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NCDMB and NITDA to set up committee to foster development of local content

NCDMB and NITDA have agreed to foster their collaboration in the development of local content.

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The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), and the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) in a bid to foster the development of local content, have agreed to set up a joint committee.

According to the press release which was released by the NCDMB, via its official Twitter account, the Executive Secretary of NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Kesiye Wabote and the Director-General of NITDA Mr Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi made this decision after a virtual meeting which was held on Microsoft Teams.

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The Executive Secretary of NCDMB and the DG of NITDA agreed to set up a six-man joint committee that will foster their collaboration in the development of local content in information and communications technology, oil and gas industry and related sectors.

During the meeting, Engr. Simbi Kesiye Wabote listed areas of collaboration to include the direct engagement of youth and the promotion of in-country production of motherboards, electronic components, system integration and assembly.

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He explained that other areas of the collaboration will include the mentoring of the beneficiaries of NCDMB through sponsored GSM repair training, development of mobile applications and personal computer applications as well as the optimization of the use of locally developed virtual meeting platforms.

The Director-General of NITDA described the planned inter-agency committee as an excellent idea. He explained that the perfect time for collaboration between NCDMB and NITDA is now, given the similarities in the mandates of both agencies, especially as the COVID-19 pandemic had compelled several sectors of the economy to digitize their operations.

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He identified capacity building as another possible area for collaboration between NCDMB and NITDA, indicating that personnel from about 100 government agencies were undergoing training currently at NITDA’s e-government center in digital transformation.

Abdullahi recalled that NITDA partnered with NCDMB in training 1000 youths in Yobe State on GSM repairs. He stressed the need for further mentorship of the trainees until they get to the market.

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The DG of NITDA remarked that in order to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in the next 10 years in line with the President’s pledge, a partnership between the agencies is needed to develop a monitoring and evaluation portal that can track the number of people trained and mentored, in a bid to monitor and track efficiently the jobs they create.

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UK High Commission reopen visa application centres in Nigeria

Days after it was shut down, United Kingdom High Commission in Nigeria has announced the reopening of its visa application centres.

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The United Kingdom High Commission in Nigeria has announced the reopening of its visa application centres in the country.

This is coming some days after the high commission had shut down its visa application centres in Victoria Island, Abuja and Lagos over the outbreak of violence arising from #EndSARS protests against police brutality and extra-judicial killings. This has led to the loss of lives and destruction and looting of public and private assets across the country.

The disclosure was made by the high commission in a statement through a tweet post on its official Twitter handle.

The high commission, however, noted in its statement, titled, ‘Update on UK visa application centres in Nigeria’ that its centres would not open on Thursday due to the public holiday in Nigeria due to the Eid-El Malaud celebration

The statement from the UK high commission, partly reads, “Our TLS contact visa application centres are now open in Nigeria. Following the recent closures, we are working hard to process all outstanding applications.’’

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“We thank you for your continued patience and understanding. Please note Thursday, October 29, is a public holiday in Nigeria and our Visa application centres will be closed.

The reopening of the visa applications centres after they were shut about a week ago is due to the gradual return of peace and order to some of those trouble spots following the intervention of security agents.

The UK high commission had been very critical of the outbreak of violence in the country, especially the shooting of unarmed protesters at Lekki Tollgate by alleged military personnel and asked the government to thoroughly investigate the incident and ensure justice is done.

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In its statement, the high commission said, ‘’We remain concerned by acts of looting and violence in Nigeria and urge security services use restraint as the order is restored. Working with all stakeholders, judicial panels of inquiry must investigate all incidents, including Lekki and ensure accountability for crimes.’’

The judicial panel of enquiry which was set up by the Lagos state government to handle all cases of police brutality in the state have also been mandated to conduct an inquiry into the shooting of unarmed protesters last week.

Amnesty International had said that 12 people were allegedly shot dead by the police and army at two locations in the incidents shared on social media.

 

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#EndSARS: Three people killed in Ondo state – Commissioner of Police

The Ondo State Police Command has confirmed the death of three persons believed to be two policemen and a civilian.

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#EndSARS: Three people killed in Ondo state- Commissioner of Police

Following the aftermath of the #EndSARS protest, which morphed into a series of violent demonstrations, killings, and lootings nationwide, the Ondo State Police Command has confirmed the death of three persons believed to be two policemen and a civilian.

According to a report on Vanguard, the Commissioner of Police (CP) in the state, Mr. Bolaji Salami, revealed this fact while parading 18 suspected looters and arsonists before newsmen in Akure on Tuesday.

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At the peak of the demonstrations, Nairametrics reported how some suspected hoodlums attacked a correctional centre and set a police station ablaze in Ondo state.

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Explaining how the civilian casualty was recorded, Mr Salami said, “The civilian casualty was one of the three-man gang that attempted to rob a new generation bank in Ondo town.”

He noted that criminal elements in the society used the EndSARS protest as a cover-up to execute their sinister motives which range from arson, looting, stealing, armed robbery amongst others.

(READ MORE:#EndSARS: UK ready to support genuine reform of police in Nigeria – British High Commissioner )

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Expatiating further, he said, “A total of 18 suspects were apprehended in connection with the crimes by the police at different locations of the state.

“Out of the figures, 9 suspects were nabbed for alleged arson, looting, murder, and aiding of detainees’ escape.

“For those who looted our property, burnt our homes, killed our colleagues, denied us the right to decent living, I am glad to say that the law is not sleeping and will take its course on you,” he said.

Lastly, Mr Salami explained that two policemen paid the supreme price while discharging their duties in Ore, Odigbo Local Government Area (LGA); and Ondo town, in Ondo East LGA respectively.

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Buhari approves free business name registration for 250,000 SMEs

President Buhari has approved free business name registration with the CAC for 250,000 businesses across the nation.

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President Muhamadu Buhari has approved free business name registration with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) for 250,000 businesses across the nation.

This was announced on Tuesday evening by the Media aide to the President, Bashir Ahmad.

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“President Buhari has approved free business names’ registration for 250k MSMEs nationwide; according to the CAC, 6,606 names in each of the 34 states, Abuja will have 7,906, Lagos 9,084 & Kano 8,406,” he tweeted.

“The free registration commences today, visit cac.gov.ng for details” he added.

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This comes after Nairametrics reported earlier this month that the CAC had announced it would begin registering companies within 48 hours, approve names the same day, and ensure 5-day completion for other post-incorporation services not available electronically.

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Since the end of the #EndSARS protests, the Federal Government has been working on packages that are perceived as necessary for addressing the issues of large youth unemployment, which is viewed as a catalyst for the massive turnout during the protests.

READ: CAC to reduce business registration period to 6 hours

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The National Economic Council (NEC) has set up a committee to meet the needs and demands of Nigerian youths behind the #EndSARS protests. The head of the Committee is Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, with one of the frameworks being “A social security framework for the youths and Nigerians to deal with the problem of unemployment and poverty in the country.”

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The free business registration coming this period will help businesses that can’t afford the registration fee to get their business registered and timely.

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