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Belarus, Egypt sign $1m contract to make drones

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus on Thursday disclosed that it has signed a $1m contract with Egypt  to make drones.

The official said: “We’ve held negotiations with Egyptian partners and have come to terms on a good contract – roughly $1 million – on supplying and setting up an enterprise in Egypt to train specialists and make drones.”

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Ooni honours Awolowo, Shagari, as he awards 100 Nigerian youth leaders 

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The Arole Oduduwa cum Ooni of ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, on Friday awarded one hundred Nigerian youth leaders who are doing well in their various endeavours including Seyi Awolowo and Bello Shagari who are grandsons of former Premier of the old Western region Chief Obafemi Awolowo and former Nigerian president, Alhaji Shehu Shagari respectively.

While addressing the cheering crowd gathered at the Oduduwa hall of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife to witness the event called Royal African Young Leadership Forum, an initiative created by the Yoruba overall king to celebrate exceptional Nigerian youths selected from across the country, the Ooni explained that the young population remains the major catalyst in boosting the economic growth of the country and indeed the continent of Africa.

“Africa has one of the world’s young populations with stimulating depth of human capacity and arrays of entrepreneurial relentless spirit, new dreams, unquenchable energies and ambitions.

“The united voices of millions of young populations in Nigeria and across Africa will certainly contribute solutions through their own ingenuities that would help in painting a picture of what they want for themselves, the future generations and the continent.

“I am proud of the successes been recorded by our youths despite of the challenges, I hereby identify with them and I pledge to assist them to record more wins with the throne of Oduduwa.” The Ooni noted.

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In his address, the Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare boasted that Nigeria has a brighter future especially with the immeasurable qualities possessed by the Nigerian youths.

“This programme by the Ooni validates the fact that the traditional institution and other structures in the larger Nigerian system have a great role to play in creating the country of our dream. If you carefully look at the class of youths being honoured here today, you will agree with me that our youths are worthy leaders.

“On our part as government, we shall continue to refocus the youth agenda as we remain committed to the provision of modern digital skills for the prosperity of our dear country through the able youths.

“We have concluded plans that will ensure that in the next two years, 1.5. million Nigerian youths would have acquired modern digital skills needed to compete with their counterparts globally in this century.” Mr. Dare explained.

In his opinion, the United Arab Emirates’ Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr. Fahad AlTaffaq, revealed that his embassy has partnered the Nigerian government in the past years on youth development and capacity building, adding that more would be done in the nearest future.

Dr. Fahad who made an on-the-spot donation of N5Million to support the project explained that Nigeria is blessed with exceptional youth leaders who are currently taking the lead in Africa and beyond.

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Speaking on behalf of other awardees, the grandson of the late President Shehu Shagari , Mr. Bello Shagari, described the award as a motivation for him to step up in his activities and also assist the younger generation.

Shagari who alongside his colleagues passed a vote of confidence on the Ooni christening the frontline traditional ruler as the youths’ king, pledged their utmost support and loyalty to him.

The grandson of the former Premier of the old Western Region, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Oluwaseyi Awolowo, Speaker, Oyo State House of Assembly, RT. Honourable Debo Ogundoyin, Hon. Tunde Olatunji (Chief Whip, Osun Assembly) and the youngest Assistant General Manager, Kaduna State Traffic Law Enforcement Authority, Mr. Zakariya Gambo were among other selected youth leaders.

Popular Nollywood actors, Lateef Adedimeji, Olumide Oworu, Woli Arole, Kehinde Peter, Yinka Salau and other youth leaders in the entertainment industry and beyond were so considered.

Prominent stakeholders across the country including traditional rulers, chiefs, politicians, captains of industries and academicians including the Vice-Chancellor, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede, fully attended the event which was held at the Oduduwa Hall of the institution.

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Twitter Boss, Jack Dorsey Arrives In Nigeria

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Twitter CEO and Co-founder, Jack Dorseyy, has arrived in Nigeria.

Mr. Dorsey arrived on Thursday evening as part of his listening and learning tour across Africa.

After Nigeria, Mr Dorsey is also billed  to visit Ethiopia, Ghana and South Africa.

While in Nigeria, the Twitter CEO  is expected to meet with leaders in the local technology and business ecosystem.

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Google launches mobile game service for android phones

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Google has  unveiled a subscription service for games and apps on Android-powered mobile devices in a direct challenge to Apple Arcade.

The Google Play, which was unveiled on Monday promised access to hundreds of “awesome” games free of ads or hawked virtual wares at the same $4.99 monthly subscription price as that of the Arcade service Apple launched last week for iOS devices.

“The Play Pass collection spans hundreds of titles, from games that help you unwind to apps that power productivity,” Google product manager Austin Shoemaker said in an online post.

“Play Pass is coming to Android devices in the US this week, and we’ll be bringing it to additional countries soon.”

Some of the game titles included in the launch will be Terraria, Monument Valley, Risk and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.

It will also include apps such as Accuweather which are free of in-app purchases, upfront payments or advertising.

Google said it will add new games and apps to the service each month. The internet giant also enticed people with a temporary offer to let them subscribe at a reduced price for the first year.

“Play Pass helps encourage people to try new experiences they would not have otherwise,” said Maria Sayans, chief executive of Monument Valley maker Ustwo games.

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Play Pass was announced just days after the launch of Apple Arcade, which rides a trend of video games played by subscribers instead of purchased as downloads or disks.

Apple Arcade offers unlimited access for a flat monthly price to more than 100 exclusive games uninterrupted by ads or the hawking of virtual goods.

Arcade, and now Play Pass, fit into a subscription model that is gaining traction, according to analysts.

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