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UNN Set to Host Maiden Edition of National Innovation Summit



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University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) has announced that it’s organizing National Innovation Summit tagged “Venture Cup Nigeria” aimed to stimulate students of tertiary institutions to start thinking of innovation and entrepreneurship as the way to go in the wake of the fourth industrial revolution.


Dr. Jude Chukwu, Director of Innovation, University of Nigeria, stated this in a statement made available to newsmen on Thursday, in Lagos.


According to the statement, “University of Nigeria Nsukka has become a model university in setting the pace in technological innovation in Nigeria having established the first university-based Science Park ‘Lion Science Park’;  the first university-based incubator hub, ‘Roar Nigeria Hub’ and the first university-based laptop assembly line, ‘Lion Gadgets and Technologies Ltd’”.


The National Innovation Summit which will hold at the campus of University of Nigeria Nsukka from 6th to 8th of June, 2019, is first-ever university-led competition for start-ups.


The start-up competition will guarantee seed funding of various amounts to be won as prizes at regional and national levels.


Winner at the Grand finale takes home an equity free funding of One Million Naira (N1,000,000); while the first runner-up and second runner-up will win  Five Hundred Thousand Naira (N500,000) and Three Hundred Naira (N300,000) respectively.


At the (six) geopolitical zonal levels: winners, first runners-up and second runners-up will go home with Three Hundred Thousand Naira (N300,000), One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira (N150,000) and One Hundred Thousand Naira (N100,000) respectively.


Professor Benjamin C. Ozumba, Vice Chancellor, University of Nigeria Nsukka and Chairman Board of Directors, Lion Science Park, stated that the major goal of the Venture Cup Nigeria competition is to stimulate students of tertiary institutions to begin to think innovation and entrepreneurship as the way to go and to be competitive in the wake of the fourth industrial revolution.


He added that the prizes are to support student-led innovative ideas to takeoff. This will aid easy identification of promising startups for innovation across the tertiary institutions in Nigeria”, he stated.


Chinwe Okoli, Manager, Lion Science Park, announced that “the competition is open to innovative ideas from all sectors and for students from all higher institutions in Nigeria.


“However, the best ideas for this competition need to be technology-enabled. This is to encourage the use of technology in providing innovative solutions.


Commenting on the Lion Science Park Marathon, she stated that Run to innovate is a symbolic exercise to clear our heads and unleash the energy for big innovative ideas. It will hold in Nsukka.


“Join the race for the future! The Run to Innovate Marathon also have prizes to be won – fifty thousand naira (N50,000); Thirty Thousand naira (N30,000) and Twenty thousand naira (N20,000) for  the first, second and third positions respectively. There will be lots of consolation prizes as well”.


Dr. Jude Chukwu, Director of Innovation, University of Nigeria, further revealed that the 2019 UNN-National Innovation Summit theme is‘Catching-up with the Fourth Industrial Revolution:


The Role of Innovation’ aims to inspire and facilitate dialogue on the smart, safe, sustainable and innovative ways of ensuring a paradigm shift to a knowledge-based, collaborative and entrepreneurial economy as the country prepares for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.


The Innovation Summit will play host to policy makers, top entrepreneurs, student entrepreneurs, government representatives, MDAs, innovation hubs and accelerators, innovation networks, business moguls, angel investors, international organizations, donor agencies, researchers/academics, innovators, inventors, start-ups etc.


The application for the first ever Venture Cup Competition closes on 15th May, 2019. To apply, visit


For Lion Science Park Marathon, apply via the link


Register to attend the summit:



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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Stay Clear of Our Masts, ATCON Warns NCAA



Olusola Teniola, president of ATCON
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Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) has urged the federal government to restraint Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) which is threatening to demolish telecommunication masts in different locations across the country.


ATCON said that telecommunications services would be adversely affected if NCAA carries out its threat.


NCAA had earlier in the week said it will demolish telecommunication masts in different locations across the country with immediate effect.


The NCAA had said the demolition exercise would similarly affect some banks and financial institutions that had discountenanced its regulatory requirements on the clearance to erect any high structure within navigable airspace in the country.


Mr Sam Adurogboye, general manager, Public Relations, NCCA, had said, “A total of 8,805 masts belonging to the aforementioned organisations will be decommissioned forthwith. The NCAA wishes to reiterate that it will continue to apply requisite sanctions for violation of extant regulations, especially, where the resolve of the authority is tested.”


This came after the NCAA in April had warned all Global System for Mobile Communications providers and telecom operators against the violation of safety regulations, with a 30-day ultimatum handed down for compliance.


