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Three Startups Win GenesysIgnite $10,000 Innovation cash Prize



(R-l): Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, minister of Science and Technology, in company of Senator Ken Nnamani, president of the Senate of Nigeria, presenting cheque to GenesysIgnite winners while Kingsley Eze watches on. 

By peter oluka


Winners have emerged after pressure-filled GenesysIGNITE pitch sessions. The three winners- PlayJoor, TutorFinder and House of Uwe were unveiled on Friday at the South East Startup Convergence, one of the biggest technology conferences in the region put together by Genesys Tech Hub in collaboration with


Presenting the cheques to the winners, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, minister of Science and Technology, in company of Senator Ken Nnamani, president of the Senate of Nigeria, and other dignitaries, applauded Genesys Hub for the providing financial assistance to the startups, which has remained one of the painpoints of Startups in the region.


“Any nation that produces science and technology experts is always the toast of the world. Teneces is doing what the Government has in mind with regards youths development- capacity building, incubation, venture capitals, and other supports.


The winners are:

Tutor Finder NG

Tutor Finder NG is the leading home tutors in South East Nigeria with reach in Owerri, Awka, Enugu and Aba and over 54 professional tutors .  

They provide learners with the advantage of quality, experienced and innovative teachings that make them become the finished articles, far beyond the limitation of class room learning.

They simply bridge the gap!

Tutor Finder provide support to classroom instruction and assignments and go back and deal with building blocks that were missed.

One-to-one tutoring helps students build confidence, and get individualized support and better grades.



PlayJoor is a platform for real time multiplayer games. The developers make it possible for players to earn while competing against other players at a game they are skilled at.

The startups founders believe that people should enjoy games they are skilled at and to cap it up, earn while playing the games.

Tagline: Real-time games with real people


House of Uwe (cloth)  

This is an e-commerce shop selling made-to-order African apparels proudly designed in Africa by very experienced African designers.


House of Uwe provides a solution to the need of the fashion market by allowing shoppers order a custom made, individually tailored piece they truly love.


Earler, Senator Nnamani, said that the future of Nigeria belongs in the digital age, adding that it will become visible if the country strategizes properly.


Senator Nnamani, said that the educational institutions, charged universities in the zone to strive in research and development as panacea for digital revolution in the area.


He said: “What Tenece is trying to ignite in the South East and Enugu State in particular is awesome, by projecting and opening the eyes of our young people to tech disruptions.



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No Plans to Ban Use of Smartphones at Polling Units- INEC



Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said it was not banning the use of Smartphone around the polling unit areas, but the moment a prospective voter entered voting cubicle to cast his or her vote.


Mr Rotimi Oyekanmi, chief press secretary to INEC Chairman, , made the declaration in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Abuja.


He stated this while reacting to the statement issued by Uche Secondus, national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) condemning the decision of INEC to ban the use of smart phones at polling booths.


Oyekanmi said that Nigerians were fully aware of the challenge of vote-buying and selling that reared its ugly head in recent elections.


He said that had prompted many stakeholders to call on INEC to devise innovative ways to tackle the problem.


“In consultation with other stakeholders, the Commission came up with new measures to solve the problem, one of which is to disallow the use of smart phones and other electronic devices in the voting cubicles on election day.


“In other words, INEC is not banning phones around the polling unit area, but the ban takes effect from the moment a prospective voter collects his or her ballot paper and enters into voting cubicle to thumb print and thereafter drop the folded ballot paper into the ballot box.


“After that, the voter can have access to his or her phone.”


Oyekanmi urged Nigerians to disregard any attempt by any individual or group to politicise what was purely a preventive measure.


Secondus had, in a statement by Ike Abonyi, his media adviser on Tuesday in Abuja, alleged that the decision was to perfect rigging fomular for the ruling All Progressives (APC).


He alleged that the INEC decision was also a deliberate plan to kill means of gathering evidence against rigging arrangements.


He advised voters not to sell their Permanent Voter Cards but use them judiciously to vote in all elections in 2019.

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UNICEF Says More Nigerians Have Access to Cell Phones Than Toilets



United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has said that more people have access to cell phones in Nigeria than they have access to toilets.


Quoting a 2018 report by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Zaid Jurji, chief of WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene), UNICEF, said 140 million people in Nigeria have cell phones, while only 97 million have access to improved sanitation.


Mr Jurji who spoke at a two-day media dialogue on European Union Niger Delta Water Project, in Port Harcourt, noted that the sanitation sector in Nigeria is severely under-resourced, as sanitation is only 19 per cent of WASH budget.


He further added that only 39% Nigerians use an improved toilet that is not shared by more than one household.


Over 46 million people still practice open defecation in Nigeria, with 32 percent living in rural areas and 12 percent in urban areas.


This figure is far from the Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG) target by 2030, which aims at achieving universal access to drinking water, sanitation and hygiene.


In his remarks, Lai Mohammed, minister of Information and Culture, who was represented by Toye Falayi, principal information officer of the ministry, urged media partners to sustain advocacy for improve water sanitation and hygiene.





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FEC Approves Implementation of Strategic Roadmap for Digital Identity Ecosystem



The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the immediate commencement of the implementation of a strategic roadmap for a new Digital Identity Ecosystem in Nigeria.

