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Monday, March 23, 2020

Covid-19 Work-from-home: NITRA tasks firms on robust ICT platforms - ITREALMS


A body of specialized journalists under the aegis of Nigeria Information Technology Reporters Association (NITRA) has charged organisations to implement robust Information and Communication Technology (ICT) platforms to enable workers work from home given the spread of CoronaVirus (CoVid-19), reports ITREALMS.

The NITRA Chairman, Chike Onwuegbuchi informed ITREALMS that this is the time when most company’s technology platforms will be tested, following the directive for people to maintain a relatively good social distance as a measure of curbing the rate of infections from the virus.

He also called on companies to ensure they put in place secure messaging platforms for company staff to interact while at home, and also maintain a strong and secure server that will handle the increased traffic on their company networks.

Onwuegbuchi, urged management of companies to empower their staff so that they can be productive from home. He said this is to ensure that productivity is not reduced to zero due to the scourge of COVID-19.

Speaking on the need for a robust technology to help companies operate with remote staff input, Onwuegbuchi noted that service providers can contribute their quota to alleviating the difficulties people are facing in this trying period by offering low cost technological services.

He called on telecom service providers, including mobile network operators (MNOs) to reduce their charges for voice and data services in a bid to make communication cheaper and easier for their consumers. This, he noted will make consumers rely more on telecommunications, and live streaming of messages/communications rather than physical meetings.

ITREALMS recalled that the Lagos State government has put measures in place to ensure that the spread of the virus is greatly minimized, including a directive that gathering of people in a particular space be reduced to 20, this include places of religious gathering, social gatherings and political gathering. Also the state government has directed civil servants of Grade Level 12 and below in the state to work from home as from Monday March 23.

Nenye Dom/Editor

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