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Nigeria may lose N400bn telecom contribution to GDP by 2018

The Minister of Communication Technology, Dr. Omobola Johnson, while delivering a policy paper at the recently concluded International Telecommunications Union Conference, said that Nigeria was quickly able to contain the dreaded Ebola disease as a result of the widely available telecoms infrastructure, it again brought to the fore, how pervasive the impact of telecommunications is.

She revealed that with recent research results by Pyramid Research Strategic Consulting Group Nigeria may lose all telecom attracts if sustenance policies are not continually put in place. The research estimated that Nigeria may lose among other things up to N400 billion, that telecom was supposed to contribute to GDP between 2014 and 2018.

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Ogun, Osun workers protest against non-payment of salaries

On Tuesday,  workers in  Osun and Ogun States protested against the non-payment of their salaries

Trade Union Congress (TUC), the workers in Osun armed with placards bearing different inscriptions, marched through the state capital, Oshogbo, demanding payment of the salary arrears and other deductions allegedly made by the government. The state government has however denied that the salary arrears owed workers was up to five months.

While in Ogun State, the workers yesterday began a three-day warning strike, which paralyzed all activities at the State Secretariat, government parastatals as well as public secondary and primary schools.

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Card reader test successful – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission said it met on Monday to consider field reports from the public demonstration of Smart Card Readers conducted in 12 states on Saturday.

The states were Rivers and Delta (South-South), Kano and Kebbi (North-West), Anambra and Ebonyi (South East), Ekiti and Lagos (South West), Bauchi and Taraba (North East) as well as Niger and Nasarawa (North Central).

A statement which was issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the Chairman of the commission, Mr. Kayode Idowu, in Abuja on Tuesday, said  INEC observed that its decision to deploy Smart Card Readers for the 2015 general elections had four main objectives and this objectives were achieved 100 per cent.

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Reps caution media against hate-campaigns

The Committee on Information and National Orientation of  the House of Representatives, yesterday drilled several heads of regulatory outfits in the country’s media industry over the spate of provocative advertisements and sponsored items being publicized since the start of the campaign for the general elections.

Among those summoned by the Umar Baba Jibrin-led committee were the Director-General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Mr. Emeka Mba; the Registrar of the Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON), Malam Bello Kankarofi and the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Press Council (NPC), Mr. Nnamdi Njemanje.

Also in attendance were the Director-General of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Mr. Shola Omole and Mr. Kenny Elisha of DAAR Communications as well as officials of the Africa Independent Television (AIT), Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) and Multichoice and other media outfits.

Jibrin, who said the media being the watchdog of the society and agenda setters for molding public opinion must be seen to be above board both in their reportage and advertorials, did not mince words in pointing out that media regulators had failed in discharging their regulatory responsibilities.

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Lagos doctors set for indefinite strike

Doctors employed by the Lagos State Government have threatened to embark on an indefinite strike starting from Monday, March 16, 2015.

The Chairman of the Medical Guild, Dr. Biyi Kufo in a statement on Monday, said the industrial action was precipitated by the action of the state government, which they accused of withholding their May 2012 as well as August and September 2014 salaries.

It will be recalled that the doctors had embarked on a three-day warning strike in February to protest the non-payment of their wages and the salaries of the doctors were withheld under the ‘no work, no pay’ policy of the state government after it joined its parent body, the Nigeria Medical Association on a nationwide strike last July to protest issues of relativity and other federal appointments in the health sector

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