Pokémon Go debuts in Japan

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The location-based augmented reality mobile game Pokémon Go is fast spreading around the world and gaining positive reviews.

Few hours ago, the developers of the game announced its release in Japan in a tweet that read:

‘Trainers in Japan, thank you for being patient. Pokémon Go is now available to download in Japan.’

The game app was first released on July 6, 2016, in Australia, New Zealand and United States only. Since its first release, it has continued to gain an unbelievably fast and strong reputation, according to analytics.

It quickly topped the American iOs App Store’s ‘Top Grossing’ and ‘Free’ charts. It has also become the fastest game to top the App Store and Google Play, beating Clash Royale. Within two days of its first release, it was installed on more than 5% of Android devices in the United States. In a week of its first release, the game app was downloaded more than 10 million times, becoming the fastest of such app to do so. It has also surpassed the previous record held by Candy Crush Saga in the United States to become one of the most used apps.

The gameplay requires players to travel the real world collecting Pokémon characters and other game artefacts. A player’s avatar moves along the game’s map as the player moves about in the real world.

Many critics praise the game’s featuring of real life movement and player interaction. The real life movement is seen as a useful exercise routine, while the real life player interaction fosters social interaction.

Nigeria has problem building capacity it needs to develop

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In a visit to Minister of Finance Kemi Adeosun in late June, Emmanuel Nnadozie, the executive director of the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), says, Nigeria’s problem, like much of Africa is building capacity it needs to develop.

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In interview with journalist from local newspaper, Nnadozie explains that, ‘Just like many others, the country is facing capacity challenges, especially implementation capacity – that is, to be able to implement all these good strategies and plans so that you get results on the ground: higher employment for young people and high levels of economic growth, reduction in poverty and transformation of the economy.’

He identifies three dimensions of capacity that are important. According to him:

‘One is human capacity, that is the skills and expertise that people should have for them to use what they have to achieve their objectives…

‘Number two is institutional capacity. Part of it is about organisations, whether they are ministries, parastatals, private sector or civil society organisations, for them to operate effectively….

‘The third capacity we pay attention to is the soft capacity. The name soft might be misleading but for us it is very, very important. That’s the most significant capacity challenge. It ranges from anything like leadership, mindset, attitude, values, spirit of solidarity.’

He assured that, ‘We want to be able to promote these kind of things, create platforms, mechanisms and programmes to really build these types of capacities.’

Mr Nnadozie also says Africa has failed woefully in human capacity building, ‘because for a long period of time many African countries spent so much energy based on advice given to them by outsiders on primary education, forgetting that that’s not sufficient. He explains that, ‘It is important, but you cannot develop with primary education alone.’

According to him, examples of African countries that are doing well and have been supported by ACBF are, ‘Rwanda, the Seychelles, Mauritius, Ethiopia, Tanzania.’

He cites that, ‘Ethiopia gradually has stopped exporting raw hides; they are now turning their hides into leather products, finished goods, shoes that are sold in designer markets in New York.’

Nigeria ranks 4th in the world on return on investment

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Investment performance in Nigeria is in a great condition. According to recent report, Nigeria’s return on investment (ROI) is 35% and much higher than that of other countries.

Waheed Olagunju, Acting Managing Director, Bank of Industry (BOI), speaking in a BOI conference in Lagos on Saturday, explains that, ‘In terms of investment returns, we have ranked number four with 35 percent.’

But, he argues that, ‘Nigerians might go to other countries where they have 15 percent return on investment where the risks are not as high as Nigeria.’

In his talk to Nigerians, he advises that, ‘we should try de-risk our environment, improve on climate and continue to take measures by increasing our ranking in doing business.’

He warns that Nigeria may not be able to meet up with the challenges in the country, especially that of unemployment, if measures are not taken to ‘promote industrialisation’ and transform Nigeria’s ‘economy’ within the ‘shortest time possible’.

