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  •   By Mike Smollan Chief Growth and Innovation Officer at Smollan https Smollan com As we switch between candle lighting and diesel drumming at the now common rhythm with the longest streak of load shedding in South Africa recently under our belts the massive impact this has had on business has been nothing short of debilitating leaving our economy in a precarious position With loadshedding recently declared the word of the year 2022 by the Pan South African Language Board retailers brands and manufacturers have faced heavy blows in a sector that is still recovering after lockdown Negatively impacting revenues costs and employment across the country Contingency plans have had to evolve into innovative and calculated ways of doing business around literally and figuratively keeping the lights on From looking at alternative ways to manage mobile payment solutions to understanding how web traffic and payments are affected the effect of load shedding in shopping malls and smaller stores issues related to intermittent internet and ultimately as the country gears up for the holiday season customer experience management Indeed globally there is an energy crisis with countries around the world struggling to adequately provide electricity to their citizens from gas supply issues in Europe impending power outages in Australia and parts of the US US and recent warnings of planned three hour blackouts in Britain this winter So too in Africa countries like Botswana Zimbabwe Ghana Zambia Namibia and Mozambique face an ongoing battle dealing with ongoing power outages Closer to home reality brings a broader perspective with industry leading Liberty Two Degrees and the owners of Sandton City shopping center revealing they had spent three times more on diesel than budgeted due to the intensity of the load reduction in recent months While clothing retailer Truworths reported that the shutdown cost them more than 10 of their sales in a single week in September this year News24 At the other end of the scale entrepreneurs and small business owners have expressed their frustration on social media one trader claims he must now find R1 800 or more a day for diesel just to stay in business With another that suggests that when requesting financing the most important investment of a generator should be included Amid the lack of power retailers are doing their best to keep things running in the hope of business as usual Despite their best efforts challenges arise when older generation payment terminals that rely on SIM cards and need data connectivity to process are still used and where carts and baskets of perishable goods that need to be exchanged quickly are abandoned at checkouts Something global retail specialist Smollan understands It is about strengthening relationships part of a clear brief that was revealed during the lockdown so that new ways of doing things can be presented to despite the reduction of loads unlock the potential for growth at the point of purchase While customers are certainly adjusting their shopping habits as the situation has a familiar new normal ring to it smaller stores often close entirely during load shedding directly impacting sales while tenants larger anchor in malls tend to stay open Additionally when Wi Fi fails many businesses must switch to cell phone data incurring additional costs while restaurants have to increase the amount of gasoline they use News24 In the online space thoughts turn to the impact the power issue has had on e commerce especially with promotional days and the holiday season literally around the corner While some believe wealthier shoppers will continue to move online due to reduced charges www Ecommerce co za suggests in a broader space that retailers should look to alternative mobile payment solutions that don t require any device or machine and as systems ease the pressure on hosting services increases so ensuring the customer experience is managed effectively to avoid any negative misfortunes will be key
    The ‘Lights Off’ Effect for the Retail Industry (by Mike Smollan)
      By Mike Smollan Chief Growth and Innovation Officer at Smollan https Smollan com As we switch between candle lighting and diesel drumming at the now common rhythm with the longest streak of load shedding in South Africa recently under our belts the massive impact this has had on business has been nothing short of debilitating leaving our economy in a precarious position With loadshedding recently declared the word of the year 2022 by the Pan South African Language Board retailers brands and manufacturers have faced heavy blows in a sector that is still recovering after lockdown Negatively impacting revenues costs and employment across the country Contingency plans have had to evolve into innovative and calculated ways of doing business around literally and figuratively keeping the lights on From looking at alternative ways to manage mobile payment solutions to understanding how web traffic and payments are affected the effect of load shedding in shopping malls and smaller stores issues related to intermittent internet and ultimately as the country gears up for the holiday season customer experience management Indeed globally there is an energy crisis with countries around the world struggling to adequately provide electricity to their citizens from gas supply issues in Europe impending power outages in Australia and parts of the US US and recent warnings of planned three hour blackouts in Britain this winter So too in Africa countries like Botswana Zimbabwe Ghana Zambia Namibia and Mozambique face an ongoing battle dealing with ongoing power outages Closer to home reality brings a broader perspective with industry leading Liberty Two Degrees and the owners of Sandton City shopping center revealing they had spent three times more on diesel than budgeted due to the intensity of the load reduction in recent months While clothing retailer Truworths reported that the shutdown cost them more than 10 of their sales in a single week in September this year News24 At the other end of the scale entrepreneurs and small business owners have expressed their frustration on social media one trader claims he must now find R1 800 or more a day for diesel just to stay in business With another that suggests that when requesting financing the most important investment of a generator should be included Amid the lack of power retailers are doing their best to keep things running in the hope of business as usual Despite their best efforts challenges arise when older generation payment terminals that rely on SIM cards and need data connectivity to process are still used and where carts and baskets of perishable goods that need to be exchanged quickly are abandoned at checkouts Something global retail specialist Smollan understands It is about strengthening relationships part of a clear brief that was revealed during the lockdown so that new ways of doing things can be presented to despite the reduction of loads unlock the potential for growth at the point of purchase While customers are certainly adjusting their shopping habits as the situation has a familiar new normal ring to it smaller stores often close entirely during load shedding directly impacting sales while tenants larger anchor in malls tend to stay open Additionally when Wi Fi fails many businesses must switch to cell phone data incurring additional costs while restaurants have to increase the amount of gasoline they use News24 In the online space thoughts turn to the impact the power issue has had on e commerce especially with promotional days and the holiday season literally around the corner While some believe wealthier shoppers will continue to move online due to reduced charges www Ecommerce co za suggests in a broader space that retailers should look to alternative mobile payment solutions that don t require any device or machine and as systems ease the pressure on hosting services increases so ensuring the customer experience is managed effectively to avoid any negative misfortunes will be key
    The ‘Lights Off’ Effect for the Retail Industry (by Mike Smollan)
    Africa1 month ago

    The ‘Lights Off’ Effect for the Retail Industry (by Mike Smollan)

    By Mike Smollan, Chief Growth and Innovation Officer at Smollan (https://Smollan.com/) As we switch between candle lighting and diesel drumming at the now common rhythm, with the longest streak of load shedding in South Africa recently under our belts: the massive impact this has had on business has been nothing short of debilitating, leaving our economy in a precarious position.

    With loadshedding recently declared the word of the year 2022 by the Pan South African Language Board, retailers, brands and manufacturers have faced heavy blows in a sector that is still recovering after lockdown.

    Negatively impacting revenues, costs, and employment across the country.

    Contingency plans have had to evolve into innovative and calculated ways of doing business around, literally and figuratively, 'keeping the lights on'.

    From looking at alternative ways to manage mobile payment solutions to understanding how web traffic and payments are affected; the effect of load shedding in shopping malls and smaller stores; issues related to intermittent internet, and ultimately, as the country gears up for the holiday season, customer experience management.

    Indeed, globally there is an energy crisis with countries around the world struggling to adequately provide electricity to their citizens, from gas supply issues in Europe, impending power outages in Australia and parts of the US US and recent warnings of planned three-hour blackouts.

    in Britain this winter.

    So too in Africa, countries like Botswana, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Zambia, Namibia, and Mozambique face an ongoing battle dealing with ongoing power outages.

    Closer to home, reality brings a broader perspective with industry-leading Liberty Two Degrees and the owners of Sandton City shopping center revealing they had spent three times more on diesel than budgeted due to the intensity of the load reduction in recent months.

    While clothing retailer Truworths reported that the 'shutdown' cost them more than 10% of their sales in a single week in September this year.

    [News24].

    At the other end of the scale, entrepreneurs and small business owners have expressed their frustration on social media: one trader claims he must now find R1,800 or more a day for diesel, just to stay in business.

    With another that suggests that when requesting financing, the most important investment of a generator should be included.

    Amid the lack of power, retailers are doing their best to keep things running in the hope of business as usual.

    Despite their best efforts, challenges arise when older generation payment terminals that rely on SIM cards and need data connectivity to process are still used and where carts and baskets of perishable goods that need to be exchanged quickly are abandoned at checkouts.

    Something global retail specialist Smollan understands.

    It is about strengthening relationships, part of a clear brief that was revealed during the lockdown, so that new ways of doing things can be presented to, despite the reduction of loads, unlock the potential for growth at the point of purchase.

    While customers are certainly adjusting their shopping habits, as the situation has a familiar new-normal ring to it: smaller stores often close entirely during load shedding, directly impacting sales, while tenants larger anchor in malls tend to stay open.

    Additionally, when Wi-Fi fails, many businesses must switch to cell phone data, incurring additional costs, while restaurants have to increase the amount of gasoline they use.

    [News24].

    In the online space, thoughts turn to the impact the power issue has had on e-commerce, especially with promotional days and the holiday season literally around the corner.

