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Opolo Innovation Hubs: Stakeholders Collaborate On Digital Economy To Source Tech Entrepreneurs

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…Dignitaries Grace Opolo Innovation Hubs at OAU, Uniosun Oshogbo

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Dr. Segun Aina OFR and other speakers addressed the audience at the Opolo innovation hubs workshop at OAU, Uniosun Oshogbo on Monday 21 and Tuesday 22, 2022.

Stakeholders in technological innovation have expressed readiness to collaborate and assist Opolo Global Innovation in its quest to create successful businesses among Nigerian Youths.

The stakeholders include, Bank of Industry (BOI), commercial banks, the telecom industry, and the academia gave the assurance during the inauguration of the Opolo innovation hub at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, and Osun State University, Osogbo.

The hub is a brainchild of a renowned financial expert, Dr. Segun Aina, Chairman of Opolo Global Innovation.

According to Aina, Nigeria’s economy is resource based and depends so much on crude oil whose hike affects everything in the country, thus the need to shift to the digital-based economy which provides huge businesses opportunities.

While highlighting the vision of the initiative, Dr. Aina said the target was to create many businesses that are unicorns through the digital economy from among the youth in Osun State and Nigeria by extension in the next five to ten years.

He noted that Nigerian youths have a lot of potential yet to be developed because of the gap which Opolo Global Initiative was trying to bridge by bringing together various stakeholders from academia, industries, government, and communities.

“Through innovation, we do not have to reinvent the wheel. Nigeria needs to move from a resource based to a knowledge-based economy through digitization. Opolo attempt to build a missing link between digital, innovation, skill, and enterprise.

“The youth demography which is the driver of innovation in the country cannot be ignored. The hub provides enabling environment for the digital economy. That’s why we’re are bringing together, policymakers, government Industry, academia, and communities, to collaborate and bring better results. So that in 10 years, Osun state can produce businesses that are unicorns. Companies that are worth billions of dollars, he said.”

Represented by his deputy, Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola described Opolo Initiative as a conscious move to proffer a solution to the nation’s socio-economic challenges.

He said the development should be a national focus and model for speedy growth in all ramifications and a veritable way of addressing the multifaceted national challenges.

“The rationale behind Opolo Innovation Hubs is a conscious move to solve an array of our socio-economic challenges through innovative ideas, driven by Information & Communication Technology.

“The theme of this event: “Innovation and Entrepreneurship for National Development through University Community”, is a timely dimension in the quest for nation-building through our citadel of learning.

“Indeed, by the tenets of the establishment of our universities, the drive for development and sustainable growth should be a function of the level and frequency of research on our campuses.

“This developmental drive through the youths should be a national focus and model for speedy growth in all ramifications; it is the only way of surmounting our multifaceted national challenges, Oyetola said.

In their separate remarks, the Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, and also the minister of communication and digital economy, Prof. Isa Ali Pantami lauded the Initiative and pledged the support and collaboration of their ministries to achieved its goal.

Also, pledging support and collaboration, their universities, the Vice-Chancellors of OAU Ile-Ife, Prof. Eyitope Ogunmodede, and UNIOSUN, Prof. Clement Adebooye said the Initiative aligns with the vision of their universities and they are committed to it.

Ogunmodede said: “our university will continue to support and assist Opolo Global Innovation Limited in realizing its vision, mission, and noble objectives. We will ensure that the Hub in OAU ranks among the best in Nigeria and Africa.

“My appeal is that foundations, corporate organizations, and individuals that are genuinely interested in solving the problem of unemployment in our country, particularly through entrepreneurship and innovation, should identify with the laudable vision of this initiative and support the program.”

Pictures of Dignitaries at the Opolo innovation hubs, Uniosun Oshogbo
Pictures of Dignitaries at the Opolo innovation hubs, Uniosun Oshogbo.
Pictures of Dignitaries at the Opolo innovation hubs, Uniosun Oshogbo
Pictures of Dignitaries at the Opolo innovation hubs, Uniosun Oshogbo
Pictures of Dignitaries at the Opolo innovation hubs, Uniosun Oshogbo
Pictures of Dignitaries at the Opolo innovation hubs, Uniosun Oshogbo
Pictures of Dignitaries at the Opolo innovation hubs, Uniosun Oshogbo
Pictures of Dignitaries at the Opolo innovation hubs, Uniosun Oshogbo
Pictures of Dignitaries at the Opolo innovation hubs, Uniosun Oshogbo
The Opolo innovation hubs at Uniosun Oshogbo.
Pictures of Dignitaries at the Opolo innovation hubs, Uniosun Oshogbo
Dr. Segun Aina.

