The Government yesterday declared that it sets world-wide issues such as climate change, digital divide, cyber-insecurity and crisis telecommunications at higher level of priority in its change agenda, strategies and work programmes.
Secretary to Government of the Federation Babachir David Lawal said this yesterday at Invention Africa Digital Summit 2016 (IAD) in Abuja.
He observed that in this era of e-government and digital inclusion, the present management is working towards a more connected authorities and a digital Nigerian society
Lawal noted that with the dwindling earnings from your gas and oil sector, the Government has recognized more than ever before that telecoms and the ICT sectors are amongst the main drivers for the social and economic development of Naija and playan essential role in enhancing access to basic services in all sectors of our national life.
He found that with a significant percent of the Nigerias people having access to mobile cellular services, the rising and sustained increase in Internet usage and broadband deployment, the authorities through the Ministry of Communications and its various INTELLIGENT initiatives are focused on leveraging on ICTs to create an inclusive market.
The SGF pointed out the international pursuit for ICT for development is enormous to both developed and developing countries because ICT skills are vital to the success of enriching national growth in a globalised age.
In this respect, governments are focused on creating opportunities for citizenship participation in ICT training, knowledge and skills acquisition, and general use and use of ICT tools to solve problems, encourage their wellbeing and improve national growth.
He said, I ‘m aware that Galaxy Backbone Ltd, established in 2006 as a Government owned company and charged to provide connectivity and other Information and Communication Technology infrastructure to Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of Authorities now has up to 350MDAs joined to its 1-GOV.Net in over 4000 office locations nationally making it the biggest single network ever developed in the public sector in Africa.
How Nigeria can develop homegrown technology, by Nwoko
Against the backdrop of President Muhamadu Buharis recent trip to China, and the $6 billion deal struck between both nations, an octogenarian, Demas Nwoko, has stressed the requirement for Naija to develop homegrown technology depending on its culture.
Nwoko, who made the demand, within an exclusive interview at his Idumuje state house in Delta State, warned the deal with China could open the countrys total economy to Chinese products, thus stunting creativity and local generation attempts.
The octogenarian, who’s also an architect, said Nigerias politics and leadership weren’t going in the correct direction, as there was no protection for the few local companies who are braving the odds to excel.
According to him, Its a blend of the great and the bad. It shows that our politics just isn’t mature, and our leadership, not going in a sense that would benefit the folks
He noted that under ordinary setting, outsiders shield their own culture, in such a style that folks dont intrude to soil it. He stressed that the greatest way to grow would be to develop technology, along the line of ones relative edge.
The architect said advancement couldnt be attained by replicating others culture or technology, as the case may be. Tracking the infrastructure decay in the state to our attitude to growth, Nwoko gave the instance of local furniture makers around the nation, who were shutting down companies, as a consequence of poor Chinese and American products that have flooded the local markets.
He blamed policymakers for a badly conceived educational doctrine that does not take into account Naijas diverse cultures for the present malaise.
Nwoko said he is making doors locally, before the intrusion of Chinese doors into the marketplaces; a situation that restricts our own economic development in door building.
There were individuals who were assembling doors in Lagos and everywhere, who’ve all closed down, because American and Chinese furniture and doors took over the markets.
He remembered that he’d proposed multi-places or theatres in parts of Lagos, as against an individual edifice, so as to open up different neighbourhoods to Yohaig aggregates the latest Naija latest news– entertainment offerings that FESTAC 77 supplied.
He regretted that that political decisions negated against the fruition of that robust plan, noting that it would have resulted in ripple effects on the nations ethnic creations ever since.
According to him, You cannot have an audience of 5,000; in the manner the theatre was built. In fact, that building is a sports hall imported from Bulgaria. So, apart from the chief bowl being 5,000, they attached the theatre halls, which weren’t properly designed for those actions.
He added that even the master plan he’d for FESTAC, had not been permitted to work, due to jaundiced authorities policies. Nwoko described that by his suggestion, there would happen to be at least five theatres or places in Lagos, Apapa, Isolo, Yaba, Victoria Island, etc, with each place having the capacity of 1,000 1,500 individuals.
