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2020 SSCE: 65% score credit in Eng, Maths, three others



The West African Examinations Council finally released the results of the 2020 Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination on Monday, November 2, 2020 as promised on Sunday.

A statement by the examination body quoted its Head of the National Office, Patrick Areghan, as saying a total of 1,549,740 registered for the examination.

He said 1,003,668 candidates, representing 65.24 per cent, obtained credit and above in a minimum of five subjects, including English Language and Mathematics.

He also said 1,338,348 candidates, representing 86.99 per cent, obtained credit and above in a minimum of any five subjects – with or without English Language and Mathematics.

It disclosed that the results of 215,149 candidates, representing 13.98 per cent of the total number of candidates that sat the examination, were being withheld.

He said, “A total of 1,549,740 candidates registered for the examination from 19,129 recognised secondary schools in Nigeria. Of the number that registered for the examination, 1,538,445 candidates sat the examination.

“The examination was also administered to candidates from some schools in Benin Republic, Ivory Coast, and Equatorial Guinea where the Nigeria curriculum for Senior Secondary School is being used.

“The results of 215,149 candidates, representing 13.98 per cent of the total number of candidates that sat the examination, are being withheld in connection with various reported cases of examination malpractice.

 “The cases are being investigated and reports of the investigations will be presented to the appropriate Committee of the Council for determination in due course.”


Fed govt unveils roadmap for Africa’s digital revolution under AfCFTA



Vice-President Kashim Shettima

Fed govt unveils roadmap for Africa’s digital revolution under AfCFTA

The federal government has launched a comprehensive strategy to lead Africa’s digital trade revolution under the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA).

Vice President Kashim Shettima announced the plan on Friday, July 19, highlighting Nigeria’s position as the continent’s largest ICT hub and its potential to spearhead technological transformation.

A statement issued by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Information, Office of the Vice President, Stanley Nkwocha, indicated that the strategy is part of the Renewed Hope Agenda of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration to harness trade as a catalyst for economic growth and continental cohesion in line with AfCFTA objectives.

Shettima gave his highlight while delivering the keynote address during a Stakeholders Summit with the theme: “Digital Trade in Africa: The Renewed Hope Strategy,” held at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

“We are in a vantage position because we are the continent’s largest ICT hub, and as such, we must lead the way to the future of this peculiar wave of the Industrial Revolution.

“Our collaboration must prioritize comparisons of our policy initiatives to those of developed economies and fine-tune them to sustain our place and fast-track our growth,” the Vice President stated.

Shettima outlined key components of the roadmap to include the implementation of AfCFTA’s Digital Trade Protocol and the development of expansive technical talent hubs.


The plan, according to him, also focuses “on enhancing digital infrastructure investments, promoting disruptive innovation and entrepreneurship, and ensuring the alignment of multiple government agencies to support digital trade initiatives.”

The VP stressed the need for strong synergy between the public and private sectors in implementing the AfCFTA’s Digital Trade Protocol, just as he assured that the federal government remains committed to investing in digital infrastructure and human capital development to drive the process.

He continued: “Our collaboration must prioritize comparisons of our policy initiatives to those of developed economies and fine-tune them to sustain our place and fast-track our growth. For a sector upon which all others rely to survive, digital technologies hold the nation together, and we cannot afford to slow down.

“Our programmes, from the Investment in Digital and Creative Enterprises (iDICE) to the ongoing intervention to train 3 million technical talents by the Ministry of Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy, to the Outsource to Nigeria Initiative (OTNI), are lifelines in our digital economy.

“They offer us an avenue to not only maximize our potential but also commit to the adoption of the Digital Trade Protocol within AfCFTA,” VP Shettima further explained.

Earlier in his remarks, Minister of Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy, Dr Bosun Tijjani, said the Tinubu administration is investing significantly in every aspect of the digital trade protocol, to harness opportunities in the country and continent at large.

He explained that through innovative policies and programmes such as the 3 Million Technical Talent (3MTT) programme, data protection policy and improved investments in digital infrastructure, the administration is equipping the country’s young population for the opportunities of the present and future.

