Friday, April 23, 2021

Assured of hitch-free NBA-SPIDEL confab says Makinde - ITREALMS

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Oyo State Governor, 'Seyi Makinde, has promised to provide suitable environment to enable the Nigerian Bar Association's Section on Public Interest and Development Law (NBA-SPIDEL) hold a hitch-free Conference in Ibadan, the state capital, in May 2021.

The governor, who stated this while receiving a delegation of the NBA-SPIDEL at the Government House, Agodi, Ibadan, said that the state will do what is necessary to support the staging of the NBA-SPIDEL Conference in Ibadan.

Inter-club match: Arsenal Golf Owerri hosts Ikoyi Club 1938 - ITREALMS

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The inter-club golf match between the Arsenal Golf Club Owerri and Ikoyi Club 1938 has ended with need for private sector partnership emphasised, reports ITREALMS.
The Arsenal Golf Club, Owerri, ITREALMS gathered, hosted their visiting counterpart from Lagos; the Golf Section of Ikoyi Club 1938 in an enthralling friendly interclub match.

NNPC, SEEPCO unlock 1.2TCF with gas agreement - ITREALMS

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The gas development and commercialization programme of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) received a boost Thursday with the execution of the Oil Mining Lease (OML) 143 Gas Development Agreement (GDA) by the NNPC and its partner, Sterling Oil Exploration and Production Company (SEEPCO).
The Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Dr. Kennie Obateru in a press statement available to ITREALMS, disclosed that the project would boost the nation’s gas production by 1.2trillion cubic feet (tcf).

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Nigerian telecom sector can breathe again - ITREALMS

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A week is a week. This is almost true in every part of the world regardless of the season. Every week is also unique. The activities, the happenings and the stories define each week.
This week has been epoch-making in every sense.

This week, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of the death of George Floyd. The verdict was unanimous. He was caught on camera kneeling on Floyd's neck for over 9mins. George in pleading for his life kept saying "I can't breathe."

JA Nigeria partners for growth, impact - ITREALMS


The trajectory of Junior Achievement Nigeria reaching over 1 million youths is one that has embraced diverse support of individuals, groups, and organisations. 
The continuous tenacity applied to impacting the lives of youths especially in a time where the pandemic brought many to economic recession is one that can best be described as apt. 

SystemSpecs unveils 2021 children’s day essay competition judges, extends deadline - ITREALMS

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SystemSpecs, Africa’s leading financial and human capital technology powerhouse, has revealed the list of inspiring personalities who will serve as judges in this year’s edition of its annual Children’s Day Essay Competition.
They include Bayo Adekanmbi, MTN Nigeria’s Chief Transformation Officer; Jumoke Lawoyin, techpreneur and Chief Executive Officer at Lucy.ng; and Emeka Okoye, Chief Semantic Architect and Knowledge Engineer at Cymantiks Nigeria.

2021 World Book and Copyright Day: 9mobile affirms commitment - ITREALMS

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Innovative and youth-focused telecommunications company, 9mobile has restated its commitment to supporting initiatives that promote a culture of reading and publishing, especially among the youths.
The telecom company gave this assurance while marking this year’s World Book and Copyright Day, an event set aside to promote reading, publishing and the protection of intellectual property through copyright.

NCC arrests five over fraudulently-registered SIM cards - ITREALMS


As part of its routine enforcement activities to sanitise the industry of criminal elements, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has arrested no fewer than five suspected individuals for allegedly engaging in fraudulently registering and selling Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards.
The hitch-free operation was carried out by a joint team from the Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Department of the Commission, operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 in the Wuse area of Abuja.

ATU, Ericsson set to expand Africa’s ICT space - ITREALMS

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African Countries and telecommunications stakeholders have today launched the first set of ATU spectrum recommendations that focus on transforming Africa into a knowledge economy through the development of technologies that boost connectivity and innovation. 
The spectrum recommendations are as a result of a Memorandum of Understanding signed between Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) and ATU to help fast-track the roll out of technology across the continent.

PRESIDENCY: Pantami remains Minister - ITREALMS

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Despite calls for the resignation of the embattled Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami, over his pro-Taliban and Al-Qaeda links, the Presidency on Thursday plays a dumb ears, insisting that he remains as Minister, reports ITREALMS.

