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BREAKING: Pantami orders termination of cash payments in NIPOST offices nationwide

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Minister of Communications, Dr. Isa Pantami
  • Post Master General to ensure all its offices revert to Point of Sales (PoS) and bank teller transactions immediately

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) has ordered for the termination of cash payments in the Nigeria Postal Service (NIPOST) office across the country.

The Minister’s order was as a result of discovery that “some unscrupulous elements, have been taking undue advantage of the cash payment system under the Nigeria Postal Services (NIPOST), to engage in corrupt practices”.

Dr. Pantami, in a statement signed by the Spokesperson, Uwa Suleiman (Mrs), noted that in line with the anti corruption Agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari and the mandate of the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, the Post Master General (PMG) has been ordered to with immediate effect, suspend all existing cash payment plans within its establishments nationwide.

“The Post Master General, is to ensure that all its offices revert to Point of Sales (PoS) and bank teller transactions immediately.

NIPOST: PMG of the Federation , Bisi Adegbuyi

“The general public and all customers of NIPOST, are hereby encouraged to insist on Point of Sales (PoS) or bank teller transactions, when conducting business with NIPOST.

“This directive is a temporary measure in the interim to tackle corruption, as we are currently working on fully automating the systems as a permanent solution to the challenge.

In the same vein, Dr Pantami also directs the Post Master General, to immediately implement strategies that will bring an end to unnecessary delays, in its service delivery to customers.

“The current trend of delays in postal services will not be condoned by the office of the Honourable Minister under whose purview, the supervision of NIPOST falls.

Minister (right) and PMG during UPU meeting recently

“The administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, and the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy are committed to protecting the rights of all Nigerians and will not tolerate any acts of corruption under its watch”, the statement concludes.

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Computer Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria inducts 550 members

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CPN President, Prof. Charles Uwadia

The Council that is statutory mandated to regulate Information Technology practice in Nigeria – Computer Professionals (Registration Council) of Nigeria (“CPN”), has inducted five hundred and fifty (550) new members.

Leadership of the Council welcomed the new inductees during the virtual Information Technology (IT) Assembly 2020.

CPN was established by Act No 49 of 1993. The Act was passed into law on the 10th of June and gazetted on the 9th of August same year. It is a regulatory body charged with the regulation, control and supervision of the computing profession and practice in Nigeria in line with Section 1 (2) of the Act; it is under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Education.

In his remarks during the virtual induction on Thursday, July 09, 2020, the President and Chairman-in-Council of CPN, Professor Charles Uwadia, congratulated for the successful admission into the Information Technology profession; “the only profession in the world that has impact on all other professions”.

The new inductees include:

  • 410 Full members;
  • 96 Associate members and
  • 44 Affiliate members

The President said that as new inductees into the profession, the legitimization of their professional practice in Information Technology starts today.

Prof. Uwadia who said that the task ahead of the profession now is enormous, charged them make good use of the opportunity by channeling their energy and talents on positive things that would be of benefit to the various organizations they represent and the nation at large.

“…you are all expected to make your contribution towards taking the profession to loftier heights. This is because the growth of the profession will impact positively on the nation and the vision of the Federal Government as encapsulated in the Change Agenda of the Federal Government.

“Given that you are new entrants into the flourishing world of Information Technology (IT), I do not want to take anything for granted regarding your knowledge of the profession.

He reiterated that the Council will continue to should work in line with the functions and responsibilities of CPN, which are not limited to determine the standards of knowledge and skills to be attained by persons seeking to become members of the computing profession and improve those standards from time to time as circumstances may permit.

And, “To secure, in accordance with the provision of the Act, the establishment and maintenance of a register of persons seeking to be registered under the Act to practice the computing profession and the publication from time to time of the list of such persons”.

Emphasis om ethical conducts:

“Act 49 of 1993, earlier referred to, makes it mandatory for all persons and organizations seeking to engage, or already engaged, in the sale and/or use of computing facilities, and in the provision of professional services in computing or related computing machinery in Nigeria, to be registered by the Council and licensed to carry out such activities”, Prof. Uwadia said.

The Act makes it illegal to engage in computing and professional practice without satisfying the aforementioned condition-that is, registration and possession of a current valid license.

