Wednesday, October 22, 2014

President Jonathan endorses Shola Taylor for Deputy Sec-Gen @ITU

The Federal Government of Nigeria has endorsed the candidacy of Mr. Shola Taylor for the post of Deputy Secretary-General at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), ITRealms can authoritatively report.

Affirming this development to ITRealms, the Communication Technology Minister for the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Mrs. Omobola Johnson, through her aide, Mrs. Efem Nkanga reaffirmed this at the ongoing Plenipotentiary Conference of ITU in Busan, Korean.

ITRealms investigations revealed that Dr. Johnson made this policy statement by calling on all delegates to support Nigeria’s quest to serve as the Deputy Secretary General of the ITU, which has equally received endorsement of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. 

“President Jonathan has approved the presentation of Mr. Shola Taylor as Nigeria’s candidate for the post of Deputy Secretary General,” she said.

CommTech minister equally urged support of the delegates, saying that Nigeria has valuable experience to share, and the nation is imbibing best practices from other countries.

ITRealms recalls that Mr. Taylor is experienced in the operation of the ITU and has held several full-time and part-time positions within the Union;  having worked in the telecommunications industry in both developed and developing economies over decades.

Mr. Taylor is equally an adviser to the Nigeria's Minister of Communication Technology, on the World Telecommunication Development Conference.

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ICT tools instrumental to containing Ebola virus in Nigeria- Johnson

The Minister of Communication Technology, Dr. (Mrs) Omobola Johnson has disclosed that a combination of social media tools were instrumental in Nigeria’s fight to contain the Ebola virus, reports ITRealms.

Dr. Johnson disclosed this in a policy statement delivered at the ongoing International Telecommunications Union ITU 2014 Plenipotentiary Conference (PP-14) in Busan, Republic of Korea. ITRealms gathered that Johnson told delegates made up of Ministers and senior government officials from across the globe, that with Ebola, time is of essence to the fact that mobile device apps helped in reducing reporting times of infections by 75 per cent.

“Test results were scanned to tablets and uploaded to emergency databases and field teams got text message alerts on their phones informing them of the results,” she revealed.

Dr. Johnson reiterated that the combination of the internet and mobile cellular phones has opened up tremendous opportunities for countries like Nigeria.

The vertical increase in mobile use, according to Johnson is driven by a number of factors, particularly, the additional ways in which mobile phones are being used in Nigeria. 

She stressed that beyond conducting voice conversations, mobile phones are often the preferred channel for receiving data and for conducting transactions in Nigeria thereby making phones an indispensable tool used as-cameras, wallets, shops, music players, movie screens, and information or service centres of Nigerians.

Nigeria’s policy focus Johnson noted, is in step with the reality of the mobile internet revolution spreading across the globe- thus, the Ministry of Communication Technology is looking to create a viable environment for the proliferation of lower priced devices, increased investment in network infrastructure, and increased availability of spectrum for mobile broadband, in the knowledge that these will further drive growth in the nation’s ICT sector.

Johnson also disclosed that through the implementation of the National ICT Policy, National Broadband Roadmap, and Guidelines for Nigerian Content in ICT, the Ministry is bringing greater clarity and predictability to the Nigerian ICT sector.

She stated that in the past four years, Nigeria has seen mobile subscription increase from 87 million active SIM cards to over 131 million and mobile internet subscription stood at 67 million as at June 2014.

The Ministry’s policy framework, Johnson said aligns with the ITU’s Strategic Plan for 2016-2019, particularly its identified goals and targets of growth, inclusiveness, sustainability, and innovation and partnership.

The ICT sector’s contribution to Nigeria’s GDP is growing and was about 10.44 per cent in 2013. The sector also indirectly impacts GDP through its influence on other key sectors; for example, in the 2013, ICTs were responsible for 12.05 per cent of the value added by the Finance and Insurance sector to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). 

In terms of social growth, Mrs. Johnson said that Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) are helping government to meet health objectives, and are amplifying benefits in the education and agriculture sectors.

The ITU’s growth priority of enabling and fostering access to and increased use of telecommunications through ICTs, according to Johnson, therefore, resonates with Nigeria, both economically and socially.

Nigeria, she said, is also using telecommunications and ICT tools to build a more inclusive society. Just as the Broadband initiative which Nigeria is currently implementing across technologies and at various levels of governance, are in line with the Union’s priority of bridging the digital divide and providing broadband for all. 

ITRealms further gathered from Mrs. Johnson that these initiatives are cognisant of the needs of women and girls, as well as other marginalised groups of the Nigerian society.

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Pix: Dr. (Mrs) Omobola Johnson

Taj Onigbanjo joins Internet Solutions as Sales Director

A subsidiary of Dimension Data, the Internet Solutions Nigeria Limited, has named Taj Onigbanjo as its new Sales Director, reports ITRealms.

Onigbanjo, ITRealms gathered is an experienced telecoms expert with over 20 years hands-on experience in sales, marketing and consultancy. Before joining Internet Solutions Nigeria Onigbanjo was the Africa Head, Cable & Wireless Worldwide, one of the world’s largest telcos.

He has an enviable track record of success with experience spanning the African and International telecoms environment.

