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Komputer Village Magazine Debuts July 1 to Showcase Technology Market

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Shina Badaru, Founder, Technology Times Media Limited,( R) presents the official logo of Komputer Village Magazine to Ahmed Ojikutu, President, Computer and Allied Products Dealers Association of Nigeria (CAPDAN) during a recent courtesy visit by Technology Times management to the leadership of CAPDAN in Computer Village, Ikeja in Lagos recently.

Komputer Village Magazine is launching July 1, this year in a pioneering drive to introduce a dedicated publication promoting Nigeria’s largest technology market, Computer Village, Ikeja located in the heart of Africa’s emerging Smart City, Lagos.

Technology Times Media Limited (TTML), owners of Technology Times, iSpace Magazine announced that the monthly Komputer Village Magazine is the latest addition to its print, digital, Internet and events properties focused on promoting Nigeria’s rising contributions to the global information and communication technology (ICT) industry.

Mr Shina Badaru, Founder of Technology Times, who announced the introduction of Komputer Village Magazine during a courtesy visit to the Computer and Allied Products Dealers Association of Nigeria (CAPDAN), the umbrella body for the market, says the publication fills a needed gap to showcase and promote entrepreneurship, innovation and consumer technology trends from inside Nigeria’s largest technology market.

“We are pleased to launch a fully dedicated publication that showcases the very best of Computer Village, which is the largest technology market in Nigeria and also the hub of a thriving technology SME ecosystem that shapes and defines consumer technology trends across Nigeria, West Africa and beyond.”

Komputer Village Magazine will be available in hybrid of print and digital issues to be distributed across Nigeria, Africa and beyond, says Badaru while briefing the top-level CAPDAN leadership that received the TTML management team during the courtesy visit.

The CAPDAN executive team included Mr. Ahmed Ojikutu, President, CAPDAN; Mr. Boniface Aniah, Vice President, CAPDAN; Mr. Shedrack Egbule, General Secretary, CAPDAN and Mr Ibadan Presley, Assistant PRO, CAPDAN.

According to Badaru, “Komputer Village Magazine’s unique development journalism-meets-industry news hybrid is intended to appeal to the mix of technology professionals, mobile phone and cutting-edge consumer technology enthusiasts, banks and financial services industry, SME policy makers, entrepreneurs and technology innovation lovers.”

Commenting on the roadmap plan for the publication, the Technology Times Founder says “Komputer Village Magazine is on a mission to be the storyteller that positively shapes the narratives of inspiring business leaders, game-changing innovators and cutting edge consumer technology trends driving Nigeria’s rising technology hub in the heart of the emerging Smart City of Lagos.”

According to Badaru, “we find inspiring stories of innovation around every corner in Nigeria’s largest technology market and home to a rising tribe of entrepreneurs, innovators and consumer technologies that shape and define consumer technology trends and tech lifestyles across Nigeria, West Africa and beyond.”

He says that Komputer Village Magazine is delivered in elegant prose, enhanced with appealing aesthetics and visual communications assets of exquisite photography, videos and infographics that attract and engage the interest of millions of readers across Nigeria and beyond.

According to Badaru, “the overarching vision of Komputer Village Magazine is to take Computer Village, Ikeja  to the world and bring the world to Computer Village, Ikeja.

“With Komputer Village Magazine and complementary online platforms on www.komputervillage.ng, we advances our strategic mission to enable businesses in Nigeria’s largest technology hub achieve digital transformation by gaining and retaining customers through our ecosystem of business platforms like Directory, Classifieds, Marketplace, Events and more.”

The first copies to reach print subscribers will arrive newsstands July 1, this year with the inaugural 60-page issue that features articles from TTML journalists, writers and contributors on business leaders in the market, top ranking phones in the market, how-we-started interviews, and industry leader interviews that features prominent Nigerian technology industry entrepreneurs, market news, business profiles, directory and product round-ups, among other exciting content.

Komputer Village Magazine, which is launching with a run of 10,000 copies and is available as a digital issue with the same look and feel available on the complementary www.komputervillage.ng portal will leverage the borderless Internet to extend the global distribution network beyond Nigeria, according to the Technology Times Founder.

 

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Ex-Israeli Minister Who Lived in Nigeria Accused of Spying

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Gonen Segev, former Israeli cabinet minister with a checkered history of attempted drug smuggling and credit-card fraud has been charged with spying for Iran.

 

Segev reportedly lived in Nigeria, where he first made contact with the Iranian Embassy in 2012, the Shin Bet internal security service said Monday.

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Segev, who served as energy and infrastructure minister more than two decades ago, was arrested in May and charged last Friday with espionage and aiding the enemy in wartime.

 

He’s accused of providing Iran with information on Israel’s energy industry and security sites, as well as political and defense officials.

