Emefiele Debunks Fake News  Titled:.  Re- Emefiele Launches Fresh Plot Against President-elect Tinubu

Godwin Emefiele, Govern, , CBN
Godwin Emefiele, Governor, , CBN

The attention of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has been drawn to a story published in The Nation newspaper of Monday, March 13, 2023 edition, alleging that the Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele has launched a “fresh plot against President-elect”. The aforementioned story went further to allege that the Governor has made certain amount of money available to a political aspirant ahead of March 18, 2023 gubernatorial poll.

We wish to inform members of the public that this story is completely false and malicious as the Governor does not know and has never met or even spoke with Mr Gbadebo Rhodes Vivour either in person or through proxy.

We wish to reiterate that the CBN Governor does not take part in Politics and therefore urge anyone with contrary information to prove the Governor wrong should provide such facts.

As such the Governor and team at the CBN should be allowed to focus on their assigned job with a view to achieving statutory mandates of the Bank.
Is a Abdulmumin
Acting Director
corporate Communications
CBN

Uwheru Celebrates PHED Women, Describes Them As Role Models

Dr. Benson Uwheru, MD/CEO, PHEDC
Dr. Benson Uwheru, MD/CEO, PHEDC

The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (MD/CEO) of Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution (PHED) Plc., Dr Benson Uwheru has commended female employees of the company, describing them as compassionate, caring, empathetic and kind, strong, tenacious, hard working, dedicated, committed, resilient and go-getters.
Dr Uwheru noted that the theme for the International Women’s Day this year aligns with the company’s 2023 strategic transformational pillar of Innovation and Technological Change with specific focus on achieving gender equality and empowerment of female employees in the company. He encouraged the women to constantly innovate and use technology for the good of the company.
Dr Uwheru re-echoed the dogma that what a man can do, a woman can do better, and affirmed that the place of the female gender is not just in the other room, but quite appropriately in the boardroom, reiterating that women are competent and possess high degree of character and capacity.
According to him, the company is opposed to every force that supports gender inequality, discrimination against women or gender biases. He informed that the company is committed to creating a conducive work environment for women with focus on developing and preparing women for leadership positions in the company.
He informed that management is committed to making life better for women in the company and announced a review of the duration of maternity leave for nursing mothers from three to six months and institutionalised a monthly reward system for women in the company. Speaking further, he confirmed that there will be a whistle blowing policy against women discrimination, a mentorship and an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) for female staff members in the company.
He acknowledged that female employees in the company are incredibly brilliant and are a positive force, and thanked them for their contributions towards making the company great. He also thanked the male gender in the company for helping to create a gender-inclusive work environment.
Speaking to female staff of the company at the company’s headquarters in Port Harcourt, Mrs Omolola Ezeifeoma, a Data Management professional and facilitator at the event dwelt on the theme, Innovation and Technology for Gender Equality. She explored the subject; “Breaking the Mind-Set”, noting that it is wrong to assume that technology is masculine and complex. She noted that technology is everything and should be embraced by women because technology is an open ground for everyone, though it is not everything. However, it starts with innovation, and it is an enabler for subject matter experts.
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She encouraged the women to be tech models, rethink how they solve problems, think digitally, ask for help, be courageous to fail whilst trying to figure things out and create tech communities for women. She posited that by so doing women can innovate and use technology to foster gender equality.

NISS Seeks Collaboration with NCC to Improve National Security

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NCC logo

National Institute of Security Studies (NISS) has engaged the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to advance strategic collaboration that would enhance the application of Information and Communication Technology (ICTs) towards improving national security.

Speaking during a visit to the Executive Vice Chairman of the Commission, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta at the NCC’s Head Office in Abuja recently, the Institute’s Director, Research Estimates and Library Services, Dr. Adegboyega Karim, said the visit was on a fact-finding mission to enrich ongoing research that focuses on globalization and regional integration for sustainable development in Africa.

Karim led to the Commission a team delegation of Executive Intelligence Management Course Sixteen Participants (EIM16), a study group with representations from various security agencies under the auspices of NISS, typically senior officers in security agencies, including the military, police, intelligence services, and other relevant agencies.

He noted that the Commission has made giant strides advancing the course of digital economy development in Nigeria, and that its regulatory processes provide a good opportunity for the collaboration to enable the group to research further into matters regarding telecommunications and national security.

Director, Special Duties of the Commission, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, who received the team on behalf of Danbatta, affirmed the readiness of the Commission to collaborate with the Institute, and, indeed, any private and public institution that is focused on national development.