Underscoring the significance of technology in trading across the continent, Dr Tijjani said opportunities that exist within the single market area are unprecedented and could best be harnessed through effective collaboration and networking facilitated by digital technology.

In his welcome address, the Special Assistant to the President on ICT Policy, Dr. Salihu Dasuki Nakande, thanked President Tinubu and Vice President Shettima for their commitment and dedication to the Renewed Hope Agenda, which he said has laid a solid foundation for the digital transformation journey in the country.


He said their continuous support has led to the discourse on digital transformation which will equally lead to a prosperous Nigeria.

Quoting the Vice President in his address at the World Economic Forum in Davos earlier this year, Dr. Nakande said: “Looking ahead, there is a need for speed and cohesion among African countries, the idea of AfCFTA must be revived and there is no hope in keeping waiting in this world, we must act swiftly and together ensure that the AfCFTA succeeds.

“We will explore how the digital economy and AfCFTA can transform Nigerian trade, boost economic growth, support livelihoods and improve the lives of our citizens.”

According to him, Nigeria is projected to be a 1 trillion-dollar economy by 2026 and to achieve this, a digital economy is necessary, even as he noted that the next step in Nigeria’s digital future is regional integration, aligning with the African Union’s Digital Transformation Strategy for Africa, supported by Digital Protocol.

On his part, the Head of Prosperity, British Deputy High Commission, Mr Kris Kamponi, said the United Kingdom is a proud champion of open, free and fair trade, noting that it has positively impacted the UK economy.

He said the Digital Trade in Africa initiative is vital and critical in addressing all of the issues relating to growing prosperity for Africa.

In her presentation, a Senior Research Officer at ODI, Dr Prachi Agarwal, commended Nigeria for its visionary approach and leadership in prioritizing digital trade, pledging the organisation’s commitment to supporting the operationalization of the AfCFTA.

She said the ODI firmly believes in the transformative potential of digital technology, especially in unlocking market opportunities through the AfCFTA framework; hence, its resolve to partner with stakeholders in the project.

Also present at the event were the Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Shippers Council (NSC), Mr Pius Akutah; Director General of National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Mr Kashifu Inuwa; Registrar-General of the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), Mr Hussaini Magaji; Director General of Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), Mr Charles Odii; Managing Director of Nigeria Commodity Exchange, Mr Anthony Atuche, and representatives of development partners, among others.

Fed govt unveils roadmap for Africa’s digital revolution under AfCFTA

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BREAKING: FCCPC fines Meta platforms $220m over ‘discriminatory practices’ in Nigeria



BREAKING: FCCPC fines Meta platforms $220m over ‘discriminatory practices’ in Nigeria

The Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission(FCCPC) has imposed a $220,000,000 penalty against Meta Platforms Incorporated over alleged discriminatory practices against Nigerian data and consumers.  

This was disclosed on Friday in a statement signed by Dr. Adamu Abdullahi, Acting Chief Executive Officer, FCCPC.  

The penalty follows a joint investigation by the Commission, and the Nigeria Data Protection Commission (NDPC) into Meta platforms’ conduct, privacy policies, the operation thereof, and practices between May 2021 and December 2023, and over this period of 38 months.  

FCCPC’s investigation of Meta 

According to the statement,  on May 2021, the Commission had directed  WhatsApp LLC and Meta Platforms, Inc. (formerly called Facebook Inc.) to defend themselves regarding its investigative report which detailed how their conduct allegedly violated relevant data laws.  

Meta was said to have provided some information in response to the requests and summons under the joint investigation. 

Meta Parties by themselves, and retained counsels have also repeatedly engaged with, and met with investigators and analysts from the Commission, and the NDPC, including as recently as April 4, 2024,” the statement added.  


