" ITREALMS: February 2019

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Innovation Showcase Week 2019 opens in Lagos - ITREALMS

The Innovation Showcase Week 2019 opened in Lagos Thursday with the unveiling of the latest transformative technologies to redefine industries and solve some of the most pressing business and consumer challenges in Nigeria, reports ITREALMS.

Obviously the first of its kind event, ITREALMS reports that over 20 exhibiting technology startups showcased latest tech innovations to some 400 business and industry representatives at the home of West Africa’s first deep tech accelerator - NG_HUB by Facebook, across 2 days.

ITREALMS gathered that Innovation Showcase Week tagged (ISW 2019) is the first technology product showcase exhibition out of the startup support programmes by tech innovation centre Co-Creation Hub (CcHUB) and global enterprise, Facebook. 

Interested participants can request an invite to attend ISW 2019 by visiting www.cchubnigeria.com/isw2019 and runs through Friday, 1st March in Lagos, Nigeria.

“We recognise the urgent need to accelerate innovation support to medium and large corporates who are positioned to secure significant gains for the economy through smart application of technology”, said ‘Bosun Tijani, CEO and Founder of CcHUB, “ ISW will close the gap between corporates and startups by being an unprecedented platform where industry leaders can experience and adopt homegrown innovations and solutions first hand”.

Showcasing startups at ISW would unveil their ground-breaking innovations built in Facebook’s deep-tech startup program - FBStart Accelerator - and the CcHUB 2018 Incubation program. The products on display leverage advanced technologies such as Data Science, Internet of Things, VR and AI across 8 categories including Healthcare, Agriculture, Mobility, Energy, Education, Safety Training and, Security. These solutions proffer break-through advances to business and consumer challenges in Nigeria.

On the ISW 2019 showfloor, exhibiting Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Security-focused startups Chiniki Guard, SayPeace, Identity Tech, E-Estates, DeepQuest AI and Insyt demonstrate AI’s promising power. Other products on display for the Health and Agriculture sectors include Vetsark, Doctoora, Plantheus, TrepLabs, Gricd and Truppr. Energy and Mobility dedicated areas have Upnepa, Smart Electricity, Hydrolite, Cycles and Lara products on display and the Virtual reality and Safety Training section showcases immersive solutions from Quadron VR, Kanji Drive and Project Move.

“ISW embodies the innovative spirit that defines the Nigerian startup ecosystem. The products and services launching here by the Facebook and CcHUB supported startups will empower individuals and enterprises to change our world for the better,” said Kendra Nnachi, Startup and Developer Programs Manager, Facebook.
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CS Situation Room faults INEC results, says votes didn’t match - ITREALMS

The Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room (Situation Room) has observed that the national collation and announcement of the Presidential election results for the election conducted on 23rd February 2019 has some discrepancies, reports ITREALMS.

The civil society group in its fourth interim statement made available to ITREALMS, said they were compelled to make some observations cutting across lack of vote tallying, claims of duress by INEC officials, and lack of transparency at ward collation, among others.

The statement endorsed by the Mr. Clement Nwankwo, the Executive Director, Policy & Legal Advocacy Centre (PLAC) & Convener, Nigeria Civil Society SituationRoom said that on the lack of vote tallying, that some of the numbers/votes announced so far by State Returning Officers at the INEC National Collation Centre in Abuja raised concerns. 
The group said that considering there was simultaneous accreditation and voting, a careful look at some of the figures of accredited voters and the total number of votes cast showed discrepancies. 

They pointed out that as at 6:47pm Tuesday 26th February, the discrepancy was a total of 513,214, in 27 States including Nasarawa, Kogi, Adamawa, Edo States and the FCT. 

"Situation Room calls on INEC to transparently address this confusion before the completion of result tabulation," the convener said.

Also, he said there is a lack of clarity in the rationale for cancellation of polls, noting that they recorded 1,084,358 cancelled votes across 1175 polling units in 18 States. 

They suspected the pattern used in this cancellation requires some close interrogation to show fairness and objectivity, insisting that the reasons provided for the cancelled votes include over voting, card reader malfunction and violence. 

"Situation Room demands that INEC provide clarification on rationale and compliance with its Guidelines regarding cancellation of polls. Accusation that these cancellations may have been contrived to supress votes need to be taken seriously and addressed before the close of tabulation. Situation Room calls on INEC to address the discrepancies in the vote tally and provide cogent explanations for the rejected votes and clearly clarify what amounts to cancelled votes," he said.

On the claims of duress by INEC officials, Situation Room observed that INEC officials and adhoc staff serving in varying capacities have alleged harassment and intimidation in the course of the collation process and undue pressure in the announcement of results. 

Notable, they said, was that of the Returning Officer for Imo West Senatorial District, Prof. Francis Ibeawuchi, who disclosed that threats were made to his life, to ensure the return of the incumbent Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, as the winner of the Senatorial election in the district.

Also, in Ikwerre Local Government of Rivers State, the Electoral Officer, Mary Efeture Imawuya alleged that Army Personnel invaded the RAC Centre and held her hostage, in a bid to seize the election results. 

While in Emohua Local Government of Rivers State, the Electoral Officer, Kenneth Etah claimed that military personnel invaded the local INEC office and commenced shooting, thereby creating an environment too violent for the collation process to be carried out.

Situation Room notes that INEC has failed to publicly acknowledge the occurrence of these incidents in the past few days and owe it to its staff and Nigerians, to express concern over these threats and acts of violence and take necessary steps to ensure the security of INEC personnel. Furthermore the implication of this on the sanctity of the ballot must be transparently dealt with.

Situation Room calls on INEC to give immediate attention to the issue of its officials who were forced to announce inaccurate results and also take steps to ensure their safety.

Further, on the transparency at ward collation, Situation Room said it had deployed observers in all 8,809 Electoral Wards across the country and received reports of observers being restricted from several Ward Collation Centres. 

"For instance, our Observers were denied access to 10 Ward Collation Centres in Abia State, 7 in Lagos State and 5 in Akwa Ibom and Ogun States respectively. Other reports received indicate that there was no collation in some Wards; rather, polling unit results were directly collated at Local Government level, raising questions about violation of the collation process," he said.
 The convener, therefore urged Nigerians to be peaceful and law abiding, while calling on political parties and candidates who are aggrieved with the electoral process to ensure that they utilise legally recognised channels to seek redress.

