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E-PPAN: Big Data, Blockchain & Digital Finance Top Agenda Summit 2017



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The Electronic Payment Providers Association of Nigeria (E-PPAN) is set to host over 300 delegates on July 18-19 at the iconic  Sheu Musa Yar’ Adua Centre, FCT, Abuja with the theme “E-Government: Catalyst to Economic Recovery and Sustainable Development”.

The two-day event will commence with a breakfast session by Parkway Projects while the main event will be declared open by the Minister of Communications, Barrister Adebayo Shittu with a welcome address by Senator Ayo Arise, Chairman of LOC Planning Committee.

The keynote speech will be given by Accountant General of the Federation, Alh. Ahmed Idris on Tuesday, 18th, 2017.

According to Mrs. Onajite Rega, CEO/Executive Secretary, E-PPAN, the 2017 Summit will offer a platform for policy-makers, strategist, and though leaders’ from the public-private sector dialogue and set programmable agenda for sustainable economic development in Nigeria.

“The objectives for this year include leveraging on ICT for enhanced data management for effective service delivery; to showcase the effective use of data analytics and ICT to increase government revenue and to drive SMART technology for excellent government services,” she said.

The Summit theme will do justice to topics like Mobile Big Data Analytics- Opportunity for New Statistical Insights and Indicators for National Development; Ease of doing business- Digitizing Business to Government (B2G) Processes; Beyond Bitcoin: Enabling Smart Government Using Blockchain Technology; Mobile Big Data Analytics-Setting the Roadmap for Data Opportunity; Engineering Government Processes for Public Service Efficiency and Economic Development; Exploring the Frontiers of Digital Finance; amongst others.

Speakers that have confirmed to be in attendance include Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, Director General/CEO, NITDA; Engr. Aliyu A. Aziz, Director-General/CEO, National Identity Management Commission; Mr. Dipo Fatokun, Chairman; NeFF & Director Banking and Payment Systems Department CBN; Mr. Temitope Fashedemi, Director E-Government; Ministry of Communications Technology; Mrs. Temitope Akin-Fadeyi, head; CBN Financial Inclusion, Secretariat; Alh. Ahmed Idris, Account General of the Federation;

Other are; Mr. Niyi Yusuf, Country Managing Director, Accenture; Mr. Ade Shonubi, MD, NIBSS; Mr. Macauley Atasie president E-PPAN & MD Nextzon Business Service Ltd, Mr. Uzo Eziukwu MD/CEO, Parkway Projects; Mr. Siim  Esko, Head of International Sales, Positium LBS, Mr. Adewale Peter Obadare, COO, Digital Encode ltd, Mr.  Agada Apochi, MD/CEO, Unified Payment Ltd, Mr. Jay Alabraba, Co-Founder & Director of Business Development, Paga; Mrs. Onajite Rega, CEO/Executive Secretary, E-PPAN; Prof. Charles Ayo, former VC, Covenant University; Prof. Ike Mowete, Director, CITS, Unilag amongst others.

The E-Government Summit is an initiative of E-PPAN. This years’ E-government summit is in partnership with Central Bank of Nigeria, NITDA (National Information Technology Development Agency) and Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement Scheme (NIBSS), VISA and Keoun.

A Local Organizing Committee of the Summit was made up of representatives from CBN, NITDA, NIBSS, Interswitch, Unified Payments, Etranzact, VoguePay, Simplepay, and E-PPAN.

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How and Why 95 Per Cent of SMEs Die- Elumelu



Tony Elumelu, chairman of Heirs Holdings

Tony Elumelu, chairman of Heirs Holdings, has said multiple taxations and levies kill 95 percent of small and medium scale businesses in Nigeria.


Elumelu made this statement while speaking at the Lagos Business School Alumni Association 2017 Alumni Day in Lagos.


He said five percent of the small businesses that survived after one year was a big disincentive to the nation in terms of employment creation.


The entrepreneur said multiple business regulation, multiple taxation and inconsistent government policies affect SMEs competitiveness and their ability to attract capital in their investment climate.


He said despite the multiple taxation, Nigeria remains the lowest in the world with 10 percent tax contribution to gross domestic product (GDP).


“It seems we have a big problem, because, with high taxation and multiple levies, it is expected we should have very high tax revenue,’’ he said.


He said the government should find out the reason for the discrepancy between desired growth and development.


