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  •   Gov Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State says his administration will collaborate with the Islamic Development Bank IDB in the areas of Agriculture industrialisation and corporate social responsibility Sule who disclosed this while chatting with journalists at the Government House Lafia shortly after his return from Saudi Arabia on Monday said the collaboration was to move the state forward Sule who was in has Saudi Arabia for the lesser Hajj said he visited the headquarters of the IDB in Jedda Saudi Arabia in a bid to further strengthen the existing ties between the Bank and Nasarawa State According to the Governor he met with the IDB officials in order to explore areas of opportunities and strengthen collaboration with the IDB for its continuous support to Nasarawa State He said the discussions centred on the need for the bank to explore opportunities in Agriculture and Industrialisation in the state He expressed gratitude at having met with the Bank s Vice President for African Affairs Dr Mansur Mukhtar Nigeria s former Minister of Finance We are looking at other areas where they can support us some more We have so many areas where we strongly believe in the corporate social responsibility that the bank provides We are also interested in the facilities that the bank provides at very reasonable and accommodating rates that we can afford to even use the opportunity to take off if there are any other facility that we have that are accruing interest We looked at all those areas and then there are areas of social support that they give in the areas of teaching training as well as Information and Communication Technology ICT and the rest of that the governor explained He said that he also used the opportunity of his holy visit to Saudi Arabia to inspect various sites for the accommodation of Nasarawa State pilgrims ahead of next year s Hajj Sule expressed the desire to improve on the standard of accommodation and feeding for the pilgrims beyond what was provided in previous years Edited by Oluyinka Fadare Maharazu Ahmed NAN
    Nasarawa seeks closer ties with Islamic Development Bank
      Gov Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State says his administration will collaborate with the Islamic Development Bank IDB in the areas of Agriculture industrialisation and corporate social responsibility Sule who disclosed this while chatting with journalists at the Government House Lafia shortly after his return from Saudi Arabia on Monday said the collaboration was to move the state forward Sule who was in has Saudi Arabia for the lesser Hajj said he visited the headquarters of the IDB in Jedda Saudi Arabia in a bid to further strengthen the existing ties between the Bank and Nasarawa State According to the Governor he met with the IDB officials in order to explore areas of opportunities and strengthen collaboration with the IDB for its continuous support to Nasarawa State He said the discussions centred on the need for the bank to explore opportunities in Agriculture and Industrialisation in the state He expressed gratitude at having met with the Bank s Vice President for African Affairs Dr Mansur Mukhtar Nigeria s former Minister of Finance We are looking at other areas where they can support us some more We have so many areas where we strongly believe in the corporate social responsibility that the bank provides We are also interested in the facilities that the bank provides at very reasonable and accommodating rates that we can afford to even use the opportunity to take off if there are any other facility that we have that are accruing interest We looked at all those areas and then there are areas of social support that they give in the areas of teaching training as well as Information and Communication Technology ICT and the rest of that the governor explained He said that he also used the opportunity of his holy visit to Saudi Arabia to inspect various sites for the accommodation of Nasarawa State pilgrims ahead of next year s Hajj Sule expressed the desire to improve on the standard of accommodation and feeding for the pilgrims beyond what was provided in previous years Edited by Oluyinka Fadare Maharazu Ahmed NAN
    Nasarawa seeks closer ties with Islamic Development Bank
    Economy3 years ago

    Nasarawa seeks closer ties with Islamic Development Bank

    Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State, says his administration will collaborate with the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) in the areas of Agriculture, industrialisation and corporate social responsibility.

    Sule, who disclosed this while chatting with journalists at the Government House, Lafia, shortly after his return from Saudi Arabia on Monday, said the collaboration was to move the state forward.

    Sule, who was in has Saudi Arabia for the lesser Hajj, said he visited the headquarters of the IDB in Jedda, Saudi Arabia, in a bid to further strengthen the existing ties between the Bank and Nasarawa State.

    According to the Governor, he met with the IDB officials in order to explore areas of opportunities and strengthen collaboration with the IDB for its continuous support to Nasarawa State.

    He said the discussions centred on the need for the bank to explore opportunities in Agriculture and Industrialisation in the state.

    He expressed gratitude at having met with the Bank’s Vice President for African Affairs, Dr. Mansur Mukhtar, Nigeria’s former Minister of Finance.

    “We are looking at other areas where they can support us some more. We have so many areas where we strongly believe in the corporate social responsibility that the bank provides.

    “We are also interested in the facilities that the bank provides at very reasonable and accommodating rates that we can afford to even use the opportunity to take off, if there are any other facility that we have that are accruing interest.

    “We looked at all those areas, and then there are areas of social support that they give in the areas of teaching, training, as well as Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and the rest of that,” the governor explained.

    He said that he also used the opportunity of his holy visit to Saudi Arabia to inspect various sites for the accommodation of Nasarawa State pilgrims ahead of next year’s Hajj.

    Sule expressed the desire to improve on the standard of accommodation and feeding for the pilgrims beyond what was provided in previous years.

    Edited by: Oluyinka Fadare/Maharazu Ahmed
    (NAN)

     

     

     