    While some believe wealthier shoppers will continue to move online due to reduced charges, www.Ecommerce.co.za suggests in a broader space that retailers should look to alternative mobile payment solutions that don't require any device or machine.

    and as systems ease the pressure on hosting services increases, so ensuring the customer experience is managed effectively to avoid any negative 'misfortunes' will be key.

  •  Minister of State for Petroleum Resources Chief Timipre Sylva has assured of Federal Government s commitment to ensure affordable cost of energy for Nigerians Sylva gave the assurance on Tuesday in Abuja at the 2nd World Energy Day conference organised by the National Chamber Policy Centre of the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry ACCI Represented by an official of the ministry Mr Dipo Agboola the minister said that the Petroleum Industry Act PIA would further support the opening up of the downstream oil sector to ensure affordable energy He stressed that the need to unbundle the downstream oil sector was imperative We have spent so much on subsidy However when the downstream sector is unbundled more business opportunities would be created Initially the challenges might be a bit high but over time it will definitely be in the best interest of the country Take for example the telecoms sector when we first had the likes of MTN and Glo coming on board a SIM card cost N18 000 but today you can get the SIM card for as low as nothing Also there is now competition in the telecoms sector So it is necessary that we ensure that energy is affordable for our citizens When energy is affordable we would have been able to meet some of the Sustainable Development Goals he said I his remarks President of ACCI Dr Al Mujtaba Abubakar described energy security as the uninterrupted availability of energy sources at an affordable price which had many aspects Long term energy security mainly deals with timely investments to supply energy in line with economic developments and environmental needs he said Abubakar noted that Nigeria had been pursuing energy transition to promote economic growth and gradually investing in renewable energies primarily solar This is to reduce carbon emissions while continuing to exploit hydrocarbon resources especially natural gas the energy transition fuel for Nigeria Energy transition will continue to impact on the ability of Nigeria and oil and gas companies to attract capital This is as banks and investors prioritise environmental social and governance factors and move away from funding hydrocarbon projects he noted Abubakar said the conference would provide better appreciation of government s efforts to develop the sector improve private sector investment in clean energy and new insights on national policy on energy transition I believe that security in the oil and gas sector will help Nigeria to meet its OPEC daily oil output as well as meet the energy requirements of the country he said The conference theme is Energy Security and Sustainability in Oil and Gas Sector NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG assures of affordable energy for Nigerians
     Minister of State for Petroleum Resources Chief Timipre Sylva has assured of Federal Government s commitment to ensure affordable cost of energy for Nigerians Sylva gave the assurance on Tuesday in Abuja at the 2nd World Energy Day conference organised by the National Chamber Policy Centre of the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry ACCI Represented by an official of the ministry Mr Dipo Agboola the minister said that the Petroleum Industry Act PIA would further support the opening up of the downstream oil sector to ensure affordable energy He stressed that the need to unbundle the downstream oil sector was imperative We have spent so much on subsidy However when the downstream sector is unbundled more business opportunities would be created Initially the challenges might be a bit high but over time it will definitely be in the best interest of the country Take for example the telecoms sector when we first had the likes of MTN and Glo coming on board a SIM card cost N18 000 but today you can get the SIM card for as low as nothing Also there is now competition in the telecoms sector So it is necessary that we ensure that energy is affordable for our citizens When energy is affordable we would have been able to meet some of the Sustainable Development Goals he said I his remarks President of ACCI Dr Al Mujtaba Abubakar described energy security as the uninterrupted availability of energy sources at an affordable price which had many aspects Long term energy security mainly deals with timely investments to supply energy in line with economic developments and environmental needs he said Abubakar noted that Nigeria had been pursuing energy transition to promote economic growth and gradually investing in renewable energies primarily solar This is to reduce carbon emissions while continuing to exploit hydrocarbon resources especially natural gas the energy transition fuel for Nigeria Energy transition will continue to impact on the ability of Nigeria and oil and gas companies to attract capital This is as banks and investors prioritise environmental social and governance factors and move away from funding hydrocarbon projects he noted Abubakar said the conference would provide better appreciation of government s efforts to develop the sector improve private sector investment in clean energy and new insights on national policy on energy transition I believe that security in the oil and gas sector will help Nigeria to meet its OPEC daily oil output as well as meet the energy requirements of the country he said The conference theme is Energy Security and Sustainability in Oil and Gas Sector NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG assures of affordable energy for Nigerians
    Economy1 month ago

    FG assures of affordable energy for Nigerians

    Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, has assured of Federal Government’s commitment to ensure affordable cost of energy for Nigerians.

    Sylva gave the assurance on Tuesday in Abuja at the 2nd World Energy Day conference organised by the National Chamber Policy Centre of the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI).

    Represented by an official of the ministry, Mr Dipo Agboola, the minister said that the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) would further support the opening up of the downstream oil sector to ensure affordable energy.

    He stressed that the need to unbundle the downstream oil sector was imperative.

    “We have spent so much on subsidy.

    However, when the downstream sector is unbundled, more business opportunities would be created.

    “Initially the challenges might be a bit high, but over time it will definitely be in the best interest of the country.

    “Take for example, the telecoms sector; when we first had the likes of MTN and Glo coming on board, a SIM card cost N18, 000, but today you can get the SIM card for as low as nothing.

    “Also, there is now competition in the telecoms sector.

    So, it is necessary that we ensure that energy is affordable for our citizens.

    “When energy is affordable, we would have been able to meet some of the Sustainable Development Goals,’’ he said.

    I his remarks, President of ACCI, Dr Al-Mujtaba Abubakar, described energy security as the uninterrupted availability of energy sources at an affordable price which had many aspects.

    “Long-term energy security mainly deals with timely investments to supply energy in line with economic developments and environmental needs,’’ he said.

    Abubakar noted that Nigeria had been pursuing energy transition to promote economic growth and gradually investing in renewable energies, primarily solar.

    “This is to reduce carbon emissions while continuing to exploit hydrocarbon resources, especially natural gas, the energy transition fuel for Nigeria.

    “Energy transition will continue to impact on the ability of Nigeria and oil and gas companies to attract capital.

    “This is as banks and investors prioritise environmental, social and governance factors and move away from funding hydrocarbon projects,’’ he noted.

    Abubakar said the conference would provide better appreciation of government’s efforts to develop the sector, improve private sector investment in clean energy and new insights on national policy on energy transition.

    “I believe that security in the oil and gas sector will help Nigeria to meet its OPEC daily oil output as well as meet the energy requirements of the country,’’ he said.

