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InterswitchSPAK, A Tool for Social Inclusion

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People drive socio-economic growth, this means that the greater the percentage of people involved in the productive process of a country, the more avenues for national development. This is precisely why a principal expectation of government is the creation of conditions for economic growth and material prosperity.

To achieve this, there must be a concerted effort to improve access to education and economic opportunities, build indigenous capacity and promote social inclusion. In this regard, social inclusion is the method of improving the terms, abilities, opportunities, and dignity of those disadvantaged in the society.

Undoubtedly, any society that sidelines critical groups of individuals shortchanges itself. A society where children, for instance, lack access to education, faces a bleak future.

This is why Interswitch Group, a leading Pan-African electronic payment and digital commerce company, took it upon itself to introduce its Pan-African National Science competition, the InterswitchSPAK Switch-a-Future initiative, to enhance the study of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) subjects in the country, and the African continent at large.

The project is a Switch-a-future initiative aimed at inspiring and rewarding secondary school students in the study of STEM subjects, to enhance their potentials of becoming future innovators and technology entrepreneurs on the continent.

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Research has shown that in the next 10-15 years, 70% of the leading businesses will be technology companies. Another research revealed that in these coming years, 90% of our human interactions will be technology driven. If Africa will be relevant in that the perceived technology driven future, it is important to start building and equipping the manpower for that future now. Bearing in mind the level of our technology advancement in Africa, it is imperative that deliberate and far-fetching efforts are put in place to keep Africa included in the future of work.

It is against this background that the Interswitch Group designed the InterswitchSPAK as a platform that encourages and rewards students studying STEM subjects in secondary schools across the continent. It is a known fact that there are few girls in STEM classes in secondary schools and even fewer at the tertiary level. In order to ensure a gender balance on the InterswitchSPAK National Science competition, schools are advised to register at least two girls as part of their best six science students, thereby improving the chances for girls’ participation. Increased female participation is encouraged with all through the competition.

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The InterswitchSPAK platform improves the opportunities open to Nigeria and Africa students by exposing them to real-life STEM heroes during its Masterclass sessions. The participating students get the rare chance to listen to successful Africans who have exceled in STEM careers. They are inspired by their real-life experiences and encouraged to do better. In all three sessions of the Masterclass held so far across Nigeria and Kenya, the students have admitted to receiving thought-provoking insights.

InterswitchSPAK is an equal opportunity platform. It is open to students from public and private schools, and has created opportunities for students from public schools to hold their own against those from more privileged schools. It has thrown up scenarios where students from the somewhat educationally disadvantaged states have shared ideas and proffered innovative solutions with their more privileged counterparts.

With the InterswitchSPAK prize money of over $100, 000 annually, six students from Nigeria and Kenya stand chances of acquiring a desired tertiary education. The scholarship funds prize money reduces the burden of tuition fees on the parents/guardians. The students also get laptops and monthly stipends for the duration of the scholarship, plus continuous guidance and mentoring, internship and possible job and career opportunities at Interswitch.

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Interestingly, the disruption caused by the novel coronavirus is fast-tracking the deployment of technology and digital transformation in the world. This, in turn, has driven businesses to increasingly include digital solutions in their operations and processes, in order to stay afloat and provide seamless services to their clients.

In the coming years, as majority of human interactions will become more driven by technology, the sponsor of the InterswitchSPAK Switch-a-Future initiative – Interswitch Group – should stand tall and proudly allude to having opened up a dais through which the socio-economic conditions of the African continent were significantly improved.

So, if Africa must solve its own problems, if Africa must grow its own problem solvers, then Africa, including Nigeria, must start building the capacity to keep it relevant in the fourth industrial revolution. Governments and the organized private sector must create more platforms, like InterswitchSPAK, that will help drive social inclusion.

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Sahara Reporters And A Test Of Ethical Journalism

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The attention of Zamfara state Government has been drawn to a jaundiced crap called a story by Sahara Reporters where the medium alleged that His Excellency Governor Bello Mohammed (Matawallen Maradun) has given 15 Hilux vans and ‘millions of naira’ to repentant bandits who in turn, are now using the same vehicles to attack innocent communities in the state.
As the ethics of journalism provides, allegation such as this requires balancing from the accused before publication. However, either due to carelessness, Quackery or sheer mischief, the medium went ahead to publish this story, obviously sourced  fron the enemies of peace in the state without balancing from the side of the Government.
To disabuse the minds of those law abiding and patriotic Nigerians, Governor Bello Mohammed used from the meager resources of the state Government to purchase 200 Hilux vans in support of Security operatives in the state. These vehicles were duly distributed to all security agencies in the state under the supervision of the Inspector-General of the Nigeria Police . The beneficiaries included the Military, the Police, the Customs and Excise, the Immigration Services, the NDLEA, the NSCDC, the FRSC, among others.
It is part of the State Government initiative for peace to settle down repentant bandits which the state Government is currently building a modern Rugga for them at Maradun with two more coming up in the near future. In fact, the state Government is is grateful to these so-called repentant bamduts who are daily assisting the Government in negotiating with those who refuse to surrender and in apprehending those who refuse to surrender
With all the programs of the Government towards peace in the state, at no time it gave vehicles or money to the so-called repentant bandits because there was no agreement to such. This is thus, a wicked allegation ond simply a figment of the writers imagination or an intended machination to discredit the administration of His Excellency Governor Bello Muhammad and undermine the peace effort rt in the state.
The state Government also calls on the Nigerian Military to require Sahara Reporters to substantiate their faceless and distinctly imaginary so-called Military officer source of this story because it borders on peace and  is a matter of life and death of innocent citizens or face required discipline.

