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FG Lifts Suspension Of Twitter Operations As NITDA DG Highlight Details Of Agreement

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…As Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, CCIE, Chairman Technical Committee Nigeria-Twitter Engagement and Director-General National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) highlights details of the agreement

Olushola Okunlade Writes

The Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) directs me to inform the public that President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, has approved the lifting of the suspension of Twitter operation in Nigeria effective from 12am tonight, 13th January 2022.

The approval was given following a memo written to the President by the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof Isa Ali Ibrahim. In the Memo, the Minister updates and requests the President’s approval for the lifting based on the Technical Committee Nigeria-Twitter Engagement’s recommendation. You may recall that on 5th June 2021, the FGN suspended the operation of Twitter through an announcement made by the Honourable Minister of Information and Culture, Alh Lai Mohammed. Thereafter, the President constituted a seven-man Presidential Committee to engage Twitter Inc.

Subsequently, in its wisdom, the Presidential Committee set a 20-member Technical Committee comprising all relevant government agencies. The Technical Committee engaged and worked directly with the Twitter team. The immediate and remote cause of the suspension was the unceasing use of the platform by some unscrupulous elements for subversive purposes and criminal activities, propagating fake news, and polarising Nigerians along tribal and religious lines, among others. These issues bordering on National Security, Cohesion and the effects of the abuse of the Twitter platform forced the FGN to suspend the operation of Twitter to address the direct and collateral issues around its operations in Nigeria.

The new global reality is that digital platforms and their operators wield enormous influence over the fabric of our society, social interaction and economic choices. These platforms can be used as either a tool or a weapon. Every nation is grappling with how to balance its usage efficiently. Without balancing, every citizen’s security, privacy, social well-being, and development are at stake. Therefore, our action is a deliberate attempt to recalibrate our relationship with Twitter to achieve the maximum mutual benefits for our nation without jeopardising the justified interests of the Company. Our engagement has been very respectful, cordial, and successful.

The process of resolving this impasse between the FGN and Twitter Inc. has helped lay a foundation for a mutually beneficial future with endless possibilities. Twitter is a platform of choice for many Nigerians ranging from young innovators to public sector officials who find it helpful to engage their audience. Therefore, our engagement will help Twitter improve and develop more business models to cover a broader area in Nigeria.

Furthermore, the FGN looks forward to providing a conducive environment for Twitter and other global tech companies to achieve their potential and be sustainably profitable in Nigeria. While appreciating all Nigerians, especially the vibrant Nigerian youths who have borne the long wait to resolve this impasse, the FGN is happy to say that the gains made from this shared national sacrifice are immeasurable. Some of the gains include:
a) Ongoing economic and training opportunities as the Company continues to consider expanding its presence in Nigeria;
b) Getting a better understanding of how to use the Twitter platform effectively to improve businesses;
c) Revenue generation from the operation of Twitter in Nigeria;
d) Smooth and coordinated relationship between Nigerian Government and Twitter leading to mutual trust;
e) Reduction of cybercriminal activities such as terrorism, cyberstalking, hate speech, etc.; and
f) Working with Twitter and other global companies to build an acceptable code of conduct following the global best practice.

The FGN has asked Twitter to fulfil some conditions before restoring its services. These conditions addressed legal registration of operations, taxation, and managing prohibited publication in line with Nigerian laws. Twitter has agreed to meet all the conditions set by the FGN.

Consequently, the FGN and Twitter have decided on an execution timeline, which has started this week. Our engagement with Twitter opens a new chapter in global digital diplomacy and sets a new operational template for Twitter to come back stronger for the benefit of Nigerians.

The following are the resolutions agreed with Twitter. Inc.:
i. Twitter has committed to establishing a legal entity in Nigeria during the first quarter of 2022. The legal entity will register with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC). The establishment of the entity is Twitter’s first step in demonstrating its long-term commitment to Nigeria.
ii. Twitter has agreed to appoint a designated country representative to interface with Nigerian authorities. The Global Public Policy team is also directly available through a dedicated communication channel.
iii. Twitter has agreed to comply with applicable tax obligations on its operations under Nigerian law.
iv. Twitter has agreed to enrol Nigeria in its Partner Support and Law Enforcement Portals. The Partner Support Portal provides a direct
channel for government officials and Twitter staff to manage prohibited content that violates Twitter community rules. At the same time, the Law Enforcement Portal provides a channel for the law enforcement agencies to submit a report with a legal justification where it suspects that content violates Nigerian Laws. Taken together, these represent a comprehensive compliance apparatus.
v. Twitter has agreed to act with a respectful acknowledgement of Nigerian laws and the national culture and history on which such legislation has been built and work with the FGN and the broader industry to develop a Code of Conduct in line with global best practices, applicable in almost all developed countries.

