President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the lifting of the suspension on the Twitter operations in Nigeria.
The lifting will be effective from midnight January 13, 2022, according to a statement from the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).
The statement signed by Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, director-general, NITDA, added that the approval followed a memo written to the president by Isa Ali Ibrahim, minister of communications and digital economy.
In June 2021, the federal government announced the indefinite suspension of Twitter’s operation after the platform deleted tweets made by President Muhammadu Buhari, who had threatened to treat members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in the “language they understand”.
It had attributed the suspension to “the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence”.
The government said it reached an amicable resolution with Twitter on various terms and conditions given to the micro-blogging platform.
“Twitter has committed to establishing a legal entity in Nigeria during the first quarter of 2022. The legal entity will register with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC). The establishment of the entity is Twitter’s first step in demonstrating its long-term commitment to Nigeria,” the statement reads.
“Twitter has agreed to appoint a designated country representative to interface with Nigerian authorities. The Global Public Policy team is also directly available through a dedicated communication channel.
“Twitter has agreed to comply with applicable tax obligations on its operations under Nigerian law.
“Twitter has agreed to enrol Nigeria in its Partner Support and Law Enforcement Portals.
The Partner Support Portal provides a direct channel for government officials and Twitter staff to manage prohibited content that violates Twitter community rules.
At the same time, the Law Enforcement Portal provides a channel for the law enforcement agencies to submit a report with a legal justification where it suspects that content violates Nigerian Laws.
Taken together, these represent a comprehensive compliance apparatus.”
The statement further stated that the micro-blogging site has:
“agreed to act with a respectful acknowledgement of Nigerian laws and the national culture and history on which such legislation has been built and work with the FGN and the broader industry to develop a Code of Conduct in line with global best practices, applicable in almost all developed countries”.
Cement prices may rise over Dangote plant shutdown in Kogi – Expert
Reactions have continued to follow the shutdown of Dangote Cement plants in Obajana, Kogi State, following a clash between the company and the state government on Wednesday.
Sunday Esan, the Dangote Group’s general manager of corporate communications, confirmed the incident and called it an invasion.
Kingsley Fanwo, the state’s commissioner for information, claimed that the closure was caused by the company’s inability to provide valid proof of the land acquisition, though.
An economic analyst has demanded a swift resolution to this dispute while outlining the economic implications.
Prof. Segun Ajibola, a former president of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria and an economic expert, responded to the development by predicting that the closure of the Dangote Cement plants in Kogi State could result in an increase in cement prices nationwide.
He said, “If supply dip, while demand remains constant, the natural occurrence is for prices to go up.”
He explained that “cement affects virtually everything man does, construction of roads, building, bridges, houses, the shut down has far-reaching economic implications.
“Dangote Cement is part of the Dangote Conglomerate that has been operating for decades in Kogi State. The Dangote I know will not allow this crisis to linger because of its seriousness.”
He urged both parties to quickly resolve the matter for the betterment of Nigeria’s economy.
Meanwhile, the disruption received knocks from members of the host community in Kogi State.
The spokesman for the Oyo mining host community, David Oluruntoba, disclosed that the action by the Kogi State Government would only spoil the existing good relationship between the company and its host community.
He said, “They called us to join them. But I told them that the company has not offended us. We just signed a Community Development Agreement (CDA) and the company has been helping us and providing us with jobs. What has the government done for us, nothing. There is no basis to support the government.”
Naija News 247 gathered that cement retails at N3,600 to N4,200 per bag, depending on the brand and location.
Nigeria at high risk of Ebola – NCDC warns
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention has said that Nigeria is at high risk of Ebola virus disease following the outbreak of the disease in Uganda.
The NCDC, in a release on Tuesday, signed by its Director-General, Dr Ifedayo Adetifa, stated that it was on high alert, adding that “the likelihood of importation of the disease to Nigeria is high due to the increased air travel between Nigeria and Uganda, especially through Kenya’s Nairobi airport, a regional transport hub, and other neighbouring countries that share a direct border with Uganda.”
According to the NCDC, the ongoing outbreak of Ebola virus disease was caused by the Sudan strain of the Ebola virus in Uganda as declared on September 20, 2022.
Buhari to present 2023 budget to NASS Friday
President Muhammadu Buhari will present the N19.76trillion 2023 Appropriation bill before the Senate and the House of Representatives on Friday.
The budget Presentation will take place 10:00am at the temporary chamber of House of Representatives.
The President of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan, read the letter on the budget presentation by President Buhari in Plenary on Tuesday.
Naija News 247 recalls that the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, had said President Buhari is expected to present the 2023 budget to the National Assembly in October.
Gbajabiamila stated this in September when he addressed newsmen shortly after inspecting hearing rooms 028 and 234 of the House, which was expected to serve as the temporary chamber due to the ongoing renovation of the House complex in Abuja.
“I am hoping that the budget will be presented latest by the first week of October,” he said.
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