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The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), says it will organise editions of its national Hackathon challenge in three states. The three states are Adamawa, Oyo, and Cross River. Mrs. Hadiza Umar, Head, the Corporate Affairs and External Relations of the agency, who made this known in a statement on Monday in Abuja, said the gesture was to drive digital innovation and entrepreneurship in the country. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that NITDA...

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The Director-General, National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Balarabe Shehu Ilelah has told media practitioners not to be a mouthpiece for any interest group or groups in the country. The Director-General of the NBC stated this during a media parley on Thursday in Abuja, noted that many television and radio stations across the country, especially government owned, were owing the commission over N4bn in licensing and license renewal fees. “For stations owing license renewal fees, the NBC...

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ABUJA — A mock session for the 3.5 gigahertz (GHz) spectrum auction for the deployment of the fifth-generation (5G) network in the country has been conducted according to the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). The simulated auction took place on Friday at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja. The commission announced this on Friday in a state signed by Ikechukwu Adinde, NCC’s public affairs director. NCC said the simulation exercise was in line with the requirements stipulated...

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Executive Director, Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD), Yunusa Zakari Ya’u said 114 communities in Nigeria have either weak or lack internet connectivity. Y.Z Ya’u who addressed newsmen in Kaduna on Wednesday said the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Professor Ibrahim Pantami should set up a mechanism for the National Policy for the Development of Community Networks.  Community networks have failed to take roots in Nigeria because we do not have a national...

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The acting managing director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Mohammed Bello-Koko has said a fully digital ecosystem for all the country’s port locations is in progress. According to the director, deliberate measures and investments are being taken to create a fully digital ecosystem in all the country’s port locations by 2025. Bello-Koko said this at the 41st Ports Management Association of West and Central Africa (PMAWCA) annual council meeting and 16th round-table conference of...

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ABUJA — The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has declared MTN Nigeria Plc, Mafab Communications Limited, and Airtel Networks Limited, the approved bidders of the forthcoming 3.5 gigahertz (GHz) spectrum auction. The spectrum auction is for the deployment of the fifth-generation (5G) networks. Ikechukwu Adinde, NCC’s director of public affairs, said this in a statement issued on Thursday. According to the commission, the qualified bidders met the criteria for participation in the licensing process of the...

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ABUJA — The Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Communications Commission, Umar Danbatta, has stated that the commission has spent over N200 million to promote research and development. Danbatta made this known during the prize presentation ceremony of the 2021 NCC National Essay Competition held on Tuesday in Abuja. This was contained in a statement by the NCC Director of Public Affairs, Ikechukwu Adinde, titled, ‘NCC has committed over N200 million to Research and Development,...

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LAGOS — Nigeria, South Africa, and Kenya recorded over two million phishing cyberattacks in the first half of 2021. Babagana Monguno, National Security Adviser to President Buhari disclosed in Lagos on Tuesday at a sensitization workshop for the implementation of the ‘National Cybersecurity Policy and Strategy 2021’ for the private sector and professional bodies.  According to him, 393 cases of those cyberattacks were attributed to Nigeria, representing a 13 per cent decline as compared to the...

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To ensure every young person in Nigeria get access to information, opportunity, and choice, UNICEF and African e-commerce platform Jumia (NYSE: JMIA) have announced a partnership in support of Giga’s work to connect every school in Nigeria and other parts of Africa to the internet. In Nigeria, Jumia and Giga will work on two prototypes for digital payment mechanisms that can be used to make school connectivity procurement more transparent and efficient. Jumia will share...

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LAGOS — MTN Group said it is planning to sell shares worth about $241.7million from its Nigeria business. MTN on Thursday said it will offer 575 million shares in MTN Nigeria, which is listed in Lagos in 2019. “Today we announce our intention to proceed with a public offer for sale of up to 575 million shares in MTN Nigeria, by way of a bookbuild to institutional investors and fixed price to retail investors,” MTN...

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