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FPG Technologies Carts Home Double Awards At BoICT 2022 Awards Night



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It was double honours for FPG Technologies at the 13th edition of the Beacon of ICT (BoICT) Distinguished Lecture & Awards held over the weekend in Lagos as the company carted away two key awards, a testament of its innovative solutions in the market.

The company won the “IT Solutions and Consulting Company of the Year” and the “Cybersecurity Product Company of the Year” awards.

Handing over the award to FPG Technologies, Engr. Ikechukwu Nnamani, Managing Director/CEO of Medallion Data Center and President of the Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) noted that the Awards were proofs of the company’s innovativeness and impact to the growth and development of ICT in Nigeria.

FPG Technologies and Solutions Limited (a member of Flexip Group) is a technology solutions provider and systems integrator, specializing in delivering partner practical digital transformation (DX) consulting services and technologies, business insight and productivity solutions, private, public and hybrid multi cloud deployments, Mobility and Infrastructure solutions and services as well as end to end cyber and IT security solutions and services.

Strategic alliances with leading technology leaders like Microsoft, HP, IBM, Checkpoint, Citrix, Commvault, FireEye, Blackberry, Pentera (Pcysys), Thales, Delphix and others enables FPG provide innovative Technology solutions, support and services to organizations across the Banking & Financial Services, Telecommunications, Oil & Gas, FMCG, Manufacturing and public sectors of Nigeria and West Africa.

FPG customers include CBN, Zenith Bank, Access Bank, MTN, Nigeria Exchange Group, Chevron, Soulmate and others. “We are trusted by leading companies in Nigeria and West Africa because we deliver end to end IT Solutions bespoke to each Clients IT context. FPG provides IT solutions that address our clients’ current needs while anticipating solutions for the ever-changing demands of tomorrow,” the company stated.

Commenting on the double award, Joy Ehibor, Head, Marketing and Customer Service, FlexipGroup, said: “I feel very excited that we won this Year’s IT Solutions and Consulting Company of the Year’ and the ‘Cybersecurity Product Company of the Year’ awards.

“FPG Technologies has been receiving BoICT awards back-to-back for the past five years. These awards have showed how innovative we are as a company, our rich solutions portfolio, and of course the value we add to organisations.

“Our solutions cut across Cybersecurity, Digital Transformation, Cloud, Mobility, Infrastructure, Business Insights and Productivity and IT Consulting Services.

Further speaking on the company’s unique proposition, Ehibor said: “We ensure choice for our customers always, our solutions are innovative, customized/strategic for any organization who is looking to go to the market in a different approach, and of course we have experts who are available to respond to any support issues 24/7.”

In his speech, Mr. Ken Nwogbo, Founder and Editor in Chief of Communications Week Media Limited, initiators of the Award, had charged recipients to double on their efforts in service of the ICT market, noting that the Award is just a way of acknowledging the innovative work the companies are doing and a call to do more.

Also speaking, Mr. Chike Onwuegbuchi, Editor of Communications Week, harped on the transparency of the Awards and pointed to the fact that the choice of recipients is based on a voting process that strictly relies of the acceptability of stakeholders in the industry.

The MD/CEO, Rex Mafiana asserted: “This a great win for us, once again. We are Innovative and versatile In Our Approach, and we are focused on providing organizations with innovative technology solutions that help them drive extreme business agility with confidence’. We always put our customers first, since for us, it is always Happy Customer, Happy FPG!

FPG Technologies are experts in solutions that include:

Ø  Digital Transformation (DX) solutions & Services

Ø  Business Insights & Productivity Solutions

Ø  Cloud, Infrastructure & Mobile (CIM) solution & services

Ø  Enterprise end to end cyber security solutions (ECSS)

Ø  IT Consultancy Services and Training

Other Awards the company had earned in the past include:

Ø  Beacon of ICT Awards 2021 – Cybersecurity Company of The Year

Ø  Nigeria Technology Awards 2021 – Cyber Security Solution Provider of The Year

Ø  Nigeria Technology Awards 2021 – Cloud & Enterprise Service Provider of The Year

Ø  Nigeria Technology Awards 2021, 2019 & 2018 – Tech Consulting Company of The Year

Ø  African Quality Achievement Award 2021- Africa’s Leading Quality It Solutions Company of The Year Award

Ø  Beacon of ICT Awards 2020 – IT Solutions and Consulting Company of The Year

Ø  Nigeria Technology Awards 2020 – Cloud Infrastructure Provider of The Year

Ø  Nigeria Technology Awards 2020 – Most Innovative Tech Consulting Company of The Year