  •  Strengthening the Civil Service for effective service delivery Nigeria News Agency The government at various times had embarked on articulated reforms in the Nigerian Civil Service aimed at boosting service delivery Regrettably in spite the reforms the Civil Service is still bedeviled with inefficiency low productivity over bloated staff among others Mrs Winifred Oyo Ita former Head of Civil Service of the Federation like her predecessors had introduced measures designed to make the Service more efficient and responsive One of the programme is the Structured Mandatory Training Programme SMAT P for civil servants and the re designed three core training modules on Leadership Enhancement Advancement Development Programme LEAD P of the training exercise being part of the Federal Civil Service Strategy and Implementation Plan FCSSIP 2017 2020 SMAT P is specifically organised to mark the commencement of the training activities under FCSSIP 2017 2020 The FCSSIP 2020 is one of the Efficient Productive Incorruptible and Citizen centred EPIC programme which was inaugurated in 2017 but to take effect in 2020 The purpose of FCSSIP 2020 initiative is to ensure that operations in the public service reflect the EPIC culture in the civil service with tendency of transforming the system to a world class bureaucratic setting EPIC is one of the eight key priority initiatives of the strategy which is central and will play critical role to successful delivery of the goals and objectives of the other initiatives As you may recall we launched the 2017 2020 FCSSIP 2020 indicating a commitment to organisational transformation with a vision to build a modern public service This is the organisation that provides world class service for sustainable National Development It also envisioned a change in behaviour from bureaucratic red tapism to an entrepreneurial result oriented and innovative public service among other goals Oyo Ita said According to her the FCSSIP 2020 will address the challenge of untargeted trainings facing the Service Oyo Ita explained that the absence of structured and targeted training programmes for civil servants has been a major challenge to the Federal Civil Service operations Training activities across the Ministries Department and Agencies MDAs have hitherto been carried out haphazardly without considering the actual competencies lacking in the Service This approach has exacerbated the knowledge and skills gap in the service she said The focus of the plan she said was to ascertain the obvious knowledge and skill gaps in Nigeria s civil service and design relevant training contents to fill them Dr Magdalene Ajani Permanent Secretary Service Policies and Strategies Office Office of the HCSF on her part said that the essence of training was to have a more robust input from both participants and the trainers themselves Ajani tasked civil servants who benefitted from trainings to apply what they learnt in their various jobs in order to boost productivity in the nation s civil service According to her every civil servant will be trained beginning with the core civil servants after whom the public servants will take their own turns Another effort by the Federal Government to ensure the upgrading of civil servants horizon in service delivery was the collaboration with HUAWEI Chinese company s training tagged ICT for Change Programme The aim of the training is to improve the capacity of the Federal Public Service in Information and Communication Technology ICT with the training of 1 000 public servants drawn from MDAs While commending HUAWEI Technology Mr Boss Mustapha Secretary to the Government of the Federation applauded the Chinese company for its gesture to train 1 000 public servants on ICT According to Mustapha the journey began in 2018 with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding MoU between the Federal Government and the HUAWEI Technologies Nigeria Ltd Interestingly this event signifies a further collaboration between government and private sector organisations This I believe will facilitate the ongoing efforts at improving the quality of service delivery to Nigerians through all government policies programmes and projects he said He tasked the 1 000 public servants who received the training to use the initiative to improve the nation s public service in their various MDAs Mr Olusegun Adekunle Permanent Secretary General Services Office Office of SGF commended Huawei Technologies for its corporate social responsibility obligations in Nigeria Adekunle said that the government would continue to invest in people by improving ICT talents through technical training ICT for change is one of such programmes sponsored by Huawei Technologies and particularly designed to build capacity and improve on the skills of 1 000 public servants in the area of ICT Essentially this programme complements the implementation of reforms in the Federal Public Service part of which is intended to upgrade the public service through a constructive plan to boost knowledge and efficiency within the work force It is paramount to note that government is dependent on a resourceful and efficient public service for the implementation of its policies and programmes for the actualisation of a better Nigeria Mr Zhou Pingjian Ambassador of People s Republic of China to Nigeria noted the great roles play by civil servants in the smooth running of administration of any country According to him with the spread and application of ICT in the society civil servants everywhere are being confronted with more and more ICT related challenges in formulating and implementing policies In continuation of the training initiative Dr Folashade Yemi Esan the Acting HCSF her office in partnership with Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT initiated another training on Radical Innovation Training Programme The training that involved about 80 civil servants drawn from MDAs was aimed at developing a more innovative civil service for improved service delivery via dedicated innovation units Mrs Nkechi Onosode a participant at one of the training confirmed that the training was beneficial and that she got useful information to upgrade her skills for effective service delivery I believe at the end of the programme I will gain a wider knowledge skills and attitude for effective service delivery she said Stakeholders believe that with sustained training the Civil Service will live up to expectation in service delivery
    Strengthening the Civil Service for effective service delivery
     Strengthening the Civil Service for effective service delivery Nigeria News Agency The government at various times had embarked on articulated reforms in the Nigerian Civil Service aimed at boosting service delivery Regrettably in spite the reforms the Civil Service is still bedeviled with inefficiency low productivity over bloated staff among others Mrs Winifred Oyo Ita former Head of Civil Service of the Federation like her predecessors had introduced measures designed to make the Service more efficient and responsive One of the programme is the Structured Mandatory Training Programme SMAT P for civil servants and the re designed three core training modules on Leadership Enhancement Advancement Development Programme LEAD P of the training exercise being part of the Federal Civil Service Strategy and Implementation Plan FCSSIP 2017 2020 SMAT P is specifically organised to mark the commencement of the training activities under FCSSIP 2017 2020 The FCSSIP 2020 is one of the Efficient Productive Incorruptible and Citizen centred EPIC programme which was inaugurated in 2017 but to take effect in 2020 The purpose of FCSSIP 2020 initiative is to ensure that operations in the public service reflect the EPIC culture in the civil service with tendency of transforming the system to a world class bureaucratic setting EPIC is one of the eight key priority initiatives of the strategy which is central and will play critical role to successful delivery of the goals and objectives of the other initiatives As you may recall we launched the 2017 2020 FCSSIP 2020 indicating a commitment to organisational transformation with a vision to build a modern public service This is the organisation that provides world class service for sustainable National Development It also envisioned a change in behaviour from bureaucratic red tapism to an entrepreneurial result oriented and innovative public service among other goals Oyo Ita said According to her the FCSSIP 2020 will address the challenge of untargeted trainings facing the Service Oyo Ita explained that the absence of structured and targeted training programmes for civil servants has been a major challenge to the Federal Civil Service operations Training activities across the Ministries Department and Agencies MDAs have hitherto been carried out haphazardly without considering the actual competencies lacking in the Service This approach has exacerbated the knowledge and skills gap in the service she said The focus of the plan she said was to ascertain the obvious knowledge and skill gaps in Nigeria s civil service and design relevant training contents to fill them Dr Magdalene Ajani Permanent Secretary Service Policies and Strategies Office Office of the HCSF on her part said that the essence of training was to have a more robust input from both participants and the trainers themselves Ajani tasked civil servants who benefitted from trainings to apply what they learnt in their various jobs in order to boost productivity in the nation s civil service According to her every civil servant will be trained beginning with the core civil servants after whom the public servants will take their own turns Another effort by the Federal Government to ensure the upgrading of civil servants horizon in service delivery was the collaboration with HUAWEI Chinese company s training tagged ICT for Change Programme The aim of the training is to improve the capacity of the Federal Public Service in Information and Communication Technology ICT with the training of 1 000 public servants drawn from MDAs While commending HUAWEI Technology Mr Boss Mustapha Secretary to the Government of the Federation applauded the Chinese company for its gesture to train 1 000 public servants on ICT According to Mustapha the journey began in 2018 with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding MoU between the Federal Government and the HUAWEI Technologies Nigeria Ltd Interestingly this event signifies a further collaboration between government and private sector organisations This I believe will facilitate the ongoing efforts at improving the quality of service delivery to Nigerians through all government policies programmes and projects he said He tasked the 1 000 public servants who received the training to use the initiative to improve the nation s public service in their various MDAs Mr Olusegun Adekunle Permanent Secretary General Services Office Office of SGF commended Huawei Technologies for its corporate social responsibility obligations in Nigeria Adekunle said that the government would continue to invest in people by improving ICT talents through technical training ICT for change is one of such programmes sponsored by Huawei Technologies and particularly designed to build capacity and improve on the skills of 1 000 public servants in the area of ICT Essentially this programme complements the implementation of reforms in the Federal Public Service part of which is intended to upgrade the public service through a constructive plan to boost knowledge and efficiency within the work force It is paramount to note that government is dependent on a resourceful and efficient public service for the implementation of its policies and programmes for the actualisation of a better Nigeria Mr Zhou Pingjian Ambassador of People s Republic of China to Nigeria noted the great roles play by civil servants in the smooth running of administration of any country According to him with the spread and application of ICT in the society civil servants everywhere are being confronted with more and more ICT related challenges in formulating and implementing policies In continuation of the training initiative Dr Folashade Yemi Esan the Acting HCSF her office in partnership with Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT initiated another training on Radical Innovation Training Programme The training that involved about 80 civil servants drawn from MDAs was aimed at developing a more innovative civil service for improved service delivery via dedicated innovation units Mrs Nkechi Onosode a participant at one of the training confirmed that the training was beneficial and that she got useful information to upgrade her skills for effective service delivery I believe at the end of the programme I will gain a wider knowledge skills and attitude for effective service delivery she said Stakeholders believe that with sustained training the Civil Service will live up to expectation in service delivery
    Strengthening the Civil Service for effective service delivery
    Features3 years ago

    Strengthening the Civil Service for effective service delivery

    Strengthening the Civil Service for effective service delivery

    , Nigeria News Agency

    The government at various times had embarked on articulated reforms in the Nigerian Civil Service aimed at boosting service delivery.

    Regrettably, in spite the reforms, the Civil Service is still bedeviled with inefficiency, low productivity, over-bloated staff, among others,

    Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita, former Head of Civil Service of the Federation, like her predecessors, had introduced measures designed to make the Service more efficient and responsive.

    One of the programme is the Structured Mandatory Training Programme (SMAT-P) for civil servants, and the re-designed three core training modules on Leadership Enhancement Advancement Development-Programme (LEAD-P) of the training exercise, being part of the Federal Civil Service Strategy and Implementation Plan (FCSSIP) 2017-2020.

    SMAT-P is specifically organised to mark the commencement of the training activities under FCSSIP 2017-2020.

    The FCSSIP 2020, is one of the Efficient, Productive, Incorruptible and Citizen-centred (EPIC) programme, which was inaugurated in 2017, but to take effect in 2020.

    The purpose of FCSSIP 2020 initiative, is to ensure that operations in the public service reflect the EPIC culture in the civil service, with tendency of transforming the system to a world class bureaucratic setting.

    “EPIC is one of the eight key priority initiatives of the strategy, which is central and will play critical role to successful delivery of the goals and objectives of the other initiatives.