Boko Haram strikes Naija soldiers: army, soldier, chief
Boko Haram fighters assaulted Nigerian troops early on Monday, the army said, after two suspected suicide bombers were shot dead near military positions.
Army spokesman Sani Usman said in a simple e-mailed statement: Boko Haram terrorists assault troops of 113 Battalion at Kareto, northern Borno state.
The troops have now been combating the insurgents since the early hours of today.
A soldier with the regiment told AFP the troops were ordered to town of Damasak near the border with Niger and took up position in Kareto, some 38 kilometres (24 miles) away.
Today at about 6:30 am (0530 GMT), two suicide bombers approached us and we shot at them and they burst, he said.
As soon as the explosives went off, there were batteries of heavy artillery fired by Boko Haram, who came in large numbers with heavy weapons.
We lost some men, I dont understand how many, and many others were injured. Some of us fled in disarray. We realised that we were outnumbered and outgunned.
We took up position in our trenches and fired back but they kept firing RPGs (rocket-propelled grenades), which we didnt have.
The troops withdrew to Jeyimolo hamlet and a fighter jet was deployed to Kareto while a hunt was launched for the dead and missing, he added.
An area leader confirmed the strike but said further details were still sketchy.
President Muhammadu Buhari said in December the Islamist militants had been weakened to the extent they could not mount conventional strikes against the military.
But the latest strike again underlines the constant danger posed by the Islamic State group affiliate, particularly in difficult-to-reach rural areas.
Naija, Korea to strengthen maritime connections
The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), said on Monday that the agency would strengthen partnership between Naija and the Republic of Korea to enrich the marine business.
The Head, Public Relations Department in NIMASA, Hajia Lami Tumaka, said this in a statement in Lagos, a copy which was made available to the News Agency of Naija (NAN) in Lagos.
The statement said the Director-General of NIMASA, Dr Dakuku Peterside, stressed the need to improve the marine business, while receiving the Korean Consul-General to Nigeria, Mr Lee Younghoan, at the agencys headquarters.
According to him, the two countries stand to derive mutual benefits from such relationship.
Peterside recognised the strategic position of Korea as a great ship building state.
He guided the Consul-General on the requirement for competent Nigerian seafarers to be set on-board Korean vessels operating in Nigerian maritime realm.
The NIMASA leader said that Nigeria had a pool of qualified seafarers and other capable maritime personnel, who could adequately serve the global marine business.
Peterside said the bureau was committed toward tackling the threat of piracy and other sorts of crimes at sea.
Nigeria is poised to tackle the menace of piracy and we now have recorded great successes previously three months.
Our vision will be to have a safe and bonded ocean with zero piracy in another one year, the director general said.
Younghoan, commended NIMASA for its efforts in fighting piracy on the nations waterways.
The consul general appealed for more surveillance and security in safeguarding lives and property on the countries waterways.
NAN reports that Peterside, at a recent forum, expressed the want of the bureau to work with other stakeholders and expedite action on the passage of the Anti-Piracy and Other associated Crimes at Sea into law.
He guaranteed the director general of the readiness of the Korean Authorities to support Nigeria in the region of maritime safety and protection.
IMF, World Bank laud Nigerias economic recovery plan, Adeosun affirms
Nigeria seeks budget support
CBN says forex restriction policy already paying off
From Washington, the headquarters of the Breton Woods multilateral associations the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank in America came praises for Naijas economic recovery programme, according to the Finance Minister, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun.
The commendation is even as the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, said yesterday that the countrys foreign exchange limitation policy has begun to pay off with some producers of some imported goods signaling interest to begin production in Nigeria instead of abroad activities due to the high price of imported products occasioned by the policy.
Both essential government officials made the disclosures in Washington DC, United States (U.S.) at a press briefing as part of activities of this years Spring Meeting.
The minister spoke on the gains of this years Spring Assembly and the several bilateral meetings held between Nigeria and her associates.
Her words: The gains are various and significant for the Naija authorities. At least, we were able to network with our co-workers, other ministers of finance of the G 7 countries and the G-24 countries and compared notes and their experiences. I think this augments the validation that the lessons we have chosen to restructure Nigeria is the right one.
