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Experts at IIM Africa Information literacy week harp on proper data management

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Information and data management experts have called on government at all levels to initiate policies and measures to ensure proper management of information and data in the country.

 

The experts gave the advice at an event organised by the Institute of Information Management (IIM Africa) to mark the Information Management and Literacy Week 2019 in Lagos.

 

The theme of the event was: “A reformed and renewed society through information Literacy”.

 

The Information Management and Literacy Week were convened to provide several opportunities in finding out about a wide range of services that information management offers.

 

The 2019 edition highlighted and identified various information gaps, information management needs, and also proffered required framework for effective data/information governance in regulatory agencies across the Country.

IIM Africa members on walk-out exercise

 

The literacy week also set the parameters for data/information management, usage, creating processes for resolving data/information issues aimed at enabling regulatory bodies and other stakeholders make decisions based on high-quality data and well-managed information assets.

 

 

Several speakers and activities lined up for the week-long programe also pin-pointed the vital role which information management services play for research and education.

 

Speaking at the event, Dr Oyedokun Oyewole, President, Institute of Information Management (IIM), Africa, said that government had a role to play in ensuring the existence of enabling laws, and providing adequate enlightenment to citizens on the need for proper data and information management.

 

Oyewole said that government could educate citizens by organising workshops, seminars and radio shows in form of jingles that would enlighten citizens on dangers involved when data and information are not properly managed.

 

”In other climes like America, dissemination of information by journalist is handled ethically and responsibly considering the sensitivity of such information to national security and its importance.

 

Simply because there are known and established principles, standards, procedures, systems and policies in place to effectively handle such.  Such principles, guidelines and policies should also be encouraged and promoted in the African society for balanced reporting by journalists,” Dr. Oyewole said.

 

He urged government regulatory agencies and private organisations to implement/imbibe policies, laws, systems and best practices that would enhance proper management of data and information.

Launch of IUIM and RIMA founder’s Day award

 

Emphasising on Information governance (IG) being the overall management of the availability, usability, integrity and security of information used in an organisation.

 

And the need for regulatory authorities in Nigeria to ensure sound information governance program within their individual agencies with good governing body, charged with defining the set of procedures and plans to execute those procedures.

 

As Information Governance is required to ensure that organization’s information assets are formally, properly, proactively and efficiently managed throughout the enterprise to secure its trust & accountability, for the ultimate improvement in productivity and efficiency of an organization in meeting regulatory, legal, risk and operational requirements.

 

The president also commended the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) for recent introduction of data privacy regulations to protect Nigerians and also sensitize them on the need to protect their personal data and information.

 

In a presentation titled, ‘Best Practices and the Role of the Press in Disseminating Sensitive Information to the Public’,John Montana, a renowned Information Management Expert, said that press occupy a conspicuous position to influence proper information dissemination.

 

“Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and cannot be limited without being lost”, he quoted former US President Thomas Jefferson.

 

He further quoted Hugo Black who said, “The Government’s power to censor the press was abolished so that the press would remain forever free to censure the Government.

 

“The press was protected so that it could bare the secrets of the government and inform the people.

 

“Only a free and unrestrained press can effectively expose the deceptions in government”.

 

Montana added that the role of the press is to keep the government in power in check, but must be done in accurate and objective manner.

 

He further cautioned against ‘careless’ reportage of sensitive information such as personal information – financial data, health data, etc; embarrassing information about a crime victim – for example rape; information that may be valuable to criminals, terrorists and other bad actors.

 

On his part, the Executive Director, Numeric Technologies, Mr Alexander Anago, said that there was need for the government to put in place information protection life cycle strategy to effectively protect, detect, respond and monitor hackers.

 

“The government needs to provide national gateway for information processing transmission to improve intelligence.

 

“The government should also implement cross border information security policies, cyber law and information processing policies for proper management of data.

 

“To effectively manage the data of citizens and the country as a whole the government needs to find a lasting solution to Advanced Persistent Threats.

Cross Section of attendees at IIm Africa Information Literacy workshop

 

“Advanced Persistent Threats (APT) is a network attack in which unauthorised persons gain access to a network and stay there undetected for a long period of time.

 

“The intention of an APT attack is to steal data; so, the government needs to adopt sophisticated techniques for early detection of such attacks before it happens,”Anago said.

 

He said that besides the government, the citizens also needed to stop putting all their personal information, which includes signatures, pictures of their house, cars, children and other private data on social media platform.

 

Anago also advised people to desist from using public WiFi as it was the easiest way for hackers to gain access to their personal details.

 

Dr Isa Pantami, the Director-General of NITDA, who was represented by Mr Seyi Ogunseye, a consultant in the Strategic Operations Department, said that the Agency had been creating awareness on the need for proper management of information and data.

 

He said that Section 6 of NITDA Act 2007 mandates the agency to create a framework for planning, research, development, monitoring, evaluation and regulation of information technology practices and systems in Nigeria.

 

The Information Management Literacy Week also featured important programmes like Data and Governance Forum/Exhibition; Information Management Session for schools; Novelty Football Match; Founder’s Day/RIMA Awards and official presentation of International University of Information Management (IUIM), United States.

Ugo Onwuaso is an ICT enthusiast. He believes technology should be used for general good. He holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from the Lagos state University.

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Paga Acquires Ethiopian Software Company Apposit; Plans to Enter Mexico

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Paga, a Nigerian mobile payments company, has acquired an Ethiopian software company, Apposit for an undisclosed amount.

