C002D5556 Sunday 15 April 2018 6 BDSUNDAY News Tech4Dev, Microsoft collaborate to train 500,000 youth on digital skills Josephine Okojie Tech4dev and Microsoft have partnered to train over 500,000 youths on digital skills through its Basic Digital Education Initiative (BDEI). In a statement made available to BusinessDay, Joel Ogunsola, executive director, Tech4Dev said that the initiative is an experimental learning program that is supported by Microsoft Nigeria to train young individuals in primary, secondary and tertiary institutions on foundational digital skills. Ogunsola noted that the move have become imperative in order to equip young minds with the requisite skills for the 21st century. “We are making ample investment in digital skills education over the decade through support from Microsoft Philanthropy to train the next generation of young individuals looking to be part of the fourth industrial revolution as well as adults who very much need the skills to fully benefit from new opportunities being presented by the fourth industrial revolution,” he said. He noted that the initiative was a result of Tech4Dev and Microsoft’s mission to solve the world’s biggest problems through technology. TV series urges society to show sympathy to infertile women The next episode of the TV drama series, Professor Johnbull, sponsored by telecommunications company, Globacom, preaches tolerance for women grappling with infertility issues in their marriages. Women encountering conception challenges in their marriages are often derided by their in-laws in Nigeria and pressured into seeking orthodox and unorthodox means to surmount their challenge. The episode, which goes on air on Sunday, will look at all the angles related to the issue of infertility. The episode is entitled Childless Wives and features all the regular stars, including Professor Johnbull, played by Kanayo O. Kanayo, his daughter, Elizabeth, played by Queen Okoye, and Olaniyi, played by Yomi Fash-Lanso, among others. The episode also features some new faces, who put up sterling performances. Childless Wives explores some of the emotional anguish that women caught in the infertility web go through. Also speaking during the training event, Akin Banuso, general manager, Microsoft Nigeria said, “in a world where digital skills are fundamental to success in so many environments, leaving people in the dark about this major part of their world amounts to an unacceptable gap in their education. We believe technology should be an equalising force in the world—inclusive, not divisive.” “So, we are investing our greatest assets—our technology, grants, people, and voice—to advance a more equitable world where the benefits of technology are accessible to everyone,” Banuso said. In his key note speech, Olusegun Mimiko, former governor of Ondo State encouraged the younger generation to join the advocacy and push for democratization of education at all levels. He further advocated for more female participation in tech fields. “It’s a time of intellectual domination. Women have begun to dominate, and they should get more involved,” Mimiko said. “Nigerians have already missed out on the first second and third revolution. The fourth revolution has started and has begun to influence the way we live and relate with each other,” he said. It would be interesting to see how Professor Johnbull will handle the issue brought to him in this regard. He also has interesting nuggets for viewers on the general issues of love, relationships and fertility. Globacom said in a statement issued from its headquarters in Lagos that, “Childless Wives goes beyond the issue of infertility to expose the reasons why ‘child-harvesting’ centres, otherwise known as baby factories, exist and the negative roles of in-laws in marriages that are challenged by infertility”. Catch the episode on DSTV Africa Magic Family and GOTV Channel 2 at 6 p.m. on Sunday with repeat broadcast on Thursday at 9.30 p.m. on the TV channels, It will also be broadcast on NTA Network, NTA International on DSTV channel 251 and NTA on StarTimes at 8.30 p.m. on Tuesday and Friday, while Anambra Broadcasting Service will air it at 8.30 p.m. on Wednesday and Saturday. Shippers Council, Oyo govt, Chinese investors collaborate N72bn dry port project Akinremi Feyisipo, Ibadan The Nigerian Shippers’ Council has entered into partnership with the Oyo State Government to establish a $200million (N72billion) modern dry port, as well as a truck transit park in the state, in conjunction with some Chinese investors. A Memorandum of Understanding to develop the Ibadan dry port project was signed few days ago. While, the proposed park alone would gulp N4.8billion, through the Public-Private- Partnership (PPP). When completed, the park would have hotels, motels, resident doctors, restaurants, shopping mall, commercial banks, among other facilities for the convenience of transporters. The Executive Secretary/ Chief Executive Officer of the council, Hassan Bello who disclosed this during a visit the Governor Abiola Ajimobi, in Ibadan said because of the strategic importance of Ibadan, we have had inquiries from a serious Chinese investor for the project. Bello, therefore, solicited the release of 60,000 hectares for the dry port and another 35,000 hectares along the Oyo-Ibadan road for the proposed park, which, he said, would improve the economic development of the state and the nation in general. He said: “We are here because Oyo State is critical to development in transportation in Nigeria. Since 2006 the Federal Government had taken a decision to establish inland port in the six geo-political zones of the country, of which Oyo State is important. We have others in Abia, Jos, Kano, Maiduguri and Funtua. “What we are looking