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Monday, July 16, 2018

BREAKING NEWS: 9mobile office shut over illegal revenue drive, ALTON berates Rivers State - ITREALMS Online

The Association of Licensed Telecommunication Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) has decried the illegal revenue generating drives by the officials of the Rivers State Inland Revenue Service (RIRS) which lead to the shutting of a regional office and hub site of one of its members, the 9mobile, reports ITRealms.

The shutdown, ALTON said has been shut down for the past three weeks because of illegal demand notice, since June 26, 2018.

ALTON in a letter to the chairman, Rivers State Inland Revenue Service condemning what it termed as “over zealousness in their illegal revenue generating drives in the State” as surprising.

“We understand that the sealing of EMTS Premises is to compel the collection of alleged tax liability in the subject amount, which represents its disputed outstanding tax liability arising from Pay-As-You-Earn (PAYE) of expatriates, erroneously believed by the RIRS to be subject to tax within the Rivers State,” ALTON chairman, Gbenga Adebayo said.

ALTON insisted that PAYE obligations are to states in which the employees reside, and EMTS did not have any expatriate(s) on its payroll who reside in Rivers State within the assessment period, EMTS is clearly not indebted to the Government of Rivers State for the alleged tax.

EMTS, ALTON pointed, had, at several meetings and by various correspondence explained and maintained that it is not indebted to the Government of Rivers State as alleged by the RIRS, as it has never had expatriate employees working or residing in the state, and provided relevant documents in support of its position. 

Therefore, ALTON categorically reiterated that EMTS is not indebted to the Government of Rivers State and that the sealing of EMTS’ Premises is illegal, especially as it was carried out without a court order and without adherence to the due process of law.

“The conduct of the RIRS in this regard, apart from being a clear contravention of the law, goes against the efforts of Government at improving Nigeria’s position on the global Ease of Doing Business index, to encourage foreign investment. Also by applying self-help remedies especially in a situation where the claim is erroneous, the RIRS has portrayed the State in very bad light as unfriendly and not welcoming of investors,” ALTON maintained.

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Obama watched World Cup final in Kenya, launches Sauti Kuu project - ITREALMS Online

The former United States (US) President, Barrack Obama, on Sunday watched the World Cup final from the city of Nairobi, Kenya, just as he launched Sauti Kuu Foundation project, reports ITRealms.

Mr. Obama who arrived in Kenya on Sunday afternoon in commencement of his two-day visit to Kenya kicked off with a courtesy visit on President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House, Nairobi.

While welcoming the 44th US President in Kenya Sunday afternoon, President Kenyatta commended Mr Obama for keeping his promise to visit the country after his service as US president.

ITRealms recalls that Mr Obama had made the promise when he last visited Kenya in 2015.

President Kenyatta also congratulated the former US president for establishing the Obama Foundation which seeks to empower the youth to become the agents of change in Africa.

The two leaders agreed that the youth in Africa could become the continent’s most valuable asset if their energy and creativity are effectively harnessed.

In addition, Mr Obama would be inaugurating the Sauti Kuu Foundation’s project, a youth centre set up by his half-sister, Auma Obama.

He also visited his father’s ancestral village in Kenya’s South-western Siaya County on Monday and danced to some traditional music with his grandmother Sarah Obama, who was cladded in traditional garb, and was drawn onto the dance floor and getting down to some music by President Obama.

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US seeks Nigerian delegation to 2018 Global Security Exchange - ITRealms Online

The United States Commercial Service office in Lagos is recruiting an official Nigerian delegation to attend the Global Security Exchange (GSX) 2018, at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, United States of America, reports ITRealms.

The Global Security Exchange (GSX) 2018, formerly the ASIS Annual Seminar and Exhibits, is an International Buyer Program (IBP) scheduled to hold on September 23rd – 27th, 2018.

