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FG Directs IT Companies to Register with Council

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By Evelyn Terseer-Abuja

The Federal Government has directed individuals and corporate organisations that are into Information Technology practice to register with the Computer Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria (CPN).

Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, made the call yesterday while inaugurating the 2021-2023 Council of CPN.

Represented by the Minister of State for Education, Chukuemeka Nwajiuba, the minister reiterated the support of the ministry and of government in the fight against quacks, impostors and all irregularities in the IT industry.

“The federal government of Nigeria is committed to making Nigeria a giant IT compliant economy. CPN has aligned with this vision through its various programmes and activities that are geared towards making the vision a reality.

“As a Council, you are enjoined to come up with initiatives that will help government achieve this set objectives. You are enjoined to partner with government at ensuring that we turn out new generations of youths that are properly equipped with IT knowledge and skills and positioned for global competitiveness.”

The minister also advised the new Council to improve on the tempo of their current success, saying government will continue to work hand in hand with them to improve the quality of life of our people.

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The president/chairman of the council, Mr Kole Jagun said the global economic meltdown brought about by the incidence and the persistence of the COVID-19 pandemic has provided a big challenge for us as professionals, and we need to rise up to it.

“Series of programmes have been embarked on to bring about a sharp improvement in Information Technology development in Nigeria and make it a veritable tool for foreign exchange earning in Nigeria.

‘Additionally, the actualization of our youths’ potentials in Information Technology is being taken seriously. My colleagues, we have a big task ahead of us and I enjoin us to be committed and brace up for the challenges,” he said.

He further requested the minister to facilitate the process of relocating their staff from Lagos to Abuja.

“We have only the Registrar operating from Abuja. All the Directors are still in Lagos.

“We are soliciting the assistance of the Honorable Minister to assist with the relocation exercise and the completion of the office building,” he further stated.

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Japan’s Ex-Justice Minister Accepts 3-Years Prison Term Over Vote Buying

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A three-year prison term over vote buying for former Japanese Justice Minister, Katsuyuki Kawai, was finalised on Thursday after he withdrew his appeal.

Kawai, who held the ministerial post in former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cabinet, is the first former Japanese cabinet member in more than 10 years to have a prison term finalised.

He was charged with distributing about 28.7 million yen ($251,600) to 100 local assembly members and supporters to buy votes for his wife in the upper house election in Hiroshima Prefecture two years ago.

His defence team filed an appeal after the Tokyo District Court sentenced the former minister to three years in prison this June.

However, his lawyer said Kawai withdrew the appeal on Thursday.

“The responsibility is solely on me, and I am ready to accept it all,’’ Kawai said in a statement released through his lawyer.

He said the responsibility was solely on him and he asked for leniency on the people who have accepted cash.

As a result, his civil rights will be suspended and he is not allowed to run for election until five years after his service of the sentence.

Kawai pleaded not guilty in his first hearing in August 2020 but he admitted most of the charges in March and requested a suspended sentence.

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He gave up his lower house seat in April, saying he would bear the responsibility for causing public mistrust in politics.

According to ruling finalised in February, his wife Anri Kawai was also sentenced to 16 months jail.

She was sentenced for distributing money to local legislators in Hiroshima Prefecture. (NAN)

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NYSC Extends 10 Corps Members’ Service Year, Remobilises 2 in Plateau

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The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Plateau has extended the service year of 10 corps members and remobilised two others for abscondment and absenteeism during their service year.

The state Coordinator of the NYSC in Plateau, MS Caroline Embu, disclosed this on Thursday in Jos at the official passing out ceremony of the 2020 Batch “B” Stream 1 of the scheme.

According to Embu, the 10 corps member will have their service year extended to various periods for absenteeism and abscondment.

While the two other corps members,she said, had been remobilised to repeat the service in another state with half allowance, for absenting themselves from their respective places of primary assignment for over three months.

She also disclosed that that six corps members would be given the State Award for their outstanding performances during their service.

The state coordinator commended the successfully discharged corps members for making an impact in their host communities.

She urged them to be good ambassadors of the NYSC even as they had completed their service.

She also enjoined them not to embark on night trips due to the challenges associated with such journeys,advising them to break their trips once it was night.

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A total of 1, 320 corps members of the 2020 “B” stream 1 deployed to the state were successfully discharged at the ceremony.(NAN)

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Police Disperse #EndSARS Protesters in Kwara

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From Alfred Babs, Ilorin

Men of the Kwara State Police Command, yesterday morning dispersed a cluster of #EndSARS protesters who gathered in front of MAMTESS supermarket at Taiwo Isale area, in Ilorin, the state capital.

Our correspondent gathered that the protesters had agreed to gather opposite the Supermarket with the intention of marching to Post Office, Challenge area and then government house to meet Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq.

One of the organisers, simply identified as Comrade Jamiu confirmed that they had hardly taken off from Taiwo Isale, when the fully armed anti riot police officers dispersed them.

“The police dispersed us when we were about taking off, at Taiwo Isale,” he said. 

He said they were plotting to regroup and hold a candle light procession at other location which he didn’t disclose and was yet to hold as at the time of filing this report.

Armed security men, including the Army, Police and Civil Defence personnel have since Tuesday evening been dispatched to guard public utilities such as Post Office and Government House in the state capital in case the #EndSARS decide to stage protest in any location.

As at yesterday evening, fully armed police officers were seen at Post office, Challenge and Unity areas where protest usually take place.

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Kwara State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Ajayi Okasanmi, explained that the presence of security personnel in strategic places in the state capital was to prevent breakdown of law and order and to safeguard public utilities.

He said the reason behind the heavy presence of security operatives is to forestall calamities, damages that might arise because of the protest.

He added that youth stakeholders in the state have been engaged, but to make sure no attacks are being carried on in the State, they are doing proactive policing.

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