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#EndSARS: AU Commission calls for respect of human rights

The African Union Commission (AU) has condemned the use of violence on peaceful #EndSARS protesters.

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#EndSARS: AU Commission calls for respect of human rights

The African Union (AU) has rejected the use of violence on peaceful protesters and called for the respect of human rights and the rule of law, after protesters who peacefully assembled at the Lekki Toll Plaza were allegedly shot at by the Nigerian Army on Tuesday, October 20, 2020.

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The statement from the Commission’s Chairman, Moussa Faki Mahamat, dated Wednesday, October 21, 2020, was posted on the organization’s website.

READ: LCC confirms perimiter cameras were not removed from Lekki Toll

In the statement, Mahamat offered his condolences to the families of those killed and appealed to “all political and social actors to reject the use of violence and respect human rights and the rule of law”

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He urged for a timely and robust dialogue in order to de-escalate the situation and find concrete and durable reforms.

(READ MORE:#EndSARS: The time has come for the protests to stop – Senate President)

According to him, “In this regard, the Chairperson welcomes the decision by the FGN to disband the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, as an important step in this direction.”

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READ: #EndSARS Protest: FG denies monitoring calls and social media accounts

Mahamat reiterated the AU’s commitment to helping Nigeria’s government and people find a solution and encouraged the Nigerian authorities to conduct a full-scale and thorough investigation, to ensure the perpetrators of these heinous acts of violence are held accountable.

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FG secures $72 million from World Bank for states to develop land information systems

FG has secured $2m each for the 36 states of the federation through a World Bank-funded programme to develop their land information system.

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FG secures $72 million from World Bank for states to develop land information systems

The Nigerian government has announced that it has secured the sum of $72 million from the World Bank for the 36 states of the federation to develop a land information system.

According to Punch, this was disclosed on Monday at the Geoinformation Society of Nigeria 2020 Annual Conference in Abuja by Ogbonnaya Onu, Minister of Science and Technology, who was represented by the Acting Director-General, National Space Research and Development Agency, Francis Chizea.

The application of information technology is the main driver of the recent World Bank space characteristics and responsibility programme anchored by the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget, and National Planning.

“This programme secured $2m each for all the 36 states of the federation to develop states land information system aimed at gathering improved primary data,” he said.

He also added that the scheme is expected to create 50,000 jobs nationwide.

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(READ MORE: UN to support Nigeria, Burkina Faso and others with $100 million to prevent famine)

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This comes after Nigeria recently announced that it would seek a World Bank loan of $750 million to help combat the effects of the pandemic on Nigeria’s economy.

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FG needs to explore nation’s tourism as a panacea for unemployment

The FG has emphasized the need to explore the nation’s vast tourism potentials to create jobs and address youth restiveness.

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The Federal Government of Nigeria, through the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has emphasized the need to explore the nation’s vast tourism potentials to create jobs, achieve inclusiveness, and address youth restiveness.

The Minister made the remarks in Abuja on Monday, when he received a delegation from the Nasarawa State Government, led by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Akabe.

The statement by the Minister is a sequel to the award of a contract by the Nasarawa State Government to construct the road leading to the Farin Ruwa Waterfalls in the state, which is the highest waterfall in the country at 150m high.

He said this will complement the contract earlier awarded by the Federal Government for the construction of the Farin Ruwa Dam, for the provision of water and electricity, as well as the construction of the road leading to the dam.

In addition, the Minister expressed delight at the plan by the Nasarawa State Government to build a Film Village at the Farin Ruwa Waterfalls, saying the beauty of the environment can attract film makers across the world, as well as local and international tourists.

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(READ MORE:FG agrees to exclude ASUU from IPPIS)

What they are saying

Commenting on the visit of the Minister, the Deputy Governor of Nasarawa state, Dr. Emmanuel Akabe, noted that the delegation came to seek support for the development of tourism sites in the state.

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Dr. Emmanuel said: “Your Excellency, I want to thank you for this visit because it shows the kind of importance Nasarawa State attaches to culture and tourism. The truth of the matter is that we can avoid a lot of youth restiveness if we take advantage of tourism, because tourism in its own right has the capacity to create jobs, leisure, and bring unity and understanding among the people.

“We look at tourism in Nigeria as the panacea to poverty, as one industry that can bring inclusiveness, and it is targeted largely at women and the youth.

Reacting to the submissions of the state executive, Lai Muhammed said: “You can see that with the combined efforts of the Federal Government and the State Government, that key element, which is always missing in tourism development, which is infrastructure, has already been addressed.”

In addition, the Minister also used the occasion to commiserate with the Government and people of Nasarawa State over the recent gruesome murder of the State APC Chairman, Mr. Philip Shekwo.

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Twitter suspends Nigeria Communications Commission’s account

Twitter has suspended the account of the Nigeria Communications Commission.

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The Twitter account of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has been temporarily suspended on the digital platform.

Findings by Nairametrics revealed that the account was suspended today, although the cause or reason for the action by the microblogging platform remains unknown as at the time of reporting this.

What this means: A statement on the suspended account showed that no activity can take place on it. It is also pertinent to note that usually, Twitter suspends accounts based on violations of its rules, or to ensure safe environment for users. Also, accounts may be suspended to protect other users from cyber-crime, violence, terrorism/violent extremism, abuse/harassment, sexual exploitation among others.

What they are saying: A statement on the suspended account @NgComCommission read thus: ‘’Account suspended. Twitter suspends accounts which violate Twitter Rules.’’

On the other hand, confirming the recent development, NCC’s director of public affairs, Ike Adinde told TheCable that the commission is aware of the development, but he, however, denied any wrongdoing by the organization, noting that it is a glitch from Twitter’s two-factor authentication (2FA) system.

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“We have been aware of issues with our Twitter account, apparently emanating from technical glitches with the company’s (Twitter’s) authentication system,” he said.

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