According to the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in a statement available to ITREALMS, alleged that Pantami’s ordeal in the hands of those calling for his sack was not about his past utterances but about his current job as a minister.

ICPC partners Estate Surveyors to recover, manage stolen assets - ITREALMS

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The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) and the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV) have resolved to partner in the recovery and management of corruptly acquired assets.
The Secretary to the Commission, Prof. Musa Usman Abubakar who received the President of the Institution, ESV. Emmanuel Okas Wike and his team on behalf of the Commission recently described the partnership as a welcome development.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Makinde: Oyo'll encourage sports devt @grassroots - ITREALMS

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Oyo State governor, 'Seyi Makinde, on Wednesday, declared that the state government will continue to encourage sports development at the grassroots.
The governor, who stated this while hosting the Oyo State athletes and coaches at the just concluded National Sports Festival (NSF), Edo 2021, at the Executive Council Chamber, Secretariat, Agodi, Ibadan, added that his administration has been committing funds to upgrade sports facilities as a way of enhancing development.

NITDA @20: NCC applauds leadership - ITREALMS

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The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, has applauded the leadership of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), for achieving tremendous milestone in a space of 20 years, reports 
ITREALMS.
The Executive Vice Chairman, NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, who made the comment in Abuja at the official commemoration of the agency’s 20th Anniversary said NITDA has surpassed the expectations of most Nigerians by meeting its mandates with ease.

Mother Fagbemi for burial Thursday - ITREALMS

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The family of the General Rev. Apostolic Mother Mary Fehintola Fagbemi, has announced her burial rites, reports ITREALMS.
According to statement from the family and made available to ITREALMS, Mother Fagbemi, who died on April 8, 2021, would be buried in Lagos on Thursday April 22.

Asaju stresses importance of emergency communications - ITREALMS

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The Director, Special Duties at the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Engr Oluwaseun Asaju, has stressed the importance of the Emergency Communications Centre (ECC), reports ITREALMS.
Asaju made this known in a chat with newsmen monitored by ITREALMS and said that NCC’s Emergency Communication Centres are very important for the security of lives and properties In Nigeria.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

US alarmed over deteriorating religious freedom, security in Nigeria - ITREALMS

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The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has been alarmed over deteriorating religious freedom conditions and security in Nigeria, reports ITREALMS.
Reacting to the seventh anniversary of Boko Haram’s abduction of 276 schoolgirls from Chibok, the USCIRF stated that the security situation remains dire.

Rudman to chair NITRA Technology Forum 2021 - ITREALMS

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Mr. Muhammed Rudman, Chief Executive Officer, Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN), Nigeria's first and only neutral IXP, will chair NITRA Technology Forum 2021, reports 
ITREALMS.
The forum, ITREALMS gathered has been slated for Thursday, May 27, 2021 at the Oriental Hotel, Lagos.

Innocent Chukwuma: Our mentor, leader and one of God's finest creatures - ITREALMS

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The passing of my mentor Innocent Chukwuma was devastating and excruciating. It is as painful as the death of my immediate elder brother Bonaventure Ikenna Odinkalu in February 2006, the death of my Dad Nnaomadiebube Sir Augustine Sochukwuma Odinkalu in December 2015, my elder sister Genevieve Njideka Dike-Okwuaka in November 2016 and Mum Dame Nneomanwereugwu Anthonia Ihunnaya Odinkalu in February 2019 respectively. Onwu emenam ihe “death has dealt with me.”
This year started on a very sad note for me and the development sector in Nigeria with the death of Barr Esther Uzoma, Former Convener, Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room/Founder, Proactive Gender Initiative, so far we have lost five distinguished leaders, social justice activists and nation-builders: Anyakwee Nsirimovu, Wisdom Durueke, Esther Uzoma, Yinka Odumakin and Innocent Chukwuma. One wonders why good people die early in life.

LAPO navigates microfinance through COVID-19 - ITREALMS

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to devastate the local and global economy, microfinance has become more critical to the survival of the poor and near poor in developing countries. 
Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) provide the best access to banking services for the majority of such underprivileged populations whose livelihoods have been worst affected by the pandemic’s disruptions to transportation, customer service, supply etc. 

