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No person ought to impose anyone on us — Mbazulike Amechi

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By Chinonso Alozie

…Why Nigeria should cease treating Igbo as second class residents

Minister of Aviation and Transport, Mbazulike Amechi, has warned towards the imposition of any particular person as president-general of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, saying something order than the peoples’ alternative wouldn’t be acceptable to the Igbo.

The elder statesman and the First Republic politician spoke yesterday when one of many president-general aspirants, Professor Chidi Osuagwu, from Imo state, paid him a courtesy go to at Ukpor, Nnewi South Native Council of Anambra State.

He mentioned that permitting democracy and the individuals to resolve who would lead them as president-general of Ohanaeze Ndigbo would strengthen the unity of the Igbo individuals.

He additionally referred to as on the 2 main political events within the nation, the All Progressives Congress, APC, and Peoples Democratic Social gathering, PDP, to zone their presidential ticket to the South-East, and steadiness the political association by giving the Igbo alternative to supply the president in 2023.

His phrases: “I’ve heard numerous the Ohanaeze and aspirants making an attempt to take over from Chief Nnia Nwodo. I additionally heard of an endorsement of one of many aspirants (Professor George Obiozor) in Imo State, however different aspirants have dismissed it and mentioned that they’d not settle for such an association.

“What I need to say is that no one ought to impose any person on us; let everyone be allowed to go there and canvass for votes, no one ought to power others to just accept it, the election and course of needs to be made open.

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“Once more, what I need to say is that the Igbo on this nation have been handled formally as second class residents and we’ve to get issues proper this time.”

Requested his emotions on alleged plots by the 2 main political events within the nation to disclaim Igbo the presidential ticket, he mentioned: “If we’re actually pondering in the direction of one Nigeria, each the APC and PDP ought to zone their presidential tickets to the South-East.

“You can’t say we’re one Nigeria and treating us as if we aren’t collectively. For those who don’t need us on this marriage then allow us to go away as a result of for a wedding to work the 2 of them should agree.”

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Udo Ekpenyong: Akwa Ibom PDP declares one-week mourning

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The Peoples Democratic Social gathering in Akwa Ibom has declared a one-week mourning interval, efficient January 25, 2021, following the loss of life of the State Chairman of the Social gathering, the late Obong (Hon.) Udo Ekpenyong.

In accordance with a press release of the choice reached by the State Working Committee, SWC of the Social gathering and signed by the State Deputy Chairman, Rt. (Hon.) Lawrence Udosen, the occasion has directed that flags within the PDP flags within the State Secretariat Advanced, in addition to these on the Chapter and Ward places of work, should be flown at half-mast.

The State Working Committee of the Social gathering within the assertion added that “for a selfless and forward-thinking chief just like the late Obong Udo Ekpenyong, no demonstration of grief will ever be an excessive amount of.”

Whereas praying that the particular grace of God will probably be adequate for the bereaved household as they wade by this era of excruciating grief, the PDP in Akwa Ibom additionally urged all members of the occasion to proceed to remain protected and strictly observe all subsisting Covid-19 security protocols.

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March 15th deadline for submitting annual report sacrosanct – NITDA

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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.

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‘‘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.

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‘‘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.

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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.

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Bayelsa Dep gov duties council chairmen, councillors on peace, cooperation

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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.

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