 

Most details of the indictment are under a gag order, Segev’s attorneys, Eli Zohar and Moshe Mazor, said in response to the charges.

 

The Shin Bet announcement “assigns the matters extreme severity while the indictment itself, whose details are under gag order, paint a different picture,” they said.

 

In recent years Segev lived in Nigeria, where he first made contact with the Iranian Embassy in 2012, according to the Shin Bet.

 

The ex-minister met with his handlers twice in Iran and later in other countries, and they gave him a system for encrypting messages, the agency said.

 

Israel regards Iran as its bitterest enemy because of its nuclear work, its ballistic missile program and its support for other enemies of the Jewish state. Iranian officials have referred multiple times to Israel’s annihilation.

 

Segev, a native-born Israeli, was elected to parliament in 1992 and served as a minister from 1995 to 1996.

 

He practiced medicine before entering politics, but had his license revoked after being jailed for trying to smuggle 32,000 Ecstasy tablets into Israel from the Netherlands, Israeli media reported.

 

He was also convicted of credit card fraud for falsely claiming his card had gone missing, then using it to withdraw money, media reported.

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FG Agency too Broke, Orders Staff to Pay for ID Cards

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The Centre for Satellite Technology Development, one of the centres under the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) has reportedly directed members of staff to personally fund the production of identity cards due to “paucity of funds”.

 

In a circular with ref number: CSTD/ADM/41, dated May 21, 2018, signed by Shuaibu A.O, Deputy Director Admin and Finance, on behalf of Dr. Spencer Onuh, Director of the centre, reads: “I am directed to inform all staff of CSTD that the centre is no longer in a good financial position to fund the production of Staff Identity Cards.

 

“In view of the above, all staff are advised to personally fund the cost production of their staff identity cards through AP&D (Admin) till further notice.

“This is for your information and strict compliance please.

“Thank you.”

 

Centre for Satellite Technology Development, has less than 500 staff member.

 

According to Gbenga Omole, a printer at the Area 10 shopping complex in Abuja: “It costs N200 to produce a plastic identity card, but if you want to produce up to 500 cards, then we can give you a discount.”

 

A staff of the centre who pleaded anonymity told our correspondent that the practice of staff sponsoring their identity cards production had been in practice for over two years now.

 

The staff said: “This has been in practice for a long time.

 

“I have even made my ID Card myself.

 

“It is unbelievable because the centre does not have to produce ID cards for all staff but only for promoted staff.”

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Shell Tasks Contractors over Safety, Rewards Champions

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Peter Costello, vice president of Shell Companies in Nigeria (SCiN) and Gabon has charged contractors working for and with Shell Companies in Nigeria to prioritise safety and be relentless in discussing the challenges and dilemmas, noting that the international oil giant was poised to help improve safety performance throughout the energy industry.

 

“Safety is our top priority. Everyone who works for us, or with us, has an important part to play in making SCiN a safer place to work. We cannot succeed in isolation and we must share the challenges by building strong partnerships to further improve our safety culture,” Costello said at the 7th edition of annual SPDC JV Contractor CEO Safety Leadership Conference held in Lagos last week.

 

He added: “We expect our staff and contractors to comply with safety rules and regulations relevant to their work; to intervene to prevent unsafe conditions; and to respect fellow workers and the communities in which we work.”

 

In his remarks, Osagie Okunbor, managing director of The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) and Country Chair, Shell Companies in Nigeria, described the annual event as an opportunity to share learnings and ensure alignment, common ground and shared commitments on Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) in Shell’s joint operations.

 

“We cannot be too careful with safety issues. Through engagement, we ensure that the right competence is in place and we create opportunities for our staff and contract staff to speak openly about dilemmas. The collaboration must be continually strengthened so as to make Shell a safety model in the Nigerian oil and gas industry.” Okunbor said, adding that SPDC “more than ever before, is committed to delivering energy responsibly and safely, with total prevention of harm to our employees, contractors, local communities and the environment.”

 

While setting the conference scene, Chidube Nnene-Anochie, general manager Safety and Environment of Shell Companies in Nigeria, said the two-day conference was informed by SCiN’s mission to constantly work in partnership with contractors, regulators, industry trade associations and professional bodies to share Shell’s global safety experience, standards and knowledge.

 

She said the conference had over the years helped to increase safety awareness among contractors working for SCiN particularly in the areas of safety hazards that are peculiar to oil exploration and production activities.

 

Highpoint of the conference was the presentation of the 2018 SCiN Safety Leadership Awards to contractors who have distinguished themselves as safety champions in the areas of personal, process and transport safety, among others.

 

The conference was attended by SCiN including the Managing Director, Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo), Mr. Bayo Ojulari; Managing Director of Shell Nigeria Gas, Mr. Ed Ubong; and the CEOs and representatives of over 83 contractor companies.

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