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Comm. Minister Describes Imo As Amongst Best In ICT

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It was a success story for Imo state in the just concluded Annual Regular Council Meeting on Communication and Digital Economy as the state was adjudged to be the second runner up in ICT infrastructural development and capacity training. 

Speaking during the closing ceremony, the Hon. Minister for Communication and Digital Economy, Dr.Isa Ibrahim Pantami thanked Governor Uzodinma for his giant strides especially in the area of digitalizing the state, and praised the government for her hospitality throughout the period of the event.

The minister who was represented by the permanent secretary, M.F.Istifanus. stated that the major aim of this year’s meeting is for states to deliberate on how to overcome the economic and social crisis caused by COVID 19 which has disrupted lives.

He noted that the theme “Leveraging the Digital Economy Policies and Strategies for Economic Recovery in a Covid 19 Era and Beyond” is very apt and a step in the right direction considering the impact of the pandemic and government’s stance in achieving a globally competitive economy with digital technologies.

While expressing confidence that the outcome of the council shall be vigorously pursued by the ministry and government at large, he noted that all crucial interactions by states represents our collective drive to evolve a workable synergy and re-position the country towards realizing the vision of a digital Nigeria.

Earlier in his address, the Commissioner for Science and Technology, Engr. Ikechukwu Umeh re echoed that for Nigeria to solve the problems of the various aspects of her economy, notably education, health, taxation, commerce& industry, agriculture, tourism, and skill acquisition, technology must be embraced.

The commissioner noted that in Imo state, a Road Map Committee has been inaugurated with the sole responsibility to formulate policies and guidelines that will help to actualize the mandate of the Governor to digitalize the state.

Umeh further stated that Governor Uzodimma on assumption of office demonstrated his resolve to digitalize the state by reducing the right of way fee from 4500 to 145 per meter in expectance that internet access will get to all parts of the state.

The governor did not stop there, Umeh said, “He equally converted the first lady’s office to Imo Data Center to enhance security, transparency, stimulate economic growth and automation of governance which shows his love and passion for ICT.

Umeh prayed to the minister and heads of other agencies under the ministry to complement His Excellency’s effort in digitalizing the state by equipping the 1000 capacity ICT Centre built by Governor Uzodimma but not yet equipped.

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Farmers/Herders clash: “pass anti-grazing bill”, SDP advises state government.

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The Social Democratic Party (SDP) has advised State governments to pass the Anti-Grazing Bill into Law to tackle the constant farmers/herders conflicts across Nigeria.

The Party’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr Alfa Mohammed, gave the advice in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday.

Also he urged the state governors to set up Ministries of Internal Security and Conflict Resolution to deal with the activities of aliens in states.

In his words, “It is high time the [governors] start taking bold steps toward securing the lives of their citizens who are being kidnapped, raped, maimed or killed on a daily basis by marauding Fulani herdsmen who are mostly foreigners.

“The governors must remind themselves that the 1999 Constitution makes security and welfare of the people the primary purpose of their governments and confers upon them Chief security officers of their various states.

“This makes them accountable for security lapses suffered by their subjects in their various states.”

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Mohammed also added, “The Governors’ Forum should set up an investigative panel to investigate, among other things those who are responsible for the unrestrained influx of foreign bandits and herdsmen into Nigeria in the last 6 years.

“So that any ethnic leader who’s found to be aiding criminality among his people can be replaced and prosecuted.”

Mohammed also lauded state governments who have taken bold steps to establish their local security outfits and pass the Anti-Open Grazing Bill.

Recall that some states, for instance Oyo and Benue, have passed the Bill into law already.

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CBN lending rate still at 11.5%

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The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele has disclosed that CBN will retain her Monetary Policy Rate at 11.5 per cent.

This was disclosed in Abuja, after a two-day meeting held by the Monetary Policy Committee on Tuesday.

It also retained the Cash Reserve Ratio – CRR and Liquidity Ratio – LR at 27.5 percent and 30 percent respectively.

These rates are the rates the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) maintained at its last meeting in November, 2020

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Buhari appoints new Service Chief – Femi Adesina

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Following the clamour to replace the Service chiefs that had been appointed by the president since 2015, The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) has responded by accepting the resignation of the service chiefs.

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This was disclosed in a statement titled, ‘President Buhari appoints new service chiefs, read by the Special adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.

It read, “President Muhammadu Buhari has accepted the immediate resignation of the Service Chiefs, and their retirement from service“.

Those involved are:

  1. Chief of Defence  –  Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin
  2. Chief of Army Staff – Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai
  3. Chief of Naval Staff – Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas
  4. Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.

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The new Service chiefs are:

  1. Major-General Leo Irabor –  Chief of Defence Staff
  2. Major-General I. Attahiru – Chief of Army Staff
  3. Rear Admiral A.Z Gambo – Chief of Naval Staff
  4. Air-Vice Marshal I.O Amao –  Chief of Air Staff.

“President Buhari thanks the outgoing Service Chiefs for what he calls their ‘overwhelming achievements in our efforts at bringing enduring peace to our dear country,’ wishing them well in their future endeavours

“The President congratulates the new Service Chiefs, and urges them to be loyal and dedicated in the discharge of their responsibilities.”

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