Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Former Ericsson exec Qureshi lands at Verizon

Rima Qureshi, former president and CEO of Ericsson North America, is joining US operator Verizon as its new executive vice president and chief strategy officer (CSO).
According to a release from the operator, Qureshi will start her new role 6 November and will be responsible for the “development and implementation of Verizon’s overall corporate strategy, including business development and strategic investments”. Qureshi will report directly to Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam, who deemed her hire a “game changer”.
The addition of Rima is another game-changer for Verizon,” McAdam said in a statement. “She’s a visionary leader, with a global perspective and a thorough understanding of our industry and where it’s headed.”

Fight corruption within the ambit of the law, Wike tells FG

R-L: Deputy Governor Ipalibo Harry Banigo, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, Primate of Anglican Church, Most Rev Nicholas Okoh, his wife, Nkasiobi, wife of Archbishop of Niger Delta Province, Mrs Beatrice Kattey and Archbishop of Niger Delta Province, Most Rev Ignatius Kattey during the visit of Anglican Archbishops to Government House Port Harcourt on Tuesday. 

Rivers Governor, Nyesom Wike has urged the Federal Government to fight corruption within the ambit of the law.
Speaking during a courtesy visit by the Primate of Anglican Church, Most Reverend Nicholas Okoh accompanied by Archbishops and Bishops of the church at the Government House Port Harcourt on Tuesday, Governor Wike said that the fight against corruption must not be vindictive in nature.
Governor Wike said: "The fight against corruption must be holistic and it should not be vindictive in nature ".
The governor added: "Those of us who are privileged  to serve should know that it is by the Grace of God  that we serve. Therefore, we must serve to the Glory of God ".

Chidoka blasts S'East governors, army's tag of IPOB as terrorists

Candidate of the United Progressive Party (UPP) in the November 18, 2017 Anambra governorship election, Chief Osita Chidoka has slammed the governors of the south East states for what he termed failure of leadership in their handling of issues relating to the agitation by the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, in the region.
Chidoka, who spoke while fielding questions during a national radio interview monitored on Monday also rejected the military’s declaration of IPOB as a terrorist group, saying the military was not in the position to do so without passing through laid down legal and constitutional provisions.
The UPP governorship candidate carpeted the governors for going beyond their constitutional and legal limits to announce a proscription of IPOB, which, according to him, remains a futility under the law.

NSCDC sets up special squad for Bama

Following the directive by the  Federal Government to Security Agencies to relocate to the North East, the Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), has set up a Special Squad for Bama, Christened the Special Bama Squad (SBS).
The Corps helmsman made this disclosure while addressing the Corps Management team, Zonal Commanders and State Commandants.
Gana noted, that the Federal Government directed the Army, the Civil Defence and the Police to provide 1,500 personnel each from their respective organizations, which the NSCDC has complied fully with, and has also prepared logistics to cater for the Civil Defence personnel who will be stationed inside the Bama community to receive the Emir and other returnee from the Internally Displaced Persons Camp (IDP). They are to provide also, adequate protection for the Civil Populace of the Bama community.
The Commandant General disclosed that, aside the 1,500 personnel already donated by the Corps, the NSCDC has set up a special  squad known as the Special Bama Squad (SBS).

South-East APC group hails Shetima, Oyegun, others, mobilize for Nwoye’s victory

South East APC group  on Tuesday condemned what it called the fatuous attempt by some politicians and youths to insult the intelligence of Anambra people and scorn the dignity of Governor Kashim Shetima, Dr. Hassan Lawal and other members of the Anambra All Progressives Congress (APC) Election Planning and Strategy Committee.
The leaders praised the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party for submitting the name of Hon Tony Nwoye to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as its candidate for the November 18 governorship election in Anambra State.
We would like to extend our congratulations to Hon Tony Nwoye for his victory as the APC flag-bearer.”
A statement on the All Progressives Congress (APC) primary in Anambra State, issued Tuesday in Awka, condemned those asking the National Working Committee of the party to reverse the will of the people as expressed by the delegates.

Several billions of US dollars in investments announced during the Morocco - Gabon 2017 Forum

RABAT, Morocco -- The Morocco - Gabon Forum which has just ended in Rabat was the occasion for the Moroccan companies and investors to announce their intention to invest several billions of
 US dollars in Gabon in the sectors of Infrastructures, the numerical Economy, Agro-industrial industry and the sanitary facilities, in particular.

Bringing together nearly 300 participants in the buildings of the chancellery of the Embassy 
of Gabon, in Rabat and intended to promote the direct investments and to instigate the exchanges between the two countries, the Morocco - Gabon Forum made it possible to the Moroccan 
investors to discover the opportunities offered by Gabon.

