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Expert urges govt to launch specialised centres to tackle cyber crime

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The Founder of Digilinks Ltd, Keffi, Mr Paul Enam has called on government to launch Cyber Security and Cyber–Crime Incident reporting points of contacts, across the country to effectively tackle cyber-crime incidents.

 

Digilinks is a Keffi-based NGO that trains people on IT and into capacity building of youths on cyber crimes.

 

Enam, who is an IT expert, made the call during an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Keffi on Wednesday.

 

He said although, there were outfits that tackled cyber crimes, “the specilaised centres would serve as incident reporting points of contacts because of the increasing number of internet users in the country.

 

” I know there are offices like the ICPC, EFCC and some others, the increasing reliance of internet users on mobile phones and other Information Communication Technology (ICT) calls specilised centres.

“This is necessary to improve their way of doing business and communications and save them from falling prey to cyber criminals.

 

”So, it is imperative for government to ensure a prioritisation of cyber security such specilaised centres would boost its readiness to deal with any infractions that may happen, “he said.

 

The expert also stressed the need for government and private bodies to come together and ensure that people were well aware of the habits that made them more susceptible to being attacked by cyber criminals.

 

“Activities such as clicking on every link, sharing of passwords with unofficial people, not having antivirus on devices among others can expose unsuspecting internet users to cyber attacks.

 

“Therefore, Cyber Security and Cyber–Crime Incident reporting points of contacts should be launched and made operational.

 

He disclosed that such speclialised centres would also enable citizens to report cyber-crime cases and cyber security incidences as well as ensure that such centres receive effective response.

 

” More subscribers are coming online millions across West African, meaning more online penetration.

 

 

” So, it is important for a specialised centres  that cater for victims of internet crime to be launched so that internet users can report any suspicious content while interacting on the internet to appropriate authorities who are also trained to handle such issue.

“ I will also urge victims of cyber crimes to report any suspicious transactions to these centres, when in operation, minimise cyber crime incidences.”

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Group commences ‘Don’t Drink and Drive’ park rally, donates breathalyzer to FRSC

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The Beer Sectoral Group (BSG) of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), in collaboration with the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), on Thursday commenced the “Don’t Drink and Drive” Park Rally across the country.

Mr Tony Eneh, the Executive Secretary of BSG, said the group donated breathalyzers to the FRSC during the rally at Ojota and Ketu parks.

The Nigeria News Agency reports BSG had earlier launched the ‘Don’t Drink and Drive” campaign to create awareness of the danger of drunk driving.

Eneh said the breathalyzers were for the FRSC to determine alcohol intake by drivers while driving.

According to him, the group was happy to give back to the country by creating awareness on the dangers of drunk driving through the “Don’t Drink and Drive” rally and by donating breathalyzers.

Also speaking at the occasion, The Lagos State Sector Commander, FRSC, Corp Commander, Hyginus Omeje, said the “ember” months campaign was an integral component of the FRSC’s strategic intervention to elevate the consciousness of Nigerians to the realities of road crashes.

The sector commander said dangerous overtaking and speeding remained the greatest risk factors on highways.

He said a survey it carried out showed that 204 motorists tested positive to alcohol use out of 2,058 randomly tested with breathalyzer within LagosIbadan expressway command.

According to him, Driving Under Influence (DUI) was the highest among drivers who accounted for 154 positive cases.

Omeje said in Lagos State, road traffic crashes and fatalities recorded from the first to third quarters of 2018 stood at 225 and 74 respectively.

According to him, the statistics over the same period in 2019 currently stood at 419 crashes and 84 fatalities, which translated to 51 per cent increase in crash cases and 14 per cent fatalities.

“These are colossal human capital with frightening impact on health systems, sustainable development, city liveability and survivability of society.

“Available statistics have annually depicted increased road traffic crashes during the period of September to December.

“Risk exposure to road crashes during terminal months of the year, especially December, escalates due to increased socio-economic activities, inordinate traffic surge that over stretch road transport system,” he said.

The FRSC commander appreciated the different groups and individuals, who had contributed and supported the commission on its campaign on safe road system.

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Facebook celebrates key milestones for sub Saharan Africa in 2019

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Facebook on Thursday released its ‘2019 Year in Review’ infographics, showcasing some of its investments across Sub-Saharan Africa.