The Situation Room is made up of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) working in support of credible and transparent elections in Nigeria and includes such groups as Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre (PLAC), CLEEN Foundation, Action Aid Nigeria, Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), Proactive Gender Initiative (PGI) Enough is Enough Nigeria, WANGONET, Partners for Electoral Reform, JDPC and YIAGA Africa Others are Development Dynamics, Centre for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Stakeholders Democracy Network, Human Rights Monitor, Reclaim Naija, CITAD,Nigerian Women Trust Fund, Alliance for Credible Elections (ACE), CISLAC, and several other CSOs numbering more than seventy.

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7yr on: Only 11 ICANN accredited Registrars are from Africa - ITREALMS

For the past seven years, only 11 accredited Registrars of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) are from the African region, reports ITREALMS.

Investigations by ITREALMS showed that Upperlink Limited is the only ICANN accredited registrar from Nigeria, likewise Burundi, Ghana, Senegal and Tunisia have one each.

South Africa is leading with four ICANN accredited registrars, followed by Morocco with two, according to the African Domain Name System (DNS) market study conducted by ICANN in 2017.

A copy of the study available to ITREALMS, indicated that compared to other regions, Africa has a very small number of registrars accredited by ICANN, under its 2013 Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA), which is the most current contract governing the registrar relationship with ICANN.

ITREALMS reports that those currently accredited by ICANN in Africa are namely, AFRIREGISTER S.A.; Arcanes Technologies; ATI; Diamatrix C.C.; Domain Name Services (Pty) Ltd; Genious Communications SARL/AU ; Ghana Dot Com Ltd; Internet Solutions (Pty) Ltd; Kheweul.com SA; Upperlink Limited; and Web4Africa Inc. 

However, ITREALMS  gathered that there are some inhibiting factors militating against the African potential ICANN registrars, including the laws and practices inhibiting freedom of expression online, which must be scrutinised as these inhibit content creation and hence demand for websites, blogs and domain names.

Rules governing who may register a domain and how to do so, ITREALMS reports, should be as simple as possible and easily available, stressing for example, that rules in place in some countries require domain names to match the business cum personal name of the entity should be removed.

Similarly, ITREALMS further gathered, that those countries requiring registrants to have a legal presence in their country should review these with the aim of removing such requirements. 

“Requirements, if any, relating to compliance prior to registration of all intellectual property rights laws should be removed and rules should rather focus on add addressing violations through alternative dispute resolution mechanisms after registration,” part of the study stated.

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Paradigm Initiative releases 2018 annual report, demonstrates impact - ITREALMS

The social enterprise, Paradigm Initiative has released its 2018 annual report with an insight into the work of the organisation, especially in how it lives up to its mission of improving the “livelihoods of underserved youths” reports ITREALMS.

Featured in the annual report is Joy Ukpong, an alumna of the group’s free digital inclusion program. At the time of joining the program, 27-year old Joy Ukpong's income was N10,000 a month as a struggling hairdresser in Ajegunle, Lagos. She was desperate for a break, and Paradigm Initiative’s Digital Inclusion program gave her the break which she wisely seized, learning relevant digital and life skills.

Few weeks after the conclusion of the 10-week training, Ukpong got a job as an administrative assistant at a law firm. Her income immediately jumped to N25,000. Thanks to her new skills, Ukpong has a more stable income and work structure that allows her to develop herself.

Her story, according to Paradigm Initiative’s Communications Officer, Sodiq Alabi, “is another proof that our investment in digital inclusion programs in underserved communities is indeed improving the livelihood of the beneficiaries.”

The Executive Director, ‘Gbenga Sesan also said, “As a result of the year's investment in under-served Nigerian youth, we were able to train 869 students through the 10-week LIFE program, LIFE@School Club and the quarterly workshops. 150 students got internships, picked up jobs, earned enough to return to school, joined apprenticeship programs and/or started micro businesses. During the year, the average income among our students grew from N4,805.15 to N23,083.25!”

Highlighting the group’s work in digital rights, Sesan said “In 2018, our Digital Rights work covered Benin, Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gambia, Kenya, Mali, Nigeria, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda and Zambia. We hosted 13 training programs, reviewed 36 policy documents, produced 12 research-based reports, acted on 20 digital rights violations, and led 4 litigation processes.”

The Director of Programs, Tope Ogundipe said the passage of the Digital Rights and Freedom Bill in Nigeria is an important milestone for the group in 2018. The Bill, which was transmitted to President Muhammadu Buhari on February 5 2019, has been a major project of the group since 2014 when it began advocacy for the passage of a law dedicated to the protection of online rights and freedoms.

Paradigm Initiative, which was founded in Nigeria in 2007, is physically present in five African countries, from where it executes programs across the continent. The group said its new Strategic Management Plan (2019-2023) would even see it do more over the next few years.

*Contributed by Sodiq Alabi, Communications Officer

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Sanwo-Olu Congratulates Buhari, urges Nigerians to remain peaceful - ITREALMS

The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari on his victory in the just concluded presidential election, reports ITREALMS.

A press statement by his media and communication team on Wednesday, and made available to 
ITREALMSSanwo-Olu described Buhari's success at the poll as “not only well-deserving, but a valid testimony to the fact that Nigerians acknowledge and are appreciative of his reformative initiatives designed to bring forth a better Nigeria”.

''Your Excellency, I heartily congratulate you on your success at the recent presidential election held across Nigeria last weekend. Your landslide victory is a validation and appreciation of your hard work and commitment to the fight against corruption. With this deserved victory, your selflessness and dedication to the services of our motherland have become a new leadership model in Nigeria.

Expectedly, the reward for good work is more work. So, your victory in the nationwide free and fair election, which is a validation of how your leadership has rekindled hope in millions of Nigerians at home and abroad, has provided yet another valuable opportunity for better Nigeria since democracy has found a permanent place in our country.’’ Sanwo-Olu said.

Sanwo-Olu, who also described President Muhammadu Buhari as the perfect man for the job of taking Nigeria out of the inherited socio-economic quagmire, noted that the evident giant strides of the President in the areas of infrastructure, agriculture, security and economic stability should be sustained.

