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Sim Registration: FG Barks, Telcos Revs Activity

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Suddenly last week, it appeared there is a general consensus to rev up the registration of Subscriber Identity Module (Sim) cards in Nigeria but approaches have been disconcerted with many roadblocks, Nigeria CommunicationsWeek can now reveal.
Though Sim card registration exercises around the world have not been without controversies, Nigeria’s attempt has been with even trivial resistance including regulation, date and procedure of registration.
But government bent on curbing incidences of fraud, threats, intimidation, and kidnapping and crimes all linked to the mobile phone barked out with paternalism last week and demanded total compliance while threatening sanctions on recalcitrant telecom operator.
Prof. Dora Akunyili, minister of Information and Communications at session with operators and customers in the sector, said that government will not change its mind on the Sim card registration.
She said that “if you (telcos) do not want to register Sim card in Nigeria, please close down before we close you down because Sim card must be registered”
"Very soon we will start seizing Sim card in the streets if such are not in line with our regulation. We have started and will follow it up to a logical conclusion and enforcement will start in earnest very soon. Government demands compliance. Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) must ensure that these issues are addressed in good time."
Nodding in agreement, Dr. Bashir Gwandu, acting executive vice chairman, NCC, promised to look into all the problems associated with operators within six months assuring that the NCC will do it best to enforce all the laws for the benefits of the people.
Nigeria CommunicationsWeek however gathered that some operators have begun the mobilization of their dealers and sub-dealer for the purpose of registering existing subscribers on their network.
The operators resorted to use dealers and sub-dealers to capture data of their subscribers living in suburbs where its recruited agents will not reach to reduce high cost associated with recruiting staff for the purpose.
It was gathered that dealers commissioned to register subscribers by network operators purchased biometric machines which they are using to capture subscribers particulars.
Before now, operators were using their customer care centre to register existing subscribers on their network.
They have also recruited adhoc staff for that purpose and attached them to their customer care centres located in major cities across the country.
Nigeria CommunicationsWeek visited some dealers who expressed optimism that the exercise would be successful.
Some of the dealers had signs that read, “Register your Sim Card Here before it is blocked”, “Register Your Sim Here” and so on.
Bola Olubodun, a subscriber who has registered her Sim however decried the time wasting at the registration centres.
“It took me up more than four hours to register my Sim, I left home since 7 am and am just finishing now (about 3pm), it is a whole day job” Olubodun said.
A dealer who pleaded anonymity said it was teething problem which would be overcome as the process progresses.
It would be recalled that NCC had mandated all telecom operators to start registration of new Sim card in May this year to improve security in the country.
It said valid identification documents like E- Passports, corporate/company or work place identity cards that contain Pension Identification /Tax Numbers, student ID cards from recognized institutions as well drivers’ license issued by the Federal Road Safety Commission, (FRSC) and E-Tax cards, would be required for those seeking registration of their Sim cards.

 

 


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Magu, Suspended EFCC Boss Says He Never Received Bribe all His Life

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Ibrahim Magu, suspended acting chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), on Wednesday said he has never received bribe all his life.

Magu, Suspended EFCC Boss Says He Never Received Bribe all His Life

brahim Magu, suspended chairman, EFCC

Magu was testifying before the Justice Ayo Salami panel probing allegations of corruption against him.

The suspended EFCC boss said anyone who claim he had ever given him bribe should come forward before the panel to testify against him.

He was responding to allegations that he allowed a suspect Hima Aboubakar, a Nigerien National to escape from justice.

The suspended EFCC boss had opened his defense on Monday to clear corruption allegations against him.

The probe panel has allowed him to have only two lawyers represent him at a time.

On Monday & Tuesday, he was represented by Wahab Shittu and Aliyu Lemu.

In yesterday’s proceedings, he was represented by Shittu and Tosin Ojaomo.


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HP, AU Commission Sign MoU to Collaborate for Development of Entrepreneurial Skills in Africa

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HP Inc. in partnership with the African Union Commission (AUC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to foster entrepreneurial learning in Africa.

The aim of the MoU is to further cement the collaboration between these two parties in building entrepreneurial skills across the continent and to leverage HP Foundation’s Learning Initiative for Entrepreneurs (HP LIFE).

HP LIFE provides people in the region with access to 32 free, online courses in seven languages to build key business competencies as set out in the AGENDA 2063.

AGENDA 2063 is Africa’s blueprint and master plan for transforming Africa into the global powerhouse of the future.

It is the continent’s strategic framework that aims to deliver on its goal for inclusive and sustainable development and is a concrete manifestation of the pan-African drive for unity, self-determination, freedom, progress, and collective prosperity.

