FREE INTERNET ACCESS FOR NIGERIANS COMING – FG

Adebayo Shittu, minister of Communications, has said that the federal government will ensure free access to the internet in public places across Nigeria. Mr Shittu said this in Abuja at a one-day stakeholders workshop on the role of the Public Internet Access for Economic Development. “We are trying to ensure the vision of free Wi-Fi all over, particularly in public spaces, at the airport, schools and all that,” Mr. Shittu said on Tuesday. Mr. Shittu said the government had been trying to ensure that internet accessibility is made available not…

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UNBELIEVABLE: SEE HOW MANY GOVT AGENCIES IN NIGERIA ARE IT COMPLIANT

Nigeria’s National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has criticised government institutions for underutilising enterprise technology saying only 4.7 per cent of federal institutions use IT “in somewhat effective manner”. In contrast, over 66 per cent of such institutions are at what the agency called “emerging stage” of IT utilisation, maintaining only websites “offering basic information online”. The agency, which is responsible for formulating and supervising government’s IT policies, bemoans the low compliance with modern technology by government ministries and agencies. NITDA’s director general, Isa Pantami, however said with the presentation…

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SENATE TO HIRE CYBERCRIME EXPERTS TO PROBE BÀNKS, MMM

Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Information and Communication Technology and Cybercrime, Senator Foster Ogola, on Thursday said the upper chamber of the National Assembly would probe deposit money banks used for transactions between Nigerians and a ponzi scheme, Mavrodi Mondial Movement. Ogola, while speaking at an interactive session between the committee and key players in the financial sector, said an international expert on cyberspace and banking crimes was already in the country on the invitation by the committee to expose all those involved in how MMM defrauded Nigerians.…

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GOOD NEWS!! GOOGLE TO TRAIN 100,000 SOFTWARE DEVELOPERS IN NIGERIA

The chief executive officer of Google Incorporated, Sundar Pichai, has said his firm would prepare 10 million Africans for ‘jobs of the future’ in the next five years. He said this in a company conference held in Lagos, Thursday. The pledge marked an extension of an initiative Google launched in April 2016 to train young Africans in digital skills. It announced in March it had reached its initial target of training one million people. The company said a combination of in-person and online training would be offered in Swahili, Hausa…

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FG TO BUILD 1 BILLION DOLLAR ICT COMPANY – MINISTER

The Minister of Communications, Barrister Adebayo Shittu, has said at the weekend in Ibadan that the Federal Government is ready to invest $1 billion dollar in the ICT sector. He said it was part of government’s efforts in diversifying the Nigerian economy. The minister who stated this while delivering a paper tagged: “Jobs Nowhere But Jobs Everywhere: ICT to the Rescue of Unemployed Graduates and Youths’, at the Faculty of Law, University of Ibadan, said the Federal Government was in talks with major stakeholders in the ICT sector to create…

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ICT UNIVERSITY TAKES OFF IN ABUJA SEPTEMBER SAYS COMMUNICATIONS MINISTER

A specialised university for Information and Communications Technology will take off in Abuja in September, the minister of communications Adebayo Shittu said. The minister, who disclosed this when the 31-member committee on the proposed ICT university submitted its report yesterday, also said the university would further boost ICT development in Nigeria. Though the Federal Executive Council would need to deliberate on the report, the minister expressed confidence it would be adopted by FEC. According to the minister, FEC would likely come up with a memorandum on the proposed school after…

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