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Jamb 2017 – Beware of Fraudsters!


Jamb 2017 – Beware of Fraudsters!
Please be informed that the Joint Admission Matriculation Board has commenced registration of students for the 2017 examination. It is important to note here that fraudsters are on the prowl to make away with people’s fortune hence the need to write this and create awareness.

As at the time of writing this, many have already fallen victims of scam in which their hard earned monies have been carted away by these syndicates of cybercrime. It is against this back drop I am sharing this for you to know that the original Jamb portal is www.jamb.gov.ng, don’t make any mistake about it. The second thing is that, you are not to pay money to anybody until you have created a profile and from there a code will be generated and that is what you will use to go to bank and pay the bank will generate a pin code for you.
Don’t buy any scratch card! Don’t pay money into any individual account! Don’t visit any portal if it is not the one above! To be forewarned is to be forearmed!  Please share and pass it around.
Below are the instructions for Jamb registration.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR JAMB 2017
The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has opened its official website to prospective candidates of the 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) to commence their registration.
The examination body which introduced some novelty changes in the registration process has released a set of instructions for prospective candidates.
 Here are some of the guidelines provided by JAMB:
1. Registration fee
The registration fee for the 2017 UTME or Direct Entry is Five Thousand naira (₦5,000) only. Candidates are also, as usual, to pay Five Hundred naira (₦500) only to obtain the reading text- ‘In Dependence’ for UTME candidates and ”The Last Days at Forcados High School” for Direct Entry candidates.
2. Mock examination fees
The mock examination is optional which will take place in all the accredited CBT centres to prepare and familiarize interested candidates with the CBT environment. Interested candidates are advised to indicate their interest in the mock examination during the registration process.
The CBT Centres are allowed to collect through their (CBT Centres) bank accounts, a separate Seven Hundred naira (₦700) only, for this exercise.
The mock examination will take place on Saturday, April 8, 2017.
3. Each candidate must have personal e-mail address and mobile phone number.
 4. Each candidate is to use his/her functional and valid personal e-mail address. The system would reject at the point of registration any already used e-mail address.
5.Website details
Each candidate must personally create a JAMB profile on the JAMB portal through JAMB Mobile App available on Android, Windows and iOS platforms OR visit a Bank, NIPOST to create his/her JAMB profile on the JAMB portal: Name, date of birth, personal e-mail address and place of origin are required to create the profile.
6. Registration
Payment for JAMB’s E-PIN-registration and the recommended reading text is done at the banks and NIPOST. Banks have also agreed to make these services available at CBT centres and JAMB state offices.
7. CBT centres
Each candidate should visit any accredited CBT centre (the list of accredited CBT centres are on our website  with his/her personal details, the profile and evidence of payment.
8. JAMB supplies
The CBT centre or JAMB State Office, supplies, at no extra cost, the prescribed reading text and the CD containing:
a) e-brochure showing guidelines on admission detailing list of tertiary institutions and available programmes of study.
b) Syllabus (e-syllabus) for the examination.
c) Step by step guide on completing the application form.
d) A video messages from the Registrar of JAMB and a demo on how to use eight (8) keys for UTME examination without mouse. (For candidates with little familiarity with Computers
Source: Daily Post

HOW TO HANDLE UNSOLICITED TEXT MESSAGES


HOW TO HANDLE UNSOLICITED TEXT MESSAGES

Have you been bothered with unsolicited text messages by your network provided? Never to worry, there is a solution. Over the years since the coming of GSM network in Nigeria, one of the things the subscribers were plagued with is this unsolicited text messages. In fact, when it started, subscribers were made to pay for those unsolicited messages even though it was sent without their consent and those messages came at a high cost. The subscribers however under heavy burden had to cry out and Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC) came to their rescue and that eased the tension. Even though it has not really solved the problem but it was reduced the barest minimal.
NCC has done a great job in really clipping the wings of these network providers by even sometimes imposing sanctions but what it could not stop is the issue of the unsolicited text messages. Of recent, the Nigerian Communications Commission introduced a DND to stop this with little success, however, to further enforce this, they introduced a code that will enable subscribers to stop all these unsolicited text messages.
How do you go about it?
Following a directive to the telecommunications service providers in the country, the operators will from July 1, 2016, activate the ‘Do Not Disturb’ (DND) facility which gives subscribers the freedom to choose what messages to receive from the various networks.
With this directive, the operators have been mandated to dedicate a common short-code (2442), which will enable subscribers take informed decisions according to The Guardian. The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) had on April 19, in a letter, which emanated from its Legal and Regulatory Department and directed to the Mobile Network Operators (MNOs), given them till June 30, 2016 to stop sending unsolicited Short Message Service (SMS) or calls to subscribers.


