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NBS, NPA sign agreement on data collection

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By Emmanuel Elebeke

To improve data collection and analytics on port related activities, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) and the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Abuja.

The MoU was signed by Mr Yemi Kale, Statistician-General of the Federation, while the Managing-Director, NPA, Hadiza Usman sign for the Authority.

Speaking shortly after signing the agreement, the NBS boss said that the ports were major channels through which cargo entered and exited the country and that they were critical to the development of the transportation and storage sector of the economy.

He also said that with the recent signing of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), the prospects for increased trading and storage activities were huge and expected to grow significantly in the coming years, in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic.

His words: “Therefore, generating and disseminating more granular information on these activities will be useful in ensuring that policymakers and managers within the sector are fully equipped with the right tools and evidence to do their work.

“Also, it will further provide a sound basis for operators and potential investors in the sector to make informed decisions on how to participate and take advantage of opportunities available within the sector.

“The output from this effort will contribute to the growing array of statistics produced by the statistical system in Nigeria and also shed more light on the important work that you do in administering port activities in Nigeria.”

In her own remarks, the Usman said that the collaboration would result in the development of inter-agency link.

The NPA MD explained that the MoU would bridge identifiable gaps by collaborating in streamlining the process of data exchange, gathering, cleansing, analysis, storage, retrieval and dissemination.

For her, the NPA would also require joint capacity building in the era of data analytics and management of such data.

“Also, the creation of joint data verification and mechanism in order to have feedback on data and output among the items of collaboration between the two agencies.

“In addition, I would like to specifically request the collaboration of automation of data collection.

“This is an area that we would really require support towards automation in our data collection, which would eliminate errors and also have live and up-to-date information when required.

“So I would like to specifically ask for that area of support to guide the NPA in the deployment of automation as it relates to data gathering.”

She added that the NBS would, by the collaboration, get up to date trade information on port operations, noting that it would also update its data heads specific to port operations and broaden the scope of maritime data to be collected.

According to her, this would ensure timely access to data exchange for planning, research, monitoring, projections reporting and sustainable synergy for capacity building across the port industry.

Vanguard News Nigeria



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Farouq felicitates with families on 2021 Int’l Day of Families –

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•Sadiya Farouq

*Enjoins families to stay current with technology trends

By Joseph Erunke

ABUJA–As the world marks the 2021 International Day of families, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs,  Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq,has felicitated with all families in the country and urge them to stay current with technological trends in order to remain relevant in the society.

The minister  said the International Day of Families was proclaimed by the U N General Assembly (UNGA) in 1993, with the resolution ( A /RES /47/237) and reflects the importance of the international communities.

The International Day provides awareness of issues relating to families and to increase knowledge of the socio- economic and demographic processes affecting families .

She said May 15th of each year has been declared as the International Day of families and the theme for 2021 is ‘Families and New Technologies”.

The theme focusses on the impacts of new technologies on the well being of families and follows  on the theme of the 59th session of the Commission  for Social Development; socially just transition towards sustainable development: the role of digital technologies on social development and well being of all.

“As we all know, new technologies are evolving at a rapid pace and impact on every aspects of human endeavours,  this has changed  the normal way of doing things.

” New technologies such as the smart phones,  computers,  artificial intelligence,  internet of things, blockchain,  robotic process automation,  virtual reality, to mention but a few, impact  on individuals, families and communities and to keep pace with the trends in technology,  there is need  for individuals and families to keep upskilling and  learning new tools to remain relevant.

“To stay current with new technology trends is necessary”,she said.

Farouq equally urge families to strike a balance in the use of modern technology at home and at work as well as safety concerns for children in the use of the internet and social media.

She said families are the foundation of society and should be protected and celebrated .

As we celebrate the world family day,  let’s promote love among families because a happy family is a happy society.



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Man found hanged beside a police station in Okota (video/photos)

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A man was found hanged in front of a shop beside a police station in Okota.