FEC at its meeting, held on Wednesday September 13, 2018 and chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, opened a new chapter in giving Nigeria a credible and robust identity management system with the approval of the new identity ecosystem strategy for the enrolment of Nigerians and legal residents into the National Identity Database (NIDB).

The FEC approval of the new Digital Identity Ecosystem will bring into full force the implementation of the provisions of the NIMC Act 23, 2007, which include the enforcement of the mandatory use of the National Identification Number (NIN) and the application of appropriate sanctions and penalties on defaulters as provided under Section 28 of the NIMC Act.

The new digital identity Ecosystem is a framework that leverages on the existing capabilities and infrastructure of distinct government agencies and private sector organisations to carry out enrolment of Citizens and Legal residents nationwide as well as issuance of Digital identity, known as the National Identity Number (NIN).

Speaking on the strategic roadmap for a new Digital Identity Ecosystem for Nigeria approved by the Federal Executive Council, Director-General of NIMC, Engr. Aliyu Abubakar Aziz, explained that the step falls in line with the Federal Government’s efforts to reposition the country as a leader in the global economy, which resulted in the launch of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) in April 2017.

A major outcome of the FEC’s approval of the strategic roadmap for the new digital identity ecosystem is the mandatory enforcement of the use of NIN, which NIMC has announced to come into full force on January 1, 2019.

According to Engr. Aziz, the ERGP is designed “as an omnibus strategy for the government to meet the critical needs of the citizenry in areas such as food security, energy, transport, human capital development, but more critically developing a local digital economy.”

Identification, the D-G of NIMC explained, “is fundamental to the Federal Government achieving its new policy for the overall economic development of the country,” but regretted that “many Nigerians lack basic identification documents despite significant government efforts over the years.”

Explaining the powers of NIMC, under its Act, Engr. Aziz said: “NIMC is empowered to ensure strict compliance with the NIN requirement and can demand evidence of compliance from a person or entity; caution a non-compliant person or entity in writing; sanction a non-compliant person or entity by the imposition of administrative fines or institute criminal or civil actions against the non-complaint person or entity.”

Speaking further, he said Section 27 of the NIMC Act empowers the Commission to set a date for the enforcement of the use of the NIN for transactions listed in the Act and also to expand applicable transaction in a Regulation approved by the Attorney General of the Federation.

Consequently, Engr. Aziz said “the Commission shall from 1st January 2019 commence full enforcement of the mandatory use of the NIN and apply all applicable sanctions and penalties as provided under Section 28 of the NIMC Act against defaulters.”

NIMC, in a statement, further explained: “In the light of the above, the Commission as the regulator for the identity Sector in Nigeria hereby makes the following announcement to all agencies of government and the private sector who are directly or indirectly into the business of data capture and service provision requiring identification of persons as follows:

  • The cut-off date for data eligible for harmonisation with the National Identity Database (NIDB) is 1st of December 2018. This means:
  • Only data captured as at 30th November 2018 will be subjected to harmonisation as is currently on-going;
  • Fresh data capture of persons shall be in compliance with the Provisions set out in the Nigeria Biometric Standards; Mandatory use of the NIN Regulations 2017 and guidelines issued by the Commission.

That is to say the capturing agency must request and verify the NIN before taking secondary demographic data of the person and where the person does not have a NIN, register such person (where it is licensed to do so) or refer such person to a NIN registration centre.

. Only licensed public or private agencies shall capture and transmit biometric to the NIDB;

  • Only the NIMC, Nigeria Police Force and other related security agencies shall store biometric data;
  • All service providers of transactions listed in the Mandatory Use of the NIN Regulation 2017 must either directly obtain a license or through any licensed verification & authentication agents carryout verification & authentication of persons requesting/eligible for such services with his/her NIN;

The statement added that “in the coming days, NIMC will advertise its request for Expression of Interest from interested applicants for the provision of selected services under the National Identity Management System (NIMS) program. This will commence the process of selection of the frontend partners for the implementation of the digital identity ecosystem.”

Engr. Aziz expressed gratitude to President Buhari and Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, as well as members of the FEC, NASS, the World Bank, the French development agency – AFD, the European Union/EIB and members of the Harmonisation Committee, including industry stakeholders “whose expertise and contributions fostered harmonious discussion and created the platform for the development of the roadmap.”

Giving a background to the evolution of the strategic roadmap for the new digital identity ecosystem in Nigeria now to be fully implemented, the NIMC statement explained:

“In December 2016, and with the assistance of the World Bank, a high-level Policy Roundtable with stakeholders on Identification was held in Abuja.

“The Roundtable highlighted the role of digitally-enabled identity in Nigeria’s economic and social development, and possible options and steps to developing identification in Nigeria.

“The Roundtable noted that preparing a strategic roadmap for Nigeria’s identity program is an important next step for the identity ecosystem in Nigeria and leveraging digital identity to develop and transform our nation.

“The focus of the ecosystem approach is to ensure every individual in Nigeria is given a unique identity number within the next 3 – 5 years. To this end there were extensive stakeholder consultations in 2017.

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