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Paradigm Initiative Calls Out Nigerian Immigration for Privacy Rights Violation

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Paradigm Initiative, Pan-African Digital Rights organisation has written to the Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service, demanding compensation for Ewohime Jeffrey Apkovweta, Nigerian Citizen, whose passport page was posted online following the allegation that he destroyed Nigeria’s diplomatic vehicles in London.

 

The organisation, while not touching on the separate issue of the vandalization allegation against Mr. Ewohime Jeffrey Apkovweta, is holding Nigerian Immigration accountable for violating the data privacy rights of the citizen by publicly displaying his international passport page, containing personally identifiable information, on social media.

 

While speaking on the development, Adeboye Adegoke, Program Manager for Anglophone West Africa at Paradigm Initiative, said ‘’the organisation is appalled by the absolute disregard that many government agencies display towards the personal information, including biometric data of citizens in their custody.

 

“Despite the fact that the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) came out with Data Protection Guidelines for Nigeria, agencies of government and private organizations continue to treat privacy and confidentiality of citizens’ data with levity”. Adeboye continued, “Irrespective of the allegations against the citizen, Nigeria Immigratrion had no right to violate his constitutionally guaranteed right to privacy”.

 

NITDA’s Data Privacy Guidelines prescribes minimum data protection standards for all organisations or persons that control, collect, store or process personal data of Nigerian residents and citizens within and outside Nigeria.

 

The scope of persons who are bound by the NITDA Guidelines is clearly specified in Section 1.3 of the Guidelines:

 

“These guidelines are mandatory for Federal, State and Local Government Agencies and institutions as well as other organizations which own, use or deploy information systems within the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

 

Section 1.4 of the Guidelines further confirms that “the Data Protection Guidelines shall apply to all data controllers in public and private sector as defined in the guidelines”.

 

It also applies to foreign organisations that process personal data of Nigerian citizens.

 

Tope Ogundipe, Director of Programs, Paradigm Initiative, stated, ‘’the letter to Nigeria Immigration was written in accordance with section 109 of the Immigration Act requiring a 30-day pre-action notice to state that the Immigration Services pay the citizen a sum of 10,000,000 only as compensation for the citizen, failing which the organization will institute a legal action to achieve this objective and other prayers.

 

This request is in accordance with the provisions of the Nigerian Data Protection Guidelines”, Ogundipe concluded.


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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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Pantami Puts TCT’s Contribution to Nigeria’s GDP @ 14.07%

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Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, minister of Communications and Digital Economy, has stated that the Informa­tion and Communications Technology (ICT) has contributed unprecedented 14.07 percent to the nation’s Gross Do­mestic Product (GDP).

Pantami Puts TCT’s Contribution to Nigeria’s GDP @ 14.07%

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Dr. Femi Adeluyi, technical assistant, Information Technology to the minister of Communications and Dig­ital Economy, in a statement said the minister was delighted to hear of the growth of ICT’s contribution to Nigeria’s GDP in the first quarter (Q1) of 2020.

According to him, the National Bu­reau of Statistics (NBS) releases Nige­ria’s GDP report for Q1 2020 on May 25.

“The report observed that the coun­try’s GDP grew by 1.87 percent year-on-year in real terms in Q1 2020.

“The non-oil sector contributed 90.50 percent to the nation’s GDP in Q1 2020 as opposed to the 9.50 percent contrib­uted to total real GDP by the oil sector.

“It is noteworthy that the ICT sec­tor contributed 14.07 percent to the total real GDP in Q1 2020, higher than its contribution a year earlier, which was 13.32 percent and in the preceding quarter, in which it accounted for 13.12 percent.

“This contribution is unprecedented,” he said.

Pantami said that the growing con­tribution of the ICT sector to the GDP was a direct result of the focused and committed effort of the Federal Gov­ernment.

He said the Federal Government’s strategic policy direction included the inclusion of Digital Economy in the mandate of the Ministry, unveil­ing and implementation of National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy as well as National Broadband Plan, among others.


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9mobile Announces Alan Sinfield as New CEO

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Telecoms company, 9mobile, has announced the appointment of seasoned telecoms expert, Alan Sinfield as the substantive Chief Executive Officer of the company.

He brings a wealth of global operational expertise having held leadership roles at numerous mobile, fixed-line and broadband data operators as well as retail, media, and wholesale distribution businesses across emerging markets in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Europe.

Sinfield succeeds Stephane Beuvelet, who held the position in an acting capacity when the new board took over the company’s management in November 2018.

Sinfield has been a Chief Executive Officer since 2006. He brings extensive international and operational experience from wireless telecom, fintech, and banking sectors to his new role at 9mobile.