Tackling fuel queues: NNPC boosts daily PMS with 1,661 trucks - ITREALMS

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The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has increased the daily supply of Premium Motor Spirit (petrol) across the country from 550 to 1,661 trucks to combat the build up of fuel queues in some parts of the country, reports 
ITREALMS.
The Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Dr. Kennie Obateru, had quoted the Managing Director of the Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC), Mr. Musa Lawan, in a press statement available to ITREALMS, as saying that there are about two billion litres of PMS in strategic depots across the country to keep the nation well supplied for two months if no drop of fuel was imported in that period.

“We have embarked on massive load out. Today, we trucked out 1,661 trucks from all depots across the country. Reports reaching us show that they have already started arriving at the filling stations. We believe that this would ease out the queues,” Lawan reassured.

Lawan disclosed that a 24-hour situation monitoring committee has been set up to track the movements of trucks from the depots to the various filling stations across the country, assuring that the queues will thin out in the next few days.

The PPMC boss explained that the disruption in the distribution chain was caused by the strike embarked upon by Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) over compensation.

He assured that with the suspension of the strike upon the intervention of the Group Managing Director of NNPC, and the resumption of loading, coupled with the extension of loading time, normalcy would soon return to the filling stations.

It would be recalled that the GMD's intervention yesterday led to the suspension of the strike by the PTD for one week.

Speaking in similar vein at the State House after a meeting with the President, the Group Managing Director of NNPC, Mallam Mele Kyari, assured that with the resumption of loading, normalcy would soon return to the fuel situation across the country.

He said the ex-depot price of petrol would remain the same for the month of May, urging marketers not to engage in arbitrary price increase.

He urged motorists to avoid panic buying in order not to compound the situation.

He called on all relevant stakeholders in the downstream sector to collaborate with the NNPC to ensure a quick return to the zero-fuel queues situation that Nigerians had been enjoying before the unfortunate disruption of the distribution chain.

Boko Haram suffered high casualty in attempt to take Dikwa says Army - ITREALMS

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The troops of Operation Lafiya Dole currently carrying out Operation Tura Takaibango stationed at Dikwa and Gulumba Gana supported by the Air Component inflicted heavy casualty on Boko Haram Terrorists who attempted to take control of the strategic town of Dikwa, the headquarters of Dikwa LGA of Borno State, reports 
ITREALMS.
Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima in a press statement available to ITREALMS said the terrorists in their numbers mounted on 12 gun trucks attacked the town on the eve of Sunday 18 April 2021, just as the locals prepare to break their Ramadan fast for the day. 

'We'll keep engaging civil society groups for sustainable development' - ITREALMS

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Oyo State governor, 'Seyi Makinde, on Monday, said that his administration will continue to engage with the civil society groups to enhance its efforts on delivery of sustainable development.
The governor, who was represented by his Special Adviser on Strategy and Political Matters, Hon. Babatunde Oduyoye, stated this while receiving a delegation of the state's chapter of the Civil Society Coalition on Sustainable Development (CSCSD), at the Governor's Office, Agodi, Ibadan.

Continental bigdata experts to gather @Tradepass virtual Bytes ’21: Live - Africa - ITREALMS

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African countries are brimming with potential as investment in technology infrastructure is seen as a very important catalyst for economic and social transformation in the region. Big Data presents incredible opportunities in the sub-continent. With that in mind, leading conferences and events organiser, Tradepass has launched a highly insightful and interactive virtual gathering for Big Data & Analytics gurus in the region, BYTES ’21: LIVE – Africa on 20 – 21 April 2021.

African governments have taken great strides in order to implement technological as well as policy prerequisites to aid bigger impact of Big Data. Despite the setbacks from COVID-19, the Africa’s digital economy is on track to expand in the coming years, transforming the way businesses and government function.

Konga: E-Commerce’s beautiful bride

The Nigerian e-Commerce sector is a much-touted lucre that has attracted a number of players.

The growing interest is buoyed by the rise in a youthful population, growing smartphone and internet penetration, the aspirational mind-set of the average Nigerian and expanding consumer power. At present, e-Commerce spending in Nigeria is on the rise. Research estimates indicate that current spend on e-Commerce is at $12 billion, with the figure expected to rise higher and even projected to reach $75 billion in revenues per annum by 2025.

