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Going through the numerous outputs of some bloggers in this part of the world these days could be as discouraging as they come as some of them appear to have lost focus.

The challenge they pose is a tragedy of our time, when we thought we should be having the best of time with information dissemination.

Indeed, one could conclude that this era of social media a la blogging and all kinds of news sites comes with its disadvantages and painful consequences.

While it is apt to agree that news is broken immediately it happen through the help of some of these next door social media; but how do you explain the use of obvious exaggeration and rhetorics in some of the outputs of bloggers and their media?

In a bid to grandstand and be commended for coming up with newsworthy materials, it is not uncommon to see these sites resorting to cheap blackmail and repackaging old reports to embarrass the organisation or person concerned.

If what we read in some of these reports should be taken retrospectively, then there is a need to apply decorum, at least for the sake of the reading public and of course the concerned organization (s).

Many readers are worried with the way few of these bloggers dwell on the past and insult the sensibility of the readers in their reports.

One of such reports that threw discerning minds off balance was a story relating to a popular bank, which was repackaged by an online medium as if the incident just happened.

It was reported by the online publication that nine staff of the new generation bank conspired to steal customers’ money running into N600 Million.

The story was not only repackaged, if the figures given in the breakdown are added they are not up to the N600 Million said to have been stolen by the staff of the bank.

This only confirms that some online media are just passionate about creating tension where there is none and misleading members of the public all in a bid to be relevant.

If we are going to get there as a nation, we have to get things right and do things the way they should be done.

Let the bloggers know that to build takes years, but a big edifice can be brought down in a day and when that is done it will take years to build again.

So, why destroying in the first instance, we should be building edifices and institutions.

It is certain that the bank must have handled the matter, when it occurred and do all within its powers to prevent a re-occurence.

Journalism is about timeliness and not writing for the sake of writing. Why repackaging an event that happened long ago, and presenting such as if it just happened?

Imagine a scenario, where it is being reported that the first Nigerian civil war is ongoing, this was an incident that happened about 50 years ago. This could mislead members of the public and cause more damage than good.

Blogging has been taken to a new dimension with what is being reported by some, may be, misinformed or unfocused bloggers, whose pastime is bringing up stale news and making it appear as if it is just breaking.

When issues like these are repeated without caution, then the essence of online media is eroded and slaughtered on the altar of charlatans and uncoordinated writers.

We must do all within our means to avoid publishing reports that have been stale as if they just happened.

Such reports belong to the past and they must be allowed to go into the dustbin of history.

There are so many things to write about today. There are issues that could engage the minds of the readers other than matters that belong to the past.

What comes to mind, when a story is read, especially in an online medium is, “oh it has just happened, ha, there they go again, let us see how it ends.’ But alas it has ended, someone is just trying to be mischievous and score a cheap goal like Argentina’s Diego Maradona in that famed World Cup finals of several years ago.

Social media and blogging sites dwell on immediate occurrences, presenting lucid accounts of fresh happenings and events, rather than bothering the readers with what belongs to the past.

People want to know what is happening now and not then. They want to know if President Muhammadu Buhari has returned from his trip abroad, or if the National Assembly is sitting on Monday to consider the virement proposal of the president, or if anybody has defected from any of the leading political parties in Nigeria and what is the latest about the detained boss of the Department of Stated Security Service (DSS), Lawal Daura and the likes.

We may have started from somewhere, but we can do better than what is being done presently.

When the chips are down only the deep can call to the deep and the future belongs to those, who can do it better and give the people what they need now rather than insulting their sensbilities with old stories that belong to the past.

When things are done ríght, then we will get it right and avoid being left behind by the countries that started with Nigeria and have gone past us in all ramifications.

*Ade Oni, a social media commentator writes from Lagos, Nigeria.

With a ratio of one in 13, Nigerian women are at an elevated risk of maternal deaths, compared to one in 26 in sub-Saharan Africa. This is why Daniel Adeleye’s report that family planning users in Lagos are on the rise, comes as cheery news.

THE family planning clinics installed by the Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (NURHI) in some selected Primary Healthcare Clinics (PHCs) in Lagos State are gaining roots and yielding the desired results.

