Internet)
Yes
Yes
Phone call-in
Yes
Yes
Toll-free call-in (optional)
Yes
Yes
Video:


Resolution
720pixel
720pixel
Active Speaker switching
Yes
Yes
Max video streams
6
25
Plans and Pricing
See below
See below

GoToMeeting[i] offers plans:

1.   GoToMeeting Starter allows up to 10 participants and costs $14 monthly (billed annually at $171).
2.   GoToMeeting Pro costs $29 per month (billed annually at $348).
3.   Free version of GoToMeeting
Allows collaboration and sharing of your screen with up to 3 clients and colleagues using just your web browser.
Zoom[ii][iii] offers four plans:
1.     Basic (Free),
2.     Pro ($14.99/host/month),
3.     Business ($19.99/host/month), and
4.     Enterprise ($19.99/host/month).
Users can host up to 100 participants.
Paid plans can be expanded up to 500 participants for a fee ranging from $34.99/month to $259.99/month (per host) for 200, 300, or 500 participants.


[i][i] NB: GoToMeeting only supports 26 people (including host) to attend. If we might have more than 26 persons, we shall need to use GoToWebinar, which supports up to 1000 participants.
[ii] NB: Zoom supports 100 and can be scaled up to 500 or more depending on the payment plans.

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