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Nigeria Seeks More India Supports, as TEPC Earmarks $10Bn for Indo-Africa

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Mr. Adebayo Shittu, minister of Communications

Adebayo Shittu, minister of Communications has called for more collaborative efforts with India to deepen Nigeria’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector growth.

This was contained in Shittu’s keynote address, Wednesday, during the Indo-Africa ICT Expo 2017, organised by the Telecom Equipment and Services Export Promotion Council (TEPC) held in Lagos.

Coincidentally, the India Government said, it has set aside $10 billion for Indo-Africa trade aimed at promoting ICT innovation and development across African continent.

The Minister said that the partnership would ensure that Nigerian businesses tap into reservoir of knowledge among their Indian counterparts and develop technology-based solutions for the Nigerian, African and even the global market.

According to him, there are numerous opportunities for partnerships between both public and private sector of Nigeria and India.

”I implore Indian investors to explore areas to further enhance the lives of our people through technology.

”Nigeria has huge unmet ICT demand and businesses that were apprehensive till some time back have realised the potential of ICT and are willing to invest in this sector.

”The unmet ICT demand in Nigeria offer huge opportunities for Indian companies, arising in segment such as products and services related to mobility, security solution, telecommunications, education, capacity building among others,” he said.

Shittu said that according to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), out of the 940 million people living in the least developed countries, most of them being in Africa, only 89 million people use the internet, corresponding to a 9.5 per cent penetration rate.

He said that ITU had projected that by the end of 2017, only 50 per cent households in developing countries would have access, compared with more than 80 per cent in the developing countries.

According to him, these statistics are a clear call for the need to identify opportunities for collaboration, sharing best practices and exploring inclusive technologies to drive the world into a truly connected community.

Indo-Africa: India Courts Nigeria On Digital Economy Agenda ‎
Mr. Manoj Sinha, minister for Communications, Government of India said that the Country globally recognised as an outstanding example to all developing economies in Information and Communications Technologies, ICTs.,‎ has shown interest in assisting Nigeria actualize its digital economy initiatives. ‎

‎Sinha‎ reflected on how India has grown to be the world’s largest sourcing destination for the Information and Communications Technology, ICT, industry, accounting for approximately 67 per cent of the $124-130 billion market.

According to him, an efficient national identity ‎management system is strategic to achieving digital economy, particularly in delivering services to the citizens.

‎He said that India’s investment footprints in Africa have always depicted ICT as critical to opening up the Continent for other sectorial growths such as telecoms, e-Governance, e-Health, agro-technology, ecommerce, among others.

India Earmarks $10Bn For Indo-Africa Trade
India Government has set aside $10 billion for Indo-Africa trade aimed at promoting ICT innovation and development across African continent, added Mr. Sanjay Nayak, co-chairman, TEPC and CEO, Tejas Networks.

He said Indian Government, via its Communication ministry, hopes that the move will ensure mutually beneficial growth between Africa and India as there is hardly shortage of ideas but shortage of capital in the continent.

Mr. Sanjay also revealed that India now boasts of lowest telecoms tariffs in the world thanks to years of technology innovation and deployment of latest, highest quality and lowest cost technology.

According to him, Indian companies can replicate such success in Nigeria and other African countries. “Indian IT services are what you can trust. You do not have to worry about it. Every ICT problems you intend to solve in the next five years India is ready to partner. We will make sure you grow your industry as we grow our own.”

He said that TEPC recognises the strength of building ‎a design-led manufacturing ecosystem for telecom products and service, adding that TEPC is further committed to support the creation of domestic products and enable manufacturing with high domestic value-addition.

 

 

 

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Apple Begin Sale of MekaMons Built by Adekunle, Nigerian Engineer

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Silas Adekunle with his 4-legged MekaMon robot

Apple stores in the US and UK have begun the sale of MekaMons, a gaming robot built by Silas Adekunle, a Nigerian-Briton.

 

Adekunle, an engineer, graduated with first class honours from the University of the West of England in Bristol, with a bachelor of science in robotics technology.

 

He was born in Nigeria but moved to the UK when he was 11 years old.

 

His company, Reach Robotics, an augmented reality gaming company which creates robots for both fun and STEM education, struck the deal with Apple recently.

 

MekaMons has been on sale since November 16 for $299.95.

 

The four-legged robots can be controlled via an iPhone and other smartphone using a companion app for augmented reality gameplay.

 

“We’ve created an entirely new video gaming platform,” Adekunle said in a statement by Black Enterprise.

