• Projects estimate worth $2.2 billion, targets economic developmentNigeria’s digital identity ecosystem project, along with five others, has been approved by the World Bank in Washington DC, the United States, yesterday. The approved projects, whose worth is estimated to be around $2.2 billion, are aimed at assisting the country to empower citizens, especially marginalised groups, to access welfare-enhancing services. The national digital identity ecosystem project is focused on enhancing the national Identity system’s legal and technical safeguards to protect personal data and privacy. “The World Bank is ramping up support to Nigeria in efforts to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty,” said World Bank Country Director for Nigeria, Shubham Chaudhuri. Among the projects approved in the “programme of support in fiscal year 2020,” is the Nigeria Digital Identification for Development Project.
This comes as the Lagos government confirmed the first case of Lassa fever for this year in the state. Ehanire, who was on same page with the commissioner, added that Nigeria was prepared for any eventuality, as the infrastructure and personnel to contain not just Lassa and Coronavirus but most epidemics were available. There is no change in what we are doing to contain a possible outbreak of Coronavirus in the country. Nigeria is endemic to Lassa fever. Besides, deaths from Lassa fever this year have risen to 103 with 2176 suspected cases.
It provides that an audit agency shall ensure and facilitate the prevention and detection of fraud. The new legislation establishes internal audit units which shall constitute part of the MDAs. “There shall be appointed for each internal audit unit, personnel required to ensure an effective and efficient internal auditing of the MDA concerned. “A number of major weaknesses and lapses in the management of public funds and resources were identified across several MDAs during the annual audit. The fresh Senate bill has equally provided for stiff sanctions and penalties for defaulting MDAs and public officials.
Chairman, and Chief Executive of St Racheal’s Pharma, Mr. Akinjide Adeosun, says pharmaceutical and other corporate healthcare organisations in Nigeria must outlive their founders to be able to expand and become global entities. Welcoming participants to the quarter 1, 2020 “St Racheal’s Business for Life” discourse organised by the company for healthcare personnel and decision makers in Lagos recently, Adeosun regretted that most healthcare companies in Nigeria often collapse as soon as their founders die. Vivien Agu, noted that healthcare companies, like, any other business, could grow and sustain their business by delivering services exceptionally beyond customers’ expectations. “Excellence in customer care or service means making each and every aspect of the customer’s experience an absolute positive one. Good customer service means meeting expectations while excellent customer service on the other hand means exceeding them,” she stressed.
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There was unusual stampede in Akure, the capital city of Ondo State yesterday as people ran helter skelter because of a widespread rumour of bank robbery. Many, including commuters, customers and bankers along Oke-Aro road, where it was said that the armed robbery operation was taking place, were seen running for safety at about 10:00a.m. The Ondo State police command, Nigeria Army and other security agencies promptly rose up to the occasion to forestall any attack by armed robbers. Different checkpoints were mounted at strategic points to inspect all vehicles going to and from the area, while security vans were patrolling the capital city. But the state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Femi Joseph, dispelled the robbery report as untrue and allayed the fears of the people, saying “No bank robbery anywhere in Ondo State.”
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World heavyweight boxing champion, Anthony Joshua, made a surprised appearance to his birthplace, Sagamu, Ogun State yesterday. On Tuesday afternoon, picture of Anthony Joshua trended on the social media with him displaying his new Nigerian NIM identity card. That first created the speculation that the heavyweight boxer was likely in the country on a private visit. On January 18, Anthony Joshua presented his World heavyweight boxing belts to President Muhammadu Buhari during his visit to the United Kingdom. Anthony Joshua was born in Watford to a Nigerian mother, Yeta Odusanya and a British father of Nigerian and Irish descent, Robert, in 1989.
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The army in Rivers State has been accused of molesting landlords of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) oil facility in Omoku, who were protesting against an oil services firm. Leading members of Omuebirika, Omukara, Umutobin and Umuela families of Omoku in Ogba Egbema Ndoni Council Area, Uche Tobin said the harassment of the indigenes by the army was condemnable and unacceptable. “And now we went on peaceful protest and the next thing, Nestoil mobilised soldiers to chase us away. Tobin said it was wrong for the army to forcibly disperse the protesting families who were demanding their legitimate rights as contained in the Nigerian Content Act. He also urged army headquarters to prevail on those deployed to guard oil facilities in Omoku to be more circumspect in dealing with community issues.
As gunmen abduct three persons in CalabarHerdsmen killed One Owoh 45 and Samuel Imonkhai in Owan Community in Ovia North East Council Area of Edo State. Until his murder, Owoh, who was a palm wine tapper was shot by the bandits, while plying his trade, just as Imonkhai was killed on his farm. Commenting on the incident, the Odionwere of Owan Community, Pa Ifiabor Michael, said herdsmen had laid siege to the Owan communities and have not only ravaged farmlands, but also embarked on the killing of residents. “Just yesterday, two indigenes of Owan Village-a palm wine tapper named Owoh 45 was shot by the bandits where he was tapping his palm wine in the farm-while Samuel Imonkhai was brutally murdered by the same bandits,” he said. Several calls made to Spokesman of the Edo State Police Command, DSP Chidi Nwabuzor over the incident were not answered.
