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Nov 17, 2021
Nweke Leads NCCF-ICT 5-Man Team On Awareness Published Veteran technology journalist and the founding Editor-in-chief of ITREALMS Media group, Mr. Remmy Nweke, has been named the chairman of a five-man subcommittee on Awareness and Sensitisation (AS), constituted by the Sectoral Working Group (SWG) of the Nigerian Content Consultative Forum on Information and Communications Technologies (NCCF-ICT). Other members of the subcommittee include the Secretary, ICTLOCA, Mr. Adebunmi Adeola Akinbo; Manager, Members Relations at Computer Professional (Registration Council) of Nigeria (CPN), Mrs. Elizabeth Adekunle; Chief Operating Officer, Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA), Mrs. Eyitayo Iyortim; and Chief Consultant, TechLaw Development Services, Mr. Inye Kemabonta. Confirming this at the group’s recent meeting in Lagos, the newly elected chairman of NCCF-ICT Sectoral Working Group, Mr. Pius Okigbo Jnr, who doubles as the Chief Executive Officer of InfoSoft Nigeria Limited, charged the team to populate the working group to the stakeholders across the country. He gave an all-encompassing Terms of Reference as “To design a proposal for Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and Stakeholders’ Mobilisation for Engagement and Promotion of Local Content.” In his acceptance speech on behalf of his team, Mr. Nweke who also is the Lead Consulting Strategist at DigitalSENSE Africa assured of their readiness to assist the sector by contributing their quota, especially at this time. He also called for the support of team members and the entire working group to make certain they deliver on their mandate to the benefit of the ICT sector. Recall that Okigbo Jnr, a former President, Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria (ISPON) recently took over the NCCF-ICT’s mantle from the Executive Director at SystemSpecs, Mr. Deremi Atanda. The NCCF as enshrined in Section 57 of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development Act 2010, is a platform for information sharing and collaboration in the Nigerian oil and gas industry with respect to upcoming projects in the oil and gas industry, Information on available local capabilities; and other policy proposals that may be relevant to Nigerian content development. The NCCF-ICT, therefore, is made up of key industry stakeholders, government and regulatory agencies, with key objectives including identifying issues and responsibilities; to propose interventions that could address issues and harness opportunities; recommending the necessary policy changes required to influence Nigerian Content growth and capacity development, and to develop programmes and projects for the execution of identified interventions. Published L-R: Dr. Obadare Peter Adewale, Co-founder/Chief Visionary Officer and Dr. Oluseyi Akindeinde, Co-founder/Chief Technical Officer, all of Digital Encode Journalists under the aegis of the Nigeria Information Technology Reporters’ Association (NITRA) are billed to receive a one-day Capacity boosting training on Blockchain technology, bearing in mind the evolving trends in digital currency and technologies. The training which will be facilitated by frontline Cybersecurity and Consultancy firm, Digital Encode in Lagos, will cover areas that include Digital Currency, Blockchain technology, Cybersecurity and will further engage the participating journalists with practical engagements on Blockchain trading. Chairman of NITRA, Mr. Chike Onwuegbuchi, while announcing the training, noted that aside from impacting knowledge of subject matters that the journalists report daily, the training will also afford members the opportunity of acquiring requisite skills that will help them in building a legitimate secondary source of income. The facilitators will include, Dr. Oluseyi Akindeinde, Co-founder and Chief Technical Officer at Digital Encode. Dr. Akindeinde has over 18-years’ experience working in the IT and Information Security (IS) sector and has in the past few years been exploring the security issues faced by Electronic Fund Transfer (ETF) and Financial Transaction Systems (FTS). He has in addition, presented papers at financial technology (Fintech) and financial regulatory forums. Also, billed to facilitate a session during the training is, Dr. Obadare Peter Adewale, Co-founder and Chief Visionary Officer at Digital Encode. Arguably, the most credentialed Pan-African cybersecurity expert and Fellow of the British Computer Society (FBCS), Dr. Obadare, the first PECB-Certified Data Protection Officer (CDPO) in Nigeria, is a seasoned cybersecurity influencer with over 50 international professional certifications. He will take journalists on the subject of Data Privacy, Data Protection, Information Security, Vulnerability Management and Cybersecurity. According to Dr. Akindeinde, “there is so much to tap into in Blockchain; journalists can secure their financial future by tapping into the opportunities inherent in Blockchain.” It is expected that after the training, participating journalists will further boost their wealth of knowledge in sectorial technologies and have informed reportorial skills in these sectors. The Nigeria Information Technology Reporters Association (NITRA) is the umbrella body of ICT reporters in Nigeria, formed to cater for the welfare of its members and advocate for the growth of ICT in Nigeria. Published Africa’s acclaimed largest innovation hub, Co-creation Hub, and Ojoma Ochai have announced the launch of a new Creative Economy Practice. The Africa-focused Practice to be led by Ojoma Ochai as Managing Partner will join the family of leading innovation enablers under the CcHUB umbrella which includes the CcHUB Design Lab in Rwanda, iHub and eLimu in Kenya, Growth