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NITDA Set to Enforce Compliance with Regulatory Framework for Providers of PIA Services

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The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), has said that in line with its mandate of promoting and regulating Information Technology in Nigeria, is set to enforce compliance with the Public Internet Access (PIA) Regulation, issued pursuant to Section 6 of the NITDA Act 2007.

 

Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami), Director General/CEO, National Information Technology Development Agency stated this in a statement released on Friday,in Abuja.

 

According to the statement, “PIA Regulation is a regulatory framework for the provision of internet services in public areas or locations where members of the public have unfettered access.

 

“It provides minimum requirements and processes for provisioning of the public internet access service and mandates compliance reporting to ensure the rules are followed in provisioning of this vital and strategic service.”

 

A statement further stated that the Agency commends operators who are currently providing this service across Nigeria, as the service increases the use of internet and Information Technology for development of Nigeria.

 

“It is, however, pertinent to note that this service can be misused with great detriment to development of Information Technology and national security, in a manner that may be injurious to the citizens. The Federal Government is also concerned about the management and use of the personal information of Nigerians.

 

“It is on these considerations that all service providers of public internet service such as IT companies, Restaurants, Hotels and Event Centres are directed to comply with the Nigerian Data Protection Regulation of the NITDA 2019, issued pursuant to Section 6 of the NITDA 2007.

 

“Henceforth, only registered, verified and vetted providers can provide public internet access service in Nigeria”, the DG said.

 

According to Dr. Pantami, current and prospecting providers are therefore required to register with the Agency in line with the provisions of the Public Internet Access Regulation, 2019 and must submit, on a bi-annual basis, completed compliance reporting forms in the manner prescribed by NITDA.

 

“The Public Internet Access (PIA) Registration form and the Public Internet Access Compliance forms are available on the Agency’s website: www.nitda.gov.ng.

 

“It should be noted that violation of the Regulatory Guidelines of NITDA is a criminal offence and punishable with a fine, imprisonment or both.

 

“Members of the public and operators of public internet access service are advised to comply promptly and accordingly”, the statement reads.

 

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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Davido Becomes First Nigerian Panelist on Comedy Central Roast

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African humour is set to take over the world! This Comedy Central Roast of AKA is set to rally Africans from Lagos to Cape Town to join in the celebration of poking fun at the celebrities they love the most.

 

Welcome three wise men to unite our continent’s socio-political differences in a spectacular show of love and laughter as part of the Comedy Central Roast of AKA in partnership with Showmax, coming to The Teatro at Montecasino, Johannesburg, South Africa on 21 February 2019.

 

Adding to his list of impressive achievements, Nigerian singer, Davido will become the first Nigerian to join the globally famousComedy Central Roast.

 

Davido has racked up numerous nominations and awards including the BET Award and the MTV EMArecognition in the “Best International Act: Africa”. Just how much will his presence on the stage unsettle the SupaMega AKA?

 

Commenting on the Roast Davido said, “I’m such a big fan of Comedy Central, this is going to be a hilarious night. I’m ready, Africa are you ready? This is a Roast so nothing is off limits!”

 

Alex Okosi, Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Viacom International Media Networks Africa (VIMN Africa) added, “At VIMN Africa, we continuously evolve and innovate content to create unique and engaging experiences for our audiences that drive culture.

 

“In a continental first, this Comedy Central Roast now transcends boundaries by welcoming Africa’s international star, Davido, to the panel.”

 

Warm-hearted and gentle, Moshe Ndiki stands tall on stage and is a growing role model. As a performer he easily steps out of standard social lines and into the hungry minds of his audience.

 

Free from inhibition, this comic genius has shown us that we can all laugh at ourselves, shatter taboos, and that we are all as strong as the walls we can break.

 

Moshe is a media sensation and has enough fiery flamboyance to take on the Man – AKA.

 

Comments Moshe: “I love the Comedy Central Roast because this will be a platform for me to query aspects of how AKA believes he is the first guy who invented blonde hair in December, he might as well have pioneered the passion gap for coloured folk.

 

“I mean he is the first coloured guy on earth according to his tweets.”

 

Last but never least, Pierre Van Pletzen, also known as ‘Oubaas’ will fan the flames onto AKA when he hits the stage.

 

Proud but tactile in his approach, and after many years on the circuit with his multi-faceted screen performance he has a certain knack which will light up AKA and burn the theatre.

 

Pierre Van Pletzen concluded, “It feels wonderful to be part of the Roast of AKA, whom I’d like to address as the non-humble infamously popular rapper, about a few things; his no-show at performances, his knowledge of Geography and since he says he loves soccer… I would like to ask if he’s practising his technique by kicking fans off the stage?”

 

So let’s get this Roast on: sit back and enjoy the fire as Comedy Central and Showmax bring you panelists Davido, Pierre and Moshe to join Francois Van Coke, Mark Fish, Nina Hastie, Moonchild Sanelly, Joey Rasdien, Papa Penny and Pearl Thusi as Roast Master. Get ready, because life just gets better when you laugh!

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Valentine: Jumia Gifts Food, Baby Items to Orphanage Home

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This year’s Valentine will no doubt leave a good taste in the mouths of staff and children at the Nigeria Red Cross Orphanage Home in Makoko, Yaba, Lagos as representatives of Jumia’s hotel & flight services led by the Managing Director, Omolara Adagunodo visited and donated food and baby items to the orphanage home.

 

Adagunodo, during her remark at the event, said that the need to make a difference in the lives of the underprivileged underscored the visit and donation, adding that, “this is part of Jumia’s corporate social responsibility programmes and is meant to give the less privileged a feel of excitement during Valentine which is all about sharing love.”

 

Olakunle Lasisi, Secretary of the Nigerian Red Cross Orphanage Home, expressing his gratitude to Jumia, said “We appreciate the management of Jumia for this kind gesture and for recognising the importance of reaching out to these underprivileged children.

 

“This gesture will definitely put a smile on the faces of these children.”

 

Adagunodo promised that this would not be the last because the company is committed to supporting the less privileged as part of its CSR.

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Axiz, DataVoice Partner for Telephony Systems

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Axiz, the industry leading information technology value added distributor, is pleased to announce its strategic partnership with DataVoice – a Cisco development partner offering a powerful voice recording solution for Cisco telephony systems.

 

The partnership enables Axiz to increase the value of its Cisco voice solution with a more comprehensive offering and bolster its already strong and diverse Cisco reseller base.

 

DataVoice is an OEM that develops specialised interaction recording and management solutions into a variety of segments within international markets. DataVoice Managing Director, Paul Fick says that due to legislation like the POPI Act, the demand for quality voice recording solutions is ever increasing. “Cisco is the market leader in voice and unified solutions, and DataVoice has a proven solution, which perfectly complements the Cisco offering,” notes Fick.

 

“Our partnership with DataVoice is particularly exciting as it presents an opportunity to deliver even better services and provide access to the world’s IT products and solutions from leading global brands. DataVoice see Axiz as the leading Cisco distributor in its target markets with highly skilled technical resources,” said Tony Singh, Cisco Pre-Sales technical manager, Axiz.

 

The partnership will add value to both Axiz by increasing market share while opening new avenues to markets that are currently not fully serviced.

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