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The Federal Government yesterday declared that it places global problems such as climate change, digital divide, cyber-insecurity and crisis telecommunications at higher level of precedence in its change agenda, 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 present administration is working towards a more connected government and a digital Nigerian society

The SGF pointed out that the global pursuit for ICT for development is enormous to both developed and developing countries because ICT skills are crucial to the success of improving national development in a globalised age.

In this regard, governments are focused on creating opportunities for citizenship participation in ICT training, knowledge and skills acquisition, and general application 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 realized more than ever before that telecoms and the ICT sectors are amongst the main drivers for the social and economic development of Naija and playan essential role in enhancing accessibility to fundamental services in all sectors of our national life.

He found that with a sizeable percentage of the Nigerias population having access to mobile cellular services, the rising and sustained growth in Internet use and broadband deployment, the authorities through the Ministry of Communications and its various BRIGHT initiatives are focused on leveraging on ICTs to create an inclusive economy.

He said, I 'm conscious that Galaxy Backbone Ltd, established 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 currently has up to 350MDAs joined to its 1-GOV.Net in over 4000 office locations nationally making it the biggest single network ever newsnow 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 the two nations, an octogenarian, Demas Nwoko, has stressed the requirement for Nigeria to develop homegrown technology depending on its culture.

Nwoko, who made the demand, within an exclusive interview at his Idumuje state home in Delta State, warned that the deal with China could open the countrys total market to Chinese products, therefore stunting creativity and local production attempts.

The octogenarian, who's also an architect, said Naijas politics and leadership were not going in the correct way, as there was no protection for the few local companies who are enduring the chances to excel.

According to him, Its a blend of the good and the bad. It demonstrates that our politics just isn't mature, and our leadership, not proceeding in a sense that would help the individuals

He noted that under standard setting, outsiders shield their own culture, in such a way that people dont intrude to soil it. He stressed that the greatest way to grow is to develop technology, along the line of ones comparative edge.

The architect said advancement couldnt be reached by replicating others culture or technology, as the case may be. Tracking the infrastructure decay in the state to our approach to increase, Nwoko gave the instance of local furniture makers throughout the nation, who were shutting down businesses, as a result of poor Chinese and American products that have flooded the local markets.

He blamed policymakers for a poorly conceived educational doctrine that doesn't take into account Naijas varied cultures for the current malaise.

Nwoko said he has been 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 assembling doors in Lagos and everywhere, that have all closed down, because American and Chinese furniture and doors took over the marketplaces.

The Paris-trained architect recalled how he was denied the opportunity 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-venues or theatres in parts of Lagos, as against a single edifice, so as to open up distinct neighbourhoods to the entertainment offerings that FESTAC 77 provided.

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

According to him, You cannot have an audience of 5,000; in the way the theater was assembled. In fact, that building is a sports hall imported from Bulgaria. So, aside from the primary bowl being 5,000, they attached the theatre halls, which weren't properly designed for those activities.

He added that even the master plan he'd for FESTAC, wasn't enabled to work, as a result of jaundiced government policies. Nwoko explained that by his proposition, there would have already been at least five theatres or places in Lagos, Apapa, Isolo, Yaba, Victoria Island, etc, with each site having the capacity of 1,000 1,500 persons.

Boko Haram combatants attacked 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 e-mailed statement: Boko Haram terrorists assault troops of 113 Battalion at Kareto, northern Borno state.

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

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

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

breaking news in naija 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 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.

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

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

A local leader supported the strike but said additional details were still sketchy.

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

But the latest strike again underlines the persistent threat posed by the Islamic State group affiliate, especially in difficult-to-reach rural areas.

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), said on Monday that the agency would strengthen venture between naija news 24/7 google and the Republic of Korea to accentuate the maritime industry.

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 news for today (NAN) in Lagos.

The statement said that the Director-General of NIMASA, Dr Dakuku Peterside, stressed the need to accentuate the marine business, while receiving the Korean Consul-General to naija gossip news, Mr Lee Younghoan, at the agencys headquarters.

According to him, the two countries stand to derive mutual benefits from such association.

Peterside recognised the tactical position of Korea as an important ship building nation.

He guided the Consul-General on the need for competent Nigerian seafarers to be placed on-board Korean boats working in Nigerian maritime domain.

The NIMASA leader said that Naija had a pool of qualified seafarers and other competent maritime staff, who could adequately serve the international maritime sector.

Peterside said the agency was committed toward handling the menace of piracy and other sorts of crimes at sea.

Nigeria is poised to handle the threat of piracy and we've recorded great successes previously three months.

Our vision is to have a safe and guaranteed ocean naija news with celebrity gossip with zero piracy in the following one year, the director-general said.

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

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

He assured the director general of the readiness of the Korean Government to support Nigeria in the region of maritime safety and security.

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.

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 Nigeria is to observe major improvement in quality of leadership and governing, the citizens must alter 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, according to 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 know that leaders are recruited from among them.

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

There exists constantly expectations from citizens for leaders to show a higher standard of conduct. Clearly, it is good that those that call themselves leaders should aspire to maintain higher standards.

But what's wrong with the narrative, especially in Nigeria, is that in many instances, citizens expect that only leaders must live above board. This nation can only make progress if all the citizens and leaders conclude that in their day-to-day endeavors, they'll maintain the best of standards.

Because if you expect just leaders to do the right thing, the direction recruitment process is such that leaders constantly emerge in the people.

Dogara admonished politicians to place their faith in God because power comes from God, victory comes from God, no one, no matter how powerful he or she is, can give you power.

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

He said the electorate should rather lay emphasis on individual nature and not political party affiliation, 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 mankind to live a life of gratitude, service, praise and worship.


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