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FG Spends N700m On ‘Ease of Doing Business’ Portal

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The Ministry of Mines and Steel Development (MMSD) has spent N700 million to develop an Integrated Automation and Interactive GIS Web Portal to improve `Ease-of-Doing-Business in the mining sector.

Dr Kayode Fayemi, the Minister, disclosed this at the launching of the portal on Thursday in Abuja.

Fayemi said the portal was a cutting edge initiative that leveraged technology for the innovation, efficiency and effectiveness in the mineral sector governance.

He said the overall objective of the project was to increase provision of reliable information and knowledge, to enhance promotion of investments in the sector, using the technology-driven innovation and to increase the sector’s GDP.

The portal was designed for mining investors to perform business processes such as online mining licences and mineral titles applications, online payment of royalties and fees, database for revenue drive and to block revenue leakages.

The portal is credible and timely information about the mining sector, performs and responds to online queries, business intelligence/analytics, reports and statistical data generation.

Mining investors could view all existing mining titles and track them anywhere in the world through the portal, access all agencies information, global mining news, live chat and document library, among others.

Lists of mining operators with valid licences and related minerals trade on private mineral buying centre and renewal of private mineral buying centres could also be accessed through the portal.

According to the minister, the portal is designed to serve as an input and decision support system to other entities of government (MDAs).

“This event is coming at a very auspicious time, on a broad scale; dividends of this administration’s commitment to turning around our economic fortunes,’’ he said.

He said Nigeria had moved up in the global market by 24 points in the ease of doing business index for 2018 in a recent report released by World Bank.

He said Nigeria was also ranked as one of the 10 most improved economies in the world.

Fayemi said 75 staff had been trained on GIS across the mining sector.

He said that operation of online application of mining title and licences issued by Nigerian Mining Centre Office, online application of licences and permit issued by Mines Inspectorate Department and GIS laboratory, among others, would commence in the first quarter of 2018.

Alhaji Abubakar Bwari, Minister for State, Mines and Steel Development, said the integrated web portal was conceived as a means of making information more accessible to players and the public alike.

Bwari said the initiative was to revamp the sector, as the ministry was moribund before himself and the senior minister assumed the sector.

According to him, government is a continuum and as long as subsequent administrations keep to track, mining will become the crown jewel of Nigeria’s economy.

Alhaji Mohammed Abbas, Permanent Secretary of the ministry, sought the support of the Ministry of Communication to assist with experts that would manage the portal effectively.

The ministers of communication, science and technology were represented at the event The Women in Mining and Miners Association of Nigeria also witnessed the event .

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National Identity: NIMC Requires N150bn To Enroll Every Nigerian

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The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) says it requires N150 billion to enable it to enroll every Nigerian on the identity card programme in the next three years.

 

Alhaji Aliyu Abubakar, Director-General,National Identity Management Commission (NIMC)  made this known in an interview in Kano on Sunday.

 

Abubakar said that the commission would need N50 billion annually for the next three years to be able to enroll everybody in the country on the identity project.

 

“With this we should be able to enroll everybody in the country.”

 

He said that no fewer than 170 million people were estimated to be registered for the national identity in the country in the next three years.

 

According to him, we have so far enrolled 31million persons and we will continue to partner relevant stakeholders so as to enroll everybody in the country in the projected period.

 

He disclosed that the commission and other agencies involved in biometric assembly had resolved to work together for the success of their respective assignments.

 

“Lack of cooperation among different agencies capturing data is one of our challenges, but that has been resolved as we have now agreed to work together,” Abubakar said.

 

He said that the commission would partner National Orientation Agency (NOA) to enlighten people, especially at the grassroots, on the need for them to come out en masse and be enrolled.

 

He stated that the commission had no fewer than 900 registration centres across the country and urged people to visit the centres to enroll.

 

Abubakar commended Kano and other state governments for the support they had given to the commission and appealed to them to sustain the tempo.

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Galaxy Backbone Bags Award for Digital Innovation in Federal Government

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The Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA), an Industry-led stakeholder organization, recently concluded their annual .ng awards ceremony.

Through the .ng Awards, NIRA seeks to recognize and acknowledge those who are contributing to the growth of the .ng domain name registration and promotion of the DNS Industry.

The awards, celebrates the achievements and innovation of Nigerian Internet initiatives.

At the 2018 Awards, Galaxy Backbone won the award for the organisation leading the pack in Digital Innovation in the Federal Government. This award, confirms Galaxy Backbone’s status as the Digital Infrastructure & shared services provider to Federal government Agencies.

In the last 5 years, Galaxy Backbone (GBB) has continued to drive digital innovation and inclusion amongst government agencies through the delivery of digital services that improve the way agencies engage and communicate with other agencies and the citizenry.

The 2018 .ng Awards serve to promote and commend the excellent achievements of members, stakeholders and the general public, who contribute towards building a sustainable economy using technology, uplift the image of .ng locally and internationally and stimulating the development of local content on the Internet space.

In 2016, GBB’s CEO Mr. Yusuf Kazaure, while delivering a speech at the 14th Innovation Africa Digital (IAD) Summit 2016 which held in Abuja stated Galaxy Backbone’s commitment to driving digital growth in the nation.

