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IIM-Africa Says Tech Most Powerful with Information, Inducts UK Members

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The Premier Information Management Institute in Africa, the Institute of Information Management (IIM), recently held her maiden Induction/Investiture ceremony at Crowne Plaza, Battersea, London.

In his welcome address,President and Chairman of the Council,  Amb. (Dr) Oyedokun Oyewole, dwelled on the importance of technology as the most powerful tool when combined with knowledge and information.

In addition, he said the dream of the Institute is to help both public and private organizations in Africa develop the required frameworks, tools and culture needed to build capability and capacity by improving professionalism in the field of Information Management.

The theme of this phenomenal event was “Institutionalizing Information Management in Africa” a paper delivered by Partner, Eunoia Limited, UK, Mr. Neil Mc Callum.

In his keynote address, Mr Mc Callum addressed the need to re-model the way public sector information management systems work from the legislative framework, controlling information management to the structure/staffing of the organisations that implements/executes legislation.

According to him, “it is imperative for people, both decision makers and citizens to change their mind set on how they see and perceive information itself”. He said that for this to happen, there are two problems which, on the face of it would seem unlikely to occur simultaneously: An excessive concern about form and structure over content; and a failure to see information as an organisational resource.

“Information management has been neglected for decades. The insurgency of the social interactive media technology has totally changed the way we view, collect, disperse, archive, and retrieve information, as well as the entire information management process from back in the days.  We are therefore here today, to sensitise the populace on the need for a proper management and protection of records and information”.

Two Sub theme papers were delivered by Scott Sammons, Chairman, Information and Records Management Society (IRMS) UK and Mr. Femi Ogunremi on Data Protection Imperatives for Africa and Information Governance in Africa – The Role of health care practitioners respectively.

The high point of the event was the presentation of the Information & Records Management Society (IRMS) Fellowship Certificate to Amb. (Dr) Oyedokun Ayodeji Oyewole by Scott Sammons, Chairman, IRMS UK. A remarkable achievement by the IIM President being the first and only African to be inducted into the UK Information & Records Management Society (IRMS).

The ceremony which attracted dignitaries and professionals both from Nigeria and Diaspora cuts across board spanning, Information Technology, Manufacturing, Arts, Audio/Video Technology and Communications, Hospitality and Tourism, Administration, Health Care, Government Parastatals.

IIM also  recorded another feat by bringing together all that matters in the Diaspora to attend this monumental event with the aim of inducting and recognising those personalities who have excelled in their various fields and made substantial contributions to the development of Information Management & Technology profession both in Nigeria and in Africa.

New members were inducted into different membership grades. Amongst dignitaries present at this great event include: President / Chairman of Governing Council,  IIM-Africa, Amb. (Dr) Oyedokun Ayodeji Oyewole, Mr. Neil Mc Callum, Partner, Eunoia Limited UK (Keynote speaker); Scott Sammons, Chairman, Information & Records Management Society,(IRMS) UK who was one of the keynote speakers; Mr. Femi Ogunremi, CEO and Founder Monitor Health Care Ltd. UK; Amb. Toye Okanlawon, Dr. Oseni, Director LASRAB, HRH Prince Tade Olusile, Mrs Aisha Dania Ogieriakhi, the UK Coordinator for IIM Africa and a Business Support Administrator with UK Power Networks, one of the largest , distribution network operator for electricity covering South East England, the East of England and London. Mr Tai Oderinde Abeleshindogba, Dr Dayo Olomu (Anchor person); Chief Bimbo Roberts Folayan, HRH, The special guest of the occasion, The Royal father, His Royal Highness, Oba Makama – Olowu of Kuta was  however unavoidably absent.

The vision of IIM-Africa is to be recognized and respected as the premier information management institution in Africa, with influence on Information Management trends and educational requirements, driving the development of competent professionals’ for the ultimate recognition of information management as a professional field in various organizations globally.


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Ugo Onwuaso is an ICT enthusiast. He believes technology should be used for general good. He holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from the Lagos state University.

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Microsoft Moves into 5G Race with Azure Cloud for Telecom Operators

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Microsoft Corp unveiled a new cloud platform on Monday aimed at enabling telecom operators to build 5G networks faster, reduce costs and sell customised services to business clients.

After banning China’s Huawei from its telecom network, the U.S. government has been pushing big American companies such as Microsoft to get more involved with 5G – a technology which promises to enable everything from self-driving cars to remote surgery and more automated manufacturing.

The new platform will be on Azure, Microsoft’s flagship cloud computing business, and the company says it will reduce infrastructure costs, give flexibility to add services on demand and use artificial intelligence to automate operations.

Yousef Khalidi, corporate vice president for Azure Networking, told Reuters that it could cut costs by 30%-40% in some cases.

The developer of Windows and Office software entered the 5G arena after its acquisition of cloud networking companies Affirmed Networks and Metaswitch earlier this year.

“The telco DNA was obtained through those acquisitions and we went from a small number of engineers in this space to literally hundreds of engineers,” said Khalidi. “On the other hand, the foundational pieces, including edge compute, we have had in a pipeline for many years.”

The company has already partnered with companies ranging from telecom operators such as Verizon VZ.N and AT&T T.N to network equipment firms such as Samsung 005930.KS and Mavenir to either use or sell the new platform to clients.

