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Thursday, October 27, 2016

IPv6: Zimbabwe tops in Africa with 4.2% adoption, Belgium leads globally

The southern African nation of Zimbabwe has attained about 4.2 per cent and tops the continent on the adoption of Internet Protocol version Six (IPv6), according to the latest study by Akamai Technologies, reports ITRealms.

Akamai prides itself as the global leader in Content Delivery Network (CDN) services, making the Internet fast, reliable and secure for its clients.
ITRealms also reports that Zimbabwe which ranked 28th in the global top 30 ranking, is the only African country in this category by this study, just as Belgium came top in the ladder with 46.6 per cent adoption attained as at the time of this study.

Belgium is followed by Greece with 27.6 per cent,  Germany coming hard with 26.1 per cent, Switzerland trails with 25.6 per cent, India achieved 25.4 per cent, whereas USA with 23.6 per cent, Luxembourg having 23.4 per cent, Portugal attaining 18.3 per cent, while Estonia reached 16.4 per cent and United Kingdom realising 13.6 per cent.

ITRealms recalls that IPv6 is equally tagged as the newer version of the Internet Protocol which offers a gigantic address space when compared with the older version, the IPv4.

Experts at Akamai explained that while IPv4 has a 32-bit address spaces which is estimated at 4.3 billion IP addresses, IPv6 has a 128-bit address space which equals to 3.4 x 10^38 IP addresses.

In addition, ITRealms reports that IPv6 offers many security features which were not available with IPv4. And following the depletion of IPv4 formally in 2011, the IPv6 was formally launched on June 6, 2012.

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Osibanjo to lead Leo-Stan Ekeh, Okere, Obaro @ eNigeria expo 2016

The Vice President of the Federal republic of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has been confirmed to declare open the eNigeria Expo and Conference 2016, reports ITRealms.

He will be joined by the likes of chairman of Zinox Technologies, Dr. Leo Stan Ekeh, Founder CWG, Mr Austin Okere and chief executive of Systemspecs, Mr. John Obaro, among others. 

The event being organized by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), according to the Head, Corporate Affairs, Mrs. Hadiza Umar, would see Osinbajo who also is the Special Guest of Honour at the event slated for the International Conference Centre, Abuja from November 22nd - 24th 2016.

With the theme: “Leveraging on IT Innovation for Economic Diversification" Umar told ITRealms, is in line with the Nigerian government's policy thrust of diversifying the economy to cope with the rapidly dwindling revenues from the oil sector. Nigeria’s ICT sector has experienced tremendous growth and it has been identified as a credible alternative to oil as a main source of income for the country.

According to her, over the years, eNigeria has created a veritable platform for ICT awareness creation, developing the appropriate framework and setting goals for best practices to position Nigeria in the global information society.

Considering the significance and influence on the growth of ICT landscape that the event is characterized of, stakeholders have put their strong support behind the success of the event once again.  

Umar also quoted the Director General of NITDA,  Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, as saying “ eNigeria  is the  biggest ICT event by the Nigerian government and  has become a platform to explore collaborations between government and private sector players.

Further, she said underscored the event discussions to include on tech start-ups, cyber security, local content and e government.  Others include NITDA-Nihilient eGovernance Awards, Selfie and Barbecue Night and Women in ICT  Dinner and Recognition.

Other conference speakers James Agada, CEO, Computer Warehouse Group, Olusola Teniola, President of the Association Telecoms Companies of Nigeria, ATCON,  Mr. Yele Okeremi, CEO of Precise Financial Systems, Juliet Ehimuen Google Nigeria Country Manager , Dipo Faulkner, Country General Manager, IBM Nigeria, Michelle Messina, Eric Osiakwan, Managing Partner at Chanzo Capital,  Tope Aladenusi, Partner, Risk Advisory, Deloitte Nigeria Helen Anatogu Programme Director and CEO at Ideahub and a host of other notable speakers have confirmed their attendance.

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US embassy launches Stop, Think and Connect in Lagos

The United States embassy in Nigeria has marked the 2016 National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) with the launch of the Stop, Think and Connect in Lagos, the commercial centre of the nation, reports ITRealms.

