Omo-Agege Appoints Igbuzor as Chief of Staff; Odunuga and Owoeye as Media Aides

Deputy Senate President, Ovie 0mo-Agege, Thursday approved the appointments of Otive Igbuzor as his Chief of Staff; and Yomi Odunuga as the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity.

The Deputy Senate President also announced the appointment of Lara Owoeye-Wise as his Senior Special Assistant on Electronic and New Media.

Omo-Agege, in a statement he personally signed, explained that the appointments which take immediate effect are based on merit.

Igbuzor is Founding Executive Director of the African Centre for Leadership, Strategy and Development (Centre LSD). He was once the International Head of campaigns of ActionAid International and Country Director of ActionAid Nigeria. He was also an honourable Commissioner in the Police Service Commission (PSC).

He was a Programme Co-ordinator of Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), an independent research, information and training institution, dedicated to policy oriented scholarship on questions of democratic development and peace building in the West African sub-region. Previously, he was a lecturer at the Delta State University, Lagos Centre. He is a versatile writer, researcher and author of several publications.

Odunuga is the Abuja Bureau Chief and Deputy Editor (Nation’s Capital) of The Nation newspapers.

Odunuga, a poet, lyricist, reporter and columnist, started his journalism career with The Punch newspaper over two decades ago. He was, for several years, the State House Correspondent of the paper where he maintained two columns – Life in Abuja and the popular weekend treat called Inside Aso Rock.

His insightful and critical analysis of the intriguing politics of that period earned him accolades and recognition which later saw him being promoted to the position of Abuja Bureau Chief at The Punch.

In 2006, he was elevated to the position of Group Political Editor of The Punch. He later joined The Nation as an Assistant Editor and Bureau Chief in Abuja.

At The Nation, his rested The Punch newspaper column, Knuckles, transformed into Knucklehead which offers him the opportunity to continue his weekly interrogation and critique of the socio-political developments in the polity.

A graduate of Religion and philosophy from the University of Jos, Plateau State, Owoeye-Wise is a multiple award-winning journalist whose experience has spanned over two decades and has spread between the print and the electronic media.

She has worked at The Punch, The News Magazine, AM News and Tempo tabloids. She crossed over to the electronic media as a pioneer staff for Silverbird TV, a pioneer staff of the resuscitated Minaj Broadcast International and was Deputy Head of Presentation, Senior News Editor, news anchor and chief correspondent at Africa Independent Television, AIT before her appointment as Senior Assistant, Media to the immediate past Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Lara has had a working stint with the Voice of American, Washington DC and KSTP Channel 5, Minnesota.

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Edves to release AItend for Schools, an AI powered sofware

Dimeji Falana, the Edves CEO announced that AItend for Schools, artificial Intelligence school sofware is set to be release. Falana made the statement on his social media account on behalf of Edves,

With Computer Vision (AI), we can all see some deep things.

At Edves, we are making quick, deep and sensible use of Artificial Intelligence, and we shall release AItend for Schools to use in the next Academic session.

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Edves is an edtech company based in Lagos Nigeria, the venture focuses on automation of brick and mortal School operations from Student enrollment, Fee Collection, Lesson Note up to Transcript Generation.

 

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How Army’s Counter Insurgency Strategy Boosts Civil-Military Cooperation in Borno

At the instance and the support of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, many Nigerian Army formations and units have intensified efforts at providing infrastructures and social amenities for their host communities, all over the country so as to boost civil-military cooperation towards tackling insurgency and terrorism.

It is in line with this the 29 Task Force Brigade Nigerian Army, Benisheikh embarked on humanitarian activities in its area of responsibility.

 

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EU Election Observation Mission to Nigeria acknowledge the 2019 general elections

The European Union Election Observation Mission presented  2019 general elections report in Abuja, yesterday.

According to the Mission’s report,

the elections held under former President Olusegun Obasanjo were marred by serious irregularities and frauds.

Also in 2015 general elections, the elections held under former President Jonathan

were marred by incidents of violence, abuse of incumbency at state and federal levels, and attempts at manipulation.

While in 2019, according to the European Union Election Observation Mission, Nigeria recorded significant improvement in the 2019 general elections that some of the items that were listed for recommendation in 2015 and have been implemented include: the development and maintenance of a functional voter register, the merger of the accreditation and voting processes for ease for voters, improving the sanction powers of INEC, increasing the number of polling units, immediate display of results in collation centres, more involved participation of civil society and citizen observation among others.

 

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Nigeria: Buhari Bans Palm Oil Import and other 42 items 

President Buhari of Nigeria bans Palm oil Import, as the Central Bank of Nigeria distributes N30bn to producers. He also, directed the apex bank to include palm oil among the banned 42 items and to prosecute firms, owners and management that violated the order by importing the product into the country.

Trading Economics reported that,

imports to Nigeria rose 2.6% year-on-year to NGN 1002 billion in March 2019, boosted by purchases of energy goods (796.3%); manufactured goods (101.3%); solid mineral (70.8%); raw material (46.9%) and agricultural goods (61.3%). Imports in Nigeria averaged 227104.84 NGN Millions from 1981 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 2209385.78 NGN Millions in August of 2018 and a record low of 167.88 NGN Millions in May of 1984.

It is a constitutional taboo from the executive proclaimation of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for any company or individual to import palm oil into Nigeria, so as to boost local production and create more jobs. The presidential directive was disclosed yesterday by the governor of the CBN, Mr Godwin Emefiele.

