" ITREALMS: May 2024

Friday, May 31, 2024

PalmPay is 'Customer focused digital bank of the year' @Beacon of ICT award - ITREALMS

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PalmPay, leading fintech company, has been awarded the prestigious "Customer Focused Digital Bank of the Year" Award at the Africa's Beacon of ICT Merit and Leadership Awards, organised by the Nigeria Communication Week. The award ceremony took place in Lagos, celebrating exceptional achievements and contributions in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector.
PalmPay's recognition as the "Customer Focused Digital Bank of the Year'' underscores its commitment to delivering exceptional customer service and innovative digital banking solutions. The award highlights PalmPay's dedication to addressing the financial needs of its customers providing a seamless and user-friendly digital banking experience.

Effects of Subsidy Removal: FG commissions 5.2 mmscfd CNG plant in Lagos - ITREALMS

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To lessen the impact of subsidy removal on petrol, the Federal Government has commissioned a 5.2 million standard cubic feet per day (mmscfd) Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) plant in Lagos, reports ITREALMS.
Minister of State for Petroleum Resources (Gas), Rt. Hon. Ekperikpe Ekpo, assisted by the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, unveils a plaque to officially commission the 5.2 million standard cubic feet per day (mmscfd) Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Facility in Ilasamaja area of Lagos State, on Thursday.
Minister of State for Petroleum Resources (Gas) Rt. Hon. Ekperikpe Ekpo, who commissioned the plant at the Isolo Industrial Area, Ilasamaja in Lagos, on Thursday, said the occasion, under the theme “From Gas to Prosperity: CNG for All”, represents a critical turning point in the development of affordable, sustainable, and secure energy sources in the country.

Making PoS registration a win-win for Nigeria's Financial Future by Elvis Eromosele - ITREALMS

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) recently mandated that all Point of Sales (PoS) operators complete their registration with the Corporate Affairs Corporation (CAC) by July 7, 2024. This directive aims to formalize the operations of PoS businesses across the country, boosting regulatory compliance and promoting financial inclusion.
Making PoS registration a win-win for Nigeria's Financial Future by Elvis Eromosele - ITREALMS
However, for many PoS operators, this new requirement poses significant challenges, both financially and logistically. As micro-businesses, already grappling with economic uncertainties, the stringent deadline could threaten their survival and, by extension, the broader goal of financial inclusion in Nigeria.

Wednesday, May 29, 2024

NDDC received $142m from Shell Nigeria, partners in 2023 - ITREALMS

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A total of $142.5 million was paid to the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) last year by The Shell Petroleum Development of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC) and Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Limited (SNEPCo). SPDC paid $112.5 million while SNEPCo remitted $30 million compared to $59.04 million by SPDC and $20.73 by SNEPCo in 2022.
The contributions came from the Shell companies on behalf of themselves and their respective partners –. Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPC); TotalEnergies, EP Nigeria Limited; NAOC; and Esso Exploration and Production Nigeria Limited – as statutory contributions to the interventionist agency.

Tinubu @1: We accelerated economy via youth-driven digitisation, innovation – ITREALMS

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The All Progressive Congress (APC)-led Federal Government head by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has declared it accelerated diversification of the economy through youth-driven industrialization, digitisation and innovation, reports ITREALMS.
An Executive Summary of the Tinubu administration available to ITREALMS, said they have also inspired confidence and trust with 8-point agenda.

Children advised to focus on studies, shun laziness - ITREALMS

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Children all over the country have been advised to face their studies, shun any acts of laziness, conform with good character and brace up for a brighter future, reports ITREALMS.

Children advised to focus on studies, shun laziness - ITREALMS
This assertion was made by the organiser and program coordinator, In Da House Entertainment, Mr. Adeniyi Ayandokun while welcoming the children, parents and teachers to this year's Children's Day Celebration with the theme "The Future" held at A3 Gardens, opposite Ventura Mall, Sango, Ibadan.

NCS to host 3-day forum on cybersecurity @FCT - ITREALMS

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The umbrella professional body in the Computer and Information Technology in the country, the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) has concluded plans to host a three-day CyberSecurity Forum and Workshop at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja, reports 
ITREALMS.
NCS to host 3-day forum on cybersecurity @FCT - ITREALMS
President of NCS, Dr. Mohammadu Sirajo Aliyu, said that the three-day event has been slated to hold at the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) on June 11 through 13, 2024.

FG targets 10,000 IT heads @MDAs with responsible data management course - ITREALMS

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The Federal Government of Nigeria has concluded plans to upskill heads of Information Technology (IT) in the nation's Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) through a course on Responsible Data Management, targeting some 10,000 public servants, reports 
ITREALMS.
FG targets 10,000 IT heads @MDAs with responsible data management course - ITREALMS
Disclosing this in a press statement available to 
ITREALMS and endorsed by the Head, Research & Development at the National Data Protection Commission (NDPC), Dr. Tolulope Pius-Fadipe, said that the four months free course is in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Communications, Innovation & Digital Economy, through NDPC office and Data.Org.