We got many endorsements and the direction in which we seek to take the Naija market. Especially, we held bilateral meetings with special bilateral agencies, like the Islamic Development Bank where we have agreed to work together on a micro-finance scheme for women; the Japanese development agency where we have agreed to work jointly on power projects and they have consented to make considerable investments in the region of power which I think will be really favorable for Naija and the IFC. Likewise, we had a meeting with them this morning (yesterday), again talking about investment in power plus some of our banks to shore up their locations and likewise the ADfB on arrangements for investments in agriculture and collaborations in a range of initiatives that would help us to diversify the economy.
Likewise, we’d talks with the World Bank around our budget support request and we have now been able to have very productive meetings to understand what the next steps are in the process and we’re quite favorable of a great result.
In his remarks, the CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, spoke on the various monetary policy measures of the authorities to improve productivity at all levels of the economy, adding that both in the medium and long terms, the various policies, including the currency policy regime, are bound to spark the market.
According to him, in furtherance of its statutory mandate, the apex bank can also be concentrating more to expand giving to essential sectors such as agriculture, mining and production, including that some of the immediate increases of the fiscal and monetary policies are the increasing foreign investments in the economy.
UK backs Naijas anti-corruption fight
The Uk is fully behind President Muhammadu Buhari in the on-going attempts by his administration to rid Nigeria of corruption, its Minister for International Development, Nick Hurd, has guaranteed.
Hurd told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja yesterday that fighting corruption was critical to transforming the countrys future.
We now have been quite active in supporting President Muhammadu Buhari’s campaign against corruption in Naija and we believe it really is fundamental to transform the future of the nation.
We totally support precedence the President has given to tackling corruption in Naija.
We feel that corruption is absolutely the right priority and we want to support him in that, he added.
The minister urged the Government to focus on public sector reforms aimed at making corruption unattractive to workers and the public.
Meanwhile, the son of former premier of previous Western Region and erstwhile chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Niyi Adegbenro, has backed the foreign trips embarked upon by the President, saying such international engagement was needed to reposition the countries economy.
Adegbenro, who has now cease partisan politics, told reporters at the weekend in Abeokuta, Ogun State that ongoing moves by Buhari and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to animate the states market need wholesale support.
He described as unwarranted the criticisms against the travels, remembering that former President Olusegun Obasanjo embarked on similar trips in the early period of his administration which led to the successful debt relief for the nation.
Adegbenro said the Presidents international participation was in Nigerias best interest, including that he was confident that it would shortly give positive outcomes.
Let’s give Buhari the chance as far as I ‘m concerned. I am not saying he is a messiah, but he is a redeemer.
Nigeria’s economical challenge is surmountable – Adeosun
The Minister for Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, says Nigeria will overcome its economic challenges without taking loan facility from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
In a statement issued on Saturday, the observation was made by Adeosun at the continuing Spring Meetings of the IMF-World Bank to why the government has refused to apply for IMF loans.
The statement quoted the minister as saying that Nigeria was adjusting to its new realities by implementing fiscal policies to steer the country back on course for stable growth with a diversified economy.
Signed by the Special Advisor to the Minister on Media, Mr. Festus Akanbi, the statement said the minister expressed confidence that sound fiscal policies and investments would boost Nigeria’s economy by 2017.
Adeosun insisted that what the state was passing through was surmountable because authorities was already using a “cocktail of measures to address the dilemma.
“Nigeria is just not ill. The real vulnerability in the Nigerian economy is over-reliance on just one supply of earnings; petroleum.
“we’ve resolved to develop resilience into the country’s economy to hedge against future oil shocks. It is because dependence on oil brings about vulnerability and laziness.
“So, we’re doing a mixture of things to diversify our economy, with earnings mobilisation to empower sufficient investment in developing the non-oil sectors.
Adeosun said with a really diversified market the government would have empowered opportunities for wealth creation that would have flown down to every Nigerian.
“The persuasive business case in Nigeria is that the basics remain quite strong, a teaming, growing population that is youthful, rich in resources and with a government determined to finally get it right.
The great thing is that long term investors recognise this and comprehend the difference between short term and long term problems and the case for Nigeria convinces one to plan for the longer term chances,’’ the statement quoted her as saying.
