" ITREALMS: November 2020


NPA saves $326.895m from agreement with INTELS - ITREALMS

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Monday, November 30, 2020

Prestigious Zik Prize for Danbatta - ITREALMS

The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Danbatta, is billed to be honoured with the prestigious Zik Prize in the Professional Leadership category in Lagos, this Sunday, reports ITREALMS.
The award will be presented to Danbatta by Public Policy Research and Analysis Centre (PPRAC), during an elaborate ceremony slated for Sunday, December 6, 2020 at the Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos State by 6 p.m.

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Friday bulk offer: 35,000 laptops, PCs, others discounted @Konga - ITREALMS

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Some 35,000 laptops, PCs, tablets up for grabs at unmatched prices via Konga Bulk offer this friday, reports ITREALMS.

Konga, Nigeria’s foremost e-Commerce giant, is set to make available over 35,000 units of laptops, Personal Computers (PCs), tablets and complimentary printers at giveaway prices for Nigerians through Konga Bulk, its innovative, bulk purchasing platform for those buying large quantities while also offering the same opportunity to retail buyers as well.

Forbes Technology Council inducts Obadare of DigitalEncode - ITREALMS

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The multiple award winning Co-founder of Digital Encode, Dr. Obadare, has been inducted into Forbes Technology Council, reports ITREALMS.

Obadare, who doubles as the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Digital Encode Limited, has been accepted into Forbes Technology Council, an invitation-only community for world-class CIOs, CTOs, and technology executives.
Dubbed as the most credentialed and awardee in cybersecurity profession in Africa was vetted and selected by a review committee based on the depth and diversity of his experience. Criteria for acceptance include a track record of successfully impacting business growth metrics, as well as personal and professional achievements and honors.

“We are honored to welcome Dr. Obadare into the community,” said Scott Gerber, founder of Forbes Councils, the collective that includes Forbes 
Technology Council. 

“Our mission with Forbes Councils is to bring together proven leaders from every industry, creating a curated, social capital-driven network that helps every member grow professionally and make an even greater impact on the business world.”

As an accepted member of the Council, Dr. Obadare has access to a variety of exclusive opportunities designed to help him reach peak professional influence.

He will connect and collaborate with other respected local leaders in a private forum. Dr. Obadare will also be invited to work with a professional editorial team to share his expert insights in original business articles on Forbes.com, and to contribute to published Q&A panels alongside other experts.

Additionally, Dr. Obadare will benefit from exclusive access to vet business service partners, membership-branded marketing collateral, and the high-touch support of the Forbes Councils member concierge team.

“I am exhilarated to be accepted into Forbes Technology Council,” said Dr. Obadare. It is another confirmation of the Digital Encode's depth of experience and insights to attain the global vision of being the number one Information Technology Assurance Professional Service firm in Africa,” he concluded.

ITREALMS recalls that Dr. Obadare Peter Adewale is arguably the most “Credentialed” and Multi-Award winning Pan- African Cybersecurity & GRC Thought Leader. He is a Fellow British Computer Society (FBCS), Fellow Institute of Management Consultants (FIMC), Fellow Institute of Information Management (FIIM), Fellow Enterprise Security Risk Management (FESRM), Fellow Institute of Brand Management (FIBM), Chartered Information Technology Professional (CITP), The First PECB Certified Data Protection Officer (CDPO) in Nigeria, The First Ec-Council Licensed Penetration Tester (LPT) in Africa, First Ec-Council Certified Blockchain in Africa, and Second COBIT 5 Certified Assessor in Africa Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard Qualified Security Assessor (PCI DSS QSA).

Also, he is a seasoned cybersecurity Expert and GRC Technopreneur with over 50 (Fifty) international professional certifications to his credit and was awarded Honorary Doctorate Degree in Cybersecurity from Trinity International University of Ambassadors Atlanta Georgia, United State of America.

What you should know about Forbes Council

Forbes Councils is a collective of invitation-only communities created in partnership with Forbes and the expert community builders who founded Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC).

In Forbes Councils, exceptional business owners and leaders come together with the people and resources that can help them thrive.

