‘Economy is about
Technology’, says Edet James Amana
A call went out last week that Nigeria drops its focus on ‘economic
based’ planning and move to ‘technology based’ planning.
Dr Edet James Amana, outgoing President of the Nigerian Academy of
Engineering, in a welcome address at an Investiture dinner told guests
that technology is unarguably the precursor to economic development.
For a polity that loses N1.07 trillion to violations of petroleum vendors
and whose economic managers go shooting down technology R&D centres
for lack of fund, it may be time to listen to Amana.
Dr Amana x-rayed the recent Oransaye Committee work and observed that the
Committee was probably not aware of an existing Science, Technology and
Innovation, STI, Policy which it did not recommend for abrogation and
whose objectives negate the intent of Oransaye’s recommendations. To Dr
Amana, Oransanye’s recommendations if adopted would amount, at best, to a
The objectives of STI Policy, he said ‘include the creation of mechanisms
to promote, commercialise, and diffuse local technologies for industrial
development, as well as developing capability in STI across all to
promote global competitiveness. The STI policy prescribes a funding
mechanism that involves the government, the organised private sector and
international development partners. It also calls for an annual budgetary
allocation to science and technology activities of at least 2.0 per cent
of gross domestic product GDP over the next five years followed by a
‘gradual increase to 2.5 per cent’ in the next ten years’.
Dr Amana therefore argued that it is imperative that all technology
related R & D agencies should be strengthened and tasked to deliver
their mandate rather than establishing an omnibus fund for all manner of
research in the name of saving the economy.
Rather 'a separate R&D Fund for Science and Technology as provided
for in the STI policy will provide the focus needed to promote technology
and innovation needed for actualisation of Vision 20:20:20'.
Mobile Operators finally pay N1.17billion
……….And Glo-Mobile pays in Ghana too
All four Mobile Operators; Airtel, Etisalat, Globacom and MTN are known
to have paid the N1.17billion fine imposed on them on May 11 by the
industry regulator, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). It was
sanction for consistently poor quality of service.
Globacom on the other had which operates in Ghana as Glo-Mobile has paid
the USD200,000 fine that was imposed on it by
the Ghanaian regulator, National Communications Authority (NCA) for
failing to meet the network rollout obligations as laid out in its
Glo-Mobile spent over three years to launch commercial service in Ghana
following the award of its licence and thereby failed to meet a
requirement to deploy services within three years of the award. Glo
launched on 29 April this year, offering near nationwide coverage with
services available in almost 1,000 towns and thousands of villages across
all ten regions of Ghana.
FG makes progress in eNetwork,
Infrastructure Construction Plans
Government in Nigeria says it envisages creating a single, redundant
network between Office of the Accountant General of the Federation (OAGF)
and MDAs for connecting to Government Integrated Financial Management
Information System (GIFMIS) and Integrated Payroll and Personnel
Information System (IPPIS) to facilitate the deployment of robust
financial systems to all MDAs to improve transparency come the last
quarter of 2012.
Minister of Communication Technology, Mrs Omobola Johnson, told a public
audience recently in a Ministerial Platform in Abuja that plans are
underway to provide one-stop shop for information and services about
government Ministries and Agencies.
She also made it known that government already has a ready roadmap and implementation
modality for efficient spectrum allocation, federal right of way approval
for infrastructure builders and a reduction in waiting time for site
approval for telecommunication Base Station construction.
Academy of Engineering gets New President,
inducts 8 New Fellows
Prof Ayo Ogunye, Engr Titi Omo-Ettu, Dr Edet Amana, Mr Tony Ojobo
The Nigerian Academy of Engineering investitured Prof Ayodele Francis
Ogunye, a professor of chemical engineering and Chair of Phoenix Oil
Company of Nigeria as its 7th President during the week. He took over
from Dr. Edet James Amana, Chair of Amana Consortium Limited.
