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ALAT by Wema Encourages Strategic Financial Decisions in Relationships

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Fostering a healthy work-life balance is one of the many concerns of young professionals across the world, especially as the COVID-19 pandemic persists.

L-R: Akah Nnani, Actor; Claire Nnani, Artist; Hannah Jonathan (Soul Spice), Sex Therapist and Funmilayo Falola, Head of Marketing Communications and Investor Relations, Wema Bank will speak at the third edition of the ALAT Talk Series.

On Thursday, October 28, 2021, a diverse group of Nigerian professionals – Gbemi O, media personality; Claire and Akah Nnani, YouTube content creators and creatives; Funmilayo Falola, head, Marketing Communications and Investor Relations, Wema Bank; Hannah Jonathan, Clinical Sexuality Coach – gathered to discuss balancing a healthy relationship and a hectic workload, while ensuring financial stability.

This discussion was held during the third edition of the ALAT Talk Series, a platform for the exchange of ideas and insights about life, relationships, technology, and finance. The virtual series themed ‘Relationship, Love and Work: How To Juggle It All’ was held via teleconferencing application, Zoom.

The latest edition of the series was aimed at providing young Nigerians with the skills and knowledge required to combine a hectic work lifestyle with a healthy sex/love life. Media personality and co-host of the OffAir Show, Gbemi Olateru-Olagbegi, moderated the 90-minute session. Comments and questions poured in from the eager audience who watched on the Zoom app and via ALAT’s Facebook page.

Akah and Claire Nnani’s session was brutally honest as they shared their experiences as a couple, their transition into parenthood, and how they thrived as business partners while managing their demanding careers. Akah emphasised the need for trust, “trust is important in all our dealings. We trust each other in setting boundaries and understanding each other’s perspectives while managing our business together.” Claire buttressed Akah’s point with her take on the need for couples to reach an understanding, “It is hard not to see each other as competition, especially when you are working in the same space, but understanding your strengths is key.”

During the event, Funmilayo Falola, head, Marketing Communications and Investor Relations, Wema Bank, reiterated the objective of the ALAT Talk Series and the importance of addressing key financial decisions from the onset: “At ALAT we are committed to improving financial literacy among young Nigerians by providing them with the tools and services to make the right financial decisions in any situation even marriages and relationships.

This is why we advise the need to address the seemingly difficult financial decisions from the onset. Investment plans, yearly and monthly budgets, individual and joint financial goals, allowances and childcare plans, are some of the important conversations to have in any relationship,” she added.

Speaking on the sexual status of many relationships in Nigeria, Sex Expert, Hannah Jonathan spoke about boundaries and influence, “Most couples do not set boundaries early in their relationship and are easily influenced by work, friends and family, which leads to stress. This stress causes frustration that can cause further issues in the future.”

Over the years, ALAT has developed several youth-focused initiatives to support Nigerians across the country in building sustainable relationships and a healthy lifestyle – and this third edition of the ALAT Talk Series is one of such initiatives.

 


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Sophos, TechEconomy.ng to Host Webinar on ‘Securing Remote Working’ in Nigeria

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Sophos, a UK company primarily focused on providing security software in conjunction with TechEconomy.ng has announced December 7, 2021 (11.00 AM WAT) as the date for the webinar on ‘Securing Remote Working’.

Coronavirus has brought remote working to the top of everyone’s mind, with many organizations already enabling or exploring it.

According to the Velocity Smart Technology Market Research Report 2021, 70% of remote workers said they had experienced IT problems during the pandemic, and 54% had to wait up to three hours for the issue to be resolved.

Meanwhile, CISO’s Benchmark Report 2020, says organizations are struggling to manage remote workers’ use of phones and other mobile devices.

According to the organizers, the webinar will focus on the following: Providing secure connectivity for people working at home, on-site, and in the office, including VPN and ZTNA technologies; Securing the devices that make those connections against ransomware and other advanced threats; Protecting the data and workloads your users need to access, whether stored on-premises, in the cloud or both.

Speaking ahead of the webinar, Peter Oluka, editor at TechEconomy.ng said with remote working now the new normal, it is important to start simplifying cybersecurity management for dispersed IT teams at the same time.

He said discovering the tips to help users, and organizations, stay secure while protecting everyone’s physical health had become imperative.

“Remote working is not just people who are in multiple locations – the resources they use are as well.”

