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Expert Calls on Ministry of Communications to Review National Broadband Plan

A telecom expert and former chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, Dr Ernest Ndukwe has called on the Ministry of Communications to review and update the National Broadband Plan 2013 – 2018 for digital literacy initiatives and public access targeted at populations that are unconnected, especially women and girls in urban-poor/rural settlements. Dr Ndukwe made this call at a Workshop ...

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WHY THE NGO CONTROL BILL LACKS MERIT….

By Sonnie Ekwowusi   The NGO Control Bill still pending at the House of Representatives completely lacks merit and therefore should be rejected. It is brought mala fide. It is oppressive. It is supressive. It is repressive. It is antithetical to democratic values. Above all, it is unconstitutional. The full title of the Bill is: A Bill for an Act ...

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CSOs write AU, UNHRC on Internet Shutdown in Togo!

A coalition of some 35 civil society organisations has written to several international bodies including the African Union and the United Nations Human Rights Commission over the recent internet shutdown in Togo. Signatories to the letter include Paradigm Initiative, Reporters Without Border, World Wide Web Foundation, Access Now, DotunRoy.com, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and Ghanaian Centre of PEN International. The Coalition ...

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NGO Boss Commends Yoruba Summit on Restructuring!

The founder of Ibadan-based Guildance Community Development Foundation, Mr Kabiru Adisa FCA has commended Yoruba leaders for convening the Yoruba Summit that deliberated on restructuring and other associated issue. This was contained in a press release issued on Sunday by the chartered accountant and development expert. “I find it gladdening that Yoruba leaders are now following up their restructuring demand ...

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Senate to Prioritize Passage of Occupational Safety Bill!

President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has stated that the 8th Senate will give accelerated consideration to the Occupational Safety and Health Bill (SB. 200), once the National Assembly resumes from its annual recess later this month. In a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, the Senate President emphasized that with the ...

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Much Ado About JAMB 120: Another Directionless Noise in the Nigerian Education Sphere

By Ibrahim Ajala Hell is now on the loose. Another Nigerian agency JAMB has decided to follow the steps of others in sinking the Nigerian dream of Vision 20:2020 by reducing the entry cut off mark to 120 for universities and 100 for polytechnics and colleges of education. Nigerians has been transformed into a “public affairs analyst”. Reprobatory remarks from ...

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FG approves tax reduction for telecom firms in #Nigeria

  The Federal Government on Tuesday said that it had resolved to reduce taxes payable by telecommunications operators in order to enable them to expand their services to the hinterland. It stated this through the Minister of Communications, Mr. Adebayo Shittu, at the 2017 Information Communications Technology and Telecommunication Expo in Lagos, which was organised by the Lagos Chamber of ...

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Communication Minister Chaired 2017 Nigeria Computer Society Conference

Minister of Communication, Barrister Adebayo Shittu has chaired the 2017 Nigeria Computer Society Conference on “Information Technology Innovation for Sustainable Development” where he eloquently and with utmost precision highlighted ways Nigeria could overcome the boggling local and global challenges of sustainable development through the use of Information Technology. Read Below his full Speech at the event: I am highly honoured to ...

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CSO Seeks Judicial Review of FG’s Refusal to Attend to FOI Request

Paradigm Initiative has filed for judicial review of the refusal of the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology to attend to a Freedom of Information request made to the Ministry several weeks ago. The action arose as a result of a Freedom of Information request made by the organization on May 3, 2017, to the ministry on the capabilities of ...

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CAN meets Osinbajo over Islamic studies, North threat, killings, lists demands [Full text]

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) yesterday met Acting President Yemi Osinbajo behind closed doors at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The delegation was led on the courtesy visit by its President, Rev Dr Samson Olasupo Ayokunle. At the meeting, CAN made five demands in a letter delivered to Osinbajo. The demands bothered on the following: “Change of obnoxious curriculum that ...

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