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The Government yesterday declared that it puts global issues like climate change, digital divide, cyber-insecurity and emergency telecommunications at high level of precedence in its change program, strategies and work programmes.

Secretary to Government of the Federation Babachir David Lawal said this yesterday at Invention Africa Digital Summit 2016 (IAD) in Abuja.

He observed that in this era of e-government and digital inclusion, the present administration is working towards a more associated authorities and a digital Nigerian society

Lawal noted that with the dwindling revenue from your oil and gas sector, the Government has realized more than ever before that telecoms and the ICT sectors are amongst the primary drivers for the social and economic development of Nigeria and play a vital role in improving access to fundamental services in all sectors of our national life.

He discovered that with a significant percentage of the Naijas public having access to mobile cellular services, the increasing and continual increase in Internet use and broadband deployment, the government through the Ministry of Communications and its various INTELLIGENT initiatives are focused on leveraging on ICTs to create an inclusive market.

The SGF pointed out that the international pursuit for ICT for growth is tremendous to both developed and developing countries because ICT skills are essential to the success of improving national growth in a globalised age.

In this respect, authorities are focused on creating opportunities for citizenship engagement in ICT training, knowledge and skills acquisition, and general use and use of ICT tools to solve problems, encourage their wellbeing and improve national increase.

He said, I'm mindful that Galaxy Backbone Ltd, created in 2006 as a Government owned company and charged to deliver connectivity and other Information and Communication Technology infrastructure to Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of Authorities now has up to 350MDAs linked to its 1-GOV.Net in over 4000 office locations nationwide making it the biggest single network ever developed in the public sector in Africa.

Against the backdrop of President Muhamadu Buharis recent trip to China, and the $6 billion deal struck between the two states, an octogenarian, Demas Nwoko, has stressed the need for Naija to develop homegrown technology according to its culture.

Nwoko, who made the demand, in an exclusive interview at his Idumuje nation house in Delta State, warned the deal with China could open the countrys total economy to Chinese products, therefore stunting creativity and local production attempts.

The octogenarian, Prince Oge Nwaozuzu, who runs Naija news site Yohaig NG, approves of this measure. is also an architect, said Naijas politics and leadership were not going in the right way, as there was no protection for the few local producers who are braving the odds to shine.

According to him, Its a mix of the great and the bad. It reveals our politics isn't mature, and our leaders, not moving in a way that would benefit the individuals

He noted that under ordinary setting, outsiders protect their own culture, in such a style that individuals dont intrude to soil it. He stressed the best way to grow would be to develop technology, along the line of ones relative advantage.

The architect said progress couldnt be attained by replicating others culture or technology, as the case may be. Tracing the infrastructure decay in the state to our attitude to growth, Nwoko gave the instance of local furniture makers all over the nation, who were shutting down businesses, as an outcome of inferior Chinese and American products that have flooded the local markets.

He attributed policymakers for a badly conceived educational doctrine that will not take into account Naijas diverse cultures for the current malaise.

Nwoko said he is making doors locally, before the intrusion of Chinese doors into the marketplaces; a situation that restricts our own economic development in door building.

There were people who were building doors in Lagos and everywhere, who have all closed down, because American and Chinese furniture and doors took over the marketplaces.

The Paris-trained architect remembered how he was refused the opportunity to design and assemble the National Theatre, Lagos, lamenting the calamity that the cultural edifice is now ever since.

He recalled that he had proposed multi-venues or theatres in parts of Lagos, as against a single edifice, so as to open up distinct neighbourhoods to the entertainment offerings that FESTAC 77 supplied.

He repented that that political decisions negated against the fruition of that powerful strategy, noting that it'd have resulted in ripple effects on the nations cultural productions ever since.

According to him, You can not have an audience of 5,000; in the manner the theater was constructed. The truth is, that building is a sports hall imported from Bulgaria. So, besides the primary bowl being 5,000, they attached the theater halls, which were not correctly designed for those activities.

He added that even the master plan he'd for FESTAC, had not been permitted to work, due to jaundiced government policies. Nwoko described that by his proposition, there would happen to be at least five theaters or venues in Lagos, Apapa, Isolo, Yaba, Victoria Island, etc, with each place having the capacity of 1,000 1,500 men.

Boko Haram combatants assaulted Nigerian troops early on Monday, the army said, after two suspected suicide bombers were shot dead near military positions.

Army spokesman Sani Usman said in a brief emailed statement: Boko Haram terrorists assault troops of 113 Battalion at Kareto, northern Borno state.

