Friday, 17 November 2017

10 Major Things Biafra Must know Ahead Of Anambra Election Tomorrow

10 Major Things Biafra Must know Ahead Of Anambra Election Tomorrow

Saturday’s governorship election in Anambra is expected to be a close contest between four leading candidates. However, there are 37 candidates in the election including five women. Here are 10 major things to know about the coming election as well as previous elections in Anambra.

The Center for Democracy and Development, CDD, bring you a comprehensive coverage of the election.

1. Godfatherism

The politics in Anambra State is the case study for Godfather Politics in Nigeria where the quest to hold on to power with so much enthusiasm by politicians is on the increase. From the Fourth Republic, the state has witnessed these ugly trends as political actors and their estranged political godfathers are always in contention for control of state resources. For each electoral cycle, there is a godfather.

The political brawl (which could be said to have birthed godfatherism), in Anambra State began with Governor Mbadinuju and Emeka Offor. The trend continued with the inception of Governor Chris Ngige and his political godfather, Chris Uba; a crisis that caused a lot in the polity of the nation and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in particular.

Below, is a compilation of godsons and their godfathers since 1999:

1999-2003: Governor Chinwoke Mbadinuju and Emeka Offor
2003- 2006: Governor Chris Ngige and Chris Uba
2006-2014: Governor Peter Obi and Emeka Ojukwu
2015-date: Governor Willie Obiano and Peter Obi

Each of the front liner candidates in the Saturday elections is already linked to a godfather. However, the fight between Peter Obi of PDP and Willie Obiano of APGA, will partly define the electoral outcomes.

List of Governors of Anambra State from 1999 to 2017:
Chinwoke Mbadinuju: From May 29, 1999 to May 29, 2003 PDP
Chris Ngige: From May 29, 2003 to March 17, 2006 PDP
Peter Obi: From March 17, 2006 to November 3, 2006 APGA

Virginia Etiaba: From November 3, 2006 to February 9, 2007 APGA. (Appointed when the previous governor, Peter Obi, was impeached by the state legislature for alleged gross misconduct. She transferred her powers back to Peter Obi three months later when an appeal court nullified the impeachment).

Peter Obi: From February 9, 2007 to March 17, 2014 APGA. (Andy Uba was elected and sworn in as the governor of Anambra State on 29 May 2007. He was removed by a Supreme Court decision on June 14, 2007. He governed the state for 14 days).

Willie Obiano: From March 17, 2014 to date APGA

Anambra State is the only state that paraded five governors under controversial circumstances from 1999 to 2007, including one who spent just 14 days in Office.

2. Power Rotation

The matter of zoning or power rotation – where elected positions rotate between different geographical areas – has emerged as a major factor in the campaign for the Anambra State November governorship election.

The popularity of zoning in Anambra State politics was developed while Peter Obi was rounding off his eight years in office as the governor of the state. It was initially dismissed by his political opponents as a non-issue in the Anambra governorship election. Many stakeholders in the state are, however, beginning to realise that it is the only way to ensure equity and fair play among the three senatorial zones.

In the run up to the 2017 governorship election, the issue of zoning prevailed in all the major political parties in the state. The three major political parties, the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, (with Willie Obiano as its governorship candidate), the All Progressives Congress, APC, (with Tony Nwoye as its governorship candidate) and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, (with Oseloka Obaze as its governorship candidate), have all zoned their governorship candidate to Anambra North. This has set the stage for a bull fight in the upcoming governorship election in November.

3. No Referendum, No Election

The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has threatened to stop the November 18 elections by utilising the strategies of community evangelisation, awareness raising, rallies, posters and circulation of text messages.

Earlier proscribed by the government as a terrorist group and barely a week to the governorship election in Anambra State, members of IPOB, on Friday, November 10, marched around some streets in Onitsha, Anambra State, chanting :“if you vote you will die. Don’t go out, stay in your house,” They vowed not just to disrupt the elections but also ensure a lockdown on the day of the election on Saturday, November 18.

The IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, whose whereabouts remain unknown, earlier said that unless the Nigerian State calls for a referendum to determine the status of the country, no election will be held in Anambra State or indeed the South-east in 2019.

