Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Bilbis unveils eBusiness Life @ ComBIT ‘09

Minister of State for Information and Communications, Alhaji Ikra Aliyu Bilbis, has unveiled the eBusiness Life magazine in Lagos at the just concluded ComBIT, an annual exhibition of the Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON).

Bilbis who represented President, Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar’ Adua, at ComBIT noted that over the years, ICT has impacted on all facets of the economy, and has been witnessed also in the media industry in the country.

The Minister expressed happiness over the magazine, saying he was impressed and commended eBusiness Life on its mission, vision and focus on ICT users in the area of educating, informing and enlightening them on trends and new developments in the ICT industry both locally and internationally which he believed, could drastically move the country forward.

In the same vein, the National president of ATCON, Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem also commended the mission of e-Business Life Magazine,

“I like the motto and mission of e-Business Life, “to inform and educate ICT users, which includes government, the operators, students, academia and decision makers among others. To inform them of what? You used one word in your letter “trends” in the ICT industry. Am very impressed by that,” the ATCON boss said.

Responding, the Editor-in-Chief, e-Business Life magazine, Mrs. Ufuoma Emuophedaro, explained that the medium was incorporated early this year as a monthly ICT periodical focused on bringing better information that would link users and service providers as well as build, empower and inspire women in Nigeria to take their place of pride in this new global economy.

“Our mission is to inform and educate ICTs users on trends and developments both locally and internationally to build, empower, and inspire women for greater participation in ICT; to be a voice for ICT consumers in the country as well as empower youths to deploy ICTs in developing their communities,” she said.

Mrs. Emuophedaro also said that e-Business Life magazine is focused on the digital life style, thus reporting news in such a way that everyone using ICT in one form or the other will understand the technologies they are using.

“e-Business Life is not meant for only ICT professionals, but largely aimed at ICT Users, students, the elites and the decision makers of ICT related issues of companies,” she said.

She further said that the eBusiness Life is prepared towards covering the entire nation as users of ICT are not restricted to only Lagos, Port Harcourt and our Abuja.

“We are poised to spread our distribution network across other major cities in Nigeria such as Asaba, Warri, Benin-City, Enugu, Owerri, Kaduna, Kano and Jos in addition to Lagos, Port Harcourt and Abuja,” she declared.

Commenting on the efforts of the magazine, a participant at the conference, Miss Ngozi Raymond, said “The magazine is a good idea because most people do not know how to use or what to expect in ICT. When I was flipping through the pages of the magazine, I discovered a lot of educative write-ups on ICT usage which includes how to use both your laptops and phones, their maintenance, things to avoid, getting more out of your blackberry, using your phones not just as a means of answering calls but to maximize the benefits and so many other things, I found out, it is really a good idea,” she said.

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