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NCS Strengthens Symbiotic Ties with MTN, MainOne, Sidmach



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Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) recently visited three key players in Nigeria’s technology space – MTN Nigeria, MainOne Cable Company and Sidmach group, in furtherance of its policy of strategic partnership and stakeholder engagement

The NCS delegations were led Professor Sola Aderounmu, NCS’ Deputy President, who represented, Professor David O. Adewumi, the President.

At MTN Nigeria, the team was warmly received by Mr. Akinwale Goodluck, Corporate Services Executive, representing the CEO, Mr. Michael Ikpoki. Nigeria’s premier IT professional association and advocacy group commended MTN for its role inspearheading of the mobile revolution in Nigeria, while appreciating MTN’s position as the biggest mobile operator in the region.

Adewumi stated, “The GSM revolution in which MTN played and still plays a major role has created jobs in significant numbers as well as a value chain of suppliers, while providing the backbone for other major areas of the Nigerian economy”.

At MainOne, according to Jide Awe, chairman, Publicity and Events Committee, Nigeria Computer Society, the team was received by Ms. Funke Opeke, CEO, MainOne and other top management officials. 

NCS congratulated the MainOne for building and owning the first wholly African privately funded license submarine cable along the West African coastline.

NCS President also saluted MainOne on its ongoing investment and commitment to setting up one of Africa’s largest data centres.

Professor Adewumi further thanked the MainOne CEO for her presence at the last NCS conference at Iloko Ijesa, Osun State, support of the conference and the strong presence of MainOne staff at the conference.

At Sidmach Group, Mr. Hassan Alao, CEO and other top management staff welcomed the NCS delegation. NCS congratulated Sidmach on its unique achievements in the development and deployment of wholly indigenous enterprise IT solutions, most especially in the educational sector.

NCS identified with the innovative and entrepreneurial initiatives of Sidmach. The President noted that the visit of the NCS team was also an opportunity to thank Sidmach for its commitment to NCS through the organization’s consistent support over time for NCS events and activities. 

During each visit, Professor David Adewumi emphasized that the visit was to identify with the progressive and inspiring impact of the particular organizations and to explore ways in which the organizations could work with NCS to accelerate the pace of IT development in Nigeria. He stressed the urgent need to support advocacy in the sector.

According to Adewumi, “Despite the progress made, the sector still faces major challenges of “right of way” barriers, low broadband penetration rate, multiple taxation, ongoing power supply and security issues, inadequate local capacity and low awareness of innovation opportunities. The need to accelerate the pace of ICT development in Nigeria and ensure long term sustainability is both massive and glaring”.

He therefore proposed strategic partnerships in programs and projects relating to research and development, Cybersecurity, IT enabled employment generation, promotion of Excellence and Professionalism in Industry and the Profession, and IT Policy Formulation that are of immense benefit to the country.

The need for the organizations to play key roles in the upcoming National Information Technology Merit Awards (NITMA) was highlighted.

Akinwale Goodluck of MTN noted that the visit was quite timely as MTN is no longer just a GSM Company but is now a full-fledged ICT Company that is one of the biggest in Sub-Saharan Africa. And according to him MTN works with Nigerian IT providers and is very passionate about local content.

He also highlighted the fact that had been a significant drop in the number of foreign personnel employed by MTN Nigeria. According to him MTN is ready to collaborate with NCS but will get back on specifics, especially with regard to the NITMA program and the NCS Scholarship Fund.

In responding, Funke Opeke appreciated the visit and commended NCS for its laudable advocacy efforts. She mentioned the need to address the challenges faced in the industry, especially those militating against widespread and improved broadband availability.

Noting that MainOne had been active in most NCS events during the tenure of the last executive, she assured the NCS delegation that MainOne would build on the existing relationship through the mentioned strategic partnership opportunities specifically showing interest in NITMA and the proposed 2014 NCS Conference sub-theme on Broadband. She also requested for more details of the IT Park and Centre of Excellence projects.

