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Pantami to keynote ATCON’s forum on telecom and ICT consumer’s need in Covid-19 era

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Dr. Pantami speaking during the Digital Economy strategy review committee inauguration - Photo Credit: FMoCDE/facebook

In keeping the telecom and ICT stakeholders abreast of the median edition of the Sectoral Forum under the theme: “Meeting the Interests of Government, Consumers and Telecom & ICT Companies in the Era of COVID-19 and Post COVID-19 Pandemic for Digital Economy Development”, the Association of Telecommunication Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), said the forum is driven by the desire to achieving the new broadband target of 70% by year 2025.

The virtual forum holds on Thursday, August 6, 2020 by 11:30am via Zoom (and live on Facebook and other social media platforms)

The Minister for Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, has confirmed his availability to present a principal keynote address on theme of the Forum with special focus on the Ministry’s Policy Directions.

Also, Prof Umar Garba Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman/CEO of Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and Mr Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, Director General, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) would constitute the panelists from the government establishments and they will be making presentations on the theme of the event with special focus on what the Commission’s and Agency’s are doing in respect of consumers.

In a press release on Monday, the Executive Secretary of ATCON, Ajibola Olude, said, “We have the following representatives from the angle of those that represent consumers in Nigeria: Prof. Chiso Ndukwe-Okafor, Executive Director, Consumer Advocacy and Empowerment Foundation (CADEF); Mrs Sola Salako Ajulo, President/Founder, Consumer Advocacy Foundation of Nigeria (CAFON); Mr. Bayo Olugbemi, FCIB, President/Chairman of Council, Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN); Prince Igho Majemite, Chairman, Industry Consumer Advisory Forum (ICAF); Chief Adeolu Ogungbanjo, National President, National Association of Telecommunications Subscribers (NATCOMS); Mr Rasak Adekoya, Programme Lead, DFID Inclusion Works, Sightsavers; Comrade Moses O Igbrude, Chairman, Consumer Rights Awareness Advancement And Advocacy Initiative (CRAAAI) and Prince (Amb.) Sina Bilesanmi, National President, Association of Telephone Cable Tv and Internet Subscribers of Nigeria (ATCIS) and their role is to give feedback on Telecoms and ICT Service delivery.

“Also, we have the following representatives from the angle of those companies that provide telecoms and ICT Services: Mr Biodun Omoniyi, MD/CEO, VDT Communications Limited; Mrs Abimbola Alale, Managing Director, NIGCOMSAT; Prof Muhammad Bello Abubakar, MD/CEO, Galaxy Backbone; Mr Oyaje Idoko, Managing Director, Layer3 Limited; Mr Toba Obaniyi, Vice President, Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA); Mr Mohamad Darwish, Managing Director, IHS Nigeria Limited and Mr Abayomi Adebanjo, General Counsel, MainOne Cable Company Nigeria Limited. Their role will be to tell us what they are doing to meet the need of consumers as more people come online.

“This Sectoral Virtual Forum would address the need of telecom and ICT Consumers in the COVID-19 and Post COVID-19 Pandemic cum Digital Economy era with the principal goal of meeting the new broadband target of 70%. This time around ATCON is providing a veritable platform for Governments, Consumers (corporate and personal) and Telecommunications and ICT Companies to rob minds on how consumers can be better off in terms of effective delivery of telecoms and ICT services and products in Nigeria. The centrality of consumer to the projected growth of the Nigerian telecoms and ICT Sector cannot be overlooked in the area of the needed investment to accelerate the progress of our sector. With the emergence of digital economy in Nigeria coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic, many economic transactions would be done digitally going forward”, he said.

Olude added that the strategic objective of this very important sectoral forum is to converge regulator’s interests -to ensure a competitive telecom market and fast track development of telecom industry; Operator’s Interests – an enabling environment for businesses and protection of investment in the sector; and Consumer’s Interests – to be satisfied in terms of quality of services, affordability and access; for Digital Economy Development.

“Let me reiterate it that the interdependence among the government, telecom and ICT Companies and Nigerians are clearly obvious but each of them have limitations and potentials hence the forum would make an attempt to address their limitations and turn them to advantage for the development of Nigerian Telecom and ICT Sector in the era of COVID-19 and Post COVID-19 Pandemic”, he added.

