President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, officially declared open the 12th edition of e-Nigeria International Conference, Exhibitions and Awards 2019, organised by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) with the theme: ‘Leveraging Technology and Indigenous Innovation to Attain the Sustainable Development Goals.
The two-day event holding at the International Conference Center, Abuja is a veritable platform for stakeholders in the Information Technology (IT) Sector to brainstorm and come up with resolutions that would place Nigeria on the path of success in line with global best practices.
The Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy is the Chief Host/ Chief Convener of the event, the Director General, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Mal Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi is the Host/ Convener while the heads of parastatals and agencies under the supervision of the Ministry namely Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited (NIGCOMSAT) Galaxy Backbone Limited and Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) serve as the Co-Conveners. The Keynote address was delivered by CEO of MainOne, Ms Funke Opeke.
The main highlight of the day was the official opening and unveiling of the NATIONAL DIGITAL ECONOMY POLICY AND STRATEGY and also the presentation of the Startup Seed Fund to the Sum of 3 Million Naira each to Abdulkarim Bashir of Chiniki Guard and Osawaru Stephen of 247 Medics. Both excelled brilliantly during the Gulf Information Technology Exhibition (GITEX) held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Chiniki Guard was the Overall Global Winner at GITEX 2019 Supernova Challenge (AI) Category.
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) says driving with the aid of Google map is not an offence.
But it said deploying the app while driving is dangerous.
Bisi Kazeem, spokesman of the corps, said this in a statement issued on Thursday while reacting to a report by NAN which quoted Ayuba Gora, FRSC sector commander for the FCT, as saying the use of Google map while driving is outlawed.
He said though driving with the aid of Google map is not prohibited, deploying the app while a vehicle is in motion could cause accidents.
He said many road traffic accidents are a result of distraction caused by the use of mobile phones while driving.
“To state the obvious, we have always enlightened the public on the position of the law on use of phone while driving which the Sector Commander tried to emphasize during the flag off,” he said.
“The statement he made during the flag off buttresses the position of the Corps, which is that any driver who intends to deploy the use of Google map while driving must have it set on the phone before embarking on the journey, not while the vehicle is already in motion as this could be dangerous to the driver and other road users, and can lead to road traffic crash.
“We say this because, available records have shown that use of phone for whatever purpose; be it text, voice calls, chats, browsing, setting google map to find location etc while driving could be distractive and can easily lead to loss of concentration. This has led to many road traffic crashes with attendant loss of lives and properties.
“On the strength of this, the Federal Road Safety Corps wishes to reiterate its position on use of phone while driving as a dangerous and hazardous road traffic behaviour which has led to unwanted and avoidable road crashes.
“We therefore call on all motorists who intend to deploy the use of google map on their phone especially during the festive season when traffic density is high, to activate such before setting the vehicle in motion so as to ensure 100 percent concentration on the wheels.” (The Cable)
As we edge into the final days in November and officially step into the festive season, GOtv is offering more TV entertainment options that are certain to keep you connected and happier this festive season and beyond.
Here’s what’s hot on GOtv this weekend…
Football viewers will can catch the Premier League: Chelsea vs West Ham United billed to hold at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, 30th November at 4pm on Select 2 (channel 32) and La Liga: Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona on Sunday, 1st December at 9pm on Select 4 (channel 34). For more football fixtures on GOtv, visit www.supersport.com.
If you are looking for an unforgettable praise experience, join Unusual Praise 2019 on (channel 29) Friday, 29TH November. There will be live music to lift your spirits, in an atmosphere of intense praise and worship led by some of Nigeria’s biggest gospel artistes
Inazuma Eleven Ares on Cartoon Network (channel 67) This anime series focuses on a group of soccer players who split up to join various teams across the country. The team’s forward joins an underdog team from a remote island and helps them to reach their goal of becoming victors in a youth tournament. To find out more, tune in weekdays at 4:30pm.
On this episode of Married Again S2, Sarita and Raj sleep on the same bed for the first time after 10 years. Divya’s promise is gradually showing and Sarita is very happy. Catch this on Zee World (channel 25) Sunday, 1st December at 7pm.
People Magazine Investigates S4 on Investigation Discovery (channel 52) Thursday, 28th November at 8:50pm. This programme re-examines a few of the top profile crime cases in recent history, exposing buried secret, betrayal and unsung heroes.
Catch Bruce Willis in Once Upon A Time In Venice on M-Net Movies Zone (channel 3). He is a man on a mission in this action comedy. A former Los Angeles detective hunts down a ruthless gang after they steal his beloved dog. Catch Monday, 2nd December at 7:35pm.