Eight top engineers were inducted new Fellows of the Academy while Life
Achievements Awards were conferred on Prof Victor Alaba Akinsete and Engr
Victor Adetunji Haffner.
The new Fellows are Engr Olusegun Adedeji, Engr Joseph Akinola
Arumemi-Ikhide, Engr Emmanuel Olufemi Awoyinfa, Prof Olufemi Adebisi
Bamiro, Dr Umar Buba Bindir, Prof Pius Egbelu, Dr Gregory Omosigho Ero,
Prof Babatunde Ayodele Ogunnaike, Dr Ogbemi Ola Omatete and Engr Titi
The Nigerian Academy of Engineering was inspired by the need for a small,
focussed engineering body that would have the narrower objectives of the
advancement and pursuit of Excellence in Technology and Engineering, and
the provision of a national platform for experts to pool their
experiences and insights and make input into public and private technical
Twitter was off service for some hours on Thursday. Its spokesperson
however dismissed all speculations on the cause of failure saying it was
‘a cascading bug’ in one of its components.
Moments later some authorised person said “We are currently conducting a
comprehensive review to ensure that we can avoid this chain of events in
ITU calls for Global Collaboration to
tackle Cybersecurity Threats
The International Telecommunications Union, ITU on May 31, 2012 called
for greater international co-operation between governments and the ICT
industry to tackle the global nature of today’s cybersecurity threats.
The recent discovery of the highly complex Flame malware by Kaspersky Lab
reinforces the need for a co-ordinated response. Flame was discovered by
Kaspersky Lab experts following a technical analysis requested by the ITU
into an unknown piece of malware which was deleting sensitive
International co-operation is a key element of ITU’s Global Cybersecurity
Agenda (GCA). ITU is fully engaging its Member States and all the world's
players in its activities, collaborating closely with its partners to
identify current challenges, consider emerging and future threats, and
propose global strategies to meet the goals of the GCA. A core element of
GCA is the International Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber Threats
(IMPACT), an international public-private initiative - whose membership
comprises of 142 countries - dedicated to enhancing the global
community’s capacity to prevent, defend and respond to cyberthreats.
Commenting on the urgent need for global collaboration, ITU
Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun Touré said, “Flame is a prime example of
why governments and industry must work together to tackle cybersecurity
at the global level. Early warning of new threats is vital and it is
critical that best practice on required corrective steps is shared in
order to best protect the global information society. This is the value
in building a global coalition”.
Cybersecurity will be a major agenda theme at ITU Telecom World 2012
(Dubai, 14-18 October 2012), supported by key partners, one of whom is
Kaspersky Lab. This agenda will explore issues such as mitigating risks
posed by major coordinated cyber-attacks at the national level, the
threats posed by malware such as Flame, and strengthening international
cooperation. Kaspersky Lab CEO Eugene Kaspersky will deliver a Visionary
Keynote speech at the event, outlining the magnitude and global nature of
Speaking about the ITU Telecom World 2012 event, Mr. Kaspersky noted, “As
recent events have only served to underline, Cybersecurity is a key
global concern facing us all, and it is crucial that we use the
international platform provided by such a top-level event as ITU Telecom
World 2012 to conduct the full and proper discussions needed to best
tackle this issue.”
NCC to host a conference on effects of
The Nigerian Communications Commission is set to host a two days
conference on effect of Radiation.
The conference slated for June 27 and 28, is designed to discuss issues
surrounding radio active emissions from base stations and its
implications on health. With the theme: 'Harmonising EMF Policy, Exposure
Limits, and Risk Communication in West Africa,’ the conference will
address all the issues relating to concerns over the possibility of the
combined radiofrequency waves produced by a wide range of information
communications technology (ICT) equipment posing health hazard to the
The event is being hosted by the Nigerian telecom regulator in
collaboration with the Mobile Manufacturers Forum (MMF), Economic
Community of West African States (ECOWAS) West African Telecommunications
Regulators Assembly (WATRA) and GSM Association (GSMA).
