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NITDA DG Urges Kano and Jigawa State to Harness Youth Population for Economic Recovery

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Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, director general, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), firmly believe that the ever-growing youthful population of Kano and Jigawa can be a source of blessing of Nigeria if carefully harnessed.

Abdullahi stated this during a presentation at Zoom Webinar organised by Network for Development Foundation, with the theme: Economic Recovery of Kano and Jigawa States Post-COVID19 Pandemic.

He said that the ever-growing youthful population of both states can be a source of blessing if properly harnessed.

He affirmed that if government leverage on the potential of the digital economy to exist, it can also recover from this pandemic, as well as create a sustainable environment to survive and thrive in the post-pandemicera.

Abdullahi further noted that COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown have changed people’s needs and wants as individuals, communities, and governments. To survive and thrive in the post-pandemic, there is need to reassess and redefine value proposition.

The pandemic has caused an unprecedented upheaval across all industries, with commerce, transport, oil and gas, badly hit. These industries provide a lifeline to the economy in Kano and Jigawa.

He said, COVID-19 has triggered the deepest global recession since the great depression, as data available released by World Bank. The Bank predicted that the Global Economy would shrink by 5.2%as a result of the pandemic, which is about 7.4T USD. Even though the ultimate impact is still uncertain, the pandemic has resulted in contractions across the world. Nigeria is not an exception. A survey carried out by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) shows that many citizens are concerned about their lives and livelihoods. 78% of the respondents were worried about their health while 92% saw the pandemic as a threat to their source of livelihood.

“Crises are recurring events in human history. Some are less severe; others change legislations, world politics, our perception of the status quo, and people’s lives.

“Humanity had overcome crises like the black plague and Spanish flue before. Therefore, I believe that we will overcome this pandemicas well, and we will come out of it stronger,” he added.

Abdullahi also highlighted some key achievement so far recorded by the Agency, which includes among others, soon to be commissioning of NITDA Northwest Zonal Office situated in Kano.

The office is equipped with state of the art training facilities to train teeming youths from the North West region on digital skills. The training is for all, including facilities for people living with disability, artisans, students and young entrepreneurs.

In Jigawa State, according to Abdullahi, the Agency has a strong partnership with the State Governor,Alhaji Muhammad Badaru Abubakar, MON.

“We have executed several projects in Jigawa State, we are building ICT Community Centers in the three senatorial districts to engage and train our youth on emerging technologies and entrepreneurship.

“Also, we have engaged 135 farmers for smart farming aimed at revolutionizing the state agriculture value chain. The initiative, National Adopted Village for Smart Agriculture, NAVSA, is an ecosystem-driven digital platform for transforming the agriculture sector in Nigeria. It was designed to help farmers, agricultural stakeholders, and ecosystem players navigate their journey across the agriculture value chain from farm production to farm management, processing, harvesting, storage, marketing, and consumption.

“The project comes with tailored empowerment and sustainable business models that create diverse opportunities for the agriculture value chain that never existed in our country before. But it was tested and working well in a country like the Netherlands.

“The Netherlands, when compared with Kano and Jigawa combined, has similarities in population and landmass. Kano and Jigawa combined have a population of about 18.5M, and the Netherlands has about 17M people, inland mass, the two states are about 43,000KM2 while the Netherlands is about 40,000KM2.

“But, the Netherlands earning from agriculture export in 2019 was 94.5B Euros, which is equivalent to $106.36B USD, while Nigerian earning from oil and gas export in the same year was 5.18B USD. That is the power of smart precision and digital technology in agriculture,” the DG said

As indicated in Mr President’s 2020 Democracy Day Speech, the Digital Economy is critical to Nigeria’s development agenda.

The journey to digital economy started On 23rd October 2019, when President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, re-designatedMinistry of Communications to Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy to drive the positive impact of the digital economy in every sector of the economy.

 

 


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Ugo Onwuaso is an ICT enthusiast. He believes technology should be used for general good. He holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from the Lagos state University.

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FG Says Report on 5G Deployment Ready but Needs Stakeholders Inputs

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Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, minister of Communications and Digital Economy, has said that the report on the deployment or otherwise of Fifth Generation (5G) network in Nigeria is ready but it will not go live until experts from all the country’s major sectors recommend its deployment.

FG Says Report on 5G Deployment  Ready but Needs Stakeholders Inputs

Pantami who spoke Thursday in a virtual Annual General Meeting and Induction of new members by the Computer Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria (CPN) said the government would not deploy the newest telecom network until professionals from health, telecom, ICT, engineering, defense, financial, media sectors and others made recommendations for its deployment.

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“There must be unanimous decision from chosen experts from all the country’s major sectors before the government give go ahead for 5G deployment,” the minister said.

He said though 5G is very important, overall safety of Nigerians supersedes its importance. He said if the experts found out it was safe and recommend its deployment, it would be deployed. ‘’But if it is found not to be safe for deployment in the country we will not deploy it,’’ he added.