4. Battle Field

The Idemili North State Constituency in Anambra State elections will be held alongside the governorship election on November 18. The following areas are considered battleground in the state, including Idemili South and North Local Government Areas.
Notwithstanding, contest for vote will be stronger in local government areas in Anambra South Senatorial district. This is because no candidate from the three major political parties emerged from there. The three major parties are expected to focus more in the South for votes during their campaigns and election.

5. Parties and Candidates

There are 37 political parties running in the elections with five identified as frontline candidates. They are Oseluka Obaze (PDP), Tony Nwoye (APC), Osita Chidoka (UPP), Ezemuo (PPA) and the incumbent governor Willie Obiano of APGA.

Anambra State is the first to have 37 candidates contesting for a governorship position in an election since the history of elections in Nigeria.

Full list of candidates and their political parties (Anambra election)
Since the inauguration of the Fourth Republic in 1999, governorship elections in the state have never witnessed up to 50 per cent of voter turnout except in 2007 which was massively rigged.

A review of the voter turnout since 2007 reveals a progressive decline in voters’ turnout.

By INEC’s election result, 1.84 million registered voters existed in Anambra State for the 2010 governorship election. Only 302,000 voted, a miserly 16 per cent voter turnout. In 2013, a total of 1, 770,127 were registered, but only 465,891 voted, representing 24 per cent.

7. 13 Female Candidates

Only five of the 37 candidates contesting for the governorship position are women. Also, of the 37 deputy governorship candidates, eight are women. They include:
Governorship candidates

Uju Uchendu Ozoka (AA)
Oby Kate Okafor (ACD)
Adaeze Chibube Okafor (APDA)
Praise Okechukwu (MPPP)
Nnaemeka Ifeoma Ezibe (YPP)

Deputy governorship candidates

Theresa Nnalue (AA)
Okeke Florence Njideka (AGAP)
Ebele Onyinye Angel (ACPA)
Chukwuanu Genevieve Nonye (GPN)
Nneka Anasudu (NEPP)
Chidi Alexandra Onyemelukwe (PDP)
Igboanusi Glory Ugochi (PPN)
Ogechukwu Chinwueze (PPP)

This means that women make up only 13.5 per cent and 21.6 per cent of total number of candidates vying for governorship and deputy governorship positions respectively. Except for PDP, none of the other major political parties has a female candidate.

8. Over Two Million Registered Voters

According to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, about 2,158,171 million people in Anambra have registered for the November 18 governorship election.

INEC further revealed that 50.3 per cent are females while 49.6 per cent are males. Also, the highest voting population are students who make up about 48 per cent of registered voters while Idemili North Local Government Area has the highest number of registered voters.

9. 26,000 Security Personnel Deployed To the State

The Nigerian Police have deployed about 26,000 police officers to Anambra State ahead of Saturday’s election.

The state initially had 5,000 police officers who are now to be joined by 21,000 others from neighbouring states.

The deployment is to ensure the forthcoming election is free and fair, the police said.

The security personnel and equipment deployed include Police Special Forces, Police Mobile Force, the Counter Terrorism Unit, CTU, Special Protection Unit, SPU, the Anti-Bomb Squad, EOD, the Force Marine Police, Conventional Policemen, the Force Armament Unit, personnel from Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department, FCIID, Mounted Troops, the attack and Sniffer Dogs Section, Police Gun Boats, Police Helicopters and Armoured Personnel Carriers, APC.

10. Absence of Litigations after Party Primaries in the State

Party primaries conducted ahead of the November 18 governorship election is a watershed in the history of elections in Nigeria’s fourth republic. Since the return to democracy in 1999 in Anambra State and Nigeria in general, there is hardly a time of absence of court cases after governorship party primaries to challenge their outcomes. For this election, primaries were concluded without any court case. Internal mechanisms were promptly deployed by leadership of several parties to address any crisis that emerged from the primaries.
President Of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe Makes First Public Appearance Since 'Coup' (PHOTOS)

President Of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe Makes First Public Appearance Since 'Coup' (PHOTOS)

Zimbabwe’s beleaguered President Robert Mugabe attended a graduation ceremony at a university in the capital Harare on Friday, his first public appearance since he was put under house arrest by the army late Tuesday.