for from the state government is to have, along the railway Boko Haram insurgency: Over 1,000 children kidnapped in 4 years, says UNICEF MICHEAL ANI with agency More than 1,000 children have been abducted by the Boko Haram terror group in northeastern Nigeria since 2013, the United Nation Children Fund said in a Friday report as the country prepares to make the fourth anniversary of the Chibok abductions on April 14, 2014. “Since 2013, more than 1000 children have been abducted by Boko Haram The Chibok abduction sparked global outrage and reignited the fight against the ISIS-aligned terrorist group. Some of the girls were finally freed three years later, following negotiation talks between the Nigerian government and Boko Haram. But more than 100 of them remain in captivity. The pains also inflicted by the Niger-delta, where oil pipe lines were vandalized, sending oil production to a decade low of 1.2 million barrel and making Africa’s largest economy go into its first recession since 25 years. Also mentioning, the February 19th Dapchi attack in Yobe State where some 110 school girls were kidnapped. The recent attack on a school in Dapchi in which five girls lost their lives is just the latest indication that there are few safe spaces left for children in the northeast. Not even schools are spared from violence. “These repeated attacks against children in schools are unconscionable,” UNI- CEF Representative in Nigeria Mohamed Malick Fall said. line that is currently ongoing, a 60,000 hectares of land to develop a modern dry port, while the transport transit park will require 35,000 hectares of land.” Enumerating the advantages of the modern dry port project, he said it would provide job opportunity for 10,000 people, adding that the truck transits park would equally generate 25,000 jobs. ack-Rich Tein Jr,. founder/president of Belemaoil, with F.John Bray, US Consul-General in Lagos, when the C-G led a delegation to the head office of Belemaoil Nigeria Limited in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, recently. in north-eastern Nigeria, including 276 girls taken from their secondary school in the town of Chibok in 2014,” the statement said. Nigeria over the last few years has been hammered by several insurgent attacks, the most popular of the attack that draws global outrage and condemnation from international agencies is the incident that occur on the 1st of April 2014, when the said Islamist group (Boko Haram) kidnapped over 276 girls within the ages of 15-17 years in Chibok. “Children have the right to education and protection, and the classroom must be a place where they are safe from harm.” he added. The UN agency explained that since the conflict started in north-eastern Nigeria nearly nine years ago, at least 2,295 teachers have been killed and more than 1,400 schools have been destroyed. Most of these schools have not reopened because of extensive damage or on-going insecurity. The agency further acknowledged that the Nigerian authorities have made a commitment to make schools safer and more resilient to attack, and promised to stand with the country to implement the Safe Schools Declaration, by cooperating more with the military force and ensuring more protection for schools and universities from violence from the dreaded Islamic group Boko Haram. “UNICEF is appealing for an end to attacks on schools and all grave violations of children’s rights,” the statement added.
Sunday 15 April 2018 C002D5556 BDSUNDAY 7 News Abia governor urges corps members to be employers from acquired skills UDOKA AGWU, Umuahia Go v e r n o r Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State has enjoined 2034 Batch “A” Stream 1 Corps members deployed to the state to build on the entrepreneurial skills they have acquired during their service to become future employers of labour. Ikpeazu stated this at Umuahia Township Stadium during the passing out parade of 2034 corps members who have successfully completed their service. “Your active participation in the youth corps programme during the one year service has afforded most Ikpeazu of you the opportunity to acquire various human capacity building skills, through the various skills acquisition and entrepreneurship programmes organised for you by the scheme. I therefore, urge you to build on what you have learnt to become future employers of labour,” Ikpeazu said. The governor, represented by Ikechukwu Anyatonwu, commissioner for Youth Development and Chairman, NYSC state Governing Board, commended the managers of the scheme for their continued efforts at cementing sustained bonds among youths for systematic building of a strong, united and better nation. He urged the corps members not to be in a hurry to leave the state for Abia is home away from home. “with your knowledge in skills acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development, I encourage you to explore the business environment in Aba, (the Japan of Africa), and assure you that you will not regret it,” the Governor enthused. Speaking earlier, Francesca Ifon, the State Coordinator of NYSC, noted the members passing out had performed creditably and thus deserved the honour given to them. She said that their remarkable achievements in their places of Primary Assignment as well as in areas of Community Development Services were eloquent testimonies. The coordinator stated that while some corps members who distinguished themselves during the service would be given commendation certificates, a few others who contravened the rules and regulations of NYSC would be punished. Reigners Bible Church collapse and Akwa Ibom government White Paper ANIEFIOK UDONQUAK, Uyo Tragedy struck on a Sunday morning in Uyo as hundreds of worshippers and dignitaries gathered for the “bishopric