Nigeria Digital for Development Project (ID4D) on Thursday engaged relevant stakeholders from private sector on their input to ensure passage of the data protection regulation into law.
The project Coordinator, Mr Solomon Odole, said at the Workshop on Data Protection Law in Lagos, that the passage of data protection regulation into law was tailored to meet the need of the Nigerians.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports the Digital Identification for Development (ID4D)is a project of the Federal government with the objective to enhance the Nigerian Digital Identification ecosystem.
Odole said tthat a nation could not truly be a sovereign state if it did not know its people or have a unique way to identify them.
He said that government’s knowledge of its people citizens and residents was fundamental to planning, governance, fiscal management, accountability, security among others.
According to him, this knowledge must begin with birth registration, and extend to house numbering, street naming and issuance of a unique identifier through a national identification system.
‘’This knowledge also extends to knowing who, where, social and economic circumstances of the people.
‘’Establishing a foundational ID is the first step to empowering people and facilitating access to basic government services.
‘’Civil registration and vital statistics System and the National Identity Management System are the foundational IDs in Nigeria “Without proper identity, people are excluded from basic services that provide foundation for support,’’ he said.
According to him, one of the disbursement conditions of the project is the enactment of the Data Protection Bill. Odole he said the project had left no stone unturned in its drive to ensure that this condition was fulfilled and that the bill was passed and assented to.
The coordinator said that the objective of the project was to increase the number of persons with a National ID number, issued by a robust and inclusive foundational ID system, that facilitated their access to services.
Also in his presentation tagged ‘Data Protection in Nigeria: The journey so far’, the National Commissioner, National Data Protection Bureau, Dr Vincent Olatunji, highlighted challenges of data protection in Nigeria.
Olatunji highlighted limited knowledge about data protection, limited human capital with experience and funding among others.
NAN reports that the project is supported by developmental partners – the World Bank, French Development Agency and European Investment Bank
The new Chairman of Nigerian Institution of Water Engineers (NIWE), Abuja Chapter, Mr Marvin Agwoko, on Thursday promised to support government in tackling water and sanitation challenges through innovations.
Agwoko told the News Agency of Nigeria, in Abuja shortly after his inauguration that his administration would work closely with agencies of the government to address the problem of water.
“I feel very privileged to be chosen as the Chairman of NIWE, Abuja Chapter.
“There are many water related issues in Abuja and Nigeria as a whole, one of it is the indiscriminate sinking of bore holes within the Federal Capital Territory.
“As the new Chairman of NIWE, we will come up with effective innovation to support the government in ensuring that people enjoy water and sanitation facilities,” Agwoko said.
The immediate past Chairman, Mr Douglas Oloton, said piloting the affairs of the association was not easy.
“But we thank God that the association is growing stronger and stronger.
We are setting pace and we are getting bigger by God’s grace.
“Funding is a challenge.
To get sponsors is not easy.
Our dues are not enough, but thank God we have people partnering with us.
“On flooding, if citizens do the right thing, we will help government to address flooding in this country.
People build on water ways and block drainages and as such we experience flood,’’ he said.
Oloton, however, said that the association would keep talking to the authority to instill what needs to be, so that water could have its natural way and flooding could be reduced drastically.
“Citizens need to conduct themselves in a proper manner and be disciplined and it will help our country.
“I am charging the new exco to take this association to greater level and we will continue to give them our ideas to enable them to achieve the great heights that we all desire,” Oloton said.
There will be no farewell grand slam title in doubles for Serena Williams after she and sister Venus lost in the first round of the US Open. The sisters decided to give it one last whirl four years after their last slam appearance together and six years on from the most recent of their 14 titles.
But the old magic was not quite there and they fell to a 6(5)-7 4-6 loss to the Czech duo of 37-year-old Lucie Hradecka and 17-year-old Linda Noskova.
The match was surely the first opening-round doubles contest ever to begin a night session on Arthur Ashe Stadium.
When it was announced Serena and Venus would be playing doubles, it had appeared this might be the former’s last match.
But her success in singles gave this contest a slightly different complexion.
