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NCC to highlight economic benefits, challenges of 5G at ‘Socal Media week’

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How the Fifth Generation (5G) networks will impact Nigeria’s socio-economic landscape and the inherent challenges to the deployment, will be the focus of a special session to be hosted by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) at the Social Media Week Lagos (SMWL) 2020.

The NCC Special Session will hold at 1:00 p.m. in the Main Stage on Day 4 – Thursday, 27 – of the 5-Day event taking place from 24-28 February, 2020 at Landmark Event Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos.

As a regulator of the country’s fastest growing and most dynamic sector – the ICT sector – the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) will mount the stage to steer a conversation focused on: “Fifth Generation (5G) Networks Deployment: Socio-economic Benefits and Challenges.”

The Executive Vice Chairman and the Chief Executive Officer, Prof Umar Garba Danbatta is expected to lead discussion at the event, which will focus on the Fifth Generation networks from different perspectives. The non-commercial first Proof of Concept (PoC) trial of Fifth Generation (5G) Networks took place in the country in November 2019.

As the Commission prepares the ground for 5G networks launch, it continues to take several steps aimed at continuously improving quality of service (QoS) both for voice and data services.

Some of the steps include:

  • Monthly engagement sessions with operators on QoS,
  • Quarterly QoS Industry working group meeting,
  • Engagement with the Nigerian Governors Forum to align right of way charges with those agreed by the National Economic Council (NEC) resolution and
  • Engagement with individual governors to reduce and eliminate the incidences of site shutdown by state government agencies.

Therefore, the panel session at the Social Media Week, Lagos (SMWLagos) is sponsored by NCC to provide more information, education and knowledge required by telecom stakeholders and citizens, and to enable participants to raise critical questions that may be agitating their minds.

The Social Media Week Lagos, where NCC has become an annual distinctive corporate participant and programming partner for five consecutive years, is Africa’s largest digital technology and innovation conference.

The seventh edition of the conference, which held in 2019, was attended by over 20,000 people.

The programme also had an “online social media reach of 557 million”.

The event brings together thought leaders, key stakeholders and the public to explore issues that are important for the modern world.

The Social Media Week Lagos 2020 tagged: HUMAN.X, is thematised on the centrality of humanity and “experience-driven approach to innovation across industries, communities and the continent.”

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Ganduje donates N3.6m to families of Doguwa flood victims

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Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state has paid condolence visit to the families of 18 Doguwa flood victims and donated the sum of two hundred thousand Naira to each of the victims family.
 
KANO FOCUS reports that Ganduje prayed for the repose of the departed souls of those who died as a result of the heavy downpour.
“When the information of this sad tragedy reached us we were seriously shocked. May Allah Forgive the victims, who died as martyrs, being washed away by flood. May He give them the ultimate reward of Jannatul Fiddaus, ameen,” the governor prayed.
Families of the victims expressed appreciation to the governor and his entourage and prayed to God to guide him in steering the affairs of the state.
It will be recalled that on July 23, about 18 persons including six members of a family have perished in a ghastly car accident in Doguwa Local Government Area.
The Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Kano State, Zubairu Mato, said the accident occurred when a bridge linking Riruwai and Doguwa broke down as a result of the heavy downpour, and the driver wasn’t aware that the bridge had broken down.
He explained that the vehicle plunged into the water, killing all the 18 passengers on board including six members of same family.
The family members have been identified as Bashir Doguwa, Malami Gidan-Tanimu, Safiya Mukhtar, Shahida Bashir, Fatima Rabi’u, Uzairu Bashir, all of Doguwa Local Government Area of Kano State.
Doguwa and his family were on their way from Doguwa to First Lady Secondary School in Dambatta Local Government Area of the state to visit his daughter, Firdausi Bashir, who is among the students writing the ongoing NECO SSCE examinations.

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Kano records highest number of sickle cell patients in Nigeria

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Kano state has the highest sickle cell patients in Nigeria, a consultant haematologist at Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital said.

KANO FOCUS reports that Dalha Halliru Gwarzo disclosed this in an interview with Hospital’s newsletter as part of the 2021 World Sickle Cell day.

He added that Lagos is the second state with highest number of sickle cell cases in the country.

Mr Gwarzo said India, Democratic Republic of Congo and Nigeria constituted 90% of the sickle cell patients worldwide.

On the causes of sickle cell disease, Mr Gwarzo said it is a genetic inherited disease from parents who are either SS, or AS genotype as a result of genetic condition or mutation of abnormal form of red blood cell.

He advocated for compulsory screening of infants after birth and school children, pre-marital counseling/tests, subsidising cost of medication/treatment and mass sensitisation campaign on dangers of the disease.

Mr Gwarzo noted that, although there is no known cure for sickle cell disease, but developed countries are using a high technology for manipulation of the genetic cells by bone marrow and stem cells transplant, which cost about fifteen million Naira in countries like United States, Germany, United Kingdom and Canada.

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Kano missing children: Court convicts Paul Owne 104 Years

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Kano State High Court has sentenced Paul Owne to 104 years without option of fine for abducting under five children and sold them in Onitsha, Anambra state.

KANO FOCUS reports that Mr Owne was reported to have conspired with six others in committing the crime.

Delivering the judgement on Friday Justice Zuwaira Yusuf sentenced the convict after pleaded guilty to all his 38 count charge against him by Kano State Government.

The court upheld that the convict was found guilty in count 2, 8, 9, 2, 27 and 34 therefore convicted him to 7 years each without option of fine in addition with the sum of N100,000 fine.

Similarly, the court found Owne guilty in count 3, 5, 10, 11, 22, 28 and 38 head count he was sentenced to 7 years.

Mrs Yusuf said the action of Owne was in contravention of count 4, 12, 13, 29 and 38, she convicted him to 4 years on each count without option of fine.

She ordered that all the count shall run Consecutively.

The 5 other defendants who pleaded not guilty to all the charges read over to them namely: Ogbono, Emanuel Igwe, Loise Duru, Monica Oracha and Chinelo Ifedigwe.

Kano Focus reports that the Kano Police Command had rescued nine missing children and paraded six Igbo persons who have confessed to abducting the kids, renaming and forcefully converting them to Christianity before selling them in Onitsha, Anambra state.

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