FG hails Nigerian champions at WSIS, directs NITDA, NCC, Galaxy to support their innovation

August 13, 2022 Benjamin Samson 0

The federal government has directed the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Galaxy Backbone Limited and Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) to collaborate with the seven champions of the World Summit on the Information Society Forum (WSIS) which includes the winner of WSIS 2022 to ensure that their innovative solutions are of global benefits. The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Read More

Pantami inaugurates committee to review IPPIS, TSA, others

August 13, 2022 Benjamin Samson 0

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Professor Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami), has inaugurated a Presidential Technical Committee to review Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information Systems (IPPIS), Government Integrated Financial Management Information Systems (GIFMIS) and the Single Treasury Account (TSA), and appointed National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) to serve as secretary. Prof. Pantami disclosed that the approval for the Read More

NITDA seeks stakeholders input on Artificial Intelligence policy

August 11, 2022 Benjamin Samson 0

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has urged experts in technology to contribute toward the development of a National Artificial Intelligence Policy (NAIP). A statement by Head, Corporate Affairs and External Relations of NITDA Mrs. Hadiza Umar on Thursday, said the NAIP is envisaged to maximise the benefits, mitigate possible risks, and address some of the complexities attributed to Read More

Startup ecosystem: NITDA assures stakeholders of support

August 4, 2022 Benjamin Samson 0

The Director-General, National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, Kashifu Inuwa CCIE, has reiterated the Agency’s commitment towards giving the ecosystem the needed support to boost the sector’s contribution to the economy and strengthen the value chain. He made the pledge during a dinner meeting with some key stakeholders of Lagos Ecosystem, including representatives from Microsoft, MasterCard, Norebase, among others. Inuwa Read More

Pantami kicks against new tax on calls, data

August 1, 2022 Rosemary Moribirin 0

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, has kicked against an attempts by the Federal Government to add a five per cent duty to telecommunication services. Patami disclosed this in Lagos, Monday at the exhibition organised by the Nigeria Office for Developing the indigenous Telecom Sector, an agency domiciled in the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). He said, the Read More

Danbatta elected into Council of Nigerian Academy of Engineering

July 21, 2022 Benjamin Samson 0

The Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Danbatta, has been elected to the Governing Council of the Nigerian Academy of Engineering (NAE). Responding to the election, Danbatta expressed appreciation to the council for considering him worthy to serve. “The Council can count on my intellectual and moral support towards the achievement of the overall Read More

Clickatell wins prestigious Nigerian ICT Award

May 31, 2022 Editorial IV 0

Clickatell, a CPaaS innovator, and one of the Chat Commerce leaders was acknowledged by Nigeria Communications Week as their Communications Solutions Provider of the Year.This is as part of their 13th Beacon of ICT (BoICT) Awards, held recently. Nigeria Communications Week, a prominent local technology publication, held its annual awards, which recognizes top performers in Nigeria’s ICT sector, in Lagos Read More

Tax from ICT firms fall by 43% in 3 months – NBS report

May 31, 2022 David Agba 0

Tax from firms in the information and communication sector fell by N21.7 billoin from N51.05 billion in the fourth quarter of 2021 to N29.35 billion in the first quarter of 2022. This is 42.51 quarter-on-quarter decrease according to data from the National Bureau of Statistics. In its ‘Company Income Tax’ documents for both quarters, the NBS described the ICT sector Read More

Digital firm campaigns for more girls to embrace ICT

May 31, 2022 Editorial IV 0

The Managing Director of Inq.Digital Nigeria, Valentine Chime, has stressed the need to encourage females to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) for sustainable development of the country.  He explained at an event to mark this year’s International Girls in Information and Communication Technology (ICT Day) in Lagos, that the ceremony was observed in over 166 nations globally, adding that the Read More

ICT workers have highest average earnings

May 24, 2022 Editorial III 0

The Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector in Ireland was the third biggest in the EU in 2019, according to a new report from the Central Statistics Office. The output of the sector here was €128 billion in 2019, with 91% of that exported. This compares to output of €310 billion in Germany, €223 billion in France and is just Read More

