The Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday approved a total of N20,114,002871 for the acquisition of various operational equipment for the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS).
The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, disclosed this to State House Correspondents after the week’s virtual FEC meeting presided by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The Minister said further that Council also approved the sum of N539,277, 673 for construction of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) building at the Ilupeju Medium and Small Taxpayers’ office.
Speaking on the contracts approved for Customs, the Minister said a total of 427 operational vehicles, worth N14.55 billion and nine assorted gunboats worth N5,564,002,871 were all approved.
“The ministry also presented, on behalf of the Nigerian Customs Service, a memo that was seeking for Council’s approval for the design, construction and supply of two NC36M patrol boats, in favour of Messrs of Boat Plus Limited, in the sum of N5,062,530,400, inclusive of 7.5% VAT with a delivery period of 12 months and council approved our request.
“We also presented a memo, again on behalf of the Nigerian Customs Service, for the approval of Council for the design, construction and supply of seven fast assault patrol boats and seven regular patrol boats, in favour of Messrs Siwa West Africa Limited, in the sum of N501,472,471.08, inclusive of 7.5% VAT with a delivery period of eight weeks.
“The purpose of the purchase of these two types of petrol boats is to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of operations of the Nigerian Customs Service in its bid to control smuggling and also ensure enhanced efficiency in all customs duty operations in the Marine Unit of the Nigerian Customs Service.
“We also presented, again on behalf of the Nigeria Customs Service, a request for Council’s approval and council approved the procurement of 427 operational vehicles for the Nigerian Customs Service operations in favour of various contractors in the combined sum of N14.55 billion, inclusive of 7.5% VAT with a delivery period of four weeks”, she said.
Also addressing State House Correspondents after the meeting, Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who spoke on behalf of the Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, said Council approved a project for the extension of the University of Ibadan’s library at the sum of N532 million.
“The Minister of Education also presented a memo for the award of contract for the construction and furnishing of the extension of the library of the University of Ibadan. The memo, which was approved, is at the cost of N532,609,000 and with a completion period of 48 weeks.
“It was a memo that was very well received because of the need to actually extend the library facility in the University. For many years, the library of the University of Ibadan had needed real extension, given the surge of the student population”, he said.
Ministry of Primary Education of the Republic of Cameroon Will Receive 1 mln Licenses of Russian MyOffice Software
The Russian developer of office software for joint work on documents and communications announced that a memorandum has been signed with the Ministry of Primary Education of the Republic of Cameroon for the supply of 1 million licenses of MyOffice software to all schools around the country over a period of 10 years.
The signing ceremony took place in Yaoundé, the capital of Cameroon, with the direct support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, represented by Mr. Anatoliy Gennadyevich Bashkin, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation in the Republic of Cameroon.
The memorandum was signed by Mr. Laurent Serge Etoundi Ngoa, Minister of Primary Education of the Republic of Cameroon, and Mr. Jafar Hilali, founder and managing partner of Carousel Finance SA, a master partner for distribution of MyOffice in African countries. The signed memorandum provides for collaboration in the form of a public-private partnership, under which Carousel Finance SA is to supply 1 million MyOffice licences to primary and secondary schools in the Republic of Cameroon over a period of 10 years, and the educational institutions will receive MyOffice software free of charge.
The memorandum was signed during a business mission held in the country, which entailed a series of meetings at the highest state level. For example, at a meeting with Mr. Joseph Dion Ngute, Prime Minister of the Republic of Cameroon, the parties discussed the current challenges in the sphere of information security faced by leaders of the republic, and discussed proposals for developing a digitization program in the country using Russian software.
“Signing the memorandum became a logical continuation of the collaboration with MyOffice. Last year, we initiated pilot projects for implementation in 10 schools around Cameroon, which demonstrated their effectiveness as part of the school program. Our approach to teaching children involves not only the transfer of fundamental scientific knowledge, including natural sciences, but also the development of digital literacy skills among the younger generations. We are interested in using the safe Russian software MyOffice in our teaching practices, and starting from today, it will be delivered to all schools around the country,” declared Laurent Serge Etoundi Ngoa, Minister of Primary Education of the Republic of Cameroon.