Ø  Beacon of ICT Awards 2020, 2018 & 2017 – Best Cyber Security Product Company of The Year

L-R: Managing Director/CEO of Medallion Data Center and President of the Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) Engr. Ikechukwu Nnamani; Chukuemeka Nwali, Senior Account Manager, FPG Technologies & Solutions LTD; Head, Marketing and Customer Service, FlexipGroup, Joy Ehibor and Founder and Editor in Chief of Communications Week Media Limited, initiators of the BoICT Award, Mr. Ken Nwogbo, at the Beacon of ICT Awards where FPG Technologies won the “IT Solutions and Consulting Company of the Year” and the “Cybersecurity Product Company of the Year” awards at the weekend.

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Oriental News 2024 Summit: Muda Yusuf to Lead Discussion on Nigeria’s Path to Green Economy Transition 



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Dr. Muda Yusuf, Chief Executive Officer, CEO, of the Center for The Promotion of Private Enterprise, CPPE, would drive discussion on Nigeria’s policy direction to establishing pathway towards economic recovery in line with global green economy initiative.

Muda Yusuf

Muda Yusuf

Yusuf, a renowned economist and former Director General, DG, of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, LCCI, is the chairman of the 3rd National Conference being put together by Oriental News Nigeria, coming up on July 25th, 2024, at Radisson Blue GRA Ikeja, Lagos by 9am.

In recent years, economies all around the world have been experiencing a protracted slowdown driven by structural, global, and cyclical factors. Economic strategies that have been implemented to tackle recession and achieve rapid economic development have endangered sustainable growth by contributing to environmental degradation, global warming, and other negative repercussions.

Changing the paradigm to a green economy will boost natural capital stocks, safeguard the environment, and ensure social justice by providing practical tools and approaches to achieve sustainable growth while reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities.

A transition to a green economy, however, faces challenges such as a lack of an appropriate policy framework, inadequate capital expenditure, varying levels of development, and resource endowments.

Therefore, for green sustainable development, newer business models, strategic changes and innovation in the use of resources, responsible and cleaner business practices, and green technologies are needed.

Above issues will form part of discussion to be spearheaded by Yusuf, who will further highlight challenges and how to accelerate the process.

Also, the Ag. Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, MD/CEO of the Rural Electrification Agency, REA, Abba Abubakar Aliyu, will be addressing key energy professionals and other government officials on the Agency’s current drive towards delivering clean and reliable electricity across Nigeria.

Aliyu, who has confirmed his participation at the conference will take audience through World Bank approved Nigeria Distributed Access through Renewable Energy Scale-up (DARES) project

At the event also, the Director General, D-G of the Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, Dr. Emomotimi Agama, would be x-raying key policies and options available in the country’s drive to strengthen her national economy while aligning with global push towards promoting green economy.

All of these will be the high point at the 3rd National Conference.

Oriental News Nigeria a leading digital media platform would gather key policy makers, Government and non-Governmental Organisations, industry experts in Nigeria’s financial sector to the conference which revolves around Nigeria’s Green Economy Initiative.

The theme of the 2024 Conference: ” Green Economy, Sustainable Growth and Infrastructure Transformation” considers various options available for Nigeria to sustain economic development and growth.

Sub-themes of the conference include, Green Finance, marketing, and supply chain, Strategies and Policies for a green economy, Renewable energy and Ecosystem for a green economy and Digital economy Entrepreneurship.

Agama, who has confirmed his attendance, expressed the belief that opportunities in terms of green economy are linked to the enormous possibilities for sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, ecotourism, and coastal development.

Also, other stakeholders have highlighted that Nigeria’s commitment to harnessing its natural resource potential could make the country a pioneer in promoting green economy development, hence the choice of the theme of the conference.

The conference is segmented into two main broad areas, with the opening programme to address the key thematic topic through the guest speakers intervention and chairmans remarks with comments from participants which centers around the conference theme.

The second segment is round-table discussion through wider engagement by select professionals to discuss the main theme and sub-themes of the conference.

The conference will draw together and engage researchers, eminent practitioners, and policymakers from across the country who will form part of the plenary (Round-Table) session that will deliberate on the latest findings on practices and policies for a green economy and sustainable growth through strategic change and identify priorities for action by stakeholders to pursue the most promising policies and practices.

