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Adebayo Chairs Telecom/Device Forum, ICT Oracle, Uwaje Talks Security

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  The eagerly awaited Telecom/Device Forum, a technology forum designed for key actors in the telecommunications, banking, e-payment channel providers, device manufacturers, network operators, software vendors, distributors and retailers, as well as internet service providers, will be chaired by Gbenga Adebayo, chairman, Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (Alton).
Adebayo will be joined by Dr. Chris Uwaje, the oracle of the Nigerian IT Industry and regional director, D-Link West Africa, Dr. Paul Lawal, managing director, Nigerian Inter-Bank Settlement System (NIBSS), Kyari Bukar, managing director, Valucard Nigeria as well as Bekele Tadesse, sales director, Harris Stratex Nigeria among others.
They will present valid forecasts of developments in the telecom industry and examine the driving forces behind these developments especially in e-payment and emerging technologies at the forum slated for September 22 at Golden Gate Restaurant, Ikoyi, Lagos.
The theme of the forum is “Telecom Industry Fuelling the Future of e-Payment System” and it is designed to give both the layperson and the professional an update of emerging technologies, e-payment and handheld devices and related business trends and events.
Telecom/Device Forum is being put together by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and Communications Week Media, publishers of Nigeria CommunicationsWeek, the most trusted & by far the largest source for information on ICT and banking technology in Nigeria
Reuben Muoka, head, public affairs of the NCC and Ken Nwogbo, editor, Nigeria CommunicationsWeek said in a statement that the forum is designed to give both the layperson and the professional an update of emerging technologies, e-payment and handheld devices as well as related business trends and events.
According to them Adebayo, a telecom engineer of note was chosen to chair the event because of his unbridled passion for the growth and development of the telecommunications industry.
Adebayo had a successful career with Siemens before he joined VGC Communications Ltd now bought by MTN Nigeria, as the technical manager in 2000.
Following his success; he was promoted as the first Nigerian General Manager of the company in 2002 and under his management, the company grew rapidly from a community telephone service provider to full national operator status within five years.
Because of his passion for telecommunications and quality of service delivery, he established Community Network Support Services (CNSS), a telecommunications outsourcing company that is managing networks for big network operators in the country.
Uwaje, who will x-ray different security approaches towards protecting e-payment system has been variously named in the IT industry but easily identified with the “Oracle” of the industry.
He was named IT Personality of the Year in 2008 and is the regional director for D-Link International in-charge of operations in Ghana, Gambia, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria, West Africa’s technological and economic powerhouse.
Uwaje is a renowned expert in the fields of engineering solutions, research, software design and development respectively
Bukar of ValuCard Nigeria who has always maintained that a correlation exists between economic growth and a sound payment system will examine the e-payment system.
He has a sound education and profound knowledge of the industry having worked at Hewlett-Packard, a leading Information Technology Company in the United States in various capacities during his 14 years stint including working as Process Engineer, Manufacturing Development Engineer, Marketing Program Manager, Senior IT Consultant and Technical Marketing Program Manager.
Bukar joined ValuCard Nigeria Plc in June 2004 from FSB International Bank where he was the executive director in charge of Electronic Banking, IT and Operations.

 


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Inlaks CEO, Femi Adeoti, Wins Top CEOs & Next Bulls Award

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Femi Adeoti, managing director and CEO, Inlaks, Africa’s foremost Information Technology and Infrastructure solutions provider in West Africa, has been announced as a winner of the 2020 Top CEOs & Next Bulls Awards organised by Business Day Media Limited in collaboration with the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE).

The MD/CEO whilst receiving the award dedicated it to the management and staff of Inlaks for their relentless service even during these trying times.

He also appreciated the board of the organization that drove changes within the organisation particularly in the pandemic which led to the company being recognized and the customers who have continued to support Inlaks while being ambassadors of all Inlaks’ solutions.

The CEO and Next Bulls awards, the sixth in its series, recognizes the CEOs of listed companies creating competitive shareholder value through sound strategy, disciplined execution and world class governance. In addition, it celebrates chief executives of quoted companies that have demonstrated the most impressive gains in both share price and service delivery.

Themed “Advancing Against all Odds,” this year’s award particularly recognised businesses that have been thriving in spite of the global harsh economic realities.

According to the organisers of the award, the indomitable Next Bulls are the CEOs raging forward at a time when many businesses are choosing to retreat, thus acknowledging Adeoti’s good leadership in the area of corporate governance, innovation and service delivery.

The CEOs award celebrates the CEOs of successful, privately-owned indigenous companies built by Nigerians, led by Nigerians and poised to lead their categories on the continent.