According to Kazaure, “We are fully conscious of the need to be in the vanguard of Nigeria’s digital growth especially within the public sector. Over the years, we have made significant investments in human and technological resources based on our vision to be the leading enabler of digital inclusion in Africa”.

With this award, we are further challenged to deliver world class digital services to agencies and parastatals in government. GBB will continue to operate, improve and upgrade its common services platform to meet international standards and deliver excellence in service to its Clients and stakeholder community.

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HURIWA Asks Buhari to Sack Adeosun, Others over Forgery

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Kemi Adeosun, minister of Finance

The Human Rights Writers’ Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has told President Muhammadu Buhari to sack Kemi Adeosun, minister of Finance, and other members of his cabinet accused of certificate forgery.

 

The association demanded that President Buhari relieves from their offices such persons like Mr. Obono Obla, his senior Special Assistant on prosecution over the West African Examination Certificate.

 

HURIWA said the silence of President Buhari to damaging allegations amongst some of his top officials was an indication that Nigeria was becoming a country of fraudsters.

 

HURIWA also stated that such tendencies to accommodate persons with questionable academic credentials will rubbish the national policy on education, constitutionally enshrined in Section 18 (1), which emphasizes merit and honesty at all times.

 

HURIWA recalled that the West African Examinations Council, WAEC, on June 5th 2018, described as “altered and invalid” the results and certificate it allegedly issued to Mr. Okoi Obono-Obla, chairman, Special Presidential Investigative Panel for the Recovery of Property.

 

In a statement forwarded to DAILY POST by Emmanuel Onwubiko, national coordinator, HURIWA recalled that WAEC whilst testifying before the House of Representatives ad hoc Panel investigating Obono-Obla’s alleged forgery, WAEC Registrar, represented by the Femi Ola, deputy registrar, said available evidence indicated that the results were “altered” and thus “invalid.”

 

“Considering the results, particularly on what is before me, I would say what I have brought here is the authentic and genuine one; his is not because it has been altered and such alteration renders it invalid,” Mr. Ola told the panel.

 

“From our record, the genuine candidate is Ofem Okoi Ofem, 09403/247 of Mary Knoll College, Ogoja.

 

“The exam number and number of subjects are the same. The difference is the grade in English literature in which he claimed to have scored C6 despite being marked absent in the true, certified copy,” he added.

 

HURIWA recalled that when asked by the National legislators how he would qualify Obono-Obla’s results, the WAEC Registrar said it was “fake, not genuine.”

 

HURIWA recalled that Mr. Aliyu Pategi (APC, Kwara), chairman of the Reps Investigative Panel, lauded WAEC for striving to maintain its “integrity and probity.”

 

Quoting news reports, HURIWA stated that the House committee Chairman added that the implication was that Obono-Obla gained admission to the University of Jos with a fake WAEC result.

Also, HURIWA asked president Buhari to sack with immediate effect the Finance Minister Mrs. Kemi Adeosun for making use of allegedly forged NYSC discharged certificate which amounted to a serious misdemeanor that should fetch her a criminal prosecution and jail if proven in the competent court of law.

 

“The current administration must desist from polluting the international image of Nigeria by toleration many persons of questionable academic credentials who are working in the federal government of Nigeria when there are millions of highly qualified Nigerians from diverse fields searching frantically for employments.

 

“The silence of the current government to the cacophony of allegations of certificate forgery involving top rated government officials shows that the corporate image of the country is imperiled and if this silence and failure to act persists, then the rest of the world will see Nigeria as a country of certificate forgers.

 

“Corruption also includes such crime like forgery of academic credentials which runs contrary to section 15 (5) of the constitution which makes it obligatory that government must abolish all corrupt practices and abuse of power.”

 

HURIWA disclosed that it has briefed some patriotic lawyers to head to court to secure the legal sanction of all the identified persons in government with fake certificates just as it has started drafting a bill to compel the forensic investigations of all the academic qualifications tendered by all federal government officials to weed off the holders of forged certificates and sanitize the federal government.

 

HURIWA reminded Buhari that the Black’s law dictionary clearly identified certificate forgery as a grave criminal offence and as a specie of fraud even as the Rights group wondered why a government that makes heavy weather of its anti-corruption campaign is the same that accommodates top officials with highly questionable academic credentials.

 

HURIWA told Buhari that “both the Criminal and Penal Codes that apply in the southern and northern parts of Nigeria prohibit forgery, citing Sections 463 of the Criminal Code which provides for three years imprisonment for forgery while sections 362 to 364 of the Penal Code deal with forgery with punishment of up to 14 years imprisonment with option of fine or both.”

 

“It becomes life imprisonment if, amongst others, the thing forged purports to be a document which is evidence of title to public debt of Nigeria or a state, or of another country, or forges a document that purports to be a debt of Nigeria, or signature of the president or governor of a state.

 

“Also, both forgery and perjury are criminal offences, the Criminal Code views perjury as an offence whether made under judicial oath, that is a court proceeding or document or not, while under the Penal Code, perjury must be an evidence given under oath or under express provision of law compelling a person to state the truth.

 

“Forgery and perjury are both criminal offences that go to one’s integrity and credibility.

 

“It vitiates the moral and legal trust that public service demands. It calls to question a person’s qualification and competency. And we must etch new paradigms in public services by proceeding in the Courts of Law against forgers and those who lie under oath.”

 

 

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