    “As you may recall, we launched the 2017-2020 FCSSIP-2020, indicating a commitment to organisational transformation, with a vision to build a modern public service.

    “This is the organisation that provides world class service for sustainable National Development.

    “It also envisioned a change in behaviour, from bureaucratic red-tapism to an entrepreneurial result-oriented and innovative public service, among other goals,“ Oyo-Ita said.

    According to her, the FCSSIP-2020 will address the challenge of untargeted trainings, facing the Service.

    Oyo-Ita explained that the absence of structured and targeted training programmes for civil servants has been a major challenge to the Federal Civil Service operations.

    “Training activities across the Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) have hitherto been carried out haphazardly, without considering the actual competencies lacking in the Service.

    “This approach has exacerbated the knowledge and skills gap in the service,“ she said.

    The focus of the plan, she said, was to ascertain the obvious knowledge and skill gaps in Nigeria`s civil service and design relevant training contents to fill them.

    Dr Magdalene Ajani, Permanent Secretary, Service Policies and Strategies Office, Office of the HCSF, on her part, said that the essence of  training was to have a more robust input from both  participants and the trainers themselves.

    Ajani tasked civil servants who benefitted from   trainings to apply what they learnt in their various jobs in order to boost productivity in the nation`s civil service.

    According to her, every civil servant will be trained, beginning with the core civil servants, after whom the public servants will take their own turns.

    Another effort by the Federal Government to ensure the upgrading of civil servants` horizon in service delivery, was the collaboration with HUAWEI Chinese company`s training, tagged, ` ICT for Change Programme.`

    The aim of the training is to improve the capacity of the Federal Public Service in Information and Communication Technology (ICT), with the training of 1,000 public servants, drawn from MDAs.

    While commending HUAWEI Technology, Mr Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, applauded the Chinese company for its gesture to train 1,000 public servants on ICT.

    According to Mustapha, the journey began in 2018, with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), between the Federal Government and the HUAWEI Technologies Nigeria Ltd.

    “Interestingly, this event signifies a further collaboration between government and private sector organisations.

    “This, I believe, will facilitate the ongoing efforts at improving the quality of service delivery to Nigerians through all government policies, programmes and projects, “ he said.

    He tasked the 1,000 public servants who received the training to use the initiative to improve the nation`s public service in their various MDAs.

    Mr Olusegun Adekunle, Permanent Secretary, General Services Office, Office of SGF, commended Huawei Technologies for its corporate social responsibility obligations in Nigeria.

    Adekunle said that the government would continue to invest in people by improving ICT talents through technical training.

    “ICT for change is one of such programmes sponsored by Huawei Technologies and particularly designed to build capacity and improve on the skills of 1,000 public servants in the area of ICT.

    “Essentially, this programme complements the implementation of reforms in the Federal Public Service, part of which is intended to upgrade the public service through a constructive plan to boost knowledge and efficiency within the work force.

    “It is paramount to note that government is dependent on a resourceful and efficient public service for the implementation of its policies and programmes for the actualisation of a better Nigeria.’’

    Mr Zhou Pingjian, Ambassador of People`s Republic of China to Nigeria, noted the great roles play by civil servants in the smooth running of administration of any country.

    According to him, with the spread and application of ICT in the society, civil servants everywhere are being confronted with  more and more ICT-related challenges in formulating and implementing policies.

    In continuation of the training initiative, Dr Folashade Yemi-Esan, the Acting HCSF, her office, in partnership with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), initiated another training on `Radical Innovation Training Programme.’

    The training that involved about 80 civil servants, drawn from MDAs was aimed at developing a more innovative civil service for improved service delivery, via dedicated innovation units.

    Mrs Nkechi Onosode, a participant at one of the training, confirmed that the training was beneficial, and that she got useful information to upgrade her skills for effective service delivery.

    “I believe at the end of the programme, I will gain a wider knowledge, skills and attitude for effective service delivery,’’she said.

    Stakeholders believe that with sustained training, the Civil Service will live up to expectation in service delivery.

     

     

  •   Connected Development CODE an NGO has called on Kaduna state government to mainstream Information and Communication Technology ICT into its education policy to prepare young people for ICT driven jobs CODE Chief Executive Officer Hamzat Lawal made the call when he led other officials of the organisation on a courtesy visit to the state s Commissioner for Planning and Budget Commission in Kaduna on Wednesday Lawal represented by the NGO s State Team Lead Zaliha Lawal said that the youth should be exposed to ICT from primary school to prepare them for future skills that revolves around ICT According to him this will adequately equip the youths with needed skills and prepare them for the ICT driven jobs that currently characterised labour markets across the world We appreciate the state government for the consistent reasonable budgetary allocation to the education sector It is quite commendable But how digital is the education sector Today there is huge unemployment because our youths are not trained to handle the ICT driven jobs of today The state s budget and education programmes should speak to the needs of young people We want the government to focus more on providing youths with the kind of education and skills that will enable them respond to needs of the present and that of the future he said He appealed to the government to also tailor its health programmes and interventions to meet the yearnings of young people particularly sexual and reproductive health services We noticed that the priority of government in the health sector does not speak into the yearnings of young people Take sexual and reproductive health services for instance where young people still face some discrimination in accessing contraceptives and other family planning services in health facilities This should be looked into to enable youths make informed choices that assures positive outcome in the future This is critical in accelerating the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs in the state he added The CEO also said that CODE with support from Action Aid Nigeria had in the last four months been training youths on how to analyse the budget According to him the goal is to support young people access relevant information to demand for quality services that respond to their needs They keep telling us that youths are the leaders of tomorrow but for us tomorrow is now and today We have begun organising ourselves for position of leadership But we cannot take the position of leadership if we are not well trained and prepared to face the challenges of the day Therefore we want a sustainable budgeting system in education and health sectors that meet the yearnings of young people as critical stakeholders in attaining SDGs in the state We also appeal to the government to mainstream people living with disabilities in governance and in the provision of services to foster social and economic inclusion he explained Responding the Commissioner Mr Thomas Gyang thanked CODE for the visit and described the NGO as a worthy partner saying that the state government was doing its best to empower young people Gyang explained that the state was currently providing scholarship to young people to fill various skill gap in the state He also said that a committee had been set up to determine available jobs with no skills and those with skills but no job to guide the state s youth employment programmes On ICT the commissioner said that government had distributed tablet computers to secondary school students adding that all public primary and secondary school would be equipped with computer laboratories for sustainability For the health sector Gyang said that the government was taking necessary steps to improve the quality of services through renovation and equipping health centres with needed facilities and manpower He said that state was passionate about meeting the needs of people living with disabilities stressing that government was not only giving them voice but creating space for them to live a quality life Edited by Ifeyinwa Okonkwo Tukur Muntari NAN
    NGO urges Kaduna Govt. to mainstream ICT in education sector
      Connected Development CODE an NGO has called on Kaduna state government to mainstream Information and Communication Technology ICT into its education policy to prepare young people for ICT driven jobs CODE Chief Executive Officer Hamzat Lawal made the call when he led other officials of the organisation on a courtesy visit to the state s Commissioner for Planning and Budget Commission in Kaduna on Wednesday Lawal represented by the NGO s State Team Lead Zaliha Lawal said that the youth should be exposed to ICT from primary school to prepare them for future skills that revolves around ICT According to him this will adequately equip the youths with needed skills and prepare them for the ICT driven jobs that currently characterised labour markets across the world We appreciate the state government for the consistent reasonable budgetary allocation to the education sector It is quite commendable But how digital is the education sector Today there is huge unemployment because our youths are not trained to handle the ICT driven jobs of today The state s budget and education programmes should speak to the needs of young people We want the government to focus more on providing youths with the kind of education and skills that will enable them respond to needs of the present and that of the future he said He appealed to the government to also tailor its health programmes and interventions to meet the yearnings of young people particularly sexual and reproductive health services We noticed that the priority of government in the health sector does not speak into the yearnings of young people Take sexual and reproductive health services for instance where young people still face some discrimination in accessing contraceptives and other family planning services in health facilities This should be looked into to enable youths make informed choices that assures positive outcome in the future This is critical in accelerating the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs in the state he added The CEO also said that CODE with support from Action Aid Nigeria had in the last four months been training youths on how to analyse the budget According to him the goal is to support young people access relevant information to demand for quality services that respond to their needs They keep telling us that youths are the leaders of tomorrow but for us tomorrow is now and today We have begun organising ourselves for position of leadership But we cannot take the position of leadership if we are not well trained and prepared to face the challenges of the day Therefore we want a sustainable budgeting system in education and health sectors that meet the yearnings of young people as critical stakeholders in attaining SDGs in the state We also appeal to the government to mainstream people living with disabilities in governance and in the provision of services to foster social and economic inclusion he explained Responding the Commissioner Mr Thomas Gyang thanked CODE for the visit and described the NGO as a worthy partner saying that the state government was doing its best to empower young people Gyang explained that the state was currently providing scholarship to young people to fill various skill gap in the state He also said that a committee had been set up to determine available jobs with no skills and those with skills but no job to guide the state s youth employment programmes On ICT the commissioner said that government had distributed tablet computers to secondary school students adding that all public primary and secondary school would be equipped with computer laboratories for sustainability For the health sector Gyang said that the government was taking necessary steps to improve the quality of services through renovation and equipping health centres with needed facilities and manpower He said that state was passionate about meeting the needs of people living with disabilities stressing that government was not only giving them voice but creating space for them to live a quality life Edited by Ifeyinwa Okonkwo Tukur Muntari NAN
    NGO urges Kaduna Govt. to mainstream ICT in education sector
    Education3 years ago