Finally, catch a brand new season 6 of Botched on E! (channel 26) Monday, 2nd December at 7pm. Cosmetic surgery does not always turn out right. Renowned plastic surgeons Paul Nassif and Terry Dubrow try to reverse damages from the original procedure together with Dr. Paul Nassif and Dr. Terry Dubrow.
For more scheduled programming this November, visit www.gotvafrica.com. You can also follow GOtv on Twitter: https://twitter.com/GOtvNg and Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gotvng/, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GOtvNigeria
Global Interns, a professional group committed to the personal development of young people, in partnership with telecommunication giant, Airtel Nigeria, continued its ‘Career Connect’ series last weekend in Lagos, with a special training on skills for employment.
Tagged “Training for Employability Skills”, the exercise was designed to provide graduates with the knowledge and soft skills to develop self and prepare for the workplace especially as more employers continue to seek versatile skills from entry level employees.
During the 2 days training, participants drank from the pool of certified and experienced trainers on topics like Proficiency in Digital Skills – Learn Self-Management Skills –Introduction to Analytical Skills -Communication and Reasoning Skills – Writing Resume Q & A.
In her welcome remarks, Olufunmilayo Modupe, the Principal Adviser to Global Interns, disclosed that the organization berthed in 2016 as a mediator agency connecting students to internship jobs and career development opportunities. This, she said has broadened into offering training for soft skill with a goal to making youths versatile for today’s workplace whilst also increasing internship and job placements.
Funmi also commended Airtel Nigeria for supporting the Global Interns Training alongside our esteemed partners like HR Analytica, Hamilton & Lloyds and FutureSoft who were on ground to assess and engage the trainees.
She further emphasized how Global Interns with its Career Connect Series has continued to showcase and emphasize the multiple roles of professionals and organizations as the nurturer, mentors, and hirers of young people in their pursuit for career and entrepreneurial success.
Some highlights of the two days Global Interns training for employability skills also included four Smart Class anchored by seasoned professionals like Chinedu Duru, Managing Consultant at Hamilton Lloyd and Associates Elizabeth Ajala, Digital Skills Trainer and Consultant; Kayode Abass, Marketing Consultant & LinkedIn Strategist and Ebere Njoku, Founder, Wholesome Inspiration Network.
According to one of the facilitators, Duru, enjoined the youths to know themselves and become attractive to employers by imbibing self-management skills. He admonished the participants that since about 500 thousands youths join the labour market every year, they need to be on top of their game to “stand out” in the global employment market.
He further counseled the youths to consciously boost their employability on the social media, while being mindful of posting irrelevancies since these posts can be checked by potential employers.
The array of enthusiastic trainees also broke out after class into mini sessions with the experts for assessments and advice. Aramide Oni and Eton Angela, both students of the Bells University Ota, Ogun State, commended the organizers of the training for the invaluable knowledge they are taking away. This line was also echoed by McJustice Charles who added that the training had equipped him with the power of goal setting. Also in attendance were graduates from Pan Atlantic University, University of Lagos, University of Nsukka, Babcock University as well as some new entry employees.
MultiChoice Group, Africa’s leading video entertainment company, has announced the renewal of its distribution partnership with Viacom International Media Networks Africa (VIMN Africa).
The renewal guarantees the continuous broadcast of a host of VIMN Africa’s channels such as BET, Comedy Central, MTV, MTV Base, MTV Music 24, Nickelodeon, NickToons and Nick Jr. on MultiChoice’s platforms, DStv and GOtv. It also highlights the investment in local content, bringing programming that showcases the best of Africa’s creativity and talent and offers a broad range of original entertainment content across every age demographic.
Yolisa Phahle, MultiChoice Chief Executive Officer, General Entertainment, said: “As Africa’s most-loved storyteller, we are pleased to share this market announcement of VIMN Africa. Our content offering ensures that we provide our partners platforms to tell their own stories in an authentic way. We invest over US $164,850 million in local content to keep bringing exciting and engaging African content to market and the industry.”
“This continued partnership demonstrates the shared commitment between VIMN Africa and MultiChoice to invest in local and international content that resonates with our audiences across the continent. We truly value our collaboration with MultiChoice as it also enables us to consistently deliver great African productions,” said Alex Okosi, Executive Vice President and Managing Director for VIMN Africa and BET International.
BET continues to celebrate black excellence across the African continent with its broadcast of locally produced programmes. A biopic that portrays one of South Africa’s legendary musicians in Dream: The Lebo Mathosa Story, featuring a joint lead cast of KB Motsilanyane and Bahumi Madisakwane will air on the channel. The Behind the Story series with Pearl Thusi also returns for another season, while Black Tax, the channel’s first locally produced sitcom, will bring laughter to the audience in 2020. Tyler Perry’s studio productions, Sistas and The Oval, will also continue to air on the channel.
