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NITDA Denies Allege Attempt To Circumvent 2017 Budget Implementation

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National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) have described as false the information making the round on Social Media that the Agency is attempting to circumvent due process requirements in the implementation of the 2017 approved Budget.

 

In a press statement issued by Dr. Agu Collins Agu, director, Corporate Planning and Strategy, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), described the alleged false information as a typical example of disinformation aimed at discrediting the laudable efforts of the current management.

 

In a press statement released by the Agency reads as follows: “The Agency has, since assumption of office of the current Director General/CEO, been making frantic efforts at fighting all elements of corrupt practices within and outside the Agency,

 

“It is on record that in an effort to ensure transparency and accountability, the current Director General is the only Chief Executive in history that implemented almost 100 percent of the Auditor General for the Federation’s audit recommendations regarding irregularities in the Agency without being compelled;

 

“As a man of proven integrity who vowed to do all he can in supporting Mr President’s fight against corruption in all forms, both within and outside the Agency, the Director General sought the support of anti-corruption Agencies such as the EFCC and ICPC in fighting corruption in IT procurements in government Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) as well as other government establishments;

 

“It may be of interest to note that officials from the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation visited the Agency last week and gave an excellent commendation to the Director General and the Management Team for their efforts at following due process as well as excellent documentation of all financial transactions;

 

“As for patronizing Galaxy Backbone, it is the Agency’s backup internet provider and when the Agency’s primary provider was down Galaxy upgraded its services to the Agency for 10 days at no extra cost;

 

“When NITDA’s primary provider cuts off its services, Galaxy was able to immediately upgrade the Agency’s pipe to fill the gaps;

 

“In an effort to set the record straight, in the Agency’s 2017 Budget, a provision of ninety five million naira (N95m) was approved for internet connectivity for its Headquarters, two annex offices in Abuja, Lagos and Port Harcourt offices based on what the Agency has been paying its primary provider and its projected capacity upgrade.

 

“To our surprise, when the Agency contacted Galaxy Backbone to quote for the same Internet, it was found out Galaxy’s offer was 60% cheaper than what the Agency has been paying over the years.

 

“Thus, the Agency expanded the project’s specification to include some value added services that will make her to optimally use its Internet connectivity.

 

“As a result, the following were added to the Galaxy quotation to ensure full utilization of the provision. Video conferencing facility; IP Phones for two Annex offices in Abuja as well as Lagos and Port Harcourt offices; Network infrastructure to enable Wide Area Network (WAN) connectivity between the Agency’s Headquarters and its other offices (two annex offices in Abuja, Lagos and Port Harcourt), Technical Staff Training to ensure adequate capacity to effectively manage the infrastructure; and LAN audit.

 

“It is on record that so far no contract has been awarded in the Agency as a result of the Director General’s efforts of ensuring that due process has been followed;

 

“And the above therefore goes to show that what was circulated on the Social Media is a frantic effort of corruption fighting back. It should be noted that the Agency is encouraged by it and will continue its giant strides of fighting corruption.

 

“We thank all friends and well-wishers of the Agency for bringing this false information to our attention.

 

“This is the best way in ensuring that Mr President’s fight against corrupt practices succeeds.

 

“We want to restate our commitment to serve our country in the best interest of all.

 

“We promise to be fair and just to all Nigerians without discrimination or favour.

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Kirusa’s InstaVoice Services Surpasses 100Bn Calls

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Kirusa Inc., a global leader in communication solutions over data networks for consumers and enterprises, has announced that its InstaVoice® service has reached the remarkable landmark of 100 billion calls handled via its call completion service platform.

 

InstaVoice, based on Kirusa’s patented technology, is a service that integrates Missed Calls, Voicemail & Voice SMS as a combined call completion suite, enabling a unique telecommunication experience.

 

Multi-faceted, InstaVoice’s integration with carrier networks reduce call terminations, while ensuring mobile users stay connected always, never missing a call.
This includes when the mobile user is out of coverage area, busy, not answering or when the mobile is switched off.

 

Working vis-à-vis the InstaVoice service, the InstaVoice App enhances the call completion experience for smartphone users. From the app, users can receive, listen, manage, and respond to their missed calls and voicemails via text, voice, & pictures, all in a unique chat-like user interface. Meanwhile, feature phone users can manage their missed calls and voicemails via SMS.

 

Commenting on the landmark achievement, Inderpal Singh Mumick, Founder and CEO at Kirusa, said: “With InstaVoice, our aim was to re-think call completion. We are excited that we have been able to do this, providing a valuable service to mobile phone users globally, especially in emerging markets. This milestone is only made possible via our strong partnerships with telecom operators and all InstaVoice users who have continued to see value in our service.”

