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NITDA Boss Advocates Robust Investments in ICT to Drive Economy

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Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Panta­mi, director general of the National Information Tech­nology Development Agen­cy (NITDA), has advocated robust investments by the government and critical stakeholders in the sector to enable Nigeria to com­pete favourably with top economies of the world and become competitive in the new digital economy.

 

Pantami, who stated this in Abuja at the official presentation of the Nigeria Smart Ini­tiatives Policy Framework (NSIPF) draft to stakehold­ers, said Nigeria needs to make conscious and prac­tical efforts to improve in­vestments in tech industry.

 

He explained that in view of the new digital economy fu­elled by technological innova­tion with advances in Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things and Internet of Everything, it has become imperative for Ni­geria to adapt very quickly to technological changes or risk being left behind by top econo­mies of the world.

 

According to him,” Afri­can governments especially Nigeria standing as a region­al leader will need to proac­tively do something about the new economy and its pol­icy challenges in preparing for the disruption and pres­sure it brings to societies es­pecially in the areas of job and economic opportunities.

 

“The imperative here is that we cannot allow this country to continue to run a “catching up” race in this critical sector.

 

We acknowledge the great challenges ahead especially in the areas of investment and funding, infrastructure and resourc­es, standards and architec­ture, interoperability, inse­curity and privacy, but we must collectively agree to take the risks.

 

“Going forward there­fore, NITDA as the country IT regulator and developer will be working tirelessly with relevant stakeholders to mitigate the influence of known and unknown chal­lenges in this area.”

 

Commenting of the objectives of the NSIPF for promoting smart ini­tiatives in Nigeria, he ex­plained that it is basically to grow smart-enabled re­sources and build a vibrant smart data economy.

 

 

 

 


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21st Century Technologies Launches Konet, Solutions to All Communication Needs

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21st Century Technologies Limited, Nigeria’s ICT powerhouse has launched Konet- a wholly grown indigenous fully customizable, real-time collaboration tool that allows users to work and share.

21st Century Technologies Launches Konet, Solutions to All Communication Needs

Wale Ajiesebutu, EVC/CEO, 21st Century Technologies

With Konet, users  can: chat with people from all over the world, create newsgroups, organize remote meetings, build  professional network or even follow the news of their contacts

Wale Ajiesebutu, executive vice chairman/chief executive officer, 21st Century Technologies, said that “ Konet allows for real-time collaboration and improved productivity in your workplace. There are no limits, be you an individual looking for affordable solution, a small business owner, or large organizations” he added.

Some of the security and protection on Konet include: cloud 24/7 NOC & technical operation; secured media and signaling flows; encrypting data during traffic and during storage; and unique and dedicated, only includes the user group you defined.

Others are: generalized to your company, includes all the users you defined along with all your company and subsidiary users;  public, your company users and the rest of the world; and for quicker approval process of documents shared.

Konet adapts to user’s needs and those of the teams by offering fully customizable tool.

It has inbuilt instant chat messages to keep in touch with your teams and users can organize group discussions.

Users can also share files in their workgroups so that members can access them at any time.

It has the latest activities and notifications available in one click from the  dashboard.

Konet has flexible rates according to the number of collaborators without limit of the number of meetings or documents exchanged.

For conferences; users can call to organize remote meetings with their  teams around the world.

The mail service is very easy to use and with modules like; scheduled mail delivery, auto forwarding, auto response, filtering (inbound and outbound address ip ad domain) To-do.

Another feature ofKonet  is spam protection and account delegation as well as disclaimer and can automatically sort emails into different categories to reduce clutter. This feature is really helpful.

 

 

 

 


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Outcomexpo Unveils Nigeria’s 1st Digital Expo Center

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With technology shrinking the world to a global village, Outcomexpo, a mobile friendly indigenous solution that allows event organisers to run trade shows and exhibitions has been launched into the Nigerian market.

Speaking to Technology Journalists at the weekend via virtual press conference, Maritha Anyanwu, Head, Media & Publicity Outcomexpo.com said that the development of the solution was informed as a result of Covid-19 which now compelled the event industry across the globe to look for new and innovative ways to stay relevant.

“Under these circumstances, Outcomexpo stepped up to fill the much-needed gap and bring relief by launching a world-class Digital Expo Center which can be used by any organiser accross the globe.

“It is mobile-friendly and allows Organisers to host Digital Trade Shows. Buyers from the comfort of their homes or offices can attend without physical and geographical barriers associated with traditional expos”, she explained.

While the solution enables exhibitors to understand and get insights to buyers behaviour via rich reporting and advanced analytics, by showcasing on the digital platform, she added that organisers get huge cost savings on venue, travel, hotel, logistics and other expenses.

“Buyers have ease of registration and access from the comfort of their homes without going through hassles and stress just to get to the venue. They also have Real-time live chat and 1-1 video with Exhibitors”, she further explained.

Speaking on other features and benefits of the solution, she disclosed that exhibitors could have their customizable display booth showcasing company multimedia elements including e-brochures, posters, videos and more.

Showcase unlimited product offerings with rich content formats and allow attendees to access and explore these offerings from the comforts of their homes, she said.

Live communication between Buyers and Exhibitors in real-time through chat facilities and to bring about a more engaging and interactive experience, she said is among unique features of the digital platform.

Excellent source of acquisition of new suppliers, possibility of reaching to bulk buyers whom rarely participate in traditional fair, but who spend a lot of time on the internet. Incomparably lower costs of participation in a Digital expo, high return on investment in participating in the Digital expo in comparison with the participation in the traditional expo, are also among the benefits and features of the digital platform.


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Computer Society Welcomes INEC’s eVoting Plan

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Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) has commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for its plan to fully adopt electronic voting in major elections starting from 2021.

Computer Society Welcomes INEC’s eVoting Plan

Prof. Adesina Sodiya, president, NCS, in a statement, expressed the society’s support of the decision, which was made known by the commission last month, in its policy document on conducting elections in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sodiya said, “NCS is indeed happy with the current position of the electoral umpire to work towards the full introduction of electronic voting in major elections starting from 2021.

“This is a decision which has been hitherto advocated by NCS and indeed, the panacea for better and transparent electoral processes.”

He pointed out that Nigerians had paid the price through electoral violence in a bid to conduct their civic duties, saying e-voting would solve the electoral challenges unlike other methods.

He said, “Certainly, e-voting will curb electoral violence, coercion, intimidation, wastage of resources and general result manipulations. It will enhance prudency, reliability and acceptability of results.

“With the current pandemic ravaging the whole world, the full adoption of e-voting for our subsequent elections in Nigeria becomes inevitable.”

The president pledged the support of NCS and Computer Professionals (Regulatory Council) of Nigeria in the full adoption of e-voting in Nigeria and expressed their willingness to partner with INEC.

He added, “The NCS and CPN are ready to partner INEC in strengthening the Information Technology capacities and capabilities of the commission for the effective realisation of the lofty plan.

“The IT community can provide the backbone for the very best in processes, technologies and people needed for planning, execution and evaluation of the e-voting system.”


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