President Muhammadu Buhari has directed security agencies to safeguard the lives and property of all citizens and secure the nation’s borders from aggressors, the Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin has said.
Olonisakin disclosed this to State House correspondents shortly after Buhari met behind closed doors with members of the National Security Council in the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Tuesday.
Buhari on Monday in a broadcast to the nation charged security agencies not to let the successes achieved in the last 18 months in the fight against insurgents “be a sign to relax”.
He said in the broadcast that “terrorists and criminals must be fought and destroyed relentlessly so that the majority of us can live in peace and safety.’’
Olonisakin, however, assured that the military would enhance operations in line with the President’s directive on securing the nation.
“We are going to enhance our operations in all the areas that we need to do that. Like I said, he has given the necessary directives which will be carried out by the military and the security agencies.
“He also directed that we must ensure that the life and property of the citizens are protected and we must make sure that we secure the whole nation and also that troops that are outside carry out their jobs effectively,’’ Olonisakin stated.
Olonisakin revealed that the President reiterated his stance on the continued survival of Nigeria as one geo-political entity.
He said Buhari was also updated on all security issues within and around the country.
“We have been meeting with Mr President for the last three hours. We updated him on all security issues around the country, within the country and outside the country where our troops are operating.
“He has been receiving regular briefings from the acting president and he has been going through the print media and electronic media to follow the happenings in the country,’’ he added.
The Service Chiefs were on July 27 ordered to return to command centre of the ongoing war against Boko Haram insurgency with a view to consolidating the gains being recorded in the battlefields.
The Tuesday meeting was attended by the National Security Adviser, Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno and Director-General, Department of State Security, Alhaji Lawal Daura; Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and Air Vice Marshal Sadiq Abubakar, the Chief of Air Staff (CAS).
The Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Ekwe Ite-Ibas, was represented at the meeting.
Seven major drinks companies, including Coca-Cola and PepsiCo, on Tuesday, agreed to limit the sugar content of drinks they sell in Singapore.
This was disclosed by the country’s Health Ministry.
A statement by the ministry in Singapore said the move was part of the city-state’s campaign to fight diabetes.
The ministry said the seven firms had signed an industry pledge to remove by 2020 drinks that contain more than 12 per cent sugar from their portfolios of sugar-sweetened beverages.
The other companies are F&N Foods, Malaysia Dairy Industries, Nestle, Pokka and Yeo Hiap Seng.
“In addition to this industry commitment, Coca-Cola Singapore is making an additional commitment to reduce the sugar content in our portfolio of sugar-sweetened beverages by 10 per cent by 2020,” Coca-Cola said in an email to Reuters.
It said it had been reducing sugar and calories across many of its brands and offering more new drinks with low sugar content or no added sugar.
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong mentioned the drinks makers’ agreement in a speech on Sunday, in which he also urged people to drink water, eat whole meal bread and brown rice.
Singapore is one of the first countries in Asia to target sugary drinks, bringing it in line with many Western nations that have sought to mitigate the health risks associated with sugar through measures such as taxes and warning labels.
Globally, beverage firms have been reworking recipes, racing to cut sugar and introduced more options to cater to increasingly health-conscious consumers.
Daily sugar consumption per capita from soft drinks has risen since 2010 to 6.08 grams in Asia-Pacific in 2016, with Singapore at 11.99 grams, according to market research firm Euromonitor.
Consumption has been trending lower in Europe and the U.S, but it is still higher than in Asia-Pacific.
The World Health Organisation said last year drinking fewer calorific sweet drinks was the best way to curb excessive weight and prevent chronic diseases such as diabetes, although fat and salt in processed foods were also to blame.
Among Asian countries, the Philippines has slapped levies on sugar-sweetened beverages, while Indonesia and India have been considering similar taxes.
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) says Nigeria currently ranks third globally in cyber crimes behind the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States (U.S.).
NCC’s Chief Executive Officer, Prof. Umar Danbatta, disclosed this on Tuesday at the ongoing 2017 Annual General Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) in Lagos.
The conference’ theme is: “African Business: Penetrating through Institution Building”.
Danbatta, at a breakout session with the sub-theme: “The Business of Cyber Law, Internet Policy and Privacy Rights”, moderated by Mr Augustine Alegeh (SAN) a former NBA President, said the number of internet users in Nigeria has hit 91.6 million.
“About N127 billion was the estimated loss to cybercrime in Nigeria in 2015; Nigeria ranks third in global internet crimes behind the UK and U.S.
“A critical factor militating against Africa’s economic resurgence is the weakness of its institutions.
“Nigeria ranks 169 out of 199 on the World Bank’s ease of doing business rankings; we are in a middle of a revolution and the rise of what we call the networked society.
