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NCC, Others Urge Youths to Be Responsible Online



Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and other stakeholders have urged the Nigerian youths to maintain a high sense of social responsibility while surfing the internet to ensure the internet remains a safe place for all.


The youths were also tasked to help protect the image of the country by using the social media as a tool to showcase the best of themselves to the world for foreign investment benefits.


This call was made during the week at a Cyber Security Awareness Forum organised by a consortium of three agencies: Centre for Cyber Awareness and Development (CECAD), Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA) and the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC), in commemoration of this year’s World Safer Internet Day.


The theme for this year, which was “Create, Connect and Share Respect: A better Internet Starts With You,” was tailored to meet the exigency of educating the people on the need to be security conscious by avoiding freebees on the internet as the incidences of cybercrime assumed frightening proportions.


Mr. Haru Alhassan, director of New Media and Information Security of Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), reinstated the commitment of NCC to continue to collaborate actively with other agencies and stakeholders in the combat against cybercrimes and the need for Nigerians not to lose guard as far as cyber security was concerned.


Alhassan, who represented Prof. Umar Danbatta, executive vice-chairman of Nigerian Communications Commission, , said: “The Nigerian Communications Commission as a telecoms regulator in Nigeria is still in the forefront of the Nation’s fight against cybercrimes. The agency has commenced the process of establishing a sectorial computer security incident response team. The centre is to gather information on all cyber threats like malwares, viruses and information from all stakeholders in the fight against cybercrime.”


Also, Mr. Sunday Afolayan, president of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA), , urged the youths to rise up to the occasion by maintaining good hygiene on the internet so as not to abuse their futures.


He said: “Don’t make friends with strangers on the internet. A stranger remains a stranger. The easiest way to guarantee our children’s protection online is to preach cyber hygiene. Cyber hygiene teaches you the things that you need to do so as not to fall prey. On the internet you must learn and practice a very good cyber hygiene to ensure the safety of all.”


However, Mr. Afolayan lamented the laxity of regulatory bodies in the midst of the flood of toxic information, from indoor and outdoor advertisement, that kept bombarding the minds of minors in the country.


Dr. Bayero Agabi, executive director of Centre for Cyber Awareness and Development (CECAD) stressed the need to leverage on the humongous opportunities available on the internet for individual and societal advancement. He said: “It is no longer news that the internet is the biggest planet that we know today. It comes with a lot of opportunities that if we use it appropriately, it can transport us to where we want to be. The internet is a major tool for national development. We need to use the internet in such a way that it develops what we do, especially for the younger ones.”


Meanwhile, Mr. Agabi tasked the government to vigorously champion ‘cyber responsibility’ crusade in Nigeria so as not to chase foreign investors away.


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TD Africa Inks Distribution Agreement with Vertiv



Technology Distributions Ltd, Sub-Saharan Africa’s biggest Information and Communications Technology (ICT) distributors and Vertiv, an American multinational corporation on yesterday announced their partnership to distribute Vertiv solutions in Nigeria.


Speaking at the official launch of the partnership, Wojtek Piorko, Director,Sales Middle East and Africa, Vertiv, Said that, the reason they choose Technology Distributions (TD) is because they are very experienced in IT channel distribution.


He explained that they in Vertiv intend to work with TD not only in Nigeria but in other countries in Africa.


He said, “Today’s event is to work with our local partners to grow their business, especially in channel business.


“We need very experienced partners that have wide audience and many resellers to sale to, and that’s why we have chosen Technology Distributions, they are our IT channel distributor and we work with them not only in Nigeria but in other countries of the region.


“Technology Distributions have wide reach of the market, we have great product but we also understand each other very well, we communicate where necessary, he said.


He noted that, Vertiv Products have been in Nigeria for the past 20 years delivering top quality products to its customers.


“We’ve been in Nigerian market for the past 20 years, is not like we are completely new, although Vertiv brand name is new to the market but all critical product lines that we offer you are products that were already in the market delivered by Emerson Electric, but now Vertiv brand is with completely new opening, new team, new structure that is dedicated to this specific market.



Stanley Okpalaeke, Group Executive Director, Technology Distributions (TD) said that TD’s major strategy in this partnership is to build deeper relationship with its partners, to seek how they at TD will help grow their businesses, adding that, if they are able to grow their partner businesses, their business will grow also.