 Michael Olajide of Sidmach appreciated the presence of NCS in their organisation, which was the first time the NCS Council was visiting Sidmach.

He informed delegates that though Sidmach had made its mark in software in education through solutions provided to JAMB, WAEC, NECO, NERDC, it was diversifying into providing solutions in agriculture and insurance as well as into the provision of telecom infrastructure services.

The Sidmach group agreed to deepen its engagement with NCS through strategic partnering.

NCS is the nation’s foremost network of Information Technology (IT) practitioners comprising IT professionals, Interest Groups and Stakeholders.

The visits were strategically undertaken to signify intent on the part of NCS to ensure industry collaboration and Professionalism are placed high on the agenda of the entire IT community.

Members of the NCS delegations on the visits include: Mr. Jide Awe, Chairman, NCS Publicity and Events Committee, Mr. Moses Braimah, Chairman, Conference Committee, Dr. Adesina Sodiya, Chairman, Education and Manpower Development Committee, Sir. Obi Okonkwo, Ex-Officio (South East), Dr. Martins Akinseye, Secretary, NCS Lagos Chapter, Dr. Gani Adegboyega, NCS Lagos Chapter, Mr. Chinedu Onuoha, Executive Secretary, Mr. Iyiola Ayoola, Director, Corporate Affairs, Mr. Taiwo Oyesanwo, Ass. Manager, Corporate Affairs and Mrs. Ijeoma Nwanaju, Ass. Manager, Corporate Affairs.

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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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Facebook to Open Office in Lagos



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As part of its continued commitment and on-going investment in Africa, Facebook announced it will be opening an office in Lagos, Nigeria – its second office on the African continent.

Aimed at supporting the entire Sub-Saharan Africa region, the office is expected to become operational in H2 2021 and will be the first on the continent to house a team of expert engineers building for the future of Africa and beyond.

Facebook’s office will be home to various teams servicing the continent from across the business, including Sales, Partnerships, Policy, Communications as well as Engineers.

Commenting, Ime Archibong, Facebook’s Head of New Product Experimentation said: “The opening of our new office in Lagos, Nigeria presents new and exciting opportunities in digital innovations to be developed from the continent and taken to the rest of the world.

“All across Africa we’re seeing immense talent in the tech ecosystem, and I’m proud that with the upcoming opening of our new office, we’ll be building products for the future of Africa, and the rest of the world, with Africans at the helm. We look forward to contributing further to the African tech ecosystem.”

The investment of the new Facebook office follows the 2018 opening of NG_Hub, its first flagship community hub space in Africa in partnership with CcHub, and the 2019 opening of a Small Business Group (SBG) Operations Centre in Lagos, in partnership with Teleperformance.

Providing outsourced support to all English-speaking advertisers across Sub-Saharan Africa, the SBG office supports Small Medium Businesses (SMBs) through its Advocacy, Community & Education (ACE) programme, as well as its Marketing Expert sales programmes – all aimed at enabling SMBs to accelerate the growth and development of their businesses.

“Our new office in Nigeria presents an important milestone which further reinforces our ongoing commitment to the region”, commented Kojo Boakye, Facebook’s Director of Public Policy, Africa. “Our mission in Africa is no different to elsewhere in the world – to build community and bring the world closer together, and I’m excited about the possibilities that this will create, not just in Nigeria, but across Africa.”

Since the opening of its first office in 2015, Facebook has made a number of investments across the continent, aimed at supporting and growing the tech ecosystem, expanding and providing reliable connectivity infrastructures and helping businesses to grow locally, regionally and globally.

This includes the recent rollout of its SMB Grants programme in Nigeria and South Africa, aimed at supporting over 900 businesses by providing a combination of cash and ad credits to help small businesses as they rebuild from COVID.

The development of 2Africa, the world’s largest subsea cable project that will deliver much needed internet capacity and reliability across large parts of Africa, as well as its ongoing training programmes across the continent which support various communities including students, SMBs, digital creatives, female entrepreneurs, start-up’s and developers.