Therefore, the FGN lifts the suspension of the Twitter operations in Nigeria from midnight of 13th January 2022. We encourage all users of the Twitter platform to maintain ethical behaviour and refrain from promoting divisive, dangerous, and distasteful information on the platform. As patriotic citizens, we need to be mindful that anything illegal offline is also illegal online and that committing a crime using a Nigerian Internet Protocol (IP) is synonymous with committing a crime within our jurisdiction.

Considering Twitter’s influence on our democracy, our economy, and the very fabric of our corporate existence as a Nation, our priority is to adapt, not ban, Twitter. The FGN is committed to working with Twitter to do anything possible to help Nigerians align and navigate Twitter algorithmic design to realise its potentials while avoiding its perils. In his approval, the President appreciates the Presidential Committee led by the Honourable Minister of Information and Culture, Alh Lai Mohammed, for the supervisory role and guidance given to the Technical Committee during the engagement. Similarly, the Presidential Committee commends the Technical Committee for a professional, robust and productive engagement with Twitter Inc. It also appreciates Government Regulatory Agencies and Internet Service Providers who implemented the FGN’s directives during the suspension.

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NITDA Pledges Promotion Of Digital Literacy, Skills To Persons With Disabilities

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African British Set To Honour Mama Diaspora, Sophia Group, Alayo Homes Excellence Awards, Viva Properties, Others To Receive Award …ABIRO Awards 2021 Tagged; Unsung Heroes Excellence Awards, Realtors Exhibitions, and African Beauty Pageant The selected individuals and organisation’s great contributions to humanity thereby empowering thousands of people in the country is a huge success to Nigeria economic growth, this event will feature multiple Award Winning Real Estate Celebrities, PWAN Harmony Realtors; Viva Properties MD/CEO, Ms. Vivian Emmanuel; Alhaji Rotarian M.A. Jimoh Alade; Pastor Olushola Ajani; Alayo Homes among others who will be receiving excellence awards due to consistent services to humanity.The African British Group (AFBIG), led by its Chairman, Otunba (Rotarian) Ja’afaru Braimoh is on course to champion the awakening of the Unsung Heroes Excellence Awards, Realtors Exhibitions, and African Beauty Pageant in Nigeria commencing in Lagos State to celebrate and recognize outstanding Nigerians. To achieve this, the African British Group, alongside its partners has put together the maiden edition of the African British Group with the Theme; “Uniqueness in Diversity and Purposeful Leadership”. According to the organisers, the African British Awards seeks to recognize exceptional individuals who have considerably contributed, through business development and investment, to growth and development in Africa. They maintained that the selected leaders have used their positions and power to impact positive change on the continent. The event which will take place on Saturday, 4 December 2021, at Excellence Hotel Ogba in Lagos, will be attended by many dignitaries and a host of key stakeholders, industry players in the business sector. Speaking about the importance of the ceremony, African British International Group Chairman, Rotarian (Otunba) Jafaru Braimoh, said, “These men and women play a critical role in developing the Nigerian economy and, in proxy, the African economy. The challenges the business sector encountered during the pandemic have created an opportunity to drive sustainable wealth creation and economic development through policies that foster innovation and digitalisation, addressing severe societal challenges. AFBIG is strategically positioned to invite stakeholders in form of partnerships that will foster the growth and development of the Nigerian economy. The Awards Committee said, “The initiative of AFBIG is to recognize our heroes, engage key stakeholders in the business sector is a commendable step to revitalizing the economy and positioning it to attract greater global flows for sustainable economic recovery. For your real estate investment decision in Lagos & other states across Nigeria. Contact VIVA PROPERTIES for free advice consultations and inspections on affordable and genuine lands/homes. DM/Call/WhatsApp: 08173177741/07089132078. To participate in the beauty pageant contest, click here http://bit.ly/3BxXCGu to register or send Curriculum Vitae (CV) to afribritishawards@gmail.com for the African British Beauty Pageant 2021 of African British Award, Real Estate Exhibition, and Beauty Pageant Maiden Show slated for Saturday 4th of December, 2021 at Excellence Hotel, Ogba, Lagos by 12noon. Eligibility: Age limit: 18-45years Good looking Height: from 5 upward Must have two attires: One English wear, one Native wear. Ready to attend the show at the set date. Assessment would be on the WhatsApp group. Note: it’s going to be strictly by invitation. Media partners for the event include BusinessEcho Magazine (Print and digital news) http://www.businessechomagazine.com and ROTA Media News www.rotamedianews.com by ROTA MEDIA CONCEPTS. TAGS

…NITDA KEEPING PACE WITH PLWD THROUGH DIGITAL INCLUSION

Olushola Okunlade Writes

In a bid to ensure the implementation of equal opportunities and promote digital inclusion, the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has pledged its continual promotion of digital literacy and skills to Persons With Disabilities (PWD).