“Our major strategy is our partners; we want to build deeper relationship with our partners.


“We are seeking how TD will help you grow your businesses because if you grow, we will grow too,” he said.


He explained that their partner ecosystem cut across all Africa, adding that they also have major hubs in Dubai and UK.


He added that, they have at every point in time N12 billion worth of stocks to cater for their customers’ needs.


“At every point in time we have N12 billion worth of stocks, the reason is because we do not want to disappoint our partners,” he stated.


Speaking earlier, Mrs. Chioma Chimere; Managing Director, Operations, Technology Distributions, said that Vertiv have come to help Nigerians solve the challenges we face with power with their range of high end UPS solutions.


She noted that, even the power we have now is not clean and that is why Vertiv is here to give us maximum protection.


TD is the first manufacturer-accredited local distributor for the sub-region, TD, with the support of the OEMs, successfully confronted the myriad challenges posed by the hitherto unstructured market.


Among the first measures they embarked on was the formulation of a clear policy on the channel of distribution that led to the adoption of the prevailing four-tier market structure comprising Manufacturer (OEM), Distributor, Reseller and End-User.

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Publiseer, Nigerian Digital Publishing Startup Reports Profitability



Publiseer, Nigerian digital publisher has reported a profit for its first quarter in 2018, adding over 200 new releases in the past 30 days.


The company posts a first-quarter profit of $10,877.58, comfortably ahead of its expectations. Following the profits, Publiseer has launched its ‘Premium Distribution Service’ that will distribute books and songs for an upfront fee, allowing its authors and musical artists to keep 100% of their earnings.


Nevertheless, old and new clients can still use its ‘Freemium Distribution Service’ that gives Publiseer a 25% commission on sales.


It’s taken just 8 months for Publiseer to become a money-maker. The digital publishing company reported its first profitable quarter today, driven by a 20% rise in submissions and a faster reputation growth overseas.


Publiseer has thrived since its launch in August 2017, and traction has grown drastically. Since its international popularity is growing exponentially, the company is making moves to expand its services outside of Nigeria.


In response to this, Publiseer has distributed the works of Canadian Youtuber Heidi Shai, American Jazz musician Ragtime Joe, and Missouri producer ANB Beats.


In Africa, Publiseer has distributed the books of  Cameroonian writer Juan Gutied and Zimbabwean author Godfrey Masanga.


As of writing, Publiseer has distributed 92 books and 374 tracks by 73 authors and 154 artists, having received over 1,000 submissions since August 2017.


Chidi Nwaogu, Publiseer’s CEO said: “Starting Publiseer, we weren’t focused on profitability as an early-stage company, rather, we were focused on customer satisfaction and retention. But at the beginning of the first quarter of this year, submissions doubled and thus our releases too. It’s good building something that meets a growing need, and which eventually makes lots of money.”


Publiseer is a digital publishing platform for unsigned and independent writers and musicians with low-income or from low-income families.


However, the platform is open to well-established authors and musicians looking for new avenues to distribute and monetize their creative works on the World Wide Web.


Publiseer has distributed the works of A-list Nigerian artists like CDQ, Klever Jay, Erigga, and DJ Jozenga of RayPower FM.


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FG to Partner Cuba on Science & Technology



The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, said on Thursday the Federal Government would be partnering with the Republic of Cuba on science and technology.

Onu said he would visit Cuba with his team to ensure Nigeria benefits from its relationship with the Caribbean nation.

The minister stated these when the Cuban Ambassador to Nigeria, Carlos Sosa visited him in Abuja.

He said Nigeria can no longer depend on foreign commodities but would begin to use its resources for the production of what it needs.

His words: “Nigeria appreciates the Republic of Cuba for its contributions particularly in the health care system. We believe that the relationship between Nigeria and Cuba will continue to grow.

“Cuba has used its vast technology in developing vaccines that helps in the prevention of diseases and Nigeria looks forward to partnering with Cuba on the development of our science and technology sector.

“I and my team will soon visit Cuba to make sure we strengthen our relationship with Cuba. Nigeria can no longer depend on just imported commodities but will use its resources for local production.”

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