The Commission disclosed that the totality of the investigation has now concluded that Meta platforms over a protracted period of time have engaged in conduct that constitutes continuing infringements of the FCCPA and NDPR, “particularly, but not limited to abusive, and invasive practices against data subjects/consumers in Nigeria, such as appropriating personal data or information without consent, discriminatory practices against Nigerian data subjects/consumers or disparate treatment of consumers/data subjects compared with other jurisdictions with similar regulatory frameworks, abuse of dominant market position by forcing unscrupulous, exploitative, and non-compliant privacy policies which appropriated consumer personal information without the option or opportunity to self-determine or otherwise withhold or provide consent to the gathering, use, and/or sharing of such personal data.” 

FCCPC stated that being satisfied with the evidence on the record and that Meta Parties have been provided with every opportunity to articulate any position, representations, refutations, explanations or defences of their conduct and practices under law, the Commission has now entered a final Order and issued a penalty against Meta Parties including $220,000,000 fine.  

The final order highlighted Meta’s alleged infringements to include, denying Nigerian data subjects the right to self-determine; unauthorized transfer and sharing of Nigerian data-subjects personal data, including cross-border storage in violation of then, and now prevailing law; discrimination and disparate treatment and abuse of Dominance.  

The statement partly reads,  

The Final Order of the Commission mandates steps and actions Meta Parties must take to comply with prevailing law and cease the exploitation of Nigerian consumers and their market abuse, as well as desist from future similar or other conduct/practices that do not meet nationally applicable standards and undermine the rights of consumers. 

“The Final order also imposes a monetary penalty of Two Hundred and Twenty Million U.S. Dollars only ($220,000,000.00) (at prevailing exchange rate where applicable) which penalty is in accordance with the FCCPA 2018, and the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection (Administrative Penalties) Regulations 2020 (APR).” 

The Commission stated that it remains committed to its respective mandates to protect the privacy of Nigerians under the Constitution and all data protection laws and regulations, as well as to ensure that consumer rights are respected, and the markets operate in a fair and transparent manner.  

BREAKING: FCCPC fines Meta platforms $220m over ‘discriminatory practices’ in Nigeria

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Ndume defends outburst against Tinubu, says ‘I stand by statements’



Senator Ali Ndume

Ndume defends outburst against Tinubu, says ‘I stand by statements’

Senator Ali Ndume has spoken out about his removal as Senate Chief Whip, stating that he believes his actions did not justify his dismissal.

He was ousted from his position after criticizing President Bola Tinubu’s administration and its handling of national issues.

About two days after the decision, the lawmaker said he has also declined the chairmanship of the Senate Committee on Tourism, arguing that he lacks the experience and exposure to lead such a sensitive group.

The Borno South lawmaker said this in his country home of Maiduguri on Friday about 48 hours after he was removed as the Senate Chief Whip.

Ndume said that he never wanted to be a senate whip after serving as the leader in the eight Senate.

“I did not say anything wrong. And therefore I want to state that I stand by all my statements in the interview I granted,” the senator insisted.


The lawmaker said he was given the chance to choose which committee to serve as the vice chairman having successfully led the campaigns that brought about the emergence of Godwill Akpabio as president of the Senate.

“Secondly, the party that recommended to the Senate that I should be removed from being the chief whip of the Senate, I take that as an act of God because if it is God who gave me that position. It is God that took it through APC. So, I bear no grudges about that,” Ndume said.

“After all, I did not contest to be the chief whip. I did not contest to be the vice chairman of the appropriation committee. I contested to be the se one of the Senators of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and God granted me that victory and I’m happy with God, what God has given to me.”

On the charge to resign from the All Progressives Congress (APC), the senator said he is a founding member of the party.

According to him, he was one of the twenty-two senators from the PDP that formed the APC when the current national chairman of the party Abdullahi Ganduje was a deputy governor in Kano State.

He, however, stated that when former President Muhammadu Buhari in the company of President Bola Tinubu ordered him to sign a document to join APC at the Imo House in Abuja, he informed his people before going public as such, he would consult his people before deciding on whether to leave the APC or not.

Senator Ndume said he could not speak up immediately after his sack because he was mourning the death of a family member.

Ndume defends outburst against Tinubu, says ‘I stand by statements’

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