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Infobip Nigeria Wins Innovative Cloud Communication Provider of the Year @ NTITA

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Infobip Nigeria, a global cloud communications company, was recognised by the Nigeria Tech Innovation and Telecom Awards (NTITA) as the Innovative Cloud Communication Partner of the Year for 2021.

This comes off the back of two wins in July for best Communication Solution Provider of the Year, truly cementing the company’s position as a leader in innovative communication solutions.

NTITA is powered by Instinct Wave, an ISO certified company, in partnership with Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) and the Africa Digital Economy Forum (ADEF).

The awards have grown over the past five years, in both participation and prestige, and they are renowned for setting the highest industry standard for organisations and individuals at the forefront of digitisation within Nigeria and beyond.

“NTITA is the benchmark for outstanding performance in the industry and a symbol of excellence that marks leadership, quality and innovation. We are honoured to receive this prestigious award from this most celebrated industry awards programme.

“We have worked hard to build our business in the West African region, and this accolade shows that our efforts are paying off,” says Infobip Nigeria country manager, Olatayo Ladipo-Ajai.

To be nominated for these awards, a person or organisation must meet a number of criteria that demonstrate their position of leadership in the tech and telecoms sectors. They firstly need to be at the forefront of promoting regulation, standards, or best practice, and also be actively driving technological innovation.

It is also critical that award winners have used their position to advance technology innovations and drive the success of ICT. Previous recipients of the awards include MTN Nigeria, Airtel Nigeria and Vodacom Business Nigeria, placing Infobip among the true global leaders in the region.

“Our operations in Africa have grown from strength to strength, and we are pleased to be recognised for the value we are delivering in Nigeria and beyond.

“We are also proud to have played a significant role in helping Nigeria come to grips with rapidly changing communication needs and strategies in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, and to be recognised for these efforts,” Ladipo-Ajai adds.

“Although we have now won several awards, we will not stop in our drive for excellence. Our focus is, and will always be, on helping businesses to transform, so that they can leverage next-generation technology solutions and compete effectively on a global stage. We look forward to continuing this journey of growth in Africa,” he concludes.


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FG Sets Up Committee to Probe Online Loan Sharks

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Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) has said that the joint regulatory and enforcement committee to probe rights violation in money lending industry has begun its investigations.

FG Sets Up Committee to Probe Online Loan Sharks

Babatunde Irukera, chief executive officer, FCCPC,  said that the committee received more than 500 electronic mails and information in respect of the investigation.

Irukera, stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria.

According to him, some already established infractions will shortly be proceeding to enforcement by either two or more of the agencies depending on the scope or what the enforcement operations will be.

He said: “Yes, investigation has commenced.

“All agencies involved are currently exchanging information and gathering more.

“We have received approximately 500 additional emails at the created dedicated platform to gather information in furtherance of the investigation.

“Modalities include key operatives of the agencies meeting based on the joint investigative framework already developed and currently being analysed.

“Others that will continue under the investigation framework require additional information, which is being procured by both direct and indirect means.”

The joint committee is made up of representatives from the FCCPC, Central Bank of Nigeria and Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Others are the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) and National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).

Irukera said the committee would lead efforts to address multiple potentially dubious conducts of certain money lenders, otherwise known as loan sharks.

He, however, expressed regrets that the act was fast becoming a dominant and abusive practice targeting some of the most vulnerable in society.

He said: “Continuing complaints about questionable repayment enforcement practices including public shaming and violations of privacy have led to significant and understandable consumer aggravation and dissatisfaction.”

 

 


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2021 ITREALMS E-Waste Dialogue to Hold @Welcome Centre Hotels

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The 2021 edition of the ITREALMS E-Waste Dialogue has been slated to hold at Adam’s Hall, Welcome Centre Hotels, International Airport Road, Ikeja, Lagos by 9am.

This is coming as the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA), Environmental Health Officers Registration Council of Nigeria (EHORECON) and E-Waste Producer Responsibility Organisation of Nigeria (EPRON) are warming up among other members of stakeholders for the dialogue on December 9, 2021.

Mr. Remmy Nweke, editor-in-chief, ITREALMS Media group, disclosed these in Lagos on Wednesday, and said the update has become necessary due to importance of tackling electronic waste as the country attained 20 years of Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) which paved the way for influx of electronic devices and usage in Nigeria.

Nweke also said that the Waste of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) emanates from the likes of mobile phones, computers, TV-sets, and fridges among other electronic devices have become a set of fastest growing waste streams across the globe.

Nigeria, he noted, is particularly burdened by the WEEE with estimated 1.1 million tonnes of e-waste annually arising from both local and imported Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) under the guise of second hand or fairly used.

The editor-in-chief of ITREALMS Media, organisers of the E-Waste Dialogue cited a recent UNEP report which showed that in 2015 alone, Nigeria had 56,000 tonnes of imported e-waste; in 2017, this figure increased to 288,000 tonnes; over four times higher than two years earlier.

These, he said underscored the need for a massive and sustained campaign of Nigerians on e-waste and its likely effects when disposed wrongly.

According to him, experts have been assembled to give a roadmap on e-Waste in Nigeria: Consumer as key to circular economy with focus on 20 years of GSM.

“ITREALMS Media in commemoration of the International E-waste Day (IeWD) 2021, is hosting a day discourse on e-Waste in Nigeria: Consumer as key to Circular Economy & 20 years of GSM” under its flagship ITREALMS e-Waste Dialogue scheduled for Thursday, December 9, at the Welcome Centre Hotels, International Airport Road, Ikeja, Lagos,” he said.

Stressing the importance of raising awareness and exchanging knowledge of this complex waste stream, Nweke said it would provoke thought and support the transition to a sustainable society and circular economy as the nation looks forward to the full implementation of the fifth-generation (5G) networks.


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AfDB Postpones Investment Forum due to Omicron Variant

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African Development Bank (AfDB) has postponed to an unspecified date its planned Dec. 1-3 investment forum in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, due to health concerns and travel restrictions over the Omicron coronavirus variant, the bank’s president said on Monday.

AfDB Postpones Investment Forum due to Omicron Variant

“We were looking forward to attracting more foreign direct investments in Africa, but in life man proposes and God disposes,” Akinwumi Adesina, AfDB president said during a news conference in Abidjan.

Several heads of state including from South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Tanzania, Rwanda and Mozambique and a delegation from the United States that included investors representing more than $1.6 trillion in assets under management, were expected to attend the forum.

The AfDB said the forum had 118 deals in its pipeline from all eight founding members, with an investment value of over $110 billion.

Adesina said conversations around the funding of projects would continue behind the scene.

“The emergence of the Omicron variant has changed everything. Travel has been cancelled, travel restrictions have been placed here and there. The logistics of travel is very difficult. Delegations that wanted to travel, can’t make it,” Adesina said.

“It is very important that we put safety first, it is for that reason that with a lot of regrets … we have decided to postpone the Africa Investment Forum,” he said.


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