To assist residents of the centre of excellence to attain quality lives, the NURHI in 2016 began a 72-hour renovation and equipping of family planning clinics in about 60 selected public health facilities in Lagos State under the aegis of NURHI 2.

A tour of some of these facilities organised by an NGO, Development Communications (Devcoms) with some selected journalists of print, electronic and online platforms, showed that family planning in Lagos State is yielding the desired results among residents.

At Dopemu Primary Health Centre, the clinic register showed that 275 residents of the area visited the PHC for family planning between January and March, 2018.

The Community Health Extension Worker at the facility, Olamide Oladegun, confirmed this while interacting with journalists. She noted that the turnout of residents coming for family planning is shooting up with a minimum of ten users per day.

Oladegun admonished women, especially nursing mothers, to endeavour to go for family planning immediately their babies clock six weeks, to avoid being pregnant while they are still breast feeding.

She said some of the residents have “expressed their joy for adopting Family Planning because it has reduced mortality rates among them and helped them live up to their (desired) standard of living.”

At Odunmbaku PHC in Orile Agege LCDA, the chief nursing officer, Abisola Badejo, stressed on the various family planning methods available for both male and female.

Badejo said, apart from helping with the regular community dialogue, which has geared up the data of users in the Orile Agege area, NURHI has also helped in renovating the Odunmbaku PHC to make it more accessible for the clients’ flow.

“Before I came to this facility in 2016, there was low turnout of users, but now with the help of NURHI 2, the number has shot up.”

“Before NURHI’s intervention, we were having about 20 per cent but now we are having over 90 per cent. On a daily basis, we have at least ten people coming for family planning daily,” she revealed.

Explaining the methods available at the facility, Badejo said, “We offer all family planning methods here in Odunmbaku PHC, except the permanent one, which is called vasectomy or tubal occlusion.

“We offer the pills; we have for the breast-feeding mother and we have for the regular users. We have the injectable for two months, 200ml and the one 150ml taken every 3 months.”

“We have implant, which we insert in the hand. We have for 3years, which is called ‘implanon’ and we have 5years which is called ‘jadelle’. There is another one which we call Inter Uterus Device, IUD, which we insert into the uterus,” she explained.

Speaking on the benefits, the chief nursing officer said family planning helps women save money in terms of buying pads every month, adding that they will be able to space their children and have time for their husbands.

“If a woman is on family planning, she may not menstruate and that does not mean the woman is pregnant.”

Badejo flayed the belief that family planning predisposes women to cancer, saying cancer has hereditary factor, which family planning cannot expose a woman to.

One of the users, who spoke to The Nation, Ramat Ganiyu, a 35-year-old mother of three, opined that family planning is the best source of happy home.

Recounting her ordeal when she got pregnant for her second child, when her first was barely six months, Ganiyu said, “I went through hell. For that reason, I encourage nursing mothers to go for family planning before six weeks after delivery.”

30-year-old mother of two, Temitope Rasheed, encouraged women to embrace family planning, saying she has been enjoying her marriage since she started using it.

Promote affiliate products

According to www.entrepreneur.com, no matter what industry you’re in, you can find great products to promote on websites such as ClickBank. If that doesn’t quite work for you, you can also become an Amazon Associate – promote products of your choosing and earn commissions on them — Amazon has no shortage of products.

Next, instead of spamming links on Twitter and hoping for the best, keep in mind that the most honest and effective way of promoting affiliate products is through reviews. If you personally use a product and like it, and know that your followers serve to benefit from it, then write a long-form review on your blog, and share why you like the product. Don’t be afraid to talk about your likes and dislikes about it. You can even use video if that’s more your style.

Also make sure to disclose your affiliate relationships. This is a legal requirement in most cases, but it’s also “best practice.” Your readers or viewers will appreciate your honesty.

Create and promote your products

If you already have a blog, and you’ve demonstrated your expertise on a specific subject over time, there may be an opportunity to create an ebook, audio programme or video course that you can sell to your audience. Social media is the perfect place to promote such a product.

Platforms like Gumroad, Sellfy and Amazon’s KDP programme make it easy for you to publish and sell your PDF, MP3 or video file at a price of your choice – keeping in mind that all platforms do take a cut, no matter how small.

