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Reaping benefits from Open Government Initiative

The federal government of Nigeria launched the open government website (http://data.edostate.gov.ng/Home/) in early 2018. Publication of government data which was hitherto reserved in silos is the desideratum of open government initiative. The aims and objectives of the Open Government initiative of the government are to enhance transparency and accountability of the government. Besides, it is anticipated that with the re-use of datasets published by the government, different stakeholder groups would derive the value of the same and this would result in innovation in public services as well.   

In this vein, the Edo State Open Data portal merits a revisitation in terms of the quality of datasets published by the government. The datasets are published by entities like the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Budget, Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, etc. In all, there are 252 datasets as of now. This is suggestive of the fact that the government entities must gear up efforts on the publication of more qualitatively superior datasets via the main web portal. There is a provision of suggesting a dataset by the users. Datasets may be downloaded in formats like XLSX, RDF or JSON, etc. While the datasets have their metadata in place, the datasets are not quantitatively or qualitatively advanced. Therefore, in order to encourage users to re-use the datasets, it is important that the datasets be published on a continuous and regular manner. This would further value generation by the different stakeholders (citizens, businessmen, entrepreneurs, public servants, software developers, and the like). 

Open government initiatives are known to spearhead economic growth of a country. In this respect, the government of Nigeria must further efforts at providing datasets on a real-time basis. This would require sophisticated technological edifice and training. The transition of the developing country into a developed one may be furthered under the aegis of the sustainable Open Government initiative of the government.  



Stuti Saxena is a contributor on Blueprintafric,

Stuti is a follower of Open Government Data (OGD) as a research theme. Stuti is a research scholar at the Central University of Haryana in the Political Science Department. Hitherto, Stuti has been associated with the National Innovation Foundation, Ahmedabad, Indian Institutes of Management, Ahmedabad, Bangalore and Indore, and ICFAI, Hyderabad in diverse roles. Stuti holds an MPhil degree in Public Administration from Lucknow University.


stuti.razia@gmail.com 

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Nigerian controversial journalist Kemi Olunloyo who labels herself 'an activist' and the seeker of the truth has made out time to report and get some accounts who may not agree with her method to twitter. 

She nevertheless, goes on with her 'search for the truth' as she 'exposes' celebrities and politicians.

She has taken a special interest in Davido and his family. In a tweet on Twitter, she shares a screenshot of an account she got twitter to lock.

She wrote;

#HNNSocial Davido fans are LOSING their Twitter accounts because of Davido. I reported this one at 3am. Twitter LOCKED it at 3:45am. #RudeAwakening. Stop threatening Journalists. It is a global mission to end that nonsense #TruthNeverDies #Jamalkhasogg


Kemi who has been in an unending feud with Davido, Linda Ikeji and likely half of the Nigerian celebrities has added new names to her hobby list.

In a post on twitter, she hinted on Simi being pregnant. When it seems no one was interested in what she had to say, she took to her Instagram page to make known her thoughts.

Controversial journalist, Kemi Olunloyo has stated that Simi who got married to fellow singer Adekunle Gold last week is pregnant. According to the post Kemi Olunloyo shared on twitter, Simi’s pregnancy is in its second trimester.

She wrote:

Simi is literally telling us that she’s PREGNANT, something I told you first on Twitter when she tongue kissed Adekunle Silver on that concert stage. See the cryptic message in the outfit #CardiB and #beyonce already rocked. I hear they even married sef. I feel sorry for that baby. The combined voice of Simi and Adekunle will keep a baby up all night. Don’t ask me any JAMB questions, #ASUU strike is on #SimiGold’s official wedding picture. I gbadun the gold outfit and the baby in the second trimester. . .

Fans of Adekunle Gold and Simi may just come for her this time.



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The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC); Adams Oshiomhole has revealed his power to forgive sins of politicians who join the ruling party, APC. According to him, 'sins are forgiven when politicians join the ruling party'.


He made this statement on Thursday while welcoming new members to the party, at the APC presidential campaign in Benin.


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The beautiful hot star of 'Thank you, next' has dropped yet another new banging single, #7Rings.

With 2019 now in full swing, so is the release schedule, with several big names acts dropping new singles. One of which is the 25 years old Ariana Grande, who releases 7 Rings

- The third track from her forthcoming album.

