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‘Constitutional Amendments’ll Lead To Highest Good For Nigerians’

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The Deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, says the proposed constitutional amendments would lead to the highest good for the greatest number of Nigerians.
He said, “Indeed, the ongoing exercise provides a platform for the good people of Nigeria to express their opinions on the fundamental laws that govern our lives.”
The Deputy Senate President, who is also the chairman of the Senate Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution, disclosed this in Sokoto, yesterday.
He spoke at the North-West Zonal Public Hearing, Sokoto Centre, comprising Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara states, holding simultaneously across the six geopolitical zones of Nigerian.
Represented by the Chairman of the Sokoto Centre, and a former governor of Kebbi State, Senator Adamu Aliero, Omo-Agege said that, the constitutional review represents a critical phase in the nation’s development, as well as advancement as a country.
A statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity to Senator Aliyu Wamakko, Bashir Mani, yesterday, quoted Omo-Agege as saying, “So far, we have had over two decades of constitutional rule, under the 1999 Constitution.
“This is an important feat, and we commend ourselves as a country, even if we are not where we aspire to be.
“As a living document, the Constitution, and to a large extent our constitutional democracy needs to be reviewed, from time to time.
“Just as in our day to day lives, we take stock of the past and plan for the future, so must be with the nation.”
The Deputy Senate President further stated that, at the commencement of the 9th Senate, the lawmakers had set for themselves a legislative agenda, as a basis on which they will be assessed.
According to him, conspicuously included in that agenda is the need to address, by way of constitutional amendments, topical and crucial issues like the Judicial and Electoral Reforms, Local Governments Autonomy, Devolution of Powers and Fiscal Federalism, among others.
He explained, “If we get these items through successfully, then, our constitutional democracy will be set on the right pedestal, and ultimately, Nigeria will take its pride of place among the enviable democracies in the world.
“It is, therefore, with great pleasure that I convey the intention of the Senate to leverage on this exercise, to achieve as many milestones as possible.”
Declaring open the exercise, the Sokoto State Governor, Hon Aminu Tambuwal, represented by his Deputy, Alhaji Muhammadu Dan Iya, described the Constitution as the reference point of democracy.
He said, “And in the 22 years of Nigeria’s experience in government by representation, our gains have more than justified our challenges.
“All constitutions are, therefore, work-in-progress, because they are subject to the changing needs and aspirations of the people, at different times.
“And constitutional reviews are the processes for ensuring this guiding document plays that function.”
Also speaking, the Chairman, Progressives Governors’ Forum and Kebbi State Governor, Senator Abubakar Bagudu, opined that, the exercise was coming at the time of Nigeria’s life when more dialogue was direly needed.
He said that, this became more evident and glaring sequel to the prevalence of myriad of topical issues agitating the minds of many Nigerians.
“It is an opportune time to, therefore, collectively brainstorm on how to discuss these issues, for the country to move forward in unison, by having a more robust Constitution.”
There were also goodwill messages from the Speakers of the Sokoto and Zamfara states’ Houses of Assemblies, Aminu Achida, and Nasiru Magarya, respectively.
In a vote of thanks, the senator representing Sokoto North Senatorial District and also a former Governor of Sokoto State, Aliyu Wamakko said that, the proposed review of the Constitution was for the good of all Nigerians.
Wamakko, who is a member of the North-West Sub-Committee, Sokoto Centre, lauded the National Assembly for the initiative, as part of the 9th Senate Legislative Agenda.
He commended all Nigerians for participating in the exercise, just as he specifically thanked all governors in Nigeria for their invaluable support to ensure the success of the all-important national assignment.
Wamakko averred that, “It will afford all Nigerians to meaningfully contribute to the review exercise, hence, the entrenchment of a more equitable Nigeria.”

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NASRDA Moves To Promote Space Technology In S’East

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In its quest to boost creativeness of space technology and its innovations among Nigerian youths, the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) through its Southeast Advanced Space Technology Applications Laboratory (SE-ZASTAL) has commenced a turn-round space technology applications promotion among the secondary schools in the region.
The Coordinator, SE-ZASTAL, Federal University, Ndufu-Alike, Mr. Andrew Onwusulu, made this known while declaring open a training outreach held for 442 students at the main hall, Federal Government College, Okposi, Ohaozara Local Government Area of Ebonyi state.
According to him, “the space applications promotion outreach was part of activities designed for the secondary students to sharpen their intellectual capability in science and technology innovations”.
Tagged “Capacity building for young minds: Benefits of Space and Technology Applications”, the outreach, he explained, “will forever remain in the minds of the students who participated in the training based on series of lectures and skills benefited”.
The principal of the School, Mr. Frank O.A. Omale, in his opening address thanked the agency’s new DG, Dr Mathew Adepoju, through the SE-ZASTAL Coordinator, Mr. Onwusulu Andrew, who outlined the significance of the training as a means of expanding the knowledge of Space Science to the people at the grassroots.
Mr. Omale urged the students to be serious with their studies, describing it as a great opportunity for FGC, Okposi, to be selected first, on the list of the schools mapped out for such training in the Southeast States.
In his remark, the Principal of the School, Mr Omale Frank, observed that no nation can survive the present struggles without  adequate involvement in space technology and its innovations.
He, therefore, charged Science students to rededicate their time to deep reading and aligning with current trends in technology, which he said remain very pivotal to national development.
Other instructors which included Engr. Chinedu Akarugwo, focused on the topic, “Basic Space Science and Technology of SE-ZASTAL”, and Miss Precious Ugwu with the “Space Careers”, as well as Engr. Agu John-Paul Okechukwu, who taught on, “Understanding our environment thorough earth observation”, all highlighted the impacts of Space Science researches and innovations in the environment.
During the training session, the students also had opportunities to access the SE-ZASTAL’s facilities to test, and were also exposed to the activities of NASDRA in other States, such as The National Centre for Remote Sensing, Jos, Centre for Basic Space Science, Nsukka, Enugu State; Centre for Atmospheric Research, Anyigba, Kogi State, Ile-Ife, Lagos.
Some of the students who shared their experiences after the lecture, including an SSS2 student, Okorie Ifeanyichukwu Timothy, described the training as “well-organised”, noting that it would stimulate students’ interest in the technical aspects of promotion and its applications.
Another student, Ogbonna Confidence A., urged the government to support teachers and researchers in the agency, expressing her willingness to take her time to visit the Agency’s headquarters and other NASRDA offices during holidays.
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SEC Directs Capital Market Operators To Implement ERM Framework 

