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Advent of Technology Assisting Girl-chid to unlock Progress and Empowerment Opportunities

Advent of Technology Assisting Girl-chid to unlock Progress and Empowerment Opportunities

 

In today’s fast-paced world, technology and digitalization have become indispensable tools for progress and empowerment. While their impact is evident across all aspects of society, one area that has seen remarkable transformation is the education and business sectors, with a specific focus on the girl-child. The advent of technology has opened doors to countless opportunities and benefits for girls worldwide, empowering them to break barriers, excel in tech-related fields, and contribute significantly to their communities and the global economy.

 

 

Advent of Technology Assisting Girl-chid to unlock Progress and Empowerment Opportunities

 

 

This gave birth to an initiative to sensitize and enlighten young girls in a symposium: Leveraging on Technology and Digitalization for Education and Business; Focusing on the Girl-Child, which took place on the 25th of January, 2024 at CKC, Federal Housing, Kubwa in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Nigeria. Lawrentta Emmanuel a Digital/Business Development Executive, Joy Onya, a Digital Economist and Prisca Chinenye, a Business Technology Expert stepped up to this challenge to educate the girl-child on the benefits of digital technology.

Lawrentta in the organised sensitisation campaign, pointed out that the digital revolution has shattered traditional gender barriers and stereotypes, offering the girl-child a level playing field in education and business. She also noted that one of the most significant benefits of this revolution is increased access to education. The online learning platforms and digital resources have granted more opportunities to receiving quality education to girls all across the globe, breaking down limitations to access conventional schooling model. She encourged every girl-child to take advantage of this age of digital resources and technology to self build towards greater future.

Joy Onya shared her story on how she took advantage of technology to enrich her knowledge which gave her opportunities and improved her intellectual wellbeing. She went back memory lane on how she started from a very humble beginning with limited access to prime education and how within the last few years, she has improved and grown in digital economics. She pointed out that all any girl needs to grow and attain, is available online today. She also admonished every girl to be intentional on what they use the internet for. Joy counseled the young ladies to exert energy on learning which would bring more rewarding future than just the social media presence.

Prisca Chinenye crowned the delivery, focusing on the benefits and various specialisation every girl-child could consider. She detaield that, the benefits of leveraging technology and digitalization for the girl-child are numerous and far-reaching. A few of these are:
1. Equal Access to Education: Technology enables girls from all backgrounds to access quality education and resources, leveling the playing field.

2. Skill Development: Digital tools foster the development of crucial 21st-century skills, including problem-solving, critical thinking, and creativity.

3. Career Opportunities: Tech-related fields offer diverse and rewarding career opportunities, empowering girls to pursue their passions and interests.

4. Global Connectivity: Technology connects girls with peers, mentors, and experts worldwide, facilitating collaboration and knowledge sharing.

5. Empowerment: Digital literacy empowers girls to make informed decisions, advocate for their rights, and effect positive change in their communities.

6. Economic Independence: Tech-savvy girls are better equipped to enter the workforce and contribute to economic growth.

Prisca also noted that the digital revolution has ushered in a new era of possibilities for the girl-child, transforming education and business landscapes. By embracing technology, girls can break free from gender stereotypes, excel in tech-related fields, and become leaders and innovators in the digital age. She also mentioned a few notable individuals excelling in tech. Some of those are: Wuraola Oyewusi, Data Scientist & ML Expert; Iyinoluwa Aboyeji, Co-founder of Andela and Flutterwave; Ire Aderinokun, a Front-End Developer and Advocate for Web Accessibility; Prosper Otemuyiwa, Developer Relations at Microsoft; Dara Oladosu who created Quoted Replies, a Twitter bot that gained recognition and a job offer from Twitter. Others are Odunayo Eweniyi, Co-founder of PiggyVest; Ire Okupi, Co-founder of BuyCoins Africa; Oluwatobi Akinpelu, Founder of AnjolaTech, a tech company focused on providing solutions in Africa. Irewole Akande, a Software Engineer and Advocate for Women in Tech; Ire Aderinokun, a Google Developer Expert and Teju Ajani, a Product Manager at Google.

