Friday, July 31, 2015

ICT key in social security implementation



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The Information and Communications Technology (ICT) has been identified as key to drive social security and critical policies aimed at mitigating socio-economic problems that affect the citizenry of the Sub-Saharan  African countries, ITRealms reports,

According to the International Social Security Association (ISSA) social security is "any programme of social protection established by legislation, or any other mandatory arrangement, that provides individuals with a degree of income security when faced with the contingencies of old age, survivorship, incapacity, disability, unemployment or rearing children. It may also offer access to curative or preventive medical care".

The Regional Director (Africa) for the International LabourOrganisation, Mr. Aeneas Chuma in a recent interview with THISDA, admitted that social security can be expensive, but harped on the need for each country to define its own form of social protection as it is necessary to have a system where the vulnerable are protected, citing Brazil where income is given to poor families to allow their children stay in school.

In the same vein, the Vice President for Africa, Public Service Institute, Comrade Peter Adeyemi in an interview noted that social security can mitigate extreme poverty and insecurity in the sub-region.

Nigeria, since 2010, ITRealms gathered, has been implementing the Employees Compensation Act (ECA), the social security for those who become incapacitated in work related accidents, or for their beneficiaries in event of loss of life. The social security has recently been extended to provide social security to the aged and unemployed through an amendment to the Act establishing the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF). The amendment is currently awaiting Presidential Assent.

The ISSA's Liaison Office for West Africa, is therefore organizing a technical seminar for West African countries in Abuja this week, to brainstorm on the modalities and impact of ICT in the performance of social security. The seminar themed "Impact of New Information and Communication Technology in the Performance of Social Security Institutions," is being hosted by the NSITF, reports ITRealms.

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Tech+2015: Multi-screen drives Samsung vision



 
The multi-screen has become an indispensable technological application in the life of   Nigerians and the world at large, ITRealms reports.

In the multi-screen world, learning, commerce, business,  entertainment, medicine are digitized, companies are connected  and secured end-to-end through modern devices including Samsung smart devices which are  key drivers of these very robust technological innovations in the country.

The Director, Enterprise Business, Samsung West Africa, Charles Ojei, ITRealms reports, spoke on the second day of the just ended 2015 Tech+ Conference and Exhibition at Eko Hotel & Suites, Lagos, saying that about 90 per cent of modern day interaction is screen-based and an approximately 4.4 hours are spent on screen daily by people, saying that Samsung Nigeria is a key player in the multi-screen ecosystem.

He stated that in retail merchandizing, which is driven by technology, consumers enjoy colours, visuals, and online interactions using ICT screens, saying that through screens one can access his food and choice products online shopping, ITRealms was informed.

He said emerging technologies are not just around you but on you, saying that multi-screen applications whether computers, tablets, or smart phones are driven by content, and can move from one device to the other. He stated that multi-screen gives you a sense of fulfillment.

He introduced the Samsung Virtual Reality which he said is a head goggle which when connected to the Samsung galaxy 6 either the D.O or the edge gives you access to content, informing ITRealms that the Viral helps people about 4000 kilometres apart to come together through  its visual, audio mobile applications.

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Pix: The Director, Enterprise Business, Samsung West Africa, Charles Ojei,

Breaking News : Protest in Ariaria Aba over Police killing





The popular Ariaria Internatoional Market in Aba, Abia State is boiling, due to police killing of a trader, reports ITRealms.


This is coming in the wake of  recent protests by traders  across South Eastern Nigeria over the relocation of Boko Haram suspects in a prison in Ekwulobia, Anambra State.


According to eye-witnesses, the current protest in Ariaria International market in Aba, Friday afternoon, was due to killing of a trader by a happy trigger police man.


For Mr. Obalum Henry,  "There is crisis in Ariaria International Market Aba, Abia State," he confirmed.


Yet another eye witness, Ojiego Nelson attributed the protest to the killing of a trader in front of his shop by the Police. 


“Police shot dead one innocent youth in front of his shop,” Ojiego wrote on a Facebook comment in Anambra Progressive Forum.

At the time of filing this story, ITRealms was unable to confirm the story from the Nigeria Police. 

But reports reaching ITRealms showed that the Police post nearby was vandalised and set partially ablaze by angry mobs who dumped the dead body in front of the Police post in a wheel barrow.


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Mayunga debuts with ‘Nice Couple’ video



The Airtel TRACE Music Star 2015 winner, Mayunga Nalimi has released a music video for his breakout single 'Nice Couple', which expected to hit airwave on TRACE Urban DStv 325, today, 31 July 2015, reports ITRealms.