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Erelu Fayemi launches Obinrin Kete Women Empowerment Programme - ITREALMS

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The Ekiti State First Lady, Erelu Bisi Fayemi has launched the Obirin Kete Empowerment Programme in collaboration with the state's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) office, for empowering and building capacity of Ekiti women, reports 

Erelu Fayemi said at the occasion that the vision of the Obirin Kete women empowerment program is a future in which Ekiti Women are prosperous, empowered, productive and engaged.

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Lagos Free Zone attracts billions worth investment - ITREALMS

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The Lagos Free Zone (LFZ), t
he first privately owned special economic zone in Nigeria with an integrated deep sea port, is home to several reputable global brands. Located 65kms east of Lagos, in the immediate vicinity of upcoming Lekki Deep Sea Port, the Lagos Free Zone aims to enhance the ease of doing business in Nigeria.

Developed by the Singapore based Tolaram Group, the LFZ, reflects their more than four decades of commitment to doing business in Nigeria, says Tejaswi Avasarala, General Manager, Strategic Marketing, Lagos Free Zone, who was speaking ahead of the 6th annual West Africa Property Investment (WAPI) Virtual Summit taking place this week (25-26 November 2020).

Nigeria joins league of CSR, sustainability pros as ASPN debuts with dialogue - ITREALMS

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The Association of Sustainability Professionals of Nigeria (ASPN) would host an industry dialogue to herald its debut with focus on  urgent need for attaining an inclusive economy in Nigeria, reports ITREALMS.

The dialogue woulda also examine the roles that Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) professionals could play as the event holds Thursday, November 26, 2020.

Official! Twitter restores @NgComCommission - ITREALMS

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It is official that the Twitter account of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), @NgComCommission, has been restored, reports 
This, ITREALMS gathered, followed a temporary suspension by Twitter, a decision taken to ensure the safety of the account owner, NCC and its thousands of followers.

ITREALMS also gathered that Twitter’s security features had interpreted the multiple online staff Internet Protocol (IP) logins as a suspected attempt to hack the Commission’s Twitter account, hence the decision to immediately suspend the account to protect the account and its followers from any security breaches or compromises.

'Lagos needs 5-year cashless scheme' - ITREALMS

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Financial Technology stakeholders in the country has identified as a city that needs to streamline its process as commercial centre with five-year scheme, reports 

Arising from the annual Lagos Fintech Week, professionals seek that Lagos State governor to inaugurate the Cashless Lagos scheme as part of his administration’s Greater Lagos initiative.

Minister touts tourism's potentials to create jobs, curb youth restiveness - ITREALMS

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The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has stressed the need to explore the nation’s vast tourism potentials to create jobs, achieve inclusiveness and address youth restiveness, reports ITREALMS.

The Minister made the remarks in Abuja on Monday when he received a delegation from Nasarawa State Government, led by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Akabe.

Spotlight Initiative, MoWA host media dialogue on eliminating violence against - ITREALMS

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The Spotlight Initiative in Nigeria, in collaboration with the Ministry of Women Affairs, hosted a webinar on 23 November 2020 at 10:00am to dialogue with senior media practitioners from the public, private and civil society sectors on the role of the media in promoting accountability to end violence against women and girls in Nigeria.

The webinar highlighted the facts and realities of gender-based violence and explored the need for media’s increased participation in policy advocacy, negative social norms change and intensified engagement and action on social media to support ending violence against women and children in Nigeria.

Single Mother’s hope restored as Airtel saves baby Daniel with hole in heart - ITREALMS

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Leading telecommunications services provider, Airtel Nigeria has fulfilled its promise to save the life of Daniel Akani, a physically impaired child who was diagnosed with atrial septal defect, commonly known as hole in the heart at only 7 months old.

As part of the season 5 of its award-winning Corporate Social Responsibility initiative, ‘Touching Lives’, Airtel supported the child’s single mother, Adeola Ayoola with N3,000,000 (three million naira) for a surgery to repair the hole in his heart.

Monday, November 23, 2020

HealthPlus crisis: Ekeh refutes any complicity, advises Mrs. George to save her business, protect other Nigerian startups - ITREALMS

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The Chairman, Zinox Group, Dr. Leo-Stan Ekeh, has refuted any complicity surrounding the troubled Nigerian healthcare firm, HealthPlus and denied any the alleged involvement in the company’s crisis with its investors, Alta Semper, a private equity firm, for a takeover, reports ITREALMS.

