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NCS Receives Car Donation from Computer Warehouse Group

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Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) has expressed happiness over a brand new Elantra Hyundai saloon car it received from the Computer Warehouse Group (CWG) Plc, at the weekend.

The presentation was made by Austin Okere, group chief executive officer of CWG to Professor David Adewumi, president of NCS, during the courtesy visit paid to the leading pan African ICT conglomerate last Friday.

Commending the society for its commitment to advocacy for accelerating ICT development in Nigeria, Okere stressed the need for the IT community to support NCS. In his view, ensuring NCS takes its rightful place in society is in the interest of the IT community in particular and the nation as a whole.

Responding Professor Adewumi thanked Okere and CWG for donating the vehicle to facilitate the activities of the Society, stating that such generosity is both uncommon and encouraging.

Completely surprised and delighted, NCS President noted that the donation took the NCS delegation completely by surprise as the visit was organized mainly to appreciate and commend CWG for the numerous achievements it has recorded in the IT Industry.

He was particular impressed that Okere was nominated for the 2013 IT Personality of Year Award for his outstanding contributions in the field of IT in Nigeria. He presented the award to Okere after his presentation.

NCS used the visit to identify with CWG’s adoption of innovative, technology driven solutions in building Nigeria and Africa’s digital economy. Professor Adewumi however observed that despite the tremendous impact of CWG and other forward looking IT stakeholders, “the need to accelerate the pace of ICT development and ensure long term sustainability for the sector is both massive and glaring”.

He further stated that “partnering strategically, NCS-CWG can identify and support innovation efforts, build capacities and help realize the huge potential in the fledging African market”.

NCS President called for NCS-CWG Strategic partnerships through the NCS 25th National Conference taking place in Enugu State- July 23rd to 25th, 2014, tagged ‘“Building a Knowledge-Based Economy in Nigeria: The Role of Information Technology”; the NCS National Secretariat Building; the National Information Technology Research and Development Workshops- 4th to 6th March, 2014 at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State and the NCS Scholarship fund for undergraduates, postgraduates and research fellows

Adewumi stated that the warm reception accorded NCS and the donation of the car shows the total commitment of CWG to the cause of the society.

NCS has a proven track record of excellent delivery; and is credible, accountable, and results-driven – committed members and partners have made this possible. Partnering with NCS gives a voice and life to your aspirations and values.

Jide Awe, chairman, Publicity and Events Committee (NCS),said  that NCS President prayed for the continued growth and success of the Computer Warehouse Group Plc in its commitment to excellence.

Members of the CWG team included Phillip Obioha, Chief Operating Officer, James Agada, Chief Technology Officer, Olatayo Oladipo, AGM, CWG Infrastructure division and Gbenga Odegbami, AGM, CWG Communication division. The NCS delegation included: Jide Awe, Chairman, Publicity and Events Committee, Moses Braimah, Chairman, Conferences Committee, Chinedu Onuoha, Executive Secretary, Iyiola Ayoola, Director, Corporate Affairs, Ijeoma Nwanaju, Manager, Corporate Affairs and Taiwo Oyesanwo, Assistant Manager, Corporate Affairs.

 

 


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Rivers State, Shell Inaugurate Cluster Development Board for Assa North Gas Project

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The Rivers State government and the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC), energy company, recently inaugurated the Egi/Igburu Cluster Development Board (CDB) for pipeline communities to SPDC’s Assa North Gas project, which has a capacity for 300 million standard cubic feet of gas per day and the potential to be one of the largest domestic gas projects in Nigeria when completed.

Rivers State, Shell Inaugurate Cluster Development Board for Assa North Gas Project

Barrister Elloka Tasie-Amadi, State Commissioner for Chieftaincy and Community Affairs, at the ceremony, urged the Comrade Orikoha Ekwueme-led newly elected officials of the CDB to use the opportunity of leadership to make positive impacts that will improve living standards in their communities.

He said, “The state government is always available to support you. Always speak with your people, including the Community Trust Committees (which were also newly inaugurated). Adequate communication will ensure the buy-in of all your stakeholders”.

He decried those who see leadership as opportunity for self-seeking gains. “Leadership is more of sacrifice; not an opportunity for personal benefit”, The Commissioner said.

Also, at the inauguration, Mr. Igo Weli, SPDC general manager External Relations,  said, “The Global Memorandum of Understanding (GMoU), that you signed today, sets the framework for long-term partnership between SPDC JV and the Egi/Igburu Cluster. The GMoU runs on the principle of community-led development. Today, SPDC JV commits to providing funding to help you realise your community development aspirations.”

