" ITREALMS: April 2015

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Earthquate: ITU deploys emergency communication equipment in Nepal


The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has deployed emergency telecommunication equipment in Nepal following the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit the country on last Saturday, 25 April 2015, reports ITRealms

The emergency equipment, ITRealms gathered includes 35 satellite mobile phones and 10 satellite Broadband Global Area Network terminals along with solar panels and laptops to support relief coordination efforts.

“I would like to express my deepest condolences to the people and the Government of Nepal following loss of life even as the toll continues to rise and widespread devastation across the country,” said ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao. “The emergency communication equipment sent by ITU will help restore vital communication links that are essential to coordinate relief and rescue efforts.”

“Emergency telecommunications play a critical role in the immediate aftermath of disasters,” said Mr Brahima Sanou, Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau. “They ensure timely flow of information that is much needed by government agencies and other humanitarian actors involved in rescue operations.”

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), initial government reports confirm that 30 out of 75 districts in the country have been affected in the Western and Central Regions, including Kathmandu Valley. This includes mountainous and hilly terrain in areas where rural populations are widely dispersed as well as some very densely populated cities – the greater Kathmandu area, Bhaktapur and Pokhara.

 At the Third UN Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction held in Sendai, Japan, ITU addressed the importance of linking information and communication technologies to disaster risk reduction.
ITU considers emergency telecommunications an integral part of the post-2015 development agenda.

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‘CWG is Oracle partner of the year award 2015’

Acclaimed leading Pan-African Information and Communication Technology (ICT) company,  the Computer Warehouse Group Plc (CWG),  is the Oracle partner of the year 2015, reports ITRealms.

This, ITRealms gathered follows an award presentation to CWG at the Oracle ‘Spread the Red’ event which held in Lagos to celebrate outstanding partners in the country.

ITRealms recalls that Oracle Specialized Partner of the Year Award is given to Oracle partners in Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) in commemoration of their outstanding performance in identified areas, which includes specialization in Oracle products sales, excellent customer service delivery and innovative value added services.

In addition, ITRealms reports that ‘Partner of the year award winners’ are adjudged by a panel of executives from Oracle EMEA Alliances and Channels. They are also considered as the regions nomination for the Oracle Global Award.

Oracle Nigeria country manager, Mr. Bayo Sanni, said CWG’s commitment to both companies’ partnership drive is satisfactory.

“CWG has been a dependable partner in the Nigerian market space overtime. And, this special award represents our appreciation of their contributions to our business and indeed the entire industry in the out-gone year. “It is also an assurance of our commitment to continue to work closely with you on driving the Oracle business in the bid to actualize our mutual business priorities in 2015”, he said.

For the Chief Executive Officer, CWG Plc, Mr. Austin Okere, the award is a testimony to CWG’s commitment to the provision of business enabling technology solutions in diverse sectors of the economy.

“Our business profile is defined by the deployment of consumer-centric IT products and solutions over the years. In turn, this has distinguished us to be a partner of choice to Original Equipment Manufacturers. The Oracle Partnership award is in recognition of this commitment,” he said.

He pointed out that for his team, this award calls for greater commitments, pointing out that CWG could only build on this to do better.

“We are poised to continue to provide these excellent services and products in the form of solution sales, installation, hands-on trainings, integration, migration, support services to solution optimization and enhancement”, Okere said.

ITRealms further gathered that the Oracle award adds to CWG’s list of local and international recognitions over the years.

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Pix: (L-R) Austin Okere, Founder and Group CEO, CWG Plc; Adebayo Sanni, Country Managing Director, Oracle; Abdulahmed O. Mustapha, DG, Lagos State Financial Systems Management Bureau and Toju Onaiwu, Director, Software, Edo State ICT Agency  during an official visit to Oracle in Lagos recently.

APGA lauds Buhari on mission statement

The All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) has lauded the president-elect, retired General Muhammadu Buhari on his mission statement, reports ITRealms.