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Nigeria Computer Society decries non-inclusion in cybersecurity council – ITREALMS

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Foremost Computer and Information Technology (IT) professional umbrella association in the country, the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) has lamented non-inclusion in the Cybercrime Advisory Council (CAC), reports ITREALMS.
Nigeria Computer Society decries non-inclusion in cybersecurity council – ITREALMS
Largely described as embarrassing by stakeholders, as NCS roles and contributions to a safer cyber space in the country cannot be over-emphasised.

Monday, May 27, 2024

Exposed! Boko Haram false narratives – ITREALMS

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Following a recent visit by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to North East Nigeria the false narratives of the terror group, Boko Haram has been exposed, reports ITREALMS.
Exposed! Boko Haram false narratives – ITREALMS
The delegation, led by Moncef Kartas, Head of Office and Stabilization at UNDP Nigeria, revealed critical insights that challenged Boko Haram's claims and shed light on the group's destructive and anti-Islamic agenda.

Discover TECNO POVA 6 Neo with budget-friendly features - ITREALMS

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As economic challenges loom large, the quest for quality at an affordable price becomes more crucial than ever, especially in the realm of smartphones. 
Discover TECNO POVA 6 Neo with budget-friendly features - ITREALMS
Amidst this backdrop, TECNO emerges as a beacon of innovation and hope with the launch of the POVA 6 Neo. 

NNPC Chief, Kyari, Wins Champion Newspapers' Most Outstanding Energy Icon Award - ITREALMS

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... Says NNPC ever committed to Nigeria's energy security

The Group Chief Executive Officer of NNPC Ltd, Mr. Mele Kyari has won the Champion Newspapers' 2023 Most Outstanding Energy Icon of the Year.
NNPC Chief, Kyari, Wins Champion Newspapers' Most Outstanding Energy Icon Award - ITREALMS
Kyari was conferred with the honour during the newspaper's annual awards ceremony held at the Eko Hotels & Suites in Victoria Island, Lagos, on Saturday.

Sunday, May 26, 2024

Oworonshoki-Apapa Expressway: Tinubu applauds Dangote, says project 10th wonder - ITREALMS

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The Nigeria's President, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has described the newly commissioned Oworonshoki-Apapa Expressway as the tenth wonder of the world, reports 
ITREALMS.
Oworonshoki-Apapa Expressway: Tinubu applauds Dangote, says project 10th wonder - ITREALMS
He also applauded the President, Dangote Industries Limited, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, for his selflessness in actualising the project.

Saturday, May 25, 2024

.NG registrations soars to 215,000

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... As NiRA pushes for more.

The .NG country code top-level domain (ccTLD), has soared to 215,000 in registration amidst call for increased adoption, reports 
ITREALMS.
.NG registrations soars to 215,000 - ITREALMS
Managers of the .NG, the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA) gave this insight, showing that its popularity in usage for websites and email addresses have continued to grow.

MOSOP rejects Geoplex Drillteq says Nsuke - ITREALMS

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The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) has registered its displeasure against the activities of Geoplex Drillteq Limited, a company touted by select Ogoni chiefs for the purpose of resuming oil production in Ogoni despite an overwhelming opposition from the Ogoni people.
MOSOP rejects Geoplex Drillteq says Nsuke - ITREALMS
MOSOP in a statement signed by its President, Mr Fegalo Nsuke said, “We have received very credible information of a planned meeting of this group of chiefs with representatives of Geoplex Drillteq Limited on Saturday, May 25, 2024 at the Birabi Memorial Grammar School, Bori, Ogoni to endorse the company (Geoplex) for the same purpose of resuming oil production in Ogoni.”

AMVCA@10: Tecno's unstoppable journey - ITREALMS

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As the curtains rose on the grand spectacle of the 10th Africa Magic Viewers' Choice Awards (AMVCA), TECNO again took centre stage, illuminating the night with a blend of technological innovation and unwavering support for the Nigerian movie industry.
AMVCA@10: Tecno's unstoppable journey  - ITREALMS
Amidst the glitz and glamour of the red carpet, where superstars dazzled in their finest attire, TECNO's presence was felt beyond mere aesthetics. Attendees were greeted with a showcase of technological splendour at the TECNO booth, where moments of laughter and camaraderie were immortalized through the lens of innovation.

