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Danbatta, Others Extol Benefits of Data in Development of Digital Economy



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Professor Umar Garba Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Office (EVC/CEO) of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said that real value can only be driven from data when it is gathered completely and accurately, connected to other relevant data, and done in a timely manner.

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He stated this while delivering a keynote address at the 2021 edition of the Nigeria ICT Impact CEO Forum held on Friday, at Oriental Hotel, Lagos.

The event themed: “Data the New Oil of the Digital Economy” had ICT policymakers and policy enablers in attendance.

The EVC noted that data when properly refined could quickly become a decision-making tool – information – that allows companies to react to market forces and be proactive and intentional in their decision-making.

He further expressed delight in the significant contributions of telecommunications sector in the development of the Nigerian economy.

According to him, “It is gratifying that in the last few years, the telecommunications sector has consistently driven the digital economy agenda of the government, as it provided the necessary impetus for the support of the Nigerian economy in the digital space.

“It is pertinent to add that the information and communication sector recorded a growth of 6.31% in Q1 2021, which was largely driven by the growth in the telecommunications sub-sector (+7.69%).

“This growth trend has rekindled the hope that economic diversification can be realised in Nigeria.

“Also one of the most dynamic developments related to the digital economy has been the rise of social network platforms which have set the stage for unprecedented social 2 interactions, dialogue, exchange and collaboration.

“These platforms have opened up multiple avenues for entrepreneurship, business connectivity and engineered several activities that support ease of doing business in Nigeria”.

Danbatta further stated that the Commission is currently working on a regulatory instrument to manage data collection and utilisation in the Nigerian communications sector.

The process, according to him, is going through the Commission’s collaborative rule making approach and will provide all stakeholders with ample opportunities to participate.

Engr Ikechukwu Nnamani, CEO – Medallion Communications Limited and President of Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), speaking on the Topic titled: “Building Blocks to a Data Based Digital Economy” said that digital economy is the network of economic activities, commercial transactions and professional interactions that are enabled by information and communications technologies.

He noted that the benefits of digital economy span across, Job creation, Rise in E-commerce, Expansion in business opportunities, Transparency, Improvement in public services, Digital delivery of goods and services and others.

He equally said that Nigeria is still far from generating the volume of data that will make data the new oil for Nigeria, noting that there is still need for more local content data generation in Nigeria for its Data to move from people and business based to machine based if we are to generate adequate data to make data Nigeria’s new oil.

According to him, “Nigeria is missing in key cloud services platform location.

“Hyperscale datacenters must be located within Nigeria to make the key cloud service platform to be located within the country.

“Edge datacenters are needed for effective storage and distribution of content across the country to ensure efficient service delivery.”

Earlier, Tayo Adewusi, editor-in-Chief of ICT Watch magazine, the organizers of the event, said that Data in the 21st Century is like Oil in the 18th Century: an immensely, untapped valuable asset.

He noted that Data is the key to smooth and efficient running of everyday life, including in both public and private sectors.

“Like oil, for those who see Data’s fundamental value and learn to extract and use it there will be huge rewards.

“We are in a digital economy where data is more valuable than ever. It’s the key to the smooth functionality of everything from the government to local companies. Without it, progress would halt”.

Oluwarotimi Arakunrin Akeredolu, SAN, Governor of Ondo State, speaking at the event via virtual platform, emphasized the importance of Data to all stakeholders in Nigeria’s economy, noting that it’s the lifeblood of any digital economy.

He said, “The importance of data cannot be overemphasised in the economy of nations because data is the lifeblood of digital economy.

“We are in digital economy where data is more valuable than ever.

“Hence, it is not surprising that data has of late been referred to as ‘the new oil’. Data is an essential resource that powers the present digital economy”.

Mr Kashifu Inuwa, the Director-General, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) speaking on the topic: Nigeria Data Protection Regulation (NDPR) and the Future of Data Governace, said the world has gradually evolved into a digital platform in which everything we do appears to be linked to technology in some way.

