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LCCI seeks NCC’s partnership, support

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The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), has sought the  partnership and collaboration of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) for the successful hosting of this year’s edition of the Information Communication Technology and Telecommunications (ICTEL) Expo.

The request was made by Leye Kupoluyi, LCCI Vice President, when he led a delegation of the Chamber to the Commission on a courtesy visit. The delegation led by Kupoluyi was received at the Communications and Digital Economy Complex Building, Mbora, Abuja at the weekend.

Ismail Adedigba, Acting Head of Consumer Affairs Bureau (CAB) at NCC, received the LCCI team on behalf of Prof. Umar Danbatta, NCC’s Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive.

Speaking during the visit, Kupoluyi, who commended the Commission for its role in driving further growth of Information and Communications Technology (ICT); and for its unflinching commitment to providing universal access in the country, also lauded NCC  for its consistency in supporting successful hosting of previous ICTEL Expos.

Kupoluyi said LCCI’s objective for the visit was to deliberate with the Management of the Commission on its upcoming 6th edition of the ICTEL Expo holding later this year with the theme: “Exploring Opportunities in Digital Economy.”

Kupoluyi stated that the theme of the expo is so directly connected to the activities of NCC as the regulatory authority for telecommunications in Nigeria. “Over the years, NCC has been supportive and remained a partner for progress to LCCI, and the successes so far recorded in the past five editions of ICTEL Expo would not have been possible without the support of NCC,” he said.

Kupoluyi further underscored the desirability of having NCC as an event partner at the 2020 edition of the expo by emphasising that in today’s world, ICT/telecommunications has become an enabler for businesses, improved health care delivery, and e-agriculture among others.

“Hence, the participation of the NCC will further underscore the significance of the theme of the event and enhance the dialogue on how we can jointly explore opportunities in digital economy to the benefits of our organisations,  members of LCCI and the country in general,” he said.

Responding, Adedigba reaffirmed NCC’s commitment to partnership and collaboration because strategic collaboration is the fifth item on the 8-Point Agenda of the Commission. He also said the Commission is always ready and willing to promote a win-win partnership and collaboration with relevant stakeholders towards advancing the frontiers of the ICT industry as an enabler to the economic growth and development of Nigeria.

Adedigba, however, told the LCCI team that its request with respect to Commission’s participation and support for the upcoming 6th edition of the ICTEL Expo, would be conveyed to NCC Management for consideration.

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Photo News: Emir Sanusi visits Sultan of Sokoto

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Aminu Abdullahi

The former Emir of Kano has on Monday paid a courtesy visit to Sultan of Sokoto Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar lll.

Kano Focus reports that the pictures of the visit were published on a Facebook page linked to former Emir named ‘Sanusi ll Dynasty’.

Though the reason of the visit was not stated, but the former Emir has paid similar visit to Lamido of Adamawa in his capacity as leader of Tijjaniyya sect in Nigeria.

Emir Muhammad Sanusi ll

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Kano to revive bilateral relationship with Pakistan

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Kano State Government has expressed commitment to revive the long existing relationship with Pakistan.

KANO FOCUS reports that Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje gave the assurance on monday while receiving the Pakistani High Commissioner to Nigeria Muhammad Tayyab Azam at the Government House.

Ganduje represented by his deputy Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna said Kano endowed with lots of potentials is open for people to come and invest, particularly those from Pakistan.

“We are happy for showing commitment towards reviving the long relationship between us. I can remember the partnership we have in the engagement of Pakistani teachers in our schools which has yielded a lot today.”

“Even in the area of agricultural mechanization we have partnered with Pakistan especially in the supply of tractors to our farmers,therefore I feel if we continue to explore agriculture it will be beneficial to both Kano and Pakistan”.

The Governor also commended Pakistan for showing interest in reviving the bilateral relationship with Kano State.

In his remarks the Pakistani High Commissioner Muhammad Tayyab Azam described the visit to Kano as historic and important being the first state he visited since assuming office.

“I know the importance of Kano as hub of business in Nigeria, after Lagos Kano is next where there is business opportunity”.

“There was a time in Kano when most schools   have many Pakistani teachers..my aim is to bring back that relationship”.

He however pointed out that Kano and Pakistan have similarities in both values and culture therefore it is important to deepen the relationship so as to sustain the partnership in  the areas of health and agriculture as that will create opportunities for our people towards boosting the economy.

The High Commissioner was accompanied during the visit by Pakistani Consul General in Kano Ahmed Ibrahim Yakasai.

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ACF revives Kano chapter

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The Arewa Consultative Forum ( ACF) has resuscitated it Kano State chapter and nominated a 14- member Interim Executive Committee to run its affairs for the next six months.

Kano Focus reports that the Forum has mandated the new leadership to organise a general congress that may elect a new council.

A statement issued on Monday by the publicity secretary of the Forum Bello Sani Galadanchi reported that at the inaugural ceremony presided by a member of ACF Board of Trustees, Halliru Akilu, the non- partisan voluntary organization also nominated delegates to its National Executive Committee ( NEC) engagements.

Akilu, a retired Brigadier- General, tasked the new leadership to work in unity, and restore all ACF organs and activities for the betterment of our society.

He stressed that the ACF which is apolitical, believes in the unity of the country, but aspires to see the glory of the north restored, and the economic fortunes of the region tapped for the greater benefit of our people and the nation as a whole.

In his acceptance speech, the new Chairman of the ACF Interim Committee, NaShehu Hassan Abubakar thanked the congregation for finding him worthy of the enormous responsibility.

Abubakar, a retired Air Vice Marshall (AVM) assured the ACF National body and people of Kano State of his determination to steer the ship creditably, selflessly and in strict compliance with ACF desire to improve the lot of our people, as well as agitate for their rights.

Other committee members nominated at the ceremony include Aishatu Yakubu Maijama’a (Deputy Chairperson); Shehu Aliyu (Vice- Chairman); Muhammad Mustapha Yahaya (Secretary); Sani Bala Tela (Assistant Secretary); Rabia Hussein Adamu (Treasurer); and Mairo Bello (Assistant Treasurer).

Others   are Mahadi Sadiq Abubakar, (Financial Secretary);  Hafsat Namadi Bebeji (Assistant Financial Secretary); Bello Sani Galadanchi (Publicity Secretary); Tanimu Ibrahim Getso (Assistant  Publicity Secretary); Kabir Mukhtar (Legal Adviser); Muhammad Kabir Haruna (Assistant Legal Adviser); and Azimi Namadi Bebeji (Auditor).

The inaugural ceremony attracted Youth and Women wings of the ACF whose members were nominated into both the executive committee and the NEC.

Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) is apolitical and socio-cultural association of leaders in Northern Nigeria formed in 2000 to protect Northern interest in the political scene.

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