Monday, July 25, 2016

BIAM partners The University on graphene to deliver lighter planes

The Beijing Institute of Aeronautical Materials (BIAM) and National Graphene Institute (NGI) at The University of Manchester have entered partnership to spur graphene delivery of lighter, better performing aircraft and high-speed trains, reports ITRealms.

The research collaboration project, ITRealms gathered will carry out over a five-year period.
Research will focus on composites with enhanced performance in the field of mechanical, electric conductive and thermal conductive behaviour, as well as the compatibility of graphene and the matrix materials. In aerospace this might lead to applications of graphene in different materials and components, with weight saving accompanied by better performance.

As well as aircraft, the research could have an impact on high-speed trains and industrial equipment to replace traditional materials.

The deal is due to be announced today on the opening morning of the European Science Open Forum in Manchester by Professor Robert Young, who leads the research project at The University of Manchester. 

Speaking at a session called ’Science and Aviation’, organised in partnership with Manchester Airport and Hainan Airlines, Professor Young is due to outline how graphene could revolutionise the planes and trains of the future. 

The announcement is being delivered in parallel to a senior delegation from Manchester – including one of the Nobel-prize winning scientists who isolated graphene – being in Beijing to promote the city and as world-leading destination for inward investment and tourism. 

Graphene has been included in the latest Chinese five-year plan and the country is starting to develop their domestic civil aerospace industry and expect to improve their expertise on materials.

The project, which will run until 2020, will involve joint research on graphene projects, strengthening of the ties in graphene technology and the exchange of personnel between Beijing and Manchester.

The partnership is an extension of a project started last year, which is looking at creating graphene composites with metals such as aluminium. The success of the partnership led to this much wider, extended project.

It is also expected that other UK companies, particularly in aerospace, may become directly involved as the projects progress.

Dr Shaojiu Yan, the principal investigator of graphene projects from BIAM, said: ”The relationship between BIAM and The University of Manchester warms up quickly. 

“We had a very good communication on the first collaborative project. Now a long term partnership would benefit us to broaden the research area on graphene materials, to enhance the collaborative research, as well as to exchange experience and expertise on graphene.”

Professor Young said that BIAM has a rapidly developing research programme on graphene composites and we are looking forward to pooling our expertise with them to facilitate the use of these materials in aerospace applications”. 

Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council, said it is firmly established that Manchester has many distinctive strengths which make the city - and help make the North of England as a whole - competitive on the international stage. 

"This partnership with the Beijing Institute of Aeronautical Materials will not only go a long way towards finding hugely significant commercial applications for graphene research, it will further strengthen ties between Manchester and China - ties which are ever more important as China emerges as a key player in the global economy. It is another vote of confidence in Manchester,” he said.

Hainan Airlines launched the first ever non-stop flight service from anywhere outside of London to mainland China in June and the route is tipped to help forge even closer academic and business links between Manchester and the Far East in the months and years to come. 

Ken O'Toole, CEO of Manchester Airport, said: "Links between Manchester and China have never been stronger and this partnership is the perfect example of how international connectivity can drive collaboration and innovation.  

"Science is an important sector for Manchester and we are committed to playing a key role in driving its growth by linking this city with key markets around the world. 

"The launch of Hainan Airlines' direct service to Beijing has already made a significant contribution to forging closer ties between Manchester and China and we look forward to developing the relationship further."

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InnJoo reiterates promise to Nigerian market

The fast-selling smart mobile device, InnJoo, has reiterated its promise to advance the Nigeria’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) market, reports ITRealms.

President, TecSync Technology Company Limited, Mr. Jack Lee reaffirmed this commitment recently, said the organization’s recognition of the prime status of the Nigerian market as the biggest in Middle East and Africa (MEA); a factor which justifies its focus and permanent residence of the company’s senior executives in the country.

He also said the company is keen to restore the technological landscape in Nigeria by expanding the rapid adoption of smart mobile devices and applications in the country.