Nokia on-board with boosting plane connectivity

Nokia is “ready for take-off” with its plans to bring affordable LTE to the skies, with the company stating that affordable broadband on aircrafts could be the first step towards “connected planes”.
In an online presentation held today, Thorsten Robrecht, VP of advanced mobile network solutions, talked through some of the benefits of using an LTE solution based on the ground to provide connectivity in planes, over today’s existing satellite infrastructure.
Nokia has been developing its “LTE air-to-ground” for five years, and is now set for launch across Europe this year.
The demand for on board connectivity is the biggest ask from customers, he said. “Very clearly, passengers are really expecting on board connectivity, and the ability to stay connected. They want the service they have all over the world, while moving in the air.”
Citing a study, he said only 13 per cent of non-US airspace has access to inflight connectivity, and only 6 per cent of that is suitable for video, which is where the demand will “continue to increase”.
Nokia’s solution is the first of its kind, he said, and has been developed by the vendor’s Bell Labs unit almost 55 years after the business developed a similar satellite solution.

Ekiti Probe Panel: Group warns Fayose, Ayenimo over alleged service extension plot

Integrity Leadership Group, a civil society coalition against corruption and defenders of civil rights, has warned Governor Ayodele Fayose and retired Chief Magistrate, Idowu Ayenimo, over alleged plot to manipulate Ayenimo's service records to enable him stay longer in service to qualify to continue sitting on the judicial commission probing the administration of former Governor Kayode Fayemi over alleged misappropriation of the state's funds.
In a statement in Ado-Ekiti on Tuesdayby its State Coordinator, Lekan Oyediran, the group said media reports on the allegation of service elongation plot for Ayenimo to enable him to continue sitting on the probe panel after retiring from service was worrisome against the background of Fayemi's suit challenging Ayenimo's suitability to sit on the panel over alleged partisanship.
The group noted that what qualified Ayenimo for the job according to the rule governing panel membership was his headship of the Magistrate Court and so must vacate the panel after retiring from from service.

Kogi inaugurates committee for the implementation of Judicial Commission of Inquiry's Report White Paper

Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya  Bello, has expressed the resolve of his administration to recover the resources of the state, looted by previous government. The decision, which he explained was not a ploy to witch hunt anyone, is intended to entrench the culture of transparency and accountable in governance.

Governor Bello disclosed this today, 19th September, 2017, while inaugurating the newly constituted a seven-member  committee for the implementation of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry white paper from the committee set up last year to look into how the resources of the state were expended between May 2003 to January 2016.

The committee, which has a retired Army Major General Mobolaji Koleoso as Chairman, is expected to help track and recover all looted funds and assets of the state.

IPOB members storm 72nd UN General Assembly to protest military invasion of S'East

Members of the Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB, stormed in front of the United Nations office in New York to protest against president Muhammadu Buhari who is in the country for the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly.. According to them, they are agitating against the killings and destruction of properties during the military invasion in Abia state.

IPOB operates like terrorists-- FG

The Federal Government Tuesday said the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) operates like a terrorist group.

Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed said this on Tuesday on a live TV programme “Good Morning Nigeria” on the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA).
According to Mohammed’s , “IPOB formed the Biafra Secret Secret Service and Biafra National Guard which could be called terrorist organisations.
There are a lot of arguments regarding the constitutionality of the action of the military and the South East governors.
People must realise that we are dealing with issue of national security and I do not think that the military and the governors should fold their arms while the country is set ablaze.

Tell Nigerians to eschew tribal consciousness & imbibe spirit of nationhood—Northern Governors

Five Governors from the Northern part of the country, Alhaji Kashima Shettima (Borno State, and Chairman Northern Governors’ Forum), Simon Lalong (Plateau State), Atiku Abubakar Bagudu (Kebbi), Aminu Masari (Katsina), Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto) met with their Imo State counterpart, Owelle Rochas Okorocha onTuesday September 19, 2017 at the Government House Owerri. preaching unity and condemning tribal consciousness among Nigerians.
The governors had come to preach peace and to assure the Igbos and  Hausa people living in both parts of the country to stop the songs of war and disunity and sing the songs of peace, love and harmony.
In his speech, Governor Rochas Okorocha said “Nigeria’s problem has remained largely lack of communication and not being able to socialize with each other.   Even in families with husbands and wives, when we don’t have communication breakup is inevitable. It is necessary that we communicate amongst ourselves as governors. We should equally communicate with the ordinary citizens on the streets.”
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