Microsoft’s move will increase competition for existing 5G service vendors like Nokia NOKIA.HE and Ericsson ERICb.ST, said CCS Insight analyst Nicholas McQuire.


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Interior Ministry Boosts Digitization Process with New ICT Projects

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Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, Minister of Interior, over the weekend commissioned the e-Library, e-Law Library, CCTV Surveillance network services and other projects in his office in Abuja to digitize work processes and procedures in the Ministry.

Represented by the Permanent Secretary, Georgina Ekeoma Ehuriah, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola said that the projects were part of President Muhammadu Buhari’s efforts at repositioning the Ministry for better performance in line with its mandate of providing internal security and citizenship integrity for Nigerians and foreigners alike.

According to him, the e-Library will avail officers the opportunity to access the right information, in the right form and time.

“The e-Library gives our legal and other officers 24/7 access to a wide range of online resources, which can be updated in real time and we believe this will enhance the quality of their work to the benefit of the Ministry”, he said.

The Minister further assured of government’s commitment to putting in place measures that will boost staff capacity and also ensure self-development, with a view to ensuring proper implementation of projects, policies and programmes that will improve the lives of Nigerians which would lead to economic transformation in line with the present Administration’s policy thrust.

Aregbesola emphasized that crime and criminality has become complex to handle, the world over, hence the need to deploy modern technology to fight it.

He therefore called on staff to see the projects as morale booster for self-development and urged them to continue to support the efforts of government towards improving the lives of its citizens.

Earlier, Lanre Adesuyi, the Chief Executive Officer, Havillah Merchants Limited, thanked the Minister for giving them the opportunity to provide workers with state of the art equipment for efficient service delivery.

On his own part, Mr. Mohammed Mustapha, the Managing Director, Aliph Technologies, called on government at all levels to see the deployment of modern technology as one of the best ways to tackle security challenges in the contemporary world.


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Heritage Bank, PWC, Deloitte Canvass Use of Tech to Tackle Fraud & Rescind Effects of Covid-19

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Heritage Bank Plc, Nigeria’s Most Innovative Banking Service provider has called on internal auditors of banks to adopt the various digital technologies to prevent fraud and annul the adverse impact of Covid-19 on the financial ecosystem.

Ifie Sekibo, managing director/CEO of Heritage Bank, speaking at the just concluded 47th Quarterly Meeting of the Association of Chief Audit Executives of Banks in Nigeria (ACAEBIN), disclosed that for improved banking operations and safer financial system for stakeholders, internal auditors must be dynamic and quick to adopt various digital measures.

Raising the alarming impact of fraudulent activities in the banking sector, Sekibo quoted PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PWC’s) Global Economic Crime and Fraud Survey 2020, revealing that that the total cost of cybercrimes is worth an eye-watering $42 billion, which was cash taken straight off companies’ bottom line, whilst 13% of those who had experienced  fraud said they had lost $50 million-plus.

Sekibo, who spoke on the theme, “Elevating Internal Audit’s Role in the Face of Emerging Risks and Opportunities” organised virtually and hosted by the Heritage Bank, urged, “While it was sufficient for yesterday’s auditor to understand regular and routine banking practices such as credit, treasury, etc in his traditional assurance role, for him to be relevant in harnessing the opportunities in today’s business world, he must become versed in cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, data analytics, fraud management, regulatory pronouncements, forensics etc and having equipped himself, present balanced, objective audit reports to Executive Management while striking the right balance between the assurance and consulting responsibilities.”

In her keynote address, titled, “Elevating Internal Audit Role In The Face Of Emerging Risks and Opportunities,” Ibukun Beecroft, Partner Risk Advisory at Deloitte, noted that the banking industry in Nigeria today has adopted various digital measures to keep the business running and delivering services to the customers but there was need for Internal Audit (IA) positioned to provide the required assurance and consulting services in the face of the changes and attendant risk, particularly increased cyber-risks.

Quoting 2018 Financial Stability Report by the Central Bank of Nigeria, she stated that Banks recorded 25,029 confirmed cases of fraud and this resulted in a loss of N2.21 billion. More than 90% of fraud cases in 2018 were perpetrated via technologically driven channels.

“As Internal Auditors, the knowledge of technology would enable us identify gaps in our core banking applications and other applications and provide relevant recommendations to eliminating loopholes that may serve as an avenue for potential fraud.

She, however, advised auditors on the need to focus on advanced technologies and risk management operations as reflected around the Three Lines of Defense (3LOD) churned out by the Institute of Internal Auditors, which create opportunities for IA and its future role.

Beecroft warned that the ever-changing landscape and evolving risks in the banking industry could render the current internal audit plan obsolete.

According to her, internal auditors should reprioritise the audit plan as soon as possible to provide assurance over the most consequential risks while being cognisant of the impact on operations.

“To take advantage of these changes and disruptions, auditors need to rethink their role by adapting to and embracing change, enabling the IA function to become more agile, nimble, and forward-looking, thus driving change through the 3LOD,” Beecroft stated.

Yetunde Oladeji, director Internal Audit Services at PricewaterhouseCoopers Limited (PWC), who spoke on the theme, “Elevating IA’s role to meet today’s emerging risks,” advised that the banking sector should be dynamic, prioritse digitization and flexibible workforce strategies as these would determine its ability to adapt to rapidly changing circumstances to survive and thrive.


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