Speakers at the forum have been drawn from international organisations
responsible for health and environment as well as those responsible for
health activities in Nigeria, including the World Health Organisation
(WHO), MMF, International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection
(ICNIRP), Nigerian Medical Association, among other experts and
stakeholders from the telecommunications industry across the West African
The Minister of Communication Technology, Mrs. Omobola Johnson will deliver
a keynote speech at the event, while the Health Minister, Prof. Onyebuchi
Chukwu, and the Environment Minister, Hajia Hadiza Maila-fiya, will also
speak at the conference.
Commissioners for Health in the 36 states of the Federation, industry bodies,
such the Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON),
Association of Licensed Telephone Operators (ALTON), Internet Service
Providers Association of Nigeria (ISPAN), Institute of Software
Practitioners of Nigeria (ISPON), mobile phone operating companies,
equipment vendors and manufacturers, the academia, as well as consumer
advocacy groups, have been invited to attend the event.
At the end of the conference, a communiqué will be issued, which will
give an informed position on radiations from base stations and mobile
communication equipment on human beings.
Messers IT & Telecom Digest have been appointed managers of the
of NECOM now challenged in Court
Hearing on Monday June 18
Latest information on the sale of NECOM House, Marina is that Management
of the Nigerian Telecommunications Ltd, NITEL, has charged the matter to
Court seeking a reversal of its secret sale.
The matter will be heard at Igbosere High Court, Lagos on Monday June 18,
A newspaper blew off the lid on the secrete sale of Nigeria’s tallest
building standing at 37 floors above ground for a give-away price of
N4billion. Concerned Nigerians protested the sale and called Federal
Government to revise the decision.
The Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria, ATCON, in
particular, made strident appeal to the Federal Government to reverse the
sale arguing that it would injure the investments of its members and
impoverish telecom service in Nigeria, if the telecom-functional building
was put to any other uses beside telecommunications.
Privatisation Managers had ceded the building to the Pension Account of
NITEL before putting NITEL itself on sale and Pensioners of NITEL and
MITEL are known to have called on Federal Government for its intervention
so that their Pension Fund does not get short-changed.
There is reliable information that a large number of Pensioners of NITEL
and MITEL would be in Court on Monday to demonstrate their concern on the
Nigeria: Mobile Operators now agree to pay
There were indications that the four mobile operators who were yet to pay
fines imposed by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) as sanction
for poor service have now decided to pay the fines in the coming week
while they requested for a review of the stringent Key Performance
Indicators, KPIs, which the Commission imposed.
Fines totalling N1.17million were imposed on Airtel (N270m), Etisalat
(N360m), Globacom (N180m) and MTN (N360m ) on
May 11, 2012 with a direction that it be paid within 14 days failing
which a further contravention penalty of N2.5million per day would add to
the fine until payment was effected.
It is however not clear if the operators would now pay the principal fine
or with the accrued contravention surcharges.
Mr Gbenga Adebayo, Chair of Association of Licensed Telephone Operators
of Nigeria, ALTON, told CyberschuulNews in an email correspondence that
the operators, in appreciation of their concern for the future had
initiated several meetings with the Commission to press for a review of
‘We are meeting (operators and the NCC) to review the KPI parameters and
we hope that (both) parties will agree to a new set of parameters which
will take into consideration the challenges of our operating environment
and we can move forward’ Adebayo confirmed.
In Ghana, NCA slams another Fine on Telephone
Ghana’s Telecommunications Regulator, the
National Communications Authority (NCA) has again handed down fines to
Mobile telephone operators for not meeting prescribed quality of Service
MTN was fined GHS150,000 for poor call set-up
delays and network congestion while GHS50,000 was slammed on
Vodafone and Tigo. For now both Airtel and Expresso earn suspended fines.
