Tuesday, 25 April 2017


The alliance for affordable Internet (A4AI) is the world's largest technology sector that is responsible for bringing together top government officials, high-flying private sector personnels, and members of the civil society to work as a team for the paramount purpose of reducing the cost of Internet connection, to enable members of the general public easy and affordable access to the web. The A4AI-Nigeria coalition is an institution that stands for the reform of policy and regulations in infrastructure sharing and open access, spectrum, consumer awareness and pricing transparency, and taxation and finance. The meeting holds on Tuesday, the 25th of April, 2017, from 8:30am to 2:00pm. The venue is Sheraton Lagos Hotel in Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria. The meeting is available to all registered stakeholders. It will also include the presentation of the 2017 Global affordability report, and the Africa and Nigeria snapshots. There is also going to be a discussion session on public access and net neutrality, and also updates on the good work so far done by A4AI-Nigeria working groups in handling key barriers to affordability in Nigeria. Don't forget you can also join the multi-stakeholder coalition and one or more of its working groups by signing up on the A4AI-Nigeria page. For inquiries and feedbacks, contact at Karolle.rabarison@webfoundation.org. We hope to see you there.

Sunday, 23 April 2017


The Honourable Minister of Communications, Barr. Adebayo Shittu has said that the ministry is ready to collaborate with the Nigerian Army on Information Communications Technology (ICT).

The Minister said this when he visited the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) recently in Defense Headquarters, Abuja.

Shittu recalled the visit of the COAS some months ago in his Office where the collaboration was first initiated and he deemed it fit to reciprocate the visit in order to further strengthen the collaboration. He said the Ministry is set for the collaboration and all the agencies under the Ministry would be engaged to help in deploying technology in all aspect of the Military activities and operations where necessary.
He commended the achievements made so far under the leadership of the COAS in fighting Boko Haram and other miscreant groups; he however, encouraged him to do more so as to completely wipe out terrorism in the country.

The Minister suggested that the COAS should consider establishing a strong ICT department in the Nigerian Army and Military Academy, assuring him of necessary support to complement his effort in fighting crime and terrorism, stating that war cannot be fought with arms alone but with technology as well.
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen. Tukur Buratai thanked the Minister for finding time out of his tight schedule to reciprocate the visit. He commended the Minister for the good job he is doing in reforming the telecom industry and using ICT to add to the growth of the GDP.
Lt Gen Buratai added that, the role of ICT is key to military operations and also the use of cyber space where today one can fight war or battle right from ones office, stating that this cannot be achieved without the support of the Ministry, hence the collaboration.

Press Office Ministry of Communications
20th April, 2017

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Introducing The 2017 National Conference on Cyber Crime and Financial Fraud

The world is one digital village. Virtually everything we do is done online. We are required to update our personal information online, give out banking details, make online payments, private chats, and lots more.

Unfortunately, there are critical aspects that threaten the efficiency of this advancement in technology, which is a major cause for concern. People are defrauded daily, people loose money online to cyber criminals, and any tom, dick, and harry can easily trace your location and those of your loved ones using your online information.

There are cyber criminals among us, online terrorists, and fraudsters. For this reason, the second annual cyber conference has been organized to enable practitioners, , policy makers, individuals, corporate and telecommunication companies to understand and tackle the lingering issues facing the security of digital information both locally and internationally.

This conference will expose the activities and dangers of transnational organized crimes, cyber security threats, terrorism, money laundering, and so on, and its effect on national security. It will also enable participants to be better equipped in the identification of potential cyber criminals and intended patterns and grant efficient technical responses, policies, and reliable technologies in the prevention and remedy of these threats.

This conference will also highlight the level of financial inclusion in the Nigerian financial sector, as well as the intricacies of mobile payment. The theme for this years' conference has been segmented into three (3) sessions; the first session will discuss the use of technology in securing mobile payment systems, while the second session will be on reducing the threat of cyber crime on Nigerian economy and critical national infrastructure, and the third session will discuss how to use innovation and technology to tackle corruption and financial fraud.

Participants will be exposed to  the common crimes committed online daily, and how they affect the Nigerian society. Participants will be better educated on financial fraud, online abuse, terrorism/terrorist funding, money laundering (which is evident in so many organizations), corruption, kidnapping, trafficking in illicit drugs and persons, armed robbery, oil theft, sexual exploitation, and so many more.

