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The Federal Government yesterday declared that it places worldwide issues including climate change, digital divide, cyber-insecurity and crisis telecommunications at high level of priority in its change plan, strategies and work programmes.

Secretary to Government of the Federation Babachir David Lawal stated this yesterday at Innovation Africa Digital Summit 2016 (IAD) in Abuja.

He noted that in this age of e-government and digital inclusion, the current management is working towards a more affiliated authorities and a digital Nigerian society

The SGF pointed out the international quest for ICT for growth is enormous to both developed and developing countries because ICT skills are vital to the success of enriching national growth in a globalised era.

In this aspect, governments are focused on creating opportunities for citizenship engagement in ICT training, knowledge and skills acquisition, and general use and usage of ICT tools to solve problems, encourage their wellbeing and improve national growth.

Lawal noted that with the dwindling revenue from your oil and gas sector, the Government has recognized more than ever before that telecoms and the ICT sectors are amongst the primary drivers for the social and economic development of Naija and play a vital role in improving accessibility to fundamental services in all sectors of our national life.

He observed that with a significant percent of the Nigerias population having access to mobile cellular services, the rising and sustained growth in Internet usage and broadband deployment, the government through the Ministry of Communications and its various SMART initiatives are focused on leveraging on ICTs to create an inclusive economy.

He said, I will be aware that Galaxy Backbone Ltd, created in 2006 as a Government owned company and charged to deliver connectivity and other Information and Communication Technology infrastructure to Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of Authorities now has up to 350MDAs linked to its 1-GOV.Net in over 4000 office locations nationally making it the biggest single network ever developed in the public sector in Africa.


Against the backdrop of President Muhamadu Buharis recent trip to China, and the $6 billion deal struck between both nations, an octogenarian, Demas Nwoko, has stressed the requirement for Naija to develop homegrown technology depending on its culture.

Nwoko, who made the demand, in an exclusive interview at his Idumuje state dwelling in Delta State, cautioned the deal with China could open the countrys entire economy to Chinese products, therefore stunting imagination and local production attempts.

The octogenarian, who is also an architect, said Nigerias politics and leadership weren't going in the correct way, as there was no protection for the few local companies who are enduring the odds to shine.

According to him, Its a mixture of the great and the poor. It demonstrates our politics just isn't mature, and our leaders, not going in a sense that would help the individuals

He noted that under standard setting, outsiders protect their own culture, in such a way that folks dont intrude to soil it. He stressed that the greatest way to grow would be to develop technology, along the line of ones relative advantage.

The architect said advancement couldnt be achieved by duplicating others culture or technology, as the case may be. Following the infrastructure decay in the country to our attitude to growth, Nwoko gave the instance of local furniture makers around the nation, who were shutting down companies, as a consequence of poor Chinese and American products that have flooded the local markets.

He blamed policymakers for a poorly conceived educational doctrine that will not take into account Naijas diverse cultures for the current malaise.

Nwoko said he is making doors locally, before the intrusion of Chinese doors into the markets; a situation that restricts our own economic development in door building.

There were individuals who were building doors in Lagos and everywhere, that have all closed down, because American and Chinese furniture and doors took over the markets.

The Paris-trained architect recalled how he was denied the chance to to design and construct the National Theatre, Lagos, lamenting the calamity that the cultural edifice has become ever since.

He recalled that he'd proposed multi-places or theaters in parts of Lagos, as against a single edifice, so as to open up different neighbourhoods to the entertainment offerings that FESTAC 77 supplied.

He regretted that that political decisions negated against the fruition of that solid plan, noting that it'd have resulted in ripple effects on the states cultural creations ever since.

According to him, You can not have an audience of 5,000; in the way the theater was constructed. In fact, that building is a sports hall imported from Bulgaria. So, besides the main bowl being 5,000, they attached the theater halls, which weren't correctly designed for those actions.

He added that even the master plan he had for FESTAC, had not been permitted to work, due to jaundiced government policies. Nwoko described that by his suggestion, there would have already been at least five theatres or places in Lagos, Apapa, Isolo, Yaba, Victoria Island, etc, with each place having the capacity of 1,000 1,500 individuals.


Boko Haram fighters assaulted Naija troops early on Monday, the army said, after two suspected suicide bombers were shot dead near military positions.

Army spokesman Sani Usman said in a simple emailed statement: Boko Haram terrorists attack troops lastest news in naija of 113 Battalion at Kareto, northern Borno state.