    NGO urges Kaduna Govt. to mainstream ICT in education sector

    Connected Development (CODE), an NGO, has called on Kaduna state government to mainstream Information and Communication Technology (ICT) into its education policy to prepare young people for ICT-driven jobs.

    CODE Chief Executive Officer, Hamzat Lawal, made the call when he led other officials of the organisation on a courtesy visit to the state’s Commissioner for Planning and Budget Commission in Kaduna on Wednesday.

    Lawal, represented by the NGO’s State Team Lead, Zaliha Lawal, said that the youth should be exposed to ICT from primary school to prepare them for future skills that revolves around ICT.

    According to him, this will adequately equip the youths with needed skills and prepare them for the ICT-driven jobs that currently characterised labour markets across the world.

    “We appreciate the state government for the consistent reasonable budgetary allocation to the education sector. It is quite commendable. But how digital is the education sector?

    “Today there is huge unemployment because our youths are not trained to handle the ICT-driven jobs of today. The state’s budget and education programmes should speak to the needs of young people.

    “We want the government to focus more on providing youths with the kind of education and skills that will enable them respond to needs of the present and that of the future,” he said.

    He appealed to the government to also tailor its health programmes and interventions to meet the yearnings of young people, particularly sexual and reproductive health services.

    “We noticed that the priority of government in the health sector does not speak into the yearnings of young people.

    “Take sexual and reproductive health services for instance, where young people still face some discrimination in accessing contraceptives and other family planning services in health facilities.

    “This should be looked into to enable youths make informed choices that assures positive outcome in the future.This is critical in accelerating the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the state,” he added.

    The CEO also said that CODE, with support from Action Aid Nigeria, had in the last four months been training youths on how to analyse the budget.

    According to him, the goal is to support young people access relevant information to demand for quality services that respond to their needs.

    “They keep telling us that youths are the leaders of tomorrow, but for us, tomorrow is now and today. We have begun organising ourselves for position of leadership.

    “But we cannot take the position of leadership if we are not well trained and prepared to face the challenges of the day.

    “Therefore, we want a sustainable budgeting system in education and health sectors that meet the yearnings of young people as critical stakeholders in attaining SDGs in the state.

    “We also appeal to the government to mainstream people living with disabilities in governance and in the provision of services to foster social and economic inclusion,” he explained

    Responding, the Commissioner, Mr Thomas Gyang, thanked CODE for the visit and described the NGO as a “worthy partner”, saying that the state government was doing its best to empower young people.

    Gyang explained that the state was currently providing scholarship to young people to fill various skill gap in the state.

    He also said that a committee had been set up to determine available jobs with no skills, and those with skills but no job, to guide the state’s youth employment programmes.

    On ICT, the commissioner said that government had distributed tablet computers to secondary school students, adding that all public primary and secondary school would be equipped with computer laboratories for sustainability.

    For the health sector, Gyang said that the government was taking necessary steps to improve the quality of services through renovation and equipping health centres with needed facilities and manpower.

    He said that state was passionate about meeting the needs of people living with disabilities, stressing that government was not only giving them voice but creating space for them to live a quality life.

    Edited by: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Tukur Muntari.
    (NAN)

  •   Nigeria has pledged to continue to use the International Day of Education to advocate for more qualitative inclusive and accessible education for all residents in Nigeria and beyond The Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the UN Prof Tijjani Bande stated this in New York at a conference to mark the maiden edition of International Day of Education at the UN Headquarters in New York The Nigeria News Agency reports that the UN General Assembly on Dec 3 2018 adopted by consensus the Nigeria led resolution to proclaim January 24 every year as the International Day of Education Bande said As a country that spearheaded the introduction and adoption of the General Assembly s Resolution that landmarked today as International Day of Education Nigeria will continue to use the occasion to advocate for more qualitative inclusive and accessible education for all residents in Nigeria and beyond We would also continue to leverage partnerships that would help to bridge the current gaps in educational opportunities for many people in the developing world especially women and girls and people with disabilities Nigeria has long been known to provide critical educational support to countries in Africa Carribean and Pacific ACP through among other means the Technical Aide Corp which has been sending and paying teachers and other professionals to ACP countries for over three decades thereby deepening South South cooperation The Nigerian ambassador said over the last three decades Nigeria had placed premium on the expansion and enhancement of educational opportunities in the country According to him Nigeria has launched and is executing the Universal Basic Education UBE Programme thereby guaranteeing a nine year basic education programme aimed at eradicating illiteracy ignorance and poverty while accelerating national development and integration The UBE focuses on ensuring uninterrupted access to free and compulsory six years Primary and three years Junior Secondary education for every child regardless of nationality It has also established the Tertiary Education Trust Fund to bridge the shortfalls in education funding by government and better cater for the infrastructural instructional academic staff training and research development in our tertiary institutions In addition Nigeria has continued to give needed priority for girl child education among several other initiatives Bande said Ms Stefania Giannini Assistant Director General for Education at the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation UNESCO expressed heartfelt appreciation to Nigeria for leading the resolution and to all the Member States that supported its adoption Giannini said the adoption of the Nigeria led resolution signaled a determination to prioritise education on the political agenda as the most powerful force to end poverty drive inclusive growth strengthen peace and protect the planet She said the resolution came at a decisive time noting that millions of children youth and adults are missing out on education a fundamental human right and the path to a better future The UNESCO official also regretted that girls and women faced the highest deprivation This captures the essence of our responsibility This is to ensure that no one is left behind and that learning leads to a virtuous circle of transformation for people and societies Higher levels of education are more than ever required to navigate our complex and unpredictable times she said Ms Denise Williams President and Co founder of Silicon Valley Nigeria Economic Development SVNED said the International Day of Education gave everybody the opportunity to combine and enhance educational standards and best practices for all Williams said the day should advocate for the provision of the basic needs at schools while evolve into incorporating technology into the classrooms and Science Technology Engineering and Math My success story is highly attributed to the teachers and mentors who have been committed to securing higher and quality education for my professional and academic development And now it s my opportunity to pay it forward through the Immersion Programmes economic summits in Information technology AgTech and FinTech We are charged to train certify and pair talent with employer for youths from all over the world in the field of Information and Communication Technology ICT she said His Holiness Pope Francis in a video message evoked the universal dimensions of access inclusion and cultivating open mindsets and freedom of thought NAN reports that other speakers at the event included the State Minister of Norway s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Jens Holte and ambassadors of Ireland Singapore and Qatar the co sponsors of the resolution on International Day of Education
    Nigeria leads global discourse on qualitative, accessible education for all
      Nigeria has pledged to continue to use the International Day of Education to advocate for more qualitative inclusive and accessible education for all residents in Nigeria and beyond The Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the UN Prof Tijjani Bande stated this in New York at a conference to mark the maiden edition of International Day of Education at the UN Headquarters in New York The Nigeria News Agency reports that the UN General Assembly on Dec 3 2018 adopted by consensus the Nigeria led resolution to proclaim January 24 every year as the International Day of Education Bande said As a country that spearheaded the introduction and adoption of the General Assembly s Resolution that landmarked today as International Day of Education Nigeria will continue to use the occasion to advocate for more qualitative inclusive and accessible education for all residents in Nigeria and beyond We would also continue to leverage partnerships that would help to bridge the current gaps in educational opportunities for many people in the developing world especially women and girls and people with disabilities Nigeria has long been known to provide critical educational support to countries in Africa Carribean and Pacific ACP through among other means the Technical Aide Corp which has been sending and paying teachers and other professionals to ACP countries for over three decades thereby deepening South South cooperation The Nigerian ambassador said over the last three decades Nigeria had placed premium on the expansion and enhancement of educational opportunities in the country According to him Nigeria has launched and is executing the Universal Basic Education UBE Programme thereby guaranteeing a nine year basic education programme aimed at eradicating illiteracy ignorance and poverty while accelerating national development and integration The UBE focuses on ensuring uninterrupted access to free and compulsory six years Primary and three years Junior Secondary education for every child regardless of nationality It has also established the Tertiary Education Trust Fund to bridge the shortfalls in education funding by government and better cater for the infrastructural instructional academic staff training and research development in our tertiary institutions In addition Nigeria has continued to give needed priority for girl child education among several other initiatives Bande said Ms Stefania Giannini Assistant Director General for Education at the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation UNESCO expressed heartfelt appreciation to Nigeria for leading the resolution and to all the Member States that supported its adoption Giannini said the adoption of the Nigeria led resolution signaled a determination to prioritise education on the political agenda as the most powerful force to end poverty drive inclusive growth strengthen peace and protect the planet She said the resolution came at a decisive time noting that millions of children youth and adults are missing out on education a fundamental human right and the path to a better future The UNESCO official also regretted that girls and women faced the highest deprivation This captures the essence of our responsibility This is to ensure that no one is left behind and that learning leads to a virtuous circle of transformation for people and societies Higher levels of education are more than ever required to navigate our complex and unpredictable times she said Ms Denise Williams President and Co founder of Silicon Valley Nigeria Economic Development SVNED said the International Day of Education gave everybody the opportunity to combine and enhance educational standards and best practices for all Williams said the day should advocate for the provision of the basic needs at schools while evolve into incorporating technology into the classrooms and Science Technology Engineering and Math My success story is highly attributed to the teachers and mentors who have been committed to securing higher and quality education for my professional and academic development And now it s my opportunity to pay it forward through the Immersion Programmes economic summits in Information technology AgTech and FinTech We are charged to train certify and pair talent with employer for youths from all over the world in the field of Information and Communication Technology ICT she said His Holiness Pope Francis in a video message evoked the universal dimensions of access inclusion and cultivating open mindsets and freedom of thought NAN reports that other speakers at the event included the State Minister of Norway s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Jens Holte and ambassadors of Ireland Singapore and Qatar the co sponsors of the resolution on International Day of Education
    Nigeria leads global discourse on qualitative, accessible education for all
    Foreign4 years ago

