Party Secretary Says Cairo Ojugboh Has No Business Talking For PDP

rayThe Imo State Secretary for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ray Emeagha, has said that a factional leader of the party, Cairo Ojugboh,  has no right to involve himself in the party’s matters.

“Cairu Ojugboh has no business talking for PDP, he is not an officer of the PDP, he is a former member of the National Executive Committee of PDP and his tenure has expired so why is he castigating the party.

This is coming about 24 hours after Mr Ojugboh stated that the internal crisis in the PDP had resulted in the party’s recent dwindling fortunes.

“Ojugbho cannot speak for PDP, by any circumstance, by any sense of imagination,” he stressed.

Analysing the situation in the party, he said: “Dr Cairo was not a member of the National Working Committee, in fact, in the 2012 convention of the PDP, Chief Oru was elected at the national convention as the south-south vice chairman of our great party, PDP.

“He was then appointed the Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, thereafter, that position became vacant”.

He explained that “by virtue of the constitution of the PDP, section 47(6), when a position becomes vacant, the position should be filled by another member of the party from that particular area that was how this character, Dr Cairo Ojugboh came on board.

“As at 2015 his tenure expired and he was no longer the National Vice chairman of PDP, representing south-south.

In the same vein, Dr Mu’azu resigned from the party as the National Chairman Of the PDP and also in line with the constitution, Ali-Mohdu Sheriff was brought in to complete his tenure of three months.

Thereafter, there was meant to be a national convention and the national convention in Port-Harcourt, removed him as the chairman.

He explained that the constitution of PDP is clear and that when Ali-Modu sheriff was appointed, his appointment was ratified by the National working committee of the party.

On the outcome of the governorship election in Ondo State, which his party lost to the All Progressives Congress, he stressed that “if we are not careful, we are indirectly working towards the truncation of this democracy.

“There is a new attempt to redefine Nigerian politics, to redefine rigging and Nigerians should be conscious of this development

“There is a design to rig election before the election, using members of the party, who may not have genuine stake, to evade the party and truncate it from within”.

Laying claims to events that had happened in Imo State, Ojugboh had also alleged that there had been a lack of internal democracy in the PDP, but Mr Emeagha denied the claims, stating that people should be honest enough to discuss issues they are conversant with.

“Dr Cairo does not come from Imo State and I’m surprised to hear such a personality, discussing in such an ignorant form,” he added.

OPEC Members Agree To Oil Output Cut

OPECFor the first time in eight years, members of the Organisation Of Petroleum Exporting Countries, (OPEC), have agreed to a 1.2 million barrel per day output cut to 32.5 million a day.

This comes after weeks of often tense negotiations, with the group’s three biggest producers, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Iran, who resolved their differences over sharing the burden of cuts to rein in supply for the first time since 2008.

Nigeria’s Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr Ibe kachikwu said OPEC members are “largely convergent” on a need for a production cut.

The price of Brent crude jumped more than 8% to 50 dollars 26 cents a barrel, recovering from a drop of nearly 4% on Tuesday and on course for their biggest one-day move in nine months.

The deal however promises to revive the tattered finances of countries from Venezuela to Libya and restore flagging confidence in the producer bloc that controls 40% of the world’s oil.

NCC Suspends Plan To Increase Data Price 

NCC Suspends Plan To Increase Data Price The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has suspended its directive to telecommunication operators to increase the price of Data.

This is coming shortly after the Senate had asked the NCC to stop the planned data price increase until all parties meet to resolve the outstanding issues.

The National Assembly on Wednesday, directed its committee on communication to meet with the service providers and get back to them.

The NCC had mandated the five big telecommunication operators in the country, to increase their data tariffs beginning from Thursday, December 1, 2016.

In a statement by the commission’s Public Affairs Director, Tony Ojobo, stated that:

“The decision to suspend this directive was taken after due consultation with industry stakeholders and the general complaints by Consumers across the country.

“The Commission has weighed all of this and consequently asked all operators to maintain the status quo until the conclusion of study to determine retail prices for broadband and data services in Nigeria.

According to him, “the decision to have a price floor was primarily to promote a level playing field for all operators in the industry, encourage small operators and new entrants.

