The Akwa Ibom Authorities has cancelled all state occasions requiring massive gathering, because it confirmed 48 new circumstances of COVID-19 within the state.
Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem, the Secretary to the State Authorities (SSG) and Chairman of the COVID-19 Administration Committee, stated this throughout a press briefing tagged “Second Wave of COVID-19: Want for Strict Compliance with Tips and Protocols.”
Ekwuwem cautioned Akwa Ibom residents towards acts that may result in one other lockdown with its attendance penalties.
He stated “massive political conferences are discouraged till the present spike of COVID-19 infections is diminished.
“Spiritual leaders should adhere strictly to the rules and protocols for programmes as developed by the Christian Affiliation of Nigeria (CAN) and submitted to authorities.
“Faculty directors should guarantee obligatory and correct use of face masks by college students, academics and everybody within the college premises.”
The SSG pressured that COVID-19 tips and protocols should be strictly adhered to by everybody within the state.
In accordance with him, using face masks stays obligatory in all public locations, workplaces, tricycles, buses, vehicles, church buildings, mosques, markets, accommodations and faculties
“Social distancing should be maintained in all public occasions (indoor and outside), in tricycles, vehicles, taxis, buses, faculties and church buildings.
“Common hand washing with operating water; common use of sanitizers in houses, workplaces, public buildings, faculties, church buildings, mosques, accommodations and markets, amongst others.”
Ekuwen additionally stated that non-public temperature measurements should be used at entry factors into all public buildings, church buildings, faculties, and excessive physique temperatures be reported to the closest medical facility.
“Inns, bars, night time golf equipment, eating places, fastfood shops and tourism resorts also needs to adhere strictly to additional particular tips and protocols as outlined by the COVID-19 Tips and Protocol Job Power of the Resort and Tourism Administration Board.
“All COVID-19 Tips and Protocol Compliance Monitoring Groups in Church buildings, Mosques, Markets, Motor Parks, verify factors, and so forth, are hereby directed to extend the frequency, depth, scope and scale of their monitoring actions,” Ekuwem stated.
He known as on the individuals to assist curb the unfold of the dreaded virus by enterprise all needed precautionary measures issued by World Well being Organisation, Nigeria Centre for Illness Management, Akwa Ibom Authorities and different related public well being organisations.
March 15th deadline for submitting annual report sacrosanct – NITDA
By Emmanuel Elebeke
The Nationwide Data Expertise Improvement Company, NITDA, has warned all information controllers and processors within the nation that the 15th March 2021 deadline for the submitting of their annual information audit report nonetheless stands.
The Director-Common of the company, Mallam Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi sounded the warning on Monday at a digital press convention the place he reeled out the replace on the Knowledge Safety Regulation implementation and their 2021 projections.
Inuwa insisted that non-filing of the audit report by all involved organizations is a punishable offence, including that NITDA is ready to completely implement this provision ranging from this yr.
As a part of efforts to hold all stakeholder alongside, he famous that the company launched into sustained public consciousness since January 2020, because it was not oblivious of the data deficit of most Nigerians as regards the difficulty of knowledge safety.
‘‘I wish to use this chance to remind all information controllers and processors that the deadline for the submitting of their annual information audit report is 15th March 2021.
‘‘Non-filing is a punishable offence and we’re set to completely implement this provision this yr.
Girls and gents, allow me at this level to run via the occasions we’ve lined up for this Particular Privateness Week.’’
‘‘We realized that wielding the large stick with out sufficient consciousness would result in apathy and, or insurrection. Thus, our first process was to embark on a collection of public consciousness campaigns. We achieved large media consciousness between Could and October 2019.
‘‘Additionally, we’ve handled 1,200 questions, request for clarification and different inquiries from the general public on the difficulty of knowledge safety,’’ Inuwa added.
By way of implementation, the NITDA boss stated a singular implementation construction for the NDPR was additionally created. In contrast to the GDPR and different legal guidelines, he defined that the NDPR creates a set of licensees who’ve confirmed experience in information safety implementation.
