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Microsoft Launches Efficiency Campaign in Abuja

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Microsoft has announced the availability of Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 and Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, aimed to deliver a higher return on investment in the IT department.
Windows 7 is Microsoft’s newest version of its popular Windows desktop operating system, which is applauded as the best yet to be distributed by the company.  More than a billion people around the world, of every language and every culture, use Windows every day at work, at home and on the go. 
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 is specifically designed to help small and medium organizations reduce their IT operating costs by giving them all the tools that they need to help them run efficiently with minimal technology investment while Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 offers medium to large businesses a comprehensive set of tools that allow their IT departments to easily manage and secure all their internal and external communications.
At a press briefing to announce this in Abuja, Adefolu Majekodunmi, Business and Marketing Organization Lead for Microsoft Nigeria said, “Today’s economic environment makes it imperative that companies find ways to save costs while increasing their efficiency in order to stay competitive.  Take Nigeria which is currently earning only about 1/3rd of the oil revenue of only a year ago. The focus now is no longer on spending but on how to cut costs.”
“Windows 7 represents Microsoft’s understanding of customers’ needs around the globe. It is the most well-researched, well-planned Windows release ever, delivering multiple cost saving benefits including the fact that it runs on 20% less power than its predecessors.”
“Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2’s virtualization functionality also helps organizations save on the costs of servers, space and power by enabling them run multiple applications on one server.”
Nuru Mohammed, managing director of Interglobal, a Microsoft partner organization said that a particular government department has been able to cut down the number of servers they require from 47 to 21 using virtualization.
“This huge reduction in the number of servers represents tangible cost savings as this organization has actually replaced an 80KVA generator that they needed previously to power the 47 servers to a 40KVA generator which has further reduced their spend on fuel,” he confirmed.
Collins Onuegbu, CEO, Signal Alliance; a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner explained that “Microsoft has been at the center of the greatest productivity boom in world history for the past 25 years. As the world grapples with the worst economic crisis since World War II, recovery will be driven by innovative solutions and initiatives aimed at kick-starting the global economy towards greater efficiency.”
“Microsoft’s initiative is a bold effort to lead this drive for new efficiency that will eventually lead the world out of the current global recession and into a new era in productivity. I believe that the launch of Windows 7,  Exchange Server 2010 and Windows Server 2008 R2 is the beginning of the new efficiency innovation that will usher the IT industry into this new world.”
“Signal Alliance was one of the 7 million Windows 7 testers worldwide, and we have been using this for over 6 months now. As the IT industry is currently in transition, there is a move from laptops to Netbooks which are smaller and more convenient to move around with. Because Windows 7 delivers all the benefits of a full-fledged PC to even low-budget machines, we have been able to cut down on our cost of purchasing hardware,” he continued.
“Windows 7 has also enabled staff to improve personal productivity using the simple easy to use features like the sticky notes which help us keep track of tasks.”
Majekodunmi said that Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 and Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, like all Microsoft Server products, are designed to function effectively in conjunction with older Microsoft products that may be entrenched in an organization thereby greatly reducing the cost of migration from earlier platforms. 
He added that the new functionality in Windows Server 2008 R2 and Exchange Server 2010 really excels when used in conjunction with Windows 7 and encourages customers to migrate to the new solutions to begin to enjoy the new capabilities of the new solutions working better together.

 


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Magu, Suspended EFCC Boss Says He Never Received Bribe all His Life

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Ibrahim Magu, suspended acting chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), on Wednesday said he has never received bribe all his life.

Magu, Suspended EFCC Boss Says He Never Received Bribe all His Life

brahim Magu, suspended chairman, EFCC

Magu was testifying before the Justice Ayo Salami panel probing allegations of corruption against him.

The suspended EFCC boss said anyone who claim he had ever given him bribe should come forward before the panel to testify against him.

He was responding to allegations that he allowed a suspect Hima Aboubakar, a Nigerien National to escape from justice.

The suspended EFCC boss had opened his defense on Monday to clear corruption allegations against him.

The probe panel has allowed him to have only two lawyers represent him at a time.

On Monday & Tuesday, he was represented by Wahab Shittu and Aliyu Lemu.

In yesterday’s proceedings, he was represented by Shittu and Tosin Ojaomo.


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HP, AU Commission Sign MoU to Collaborate for Development of Entrepreneurial Skills in Africa

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HP Inc. in partnership with the African Union Commission (AUC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to foster entrepreneurial learning in Africa.

The aim of the MoU is to further cement the collaboration between these two parties in building entrepreneurial skills across the continent and to leverage HP Foundation’s Learning Initiative for Entrepreneurs (HP LIFE).

HP LIFE provides people in the region with access to 32 free, online courses in seven languages to build key business competencies as set out in the AGENDA 2063.