NCC Suspends Plan To Increase Data Price 

“The price floor in 2014 was N3.11k/MB but was removed in 2015. The price floor that was supposed to flag off on December 1, 2016 was N0.90k/MB.

“In taking that decision, the smaller operators were exempted from the new price regime, by virtue of their small market share.

“The decision on the price floor was taken in order to protect the consumers who are at the receiving end and save the smaller operators from predatory services that are likely to suffocate them and push them into extinction.

The statement therefore clarified that “the price floor is not an increase in price but a regulatory safeguard, put in place by the telecommunications regulator to check anti-competitive practices by dominant operators.

Furthermore, it cleared the air on the insinuation in some quarters that the regulator has fixed prices for data services.

“This is not true because the NCC does not fix prices but provides regulatory guidelines to protect the consumers, deepen investments and safeguard the industry from imminent collapse.

“Before the new suspended price floor of N0.90k/MB, the industry average for dominant operators including MTN Nigeria Communications Limited, EMTS Limited (Etisalat) and Airtel Nigeria Limited was N0.53k/MB.

“Etisalat offered (N0.94k/MB), Airtel (N0.52k/MB), MTN (N0.45k/MB) and Globacom (N0.21k/MB).

The smaller operators/ new entrants charge the following: Smile Communications N0.84k/MB, Spectranet N0.58k /MB and NATCOMS (NTEL) N0.72k/MB.

“The NCC as a responsive agency of government takes into consideration the feelings of the consumers and so decided to suspend the new price floor,” the statement read.

The suspension of the directive, has indeed allayed the fears of many Nigerians, who already anticipated the move from Thursday, in the face of an already harsh economic situation.

Cyber Crime: How Well Is Nigeria Fighting The Menace?

cybercrime, Nigeria Cyber crime has remained an issue of growing concern as despite increasing awareness and efforts to fight the menace in Nigeria and across the globe, cyber criminals seem to remain undaunted.

In May 2015 the cyber crime bill was signed into law, properly defining the act as unlawful with penalties attached to any disobedience of the law.

Head Cloud, IP/CSO, Chidinma Iwe, explaining the rudiments of the cyber space in an interview with Channels Television, said that it  is a challenging environment that is fast evolving.

“It is one of those landscapes that never remain the same, so the challenge is for those charged with the responsibility of security for their organisations, to always be up to skill and speed with what’s going on globally,” he said.

Iwe opined that although Nigeria is not as prepared as it ought to be, for any eventualities, there are however “a lot of people paying close attention”.

“We are doing a lot of work around information security.

“In terms of preparedness it would be expecting too much to ask Nigeria to be as prepared as the westerns and some other more advanced economies because the kind of infrastructure they have in place, differs from ours in Nigeria”.

According to him, “the world of cyber-crime is a world controlled by several cartels.

“You can liken these cartels to those of the drug industry” Iwe added.

He explained that there is both a demand and a supply end and one cannot exactly say what particular types of crimes are common.

He, however, advised organisations that to be better protected from cyber-criminal attacks, they should first identify their critical assets, i.e identify what assets expose them to huge “reputational losses”.

 

Lenovo To Stop Installing Unprotected Software

lenovoChina’s Lenovo Group Ltd, had said on Thursday that it would no longer pre-install software that cybersecurity experts perceived to be malicious and vulnerable to hacking.

The world’s largest PC maker, Lenovo had come under fire from security researchers who said that the company pre-installed a software from a company called Superfish on consumer laptops that hijacked web connections and allowed them to be spied upon.

Users reported as early as last June that a program, also called Superfish, was ‘hardware’, or ‘software’ that automatically displays adverts.

Superfish would no longer be pre-installed and has been disabled on all of Lenovo’s product in the market since January, when the PC maker also stopped pre-installing the software, said a Lenovo spokesman.

Superfish was included on some consumer notebooks shipped between September and December, he said.

CEO of U.S.-based security research firm, Errata Security, Robert Graham, said Superfish was a malicious software that hijacks and throws open encrypted connections, paving way for hackers to control these connections and eavesdrop, in what is known as a man-in-the-middle attack.

“This hurts (Lenovo’s) reputation,” Graham said. “It demonstrates the deep flaw that the company neither knows nor cares what it bundles on their laptops.”