APGA in a press statement made available to ITRealms and endorsed by its national publicity secretary, Mr Okwukwe Ibiam alluded to General Buhari’s address to the induction of new legislators of the 8th National Assembly, in Abuja, Wednesday.

“We are particularly intrigued and elated that the President-elect adopted APGA themes in his address, and commend the President-elect's proposition to work with the Nigerian Legislature to increase domicile security across Nigeria; halt the scourge of de-industrialization for the last 3 decades, resulting in migration of skilled labour to other countries; focus on Nigerian Economic base re-structuring, including decreased dependence on oil export revenue; increase Power supply and its general effect on development of small-scale industries around the federation; eradicate devastation and environmental degradation of the Niger Delta; and end endemic corruption,” APGA said.

The party also welcomed specifically the in-coming administrations' goals, which APGA said its particularly touched that the President harped on the scourge of de-industrialization for the past 3 decades, and the migration of unemployed skilled labour to other African countries.

Just as they reminded Buhari it was his unilateral policy in the 80’s that ended for instance, the issue of Government policy and De-Industrialization. “Osisioma, a Nigerian industrial outpost of Aba City, Abia State, is one such de-industrialized location, suffering heavily secondary to a Buhari unilateral policy in the eighties about 3 decades ago

According to APGA spokesman, the abandoned factories and steel frame ruins with reeds from overgrown bushes hanging over them, still lie evident for any to see, especially along the Osisioma Aba - Port Harcourt expressway. 

“Hopefully, this gradually re-surging town, Osisioma will look to benefit from the proposed re-industrialization policies of a Buhari Government. A policy favorable to the local entrepreneurs, who are the architects of the private economic growth in this region of Nigeria,” he said. 
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Passion to Empire Campaign winners gets N3.5million- Microsoft

Winners of the Microsoft Mobile Devices and Services Entrepreneurship Initiative, “Passion to Empire Campaign” at the prize presentation ceremony at Intercontinental Hotel Lagos, smiles home with N3.5million each, including skills and acquisition training sessions at the Enterprise Development Center (EDC) in Pan African University, ITRealms reports.

ITRealms gathered that the 5 winners, Daniel Isa, Emmanuel Ugwueke, Emmanuel Okena, Godwin Benson and Jessica Yahaya, all made it through the top 15 contestants, whose business ideas the judges could not push aside.

The judges, ITRealms gathered, made up of top Nigerian beauty entrepreneur, Tara Fela-Durotoye, CEO Chocolate City Group, Audu Maikori and Co-founder, Jobberman, Opeyemi Awoyemi, had an uphill task short listing for the Top 30.

Mrs. Tara spoke to ITRealms on behalf of the Judges, “Lots of the ideas came from technology, but we also saw ideas from the Agriculture sector and services industry. Initially, the idea was to select the Top 15 to pitch their ideas; however, there were some good ones we could not push aside. The truth is that, Nigeria has a bright future with the kind of minds that we interacted with during the campaign.” She said.

ITRealms also gathered that General Manager, Microsoft Mobile Devices & Services, Mr. Joseph Umunakwe, expressed satisfaction at the successful completion of the event, noting that the campaign is a demonstration of Microsoft’s commitment to helping Entrepreneurs translate their business ideas into reality.

“At the core of Microsoft is productivity. We are continually investing in building devices that enhance productivity to better lives. We are passionate about helping Entrepreneurs build capacity that sets them apart from their peers. Though, these five contestants won the prize money with the crop of young creative minds that entered for the competition and the wonderful ideas shared so far, the future is bright and I must say they are all winners in their own right.” He said.

He further stressed that, aside the prize money presented and the training program at the EDC of the Pan Atlantic University in Lagos, Microsoft under the ‘Cloudprenuer’ project would be offering Top 1000 technology business the opportunity of taking advantage of its cloud service at no cost.