According to the Senior Special Assistant on Legal Affairs to Ekeh, Barrister Reginald Obiakor, the allegations making a round are unfounded.

Oyigbo and cracking of Rivers Govt megaphones - ITREALMS

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Usually, whenever a corporate or government personality is in the eye of a storm, his spokesperson employs all sorts of fallacies to defend him and his actions. If you are not observant, he may lure you to believe that his mother is the only living virgin in the whole world.

This is the case with the media aide to the Chief of Staff, Government House, Rivers State, Mr. Jackson Owhor. He took up a space in the Daily Sun of Tuesday, November 17, 2020, to engage in what I may call leaving the ball to kick my leg. His bold title reads, “Oyigbo: Casmir Igbokwe joining IPOB to spread falsehood”. In his article, he excoriated me for using “Daily Sun to deliberately dish out false narrative about the hijack of #EndSARS protest in Rivers State by hoodlums to unleash mayhem on government institutions, the citizens and their properties.”

Varsities, NCC ink closer ties, as Danbatta gets more applause - ITREALMS

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has pledged to increase collaboration with higher institutions of learning across the country in order to transform Nigeria into a full knowledge-based economy.

The Chairman, Board of Commissioners of NCC, Prof. Adeolu Akande, stated this during a courtesy visit by NCC Board members to Bayero University, Kano (BUK) at the weekend as part of activities lined up for the 2020 NCC Board retreat held in Kano State.

WiCA: Digital Encode is Cybersecurity Diversity Company of the Year - ITREALMS

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Leading consulting and integration firm in Africa, the Digital Encode Limited, has received the “Cybersecurity Diversity Company of the Year Award” at the inaugural Women in Cybersecurity Awards Africa 2020 (WICA Africa), reports ITREALMS.

The award was presented to Digital Encode at the first of its kind award to honour cybersecurity professionals in Africa, for its outstanding role in promoting and mentoring women in cybersecurity.

NNPC cuts loses by 97%, meets obligations to federation account - ITREALMS

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The management of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has said that despite huge effect of COVID-19 pandemic this year, it was able to maintain obligations to the Federation Account and cut cost worth N800 billion, reports 

This, NNPC said, has brought about cutting of losses by 97 per cent within the period under review.

Appolonia Data Centre achieves Tier III certification - ITREALMS

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Acclaimed West Africa’s leading commercial data center provider, MDXi, has received Tier III Certification on the Design Documents of its new Appolonia Data Center from Uptime Institute, the Global Data Center Certifying Authority, reports ITREALMS.

The 104-rack facility extends MainOne’s MDXi’s footprint into Ghana to deliver best-in-class data center uptime and operational performance to meet the rapidly growing demand for Colocation, Managed Hosting and Cloud services in Ghana. 

N15.75m up for grabs @ 2020 NCS-Jim Ovia Scholarships - ITREALMS

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Stage is set for some 35 students to hustle for the 2020 Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) and Jim Ovia Scholarships fund worth N15.75m, reports 

According to NCS National President, Prof. Adesina Sodiya revealed this to correspondents at a press conference recently in Lagos at NCS headquarters, just as he applauded Mr. Jim Ovia for the consistency in supporting this scholarships over the years.

Laptop scarcity bites harder, may persists till Q3 2021 - ITREALMS

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The ongoing scarcity of laptops and personal computers (PCs) may worsen as industry experts are now projecting that the prevailing paucity may persist until the third quarter of 2021.

Previous reports indicate that the situation is a result of disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and increased demand for units worldwide. 

Guild to hold virtual annual conference Nov. 26 - ITREALMS

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The Nigerian Guild of Editors, NGE, the umbrella body of all editors in Nigeria, will hold this year’s edition of its annual flagship conference, the All Nigeria Editors’ Conference, ANEC, on Thursday, November 26, 2020, reports 

ANEC is usually a three-day event but President of the Guild, Mr. Mustapha Isah, said this year’s edition will be VIRTUAL (Via Zoom) and it will be for one day.