Represented at the ceremony by Dr. Banji Adekoya, SPDC External Relations Manager for Projects and Opportunities, he asked the CDB to “be prudent and implement projects and programmes that will deliver maximum benefits to the Egi/Igburu communities. Note that government, SPDC JV and the communities that you represent will hold you accountable for the judicious utilisation of the development funds.”

“With the inauguration, SPDC reiterates the company’s commitment to the Assa North Gas Project and to making it an exemplary one, particularly in Nigeria’s quest for energy sufficiency, for power generation and industrialization”, he said.

On its part, the new CDB committed to use SPDC’s award-winning GMoU agreement, which is a community-led sustainable development and interface management model that puts the communities in the driving seat in setting development priorities and implementation of programmes and projects to meet their needs.

The GMOU is a proven winning approach introduced in 2006, adopted across SPDC’s operational areas and provides a secure five-year funding for communities to implement development projects of their choice.

With the inauguration of the Egi/Igburu CDB, SPDC now has 40 active GMoUs in Abia, Bayelsa, Delta, Imo and Rivers States. Since 2006, SPDC JV has disbursed a total of $252 million to communities through these GMoUs.

The Assa North/Ohaji South gas project is a joint venture project involving the SPDC, the NNPC, Total E&P Nigeria Limited, and Nigerian Agip Oil Company, and will result in a new SPDC gas processing plant.

The development will help the federal government deliver on its ambition to provide enough gas for domestic consumption, power generation and gas-based ammonia and urea fertilizers for farmers.


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African Entrepreneurs Vying for Anzisha Recognition

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The Anzisha Prize, a partnership between African Leadership Academy and Mastercard Foundation, has revealed its top 20 finalists for 2020. Winners will be announced at this year’s Anzisha Prize Conference on 27 October 2020.

Organisers say this year’s application season saw a record 1 200 applicants vying for a chance to join the Anzisha Prize fellowship.

From these applications, 20 businesses emerged that were 45% percent female-owned and represented sectors such as agriculture, manufacturing and education.

Young entrepreneurs from Morocco, South Africa and Tanzania displayed impressive ventures that are tackling critical issues within their communities while also turning a profit. Through their businesses and entrepreneurial leadership skills, these job starters are paving a way for other young Africans to pursue entrepreneurship.

Selected as a top 20 finalist is 21-year-old Alaa Moatamed who is the co-founder of Presto, a company she describes as one of the leading delivery management platforms in Egypt. The venture provides business owners with an affordable and convenient delivery service for their customers.

Joining Alaa is 20-year-old Benjamin Mushayija Gisa from Rwanda who manufactures and packages natural organic products for consumption and for cosmetic purposes in the form of lotions and coconut soap.

“2020 has seen a global shift in the future of work. This year’s applicants have personified the resilience and innovation that Africa needs as we navigate our way into a post-COVID-19 future,” says Melissa Mbazo-Ekepenyong, Deputy Director of the Anzisha Prize.

The Anzisha Prize, a partnership between African Leadership Academy and Mastercard Foundation, has supported 122 entrepreneurs and 77 of those businesses have created over 2 000 jobs, with 56% of those being employment provided for young Africans under 25.

Peter Materu, Chief Program Officer, Mastercard Foundation says, “The success of the Anzisha Prize over the last decade stands as a resounding testament to the creativity and entrepreneurial potential of Africa’s very young people—a hugely under-tapped resource.

Through Anzisha, we’re reminded of what they can achieve when challenged and enabled to own and solve the problems they see around them. Now, as ever, the innovations that have emerged through the Anzisha Prize inspire and renew our faith in and commitment to their promise.”

This year, the top 20 will gather virtually from their various countries to share knowledge and learn from expert coaches and mentors as they prepare for their final pitches to a panel of external judges.

All the entrepreneurs will receive a cash prize of US$2 500. The grand prize winner will receive US$25 000, while the 1st runner and 2nd runner receive US$15 000 and US$12 500 respectively.


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FG Bans Emirates Airlines from Operating in Nigeria

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Federal Government has included Emirates Airlines in the list of airlines not allowed to operate in Nigeria.

FG Bans Emirates Airlines from Operating in Nigeria

This is part of measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

Hadi Sirika, minister of Aviation, confirmed this via his Twitter handle on Friday.

According to Sirika, the decision was taken following a meeting between the Presidential Task Force (PTF) and European Unions (EU).

The ban would take effect from Monday, September 21, 2020.

“The PTF sub-committee met today with EU Ambassadors to discuss Lufthansa, Air France/KLM ban.

“The meeting progressed well. Emirates Airlines’s situation was reviewed and they are consequently included in the list of those not approved, with effect from Monday the 21st September 2020,” Sirika tweeted.


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