Reiterating on the advancements made in ICTs, Adinde said it is within this context that the Commission continued to promote the deployment of robust digital infrastructure capable of supporting and improving the security of lives and property.

“As a way of consolidating on the tremendous successes that had been recorded in the telecoms industry through effective regulatory regime emplaced by the Commission, the Federal Government has formulated a number of policies such as the Nigerian National Broadband Plan (NNBP) and the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS), among others, which serve as a compass for our efforts at building a resilient digital economy that supports security,” he said.

Adinde enlightened the visiting delegation on NCC’s efforts towards ensuring adequate protection for telecoms facilities, across the nooks and crannies of the country where it is treated as Critical National Infrastructure (CNI), the building of Emergency Communications Centres (ECCs) across states and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) as well as series of collaborations with relevant agencies to ensure effective connectivity to individuals and institutions.

NCC Advice Nigerians To Ignore Fraudulent Messages On Network Shut Down

NCC
NCC

The attention of the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, has been drawn to fraudulent and misleading information circulating in some social media platforms, insinuating there is a planned shutdown of all telecom networks and relevant ICT Units, including online transfer facilities of the banks, with effect from February 23, 2023.

The Nigerian public, consumers of telecommunications services, and all bank customers are advised to ignore these or similar messages that insinuate deliberate network shutdown or disruption of services in the Nigerian telecom network.

These malicious and subversive messages originated and are being circulated by fraudsters and unscrupulous elements in the society with the intent to cause chaos and panic among the populace.

The Commission has received unequivocal assurances from all the service providers to the effect that all the network services are currently in optimal performance, and will not witness any deliberate shutdown or disruptions, especially at this very crucial period of general elections in the country.

Therefore, all users of telecommunications and banking services utilizing network facilities are assured of continued optimal service delivery before, during, and after the general elections in Nigeria.

NIMASA DG Installed As The  “BAATONA” Of Akure Kingdom

 L-R: Minister of State for Transportation, Prince Ademola Adegoroye, Deji of Akure, Oba Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade Aladelusi Odundun II and Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Bashir Jamoh; OFR,  during the installation of the NIMASA DG as Baatona of Akure Kingdom in Akure, Ondo State.

L-R: Minister of State for Transportation, Prince Ademola Adegoroye, Deji of Akure, Oba Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade Aladelusi Odundun II and Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Bashir Jamoh; OFR, during the installation of the NIMASA DG as Baatona of Akure Kingdom in Akure, Ondo State.

The Deji of Akure, Oba Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade Aladelusi, Odundun II has installed the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, (NIMASA), Dr Bashir Jamoh (OFR) as the Baatona of Akure Kingdom.

The Honourable Minister of State Transportation, Prince Ademola Adegoroye who was at the Installation ceremony, described Dr Jamoh as a detribalized Nigerian genuinely committed to the development of the nation through the maritime sector. He also appreciated the Deji of Akure for the recognition of Dr Jamoh, adding that it is an expansion of Akure Kingdom.

“Dr. Jamoh is a genuinely nice man deserving of the honour Akure Kingdom has conferred on him. I am sure he will expand the frontiers of the Akure Kingdom to Zaria and beyond”, he said.

On his part, the Deji of Akure Oba Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade Aladelusi Odundun II said Dr Jamoh has contributed directly and indirectly to the development of Akure Kingdom, hence the title Baatona, which means “Pathfinder”. “We have followed with keen interest the activities of Dr Jamoh and we have no doubt that he will greatly assist in the development of Akure Kingdom.

In his acceptance speech, the newly installed Baatona of Akure Kingdom, Dr Jamoh, extolled the values of the people of Akure describing them as very hospitable adding that he is proud to be associated with the King of the revered Kingdom and the entire Akure people.

“I sincerely wish to appreciate this gesture extended to me as the Baatona of this Kingdom; I pledge my commitment to the good people of Akure and wish to state that regardless of tribe or religion, I will do all within my capacity to add value to the Kingdom”.

The Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu, Deputy Governor, Ondo State, Hon. Lucky Aiyedatiwa and other eminent Nigerians joined in the reception in honour of the NIMASA DG hosted by the Honourable Minister of State Transportation.

First Bank Refutes Arrest Of Its MD, GMD

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FBNH logo

The management of FirstBank has refuted claims that its Managing Director has been arrested

A statement made available to BusinessUpdate reads in part,”Our attention has been drawn to false news making the rounds that an order of arrest has been made against the MD of FirstBank whilst using the name and image of the GMD of FBN Holdings. We wish to state categorically that this is fake news”
According to the statement, the fake news report has ‘already been debunked by the EFCC in their publication titled: ‘EFCC Did Not Raid Tinubu’s Home’ and signed by the Commission’s Head, Media & Publicity on its verified twitter handle.”