Graham and other experts said Lenovo was negligent, and computers could still be vulnerable even after uninstalling Superfish.

Superfish throws open encryptions by giving itself the authority to take over connections and declare them as trusted, when they are not.

“The way the Superfish functionality appears to work means that they must be intercepting traffic in order to insert the ads,” said Eric Rand, a researcher at Brown Hat Security. “This amounts to a wiretap.”

Concerns about cyber security have dogged Chinese firms, including telecoms equipment maker, Huawei Technologies Ltd over ties to China’s government and smart phone maker, Xiaomi Inc over data privacy.

Minister of Police Affairs Backs Biometric Registration For Vehicles

As controversy continues to rage over the new Digital Biometric Central Motor Registration (BCMR) system, the Minister of Police Affairs, Navy Captain Caleb Olubolade (Rtd) has thrown his weight behind the initiative, adding that it will reduce crime rate in the country.

According to the minister, “the BCMR is a vital tool to modern policing in Nigeria” and “it would help the country’s Police Force to effectively and efficiently fulfil its constitutional roles of saving lives and property, preventing crimes, apprehending and prosecuting offenders, amongst other duties.”

Speaking to journalists at a function in Kaduna, Olubolade emphasised the need to use effective technology to achieve a better policing of the country, and disclosed that the Police is already making plans to mount security cameras and other gadgets in all parts of Lagos, the Federal Capital Territory and other parts of the country.

He added that for effective policing of the country, intelligence and information sharing between the Police and the populace is required in order keep abreast of happenings around them, stressing that the effectiveness of a better Police Force lies on the quality of training of its personnel and equipment, and not based on the large number of men it has.

Windows Store To Feature Channels TV App On December 1st

Channels Television’s news app on the Windows Store will be featured in the store on  December 1, 2013.

Windows Store features apps that are well designed, innovative and offer unique value on a weekly basis to give them more exposure.

The special feature will give Nigerian users in Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, the opportunity to stay abreast of developments in Nigeria via the Channels TV app.

The Channels TV app is also available on the IOS and Android App Stores.

 

Pat Utomi, Sim Shagaya And Mario Valles To Speak At TENT

Organisers of Techie Entrepreneurial Nigerian Talented (TENT), Paradigm Initiative Nigeria (PIN), have named Sim Shagaya, Mario Valle and Pat Utomi as the key note speakers at the 2013 edition of the event.

The annual event, which is a platform where budding Nigerian ‘technoprenuers’ showcase their work, connect with resources, and inspire innovation is themed ‘Competence. Collaboration. Competition.’

TENT will hold from Tuesday November  26 to Thursday November 28, 2013 at the Lagos eLearning Centre, Odunlami Street, Lagos.

Keynote speakers at this year’s TENT Gathering are Sim Shagaya (CEO and Founder of two web based businesses), Mario Valle (Director Business Development (Emerging Markets) at Electronic Arts) and Prof. Pat Utomi.

Other speakers include Oreoluwa Somolu (W.TEC), Emeka Okoye (Vikanti), Osayi Alile Oruene (WimBiz), Chude Jideonwo (RED Media), Emmanuel Oluwatosin (Nokia) and Victor Asemota (Swifta).

TENT will also host students from Lagos State Polytechnic, Benson Idahosa University, Covenant University, Federal University of Technology Akure, University of Ibadan, University of Lagos, Lagos State University, Yaba College of Technology, Adekunle Ajasin University, University of Ilorin, National Open University of Nigeria, Obafemi Awolowo University, Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta, Babcock University, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Ogbomosho, Kogi State University, Tai Solarin University of Education, University of Nigeria Nsukka, Kwara Polytechnic, University of Uyo and University of Calabar, among others.

Microsoft Investors Push For Chairman Gates To Step Down

Three of the top 20 investors in Microsoft Corp are lobbying the board to press for Bill Gates to step down as chairman of the software company he co-founded 38 years ago, according to people familiar with matter.

While Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer has been under pressure for years to improve the company’s performance and share price, this appears to be the first time that major shareholders are taking aim at Gates, who remains one of the most respected and influential figures in technology.

A representative for Microsoft declined to comment on Tuesday.