Entwistle to release sex video evidence against Nigerian legislators

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On Thursday, the U.S. ambassador to Nigeria James Entwistle is expected to present video evidence against three members of the House of Representatives for sex misbehaviour.

Report says, Entwistle in a petition to the speaker of the House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara ‘alleged that the actions of the three lawmakers at the International Visitor Leadership Programme in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, from April 7 to 13, 2016, brought disrepute to the parliament.’

According to the allegations, the legislators solicited for sex from prostitutes and grabbed hotel housekeeper in a bid to rape.

A committee led by Honourable Ossai Nicholas Ossai would probe the accused legislators in an open hearing.

Based on reports, the committee had beem unable to sit because some of the members had gone on pilgrimage to Mecca during Ramadan.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyema, the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights and seven other legislators that attended the leadership programme are expected to be at the hearing.

The chairman of the committee Ossai explained in conversation with journalists that ‘the committee decided not to invite the management of the hotel where the misconduct took place because it believed the ambassador would come with all necessary video evidence on the act.’

The accused legislators include Mohammed Garba Gololo (APC, Bauchi), Samuel Ikon (PDP, Akwa Ibom) and Mark Gbillah (APC, Benue).

Local IT experts warn Nigerian government, do not outsource Nigeria’s national security to foreigners

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Nigerian Computer Society (NCS) has raised a warning that Nigerian government should not outsource Nigeria’s national security to foreigners.

Recent reports say, the president of the society Prof Sola Adorounmu said that Nigeria would ‘continue to remain in the digital colony of other countries of the world unless her national security is protected and managed by the indigenous IT professionals in the country.’

He also said that NCS and its members ‘can play a major role in improving the state of security nationwide, combating terrorism, enhancing public service delivery and accountability and boosting job creation.’

Adorounmu also hinted that the discussions at the 2016 NCS national conference holding in Abuja in a few weeks would focus on advancing national safety and security, innovation, inclusion and networking security.

Adorounmu strongly condemned the engagement of foreigners in handling Nigeria’s national security.

Jide Awe, Innovation and Development Advisor, ICT and Chairman, Conferences Committee of NCS, according to reports also said:

‘It is against the very concept of our own national security to outsource national security. With our national security in their hands, they could exploit the situation to favour their companies, industries and global aspirations while at the same time undermining Nigeria and keeping us at a disadvantage.

‘Nations always compete actively and aggressively for strategic and global advantage. So another country will always prioritize their own interests over our own national interests.

‘It is risky to assume external interests will care more about your local concerns who have a more direct stake in Nigeria. Forward looking nations always ensure that there is significant local content in national security.’

Awe also said that, ‘There is also a growing global market in IT enabled security and it isn’t in Nigeria’s interest to be on consuming end. Building local capacity in security can enable tap into the global opportunities as well.’

Analysts blame corruption in Nigeria on underreporting

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Despite the heated campaigns and radical efforts to fight corruption in Nigeria since the Goodluck Jonathan regime to Muhammadu Buhari’s recent assumption of office, a recent survey shows that corruption is still on the rise in the country.

The latest Global Corruption Barometer survey [2014/2015] by the international anti-corruption organisation Transparency International reveals that ‘78% of Nigerians’ accuse the government of failing badly in its effort to fight corruption.

According to a recent report, analysts worry that ‘underreporting’ is encouraging this current increase in corruption.

The survey by Transparency International suggested that only 2 in 100 respondents saw that it was too expensive to report corruption. Most of the other respondents in the survey were either afraid of the consequences of reporting, convinced that it would make no difference, convinced that corruption was normal or unaware of where to report.

South African anti-graft activist Ronald Menoe explains that, ‘We have a responsibility to make sure the public understands it and reports it, and they need to see punitive measures or consequences for the perpetrators.’

Menoe adds that, ‘People who are politically connected or occupy positions of power, when they commit corruption, you don’t see measures in most cases. According to him, ‘Where there are punitive measures, it is a lightweight kind of punishment that they get. We see that demotivating the public in reporting corruption or being active in the fight against corruption in general.’