Despite the allure, the reality of cracking e-Commerce in Nigeria and in Africa, by extension, remains a task far removed from the exertions of the faint-hearted.


West Africa launches new payments digitization agenda - ITREALMS

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New report: Worker payments digitization for economic recovery and decent work
In Senegal, 8 out of 10 workers are paid in cash. Most are temporary workers and excluded from health insurance. A survey revealed that 77% of temporary workers would be willing to receive their wages digitally if this gave them access to health insurance. These are some of the major findings of the publication (https://bit.ly/3anLM71) that the Senegalese government has launched today, with support from the Better Than Cash Alliance (United Nations) (www.BetterThanCash.org), the World Bank and the National Agency of Statistics and Demography of Senegal. 
Combining digital payments with health insurance benefits offers an excellent opportunity for social inclusion, formalization, and financial innovation.

Monday, April 19, 2021

FirstBank unveils new corporate website - ITREALMS

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FirstBank, Nigeria and indeed West Africa’s premier financial inclusion services provider has announced the launch of its newly designed website, https://www.firstbanknigeria.com/.

The new website is upgraded with features that are streamlined to reinforce its role in delivering seamless banking and technology solutions to its customers across the world.

Shisha smoking Oreyo girls suspended, Lagos cautions parents ... plus video - ITREALMS

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The Lagos State Government has reacted to a viral video of Shisha smoking-students and suspended them, reports ITREALMS.
Some five students of the school, ITREALMS gathered which is now identified as Oreyo Senior Grammar School, Igbogbo, Ikorodu in Lagos, were seen in a video over the weekend engaged in crowd-smoking otherwise known as Shisha in local parlance.

CyberEra partners Tradepass on Bytes ’21: LIVE – Africa - ITREALMS

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Leading ICT and Digital Economy publication-Cyber Era NG has wrapped up plans to partner B2B conferences and event organizers- Tradepass on two potentially industry disruptiving virtual events for the African tech community namely BYTES ’21: LIVE – Africa and 3rd Edition CyFrica: LIVE.

Confirming this development, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Cyber Era NG,(https://www.cyberera.com.ng) Clifford Agugoesi said his organization was tapped by Tradepass as Media Partners for the twin events taking into account its consistent qualitative and quantitative reportage of the ICT industry and the Digital Economy.

Safety of Journalists: Lawyers urge FG to domesticate international instruments - ITREALMS

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Participants rising from a Litigation Workshop for Lawyers on the Safety of Journalists have called on the Federal Government to take urgent steps to domesticate relevant regional and international instruments and standards on the safety of journalists in order to give impetus to compliance and enforcement processes at the national level as a way of ending impunity for crimes against journalists.
They also urged government to live up to its international treaty obligation to guarantee the safety of journalists and other media practitioners, including by preventing attacks on them whenever possible and ensuring that all attacks on journalists and other media workers are investigated and that the perpetrators of the attack are prosecuted and punished.

Upgrade, digitisation of FRCN get NEITI applause - ITREALMS

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The Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Extractives Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI), Dr. Orji Ogbonnaya Orji has applauded the rebuilding and upgrade of the broadcast infrastructure on-going at the headquarters of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) in Abuja, reports 
ITREALMS.

Dr. Orji described the expansion and digitization of the news and programme facilities and establishment of several multi-purpose digital studios at the corporation as positive revolutions in broadcasting that should be emulated by other publicly owned media organisations in the country.


The Executive Secretary made the commendation during a courtesy visit he and his senior management team paid to the Director General of the FRCN, Dr. Mansur Liman in his office.

Head, Communications and Advocacy at NEITI, Obiageli Onuorah in a press statement available to ITREALMS, quoted Dr. Orji as saying “The upgrade of facilities at the corporation will not only boost the quality of the signals and programmes, but will make the FRCN competitive and boost its revenue drive as people will put their money where their hearts are.”

He described his visit to the FRCN as emotional and historic. “FRCN shaped my career and provided the platform for my self- development in public service. I am a home boy, bred and buttered here. I can proudly say today that it is FRCN that people still connect me to.”

