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Akwa Ibom: An Emerging Miracle State –Ekeh, Zinox Boss



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Leo Stan Ekeh, chairman, Zinox Group has described Akwa Ibom as a miracle state, even as he heaped praises on the current administration of Gov. Udom Emmanuel.


Ekeh made this disclosure while addressing guests at the 1st Akwa Ibom Education Summit and Exhibitions hosted by the state government.


The two-day event was hosted at the MbohoMkparawa Ibibio Hall, Uyo on September 5th and 6th, 2019.


Ekeh affirmed that the unique peculiarities of the state and the leadership records of Gov. Emmanuel were solid distinguishing factors.


“Akwa Ibom is a unique state. It is rare to find a state blessed with so much natural and human resources and on top of it, you have a governor who has seen it all in the corporate sector.


“Furthermore, the quality of the men and women that make up the State Executive Council is further proof of this.


“Indeed, the appointment of sound technocrats like the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem, by the governor further demonstrates his courage and confidence in the direction he wishes to take the state.


“If you consider the various indices, it is fair to say that Akwa Ibom is an emerging miracle state.


“The average Akwa Ibom native is a humble, service-oriented person. These qualities make the state a fertile ground for potential investors and other customer-facing organizations and business units.


The serial digital entrepreneur, who spoke on the topic – Impact of Technology on Education – urged the governor to set up a digital resource centre that will re-train teachers and fresh graduates.


“You need to build a digital culture but you cannot teach what you do not know. The first process in digital education is to empower those who can deliver it to do so.


“This resource centre will double as a finishing school that will equip beneficiaries for the 21st Century. With this in place, I can get superior brains to deliver sessions from their various locations around the world via Telepresence at no cost to the state government. The people need to see the global picture,” he enthused.

Udom Gabriel Emmanuel, governor of Akwa Ibom State and other dignitaries at the event


Additionally, Ekeh announced a special programme for Akwa Ibom indigenes. The programme will run from Monday September 23rd till Friday, October 4th 2019 and will afford participants a rare opportunity to acquire various digital tools and devices at highly subsidized rates.


Meanwhile, Ekeh showered encomiums on the Akwa Ibom governor, Emmanuel. The governor was at the venue of the event right from commencement at 10am until 6pm when the day’s event came to an end on Thursday.


“This demonstrates the hunger, stamina and capacity of the governor and his determination to get things right. With a man like Udom in charge, Akwa Ibom does not need the Federal Government to survive.


“When you have a man that is humble, willing to work and spiritually close to God, the results will be a resounding success.


“Also, I see sanity in the state, even on my way to the venue. There is also the neatness that the state is famous. However, these ideals must be sustained.”


Also speaking at the event, Governor Udom Emmanuel expressed gratitude to Ekeh for his attendance at the event.


He disclosed that he would work closely with the Zinox boss on the recruitment drive which the latter had revealed he would undertake in the state.


With the theme – Human Capacity Development for Sustainable Transformation of Persons and Society – the well-attended summit attracted corporate egg-heads, dignitaries from the public service and stakeholders from the educational sector.


The event sought to provide a platform for teachers, principals, policy-makers, education officials, parents and students to consider how to move the educational system closer to the ideal of giving every Akwa Ibom child an equal chance to succeed.


Further, the summit provided opportunities for networking, sharing of ideas and collaborations on how to address localized issues and concerns.


Among the dignitaries in attendance was the Commissioner for Education, Prof. Nse Essien; Executive Vice-Chairman, Exxon Mobil PLC, UdomInoyo; Managing Director, Cyber-Space Ltd., Engr. Joe Onwubuya; Vice-Chancellor, RITMAN University, Ikot-Ekpene, Prof. Celestine Ntuen; Chairman, Akwa Ibom State Universal Basic Education Board, Prof. Maria Ikorok; Chief Executive Officer (CEO), RootHub Innovation, Mr. Tony Onuk, among many others.






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Ugo Onwuaso is an ICT enthusiast. He believes technology should be used for general good. He holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from the Lagos state University.

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FG Bans Emirates Airlines from Operating in Nigeria



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Federal Government has included Emirates Airlines in the list of airlines not allowed to operate in Nigeria.

FG Bans Emirates Airlines from Operating in Nigeria

This is part of measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

Hadi Sirika, minister of Aviation, confirmed this via his Twitter handle on Friday.

According to Sirika, the decision was taken following a meeting between the Presidential Task Force (PTF) and European Unions (EU).

The ban would take effect from Monday, September 21, 2020.

“The PTF sub-committee met today with EU Ambassadors to discuss Lufthansa, Air France/KLM ban.

“The meeting progressed well. Emirates Airlines’s situation was reviewed and they are consequently included in the list of those not approved, with effect from Monday the 21st September 2020,” Sirika tweeted.

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Facebook to Open Office in Lagos



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As part of its continued commitment and on-going investment in Africa, Facebook announced it will be opening an office in Lagos, Nigeria – its second office on the African continent.

Aimed at supporting the entire Sub-Saharan Africa region, the office is expected to become operational in H2 2021 and will be the first on the continent to house a team of expert engineers building for the future of Africa and beyond.

Facebook’s office will be home to various teams servicing the continent from across the business, including Sales, Partnerships, Policy, Communications as well as Engineers.

Commenting, Ime Archibong, Facebook’s Head of New Product Experimentation said: “The opening of our new office in Lagos, Nigeria presents new and exciting opportunities in digital innovations to be developed from the continent and taken to the rest of the world.

“All across Africa we’re seeing immense talent in the tech ecosystem, and I’m proud that with the upcoming opening of our new office, we’ll be building products for the future of Africa, and the rest of the world, with Africans at the helm. We look forward to contributing further to the African tech ecosystem.”

