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Dangote Urges Nigerians to Register for National IDs

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Aliko Dangote, president, Dangote group, has called on Nigerians to get enrolled in the ongoing registration for National Identity Cards being carried out by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).

 

The business mogul who made the call just as the NIMC, also cited the economic benefits of having a robust unified national identity card management.

 

Dangote spoke when the management of the Commission visited him in his office in Lagos and presented him with his Identity slip as well as a draft report of the Strategic Roadmap for Developing Digital Identification in Nigeria.

 

He explained that the national identity management policy of the Federal Government is pivotal to the economic growth strategy being implemented by the government, saying key government services would be delivered efficiently and effectively when government knows the categories of Nigerians in need of such services.

 

According to him, critical government programmes relating to social safety net, education, financial inclusion, insurance cover as well as credible elections depend heavily on proper identification.

 

Dangote told the NIMC management to copy from the India with a larger population and which had also successfully carried out Digital Identification of all its citizens and that with collaboration with partners and adequate awareness campaign, the Commission can successfully accomplish the task of enrolling all Nigerians within the shortest possible time.

 

The businessman commended the Commission’s management for its foresight in tapping into the Indian strategy and seeking collaborative efforts to carry out its assignment.

 

Speaking earlier, Aliyu Aziz, director-general and chief executive officer of the Commission, said that the commission has enrolled till date 30 million Nigerians and that efforts are on to capture the entire population within the next three years.

 

He said that the Commission is adopting an Eco system just as india to liberalize the enrolment process by licensing state and local governments, business organizations, bodies and agencies to enroll the citizens while the Commission only regulate their activities.

 

Aziz stated after the enrolment, the NIMC would then pay the organizations on performance based taking into consideration the number of citizens enrolled successfully.

 

The Commission, he added, was in the final stage of the system.

 

Aziz explained that the system is programmed to start in July and when followed through the entire population could be captured within the next three years, while noting that the national identity card would be a multi-purpose one that could be used to access a lot of services that the people depend on daily.

 

He said: “We are trying to do Eco system as adopted in India to simplify the process of capturing the citizens.

“NIMC will licence state, local governments, business organizations and agencies who will do the registration and the NIMC will only regulate their activities.

 

“At the end of their exercise, the NIMC will pay them on performance basis.

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NIMC Boss Says National ID Crucial for Access to Social Services

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Engr. Aliyu Aziz, director-general, National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), has identified digital identity as a critical factor for individuals to access social benefits including subsidies and entitlements.

 

According to Engr. Aziz, since public and private sector agencies require proof of identity as a prerequisite for providing services to individuals, failure to prove identity forms a major barrier barring people from accessing social benefits.

 

He disclosed this in a keynote paper entitled ‘Digital Inclusion: Opportunities, Challenges and Strategies’ which he presented at the 27th annual conference of the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), in Ibadan, Oyo state recently, a statement from the commission said yesterday.

 

“Inability to prove identity is one of the biggest barriers preventing access to benefits, subsidies, exercise of basic rights as well as claiming entitlements,” he said, adding that “without knowing who the people are, no government or private sector will be able to effectively deliver important services such as social safety net, elections, agriculture, pension and education, among others.’’

 

Engr. Aziz, also said “Identity is a pre-requisite for a country’s economic, social and political progress and development,” because “good identification works hand-in-hand with greater use of internet, payments and skills for a vibrant digital economy.”

 

 

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Lagos, Zipline Ink MOU to Deploy Drones for Healthcare Delivery

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l-R: Mr. Diekoye Oyeyinka, Zipline Representative; Hajkeem Fahm, commissioner for Science and Tech; Kayode Ogunnubi Permanent Secretary Science and Tech; and Kemi Adelusi., General Manager LASRA

The Lagos State Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Zipline International Inc, operators of drones, to offer a drone-enabled supply chain solution in the health sector.

 

While signing the MOU, Mr. Hakeem Fahm, commissioner for Science and Technology, noted that the new partnership is based on the health care initiatives of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.

 

Fahm said the partnership with the State Government would leverage on technology to improve the supply chain of critical medical supplies, reduce waste and save lives.

 

He noted that drones would be used to ensure secured, reliable and timely deliveries of essential health care products to publicly-owned hospitals and other health facilities in the State

 

In his words “Lagos Sate has began a process that will allow us to be able to deliver critical medical needs of every publicly-owned hospital in the State within a short period when needed.

 

“Zipline services will compliment Lagos States existing medical supply chain by responding in minutes to request for cold chain products, unexpected stock outs and emergencies,” the commissioner added.

 

According to Mr. Diekoye Oyeyinka, representative of Zipline who signed the MoU on behalf of his company, “Lagos state will be the first mega city in the world to have an autonomous instant delivery system, when it is fully deployed”.

 

Zipline is a robotics airplane manufacturer based in California focusing on delivering medical supplies to undeveloped and underdeveloped areas.

 

They work to improve access to healthcare and save lives.

 

 

 

 

 

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Autodesk Africa Advocates Digital Construction

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L-R: Arc. Ibeanu Chike Chamberlain, Managing Partner, Zdesigns and Development Consulting; Simon Bromfield, Territory Manager Africa, Autodesk Inc.; Vijay Raina, Sr. Technical Sales Specialist – AEC, Autodesk; Louis Iwegbuna, Nigeria Business Development Manager, Autodesk Inc,; Dolapo Ojelabi, Industry Specialist, Ideate Technologies; at Autodesk’s Future Forum held in Lagos, Nigeria

Autodesk a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software has called for the adoption of digital technologies in the construction industry.

The Company made the call at a Forum themed: “The Future of Making Things” held at the Radisson Blu Hotel Lagos yesterday.

The event highlighted how the disruptive power of digital technologies can enable a more profitable, resilient and agile construction industry and explained that the Construction industry is a new frontier for innovation.

It also brought to the fore issues plaguing the Construction industry such as rising project complexity, globalization of construction, skills shortage, and access to capital as well as how cloud-enabled technologies present an opportunity for disruption in the way we design, build and operate buildings and infrastructure.

Delivering the keynote address, on the theme ‘The Future of Making Things”, Autodesk Africa’s Country Manager, Simon Bromfield stated that advanced technology in construction may seem like an oxymoron, but the industry is a new frontier for innovation.

He said: “Contractors are pressured on many sides, operating in a market driven by money and risk. Securing a profitable place in tomorrow’s market will be linked to a contractor’s ability to innovate. We urgently need to focus on the future- the future of making things with technology.

When you see how this connectivity influences every facet of a construction site—improving the efficiency, safety, and cost—it is not even a question of whether the industry will move in this direction, only how quickly”.

Also speaking at the event, Managing Partner, ZDesign & Development Consulting Ltd., Arc. Chike Chamberlain Ibeanu said, “The future is about collaborating in ways that previously weren’t possible. It is about having access to knowledge throughout the entire BIM process, both through desktop products as well as through the cloud.

Digitizing the construction process and connecting teams with a common data environment improves collaboration and decision making.

Building information modeling (BIM) provides a solid foundation, and enables greater efficiency and productivity. Any construction company looking to drive business margins, resilience and growth must innovate”. Arc. Ibeanu went further to share success stories attained from the utilization of Building Information Modelling (BIM).

The event further explored the relevance of augmented and virtual reality, generative design, AI/Machine learning, smart cities, factory of the future, and climate change solutions, in the future of construction and infrastructure.

Autodesk desires to help people digitize the construction process and project management, building a unified construction data platform to provide accurate information at the point of decision-making and drive better decisions and more profitable project outcomes.

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