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Civil Society Teams For Good Governance (CSGGG) on Thursday in Abuja  careworn the necessity for constant truth checking and accuracy of all data earlier than publishing to guard Nigeria’s unity.

The President of CSGGG, Mr Ogakwu Dominic made the decision at a Social Media Roundtable on Pretend Information, with the theme; “the Function of Civil Society in Curbing the Menace of Pretend Information and Malicious Reportage, for Good Governance and Nationwide Unity’’.

Dominic described faux information as a harmful deadly weapon that had bitten deep into the materials of the nation, inflicting chaos and disrupting peace.

He famous that faux information spreads on the velocity of sunshine attributable to technological development which had accelerated data dissemination.

In keeping with him, this menace has now change into a serious risk to our technology and those to return. It spreads like wild fireplace.

“Therefore, it’s of nice significance to make sure that the weak technology can verify what’s true from what just isn’t,’’ he mentioned.

Dominic mentioned that the roundtable was a truth creating avenue to establish, checkmate and proffer options on be free of pretend information and the must be factual in dissemination data.

He assured that the group would proceed to champion the battle towards faux information and malicious reportage throughout the nation.

In keeping with Dominic, he’s in help of social media rules as a result of there may be the necessity for guidelines of engagement in utilizing the social media.

He mentioned that the federal government was doing its finest to curb faux information and urged residents to additionally play their half.

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Dominic mentioned that the group would arrange a name centre the place individuals might confirm data if confused or undecided of it.

He mentioned that the spherical desk could be prolonged to the six geo-political zones so individuals could be geared up with expertise to battle faux information.

Prof. Ismail Junaidu , Govt Secretary of the Nigerian Academic Analysis and Improvement Council (NERDC) mentioned that faux information was a severe menace worldwide and needed to be tackled from the bottom degree.

Junaidu mentioned that the council was utilizing its mandate of curriculum improvement to champion the battle towards faux information in major and secondary colleges.

He  mentioned that the council was engaged on the phrase` catch them younger “by inculcating points on faux information starting from establish it, to how to not partake in it amongst others in colleges.

Prof.Angela Freeman-MiriVice-Chancellor, Federal College Lokoja mentioned that instructional establishments might promote practices that might assist in addressing faux information.

Freeman-Miri, represented by Dr Sarah Yani, the College Liberian, mentioned that results of pretend information may be mitigated by selling lifelong studying and dialogue communities and trainings amongst others.

She added that analysis centered instructional establishments have been effectively positioned to make a distinction through concerted efforts to advertise additional analysis on faux information.

“Tertiary establishments can function true catalysts for research-driven debates on rework schooling and analysis organisations to higher serve our altering studying environments.”

A useful resource particular person, Mr Autine Inaede, who spoke on the position of civil society in curbing faux information and malicious reportage for good governance and nationwide unity, mentioned that faux information was threatening Nigeria’s unity.

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Inaede mentioned that the nation was in an period of heightened distrust and the safety state of affairs was tensed, thus residents wanted to watch out with their actions on social media.

He referred to as for social media literacy and public marketing campaign to assist individuals query extra successfully what they learn.

The useful resource particular person additionally referred to as for the institution of conventional and social media monitoring operations to construct knowledge primarily based data of incidents amongst others.

The Information Company of Nigeria (NAN) studies that the highpoint of the occasion was the inauguration of “Operation Cease Social Media Pretend Information Marketing campaign’’.

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FG to carry again Saudi deportees quickly, says PTF

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The Federal Authorities has opened diplomatic channels on the plight of Nigerians awaiting deportation from Saudi Arabia.

The Secretary to the Authorities of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha mentioned this on the Presidential Process Power on COVID-19 briefing on Monday in Abuja.

Mustapha, the Chairman of the PTF on COVID-19  mentioned that “Nigeria is presently working with the federal government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on the deportation of 600 Nigerians.”

He mentioned that the deportees have been anticipated to reach in two batches on Jan. 28 and 29  and could be quarantined for 14 days in keeping with COVID-19 protocols.