• Strike by union pure sabotage, says commissioner• Lack of scanners killing businesses in Onne port, stakeholders groanResidents of Port Harcourt yesterday woke up to a sudden fuel scarcity, as most of the filling stations were shut down. The surprise scarcity expectedly shot up transport fares by 30 per cent, while motorists who ran out of petrol were stranded. The union and the state government had met last week to broker truce to no avail. Contacted, Chairman of NUPENG, Port Harcourt Zone, Mr. Alex Egwanwo, confirmed that the industrial action was consequent upon the lingering rift between the two parties. They spoke yesterday in Onne during a stakeholders’ meeting with the Customs Area Comptroller, Area II Command Onne Port, Controller Aliyu Galadima.
The International Labour Organisation (ILO), is engaging relevant government agencies in Nigeria, with the mandate to strengthen labour migration governance through policies, laws and certification programmes. First of its kind in Nigeria, the ILO said it was a huge progress for the country, especially as Nigeria is about to ratify Convention 160 on International Standards on Labour Statistics (ISLS). According to him, as an evolving phenomenon, labour migration continues to remain a feature of modern day labour markets, requiring the active engagement of all stakeholders to facilitate the development and implementation of effective labour migration governance frameworks across all levels of governance. This is because the sample size for unemployment rate in the country is not sufficient enough to give it a robust estimate of international labour statistics, since it started collecting statistical data. We are here to see the methodology they will use, and we will see if we can marry it with labour force statistics.”
The Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU) has vowed to defend themselves against attacks by armed bandits and kidnappers, following the worsening security challenges in the state, which affects a greater part of the area. Consequently, it resolved to establish a “natural security outfit” to defend themselves against invaders and killers. Speaking on a radio programme with Invicta Radio, its National Publicity Secretary, Luka Biniyat, said the state has put up little or no effort to protect Southern Kaduna people, which had made the area vulnerable to attacks. Biniyat said, “The security outfit will have our people defend themselves, despite the fact that we don’t have the finances and legal backing, we intend to defend ourselves naturally. “Our youths and women are ready to henceforth defend themselves against whoever comes to attack us.”
Contrary to reports that made the rounds on Tuesday, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) yesterday denied ever appointing former Super Eagles’ Striker, Daniel Amokachi as its technical director. The Federation declared that the position had never been declared vacant, adding that Coach Bitrus Bewrang remained its technical director. In a statement made available to The Guardian, the federation said the Nigeria Football Federation has stated that it at no time called for applications from candidates for Bewrang’s position, not to talk of appointing anyone into the post. “The NFF has been bemused by this unfounded story, which no doubt must have embarrassed Mr. Amokachi himself.”Yusuf Fresh, who is also member of the CAF Technical and Development Committee, commended President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing Amokachi as ambassador of Nigerian Football, adding, “Mr. Amokachi richly deserves this appointment as someone who served our dear nation meritoriously on the field of play as a player and coach.”“The NFF, once more, enjoins the generality of the media to retain the important work ethic of fact-checking and verification, and beware of empty wildfires lit by obscure online cells that lack any iota of credibility.”
The Senate Wednesday has made a case for a N1.1 billion fund for the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) as it passed for second reading a bill seeking for the establishment of the Nigerian Civil Defence Academy in Pandogari, Niger State. The chamber noted that over 70 per cent of NSCDC personnel lack basic training due to non-availability of academy or institution for that. The academy, according to the sponsor of the bill, Sani Musa (APC Niger East), if established, would stem the tide of training deficiencies among personnel of the corps. He said: “ The proposal for the establishment of the Nigerian Civil Defence Academy is a fall-out of several internal security challenges we face as a nation which are clearly becoming overwhelming to our security agencies.”
A four-year-old girl, Pamilerin Babatunde, has been declared missing by her mother few hours after she was asked to plait her hair at their hairdresser’s shop few houses from their home situated at No. 3, Agboola Street, Lambo Lasunwo road, LASPOTECH first gate, Ikorodu area of Lagos State, on Sunday, February 16, at about 3:00p.m. and was shocked when the hairdresser said her daughter had not come to her shop at all. “This is not the first time she would be going to the salon, she has been going before now because the salon is very close to our house. Pamilerin’s mother also revealed that the case has been reported at the Sagamu Road police station in Ikorodu, Ogijo police station as well as a community radio station based in Ikorodu.
It was a beehive of sporting activities on Tuesday when Red House emerged winners of Roshallom Schools maiden inter-house sports competition, held at the sports arena of Command Secondary School, Ipaja Lagos. Red House not only won 27 gold, 20 sliver and 10 bronze medals to emerge the overall winner of the maiden sports event, it also had its members on individual honours roll. Yellow House clinched the second position with 19 gold, 18 sliver and 15 bronze medals, Blue House placed third with 11 gold, 16 sliver and 18 bronze medals, while Green House held on to the fourth place with nine gold, 12 sliver and 24 bronze medals. The event had students from the nursery, primary and secondary schools participate in various track and field events, including 10 metres, 25 metres, 75 metres, 100 metres, 200 metes, 800 metres and relay races. The invited schools were not left out of the competition, as they participated in relay races, with winner getting medals and prizes.