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NCS President Canvasses for Technology-Driven Economy

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Prof. Adesola Aderounmu, President, Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), has called on the Federal Government to raise modern manpower that could sustainably drive the nation’s economy.

 

Prof. Aderounmu made this call recently while giving Keynote Address at the first International Conference on ICT for National Development and its Sustainability organised by the Faculty of Communication and Information Sciences, University of Ilorin, to mark its 10th anniversary.

 

In his lecture, entitled “Leveraging ICT for National Development and its Sustainability”, the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), he lamented that the country’s economy has not fully embraced technology as its driving force.

 

Prof. Aderounmu said that nearly 90% of technologies used in Nigeria are imported despite the huge knowledge infrastructure of 162 legally recognized universities, 125 polytechnics and more than 500 agencies.

 

The NCS President said, “It is sad that after 58 years of independence, Nigeria had failed to come up with neither a globally recognized company nor product originating from Nigerian indigenous technology because the national economy had not been technology-driven”.

 

He then called on the Federal Government to develop the Information Technology Industry through research centres, technology parks and incubators, provision of reliable and affordable infrastructure and provision of fiscal incentives for indigenous software developers.

 

He further suggested that the government could develop the sector through the creation of a special fund to assist start-up businesses as well as grow existing developers, enactment of a law that mandates MDAs to patronize indigenous software while mandating the immediate implementation of the approved Scheme of service for IT professionals.

 

While recommending that priority should be given to registered IT professional in the award of IT contracts in the country, Prof. Aderounmu equally tasked the academia to promote productive collaborations and partnerships both internal and external and create learning opportunities for the students.

 

He said, “The system of mentoring, apprenticeship and tutelage, which existed in the past should be re-introduced and strengthened.

“Split-site arrangements should be encouraged to enable young researchers to be acquainted with new trends, globally. Spend a considerable portion of its yearly budget on global promotion activities”

 

Prof. Sulyman Age Abdulkareem, Vice-Chancellor, University of Ilorin, while declaring the conference open, assured the participants that the University would do everything possible to ensure conferences are successfully held in the institution.

 

He submitted that conferences are crucial to the students’ development and growth as it gives them exposure and cross-fertilization of ideas, adding that students should be invited in large numbers to attend conferences.

 

Prof. Abdulkareem revealed that discussion is ongoing to mobilize the Faculty leaders and talented students to work together to house the University’s ICT incubation room so that the entire University processes could be automated.

 

He also disclosed that facilities required in improving ICT research activities for staff and postgraduate students have been identified.

 

Dr. Rasheed Gbenga Jimoh, Ag. Dean Faculty of Communication and Information Sciences, In his welcome address, explained that the conference received over 100 articles from over 41 different academic institutions nationally and abroad cutting across computing, library and information science, telecommunication science, mass communication and media technology, information and cyber security and information technology.

 

Dr. Jimoh said that a major hindrance to national policy implementation is lack of full integration of ICT, which he submitted, has prevented the nation from being able to retrieve vital information for effective decision making.

 

He said, “The Faculty under my leadership is therefore committed to doing everything possible to assist the University to realize her dream of becoming a citadel of learning to be reckoned globally with full integration of ICT”.

 

Awards were later presented to some distinguished Nigerians for outstanding services.

 

Notable among the recipients were former Vice-Chancellors of the University, Prof. Shuaibu Oba Abdulraheem (OFR), Prof. Is-haq O. Oloyede (OFR), and Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali (OON); as well as the incumbent Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Sulyman Age Abdulkareem’ the Aragbiji of Iragbiji, Osun State, HRM Oba Abdur-Rasheed Ayotunde Olabomi.

 

Other awardees are Former Deans of the Faculty of Communication and Information Sciences, Dr. Omenogo Mejabi, Prof. Lenrie Aina and Prof. Joseph Sadiku; as well as the pioneer Head of the Department of Mass Communication, late Nureni Doyin Mahmoud were also awarded at the Gala Night that marked the end of the conference

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#LagosPhotoFestival: TECNO Brings Lagos to Life With Amazing Camera & A.I Technology

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The pace at which smartphone cameras are evolving, most people are making it their favourite alternative to actual cameras.