Declaring the event open, the Consul General, Mr. F. John Bray, said that cyber awareness should be everyone’s responsibility, noting that globally, there have been rise in number of individuals, companies, and governments falling victims of cyberattacks.

The concern to protect the populace encouraged in 2009 President Barack Obama’s call for an increase in education and dialogue about cybersecurity in the Cyberspace Security Review.

“As part of this policy review, the Department of Homeland Security created an ongoing Cybersecurity awareness campaign  - StopThinkConnect,” he said.

According to Mr. John Bray, ‘Stop Think Connect’ is a national public awareness campaign designed to raise awareness of cybersecurity and to be more vigilant about practicing safe online habits.”

He urged Nigerians to join the StopThinkConnect campaign so as to have connections to partners and subject matter experts who are committed to increasing online safety; cybersecurity tips, messaging, articles, and presentations; monthly discussions highlighting current cyber issues and trends.

He pointed that people are now spending more time online at home and at work than ever before, stressing that growing dependence on technology, coupled with the increasing threat of cyber-attacks and risks to people’s privacy, demands greater security in the online world.

ITRealms gathered that every year, billions of dollars are lost through cybercrimes globally, just as Mr. John Bray said that cybersecurity ventures predicts that the global community will lose over $6 trillion annually by year 2021.

Other speakers at the event included the President, Cyber Security Experts Association of Nigeria (CSEAN), Mr. Remi Afon and country manager of Google Nigeria, Mrs Juliet Chiazor and Executive Vice Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, who was ably represented by the Director, Public Affairs, Mr. Tony Ojobo, while Dr. David Isiavwe moderated the panel.

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Pix: Consul General, Mr. F. John Bray

Economy will remain in comatose without fight against corruption – Lai Mohammed warns

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has warned that the nation’s economy may remain in comatose if the Federal Government soft-pedals on fight against corruption, reports ITRealms.

He argued that the ongoing efforts by the Federal Government to revive the nation's economy will not yield positive results unless the fight against corruption is also intensified.
Speaking at the 2016 Annual Lecture of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) in Abuja on Thursday, the Minister said that is why the government is tackling both issues simultaneously.

''And that's why the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture launched a Sensitization Campaign Against Corruption on 18th January 2016...with a view to alerting Nigerians to the evils of corruption and carrying them along in the efforts by the government to tackle the menace,'' he said.

Alhaji Mohammed described as appropriate the topic of the lecture, ''Fighting Corruption and Growing a Sustainable Nigerian Economy'', saying it could not have come at a better time, ''as this Administration is stepping up its anti-corruption fight while also seeking to bring the economy out of recession and put it on the path of sustainable growth''.

''It is also noteworthy that the topic for this 2016 lecture incorporates two of the three cardinal programmes of this Administration, which are the fight against corruption and the revamping of the economy to create jobs and provide wealth. The third priority, of course, is the fight against insecurity,'' he said.

The Minister said there is a direct correlation between corruption and economic growth, noting that corruption stifles economic growth in many ways, including by discouraging foreign investment, reducing tax revenue and preventing infrastructural development.
''In other words, in countries where you have a high level of corruption, there is reduced economic growth and, of course, higher poverty level. That's why the Berlin-based global civil society organization, Transparency International, said corruption, especially public sector corruption, is about so much more than missing money. It's about people's lives.

''It is therefore not a surprise that the countries that have consistently scored high marks in the Annual Corruption Perception Index of Transparency International are also the countries that have also managed to grow a sustainable economy,'' he said.

Alhaji Mohammed noted that, having recognised corruption as the biggest threat to the economic and political development of any country, the Federal Government will not relent in its efforts to tackle the menace of corruption to a standstill.

''The Buhari Administration, since its inauguration, has left no one in doubt regarding its commitment to ridding Nigeria of corruption, as captured poignantly in President Buhari’s statement that if Nigeria does not kill corruption, corruption will kill Nigeria.

''We are very much aware that the fight against corruption will not be easy. Fighting entrenched corruption can sometimes be a very lonely road to travel in our part of the world, where a true community of genuine corruption fighters are assailed from every side by unwary recruits of the looters among us, in our communities, places of work and worship. We also know that corruption is fighting back, fastly and furiously. But with uncommon commitment and determination, we will win the war against corruption,'' he said.