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Danbatta @FRCN, highlights telecoms issues - ITREALMS

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The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Danbatta, has been hosted by the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), Kaduna, where he raised a wide range of issues affecting the telecommunications industry, reports ITREALMS.

Appearing on “Hannu da yawa”, a popular programme on Radio Nigeria Kaduna, broadcast in Hausa language and which has hosted governors, ministers and top government officials in the country, Danbatta discussed various telecoms issues bordering on connectivity and consumer protection in the telecom industry.

Obadare to keynote @2020 BoICT lecture, awards - ITREALMS

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The co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Digital Encode Limited, Dr. Obadare Peter Adewale, would on Saturday this week, keynote this year’s Beacon of ICT (BoICT) Distinguished Lecture and Awards Series, reports ITREALMS.

Ken Nwogbo, CEO, Nigeria CommunicationsWeek, organisers of the BoICT Distinguished Lecture/Awards Series, disclosed this over the weekend.

Solemnity of Christ The King: The criteria of judgement - ITREALMS

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34th Sunday in Ordinary Time (November 22/20) 
Your Daily BlessingMay the Lord count you as one of those to reign with him in his kingdom. Amen.

Narration: Read: Ezek 34:11-12,15-17; 1 Cor 15:20-26,28; Matt 25:31-46

Today we celebrate Christ as the King of the universe. He is the only begotten Son of the Father, and through all things were made. He came in weakness at first to redeem all destined for salvation. It was the hour of Mercy. At the end of time, he will come back in power and glory, and it will be time for Justice. After subjecting all his enemies under his feet, he will reign as King forever. 

Today, we celebrate that day in anticipation. The readings (read: Ezek 34:11-12,15-17; 1 Cor 15:20-26,28; Matt 25:31-46) indicate what he will do when he comes. He will take care of his flock; but first, he will judge between sheep and goats. The criteria of judgment is what good we did or did not do while alive. In my earlier reflection this year, I used this passage of scripture to show that the way we treat human beings is a mirror image of how we treat God. I will revisit the passage from a different angle. First the negative part:

Mother Teresa said, “the worst disease in the world today is the feeling of being unwanted, and the greatest evil is lack of love. What the poor need even more than food, clothes, and shelter, is to be wanted.” Therefore, when Jesus condemned the ‘goats’ in the Gospel today, “I was hungry, but you did not give me food…” he meant it both literally and figuratively. There is physical, psychological, and spiritual hunger all around us! All need to be fed! Each of us is responsible for alleviating at least the first two categories by our acts of love, our charity, words of encouragement and appreciation. “I was thirsty you didn’t give me drink.” I was thirsty for ‘companionship,’ for ‘acceptance’, but you gave me ice-block: you were cold and unfriendly. “I was a stranger…” You never trusted me as ‘good enough’ to have anything to do with me, no matter how much I tried. I am not in your class. My children will never play with yours. I remain a stranger’, no matter how close we live.
“I was naked…” Clothes cover nakedness, but the worst nakedness is that of psychological shame. I have done wrong in the past, you refuse to ‘cover my shame’ through forgiveness, acceptance, reintegration. You keep treating me as a ‘leper’. 

So I lose my self-worth having to meet the cold wind of disapproval all the time. “I was sick, you did not visit me..” This sickness includes psychological ones. I was ‘wounded by failure and disappointment’ but you mock or laugh at me; I was sunk in depression needing the medicine of hope, but all I got was blame, blame, blame. “I was a prisoner, you didn’t visit me...” This prison is one of guilt and the loneliness it brings. Instead of visiting me with forgiveness, you prefer that I languish there as my punishment (unforgiveness). “I was homeless…” This is not only about those without a home, but includes “homeless-homeowners”. I was in need of the warmth of affection, for sympathy or understanding, but you locked me out of the ‘home of your heart.’ I will look at the positive side tomorrow.

PRAYER: Dear Lord, King of my heart, please help me see that I have a very short time to stay here on earth. Give me the grace to do as much good as I can, when I can as the only way to fulfill my destiny.