The competitive desire was very much there, and Serena again looked sharp both from the back of the court and at the net.
But Hradecka and Noskova hung on and then seized their chance in the tie-break, Hradecka threading a fine pass down the line on set-point to virtual silence.
She was emerging as the key player against her fellow veterans.
Although Serena and Venus retrieved an early break to get back to 4-4, a break of the Serena serve settled the contest.
Serena will now concentrate solely on trying to extend her final tournament in singles, where she will take on Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic in the third round on Friday.
The FCT Chapter of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) has asked the Federal Government to urgently tender a public apology to the senior women national basketball team, D’Tigress.
FCT SWAN, in a communique issued shortly after its Congress on Thursday in Abuja, also asked government to compensate the team.
It said both the government and its agent, the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, needed to do so because they have made the players to suffer losses.
”They were responsible for the team’s non-participation at the upcoming FIBA Women’s World Cup, through the two-year withdrawal of Nigeria from international basketball which was later overturned.
”The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the decision robbed the team of participation in the World Cup which begins later this month, with Mali being drafted in to replace Nigeria and represent Africa.
The communique was signed by the Drafting Committee put in place for the Congress, comprising Niyi Busari!
Samuel Ejegwa and Calister Enegele.
In the communique, FCT SWAN also lauded the Federal Government and the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development on Nigeria’s participation in the Birmingham Commonwealth Games.
It said the support and encouragement given to athletes who represented Nigeria at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games helped in recording great successes.
“It was an outing which in the long run came to be rated as Nigeria’s best since the inception of the Games,” FCT SWAN said.
It further congratulated the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Congress for not elongating the tenure of the present Executive Committee members.
“By setting up the apparatus for elections to hold on Sept. 30, the NFF deserves commendation,” FCT SWAN stated.
The Federal Government, on Thursday, presented certificates of registration and sales permit to authorised fertiliser dealers in Nigeria.
This is contained in a statement issued by Mrs Modupe Olatunji, Information officer I, of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in Abuja.
The Permanent Secretary Dr Ernest Umakhihe, during the presentation of certificates said the Ministry trained and deployed to the 36 States and FCT, Fertiliser and Agricultural Pesticides Quality Control Inspectors.
He said the inspectors are currently working with relevant security agencies to ensure compliance with the provisions of the Act and Regulations, in order to protect the farmers and the industries.
Umakhihe, who was represented by the Director of Special Duties ministry of Agriculture, Mrs Fausat Lawal, said that the non-licensed operators are not allowed to produce, blend, import, market or distribute fertilisers in the country.
He urged the suppliers to ensure that only licensed agro-dealers were allowed to buy their products, and to abide strictly and operate within the provisions of the fertiliser Act and the implementing regulations.
Umakhihe said that a grace period of two months has been granted for those who have not obtained their permit as failure to do so would have their facilities sealed off with resultant prosecution.
He said that the Act required that upon fulfilment of all required conditions, fertiliser , suppliers, , blenders and importers would be issued with the Certificate of Registration.
The permanent secretary said while Agro-dealers (distributors) that fulfiled the same will be issued with the sales permit.
Umakhihe said it should also be displayed in a strategic area of their facilities adding that the National Fertiliser Quality Control (NFQC) Act was in the process of repealing to accommodate Agricultural Pesticides in the Act.He explained that the essence was to consolidate and expand the Act, curtail the effect of contaminated foods and address the blending of adulterated fertilisers for the interest of farmers, genuine operators and the protection of environment.
Umakhihe commended the Federal Government for the National Fertilizer Quality Control Act signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.He said that the act required that all companies that would operate in Nigeria must be registered and get the certificate of registration and sales permit from the implementing authority.
The Director, Farm Inputs Support Services Department, Mr Kwaido Sanni, said the Act and Regulations were not intended to create a stumbling block to the operators’ business but to protect the genuine entrepreneurs, the farmers, the environment and the entire citizenry from both economic and human losses.
Sanni was represented by the Deputy Director, Farm inputs, Mr Ishaku Buba. nanews.