This acquisition is part of its strategy to commence operations into Ethiopia later this year. Paga also intends to leverage the US incorporated Apposit to support its expansion into East Africa and Latin America.

Paga also announced that it would begin operations in Mexico this year.

Paga’s relationship with Apposit is not new; the company has always had an engineering team dedicated to Paga since 2009, led by Eric Chijioke, who is Paga’s Chief Technology Officer

Paga will retain Apposit’s CEO, Adam Abate, as the new CEO of Paga Ethiopia. Eric Chijioke will remain the Chief Technology Officer responsible for product development, Simon Solomon becoming the Lead Systems Architect, and Gideon Abate as the Head of Product Innovation. It will also retain the 63 man engineering team and tech capabilities. It intends to direct its boosted capabilities and total workforce of 530 to support expansion. Paga Ethiopia will go live when it gets a banking license to operate in the country.

In addition, Paga now owns Apposit’s other in-house technology products, Terra and Tangio.

Terra is a digital agricultural platform that provides products & tools to collect, manage and analyze data in agricultural value chains. The Terra platform harnesses the power of data to improve decision making in agriculture.

Tangio is a sales force automation platform for manufacturers and distributors of FMCG products. It provides companies the tools and intelligence to plan and execute their route to market strategies.

Tayo Oviosu, CEO, Paga had signified Paga’s intention to go global when it raised $10 million in 2018.

According to Oviosu in a discussion with Techcrunch, “The goal is straight-forward. We want Ethiopians to use the Paga wallet as their payment account. So it’s about digitizing cash transactions and driving financial services.”

“There are several very large countries around the world in Africa, Latin America, Asia where these [financial inclusion] problems still exist. So our strategy is not an African strategy…We want to go where these problems exist in a large way and build a global payments business,” said Oviosu

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MTN Foundation Donates to Orphanages and Correctional Centres across Nigeria

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MTN Foundation has donated various items to orphanages and correctional centres across the country. This is in furtherance of the Foundation’s effort to make life better for Nigerians at various levels.

In Abuja, wife of former Head of State, Hon. Justice Fati Abubakar, who was present at the handover of items to Halal Children’s Home, commended MTN Foundation for the initiative.

Similarly, during the visit to the Juvenile Correctional Institute & Child Care Unit, Ibadan, Oyo, Wife of the Executive Governor, Engr. (Mrs) Tamunominini Makinde joined by Wife of the Deputy Governor, Prof. Bolanle Olaniyan and Commissioner for Women Affairs & Social Inclusion, Alhaja Fausat Joke Sanni, thanked the MTN Foundation for the support.

Speaking at the event in Oyo State, the Acting Executive Secretary, MTN Foundation, Odunayo Sanya stated that the support was part of MTN Foundation’s effort at caring and making life brighter for Nigerians.

In Lagos, Chairman, MTN Foundation, Prince Julius Adelusi-Adeluyi; Chief Operating Officer, MTN Nigeria, Mazen Mroue; President, Rotary Club of Ikeja, Rtn. Olumiyiwa Fagbola and other distinguished members of the Rotary Club of Ikeja led the delegation’s presentation to the Love Home Orphanage.

Handing over the gift items, Prince Adelusi-Adeluyi admonished Nigerians and the government on the need to constantly support the future of the Nigerian society. “When this orphanage was founded, it was created to show care for the disadvantaged, which is why the MTN foundation was commissioned in the first place – to help people who are educationally and financially disadvantaged.”

“These children are the future and we cannot allow any circumstance that the society has created to dim that future.

“We will continue to support and partner with organizations to ensure we take active part in their development. I urge the states and federal government to increase their efforts now more than ever,” Prince Adelusi-Adeluyi stated.

Items donated include foodstuff, beverages, detergents, baby diapers, and other utilities.

Over the years, the MTN Foundation has partnered with various organizations in its commitment to brighten lives across Nigeria. The Foundation has visited and donated to over 60 orphanage homes. The Foundation continues to seek ways to improve the quality of life in various areas of human endeavor.

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SIMs are National Resources, Telcos Have Right to Reassign Inactive Lines- NCC

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Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said the telecommunications companies have the right to reassign SIM cards once they’re inactive for a maximum of 180 days.

 

SIMs are National Resources, Telcos Have Right to Reassign Inactive Lines- NCC

Dr. Henry Nkemadu, director, public affairs, NCC, said that telcos exercise the power to reassign dormant SIM cards without recourse to the previous owners so long as they remain inactive for the said number of days.

This is coming on the heels of commotion generated after Anthony Okolie, a Delta-based trader, was arrested by the Department of State Services (DSS) for using a SIM previously owned by Hanan Buhari, the president’s daughter.

The businessman had thereafter sued Hannan and the DSS for N500 million while demanding the same sum in damages from both the latter and MTN.

NCC however described SIMs as national resources which no subscriber can claim ownership of — even when the card is registered in the subscriber’s name.

If we must change and extend the validity period of SIM card from 180 days, it has to be deliberated upon by all stakeholders and captured in the regulatory policy of the NCC,” Nkemadu said.

Speaking on the issue, Gbenga Adebayo, chairman of the Association of Licensed Telecoms Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), added that telcos aren’t obliged to inform subscribers that their SIM had become dormant.

According to him, subscribers don’t have ownership rights to SIM cards in their possession as the telecom operators pay procurement and recurrence costs for each registered to a subscriber.

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