He also said that “This Corporation therefore means a lot to me and that is why I am here to pay my respects. I thank the management and President Muhammadu Buhari for making this visit a historic homecoming for me” Making reference to the motto of the FRCN which is “uplifting the people and uniting the nation,” Dr. Orji explained that he was at the FRCN because the corporate values of the corporation aligns with the mandate of NEITI. “We cannot engage in public enlightenment, education and debates on natural resource management which NEITI is spear-heading without the support and collaboration of the FRCN,” he emphasised.

He noted that the media is a major anti-corruption platform that stands for openness, transparency and accountability. “So we have an alignment with the FRCN. We want our country to use its resources efficiently and uplift the people and unite our country. Any agreement ignored in the oil and gas industry has implications on revenues losses” he added.

Dr. Orji advised the corporation to expand its energy desk to cover new and millennial issues in energy transition and promised that NEITI will provide all the technical and institutional support to make the expansion a success.

The transparency boss reminded his host that the whole essence of the EITI was to draw national and international attention to the dangers of resource curse and how to help countries plagued by the scourge reverse the curse.

He attributed the on –going reforms in Nigeria’s extractive sector to the strong collaboration between the civil society, government and companies under the EITI framework which Nigeria is a signatory.

“We have created a coalition between the civil society that represent the people, government that hold and manages the resources to improve the business environment and the companies that exploit and do business in the country so they can do good business and make good returns to government. These are the reasons why NEITI exists” Dr. Orji noted.

“The current massive reforms going on in the oil, gas and mining sector unknown to the public, is as a result of the work that the coalition of the civil society, government and companies are doing. When we publish our reports, we get the legislators and citizens to discuss the findings and recommendations. The NEITI reports recommended for instance, the introduction of the petroleum industry bill” he said.

The Director-General of the FRCN Dr. Mansur Liman, while welcoming his guest said that he has followed NEITI’s progress and trajectory and is impressed by the agency’s strides in upholding the tenets of transparency and accountability as laid down by the global EITI.

He commended NEITI for its efforts at guiding the government so far in its reforms of Nigeria’s extractive sector, adding that FRCN is proud to have one of its staffs as the chief executive officer of another government agency. “Every staff at the FRCN can attest to your discipline, hard work and dedication. The last programme which you initiated and anchored here titled “The Eagle square” is a programme that centered on public accountability. It is no surprise then that you are heading a transparency organization”, Dr. Liman stated.

According to the DG, “FRCN will give NEITI all the necessary support, seeing that the corporate values of the two agencies are similar. Please circulate your reports to the FRCN news platform for wider engagement and dissemination”.

“I have seen the areas you want us to concentrate; we will give you total support because we are doing this for our country. We will increase the coverage of NEITI activities and we will look into the proposal to expand our energy desk,” he said.

Detained Suraju! Group condemns action, charges - ITREALMS

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International anti-corruption and human rights groups have strongly condemned the detention of leading Nigerian anti-corruption activist Olanrewaju Suraju of HEDA, one of the first non-governmental groups to expose corruption allegations surrounding the acquisition of the OPL 245 oil field by oil multinationals Shell and Eni.
Mr Suraju, along with the NGOs Corner House, Global Witness and Re: Common, has been accused by the former Nigerian Attorney General Mohammed Adoke of forging an email that formed part of the prosecution case in the recently concluded trial of the two multinationals and 11 other defendants in Milan. The defendants were all acquitted.

Girls in ICT Day 2021: MTN, Galaxy Backbone, VDT, Inq, Remita, others partner eBusinesslife - ITREALMS

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As the date for the eBusinesslife International Girls in ICT Day draws near, more corporate organisations have come to align with the campaign geared at sensitising young girls to take up career paths that are related to ICT.

The event which is slated to hold at Oriental Hotel, Lagos on Thursday, April 22, 2021 has attracted support from MTN Nigeria, Galaxy Backbone, VDT Communications, Inq Digital, SystemSpecs and Caleb Ayanwusi Foundation. 

