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Christian Queen Nigeria beauty pageant holds August 19

The second edition of Christian Queen Nigeria beauty pageant’s grand finale will hold on Saturday August 19. The event billed for the Excellence Hotel, Ogba is an annual pageantry organized by AFV on the platform of Esther Beauty Pageant. The Esther beauty pageant, according to organizer is designed to project the virtues of decency, morality, discipline, intelligence and beauty divinely embedded in the female folks of age bracket 18 to 28 years. The beauty pageant completely outlaws the use of bikini dresses and nudity is prohibited. Auditions were held in six states, Lagos, Edo, Delta, Imo, Cross-river and the FCT.  With fifty...

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Samsung to invest $380 mn, add almost 1,000 jobs in US

Samsung plans to invest $380 million and hire nearly 1,000 workers for a new plant in South Carolina to manufacture home appliances, the company announced Wednesday. Samsung Electronics America described it as a “state of the art” facility that starting next year will build premium home products, including washing machines, and will be staffed with craftsmen, engineers and operators. US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who is leading President Donald Trump’s “America First” manufacturing and trade strategy, applauded the announcement and appeared at a signing ceremony with South Carolina officials. Ross said in a statement the investment was “a direct reflection of the fact...

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ICT Standards: NITDA Lauds FIRS Others

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has commended the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) for meeting the expectations and requirements of the Executive Order signed by the Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbanjo, on the promotion of transparency and efficiency in the business environment designed to facilitate the ease of doing business in Nigeria as related to the use of ICT for service delivery. Following NITDA’s earlier press statement on the Federal Ministries websites’ business friendly assessment, further evaluation of the websites of some agencies has confirmed that FIRS, JAMB...

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IT Procurement: NITDA, EFCC Forge Partnership to Curb Corruption

In the face of the wanton corruption being perpetrated by MDAs especially in the procurement of IT products and services, the National Information Technology Development Agency, (NITDA) and the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, (EFCC) have forged alliance in order to strengthen the anti-corruption war especially on the procurement of Information Technology,(IT)products and service among the Ministries, Department and Agencies of the Federal Government. This was disclosed in Abuja when the Director General of NITDA, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, (FBCS) led the management team of the Agency on a working visit to EFCC Headquarter in Abuja. Pantami stated that the alliance...

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Nigeria Loses 21 Telecoms Operators in 10 years

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The Chairman of the Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), Gbenga Adebayo yesterday revealed that about 21 telecommunications operators have gone into extinction in the country in the last 10 years. He cautioned that that if care was not taken, more service operators might still close shops before the year ends. Adebayo, who was a panelist at yesterday’s Broadband Summit 2017 in Lagos with the theme: ‘Broadband as an Enabler of Economic Growth,’ organized by BusinessDay Media Limited said as at 2006 ALTON had 35 members, “but between 2007 and now, we have been reduced to 14.” The likes of Multilinks,...

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Operations difficulties: Telecom Operators send SOS to NCC

Following difficulties currently threatening their operations, operators of the Tier II Telecoms operators in Nigeria have called on the Executive vice Chairman of the Nigeria Communications Commissions, NCC to quickly intervene in the situation which they claimed have the capacity to derail the Federal Government’s new broadband plan. The group made up of notable   broadband companies   in   Nigeria asked the NCC to take   immediate   and decisive   steps   to   avert   the   looming   threat   of   strangulation,   which   its members currently face.     The call was made during a recent visit by the group to the NCC EVC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta at his office...

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Ekuwem canvasses for Local Content Measurement Index

A Director at the Centre for Cyber Awareness and Development, CECAD Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem has called on all Nigerians to take pride in patronizing local contents particularly in ICT. Dr. Ekuwem who was a guest alongside other industry stakeholders on popular Innovation and Technology Television programme, DigiVation on AIT, stressed the need for both private and public entities to buy the made in Nigeria products in other to grow the Nigeria currency. According to him, the local content in the Nigerian ICT industry is economically buoyant enough to get Nigeria out of recession. In his words, “We should hold the Nigeria’s ICT development...

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2017: The Year of Free WiFi Business

2017 has been prophesized to be the year of Free WiFi business in Nigeria by industry observers. The idea which has been in the pipeline since 2016 came fully very early 2017 and as at now, about three known companies have since started the business in Lagos state and Abuja. Authoritatively, a Company named Voguish Wireless started it’s operations in the Lagos suburb putting WiFi devices in public places like: Bars, Lounges and Hotels in Agbado. Despite Don Jazzy led Flobyt laying claim to pioneering Free Wifi in Nigeria, observers say some corporate organizations have done it mostly within the Lagos Island. In...

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Quality of Service: Hard Times Await Telecos Subscribers

Telecommunications subscribers in the country may face poor quality of service issues as some Global System for Mobile communications (GSM) operators scale down operations as a result of the harsh operating environment. This is coming against the backdrop of MTN sacking of some 280 workers and refusal by Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to remove IT/Telecom equipment from list of restricted items in access to foreign exchange. Funso Aina, MTN spokesperson, said the disengagement of the workers was part of an ongoing business transformation drive towards sustained growth and to facilitate the firm’s continued role as a partner for progress and socio-economic...

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MasterCard, GTP to deploy prepaid solutions across Africa

MasterCard and Global Technology Partners, GTP have partnered to deploy the latest prepaid solutions across Africa. The new innovations are targeted at supporting government payments, driving innovation in the travel, tourism sector and driving transparency and efficiency for the financial services and corporate sector. In the new setup, Mastercard’s prepaid cards will be deployed.  It will provide consumers greater access to payment systems, international travel, and online shopping. The cards will come with Mastercard’s card security features which ensure that funds are protected even if the card is lost or stolen. Once funds are loaded to the prepaid card, cardholders can use the card...

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