“The NCC stipulates the laws of engagement that will make the cyberspace safe and ensure the confidence as well as the safety of the cyberspace,” Danbatta, a panelist, said.
“There are benefits and risks of the use of cyberspace and both has to be properly managed.”
Other panelists at the breakout session were Mr Bayo Adekanmi, the Chief Transformation Officer of MTN and Ms Ibikun Abidoye, the legal counsel of Chocolate City Group.
Others are Ms Sascha Grimme, the Associate Solicitor of Cooley LLP, a UK-based Lawfirm; and Mr Bisi Adebutu of Premier Lotto, also known as ‘Baba Ijebu.’
In his remarks, Adebutu gave insight into the challenges Premier Lotto faced in conducting transactions on the cyberspace.
“Premier Lotto has moved from the streets to the internet, we have faced certain challenges including paying those who do business with us.
“The cyber laws are not favourable to our business, Premier Lotto ranks as the fourth most visited site in the country.
“We have no easy way of verifying or identifying the owner of cards used to transact business.
“In Nigeria, the business of giving is just emerging, and it is important that we respect the privacy of our clients when they interact with us through the use of usernames and passwords.
“Gaming is very popular on the internet and fraud is one to the challenges we have; if we apprehend an individual trying to perpetuate fraud, we block their access to us.
“We also have challenges of having to discipline offenders and the cyber laws have to be properly identified and implemented to appropriately punish offenders,” Adebutu said.
In her contributions, Grimme said:“Threats and perpetrators of cyber crimes and the motives behind the cyber attacks have to be properly identified.
“There are challenges in identifying perpetrators of cyber crimes; even when identified, there have been instances where they stay in different jurisdictions making prosecution difficult.”
Adekanmi, while speaking, noted that there is an ongoing online revolution happening in modern times, and that online security was very important.
“There is going to be what I call a technology apocalypse, you will wake up one day and someone is living your life somewhere.
“Someone once said that identity theft is worse than kidnapping, there is a thin line between privacy and security in modern business,” the MTN executive said.
On his part, Abiloye, who discussed copyright challenges in the nation’s music industry, said the general perception of copyright is that its incentive is to encourage people to create.
“There is a public slant to copyright; there are a lot of cases about unfair use of copyright.
“In Nigeria, we have an endorsement culture and there have been instances where individuals use unauthorised images to promote a product.
“Internet and technology are moving at a pace faster than the music industry,” she said.
During the session, Mrs Folake Solanke, the first female Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), queried the MTN executive and NCC CEO on what actions the organisations were taking about unapproved phone charges as a result of unsolicited text messages.
Responding, Adekanmi said: “Some things are beyond technology companies; we download a lot of free apps on our mobile phones.
“We get these apps for free but unknown to a lot of people, it is actually in exchange for our personal information which are then given to advertising companies.”
The MTN executive, using the popular app Truecaller to buttress his point, said that the app has a large database of names and other personal information of users, which are accessed by third parties for advertising.
Danbatta, in response to Solanke’s question, said the NCC launched a campaign on March 15 to provide a solution to unsolicited text messages.
“We have provided a facility to stop subscribers from receiving unsolicited text messages as well as a facility for subscribers, to subscribe to text messages.
“Send STOP to 2442 to unsubscribe to text messages; if the messages keep coming, dial 622 which is a toll-free number and the NCC will wade into the matter and ensure those messages stop,” he said.
Ex-Nigerian internationals, Gbenga Okunowo and Franklin Howard have applauded the Cowbell Football Academy (CFA), sponsored by Cowbell Milk, the flagship brand of Promasidor Nigeria Limited, for supporting efforts to develop Nigeria’s youth sports.
They gave the commendation at the final ceremony of the 2017 Cowbell Football Academy Summer Camp held at the National Stadium, Lagos. The training camp, which lasted three weeks, was organised by the CFA, an initiative that is aimed at developing young football talents.
Okunowo, a former FC Barcelona right back, said the Cowbell-sponsored camp would help young Nigerians to develop their talents and attract the attention of football club managers. He urged youths to take advantage of the opportunity provided by Promasidor Nigeria.
“It is very good for young players. It will help them to be good students as football helps one to think very fast. It will help the youths and their future. It is a good chance for the youths. Scouts can easily spot them,” he said.
For sponsoring the talent development programme, Howard described Promasidor, makers of Cowbell Milk, as “a winner.” He said the initiative would help the country to hone the skills of young players and create a pool for the national teams.
L-R: Marketing Manager, Promasidor Nigeria Limited, Abiodun Ayodeji; Captain, Under-15 Team Nigeria at the 2014 Youth Olympics held in Botswana, Toyeeb Gidado Olakunle; and Brand Manager, Dairy, Promasidor, Nigeria Limited, Ifeoluwa Ilesanmi, at the final ceremony of the Cowbell Football Summer Camp, an event organized by Cowbell Football Academy in Lagos.