Friday, May 24, 2024

Trend Micro blocks 4m cyber attacks targeted on Nigerian businesses - ITREALMS

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Global cybersecurity leader, Trend Micro Incorporated has revealed that it blocked around 18 million email threats, almost two million malicious Uniform Resource Locator (URLs) and over four million malicious mobile apps targeted at Nigerian businesses and consumers between January and December 2023, reports ITREALMS.
Trend Micro blocks cyber attacks targeted on Nigerian businesses - ITREALMS
This as threat actors deviate from big-batch attacks to focus on a narrower range of more lucrative targets.

Konga tech month empowers Nigerians with unprecedented deals - ITREALMS

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Konga, Nigeria's leading e-commerce giant, has altered tradition with its innovative "Tech Month" campaign, reports 
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Konga tech month empowers Nigerians with unprecedented deals - ITREALMS
Unlike anything seen in the e-commerce sector before, Tech Month has transformed the way Nigerians shop for technology products and home essentials. This month-long extravaganza, a first of its kind in the Nigerian e-commerce space, is empowering Nigerians by offering massive discounts and deals on tech products, home essentials, and kitchen appliances.

Thursday, May 23, 2024

Sanwo-Olu: Soyannwo believes in collective greater Lagos - ITREALMS

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The remains of the late Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, Mr. Gboyega Soyannwo, were committed to mother earth on Thursday at the Vaults and Gardens, after a funeral service at the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), City of David Parish, Victoria Island.
Sanwo-Olu: Soyannwo believes in collective greater Lagos - ITREALMS
Governor Sanwo-Olu and his wife, Ibijoke; Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat; Secretary to the Lagos State Government, Barr. (Mrs). Abimbola Salu-Hudeyin, Head of Service, Mr. Olabode Agoro and Chief of Staff, Mr. Tayo Ayinde, attended the funeral service to bid the late Soyannwo farewell.

NASCON grows turnover by 37%, assures shareholders of continuous growth, value creation - ITREALMS

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The NASCON Allied Industries Plc, has grown turnover by 37%, and assured shareholders of continuous growth as well as value creation in 2024. 
NASCON grows turnover by 37%, assures shareholders of continuous growth, value creation - ITREALMS
The company gave the assurance at its 2023 Annual General Meeting (AGM) held Thursday in Lagos.

Strategic: NASENI invests in Powerstove to boost production - ITREALMS

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The National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) has announced its first-ever investment in Powerstove, a pioneering Nigerian company specializing in the production of cookstoves, having significant experience in carbon credit projects.
This strategic investment marks a major milestone in NASENI's on-going efforts to combat global warming and foster a sustainable ecosystem by Nigerian companies dedicated to decarbonization.

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Law of the sea garners support on climate, ocean action - ITREALMS

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The World Wide Fund for Nature has express strong support to the new Advisory Opinion published by the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, reports ITREALMS.
Law of the sea garners support on climate, ocean action - ITREALMS
This, WWF said, is coming for the first time at a global level with definition on the legal obligations of states to act on climate change to protect marine ecosystems.

Bonga is Asset of the Year in Shell Group - ITREALMS

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The premier deep-water development, Bonga, operated by Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Limited (SNEPCo) has won the coveted Asset of the Year award in the Shell Group for 2023, the latest recognition of its best-in-class performance in Safety, Environment and Asset Management.
Bonga is Asset of the Year in Shell Group - ITREALMS
Bonga had clinched same award in 2016 and was first runner up in the same category in 2019 for improved production, maintenance, problem-resolving capability, operational excellence and cost ownership.

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

May 2024: Key developments in domestic and global economies by Yemi Cardoso - ITREALMS

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Excerpts from communique 152 of the Monetary Policy Committee. 
May 2024: Key developments in domestic and global economies by Yemi Cardoso - ITREALMS
Domestic headline inflation rose further to 33.69 per cent in April 2024, from 33.20 per cent in March, driven by both the food and core components. On a month-on-month basis, however, headline inflation declined significantly to 2.29 per cent in April 2024, from 3.02 per cent in March.

Bridging skills gap: Paradigm Initiative lifts 39 Kenyans with LIFE Legacy Programme - ITREALMS

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Paradigm Initiative has lifted some 39 Kenyan youths with LIFE Legacy Programme in efforts to bridge the skills gap in the country, reports 
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Bridging skills gap: Paradigm Initiative lifts 39 Kenyans with LIFE Legacy Programme - ITREALMS
Thus, efforts to bridge unemployment challenge in Kenya have started bearing fruit following the graduation of the first batch of students from under-served communities under the LIFE Legacy Programme, an initiative spearheaded by Paradigm Initiative (PIN), a pan-African non-governmental organisation.