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Scientists discover oxidants aren’t always ‘bad’ for heart

A group of scientists funded by the British Heart Foundation have discovered that oxidants, which have historically been blamed for heart disease, have a vital role at ensuring the heart pumps blood around the body effectively, reports ITRealms.

The discovery by researchers working collaboratively in Manchester and London, ITRealms gathered, opens up the potential for new treatments thereby offering hope for potential new treatments for high blood pressure and heart failure.

ITRealms reports that the researchers now hope to develop drugs based on their discovery that could lower blood pressure and treat conditions caused by the heart not pumping properly, including certain forms of heart failure.

The study, published, Tuesday in Nature Communications, found that when the heart relaxes oxidants are released which activate an enzyme called Protein Kinase G (PKG), in a process called oxidation. The oxidation of PKG helps to ensure the amount of blood entering the heart is the same as the amount pumped out. This is vital in the functioning of a healthy heart.

However, when the researchers looked at the hearts of mice with a form of PKG that cannot be oxidised, they found that their hearts did not fill with blood properly and that their heart function was compromised.

The findings in the heart were complemented by BHF-funded research on arteries published recently in Science Signaling. The BHF researchers found activation of PKG by oxidants is also critical for the way arteries sense high blood pressure and then relax.

The researchers, led by BHF Research Fellow Dr Adam Greenstein from The University of Manchester, found that when arteries sense high blood pressure inside them they generate oxidants which activate PKG. The activation of PKG in response to pressure then relaxes the arteries. In mice with PKG that cannot be oxidised, the arteries constricted more strongly and this caused high blood pressure.

The scientists believe that dysregulation of the activation of PKG may occur in several cardiovascular diseases. They now hope to develop drugs which can mimic the oxidant-induced relaxation of the heart and arteries, to treat patients with problems in the way their hearts fill and pump blood around the body. This may also be valuable in lowering blood pressure.

“Our research supports the really exciting concept that oxidants, traditionally viewed as ‘the bad guys of the cardiovascular system,’ are increasingly appreciated as integral to normal heart and arterial function," said Dr Adam Greenstein of The University of Manchester, who is an author on both papers. “This ties in with lots of misinformation about commercially available antioxidants and heart disease which takes focus off the real risk factors, such as weight, cholesterol, blood pressure and smoking.”

“These new papers demonstrate just how important PKG is in the regulation of the heart and blood vessels," said Professor Jeremy Pearson, Associate Medical Director at the British Heart Foundation, which funded the research. “The studies provide strong evidence that new drugs which target PKG activation are likely to be useful in patients suffering with heart failure or with high blood pressure.”

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Gospel according to Yudala @Abuja

… As YZG train moves to coal city
The Yudala Zero Gravity, aka YZG, at the weekend set the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja, agog with rock gospel concert, reports ITRealms.

The concert which held at the Ladi Kwali Conference Centre, Sheraton Hotel, Abuja, penultimate, Saturday October 22nd saw a strong cast of gospel ministers including Chioma Jesus, Samsong, Steve Crown, Chris Morgan and Solomon Lange, Temple to name a few, on stage.

The concert largely described as soul-lifting, ITRealms reports, was a night full of worship and exultations with series of eye-catching performances by upcoming gospel artistes headlined by an enthralling choreographic display by the Dan Supreme Dance Group whose acrobatic feats got the audience screaming for more.

ITRealms also gathered that this paved the way to other eclectic performance from the fast rising United Kingdom (UK)-based Nigerian urban contemporary gospel artiste Nkay, who set the tone for the concert night.

Nkay was followed by Chris Morgan whose dexterity on the piano combined with an unforgettable rendition of some of his most popular songs super-charged the crowd, preparing the stage for Solomon Lange whose powerful, sonorous voice got the audience lifted even higher. His rendition of the hit track – Yabo delivered in his native Hausa language had everyone in the hall on their feet in exultation.

Another crowd favourite, ITRealms gathered, was Steve Crown who rendered gospel song after song prompting everyone on a journey into heavenly praise and by the time he burst into the massively popular track –You are Great; the entire hall literally raptured in ecstasy, with everyone singing along.

