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Relocating NigComSat, NITDA, Others: A Step 15 Years Backward- NCS

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Professor ‘Sola Aderounmu, president, Nigeria Computer Society (NCS)

Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) has advised the Federal Government to ditch the idea of moving Information and Communication Technology (ICT) agencies: National Information and Development Agency (NITDA), Galaxy Backbone and Nigeria Communication Satellite (NIGCOMSAT) from the Federal Ministry of Communications to the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology.

NCS responded to reported moves of the present administration to relocate these key agencies.

If implemented, the Ministry of Communications will be left with the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST).

The Society thus demonstrated that the concept of relocating the three agencies to the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology will set the nation more than fifteen (15) years behind its development plans

Professor ‘Sola Aderounmu, president, Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) in public statement published on the Society’s website, described ICT as central to the creation of the emerging global knowledge-based economy “and it is a pivotal instrument in accelerating growth, promoting sustainable development and eradicating poverty in developing countries such as ours”.

He reiterated that ICT provides economic opportunities to both urban and rural populations, hence the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), the umbrella body of all Information Technology Professionals, Stakeholders, and Interest groups in Nigeria with over 20,000 memberships, in 2011 worked with the Federal Government in establishing the Federal Ministry of Communication Technology, disagrees with the Federal Government on the recent moves.

“The Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) also agreed with the Federal Government in 2011 to retain the three agencies – NIGCOMSAT, NITDA, and Galaxy backbone under the Federal Ministry of Communication Technology for sustained development and actualization of ICT objectives towards diversifying Nigerian economy as communicated by the SGF upon creation of the Federal Ministry of Communication Technology in 2011

“The missions of Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Galaxy Backbone and Nigerian Communications Satellite Ltd. (NIGCOMSAT), are related and the focus is more on Information and Communication technology.

“Presently, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) formulates policies and develops Information Technology initiatives, while, NIGCOMSAT and Galaxy Backbone are  providers of Information and Communication Technology infrastructure and services to Federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies; NigComSat is a satellite operator and not a space agency;

“As of today, there are 17 agencies/parastatals under the Ministry of Science and Technology, while, there are 5 agencies under the Federal Ministry of Communications,” the NCS president said.

Prof. Aderounmu added that all over the world, Ministries of Information and Communication Technology were created to foster the development of an information society and stimulate the growth of a strong, competitive, vibrant, export-oriented ICT sector.

“Examples of such countries are Egypt, Singapore, India, United State of America, United Kingdom just to mention few. The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector is a converged sector for Communications and Information Technology, thus the need to have a converged supervision of the agencies operating in this sector”, he said, noting “It would be counterproductive to separate operators (NIGCOMSAT and Galaxy Backbone Ltd) from their regulators (NCC and NITDA) in the supervisory/regulatory framework. This is also contrary to best practices the world over”.

The statement also emphasized the need to streamline government expenditure and fight against corruption cannot be realized if the regulator of the communications sector is placed under the supervision of a different Ministry;

The concept of relocating the three agencies to the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, he lamented, will set the nation more than fifteen (15) years behind our development plans.

He added that mandates of both Ministries as described in their websites, http://www.scienceandtech.gov.ng/ for the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology and http://commtech.gov.ng/ for the Ministry of Communications respectively differs.

 

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ATCON, Instinct Wave Launch 5th TERF, Industry Awards

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The Association of Telecom Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) and InstinctWave have launched this year’s edition of Telecoms Executives and Regulator Forum (TERF) and the maiden edition of Nigeria Tech Innovation & Telecom Awards (NTITA).

The forum, scheduled to hold on the 10th of November at the Lagos Oriental Hotel is the biggest and the most important forums for regulators and policy makers in Nigeria ICT sector. The Awards, NTITA holds at the same venue on the 11th of November.

In its fifth year, TERF has not failed to attract high-level participants from regulatory authorities and technology stakeholders; TERF is an excellent platform for discussion on common policy and regulatory issues in the telecom and technology sector.

The forum will provide stakeholders with the understanding and knowledge of current policies, regulatory best practices, information on emerging issues and chart the way forward in proving an enabling and sustainable environment for the growth of the most important sector in Africa.

In the same vein, Nigeria Tech Innovation & Telecom Awards promises to be a memorable one and the gala night will excite the industry in a fashionable manner.

The reputable awards under the umbrella of ATCON and powered by InstinctWave, Africa leading B2B event organizer promises to showcase vibrancy in the sector.

Winners will be announced to an audience of Nigeria’s most influential ICT and business decision-makers at a sumptuous evening of fine dining and entertainment.

Mr Olusola Teniola, president of ATCON said the forum will discuss and share best practise on moving the industry forward while the awards, has been designed to re-define how excellence in the ever growing ICT services in Nigeria is recognised.

“If we keep honouring innovation and excellence we will be surprised that there will be an unprecedented growth not only in this sector, but generally.

According to Mr Akin Naphtal, CEO, InstinctWave, the Forum and Awards will bring together industry experts that have contributed excellently to the growth of ICT sector.

“If you are an award winner, there is no better place to gain an endorsement of your success and highlight your company’s achievements, he added.

The night will also provide an exceptional opportunity for stakeholders to network, entertain clients, and reinforce relationships with partners and reward staff with exceptional performances.

NTITA has an independent panel of industry experts as judges, will recognize organizational performances, products and services, innovations, executives and management teams, women in ICT, and successful deployed CSR Initiatives.

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ACT Foundation Partners Cancer Aware to Screen Over 300 Women

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By Peter Oluka
In line with our vision to mitigate against the spread of cancer in Nigeria, Nigerian’s grant-making non-profit organization, Aspire Coronation Trust (ACT) Foundation has partnered with one of its grantees, Cancer Aware to sensitize residents of Mushin Local Government Area of Lagos on breast cancer.