“Nigeria is the biggest economy in Africa, the 7th most populated country in the world and is by far the biggest market for mobile devices in Middle East and Africa. This fact is not recognized by many investors who would rather opt to focus attention and channel their resources to countries such as Dubai, South Africa and Egypt,” Lee said, noting that InnJoo brand has risen quickly from its launch in 2014 to become one of the fastest growing smart device makers in the region.

“For us, we recognize the importance of Nigeria as a regional giant and as a force to be reckoned with in the global economy. This justifies our decision to make Nigeria the focus and centre-piece of our market operations. As the biggest market in Middle East and Africa, we have chosen to make Nigeria the hub of our activities. In line with this, a lot of our Senior Management and executives have relocated to Nigeria to direct our expansionary plans out of here and as a result, most of our new products and latest offerings will be unveiled here in the country first before they are received in other countries,” he noted.

ITRealms reports that with its headquarters in Dubai and supplying in Shenzhen, InnJoo devices include a wide range of high specifications and cost-effective smart phones, tablets and smart lifestyle devices, among others, have occupied an increasingly prominent share of the Nigerian mobile market, with consumers and end-users won over by their sleek design, smart features and state-of-the-art functionalities.

InnJooITRealms recalls started its internet journey by joining hands with the regional largest e-Commerce platform, thus riding on its success story in parts of the Middle East such as Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Egypt and other GCC countries, among others.

ITRealms further gathered that the consumer electronics brand is desirous of tapping into the huge, under-penetrated and growing Emerging Markets of Middle East and Africa, with Nigeria in focus, at the right price points. 

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Ugandan Revenue Authority deploys VCE to shore-up collection

The Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) has said that by deploying the Vblock 340 platform with a VCE Vision software dashboard, the agency has shored-up its collection ability, reports ITRealms.

According to the Assistant Commissioner for Information Technology (IT) Corporate Services at URA, Mr. James Kizza, everyday tools like the intranet are very slow, and URA could not but take advantage of new developments like cloud.

He also said that tax evasion in the country has been put under check thanks to the Vblock 340 platform with a VCE Vision software dashboard allowing the URA to no longer experience the debilitating effects of downtime.

“With a simple-to-operate infrastructure, and fewer components and cables to manage, the IT team is firmly in control and can see key performance metrics at a glance,” he said.

Kizza stressed that tax evasion hurts economies and for less-developed countries it could deprive governments of the money needed to transform their nations’ prospects, noting that URA is there to ensure that this does not happen.

The Commissioner further said that moving to a Vblock 340 platform with a VCE Vision software dashboard means that the URA no longer experiences the debilitating effects of downtime.

“With a simple-to-operate infrastructure, and fewer components and cables to manage, the IT team is firmly in control and can see key performance metrics at a glance. Meanwhile, improved uptime and application performance ensures greater productivity and less risk of revenue leakage. Cross-border trade is able to function more efficiently, too,” he said.

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Smile explains relaunch of SmileVoice in Lagos

The acclaimed Fourth-Generation cum Long Term Evolution (4G LTE) network, Smile Communications Limited, has relaunched its SmileVoice with exceptional application (app), known as ‘SmileVoice app’ reports ITRealms.

The Managing Director, Smile Communications Ltd, Mr. Godfrey Efeurhobo explained at the weekend that the reason behind the relaunch borders on the improved usage of an App which could only be available with the registered Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) card from Smile with accompanied active email to enable customers to download the App.
SmileVoice app, he said, is the world-first of its kind which has free mobile app with capabilities of using it over 4G LTE technology or through the use of VoLTE-enabled handset.

He also said that SmileVoice app comes with 30minutes plus 30 short messaging service (SMS) to any network, adding that to all network calls cost 8k per second, just as the N1000 plan amounts to 200 minutes included, describing the features as the Smile innovation with unlimited possibilities.

Efeurhobo equally explained that through the use of VoLTE-enabled handset, for instance, customers would have access to make and receive super-clear video and voice calls which is fast growing globally at Smile in lower rate both in Nigeria and abroad without need for the recipient to also have SmileVoice.

