A member of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Mr Abel Bala, has called on Muslims to use the Eid-el Kabir period to pray for sustainable peace, unity and development of the country.
Abel, representing Nassarawa Eggon West constituency in the Assembly, made the call in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Nassarawa Eggon on Friday.
The lawmaker, who is the Minority Whip of the assembly, while felicitating Muslims on the Sallah celebrations, stressed the need for them to use the period to strengthen their relationships with one another and those from other faiths, and to support the needy.
While urging the people of Nasarawa Eggon to embrace peace and unity, irrespective of their differences, as the best instrument for development, he also appealed to Nigerians to adhere strictly to the COVID-19 protocols.
According to him, they should do this in addition to intensifying prayers for God’s intervention, not just concerning the pandemic, but other challenges facing the country.
“I want to emphasise the need for Muslims to use the Sallah period to pray for peace, unity, progress and development of the state and the country in general in order to achieve meaningful development,” he said.
The lawmaker also assured the people of his constituency of an effective and sound representation in the legislature.
“I will continue to carry everyone along in the discharge of my duties in the state House of Assembly,” he said.
Edited By: Angela Okisor and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq
FG to resume Digital Switch Over roll out – Lai Mohammed
The Federal Government says it will “very soon’ resume the roll out of Digital Switch Over (DSO) – a transition from analogue to digital television broadcasting – across the country.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed stated this on Tuesday in Lagos at a ceremony to unveil the new amendment to the 6th Edition of the Broadcasting Code.
Fielding questions from stakeholders at the ceremony, the minister said the DSO suffered some set back which led to a hold after it was launched in six states.
He reiterated the commitment of the government to spread the massive benefits of digital television to the people, stressing that it was the fastest way to create jobs.
The minister assured the stakeholders that they would hear from the government on the resumption of the DSO roll out in the coming weeks.
Mohammed also told the stakeholders that government had been implementing policies and programmes to reposition the creative industry.
He said one of the major recommendations of the Post COVID-19 Initiative Committee on the Creative Industry chaired by ace comedian, Ali Baba was a restructure of the industry.
The minister reassured that the government would soon set up a committee on the implementation of the recommendations to move the industry forward.
The Minister also reiterated government’s commitment to assist the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria in securing the N10 billion Nigeria Media Intervention Fund from the Central Bank of Nigeria.
Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)
Nasarawa lawmaker condemns killing of former ECDA Secretary
Mr Abel Bala, a member of Nasarawa House of Assembly representing Nassarawa Eggon West Constituency, has condemned the killing of Mr Benjamin Ekom, a former Secretary General, Eggon Cultural and Development Association (ECDA).
Ekom was killed on Monday night in his house in Washo in Akun Development Area of the state.
He was also a former Treasurer of Nasarawa State Chapter of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).
Bala paid a condolence visit to the deceased’s house on Tuesday where he was received by the District Head of Eva- Washo, Mr Malle Anzaku, among other district heads of Akun Development Area.
He described the killing as inhuman and barbaric.
The lawmaker, who is the minority whip of the state assembly, said that the contributions of Ekom to the development of Eggon nation, journalism profession and the state at large would be greatly missed.
“I am here to sympathize and condole with the family, Eggon nation and Akun Development Area over the brutal killing of one of our own, Mr Benjamin Ekom, the former ECDA Secretary General.
“I condemn this act in totality as it is inhuman and barbaric,” he said.
The lawmaker called on the security agents to fish out his killers and punish them accordingly to serve as deterrent to others.
“I want to use this medium to call on the security agents to swing into action and fish out those who killed Mr Benjamin Ekom and punish them accordingly in order to serve as deterrent to others.
“As it will also go a long way in ensuring peace in the state and the country at large,” he said.
Bala urged the family and the entire Eggon nation to take solace in God and prayed for repose of the deceased soul.
Responding, the District Head of Eva-Washo, Mr Malle Anzaku, thanked the lawmaker for the condolence and prayed God to bless him abundantly.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Ekom was attacked and killed in the midnight of Aug.3 in his house in Washo, Akun Development area of the state.
Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Tajudeeen Atitebi (NAN)
Digital economy: Nigeria must shift focus from certificate to skills – Pantami
The Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, has advocated for shifting of focus from certificate to skills education for the actualisation of Nigeria’s digital economic drive.
Pantami made the call at the Graduation Lecture of the National Defence Collage Course 28, titled; “Digital Economy and National Development in Nigeria”, on Tuesday in Abuja.
The minister added that emphasis on certificate must be reduced in engaging labour force, urging that focus should be shifted to skills if the nation must catch up with development.
He said that many developed and developing countries such as China, United States and Morocco had shifted attention to skills rather than certificate, adding that many of them had established skills centres.
According to him, certificate is important but secondary to skill and that is why we must pay attention to skills in our journey to digital economy.
“The digital literacy and skills pillar recognises the fact that citizens are the greatest assets in any economy, including the digital economy. It will support the development of a large pool of digitally literate and digitally skilled citizens.
“We recently provided a platform, the DigitalNigeria.gov.ng platform, to enable Nigerians receive training in diverse digital skills. Over 36,000 Nigerians have enrolled on the platform since the 2nd of April, 2020.
“We are championing a paradigm change that lays emphasis on skills, in preference to merely having degrees without skills.
“The National Defence College is an institution that supports the development of skills and there are many digital techniques that can support the great work that you are doing here,’’ he said.
Pantami stated that the digital economy was a prime catalyst for development, adding that in less than one year, government’s modest efforts had already yielded remarkable results.
According to him, the recent first quarter Gross Domestic Product (GDP) Report released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) showed that ICT contributed an unprecedented 14.07 per cent to Nigeria’s total real GDP.
He explained that emerging technologies came with different solutions to security challenges of every nation such as data analytics, artificial intelligence, robotic technology, drone and many more.
“These are some of the emerging technologies that will go a long way in promoting security of nations. The security officials are in better position to look into and see how to customize them and make use of them.”
Also, the Minister of Defence, Maj.-Gen. Bashir Magashi, said the Federal Government had taken steps to adopt, adapt and internalise the digital economy in a functional manner.
Magashi, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Alhaji Sabiu Zakari, said it was important that security and defence establishments show more than a cursory interest in the digital economy.
He added that the adaptation of digital economy could result in increased cybercrimes thus undermining national security.
“I wish to commend the Commandant, staff and the entire College community for their collective efforts in pursuing the ideals of the College.
“In particular, I commend you for organising the graduation lecture, which was exciting, educative and would be helpful to the economic and security needs of the Nigerian nation,’’ he said.
Earlier, the Commandant of the collage, Rear Adm. Markson Kadiri, said the lecture had become a key component of the training programme of the College and a major highlight of its annual graduation ceremonies.
Kadiri said that a total of 107 participants had successfully completed the course comprising 67 officers of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, seven Senior Police Officers and 15 participants from key Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).
Others according to him, include 18 senior military officers from the Armed Forces of friendly nations.
“The Course was conducted under the theme “Economic Diversification and National Development in Nigeria”. Economic diversification is a broad based strategy designed to cause positive and multi-sectoral economic growth and development,’’ he said.
Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)
Kwara Gov congratulates BUA boss at 60
Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara has congratulated the Chairman of BUA Group, Abdul Samad Rabiu, on his 60th birthday anniversary.
AbdulRazaq described the BUA boss as a distinguished Nigerian businessman with a track record of investments in human capital and community development.
“On behalf of his family, the people and government of Kwara State, His Excellency, the Governor sends his warm greetings to the business leader and philanthropist Alhaji Abdul Samad Rabiu on the occasion of his birthday.
“While assuring him of conducive business environment, the governor commends Alhaji Rabiu for his huge investments in Kwara State,” Ajakaye said.
He said Rabiu donated N100 million and three ambulances to fight COVID-19 in the state.
“The governor prays the Almighty Allah to continue to bless Alhaji Rabiu and his family and all his business concerns.
“He prays Almighty God to grant him more fruitful years and good health,” Ajakaye added.
Edited By: Tajudeen Atitebi (NAN)