‘’I am sure that Your Excellency will use this victory and your second term of four years in office to complete all the great projects you embarked upon. You are the perfect candidate for the job of re-ordering the nation and setting her on the path to greatness. The zeal to do something more sustainable for the masses of the country has made your electoral victory reality. All your hard work to achieve an economically viable and one indivisible Nigeria has paid off.’’

The APC flagbearer however called on Nigerians to live in peace and harmony, saying that there is a lot more to benefit from '‘what unites us than what divides us.’’ He advised Nigerians to see elections as a means to an end and not the end itself.

'‘Elections are a four-year cycle activity, which means that when there is life, we will have another round of elections in the next four years. Therefore, it does not do us any good to fight ourselves over it. We all cannot belong to the same political party or lean towards the same candidates, that is why it is a contest, but we have a duty to live together in peace and harmony, regardless of our political leaning.

Making specific reference to Lagos, the APC standard bearer urged non-indigenous Lagosians to ignore the rumoured fracas or intimidation of Igbo by some elements in the State. He said nothing of such will happen in Lagos.

‘’Many ethnic nationalities have settled in Lagos and have made this place a home. We cannot allow a four-year election cycle to divide us. I therefore urge all our Igbo and Hausa brothers and sisters to continue to live in peace as we have lived together over the years. Everyone is safe in Lagos.’’ Sanwo-Olu stated.

Sanwo-Olu, who has resumed campaign activities, urged Lagosians to believe in the All Progressives Congress-led government to continue to deliver the good for the citizens.

He reiterated his commitment to run an inclusive government, where all ethnic nationalities will have a say in the affairs of the state.

‘‘We have done it before. We will do it again. No part of Lagos will be left out of the scheme of things. We will run a Lagos that no one, regardless of where he or she comes from, will be intimidated. We will run a Lagos where every hardworking Lagosian, irrespective of his or her root will have economic empowerment and thrive in commerce. This is what we promise, this is what we will do.’’ Sanwo-Olu said.

Finally, Sanwo-Olu congratulated the National body of the All Progressives Congress as well as all candidates of the party that won positions into the Upper and Lower Chambers of the National Assembly, saying their victory will help to fast track development in the country.

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2019 presidential election: Atiku Abukabar to INEC, Buhari see you in court - ITREALMS

The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has rejected the 2019 presidential election held on Saturday, February, 23 this year, just as he expressed desire to challenge the results in court, reports ITREALMS.

Atiku in a tweet on his handle listed a number of discrepancies that marred the presidential election including the alleged 50 per cent the total votes in Akwa-Ibom in 2015.

“Consequently, I hereby reject the result of the February 23, 2019 sham election and will be challenging it in court,” he said.

He lamented the militarization of some of his party’s strong holds, however, expressed commended Nigerians for coming out to vote.

“I thank the Nigerian people who trooped out in their millions to perform their civic duty this past Saturday. The patriotism of Nigerians is heartwarming and affirms my oft-repeated statement that we are brothers and sisters born from the womb of one mother Nigeria.

“The suppressed votes in my strongholds are so apparent and amateurish, that I am ashamed as a Nigerian that such could be allowed to happen. How can total votes in Akwa-Ibom, for instance, be 50% less than what they were in 2015?

“Another glaring anomaly is the disruption of voting in strongholds of the Peoples Democratic Party in Lagos, Akwa-Ibom, Rivers and diverse other states, with the authorities doing little or nothing and in some cases facilitating these unfortunate situations.

“The militarization of the electoral process is a disservice to our democracy and a throwback to the jackboot era of military dictatorship.

“In some areas of the country, such as, Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Imo states, troops deployed for the elections turned their guns on the very citizens they were meant to protect.

“I am a democrat and there are democratic avenues available to present the truth to the nation and the watching world. Already, many international observers have given their verdicts, which corroborate our observations. I am sure more will come in the coming hours and days.

“If I had lost in a free and fair election, I would have called the victor within seconds of my being aware of his victory to offer not just my congratulations, but my services to help unite Nigeria by being a bridge between the North and the South.

“However, in my democratic struggles for the past three decades, I have never seen our democracy so debased as it was on Saturday, February 23, 2019.

“2007 was a challenge, but President Yar’Adua was remorseful. In 2019, it is sad to see those who trampled on democracy thumping their noses down on the Nigerian people.

“Consequently, I hereby reject the result of the February 23, 2019 sham election and will be challenging it in court.

“I want to assure my supporters and the entire Nigerian people that together, we will not allow democracy to be emasculated,” he decried.

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PMB accepts victory, promises to strengthen unity, inclusiveness - ITREALMS

President Muhammadu Buhari has accepted victory of the Presidential election held on February 23, 2019, promising to strengthen the unity of the country and inclusiveness, reports ITREALMS.

Buhari in a statement made available to ITREALMS, urged his supporters to be maginamus in victory and avoid any atom of violence.

Excerpts from his statement read:

"My Dear Nigerians,

First and foremost, I give thanks to Almighty God Who has spared our lives to witness another victory for Nigerian democracy and victory for our party APC.

2. I thank the millions of Nigerians who voted to re-elect me as your president for the next four years. I am deeply humbled and profoundly grateful to you for judging me worthy of continuing to serve you and for your peaceful conduct.

3. In particular, I would like to thank Asiwaju Bola Tinubu for his masterful leadership as Co-chair of the Campaign Council. I would like to also thank the party chairman Adams Oshiomhole, the Director General of the Campaign Council Rotimi Amaechi, all members of the Presidential Campaign Council and other various Support Groups.

4. My grateful thanks to all those who contributed to the logistical expenses of the campaign in such a vast country like Nigeria.

5. I also thank the millions of volunteers, self-appointed overseers, canvassers, agents, escorts and sentries who sacrificed so much of their time and resources to ensure the success of these elections. I do not have the words adequate to thank them.

6. Although Saturday’s elections were relatively peaceful, troublemakers in a handful of states attempted to disrupt an otherwise orderly process. Security agencies will bring to justice all those arrested in the process.

7. I am very sad at the grievous loss of lives during these elections. Security agencies will step up their efforts to protect voters in the forthcoming State elections.

8. I would like to commend our security agencies, as severely overstretched as they are, for handling the difficult task of securing the country during the election period.