    Nigeria leads global discourse on qualitative, accessible education for all

    Nigeria has pledged to continue to use the International Day of Education to advocate for more qualitative, inclusive and accessible education for all residents in Nigeria and beyond.

    The Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the UN, Prof. Tijjani Bande, stated this in New York at a conference to mark the maiden edition of International Day of Education at the UN Headquarters in New York.

    The Nigeria News Agency reports that the UN General Assembly on Dec. 3, 2018,  adopted, by consensus, the Nigeria-led resolution to proclaim January 24 every year as the ‘International Day of Education’.

    Bande said: “As a country that spearheaded the introduction and adoption of the General Assembly’s Resolution that landmarked today as International Day of Education, Nigeria will continue to use the occasion to advocate for more qualitative, inclusive and accessible education for all residents in Nigeria and beyond.

    “We would also continue to leverage partnerships that would help to bridge the current gaps in educational opportunities for many people in the developing world, especially women and girls and people with disabilities.

    “Nigeria has long been known to provide critical educational support to countries in Africa, Carribean and Pacific (ACP), through among other means, the Technical Aide Corp, which has been sending (and paying) teachers and other professionals to ACP countries for over three decades, thereby deepening South-South cooperation”.

    The Nigerian ambassador said over the last three decades, Nigeria had placed premium on the expansion and enhancement of educational opportunities in the country.

    According to him, Nigeria has launched and is executing the Universal Basic Education (UBE) Programme, thereby guaranteeing a nine-year basic education programme aimed at eradicating illiteracy, ignorance and poverty, while accelerating national development and integration.

    “The UBE focuses on ensuring uninterrupted access to free and compulsory six years Primary, and three years Junior Secondary education, for every child, regardless of nationality.

    “It has also established the Tertiary Education Trust Fund to bridge the shortfalls in education funding by government, and better cater for the infrastructural, instructional, academic staff training and research development in our tertiary institutions.

    “In addition, Nigeria has continued to give needed priority for girl-child education, among several other initiatives,” Bande said.

    Ms Stefania Giannini, Assistant Director-General for Education at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), expressed heartfelt appreciation to Nigeria for leading the resolution and to all the Member States that supported its adoption.

    Giannini said the adoption of the Nigeria-led resolution signaled a determination to prioritise education on the political agenda as the most powerful force to end poverty, drive inclusive growth, strengthen peace and protect the planet.

    She said the resolution came at a decisive time, noting that millions of children, youth and adults are missing out on education, a fundamental human right and the path to a better future.

    The UNESCO official also regretted that girls and women faced the highest deprivation.

    “This captures the essence of our responsibility. This is to ensure that no one is left behind, and that learning leads to a virtuous circle of transformation for people and societies.

    “Higher levels of education are more than ever required to navigate our complex and unpredictable times,” she said.

    Ms Denise Williams, President and Co-founder of Silicon-Valley Nigeria Economic Development (SVNED), said the International Day of Education gave everybody the opportunity to combine and enhance educational standards and best practices for all.

    Williams said the day should advocate for the provision of the basic needs at schools, while evolve into incorporating technology into the classrooms and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

    “My success story is highly attributed to the teachers and mentors who have been committed to securing higher and quality education for my professional and academic development.

    “And now it’s my opportunity to pay it forward through the Immersion Programmes, economic summits in Information technology, AgTech and FinTech.

    “We are charged to train, certify, and pair talent with employer for youths from all over the world in the field of Information and Communication Technology (ICT),” she said.

    His Holiness, Pope Francis, in a video message, evoked the universal dimensions of access, inclusion, and cultivating open mindsets and freedom of thought.

    NAN reports that other speakers at the event included the State Minister of Norway’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Jens Holte, and ambassadors of Ireland, Singapore and Qatar – the co-sponsors of the resolution on International Day of Education.