He noted that the digitalization phenomenon has now elevated digital platforms to become drivers of the economy rather than enablers.

The DG added that digital economy is highly dependent on the availability of data and the requisite skills to process such data to extract maximum economic and social value.

Abiodun Omoniyi, CEO, VDT Communications Limited, who spoke on the theme: ‘Why Data will be the New Oil in the Digital Economy’, said that data is now world’s most valuable resource.

He stated that it will not be right to say that data will be the new oil, but that it is already the new oil.

On the contributions of Telecom industry in the Nigerian economy, Omoniyi said, “Telecom is already the new oil especially in Nigeria with the highly dwindling oil fortunes.

“The fact that telecoms globally and in Nigeria are largely driven by the private sector gives it tremendous room for growth.

“However, governments around the world and including Nigeria need to create growth-oriented policies and provide enabling environments for the full potentials of data to be harnessed.

“Data has enormous potentials to displace oil in leading the global economic growth now and the foreseeable future”.

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WhatsApp to Deactivate Support for Certain Phone Models over Incompatibility



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WhatsApp has announced that it will no longer be supported on a variety of phone models starting from the summer of 2024.

WhatsApp to Deactivate Support for Certain Phone Models over Incompatibility

This decision affects a significant number of devices from popular brands such as Samsung, Motorola, Huawei, Apple, Sony, and LG.

Users are advised to check the list of incompatible devices to determine whether their phones are affected and whether they need to upgrade to continue using WhatsApp securely.

Surprisingly, some of the models on the list are quite old, but due to their decent hardware or lack of upgrade options, some users have been clinging onto WhatsApp for dear life.

At present, WhatsApp is recommending that users only use the app if they have a device running on Android 5.0 or later, or an iPhone with iOS 12 or newer.

The affected models include popular devices like Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus, Motorola Moto G, and various iPhone models like 5, 6, and SE.

This development highlights the rapid evolution of technology and the need for users to stay current with their devices to access essential services like WhatsApp.

As we move towards a more advanced digital age, it becomes increasingly crucial for users to regularly check for updates and ensure compatibility with the latest software and applications.

In light of WhatsApp’s decision to discontinue support for certain phone models, there are several key points that users should be aware of regarding this future incompatibility issue.

One of the main challenges associated with WhatsApp ceasing support for older phone models is the potential security risks involved.

Unsupported devices may become more vulnerable to security threats as they will no longer receive essential updates and patches from WhatsApp.

Additionally, users who are unable or unwilling to upgrade their devices may face difficulties in communicating with friends and family who continue to use WhatsApp.

On the controversial side, some users argue that tech companies should provide support for older devices to ensure inclusivity and accessibility for all users, regardless of their device’s age or specifications.

However, from WhatsApp’s perspective, maintaining support for outdated models may hinder the app’s ability to innovate and introduce new features that require more advanced hardware.

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Glo Deploys AI Services for Customers to Earn Millions while Learning



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Digital solutions services provider, Globacom, has unveiled three innovative AI-focused services that aim to improve customer satisfaction and provide users the chance to profit from AI and win rewards on the network at the same time.

In addition to offering users the possibility to win thrilling rewards through lottery draws, Globacom disclosed in a press statement that the services would offer priceless insights into utilizing AI for everyday requirements.

One of the services, called “Glo Awoof Win EverWage,” is a gaming platform that gives users the chance to either win a lifetime wage or take part in a monthly draw that offers a N12 million prize.

Subscribers will also get regular payments from this service, thus having a steady source of income free from the limitations of a conventional job. Globacom stated that Glo EverWage “promises peace of mind in today’s dynamic economic environment, whether you seek supplementary income or financial stability.”

Subscribers can participate in the drawings for EverWage by calling *20791# and following the instructions to be eligible for a chance to win N12 million per month and daily cash prizes.