The sensitization exercise which held recently enabled over 300 residents of the community to be educated on the symptoms of breast cancer as well as the opportunity to be screened by medical officers.

Commenting on the exercise, Ndifreke Okwuegbunam, head, Programs, ACT Foundation, highlighted on the importance of breast cancer screening for women. She said “Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers that affect women all over the world. We are aware of the invaluable role women play not only in our homes but in our society at large. And so today we have come to support our grantee, Cancer Aware to bring information about this deadly disease to the women of Mushin Community”.

Mrs. Okwuegbunam also noted that asides the health sector, ACT Foundation is also passionate about entrepreneurship, environment and leadership, as these key sectors will help provide a holistic approach in creating a better world for all.

Speaking at the event, Hon. Emmanuel Bamigboye, the executive chairman, Mushin Local Government Area (LGA), expressed his appreciation to ACT Foundation and Cancer Aware for supporting the government in safeguarding the health of people in Mushin LGA. He called on all women to avail themselves of the opportunity to get screened and protect themselves.

Also speaking about the initiative, Tolu Falowo, executive director, Cancer Aware, expressed her gratitude to ACT Foundation for supporting this laudable project of sensitizing as well as screening residents of Mushin community on breast cancer. She also thanked the Mushin Local Government for the support they provided in making the day a reality.

She said “Cancer Aware is committed to fighting against the spread of breast cancer in Nigeria, this we do through sensitization and screenings because we understand the importance of early detection. We cannot do this alone and so we are calling on the government as well as corporations and well-meaning Nigerians to join us to eradicate the prevalence of breast cancer in Nigerian women.

The sensitization exercise which gathered over 300 women entailed checking of vital signs education on breast cancer, symptoms, care and screening by trained personnel. Attendants also used the opportunity to asked trained medical personnel questions about this menace that is eating deeply into our society.

Cancer Aware is one of the 22 Non-Profit Organisations that benefitted from the 2017 ACT Foundation grant.

Aspire Coronation Trust Foundation is a grant making non-profit established to support local, national and regional non-profits working to address challenges and associated vulnerabilities in the African continent.

(L-r): Olumide Emeralds, monitoring and evaluation officer; Alexandra Bazuaye, communication officer, both from ACT Foundation, and Project Team Lead, Cancer Aware at the breast cancer sensitization exercise in Mushin recently.

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John Momoh To Deliver Keynote at 2nd Fate Alumni Conference

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Fate Foundation; the premier not-for-profit organization promoting business and entrepreneurial development in Nigeria, said it has perfected all arrangement for the second Annual Alumni Conference holding in Lagos next week.

The Annual Alumni Conference (AAC) is a platform for Fate Alumni and other Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise entrepreneurs to learn from entrepreneurial leaders and influencers sharing knowledge about key topical areas to grow and thrive as entrepreneurs while also giving them an opportunity to network and connect with one another.

John Momoh, the founder and executive chairman, Channels Television Networks, is confirmed to deliver the Keynote address on the theme: Unlocking the Growth potential of MSMEs through Partnerships and Innovation, to build on the success of the inaugural edition and foster a sense of community and tradition.

The Syndicate Sessions will feature distinguished speakers such as the Founder and Chief Executive Officer, House of Tara, Tara Durotoye, Partner, Risk Consulting Practice, KPMG, Tomi Adepoju, Founder, Chicken Republic, DejiAkinyanju, Chief Executive Officer, Mall for Africa, Tope Folayan, Co-Founder & Director, AACE Foods, NdidiNwuneli, and Principal Consultant, ADSRAT Branding Management Consortium, Charles O’Tudor. Others eminent speakers include Founder and Chief Responsible Officer, Ruff ‘n’ Tumble, Adenike Ogunlesi,Chief Executive Officer, Food Chain Limited, FoluAfricanfarmerMogaji, and Chief Executive Officer, Brandzone Consulting LLC, ChizorMalize and Lead Consultant, Thistle Praxis, Ini Abimbola.

Speaking on the Alumni Conference, Executive Director, Fate Foundation, Adenike Adeyemi, said, “Following the success of the maiden edition of the conference last year, we secured a larger space this edition so even more entrepreneurs can benefit from our line-up of experienced entrepreneurial leaders and industry experts who will be speaking at the conference.

“This year’s syndicate sessions will focus on Access to Markets; Brand Management; Agribusiness and Sustainability. New to the conference this year is the Consulting Bar; an extension of the monthly Fate Consulting Clinic, where our alumni business men and women can have one-on-one access to expert advisory support for a period of 30 minutes each”.

She added that, “Given the success of our free monthly Consulting Clinic sessions, we have invited specific institutions that provide and/or are relevant to MSMEs advisory in the following need areas: Legal; Tax; Finance; Human Resources (HR); Digital Marketing Strategy; Communications; Sustainability; Financial Software and Credit Rating”.

Fate Foundation was instituted in 2000 by Founder & Pioneer Managing Director, Guaranty Trust Bank, Fola Adeola,with a mission to foster wealth creation by promoting business and entrepreneurial development among Nigerians.

Since its inception, Fate Foundation has graduated over 5,200 entrepreneurs from its Aspiring, Emerging and Special Entrepreneurs’ Programmes and trained over 40,000 Nigerians in its short entrepreneurship Certificate courses.

Fate Foundation has also enabled over 72,000 Nigerian youths on the path to entrepreneurship. About 65% of its Alumni are actively running their businesses and most are beneficiaries of Fate’s Business and Alumni Support Services.

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