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iSON Technologies Urges Skill Transfer Through Public Private Partnerships



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iSON Technologies, an arm of iSON Group Africa’s largest IT and ITeS company,with a presence in almost 25 countries in Africa has urged greater public –private partnership in order to further boost growth and transference of technology skills.The company, a systems integrator, managed service provider and strategic outsourcing company provides end-to-end IT services and solutions across Africa. The company’s strong service offerings include consulting, systems integration, managed services and off-shore/on-shore services and cloud services.  We are among the leading pan-African partners for major companies such as AVAYA, Oracle, Huawei, IBM, Cisco, Dell, EMC, Juniper and Fortinet. 

“At iSON Technologies, we are passionate about deploying tech services to our customers. Over the years, we have become the go-to technology provider for different verticals spanning Telecom and ISP, BFSI, government, Oil & Gas, Manufacturing, FMCG, DTH and Entertainment, Education and Healthcare, says, Rahul Srivastava, COO iSON Technologies.

“It helps that we have a strong delivery center and ready access to unique technological skills but also our constant search for improved service practices that can be utilized to better reach throughout our expanding customer base is also a unique strength. We are extremely excited about the future of technology, especially in a country like Nigeria, where technology inclusion is quite promising and of course we are firmly set to lead the revolution in this market.”

“Of course what could expand skill base even more is more public/private partnership in  order to build and transfer specific skill base,.” Srivastava concludes.

So far the company has been in the mainstream of driving technology inclusion within its markets with a number of key service offerings to some of the biggest organizations around the world.

iSON’s clients include MTN, Airtel, Etisalat, Standard Chartered Bank, AIICO, AXA Mansard, GT Bank, Chase Bank, UNICAF, Zuku, Toyota Kenya and more.


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Minister of Science and Tech Calls for Implementation of EO5



Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, minister of Science and Technology

Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, minister of Science and Technology, has harped on the need to implement the Presidential Executive Order 5 (EO5).


Onu made the call on Monday in Lagos, during the Stakeholders’ Roundtable on the use of Nigerian software in the financial and banking sub-sector of the economy.


The roundtable was jointly organised by the Nigerian Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP) and the Computer Warehouse Group (CWG).


He said that there was the need to implement the EO5, so as to improve local content in software applications in the country.


The Minister, represented by Prof. Gloria Elemo, director-general of the Federal Institute of Industrial Research Oshodi (FIIRO), spoke on the theme: “Adoption and Development of Local Content Technology as Growth Driver for the Nigerian Economy”.


Onu said that the Federal Government was emphasising on local participation in the execution of government contracts, thereby improving local content in national socio-economic development.


According to him, the Presidential Executive Orders series started in May 2017 with Numbers E01, E02; E03 and subsequently EO4, EO5 etc.


“The Executive Orders are with the resolve to reform the administrative and regulatory environment for both private and public sector players.


“Specifically, Executive Order No. 5 was signed by Mr President on February 2, 2018, with focus on the development of local content in Science, Engineering and Technology (SET).


“Mr President directed all MDAs of government to engage indigenous professionals in the planning, design and execution of national security projects.


“This is with the intention to maximising the in-country capacity and capability in all contracts and transactions with SET components, utilising Nigeria human and material resources in the planning and execution of Nigerian projects.


“The Order directed that all procurement entities of the FGN shall give preference to Nigerian companies in the award of contracts for major projects in SET and where local expertise is not available, Nigerian company shall enter into consortium with relevant foreign firms,” he said.


Onu said that specifically, NOTAP played an important role in the implementation of the order.


The minister said that NOTAP had been managing the consortium of firms that must be registered, in compliance with NOTAP Act 2004.


He said that NOTAP had been developing, maintaining and regularly updating the database of Nigerians with expertise in SET and other fields.


According to him, the agency consults with the relevant professional associations/bodies in SET and other fields, including Nigerians in Diaspora organisations.


“Currently, NOTAP is compiling the database of Nigerian experts in SET and other fields through access to a register of government-approved professional bodies and associations in the country and in the diaspora.


“I implore you all to register with NOTAP through your respective professional bodies so as to be recognised as professionals in your chosen fields, eligible and accredited to participate in the nation building.


“Remember that we have no other country to be called our own than Nigeria and it is the resultant of our collective efforts that can make our country great and an investment destination by the international investors.


“I will give my support to achieve the lofty objectives of the Executive Order Number 5 of Mr President in this endeavour.