    The conference theme is: “Energy Security and Sustainability in Oil and Gas Sector’’.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Prof Isa Pantami Minister of Communications and Digital Economy said it contributed up to 594 per cent to the country s Gross Domestic Product GDP Pantami said this on Monday at a news conference in Abuja to mark the third Digital Nigeria Day DND annually obseved on Oct 24 across the world The DND also doubles as the UN World Development Information Day marked to recognise the importance of Information and communications technologies towards providing new solutions to development challenges The UN day of information is to recognise the role of ICT particularly in the context of globalisation how it can foster economic growth competitiveness access to information and knowledge poverty eradication and social inclusion It is worthy of note that the ministry excelled at the recently concluded retreat that was held for all Ministers The assessment was based on the output indicators and milestones for the eight ministerial deliverables and the ministry obtained the highest grade in each of the deliverables Implementation of Broadband Connectivity was 134 per cent deployment of 4G across the country 127 per cent digitalising government functions and processes was 99 per cent Development and implementation of a National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy 103 per cent while implementation of a Digital Identity Programme was 86 per cent Improvement and optimisation of revenues from all operators and licensees in the agencies under the ministry s supervision was 594 per cent Pantami said He further said that the active collaboration with the private sector to create jobs amounted to 111 per cent while empowerment of citizens was 137 per cent Pantami said the assessment was carried out by the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office UK and KPMG among others in partnership with the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation He also recalled that the ICT sector contributed 14 07 per cent in the first quarter of 2020 17 92 per cent in second quarter of 2021 while 18 44 per cent was contributed in the second quarter of 2022 According to him at each time these numbers were the highest ever contribution of the ICT sector to the Gross Domestic Product Pantami said Furthermore the quarterly revenues also generated for the Federal Government rose from N51 3 billion to N408 7 billion through spectrum sales and taxes from the sector We now have a Nigeria Startup Act which is a principal legislation and is a major achievement that will significantly enhance the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem in Nigeria The minister added that some of the policies that had boosted revenues in the sector included National Digital Economy Policy amp Strategy 2020 2030 NDEPS as well as Roadmap for the Implementation of the NDEPS Other policies he said were SIM Card Registration Policy Nigeria National Broadband Plan 2020 2025 and the National Policy for the Promotion of Indigenous Content in the Telecommunications Sector among others Pantami said that over 863 372 citizens benefited from digital skills programmes while the ministry had recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding for Microsoft to train five million Nigerians on high global digital skills demand On assumption of office on Aug 1 2019 the official broadband penetration figures stood at 33 72 per cent and today it is 44 65 per cent representing close to 13 million new broadband users Similarly there were 13 823 4G base stations and we now have 36 751 representing a 165 86 per cent increase and the percentage of 4G coverage also increased from 23 per cent to 77 52 per cent The cost of data has crashed from N1 200 per Gigabyte to about N350 making it easier for Nigerians to connect to the Internet he said The minister said that the ministry had developed an IT clearance portal to support inoperability eliminate duplication and ensure value for money in the implementation of ICT projects in the country According to him the quarterly savings from the IT Projects Clearance Process rose from N12 45 million to N10 57 billion He also said that steps were being taken to create a pool of Innovation Driven Enterprises IDEs to accelerate the development of Nigeria s digital economy Pantami said Privacy concerns are also being addressed through the newly established Nigeria Data Protection Bureau NDPB The drafting of the data protection bill has reached an advanced stage Digital Identity enrolments have been successful with issued National Identification Numbers NINs rising from less than 40 million to over 90 million Pantami said in promoting indigenous content the ministry had developed a policy for promoting indigenous content in the telecom sector to complement similar efforts that focused on the information technology sector He said it would reduce capital flight amongst other things Pantami also advocated paradigm shift from the clamour for educational certificates and qualifications to acquiring social soft skills that would ensure one was critically positioned to address challenges in the society Mr Kashifu Inuwa Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency NITDA said that the DND would be a week long programme from Oct 25 to 27 Inuwa said the conference would hold in a hybrid manner with an application platform where participants could register and also be broadcast live Inuwa said that Nigeria was ready for a digital economy as well as transformation hence everyone should key in The theme of the conference would be Digital Transformation A Path to Sustainable Digital Economy NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Communications sector excels, generates revenue up to 594% to GDP
     Prof Isa Pantami Minister of Communications and Digital Economy said it contributed up to 594 per cent to the country s Gross Domestic Product GDP Pantami said this on Monday at a news conference in Abuja to mark the third Digital Nigeria Day DND annually obseved on Oct 24 across the world The DND also doubles as the UN World Development Information Day marked to recognise the importance of Information and communications technologies towards providing new solutions to development challenges The UN day of information is to recognise the role of ICT particularly in the context of globalisation how it can foster economic growth competitiveness access to information and knowledge poverty eradication and social inclusion It is worthy of note that the ministry excelled at the recently concluded retreat that was held for all Ministers The assessment was based on the output indicators and milestones for the eight ministerial deliverables and the ministry obtained the highest grade in each of the deliverables Implementation of Broadband Connectivity was 134 per cent deployment of 4G across the country 127 per cent digitalising government functions and processes was 99 per cent Development and implementation of a National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy 103 per cent while implementation of a Digital Identity Programme was 86 per cent Improvement and optimisation of revenues from all operators and licensees in the agencies under the ministry s supervision was 594 per cent Pantami said He further said that the active collaboration with the private sector to create jobs amounted to 111 per cent while empowerment of citizens was 137 per cent Pantami said the assessment was carried out by the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office UK and KPMG among others in partnership with the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation He also recalled that the ICT sector contributed 14 07 per cent in the first quarter of 2020 17 92 per cent in second quarter of 2021 while 18 44 per cent was contributed in the second quarter of 2022 According to him at each time these numbers were the highest ever contribution of the ICT sector to the Gross Domestic Product Pantami said Furthermore the quarterly revenues also generated for the Federal Government rose from N51 3 billion to N408 7 billion through spectrum sales and taxes from the sector We now have a Nigeria Startup Act which is a principal legislation and is a major achievement that will significantly enhance the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem in Nigeria The minister added that some of the policies that had boosted revenues in the sector included National Digital Economy Policy amp Strategy 2020 2030 NDEPS as well as Roadmap for the Implementation of the NDEPS Other policies he said were SIM Card Registration Policy Nigeria National Broadband Plan 2020 2025 and the National Policy for the Promotion of Indigenous Content in the Telecommunications Sector among others Pantami said that over 863 372 citizens benefited from digital skills programmes while the ministry had recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding for Microsoft to train five million Nigerians on high global digital skills demand On assumption of office on Aug 1 2019 the official broadband penetration figures stood at 33 72 per cent and today it is 44 65 per cent representing close to 13 million new broadband users Similarly there were 13 823 4G base stations and we now have 36 751 representing a 165 86 per cent increase and the percentage of 4G coverage also increased from 23 per cent to 77 52 per cent The cost of data has crashed from N1 200 per Gigabyte to about N350 making it easier for Nigerians to connect to the Internet he said The minister said that the ministry had developed an IT clearance portal to support inoperability eliminate duplication and ensure value for money in the implementation of ICT projects in the country According to him the quarterly savings from the IT Projects Clearance Process rose from N12 45 million to N10 57 billion He also said that steps were being taken to create a pool of Innovation Driven Enterprises IDEs to accelerate the development of Nigeria s digital economy Pantami said Privacy concerns are also being addressed through the newly established Nigeria Data Protection Bureau NDPB The drafting of the data protection bill has reached an advanced stage Digital Identity enrolments have been successful with issued National Identification Numbers NINs rising from less than 40 million to over 90 million Pantami said in promoting indigenous content the ministry had developed a policy for promoting indigenous content in the telecom sector to complement similar efforts that focused on the information technology sector He said it would reduce capital flight amongst other things Pantami also advocated paradigm shift from the clamour for educational certificates and qualifications to acquiring social soft skills that would ensure one was critically positioned to address challenges in the society Mr Kashifu Inuwa Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency NITDA said that the DND would be a week long programme from Oct 25 to 27 Inuwa said the conference would hold in a hybrid manner with an application platform where participants could register and also be broadcast live Inuwa said that Nigeria was ready for a digital economy as well as transformation hence everyone should key in The theme of the conference would be Digital Transformation A Path to Sustainable Digital Economy NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Communications sector excels, generates revenue up to 594% to GDP
    General news1 month ago

    Communications sector excels, generates revenue up to 594% to GDP

    Prof. Isa Pantami, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, said it contributed  up to 594 per cent to the country’s Gross Domestic Product.

    (GDP)  Pantami said this on Monday at a news conference in Abuja to mark the third Digital Nigeria Day (DND) annually obseved on Oct. 24 across the world.

    The DND also doubles as the UN World Development Information Day marked to recognise the importance of Information and communications technologies towards providing new solutions to development challenges.

    The UN day of information is to recognise the role of ICT particularly in the context of globalisation, how it can foster economic growth, competitiveness, access to information and knowledge, poverty eradication and social inclusion.

    “It is worthy of note that the ministry excelled at the recently concluded retreat that was held for all Ministers.

    “The assessment was based on the output indicators and milestones for the eight ministerial deliverables and the ministry obtained the highest grade in each of the deliverables.

    “ Implementation of Broadband Connectivity was 134 per cent, deployment of 4G across the country -127 per cent, digitalising government functions and processes was 99 per cent.

    “Development and implementation of a National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy -103 per cent, while implementation of a Digital Identity Programme was 86 per cent.

    “Improvement and optimisation of revenues from all operators and licensees in the agencies under the ministry’s supervision was 594 per cent,”Pantami said.

    He further said that the active collaboration with the private sector to create jobs amounted to 111 per cent, while empowerment of citizens was 137 per cent.

    Pantami said the assessment was carried out by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, UK and KPMG, among others, in partnership with the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.

    He also recalled that the ICT sector contributed 14.07 per cent in the first quarter of 2020, 17.92 per cent in second quarter of 2021, while 18.44 per cent was contributed in the second quarter of 2022. According to him, at each time, these numbers were the highest ever contribution of the ICT sector to the Gross Domestic Product.

    Pantami said:`’Furthermore, the quarterly revenues also generated for the Federal Government rose from N51.3 billion to N408.7 billion, through spectrum sales and taxes from the sector.

    “We now have a Nigeria Startup Act, which is a principal legislation and is a major achievement that will significantly enhance the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem in Nigeria.

    ’’ The minister added that some of the policies that had boosted revenues in the sector included National Digital Economy Policy & Strategy 2020-2030 (NDEPS), as well as Roadmap for the Implementation of the NDEPS.

    Other policies, he said, were SIM Card Registration Policy, Nigeria National Broadband Plan 2020-2025 and the National Policy for the Promotion of Indigenous Content in the Telecommunications Sector, among others.

    Pantami said that over 863,372 citizens benefited from digital skills programmes, while the ministry had recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding for Microsoft to train five million Nigerians on high global digital skills demand.

    “On assumption of office on Aug. 1, 2019, the official broadband penetration figures stood at 33.72 per cent and today it is 44.65 per cent, representing close to 13 million new broadband users.

