Aitec Africa, a leading ICT publishing, event management, professional development and training in Africa will hold its annual Banking & Mobile Money West Africa Conference from 11 to 12 May at the Eko Hotel & Suites.
The theme of this year’s Conference is “Thought leadership & innovation to survive & thrive in the new banking era,” responding do the challenges of the changed banking landscape in Nigeria.
The conference has an impressive line-up of over 40 international and local experts who will share their perspectives and knowledge with the over 300 delegates that will attend from the financial services sector.
The opening session of the conference is to be chaired by Adedotun Sulaiman, Chairman of Moneybox Africa and a pioneer of electronic payments in Nigeria.
The conference includes 20 international experts as speakers, supported by over 20 Nigerian speakers and moderators.
Briefing newsmen at a press conference, Sean Moroney, AITEC Chairman and the Conference Programme Director, said the main objective of the programme is to equip the region’s banking professionals and managers with the knowledge they need to succeed in a challenging new environment.
“We need to redirect the thinking of bankers from short-term, high-yield transactions, to more longer-term, inclusive banking operations where banks return to their roots of financing investment in entrepreneurship, growth and development.”
Moroney said this year’s AITEC Banking & Mobile Money Conference will be one of the first major events to be held in the Eko Hotel’s impressive new conference centre, which is opening at the end of April.
The event includes a two-day conference which provides a valuable educational forum for the financial services sector, updating CXOs and IS managers on latest international developments in payment technologies, best practices in IT project deployment, and latest trends in customer service delivery.
Bankers will be asked to share their insights into optimizing customer service through technology deployment. There will be an emphasis on case studies and vendor product promotion will be kept to a minimum, limiting them to clearly designated Commercial Presentations or Showcase Presentations.
AITEC Banking & Mobile Money West Africa 2010 will focus on customer experience in relation to all technology implementation and services, challenging suppliers and bankers alike to evaluate their systems in the light of customer needs and preferences.
The event will engage with bank customers by inviting them to attend the exhibition and experience the new services available today through the wide range of new payment technologies being offered by banks.
Banks will be invited to demonstrate their services by setting up mini-branches on the exhibition floor, using them as platforms not only to market their services but also to obtain valuable customer feedback and data. The Banking Mall of the exhibition will be a live laboratory platform to demonstrate world class banking services powered by latest payment technologies.
The Technology Hub of the exhibition will provide a showcase for technology manufacturers and vendors to demonstrate their latest products and systems to enhance West Africa’s rapidly growing financial services sector.
The conference includes Panel discussion topics on Nigeria’s banking switch landscape: Building increased capacity and competition or an electronic Tower of Babel? A mobile money panel discussion addressing the question: “Is integration and interoperability in mobile banking and money transfer achievable sooner rather than later?” And Bank CXO Panel Discussion on “Thought leadership & innovation in the new banking era”
Emmanuel Okoegwale, CEO, Mobile Money Africa said the conference is hosting the launch of the African Centre for Mobile Financial Inclusion, an exciting initiative to create an industry association and information clearing house for the continent’s rapidly expanding mobile money industry.
Sponsors of this year’s event are Mediterranean Smart Cards Company (MSCC), APC, Gateway Communications, The Phone Business and Altech West Africa.
NCC Arrests Man for Hacking into DSTV System
Nigeria Copyright Commission (NCC), has arrested one Mr Aliu Olalekan, for allegedly hacking into DSTV system and watching the channels free without subscription.
Mr Matthew Ojo, NCC Director in the Lagos Directorate Office said this while speaking with newsmen in Lagos, on Tuesday.
He said that the suspect used to watch DSTV channels free without subscription on his Android phone via an app which he downloaded on google play store.
“This suspect distributed the know-how to his telegram followers and on his blog with the aim of gaining more followers and viewership on his blog and makes more money through google ad-sense.
“The operation was based on surveillance which had earlier been carried out by the Multi-choice team and verified by a copyright inspector, ” he said.
He added that the arrest was made in collaboration with a team of copyright inspectors led by the Head of Enforcement Department, Mr Charles Amudipe.
Others included; a team from Multichoice Nigeria led by Mr Umar Ibrahim and policemen from Lagos Command Headquarters, Ikeja.
Ojo said that the joint team conducted an anti-piracy operation at the premises of the culprit in Amukoko, Lagos.