The climax of the night came with the introduction of Samsong who combined with fellow Gospel superstar Chioma Jesus to perform Odogwu – their joint hit track. With Samsong thrilling with a succession of effusive praise songs which ended with the crowd dancing along to – Turn Me Around, the entry of Chioma Jesus brought a fitting close to proceedings in what will go down as one of the most star-studded Gospel Praise event witnessed in Abuja this year.

ITRealms recalls that the Yudala Zero Gravity train boast of over 21 leading artistes would on the weekend ending November 5 and 6, light up the coal city, Enugu, with a another set of contemporary music and rock gospel concert respectively at the Michael Okpara Square, Independence Layout, Enugu.

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Pix: Chioma Jesus and SamSong @Yudala zerio Gravity Abuja

Rome to host 2nd global 5G event

The Fifth Generation (5G) Infrastructure Association Europe has concluded plans to stage a two-day global conference in Rome, Italy, reports ITRealms.

According to the organisers, the conference tagged ‘Global 5G Event’ ITRealms gathered, is on its second year and would hold between November 9 and 10, this year.

The second global 5G event has as the theme, ‘Enabling the 5G Ecosphere and is organized with the support from the European Commission and in co-operation with IMT-2020 Promotion Group (China), 5G Forum (Japan), 5G Mobile Forum (South Korea), and 5G Americas (Americas).

Also, ITRealms gathered that the conference would hold in parallel, an exciting exhibition to showcase the latest 5G developments from industrial players as well as the latest results and demos from 17, 5G Public Private Partnership (PPP) projects.

Further, ITRealms gathered that the event would offer 5G early demos in addition to availing participants’ lively debates around spectrum, standards and deployment of 5G.

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ISOC seeks input into CSTD-Working Group on enhanced cooperation

The Internet Society is seeking inputs of its global members into the United Nations (UN) Commission on Science and Technology for Development's Working Group on Enhanced Cooperation (CSTD WG EC), reports ITRealms.

Constance Bommelaer of Internet Society, hinted ITRealms that the formation of this group was one of the outcomes from the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS +10) review conducted last year.

As its precedent, Bommelaer said this review has its basis in the Tunis Agenda, where the notion of "enhanced cooperation" is developed in paragraph 69. You'll remember that this text established a distinction between the day-to-day operations of the Internet and Internet public policy issues. But various interpretations have been made, hence the ongoing debate over the past decade.

According to her, at the heart of the issue are very different views on whether "enhanced cooperation" is specifically about enhancing the role of governments in Internet governance, or whether it's about enhancing cooperation among all stakeholders, including governments.

To this end, she said, ISOC supports the latter, which has to do with stakeholders including government, “where we have a broad, inclusive understanding of ‘enhanced cooperation’.

The current consultation opportunity, she said, involves all Internet stakeholders hereby invited to share their thoughts with the UN on two questions: What are the high level characteristics of enhanced cooperation?

In addition, she said, taking into consideration the work of the previous WGEC and the Tunis Agenda, particularly paragraphs 69-71, what kind of recommendations should we consider?

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

I didn't steal 19 police vehicles - Arase insists

The former Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mr. Solomon Arase has insisted he did not steal 19 police vehicles, describing it all as lies, reports ITRealms.

Arase also maintained that the 19 assorted vehicles belonging to the police were not recovered from him even as he raised the alarm that some forces were bent on tarnishing his image.

Reacting on the heels of a similar one on July 18 and following another media report that 19 out of 24 vehicles he allegedly took away upon retirement had been recovered from him, Arase on Monday, warned that he would not hesitate to seek legal redress if those desperate to tarnish his image fail to desist.

“It is embarrassing for me to wake up on Monday morning to be inundated with calls and messages on purported 19 vehicles recovered from me. I wish to reassure the general public that there was nothing like that. Like I said in July, I did not take any police vehicle with me outside what I am entitled to, and so, there couldn’t have been any vehicle recovered from me. If there was any such, those behind this campaign of calumny should please make the number plates of the vehicles public and where they were recovered from.

“Rather than dissipating so much energy on ‘project drag Arase down’, I urge those behind this evil campaign to face their official responsibility for which much is expected from them by the nation. I have done my bit and my own records bear me witness. Let those daily frightened by the shadow of Arase learn to face reality and stop chasing shadows so that they are not hunted by same”, the ex-police boss stated. 

