Umar Buba Bindir, the newly appointed director general of the National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP), has advocated the total domestication of foreign technology in Nigeria with a view to solving the problems of development in the Niger Delta region and other troubled spots in the country.
Bindir stated this during a courtesy visit to Dr. Ghaji Bello, the acting executive secretary of the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC) in Abuja. He said that no country can develop without technology, hence NOTAP was established to, among others, monitor the traffic of foreign technology into the country and lead the way for the domestication of technologies for the development of the country.
He cited the Ajaokuta steel complex, among other failed gigantic projects as example, that Nigeria has failed in its various attempts at technological development because the logical steps for the domestication of technology had not been followed conclusively. Engr. Bindir said NIPC is conscious of attracting investment flow into the country but that when an investment involves technology transfer, issues such as cost, appropriateness, functionality, relevance, capacity building, among others must be properly examined not only to check capital flight that occurs in technology licensing, but also to avoid misuse of scarce resources.
According to him, countries such as South Korea and Malaysia have advanced technologically and achieved tremendous economic growth because they were able to domesticate technology.
He said Notap had decided to go into strategic partnership with relevant government agencies to facilitate the domestication of technology in Nigeria and added that NIPC is one of the very important strategic partners Notap had identified to collaborate with hence the commission was chosen as his first port of call on assuming office.
He explained that, his visit was informed by the need to consolidate on the existing relationship between Notap and NIPC to forge greater collaboration between the two agencies for a more fruitful partnership that would lead to the implementation of the 7 point-Agenda of Mr. President as well as the attainment of the vision 20:2020.
Notap he said was also established to facilitate the acquisition of foreign technology and strategically promote locally generated research and development results as well as inventions.
Earlier in his welcome address, Dr. Ghaji I. Bello, acting executive secretary of NIPC, said that the focuse of NIPC was to attract foreign direct investment (FDI) into the country and added that the one-stop-shop strategy in which Notap prominently participates was initiated to fast-track the flow of foreign investment into Nigeria with a view to bringing the country to the level of her peers in the international community.
Dr. Bello said Notap had shown sufficient commitment in the implementation of its mandates hence when the idea of setting up the One-Stop-Investment Centre (OSIC) came, the Presidency insisted that Notap must be among the key participating agencies.
According to him, Nigeria should ideally be operating at the level of Brazil and India, for instance, in terms of economic development.
He said citizens of other nationalities can never develop Nigeria for Nigerians and stressed that the task of building Nigeria relied in the hands of Nigerians.
NCC Arrests Man for Hacking into DSTV System
Nigeria Copyright Commission (NCC), has arrested one Mr Aliu Olalekan, for allegedly hacking into DSTV system and watching the channels free without subscription.
Mr Matthew Ojo, NCC Director in the Lagos Directorate Office said this while speaking with newsmen in Lagos, on Tuesday.
He said that the suspect used to watch DSTV channels free without subscription on his Android phone via an app which he downloaded on google play store.
“This suspect distributed the know-how to his telegram followers and on his blog with the aim of gaining more followers and viewership on his blog and makes more money through google ad-sense.
“The operation was based on surveillance which had earlier been carried out by the Multi-choice team and verified by a copyright inspector, ” he said.
He added that the arrest was made in collaboration with a team of copyright inspectors led by the Head of Enforcement Department, Mr Charles Amudipe.
Others included; a team from Multichoice Nigeria led by Mr Umar Ibrahim and policemen from Lagos Command Headquarters, Ikeja.
Ojo said that the joint team conducted an anti-piracy operation at the premises of the culprit in Amukoko, Lagos.
According to him, the suspect was contacted on phone by a member of the operation team on the disguise of patronising him. “The suspect came out to meet the caller and in the process of discussion, he was apprehended.
“The suspect took the team to his resident. The squad paraded his one-room apartment and recovered his laptop and phones used in perpetrating the ungodly act. “He was arrested and brought to the copyright commission office for further investigation, ” he said.