This year promises to be fully packed, with various practitioners and researchers from various fields coming together under one roof. It will also involve interactive sessions with both international and national regulatory law enforcement institutions and technology companies. Participants also stand a chance in gaining opportunities with government, businesses, and civil societies.

Meet some of our speakers for this years' conference;

LAWAL MUSA DAURA, Director-General Department of State Security Services

Lawal Musa Daura mni (born August 5, 1953) is the acting Director General of the Nigerian State Security Service following Ita Ekpeyong’s dismissal on July 2, 2015 by Muhammadu Buhari, the President of Nigeria.

He was born on August 1953 in Daura, a town in Katsina State, Northern Nigeria. He received a bachelor’s degree from Ahmadu Bello University in 1980 and also trained at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, Nigeria.
Daura began his career in 1982 at the State Security Service where he rose to the position of director. In 2003, he was appointed, Deputy Director Presidential Communication, Command and Control Centre at the Presidential Villa, a position he held till 2007. On July 2, 2015, he was appointed director General of the State Security Service.

STUART SYMINGTON, United States Ambassador to Nigeria

William Stuart Symington IV (born June 14, 1952) is an American diplomat who is currently serving as the United States Ambassador to Nigeria and was the former U.S. Special Representative for the Central African Republic. He is the grandson of former U.S. Senator from Missouri W. Stuart Symington III

Symington was the State Department’s Representative at the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia from 2005 to 2006, Political Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq from 2004 to 2005, and Deputy Director of the Department’s Office of West African Affairs from 2003 to 2005.
He served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Niamey, Niger from 2001 to 2003, Political Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Quito, Ecuador from 1997 to 2001, and a Pearson Fellow in the Office of U.S. Congressman Ike Skelton from 1996 to 1997.
Symington received a B.A. from Brown University and a J.D. from Columbia Law School.
He served as the U.S. Ambassador to Djibouti from 2006 to 2008.
He served as the U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda from 2008 to 2011.
Symington was nominated by President Barack Obama as the United States Ambassador to Nigeria on June 29, 2016. He was confirmed by voice vote on September 29, 2016. He was sworn in on October 31, 2016.

PAUL ARKWRIGHT, British High Commissioner to Nigeria

British High Commissioner to Nigeria
Paul Thomas Arkwright CMG (born 2 March 1962) is a British diplomat who is High Commissioner to Nigeria.

Arkwright was born in Bolton, and grew up in Lancashire. He is the son of Thomas Arkwright and Muriel Hague. He grew up in Bolton.He attended the prestigious independent school, Ampleforth College, known as the Catholic Eton. He gained a BA in English in 1983 from Trinity College, Cambridge.
Arkwright joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 1987. He was based in West Berlin (British Military Government near the Olympiastadion) from 1988–1991, seeing the overthrow of the Berlin Wall at first hand. From 1993–1997 he was a First Secretary to the UK Mission to the UN. From 1997–1998 he worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France; this led to him being a First Secretary from 1998–2001 at Paris. From 2001–2005 he was part of the UK Delegation to NATO in Brussels.
From 2006–2009 he achieved a senior post in the FCO, becoming Head of the Counter-Proliferation Department (CPD).
Arkwright was British Ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands 2009–2013. He was Director, Multilateral Policy at the FCO 2013–2015, and was then appointed High Commissioner to the Federal Republic of Nigeria, taking up his post at Abuja in October 2015.
He was appointed Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in the 2016 Birthday Honours for services to foreign policy.

Gen. BABAGANA MONGUNO (Rtd.), National Security Adviser

National Security Adviser
Mohammed Babagana Monguno is a retired Nigerian Army Major General and current National Security Adviser appointed on July 13, 2015 by President Muhammadu Buhari. General Monguno was Chief of Nigeria’s Defence Intelligence Agency from July 2009 to September 2011.