The Information Company of Nigeria(NAN) studies that the affected Nigerians have been reportedly arrested by Saudi authorities as a result of they’d stayed past their permits.

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Sunday Igboho and the specter of battle

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By Femi Fani-Kayode

FOR troopers to escort murderous Fulani herdsmen again to a neighborhood in Ogun State from which they had been earlier evicted after which to publicly whip members of that neighborhood for evicting them merely beggars perception. Have the folks of the South West now turn into slaves of their fathers’ land? Have we lastly been conquered and occupied?

It’s completely mind-blowing. It’s depraved. It’s evil. It’s unacceptable. How way more bloodshed, carnage, violence, insults and humiliation are the folks of the South West anticipated to take? Troopers are whipping our folks like canines on the street with the intention to reinstate these which are killing, raping and maiming them?

Is our Military a Nigerian Military or a Fulani Military? Are the Fulanis superior to all others? Are they above the legislation? Is the Presidency a Nigerian Presidency or a Fulani Presidency? Why do they at all times converse out in defence of killer herdsmen and by no means for his or her victims? It is just when you might have met somebody whose entire household has been raped and butchered by Fulani herdsmen that you’ll know or admire what’s going on within the South West.

It has turn into a each day incidence.

They’ve kidnapped, maimed and slaughtered conventional rulers, businessmen, politicians, elder-statesmen, farmers, artesans, lecturers, lecturers, college students, artists, pure-water sellers, market ladies, hairdressers, the wealthy, the poor, ladies, youngsters and so many others, together with the gorgeous daughter of Baba Reuben Fasoranti, the chief of Afenifere.

For Miyetti Allah, the ACF, the NEF or anybody else to say that the Fulani “personal all of the land in Nigeria” and that we’re “being provocative”, “beating the drums of battle” and “asking for a second civil battle” by calling for the arrest and eviction of the killer herdsmen and murderous thugs from our land is insulting and provocative.

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Solely the ignorant, cowardly and uninformed speak like that. Solely these which are secretly behind the carnage, that revenue from it and that despatched the herdsmen to unleash terror on us can say such issues.

The Structure doesn’t grant the Fulani or anybody else the precise to commit homicide in Nigeria or to show the South West into their killing fields. The Structure doesn’t regard Yoruba blood as being cheaper than others and neither does it prescribe that the Yoruba persons are to be handled like sacrificial lambs and killed at will.

Some Yoruba leaders need to be president or vp in 2023 and are, subsequently, ready to maintain quiet and tolerate this garbage that’s being performed to our folks. I’m not a type of leaders. Nothing on this world could make me commerce within the blood and lives of my folks. Nothing will make me flip a blind eye to their sufferings or betray them.

For me, my folks come first and politics or political expediency comes a distant second. I’ll converse the reality irrespective of the implications, it doesn’t matter what it prices me and irrespective of whose ox is gored.

And the reality is that Chief Sunday Igboho, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, Afenifere, Professor Akintoye, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, SOKAPU, the Southern and Center Belt Leaders Discussion board, SMBLF, and all the opposite people and our bodies which have spoken out in opposition to the murderous actions of the herdsmen within the South West and elsewhere are proper.

And people who have supported or tried to rationalise the legal behaviour of the killers within the title of political correctness or political expediency are treacherous, shameless and irresponsible.

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In case you are a Yoruba man and also you need to be president or vp I ponder whose affairs will you be presiding over and who will you lead or symbolize on the nationwide degree if all of your Yoruba folks have already been killed?

Quickly we will begin calling the collaborators and cowards out by title. You betray your individual only for assist, acceptance and promotion from Northerners whereas no Northerner price his salt will ever promote his personal folks out for you? Nothing might be extra reprehensible than that.

