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  •  Lagos PDP stalwart Gbadamosi declares support for Peter Obi
    Lagos PDP stalwart, Gbadamosi declares support for Peter Obi
     Lagos PDP stalwart Gbadamosi declares support for Peter Obi
    Lagos PDP stalwart, Gbadamosi declares support for Peter Obi
    General news2 weeks ago

    Lagos PDP stalwart, Gbadamosi declares support for Peter Obi

    A stalwart of the  PDP in Lagos State, Mr Babatunde Gbadamosi (BOG)  on Friday, defected to the Labour Party (LP), declaring support for its presidential candidate, Mr Peter Obi. Gbadamosi, a former governorship candidate of the African Democratic Party and a former Lagos East Senatorial Candidate of the PDP, made this known in a statement in Lagos.

    “I had completely lost hope,  especially in the youths of Nigeria,  considering how the senatorial bye-elections panned out,  after the traumatic events of the  #EndSARS.

    “However, the exit of Peter Obi from the PDP and his subsequent emergence as the Presidential candidate of the LP, and his brilliant choice of Mallam Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed as running mate have rekindled my hope.

    “I am 54 years old, and never in my life have I been privileged to witness the kind of energy, vim, vigor, unity and tenacity of purpose being exhibited by youths of all ethnicities and religious backgrounds in Nigeria over a political candidate.

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    “I hereby publicly declare my resignation from the PDP and wish all the remaining members well.

    “By the same token, I also hereby publicly declare my support for the Labour Party and its presidential candidate, Mr Peter Obi,” Gbadamosi said.

    He recounted how he joined the PDP in Ikorodu in 2008 and remained  a loyal member of the party, contributing whatever he could to the growth and development of the party in Lagos state and throughout Nigeria, until he took an early retirement from partisan politics in 2017. “I came to recognise that the problems of PDP run quite deep, and their tepid opposition  is in fact by design of some  individuals populating the party leadership from top to bottom,” he said.

    He said that he was motivated that almost all youths, who were not professional politicians or influencers-for-hire, had been popularising Obi’s presidential ambition.

    He said that Obi had over the years, shown himself to be a creative, prudent and frugal administrator as well as a trustworthy custodian of public funds.

    Gbadamosi also described the LP vice presidential candidate, as urbane, prudent, practical and principled politician.

    He said: “These two share a passion for education and knowledge, with Obi’s documented exploits in the education sector as governor of Anambra and Baba-Ahmed’s direct investment in education as Pro-Chancellor of the highly respected Baze University, Abuja.

    “Both share a disdain for graft and believe in exterminating contract padding.

    “I find myself left with no choice, when faced with the alternatives, but to publicly throw in my lot with these two fine gentlemen, especially considering that another good Uncle of mine, Dr Doyin Okupe is one of the navigators of their journey and had invited me very much earlier.


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  •  Human Trafficking Osinbajo calls for collaborative efforts of all stakeholders
    Human Trafficking: Osinbajo calls for collaborative efforts of all stakeholders
     Human Trafficking Osinbajo calls for collaborative efforts of all stakeholders
    Human Trafficking: Osinbajo calls for collaborative efforts of all stakeholders
    General news2 weeks ago

    Human Trafficking: Osinbajo calls for collaborative efforts of all stakeholders

     Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has called for collaborative efforts of all stakeholders in the fight against human trafficking and migration.

    The Vice President made the call on Monday in Abuja at the grand finale of the 2022 UN Day Against Human Trafficking.

    Represented by Mr Adéọlá Ipaye, Deputy Chief of Staff to the President, Office of the Vice President, stated that it was only by working together that the war against human trafficking could be won.

    According to him, human trafficking is a global phenomenon, while encouraging everybody to rekindle their commitment so that the fight against the menace can be won.

    He said that President Buhari administration had continue to deploy political will in the fight against human trafficking, saying that the drive would continue in that direction.

