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Thursday, March 05, 2015

CWG rewards best graduating Computer Science students @ UNILAG, UNIDouala

The Computer Warehouse Group (CWG Plc) has rewarded the best graduating students of the Computer Science Department of the University of Lagos and the University of Douala, Cameroon, as part of her Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme, reports ITRealms.

At the two distinct ceremonies, CWG representatives presented gifts to the students in furtherance of the company’s bid to extol the essence of attaining academic excellence.

The Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Rahman Bello observed that if the focus of Computer Warehouse Group Plc’s (CWG) Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative is sustained, it is capable of aiding Universities in Nigeria to attain desired greatness.

“This award presentation has been an annual event. Since inception, CWG has lived up to their promise of rewarding the best graduating student in Computer Science Department every year, for five years now. On behalf of the management of the University I thank your organization for your commitment to this partnership. Your commitment to promoting academic excellence will help us in going forward,” he said.

As said by Prof. Bello, CWG deserved every commendation, declaring the contributions have been helpful.

“At the moment, University of Lagos is the twentieth best school in Africa and the first in Nigeria, according to the 4icu rankings. Going by our consistent progressive performance, we look forward to being the first in Africa anytime soon. This is our target. And, we believe that the input of corporate partners like CWG will see us through to the point we aim to get to”, he said.

In response, Mr. Phillip Obioha, CWG’s Chief Operating Officer, pointed out that the annual award presentation event underscores CWG’s emphasis on hard-work and qualitative education. According to him, “Our business scope covers a range of sectors; from banking to telecoms and recently SMEs. Our business is all about the quality of our workforce. We boast of an array of professionals whose expertise has formed the bedrock of service providers in the telecoms sector, for example. Our premium on quality workforce explains our emphasis on quality education.”

Thereafter, he presented the prize to the Master Agho Adrian Osemwonyemwen, and informed the audience that the award includes a prospect of employment with CWG, if the recipient so desires.
“Someone told me that a reward for hard work is more hard work. This will go a long way in motivating me to aim for higher attainments. And I promise to use what I have been given to do more than I have done”, he assured.

Similarly, in Cameroon, Mr. Alexis Mbele Ngono received the CWG excellence award for being the best graduating student of the Computer Science Department, Institute of Technology, University of Douala.  Speaking at the presentation ceremony, Mrs. Olapeju Ayo-Fisher, Head of Human Resources and Administration, noted that excellence is an integral component of the CWG corporate culture. This, she noted, has defined CWG’s business approach and service delivery over the years.

“At CWG, we appreciate excellence wherever we find it. We nurture excellence within our system. And, we are very particular about doing whatever we do to the best standard of excellence, the first time and at all times.”  “Our presence here today offers us a unique opportunity to make known to our host business community here in Cameroon that we promote excellence in academic pursuit and support our host communities” she noted.

Responding, Alexis Ngono thanked CWG for the novel gesture. He observed that the initiative is capable of motivating other students to aim for excellence in their academic pursuit. According to him, “this award presents a remarkable opportunity for students who want to leave a legacy of excellence to be appreciated and encouraged.” “This is also an opportunity for many of us to pursue an excellent carrier outside the school environment,” he said.
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 Pix: Master Agho Adrian Osemwonyemwen receiving is prize from Mr. Obioha.

Signal Alliance set to host 2015 Customer Week

All is now set for the 4th edition of Signal Alliance Customer Week to commence on Monday March 9 to Friday, March 13, 2015, according to the chief executive officer, Adanma Onuegbu, reports ITRealms.

She explained to ITRealms that this annual activity provides Signal Alliance with different platforms to reach out to its numerous clients and stakeholders who have been part of the business and success stories in the previous year.
“It also enables us to share and have conversations around how our relationship can be better managed for our common good in particular and the nation in general,” she said.

Mrs. Onuegbu also disclosed that the theme for the customer week would be “Diversify, Innovate and Grow.”

This theme, she explained was chosen in order to further draw attention to the challenges and opportunities in the Nigerian economy. With an official rebase of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) last year the need to diversify, innovate and grow as a strategic template could be applied to guide decision makers and realign the economy.

She said, several activities have been lined up for the week which includes customer interactions, workshop on Nigeria economy and technology, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme and customer appreciation cum award ceremony.

