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Nigeria recovers N7.8bn, $378m through whistle-blowers

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Nigeria has recovered about N7.8billion, $378million and £27,800 through the Whistle-blower’s Policy launched by the President Muhammadu Buhari administration in December 2016.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo stated this on Monday at the opening of the Open Government Partnership, OGP, week holding at the Nigerian Airforce Headquarters, Abuja, where he represented President Muhammadu Buhari.

He said the Presidential Initiative on Continuous Audit, PICA, which oversees the Whistle-blower’s Policy in the Ministry of Finance, has also helped the government save over N200bn by eliminating ghost workers.

The Vice President said PICA was established “to clean up the payroll and pension system across all the ministries, departments and agencies.”

He said government had included recovered assets in the country’s annual budget since 2017 and invested them in the development of infrastructure as well as in the Social Investment Programme.

“All funds forfeited to the federal government are being included in our yearly budget proposals, for appropriation by the National Assembly,” he stated.

According to him, an executive bill has been sent to the National Assembly for the purpose of enacting a more comprehensive legislation on proceeds of crime.

Osinbajo said the Nigerian government was leveraging technology in a way it had not been done before, to underpin President Buhari’s commitment to transparent and accountable governance.

He said: “Nigeria’s experience has shown that technology and innovation tools as well as social media platforms are changing the ways in which citizens engage with government, and empowering citizens and non-state actors to take a more active role in holding government to account.”

Professor Osinbajo said measures taken by the government to fight corruption since the inception of the administration in May 2015, included the implementation of the Single Treasury Account, TSA, “that existed mainly as an idea, without the appetite for serious implementation” and the establishment of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, PACAC.

Other measures, according to him, were a National Open Contracting Platform (NOCOPO) developed by the Bureau for Public Procurement. The Infrastructure Concession and Regulatory Commission (ICRC) launched its Public Private Partnerships (PPP) Contracts Disclosure Portal in September 2017 to ensure the timely disclosure of contract information from project initiation through to implementation; and the Citizens’ I-Monitor Portal developed by the Budget office through the open Budget Survey Index.

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NITDA introduced NIIEV to unlock national ICT potentials – Pantami

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The Director General of National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, has given a clearer explanation on the reasons behind the introduction of Nigeria ICT Innovation and Entrepreneurship Vision (NIIEV).

The introduction followed President Muhammadu Buhari’s matching order to the agency at e-Nigeria 2017, where he charged NITDA to develop policies and strategies that will change Nigeria’s narrative from being a tech-consuming to a tech-producing country.

To unlock our national potential, NITDA proposes a number of urgent measures to connect, educate and enable digital innovation.

In a statement issued by the Head, Corporate Affairs and External Relations, Mrs. Hadiza Umar, the DG revealed that NIIEV comprises of policy recommendations and incentives on the key components for building a technology ecosystem and are categorised into three themes.

The themes include Digital Infrastructure; Education Reform, skills Development and R&D; and supporting the Ecosystem for Innovative Entrepreneurship.

Business Hilights recalls that while hosting the maiden edition of the ICT Innovation and Entrepreneurship stakeholders meeting on the 31st October 2017, Dr Pantami averred that “The objective of the meeting was to collectively identify the challenges of stakeholders and identify strategies to address them for a thriving technology ecosystem. Several representatives from Government, Hubs, banks, investor networks, academia, media and technology entrepreneurs were in attendance”.

Currently, NITDA through its subsidiary, the Office for ICT Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIIE) has worked directly with entrepreneurs, hubs and hub networks to review the best practices across Africa and around the world to support digital transformation in Nigeria.

As part of the Agency’s rulemaking process, the document has been subjected to internal reviews by some key Government agencies where insightful feedback and updates were received.

In an effort to enrich the document and in line with the Agency’s policy of participatory regulation, industry stakeholders and the general public were invited to review the document through either of the following (i) on the consultation tool at https://niiev.ictinnovation.gov.ng (ii) via www.nitda.gov.ng and click important notice(iii) via facebookchatbot at http://m.me/ngrinnovationor simply send an email to info@ictinnovation.gov.ng.
All the portals for the review were open from 13thNovember 2018 to 27thNovember, 2018.

It would be recalled that NITDA is a Federal Government Agency established in April 2001 to implement the Nigerian Information Technology policy and coordinate general IT development and regulation in the country.

Specifically, Sections 6(h &i) of the Act mandate NITDA to create incentives to promote the use of information technology in all spheres of life in Nigeria including the development of guidelines for setting up of information technology systems and knowledge parks as well as introduce appropriate regulatory policies and incentives to encourage private sector investment in the information technology industry.