He said this service was introduced ever voice over LTE [volte] call in Nigeria during the beta version of its voice service in October 2015.

Elaborating on SmileVoice, head of communication group at Smile, Nicolene Vanzyl, pointed out that what makes smileVoice different is that it offers also superfast internet access on the go.

She stressed that smile voice value to customer include no international call rate everywhere using the Smile voice, it remains 8k per second which is transparent at the end of each call.

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Zenith set to improve public wi-fi @ branches

Zenith Bank Plc has taken a position to better the lots of its customers by providing at several of its outlets with free Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) among other public institutions, reports ITRealms:

The bank in a press statement made available to ITRealms noted that as far back as 2012 a survey of more than 10,000 Internet users in over 20 countries conducted by the Internet Society (ISOC) found that 83 per cent of respondents agreed with the statement that “access to the Internet should be considered a basic human right,” so essential has the internet become to everyday life.

Zenith also said that banking on this premise, the onus of providing Africans with internet has therefore rested on the shoulders of private and public spirited companies for the last 10 years.

Leveraging on this, Zenith Bank Plc said, it has taken broad steps by rolling out free Wi-Fi at several branches nationwide.

This, the bank stressed would enable people and customers in close proximity to perform a wide range of internet related activities such as app downloads, website browsing for information, online banking, online researching and many more.

Zenith equally said it has installed a wide-range free Wi-Fi hotspot covering the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) and its environs, “to avail its people within the hospital’s vicinity with access to all the knowledge, tools and resources available online.”

The service, ITRealms gathered is accessible by simply entering your Zenith Bank Account number, noting that by visiting customers could view all Wi-Fi enabled locations.

“It is expected that by providing free Wi-Fi, the bank is providing its customers with a distinct competitive advantage in the way that only free internet access can, as they are now empowered to innovate without the constraints of data costs,” an official statement from the bank said.

ITRealms recalls that Zenith Bank, established in 1990, has remained at the forefront of innovative technologies for the last 26 years, championing the effort to make banking simpler and continually leveraging technology, its people and services to achieve that goal.

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Friday, July 22, 2016

CSEAN gets ready for NCSAM 2016

The members of the Cyber Security Experts Association of Nigeria (CSEAN) are getting ready for the 2016 National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), reports ITRealms.

President of CSEAN, Mr. Remi Afon revealed this to ITRealms at the weekend, urging members to warm up for the annual awareness month campaign to be led by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the United States (US) Department of Homeland Security through webinar on Thursday, July 28, this year.

The month-long campaign, he said, every October for the past 13 years to ensure everyone on earth has the opportunity to stay safer, more secured and better able to protect their personal information online.

“Cybersecurity is a shared responsibility, and all individuals and organizations have roles to play in promoting a safer, more secure and more trusted Internet,” he said.

According to him, as organizations and individuals prepare for NCSAM, it is important for CSEAN members to tune in to a webcast with NCSA Executive Director, Michael Kaiser and Director, SANS Securing The Human, Lance Spitzner; to get the latest on what's coming this October via webinar.

The webinar, Afon noted, would offer some tips for carrying out organizational awareness and education efforts.

In addition, CSEAN president pointed out that attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions about NCSAM 2016 as prepare for the month gears up.

He encouraged CSEAN members to ensure they participate through the webinar or send their questions, comments and feedback to:

ITRealms recalls that CSEAN is a non-profit organisation made up of information security professionals, centred on a collective purpose and vision to be a vehicle championing the cause and awareness of information security best practices, especially in Nigeria.

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NCC, NITDA, NigComSAT for ITU leadership summit @Bangkok

The management teams of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), the Nigerian Communications Satellite (NIGCOMSAT), and Galaxy Backbone, will be leading the Federal Government delegation to a leadership summit of global leaders from public and private sectors, slated for November, 2016, reports ITRealms.

The summit, ITRealms which is part of this year’s Telecom World organized by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), will see the forum opened with an exploration of why working together is critical for growth in the digital economy and how it can best be achieved.

