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NITDA Warns Nigerians, Businesses against Breach of Data Protection Laws

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National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has said that Nigerians and businesses’ risk losing N2m or more to the government for violating the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation 2019.

 

Dr Isa Patanmi, director-general/chief executive officer, NITDA, in a notice, said it commenced the implementation of the Nigerian data protection law, which seeks to safeguard the rights of Nigerians to data privacy,  on April 25, 2019.

 

“NITDA hereby notifies the general public that consequent upon its official issuance and public presentation of the Nigerian data protection regulation on January 25, 2019, full implementation of the regulation commenced from the April 25, 2019,” the DG said.

 

According to Patanmi, the regulation will ensure exchange of personal data is done safely and securely; prevent the manipulation of personal data and ensure that Nigerian businesses remain competitive globally.

 

He noted that data protection was a key requirement in ensuring confidence in business transactions.

 

The agency said it had been mandated by the Section 6(c) of the NITDA Act of 2007, to “develop regulation for electronic governance and monitor the use of electronic data interchange and other forms of electronic communication transactions among others.”

 

Pantanmi added that the Act had granted NITDA the power to enforce compliance and penalise defaulters.

 

He said the penalty for breaching this regulation in addition to any other liabilities includes “payment of the fine of two per cent of annual gross revenue of the preceding year or the sum of N10m, whichever is greater in the case of a data controller dealing with more than 10,000 data subjects.

 

“In the case of a data controller dealing with less than 10,000 data subjects, payment of the fine of one per cent of the annual gross revenue of the preceding year of the sum of N2m, whichever is greater.”

 

According to the data regulation, data subjects must give consent to the processing of their personal data for one or more specific purposes and the purpose for collection should be made known to the subject.

 

It also stipulated that any medium through which personal data is being collected or processed should display a simple conspicuous privacy policy that could be understood by the subjects.

 

The regulation added that data processing by a third party should be governed by a written contract between the third party and the data controller.

 

Breaches in data regulation has become a global issue attracting fines and litigation by government, especially in the European Union.

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Path Solutions Emerges First in Four Categories of ACQ5 Global Awards

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Path Solutions, a global provider of Sharia-compliant banking software solutions and services, has won four categories in the 2019 ACQ5 Global Awards.

Building on last year’s three-win, the company topped the Core Banking, Digital Banking, Sharia-compliant Microfinance, and GameChanger of the Year – Islamic Finance categories in this year’s rankings.

For the sixth year, Path Solutions has maintained its top spot in the Core Banking System Provider for Islamic Finance category. This recognition reflects the company’s ability in helping financial institutions to ensure compliance with the appropriate Sharia rulings. Path Solutions’ wide range of Sharia-compliant software solutions and services meet Islamic banks’ unique business needs.

The readers of ACQ5 ranked Path Solutions first in the Digital Banking Platform Provider for Islamic Finance category on the flexibility and agility of its new-age iMAL<http://www.path-solutions.com/imal.php> Islamic digital suite. The multi-award winning digital banking platform allows financial institutions get closer to their customer base.

Combined with modern architectural approaches, iMAL allows banks to tailor interest-free products and services with a consistent and seamless experience across all channels, with a strong executable workflow and orchestration capabilities, all this while supporting constant change and reducing risk.

The iSHRAQ Microfinance solution earned Path Solutions first place in the Sharia-compliant Microfinance Solution of the Year category for the fifth year running.

Islamic microfinance organizations and cooperatives use iSHRAQ Microfinance solution to manage term deposits, create and manage loans and automated loan repayments, enabling detailed reporting to ensure thorough audit trails. Islamic microfinance institutions also rely on iSHRAQ*Microfinance for a complete general ledger accounting trial balance, income statement, balance sheet, journal transaction or any other transaction, and meet Sharia compliance requirements.

On the other hand, Mohammed Kateeb, Path Solutions’ Group Chairman & CEO was selected GameChanger of the Year – Islamic Financial Technology for the second time in the ACQ5 Global Awards 2019. Kateeb is a veteran and dynamic experienced IT professional with a diversified and prolonged career, and an outstanding leader committed to driving stronger growth for Path Solutions as the industry’s leading global provider of an unrivalled range of highly innovative Sharia-compliant software solutions and services.

Commenting on the four wins, Kateeb said, “This is a great honour for us. This continued recognition is testament to our results-based approach in driving the industry forward. We’re very grateful to our clients and ACQ5 readers for their continued trust and support; to our teams, who are always striving to perform and deliver world-class solutions, I owe them this fantastic recognition. Thank you!”

These four wins add to the growing list of industry awards earned by Path Solutions over the years.

ACQ5 Global Awards celebrate achievement, innovation and brilliance in their annual program, taking the ultimate step in the search for the most outstanding companies and professionals across the globe.

The financial industry’s favourite awards had another record-breaking number of votes this year, with the total number of nominations received standing at an amazing 97,416 out of 215,000.