Phoning may cost more in Lagos
A telecommunications engineer has predicted that phone charges from and
into Lagos State may be made higher than in other parts of Nigeria if the
State’s frivolous charges persisted. Mr Titi Omo-Ettu told a Lagos
newspaper that the insistence of Lagos State to regulate
telecommunication infrastructure by imposing discriminatory taxes on
telecommunication masts may make phone operators press for a review of
call rates for Lagos phone users.
He is quoted to have said it would not have mattered ‘if the taxes are
fair and token’ but he rated them as ‘unfair and usually so huge they
cannot be ignored’
Posted hereunder is a copy and paste of a story in Guardian Newspaper of
Wednesday, June 13, 2012.
Copy & Paste from Other Journals
‘Mast regulation could spur high telephone
tariffs in Lagos’
by Adeyemi Adepetun, GUARDIAN, June 13, 2012
THE plan by the Lagos State government, through the Urban Furniture
Regulatory Unit (UFRU), to regulate masts installations and uses in the
state, could have a negative multiplier effect on telecommunications
services in the state, said a telecommunications expert.
The expert, Mr. Titi Omo-Ettu, the immediate past president of the
Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) in a chat
on the issue with The Guardian at the weekend in Lagos, said the claims
by the state’s commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development,
Mr. Toyin Ayinde were both correct and wrong in many respects.
Fortnight ago, Ayinde met with those who have interest in
telecommunication service delivery in the state and raised some pertinent
Firstly, he said the Urban Furniture in the words of the recent Lagos
State Law on Urban Furniture Regulatory Unit included; telecommunications
antennae; masts and towers whether they are erected on land or on
buildings. He added that the new law on regulating Urban Furniture was
aimed at preventing the kind of accident that the State suffered during
the February 2012 when rainstorm brought down a telecommunication mast
and other property in Lagos.
The commissioner also explained that a recent survey showed that there
were over 6,500 telecoms masts in Lagos, majority of which were not
At the meeting, the Head, Compliance Monitoring at the Nigerian
Communications Commission, NCC, Mr. Ephraim Nwokonneya who represented
the Commission, told the commissioner that regulation of
telecommunications was the preserve of NCC while the Secretary,
Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON),
Mr. Gboyega Awonuga also said all existing mast installations met the
specifications which NCC handed down and suggested that the Lagos State
Ministry harmonises its functions in this regard with that of the
National Environmental Standards and Regulation Enforcement Agency
(NESREA), which is also another and the third regulator of the same
As such, for Omo-Ettu, an engineer, whose firm had actually, but way back
in 2006, conducted a Technical Audit of all Masts and Towers in Lagos and
came up with various discoveries, believed that there should be
harmonization on the part of the state.
According to him, in 2006 there were 6,196 such structures in Lagos State
but it is not true that they all belonged to telecom operators. He said
revealed that only 1,599 or 25 per cent of them were owned by Telecom
Operators, while others belonged to private companies and individuals
(2,975 or 48 per cent); Banks (1,097 or 17 per cent); Broadcasting
Stations (11 or two per cent); and Unidentified Owners (514 or eight per
Omo-Ettu said he is aware of the specifications of NCC on installation of
infrastructure such as Masts and Towers and they are world-class, adding
that he expected the commission to ensuring installers meet such
The former ATCON’s president said he believed that the Lagos State
government should be free to protect the environment and also its
citizens, but that he knew quite well that government was not much as
interested in protection of anybody as it is interested in collecting
fees under the pretence of such protection.
Omo-Ettu, who was one of those who worked to prevent Lagos State from
imposing taxes on telephone operators, said he does not mind if the taxes
are fair and token but he rated them as unfair and usually so huge they
cannot be ignored.
The engineer turned out page nine of a Report of 657 pages on Technical
Audit of Masts and Towers in Lagos State which his firm carried out in
2006 and which contains five major recommendations.