According to the Director, Public Affairs at NCC, Mr. Tony Ojobo, some topics lined up for discussions include new approaches to connectivity: re-imagining the satellite industry:  how demand for always-on connectivity is leading to innovative connectivity solutions, new players and new markets for the satellite industry.

In addition, he said, the discussions will leverage on the connected car: freeway to the future or highway to hell: exploring the status and future of vehicle communications and automated driving from the perspectives of business, technology, and regulation, creating inclusive ICT innovation ecosystems: targeted business-to-government dialogue exploring concrete measures to foster innovation in SMEs for job creation and socio-economic growth.

Also, on the table, he said, is smart approach to smart sustainable cities: the economic and political challenges of delivering the promise of smart homes, streets, cities and regions, just as making money from meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): a business approach to sustainable development: how the ICT sector can develop feasible business models to accelerate the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)  

Further, he said that Business-to-business (B2B) and Business-to-government (B2G) dialogues: exploring how corporations and governments could strengthen collaboration with SMEs to improve the outcomes of research and development, accelerate innovation and improve public services, even as spotlight on Thailand: focusing on regional and local challenges, including dedicated sessions on Thailand’s ICT priorities and entrepreneurs, featuring Thai industry experts. 

These sessions will be highly beneficial to local and regional audiences, as well as focus on ITU-wide agenda: providing perspectives from across ITU and its membership and partners, co-located events include the ITU Kaleidoscope academic conference 2016; the World Standards Cooperation Academic Roundtable; a global CTO meeting; the 7th Private Sector Chief Regulatory Officers (CRO) meeting and ITU Academia Consultations.

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Nigeria's SME innovators look upto Bangkock for ITU Telecom World 2016

A good number of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) innovators, industry players and stakeholders are among the large number of delegates to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Telecom World 2016, reports ITRealms.

The event which is due to hold in Bangkok, Thailand between November 14 – 17, 2016, ITRealms gathered, will provide participants the opportunity to network, showcase their innovations and tap new business models in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Terrain.
Director, Public Affairs, NCC, Mr. Tony Ojobo, said That participants will explore importance of collaboration in the digital economy through best approaches, business models and technologies to forge flourishing inclusive ecosystem.

Nigeria has adopted a theme: “Smart Communities: the key to a digital Nigeria”. This theme according to Director, Public Affairs, of Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Mr. Tony Ojobo underscores the importance Nigeria attaches to the ITU Telecom World 2016.

The general theme for ITU Telecom World 2016 is “ Collaboration in the Digital Economy” and this will signpost collaborative regulation, the connected car, smart sustainable cities, fostering SME innovation, new roles for the satellite industry and digital financial services.

This year’s theme will feature compelling formats ranging from top-level CEO/Ministerial round tables to frank, open dialogues between governments and small and medium business leaders and interactive panel debates.

Ojobo explained that Nigerian industry players, regulator, NCC, satellite player, Nigerian Communications Satellite (NIGCOMSAT), e-government service provider, Galaxy Backbone, the postal sector led by NIPOST and Nigerian Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) will have the opportunity to participate in sessions that will bring together expert Speakers and an influential global audience drawn from governments, key ICT players, International organisations, high growth SMEs, Consultants, Academia, the media among others.

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Computers, documents carted away, publisher arrested by DSS

Some personal computers and documents belonging to Chief Jones Abiri, the publisher of the Weekly Source, who was also arrested over undisclosed offences at the weekend  by security operatives suspected to be members of the Department of the State Services (DSS), were carted away, ITRealms reports.

ITRealms gathered that the armed security operatives, arrived the publishing house in the early hours of Thursday in three cars with registration numbers SAG 391AA, PBT 480 AA and Lagos 193 DN, disregarded questions from Journalists and members of the Nigeria Union of Journlaists (NUJ) and bundled the publisher to an unknown destination.

Also, correspondent learnt that after much pressure from the Journalists present at the scene, one of the security operative simply uttered that Chief Abiri was arrested on national security issues.