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Konga Eyes Profitability as Turnover Rises by 800 Per Cent

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Konga, Nigeria’s number one composite eCommerce giant, has set its sights on the path of profitability after achieving an increase in turnover by over 800 per cent and a huge reduction in losses over the past 18 months since its acquisition, according to Prince Nnamdi Ekeh, co-CEO.

 

Prince Ekeh revealed that the new management of Konga has succeeded in reversing losses and growing the business to the delight of its new investors.

 

The development has further raised expectations of the company hitting the path of profitability by 2022.

 

He said that “We have reduced cost by over 45% and also achieved growth of over 800% in the past 18 months. We are working very hard to meet investors’ expectations. It is true we are incurring huge losses now based on the e-commerce business model. However, we have 36 months’ cash reserve to build Konga as a success.

 

“We are ambitiously scaling Konga and that is why we launched a successful Konga Travels and Tours that is currently making huge waves in the travel booking industry. In addition, we have other approved projects and new lines of businesses that are set to be unveiled soon.”

 

 

Prince Ekeh recently spear-headed a major Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) project anchored by the company.

 

Konga had visited three orphanages in Lagos and Abuja where it donated to the needy and less-privileged. The initiative, carried out under the auspices of Konga Kares – its social investment programme – is also set to hit other states in the country.

 

According to him, the company has put in so much work behind the scenes and is now ready to take the lead.

 

“We have spent the last year restructuring the business and positioning it on a very solid footing. This is evident from the huge strides we have recorded over the period and the several other viable business units and subsidiaries that have taken flight within the Konga Group. Indeed, we are preparing to lead in this space,” he ventured.

 

Prince Ekeh cites a lack of local know-how and huge losses as pitfalls that have encumbered businesses in the e-commerce sector – areas in which Konga stand out.

 

Konga currently operates over 16 physical stores and hubs in Lagos alone. Further, the company has more than tripled the number of strategic stores and mega warehouses nationwide in less than 18 months of the acquisition.

 

Continuing, Prince Ekeh affirmed that e-commerce is a complicated business requiring tact, world-class strategies and creative nous.

 

“E-commerce is not just an extremely expensive project anywhere in the world with initial huge losses. It is a very complicated business.

 

“At Konga, we are locals with a network of quality foreign service providers. We understand the implications of not positioning infrastructure first. This is why we spent the last 18 months indirectly building our own facility nationwide and restructuring technologies to accommodate our ambition. Nigeria will experience the full scale of the Konga retail revolution in the coming months,” he concluded.

 

 

 

 

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Cars45 enhances access to vehicle ownership, rolls out 2 more franchise lots in Lagos

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L-R: Olajide Adamolekun, CFO, Cars45, Oludare Adewale, CEO, Auction.com, Mohammed Iyamu, VP Trading, Cars45 and Head Operations, Carsbazr, John Egwu at the unveiling of the Carsbazr Franchise location in Egbeda, Lagos
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In a bid to take its products and quality of service closer to the consumers, Nigeria’s leading automotive trading platform, Cars45 has unveiled two more Carsbazr franchise lots located in the Egbeda and Shogunle areas of Lagos in partnership with Auction.com Ltd.

 

Speaking at the launch of the franchise outlet, Jide Adamokelun, CFO, Cars45 noted that “for us at Cars45 and Carsbazr, we are always seeking out opportunities to fulfill our brand promise to consumers, that is, providing end-users with a rich variety of verified cars at affordable prices.”

 

“The roll out of these new franchise locations also ties in strongly with our vision to enhance accessibility of the consumers to affordable car sales channels, transform Nigeria’s automotive industry and deepen the values of transparency and integrity that we have brought to that space,” Adamolekun said.

 

It will be recalled that Cars45 provides a detailed 200-point inspection report as well as a grade ranking on all vehicles bought or sold in a manner that reveals the true condition of the cars and empowers the consumer to make a well-informed buying decision.

 

Oludare Adewale, CEO Auction.com, the latest franchise beneficiary said,” considering the brand’s preeminent status, we are very happy to partner with Nigeria’s number one automotive trading platform to enable the public have more convenient options when it comes to buying cars.

“In the few years that we have done business together, we have seen the value they provide to dealers like us in terms of value, volumes and profit margins.

 

“It’s a win-win for everyone and we will work hard to ensure that the current target of 50 franchise locations before the end of year is surpassed.”

 

Speaking on the driving force behind the franchise rollouts, Head Operations, Carsbazr, John Egwu said, “what we are bringing to the market with our franchise rollouts is transparency to the car selling process, driving affordability in a way that says that there is a car for every wallet size and lastly delivering great consumer experiences that is consistent with what you’ll get at any of our Carsbazr retail lots across the country.

 

“We’ll like to encourage other dealerships to take up our franchises even as we create value and enrich the lives of Nigerians with quality services.”

 

With an interesting bouquet of products and services, Cars45 is currently leveraging its partnership with CFAO Motors to sell brand new cars – the Suzuki car models in addition to the foreign used and locally verified used vehicles which the business has been well known for.

 

With its entire vehicle inventory listed on the Carsbazr website, www.buy.cars45.com which records over 6,000 unique visitors every day, consumers can locate vehicles across its lots and franchises.

 

 

 

 

 

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