According to him, the struggle to prevent Lagos State or any State for
that matter, from imposing taxes on masts is one of the ways of managing
the industry so that costs are ultimately reduced for the telephone user,
adding it was not a way of preventing service providers from paying state
“Ordinarily, in a true Federation, I suppose States can make their laws
and these laws should aim at meeting whatever is their objective or solve
whatever are their problems. But then there are also federal laws which,
to my lay mind, also play specific roles in manners that ensure conflicts
are reduced to barest minimum. Telecommunications is one such area which
the Constitution makes pronouncement on for unitary regulation.
“If Lagos State continues to impose taxes it will only mean that the
tariff structure of telephone service will be made to reflect the
position in Lagos State. By that I mean calls originating or terminating
in Lagos state may cost differently from those of other states. The only
requirement will be that both the service providers and their regulator
agree on the common solution and a case can then be made to the National
Assembly for its blessing.
“But because we also know that it may result in profiteering by service
providers that is why we have been in constant struggle with Lagos State.
It is not that we have any sympathy for service providers who in any case
will always sell at profit lest they stop being in business. It is in our
interest that telecommunication service providers continue to remain in
“But we must have been seen to have tried to prevent this. That is why we
take all the troubles to appeal to Lagos State”, he stated.
He explained that, though those who impose taxes will always say they do
so for reasons of protection of lives and properties, “but the true
objectives are always to make money especially as they have been made to
believe the fallacy that too much money is being made in telecommunications.
You will know this by the fact that they always implement the laws
against telecom service providers and not other sectors of the economy.”
He then asks ‘what is Lagos state doing with those who own the remaining
75 per cent of masts and towers in Lagos’? I bet you they are not
thinking of those ones as urban infrastructure for the purpose of
imposition of taxes’.
IFC Plans $35million Investment in ICT for
The International Finance Corporation (IFC) says it will spend $35
million of the 'Convergence Partner Communications Infrastructure Fund'
to support the development of ICT infrastructures in deficient locations
Chair of Convergence Partners, Mr Andile Ngcaba, says his organisation is
excited to be working together with IFC ‘in our new fund to deploy
critical capital and expertise into this sector to the benefit of the
The support would address the lack of enabling infrastructure that
provides quality, affordable communications services, especially
broadband, across Africa.
It also aims to develop and invest in new wholesale, open access networks
and related services and could capitalise on the potential for
communication technology platforms to deliver critical services such as
banking, healthcare, education and government programmes that improves
MainOnes’s Global Video Connect to emerge
A dedicated global video network with simultaneous global distribution
and reach will soon be launched on the platform of MainOne’s Content
Delivery Network. It is called Global Video Connect, GVC.
It is built on the world’s most advanced dedicated video network in
partnership with Tata Communications.
The product will benefit broadcasters, studio production houses,
crusaders for religion, sports and music who require sophisticated means
of receiving and broadcasting video content around the world.
IPv6 Launch date celebrated with technical
Sessions in Nigeria
The World IPv6 Launch Day marks a milestone for the Internet globally and
Internet Society, ISOC, promoted the idea that the day be celebrated all
over the world regardless that the new standard Internet Protocol has
been available for some time.
Lagos, Port Harcourt, Abuja and Kano, were locations where activities
congregated on June 6, 2012 to mark the launch of IPv6.
The new version of IP will enhance new features and solve the IP address
The IEEE Abuja section which coordinated the meeting in Abuja generated some
recommendations which include the creation of more awareness and
Google warns Gmail users on attack signals
Google has initiated a warning to a subset of its users that it believes
may be the target of state-sponsored attacks. It says however that the
warning does not necessarily mean the user's account has been hacked, but
that it believes the user may be a target of phishing or malware.
According to a Google official “When we have specific intelligence –
either directly from users or from our own monitoring efforts – we show
clear warning signs and put in place extra roadblocks to thwart these bad
Google is now taking this a step further with a new warning system, which
will display a message at the top of the user's Gmail page. The new
warning states: "We believe state-sponsored attackers may be
attempting to compromise your account or computer." The message will
pop up in any browser.
