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CWG offers academy to turn youths away from Cybercrimes — Director

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The Business Director, Computer Warehouse Group (CWG), Mr Martins Nwoga, on Thursday said that the organisation had set up an academy to train youths in Information Communication Technology (ICT) which would make them employable.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that CWG is a leading provider in ICT solutions across the West, Central and East Africa,

CWG in partnerships with Veritas Solutions has organised a workshop for the business sector and professionals at Eko Hotels and Suite, Victoria Island.

The workshop with the theme “Unified Data Management”, had in attendance participants from the banking sector, oil and gas, financial institutions and other stakeholders.

Nwoga in an interview with NAN said that the company in response to the need to explore the ingenuity of youths positively and make them employable had set up the academy.

“We understand the terrain and the need to take our youths away from Cybercrimes also called the Computer Crimes, is offering a training academy to train them and make them employable and keep away from cybercrime.

“What they needed to do is to enroll with the academy located in Lekki, Lagos, and have their three months training. We also offer internship programmes where we train them and also put them on accounts.

“The training offers training support for hardware and software installations and we have partnered with global IT companies like Oracle, Infosys, Wincor, IBM and VMWare.

“Although it is difficult to stop Cybercrimes, especially among the youth, it can be reduced to barest minimum if they are engaged positively, a solution which we are offering.

“We need to create role models for youths and make them realise that hard work pays; they need to develop themselves in IT solutions which has abundant opportunities rather than cybercrimes,” he said.

Nwoga said that the academy was affordable and open to all irrespective of age, adding that government could also minimise the rate of cybercrimes by enforcing the laws against it.

“The academy is open to all and it is quite affordable with immense opportunities.

“For the government, they need to implement the security policies that we have; most organisations are using Yahoo, MSN, Google and others without their dedicated encryption.

“If the government implements the policies, there will be no need for the Social Media Bill, all what they needed is to implement the laws that we already have,” he said.

(Edited & Vetted By: Peter Ejiofor)
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CWG, Veritas offer proactive applications to minimise data theft

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Mr Martin Nwoga

A leading provider of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) solutions across the West, Central and East Africa, Computer Warehouse Group (CWG), on Thursday said it was providing a universal platform to minimise data theft.

The CWG Business Director, Services, Mr Martin Nwoga, said this while speaking with the Nigeria News Agency in Lagos on the sidelines of a workshop held at Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island in collaboration with Veritas, also an ICT company.

The workshop with the theme “Unified Data Management” had in attendance participants from the banking sector, oil and gas, financial institutions and other stakeholders.

Nwoga told NAN that CWG was offering the public a more trusted data management service that was unique and adaptable for all network infrastructure.

“The solution that we are providing is verifiable because we are the foremost data security agent in Nigeria which explains the reason we are having the workshop with the important stakeholders.

“The whole idea is to make them understand that there is a technology in place called “Network Backup” that is profoundly efficient and useful for their environment.

“Instructively, organisations need to have a data life cycle management which determines how they backup, when to backup and that is what Veritas has brought to fore.

“The unique feature of this is its simplicity, global visibility, cost effectiveness and heterogeneous ability because it can work across all network.

Nwoga said that aside the unique features of the platform for the data management, CWG had a large personnel to attend to any problem that might arise from using its platform.

“Veritas is heterogeneous and can work across all network from storage facilities to archives.

“CWG also has close to 600 technology staff in Nigeria and some of the staff are dedicated to different towers and telecommunications organisations, oil and gas; we also have engineers to support our backups.

“If there is any issue as regards backup, CWG will find the solution from all the layers from top to the bottom, we can proffer solution no matter how old the infrastructure may be,” he said.

Nwoga said that CWG had the capacity to minimise cyber-attacks on organisations database through its dedicated platform.
“In this time of cybercrime, we are proactive enough to discover at what level is the attack if anyone hacks into organisations database.

“At Veritas, we can easily determine which of the document has been touched and proactively manage the crisis and make sure that such does not repeat itself.

“We cannot stop cyber-attacks, but we can minimise it. Once we notice an attack, we will launch an end user point to stop the attack with our `Intrusion Proactive System’.

“The Intuition Proactive System allows one to recover data even after an attack, as our company can operate through three divisions; CWL system, DCC networks and Expert Edge Software,” he said.

(Edited & Vetted By: Peter Ejiofor)
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CWG Plc appoints Nwoga Business Director

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The management of Computer Warehouse Group (CWG) Plc has appointed Mr Martin Nwoga as Business Director – Services effective from Oct. 7, this year.