PHCs, Lagos SAT urge stakeholders collaboration with govt - ITREALMS

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The Lagos State Advocacy Team of the coalition of civil societies in the health sector has called on stakeholders, philanthropists in the community to collaborate with the government in making the healthcare delivery in the state more accessible to the people, reports 
ITREALMS.
PHCs, Lagos SAT urge stakeholders collaboration with govt - ITREALMS
This the group said would be by supporting with needs identified in their domain as the government alone cannot achieve this.

Monetary Policy Committee explains rate hike to 26.25% - ITREALMS

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The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has hiked the Monetary Policy Rate (MPR) to 26.25 per cent, reports 
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Monetary Policy Committee explains rate hike to 26.25% - ITREALMS
The Committee arising from its 295th meeting on the 20th and 21st of May 2024 to review recent economic and financial developments and assess risks to the outlook decided that to raise the MPR by 150 basis points to 26.25 per cent from 24.75 per cent; retain the asymmetric corridor around the MPR to +100/-300 basis points; retain the Cash Reserve Ratio of Deposit Money Banks at 45.00 per cent; and retain the Liquidity Ratio at 30.00 per cent.

NCC, SMEDAN, NAICOM, SEC, others set for SUPERNEWS SMEs Confab'24 - ITREALMS

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The Director General, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), Mr. Charles Odii, the Executive Vice Chairman/CEO, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Dr. Aminu Maida, other regulators, experts, stakeholders from the financial services and ICT sectors, small business owners among others have confirmed their attendance at the SUPERNEWS Nigeria SMEs Forum 2024 scheduled for Thursday, June 13th 2024 at Radisson Hotel, GRA Ikeja, Lagos.
NCC, SMEDAN, NAICOM, SEC, Others Set for SUPERNEWS SMEs Conference June 13
The conference with the theme, 'Bringing SMEs into the Financial Services Network via Fintech' would be declared open by the SMEDAN DG, Mr. Charles Odii, while the EVC of NCC will chair the event.

May-hem: EFCC arrests 193 suspects on Internet fraud in 20 days - ITREALMS

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Since the beginning of the fifth month of 2024, May, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has made a total of 193 arrests related to cyber crimes and internet fraud across various cities in Nigeria, reports ITREALMS.
Mayhem: EFCC arrests 193 suspects on Internet fraud in 20 days - ITREALMS
Also, ITREALMS investigations on the number of convictions by the EFCC in 2021 showed that there were some 35 cases, just as 54 cases were mentioned on cyber crimes, even as cybercrime as compound word appeared 339 in the 174 page document.

Monday, May 20, 2024

Air Peace battle for skies: Strategies to gain competitive advantage by Austin Okere - ITREALMS

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Battle for the skies
Congratulations to Air Peace on its inaugural flight to London and for achieving full bookings for the upcoming months, thanks to attractive ticket prices. Over the past fortnight, Air Peace has been making waves on social media for various reasons. On a positive note, the airline shared a LinkedIn post featuring a picture of former Nigerian President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, aboard a return flight to London. The caption highlighted his positive experience, stating, "I went, it was pleasant. I came back, it was even more pleasant." However, on a different note, Nigeria Stories recently reported that the United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority has contacted Nigeria's Civil Aviation Authority regarding alleged violations of aviation safety regulations by Air Peace.
Air Peace battle for skies: Strategies to gain competitive advantage by Austin Okere - ITREALMS
The significance of Air Peace's impact on airfares along the Lagos-London route cannot be overstated. Since commencing operations on March 30, Air Peace has maintained its round-trip economy ticket price at $1,000 (₦1.2 million), a substantial reduction compared to the previous rates charged by international airlines, which could soar up to $2,500 (₦3 million). This bold pricing approach has disrupted the established norms, prompting foreign carriers to reassess their pricing frameworks.

12 Internet fraudsters jailed in Makurdi - ITREALMS

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Justices R.J. Egbe , N.I Afolabi and Emeka Nwite , M.S Abubarkar, M.S.Abubakar , A. Onoja, Justice Ajiya Ngajuwa and Justice Emeka Nwite of the Federal High Court sitting in Makurdi, Lafia and Abuja have convicted and sentenced 12 (twelve) internet fraudsters to various jail terms.
12 Internet  fraudsters jailed in Makurdi - ITREALMS
The convicts were jailed after pleading guilty to one-count separate charges upon their arraignment by the Makurdi Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

COMJAN scowls NMJF over unethical behavior - ITREALMS

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The coalition of Maritime Journalists Association of Nigeria (COMJAN), has scowled in strong terms the unethical behaviour of some maritime media practitioners that go by the name Nigeria Maritime Journalists Forum (NMJF), reports 
ITREALMS.
COMJAN scowls NMJF over unethical behavior - ITREALMS
Arising from an emergency meeting in Port Harcourt the Rivers state capital last week, COMJAN claimed NJMF has continuously made it her stock in trade to carrying out reportage based on unverified, unfounded and baseless speculations aimed to put an undue pressure on their alleged personalities.

eBusiness Life Girls in ICT: Corporates charge girls on future careers - ITREALMS

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Growing girls in the country have been charged to prepare themselves for future careers that will be premised on the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) knowledge and expertise, reports 
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eBusiness Life Girls in ICT: Corporates charge girls on future careers - ITREALMS
Speaking at the International Girls in ICT event organised by eBusiness Life Communications Limited last Thursday, corporate organisations that gathered for the 12th edition of the year long campaign spoke on diverse expectations from the young girls, and how to position them for bridge the gender gap in the ICT career field.

