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  1. The minister of communications, Adebayo Shittu, has stated authorities would search higher methods to bridge the infrastructure hole within the
    nation, which is impeding broadband penetration.

    He mentioned the stress on terrestrial broadband
    infrastructure, because of the excessive demand for high quality broadband entry
    by Nigerians, should be addressed.

    Shittu, who spoke in Lagos at a discussion board just lately,
    stated Nigeria at present has lower than 50,000 base stations and would require extra 800,000 base
    stations to considerably cowl the broadband wants of
    the nation.

    The minister said that the broadband wants of the nation could possibly be higher actualised
    with an acceptable ICT infrastructure design that will incorporate a nationwide broadband infrastructure spine, metro/intra-metropolis fibre community, final mile providers, together with fibre-to-the-house, wireless community in addition to community connectivity.
    He known as on stakeholders to liaise with the ministry and make contributions in the direction of coverage formulation that might help accelerated broadband growth
    in Nigeria.

    Stakeholders on the summit, nevertheless, criticised government’s coverage and implementation plans in reaching the 30 per cent broadband penetration goal for
    the nation by 2018. They suggested that authorities ought to do extra
    in empowering Nigerians to have simpler entry to the Web.

    Chairperson, Alliance for Inexpensive Web, Dr. Omobola Johnson, mentioned, “Although Nigeria is making progress in the realm of broadband entry, we’d like extra broadband infrastructure to serve the massive inhabitants of the nation.

    “With ninety two million Web subscribers throughout the
    nation, Nigeria, little question, has the marketplace for funding and we’re extending the funding alternatives
    to each native and worldwide investor.”

    President of the Affiliation of Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria, Mr. Olusola Teniola, who spoke on the impression of broadband on Nigeria’s financial system: “Globally, telecommunications infrastructure is
    at the guts of any international enterprise in the fashionable age.
    From information safety and knowledge resilience
    necessities, by way of cloud connectivity points, to low latency
    and time-based mostly stamping in buying and selling transactions, strong, dependable and
    resilient networks are essential.”

    Teniola, who referred to as for the evaluation of the Web knowledge providers provisioning market construction within the nation, stated, with out the assessment, there might be critical danger of market failure with the resultant ripple impact. He mentioned present proof steered that, with inflation at 17 per cent, enter prices at a per unit per megabyte degree exhibits that retail information costs in the marketplace are unsustainable even with economies of scale, therefore distortion exists that wants fast regulatory intervention.

    Whereas itemizing a few of the challenges of the telecommunications sector, Teniola famous that the sector is confronted with the challenges of a number of taxation, uncertainty on a number of forex Home windows, points with infrastructure sharing amongst others, including that they aren’t serving to the business to develop in any method.

    CSR: MTN impacts 10m Nigerians

    In fulfilling the promise of bettering the standard of lives in communities, MTN Foundation’s What Can We Do Collectively? initiative has impacted over 10 million Nigerians in four hundred communities and 347 native authorities areas throughout Nigeria.

    Within the 347 native authorities areas, the next tasks have been delivered and put in: Forty transformers, forty boreholes and 14,200 college furnishings. As well as, family gadgets have been donated to sixty six orphanage properties in addition to provide of medical gear to eighty major well being care centres.

    The initiative was nicely-obtained and lauded by residents within the beneficiary communities, as the muse caters for academic wants via the donation of faculty furnishings; well being wants by means of the donation of medical provides and financial empowerment intervention via the donation of transformers and boreholes throughout totally different communities.

    Government secretary, MTN Basis, Ms. Nonny Ugboma, mentioned that every one initiatives have been chosen from a pool of 1000’s of nominations by members of the general public in phases one and two, after rigorous screening and verification.

    “At the top, 200 communities have been chosen to learn in section one,
    one other 200 communities in part two and bulletins have been made in print,
    digital and digital media platforms. We’re happy to report that
    all of the 200 initiatives in part one have been efficiently carried out, whereas
    all of the 200 tasks in section two are at varied levels
    of supply and installation” Ugboma stated.

    The What Can We Do Collectively? initiative was launched in 2015 as a part of the tenth anniversary of the MTN Basis.
    It was conceived as an thought to do one thing refreshingly totally different
    for Nigerian communities. In view of this, it’s structured to permit Nigerians accomplice with the inspiration by nominating communities to learn from a
    variety of tasks.

