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NCC warns against buying pre-registered SIM cards



The Coalition on Transparency and Rule of Law (CTRL) has commended the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) for its commitmen

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has issued a stern warning to Nigerians through its social media platforms about the dangers of purchasing pre-registered SIM cards.

The Commission emphasized that this practice is illegal and could lead to severe consequences, including imprisonment.

They highlighted that individuals using these SIM cards might inadvertently become implicated in crimes such as identity theft, financial fraud, kidnapping, and armed robbery.

Moreover, the NCC pointed out that the use of pre-registered SIM cards compromises the accuracy of consumer information and hampers efforts to track criminals effectively.

By using such SIM cards, the reliability of data collected on consumers is undermined, making it challenging for authorities to identify and apprehend the actual perpetrators of crimes.

The NCC’s message aims to educate the public on the risks associated with pre-registered SIM cards and encourage compliance with legal guidelines to enhance national security.


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PCMM launched in Abuja, dignitaries pledge support



The Platform for Cooperation on Mixed Migration (PCMM), has been launched in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

PCMM is an initiative aimed at addressing the complex challenges presented by mixed migration, which involves the movement of diverse groups of people, including refugees, asylum seekers, economic migrants, and other vulnerable individuals.

It was officially launched on July 2 and 3, 2024.

The ceremony was graced by the High Commissioner, the United Nations Human Rights, High Commissioner on Refugees, International Organization on Migration, GIZ, Federal Ministry of Labour & Employment, United Nations among others.

The event commenced with an opening remark by Chioma Awokoya, the Executive Secretary of Platform for Cooperation on Mixed Migration followed by goodwill messages from various organizations who attended the launch.

The Chief launcher of PCMM, the Honorable Federal Commissioner, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants & Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI) represented by Dr. Nsikan Essien in his keynote address emphasized the importance of a unified approach to addressing migration challenges. He said “the platform should seek to foster collaboration among government agencies, international organizations, and civil society groups to ensure more effective and humane management of migration.”

The second day was dedicated to the launch of the Centre for Youths Integrated Development Pathways to Regular Migration, commonly known as the Japa Regular

project. The initiative focused on providing young people with viable and legal pathways to migration, thereby reducing the risks associated with irregular migration.

The Director Migration Affairs, Mrs. Cathreen Udida of National Commission for Refugees, Migrants & IDPs (NCFRMI) represented by Dr. Nsikan Essien delivered an inspiring speech, outlining the objectives and expected impact of the Japa Regular Project. She applauded the initiative and promised the cooperation of her agency in the smooth running of the project. She further stated that the aim of the project is to equip young people with the necessary skills, knowledge, and resources to pursue regular migration opportunities, thus promoting safer and more regulated migration processes aligned with NCFRMI mandate.

PCMM Director, Aihawu Victor, in his welcome address said the organization is a groundbreaking initiative dedicated to addressing the complex and dynamic nature of mixed migration.

“As migration patterns continue to evolve, our platform will serve as a central hub for stakeholders to collaborate, share knowledge, and develop innovative solutions,” he assured.

The PCMM, according to him, is designed to bring together diverse actors from governments, international organizations, civil society, academia, and the private sector. By fostering a multi-stakeholder approach, we aim to enhance our collective capacity to respond to the challenges and opportunities presented by mixed migration.”

Through the PCMM, he said: “We will facilitate the exchange of best practices and lessons learned; promote coordinated and coherent responses to mixed migration flows; support the development of evidence-based policies and programs; Encourage the integration of human rights and protection principles in all aspects of migration management.

Continuing, he said, “We recognize that no single entity can address the multifaceted issues of mixed migration alone. Therefore, we call upon all partners and participants to actively engage with the PCMM. Your expertise, experience, and commitment are crucial to the success of this initiative.”

Together, he said: “We can create a more effective and humane approach to managing mixed migration. We look forward to your active participation and collaboration as we embark on this important journey.”


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Stakeholders at PIAFo identify obstacles to FG’s 90,000km fibre project



Stakeholders in the telecommunications industry have said the Federal Government’s plan to deploy 90,000 kilometers of fibre optic cables across the country will face several obstacles, especially from state governments, that might truncate the project.

According to them, without addressing the current issue of Right of Way charges, multiple taxation, and levies, which are under the control of state governments, the project which is to be implemented through a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) would be an exercise in futility.

The stakeholders, who spoke during the Sixth Edition of the Policy Implementation Assisted Forum (PIAFO) in Lagos on Wednesday, which was a focus on Nigeria’s renewed strategic agenda for digital economy.

They stressed the need to ensure the successful implementation of the project which was announced recently by the Federal Government to complement existing connectivity for universal access to the internet across Nigeria and provide the Nigerian digital economy with the backbone infrastructure it needed.

Addressing the obstacles 

Presenting a paper on the topic, ‘Harmonizing Nigeria’s Fibre Deployment Strategies for Effective Implementation’, Executive Director of Broadbased Communications, Mr. Chidi Ibisi, said while the government’s SPV initiative is a good plan that could help the country bridge its current digital infrastructure gap, the government would need to address current challenges.

