FG spend N152Bn digitalization in 2021, targets 2030 for paperless government operations

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The Nigerian government said it spent a whopping N152 billion on digitalization in 2021, describing it as a quantum leap from the N9 billion spent in 2019 and 2020.

“While we are targeting 2030 to have a paperless government operation, we will like to inform you that the government spent N152 billion on digitalization in 2021. This amount is a quantum leap from the N9 billion spent in 2019 and 2020,” the Minister of Communications and \digital Economy, Prof. Isa Pantami disclosed at the Champion Day and Closing of 2021 Service Wide Capacity Building program on e-Government in Abuja.

According to him, the amount constitutes the total sum approved by National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) for the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), Immigration and Customs among other agencies of government for the 2021 fiscal year.

He said the target of the Federal Government is to make sure that by 2030, we achieve a paperless government where emerging technologies like Blockchain that has data integrity and many more is guaranteed.

While maintaining that paperless government is very possible because government is desirous of digitizing its processes, he posited that technology cannot do it alone, stressing that training those who will manage the technology effectively for the betterment of our country is also important.

In her goodwill message, the Head of Service Civil of Federation, (HoSCF) Dr Folashade Yemi-Esan disclosed that many Ministries, Departments, and Agencies of government are on the verge to digitalize their processes, assuring that by the end of the year, many successes would have been recorded in the nation’s drive to digitalization.

While commending the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy and its parastatals for the support in ensuring that processes at the Office of Head of Service for the Federation is digitalize, she noted that the gestures would go a long way in assisting us to achieve our own dream.

Meanwhile, the NITDA Director-General who also doubled as the Council’s Chairman, e-Government Training Centre, Kashifu Inuwa, CCIE, said the Federal Government had trained 1,376 civil servants from 48 ministries, departments and agencies between November 2020 and December 2021 in the use of ICT.

He said the capacity building programme for civil servants is part of the federal government’s e-Government Master Plan aimed at digitizing every government process in all ministries, departments, and agencies (MDAs).

JOY TO THE WORLD – Pastor Favour Onoja

By Pastor Favour Onoja

 

INTRODUCTION:
Christmas is the celebration of the birth of our saviour, Jesus Christ. This celebration has been on over Two Thousand (2,000) years ago.

It is a time for giving and not simply a day we exchange gifts. The spirit of Christmas is in “togetherness”.  It’s a period which you put into thinking about others. It’s a selfless time, where we forgive, take stock of what is important and become better.

Christmas is the most celebrated event in the history of the World by believers and non believers. It is a time of spiritual reflection on the important foundation of christian faith. We celebrate Gods’ love for the World through the birth of Jesus Christ.

The birth of Jesus Christ was recorded in Luke 2:4-19. He was born for the redemption of mankind. God sent His only begotten son to be the atonement for all our sins, so that we would not be separated from God. Meaning that without Jesus, we would all die for our sins, but thank God for this precious gift of God at Christmas.

THE ESSENCE OF CHRISTMAS:

Many celebrate Christmas without knowing the reason. The following are some of the reasons why we celebrate Christmas:

1. Celebrating Gods’ unconditional love for Humanity:

Christmas is a demonstration of God’s love to humanity, unconditionally. Out of the love for mankind, God sent His only begotten son to earth for the redemption of mankind.

Jesus’s birth was the greatest gift of God in His redemptive plan for the World.  “For God so love the World, that He gave His only begotten son, that whosever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life”.

“For God sent not His son into the World to condemn the World; but that the World through him might be saved” (John 3:15-16).

Despite our short comings, God sent His son to be born and died for the sin of man. Therefore,  it behoves on man to respond to that love.

2. Christmas is a demonstration of Gods’ unspeakable joy to man:

“Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, through now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of joy” (1Peter 1:8).

The coming of Jesus Christ brought joy into the World. This joy cannot be taken or given by the world. The joy was also heralded by an Angel in Luke 2:10.

“And the angel said unto them, fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people”.

The joy that Christmas brought to mankind is priceless. In the midst of anarchy, turmoils, troubles and tribulations in the World, He brought us that joy. What a privilege!

3. It is a celebration of Victory, Abundance, Blessing and Rest.

His coming brought us all the above four, at Christmas.

“The thief cometh not, but to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10).

His coming is the secret of abundance (blessings); the fullness of all that God has packaged for you in His redemptive plan; the termination or annihilation of the enemy’s captivity/verdict; and the restoration of human’s destiny and dignity (Isaiah 10:27; 42:22).

