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NNPC seeks partnership of NITDA to drive innovation in Petroleum sector

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The Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has sought the support of the National Information Technology Development Agency(NITDA) on the need to effectively drive the petroleum sector with digital technology in research and innovation.
 
This was disclosed when the National Information Technology Development Agency received the Research, Technology and Innovation (RTI) Division of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Friday,  at the National Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics.
 
The team, led by the Chief Innovation Officer of NNPC, Mrs Ugonna Betty Amaechi, maintained that they were at the centre to seek NITDA’s assistance in reviewing some of its strategy, goals, priorities and progress, as well as provide guidance and enablement to succeed.
 
Mrs Amaechi said, “innovation is about creating new ways of doing things towards achieving performance efficiency and cost cutting. It is something Nigeria has embraced, and for innovation to thrive there must be triggers which is why the RTI was formed,” she said.
 
Amaechi revealed that RTI’s business thematic areas includes; cybernetics and automation, downstream innovation, energy innovation, refining of petrochemical innovation, upstream innovation, and market research and service innovation.
 
She stated that the research aspects of RTI uses a creative, systemic and methodological principles of knowledge to collect, organise and analyse ideas for business growth, sustain development and  solve problems within the NNPC.
 
She said they want learn from NITDA’s wealth of experience, adding that the focus is in the area of technology to drive business efficiency, quality service and performance excellence, using advancements in applied sciences, engineering and design in line with technology trends.
 
In the area of innovation, the team leader said, RTI came up with the idea of looking at it more centrally from a human-centred approach, adding  that RTI intends to embrace human centred innovation.
 
In his remark, the Director General of NITDA, Mallam Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, CCIE, said; “innovation happen when you explore,” adding that, “you need to be an explorer and exploiter at the same time before you become innovative as an organisation”.
 
He opined that what makes an ecosystem is to have all stakeholders on board. Adding that, “to have a successful innovation ecosystem, it is important to have five key stakeholders which are; Academia, corporate organisation, entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists in order to provide funding for the ideas.”
 
While assuring the RTI of the Agency’s supports to drive various initiatives, the NITDA boss maintained that, “getting an idea from conceptualisation to impact is highly required to be an innovator that opens to new ideas.”
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SIM replacement policy for the Nigerian Telecommunications Industry

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The Federal Government drive to ensure all Subscriber registrations are linked with National Identification Numbers (NINs) is moving forward and all stakeholders in the industry are working together to ensure the process is carried out as seamlessly as possible. The Government would like to seize this opportunity to sincerely appreciate Nigerians for the understanding and commitment demonstrated towards ensuring the overall success of this exercise.

The Ministerial Task Force under the Chairmanship of the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy set up a Technical Committee made up of representatives of:
1. Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC);
2. National Identity Management Commission (NIMC);
3). The Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON); and
4). Mobile Network Operators (MNOs).

The Technical Committee is charged with the operationalization of the process to ensure an expedited linkage of all SIM Registration Records with NIN. Based on recommendations of the Technical Committee, the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy has approved a SIM Replacement Policy for subscribers whose SIMs have been lost, stolen, misplaced or damaged subject to the following conditions:

i) That the subscriber present a NIN;
ii) That an effective verification of the NIN is carried out by NIMC; and
iii) That the relevant Guidelines and Regulations of NCC concerning SIM Replacement are fully adhered to.

This policy is part of the Federal Government’s efforts to reduce the burden on subscribers and simplify the exercise. It is aimed at enabling telecommunications service users who need to replace their damaged, stolen or misplaced SIMs to re-establish access to telecom services.

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Glo Simplifies linking of NIN with phone number

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Data grandmasters, Globacom, has rolled out a simplified short code for its subscribers to link their SIMs to their National Identification Numbers (NIN) as directed by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

”All our esteemed customers can now link their National Identification Number (NIN) to their mobile numbers by simply sending ‘UPDATENIN NIN FirstName and LastName’ to 109. For example, send ‘UPDATENIN 12345678903 Chidera Abdul-Ola’ to 109″, Globacom said in a press release issued in Lagos.

The telecommunications giant added that with the short code, subscribers could easily link their SIMs with their NIN on their handheld devices using a short code without visiting Gloworld outlets.

Globacom  encouraged customers without a NIN to visit any of the 173 Federal Government centers and 30 State Governments/Public Sector Institutions licensed to conduct the enrolment of the National Identity Number (NIN) across the country.

The network explained that the short code is to simplify the process of compliance with the new directive by NCC adding that this was part of its avowed commitment to seeing that its teeming customers have unhindered access to its products and services.

According to the company, customers who are yet to get their NIN but have already registered with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) can dial *346# to retrieve it.

Glo customers can contact any of its customer contact channels or visit https://www.gloworld.com/ng/nin  for further support and enquiries.

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Nigeria is a strategic gateway for investing in Africa – Pantami

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The Honourable Minister of Communi cations and Digital Economy of Nigeria, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami has said investing in Nigeria gives investors easy access to close to 550 million people- 200 million from Nigeria, another 200 million West Africans and about 150 million Central Africans,

The Minister made this assertion while delivering the keynote address at the Africa Investment Forum (AIF) titled “Nigeria’s Digital Economy: A Golden Investment Opportunity. The investment forum is part of the official activities at the ongoing 40th edition of the Gulf Information Technology Exhibition (GITEX).

Dr Pantami who doubled as the leader of the Nigerian delegation called on potential investors not to shun the golden opportunity of investing in the largest economy in Africa (Nigeria), “Nigeria has the largest economy in Africa, with a 2019 GDP estimate by the World Bank putting our GDP at $448 billion”, he said.

Adding that “Nigeria is part of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) and it gives us access to the African continent covering an area worth over US$3 trillion in GDP and eliminates tariffs on 90per cent of goods traded across the continent. This is no doubt a unique opportunity for investors in Nigeria.”

Pantami informed that in a bid to provide policy direction for the digital sector in Nigeria, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari GCFR launched and unveiled the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy for a Digital Nigeria which is based on the 8 pillars contained in the document.

Nigerians are very friendly people and our business environment is conducive, Pantami concluded.

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