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Project Enable Africa Commences ICT Training For New Cohort Of Persons With Disabilities

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Project Enable Africa, a non-governmental organisation that advocates for the rights and empowerment of persons with disabilities in Nigeria, is set to commence the Year 2020 Fellowship program with an orientation and familiarization program for the first cohort of the 2020 Fellowship.

Speaking in Lagos at the Orientation program,  the Fellowship co-ordinator, Miss Ngozi Ukpai-Okoro, explained that the orientation program was to ensure that the Fellows who are persons with different forms of disabilities are familiarized with the disability-friendly digital hub – The Inclusion Hub located in Surulere, Lagos.

According to Olusola Owonikoko, founder and Project Director of Project Enable Africa, “the orientation marks the official opening of the Fellowship program where 50 fellows will be inducted for the first stream of the 2020 fellowship year. The orientation provides an ample opportunity to introduce the fellows to the fellowship program and the ICT classes available.

The first cohort of the fellowship class starts on the 3rd of February and run for about 3 months after which there will be a leadership and advocacy training, and field trip to tech organizations. This will be followed by internship placement for fellows” This is aimed at positioning them for economic opportunities towards gaining work-relevant and entrepreneurship, skills.

According to Miss Ukpai-Okoro, the courses offered include digital marketing, Web and graphic design for non-visually impaired, Web design for visually impaired, Introduction to computer appreciation, and Smartphone photography.

Taking questions on how the fellows are selected and how much they pay to benefit from the training, Miss Ukpai-Okoro mentioned that only persons with disabilities, between ages 18 to 35 years old are eligible. And that the training is absolutely at no cost to the participants. She also mentioned that It is important for persons with disabilities joining the program to have basic knowledge about the use of computers for other courses besides the introduction to computer appreciation.

“We believe that when persons with disabilities are equipped with accessible and inclusive skills in ICT, they are able to access and harness opportunities, enhance productivity, become economically independent, and more importantly, are empowered to overcome discrimination, and integrate better into the mainstream society,” says Miss Ukpai-Okoro.

 

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NCC Bars Glo Subscribers From Making Calls To Airtel

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The Nigeria Communications Commission, NCC has partially disconnected GloMobile Limited, operators of Glo Mobile network from Airtel network as a result of non settlement of interconnect charges.

In a letter signed by its Director of Public Affairs, Henry Nkemadu and a copy obtained by Naija Center, the NCC disclosed that subscribers on the Glo Network can no longer make calls to Airtel lines, but can however receive inbound calls.

“The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC hereby notifies the general public and subscribers Glo mobile limited(Glomobile) that approval has been granted for partial disconnection of Glo mobile from Airtel Networks limited (Airtel) as a result of non settlement of interconnect charges.

“Glomobile was notified of the application and was given opportunity to comment and state it’s case. The Commission having examined the application and circumstances surrounding the indebtedness determined that the affected operator foes not have sufficient reason for non payment of interconnect charges”.

The Commissions thereby informed the subscribers that, it “approved the partial disconnection of Glomobile by Airtel in accordance with section 100 of the Nigerian Communications Acts of 2003 and the guideline on processes for granting approval to disconnect telecommunications operators “.

“At the expiration of 10 days from the date of this notice, subscribers of the Glo mobile network will no longer be able to make calls to Airtel, but will be able to RECEIVE CALLS.

“The partial disconnection, however, will allow in bound calls to Glo mobile networks and please note that this disconnection will subsist until otherwise determine by the commission”, the letter reads.

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Uber Launches Abuja Greenlight Hub

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Uber on Monday announced the official opening of its Abuja Greenlight Hub, a resource centre where existing and potential driver-partners can receive support for app-related inquiries.

Tagged Uber Greenlight Hub, the centre will open five days a week.

“Driver-partners remain a critical part of Uber operations in West Africa,” said O’Yoma Ukueku, Greenlight Operations Manager for West Africa.

“Providing a functional, modern and technologically enabled support centre for them reinforces our commitment to continually providing real-time, onsite support to driver-partners.

“Uber’s team of dedicated, well-trained and professional experts will ensure that their concerns and inquiries are addressed and resolved.”

Notable driver-partners, who had distinguished themselves by providing excellent and professional service, were on the occasion rewarded with a variety of gifts including brand new generators, refrigerators, plasma televisions and microwaves.

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700 Delegates To Attend NLC’s National Conference

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More than 700 statutory delegates and observers are expected to take part in the two-day National Delegates Conference of the Nigeria Labour Congress.

Dr Peter Ozo-Eson, General Secretary of NLC, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Abuja, that the conference would deliberate on national issues and unity in the labour movement.

The theme of the conference is, ‘Towards a Decade of Activism for the Promotion of Labour Unity and National Rebirth and Development.’

Ozo-Eson said that the constitution provided how delegates would be selected.

“We are expecting 700 delegates for today’s (February 5) programme from industrial unions in the country.

“The constitution provides how delegates are allocated. Three delegates are allocated to each industrial union on the basis of equality and one additional delegate is then allocated to every N5 million check-off dues.

“Based on that contribution, we have just about 700 delegates. But beyond the delegates, unions are also free to bring in observers. Because this is a key event and most unions want to have many of their members to be part of it.

“In addition, we have guests that are invited from within and outside the country. About 1,500 people will be present at the opening ceremony,’’ he said.

Ozo-Eson was optimistic that after the conference the NLC and the labour movement would be able to play active roles in promoting the ideals and goals specified in the theme of the conference.

NAN also reports that the tenure of the current leadership led by Mr Ayuba Wabba, elected in 2015, expires this month.

The two-day conference, according to an inside source, is expected to affirm the current leadership of the union led by Wabba for a second term.

(NAN)

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