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How we’re tackling water shortages in Sokoto – Tambuwal



Sokoto state government said it has devised strategies to tackle the current water scarcity bedevilling the state capital and parts of some major towns across the state.

Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal stated this when he inspected water levels at Goronyo dam which experts say have depleted by as much as 90 percent of its installed one billion cubic meter capacity.

Speaking after the inspection, Tambuwal said the depletion of the dam’s water level was alarming.

“The reservoir of Goronyo Dam was constructed to hold one billion cubic meter of water but as we’ve seen today, the water in it is just about 100 million cubic meter.

“This has resulted in inadequate supply to the water board and in effect, we had to resort to rationing water to the people. We have however adopted proactive measures to boost supply to the people pending when the rains will come and increase the volume of water in the dam.

“I have directed the state water board to immediately reactivate 12 boreholes in Sokoto metropolis and build additional ones to supplement what we get from other sources,” the Governor added.

Tambuwal urged residents to be more patient as solution to the problem is implemented.

“We urge the people to be more patient and to please economise their use of water. Residents should please stop wasting water because it is a precious commodity. We are doing everything possible to overcome these challenges.”

Tambuwal said since the turn of the year, the sum of N510 million has been released to the water for the provision of water treatment chemicals, maintenance, settlement of electricity bills, provision of gas among others which are needed for effective water distribution.

He equally urged religious scholars and community leaders to pray for early rainfall in the state this year.

Conducting the Governor round the dam site, Managing Director of Sokoto Rima River Basin Development Authority, Engineer Buhari Bature, said the depletion was the worst seen in the dam in over 25 years.

He attributed the problem to shortage of rainfall in 2017, climate change and lack of desilting of the dam.

He said the problem has affected water supply to waterboard and irrigation farming in Sokoto and Kebbi states.

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Mobile ecosystem rapidly evolved last 20 years – LG chief



President, LG Electronics, Middle East and Africa, Mr. Kevin Cha has said that LG Electronics’ strategy for smartphones is to continue expanding the Artificial Intelligence (AI) capabilities, while constantly refining existing features to make them easier and more convenient to use.


He said the AI upgrades will not be limited to new LG models only but certain AI features will also be introduced to existing LG smartphones via overthe- air updates, after taking into consideration various hardware specifications and the stability of the LG smartphone models to ensure the user experience remains seamless, friendly and customised.


He noted that LG’s leadership signalled shift in January at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas with the announcement that LG’s future is in AI and not limited to hardware specs and processing speeds. “Our focus, moving forward, is on creating smarter smartphones and we are excited about the transformation this will bring about in user experiences and behaviour.


“In the last 20 years, the mobile ecosystem has rapidly evolved, and we are now in a world in which consumer behaviour shifts and tech infrastructure grows even more capable in a period of mere months.


“Businesses may find it tempting to be driven by the changes in the world, but we believe it’s more important to keep an eye on the big future picture, without getting caught up and swept away by gimmicks and trends.


After all, reactionary approach is neither sustainable nor innovative. “In every generation, a number of emerging technologies converge, and something revolutionary occurs.


Over the past decade, a maturing internet, increasing bandwidth, sleek and more immersive and intuitive products have gained traction and the trend now seems to be with one of the most gamechanging of all times –AI technology.


“This new era is creating an ideal platform for artificial intelligence (AI) to move into the mainstream, and it is this convergence of increasing computing power, big data and machine learning that is reshaping the world we live in and our relationships with technology and each other.


“Mobile AI revolution is beginning to open up new and exciting possibilities for applications.


This revolution promises to reshape things in the next few years.


It will also be a revolution very different from what we have known so far, because it is no longer just a question of increasing the processing power of smartphones, but of a real concept change that involves giving our phones the ability to learn and decide for themselves the best way to function,” he said.



According to updates from the World Economic Report, five billion people have access to a mobile device, and more than three billion of the world’s citizens can instantly connect with almost anyone around the world via the internet. In the next few years, 50 billion things – everything from light bulbs and refrigerators to roads and clothing – will be connected to the internet.

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Anambra agog as Obiano is sworn in for second term



Anambra State capital was yesterday lit up in celebration as the incumbent Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Oboano and his Deputy; Dr. Nkem Okeke was yesterday sworn in for a second term in office.


The Governor who had a landslide victory in the November, 2017 governorship election in Anambra State was sworn in by the state Chief Judge, Hon Justice Peter Umeadi at exactly 1pm amidst jubilation and chanting of songs by Anambra people after his deputy was sworn in at 12 45pm.



The venue of the event, Ekwueme Square was filled to the brim by politicians, the clergy, dance groups, Anambrarians and well wishers of the Obiano administration who thronged to the place to be part of the epoch occasion.



Addressing the mammoth crowd after his swearing-in, Obiano thanked the people for supporting his government through their hundred percent vote saying that the late Ikemba Nnewi, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu would be proud of Anambra people for their overwhelming support of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).


He thanked particularly his campaign Director, Senator Victor Umeh for working tirelessly to ensure he was returned as the governor of the state.


His words, “Ndi Anambra, our dear state is on a journey of self awakening and discovery. We are reaching for the stars with the moon beneath our feet and I am most grateful to you for choosing me and Nkem Okeke to lead you on this journey.


“I bow in humility to the leadership and members of our great party, APGA, for fighting a good and decent fight to ensure our victory at the polls. Umunnm, gabu nke anyi! I must say ‘thank you’ to the newest Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Chairman of my Re-election Campaign Organisation, Chief Sir Victor Umeh and his team for running what has been largely described as an outstanding campaign in Nigeria.


“I want to assure Anambra people that the democratic garden they watered with their votes on November 18, 2017 will bloom with flowers of progress. It will flourish to our joy and happiness and to the admiration of all Nigerians,” he said.


While going through memory lane, the governor recalled the promise he made when he was sworn in four years ago expressing happiness over the state of security in the state.


He noted that the cities and communities have been recovered from brutal armed robbers and kidnappers who once made Anambra State a dread to decent people and a taboo to investors.


“We have turned the table on our collective enemies and turned our adversities into advantages. We are Nigeria’s safest state today. We have elevated governance from building roads and bridges to building lives.


“We are the new agricultural model for Nigeria. Our cities and communities are aesthetic wonders with dazzling lights at night.”


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Ohanaeze Delta Central, South reconcile, chart way forward



After over a decade of squabbles that rubbed it of its shine, the Delta Central and South Senatorial zones of Igbo apex socio-cultural group, Ohaneze Ndi Igbo is back on its feet.


Following the reconciliation, Chief Ezeh Nnajiofor Michael, an engineer, who contested the 2015 Ebonyi State House of Assembly on the platform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, (APGA), will be formerly handed the mantle of leadership today in Warri, Delta State.


In a chat with journalists at his Warri residence, he said Ohaneze under his watch will seek peace at all times. “Crisis has never yielded good dividends because it hampers development, progress and unity. Hence it should not be encouraged under any guise. My emergence as new president of Ohaneze Ndigbo Delta Central and South Senatorial zones will consolidate peace, unity and love, for the progress of Ndigbo and our host communities.


He acknowledged that Ndigbo in the area had some issues a few years back, but on March 17, 2012, the Deacon Jerry Chibuzor Azikiwe-led administration proffered peace and ended the feud.


“Since then peace has been restored and has come to stay. And Ndigbo in our zone now speak with one voice. That was what gave birth to the handover that will be taking place to Ebonyi State as enshrined in a working document put together by that administration.

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