9. I will like to make a special appeal to my supporters not to gloat or humiliate the opposition. Victory is enough reward for your efforts.

10. We give thanks also to our domestic and international observers for contributing to the success of our elections and for their interest in our country and our developing democracy.

11. The new Administration will intensify its efforts in Security, Restructuring the Economy and Fighting Corruption. We have laid down the foundation and we are committed to seeing matters to the end. We will strive to strengthen our unity and inclusiveness so that no section or group will feel left behind or left out.

12. I thank you for your support and may God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria"

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Pix: VP Osibanjo congratulating President Buhari.

2019 Presidential Election: Charly Boy congratulates PMB, Nigerians - ITREALMS

"Oga Presido,
"Like King Saul was to the Israelites, so you are to Nigeria. I dey take style hail you, kai!! "Congratulations.

"I am not a fan but I dey give you accolades because you and your cabal brothers understand the Jungle politics of Nigeria. Over shap worry una because una know tey tey sey the people who cast the votes decides nothing but the people who count the votes decides everything. Una Well done.

"Over to us Mumu Naija’s. I know it’s beginning to dawn on fellow frustrated Nigerians that we are about to port to the “Next Level” of original suffer head. It was obvious to me that since you clinched this power in 2015 there was going to be, no looking back, after all see how many times you tried.

"People shouting all over the place sey you rig election, hummmm, can you imagine? Na today politrickcians begin rig? If PDP and APC Na d same of the same why didn’t dey outrig you. Na today wey free and fair elections die for dis country? Abegi make we hear word. Mumu people, no be una been dey shout lesser evil, lesser evil. How can lesser defeat Bigger. Sai Baba, chop knuckles

"Mumu Nigerians never know how far. Na now we go take suffer sow uniform. Welcome to second slavery.


*Contributed by Charles Oputa aka Charly Boy

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2019 Presidential election: INEC declares Buhari winner - ITREALMS

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the incumbent President, Muhammadu Buhari, as the winner of the 2019 presidential elections in Nigeria, reports ITREALMS.

With this announcement, President Buhari of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) has been re-elected for a second term in office for another four year.

According to INEC chairman, Prof. Mohmood Yakubu, President Buhari got a total of 15,191,847 votes to emerge.

INEC chairman made the declaration on Wednesday, February 27, following the collation of ballots by the commission in Abuja.

He also disclosed that President Buhari defeated his closest rival, Atiku Abubakar of the main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who garnered 11,262,978.

Prof. Yakubu put the voter turn-out at 35.6 percent, while the revised 82.3 million registered voters, he said the total valid votes were 27.3 million.

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Software testing. Speeding up with technology - ITREALMS

The European Telecommunication Standard Institute (ETSI) has launched the 2019 User Conference on Advanced Automated Testing (UCAAT), reports ITREALMS.

This year’s event, ITREALMS gathered, will be held in Bordeaux, France, between October 22 and 24, 2019.

ITREALMS also gathered that one of this year’s main topics will be the Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) techniques for testing and testing the AI, ML systems,

In addition, ITREALMS approaches, technologies, and challenges of using these systems for software testing and the effect of using these technologies in the software testing for different domains such as telecom, transport, enterprise IT, automotive, autonomous systems and healthcare will be discussed.

ETSI, therefore opens call for presentations, noting that submissions should be sent by 26 April 2019, date after which the Program Committee will review the input received and build the conference programme.

UCAAT, also disclosed that great opportunity for tool vendors to target their users, is available for this event.

ITREALMS recalls that UCAAT is dedicated to the application of aspects of automated testing including model-based testing, cloud testing, mobile testing, test methodologies, test management and standardized test specification by focusing on the practical challenges that are often faced in industry. This conference brings together researchers and industrial practitioners from different application domains such as telecommunications, banking, IT Services, automotive, robotics, healthcare, defense as well as tool vendors to meet, discuss and share their practical experiences in the field of software testing.

At this year’s conference, the first day will feature tutorials and training sessions on the application of test process in industrial projects. The following days will include presentations from members of the user community, keynotes from invited speakers, poster sessions, a short vendor track for sponsors and panel discussions.

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Senator Tinubu thanks Lagos Central people for victory - ITREALMS

Senator Oluremi Tinubu has commended the people of Lagos Central Senatorial District for electing her to represent the district in the National Assembly for the next four years, reports ITREALMS.

She said she was ready and willing to put in the work necessary to get Lagos central and Nigeria moving forward.

Senator Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress polled 131,725 votes to defeat het closest rival, Adesunbo Onitiri of the Peoples democratic Party who polled 89, 107 votes

In a statement released on Monday in Lagos and personally signed by her, Senator Tinubu said she was humbled by the support and confidence reposed in the perspective she brought to bear on to the Senate.

The statement reads: “In an overwhelming show of patriotism and loyalty to Nigeria, the people have through their votes, exercised their power to elect leaders and determine the course of our Nation for the next four (4) years. Nigerians have let it be known that we are willing to put in the work necessary to get Nigeria moving forward.

“The good people of Lagos Central Senatorial District have once again elected me to represent them at the Upper Legislative Chamber. I am humbled by the support and confidence reposed in the perspective I bring to the Nigerian Senate. I am honoured to represent Lagos Central for another 4 years and I remain dedicated to ensuring that our youth are sufficiently empowered, that social security is a priority, and that the Nigeria of our dreams is realised.

“Thus, I want to extend my gratitude to my family, members of the Appreciation 2019 Campaign team, and volunteers who have served, knocking on doors, going from market to market, shaking hands and mobilizing the electorate to exercise their civic rights. It is time to get to work, consolidating on the foundations we have put in place. It is time to address the critical issues of infrastructure development, accessibility and affordability of education, and increased employment among others.

“The victory of the APC in today’s elections is a victory for our democracy and the protection of our commonwealth. Thus, I urge the electorate to come out en masse again on Saturday 9th March, 2019 for the Gubernatorial and State Houses of Assembly Elections.

I would also like to commend the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on ensuring that the elections were well organised, free and fair; and our security agencies for keeping the peace”.