Ojo said that, on getting to the commission’s office, the statement of the suspect was taken and the inventory of items seized from him taken. He said that investigation on the matter was still ongoing and if found guilty the suspect will be charged to court.
NCC, Digital Encode Support NITRA Innovative Tech Forum On Post-COVID-19 Strategies
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Nigeria’s telecommunications regulator and Digital Encode, Cybersecurity and Compliance advisory company, have indicated interest to partner with the Nigeria Information Technology Reporters Association (NITRA), the national umbrella body of ICT reporters, as it organizes a forum that will x-ray the industry’s future plans for ICT growth post pandemic era.
The event, slated to hold on October 15, 2020, will seek to discuss the needs for a fortified ICT sector after the COVID-19 era, and the level of preparedness of ICT stakeholders to embrace the challenge of being pivotal to the stability and growth of all other sectors.
A statement from NITRA National Secretariat in Lagos indicates that due to the pandemic and need to observe the COVID-19 protocol on social distancing, the event will be held via a Webinar.
This year’s theme, “Multi-stakeholder Approach To National Recovery Post-Pandemic”, is in line with the annual event’s generic theme, ‘NITRA Innovative Tech Forum’, a contribution by NITRA to the development of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) innovations and policies in Nigeria.
Prof. Umar Danbatta, executive vice chairman, NCC is expected to deliver the keynote speech at the event and will throw more light on Federal Government’s plans, programmes and policies on post-pandemic strategies using ICT.
Dr. Adewale Obadare and Dr. Seyi Akindeinde, founders of Digital Encode, while accepting to support the event expressed their readiness to offer their expertise in Cybersecurity for organisations to prepare against cyber- attacks with the new normal.
They will also highlight areas that are high risks that need fortification in terms of cybersecurity.
Speaking on the event, Mr. Chike Onwuegbuchi, national chairman, NITRA, noted that as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to leave its negative trails across the globe, economic reboot for countries will not only depend on how well they readapt to the new normal, but also more on their recovery plans.
According to him: “While the federal government has consistently expressed its willingness to set all policies in place to engender growth, and accelerated implementation of these policies, private sector firms have also shown great hunger for the task ahead in post-COVID-19 era.
However, the question that needs to be answered is whether all stakeholders are ready for the required task ahead.”
The event will also offer participating companies opportunities to publicize some of their individual efforts at contributing to reacting a soft landing or lifeline for SMEs and other ancillary companies as the pandemic threatens their survival.
Digital Encode is a multi-award winning and leading consulting and integration firm that specializes in the design, management, and security of business-critical networks, telecommunications environments and other Information Technology (IT) infrastructures.
NCC Threatens Illegal Users of GSM Boosters with Arrest, Prosecution
Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) has warned telecom consumers to desist from using illegal GSM boosters.
The commission also said that anyone caught using a GSM booster without obtaining approval of a duly licensed network operator will face arrest and prosecution.
GSM boosters are devices that transmit and receive telecommunications signals and can therefore interfere with other radio frequency equipment.
Ikechukwu Adinde, director, public affairs, NCC, said in a notice published on NCC website, that only licensed network operators are allowed to use GSM boosters.
The booster, also known as amplifier or repeater is made up of three main elements – exterior antenna, amplifier, and interior antenna.
They form a wireless system to boost cellular reception
“Members of the public should note that, willful interference with any wireless telegraphy is an offence under Section 16 of the Telegraphy Act, 2004,”it said
The agency said it will not condone any flagrant breach of this law.
It has also enforced measures to prosecute offenders.
Accordingly, monitoring mechanisms have been put in place and anyone caught using a GSM booster without obtaining approval of a duly licensed network operator will face arrest and prosecution.
“Any member of the public with useful information regarding the illegal use of GSM Boosters should contact the Commission on 09-4617000/7351 or send an email to [email protected],” the notice said.
“Individuals desirous of using GSM Boosters should note that they can only do so in conjunction with licensed network operators,” it added.
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