ITRealms learnt that Onigbanjo would be responsible for setting the sales strategy and objectives for the company, building and developing the sales team, growing revenues and margins, new business development and strategic account management.  

Confirming this to ITRealms, the Chief Executive Officer, Internet Solutions Nigeria, Mr. Olusola Teniola, expressed confident that Onigbanjo will deliver on the company’s objective of growing its market share, revenues and margins.

“I am very confident in Taj’s capabilities considering the fact that he has a proven track record in the telecom industry, and a vast network of contacts. I am confident that he will bring his expertise of selling solutions to bear on our business as we focus on our core services of Cloud, Connectivity, Carrier and Communication, and help us break new ground needed for the continuous growth of IS Internet Solutions Nigeria Limited” Teniola told ITRealms.

Also ITRealms recalls that Internet Solutions, a Division of Dimension Data, entered the Nigerian market by acquiring a local ISP, Accelon. Internet Solutions provides its suite of Cloud and Managed Services to small, medium, and large organisations in the public and private sector either through direct sales or via a national network of partners. Currently Internet Solution provides services to a large number of blue chip organisations in Nigeria.

The company targets the African market and has operating companies in Nigeria, Kenya, Mozambique, and Ghana.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Aganga, Johnson, Emefiele, Amazu lead speakers at FBN annual investor confab

The Honourable Minister for Trade and Investment, Mr. Olusegun Aganga; her counterpart in the Communication Technology, Mrs. Omobola Johnson; the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Godwin Emefiele; and the Director General, Nigerian Pension Commission, Mrs Chinelo Anohu-Amazu, have been confirmed to lead speakers at the 2014 annual investors conference being hosted by the FBN Capital, reports ITRealms.
FBN Capital Limited is the investment banking and asset management subsidiary of FBN Holdings Plc.
ITRealms recalls that this year is the 4th edition of its annual investor conference, holding on the 11th and 12th of November 2014 at the Federal Palace Hotel in Lagos, with the theme “Lifting the lid on emerging Nigeria”, which focuses on the recently rebased Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Nigeria, and how investors and stakeholders could tap into the potential that this new data presents.
ITRealms gathered that also lined up to speak at the event is Dr. Anil Gupta, a scholar widely regarded as one of the world’s leading experts on strategy, globalization and entrepreneurship. He will be discussing his ideas on how Nigeria could handle the “too big to ignore” tag which comes with the elevated position the country finds itself in after the rebasing.
Dr. Gupta is ranked by Thinkers50 as one of the world’s “most influential living management thinkers” and is one of only three professors in the world to have been elected by his peers as a Lifetime Fellow of all three of the most prestigious bodies in the field – Academy of Management, Strategic Management Society, and Academy of International Business.
ITRealms recalls that Nigeria’s revised GDP for 2013 is currently N80.2 trillion (US$509.9 billion). This represents an increase of about 89% over the old GDP estimate for 2013, and the new GDP numbers paint a more realistic picture of the economy by showing that the Nigerian economy is more diversified than previously estimated or reported.
As said by the Managing Director of FBN Capital, Mr. Kayode Akinkugbe, “Over the last three years, we have explored key aspects of Nigeria’s economic evolution as it transitions from a frontier to an emerging economy. This year, we will consider how Nigeria can capitalize on the recent GDP rebasing which has propelled it to the position of the largest economy in Africa, and also shine the spotlight on previously under-represented fast-growing sectors of the economy which the recent rebasing has brought into focus.”
In 2014, FBN Capital was recognized as the Best Investment Bank in Nigeria for the third year running by Global Finance Magazine. It was also recognized in the World Finance Banking Awards as the Best Investment Bank in Nigeria and the EMEA Finance African Banking Awards as the Best Local Investment Bank in 2013.
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Palmchat enters Nigeria app market

Palmchat, a multi-media messenger that enables friends to connect across all platforms, and make new friends in diverse fun-filled and exciting ways, has entered Nigerian application (app) market, reports ITRealms.

Head, Public Relations, Transision Holdings, Mounir Boukali, told ITRealms that Palmchat, which is an app currently trending in the social application space is expected to transform and create a major swept in the history of instant messaging technology. 

It is also predicted that all outdated Instant Messenger (IM) will be clearly phased out by social media apps that are more engaging, personal and comes with interesting features.

“Having used all the social application platforms we can find around, one can only ask for more and this is what Palmchat offers everyone; a cool new face of social instant messaging, personal and group chatting,” Boukali said.

The Head PR stressed that Palmchat offers really different features from those already in use. Pointing out that users’ could join any chat room of their choice, discussing a range of issues, from sports to romance, and even get discounts from online stores. 

“It enables you to share your cool pictures, music and recordings with your friends, getting in touch with them in private messaging” Boukali said.

Using location based services, Boukali said, Palmchat helps users link-up with friends within their neighbourhoods. 

He further told ITRealms in a press statement, “The ‘shake-shake’ feature gives you that instant experience. One new person pops up every time you shake your phone, and with this cute sound, a new contact is added” he explained.

ITRealms recalls that Palmchat is the IM app everyone should connect to experience instant messaging in a new way. The sign-ups have increased in thousands in recent times with millions of people coming unto the platform.   

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