For some time, Google has been in a running battle in China where it
claims the gmail accounts of some users have been hacked by government.
WACS goes Life in Togo
The West Africa Cable System (WACS) was inaugurated on Monday in Togo
with the central landing of the fibre-optic cable in Afidegnigba. Telecom
Togo says it hopes to go into a new era telecommunications service
delivery, offering more affordable broadband internet connectivity for
The 14,500km WACS cable has a capacity of 5.12Tbps and will link
countries in southern Africa, West Africa and Europe, providing direct
access to other global submarine cables. Specifically the WACS system
links South Africa to the UK with landings in Namibia, Angola, the
Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, Cameroon, Nigeria,
Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Cape Verde, the Canary Islands and Portugal. The
network cost approximately CFA325 billion (USD634 million) for the twelve
countries participating in the rollout.
Meeting of NCC and Mobile Operators ended in
The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, held a meeting with Mobile
Telephone Operators on whom it slammed a fine of N1.17Billion in Abuja on
Wednesday May 30 2012. In attendance were the Executive Vice-Chairman of
NCC Dr Eugene Juwah and some of the Commission’s management while all the
operators were represented by their CEO’s and some of their staff.
The meeting however ended in a deadlock as the Commission insisted that
in the absence of any new issues regarding the imposed sanction, the
operators should comply with its directives by paying the fines it
imposed. It noted that the deadline for payment had since expired on May
25, 2012 and the operators were already in further non-payment penalty
default of N2.5m per day.
The Commission explained to the media shortly after the meeting that
although poor service had been persistent for quite some time, it waited
for its Key Performance Indicators; KPI’s, to be gazetted, as required by
law, before it imposed a sanction.
Nigerian ICT Publishers counsel Mobile
Operators to submit to regulation
A league of 6 persons who are publishers of ICT Journals in Nigeria has
counselled four Mobile Operators who were recently fined by the Nigerian
Communications Commission, NCC, to submit to regulation by paying the
fine without further delay.
The publishers used a newspaper advertorial to express worries about the
apparent face-off between the NCC and the mobile operators coming,
according to them, at a time when the operators and the regulator should
be working together to nurture the emerging broadband ecosystem.
They drew attention of the operators ‘to note that the NCC has shown
enough understanding in the past 11 years by desisting from imposing
sanctions on the ground that the networks needed to mature with time to
solve the issues of the environment that have hampered the provision of
acceptable quality of service threshold’.
It was their contention that the continuous refusal by the mobile
operators to pay the sanction amounts to an affront to Government which
the regulator represents.
They also expressed sympathy with the operators on issues which the
latter have presented as challenges to their ability to meet the
prescribed Key performance indicators of the NCC while they chide
Government for doing little to address the pains of the operators in the
areas of multiple taxation, granting of Right of Way, vandalization and
poor availability of public power.
resolves NCC/NESREA imbroglio over sealing of base stations
Inside sources from the Federal Ministry of the Environment revealed last
week that both Ministers in charge of the Environment and Communication
Technology had met to resolve the impasse on base station infringements
which saw the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC and National
Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency, NESREA
engaged in a ‘seal-unseal-seal-again’ brawl a few weeks ago.
According to the report, under the new agreement, NESREA would not seal
any base stations henceforth while it would also not regard any telecom
masts which have been completed at this time and met the five metre
setback to residential properties as prescribed by the NCC regulations,
The source said that however, all new base stations to be built in future
must observe the current NESREA’s prescription of ten metres setback
until NCC and NESREA regulations are harmonized and the impact of this
prescription experienced along the way.
The duration for carrying out the Environmental Assessment Impact, EIA,
is also reported to have been reduced from 18 months to 12 weeks as the
old regime is considered unhelpful to development of telecommunications.