Shakespeare wrote ‘cowards die many occasions earlier than their demise’ and Soyinka wrote ‘the person dies in him who stays silent within the face of tyranny and injustice’. They had been each proper. The person has died in too lots of our leaders at this time and the time to talk out is now. All of us must take a cue from Igboho. Sufficient is sufficient. An excessive amount of blood has been shed and too many lives have been taken by these herdsmen within the South West and elsewhere. They kill within the North, the Center Belt, the South-South, the South East and all over the place else they usually do it with out regret and with whole impunity.

Peace-loving and law-abiding Fulanis are welcome within the South West however people who kill, steal, rape and destroy should depart they usually have to be delivered to justice by the authorities. If this doesn’t occur count on many extra Igbohos to stand up.

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The Buhari administration are complicit in these crimes and on this ethnic cleaning, mass homicide and genocide. I say they’re complicit as a result of they’ve refused to disarm the perpetrators, arrest them or deliver them to justice even though it’s their constitutional responsibility to take action.

They’ve failed to take care of legislation and order and to guard the lives and property of the Nigerian folks they usually proceed to pamper and encourage the killer herdsmen.

The Presidency not speaks for the Nigerian folks however just for Miyetti Allah and the Fulani herdsmen. It is a tragedy of monumental proportions and it doesn’t matter what they are saying they are going to by no means change.

Chief Fani-Kayode, a political chief and former minister, wrote from Lagos

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The Requirements Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has urged the federal authorities to think about a coverage geared toward returning substandard items to international locations of origin to spice up shoppers’ confidence and strengthen worldwide commerce.

Mallam Farouk Salim, SON’s Director-Basic, mentioned, at an enforcement train on Monday, the coverage would tackle the preponderance of imported faux and substandard items within the nation.

Salim famous that an association to return items with no financial worth to international locations notable for producing substandard items was well timed and important.

“One association I’d like to have is the power to return substandard items again to nation of origin, whereas additionally paying again the importers of the merchandise in the event that they have been wrongly deceived.

“Nevertheless, a state of affairs the place the importer was not deceived, we’d prosecute the importer.

“We’ll assist any nation to prosecute any producer or importer with their very own legal guidelines over there, however that legislation to my data just isn’t but in place, I’ll positively wish to attraction to the related authorities sooner or later to place such enabling legislation in place,” he mentioned.

The SON DG revealed plans to destroy over N300 million value of substandard fuel cylinders and tyres.

In line with him, the merchandise failed to satisfy the minimal requirement of the Nigerian Industrial Normal (NIS) and, subsequently, weren’t secure for consumption by the general public.

Salim mentioned the company was additionally growing its surveillance and intelligence to checkmate the inflow of substandard items, whereas restating its dedication to zero tolerance for substandard items.

“We’re destroying these items in an environmentally pleasant approach as a result of we don’t need to pollute the surroundings and we additionally should make sure that the whole lot recyclable can be recycled correctly.

”We’re taking a look at N300 million value of products to be destroyed and that is simply an estimate.

“About six containers of tyres have been stuffed into one another and for the cylinders, we intercepted them from a number of sources.

“We nonetheless have extra merchandise ready for courtroom orders to be destroyed as a result of we can’t on our personal destroy them,” he added.

Salim harassed the requirements physique’s preparedness to make sure the passage of solely items that met the minimal necessities following the graduation of the African Continental Free Commerce Settlement (AfCFTA).

“When it comes to the AfCFTA, we’re ready so far as standardising is anxious.

“We’re prepared for any state of affairs whether or not from Africa or different continents the world over,” he mentioned.

Additionally talking, SON’s Compliance Director, Engr. Obiora Manafa, mentioned the company was poised to intensifying its sensitisation programmes to teach Nigerians on the destructive impact of substandard merchandise in 2021.

“The sensitisation campaigns had to date yielded constructive outcomes in line with the feedbacks of many market organisations on the processes,” he mentioned.

Mr Charles Amudipe, Assistant Director, Head of Enforcement, Lagos Workplace, Nigeria Copyright Fee (NCC), mentioned each the SON and the NCC would proceed to strengthen their partnership to make sure the protection of Nigerian shoppers.

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