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Nigerian Falconets Receive Boost from MTN Nigeria for U-20 Women’s World Cup

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Nigeria’s Falconets have received a boost from MTN Nigeria as they took on the U-20 girls of the Central African Republic in their World Cup qualifiers game. The second leg of the U-20 World cup qualifier held on Wednesday, 6th October at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena, Onikan, Lagos.

In the first qualifier game, the Falconets faced the Central African Republic in a 7-0 victory where they were unstoppable. On the scoresheet for the game, were Mercy Idoko, Esther Onyenezide, Joy Jerry, Deborah Abiodun, Taiwo Lawal and Yena Adoo.

The qualifier games are played to give countries the chance to participate in the U-20 World Cup competition, which sees 16 nations compete against each other for the trophy prize.

The Falconets impressed the country once again as they did the double against the Central African Republic U-20. Nigeria’s No. 22 opened the scoring with a goal in the 13th minute, and soon after No. 13 scored the second.

The second half was still for the Falconets as No. 13 made her second goal and Nigeria’s third for the game in the 49th minute.

Closing the scoring in an entertaining 4-0 win was the Falconets’ No. 10 who came off the bench. Winning 11-0 on aggregate sees the Falconets progress to the fourth round of this year’s U-20 World cup.

MTN Nigeria was present yet again at the stadium, turning up the viewing experience for the football fans.

The telco provided Y’ello gears, and MTN products giving the fans an electrifying experience.

MTN Nigeria will continue to cheer the Falconets on to victory with hopes that they join the past four winners of the competition which includes the USA, Germany, Japan and Korea DPR.

In September, MTN Nigeria announced its partnership with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) making them the official communications sponsor of the national teams.

This will see the company boost the national teams’ activities, including the national men’s team (Super Eagles), the Men’s Under 20 Team, the National Under-23 Team (the Dream Team), the National Under-15 (the Future Eagles), the National Futsal Team, the National Women Team (the Super Falcons), the National Female Under-20 team (the Falconets), and the National Women Under-17 Team (the Flamingos).

Speaking on MTN Nigeria’s long-lasting support for the girls, MTN Chief Executive Officer; Olutokun Toriola said “MTN’s support for Nigerian football is not recent.

“We have always been there supporting football in various segments of the Nigerian society – from grassroots football to the World Cup in 2010 and the national league because, Football is a national sport, uniting Nigerians across tribal, religious, and status lines, and providing engagement and excitement for millions of fans.”


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ICT Professionals Fault Proposed Forensic Council

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Professionals in the Information and Communication Technology sector have differed on a bill to establish a Chartered Institute of Computer Forensics in Nigeria.

At a public hearing organised by the House of Representatives’ Committee on Science and Technology on the bill in Abuja on Tuesday, the Computer Professionals (Registration) Council of Nigeria and the Defence Headquarters opposed the bill, warning that it would compromise national security and expose the country’s cybersecurity to the institute.

However, the Minister of Science and Technology Innovation, Ogbonnaya Onu, and the Computer Forensics Institute of Nigeria argued that it would enhance criminal justice delivery in the country.

According to the Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, the proposed institute seeks to, amongst other things, improve the country’s criminal justice system to reflect the realities of this new age when digital and computer forensics play a more important role than at any other time in human history.

Onu, who was represented by the Deputy Director, ICT, in the ministry, Adebayo Adeyemi, said CICFON had been in existence since 2008 and was only seeking legal backing for its operations.

The President of CICFON, Prof. Peter Olayiwola, also noted that since 2009, the institute had been conducting trainings in digital mobile computer forensics and had provided certifications to its members since 2010.

However, the President of the CPN, Kole Jagun, said his institute was opposed to passage of the bill “as there is already an existing law regulating computer practice in the country”.

Jagun said, “Passing this bill means there is going to be conflict and abrogation of the existing law. CPN is established to regulate and control information technology education and practice in Nigeria. Actually, this bill is a duplicate of the CPN Act. It is a duplicate.

Also speaking, Air Commodore Amos Bulus from the Defence Headquarters said passing the bill would be a great disservice to the nation.

“I strongly believe that we will not be doing justice to this country if allowed to run because the national security of the country will actually be left in the hands of the institute. I think it will not be in our best interest,” he added.


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E-commerce Report: Lagos Tops List of Cities With Most Orders on Jumia

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Africa’s leading e-commerce platform, Jumia, has published its first Africa  e-commerce report, Jumia Africa e-Commerce Index 2021 with a Nigerian section, which leveraged data from the company’s platform to illustrate the importance of shopping online in a pandemic context.

The shift to everyday products during COVID-19, is part of a broader economic transformation led by the continent’s young, urban and tech savvy population.