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LAWMA Debunks Rumours of Sweepers’ Layoff

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The attention of Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) has been drawn to the recent rumours making rounds on the social media accusing the agency of secretly laying off some sweepers in the state.
We want to use this medium to categorically state that the claim is spurious, false, misleading and inciting, which should be ignored by members of the public as lacking any form of substance.
LAWMA, saddled with the responsibility of keeping Lagos clean, is currently not laying off her workers, what we have done and continue to do over the years, is to reposition the agency for quality service delivery and effective monitoring.
The Authority, by the law that established it in the state, is a regulator, and it is pertinent to maintain such and completely distance itself from participating in waste operations, to ensure efficiency.
This is to reiterate for the umpteenth time that the Authority will not hesitate to deal decisively with any one or group, no matter highly placed, who attempts to disrupt the smooth operations of the sweeping programme according to the dictates of the law.
For the avoidance of doubt, the Authority has paid its sweepers up to date, as no sweeper is being owed any salary.
The Authority will not rest on its oars in ensuring that every nook and cranny of the state is clean at all times, so we urge residents to support us in this quest, because effective waste management is a collective responsibility.
In the same vein, residents are admonished to show a sense of responsibility towards the environment by shunning all forms of improper waste disposal, rather patronize assigned PSP operators, as we together build a cleaner and healthier city in 2021.
For inquiries and complaints on waste management related issues in your area, please call our toll-free numbers 07080601020 and 617.

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Inspector General Of Police Assures Nigerians of Improved Security in 2021

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The Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu,  has assured Nigerians of improved security in the year 2021. The IGP stressed that the Force will be unrelenting in the fight against all forms of crimes especially kidnapping, armed robbery, banditry, cultism, cybercrime, Sexual/Gender-Based Violence (SGBV), amongst others in the country in the year 2021. The IGP assured that the NPF will implement aggressive, proactive, intelligence-driven and community-based crime fighting strategies in its quests to make the country safer. He promised the Force will take the battle to the door steps of the criminals and also expand its collaboration with the citizens and other Law Enforcement Agencies in its bid to flush out criminal elements in the country.
The IGP, while reviewing the scorecard of police operations at the Force CID and Force Intelligence Bureau, revealed that a total of 21,296 criminal suspects involved in various violent crimes, were arrested and 3,347 firearms, 133,496 ammunition and 960 stolen vehicles recovered. Also, 1,002 kidnap victims were safely rescued from their abductors and reunited with their families.
Meanwhile, in a renewed commitment by the Force to advance the gains recorded in the fight against crimes in the country, particularly in the out gone year 2020, operatives of the Nigeria Police Force arrested eighteen (18) criminal suspects for offences of armed robbery, kidnapping, cattle rustling and other violent crimes. Eight (8) AK47 rifles, One (1) SMG sterling gun, 236 AK47 Ammunition, 12 pieces of SMG sterling gun ammunition, Two (2) Toyota Camry Saloon Cars, 2006 and 2014 models (already released to the owners), were recovered from them.
Notable among the arrests, is the arrest of one Abubakar Umaru a.k.a Buba Bargu, ‘m’, 35 years, native of Kato Shiroro area of Niger State by the operatives of the Special Tactical Squad (STS). Investigations by Police Team revealed that, Abubakar is a member and armourer of a gang that has carried out several kidnap for ransom operations along Lokoja-Abuja/Abuja –Kaduna highways and other major highways in the North-Central States of the country. Interestingly, this group carried out the abduction of one Mohammed Ahmadu a.k.a CONFIRM ‘m’, 30 years, a kidnap kingpin and leader of another notorious kidnapping group in the North-Central when he came to their hideout in the forest to sell live ammunition to the group. He was held and shot in the hand until his gang members paid a ransom of One Million, Five Hundred and Fifty-five Thousand Naira (N1,555,000.00) only for his release. Five (5) AK47 rifles, five (5) magazines and 120 rounds of AK47 ammunition were recovered from Abubakar Umaru at his hideout in the Forest.
Similarly, Police operatives arrested five (5) members of an armed robbery syndicate who have their criminal network and base spread across Edo, Delta, Ondo and Lagos States. The suspects namely; Godspower Ebogie ‘m’, Samede Miracle ‘m’, Efosa Rowland a.k.a Double ‘m’, Michael Ifeanyi Egwuatu ‘m’ and Ifeanyi Ewurum a.k.a Rati ‘m’ were arrested at various locations and linked to several cases of armed robbery and car snatching at gunpoint under investigations by the Police. Two (2) Toyota Camry Saloon Cars, 2006 and 2014 models, robbed from one Mr. Osayuwamen Isokpan and Mr Harrison Eribo on 26/6/2020 and 5/7/2020 respectively in Benin, Edo State were recovered from the gang.
Meanwhile, the IGP has commended the Police Teams for their dedication to duties which resulted in the successes recorded. While appreciating the citizens for their support so far, the IGP calls for improved partnership and collaboration between the citizens and the Police particularly in the area of providing useful information the Police require in tackling crimes and apprehending unrepentant criminals in the country.
All the suspects will be charged to court on conclusion of investigations.

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