    “Similarly, there were 13,823 4G base stations and we now have 36,751, representing a 165.86 per cent increase and the percentage of 4G coverage also increased from 23 per cent to 77.52 per cent.

    “The cost of data has crashed from N1,200 per Gigabyte to about N350, making it easier for Nigerians to connect to the Internet,’’ he said.

    The minister said that the ministry had developed an IT clearance portal to support inoperability, eliminate duplication and ensure value for money in the implementation of ICT projects in the country.

    According to him, the quarterly savings from the IT Projects’ Clearance Process rose from N12.45 million to N10.57 billion.

    He also said that steps were being taken to create a pool of Innovation Driven Enterprises (IDEs) to accelerate the development of Nigeria’s digital economy.

    Pantami said: “Privacy concerns are also being addressed through the newly established Nigeria Data Protection Bureau (NDPB).

    “The drafting of the data protection bill has reached an advanced stage, Digital Identity enrolments have been successful, with issued National Identification Numbers (NINs) rising from less than 40 million to over 90 million.

    ’’ Pantami said in promoting indigenous content, the ministry had developed a policy for promoting indigenous content in the telecom sector to complement similar efforts that focused on the information technology sector.

    He said it would reduce capital flight, amongst other things.

    Pantami also advocated paradigm shift from the clamour for educational certificates and qualifications to acquiring social, soft skills that would ensure one was critically positioned to address challenges in the society.

    Mr Kashifu Inuwa, Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), said that the DND would be a week-long programme from Oct. 25 to 27. Inuwa said the conference would hold in a hybrid manner with an application platform where participants could register and also be broadcast live.

    Inuwa said that Nigeria was ready for a digital economy, as well as transformation, hence everyone should key in.

    The theme of the conference would be “Digital Transformation: A Path to Sustainable Digital Economy.

    ’’
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   Zamfara Anti thuggery outfit arrests suspects for alleged supply of SIM packs drugs to bandits ZAMFARA ANTI THUGGERY COMMITTEE Zamfara Anti thuggery outfit arrests suspects for alleged supply of SIM packs drugs to bandits Security By Ishaq Zaki Gusau Oct 23 The Zamfara Government s Anti Thuggery Standing Committee said it has arrested three suspects for allegedly supplying Sim Packs drugs illegal substances and sexual enhancers to bandits The committee has also arrested three other suspects for alleged phone snatching The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Zamfara Government had recently established Anti Thuggery Standing Committee to complement security agencies in the fight against activities of political thuggery and other criminal collaborators in the state The Chairman of the Committee Mr Bello Bakyasuwa disclosed this on Sunday while handing over the suspects to security agencies in Gusau You know after establishing this committee with representatives from security agencies by Gov Bello Matawalle we were given mandates to fight against thuggery activities and other related crimes in the state he noted On Saturday during a night patrol around 12 midnight we intercepted a vehicle along Gusau Magami road from which we recovered 100 new Sim packs Kurkura substances snuff sexual enhancers and drugs Bakyasuwa said You know the state government has banned night movement in the areas the vehicle was heading to One of our duties is to ensure total compliance with government s directives in that regard he explained According to him On Saturday evening we also arrested three young men for attacking celebrants at an event in Tudun Wada area of Gusau metropolis Hoodlums in Gusau metropolis now adopt a new strategy of phone snatching at ceremonies After receiving a report of similar act in Tudun Wada area we were able to arrest three suspects and recovered many handsets from them Other suspect are now at large but our men have been working to arrest them he added NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Zamfara Anti-thuggery outfit arrests suspects for alleged supply of SIM packs, drugs to bandits
      Zamfara Anti thuggery outfit arrests suspects for alleged supply of SIM packs drugs to bandits ZAMFARA ANTI THUGGERY COMMITTEE Zamfara Anti thuggery outfit arrests suspects for alleged supply of SIM packs drugs to bandits Security By Ishaq Zaki Gusau Oct 23 The Zamfara Government s Anti Thuggery Standing Committee said it has arrested three suspects for allegedly supplying Sim Packs drugs illegal substances and sexual enhancers to bandits The committee has also arrested three other suspects for alleged phone snatching The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Zamfara Government had recently established Anti Thuggery Standing Committee to complement security agencies in the fight against activities of political thuggery and other criminal collaborators in the state The Chairman of the Committee Mr Bello Bakyasuwa disclosed this on Sunday while handing over the suspects to security agencies in Gusau You know after establishing this committee with representatives from security agencies by Gov Bello Matawalle we were given mandates to fight against thuggery activities and other related crimes in the state he noted On Saturday during a night patrol around 12 midnight we intercepted a vehicle along Gusau Magami road from which we recovered 100 new Sim packs Kurkura substances snuff sexual enhancers and drugs Bakyasuwa said You know the state government has banned night movement in the areas the vehicle was heading to One of our duties is to ensure total compliance with government s directives in that regard he explained According to him On Saturday evening we also arrested three young men for attacking celebrants at an event in Tudun Wada area of Gusau metropolis Hoodlums in Gusau metropolis now adopt a new strategy of phone snatching at ceremonies After receiving a report of similar act in Tudun Wada area we were able to arrest three suspects and recovered many handsets from them Other suspect are now at large but our men have been working to arrest them he added NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Zamfara Anti-thuggery outfit arrests suspects for alleged supply of SIM packs, drugs to bandits
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    Zamfara Anti-thuggery outfit arrests suspects for alleged supply of SIM packs, drugs to bandits

    Zamfara Anti-thuggery outfit arrests suspects for alleged supply of SIM packs, drugs to bandits ZAMFARA ANTI-THUGGERY COMMITTEE  Zamfara Anti-thuggery outfit arrests suspects for alleged supply of SIM packs, drugs to bandits Security By Ishaq ZakiGusau, Oct. 23, The Zamfara Government’s Anti-Thuggery Standing Committee said it has arrested three suspects for allegedly supplying Sim Packs, drugs, illegal substances and sexual enhancers to bandits.

    The committee has also arrested three other suspects for alleged phone snatching.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Zamfara Government had recently established Anti-Thuggery Standing Committee to complement security agencies in the fight against activities of political thuggery and other criminal collaborators in the state.

    The Chairman of the Committee, Mr Bello Bakyasuwa, disclosed this on Sunday while handing over the suspects to security agencies in Gusau.

    “You know after establishing this committee with representatives from security agencies by Gov. Bello Matawalle, we were given mandates to fight against thuggery activities and other related crimes in the state,” he noted“On Saturday, during a night patrol around 12 midnight, we intercepted a vehicle along Gusau-Magami road from which we recovered 100 new Sim packs, Kurkura substances, snuff, sexual enhancers and drugs,” Bakyasuwa said.

    “You know, the state government has banned night movement in the areas the vehicle was heading to.

    “One of our duties is to ensure total compliance with government’s directives in that regard,” he explained.

    According to him, “On Saturday evening, we also arrested three young men for attacking celebrants at an event in Tudun Wada area of Gusau metropolis.

    ”“Hoodlums in Gusau metropolis now adopt a new strategy of phone snatching at ceremonies.

    “After receiving a report of similar act in Tudun Wada area, we were able to arrest three suspects and recovered many handsets from them.

    “Other suspect are now at large but our men have been working to arrest them,” he added.


