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Eke, Sidmach Technologies’ Chairman Bags NCS Professional Fellowship Award



*Chijioke Anthony Eke, chairman and co-founder, Sidmach Technologies Nigeria Limited (2nd from left), during the NCS Professional Fellowship ‎Award at NITMA 2015

Mr. Chijioke Anthony Eke, co-founder and chairman‎, Sidmach Technologies Nigeria Limited, has been conferred with the professional fellowship of the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS).

Eke was conferred with the award at the 2015 Nigeria Technology Merit Awards (NITMA) held in Lagos on Thursday‎.

In 1994, he teamed up with four other colleagues to co-found Sidmach‎ and was at various times executive direct and also managing director of the Company.

Speaking to Nigeria CommunicationsWeek immediately after collecting the award, Eke dedicated the award to his immediate household, management and staff of Sidmach Technologies Nigeria Limited, for their resilience and efforts in facilitating his acceptance for the award.

‎According to him, future of the Nigerian ICT industry revolves around “Nigeria-centric” and local content driven companies and individuals who are ready to put their intellectual property prowess to work.

He further described the ‎honour done on him as inspiring and pledged to put more efforts in deepening ICT industry growth in the country.

Eke’s Biography
Mr. Chijioke Anthony Eke was born in 1957 in Lagos and had his early education variously in Lagos, Owerri and Enugu. ‎

He attended the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), Ile-Ife where he graduated with B.Sc. (Hons) Computer Science/Economics in 1982.

He served in the compulsory NYSC scheme at the Kaduna Refinery Computer Center, Kaduna State.

Thereafter in late 1983 he joined KPMG Consulting as a Programmer from where he progressed to the position of Systems Analyst.

In the process, Mr. Chijioke Eke was an important member of the teams that developed and operationalized various commercial software systems and solutions for NNPC and the Banking industry.

In 1987, he was seconded to The Shell Petroleum and Development Company (SPDC) as a Consultant from KPMG Consulting Nigeria at that time.

While at SPDC, he was a pivotal member of an all Nigerian team of Software Engineers that delivered several landmark ICT projects such as implementing the first Enterprise Clustering / Networking System in Shell Petroleum Development Company Nigeria (1988) at Warri and later Port Harcourt.

At that time these were the only such installations anywhere in Africa except the then Apartheid South Africa.

This was an era of IT revolution and expansion in SPDC. He later left KPMG Nigeria for PERRY Consultants in 1990 as a senior Consultant and remained at SPDC to help deliver several firsts in the area of System Resource Management, Networking and Integration.

In 1992 he joined Data Sciences Nigeria Limited as a Manager in the Software Development Department of the company.

While in Data Sciences, he led the team that delivered an integrated national network of enterprise systems for the then National Provident Fund (now NSITF) as well as re-designed, re-developed and ported their entire contributory pension software systems to online interactive platform.

In 1994, Mr. Eke teamed up with four other colleagues to co-found Sidmach Technologies Nigeria Limited (SIDMACH) and was at various times Executive Director and also Managing Director of the company.

He is currently the Chairman of the company.  Eke, a core professional, Networking and Integration expert, played key roles in the visioning and development of the company’s suite of software solutions and services that have significantly and positively impacted lives, particularly in the Educational Sector.

These solutions span across the Primary, Secondary and Tertiary sectors of the Education spectrum.

Mr. Eke also played decisive roles in the development and implementation of Payroll System, Personnel Records System and Ammunition Records System for the Nigerian Army as well as setting up a national network of systems for the Nigerian Corps of Army Finance and Accounts.

Some of these creative achievements he helped midwife at Sidmach have elicited interest and commendations for the country from as far as Kenya.

Presently they are cooperating with Sidmach and Nigeria Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC) in the area of online e-Curriculum development. 

Eke is very passionate about Education, Human Capacity Development and Social responsibility.

He has over the past 30-plus years of cognate experience attended countless ICT trainings and conferences locally and abroad.

He is also a Director of WaveTek Nigeria Limited an ICT Infrastructure and Green Energy Development Company.

Nigeria CommunicationsWeek believes that technology makes life more exciting and helps improve the lives of people around Nigeria and indeed the world. So since 2007, we have devoted our energy to independent reportage of technology and how they affect lives.

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Millions Exposed in Facebook Data Protection Failures



Passwords of millions of Facebook users were accessible by up to 20,000 employees of the social network, it has been reported.


Brian Krebs, Security researcher, broke the news about data protection failures, which saw up to 600 million passwords stored in plain text.


The passwords that were exposed could date back to 2012, he said.


In a statement, Facebook said it had now resolved a “glitch” that had stored the passwords on its internal network.


