Telecoms and IT

Expert urges SMEs to embrace digital marketing

A digital marketing consultant, Efe Igbinovia, has called on operators of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to embrace digital marketing to get more patronage, following effects of COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.

Igbinovia gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Benin on Wednesday.

He said that the owners of SMEs should increase their social media presence given the fact that there was a surge in social media during this period of COVID-19 lockdown.

How hackers extorted $1.14m from University of California, San Francisco

A leading medical-research institution working on a cure for Covid-19 has admitted it paid hackers a $1.14m (£910,000) ransom after a covert negotiation witnessed by BBC News.

The Netwalker criminal gang attacked University of California San Francisco (UCSF) on 1 June.

IT staff unplugged computers in a race to stop the malware spreading.

And an anonymous tip-off enabled BBC News to follow the ransom negotiations in a live chat on the dark web.

ICT, key to limit coronavirus impact on digital economy –NITDA

The National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, says the initiatives by the Nigerian government to reposition Information Communications Technology, ICT would reduce the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the digital economy.

The Director General of NITDA, Mr Kashifu Inuwa stated this when the Commandant of  the Nigeria Defence Academy, Major General, Jamilu Sarharm paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

He lauded the proactive measures of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration at promoting digital economy.

Development Agency empowers women in ICT skills

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has trained 100 women in the South West Zonal Women in ICT Training and Empowerment at the Federal Polytechnic Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State, South-West Nigeria.

The programme is aimed at closing the Gender Digital Divide, promoting job creation, financial inclusion and providing women with the necessary skills and tools to participate in the digital economy.

This is also in pursuit of renewed thrust for leveraging the Digital Economy for National Economic Development in the country.

NCC tasks Nigerians on digitisation

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has urged Nigerians to key into the digitisation drive of the country.

The Chairman of the board of the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, Senator Olabiyi Durojaye stated this in Abuja at the Thanksgiving/Christmas Carols night organised by the NCC’s Christian Fellowship.

“This will increase the ICT sector’s contribution to the national GDP which will in turn drive economic growth, create jobs and transform the well-being of the citizenry in Nigeria”.

Communications Commission tasks States on ICT Investment, Innovation and Development

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has tasked states on the need to encourage Information and Communication Technology (ICT) investment drive, digital innovation and local content development in the digital ecosystem in the North-Eastern geo-political zone of Nigeria.

This was the fulcrum of stakeholders’ discussion at the Emerging Tech Research & Innovation Forum organised by the Commission in Yola, Adamawa state.

E-commerce: Confronting challenges of taxation in an evolving Nigerian market

With Nigeria’s economy facing increased pressures as a result of dwindling earnings from her main revenue source – crude oil exports, government’s attention appears to have shifted to alternative revenue sources, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

With the Federal Government considering imposing 5 per cent tax on all online purchases from next year, experts have raised concerns about the likely challenges the issue might provoke.

NCC re-assures telecoms consumers of protection

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has reassured telecoms consumers of their protection from suffering any service disruption as a result of the ongoing regulatory intervention towards resolving the rising inter-connectivity debts among telecoms operators in Nigeria.

The Commission has also advised debtor telecoms operators to settle interconnect debts owed their creditor networks without further delay to prevent possible revenue drop and customer flight from their networks to competitors.

Expert harps on digital infrastructure to develop nation’s economy

A retired Deputy Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Sarah Alade, identified digital infrastructure as a critical key toward developing the nation’s economy.

Alade made this assertion in a key-note address she delivered at the 2-day maiden Offa Economic Summit in Offa, Offa Local Government Area of Kwara.

She spoke on: ‘‘The Nexus Between Industrial and Infrastrutural Facilities in Offa.’’

She said such digital infrastructure, when provided, would not only develop the economy but also stimulate industrial growth.

Investors lose £27m to crypto, forex scams

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Action Fraud are warning the public to be wary of investment scams carried out via bogus online trading platforms.

This warning comes as cryptoassests (crypto) and forex investment scams reports more than tripled last year to over 1,800. Fraudsters promise high returns from investments in crypto and forex, with victims losing over 27 million pounds in total in 2018/19.