COVID-19: 20 LGAs responsible for overall infection in Nigeria – ITREALMS

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A total of 20 local government areas (LGAs) out of the 774 in the country are responsible for the over-all infections of COVID-19 infections in Nigeria, according to the Secretary to the Governor of the Federation and Chairman, Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Mr. Boss Mustapha, reports 

At press time, a total of 143 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria was recorded with Lagos leading, followed by Kaduna with 25, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) 22, Ogun 11, Plateau 4, Oyo 4, Ekiti 3, Osun 2, Edo and Kano 1 each.

Saturday, November 21, 2020

2020 Common Entrance Examinations: Anambra takes first place - ITREALMS

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Anambra State has emerged the coveted first position in the 2020 National Common Entrance Examination results just released by the National Examinations Council (NECO), reports 

Confirming this development, the State Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr. Don C. Adinuba, informed ITREALMS that out of a total of 70,580 candidates who sat for the Common Entrance Examination nationwide, Crucifixio Chinua Umeonyiagu, a pupil of God's Wisdom International Primary School, Nnewi in Anambra State, took the first position by scoring 199 marks out of 200.

AKK gas project: Senate commends NNPC, Financial Audit Report - ITREALMS

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It was commendation time at the Senate Committee on Gas sitting as the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) was applauded on various gas development undertaken lately, especially the Ajaokuta- Kaduna- Kano (AKK) gas pipeline project, reports ITREALMS.

Speaking during the 2021 Budget Defense and Performance Appraisal meeting with officials of the Corporation which held at the National Assembly Complex, Chairman of the Committee, Senator James Manager, expressed satisfaction with the various gas development projects embarked upon by the NNPC despite the impact of Covid-19 on the oil and gas industry, saying: “We are proud of the AKK and some of your other projects”.

Friday, November 20, 2020

NIRA seeks NITDA support for .ng integration of CAC platform - ITREALMS

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The Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA) is seeking support of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), to fast-track the proposed integration of the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) platform, reports 

President of NIRA, Mr. Muhammed Rudman made this request during its annual working visit to the Director General, NITDA, Mallam Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, recently in Abuja to present its statutory annual report to the agency as mandated in earlier Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two and solicited for more support.

5G deployment: EVC urges media to explore consultation document – ITREALMS

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The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta has tasked Nigerian media to explore the draft Consultation Document for Deployment of the Fifth Generation (5G) Technology in the country, reports 

He made this call at a one-day capacity building on telecommunications for members of the Nigeria Information Technology Reporters Association (NITRA) held in Lagos.

Excelling value of urban mining - ITREALMS

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Time and again, the value of e-waste recycling continues to be re-emphasized. This is because e-waste contains precious metals and other valuable resources that can be utilized for new products. 

For example due to its highly efficient electrical conductivity, and corrosion resistance properties, gold is used as electrical contacts and it is found in old mobile phones, computers and TVs, that require very low voltages and currents, which are easily interrupted by corrosion. Extracting this metal makes business sense and is very circular in nature.

Konga Yakata 2020 gets hotter on sales - ITREALMS

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The 2020 edition of Konga Yakata is living up to expectations as arguably the most lucrative ever in the history of Nigerian e-Commerce, with Konga further set to record more hits as eager shoppers rush to participate in the global Black Friday sales which started on November 11 and will run until December 12, 2020.

Investigations reveal that Konga has raised the bar with the 2020 edition of Konga Yakata, an annual promotion widely regarded as the biggest sales event of the year in the Nigerian shopping calendar. 

Okowa, Tambuwal, Sanwo-Olu battle for inaugural ‘Digital Governor’ @NITMA2020 - ITREALMS

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The Executive Governor of Delta State, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, would be in the ring with his counterparts from Sokoto and Lagos States respectively, Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal and Mr. Babakode Sanwo-Olu for the battle of who becomes the first-ever Digital Governor to emerge in the National Information Technology Merit Awards (NITMA), reports 

NITMA, hosted by the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) as the umbrella association of IT professionals, interest groups and stakeholders in Nigeria’s tech sector, towards advancing and accelerating IT development in Nigeria.

NNPC resolute to grow Nigeria's hydrocarbon reserves - ITREALMS

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The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has reiterated its resolve to grow the nation’s hydrocarbon reserves to 40billion barrels through reinvigorated exploratory activities in the inland frontier basins across the country, reports ITREALMS.