 

The 4-legged MekaMon robot

 

“MekaMon straddles both the real and virtual worlds while taking the gaming experience beyond a player’s screen and turning their sitting room into a limitless robotic battle zone.

 

“MekaMon represents a quantum leap forward in the leveraging of augmented reality. Players can whip out their iPhone to battle their multi-functional, connected battlebots in the physical and virtual worlds at the same time.

 

“When I was a student at UWE Bristol I spent some time going into schools to help inspire young people and it struck me that there was a huge untapped market for a consumer robot with a difference.

 

“We used to go in and explain simple robotics to try to inspire the young roboticists and engineers of the future and this experience set me off thinking about designing gaming robots.

 

“This is an exciting time for our company as now after years of development work we are finally able to bring Mekamon to customers across the UK and US and with plans to go global.

 

“UWE Bristol has given us an amazing start and we are so grateful for their support.”

 

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iSON Group Sparkles at 2017 SERAS Awards

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L-r) iSON BPO Team - Adebayo Bakare DGM – HR , Sujeet Matwankar – Head- Human Resource

iSON Group has bagged two awards at the 2017 Sustainability, Enterprise and Responsibility Awards (SERAs) for Best Company in Poverty Eradication and Best New Entrant in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). The award ceremony was held at the Shell Hall, Onikan, Lagos.

These awards were presented to iSON Group in recognition of its robust CSR philosophy, and its progress in eradicating poverty in Africa as it drives sustainable development across the communities beyond the bands of its operation.

The SERAS–CSR Awards is an annual event to celebrate organisations investing resources in the improvement of lives of stakeholders and through their social performance and investment programmes contributing to the development of Africa. This is the first edition to recognise individuals and organisations outside Nigeria.

Accepting the awards on behalf of Mr. Ramesh Awtaney, the Founder and Chairman, iSON Group, were Sujeet Matwankar Head of Human Resources, iSON BPO and Bakare Adebayo, Deputy General Manager – HR, iSON BPO and Ms. Olapeju Allison, Manager –HR, iSON Technologies and Mr. Henry Erigha Deputy Sales Director, iSON Technologies.  They expressed satisfaction for being part of a system that addresses the very essence of human existence. Sujeet Matwankar said, ‘’These recognitions on Responsibility awarded to iSON Group demonstrates the progress made by the organization in leading Africa’s IT and ITeS industry towards sustainable investments in human capital development whilst driving communities to achieve the global sustainable development goals’’.

As part of its CSR initiatives iSON is on a mission to build capacities focused on specialized training in IT-enabled services for the youth. Its “Welfare through Empowerment” program, in partnership with the local business communities, enables growth in IT and ITeS for the African youth. Its corporate social responsibility initiatives are directed at empowering the underprivileged and the youth.

According to media officer of The SERAS, Mr. Michael Ogunbanwo, “We are indeed delighted at the quality of participation thus far. Noteworthy for us is the fact that we have so many first time entrants for The SERAS this year. For us, this clearly is an indicator of the wide acceptability of the worksTruContact CSR Nigeria- initiators of the awards, in promoting and standardizing corporate social responsibility and sustainability in Nigeria and Africa’’.

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FG Inaugurates ICT Centres in Katsina State

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Federal Ministry of Communication established three Information and Communication Technology Centres (ICTC) in Daura, Katsina State, to promote the quest for improved information and technological education, Mr Adebayo Shittu, the Minister of Communication, said.

The minister made this known yesterday during a visit to the Emir of Daura, Alhaji Umar Farouk.

Shittu said the three centres were located at the state’s College of Legal Studies, Government Junior Secondary School Daura and Federal Government College Daura.

He added that the centres were to assist in promoting ICT education among students in the area, as well as ensure wider coverage for the nation.

The minister called on the people to make optimal good use of the centres.

He said he was in Katsina for a stakeholders meeting on how to enhance information and communication technology for national development.

He noted that “the centres are equipped with ICT gadgets like computers, internet services and other accessories.

“The world has witnessed a paradigm shift from analogue status to digital one, hence the need for us to embrace the trend.’’

The minister reiterated Federal Government’s determination to change the nation from analogue to digital ways of doing things.

Shittu commended the emir “for the sustained contributions on nation building, especially on peace and regular prayers for the wellbeing of the nation.’’

Responding, the emir commended the minister for establishing the centres in his domain.

He called on the ministry to consider the possibility of expanding the scope of the centres by establishing same in other areas like Zango, Maiadua, Baure and Sandamu.

He assured the minister of the emirate’s support to mobilise students to begin to use the centres for ICT programmes.

The minister was in company of the 36 commissioners for information and other heads of federal parastatals, agencies and commissions.

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