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RSG To Test-Run Software System, March 22

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Rivers State Government, says arrangement has reached an advanced stage to test-run its payroll software system.

The state Commissioner of Finance, Dr Chamberlain  Peterside said this while addressing newsmen in Port Harcourt over the week.

Peterside, hinted that the exercise would kick-start on March 22, 2012 after an official unveiling of the payroll office.

According to him, the software system would handle the management of civil servants service payroll from May this year after the successful test-running of the system.

The commissioner said the process would involve the generation of monthly salary figures by Zenith Bank and his ministry repeatedly for the next two months.

He was confident that the new software system would guarantee accuracy of the monthly salary figures and address other related issues.

The Tide reliably gathered that the system has been on course since July last year, while the state government has invested huge resources for its equipping and other logistics.

It was also gathered that the Ministry of Finance has put in place an automated and effective payroll software system designed to arrest and solve the issue of ghost workers.

The initiative was part of efforts by the present administration to build public finance institutions in the state.

Earlier, the Finance Commissioner had said that the administration of all payroll matters would be handled internally by his ministry as soon as the system begins full operation.

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Zoho  Introduces Free Digital Invoice To Empower SMEs

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Zoho Corporation, a global technology company yesterday announced  its free online invoicing solution, ‘Zoho Invoice’ to further extend the company’s support for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)
The Corporation’s Regional Manager, Africa, Mr Andrew Bourne, said in a statement  that the company’s decision reinforced its support for the SME community and would allow business owners to simplify billing and payment processes.
According to him, digital invoice also helps companies receive payments faster.
According to reports that digital invoice makes life easier.
It replaces the tedious processing of paper invoices and manual processes, with an innovative, simple, automatic and secured method of conducting businesses.
Bourne said that Zoho Invoice’s revenue growth had rapidly increased, demonstrating the need for a comprehensive invoicing solution to aid businesses from any industry to shift from manual to digital.
According to him, due to the pandemic, SMEs have decided to modernise their invoicing processes at an accelerated rate.
“We launched Zoho Invoice in 2008, with the goal of providing a fully customisable invoicing solution for businesses of all sizes; since then we have  grown to millions of users worldwide.
“Through the migration from paper-based invoicing to digital invoicing we have  seen the need for simplified billing to fit the customised needs of the SME community.
“Our roots are centred around helping the SME community which has supported Zoho from the beginning, and we understand the challenges that SME’s have had to undergo that were onset from the global pandemic.
“We hope offering Zoho Invoice for free continues to help businesses rebuild and grow amongst challenging times that they face today and for the future,’’ he said.
Bourne said that to continue the company’s support of the SME community, Zoho Invoice was also  offering advanced capabilities such as time tracking, auto recording of expenses and project billing,.

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NCC To Strengthen Judicial Collaboration In Tackling Telecoms Challenges

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), in a bid to further protect telecoms infrastructure in the country, has restated its commitment to continue to strengthen collaboration with judicial institutions in Nigeria.
Director, Public Affairs, NCC,Dr Ikechukwu Adinde, made this known in a statement yesterday in Abuja.
The statement said that the Executive Vice-Chairman (EVC) of the Commission, Prof. Umar Danbatta, gave the assurance during a courtesy visit by a delegation of the Kano State Judiciary to the NCC’s Kano Zonal Office.
Danbatta said that the Commission was doing everything within its regulatory mandate to enforce compliance among licencses as well as collaborating with stakeholders to protect telecom infrastructure.
He expressed regrets that some individuals indulged in willful damage of telecom infrastructure, vandalism, telecoms facility theft, and fibre optics cuts, among other crimes.
He said the criminal conspired to degrade the quality of service (QoS) in the country and, since the NCC had no prosecutorial power, the need to strengthen collaboration with the judicial arm of the government at all levels became expedient.
The EVC said that the recently-concluded NCC’s Judges Workshop held in Abuja, was a very important initiative of the Commission to continuously collaborate with members of the judicial arm of government.
He said that it was a good avenue toward updating the judiciary with the trends and regulatory dynamism of the sector with a view to improving their knowledge for effective dispensation of justice.
“NCC does not have prosecutorial power in criminal acts committed by the citizens and licencses which are inimical to the progress of the sector.
“We appreciate the ways and manners such criminal cases are being dispensed by the judiciary.
“This is a testimony to the kind cooperation NCC has been enjoying from the judiciary,” he said.
“The Commission will never fold its arms while unscrupulous citizens cause havoc on telecommunications infrastructure since that affects the quality of service innocent citizens enjoy.
“Therein lies the importance of the judiciary in the work that we have been assigned by the government to do.
“We very much appreciate this cooperation with the judiciary and we are committed to ensure that the cooperation grows stronger and stronger going forward,” the statement said.
The Chief Registrar of Kano State High Court of Justice, Alhaji Abdullahi Ado Bayero, who led the delegation, commended the efforts of NCC in fast-tracking digital transformation of governance and other sectors of the economy.
Bayero said that Judiciary, as a whole, had recognised the necessity and inevitability of digital justice system as well as full integration of ICT-based court system in the administration of justice.
He said that this position was well entrenched in the National Judiciary Information Technology Policy (NJITP), 2021, and was consistent with the NCC’s objective and strategic intervention to advance ICT knowledge and training for various public institutions in Nigeria.
“It is in line with the above that the Kano State Judiciary is determined to explore all necessary avenues and opportunities to integrate ICT-based court systems as well as digitised justice delivery systems.
“This is for efficient and effective administration of justice in the state and we request NCC’s intervention in this regard,” he said.

