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Bus Reforms Will Create 3,000 Jobs – LASG

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Pic.02. From Left, Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry Of Transport, Dr. Taiwo Salaam, Managing Director Planet Projects, Mr Biodun Otunola, Commissioner for Information And Strategy, Mr Kehinde Bamigbetan, his Transport counterpart, Mr Ladi Lawanson and Managing Director, Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority, Mr Abiodun Dabiri during the facility tour of Ikeja Bus Terminal and other Bus Terminals in the State

Lagos State government has said no fewer than 3000 jobs would be created when the 13 bus terminals springing across the city finally comes on stream. This is as it disclosed that about 473 buses to flag-off operation of the bus reform would soon arriving the country.

 

Speaking over the weekend during a media tour to both the Ikeja and yet to be completed Oshodi Bus Terminals, Mr Ladi Lawanson, Lagos State Commissioner for Transportation said the bus terminals are part of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s gift to the 12 million masses of the state, who uses public transportation daily.

 

He said the terminals will put an end to insecurity, unreliability, accident and mugging associated with the current commercial bus regime in the state.

 

Lawanson said construction is ongoing in 13 different bus terminals all aimed at ensuring that more people embrace public transportation and that sanity returns to the roads.

 

He said: “We have Alapere Bus Shelter, Ilupeju Bus depot, Yaba Bus Terminal, Anthony Bus depot, Maryland Bus Terminal, Agege Bus Terminal, Ojota Bus Terminal, Oyingbo Bus Terminal, Tafawa Balewa Square Bus Terminal among other proposed corridors.

 

“These facilities will provide over 3000 jobs for youths and increase transport connections and inter modal connectivity in the state.

 

His colleague, Kehinde Bamigbetan, Commissioner for Information and Strategy said the idea is to cater for low and medium income residents who cannot afford to fuel their own cars every day.

 

“We are expecting over 800 buses that the government has procured to kick-start operation for the benefit of the residents,” he said.

 

He said the Ikeja Bus Terminal is a major transportation infrastructure constructed to improve efficiency, adding that 23 routes would be serviced from the terminal and while the facility would be servicing 400,000 passengers daily. It would reduce traffic congestion, occasioned by the present street loading and dropping off of passengers and reduce environmental pollution.

 

Bamigbetan said the Ikeja terminal has facility to cater for 100 buses daily, adding that the government hoped to take off with the Ikeja-Obalende route before June ending.

 

Also speaking, the Managing Director Planet Project Mr Biodun Otunola said the Ikeja Bus Terminal which sits on 10,000 square metres of land is more than a bus stop as “some ignorant critics have lately being ranting.”

 

He said the facility has a sheltered walkway, 13 ticketing booths, an ATM gallery, and a food court. Also, the facility has a functional Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) which makes routes and travel planning easy. The terminal is provides conveniences for both sexes and free wifi spot for the the use of commuters.

 

Otunola who also took the reporters on tour of the Oshodi Bus Terminal and Interchange said the iconic terminal on completion would be servicing 300,000 passenger traffic every day, which he said is projected to hit one million in the next five years.

 

He said each of the three wings five-floor terminals, which would be completed with a skywalk is the first of its kind in the world. “While Terminal One, is intercity transport, Terminal Two exclusively services intra city transportation , while Terminal Three would service Lagos Island, Ikorodu corridor. Each terminals is one five floors, has multi level car park, conveniences, six lifts and one escalator each, food court, a park and ride facility, cctv system, holding bay with capacity for 70 buses and a control centre.”

 

Otunola described what is going on in Lagos as revolutionary as it was the first time government is deliberately planning and providing world class facility to road transport users. He added that the facilities presently going on across the state would redefine the transportation system in the state.

 

He said the Oshodi interchange will be delivered by October this year.

