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NCC To Sanction Telecom Operators For ‘Call Masking’

The Nigerian Communication Commission says it will impose appropriate sanctions on any telecom operator that allows the illegal masking of international calls. Call masking refers to termination of international calls with local telephone numbers displayed on a receiver’s phone screen. Alhaji Ismail Adedigba, Deputy Director, Consumer Affairs Bureau of NCC, told News Agency of Nigeria in Yenagoa on Friday that ...

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NAPTIP To Establish Sexual Offenders’ Register – D-G

The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Person says it will establish sexual offenders’ register as part of measures to check gender- based violence in the country. The Director-General of NAPTIP, Julie Okah-Donli, stated this in Abuja, at the public presentation of official gazetted copies of the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act 2015. The gazetting of the Act ...

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#OsunElection: ‘Vote-Buying’- A Culture of Shame and Stereotyping Poverty By Kabiru A. Adisa

Another moment has dawn on us. The moment to decide the future of Osun state. Either good or bad, that choice lies on our very thumbs. Whichever way we swings it, the effect(s) would bear social and economic impacts on everyone. Just as it is the norm in our political process, Osun people will go to the poll on September ...

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Wikimedia Warns EU Copyright Reform Threatens the ‘Vibrant Free Web’

The Wikimedia Foundation has sounded a stark warning against a copyright reform proposal in Europe that’s due to be voted on by the European Parliament next week. From a report: “In the post, also emailed to TechCrunch, Maria Sefidari Huici, chair of the Wikimedia Foundation, writes: “Next week, the European Parliament will decide how information online is shared in a ...

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WaterAid set to drive improved WASH in Plateau State, launches EU funded ‘Technical Assistance to CSOs’ project

In Plateau State, as is the case across most of the country, access to water supply and sanitation services have been inadequate. About 61% of the state’s household population currently live without clean water, 29% without access to a decent toilet and 54.8% defecate in the open. Without sufficient access to clean water and sanitation, it will be difficult for ...

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US Considers Shutting Down Counter-Terrorism Units In Africa

The Pentagon is looking at pulling nearly all U.S. commandos from Niger and shutting down most elite counter-terrorism units across Africa, according to a media report. Pentagon officials tell The New York Times U.S. military outposts in Cameroon, Kenya, Libya and Tunisia would also be closed if Defense Secretary Jim Mattis approves the plans, but the U.S. would still have ...

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Shaping Nigeria’s Digital Future through Positive Legislation By ‘Gbenga Sesan and Mark Stephens

Nigeria stands on the cusp of great progress in the information and communication technology (ICT) sector, owing to diverse efforts by mostly youth-led entrepreneurs and collaborations. In recent years, policymakers and economic experts alike have come to appreciate this reality, looking beyond an annual budget built around oil barrels to better measure the country’s diverse economic potential. Startup hubs are sprouting up ...

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SERAP Drags INEC To Court Over ‘Failure To Put Ekiti Vote Buyers On Trial’

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has dragged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to courtover the commission’s “failure to put Ekiti vote buyers on trial and do something about the allegations of vote buying by both the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) during recent governorship election in Ekiti State.” In the suit number FHC/L/CS/1418/18 ...

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UN human rights expert to assess trafficking in persons in Nigeria

UN Special Rapporteur Maria Grazia Giammarinaro will be visiting Nigeria to assess the issue of trafficking in persons in the country. This official visit will be between 3rd and 10th of September. This was confirmed in a statement released by the United Nations Office in Geneva, Switzerland on 31st August. “My visit is an opportunity to meet with relevant stakeholders to ...

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Ekiti, UNICEF synergise to end Genital mutilation!

The Ekiti State Government, in partnership with the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), have formed a synergy against the prevalent practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) in Ekiti and other states of the federation. The Gender/Family Planning Coordinator in the Ministry of Health, Mrs Olukemi Akinleye, while reading the Act on behalf of the government during the inauguration of the ...

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