Senator Oluremi Tinubu, OON

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Fayemi sets up Chieftaincy Review Commission, Advisory Council on Prerogative of mercy - ITREALMS

In a bid to implement the Administration of Criminal Justice Reform in Ekiti State, the State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi has inaugurated an eight-man Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy, reports ITREALMS.

The Governor equally inaugurated a Seven-man Chieftaincy Review Commission to address the plethora of petitions, complaints and requests on chieftaincy matters in the state.

Inaugurating the members of the two committees in Ado Ekiti on Tuesday, Governor Fayemi said the committees were critical to good governance in the state, adding that that informed the careful selection of members.

While speaking on the Chieftaincy Review Commission, the Governor said his government had in less than two months after inauguration, received no fewer than 100 petitions arising from the outcome of the report of the Justice Oyewole Chieftaincy Commission.

He added that the commission became imperative in order to have a more comprehensive approach to addressing the agitations and requests.

“We received no fewer than 100 petitions, complaints, requests from many communities and I felt it wasnt proper for us to begin to address these chieftaincy complaints issues on case by case basis and it will be helpful to us to have a much more comprehensive approach what became the source of complaints by many of them is the outcome of the report of justice Oyewole chieftaincy commission".

"Looking into history, we were keen to look for someone who has both institutional memory and professional ability to navigate this very stormy water.

"Many of you may recall that Justice Aladejana had done this before under Otunba Niyi Adebayo and we felt it is better to bring someone who has deep knowledge of this and also of our history as a state and can handle these petitions as well as help us propose ways out of the issues raised according to the terms of reference", he said.

On the advisory council on prerogative of mercy, the Governor noted that many awaiting trial detainees have been languishing in prison; adding that convicts should not just be given pardon on mere ground an ad hoc visit by the Governor or the Chief Judge but on a careful examination of their cases to determine whether to give them a second chance or not.

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STC, Ericsson to launch mid-band 5G network - ITREALMS

The Saudi Telecom Company (STC) and Ericsson announced that they are launching a mid-band 5G network in Saudi Arabia at a signing ceremony held at the Mobile World Congress 2019 event in Barcelona, reports ITREALMS.

STC is deploying a 5G network using Ericsson commercial hardware and solutions including radio access network (RAN), Packet core, transport and Ericsson Network Manager. This network modernization with latest technologies of wireless and fixed broadband, boosted speed and 5G deployment will operate on a 3.5 GHZ band. The 5G network will be deployed with a third-party, 3GPP-compliant user equipment.

Nasser Al Nasser, STC CEO, says: “We are excited to launch one of the fastest mid-band 5G field networks in the world. We have been working in close partnership with Ericsson on 5G for tests in the lab, field trials, and now initial deployment. Throughout this process, our customers and their service requirements are our top priority. Our aim is to build a network that caters for current and future services. 5G is considered as a very important step toward digitalization and connecting everything, which supports Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 toward economic diversification."

STC and Ericsson have a longstanding partnership to create a strategic roadmap for the evolution towards 5G technology.

Rafiah Ibrahim, Head of Ericsson Middle East and Africa, says: “5G holds an immense potential for driving industry digitization and pioneering innovation. Our collaboration with STC has enabled us to create a fast mid-band 5G field network based on real business needs, which supports STC in meeting their future customer requirements.”

5G at mid and high bands is well suited for deployment at existing site grids, especially when combined with low-band LTE. Adding new frequency bands to existing deployments is a future-proof and cost-efficient way to improve performance, meet the growing needs of mobile broadband subscribers, and deliver new 5G-based services.

In addition to facilitating the delivery of next-generation mobile broadband, cloud and providing support for massive Internet of Things (IoT) deployment, Ericsson’s 5G collaboration with STC will also enable new industry use cases thanks to increased throughput and reduced latency.

Eng. Emad A. Alaoudah, Procurement and Support Services Sector VP, STC, said: “STC has signed multiple Rawafed Local Content agreements under its flagship 5G Aspiration Project with Strategic Partners. These agreements will open new opportunities for the local supply market and build long term capability in the national ICT sector.

The 5G project with all partners will contribute more than SAR2bn to local industry, boost Saudization in vital next-gen technology and management positions by 50%, increase SME support by 20%, and double the direct innovation investment made by STC Strategic Partners for 5G industry development within KSA. The measures taken will ensure maximal knowledge transfer, training and development of the Saudi workforce in future 5G technologies.

STC and its Strategic Partners have agreed upon accelerating 5G use case development within the Kingdom leveraging innovation hubs and long-term sustainable innovation platforms. These plans will establish KSA as a future 5G regional center of competence.”

The combined effort of the two partners aims to create significant value towards Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, targeting both consumer and business sectors to enjoy next-generation technologies.

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APA: Defeating Abiola Ajimobi, a collective responsibility - ITREALMS

The African Peoples Alliance (APA), Oyo State Chapter has said that the defeat recently encountered by the current Executive governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi at the just concluded National Assembly elections four days ago was a collective responsibility and not the handiwork of PDP and her members in the South Senatorial district alone.
This was contained in a press release made available to newsmen in Ibadan on Sunday by the Governorship Candidate of the Party, Deacon Tolulope Adedoyin.
According to the release “Makinde or members of Oyo PDP shouldn’t take the glory for themselves. God, Atiku, people of the Senatorial district and some opposition parties like us should be given the glory. It is on record that when Makinde was in SDP, he didn’t win any Assembly Seat or House of Rep. Dr. Muhammed Kola Balogun couldn’t defeat Senator Abiola Ajimobi if Atiku was not running under PDP. Dr. Muhammed Kola Balogun didn’t campaign or spend much compared to Senator Ridwan Adesoji and Senator Abiola Ajimobi. It was grace he received from God. The same grace Senator Ridwan received from God in 2015. Right from day one that Senator Abiola Ajimobi expressed his interest in contesting for the senatorial election, APA was the first party to protest against such interest. We in APA still believed Makinde is not yet ripe for governance in the state.”
“The election of Atiku has gone. Now it’s governorship and house of assembly. Makinde shouldn’t expect what happened in NASS elections to happen in the governorship election. Oyo state needs an experienced and well qualified candidate.”
APA finally urged the good people of Oyo state to stay calm, study different governorship candidates with their programmes as governorship campaign resumes and vote their conscience.  
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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

ICANN raises alarm over risk to DNS infrastructure, demands full DNSSEC deployment - ITREALMS

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has raised alarm over threats to the ongoing and significant risk to key parts of the Domain Name System (DNS) infrastructure, reports ITREALMS.

