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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has mandated the use of NIN for 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) registration exercise. The matriculation board stipulated that all candidates must provide their National Identity Number (NIN) at the point of registration. Fabian Benjamin, JAMB spokesman, disclosed the new directive on Wednesday. “This is mandatory for participation in the 2021 registration exercise,” he said. Adding that the registration will be conducted in 700 different centers across...

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KADUNA – An Information and Communication Technology (ICT) firm, Ihifix Technologies, says digital skills will ensure transparency and accountability in service delivery. Ihifix Team Lead in Kaduna State, Mr. Emmanuel Adikpe, stated this on the sideline of the ongoing six-week training of public servants on digital skills in Kaduna. Adikpe told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that entrenching ICT in governance would significantly strengthen transparency and accountability and restore public trust. According to him,...

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The Lagos State government has introduced a mobile verification platform to validate the authenticity of COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests done within the private laboratory consortium and all state public laboratories for outbound flights. This was indicated in a statement issued by Akin Abayomi, the state’s commissioner of health, on Sunday. The statement stated that the platform could be accessed through an app and the use of unstructured supplementary service data (USSD) codes. “The...

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The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) complex centre constructed by the Nigeria Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) in Garaha Hong local government area of Adamawa state has been commissioned. There was a need for this complex because majority of students residing in rural areas cannot access the internet which affects their studies. Commissioning the facility, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Barrister Boss Gida Mustapha said that the aim of establishing the ICT...

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Calendly, a world-leading cloud scheduling app that got more usefulness in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic, has achieved a unicorn territory. In the report by The Atlanta Business Journal, the app which was founded by the Nigerian Tope Awotona has raised $350 million in the latest round of funding. Open View Venture Partners took the lead in the round with assistance from San Francisco-based Iconiq Capital. Calendly is a company that is one of the...

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SAN FRANCISCO — An engineering director and a software developer have quit Alphabet Inc’s Google over the dismissal of AI researcher Timnit Gebru, a sign of the ongoing conflicts at the search giant over diversity and ethics. David Baker, a director focused on user safety, left Google last month after 16 years because Gebru’s exit “extinguished my desire to continue as a Googler,” he said in a letter seen by Reuters. Baker added, “We cannot...

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By Ibrahim Abdul’Aziz, Regional Correspondent ______ The Nigerian police have introduced a software, ‘rescue me app,’ to aid the timely arrival of officers at crime scenes anywhere in Nigeria. The commissioner of police in Jigawa State, Usman Gonna, told reporters that the police developed the application to tackle insecurity through technology. He said the application would improve the response time of police officers to emergency situations in real-time. He said the application uses internet services and is...

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Plans have been concluded for the launch of a sexual violence reporting app for use in various tertiary institutions in the country. Ms Omowumi Ogunrotimi, Executive Director and Founder, Gender Mobile Initiative (GMI), an NGO in forefront of campaign against sexual violence, disclosed this in Abuja, while signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Kogi State University. Ogunrotimi said when in use, the app popularly known as “Campus Pal”, would help individuals and tertiary institutions...

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War-ravaged communities and victims including widows and orphans in Nigeria will get support following a partnership between Familheey, an app built to connect families and communities and Soulace, a Nigeria-based not-for-profit organisation that addresses violent conflict and advocates for victims of extreme violence. Soulace Africa will work with Familheey Networking platform to translate this partnership to physical and on-the-ground development through livelihood training, enterprise development and cooperative and thrift programmes, a statement announcing the collaboration...

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Instant messaging app, Telegram, has launched a video call service as part of activities marking its seventh anniversary. In a blogpost, the company said the video feature was added in response to the need for face-to-face communication as the world goes virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “2020 highlighted the need for face-to-face communication, and our alpha version of video calls is now available on both Android and iOS. “You can start a video call...

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