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DocuData Pushes for Proper Records Management in Nigeria

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DocuData Custodian Services Limited, a prominent records and document management firm in Nigeria, has urged individuals, companies and the government to embrace records and document management system for proper planning and informed decisions.

DocuData was formed in 2008 by a group of historians, lawyers, accountants, library archival and information management experts who saw the need for the evolution of an era of perfection in the delivery of Records and Information Management in Nigeria and Africa.

Mrs. Timi Bamgbose, manager, Operations, DocuData Custodian Services Limited, told Nigeria CommunicationsWeek, that the industry if well harnessed could contribute enormously to the development of country.

Although she regretted that the industry in Nigeria remains untapped due general belief among majority of the people who tie information management to information technology alone.

“The industry in Nigeria”, Bamgbose said, “It not really been easy, because it is like a new concept. People are yet to understand, appreciate or adopt the idea of managing their documents and records. The truth is that they are aware of the importance of generating and keeping records, but the process remains elusive to many of them.

“All businesses generate document which at the end of the day becomes records and securely kept in archives, but how to manage those documents is what they are yet to know; companies pile up their documents as dumpsites. Personnel in such organisations are scared of going to those archives to retrieve records. And these are records that serve as evidences of business transactions, of which we know that a misplaced receipt can cause the organisation millions of naira. 

“Although the industry is big in Nigeria, but lack of awareness remains a critical point. If not the Records and Information Management Awareness (RIMA) Foundation and the Lagos State Government that has built a separate Bureau for such function, even at Federal Government level the issue is still not garnering attention”.

She added that the industry can contribute greatly to the Nigeria’s GDP if properly harnessed and help several organisations overcome litigations matters. 

She thus encouraged companies to embrace the processes of document management which starts with proper policy formulation. “The policy will define the documentation process and stipulates who has right to such documents and can even help in establishing the retention period, for an instance, where there is no general retention period in place.

“And it is important for people to know that scanning a document is not all about archiving or proper management of documents or records. There are laid down procedure which we in DocData Custodian Services pursue”.

According to her, the society cannot totally eliminate paper in the system, but it can be reduced. “The reasons are not farfetched, there are some transactions that require paper evidence; even regulatory bodies like the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) would require that you send papers or keep paper documents”, she said.

She added that DocuData Custodian Services partners have vast experience working with various organizations from Government Agencies, Financial Institutions, Oil & Gas sector, Religions Institutions, Legal Firms, Private Businesses, and Academic institutions with the following key cardinal services within the Information Management world of:

Some of the services offered by the Company include Document, Records & Information Management; Archives Management; Historical Collections Management; Library and Educational Resources Management; Document Conversion / Digitization; Supply and Installation of Equipments and Training and Consultancy.

 


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Mega Deals as Konga Freedom Sales Goes Live Today

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All is set for the 2020 edition of the Konga Freedom Sales, an annual promotion by the foremost composite e-Commerce giant targeted at celebrating Nigeria’s independence anniversary.

Specifically, the Konga Freedom Sales goes live on Monday, September 21, 2020 and will run until Friday, October 9, 2020 across Nigeria.

The promotion will see the first week from September 21 – 27 focus on giving Nigerians the best prices and unbeatable discounts unmatched anywhere else in the market, with customers also urged to check prices on Konga before making any purchases. In addition, Konga’s customers are in line to benefit from three flash sales during the week.

From September 28, the week which coincides with the memorable occasion of Nigeria’s 60th Independence Anniversary, Konga will offer all classes of shoppers a unique opportunity to enjoy rock-bottom prices and mega deals on a wide variety of genuine products carefully selected by Konga to mark the auspicious celebration.Among these are 60 special products for each day of the promotion in line with the commemoration of Nigeria’s 60thindependence anniversary.

Also, the promotion will run across multiple channels including the Konga website, chain of retail stores located nationwide and via the Konga Bulk platform.

The eagerly anticipated Konga Freedom Sales will see the e-Commerce giant make available heavily discounted products of up to 50% off from multiple categories such as Computers & Accessories, Home & Kitchen, Electronics, quality Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG), Power Solutions, Phones & Tablets, Drinks & Groceries, among many others. Further raising the excitement for the Konga Freedom Sales is the fact that Konga has positioned the promotion as one with which to celebrate Nigerians as the country hits its Diamond Jubilee.

Consequently, the management of Konga has revealed its intention to make it a promotion to remember for every customer.