But Olusola Teniola, president of ATCON, condemned the move to destroy the towers, saying the Federal Government would rebuild them.


Teniola said, “We are disappointed that the government is still involved in the destruction of much-needed infrastructure that provides services for those communities that will be impacted by the stance that the NCAA has made.


“We have said in the past, and in support of the Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria, that those base stations and towers that are destroyed would not be rebuilt. We expect the government to now rebuild what they have destroyed.”



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Workz Group to Deliver 50m eSims by 2024



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Workz Group, Mobile and IoT solutions provider, has announced a long-term partnership with the manufacturer of mobile IoT modules to deliver a projected 50 million embedded SIMs (eSIMs) by 2024.


The deal sees Workz provide secure data generation, management and personalisation for eSIM chips to be deployed globally by the cellular module leader for use in machine-to-machine (M2M) devices.


Workz, which offers eSIM technology and cloud management platforms to device manufacturers, network operators, technology enablers and governments, was recognised in an industry report by BIS Research earlier this year as a key player in the eSIM market.


Workz is the only GSMA-certified manufacturer of eSIM technology (EUM) in the Middle East and Africa.


The certification guarantees the secure management of data both physically and virtually during production and personalisation of eSIMs.


Personalisation refers to the upload of the SIM’s unique information to its smart chip.


Workz is one of only six providers in the world to carry such accreditation and possesses two certified facilities located in Dubai and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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VDT communications Launches 4G LTE Advanced services



L-R: Mr. Adewale Akinade, Head, Finance & Account; Mrs. Bimbo Ikumariegbe, Deputy Managing Director; Mr. Abiodun Omoniyi, Managing Director/CEO; Mr. Victor Omoyeni and Mr. Dan Adah, Head, Corporate & Retail Sales all of VDT Communications during the Media Launch of the VDT 4G LTE Advanced Data Service in Lagos.
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VDT communications, a leading broadband communications service provider has launched its retail data network – 4G LTE Advanced service into the market.


The product themed:”Live the life” is aimed at bridging the dearth and poor quality network gap being witnessed in the market today.


Engr. Abiodun Omoniyi, Managing Director/CEO, VDT Communications Limited, Speaking at the media launch, said that their decision of launching 4G LTE service is to bridge the gaps that exist in the market due to poor quality networks, poor customer service and inadequate support service.

L-R: Abimbola Ikumariegbe, Deputy Managing Director/Chief Operating Officer, VDT Communications Limited, Engr. Abiodun Omoniyi, Managing Director/CEO, VDT Communications Limited and Engr.Victor Omoyeni, Chief Technology Officer the Media Launch of the VDT 4G LTE Advanced Data Service in Lagos.


He noted that with VDT’s 4G LTE Advanced Data Service all these yawning gaps will be filled with superior network quality, top-notch network performance and proactive customer and support services.


He explained that the opportunity to actualize this dream came with the successful acquisition of a broad channel 2.3GHz Spectrum from the Federal Government through Bitflux Communications Limited; a consortium which VDT is the principal partner.


According to him, “VDT LTE is leveraging on the Bitflux network it painstakingly and deliberately built from the scratch to provide premium quality 4Gbroadband experience in the country.


“So our ultimate goal is to offer members of the public an exceptional broadband experience every time they use our network.

Home CPE on display during the launch


“Thus, enhancing all aspects of their lives qualitatively and quantitatively; helping them to achieve more and truly live the life they are meant to!”


Omoniyi said that based on the huge acceptance and patronage the product received during the pre-launch test period, they intend to deploy the first phase in Lagos state where they have 80% network coverage, with hope of covering the remaining 20% in no distance time.


He added that they plan to deploy this product to four other leading cities in the key economic zones of Nigeria and the rest of the country in phases.

VDT’s Mobile Mifi Devices


According to him, “our official service launch is scheduled to take place early next month in Lagos.


“With the huge acceptance and patronage we received during the pre-launch test period with about 80% network coverage of Lagos State, VDT LTE would expand strategically to cover the entire Lagos State and other leading cities in the key economic zones of Nigeria and the rest of the country in phases.


“Our products range includes home CPE and mobile mifi devices at highly attractive rates.


“These we offer with free 30GB of data. We also offer the most attractive free night browsing [8pm to 7am] plan available in the industry.


“Furthermore, we still offer a free power bank[depending on the home CPE purchased]. Our data plans also come in highly affordable rates; as low as N3,500 and unlimited internet data plan at low prices.”

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