Upon claims by his successor Ibrahim Idris in July that he went away with 24 police vehicles, Arase had in a statement then said " I suspect there must be a disconnect somewhere because every information needed by my successor are provided in my hand-over notes. It's unfortunate that this matter is being made a media issue because my successor has my telephone number and could have called me for any clarification or even sent me a text message rather than addressing the media on an issue well documented in my hand-over notes."
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ICASA to host 2017 global spectrum summit @Cape Town

The South African communications regulator, Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has been named as the co-host for the 2017 Global Summit of the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance, just as the body admits 11 new members, reports ITRealms.

The board chairman, Dynamic Spectrum Alliance and Director of Affordable Access at Microsoft, Mr. Paul Garnett, affirming this in a press statement made available to ITRealms.

The new 11 organisations, ITRealms gathered are from Africa, Asia, North America and Europe joined the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance as the fifth annual Global Summit was announced to take place in Cape Town from 9-11 May 2017.

He said that this follow-up from 2016’s successful summit in Bogota, Colombia, the conference on wireless spectrum sharing is now heading to South Africa. The announcement comes as the Alliance welcomes 11 new members from all over the world.

The 2017, he said, the summit will build on the success from 2016 and be supported by 11 new members, spanning four major continents - Africa, Asia, Europe and North America - and including public benefit companies, multinationals, research institutions, and Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs). The new members include; Telecast Technology Corp., China; Wi-Fi Interactive Network, the Philippines; Nominet, United Kingdom; M-KOPA, Kenya; Ekovolt, Nigeria; C3 Limited, Malawi; Project Isizwe, South Africa; AirJaldi Networks, India; and Marvell Semiconductors, Axiom Technologies and the IEEE, all from the United States of America.

According to Garnett, the co-host, ICASA, will play a significant role at the Global Summit as ICASA recently published a Discussion Paper on the Framework for Dynamic and Opportunistic Spectrum Management for consultation.

This paper, industry observers said, discusses a proposal to authorize license-exempt access to unused TV channels, also known as television white spaces (TVWS).

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300 teams on queue for 3-day DS-Open Innovation Hackathon

Estimated 300 teams have been confirmed to be on queue for the three-day Delta State Open Innovation Hackathon 2016, according to the chief executive officer, DS-IHUB Asaba Knowledge City, Mr. Chris Uwaje, reports ITRealms.

Uwaje in a press statement made available to ITRealms, said that not less than 300 Teams from all knowledge-walks of life will assemble at the Knowledge City between December 1st and 3rd, 2016.

He also said that the icing on the hackathon is that it would aim at 48-hour non-stop coding adventure into the world of innovation and creativity.

The three-day exercise, Uwaje said, would give a shoot at the passion of participants especially in the areas of innovation.

“This knowledge Olympiad will chase and set perhaps a new record in accelerated knowledge development – shooting at all aspects of innovation and creativity under the sun in conformity with International standard,” he said.
Uwaje pointed out that the DS-Open Innovation Hackathon is an initiative of Mobile Software Solutions Limited, the winner of Would Summit award for Best Africa Mobile Content 2014 (Lifestyle/Entertainment Category), in partnership with the Delta State Government under a Public Private Partnership (PPP) model. The platform is an Innovation Development Accelerator for Startups and Entrepreneurs.
“Our mission is to establish responsive knowledge factory at all levels, as the core accelerator for poverty reduction, attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and creation of wealth in Africa.
DS-IHUB Open Innovation Hackathon is a Corporate Technology event in pursuit of hunting technology idea capable of disrupting the Ecosystem and by extension, building new creative mindset through competition to help bridge the innovation gap that exists between the Nigeria Software Developers and the Institutional needs. It will embrace all Domain of Knowledge.
Uwaje further said that expected at the 3-day inclusive event are, but not limited to youths from all the six geo-zones of Nigeria, and West Africa; Venture Capitalists (VCs) Angel Investor, Science & Technology Researchers; Corporate Entrepreneurs; High-End International Technology Innovators; Promoters and Masters of the Trade; Government Policy makers, Software Industry Players and Innovation Ecosystem Interlocutors.