He said the 5G deployment was stalled in some countries across the world due to conspiracy theory around its safety.

Speaking on the keynote lecture, Adoption of 5G in Nigeria: The Technological and Regulatory Challenges, Engr Uche Osuji said all telecom operators in the country are ready for 5G deployment.

Osuji, who is a senior manager with MTN Nigeria, said deployment of 5G network will revolutionise Nigeria’s economy. He listed global politics as one of the major challenges stalling its deployment across the world.

Prof. Charles Uwadia, president and chairman-in-Council of CPN, had earlier said the adoption of 5G would drive economic growth and social inclusion in Nigeria.

 


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All You Need to Know about 5G by NCC

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Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has again listed the benefits of 5G to  life, business, economy and general wellbeing.

All You Need to Know about 5G by NCC

Prof. Umar Danbatta, EVC, NCC

The commission also said it is working with various stakeholders currently towards developing a policy document that will provide guidance and policy direction for 5G deployment in Nigeria.

Nigeria and indeed the world has moved from 0% to 1G, 2G, 3G and 4G.

The next frontier is 5G.

But there are a lot of conspiracy theories around 5G, most driven by ignorance.

NCC has therefore put up educational material defining and highlighting the workings as well as benefits of 5G.

  1. 5G is the 5th generation mobile network. It is a new global wireless standard after 1G, 2G, 3G, and 4G networks. 5G enables a new kind of network that is designed to connect virtually everyone and everything together including machines, objects, and devices.#5GIsTHE FUTURE
  2. 5G wireless technology is meant to deliver higher data speeds, ultra-low latency, more reliability, massive network capacity, increased availability, and a more uniform user experience to more users.#5GIsTHE FUTURE
  3. 5G has the potential to provide 20X faster data speeds and carries a massive amount of data for a large number of simultaneous users. So users in high-density areas – like airports, stadiums or urban areas – can still experience the fast speeds and low latency of 5G service. #5GWillImproveUserExperience
  4. As the world replaces more and more household items with ‘smart devices’ that connect to the internet, also known as the Internet of Things, this network capacity will be critical. 5G will potentially be able to handle more than 2.5 million connected devices per square mile. 5G is a transformational change from 4G. #5GWillMakeOurLivesEasy
  5. 5G will enhance technological development because of the extremely fast transfer rate of large quantities of data. Overall, it enables interconnected devices for instant communication. This is a new connected world of ‘Smart cities’ made possible by 5G networks.#5gWillMakeLifeEasy
  6. 5G is extremely fast: it supports data transfer rates of up to 20Gbit/s, if supported by robust fibre infrastructure. On top of that, wireless data delays drop to one millisecond. This opens up the potential for multiple driverless cars, where large quantities of potentially lifesaving data have to be transferred almost instantaneously.#5gWillMakeLifeEasy
  7. 5G network is designed to carry data up to 10 times faster than 4G networks. This means HD movies can be downloaded in seconds.#5gWillImproveUserExperience
  8. 5G tops out at 10 gigabits per second (Gbps). 5G is 10 to x100 faster than 4G.The use of shorter frequencies (millimeter waves between 30GHz and 300GHz) for 5G networks is the reason why 5G is so fast.#5gWillBenefitTheEconomy
  9. 5G has been deployed commercially and in use in some countries. As with the previous technologies, the International Commission for Non-ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) has classified radiation from 5G as non-ionizing and therefore safe for human beings. #5gWillBenefitTheEconomy
  10. 5G represents the future. While we have made tremendous progress since the advent of the global system of mobile communication (GSM) in Nigeria, 5G will be the bedrock of future communications. #5gWillBenefitTheEconomy
  11. According to GSMA’s Policy Position on 5G spectrum, ‘5G is expected to support significantly faster mobile broadband speeds and lower latencies than previous generations while also enabling the full potential of the Internet of Things.’ #5gWillBenefitTheEconomy
  12. 5G will revolutionize and transformour way of life. From education to agriculture, security to entertainment and governance in general. On education, 5G will transform our educational system. The availability of a fast wireless network will enable virtual learning. #5gWillBenefitTheEconomy
  13. For our educators, 5G will empower them to reimagine what is possible inside and outside their classrooms. The ability to download high qualityandfeature-length documentary in seconds, hosting a guest speaker via hologram or tutoring students virtually in real-time will speakto a 5G powered Nigeria.#5gWillBenefitTheEconomy
  14. Artificial intelligence (AI) is set to revolutionise healthcare. 5G will make it easier to determine potential diagnosis and decide on the best treatment plan. BetterHealthCareWith5G
  15. By moving to 5G networks, healthcare organisations can use the AI tools they need to provide the best care possible – from wherever they are in the hospital or clinic. BetterHealthCareWith5G
  16. 5G will support businesses’ innovative ambitions and create new markets, transforming supply chain management and creating smarter, more efficient manufacturing. It is also a fundamental platform for the Internet of Things (IoT) — the rapidly expanding number of devices that collect transmit and share data via the internet.#5gWillSupportBusinesses
  17. Studies have shown that by the end of 2020more than half of all new businesses will rely on the “IoT” to cut costs, build efficiencies, and grow their bottom lines. However, many of the innovations 5G technology will fuel literally may not be available yet especially in Nigeria. For the “IoT” to realise its limitless potential, 5G is critical. #5gWillBenefitTheEconomy
  18. 5G will allow us to stream, download, and upload huge quantities of data at a much faster rate than we are currently able to. This means higher definition video either from TV or using video conferencing. Additionally, 5G is designed to facilitate a wealth of new applications for wireless technologies. #5gWillBenefitIndividuals
  19. Driverless cars and drones will be able to safely and near-instantaneously send and receive information about their surroundings that will allow them to operate safely. #5gWillBenefitIndividuals
  20. Immersive virtual and augmented realities will become increasingly feasible experiences as the large quantities of data associated with HD graphics and processing external data can be transferred between devices accurately and quickly. #5gWillBenefitIndividuals
  21. Artificial Intelligence can help predict which patients are more likely to have postoperative complications, allowing healthcare systems to provide early interventions when necessary. #5gWillBenefitIndividuals
  22. Mobile augmented reality (AR) shopping experiences will revolutionise retail, with customers able to visualize products in a local environment. In-store, AR will enable shoppers to view additional information on a product simply by pointing their phones at it. #5gWillBenefitIndividuals
  23. A key benefit of 5G could be helping businesses work more quickly and more efficiently – in turn, saving costs and increasing revenue. #5gWillHelpSaveCost
  24. Many countries are looking to 5G to better connect rural communities, allowing more people to start businesses from home and opening up opportunities. #5gWillBenefitIndividuals
  25. The shift from hardware to a software-based network environment will bring about lower overheads for mobile operators. Those savings will, in turn, be able to be passed on to business customers.#5gWillBenefitIndividuals
  26. With network slicing, it will be possible for a business to own their own private 5G network, precisely set up according to its specific business needs. 5G will certainly have much greater capacity across a much wider range of spectrums, but it will also use that space more intelligently, assigning only the resources necessary for each application. #5gWillSupportBusinesses
  27. Generally, Quality of Experience (QoE) by users of telecoms will improve significantly with 5G just asthere has been improvement in speed and user experience from the evolutionary shift from 1G, 2G,3G and current 4G in the country.#5gWillSupportBusinesses
  28. What will 5G do: With 5G, we would have connected cities. In the area of transport and infrastructure, we would have Smart cars, car to car communications, smart parking, traffic decongestion and smart grids amongst others. #5gWillMakeLifeEasy
  29. We can have large scale events with thousands of users connected. Improved residential connections, smart energy and smart homes, e-health for health care and hospitals. Smart farms, Smart utilities, Remote management and Multi hop. #5gWillMakeLifeEasy
  30. Features of 5G:
  • Faster response time
  • Very high capacity
  • More software options to upgrade
  • Ubiquitous connectivity
  • Wide range of applications
  • Speed up to 10Gbit/s
  • Virtually ‘0’ latency
  • 100 times more devices. #5GCanDoSoMuch
  1. Benefits of 5G to Internet of Things:
  • Deep coverage – to reach challenging locations.
  • Ultra low energy- 10+ years of battery life.
  • Ultra-low complexity- 10s bits per second.
  • Ultra-low high density -1 million nodes per km2. #5gWillImproveTheWayWeWork

