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Expert Urges Govt. to Improve Nation’s Industrial Base

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Mr. Collins Agu, an Information Technology expert has urged the Federal Government to address the trend by improving the country’s industrial base.

Agu, who is the founder, Technology Development for Poverty Alleviation Initiative, an NGO made this known in Abuja.

He said it was disheartening that the country lacked industrial base that could spur local technologists that would exhibit their potential.

“The first thing is that in Nigeria, we don’t have industrial base. Our industrial base is zero.

“The process should be from the academia, which is more theoretical, then you come to the industry, which is practical and you learn more by so doing. So that is the first setback we have in Nigeria.

“Then number two is mentorship. We don’t have a lot of industry experts to mentor us in Nigeria because there are no industries.

“But over there, you see people who are already in industries, they come and give lectures, tell you about their latest works,” he said.

Agu said that most of the technology tools in the country were obsolete and scored Nigeria low in energy infrastructure.

“The third one is that we don’t have tools here; the basic tools, we don’t have them, software, hardware, etc. and if they are available, they are already outdated.

“Also, we don’t have energy infrastructure. There is no energy to drive all these things. We don’t have constant power sometimes, we may have two, three days power off. So these are the major challenges,” he said.

Agu, who holds PhD in Space Science, said there must be leadership re-orientation if the problems would be resolved.

He said Nigerian leaders must be ready to promote innovation hubs where innovators were encouraged in the art of inventing.

“This is so because innovation hub is more like an IT engine room where there are lots of practical activities going on.

“Also, relevant government agencies like National Information Technology Development Agency must from time to time organise capacity building programme to create awareness so that indigenous technologists are kept abreast of some of these emerging technologies,” he said.

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eMaginations Unveils Fintech Budget-Friendly Press Release Distribution Platform

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eMaginations Comm, Nigeria’s leading technology public relations firm and publisher of Fintech Africa, has unveiled a budget friendly press release distribution platform for Fintech firms in Africa.

 

The budget friendly press release distribution platform, www.fintechafricapressreleases.com, is a self-service website as users can easily upload their press releases on the site unaided while payment for service is also web-driven and covers latest industry updates in FinTech, BankingTech, PayTech, RegTech, WealthTech, LendTech and InsurTech among others.

 

The site, which is hosted at www.fintechafricapressreleases.com connects the fintech firms seamlessly to thousands of professional journalists, influential writers and correspondents who are reporting the fintech beats for mainstream newsrooms and blogs across the continent.

 

In a statement signed by Sola Fanawopo, CEO of eMaginations and Editor-in-Chief of Fintech Africa, the Fintech press releases distribution platform is a product of long and demanding research, which is meant to offer strategic product for the Fintech ecosystem and the industry at large.

 

 

Besides creating different robust platforms to accommodate and engage thousands of Fintech innovators and strategists who peopled the ecosystem in Nigeria and Africa, eMaginations is the number one Fintech content driver that is pushing Fintech thought leadership to the media.

 

“The fintech-focused, self-service and budget-friendly press release distribution platform is one of the ways we are serving the Fintech ecosystem and Fintech firms in Nigeria and Africa. Our focus is on developing strategic services to serve the Fintech ecosystem through adopting different approaches such as bespoke events, Whatsapp-based engagements, web-driven platform and  magazine”, Fanawopo said.

 

The fintech press release distribution platform is built to address public relations needs of most Fintech firms and IT startups that are bootstrapping and conscious of their budget and; as such cannot afford the services of the traditional public relations agencies but are “desirous of telling their stories, celebrate milestones and share their perspectives on the growth and development of the fintech sector”.

 

In addition to other benefits, user’s press release would also be published on Fintech Africa (www.financialtechnologyafrica.com) and would be distributed to all leading stakeholders in the industry via Fintech Africa’s newsletter.

 

The fintech, budget friendly press release distribution platform is a partner to major organizers of fintech events and conferences and these partners would cover events, write and share reports to the media via www.fintechafricapressreleases.com.

 

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Airtel in Talks to Buy Telkom

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Bharti Airtel is in talks to buy Telkom Kenya, the East African nation’s smallest telecoms operator, to create a stronger challenger to market leader Safaricom, according to Reuters on Monday.

London-based Helios Investment, which owns a 60 percent stake in Telkom, is looking to partly cash out of the investment which it entered in 2015, the sources said.

Airtel, currently Kenya’s second-biggest telecoms operator, declined to comment. Number three Telkom was not immediately available to comment.

The move comes after the two companies held merger talks last year, only for them to abandon the plan. Telkom made the approach that time.

“Airtel is in the driving seat. They are leading the talks. Helios is partially cashing out,” said one of the sources.

The deal is expected to be completed by the end of this quarter, the sources said.

The sector regulator Communications Authority of Kenya said it was yet to be formally notified by the two operators of the latest attempt at a deal.

 

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Lagos Guber debate: ICT, security, education, others take centre stage

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Information technology, Security, education, health and fight against corruption were among areas that took the centre stage of discussion at the gubernatorial debate organised by the Diocese of Lagos West (Anglican Communion) on Monday.

 

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the governorship debate, held at the Archbishop Vining Memorial Church Cathedral, Ikeja had in attendance 12 gubernatorial candidates of Lagos State.

 

The governorship candidates harped on the need to improve on these sectors, being the indices of development and improvement on the economy of the state.

 

Mr Awamaridi Ifagbemi, governorship candidate of Labour Party (LP),  said that the party would fully commit itself to restructuring the educational sector by granting free adult compulsory education to all.

 

He also promised free internet connection throughout Lagos State, noting that people, especially the students, need information for the 21st century learning.

 

The Advanced Nigeria Democratic Party (ANDP) candidate, Dr Segun Musa said that his party would focus on the Blue Economy, which is a way to harness the abundance of waterways in Lagos.

 

“We need to develop the Blue Economy which is our natural habitat, the water in Lagos. We need to open up the waterways for fishing, tourism, transportation and agriculture,’’ he said.

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Mr Jimi Agbaje, said that his election agenda was based on a tripod of Livability, Economy and the Future.

 

 

“We need to make Lagos State livable to all by providing all the basic amenities needed in the state. The transport section must be improved upon and there should be reduction in the man-hour loss in the traffic.

 

“We also need to make our graduates employable through provision of 21st century information technology that will give them an edge.

 

“There should be internet in every school for our school children. I see this as possible in Lagos,’’ he said.

 

The All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu said that consolidation on the existing programmes of the state would be his priority.

 

“Lagos State is already blessed with abundance resources, so what we need to do is to consolidate on the existing programmes. We will improve upon what we have.

 

“We need to improve on our transportation system, education system by providing free internet service in our schools and other things.

 

“We have to improve on the training of our teachers by giving them training as a 21st century empowerment. We also need to collaborate with the private sector on the improvement of our power sector,’’ he said.

 

NAN reports that other candidates present at the gubernatorial debate include that of Labour Party, Prince Awamaridi Ifagbemi; Action Democratic Party (ADP), Mr Babatunde Gbadamosi; and National Conscience Party (NCP), Ven. Funsho Awe.

 

Others are: African Democratic Congress (ADC), Mr Muyiwa Fafowora; Alliance National Party (ANP), Mr Ladipo Johnson; Young Progressive Party (YPP), Mrs Adebisi Ogunsanya; Social Democratic Party (SDP), Mr Adetokunbo Pearse and Alliance for Democracy (AD) Mr Owolabi Salis.

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