 

The tour was led by the Commissioners for Transportation and Information and Strategy, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Transportation Mr Taiwo Olufemi Salaam, Mamaging Director of the Lagos State Bus Services Ltd., Mr Idowu Oguntola, MD Planet Projects Ltd., Mr Biodun Otunola, directors in the Ministry of Transportation, among others.

 

 

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FG Moves to Adopt Policies, Legislation to Fight Cyber-crime

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The Federal Government has taken several steps through domestic policies and legislation as well as multilateral cooperation and collaboration to fight cybercrime ,  the Attorney-General of the Federation, (AGF), Mr Abubakar Malami, (SAN) said.

Malami made the assertion yesterday in Abuja at a meeting with the delegation of the Council of Europe on an Initial Assessment Visit to Nigeria and inauguration of the Global Action on Cyber Crime Plus, (GLACY+), National Coordinating Team.

Malami, who was represented by the Director, Public Prosecutions, Mr Umar Mohammed said that the Cybercrime Act, 2015 outlined the legal and institutional framework needed to drive Nigeria’s preparedness to fight cybercrime.

The AGF who doubles as the Minister of Justice noted that in spite of the country’s efforts, there were still gaps in capacity building considering the fast evolving technological developments.

“It is in this light that we welcome this initial assessment visit to identify the priorities that criminal justice authorities in Nigeria have to face, to pinpoint which areas to cover through the capacity building action of the GLACY+ Project.

“This is through direct consultations with stakeholders and to formally inaugurate the requisite GLACY+ National Coordinating Team that will support the Council of Europe in the multi-sector coordination and implementation of the GLACY+ programme in Nigeria.”

According to him, the consultations will serve parties to further identify capacity building issues and challenges particularly in the areas of legislation, capacity of investigators, digital forensics personnel, prosecutors, judges and trainers.

On his part, Mr Matteo Lucchetti, the Project Manager, Cybercrime Programme Office

said that the delegation was in Nigeria to among other things, establish the national team.

“We are here to basically establish the national team in Nigeria to be the entry point for all activities to be developed in Nigeria and to assess the current criminal justice capacity in matters related to cybercrime.

“We will also access the needs of the country in order to prioritise the activities in the country in the order that will be most suitable.”

Lucchetti, who said that the project was co-funded by the European Commission and the Council of Europe added that it currently had 12 countries and would last until 2021.

The National Coordinator, Mr George-Maria Tyendezwa expressed appreciation for the confidence reposed in him and his team and pledged that the members would work to justify the confidence reposed in them.

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Lack of Funds Stops Nigerians from Getting e-ID cards ―NIMC boss

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Engr. Aliyu Aziz Abubakar, Director-General, National Identity Management Commission(NIMC), on Monday disclosed that most Nigerians are not getting the multipurpose e-ID cards despite enrolment into the national database due to funding constraints.

 

He said although, the founding laws of the commission stipulated that a multi-purpose e-ID card is given as proof of its activities, it is incapacitated by the paucity of funds.

 

Engr. Abubakar, disclosed this in Abuja at a press briefing to kick start the 4th annual conference of the ID4Africa movement holding at the International Conference Center(ICC).

 

According to him, the commission is majorly focused on enrolment of Nigerians into the database, where enrollee would be issued with a National Identification Number (NIN).

 

He explained that the NIN is the major identity of an individual stressing that the commission currently cannot produce the e-IDcards for everyone.

 

In his words, “The focus is on NIN, the NIN gives you your identity. Historically we focus on the card to be an output of what we do.

 

“When we entered recession, we stepped back and check and we found out that in the US, the social security number is the one that connects all the other agencies, in the UK, it is National Insurance Number, in India where recently they enrolled about 1.4 billion people, they did not even give them a NIN slip but rather, they just gave them a number.

 

“That does not mean that card will not be given because it is there in the law that we should give a multipurpose card that is secured but it is difficult right now to produce for everyone because it is the best in the whole world,” he explained.

 

While reacting to questions of alleged partiality in the issuance of the e-ID cards, he said; “At NIMC, the focus is first come, first serve at least for 99 percent.

