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The Growing Role of Social Media In Enshrining Democracy in Nigeria 

For many persons owning a Facebook account or Twitter account is one of the proofs of belonging to the Twenty-First century, for others instagram does it all.
 
It is usually strange when you tell people "I am not on Facebook or I don't know how to operate Twitter". For a country like Nigeria that has a budding youth population, the strength of its growth relies hugely on its youth possibility and potentials, at such the So cial media has given much voice to those who would be rather neglected. 
Many government agencies and organizations now find the social media important because they understand that the best way to get feedback is to see what youths who throng the social media are saying.
 
The social media has now become a very important part of the Nigerian society, recently the wife of the President, Aisha Buhari stated that the regulators of the Social Media are not doing enough to curb the menace of hate speech that is threatening to bring down the government of Muhammadu Buhari. As a matter of fact, countries are now looking at ways of regulating the social media. Most recently, Nigeria stated that it has plans to regulate the Social Media. The Nigerian Senate took a step of proposing death sentencing for those who propagate "hate speech".
 
With the growing importance of the need for development in the Country, it has become very pertinent for the government to enact policies that will bring about a friendly social media, policies such as good governance would bring about a more efficient social media platform with a less provocated citizenry. 
The instance of Sowore's rearrest that has led to public outcry is an instance that shows us that we can dictate what we want the social media to look like; either full of constant outcry or contributions on how the government can further serve the people further.
The efforts to create stringent laws on social media management is not the best solution to what the government sees as an affront on its sovereignty of decisions. 
The government should come to the reality that they cannot for any reason shut down the social media.
The social media has played more positive roles in Nigeria than negative especially in keeping a government that is lacking on citizen-friendly policies on its toes. 
While the use of Social Media for propaganda has become high, that can be said to be what can be curbed by current laws if respected and followed.
 
We need to appreciate what the Social Media does while asking ourselves the question, who makes the social media toxic? The government or it's citizens?
 
Olanrewaju Oyedeji 
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'Loud' Angry Voices On Social Media Over Sowore's Rearrest

'Loud' Angry Voices On Social Media Over Sowore's Rearrest

The Nigerian Social Media has been filled with various reactions since the rearrest of the Publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore. 
It would be recalled that the activist was rearrested after earlier release by the same body.
 
 
Nigerians have however taken over social media to express their anger over the development
 
However Nigerians have condemned what they termed as lawless action of the men of Department of State Security by disrupting the court proceedings between the Publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowere and the Federal Government. 
 
According to a tweet @datvideoboyy "After the re arrest or kidnap of Human Right Activist #OmoyeleSowere by DSS, I can body sat that nobody is safe in this country. 
 
Another Nigerian who showed is grievances on twitter @Mr_BossMan9, who said, " the purpose for arresting #OmoyeleSowere inside the court is to prove to Nigeria Judiciary that the DSS is above the law. If they can do that to the Judiciary, then the National Assembly is a small fry, they are definitely next on DSS lot of things to tidy"
 
@Manufa_for who also tweeted said, " We further call for all law enforcement agencies in Nigeria to immediately respect not just the court order made by Justice Ojukwu but the order of any court in Nigeria or any detainee".
 
The Department of State security has however denied any wrongdoing stating that it never descracated the court as alleged.
We are committed to raising More ICT Champions - OAU VC

We are committed to raising More ICT Champions - OAU VC

TechWorld Academy Trains 1200 Kids on ICT

TechWorld Academy Trains 1200 Kids on ICT

A leading ICT Tech Hub in Ogun state, TechWorld Academy on Saturday, 30th of November, 2019 has launched Ogun Kids Tech Club.
 
The launching was done at the Ogun State Tech Hub along Sagamu- Abeokuta Road, Ogun state Abeokuta.
 
Speaking with the executive Director of the TechWorld, Olaniyan Adewale who said the idea was borne out of the quest to transfer ICT to children and also to catch them young looking at the fast developing rate at Technology is moving in the current days.
 
In his words, he said, " The importance of Technology in our lives have become a subject of increasing awareness. Technology is evolving at a very fast pace. Our grandparents grew up in a society with no telephone; our parents in a society in which the newspaper was the first and television was the last source of information. Today, we live in a world of internet. And the new generation is in the wireless world. As a result, the world around us also has changed dramatically over the years. This dramatic change in the field of ICT is a result of innovations in the field of science, defence and business. These innovations have reduced the sizes of the technological tools and increased the speed in which they operate to process data and communicate information. With this fast pace of evolution, we therefore need to be informed and equipped with necessary skills to live in this changing world. Technology plays a vital role in defining a child's ability to succeed both in school and throughout their lives"
 
" The Ogun Kids Tech Club would be able to initiate Basic Literacy in the Digital Age, Digital Literacy can change the world, World of Innovation Creativities & Confidence
Problem Solving and Critical Thinking
Best learned early. Coding translates to success in other areas and also boosts Brain"
 
The Director also noted that their are plans to get more participation in 2020 and the Ogun Kid Tech Club would be kickstart fully next year and which would hold fully on weekends.
 
As a result of this development in the role of ICT parents has lauded the initiatives which they referred to it as a solution to problem.
 
Speaking with a student who is also a participant, Ogunlaya Feranmi, he said "I am very happy about this and it's a good one. I have been able to learn new things and also be able to reach my colleagues out there too to tell them what they need to know in the aspect of technology "
 
Speaking with another student Adebayo Euinice who lauded the initiative and termed it as a very good one.
 
The TechWorld Academy is in partnership with the Ogun State Bureau of ICT.
NITDA Unveils Plans To Provide 6million Jobs In Ten Years

NITDA Unveils Plans To Provide 6million Jobs In Ten Years

NITDA Unveils Plans To Provide 6million Jobs In 10 years

To support the Honorable Minister of Communications Technology and Digital Economy Dr Isa Pantami quest for a Digital Economy and focus, the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has launched NITDA Adopted Village for Smart Agriculture (NAVSA).

The project which is an Agro Digital Platform according to the body will aim at creating about Six million jobs in the next Ten years.

This is in a bid for the Kashifu Inuwa led NITDA to ensure development in line with the mandate of the Communications Technology Ministry.

This development was also confirmed via the official Twitter handle of the NITDA @NITDANigeria

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