consecration” of the General Overseer and founder of the Reigners Bible church who was already an “apostle” but was to be elevated to the enviable rank of a bishop. It was on December 10, 2016, the day many would have wished never was when the roof of the church building which was still under construction caved in with the iron rods and fabricated steel tumbling down within a split second, killing an undisclosed number of worshipers who came for the programme. It was tragedy in the “house of God” and it happened on a day set aside for worship. Governor Udom Emmanuel with members of state executive council was among the dignitaries but he was lucky to escape unhurt but the commissioner for information and strategy, Charles Udoh who had a broken skull was not Community inaugurates 35-man vigilante squad UDOKA AGWU, Umuahia Uturu Community in Isuikwuato Local government Area of Abia state has inaugurated a 35-man Vigilante squad of the community to checkmate the activities criminals. Akaeme Emmanuel, the president-general of Uturu Development Association, disclosed that the reason for the inauguration stemmed from the fact that the community hosts two tertiary institutions, Abia State University and Gregory University, a petro chemical industry so lucky. Ekerete Udoh, the chief press secretary to governor suffered a broken angle and sought medical attention abroad as a result of the accident. According to the state government, 30 persons lost their lives in the incident but independent sources from hospitals in the state claim more than 50 people died. To say that the entire city was thrown into despondency and a sorrowful mood because what was expected to be a joyous moment and a celebration of a new rank and position turned into mourning with tears flowing freely is to say the least. According to eyewitnesses, among those who died were students from nearby institutions of higher learning who were invited to the event while others who may have attended the event privately and lost their lives have not been accounted for. The good news however, is that at the time of the accident, the Ibom multispecialty hospital was up and running with several consultants from many parts of the world running the health facility. According to Dominic Ukpong, consultants had to be brought in from Teaching hospitals across the country to help in treating the injured and in saving lives. Though among others, noting that with community hosting people from all walks of life, there was every tendency that crimes such as armed robbery, cultism, rape and other social ills would be on the increase. He hinted that before now the group did not register and the squad did not carry gun the governor was spared the trauma of being killed when the building collapsed, Ukpong said he hurriedly came back to the scene and was directing the rescue operations and directed construction firms with equipment to help in clearing the rods and supervised the operation of ambulance services. “Credit must go to the governor, though he is another a medical person, he was able to withstand the sight of the tragic incident and supervised the rescue operations,” Ukpong said. The founder of the church, Akan Weeks, a man in his early forties who was arguably at the centre of the incident was said to have gone ahead with the consecration few days after at a different location, though this cannot be independent verified. Soon after the incident, the state government raised a judicial commission of inquiry to unravel the remote and immediate causes of the incident with allegations that some officials of the church were being shielded by the state government, an allegation it denied. but other weapons to patrol the entire community and its environs. John Akuche (Assistant commissioner of Police), the Area Commander in-charge of Ohafia, while inaugurating the squad reminded members that the job they had undertaken was a voluntary one and also not a mean task. Reps probe alleged unlawful detention of President Jonathan’s security adviser, others KEHINDE AKINTOLA, Abuja The House of Representatives has said it would investigate allegations of alleged unlawful detention of some Nigerians including former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki and Yunusa Adamu Dangwani, a Kano State-based renowned consultant Neurologist by Department of State Services (DSS). Dasuki was arrested and detained in the past two years over alleged extra budgetary spending worth N643.8 billion and $2.2 billion foreign component of the arms procurement fund under former President Goodluck Jonathan. The House resolution was passed on response to a motion titled: ‘Abuse of the fundamental rights provisions of Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) by the DSS,’ sponsored by Aliyu Madaki (APC-Kano). In his lead debate, Madaki alleged that Dangwani who was arrested and detained at the DSS headquarters in Abuja, condemned his denial to his family and lawyer. Chapman Happy Hour courts consumers with “Refreshment Naija Style” STEPHEN ONYEKWELU Chapman Happy Hour by Chivita is gaining presence in the minds of consumers across Nigeria, who now consider the drink a necessary feature of daily life, turning their every moment into special occasions. Its infusion of Nigerian culture and style in a refreshing mix resonates with what consumers appreciate as complementing their authentic Naija experiences; keep them satisfied and coming back for more. Little wonder the drink takes pride in offering ultimate “Refreshment Naija Style”. Craved for its burst of refreshment, Chapman Happy Hour by Chivita comes in handy packs which make it convenient for consumers with preference for a readily available chapman drink. 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