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Konga and Starlink Partnership: A Blessing for Nigeria – Dr. A U Babatunde

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In recent years, partnerships between e-commerce platforms and tech companies have been instrumental in driving innovation and progress in various sectors. One such partnership that has garnered significant attention is the collaboration between Konga, Nigeria’s composite e-commerce group, and Starlink, the satellite internet service provided by SpaceX.

This groundbreaking partnership is poised to revolutionize internet accessibility in the country, bringing about a myriad of benefits for businesses, individuals, and the nation as a whole. For example, educational institutions, business and houses can access internet services anywhere in the country with their enterprise kit.

One of the biggest obstacles to widespread internet adoption in Nigeria has been the country’s vast and diverse geography, which has made it difficult and costly to establish traditional terrestrial infrastructure. Starlink’s satellite-based internet service offers a game-changing solution by beaming high-speed internet directly from space, effectively bypassing the need for extensive ground-based infrastructure. Partnering with Konga has made it easier than ever for Nigerians to access this cutting-edge technology. Those living in remote or underserved areas can now enjoy seamless internet connectivity, eliminating the digital divide that has long plagued the nation.

I am very excited about this partnership because it shows that American companies still have confidence in companies like Konga and in the Nigerian economy. Konga, the exclusive shop in shop ecommerce partner for Apple, Samsung, L’Oreal, and many more has continued to boost the domestic economy with the inflow of foreign direct investments from these global brands with the potential to catalyse economic growth. With this, a lot more deals, I hope, will flow in to ensure a robust and productive market for consumers.

According to a report by the World Bank, a 10% increase in broadband penetration can lead to a 1.38% increase in GDP growth in developing countries. This partnership between Konga and Starlink can open up new opportunities for entrepreneurs, enabling them scale their operations and compete on a level playing field with their international counterparts.

Furthermore, reliable internet access can facilitate academic research and collaboration. This would encourage innovation domestically and allow Nigerian academics and institutions to participate in the global knowledge economy. So, integrating ICT into education will improve learning outcomes, promote digital literacy, and enhance teacher training. By bridging the digital divide, Konga, through Starlink, empowers Nigerian students and educators, equipping them with the skills and knowledge required to thrive in the 21st century.

Beyond the economic and educational benefits, the Konga-Starlink partnership has the tendency to foster social inclusion and empower communities across Nigeria. With access to high-speed internet, individuals can stay connected with loved ones, access online services, and participate in the digital economy, regardless of location. By bringing affordable and reliable internet to areas with limited access, the Konga-Starlink partnership can help bridge the digital divide and ensure that no Nigerian is left behind in the digital revolution.

The healthcare industry in Nigeria stands to benefit greatly from the collaboration between Konga and Starlink. In places where access to specialized medical treatment is limited, healthcare practitioners can use telemedicine systems to facilitate remote consultations, diagnosis, and even surgery, provided they have dependable internet connectivity. In underserved areas especially, telemedicine has promise for increasing access to healthcare services, cutting costs, and improving care quality.

The partnership between Konga and Starlink represents a significant step forward in bridging the digital divide in Nigeria. By leveraging SpaceX’s innovative satellite-based internet service and offering it at an affordable price point, this collaboration has the potential to transform various sectors. As Nigeria continues to embrace the opportunities this partnership presents, the future looks promising for technological advancement, societal development, and global competitiveness.


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NDPC Empowers Institute to Certify Data Protection Professionals

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Nigeria Data Protection Commission (NDPC) has said the certification of data protection professionals in the country will significantly reduce capital flight and create more than 500,000 jobs in the sector.

NDPC Empowers Institute to Certify Data Protection Professionals

L-r: Dr. Vincent Olatunji, executive commissioner, NDPC and Dr. Oyedokun Oyewole, president of the Institute of Information Management,

Dr. Vincent Olatunji, executive commissioner, NDPC, stated this at the presentation of the certificate of licence to the Institute of Information Management (IMF) in Abuja.

He said the certification of data protection professionals would not only enhance the protection of personal data, but also boost the country’s economic growth and development.

The projection comes as the commission intensifies efforts to promote data protection and privacy in Nigeria’s rapidly growing digital economy.

According to Dr. Olatunji, the move aims to enhance the capacity of organisations to protect personal data and promote compliance with Nigeria’s data protection regulations.

Establishing a local institution to train and certify Nigerians would significantly enhance local content in the sector, the NDPC boss hinted.

