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LG Electronics, Fouani renovate School building, equip school with solar energy in Lagos State

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LG Electronics Nigeria, in partnership with consumer electronics retailer, Fouani Nigeria Limited has partnered to renovate and equip the United Christian Junior Secondary School building in Apapa, Apapa Local Government Area, Lagos State. This joint effort will help to improve educational standards at the school by providing students with a modern, safe, and comfortable learning environment.

Speaking at the ribbon-cutting and commissioning ceremony held at the school premises, which brought together partner of LG Electronics, Fouani Nigeria Limited, representative of Lagos District IV Tutor-General/Permanent Secretary (TGPS), the school principals, Vice Principal Administration and Academics, Parents Forum Association of the School, students and members of the community, and Managing Director, LG Electronics West Africa Operations, Mr. D.Y. Kim noted that the renovation of the school is part of the firm’s commitment to quality education.

The organisation, according to him, has embarked on multiple CSR initiatives and has in the past eleven years honed its yearly CSR strategy around socio-economic development, particularly equipping the health sector; capacity building and holistic education interventions across all levels, including young professionals; and general philanthropy where most needed.

He urged the students and management of the school to make good use of the facilities and guard them jealously so that they will serve the purpose for which they are provided.

“The youths are the future, and today’s youths are the first generation of those born and raised in a fully digital age. They are also key contributors to creating social value in the future, and for this reason, we need to really consider how we can provide these young talents with a growth-enabling environment and practical opportunities so that they can gain knowledge, improve their employment skills, broaden their horizons, and realize their value.”

He disclosed that the organisation would be committed to helping nurture the future of the children by constantly sending professionals that would hold classes to educate them and motivate them towards an impactful future.

Also at the ceremony is the Managing Director, Fouani Nigeria Limited, Mr. Mohamed Fouani, said the school, which he said had been in existence before the organization started operating in the environment, deserves to benefit from the operation of the Consumer Electronics firm, which majors in Electronics—Home Entertainment and Home Appliances. Stressing that the renovation was a priority for the company, he pledged that the company would do more and continue its quest across other aspects of the school.

Fouani said the inspiration behind the project is aimed at providing a conducive learning environment for schoolchildren, who are the future leaders.

“We are giving back to society. Most of us who are partners with the firm now obviously went to public schools, and then things turned around. Now everybody wants to go to a private school, and we just thought that it was important to put ourselves back where we came from.”

The principal of United Christian Junior Secondary School, Mr. Olumide Badmus, who was full of excitement while responding, thanked the management of LG Electronics and Fouani Nigeria Limited for the gesture.

The Director, Education Management Information Service, representing the Tutor General/Permanent Secretary Education District IV, Mrs. Abosede Ajayi, noted that the gesture was one that will spur the students to be more dedicated to their learning, stressing that an investment in education is securing a better future for not only the benefiting individuals but for the country at large. She promised LG Electronics and Fouani Nigeria Limited that the classrooms would be efficiently maximized.

In his vote of thanks, the principal of the school, Mr. Olumide Badmus, said that he was delighted by the gesture done during his time. 

“Out of the six schools in Apapa Local Council Development Area, this school was chosen to do this CSR project. I can boldly say that our school can now be put on par with most Lagos Model Schools; the students are better motivated and feel more comfortable.”

LG Electronics, in partnership with Fouani Nigeria Limited, renovated the school by restoring light to the classrooms, adding doors and modern windows, painting the school, rehabilitating the basketball court, making new seats for the classes, installing solar power, planting green plants, and equipping the home economics lab with products. 

This renovation and equipping of the school building will help the students to receive a better-quality education and improve their learning experience. LG Electronics and Fouani Nigeria Limited are proud to be part of this important initiative and look forward to further developing the school’s infrastructure and educational resources.

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NITDA, Afre.lib Academy forge alliance to propel digital literacy across Nigeria

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By Afolabi Ifeoluwa

In a strategic move to elevate digital literacy to 70 percent by 2025, the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) is collaborating with Afre.lib Academy.

During a visit by Afre.lib representatives, led by Executive Director of Operations Mrs. Joice Gomina, at NITDA’s Corporate Headquarters in Abuja, Director General Kashifu Inuwa CCIE outlined the Agency’s innovative strategies and commitment to digital education.

The collaboration aims to co-host Afre.lib Academy’s bootcamps in August, the 2024 Tech and Career Expo in September themed “Tech for Earth,” and provide support for Tech Challenge Winners. Inuwa emphasised three focal areas for digital literacy: revamping formal education curricula with digital skills, developing an Edtech platform for informal learning accessible in local languages, and enhancing digital competence among the workforce.

Inuwa assured the Academy of NITDA’s support, highlighting the shared vision of fostering IT development. Plans include establishing Innovation Hubs in each state and creating tech clubs in schools. Mrs. Gomina highlighted the Academy’s efforts to address the digital divide between students and teachers and to promote responsible use of technology.