In a similar vein, “Glo Awoof Win SMS-to-Ai” uses artificial intelligence (AI) to give users rapid, precise information on any subject without requiring an internet connection.

The “Ask AI by Glo” service is an SMS-based platform that provides users with access to a variety of informational resources, including news, sports scores, weather predictions, traffic updates, educational advice, and celebrity information. By dialing *20791# on their handsets, subscribers can also take part in the network’s jackpot draws for a chance to win thrilling prizes.

Subscribers can also use Glo SMS-to-AI to ask queries even in the absence of internet access, by texting their inquiries to 20791 and the AI platform will respond to them right away. Regular questioners will be informed through their Glo lines and have a chance to win interesting rewards.

The third one, “Glo Awoof Win Ai Fortune”, is an educational service designed to empower users by teaching them how to leverage Ai for generating income and improving business processes.

“From foundational Ai concepts to advanced business strategies, our comprehensive curriculum equips you with the skills to harness Ai for income generation and business enhancement. Subscribers can engage in interactive learning modules, earn certifications, and showcase their expertise in monthly competitions”, the company disclosed.

Subscribers to AI Fortune can obtain study packets to read and enter to win prizes by dialling *20791# and following the instructions.

According to Globacom, users who want to take advantage of the three AI-powered services should dial *20791# on their mobile devices in order to choose among the available options. Daily one-time or auto subscriptions to the services cost N100, weekly one-time or auto subscriptions cost N200, and monthly one-time or auto subscriptions cost N500.

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Y’ello Care since ‘07: 17 Years of Unwavering Commitment to Community Development



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For nearly two decades, MTN has demonstrated a steadfast dedication to community development through its flagship corporate social responsibility initiative, Y’ello Care.

The annual program with the theme “Learn Today, Lead Tomorrow”, now celebrating its 17th year, exemplifies the telco’s commitment to making a positive impact across the various communities it serves.

Launched in 2007, Y’ello Care has evolved into one of the most significant corporate volunteer programs in the telecommunications sector. Each year, employees take time off from their daily tasks to give back to the community and participate in meaningful charitable initiatives, reflecting the company’s fundamental principles of innovation, leadership, and integrity.

The heart of Y’ello Care lies in its volunteers. MTN employees from different departments and regions come together to contribute their time, skills, and resources. This culture of volunteerism not only benefits the communities but also fosters a sense of purpose and camaraderie among its staff.

Since its inception, the Y’ello Care initiative has tackled various social challenges, from education and health to environmental sustainability and economic empowerment. The program’s success is measured by the number of projects completed and the lasting positive changes it brings to the lives of individuals and communities.

Speaking about this year’s edition, Tobe Okigbo, Chief Corporate Services & Sustainability Officer, MTN Nigeria, said “Y’ello Care is about the MTN ecosystem giving back and contributing their time, money, and resources to make a positive impact. This year, we’re focusing on education in remote areas, supporting three projects that will provide access to quality education for young Nigerians,” said

One of the cornerstones of Y’ello Care this year is its focus on education and this year the initiative is supporting the KNOSK charity education initiative (Study Better Packs),building and refurbishing Iwerekun Community High school, providing learning materials, and organizing vocational skills workshops. These efforts aim at bridging the educational gap and equipping students with the skills needed for the future.

Also, Y’ello Care has made significant contributions to improving healthcare services. Through medical outreach programs, health awareness campaigns, and the provision of essential medical equipment, it has helped enhance the quality of healthcare in underserved areas.

Beyond everything,

As Y’ello Care completesits 17th year, the company further proves its committment to deepening its impact on its community. MTN Nigeria’s unwavering commitment to community development through the Y’ello Care initiative is a testament to the power of corporate social responsibility.

The 17-year journey of Y’ello Care tells a remarkable story of dedication, impact, and hope. It serves as an inspiration for other organizations to engage in meaningful community service and underscores the importance of giving back to the society in which they operate.




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