  •  Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday called for strengthening mutual trust and deepening cooperation with China on Information and Communication Technology ICT to develop Nigeria s digital space Osinbajo made the call in his address at the opening of a one day workshop on Africa China cooperation in Information Technology and Digital Economy prospects and challenges on Thursday in Abuja The workshop was organised by the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs in collaboration with the Chinese Embassy in Nigeria Osinbajo represented by Mr Lanre Osibona Special Assistant to Vice President on ICT said this is important because of need to harness benefits in use of ICT to promote Nigeria s economic growth I emphasise this point because we need to understand the importance of why we are driving digital economy we are not into this because of the buds but the inherent benefits I am hopeful that the collaboration we have had with the China will be leveraged upon and deepened as well as the gains that it brings about There is a whole lot that we have to learn from each other we have a number of similarities a number of population and cultural differences We can learn a whole lot more we want to work closely with China in achieving this we also want to be part of doing business in innovative regulatory framework Osinbajo urged China to invest on board to further assist Nigeria move forward in ICT development without taking away from what had been achieved in the technology space According to the Vice President Nigeria is open for business with China and we would want to deepen the relationship between us and even drive it further Speaking Dr Zhou Pingjian Ambassador of China to Nigeria said that his country would remain committed to cooperate with Africa in ICT and digital economy He noted that the Forum of China Africa Cooperation FOCAC Johannesburg Action plan of 2016 2018 provide room for both countries to partner on ICT and build information society in the continent He quoted President Muhammadu Buhari to have expressed hope in the China Africa cooperation through his felicitation to President Xi Jinping on occasion of Chinese Lunar year in February I am looking forward to China hosting the forum on China Africa Cooperation summit in Beijing in September this year and believe it will bring us success and mutual benefits We believe Buhari s attendance at the upcoming FOCAC Beijing summit will provide an important opportunity for further development of China Nigeria strategic partnership Pingjian said In a remark the Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Geoffrey Onyeama said that Nigeria is left with option but to show commitment to the Johannesburg and summit Onyeama represented by Mr John Shaga Acting Director Asia and Pacific Division of the Ministry said that there is need to emphasis cooperation in ICT and to build smart cities According to him leveraging on ICT has become key to Nigeria s quest towards attaining sustainable goals especially in its human development capital Also in all other sectors as been propagated in the nation s diversification policy economic recovery and growth plan of the current administration Onyeama said He noted that although the bilateral relations between Nigeria and China were established in 1971 FOCAC had significantly imparted positively in diverse areas of human endeavours In separate remark the Minister of Communication Mr Adebayo Shittu commended investment in ICT to have brought about rapid growth in Nigeria and Africa at large Access to telephony services has grown at a density of more than eight per cent in main Africa countries this progress has based on rapid investment in infrastructure by Chinese companies In Nigeria the revolution in ICT sector has provided 32 billion dollars in foreign direct investment over the past 15 years Shittu said The Nigeria News Agency reports that the high point of the workshop were series of discussions on partnering ICT in Africa s development knowledge sharing and digital sustainability in Nigeria Edited by Sadiya Hamza NAN
    Osinbajo calls for deeper relations with China on ICT to develop Nigeria’s digital space
     Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday called for strengthening mutual trust and deepening cooperation with China on Information and Communication Technology ICT to develop Nigeria s digital space Osinbajo made the call in his address at the opening of a one day workshop on Africa China cooperation in Information Technology and Digital Economy prospects and challenges on Thursday in Abuja The workshop was organised by the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs in collaboration with the Chinese Embassy in Nigeria Osinbajo represented by Mr Lanre Osibona Special Assistant to Vice President on ICT said this is important because of need to harness benefits in use of ICT to promote Nigeria s economic growth I emphasise this point because we need to understand the importance of why we are driving digital economy we are not into this because of the buds but the inherent benefits I am hopeful that the collaboration we have had with the China will be leveraged upon and deepened as well as the gains that it brings about There is a whole lot that we have to learn from each other we have a number of similarities a number of population and cultural differences We can learn a whole lot more we want to work closely with China in achieving this we also want to be part of doing business in innovative regulatory framework Osinbajo urged China to invest on board to further assist Nigeria move forward in ICT development without taking away from what had been achieved in the technology space According to the Vice President Nigeria is open for business with China and we would want to deepen the relationship between us and even drive it further Speaking Dr Zhou Pingjian Ambassador of China to Nigeria said that his country would remain committed to cooperate with Africa in ICT and digital economy He noted that the Forum of China Africa Cooperation FOCAC Johannesburg Action plan of 2016 2018 provide room for both countries to partner on ICT and build information society in the continent He quoted President Muhammadu Buhari to have expressed hope in the China Africa cooperation through his felicitation to President Xi Jinping on occasion of Chinese Lunar year in February I am looking forward to China hosting the forum on China Africa Cooperation summit in Beijing in September this year and believe it will bring us success and mutual benefits We believe Buhari s attendance at the upcoming FOCAC Beijing summit will provide an important opportunity for further development of China Nigeria strategic partnership Pingjian said In a remark the Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Geoffrey Onyeama said that Nigeria is left with option but to show commitment to the Johannesburg and summit Onyeama represented by Mr John Shaga Acting Director Asia and Pacific Division of the Ministry said that there is need to emphasis cooperation in ICT and to build smart cities According to him leveraging on ICT has become key to Nigeria s quest towards attaining sustainable goals especially in its human development capital Also in all other sectors as been propagated in the nation s diversification policy economic recovery and growth plan of the current administration Onyeama said He noted that although the bilateral relations between Nigeria and China were established in 1971 FOCAC had significantly imparted positively in diverse areas of human endeavours In separate remark the Minister of Communication Mr Adebayo Shittu commended investment in ICT to have brought about rapid growth in Nigeria and Africa at large Access to telephony services has grown at a density of more than eight per cent in main Africa countries this progress has based on rapid investment in infrastructure by Chinese companies In Nigeria the revolution in ICT sector has provided 32 billion dollars in foreign direct investment over the past 15 years Shittu said The Nigeria News Agency reports that the high point of the workshop were series of discussions on partnering ICT in Africa s development knowledge sharing and digital sustainability in Nigeria Edited by Sadiya Hamza NAN
    Osinbajo calls for deeper relations with China on ICT to develop Nigeria’s digital space
    Foreign5 years ago

    Osinbajo calls for deeper relations with China on ICT to develop Nigeria’s digital space

    Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday called for strengthening mutual trust and deepening cooperation with  China on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to develop Nigeria’s digital space.

    Osinbajo made the call in his address at the opening of a one-day workshop on ‘‘Africa-China cooperation in Information Technology and Digital Economy: prospects and challenges’’ on Thursday in Abuja.

    The workshop was organised by the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs in collaboration with the Chinese Embassy in Nigeria.

    Osinbajo, represented by Mr Lanre Osibona, Special-Assistant to Vice President on ICT, said this is important because of need to harness benefits in use of ICT, to promote Nigeria’s economic growth.

    ‘‘I emphasise this point because we need to understand the importance of why we are driving digital economy; we are not into this because of the buds, but the inherent benefits.

    ‘‘I am hopeful that the collaboration we have had with the China will be leveraged upon and deepened, as well as the gains that it brings about.

    ‘‘There is a whole lot that we have to learn from each other, we have a number of similarities, a number of population and cultural differences.

    ‘‘We can learn a whole lot more, we want to work closely with China in achieving this, we also want to be part of doing business in innovative regulatory framework.’’

    Osinbajo urged China to invest on board to further assist Nigeria move forward in ICT development, without taking away from what had been achieved in the technology space.

    According to the Vice President, Nigeria is open for business with China and we would want to deepen the relationship between us and even drive it further.

    Speaking, Dr Zhou Pingjian, Ambassador of China to Nigeria, said that his country would remain committed to cooperate with Africa in ICT and digital economy.

    He noted that the Forum of China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Johannesburg Action plan of 2016-2018 provide room for both countries to partner on ICT and build information society in the continent.

    He quoted President Muhammadu Buhari, to have expressed hope in the China-Africa cooperation through his felicitation to President Xi Jinping, on occasion of Chinese Lunar year in February.

    ‘‘I am looking forward to China hosting the forum on China-Africa Cooperation summit in Beijing in September this year and believe it will bring us success and mutual benefits.

    ‘‘We believe Buhari’s attendance at the upcoming FOCAC, Beijing summit will provide an important opportunity for further development of China-Nigeria strategic partnership,’’ Pingjian said.

    In a remark, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, said that Nigeria is left with option but to show commitment to the Johannesburg and summit.

    Onyeama, represented by Mr John Shaga, Acting-Director, Asia and Pacific Division of the Ministry, said that there is need to emphasis cooperation in ICT and to build smart cities.

    According to him, leveraging on ICT has become key to Nigeria’s quest towards attaining sustainable goals, especially in its human development capital

    ‘‘Also in all other sectors as been propagated in the nation’s diversification policy, economic recovery and growth plan of the current administration,’’ Onyeama said.

