A Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) known as, Center for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) has advocated for the signing of the ‘Digital Right Bill’ in order to enable people to have more access to the internet without any hindrances as well as expose them to more deeply research breakthrough. The advocacy was made by the Technical Officer of the Organization, Mr Aliyu Dahiru Aliyu while presenting a paper titled, “Nigerian Digital Rights and Freedom Bill” at a workshop tagged ‘Feminist Internet School’, held at Hazibal Suites in Bauchi over the weekend. ALSO READ: Nigeria may lose billion investments in oil palmAliyu Dahiru, therefore, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure that the ‘Digital Right Bill’ was signed into law, so as to bring sanity into the internet usage and minimize the spread of fake news and hate speech in the society. It would be recalled that the Senate and the House of Representatives have already passed the ‘Digital Right Bill’ and forwarded same to the President for his accent, which is still being awaited as the President requested for more clarification on the bill. The Programme Officer, therefore, called on women in the country to take advantage of the digital world and improve their lives, thereby bringing their talents for the world to see and equally excel in their business ventures.
At least, 140 people have been confirmed dead and 560 injured in eight multiple explosions that rock churches and high-end hotels in Sri Lanka on Sunday morning. Sri Lankan security officials said police and security services immediately rushed to all affected areas and sealed off the churches and hotels. In a statement, the Shangri-La hotel in Colombo said that the hotel’s Table One cafe was hit just after 9 a.m local time. He said that all emergency steps had been taken and that the group would issue a statement on the blasts. “Horrible scenes, I saw many body parts strewn all over,” de Silva said after visiting the Kochchikade church and Shangri-La Hotel in Colombo.
Speaker of Ogun House of Assembly, Suraj Adekunbi, on Sunday urged Nigerians irrespective of religious affiliation to work for the unity, peace and progress of the nation. Adekunbi, who made the plea in Abeokuta in a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Media, Waheed Akinola, also enjoined the people, especially Christians, to use the Easter period to pray fervently for continued peace and unity in the country. The speaker noted that the lessons of humility, perseverance, resilience, sacrifice and total victory, which played out in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, should be the watchword for all Nigerians. Adekunbi also commended the people for their support and contribution toward the promotion of democratic governance. The speaker urged them to continue to be vigilant and promote acts that would further bring developments to the country.
National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for signing into law the N30,000 minimum wage. NANS gave the commendation in a statement signed by Mr Adeyemi Azeez, the National Public Relations Officer (PRO) in Abuja on Sunday. Azeez described Buhari’s action as an obvious relief on the pains of Nigerian workers, saying that it will ease the unbearable income of the civil servants. ”NANS equally implore the Federal Government economic team to keep a close watch on the country’s economy, so that the new minimum wage doesn’t lead to inflation. ”NANS also enjoins state governors to immediately implement the new minimum wage, regardless of whether such governors are re-elected or not,” he said.
President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sadness over the horrific attacks on several churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on the holy day of Easter. Buhari extended his deepest condolences to the families of those killed in the attacks and wished speedy recovery to the injured. “We stand with victims of terrorism all over the world because we know and understand this harrowing inhuman activity,” the President said. According to him, Nigeria stands with the people of Sri Lanka at this terrible moment. He urged the authorities not to spare ”the wicked elements behind these mischievous attacks.”(NAN)DOWNLOAD THE PUNCH NEWS APP NOW ON
April 21, 2019 13:41 UTC
BILLIONS of investments pumped into oil palm sector of the economy by Nigerians, who heeded calls by the Federal Government in the last three years for private intervention, are at the verge of going down the drain. Malaysia and Indonesia, the two leading palm oil producers now, obtained the seedling from Nigeria at the time it was the number one palm oil-producing nation in the world. They noted that act of economic sabotage going on at the borders encouraged unscrupulous elements to bring in palm oil into Nigeria, with serious negative effects on local production and price index. “The immediate effect of the whole analysis is the ridiculous prices (prices below the cost of production to oil palm plantation owners) being dictated by buyers of CPO,” they stressed. We then wonder what the price would look like during the season when CPO production is at a peak.
April 21, 2019 13:30 UTC
Nigerian-born sprinter, Divine Oduduru has been crowned the world best. Forty-five minutes after running the world lead in the 100-meter, Oduduru went on to set another world lead but this time in the 200-meter. “It was the most impressive thing I’ve seen as a coach,” said Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Wes Kittley. Ejowvokoghene Divine Oduduru (born October 7, 1996) is a Nigerian sprinter and a five-time African Junior Champion and was the 2014 World Junior Silver Medallist in the 200 metres. He successfully defended his 200 m title at the 2015 African Junior Championships and also added the 100 m and 4 × 100 m gold medals to his tally.
April 21, 2019 13:30 UTC
Three people died after a landslide hit a village in the Rumphi district in northern Malawi, with at least five still missing Sunday and many others injured and hospitalised. Rumphi police spokesperson Tupeliwe Kabwilo told AFP that incessant rains in the area led to the landslide early Saturday which washed away an entire village nestled between Mphompha Hills and Lake Malawi. Among the dead are two boys aged 12 and 15 and a 35-year-old woman, according to police. A Rumphi district council official who was at the scene of the disaster told AFP that the affected area was inaccessible by road and it would be impossible to mount a rescue operation. Disaster management officer Alufeyo Mhango told AFP that government ministries were preparing to step in to transport heavy-duty excavation equipment over the lake as soon as the weather cleared.