    Osinbajo congratulated NAPTIP for the progress it had made in the fight and other stakeholders for the support they had given the agency for the feat it had achieved.

    He said that policy document would continue to set agenda and reversal of human trafficking in order to ensure safety of Nigeria in the Federal Government standard procedure.

    “All organisations offering shelters and homes to trafficked persons must ensure people are not exploited, we will continue to scale our efforts in the areas of protection, prosecution and others.

    “We can only win this fight by working together with common vision,” Osinbajo stressed.

    Earlier, the Director General of NAPTIP, Dr Fatima Waziri-Azi, said that the agency had recently commenced a nationwide establishment of trafficking in persons and violence against persons vanguard across the one 110 Federal Government Colleges.

    She said that the vanguard was intended to increase the capacity of students to identify and report incidents of human trafficking and Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, in and outside schools.

    She stated that the idea was to raise a generation of young people empowered to advocate against these crimes and promote safe migration as an option rather than irregular migration.

    According to her, we can do a lot of prevention work just by opening their eyes to the problem.

    Waziri-Azi  said that the theme for the 2022 UN Day Against Human Trafficking “Use and Abuse of Technology” which featured debate for and against between Baze University, Abuja and Veritas University, Abuja, was timely.

    According to her, traffickers are misusing technology to drive their agenda in trafficking many young Nigerians, saying that, there is need to change the narrative.

    “Human traffickers now operate online as much as they operate offline.

    If the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us anything, it is the re-enforcement of the need for digital channel of communication.

    “Human traffickers have also caught on to this digital transformation, there is an obvious shift from physical to virtual recruitment as traffickers have kept pace with technology, becoming proficient at using the internet for their trafficking operations.

    “The theme: “Use and Abuse of Technology” for the 2022 human trafficking day.

    This theme focuses on the role of technology as a tool that can enable, as well as impede human trafficking.

    “This theme is timely, could not have come at a better time considering the fact that at NAPTIP, we are seeing an increase in fake job advertorials and fake scholarships via social media.

    “Traffickers use it to recruit and cat fish unsuspecting victims,” she said.

    Waziri-Azi  said that NAPTIP in partnership with the US- National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) will enhance tracing and diligent investigation of all cases relating to online child abuse, human trafficking and other related crimes.

    She said that the partnership would also help detect persons who use social media platforms to electronically distribute pornographic materials to either blackmail or exploit victims.

    According to her, the agency is currently investigating its first “sextortion“ case, adding that it has set up a cybercrime task team that is dedicated to tackle online crimes.

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  •  Blockchain Technology NITDA urges youths to upscale talent
    Blockchain Technology: NITDA urges youths to upscale talent
     Blockchain Technology NITDA urges youths to upscale talent
    Blockchain Technology: NITDA urges youths to upscale talent
    General news4 weeks ago

    Blockchain Technology: NITDA urges youths to upscale talent

    The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) on Friday urged young people to upscale their talent in emerging technologies for nation building.

    Mr Kashifu Inuwa, Director-General of NITDA, made the call during the 2022 Blockchain Developers’ Summit at Baze University, Abuja.

    Inuwa spoke on how Blockchain Technology can support Digital Transformation and facilitate the Development of Nigeria into a Digital Economy.

    He said that NITDA was committed to creating, stimulating the ecosystem for Blockchain technology and ensuring that Nigerian innovators thrived.

    ”There are a lot of opportunities in Blockchain and it is critical in every business.

    ”Talent is the human component of technology and innovations with Blockchain and emerging technologies is about the new solutions one is bringing onboard.

    “So, you need to task yourself to know which solutions or offerings the industry requires,” Inuwa said.

    According to him, the time for Nigerian youths to leverage on the growing digital sector to tackle the myriad of challenges facing the nation is now, in spite ethnic differences, because innovative ideas cannot be monopolised.