The effects of the pandemic, combined with dedicated commercial and marketing efforts on the Jumia side, led to a shift in our product category mix with everyday product categories including Fashion, Beauty and FMCG categories accounting for c. 57% of GMV in 2020, up from 44% in 2019.

Jumia Nigeria CEO, Massimiliano Spalazzi said: “Since the COVID-19 outbreak, e-commerce has played an important role by supporting sellers, consumers and communities. Many businesses have joined  Jumia to keep their business running and to grow. Consumers used  Jumia for their daily needs and seeked convenience and competitive prices on the platform too.”

E-commerce played an important role during the pandemic by providing solutions for both businesses and the communities they serve. Jumia’s partnerships with various brands and organizations have enabled SMEs to connect with millions of consumers online.

According to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), internet businesses in Africa, including e-commerce which sits at the heart of the digital economy, could add US $180 billion to the continent’s GDP by 2025. “COVID-19 led to a surge in the use of digital solutions, including e-commerce.

This was particularly demonstrated with  domestic sales rather than cross border e-commerce. Food delivery, essentials, and pharmaceutical goods were among the top performing online shopping categories,” said Torbjorn Fredriksson, Head of E-commerce and Digital Economy, UNCTAD.

Lagos city leads the list of cities with the most volume of orders on the Jumia logistics Network in Nigeria. Jumia Nigeria has more than 11,000 sellers, having achieved gender parity with 51% of sellers on the platform as women.  81% of Nigerians shop online with their smartphones, with 19% access the online platform through desktops.

The Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency, Inuwa Kashifu Abdullahi said; “E-Commerce is critical to any digital economy because when you consume a service, you need to make a payment and you can only do that through e-commerce.”

Many consumers turned to JumiaPay, the payment platform for the first time during the pandemic, mainly for safety reasons and for the enhanced services on the app like bill payments.

The report was done in collaboration with UNCTAD, IFC, Mastercard and others partners, highlighting the impact of e-commerce on the African economy.


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FG to Reduce Insider Threats to Nigeria’s Nuclear Assets

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National Atomic Energy Commission (NAEC), has underscored the need to ensure the reduction of insider abuse of its nuclear assets, saying that aside the deployment of physical protection like the use of security forces, persons manning the facilities were even more critical to their safety.

FG to Reduce Insider Threats to Nigeria’s Nuclear Assets

To this end, it noted that a multi-stakeholder template had been designed to promptly identify and address such security threats, including software compromise and other issues that may disrupt the safe utilisation of nuclear energy in the country.

Speaking at the opening of a three-day national workshop on nuclear security themed: ‘Beyond Physical Protection Systems in Nuclear Facilities’, Prof. Yusuf Ahmed, chairman/ECO, NAEC, listed nuclear security, nuclear safety and nuclear safeguards as the three pillars of national nuclear energy programmes.

Represented by Hamman Tukur, director, Nuclear Technology Centre (NTC), Ahmed stated that it was essential to ensure the protection of workers, people and environment wherever nuclear facilities are operated in the country.

According to him, nuclear security had become a major topic after the terrorist attack in 2001 that destroyed the twin towers and the World Trade Centre in the United States.

He stated that the event ushered in a global climate of fear from which the global community was yet to recover, even as world leaders have resolved to guard nuclear materials and allied facilities to ensure that such materials do not get into the possession of non-state actors.

To guarantee the entrenchment of this goal, he noted that several nuclear security summits had been held globally with far-reaching decisions made via international legal instruments that are binding on all nations, thereby entwining it with national security issues.

He added: “One of such international instruments is the International Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Materials (CPPNM) and its amendments thereof, of which Nigeria is a signatory.

“It places the responsibility of securing nuclear material squarely on the state and NAEC; which is a specialised agency of government, with nuclear materials domiciled in various centres under its supervision.

“Nuclear security is a governance regime that proactively seeks to ensure the prevention, detection and response to theft or any intentional or malicious act on nuclear materials and associated facilities.”

Ahmed explained that what readily comes to mind whenever nuclear security is mentioned is the usual hardware that is most visible, but noted that attention must be paid to the ‘software’, which are the humans who man and manage the security surveillance systems, and the close circuit television cameras (CCTVs), among others.

He argued that every hardware system is only as good as the software operating system within it, pointing out that the centrality of the human factor in the overall dynamics of the physical protection systems is what matters most.

Earlier, Mr Inemo Adaka, assistant director at NAEC, explained that the workshop was a forum to learn and detect malicious acts against nuclear facilities in the country.

“We want to ensure that beyond guards and guns and gates, we want to do more. We want to guard against insider threats, strengthen leadership and come up with a sound template to operate with,” he noted.

Adaka explained that leadership, insider threats, calibre of humans manning the facilities remain very important to the safety of the assets in the country, especially by employees who are disgruntled.


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