Sunday, April 18, 2021

We lost our Innocent - ITREALMS

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Two weeks ago, I lost a comrade, brother, and friend, Innocent Chukwuma. Innoma, as I called him, was 55, and until a few months ago when he retired, the regional director (West Africa) of Ford Foundation. Every waking moment in the last two weeks has left me thinking about life and Innocent Chukwuma’s death.
Late Innocent Chukwuma, former ED Ford Foundation West Africa
I had a busy day on Saturday, April 3. Earlier that day, my spouse had informed me of the news of the death of the political activist, Yinka Odumakin, national publicity secretary of Afenifere, the Pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group. At 2:22p.m. Pacific Standard Time, I was about to put my phone on flight mode for a nap when I received a message from Dr. Chidi Odinkalu. The first message read: “Good evening sir. How are you doing?” It was followed by two questions; all three messages in a space of one minute: “Family?” “Have you heard about Innocent…? I replied immediately, “Good. Thanks. Innocent?” I became apprehensive when I didn’t get an immediate reply. My apprehension soon turned into distress. I couldn’t take my eyes off the phone. A minute later, I sent another message: “Are you there?” I asked. No response. My anxiety increased. I was about to dial his number when Dr Odinkalu called with the devastating news.

Ekiti govt, indigenes celebrate ex-CDS Gen Olonisakin @State reception - ITREALMS

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Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi has urged the immediate past Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin to leverage on his influence in the military institutions to foster and mentor young officers who might be looking up to him for guidance and mentorship.
The Governor gave the charge in Ado-Ekiti Saturday night during a State reception held in honour of the former Chief of Defence Staff who hails from Ode- Ekiti in Gboyin Local Government area of the state.

GSM: We're using sports development to engage youths - ITREALMS

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The Oyo State government has declared its engaging the youths in the domain with sports development, reports ITREALMS.
Disclosing this on Saturday, Governor 'Seyi Makinde (GSM) said, that his administration is developing sports to productively engage youths in the state.

Saturday, April 17, 2021

REVEALED! EOS R3, Canon’s latest professional mirrorless camera - ITREALMS

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With the news of three new innovative radio frequency (RF) lens and a new file sharing app, Canon Inc has announced the development of EOS R3 reports ITREALMS.
EOS R3, ITREALMS gathered is latest high-speed and ultra-responsive professional mirrorless camera.

Asiwaju Tinubu hails Alhaji Smith @75 - ITREALMS

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All Progressives Congress (APC) national stalwart, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has congratulated former Inspector General of Police, Alhaji Musiliu Smith, on turning 75, describing him as a patriot and statesman who has contributed immensely to the unity and togetherness of Nigeria.
He said he often looked up to Alhaji Smith for guidance and direction.

Pastor Adeboye meets Fayemi in Ado-Ekiti - ITREALMS

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The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye on Saturday met with the Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi in Ado-Ekiti assuring Nigerians that the battle against insecurity would soon be over.
The brief meeting which was held at the Oke-Ayaba Government House had in attendance the wife of the Governor, Erelu Bisi Fayemi, Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Olawale Fapohunda, Head of Service, Mrs. Peju Babafemi, Chief of Staff to the Governor, Mr. Biodun Omoleye, the Regional Pastor of RCCG, Pastor Goke Kuti and former Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin (rtd) and other top government functionaries.

Digital Infrastructure: Ogun to benefit from 21st Century $75m commitment - ITREALMS

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The foremost Information Communication Technology (ICT) firm, 21st Century Technologies Limited (21CTL) has partnered with Ogun state government to execute Ogun State Digital Economic Empowerment Project (OGDEP) reports ITREALMS.
21st Century injected close to $75 million to the project in expectation that the initiative would see the economy of Ogun state grow by additional $100 billion.

Friday, April 16, 2021

Oyo: Our budget is online, faults NGO transparency survey - ITREALMS

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The Oyo State Government has rejected a report launched by a non-governmental organisation (NGO), the State Budget Transparency Survey report, which placed the state as the least performing state of the federation on the ladder of online availability of budget documents for the year 2020.

The state government, which made its position known in a statement endorsed by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, insisted that the state’s budget information was, indeed, published on the state’s website.

Syngenta, WACOT partner to boost Nigeria’s food security - ITREALMS

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Leading food and agro-processing company in West Africa, WACOT Limited, and leading global agritech company Syngenta Crop Protection are partnering for impact to further boost Nigeria’s food security and ensure sustainable development of the agriculture sector.

This would see Syngenta Crop Protection working closely with WACOT over the next five years to help improve the sustainability, quality and safety of Nigeria’s agriculture with world-class science and innovative crop solutions.