College of Aviation Technology to offer MassComm for personnel, as AIMAN commends members - ITREALMS

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The Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT) has concluded plans to commence offering of Mass Communication courses to address shortage in aviation personnel in this specialised area, reports ITREALMS.
College of Aviation Technology to offer MassComm for personnel, as AIMAN commends members - ITREALMS
This is coming as the president of Aeronautical Information Management Association of Nigeria (AIMAN), Sir Williams Ngerem has commended members for their unalloyed support of his leadership and progress made.

Confirmed! Iranian president, Ebrahim Raisi, foreign minister die in helicopter crash - ITREALMS

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It is now confirmed that Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and his Foreign Affairs Minister, Hossein Amir Abdollahian died aboard the ill-fated helicopter that crashed on Sunday, May 19, this year, reports 
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Confirmed! Iranian president, Ebrahim Raisi, foreign minister die in helicopter crash - ITREALMS
Late Sunday, the news broke that the helicopter on the convoy carrying the president, foreign affairs minister, and seven others crashed while returning from a ceremony to mark the opening of a dam on Iran’s border with Azerbaijan in the Varzaqan area.

Why NCC suspended issuance of 3 communication licenses - ITREALMS

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has announced the suspension of some three variants of communications licenses, reports ITREALMS.
Why NCC suspended issuance of 3 communication licenses - ITREALMS
A public notice endorsed by the Director, Public Affairs at NCC, Mr. Reuben Muoka, and available to 
ITREALMS, said that weekend that the temporary suspension was to enable the commission offer fair competition.

Diversification: BGT charters prototype eco-friendly newbuild vessel, AKTORAS - ITREALMS

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The Bonny Gas Transport Limited (BGT), a subsidiary of Nigeria LNG Limited (NLNG), has chartered a newbuild vessel, AKTORAS, in a strategic move to diversify and reduce the carbon footprint of its shipping portfolio.
Diversification: BGT charters prototype eco-friendly newbuild vessel, AKTORAS - ITREALMS
BGT was founded in 1989 to provide shipping capacity to NLNG's operations and has been instrumental in solidifying NLNG's reputation as a major LNG supplier on the global stage. The newly chartered vessel, AKTORAS, owned by Capital Gas Limited, symbolises a pivotal addition to BGT's fleet, leased under a Bareboat Charter arrangement.

MOSOP condemns misrepresentation of Ogoni @Aso Rock - ITREALMS

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The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) says its attention has been drawn to media reports of a State House meeting held on Wednesday, May 15, 2024 between Mr. President, Bola Ahmed Tinubu and some persons claiming to represent the Ogoni people.
MOSOP condemns misrepresentation of Ogoni @Aso Rock - ITREALMS

A press statement made available to ITREALMS by Fegalo Nsuke, President of MOSOP, said it was “facilitated by a key player in the oil and gas industry in collaboration with some government-paid chiefs of Ogoni extraction is a slight on the Ogoni people in particular, and a denigration of the struggles of the entire Niger Delta people.

Nigeria's Adekeye emerges chairperson, APPO Training Directors - ITREALMS

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Nigeria's Folashade Adekeye has emerged as the Chairperson, Forum of the Directors of Oil & Gas Training & Vocational Education Institutes of the African Petroleum Producers Organization (APPO).
Nigeria's Adekeye emerges chairperson, APPO Training Directors - ITREALMS
Adekeye, who is the Director, NNPC Academy, took over from the former chairperson, Mr. Abdelkader Guenone, the Managing Director of the Algerian Petroleum Institute (API), during the second meeting of the Forum, in Abuja, at the weekend.

Fighting terrorism in Nigeria: Hope for a safer future by Ahmed Mustapha - ITREALMS

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Three weeks ago, a high-level UN counter-terrorism summit in Abuja concluded that a new approach to fighting terrorism was needed across Africa.
Fighting terrorism in Nigeria: Hope for a safer future by Ahmed Mustapha - ITREALMS
As the head of one of Nigeria’s largest NGOs dealing with this problem, I strongly agree and hope that the conclusions of this meeting will herald new and exciting approaches to reducing the risk of more violence and its terrifying consequences for the people of this country and the continent of Africa.

