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Amosun, Ogun State Governor Receives NCS’ Special IT Recognition Award

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By peter oluka

Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has received, the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) Special Information Technology Recognition Award (SITRA) for the administration’s efforts in leveraging IT to enhance governance.

The Governor was recognized at the National Information Technology Merit Award (NITMA), with major achievements of the State in IT including, the creation of the Bureau of information technology to engender professionalism and facilitate growth; location of 5,000 capacity JAMB CBT centre in Abeokuta; capturing of properties via GPS coordinates, image into the properties database under the Land Use and Amenities Charge Scheme across the 57 LGAs and LCDAs.

Professor Sola Aderounmu, the NCS president, while presenting the award to the Governor represented by the Deputy, Mrs. Yetunde Onanuga, lauded the State for deploying international public sector accounting standards complaint software for budgeting and treasury measurement; computerization of local government payroll for the first time; deployment of BVN enabled payroll and pension solution for the civil servants, secondary and primary school teachers and State pensioners.

Other achievements of the State Government with regards the IT deployment include, NITDA-OGSG training for 40 IT professionals in the State with provision of 40 laptops for the participants who are largely members of NCS; implementation of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) project; support of the National Whiz kids competition for senior secondary  students at the State level by approving the competition and providing public secondary schools equipped with CBT facilities as venue in the six years through the State Ministry of Education.

“This made two schools from Ogun State namely Baptist Boys High School, Saje Abeokuta and Iganmode Grammar School, Ota win the national Whiz Kids Competition in 2013 and 2014 respectively.

“The administration of Governor Amosun has also supported the Young IT Brains for Primary School Pupils and Ogun IT Talent Hunt for Junior Secondary School Students (these are programmes of the State Chapter of NCS), among other supports to Ogun State chapter of NCS”, he said.

Responding, the Governor thanked NCS for the award, saying that when they mounted the saddle of leadership in 2011, they recognized the position of the state to drive investment, trade and the economy at large hence the leveraging of technology to enhance governance.

“Today, IT has been included to boost e-governance, education, land matters, etc. Our plan in the coming year is to consolidate, integrate our enterprise solutions; leverage ICT in local governance by partnering private sector.

“We are at advanced stage to create innovation hubs, boost skills and software development, IoT enhanced our ICT ecosystem. I want to appreciate the NCS for this prestigious award conferred on me and my State”, the Governor said through the Deputy.

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9mobile Empowers Farmers, Event Planners with Weather Forecast Service

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9mobile in partnership with Ignitia, weather forecasting portal, have launched a weather forecast service that enables farmers to predict weather accurately before and during the planting season.

 

This is in furtherance of its commitment to leveraging technology in creating innovative solutions for its customers by the award-winning telecommunications company.

 

With Iska Weather Service, farmers in Nigeria can now predict the weather with over 80% forecast accuracy, thereby empowering them to prepare against adverse weather conditions that can impact negatively on their crops.

 

In addition, event planners, traders, and other people whose means of livelihood or activities can be adversely impacted by poor weather, can also benefit from Iska Weather Service in planning their events or activities so they can operate optimally, unhindered by weather conditions.

 

Speaking about this newest innovative service, Bolanle Afuye, head Digital Media, 9mobile said Iska Weather Service will provide 9mobile consumers with localised weather forecasts via SMS and USSD, with 84% forecast accuracy.

 

In addition, she said the service offers subscribers access to Ignitia’s daily 2-day weather forecast service on rainfall risk, timing and intensity, along with the monthly and seasonal outlooks once per month.

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9mobile Empowers Farmers, Others with Weather Forecast Service

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In furtherance of its commitment to leveraging technology in creating innovative solutions for its customers, award-winning telecommunications company, 9mobile in partnership with weather forecasting portal, Ignitia, have launched a weather forecast service that enables farmers to predict weather accurately before and during the planting season.