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  •   Clickatell https www Clickatell com a CPaaS innovator and Chat Commerce leader has partnered with the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN https www CBN gov ng to offer fast and simple services and cost effective eNaira banking services for all Nigerians using the USSD channel eliminating the need for data and available on all phones Clickatell has collaborated with CBN to launch a USSD channel for its central bank digital currency eNaira CBDC www eNaira gov ng as part of the country s push to make basic banking accessible to all Nigerians which will ultimately drive financial inclusion eNaira was launched in October 2021 as Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said Africa s first central bank backed digital currency would help boost remittances encourage cross border trade and help his government make welfare payments more easily With financial inclusion at the core of eNaira s goals President Buhari also said that he believed the CBDC would increase the country s GDP by 29 billion over the next 10 years The introduction of the USSD short code allows unbanked Nigerians many of whom do not have smartphones to access cashless banking services and is a major victory for the stated goals of providing meaningful financial inclusion Clickatell s role in making this a reality has been one of the most significant achievements of our engagements in Nigeria comments Uzo Nwani Clickatell s Commercial Director West Africa The new USSD channel allows Nigerians to use the short code 997 to create their eNaira wallet Once done they can easily check balances and transfer funds as well as securely purchase airtime or data for themselves or their friends and family Protecting their wallets is also easy on the channel and users can check and update their information change and reset their pin or even lock the wallet if needed The USSD channel is a vital part of our journey towards realizing our vision of financial inclusion We see eNaira as a leap forward in the evolution of money Therefore CBN is working with partners who are committed to leveraging this new technology for continued innovation and to deliver exciting new features comments CBN Deputy Governor for Economic Policy Dr Kingsley Obiora Unstructured Supplementary Service Data or USSD is a communications protocol that is supported by 99 of GSM phones It remains particularly relevant in developing communities where it is used to provide services at much lower cost and can be used without the need to access the user s SIM card Despite the rapid growth of smartphones the majority of Nigerians https bit ly 2HRLANU are now using feature phones making an excellent case for USSD s offering The CBN is counting on the new channel to make rapid strides in bringing most of the 30 of unbanked Nigerians into the formal banking system As part of its efforts CBN is working hard to increase awareness and education around the new digital currency and has offered an incentive of 200 eNGN airtime for the first 100 000 users to use the eNaira USSD feature Looking ahead Nwani says the Clickatell solution ideally positions the system for new and collaborative additions to help power eNaira s services Our Chat Flow product provides a strong platform to support rapid innovation Digital currencies provide measurable customer benefits including lower costs and a simple user experience and adding new innovative features over time will definitely attract more customers There is no question that CBN has set the benchmark when it comes to financial inclusion in Africa and we look forward to being a part of that journey says Nwani
    Clickatell helps Nigerians access eNaira services, driving financial inclusion
      Clickatell https www Clickatell com a CPaaS innovator and Chat Commerce leader has partnered with the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN https www CBN gov ng to offer fast and simple services and cost effective eNaira banking services for all Nigerians using the USSD channel eliminating the need for data and available on all phones Clickatell has collaborated with CBN to launch a USSD channel for its central bank digital currency eNaira CBDC www eNaira gov ng as part of the country s push to make basic banking accessible to all Nigerians which will ultimately drive financial inclusion eNaira was launched in October 2021 as Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said Africa s first central bank backed digital currency would help boost remittances encourage cross border trade and help his government make welfare payments more easily With financial inclusion at the core of eNaira s goals President Buhari also said that he believed the CBDC would increase the country s GDP by 29 billion over the next 10 years The introduction of the USSD short code allows unbanked Nigerians many of whom do not have smartphones to access cashless banking services and is a major victory for the stated goals of providing meaningful financial inclusion Clickatell s role in making this a reality has been one of the most significant achievements of our engagements in Nigeria comments Uzo Nwani Clickatell s Commercial Director West Africa The new USSD channel allows Nigerians to use the short code 997 to create their eNaira wallet Once done they can easily check balances and transfer funds as well as securely purchase airtime or data for themselves or their friends and family Protecting their wallets is also easy on the channel and users can check and update their information change and reset their pin or even lock the wallet if needed The USSD channel is a vital part of our journey towards realizing our vision of financial inclusion We see eNaira as a leap forward in the evolution of money Therefore CBN is working with partners who are committed to leveraging this new technology for continued innovation and to deliver exciting new features comments CBN Deputy Governor for Economic Policy Dr Kingsley Obiora Unstructured Supplementary Service Data or USSD is a communications protocol that is supported by 99 of GSM phones It remains particularly relevant in developing communities where it is used to provide services at much lower cost and can be used without the need to access the user s SIM card Despite the rapid growth of smartphones the majority of Nigerians https bit ly 2HRLANU are now using feature phones making an excellent case for USSD s offering The CBN is counting on the new channel to make rapid strides in bringing most of the 30 of unbanked Nigerians into the formal banking system As part of its efforts CBN is working hard to increase awareness and education around the new digital currency and has offered an incentive of 200 eNGN airtime for the first 100 000 users to use the eNaira USSD feature Looking ahead Nwani says the Clickatell solution ideally positions the system for new and collaborative additions to help power eNaira s services Our Chat Flow product provides a strong platform to support rapid innovation Digital currencies provide measurable customer benefits including lower costs and a simple user experience and adding new innovative features over time will definitely attract more customers There is no question that CBN has set the benchmark when it comes to financial inclusion in Africa and we look forward to being a part of that journey says Nwani
    Clickatell helps Nigerians access eNaira services, driving financial inclusion
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    Clickatell helps Nigerians access eNaira services, driving financial inclusion

    Clickatell (https://www.Clickatell.com), a CPaaS innovator and Chat Commerce leader, has partnered with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) (https://www.CBN.gov.ng) to offer fast and simple services.

    and cost-effective eNaira banking services for all Nigerians using the USSD channel, eliminating the need for data and available on all phones.

    Clickatell has collaborated with CBN to launch a USSD channel for its central bank digital currency eNaira (CBDC) (www.eNaira.gov.ng) as part of the country's push to make basic banking accessible to all Nigerians, which will ultimately drive financial inclusion.

    eNaira was launched in October 2021 as Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said Africa's first central bank-backed digital currency would help boost remittances, encourage cross-border trade and help his government make welfare payments.

    more easily.

    With financial inclusion at the core of eNaira's goals, President Buhari also said that he believed the CBDC would increase the country's GDP by $29 billion over the next 10 years.

    “The introduction of the USSD short code allows unbanked Nigerians, many of whom do not have smartphones, to access cashless banking services and is a major victory for the stated goals of providing meaningful financial inclusion.

    Clickatell's role in making this a reality has been one of the most significant achievements of our engagements in Nigeria,” comments Uzo Nwani, Clickatell's Commercial Director, West Africa.

    The new USSD channel allows Nigerians to use the short code *997# to create their eNaira wallet.

    Once done, they can easily check balances and transfer funds, as well as securely purchase airtime or data for themselves or their friends and family.

    Protecting their wallets is also easy on the channel and users can check and update their information, change and reset their pin or even lock the wallet if needed.

    “The USSD channel is a vital part of our journey towards realizing our vision of financial inclusion.

    We see eNaira as a leap forward in the evolution of money.

    Therefore, CBN is working with partners who are committed to leveraging this new technology for continued innovation and to deliver exciting new features,” comments CBN Deputy Governor for Economic Policy, Dr. Kingsley Obiora.

    Unstructured Supplementary Service Data, or USSD, is a communications protocol that is supported by 99% of GSM phones.

    It remains particularly relevant in developing communities where it is used to provide services at much lower cost and can be used without the need to access the user's SIM card.

    Despite the rapid growth of smartphones, the majority of Nigerians (https://bit.ly/2HRLANU) are now using feature phones, making an excellent case for USSD's offering.

    The CBN is counting on the new channel to make rapid strides in bringing most of the 30% of unbanked Nigerians into the formal banking system.

    As part of its efforts, CBN is working hard to increase awareness and education around the new digital currency and has offered an incentive of 200 eNGN airtime for the first 100,000 users to use the eNaira USSD feature.

    Looking ahead, Nwani says the Clickatell solution ideally positions the system for new and collaborative additions to help power eNaira's services.

    “Our Chat Flow product provides a strong platform to support rapid innovation.

    Digital currencies provide measurable customer benefits, including lower costs and a simple user experience, and adding new innovative features over time will definitely attract more customers.

    There is no question that CBN has set the benchmark when it comes to financial inclusion in Africa, and we look forward to being a part of that journey,” says Nwani.