An eye witness informed that the security men made away with several documents from Abiri’s office and left with the publisher, “while the search lasted, the security personnel didn’t allow anyone into the office.”

Attempts by some colleagues from the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) to confirm the whereabout of Abiri was not successful as the State headquarters of the DSS and other relevant security agencies denied knowledge of the arrest.

“We have searched and could not trace his whereabouts. But a source at the DSS said no security agent can come to the state and effect any arrest without prior information to them,”  the source was quoted.

Uboshe Uboshe with additional reports from 247UReport/GEE

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Yudala opens more stores in Surulere, Enugu. Abia

The Africa’s pioneer composite outfit, Yudala has concluded plans to open at least three offline experience stores in Surulere-Lagos, Enugu and Abia States in that order, reports ITRealms.

The company, ITRealms gathered also revealed that the latest addition to its growing list of Experience Stores in Lagos would be the opening of the new outlet located at Bode Thomas Street, Off Adeniran Ogunsanya on Saturday July 23rd.

Interestingly, shoppers on the Yudala website and chain of Experience Stores nationwide including the newly opened outlets in Surulere, Enugu and Umuahia can also enjoy free broken screen insurance on all mobile and computing products. Launched under the catch-phrase – You break it, we fix it – Yudala has through this landmark initiative further lived up to its mandate of offering the consumer peace of mind and world-class, responsive after-sales support.

ITRealms recalls that the launch of the Yudala Experience Store in Surulere is in response to the yearnings of customers who reside in that location, many of whom have continuously demanded the presence of a Yudala Experience Store to cater to their requirements and shopping needs.

Yudala also said it will offer visitors to the Bode Thomas outlet unprecedented discounts on a variety of products ranging from smartphones, laptops and other IT products, TV sets, Fashion, Lifestyle/Healthy Living products, consumer goods and much more.

Yudala said its set to roll out a second Experience Store in Enugu State at 1, Market Road, off Ogui Road, Enugu, to bring to two the number of Yudala outlets in the coal city.
Equally, Abia State residents would from Saturday enjoy the opportunity to experience the Yudala revolution with the roll-out of an Experience Store in Umuahia, the state capital.

Situated along Aba Road, opposite Oando Filling Station, the Umuahia outlet will serve the needs of thousands of consumers, especially the many who desire to feel and see the products in action before purchasing as well as experience the personal contact that comes with the pick-up option.

In the last 12 months, Yudala has successfully raised the standards in the nation’s e-commerce and offline retail space with a series of pioneering feats and innovative strategies including the launch of same day delivery and the first recorded drone delivery in the e-commerce world. This is in addition to a slew of innovative and exciting promotions through which it has expanded the offerings and given the consumer more value-added options.

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EPSRP opens public comment on second string similarities

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Country Code Name Supporting Organisation (ccNSO) Extended Process Similarity Review Panel (EPSRP) Working Group is seeking public comments on its proposed guidelines for and refinement of the methodology on the second string, reports ITRealms.

This, ITRealms gathered include the similarity review process, and the interpretation of its split recommendations, of which the public comment period which commenced on July 19 will close on 31 Aug 2016.

ITRealms recalls that currently the EPSRP Working Group has concluded its deliberations on developing further policy guidance for the Extended Process Similarity Review Panel, hence this current steps following the closure of the public comment proceeding, the EPSRP Working Group will review the public comments received and revise its proposed guidelines, if deemed appropriate. 
The proposed guidelines will then be submitted to the ccNSO Council for approval and submission to the ICANN Board.

Also gathered by ITRealms that Section I: Description, Explanation, and Purpose showed the ccNSO Extended Process Similarity Review Panel (EPSRP) Working Group was established to, Provide guidance on and refinement of the methodology for second string similarity review process, Provide interpretation of split recommendations, Inform policy on selection of strings.

The work of the EPSRP Working Group, ITRealms gathered is limited to the review of the EPSRP as defined in the IDN ccTLD Fast Track Implementation Plan and EPSRP Guidelines.

