9mobile deepens telecom services, deploys 4G LTE in Ibadan

February 23, 2021 Segun Odunewu 0

One of Nigeria’s main telecom service providers, 9mobile, has announced the deployment of its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network in the ancient city of Ibadan. The launch of 9mobile’s 4G service in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, is expected to empower residents of the city to achieve more as they leverage the 4G-grade quality of internet connectivity from 9mobile. Read More

KAZOBA urges FG to build new poly in Jigawa

February 22, 2021 Muhammad Aliyu 0

To re-claim their alma mata, the old students of Government Secondary School, Kazaure which was taken over by the federal government and converted to a Federal Polytechnic about 20 years ago has urged government to build a new polytechnic and return the school to Jigawa state Ministry of Education. The old students spoke through ex-Assistant Comptroller General of the Nigeria Read More

Social media as bane of modern journalism

February 19, 2021 Blueprint 0

The advent of the social media, also known as the new media, has opened new vistas in journalism practice with some perceiving it as a blessing to the profession while other see it as the bane of modern journalism. In this report, KEHINDE OSASONA examines the arguments for and against as presented in recent media stakeholder’s forums. The emergence of Read More

Online safety for Nigerians : MRA tasks FG to adopt appropriate policies 

February 11, 2021 Blueprint 0

Media Rights Agenda (MRA) has called on governments at all levels in Nigeria to adopt appropriate policies and make the necessary investments to get all Nigerians connected to the Internet while ensuring their safety online regardless of age, gender, social or economic status.  In a statement to commemorate this year’s Safer Internet Day, MRA’s Communications Officer, Mr. Idowu Adewale contended that connecting Read More

 NTYTR reaffirms identity as non- partisan citizen-led movement, transformative leadership 

February 11, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Not Too Young To Run movement has reaffirmed that it will retain its identity as a non-partisan citizen-led movement dedicated to the growth of democracy, political inclusion, and transformative leadership. The Executive Director, Samson Itodo in a press statement issued in Abuja on Youth Political participation and leadership in Nigeria said the Movement will not transition into a political party, neither will it endorse candidates during an Read More

30% passenger vehicles produced in Nigeria to be electric by 2025-NADDC

February 8, 2021 Adeola Tukuru 0

The Director General of National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC) Mr. Jelani Aliyu, has said the council will target 30 per cent of all passenger cars produced in Nigeria be electric by 2025. Jelani noted it at the weekend during the unveiling of Made-in-Nigeria Electric Vehicle (EV) called Kona. He said electric vehicle pilot programme would allow us to Read More

Tinubu, Akande, other APC leaders not against membership registration- PGF boss

February 7, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Director General of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) Salihu  Lukman, has dismissed insinuations in some quarters that certain leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) were not at home with the ongoing nationwide membership registration and revalidation. Salihu particularly reffered to comments made by the pioneer acting national chairman of the party  Chief Bisi Akande and that of Bola Tinubu Read More

1.2m indigenous IT devices sold in 5 years — NITDA

January 27, 2021 Ayoni M.Agbabiaka 0

A record 1.2 million devices were sold between 2015 and 2019,the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), has said. NITDA Director-General Mallam Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi said investments in the indigenous software development mandated for federal government institutions stand at over N1.3 billion. The DG who stated this when he led some members of his management team to brief the new Read More

Motocorp surpasses 100m units’ production line milestone

January 24, 2021 Segun Odunewu 0

Hero MotoCorp, the world’s largest manufacturer of motorcycles and scooters, has sold over 100 million motorcycles and scooters in cumulative sales since inception in 1999. The 100 millionth bikes, the Xtreme 160R, was rolled-out of the Company’s manufacturing facility in Haridwar, in the northern Indian hill state of Uttarakhand. This is also the 20th consecutive year that Hero MotoCorp has Read More

Fast track unveiling of first made-in-Nigeria helicopter, PMB orders NCAA, NASENI

January 21, 2021 Binta Shama 0

President Muhammadu Buhari has given a fresh directive to the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) and the National Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) to fast track the manufacture of the first Made-in-Nigeria non-commercial helicopter. According to the President, it would serve as a proof of the country’s capacity to excel in science and technology. A statement signed by Read More

NIN: Diplomatic corps to register at Foreign Affairs Ministry

January 18, 2021 Ayoni M.Agbabiaka 0

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami has approved the setting up of a National Identity Number (NIN) enrolment centre at the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The desk will be set up by Tuesday, 19th of January, 2021. This enrolment centre will provide support for members of the Diplomatic Corps and will be managed by Read More

ICT expert urges govt to establish more entrepreneurship centres in Nigeria

December 31, 2020 John Ademola 0

Mr John Ademola, an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) expert has appealed to Federal Government to establish more entrepreneurship centres in the country to harness the potential of Nigerian youths. Ademola, also Director, SOFTRAY Technology Institute said this in an interview with newsmen on Tuesday, in Ilorin. He also called for proper evaluation and monitoring of Nigerian students to ensure Read More