 

Source: BusinessHighlight

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IT Start-ups added $101m to the economy in three quarters – NITDA

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Start-ups in Information Technology contributed $101m to the Nigerian economy in the first three quarters of the year, the National Information Technology Development Agency, has said.

The Director -General of NITDA, Isah Ibrahim Pantami, said this at a pitch by new ICT companies during a programme – Start-up Friday – organised by the IT development agency in Abuja to galvanise innovations in the ICT sector.

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Julius Berger honours 578 long-serving personnel nationwide

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… As Joseph Ogungbe is lauded for 40 years of service to the Company

 

Nigeria’s most operationally trustworthy, reliable  and solution-oriented engineering construction and prime infrastructural development company, Julius Berger Plc, has rewarded hundreds of its long-serving members of staff all across its operations in the country.

At a colourful celebration of its workforce in Abuja last Saturday, the full complement of the executive management of the company was on hand to honour its hardworking, faithful, loyal, competent, and capable personnel from across all of the firm’s operational regions. The Managing Director of Julius Berger, Dr Lars Richter, PhD, expressed appreciation to all the honourees “for reaching milestones in their dedicated service spanning up to 40 years”. This productive feat, Dr Richter said, “is tremendous and truly inspiring”, adding that the occasion was a stock-taking opportunity for the company’s achievements as a whole, especially as it wraps up a very busy work year.

2018, Dr Richter said, was filled with many positive developments and achievements, which he ascribed to a great part to the hard work, faithfulness and loyalty of the company’s staff, especially the long-serving honourees. The MD said Julius Berger, during the course of the year, successfully overcame many tough challenges, made great progress across all aspects of its business, effectively restructured its operations to ensure the best utilization of resources for projects’ needs, and expanded its Executive Management to enable a stronger focus on growth potentials. The company, he added, also very importantly  attained  the  recertification  of  its  Quality   Management  System  to  meet  the standards  of the strategic ISO 9001. These achievements, Dr Richter said, “further advance our Company and serve to support the continued realization of operational goals, financial targets and strategic objectives” which continue to manifest as “strong progress of works across all active sites”.

The MD, described by colleagues as a no-nonsense and target engineering and management professional, is famously reputed to have delivered the Abuja Airport repair works before its scheduled delivery date as Project Manager. Dr Richter, in character with Julius Berger’s operational values, used the occasion to celebrate the company’s capacity for completing works for significant projects to the full satisfaction of its clients. He cited the Azura Independent  Power Plant, which was  handed over ahead of the scheduled completion date, and the Economic and  Financial Crimes Commission Head Office  in Abuja,  which was commissioned  successfully. Other notable private sector and national priority projects acquired by Julius Berger Plc since the year began include the Bodo-Bonny Road and Bridge, the Second Niger Bridge, Itu-Calabar-Odukpani Road, Lagos Shagamu Expressway, Famfa Oil Tower, the Abuja-Kano Road; and most recently, the Nigerian Immigration Office in Abuja.

Dr Richter said:“These projects add exciting dimension to our longstanding impressive portfolio, especially considering the positive social and economic impact priority projects will provide to Nigeria, when completed”. He added emphatically that “the new innovative cold recycling methodology for road rehabilitation introduced recently into the country by Julius Berger at the Abuja-Kaduna-Kano Road project, further solidifies our leadership position in the construction sector, not only in regards to service and quality, but also in terms of technological innovation.” He expressed confidence that Julius Berger’s successful pioneering of the innovative methodology has the potential to revolutionize road rehabilitation projects across Nigeria, and that Julius Berger will continue to lead the charge in achieving this.

He urged the company’s workers to focus on increasing operational performance, strong technical knowhow, quality workmanship and expertise – all factors that will remain the cornerstone of Julius Berger’s unmatched performance. Speaking directly to the honourees, Dr Richter said, “You are beacons of inspiration for those around you and role models for new hires. I am sincerely honoured to stand before you as Managing Director and feel proud to work with such an outstanding group of professionals”.

Speaking also in the same vein at the event, the company’s Executive Director, Administration, Alhaji Zubairu Ibrahim Bayi stated that “Julius Berger is what it is today as a result of a dedicated and reliable workforce”. He declared that “because the company’s workforce is the greatest asset of the company”, staff welfare and motivation is paramount in everything Julius Berger does. Bayi on behalf of the entire workers and management of Julius Berger Plc then pledged to the MD, Dr Richter, the unwavering support, co-operation and loyalty of all members of the Julius Berger work family to make his tenure as MD a huge success.

In total, 102 members of staff got 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40 years awards for consistent service to the company, and 476 other workers of the Julius Berger corporate family received honours for 10 and 15 years of continuous service to Julius Berger at the event.

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