The investment of the new Facebook office follows the 2018 opening of NG_Hub, its first flagship community hub space in Africa in partnership with CcHub, and the 2019 opening of a Small Business Group (SBG) Operations Centre in Lagos, in partnership with Teleperformance.

Providing outsourced support to all English-speaking advertisers across Sub-Saharan Africa, the SBG office supports Small Medium Businesses (SMBs) through its Advocacy, Community & Education (ACE) programme, as well as its Marketing Expert sales programmes – all aimed at enabling SMBs to accelerate the growth and development of their businesses.

“Our new office in Nigeria presents an important milestone which further reinforces our ongoing commitment to the region”, commented Kojo Boakye, Facebook’s Director of Public Policy, Africa. “Our mission in Africa is no different to elsewhere in the world – to build community and bring the world closer together, and I’m excited about the possibilities that this will create, not just in Nigeria, but across Africa.”

Since the opening of its first office in 2015, Facebook has made a number of investments across the continent, aimed at supporting and growing the tech ecosystem, expanding and providing reliable connectivity infrastructures and helping businesses to grow locally, regionally and globally.

This includes the recent rollout of its SMB Grants programme in Nigeria and South Africa, aimed at supporting over 900 businesses by providing a combination of cash and ad credits to help small businesses as they rebuild from COVID.

The development of 2Africa, the world’s largest subsea cable project that will deliver much needed internet capacity and reliability across large parts of Africa, as well as its ongoing training programmes across the continent which support various communities including students, SMBs, digital creatives, female entrepreneurs, start-up’s and developers.

Nunu Ntshingila, Regional Director, Facebook Africa, said: “We’re delighted to be announcing our new office in Nigeria. Five years on from opening our first office on the continent in Johannesburg, South Africa, we’re continuing to invest in and support local talent, as well as the various communities that use our platforms.

“The office in Lagos will also be key in helping to expand how we service our clients across the continent.”

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Victor Osimhen Set Make His Debut For Napoli As Lampard Up Against Familiar Foes



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Football fans will enjoy another great weekend of football action as the new football season in Europe continues this weekend on DStv and GOtv.

The pick of Premier League matches this weekend is the meeting of Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on Sunday 20 September, which will air live at 4:30pm on SS Premier League.

The Reds completed a league ‘double’ over the Blues last season, with the teams’ most recent meeting a 5-3 win for the Merseyside club in July.

Liverpool supporters have been concerned at their club’s relative lack of action in the transfer market (certainly compared to Chelsea, who have recruited heavily and brought in world-class talent such as Moroccan attacking midfielder Hakim Ziyech, for example), but manager Jurgen Klopp insists he prefers working with a smaller group of players.

Lille’s Victor Osimhen in action during a UEFA Champions League soccer group stage match between Valencia CF and OSC Lille at Mestalla stadium on 05 November 2019. EPA/Kai Foersterling

Elsewhere, Manchester United will open their campaign with a clash at home to Crystal Palace in the early-evening kick-off on Saturday 19 September, on SS Premier League at 5:30pm.

It will be the first chance for new Red Devils signing Donny van de Beek to have a taste of competitive English football.

Also on Saturday, Everton will face West Bromwich Albion at 12:20pm while Leeds United will face Fulham at 3pm with the day closing off with Arsenal vs West Ham United at 8pm, all on SS Premier League.

The Premier League matches for the weekend will continue on Sunday 20 September with Southampton vs Tottenham Hotspur at 12pm, Newcastle United vs Brighton & Hove Albion at 2pm and Leicester City vs Burnley at 7pm, all live on SS Premier League. On Monday 21 September, Aston Vila vs Sheffield United will air at 6pm and Wolverhampton Wanderers v Manchester City at 8:15pm both live on SS Premier League.

This weekend’s La Liga sees the return to action for champions Real Madrid, who open the defence of their title with a match away to Real Sociedad at Sam Sebastian on the evening of Sunday 20 September showing live on SS La Liga, SS GOtv La Liga and SS GOtv Football at 8:00pm.

La Liga is packed this weekend with other exciting matches airing live on SS La Liga and SS GOtv La Liga. Getafe vs Osasuna will air at 8pm on Friday 18 September, while Villarreal v Eibar at 3pm and Celta Vigo vs Valencia at 8pm will both air on Saturday 19 September.

On Sunday 29 September, Huesca will clash with Cadiz at 3pm and Granada will face Deportivo Alaves at 5:30pm. GOtv will crown the weekend matches with Real Betis vs Real Valladolid at 8pm on Monday 21 September

Chelsea’s Kurt Zouma (left) and Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah battle for the ball during the Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool.

The headline match from Italy’s topflight this weekend sees champions Juventus open the defence of their title with a match at home to Sampdoria in the late kick-off on Sunday 20 September at 7:45pm on SS Football, SS Variety 3 and SS GOtv Select 1.

All eyes will be on new manager, Andrea Pirlo, who replaced Maurizio Sarri at the head of the Bianconeri in the off season.

Another key game this weekend will give Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen the chance to make his competitive debut for Napoli when they face Parma on Sunday afternoon, having joined the club for a huge fee from Lille a few weeks back. This will air at 11:30am live on SS Football, SS Variety 3, SS GOtv Select 1 and SS GOtv Football.

SuperSport remains the only platform to get English commentary from the legendary La Liga.

Don’t miss the 2020-21 football season on SuperSport on DStv and GOtv. Visit and to subscribe or upgrade and join in on the excitement. While you’re on the move, you can stream matches on DStv Now.


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