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The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has mandated all capital market operators to implement an Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) framework that aligns with internationally recognised standards.
In a statement issued on the Securities and Exchange Commission website, the SEC said these standards include those set by the Committee of Sponsoring Organisations of the Treadway Commission, the International Organisation for Standardisation, and the Financial Action Task Force Recommendations.
It added that this initiative aims to bolster risk management practices within the capital market, minimize systemic impacts, and safeguard stakeholders’ interests.
“All capital market operators are hereby directed to implement an enterprise risk management framework that conforms to international standards, such as the Committee of Sponsoring Organisations of the Treadway Commission, the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO 31000), Financial Action Task Force Recommendations and any other internationally recognised risk management standards.
“Adoption of comprehensive risk management practices is imperative for minimising systemic impact and safeguarding the interests of all stakeholders”, the statement explained.
According to the commission, the new ERM framework requires CMOs to consider their operational structure, business activities, client demographics, products, services, and delivery mechanisms.
It noted that the framework must include a comprehensive risk governance structure with clear roles and responsibilities, including the establishment of a risk management committee.
To ensure accountability and oversight, the SEC directed CMOs to define their risk appetite, tolerance statements, and consistent reporting to senior management and the Board of Directors.
It added that organisations must implement risk-awareness programmes to cultivate a culture of risk management throughout their operations.
“This directive is aimed at strengthening the implementation of risk-based supervision, including anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing measures in the capital market.
“Consequently, all CMOs are required to submit a Board-approved risk management policy (selectable and searchable PDF format) on or before September 30, 2024, via email at rbs@sec.gov.ng to obtain a ‘No Objection'”, it stated.
The commission noted that the directive was part of its broader strategy to enhance risk-based supervision in the capital market, including measures for anti-money laundering, countering the financing of terrorism, and countering proliferation financing.
It also asked CMOs to submit an annual risk profile by January 31 of each year.
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Firm Combats Fraud Through Data Technology 

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A digital technological firm, the Visa,  has concluded plans to protect sensitive data for individuals, saying its technology helped to save about $650 million that could have been lost to fraudsters  in 2023.
A statement from the firm revealed that the technology, known as Visa tokens, generated more than $40 billion in incremental e-commerce revenue for businesses globally.
The statement added that Visa would continue to enhance security across the payment ecosystem through the technology, known as tokenization.
“Visa, a world leader in digital payments, recently announced a significant milestone achieved by its tokenization technology, revealing that Visa tokens have generated more than $40 billion in incremental ecommerce revenue for businesses globally and saved $650 million in fraud in the last year”, the statement explained..
Visa also announced it has issued more than 10 billion tokens since the technology’s launch in 2014.
“Over the last 10 years, Visa has further enhanced security across the payment ecosystem through tokenization, a technology that replaces sensitive personal data with a cryptographic key that conceals sensitive payment data.
“Tokenization can be embedded into any device, making digital payments more secure while being virtually useless to scammers.
“Currently, 29% of all transactions processed by Visa use tokens, reflecting their widespread adoption and the trust consumers place in this secure payment method.
“Tokenization technology has also caused a six-basis point increase in payment approval rates globally. Overall, tokenization can reduce the rate of fraud by up to 60%, providing businesses with more successful transactions and offering much-needed peace of mind to consumers and merchants of all sizes.
“Visa, announced the milestone live onstage at Money20/20 in Amsterdam recently, issued its billionth token in 2020. Due in part to the shift to digital during the pandemic, the adoption of tokens accelerated significantly in the last four years.
“Today, over 8,000 issuers are enabled for tokenization, with over 200 markets empowered with the technology globally. In the last 12 months, over 1.5 million eCommerce merchants transacted with Visa Tokens every day.
“A recent Visa survey revealed that less than one third of consumers globally feel in control of their data, and only slightly more than one third fully understand how their data is used.
“However, Tokenization can unlock a whole new era of personalization and security, one where consumers control their data and approve when and where it can be shared for a more personalized experience.
“In the not-too-distant future, Visa data tokens could help merchants and commerce platforms use your data in a way that is both transparent and gives you control, meaning you decide who gets access to your data (and when they no longer do) as well as how your data will be used.
“Powered by AI, Visa data tokens let consumers view, consent to, and revoke data sharing access, right from their banking app”, the statement posited.
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