“This appointment is in line with CWG Plc’s commitment to strengthen its delivery and service organisations.

“Mr Martin Nwoga has more than 25 years in Information and Communication Technology, including 15 years of management experience in Africa, U.S., U.K., Europe and China,’’ the company said on Friday in Lagos.

According to the firm, Martin has developed and delivered frameworks for project management and infrastructure management.

He has held executive roles in end-user and supplier environments, including Financial Institutions, Big 5 Consultancy, Telecommunication, and roles in Public and Private Sector engagements as Operations Director, Service Management Director.

Others are continental Portfolio Management, continental Programme Management, Country Service Manager (Nigeria), Regional OEM/Service Management, and continental Server & Systems Operations focused on infrastructure deployment, maintenance and compliance.

It noted that his professional career spans roles in Infosoft Nigeria, Integrated Technologies Nigeria, Microsoft Nigeria, Cancer Research U.K., Accenture U.K., Abbey National U.K, Airtel, IBM Global Services and Old Mutual Insurance.

The company said that in his new role, Nwoga would be responsible for driving the simplification of the management of customers’ computing environments, optimisation of operational efficiencies and improvement of service levels.

“We are particularly pleased that Martin Nwoga with his wealth of global and regional experiences in ICT has joined us here in CWG Plc.

“His various roles in Africa, U.K., China, U.S. and Europe will be of great value to both CWG Plc and our customers in ensuring that we deliver to the highest standards we preach and achieve a more profitable organization,’’ it said.

CWG Plc (formerly Computer Warehouse Group Plc) was incorporated in Nigeria as a Private limited liability company on Feb. 1, 2005, and became a public limited liability company on Nov. 15, 2013.

The group is primarily engaged in the supply, installation, maintenance, and provision of support for hardware, software, consultancy, communications and managed services.


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1,800 youths acquire software entrepreneurship skills through NITDA, NOTAP, CWG synergy

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Lagos, March 18, 2019 Mr Adewale Adeyipo, Acting Managing Director, Computer Warehouse Group (CWG) says the synergy between National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and the National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP) has created software entrepreneurship opportunities for 1,800 youths.

Adeyipo made this known on Monday in Lagos at a Stakeholders’ Roundtable meeting on the Use of Nigeria Software in the Financial Sector.

Speaking on the topic: “Building a viable Ecosystem and Financial Services in Nigeria’’, he said there was no better way to grow the Nigerian economy.

Adeyipo, represented by Mr Udukheil Izebuno, Business Director, Government, CWG, said such synergy could not be underestimated as it had benefited 1,800 youths via the CWG Academic Platform.

According to him, the synergy was to help each candidate shape their Information and Communications Technology Career (ICT).

“This synergy has created development for our teeming youths for the CWG employment scheme.

“It is not enough to send our kids to schools, when they come out, they are called or termed unemployable.

“The reason they are termed unemployable is because they do not match their academic skills with the reality on ground in the market.

“In marrying technology with skills the graduates acquire in school, we will not be talking about how to get our young ones to become entrepreneurs.

“It is because they already have the knowledge and start-ups will become a norm that can be applied to the technology sector as well,’’ he said.

Adeyipo also emphasised the need to build local content such as building platforms locally for Small and Medium Enterprises and giving this to them at a reduced price.

He said that government had and was still playing a significant role in the development of software, saying that government could do more especially on the development of local content policies.

Adeyipo said that there were policies in place on local content, saying that how many private companies were aware and how did they participate in building a viable ecosystem was significant.

He said that indigenous ICT companies should engage themselves in Research and Documentation as a form of investment with key starters from international companies..

According to him, it will attract more markets for our indigenous software and improve the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP)..

“It is not enough for us to call on the government; the private sector should wake up to their responsibilities, ” Adeyipo said.

 

 

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Laos to undertake prior consultation for Sanakham hydropower project on Mekong River

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Laos will undertake the Mekong River Commission’s (MRC) prior consultation process for its Sanakham hydropower project, the sixth proposed project on the Mekong mainstream, an MRC press release said on Monday.

The run-of-river dam will operate continuously year-round and produce 684 megawatts of electricity, it said.

In its notification submitted to the MRC Secretariat based in Lao capital Vientiane, the Lao government provided a set of engineering documents and technical feasibility study, including the project’s social and environmental impact assessments and sediment and fisheries study, which will be shared with other MRC member countries including Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam.