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NITDA, Only Government Agency Conferred With National Productivity Order Merit NPOM Award

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…President Muhammadu Buhari Confers National Merit Award On NITDA For its Productivity

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The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has been conferred the prestigious “National Productivity Order of Merit (NPOM) Award” in recognition of the Agency’s high productivity, hard work, and excellence in service delivery.

The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR chaired the Award Ceremony held at the Banquet Hall, State House, Asokoro, Abuja.

According to the National Productivity Order of Merit Award Committee, NITDA’s recommendation and subsequent nomination came after a rigorous selection process, and the Agency recorded impressive and commendable achievements in facilitating the development of Nigeria into a sustainable digital economy.

“NITDA adheres strictly to information security and safety. The Agency’s proactive action in creating a robust incident Management Procedure, through which any irregular or adverse event that occurs and affects the normal functioning of a system is adequately dealt with, is a worthy accomplishment”, the statement read.

The Award which falls into the “2020 Organizational Category” highlights NITDA as the only government agency among other privately owned Organizations to be so recognized.

NITDA, Only Government Agency Conferred With National Productivity Order Merit NPOM Award
LEFT-RIGHT: NITDA DG IN HANDSHAKE WITH PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI.

Statement from the organizers further read: “Another commendable attribute of the agency is its commitment to improve and sustain productivity through training and retraining of staff. As a matter of policy, every staff of NITDA is expected to have at least forty hours of training within three years. This has resulted in improved competencies, knowledge and skills of the Staff”.

The Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Kashifu Inuwa, CCIE received the glamorous Award on behalf of the Agency.

Shortly after receiving the award from President Buhari, Inuwa pledged the Agency’s continuous determination towards the expansion of the digital space in order to impact more lives of many Nigerians through the development of an increased critical mass of IT proficiency and global competitive manpower.

The National Productivity Order of Merit Award which was part of activities to celebrate the 19th National Productivity Day is an award of honor and dignity instituted by the Federal Government to recognize hard work and excellence.

As the only (Government Agency) recipient of the National Award this year,  and as an Apex IT Agency charged with the responsibility of creating an enabling environment where Nigerians will develop, adopt, and derive value from digital technologies, NITDA sees this rare honor as not just a pat on the back but a challenge to intensify efforts towards its digital inclusion pursuits.

The hope, NITDA believes, is to do the needful to get all Nigerians onboard the Digital journey of the Federal Government and ensure that the country puts its best foot forward in being the comity of technologically driven Nations.

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NITDA Holds Capacity Building Programme For Staff Of MDAs, Military, Paramilitary On Digital Literacy, Cyber Security, And Cloud Computing

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NITDA Holds Capacity Building Programme for Staff of MDAs, Military and Paramilitary on Digital Literacy, Cyber Security and Cloud Computing

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In view of the fact that digital technologies are changing the world at a faster pace than previously experienced waves of technological innovation and are reshaping and introducing new business models and sectors, the Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Kashifu Inuwa CCIE, has reemphasized the need to have a digitally literate workforce, if Nigeria must succeed in accelerating the growth and modernization of its economy and governance.

He said this at the virtual Opening Ceremony of a capacity building programme for members of staff of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), Military and Paramilitary on Digital Literacy, Cyber Security Essentials and Cloud Computing.

The NITDA Boss, who was represented by the Special Assistant (Technical ) to the DG, Dr Onimisi Yahaya Mohammed, while underscoring the importance of the training said the agency, as a forward-looking organization, is aware of the relevance of civil servants in delivering government programmes.

According to the DG, the digital transformation efforts of the government cannot be completed without carrying along with the Civil Servants, Military and Paramilitary.

Inuwa further affirmed that the Federal Government of Nigeria is keen on digitalizing its activities; for which the MDAs are central to the implementation.

Meanwhile, to institutionalize the digitalization programmes in the Federal Public Institutions (FPIs), the Director-General said NITDA had to set up a Digital Transformation Technical Working Group (DTTWG) whose members are meant to drive down the programmes at a different level of government.

He recalled that so far, the members of DTTWG for 200 Federal Public Institutions have been trained and another batch of 200 is to be trained this year-2022.

“We in NITDA have supported so many FPIs in terms of tools and training, we are already collaborating and will always be willing to partner with stakeholders to support our economic diversification and sustainability plan for the country”.