    In a associated growth, MTN’s CEO, Ferdi Moolman, has reiterated
    the organisation’s dedication to neighborhood growth,
    and commended MTN workers for his or her enthusiastic participation within the mission.

    “I am extraordinarily pleased with our many staff who proceed to provide again to our group via volunteering. All year long, our folks have interaction in lots of actions designed to offer again. Nevertheless, 21 Days of Y’ello Care provides us a particular alternative to return along with our colleagues, household and mates to put money into tomorrow’s folks,” Moolman stated.

    The final six years have seen MTN focus Y’ello
    Care initiatives on harnessing expertise to enhance entry to schooling for Nigeria’s youth.

  2. Plans by Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi to return to the classroom as an academic appears to be at the final
    stage as the Vice Chancellor of Ekiti State University (EKSU), Prof Dipo Aina, on Monday, presented to the Governor documents on the
    establishment of the Institute of Governance as passed by
    the Varsity Council.
    Governor Fayemi is billed to lecture at the institute when it eventually
    takes off next session, thus becoming the first sitting governor in the country to serve as a University teacher.

    The Governor who had severally expressed interest in impacting knowledge
    in the students of Peace and Conflict Studies in the State-owned
    University was presented with the documents at the opening
    session of the 7th International annual conference of Society for Peace Studies and Practice held at the EKSU Campus in Ado Ekiti on Monday.

    Governor Fayemi who holds a doctorate degree in War Studies from King’s College, London, said the Institute will help to analyse the situation of the nation’s
    democracy; even as he stated that it is the duty of all to guarantee peace in the society.

    He stressed that peace cannot be guaranteed in the absence of justice and development.
    He then called on all Nigerians to work towards peaceful coexistence among all interest
    groups in the group.

    “Peace”, he stated is a “necessary ingredient in nation building and development”.
    “We should move from empty sloganeering to concerted efforts at restoring peace to the society. And the university system can play a significant role through teachings and research in peace and conflict studies.” He
    added.
    While speaking on the nation’s democratic experience, the Governor
    asserted that alternation of power is the surest way to consolidate the nation’s democracy; adding that Nigerian has not
    witnessed any transition since it is still the same regime that is
    in power.

    Dr. Fayemi, while citing Ghana which has held five general elections since 1992 with the ruling and opposition parties alternating power, stated that Nigeria only has democracy in form but not in content, stressing that so many factors that
    characterise democracy are still lacking in Nigeria.
    He however expressed optimism that the conference will help to augment the “quality and texture” of democracy in Nigeria even as the
    term is already abused.

    The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, also at the event,
    advocated for a democratic system that will adequately
    address the volatile situation of the polity.
    Tambuwal , who was represented by Hon Muraina Ajibola, affirmed that the system
    which the country presently operates can no longer serve Nigerians and this is reflected in the spate
    of violence, kidnapping and other social
    vices that speak of the difficulties in the
    nation’s federalism.
    Tambuwal who stressed the importance of peace in the development of
    the nation assured that peaceful approaches will be taken by stakeholders to address
    the challenges facing the country.

    In his remarks, the Chairman of the conference, Mallam Yusuf
    Ali (SAN) stated that for any nation like Nigeria to attain peace
    and security, certain fundamentals, including justice,
    must be addressed.
    Ali said the theme of the conference “Defining and Rethinking Peace and Security Systems in Transitional Democracies” is not only timely
    but also “apposite, given the spate of violent occurrences” in the country.

  3. Mrs Taiwo Oparemi is the brains behind the Treasures Delight International Centre, which specialises on children and person with disability.
    In this interview SEYI SOKOYA, Oparemi speaks on why she and her husband are passionate in raising the
    hopes of the physically challenge persons and what it takes to adequately run a suitable therapy for special children. Excerpts:

    At what point did you discover your passion for helping
    children with special needs?

    The passion developed naturally, because I have love for
    children, especially those with special needs, though I studied Special Education even at my NCE days.
    My degree and my current Masters programme specialises on Special Education. Over times,
    I found myself impacting on children around me, especially the
    children with special needsand at the end of the day the passion became
    a reality. Importantly, this is not a sole responsibility; it is a call of
    my husband and I. We are committed to redefine the lives of the special children. It is a collective responsibility in proving suitable platform
    for children with autism, ADHD, down syndrome, learning difficulties,
    intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, among others,
    to enjoy good life despite their challenges,
    which they might overcome with time.

