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MainOne Discusses Economic Recovery, Growth Plan at 2017 IOD Fellows’ Luncheon

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(L-r): Samuel Yemi ‎Akeju, ‎president/chairman of Council, IoD Nigeria‎; ‎Ms. Funke Opeke‎, CEO of MainOne and Ms. Bennedikter Molokwu,‎ chairman, IoD Fellows Committee, ‎at the 2017 Institute of Director Fellow  Luncheon which held recently.‎
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The prestigious Institute of Directors (IoD) Nigeria recently hosted at its annual Fellows’ Luncheon themed “2017 Budget Implementation and Challenges” with ‎Funke Opeke, CEO MainOne, highlighting the need for ‎ the nation to drive ICT sector development in order to trigger sustainable, economic growth.‎

This year luncheon held ‎at the Civic Center, Victoria Island, Lagos State had in attendance directors and executives from major industries in Nigeria deliberating on the Nigerian economic situation and the effect of government projected policies on businesses.

It also served as a platform to honor two distinguished Nigerians as Fellows of the Institute.

Funke Opeke, CEO MainOne, was one of the guest speakers at the event and presented a paper on the “2017 Economic Recovery and Growth Plan” and its impact on the business, with a particular focus on the ICT Sector.

She highlighted the elements of the plan and emphasized the need for the nation to drive ICT sector development in order to trigger sustainable, economic growth citing examples of developed countries like China who improved their economy using technology.

According to Ms. Opeke, “while the erosion in the economy appears to have slowed, the real transformation or expansion required to diversify the economy from oil or gain access to new enabling infrastructure is still quite nascent”.

She also touched on the challenges that the Nigerian business environment faces which makes business operations costly and inefficient with Nigeria currently occupying the 169th position out of 190 countries in the World Bank’s “2017 Doing Business Index”.

In concluding her presentation, she commended the ERGP as being laudable but stressed that effective implementation will be critical for its success.

Andrew Nevin‎, chief economist of PwC, also made a presentation on the macro-economic situation in Nigeria and highlighted the need for foreign capital to grow the economy.

The major highlight of the event was the conferring of the Honorary Fellowship Award on His Majesty, Nnaemeka Alfred Achebe, the Obi of Onitsha and the Distinguished Fellowship Award on Dr. Michael Olawole Omolayole based on their significant contributions to Corporate Nigeria. 

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Ajisebutu, 21st Century Tech Boss Visits House of Reps Speaker, Seeks Support for ICT Sector

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l-r: Femi Gbajabiamila, Speaker of House of Representatives and Wale Ajisebutu, vice chairman/CEO, 21st Century Technologies limited when the latter paid him a visit in Abuja recently.
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Wale Ajisebutu, vice chairman/CEO, 21st Century Technologies limited, has solicited the support of the House of Representatives in creating an enabling environment for accelerated, cost effective infrastructure to increase Nigerian’s access to ICT.

 

Ajisebutu who made the call when he visited Femi Gbajabiamila, the new Speaker of House of Representatives, said that ICT as an enabler for sustainable development.

 

He congratulated Gbajabiamila on his election as the Speaker of the House of Representatives, saying that he deserved to lead the House.

 

“ I have no doubt in your ability to lead, your election is a testament to your faith, leadership qualities but also the strength of your character, and relations capacity, I pray God to guide you.

 

Gbajabiamila, also assured the 21st Century Technologies boss of the House of Representatives willingness to work with ICT sector to ensure the speedy development of the country.

 

Ajisebutu is a tireless advocate and champion in the ICT sector who has built one of Nigeria’s largest information technology hubs and has chosen to keep quiet about it.

 

His company, 21st Century Technologies Limited (21CTL) is today fully mobilized and well positioned converged multi-service provider with arms and legs in telecommunications; software; online marketplace; ICT training and so on.

 

His company 21CTL was founded and registered in 1997 and began operations in 1999, all in the 20th Century; a testament to Ajisebutu’s vision of better tomorrow for his dear country-Nigeria.

 

A chattered accountant by profession, Ajisebutu understands the economics of business management so well that it is almost second nature. He is a perfectionist who believes that every Nigerian deserves nothing but the best quality of service.

 

 

 

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World Bank Selects FUTO as Centre for Future Energies, Electro-chemical System

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The World Bank has selected the Federal University of Technology, Owerri as Africa centre of excellence in Future Energies and Electro-Chemical System, otherwise called ACE-FUELS.

It was gathered that ACE-FUELS would facilitate the university to run an international Masters Degree programmes in Electro-Chemical Technology, Future Energies, Nanotechnology and Corrosion Technology.

Speaking at a media parley on Wednesday, organized by the university to mark the Vice Chancellor’s three years in office, the VC, Professor Francis Eze stated that the university management had concluded plans to gather wastes for the production of energy.

He further advised Nigerian institutions to embrace the new technology, adding that it was the current global practice.

The VC said, “As we have continued to improve on the aesthetics of the campus environment through the maintenance of green lawns, proper waste disposal and management are also billed to be converted into energy. This is the current trend in most of the civilized world and we are emulating it. It would be of immeasurable help in power generation”.

He stated FUTO was established as a specialized university to impart practical knowledge and requisite skills needed to fast-track the technological development in the country.

Eze however, revealed that it was to deepen and expand  research activities and innovation that his administration created the office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research, Development  and Innovation

The VC did not omit to state that his three years in office had been a mixture of accomplishment and challenges.

He listed encroachment on FUTO land, hostile and uncooperative attitude of host communities, lack of staff quarters, inadequate power supply, ill-equipped library and laboratory facilities, poor road networks and inadequate hostel accommodation among others as some of the challenges faced by the university.

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Facebook to Leverage Deep Tech with Campus Roadshow

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Facebook has embarked on a University roadshow offering students the opportunity to share their ideas and learn more about technology.

As part of its continuation of its 2018 FbStart programme, the roadshow is aimed at educating and attracting students to build solutions that utilise advanced technologies to solve problems and build solutions for the future, using Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, Internet of Things, Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR).

Joining the tour will be Facebook’s Developer Circle leads and Accelerator programme alumni from last year who will be providing mentorship to would-be developers, talking about the kind of workshops they run, sharing their success stories and experience from the programme, as well as the impact of Facebook Developer Circles in their communities.

The tour will feature pitch sessions for students and startups that have ideas and would like to the apply to the programme, giving them an opportunity to receive feedback from would-be mentors. The tour has already visited University of Lagos (Unilag), Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), University of Port Harcourt (Uniport), University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) and Bayero University Kano (BUK), with additional stops to go, including University of Jos (Unijos) on Friday, June 21.

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