ITRealms gathered that GSX is the world’s largest association for security management professionals and is the globally recognized leader for Education, Networking, and Information Resources and builds on a six-decade legacy of event excellence, uniting the full spectrum of security—cyber and operational security professionals from across the private and public sectors, allied organizations and partners, and the industry’s leading solution providers—for the most comprehensive security event in the world.

Officials also informed ITRealms that at GSX, promises a diverse community of security practitioners—from entry level to CSO, to operational and cybersecurity experts, executive protection specialists, IoT security professionals, and everyone in between—ready to exchange ideas, best practices, and business cards.

Interested participants, ITRealms gathered that only individuals with valid U.S. visas will be given priority due to the challenges in getting visa interview dates.

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N5.4trn debt: Ekeh urges FG to leverage technology against corporate debtors - ITREALMS Online

Africa’s leading technology entrepreneur, Dr. Leo-Stan Ekeh, has urged the Federal Government (FG) to leverage information and communication technologies (ICTs) in reducing the growing incidences of corporate debts and usher in an era of unprecedented boom and sanity in the Nigerian economy, reports ITRealms.

Ekeh made this call while delivering the Guest Lecture at the maiden edition of the 2018 Nigerian Online Merit Awards (NiOMA) held last weekend at Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja.

According to him, technology will resolve much of the contemporary problems facing the Nigerian state if holistically applied, noting that the country will benefit immensely if the government turns to technology in its search for lasting solutions to the challenges confronting the economy.

He pointed out that the recent revelation by the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) that, about 350 Nigerians account for 80 per cent of its N5.4 trillion debt portfolio and the refusal of majority of these debtors to liquidate their indebtedness is an issue that could be easily resolved through the application of technology if there exists accurate data of how these debts arose.

“It could also be that the government at different levels, are partially responsible for some of these debts, especially if they were unable to meet their obligations to some of these corporates,” he said.

Ekeh acknowledged that the present debt profile should be a case study for upcoming entrepreneurs or part of the issues to be dissected by data analysts on why some of these businesses failed, noting that this may also reveal a lot of insider compromises on the part of the lenders so that sincere lessons could be learnt and better structure and systems put in place to avert a recurrence.

“Working in concert with the Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System (NIBSS), the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Attorney General of the Federation and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for enforcement purposes,” he said.

In addition, Ekeh proffered that AMCON could leverage a simple technology application that makes it easy to access the bank balances of debtors across all the various banks in Nigeria.

This, he said, could be a mandatory requirement for the extension of loans and credit facilities and will foster more responsible borrowing as the lenders can easily debit the accounts of borrowers upon due date to recover sums extended.

“This will not only reduce the growing profile and negative trend of corporate debts, with its attendant detrimental effect on the economy but will also expose many Nigerians who are publicly hailed as billionaires but who are only living large off depositors’ money, while frustrating further lending to start ups,” he stated.

Disclosing the many ways he has relied on technology to ramp up efficiency in his various businesses and simplify complex processes, Ekeh revealed that by next week, he would be trying out a new Enterprise application that will simplify transaction with bankers, irrespective of the numbers.

“This application will give us control over all of our bank accounts instead of relying on bank staff to implement our instruction at their convenience.”

He also disclosed that the new warehouses widely reported as recently acquired by e-commerce giant Konga were equipped with digital cameras with data analytics and artificial intelligence capabilities which can easily detect fraud and random inconsistencies such as a change in the appearance of an individual or item captured on entry into the facilities. Most importantly, these cameras are cloud based.

Urging the government to commit more resources to technology in resolving the unemployment challenges and drive the nation towards rapid development, Ekeh cited the influence of technology in the political space which has reduced post-election litigations from 87% to about 33%, noting that this will further reduce to 11% or thereabouts with the adoption of electronic voting, if funded by the government.

“Technology does not lie; it is either you are right or wrong. With technology, you can do unimaginable things. You don’t even need to go through the four walls of a University to acquire quality education,” Ekeh enthused.

