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IT Firm Unveils Corporate Head Office in Lagos.

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Large Michaels has opened its corporate head office and experience centre in Lagos, in a bid to deliver cutting-edge IT solutions and technical back-ups to its customers.

 

Mr. Michael Ezeamama, MD CEO, Large Michaels Ltd, speaking at the occasion stated that their business philosophy is being one stop-shop in the area of Information Technology (IT) and providing support to all our clients.

 

He also noted that their passion is to structure and organize internal operations in order to deliver greater value to its partners and also to proactively anticipate its customer’s needs and meet it in style.

 

He explained the imperative of adapting with the change being experienced world over in providing 21st century services to its clients, “Knowing that the world of technology where we play is rapidly changing, we have accepted the inevitable challenge to re-invent ourselves.

 

“While retaining the essential qualities of integrity and passionate commitment to our partners and business allies, we have become more aware of the dynamics and strategic dimensions of providing value in a 21st century business environment”

 

 

Ezeamama, further explained that the idea of introducing an experience centre in computing and printing in their local industry, is for customers to experience the product and know what it’s capabilities before they make the crucial decision of purchasing it.

 

“We have taken the bold step to lead in the introduction of an experience centre in computing and printing in our local industry.

 

“The idea is not just to ask for a product, it is to experience it.

 

“To see it, feel it, touch it and know what it is capable of before making that crucial decision to purchase it.

 

“This is because we understand that technology tools are not just products, but life tools.

 

“This is what the Allen Experience centre is all about, see it, touch it,feel it, in short experience it before you buy.” He stated

 

Segun Olaniyan, Chairman, Large Michael Ltd, speaking earlier, noted that Large Michael is an ICT company and also a faith based company, which is driven by the desire to serve its customers better.

 

“We are constantly aware of the fact that in order to do this,we need to understand the customer, the world in which he lives and the needs it creates.

 

“To is a very significant day in this journey as it clearly marks our stride towards providing a higher level of internal coordination in order to provide excellent service delivery and customer satisfaction.” he added

 

Olaniyan, noted also that their key selling point is integrity, stressing that they are not driven by profit rather by integrity.

 

Mr. Stanley Uzoechina, the Business Development Director, said they are out to give Nigerians new experiences with regards to quality products and after-sales interface.

 

In his words, “Large Michael has been a silent, but performing giant in the market. For instance, in the year 2017 we emerged the best Commercial Partner to HP; the Company declared highest volume for HP.

 

“Like the MD said during his speech, the brand has been known in the industry for integrity.

 

“Integrity in terms of business relationships, the quality of the products and the commitment to ensure the customer gets the best.

 

“Beyond that, Large Michael is interested in keeping the Nigerian customers at par with the contemporaries.

 

“What we have here as Experience Centre is different from the usual Laptop or PC box pushing centre.

 

“The ‘experience’ has been that if you want to buy a PC, you just mention the configuration and it is pulled from the shelf and given to you.

 

“Here, we have culture that permits you to interact with the device. At the print section, you do the printing to have a feel of the print-quality/colour.

 

“So, it is to aid the consumer in testing and enhancing his knowledge about the device before making payments.

 

And that is where the world is going and Large Michaels Limited is leading in that direction in the ICT sector.

The District Head – Western, Central Africa & Managing Director – Nigeria – ‎HP, Ify Afe, congratulated the management and staff of the Company on the official launch of the head office in Lagos.

 

Afe said, “Large Michael is an amazing brand; they have been HP’s partners for over 5 years. These have been five years of consistency, integrity, and great partnership.

 

“I am so happy to be here today and to identify with the team. For us at HP it is forward-ever; together we will plan and execute.

 

“We are always looking for ways to improve and give the customers best experience.

 

“We don’t go to sleep because HP is a global brand. So, Large Michael offers us a great platform to reach the end users and perform better.


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Layer3 Implements World-Class Upgrade for WACREN Cloud Infrastructure

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Layer3 has announced the successful implementation of a state-of-the-art private cloud infrastructure for the West and Central African Research and Education Network (WACREN). This pivotal project, hosted in Nigeria, is supported by the AfricaConnect3 project, co-funded by the European Commission.