There is no indication that Microsoft’s board would heed the wishes of the three investors, who collectively hold more than 5 percent of the company’s stock, according to the sources. They requested the identity of the investors be kept anonymous because the discussions were private.

Gates owns about 4.5 percent of the $277 billion company and is its largest individual shareholder.

The three investors are concerned that Gates’ role as chairman effectively blocks the adoption of new strategies and would limit the power of a new chief executive to make substantial changes. In particular, they point to Gates’ role on the special committee searching for Ballmer’s successor.

They are also worried that Gates – who spends most of his time on his philanthropic foundation – wields power out of proportion to his declining shareholding.

Gates, who owned 49 percent of Microsoft before it went public in 1986, sells about 80 million Microsoft shares a year under a pre-set plan, which if continued would leave him with no financial stake in the company by 2018.

He lowered his profile at Microsoft after he handed the CEO role to Ballmer in 2000, giving up his day-to-day work there in 2008 to focus on the $38 billion Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

In August, Ballmer said he would retire within 12 months, amid pressure from activist fund manager ValueAct Capital Management.

Microsoft is now looking for a new CEO, though its board has said Ballmer’s strategy will go forward. He has focused on making devices, such as the Surface tablet and Xbox gaming console, and turning key software into services provided over the Internet. Some investors say that a new chief should not be bound by that strategy.

News that some investors were pushing for Gates’ ouster as chairman provoked mixed reactions from other shareholders.

“This is long overdue,” said Todd Lowenstein, a portfolio manager at HighMark Capital Management, which owns Microsoft shares. “Replacing the old guard with some fresh eyes can provide the oxygen needed to properly evaluate their corporate strategy.”

Kim Caughey Forrest, senior analyst at Fort Pitt Capital Group, suggested now was not the time for Microsoft to ditch Gates, and that he could even play a larger role.

“I’ve thought that the company has been missing a technology visionary,” she said. “Bill (Gates) would fit the bill.”

Microsoft is still one of the world’s most valuable technology companies, making a net profit of $22 billion last fiscal year. But its core Windows computing operating system, and to a lesser extent the Office software suite, are under pressure from the decline in personal computers as smartphones and tablets grow more popular.

Shares of Microsoft have been essentially static for a decade, and the company has lost ground to Apple Inc and Google Inc in the move toward mobile computing.

One of the sources said Gates was one of the technology industry’s greatest pioneers, but the investors felt he was more effective as chief executive than as chairman.

Twitter Introduces An Alert System For Emergencies, Disasters

Twitter, which is preparing for its initial public offering, said on Wednesday it will help users receive special alerts from government agencies and aid agencies during emergencies.

Users who sign up will receive smartphone notifications via the Twitter app as well as SMS text messages – assuming they agree to handover their cell phone numbers – from any of several dozen agencies who have signed on to the program.

The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency, Tokyo’s Disaster Prevention service and the World Health Organization are among those participating.

The alerts program starts a year after Twitter showcased its potential as a lifeline during Hurricane Sandy, when stranded residents on the eastern U.S. seaboard reported the storm’s progress and sought help on the mobile network.

A similar lifeline service played a part in the rescue efforts in Japan following the devastating 2011 tsunami, Twitter said. The program is initially available in the United States, Japan and Korea and will be expanded to other countries.

Craig Fugate, the FEMA administrator, said the service was at the cutting edge of disaster management in the age of smartphones.

“Today we have a two-way street — residents are informed about hazards in real time and emergency managers receive immediate feedback on the consequences of a disaster,” Fugate said in a statement.

The program reflects the evolution of Twitter from its earliest days, when it gained a reputation as a hangout for geeks to share the minute details of their most recent meal or who they encountered at the South by Southwest Festival.

But the crowd-sourced information of today’s Twitter has also proved problematic.

Even as the New York City Fire Department used Twitter to communicate with residents during Hurricane Sandy, there were pranksters who spread misinformation on the service, including a rumor that the New York Stock Exchange was submerged underwater.

And in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing, the name of a missing Brown University student went viral on Twitter after many users, including journalists, mistakenly identified him as a suspect.

Twitter, for its part, has maintained a strictly hands-off attitude toward monitoring its content and denied responsibility for ensuring its accuracy.