The 93-year-old wore a graduation gown and cap for the ceremony, at the Zimbabwe Open University.

It came as the country’s army said it has made “significant progress” in their “operation” after seizing control of state television and the capital's airport during an apparent coup earlier this week. Mugabe, the world’s oldest head of state, refused to stand down during a meeting with military officials Thursday, AFP reported.

Reuters, citing a source within the ruling Zanu-PF party, said the party was due to draft a motion to fire Mugabe on Sunday and that if he still refused to stand down, there were plans to to impeach him on Tuesday.

In a statement Friday, the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) said “they are currently engaging with the Commander-in-Chief, President Mugabe, on the way forward and will advise the nation of the outcome as soon as is possible,” the state-run broadcaster Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) reported.

The military commended the public “for remaining patient and peaceful as they carry out the operation,” according to the statement.

Army troops and armored vehicles continued to patrol Harare on Friday.

The army announced Wednesday that it detained Mugabe, 93 — who has ruled the country for 37 years — and his wife Grace, 52. The military denied staging a coup and said “normalcy” would soon return after it completed its “mission” of rooting out “criminals” who were targeting the nation’s leader.

The catalyst for the takeover was the firing last week of Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who Mugabe accused of plotting to take over from him. Mnangagwa, a former defense minister who has strong support within the military, fled to South Africa.

Mugabe has ruled the country since independence from minority white rule in 1980. Grace Mugabe was expected to be appointed vice president by Zanu-PF in December and was the favorite to succeed her husband. Grace Mugabe and Mnangagwa’s factions within the party had been battling for dominance before Mnangagwa was fired.
Overtaken! U.S.A Replaces By Germany As Country With Best Global Image

Overtaken! U.S.A Replaces By Germany As Country With Best Global Image

United States has been replaced by Germany as the country with the best "brand image," according to a new study of 50 countries released Thursday.

The Nation Brands Index (NBI) survey by German-based market research firm GfK and the British political consultant Simon Anholt measured public opinion around the world on "the power and quality of each country's 'brand image.'"

Germany moved up to first place after coming in second in 2016. The U.S. dropped from top to sixth, with France, Britain, Canada and Japan taking spots two to five.

Not Just a Pretty Car

The study calculated the final NBI score by researching how well people viewed a country across six categories: Its people, governance, exports, tourism, investment and immigration and culture and heritage.

The land of sausages, Angela Merkel and "Made in Germany" was in the top five for all but one category. Only in "tourism" did Germany fall outside the top five, coming in tenth.

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel welcomed the results, saying: "Germany's image no longer rests on our economic strength. People think we're capable of much in the world."

'The Trump Effect'

Foreigners' views of the US worsened considerably compared to 2016, particularly in the category "governance," where it slipped from spot 19 to spot 23.

The "Trump effect" explains the fall, according to Anholt.


"The loss of the U.S.'s image in the governance category is indicative of the Trump effect, which was triggered by President Trump's policies and his 'America First' message," he said.

Americans themselves nevertheless viewed their country more positively than in 2016.

France back, Britain Steady

France went up three spots after coming in fifth in 2016 thanks to better scores in "governance" and "investment and immigration."

The land of fine wine, Balzac and Voltaire came in number one for "culture."

Britain stayed steady at spot 3, despite fears the country's exit from the European Union (EU) would damage the country's international image.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

FULL SPEECH: What Buhari Told Ebonyi People — Play and Listen

FULL SPEECH: What Buhari Told Ebonyi People — Play and Listen

President Muhammad Buhari arrived Ebonyi State on an official visit, the first such trip since he took office in 2015. In the South-east state, the president called for unity among Nigerians and promised more developmental projects for the region.

Here is his full speech delivered in the state capital, Abakaliki.

SPEECH DELIVERED BY HIS EXCELLENCY, PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI, PRESIDENT, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, AT THE STATE VISIT TO EBONYI ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2017, AT THE ABAKALIKI TOWNSHIP STADIUM

PROTOCOLS:

I am delighted to be in Abakiliki today to interact with the good people of this State and indeed, the South East (Ndigbo) region as a whole.

