SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Telecom Operators Warn Of Network Disruptions Over Border Closure

    According to Punch Metro, telecom operators have warned that some regions in the country will experience communication disruptions due to the restrictions of trucks supplying diesel to transceiver base stations close to the border area. The operators, who are members of the Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria, precisely said by midday Saturday, hub sites in Calabar area would be shut down due to lack of diesel. The ALTON Chairman, Gbenga Adebayo and the Head of Operations, Gbolahan Awonuga, made this known in a letter to the Executive Vice Chairman, Nigeria Communications Commission, Prof Umar Danbatta. They said the directive of the Nigeria Customs Service on the [Read]

Senate proposes three-year jail term for social media ‘offenders’

The Senate is proposing a three-year prison sentence for social media offenders. The bill passed first reading on Wednesday. Entitled ‘protection from internet falsehood and manipulations bill, 2019’, the bill is sponsored by Mohammed Sani Musa, senator representing Niger east. The proposed legislation was one of the 11 bills read for the first time on Tuesday. Speaking with journalists in Abuja, the sponsor of the bill said Nigeria needs the legislation because it would protect its “fragile unity”. “There has never been a time when Nigeria has been very fragile in terms of its unity than this period,” Musa said. [READ ALSO] FG Begins Moves to Sanitize, Regulate Use of Social [Read]

FG Begins Moves to Sanitize, Regulate Use of Social Media

ABUJA – The Federal Government says it has commenced the process of injecting sanity into the Social Media space to prevent it from setting the nation on fire. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed disclosed this in an interview with newsmen on Tuesday in Abuja. “As a matter of fact, we have already put in motion the machinery for this. “We have written letters to the major stakeholders who would nominate representatives and we are going to sit down together to decide on how best to confront this menace,’’ he said. The minister noted that the government had the responsibility to keep the country together, therefore, social [Read]

BREAKING: FG orders NCC to slash data cost

The Federal government on Tuesday insisted the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) must work out modalities to reduce the price of data in the interest of Nigerians. The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Pantami gave the directive. He said his office has been inundated with complaints from concerned Nigerians about the high cost of data by telecoms. The Minister mandated the management of the NCC led by its Board Chairman, Senator Olabiyi Durojaiye, during a courtesy visit to work out the modalities with other stakeholders in the industry in the next five working dates. The Minister said: ” I am urging the management of NCC to work [Read]

UTME 2020: Ogun Assembly to Intervene over National Identity registration challenges

  ABEOKUTA – In its bid to address the challenge being faced by the people in the process of registration for the National Identity Card in Ogun State, the State House of Assembly has waded in to provide logistic support for the State Office of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to ensure seamless registration, especially for Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) examination applicants. The Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Olakunle Oluomo gave the assurance during an interactive session with the members of the management team of the agency led by the Coordinator of the (NIMC) in the State, Mr Adeniyi Olatunde at the Assembly [Read]

BREAKING: MAPOLY Releases First Batch Of Admission for 2019/2020 Session

John Izabi,  ABEOKUTA – The Management of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Ojere, Abeokuta has announced the release of first batch  Admission List for 2019/2020 Academic Session.  This was contained in a recent release by the Institution’s Public Relations Officer, Mr Yemi Ajibola a copy of which was obtained by NEWS FLAKES NG.  According to the release, “candidates who must have been offered provisional admission on the respective lists, however have till Friday, 15th November, 2019 to pay the Non-Refundable acceptance fee via the Polytechnic’s portal on www.mapoly.edu.ng”.  See full details of the release below; MAPOLY Releases 1st Batch of Admission List The Management of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta has announced the [Read]

NCC To Test Run 5G Technology For Three Months – Danbatta

  The Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) has announced that the new 5G technology will be tried for three months before a full integration into the Nigerian Network space. 5G has come under a series of criticism from nations around the world with the U. S blacklisting Huawei over and banning the Chinese company from selling tech equipment to U. S firms over issues that Huawei will use 5G spying purposes. The concern has created a tread-with-caution aura around a technological advancement that’s supposed to herald the next level of communication and data sharing around the world. Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta disclosed this during the Mobile and [Read]

Communications Minister directs immediate suspension of N4 USSD charge by MTN

The Honourable Minister of Communication, Dr Isa Ibrahim Pantami has directed immediate suspension of 4 naira charges on USSD service by Mobile Telecommunication of Nigeria (MTN) on baking transactions. The MTN has on Sunday morning send its subscribers a message that reads, “Yello, Please note that from Oct 21, we will charge N4 per 20 seconds for USSD access to banking services. Thank you.” However, a statement by Mrs Uwa Suleiman, Spokesperson to the Honourable Minister of Communications on Sunday directed immediate suspension of the charges until he’s properly briefed. The Minister said he’s unaware of the imposed charges. The statement reads, “The attention of the Federal Ministry of Communications [Read]