Earlier this month, Twitter filed with regulators for an initial public offering. Reuters reported last week that Twitter was in talks looking to add additional banks to its underwriting syndicate.

Facebook’s Zuckerberg Says U.S. Spying Hurt Users’ Trust

 

Facebook Inc CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday said revelations about U.S. government surveillance hurt users’ trust in Internet companies and that knowing more about the programs would help relieve some of the public concerns.

In a rare appearance in Washington at an event hosted by the Atlantic magazine, the 29-year-old social media billionaire urged the federal government to tell the general public more about the requests for data it makes to Internet companies.

Zuckerberg was also holding meetings with members of Congress from both parties to lobby for immigration reform.

“What I can tell from the data that I see at Facebook is that I think the more transparency and communication the government could do about how they’re requesting the data from us, the better everyone would feel about it,” he said.

“From reading in the media, you couldn’t get a sense whether the number of requests that the government makes is closer to a thousand or closer to a 100 million. … I think the more transparency the government has, the better folks would feel.”

Zuckerberg also expressed concerns that the outcry about vast secret spy programs run by the National Security Agency and the U.S. response could alienate other countries and hurt innovation globally. In San Francisco last week, Zuckerberg said the government “blew it” on the spy programs.

“Response to the NSA issues that have blown up are a big deal for the Internet as a global platform. And some of the government statements I think have been profoundly unhelpful,” he said.

“‘Oh, we only spy on non-Americans.’ Gee thanks,” Zuckerberg said, adding, “We’re trying to provide an international service, not get crushed in those places either.”

Earlier this year, Facebook said some 1.1 billion people around the world used its site each month.

The tech sector has been pushing for more disclosures about government data requests as Internet companies seeks to shake off the concerns about their involvement in vast secret U.S. surveillance programs revealed by former spy contractor Edward Snowden.

Earlier this month, Facebook joined Yahoo! Inc, Google Inc and Microsoft Corp in asking the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court for freedom to disclose aggregate data about the orders and requests for information they receive under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

On Wednesday, Zuckerberg said the revelations about U.S. online surveillance had a much bigger impact on users’ trust in Facebook than any criticisms related to the company’s own privacy policies.

PRIORITY ON IMMIGRATION

The issue that brought California-based Zuckerberg to Washington was his push for immigration reform, which has prompted him to wade deep into political waters.

This year, he founded an advocacy group, FWD.us, that lobbies for a comprehensive immigration reform, promoting the concept of building a “knowledge economy.” The group has come under fire for ads that backed pro-immigration lawmakers on issues unrelated to immigration, such as oil drilling.

“We just want to be there to help support folks who are going to have to take challenging positions on something that’s going to be controversial but they ultimately believe is the right thing,” Zuckerberg said.

He was scheduled for sitdowns on Thursday with Republican House Speaker John Boehner and Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi as the House of Representatives poses an uphill battle for the immigration legislation, which already has been passed by the Senate.

Zuckerburg, who ditched his signature hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans in favor of a dark suit and tie on Wednesday as he made his way through the hallways of Congress, said he was optimistic the legislation’s chances.

Experts Call For Firm Legislation Against Cyber Crime

Experts and key players in ICT development and control at the 2013 Cyber Security Conference have called for strong legislations in all countries to combat the menace of cybercrime.

The experts who spoke at the 2013 Cyber Security Conference in Abuja warned that cyber insecurity constitutes a latent threat to national security and economic development.

The conference, which held today at the Federal Capital Territory, had guest speakers including the First Lady of Nigeria, Mrs Patience Goodluck Jonathan, former Prime Minister of Israel and Her Most Decorated Soldier, Ehud Barak and Deputy to the Director, Telecommunication Development Bureau ITU, Philippe Metzger.

It was disclosed at the meeting that 50 million Nigerians are on the internet daily and of this number, half are children.

This alarming figure was said to have informed the approval of the cybercrime bill by the federal executive council for onward transmission to the national assembly for passage into law.

This law is to protect children and young adults from abuse on the cyber space.

About 2.7 billion people the world over are expected to be using the internet by the end of 2013 increasing the risk of the threat of cybercrimes and dangers and the need to fight it with resilient strategies experts say must be collaborative and practical.