 

TECNO Mobile in a bid to continually sustain an amazing user experience has collaborated with pros in the field of photography namely; Abdusalam Hamza, a documentary and lifestyle photographer and ObasaOlorunfemi, the founder/lead photographer at Wakafire mobile photography to present a smartphone photography master class during the recently concluded Lagos Photo Festival.

 

The Lagos Photo Festival is the first international art festival of photography in Nigeria.

Launched in October 2010, it is organised by the African Artists’ Foundation (AAF) as part of an ongoing project designed to use art in public spaces as a medium for increasing societal awareness.

 

The festival includes workshops and classes for professional artists, art fairs and indoor and outdoor exhibitions citywide.

 

The annually festival features emerging photographers alongside established photographers.

 

In a presentation on ‘Street Photography’, Hamza took participants through the rudiments of Street Photography covering a range of subjects such as understanding the camera and the components of street photography.

He also urged everyone to start with what they have- their phone, all that is needed is to create the concept behind the picture in the mind first.

 

He showcased a cross-section of his exhibitions taken with various TECNO devices.

 

After the masterclass everyone was given a chance to put what they had learnt into practice at the last session which saw participants divided into 2 groups to experience and capture the essence of different locations on the Lagos island such as Falomo and Tafawa Balewa.

 

Equipped with the latest TECNO Camon 11 that uses AI technology, they were able to bring to life, in amazing selfies, the pulse and vibrancy of the areas visited.

According to Jesse Oguntimehin, PR and Strategic Partnership manager, TECNO Nigeria, ‘The revolutionary AI technology embedded in CAMON 11 PRO and CAMON 11’s camera will elevate the smartphone selfie entirely.

 

“Selfie-lovers will enjoy the high-end 24 or 16-megapixel front camera, which has advanced with intelligent features based on artificial intelligence.

 

“The AI-technology smartly allows you to create high-quality self-portraits with natural skin color and optimize the image, achieving brighter colors and sharp contours’ A partnership with the organizers of the festival is in line with the camera-centric features of our Camon series. A win-win for both organizations.”

 

It is worthy to note that the wonderful images taken during the photowalk of the Lagos Photo festival were showcased at the official launch of the Camon 11 and 11 Pro.

 

 

 

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IIM Africa President Discloses Plan on Launching First Ever InfoMgt Varsity

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L-R: Amb. (Dr) Oyedokun Ayodeji Oyewole FIIM, President /Chairman Governing Council, Institute of Information Management, Dr. Oseni Kolawole FIIM, Director Training – Institute of Information Management, Dr. Abdur-Raheem Adebayo Shittu FIIM, Hon. Minister of Communications, Federal Republic of Nigeria, and Hon. Prince Adeniyi Adesanya JP, FIIM Special Adviser/Consultant to His Excellency on Political Matters & Government Administration, Office of the Governor Okemosan Abeokuta Ogun State and Mrs. Akanbi Titilola Taiwo FIIM, CEO Busicon Nigeria Ltd. during the Panel Session at the 2018 Institute of Information Management National Summit, Induction, & Investiture Ceremony in Abuja, Nigeria recently.

Amb. (Dr) Oyedokun Oyewole, President/Chairman-GC, Institute of Information Management (IIM) Africa, has disclosed plans for the commissioning of the first ever Information Management University “The International University of Information Management (IUIM) – USA www.iuim-edu.oline”.

Dr. Oyewole in a New Year message to members of the Institute said that the global project and initiative of the Records and Information Management Awareness (RIMA) Foundation shall be executed in collaboration with the Institute of Information Management (IIM), Africa.

“Official Presentation of IUIM will take place during the first-ever Founders day ceremony slated for 12th of May 2019 (Location and opportunities for involvement to be announced later).

“We sincerely cherish all the moments that we shared with you during the year.

“It means everything to us that you remain confident in our leadership ability to provide you with experience that transcends beyond membership.

“We are ready, willing and able to do more for you and the society in 2019. You are, after all, the reason why we are here (from information to value)”, the statement stated.

Guests and Inductees at the recent IIM Africa lecture and induction.

Reviewing the past year, Dr. Oyewole said that “at the beginning of 2018, IIM Africa set milestones aimed at developing, propagating and creating the necessary awareness concerning the Information Management industry across the globe, coupled with activities aimed at playing a deeper role in the lives and career of the members, providing more value wherever they can and offering greater impact wherever they must.