Some of the winners who expressed their joy to ITRealms said that the cash prize would go a long way in helping them actualize their life time goals.

ITRealms learnt that seven of the 1st runners-up were also rewarded with training sessions at the Centre.

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2015 Fastest Ford Mustang, boost 2,200 orders already

Ford Motor Company has received  more than 2,200 orders for the 2015 all-new fastest accelerating high-volume Ford Mustang 5.0-litre, ever offered in Europe with V8 sprints (0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 4.8 seconds, ITRealms reports.

The sixth generation Mustang ITRealms gathered was unveiled on December 5, 2013, in Dearborn, Michigan, New York, Los Angeles, California; Barcelona, Spain, Shanghai, China; and Sydney, Australia.

ITRealms learnt that the 2015 Mustang features a new Independent Rear Suspension (IRS) system, developed specifically for the new model.

The Mustang ITRealms also gathered has attractive features which, differentiates it from the fifth generation Mustang 2005-2014. Notable of these features are widened body by 1.5 inches, 1.4 inches lower body, trapezoidal grille, and a 2.75-inch lower decklid, as well as new colors.

The passenger volume is increased to 84.5 cubic feet, and there are three engines: 2.3 L EcoBoost 310 hp four-cylinder, 3.7 L 300 hp V6, or 5.0 L Coyote 435 hp V8, with either a Getrag six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.

With these features, ITRealms gathered that more than 2,200 customers in Europe have ordered the new Mustang fastback and convertible, which are set to reach dealerships in continental Europe from July and the U.K. from October.

ITRealms learnt that Hermann Salenbauch, Mustang vehicle line director, also confirmed the fast accelerating high-volume of the car. “The new Ford Mustang will be wickedly fast off the line and throw you back in your seat with a thrilling engine soundtrack”, he said.

“But Mustang isn’t just fast in a straight line. The ride and handling will be a revelation for European drivers.” He added.

The all-new Ford Mustang’s high performance engines ITRealms learnt are supported by a standard performance pack that delivers up rated brakes and cooling for high-speed driving. With her sophisticated chassis, body structure, and advanced technology, as learnt, it also helps optimize driving dynamics to deliver the sporty experience Ford Mustang customers demand.

ITRealms gathered that Ford Motor Company is a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, with Michigan manufactures distributing automobiles across six continents and has now made the Mustang available in Nigeria through its Ford dealerships centres.

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GTBank-Lagos Principal Cup Season 6 set for Semi Finals

All is set for the semi final matches of the on-going Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB) Lagos State Principals Cup competition Season 6, ITRealms reports.

The match, ITRealms learnt, is to take place on Wednesday 29th and Thursday 30th of April at the Onikan Stadium, Lagos Island, as Birrel Avenue Senior High School takes on Ikorodu Senior Grammar School, while Ifako Comprehensive Senior High School faces Keke High School.

On the other hand, Ikotun Senior High Ikotun will be taking on Government Senior College, Agege, in the male categories while Ikorodu Senior High School Ikorodu faces Birrel Avenue Senior High School, Sabo.

ITRealms gathered that Birrel Avenue School, making a first appearance at the tournament, gave Isolo Senior High School, Isolo a 2 nail victory to qualify for the semi finals, even as Ifako High School, also a new face, nailed Diary Farm senior Secondary School, Agege with a 2-1 victory to sail to the semi finals.

Speaking on the tournament, games master, Mr. Akinyele, told ITRealms that the major challenge has been getting the right team selection that meets the stipulated requirements and teams training schedule.

In the same vein, Ifako school games master, Mr. Famakinwa, also said they feel spectacular to get to this of the competition. He further expressed enthusiasm that his team will imbibe the spirit of sportsmanship when they face 2012 champions, Keke High School Agege in the semi-finals.

ITRealms gathered that Guaranty Trust Bank plc is one of the few Nigerian financial institutions that have maintained a defined Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy since its inception in 1990 and actively supports numerous programmes in Education.

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