- FG, Huawei Awards 1000 Nigerian Civil Servants
The Federal Government of Nigeria in collaboration with global leading ICT firm, Huawei Technologies Company Nigeria Limited, closed out the training for 1000 Nigerian civil servants under the ICT for change programme with a closing award ceremony.
The ceremony which held at the Abuja International Conference Centre, had in attendance the office of the Secretary to the Federal Government (SGF), who was represented by the Permanent Secretary General Services Office, Mr. Olusegun Adeyemi Adekunle, the Minister of Communications, Dr. Isa Pantami, the office of the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Interior represented, the Honourable Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Nigeria, Mr. Zhou Pinhjian, as well as the Vice President of Huawei Technologies, Mr. Chen Zhijun and other top management of the company.
The ICT for Change program is a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the Federal Government of Nigeria and Huawei Technologies Company Nigeria Limited as part of Huawei’s CSR initiatives aimed at supporting the automation of government processes in Nigeria. The program had two phases which were to train 2000 Nigerian youths and 1000 Nigerian Civil Servants on core ICT capacity. On the 25th of October 2018, the company signed the MoU to proceed on the second phase of the training for the civil servants and started the program on the 14th of January 2019. The program which had 19 batches of civil servants was completed on the 28th of June 2019 having trained a total of 935 public servants drawn from 101 Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).
At the closing ceremony, the Secretary to the Federal Government (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, represented by the Permanent Secretary General Services Office, Mr. Olusegun Adeyemi Adekunle, expressed his delight on the successful conclusion of the training program. He stated that “on behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria, I wish to sincerely thank Huawei Technologies for this partnership in fulfilling their corporate social responsibility as a reputable global organization. This gesture is highly commendable and we look forward to more of such programmes that seek to compliment Federal Government’s commitment to deliver good governance.”
“The ICT For Change program has tremendously increased the knowledge of the participants in the areas of Human Capacity building in developing ICT trends, Innovative ICT & Building Smart City, Internet of Things Trends and Solutions, E-Government, Cloud technology, web design and maintenance, Microsoft Word training, Software-Defined-Networking (SDN), etc.” he added.
The SGF also stated that the programmes were also in alignment with the Federal Civil Service Strategy and Implementation Plan (2017 -2020) which seeks to enhance the capacities and capabilities of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in their performance and delivery systems.
The Minister of Communications, Dr. Isa Pantami, expressed his appreciation to Huawei Technologies for its continuous partnership with the Nigerian government – ministries, departments and agencies. He stated that “Capacity building is critical to achieving digitization in the country and Huawei Technologies through this training is contributing significantly to the mandate of the present administration to drive a fully digital government ecosystem”. According to the Honourable minister, trainings as this which improve digitization also significantly contribute to poverty alleviation in the country which is a core mandate of the present administration.
The Honourable Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Nigeria, Mr. Zhou Pinhjian, acknowledged that “Civil servants play an essential role in the effective and efficient running of government. With the ever wider spread and application of ICT in our society, civil servants everywhere are confronting more and more ICT-related challenges in formulating and implementing policies.”
“I wish to express my sincere appreciation to the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF) for its deep trust in Huawei, an integral part of Nigeria’s ICT ecosystem and a leading ICT giant of the world which we Chinese are very proud of. The efforts made by the OSGF in partnership with Huawei to enhance ICT training are highly commendable, as capacity building initiative is one of the eight major initiatives announced at the FOCAC Beijing Summit last September.” The ambassador added.
He assured a good working relationship between the both countries stating that “China remains committed to enhancing exchanges and cooperation between competent authorities of China and Nigeria, sharing good practice in each other’s ICT development, seizing the opportunity presented by the digital economy, encouraging companies to carry out cooperation in ICT infrastructure, the internet and the digital economy, and working together to narrow the digital divide and promote the building of an information society in Nigeria and China.”
Huawei Technologies Vice President, Mr. Chen Zhijun, stated that “In Nigeria, ICT has played a crucial role in providing the requisite tools that support the diversification of the economy. ICT has contributed over 10% of Nigeria’s GDP. Furthermore, World Economic Forum predicts that by 2025, some 1.9 million jobs and $20 billion in additional GDP will accrue to Nigeria as technology continues to offer people new opportunities to engage in online platform work and transition from informal to formal jobs.”
“The ICT for Change program is a part of Huawei Nigeria’s efforts in skill transfer and talent fostering. At Huawei, we believe that people are the most important and valuable asset. Investment in people is investment in future. Huawei Nigeria is determined and committed to walking this journey with Nigerians to boost availability, accessibility and affordability of ICT services to turn digital inclusion into social and economic inclusion, with our vision and mission to bring digital to every person, home, organization for a fully connected and intelligent world.”
MTN Partners Fintechs as Talks With Banks Lingers
MTN has activated a number of new channel partnerships with fintech companies as the company continues meeting with the commercial banks on a new pricing structure agreement.
MTN’s initial meeting for the reduction of the charges held on Tuesday with the banks ended in a deadlock and is expected to continue until a new long-term agreement can be reached on a sustainable pricing structure going forward.
The telco said this in a statement on Thursday titled ‘Update on banking channel partners’ dispute and expansion of channel network’.
MTN customers were reconnected to banking channels after the banks blocked them on April 2.
This was agreed on the basis that MTN would revert to its previous cost of sales structures with banking partners, until a new long-term agreement could be reached on a sustainable pricing structure going forward.
