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P&G Joins Force With Global Citizen to Combat Social Challenges with ‘ACTIVATE’ Series

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Procter & Gamble, leading manufacturer of consumer goods in Nigeria, recently hosted the screening of the sixth episode of the series, ACTIVATE, in commemoration of Global Hand Washing Day, to promote sanitation, hand washing and clean water in Nigeria.

The pre-screening of the documentary’s finale was held at the Transcorp Hilton hotel, in Abuja. The event, which was attended by notable stakeholders, was under the distinguished chairmanship of the Honorable Minister of Water Resources, Engineer Suleiman Adamu, and served as a call to action for other global practices designed to create awareness and solutions for effective, sustainable change around the world. .

The ACTIVATE series – bolstered by custom content distributed across National Geographic’s unrivaled social, digital, linear and print channels – has its core focus on global challenges associated with extreme poverty, inequality and sustainability issues to mobilize people across the world to drive meaningful and lasting change. The six-part documentary series explores on-going major advocacy campaigns aimed to impact marginalized people in the world and is available on National Geographic in 172 countries and 43 languages.

In his keynote address, Engineer Suleiman Adamu, the Honourable Minister of Water Resources, said: “We need to prioritize hand washing and sanitation issues in Nigeria as it has enormous benefits for not just our environment but also improves quality of lives greatly.

“I have to commend P&G and its partners for this wonderful collaborative imitative and the assured support for such programs over the years. The Ministry of Water Resources wholly supports their effort and will continue to lend its voices in ways that are impactful.”

Commenting at the screening, the Director, Global Relations and Public Policty, P&G Africa, Temitope Iluyemi said, “At P&G, we are concerned with not just improving the well being of people directly through the quality of our products, but also believe strongly in impacting the lives of the people who live in the countries we operate.

“The Activate series is one of Procter & Gamble’s numerous demonstrations that people are at the forefront of why we do what we do. Our goal is to promote a global culture and raise awareness of the benefits of hand washing with soap Safe guarding our environment requires collective effort and we are happy to champion this cause and encourage as many people that are willing, to spread the message. ACTIVATE is the result of people going out there to do the work.”

Speaking on the strategic partnership to mobilize global action, Chebet Chikumbu, the Africa Director, Global Citizen, said; “From Mexico to Philippines to South Africa and Nigeria, global citizens fighting inequality and extreme poverty in a variety of ways. The ACTIVATE series is a tool for empowerment for players involved on different scales.

“We are empowering the poor by amplifying their voices and providing them a platform to tell their stories. As these stories are transmitted, we are also empowering the recipients of these messages to go out into the world to make a lasting change, motivated and inspired by the stories they have heard.”

In 2008, the initiative to promote sanitation through hand washing was launched with a Global Hand washing Day (GHD), and it is now celebrated every year on October 15. Following this, P&G Nigeria has also kick started another water based initiative, ‘STOP THE GERMS, NOT THE KIDS’, in partnership with Safeguard to promote hand washing amongst kids in Nigeria.


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NCC Arrests Man for Hacking into DSTV System

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Nigeria Copyright Commission (NCC), has arrested one Mr Aliu Olalekan, for allegedly hacking into DSTV system and watching the channels free without subscription.

NCC Arrests Man for Hacking into DSTV System

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.

 


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NCC, Digital Encode Support NITRA Innovative Tech Forum On Post-COVID-19 Strategies

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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.

 


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NCC Threatens Illegal Users of GSM Boosters with Arrest, Prosecution

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Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) has warned telecom consumers to desist from using illegal GSM boosters.

NCC Threatens Illegal Users of GSM Boosters with Arrest, Prosecution

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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