ICANN was reacting to the rising reports of malicious activity targeted at the DNS infrastructure, called for full deployment of the Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) across all unsecured domain names. The organization also reaffirms its commitment to engage in collaborative efforts to ensure the security, stability and resiliency of the Internet’s global identifier systems.

As one of many entities engaged in the decentralized management of the Internet, ICANN is specifically responsible for coordinating the top-most level of the DNS to ensure its stable and secure operation and universal resolvability.

On 15 February 2019, in response to reports of attacks against key parts of the DNS infrastructure, ICANN offered a checklist of recommended security precautions for members of the domain name industry, registries, registrars, resellers, and related others, to proactively take to protect their systems, their customers’ systems and information reachable via the DNS.

Public reports indicate that there is a pattern of multifaceted attacks utilizing different methodologies. Some of the attacks target the DNS, in which unauthorized changes to the delegation structure of domain names are made, replacing the addresses of intended servers with addresses of machines controlled by the attackers. This particular type of attack, which targets the DNS, only works when DNSSEC is not in use. DNSSEC is a technology developed to protect against such changes by digitally 'signing' data to assure its validity. Although DNSSEC cannot solve all forms of attack against the DNS, when it is used, unauthorized modification to DNS information can be detected, and users are blocked from being misdirected.

ICANN has long recognized the importance of DNSSEC and is calling for full deployment of the technology across all domains. Although this will not solve the security problems of the Internet, it aims to assure that Internet users reach their desired online destination by helping to prevent so-called “man in the middle” attacks where a user is unknowingly re-directed to a potentially malicious site. DNSSECcomplements other technologies, such as Transport Layer Security (most typically used in HTTPS) that protect the end user/domain communication.

As the coordinator of the top-most level of the DNS, ICANN is in the position to help mitigate and detect DNS-related risks, and to facilitate key discussions together with its partners. The organization believes that all members of the domain name system ecosystem must work together to produce better tools and policies to secure the DNS and other critical operations of the Internet. To facilitate these efforts, ICANN is planning an event for the Internet community to address DNS protection: The first is an open session during the upcoming ICANN64 public meeting on 9-14 March 2019, in Kobe, Japan.

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Saudi smartphone market continues decline, but IDC believes worst is over - ITREALMS

Saudi Arabia's smartphone market experienced a 15.3 per cent year-on-year decline in shipments in 2018, according to the latest figures announced today by International Data Corporation (IDC), reports ITREALMS.

The global technology research and consulting firm's newly released Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker shows smartphone shipments to the Kingdom fell to 7.5 million in 2018, down 48% on the market's peak in 2015.

The Saudi market's performance was broadly in line with the overall trend of the wider Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region, where smartphone shipments were down 12.2 per cent year on year in 2018. With Saudi Arabia being biggest market in GCC, accounting for 47 per cent of all smartphone shipments to the region last year, any declines felt in this market are bound to affect the region's overall performance.

The Saudi smartphone market has been in a dire situation since 2016, when the first aggressive decline occurred. IDC's data shows there was a 30% year-on-year decline in smartphone shipments in 2016, followed by a further 13% fall in 2017 and now a 15k per cent drop off in 2018.

"These massive double-digit declines have been caused by many different factors, beginning with the Saudization of the mobile phone industry in 2016 that caused more than 40 per cent of independent retailers to shut down," says Nabila Popal, senior research manager for mobile phones at IDC. "Then there was the introduction of VAT in 2017, as well as a reduction in government subsidies and the implementation of dependent taxes – all of which caused a significant reduction in consumer disposable income. These factors and the overall lack of innovation in the smartphone space have led to a lengthening of the refresh cycle. Indeed, consumers are becoming smarter, carefully analyzing the cost versus features of all new devices, and simply do not see the need to upgrade their devices as often as before."

In terms of vendor dynamics, there was considerable movement over the course of the year. The top brands for 2018 as a whole were Samsung, Apple, and Huawei, with unit shares of 34.8 per cent, 28.4 per cent, and 19.6k per cent, respectively. However, by the final quarter of the year Huawei had mirrored its global position by moving into second place and pushing Apple down into third. Honor has also grown drastically to reach fourth position.

"Huawei's growth in the region, at such a time when leading brands are declining, is to be commended," says Popal. "There is a tendency to attribute this growth purely to good features, low prices, and great marketing, but Huawei's success in the GCC has also been influenced by its focus on providing dedicated and customized channel support. By doing this, Huawei is able to respond quickly to local market conditions and directly help its channel partners clear slow-moving stock."

Looking ahead, IDC's outlook for Saudi Arabia's smartphone market in 2019 is not too rosy; however, it appears that the worst is over and that the market is starting to stabilize. While IDC does not expect the Saudi smartphone space to see any major growth in 2019, it is expecting the road to recovery to begin this year, with forecasts showing a flat or very slight decline in the market.

"The arrival of 5G and foldable devices this year may bring some movement to the market as they will finally feed the intense craving from consumers for some genuine innovation," says Popal. "However, given the high price tags likely to come with these devices, they will take time to gain traction. So, while they will undoubtedly generate some long overdue excitement, I wouldn't expect them to bring double-digit growth to the struggling smartphone market."

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Skype hypnotherapy effective treatment for IBS - ITREALMS

Experts have said that Skype hypnotherapy is an effective treatment for people with severe Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), a new study has found, reports ITREALMS.

The study of 20 patients who had the treatment via the online communications tool, ITREALMS gathered  was led by Professor Peter Whorwell from The University of Manchester and published in the International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis.
ITREALMS  also gathered that Professor Whorwell is a gastroenterologist at Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester, where he runs a hypnotherapy clinic for IBS patients.

The patients in the study received 12 hypnotherapy sessions in total: the first was face to face with the remaining 11 sessions delivered via Skype.

Before the treatment, 65 per cent had severe IBS pre-treatment with the remaining 35 per cent having moderate IBS.

After the Skype sessions, 25 per cent of were classed as having severe IBS, 40 per cent moderate IBS and the remaining 35 per cent mild IBS.

