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Nominations Opens for 4th Nigerian Healthcare Excellence Awards



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Nigerian Healthcare Excellence Awards (NHEA 2017) portal has opened to the public, as organizers urge stakeholders in the health sector to either make their nominations online or download the nomination form.

Dr. Wale Alabi, NHEA program director advised the public to, “visit the NHEA website to make your nominations for deserving individuals and organisations who have demonstrated and provided outstanding services and support to the Nigeria  healthcare sector in 2016.”

Winners of the various categories will be honoured on Friday, June 23, 2017 at Eko Hotel & Suites, Lagos. Nominations will close on May26, 2017 before the commencement of online voting to enable the award jury select the winners of the various categories.

About 23 awards and recognitions will be presented at the ceremony. It is made up of three main categories; Special Awards, Healthcare Delivery Services and Biomedical Technology.

Some of the awards up for grabs include; The Lifetime Achievements Award, Outstanding State Government Healthcare Programme of the Year, Outstanding CSR Health Project of the Year, Healthcare Media Excellence (print & electronic), Private Healthcare Provider of the Year, Public Healthcare Provider of the Year, Laboratory service provider of the Year, and Radiology Service Provider of the Year.

Others are; Biomedical Engineering Service Company of the Year, IVF Service Provider of the Year, Dialysis Service Provider of the Year, Eyecare Service Provider of the Year, Laboratory Equipment Marketing Company of the Year, Nursing & Midwifery Excellence Award of the Year, etc.

According to Moses Braimah, NHEA director of strategy, marketing & communication, “The Oscar of the Nigeria healthcare will once again roll the red carpet to celebrate and honour the most outstanding and deserving individuals and organisations who contributed immensely and brought excellence to the Nigerian healthcare sector in 2016.”

In NHEA 2016, Professor Olu Akinyanju of the Sickle Cell Foundation Nigeria and Prince Julius Adelusi-Adeluyi of Juli Pharmacy were honoured with the NHEA Lifetime Achievement Awards.

NHEA is organised by Global Health Project and Resources (GHPR) in collaboration with Anadach Group, USA.



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NIN Now a Precondition for Land Allocation in FCT



The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has revealed that National Identification Number (NIN) is a precondition for owning a land within the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).


Muhammad Bello, Honorable Minister, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) stated this when Engr. Aliyu Aziz, Director General, National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) paid him a visit.


In a statement signed by Loveday Ogbonna, Head, Corporate Communication, NIMC, quoted the Minister as expressing the need for every land allocated to be matched to an individual through NIN.


He noted that such measure will help track and prevent multiple allocations of land and ensure fairness and equity in the allocation process.


Bello commended the DG of NIMC for the “astronomical increase in enrollment figures and measures put in place to ensure safety of data of Nigerians and legal residents in the National Identity database (NIDB) while ensuring credibility and integrity of data collected by NIMC.”


The Minister also commended the ongoing Harmonization efforts noting that it was a step in the right direction to check duplication of functions among data collecting agencies.


During his remark, Aziz said NIMC Act makes NIN mandatory for every citizen and legal resident and “is already being implemented by the FRSC, NIS, CBN and other government agencies as a basic requirement for offering government services.”


The DG also thanked the Minister for the steps he has taken so far towards ensuring the success of the National Identity Management System.


He assured the Minister of a continued collaboration for the success of both organizations.

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Mobile Voice Usage Steady in Africa – Report



Mobile voice telephony usage in Africa has remained stable and the situation is likely to persist at least until the end of this year – despite increasing adoption of Over the Top (OTT) applications such as instant messaging and social media platforms, according to data and analytics research company GlobalData.

Telecom executives across Africa initially grappled with these applications which many said were eating into their traditional revenue streams of voice.

However, operators from Zimbabwe, South Africa, Nigeria, Tanzania and Kenya, among others, have embraced these platforms, coming up with access bundles for social media platforms.

GlobalData says the impact of social media and instant messaging applications on mobile voice telephony has not been fully pronounced.

“The average monthly mobile voice usage per subscriber in Middle East and Africa will remain stable until 2018, despite the growing adoption of over the top applications such as Skype, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger,” claim analysts at the research company.

Telcos across Africa had started to look up to data and mobile money to cover for the expected decline in voice telephony on anticipation of pressure from over the top applications.

This strategy had appeared to be working for operators such as Econet Wireless and Safaricom in Zimbabwe and Kenya respectively as income from the two categories grew.

“Despite the growing number of mobile data subscribers, the average monthly mobile minutes of use per subscriber has grown in a number of markets in the Middle East and Africa,” added GlobalData.

It explained that mobile operators in Tunisia “have been offering generous mobile voice bonuses for prepaid customers” with Ooredoo and Tunisie Telecom offering 100% bonus on top ups.

NetOne and Telecel in Zimbabwe also offer bonus credit on top ups.

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FG Mulls Technology, Innovation Advisory Council



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Nigeria is to create an Innovation and Technology Advisory Council to harness and support the creativity and innovative ingenuity of young Nigerians and drive the growth of the sector in the country, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, said.


Osinbajo, said a similar council has already been created for the industry.


He said: “Already, we have an Industrial and Competitiveness Council.  But what we want to look at is doing one for technology and one for innovation as well so that we bring in some of the key players and thinkers around technology, working with the government and working with government officials to develop policy and to develop all of the various ways by which we can help them to what they are doing better.”


Professor Osinbajo noted that so much innovation was going on in Nigeria and that there were many creative young Nigerians and innovators changing the way of doing things.


“I have seen for myself the sheer creativity and completely blown with what I see here and other places,” he said, pointing out that “practically every type of enterprise has been affected by technology and innovation.”


The Vice President, who chairs the Economic Management Team of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration and the National Economic Council, NEC, said government recognizes that technology is imperative to commerce and trade in contemporary society and has collaborated with a number of hubs to create a seamless environment for them to thrive.


He listed the hubs that government was working with to include the Civic Hub in Abuja; the North East Hub, which focuses on the use of technology and innovation to tackle the humanitarian challenges in North East Nigeria; and the Climate Change Hub, in collaboration with the Lagos Business School.


He added that government planned to collaborate with the Co-Creation Hub, one of the hubs he visited on Tuesday.


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