Saturday, May 18, 2024

Airtel wins big @maiden ICAN-NGX awards - ITREALMS

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Airtel Africa, the leading telecommunications provider in Africa with its stock trading on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NGX), emerged as a major winner at the inaugural edition of the ICAN-NGX Awards, carting away the Most Outstanding in Financial Reporting and the overall gold across all categories, amidst other nominations.
Airtel wins big @maiden ICAN-NGX awards - ITREALMS
According to the Director, Corporate Communications and CSR, Airtel Nigeria, Femi Adeniran in a press statement available to 

ITREALMS, said, these honors were announced at a special ceremony held on Friday, 17th May 2024, at the NGX headquarters in Lagos.

Bola Aganaba @60: Legacy of impact, faith and generosity - ITREALMS

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Bola Aganaba, a man of exceptional character, dedication, and commitment to excellence, celebrates his 60th birthday. With a decade-long career as a civil engineer and pastor, he has not only left an indelible mark on Nigeria's infrastructure development but also touched countless lives through his kindness, generosity, and unwavering faith. As we honour his milestone birthday, Senator Iroegbu weaves the threads of his remarkable life, which has built bridges, left footprints of love, and strengthened faith.
Bola Aganaba @60: Legacy of impact, faith and generosity - ITREALMS
A Tapestry of Integrity, Kindness, and Unwavering Faith
In a world where perfection is elusive, Pastor Bola Aganaba stands out as a rare gem who excels in multiple realms of life. As we celebrate Aganaba's milestone 60th birthday, we honour a man who has not only excelled in his family and profession but also in his spirituality and societal duties. This rare feat is a testament to his exceptional character, dedication, and commitment to excellence.

With a career spanning decade as a civil engineer at the Federal Ministry of Works, Aganaba has not just left an indelible mark, but a legacy on Nigeria's infrastructure development. His contributions to road maintenance and safety are not just well-documented, but a source of immense pride. As a devoted husband, father, and pastor at the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), he has touched countless lives with his kindness, generosity, and unwavering faith. Having recently retired from the Federal Civil Service at age 60, his contributions to national development and life of impact and service are rightfully honoured.

From the first encounter, it is evident that Aganaba wears no masks. His honesty is refreshing—a beacon in a world often clouded by pretence. He speaks his mind, stands by his convictions, and means every word. His transparent heart shines like a polished gem in a world of guile. Aganaba's family tree sprawls like an ancient oak, its branches reaching far and wide. But he doesn’t merely embrace blood relations; he extends his arms to friends, acquaintances, and anyone who crosses his path, especially members of his congregation. His home is not just a sanctuary, but a haven where warmth and laughter flow freely. Once you are part of his orbit, you are forever welcomed.

James Bond may have shaken martinis, but the engineer-turned-clergyman stirs life with unyielding calmness. Challenges come and go, and storms rage, yet he remains anchored. Living a Christlike life is embedded in his ethos. As Jesus assured his worried disciples during a stormy boat ride, Aganaba's faith always whispers, “God is in control,” and he lives it. The wrinkles of worry never etch his brow; instead, he wears a perpetual smile—the kind that defies life’s storms.

Behold Bola Aganaba—the man who defies time. His style transcends mere fashion; it’s an attitude of perpetual youth. With each passing year, he insists he’s a year younger, and the mirror obliges. As a man thinketh in his heart, he remains—a testament to the power of positive self-perception.

Bola Olotu Aganaba is a name that resonates with dedication, resilience, and unwavering commitment. Born on May 18, 1964, in the vibrant city of Kaduna, Nigeria, his life journey has been remarkable. He hails from Odi in the Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government area of Bayelsa State and is the youngest of seven siblings, with four sisters and two brothers. On September 16, 2000, he married Anita Aganaba, and their union produced one child, Charmaine Aganaba.

A Journey of Excellence and Service
Aganaba resonates with honesty, generosity, and an unshakable spirit. As we celebrate his 60th birthday, let us weave together the threads of his remarkable life—a life that has touched hearts, built bridges and left footprints of love.

A firm foundation on education and sportsmanship:
Bola Aganaba stood out from his early years. His academic brilliance was matched only by his unwavering character and sporting prowess. Aganaba’s educational voyage began at the Elizabeth Fowler Memorial Primary School in Surulere, Lagos, where he imbibed the values of discipline and curiosity. His secondary education at Baptist Academy Lagos further shaped his character, laying the groundwork for an excellent future.