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Monday, October 24, 2016

IIM-Africa introduces GIMC certification

The Institute of Information Management (IIM-Africa) has introduced an exclusive General Information Management Competence Certification (GIMC-Certification) to mitigate information risk and raise awareness among stakeholders and employees in several organisations, reports ITRealms.

According to the President of IIM-Africa, Dr. Oyedokun Oyewole, introduction of this certification has become imperative due to obvious prevailing information breaches in government and private entities in recent times.

Oyewole who also is the Chairman Board of Directors/Governing Council at IIM – Africa, told ITRealms that information, no matter the form in which it is currently remain a valuable asset to any organisation whether in the public or private sector respectively.

He pointed out that from the management executives, employees, customers and other stakeholders rely on the information being timely, reliable, accurate and complete to make the next step.

Equally, Oyewole noted that it’s no longer a surprise to see insider threats as the biggest risk to information management and security as employees will always be the one thing that cannot be controlled.

“Employees and other information users within any organisation constitute one of the greatest threats to information security, as the individuals closest to the organizational data and information. They do not necessarily have to be malicious to put a company at risk due to the fact that they may not understand the possible risks and consequences associated with their actions” he said.

However, Oyewole stated that good information, could be undermined in many ways, as corrupted or compromised information could cause a wide range of problems, from those that are simply annoying to those that could have a major impact on an organisation’s future.

“Information risk encompasses all the challenges that result from an organisation’s need to control and protect its information” he said.

The GIMC-Certification, he anticipated to have a huge impact on all kinds of insider information security threats, being the most effective means to combat negligence that could results in data loss or exposure as every organisation, regardless of its size or sector, handles information which must be appropriately controlled and protected against the threats, non-technical as well as technical, that could upset it.

Oyewole emphasized that IIM GIMC-Certification would promote the awareness of information management and security across board; assist employees to understand the basics of what information management is, comprising individual roles and responsibilities in the process of information creation, storage, usage, sharing and disposition; educate employees and other users on how to better manage both personal and corporate information, aimed at assisting individuals and organisations understand and imbibe best practices on how to mitigate information risk and handling of sensitive information within their establishments.

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Mrs Obiano to Anambra women in Lagos: Think homewards

Wife of the Anambra State governor, Chief (Mrs) Ebelechukwu Obiano has charged Anambra State Women Association Lagos (ASWAL) to lead the crusade of thinking home agenda of Gov. Willie Obiano administration, reports ITRealms.
Speaking at the weekend during the ASWAL Silver Jubilee Lectures and Awards held at the Colonedes Hotels Ikoyi, Lagos, Mrs. Obiano charged the women to be in the frontline of the renewed quest to develop Anambra and make it one of the most prosperous in the country by attracting investments.
“You are all achievers in your own right alongside your husbands but the task before us today is to ensure that we drive the development of Anambra state by bringing investments and your wealth of experience back home now that the governor has created the much needed security and environment for businesses to thrive. Many are already answering the call and are beginning to reap the benefits but more hands are needed on deck and you have a major role to play,” she said.
ITRealms also reports that Mrs. Obiano urged ASWAL to brace up as they celebrate 25 years and be counted in the scheme of things especially in the application of their inputs and talents to the development and growth of Anambra.
She stressed that “it is obvious that our men have led the way, but the time is right for you to stand and be counted. We should not feel inhibited by our gender because increasingly it is becoming clear that intelligence and talent rather than status will determine the choice of leaders in the years ahead.”
Mrs. Obiano cited the encouragement she has received as the wife of the Governor of Anambra State which made it possible for her to expand the scope of her involvement in charitable giving since 1991 to the formation of an NGO, the Caring Family Enhancement Initiative (CAFÉ) - a non-profit service organization which acts as a beacon for the empowerment of women, indigent widows and the less privileged.
She highlighted the achievements of CAFÉ so far aimed at improving the living conditions of the helpless and our communities. these include; the building and hand-over of nine standard 2-Bed Room houses in Agulu, Alor, Amichi, Amorka, Enugwu-otu Aguleri, Ogbunike, Nri, Umunya and Awba-Ofemili.  Also, CAFÉ Market toilets have been completed at Eke Igwe Nteje, Afor Mbaukwu and Afor-Igwe, Umudioka while CAFE water projects are now spread across nineteen communities including special institutions. She emphasized that her NGO receives no funding or government support, but that the projects were made possible by the grace of God, the encouragement of her husband who donated his salary and other donors.
Mrs Obiano further advocated constructive criticism as panacea for sustainable development and good guide for leaders in positions of authority rather than divisive rhetoric which tends to divert attention from the object and programmes that will make positive impact in the lives of the people.
In his Opening remarks, Chairman of the occasion, former Commissioner for Local Government in Anambra State, Chief Dubem, said that “our prayers to God are for our state to continue to progress, and advised ASWAL to properly define their vision and mission in the next 25 years to guide their march to greater heights. He also told them to teach their children Igbo language to help preserve our heritage and above all think home.
Welcoming the guests to the Silver Jubilee ceremony, President of ASWAL, Dr. Mrs. Nkeiru Ifekwem, appealed to Anambra men to allow women to develop their talents and pursue their aspirations to be able to contribute towards the development of the state. She outlined the programmes of the association which include the building Skills Acquisition Centre in Awka.
A total of 20 persons received various awards including Mrs. Obiano who was recognized for services to humanity.
Anambra State Women Association Lagos was formed 25 years ago by Anambra women resident in Lagos with the aim of promoting peaceful coexistence among ndi-Anambra,  welfare of the members  to enlighten women on their roles  towards building Anambra state and to help the vulnerable and the poor in the society among others.

