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Sidmach Graduates First Set of its AppFactory Graduate Interns

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It was a joyous moment as the famous indigenous software company, Sidmach Technologies Nigeria Limited, graduated the first set of graduate interns under its Sidmach AppFactory Program which runs like a software academy.

 

The Sidmach AppFactory shares same objective and value with the Microsoft AppFactory, which is to improve the state of software development in Africa.

 

The aim of this initiative is to improve software development through an internship program meant to take talented and passionate young people and give them the chance to harness and develop excellent software development skills.

 

A total of 12 fresh university graduates participated in the six months programmes; an offshoot of Microsoft App Factory initiative.

 

Speaking at the ceremony held at its head office in Lagos, the Managing Director of Sidmach, Mr. Peter Arogundade, said although they embraced the Microsoft initiative as part of a measure to assist young graduates to become better equipped to face the world of entrepreneurship.

 

Mr. Arogundade described App Factory as a wonderful platform to learn, unlearn and relearn; garner knowledge, skills and become competitive.

 

“Sidmach is always looking out for opportunities to add value in the lives of young Nigerians and startups.

 

“That is why we keyed-in to the Microsoft App Factory initiative. It is true that most Nigerian graduates lack the prerequisite practical knowledge, skills and agility to face their counterparts in other part of the world, however, it is high time, as a country, we stopped blaming them, rather provide platforms for them to get equipped to succeed.

 

“On the other hand, the gap between the industry and the academia is so wide, but with programmes like this it can be addressed.

 

“Today, the 12 interns are tested and certified in software development and other softskills that will help them succeed and they are not leaving the doors of Sidmach; they will stay back and work with us in developing solutions for different sectors like education, health, finance, agriculture, amongst others”.

 

Mr. Chijioke Eke, Co-founder and Chairman, Sidmach Technologies Nigeria Limited, Expatiating on Sidmach’s interest in the App Factory programme, regretted that most universities (in Nigeria) are still trapped in the old theories and practical apparatuses thereby denying the students adequate knowledge for 21stCentury application development.

 

“Sidmach ventured into this internship that is practical oriented to assist the fresh graduates to overcome some constraints”, he said.

 

He urged the interns to make the best use of the knowledge they garnered during the six-months training. “As you match on to the future of development of solutions, professionalism and value additions lie on your shoulders.

 

“There must be something different between you who are now practical-oriented and those still trapped in the web of theories.

 

“The future of our country, the citizens and indeed the world depends on you as app developers.

 

“I want to re-echo the MD’s statement that you are not leaving the doors of Sidmach.

 

We are retaining you and will strengthen the Academy to assist more graduates,” Mr. Eke said.

 

The Chairman who showered encomiums on Microsoft for initiating the programme, also called for further investments in youth development as a panacea to unemployment and restiveness.

 

Ade Ajayi, Director Marketing and Operations, Microsoft Nigeria, Commenting about the Academy, said that Microsoft exists because it believes in the relevance of developers to impact the world economy. “We believe developers can change the world with the keyboard and their ten fingers.

 

“Microsoft recently acquired GitHub which is in the developer platform.

 

“The point is that developers will continue to change the world. So, every intern who passes through the App Factory internship programme should take it very serious,” he said.

 

“Sidmach bought into the idea and Microsoft is happy to have partners like Sidmach which is among the top one thousand partners we have in Nigeria”.

 

He hinted on Microsoft’s plans to double the commitments to App Factory.

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NCC Kicks as Some Operators Refuse to Pay AOL

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Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has decried the non-compliance of telecommunications operators to the payment of the Annual Operating Levy (AOL).

 

Funlola Akiode, Director, Licensing and Authorisation, NCC, said during the Annual Stakeholders’ Consultative Forum on Selected Licence Categories in Lagos, that such act was a breach of operators’ obligation.

 

Represented by Chukwuma Azikiwe, Head, Post Licensing Unit, NCC, Akiode said that non-compliance to terms, conditions and obligations was of concern to the commission.

 

He said: “With respect to compliance with Licence terms, conditions and obligations, our recent audit checks revealed that some licensees were not in compliance with obligations such as payment of Annual Operating Levy.

 

“Some operators are not in compliance with approved Individual Consumer Code of Practice, Type Approval of equipment, submission of statistical data and information on their change of address.

 

“Another important concern is in the area of licence renewal. We also observed the issue of delay in licence renewal by licensees whose licences have expired or about to expire.

 

“They erroneously relied on the aspect of the licence document which states that their licence would be automatically renewed.

 

“I wish to reiterate that renewal of expired licence is not automatic but subject to fulfilment of obligations.”

 

According to her, renewal of licence is subject to being up to date in payment of AOL, development and publication of approved ICCP.

 

Akiode said that licence renewal was subjected to updated type approval of telecommunications equipment, payment of spectrum and numbering where applicable, among others.

 

She urged licensees to take advantage of the forum to sought clarifications on any issue regarding their licence obligations and renewal processes and procedures.

 

Akiode said that the regulatory body had been recently inundated with complaints by subscribers on issues such as the non-compliance with directions on data roll-over and automatic renewal of data service.

