The Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON); Nigeria internet Registration Association (NiRA) and University of Ibadan in conjunction with African Network Information Center (AFRINIC) have commenced training of sixty (60) telecoms network engineers on the intricacies of internet protocol version six (IPv6).
The four-day training which started on Tuesday at NiRA house in Lagos, was a mark of shared philosophy among the partners that ‘local; engineers must be at par with their international counterparts.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the Internet Number Resources Management (INRM) and IPv6 Course, through the first vice president, Engineer Tony Nwosu, ATCON president, Mr. Olusola Teniola, said that the need to migrate to IPv6 is long overdue, however ATCON is still unhappy that majority of the country’s networks are not IPV6 compliance.
He said that ATCON has continued to invest heavily in the adoption of IPv6 for sheer reasons: the need to increase the productivity and contribution level of networks engineers in the implementation and deployment of IPv6 for Nigerian ICT/telecoms development.
Teniola said, ATCON has invested and still investing heavily on this course due to “the need to enhance the performance of our Network Engineers on network management with the ultimate goal of enhancing the sustainable growth of the Nigerian Telecom Industry is second to none globally. We also saw the need to provide Nigerian network engineers with the required knowledge to compete favourably with their counter parts in the global market.”
He also urged ATCON members to migrate to IPv6 so that the knowledge acquired during the four-day training could be put to use in the various organisation.
On his part, Sunday Folayan, NiRA’s President, re-emphasised that the world of internet is going out of IPv4 addresses as Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) has allocated the final eight IPv4 address blocks to each of the five regional internet registries (RIR) over five years ago.
Folayan who was represented by Muhammed Rudman, NiRA vice president, said “APNIC was the first RIR to run out of freely allocated IPv4 addresses on April 15, 2011. This date marked the point where not everyone who needed and IPv4 address could be allocated one. As a consequence of this exhaustion, end-to-end connectivity as required by specific applications will not be universally available on the internet until IPv6 is fully implemented”.
According to him, IPv6 will open a pool of internet addresses that is a billion-trillion times larger than a total pool of IPv4 addresses which is about 4.3billion, “this means that the number of IPv6 addresses is virtually inexhaustible for the foreseeable future. This will address the need of the ever expanding world population, the growth of the domain name system due to the opening of the new gTLDs and the immerging internet of things (IoTs).
Rev. Folayan said that the training for engineers was paramount to aide companies in the smooth transition to IPv6, adding that one of the challenges identified for the lack of IPv6 in Nigeria “is lack of the required technical skills”, adding that he believes “this training will expose you further to the need for IPv6 and will equip our engineers with the right set of skills to assist their various organisations to migrate to IPv6 so that Nigeria occupy its rightful position in the global IPv6 ranking”.
Also Professor Abel Idowu, vice chancellor, University of Ibadan, who was represented by Dr. Seyi Osunade, director, Information Technology and Media Services at UI, said that as an Institution of higher learning, the management of UI understand the important of IPv6 to teaching and learning hence the decision to be part of the training programme.
He said, “UI recognises the role and impact of information technology on education. It has deployed several infrastructure and solutions for the adoption and use of information technology and media by staff and students for academic and administrative processes.
“In order to leverage the convergence of information technology and media technology to positively affect teaching, learning and research in the University; UI established the Directorate of Information Technology and Media Services (ITeMS). The duty of the directorate is to use information technology and media solutions to provide information, communication and entertainment to all members of the community located locally or elsewhere”.
He added that the Directorate is as a result of the unification of the Management Information System (MIS) unit, the Information and Communication Technology (Internet) project, Diamond FM radio station, University Media Centre, the Computing Centre and the Information Technology Unit of the College of Medicine.
The VC expressed the University’s delight to be associated with AFRINIC on the training related to a critical resource for information technology optimization, adding that “UI business is education and UI will continue to be the first and the best in developing human capacity for the Nigerian industry”.
The training sessions are conducted by African Network Information Center which was accredited in April 2005 by ICANN as the fifth Regional Internet Registry according to criteria defined in its ICP-2 document (criteria for establishment of regional Internet registries).
NDPR to Safeguard Personal Data of Nigerians -DG NITDA
Mallam Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, director general, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), has disclosed that the motive behind the issuance of Nigerian Data Protection Regulations, (NDPR) by the Agency was to safeguard the right of natural persons to data privacy, fostering safe conduct for transactions involving the exchange of personal data, enablement of Nigerian businesses to be globally compliant and competitive and to create jobs for Nigerians.
Mallam Abdullahi revealed this Friday while delivering the keynote address at the 6th annual conference of Institute Internal Auditors of Nigeria, (IIAN) with the theme:, “Agility and Resilience” which was held on zoom conference platform.
The Conference aimed at preparing participants across Internal Audits, Internal Controls, risk management, revenue and Government assurance and other business professionals to learn how to leverage on new technologies and procedures towards actualisation of the organisation’s goals and objectives.