Mrs Onuegbu revealed to ITRealms a panel made up of economic and technology experts are to share their knowledge at the workshop, Cisco will make a presentation on how their world class technologies could be used to diversify, innovate and grow the economy.
“This workshop will take place at Civic Centre on Wednesday, March 11, 2015, with the theme: Diversification and Innovation: A technology Roadmap to Grow Nigeria Economy,” she said.

Also, lined up for the week is a Corporate Social Responsibility programme that will involve preventive medical screening and health talk. This programme is designed to increase awareness of positive health behaviours, provide opportunities and supportive environment to foster positive lifestyle changes.

Moses Braimah, Signal Alliance Brand & Marketing lead says, “Recognitions for our customers and staff who have contributed immensely to our business will also take place at a customer appreciation event.”

The Customer Week is supported by Cisco and MetroHealth HMO.
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Pix: Adanma Onuegbu, CEO SA.

Alake of Egbaland applauds Glo on innovative products



The Paramount Ruler and Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo has applauded Globacom for being an indigenous company international cutting-edge services and products evident in advanced countries, reports ITRealms.

The Alake gave this applause while addressing a press conference at the Ake Palace, Abeokuta, to announce the activities marking the celebration of this year’s Lisabi Festival in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

The monarch, ITRealms reports attributed the giant strides recorded by Globacom in the 11 years of its operations to the dynamism, commitment, exposure and business acumen of the company’s chairman, Dr. Mike Adenuga Jr. (GCON), adding that they were both old boys of Ibadan Grammar School that produced personalities committed to attaining the peak in all endeavours.

He congratulated Globacom for sponsoring the festival again this year and declared that the telecommunication company would always be the preferred partner of Egba sons and daughters at home and in the diaspora.

Oba Gbadebo described the Lisabi Festival which celebrates the heroism of Lisabi as an ample opportunity to revive the good part of Egba culture without worshipping idols, adding that Egbaland was great in the past and will be great again.

Earlier, Globacom’s Head, Business Support, Mr. Yomi Ogunbamowo said the company would partner with the festival organizing committee to make this year’s edition of the festival very colourful and fascinating.

He said Globacom had empowered millions of Nigerians directly and indirectly through its various programmes and enjoined all Egba indigenes to participate in the on-going Glo Overload Promo in order to stand a chance to become millionaires as the company will still make many more Nigerians millionaires in the promo.

He described the theme of this year’s Lisabi Festival 'Collective Responsibility: A panacea to the socio-economic development of Egbaland' as apt, adding that nothing can be achieved without unity.

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Pix: L-R:Globacom’s State Manager (Ogun), Mr. Gbolahan Olajide,  Chairman, Lisabi Festival Committee, Chief Rasheed Raji, Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo and Globacom’s Head, Business Support, Mr. Yomi Ogunbamowo at the 2015 Lisabi Festival Press Conference held at Ake Palace, Abeokuta.

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

YNaija honours CFA, 99 others for being innovative in technology space




A columnist with DigitalSENSE Business News and founder of TechWith CFA.com, Mr. Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata Jnr aka "CFA," has been honoured alongside 99 other young Nigerians for making wave in the nation’s technology space by YNaija.com, reports ITRealms.

This came as part of the official events of the Social Media Week 2015, which ended recently in Lagos, where Ynaija honoured 100 most innovative persons in the Nigerian technology space.

The awardees, ITRealms reports included Nkemdilim Begho, CEO, Future Software; Yomi Adegboye, Founder, MobilityArena.com; Damilola Solesi, CEO, SMID Animations; Bayo Puddicombe, Co-Founder, Pledge 51 and 95 others, mostly young innovators who in their various capacities are working hard to uplift the tech industry, thus, contributing their own quota to the National and Economic development of the country. 

Most of this year's honourees expressed joy that their modest efforts in the fledging tech ecosystem is being noticed and it serves as a motivation to innovate some more. Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata Jnr. who was a recipient of this year's award thanked the organisers for making this an annual event and urged them to work harder towards searching out more tech innovators from unusual places.

The event, tagged the #YTech100, is an annual cocktail and networking event hosted by YNaija.com and this year's event was held at Terra Kulture. In the past, honorees have been selected from industry leaders at iROKO and Konga, as well as from the emerging visionaries at SPARK and the Co-Creation Hub, among others. 