Established in 1982, Inlaks is Africa’s leading Information Technology systems integrator with presence in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Gambia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia and Cameroon. As solutions provider, it offers core banking, agency banking, fraud management, cyber-security, cloud, data centre, enterprise risk management and software solutions.

Part of the criteria for selecting winners of this year’s awards held virtually on September 5, are stock price appreciation, Profit After Tax (PAT) growth, an unblemished regulatory compliance record, and positive marketplace reputation among customers in the period under review.

Winners are also selected based on significant interest shown by active and informed investors on the Nigerian Stock Exchange to invest in their stock should their boards ever decide to take them public.


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Transcorp Hotels Hard Hit by COVID-19, Mulls Restructuring

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The novel COVID-19 pandemic has caused the African Hotel and Tourism industry to lose over $50bn in revenue.

Transcorp Hotels Hard Hit by COVID-19, Mulls Restructuring

Dupe Olusola, MD, Transcorp Hotels

Amidst this, Transcorp Hotels Plc has suffered unprecedented losses and is looking to restructure the business strategy of its hotels and optimize its operations.

The management of Transcorp Hotels Plc has announced that it will be taking steps to ensure business continuity in the wake of the losses recorded due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

To this end, the hotelier is diversifying its portfolio and reducing its workforce as part of its cost management initiatives.

Mrs Dupe Olusola, managing director, Transcorp Hotels Plc, disclosed this during a Press Conference on Thursday saying “The impact of COVID-19 on the business is like nothing the company has ever witnessed. The hotel and hospitality industry in Nigeria has never faced a crisis that brought travel to a standstill, including the Ebola Virus Outbreak of 2014 and the recession of 2015. The slow pick up of international travel, restriction on large gatherings, the switch to virtual meetings and fear of the virus, has drastically reduced demand for our hotels and occupancy levels to its lowest of less than 5%.”

According to her “Despite the losses incurred we have fulfilled our obligations to staff. At the inception of the pandemic, we maintained a 100% salary payment to our over 900 employees in March and April. We also activated various cost-saving initiatives such as renegotiations of service contracts and restructuring of our loans. We suspended further commitment to buy fixed assets and operating equipment as well as reducing our energy consumption and maintenance costs. Despite undertaking these, it has become apparent that more fundamental changes need to be made for the business to survive. To this end, our workforce headcount will be reduced by at least 40%, and our reward system will be optimized.”

Mrs Olusola further disclosed that negotiations are ongoing to ensure that our colleagues who will be impacted are adequately compensated given the peculiarities of the economy at this time.

A health insurance package to reduce their health burden costs, especially during the pandemic, amongst other payment settlements, will be activated.

Equally, all Executives of Transcorp Hilton Abuja have now taken a pay cut.

As one of the leading hospitality brands in Africa, Transcorp Hotels Plc has stated its commitment to uphold service standards and ensure that all guests continue to experience the warmth and hospitality that it is known for.


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LCCI Announces Date for Virtual Edition of ICTEL Expo

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The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), the premier Chamber of Commerce and a leading voice in the organised private sector (OPS) in Nigeria, is set to host the 6th edition of the Information, Communication, Technology and Telecommunications (ICTEL) Expo.

The tech event is scheduled to take place virtually on Tuesday 22ndand Wednesday 23rd September at 9am daily. To this end, interested participants are urged to register online via www.ictelexpo.com.ng

Muda Yusuf, director general of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) said: “The ICTEL EXPO is positioned to be a veritable platform for both operators and regulators to network, showcase and explore with technology with the view to repositioning the ICT sector of the economy.”

Yusuf added “that this year’s edition promises to be the best ever in the series with the theme “Exploring Opportunities in the Digital Economy” This is intended to create a platform to discuss strategies for economic diversification and business sustainability with particular focus on ICT, especially with the current challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. There would also be virtual conferences and exhibition during the two-day event.

Yusuf also emphasized that relevant agencies and departments of Government will be exhibiting and attending to other exhibitors and participants.

He stated that the Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies that have confirmed attendance to participate are Ministry of Communications; Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) amongst others.

In addition, the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami and the Executive Vice Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission, Prof. Umar GarbaDanbatta, are expected as Special Guests.

Mrs. Funke Opeke, managing director, MainOne Cable and chairman, Presidential Committee on National Broadband Plan, is expected to deliver the Keynote Address on the first day.

While Mr. Victor Eburajolo, deputy group managing director, Kewalram Group, will be delivering the Keynote Address on the second day at the virtual Expo.

Yusuf stated that “so far, so good the excitement that the virtual Expo has generated has been phenomenal and we are indeed happy about it.”


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