The troops happen to be combating the insurgents since the early hours of today.

A soldier with the regiment told AFP the troops were ordered to town of Damasak near the border with Niger and took up position in Kareto, some 38 kilometres (24 miles) away.

Today at about 6:30 am (0530 GMT), two suicide bombers approached us and we shot at them and they burst, he said.

The moment the explosives went off, there were barrages of heavy artillery fired by Boko Haram, who came in large numbers with heavy weapons.

We took up position in our trenches and fired back but they kept firing RPGs (rocket-propelled grenades), which we didnt have.

We lost some guys, I dont know how many, and many others were injured. Some of us fled in disarray. We realised that we were outnumbered and outgunned.

The troops pulled away to Jeyimolo village and a fighter jet was deployed to Kareto while a search was launched for the dead and missing, he added.

An area leader confirmed the attack but said additional details were still sketchy.

President Muhammadu Buhari said in December the Islamist militants were weakened to the extent they could not mount conventional strikes against the military.

But the latest strike again underlines the constant menace presented by the Islamic State group affiliate, particularly in difficult-to-reach rural areas.


The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), said on Monday that the agency would reinforce partnership between Naija and the Republic of Korea to enrich the maritime business.

The Head, Public Relations Department in NIMASA, Hajia Lami Tumaka, said this in a statement in Lagos, a copy which was made available to the News Agency of Naija (NAN) in Lagos.

The statement said that the Director-General of NIMASA, Dr Dakuku Peterside, stressed the need to enhance the maritime sector, while receiving the Korean Consul-General to Nigeria, Mr Lee Younghoan, at the agencys headquarters.

According to him, both states stand to derive mutual benefits from such connection.

Peterside recognised the strategic position of Korea as a great ship building country.

He guided the Consul-General on the need for competent Nigerian seafarers to be set on-board Korean boats operating in Nigerian marine realm.

The NIMASA leader said that Naija had a pool of qualified seafarers and other capable marine employees, who could adequately serve the international marine sector.

Peterside said the bureau was perpetrated toward handling the threat of piracy and other sorts of crimes at sea.

Nigeria is poised to tackle the menace of piracy and we have recorded great successes previously three months.

Our vision is always to have a safe and bonded ocean with zero piracy in another one year, the director-general said.

Younghoan, commended NIMASA for its efforts in fighting piracy on the countries waterways.

The consul general appealed for more surveillance and security in safeguarding lives and property on the nations waterways.

NAN reports that Peterside, at a recent forum, expressed the want of the bureau to work with other stakeholders and expedite action on the passage of the Anti-Piracy and Other associated Crimes at Sea into law.

He guaranteed the director general of the preparation of the Korean Authorities to support Naija in the region of maritime safety and security.


Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has called on Nigerians to have a change in attitude and orientation for the country to make progress even as the nation is passing through challenging times.

Dogara said if naija breaking news today would be to witness significant improvement in quality of leadership and government, the citizens must change their ways of life as leaders are recruited from among them.

The Speaker, who made the call at the weekend during a thanksgiving service organised by an associate of the parliament, Jagaba Adams Jagaba at ECWA Church, Chigwa, Kaduna State, in accordance with a statement issued by his spokesman, Turaki Hassan, said that while Nigerians expect leaders to live higher standards of life as role models, the followers must understand that leaders are recruited from among them.

He, consequently, charged Nigerians to, as a matter of necessity, show higher standards of runs even as they expect same from their leaders.

There is constantly expectations from citizens for leaders to show a higher standard of behaviour. Clearly, it's great that those that call themselves leaders should always aspire to maintain higher standards.

But what is wrong with the story, notably in Naija, is that in many cases, citizens anticipate that only leaders must live above board. This country can only make progress if all the citizens and leaders conclude that in their daily endeavors, they are going to keep the greatest of standards.

Because if you anticipate only leaders to do the right thing, the leadership recruiting procedure is such that leaders constantly emerge from the people.

Dogara admonished politicians to put their faith in God because power comes from God, victory comes from God, no one, no matter how strong he or she's, can give you power.

In his testimony, Jagaba urged Nigerians to eschew religious and ethnic sentiments, which he said, have broken up the state for decades.

He said the electorate should rather lay emphasis on individual character and not political party association, saying that he has forgiven all those who plotted evil against him in the 2015 general elections.

In his sermon, ECWA President, Revd (Dr.) Jeremiah Gado, said by design, God created and saved humanity to live a life of gratitude, service, praise and worship.

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