The Zinox Chairman who spoke on the theme – Leveraging the Internet Revolution to leapfrog Nigeria’s development – affirmed that Information Technology will disrupt the Nigerian economy positively by the year 2023, creating immense opportunities and new wealth for many Nigerians. Noting that this will happen irrespective of the status of leadership at the helm of affairs in the country, Ekeh urged attendees at the event to prepare for the coming disruption.

While appreciating the organizers and Publisher of News Express, Mr. Isaac Umunna, Ekeh who received the ICT Icon of the Year award at the event also seized the opportunity to recognize the media for the long years of support in spreading the ICT gospel, even as he declared his intention to stand down from participation at many of such future events in order to allow the younger generation and his son, Prince Nnamdi Ekeh, founder of Yudala to take the stage as he believes they have better global education and exposure to lead the nation to the digital promised land.

Among dignitaries in attendance at the event was former Executive Vice-Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Dr. Ernest Ndukwe who chaired the event; Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode represented by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Kehinde Bamigbetan; Publisher of the Guardian Newspapers, Mrs. Maiden Ibru; former Vice-Chancellor, Obafemi Awolowo University and Chairman, Editorial Board of the Guardian, Prof. Wale Omole and Editor, Vanguard Newspapers, Mr. Eze Anaba, among others.

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NFIU Act: MIIVOC warns, danger not yet averted, lauds Buhari, NASS - ITREALMS Online


A Civil Society Organisation (CSO), the Media Initiative Against Injustice, Violence and Corruption-(MIIVOC) has warned that despite assenting to the Nigeria Financial Intelligence Unit Bill by President, Muhammadu Buhari, danger is yet to be averted for the country, reports ITRealms.

MIIVOC Executive Director, Dr. Walter Duru who gave the warning while addressing newsmen in Calabar, weekend however commended President Muhammadu Buhari for assenting to the Bill, even as he praised the National Assembly for passing same.

Speaking on what needs to be done urgently, Duru stressed that “assenting to the NFIU Bill is a good development, but, that is not enough. Sending the name of a fit and proper person as head of the Unit to the National Assembly for consideration requires extreme urgency. 

The National Assembly may be going on recess in the last week of July and the President needs to act fast in the interest of the country. Setting up of a befitting office, with all structures, staffing and paraphernalia must be done without delay. Having a law in place without effective implementation does not do the country any good.”

Speaking on the implications of the new law, Duru described the development as amounting to rekindling of hope for Nigeria’s escape from looming international sanctions, while strengthening the country’s Anti-money Laundering and Counter financing of terrorism regime.

According to him, “the NFIU Act establishes a legal framework for a national center that will be responsible for the receipt of information from financial institutions and designated non-financial institutions, analysis of the financial information for the purpose of turning the information into financial intelligence and dissemination of the financial intelligence to all law enforcement agencies and other competent persons. The Act ensures that the NFIU is not tied to any agency but will have adequate measures to build an independent financial intelligence system.”

Continuing, Duru called on the National Assembly to urgently pass the Proceeds of Crime, Mutual Assistance in criminal matters and Whistle Blowers/Witness Protection Bills, as well as an updated/amended version of the Money Laundering and Terrorism Prevention Acts, to brighten the country’s chances of escaping the hammer of the international community.

“Remember, Nigeria remains suspended from the Egmont Group of FIUs, meaning that the country has not been receiving external financial intelligence since July, 2017 and this will remain in force until the suspension is lifted. The above steps are the surest way out of the country’s present difficult situation,” he stressed.

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APC says PDP is dead with Ekiti victory - ITREALMS Online

With the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the just-concluded Ekiti governorship election, the party said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is dead, reports ITRealms.

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, made this assertion on Sunday in response to the APC victory in the Ekiti election last Saturday, adding that “Nigeria people have spoken, and they have spoken loudly, about their perception of the APC-led Buhari Administration.”

Further, he claimed that the election was more than one state's gubernatorial poll.

“It was a referendum on the performance of the Buhari Administration. And Nigerians have given their verdict! It's not just a defeat for the PDP, it's a defeat for all the naysayers who have made themselves the spokespersons for Nigerians,” he declared.