He explained that in offices there are security measures and protections in place such as firewalls and blacklisted IP addresses which help in reducing the risk but the case is different when working remotely.

“When you are working from home, chances are that you are connecting from unsafe wifi or connected to an untrusted network and that increases the risks of cyberattacks.”

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The organizers: Sophos and TechEconomy.ng, said that participation is FREE however you are required to pre-register through this Link HERE (https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2411802264243755534)


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Zamfara to Restore Telecoms Services Today

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Zamfara State Government has announced the suspension of the ban on telecommunications services in the state from Monday, November 29, 2021.

Zamfara to Restore Telecoms Services Today

The announcement was made by Mr Bello Matawalle, the state’s governor,  at an event in Gusau, the state capital, at the weekend,  where he stated that the resumption of telecoms services would begin tomorrow.

The federal government and the Zamfara State government had in September shut down network services “to enable relevant security agencies to carry out required activities towards addressing the security challenges in the state.”

Now, Mr Matawalle explained that the decision to suspend the measure was informed by the encouraging report of peace attained in the nooks and crannies of the state.

“I want to announce today (Saturday) that we have taken a decision to lift the ban on telecommunications in the state,” the governor was quoted as saying in a statement by Mr Zailani Bappa, his Special Adviser on Public Enlightenment, Media, and Communications.

“God’s Willing, as from next Monday we shall have that effected,” he said.

This follows its neighbouring Northwestern state, Kaduna, announcing the restoration of telecommunications services more than a month after it was shut down on the orders of the state security council.

Governor Matawalle, speaking at the convention of the state chapter of the All Progress Congress (APC) held at the trade fair complex in Gusau, believes bandits have taken the desired toll meant by the measure.

He thanked the people of the state for their patience and perseverance throughout the trying period and assured them that his administration would continue to take any measure necessary to preserve peace and protect their lives and property.


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Artificial Intelligence Will Speed Up Judicial Proceedings – Pantami

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Prof. Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami), Minister for Communications and Digital Economy, has said that embracing Artificial Intelligence (AI) and other innovative technologies will facilitate a timely dispensation of Justice by Nigerian Courts.

Prof. Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami)

Prof. Pantami made this statement at a seminar on ‘Banking and Related matters for Judges’ held at the National Judicial Institute Abuja.

The seminar with the theme: “Strengthening the Quality of Judicial Systems and Banking Operations Through Innovations”, aims at equipping judicial officers and other stakeholders, featured technical presentations on ‘Cyber Security and the Courts, Safeguarding the Banking and Judicial Processes, as well as Contemporary Legal issues in Electronic Commerce in Nigeria’.

Speakers’ presentations were focused on how Judges can effectively handle cyber security and scam cases especially with regards to E-commerce. It was believed that skills building in this sphere will help reduce the sprout of scammers and cyber criminals.

Professor Pantami, who was represented by Mallam Kashifu Inuwa, director general, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), noted that the choice of the theme and timing of the seminar is apt, considering the recent increase in cyber and financial crimes in the country, hence the need for increased knowledge and skills acquisition for Judges especially on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and other related innovations.

He said AI is currently doing what human beings can do, adding that “Before, human can think and make decisions but today we have systems that can make decisions like the way we do by using available data.

Prof. Pantami said “We live in a world that is increasingly integrated with technology, and it is very difficult to separate our online life and offline life, and everything we do is being captured, processed and stored by this big tech companies. So we need utilize our time to develop new ideas that will improve our court proceedings.”

He said people go to social media to buy things, and big tech companies use Artificial Intelligence to advertise products which users have interest in, that clearly showed another method of changing the way people live and interact.

He added that, “Artificial Intelligence has powers, and these powers can be used against or for social Justice, criminal justice and many more. So we need to design a system with legal minds that can solve courts challenges.”

“By 2025, China will commence the use of artificial intelligence and other technologies in its judicial system”, he said. The participants’ attention was drawn to the way ICT is taking over everything and the need to leverage on the vast opportunities it provides in commerce, financial services and our legal system”. He said.

Speaking on NITDA’s statutory mandate, Prof. Pantami said NITDA Act of 2007 is to develop the regulations of electronic governance and monitor the use of electronic data interchange and other forms of electronic communication transactions as an alternative to paper-based methods in government, commerce, education, and other field, where the use of electronic communication may improve the exchange of data and information.


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