The Group Managing Director (GMD) NNPC, Mallam Mele Kyari, stated this while delivering a goodwill message at the opening ceremony of the 38th Annual International Conference and Exhibition of the Nigerian Association of Petroleum Explorationists (NAPE) where he was a Special Guest. 

Thursday, November 19, 2020

#EndSARS: 100 Nigerians died including civilans, policemen, soldiers - ITREALMS

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Despite claims and denials, the Federal Government of Nigeria has eventually agreed that some 57 civilians, 37 policemen and six Soldiers were killed across the country during the #EndSARS crisis, reports 

Disclosing this, the Federal Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed revealed Thursday at a press conference in Abuja on the #EndSARS protest and its consequence.

Medallion emerges most connected data centre of decade - ITREALMS

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Multiple award-winning Medallion Communications, has emerged the most connected data centre of the decade at the Nigeria @60 ICT Hall of Fame Awards organised by TechTV in collaboration with techeconomy.ng as the highpoint of the 2020 Titans of Tech Virtual Conference and Expo, reports 

Presenting the prestigious Most Connected Data Centre of the Decade Award to Engr. Ikechukwu Nnamani, Chief executive officer of Medallion Communications, Don Pedro Aganbi, President, noted that over the years Medallion has garnered a reputation as a foremost Telecoms company in Africa. 

Impressive telecoms industry growth, more applause for NCC, Danbatta - ITREALMS

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For impressive telecoms industry growth, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the agency leadership under Prof Umar Garba Danbatta, the Executive Vice Chairman (EVC), reports 

Latest applause to NCC and its leadership came from the Emir of Bichi, Alhaji Nasir Ado Bayero, while receiving the Board of Commissioners led by the Chairman, Prof Adeolu Akande, as part of activities lined up by the Commission for its ongoing 2020 Board Retreat in Kano State.

Accelerex Holdings secures $20m investment - ITREALMS

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The Mauritius-based Accelerex Holdings, has signed an investment agreement with regional private equity firm, Africa Capital Alliance (“ACA”), for the Capital Alliance Private Equity IV (CAPE IV) fund to invest $20 million in Accelerex, reports 

With this investment, ITREALMS gathered that CAPE IV will become a strategic partner in Accelerex and will hold three seats on the company’s board.

FirstBank boosts financial inclusion for children with Kidsfirst, Mefirst - ITREALMS

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Acclaimed Nigeria’s premier and leading financial inclusion services provider, 
First Bank of Nigeria Limited, has unveiled two variant account products targeting children, reports ITREALMS.

These products, namely KidsFirst and MeFirst, ITREALMS gathered was created to encourage the right savings culture among children from 0 – 17 years. 

NNPC @NSE Fellowship Award as COO, Upstream, 6 staff inducted - ITREALMS

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Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) fellowship award ceremony was held recently with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) bagging a Special Recognition Award and seven of its staff, including the Chief Operating Officer, Upstream, Engr. Adokiye Tombomieye, conferred with the prestigious fellowship award, reports ITREALMS.

Disclosing this, the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division at NNPC, Dr. Kennie Obateru, said the Special Recognition Award was given to the Corporation for its robust contributions to the development of the engineering profession in Nigeria.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Nigerian-born Igbo, Kene Ilochonwu elected Bencher @Alberta - ITREALMS

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Nigerian-born Igbo, Kene Ilochonwu, has been elected as a Bencher of the Law Society of Alberta in Canada, reports 

ITREALMS gathered is the first black to be elected into the Benchers of the Law Society of Alberta.

Kene’s election came alongside 19 others, whose tenure would commence on February 25, 2021 after he scored 1026 votes. 

Danbatta: 5G’ll accelerate attainment of SDGs – ITREALMS

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The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Dr. Umar Garba Danbatta has said that the Fifth Generation (5G) network will accelerate the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the country, reports 

Danbatta in his address to a one-day capacity building for telecom sector reporters hosted by the NCC in collaboration with the Nigeria Information Technology Reporters Association (NITRA) National Headquarters in Lagos on Wednesday at CitiHeight Hotels, Ikeja.

Journalists to debate COVID-19 impact on information access - ITREALMS

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African journalists are rallying round virtual table to discuss “COVID-19 impact on information access” to be hosted by Journalist & Mozambican Lawyer, Arsénio Manhice, on Thursday, November 19 by 10am, reports 

Manhice also disclosed that speakers at the debate are expected to share their experiences, especially from media perspective.