Nunu Ntshingila, Regional Director Facebook Africa, said in a statement that in 2019, Facebook trained over 7,000 woman-owned businesses in digital skills across sub Saharan Africa.

Ntshingila said that because the company was able to grow an ecosystem of developers, entrepreneurs, creatives, and many other communities as part of its commitment to give people the power to build communities.

He said that the company also celebrated 79 Community Leadership Circle meetups with over 2 ,650 people attending.

We have reached our 45th Developer Circle, with circles now in 17 African countries and representing more than 70,000 members.

Facebook also hosted the first-ever iD8 Nairobi Conference with over 400 African developers and startups in attendance.

Facebook has also expanded Third-Party Fact-Checking across 10 African countries,” he said.

The regional director also noted that Facebook announced the creation of the world’s most detailed population density maps of Africa, created by its AI researchers, to help humanitarian aid and relief agencies.

Ntshingila said that Africa was important to Facebook and they were committed to investing in its youth, entrepreneurs, the creative industries, tech ecosystem.

Our 2019 Year in Review highlights just some of our investments, and the impact we have been able make in the region.

I am excited about the future of Facebook and our family of apps here in Africa, as well as the potential of this young, mobile and dynamic continent.

And I am looking forward to creating more partnerships in 2020 and beyond,” he said.

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5 female entrepreneurs win UK-Nigeria Tech Hub Pitch competition

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Five Female entrepreneurs on Thursday emerged winners at the UK-Nigeria Tech Hub pitch competition aimed at supporting gender inclusive economic growth.

Honey Ogundeyi, the Country Director of the UK-Nigeria Tech Hub, said that the programme was aimed at bringing 15 of the continent’s most ambitious development-focused women entrepreneurs to the United Kingdom in January.

Ogundeyi made this known during the Africa-UK Female Tech Founders 2020 programme held at the British Deputy High Commissioner’s Residence at Ikoyi, Lagos.

” The five entrepreneurs who emerged winners during the pitch competition are: Damilola Emuze, founder of Scholarx, Damilola Olokesusi,  of Shuttlers mobility and Dr Funmi Adewara of Mobihealth.

The two others are: Ifeoma Uddoh of Shecluded and Keturah Ovio of Limestart, “Ogundeyi said.

NAN reports that other participants at the pitch competition were Agorite, Easyshop Easy cook, Mumspring, Roving Heights and 9IJAKIDs.

She said that the entrepreneurs would gain access to world-class mentoring time with UK investors and expert training to help scale their companies.

Harriet Thompson, the British Deputy High Commissioner, Nigeria, said that UK-Africa Investment Summit would take place six weeks from now.

Thompson said that the winners would be in London during the summit, adding Her Majesty’s Government (HMG) would cover all costs and programmes to help support them grow their businesses.

We are pleased to be hosting an event that brings support for women, whose empowerment is vital for Nigeria’s future prosperity and stability.

Nigeria’s tech sector accounted for over 11 per cent of Nigeria’s GDP in 2018 (compared with 9 per cent from oil and gas) and is the fastest growing part of Nigeria’s economy.

In 2018, Nigeria’s technology companies attracted $300 million (+167 per cent YoY) in funding, mainly from foreign investors, “she said.

Thompson said that the UK was supporting and looking forward to strengthening its partnership further in Nigeria.

She said this was necessary because technology could be a key enabler to boost Nigeria’s growth, tackle poverty and create jobs.

‘The UK is trying to build and expand that eco-system in different ways.

We now have our very own Tech Hub here in Nigeria and the Director is Honey Ogundeyi. The hub is funded by our Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

‘’The UK-Nigeria tech hub focuses on three key areas: skills and capability development, digital ecosystem building and facilitating innovation collaborations between Nigerian and UK tech businesses.

“This will help to build skilled, entrepreneurial and networked populations which will create jobs and address digital inequality.’’

She said the tech hub had supported companies such as Riby, Innovation Corner, Social Lender and Farmcrowdy to grow their businesses, build links with the UK’s thriving tech sector.

Thompson, who noted that Nigeria was one of the most exciting technology sectors in Africa, said the hub would support the growth of thriving digital eco-system in the country.