The Minister further said, it is a death knell for fake news! Anyone who monitored the social media before and during the election would think it would be a landslide for the PDP. But the reality is different.

“We want to most sincerely thank the people of Ekiti State for ensuring that the election was free, fair and credible, as attested to by local and international observers, and for turning out en masse to exercise their franchise,” he said.

In 2014, he alleged that the votes of the people of Ekiti did not count as the then PDP-led Federal Government used federal might to hijack the election and concoct the result. They barred two serving Governors from travelling to Ekiti to support their fellow Governor. They wilfully shut the Akure airport and we, leaders of then opposition APC, were forced to return to Lagos by road in the night.

With the roles reversed in 2018, we did not pay the PDP back in its own coin, because of our strong belief in the rule of law. The rest is history 

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Why Ikeja Electric deployed ACRM to reduce downtime - ITREALMS Online

Leading Electricity Distribution Company, the Ikeja Electric Plc, has recently deployed Automatic Circuit Recloser Mechanisms (ACRM) around its Akute network axis, in a bid to improve the turn-around time for resolving faults on the network, reports ITRealms.

The device, which is used in overhead distribution systems maintenance to interrupt the circuit and clear faults, is considered a game changer in reducing downtime. The Automatic Reclosers have electronic control sensors and vacuum interrupters that automatically recloses to restore service if a fault is temporary.

According to the Chief Technical Coordinator of Ikeja Electric, Engr. Sunday Oyewole, any interruption on the network or line would cause the network to open a safety trigger or fail safe that cuts off supply to customers. This disruption generally requires a manual patrol of the network by a Technical Team, which may take several hours or days, as the case may be, for the fault to be detected and rectified before supply can be restored.

However, with the installation of the device, Engr. Oyewole confirmed that ‘the recloser automatically restores supply where a fault is temporary, which in practical terms means that instead of the extended timeframe that it may take for the lines to be patrolled and the system closed manually for customers to enjoy supply, the system automatically attempts to close and restore after a few minutes. It is vital and safe, especially in this season where power is often interrupted by storms and the rain when branches and other debris interfere with the network”.

He also pointed out that the newly acquired mechanisms were part of IE’s approved network technical expansion plan, though requiring significant financial investments. He commended customers who dutifully settled their financial obligations to IE, noting that without the inflow of funds, such investments towards strengthening and expanding the network would be hampered.

The Automated Recloser Mechanism will pilot in Akute network area following which it will be deployed on a graduated basis across the entire business network.

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Glamour, intellectual feast as winners emerge in @2018 NiOMA - ITREALMS Online

It was a of fun, glamour and intellectual feast as the maiden edition of the Nigerian Online Merit Award (NiOMA) held Friday night, July 13, at the Function Suite of Lagos Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja, reports ITRealms.

The event, chaired by former Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Dr. Ernest Ndukwe, drew a full house to the main hall of the upscale hotel.

About a dozen outstanding players in Nigeria’s online space were honoured at the event spiced up with comedy and musical performances. They include Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State, who emerged the e-Governor of the Year, and Africa’s Serial Digital Entrepreneur, Leo Stan Ekeh, who was honoured as ICT Icon of the Year. 

Other winners included Akwa Ibom State (Best State Website) and Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), which won the MDA of the Year award. Three winners emerged in the banking category, namely, Zenith (Platinum), Fidelity (Gold) and Access (Silver). 

Similarly, there were three winners in the newspaper category – Vanguard (Platinum), The Guardian (Silver) and Daily Trust (Silver).

Anchoring the intellectual aspect of the event, Leo Stan Ekeh and Dr. Ernest Ndukwe held the audience spell-bound as they critically X-rayed topical ICT issues facing the Nigerian nation and highlighted how the online revolution could be leveraged to leapfrog the country’s development.

The night, which opened with a welcome address by NiOMA Organising Committee Chairman, Mr. Lanre Alabi, also witnessed the debut of the all-gloss NIOMA Infotech Trends, an annual magazine.

