Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Isa Pantami is optimistic that digital economy through virtual payments, e-commerce and other digital services is capable of contributing 45 per cent to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
According to the Minister, the second quarter of the National Bureau of Statistics observed that information and communications technology contributed 17.83% to the GDP.
Mr Pantami believes technology and synergies will play a pivotal role in the expansion of the digital economy as well as how people leverage opportunities and surmount obstacles.
“Emerging technology, in particular, is gaining a lot of attention across the globe and is enhancing the lives of people. This is why we have a pillar that focuses on it.
“The need for partnerships in the development of a vibrant digital economy cannot be overemphasised.
“This explains why we always partner with stakeholders in the digital economy ecosystem in the development of policies and regulatory instruments as well as in the implementation of initiatives,” he said.
Danbatta affirmed that the NCC was passionate about increasing the expansion of the telecommunications sector.
“We will leave no stone unturned. We will not rest on our oars until we achieve our goals. We have our job cut out for us and we will start with broadband because that is the key to touching the lives of every Nigerian.”
He disclosed that NCC aspires to deepen broadband penetration to between 70 to 90% by 2025 in conformity with the new target in the Nigerian National Broadband Plan 2020-2025.
“We want to continue to protect consumers and ensure they have value for their money.
“More importantly, we will continue to support and fast-track the digital economy drive of the Federal Government of Nigeria and this has led to the creation of a Digital Economy Department in the commission,” he said.
FG Extends NIN-SIM Verification Deadline To October 31 2021
The Federal Government has approved the extension of the deadline for National Identity Number (NIN)-Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) data verification to October 31, 2021.
The decision to extend the deadline was made following a request by stakeholders to accommodate registration in hard-to-reach remote areas, foreigners and diplomatic missions, diaspora and address low enrolments in schools and hospitals, as evidenced by enrolment statistics.
The decision also followed a review of the progress of the exercise which indicated significant progress, hence the need to consolidate the gains of the enrolment and NIN-SIM verification process across the country.
As at July 24, 2021, there are over 5,500 enrolment systems within and outside the country and this would significantly ease the NIN enrolment process and subsequent linkage of NIN to SIM.
The administration of His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, has approved the extension as part of efforts to make it easier for its citizens within and outside the country, and legal residents to obtain the NIN and it is important to take advantage of the extension.
The NIN-SIM linkage also makes it easier for the security agencies to carry out their statutory duties and the relevant parastatals under the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy are supporting them as required.
There are now a total of 59.8 million unique NIN enrolments, with average of 3 to 4 SIMs per NIN. With the great number of enrolment centres within and outside the country, and many more coming up, every citizen, legal resident, and Nigerian citizens living in diaspora should be able to obtain their NINs.
The Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, PhD, FNCS, FBCS, FIIM, on behalf of the Federal Government, commends the Kano State government and other States that have made NINs a key requirement for school enrolments and access to other important services.
The Federal Government is also excited at the news that the use of NIN in the process of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) exam significantly reduced the challenge of exam malpractice.
The Minister, on behalf of the Federal Government, appreciates Nigerians for their patience and compliance with the Federal Government’s directive on the NIN-SIM registration exercise.
Similarly, the Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, and the Director-General/CEO of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Engr. Aliyu Azeez, urge citizens and legal residents to make sure they use the opportunity to complete the process of enrolment and verification before the October 31 deadline.
Shock As NIMC Says It Needs N25bn To Buy Storage Servers
The National Identity Management Commission is proposing N25 billion to procure more servers for the storage of National Identity Number enrolment records. It is to submit its proposal to the Federal Executive Council on Wednesday.
The Director General, NIMC, Aliyu Abubakar Aziz, disclosed this on Tuesday while appearing before Senate Public Accounts Committee, which is probing the agency over alleged non-compliance with Public Procurement Act on award of N229 million contract.
He said 57 million persons have, so far, been registered, adding that 90 servers were needed to register 100 million Nigerians. “For us to reach 100 million, we will need 90 servers. We have enrolled 57 million as of today. We will ask for N25 billion at FEC tomorrow to buy more server to take the whole of population,” he said.
Sophos awards partners in MEA for outstanding performance in FY21
By Sandra Ani
Sophos, a global leader in next-generation cybersecurity, today announced the winners of its 2021 Middle East and Africa Partner Awards during the virtual Sophos MEA Partner Awards 2021 on June 2, 2021. Sophos recognized the winning partners for their business commitment and success over the last fiscal year.
“Partners are an integral part of our business in the Middle East and Africa region. They have significantly contributed to Sophos’ mission to protect organizations of all sizes. The Partner Awards honour top performing regional partners who have shown commitment towards strengthening their customer’s security and enhancing cybersecurity awareness,” said the Vice President, Middle East and Africa, Sophos, Harish Chib.
“Our partners have gone above and beyond to assist their customers cope with the unprecedented challenges brought on by the ongoing pandemic. Along with delivering next-generation cybersecurity solutions, they proved to be customers’ trusted advisors and have helped them to thrive in the new normal and ensure business continuity. We are proud of them and appreciate their efforts,” Chib added.
Sophos 2021 West Africa Partner Award Winners:
- Distributor of the Year, West Africa– Mart Networks Limited
- Partner of the Year- Reliance Infosystems
- Synchronized Security Partner of the Year– Sunnet Systems
- Top Country Performer- Pacific Solutions Limited
Ghana and Congo
- Emerging Partner of the Year, Ghana- Infonans Solution PLC
- Synchronized Partner of the Year, Ghana– Guardian Tech
- Top Country Performer, Ghana – Atlantic Computers
- Mid-Market Partner of the Year, Congo– OFIS
Sophos is a worldwide leader in next-generation cybersecurity, protecting more than 500,000 organizations and millions of consumers in more than 150 countries from today’s most advanced cyberthreats.
Powered by threat intelligence, AI and machine learning from SophosLabs and SophosAI, Sophos delivers a broad portfolio of advanced products and services to secure users, networks and endpoints against ransomware, malware, exploits, phishing and the wide range of other cyberattacks.
Sophos provides a single integrated cloud-based management console, Sophos Central – the centerpiece of an adaptive cybersecurity ecosystem that features a centralized data lake that leverages a rich set of open APIs available to customers, partners, developers, and other cybersecurity vendors.
Sophos sells its products and services through reseller partners and managed service providers (MSPs) worldwide. Sophos is headquartered in Oxford, U.K.
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