This is indeed a welcome development as this would serve as an impetus for more innovations springing up from Nigeria’s technology eco-system.

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Pic:
L-R Emeka Okoye, CEO, Vikantt Limited; Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata Jnr. "CFA," Founder, TECHwithCFA.com; Oreoluwa Somolu, Executive Director, The Women's Technology Empowerment Centre and Yomi Adegboye, Founder, MobilityArena.com at the Social Media Week 2015 held in Lagos.

The books of CWG in first quarter




Introduction:
FOR some reasons, the beginning of this year 2015 has been a very busy one for the management and staff of Computer Warehouse Group (CWG) plc, At first, CWG was pronounced by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as Payment Terminal Service Provider (PTSP) license and soon after, it was a time for commendation for the multi-national Information and Communication Technology (ICT) company.

PTSP License, facilitating more service offering:
DigitalSENSE Business News reports thatthe leading Pan-African ICT Company secured the Payment Terminal Service Provider (PTSP) license from the Central Bank of Nigeria, to facilitate CWG offering of services in the areas of Payment Terminal Service Provider (PTSP) to Point-of-Sale terminals (PoS) across the country.

This came in the heels of stopoverby a delegation of the apex bank to CWG in the last quarter of 2014 to assess the company’s keenness and certify that the company has fulfilled all conditions necessary, therefore qualified to be licensed as a Payment Terminal Service Provider in the country. 

As stated by CBN Director of Banking and Payment Systems Department, Mr. Dipo Fatokun, in a letter addressed to Computer Warehouse Group, CWG “has successfully passed through the various stages of evaluation.” These include an inspection of the company’s facility and processes, an allowance of a test period, during which the company’s products were carefully examined for quality and standard. 

Also, the letter indicated that CWG is “hereby licensed to perform the activities Payment Terminal Service Provider (PTSP) for Point-of-Sale terminals (POS) in Nigeria,” which came with lots of excitement as the year kicked off in earnest for the CWG team.

A testimonial for CWG:
The PTSP license, DigitalSENSE Business News gathered certifies that a company has the infrastructure to competently deploy, maintain and provide support for POS terminals in Nigeria. According to the CBN, “A PTSP shall offer services to acquirers covering all aspects relating to terminal management support, including but not limited to purchase and replacement of spare parts, provision of connectivity, training, repairs, and development of value added services, amongst other things.”

Excited founder and Chief Executive Officer, CWG, Mr. Austin Okere, noted that the license is a testimony to the capability CWG Plc to competently deploy functional PoS terminals to the market at a time when CBN is vigorously pursuing the ideal of making the Nigerian business clime a cashless model. 

He pointed out that although the number of POS terminals increased to about 125,000 as at June last year and the value of PoS transactions increased to about N138 billion during the same period, statistics from the apex bank also indicate that about 46 per cent of adult Nigerians have no access to financial services. 

For Okere, the track record of CWG in the financial services sector as indicated in the deployment of its Finacle core banking application to foremost banks in Nigeria, technical platforms for First monie and Diamond Yello account, are pointers to the capacity to be instrumental to the actualization of a truly cashless economy.

Why CWG 2.0 made a debut:
The Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Mr. James Agada, said that CWG’s quest to deploy POS terminals is an integral part of her new business module christened CWG 2.0. The deployment of which he said, include POS terminals, business package for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), just as he projected there should be 17million terminals if there are over 17 million existing SMEs in the country, which would aid the growth of smaller businesses and consolidate the cashless economy initiative of the government.

Mr. Agada pointed out that these terminals will be tailored to suite the specific peculiarities of SMEs and could work anywhere. 

“It will also allow merchants do more since it has multiple payment option. This means that a merchant can receive payments for bills, sell Jamb pins, airtime and importantly, keep inventory of sales using the same POS terminal. This will be our quota to enabling inclusive growth in the economy,” Agada said.

The day NBC boss visited CWG:
Then, a few days later, the Director General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) Mr. Emeka Mba has commended the Computer Warehouse Group Plc (CWG) led by Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mr. Austin Okere, over its teleport facility, reports DigitalSENSE Business News.

