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Obaseki Urges Policy Makers to Prioritise ICT- Based Teaching

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Mr. Godwin Obaseki, Governor of Edo State

Mr. Godwin Obaseki, Governor of Edo State, has decried the prevalence of obsolete teaching methods in institutions of learning in Nigeria, which he said, accounted in part, for the high figures of illiterate and poorly educated people as against the lower figures in other countries.

Obaseki said it was time for policy makers to change the approach to teaching and learning by prioritizing the use of Information and Communication Technology in bridging the wide gap. The governor made the recommendations as the world celebrates World Literacy Day, on Friday, September 8.

According to him,” the global event is an opportunity for policy makers in the education sector, parents and educationists to review the efforts at increasing the number of literate people in Nigeria,” the governor said.

“We cannot continue with the old teaching methods that failed to put us in the league of the most literate people in the world” he stressed, and explained that “the efforts of governments at various levels, to build and equip more schools, employ and train more teachers, encourage children to come to school through various initiatives like the School Feeding Programme of the federal government, would not yield the desired result if at the policy level, the use of ICT is not placed on the front burner.”

Obaseki said his administration’s ICT-driven educational policy, was in line with the theme of this year’s International Literacy Day: “Literacy in a Digital World” which seeks to determine the literacy skills that are needed by people, to navigate the increasingly digitally-mediated world and all the associated opportunities.

He said his administration has commenced work on the digitalisation of libraries in public schools, while the revamp of the Benin Technical College, which will have a Technology Park on completion, was ongoing.

“Edo University Iyamho is leveraging on the strength of Information and Communication Technology, while Edo State Polytechnic, Usen, and the College of Agriculture, Iguoriakhi, are being repositioned to deliver modern manpower,” the governor said, and added that remodeling work was also ongoing in several primary and post primary schools across the state, to reset them to increase the literacy and numeracy levels in the state.

Obaseki further said that part of his administration’s plan was to ensure the state-owned media outfits – The Nigerian Observer and Edo Broadcasting Service (Radio and Television stations) – dedicate quality space and air time to educating the young and adults alike.

The 2015 United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) survey revealed that 65 million of Nigerians are illiterates, which experts say could jeopardize government’s efforts at removing millions of Nigerians from poverty.

An earlier survey in 2010 conducted by the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics (NBS) put the literacy level in Edo State at 45.8 per cent, with adult literacy rate at 56.9 per cent. The highest is Lagos at 92.0 per cent and the lowest, Borno State at 14.5 percent.

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Cybersecurity Firm unveils Certification for Cloud Environment

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Petrovice Nigeria has introduced Certified PCI Cloud Security Assessor (CPCI CSA) a certification programme for cybersecurity in the cloud.

This is based on meeting PCI DSS when using a cloud service provider recommendation by Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC ).

As a follow up to the recommendation, petrovice has signed a MoU with Digital Bridge Institute for training to achieve the certification for corporates and individuals.

Certified PCI Cloud Security Assessor is for a vendor, cloud customer and cloud auditor to assess the over- all level of security offered by cloud provider and build the necessary assessment processes for engaging with cloud provider in other to comply with PCI security standards and legislation.

Adesanya Ahmed, chief executive officer, Petrovice resources, said that the product serves as a Cyber security framework for cloud, as well as a standard to secure financial transaction in the cloud.

“Awareness has been made through a data classification workshop organize by Office for Nigerian Content Development in ICT in collaboration with Microsoft on September, 2016. Certified PCI Cloud Security Assessor, is the only qualify certification you can use to assess PCI DSS when using a cloud service provider,” he said.

It would be recalled that Petrovice resources solution for last mile connectivity and cybersecurity recently secured patent license from the Federal ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment through the Registrar Trademarks, Patents and Designs.

The Patent involves the processes of using TV white space (available frequency within UHF and VHF) for last mile connectivity with the use of 802.11af WI-FI ( establishing connectivity through machine to machine integrated 802.11af in auto mobile, POS machine, medical equipment, and surveillance camera regardless of their location), inclusive with the processes of implementing a mobile device management (MDM) solution to address variety of security threat by mobile devices, apps, and Oss that make up today’s increase diverse corporate computing environment to protect organization from today’s and future cyber security and threat. Please check the below architectural design.

The solution will enable a very high bandwidth for triple-play video streaming without buffering, allow for a longer-distance Internet connection with no line-of-sight challenges and enhance mobile hospitals regardless of the patients’ locations. Further, this invention will also enhance automobile advancement for mobile Wi-Fi and maintenance.

“It will also improve the scope of surveillance by security personnel regardless of the distance, and it will resolve intermittent Internet service, which has been the major obstacle to mobile-computing penetration and cloud computing for rural areas and developing countries with last-mile challenges.” he said.

