FG Targets Growing Economy Through ICT

ICT in NigeriaThe Minister of Communications, Mr Adebayo Shittu, says the Federal Government will partner with the organised private sector to grow the economy via the use of Information and Communication Technology.

He made the remarks at a forum in Abuja with indigenous ICT professionals who have contributed to the growth of the Information and Communication Technology sector in Nigeria.

According to him, the Federal Government is already reaching out to ICT professionals across the country, considering the huge potentials that the sector possesses.

Meanwhile, other guests in the forum appealed to the government to make internet accessible to all by opening up the broadband.

They believe that availability of internet service would give birth to businesses that will have multiplier effect on the economy.

In another development, a group of professionals in Information and Communication Technology trained youths in a workshop organised to also to explore the opportunities in the ICT sector.

They advocated an education curricular that would encourage vocational studies in ICT.

Information and Communication Technology has become the bedrock of many developed countries of the world and experts at the gathering say Nigeria cannot be left behind, urging leaders to fully explore the ICT sector to grow the nation’s economy that is already in recession.

FG, Sokoto Govt. Partner On ICT Development

FG, Sokoto Govt. Partner On ICT DevelopmentThe Nigerian government has made known its plan to ensure that information and communications technology is deployed in all aspects of governance in the country.

The Minister of Communication, Mr Adebayo Shittu, said this after a meeting with the Governor of Sokoto state in Abuja.

He said that the proper use of ICT would go a long way in improving the lifestyle of Nigerians.

The Governor of Sokoto State, Mr Aminu Tambuwal, on his part said that his state is set to collaborate with the federal government towards effective ICT usage.

NIPOST Plans To Offer Banking Services

nipostThe Nigeria Postal Services, (NIPOST) may start offering banking services if the proposal of the Communications Minister, Mr Adebayo Shittu to President Muhammadu Buhari is approved.

The Minister has revealed that the President’s approval is being sought to establish a NIPOST bank, positioned to serve millions of Nigerians in the rural areas.

If President Buhari agrees, the new NIPOST bank may become Nigeria’s largest bank by branch network with 1,500 postal agencies across the country serving as financial services outposts.

The Minister said that President Buhari has asked the Attorney-General to look into the proposal to set up NIPOST bank, similar to the Japan’s Postbank, offering people-based financial services like bureau de change alongside postal services.

Oyo Declares Public Holiday For Olubadan’s Coronation

OlubadanThe Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has declared Friday, March 4, as public holiday throughout the state to commemorate the coronation of the 41st Olubadan of Ibadan land.

The new Oba Saliu Olasupo Adetunji will be installed at the historic Mapo Hall in the heart of Ibadan on Friday.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Communication and Strategy, Mr Yomi Layinka, in an interview with Channels Television, said that preparations were in top gear for a successful coronation.

Dignitaries are expected from all walks of life both within the country and from the diplomatic community.

Mr Layinka added that all arrangements have been concluded with security agents to ensure that no breach in security is recorded during and after the historic event.

He, however, warned all corporate organisations not to litter the state with any illegal branding of any sort for the event as the entire programme is sponsored by the Oyo State Government.

He added that market places and business premises are expected to be closed for business while the event lasts to honour the new king.

The last coronation of this nature was done for the late Olubadan, Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade, in 2007.

Buhari, Ajimobi Others Pay Last Respect To Olubadan

OlubadanPresident Muhammadu Buhari has called on Nigerians to emulate the exemplary lifestyle of the late Olubadan of Ibadan land as an epitome of honesty, courage and dignity.

Represented by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the President made the call on Wednesday at the funeral service of the departed monarch held at the St. Peters’ Cathedral, Aremo in Ibadan, Oyo State capital.

He said that Oba Samuel Odulana, Odugade I, exhibited the fear of God throughout his lifetime and this informed the progress made in Oyo State.

The President stressed the need for Nigerians to work towards being celebrated while alive as well as to leave a good legacy after death.

He said that the whole of Nigeria was proud to have the like of the late Oba Odulana because of his life of honesty and forthrightness.

In his remarks, the chief mourner and host Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, paid a glowing tribute to the late traditional ruler whom he said had exemplary attributes.

Governor Ajimobi said that the late Olubadan left an indelible mark in the sands of time in the areas of politics, civil service, military and other leadership positions he was privileged to occupy before his ascension to the throne.

In his sermon, Most Reverend Olusegun Okubadejo said that the myriad of orations and tributes from different categories of people were testimonies to the fact that the revered monarch had secured heaven.

Dignitaries from all walks of life on Wednesday paid their last respect to the departed Olubadan of Ibadan land as his remains was committed to mother earth.

Among them were the Governors of Osun and Lagos States, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, and Mr Akinwumi Ambode and the Minister of Communications, Mr Adebayo Shittu.