The conference will also serve as a venue where academic peers may exchange information, share experiences, collaborate, and develop management answers to pressing business issues.

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5 Core Business Areas where AI can Drive Revenue



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By Kehinde Ogundare, Country Manager, Zoho Nigeria.

According to the United Nations, artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to contribute up to $15.7 trillion to the global economy by 2030 – of which $1.2 trillion could be generated by Africa. With the potential to unlock significant growth and development in key industries across the continent, AI is fundamentally changing how businesses operate, driving innovation, improving efficiencies, and transforming lives.

Kehinde Ogundare, Country Manager, Zoho Nigeria

Businesses of all sizes that have already invested in AI are reaping its benefits, from increasing business productivity and agility to improving customer experience and decision-making with McKinsey noting that AI leaders are outperforming their industry peers by a factor of 3.4.

But if businesses are to make the most of the opportunities offered by AI, it’s also important that it be deployed in the areas where it will have the greatest impact. Here are some areas and subsequent examples of how businesses can use AI within those areas to drive revenue.

1. Finance and billing

One of the most obvious places AI can help drive revenue in a business is in finances and billing. Having an accurate, up-to-date overview of finances can help an organisation know when to invest in growth, for example. And if a business wants a steady revenue flow, it must send out bills, invoices, and payment reminders on time.

Here, AI can help in several ways. When it comes to expense bills, for example, an AI tool with built-in image recognition would allow a business to scan its bills with the system, then auto-generate the amount, place, date, time, and category of expense, helping save loads of time and effort. For billing, meanwhile, AI can greatly speed up the onboarding process for new clients by automating large parts of it. AI-powered tools can also extract relevant information from invoices, including customer details and product descriptions, and automatically populate billing systems, creating further efficiency.

2. Lead prioritisation

Another key area is new business leads. More specifically, AI can help assess the calibre of leads that the sales team is bringing in. After all, two or three great leads can be more beneficial than 10 weak ones.

Using a points-based system, AI can help score leads according to their quality. That allows the sales team to better evaluate which leads are worth pursuing. In turn, that should allow them to make more sales at a more meaningful level.

3. Improved customer experience

Customer experience (CX), rather than product or price differences, has been the major differentiator for businesses for some time now. Customers are willing to spend more, are more likely to stay loyal, and recommend a business to friends and family if they have a good experience with it.

Businesses, therefore, need to pull out more stops than ever to ensure that their customer experience really stands out. Here again, AI can be helpful. Take sentiment analysis, for example. AI can help identify the most disgruntled customers, allowing customer success teams to focus on their needs and turn their experience of the business around.

4. Better targeted marketing

The most effective marketing today is highly personalised and targeted. AI can make it significantly easier to achieve the level of targeted personalisation necessary for marketing success today. Once integrated with a company’s data, an AI marketing tool can create and hone personalised marketing content based on each individual customer’s CRM data.

5. Enhanced employee productivity

There is a strong correlation between employee productivity and revenue. Employee productivity is in turn driven by positive employee experiences. The more productive your employees are, the higher your revenues and profit margins will be. AI can help improve both productivity and the overall employee experience by automating repetitive tasks, allowing employees to focus on the kind of meaningful work that drives increased revenues.

Embrace AI, but use the right providers

While AI can add immense value when it comes to driving revenue within organisations, it’s also critical that businesses know what they’re getting into when embracing AI. That means doing comprehensive background research and ensuring that they choose tools that meet their needs and adhere to privacy best practices.

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NBC Grants C54News Nod to Operate in Nigeria



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National Broadcast Commission (NBC) has granted approval to Future One Africa Television (FOA TV), a pan-African television station, to begin operations.

NBC Grants C54News Nod to Operate in Nigeria

This followed a significant investment of $7 million by Idris-Etanami Abiodun Usman, network’s CEO, to establish a state-of-the-art broadcasting facility.

With NBC’s approval, C54News is now cleared to launch its innovative programming, showcasing the diversity and richness of African cultures, talents, and experiences.

The network promises to deliver high-quality content, including news, documentaries, entertainment shows, and more, catering to a diverse audience across the continent.

FOA TV’s cutting-edge technology and creative approach aim to redefine the television landscape in Africa, providing a platform for African voices, stories, and perspectives to shine.

The network has assembled a team of experienced professionals, including renowned journalists, producers, and presenters, to drive its vision forward.

As C54News prepares to take over the airwaves, audiences can expect a fresh and exciting broadcasting experience that reflects the complexity and beauty of Africa.

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