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FirstBank is promoting growth of banking technology in Nigeria via Fintech Summit 4.0

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First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Nigeria’s leading financial inclusion services provider, has announced that the 2020 edition of its annual FinTech Summit is scheduled to hold on Thursday, 6 August 2020 by 12.00 noon.

The event will be virtually held via Zoom Meetings.

The 2020 edition of the summit, which is the fourth in its series is themed; “How Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence will Disrupt FinTech in Nigeria” and will be discussed by experts, key and leading players, policy influencers and regulatory officials in the Nigerian financial, banking and technological climate.

To participate in the event, click this LINK to register.

The Founder of HopStop, Chinedu Echeruo,  which was sold to Apple for $1bn will be leading the discussion as the Keynote speaker alongside other panelists; Musa Itopa Jimoh, Director, Payments System Management Department and Aminu Maida, Executive Director, Technology & Operations, Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System Plc (NIBSS). 

Representing FirstBank in the panel of discussants are the Group Executive, Technology & Services, Callistus Obetta and the Group Executive, e-Business & Retail Products, Chuma Ezirim.

Speaking on the event, the Deputy Managing Director, First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Mr. Gbenga Shobo, said; “at FirstBank, we have been at the forefront of employing technology in the delivery of financial services in the country exemplified by our various products and services such as FirstMobile, USSD Banking services, FirstMonie Wallet, FirstMonie Agent Banking, FirstAdvance loans provisions

“The 2020 edition of our FINTECH summit will build on the successes achieved in the last three editions. We welcome the panelists as we look forward to the shared knowledge which will be integral to deepening the continued growth of banking technology, especially its impact on the Gross Domestic Product of Nigeria and the continent at large.”

“Technology continues to play a fundamental role in driving financial inclusion and strengthening the growth of SMEs that contribute significantly to the development of the country.

“We encourage members of the public, players in the fintech and financial climate to register, as there is knowledge for everyone,” he concluded.

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Nigeria Computer Society ready for (virtual) 11th International Conference – Prof. Sodiya

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President, Nigeria Computer Society, Prof. Adesina Sodiya speaking during a virtual press Conference on NCS 11th International Conference 2020

The National Executive Council (NEC), Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), working with the Conferences Committee, today announced the readiness to host the eleventh (11th) International Conference.

NCS is dubbed the biggest and premier professional association in Nigeria’s tech sector. It is the umbrella body of all IT professionals, interest groups and stakeholders in Nigeria.  

With about 15,000 members, spread across all the states of the federation, NCS remains the only national IT society with highly-skilful and dependable domain experts in various fields of Information Technology.

Speaking during a virtual press briefing about the upcoming NCS International conference, the President, Professor Adesina Sodiya, a fellow of NCS, said that with major interest groups including; ISPON, ITAN, NiWIIT, ITSSP, AITP, NITPCS and structural organs; College of Fellows, Chapters, NACOSS, the Association remains committed to promoting and leapfrogging IT development in Nigeria.

He described the International Conference is the biggest and most influential IT event in Nigeria.

NCS International Conference year 2020

He announced that the Conference will hold from Tuesday 11th to Thursday 13th of August 2020 virtually, with the theme “Emerging Applications and Technologies for Industry 4.0 (EATI 2020)”.

“In the last forty-two years of NCS existence, our conference venue has been rotated amongst the six geopolitical zones in the Country. Even the 2020 conference was initially scheduled to hold in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State before the pandemic. Interestingly, this is the first time NCS will be holding virtual Conference in the history of this society.

“The challenge posed by COVID-19 reaffirms the need for Information Technology Professionals to change their strategies.  Infact, Covid-19 has introduced a new normal paradigm shift which the whole is currently battling with.

“The theme of the conference was carefully and scientifically chosen in order to provide the needed technological supports for industries in this modern society. Industry 4.0 or the Fourth Industrial revolution is simply about smart manufacturing. The technological components of industry 4.0 are full process and production line automation; intelligent control of cyber-physical systems; and adoption of Internet of things (IoT), robotics, big data analytics, cloud computing, and machine learning. As a nation, our industries must leverage on these technologies for enhanced profitability and economic well-being.