Mobile Operators protest NCC’s fine of
Four Mobile operators on whom a total of N1.17billion fine was slammed
two weeks ago by the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, have
appealed against the fine arguing that it would neither solve the problem
of quality of telephone service nor was it a fair penalty for the
perceived poor performance.
Chairman of Association of Licensed Telephone Operators of Nigeria,
ALTON, Mr Gbenga Adebayo told a Channels TV
audience last weekend that the performance indicators imposed by NCC were
unfair for the status of infrastructure and overall well being of the
He asked the regulator to relax its rules and enter into discussion with
the operators for genuine solution to be found to the problem.
Thumbs up for National Assembly for
intervening hike in Electricity Tariff
Commendation went the way of Nigeria’s democracy as recognition of
Federal Legislature’s intervention in the proposed hike in electricity
tariff in the face of consistent poor service delivery.
A senior citizen who was in the crowd where NITDA inaugurated its
Consumer Complaints and Contribution Platform observed at lunch-time
discussion that ‘our democracy is now maturing and improving. To have
intervened in checking our confused power reform managers from imposing
that unjustified increase in our electricity tariff is a plus for our polity
regardless even if the executive continues to bulldoze their way
Another who is an insider to power reform process told whoever cared to
listen that the two months pledged by Minister of Power and Chairman of
NERC is but a mere ruse to play for time to impose the new tariff.
NITDA set to protect Consumers from poor ICT
The National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, last
Thursday inaugurated a Consumer Complaints and Contribution Platform that
empowers consumers to send complaints about substandard ICT products and
services for government intervention.
Director General of the Agency, Prof Cleopas Angaye, said at the
inauguration ceremony that guidelines to regulate ICT products and
services standards in Nigeria have now been established and with this,
NITDA would ensure that products and services meet certain minimum
standards before they are passed for patronage.
Ministry of CommTech, Engineers sync on
building local capacity
Minister of Communication Technology, Mrs Omobola Johnson told visiting
President of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, Mr Mustapha Shehu in
Abuja that her Ministry was working towards ensuring a ‘better supply of
domestic talent’ that can drive and sustain progress made in the telecommunications
This was in reaction to her visitor’s call for a radical review of influx
of foreign nationals into the Telecommunication industry to the detriment
of local capacity.
connects 450 Federal Agencies online
Things may be looking up in Nigeria as 450 Government agencies are now
reported to have connected to a common government network known as
OneGov.net and over 3,000 nodes nationwide. Besides, Government is now
buying bandwidth more wisely, thus increasing operational efficiency of
This was made public by Mr Frank Ugbodaga, the General Manager in charge
of the Federal Public Sector at Galaxy Backbone when he was speaking on
“Broadband as a Catalyst for e-Government in Nigeria” during the just
concluded West Africa ICT Congress in Lagos.
According to Mr Ugbodaga, there has been a steep rise in application of
internet and broadband resources by Government including the deployment
of shared ICT infrastructure and services centres.
Galaxy Backbone is an ICT infrastructure and services company which
provides connectivity and enables the sharing of IT resources across
federal agencies in Nigeria.
In another development, information came to the public during the week
that 86,089 email addresses have been deployed for Government on .gov.ng
domain names, with 250 websites hosted on .gov.ng platform. In addition,
government currently hosts around 200 Servers for more than 94 Government
This was made known by the Minister of Communication Technology, Mrs
Omobola Johnson, in a Ministerial platform in Abuja during the week.
Mobile Operators seek dialogue with NCC,
appeal to consumers
Four Telephone operators who were directed to pay fines ranging from
N180m to N360m as fine for consistently poor services have made a public
appeal to Consumers for understanding and asked NCC to provide a platform
for dialogue on the subject.
Dr Eugene Juwah, Executive Vice-Chairman of NCC, told a National Assembly
Committee during a budget defence session that the operators have ‘asked
for a meeting’ while a joint statement by the Operators made known their
common effort to improve services.