Science & Technology

Bayelsa Govt. to set up agency to drive ICT

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The Bayelsa Government says plans are underway to set up the state’s Information Technology Development Agency to drive ICT development and utilisation in the state.


Dr Promise Ekio, the state’s Commissioner for Communication, Science and Technology, disclosed this to newsmen on Tuesday in Yenagoa.

Ekio said that the law setting up the agency had been passed by the state House of Assembly.

He added that the agency was crafted in line with what was obtainable at the federal level with key functions to drive ICT activities and deepen their use.

According to him, this will help to ensure transparency in governance, in compliance to ICT.

He said the state government had also begun the construction of a technology park in the state capital to be called, ‘Centre of Excellence’which would comprise an ICT centre/e-library, innovation centre and administrative block.

Ekio said that the project which was at 30 per cent completion but stalled due to lack of funds would generate revenue for the state on completion.

“We have come out with a number of projects that we intend to implement but the only problem we are having is funding.

“It has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic ravaging the world today and affecting the level of revenue that is accruing to government.

“Any society that wants to develop must be ICT compliant and the policy of government is to drive ICT more than the way before.

“That is why the government has come out with a law known as the Bayelsa State Information Development Agency.

“The policy of government is to widen and deepen the use of ICT in all tiers of government, business, education, health and others,” he said.

Edited By: Folasade Adeniran/Donald Ugwu
Source: NAN

The Bayelsa Commissioner for Communication, Science and Technology, Dr Promise Ekio,briefing newsmen.

https://nnn.ng/bayelsa-govt-to-set-up-agency-to-drive-ict/

Politics

Edo Polls: Foundation commends security personnel

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Cleen Foundation, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), has commended the conduct of the security personnel deployed for the Edo State Governorship election on Sept. 19.


Mr Benson Olugbuo, the Executive Director of the foundation, gave the commendation in a preliminary statement on the conduct of the election.

Olugbuo said that the conduct of the security agents made the electorate feel safe and confident while carrying out their civic duty.

“We observed the feeling of safety at the polling units. Our reports showed that 78 per cent of the polling units were safe and secure while 22 per cent were observed to be somewhat safe and secure.

“Report from our observers also showed that 94 per cent of the security personnel at the polling units were approachable and 83 per cent of the security personnel were impartial.

“However, we observed that at Uwa Primary School, Ward 10, Pollin Unit 21, Oredo Local Government Area, party and security agents were observed monitoring electorate’s votes in the cubicle disregarding the secrecy of the balloting system,” he said.

He lauded the security for early arrivals at 86 per cent of the polling units and for not scaring or threatening the safety of the electorate with the possession of firearms.

Olugbuo said its foundations observers also reported that on the aggregate, 83 per cent of the polling units had three or more security personnel which boosted voters’ safety and confidence.

He said that 96 per cent of security personnel were observed to be wearing easily identifiable name tags, which also encouraged voters to feel safe.

He noted that most electorate and few security personnel did not comply with the INEC COVID-19 protocols of wearing face masks and observing physical distancing.

He said that apart from wearing of facemasks, there was no physical distancing and there was absence of sanitisers.

He said that other observations were vote trading across the state, malfunctioning of some smart card readers and late commencement of voting in few places.

Olugbuo said that the organisation would continue to observe the elections and issue its post-election statement to detail more on the overall conduct of the security personnel.

He said that the observation was done by its trained observers under the platform of the Election Security Support Centre (ESSC), of the foundation, in collaboration with the Police Service Commission (PSC).

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Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Donald Ugwu
Source: NAN

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COVID-19

NCDC records 189 new COVID-19 cases, total now 57,145

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced 189 new cases of COVID-19 infections in the country, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 57,145.


The NCDC made this known on its official twitter handle on Saturday.

“As at Sept. 19, 2020, 189 new confirmed cases and one death was recorded in Nigeria.

“Till date, 57,145 cases have been confirmed, 48,431 cases have been discharged and 1,095 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory,” it said.

The agency stated that the 189 new infections were reported from 15 states of the federation.

The NCDC said that the figures also showed that Lagos, Plateau and the FCT accounted for 131 out of the 189 new cases.

“Lagos (70), Plateau (37), FCT (24), Kaduna (19), Rivers (12), Oyo (5), Ogun (4), Ebonyi (3), Katsina (3), Ondo (3), Osun (3), Imo (2), Yobe (2), Ekiti (1), Nasarawa (1),” it said.

The agency said that cloth masks provide protection when properly worn and cared for.

“Wear mask covering your nose and mouth, handle mask with clean hands and wash cloth face masks after each use.

“MaskOnNaija with other preventive measures. Learn how to make your own face mask: covid19.ncdc.gov.ng/media/files/DI… ,” it advised.

The NCDC advised older persons, especially those who were living with health conditions such as Diabetes, Cancer and Hypertension, not to travel during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“TakeResponsibility and adhere to all non pharmaceutical preventive measures of COVID-19 if you must travel,“ it said.

Edited By: Tayo Ikujini/Sadiya Hamza
Source: NAN

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Edo election: Why collation is delayed — INEC

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says that delay in the receipt of collated results of the governorship election from local government areas in Edo has delayed the collation at the state level.


INEC National Commissioner May Agbamuche-Mbu announced this on Sunday in Benin.

Agbamuche-Mbu, INEC commissioner incharge of Edo, Bayelsa and Rivers, is the commissioner overseeing the Edo election.

Addressing newsmen and party agents at the state collation centre, INEC headquarters, Benin, she said that results were still being expected from the 18 local government areas of the state.

She said: “This is to inform you all that we are still waiting for results from the local government areas.

“I am sorry we have to wait before we start collation. Only one local government has arrived in the centre.

“We are going to wait until at least, when results from seven local government areas arrive in the centre before we start.

“We do not want anybody to cast aspersions on us. So we are going to wait,”.

Edited By: Kevin Okunzuwa/Kayode Olaitan
Source: NAN

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El-Rufai to participate in maiden Kaduna Marathon on Nov. 21

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Gov. Nasiru El-Rufai of Kaduna State on Saturday, says the state is making arrangements to host a half-marathon on Nov. 21, 2020, tagged ‘Kaduna Runs’.


According to him, the maiden marathon will hold annually, and is meant to discover talents and attract investors to the state.

“Our hope is that it will also help reinforce Kaduna’s hard-earned reputation as an investment hub. As a fixture on the sporting and social calendars, Kaduna Runs will also attract interested persons to visit our state.”

It is a compelling idea to bring our people together in a common endeavour, he added while unveiling the event to newsmen in Kaduna.

“Let us run together. From those seeking the glory of winning a sporting contest, to young persons out to hone their talent in the half-marathon, to citizens who merely want to exercise or meet people or cheer up the runners, there is something for everyone,” he said.

The governor added that the event can also be used to raise funds for charities or to support good causes.

He therefore called on all residents – old or young, male or female, rich and poor – to support Kaduna Runs, a 13 miles half-marathon.

El-Rufai assured that all COVID-19 protocols will be observed during the event.

NAN reports that the governor obtained form to participate in the Marathon.

Edited By: Maharazu Ahmed
Source: NAN

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