As with anything, quality is key to creating something people not only want to read, but will pay to read. If you take extra care in creating great information, designing and promoting it well, you will definitely see an increase in sales.

Promote products and services

There are many opportunities for you to share sponsored posts that promote the products and services of other businesses. This is a very direct way of earning money from social media. But, if you don’t have a sizable following, this may not be much of an opportunity. You also have to beware of over-promoting products for want of money, because if your followers see that you’re constantly tweeting about one product or another, not only will they not click on the links, they will also unfollow you.

It’s important to mix things up. It’s wise to take the time to craft a proper social media posting schedule, to make sure you’re adding value to your followers while promoting products. Calls to action should definitely be a part of your social media strategy, but every post can’t be a call to action.

Use visual media to promote your crafts

If you tend to create handmade crafts, art pieces, or even articles of clothing and knitting, there may be an opportunity to showcase your products on social media. Instagram and Pinterest may seem like obvious places to hit, but Facebook, Twitter and Google+ are also great channels for sharing visual media. You can direct your followers to check out your products there, and between the different channels, you have the potential to make a good living.

Promote your coaching or consulting services

Social media is a great place to generate leads for your consulting business. Whether you’re a guitar teacher or a life coach, if you have demonstrated expertise in a specific area, you can create more interest in your services by connecting with your target customer on social media. Coaching sessions can be conducted over Skype, so this is definitely an opportunity to make money without leaving home. Consulting can be lucrative; so, remember not to undercut yourself. Charge a fair price for your time and effort. This strategy can also work in unison with selling information products as those who want your advice are more likely to be interested in the eBooks and courses you’ve created.

Join the YouTube Partner Programme

Building a popular YouTube channel can be a lot of work. But if you already have a following, or you’re determined to build your audience, joining the YouTube Partner Program to make money on advertising might be a path worth exploring.

There are prominent YouTube content creators who have made substantial amounts of money with this programme, but they are the exception rather than the rule. It would take a lot of time, strategy and sheer luck to make money on YouTube. However, this is a good thing to keep in mind with advertising in general. Unless you’re already getting a lot of views and clicks, you’re not going to make a lot of money on them.

Final thoughts

These are just some of the many ways you can make money with social media. There are plenty of other money-making websites for you to explore.

It’s important to remember that making money on social media isn’t necessarily easy. If you have an entrepreneurial spirit and you are willing to work hard, test and experiment, your chances at success will be far greater than the chances of those who just want to “give it a try” to see what happens. Build a strategy; don’t just wing it. Make a plan for how you’re going to reach your financial goals, and be willing to adjust when necessary.

The National Universities Commission has drafted the curriculum of a course in Cyber Security and Forensic Science which will be taught in universities.

The Executive Secretary of the NUC, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, said this in Abuja on Tuesday during a visit to the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu.

The visit, according to Rasheed, was a follow-up to a similar visit by the EFCC boss to the NUC in August 2017, when “you advocated the introduction of a course focusing specifically on anti-corruption in the curriculum of Nigerian universities.”

Magu had, during the said visit, promised that the EFCC would sponsor up to 20 PhD researchers on any aspect of corruption every year, for the next 10 years.

In response to the call, Rasheed presented a draft curriculum of a course in Cyber Security and Forensic Science to the EFCC for its input.

While commending the EFCC’s efforts at ridding Nigeria of corruption, the NUC boss acknowledged the assistance of the anti-graft agency in strengthening the universities by creating an atmosphere for a corrupt free academic system.

Responding, Magu expressed delight over the visit, saying, “The EFCC cannot claim ownership of the achievement recorded; the credit goes to every Nigerian who supports the fight against corruption.”

He thanked the NUC boss for the draft curriculum on the anti-corruption course, promising that the commission would study it and make necessary input for its effective take-off.

The EFCC boss also assured the NUC of the preparedness of the anti-graft agency to go after fraudsters operating illegal institutions in the country, with a view to restoring sanity to the system.

The EFCC says it has recovered N28bn from tax defaulters on behalf of the Federal Inland Revenue Service.

The spokesman for the EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, said this in a statement on Tuesday.

According to the statement, the Executive Chairman of the FIRS, Babatunde Fowler, lauded the EFCC for helping the tax agency to recover the money.

