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TechDev 2016: First Software Academy Set To Open In Enugu



L-r: Fred Chukwuemeka Agbata; Titus Olowokere, MD, Applications Services Division, IPNX; Mr. Chris Uwaje, DG, Delta State Innovation Hub; and Greg Nnaji, Enugu State Commissioner for Science and Technology; at the recent Telecom Development Summit (TECHDEV) held in Enugu
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As part of take homes from the TechDev Summit 2016, states are encouraged to support the moves for the establishment of a Software Academy in Enugu by Q1 2017’ and in all state capitals of the south east within 12 months.

This was disclosed by organizers of the maiden TechDev Summit held in Enugu on Wednesday, convened to create awareness and technological disruptions in South East.

The Summit which had delegates from various stakeholder groups: academia, students, private sector and public sector, under the chairmanship of Engr. Ernest Ndukwe, chairman Open Media Group while other dignitaries included the Permanent Secretary and Director of Finance, Ministry of Science and Technology, Enugu State, Pius Okigbo Jr.

The Summit recognised that there is huge potential for regional clusters especially cities like Enugu that are ripe for Innovation Hubs and this should be prioritised.

According to the delegates, in line with global trends, State Governments should consider Universal Access and Service for its citizens as part of their SDG goals and as a fundamental human right.

They also said that stakeholders in the South East: academia, students, Industry, should collaborate to accelerate the emergence of the Digital Economy in the South East and the diversification from the dependency on oil.

‘The State Government through various incentives should encourage the private sector to invest in the state beginning with the commitment made at the Summit to establish a Software Academy in Enugu by Q1 2017’ and in all state capitals of the SE within 12 months.

“Thus, there is need to excite and raise awareness to the potentials of ICT as an accelerator to economic development, wealth creation and youth employment/entrepreneurship; there is need to revamp the educational curriculum from the primary to tertiary institutions in line with global reality to the skills required for the 21st century including critical thinking, problem-solving, research capability, collaborative work and effective communication.

“This Summit recognises that the teaching faculty across all tiers should be up skilled and trained to deliver 21st Century Education, so the State Governments should provide incentives for the rapid and pervasive expansion of broadband in currently under-served regions through the massive investment in fibre infrastructure required”.

The Summit which was organised by CommunicationsWeek Media and also emphasized that adoption of cloud Services should be encouraged across Nigeria to drive greater efficiencies and support the establishment of Smart Cities to create an attractive work and living environment with a concomitant impact on economic investment in the regions.

Earlier, Engineer Ndukwe said that there is need to enhance the capacity of the educational system to provide relevant R &D in synch with industry and government as well as attract funding for continuous and sustainable investment in  educational infrastructure.

He extolled TechDev 2016 as a platform to accelerate technology development in the South East.

“The essence of this summit is to create disruption in the South East and change Ndigbo perception on ICT starting from Enugu that has a rich academia base. Technology is at the bedrock of any economy. If Nigeria must join the league of advanced Nations, she must ramp up investments in technology and support Tech start-ups to grow,” he said.

Thought Leadership presenters that included panel discussants during the summit were amongst others: Chris Uwaje, DG DS HUB, Delta State, Chinenye Mba-Uzoukwu, CEO, Infographics. Others are the vice  chancellor of University of Nigeria, Nsukka. DG WISG.

According to the conveners of TechDev, they hope to take the message to every nook and cranny of the Nigerian state in the months ahead because, Technology remains the only way we can leapfrog development in order to catch up with our peers in the rest of the world.

“We seek also that conversations will continue by Ndigbo after this summit for our South East tech development”, Mr. Ken Nwogbo said.

Nigeria CommunicationsWeek believes that technology makes life more exciting and helps improve the lives of people around Nigeria and indeed the world. So since 2007, we have devoted our energy to independent reportage of technology and how they affect lives.

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Buhari Extends Ministers Tenure Till Tuesday



President Muhammadu Buhari and his vice Osibanjo
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President Muhammadu Buhari President Muhammadu Buhari has asked his ministers to continue working till Tuesday.


He gave the directives during the valedictory Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting yesterday.


The President said, thereafter, they should submit their handing over notes to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.


Buhari said: “ Although today is our last council meeting, continue to work until Tuesday.. Your handover letters should be submitted to the office of the SGF.”


The president commended the ministers for contributing towards the development of the country.


Yemi Osibanjo, Vice President and the 31 ministers took turn to deliver their speeches on their experiences working with the president.


The president would be sworn in on Wednesday May 29 for his second term.