FIIRO restates importance of science, technology to National development

March 1, 2022 Editor 0

The Federal Institute of Industrial Research, (FIIRO), A Parastatal under the aegis of Federal Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, has restated the need for Science, Technology and Innovation towards the Nation’s development. Overseeing Director-General, FIIRO, Dr. Agnes Yemisi Asagbra, said FIIRO Lagos, established over 60 years ago, is poised to fulfil its mandate. She explained that the Institute utilizes Read More

Innovations: NITT moves to empower young Nigerians, calls for submission of projects

January 23, 2022 Creative Art 0

In a move targeted at young innovators and inventors across the nation, the Nigerian Institute of Iransport and Technology (NITT), Zaria has called for the submission of research papers and of innovative research. The move is geared towards harnessing local inventors within the transport sector-related technologies within the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria. The Nigerian institute of transport Technology (NITT), Read More

Cyber security: ‘Africa needs to take charge’

ICT experts have said that Africa cannot afford to take a back seat in upcoming global decisions on digital security and the future of technology. On 17 January, 2022, African diplomats will meet their global counterparts in New York to thrash out the details of a proposed new United Nations (UN) treaty to tackle cybercrime. An upcoming Institute for Security Read More

NITDA moves to attain FG’s 95% digital literacy target by 2030

January 5, 2022 Ayoni M. Agbabiaka 0

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has said that the federal government 95 per cent digital literacy target by 2030 is achievable just as it trained children on digital skills using Hausa language. The Director-General of NITDA, Kashifu Abdullahi Inuwa, stated this on Sunday at the graduation ceremony of 50 children, including 10 Almajiris at the Engausa Global Tech Read More

NIN-SIM linkage: Nigerians express mixed feelings on new deadline

January 5, 2022 Ayoni M. Agbabiaka 0

Nigerians have been expressing mixed feelings on the extension of the deadline for the National Identity Number (NIN) and SIM linkage. Adekola Olugbenga, who spoke with Blueprint said, “I have tried to register my National Identity Number (NIN) online but I couldn’t. At least i have more time now, to avoid blocking of the SIM.” James Akpan told our correspondent Read More

Antivirus software guru, John McAfee, is dead

June 24, 2021 Editorial IV 0

Antivirus software pioneer John McAfee was found dead in his jail cell in Spain on Wednesday, a prison official said, shortly after a court approved his extradition to the United States where he was wanted for tax evasion. The 75-year-old was found dead in his cell in the Brians 2 penitentiary near Barcelona “apparently from suicide”, a spokeswoman for the Read More

Confusion among Oando shareholders as SEC insists on AGM suspension

May 3, 2021 Segun Odunewu 0

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has reiterated that Oando Plc Annual General Meeting (AGM) stands suspended in the latest twist in the long-running battle between the regulator and Oando. SEC in a statement at the weekend quashed conflicting reports that the suspension has been lifted. The commission recalled that in 2017, it received petitions from two shareholders of Oando Read More

Equitable resource sharing policy‘ll reduce boundary

April 12, 2021 Patrick Andrew 0

The federal government needs to adopt a policy on the equitable sharing of straddling resources between states and even local government areas to tame the tide of boundary crises in the country. The Director-General, National Boundary Commission (NBC), Surveyor Adamu Adaji said the suggestion if adopted and implemented would not only drastically cut down on cases of interstate boundary disputes Read More

My Igbo brothers, before It Is too late

April 11, 2021 Dr Hassan Gimba 0

The Igbo are a resilient lot, an egalitarian and industrious people. Defined as a meta-ethnicity native and one of the largest ethnic groups in Africa, they are predominant in South Eastern and mid-western Nigeria. Though there is a claim by some of them that they descended from Jews, the World Culture Encyclopaedia has it that the Igbo people have no Read More

Imo: Use force against IPOB, ESN, IGP orders personnel

April 7, 2021 Chidiebere Iwuoha 0

Outgoing Inspector – General of Police, IGP Adamu Mohammed, Tuesday, directed officers and men of the Nigeria Police to use brute force against members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) and Eastern Security Network (ESN)whom he described as outlaws. This is even as he assured that “the attackers (of Imo Correctional Centre) have no hiding place as they will Read More