HP Inc. and the AUC have agreed to exchange information and material on enhancing quality education for learners and entrepreneurs in Africa, organize symposiums and conferences on education and skills development initiatives, leverage the online platform HP LIFE, which is aimed to enroll a million users between 2016 and 2025 and is part of HP’s commitment to enable better learning outcomes for 100 million people globally by 2025.

The aim of the MoU is to ensure closer collaboration and exchange of information between the parties, in a manner that creates synergies in Youth Skills Development, Academic Exchanges, and Research in Africa.

“HP is driving access to quality education globally to enable anyone and everyone to build skills to compete in the digital economy,” said Issam Essadiqi, Interim Managing Director, HP Africa. “Making education more accessible and effective helps people get better jobs, launch small businesses, and create opportunities for their families and communities.

“HP believes technology can be the great equalizer in education and is using it to enable students to get access to quality education in the classroom and beyond.”

The AU Commissioner for Human Resource, Science and Technology H.E Prof. Sarah Anyang Agbor said, “The partnership with HP will accelerate our education response to Covid-19 and beyond to ensure accessible and continued learning for African youth.

The African Union’s education agenda, which has a focus on digital learning is well complemented by the opportunities that the work with HP will bring about for African youth.

In line with prioritizing distance learning, the partnership will support individuals and institutions of learning to provide the requisite expertise and opportunities.”

HP LIFE was first offered through hundreds of local training centers in countries such as Nigeria, Tunisia, South Africa, Uganda, and Kenya, to help people learn the skills to start or grow a business or improve their employment prospects.

In 2012, HP LIFE expanded to an online platform. Since 2016, over 116,000 men and women across Africa have already received HP LIFE training. 82% of women who took part in an HP LIFE survey said that participating in the programme had increased their confidence in their future

Today, technology can support new styles of learning. PCs and tools designed for education can offer students flexibility of time, place, and pace of learning, whether in or out of the classroom, or in a blend of environments.

HP and the AUC’s joint efforts have the potential to uplift access of education and opportunities for career work and economic growth, and this collaboration has the potential to make lifelong learning a reality.


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“TIME 100” Lists Tony Elumelu among 100 Most Influential People in the World 2020

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TIME has named Tony O. Elumelu, one of Africa’s leading investors and philanthropists, in the 2020 TIME100, the annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

“TIME 100” Lists Tony Elumelu among 100 Most Influential People in the World 2020

The list, now in its seventeenth year, recognises the activism, innovation, and achievement of the world’s most influential individuals.

Mr Elumelu, who is one of only four Africans on the 2020 list, is recognised for his track record of business turnaround and value creation, and economic empowerment of young Africans.

Tony Elumelu is the founder and chairman of Heirs Holdings, his family owned investment company, committed to improving lives and transforming Africa, through long-term investments in strategic sectors of the African economy, including financial services, hospitality, power, energy and healthcare.

He is the Chairman of top pan-African financial services group, the United Bank for Africa (UBA), which operates in 20 countries in Africa, the United Kingdom, France, and is the only African bank with a commercial deposit taking licence in the United States.

The bank provides corporate, commercial, SME and consumer banking services to more than 21 million customers globally.

Elumelu also chairs Nigeria’s largest quoted conglomerate, Transcorp, whose subsidiaries include Transcorp Power, one of the leading generators of electricity in Nigeria and Transcorp Hotels Plc, Nigeria’s foremost hospitality brand.

Mr Elumelu is the most prominent champion of entrepreneurship in Africa. In 2010, he created The Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF), the philanthropy empowering a new generation of African entrepreneurs, catalysing economic growth, driving poverty eradication and ensuring job creation across all 54 African countries.

Since inception, the Foundation has funded just under 10,000 entrepreneurs and created a digital ecosystem of over one million as part of its ten year, US$100m commitment through the TEF Entrepreneurship Programme.

Self-funded, the Foundation is increasingly sharing its unique ability to identify, train, mentor and fund young entrepreneurs across Africa, with institutions such as the UNDP, the ICRC and leading European development agencies.

Tony Elumelu Named In “TIME 100” List Of 100 Most Influential People In The World 2020Heirs Holdings, which serves as a corporate role model for African businesses, and the Tony Elumelu Foundation will both celebrate 10 years of impact in November.

Their mission continues to be inspired by Mr Elumelu’s economic philosophy of Africapitalism, which positions the private sector, and most importantly entrepreneurs, as the catalyst for the social and economic development of the continent.


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