Monguno is the nephew of Shettima Ali Monguno, a former Federal Cabinet Minister for Internal Affairs, Mines and Power and hails from Borno State. Monguno attended King’s College, Lagos,[2] was a member of the Nigerian Defence Academy 21st Regular Course with other officers such as Alex Sabundu Badeh and Emeka Onwuamaegbu. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Architecture and Masters in International Relations.[citation needed] Monguno is married to Nafisah Munir, the daughter of former Nigerian Ambassador to Turkey, Muhammad Lawal Munnir. He also has three children, Amir, Munnir, and Samir.
Monguno previously served as the Chief of Logistics at the Nigerian Defence headquarters and later as Commandant of the Nigerian Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC). Monguno also served as Commander, Guards Brigade, Deputy Commandant, National Defence College, and Chief of Defence Intelligence. Prior to his retirement from the Nigerian army he was considered for Chief of Army Staff position.[7][8] Monguno voluntarily retired from the Nigerian Army in September 2013 after turning 56, the age ceiling for Major General in the Nigerian army.

The 2017 Annual Cyber Conference will be a two (2) day event, which will be held on the 23rd and 24th of May 2017. The venue is at the NAF conference center, 496 Ahmadu bello way, Abuja, Nigeria.
For more information, visit www.cyberconferenceng.org or contact info@cyberconferenceng.org.
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Friday, 7 April 2017


The Minister of Communications, Barrister Adebayo Shittu disclosed that the Ministry will soon establish a National ICT Park and Exhibition Centre in Abuja. This is part of his efforts to take ICT into the 4th Industrial Revolution.
He stated this recently in his Office when the Digital Africa Directors paid him a courtesy visit. He noted that the establishment of the Centre will encourage investment in the ICT Sector. Speaking further he also informed them of the proposed ICT University which will also produce the required skilled manpower for Africa to partake in the 4th Industrial Revolution.
The Minister solicited for the active participation of all stakeholders, and asked Digital Africa to rally round for the actualization of these laudable objectives, stating that proposals have been made to name Campuses of the University after benevolent and supportive companies.
Shittu said he was ready to encourage and support any organization that has good and durable Master Plan that would move Nigeria forward in the ICT Sector; he however assured them of the Ministry’s endorsement and that he will honour their invitation in the forthcoming 5th edition of Digital Africa Conference and Exhibition.
In his speech, the leader of the Delegation and Director, Africa Digital who represented the Chairman, Dr. Evans Woherem said their visit was to extend the Chairman’s appreciation to the Minister for his support in their last year’s conference which was held in collaboration with NITDA and also to present a formal report of the Conference.

Press & Public Relations
Federal Ministry of Communications
6th April, 2017

Friday, 10 March 2017


Hello there our esteemed Vivacious readers.

It's that time of the year once again when we celebrate the birthday of an Iconic Lady, a role model to everyone who ever had a dream. We celebrate the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Vivacity PR, Miss Kemi Ann-Melody Areola. She's also New Media Assistant to the Honorable Minister of Communications, the founder of Women in Entertainment and Arts (WIEA), and the co-founder of Youths on Charity (YOC). She is also a presenter, motivational speaker, Electronic and Communications Engineer.

Following her arrival to Nigeria she has slightly transitioned from the entertainment industry to the rather more political and corporate sector. Be that as it may, this transition was not going to deter her from celebrating this birthday like a proper PR girl.

This year's birthday was a week-long celebration that included three (3) phases; the pre-birthday celebration, the main event, and the post-birthday celebration. This was celebrated across Abuja and Lagos. I'd rather not talk about the Lagos party, cause we know what they say about "Lagos Party".(winks).

Friends, Family, well-wishers, turned-out in numbers to celebrate the Vivacious Kemi, who was in her usual cheerful mood. Her smile was so bright, you could barely notice any other light in the beautifully designed Thomas and Ray situated in the heart of Wuse 2, Abuja.

More pictures from the event: https://tinyurl.com/z6ylmcv

As we celebrate this vibrant, elegant, beautiful, strong lady, we at Vivacity PR would like to wish you many more glorious and prosperous years to keep celebrating. We also wish you more strength and bigger milestones. Happy Birthday Kemi Ann-Melody Areola Vivacity. Cheers!!!