Convocation: Ilaro Poly churns-out 4,000 graduates, 40 distinction recipients

  OGUN –  The Federal Polytechnic Ilaro (FPI), Ogun, has said that over 4,000 students would be graduating at its 19th convocation ceremony which would take place on Wednesday.  Arch. Olusegun Aluko, the Rector of the Institution, disclosed this during a press conference in commemoration of the institutions 40th anniversary and 19th convocation ceremony, held at the school premises in Ilaro . Aluko explained that 40 of the students would be graduating with distinctions , saying that it cut across both Ordinary National Diploma (OND) and Higher National Diploma (HND). The rector added that the school had started moves at ensuring that its products become entrepreneurs after leaving school, saying [Read]

2020 UTME: JAMB asks candidates to get NIN or forget about registration

LAGOS – The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board(JAMB) has called on all prospective candidates for its 2020 UTME to acquire the National Identification Number( NIN). The board’s Spokesman, Dr Fabian Benjamin said that the aim was to ensure the biometric and other necessary details of a candidate were captured, to check examination malpractice. Benjamin said in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the call was necessary now that registration for the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) had begun. “The JAMB will, during the 2020 registration exercise, use the National Identity Number (NIN) generated after successful registration with the National Identity Management [Read]

BREAKING: First African to Appear on TV, Kunle Olasope Dies at 82

EKITI – Fresh report reaching NEWS FLAKES NG at PRESS TIME has it that the First Man to appear on Television in Africa, Kunle Olasope has died at age 82. On the 31st of October 1959 , Kunle Olasope alongside Anike Agabje-Williams were the first Broadcasters to appear, and read scripts on the first Television in Africa, when Western Nigeria Television WNTV, Ibadan was established by the western regional government of Chief Obafemi Awolowo. The Octogenarian was a native of Efon Alaaye, Ekiti State. During his Lifetime, Kunle Olasope was once the Board Chairman, Broadcasting Services of Ekiti State, and served as the Chief Press Secretary to Bisi Onabanjo during [Read]

Anxiety As Facebook, Instagram remove accounts from Nigeria, give reasons [READ MORE]

Facebook has removed hundreds of accounts, pages and groups from its social network platforms over alleged involvement in coordinated inauthentic behaviour. The tech giant said it removed a total of 443 Facebook and 125 Instagram accounts, as well as 200 pages and 76 groups originating in the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Nigeria and Indonesia. In a blog post on Thursday, Facebook said that one of the operations was sharing local news in targeted countries and promoting content about UAE as well as criticism of Qatar, Turkey and Iran, NAN reports. A smaller operation was involved in “domestic-focused coordinated inauthentic behaviour in Indonesia,” with fake accounts sharing content in support of [Read]

New vaccine to end HIV infections almost ready

KENYA – The Centers for Disease Control Prevention is working on a HIV vaccine that could see an end to new HIV infections in Kenya. The vaccine – HPTN-081 – is an antibody-mediated prevention that involves giving antibodies to individuals to protect them from HIV infections. Speaking during the 40th anniversary of CDC’s partnership with Kenya in Kisumu on Friday, CDC country director Dr Marc Bulterys said research is ongoing to ensure that the vaccine can be widely rolled out. “We are already done with three trial phases of the vaccine and are working towards making more progress that can help in fully preventing HIV,” Dr Bulterys said. “We are [Read]

6-year-old Nigerian kid emerges Africa’s youngest Microsoft specialist

LAGOS – A six-year-old Nigerian student, Master Damilare Akano has emerged Africa’s youngest Microsoft Specialist in the Certiport international certification examination. Akano alongside 200 other students participated in a month-long summer camp tagged: ‘Nextgen IT Experts’ organised by a Learning Systems Institute, New Horizons in Lagos recently. The pupils were trained in various information and communication technology, ICT, courses like Microsoft, Multimedia, Robotics Engineering, Drone Technology, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT) and Coding, among others. He came top in the Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2016 examinations with a score of 871 out of 1000 points. He was followed by a 10-year-old Masters Toluwalese Kwaku and [Read]

EFCC Arrests 25 LAUTECH students for Alleged Internet Fraud

Operatives of the Advance Fee Fraud Unit of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC Abuja Headquarters, have arrested 25 students of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, LAUTECH, Ogbomosho, Oyo State, for their involvement in various forms of cybercrime including romance scam, love scam, possession of forged documents, and obtaining money by false pretence. The students, who are aged between 18 and 29 years old, were arrested at their off-campus hostels, following a three-day raid carried out between September 16 and 19, 2019. Operatives acted on the intelligence report, which was investigated using sophisticated equipment. The raid also followed months of surveillance and monitoring of their activities. They include [Read]