Public Enlightenment: COVID-19 Second Wave is no joke in Nigeria!

COVID-19 Second Wave

Public Enlightenment: COVID-19 Second Wave is no joke in Nigeria!   By Professor Adetokunbo Fabamwo It has been clear for some weeks that Nigeria is experiencing the second wave of the COVID-19 outbreak. There has been a rapid and steady rise in the number of positive cases reported daily as well as a rise in the positivity rate. The positivity rate rose from an average of about 8% in November and presently stands at an average of 28%. The disease is affecting both the young and the elderly and some…

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Trump without Twitter: Will he move to the ‘Trumpnet’?

Trump Without Twitter

Trump without Twitter: Will he move to the ‘Trumpnet’?   By Brian Contreras Parler. Gab. Rumble. MeWe. DLive. Over the last four years, a small constellation of newish social media sites and web platforms has found favor with those on the political right who see the heavy hand of censorship in Facebook’s and Twitter’s tightening policies against hate speech and violent rhetoric. Now, with President Trump “permanently suspended” from Twitter and indefinitely locked out of Facebook in the final days of his presidency, this fringe ecosystem — call it the Trumpnet — may be poised to…

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The trouble of the troubles with Nigeria

The trouble of the troubles with Nigeria

The trouble of the troubles with Nigeria   By Prof Pat Utomi ________________ Chinua Achebe once famously wrote that the trouble with Nigeria is simply put, leadership. Profound as that conclusion was, it was esoteric. The naked truth is more disturbing, and, as T.S. Elliot wrote long ago, “humanity cannot bear too much truth”.  Achebe was too true. But our conscience is bleeding and Uthman Dan Fodio long admonished that conscience is an open wound and only truth can heal it. The plain truth, beyond Achebe’s expression of outrage, is…

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My Bank. My Wife and The New Social Order

Paternity scandal

My Bank. My Wife and The New Social Order   Let me first out myself. I am a former Employee of FCMB. I worked there for a bit in the securities trading arm, CSL. CSL is a legendary institution that continues to be the corner piece of the Nigerian Capital Market. I was the Head of Local Business. One thing that attracted me to the firm was its legacy. Its founder, Chief Subomi Balogun was a hero of sorts to young Stockbrokers like myself. He had built the institution from…

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Zik Prize 2019: Giving Testament To Danbatta’s Regulatory Finesse

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By Ismail Mustapha The Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice Chairman of Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Umar Danbatta, is a man used to collecting silverwares. He has, perhaps, a room full of them. But even by the height of the standards he has set by himself, joining the list of eminent citizens of the African continent adjudged to bag the prestigious Zik Leadership prize is, by any means, a huge testimony of accomplishment. Organised by the Public Policy Research and Analysis Centre (PPRAC) and instituted 25 years ago in honour…

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NCOY: FirstBank is powering the Next Generation of Nigerian Innovators and Entrepreneurs

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By FirstBank What did (the various territories that were later to be amalgamated into) Nigeria look like in 1894? How about a hundred years later in 1994? And what could Nigeria look like in the year 2094? History provides elaborate answers to the first two questions. Answers –accurate or near-accurate answers, that is – to the third, however, will rely entirely on the ability to predict/envision the future and work to invent and create the predicted future. With a continuing shining legacy of nation building – supporting innovative financial, commercial…

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Time to CAP Incessant Gas Explosion in Lagos

By Elvis Eromosele Lagosians woke up to the news of another gas plant explosion, this time is Baruwa, a suburb in a densely populated neighbourhood in Alimosho area of the state. So far eight persons have been confirmed dead with tens of others injured. Reports already indicate that at least 89 shops, 47 buildings including a primary school and church as well as 23 electric poles, two transformers, gas tankers, one tricycle and a motorcycle were ravaged in the explosion. It is disheartening. Every sort of reason has been advanced…

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One Year of Kashifu at NITDA

Inuwa, Kashifu

By Adamu Usman Garko Leadership is about responsibility. Those who instill hope into our minds and hearts are true heroes and deserve encomium. Conversely, leadership is also a burden. This burden had been bestowed upon Mr. Kashifu Inuwa by the Pacemaker of IT and Digital Economy in Nigeria, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami and indeed he is a round peg in the round hole of NITDA. A year had ticked and results cleared as daylight had attested to the competence of Kashifu; a trait which we presume Pantami saw prior to…

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Kashif Inuwa Abdullahi: Nigeria’s ICT Troubleshooter

NITDA

By Mohammed Saleh Manzo When it comes to card game, the best is selected. As the cliché goes, “If you want to go fast go alone. But if you want to go far go together.” Mallam Kashif Inuwa Abdullahi (CCIE) – the Director-General of National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), is a hard-nosed technocrat. A young man full of positive youthful exuberance. He is the J.F. Kennedy of our time; he leads effortlessly. His encompassing quality of leadership makes NITDA work in unison. He carries everyone along. He is a…

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NITDA’s Boss Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi: 365 Days After

Inuwa, Kashifu

Around 6:20pm on 20thAugust,2019, a breaking news was scrolling on the screens of the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA)- Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, has been appointed as the Director General and Chief Executive Officer of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) by President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration. The buzz in IT circles was who is this young man to fit into the massive shoes of Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, his predecessor who was also announced as Minister of Communications on the same day? 365 days after, the facts are now speaking…

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