Technology, research can curb insecurity

November 18, 2020 Blueprint 0

The reoccurring security challenges in the country, particularly in the North, as a result of kidnappings, armed banditry, insurgency and so on is despicable and extremely agonising. The recent kidnap and release of 26 women along the Katsina and Zamfara axis in the North who were subjected to inhuman conditions involving long distance trekking, beatings and even rape has compelled Read More

Sanwo-Olu unveils Nigeria´s first electric car

November 14, 2020 Blueprint 0

Lagos state governor Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Friday unveiled Nigeria’s first locally-assembled full electric car, aimed at reducing pressure on use of petroleum. The Hyundai Kona car, manufactured by Stallion Group, is 100 per cent electric and comes with zero emission, 482km driving range, and can be charged both at home and work place. Sanwo-Olu said at the unveiling in Read More

Confluence varsity will enjoy maximum support of NUC – Prof Rasheed

November 12, 2020 Uji Abdullahi Iliyasu 0

The National Universities Commission (NUC) has granted approval and recognition for the establishment of Confluence University of Science and Technology, (CUSTECH) Osara, Kogi state as the new addition to the list of state owned universities in Nigeria. Commenting on the letter of recognition for the institution’s establishment, the executive secretary of NUC, Professor Adamu Abubakar Rasheed, noted that the newly Read More

Access Bank reiterates commitment to technological innovation with Fintech

November 9, 2020 Amaka Ifeakandu 0

Access Bank has shown its commitment to advancing the frontiers of industry agnostic technological innovation across Africa with Nigeria in focus.  This position is entrenched by Access Bank’s sponsorship of the Nigerian Fintech week 2020. The week long event sought to highlight FinTech as a solution to problems across different industries including health, agriculture and logistics. Speaking at the event, Read More

FG moves to scrap physical SIM cards for e-SIM

November 3, 2020 Ayoni M. Agbabiaka 0

The federal government is already looking into ways to scrap the physical Subscriber Identification Modules (SIM) cards for an embedded SIM (e-SIM) operation in the country. To this end, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has granted approval for two Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) – MTN Nigeria and 9Mobile to carry out trial on the workability of embedded Subscriber Identification Modules Read More

NCC approves e-SIM trial for MTN, 9mobile

November 3, 2020 Ahmid Lawal 0

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has granted approval for two mobile network operators, MTN Nigeria and 9Mobile, to carry out a trial on the workability of embedded Subscriber Identification Modules (e-SIM) service in Nigeria. This was disclosed in a statement signed by the commission’s spokesperson, Ikechukwu Adinde, on Monday. The statement said the trial, approved to run for a period Read More

LG commits to expansion strategy in Middle East, Africa

October 29, 2020 Segun Odunewu 0

LG Electronics has disclosed its aim to grow regional presence with total integrated solutions centered on expertise and partnership.The company’s intention was made known at a virtual conference held recently. The Head of LG’s Air Solution Business Division, Dr. Lee Kam-gyu, explained LG’s brand philosophy to become a trusted partner in the region based on the values of integration, expertise, Read More

Rolls-Royce, Tecnam develop electric commuter airliner

October 29, 2020 Blueprint 0

Tecnam is partnering with Rolls-Royce to develop an all-electric, nine-passenger aircraft known as the P-Volt. In an October 23 announcement, the Italian light aircraft manufacturer said that the new model will be ready to enter commercial service on scheduled operations on short- to medium-range routes during the second half of the 2020s. The company, which is based near Naples, has Read More

Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi: One year at NITDA

August 19, 2020 Hameed Taiwo 0

This month last year, President Muhammadu Buhari approved the appointment of a little known man called Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi as the Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA). For the generality of the public the name didn’t sound a bell but for industry stakeholders, staff of NITDA and those who are conversant of the Information Technology ecosystem Read More

Displaced politicians behind fake news against Buhari – NYCN

August 17, 2020 Bode Olagoke 0

The National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) has called on the Nigerian youths to be careful of some powerful politicians allegedly sponsoring “fake security reports, divisive narratives, fake news and hate speech” to discredit the achievements of President Muhammadu Buhari led administration.  The council, however, asked the youths to act as a common fortress for the country against internal and Read More

Zamfara gets ICT centres in 3 Senatorial zones

August 14, 2020 Sanusi Muhammad 0

The Zamfara state Governor, Bello Mohammed (Matawallen Maradun), has established three Information Communication Technology (ICT) centres in the three Senatorial zones in the state. A press statement by the Director General Public Enlightenment, Media, and Communication, Yusuf Idris Gusau, Friday in Gusau, said the state governor made the request during a courtesy visit to the Minister of Communications and Digital Read More

5G, an integration of 4G – Pantami

August 14, 2020 Editorial III 0

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami, in this chat with a delegation of Blueprint’s senior staff led by the chief operating officer, Malam Salisu Umar, which paid him a courtesy visit recently, speaks on the 5G controversy and other issues. What do you have to tell Nigerians about 5G? Hmmmm…this issue of 5G; the allegation Read More