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Pantami seeks Sweden’s support for broadband infrastructure

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Nasiru Yusuf

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, has appealed to Swedish government to support Nigeria’s quest to deploy more robust broadband infrastructure in the country, for economic growth and prosperity.

Speaking at a dinner hosted by the Swedish Ambassador to Nigeria in Abuja, Carl-Michael Grans, Dr. Pantami, who was represented by the Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, said Nigeria has embarked on a digital transformation journey and efforts are ongoing to ensure evacuation of the massive data capacity at landing points to the hinterland.

“We have a plan to move the massive capacity from the landing point to hinterland. To do that, we know we have to put in place the necessary infrastructure that will facilitate it. We would, therefore, like the Swedish Government to buy into this great idea of deploying this massive broadband infrastructure which is fibre-driven,” he observed.

According to him, the project will see quantum access of 10gbps in each of the 774 local governments of the country.

“We appreciate the important intervention that you are giving to this country, especially to this sector of the economy we are managing on behalf of the Federal Government. The statistics are there for all to see. The broadband penetration, for instance, is about 40 percent but this is 40 percent of close to 200 million people, which translates to about 80 million Nigerians having access to high-speed internet together with the volume associated with broadband networks,” he explained.

The Minister, however, noted that as the country’s population is close to 200 million and the government would not rest on its laurels until all of them have access to high-speed internet as well as the volume associated with the network.

On the internet penetration, Dr. Pantami observed that figures recently released by the NCC indicate that almost 125 million Nigerians have access, but lamented that close to 31 million Nigerians are still within unserved and underserved areas.

Nigeria achieved its five-year National Broadband target of 30 percent, in December 2018 and since then the level of penetration has remained steady.

It could be recalled that the broadband penetration was less than 6 percent when President Muhammadu Buhari appointed Prof Danbatta as the chief executive officer of the NCC.

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370 bag PhD, 180 first class as BUK holds 38th convocation

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The Vice Chancellor of Bayero University Kano (BUK), Professor Sagir Adamu Abbas, has said that during the 38th convocation of the BUK commencing Tuesday over 11,284 students will graduate, while 180 students will be graduating with First Class Honours.

KANO FOCUS reports that 370 postgraduate students are graduating with PhDs and 3,770 are going out with Masters degrees.

This was just as the university would award honorary doctorate degrees to the Deputy Senate President, Barau Jibrin, and the President of the African Development Bank, Dr Akinwumi Adeshina, to complement their efforts in supporting their community and the nation at large.

Professor Abbas, disclosed this on Monday while briefing journalists on the preparations for the forthcoming convocation.

Management staff of Bayero University Kano

According to him,” This year the university is introducing a stager’s convocation, aimed at ensuring that every student feels the impact of his graduation.

He maintained that this year the university is graduating a total of 11,284 students, which would cut across different faculties and departments.

He, however, disclosed that the richest man in Africa, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, would deliver a lecture with the title ” The Role of the Private Sector in Building a Sustainable Economy in Nigeria.”

He further disclosed that “the convocation would commence with 6 faculties: Agriculture 307, Art and Islamic Studies, Education, Law, and Pharmaceutical Sciences and that this year’s convocation would be done with a pampered”.

Speaking further, Prof. Abbas hinted that the university currently has 379 professors teaching at BUK, with 18 faculties and 16 research centres.

BUK is now ranked 5th in Nigeria based on a ranking body based in the UK. It ranked fifth after Covenant University, the University of Ibadan, the University of Lagos, and Ekiti, all based in the South West. So, by this, BUK is leading in 5 other regions: South East, South-South, North West, North East and North Central

According to him, the BuK had a breakthrough in research on the sex of date seed, which has increased the farming capacity of the date in Jigawa State from 45 per cent to almost 80 per cent.

The BUK also recorded another giant stride in a breakthrough in the E-Motive at the Centre of Excellence, Africa Centre of Excellence—Population and Policies, ACE-PAP. It saved 60 per cent of maternal mortality.“

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NPFL: Kano Pillars beats Sunshine Stars 5-1

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Kano Pillars Football Club on Sunday thrashed Sunshine Stars of Akure 5-1 in the ongoing Nigeria Professional Football League match.

KANO FOCUS reports that the match day 21 which was played at the Sani Abacha Stadium, Kofar-Mata, Kano, was watched by a large crowd.

Mustapha Ibrahim scored a brace with goals in the 48th and 52nd minutes, while Rabiu Ali, Auwalu Malam and Umar Shehu scored a goal each in the encounter.

The visitors scored a consolation goal in the 82nd through a penalty.

Speaking after the match, Chief Coach of Kano Pillars, Audu Maikaba, commended his players for what he described as an excellent performance.

“You know every match comes with its challenges, and we always take it as it comes. Today’s encounter was interesting and our boys played well and thank God we won the game,” said Mr Maikaba.

He assured that the team would perform better in its subsequent matches.

The coach explained that the team had put modalities on ground to win its upcoming away match against Katsina United.

On his part, Assistant Coach of Sunshine Stars, Ifeanyi Nwachukwu, said his team tried their best but lost to a good side.

“It is unfortunate that we lost the match but that’s football, you win some you lose some. We are going to work hard to cover up our lapses in our next encounter,” he said.

Kano Pillars now have 36 points from 21 matches, occupying third position on the table.

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EFCC arrests 11 suspects accused of selling new Naira notes in Kano

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Operatives of the Kano Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested 11 suspects for their alleged involvement in the sale of new naira notes for commercial purposes.

KANO FOCUS reports that the suspects were arrested on Monday, February 19, following fruitful intelligence that un-masked a syndicate of fraudsters operating along Lagos Street, adjacent to the Central Bank of Nigeria, Kano.

A statement published on EFCC Facebook said the syndicate allegedly specialized in selling naira notes.

It added that five members of the syndicate were arrested with new naira notes being sold to the public. Six bankers who were alleged to be selling the naira notes to the sellers on commission were also arrested.

The statement noted that the suspects will soon be arraigned in court upon conclusion of the investigation.

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