‘‘Nigeria will be marking its Diamond Jubilee on October 1st. It is a momentous anniversary as 60 years is not a mean feat,’’ disclosed Co-Chief Executive Officer, Konga Group, Nick Imudia.

‘‘In view of this, we have decided to make this year’s edition of the Konga Freedom Sales a special one to celebrate all Nigerians.

‘‘Therefore, we have carefully selected all the products that will go on sale from Monday.

“Our motivation is to make it a memorable occasion for all Nigerians by helping them save money on genuine products across our online platform and retail stores nationwide.

“We encourage everyone to go online at www.konga.com or visit the nearest Konga store or leverage Konga Bulk from Monday to partake in the celebration of Nigerians through the Konga Freedom Sales,’’ he urged.

Meanwhile, an array of world class brands has partnered with Konga for the promotion. These include the likes of HP, Samsung, Lenovo, PZ Cussons, Dell EMC, Infinix, iTEC, Zinox, Tecno, Unilever and many more.

The Konga Freedom Sales goes live nationwide from Monday, September 21 until Friday, October 9, 2020.


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ICANN Launches Pandemic Internet Access Reimbursement Program Pilot

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The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has announced the Pandemic Internet Access Program Pilot for ICANN69, following the ICANN Board’s resolution in support of the pilot program.

To facilitate participation during the remote Public Meeting, the pilot program offers community members who have limited Internet capacity, financial assistance to increase their Internet bandwidth during ICANN69.

Reimbursement amounts of up to USD 60 will be provided to eligible applicants who purchase additional Internet bandwidth (capacity or data limits) for the duration of the month or billing cycle for October 2020.

The services must be rendered by a business entity or Internet service provider, specifically for Internet or cellular data service. The provider must also provide digital or paper documentation of the upgrade costs.

Interested community members must apply in advance of ICANN69 and those who meet the eligibility requirements will be selected to participate. The application deadline is Friday, 2 October 2020 at 23:59 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).


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FG Launches Central Database for Stolen Asset Tracing

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Federal government has launched a Central Database under the Asset Tracing, Recovery and Management Regulations (ARTM), 2019 and the Central Criminal Justice Information System (CCJIS) under the National Anti-Corruption Strategy (NACS) 2017 – 2011 to assist in the fight against corruption.

FG Launches Central Database for Stolen Asset Tracing

Mr Abubakar Malami, AGF

Mr Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation (AGF) and minister of Justice, at the launch in Abuja, said the database will ensure uniformity of process, access and information feeding to deepen transparency and accountability in the management of recovered assets.

To ensure compliance, he said his office is developing legislation for the full implementation and operation of the CCJIS.

“We will work together to establish and re-enact transparency and accountability in governance and management of our resources which we have committed to do by way of strengthening International Cooperation of our membership of Open Government Partnership,” he said.

In his speech, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, speaker of the House of Representatives, represented by Mrs Ugonna Ozurigbo, chairman, House Committee on Justice, said the regulation on Asset Tracing, Recovery and proper management of proceeds of crime was signed on October 24, 2019, and took effect from November 1, 2019, replaced the proceeds of Crime Regulation of 2012.

The new regulation titled Asset Tracing, Recovery and Management Regulations 2019 empowers the AGF to take charge of the custody and management of all final forfeited assets, approval and appointment of asset managers and operating and maintaining a database for the records of all recovered assets within and outside Nigeria.

He said, the AGF’s office, under the new regulation, is also required to coordinate inter-agency investigations into recovery matters within and outside Nigeria from all law enforcement agencies whose law empowers them to undertake recoveries and maintaining a depository for all forfeiture orders issued by the Nigeria courts and courts outside Nigeria.

Asset Tracing, Recovery and Management, according to the Speaker, is a core value of good governance and its effective management will serve as a deterrent to would-be fraudulent minded individuals who may find themselves in public offices.

According to him, states resources must not be allowed to be stolen but if that happened by fraudulent individuals, efforts must be taken to trace the proceed, recover same and manage for the interest of the generality of the people.

“When the proceeds of crime are traced and recovered but again looted by government officials, I dare to say such act amounts to the crime of tertiary capacity and must be avoided.

“Assets not accounted for are assets lost; loss of assets undervalues the economic potential of a country and will negatively impact on the net worth of a country. Accordingly, Asset Tracing Recovery and Management is a panacea to rekindling of the value system of a nation,” the Speaker noted.

 


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