Ex-Barcelona/Super Eagles defender, Gbenga Okunowo presenting an award to a winner, Obiora Onochie, at the final ceremony of the Cowbell Football Summer Camp, organized by Cowbell Football Academy in Lagos.
Howard, former captain of the defunct New Nigerian Bank Football Team who also served as coach of Shooting Stars, added: “Cowbell has been very supportive. Both managerial and tactical aspects of the programme have been fantastic. Promasidor is a winner because it associates with winners. The company has been very consistent with its corporate social responsibilities.
“It is good that it has started with football. From what I have seen, it may take another step to explore other sports. The good news is that some of the boys will be part of the national junior teams in the nearest future.”
Amid the commendation, the Marketing Manager, Promasidor Nigeria Limited, Abiodun Ayodeji said the sponsorship was aimed at building responsible citizens. He explained that the initiative was part of Promasidor’s support for the socio-economic development of the country.
“We are very keen in creating activities and platforms that will provide a total development opportunity for Nigerian children and youths. This is all about total development – whether in academic or extra-curricular activities,” Ayodeji said.
CFA Rector, Godwin Dudu-Orumen said the academy had achieved outstanding records, which he attributed to Promasidor’s motivation and support.
Dudu-Orumen said: “Two products of the academy have played for the Under-15 national team. One of them, Toyeeb Gidado Olakunle, captained the Under-15 Team at the Youth Olympics held in Botswana in 2014.
“Another CFA product, who was given a scholarship, has graduated from an American university, while the Lagos State Polytechnic is currently counting on seven other trainees, who were recently admitted into the school, to help develop its football team. These lofty achievements could not have been actualized without the support of the CFA.”
Ten awards were given to outstanding individuals and teams for their impressive performance during training. Among the prizes were the Cowbell Overall Wining Team Prize, Stephen Keshi’s Prize for Outstanding Leadership, Muda Lawal’s Prize for Most Hardworking participant and Rasheed Yekini’s Prize for Most Improved Player.
Foremost African financial institution, Guaranty Trust Bank plc, is set to sponsor 40 outstanding young talents discovered at its football tournaments as well as 60 school coaches on an all-expense paid intensive player development and coach-training programme tagged “Camp GTBank.”
Camp GTBank is a football and educational development initiative designed to train and develop outstanding football talents discovered at the GTBank football tournaments which include the GTBank-Lagos State Principals Cup, GTBank-Ogun State Principals Cup and the GTBank Masters Cup. Since its inception in 2011, Camp GTBank has helped kick start the careers of more than 120 footballers, some of whom have been selected to represent the country in international tournaments at various levels, and are currently playing in both domestic and foreign league clubs.
L – R: Risikat Yussuf, Chairman, Lagos first Generation Heritages Association; Jimi Shogbesan, COO, Media vision; Austin Eguavoen, Chief Coach, Camp GTBank 2017; Tolu Onipede, CSR Officer, GTBank PLC and Dotun Coker representing Seyi Akinwunmi, Chairman Lagos State Football Association during the Camp GTBank 2017 press conference held in Lagos on Monday.
Holding in Lagos from the 21st to the 28th of August, 2017, this year’s edition of Camp GTBank will help prepare the outstanding talents for successful football careers whilst building the capacity of the coaches to improve the quality and potential of grassroots football. The 8-day residential camp will feature renowned coaches such as Augustine Eguavoen, the former coach of Nigeria’s Super Eagles, Jolomi Atune, coach of the Nigeria’s U-15 Future Eagles, and Ajuma Ottache, the only female coach of a professional male football team in Nigeria, amongst others.
The coaches will take the players through all the aspects of the game, expose them to modern rules and regulations and improve their physical and metal conditioning to position them for a professional career. The coaches will also offer expert coaching lessons to the school coaches and sport instructors over a two day period to develop and enhance their knowledge and technical competence.
Commenting on the Camp GTBank, the Managing Director/CEO of GTBank, Segun Agbaje, said “Given the amazing talents shortlisted for this programme and the quality of the coaches overseeing their development, I am confident that Camp GTBank will be a seedbed for the emergence of professional footballers who will go on to have very successful careers. This goes to the heart of our sports education initiatives, which are aimed at actively engaging the youths through sports whilst identifying, nurturing and grooming young football talents.”
He further stated that “At GTBank, we will continue to invest massively in youth development through education and sports in order to help more youths actualize their dreams and to also grow their personal confidence and make them become better team players.”
Guaranty Trust Bank plc is one of the few Nigerian financial institutions that have maintained a defined Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy since its inception in 1990. The Bank actively supports Education programmes in-classroom, Out-of-Classroom, infrastructure development, students’ scholarship and teachers training across Africa.