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9mobile refreshes 9Konfam value offer

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Nigeria’s customer-centric company, 9mobile has spiced up its 9Konfam offerings as its customers are set to enjoy 9 times the value of recharge and more when they subscribe to this unique offering. This innovative plan, crafted with a focus on enhancing connectivity and value for its customers, promises to make connectivity with family and friends seamless and enjoyable.

The 9Konfam plan boasts unique benefits aimed at bringing families and friends closer while providing unparalleled value for money. Among its standout features, customers stand to enjoy an extraordinary 9 times the value on all recharges of N100 and above. This significant bonus is applicable for calls across all networks and SMS and data usage, catering to diverse communication needs.

In his comment, the Director of Product Innovation & Business Development at 9mobile, Kenechukwu Okonkwo said the company is committed to fostering connectivity and enriching customer experiences.

“At 9mobile, we understand the importance of staying connected with loved ones, and we are poised to offer a unique opportunity to make things seamless for our customer’s communications needs.”

He said that the 9Konfam plan is designed to offer incredible value on calls, data, and SMS.

“Whether you’re catching up with family, connecting with friends, or staying on top of business, 9Konfam ensures you get the most out of your mobile experience.”

Subscribers to the 9Konfam plan will enjoy a double dose of data delight during the initial six months of their subscription. This translates to a remarkable 100 percent data bonus on top of their purchased data bundles, ensuring an enhanced browsing, streaming, and chatting experience for all members of the 9Konfam family.

For those embarking on their journey with 9Konfam, the perks start when they activate their SIM cards. New subscribers are welcomed with a generous N1,000 welcome bonus, giving them a head start to enjoy the multitude of benefits offered by 9Konfam.

Transitioning to the 9Konfam plan has been streamlined for convenience. New customers can simply visit any 9mobile Experience Centre, or authorized retailers to activate their SIM cards or dial *1400# and commence enjoying the array of benefits offered by 9Konfam.

With 9Konfam, subscribers become valued members of a larger family, where connectivity is without limits, and they are assured of an experience that matches value and more.

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GBB engages Heads of ICT of MDAS to boost e-government adoption

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The management of Galaxy Backbone (GBB) Limited recently hosted the Head of ICt departments across Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

The stakeholder engagement which had in attendance, Managing Director/CEO of Galaxy Backbone, Prof.Ibrahim Adeyanju and members of the management team was aimed at fast-tracking e-government adoption amongst government parastatals.

The GBB leadership through open and constructive dialogues listened to the ICT Heads on the challenges they face in assimilating technology in their operations.

Recently, the agency unveiled a 24hr Service desk to address consumer complaints while revealing a dedicated customer care line for Federal Ministries, Departments Government-wide IP & Agencies (83070, 83072, 83046).

As per the mandate of its parent, the Federal Ministry of Communication, Galaxy Backbone is the provider of shared ICT infrastructure, applications and services to all Federal Government MDAs and institutions while also building and maintaining a single nation-wide IP broadband network to provide network services to all Federal Government MDAs and institutions.

GBB aims to partner with the Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Communications, Innovation & Digital Economy and the states in enhancing broadband penetration, hosting and colocation of data through our Cloud experience and in that way, contribute to the nation’s economic growth and development.

The agency has also invested in world class infrastructures that have the potential to power digital transformation initiatives and enhance the future of Nigeria digitally and support states in the creation of Internally Generated Revenue(IGR), while enhancing the economic and intellectual growth of the nation.

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NCC showcases digital social investments at APRA 2024

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Various digital social investments in Nigeria, through the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) were on showcase at the just-concluded 35th annual conference of the African Public Relations Association (APRA) in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

Through a presentation by the Head of Media Management Relations at the NCC, Dr. Omoniyi Ibietan, who later emerged as the Secretary-General of APRA after an election at the event which took place from 13th to 17th May, 2024, participants had a glean into some of the digital social investments and infrastructure expansion happening in Nigeria, through regulatory efficiency of the Commission.

In his presentation with the title: “Digital Inclusion as Arbiter of Accessible PR: A Case of the Nigerian Communications Commission,” Ibietan highlighted some 36 initiatives of the Commission within and beyond its immediate regulatory mandate, implemented to promote infrastructure expansion, support SMEs, empower educational institutions, advance innovation and promote digital up-skilling of Nigerian youths.

These include the Advanced Digital Awareness Programme for Tertiary Institutions (ADAPTI); Campus Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIEP) programme; e-PAD project for 232 institutions; Digital Appreciation Project (DAP) for 247 secondary schools; Digital Literacy Training for Teachers (DLT); Digital Integration Programme (DIP) for MSMEs; and the E-Accessibility programme targeted at persons with disabilities.