    He noted that although the bilateral relations between Nigeria and China were established in 1971, FOCAC had significantly imparted positively in diverse areas of human endeavours.

    In separate remark, the Minister of Communication, Mr Adebayo Shittu, commended investment in ICT to have brought about rapid growth in Nigeria, and Africa at large.

    ‘‘Access to telephony services has grown at a density of more than eight per cent in main Africa countries, this progress has based on rapid investment in infrastructure by Chinese companies.

    ‘‘In Nigeria, the revolution in ICT sector has provided 32 billion dollars in foreign direct investment over the past 15 years,’’ Shittu said.

    The Nigeria News Agency reports that the high point of the workshop were series of discussions on partnering ICT in Africa’s development, knowledge sharing and digital sustainability in Nigeria.

    Edited by: Sadiya Hamza
    (NAN)

  •  Some stakeholders in the entertainment industry on Wednesday advised entertainers to experiment and embrace emerging trends and opportunities in Information and Communication Technology ICT to move the sector forward They said this during the 2018 Nigerian Entertainment Conference with the theme Understanding Emerging Markets Trends and opportunities They said that tools used in the 19th and 20th centuries could not be used to combat problems of the 21st century They said experimenting with ICT tools on ways movies were shut sold marketed and more would move the industry forward They said that without experimenting with what were currently trending innovations would not be discovered They said this was one of the reasons why the industry was suffering from setbacks when compared with entertainment industries in the developed countries Jason Njoku the Chief Executive Officer of Irokotv said that in trying to solve problems peculiar with the industry key players in the sector would have to embark on constant experiments He said that in 2010 the internet and television were trending but now Instagram and twitter are in vogue due to some people s experiments According to him such experiments will be important for the growth of the industry to pace up with those of the developed countries Be experimental ask your own questions and find your own answers Most of your experiments will fail and die but that is expected things are tough you just need to be tougher to achieve results When you are experimenting people don t understand but you need to develop high level of tolerance against failure he said Lasisi Elenu a comedian said that the new media age had given the needed hope because artistes would not have to be signed into record labels before being recognised He said that their artistic talents in music acting painting comedy and all could be showcased on the social media like Instagram and twitter According to him most Nigerians were scared of committing their resources into the industry because they felt they would not make any gains at the end of the venture I personally groomed my career as a comedian on the social media and I believe some up and coming artists can do likewise As an up and coming musician you don t need to sign on by a record label before you can be known so think outside the box and be experimental This is applicable to other artistes he said Popular musician Oladapo Oyebanji said that there was huge need for capacity building generally in the entertainment industry for emerging artistes to understand the dynamics of the industry Muyiwa Faulkner from the banking sector said that most Nigerian investors did not know how lucrative the entertainment industry was so they would not consider investing in it He however called for a yearly review of the Nigerian entertainment industry programmes to provide a comprehensive analysis of the industry for investors to understand how productive and lucrative it could be I expect that we should have a body that will do a comprehensive analysis of the industry for investors to understand how productive and lucrative the industry is We need investors who will move the industry forward he said Edited by Peter Dada NAN
    Stakeholders advise entertainers to embrace emerging trends, opportunities in ICT to move sector forward
     Some stakeholders in the entertainment industry on Wednesday advised entertainers to experiment and embrace emerging trends and opportunities in Information and Communication Technology ICT to move the sector forward They said this during the 2018 Nigerian Entertainment Conference with the theme Understanding Emerging Markets Trends and opportunities They said that tools used in the 19th and 20th centuries could not be used to combat problems of the 21st century They said experimenting with ICT tools on ways movies were shut sold marketed and more would move the industry forward They said that without experimenting with what were currently trending innovations would not be discovered They said this was one of the reasons why the industry was suffering from setbacks when compared with entertainment industries in the developed countries Jason Njoku the Chief Executive Officer of Irokotv said that in trying to solve problems peculiar with the industry key players in the sector would have to embark on constant experiments He said that in 2010 the internet and television were trending but now Instagram and twitter are in vogue due to some people s experiments According to him such experiments will be important for the growth of the industry to pace up with those of the developed countries Be experimental ask your own questions and find your own answers Most of your experiments will fail and die but that is expected things are tough you just need to be tougher to achieve results When you are experimenting people don t understand but you need to develop high level of tolerance against failure he said Lasisi Elenu a comedian said that the new media age had given the needed hope because artistes would not have to be signed into record labels before being recognised He said that their artistic talents in music acting painting comedy and all could be showcased on the social media like Instagram and twitter According to him most Nigerians were scared of committing their resources into the industry because they felt they would not make any gains at the end of the venture I personally groomed my career as a comedian on the social media and I believe some up and coming artists can do likewise As an up and coming musician you don t need to sign on by a record label before you can be known so think outside the box and be experimental This is applicable to other artistes he said Popular musician Oladapo Oyebanji said that there was huge need for capacity building generally in the entertainment industry for emerging artistes to understand the dynamics of the industry Muyiwa Faulkner from the banking sector said that most Nigerian investors did not know how lucrative the entertainment industry was so they would not consider investing in it He however called for a yearly review of the Nigerian entertainment industry programmes to provide a comprehensive analysis of the industry for investors to understand how productive and lucrative it could be I expect that we should have a body that will do a comprehensive analysis of the industry for investors to understand how productive and lucrative the industry is We need investors who will move the industry forward he said Edited by Peter Dada NAN
    Stakeholders advise entertainers to embrace emerging trends, opportunities in ICT to move sector forward
    Entertainment5 years ago

    Stakeholders advise entertainers to embrace emerging trends, opportunities in ICT to move sector forward

    Some stakeholders in the entertainment industry on Wednesday advised  entertainers to  experiment  and embrace emerging trends  and opportunities in Information and Communication Technology (ICT)  to move the sector forward.

    They said this during the 2018 Nigerian Entertainment Conference with the theme: “Understanding Emerging Markets, Trends and opportunities”.

    They said that tools used in the 19th and 20th centuries could not be used to combat problems of the 21st century.

    They said experimenting with ICT tools  on ways movies were shut, sold, marketed and more would move the industry forward.

    They said that without experimenting with what were currently trending, innovations would not be discovered.

    They said this was one of the reasons why the industry was suffering from setbacks when compared with entertainment industries in the developed countries.

    Jason Njoku, the Chief Executive Officer of Irokotv, said that in trying to solve problems peculiar with the industry, key players in the sector would have to embark on constant experiments.

    He said that in 2010, the internet and television were trending but now Instagram and twitter are in vogue due to some people’s experiments.

    According to him, such experiments will be important for the growth of the industry to pace up with those of the developed countries.

    “Be experimental, ask your own questions and find your own answers.

    “Most of your experiments will fail and die but that is expected, things are tough, you just need to be tougher to achieve results.

    “When you are experimenting, people don’t understand but you need to develop high level of tolerance against failure,” he said.

    Lasisi Elenu, a comedian, said that the new media age had given the needed hope because artistes would not have to be signed into record labels before being recognised.

    He said that their artistic talents in music, acting, painting, comedy and all could be showcased on the social media like Instagram and twitter.

    According to him, most Nigerians were scared of committing their resources into the industry because they felt they would not make any gains at the end of the venture.

    “I personally groomed my career as a comedian on the social media and I believe some up-and-coming artists can do likewise.

    “As an up-and-coming musician, you don’t need to sign on by a record label before you can be known so think outside the box and be experimental.

    “This is applicable to other artistes,” he said.

    Popular musician, Oladapo Oyebanji, said that there was huge need for capacity building generally in the entertainment industry for emerging artistes to understand the dynamics of the industry.

    Muyiwa Faulkner, from the banking sector said that most Nigerian investors did not know how lucrative the entertainment industry was so, they would not consider investing in it.

    He, however, called for a yearly review of the Nigerian entertainment industry programmes to provide a comprehensive analysis of the industry for investors to understand how productive and lucrative it could be.

    “I expect that we should have a body that will do a comprehensive analysis of the industry for investors to understand how productive and lucrative the industry is.

    “We need investors who will move the industry forward,” he said.