NITDA Holds Capacity Building Programme For Staff Of MDAs, Military, Paramilitary On Digital Literacy, Cyber Security, And Cloud Computing

While imploring the participants to partake fully and transfer the knowledge gained at the end of the training to their colleagues who could not make it to the training, Inuwa pledged the agency’s unflinching determination toward achieving the benchmark of 95% Digital Literacy by 2030.

The Manager, ITIS Department, NITDA, Chinyere Nwankwo, who gave an overview of the Capacity Building Programme made it known that the participants are staff drawn from forty MDAs, Military and Paramilitary who were nominated by their various organizations.

She further explained that the training is structured to be delivered in two batches (Virtual & In-person) with 20 organizations in each.

“Upskilling the 200 participating members of staff will help Nigeria to catch up with the rest of the world in the area of digitization, job creation, technology adaptation and deployment in the workplace”.

Mrs. Nwankwo expressed the hope that the first batch which has a number of 100 participants, as with the subsequent batch, will seize the opportunity to effectively learn and afterwards utilize the knowledge gained to achieve the sole aim of the initiative.

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Data Protection; Key To A Sustainable Digital Economy – Olatunji

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DATA PROTECTION; KEY TO A SUSTAINABLE DIGITAL ECONOMY – OLATUNJI

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The National Commissioner (NC) of the Nigeria Data Protection Bureau (NDPB), Dr. Vincent Olatunji CPPPS, CDPO, FIIM has said that with the exponential rise in the processing of data online through satellite communications, appropriate mechanisms must be put in place to ensure adequate security, effective protection and regulated data processing in line with laid down legislations in Nigeria.

The National Commissioner who made this assertion during a working visit to the Managing Director of the Nigerian Communications Satellite (NIGCOMSAT), Dr. Abimbola Alale, and her management team at the Space Agency’s Headquarters in Abuja noted that best practices that meet global standards in the protection of data must be adopted in satellite communications.

Dr. Olatunji said that with the redesignation of the supervisory Ministry to include the Digital Economy and with the launch of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS), relevant laws must be put in place to guarantee the protection of data.

“The NDEPS is the roadmap for the digitization of the country and appropriate laws and regulations must be put in place to ensure the protection of data in line with global standards bearing in mind local and international regulations to safeguard data of citizens”, he stated.

Data Protection Key To A Sustainable Digital Economy - Olatunji
The NDPB National Commissioner, Dr. Vincent Olatunji on a working visit to the MD/CEO NIGCOMSAT’s office, Dr. Abimbola Alale.
Data Protection Key To A Sustainable Digital Economy - Olatunji

While commending the Honorable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof Pantami for the giant stride he took in the issuance of the Nigeria Data Protection Regulations (NDPR), Olatunji disclosed that the industry is now worth over 4 billion naira with about 8000 people gainfully employed.

He added that the role of the Bureau is to ensure that data of Nigerians wherever they are is adequately protected and to ensure that all organizations in Nigeria comply with the provisions of the NDPR.

Olatunji further mentioned that the Bureau was established to ensure the implementation of the NDPR to safeguard the rights, freedom, and privacy of citizens as well as ensure that the country has principal legislation in that regard.     

The NDPB boss however noted that the Bureau was not out for sanctions but rather encourage organizations to comply with the provisions of the NDPR and make it a culture by default.

“We are out to create awareness on data protection for all data processors and data controllers to adopt and see as a norm so that the global community will see us as being serious when it comes to issuing of data privacy and protection”, he averred.

Emphasizing the importance of the awareness being created by the Bureau, he emphatically stated that data subjects need to know their rights in terms of consent, security, storage and cross border transfer of their data while at the same time enlightening data controllers on their obligations to data subjects.

“It is highly important that those in charge of data processing in organizations are sound enough to know what to do, how to do and the kind of measures they need to put in place in terms of organizational and technical measures to ensure the safety of data of their subjects”, he mentioned.

He then gave assurances of the Bureau’s support in terms of training, peer reviews, and guidelines to NIGCOMSAT and urged them to comply with the provisions of the NDPR by annually filing their audit reports with NDPB.

Dr. Alale in her remark applauded the National Commissioner and his team for their proactive initiatives in ensuring the security of data in the country.

Affirming her support to the Bureau, Alale stated that NIGCOMSAT is already working on their data privacy audit report for the year which will be filed with the Bureau, and promised to share the guidelines with their partners who in turn can be independently monitored by the Bureau.

“As we push forward the digital agenda of Nigeria, we should support one another and we at NIGCOMSAT pledge our support to you”, she said.

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