EiE Nigeria, Shehu Musa Yaradua Foundation, Galaxy backbone and a host of other stakeholders put together what has now become the first ever conference on New Media and Governance in Africa. The 2 days conference held at the Yaradua Centre in Abuja with notable dignitaries in attendance. Below are excerpts of day 1 of the conference proceedings put together by Oluwatobi Soyombo. Read more
Former head of state and presidential candidate in the 2001 general election, General Muhammadu Buhari says among the three Boko Haram said to be in existence by Professor Ango Abdullahi, the Federal Government is the biggest of them. Read more
The National Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Prof. Attahiru Jega has called for a regulation on the use of social media in Nigeria.
Prof. Jega made this call during a paper presentation in Abuja on monday at a New Media and Governance Conference where he narrated the Commission’s experience on the response received from new media during the 2011 general elections. Read more
The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC) Joint Venture suffers a daily loss of at least 43,000 barrels to crude theft and illegal bunkering, in a trend that negatively impacts the environment, robs the country of badly-needed revenue and fuels criminality in communities. Read more
The extremist Boko Haram sect, which has since 2009 launched sustained attacks on security installations, places of worship, educational institutions and media outfits, recently got cash support of N40 million from an Algerian terrorist group, an intelligence report recently submitted to the presidency has said. Read more
Authorities of the Nigerian police say they have arrested and detained a senior commander of the Islamist militant group Boko Haram.
The detainee, Suleiman Mohammed, is said to be a Boko Haram commander in the northern city of Kano. Read more
Nigeria’s leading telecommunications operator, MTN in a swift reaction to the NCC directive to pay fine for poor quality of telecommunication service said the company remained committed to ensuring the best quality of service for its teeming customers. Speaking through its Corporate Services Executive Akinwale Goodluck, the communication giant said it continues to employ the greatest effort to overcome the infrastructural and environmental challenges that impede the delivery of consistently good quality of service”. Read more
Four Nigerian mobile service providers, MTN Nigeria, Etisalat, Airtel and Globacom are to pay a cumulative sum of N1,170,000,000 (One Billion, One Hundred and Seventy Million Naira) to the Nigerian Communications Commission as penalty for the poor quality of services rendered to their different subscribers in the months of March and April 2012. Read more
Editor’s note: As the body of Late Olaitan Oyerinde, the Principal Private Secretary to the Governor of Edo state, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole is laid to rest today, Dipo Fashina and Abiodun Aremu write a tribute to eulogise the worthy comrade whom they said must live in our memory. The tribute is courtesy of Premium times. Read more
The Federal Government has reiterated its call on all groups to ceasefire and come forward for dialogue.
The Vice President, Arc Mohammed Namadi Sambo, made this call Thursday, in Abuja at the National Symposium, organised by Nasirul-Lahi-Faith Society of Nigeria (NASFAT), tagged “Islam and Peaceful Co-Existence in a Contemporary Multi Religious Society. Read more
The Vice President, Arc Mohammed Namadi Sambo, has said that a meeting with State Governors and traditional rulers has been convened as a forum to consider and agree on ways of extending the Almajiri Education programme to cater for all similar problems in all parts of the country. Read more
The presidency has denied media report that it had any plans to effect cabinet reshuffle as has been widely speculated. Special Assistant to the president on New Media, Reno Omokri announced on Twitter that the president has “implicit confidence in the ability of the current crop of ministers”. Read more