According to him, the suspect was contacted on phone by a member of the operation team on the disguise of patronising him. “The suspect came out to meet the caller and in the process of discussion, he was apprehended.
“The suspect took the team to his resident. The squad paraded his one-room apartment and recovered his laptop and phones used in perpetrating the ungodly act. “He was arrested and brought to the copyright commission office for further investigation, ” he said.
Ojo said that, on getting to the commission’s office, the statement of the suspect was taken and the inventory of items seized from him taken. He said that investigation on the matter was still ongoing and if found guilty the suspect will be charged to court.
NCC, Digital Encode Support NITRA Innovative Tech Forum On Post-COVID-19 Strategies
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Nigeria’s telecommunications regulator and Digital Encode, Cybersecurity and Compliance advisory company, have indicated interest to partner with the Nigeria Information Technology Reporters Association (NITRA), the national umbrella body of ICT reporters, as it organizes a forum that will x-ray the industry’s future plans for ICT growth post pandemic era.
The event, slated to hold on October 15, 2020, will seek to discuss the needs for a fortified ICT sector after the COVID-19 era, and the level of preparedness of ICT stakeholders to embrace the challenge of being pivotal to the stability and growth of all other sectors.
A statement from NITRA National Secretariat in Lagos indicates that due to the pandemic and need to observe the COVID-19 protocol on social distancing, the event will be held via a Webinar.
This year’s theme, “Multi-stakeholder Approach To National Recovery Post-Pandemic”, is in line with the annual event’s generic theme, ‘NITRA Innovative Tech Forum’, a contribution by NITRA to the development of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) innovations and policies in Nigeria.
Prof. Umar Danbatta, executive vice chairman, NCC is expected to deliver the keynote speech at the event and will throw more light on Federal Government’s plans, programmes and policies on post-pandemic strategies using ICT.
Dr. Adewale Obadare and Dr. Seyi Akindeinde, founders of Digital Encode, while accepting to support the event expressed their readiness to offer their expertise in Cybersecurity for organisations to prepare against cyber- attacks with the new normal.
They will also highlight areas that are high risks that need fortification in terms of cybersecurity.
Speaking on the event, Mr. Chike Onwuegbuchi, national chairman, NITRA, noted that as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to leave its negative trails across the globe, economic reboot for countries will not only depend on how well they readapt to the new normal, but also more on their recovery plans.
According to him: “While the federal government has consistently expressed its willingness to set all policies in place to engender growth, and accelerated implementation of these policies, private sector firms have also shown great hunger for the task ahead in post-COVID-19 era.
However, the question that needs to be answered is whether all stakeholders are ready for the required task ahead.”
The event will also offer participating companies opportunities to publicize some of their individual efforts at contributing to reacting a soft landing or lifeline for SMEs and other ancillary companies as the pandemic threatens their survival.
Digital Encode is a multi-award winning and leading consulting and integration firm that specializes in the design, management, and security of business-critical networks, telecommunications environments and other Information Technology (IT) infrastructures.
NCC Threatens Illegal Users of GSM Boosters with Arrest, Prosecution
Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) has warned telecom consumers to desist from using illegal GSM boosters.
The commission also said that anyone caught using a GSM booster without obtaining approval of a duly licensed network operator will face arrest and prosecution.
GSM boosters are devices that transmit and receive telecommunications signals and can therefore interfere with other radio frequency equipment.
Ikechukwu Adinde, director, public affairs, NCC, said in a notice published on NCC website, that only licensed network operators are allowed to use GSM boosters.
The booster, also known as amplifier or repeater is made up of three main elements – exterior antenna, amplifier, and interior antenna.
They form a wireless system to boost cellular reception
“Members of the public should note that, willful interference with any wireless telegraphy is an offence under Section 16 of the Telegraphy Act, 2004,”it said
The agency said it will not condone any flagrant breach of this law.
It has also enforced measures to prosecute offenders.
Accordingly, monitoring mechanisms have been put in place and anyone caught using a GSM booster without obtaining approval of a duly licensed network operator will face arrest and prosecution.
“Any member of the public with useful information regarding the illegal use of GSM Boosters should contact the Commission on 09-4617000/7351 or send an email to [email protected],” the notice said.
“Individuals desirous of using GSM Boosters should note that they can only do so in conjunction with licensed network operators,” it added.
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