His coming brought us rest.

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your soul” (Matthew 11:28-29).

His coming is the termination of struggles and toiling in life and destiny (Luke 5:5-11).

4. Christmas is the celebration of Gods’ unprecedented presence with man. It gave man unhindered access to God.

“Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us” (Matthew 1:23).

We have undeniable and an unquantifiable access to His presence at Christmas; and His presence guarantees peace, tranquility and quietness.

What a joy at Christmas! You don’t need a mediator to go to God. We have direct access to His presence and in His presence there is fullness of joy.

5. Christmas brought peace to Humanity:

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting father, The Prince of Peace, of the increase of his government and peace, there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this” (Isaiah 9:6-7).

The peace that Jesus brought to us at Christmas is limitless. That peace, the World and it’s system of government cannot give it; United Nation cannot give it; wealth and accomplishments cannot give it; yet, Jesus gave it to us free of charge, at Christmas.

6. Celebration of God’s unquantifiable gift to Man.

“Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift” (2Corinthians 9:15).

God gave us the greatest gift of His son at Christmas. That gift that money, fame and influence cannot buy. It was a priceless gift. Jesus Christ was that precious gift to mankind at Christmas.

7. His birth was a call to Worship:

Christmas should be a season of worship and appreciation to God for His kindness, benevolence and generosity demonstrated towards humanity.

The Angel worshipped:

“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of heavenly host praising God, and saying,

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill towards men” (Luke 2:13-14).

At Christmas, don’t be concerned and cumbered with what to wear or eat, where to go for your vacation or other activities during the festive season and miss His visitation and purpose for your life, just like Martha, who almost missed Jesus. Jesus even counseled her about being bothered and troubled with many things.

He said, “but one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her” (Luke 10:41-42).

Brethren,  I counsel you at this Christmas, to let go of everything that bothers you and worship at the feet of the Master, by casting all your cares upon him (1Peter 5:7), because His steadfast love is better than life.

You shall praise Him as long as you live.

“Because thy loving kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.

Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name.

My soul shall  be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips:

When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.

Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice”. (Psalm 63:3-7).

HOW DO WE CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS:

1. With Joyfulness And Singing.

“And the angel said unto them, fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

For unto us is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

And this shall be a sign unto you; ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of heavenly host praising God, and saying,

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill towards men” (Luke 2:10-14).

Let your Christmas be characterized with celebration and thanksgiving. Don’t let what you will eat, wear or other activities be the basis for your celebration.

Joy is a fruit of the spirit. It’s not based on what you have or does not have. Be joyful. Come before Him in a dance and sing unto Him for His unspeakable gift to humanity at Christmas.

2. With Appreciation And Giving.

“And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh” (Matthew 2:11).

Giving is living. God gave us the greatest gift at Christmas. Give to God, give to humanity. Give to the less privileged (orphans, widows, etc).

Demonstrate benevolence, liberality and generosity towards others at Christmas.

3. With Surrender And Submission To God.

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light”. (Matthew 11:28-30).

Gods’ invitation to you at Christmas is to receive His gift (Jesus Christ) into your life as your Lord and personal Saviour.

He said come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  What a great invitation! What an honour and what a privilege!

It’s only in Him that you are secured and can find rest from troubles, struggling, trials and temptations. In the World, you have tribulations and trials (John 16:33).

Friends, note that, it is in absolute surrender to His perfect will for your life that you can find fulfilment.  His will for you at Christmas is that you should not perish and that was why He gave Jesus, a propitiator for your sin, as a precious gift for your salvation at Christmas; that whosoever believeth in him, should not perish, but have eternal life (John 3:15).

Beloved, if you have not received Jesus into your life, could you kindly pray this prayer with me from your heart at Christmas:

“Come into my life and make me a new person. Change my life and destiny today. I say ” NO” to sin and I receive the grace to serve and live for you by faith.

From today, I go forward and backward never.

Thank you for answering me, in Jesus Name.

If you prayed this prayer, you can reach me on my e-mail or telephone nos for further counseling and prayers.

E-mail: onojaaf@yahoo.com

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GOD BLESS YOU RICHLY.

Several countries receive InsurTech accelerator support

By Favour Nnabugwu

 

FSD (Financial Sector Deepening) Africa, an Africa-focused UK government funding agency, will extend its InsurTech accelerator program next year, targeting Ghana and Nigeria.

