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LCCI Seeks Active Citizens Involvement in the Evolution of Fourth Industrial Revolution



The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry has said that the country must be actively involved in the evolution of fourth industrial revolution inorder to benefit from it.


Mr. Babatunde Paul Ruwase, President, Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) stated this at the ongoing 5th edition of ICTEL EXPO 2019, holding at the Landmark Event Center, Lagos


The theme of the conference is: ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) – The Nigerian Story’.


Mr. Ruwase in his address noted that Nigeria must narrow the gap between technological potentials and the required policy framework needed.


He said that it has become more pertinent more than ever for us as a nation to focus on exploring innovative approaches to harness the benefits of technological advancement in this ever-changing world.


According to him, “To be actively involved and benefit from this fourth revolution however, Nigeria must narrow the gap between technological potentials and the required policy framework needed.


“It has become more pertinent than ever for us as a nation to focus on exploring innovative approaches to harness the benefits of technological advancement in this ever-changing world.


“To do this therefore, the engagement of key stakeholders has never been more urgent than now”.


The LCCI President further stated that for us to reap the benefits of new technologies while maintaining trust requires the collaborative efforts of government, businesses and other stakeholders in the society.


He added that recent technological advances have the potential to fundamentally redefine the economy and that this presents ample opportunities that needs to be explored for the present generation and future generations.


Mr. Ruwase explained that for the country to catch up with the fast-growing trends in ICT, it needs to address necessary policy challenges in three key areas: E-commerce, data flows and new technologies.


He called for concerted effort to be made in developing digital skills of the Nigerian youth, in order to be able to respond to the challenges posed by the digitization of the labour market.


“We have a great challenge of boosting Nigeria’s digital development and we all must rise to this challenge if we are to benefit from the fourth technological revolution.

L-R: Representative of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Technology, Mr Chima Igwe, Immediate past president, Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, (LCCI), Dr Nike Akande, Director of Information Communication Technology (ICT), Ministry of Communications, Mrs Moni Udoh , President, LCCI, Mr Babatunde Ruwase and Chairman, trade promotion board, Gabriel Idahosa, at the Opening ceremony of the LCCI 5th edition of ICTEL EXPO 2019, in Lagos, on Tuesday

“We must design and implement an agenda that promotes a digital transformation, with modern regulations, infrastructure and digital education.


“Nigeria missed out of the first, second and third industrial revolutions, in order not to miss the fourth industrial revolution therefore, we must put in place appropriate structures and policies, and both private and the public sector must play active role as stakeholders in the attainment of technological advancement urgently needed by this great nation.”


He added that Nigeria as the leading economy in Africa must show the way in transforming the lives of its citizens through technological advancement.


Also at the event, Afrione launched its AfriOne mobile phones and other consumer devices, a feat the company describes as a  technological breakthrough and precedent for the enterprise and Nigeria’s 200 million strong populous.


Rajan Nahal, Chief Operating Officer, Afrifone limited, said that their aim is to democratise technology, by offering affordable innovations through its product offerings and removing barriers for large scale adoption of advanced technologies in Nigeria.


He noted that it’s module is to provide affordable smart and feature phones for all strata of the Nigerian society.


The Chief Operating Officer added that their mobile phones and tablets are all assembled in Nigeria, while its mobile accessories and other new products range are currently not being produced in the country.


He stated that they are setting up mobile phone laboratory at the Lagos state polytechnic (LASPOTECH) where students will be taught how to manufacture mobile phones.


Afrione is the first in-country produced smartphones for sale in the Nigerian marketplace.


It champions corporate socio-economic development, while wholly supporting the “Made in Nigeria” campaign if the federal government.


They offer a wide range of feature-rich and technologically loaded product lines from dual sim mobile phones to educational tablet PCs and even android smart watches.


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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NCC Boss Says Professionalism is Key to Quality Service Delivery



Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) is paying special attention to professionalism because of its strategic role in quality service delivery, according to Prof. Umar Danbatta, executive vice chairman of the commission.

NCC Boss Says Professionalism is Key to Quality Service Delivery

Prof. Umar Danbatta

Danbatta spoke at the weekend in Abuja at the investiture of Mr Kings Adeyemi as the 19th National chairman of the Nigerian Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (NIEEE).

He was represented at the occasion by Mr Bako Wakil, Director, Technical Standards and Network Integrity, in the NCC.

According to him, such professionalism has been responsible for the successes recorded by the commission over the years.

“It is against this backdrop that the commission is encouraging and supporting its staff members to join professional bodies of their choice,” he said.

The executive vice chairman called on industry stakeholders to strive toward making meaningful contributions to the progress of the industry.

“As a stakeholder in the telecommunication industry, I enjoin you to continue to make meaningful contributions to the progress of this industry, especially at our stakeholder’s engagement programmes.

“Electrical and electronic engineers play significant roles across all segments in the delivery of our regulatory mandates,” he said.