2. I want to express my gratitude to Ndi Ebonyi for their hospitality and warm reception since our arrival in Abakiliki a few hours ago.

3. In the last few hours, I have commissioned some landmark projects and laid the foundation stones for the Ebonyi City Mall and a flyover bridge projects. I commend His Excellency, Governor David Umahi for his vision and commitment to the development of his State.

4. In the course of my visit, I also had the honour and privilege of unveiling the statue of a great Nigerian, Sir Akanu Ibiam, whose notable records of humanitarianism, advocacy of free primary education and rural development, will continue to be an inspiration to all.

5. I am also grateful to the people of Ebonyi as well as the South East traditional rulers, who today, bestowed on me traditional titles. To the Ndi Ebonyi, I am ENYIOMA 1 (Good Friend) and to the South East, I am OCHIOHA OF NDIGBO. I thank you for this honour and kind gesture.

6. My presence here today is a demonstration of our strong belief in the unity of Nigeria. As the most populous country in Africa, with over 300 ethnic groups, our diversity is almost unique among nations.

7. The people of the South East are known for their ingenuity, industrial and commercial talent. There is no part of Nigeria where you will not find Igbo entrepreneurs, both men and women, contributing to the development of their adopted communities.

8. So I am asking you all not to buy into the senseless propaganda on secession. Igbo is Nigeria and Nigeria is Igbo. Both are inseparable.

9. We must therefore continue to commit ourselves to the development of Nigeria. A Nigeria where we sustain our national unity without compromising on our cultural identities. A Nigeria where the aspirations of its people is guaranteed without prejudice to tribe or religion. A Nigeria, where we can sleep at night knowing that tomorrow will be better than today.

10. The task of nation building is a continuous one. It never stops. Our founding fathers, from all corners of this country, worked together to actualize the creation of one Nigeria.

11. After independence, the same founding fathers worked together to maintain this one Nigeria. Yes, they had differences and varied opinions at times. After all, they were only human. And yes, they had moments of weaknesses and doubt. But again, no one is perfect. However, one thing they all protected until the end of their lives was having one Nigeria for all Nigerians.

12. Today, Nigeria is 57 years old. Nigeria has gone through many pains. But has also achieved significant successes. Its citizens are leaders in all aspect of human development. But we rarely celebrate these successes more. Some misguided Nigerians would rather channel their energy to propagating negative stories and senseless rumours.

13. Over 60% of Nigeria’s population is under 25 years old. They have little knowledge of Nigeria’s journey. They were not born during the dark days of civil war and the nation rebuilding that happened afterwards.

14. The task of nation building is a continuous one. It relies on the successful transition of factual knowledge from one generation to another. This means it is our collective responsibility to ensure we do not betray our founding fathers as we transfer the Nigeria project from one generation to the next.

15. As our national anthem says; “the labour of our heroes past shall never be in vain”

16. So parents, speak to your children about the importance of their heritage, culture and being open minded. Teachers, teach your students about the history of this nation and how it was a coalition of diversity that brought it to existence. And leaders, we must lead by example and show tolerance and acceptance of diversity.

17. Today, most grievances expressed by all Nigerians, not only those in the south east, is lack of jobs, poor infrastructure and basic amenities. We are working aggressively to address these.

18. We are building roads, hospitals and schools. We are expanding our power transmission infrastructure while supporting the generation and distribution companies to ensure more power is delivered to our homes. We are developing agricultural programs that will create more jobs while making Nigeria food secure

19. For example, we recently mobilized the contractor of the 2nd Niger Bridge back to site. We have also made provisions in the 2018 budget proposal to ensure this project is completed as early as possible.

20. We are also upgrading the Federal Medical Centre in Umuahia by constructing a Modern Medical Diagnostic Centre. This will further bring quality and affordable health care to the region.

21. In the agricultural sector, the States in this region have participated in all Federal Government agricultural initiatives. For instance, Ebonyi was among the first few State Government’s to sign up to the Presidential Fertilizer Initiative. The program has already created thousands of direct and indirect jobs in this fertile part of the our country.

22. I would like to congratulate Governor Umahi who put aside his political differences to participate in this federally led project that has improved the lives of not only the farmers of Ebonyi State, but the entire South East States.