Non- passage of budget sends wrong signal says Yadudu
Speaking with The Guardian, Yadudu contended that although the National Assembly has the power to appropriate monies in the budget, it was incumbent on it to take cognizance of the interest of the executive.
“There is no uncertainty about the fact the National Assembly has the power. And when they appropriate, of course, they must get it done in collaboration with the Executive arm.
“Whatever they proper will need to be in the form of the Appropriation Act. And as an Action of the National Assembly, it requires the assent of the President for this to become law. “So, it truly is a collaborative effort between the Executive and the Legislative arms.”
He added: “They do have the power to modify it, but once they do it, they want the understanding of the President.” “It isn’t just that he brought something and they only change it anyway they wish; the President has the right to propose a budget, which should not be tampered with.”
“But the significant idea is that if you will find matters they want to propose in the budget, they must get the comprehension of the Executive arm.
“The National Assembly does’t have to feel that because they have the power they can appropriate anyhow.” Yadudu, who was legal advisor to former military Head of State, the late Gen. Sani Abacha, noted that non-passage of the budget could send the wrong signal to Nigerians, who’ve been at the receiving end of economic collapse in recent times.
He said: “It is not easy to say thus if the issue of padding must do with pursuance of selfish plan of the National Assembly members.”
“All I understand is that they have the power to proper and it’s also a collaborative effort between the Legislature and the Executive arms, but the initiative is that of the Executive.
There has to be a concerted effort between the two arms of government.”
“Non- passage of the budget can send a sign that is wrong, but this is not the very first time the budget has gone up without passage to the month of April or May. If it is passed by them early enough, it sends the correct signal and everything would follow what exactly is contained in the Appropriation Act.”
Made-in-Nigeria goods reign neighbouring nations, says NEXIM bank boss
Managing Director of Nigeria Export Import Bank (NEXIM Bank), Bashir Wali, has said that local fabrication of essential commodities in Nigeria has the potential to reflate the economy.
Wali, who made this known while speaking alone with The Guardian in Abuja, said that more Nigerians must adopt the manufacturing sector of the economy. “Nigeria’s production sector has great potentials to contribute to increased revenue for the nation, particularly if trade is eased with good transportation system. Nigerians must embrace this sector he said.
The bank leader stressed that production of goods, sale or supply in the state and within the subregion prevents capital flight. He added that it also boosts offer employment opportunities and regional trade to various degrees of unskilled and skilled workers.
Attesting to the dominance of -in-Nigerian home commodities in nearby West African countries and in Central African Republic, Wali said vast bulk of home and crucial commodities sold in those regions are made in Nigeria. According to him, the variety of products made in Nigeria but loving big patronage in other African nations comprise cement, toiletries, noodles,beauty products,dairy products,textiles,pharmaceuticals,foot wears, plastic seats, among many others made locally in the nation. He said: you may be amazed to learn that a good quantity of manufactured products sold in their markets are products “If you go to most states in the West African area, even up to Central Africa.
“I was recently for instance in Congo, and what I saw was so surprising. More than 80 per cent of the goods on sale there were made in Nigeria. You name it, the indomie noodles, sugar,salt, plastics pharmaceuticals products which can be made here in Nigeria were on sale everywhere in their markets.”
U.S. business targets 2, 000 jobs for Nigerian women
Brewer said that the enterprise was a franchise of a, and made the disclosure at the launch of a fitness centre owned by the firm at Zone E, Abuja, Apo Legislative Quarters
She said “Curve Fitness Centre in Abuja creates a chance to boost female fitness and well-being” and to bolster a new fitness franchise industry in Nigeria
She said that the center which started in 2014 in Lagos would be targeting to open about 200 additional centers across the country.
Based on the envoy, the fitness centre created by the firm has 7,000 outlets in 94 countries of the world.
She identified good healthy lifestyle, personal hygiene and balanced diet for longevity of life as panacea.
He urged Nigerians to be creative and think about what they could increase the world’s market apart from population.
In accordance with the cleric, it’s time for Nigerians to think of what they can package for the world’s economy instead what they are able to get from it.
Previously, Operations Manager of the center, Mrs Peace Elimimian, had expressed optimism the centre would affect meaningfully on the lives of girls.
She encouraged women, irrespective of age, to tap into the tremendous health benefits of the centre.