 

The topless man was found on Saturday Morning, May 15.

 

Prior to his death, the man, said to be a bike rider, was reportedly seen in the area the night before, at about 10pm.

 

Man found hanged beside a police station in Okota (video/photos)

 

A witness said police arrived at the scene at about 8:00am today after the man was found hanged, but left without moving the corpse.

 

Residents and shop owners in the area are asking that the corpse of the man be removed soon.

 

Man found hanged beside a police station in Okota (video/photos)

 

Locals who saw the man’s corpse are said to have expressed suspicion that there might be foul play involved in his death. Below are screenshots of messages sent to LIB.

 

Man found hanged beside a police station in Okota (video/photos)

Man found hanged beside a police station in Okota (video/photos)

 

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Ebonyi govt absolves self from phantom kidnap 

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By Dennis Agbo

Ebonyi state government has disassociated itself from an alleged abduction of a Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, personnel in the state, Mr Ogbonnaya Amos.

Amos has however made an appearance in Enugu, during the weekend.

The state Commissioner for Information and State Orientation, Uchenna Orji in a reaction to the state PDP’s indictment of the state government in the incident said that Amos was being hunted by his past.

Orji said it was unfortunate that some stalwarts of PDP in the state resorted to dirtier intrigues in their desperate but regrettable move to run down the name of Governor David Umahi and the image of the state government.

Orji said the government had it on good authority that millions of naira was voted for by the opposition party in the state to disparage the Governor and the state on social and other media platforms.

“The general public should therefore note that the alleged kidnap of one Amos Ogbonna is part of the grand design by his syndicate of political howlers to cause tension in the state and incite public hatred on a government they hold in very high esteem.

“We therefore dissociate and distance ourselves as Government from the thoughts and claims of these PDP officials, who for pecuniary and political reasons have covenanted with the opposition forces to unleash falsehood on the State Government,” Orji said.

He advised the security agencies to hold PDP officials in the state accountable for the whereabouts of Ogbonna, noting that circumstantial evidence points compellingly to their complicity in their allegation.

“We reaffirm our commitment to the core values of our administration and the prophetic proclamation that guides our actions. We leave our battles in the hands of God as we are sure that the enemies of our modest achievements shall be disappointed in the evil deeds of their agents,” Orji concluded.

Vanguard News Nigeria 



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Sunday Igboho, Yoruba Nation agitators storm Osogbo rally

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Popular Yoruba rights activist, Sunday Adeyemo also known as Sunday Igboho, on Saturday, joined other agitators at the Nelson Mandela Freedom Park, Osogbo, the Osun State capital, to demand Yoruba Nation.

Igboho, who spoke at the venue of the mega rally, also demanded the release of operatives of the Oodua Peoples Congress who were detained for arresting notorious Fulani herder, Iskilu Wakili, in the Ibarapa area of Oyo State.

The venue of the rally was heavy with the presence of operatives of the Nigeria Police Force as well as men of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.

Also sighted at the venue were men of Amotekun corps, who were positioned at a strategic spot, apparently to prevent participants from accessing the venue.

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JAMB shifts 2021 UTME dates as it extends registration dates by two weeks

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The 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination(UTME) has extended registration for its annual Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination by two weeks.

 

The UTME is also now expected to hold from June 19 to July 3. It was initially to hold between June 5 and 19. The UTME is a computer-based standardized examination for prospective undergraduates in Nigeria.

 

The Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board(JAMB), Prof Is-haq Oloyede announced this at an ongoing press conference in Abuja today May 15.

 

The registrar also announced an extension registration for the examination by two weeks. The registration exercise will now end on May 29.

 

Professor Oloyede on Friday, May 14, gave a hint that the examination would be postponed. The registrar hinged the decision to postpone the examination on the difficulties being experienced by the candidates in their efforts to register. He said about 600,000 candidates who have indicated interest to participate in the 2021 UTME are yet to register.

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