Among dignitaries that graced the event were Governor Ambode, who was represented by the State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Kehinde Bamigbetan; Publisher of The Guardian, Mrs. Maiden Ibru; former Vice Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University, Prof. Wale Omole, and Vanguard Editor, Mr. Eze Anaba, among others.

A brainchild of Nigeria’s leading daily online newspaper, News Express Nigeria, NiOMA is designed to celebrate outstanding individuals and corporates driving the Nigerian online revolution.

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Pix: Some of the winners of the 2018 NiOMA . . . Friday night at Lagos Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Murder: Man in police net for killing sibling after mother was assaulted, stripped naked - ITREALMS Online

John Okoye, 28 and indigene of Umuchibu village in Awba-Ofemili, Awka North local government area of Anambra State, is now in police net for killing his elder brother, Osita Okoye, 32, who reportedly beat-up their mother and naked her over family land squabbles, reports ITRealms.

Osita, ITRealms gathered, was a farmer and first son of the family was allegedly murdered during a confrontation by his younger brother, John, 28, in self-defense, for purportedly beating and stripping their mother naked over land dispute with a cousin, for her intervention.

Their mother, Mrs. Joy Okoye, 58, confirmed to correspondent that trouble started in her family when the de­ceased (Osita) had a disagreement with a cousin whose name could not be ascertained at the time of going to press, over farmland borderline.

“After cook­ing on that fateful night, I was in­side the house resting when Osita returned home. After his bath, I offered him food but he asked me to forget about the food because he had a more pressing issue to discuss with me. He said he had a misunderstanding with one of his cousins from my family over a land mark and that he reported the case to security agents (vigilante).

“I tried without success to let him see reasons why the issue would have been resolved within the larger family (kindred), instead of involving security men for his cousin brother. That was how he erupted and branded me unprintable names. He even asked me to leave his presence.

“He raised his voice but I tried to calm him down because it was late already, around 10pm. I went to lock the door just not to let out our discussion to neighbours but he went after me and flung the door wide open. I also explained why he should not fight with his cousin over the land. The explanation did not go down well with him.

“Before I could sit down, he slapped me and tore my dress. I ran to the back yard to get a cover for myself. It was in the process that my second child [John] came to my rescue. John tried to pacify him to no avail and questioned the rationale behind beating me. He [John] told him it was late already and that he should stop disturbing other neighbours. But instead of listening to him, he (the deceased) ran into the house and collected knife to fight his brother.

“I tried to hold him back not to fight his brother with the knife, he collected the torch which I was holding and struck it against the wall and pounced on his brother, hitting him with the object twice in quick succession. John defended himself by forcefully snatching the knife from him, which led to a fatal injury that eventually claimed his life after he had bled profusely with no vehicle available to rush him to hospital.”

The distressed mother, who condemned the deceased’s hot temper and stubbornness, said that if he had not resorted to retaliatory actions the unfortunate incident would not have happened, noting that it was difficult to separate him whenever he fought.

While appealing to the Anambra state government to intervene in the matter by asking the police to release her son, John, and allow them to settle the case amicably within the family.

“... John and Osita are my only children. So, John is now my only possession. Now that he is in police custody, no one is giving him food and there is no transport fare to go see him. What will I be living for again and none of them is married; their father died some years back”, she bewailed.

The police public relations officer for Anambra state, SP Haruna Muhammed, confirmed the incident and said that the police will arraign the suspect, John, before the court after investigation is concluded for alleged murder.

As at press time, John was still in police custody in Achalla Police divi­sion, awaiting investigation while the deceased had been buried pending other burial rites.

Speaking to ITRealms on the matter, the traditional ruler of Awba-Ofemili, HRH Ezekwesili Maduagwuna confirmed the incident but said the Police is handling the case, reiterated the report by their mother that Osita’s death resulted from self-defense by John.