The NCC had placed a N5 million fine on any MNO that fails to comply with the directive as at when due and further N500,000 per day for as long as the contravention persists.
Therefore subscribers are asked to send help to the code 2442 to make a choice of which type of short message they would like to receive from the Mobile Network Operators. If you want to completely stop receiving unsolicited SMS from the MNOs just SMS “STOP” to 2442, from there, you will never receive any unsolicited SMS again; and should you receive it after sending that message, you are at liberty to report them to the NCC for appropriate action.
Below are the various options the commission listed:

a. “SMS 1” for receiving SMS relating to Banking/Insurance/ Financial products
b.     to 2442
c.     “SMS 2” for receiving SMS relating to real Estate to 2442
d.    “SMS 3” for receiving SMS relating to Education to 2442
e.     “SMS 4” for receiving SMS relating to Health to 2442
f.  “SMS 5” for receiving SMS relating to Consumer goods and Automobiles to 2442”
g. “SMS 6” for receiving SMS relating to Communication/ Broadcasting Entertainment/IT to 2442
h.     “SMS 7” for receiving SMS relating to Tourism and Leisure to 2442
i.       “SMS 8” for receiving SMS relating to Sports to 2442
j.       “SMS 9” for receiving SMS relating to Religion to 2442

Never suffer in silence, do this and end the agony of receiving unwanted text
messages by the service providers.

Prospects of Rice Farming in Tingno updated


I was at Tingno, a village in Lamurde local government; I was able to capture this sight. This is a popular market in a village called Tingno under Lamurde Local Government where the residents are predominantly farmers and fishermen.

 Tingno Market
This area has long been known for rice farming and fishing. Every year it has always been harvest of rice in that area. Unfortunately, as efforts are being made by the government to encourage farmers and indeed Nigerians to diversify the economy in the area of agriculture, there has been little or no mention of this place: Each time I listen to news and places are mentioned where they farm rice, I don’t really hear of this very place. It is however interesting to note that, the people are not deterred as that has been their lifestyle (farming); they are not farming to impress anybody as that is their means of livelihood.
 Rice being piled up at Tingno Market
Long before I hear of Abakaliki and other places I always hear on the news, this place has been known with rice farming. Going to that market especially on the market day which every Thursday, what you would be greeted with are pyramids of rice. Trucks come from far and near, places like Kano, Jigawa etc coming to load the rice. Yet, in this revolution of agriculture sequel to recession, the place is never mentioned; whether it is deliberate or oversight, I do not know. But I have decided to take the pains to write as I contribute my own quota.
 Rice farm
There are gains in recognizing this place and encouraging farmers as they continue with their franchise. I must however point out some challenges I noticed in the area. One major challenge with the place is the access road to the place. From Lafiya through Lamurde and down to Jen, the road is terrible! As such transporting this produce is always met with a lot of difficulty. If the government can take care of that road, a lot of activities will crop up there which will help revamp the economy. First, if there is access road, filling stations will be established in those areas going by a lot of traffic that ply that road. Secondly, people will build hotels and rest houses; this will mean employment to a lot of youths that also means more revenue, sales and services will thrive in the area booming the economy of the area which in turn will lessen over dependence on the government. So there is the need to do that road from Lafiya down to Jen which is the gateway between Adamawa and Taraba State. The second thing I would like to highlight is, there is the need to establish a standard rice milling Machine in the area. This also will provide employment and would increase productivity in the area not only that, the farmers will be motivated to do more. Suffice it to say that, if these two things are provided in the area, I believe aside providing food for other states, Adamawa State will have sufficient food.
 Rice being loaded at Tingno Market
 
Right now, from Numan axis through the area in question, one could see rice all over the place. This is something that should be encouraged in order to sustain the state and other places as well. I believe we must stop politicking when it comes to issues like these and face the facts. The picture above is a testimony of what I am saying. Those are only few trucks out of many that even has parking space waiting for their turn to load. You can just take a walk and go see for yourself. I therefore call on the authorities concerned to look into these issues seriously for the progress of the state and not only that, should there be any other place that a good thing like this is happening should be encouraged to do more. We need a lot of milling machines in those areas to enhance productivity and that will lead us on the path of industrialization. I believe if the authorities concerned take this seriously, there is going to be a serious revolution and that will boost food production in our State and in Nigeria as a whole. God bless Adamawa State, God bless Nigeria. We welcome your comments, and hope you will like and share and let it trend until it gets to the right people to act on it.

 

