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Oluremi Tinubu urges digital literacy for women



The First Lady, Senator Oluremi Tinubu on Friday in Abuja, reiterated the importance of digital literacy and its role in fostering economic independence amongst women.


The First Lady said this at the closing ceremony of the Renewed Hope Initiative RHI/NITDA Women Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Training Empowerment Programme for 35 women across the Federal Capital, Abuja.


Oluremi, who presented the women with a grant of N100, 000 and new laptop each, at the Presidential banquet hall at the end of the programme said: “these skills are indispensable tools for driving growth and innovation.


“Also, the importance of digital literacy and its role in fostering economic independence cannot be overemphasised.


“In a world driven by technology, these skills empower women to take control of their lives, contribute to their communities and seize opportunities.


“As we celebrate the successful conclusion of this programme, I extend my congratulations to all participants. You have exhibited resilience, determination and a hunger for knowledge that will undoubtedly set you on a path of success.”


Earlier, the Director-General (DG) NITDA, Kashifu Abdullahi commended the first lady for giving the beneficiaries the opportunity and access to learn, network, gain tools and financial support to start up.


He thanked the first lady for using her pet project to help women, children and the vulnerable Nigerians.


”The participants, your daughters who are graduating today are taking home five major lessons.


“They are all equipped with digital literacy and ICT proficiency, empowered to safely and responsibly use digital platforms; they also master digital marketing to be able to use social media to sell their products and services.


“They are also enlightened on how to be part of gig economy; they learnt skills on how to work remotely and earn money and how to use productivity tools.


“The first lady has agreed that NITDA collaborate with Renewed Hope Initiative to craft a national digital gender inclusion strategy in order for the women to benefit from digital economy as their male counterpart.’’


He also said that NITDA would further collaborate with RHI to sponsor more women to be digitally resilient.


Similarly, Dr Bosun Tijani, the Minister of Communication, Innovation and Digital Economy, pledged to work with RHI in ensuring that the training is extended to millions of women across the country.


He said the programme was in line with President Bola Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda for women inclusion and empowerment among others.


“Our mother, the first lady, your unwavering commitment to empowerment and progress has charted the cause for change for all the members of this cohort.


“This is a programme that we hope we can partner with you on to actually scale significantly; I’m a big believer in the fact that we have to empower women because women are empathetic.


“When you have women around you, it is about the good for people and not for egos, this is why the role you are playing in the society with the initiative Ma is very important.”


The minister also acknowledges the DG of NITDA and his team for their role in bringing the programme to fruition.


He further said that the positive roles that women are playing in the society are also fundamentally good for the development and growth of every society.


“By empowering women, we unlock the unique creativity and innovation that can enrich every aspect of our lives.


“It is well documented that when we provide women with equal access to education resources and opportunities, it becomes architect of positive change, changing the trajectory of economy progress, social harmony and sustainable development.


“This programme represents a critical step in this direction; it also aligned with two priority areas of President Bola Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda, the first one being the investment in the digital economy to empower Nigerian with new skills.’’


Some of the participants described the training as an eye opener, innovative and of a great asset to their lives.


Mayowa Ajiboye, lead facilitator said the power of digital tools and connectivity through the trainings also broke the boundaries of what the participants thought it was impossible.


One of the beneficiaries, Miss Nkiru Ogbuli, a graphic designer expressed her gratitude to the first lady for keeping her promise of empowering women.


She explained that the programme has expanded her orientation and given her the opportunities she never knew existed.


Another beneficiary, Promise Ogbuehia a makeup artist said the training is not only beneficial but also the people she would return to teach in order to impact them also.


Her Excellency Senator Oluremi in her congratulatory speech congratulated the participants and applauded both the NITDA DG and his team of facilitators for the success of the training.


The women are the pioneer set of participants from the programme, a collaboration between RHI and NITDA.

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The National Judicial Commision has recommended the appointment of 11 Supreme Court Justices, one Justice of Court of Appeal, 6 Heads of Courts and 26 other Judicial Officers.


This was the consencus at the Councils 104 Meeting after considering the list of candidates presented by its Interview Committee



According to a statement signed by the Director Of Information, Soji Oye, the council after much deliberations, recommended Justice Hannatu Sankey, Justice Chidiebere Uwa, Justice Chioma Nwosu-Iheme, Justice Haruna Tsammani and

Justice Aseimo Adumein as Supreme court Justices.