“The conference will focus on important issues related to the theme and sub themes such as:

  • Innovative Strategies for addressing cybersecurity and privacy challenges in industry 4.0
  • A New Generation of Cyber Physical Systems in the Era of AI
  • Identity and Population management strategies for stimulating digital Economy
  • Youth Innovation and Sustainable Productivity
  • Future Learning
  • The Future University: Academia-Industry collaboration for Industry 4.0
  • Applications and Techniques in Industry 4.0
  • Applications and Techniques in High Performance Computing and Networks
  • Technology governance, Policy and Regulatory framework
  • Smart manufacturing: Implications for Small, Medium and Large-Scale Enterprises
  • Connectivity Infrastructural Requirements for Industry 4.0
  • Financial Systems and Services for Industry 4.0

Prof. Sodiya added that this year’s International Conference will provide a multi-stakeholder forum to examine pertinent considerations in showcasing emerging applications and technologies to achieving fourth industrial revolution that will lead to Sustainable Development. Engagement opportunities will be explored during the Conference to present and develop effective strategies, creative approaches and practical solutions.

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President, Nigeria Computer Society, Prof. Adesina Sodiya (m) speaking during a virtual press Conference on NCS 11th International Conference 2020; flanked by the Executive Director, NCS, Engr. Iyioola Ayoola and another member of NEC

“Specific highlights of the conference include Official Opening and Keynotes, Plenary and Parallel Sessions, Technical Sessions, Seminars, Induction of New Members, Youth Innovation and Entrepreneurship Platform, Exhibition and Products Launch, Public Sector ICT Showcase, networking, NITDA session, National IT Competitions, Fellows’ Forum and Annual General Meeting”, he said.

The event will also feature NCS President Award for distinguished personalities and groups in IT industry and winners of NCS organised competitions.

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‘The Elevation Church’ set to hold virtual conferences for kids, teenagers

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Lead Pastor and founder of The Elevation Church, Godman Akinlabi

Frontline non-denominational Christian ministry, The Elevation Church (TEC), is set to equip teenagers with requisite skills and capacity through its annual teen conference, ‘Navigate’.

Themed “STAND”, this year’s conference is free, solely online and will kick-off today, Saturday 1st August at 4pm with a pre-conference online party.

The main conference comprising of plenaries, issue-based breakout sessions, parents’ breakout sessions and over 18 vocational skills classes such as graphics design, baking, music production, writing, cinematography, French for beginners, web design, animation, entrepreneurship and many more, will hold at 4pm each day from Saturday 8th to Saturday 29th August and thereafter culminate on Sunday 30th August.

Registration and further information can be obtained HERE.

Similarly, children 12 years and younger are not left out as TEC has put together a virtual Vacation Bible School (VBS) which will run from Wednesday 5th to Friday 7th August from 10am to 1pm daily.

This edition is themed “Breakout: Escape from Ordinary to Extraordinary” and is poised to teach children solid Christian principles to guide them through life and aim for excellence in everything they do. This is also a free event and parents can register their wards vis this LINK.

According to the Lead Pastor and founder of TEC, Godman Akinlabi, “The global pandemic – COVID-19 – has been a major disruptor for everyone regardless of age. For the younger generation, we have particularly observed disruption in schoolwork, exams and other progressive plans; holidays for some, and work experience opportunities for others.”

He pointed out that the programmes set aside for the Navigate Conference have been specifically designed to manage some of these challenges.  

“The programmes will help harness their inner strengths, build new skills, stand for positive influence and be change agents in their respective spaces. They are also some of the ways the church has continued to keep alive our commitment to make positive social impact across all demographics, despite the ongoing pandemic,” he said.

The Elevation Church has been set up by God to develop members to be witnesses for Christ and empower them to achieve the highest levels of distinction and greatness in life.

At TEC, greatness means service. The Elevation Church was founded by Pastor Godman Akinlabi in October 2010.

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