The NCC boss listed part of the commission’s mandate to include frequency spectrum administration as well as the management and setting of technical standards.

“We also carry out devices type approvals, create technical frameworks for the telecommunication industry, take cognisance of evolving technologies and operational models, among other roles,” he said.

Danbatta said that records had shown that NIEEE was a “highly regarded division in Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE)”.

“This can be seen from the fact that it has won NSE’s Group Dynamic competition more than any other division,” he said.

In his remarks, Adeyemi described the electrical engineering profession as the most dynamic, “due to volatile technological trends”.

He called on other engineers to keep upgrading their knowledge so as to be resourceful and remain relevant in the digital age.

“In order to be relevant in the affairs of the electrical engineering world, all electrical engineers must strive toward professional development.

“As we aspire to leadership positions along the professional ladder, steady professional development is key,” he said.


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Xenophobia: MTN Extends Appreciation to Trade Partners in Owerri



MTN Nigeria, was in Owerri, Imo state last week to appreciate its trade partners, in  keeping with its pledge to compensate trade partners affected by the 2019 xenophobia reprisal attacks in Lagos and other cities.

Xenophobia: MTN Extends Appreciation to Trade Partners in Owerri

Tagged the Y’ello Partners Appreciation Day (YPAD), Owerri marked the last of a series of events first held in Abuja on January 15 and Lagos on January 17.

Speaking in Owerri, Mr Innocent Entonu, MTN Nigeria’s general manager, Regional Operations (East), thanked the company’s trade partners for a successful and profitable 2019. “Indeed, we are good together. This is an evening to hangout, so let’s turn it up,” Entonu said.

At the appreciation event, , Mr Kunle Adebiyi, chief sales and distribution officer, MTN Nigeria, who represented, Ferdi Moolman, the CEO, reeled out some of the actions taken so far to compensate the trade partners for their loss, and measures to prevent recurrence of such incidents.

According to Mr Adebiyi, MTN has helped to facilitate insurance payment for those trade partners whose business were insured; while those that weren’t and couldn’t pay staff salaries after the attack, were assisted to do so. “We hear that the insurance companies have begun making payments,” Adebiyi said.

Partner outlets that arranged for non-state security outfits to protect their property during the attack were asked by MTN to provide invoices for refund. For those yet to get a refund, Mr Adebiyi promised they’ll get it. Also, plans are underway to provide the partner’s outlets with automatic security roller shutters as a first prevention measure to limit damage in case of a recurrence.

Appreciating the trade partners in Lagos for their partnership, Mazen Mroue, chief operating officer, MTN Nigeria, reeled out a successful 2019 that included MTN’s listing on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), a change in the company’s Board, the launch of MoMo Agent, launch of Music Time, and winning the war on data subscription, to mention just a few.

In Owerri, trade partners praised MTN’s actions. Mr Chukwudi Ahuruonye, CEO of Stepychucks Nigeria Limited, an MTN Nigeria data trade partner in Okigwe, Imo state, thanked MTN for honouring them.

According to him, “We are honoured for the appreciation that MTN has shown us today and we say thank you. Also, I want to personally thank the regional manager for the amazing way he’s been able to carry us along through these trying times.”

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MTN Nigeria Rewards 2,000 Retailers with Kiosk through ‘Turn It Up Initiative’



Leading Information and Communication Technology company, MTN Nigeria, is turning things up for over 2,000 retailers across the country with the “Kiosk as a Service” scheme.


“Kiosk as a Service” is a scheme that will empower over 2,000 retailers with an omnibus stall that will enable each retailer provide MTN’s bouquet of products and services more efficiently.


Customers will be able to access services like SIM registration, (mobile money) MoMo, 4G migrations, buy airtime and so much more.


Starting with the South-West region of the country with over 180 already installed in Lagos State, the kiosks come pre-fitted with solar panels that will power the kiosk, enable users to charge phones and generally support the ease of doing business.


Speaking on the laudable scheme, Mr. Kunle Adebiyi, chief Sales and Distribution Officer, MTN Nigeria,  said “The ‘Kiosk as a Service’ is a demonstration of MTN’s unwavering belief in partnership.”


Known for empowering communities where they operate, Mr. Adebiyi said MTN’s use of pre-installed solar panels on the kiosks was a deliberate action and a commitment to ensure that the company leads the clamour  for the use of renewable energy as a way to preserve the environment.


We are good together is a philosophy that is integral to our operations. We are empowering our retailers so that through this scheme, they can turn things up for themselves.


“We are confident that this will empower thousands of Nigerians to become the much-needed drivers of the country’s economy because we believe that we can go far when we go together,” he said.


With an unemployment rate that currently stands at 23.1 percent, and projected to reach 33.5 percent before the end of 2020 according to the National Bureau of Statistics, the scheme is a testament to MTN’s belief in the growth and development of Nigeria’s economy.



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