Others are Justice Obande Ogbuinya, Justice Stephen Adah, Justice Habeeb Abiru, Justice Jamilu Tukur, Justice Abubakar Umar, and Justice Mohammed Idris.


The NJC also recommended Justice Mohammed Ramat as a Justice of the Court of Appeal.


Some heads of court nominated are Justice Joel Agya, as the Chief Judge Taraba State,

Justice Umar Abubakar, Chief Judge of Taraba State amongst others.


The Council has said that all recommended candidates to the Supreme Court Bench would be sworn-in after the approval of their recommendation by President Bola Tinubu and the subsequent confirmation of their appointment by the Senate.


NJC has also noted that the various Heads of Court recommended would also be sworn-in upon the approval of their appointment by their various State Governors and subsequent confirmation of same by their respective State Houses of Assembly.

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EFCC denies comments on 70 percent Nigerian Youths involvement in internet fraud



EFCC denies comments on 70 percent Nigerian Youths involvement in internet fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has denied comments by it’s Executive Chairman, Ola Olukoyede which labelled seventy percent of Nigerian Students as internet fraudsters.




While stating this in a Statement by the Head, Media and Publicity Dele Oyewale, the Commission says it is a misrepresentation of the concerns of the Chairman of the EFCC to the rising incidences of internet- related crimes involving Youths across the Country.




It explains that its Chairman had called for wider media enlightenment of youths as a counter- measure against the menace of internet fraud at a meeting with Representatives of the Civil Society Organizations, CSOs that paid him a visit in Abuja.




Olukoyede says that reports and intelligence available to him indicated that, unless the trajectory of youth involvement in internet fraud is addressed and reversed, the future of their leadership of Nigeria may be threatened and if it continues in the next ten years, seven out ten of the youths may be getting involved in cybercrimes.



The EFCC says that at no time did its Chairman mentioned that “seven out of ten” Nigerian students are criminals” as widely reported.




The Commission assures the public that its Chairman is doubly committed to the progress of Nigerian Youths and underscores his calls for collaborative interventions in offering them more productive and sustainable alternatives.



The Statement added that the concerns of the EFCC Chairman bothers on breaking the jinx of mass indulgence of youths in cybercrimes.

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NASS and Bishop Kukah advocate political party repositioning for accountability and inclusivity



NASS and Bishop Kukah advocate political party repositioning for accountability and inclusivity

Senate President Godswill Akpabio and Bishop Matthew Kukah have emphasized the urgent need to reposition political parties, fostering a democratic culture centered on inclusivity, transparency, and accountability.


The call was made during the Public Presentation of the Needs Assessment of Political Parties in Nigeria, organized by the Kukah Centre with support from the European Union Support to Democratic Governance in Nigeria (EU-SDGN), held in Abuja.


Represented by Sen. Victor Umeh, Akpabio highlighted that the repositioning of political parties is vital to restoring public trust and confidence, ensuring they genuinely represent the aspirations of the people. He identified accountability, inclusivity, transparency, and inherent impunity as significant challenges that must be addressed.


Akpabio expressed optimism in the 10th National Assembly to tackle these issues, stressing the importance of holding party leaders accountable for their actions. He called for increased transparency in party financing and campaign expenditures, emphasizing the need for inclusivity in the political process.


Bishop Matthew Kukah, the Founder of the Kukah Foundation, explained that the event aimed to address challenges faced by political parties and inspire confidence in politics. He emphasized the role of political parties as platforms for training and deploying politicians to serve the public good.


Kukah underlined the importance of understanding political party processes, particularly for young individuals with a vision for forming political parties. He highlighted the significance of the needs assessment in recommending options for parties to become ideological engines for driving political processes and democracy.


The report, drawing from academic analysis and interviews with ordinary citizens, recommended a constant review of the Electoral Act, incorporation of the opposition in the political process, and innovative ways of financing political parties.


Olawunmi Laolu, Programme Manager at EU-SDGN, stressed the need for political parties to strengthen internal democracy, improve intra and inter-party dialogue, and promote wide participation in the political process. She expressed the EU’s commitment to supporting Nigeria’s progress and urged political parties to lead by example in advancing democracy in the region.


Stakeholders such as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) were present at the event.

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