All the patients enjoyed significant improvements in their IBS symptoms such as abdominal pain, abdominal bloating and bowel function. 

In addition, other symptoms commonly seen in IBS improved such as nausea, headaches, heartburn, low backache, constant lethargy, chest pain and bladder problems. Quality of life, and any anxiety or depression also improved.

 compared to an earlier study of 1000 patients who had face to face hypnotherapy at the clinic run by Professor Whorwell, the online treatment was only slightly less effective.

Hypnotherapy, in combination with other treatments, has been shown to be an effective treatment for patients with serious symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome which do not respond to other treatment.

However, many patients are unable to access treatment because they are unable to travel.

Despite the successes treatment and its endorsement by the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE), hypnotherapy has not been widely adopted and is still of limited availability in the UK.

Professor Whorwell said: “Skype is starting to be used in a variety of clinical situations but to our knowledge there have, so far, been no reports of its’ use in hypnosis, particularly in relation to IBS.

“Our centre is funded by the NHS and consequently we receive referrals from all over the UK which means that some patients have to travel long distances for treatment.

“Not only is this costly but also travelling might be impossible because of symptoms such as severe diarrhoea and incontinence. Though some patients may need the occasional “top up” from time to time, there is no reason to believe that the benefits of hypnotherapy delivered by Skype should not be sustained.

“These encouraging results suggest that Skype is an ideal way of treating subjects who may find it difficult to travel to the unit. It is especially noteworthy that if Skype treatment had not been available, 71 per cent of subjects said they would not have been able to have the treatment.

“We now intend to offer Skype hypnotherapy to local residents if we feel that attending the unit would compromise treatment, especially in individuals with the diarrhoeal form of the condition.”
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Lai Mohammed: February 23RD is Day of Liberation in Kwara - ITREALMS

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said that under an All Progressives Congress (APC) dispensation, Feb. 23rd of every year will be observed as the 'Day of Liberation' by the people of Kwara, reports ITREALMS.

''I want to ask the incoming Governor of our state to, immediately he is sworn in on 29 May 2019, to declare Feb. 23rd (the date of the 2019 Presidential and National Assembly elections) of every year as the 'Day of Liberation' for Kwara State,'' the Minister, who is also the APC leader in the state, said at a press conference in Ilorin on Monday.

He thanked God and the people of Kwara for the 'clean sweep' which the party achieved in last Saturday's elections in the state, saying the party won the match against the PDP 10-0 (1-0 for President, 3-0 for Senate and 6-0 for House of Representatives).

''With the outcome of last Saturday's elections, I can now conveniently say that KWARA IS FREE! Free from a choking and pauperizing political hegemony of a self-imposed dynasty! Never again will Kwarans be treated like slaves in their own land. Enough is Enough. O To Ge!'' Alhaji Mohammed said.

He said no single individual deserves credit for the APC's massive victory in the elections, adding that the credit for the victory goes to the good people of Kwara.

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Monday, February 25, 2019

HMD unveils 4 Nokia Android smartphones - ITREALMS

HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, has unveiled four new Android smartphones, including the world’s first smartphone with a unique five camera array, the Nokia 9 PureView, reports ITREALMS.

The new Nokia phones, ITREALMS gathered,  are as diverse as the consumer needs they serve. From Nokia 9 PureView to the Nokia 210 - the company’s most affordable internet enabled feature phone – consumers can trust there is a Nokia phone that meets their distinct needs.

Imaging innovation for enthusiasts  
Nokia 9 PureView features the world’s first five camera array with ZEISS Optics to put next generation computational imaging technology into the hands of advanced photography enthusiasts. Every picture taken with a Nokia 9 PureView is in HDR, five cameras simultaneously capture the image and fuse it together into one 12MP photo with outstanding dynamic range and depth of field. Designed with the needs of photography enthusiasts at its heart, Nokia 9 PureView also features the ability to capture images in uncompressed RAW “DNG” format and edit them directly on the phone yourself thanks to our partnership with Adobe Lightroom. It has been said that 50% of the art of photography is in post-production and with Nokia 9 PureView you have every opportunity to shine.

Heads-up: change the way you interact with your phone with a dedicated Google Assistant Button
Voice is changing the way people interact with their smartphones. With a dedication to delivering quality technology for all, Nokia smartphones bring the fastest way to access the Google Assistant with the dedicated Google Assistant button – starting with the brand-new Nokia 4.2 and Nokia 3.2.

The Google Assistant button will revolutionise the way you engage with your smartphone. Simply press once for instant access to the Google Assistant to get things done throughout your day, such as getting directions, making calls, listening to music and getting answers to your questions faster than ever before. Double press to receive a visual overview of your day from the Google Assistant with intelligent suggestions and personalised information, including transport info, and what you have in your calendar to make sure you never miss a meeting again. By long pressing the button, you will activate a walkie-talkie mode, which lets the Google Assistant listen to you until you release it for long sentence queries.

Nokia smartphone experience: it just keeps getting better
The depth of the global portfolio commitment to Android One guarantees three years of monthly security updates and two years of OS updates, delivering a range of Nokia smartphones that offer the latest Android experience which only gets better over time.  Each phone stays fresh with the latest AI powered innovations to the built-in security protection of Google Play Protect. With a pure Android installation, Nokia smartphones come with no unnecessary UI changes or hidden processes that would eat up battery life or slow them down, so you can enjoy your new phone for longer. Each of the new phones comes with a limited number of pre-installed apps so that you get more storage space, as well as the latest innovations that help you stay ahead of the game every day.

Android Enterprise Recommended
Nokia smartphones feature one of the most diverse portfolios of Android Enterprise Recommended handsets, from Nokia 9 PureView to Nokia 3.2. The Android Enterprise Recommended programme gives enterprise customers confidence that all smartphones validated by the programme have been approved by Google for meeting objective business standards, which includes an elevated set of specifications for hardware, software, deployment, security updates and user experience.

Florian Seiche, Chief Executive Officer, HMD Global said:
“We’ve had a phenomenal response from consumers to our entire portfolio, thanks to our unique approach to Android, delivering a pure, secure and always up-to-date experience. We have delivered on this commitment, changing the smartphone ownership paradigm by offering an experience that only gets better over time. Today, with these new phones, we are taking a leap forward by delivering the very latest innovations from Google across our entire portfolio.”