He also lamented that the community health centre if functional should have bridged the bleeding and the death should have been averted. He assured that efforts are being made for the rehabilitation of the health centre for optimal function.

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Pix: Mrs. Joy Okoye, mother of the deceased, Osita Okoye.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Nigeria’s population requires commensurate economic growth says MeCAM - ITREALMS Online

Nigeria must multiply its efforts to strengthen the economy and provide all the necessary social and physical infrastructure to keep up with the country's explosive population growth, the Media Centre Against Child Malnutrition (MeCAM) has said, reports ITRealms.
MeCAM is a media advocacy group against child malnutrition and determines to strengthen the agro-nutrition capacity and interest of its members professionally in contribution to nation-building, for emancipation from extreme hunger especially in children, women and society, centred on Goal 2 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
MeCAM National Coordinator, Remmy Nweke said in a press statement commemorating the World Population Day that Nigeria’s estimated 192m population is not sustainable and may well worsen its security challenges and leave more children malnourished, unless it is matched by commensurate economic growth and infrastructure.
“Such infrastructure must include affordable and accessible medical facilities that would not only boost public health but will offer all the assistance for family planning to check unwanted pregnancy and keep population in check as well as have healthy children,” according to the statement.
“Overpopulation begets insecurity especially on food and put pressure on family fiscal economy, could lead to school dropouts, and lack of money for balance diet which is key to effective breastfeeding by mothers.
“Importantly, MECAM urges the government to make life more abundant for the people by working on all the fundamentals of the economy that would support its population. Also, we call on the governments to double their efforts on education, health care and access to other basic needs so that the rising population would be an asset instead of liabilities and source of security threats.”

Commemorated every July 11, the World Population Day was established by the then-Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme in 1989, an outgrowth of the interest generated by the Day of Five Billion, which was observed on 11 July 1987. The objective is to focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues. This year’s commemoration was themed “Family Planning is a Human Right”.
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Self-Powering Smart Cities - ITREALMS

The cost of renewable energies such as tidal and wave power in the open sea, wind and solar power have come down greatly in recent years but they are rarely considered viable for base power, largely because of the energy storage needed. As this gets solved by going beyond lithium-ion batteries, there are great growth opportunities for supercapacitors and reflow batteries in the $30 billion off-grid and the huge on-grid energy market. 

Radically improved supercapacitors will provide short term storage such as at turn-of-tide (8 of the top 10 cities are on the sea) and new batteries will provide longer term storage such as overnight for solar. The IDTechEx Research reports, Redox Flow Batteries 2018-2028: Markets, Trends, Applications and Supercapacitor Technologies and Markets 2018-2028 explain fully. Electricity will be made where it is needed as we bypass increasing attacks on long grid powerlines by cyberterrorists and increasingly violent weather. Self-Powering Smart Cities 2018-2028, a recent IDTechEx Research report envisages more

Reflow batteries are usually non-flammable, environmentally friendly, can be repaired, are relatively non-toxic and have lifespans of at least 10,000 cycles, maintaining 90% of their capacity over 20 years. Supercapacitors store energy more briefly but delight with longer life than either of them and effectively infinite cycle life: their power density is magnitudes ahead. The new IDTechEx Research report, Supercapacitor Materials and Technology Roadmap 2019-2029 scopes pseudocapacitor variants approaching lithium-ion battery energy density. 

Most supercapacitor options are non-toxic and non-flammable. Astoundingly, Imperial College London supercapacitors now form load-bearing structures of lighter weight than the dumb structure they replace. This “negative mass energy”, puts batteries on the back foot as the bulky, heavier option now. Currently all batteries, even new solid state ones, swell and shrink in use so they cannot become load-bearing smart materials.

Raghu Das CEO of IDTechEx says, “The Levelised Cost of Electricity for the best wind and solar plants has plummeted to below most coal, nuclear and gas plants. However, wind and solar are severely intermittent, this being usefully reduced but not eliminated by combining the two. The situation will improve as wind turbines grow higher to where winds are stronger at night and more consistent in the day. As they cease to be viable beyond 300 meters, new Airborne Wind Energy grabs wind at up to 2000 meters. 