The Director-General of NITDA, Kashifu Inuwa, CCIE, made this assertion while receiving the Executive Secretary, National Commission for Persons With Disabilities, NCPWD, James Lalu, and his team on a courtesy visit to the Agency’s headquarters in Abuja.

Inuwa ostensibly agreed with the description of the Executive Secretary, NCPWD that President Muhammed Buhari, GCFR, is the friendliest PLWD President since the amalgamation of the nation in 1914, haven passed into law the Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Act, 2018.

The Director-General assured his visitors of NITDA’s continual inclusion of PWD in all its initiatives with a special training session specifically targeted at equipping them with necessary tools, knowledge, and skills on digital transformation.

According to Inuwa, “building a digitally inclusive community requires participation and support from all stakeholders, and partnership with the NCPWD would accelerate the campaign of promoting digital inclusion. We can work together to design special initiatives that would expand the impact of the two organisations.”

“We can organise a challenge where people would come up with ideas to create a disability-friendly application,” this Inuwa added, would be an enabler that would assist in optimizing the best technology to meet identified objectives.”

“Your commission can work towards building a special IT hub while NITDA provides the technical know-how and necessary tools,” suggested Inuwa.

He informed the team that the Agency has opened a link where PWDs in South-South Zone can register for a five-day empowerment program on digital skills and entrepreneurship at Port Harcourt from the 24th till 28th January 2022.

While responding, the Executive Secretary, James Lalu, haven commended NITDA for its efforts in promoting digital inclusion among PWDs saying, the PWD commission prays for extension of training periods, curriculum, the need for experts and training facilitators at the eLearning Training Centre to work in collaboration with the aim of developing a robust website.

The meeting finally agreed on setting up a team comprising staff of both organisations to work out modalities and possible areas of collaboration.

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Opolo Global Innovation, Oracle Academy Hold Digital Skill Building Program Tomorrow

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Olushola Okunlade Writes

Opolo Global Innovation and Oracle Academy have teamed up to train on a digital skill-building program that will rapidly transform the digital competencies of working professionals and corporate workforces with digital skills training programs and courses.

The Digital Skill Building Program organized by Ọpọlọ Global Innovation in collaboration with Oracle Academy will take participants to the first step towards achieving technology development goals in 2022.

A hybrid event slated for tomorrow, Tuesday 18th of January, 2022 is aimed at bringing more digital skills to millions of people worldwide in the year 2022. This initiative will bring together every part of companies, combining existing and new resources and oriented organisations.

Ọpọlọ Global Innovation, an innovation advisory platform for innovators who need infrastructure and support networks to grow, and for investors who need promising start-ups and ideas to invest in. be modified according to the client’s requirements. We have a rich base global network of partners across Research, Entrepreneurship, Management, Technical, Funding, Mentorship, and Coaching support benefits. Especially for corporate investors, there are opportunities for outsourced R&D and the potential for portfolio and market extension.

Oracle Academy advances computer science education globally to drive knowledge, innovation, skills development, and diversity in technology fields.

Specially organized for academics, researchers, and tech enthusiasts.

Register via https://bit.ly/33lLFrS

Date: Tuesday, 18th January 2022
Time: 10am

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NITDA Set To Launch Hackathons In 3 States

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NITDA Set To Launch Hackathons In 3 States

…The challenge is open to ALL- students, entrepreneurs, and innovators

Olushola Okunlade Writes

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) under the supervision of the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy through its subsidiary, the National Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (NCAIR) is hosting 3 editions of the NITDA HACKATHON in January 2022.

NITDA Hackathon is a national event in collaboration with academic institutions to drive digital innovation and entrepreneurship by challenging Nigeria’s teeming youths to ideate and develop solutions from inception through to the market.

The hackathon is set to develop and grow a global network of IT experts, comprising Nigerian youths within the country and in the diaspora. It is targeted at inculcating entrepreneurship spirit in academia, creating a platform where industry and public institutions will leverage the academic research ecosystem to solve national challenges using technology.

This year, the focus is on Agriculture, Security, and Logistics. The first edition will hold between 18th – 20th January 2022 at the Modibbo Adama University of Technology (MAUTECH), Yola, Adamawa. And the second edition will hold between 25th – 27th January 2022 at the University of Ibadan, Oyo State, while the third edition will hold between 31st January – 2nd February 2022 at the University of Calabar, Cross Rivers State.

The challenge is open to ALL- students, entrepreneurs, and innovators.

The successful startups’ groups in each category will be awarded cash prizes and will have the opportunity to develop their idea further for commercialization with NITDA’s support.

For more information, please visit the link https://bit.ly/32FshGF.

Get To Know More About NCAIR: The National Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (NCAIR) is one of NITDA’s special purpose vehicles created to promote research and development on emerging technologies and their practical application in areas of Nigerian national interest. NCAIR is also focused on creating a thriving ecosystem for innovation-driven entrepreneurship (IDE), job creation, and national development.

For more information: https://www.ncair.nitda.gov.ng

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