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Intel Assures of Innovations to Boost Economy

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 Intel Corporation, the world’s number one chip maker has once again restated its commitment to innovations and investment that will bring about economic and social development in Nigeria. This assurance was made by Jacques Vanschalkwyk, regional director Intel for Sub-Saharan Africa, at a Media interactive session recently.
Vanschalkwyk noted that, “Intel is poised towards various activities that promote better way of life and focused on creating and developing business opportunities in our markets. Nigeria is one of the places we look at in our planning.” He continued, Intel has been a founding member in contributing to connectivity and has 15 years of investment in internet, with a strong focus on embedded internet by 2015.
He further disclosed that, “Intel has 20% expenditure plan in new growth area with an unshaken investment in the future that will be driven by our new devices. They will add value to life with our innovations on market creation and sustenance. We have the 160 personal computer in 65 countries; work with private organization on the best way to deploy the available technology to maximize business profit; mostly focused on e-learning ingredient, improved learning methods and professional development.”
The Regional Director also explained that Intel has the nationwide employee pc program in Nigeria, adding that the company has been innovating in the past 40 years. He promised to continue to contribute to help Nigerians have a better way of living standards. Vanschalkwyk revealed that the company is counting on Nigerians’ continued commitment to optimize performance.
David Ibhawoh,  business development manager West Africa said that, “Intel technology transcends impacting life and providing the best and conducive business environment. “This is why our World Ahead Program is basically focused on four pillars – access, broadband, content and education. We believe strongly that achieving all these will not only change the world but serve as added advantage to the way we live, work and play,” he explained.
Ibhawoh added that, Intel has been in fore front in internet accessibility by increasing Wifi and WiMax availability, leading to ecosystem development, regulatory consultation, technology advances, removing barriers and advocate for low cost internet for all. He maintains that, in terms of specifics, Intel has contributed immensely to 79 universities in Nigeria by providing laptop with internet connectivity, partnership with OEMs and training of telecommunication operators on the best way to provide internet for all.
“We have provided people in rural communities with a rural health care pilot project in partnership with the government intervention body, Millennium Development Goal (MDG). The Body aims at bringing attention to the deplorable state of health care in rural areas by taking health care services to the grassroots and capturing health specific data. The project uses Hawk-peak as capture tool provides doctors, nurses, health policy makers, traditional birth attendants with HPs and access to a specialized health information capture SW (DHIS),” Mr. Ibhawoh said.
Intel Corporation recently introduced its revolutionary Intel® Core™ i7 Mobile Processor and Intel® Core™ i7 Mobile Processor Extreme Edition  bringing Intel’s award-winning and super-fast Nehalem micro architecture to the mobile market. These processors, and new Intel® PM55 Express Chipset, provide the best laptop experience for intense gaming, digital media, photos, music, business applications and other multi-threaded software that hungers for faster processing speed. The chips also boost overall performance when using several of these applications simultaneously. 
Intel, the world leader in silicon innovation, develops technologies, products and initiatives to continually advance how people work and live.

 


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MTN Launches ‘Visitor SIM’, Designed for Guests Coming into the Country

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MTN Nigeria has announced the introduction of its new Visitor SIM specially designed for guests travelling into the country.

The Visitor SIM comes pre-loaded with an appealing package that includes local and international call and data bundles.

This package will enable people visiting from other countries to stay connected with their friends, family and business associates on MTN’s super-fast network.

MTN VisitorSIMs are easy for inbound international visitors to acquire, activate and use, in addition to which they offer far better value than any roaming tariff.

Not available from any other operator, the service is poised to deliver convenience and the best-in-class customer experience in line with MTN’s brand promise.

According to Adekunle Adebiyi, chief sales and distribution Officer, MTN Nigeria, “The new Visitor SIMs will ensure that before setting foot outside the airport, people visiting Nigeria can plug in, reconnect – to loved ones, associates, tools and information, and begin sharing their remarkable experiences, with no concern about roaming charges.”

 

MTN Visitor SIMs are available in the arrival halls of international airports and other ports of entry.

They are valid for 14 days, which can be extended up to 30 days via MTN’s self-service menus or USSD.


