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

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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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FG Urged to Use Nigerian Communications Consultants to Frame Economic Narratives

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The Federal Government has been called upon to use Nigerian Public Relations and Marketing consultants to frame the nation’s economic narratives.

The appealed was made by one of Africa’s leading economists, Dr. Biodun Adedipe, at a Fireside Chat, organised by the Public Relations Consultants Association of Nigeria (PRCAN) at the Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos, recently.

Speaking on the theme of the session, “Macro-economic Factors That Will Impact the Nigerian Marketing Communications Industry in 2018,” Adedipe counselled the Muhammadu Buhari administration to tap into the expertise of Nigerian PR and Marketing Communications consultants to help the government frame its economic narratives and distill the message for better understanding of the populace.

Adedipe said: “Nigeria has exited recession going by the GDP growth recorded in the last two quarters. Government will therefore need to communicate better than it has ever done to be able to receive social approval for some of its policy initiatives and options.”

He cited the example of the initial opposition to the government borrowing plan as an example of how using communications consultants could have made the task easy for the Federal Government. “It took a single session with members of the Nigerian Senate for them to understand the wisdom in using long-term loans for infrastructure development. The Nigerian Senate approved the borrowing plan immediately the economic case for taking such a loan was well articulated before them. This is your job. This is what the Nigerian government should rely on you for,” he said.

Adedipe also counselled communications consultants in Nigeria not to wait for the invitation from government. He advised them to always put forward their professional opinions on what government should be saying and doing per time. He said: “You must always have a voice in the room. Your professional opinion on key national issues must always be articulated and put forward to the government, whether solicited or not.”

On the economic outlook for 2018, Adedipe said there was no doubt about the fact that Nigeria had exited recession. “We have had two quarters of positive growth back-to-back and there are strong indications that the last quarter of the year 2017 will record more GDP growth too,” he stated. He advised businesses to begin to watch out for recovery signs.

Adedipe further said: “A nation can go through the different phases of boom, recession and slump to recovery. So, there are recovery signs you need to begin to watch out for. Nigeria now has a brighter outlook. You must keep your eyes on sectors such as agriculture, manufacturing, ICT, real estate, mining and trade amongst others.” He explained that these were dominant contributors to the nation’s GDP as they were of interest for government.

Adedipe also advised PR and communications consultants to commit to research, best practices, top quality services, relentless improvement and to conduct proper diagnosis on the businesses of the clients they hope to service.

In staying true to its values, PRCAN used the opportunity presented by the event to induct a new PR agency, Media Panache, into its membership at the event. The Public and Social Relations agency is led by Timilehin Bello.

PRCAN is legally chartered by By Law No. 3 (1993) of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), to cater to the interests of the consultancy side of PR practice in Nigeria. It currently has a membership of 51 PR consultancy firms providing services across at least 21 PR practice areas.

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Three Startups Win GenesysIgnite $10,000 Innovation cash Prize

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(R-l): Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, minister of Science and Technology, in company of Senator Ken Nnamani, president of the Senate of Nigeria, presenting cheque to GenesysIgnite winners while Kingsley Eze watches on. 

By peter oluka

 

Winners have emerged after pressure-filled GenesysIGNITE pitch sessions. The three winners- PlayJoor, TutorFinder and House of Uwe were unveiled on Friday at the South East Startup Convergence, one of the biggest technology conferences in the region put together by Genesys Tech Hub in collaboration with CFAtech.ng.

 

Presenting the cheques to the winners, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, minister of Science and Technology, in company of Senator Ken Nnamani, president of the Senate of Nigeria, and other dignitaries, applauded Genesys Hub for the providing financial assistance to the startups, which has remained one of the painpoints of Startups in the region.

 

“Any nation that produces science and technology experts is always the toast of the world. Teneces is doing what the Government has in mind with regards youths development- capacity building, incubation, venture capitals, and other supports.

 

The winners are:

Tutor Finder NG

Tutor Finder NG is the leading home tutors in South East Nigeria with reach in Owerri, Awka, Enugu and Aba and over 54 professional tutors .  

They provide learners with the advantage of quality, experienced and innovative teachings that make them become the finished articles, far beyond the limitation of class room learning.

They simply bridge the gap!

Tutor Finder provide support to classroom instruction and assignments and go back and deal with building blocks that were missed.

One-to-one tutoring helps students build confidence, and get individualized support and better grades.

 

PlayJoor

PlayJoor is a platform for real time multiplayer games. The developers make it possible for players to earn while competing against other players at a game they are skilled at.

The startups founders believe that people should enjoy games they are skilled at and to cap it up, earn while playing the games.

Tagline: Real-time games with real people

 

House of Uwe (cloth)  

This is an e-commerce shop selling made-to-order African apparels proudly designed in Africa by very experienced African designers.

 

House of Uwe provides a solution to the need of the fashion market by allowing shoppers order a custom made, individually tailored piece they truly love.

 

Earler, Senator Nnamani, said that the future of Nigeria belongs in the digital age, adding that it will become visible if the country strategizes properly.

 

Senator Nnamani, said that the educational institutions, charged universities in the zone to strive in research and development as panacea for digital revolution in the area.

 

He said: “What Tenece is trying to ignite in the South East and Enugu State in particular is awesome, by projecting and opening the eyes of our young people to tech disruptions.

 

 

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FG Plans N180bn Investment on National Science, Technology Roadmap

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Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, Minister of Science and Technology, has said that the Federal Government is committed to investing N180 billion to ensure successful implementation of the National Science, Technology and Innovation Roadmap (NSTIR) 2030.

Onu said this at the ongoing 15th meeting of the National Council on Science and Technology in Benin.

He said the amount, which would be over a period of three budget years, would be in the short term basis of the roadmap.

Onu said the ministry was keen on implementing the roadmap, in collaboration with wide variety of stakeholders, including public and private research development centres.

He expressed optimism that the implementation of the planned NSTIR 2030 programmes and increased investment in Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) would help actualise Nigeria’s dream to join the top 20 of technologically advanced countries in the world.

Onu noted that though the country was yet to reach its full potentials in the deployment of STI deliverables into projects and programmes due to some identified challenges, it had been able to attain some mileage within the past few years.

He also said that the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) 2017 to 2020 recently launched by the present administration, focused on macroeconomic policy improvement, economic diversification, competitiveness, improvement, social inclusion and job creation.

The Minister said the ERGP targeted that the Nigerian economy would recover strongly with a GDP growth of seven per cent, driven by non oil sector growth of 7.2 per cent by 2020.

This, he said, would also help in the steady expansion of the agriculture, manufacturing and services sectors, adding that approximately 15 million net jobs would be created with poverty reduction from 61 per cent to 50-55 per cent by 2020.

Onu said the ministry was committed to playing its required role in ensuring that the ERGP strategies were STI driven and successfully implemented.

He said that the theme of the meeting “Nigerian Economy Driven by Science and Innovation”, was apt and captured the new direction the country had resolved to follow, in the quest to revive and strengthen the economy.

Onu explained that it was aimed at “helping to strengthen and diversify the economy in a sustainable manner by encouraging the harnessing and application of STI apparatus in the Nation’s development process’’.

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