Pursuing knowledge, he embarked on a path that led him to the Rivers State University of Science & Technology (RSUST). He honed his intellect here, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering in 1987. But Bola was not merely a scholar; he was also a sportsman. His excellence extended to the hockey field, football pitch, and track and field events, where he proudly represented RSUST. Representing his school and Lagos State in hockey, he left an indelible mark. His talent extended to the athletic field, where he excelled in the long jump—a skill that could have taken him to international heights had he pursued it further. His love for football remains undiminished. Whether playing or watching, the beautiful game stirs his soul. But beyond sports, his compassion knows no bounds. He despises injustice and champions the cause of those who suffer.

A career forged across Nigeria
Aganaba is a road warrior, and his professional journey mirrors the diverse landscapes of Nigeria itself. As a civil engineer, he crisscrossed the nation, ensuring that Nigerian roads were motorable and leaving his mark in states such as Lagos, Sokoto, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Abia, Kano, and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). His work ethic and expertise caught decision-makers attention, leading to his appointment as the first Chief Maintenance Engineer for Rivers State under the then-newly established Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA) in June 2003.

Aganaba's trajectory didn’t stop there. In July 2009, he ascended to Executive Director (East Operations), a testament to his leadership and vision. His contributions to infrastructure development reverberated far beyond the highways he meticulously maintained. His goal was clear: to make a difference wherever he found himself.

Remarkably, his tenure in the Federal Ministry of Works was more than a job; it was a calling. His exemplary service to the nation reverberated through the highways he meticulously maintained. However, his role as the first Chief Maintenance Engineer for Rivers State under FERMA showcased his commitment. Notably, he ensured that the road leading to the Federal Government College Odi remained impeccable—a gesture that endeared him to the people of Odi.

His integrity was unshakable. Contractors marvelled at his refusal to accept bribes, preserving the family’s reputation. Aganaba’s benevolence extended beyond bloodlines; he touched lives within and outside the family. His heart radiated love, compassion, and generosity, leaving an indelible mark on those fortunate to cross his path.

A beacon of faith, family, and community
Beyond engineering, Aganaba’s heart beats for service. He served for years in the Follow-up and Evangelism Department of RCCG Kings Palace, Port Harcourt. His diligence and commitment earned him the endearing moniker of the “Kingfisher"—a symbol of tireless effort in church planting committees. Rural parishes in Rivers State owe their existence to his unwavering dedication.

Since December 2014, Pastor Aganaba has been the guiding force behind RCCG Holy Ghost Arena in Utako, Abuja. His pastoral role extends beyond the pulpit; it permeates the lives of those who seek solace and inspiration within those hallowed walls.

Aganaba’s ministry transcends pulpits. He’s a soul winner in the marketplace—a living epistle read by all. His faith isn’t a Sunday garment; it’s woven into every step he takes. As a pastor, he doesn’t merely preach; he lives the message. His heart beats for lost souls, and his hands reach out to lift the fallen. His life is a living sermon—a testament to God’s grace.

More importantly, Aganaba's personal life is a canvas painted with love and family bonds. He shares his days with Mrs. Anita Aganaba, his partner in life’s journey. Together, they are blessed with a daughter named Charmaine Aganaba.

As a husband to Anita, a senior executive at the giant oil firm ENI Nigeria, and a father to Charmaine, Aganaba exemplifies love in action. His unwavering commitment to God and family sets a high standard. Anita’s words echo the sentiment shared by all who know him: “He is an extraordinary, loving, selfless, kind, humble, unassuming, generous soul, totally sold out to God.” Bola’s love transcends mere words; it is a symphony of deeds that resonate through the lives he touches.

As we celebrate Bola Aganaba's 60th birthday, we honour a man whose life is a testament to excellence, service, and unyielding faith. His journey continues to inspire and uplift all fortunate to know him.

Testimonials: Celebrating a Life of Love, Service, and Faith
Aganaba's life is a testament to the power of love, service, and unwavering faith. As we celebrate his 60th birthday, we are reminded of his profound impact on countless lives.

Anita, his wife, beautifully captured the essence of his character: "He is love in action... sold out to God." She praised his selflessness, kindness, and humility, which made their marriage a joyous journey. Aganaba's commitment to his faith is unwavering, and his love for God is evident in every aspect of his life. His sisters, Powei Horsfall and Ebi Obaro, echoed similar sentiments, describing him as gentle, caring, and kind-hearted. They praised his generosity and willingness to assist others, always ready to lend a helping hand. His youthful energy and handsome appearance belie his 60 years, a testament to his vibrant spirit.

As an engineer, Bola has built bridges of connection, leaving a lasting legacy in his field. As clergy, he has nurtured souls, guiding countless individuals on their spiritual journeys. As a father and husband, he has woven a tapestry of love and compassion, a true patriarch of his family. His embodiment of love, kindness, and generosity has inspired many, and his dedication to integrity, humility, and purpose has made him a true leader.