He said that the Council places high premium on ethical conduct of the professionals.

“We are conscious of the impact that the use of computational machinery and related techniques have on the public, employers, clients and the professionals.

“This is what informed the introduction of Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. The document details the standards of conduct that are expected from professionals in the Information Technology industry, similar to what obtains in other professions.

“While Council will protect you in matters that infringe on your rights as members of this noble profession, I want to urge you all to play your role by conducting yourselves in the most ethical manner befitting of a professional in your daily activities.

Fight against quackery:

“Let me inform you that one of the greatest challenges facing our profession is quackery.

“By the nature of the profession, which makes it possible for a lot of people to use IT tools in their day to day activities, some people are claiming to be what they are not. Also, those who are not qualified to execute IT jobs are the ones getting it.

“This is quite absurd and unacceptable to us. Therefore, as professionals, you need to join forces with us in fighting the scourge.

Entrepreneurship:

In his induction lecture, the Director, Aflon Digital Institute, Abuja, Dr. Akin Fapohunda, charged the inductees on the need to redefine IT practice in Nigeria by being productive, especially in solving every day challenges faced by the nation.

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Dr. Akin Fapohunda advised the new inductees to go for new digital and technological skills

He said that as IT professionals, the new inductees should view themselves as change agents who must designs better ways of solving the perennial problems such as electricity, e-learning, while embracing new knowledge such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics, data science, amongst others.

“Entrepreneurship is the pathway for creating impact professionally,” Dr. Fapohunda told the inductees.

Continuing Professional Development:

Also speaking, the Chairman, Registration, Regulation & Control (RR & C) Committee, Prof Adesina Sodiya, said the Council designed a professional development programme that will enable the members to grow professionally and keep abreast of new developments in the profession.

“The Mandatory Continuing Professional Development Programme (MCPD)”, he said “was conceived as a means of re-training and updating members’ skills and knowledge about the latest developments in the industry.

“The programme is meant for all grades of members and credits will be given for attendance which will be one of the conditions for the annual renewal of practicing license as well as upward mobility of members across the membership cadres.

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Prof Adesina Sodiya, speaking during the induction ceremony

“The MCPD is a common feature of all professional and regulatory bodies on the re-training of their registered members. Professional bodies like ICAN, CIBN etc all have various versions of the MCPD. Therefore, I will like you to take advantage of the programme to enhance your professional development”.

Prof. Sodiya said they are conscious of the impact of the use of computational machinery and techniques related thereto on the public, employers of labor, clients and the professionals who have made substantial investment in Information Technology.

“This is what informed the introduction of the Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct that detailed the standards of conduct that is expected from professionals in the IT industry as exists in older profession like Law, Medicine, Architecture and Pharmacy etc. You have all appended your signature to the Letter of Commitment that goes with the document.

“What this means is that high standard of good and ethical conduct that will portray you as good ambassadors of the profession is what is expected from you”.

As provided in the Act that established CPN, the Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct is enforceable and the continued membership of the profession depends on strict adherence to it, while not being member of the profession implies forbiddance from practicing the profession in the country.

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Dr. Akin Fapohunda urged the inductees to defend the profession ethically

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Comviva rated as Tier 1 SMS Firewall Vendor ROCCO Performance Report 2020

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Comviva, a global leader in mobility solutions has been named as Tier 1 SMS Firewall Vendor in the recent ROCCO SMS Firewall Performance Report, basis an annual survey of 131 MNOs across 92 countries taking part in this unique consumer-led research.

Comviva and Rocco - trends in SMS Firewall

Comviva and Rocco – trends in SMS Firewall

The report reflects how SMS Firewall providers are perceived by Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) across performance criteria, which are fundamental to the delivery of SMS Firewall service. Comviva received an overall rating of 4.02 out of 5.

Comviva has been listed amongst the top five ranked vendors (out of the 18 vendors), based on various performance criteria, like reliability, customer service, technical expertise, reputation, value for money, value-added services, quality of service, transparency and flexibility.

Comviva and RoCCo the challenges

Comviva and RoCCo the challenges

ROCCO has been called the Michelin of the telecoms industry in that it facilitates the rating of Vendors to understand the quality of vendors and the market leaders.