John Idoko
For all the staff at vivacity PR

Monday, 13 February 2017


The Nigerian Customs service has on Thursday, delivered food, clothes and toiletries to the internally displaced persons (IDP) in Adamawa state. Premium times reports that amongst the relief materials, were seized items by the Nigerian Customs.
The chairman of National Logistics Committee on IDPs, Mr. Abdulkadir Azarema, stated at the presentation ceremony in Yola, that the donation was the third received by the state so far. He said; “Today, the National Logistics Committee on Distribution of Relief Items to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) is handing over items that we strongly believe will boost the ongoing efforts to resettle IDPs in their ancestral homes.”
He also commended the efforts of the government to fund the transportation of the items from the warehouses across the country.
“We also commend the efforts of Local Organizing Committee for collaborating with National Committee and the State Government to ensure smooth distribution of the relief materials,” He said. Mr Azarema called for transparency among designated officials in the distribution of the relief materials.

Also present at the event, was the Deputy Governor of Adamawa State and chairman of Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency, Martins Babale, who spoke of his delight at the gesture by the service. He stated that the assistance will greatly help the IDPs. Adding that the materials would be fully utilised, and the government of the state will ensure the materials fulfil its sole purpose of assisting the IDPs.


Financial experts have advised the Federal Government to apply caution in implementing the 2017 budget on a deficit of N2.3 trillion; citing that there is need for careful analysis of the borrowing plan intended for financing the budget.
This was explained at the 2017 budget seminar held in Lagos on Saturday, organised by securities and exchange commission (SEC). The experts predicted that in order for Nigeria to attain a substantial degree of stability, government must reconcile the difference between its fiscal and monetary policies. They maintained that reasonable caution while borrowing along with careful alignment of the fiscal and monetary policies would solve all structural issues currently faced by the Nation, thereby improving economic growth.
The 2017 budget which sums to  about N7.3 trillion is intended to be financed by borrowing. The guardian reports that an estimated N4.9 trillion of aggregate revenue is available for the budget funding, meaning a deficit of N2.36 trillion would be generated by borrowing. The guardian understands that the Federal Government will generate over N1.067 trillion from external sources, and N1.254 trillion from the domestic market.
According to the CEO of Quest Advisory Services Limited, Mr. Bayo Rotimi, who said deficits were incurred over the 2016 budget  because revenue generation could not meet up to the estimated value.
He said; “There is need to exercise a bit of caution on borrowing. The amount is a significant sum; we should ensure that the proceeds of borrowing do not go into recurrent expenditure. We need to put structures in place. Again, there must be greater coordination between the regulators; the SEC, NAICOM, CBN and PENCOM because they hold the bulk of government papers and pool of fund. While SEC is trying to deepen the market, it must pull other regulators along for proper coordination. The PENCOM assets must go into critical sectors of the economy to drive growth.”
Mr Johnson Chukwu, CEO of Cowry Asset Management Limited added that the government should look at more privatisation options in improving the economy of the Nation, citing that the government are unable to efficiently manage assets. He also called for the government to publicly declare the assets which the money is intended to fund, its execution timeline and infrastructure projects at various locations across the country to enhance positive results.
Mr. Chukwu added; “There has to be aggression in the whole process. A robust privatisation timeline and timetable must be made public. There must be certainty in the foreign exchange. There must be a legal frame work that would involve the private sectors in infrastructure development."
The Head, Economic Research and Policy Management Division, SEC, Dr Afolabi Olowookere, advised that the foreign exchange policy should be properly manage otherwise the budget deficit of N2.36 trillion will negatively affect the market equities and the performance and operations of companies.

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Lagos State Government pays N597m to 148 retirees

The Guardian reports that the Lagos State government has paid a total sum of N597m to 148 retirees from the civil service, Local governments, state universal basic education board (SUBEB), Teachers Establishments and Pensions Office (TEPO) and other government agencies and parastatals. This latest payment means the administration of Governor Ambode has so far paid the total sum of N24,426 billion as accrued pension to 5,668 retirees under the Contributory Pension Scheme (CPS).

Director General of Lagos State Pension Commission (LASPEC), Mrs Folashade Onanuga expressed Governor Ambode's resolve to assist all retirees after their service to have a better life. Mrs Folashade was speaking at the first 2017 presentation of retirement benefit bond to the 35th batch of contributory pension scheme retirees in Lagos state.