THE POTENCY OF SOCIAL MEDIA AND ITS NEGATIVE EFFECTS


THE POTENCY OF SOCIAL MEDIA AND ITS NEGATIVE EFFECTS
The era in which we find ourselves is an era whereby information is at the tip of your finger. While some people call it computer age, others call it jet age; jet age because of how fast things are done and the way people want to get immediate results for almost anything. Others call it microwave era. All these names are a pointer to the fact that times have changed and if you are to be relevant in the present world, then there is the need for readjustment to conform to the modern times or trend. Many have expressed pessimism and therefore resolve not to join the band wagon especially those of older generation. Meanwhile, others greeted it with arms wide open, much enthusiasm and optimism.
It is amazing how you find information without tears as opposed to tradition of going to library, browsing through the shelves just to get information. In those days, you want to borrow a book form the library, you have to be a registered member, but times have changed and that era is gone, it is a new era: An era where we live in a global village though we live in worlds apart. Where boundary matters not. What matters is you having a smart phone with internet connection, that is all! We are talking about social media here. Social media has adversely affected they way we behave and do things.
What is Social Media?
This is a platform where people meet and socialize without necessarily knowing each other or seeing each other. Social Media is define as  computer mediated technologies that allow the creating and sharing of information, ideas, career interests and other forms of expression via virtual communities and networks (According to Wikipedia). Social media is not only beneficial to humans; it can also be harmful if not properly harnessed or utilized. While in most parts of the world people are deploying the medium harnessing it, some countries have banned the use of social media because their perceived dangerous dimension and negative effects, because they don’t understand it and the phobia of its potency.
We shall discuss all these in detail. We shall also discuss the benefits and its dangers. Social media connects people of different climate, race, class and age. It breaks all barriers set by mortals against their will. That is how powerful this tool can be. It is a platform where the poor and the rich relate freely without having to follow any protocol save one set by the social media platform. This tool is a double edged sword, it can make or mar you, and it all depends on how you see it. While this is true, we have seen social media giving voice to the voiceless. It offers a platform for people to express themselves freely and have given others confidence. Those who are ordinarily introverts are suddenly turned extroverts.
The social media comes with the aid of the internet with the aid of service providers. These give clients the opportunity to choose which service they prefer. Smart phones to an extent played a major role in achieving this as opposed to restricting internet to cyber cafes or use of laptops, desktops etc. Some institutions provide free Wifi to their areas. All these are the revolutions going on. So all these combined and facilitate the booming of the media we are talking of.
Potency of Social Media
Potency here talks of power, effectiveness, and strength. The social media wields a strong power, a very influential one and like we said earlier, it can either make or mar you depending on how you view or use it.
Even though we agree that social media has negative effects, it depends we see it. While some people see it as evil, others see it as a good platform to do a lot of things. Today, social media has given a lot of people voice; so many people are making money legally on both social media and the internet. People are using it to advertise their wares and services that ordinarily couldn’t have had money to advertise their businesses. It has become easier to pass across a message: This has also been a forum to connect with people of like minds. So many good things the social media presented to us which time and space will not permit.
Talking about the potency of social media, it has crippled governments, brought secrets to the fore and exposed a lot of things. Today, activism has been made both easier and possible through the use of this platform. The Arab spring was made possible through the use of social media. Of recent, after the inauguration of Donald Trump as America’s next President, there was worldwide protest because of some policies he brought; the protests were made possible through social media. Just overnight, a protest was organized and people turn out beyond the expectation of the organizers. This, is what the social media can do! It has become a potent instrument in the hands of the people to fight against oppression of whatever sort and to an extent clipped the wings of those that have the antecedents of oppression or dictatorship.
As earlier stated, while many countries welcomed this development with open arms, others who were pessimists and skeptical banned or regulated the use in their countries for some of these reasons we intend to look at:
1.     Negative Effects:Just like anything that has an advantage is said to have a disadvantage, social media has its own share of negative effects on the society. This is so because it has derailed our moral values in so many ways and parents have little or no control over it. Sometimes because we get connected to people we don’t even know, it turns out to be a weapon in the hands of the enemy to harm us. Children read and see things they should not see; terrorists are using it to recruit its soldiers, children abuse and insult their elders in the process of conversation without any modicum of respect. Lies on the prowl and people are prone to believe the lies without making efforts to verify. This is one aspect the governments need to harness to counter such effects if not; it shapes the minds of the people on the negative side.
On negative effects, I must not fail to mention what it has done so far. This has caused a lot of trauma in families, caused broken homes. It is quite unfortunate that it has turned wives into flirts and husbands too. It seems to encourage immorality and all such vices if not properly handled, can destroy the good society that we knew and give us an alien society. My advice here is that, the use of social media should be at ones discretion.
2.     Because they don’t understand it:Lack of understanding how it works makes people pessimistic and as such they become onlookers and bystanders. They criticize instead of harnessing and making good use of it and in the process the y lose out. People criticize what they don’t understand; same goes with the social media.
3.     The Phobia of Its Potency:The power it wields sends shivers to the spines of different people, organizations and even governments or anyone willing to subdue freedom of press and of speech. People use it against their governments who want to suppress them unlike before the advent of social media where only the government and the might control the media. In this case, everyone has to at the tip of his or her fingers. As a result, there is wide range of phobia towards it even among the various governments: It is been dreaded because of what it can do, it either make or mar a person. Other people cannot stand what it can do to a person. Some because of its power have resort to use it as a tool for blackmail etc.
The major aim of this write up is for people to know the power that this platform holds and to harness it well in their day to day life. Not only that, the idea is for people to use it for their good and not to abuse it, in so doing we will enjoy the many blessings it comes with.