 

She said that there were complaints on discrepancies in the advertised data speed and actual speed experienced by consumers after subscribing to a service.

 

She said: “The commission is fully aware and committed to discharging its mandate, especially in facilitating a conducive telecommunication environment and guiding the industry to sustain the achievement already recorded in the industry.

 

“It can only achieve this with the cooperation and support of the licensees, with respect to compliance with extant laws and subsidiary legislations.”

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TECNO Unveils Camon 11 & 11 Pro in Nigeria

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Tecno Mobile has unveiled CAMON 11 and CAMON 11 Pro smartphones which will offer users bright and clear selfies with high quality.

 

The event which took place on at the oriental hotels on Monday 19th November 2018 was graced by partners and fans of Tecno Mobile.

 

The CAMON 11 and CAMON 11 Pro promise to offer users bright and clear selfies with high quality.

 

These novelties are the latest to join the popular CAMON series, which already includes the CAMON X and CAMON CM models, and will delight fans of the self-portrait genre.

 

Speaking at the unveiling Luke Pan, Brand Manager, Tecno Mobile, said that the company takes insights from their customers’ habits,preferences and needs to develop the next groundbreaking product that fits perfectly into their lifestyle thereby displacing competition.

 

He noted that Tecno does not adopt a one size fits all approach in developing their product.

 

Pan added that the revolutionary AI technology embedded in CAMON 11 PRO and CAMON 11’s camera will elevate the smartphone selfie entirely, adding that selfie-lovers will enjoy the high –end 24 or 16 megapixel front camera, which has advanced intelligent features based on AI.

 

Mr. Jesse Oguntimehin, Strategic Partnership Manager,Tecno Mobile, presenting the product information of the Camon 11 and Camon 11 Pro took the audience through the device specifications and latest additions.

 

He said “The CAMON 11 and 11 pro utilizes improved AI technology for selfie photography in addition to many more AI-powered operational features.

 

“Together with the super Notch Screen and upgraded multi-tasking software, CAMON 11 and CAMON 11 PRO offer consumers a better user experience”.

 

The Camon 11 comes with a 16mp front camera, 13+2mp dual rear camera, 3gb ram and 32gb memory space whilst the Camon 11pro comes with a 24mp front camera, dual back camera, 6gb ram and 64 gb memory space.

 

It comes in three stylish colours – Bordeaux Red, Aqua Blue and Midnight Black.

 

The Camon 11 and 11 pro which goes for N49,500 and N76,000 respectively can be purchased in any Electronic Hub Shop at the Malls and in Accredited Tecno shops nationwide.

 

 

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Nine States to Suffer Services Outage as Kogi Shutdown Cell Sites

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There is apprehension in about nine states sharing boundaries with Kogi states on disruption of telecommunications services as the state has lock down several telecommunications cell sites.

The states are Nassarawa, Benue, Enugu, Anambra, Edo, Ondo, Ekiti, Kwara, Niger States.

Engr. Gbenga Adebayo, chairman, Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), explained that the impact of Kogi state action will affect those states because of colocation of infrastructure model adopted by operators as well as Hub sites that are among the ones shutdown by the Kogi state government.

He added that Hub sites are heavy telecom sites that are connected to slave sites located in the neigbouring states which cannot work without the Hub sites working.

According to him “This situation arises as a number of critical telecommunications sites belonging to our members have been closed and sealed up by Kogi State Government in an attempt to increase its Internally Generated Revenue IGR Collection.

“This action followed an ex-parte court order obtained by the KIRS over unsubstantiated allegations that our members are in default of tax payments to the state government (which is not the truth) and access to these critical telecom sites has been denied.

“As result of these actions by the state government, our members are unable to refuel power generators in these sites, a situation which has led to outage of over 150 sites including hub sites across parts of Kogi State.

“To the best of our knowledge, our members have settled all statutory levies and taxes due to the Kogi State Government and have taken necessary steps to comply with local laws that govern business activities within Kogi State.

“These are charges described as: Annual Right of Way (ROW) renewal, Social Services contribution, Employee Economic Development Levy, Mast site premises renewal and Fire service yearly renewal.

“Others are from the kogi State Environmental Protection Board include; payment of environmental levy, failure to submit an environmental impact assessment report; failure to register industry; failure to submit environmental audit report every 2 years; storage of petroleum products and radioactive materials without written permission from KSEPB; failure to comply with setbacks to roads, power lines and rivers/streams; and dumping of toxic or hazardous substances or hazardous substances or harmful waste without KSEPB approval,” he said.

ALTON also expressed worriy that the action by KIRS will jeopardize communication services provided by us to security agencies such as the Nigeria Police Force, the Armed Forces in addition and to other emergency and social services in Kogi and other neighboring states. This will include affecting communication links to Bank automatic teller machines (ATM) across those states.

“The outage currently being experienced is already affecting the ability of our members to provide uninterrupted service delivery to Commercial Banks, Central Bank of Nigeria, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and other critical agencies of government in the aforementioned locations,” he noted.

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