‘‘These DPCOs are licensed to offer information safety compliance, audit, coaching and associated providers to all Knowledge Controllers and Processors. Thus far, we’ve licensed seventy DPCOs and have acquired many extra functions that are presently being handled.
‘‘This technique has recorded compliance from many organizations than may very well be imagined. As an illustration, our audit stories for the interval 2019-2020 exhibits the proportion of compliance among the many variety of submitting entities.
‘‘Nevertheless, with the course, we’re transferring on NDPR audit compliance submitting, we’re very glad that we’ve set out in the correct means. Our technique of licensing DPCOs is yielding bounteous fruits as Nigeria now has extra information safety specialists per capita than some other African nation.’’
‘‘Our survey additionally reveals that wealth is being generated via the DPCO scheme. Curiously, this aligns with President’s Muhammadu Buhari’s imaginative and prescient to diversify the economic system, create sustainable jobs and develop the digital economic system,’’ he added.
Other than the compliance focus, he disclosed that NITDA additionally inaugurated the Knowledge Breach Investigation Workforce (DBIT), a workforce made up of IT Professionals, Legal professionals and the Police Power.
‘‘Their task is to research allegations of breach and make suggestions of actions to be taken on every case, via the Implementation Committee.
‘‘The Police workforce can also be empowered to ask, arrest, interrogate and prosecute erring offenders.’’
Whereas calling on the Nationwide Meeting to fast-track the passage of the Knowledge Safety Invoice into legislation, Mallam Inuwa assured that NITDA would strategize to create a workable, credible implementation course of that will help the Nationwide Meeting in its quest to go a Knowledge Safety Invoice.
‘‘We’re proud to say the NDPR implementation has essentially the most strong consultative course of in our current historical past as a nation. This autochthonous strategy has deepened the NDPR greater than we might have imagined.
‘‘Whereas we await the passage of the Knowledge Safety Invoice, NITDA will proceed to put crucial constructions to deepen information safety implementation in Nigeria,’’ he stated.
Nonetheless on enforcement, he stated ”we’re contemplating all choices to make sure we don’t kill companies, whereas additionally guaranteeing companies don’t kill Nigerians via wanton abuse of their information.”
Recall that NITDA had issued a draft Knowledge Safety Guideline since 2013, with the target of offering a primary legislation to information the usage of information within the digital area.
Nevertheless, when the EU GDPR was issued in 2016, the then Director-Common of NITDA, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, constituted a workforce to assessment the draft guideline within the gentle of worldwide developments and in addition to offer Nigerians with a practicable legislation for its implementation.
The NDPR is designed to satisfy the worldwide, particularly GDPR ideas on information safety, and in addition supplies distinctive and modern implementation frameworks that has made it some extent of reference in Africa and past.
Following the issuance of the Regulation, NITDA has taken plenty of steps consistent with its implementation technique.
A few of the steps embrace Sustained Public Consciousness; Implementation Construction; Authorized and Political Construction for Sustainability.
He listed a number of the NITDA’s visions for the yr 2021 as follows: improvement of sectorial implementation toolkits; standardization of NDPR programs and coaching; improvement of a multi-billion naira sector that will create hundreds of jobs and rejigging of enforcement mechanism to enhance compliance.
Bayelsa Dep gov duties council chairmen, councillors on peace, cooperation
By Samuel Oyadongha, Yenagoa
Bayelsa State Deputy Governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo has once more burdened the necessity for Councillors of Native Authorities Areas to work carefully with their Chairmen to ship efficient providers to the folks.
The Deputy Governor made the decision on Monday at a gathering with the Chairmen and leaders of the legislative assemblies of the eight native authorities areas within the state inYenagoa.
Senator Ewhrudjakpo, additionally frowned on the incessant threats of impeachment in opposition to council chairmen, stressing that taking such actions with out following due course of would solely warmth up the polity.