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Some Nigerians In Diaspora Still Rely On Fake News About Nigeria, FG Laments

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The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has insisted that some Nigerians in Diaspora still rely on platforms that peddle fake news and misinformation about Nigeria.
Mohammed also said that secessionist groups that are campaigning around the world for their causes have identified some Nigerians in Diaspora to propagate their fake narratives about the country.
The minister stated this when he received members of Nigerians in the Diaspora Organization (NIDO), UK Chapter, in Abuja, yesterday.He urged NIDO to seize the Initiative from those who are bent on painting Nigeria bad in the comity of nations, especially in the area of insecurity.
The minister also implored the organization to leverage its contacts in government circles, parliamentary groups and global think tanks in world capitals to help change the narrative and sweep the carpet off the feet of secessionist groups, insurgents and anarchists who are bent on pushing false narratives to portray Nigeria in a bad light.
Mohammed said, “I want to commend your patriotism and steadfastness, especially for this Initiative, which is aimed at shining a positive light on Nigeria, celebrating the country and contributing towards a better Nigeria. This is what patriots do, not badmouthing their country around the world.
“The Buhari administration considers Nigerians in Diaspora as critical stakeholders in the Nigerian project, hence has done the unprecedented by establishing the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), which has been doing a good job in coordinating and providing an organized system of collaborations of Nigerians in Diaspora.
“Thanks to the commission, issues affecting Nigerians in Diaspora have been receiving prompt attention. NIDCOM has also ensured that Nigerian in Diaspora are well informed about the activities of the government. It is therefore alarming and disappointing that some Nigerians in Diaspora still rely on platforms that peddle fake news and misinformation about Nigeria.
“Also, each time Mr. President travels outside the country, he has made the engagement with Nigerians in his host country a regular affair, just as we at the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture have always ensured that we interact with Nigerians when we travel outside the country for official purposes. Unfortunately, the avoidable division among Nigerians in Diaspora in some countries has hampered such engagements. But we will not relent in seeking out and engaging with patriotic Nigerians in Diaspora.
“It is in recognition of the relevance of Nigerians in Diaspora that the secessionist groups that are campaigning around the world for their causes have identified and are effectively using some of them (Nigerians in Diaspora) to propagate their fake narratives about the country, in addition to relying on their financial contributions to fund their nefarious activities. This is disheartening.
“I, therefore, want to use this opportunity to appeal to NIDO to seize the Initiative from those who are bent on painting Nigeria bad in the comity of nations. Yes, we have challenges, especially in the area of insecurity. But this administration has not only acknowledged these challenges, it is earnestly tackling them. I am bold to say that no government in the history of this country has done so much with so little.
“Instead of contributing their own quota to these efforts, all you hear from a section of Nigerians in the Diaspora and their allies back home are fake narratives and untrue allegations of religious persecution, political marginalization, human rights abuses, etc. These are baseless and false.
“As an organized and well connected group, I implore NIDO to leverage its contacts in government circles, parliamentary groups and global think tanks in world capitals to help change the narrative and sweep the carpet off the feet of secessionist groups, insurgents and anarchists who are bent on pushing false narratives to portray Nigeria in bad light. I have no doubt that you will take this call seriously and do everything in your power to change the narrative for the better.
“On our part as government, we are currently re-engineering and ramping up our diplomatic efforts to counter and reverse the narrative, in addition to countering pervasive anti-government propaganda.”

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