UNVEILED! Rita Dominic is Brand Ambassador for LG - ITREALMS

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The multi award-winning Nollywood actress, Rita Dominic has been unveiled as brand ambassador in Nigeria for all home appliances products of LG Electronics, reports ITREALMS.
This comes due to her inspiring adventures and expeditions in the Nollywood industry, according to the management of LG Electronics.

Bawa underscores benefits of NIN-SIM linkage - ITREALMS

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Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Mr. Abdulrasheed Bawa has underscored the benefits of linking the Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) of telecommunications subscribers with the National Identification Number (NIN), reports ITREALMS.
According to him, the ongoing linkage of NIN-SIM would support the government’s efforts in checking the activities fraudsters and cybercriminals.

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Illicit Drugs: MoIC, NDLEA to launch national campaign against trafficking - ITREALMS

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The Federal Ministry of Information and Culture will collaborate with the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to launch a national campaign against drug trafficking and illicit use of drugs in the country.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, disclosed this in Abuja on Thursday when he received the Chairman of the NDLEA, Brig.-Gen. Buba Marwa (retired), on a courtesy visit to his office.

Ericsson to create Automation Hub in Nigeria - ITREALMS

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Ericsson has advanced plans to create an Automation Hub in Nigeria to support operators for improved consumer experience, reports ITREALMS.

Ericsson Automation Hub, ITREALMS gathered, is an open innovation platform, inspired by lean startup methodology in which Ericsson team works in close dialog with customers, users and partners to showcase and reach the high potential that network automation allows in configuration, provisioning, assurance and orchestration of network services.

FirstBank's webinar to promote information security in digital age - ITREALMS

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First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Nigeria’s leading financial inclusion services provider has announced a webinar to sensitise individuals and businesses with useful information on being protected in today’s digital age.


The virtual event is scheduled to hold by noon on Friday, 16 April 2021 with “Staying Protected Amidst the Pandemic Chaos” being the topic to be discussed at the event. Registration is ongoing for the event via the link: https://firstbanknigeria.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_PUnqA7enTMG8o0OfOaWxlg

CAN berates NSCIA, rebutes claim on campaign of calumny - ITREALMS

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The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has berated the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) over its use of vulgar, immature language and unprintable words to describe the CAN in its bid to justify the obvious lopsided appointments of the Federal Government in favour of its members, reports ITREALMS.
CAN General Secretary, Joseph Bade Daramola, Esq. confided in ITREALMS that their attention has been drawn to a Press Statement issued by the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) where the Council used vulgar, immature language and unprintable words to describe the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in its bid to justify the obvious lopsided appointments of the Federal Government in favour of its members. 

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

DRIF21: PIN, partners welcome delegates across 42 countries - ITREALMS

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Paradigm Initiative (PIN), Consortium of Ethiopian Human Rights Organisations (CEHRO), Conseil des Panafricanistes du Tchad, Digital Foundation of Namibia, Digital Human Rights Lab, Digital Shelter, Internet pour tous en Centrafrique/SPJ Labs, Internet Society Chad Chapter, Koneta Initiative and Zaina Foundation welcome over 400 delegates from 42 countries to the Digital Rights and Inclusion Forum (DRIF21), reports ITREALMS.
Out of the 42 participating countries, ITREALMS gathered that 32 are African countries.

Zinox boss: Edo ready for digital revolution – ITREALMS

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Africa’s foremost digital disruptor and founder, Zinox Group, Leo Stan Ekeh, has disclosed that Edo State has the requisite attributes to become a model for digital economy in Nigeria.

Ekeh made this known on Monday, April 12, 2021 during a smart exploratory visit to Benin, the Edo State capital for likely expansion and investment purposes.

Makinde: Oyo to make HIV services available to all, plans 300,000 test kits - ITREALMS

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The Oyo State governor, ‘Seyi Makinde, has declared on Wednesday that his administration will continue to build community programmes to ensure the availability of HIV services to all and sundry in the State.

The governor, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Mrs. Olubamiwo Adeosun, stated this during the launch of the HIV Treatment Surge by the Consul-General, United States Embassy in Nigeria, Lagos, Claire Pierangelo, held at the Theophilus Oladipo Ogunlesi Hall, Ibadan.