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UBA’s Africa Conversations: Leaders Emphasise Importance of History to African Development



l-r Chairman of Ghana’s Convention People’s Party, and daughter of Mr. Kwame Nkrumah, Ms Samia Nkrumah; Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka; Group Chairman, UBA Plc, Mr. Tony Elumelu; Guinean Historian and playwright, Professor, Djibril Tamsir Niane; Afro musician, Mr. Femi Kuti; and Legal Practitioner and Moderator, Ms. Ayo Obe, during the panel discussion themed ‘Africa’s History Redefined, our past, the path to the future,’ organised by UBA to mark Africa’s Day in Lagos on Wednesday
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African leading minds have called on Africans to be mindful of their rich history, which according to them creates the path towards the socio-cultural, economic and political development of the continent


The strong African voices which included Group Chairman, United Bank for Africa (UBA), Tony Elumelu, Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka; Professor emeritus and authority in Sahelian history, Djibril Tamsir Niane; Ghanaian Politician, Samia Nkrumah and Famous Musician, Femi Kuti spoke during the first edition of UBA’s Africa Conversations, a symposium organised by the United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc at the UBA House in Lagos, as part of activities marking this year’s Africa Day celebrations. The theme of the panel session was “Africa’s History Redefined, Our Past, the Path to the Future”.


Opening the conversation, the Group Chairman, UBA, Tony Elumelu stated ‘UBA understands the past- that Africa as a continent has always been united by the struggle for identity. UBA is a symbol for the development of Africa, for the economic empowerment of our people, the Small and Medium Enterprises as well as the big corporations. Thus, identifying with Africa and indeed Africa Day is synonymous with who we are as a bank. It presents us the opportunity to remind ourselves, the world and indeed Africa that we owe ourselves the duty of making Africa the continent of our dreams.”


Elumelu added that it is important for Africans to remember history as this will help prepare for the future. ‘Our past provides a veritable tool to fashioning the continent’s development, renaissance and economic growth’ he emphasised.


Speaking strongly on the issue, professor Wole Soyinka, who commended UBA’s initiative for opening up discussions on these pressing topics decried the growing erosion of history from the curriculum in African schools, adding that the lack of knowledge of our past makes children’s growth on the continent truncated. “How can we cope with the modern phenomenon if we do not know the past? We should never forget the importance of history as it is not just an academic exercise,” he enthused.


Corroborating Soyinka’s position, Professor Niane opined that reminiscing about Africa’s rich history is important as there is no people without history. He said, “A lot of work has been done by Africans and we have to be happy about it. There is the need to continue the conversation about African unity. Policies  have been put in place and our democracy can only get stronger. Peace will reign and Africa will be reunited. Economic transformation is also important but it is not the only thing we should concentrate on.”



Samia Nkrumah, the daughter of Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana, who commended UBA for prioritising African entrepreneurship, called for a renewed attempt at African unity, which according to her, has to be a collective effort of the people.


Nkrumah said, “As we work in our individual smaller countries, it will be easier to achieve more if we work together and complete unification can only come if we work together; we won’t go anywhere unless we use unity as a political project.’ She added.


On his part, Femi Kuti emphasised the importance of History, saying “Our children need to learn this history so that they can come up and build the continent. We need everyone – both boys and girls to work towards this vision.”


The UBA Conversations, an initiative of the Pan African financial institution, aims at aggregating discussions necessary for the growth and development of the continent. It is being held as part of the activities to mark the 2019 edition of Africa Day celebrations by the bank.


With presence in 20 African countries as well as in the United States, France and The United Kingdom, UBA’s passion for Africa’s growth is part of who they are.


The bank is set to continue conversations around these important topics that are required to galvanise the African economy with the aim of attracting the much needed support that will boost SMEs and support business growth on the continent.






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Facebook Celebrates One Year of NG_Hub



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Celebrating exactly a year to the day since the doors of NG_Hub opened in Lagos, and Facebook further cemented its ambitions to train users across Nigeria in digital skills, Facebook released an infographic highlighting key milestones over the past year.

Created as part of Facebook’s ongoing commitment and investment in growing the start-up ecosystem, and in partnership with CcHub, NG_Hub is a multi-faceted space which connects and bring together developers, start-up’s and the wider community to collaborate, learn and exchange ideas. With a number of expert training and events with partners across Nigeria, undertaking in the hub and externally, the aim is to equip individuals and businesses to grow.

Some highlights over the past year includes: Trained over 50,800 SMBs in digital skills across 20 states in Nigeria

– Delivered 526 events with over 11,490 attendees at NG_Hub, including programmes such as AR/VR meetups, FbStart Accelerator Programme, Facebook Community Leaders Community meetings (CLCs), Developer Circle gatherings etc.

– Directly supported businesses in 11 different industries from agriculture, through to catering, education and fashion

Speaking of its one-year anniversary, Adaora Ikenze, Head of Public Policy, West and Central Africa, said: “I’m proud of the incredible impact that NG_Hub has had in its first year, and continues to have on the lives of young Nigerians.

“We remain committed in deepening our engagement, increasing skills development and supporting the next set of innovators, tech entrepreneurs, start-ups,in our collective bid to change the face of technology and grow the economy.”

Commenting on the partnership Bosun Tijani, Founder/CEO of CcHub, added: “We’re glad about the tremendous impact Facebook’s investment in NG_HUB has had in such a short period and the ecosystem is already seeing the fruits of this commitment. We’re committed to working with Facebook to position NG_HUB as a major platform that drives smart application of technology innovation for economic prosperity across the region and beyond.”

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