“I am confident that it would be beneficial to our country, generate wealth, stimulate inclusive growths in the domestic economy and reduce unemployment level,” he said.


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BPC to Bridge Digital Life Issues, Supports Lagos Fintech Week 2019



To bridge digital with real life issues, BPC Banking Technologies has expressed its commitment to meet the digital needs of people who are making payments and transacting business, even as the company announced its full support for Lagos Fintech Week 2019, a financial technology event incorporating discussions, demos and exhibitions.

In a statement signed by the Chairman of the Organising Committee of Lagos Fintech Week, Dr. Yele Okeremi, the week-long event is scheduled to hold in April from 23-26 at the Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos and it offers a convivial atmosphere for BPC to present its digital services in open banking, card payments, and mobile transactions.

The Pre-sales Consultant Middle-East and Africa at BPC Banking Technologies, Emmanuel Obinne said that BPC is “tackling real life issues with digital solutions, which begins with understanding, which issues prevent people and businesses from making economic progression”.

Dr. Okeremi applauded BPC Banking Technologies for identifying with the financial technology ecosystem in Lagos city with the sponsorship of the annual event. “We are delighted to have BPC onboard as one of our global sponsors for Lagos Fintech Week 2019. You are welcome to Lagos, the city of endless opportunities.”

He explained that Lagos Fintech Week is an invigorating week of distinct Fintech events that will deliver exciting discussions, stimulating demos, insightful debates and fintech exhibitions where the huge opportunities that abound in Lagos will be displayed to the entire globe.

“Having the opportunity to host BPC, a global player in payments, banking and commerce is  good for the event and it is equally a great opportunity for the fintech ecosystem and the banks”, he said.

Obinne said that BPC is bridging digital into real life by providing its clients with the right technology to create payment services that fit right into the customers’ lives.

“We know that the customers want digital life fast, easy and secure and it must fit in the context of their business or daily life. We are coming to the Lagos Fintech Week to bridge the digital life of the people with real life needs, be it in payments or business transactions.  Lagos Fintech Week will give us an opportunity to connect with the ecosystem.

“We are looking forward to meeting the fintech ecosystem and the banks so we can explore how to collaborate. We would showcase how we are powering digital payment ecosystems around the globe, enabling financial inclusion or building the next generation mobility solutions at the Lagos Fintech week in Lagos”, he said.

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Swift2pay Launches Online Payment, Commends Konga




Swift2pay, Nigeria’s fastest bill payment service, has fully commenced business online, providing seamless services to consumers and suppliers.


Swift2pay is a strong and rugged platform designed to make payments easy including airtime recharge, data, Internet, utilities and fund transfers.


Speaking to a group of journalists at a media launch for the online commerce of the product, Mr. Chinedu Amadi, operations director of the Dukan Group revealed that Swift2pay is an easy to use payment gateway and card to ensure only your wallet feature is exposed to online transactions.


Swift2pay, Mr. Amadi said, is an innovation that enables Nigerians to move around with a smart wallet that has an additional feature of the ATM card. Literally, the product enlarges the coast for the cashless society.


Consumers can tap into the boom by registering on the web app to complete their transactions.


He promised that the Swift2pay App would soon be on-boarded into Google Play Store and the Apple Store to enable consumers to fund their wallet through a transfer.


Nigerians can truly save time – cut off the waiting game at the bank, at the electricity office where sometimes the queue stretches on to 100 meters, or even the drive around in search of recharge cards.


The cumulative effect is increased productivity on both the individual, corporate and national levels.


Swift2pay was initially launched as a payment platform embedded in the CarXie e hailing Cab App in July 2018.


A good number of banks and financial institutions have bought into and are doing business successfully with Swift2pay.


The Dukan Group is a beehive of digitally innovative apps including Vino Facility for estate management, Vino Biz for start-ups, Vino Medicals, Vino Academy, Vino Tech Solutions, etc


The DuKan Group Operations director seized the opportunity to acknowledge and commend the contributions of Konga to the current culture of enterprise, confidence and trust in the online market.


Amadi listed some of the novel inputs as including the omni-channel model adopted by Konga that will ultimately grow the online market while diminishing the traditional through the availability of lower priced smart phones; the re-introduction of the payment on delivery mode; and the imparting of knowledge, skills and competencies through massive deployment of technology, interaction of hundreds of staff from diverse backgrounds, international and local partners, and a fertile pedigree of hard work and integrity.

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