By Nkechi Isaac, Abuja Even as it battles to end the current economic recession, Nigeria still has to grapple with the International Telecommunications Union’s (ITU) deadline of switching from analogue to digital transmission by June 2017. We missed two previous deadlines set by the ITU in 2012 and 2015. With the Federal Government making efforts to develop various sectors of the economy to begin to contribute significantly to the National Gross Domestic Product, stakeholders in those sectors are harping on the need to reduce massive importation and concentrate on developing the economy via indigenous technology. It is no secret that the economy is driven by 90 percent of foreign technologies even when there are indigenous technologies capable of handling some of these technological needs. The government has shown commitment in the development and patronage of local technologies and this has materialised in strategic partnerships to reduce foreign technology importation. Speaking recently during a...
By Nkechi Isaac, Abuja The Federal Government has urged female students from various secondary schools across the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, to pick interest and develop their capacity in Information and Communication Technology (ICT), saying it is the next frontier for national development. The director-general of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami stated this at the International Girls ICT Day 2017 commemorative event organised by IBI Centre, Veritax Solutions, Media Range Limited and icom.ng in Abuja. He said the girls with ICT skills would never be out of business because the skills are transferable which means they would be able to work almost anywhere in the world. He said: “Looking at your age, you are all lucky to be in the digital natives circle of the world’s redefined demography by technology. You are at natural advantage of having armful of opportunities to grasp unlike the digital...
By Nkechi Isaac, Abuja Good as it seems, most countries still suffer huge infrastructural deficits, seeing through paucity of funds and capacity; experienced and qualified professionals to reduce the shortfall identified in projects and service delivery. Nigeria’s dismal profile in basic infrastructure and the need for cross sector partnership alternatives to bridge the gap cannot be overemphasized. A World Bank and Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility data has indeed underscored the importance of the private sector in growing the economy of developing countries steadily from 1997. That was when many governments turned to the Public Private Partnership, PPP, model for designing, building, financing and operating new and existing public facilities for service  improvement and project delivery. Speaking at the 10th Africa Finance Corporation Summit, aimed at charting a way for infrastructure financing in Africa, the Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, said the Federal Government would make the public private partnerships work in spite...
By Nkechi Isaac, Abuja Even as it battles to end the current economic recession, Nigeria still has to grapple with the International Telecommunications Union’s (ITU) deadline of switching from analogue to digital transmission by June 2017. We missed two previous deadlines set by the ITU in 2012 and 2015. With the Federal Government making efforts to develop various sectors of the economy to begin to contribute significantly to the National Gross Domestic Product, stakeholders in those sectors are harping on the need to reduce massive importation and concentrate on developing the economy via indigenous technology. It is no secret that the economy is driven by 90 percent of foreign technologies even when there are indigenous technologies capable of handling some of these technological needs. The government has shown commitment in the development and patronage of local technologies and this has materialised in strategic partnerships to reduce foreign technology importation. Speaking recently during a...
BY DAVID ADUGE-ANI Managing director of Abuja Technology Village (TV), Ms Hauwa Yabani has disclosed that by the year 2019, all the facilities in the project site of the village would be developed and actual operations will commence. In an interview with LEADERSHIP yesterday, Yabani also revealed that the physical infrastructure on the project site, located along the Airport Road, which is being developed by the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) is about 90 percent completed and ready for private sector participation. “Now by 2019, I can say that it is good enough to say that we will have all the facilities in ATV developed and we will commence actual operation within the site by then. What I can also tell that 90 percent of the infrastructure at the project site has been developed and we thought we are ready for the participation of the private sector.” She stated that her office has advertised available...
Nigeria is to launch Africa’s first nanosatellite (an artificial satellite with a wet mass between one and 10 kg 2.2–22 lb)  into the orbit, the Director-General of National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), Prof Seidu Mohammed, has said. Mohammed told the Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in New York that the Nigeria’s nanosatellite would be launched alongside four other countries between May 23 to May 27. The NASRDA chief disclosed that the nanosatellite would be launched “within the window of May 23 and 27” from the launch base at Miami, Florida, U.S. According to him, the latest satellite to be launched is another feat achieved by the Nigerian engineers. Mohammed said: “Nigeria, along with other four countries – Japan, Ghana, Bangladesh and Nepal – in the last one year, came together to work in a constellation to build about five nanosatellites. “You may ask ‘what are these nanosatellites for?’ It’s...
Nigeria’s telecommunications sector contributed over N15 trillion to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) since the liberalisation of the sector, according to the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). The Executive Vice-Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, made the disclosure at an interactive session with newsmen in Lagos on Tuesday. Danbatta said the sector’s contribution to the GDP increased from eight per cent in the fourth quarter of 2016 to nine per cent in the first quarter of this year. He said that since his assumption of office about 18 months ago, the industry had been adding between N1.43 trillion and N1.45 trillion to the economy every quarter. Danbatta said that his administration had been implementing the eight-point agenda it set out for itself to achieve. He said that the quality of service offered by Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) had not been impressive but that there had been an improvement in the first quarter of this...