According to the notification, the project’s construction is expected to begin in 2020 and finish in 2028, the year the commercial operations are also set to begin. The energy generated by the project will mainly be exported to Thailand.

“Laos submitted the project as an intra-basin water use around the year on the mainstream of the Mekong River, which is subject to undergoing the prior consultation process. The submission will enable the notified Member Countries and members of the public to have detailed information and study of the project’s water use and any potential impacts stemming from the project,” said An Pich Hatda, CEO of the MRC Secretariat, according to the press release.

The prior consultation process normally lasts six months but could be extended further by the Joint Committee. It is not meant to approve or disapprove the proposed project.

The Sanakham project is approximately 1,737 km from the sea, lying about 155 km from Vientiane at downstream. The powerhouse is about 350 meters long and 58 meters high, and has 12 turbines, each producing 57 MW of electricity.

According to the submitted documents, Datang (Lao) Sanakham Hydropower Co. Ltd is listed as the project developer. The total cost of the project is estimated at 2,073 million U.S. dollars. Of these, about 27.7 million U.S. dollars are allocated for environmental and social mitigation measures and monitoring programs.

The MRC Joint Committee Working Group (JCWG) is scheduled to meet on June 16 to discuss key issues around the prior consultation process of the project, including the starting date of the six-month process.

The MRC is an intergovernmental organization for regional dialogue and cooperation in the lower Mekong river basin, and was established in 1995 based on the Mekong Agreement between Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam.

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Coronavirus – South Sudan: Cash and Voucher Assistance and the Covid-19 Outbreak, South Sudan

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This documents intents to provide guidance and advice on how to best adapt Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA) programming during the current Covid-19 outbreak and specifically:

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1) How to manage CVA during the outbreak;

2) How to operate while reducing the risk of contamination.

This document (adapted from CashCap global cash community of practice) is a compilation of information from sources that currently are available and relevant to the South Sudan context. This also means that this is a living document, and it will be revised and updated when necessary. Any advice, inputs and comments are warmly welcomed.

Coordination

  • Coordinate with relevant authorities and coordination bodies such as the health authorities and interagency coordination bodies;

  • Contact donors to understand how flexible they are on programme changing, prioritizing etc.;

  • Update the Cash Working Group of any CVA activity changes and initiatives;

  • Ensure dissemination of preventive guidance and tools within the organisations.

  • Coordinate with other humanitarian agencies, for a joint and harmonized response in case of emergency 1 such as revision of Minimum Expenditure Basket .

  • Continue follow-up the CWG webpages, and CaLP website’s page on COVID-19 related resources, guidance, events and questions.

  • When Rumors rule: Work with humanitarian community to address the rumors and fake news about humanitarian responses.

  • Connect with National Social Protection Working Group, to know how NSPWG partners are changing approaches for social protection or safety nets as per the changing environment.

  • Coordinate internally with global teams within your organizations to understand how and what others are doing regarding cash and vouchers assistance. Look for global service desks your organization might have created one for example WFP has created a Multi-Functional Support team in HQ.

  • All of the clusters have developed their pages, and are regularly uploading information on Covid-19 and responses click here to access the South Sudan-Covid-19 resource materials.
    Global HRP on Covid-19 and CVA (Messages)

  • Scale-up of social assistance systems, and cash transfer programmes with complementary livelihood assistance (including adaptations for remote digital trade/marketing), particularly for rural crop and livestock workers and producers, small/medium businesses, refugees, IDPs, migrants and host populations, and other food-insecure population groups

  • Preserve the ability of people most vulnerable to the pandemic to meet their food consumption and other basic needs, through their productive activities and access to social safety nets and humanitarian assistance

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NGF, FG to lift 24m Nigerians out of poverty by 2030

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The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) and the Federal Government have commenced a Human Capital Development (HCD) plan towards moving 24 million Nigerians out of poverty before 2030.

The NGF disclosed this in a statement by its Head of Media and Public Affairs, Mr Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo, on Friday in Abuja.

Bello-Barkindo said that the plan was jointly embarked on by the forum and the Office of the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.

He said that the process commenced on Monday in Kaduna State and culminated in Ekiti State on Thursday.

According to him, the overall vision of the HCD was concentrated in three thematic areas which were education, public health and nutrition and the workforce.

“Human capital is the stock of habits, knowledge, social and personal attributes embodied in the ability to perform labour to produce economic value.

