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The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has emphasised the need for Nigeria, and by extension Africa, to be a producer and not just a consumer of technology products to harness the opportunities the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) presents.
The Vice President, who noted that this would place the country on the path of growth and development, called on the private sector and academia to work with the government to maximize the opportunities.
Osinbajo, spoke through his Special Assistant on Innovation, Ife Adebayo, on the theme: “Unlocking the benefits of the 4th Industrial revolution,” at the launch of DigiConverge, a one-stop digital convergence platform that provides fit-for-purpose services in e-broadcasting and global content syndication.
He stressed the need to create opportunities, and develop policies to protect intellectual property, and ensure adequate funding sources for research and innovation for continuous product improvement.
Osinbajo described the newly-launched Digiconverge as an example of Africa being a producer and not just a consumer of technology products, adding that the government would continue to support initiatives that place Nigeria on the path of growth.
“The dedication of groups like the team at Digiconverge reinforces my belief. I implore us all – government, private sector, and academia, to work together to maximize these opportunities,” he said.
Founder and CEO of DigiConverge, Celestine Achi, said DigiConverge is an indigenous all-in-one digital convergence platform that provides fit-for-all purpose services in e-broadcasting, global content syndication, media intelligence, and virtual business support.
According to Achi, DigiConverge offers a wide range of services that ensure business sustainability through cutting edge technology, and enables owners of creative work to earn 100 per cent of their royalties, as they have unfettered access to the backend of the portal, which enables them monitor all transactions real time.
“DigiGbedu- a music streaming platform on over 200 global platforms including amazon, Spotify, deezer and more, ensures owners of creative work earn 100 per cent of their royalties,” he stated.
President/CEO of the Viva Entertainment Group Inc. (US), Johnny Falcones, speaking on the exclusive partnership with DigiConverge on the FlikonTV platform, said Africa is going to be one of the leading markets in technology, as it keeps innovating and pushing forward.
He added that the partnership with DigiConverge would bring great innovations, collaborations, and ensure quality content and monetization process.
On his part, the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Prize for Leadership, Dr. Ike Nelaku, called on the government to create an enabling environment in terms of policy and leadership for the people to unleash their creative energy.
“Put Nigeria firmly on the global digital map. Some people are already talking about the 5th industrial revolution, which is a convergence of man and machine,” he said, referring to the DigiConverge as a solution that will impact the Africa content delivery space in diverse ways.

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Protesters Launch Soro Soke Online Radio

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‘Soro Soke’ is a Yoruba statement which means ‘Speak upThe establishment of Soro Soke radio by the #EndSARS protesters is urging everyone to speak up, air their views and grievances against any unjust systemSoro Soke radio which has gone live will also serve as a platform to report missing persons.

Soro Soke radio can be accessed by clicking on the link below:
https://s4.radio.co/s99d55c85b/listen

The protest began to fight the wrongs of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

Nigerians took to social media to commend the establishment of the online radio.

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Akwa Ibom Youths Give FG Seven Days Ultimatum To Take Over Zamfara Gold

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The youths said at a press conference in Uyo on Tuesday said that the gold in Zamfara belonged to the Federal Government and Governor Bello Matawalle had no right to sell the gold bar to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)Leader of Young Democratic Movement, Kuseme Idiong and Speaker, South South Youth Assembly, Comrade Victor Thompson stated that proceeds from the sale of Zamfara gold should be shared among all the 36 states and Federal Capital Territory (FCT), as is done with the oil proceeds from the Niger Delta.

Akwa Ibom Youths under the auspices of Young Democratic Movement (YDM), and South South Youth Assembly have given the Federal Government seven days ultimatum to take over the gold in Zamfara state currently controlled by the state government.

The youths said at a press conference in Uyo on Tuesday said that the gold in Zamfara belonged to the Federal Government and Governor Bello Matawalle had no right to sell the gold bar to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

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Leader of Young Democratic Movement, Kuseme Idiong and Speaker, South South Youth Assembly, Comrade Victor Thompson stated that proceeds from the sale of Zamfara gold should be shared among all the 36 states and Federal Capital Territory (FCT), as is done with the oil proceeds from the Niger Delta.


They noted that the Constitution of Nigeria stipulates that mines and minerals including oil fields, oil mining, geological surveys and natural gas in states are exclusively under the control of the Federal Government, and wondered why the FG has not taken over the gold in Zamfara.

They described the action of Zamfara state governor as an act of lawlessness and impunity, and called on the Executive and Legislative arm of government to rise up against it.

They stated that failure of the FG to take over the mineral resources found in Zamfara state would force them to embark on a nationwide protest and call out youths in the country to join.

The groups further demanded an upward review of the derivation funds paid to Niger Delta states saying oil-producing states were not actually paid the 13 percent.

“That both the Executive and the Legislative arm of the Federal Government should rise against this act of lawlessness and impunity from the perpetrators of the sale of Zamfara Gold.Details of both past and present gold or other mineral sales should be made public and proceeds should be shared among all the states as in the case of Oil derivatives from the Niger Delta region.

“The Federal Executive Council and the National Assembly should revisit the derivative funds formula for oil-rich Niger Delta states as oil-producing states are fed below the 13% derivation.

“Failure to upwardly review the derivative funds formula for oil-rich Niger Delta states, the Federal Government must allow Niger Delta to directly sell her oil just as the recent case of Zamfara gold bar.

“We give the Federal Government up till Saturday, October 24, 2020 to give a robust and satisfactory response to our demands else the Youths of Niger Delta shall on Tuesday, October 26, 2020 embark on a Nationwide protest drawing the attention of the international community to this terrible situation. We must warn that we will not leave the streets until our demands are met,” the group stated.

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Senate confirms Dahir-Umar as DG PenCom amidst protests

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The Senate on Tuesday , confirmed the appointment of Aisha Dahir – Umar , as the substantive Director General of the National Pension Commission Board amidst protests from some senators.
Another nominee who was also confirmed by the Senate was Dr Oyindasola Oluremi Oni, from North Central as Chairman .
Also confirmed were Clement Akintola ( South -West ); Ayim Nyerere ( South – East) and Charles Emukowhale ( South – South ) , as commissioners of the PenCom board .
The Senate , however, rejected the confirmation of Hannatu Musa ( North -West ) because she was unable to present her discharge certificate from the National Youths Service Corps .
Members of the Minority Caucus in the Senate last week sent a petition to the Committee on Establishment and Public Service , seeking the disqualification of Dahir – Umar as the substantive DG of PenCom .
Until her confirmation on Tuesday , Dahir -Umar , from the North -East geopolitical zone , held the position in acting capacity .
The Minority Leader of the Senate , Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, who argued against Dahir -Umar confirmation , insisted that since her predecessor did not complete her tenure , the position should be occupied by somebody from the South -East , where Mrs Chinelo Anohu -Amazu , whose five – year tenure was truncated , hailed from .
Ruling on Abaribe’s argument , the President of the Senate , Ahmad Lawan , said the constitutional provisions relied upon by those who are kicking against the DG ’s appointment was not valid because the tenure of Anohu-Amazu ’s board had expired before the appointment of Dahir -Umar
The President , Major General Muhammadu Buhari ( retd .) , had penultimate week , sent the name of Dahir -Umar to the Senate , seeking the lawmakers ’ confirmation for her to be the substantive DG and others , to the board of the agency .
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