The agency is working with several insurance regulators, including those in Ghana and Nigeria, to create an environment conducive to technological innovation in insurance on the continent.

The plan follows the roll-out of an insurance accelerator program in Kenya earlier this year, reported Techcrunch.com.

Under the acceleration programs, FSD Africa provides participants, including teams from selected InsurTechs, with knowledge and resources to develop and prepare their solutions for the African market.

InsurTechs introduce personalised policies using data from wearable technology and social platforms. They offer innovative products operating on the basis of micro-payments or pay-per-use, which increasingly influences market trends.

Venture capital and other support

In addition to installing the accelerator, FSD Africa wants to set up access to capital through a venture capital fund for InsurTechs on the continent in the start-up phase. In addition, a platform will be put online where the various players in the sector can exchange views to share their experiences or forge partnerships to support the growth of their various businesses.

AfDB to spend $110 million on Kano Special Agricultural Processing Zone

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The African Development Bank (AfDB), has budgeted the sum of $110 million to fund projects under the Special Agricultural Processing Zone in Kano State.

This was disclosed in a statement by the Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State, on Sunday in Kano, according to the News Agency of Nigeria.

The AfDB President, Dr Akinwumi Adesina revealed that millions of dollars would be budgeted by the bank to fund agriculture projects in Nigeria like the Special Agricultural Industrial Processing Zone in Kano

According to a press release read by Mr Abba Anwar, the Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State, Adesina said, “In all, we are having about $563 million dedicated for our projects in various states in Nigeria.”

“We are using $110 million for our programme on Special Agricultural Industrial Processing Zone in Kano.

“The funds will be invested on rural roads, transport infrastructure, water and sanitation, and in agriculture to increase productivity.”

He added that the fund would enable the creation of job opportunities and boost rural infrastructure development.

Governor Ganduje commended the AfDB’s decision, stating that, “When institutions are strengthened and individuals or group of individuals are directly impacted, this is what we mean by genuine development.

“My dream is to promote Kano into a Mega City, which is not only a collection of population but also, a collection of an environment where things are working, where traffic flows, where health services are excellent.

“This is aimed at reducing medical tourism abroad and where you can have security using technology.” 

Covid-19 estimated to cause 17m death globally

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While the official death toll from Covid-19 is just over 5 million as at 1 November 2021, the actual number might be much higher. Various studies conducted by international bodies, researchers and press groups indicate a death rate three times higher than the one reported by the World Health Organization (WHO).

On 16 November 2021, “The Economist” re-evaluated the death toll at 17 million and demographic data could confirm these unofficial figures.

In several countries the excess mortality during the pandemic period far exceeds the expected mortality (modeled based on data from previous years). In Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia and Mexico, excess mortality during the health crisis exceeds expected mortality by 50%.

In India, based on the same calculation method, Covid-19 victims would not be counted in thousands but in millions.

In Russia, it is the same: “The Economist” refers to 900 000 Covid-19 related deaths while the official figures are 250 000 deaths.

In countries known for the reliability of their data, the official figures also have a considerable margin of error. For example, in France, where the counts are carried out by different institutions: “French public health agency (SPF), the National institute of statistics and economic studies (INSEE) and the Inserm centre for epidemiology on medical causes of death (CépiDe)” the results that are revealed are very different.

FG to sell 5,000 houses to corporate, individuals – Fashola

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Hon. Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, SAN (right), President, Nigerian Guild of Editors, Mr Mustapha Isah (left) shortly after the launching of the Web Portal for sale of the National Housing Programme (NHP) completed homes to Nigerians at the Ministry of Works and Housing, Headquarters, Mabushi, Abuja on Friday, 12th November 2021.

 

Nigerians can now apply for houses built under the current Federal Government’s National Housing Programme (NHP) in 34 states of the country following the launch, Friday of the portal by the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, SAN through which interested members of the public could apply for allocation.

The formal launch of the portal, https:// nhp.worksandhousing.gov.ng, which took place at the Conference Room of the Ministry in Mabushi, Abuja, throws open the door for Nigerians to apply online to buy the available 5,000 plus housing units, ranging from 1, 2 to 3 bedroom bungalows and blocks of flats in any location of their choice.

In his remarks at the ceremony, which was attended by prominent stakeholders and media executives including the President, Nigeria Guild of Editors, Mr. Mustapha Isah, Fashola said the decision by the Ministry to sell the available houses online was to bring credibility to the exercise and reduce human intervention as well as give all categories of buyers a level playing field.