However, ROCCO does not judge the Vendors directly but facilitates MNOs in rating them and giving opinions across the wider Vendor base, creating a community for information and advice exchange on specific important Vendor decisions.

Comviva and ROCCO, the performance

Comviva’s Messaging Firewall is a comprehensive network and content-based security solution. It enables operators to effectively monetize their application-to-person (A2P) traffic and safeguard subscribers against the misuse of mobile.

The Messaging Firewall also safeguards against spam and fraud, arrests revenue leakage, and reduces operational effort for telecom providers.

In addition to providing the platform, Comviva also offers capabilities pertaining to business consulting and operations. This is designed to ensure that the platform is operated, configured, and updated with global intelligence at all times.

Comviva and Rocco

Comviva and Rocco

The Chief Operating Officer, Messaging Solutions at Comviva, Deshbandhu Bansal, said, “We are thrilled to be listed as Tier one vendor in this SMS Annual Firewall benchmarking Survey, which is the only messaging focused report in the world. We are proud that our messaging solutions today cater to over 1 billion subscribers across geographies. This is a great testimony for our messaging offerings as our MNO customers have rated us high for our strong performance and leadership across all parameters.”

Also, Founder and Chairman of the Rocco Group, Jason Bryan, said, “Investing in Vendors always takes a great effort, MNOs need to make RFP, RFQ and selection processes which take time and energy away from monetisation of SMS. This report aims to offer advice from other MNOs which might help MNOs not yet decided on which Vendor to choose. Congratulations to Comviva for being one of the most admired vendors in this space.”

Comviva was also featured as a key vendor in ROCCO A2P SMS Messaging Vendor Performance Report 2019.

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SystemSpecs rewards youngsters, supports vision of technology-driven Nigeria

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It was an inspiring session recently as SystemSpecs, Africa’s leading financial and human capital technology firm, hosted young Nigerians between ages 9 and 16 who participated in its 2020 Children’s Day Essay Competition.

The organisation, at the formal award ceremony held online, honoured about 2000 entrants into the competition for their audacity to dream and expressing—in the form of essays—their visions of a Nigeria of their dreams enabled by innovative technology.

Featuring presentations on the assessment process employed by judges, remarks from the organisers and an official presentation of prizes, SystemSpecs awarded certificates of participation to all entrants, admitted top 10 entrants into the 2020 Honour Roll and awarded prizes to the top 3 participants, in the junior and senior categories.

“I thank the Almighty God for making this recognition come my way and at this time,” said Kalu Derrick Ugochukwu (15) of Fosla Academy, Karshi, Abuja who emerged first in the senior category. According to him, the competition came at a time many students longed for such avenues to task their intellectual capacity.

In his speech, Onuoha-Okoro N. David (11) of St Anthony Grammar School (Private) in Esure, Ijebu Imushin, Ogun state, who ranked first in junior category appreciated God for the inspiration, his parents for the support, and the organisers of the competition for the contest.

“Whether yours emerged among the top entries or not, you are a winner. You have made a major leap, added to your feathers and positioned yourself for greater success, you have shown that technology is not only relevant in personal and corporate life, but also in the life of a nation,” said the Managing Director, SystemSpecs, John Obaro. “

Obaro added that SystemSpecs is receptive to admitting the Honour Roll winners and other participants into the organisation for internships and other placements when they are ready for such opportunity.

Speaking on behalf of the 2020 evaluation panel, Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata (CFA), highlighted the need to pay attention to instructions, provide reference to source articles as well as logical presentation of thoughts as areas of general improvement. He, however, expressed gladness that the competition provided insight into some of the challenges with the education system in Nigeria which would need to be speedily tackled.

“It is important that people realise that education is a lifestyle and not a means to merely pass,” Agbata added.

Young Nigerians from over 500 schools in twenty-nine states and the FCT sent in about 2000 entries within a 2-week window to participate in the competition with the theme, “Nigeria of my Dream: Making it Happen with Technology.”

The SystemSpecs Children’s Day Essay Competition is part of the organisation’s corporate social responsibility of contributing to capacity development in Nigeria for the attainment of an all-round prosperous country.

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