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Paradigm Initiative Commends Imode Community On DiLiCe Project



Tosin Abolaji, programme manager at PIN engaging with student of Community Secondary School, Imode, Oke-Ero, Kwara State.

By peter oluka

Paradigm Initiative, a social enterprise that builds an ICT-enabled support system and advocates digital rights in order to improve livelihoods for under-served youth, has applauded the Imode Development Community (IDA), Oke-Ero, Kwara State, foresightedness that led to the recently commissioned Digital Literacy Centre project.

IDA’s moves towards making IDA a digitally smart community that delivers a decent living and respectable future to its people, irrespective of their social status, was applauded by PIN which says that technology is no longer a luxury hence no one should be denied of the privilege.

The Community development association borrowing a leaf from the National Information Technology (NIT) Policy seeks to make the community dwellers, especially the youths, become IT complaint and ‘netizens’ in the information society by using IT as the engine for sustainable development and global competiveness.

Speaking at the official launch, Mr. Gbenga Sesan, executive director at PIN represented by Mr. Tosin Abolaji, programme manager, said that that the project is a welcome development and encouraged such in every community.

“Technology is now a necessity not a luxury and no one should be denied of the privilege. Our work at Paradigm Initiative is around youth and community development that makes us connect more with the Imode Community Digital Literacy Centre project. The youth of Imode Community will no longer be denied the opportunities that come with ICT.

The Paradigm Initiative (PI) works with the Association on the project, basically on training and capacity building.

Speaking on this, he said, “We will be helping and assisting with curriculum development, resource persons for delivering of the training, and sustainability of the project.

“It’s a well-equipped facility that will birth huge impact if it’s well utilised. The facility is primarily setup for the youth in the community and we believe they won’t be denied of it.

“We will encourage the association to have a committee that will look into the management of the facility, design a program that will ensure that the youth are regularly/constantly trained, even use the facility as a source of generating fund for the school and community by making it a resource centre. Neighboring communities can subscribe to the usage of the facility and pay stipends. This list goes on and on but what is very important is a strong management”, he added.

Imode DiLiCe Facilities Physical Aspect

Digital Center with x floor space – Double sided Burglary protection – Double Steel access door for security – Plaster of Paris Ceiling for Roof heat insulation – Thunder Protection System – Sunbright grade lighting system – Comfortable Climatic Control

Imode DiLiCe Facilities

Power and Cooling Aspect – 5.5KVA Inverter – 4800Watts Solar Power system – 9600VAH Deep Cycle storage Batteries – 5×1.5HP Split Air Conditioning – Central Earthing System for safety – Provision for Public Utility power – Provision for Backup Generator

Imode DiLiCe Facilities Computers and Accesories Aspect

40 units of Laptops with • Low Power Consuption • Sufficient CPU Power for Students • 64GB Solid State Disk • 4GB Memory • Windows 10 – File Server and Data Repository for Library – Lasetjet Printer for output – Overhead Projector for Training Imode DiLiCe Partners IDA relies on a couple of partners to make a success of DiLiCe.


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Ex-Mainstreet Bank Boss Remanded in Prison over Forgery



Mr Chester Ukandu, former managing director, Mainstreet Bank Registrars Limited, and Mr Achi George, director of the company, have been remanded in prison custody over alleged forging Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) documents.


The two ex- officials were ordered to be remanded by Justice O. A. Williams of the Special Offences Court, Ikeja after they pleaded not guilty to a three-count charge of conspiracy and forgery brought against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).


According to Mrs Zainab Ettu, the EFCC prosecutor, the suspects between February 6 and 7, 2012, conspired among themselves and forged the letter head paper of Mainstreet Bank Registrars Limited, with registration number: 613674, claiming that it emanated from Mainstreet Bank’s Registrars Limited.


They were also accused of forging a Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) Form 2A, claiming that it emanated from CAC.


Ettu informed the court that the two suspects, who were formerly Managing Director and Director of the company, had retired from the company, only to unlawfully convert the company’s properties and bank account with Skye Bank for personal use.


The prosecutor also informed the court that the two defendants were apprehended after investigation was conducted on a petition written by the Company’s lawyer, Dr. Charles Mekwunye, after which they were consequently charged before the court. However, they all pleaded not guilty to the three-count charge.


Following their plea, Samuel Agwuh, their Lawyer, informed the court that he had filed bail applications, and urged the court to grant his clients bail in the most liberal terms.