Capital by CcHUB and CcHUB Syndicate. Ochai has over 15 years of experience supporting the development of the global creative economy through contributions to various initiatives including capacity building, technical assistance to the public and private sector and leading international cooperation projects in the cultural and creative industries. A Fellow of the DEVOS Institute of Arts Management, University of Maryland, USA, an Associate Fellow of the Nigerian Leadership Institute, she also sits on the board of the African Technology and Creative Group. Ochai also worked for many years at the British Council and her most recent posting in the organisation was as Regional Director for Arts and Creative Economy Programmes for British Council in Sub Saharan Africa until October 2021. While at the British Council, she worked with colleagues across Sub-Saharan Africa and the UK to devise strategies and lead programme teams to deliver positive artistic, social, economic and Cultural Relations outcomes, particularly for young people working in the Arts, and the Creative and Digital Economies. She is a member of the UNESCO Global Expert Facility for the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions where she advises the multilateral agency and has supported national governments like The Gambia, Jamaica, and Nigeria to implement the convention and grow their Cultural and Creative Industries. She has worked on various international creative and digital sector development efforts including with the World Bank as well as with the Swedish Arts Council. The practice will be focused on stimulating increased innovation and technology adoption in the African creative economy to catalyse further growth in the sector and capture maximum value for African creatives and other sector players. These outcomes will be delivered through a range of activities including ecosystem and community development activities, research and insight sharing, business incubation and acceleration as well as investor education and advocacy. Share Post ….As Cloudflex, Digital Encode, Rack Centre, Others Back Event Share Post More companies have continued to indicate interest in the forthcoming ICT Growth Conference being organized by the Nigeria Information Technology Reporters Association (NITRA), an ICT media advocacy group. In the latest partnership buildup, Cloudflex Computing Services Limited, a leading indigenous Enterprise Cloud service provider that offers Information Technology as a service, along with Digital Encode, a cybersecurity consulting and integration firm; and Rack Centre, Africa’s first carrier-neutral state-of-the-art Tier III Constructed Facility Certified data centre operator, has opted to partner with NITRA as the industry advocacy group gears up for its ICT Growth Conference/Awards 2021 event, which holds on November 11, 2021, in Lagos. Other organisations that have committed to partnering with NITRA on the forum are Phase 3 Telecom, the Association of Licensed Telecommunication Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) and the Women in Technology In Nigeria (WITIN). Making the partnership announcement in Lagos, Chairman of NITRA, Mr Chike Onwuegbuchi explained that the Conference is germane to the present realities in Nigeria as both the industry regulators and the supervisory Ministry are working assiduously to set Nigeria on the apex list of digitally empowered countries and make it a forerunner in global technology index. Onwuegbuchi noted that the partnership with these organisations will add pep to the event as they will bring their wealth of knowledge in Cloud Computing, Cyber Security, Social engineering, Data Centre, telecommunication, and other relevant fields to the conference, and join the dialogue on the growth ingredients needed to drive the country towards a digitized society. “Specifically, the Forum will offer stakeholders the opportunity of reassessing and reinvigorating some policies to make maximum impact in the growth of ICT in Nigeria. This is a growth conference, and stakeholders will be allowed to speak out on what the growth indices should be,” Mr Onwuegbuchi highlighted. He further noted that goings-on in the world today affirm the fact that every other sector of the economy may not survive without connecting to ICT. “ICT is going to be the live wire of every sector in the nearest future, so the earlier the public knew this and start latching onto it, the better it will be for our country.” The event targets to bring stakeholders in the ICT industry, both from the public and private sectors, to discuss and find ways of accelerating growth in the industry as a means of achieving laudable federal government set targets and policies, including those recorded in policy documents by the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, the NCC and NITDA. Expected to be at the event are the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami; the EVC of the NCC, Prof Umar Garba Danbatta; the DG of NITDA, Mallam Inuwa Kashifu Abdullahi, CEOs of other government and private ICT companies, the Media including the full membership of NITRA and other stakeholders in the industry, including COOs, CIOs, CFOs, CROs and CCOs. As part of the event, special recognition awards will be given to some industry players that have played strong roles in the growth of ICT in Nigeria, and still contributing to the development of the industry. The Awards will also be for those companies and individuals, who through their innovativeness have revolutionised the ecosystem they play in. The event which has as its theme, “Harmonising ICT Sub-Sectors Towards A Digitalised Nigeria,” will also feature panel sessions that will x-ray issues and progress in sub-sectors, including fintech, cybersecurity, service industry, among others.