Internet users in Nigeria hit 106m in Sept –NCC

By Thompson ABISOLA Internet users in Nigeria increased marginally to 106 million in September, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said. The NCC made this known on Friday in its Monthly Internet Subscribers Data for September posted on its website. According to the data, Airtel, MTN and Globacom gained more internet subscribers during the month under review, while 9mobile was the biggest loser. The data also showed that overall internet users increased to 105,980, 062 in September from the 104,628,342 in August showing an increase of 1, 351,720. The breakdown…

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India to launch first manned space mission by 2022, says PM Modi

By Giwa SHILE India will launch its first manned space mission by 2022, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday in his last Independence Day speech ahead of the 2019 general election. Modi, a powerful speaker who will seek re-election in the world’s biggest democracy early 2019, used the speech to broadcast his government’s achievements, amid concerns about lack of jobs and rising violence against the Muslim minority. TBI Africa reports that general elections are due to be held in May 2019. Wearing a flowing saffron turban, the Hindu nationalist…

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Vocational skills training: ITF targets 13,000 Nigerians in 2018

By Kunle SHONUGA The Director-General, Industrial Training Fund (ITF), Mr Joseph Ari, has said the fund will train 13,000 Nigerians on 11 vocational skills in order to achieve the Federal Government’s policy on job and wealth creation. Ari made this known in Abuja on Tuesday during a news conference. According to him, numerous vacancies still exist in several sectors of the economy that cannot be filled by Nigerians due to the absence of requisite skills. “In order to address the issue of unemployment and drive President Muhammadu Buhari’s job creation…

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Active mobile lines hit 162.3 million in June –NCC

By Aliyu DANLADI The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) says active mobile telephone lines in Nigeria have increased to 162.30 million in June. NCC said in the monthly Subscribers Operator Data posted on its website on Tuesday that the mobile lines figure at the end of June was 162.30, adding that it rose from 162.07 million recorded in May. With 162,307,346 lines in June and 162,075, 116 in May, the increase in the number of lines was 232,230. However, the Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) for active mobile lines had 217,566…

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Association seeks more funds for telecom infrastructure

By Aliyu DANLADI The Association of Telecommunications Professionals of Nigeria (APTN) has appealed to the Federal Government to provide more funds to the Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF) to boost telecom infrastructure in rural areas. The President of APTN, Mr. Adede Williams, made the appeal in Abuja. Williams, who noted that most rural areas lack telecommunication infrastructure, said more funds must be provided to enable  USPF to carry out its duty. It would be recalled that USPF was established by the Federal Government to facilitate the achievement of national policy…

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LASG unveils initiative to attract FDI

By Olamilekan FAWAS Lagos State Government on Sunday, unveiled an initiative tagged, ‘Lagos to the World’, to expose activities of the state and attract more Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) to the state. The Special Adviser to the governor on Overseas Affairs and Investment, Prof. Ademola Abass said this at the media launch of the initiatives in Lagos. The governor’s aide said that the state government had been doing a lot in recent times to attract more FDI but, noted that in spite government effort, very little was known about its…

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13,203 telecoms subscribers changed network providers in May – NCC

By Meletus EZE A total of 13,203 mobile telecommunications subscribers in Nigeria changed their network providers for others in May, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said. The subscribers changed their service providers under the Mobile Number Portability (MNP). The commission made this known in its Incoming and Outgoing Porting Activities of Mobile Network Operators Report posted on its website. The NCC said of the 13,203 porting activities in May, 6,498 were incoming, while 6,704 were outgoing. It noted that 9,983 subscribers ported within the networks in April, showing an…

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Expert advocates block chain technology to curb tax fraud

By Giwa SHILE The Chief Executive of Kurecion Foundation, Mr. Abikure Tega, has called for the use of block chain technology to address fraud in the country´s taxation system. He made the call on Sunday in Abuja at a training session organised by the foundation for some members of the public on the technology and how they could tap into its facilities. Tega explained that block chain has the capacity to handle trust which makes it a top choice and the easiest and most efficient infrastructure among users of currencies…

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Google launches Impact Challenge in Nigeria, commits $2m

Google on Wednesday launched the Google Impact Challenge (GIC) Nigeria 2018 aimed at empowering the citizens to drive community impact. The Google Country Marketing Manager, Affiong Osuchukwu, said at the unveiling in Lagos that Google would commit two million dollars into the project in form of grants to non-profits using technology to reach their goals. TBI Africa reports that a non-profit is dedicated to furthering a social cause or advocating a viewpoint. “This is the first time we are running a GIC in Africa. Many African non-profits are doing great…

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Cycling Lagos: DStv to transmit event to 11.9m subscribers

The Media Officer of the Cycling Lagos, Bamidele Adeleye, on Wednesday said the partnership with Pay TV, MultiChoice, owners of DStv and GOtv would relay the competition to its over 11.9 million subscribers. Adeleye said in Lagos that the television right agreement with the South Africa-based Pay TV was to ensure that the competition enjoyed wide coverage. “The television right partnerships for hosting of the maiden international cycling event, tagged CyclingLagos on Aug. 25, 2018, will have a transmission to about 11.9 million subscribers. “Multichoice will provide the Sub-Saharan Africa…

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