Emefiele (middle) and others at a press conference yesterday.

Emefiele in a statements made yesterday at a press conference, reveals that, the main motive behind the ban is to grow the economy and provide jobs for more Nigerians,

we must go back to palm oil production explained that he has a new presidential directive to focus on the massive production of 10 commodities: rice, maize, cassava, tomatoes, cotton and so on.

The CBN boss  said that,

the presidential directive mandated the CBN and other relevant government agencies to expand, support people who want to expand the products in Nigeria.

The entire textile value chain, oil palm, pottery, fish, livestock and cocoa in Nigeria, adding that, “this is the programme we will be embarking upon in the next couple of years.

 

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$4.7b Capital Boost Coming for DisCos in Nigeria

The Federal Government is shopping for $4.7 billion to recapitalise the electricity Distribution Companies (DisCos), Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) Managing Director Usman Gur Mohammed has said.

The cash would be raised by the Federal Government, shareholders of the DisCos and private investors. It is all to upgrade power distribution facilities.

Upon the privatisation of the 11 Discos of the Nigeria Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) in 2013, the Federal Government retained 40 per cent of the equity in the DisCos and divested 60 per cent to private investors.

But power supply has remained epileptic, with the DisCos complaining about lack of cost reflective tariff and the government’s refusal to activate its stake in the companies. Mohammed, who broke the news of the government’s plans to upgrade the distribution network in Abuja, noted that the

Federal government will inject $1.7 billion into the DisCos. Private investors will pay up the balance that is proportional to their 60 per cent equity.

The DisCos have eight million customers. Going by the plan, each of the DisCos is expected to raise $500 million and also the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission.

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Apply for Startup Nigeria 3-months incubation program and N2million Equity fund

Here’s an opportunity to apply for a 3-months incubation program & N2million in Equity funding from #StartupNigeria. Sign up @ https://startupnigeria.ng Closes June 17th.

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Buhari Salutes Sam Amuka-Pemu at 84

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, felicitated with the Chairman and Publisher of Vanguard Media Limited, Sam Amuka-Pemu, on the occasion of his 84th birthday anniversary. Buhari joined family of the media icon, the media industry in Nigeria and beyond, to celebrate the award-winning journalist, columnist, publisher and elder statesman who has stirred the conscience of the nation for the greater part of his lifetime.

The President believed that “Uncle Sam’s deep understanding and patriotic appreciation of Nigeria, his devotion, sense of duty and leadership in the media industry, are example to all of us.” Buhari, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, recognised “the octogenarian’s unrelenting contributions to promoting professionalism in the media industry at a time when disinformation and fake news threaten the very essence of a free and unbiased press in a democratic society.” On behalf of all Nigerians who believe in the values the veteran journalist has championed as a consummate professional in the Nigerian Press, Buhari wished “Mr. Amuka-Pemu good health, happiness and God’s continued benevolence on this special day.”

Congratulations sir, Baba. Respect sir.

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Koosha Azim: New Editor-in-chief of Think Media Nigeria from California

The management of Think Media Nigeria has welcomed Koosha Azim of San Francisco Bay Area, California as he officially joins the Nigerian digital innovator’s team.

Think Media Nigeria pioneer, Oyebamiji Adesoji Usman disclosed this information yesterday on his Twitter page:

Koosha Azim will now head the tech start-up operations as the Editor-in-chief in the United State of America.

Think Media NG; thinkmedia.com.ng aims at distributing information by empowering Africans through free tech news/content, webinars, conferences and events with tech professionals within the young continent. For the past year, this site has accumulated many African writers and is building a community around the viewership.

The Rupsure CEO makes a great statement on this development on his official website: kooshaazim.com

 I joined this initiative (as of June 2019) to bring my writing and management skills to the benefit of the African people. I have spent my life in a saturated tech bubble that is the San Francisco Bay Area, so investing time supporting a developing region is my pleasure. Africa has a plethora of potential tech entrepreneurs, and I hope I can link Western business minds to the bright future of Africa, particularly Nigeria.

As editors of this platform, Nurudeen Adeyemi, Oyebamiji Adesoji Usman, Fawaz Olamide and I seek to impact hundreds if not thousands of future African success stories.

We hope that Koosha Azim’s new engagement will help mentor and breed more techpreneurs in an emerging economy like Africa.

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Bata is back in Nigeria with over $1m investment in shoe manufaturing after decades of absence

Bata Nigeria was involved in the manufacturing of shoe accessories in the 60s and 70s, but in the 80s the company left the country due to change of policies and now.

The shoe accessories manufacturing gaint, has come back to Nigeria as stakeholders has invested $1m to set-up a shoe plant and an industrial park in Abuja, in which all the brands would be produced here in Nigeria to tackle shoe importation problems in the country.

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Bata Nigeria, had put in place management and a lot of systems to ensure that the business continues to exist in the country and in case you want to introduce an initiative to the company or seeking an employment, then visit Bata Nigeria HQ at Suite 4, First Floor, Nusaiba Tower, Ahmadu Bello Way, Mabushi, Abuja.

The company will employ 128 youths to manage the production in the shoe factory in Abuja, in which six are already undergoing training and the company has opened a shop in the 2nd Floor, Silverbird Mall, Central Area, Abuja.

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