AGENDA 2063 is Africa’s blueprint and master plan for transforming Africa into the global powerhouse of the future.

It is the continent’s strategic framework that aims to deliver on its goal for inclusive and sustainable development and is a concrete manifestation of the pan-African drive for unity, self-determination, freedom, progress, and collective prosperity.

HP Inc. and the AUC have agreed to exchange information and material on enhancing quality education for learners and entrepreneurs in Africa, organize symposiums and conferences on education and skills development initiatives, leverage the online platform HP LIFE, which is aimed to enroll a million users between 2016 and 2025 and is part of HP’s commitment to enable better learning outcomes for 100 million people globally by 2025.

The aim of the MoU is to ensure closer collaboration and exchange of information between the parties, in a manner that creates synergies in Youth Skills Development, Academic Exchanges, and Research in Africa.

“HP is driving access to quality education globally to enable anyone and everyone to build skills to compete in the digital economy,” said Issam Essadiqi, Interim Managing Director, HP Africa. “Making education more accessible and effective helps people get better jobs, launch small businesses, and create opportunities for their families and communities.

“HP believes technology can be the great equalizer in education and is using it to enable students to get access to quality education in the classroom and beyond.”

The AU Commissioner for Human Resource, Science and Technology H.E Prof. Sarah Anyang Agbor said, “The partnership with HP will accelerate our education response to Covid-19 and beyond to ensure accessible and continued learning for African youth.

The African Union’s education agenda, which has a focus on digital learning is well complemented by the opportunities that the work with HP will bring about for African youth.

In line with prioritizing distance learning, the partnership will support individuals and institutions of learning to provide the requisite expertise and opportunities.”

HP LIFE was first offered through hundreds of local training centers in countries such as Nigeria, Tunisia, South Africa, Uganda, and Kenya, to help people learn the skills to start or grow a business or improve their employment prospects.

In 2012, HP LIFE expanded to an online platform. Since 2016, over 116,000 men and women across Africa have already received HP LIFE training. 82% of women who took part in an HP LIFE survey said that participating in the programme had increased their confidence in their future

Today, technology can support new styles of learning. PCs and tools designed for education can offer students flexibility of time, place, and pace of learning, whether in or out of the classroom, or in a blend of environments.

HP and the AUC’s joint efforts have the potential to uplift access of education and opportunities for career work and economic growth, and this collaboration has the potential to make lifelong learning a reality.


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“TIME 100” Lists Tony Elumelu among 100 Most Influential People in the World 2020

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TIME has named Tony O. Elumelu, one of Africa’s leading investors and philanthropists, in the 2020 TIME100, the annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

“TIME 100” Lists Tony Elumelu among 100 Most Influential People in the World 2020

The list, now in its seventeenth year, recognises the activism, innovation, and achievement of the world’s most influential individuals.

Mr Elumelu, who is one of only four Africans on the 2020 list, is recognised for his track record of business turnaround and value creation, and economic empowerment of young Africans.

Tony Elumelu is the founder and chairman of Heirs Holdings, his family owned investment company, committed to improving lives and transforming Africa, through long-term investments in strategic sectors of the African economy, including financial services, hospitality, power, energy and healthcare.

He is the Chairman of top pan-African financial services group, the United Bank for Africa (UBA), which operates in 20 countries in Africa, the United Kingdom, France, and is the only African bank with a commercial deposit taking licence in the United States.

The bank provides corporate, commercial, SME and consumer banking services to more than 21 million customers globally.

Elumelu also chairs Nigeria’s largest quoted conglomerate, Transcorp, whose subsidiaries include Transcorp Power, one of the leading generators of electricity in Nigeria and Transcorp Hotels Plc, Nigeria’s foremost hospitality brand.

Mr Elumelu is the most prominent champion of entrepreneurship in Africa. In 2010, he created The Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF), the philanthropy empowering a new generation of African entrepreneurs, catalysing economic growth, driving poverty eradication and ensuring job creation across all 54 African countries.

Since inception, the Foundation has funded just under 10,000 entrepreneurs and created a digital ecosystem of over one million as part of its ten year, US$100m commitment through the TEF Entrepreneurship Programme.

Self-funded, the Foundation is increasingly sharing its unique ability to identify, train, mentor and fund young entrepreneurs across Africa, with institutions such as the UNDP, the ICRC and leading European development agencies.

Tony Elumelu Named In “TIME 100” List Of 100 Most Influential People In The World 2020Heirs Holdings, which serves as a corporate role model for African businesses, and the Tony Elumelu Foundation will both celebrate 10 years of impact in November.

Their mission continues to be inspired by Mr Elumelu’s economic philosophy of Africapitalism, which positions the private sector, and most importantly entrepreneurs, as the catalyst for the social and economic development of the continent.


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