With Iska Weather Service, farmers in Nigeria can now predict the weather with over 80% forecast accuracy, thereby empowering them to prepare against adverse weather conditions that can impact negatively on their crops.

In addition, event planners, traders, and other people whose means of livelihood or activities can be adversely impacted by poor weather, can also benefit from Iska Weather Service in planning their events or activities so they can operate optimally, unhindered by weather conditions.

Speaking about this newest innovative service, Head Digital Media, 9mobile, Bolanle Afuye, said Iska Weather Service will provide 9mobile consumers with localised weather forecasts via SMS and USSD, with 84% forecast accuracy.

In addition, she said the service offers subscribers access to Ignitia’s daily 2-day weather forecast service on rainfall risk, timing and intensity, along with the monthly and seasonal outlooks once per month.

Afuye stated: “The weather is a potentially major factor that impacts on farming and food security, amongst other issues. Thus, farmers are particularly concerned about the weather, especially considering that too much rain can wipe out whole plantations and erode their income levels.

“They are also concerned that if plants get too much sunlight they can be destroyed by too much heat; hence the need for accurate weather forecast to help our farmers plan better. The innovative Iska Weather Service therefore, is a timely and much-needed solution that underscores 9mobile’s passion for solving societal problems in our nation.”

Speaking further, Afuye said Iska Weather Service is affordable and flexible, with customers having the option to choose their preferred subscription package ranging from N10 per day, N35 per week or N100 per month.

Iska Weather Service is a simple, easy-to-use platform, and it comes in handy for 9mobile subscribers that live in rural and urban areas, including retailers between ages 25 – 45 years as well as young and middle-aged individuals and those who use technology in their businesses.

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Simba Unveils KStar Specialized Power Backup Solutions

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L-R: Leader, KStar Nigeria; Napoleon Idisi, Manager, Simba Service, and Rajneesh Gupta, Chief Operation Coordinator, Simba Group, during the launch of KStar Online UPS held in Lagos recently.

Simba Industries, one of the leading companies in the power backup industry in Nigeria, has introduced KStar UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) systems to the market. KStar is recognized for its specialized power backup solutions, capable of handling mission-critical electrical equipment including hospital diagnostic and surgical apparatus, data centers and Bank ATMs.

Unlike traditional Online UPS systems, KStar products can handle a wide range of applications which have peculiar power needs, such as factory machinery, where power requirements at startup are huge, and where power failure can often lead to significant cost escalation, as machines need to cool down and be restarted.

Speaking at the unveiling event held in Lagos, the representative of Simba Industries, Mr Prasanna Sridhar, explained that KStar is the sixth largest manufacturer of UPS in the world, offering high quality products and full service support to more than 90 countries.

MR Sridhar noted that the different ranges of KStar UPS can cater to every power demand and needs across different sectors, including manufacturing, oil and gas, medical establishments, businesses and other key industries.

“Hundreds of thousands of businesses around the world depends on reliable power back-up solutions for their critical systems. Downtime is simply not an option for them, as it results in potentially millions of dollars of losses per second.

“The KStar UPS draws on the latest research and development to offer unparalleled power backup solutions for a diverse range of industries” he said.

Mr Suresh Kumar, Head of Simba Service, the group’s awarding winning Service division, further added that KStar UPS is supported by Simba Service in Nigeria, which provides power audit consultation, installation, 24 hour customer support, and Annual Maintenance Contracts.

He noted, “At Simba, we believe that total customer satisfaction is only achieved, when a good quality product is supported by attentive and responsive customer care and after sales service. Simba Service is at the heart of our value proposition to customers.”

KStar offers an extensive range of UPS solutions, including Online Transformer/ Transformer-less UPS, Line Interactive UPS and Modular UPS all of which are aimed at delivering optimized energy sourcing, cost savings as well as minimizing downtime – thereby meeting the critical needs of its customers in various sectors of the Nigerian economy.

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