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

Fortnite versus Warzone, Which Battle Royale Game is the Best?

April 23, 2022 Blueprint 0

Battle Royale has enjoyed being one of the most popular gaming genres of the last decade. We have seen an insane number of gamers jumping into these games to enjoy the thrilling gameplay with their friends and family across all kinds of different platforms out there. And Fortnite sure is one of the very first games to come out in 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

Why Does the Google Playstore Not Have Betting Apps in Nigeria?

December 29, 2021 Blueprint 0

Have you ever tried downloading your favourite betting app from the Google Playstore? If that is the case, you would have noticed that such apps do not exist in the store. But why is this so? Google has a very strict policy on real-money gambling apps; and only recently have they begun to relax their stance. Up until the start 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

Is the video game industry in Nigeria about to explode?

April 1, 2021 Editor 0

Nigeria has one of the youngest video game markets in the world, and it has only really been gaining traction since 2015. But since the rise of internet availability across the country, coupled with the growing popularity of mobile, more people than ever are interested in playing. The country could soon represent a lucrative market for start-up companies in the Read More

Nigeria lagging behind in $11trn digital economy – NITDA

March 13, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

As far as digital economy in the world is concerned, which is valued at $11trillion, Nigeria despite its huge population and potentials, is lagging behind, according to the Director General of National Information Technology Development Agency ( NITDA), Mallam Kashifu Inuwa. This is as the Senate has urged the agency to fast track the process of making the country an Read More

Seplat shows commitment to environment, others

March 12, 2021 Amaka Ifeakandu 0

Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc, a leading Nigerian independent energy company, has said it was committed to deploying resources and expertise to create and deliver sustainable value to meet the expectations of its various stakeholders. Its chief executive officer, Mr. Roger Brown, stated this at the Facts Behind the Sustainability Report presentation made to the Nigerian Stock exchange (NSE) through Read More

Vodafone, AST SpaceMobile to launch network for equatorial Africa

December 22, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Vodafone Group, the parent company of South Africa’s largest mobile network operator, Vodacom, has concluded a partnership with AST SpaceMobile to launch the first phase space-based commercial mobile communications service in 2023. This will be the first service of its kind to connect standard mobile phones at 4G and 5G speeds using AST SpaceMobile’s patented space-based network, after securing funding Read More

Authentication failure trips up Google services

December 22, 2020 David Agba 0

Google has revealed that an authentication system outage, caused by an internal storage quota issue, is the reason behind a global outage of its services on Monday.On Monday afternoon, Google’s services that include Gmail, YouTube, Google Drive, Google Docs, Maps, AdWords and AdSense, Google Pay, Google Home, Nest and Google’s Chromecast went down in various countries around the world. In Read More

US-based Parallel Wireless partners Hotspot to deliver broadband services across Nigeria

December 22, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Parallel Wireless, a US-based open radio access networks (RAN) company that delivers software-defined end-to-end open RAN solutions, announced that it has been selected by Hotspot Network, a network-as-a-service (NaaS) provider, to deliver 2G, 3G and 4G coverage across 2 000 villages in Nigeria. The deal forms part of a connectivity initiative that includes Digital Farmers Club (DFC), Universal Service Provision Read More

Minister scraps National Identity Number charge

December 22, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Nigeria’s Communication Minister Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami has scrapped the N20 (0.053 United States dollar) Unstructured Supplementary Service Data fee imposed on subscribers for National Identity Number (NIN) retrieval requests across all mobile network providers in a bid to make the process smooth and affordable. Pantami gave the directive after meeting representatives of mobile network operators and agreed that subscribers Read More

Lockdown fuels 55% growth in app downloads across sub-Saharan Africa

December 15, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The Sub-Saharan region recorded a 55% surge in the total number of apps downloaded during 2020 compared to 2019, higher than the global increase of 33% over the same period. This is according to data released by global attribution leader AppsFlyer, which analysed more than 48 billion installs of over 30 000 apps, with a minimum of 5 000 installs per Read More

Mobile data traffic in Africa to grow 6.5 times by 2026

December 15, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Mobile data traffic in Sub-Saharan Africa is set to grow by an estimated 6.5 times, from the current 0.87EB per month to 5.6EB per month by 2026, according to the latest Ericsson Mobility Report. The report also shows that average traffic per smartphone in the region is expected to reach 8.9GB over the forecast period.At the same time, service providers Read More