 

InstaVoice has a global prescence in 44 countries, deployed with 50 Telecom Operators, reaching 2 billion population.

 

Commemorating Kirusa’s achievement, Jean-Michel Garrouteigt, CEO, Orange, Democratic Republic of Congo, said, “We are proud to be part of this incredible achievement with Kirusa. InstaVoice is one of the top revenue-generating telecom services in Africa and it continues to gain traction amongst our subscriber base. We congratulate Kirusa on achieving this milestone.”

 

Celebrating Kirusa’s achievement, Ahmad Mokhles, Chief Commercial Officer, Airtel, Nigeria, said, “Airtel congratulates Kirusa for surpassing the 100 billion calls milestone. Indeed, we are proud to be associated with Kirusa and wish them all the best for their continuing success.

 

Alec Barton, Founder of Developing Telecoms, said, “This is a remarkable landmark for a brand, which has been relentless in its pursuit of transforming telecom experiences in emerging markets. This shows the experience and expertise of Kirusa in call completion services for mobile networks.”

 

The 100 Billion mark was captured on Kirusa’s internal analytics platform, a tracking system that traces the total number of calls that comes into the Kirusa platform.

 

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Ericsson Group Reaffirms Interest in Nigeria’s Telecom Market

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Mr. Shitlesi Makkhofane, the Head, Government and Industry Relations of Ericsson Group  has expressed interest in the deployment of broadband to un-served and underserved areas in Nigeria.

The Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) made this known on Monday in Abuja.

Makkhofane was quoted as saying this when he visited NCC along with Mr Peter Olusoji of Ericsson Nigeria and were received by Mr Sunday Dare, the Executive Commissioner, Stakeholder Management on behalf of the management of NCC.

He said that Ericsson had studied the Nigerian telecom market and had speculated that the vast potential of the market was yet to be fully harnessed.

He said that Ericsson had expressed interest in the deployment of broadband to un-served and underserved areas in Nigeria.

According to him, the company will also deploy the latest innovative technology in the sector.

He said to this end, it was paying emphasis on the tripod of availability, accessibility and affordability of broadband – the leading item of NCC management’s Eight-Point Agenda.

Makkhofane said that the team would seek clarifications on licensing requirements for businesses it would engage in.

“Including types of approval procedure for certain equipment because of our interest in exploring the realities of the Internet of Things (IoT) and 5G networks as well as huge data management.

“It is also to provide cyber security solutions to enable network trace ability to check the use of cloned devices that pose threat to security.

“However, the Ericsson team expressed concern on dearth of FOREX and its implications for the development of telecommunications infrastructure and market.

In his response, Dare expressed NCC management’s appreciation for the team’s visit as well as its knowledge and interest in the Nigerian telecom ecosystem.

He also expressed delight on the issues raised by the Ericsson team and assured that the NCC would continue to do the right thing to attract Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) for the development and growth of the telecom industry in Nigeria.

Dare promised to convey the interests and concerns of the team to Prof. Umar Danbatta, the Executive Vice Chairman/ Chief Executive Officer of NCC for management’s consideration and necessary action.

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Farmer to Die by Hanging for Stealing Nokia Handset, Others

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A Delta State High Court sitting at Ozoro has sentenced a 38- year old farmer, Francis Williams to death by hanging for robbing his victims of a Nokia handset valued at N5,000 and a cash sum of N170.

 

The Court, presided over by Honourable Justice A.O. Akpovi, on Wednesday sentenced the 38- year old farmer to death having found him guilty of the charge of armed robbery punishable under section (1(2)(a) of the robbery and firearms (Special Provision) Act Cap RII Volume 14 Laws of the Federation , 2004.

 

The Court also found the accused guilty on the charge of wounding with intent which got him a life sentence and illegal possession of firearms with a sentence of 10 years imprisonment respectively.

 

An Assistant Director in the Ministry of Justice T.R. Anuhwin Esq. through prosecution witnesses had told the court that on the 4th day of June, 2014 at a Palm Kernel Farm located at Ewu in Ughelli South Local Government, the accused robbed one Hon. Noah Ovie and his assistant of a Nokia handset valued at five thousand naira and a cash sum of one hundred and seventy naira (N170.00) while armed with a cut to size locally made gun.

 

Prosecution witnesses further told the Court that nemesis however caught up with the armed robber who was on a solo mission when he was in the process of trying to rob them of other valuables as the two victims summoned courage and overpowered their assailant. In his desperation to escape after being apprehended, he bit off one of the fingers of the former Councillor, Noah Ovie but his escape bid was foiled by passerby who rushed to the scene and held him down and later handed him over to the Police.

 

The accused who made a voluntary confessional statement to the police admitted to have committed the offense but retracted same during trial, called no witness but testified for himself while the prosecution called four witnesses in proof of its case.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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