There, the wind is even faster, and even more consistent and power produced increases as the cube of the wind speed. Supercapacitors can provide the brief energy storage needed as AWE is cycled like a kite. First commercial AWE arrived this year at 60kW: 1MW units approach.” See the IDTechEx Research report, Airborne Wind Energy (AWE) 2018-2028.

Another option is combination with the new wave and tidal power that has no infrastructure. See the IDTechEx Research report, Wave, Tidal and Hydro Power 1W-10MW 2018-2038. Self-powering smart cities like Belmont California and Facebook’s Toronto suburb are on the way as Oregon and other cities even make electricity from their water supply pipes and 110 solar road projects are proceeding globally. 

The IDTechEx Research report Smart Glass and Windows 2018-2028: Electronic Shading and Semi-Transparent PV convinces that 1MW solar windows in a high rise are in prospect. A Saudi car park provides 10MW – the whole demand for a nearby high-rise office block. Indeed, Ulleung Island Korea will provide its 7MW for 10,000 residents entirely from wind, solar, geothermal and small hydro power, ditching diesel completely.

*Contributed by Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx

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Konga acquires 2 mega warehouses @Abuja, PH - ITREALMS

In line with its ambition to take e-commerce in Nigeria to the next level, ensure same day delivery to its teeming customers and accommodate first rate merchants, Konga, Nigeria’s e-commerce giant, is set to roll out two mega warehouses in Abuja and Port Harcourt next month.

The Abuja warehouse which is centrally located and about 78,000 square feet in size will serve the Northern region while that of Port Harcourt which is about 147,000 square feet will function as a major hub for the South/South and South Eastern parts of the country.

While the newly refurbished warehouse in Lagos is expected to serve Lagos and other Western states, new warehousing facilities are also being developed in Owerri, Enugu, Ibadan and Uyo to bring the Konga brand closest to customers and merchants as it plans to roll out same day delivery and relaunch Pay On Delivery in major cities.

Described as the first of its kind on this side of the Atlantic, the warehouses have been certified by global IT warehousing/logistics agencies as best in class in Africa and equipped with state-of-the-art security, automation and Cloud infrastructure.

Both warehouses, highly secure structures and comprehensively insured by a leading insurance company, will provide much-needed and in demand storage spaces for Konga’s growing merchants, enabling these partners who sell on Konga’s platform to stock their goods for instant access and order fulfilment to customers.

In addition, the warehouses will go a long way in helping Konga carry out physical inspection of product quality, achieve same day delivery and meet global standards in e-commerce.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Online, Nick Imudia noted that the set-up of the warehouses and upgrading of our technologies some of the many innovative strategies the company is unveiling to uplift standards in the e-commerce sector.

“At Konga, we are passionate about customer satisfaction. With these warehouses in Abuja and Port Harcourt, our customers will enjoy the added luxury of same day delivery of their items irrespective of their locations within the regions. For our merchants, it is also a chance to take advantage of greater storage capacity for their goods and products, allowing them to do larger volumes and grow their business.

“We are constantly working round the clock behind the scenes to set new standards and raise the bar of service excellence in the e-commerce industry. Some of our innovations and world-class strategies are gradually being unveiled and these massive warehousing facilities are one of such innovations. More of them will be unveiled in August and the coming months,” he enthused.

Widely renowned for genuine products, secure payment options and swift delivery, Konga is keen to revolutionize the e-commerce space in Nigeria and beyond - a factor that has seen the new management of the company working hard behind the scenes to leverage its composite structure and fusion of online and offline in ensuring an unprecedented level of world class customer experience, improved standards and growth in the Nigerian and African e-commerce eco-system.

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

NiOMA unveils 12 nominees for maiden awards - ITREALMS Online

Twelve outstanding players in Nigeria’s online space have been unveiled as nominees for honours at the maiden Nigerian Online Merit Award (NiOMA) holding tomorrow, Friday, July 13, 2018, at the Main Hall of Lagos Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja, reports ITRealms.