Nunu Ntshingila, Regional Director, Facebook Africa, said: “We’re delighted to be announcing our new office in Nigeria. Five years on from opening our first office on the continent in Johannesburg, South Africa, we’re continuing to invest in and support local talent, as well as the various communities that use our platforms.

“The office in Lagos will also be key in helping to expand how we service our clients across the continent.”

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Victor Osimhen Set Make His Debut For Napoli As Lampard Up Against Familiar Foes



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Football fans will enjoy another great weekend of football action as the new football season in Europe continues this weekend on DStv and GOtv.

The pick of Premier League matches this weekend is the meeting of Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on Sunday 20 September, which will air live at 4:30pm on SS Premier League.

The Reds completed a league ‘double’ over the Blues last season, with the teams’ most recent meeting a 5-3 win for the Merseyside club in July.

Liverpool supporters have been concerned at their club’s relative lack of action in the transfer market (certainly compared to Chelsea, who have recruited heavily and brought in world-class talent such as Moroccan attacking midfielder Hakim Ziyech, for example), but manager Jurgen Klopp insists he prefers working with a smaller group of players.

Lille’s Victor Osimhen in action during a UEFA Champions League soccer group stage match between Valencia CF and OSC Lille at Mestalla stadium on 05 November 2019. EPA/Kai Foersterling

Elsewhere, Manchester United will open their campaign with a clash at home to Crystal Palace in the early-evening kick-off on Saturday 19 September, on SS Premier League at 5:30pm.

It will be the first chance for new Red Devils signing Donny van de Beek to have a taste of competitive English football.

Also on Saturday, Everton will face West Bromwich Albion at 12:20pm while Leeds United will face Fulham at 3pm with the day closing off with Arsenal vs West Ham United at 8pm, all on SS Premier League.

The Premier League matches for the weekend will continue on Sunday 20 September with Southampton vs Tottenham Hotspur at 12pm, Newcastle United vs Brighton & Hove Albion at 2pm and Leicester City vs Burnley at 7pm, all live on SS Premier League. On Monday 21 September, Aston Vila vs Sheffield United will air at 6pm and Wolverhampton Wanderers v Manchester City at 8:15pm both live on SS Premier League.

This weekend’s La Liga sees the return to action for champions Real Madrid, who open the defence of their title with a match away to Real Sociedad at Sam Sebastian on the evening of Sunday 20 September showing live on SS La Liga, SS GOtv La Liga and SS GOtv Football at 8:00pm.

La Liga is packed this weekend with other exciting matches airing live on SS La Liga and SS GOtv La Liga. Getafe vs Osasuna will air at 8pm on Friday 18 September, while Villarreal v Eibar at 3pm and Celta Vigo vs Valencia at 8pm will both air on Saturday 19 September.

On Sunday 29 September, Huesca will clash with Cadiz at 3pm and Granada will face Deportivo Alaves at 5:30pm. GOtv will crown the weekend matches with Real Betis vs Real Valladolid at 8pm on Monday 21 September

Chelsea’s Kurt Zouma (left) and Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah battle for the ball during the Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool.

The headline match from Italy’s topflight this weekend sees champions Juventus open the defence of their title with a match at home to Sampdoria in the late kick-off on Sunday 20 September at 7:45pm on SS Football, SS Variety 3 and SS GOtv Select 1.

All eyes will be on new manager, Andrea Pirlo, who replaced Maurizio Sarri at the head of the Bianconeri in the off season.

Another key game this weekend will give Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen the chance to make his competitive debut for Napoli when they face Parma on Sunday afternoon, having joined the club for a huge fee from Lille a few weeks back. This will air at 11:30am live on SS Football, SS Variety 3, SS GOtv Select 1 and SS GOtv Football.

SuperSport remains the only platform to get English commentary from the legendary La Liga.

Don’t miss the 2020-21 football season on SuperSport on DStv and GOtv. Visit and to subscribe or upgrade and join in on the excitement. While you’re on the move, you can stream matches on DStv Now.


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