Mr. Sule Bichi, managing director, Red Star Express has lauded federal government’s decision to build five international airports and six international perishable cargo terminals in five states, saying that the projects, especially cargo terminals will impact positively on the courier industry.
Bichi told Nigeria CommunicatinsWeek in his office, “Definitely with the cargo terminals in our major airports it means that our businesses, traders and other industries can import or export from those locations directly. It is a sure way to minimize costs especially that most of the imports come through few airports and seaports”.
The Red Star Express boss described the project as timely and development oriented.
“If there are major points, especially international terminals, it means people can order goods straight from the country of origin of those goods and it will reduce costs of internal arrangements. Some of our exporters spend a lot in transporting their goods to different locations especially the perishable goods like agricultural products.
“If the cargo airlines are positioned, they can be transported to the point of export directly saving the products and time. In essence, developing more cargo terminals in Nigeria will increase the velocity of trade,” he added.
Stella Oduah, Aviation minister had recently, said the Federal Government (FG) plans to build five international airports and six international perishable cargo terminals in five states.
The projects will cost N106 billion. She broke the news during a briefing with journalists in Abuja.
The beneficiary states are Lagos, Abuja, Rivers, Kano and Enugu.
The Minister said the new terminals are categorised under the second phase of the aviation roadmap implementation strategy and the construction will be executed by a Chinese firm since the loan for the job was granted by the Chinese NEXIM Bank.
Oduah said: “As we travel round the world, we see and admire international airports in other countries and wish that our nation could boast of just one that can truly go by the name international airport. Today, following the approval of FEC, we have concluded arrangements to commence construction of not just one, but five brand new, world class international airports.
“The company that is doing the execution is a Chinese company. When the Chinese NEXIM or any country NEXIM gives a loan, that country’s contractor will have to do the execution. That is the process we follow.
“They will have to decide on who will do the awarding of the project, so ours is for Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) to check if its in line with our regulation to ensure that the loan is in order. Once BPP gives no objection then we are free. Secondly, on what it will be spent upon, I want to say they are five international airports and six international perishable cargo terminals and all that is N106 billion all inclusive.”
Oduah described the initiative as part of moves to ensure a good travelling experience and will contribute to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
She maintained that the vision is incorporated in the Aerotropolis initiative which serves as hub for airport cities providing clusters of businesses ranging from manufacturing, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), hospitality, recreation and retail trading.
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.
Tizeti Selects Nokia to Provide LTE Fixed Wireless Access Solution for High-Speed internet Services in Nigeria
Tizeti announced that it selected Nokia’s Fastmile Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology to enable usprovide superior internet services to over 1 Million subscribers in Port Harcourt, Edo and Ogun in Nigeria.
Tizeti will deploy Nokia’s AirScale Base Station TDD-LTE and FastmileFixed Wireless Access (FWA) gatewaysto deliver premium internet and Virtual Private Network (VPN) services to Residential, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).
The solution will also enable Tizeti’sto deliver a more robust, high-speedinternet service to subscribers and the flexibility to seamlessly evolve to 5G Fixed Wireless Access when needed.
Nokia’s FWA solution enables Tizeti to fast-track broadband access and provide a best-in-class broadband experience to its subscribers.
Nokia’sAirScale Base Stations ensure high-quality connectivity and coverage and enablesTizeti to evolve the network in line with customer demand.
Nokia’sFastmilegateways connect wirelessly to the existing network to createa fastbroadband connection and enhanced Wi-Fi experience in the home.
The Nokia Network Services Platform will help Tizeti to simplify operations and quickly respond to changing market demands.
Kendall Ananyi, Tizeti, said:“We are committed to providing the best-in-class network experience to our subscribers. We are confident that Nokia’s proven technology and expertise will help us differentiate our services based on quality. This a crucial project for us as it introduces LTE in our networks and allows us to bring new and innovative services to our subscribers.”
Eniola Balogun, Nokia, said:“We are thrilled to work with Tizeti on the initiative to upgrade their network to bring the latest products and services to its subscribers. Nokia Fastmile will help Tizeti to cost-effectively enhance the customer experience.
The project will also enable them to delight their subscribers by providing more reliable data services.
On the other hand, Tizeti will benefit by adding new revenue streams.”
Jumia Partners Reckitt Benkiser, Nokia, Others to Enable Consumers Access Quality Products
4G Advancement in Ethiopia: A Milestone in the Country’s Telecom Landscape
Aptive Capital Dangles $10,000 Equity-Investment in Three African Startups
Bolt Expands Operations to Jos
Banks Fingered in $2trn Dirty Money Scam
New Regulatory Agency Coming for Nigeria Postal Sector
Pantami Excited as ICT’s Contribution to Nigeria’s GDP Increases to 17.83%
Chinese Phones with Built-in Malware Sold in Africa
MTN, Unacast Partner to Mitigate Spread of COVID-19 through Turbine Location Processing Engine
9PSB gets Approval from CBN with *990# to Commence Operations in Nigeria
- Telecom2 days ago
Huawei’s Investment in Nigeria Reaches $76m
- E-Financial2 days ago
CBN Investigates 55 Companies over Forex Infractions
- Broadcasting2 days ago
OurTv Secures LaLiga Broadcasting Rights for Nigeria
- E-Business2 days ago
Mega Deals as Konga Freedom Sales Goes Live Today
- Broadcasting2 days ago
Extreme E Partners StarTimes to Broadcast Series across Africa
- Broadcasting2 days ago
NCC, AVCNU Set Agenda for Model IP Policy for Nigerian Universities
- E-Business2 days ago
ICANN Launches Pandemic Internet Access Reimbursement Program Pilot
- Telecom2 days ago
NAVSA: NITDA Changes Existing Reality in Agricultural Sector