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NIMC Passes ISO/IEC 27001:2013 Re-Certification Exercise

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has announced successfully passing the ISO/IEC 27001:2013 Re-Certification Audit. The success of the re-certification exercise implies that the NIMC operates an Information Security Management System (ISMS) that protects the data of the citizens in line with the requirements of the ISO 27001:2013. The exercise involved extensive evaluation of People, Technology and Processes within the Commission was conducted by the British Standard Institute (BSI), in line with best global practices. The re-certification, therefore, demonstrates the Commission’s continuous strive for quality and safety of our systems, products and services, while embracing innovation to always perform at the optimum. While receiving the...

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Girls in ICT Day: NITDA Reinstates Need to Promote IT for Female Gender

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) is once again joining the global community to mark the Girls in ICT Day. The day is marked annually on the fourth Thursday in April and this year’s celebration falls on the 23rd April 2020. The Agency is, therefore, highlighting the need to promote technology career opportunities for girls and women in ICT, the world’s fastest-growing sector. During this year’s celebration, NITDA is drawing attention to the critical need for more girls and women to participate actively in the ICT sector of our economy. The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) had estimated skills shortfall of...

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NITDA Encourages Creativity and Innovation To Tackle COVID-19 Pandemic Challenges

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) in a statement signed by Hadiza Umar, Head, Corporate Affairs and External Relations,  joins the global community in celebrating the World Creativity and Innovation Day. The United Nations declared April 21 as the World Creativity and Innovation Day. The day is marked to raise awareness around the importance of creativity and innovation in problem-solving, especially with respect to advancing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The statement further stated "Innovation and Creativity, especially in ICT, has become the strongest catalyst for sustainable economic growth and development across nations. It is not only necessary for developing...

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Deployment Of Nigerians Database In The Fight Against COVID-19 Will Be In Line With Appropriate Regulations- Pantami

The Minister of Communications and  Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, FNCS, FBCS, FIIM, in a statement signed by Dr Femi Adeluyi, Technical Assistant (Information Technology) to the minister, assures stakeholders that the deployment of Nigerians database in the fight against COVID-19 will be in line with appropriate data privacy regulations. The statement stated thus "The attention of Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, FNCS, FBCS, FIIM, Honourable Minister of the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy (FMoCDE), has been drawn to reports of devious schemes perpetrated by some unscrupulous persons claiming they have access to personal data of Nigerians...

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54gene Raises $15m Series A Funding

Nigeria-based African genomics research, services, and development startup 54gene have closed a Series A round of US$15 million to allow it to scale operations. Launched in 2019, 54gene is a research, services and development company founded that utilises human genetic data from diverse African populations to improve the development, availability and efficacy of medical products that will prove beneficial to Africans and the wider global population. The startup raised a US$4.5 million seed round last year and has now secured US$15 million in Series A capital in a round led by Adjuvant Capital, a life sciences fund backed by the International Finance Corporation, Novartis, and the Bill...

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Digital Payment: Systemspecs and Paga Partner To Boost Financial Inlcusion

SystemSpecs, Nigeria’s leading fintech company and providers of Remita, and Paga, the foremost mobile money service providers in the country have partnered to extend the frontiers of electronic payments in Nigeria. This comes as Nigerians social distance, stay at home and remain safe in the face the Covid-19 pandemic. In a recent announcement by the organisations, the first phase of the collaboration would enable Paga customers to easily initiate and complete payment to all Remita billers and merchants right from Paga’s web channel – paga.com. Paga’s agents nationwide would also be able to process end-to-end payments to all Remita customers from...

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NCC Set to Propel Socio-Economic Transformation with ICT Parks Project

Nigeria’s independent telecoms regulatory authority, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has embarked on the building of six (6) Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Parks to promote the socio-economic transformation of Nigeria. The ICT Parks are to provide Innovation Labs and Digital Fabrication Laboratories (Fablabs) for use by ICT innovators and entrepreneurs to turn their ideas into products and prototypes; provide a Commercial Hub for ICT capacity building and digital skills; create employment and entrepreneurial activities, and facilitate smart city deployment across the Digital Industrial complex. An initiative of the current leadership of NCC, the ICT Parks Project involves the construction and equipping...

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NITDA Admonishes Nigerians on COVID-19 Impact Mitigation Strategy

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) joins the rest of the world to mark World Backup Day set aside for every March 31st, with the view to reminding users of computing devices of the potential consequences of stolen, lost or failed device. NITDA has admonished Nigerians of the importance to always observe safety measures in order to safeguard their data. World Backup Day is also a day used for creating awareness on the importance of protecting computing assets by regularly backing-up data. Making a regular backup is one way to minimize the damage that can be caused by malware that...

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