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i4ITCB partners Oracle Academy, NCS to hold Seminar for STEM lecturers in South East

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L-R: Sefunmi Fadahunsi; Country Programs Manager, Sub-Saharan Africa, Oracle Academy, Engineer Iyiola Ayoola; Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), Dele Bayo-Osibo; Founder, Initiative for Information Technology Capacity Building, i4itcb, Prof. Hettie Abimbola Soriyan, Lecturer at Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun State and Dr. Olufemi Oyenuga, Chief Customer Architect, ECEMA, Oracle Africa at the seminar.
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The Initiative for Information Technology Capacity Building (i4itcb) has called for improved pedagogy among Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) tutors in the South Eastern part of Nigeria.

 

The Non-Governmental Organization, made this emphasies at a one-day Academia’s & Technology Seminar for STEM lecturers held at Universal Hotel, Indepedence Layout, Enugu in collaboration with the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) and Oracle Academy which demonstrated educational curriculum resources to aid the educators impart their students.

 

Speaking at the seminar themed: Teaching for Industry Relevant STEM Skills’, Prof. Hettie Abimbola  Soriyan, Lecturer at Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun State, said that STEM teachers need a change in their mindset to be able to win-back students to the classrooms.

 

She said, “They are working with a generation that does not show as much interest in class room lectures as it was in times gone by, because their interest in technology, especially social media has increased in leaps, almost as a disadvantage.

 

“So, lecturers need to leave our comfort zones to train ourselves to use that technology to reach out to the students. Engage the students; give them some things to think about, analyse and present their thoughts.

 

“From the exercise we did here, the participants now have a better understanding of areas that need improvement on their part.

 

“If teachers transpose skills learnt from the exercise into system development analysis, it is clear, more work is required on the part of the Lecturers.

 

“I recommend that programs like this should be spread over two to three days; as there are still lots to discuss about how to win-back the students”.

Cross section of Speakers and participants at the seminar.

Prof. Soriyan, emphasised need to transform the same technology students are using to their advantages.

 

“When you want to give assignment link it to social media and recent topics. They like watching videos like cartoons. Let’s test them based on those areas.

 

“We have to appreciate the fact that their’s is a generation that is tech-savvy only for use and consumption and are not interested in developing technology parse. So, teachers need to change the dynamics”, she added.

 

Engr Iyiola Ayoola, Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS),  said that from the theme it is obvious that participants have been exposed to the need to teach computer science or IT courses in the relevant way; that is, to galvanize the economy into fourth industrial revolution.

 

“When we refer to the fourth industrial revolution, it implies that IT has penetrated every facet of human endeavour. As a result, we are seeing technological disruptions today.

 

“So, we are talking about lecturers and teachers of Computer Science courses; they should be able to stay ahead of the class and the result is graduates who are ready to conquer in this technological dispensation.

 

“We have many IT courses now in Big Data, Robotics, Mobile Internet, Internet of Things (IoT), Blockchain, Virtual Reality; these are disruptions in the IT industry that should be taught with the relevant tools and revamped curriculum.

 

“Definitely, there is no dull student; when taught in the right manner, each student will find one area as relevant to him or her”, Engr. Ayoola reechoed.

 

During her presentation, the Country Programs Manager, Sub-Saharan Africa, Oracle Academy, Sefunmi  Fadahunsi, reiterated the global IT giant’s determination to impact next generation of professionals through free educational resources around STEM that teachers and schools can leverage on to deliver quality teaching and learning experience.

 

In her words: “It means that students need to be engaged practically to be able to learn STEM so that they can have skills relevant in the industry.

 

“All the resources Oracle Academy has for them is free. The resources are industry relevant. In other words, what the students will learn through Oracle Academy is the same as our customers are subscribing to, to drive their businesses; Java, Database, IoT, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning resources, curriculum and software resources – all free for both the teachers and the students.

 

“That is what we have brought to the South Eastern States and we hope to continue working with them for the advancement of Computer Science Education”.

 

Meanwhile, the Founder, Initiative for Information Technology Capacity Building, i4itcb, Dele Bayo-Osibo, explained the rationale behind the seminar.

 

“What informed our coming to the South East is that, we have a vision to improve the footprints of Information Technology professionals in the polity.

 

“What we have decided to do is to move from region to region and carry out this impartation of knowledge.

“The Idea is that we will, overtime, close the gap between the industry and the academia. We believe in moving from ‘Knowledge to Impact’; which is our slogan.

 

“And as such, we want to impart knowledge in the academia because we believe they are critical stakeholders in this move to improve IT technicians, professionals in the polity”, Bayo-Osibo said.

 

Highpoint of the seminar was a debate on the positive and negative impacts of Artificial intelligence in human society with two lecturers emerging winners; and took home new laptop each presented by i4itcb.

 

Assessing the debaters, the Chief Customer Architect, ECEMA, Oracle Africa, Dr. Olufemi Oyenuga, said: “I can feel the energy among the Teachers in the South Eastern part of Nigeria.