Delta Government on Thursday, lauded Nsukwa community in Aniocha South Local Government Area for opting for peace to end a six years crisis that had rocked the community.
The State Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Dr Godfrey Enita, gave the commendation, while presenting a cheque of N24 million on behalf of IMC Oil Palm Plantation Limited operating in the community in Asaba.
The commissioner said that with the payment of the six years rent arrears owed the Nsukwa community by IMC, the lingering crisis had been put to an end and peace finally restored in the area.
According to Enita, the occasion of the cheque presentation is one of the several of efforts by the Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa led government to revamp oil palm production and utilisation in the state.
“In this direction, the governor has ensured that peace and tranquility is maintained among oil palm companies and the host communities.
”He said that only peace and harmony would ensure growth and development in the oil palm industry to create wealth for the farmers and the teaming unemployed youths.
He recalled that oil palm had played a leading role in the economic lives of the people prior to the advent of crude oil, adding that it was significant as a foreign exchange earner in the sixties.
He said that Gov. Okowa’s administration had committed so much to revive the oil palm industry in both small and large scale production across the state, adding that its multipliers effects would be great in terms of food, jobs and wealth creation.
He, however, lauded the Chief Edwin Uzor peace and reconciliation committee for their efforts, the monarch, the youths of Nsukwa community and IMC plantation for toeing the part of peace.
“I want to commend the Nsukwa community for maintaining relative peace in spite of the backlog of rent owed by IMC from 2017 to 2021.In their separate remarks, the Obi of Nsukwa, HRM , Dr Kenneth Ezegbunam, represented by Mr Emeka Okofu, said that it was difficult but the situation was managed to avoid dire consequences.
He expressed joy that peace has finally returned to his kingdom, while thanking the governor and all stakeholders that engineered the peaceful settlement of the issue.
Also, the Public Relations Manager, IMC Plantation Limited, Mr Sebastien Olomu, said, “today is an auspicious day because peace has finally returned to the community.
“If there is no peace in a business community, nobody enjoys doing their business.
IMC has been praying for a day like this where all parties will come and agree for peace to return.
” These hiccups have dragged for more than six years from 2017 to date which resulted to the rent arrears of four million naira monthly to a total of N24 million for six years due the community.
”He also thanked all who made the peace move possible and realisable, particularly, “the monarch, youths wing and the OPC Oil Palm Company, who is our landlord and the state government.
Receiving the cheque on behalf of the community, the President General, Nsukwa Development Community, Pastor, Wisdom Mebele, thanked the state government and all for bring the year long crisis in the community to an end.
Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia has described national cohesion and inclusiveness as key to boosting the nation’s socio-economic development.
Ikpeazu said this on Thursday during the grandfinale of the 2022 Abia Day Celebration at the International Conference Center, Umuahia.
He called for concerted efforts to be made to arrest factors inhibiting the country’s socio-economic advancement.
He said that he had no plans to dump the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He, however, said that he was desirous to see the party take decisions that would promote national cohesion and inclusiveness.
Ikpeazu urged the leadership of the party to be sensitive to the yearnings of every member, regardless of the part of the country they come from.
“Every part of Nigeria, including the southeastern part, needs a voice in PDP.
“Today, as we vote for PDP, we need to know what is on the table for Igbo people because we ought to be carried along in the scheme of things.
“We are saying that in the Nigeria of tomorrow, we need to be on the table and not outside,” the governor said.
In a speech, the Acting Chairman of the Abia Advisory Council, Chief Chikezie Wachuku, urged Nigerians to vote wisely in the 2023 General Elections.
Wachuku further advised the citizenry to be vigilant and security conscious as well as promote the development agenda of the state government.
Speaking with newsmen on the sideline of the even, the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Chris Ezem, said the celebration offered an opportunity to the citizenry to appreciate the achievements recorded in different sectors of the state.
Ezem said that it was heartwarming that Abia belonged to the comity of states with polices and programmes capable of boosting its socio-economic growth.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that highlights of the celebration included the presentation of awards and installation of traditional rulers, amongst others.