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Nigeria’ll Soon Take Over Digital Space – Osinbajo

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday said that with the recent involvement of the government in the promotion of technology, the country would soon take over the digital space the way it did in the music, film and entertainment industry.

Osinbajo, who said this in Abuja during the presentation of N756.3m grant to 81 young Nigerian innovators as part of the Federal Government’s economic empowerment initiatives, noted that this could be achieved with hard work, innovation and resourcefulness of the people.

The grant is made possible through the Growth and Employment Project financed by the World Bank.

The young innovators were selected following a rigorous technological innovation competition organised by the Presidency called ‘Aso Villa Demo Day’, which targets young Nigerian entrepreneurs with innovative business models that can contribute to the growth of the economy.

Osinbajo said the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari would be encouraging innovators to design technologies for agriculture, infrastructure, health care and other social services.

He stated that while the scope was huge, the Federal Government was confident that the capacity of the country’s innovators was limitless.

The Vice President said, “Today, you don’t need to be too clever to know that digital innovation and creativity will define the future of our work. It will not matter where in the world the innovator lives, he or she can develop an idea that within days can become world famous.

“Technology today is so disruptive that it can create its own wealth. We are here to witness the start of our direct investment in Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise technology start-ups.

“We have 81 innovators who have come through a competitive process to position themselves as game changers for the Nigerian economy and indeed for the world. We are possibly some of the smartest people anywhere in the face of the earth.”

He added, “Just as we have taken the world by storm in music, entertainment and film, we will soon take over the digital space with our ideas, confidence and hard work, and our resourcefulness. The only limitation is our imagination and diligence. So today, we sign on 81 businesses that can improve the quality of businesses, lives and livelihood.

“Your role is incredibly historic and I pray you will exceed our expectations.”

He stated that the commitment of the government in boosting entrepreneurship was huge, adding that in the 2016 and 2017 budgets, funds had been provided for investments in technology hubs across the country.

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UK Government Has Approved Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine

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The United Kingdom on Wednesday Approved Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine

British government on Wednesday became the first country to approve Pfizer and BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for use, according to the UK government.

The vaccine will be rolled out from next week and the first dose could be administered as early as December 7th, stated people familiar with the matter.

Last week, the UK government announced it had ordered 40 million doses of Pfizer and BioNTech COVID-19 and appointed Nadhim Zahawi, the current junior business minister, as the minister responsible for the deployment of the vaccines.

British government on Wednesday morning said, “The Government has today accepted the recommendation from the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to approve Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for use” 

“The vaccine will be made available across the UK from next week.”

Matt Hancock, Health Secretary, revealed that the programme would commence early next week.

“It is very good news,” Hancock said.

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Zabarmari Massacre: Buhari to Provide More Resources for the Nigerian Military

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President Muhammadu Buhari has promised to provide more resources to the military in the aftermath of the Zabarmari massacre.

On Saturday, Boko Haram killed 43 people with around 70 people still missing in Zabarmari, a village in Borno State.

Reacting to the massacre, Buhari, through his official Twitter handle @MBuhari said “Nothing is more important than ensuring the security of lives and property of Nigerians. Everything is secondary when security is at stake. I will ensure that more resources are made available to the military and other security agencies to prosecute the war against terrorism.

“As we mourn all the lives lost in Zabarmari, the Armed Forces have been given the marching order to take the fight to the insurgents, not on a one-off, but on a continuous basis, until we root out the terrorists.

“We will intensify our cooperation with neighbouring countries on bilateral and multilateral levels, to ensure that there is no hiding place for the terrorists.

“As I noted earlier, the massacre by Boko Haram in Zabarmari is nothing short of senseless, barbaric, gruesome and cowardly. It reinforces our resolve to root out all forms of insurgency and insecurity not just in Borno but everywhere across Nigeria.”

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Boko Haram Kills Rice Farmers in Borno State, Northeast Nigeria

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Rice farmers were killed on Saturday morning in the Northeast Nigeria by suspected Islamist militants, Boko Haram, according to a Reuters Report.

The report also noted that 30 of the people killed were beheaded while over a dozen others were still missing.

However, resident of the Zambarmari Village where the attacks took place said a total of 70 people were feared dead.

Another resident and Amnesty International were quoted as saying at least 10 women were among those missing.

In another statement by Edward Kallon, the United Nations’ humanitarian coordinator in Nigeria, it was armed men on motorcycles that led the brutal attack on civilians harvesting their fields.

Armed men on motorcycles led a brutal attack on civilian men and women who were harvesting their fields,” Edward Kallon stated.

“At least 110 civilians were ruthlessly killed and many others were wounded in this attack,” he added, noting that several women are believed to have been kidnapped.

“The incident is the most violent direct attack against innocent civilians this year. I call for the perpetrators of this heinous and senseless act to be brought to justice,” Kallon said.

On Sunday, Governor Babaganan Umara Zulum of Borno State, who was at the burial told journalists that at least 70 farmers were killed on Saturday.

The Governor, therefore, called on the Federal Government to recruit more Civilian Joint Task Force members, Soldiers and civil defence fighters to protect farmers in the region.

He added that people are facing desperate choices.

In one side, they stay at home they may be killed by hunger and starvation, on the other, they go out to their farmlands and risk getting killed by the insurgents,” he said.

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