23. For the South East, I am pleased to inform you that our 2018 budget proposal has allocated up to N10 billion for the development of the Enyimba Industrial Park and Nnewi Auto Park. Both projects will be implemented in collaboration with the respective state Governments and the private sector. Again, these are classic examples of the partnerships between the Federal and State Governments in the region to improve the livelihoods of Nigerians – politics aside.

24. In October 2017, we commenced the payment of pensions to police officers who were granted Presidential pardon in 2000 after serving in the former Biafran Police during the 30 month civil war. These officers, and their next of kin, have waited for their pensions for 17 years since the Presidential pardon.

25. I want to assure the Ndigbo that the welfare and well-being of every Nigerian is important to us. We stand for inclusivity and will not leave any section or citizen behind.

26. I thank you most sincerely for your attention and warm reception.

30. May God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Minister Of Education Adamu Tells Buhari To Spend More on Education

Minister Of Education Adamu Tells Buhari To Spend More on Education

President Muhammadu Buhari has been urged to declare a state of emergency in education in Nigeria and to substantially increase government’s investment in the sector.

The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, made the appeal on Monday at a retreat the presidency held for ministers on education. The event was at the old Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

According to Mr. Adamu, President Buhari should pay attention to education the way he has done to insecurity and the economy.

He said Nigeria is seriously underfunding education, even when compared to other sub-Saharan African countries, and warned that the federal government would have to spend significantly more, if it would achieve its goals as a change government.
According to the minister, to meet the 13 campaign promises he made to Nigerians on education, the president needs to spend at least one trillion naira yearly on the sector.

In the 2018 budget proposals he presented on Tuesday to the National Assembly, President Buhari allocated N605.8 billion, representing seven per cent of the budget, to the sector.

The minister said this is not adequate, as other countries at par with Nigeria allocate at least 20 per cent of their budgets to the sector.

“Mr. President, to achieve the desired change that education needs, there is the need for improved funding and a measure of political will in national governance.

“Such is the weight of the problems that beset our education and the deleterious effect it has had on our national development efforts that I believe that this Retreat should end with a declaration of a state of emergency in education so that we can face the challenges frontally and squarely,” he said.

The minister noted that since 1999 when democratic governments returned, annual budgetary allocation to education in Nigeria has been between four per cent and ten per cent.

“None of the E9 or D8 countries other than Nigeria, allocates less than 20 per cent of its annual budget to education. Indeed even among sub-Saharan Africa countries, we are trailing far behind smaller and less endowed nations in terms of our investment in education,” Mr. Adamu said.

He, therefore, urged Mr. Buhari for a major investment in education in the nation’s interest.

He stressed that such investment, which requires about N1 trillion each year, would be in line with the president’s as well as APC’s campaign promises before the 2015 election.

“A clear guide, Your Excellency, is the costing of the APC campaign promises in education which shows that after four years, would be minimum of one trillion Naira per annum, required to fulfil your 13 promises,” he said.

The minister noted that for education to be revived in Nigeria, the government should consider special incentives such as scholarships and automatic employment for education graduates.

“I am strongly persuaded that if we offer automatic scholarship to students who take education, and automatic employment and a preferential compensation package to those who take to teaching as a profession, our system will improve tremendously.

“If we give regulatory agencies the teeth to bite and do their work, mediocre teachers will soon disappear from our classrooms.

“If we insist on professionalism with appropriate deadlines set for those who teach, the situation will improve phenomenally. We can minimize and in due course eliminate mediocrity in the education sector,” the minister said.

Speaking at the retreat, President Buhari pledged the commitment of his administration to revamping the sector.

Mr. Buhari lamented that education in Nigeria has suffered serious neglect by successive administrations.

He, however, said since he came into office, Nigeria’s participation in all relevant international education fora and investment in education as well as collaboration with development partners were an indication of his administration’s “high level of commitment towards ensuring that every capable Nigerian receives good quality education”.

Mr. Buhari said all his efforts are justifiable “only to the extent that schooling is effective in promoting the realisation of national objectives, attaining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and Education For All (EFA) by 2030.”

He also said these targets are “happily, in harmony with the manifesto and the CHANGE agenda of our Party, the All Progressive Congress (APC).

