Facebook Partners Mainone On Metro Internet Infrastructure Expansion In Edo

BENIN CITY – Riding on the wave of Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki’s reforms in investment promotion and determination to build a robust technology ecosystem in the state, global technology giant, Facebook has invested in providing broadband internet in Edo State, in partnership with MainOne, a submarine cable system operator.
The investment is part of a 750km terrestrial fibre infrastructure project being implemented by the two companies in Edo and Ogun states. The project would provide an open-access transport network for metro fibre connectivity to reach more than 1,000,000 people in over 12 cities, including Benin City.
The Governor Godwin Obaseki-led government has prioritised technology as one of the cardinal pillars of his reform agenda in Edo State, introducing Information Communication Technology (ICT)-compliant pedagogy in primary schools; building the Edo Innovation Hub, where school leavers and graduates undergo beginner and advanced training in technology, as well as revamping technical education to increase productivity.
The new internet infrastructure by Facebook and MainOne will connect mobile operators’ base stations, Internet Service providers (ISPs), Points of Presence (POPs), and public locations including schools and hospitals.
In Benin City, extensive work has been done in laying the cables, as manholes with MainOne markings now dot different parts of the city, indicating that fibre cables lay underneath.
Speaking on the project, Network Investments Lead for Emerging Markets at Facebook, Ibrahima Ba, said: “We are working closely with MainOne and other partners to accelerate broadband deployment. In Nigeria, we are bringing together Facebook’s learnings from scaling our global infrastructure with MainOne’s knowledge of the local environment to develop and test new working models for multiple operators to access common infrastructure.”
MainOne’s Chief Executive Officer, Funke Opeke, lauded the collaboration and the commitment of Facebook and authorities in Nigeria to improving broadband penetration across the country.
Commenting on the partnership, she added, “MainOne has always been committed to broadband innovation, job creation as well as growing the digital economy of West Africa. We believe that this partnership and the open-access network we have developed, will be beneficial to improving the quality of access and accelerating the digital transformation in Ogun and Edo states.”

Auchi Poly Warns Against Exchange Of Money For Grades, Matriculates 6,574

AUCHI (EDO) – Dr Sanusi Jimah, Rector of the Federal Polytechnic, Auchi, Edo, on Thursday warned students against exchange of money for grades.
Jimah gave the warning at the 37th Matriculation ceremony of the 2018/2019 students of the institution.
He warned that that any student caught in the act would be sanctioned appropriately.
“You come into the institution at a time of self re-examination. This re-examination is to enthrone a higher standard of discipline.
“Today, no form of money in exchange for grades is tolerated. No form of sex for grades is allowed.
“No membership of cult group or connivance with cult-related activities is encouraged.
“Any student caught bribing lecturers to pass or engaging in cult activities faces imminent expulsion,’’ he said.
Jimah said that a total of 6,574 students were admitted into the institution, out of which 2,364 would pursue National Diploma (ND) while 4,210 were admitted into Higher National Diploma (HND) courses.
He warned newly-admitted students in the institution to shun cultism, violence, examination malpractices and other vices, saying that the polytechnic would not hesitate to expel any student found wanting.
Jimah also urged the students to imbibe dialogue, peaceful co-existence, discipline and hard work in order to excel in their studies.
The rector assured the students that the staff and management of the institution would provide the enabling environment for them to excel.
“Management intends to sustain the high academic standards for which the polytechnic is reputed.
“Management is committed to ensuring a safe and secured environment for the pursuit of academic work.
“To this end, classroom infrastructure are being expanded rapidly; high quality staff are being recruited and modern equipment and facilities are being provided to improve your learning experience, ‘’ he said.

In spite of postponement, voters’ turnout impressive, says Oshiomhole

Mr Adams Oshiomhole, National Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC) casting his vote at Iyamho Primary School.
Iyamoh (Edo) – Mr Adams Oshiomhole, National Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC) said on Saturday that the turnout of voters was impressive in spite of the postponement of the election date by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
He commended INEC after he cast his vote at about 11:55am at his Ward 10, Unit 1 at Iyamho in Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo, observing that the turnout was massive compared to previous elections in the country.
“I have been voting here since 1999 and the turnout here today is totally unprecedented and some of you who have witnessed previous voting here will agreed that it is almost three, four times higher.
“Those with small babies on their back who have come to vote, I am touched, I think so far, so good, they say it is never over until it s over, for now I am satisfied with what I have seen here.
“I am not a future teller, and I am not here to campaign, but I have always said, the thing about election is comparing one with other.
“Now from evidence now, our own candidate President Muhammadu Buhari went around the 36 states.
“I am very confident that if everything goes round like this Nigerians will win, Nigerians must win, and once Nigerians win no problem’’, he said.

Family Cries Out Over Police Brutality

BENIN CITY -.The family of Obaretin in Benin City Oredo Local Government.Edo State have cried out to Nigerians for help over the incessant harassment and brutality on them by the Police.
A spokesman for the family told newsmen in Benin yesterday that the brutality is as a result of the problem one of their sons,Mr Omoruyi Obaretin had with some chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The family’s spokesman, who refuses his name on print, said that the case which borders on breach of public peace that to arrest of several persons by the police,was heightened when a warrant for arrest was issued by a Magistrate court in Ehor,Uhunmwode Local Government of Edo State,on Mr Omoruyi Obaretin on February 7,2017.
The family source further stated that,since Mr Omoruyi Obaretin have been evading arrest since the bench warrant was issued, the police have been coming to the family house to harass and beat occupants of the house.Several of their family members have been injured while others have ran for their lives.
He also said that the safety of the family most especially that of Mr Omoruyi Obaretin is now in danger.

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