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Nigeria COVID-19 Response: UNICEF, IHS Nigeria Collaborate to Contribute Medical Supplies

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United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) received the delivery of 115,800 COVID-19 test kits to support the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria. These supplies were funded by IHS Nigeria, the Nigerian subsidiary of IHS Towers.

Testing remains the mainstay of the response led by the Presidential Task Force and Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the first step towards diagnosing the infection. Tests enable health officials to understand the COVID-19 status of an individual and link that person to care, support and treatment while contributing to the protection of families and communities.

“Testing remains a core strategy of Nigeria’s response to COVID-19. This is critical for understanding the burden of the disease on our population and targeting our response activities accordingly. The primary goal of the Nigerian Government is to control the spread of this disease.

“This donation from IHS Nigeria through UNICEF will contribute to the national stockpile of test kits managed by NCDC, and support efforts of the growing network of accredited laboratories across the country for the testing of COVID-19. We are grateful for the continued support from UNICEF, IHS Towers and other partners.” said Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director General, NCDC.

IHS Towers has been a strong and continuing partner of UNICEF. At the onset of the coronavirus in Nigeria in late February, IHS Nigeria provided funding to UNICEF to urgently procure essential supplies and equipment with which UNICEF supported the Government of Nigeria in its COVID-19 response.

“UNICEF is deeply appreciative of IHS Towers’ commitment to being a partner in UNICEF’s work in Nigeria. Once more, IHS has shown great generosity in supporting UNICEF’s ongoing efforts to work closely with the Government of Nigeria in the fight against COVID-19.

“I am very delighted to receive this huge contribution from IHS Towers, the benefit of which will reach many more children and their families“, said Peter Hawkins, UNICEF Country Representative.

“We are proud to have played an important role in supporting the Government and our communities where we operate to provide crucial tools needed to fight this pandemic. We understand this virus is here to stay for the foreseeable future, but are confident that with our support, and that of our other private sector colleagues, we are helping to manage and mitigate the impact of the virus in our country” said Mohamad Darwish, Chief Executive Officer of IHS Nigeria.

This recent support of essential tests makes IHS Towers the biggest private sector donor for UNICEF Nigeria’s emergency response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


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Coca-Cola, Red Cross Society Expand Fight Against COVID-19 In Nigeria

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In a bid to support the fight against the Coronavirus disease, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) along with its national society Nigerian Red Cross (NRC) has started the distribution of PPEs and risk communications efforts to the tune of N228 Million to support its COVID-19 interventions in Nigeria.

 

This is part of The Coca-Cola Foundation’s $2.5million grant to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support the COVID-19 pandemic within the West and Central Africa sub-regions.

The grant, which leverages the long-standing partnership between The Coca-Cola Company and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), seeks to support national efforts in the fight against the Coronavirus disease through the provision of essential medical supplies, personal protective equipment (PPE) and risk communications to impacted communities, healthcare personnel on the frontlines and treatment centres across the country.

 

Speaking on the donation, Yebeltal Getachew, managing director, Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited, explained, “The Coca-Cola System (Coca-Cola Nigeria, Nigeria Bottling Company and Chi Limited) remains committed to providing support to the communities we serve during these challenging times.

 

“By providing healthcare workers with much-needed PPEs, we are confident that this will go a long way in ensuring their safety as they remain on the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19.

 

“Coca-Cola is proud to support the Red Cross as we deliver on our purpose of making a difference across the world”. 

 

Medical supplies being donated comprise N95 respirators, surgical masks, examination gloves, face shields, medical gowns, no-touch thermometers, disposable aprons, heavy-duty rubber gloves, rubber boots, basic masks, disposable gloves, and hand sanitizers.

 

Expressing his gratitude for the donation, Abubakar Kende, secretary-general for the Nigerian Red Cross Society explained, “We have identified the facilities in urgent need of these PPEs in consultation with NCDC and the Federal Ministry of Health and will subsequently be distributed to these centres.

 

“This will ensure that treatment centres across the country are properly equipped with necessary PPEs as we continue to fight the disease”. 

IFRC seeks to directly impact the lives of over 1.4 million people in Nigeria and across other countries in West and Central Africa under this partnership. For over a century, The Coca-Cola Company and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) have sustained a rewarding partnership that has seen the rehabilitation and preservation of human lives across the world through the delivery of humanitarian aid and emergency response to communities affected by disasters.

 

 

 


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