The Lagos State government has granted GTBank the sponsorship rights of the annual Principals Cup, a foremost sporting competition among secondary schools in the state.
GTBank last year entered into a strategic collaboration with Lagos State government in the area of sports development.
The competition introduced by the government as far back as 1940 for three years ending 2012 serves as a platform to foster camaraderie as well as identify local football talents at grassroots level while encouraging them to stay at school.
The final match stages of this year’s event come up in different venues in Lagos. The semi finals for both male and female teams will be played at Campos Stadium on Monday 29th and Tuesday 30th of March respectively while the finals and closing matches would be played in April at Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere.
Speaking at a media parley recently, Femi Adeniran, head, Media and Corporate Communication of the bank, gave reasons behind its huge investment in the laudable competition. The bank among other reasons said sports is a good platform through which academic excellence could be achieved among students. In addition through the programme it aims at creating local football stars who will be the country’s ambassadors to the international community, further enhance its business relationship with its host community, Lagos State, by partnering with them in their efforts at revamping the sporting event as a social and economic development tool, and to create role models for society through discovery, career development with its attendant empowerment of local football talents which abound in the country.
He explained that the sponsorship deals come in three parts which includes the establishment of heritage sites, Tournament Ambassadorial Programme (TAP), and Players development Programme (PDP).
Schools with long standing participation and pedigree in the competition have entered the honours list of Heritage Sites. For this year, St. Gregory’s College, Ikoyi; Birch Freeman College; Eko Boys High School as well as Anwaru Islam College made the list. They will be honoured at a ceremonial unveiling of the Heritage Site Pylon by the schools alumni and the GTbank executives at a future date yet to be announced. The occasion will also be spiced up with a novelty match among the schools.
The TAP is a mentorship programme developed by the bank to impact on students in the public secondary schools through capacity building. It involves motivational talks and interactive sessions by renowned professional in different fields of endeavour to challenge them to aspire to achieve excellence in the chosen career as well as become accountable. Unlike the TAP which has to do with the intellectual development, PDP is a special career development initiative designed to train and showcase young football talents to the national and international community.
Giving a progress report on the event so far, Adeniran said a total of 449 matches including 413 zonal preliminaries, 1 district finals and 24 state quarter/finals have been played by the 313 schools earmarked to participate in the tournament at inception on November 30, 2009.
52 of the participating schools have had their sporting infrastructures upgraded. The bank made a donation of balls, nets, corner flags, lining of pitches, weeding, and construction of pitch panels and upgrading of goal posts. A special tournament website has also been created.
Meanwhile the bank has assured that by the end of the sponsorship deal, it would have been able to embark on a complete overhaul of the sporting facilities in these schools.
NCC Arrests Man for Hacking into DSTV System
Nigeria Copyright Commission (NCC), has arrested one Mr Aliu Olalekan, for allegedly hacking into DSTV system and watching the channels free without subscription.
Mr Matthew Ojo, NCC Director in the Lagos Directorate Office said this while speaking with newsmen in Lagos, on Tuesday.
He said that the suspect used to watch DSTV channels free without subscription on his Android phone via an app which he downloaded on google play store.
“This suspect distributed the know-how to his telegram followers and on his blog with the aim of gaining more followers and viewership on his blog and makes more money through google ad-sense.
“The operation was based on surveillance which had earlier been carried out by the Multi-choice team and verified by a copyright inspector, ” he said.
He added that the arrest was made in collaboration with a team of copyright inspectors led by the Head of Enforcement Department, Mr Charles Amudipe.
Others included; a team from Multichoice Nigeria led by Mr Umar Ibrahim and policemen from Lagos Command Headquarters, Ikeja.
Ojo said that the joint team conducted an anti-piracy operation at the premises of the culprit in Amukoko, Lagos.
According to him, the suspect was contacted on phone by a member of the operation team on the disguise of patronising him. “The suspect came out to meet the caller and in the process of discussion, he was apprehended.
“The suspect took the team to his resident. The squad paraded his one-room apartment and recovered his laptop and phones used in perpetrating the ungodly act. “He was arrested and brought to the copyright commission office for further investigation, ” he said.