Expect something trap-ier, sassier and, well, pinker than her recent releases. 


The question on everybody's mind is;

Will ArianaGrande scoop her third UK Number 1 on the Official Singles Chart this time next week?
7 Rings make headlines

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Before you turn around to that face pissing you off today and dump a whole dictionary of cruel words on the poor face; take a deep breath, look them in the eye and ask "Are you having a bad day?"
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Before you turn around to that face pissing you off today and dump a whole dictionary of cruel words on the poor face; take a deep breath, look them in the eye and ask "Are you having a bad day?"
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“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily.” –
 

Zig Ziglar

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It's TUESDAY! And since its CHOOSEDAY: Choose to Smile Choose to be Happy Choose to Love Choose to Bless Choose to be a Blessing Choose t be Humble Choose o be Patient Choose to be Kind... and above all Choose God to guide your Life. HAPPY TUESDAY!
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Serena Williams sent an ominous Australian Open warning with a 49-minute first-round demolition of fellow mum Germany’s Tatjana Maria.

The American giant is bidding to match Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam crowns on her first return to Melbourne Park since winning in 2017 while eight weeks pregnant.

Now 37, she kept a low profile in the lead-up to the opening major of the year and came out of the blocks flying against fellow mum Tatjana Maria, pummelling her German opponent 6-0, 6-2.

Sporting a striking jade green jumpsuit and fine mesh stockings on Rod Laver Arena, the 16th seed wasted no time in getting out of the blistering Melbourne heat and said it was good to be back.

“The last time I was here I was pregnant and playing at the same time which is insane,” she said. “It’s weird walking back on -– by myself this time -– it feels good. I have so many memories from the last time I was here.”

Bidding for an eighth Melbourne Park crown, few are betting against Williams despite her lowly seeding and she next faces Canadian Eugenie Bouchard who eased past China’s Peng Shuai.

Williams played at the mixed teams Hopman Cup in Perth this month, but her appearance on Tuesday was her first outing on tour since a meltdown in losing the US Open final to Naomi Osaka in September.

Japan’s Osaka, seeded four, begins her campaign in the night match on Rod Laver Arena against Poland’s Magda Linette following Novak Djokovic’s first outing.

Czech seventh seed Karolina Pliskova, who has made the quarter-finals in her last two appearances at Melbourne Park, safely progressed, but 10th seed Darya Kasatkina slumped out, winning just three games against Switzerland’s Timea Bacsinszky.

American Madison Keys, who reached the semis at the French and US Open last year, as well as the quarters in Melbourne, ensured she too lived to fight another day, crushing local wildcard Destanee Aiava 6-2, 6-2.

Last year’s beaten finalist and world number one Simona Halep plays Kaia Kanepi later.

Like Williams, men’s world number one Djokovic is also gunning for a piece of history as he looks to win a record seventh Australian Open title.

The Serb starts against American qualifier Mitchell Krueger.

Young gun Alexander Zverev comfortably began his tilt at a maiden Grand Slam title. The fourth seed Zverev, who is hoping to establish himself as a serious threat to Djokovic, Roger Federer, and Rafael Nadal, cruised past Aljaz Bedene 6-4, 6-1, 6-4.

“I’ve had about 86 injuries and the ankle is still a bit swollen,” said the 21-year-old.

“But I’ve done everything right in my preparation. Now I either play well or I don’t.”

Eighth seed Kei Nishikori, who won in Brisbane last week, looked down and out against little-known qualifier Kamil Majchrzak, losing the first two sets before the Pole began badly cramping.

He bravely fought on before calling it a day after winning just two of the next 17 games.

“I was trying to play but he was playing amazing tennis. I have to be happy that I didn’t lose today,” said a relieved Nishikori, who next faces Croat Ivo Karlovic.

Elsewhere, 15th seeded Russian Daniil Medvedev went through in three sets while 12th seeded Italian Fabio Fognini beat Spain’s Jaume Munar, who retired with cramps while two sets down.

South Korea’s Chung Hyeon, a giant-killer last year when he beat Zverev and Djokovic on the way to the semi-finals, demonstrated his fighting qualities again, coming from two sets down to beat American Bradley Klahn.