Layer3 was selected for this prestigious project after an international bidding and tendering process. The newly established private cloud infrastructure will serve universities, research and education networks across the region, providing a robust, secure, and scalable platform designed to meet the unique needs of the academic and research community.

Key features of the cloud infrastructure include its high performance and scalability, engineered to handle large-scale data and computational needs, ensuring seamless scalability as demand increases. The platform also incorporates cutting-edge security protocols to ensure high-level data protection and integrity.

Other features in this state-of-the-art infrastructure include:

  • Reliability and Redundancy: Equipped with multiple layers of redundancy and failover mechanisms to guarantee high availability and minimal downtime.
  • Customizable Solutions: Offers tailored services adaptable to specific institutional requirements, supporting a diverse range of academic and research activities.
  • Ease of Integration: Facilitates seamless integration with existing IT environments and other cloud services, enhancing operational efficiency.

This world-class private cloud infrastructure is a significant milestone for the educational and research sector in West and Central Africa. By providing a dedicated and sophisticated cloud environment, the project will:

  • enhance research capabilities as researchers and educators will have access to powerful computational resources and collaborative tools, to facilitate groundbreaking research and innovation that will ultimately lead to development in the region
  • improve educational outcomes as universities can leverage the cloud platform to offer more dynamic and interactive learning experiences.
  • boost regional collaboration: The cloud infrastructure will enable regional research collaboration as researchers in different institutions in different countries can work on joint research projects and educational programs.
  • drive digital transformation: By adopting cutting-edge cloud technology, institutions can accelerate their digital transformation journeys and stay competitive in the global education landscape.

“We are honored to have been selected by WACREN and the AfricaConnect3 project for this transformative initiative. Our team is excited to have delivered this world-class cloud infrastructure that will empower the educational and research community in West and Central Africa, driving innovation and excellence. This project underscores our commitment to providing top-tier IT solutions that support academic and research excellence.” said Layer3 CEO, Oyaje Idoko.

According to WACREN CEO, Dr. Boubakar Barry, “This WACREN Cloud upgrade marks a significant step forward for us as it will enhance our capacity to serve national research and education networks (NRENs) and their communities across our region.

“We will leverage the capabilities of this new cluster to drive our suite of community-driven platforms and services.  We look forward to the tremendous impact the expanded infrastructure will have on fostering research and innovation excellence across West and Central Africa.”

For more information about Layer3 and its services, please visit www.layer3.ng.

Layer3 is a leading IT and cloud solutions provider in Nigeria, specialized in delivering innovative technology solutions that drive business growth and efficiency. With a focus on quality and customer satisfaction, Layer3 offers a comprehensive range of services, including cloud computing, cybersecurity, AI-driven network solutions, and managed services.


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NITDA, FCT-UBEB, Collaborate To Foster Digital Literacy In Schools

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In a significant development in Nigeria’s educational sector aimed at boosting digital literacy among school children, the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), is set to collaborate with the Federal Capital Territory Universal Basic Educational Board (FCT-UBEB) towards revolutionising the way young Nigerians engage with technology and equipping them with necessary skills to thrive in an increasingly digital world.

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The forgoing information is contained in a press statement e-signed by the Head of Corporate Affairs and External Relations at NITDA, Hajia Hadiza Umar.

As per the statement, the Director-General of NITDA, Mallam Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi , made this known when he hosted a delegation from the Head-to-Head Debate Committee of FCT UBEB led by its Ag. Executive Chairman, Dr Alhassan Sule, at the Agency’s corporate headquarters in Abuja to discuss possible areas of collaboration.

Mallam Abdullahi , who was represented by the agency’s Director of the Information Technology Infrastructure Solutions (ITIS) department, Oladejo Olawumi, stated that the collaboration aligned with a pillar of NITDA’s Strategic Roadmap and Action Plan (SRAP 2.0) 2024-2027 which was to Foster Digital Literacy and Cultivate Talents.

While stating that the pillar was key to the proposed educational board’s debate competition, the NITDA DG emphasised the importance of integrating technology into education to capture the interest and potential of young people.