His global experience covers countries as diverse as the United Kingdom, Germany, Portugal, Slovakia, Iraq, Qatar, Myanmar, South Korea, Cambodia and Hong Kong. He was previously the Chief Executive Officer at Amara Communications Co. (ananda), a 4G LTE mobile broadband operator in Myanmar, and before this, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Cadcomms (qb), in Cambodia.

Other earlier roles included being CEO at Ooredoo (Starlink), a subsidiary of the listed Qatari Telecommunications Group, operating in Qatar and regionally, and also as Chief Information Officer and Chief Customer Services Officer at Orascom Telecom (IraQna), a subsidiary of the listed Egyptian Telecommunications Group, operating the first mobile network in Baghdad and surrounding territories providing voice and nascent data and satellite services.

Sinfield began his career in the Banking sector at Bank of America, where he was fast-tracked through a Management Trainee programme, later becoming a Programmer and Business Analyst where his desire to work overseas allowed him to close out the IT systems at Bank of America in Frankfurt, Germany.

Afterwards, Sinfield joined Barclays Bank in South Africa and spent three years there as a Technical Manager. He also worked for various other Banks in Portugal, Slovakia, and Hong Kong before his first foray into the telecom industry in Korea with SK Telecom, which led to an M&A role with the merger of SK Telecom & Shinsaegi Telecom.

Commenting on the appointment, Chairman of 9mobile, HRH, Alhaji Nasir Bayero, said, “Alan’s wealth of experience of building high performance and high-growth organizations will play a pivotal role in strengthening 9mobile’s market position in the highly competitive telecommunications industry.

“He brings with him the vision, passion and years of experience from diverse environments, which will consolidate our priorities to provide superior customer experience and sustained network quality.

“He is expected to work closely with the Board of Directors and all stakeholders to define credible and achievable long-term business plans, through the introduction of solutions to address the evolving needs of the Nigerian telecommunication market.”

Also commenting, Sinfield said, “The Nigerian telecoms industry is characterized by strong competition, but it is also an industry that is important to people everywhere.

Nigeria is rich in diversity and boasts of energetic, resilient, friendly and hardworking people. I am delighted to join the 9mobile family and I look forward to using my experience and unique value propositions to lead the company in the next exciting phase of its journey.

“The goal is to build on the existing strong foundation of the company to create value that will transform the Nigerian telecoms sector. I also look forward to embracing the people, the culture and the unique knowledge that Nigeria has to offer.”


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Nokia C2 the Most Accessible 4G Nokia Smartphone Yet Now in Nigeria

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HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, today announces the Nokia C2, bringing long lasting entertainment and creative photography to fans, combined with 4G connectivity at the most affordable price point for a Nokia phone.

The Nokia C2 comes with a large 5.7” HD+ screen, a front facing camera with flash and HDR photography to brighten up your selfies and enough battery life to last from sunrise to sunset . Fans can watch YouTube videos offline with YouTube Go and keep their memories automatically organized, easy to find, edit and share with Gallery Go.

Joseph Umunakwe, General Manager, West, East and Central Africa, HMD Global: “One of our main objectives is to bring great smartphone experiences to as many fans as possible across markets and price points.

“We know that people are looking for a reliable way to upgrade to a 4G smartphone experience. Complementing the popular Nokia C1, with the Nokia C2 we deliver on our commitment to creating quality devices you can trust, while offering a more accessible path to 4G for selected markets.

We’ve added features like the large HD+ screen, front camera with flash and HDR photography, to allow fans to fully explore creating and enjoying content on a 4G-enabled device, optimized with Android™ 9 Pie (Go edition).”

HD entertainment, and a battery that lasts from sunrise to sunset

Watch all your videos in stunning quality with the 5.7” HD+ screen. The Nokia C2 helps you discover a crisper, more immersive way to watch your favourite shows. Introducing YouTube Go, a brand-new way to help you download, enjoy and share videos. The app is designed to work well even with limited storage or slower network speeds, so you can watch your videos offline.

The Nokia C2 lets you store up to 3000 songs or 13 hours of HD video thanks to lighter apps on Android (Go edition). For those who want even more, just add a memory card to make room for even more photos, videos and music. Keep the chat and apps going from sunrise to sunset with the 2800mAh battery.

Snap the most share-worthy shot

Take your selfies to the next level with the Nokia C2’s front camera and flash. Shoot shareable selfies even after sundown. HDR photography is made possible using the rear camera for that extra level of detail.

The Nokia C2 brings Gallery Go to benefits to even more people, so they can edit their favourite photos with just one simple tap. Plus, find and manage shots faster with automatic organisation.

‘The best of Android (Go edition), with the new Google Assistant button’

Discover more space for the things you love with Android Pie (Go edition) – enjoy YouTube Go, Google Go and millions of other helpful apps on the Google Play Store.

The Nokia C2 also comes with the Google Assistant button – the fastest way to your Google Assistant. You can ask questions, see your schedule and even dim the lights.


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