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iSON Technologies Wins 2018 ICT Leadership Excellence Prize



iSON Technologies, a leader in technology services and consulting, with a presence in 25 countries in Africa, has bagged the 2018 ICT Leadership Excellence Prize.

This announcement was made during the official award ceremony of the Africa Corporate Leadership Excellent Prize which took place on the at Sheraton Hotel, Lagos, Nigeria.

The award was in recognition of iSON Technologies’ outstanding contribution to the development of the continent, the economic aspirations of its citizenry, and the transformation of Africa’s image in the international market; while also displaying high standards of good corporate citizenship, social, and environmental responsibilities. The award also aimed to encourage the company to further develop innovative and creative technology solutions, which will uplift the image of Africa both locally and internationally.

Receiving the award, Mr. Henry Erigha, Deputy Sales Director, iSON Technologies, expressed his excitement and gratitude for being a part of the award ceremony on behalf of iSON.

“We at iSON are truly honored to receive this award. iSON is excited about the development of the continent through innovative technology and its contribution to expanding the ICT industry across our footprints around the world, and especially in Africa due to its tremendous potential. To be recognized by the African Institute for Leadership Excellence is a rewarding achievement for us” Mr. Henry Erigha said.

For over seven years in Africa, iSON has taken the lead in driving digital inclusion and providing end to end solutions that facilitate the growth and diversity of technology within its markets.

The Africa Corporate Leadership Excellence Prize is organized by the African Institute for Leadership Excellence and is in recognition of excellence in leadership for some selected African corporate organizations that have made an impact in the development of Africa’s economy through their innovations, creativities, and inventions in different fields of endeavours.

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DBI to Train Over 2,000 Primary, Secondary School Teachers



Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, administrator of the Digital Bridge Institute (DBI)

Digital Bridge Institute (DBI) is focusing on training over 2000 primary and secondary school teachers and administrators before year end.


This is buoyed by the success recorded with the Advanced Digital Awareness Programme for Tertiary Institutions (ADAPTI).


Dr. Ike Adinde, administrator of the Institute, disclosed this in a chat with journalists, stressing that the training programme is being extended to secondary schools under the initiative tagged Digital Awareness Programme (DAP) with funding provided by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).


DBI is the capacity-building arm of the NCC which has the mandate to train Nigerians on emerging trends and rudiments of Information Communication Technology (ICT). Adinde said the schools will cut across all the six geographical zones of the federation.


He described ADAPTI as a shining example of what intervention from government can do.


“The NCC has supported ADAPTI from its inception and so today the universities are enjoying our capacity building opportunities because there is funding coming from the NCC via the ADAPTI programme to the universities. As we speak ADAPTI has accounted for the training of over 50,000 Nigerian lecturers and non- lecturers across all tertiary institutions.


“This year we have extended the programme with the approval of the Executive Vice Chairman of the NCC, Professor Umar Danbatta, to secondary schools, so we now have a second component of another version of ADAPTI which we call DAP (Digital Awareness Programme) which is an appreciation programme for secondary schools and this year we’re targeting over 2000 primary and secondary school teachers,” Adinde said.


The Administrator who is a strong advocate for increased funding for ICT training among African governments said capacity building should not be an option; “it is a choice that government and organisations just have to make because the more knowledgeable and more skilled your employees are, the better their performance and productivity at work, the better they’re able to contribute to organisational objectives and goals.”


The DAP programme targets pre-tertiary teachers and administrators of public schools for training in basic ICT, office productivity tools, Intranet and Internet, use of e-teaching and e-learning facilities at no cost to the participants to enable them with ICT skills to improve their learning, teaching and administration skills.

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7th Remittance & Payment Expo Begins Today



The 7th Remittance and payment Expo begins today in Lagos.

The Expo is the largest gathering of money transfer and payment providers with the compelling headline theme ‘Unlocking Opportunities in Money Transfer and Payment systems in Africa’.


According to the organizers, “the event engages decision makers and key influencers in the two days of inspiring presentations, interactive sessions and networking opportunities with more than 24 thought leaders covering eight sessions, 24+ hours of advanced content, networking and more than 250+ official delegates.

“Network with leading money transfer and payment providers from MFSAfrica, Transferto, Paga, Flutterwave, MTN Cameroon, Sendittoo, African Payment Gateway, Verve and many others”.


The conference hold at the Lagos Oriental Hotel, Nigeria, Africa’s largest remittance market, will aim to create a more competitive market place for players to foster and deepen their engagements across the money transfer and payment ecosystem in Africa.

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Lagos Adopts Technology to Aid Easy Access to Healthcare for Residents



Ahead of the soon to be launched mandatory Lagos State Health Scheme (LSHS), the State Government yesterday said it would adopt a technology based application that would go a long way to ensure easy access of the scheme by residents especially for underprivileged households.

The LSHS is a state-wide health insurance initiative targeted to ensure that all residents of the state have access to quality, affordable health care services.

The scheme covers treatment of common adult and childhood ailments, maternal and child services, preventive healthcare services, selected non-communicable diseases and surgeries.

Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris in a statement, said the technology, ‘CarePay’ ICT platform is a mobile solution for scheme administration which serves as a digital health exchange that would connect the three important stakeholders in Healthcare: payers, healthcare providers and the users or beneficiaries.

He expressed optimism that the CarePay platform “will guarantee ownership of all data generated and ensure that these data can be used to make informed decisions”.

He said one of the objectives was to demonstrate how digital mobile solutions can be utilized to improve decision-making and transparency, reduce transaction costs, and increase access especially for poor households.

Idris said in collaboration with the State Ministry of Health, PharmAccess Foundation Nigeria, a non-governmental organization dedicated to improving access to healthcare in Africa through technology and mobile innovations, implemented the proof of concept mirroring the LSHS benefit package, provider payment mechanisms and the interaction between patients and providers.

He said the proof of concept has 153 families (659 enrollees) in two facilities (one private provider and one public provider) in Alimosho Local Government Area of Lagos State.

Idris said: “Having run for a period of twelve months, the pilot witnessed the 659 beneficiaries, whose premium was paid for by PharmAccess Nigeria, received access to free healthcare for the duration of the pilot.

“The results of this pilot show that the scheme is doable and is a step in the right direction towards achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) for the residents of Lagos State.”

According to the General Manager, Lagos State Health Management Agency, Dr Peju Adenusi, the scheme is a mandatory pre-paid health plan for all residents, adding that the LSHS aims to as achieve universal coverage and provide financial protection against catastrophic health care spending. “A healthy population is a productive population,” Adenusi added.

On her part, Country Director of PharmAccess Foundation Nigeria, Mrs Njide Ndili, the proof of concept which started in September, 2017 was implemented to demonstrate how the scheme can improve the lives of the most vulnerable population at scale, using the mobile phone and light technology.

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