In other matches Tuesday, Australian hero Nick Kyrgios will have his work cut out against Canadian 16th seed Milos Raonic, a former world number three.

(NAN)

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Arsenal’s inconsistency has dealt a blow to their hopes of a top-four finish in the Premier League, manager Unai Emery said following a 1-0 defeat by West Ham United on Saturday.

Arsenal, which failed to finish in the top four in the last two seasons to miss out on Champions League qualification, has 41 points, six behind fourth-placed Chelsea.

“Now, its more difficult, its clear,” Emery told reporters after Arsenal’s third defeat in six league games following a 14-match unbeaten run earlier in the season.

“I think the most important thing for us is to recover our confidence and be more competitive. We need consistency over 38 matches. Now it isn’t enough at the moment.”

Arsenal has the opportunity to close the gap with Chelsea, which defeated Newcastle United last time out when they host Maurizio Sarri’s team on Saturday.

“The big opportunity for us is that we can take in our hands the possibility to be closer to them,” Emery added.

“This (Saturday’s) result makes that more difficult.”

Emery will also keep an eye on a resurgent Manchester United which drew level with them on 41 points.

United won their fifth Premier League matches in a row under caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

(Reuters/NAN)

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A tearful Andy Murray on Friday announced he would likely retire this year due to severe pain from a hip injury, saying next week’s Australian Open could be the last tournament of a glittering career.


The former world number one and three-time Grand Slam winner broke down at a press conference in Melbourne as he said the pain had become almost unbearable.


“I can play with limitations. But having the limitations and the pain is not allowing me to enjoy competing or training,” the emotional Scot said.


Thirty-one-year-old Sir Andy said he would like to finish at his home Grand Slam in Wimbledon, but ruefully admitted he might not make it that far.


He will be remembered as the first British man to win Wimbledon in 77 years and as a player who battled his way to the top in a golden era for the game alongside Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.


“Wimbledon is where I would like to stop playing, but I am not certain I am able to do that,” he said.


“I’ve been struggling for a long time. I’m not sure I can play through the pain for another four or five months.


“Pretty much-done everything that I could to try and get my hip feeling better and it hasn’t helped loads.”


He pulled out of last year’s Australian Open to have hip surgery and only returned in June at Queen’s Club in London.


He ended the season at Shenzhen in September after only a handful of appearances to concentrate on working his way back to full fitness.


But he was knocked out in the second round on his return at Brisbane last week and called it quits on Thursday after less than an hour of a practice match in Melbourne against Djokovic, with his movement clearly hampered.


“I think there is a chance the Australian Open is my last tournament,” he said.


While he intends to begin his opening-round match against 22nd seed Roberto Bautista Agut next week, how his body withstands potentially grueling five-set clashes in energy-sapping heat remains to be seen.


“I’m going to play. I can still play to a level, not a level I’m happy playing at,” he said.


One of the so-called Big Four, along with Federer, Djokovic, and Nadal, who has dominated the game for years, Murray’s ranking has slumped to 230.


He hasn’t reached a Grand Slam final since winning his second Wimbledon title in 2016 but has nevertheless enjoyed a glittering career since turning professional in 2005, with not only three Grand Slam titles, but two Olympic gold medals and 45 ATP crowns.


Notably, in 2013 Murray became the first British man to win Wimbledon for 77 years, ending the nation’s obsession with finding a champion to follow in the footsteps of Fred Perry.


Top Australian coach Darren Cahill, who until recently was mentoring world number one Simona Halep, said Murray was an example of the never-say-die attitude that separated the best from the average.


“When you search for examples of ’emptied the bucket to be as good as they could be’ there should be a picture of Andy Murray sitting under that quote,” he tweeted.


“Remarkable discipline for training, competition, sacrifice, perfection, a little crazy but a legend of a bloke.”


Former star Andy Roddick also paid tribute on Twitter.


“I tip my cap to @andy_murray! Absolute legend. A short list of best tacticians in history. Unreal results in a brutal era. Nothing but respect here. I hope he can finish strong and healthy,” he said.

Another Twitter user, Juan M. del Potro wrote;


Murray said he had an option of another operation on his troublesome hip, but it was more about his quality of life after hanging up his racquet.


“That’s something I’m seriously considering right now,” he said.

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