The telecom company noted that it had been participating in a series of meetings with the banks since Tuesday, after the intervention of the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, the Nigerian Communication Commission and the Central Bank of Nigeria.
According to the telco, the reduction in the banks’ commission on USSD airtime is ‘international standard and best practice as scale is built along distribution channels’.
“We will provide a further market update once these discussions have been concluded.
We are confident that partners in the banking sector will work with us to ensure this process concludes as quickly as possible to the benefit of the entire industry,” MTN said.
It said it had partnered with new fintechs to expand the range of channels available to customers, adding that the partnerships would remain in place.
“The new channel partners include Sparkle, Konga Pay, Barter By Flutter Wave, Jumia Pay, OPay, Kuda, Carbon, BillsnPay, MTN On Demand, MTN Xtratime airtime loans (*606#), myMTN Web http://mymtn.com.ng and Momo agent *223#,” the statement said.
The telco expressed optimism for a mutually acceptable solution that empowered all ecosystem participants.
Trove, Bamboo Assure Nigerian Investors Assets Are Safe Following SEC Warning
Trove and Bamboo, the two of the numerous fintech companies, facilitating investments in foreign assets for Nigerians in Nigeria have released statements to assured Nigerians that have invested through their platforms that their investments are safe.
The assurance came few hours after the Nigerian Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released a circular to warn the public against unregistered online investment and trading platforms facilitating access to foreign markets.
The SEC, in a circular titled, ‘Proliferation of Unregistered Online Investment and Trading Platforms Facilitating Access to Trading in Securities Listed in Foreign Markets’ stated that its attention has been “drawn to the existence of several providers of online investment and trading platforms which purportedly facilitate direct access of the investing public in the Federal Republic of Nigeria to securities of foreign Companies listed on Securities Exchanges registered in other jurisdictions. These platforms also claim to be operating in partnership with Capital Market operators (CMOs) registered with the Commission.”
“The Commission categorically states that by the provisions of Sections 67-70 of the Investments and Securities Act (ISA), 2007 and Rules 414 & 415 of the SEC Rules and Regulations, only foreign securities listed on any Exchange registered in Nigeria may be issued, sold or offered for sale or subscription to the Nigerian public. Accordingly, CMOs who work in concert with the referenced online platforms are hereby notified of the Commission’s position and advised to desist henceforth.
“The Commission enjoins the investing public to seek clarification as may be required via its established channels of communication on investment products advertised through conventional or online mediums.”
However, Trove immediately released a statement, saying “Our attention has been drawn to the SEC circular that was recently issued.
“Please be aware that we are and will remain committed to being in compliance with all local laws and regulations. We have always maintained good standing with all existing compliance requirements and regulatory frameworks.
“Be rest assured that your funds and equities are safe and secure with Trove.
“Since the memorandum, we have been liaising with the SEC to get more clarity on the circular. We are also engaging with top level executives at our local partner brokers. Additionally, we have involved legal professionals to manage the on-going mediation.
“From all indications, we anticipate everything would be resolved.
“Kindly note that your US funds and equities are held in custody by Drivewealth LLC, a regulated broker dealer in the US and protected by the SIPC, for up to $500,000.
“You can continue your trading activities as normal as we are still fully capable of carrying out our responsibilities as usual.
“Be rest assured that we are on top of all the happenings and would actively communicate with you all as things progress. Thanks for all your support and confidence”
Bamboo also responded in a similar version to calm thousands of investors on its platform.
Richmond Bassey, CEO, Bamboo, in a statement sent to all registered investors said “We are aware of the recently released SEC circular about trading in foreign markets.
“First off, we want to assure you that your assets on Bamboo remain safe and easily accessible to you.
“We are already in discussions with the SEC and our broker partner and are fully committed to working with them to ensure your interests as our users are fully protected.
“We want to reassure you that there’s nothing to be concerned about. We are still able to carry out all our operations and will continue to do so. Should the situation change, we will inform and advise you on the best course of action.
“Thank you for your continued faith and trust in us. We will continue to put in all the hard work to serve you. Thank you.”
Konga Gives Free Bluetooth Headset in a Fresh Promo
Konga, a leading e-commerce company in Nigeria, has commenced a fresh promo tagged #AO2Promo for every Samsung Galaxy AO2 ordered.
Self-acclaimed Nigeria’s largest online mall said customers that ordered Samsung Galaxy AO2 on Kong will receive a free Bluetooth headset.
“What are you waiting for? FREE BLUETOOTH HEADSET is set for you.
“Just order your Samsung Galaxy A02 today on Konga & get a free Bluetooth Headset,” the company stated in a tweet.
In March, the e-commerce company announced Battle of the Brands to treat shoppers to the biggest deals and offers from top brands dominating segments.
Speaking on Battle of the Brands, Kenny Oriola, Vice President, Konga Online, said “Battle of the Brands is a time to decide who the best brands offering the biggest deals in the market are. Our customers have long waited for this campaign and many of them have expressed huge anticipation to see what each brand has to offer. As a top brand, you certainly do not want to disappoint your loyal customers.
“This is the time to show off the biggest deals and best offers as that is what shoppers are looking forward to. As a globally-renowned brand, you deserve to be seen on Battle of the Brands. We expect to see shoppers treated to a number of exclusive offers, mouth-watering deals, huge price slashes or even new products from the brands we have lined up for this campaign. Therefore, we are putting all our assets at the disposal of these brands in order to ensure that potential shoppers are satisfied,’’ he stated.
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