Laide Olabode and Samuel Chukwu in a press statement made available to ITRealms recalled that earlier this month, TRACE Music Star winner Mayunga Nalimi touched down in Johannesburg from his native country of Tanzania to embark on the new beginnings of a promising musical career since reigning supreme in Africa’s biggest ever talent search competition on 18 April 2015.

Crowned by international megastar Akon and awarded with a grand prize that includes a record deal with Universal Music, Mayunga hit the ground running during his SA visit with a full-on music video production for his latest single “Nice Couple”, which was shot in Orlando East.

According to TRACE, Nice Couple is now available for download on iTunes in 107 territories worldwide, as well as other online music sharing sites like Deezer, Beatport and Vevo.

TRACE, ITRealms notes, prides itself as a leading urban and black entertainment group with activities in 180 countries. TRACE is a signature hub for black and urban entertainment content and offers TV channels, FM radios, mobile services, events etc. to millennial and young adults audiences. 

 
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Absence of socio-economic data bane of Nigeria ICT growth -Gov Mimiko


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The executive governor of Ondo State, Olusegun Mimiko has blamed Nigeria’s stunted Information and Communications Technology (ICT) status on absence of social and economic data, reports ITRealms.

He called on the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) to consider harmonizing technology ideas from different ICT groups in the country, into a common vision that will guide the development of ICT in the country.

Mimiko who was represented by his deputy, Lasisi Oluboyo,ITRealms gathered,gave the advice while declaring open, the 12th International Conference of NCS in Akure, said Nigeria as a country, has skilled manpower with technology ideas, but lacks the platform for harmonization. He challenged the NCS to assemble the finest technology brains in the country in order to drive national development with ICT.

He eulogized the Ondo State Residency Card, commonly referred to as 'Kaadi Igbe Ayo', which he said is a home-grown solution that would further enhance the people oriented programmes and projects of the state. , stressing “The card project is primarily aimed at service delivery management and not for identification."

ITRealms reports also that the President of Computer Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria (CPN), Prof. Vincent Asor, corroborated the Governor, saying that Information Technology (IT) as a tool for national development cannot be overemphasized. He said CPN is currently working on new ways to register all IT professionals in the country in order to have a comprehensive database of IT professionals that will enhance collective development of the country.

 "CPN is working on a new certificate that will identify IT professionals in the country,that will also help in eliminating quackery in the system," Asor said.

The outgoing President of NCS, Prof. David Adewumi in his keynote said this year’s  theme, 'Information Technology for Inclusive Development,’ was carefully chosen to drive thoughts towards using IT for national development, considering the fact that development in all ramifications, is pivoted in information technology.

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Pix: Gov. Mimiko

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Nigeria set to shine @ Microsoft Imagine Cup with Team LifeWatch

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The Chief Mentor of the Team LifeWatch, representing Nigeria at the Microsoft Imagine Cup competition currently holding in Seattle, Washington, Adebayo Ogundipe, has boasted that the team will bring the cup home, ITRealms reports.

“We will win. We will advance to the final stage tomorrow.The team’s presentation was convincing enough for them to win. There were positive signals during their session”, hesaid.

Microsoft Imagine Cup, ITRealms learnt,  has been dubbed the world’s premier technology competition that provides opportunities for students across all disciplines to team up and use their creativity, passion, and knowledge of technology to create applications, games and integrated solutions that can change the way we live, work and play.

In the press release made available to ITRealms, the team was quoted as saying that health and gaming solutions topped inventions on showcase at the event saying there are positive signals that Team LifeWatch would advance to the next phase of the competition, having taken their turn in presenting their solution to the panel of judges, ITRealms reports.

The spokesperson of Team LifeWatch, Raymond Obinaju, said “We are really optimistic about this. And the judge’s comments seem to be really promising. With AsthmaVisor, Team LifeWatch seeks to save an estimated 25million people living with asthma in Nigeria, and about 334million people globally. So I think we have a good case.”

The Team LifeWatch, ITRealms learnt, comprised four students from the AfeBabalola University, Ado Ekiti (ABUAD); AdeyemoOluwaseun, Kevin Ahwin, Sobola David and Raymond Obinaju.
Speaking after their presentation, Communications Lead, Microsoft Nigeria, YemiOrimolade stated that the team’s session was apt, informative, educative, and mind blowing, “I think their solution is definitely a contender for the converted title.”

Nigeria, China, South Korea,, Nepal, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Tunisia, Brazil, Canada, Hungary, Japan, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States, Cyprus, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, Romania Taiwan, ITRealms reports, are the countries  participating in the global competition in Seattle, Washington this year.

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