Comedy Central continues to make life funnier and keep audiences laughing with a deep history of local productions from The Roast franchise to Most Ridiculous featuring the hilarious internet sensation, SuzelleDIY. The channel is the exclusive home to The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, giving audiences the best in satire and comedy. Other entertaining shows on the channel include Impractical Jokers, Key and Peele, Crank Yankers, and The Other Two and South Park.
On MTV, Have Faith, a local reality series showcasing the flamboyant lifestyle of socialite and businesswoman, Faith Nketsi, will make its debut on the channel. The Guy Code and Girl Code comedy series on the channel feature popular comics, athletes and entertainers who bring viewers jaw dropping how-to manuals about the wonders and woes of brotherhood and sisterhood.
MTV Base continues to entertain audiences with trendsetting music from genres such as Afrobeats, Amapiano, Hip Hop and Gqom. The channel’s investment in local content includes Celeb Living, Musicology, Slade or Shayed and the recently launched cutting-edge series, Behind The Label, which unearths never before told stories and casts a lens on the turbulent relations between record labels and musicians.
Nickelodeon continues to provide fascinating content for the kids with programmes such as SpongeBob SquarePants, which celebrated its 20th anniversary this year. The channel together with the LEGO group also launches the new series, LEGO City Adventures, which is loaded with hysterical, action-packed and often absurd slices of urban life. Nickelodeon additionally welcomes the brand-new animated pre-school series of the adventurous Paddington Bear who makes a return to TV. NickToons will deliver an exclusive format of SpongeBob the Musical Live! for audiences and a behind-the-scenes special of JoJo’s D.R.E.A.M. concert. Nick Jr. will launch a new series, Becca’s Bunch, while continuing to deliver popular favourites: Paw Patrol, Blaze and the Monster Machine, Nella the Princess Knight and Sunny Day.
Non-alcoholic beverage giant, Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC) Limited has emerged winner in the ‘Best Company in Education’ category at the 13th edition of the Social Enterprise Responsibility Awards (SERA) CSR Africa Awards, which was held recently in Lagos.
NBC was declared winner ahead of other organizations nominated in the category including Chevron Nigeria Limited, Flour Mills of Nigeria, Nigerian Liquefied and Natural Gas (NLNG), 9Mobile and Oando Foundation.
According to the award organizers, the company was declared winner for the category due to its outstanding and consistent commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainable Development in the area of education. In 2019 and over the past years, NBC has contributed to the empowerment of youth with education through various interventions, ranging from significant investments in the renovation and provision of educational facilities, to its Youth Empowered Initiative which is equipping undergraduates with Entrepreneurship, Life and Networking skills to prepare them to start their own businesses or transition easily to meaningful employment.
Receiving the award on behalf of the company, the Sustainability and Community Manager, Nigerian Bottling Company Limited, Ifeoma Okoye described the award as a recognition of the company’s significant contribution to improving the quality of education in Nigeria.
“We are incredibly honored to have our efforts and contributions recognized with this award. At Nigerian Bottling Company Limited, we believe that education is crucial for the development of any society. Therefore, the commitment to enrich our communities by empowering youth is embedded in in our purpose as a company. We hope to continue on this path to foster growth in the Nigerian education sector as we remain committed to creating value for our shareholders, customers, employees, communities and the society at large”, Okoye said.
Okoye dedicated the award to her colleagues at NBC, especially for their unwavering focus and commitment to ensure that lives of the people across the country are touched and improved.
NBC was also nominated in two other categories for the awards; Best Company in Climate Action and Best Company in Affordable Energy, competing with Access Bank, Lafarge Africa, International Breweries and Clean Cyclers.
The SERAS-CSR Awards Africa is an annual project, which aims to promote as well as raise awareness about the role organizations play to make the actualization of the sustainable development goals possible across the various countries of Africa. The annual awards, which first berthed in 2007, has grown to become highly lauded not only in Nigeria but also across Africa, galvanizing a CSR and Sustainability industry while encouraging organisations to annually intervene in the areas of health, education, infrastructure, environment and other sustainable development goals as outlined by United Nations.
It would be recalled that Nigerian Bottling Company Limited was adjudged the ‘Best Company in Gender Equality and Women Empowerment award at the 2018 edition of the award.
Mr Bigg’s, the Quick Service Restaurants (QSR) being run by UAC Restaurants Limited is raising the bar of Customer’s lifestyle experience and excitement, as it has gone ahead to activate more contemporary restaurants in Lagos and other states.
Mr Bigg’s launched its model restaurant at Northwest Filing Station at VGC, Lagos in a grand event which took place in July, this year.