His brother, Justice Nayai Aganaba, praised him, saying, "Bola is an embodiment of love to those who have come close to him. Sometimes, I wonder how he does it. I pray that God will continue giving him the strength, resources, and longevity to remain relevant to his people, society, and humanity."

In the same vein, Steve and Panebi Oboh admired his dedication to integrity, humility, purpose, contribution, and impact. Synthea Cameron-Odu, his sister-in-law, commended him for being a fantastic person who deserves God's blessing, describing him as kind, caring, and warm-hearted.

Furthermore, Stephanie Daukoru, another sister-in-law, appreciates his welcoming nature, saying, "You have been an amazing brother-in-law, welcoming everyone with kindness and warmth. May we continue to enjoy your grace for many more years." Calvin Odu, his nephew, fondly calls him "Uncle B" and lauded his calm and supportive nature, saying, "Uncle B is very calm, accommodating, very supportive. He loves God a lot and always makes Sunday service fun." Weri Jaja, family, and friends wish him a life of hope and love.”

Also testifying to his impact, Tokoni Aganaba, his niece, lauded him for inspiring and encouraging many to achieve greater heights, saying, "Dear Uncle B, thank you for inspiring and encouraging so many people around you to achieve greater heights. Your gentleness and empathy have changed several lives for good." Jubilee Ephraim, a friend, described him as a peacemaker, saying, "Bola is the definition of 'peacemaker.' Through the grace of God upon his life, Bola lifts the downtrodden." Ebiti Udo, his sister-in-law, appreciates his kindness and empathy, saying, "Uncle B, you have been a great in-law, big brother, and confidant." Another sister-in-law, CY Uba, thanked him for his support and kindness, saying, "Your life story would never be complete without mentioning how God used you to sustain me for years." Florence Edward, his niece, thanks him for being a pillar of support and strength.

From the clergy community, Pastor Dennis and Pastor Mrs. Grace Epelle wish him God's blessings beyond measure. Pastor Edmund and Pastor Joy Oseahon from Port Harcourt wish him the best of years, while Pastor Tony Amos, a friend, described him as a “good man and Christian”. Elder Japan and Deaconess Christy Omu prayed for God's infinite mercy and blessings, saying, "We continue to pray that God in His infinite mercy that has seen you through service to your country will cause your latter years to be greater and sweeter than the former."

In the same vein, the family of Renmi and Sunbo Sola-Philips, co-pastors and friends, congratulate him on his milestones, saying, "Heaven's best is all we pray for you in Jesus' name." Nnamdi and Tukeni, his sister and brother-in-law, fondly describe him as a shining example of kindness, a perfect gentleman, and a devoted family man. They express their immense pride in him, wishing him a joyous birthday surrounded by loved ones.

Members of the RCCG Holy Ghost Arena, where Aganaba shepherds also testified to how great, dedicated, reliable, and compassionate their pastor is. Mr Debo Ikuesan, a church member, shares a heartwarming testimony of his kindness. After a terrible car accident in 2015, Aganaba selflessly offered help and support, standing by him throughout the ordeal. Debo prays that the Clergy's large heart will continue to be a source of blessings, opening doors of favour for him. Deacon Victor Mayomi, a church elder, offered a heartfelt prayer for the celebrant, asking God to continue blessing him, lifting him, and enabling him to bless generations. He prayed for a long life, prosperity, good health, and a sound mind for him and his family. Etumudon Mike Osaro and Mrs Christy Adeniyi, ministers in his Parish, wished their pastor and his family abundant blessings and an increase.

A Prayer for the Journey Ahead
As we celebrate Bola Aganaba's 60th birthday, we join the chorus of gratitude, praising God for his life and legacy. May God grant him strength, wisdom, and boundless compassion, empowering him to continue inspiring future generations.

His legacy will ripple through generations, a testament to a well-lived life. With honesty and integrity, he has worn no masks, shining like a beacon in a world of uncertainty. His heart, an open book, is filled with kindness, generosity, and unwavering love.

As a footballer, he danced on the field, leaving footprints of grace. But beyond the game, he played life with the same elegance, building bridges of connection, nurturing souls, and weaving a tapestry of love and compassion.

May his journey continue to inspire us all. Indeed, Bola Olotu Aganaba, born May 18, 1964, is a man whose legacy transcends concrete and asphalt. He stands tall as an embodiment of excellence, service, and unwavering faith, inspiring us to leave our footprints on the sands of time.

We celebrate his life at 60, unravelling the threads that compose this remarkable man—a blend of engineer, clergyman, father, and husband. May his journey continue to inspire us all, and may he be blessed with many more years of good health, happiness, and fulfilment. Cheers to a remarkable life.

*Contributed by  Senator Iroegbu/Editor

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