According to her, the outfit will also provide support to scale innovations and drive growth in tech investment in Nigeria.

As Europe’s leading tech hub, UK is credible partner. We generate more billion-dollar tech businesses than any other country on the continent.

We have a network of regional tech clusters which reflect a dynamic and growing industry across the whole of the UK with London as the centre of Europe’s technology sector.

The UK Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in 2019 launched the UK-Nigeria Tech hub as part of international Tech Hub Network in partnership with the British High Commission in Nigeria.

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Kaduna govt offers digital skills training to 360 youth

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Kaduna State Government has offered digital skills to 360 youth expected to start up businesses in digital technology.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the 360 youth participanted in the Click-On Kaduna and Kad-DIP digital training programmes, funded by the World Bank and Rockerfeller Foundation.

The programmes are to support ICK skills training and equip the youth in digital technology and entrepreneurship.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who attended the graduation of the trainees on Wednesday in Kaduna, said equipping Nigerian youths with digital skills will make them tap into the digital economy, which will create jobs and grow the economy.

Obasanjo thanked the World Bank Group and Rockefeller Foundation for partnering with Kaduna state government to launch the programme and urged them to extend the training to other states.

In her address, the state Deputy Governor, Dr Hadiza Balarabe, said the state owes its bulging young population a duty to provide them with the tools that will make them highly employable.

She added that when combined with entrepreneurial spirit, the ICT skills acquired by the participants will propel them to greater heights.

Already, participants have started earning income from the skills they acquired while some have gained placement opportunities with global ICT tech companies like IBM, Outsource Global, Andela,” she said.

NAN reports that 32 of the participants were presented with cheques to enable them startup ICT entrepreneurship.

The money was from a $40,000 grant set aside to encourage ICT startups in Kaduna State.

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HMD Global launches new devices to enhance creativity, excitement for users

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HMD Global, developer and marketer of smart phones under the Nokia brand name, says it has launched two new devices to enhance creativity and excitement for users.

Its General Manager in-charge of West, East and Central Africa, Mr Joseph Umunakwe, said on Tuesday in Lagos that the devices would be affordable for consumers.

Umunakwe said that the new devices, Nokia 2.3 and Nokia C1, have artificial intelligence features to enhance quality communication and saves time.

Consumers have appreciated the Nokia 2 family product; the Nokia 2.3 is a step forward in our promise of offering another experience and giving the consumers access to two years of operating system (OS) upgrades and three years of monthly secure updates at an affordable price.

Save precious time with Nokia 2.3, which has a dedicated Google Assistance, with your voice to view upcoming calendar entries, commute times and other information.

It also comes with biometric face recognition, allowing owners to unlock the phone at a glance.

Nokia 2.3 provides real good features for entertainment; Nigerians love entertainment and the phone comes with 6.2 HD + to provide good entertainment.

It comes with 32GB memory configuration and gives a lot of room for consumers to store movies, songs and photo, and it is expandable,’’ Umunakwe said.

According to him, its android preposition is pure, secure and up-to-date, “which means that our consumers can be sure they are getting the androids innovations and technology that is very crucial.’’

The general manager also said that the device was not preloaded with apps, which gives consumer the power to choose what app to use.

He said that part of the unique features of the smartphones include adaptive brightness, adaptive battery and artificial intelligence technology.

With the adaptive brightness and battery, the consumer is sure to have two-days of battery life and the phone adjust the brightness under any weather all through the day.

With a 13MP/2MP dual camera, fans can take unique portraits with a variety of exclusive bokeh.

We are pushing the borders in terms of delivering performance that is affordable to the consumers,’’ he said.

Umunakwe said the Nokia C1, was aimed to inspire future phone users, entry-level smartphone users to become fans and smartphone users for Nokia to break down the barriers for consumers with its 5.54 screen.

He said the latest features of android 10 would also give fans access to dark themes to save usage and improve visibility and enhance privacy once updated.

Juho Sarvikas, Chief Product Officer of the HMD Global, said everything expected in the latest android phone had been put in place to ensure a safe and pleasant experience.

Owning an affordable smartphone shouldn’t lock you out of exciting features and the latest trends.

“We know how important a great display and two-day battery life is too many smartphone users,’’ he said.

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