Mr Bigg’s VGC
The store which houses both Mr Bigg’s and Debonairs Pizza counters is exquisitely designed with great interior finishing, which is an embodiment of taste, class and convenience, with wooden wall features, suspended pendants lightings, floral arrangements and wall paintings, all conveying a strong desire to offer their customers high level of class and comfort.
With ample space in the downstairs and upstairs lobby which offers the coziest setting, it’s tastefully finished with comfortable and relaxable sitting options in loosed seats, bunks and timber bench seats. The kids play area also offers the perfect fun experience for children.
The vibrancy of the model restaurant is seen in all of Mr Bigg’s new outlets in different parts of the country including Challenge in Ibadan, Onisha, Owerri, Idiroko and outlets in Amuwo Odofin, Ijeshatedo and Abule Egba in Lagos State.
The new outlets, according to Mrs Ethel Mba, Marketing Manager, UAC Restaurants, depicts excellence, offering a wide variety of meals ranging from local to continental dishes, which according to her, is the heritage of Mr Bigg’s.
Many customers who have visited the new restaurants are impressed and excited with the excellent service experience which they say largely addresses their eating needs.
Mr Bigg’s, with over 75 restaurants in Nigeria, is a response to consumers’ need for quick, fresh and tasty meals as they become increasingly busy and less time for cooking.
Mr Bigg’s specialties include Meat pie, Scotch egg, Doughnut, Peppered and Barbeque Marinated Chicken, Celebration cakes and different types of confectionaries, while Nigeria delicacies include soups like Efo riro, Edikiakong, Fisherman Soup etc.
While the customers are excited by this new development, Mr Bigg’s Management has expressed commitment to passionately drive the business objective of growing and sustaining a positive image for the brand and building consumer loyalty.
Zainab Ahmed, minister of finance, says the closure of the country’s land borders is contributing to rising inflation.
Last week, the Nigeria Bureau of Statistics (NBS) released figures that showed that the consumer price index, which measures inflation, rose to 11.61% in October, an increase of 0.36 percentage points compared to 11.24% recorded in September.
That was the exact inflation rate recorded in May 2018 when the country was recovering from the recession and high inflation rate.
At the end of the federal executive council meeting on Wednesday, Ahmed told state house correspondents that inflation rose due to hikes in food prices arising from border closure.
“On inflation, headline inflation declined every month for several months before we noticed an optic in the last two months. And now headline inflation is at about 11:61 percent as at the end of October. The slight increase in this inflation between September and October is due to food inflation,” she said.
“The food inflation we are ascribing to prices of cereals, rice and fish. And part of the reason is the border closure but the border closure is very very short and temporary and the increase is just about two basis point. Remember there was a time inflation was nine percent and it grew to about 18 percent in January 2017 when we were in recession.
“The relationship between inflation, interest rates and growth is managed by the monetary authorities and is a management that is tracked on a regular basis.
“So if you reduce interest rate you expect more borrowing for investments in the real sector. But at the same time that also has the tendency of reducing money that is used for consumption on a day to day basis.
So it’s a balance that we continue to watch on a regular basis, we expect that this will be moderated as border closure impact fizzles out and also as the monetary authorities continue to support the MPR rate therefore ensuring that interest rates are not on the high side.”
Ahmed added that closure of the border is temporary, highlighting the benefits of closing the borders.
“I need to remind us that the border closure is temporary. We have really advanced in our discussions between ourselves and our neigbours. We expect that the outcomes of those discussions and agreements is that each party will respect the protocols that we all committed to and then the borders will be open again,” she said.
“What we are doing is important for our economy. We signed up to the African Continental Free Trade Area (ACFTA) agreement, we have to make sure that we put in place checks to make sure that our economy will not be overrun as a result of the coming into effect of the ACFTA. That is why we have this border closure to return to the discipline of respecting the protocols that we all committed to.”
President Association of Resident Doctors, FCT, Dr Roland Aigbovo has revealed that four medical doctors working in the Nigerian capital of Abuja committed suicide between January and June this year.
He disclosed this during a campaign against drug abuse, at Wuse Market. He did not give the names of the doctors. The campaign, part of activities to mark the association’s Health Week was aimed at educating traders and shoppers on the dangers of drug abuse.
He said that many people resort to substance abuse to ease off stress, adding that “people now take refuge in drugs to cover up stress, believing that once someone is high, he or she will forget their problems.
According to him, global burden of mental health disorder is projected to reach 15 per cent by the year 2020.
“This had resulted in suicide, a lot of people had taken their lives as a result of drug abuse. You will agree with me that suicide is alien to African culture, we are not used to taking our lives no matter the stress, unfortunately, things are changing.
“The medical profession is not left out of this menace because this year alone, between January and June, close to four doctors took their lives.
If those that have been trained to provide people with healthcare become patients to the extent of taking their lives, it is a source of huge concern.”