He urged the government to create a more conducive environment that would encourage survival of SMEs in order to reduce the unemployment rate.


“Government doesn’t create jobs, it is the right enabling environment for SMEs that create jobs.”


He urged the government to streamline all taxation and levies across the three tiers of government to avoid the collapse of SMEs.


Taiwo Oyedele, head of tax and corporate advisory services, PwC Nigeria, called for the amendment of the constitution to ensure coordination among the three tiers of government and their agencies.


Oyedele said the multiplicity of government agencies with the same work function was becoming worrisome.


“You don’t need tax incentives for people to do business, we just need to remove the disincentives,” he said.

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NDDC Chairman Seeks the Use of ICT to Re-position Niger Delta



Sen. Victor Ndoma-Egba (SAN), Chairman, Governing Board of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), has reiterated its commitment to re-position the region through the development of Information Communication Technology (ICT).

He stated this when Mr Bayo Onanuga, Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), and other management staff visited him on Friday in Abuja.

He said the commission had a programme whereby five optic cables were given to the region to increase internet access.

“You don’t need to be a university graduate to be an ICT guru.

“If we create ICT in the region, it will boost our economy, he said.

The chairman said the commission was also looking at the area of sport, young boys and girls could be engaged competitively.

“Today, sport is a huge industry. What one footballer earns is what a local government makes.

“It is an area that we must engage our young girls and boys competitively,” he added.

Ndoma-Egba commended the effort of the board in the development of the region so far.

“We are committed to doing things right, that is why we have the concept of the four Rs, Restructuring of the balance sheet, Reform of governance protocols, Restore the NDDC’s core mandate, and Reaffirm the Commission’s collective commitment to do what is right.’’

According to the chairman, the commission is being funded largely from proceeds from oil.

“Someday, we don’t know when but the oil will finish. If it thus finishes, Technology will make it less important.

“Today, people are talking of electric cars, while fuel pumps in some places in the world are being replaced by electric and gas pumps.

“So, we must begin to contemplate developing the region beyond oil, and to do so we have to envisage a frame work that can drive development beyond oil,” he said.

Ndoma-Egba said that the commission would set up a development bank that would guarantee development in the Niger Delta region.

According him, the advantage of the development bank is to drive big projects being embarked upon by the bank.

He said the board inherited more than 10,000 contracts, and cancelled more than N200 billion worth of contracts, because they lacked manpower.

“You see one person doing more than 50 projects, so we are trying to streamline to see that everything is balanced,” he said.

The chairman said the commission was a regional development agency that guarantees transparency, which calls for synergy to share responsibility with other stakeholders in the region.

Ndoma-Egba also pledged that the commission would continue its collaboration with NAN, adding that there was no doubt NAN was keeping up with technological trend in the world.

He urged NAN to continue to collaborate with the commission in its efforts to develop the region.

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Africa’s Renewable Energy set to Soar by 2022 – IEA



Paolo Frankl, head of the renewable division at the Paris-based International Energy Agency (IEA), has said that strong demand is set to give a huge boost to renewable energy growth in Sub-Sahara Africa over the next five years, driving cumulative capacity up more than 70%.

From Ethiopia to SA, millions of people are getting access to electricity for the first time as the continent turns to solar, wind and hydropower projects to boost generation capacity.

“A big chunk of this growth is hydro because of Ethiopia, but then you have solar … in SA, Nigeria and Namibia, and wind in SA and Ethiopia as well,” said  Frankl.

He forecast installed capacity of renewable energy in the Sub-Sahara region almost doubling from around 35GW now to above 60GW given the right conditions.

Ethiopia has an array of hydropower projects under construction, including the $4.1 billion Grand Renaissance Dam along the Nile River that will churn out 6 000MW upon completion.

“Africa has one of the best potential resources of renewables anywhere in the world, but it depends very much on the enabling framework, on the governance and the right rules,” Frankl said at a wind energy conference.

The transition to a low-carbon trajectory to reduce harmful greenhouse gases is creating opposition from the coal industry and fuelling uncertainty in countries where job creation was linked to coal mining.

In Africa, this tension and its impact on new investment have been best illustrated by SA’s state-owned Eskom and its reluctance to sign new deals with independent power producers, according to analysts.


“The continent has a lot of potential, but the problem is financial and political issues, so all of our projects are being delayed for quite a long time, like with Eskom,” said Mason Qin, business development manager for southern and eastern Africa at China’s Goldwind.

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