He used the opportunity of the visit to commend CWG, its management, saying the visit afforded his team to inspect CWG’s satellite facility that will serve as the support base for the soon to be launched SES digital TV platform.

He also applauded CWG’s vision for introducing a free to air Direct-To-Home (DTH) Television to the Nigerian broadcasting populace. 

“The idea of a free to air satellite TV platform is novel to the TV experience of average Nigerians. Its coverage capacity will be instrumental in our quest to take quality broadcasting to every corner of the nation. More so, it will allow indigenous stations compete competently and affordably with regional and global ones, in terms of picture and content quality,” he said.

Mr. Mba assured CWG management that NBC will provide the necessary support required to make certain this project is a success.

A warm welcome:
Welcoming the NBC delegation with a presentation, the Head, Presales at CWG, Mr. Gbenga Odegbami, gave an overview of CWG’s history of innovation and service excellence. He pointed out that CWG offers integrated ICT solutions that add value to the operations of diverse clientele, using highly skilled and well-motivated workforce.

“At inception, CWG was basically an Information Technology (IT) infrastructure sales firm. The group has since evolved into a pan-African ICT powerhouse, with focus on enabling businesses through strategic partnerships with world-class organizations and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs),” he said. 

CWG, he said, recently innovated her business model to be based on Subscription and Cloud Computing under an umbrella aptly tagged CWG2.0. Odegbami explained, the business concept, of CWG 2.0 is a cloud based subscription business model birthed and driven by the quest to help Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) grow and make notable social impact. 

This, he said, includes Openshopen, an e-commerce platform that allows shop owners open their own virtual stores online; and SMERP, an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution built to assist business owners manage their Accounting and Financial Record Keeping.

Strategic collaboration:
“Our strategic collaboration with SES Astra, a foremost global satellite company to bring the first Direct to Home digital TV is an integral part of our CWG 2.0 vision. The partnership entails SES providing space segment, using their ASTRA 2F satellite, at 28.2 degrees East, while CWG will manage the teleport services required to project the signals to viewers, using high operational standards”, he added.

Addressing NBC delegation earlier, Mr. Austin Okere, thumbed up NBC for its efforts in ensuring that the nation beats the ITU June 17 deadline for migration to digital TV broadcasting. “The CWG/SES platform, beyond being a business idea, is our social impact investment contribution to ensure that none of the 27 million households in Nigeria are left out in the digital TV switchover,” he said.

Initially, Mr. Okere said, visual content will be made available to millions of households at no cost, through a Free to Air (FTA) medium. Stressing that secondly, CWG is offering a platform that will enable broadcasters deliver their content to a broader audience cost-effectively. 

“Most importantly, our platform offers the nation the opportunity of meeting the core requirements needed to beat the ITU transition to digital broadcasting deadline,” he assured.

Conclusion:
With the above, it is expected that CWG year in 2015 will be a beehive of activities across its operations, which has been predicted to rub off on Nigeria.

DigitalSENSE Business News recalls that CWG was operations in September, 1992 as Computer Warehouse Limited with only Four (4) staff members to undertake hardware projects.  Five (5) years later, DCC Networks, the communications arm of the group was established to provide VSAT, Metropolitan, Wide Area and Local area networks to corporate organisations. In 1999, based on the existing demands in the area of software solutions, system and training, Expert Edge Software was acquired.

In pursuit of its Pan-African Vision, Computer Warehouse Group has established its regional offices in west, East and central Africa. CWG Ghana limited (2003), CWG Uganda Limited (2010) and CWG Cameroon Limited (2012) to handle the business interest of these regions.

On the 6th of March, 2012, CWG merged with its three (3) subsidiaries; CWL Systems , ExpertEdge Software and DCC Networks, thereby leaving CWG as the only surviving entity within the group and the subsidiaries becoming divisions. 

Additionally, in February, 2013, CWG ceased to be a Private Limited Company and became a Public Company, hence, on November 15, 2013, CWG Plc listed its shares on the Nigerian Stock Exchange, which saw to the boosting of the market capitalization of the NSE by about N14 billion naira, making CWG Plc the highest capitalized security in the ICT sector, as it matches to actualize its vision of being Africa’s Number one IT platform service provider by 2020.

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