 

 

 


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Telcos Add 2.4m New Internet Users in May

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The number of Nigerian Internet users rose by an addition 2.4 million users in the month of May to 141.2 million across mobile, fixed wired and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) in light of the current COVID-19 health crisis, according to statistics released by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

Telcos Add  2.4m New Internet Users in May

This is as many had to rely on the internet for several needs, due to the restrictions on movement.

According to data from the telco regulatory body, the mobile networks: MTN, Globacom, Airtel, and 9mobile remained the preferred choice by many Nigerians as the mobile network operators accounted for 99.7 percent of the internet subscriptions.

It said that mobile internet subscriptions as of May stood at 140.8 million, while the remaining 0.3 percent was subscriptions over fixed wired and VoIP, which stood at 396,504.

Giving a breakdown on the new subscribers, MTN Nigeria led as it added 882,458 new internet customers in the month.

The telco had a total of 58.9 million internet customers as of May this year.

It was trailed by Airtel Nigeria in second place which added 448,504 new subscriptions in the fifth month, which brought its customer base to 37.3 million.

Globacom, though the third in terms of the number of internet customers, emerged as the biggest gainer for the month as it added 1.3 million new internet subscriptions in the month. This brought the number of the telco’s total internet customers to 37.2 million.

9mobile maintained its fourth position with a further decline in the number of its internet customers. The service lost 204,595 data customers in May, which reduced its total subscription number to 7.3 million.

 

 


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