    How has it been since you started?

    God has been faithful to us. We discovered that no one was into the
    business when we wanted to start up in Ibadan. Our research at the University College Hospital (UCH),
    also confirmed that no one was into such. I was worried that the children in Ibadan, especially
    those with special needs are not getting the necessary help.

    So, we took it upon ourselves to start in order to give them privileges to enjoy life.
    We actually started in 2010, but nobody was doing therapy services.
    So, we decided to specialise on therapy services for children, especially those with speaking impediments.
    We are so passionate to transform the lives of these people with the services we have put
    in place such as educational therapy, individual
    evaluation programme, vocational therapy, physiotherapy section and applied behaviour.
    Also, we help process surgery for children with hole in the heart.

    It wasn’t as if there are no special schools,
    but our services have made us stand out among our contemporaries, because none of them offer therapy services.
    Therapy services goes beyond having school where you give children the regular teaching.
    Here, we access every child, discovers what they really need and draw each suitable programme for
    them and we improve on the programme as they improve.

    It is mostly daunting task taking care of children with special needs, personally how
    has it been?

    It is challenging, but the joy we derive makes it easy for us; we have therapists working with us, aside
    that I am also a specialist on disabilities.
    We have speech therapist, audiologist, physiotherapist that works with us too.
    We have teachers in all aspect of special education. We have teachers which focus on autism as we also have care givers.

    All these things must be put in place because these set of children must have special care that will improve their lives.

    Our main goal is to encourage them to be independent, this is why we have ensured not to deny them of vocational trainings such as bead making, music,
    hairdressing, fine art and various accept of sports to make them discover their talents.

    What have been the challenges so far?

    There are myriads of challenges. The acceptance
    was very low when we started years back, yet there are a lot of people
    around, but no one was ready to take up the challenge.

    At the end of the day you find them criticising what you are doing.
    So far, we have not allowed this to discourage us, because I have
    a philosophy that if you are knowledgeable about something use it to make impact on those who require your expertise.

    At a point, it was challenging to convince people to
    bring their children to a special school because they have the notion that the condition of their child might be worse.

    Also, over times, the special schools they have seen around are not impressive enough.
    But we stand to correct this at Treasures Delight International Care; we
    have set a standard and we give people, especially parents’ and guardians’ reasons that physically challenged child can enjoy full life.
    Another challenge is finances. It is time people, cooperate bodies and
    government realise that it is beyond giving food items or
    clothing materials to the needy. They should not also focus only
    on the motherless homes, because the special children also
    desire their attention. They need equipment that will make them improve
    or outgrow their disabilities.

    How do you think the government can get physically challenged children begging for alms out of the streets?

    It is through more awareness. The government needs to double up its effort and give maximum support to specialists in the
    filed to totally take children or person with disabilities off the streets.

    People also need to know that disability is not a spiritual matter and that there is an antidote.
    They really need causes, to understand how to manage the situation, treatment needed, preventive measures and other necessities.
    We need to show more love and stop any form of discrimination or stigmatisation. Some people
    even think we could be affected with the ailment. Nigeria needs to
    take a clue from advanced countries, where special children aren’t quite different from others.
    The environment here is not really friendly;
    someone on a wheelchair cannot enter a bank and other places, because there is no adequate support
    or provision for them. Indeed, governments support is very crucial, because the task is beyond an individual.
    We have actually solicited for the state government’s support and we are hopeful that they would eventually support these special children to actualise
    their dreams.

    How have you been able to combine your passion with the home front without clash?

    As I said earlier, my husband and I are into this together.
    It has never been a problem for us, because we have
    always had God’s backing. He understand what goes on in the centre,
    so it not really challenging combining the home front with
    catering for the special children.

    How have you been able to build the confidence
    in the hearts of their parents?

    Our expertise and the structure we have put in place are speaking
    good volume of us. We take away the heart of burden from parents by showing them
    empathy instead of sympathy. We help them to tackle the headlong.
    We always have assessment of every child and we state all their challenges and map out how to work on it.
    A full recording of the activities of every child,
    especially during therapy sections are also available for parents.

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