He urged the councillors, notably their leaders, to exhaust all avenues of dialogue and keep away from confrontation as a lot as attainable of their dealings with the opposite arms of presidency.
On the problem of Councillors’ welfare, he known as for persistence and understanding, assuring that they may get what’s due them throughout the limits of accessible assets.
“We must always not use violence because the final resort, we should at each cut-off date be affordable and respectful. You might be purported to be cooperating together with your chairmen as a result of you aren’t coequal.
“At each cut-off date, in case you don’t overcome selfishness you’ll turn into unnecessarily agitated. So I need to attraction to you, that as leaders, the council relaxation in your shoulders. You need to present duty in all you do as a result of we are going to all account for our stewardship sometime.
“The concept of threatening your chairmen with impeachment at very flip of occasions is just not the fitting approach to go. You need to exhaust each technique of dialogue together with your leaders and stakeholders of the assorted native authorities areas. When you as councillors have points with any of the chairmen, convey it to my discover,” he mentioned.
He reminded each events of how God miraculously introduced the PDP-led Prosperity Administration within the state to the workplace and urged them to understand the divine grace that has additionally sustained their very own workplaces.
Senator Ewhrudjakpo additionally urged the chairmen to be clear within the working of their councils to keep away from pointless suspicion and speculations
In a associated growth, Senator Ewhrudjakpo known as for synergy between native authorities chairmen and Governor’s Particular Representatives within the eight native authorities areas to allow rural dwellers to really feel the affect of presidency.
The Deputy Governor who acknowledged this at a separate assembly with the Chairmen and Governor’s Particular Representatives identified that their unity and cooperation have been key in direction of replicating PDP’s victory within the current Bayelsa senatorial bye-elections in future elections.
Whereas urging the Governor’s Representatives to keep away from rivalry with their respective council chairmen, Senator Ewhrudjakpo equally directed the Chairmen to offer workplace lodging for them to reinforce their efficiency.
Household of policeman allegedly killed by three DSS operatives search justice
By Shina Abubakar, Osogbo
Household of a policeman, Fawale Rauf, allegedly killed by three operatives of the Division of State Providers throughout a struggle sought justice for his or her late son.
It was gathered that the late Rauf was concerned in a fisticuff with three unidentified personnel of the DSS on Thursday, January 14, round a preferred bar at Oke-Fia space in Osogbo round 6 pm.
A verify confirmed that the deceased was smashed on the top with a stick a number of occasions by his assailant for but to be identified causes. He was nonetheless taken to a personal hospital by his buddies and later discharged, however on creating additional issues, he was referred to the Osun State College Educating Hospital, Osogbo, the place he ultimately died on Sunday.
Talking with newsmen, the deceased’s spouse urged Nigerians to assist the household get justice as she stated the DSS has not named its operatives concerned within the act. She stated the Ilobu-born policeman is survived by a father, mom, siblings and three youngsters together with a 30-day-old toddler.
“I referred to as his quantity on the stated Thursday however he was not choosing up and I believed he was busy till he was introduced residence the next day. His good friend instructed me he was attacked by three DSS operatives and he had been taken to a personal hospital for therapy.
“Nonetheless, he developed issues and we took him again to the hospital from the place we had been referred to Osun state college educating hospital, Osogbo the place he ultimately died on Sunday.
Please I need assistance, I need to know those that killed my husband, I’m presently nursing 30 days outdated little one and I can’t simply let him die in useless”, the 30 years outdated dealer lament.
Additionally, the deceased’s father, Fawale Rabiu stated he was disturbed that the DSS isn’t forthcoming with the names of the perpetrator, in search of stakeholders help to establish the culprits and produce them to justice.
“I need Nigerians to assist me. Rauf was my first little one and a breadwinner and mustn’t simply die in useless”, he cried.
In the meantime, Osun police command’s spokesperson Yemisi Opalola confirmed the policeman’s dying however decline to touch upon different points.
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