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Black Friday: Jumia Food Shuts Down Music Concert with Eating Competition

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By peter oluka

In what appears to be the first time an e-commerce company in Africa will organise a music concert to usher in the Black Friday festival, Jumia Group Nigeria (all the companies within the ecosystem) surpassed its customers’ expectations this year by organising a music concert in honour of the Black Friday festival which started on the 13th of November and is expected to run through 13th of December.

The highlight of the concert which held last weekend was the eating competition organised by Nigeria’s No.1 food ordering platform, Jumia Food.

While there were many side attractions such as the adrenalin pumping  performances by the likes of Wande Coal, Falz, Skales, Niniola, Sound Sultan, Mayorkun and others, the eating competition brought frenzy to the crowd, and left them spellbound.

A total of 6 young teenagers (3 males and 3 females) volunteered to participate in what seemed easy at first glance, but only 2 of them could finish the task effortlessly.

Imagine the rigour and torture of having to consume within 10 minutes several plates of foods/snacks without using your hands! It was similar to a tug of war but this time around, using your mouth to pick every piece of food on the plates – and oh, without drinking water.

The anticipation from the crowd was much; the cheer was deafening and each contestant had a pool of supporters drumming up support for the win. The grand prize was a N10,000 food voucher.

Speaking at the event on the company’s participation at the concert, Olamide Bada, managing director of Jumia Food said the platform provided a good opportunity to interact with its teeming customers.

“For us, it’s about interacting with our customers and showing them how to use our platform to order for food. As a company, we have created this platform to ease the stress of ordering food from your favourite restaurants within minutes,” Bada said.

At the end of the competition, 2 contestants (both males) tied in for the win and emerged as the winners of the competition. They were instantly rewarded with their N10,000 food vouchers.

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Eliminate Wasting Time and Act in Real Time

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Anton Jacobsz, managing director at Networks Unlimited

A sudden technical problem in an organisation, especially during business hours, can cause havoc for an IT department as it is not usually prepared for it, nor does it immediately know what the exact cause of the disruption may be.

 

This is according to Anton Jacobsz, managing director at Networks Unlimited, an authorised distributor of NETSCOUT solutions throughout Africa.

 

Jacobsz said, “There is no value, in such a crisis, in having the IT department internally trying to apportion blame between the network engineer versus the network technician or service provider. Instead, the IT department should have a system in place that avoids such ‘finger pointing’ and enables seamless and continuous operation, as well as effective preparation in the case of a crisis.”

 

Visibility for network engineers

Jacobsz said that network engineers need to be aware of as many touch points to the data as possible, especially with applications that are hosted in the Cloud.

Data sources throughout the network need to be leveraged to provide an overall picture of how services and applications are performing. NetFlow, SNMP, stream to disk packet capture, automated data mining and application performance alerting need to be used system wide to stay on top of performance and security threats, while providing IT professionals with actionable data in the event of a problem.

There are simply too many changing technologies for the network engineer to keep up with at an expert level. In view of this, the network engineer needs to rely on automated analysis tools to provide direction on problem alerting, isolation, and root cause resolution.

 

In order to validate, troubleshoot, and restore these systems, network engineers require visibility to take the right action in the right place, which ultimately saves the company money and prevents downtime.

 

Monitoring and analysis by network operators/ technicians

Before a new system goes live, it should be monitored and analysed by network operators using management and monitoring systems and tools.

There are major benefits to implementing these management systems – first, technicians will be able to keep step with a highly dynamic network environment, which places greater demands on their role.

These demands include application problem resolution and analysis of network components, which cannot be accessed in the Cloud.

In today’s critical network environments, technicians cannot continue to lean on legacy systems that only display up/ down status and ping response times. This data cannot facilitate finding the root cause of slow application response and often does not allow the problem to be isolated and resolved.

 

Preparation by service providers

This is a key to success, in addition to constant skill updates and the ability to be flexible and adaptable. Service providers need to establish and execute on some critical best practices to keep ahead of the complexity and to provide the highest level of service and support to their clients.

Key areas to focus on for best practice execution include:

  • Pre-deployment assessment;
  • Installation and test; and
  • Documentation and reporting.

Service provider field teams can improve project scoping and estimates, reduce call-backs and issues, and ensure satisfaction that results in prompt payment, additional service opportunities and referral business, by focusing on these three areas.

 

“It is important that IT divisions within the region’s enterprises are as efficient as possible in order for them to not only compete on a global scale, but to also, ultimately, have a bigger impact on the local economy. We are proud to have this kind of real-time service assurance and cybersecurity solution available to the African market, “ concluded Jacobsz.

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