“It is unique and differs from any other capital. It is needed for people to achieve goals, develop and remain innovative,” Bello-Barkindo said.

He noted that the Core Working Group (CWG) of the plan led by Yosola Akinbi of the Vive President’s Office, commenced its sensitisation tour in Kaduna State.

He said that Akinbi at the state met with Gov. Nasir el-Rufai and the state’s HCD Focal Person, Sagir Ahmed.

Bello-Barkindo, however, noted that in spite of the strides of the HCD project in Kaduna State, drug addiction was impeding the progress of youths.

He added that drug addiction was also the cause of crimes in the state.

On his part, the NGF Chairman and Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi pledged total commitment to the vision of the HCD.

Fayemi said that several HCD plans initiated during his previous administration were jettisoned by his predecessor, adding that they were now gradually being returned to the governance tray.

Bello-Barkindo disclosed that the CWG also visited the Chairman of the Ekiti State Traditional Council, the Alawe of Ilawe, Oba Adebanji Alabi as well as some youth groups in the state.

Alabi told the CWG that while Ekiti State was the fountain of knowledge it was still groaning under the weight of adult-illiteracy because most elderly people were left behind in erudition.

The youths said that though they were allowed to make input into the budget, they would still like a bigger role in the state.
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India solidifies Birmingham Games boycott threats over shooting exclusion

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India’s threat to boycott the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham over shooting’s absence in the programme has intensified.

This was after the country’s Olympic association sought approval from the sports ministry for such a move.

Media reports have cited a lack of suitable facilities as the reason behind Birmingham’s decision to axe shooting.

The sport has featured at every Games since 1966, with the exception of Edinburgh in 1970.

After the decision was announced last year, the country’s shooting federation suggested boycotting the Games which would not feature what has been a high-yielding discipline for India.

Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president Narinder Batra has written a letter to sports minister Kiren Rijiju seeking a meeting to explain the “proposed boycott”.

“We want to express our protest by not taking part in the 2022 CWG Games…” Batra wrote in his letter to the minister seen by Reuters.

“We have been noticing over a period of time that wherever India seems to be getting grip on the games and performing well… either the goal posts are shifted or rules are changed.”

Indian shooters accounted for 16 of their 66 medals, including seven gold, at last year’s Gold Coast Games where they finished third in the medals table.

In shooting’s absence, India would slip to anywhere between fifth to eighth place in 2022, Batra wrote.

IOA have decided to boycott the General Assembly of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) in Rwanda.

It is also withdrawing candidatures of two of its officials from the September elections there.

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NOTAP urges firms not to compromise on Annual Technical Support fees

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Lagos, March 18, 2019 The National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP) on Monday urged Nigerian firms not to compromise on the Annual Technical Support (ATS) fees for the software license agreement.

The Director-General of NOTAP, Dr Dan-Azumi Ibrahim, made the appeal at the Stakeholders’ Roundtable on the Use of Nigerian Software in the Financial Sector.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the roundtable was jointly organised by the Nigerian Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), NOTAP in partnership with the Computer Warehouse Group (CWG).

The theme of the event was: “Adoption and Development of Local Content Technology as Growth Drivers for the Nigerian Economy’’.

According to Ibrahim, the compromise will lead to the local vendors short-changing themselves and the country; and this would also lead to capital flight.

He noted that adhering to the 40 per cent fees would enable the local vendors to be able to procure infrastructure for the firm and enhance the capacity of the people.

“To manage the situation for national development, NOTAP in collaboration with the World Intellectual Property (WIPO), Central Bank of Nigeria and other stakeholders resolved and developed the Local Vendor Policy in 2007.

“To strategically engage local ICT firms on the implementation of foreign software agreements in Nigeria.

“The policy came into effect in 2008 and it states that a local vendor must be appointed to be involved in the implementation of a Software License agreement submitted to the Office and must be paid a minimum of 40 per cent of the ATS fee in Naira, ‘’ Ibrahim said.

According to him, the programme is introduced to help change the phase of software adoption and reduce the volume of dependency of Nigerian firms on foreign software.

“The policy is also meant to create an enabling environment for Nigerians to develop their capacity; and for its effectiveness, agreements are not registered unless it has local firm involvement in its maintenance, support services.

“Unfortunately, the local vendors do compromise by taking less than the 40 per cent.

“Some take as low as 10 per cent because they are struggling for business and want the agreement to be signed by all means and this is not good for the country,’’ he said.