 

“The energy is really positive. There is also the DNA of South Eastern part of Nigeria wanting to learn. I have never seen quite an astonishing debate on AI as these University professors and doctors did.

 

“They actually connected the knowledge, application and future of AI to some basic things about our life and culture.

 

“I think the convener of the programme has done a fantastic job because she had planted a seed, let’s watch out it grows and bears much fruits.

 

“Secondly, I think it is going to connect and open up tributes of knowledge on fourth industrial revolution in Nigeria looking at things like 5G, AI, IoT, Big Data Analytics, Machine Learning, as the fulcrum to the next technological advancement we are in; not necessarily looking at the entire gambit rather taking it in bits.

 

“So, the learning methodology must change for a transmission and transformation of knowledge into fourth industrial revolution”.

 

Nodding in agreement, Mayowa Ajiboye of TechX Innovation Hub located in Enugu State, said, “I believe that there should be synergy between the universities and technology innovation hubs in the South East, because universities possess the brain-power for innovation.

 

“But I noticed that over the years, it has never been so with regards this part of the country. That is why hubs are springing up.

 

“Nevertheless, the bulk of the ideas are still in the universities, so they need to synergise with all the hubs around as fast as possible to translate the energy and ideas into valuable products. With the hubs, they can easily get their models very correctly”.

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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Glo Gains 78% of New Data Subscription in GSM Sector in March – NCC Report

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Nigeria’s second largest telecommunications operator, Globacom, garnered 78 percent of new data subscriptions in the month of March, 2019. The operator gained nearly one million new subscribers in the month.

This was disclosed in the latest statistics released by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) for the month of March 2019. According to the statistics, Globacom gained 950,115 new internet users, taking its total internet subscriptions to 28,436,386 from 27,486,271 recorded in February, 2019.

Two other operators, MTN and Airtel, also featured marginally on the gainers’ list in March. Airtel added 351,657 new internet users, while MTN added 13,552 subscribers. 9mobile, on its part, lost 166,542 users in the month under review.

Overall internet users in Nigeria increased to 115,938,225 in March from 114,725,357 recorded in February, according to the NCC statistics. This indicates an increase of 1,212,868 new subscribers in one month.

Globacom has been on ascendancy in terms of acquisition of new internet subscribers in the last one year ostensibly due to the consistent improvement in the operator’s data services.

The company has the widest 4G LTE coverage in the country, and the technology ensures more reliable and faster internet usage experience. Globacom also has the most attractive data plans in the market, with packages that appeal to both high and low data users.

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Streaming Global, DataGo Solutions Ink Deal to Accelerate OTT/VOD Streaming Market in Africa

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L-R: Gbenga George, Co-founder, DataGo Solutions and Richard Oesterreicher, CEO, Streaming Global, exchanging handshake after the signing ceremony
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Marking its first step towards an international market, Streaming Global has joined forces with DataGo Solutions as its first exclusive reseller for an overseas territory.

 

The deal covers the entire continent of Africa where, according to the forecast performed by Digital TV Research, the OTT market value will exceed $1 Billion by 2024.

 

This partnership drives Streaming Global’s continued mission to enable the reliable, scalable, and cost-effective delivery of live, OTT, and VOD video streaming services over the Internet.

 

Richard Oesterreicher, CEO, Streaming Global, said “We are overjoyed to have DataGo Solutions as Streaming Global’s exclusive reseller for this emerging market.

 

“The growing infrastructure there fits well with Streaming Global’s reliable and simple streaming delivery pipeline.”

 

DataGo Solutions founders, Gbenga George and Nicholas Horton, have extensive backgrounds and knowledge in the emerging African OTT/VOD market.

 

Horton is a technology leader with over 14 years of industry experience, driving business growth and market penetration both in the US and abroad.

 

George is a technology investor and lawyer with over 18 years of industry experience in various disciplines including intellectual property, contract negotiation, and market adoption.

 

“We view this technology as a true innovation in OTT/VOD and live streaming content that will become the new standard for the next decade.

 

“We couldn’t be happier to have the opportunity to take this technology to market for the continent of Africa and redefine the streaming industry,” said George.

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Arik Air takes deliver of another aircraft from maintenance

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Arik Air, Nigeria’s leading airline on Thursday welcomed another aircraft fresh from maintenance overseas.

The arrival of the aircraft, a Boeing 737-800 Next Generation (NG) is coming eight days after a Boeing 737-700NG returned to service from C-check on Wednesday, May 15, 2019.

 

The Boeing 737-800 NG aircraft is a stretched version of the 737-700 aircraft.

 

Captain Roy Ilegbodu, Chief Executive Officer, Arik Air, reiterated the airline’s mission which is “To become a dominant air-services brand, globally admired for its world-leading operating, safety and service delivery standards, as well as its role in promoting Nigeria’s reputation at home and abroad”.

 

Captain Ilegbodu once again thanked customers for their loyalty and trust in Arik Air.

 

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