The Minister told his audience, “We converge here just to introduce a portal on which the National Housing Programme pilot will be offered for sale to the public. What that means is that we will not be selling printed forms, the forms are online and this allows for more openness, limits human intervention and any disposition to any underhand practice”.

Clarifying that the decision to adopt online sale of forms and limit human intervention was not an indictment of the staff, he added, “It is just to make the system more accountable and people seeing credibility if they win and if they are not successful they will equally know that the system has at least given them a fair chance”.

Fashola, who described the launch of the portal as “the end game of our economic objective”, explained that the government did not just set out to build houses, adding that the project has served many purposes, the first of which was to test what sort of houses Nigerians would like to live in so as to make policies to guide its agencies and parastatals, as well as other stakeholders, to build what could be acceptable in the markets.

“We are the policy head of those parastatals like the Federal Housing Authority (FHA), the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN) and so on. We are saying that the National Housing Programme had not succeeded in the past and some of the houses built then still remain empty. So we conducted a national survey across the zones just to find out what is acceptable”, the Minister said.

The findings, he said, were that while in the Northern part of the country there was preference for bungalow and large expanse of land which encouraged building horizontally, in the Southern part, there seemed to be acceptance for blocks of flats and lack of space which made building vertically necessary.

Emphasizing that the current National Housing Programme is a pilot or demonstration scheme meant, among others, to galvanize private sector participation, Fashola explained further, “We applied for land from the states and we set out to do a demonstration or a pilot programme because we then wanted to validate what we saw and build a pilot scheme”.

“So as at today we have built 5,000 plus units in different stages of completion. We have done in Phase 1 and we have done in Phase 2 and some have started in Phase 3”, the Minister reiterated adding that the other purpose the scheme has served was to fulfill part of the objectives of the administration’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP).

He added, “It was also a way to implement our Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) because as at the time we conceived this programme, the country was in recession”, expressing delight that it has fulfilled that objective because over 1,000 contractors were engaged on the building sites; “businesses owned by Nigerians and Nigerian contractors”.

Pointing out that no foreign contractor was engaged in the project, Fashola added that it was not only an opportunity for nation building but an opportunity for the contractors to sustain their staff.

In his goodwill message after the launch, President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE), Mr. Mustapha Isah, commended the Federal Government for its commitment to housing delivery. He also commended the Minister for the innovations he has brought to bear at the national level, which, according to him, was a replication of his development initiatives as Governor in Lagos State.

Also in his remarks, the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Babangida Hussaini commended President Buhari and the Minister for their commitment to programmes and projects that promote prosperity for the citizens and grow the nation’s economy.

Aside the NGE President, other media personalities present were the Special Assistant, Digital/New Media to President Muhammadu Buhari, Mr. Tolu Ogunlesi, the Secretary General of the NGE and Editor, Nation’s Capital, THISDAY Newspaper Group, Mr. Iyobosa Uwugiaren and the Deputy-Editor, BusinessDay Newspaper, Abuja Bureau Office, while from the Ministry, were Directors, Special Advisers and other top officials as well as Media Correspondents.

Elon Musk set to become first trillionaire on earth

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Elon Musk, the world’s richest person is estimated to have a net worth of $242 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Although he is already the world’s richest person, he could also become the first member of the four-comma club.
According to The Guardian, analysts at Morgan Stanley have predicted that Musk, 50, could become the world’s first trillionaire — largely thanks to his aerospace company SpaceX, People.com reports.

“More than one client has told us that if Elon Musk were to become the first trillionaire… it won’t be because of Tesla,” analyst Adam Jones told the newspaper, referring to the electric car company behind the majority of his wealth to date.

“Others have said SpaceX may eventually be the most highly valued company in the world — in any industry,” Jones added.

Though humans have yet to reach Mars — one of Musk’s goals for the company — via SpaceX’s Starship, the advanced launch system already has high expectations following the success of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon.

“As one client put it, ‘talking about space before Starship is like talking about the internet before Google,’ ” explains Jones.

Earlier this month, the valuation of SpaceX increased to $100.3 billion, up from $74 billion in February, according to CNBC.

The valuation made SpaceX — which Musk owns about 48% of the corporation — the world’s second-biggest privately held company, The Guardian states.

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Musk is currently estimated to have a $242 billion net worth, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Tesla still remains his biggest asset.