“Children today, often referred to as digital natives, intuitively use technology and unlike us, who are digital migrants, these children seamlessly adapt to new gadgets and platforms. Therefore, it is essential to embed digital knowledge in their learning environment,” he noted.

Abdullahi disclosed that the agency had been providing infrastructure and resources to facilitate educational transformation as well as digital learning centres across all states of the country.

He added that the Digital Literacy for All programme was a national initiative of the agency which was designed to extend digital education resources to all corners of the country and urged the visitors to key into the programme while he asserted that it would be instrumental in enhancing digital literacy skills among students and out-of-school children alike.

Highlighting the agency’s focus on emerging technologies, Abdullahi stated that extensive research and development were being conducted in areas of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Robotics which were pivotal for future skill sets.

While referring to a recent collaboration between the agency and the Abuja Enterprise Agency on a Robotics competition organised for secondary schools in Abuja to spur interest in Robotics and technology among students, he said “I think we can work together in this area and make sure that Robotics interest is geared up among the youth.”

Elaborating on the Agency’s ongoing initiatives toward achieving 70 per cent digital literacy in the country by 2027, he further disclosed that the agency was working to integrate digital literacy into the national educational curriculum and providing hands-on experience with technologies like AI and Robotics.

While stressing the importance of addressing the needs of out-of-school children, he mentioned “We are developing programmes in partnership with various stakeholders to attract these children through incentives like school feeding, coupled with digital literacy and other educational training.”

Abdullahi noted that the multifaceted approach would ensure that children were not only fed but also equipped with essential digital skills that would pave the way for a more inclusive and technologically proficient future.

In his earlier remark, Dr Sule commended the agency for their various strategic initiatives to ensure a sustainable digitally transformed economy in the country.

While stating that the head-to-head committee was saddled with the responsibility of conducting the FCT Basic Schools debate competition, he noted that 900 students in the FCT would contest in a debate.

Sule said that finalists from the competition would be moved to a reality house which will be aired live on different media platforms where they would be trained on AI and Robotics.


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Group Seeks Restructuring of N15Bn USPF

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Association of Telecommunications, Information Technology, Cable Satellite Network Operators and Allied Services Employers of Nigeria (ATICEN) has again called on Dr. Bosun Tijani, minister of Communications, Information and Digital Economy,  and Aminu Maida, executive vicecChairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), to make the Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF) work for the purpose it was created and be more accountable about the rural telephony projects.

Dr. Bosun Tijani, minister of Communications, Information and Digital Economy

According to the Association, the Fund should be restructured or scrapped if it continues to fail to achieve the purpose for which it was created. It noted that despite the Fund, the digital gap was still wider in the rural areas.

In December last year, the USPF committee led by the Minister unveiled a project on rural telephony powered by solar – one of the many initiatives that USPF aimed at expanding the communication network to rural areas across the country.

It would be recalled that stakeholders in the telecoms industry had called for the investigation of the Fund allegedly misappropriated. The USPF was established in 2003 with an initial N15 billion to promote the widespread availability and usage of network and application services throughout Nigeria.

The NCC charges telecom operators 2.5 per cent of their turn-over as licensing fees, of which 40 per cent of the licensing fees is transferred to the designated fund called USPF.

However, despite the Fund, a wider digital divide still exists in the rural areas as many rural communities in the country are yet to be adequately connected to the country’s telecommunication system.

This lapse has been attributed to the misappropriation of funds partly budgeted for that project by some officials who held sway in the sector in the recent past. Sensing the mismanagement of the fund, some players in the sector called on the Presidency and the National Assembly to investigate the utilisation of the Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF) earmarked to bridge the infrastructure gap in the rural area.

They made the call following the non-impact of the Fund established by the Federal Government to facilitate the achievement of national policy goals for universal access and universal service to information and communication technologies (ICTs) in rural, unserved, and underserved areas in Nigeria.

The Fund is being managed to facilitate the widest possible access to affordable telecommunications services for greater social equity and inclusion for the people of Nigeria.

It would be recalled that a sum of N15.174 billion was recommended for approval as the Universal Service Provision Fund’s 2019 budget. Since it was established, the industry players said it had never had any impact on the telecoms industry, claiming that the fund had not been used for the purpose it was established.


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