In a detailed expose, Mr Krebs said a Facebook source had told him about “security failures” that had let developers create applications that logged and stored the passwords without encrypting them.


Commenting on Mr Krebs’s story Facebook engineer, Scott Renfro said an internal investigation started after Facebook had uncovered the logs had not revealed any “signs of misuse”.


In public comments, Facebook said it had discovered the issue in January as part of a routine security review.


And its investigation showed that most of the people affected were users of Facebook Lite, which tends to be used in nations where net connections are sparse and slow.


“We estimate that we will notify hundreds of millions of Facebook Lite users, tens of millions of other Facebook users, and tens of thousands of Instagram users,” the company told Reuters.


But it added it would enforce a password re-set only if its taskforce looking into the issue uncovered abuse of the login credentials.


The news caps a long period of trouble for Facebook over the way it handles and protects user data.


In September last year, it said information on 50 million users had been exposed by a security flaw.


And earlier in 2018 it revealed that data on millions of users had been harvested by data science company Cambridge Analytica.

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Konga Rated in Top League of Globally Viable Start-Ups



E-commerce giant Konga has emerged among an exclusive list of globally viable start-ups and corporate organizations after achieving top scores in a rating by Early Metrics, an European based independent rating agency for start-ups and innovative SMEs.


The rating places Konga in a rarefied club of the top 14% of the 2,100 startups rated globally as at March 2019, further justifying the elevated standing of the company as one of the most promising ventures in the Nigerian and African business space.


A European-based global rating agency, Early Metrics assesses the growth potential of innovative and early-stage ventures. Their ratings support decision makers such as investors and corporates to identify innovative start-ups worthy of their time and money.


Their ratings also help the organizations themselves, as it allows them to critically examine their strengths and weaknesses, gain credibility and give their investors added confidence by being audited by a third party.


Konga, acquired by the Zinox Group about 12 months ago, has been undergoing strategic restructuring and expansion to position it as the first and largest Omni – channel e-Commerce group on the African continent.


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NITDA says Only 4.7% of Nigerian Govt. Institutions Use IT Effectively



The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has criticised government institutions for underutilising enterprise technology saying only 4.7 per cent of federal institutions use IT “in somewhat effective manner”.

In contrast, over 66 per cent of such institutions are at what the agency called “emerging stage” of IT utilisation, maintaining only websites “offering basic information online”.

The agency, which is responsible for formulating and supervising government’s IT policies, bemoans the low compliance with modern technology by government ministries and agencies.

NITDA’s director general, Isa Pantami, however said with the presentation of Nigerian Government Enterprise Architecture (NGEA) framework to stakeholders yesterday, the agency is setting the tune to changing the current reality.

He sought the support of the stakeholders, arguing that “public institutions for a big critical enterprise that must be managed efficiently to ensure its resources including IT are maximized to create value for stakeholders given the prevailing political, legal and administrative contexts.”

Mr Pantami, who was represented at the event by NITDA’s director of e-Government Development and Regulation, Vincent Olatunji, however, acknowledged improvement in IT systems of some public institutions which, he said, however, come with other challenges.

He listed some of the challenges to include inefficient IT environment, poor interoperability of IT systems, poor information sharing across agencies, maintenance of unnecessary multiple sites and unstandardized communication channels.

Other challenges he outlined are high cost of IT investments and poor sustainability of IT projects by host institutions.

“In addition to the previous challenges mentioned, ICT adoption and implementation in Nigeria naturally faces a lot of challenges ranging from inadequate basic infrastructure such as electricity, broadband and other digital technologies to insufficient human capital and the required skills in the public sector effectively implement and utilise ICT solutions.

“We also have unfriendly and weak institutions; inadequacy of finance for ICT projects as a result of competing demands and inability to properly align government businesses and ICT deployment, among others,” he said.

Mr Pantami said the implication of those challenges on the sector resulted in the inability of public institutions to fully translate national or organisational visions, policies and programmes into effective enterprise change and add value.

“This has prevented IT, to some extent, from becoming an asset shaping strategic future opportunities of public institutions and the government as a whole,” he said.

The official, however, commended ICT adoption as exemplified by the Treasury Single Account (TSA), Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS), Government Information Financial Management Information System (GIFMIS), Bank Verification Number (BVN), e-Taxation, e-Passport and e-Wallet system for farmers.

In his presentation on the draft NGEA document, Soji Adegunwa of Goldberry Systems Ltd said enterprise architecture is a recommended technology system that is being accepted by governments all over the world.

He said the adoption and harmonisation would help the government reduce costs in IT investment, as it cuts multiplicity and allows for collaboration.

He said with common platforms, there will be a reduction of “administrative headache” among agencies.

Mr Adegunwa also allayed fears of government institutions saying the technology is only making things more efficient without “taking powers away.”

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