  •   Orange Money Orange s mobile money service and leading pan African payments company Cellulant www Cellulant io have launched a partnership to enable card to wallet transfers for 8 banks in Botswana The Orange Money Card To Wallet https bit ly 3ex927w service in Botswana allows customers to transfer money online from any bank account to an Orange Money wallet The Orange Money Card To Wallet service is available to all Orange Botswana customers with bank accounts allowing them to instantly send money to any Orange Money wallet regardless of who they bank with The sender does not need to have an Orange Money account they are only required to have a registered Orange SIM card while the recipient needs an Orange Money wallet This partnership allows customers to move funds from their bank accounts via their cards directly to their Orange Money wallets While most banks in Botswana have mobile apps some still do not provide this option to their customers This solution will now allow bank customers to transfer money from their bank accounts to their Orange Money wallets via the Orange Botswana website a process powered by Tingg This applies to both banks that have apps and those that don t The partnership further solves the long queues customers have to queue to access agents This solution therefore provides bank customers with more options and as a result customers experience ease and accessibility in moving money seamlessly Customers can also purchase airtime and access other MNO services using their Visa or Mastercard debit and credit cards through Tingg www Tingg Africa Leveraging its extensive networks Orange Money will enable customers with bank cards from Botswana s 8 banks to transfer money from their cards to any Orange Money wallet at the touch of a button This service affirms our commitment to positively contribute to the growth of the informal and financial services sectors The introduction of Card To Wallet aligns with our financial inclusion strategy that is focused on providing relevant and convenient solutions that address the everyday needs of our customers as well as addressing our priorities around putting our customers first Said the CEO of Orange Money Seabelo Pilane Cellulant s payment platform Tingg www Tingg Africa which integrates 211 banks in Africa is a one stop payment aggregator for multinational corporations mid caps and small and medium sized enterprises SMEs Tingg enables merchants to receive view and reconcile all their payments through a single platform or through their system by integrating Tingg s Application Programming Interfaces APIs eliminating the need to subscribe to multiple providers payments and in the case of mobile money mobile network operators MNOs and banks Uptake of Tingg in Africa is underway with products such as in store payments leveraging mobile money and mobile banking as payment methods via QR and USSD codes This streamlines business administration processes for merchants while expanding the range of payment options they can offer customers ensuring maximum choice and flexibility both online and offline Africa accounted for 70 of the value of mobile money transactions worldwide in 2021 Instant digital payment solutions have grown significantly across the continent in recent years Tingg by Cellulant is at the forefront of ensuring digital financial solutions are available across the continent Cellulant has been in Botswana for over 11 years as a technical solutions partner providing value added and digital banking services to banks in the country We are pleased to partner with Orange Money Botswana to power their Card to Wallet service payments This is in line with our strategy to extend our services to merchants in Botswana to help them digitize their payments says Bathusi Beleme Country Manager for Cellulant Botswana This partnership has enabled Orange to increase its digital cash entry reach to 100 as they were previously only open to Absa and Standard Chartered Bank through the Bank to Wallet product offering Additionally customers can also purchase airtime data and voice bundles with their Visa cards
    Cellulant partners with Orange Money to power card-to-wallet transfers for 8 banks in Botswana
      Orange Money Orange s mobile money service and leading pan African payments company Cellulant www Cellulant io have launched a partnership to enable card to wallet transfers for 8 banks in Botswana The Orange Money Card To Wallet https bit ly 3ex927w service in Botswana allows customers to transfer money online from any bank account to an Orange Money wallet The Orange Money Card To Wallet service is available to all Orange Botswana customers with bank accounts allowing them to instantly send money to any Orange Money wallet regardless of who they bank with The sender does not need to have an Orange Money account they are only required to have a registered Orange SIM card while the recipient needs an Orange Money wallet This partnership allows customers to move funds from their bank accounts via their cards directly to their Orange Money wallets While most banks in Botswana have mobile apps some still do not provide this option to their customers This solution will now allow bank customers to transfer money from their bank accounts to their Orange Money wallets via the Orange Botswana website a process powered by Tingg This applies to both banks that have apps and those that don t The partnership further solves the long queues customers have to queue to access agents This solution therefore provides bank customers with more options and as a result customers experience ease and accessibility in moving money seamlessly Customers can also purchase airtime and access other MNO services using their Visa or Mastercard debit and credit cards through Tingg www Tingg Africa Leveraging its extensive networks Orange Money will enable customers with bank cards from Botswana s 8 banks to transfer money from their cards to any Orange Money wallet at the touch of a button This service affirms our commitment to positively contribute to the growth of the informal and financial services sectors The introduction of Card To Wallet aligns with our financial inclusion strategy that is focused on providing relevant and convenient solutions that address the everyday needs of our customers as well as addressing our priorities around putting our customers first Said the CEO of Orange Money Seabelo Pilane Cellulant s payment platform Tingg www Tingg Africa which integrates 211 banks in Africa is a one stop payment aggregator for multinational corporations mid caps and small and medium sized enterprises SMEs Tingg enables merchants to receive view and reconcile all their payments through a single platform or through their system by integrating Tingg s Application Programming Interfaces APIs eliminating the need to subscribe to multiple providers payments and in the case of mobile money mobile network operators MNOs and banks Uptake of Tingg in Africa is underway with products such as in store payments leveraging mobile money and mobile banking as payment methods via QR and USSD codes This streamlines business administration processes for merchants while expanding the range of payment options they can offer customers ensuring maximum choice and flexibility both online and offline Africa accounted for 70 of the value of mobile money transactions worldwide in 2021 Instant digital payment solutions have grown significantly across the continent in recent years Tingg by Cellulant is at the forefront of ensuring digital financial solutions are available across the continent Cellulant has been in Botswana for over 11 years as a technical solutions partner providing value added and digital banking services to banks in the country We are pleased to partner with Orange Money Botswana to power their Card to Wallet service payments This is in line with our strategy to extend our services to merchants in Botswana to help them digitize their payments says Bathusi Beleme Country Manager for Cellulant Botswana This partnership has enabled Orange to increase its digital cash entry reach to 100 as they were previously only open to Absa and Standard Chartered Bank through the Bank to Wallet product offering Additionally customers can also purchase airtime data and voice bundles with their Visa cards
    Cellulant partners with Orange Money to power card-to-wallet transfers for 8 banks in Botswana
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    Cellulant partners with Orange Money to power card-to-wallet transfers for 8 banks in Botswana

    Orange Money, Orange's mobile money service, and leading pan-African payments company, Cellulant (www.Cellulant.io), have launched a partnership to enable card-to-wallet transfers for 8 banks in Botswana.

    The Orange Money Card-To-Wallet (https://bit.ly/3ex927w) service in Botswana allows customers to transfer money online from any bank account to an Orange Money wallet.

    The Orange Money Card-To-Wallet service is available to all Orange Botswana customers with bank accounts, allowing them to instantly send money to any Orange Money wallet, regardless of who they bank with.

    The sender does not need to have an Orange Money account; they are only required to have a registered Orange SIM card, while the recipient needs an Orange Money wallet.

    This partnership allows customers to move funds from their bank accounts via their cards directly to their Orange Money wallets.

    While most banks in Botswana have mobile apps, some still do not provide this option to their customers.

    This solution will now allow bank customers to transfer money from their bank accounts to their Orange Money wallets via the Orange Botswana website, a process powered by Tingg.

    This applies to both banks that have apps and those that don't.

    The partnership further solves the long queues customers have to queue to access agents.

    This solution, therefore, provides bank customers with more options and as a result, customers experience ease and accessibility in moving money seamlessly.

    Customers can also purchase airtime and access other MNO services using their Visa or Mastercard debit and credit cards through Tingg (www.Tingg.Africa).

    Leveraging its extensive networks, Orange Money will enable customers with bank cards from Botswana's 8 banks to transfer money from their cards to any Orange Money wallet at the touch of a button.

    “This service affirms our commitment to positively contribute to the growth of the informal and financial services sectors.

    The introduction of Card-To-Wallet aligns with our financial inclusion strategy that is focused on providing relevant and convenient solutions that address the everyday needs of our customers, as well as addressing our priorities around putting our customers first!

    !

    Said the CEO of Orange Money, Seabelo Pilane Cellulant's payment platform, Tingg (www.Tingg.Africa), which integrates 211 banks in Africa, is a one-stop payment aggregator for multinational corporations, mid-caps and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) .

    Tingg enables merchants to receive, view and reconcile all their payments through a single platform or through their system by integrating Tingg's Application Programming Interfaces (APIs), eliminating the need to subscribe to multiple providers payments and, in the case of mobile money, mobile network operators (MNOs) and banks.

    Uptake of Tingg in Africa is underway, with products such as in-store payments leveraging mobile money and mobile banking as payment methods via QR and USSD codes.

    This streamlines business administration processes for merchants while expanding the range of payment options they can offer customers, ensuring maximum choice and flexibility both online and offline.

    “Africa accounted for 70% of the value of mobile money transactions worldwide in 2021.

    Instant digital payment solutions have grown significantly across the continent in recent years.

    Tingg by Cellulant is at the forefront of ensuring digital financial solutions are available across the continent.

    Cellulant has been in Botswana for over 11 years as a technical solutions partner providing value-added and digital banking services to banks in the country.

    We are pleased to partner with Orange Money Botswana to power their Card-to-Wallet service payments.

    This is in line with our strategy to extend our services to merchants in Botswana to help them digitize their payments.” says Bathusi Beleme, Country Manager for Cellulant Botswana.

    This partnership has enabled Orange to increase its digital cash entry reach to 100%, as they were previously only open to Absa and Standard Chartered Bank through the Bank to Wallet product offering.

    Additionally, customers can also purchase airtime, data and voice bundles with their Visa cards.

