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Buhari receives first made-in-Nigeria cell phone

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Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan is a graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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President Muhammadu Buhari has taken delivery of the first-ever Nigeria-made cell phone called ITF Mobile.

According to a report by The Nation, the product was presented to him by Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Niyi Adebayo, just before commencement of the week’s Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Introducing the product to the President, Mr Adebayo said it was produced by the Electrical/Electronics Technology Department of the Industrial Training Fund’s, ITF, Model Skills Training Centre, using locally sourced components.

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“Twelve indigenous mobile cell phones produced by the Model Skills Training Centre of the Industrial Training Fund; an agency under Ministry of Industry Trade and Investment was launched.

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“It gives me great pleasure, Mr President, to present you with one of the phones,” Mr Adebayo said.

Also before the start of the FEC meeting, Mr Buhari also presided over swearing-in ceremony of a Commissioner each for the National Population Commission, NPC, and the Federal Civil Service Commission, FCSC.

Those sworn-in were Wakil Bukar as Commissioner of the Federal Civil Service Commission, FCC, and Mohammed Dattijo Usman as Commissioner of the National Population Commission, NPC.

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Mr Bukar is to replace the FCC Commissioner from Bauchi State while Mr Usman replaces the NPC Commissioner from Niger State.

Representatives from the two States died recently.

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Those attending the meeting physically are the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Boss Mustapha; and Chief of Staff to the President, Ibrahim Gambari.

Others include Ministers of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed; Finance, Zainab Ahmed; Justice, Abubakar Malami; and Industry, Trade and investment, Niyi Adebayo.

The Head of Service of the Federation, Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan and other Ministers are participating in the weekly cabinet meeting from their various offices in Abuja.

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