“It is also in agreement with my campaign promises during the 2015 elections exercise and in pursuit of the yearnings and aspirations of the generality of Nigerian citizens.”

The president said the retreat was significant because “We cannot progress beyond the level and standard of our education.

“Today, it is those who acquire the most qualitative education, equipped with requisite skills and training, and empowered with practical know-how that are leading the rest.

“We cannot afford to continue lagging behind. Education is our launch-pad to a more successful, more productive and more prosperous future.”

He said his government was committed to revitalising the country’s education system and making it more responsive and globally competitive.

“One of the primary roles of education is to build and sustain individual and society’s development. It renews and improves the economic, social, political and cultural aspects of any nation,” he said.

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Read President Buhari Statement At The Summit Concern Education In Nigeria

Read President Buhari Statement At The Summit Concern Education In Nigeria

President Muhammad Buhari has assured of an improved education sector. He said this on Monday during his opening remarks at the presidential summit on education.

The event held at the Old Banquet Hall of the presidential villa in Abuja.

In his speech, Buhari “congratulated the Minister of Education and the entire education family for setting the stage for this national conversation aimed at refocusing the education sector not only to overcome the numerous challenges, but also to strengthen the Ministerial Strategic Plan.”

Noting that the significance of the summit is obvious, Buhari added that it is those who acquire the most qualitative education, equipped with requisite skills and training, and empowered with practical know-how that are leading others.

He continued: “We cannot afford to continue lagging behind. Education is our launch-pad to a more successful, more productive and more prosperous future. This administration is committed to revitalizing our education system and making it more responsive and globally competitive.

“One of the primary roles of education is to build and sustain individual and society’s development. It renews and improves the economic, social, political and cultural aspects of any nation.

“Education upgrades the living standard of citizens and enables people to become better and more productive citizens. It is a human right that creates a safe, healthy and prosperous society.

“It changes the visions and perspectives of individuals, enhances critical decisions and improves democracy. Indeed education is paramount and necessary requirement for all-round development.

“Nigeria’s participation in all relevant international education fora together with our investment in education and collaboration with development partners is an indication of high level of commitment towards ensuring that every capable Nigerian receives good quality education.

“These efforts are justifiable only to the extent that schooling is effective in promoting the realization of national objectives, attaining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and Education For All (EFA) by 2030.

“These targets are, happily, in harmony with the manifesto and the CHANGE agenda of our Party, the All Progressive Congress (APC).

“It is also in agreement with my campaign promises during the 2015 elections exercise and in pursuit of the yearnings and aspirations of the generality of Nigerian citizens.

“That our country is facing numerous challenges in education and all other sectors as a result of historical abuses, mindless impunity and corruption is not news to anyone.

“With an estimated 13.2 million children out of school, high illiteracy level, infrastructural deficit and decay, unqualified teachers, and inadequate instructional materials, to mention some of the challenges, we can clearly see the effect of decades of neglect that the education sector has suffered.

“We are determined to turnaround the sector for the better. We are already making appreciable progress in this respect. This summit must therefore, among other things, sharpen our strategies for addressing the challenges of basic and secondary education, teacher training and professional development; technical and vocational education.

“The summit must work to enhance quality in, and access to, higher education and other challenges in the sector that will debar us from attaining the SDGs and be among the top 20 economies in the world.

“No nation can achieve economic, social, political and cultural prosperity without a sound and functional education system.”

Monday, 13 November 2017

Bad Market: 8m Nigerians Activate Do-Not-Disturb Code

Bad Market: 8m Nigerians Activate Do-Not-Disturb Code

According to the Executive Vice Chairman, Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Danbatta, at the maiden edition of the Nigerian Technology Innovation and Telecommunications Awards (NTITA) in Lagos said eight million Nigerians have activated the Do-Not-Disturb (2442) code.

NTITA was organised by the Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) and powered by Instinctwave.

NCC received the Consumer Initiative Project of the Year Award and the Regulator of the Year Award.

Danbatta was given the Telecoms Man of the Year Award.

Danbatta said that the level of activation of the code increased from nearly a million, after the declaration of 2017 as the year of the consumer in March, to the present figure.

