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Data Analysis:NGO Trains 25 Academics



Cross Section of participants


In an effort to boost research in the academia, civil society organizations and government agencies, Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) has trained 25 participants on data analysis though Data Analysis STATA Software.

The Center said, the set of participants which is the 3rd phase of beneficiaries, is aimed at building their capacities in research and management of Data results for effective policies, educational development and programs.

STATA which is a general-purpose statistical software package, is used by researchers in many fields for data manipulation, visualization, statistics and automated reporting.

Speaking to newsmen at the end of the three day training, CITAD Executive Director Engr, Y.Z Ya’u explained that, the program is part of the Centre’s objective to support Academia and other sectors with advance knowledge to analyze data.

He said, the participants of the training were pulled from the Academia, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and Government Agencies.

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Engr. Ya’u further added that, CITAD introduced the training having realized data has become very critical not only for academic purposes but also for public policies.

“When we advertised for entries into the training, we received over 600 applications within 24 hours and we intended to train 40 people”

“We had to screen and select the intended participants to be trained which is done in batches of 40. The first and second batch was a success and today we are rounding up the 3rd Batch with 25 trainees” Y.Z noted.

The Executive Director also lamented that, most of government agencies and institutions they don’t have accurate data for their area of concern, noting that, lack of data will result to inaccurate policies and programs.

Participants who spoke at the event, Zubaida Muhammad Musa, a lecturer with Sa’adatu Rimi College of Education, Kano said they have been exposed to the utilization of data for evidence-based policies and research purposes using the STATA software.

“It is an expensive, yet priceless opportunity and knowledge to learn the STATA data analysis software” she added.

Another Participant, Jubril Abdullahi from Aliko Dangote University of Science and Technology Wudil, Kano said, they were taken through the rudiments of using STATA for Data Entry, Data Cleansing and Data Analysis.

“The STATA software allows you to input all your statistical analysis into it within a short period of time and helps you to check which data is correctly or wrongly inserted” Jubril Added.

While appreciating CITAD for giving them the opportunity to participate in the training, the participants promised to step down the training to their respective organisations and students.

Other highlights of the event was the distribution of certificates to the participants.


Breaking:Emir of Dutse Nuhu Muhammad Sunusi Passes On



Late Emir Of Dutse Nuhu Muhammad Sunusi


The Emir of Dutse  in Jigawa state North West Nigeria Alhaji Nuhu Muhammadu Sunusi is Dead.

In his verified Facebook handle a traditional title holder Santurakin Dutse  and PDP Gubernatorial Candidate of Jigawa state Mustafa Sule Lamido made the statement.


Another credible source from the Capital of Jigawa state told NIGERIAN TRACKER that Emir Nuhu Sunusi died today in Abuja but did not disclose the place where he died.

NIGERIAN TRACKER recalls that Alhaji Nuhu Muhammadu Sunusi was appointed Emir of Dutse by the military administration of Late Colonel Ibrahim Aliyu in 1995 after the passing away of his father Muhammadu Sunusi.


He reigned as the Emir for 28 years

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Naira Controversy: Emefiele Appears Before Reps. Committee



Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN) Godwin Emefiele on Tuesday appeared before the ad hoc committee of the House of Representatives on the cashless policy and deadline for the replacement of old currency notes.

Emefiele, who was supposed to appear before the Committee last week, failed to do stating he was out of the country with President Muhammadu Buhari.

The House threatenedto invoke the provisions of section 89(1)(d) of the Constitution by issuing a warrant of arrest today to compel him to appear.

The CBN Governor, who appeared with some of his assistants, went into a brief Executive session with members of the committee.

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Cashless system helps in tracking election financing — Osinbajo



By Chijioke Okoronkwo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says a cashless policy, when effectively operated in Nigeria, can help stem the surge of illicit election financing by making it possible to track funds.

Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement on Monday in Abuja, said the vice president received a delegation of the EU Election Observation Mission led by Mr Barry Andrews.

The EU Chief Observer is also a member of the European Parliament.

“I think that what we should be looking at is to provide more infrastructures.

“ The cashless thing has been really advantageous and helps with tracking.

“That sort of infrastructure is useful for more financial inclusion and the more financial inclusion you have, the easier it is to track.

“So much money can be spent without it being tracked under the current election financing practices in the country.’’

Osinbajo acknowledged the serious difficulty in controlling election financing because of cash transactions.

According to him, there are still infrastructure issues required to be in place to ensure an efficient cashless system in the country.

“With cash transactions, it is still difficult to seriously control election financing.’’

On electoral offences, the vice president said the Electoral Offences Commission Bill was at the National Assembly.

He said he hoped that it would begin a new regime of dealing with electoral offences which would be helpful.

“By and large, one shouldn’t expect INEC to be the investigator of electoral offences.

“I think that law enforcement agencies should be responsible for arresting and prosecuting offenders, state by state.

“Electoral offences are always seen through a political prism; people will always feel that they are being prosecuted because they belong to a certain party.

“What is more important is that we have to find a system where the police could have a special unit for offences during the course of elections.

“The Federal High Courts could also have a special jurisdiction to deal with offences and not extend beyond the Federal High Courts.”

On the role of the judicial system, Osinbajo said that more attention should be paid to the monitoring of tribunals and their outcomes, calling for more scrutiny from the National Judicial Council.

He disclosed that discussions had been had in the past concerning malfeasance on the part of some judges and those found guilty should be brought to the fore.

“There should be sanctions and that way, we would be able to clean up and correct some of the problems,’’ he said.

In his remarks, Andrews said that the mission would be monitoring the elections coming up next month and hope for a peaceful and fair electoral process.

According to him, it is the 7th time the INEC is inviting the EU Mission to monitor the elections, adding that the team had been in the country since Jan 11 and will be around until the end of March, 2023.

Other members of the delegation include Ms Samuela Isopi, Ambassador, EU Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS and Mr Thomas Boserup, Deputy Chief Observer, EU Election Observation Mission. (NAN)

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