Juho Sarvikas, Chief Product Officer, HMD Global said:
“Today we use our heritage of innovation to take a bold step - pioneering a truly innovative approach to imaging with the Nokia 9 PureView. And we believe great experiences should be available to everyone, which is why we are bringing cutting-edge experiences like the stunning design, the best of Google including the dedicated Google Assistant button, and great imaging and display technology, to the most accessible price points yet. And all this comes with all the craftsmanship and durability you’d expect from a Nokia smartphone. And with our Android promise delivering a pure, secure and up-to-date experience, we ensure that your phone gets better over time.”

Pekka Rantala, Chief Marketing Officer, HMD Global said:
“With our unique brand promise we are altering the expectations people have from their smartphones. In addition to continuously delivering on the reliability and durability they expect from a Nokia phone, we are delighting them by offering the best Android experience on their Nokia smartphones. With two years of OS updates and 3 years of monthly security updates guaranteed, Nokia phones stay fresh for life and deliver an experience that just keeps getting better.”

Nokia 9 PureView
Nokia 9 PureView is the world’s first smartphone featuring a five camera array system with ZEISS Optics. Nokia 9 PureView’s two colour sensors and three monochromatic sensors give sharpness and detail. All five cameras work together to collect up to 10-times the amount of light than a single colour sensor of the same type. Every image captured by Nokia 9 PureView is HDR, with up to 12.4 stops of dynamic range and a full scene 12MP depth map. Each 12MP JPG image can benefit from outstanding detail in areas of both bright sunlight and dark shadows at the same time with incredible texture. The depth map allows beautiful bokeh, giving you the possibility to adjust focus in Google Photos after you have taken the shot. Maximising the heterogenous computing architecture of the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ mobile platform and featuring a dedicated imaging co-processor, the Nokia 9 PureView gives you a glimpse into the future of smartphone photography with unparalleled control over your images through the updated Pro Camera UI. Nokia 9 PureView allows you to capture images in uncompressed RAW “DNG” format and through a partnership with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom allows editing on the device.

Nokia 9 PureView also brings flagship experiences in a flawless finish with advanced Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset technology, a 2K pOLED PureDisplay screen, integrated Qi Wireless charging and under display fingerprint sensor. There is no camera bump for a flawless finish that radiates the thoughtful design you expect of a Nokia smartphone. And you can rest assured that the Nokia 9 PureView will get through the knocks and mishaps of real-life thanks to the Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5 on the front and back.

Nokia 4.2
Nokia 4.2 has been designed to offer the latest smartphone innovations at a truly accessible price. The classy, sculpted-glass design and all-screen display offer beauty on the outside and it’s not just skin-deep, as it packs in a dual-rear camera, AI innovations and the latest generation Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset, all running the latest Android 9 Pie. Premiering the Google Assistant button, the Nokia 4.2 will revolutionise the way you engage with your smartphone. Simply press once for instant access to the Google Assistant to get help, double press to receive a visual snapshot of your day from the Google Assistant with intelligent suggestions and personalised information and long press the button to activate a walkie-talkie mode, which lets the Google Assistant listen to you until you release it for long sentence queries. Nokia 4.2’s compact size and edge-to-edge display with ‘selfie-notch’ delivers a smartphone which, at just 8.4mm, is slim enough for single hand use. Nokia 4.2 also brings flagship imaging features like multi-camera imaging to a new price point, with a dual depth-sensing rear camera ready to capture stunning memories.

Nokia 3.2
Nokia 3.2 combines the biggest HD+ display for the price with our signature two-day battery life¹ all powered by the latest Android 9 Pie experience. The Nokia 3.2 features an impressive 6.26” HD+ display so you’ll never struggle and strain to see more of your favourite movies, TV shows and streams. Taking a holistic view of battery life, Nokia 3.2 combines a larger battery than many premium smartphones with efficient hardware and software ingenuity. Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 429 mobile platform, Nokia 3.2 will get through tasks with ease. Nokia 3.2 also comes with the Google Assistant button, to revolutionise the way you engage with your smartphone – one press for instant access to Google Assistant, double tap for a visual overview of your day and long press for walkie-talkie mode.

Nokia 1 Plus
Upgrade your entry smartphone experience with Nokia 1 Plus, a brand-new member of the Android (Go edition) smartphone family. One of the first global Android 9 Pie (Go edition) smartphones, Nokia 1 Plus brings solid imaging in a high-quality Nokia design with a big screen, at exceptionally accessible price points. Now you can enjoy all your favourite apps and games, along with the latest Android (Go edition) features like Google Assistant Go. The Nokia 1 Plus brings a progressive and cutting-edge design to the value segment. Using innovative materials with 3D tooling, it achieves a gorgeous textured nano-pattern at the back that cups Nokia 1 Plus all the way to the display. Get great details in your photos with the Nokia 1 Plus’s auto focus rear camera and up your selfie game with the new front camera, which comes enhanced with the ‘beautify feature’.

Nokia 210
Nokia 210 is a new addition to our market-leading feature phone family. Get connected to the web with Opera Mini browser and play hours of Snake without having to worry about battery. The Nokia 210 has a crucial role in the Nokia phone line-up as the most affordable internet device and comes in a durable, inherently coloured polycarbonate shell which is designed to hide the marks of everyday life. Surf the web with the Opera Mini web browser and stay up to date with your friends and family on Facebook without worrying about battery. Fans can make the Nokia 210 their own by downloading their favourite apps, ringtones and wallpapers straight from the Mobile Store.

Companion products
Joining the accessories portfolio are two wireless charging solutions: the Nokia Wireless Charger and Nokia Portable Wireless Charger. Both devices support the universal Qi charging standard, so they can work with compatible wireless charging devices, including the Nokia 9 PureView and Nokia 8 Sirocco.

The Nokia Wireless Charger supports fast 10-watt wireless charging, making it perfect for a quick top up when at home or in the office. The Nokia Portable Wireless Charger is a power bank that supports wireless charging, so you can charge your wireless devices on the go, even if you forgot your cable. The Nokia Portable Wireless Charger also supports universal USB output - so non-wireless devices can be charged through a USB cable.

*Nenye Dom/Editor

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