Mrs Folashade urged all the retirees to be very mindful of scammers, adding that any retiree interested in Life Annuity Services for payment of their monthly pension can register now.  She also informed them that Pension Fund Administrators (PFA) will now transfer the premium for the life annuity services to Pension Fund Custodians (PFC) appointed by the life insurance companies.

Mrs Yetunde Fawehinmi, a legal practitioner who was a guest speaker at the presentation advised the retirees on the importance of "Will Writing", asking them to make due preparations ahead of the inevitability of death. She said; “Death is a necessary end, whether you like it or not. It is very important to document how you would like your belongings to be shared. If you don’t, it is the government that will do it for you, in case there is rancour among those you left behind concerning your estate.”
The retirees expressed their gratitude to the Governor and the Lagos State Pension Commission (LASPEC) for the good work so far on the payment of accrued pension rights.

Tuesday, 7 February 2017


Polocity is a fast-rising entrant in the Nigerian fashion industry. At a time when it’s a real struggle to get the value of your money, Polocity has ensured that all its clients get double value for every purchase made.

Leveraging on the maximum support and resolution of renowned global fashion brand Ralph Lauren, Polocity has established itself as the number one leading fashion merchant in Nigeria. A major sway which has made Polocity stand-out from competition and endearing to their esteemed clients is their ability to successfully blend between the middle and upper class socio-economic strata in Nigeria.

Speaking from a personal experience, Polocity has set a standard for itself on the basis of utmost professionalism and maximum customer satisfaction.  As much as they are a growing brand, they have created a solid base of experienced employees in the fashion industry across the country.

Polocity is a dynamic brand that deals in all the latest authentic clothing for all age groups and gender like jackets, shoes, shirts, shorts, dresses and lots more. They also boast the latest exquisite collections of accessories like bags, belts, wallets, sunglasses, designer key rings, fragrances and many more.

Polocity offers free shipping to customers with purchases above N60, 000 anywhere across Nigeria. As part of their bid to serve customers better, polocity has a refund policy to every client. Customer supports are always available to assist clients on phone, email and at various store locations in Nigeria.

For information or inquiry, visit their website www.polocity.com or Call: 08023527816, 09093830275, or email sales@polocityng.com.

For more articles like this, contact us on info@vivacitypr.com. 

Nigeria saves $500 million from direct sales of crude oil — NNPC (premiumtimesng)

Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) announced that Nigeria saves over $500 Million from the direct sale of Crude Oil and Direct Purchase of Products (DSDP) programme.

The announcement was made at the NNPC Towers in Abuja by Maikanti Baru, the Group Managing Director of NNPC in a meeting with interested bidders. Mr. Baru said that the DSDP has saved $500 million, especially in the reduction of the amount paid on demurrage by NNPC. He described the DSDP as a main source of the corporations' petroleum supply portfolio, stating that since its implementation, supply of petroleum products has been stabilised.

He said; “The DSDP programme has ensured that the supply from the refineries is fully augmented to meet national supply and sustained over 30 days sufficiency of Premium Motor Spirit, PMS, otherwise known as petrol”.

Mr. Baru explained that the partnership between NNPC and product suppliers was enhanced by the transparency of the DSDP programme. He attributed the significant changes so far made by the corporation in the past one year as the  major catalyst in the improvement of quality and assurance.

Mr. Baru stated that; “One of the cardinal principles of NNPC under my leadership is the entrenchment of measures that will ensure transparency, accountability, performance and profitability in line with our FACT principle of a Focused, Accountable, Competitive, Transparent Organization conducting its business with Integrity as enshrined in our 12 Business Focus Areas (BUFA)”.

While in a released statement by NNPC spokesperson, Ndu Ughumadu cited that over 128 local and foreign oil and gas companies have signified their interest to participate in the DSDP programme. Mr. Ughumadu explained that the DSDP programme was implemented in 2016, and it is carried out through the direct sales of crude oil to refiners or consultants, who supply NNPC with equivalent worth of products. He also said the first batch of bids will last for one year, starting from 1st of April.

According to the statement, the Group General Manager, Crude Oil Marketing Division, Mele Kyari, said the tender process was to optimize revenue for the Federal Government in compliance with the anti-corruption drive of the Government, adding that yardsticks for successful bidders would include, possession of financial strength, cognate experience in crude oil business as well as competence to deliver on mandate.