“Embarking on this cause through the year has brought many memorable moments that we have been very honored to share with you.

“Among these landmarks, achievements include the successful hosting of IIM activities and induction in four (4) new locations (United State, Akwa-Ibom, Ghana, and South Africa) coupled with hosting at other old locations (Lagos, United Kingdom, Port-Harcourt, and Abuja).

“It is also worth mentioning that our GREAT Institute has been officially registered to operate in the United State of America and South Africa in 2018, while that of the United Kingdom and Ghana has reached advanced stages.

“We are also proud to mention the fact that in 2018 we hosted the RIMA Foundation Awards, aimed at promoting the Information Management Industry and organizational excellence through the pursuit of excellence, efficiency, and efficacy.

“RIMA Awards is the only emerging leader and largest Enterprise Content/Document Management & Security Awards in Nigeria & Africa, recognized symbols of excellence and innovation in the management of business information and security”, he added.

Guests and Inductees at the recent IIM Africa lecture and induction.

However, the President/Chairman in Council said that information management courses are fiercely contested and highly valued within the IT and business world hence the awards are highly coveted for.

“The Awards clearly demonstrate leadership for individual recipients and very sound business proposition for deploying new technology by organizations awarded for well-conceived and highly successful data, information, records, document and archives management products and projects submitted as entries since 2005.

“Another major milestone was the successful hosting of the RIMA/IIM Free Quarterly Training (FQT) (Lagos & Abuja), with other new locations envisaged in 2019.

“The FQT is a RIMA Foundation programme, aimed at educating members of the public on the management and security of records and information, covering data, Information, records, document and archives management, technology and security topics / issues, for the development, encouragement / enhancement of professionalism among practitioners (professionals and non-professionals) for the enthronement of global best practices in the RIM industry since 2004”.

On the greater targets for the year 2019 as indicated in the Calendar of events and activities, he said, “… we do hope to have you all participate actively in our drive  to further promote the frontiers of Information Management across the globe, for the benefit of humanity and the professions in ensuring transparency and accountability which will ultimately pave the way for a better society where issues around unemployment, insecurity, poor governance, poor planning, poor decision making, and unnecessary wastage of resources will be a thing of the past, with effective information management in place in both public and private organizations globally”.

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HEDA Demands Details of CBN, MTN Settlement of $8.1Bn Repatriation Feud

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Human and Environmental Development Agenda Resource Centre (HEDA), a non-governmental organization has invoked a Freedom of Information Act on the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), demanding for detailed information on the alleged resolution between the apex bank and telecommunication giant, MTN Nigeria, on the charges of improper repatriation of about $8.13 Billion.

 

The FoI request to the CBN was signed by Olanrewaju Suraju, HEDA’s chairman, according to HEDA statement.

 

The NGO said the wide margin between the reported final payment and the alleged charged sum has left the public puzzled as to the procedure and steps taken to arrive at the resolution.

 

It said there was the need to clarify on how the Federal Government arrived at the resolution.

 

The request reads: “On the 4th day of September, 2018, the online platform of the Business Day Newspaper reported that the Central Bank of Nigeria sometimes in 2018 revealed that MTN Nigeria illegally repatriated foreign exchange of about $8.13 Billion with irregularly issued Certificates of Capital Importation (CCIs) by some commercial banks namely; Standard Chartered Bank, Citibank, Diamond bank and Stanbic IBTC bank and also converted its shareholders’ loan to Preference shares without fulfilling the requisite conditions.

 

“Sequel to this, the affected banks were sanctioned by the Federal Government and appropriate fines were paid by the banks.

 

“In furtherance of the above paragraph, the Nigeria Lawyer Online legal newspaper reported on the 24th day of December, 2018 that the alleged charge of improper repatriation leveled against MTN Nigeria has been resolved to the tune of $52.6 Million as against $8.13 Billion earlier reported as the fine to be paid by the telecommunication company.

 

“There seems to be a wide margin between the reported final payment and the alleged charged sum which has left the public puzzled as to the procedure and steps taken to arrive at the resolution.

 

“It is on the above basis that we are making this request, as we believe that the records and details of the said resolution made available will aid the investigations of our Organisation, thus this application is brought pursuant to the provisions of Section 2, 3, and 4 of the Freedom of Information Act, 2011.

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