Fight insurgency, stop intimidating #EndSARS frontliners, supporters - ITREALMS

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Short-lived was the respite Nigeria got after the civil society actors took to the streets protesting against police brutality (a.k.a. #EndSARS protest) as being perpetrated by Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (F-SARS). Scores of citizens were killed as a result of this protest which started in September, 2020. 
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Thereafter, some state governments set up judicial commissions/panels of enquiry to look into the causes of the crisis and proffer solution accordingly. As this was on going, the Central Bank of Nigeria acting the script of the powers that be approached a Federal High Court in Abuja through a motion ex parte procuring the order freezing the accounts of 20 #EndSARS frontliners and supporters. Earlier, the passport of one of the #EndSARS supporters was impounded thus preventing the person from travelling out of the country.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Magic sign Rookie Chuma Okeke

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The Orlando Magic has signed rookie forward, Chuma Okeke (CHOO-muh oh-KEE-kee), President of Basketball Operations Jeff Weltman announced today and per team policy, terms of the deal are not disclosed, reports 

“We are thrilled to welcome Chuma (Okeke) to the team,” said Weltman. “He’s demonstrated all of the characteristics that we had seen in him when we drafted him and we look forward to him starting his career with us.”

Summit 2020: #EndSARS is loudest wakeup call on unsustainable economics says Adeleye - ITREALMS

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The recent #EndSARS protest in Nigeria is the loudest wakeup call since the civil war, for the country to be restructured, especially with the unsustainable economic indexes, reports 

Making this declaration at the virtual WorldStage Economic Summit 2020 with the theme, ‘New Reality: Consolidating Economic Diversification’ on November 10, 2020, in his welcome address, 

the President/CEO, WorldStage Limited, Mr Segun Adeleye, said that the youth agitation being subdued should not be construed as a failure, but a success.

Okada riders vs Lagos taskforce: 74 Okada impounded, vehicles damaged - ITREALMS

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Some 74 motorcycles popularly known in Nigeria as Okada were on Tuesday impounded which resulted in clash between the riders and the Lagos State Task Force, reports 

Head, Public Affairs Unit, Lagos State Task Force, Adebayo Taofiq confirmed to ITREALMS that the operatives of the agency based on series of complaints from the public about activities of these Okada riders using their bikes to rob them of their valuables and plying restricted routes as well, went out to the area for enforcement.

Pantami to chair NITMA 2020 … as pros queue for prizes – ITREALMS

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All is now set for the 2020 National Information Technology Merit Awards (NITMA) to be chaired by the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy (MoCDE), Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, next week Thursday in Lagos, reports ITREALMS.

NITMA is organized by the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), the umbrella association of IT professionals, interest groups and stakeholders in Nigeria’s tech sector, towards advancing and accelerating IT development in Nigeria.

IRENA to host webinar on green hydrogen - ITREALMS

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The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has concluded plans to host Green Hydrogen webinar with target on policy making, reports ITREALMS.

The event, 
ITREALMS gathered is coming as part of the IRENA Policy Talks 2020 webinar series, thereby replacing the 6th Policy Day, thus, IRENA Policy Talks 2020 provide a forum for renewable energy policy discussions where experiences and best practices in policy design and implementation can be shared to support the efficient deployment of renewable energy, and the maximisation of the benefits realised.

Webb Fontaine sponsors Bloomberg Invest Africa Summit - ITREALMS

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Webb Fontaine has announced sponsorship role in the first-ever Bloomberg Invest Africa event, which will be held virtually on November 24, 2020, reports ITREALMS.

This virtual global event will bring together a high-profile panel of experts, government ministers and regional and global trade professionals to discuss at length the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for nations and businesses across the continent.

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Ghana, AfDB sign MoU for 2021 annual meetings - ITREALMS

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The 56th Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank and the 47th Annual Meeting of the African Development Fund are scheduled to take place from 24 to 28 May 2021, reports 

“We promise to champion African excellence and deliver a befitting event. We will leave no stone unturned to ensure that this is a seminal event.” – Kenneth Ofori-Atta