“MyOffice arouses genuine interest among African countries that are taking their first steps on the road to civilization and facing new challenges in the field of IT. The Republic of Cameroon was one of the first to prioritize the development of its digital sovereignty; it recognized the need to upgrade its own proprietary infrastructure, and has already seen the first positive results of pilot projects to implement Russian software. The official agreement was a confirmation of the Government of the Republic of Cameroon’s serious interest in switching to modern and safe MyOffice products,” stated Jafar Hilali, founder and managing partner of Carousel Finance SA, a master partner for distribution of MyOffice in African countries.
“The Republic of Cameroon aims to become a leader on the African continent by providing its citizens with modern digital services and support. Today, 14% of the population have Internet connection, and the total length of high-speed communication lines exceeds 8,000 km. It is clear that implementing digitization in the country would be impossible without first providing training and developing digital literacy. Switching to the modern Russian software MyOffice in Cameroonian schols will make it possible to achieve this goal more quickly and easily,” believes Gleb Cheglakov, managing partner of Carousel Finance SA.
“We see great potential in developing the Russian-African partnership, and believe that the Republic of Cameroon is one of the most attractive countries for Russian business, since it shows stable population growth and economic prosperity. According to the World Bank, the population size has increased by 27% in the last ten years alone, and the per capita GDP has grown by 41% over the same period. The signing of the high-level memorandum highlights the mutual interest and expands new horizons for development of the private-public partnership,” pointed out Dmitry Komissarov, General Director of MyOffice.
2021 UTME: JAMB Extends Registration Deadline, Shifts Examination Date
Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has announced a new date for the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination.
Registrar of JAMB, Prof Is-haq Oloyede, announced that the examination would now hold from June 19 to July 3. He also said the 2021 Mock earlier scheduled for May 20 would now hold on June 3.
He said the deadline for registration has been extended by two weeks. the registration exercise will now end on May 29, 2021.
He made the announcement at a press conference on Saturday after a two-day meeting with stakeholders in Abuja. Oloyede explained that there were challenges during the registration necessitating the extension and postponement.
“Field reports showed a huge improvement in the processes. As of today, 1,134,424 candidates have so far registered.
“Stakeholders undertook on the spot assessment of the CBT centers and discovered lapses which warranted the extension.
“The challenges among others include candidates non-compliance with registration requirements, using wrong format to generate profile code and using multiple phone numbers, among others,” he said.
1XBET Unveils Davido as Brand Ambassador
One of the country’s leading betting companies, 1XBET, has unveiled Nigerian hip-hop megastar David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido, as its brand ambassador.
With the ambassadorial deal, Davido would be the face of 1XBET in upcoming marketing campaigns and customer engagement platforms.
At the unveiling in Lagos, Chairman 1XBET Nigeria Limited, Femi Babalola, explained that Davido’s persona aligned with the brand’s vision to maintain its status as a renowned betting company in the world, as well as providing the best online, shop and mobile betting experience in Nigeria.
He said: “We are pleased to announce one of Nigeria’s top music superstars as our brand ambassador. Davido’s vibrant persona and worldwide appeal is something we love and this represents another positive step in the right direction for the brand.”
Davido, in his remark, said he was delighted to be part of the vision of one of the best international sports betting companies in the world.
“I am super excited to be part of 1XBET vision. I’m a massive fan of soccer. So this partnership brings me closer to the things I have passion for. I am particularly excited to be a part of this new journey and I am looking forward to working with 1XBET,” he said.
1XBET is a unique betting platform that offers punters a huge welcome bonus, great bet odds and fast payment on winnings.
The platform also provides sports lovers and bettors exciting gaming experiences on pre-match, in-play and virtual games across sporting events such as basketball, football, volleyball, Tennis, Hockey and others.
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