“Focus is on providing guidance on how to treat an IDN ccTLD string that is only found confusingly similar in UPPERCASE and not in lowercase. This is both relevant for the Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) ccTLD Fast Track process and also the proposed overall policy for the selection of IDN ccTLD strings.

As part of its charter the EPSRP Working Group is expected to at least conduct one public consultation on their proposals.

Therefore, the group noted that as part of the third review of the IDN ccTLD Fast Track process in FY2015, some policy issues pertaining to the guidance of the second string similarity review panel became apparent, in particular how to treat an IDN ccTLD string that is only found confusingly similar in UPPERCASE and not in lowercase.

ITRealms recalled that at its meeting on 25 June 2015, the ICANN Board requested that "the ccNSO, in consultation with other stakeholders, including GAC and SSAC, to provide further guidance on and refinement of the methodology of second string similarity review process, including the interpretation of its split recommendations, to be applied to the relevant current and subsequent cases in the IDNccTLD Fast Track process as well as to inform the proposed policy for the selection of the IDNccTLD strings."

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ITRealms chief, Remmy Nweke bags NCS Presidential award 2016

The editor-in-chief of the international multiple-award winning online news-site, ITRealms, Mr. Remmy Nweke was on Wednesday night honoured with the 2016 Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) Presidential award for outstanding reportage of Information and Communications Technology sector in Nigeria.
ITRealms Online is a member of DigitalSENSE African Media group, which also publishes NaijaAgroNet, DigitalSENSE Business News; founded since 2004 and has distinguished itself with multiple awards internationally. These include ITRealms Online emerging the first runner-up at the inaugural Telkom-Highway Africa New Media awards for the deployment of new media technologies in dissemination of information on the continent in 2010; and in 2011, ITRealms won the first-ever joint prize by Free and Open Source Foundation for Africa (FOSSFA) and Deutsche Welle (DW) prize under FOSSWAY project as part of the fourth Idlelo conference in Accra-Ghana, among others.
The media category of the NCS Presidential awards 2016 held at the NAF Conference Centre Kado-Abuja in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) also saw AIT Infotech led by Bayero Agabi emerging for Television and Emma Okonji of ThisDay Newspapers taking the lead in print subcategories respectively.
ITRealms recalls that the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) is the umbrella organization of all Information Technology professionals, interest groups and stakeholders in Nigeria, which was formed in 1978 as Computer Association of Nigeria (COAN) and later transformed into NCS in 2002 due to harmonization with other stakeholders and interest groups, thus positioning itself as the national platform for the advancement of Information Technology science and practice in Nigeria.
While presenting the award to Remmy Nweke [ITRealms], the former NCS President and executive chairman, Chams Plcs, Sir Demola Aladekomo in the company of current president, Prof. Adesola Aderounmu and chairperson, Ethics & Disciplinary Committee of the society, Dr. (Mrs.) Titilola Akinlade, commended Mr. Nweke and his team for outstanding reportage of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector and in particularly the Computer Society through ITRealms and other platforms under the DigitalSENSE Africa Media group.
He also urged for continuous support as the nation delves into the use of IT for national safety and security, which formed the theme for this year’s national conference.
In a letter pronouncing the Presidential award sent to the Group Executive Editor, DigitalSENSE Africa Media, publishers of ITRealms, NaijaAgroNet and DigitalSENSE Business News, Mr. Remmy Nweke; the acting Executive Secretary of NCS, Mr. Iyiola Ayoola on behalf of the President, National Executive Council of NCS and the Jury, congratulated him for his good job in the industry.
“In recognition of your invaluable contribution to the Society, the growth and promotion of IT and enhancement of professionalism, you have been chosen for NCS Special Recognition Presidential Award 2016,” he said.
Ayoola pointed out that this award goes to individual, institution, academia and industry that has promoted the teaching, usage, development, application of IT for human capacity development and economic growth in Nigeria.
Responding, Mr. Nweke, who is also the author of ‘A Decade of ICT Reportage in Nigeria’ dedicated the award to the entire management and staff of DigitalSENSE Africa Media group for their support and prayed for the strength to contribute more for the betterment of Nigeria and ICT society globally.
From Doris Minimah, Abuja/ED, Ops