  •  The Nigerian Communications Commission NCC has partnered with the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps NSCDC to tackle criminal activities bedeviling the telecoms industry in the country NCC s Director of Public Affairs Mr Reuben Muoka made this known in a statement on Sunday in Abuja Muoka said that senior management staff of NSCDC in the South West Zone had at an exclusive workshop organised by the commission hailed the Memorandum of Understanding MoU sealed between the two government agencies Muoka said criminal activities such as telecom equipment vandalism and fraudulent registration of Subscriber Identity Module SIM cards among others were going to be looked into He said topical issues discussed at the workshop covered the activities of NCC as presented by the relevant departments in the context of laws other regulations and in relation to the roles of NSCDC He said the Executive Vice Chairman EVC of NCC Prof Umar Danbatta said the commission had over the years worked with relevant law enforcement agencies towards protecting telecoms sector from all kinds of criminality Through despicable activities that are criminal and totally at variance with national security concerns of government The deviant elements in our midst have been acting to undermine efforts put in place to consolidate the gains of the sector These criminal activities include theft and vandalism of telecommunications infrastructure the illegal use of fraudulently registered Subscriber Identification Module SIM cards operating without license illegal call masking and so on he said Danbatta said that the workshop was organiised as part of efforts to constantly engage and update them on new trends and existing regulations He said this required concerted efforts for their implementation towards enhancing sanity in the telecoms sector Danbatta commended NSCDC and other agencies for carrying out raids and mopping up fraudulently registered SIM cards found in circulation The EVC also lauded the agencies for raising the banner of awareness on the need to protect critical national telecoms infrastructure Danbatta represented by Mr Ephraim Nwokonneya Director Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement NCC said the gathering was to explore deployment of enabling laws subsidiary legislations and extant guidelines to arrest criminality in the sector NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NCC, NSCDC partner to tackle crimes in telecoms sector
     The Nigerian Communications Commission NCC has partnered with the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps NSCDC to tackle criminal activities bedeviling the telecoms industry in the country NCC s Director of Public Affairs Mr Reuben Muoka made this known in a statement on Sunday in Abuja Muoka said that senior management staff of NSCDC in the South West Zone had at an exclusive workshop organised by the commission hailed the Memorandum of Understanding MoU sealed between the two government agencies Muoka said criminal activities such as telecom equipment vandalism and fraudulent registration of Subscriber Identity Module SIM cards among others were going to be looked into He said topical issues discussed at the workshop covered the activities of NCC as presented by the relevant departments in the context of laws other regulations and in relation to the roles of NSCDC He said the Executive Vice Chairman EVC of NCC Prof Umar Danbatta said the commission had over the years worked with relevant law enforcement agencies towards protecting telecoms sector from all kinds of criminality Through despicable activities that are criminal and totally at variance with national security concerns of government The deviant elements in our midst have been acting to undermine efforts put in place to consolidate the gains of the sector These criminal activities include theft and vandalism of telecommunications infrastructure the illegal use of fraudulently registered Subscriber Identification Module SIM cards operating without license illegal call masking and so on he said Danbatta said that the workshop was organiised as part of efforts to constantly engage and update them on new trends and existing regulations He said this required concerted efforts for their implementation towards enhancing sanity in the telecoms sector Danbatta commended NSCDC and other agencies for carrying out raids and mopping up fraudulently registered SIM cards found in circulation The EVC also lauded the agencies for raising the banner of awareness on the need to protect critical national telecoms infrastructure Danbatta represented by Mr Ephraim Nwokonneya Director Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement NCC said the gathering was to explore deployment of enabling laws subsidiary legislations and extant guidelines to arrest criminality in the sector NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NCC, NSCDC partner to tackle crimes in telecoms sector
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    NCC, NSCDC partner to tackle crimes in telecoms sector

    The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has partnered with the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), to tackle criminal activities bedeviling the telecoms industry in the country.

    NCC’s Director of Public Affairs, Mr Reuben Muoka, made this known in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.

    Muoka said that senior management staff of NSCDC in the South West Zone had at an exclusive workshop organised by the commission hailed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), sealed between the two government agencies.

    Muoka said criminal activities such as telecom equipment vandalism and fraudulent registration of Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards, among others, were going to be looked into.

    He said topical issues discussed at the workshop covered the activities of NCC as presented by the relevant departments in the context of laws, other regulations and in relation to the roles of NSCDC.

    He said the Executive Vice-Chairman (EVC) of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, said the commission had over the years worked with relevant law enforcement agencies towards protecting telecoms sector from all kinds of criminality.

    “Through despicable activities that are criminal and totally at variance with national security concerns of government.

    “The deviant elements in our midst have been acting to undermine efforts put in place to consolidate the gains of the sector.

    “These criminal activities include theft and vandalism of telecommunications infrastructure, the illegal use of fraudulently-registered Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) cards, operating without license, illegal call masking and so on,” he said.

    Danbatta said that the workshop was organiised as part of efforts to constantly engage and update them on new trends and existing regulations.

    He said this required concerted efforts for their implementation towards enhancing sanity in the telecoms sector.

    Danbatta commended NSCDC and other agencies for carrying out raids and mopping up fraudulently-registered SIM cards found in circulation.

    The EVC also lauded the agencies for raising the banner of awareness on the need to protect critical national telecoms infrastructure.

    Danbatta, represented by Mr Ephraim Nwokonneya, Director, Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement, NCC, said the gathering was to explore deployment of enabling laws, subsidiary legislations and extant guidelines to arrest criminality in the sector.


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  •  The Egbede unit of Federal Road Safety Corps FRSC in Oyo State has handed over a stolen vehicle to its owner one year after it was recovered The unit recovered the car with registration number Lagos FST 855 GL at Osengere area on Ife Ibadan expressway on Sept 17 2021 but was unable to contact the owner of the Opel Safiran car The Unit Commander Akeem Kareem told the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Ibadan that the owner of the vehicle had switched off the phone line with which he registered the car He said that a patrol team found the car parked on the road causing obstruction to other road users and had to be removed and towed to the FRSC office for investigation The vehicle has been in our office since then We tried to contact the owner through the information gotten from our National Vehicle Identification System but his phone contact was not going through However just of recent we were able to get the owner who said that he had problem with his SIM card which took him a long time to retrieve hence the reason we were unable to reach him The owner said he had concluded that the car would not be found because the person he gave the vehicle to had also disappeared and could not be located Kareem said According to him the man has provided necessary proof of ownership and the vehicle will be released to him after completion of relevant documentation The FRSC unit commander advised Nigerians to ensure proper registration of their vehicles He said that FRSC s National Vehicle Identification System NVIS had helped in retrieving a lot of stolen vehicles and tackled other security issues People should cooperate with us many people are still using vehicles and motorcycles without number plates and any vehicle or motorcycle caught will be impounded and the owner made to do the needful The importance of proper registration of vehicles cannot be overemphasised it helps in the area of security If a vehicle owner commits an offence and we are able to get the number we can trace the person through the information on our NVIS We have used the system to recover many stolen vehicles and FRSC will not relent in ensuring that vehicle owners do the right thing Kareem said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FRSC hands over recovered stolen vehicle, one year after
     The Egbede unit of Federal Road Safety Corps FRSC in Oyo State has handed over a stolen vehicle to its owner one year after it was recovered The unit recovered the car with registration number Lagos FST 855 GL at Osengere area on Ife Ibadan expressway on Sept 17 2021 but was unable to contact the owner of the Opel Safiran car The Unit Commander Akeem Kareem told the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Ibadan that the owner of the vehicle had switched off the phone line with which he registered the car He said that a patrol team found the car parked on the road causing obstruction to other road users and had to be removed and towed to the FRSC office for investigation The vehicle has been in our office since then We tried to contact the owner through the information gotten from our National Vehicle Identification System but his phone contact was not going through However just of recent we were able to get the owner who said that he had problem with his SIM card which took him a long time to retrieve hence the reason we were unable to reach him The owner said he had concluded that the car would not be found because the person he gave the vehicle to had also disappeared and could not be located Kareem said According to him the man has provided necessary proof of ownership and the vehicle will be released to him after completion of relevant documentation The FRSC unit commander advised Nigerians to ensure proper registration of their vehicles He said that FRSC s National Vehicle Identification System NVIS had helped in retrieving a lot of stolen vehicles and tackled other security issues People should cooperate with us many people are still using vehicles and motorcycles without number plates and any vehicle or motorcycle caught will be impounded and the owner made to do the needful The importance of proper registration of vehicles cannot be overemphasised it helps in the area of security If a vehicle owner commits an offence and we are able to get the number we can trace the person through the information on our NVIS We have used the system to recover many stolen vehicles and FRSC will not relent in ensuring that vehicle owners do the right thing Kareem said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FRSC hands over recovered stolen vehicle, one year after
    Defence/Security3 months ago

    FRSC hands over recovered stolen vehicle, one year after

    The Egbede unit of Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Oyo State, has handed over a stolen vehicle to its owner, one year after it was recovered.

    The unit recovered the car with registration number, Lagos FST 855 GL at Osengere area on Ife-Ibadan expressway on Sept. 17, 2021, but was unable to contact the owner of the Opel Safiran car.

    The Unit Commander, Akeem Kareem, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Ibadan that the owner of the vehicle had switched off the phone line with which he registered the car.

    He said that a patrol team found the car parked on the road, causing obstruction to other road users and had to be removed and towed to the FRSC office for investigation.

    “The vehicle has been in our office since then.

    “We tried to contact the owner through the information gotten from our National Vehicle Identification System, but his phone contact was not going through.

    “However,  just of recent, we were able to get the owner who said that he had problem with his SIM card, which took him a long time to retrieve, hence the reason we were unable to reach him.

    “The owner said he had concluded that the car would not be found, because the person he gave the vehicle to had also disappeared and could not be located,” Kareem said.

