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NITDA DG Harps on the Role of ICT in Nigeria’s GDP

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Mallam Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, director general, National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, has extolled the contributions of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector on the country’s Gross Domestic Product, (GDP), noting that it increased by almost one percent in the first quarter of the year.

 

The DG made this know while delivering his remarks at the international webinar meeting organized by the Information Technology (Industry) Association Nigeria (ITAN) Kano and Abuja Chapters on Tuesday , he noted that despite the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic on all economies of the world, the country’s ICT  grew by 14 per cent compared to growth of 13.12 per cent in the previous quarter as people relied more on digital platforms during the lockdown.

 

Abdullahi who was represented by Dr. Vincent Olatunji, director e-Government Development and Regulations, said, NITDA, as the agency with the responsibility to oversee the IT sector,  is at the forefront of creating initiatives and schemes to mitigate the effect of theCOVID-19 pandemic on the country’s  ICT sector, particularly the startup ecosystem.

 

He noted that NITDA, with its two special purpose vehicles– The Office for ICT Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIIE) and the Office for Nigerian Content in ICT (ONC) are working hard at achieving their mandates of fostering the growth of technology Startup ecosystem and ensuring patronage of local content in ICT.

 

Some of these initiatives, according to the DG, include Work Permit for Technology Startups during lockdown; The Nigeria COVID-19 Innovation Challenge where three startups with the following solutions emerged winners: locally made ventilator, decontamination chamber and e-Health monitor Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship Support Scheme (TIESS) which have the following schemes; Incubation Programme; Technical Capacity Building, Internship Programme, Hub Upscaling.

 

These schemes are designed to target various aspect for the ecosystems to achieve maximum positive effect on the ICT ecosystem.

 

Another programme in the pipeline is Startup Workspace Voucher programme aimed at supporting young startup to overcome their financial challenges.

 

While thanking the organisers of the Webinar event, Abdullahi added that, “We at NITDA believes that with strategic partnership and collaborations with stakeholders, we can build a new Nigeria with a robust digital economy”.

 

Participants at the event include, the Executive Governor of Kano State, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje, the Minister of the FCT, Malam Musa Bello were both co –hosts, other international participants and presenters at the webinar are : Ahmad Hashim,CEO of Pen Test Digital Services,Engineer Titus Olowokere,based in Atlanta, Georgia ,US, Dr Amado Espinosa, US-based, Professor SouMita Dutta of Cornell University, US, and Professor Abdullahi Adamu, Vice Chancellor of the National Open University, Abuja.

 

 

 


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FI Lagos Anounces Final Admissions deadline for Cohort III

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The first and second cohorts of Founder Institute Lagos saw the emergence of 45 new companies all geared towards solving various problems leveraging technology.

Cohort III kicks off from the 19th of August, 2020, and sessions take place one night per week via zoom, over a 14-16 weeks period.

If you apply today, then you will be able to take advantage of the free DNA test HERE ($50 value), or you can learn more here. Anyone building a business that is pre-funding is welcome to apply, including established businesses and teams, aspiring entrepreneurs.

It is interesting to note that leaders of some of the world’s fastest-growing startups have used the Founder Institute to raise funding, get into seed-accelerators, generate traction, recruit a team, build a product, and more.

If you enrol by 11.59 pm on Sunday’s Final Admissions Deadline, you will be eligible for a reduced course fee and have the best chance of being accepted. Get started here.

In the words of Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata Jnr., regional director, Founder Institute, startups who make the decision to join the program will be learning how to build and launch a company in a structured way plus become a part of a global network of innovators, mentors and investors.

The Founder Institute (fi.co) is the world’s largest pre-seed startup accelerator, based in Silicon Valley but with chapters in close to 200+ cities.

The program provides high-potential entrepreneurs and teams with the support network and structured process needed to build an enduring business.


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MultiChoice Announces a New Way to Keep Customers Informed

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As a part of its resolve to continually create innovative ways to offer customers the best service, DStv has announced the launch of Enhanced Decoder Notification (ED) functionality which aims to address communication issues for subscribers and take the admin out of viewing, so, consumers can get back to being entertained.

 

This new functionality will provide viewers with streamlined access to important subscription information, including rewards notifications, payable subscription amounts, methods to avoid late payment and disconnection.

 

This will be done by displaying icons that represent the different types of notifications on top of Live TV and will be available on the DStv decoders. The message will also be added to the Mail Messages screen.

John Ugbe, chief executive officer MultiChoice Nigeria, said “In the ever-advancing world of video entertainment, innovation is a key driver of the business.

 

“MultiChoice is always dedicated to delivering innovative resources to ensure continuous improvements in our products.”

 

Through a myriad of innovations that ensure customers satisfaction as well as guarantee a rewarding journey for all our subscribers – MultiChoice continues to position itself as one of Africa’s major entertainment sources, and now, with the introduction of the new EDN service ensures fewer interruptions during viewing.

 

For more great entertainment, don’t forget to download the DStv Now app for live-streaming and the MyDStv app to take control of your subscription.

 


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NCC Says 78.9m Nigerians now Connected to Broadband

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Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has revealed that the number of Nigerians connected to high-speed internet rose to 78.9 million in June.

NCC Says 78.9m Nigerians now Connected to Broadband

Prof Umar Danbatta, EVC, NCC

The data from the commission showed that telecommunications operators in the country added 2.2 million customers to their broadband database in the month to raise the figure from 76.6 million recorded in May.

This raised the country’s broadband penetration from 40.14 per cent in May to 41.27 per cent at the end of June.

The steady growth in penetration has been attributed to the telecoms operators’ aggressive push for deployment of 4G service across the country. To extend the service to more Nigerians, the largest mobile network operator in the country, MTN, recently announced more investments targeted at building more 4G infrastructure

MTN said it planned to spend an estimated N600 billion on technical infrastructure over the next three years as it looks to expand its 4G coverage across the entire country by 2024

The Federal Government also recently launched a new National Broadband Plan (NBP 2020-2025) with a target of achieving 70 per cent penetration in the next five years.

This followed the expiration of the NBP 2013-2018, which delivered 31 per cent penetration as of December 2018.

Aside from the 70 per cent penetration target, the government in the new plan also raised the benchmark speed for broadband service in Nigeria to 25 megapixels per second, which is an improvement from the 1.5mbps benchmark in the 2013-2018 plan.


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