The NITDA DG who was represented Director e-Government Development and Regulations, Dr Vincent Olatunji stated that since inception of the Agency in 2001, it has been playing a catalytic roles to spur the infusion of technology into nation’s work processes reiterating that the Agency plays “critical roles in capacity development, provision of working tools for Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).
“NITDA also has an existing arrangement with the office of the Auditor General of the Federation to aid the office in the discharge of its activities.”
Mallam Abdullahi said, “The Nigeria Data Protection Regulation (NDPR) was issued on 25th January, 2020 by my predecessor, DrIsa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy.
“As part of his think-tank then, our thinking was that Nigeria needed to quickly provide a regulatory framework for the processing of personal data.
“This was even more pertinent in consideration of the global implications of non-performance.
“Businesses where losing bids because investors felt there was no data privacy regime in Nigeria.
“The Agency’s implementation of the NDPR has been innovative and impact oriented. For the first time in data protection implementation, auditors became recognised as Data Protection Compliance Organisations (DPCO)”.
He maintained that NITDA has 72 licensed DPCOs among which are members of this “august body,” adding that “this posture is not as a result of lack of professionals in the IT industry, rather, we have made conscious efforts to carry every relevant stakeholder along in our developmental regulatory strategy.
“ I hope this noble institute would repay NITDA’s generosity by imbibing ethical and professional principles on your members for better implementation of the Regulation.”
Earlier in his remarks, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, New Capital Cooperatives Society Mr. Benedict Anyalenka while commending the organisers of the conference affirmed that data privacy and protection should be a requisite skill needed for development of the Information Technology Sector as it would create platform for protection of information against unauthorized usage.
Anyalenka, however, called for proper awareness on the importance of data privacy among organisations and stakeholders across the country to safeguard citizens’ data.
FG Reveals Plans to Deploy Technology in the Health Sector
As part of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government of Nigeria has announced plans to deploy information and communications technology (ICT) in the country’s health sector.
This is part of the plans to achieve transparency and accountability in health care delivery across the country.
Dr. Ngozi R. C. Azodoh, director, Special Projects, Federal Ministry of Health, who represented Osagie Emmanuel Ehanire, Honourable Minister of Health, revealed this while speaking at MTN Nigeria’s Revv Programme masterclass on Thursday, September 17, 2020 .
The virtual session themed ‘Bridging the healthcare divide through technology and partnerships’ had in attendance health sector experts including Chief Executive Officer, Hygeia HMO Limited, Obinnia Abajue; Chief Operations Officer and Co-Founder, Afya Care, Kola Oni; Managing Director, Ingress Health Partners, Dr. Orode Doherty and Chief Executive Officer, Tremendoc Limited, Ugochukwu Chikezie. The session was moderated by the General Manager, Business Development, MTN Nigeria, Omotayo Ojulatayo.
According to Azodoh, the federal government has put structures in place to utilise ICT as part of efforts to standardise the healthcare system.
“The government is working hand in hand with state governments across the country to maintain transparency and accountability, adding that ICT and other forms of electronic platforms are currently being improved and expanded following the federal government’s COVID intervention”.
She also shared that the ministry is willing to support small businesses in the sector imploring the participating SMEs to seize the opportunities provided by The Revv Programme.
“I want to ask everyone who is listening to write to the MTN Revv team and say this is one thing I want the Federal Ministry of Health to do to help my business then we can engage on how to proceed,” she enthused.
In her parting remarks, she also commended MTN Nigeria for providing a platform for SMEs to expand their capacity. “I must commend MTN for this excellent initiative. It has been very productive for me and an opportunity to transfer knowledge.”
The Revv Programme is an initiative from MTN Nigeria to help small businesses rethink and retool their operations in order to withstand the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic using a four-pronged approach that includes masterclasses, access to market, productivity tools support and advisory initiatives.
Peace House Charity Foundation Seeks for DCTC Intervention
Mallam Kashifu InuwaAbdullahi, director general, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), asserted that if we do not empower our people, they become a problem to the society in future.
He made this know on Friday while receiving a delegation from Peace House Charity Foundation,Yola who were at the Agency’s Corporate Headquarter, Abuja to seek for interventions in the areas of ICT.
The representative of the Director General, Dr. Vincent Olatunji, Director eGovernment Development and Regulation stated that one of the mandate of the Agency is the deployment of ICT infrastructure as such the Foundation’s visit at this time is very apt as the Agency is relentlessly working on the implementation of the Digital Economy strategy.
MallamAbdullahi affirmed that Agency at the moment is looking for organisations to partner with to sustain Digital Capacity Training Centres deployed across the country.
He commended the effort of the organisation in assisting orphans with not only providing basic education but also the provision of skills, mentorship and moral upbringing.
Speaking earlier, Mr Mohammad Bello, a Director with the Foundation said that the organisation was at the Agency to seek for ICT intervention and to commend NITDA’s effort in promoting ICT knowledge across the nation.
He stated that the organisation supports education for the orphans and the less privileged, promote health care delivery especially among women and children, provide sensitisation workshop for parents (mothers) on parenting and matrimonial home, promote unity and encourage self-reliance among the populace.
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