Back in January, Musk overtook Jeff Bezos to become the world’s richest person, only to briefly lose the title back to the Amazon billionaire the following month. Musk went on to reclaim his spot days later, following the completion of a SpaceX funding round, according to Fortune.

Bezos — currently the second-richest person in the world, per Bloomberg — is estimated to have a net worth of $197 billion, followed by Bernard Arnault ($163 billion), Bill Gates ($133 billion), and Mark Zuckerberg ($127 billion).

Musk’s fortunes have rapidly increased since the start of last year.

Back in January 2020, Musk was ranked 35th on their list of billionaires, but that year his net worth rose by $100.3 billion, according to Bloomberg. He became the second-richest person in the world that November.

Bloomberg reported at the time that Musk’s financial surge came as Tesla’s market share hit $500 billion, which was an all-time high for the electric automaker company.

So far this year, the billionaire has increased his fortune by $72 billion, a 42.4% increase from this time last year, per Bloomberg.

Nigerian awarded German national honour by President Steinmeier

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L- President Frank-Walter Steinmeier handing over the Bundesverdienstkreuz to Akinbiyi Akinbode at the Schloss Bellevue, Berlin, on 1 October/Photo: Bundesregierung

 

 

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A Nigerian, who has been living in Germany for more than four decades, has been awarded the country’s national honour, Bundesverdienstkreuz.

Akinbode Akinbiyi, a Berlin-based photographer, author and curator, was one of the 14 citizens conferred with the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (Verdienstorden der Bundesrepublik Deutschland) by President Frank-Walter Steinmeier on 1 October to mark the German Unity Day. The honour, also known as the Bundesverdienstkreuz, is awarded for special achievements in the political, economic, cultural, intellectual or humanitarian fields.

Speaking at the award ceremony, Steinmeier said the recipients – six women and eight men – had made outstanding contributions to the arts and to cultural life, which has been particularly affected by the coronavirus pandemic restrictions. “With their extraordinary services, they promote solidarity and social cohesion,” he added.

“No part of the world can progress without the other parts. In times of pandemic, we are all more aware of this than ever. And this one, whole world is what photographer, author and curator Akinbode Akinbiyi shows us with his very own visual language,” the laudation read.

“His works promote a lively engagement with the African world.”

Akinbode Akinbiyi was born in Oxford, England, in 1946 to Nigerian parents. He grew up in England and in Lagos, Nigeria.

After studying literature and English at the University of Ibadan in Nigeria, he moved to Germany in the 1970s to do a PhD in literature at the University of Heidelberg. And he stayed on.

In 1972, Akinbiyi began to train as a photographer in a self-taught way and within a short time, he developed into one of the most internationally recognised African photographers.

His main focus is on the rapidly growing and rapidly changing megacities of the African continent, including Lagos, Kinshasa, Cairo, Dakar and Johannesburg. And he concentrates on the unspectacular everyday life of the people, seemingly without subjective interpretation of the person taking the picture.

Akinbiyi’s work has been shown at exhibitions in Frankfurt, Berlin, Dresden, Tokyo, Paris, Philadelphia, Johannesburg and Havana and has published in various journals. In addition, he was curator of various exhibitions of the Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations, including “STADTanSICHTEN Lagos” (2004) and “Spot on … DAK’ART – The 8th Biennial of Contemporary African Art” (2009).

In 2017, as part of documenta 14, he exhibited his work Passageways, Involuntary Narratives, and the Sound of Crowded Spaces (2015-2017) in Athens and Kassel.

Google to invest $1bn in Africa

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Search Engine giant, Google yesterday announced it would inject up to $1billion into the African technology ecosystem. 

This is also as it revealed plans to land another submarine broadband cable which will run across Nigeria to other five African countries and connect them to Europe. 

The investment money which will be spread over five years is to support Africa’s digital transformation. 

The investment focuses on enabling fast, affordable internet access for more Africans; building helpful products; supporting entrepreneurship and small businesses; and helping nonprofits to improve lives across Africa. 

Google CEO, Sundar Pitchai announced the new developments at the company’s first Google for Africa event, yesterday. 

Pichai, who is also the CEO of  Alphabet, said the investment will include the landing of the subsea cable Equiano which will enable faster internet speeds and lower connectivity costs.

He said since 2017, Google has trained six million young Africans and businesses in digital skills. Google has also supported more than 50 nonprofits across Africa with over $16 million of grants, and enabled 100 million more Africans to access internet services for the first time through Android.