    According to him, the man has provided necessary proof of ownership and the vehicle will be released to him after completion of relevant documentation.

    The FRSC unit commander advised Nigerians to ensure proper registration of their vehicles.

    He said that FRSC’s National Vehicle Identification System (NVIS) had helped in retrieving a lot of stolen vehicles and tackled other security issues.

    ”People should cooperate with us, many people are still using vehicles and motorcycles without number plates and any vehicle or motorcycle caught, will be impounded and the owner made to do the needful.

    “The importance of proper registration of vehicles cannot be overemphasised, it helps in the  area of security.

    “If a vehicle owner commits an offence and we are able to get the number, we can trace the person through the information on our NVIS.

    “We have used the system to recover many stolen vehicles and FRSC will not relent in ensuring that vehicle owners do the right thing,” Kareem said.


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  •  The Minister of Communication and Digital Economy Prof Isa Pantami says data centres nationwide will enhance ICT service delivery and assist security agencies to effectively curtail insecurity nationwide Pantami said this on Monday in Kano after inspecting the Tier 4 data centre which acccording to him is ready for inauguration The minister also said the centre would enhance ICT service delivery to both public and private institutions in the country Pantami who disclosed that there were other data centres in Abuja and Southern part of the country noted that each of them were capable of providing both physical and logical security to its subscribers The minister said the Kano centre would now serve as regional office for the Federal Government owned Galaxy Backbone limited established to provide ICT services to both public and private institutions That is part of the initiative of President Muhammadu Buhari to provide quality digital services to the citizens We have extended the services to generate more revenue to the government and provide quality service to the citizens and security agencies We have sanitised SIM card database we also introduced the policy of NIN and SIM registration not for us to use but for our security institutions So what we are doing in the system is to sanitise it and provide facilities for our security institutions to leverage on and be successful in curtailing insecurity challenges bedevilling Nigeria We have done that effectively what remains is for the security institutions to utilise what they have been provided with The facilities are there for free and if they are utilised effectively I have no doubt that it will address significantly security challenges in Nigeria he said He said that the Tier 4 Data Centre in Kano had 0 7 petabyte storage capacity adding there is scope of extension when the need arises depending on the citizens and customers demands If you built a big one without demand then maintenance would be a challenge What we built here is 0 7 petabyte If our customer base increases we have the immediate capacity for expansion he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Data centres ‘ll enhance ICT service delivery, fight insecurity — Pantami
     The Minister of Communication and Digital Economy Prof Isa Pantami says data centres nationwide will enhance ICT service delivery and assist security agencies to effectively curtail insecurity nationwide Pantami said this on Monday in Kano after inspecting the Tier 4 data centre which acccording to him is ready for inauguration The minister also said the centre would enhance ICT service delivery to both public and private institutions in the country Pantami who disclosed that there were other data centres in Abuja and Southern part of the country noted that each of them were capable of providing both physical and logical security to its subscribers The minister said the Kano centre would now serve as regional office for the Federal Government owned Galaxy Backbone limited established to provide ICT services to both public and private institutions That is part of the initiative of President Muhammadu Buhari to provide quality digital services to the citizens We have extended the services to generate more revenue to the government and provide quality service to the citizens and security agencies We have sanitised SIM card database we also introduced the policy of NIN and SIM registration not for us to use but for our security institutions So what we are doing in the system is to sanitise it and provide facilities for our security institutions to leverage on and be successful in curtailing insecurity challenges bedevilling Nigeria We have done that effectively what remains is for the security institutions to utilise what they have been provided with The facilities are there for free and if they are utilised effectively I have no doubt that it will address significantly security challenges in Nigeria he said He said that the Tier 4 Data Centre in Kano had 0 7 petabyte storage capacity adding there is scope of extension when the need arises depending on the citizens and customers demands If you built a big one without demand then maintenance would be a challenge What we built here is 0 7 petabyte If our customer base increases we have the immediate capacity for expansion he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Data centres ‘ll enhance ICT service delivery, fight insecurity — Pantami
    General news3 months ago

    Data centres ‘ll enhance ICT service delivery, fight insecurity — Pantami

    The Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Pantami, says data centres nationwide, will enhance ICT service delivery and assist security agencies to effectively curtail insecurity nationwide.

    Pantami said this on Monday in Kano after inspecting the Tier 4 data centre, which acccording to him, is ready for inauguration.

    The minister also said the centre would enhance ICT service delivery to both public and private institutions in the country.

    Pantami, who disclosed that there were other data centres in Abuja and Southern part of the country, noted that each of them were capable of providing both physical and logical security to its subscribers.

    The minister said the Kano centre would now serve as regional office for the Federal Government-owned Galaxy Backbone limited, established to provide ICT services to both public and private institutions.

    “That is part of the initiative of President Muhammadu Buhari to provide quality digital services to the citizens.

    “We have extended the services to generate more revenue to the government and provide quality service to the citizens and security agencies.

    “We have sanitised SIM card database; we also introduced the policy of NIN and SIM registration, not for us to use, but for our security institutions.

    “So, what we are doing in the system is to sanitise it and provide facilities for our security institutions to leverage on and be successful in curtailing insecurity challenges bedevilling Nigeria.

    “We have done that effectively, what remains is for the security institutions to utilise what they have been provided with.

    “The facilities are there for free, and if they are utilised effectively, I have no doubt that it will address significantly security challenges in Nigeria,” he said.

    He said that the Tier 4 Data Centre in Kano, had 0.7 petabyte storage capacity, adding “there is scope of extension when the need arises,  depending on the citizens and customers’ demands.

    “If you built a big one without demand, then maintenance would be a challenge.

    “What we built here is 0.7 petabyte.

    If our customer base increases, we have the immediate capacity  for expansion,” he said.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Police operatives have arrested a 39 year old suspected fake Army Captain Andy Edwards in Lagos for alleged armed robbery Police spokesman SP Benjamin Hundeyin confirmed the arrest on Sunday in a statement Hundeyin stated that the fake soldier who posed as a modelling agent would invite ladies for auditioning and rob them of their cars and valuables at gunpoint He said the suspect was arrested following a painstaking investigation that was launched after one of his victims reported the robbery of her Lexus RX330 SUV Investigation led to the recovery of one Ford Edge SUV with registration number KRD 276 EG one sewing machine and one POS machine with six SIM cards from the suspect s house Also recovered from him were two pairs of military camouflage uniforms and one number plate AFL 469 GD While investigation is being rounded off the owner of the Ford SUV is hereby urged to come forward to claim same Suspect would be arraigned at the conclusion of investigation Hundeyin stated The spokesman assured people of Lagos State of the unwavering commitment of officers and men of the police to end crime and criminality in the state NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Police arrest fake Army Captain for alleged armed robbery
     Police operatives have arrested a 39 year old suspected fake Army Captain Andy Edwards in Lagos for alleged armed robbery Police spokesman SP Benjamin Hundeyin confirmed the arrest on Sunday in a statement Hundeyin stated that the fake soldier who posed as a modelling agent would invite ladies for auditioning and rob them of their cars and valuables at gunpoint He said the suspect was arrested following a painstaking investigation that was launched after one of his victims reported the robbery of her Lexus RX330 SUV Investigation led to the recovery of one Ford Edge SUV with registration number KRD 276 EG one sewing machine and one POS machine with six SIM cards from the suspect s house Also recovered from him were two pairs of military camouflage uniforms and one number plate AFL 469 GD While investigation is being rounded off the owner of the Ford SUV is hereby urged to come forward to claim same Suspect would be arraigned at the conclusion of investigation Hundeyin stated The spokesman assured people of Lagos State of the unwavering commitment of officers and men of the police to end crime and criminality in the state NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Police arrest fake Army Captain for alleged armed robbery
    Defence/Security3 months ago

    Police arrest fake Army Captain for alleged armed robbery

    Police operatives have arrested a 39-year-old suspected fake Army Captain, Andy Edwards, in Lagos for alleged armed robbery.

    Police spokesman, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the arrest on Sunday in a statement.

    Hundeyin stated that the fake soldier, who posed as a modelling agent, would invite ladies for auditioning and rob them of their cars and valuables at gunpoint.

    He said the suspect was arrested following a painstaking investigation that was launched after one of his victims reported the robbery of her Lexus RX330 SUV.

    “Investigation led to the recovery of one Ford Edge SUV with registration number KRD 276 EG, one sewing machine and one POS machine with six SIM cards from the suspect’s house.

    “Also recovered from him were two pairs of military camouflage uniforms and one number plate – AFL 469 GD.

    “While investigation is being rounded off, the owner of the Ford SUV is hereby urged to come forward to claim same.

    Suspect would be arraigned at the conclusion of investigation,’’ Hundeyin stated.

    The spokesman assured people of Lagos State of the unwavering commitment of officers and men of the police to end crime and criminality in the state.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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