Prisca added that the digital technology sector offers a wide range of skills and specializations that girls can acquire to excel in this rapidly evolving field. Here are some skill sets and specializations she mentioned for girls interested in digital technology: Programming and Coding (Python, JavaScript, Java, or C++, Web Development using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript); Data Science and Analytics (Data Analysis & Machine Learning); Cybersecurity (Ethical Hacking & Cybersecurity Management); User Experience (UX) and User Interface (UI) Design; Cloud Computing (Cloud Platforms & DevOps); Mobile App Development (iOS or Android Development & Cross-Platform Development); Blockchain Development; IoT (Internet of Things); Big Data and Analytics; Digital Marketing (Search Engine Optimization, Social Media Marketing); Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning; Robotics; Game Development (Game Design & Game Programming); Digital Art and Animation (Graphic Design & Animation) and Data Privacy and Compliance. Prisca emphasized that any girl-child could set her mind towards any of these specialisation and achieve them.

Lawrentta brought the sentitisation programme to a close by informing participant that Enroute X, a UK tech organisation is partnering with Article8 Media to establish a STEM education centre with a reasonable percentage reserved for the girl-child. She encouraged all participants to be self motivated towards development in digital technology.

The sentisation programme was supported by NatureVantage, a health research organisation; Article8 Media, a multimedia organisation and Enroute X, a UK Software Development organisation

 

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Energy sector: Plot to discredit heads of regulatory agencies uncovered

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**Energy sector: Plot to discredit heads of regulatory agencies uncovered

There is a subtle plot by some individuals, acting in cahoots with some members of the House of Representatives, to discredit heads of regulatory agencies in the energy sector.

This newspaper reports that the motive of the scheme is to put the heads of the agencies under intense pressure, distract them from performing their duties and thus set set the stage for their sack on grounds of non-performance.

Available information said that the plot was orchestrated by a member of the House from the South who has become infamous for blackmail, intimidating and manipulating agencies in the guise of oversight responsibility.

He has been leading his committee members by the nose in the grand conspiratorial alliance to extort money from the agencies of government in furtherance of some selfish agenda.

This newspaper reports that there have been some mutterings by some of the commiitee members who have realised that the actions of their chairman are far from being motivated or inspired by patriotism.

Some members are pissed off with the committee chairnan’s reported boast about his ability to sway them with “just a few dollars.”

Meanwhile, reports have confirmed that the committee chair has been trying to “double deal” and has, in the process, come under intense rebuke by the regulators.

This newspaper quoted a source to have said that “evidence has been recorded’.

However, This newspaper had yet to get a copy of the recorded evidence as of the time of publication.

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Dangote, NNPC Spat: Shareholders Condemn Demarketing of Dangote Refinery

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Dangote, NNPC Spat: Shareholders Condemn Demarketing of Dangote Refinery

 

 

 

Shareholders have strongly defended Africa’s foremost industrialist, Aliko Dangote over the on-going petroleum product supply controversies, while criticising the Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA), Farouk Ahmed, for deliberate attempt at demarketing Dangote Petroleum Refinery & Petrochemicals.

 

 

The shareholders under the aegis of Pragmatic Shareholders Association of Nigeria (PSAN) in a statement signed by its National Coordinator, Mrs. Bisi Bakare, expressed dismay over the recent allegations from the petroleum regulatory agency regarding the quality of diesel produced by Dangote Petroleum Refinery.

The NMDPRA boss Farouk Ahmed has faced the backlash after suggesting that the diesel produced by the $20 billion Dangote refinery is of inferior quality compared to imports into the country.