“The issues of high cost of Right of Way (RoW), destruction of fiber by road construction companies and vandals all need to be addressed for this new SPV initiative to be successful,” he said.

Highlighting some of the challenges telecom operators face when deploying infrastructure, the Group Chief Operating Officer of WTES Projects Limited, Mr. Chidi Ajuzie, said the biggest challenge to fibre cable laying in Nigeria is the informal RoW by hoodlums in states.

“For states, a formal right of way is set and some states are adopting it but the informal side of the right of way is where the complexity has come today.

“If I’m trying to lay fibre in some communities here in Lagos, the first thing that happens is the so-called land owners (omo onile) come out and a different set of people will keep coming from one street to another and they charge you. How do we achieve adequate broadband infrastructure in this kind of situation?” he said.

Role of state governments 

According to the Chairman of the Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) Engr. Gbenga Adebayo, for the 90,000 kilometres fibre project to succeed, the state governments have to take ownership.

“For the project to succeed, I think the governments at sub-nationals should take ownership. This issue of state governments seeing right of way as IGR should be a thing of the past. We can’t talk about the digital economy on one side and the government is seeing those who provide the services as sources of revenue.

“The government has always come up with good policies, but the implantation, particularly when they are tested far afield, is the biggest problem. Governors will go to Abuja and say ‘in my state, I will give the right of way free of charge.’

“When you go to such a state, they may give you the right of way for zero or one Naira, but they will give you developmental levy, education levy, state impact levy, ecosystem levy. When you add all of these together, it is more than the right of way charges. So, who is playing who?” he said.

Making vital contributions at the forum, Dr. Ayotunde Coker, the Chief Executive Officer of Open Access Data Centre (OADC) stressed the need for the fibre project to be executed by the private sector even as the World Bank is expected to fund it with up to $3 billion.

He said: “the World Bank can put money into the government but it needs private sector partnerships as the execution engine and that’s what we’ve been pushing in Africa.

“The key thing is that when the World Bank puts the money in, it should engage the private sector, figure out the policies that it needs to do and enable the private sector to execute them effectively and make it as open as possible. With that, they can achieve what they are trying to achieve.”

He further stressed that for the success of the project, Nigeria should learn lessons of what didn’t work in the past, to achieve the new broadband penetration targets with the fibre range that is required.

“Meaningful broadband is what we need, rather than just a huge set of megabits per second implementation. We need superhighway fibres. We need the distribution of these backbone that allows us then to fan out.”

He further urged state governors to be part of the project by providing an enabling environment for infrastructure roll-out, adding: “if you are a state governor and didn’t participate in it, the state won’t grow and it’s going to impact your state.”

Earlier in his opening address, the convener of PIAFo, Mr. Omobayo Azeez, said the conference was to create a midpoint dialogue platform for digital economy stakeholders across both the public and private divides to brainstorm, exchange perspectives, clear grey areas, harmonize thoughts and create a sense of collective responsibility towards accelerating our collective prosperity through technical efficiency.

The event focused on Nigeria’s renewed strategic agenda for digital economy. According to him, the new digital economy blueprint of the federal government does not only sustain existing policy directions and targets, “it also challenges us on the possibilities of attaining new frontiers with a view to “Accelerating Our Collective Prosperity through Technical Efficiency” which is the theme of the summit.

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Lotus Bank Abeokuta 10km race unveils Febbs Premium Drinking Water as hydration partner



Nilayo Sports Management Limited, organisers of Lotus Bank Abeokuta 10KM Race has announced Febbs Premium Drinking Water as the

Nilayo Sports Management Limited, organisers of Lotus Bank Abeokuta 10KM Race has announced Febbs Premium Drinking Water as the hydration partner of the race.

Mr. Ebidowei Oweifie, the Chief Operating Officer of Nilayo Sports Management Limited said: “We are delighted to announce Febbs Premium Drinking Water as the hydration partner of the fourth edition of Lotus Bank Abeokuta 10km Race. Febbs is a brand that adheres to stringent quality standards to ensure purity and safety of their water for end users.

Quality is a key attribute for us across all our marathons and road races. It is a valuable characteristic that makes this partnership a perfect symbiosis.”

He added that Lotus Bank Abeokuta 10km Race promises to be bigger than the previous edition, “this edition is also intended to celebrate the birthday of His Royal Majesty, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbedebo, Okukenu IV, the Alake of Egbaland, Alake has been a source of inspiration for Egba home and abroad, we feel it is apt to use this race to commemorate his birthday, he is a unique symbol of unity.

Mr Olasegun Dada, the CEO, Febbs Global Limited, in his remarks said, “in the pursuit of greatness, hydration is not just a necessity; it’s a vital companion on the road to success. Febbs Global proudly joins forces with the Lotus Bank Abeokuta 10km Race as the hydration partner, empowering athletes to push their limits, defy expectations, and embrace every challenge with renewed energy and vigour.

Together, let’s raise our bottles to celebrate the resilience and commitment that define the essence of this exhilarating event.”

Lotus Bank Abeokuta 10KM Race is scheduled for 7th of September, 2024. The race starts at Iyana Oloke and will finish at Ake Palace.