Ojo said that, on getting to the commission’s office, the statement of the suspect was taken and the inventory of items seized from him taken. He said that investigation on the matter was still ongoing and if found guilty the suspect will be charged to court.
NCC, Digital Encode Support NITRA Innovative Tech Forum On Post-COVID-19 Strategies
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Nigeria’s telecommunications regulator and Digital Encode, Cybersecurity and Compliance advisory company, have indicated interest to partner with the Nigeria Information Technology Reporters Association (NITRA), the national umbrella body of ICT reporters, as it organizes a forum that will x-ray the industry’s future plans for ICT growth post pandemic era.
The event, slated to hold on October 15, 2020, will seek to discuss the needs for a fortified ICT sector after the COVID-19 era, and the level of preparedness of ICT stakeholders to embrace the challenge of being pivotal to the stability and growth of all other sectors.
A statement from NITRA National Secretariat in Lagos indicates that due to the pandemic and need to observe the COVID-19 protocol on social distancing, the event will be held via a Webinar.
This year’s theme, “Multi-stakeholder Approach To National Recovery Post-Pandemic”, is in line with the annual event’s generic theme, ‘NITRA Innovative Tech Forum’, a contribution by NITRA to the development of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) innovations and policies in Nigeria.
Prof. Umar Danbatta, executive vice chairman, NCC is expected to deliver the keynote speech at the event and will throw more light on Federal Government’s plans, programmes and policies on post-pandemic strategies using ICT.
Dr. Adewale Obadare and Dr. Seyi Akindeinde, founders of Digital Encode, while accepting to support the event expressed their readiness to offer their expertise in Cybersecurity for organisations to prepare against cyber- attacks with the new normal.
They will also highlight areas that are high risks that need fortification in terms of cybersecurity.
Speaking on the event, Mr. Chike Onwuegbuchi, national chairman, NITRA, noted that as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to leave its negative trails across the globe, economic reboot for countries will not only depend on how well they readapt to the new normal, but also more on their recovery plans.
According to him: “While the federal government has consistently expressed its willingness to set all policies in place to engender growth, and accelerated implementation of these policies, private sector firms have also shown great hunger for the task ahead in post-COVID-19 era.
However, the question that needs to be answered is whether all stakeholders are ready for the required task ahead.”
The event will also offer participating companies opportunities to publicize some of their individual efforts at contributing to reacting a soft landing or lifeline for SMEs and other ancillary companies as the pandemic threatens their survival.
Digital Encode is a multi-award winning and leading consulting and integration firm that specializes in the design, management, and security of business-critical networks, telecommunications environments and other Information Technology (IT) infrastructures.
NCC Threatens Illegal Users of GSM Boosters with Arrest, Prosecution
Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) has warned telecom consumers to desist from using illegal GSM boosters.
The commission also said that anyone caught using a GSM booster without obtaining approval of a duly licensed network operator will face arrest and prosecution.
GSM boosters are devices that transmit and receive telecommunications signals and can therefore interfere with other radio frequency equipment.
Ikechukwu Adinde, director, public affairs, NCC, said in a notice published on NCC website, that only licensed network operators are allowed to use GSM boosters.
The booster, also known as amplifier or repeater is made up of three main elements – exterior antenna, amplifier, and interior antenna.
They form a wireless system to boost cellular reception
“Members of the public should note that, willful interference with any wireless telegraphy is an offence under Section 16 of the Telegraphy Act, 2004,”it said
The agency said it will not condone any flagrant breach of this law.
It has also enforced measures to prosecute offenders.
Accordingly, monitoring mechanisms have been put in place and anyone caught using a GSM booster without obtaining approval of a duly licensed network operator will face arrest and prosecution.
“Any member of the public with useful information regarding the illegal use of GSM Boosters should contact the Commission on 09-4617000/7351 or send an email to [email protected],” the notice said.
“Individuals desirous of using GSM Boosters should note that they can only do so in conjunction with licensed network operators,” it added.
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