The Academy demonstrated prototypes developed by children from their training programs, showcasing the potential of their initiatives.

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NIMC denounces allegations of data compromise, advises Nigerians to avoid phishing sites

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By Blessing Emmanuel, Abuja

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has firmly denounced recent allegations regarding the compromise of sensitive data of Nigerian citizens. In a statement released today, the Commission reassured the public that the data of Nigerians has not been compromised and that it has not authorised any website or entity to sell or misuse the National Identification Number (NIN) or any other identity information.

NIMC identified several unauthorised websites—idfinder.com.ng, Verify.ng/signin, championtech.com.ng, trustyonline.com, and anyverify.com—as data harvesters operating without its approval. The Commission urged Nigerians to disregard any claims or services offered by these sites, warning that they are potentially fraudulent. Data provided to these websites by the public is likely being gathered and stored illegally.

The Commission highlighted that it has implemented robust measures to protect the nation’s database from cyber threats. NIMC’s infrastructure meets the stringent ISO 27001:2013 Information Security Management System Standard and undergoes annual recertification. The Commission also adheres strictly to the Nigerian Data Protection Law to ensure the security and privacy of citizens’ data.

NIMC through its Head, Corporate Communications, Kayode Adegoke advised Nigerians to avoid giving their data to unauthorised and phishing sites, as doing so poses significant risks of data harvesting and individual data compromise. The Commission reaffirmed its commitment to upholding ethical standards in data protection in line with federal government directives and data privacy regulations. Additionally, licensed partners or vendors are not authorised to scan or store NIN slips but are instead directed to verify NINs through approved channels.

The Commission is actively collaborating with security operatives to apprehend those masquerading as online vendors and will ensure they face the full extent of the law.

NIMC called on the public to remain vigilant against false information and rely on verified sources for accurate updates. The Commission remains dedicated to providing secure and reliable identity management, maintaining the highest level of security for its systems and databases, which are considered critical national assets.

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100% of SIM cards used in Nigeria locally manufactured – NCC

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) says 100 per cent of the SIM cards used in the country are manufactured locally.

Engr. Babagana Digima, the Head, New Media and Information Security, NCC, said this at a training for media executives in Lagos.

The two-day training had the title: “Upskilling Media Stakeholders on Trends in Telecommunications.”

Digima attributed the feat to the commission’s commitment in encouraging local content and indigenous participation in the industry through the Nigeria Office for Development in Indigenous Telecommunications Sector (NORDIT).

“The NCC by Section 1D to F of our Act has spelt out our function to encourage indigenous participation of telecom companies as well as the national policy for promotion of indigenous content in the Telecommuncations Sector which established NORDIT.

“Indigenous participation is one of the key areas NORDIT has played a major role.

“Previously, in the last two years, almost 99 per cent  to 100 per cent of SIM cards in Nigeria were imported.

“And when NORDIT came, we made it one of our key low-hanging fruits that in five months to six months manufacture of SIM cards will be indigenous.

“We directed all the Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) to source their SIM cards locally, and in fact, as at now 100 per cent of all the SIM cards used in Nigeria are manufactured locally, no importation,” Digima said.

Digima, the former Head of NORDIT, noted that the commission through NORDIT engage in advocacy work to encourage indigenous participation of companies and people in all aspects of telecoms.

He said that NORDIT had also provided grants and incentives to some companies to ensure the development of the industry.

“For now, we are currently sponsoring the manufacture of Corrugated Ordinal Duct, and the company that will be established will be the first in the whole of Africa to manufacture such kind of product.

“We also encourage tower manufacture, fibre manufacture and have been in touch with Coleman Cables, which are currently manufacturing fibre cables.

“They have even overtaken the only company in Egypt in manufacturing capacity and they are expanding.

“I am sure a lot of companies are very happy with what we have done,” he said.

Also speaking, the Executive Vice-Chairman, NCC, Dr Aminu Maida, said the initiative to upskill senior media executives was borne out of the need to bridge the gap between the commission and how it was understood by its publics.

Maida, who was represented by Engr. Abraham Oshadami, the Executive Commissioner, Technical Services, NCC, said the commission needed to develop a mechanism that would enable the consumers and stakeholders understand how things work in the industry.

“These have led to the birth of this beautiful initiative. If our industry must succeed, there must be proper enlightenment and education.

“So, your physical role cannot be overemphasised and that is why these are carefully selected executives from across all platforms including print, broadcast, and the online media.

“It is to enable you understand the commission and to see the operational interventions that the commission has engaged in over the time, as well as challenges we are having.

“This will enable us to work together to shape the landscape and also to help consumers understand what is really happening,” he said.

He added that the aim of the training was to develop a reliable database of core partners within the geography of media systems and to cultivate a strategic relationship with media stakeholders.

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