Whilst restating that neither the Managing Director of the Bank nor the Group Managing Director of the Holding company, Nnamdi Okonkwo have any involvement with the matters alleged in the made up news story.

It advised the public to disregard the fake news story and all such similar stories adding that there is no order of arrest against either the MD or the GMD.

The statement further called on the authorities to fish out the perpetrators of this malicious story.

Director, Special Duties (External Relations and Technical Cooperation) of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), and representative of the NIMASA DG, Mr. Isichei Osamgbi making a presentation to the Nigerian Ambassador to São Tomé and Príncipe Gambo Yusuf Hamza as part of the Agency’s technical support to the São Tomé and Príncipe.
Director, Special Duties (External Relations and Technical Cooperation) of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), and representative of the NIMASA DG, Mr. Isichei Osamgbi making a presentation to the Nigerian Ambassador to São Tomé and Príncipe Gambo Yusuf Hamza as part of the Agency’s technical support to the São Tomé and Príncipe.

The Management of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, have provided Technical support to Instituto Marito e Portuaruo IMAP in São Tomé and Príncipe.

The Director General of NIMASA, Dr Bashir Jamoh OFR while making the presentation at an event in São Tomé, with the Nigerian Ambassador to São Tomé, Ambassador Gambo Hamza in attendance, noted that the Federal Government of Nigeria is committed to regional maritime development premised on cooperation.

Dr Jamoh, who was represented by the Agency’s Director Special Duties, Mr. Isichei Osamgbi, said that it has become imperative for African countries particularly in the Gulf of Guinea to help one another to ensure proper harnessing of the regional maritime potential.

“Recently, it has become very pertinent for African countries to continue to collaborate and strengthen their relationships; helping one another in their areas of need, for us to harness the vast opportunities we have to the best of our abilities. Particularly in the maritime sector, the Gulf of Guinea is one area where that is most needed as encouraged by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO)”, the DG said.

Furthermore, he said, “Evidences in the past have shown that when nations and organizations work together, each bringing in their vast areas of strength, they tend to develop faster and grow their economies better”.

On his part Nigerian Ambassador to São Tomé, Ambassador Gambo Yusuf Hamza commended the management of NIMASA, adding that the recent achievements in the Gulf of Guinea has improved the image of Nigeria in the country.

He stated further that considering that no nation can singlehandedly tackle transnational crimes such as piracy and trafficking in arms, it has become expedient for cluster of nations across the world to cooperate, join resources and fight criminal elements in our waterways. He acknowledged NIMASA leading effort in the fight against piracy and ensure the safety and waterways in the region.

NCC Names Nairaxi Winner Of The Young Innovators Competition

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NCC logo

A mobile ridesharing mobile app that enables users to request taxi and bus rides tagged, Nairaxi has emerged over all winner at the young innovators’ competition organized by the Nigerian Communications Commission, which held at the Digital Bridge Institute, Oshodi, Lagos recently.

The company, which took the coveted prize with value of N2 Million, made up of Kingsley Eze, Co-Founder/Chief Executive Officer and Elizabeth Omale, Co-Founder and Chief Financial Officer, presented an app, which will enhance rideshare and safe delivery of packages to an audience made up of top officials of the Commission, led by the Director of Research and Development, Mr. Ismaila Adedigba who represented the Executive Vice Chairman of the Commission, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta.

Floews, which comprised established by Bashir Abubakar as Founder and Chief Executive Officer, came second with a prize of N1.5 million while Thronix Lab, comprising three young tech-savvy Nigerians, clinched the 3rd position with a prize of N1 million,. All the contestants were adjudged on the criteria of originality, innovativeness, simplicity of usage and commercialization potential of their IT products, among others.

Floews developed novel and deep-tech all-round solution that monitors and forecasts flood imminence and thereby, disseminate the forecast as an early-warning intelligence, while Thronix Lab developed Proxie, an Internet of Thing (IoT)-enabled smart socket and Wi-Fi hotspot range extender which enables users to switch on/off their appliances connected to it remotely through their phones.

Prof Mohammed Ajiya, President, who chaired the panel of judges for the competition, commended the Commission for providing the opportunity for young Nigerians to achieve their dreams of leveraging digital solutions to address local challenges in Nigeria.

