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Nigeria Lost 347,604 GSM Internet Subscribers in June 2018

There are indications that Nigeria may have lost 347,604 (three hundred and forty-seven thousand, six hundred and four thousand) internet services subscribers in the month of June. This is according to the monthly industry statistics shared by Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). According to the report, Nigeria has a total of 102,805,122 Global System for Mobile (GSM) data subscribers in June 2018, a slight reduction ...

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Nigerians demand immediate transmission of Digital Rights Bill

Nigerians on social media have expressed concern at the delay surrounding the transmission of the Digital Rights and Freedom Bill by the national assembly to President Muhammadu Buhari for the presidential assent. The much anticipated Bill was passed in March by the Senate, following passage by the House of Representatives in November 2017. Since then, the national assembly has not ...

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Legal Battle Over CyberCrimes Act Moves to the Supreme Court!

The legal battle over the constitutionality of sections of the Cybercrimes Act 2015 has now moved to the Supreme Court. Three civil society organisations, namely Media Rights Agenda, Paradigm Initiative and Enough Is Enough Nigeria are pleading with apex court to expunge Sections 24 and 38 of the Cybercrimes Act 2015. The organisations filed a notice of appeal with the ...

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“Thousands living in fear as Zamfara armed bandits ramp up attacks” – Amnesty International

Insecurity is escalating in northwest Nigeria’s Zamfara state, with daily killings and kidnappings by armed bandits leaving villagers in constant fear of attack, Amnesty International said today. Thousands of people have been displaced by a conflict which began in 2012 as a result of clashes between farmers and herders. “This is Nigeria’s forgotten conflict. The authorities’ failure to act has ...

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An NGO calls for improved fiscal and revenue management in Nigeria!

Shehu Musa Yar’adua Foundation, a non-governmental organisation in Nigeria has called on Federal Government, relevant authorities and policy makers to establish legal and policy frameworks for improved fiscal and revenue management in Nigeria using Excess Crude Oil Account as a typical case study. The foundation has made this call in a Press Briefing and communiqué released at the Roundtable meeting ...

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CS-SUNN trains state chapters on advocacy, leadership skills

Civil Society Organizations from Civil Society Scaling Up-Nutrition in Nigeria (CS-SUNN) state chapters have been successfully trained on advocacy and leadership skills for effective nutrition advocacy that will translate to improved nutrition outcomes in Nigeria. The Steering Committee Chairman, CS-SUNN, Dr. David Olayemi while welcoming participants to the PINNS Training of Trainers on Advocacy and Leadership skills said the aim ...

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Reckless violation of FOI Act: UBEC as an example

The enactment of Freedom of Information Act by the National Assembly of Nigeria under the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan on May 28, 2011 received considerable acclamation from Nigerians who thought at the time that a Law had eventually been enacted to enhance transparency and accountability in our public institutions. At the time of passing this Bill into Law, Nigeria ...

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UNDP and Japan flag of distribution of agricultural inputs and Solar lanterns in Song LGA, Adamawa State

Yola, 25 July 2018 – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Adamawa State Government and the Government of Japan flagged off the distribution of agricultural inputs in Loko, a village once hit by Boko Haram in Song Local Government Area in Adamawa State. This intervention is part of ongoing efforts by UNDP to support victims of the Boko Haram insurgency in the ...

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‘Gbenga Sesan Calls for End to Taxes on Social Media, Blogging in Africa

A digital rights expert and the Executive Director of Paradigm Initiative, ‘Gbenga Sesan has called for an end to attempts by governments in Africa to impose taxes on the digital platforms, saying such attempts are dangerous to the economic and democratic development on the continent. Sesan made this call on Thursday at the 2018 Tanzania School of Internet Governance where ...

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WaterAid, Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the UN to host dialogue in New York on Nigeria’s State of Emergency in the WASH sector

 In April 2018, the Federal Government of Nigeria declared a state of emergency in its water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector. A welcome recognition of the urgency of WASH action in Nigeria, the state of emergency will encompass an eighteen-month period and usher in a 13-year revitalisation strategy for Nigeria’s WASH sector. WaterAid Nigeria campaigned for and commended this step, ...

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