A statement issued on Thursday in Lagos by NiOMA Organising Committee Chairman, Mr. Lanre Alabi, identified some of the nominees as Honourable Minister for Communications, Barr. Adebayo Shittu; Africa’s Serial Digital Entrepreneur, Leo Stan Ekeh; and GovernorAkinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State. Others, according to the statement, are Akwa Ibom State, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), three banks (Zenith, Fidelity and Access), as well as three national dailies, namely, VanguardThe Guardian and Daily Trust.

The event, according to the statement, would feature a Lecture by Leo Stan Ekeh that will critically X-ray topical ICT issues facing the Nigerian nation and highlight how the online revolution could be leveraged to leapfrog the country’s development.

“The event, which starts by 6pm and will be a celebration of some of the key drivers of the Nigerian internet revolution. It will be chaired by former Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Dr. Ernest Ndukwe, and will witness the unveiling of the all-gloss NIOMA Infotech Trends magazine,” Alabi said.

He assured that the event “will be a grand one as it will attract senior executives, top government functionaries, industry leaders, market analysts, professional groups and diverse economy sectoral leaders, among others.”

A brainchild of Nigeria’s leading daily online newspaper, News Express Nigeria (newsexpressngr.com), NiOMA is designed to celebrate outstanding individuals and corporates driving the Nigerian online revolution.

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Galadimawa Massacre: Ekhomu calls for Police reforms - ITREALMS Online

President of the Association of Industrial Security and Safety Operators of Nigeria (AISSON), Dr. Ona Ekhomu has called on the Federal Government (FG) to initiate urgent reforms of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) to save police lives, reports ITRealms.

Reacting to the killing of seven gallant officers at Galadimawa, recently, he urged the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Idris to deploy his best investigative assets – human and technical to detect the actual perpetrators.

He also said reforms were overdue as evidenced by the rise in killings all over the country, intentional targeting of law enforcement officers and extremely high fear index in the country.

Dr. Ekhomu who mourned the killed police officers, advised the Nigerian media to honor and humanize the dead police heroes by identifying them, showing their pictures and telling stories about who they were and what they liked and what their goals in life were.  He said: “Nigerians deserve to know who these heroes were.

“No hero serving his fatherland should be left behind in the field of battle. All heroes are heroes” he declared, stressing that these men laid down their lives so the rest of us can live in a civilized society and must be honored for their sacrifice.

He called for a special tips hotline to take information on the police murders, urging the police management to provide a bounty of N20million for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the perpetrators.  “The killers are out there and somebody knows them.  In the sub-culture of crime, they brag about these gory incidents.  Someone somewhere has this information but does not know how to get it to the authorities,” he added.

Ekhomu who is a Security and Criminology lecturer in the University of Lagos said that the proposed police reforms must be aimed at transforming the security institution from its current dysfunctional state into an agency that can play an effective, legitimate and democratically accountable role in providing effective and measurable security services to Nigerians.

He described the current internal security architecture as defective and decayed. As the primary internal security organ, the police agency must reform to achieve its constitutional mandate of ensuring security for Nigerians. He said that service, integrity and professionalism must become the guiding principles of policing to regain public trust and respect.

He said that current police structures and processes need to be studied and improved for greater performance. He advised that reforms must be teleological and not hodge-podge.

He advised that Police reforms must balance the challenges of insecurity with the needs of development and the imperatives of human rights. He said that the NPF must continue to be depoliticized despite the government in power.

Ekhomu advised all policemen to display a keener sense of security awareness as they are exposed to vicious criminals who appear intent on spilling police blood.

He advised policemen on street duty to be professional, courteous and shun corrupt practices.  He advised uniformed policemen to be well turned out, be well-behaved, be attentive and know that they are constantly being observed by members of the public.

He advised policemen not to be careless with their personal security as life has no duplicate.

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