He attributed the achievement to NCC’s massive campaign and consistency with the eight-point agenda of his administration.

According to him, the agenda included projection and empowerment of telecommunications consumers.

”More Nigerians are accessing the 622 code to lodge their complaints, and I am happy to say that we have succeeded to resolve their complaints,” he said.

Reacting on the awards, Danbatta said that the commission always looked at the credibility of awards given to it.

He said that ATCON awards were credible; hence, the NCC did not hesitate to receive them.

”We are living up to our reputation through engagement with other stakeholders in the industry and the manner we develop frameworks and guidelines, as well as how we issue directions,” he said.

ATCON’s President, Mr Olusola Teniola said that the association organised the awards ceremony to foster a healthy competition in the Nigerian telecommunications industry.

Teniola said that ATCON gave awards to some government institutions and telecommunications and information technology companies that spearheaded innovation and creativity in the last few years.

He said that the innovation had impacted positively on products and services rendered by all the organisations.

”ATCON thought the only way to encourage further innovation in the industry is to reward those who are not resting on their oars but striving to make a difference in the sector.

”ATCON organised the awards ceremony to drive further investment in the sector.

”It is believed that creativity and innovation will automatically lead to further investment in the sector both locally and internationally.

”We also decided to give the most authoritative and recognised awards to deserving individuals because our industry has contributed a lot to Nigeria’s GDP,” he said.

MTN received the 4G/LTE Provider of the Year Award, while the Rack Center got Cloud Service Provider of the Year Award, and Airtel, Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative of the Year Award.

Popular Phone Brand of the Year Award went to Tecno
How I Survived Cancer Surgery Banky W Give Full Details

How I Survived Cancer Surgery Banky W Give Full Details

Empire Mates Entertainment boss and Nigerian RnB singer, Banky Wellington popularly called Banky W has revealed how he went through three successful surgeries to remove tumours from his shoulder.

The last surgery was carried out last month. The singer who has been out of public glare took to his Instagram page to share the good news.

In a lengthy post on Instagram, Banky W showed pictures of his surgery scars, thanking God for his mercies and successful operations. According to him, he treated a rare strain of skin cancer which resurfaced after it first appeared 10 years ago.

He said the past few weeks of recovery had been tough, but beautiful, saying “I’m finally back on my feet, feeling stronger and ready to get back to life.

A wise man once said this: “Scar is a sign that you had been hurt. A sign that you had been healed. Scroll through the pictures to see mine.” “I’m sharing these because they’re proof of what God has brought me through. And because somewhere out there, I know there is someone who needs to hear this.

For those who have been wondering why I have been away so long, I had my 3rd surgery on a rare strain of skin cancer tumours in my shoulder last month. The first two times were over 10 years ago, then it recently resurfaced. But this is not a sad story as much as it is a reminder and a testimony “A reminder that you should never take life for granted.

You only get one shot. Some people went to sleep and never woke up. Many others have lost the battle to cancer and other illnesses. Many are still fighting. You never know when your time will be up, so do not waste another minute. It is also a testimony about the goodness of God. I think I had to go through this again to remember how merciful God is to me; Lord knows I do not deserve it but He saves me time and again anyway.

I keep saying I need to write a book. I really, really do.” “The past few weeks of recovery have been tough, but beautiful. I’m finally back on my feet, feeling stronger and ready to get back to life. I’m especially thankful to my Nurse Susu for loving me and being by my side every step of the way – I don’t deserve you, my parents and siblings, in-laws and close friends for the love, support and prayers. My pastors – Pastor Tony Rapu & Pastor Del Balogun of TPH, Pastor Taiwo Odukoya and Pastor Bayo Adeyokunnu – for constantly praying with and for me. And of course to Dr Wodajo and Dr Miralli and their teams – who God used to operate on me successfully.

I’m thankful for life, provision and healing. Please, don’t feel bad or message me with any worry. God has done it, just thank Him for me.” “The pain will eventually go away but the scar won’t – and I’m glad because it is a reminder to me of what God has done, and evidence to you of what He Can do. I’m not stronger or better than anyone. I’m just a living testimony that no matter what you face, you can survive and thrive, by God’s grace,” the singer wrote on his Instagram page.