Others include the Nigerian Girls Can Code Competition; the Build A-Thon, aimed at enabling young persons to pitch and enhance their skills and new learning experience; Tertiary Institutions Digital Centre (TIDC) for 250 institutions; 2,291 Digital Nigeria Centers (DNC) online/offline educational resources; Local Application and Content Deployment programme; and up to 72 Rural Broadband Initiative projects, among others.

According to him, the NCC through its component special purpose vehicle, the Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF) has undertaken several digital infrastructure projects, programmes and collaborative activities with stakeholders.

“These interventions have caused a shift in digital literacy, fundamentally shrank the digital divide and opened the floodgates of participation in political, economic and social processes, and enabled accessible digital public relations in Nigeria,” he said.

While over 20 papers were presented at the APRA Conference to expound its thematic focus of “One Africa, One Voice: Bridging Africa’s Communication Divide,” Ibietan’s paper was the only presentation that showcased digital infrastructure investments by any African country, even though many papers advocated the centrality of adequate broadband infrastructure in enhancing digital culture on the continent.

Ibietan emphasised that digital inclusion is the ability of individuals and groups to access and fully participate in the digital society, particularly in the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) such as the internet, computers, and mobile devices.

He submitted that digital inclusion encompasses not only access to digital technologies but also the skills, knowledge, and resources needed to effectively utilize them.

He also emphasised that the phenomenon of digital inclusion is desirable for economies that aspire to grow and develop in remarkable and measurable sense.

He said, “This is because digital inclusion promotes social and economic opportunities, enhances civic engagement and participation, supports education and lifelong learning, fosters digital literacy and skills development, encourages innovation and entrepreneurship, and helps to bridge the digital divide and reduce inequalities.”

He referenced that the COVID-19 pandemic and its fallouts proved the significance of digital infrastructure to the economy.

Luckily, he said, “Nigeria’s investment in broadband infrastructure partly explained why the nation was able to cope with the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus because availability of digital infrastructure helped individuals, businesses and the government to migrate their social and economic activities to digital platforms in order to mitigate the devastating effect of the Pandemic.”

He recommended constant and seamless communication among stakeholders to ensure efficiency in the management and proper harvest of derivable benefits social investment and infrastructural projects

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FG to launch centre for data collection to boost security

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The Federal Government (FG) has disclosed moves to strengthen national security and efficiency by unveiling a state-of-the-art data centre that can store 1.4 petabytes of data.

This facility, the Ministry of Interior, said would revolutionise the management of citizens’ bio-data and critical national information.

It noted that this feat will be achieved before May 29, 2024 – about a week.

Minister of Interior, Dr Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo made this announcement during a meeting with the delegation of the National Union of Nigerian Associations in Italy (NUNAI) led by its President, Chief Rowland Ndukuba at his office in Abuja.

In a Tuesday post on his X account, the minister shared a Monday-dated press release signed by the ministry’s Director of Press & Public Relations, Ozoya Imohimi.

The statement read: “The Federal Government is set to launch a state-of-the-art data centre capable of storing up to 1.4 petabytes of data before 29 May 2024. This data centre will house a comprehensive range of critical national information, including citizens’ bio-data,” it read.

“Modern challenges require novel, cutting-edge technological solutions,” he stated, highlighting that the integration of advanced technology will significantly enhance the efficiency and accountability of national operations.”

The announcement comes as part of a broader initiative by the Ministry to address both domestic and international concerns.

In 2022, the President of the Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria, Ikechukwu Nnamani, said data centres are critical to the digitisation of the economy and implementation of Internet of Things services.

There have been reports that there have been widespread complaints about poor data registration and collection in the country, covering areas such as birth, death, employment, marital status, and migration.

According to the statement, Tunji-Ojo reassured the NUNAI delegation that “their requests for intervention and the establishment of passport front offices would be reviewed, reinforcing the Ministry’s commitment to supporting Nigerians abroad.”

Furthermore, the minister “made it clear that the Federal Government would not condone illegal migration and that Nigerians attempting to emigrate through unlawful means will face the consequences of their actions.”

Tunji-Ojo also assured the NUNAI delegation that the well-being of Nigerians in Italy is a priority and that the Ministry of Interior will explore collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to support stranded Nigerians abroad.

The President of NUNAI, Chief Rowland Ndukuba, expressed his gratitude for the Ministry’s proactive efforts and urged continued collaboration to assist Nigerians facing challenges in Italy.

“Earlier, Chief Rowland Ndukuba expressed gratitude for the Ministry’s efforts in addressing the challenges faced by Nigerians in Italy.

“He urged the minister and the ministry to continue collaborative efforts to assist stranded Nigerians in Italy,” the statement concluded.

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