The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Tuesday said its operatives intercepted gold worth about N211m being illegally transported through the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos to Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Following intelligence report, the operatives were said to have on Friday, November 9, intercepted the gold weighing about 35kg at the point of departure from a suspect, who is currently in the EFCC’s custody.
“Investigations are currently ongoing to unravel the suspect’s accomplices in the illegal movement of the goods. Meanwhile, the suspect is cooperating with operatives,” the acting Head, Media and Publicity, EFCC, Tony Orilade, said in a statement on Tuesday.
The anti-graft agency had in March 2017 intercepted bags containing N49m being illegally transported out of the country through the Kaduna International Airport.
WAEC releases Nov/Dec 2019 examination result, withholds 9,457
The West African Examinations Council has released the results of 91, 225 private candidates that sat for the 2019 West African Senior School Certificate Examination in Nigeria and withheld the results of 9,457 candidates.
The head of the Nigeria National Office of WAEC, Mr. Olu I. Adenipekun who made the disclosure to newsmen on Friday said that a total of 97,080 candidates registered for the examination in Nigeria, out of which 94,884 candidates sat for the examination.
Out of the 94, 884 candidates, who sat for the examination, 33, 304 (representing 35.10 per cent) obtained credits and above in at least five mandatory subjects, including English Language and Mathematics, reports Nigerian Tribune.
Pantami to Nigerians: Embrace local content policy
The Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) FNCS, FBCS, FIIM, has urged Nigerians to embrace and implement the provisions of the Nigeria Local Content Policy of the Federal Government in Ministries, Departments, Agencies(MDAs) and private sector.
Pantami said this on Thursday at the 3rd Local Content Roundtable and Technology Fair held at Transcorp Hilton in Abuja.
The Minister, who was represented by Mr Tope Fashedemi, Director, eGovernment Department of the Ministry, reiterated that the Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy instituted the Local Content in ICT Policy by developing and launching the Guidelines for Nigeria Content Development in ICT on December 2013.
He added that, Office for Nigeria Content Development in ICT (ONC) was strategically created to drive the Policy under the supervision of National Information Technology Development Agency, (NITDA) to ensure nationwide adherence to the specific focus on four areas of ICT namely: Services, Software, Human Capital Development and Hardware.
“The recent change in the Ministry’s name by Mr President was an upshot of the fact that ICT is presently one of the key pillars of our economy in terms of contribution to the nation’s Growth Domestic Product (GDP), and Digital Economy Policy has the potential to increase revenue and block leakages, lead to creation of new jobs and employment opportunities, pave way for e-Government to engender efficient and effective service delivery, and general empowerment of the people”, the Minister said.
In his remarks, the convener of the event, Bimbo Abioye and Group Managing Director of FinTrak Software said that the focus of gathering is to unmask the solutions that have been tested in both private and public sector of the economy.
“The focus of this roundtable discussion is to bring to light the solutions that has been tested in both private and public sectors of the economy and to ensure that we begin to patronise solutions that are developed in Nigeria to strengthen our capacity, stem the tide of foreign exchange outflows and provide employment for our teaming youths,” he added.
The Lead Facilitator, Mr. Inye Kemanbonta, a Consultant with NITDA, highlighted the role of government policies in promoting the indigenous ICT companies and building capacity of public servants, policy makers and entrepreneurs in local content issues.
He however advocated for the removal of grey areas and public misconceptions about the Local Content Policy of Government, while urging government to spend public funds to purchase domestic products for its own use and to develop an indigenous industry.
President of Certified Computer Manufacturers of Nigeria (CCMON), Engr. Adenike Abudu, in her goodwill message pleaded with government to strengthen her will to fully implement Local Content policy. Adding that, “we use this opportunity to remind government that the success of its policies is highly dependent on its action and inaction.”
Mr. Emmanuel Bassey, the Executive Secretary, Africa ICT Foundation promised to support the Nigerian government by his Foundation’s objective of training and empowering 200,000 Nigerian youths annually across the six geo-political zones on software development and other Digital skills.
NITDA to enhance Nigerian youths’ potentials with IT – DG, Abdullahi
The Director General, National Information Technology Development Agency(NITDA), Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, said that the time to harness the huge potentials of Nigerian youths in Information Technology is now. According to him, “this is a sure way to achieve the goal of diversifying the country’s economy”.
Inuwa made these remarks during a panel discussion at the seminar on Science and Technology organised by National Defence College, with the theme, “Promoting Science and Technology for Rapid National Development in Nigeria on Thursday”.
The DG said that, NITDA, as Government Agency in charge of developing and regulating IT in the country is working tirelessly to ensure that Nigerian youths unlock their potentials in the field, hence making resources available in achieving the targets of economic diversification.
“As a regulator, NITDA is working hand-in-hand with other relevant governments’ agencies to ensure that Nigerian youths discover their potentialities in IT sector. We have programmes underway and what we all need now is to harness these programmes, use available resources to diversify the economy to a digital economy, he said.
The DG further stated that the Agency has already set up seven pillars that are interwoven to assist the government in achieving its goals of sustaining the economy through digital interventions.
He said, “we have created regulations aimed at providing 3,000 jobs through this scheme, which is going to be a milestone to the agency.”
“Nigeria is at the top of other African countries in data consumption with over 111.6million active internet users, this is a huge coverage. The internet has changed everything, from the way we work to how we interact with people. Looking at these figures, we can use necessary measures to unlock the potentiality in our youths to Economic Recovery Growth Plan,” the DG said.
Earlier, in his welcome address, the Commandant, National Defence College, Rear Admiral M. M. Kadiri, said that Africa can learn from experience of others like India and China to meet food, health, energy and transport needs by developing a sound technological and industrial base.
He however noted that, Africa needs to increase a capacity to learn from advanced countries and imbibe their best practices in the Science and Technology field.
He also advocated for using technology in a good way, to help in advancing Nigeria’s economic prospect.
Rear Admiral Kadiri also commended the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari for making the application of Science and Technology, especially in the development sphere, a priority.
In a spate of cybercrime, the Commandant said that if technology is used correctly, it can be extremely helpful in furthering the prosperity of economies of any country. “The importance of Science and Technology is undeniable because it has solved problems of mankind in diverse ways”, he said.
– SOURCE: NITDA
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