Ibrahim said that NOTAP evaluated and approved Technology Transfer Agreements for implementation in Nigeria only when satisfied with its legal, economic and technical contents in conformity with the national socio-economic objective.

He said that in the course of evaluation of Technology Transfer Agreements, it was observed that huge funds were remitted to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OMEs) on a steady basis.

The director-general said that huge funds were remitted out of the country without the foreign ICT owners assisting local partners to develop its knowledge base, capacity, capabilities and intelligence as required by the terms of the agreement entered into.

He said that Nigerian companies using these software products had to almost constantly rely on the technical assistance provided by the foreign ICT companies for minor maintenance and operations.

“Presently, about 55 to 60 per cent of foreign technologies utilised within the Nigerian economy are foreign ICT based, especially in the banking industry.

“The cost is enormous, with minimal contribution toward reducing the unemployment level in the country and thus the need for local vendors to adhere to the Local Vendor Policy,’’ he said.

Ibrahim listed some of the objectives of the roundtable as: promoting awareness for the development and utilisation of local technology solutions in various sectors and to discuss the challenges confronting the local Technology Solution Providers.

Others he said are: identify specific areas where NOTAP and NITDA can intervene to create an enabling environment to enhance local vendorship and  identify companies with high demand for software solutions developed in Nigeria.

Ibrahim also suggested a platform for linking local software suppliers to end-users as an avenue to create and generate employment, income and wealth in Nigeria.

He noted that about 10 indigenous ICT firms were participating in the implementation of foreign technology transfer agreements, saying that some had developed competencies and capacities to be listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE).

Ibrahim urged others to follow suit.

“The development of our country lies in our hands. We should not be under any illusion that foreign firms are here for the development of our country.

“Nigerians need to be strategic to leverage on the available foreign technologies to ensure inclusive and sustainable growth of our country,’’ he said.

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Technology Minister seeks implementation of Executive Order 5

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Lagos, March 18, 2019 The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu has harped on the need to implement the Presidential Executive Order 5 (EO5).

Onu made the call on Monday in Lagos, during the Stakeholders’ Roundtable on the use of Nigerian software in the financial and banking sub-sector of the economy.

The roundtable was jointly organised by the Nigerian Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP) and the Computer Warehouse Group (CWG).

He said that there was the need to implement the EO5, so as to improve local content in software applications in the country.

The Minister, represented by Prof. Gloria Elemo, the Director-General of the Federal Institute of Industrial Research Oshodi (FIIRO), spoke on the theme: “Adoption and Development of Local Content Technology as Growth Driver for the Nigerian Economy”.

Onu said that the Federal Government was emphasising on local participation in the execution of government contracts, thereby improving local content in national socio-economic development.

According to him, the Presidential Executive Orders series started in May, 2017 with Numbers E01, E02; E03 and subsequently EO4, EO5 etc.

“The Executive Orders are with the resolve to reform the administrative and regulatory environment for both private and public sector players.

“Specifically, Executive Order No. 5 was signed by Mr President on February 2, 2018 with focus on the development of local content in Science, Engineering and Technology (SET).

“Mr President directed all MDAs of government to engage indigenous professionals in the planning, design and execution of national security projects.

“This is with the intention to maximising the in-country capacity and capability in all contracts and transactions with SET components, utilising Nigeria human and material resources in the planning and execution of Nigerian projects.

“The Order directed that all procurement entities of the FGN shall give preference to Nigerian companies in the award of contracts for major projects in SET and where local expertise is not available, Nigerian company shall enter into consortium with relevant foreign firms,” he said.

Onu said that specifically, NOTAP played an important role in the implementation of the order.

The minister said that NOTAP had been managing the consortium of firms that must be registered, in compliance with NOTAP Act 2004.

He said that NOTAP had been developing, maintaining and regularly updating the database of Nigerians with expertise in SET and other fields.

“Currently, NOTAP is compiling the database of Nigerian experts in SET and other fields through access to register of government approved professional bodies and associations in the country and in diaspora.

“I implore you all to register with NOTAP through your respective professional bodies so as to be recognised as professionals in your chosen fields, eligible and accredited to participate in the nation building.

“Remember that we have no other country to be called our own than Nigeria and it is the resultant of our collective efforts that can make our country great and an investment destination by the international investors.

“I will give my support to achieve the lofty objectives of the Executive Order Number 5 of Mr President in this endeavour.

“I am confident that it would be beneficial to our country, generate wealth, stimulate inclusive growths in the domestic economy and reduce unemployment level,” he said.

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