Google is building global infrastructure to help bring faster internet to more people and lower connectivity costs. The subsea cable Equiano will run through South Africa, Namibia, Nigeria and St Helena and connect the continent with Europe.

Internet access in Africa is further hampered by the affordability of smartphones. Android has developed a device locking technology as part of the Android platform that will enable partners to offer financed devices. Google has collaborated with Kenya’s largest carrier Safaricom to support the launch of the first “Device Financing” plan in Kenya, and will expand this initiative across Africa with partners like Airtel, MKOPA, MTN, Orange, Transsion Holdings and Vodacom, and more.

These partnerships will help millions of first-time smartphone users gain access to quality, affordable Android smartphones.  Plus Codes are a free and open source addressing system to provide addresses for everyone. The government of Gambia has adopted this in providing addresses for residents and businesses across the capital Banjul and are now scaling to the rest of the country. 

How the investment fund will be disbursed:

Entrepreneurship and technology. Through a Black Founders Fund, Google will invest in Black-led startups in Africa by providing cash awards and hands-on support. This is in addition to Google’s existing support through the Google for Startups Accelerator Africa, which has helped more than 80 African startups with equity-free finance, working space and access to expert advisors over the last three years. Google also announced the launch of an Africa Investment Fund. Through this fund, the company will invest $50M in startups and provide them with access to Google’s employees, network, and technologies to help them build meaningful products for their communities.

Business support: In collaboration with the non-profit organisation Kiva, Google is providing $10M in low-interest loans to help small businesses and entrepreneurs in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa get through the economic hardship created by COVID-19.

Funding nonprofits. Google.org is expanding its commitment to support nonprofits working to improve lives across Africa, with $40M to help more partners who are responding to challenges they see firsthand in their communities – innovators like the Airqo team at Makerere University, who use AI and sensors to monitor poor air quality, a leading cause of premature death. Google is providing $3M in new grant funding to expand this pioneering work from Kampala across 10 cities in 5 countries on the continent. .

In 2017, Google launched its Grow with Google initiative with a commitment to train 10 million young Africans and small businesses in digital skills. To date, Google has trained over 6 million people across 25 African countries, with over 60% of participants experiencing growth in their career and/or business as a result. Google has also supported more than 50 nonprofits across Africa with over $16million of investment, and enabled hundreds of millions of Africans to access internet services for the first time through Android.

 CEO of Google and Alphabet, Sundar Pichai said: “We’ve made huge strides together over the past decade — but there’s more work to do to make the internet accessible, affordable and useful for every African. Today I’m excited to reaffirm our commitment to the continent through an investment of $1b over five years to support Africa’s digital transformation to cover a range of initiatives from improved connectivity to investment in startups.”

In his opening speech, Managing Director for Google in Africa, Nitin Gajria added: “I am so inspired by the innovative African tech startup scene.

In the last year, we have seen more investment rounds into tech startups than ever before. I am of the firm belief that no one is better placed to solve Africa’s biggest problems than Africa’s young developers and startup founders. We look forward to deepening our partnership with, and support for, Africa’s innovators and entrepreneurs.”

Also, Stella Tembisa Ndabeni-Abrahams, Minister of Small Business Development, South Africa said: “I am happy to note that Google has been active in supporting Small to Medium Enterprises, dedicating even more resources to the sector, since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

In the last 12 months, Google said it has helped close to 500,000 African businesses get online and reach new customers.”

 African cultural treasures: Country Director, Google Nigeria, Juliet Ehimuan said since 2012, the Google Arts & Culture team has partnered with institutions across the continent to preserve and promote their collections, providing a free online platform which anyone around the world can access. The result is hundreds of expertly-curated stories about Africa by Africans

Children buried mother, Patience Bisan Oghoghome on September 18, 2021

Mr Blacky Oghoghome lost his wife of over 40years, Late Mrs Patience Bisan Oghoghome to the cold hands of death on June 24, 2021 for which Service of Song was held on Thursday, September 16, 2021 and was laid to rest on Saturday, 18, 2021.

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Below are the children during the burial service. L – Betty Oghoghome, the first daughter; Elohor Oghoghome, the 3rd daughter; Endurance Oghoghome, the first son;  Obaro Oghoghome, the 2nd son and the last born  and Efe Oghoghome, 2nd daughter during the burial of their mother, Late Mrs Patience Bisan Oghoghome in Ugbokodo, Okpe local government, Delta State

The corpse of late Mrs Patience Bisan Oghoghomr lying in state during the event