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Pix: Remmy Nweke, editor-in-chief, ITRealms Online, (a member publication of DigitalSENSE African Media Ltd) receiving the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) Presidential award at its 2016 national conference from executive chairman of Chams Plc Sir Aladekomo supported by Prof. Sola Aderounmu, NCS president and and chairperson, Ethics & Disciplinary Committee of the society, Dr. (Mrs.) Titilola Akinlade at NAF Conference Centre Kado Abuja, for outstanding reportage of information and Communication Technology Sector.

Pix: 2 Prof. Aderounmu congratulating Remmy Nweke
Pix 3: L-r Emma Okonji of ThisDay Newspapers, Bayero Agabi of AITInfotech and Remmy Nweke of ITRealms Online displaying their awards

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

NTLA honours Danbatta as Telecom Personality of the year

… Ojobo says PR is indispensable to governance
The Executive Vice-Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Professor Umar Garba Danbatta was at the weekend honour with an award as the "Telecom Personality of the Year” at the 2016 Nigerian Telecom Lecture and Awards (NTLA) reports ITRealms.

This is coming as the Director, Public Affairs at NCC, Mr. Tony Ojobo has said that Public Relations and Government Communications Management is indispensable in today's governance.

The award ceremony which held Lagos, was heralded with lecture and serves as a platform to discuss and interact for the benefits of exchanging ideas about how to improve the telecoms industry in Nigeria.

ITRealms gathered that Barrister Adebayo Shittu, Honourable Minister of Communications was the distinguished guest of honour, while the Chairman of the event was His Imperial Majesty, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II- The Ooni of Ife.

Meanwhile the Commission participated in the 16th NECCIPR Roundtable with the theme: Unleashing the Power of Public Relations, which held recently with Mr. Ojobo as one of the resource persons.

Speaking on Managing Public Relations and Government Communications in the Age of New Media: Issues, Challenges, Opportunities and Implications for Career Development for the Emerging Practitioner, Ojobo posited that Public Relations and Government Communications Management is indispensable in today's governance.

According to him, the Public Sector must create platforms for feedback on policies and decisions and believes that Government Communication must always be timely and strategic.

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Buhari, 36 governors: ‘Devote 5% of security votes...

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$22trn e-commerce opportunities beckon on 138 developing countries

There is a $22 trillion electronic commerce (e-Commerce) opportunities for over 138 developing countries including Nigeria, reports ITRealms.

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) made this disclosure Monday at the launch of a new e-commerce initiative ahead of UNCTAD 14, according to its Secretary-General, Mukhisa Kituyi.

“A huge divide is opening between countries that are exploiting those opportunities and those that are not,” Kituyi said.

As said by UNCTAD, developing countries should grasp the rapidly growing opportunity of electronic commerce – e-commerce – worth around $22.1 trillion in 2015, up 38 per cent from 2013, or risk falling quickly behind.

The new initiative, called “eTrade for All”, brings international organizations, donors and businesses under one umbrella, easing developing country access to cutting-edge technical assistance and giving donors more options for funding.

By providing new opportunities and new markets, online commerce, UNCTAD said, could help generate economic opportunities, including jobs. But while more than 70 per cent of people are shopping online in Denmark, Luxembourg and the United Kingdom, the story is different in most developing countries. In Bangladesh, Ghana and Indonesia, for example, just 2 per cent or less of the population buy online.

E-commerce, Kituyi said, includes both business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-consumer (B2C), respectively valued at around $19.9 trillion and $2.2 trillion each, according to the new UNCTAD data. This trade is mostly domestic, but is becoming more and more international.

The new UNCTAD data show that e-commerce is growing rapidly, with emerging economies accounting for most of this growth. China is now the world’s largest B2C e-commerce market, both in terms of sales and in number of online shoppers. Brazil, India, the Republic of Korea and the Russian Federation have also all moved into the top 10 e-commerce markets.

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