The commission, he assured his audience, was already exploring the possibility of implementing the licencing framework across Africa—a move that could potentially harmonise data protection standards and expertise across the continent.

Dr. Oyedokun Oyewole, president of the Institute of Information Management, said the licence would effectively address the existing gap in the data protection ecosystem, providing a much-needed solution.

Recalling that the certification process began in 2021, Dr. Oyewole reaffirmed the institute’s dedication to excellence, pledging to provide top-notch education in data protection and set a benchmark for the country’s education system in this field.

The IIM’s certification programmes will cover essential topics such as data protection principles, risk management, and compliance with the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation (NDPR).

The initiative is expected to boost the confidence of organisations and individuals in the country’s data protection landscape.

 

 


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CrediCorp Partners FintechNGR to Drive Consumer Credit Initiative

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Nigerian Consumer Credit Corporation (CrediCorp), has partnered Fintech Association of Nigeria (FinTechNGR) to drive consumer credit scheme initiative through a robust payment platform that would be provided by members of FinTechNGR.

Speaking at a Social Meet in Lagos, organised by FinTechNGR, with the theme: “Augmenting the Future, AI, Credit and Transformation of Nigerian Finance,” the Chairman, CrediCorp Board of Directors, Aderemi Abdul-Bojela, said members of FinTechNGR would have specific roles to play in the partnership, in the areas of providing robust platform for money transfer, technology evaluation, among others.

“Today, CrediCorp is engaging with members of FinTechNGR in a social interactive gathering to discuss collaboration and support for the growth of Consumer Credit Corporation in Nigeria. We want to interact to understand how technology will drive the crediCorp initiative in Nigeria and also to understand the role that members of FinTechNGR will play in all of these initiatives around CrediCorp,” Abdul-Bojela said.

Describing the partnership as a welcome development that will enhance savings culture among Nigerians, the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of FinTechNGR, Dr. Babatunde Obrimah, said: “FinTechNGR is an enabler of technology advancement in Nigeria. We bring the players together to drive technology innovation.

“Our role in the FinTechNGR-CrediCorp partnership is to ensure that our members support the growth of consumer credit in Nigeria, by providing the relevant payment platforms for all financial transactions among the banks who are the lenders, the customers who are the burrowers and the CrediCorp who is the guarantor.”

Speaking about the benefits for Nigerians, Obrimah said the Consumer Credit Corporation in Nigeria would enhance the country’s credit culture and enable Nigerians to save and plan well with their savings. “The initiative will address inflation, help in liquidity flow, build trust in customers’ borrowing, boost credit culture and enhance the culture of savings among Nigerians,” Obrimah said.

Addressing the issue of risk and consumer trust, Abdul-Bojela said the CrediCorp has put measures in place to ensure that the banks that would be involved in lending, would be protected and guaranteed of the repayment of the loans within the CrediCorp ecosystem.

He said there would be an independent management that would ensure that the right technology is put in place to recover all monies.


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NITDA to Integrate of Digital Literacy into School Curriculum

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Kashifu Abdullahi, director general of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), announced plans to integrate digital literacy into Nigeria’s education system, to achieve a 70% literacy rate by 2027 and 95% by 2030.

NITDA to Integrate of Digital Literacy into School Curriculum

Kashifu Abdullah, DG, NITDA

The NITDA’s DG made the announcement on Wednesday in Abuja during a media parley.

He stated that in order to include digital literacy in the curriculum at all educational levels, from kindergarten to university, the Agency was collaborating with the Federal Ministry of Education.

Abdullahi, said that this program would equip Nigerians with the digital know-how and abilities they need to succeed in the digital economy.

He emphasized that NITDA would also launch the “Digital Literacy for All Initiative” to educate Nigerians outside the formal education system and provide access to quality digital content.

Nigeria would train over two million young people in in-demand IT skills in order to become significant global outsourcing hub

NITDA is also collaborating with the Defence Headquarters and security agencies to develop digital solutions to address security concerns, including the use of drones, artificial intelligence, and other digital resources to combat banditry, abduction, and terrorism, he said.

 

According to him, the agency’s draft SRAP 2.0 plan aims to establish Nigeria as a digitally empowered nation, with a focus on innovation, national prosperity, and inclusivity.

The director general of NITDA added that, if successfully implemented, this strategy could propel Nigeria into a new phase of digital empowerment and leadership in the global digital economy.


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