Speaking on behalf of the EVC, the Director R&D, Adedigba, commended all the 15 contestants that participated, and the panel of judges for the “commendable diligence, through and painstaking evaluation carried out by his team of independent judges, leading to the emergence of the three winners”.

He assured of the Commission’s commitment to continue to drive the Federal Government agenda of promoting indigenous ICT solutions development towards strengthening the Nigeria’s digital ecosystem.

“It is important to note that this competition is not the end, but rather the beginning of our collective journey towards bridging the digital divide in Nigeria. We must continue to support and invest in local, indigenous digital solutions to ensure that all citizens have access to the technology and opportunities they need to thrive in today’s digital age,” Danbatta said.

Ten innovators from the 15 proceeded to the Pitching Stage, for having developed the best technology solutions, amenable to commercialization and capable of solving identified challenges both locally and beyond in a move to bridge the country’s existing digital divide.

The 15 contestants at the event are Curnance PTY, Floews, Lalita by 02 Innovations Lab, Brilliant ESystems, Afrits Innovation, CitiFlow, Natal Cares, Nairaxi, Rate AM, Fixbot Technologies, Betalife, Cyber Plural, TronixLab, Ntapi Inc., and Bycep by Bedoun.

Group Congratulates NCC Boss On Regulator Of The Year Award

EVC, NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta,
EVC, NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta

A group, Kano North Renaissance (KNR), has congratulated the Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, over his recent emergence as the regulator of the year at the prestigious Vanguard Newspapers Award.

The award was presented to the professor of telecommunications in recognition of his outstanding contributions to Nigeria’s digital economy.

The Vanguard Awards are highly regarded in Nigeria, and the “Regulator of the

Year” award is one of the most prestigious awards presented at the event. The award recognises regulators, who have made significant contributions to their respective industries and have made a positive impact on the lives of Nigerians.

In a congratulatory letter addressed to Danbatta, Masoya Kano North Renaissance, a group of professionals and technocrats, commended the NCC boss for his outstanding work in the Nigerian digital economy.

The group noted that Danbatta’s leadership at the NCC has helped to promote the growth and development of the telecommunications industry in Nigeria.

“Your contributions to the development of the Nigerian digital economy are highly commendable,” the letter read. “Your leadership at the NCC has helped to promote the growth and development of the telecommunications industry in Nigeria, which has in turn contributed significantly to the overall growth of the Nigerian economy.”

The group further noted that Danbatta’s efforts in the areas of broadband penetration, quality of service, and consumer protection have helped to improve the lives of millions of Nigerians.

Danbatta, in his response, expressed his gratitude for the recognition and dedicated the

award to the hardworking staff of the NCC. He also pledged to continue working to ensure that Nigeria’s digital economy remains vibrant and beneficial to all
Nigerians.

The “Regulator of the Year” award is the latest in a series of accolades that Danbatta has received for his contributions to Nigeria’s digital economy.

Under his leadership, the NCC has introduced several initiatives aimed at promoting the growth and development of the telecommunications industry in Nigeria, including the diligent implementation of the National Broadband Plan, the Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) card registration exercise, and the Emergency Communications Centre (ECC) project.

Nigerian Navy Handover Vessel To NIMASA For Flouting IMO Regulation

Nigerian Navy handover vessel ro NIMASA
Nigerian Navy handover vessel ro NIMASA

The Nigerian Navy has handed over a Tanker vessel “MT Sea Eunice” which was arrested on August 11, 2022 to the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA). The vessel is presently located along Escravos River, close to the Aroton community.

The Base Operation Officer of the Nigerian Navy Ship, Delta (NNS, DELTA) Commander Samuel Musa noted that the vessel was constantly switching off her Automatic Identification System (AIS), which is a violation of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) regulation that NIMASA implements in Nigeria.

Responding to this development, the NIMASA DG, Dr. Bashir Jamoh, OFR lauded the Nigerian Navy for always being proactive in its operations and noted that NIMASA is committed to inter-agency collaboration with the Nigerian Navy.

“Let me use this opportunity to state that NIMASA and the Nigerian Navy are partners in progress, because without synergy we cannot realise our mandates. We will continue to work closely with the Nigerian Navy to strengthen the existing ties to ensure we keep our maritime environment safe and secured”, the DG stated.

Engr. Joshua Oyadiran, the District Surveyor, Central Zone, NIMASA, who received the vessel on behalf of the Agency, further assured that investigations would be carried out in line with the mandate of the Agency.