“Through the intervention of the EFCC, the agency has been experiencing a high level of tax compliance and it is yielding positive results,” Fowler was quoted as saying.

Fowler gave the commendation on Tuesday when he led a delegation of the FIRS officials, comprising top management members of the agency, on a visit to the anti-graft agency.

He said, “When tax defaulters are reported and invited to your office (EFCC), we see results; we don’t know how you do it, but we are seeing results and people are complying.”

He said the FIRS alone could not curtail the activities of tax evaders without the collaboration of other national and international agencies such as the EFCC.

The FIRS boss emphasised the need to strengthen the existing collaboration and synergy between the two agencies and assured Nigerians that his organisation would explore every means backed by law to ensure that taxes were paid and not diverted.

According to him, if taxes are paid, funds will be available for the government to provide the infrastructure needed for the socio-economic well-being of the citizenry.

Responding, Magu promised that the commission would always be ready to partner any agency, organisation or individual in fighting corruption for the purpose of moving the nation forward.

The EFCC boss appreciated his visitors and called on all Nigerians to join the fight against corruption right from home, offices and in whatever way they could in order to ensure a better future for present and future generations.

A 53-year-old teacher, Deborah Lowe, has been accused of having sex with one of her students, who is 15 years old.

According to Metro UK, Lowe sent him a card asking “who else can I be a slut with?”, a court has heard. Lowe sent the card to the teenager, when he blocked her on social media after she had sex with him at her house.

The incriminating card was found by the boy’s mother and police were called, the jury heard at the start of Lowe’s trial for sexual offences.

The card depicted a woman face down in grass with a short skirt on and revealing her underwear, and Lowe wrote alongside: ‘This is me after I found out you blocked me!’

“I’m a mess. You blocked me and I don’t know what I have done. Who else can I be a slut with? ‘I would never, ever upset, hurt, harm or make you unhappy. So please tell me what I have done. Is it my fat old arse? It’s my birthday and I’m so sad.”

Lowe, who was responsible for pastoral care at the boy’s school, sent the card to him on her own birthday, the court heard. She signed off the card with, “I bloody miss you, love the slut.”

Lowe
The defendant’s lawyer, denied the one count of sexual activity with a child and five counts of sexual activity with a child by a person in position of trust.

Upon her arrest, Lowe gave a ‘no comment’ interview to police but did give a prepared statement.

In it, she accepted she had been involved in a sexual relationship with the boy, but said it started when he was 17, so she was no longer in a position of trust as he had left school.

The prosecuting lawyer, Mr Justin Hayhoe added: “The issues really are at what point did this relationship commence? At 15, as the boy would say, or 17, as the defendant would say.”

Lowe is also alleged to have had ‘telephone sex’ with the boy, who cannot be identified for legal reasons. She went on to fondle and had sex with him on a second occasion at her home.

She paid for a tattoo for the youngster – while pretending to be his aunt, the jury heard.

The prosecutor told the jury of six men and six women that it was the crown’s case that sex began when the boy was 15 and at school, and though he was not ‘forced or coerced’ he was too young to consent by law.

On other occasions although the boy had turned 16 and could legally have sex, Lowe had broken the law because she was a teacher and in a position of trust.

The court heard the two first exchanged telephone numbers and had telephone sex before Lowe progressed things further.

The boy confided in friends what was going on and felt ’embarrassed’ before blocking her from contacting him on social media.

A 400 level student at the department of electrical/electronics engineering at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, has reportedly died in the swimming pool of the Yankari Games Resort.

The student was said to have drowned while swimming in the pool on Sunday.

The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Kamal Abubakar, who confirmed the incident to newsmen said that the Command got a call from an undisclosed source concerning the incidence.

He said that men of the Command were immediately deployed and they recovered the student, after which he was rushed to the Remee Clinic, GRA, where he died while receiving treatment.

He gave the the name and identity of the deceased as Gabriel Emmanuel Chinonso, a 400 level student of the Electrical Electronics department at ATBU.

Abubakar said that the student died “an unnatural death,” with no foul play suspected.

He said the corpse was transfered from the Renee Clinic to the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital, Bauchi, where it was deposited.

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