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NMHSs will build observing capabilities through WIGOS – NiMet DG/CEO Anosike



The Director General and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), and Nigeria’s Permanent Representative with

The Director General and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), and Nigeria’s Permanent Representative with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Professor Charles Anosike has said that through the WMO Integrated Global Observing System (WIGOS), National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) such as NiMet will be able to build observing capabilities, achieve better data coverage at national, regional,and global level, improve economic efficiency and close existing data gaps.

Professor Anosike was speaking in Abuja on Tuesday, 28th May, 2024, while welcoming participants to the four-day training workshop for Regional WIGOS Centres in WMO Regional Association ( RA 1 – West Central Africa).

The workshop which aims at equipping participants with sufficient skills to use the WIGOS tools particularly for Regional Wigos Centres (RWC) functions, make them be aware and better understand their responsibilities related to RWIC functions.

Professor Anosike noted that the North, Central and West Africa region is facing challenges associated with diverse climatic conditions and the socio-economic impacts of weather extremes. “We are vulnerable to droughts, floods and other weather and climate-related natural disasters that can have devastating effects on our economies. Therefore, strengthening meteorological infrastructure and human capacity has become a top priority”, he said.

Professor Anosike commended the WMO Regional Office for North, Central and West Africa for its continued support for capacity development in Africa, and the opportunities available to NMHSs in the region.

The workshop which drew participants from across Africa including Mr Bernard Gomez, the WMO Representative for North Central and West Africa, ends on Friday, 31st May, 2024.


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Olorunsheyi, others empower sales professionals to thrive in challenging times



Business experts gathered over the weekend to educate a host of salespersons at the second edition of the Sales Pro Conference,

Business experts gathered over the weekend to educate a host of salespersons at the second edition of the Sales Pro Conference, organized by Pertinence Group.

The event, themed ‘Selling in Tough Times,’ was held in the Lekki area of Lagos and featured a lineup of distinguished speakers who encouraged attendees to build resilience and adaptability in their trade, regardless of the economic challenges in the country.

The conference was co-hosted by Sunday Olorunsheyi, Co-founder of Pertinence Group, who opened the floor with an inspiring keynote. Olorunsheyi shared stories from his journey as a salesman, offering practical nuggets of wisdom on living one’s dreams.

“One of the major motivations to becoming a Sales pro is the desire for financial independence,” he said.

“Dig your well before you’re thirsty, know the tune before you start dancing, don’t dine with naysayers and doubters of your dreams, stay in control to unleash your potential, leverage information and detest poverty.

“In your sales career, it is important to know that communication is key. If you don’t understand how to communicate with customers, you will eventually lose them.”

Top real estate saleswoman, Confidence Molade, who was the second keynote speaker, delivered a compelling presentation on embracing change and seizing opportunities. She emphasized the need for salespersons to stay agile and proactive in the face of market fluctuations.

In her words, “Sales is the lifeblood of every business. If you are not selling, you are not in business. To be able to make sales in a tough market, you must protect your mind from bad news, you must stay positive regardless of the conditions, then learn to build trust and credibility.”

Wisdom Ezekiel, another Co-founder of Pertinence Group, addressed the critical topic of financial freedom for sales professionals in Nigeria.

In his session titled “From Hard Times to Good Times,” Ezekiel pointed out strategies for achieving economic stability and growth, and hammered on the importance of financial literacy and planning.

The conference concluded with an insightful session by serial entrepreneur Victor Gbenga Afolabi, who spoke on the psychology of selling during difficult times. “It is almost impossible to be successful without mastering the art of selling,” he said.

Afolabi described selling as a fundamental survival skill, buttressing that successful salespeople tend to make more sales during challenging times because they understand that hard times are a natural part of life and not a barrier to closing deals.

The event also featured a panel session where two veteran real estate consultants joined the co-hosts on stage to share their personal experiences and opinions on the ever-evolving field of sales as it relates to real estate.

Several attendees who registered for the conference won special prizes through a raffle draw. Six winners emerged, with one receiving a brand new mobile phone, another winning a high-tech drone gadget, a third being awarded a new laptop, and three others earning exclusive mentorship slots with the Pertinence Group co-founders.

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Reps urge Fed govt, Army to reopen Abuja plaza



The House of Representatives yesterday urged the Federal Government and the Nigerian Army to reopen the Banex Plaza in Abuja for business activities.
It also urged the authorities to use modern technology, such as surveillance and closed circuit television, to identify and apprehend the perpetrators of the attack on Army personnel in the plaza recently.

The House mandated its Committee on National Security and Intelligence, Defence and the Committee on Police Affairs to investigate the circumstances leading to the closure of Banex Plaza and the military’s involvement.

The committees are also to recommend more effective, less disruptive methods for handling similar situations in the future.

These resolutions followed the adoption of a motion of urgent importance on the closure of the plaza and the need for modern, civilised methods in handling security issues sponsored by Whingan Oluwaseun.

The House noted the May 18 unrest at the popular plaza, involving hoodlums who attacked military personnel, and the intervention by soldiers and policemen to rescue the victim.

Source: The Nation


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