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Pix L-R: Speaker of Anambra State, House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Barrister Rita Maduagwu, Wife of the Anambra State governor, Chief (Mrs) Ebelechukwu Obiano has charged Anambra State Women Association Lagos (ASWAL) and ASWAL chairperson, Dr. Mrs. Nkeiru Ifekwem.

Dele Ajisomo joins WITSA board

Nigerian techpreneur and the chief executive officer of Mandriva Africa, Mr. Dele Ajisomo has been elected to serve on the board of the World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA), under the auspices of the Information Technology Association of Nigeria (ITAN), reports ITRealms.

ITAN was established in 1991 as Microcomputer Vendors Association of Nigeria (MiVAN) following visionary initiative of Mr. Tayo Adeniyi, elsewhile Managing Director, Worldwide Computers Ltd, before its initial transition into Computer Vendors Association of Nigeria (CoVAN) and lately, the Information Technology (Industry) Association of Nigeria (ITAN) in year 2000.

Confirming this to ITRealms, Mr. Ajisomo who is currently a council member of ITAN and also the National President, Open Source Foundation of Nigeria (OSFON), declared, “Yes, I have just been elected to serve on the board of WITSA for the next two years.”

ITRealms reports that Ajisomo’s election into WITSA board came at the 2016 General Assembly of the Alliance which saw a new chairperson also emerging in person of Ms. Yvonne Chiu of the Information Service Industry Association of Chinese Taipei (CISA).

Both were elected alongside over 15 other directors of WITSA, cutting across regions of the world and their tenure will elapse by October 2018.

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Olufuye, AfICTA chair tasks AU on tech tax holidays

Chairman, Africa Information and Communication Technology Alliance (AfICTA), Dr. Jimson Olufuye, has tasked members of the African Union (AU) to offer tax holidays on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector, especially for startups which are made up youths trying their hands in entrepreneurship, reports ITRealms.

Speaking at the just concluded 2016 edition of AfICTA summit in Windhoek, Namibia in a session with African ICT Ministers and heads of IT agencies, ITRealms gathered that Olufuye tasked participants on creating enabling environment for ICT Startups on the continent by extending tax holidays to this critical subsector.

He stressed that requisite enabling environment based on tax holidays has the capability of providing providing financing aligned to different categories of contract works and deliverables, including removal of visa restrictions for Africans to enhance investment and trade across the region.

The 2016 summit ITRealms gathered, has the theme “Internet of Things for Sustainable Development” and was intended to stimulate milestones that are strategic to changes in the world, as well as in agreement with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be realized by the year 2030.

ITRealms recalls that 2016 marks the 4th AfICTA Summit which held between October 11 through  14th in Windhoek, Namibia, under the auspices of the ICT Professionals' Association of Namibia (ICT-PAN) and the Ministry of ICT, Namibia.

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