Responding, the prosecutor, informed the court that they were just served with the applications, and needed time to respond.


The prosecutor consequently urged the court to remand the defendants in custody pending when the bail applications will be heard. Ruling on the submissions of both parties, the presiding Judge, Justice O.A. Williams, ordered that the two defendants to be remanded in Ikoyi Prisons till April 10, when their bail applications will be entertained.

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Kaspersky says POS Malware Targets Chip and PIN Cards



Researchers from Kaspersky Lab researchers have discovered that the cyber criminal group behind the Prilex point-of-sale (POS) malware now have the ability to turn stolen credit card data into functional plastic cards.

Employing ‘smart’ chip and PIN technology to protect payment cards has been widely used around the world over the past ten years, and its growing popularity has attracted attackers.

Prilex has been active in South America since 2014, and has evolved, shifting its efforts from ATM hacks to attacks on POS systems developed by Brazilian vendors. It is now using used stolen credit card information to create functional plastic cards.

This will allow crooks to perform fraudulent transactions in online and physical shops. “This is the first time that the researchers have seen in the wild such a full suite of tools for carrying out fraud. The cloned credit card works in any point-of-sale system in Brazil due to a faulty implementation of the EMV standard that means not all data is verified during the approval process,” says Kaspersky Lab.

How it works

Prilex malware is made up of three components: malware that modifies the POS system and intercepts the credit card information, a server to manage the illegally obtained information, and finally an application that the malware ‘client’ can use to view, clone or save statistics related to the cards.

“This is the most notable feature of the malware: its associated business model, where all the users’ needs are taken into account, including the need for a simple and friendly user interface,” adds Kaspersky.

Research shows that Prilex is distributed through the traditional postal service, convincing victims to grant computer access to the criminals for a remote support session, which is then used to install the malware. The majority of victims tend to be traditional shops, such as petrol stations, supermarkets and typical retail markets.

Thiago Marques, security analyst at Kaspersky Lab, says Prilex offers attackers everything from a graphic user interface to well-designed modules that can be used to create different credit card structures.

Chip and PIN technology is still relatively new in some parts of the world, such as the US, and many people are not aware of the risk of credit card cloning and abuse.

In Brazil, Prilex has been able to take advantage of a faulty implementation of the industry standards, emphasising the importance of developing secure, future proof standards for payment technologies, he added.

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FG Approves Cisco Networking Academy in Federal Unity Colleges



The Federal Government of Nigeria through the Federal Ministry of Education has approved the Cisco Networking Academy Program as well as the establishment of 6 Internet of things (IoT) innovation centres across the Federal Unity Colleges in the six geo-political zones of Nigeria.

This initiative is part of Cisco’s strategic partnership with the Federal Ministry of Education to provide access to quality ICT education in the Country.

The project is driven by one of Cisco’s Networking Academy Support Centres, UNITeS, and so far, two IoT Innovation Centres have already been established at the Federal Science and Technical College, Yaba and at FGC, Bwari, Abuja.

Speaking at the official opening and inauguration of one of the Innovation Centres at Queen’s College, Lagos, the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu represented by the Director of ICT, Federal Ministry of Education, Ifegwu Orji, stated: ‘Qualitative education in the modern world is intrinsically tied to the development and deployment of ICT in education.

This initiative by Cisco is highly commendable as it will train our students to become global problem solvers and to become competitive on a global level.  It is my earnest desire that this centre will produce great minds that will make a difference Nigeria”

The Minister went on to endorse and approve of all other Cisco long-term CSR programmes, urging all stakeholders in the sector to partner with the government in order to salvage the education system of the country towards the attainment of sustainable development, towards a digital economy.

CSR Programme Manager, Cisco Nigeria, Imoh Akpan remarked: “The establishment of these centres is one way that Cisco encourages the adoption and the application of technology.

Our aim is to boost the education sector, ensuring more students are exposed to skills for the digital economy, in the current 4th Industrial Revolution, thereby enhancing Nigeria’s global competitiveness, boosting socio-economic development, as well as promoting employability”.

The Unites Internet of Things Innovation Centre which is the first in Sub- Saharan Africa, designed to serve as a centre for research and development that will provide solutions to social challenges and developmental problems, and transform Federal Unity Colleges into smart schools for teaching and learning.

The intervention will provide our children with a competitive edge when entering higher education or the labour market.

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