 

“It is people that have registered in 2012 and 2013 that have already gotten their cards.

 

“That does not mean that some people didn’t get recently but the focus is first come, first serve.”

 

He added that in the next three years, the commission will focus on the issuance of NIN rather than card saying the technique increased the number of enrollments from 5 million to 30 million.

 

“The focus now for the next three years will be on the number and not on the card. We have like five vendors in Lagos that can print these cards, it is to get the funding to ask them to print the cards.

 

“That is why we focus on enrolling people and then harmonizing their identity that is wDr. Joseph Atickhy we grew from 5 million to 30 million records but on the ID cards, we have not done much.”

 

Earlier, the Executive Chairman, ID4Africa,  said the event aims to bring together experts from across the country to discuss and learn about identity management.

 

Also, he disclosed that the conference will be launching a petition to the United Nations (UN) on adoption of September 16 as the international identity day.

 

He explained that if adopted, the day will be set aside for the celebration of identity across the world.

 

“Identity is an important aspect of human and once we get the UN approval, other countries will key into it. This is starting in Abuja tomorrow all the way to New York where other countries will vote,” he said.

 

 

 

 

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Systemspecs, Vodacom, VDT Join eBusiness Life Int’l Girls in ICT Day Celebration

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Information and Communications Technology Firms Systemspecs, Vodacom Business Nigeria, New Horizons and VDT Communications have signed on to be part of the forthcoming 7th Edition of the International Girls in ICT Day Celebration being organised by eBusiness Life Communication Limited, publishers of eBusiness Life Magazine in Lagos, Nigeria.

The event which is scheduled to hold on May 3, 2018 at Oriental Hotel in Lekki, is part of a global campaign to encourage young girls to delve into ICT as a profession and contribute their quota to the growth of the industry in Nigeria while also actualising self-development.

International Girls’ in ICT Day is an initiative launched through ITU Resolution 70 with the idea of creating a global environment that will empower and encourage girls and young women to consider careers in the field of information and communication technologies.

Systemspecs, with its flagship solution, Remita has been able to transform the e-payment arena in Nigeria, becoming a top choice for remittance of funds both in the private and public sectors of the economy. The company’s support for the campaign is stemmed on its belief in global competitiveness through manpower development.

Vodacom Business Nigeria is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Vodacom Group and leading pan-African corporate connectivity and telecommunications provider that has brought affordable and reliable connectivity to Africa since 1992.

A statement from VDT Communications, which operates a Modular Trainee Engineering Program through which it trains engineering graduates annually, notes that the quest to train young Nigerians is to increase their employability in the industry, especially young girls.

According to Mrs. Ufuoma Emuophedaro, Chief Executive Officer of eBusiness Life Communication and convener of the event, the need to sensitise young girls is premised on the fact that the society has unconsciously relegated the female gender and delegated careers in technical fields, especially in ICT, to their male counterparts.

She noted that efforts should be made to introduce young girls to career opportunities in technical fields in both the public and private sectors to help them have a wide range of options and contribute their quota in the industry.

Mrs Emuophedaro further stated that the International Girls in ICT Day celebration and subsequent campaign will further open up opportunities for girls in the ICT sector.

Speaking further, Mrs. Emuophedaro noted that supporting the global Girls in ICT movement empowers girls and young women, giving them the confidence to pursue ICT studies and careers. “Girls and young women have the potential not only to become ICT users, but also to become ICT creators. “

As part of the 2018 event, there will be Coding training at New Horizons, Nigeria and competitions among students from select secondary schools, roundtable discussion, interactive and motivational talk from renowned women ICT professionals, among others.

The campaign will see young girls take part in facility tours to ICT facilities; participate in seminars that promote ICT development and undergo trainings in ICT.

At the end of the event, it is expected that young girls and students should be able to introspect and pursue any desired career path in ICT without bias, or gender consciousness.

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