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The Federal Government of Nigeria has announced a landmark initiative to send its first citizen into space.

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This pioneering effort was disclosed by Dr Mathew Adepoju, Director General of the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), during a press conference held in Abuja.

Dr Adepoju revealed that Nigeria has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Space Exploration and Research Agency (SERA) to facilitate this ambitious project.

He emphasised that this collaboration signifies a major milestone in Nigeria’s 25th anniversary of space exploration, positioning the nation among countries actively engaged in human spaceflight.
“This initiative opens up new avenues for scientific research and technological advancement,” Dr. Adepoju remarked.

He highlighted the potential of this endeavour to foster technological progress and ignite interest in STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) among Nigerian youth.

 

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Meta Hit With $220m Fine For Violating Nigeria’s Data Protection Law

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The Federal Government of Nigeria has imposed a $220 million penalty on Meta Platforms Inc., the parent company of Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp, for violating the country’s data privacy laws.

The Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) announced the fine on Friday, after conducting a thorough 38-month investigation into Meta’s data privacy practices and market behavior.

The investigation, conducted jointly with the Nigeria Data Protection Commission (NDPC), revealed extensive and ongoing violations of Nigerian laws, including the unauthorized appropriation of personal data without user consent, discriminatory practices against Nigerian users, and the abuse of Meta’s dominant market position.

The FCCPC’s final order mandates Meta to take corrective actions to comply with Nigerian laws, including ensuring users’ right to data self-determination, ceasing unauthorized data transfers, and eliminating discriminatory practices.

The penalty imposed on Meta is one of the largest in Nigeria’s history, reflecting the gravity of the company’s violations.

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We Paid N543.9 Billion Tax To Nigerian Government In 2023 – MTN

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MTN Nigeria Communication Plc. said it paid the sum of N543.9 billion in taxes and levies to the Nigerian government in 2023.

The company disclosed this in its 2023 sustainability report released over the weekend, which highlights its Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) practices.

 

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Nigeria To Develop Indigenous Blockchain, “Nigerium”, To Ensure Data Sovereignty

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Here are some key points about Nigeria’s development of the indigenous blockchain, “Nigerium”

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has announced plans to develop a homegrown blockchain, dubbed “Nigerium”, to safeguard the country’s data and ensure national security.

The idea of developing Nigerium was presented by a delegation from the University of Hertfordshire Law School.

The delegation also recommended that Nigeria establish a data embassy, a server hosted in a third-party country that would provide digital continuity and protection for the country’s data.

The development of Nigerium is expected to be a collaborative effort between NITDA and relevant stakeholders, including government agencies and private sector organizations.

On May 3, 2023, the Nigerian government approved a National Blockchain Policy for Nigeria (“Policy”).

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