    Edited by: Peter Dada
    (NAN)

     

     

     

     

  •  The Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria PMAN Lagos State Chapter will continue to explore new business avenues for the benefits of its members and the growth of the association Mr Kareem Osoba the chairman of the association told the Nigeria News Agency in Lagos on Wednesday that it would form part of the members capacity building Osoba said that the entertainment industry had continued to experience an increasing growth in the country despite the lull being experienced in some other sectors of the economy The entertainment industry has continued to record landmark achievements Its creativity has not been affected by the recession and it has continued to add to the Gross Domestic Product GDP of the country he said Osoba said that the association would also continue to ensure that its members access the various musical experiences within and outside the state We will also explore the opportunities provide by the Information and Communication Technology ICT and the broadcast media to take music and music making to schools community settings and homes he said Osoba said that the new opportunities to be provided ICT would help musicians from the state to promote their own type of music Edited by Fela Fashoro Peter Dada NAN
    PMAN poised to improve musicians’ capacity building in Lagos State
     The Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria PMAN Lagos State Chapter will continue to explore new business avenues for the benefits of its members and the growth of the association Mr Kareem Osoba the chairman of the association told the Nigeria News Agency in Lagos on Wednesday that it would form part of the members capacity building Osoba said that the entertainment industry had continued to experience an increasing growth in the country despite the lull being experienced in some other sectors of the economy The entertainment industry has continued to record landmark achievements Its creativity has not been affected by the recession and it has continued to add to the Gross Domestic Product GDP of the country he said Osoba said that the association would also continue to ensure that its members access the various musical experiences within and outside the state We will also explore the opportunities provide by the Information and Communication Technology ICT and the broadcast media to take music and music making to schools community settings and homes he said Osoba said that the new opportunities to be provided ICT would help musicians from the state to promote their own type of music Edited by Fela Fashoro Peter Dada NAN
    PMAN poised to improve musicians’ capacity building in Lagos State
    Entertainment6 years ago

    PMAN poised to improve musicians’ capacity building in Lagos State

    The Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria (PMAN), Lagos State Chapter, will continue to explore new business avenues for the benefits of its members and the growth of the association.

    Mr Kareem Osoba, the chairman of the association, told the Nigeria News Agency in Lagos on Wednesday that it would form part of the members’ capacity building.

    Osoba said that the entertainment industry had continued to experience an increasing growth in the country despite the lull being experienced in some other sectors of the economy.

    “The entertainment industry has continued to record landmark achievements.

    “Its creativity has not been affected by the recession and it has continued to add to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the country,’’ he said.

    Osoba said that the association would also continue to ensure that its members access the various musical experiences within and outside the state.

    “We will also explore the opportunities provide by the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and the broadcast-media to take music and music-making to schools, community settings and homes,’’ he said.

    Osoba said that the new opportunities to be provided ICT would help musicians from the state to promote their own type of music.

    Edited by: Fela Fashoro/Peter Dada
    (NAN)

  •  Stakeholders in the tourism industry had said in Lagos that more commitment from experts in Information and Communication Technology ICT and the financial sector would enhance the development of the nation s tourism industry They said this during the commemoration of Waka About Africa Newspaper s 5th year anniversary conference titled ICT and Finance as Catalysts for Tourism and Culture in a Diversified Economy They lauded the impact of ICT and financial institutions to the development of the tourism industry but called for more commitment to further boost it They said that this would engender a diversified economy from a mono economy with crude oil as its main stay Mr Pelu Awofeso a journalist with bias for travelling and tourism urged financial institutions to reduce their interest rates on loans for hospitality industries and artists He said that these categories of people were important to the development of the sector We must be disposed to huge fund to produce our movies devoid of mistakes same goes for musicians sculptors painters actors and all These people are those to groom tourism industry he said Also a legendary actor Okechukwu Ogunjiofor advised the Nigerian Communications Commission NCC all ICT firms and financial institutions to work together to project the Nigerian rich culture before the international community He said that ICT had enabled Nigerian travels and tour organizations to be co players alongside other nationals at the global level It is now possible through the ICT to watch new home movies produced in Nigeria in all parts of the world This is highly commended but we want an improvement on Nigerian tourism industry he said Also Chief Mike Ahamba a Senior Advocate of Nigeria SAN advised Nigerians to positively utilise ICT gadgets available to them to promote and groom the tourism sector As individuals we must pay attention to use the ICT gadgets at our disposal to groom tourism through proper advertisement of those important historically and culturally enriching sites Then we can look up to the government to solve problems of infrastructures and security he said Edited by Peter Dada NAN
    ICT, financial institutions’ commitment will enhance tourism development, say stakeholders
     Stakeholders in the tourism industry had said in Lagos that more commitment from experts in Information and Communication Technology ICT and the financial sector would enhance the development of the nation s tourism industry They said this during the commemoration of Waka About Africa Newspaper s 5th year anniversary conference titled ICT and Finance as Catalysts for Tourism and Culture in a Diversified Economy They lauded the impact of ICT and financial institutions to the development of the tourism industry but called for more commitment to further boost it They said that this would engender a diversified economy from a mono economy with crude oil as its main stay Mr Pelu Awofeso a journalist with bias for travelling and tourism urged financial institutions to reduce their interest rates on loans for hospitality industries and artists He said that these categories of people were important to the development of the sector We must be disposed to huge fund to produce our movies devoid of mistakes same goes for musicians sculptors painters actors and all These people are those to groom tourism industry he said Also a legendary actor Okechukwu Ogunjiofor advised the Nigerian Communications Commission NCC all ICT firms and financial institutions to work together to project the Nigerian rich culture before the international community He said that ICT had enabled Nigerian travels and tour organizations to be co players alongside other nationals at the global level It is now possible through the ICT to watch new home movies produced in Nigeria in all parts of the world This is highly commended but we want an improvement on Nigerian tourism industry he said Also Chief Mike Ahamba a Senior Advocate of Nigeria SAN advised Nigerians to positively utilise ICT gadgets available to them to promote and groom the tourism sector As individuals we must pay attention to use the ICT gadgets at our disposal to groom tourism through proper advertisement of those important historically and culturally enriching sites Then we can look up to the government to solve problems of infrastructures and security he said Edited by Peter Dada NAN
    ICT, financial institutions’ commitment will enhance tourism development, say stakeholders
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    ICT, financial institutions’ commitment will enhance tourism development, say stakeholders

    Stakeholders in the tourism industry had said in Lagos that more commitment from experts in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and the financial sector would enhance the development of the nation’s tourism industry.

    They said this during the commemoration of “Waka About Africa Newspaper’s   5th year anniversary conference titled, “ ICT and Finance as Catalysts for Tourism and Culture in a Diversified Economy”.

    They lauded the impact of ICT and financial institutions to the development of the tourism industry but called for more commitment to further boost it.

    They said that this would engender a diversified economy from a mono-economy with crude oil as its main stay.

    Mr Pelu Awofeso, a journalist with bias for travelling and tourism, urged financial institutions to reduce their interest rates on loans for hospitality industries and artists.

    He said that these categories of people were important to the development of the sector.

    “ We must be disposed to huge fund to produce our movies devoid of mistakes; same goes for musicians, sculptors, painters, actors and all.

    “These people are those to groom tourism industry, ” he said.

    Also, a legendary actor, Okechukwu Ogunjiofor, advised the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), all ICT firms and financial institutions to work together to project the Nigerian rich culture before the international community.

    He said that ICT had enabled Nigerian travels and tour organizations to be co-players alongside other nationals at the global level.

    “It is now possible through the ICT to watch new home movies produced in Nigeria in all parts of the world.

    “This is highly commended but we want an improvement on Nigerian tourism industry, ” he said.

    Also, Chief Mike Ahamba, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) advised Nigerians to positively utilise ICT gadgets available to them to promote and groom the tourism sector.

    “As individuals, we must pay attention to use the ICT gadgets at our disposal to groom tourism through proper advertisement of those important, historically and culturally enriching sites.

    “Then, we can look up to the government to solve problems of infrastructures and security,’’ he said.

    Edited by: Peter Dada
    (NAN)

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