    He said, ”Innovation is beyond invention, it needs to get to the point of commercialisation and until you can pitch your idea for someone to pay for your solutions, the innovation would, sadly, only be just an idea.” According to him, government is building an ecosystem that will enable young ones to hatch their ideas from conception to realisation.

    The NITDA boss also emphasised on the need for the participants to have venture capitalists who would invest in their innovative ideas.

    The D-G also said that the organisation had developed the Blockchain adoption strategy to help stimulate the adoption of blockchain in the country.

    He said that it would establish the Nigerian Blockchain Consortium which the summit would address.

    Other steps to ensure developing blockchain technology include strengthening developmental regulation and law, and finding focus areas.

    Promoting Literacy and Blockchain, Digital Innovation Incentivisation and the Startup Bill which has passed through the third reading at the National Assembly are also other steps.

    Inuwa charged Youth Corps Members to take advantage of the opportunity and start a business before the end of their service year and possibly always ensure to be among the first movers in any digital-related endeavour. 

    The D-G also inaugurated the Baze University Artificial Laboratory in company of some international innovators.

    The summit was attended by no fewer than 1,500 participants, comprising majorly the National Youth Service Corps Members. 

       

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  2023 Senior lawyer backs Tinubu on Muslim Muslim ticket
    2023: Senior lawyer backs Tinubu on Muslim-Muslim ticket
     2023 Senior lawyer backs Tinubu on Muslim Muslim ticket
    2023: Senior lawyer backs Tinubu on Muslim-Muslim ticket
    General news1 month ago

    2023: Senior lawyer backs Tinubu on Muslim-Muslim ticket

    Chief Oba Maduabuchi, SAN, has endorsed the decision by Sen. Bola Tinubu, Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to pick a fellow Muslim as his running mate.Maduabuchi, in an interview with newsmen on Monday in Abuja, said Tinubu’s decision was based on the existing political circumstances in the country.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Tinubu, on Sunday in Daura, Katsina State, had announced Kashim Shettima, a former governor of Borno and serving senator representing Borno Central Senatorial District as his running mate.While the APC presidential candidate is a Muslim from the South West, Shettima is a Muslim from the North East.Shettima’s choice has generated controversy in the nation’s political discourse.But reactioning, the senior lawyer appealed to Nigerians to understand the nation’s political dynamics and arithmetics.He said that the choice of a Muslim vice presidential candidate is not a matter of religion, but a matter of exigency.Maduabuchi further said that politics and political successes in an election are controlled by votes and not religious sentiments.“This is because, in political decisions, it is the interest that reigns supreme. What is your interest? What is your objective and not what your religion or sentiments are.“Everything a candidate in an election is seeking are votes. If he comes to your church or mosque, he is coming there to campaign for votes.“So, if Tinubu, being a southern Muslim, decides to pick a Christian from the North as his running mate, he may lose the election because the north is predominantly Muslim.“If you exclude the northern Muslims in the electoral equation, how many votes do you think he will get from the north?“So, it is the circumstances of Nigerian polity that made it compelling that he must pick a northern Muslim as running mate,” he said.Maduabuchi said that people who are criticising Tinubu for picking a fellow Muslim as his running mate are indirectly campaigning for him because of what is called sympathy of numbers.“Once you begin to criticise Tinubu that he is running a Muslim-Muslim ticket, you are making the Muslims in the north to bond together and it will now become like a war between the Christians and Muslims.“And if 60 per cent of the Muslims in the North vote for Tinubu, he has won the election,” he saidThe legal practitioner said with this political calculation, it would be wrong for Tinubu to waste his vice presidential slot on minority votes, shutting out the majority.Maduabuchi also hailed the choice of Sen. Datti Baba-Ahmed as a perfect choice that would complement Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party.He said that Datti, the founder and pro-chancellor of Baze University, Abuja is a highly principled personality and well respected technocrat and an independent-minded person that would match the vision and objectives of Obi presidency.

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