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Harassing laptop-carrying youths gone with startups Act — FG

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The Federal Government has assured Nigerians that the signing into law of the Startups Act and other legal frame­work by the Muhammadu Buhari ad­ministration would go a long way in protecting youths in the innovative sector against harassment and other abuses by security personnel.

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Ali Panta­mi, gave this assurance while briefing State House correspondents on the Ni­geria Startups Act 2022, which Presi­dent Buhari accented to at the Pres­idential Villa, Abuja, on Wednesday.

Prof. Pantami also disclosed that the new Act will be establishing the National Digital Innovation and En­trepreneurship Council, which would be chaired by the president.

He explained that the new law was borne out of government’s desire to provide the required enabling envi­ronment for Nigerian young startups and innovators, to address the various challenges facing the sector, in­cluding those of intellectual property, financing, regulation and incentive.

The minister, who dis­closed that President Buhari, through the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, and the Office of the Chief of Staff, broached the bill from the onset, added that government has earmarked a N10 billion startup funding for startups and innovators to draw from.

Speaking on how the new law would end the era of young people with laptops being ha­rassed by law enforcement agents, Pantami said rather than the minister lobbying to stop the Act, the president, who is the chairman of the Council only needs to give a directive and it will be obeyed by those who misrepresent them for internet fraudsters.

It would be recalled that many young Nigerians have complained about being ha­rassed by security personnel for bearing laptop comput­ers and branded internet fraudsters, a situation which, among other factors, ignited the bloody uprising tagged, ‘EndSARS protest’ against alleged police harassment in 2020.

“The main institution to address the issue is the Na­tional Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship Council to be chaired by Mr. President. Number one mandate of the Council is to listen to the challenges of our young in­novators and direct relevant institutions there and then to address the challenge. So, with that Council, I believe the issue will be resolved.

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Enugu Govt partners tech firm on training to tackle youth unemployment

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Enugu State Governnent has partnered a tech firm, African Leadership Accelerator (ALX), to train youths on online tech skills to tackle unemployment and idleness.

The state government and ALX Africa had made it possible for all Enugu State youths to access free-of-charge training on Artificial Intelligence (AI) applicable to all field of human endeavours and jobs.

Speaking further on the partnership on Thursday in Enugu, the state Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Mr Lloyd Ekweremadu, said that the partnership was meant to up-skill and upgrade knowledge newly or already acquired by the youths in the state.

Ekweremadu said that the partnership and the benefit it would bring to the state “is part of the employment vision of Gov. Peter Mbah to reduce unemployment in the state by about 70 per cent by 2030”.

According to him, what we set out to achieve is to ensure employability of Enugu State youths both in locally and international labour market, which is highly competitive.

“His Excellence, Gov. Peter Mbah is keen on developing the capacity of youths and creating their capabilities for them to compete at the global world employment market.

“We intend to use technology, tech enhancement and development to drive this process and ensure youths in the state cover up the knowledge and employability gap,” he said.

Ekweremadu said that the state would start with AI training, which will be done for all youths free-of-charge and thereafter other system and software training/courses would be done online at a reduced cost.

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He advised youth to take advantage of the trainig, adding the youth ministry was fashioning out ways to tackle the issue of getting a place within the metropolis where youths with challenge of not having power supply, internet connectivity, a laptop, tablets and android phones can participate in the training.

The Country General Manager of ALX Africa, Ms Ruby Igwe, said that the partnership on various tech training would bring modern skill sets closer to the people especially youths that needed tech skills for employment purpose and to create their own start-ups and be employers of labour.

Igwe said that the free-of-charge AI course training would be for youths between the ages of 18 and 35; while it would run for six weeks on online platform of ALX Africa.

She said that participants, who successful undergo the course, would be certified as well as have opportunities to participate in other online courses that would enhance their knowledge and reposition them to a vintage position in the global market and international mobility of labour.

“The curriculum for our courses especially the AI course is from a reputable US school and the same course is runned globally and even locally in some countries in Africa and one or two states in Nigeria. So, it is nothing short of internationally acceptable AI training.

“After the AI Course, other online courses, meant to equip youths with soft and international sellable online skills, will follow in partnership with the state government to ensure we carry hundreds of thousands of youths along and prepare them for the competitive future ahead,” she said.

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FG to inaugurate advanced facility for Gas Leak Detection Device and Printed Circuit Board technology

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• Executive Secretary of NCDMB, Engr. Felix Omatsola Ogbe
The Federal Government, through the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, will commission the Amal Technology’s production facility for Gas Leak Detection Device and Printed Circuit Board at Idu, Abuja on Thursday, December 21, 2023.
The Gas Leak Detection Device, known as Amal Aerio, is an advanced innovative solution developed by Amal Technology to detect gas leakages and avoid explosions
The homegrown innovation was initiated by Amal Technologies Limited and supported by the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) under its Research & Development innovation intervention, which has a Technology Incubation and Innovation Centre (TIIC) domiciled within the Nigerian Content Tower in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.
Under the NCDMB’s Research and Development Framework, it facilitates ideas to market and provides institutional and funding support for market-driven research. It also supports the commercialization of breakthrough innovations with high market prospects.
The Gas Leak Detection Device is known as Amal Aerio, and the commissioning ceremony will be performed by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources (Oil), Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, supported by the Executive Secretary of the NCDMB, Engr. Felix Omatsola Ogbe.
Other dignitaries expected at the event include the Minister of Solid Minerals, the Minister of State Steel Development, the Minister of Science and Technology, the Director General National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), the Director General, Energy Commission and members of the National Assembly.
Amal Aerio is a gas and smoke detection device and it adopted Internet of Things (IOT) to introduce into the market a device that prevents fire disasters by alerting homeowners users through phone calls and text messages in the event of a gas leak. The facility also has the capability for Printed Circuit Board (PCB) manufacturing.
With NCDMB’s support to Amal Technologies Limited, the company’s products are guaranteed to be made available to Nigerians and exported. In this regard, NCDMB is deepening in-country capacity for research and development, leveraging Nigeria’s oil and gas resources to catalyse its industrialisation.
The innovation complements the Federal Government’s decade of gas policy and in particular, the drive to deepen the utilization of cooking gas in homes across the country, a press release by NCDMB, stated.
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TikTok removes 1.4m Nigerian user’s videos in Q3 2023

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TikTok removes 1.4m Nigerian user’s videos in Q3 2023
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The short video platform owned by Bytedance, TikTok, has reported that during the third quarter of this year, it deleted 1.4 million videos uploaded by Nigerian users.

According to The Times, Nigeria was one of the top 50 nations from which videos abusing the site’s policies originated in Q3, the platform claims. During the evaluation period, 136.5 million videos were taken down from the internet worldwide.

The business noted in its recently published Community Guidelines Enforcement Report that 90% of all content removals for the quarter occurrehe top 50 markets where policy violations were documented.

One or more of TikTok’s policies, which cover topics like Integrity and Authenticity, Privacy and Security, Mental and Behavioural Health, Safety, and Civility, among others, were allegedly broken by the removed content.
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