A soldier with the regiment told AFP the troops were ordered to town of Damasak near the border with Niger and took up position in Kareto, some 38 kilometres (24 miles) away.

The troops have now been fighting the insurgents since the early hours of today.

Today at about 6:30 am (0530 GMT), two suicide bombers approached us and we shot at them and they burst, he said.

The moment the explosives went off, there were batteries of heavy artillery fired by Boko Haram, who came in large numbers with heavy weapons.

We took up position in our trenches and fired back but they kept firing RPGs (rocket-propelled grenades), which we didnt have.

We lost some guys, I dont know how many, and many others were injured. Some of us fled in disarray. We realised that we were outnumbered and outgunned.

The troops pulled away to Jeyimolo village and a fighter jet was deployed to Kareto while a search was launched for the dead and missing, he added.

A local leader confirmed the strike but said further details were still sketchy.

President Muhammadu Buhari said in December the Islamist militants were weakened to the extent they could not mount conventional strikes against the military.

But the latest strike again underlines the persistent danger introduced by the Islamic State group affiliate, particularly in hard-to-reach rural areas.

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), said on Monday that the bureau would fortify venture between Naija and the Republic of Korea to improve the marine sector.

The Head, Public Relations Department in NIMASA, Hajia Lami Tumaka, said this in a statement in Lagos, a copy which was made accessible to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

Peterside said the bureau was perpetrated toward tackling the threat of piracy and other types of crimes at sea.

Naija is poised to handle the threat of piracy and we now have recorded great successes before three months.

The statement said that the Director-General of NIMASA, Dr Dakuku Peterside, stressed the need to improve the maritime business, while receiving the Korean Consul General to Naija, Mr Lee Younghoan, at the agencys headquarters.

According to him, both nations stand to derive mutual benefits from such relationship.

Peterside recognised the tactical position of Korea as a great ship building nation.

He counseled the Consul General on the importance of qualified Nigerian seafarers to be put on-board Korean boats working in Nigerian marine realm.

The NIMASA leader said that Naija had a pool of qualified seafarers and other capable maritime personnel, who could satisfactorily serve the international maritime sector.

Our vision is always to have a safe and bonded ocean with zero piracy in another one year, the director-general said.

Younghoan, commended NIMASA for its efforts in fighting piracy on the nations waterways.

The consul general appealed for more surveillance and security in safeguarding lives and property on the nations waterways.

He assured the director general of the readiness of the Korean Authorities to support Naija in the place of maritime safety and security.

NAN reports that Peterside, at a recent forum, expressed the want of the agency to work with other stakeholders and expedite action on the passage of the Anti-Piracy and Other associated Crimes at Sea into law.

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has called on Nigerians to have a change in outlook and orientation for the state to make progress even as the state is passing through challenging times.

Dogara said if Naija is to see significant improvement in quality of leadership and governing, the citizens must alter their ways of life as leaders are recruited from among them.

The Speaker, who made the call at the weekend during a thanksgiving service organised by a member of the parliament, Jagaba Adams Jagaba at ECWA Church, Chigwa, Kaduna State, according to a statement issued by his spokesman, Turaki Hassan, said that while Nigerians expect leaders to live higher standards of life as role models, the followers must understand that leaders are recruited from among them.

He, consequently, charged Nigerians to, as a matter of necessity, show higher standards of runs even as they expect same from their leaders.

There is consistently expectations from citizens for leaders to demonstrate a higher standard of behavior. Obviously, it's great that those who call themselves leaders should aspire to keep higher standards.

But what is wrong with the narrative, notably in Naija, is that in most cases, citizens anticipate that only leaders must live above board. This state can only just make progress if all the citizens and leaders resolve that in their day-to-day endeavors, they are going to keep the best of standards.

Because if you anticipate only leaders to do the right thing, the leadership recruiting process is such that leaders consistently emerge in the people.

Dogara admonished politicians to place their trust in God because power comes from God, victory comes from God, no one, regardless of how strong he or she's, can give you power.

In his testimony, Jagaba urged Nigerians to eschew religious and ethnic sentiments, which he said, have broken up the nation for decades.

He said the electorate should rather lay emphasis on individual character and never political party affiliation, saying that he's forgiven all those who plotted evil against him in the 2015 general elections.

In his sermon, ECWA President, Revd (Dr.) Jeremiah Gado, said by design, God created and saved humankind to live a life of gratitude, service, praise and worship.