April 21, 2019 12:56 UTC
I just want to play, whether in England, Spain or Portgual,” he said. Sanches joined Bayern as a teenager in 2016, just weeks after winning the European Championships with Portugal and being named Young Player of the Tournament. “I am not happy here, I am working hard but not playing,” he told Kicker magazine last month. Yet on Saturday, he also insisted that he had no problem with Bayern coach Kovac. I respect him, he and my team mates see how hard I work in training,” he said.
April 21, 2019 12:33 UTC
Leaders from the Sudanese Professionals Association, the group that launched the protest campaign against longtime president Omar al-Bashir, have risen to prominence after years keeping a low profile. Since the ouster of Bashir, some of them have now openly joined thousands of demonstrators camping outside the army headquarters to demand a civilian government. READ ALSO: Sanches expresses desire to leave Bayern MunichMustafa was detained several times during Bashir’s rule and has emerged as a key figure of the SPA. “I was kept in Kober prison from January to April until protesters let me out after Bashir was deposed,” Rabia told AFP. Assam is a member of the SPA’s secretariat and has consistently called for protesters to continue with their sit-in until their demands are met.
April 21, 2019 12:33 UTC
Rafael Nadal admitted that it will be “hard to return to the practice court” after a shock semi-final defeat by Fabio Fognini ended his bid for a record-extending 12th Monte Carlo Masters title on Saturday. The 17-time Grand Slam champion starts his Barcelona Open title defence on Wednesday, as he also fights to keep his world-number-two ranking before the French Open gets underway next month. “It will be hard to return to the practice court,” a subdued Nadal said after his fourth loss to Fognini, three of which have come on his beloved clay. “Coming back from injuries, winning and winning and winning is not easy. “It’s difficult to find any positives — I deserved to lose.”The Spanish great is yet to win an ATP title this season.
April 21, 2019 12:33 UTC
Residents of Kubwa Satellite town in Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on Sunday called for the implementation of laws to end child labour in the area. In an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Chikakore, Kubwa, some of the residents called for appropriate measures to discourage it and to punish perpetrators. Mrs Rebecca Briggs, a business woman, said that children of school age should not be allowed to be hawking while their mates are in school. “If you go around Chikakore, you find a lot of children hawking and selling different things; this is not good. Agada appealed to the government to implement laws that would protect children against child labour as a way of ensuring a better future for them.
April 21, 2019 12:22 UTC
Ted Odogwu, KanoKano State Police Command said it arrested eight persons and recovered weapons in separate operations at the Kano State secretariats of both the Peoples Democratic Party and All Progressives Congress. However, APC and PDP leaders in Kano have denied the incident. He said four persons suspected to be thugs were arrested at PDP headquarter, and another four at the APC secretariat. But in a swift reaction, the APC chairman in the State, Abdullahi Abbas, denied the arrest of any member of the party in connection with the weapons recovered. Similarly, the PDP secretary, Shehu Wada Sargagi, said, officially, nobody reported the matter to the party’s state secretariat.
April 21, 2019 12:00 UTC
In his traditional Easter Sunday address to the faithful at the Vatican, where some 70,000 were gathered in Saint Peter’s square, the pope also expressed his “sadness” at news of the deadly bomb attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka. Francis noted how in Libya violence has flared up again as strongman Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army attacked Tripoli, seat of the UN-backed government. “May conflict and bloodshed cease in Libya, where defenceless people are once more dying in recent weeks,” Francis said. “I urge the parties involved to choose dialogue over force and to avoid reopening wounds left by a decade of conflicts and political instability.”In Syria, where President Bashar Al-Assad has steadily recovered territory lost to rebel groups, the pope lamented the fate of “the beloved Syrian people, victims of an ongoing conflict to which we risk becoming ever more resigned and even indifferent.”“Now is instead the time for a renewed commitment for a political solution able to respond to people’s legitimate hopes for freedom, peace and justice, confront the humanitarian crisis and favour the secure re-entry of the homeless, along with all those who have taken refuge in neighbouring countries, especially Lebanon and Jordan.”The pope noted how Easter, the holiest Christian festival, “makes us keep our eyes fixed on the Middle East, torn by continuing divisions and tensions.”Turning to South Sudan, Pope Francis urged rival leaders President Salva Kiir and rebel chief Riek Machar — who met recently at the Vatican — to sink their differences to pursure national reconciliation. On Saturday, Kiir called on Machar to return home “urgently” to help form a government of national unity.
April 21, 2019 11:59 UTC
At least 10 Malian soldiers died Sunday in an attack by suspected jihadists in the centre of the African country, a security source told AFP. “There are at least 10 dead soliders,” the Malian source said. “Yes our camp at Guire was attacked on Sunday about five in the morning.”“The terrorists came out of the forest. “I saw two terrorists put their motorcycles in an army vehicle and drive off with it,” he said. On Saturday a UN peacekeeper was killed and four others wounded when a mine exploded as their convoy passed through central Mali, the latest in continued violence.
April 21, 2019 10:52 UTC