Bakare commended Dangote for his visionary approach in establishing one of the world’s largest refineries in Nigeria. She highlighted Dangote’s commitment to national development, stressing his patriotism and resolute character through substantial investments like the refinery.

“Dangote has ensured that the bulk of his business investments are local, contributing significantly to economic development through tax payments, extensive job creation, and consistent returns for shareholders,” she added.

The shareholders group strongly condemned what they termed as “unwarranted efforts to demarket the refinery” by regulatory bodies. They cautioned that such actions could deter both local and international investors and undermine government efforts to stabilise fuel prices and ensure availability.

“We must rally around Dangote Refinery,” Mrs. Bakare urged, “to provide crucial support such as crude oil allocation, cooperation from international oil companies, and regulatory agency collaboration.” She stressed the refinery’s potential to save Nigeria over 30% in foreign exchange currently spent on offshore refining, which could significantly alleviate the country’s foreign exchange challenges.

“As shareholders,” Mrs. Bakare affirmed, “we remain steadfast in our support of Alhaji Aliko Dangote’s vision to bolster the nation’s economy and create more opportunities for our citizens.”

PSAN is the latest to join the growing list of Nigerians rallying support for Dangote in the ongoing standoff. Prominent figures and associations such as the President of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB), Akinwumi Adesina; billionaire businessman, Femi Otedola; federal lawmakers; former Vice President and 2023 presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar; former Anambra state governor and 2023 Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi; Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines, and Agriculture (NACCIMA); and the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria have all voiced their support for Dangote Refinery.

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EXCITING PRIZES TO BE WON WITH FIRSTBANK VISA GOLD AND VISA INFINITE CARDS IN THE 2024 SUMMER CAMPAIGN

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EXCITING PRIZES TO BE WON WITH FIRSTBANK VISA GOLD AND VISA INFINITE CARDS IN THE 2024 SUMMER CAMPAIGN

EXCITING PRIZES TO BE WON WITH FIRSTBANK VISA GOLD AND VISA INFINITE CARDS IN THE 2024 SUMMER CAMPAIGN

FirstBank, the West African premier financial institution and financial inclusion services provider announces its continuous VISA Cross Border and Summer campaign in partnership with VISA. The campaign, which commenced on 1 April 2024, is set to run until 31 August 2024 as a rewarding initiative for existing VISA Gold and VISA Infinite cardholders and prospective customers.

 

 

 

Throughout the campaign, 502 lucky Visa Infinite and Visa Gold cardholders will win $50 gift vouchers. 2 cardholders will enjoy an all-expense-paid trip for two to the Olympic Games in Paris, France. The promo offers an excellent opportunity for cardholders to enjoy the premium benefits of using their FirstBank VISA cards while standing a chance to win fantastic rewards.

 

EXCITING PRIZES TO BE WON WITH FIRSTBANK VISA GOLD AND VISA INFINITE CARDS IN THE 2024 SUMMER CAMPAIGN

 

To qualify for this exciting offer, Visa Infinite and Visa Gold cardholders must spend $500 and above in at least six transactions during the campaign period.

 

 

Speaking on the promo Chuma Ezirim, the Group Executive E-Business and Retail Products, FirstBank said, “We are excited to reward our loyal customers and users of FirstBank Visa Infinite and Visa Gold cards, whilst also welcoming new customers through this campaign. This promo underscores our commitment to reward our customers with innovative and impactful offerings designed to enhance their banking experience.

“We appreciate Visa for the partnership as we deliver value and create memorable experiences for our customers.”

The FirstBank Visa Gold card is an international premium credit card issued in partnership with Visa International. It is a US Dollar-denominated card secured by chip and PIN technology, ensuring both convenience and security for users.

On the other hand, the FirstBank Visa Infinite card is the pinnacle of the Visa card range, targeted at High-Net-Worth Individuals. This card offers an extraordinary selection of exclusive travel, dining, shopping, and lifestyle opportunities, providing unparalleled benefits to its holders.

 

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