States Get 12 Months To Switch To Nigeria’s Internet Address

As part of measures to ensure Nigeria plants its feet firmly on the cyberspace, all the 36 states governments and their agencies have been given till August 18, 2014, to complete the switch to www.gov.ng in order to maintain a secured presence on the internet using Nigeria’s country code top level domain (ccTLD).

Source: Leadership

Nigeria: FRSC Acquires Toll-Free Emergency Line

The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) says it has acquired "122" from Airtel as its toll-free emergency line for public use.

In a statement on Friday in Abuja, the commission's Deputy Corps Public Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem, said that as a result, the code number is no longer for Airtel Customer Service.

"The attention of the public, especially Airtel mobile telephone subscribers, is hereby drawn to the fact that '122' has been allocated to the FRSC as emergency toll-free number.

Source: Leadership

Nigeria: Mobile Operators Lose N8 Billion Daily to Attacks On Infrastructure

MTN, Globacom, Airtel, Etisalat and Visafone are losing about N8 billion daily revenue to the recent bombing of their facilities in the northern parts of the country.

The operators are losing money on their voice, short message service (SMS) and internet data traffic which pass through their network both on the microwave and fibre optic backbones.

Source: Leadership

Nigeria: OGTV decries NBC Closing Order

Following the directive by the National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) that the Ogun State Television (OGTV) cease the streaming of the station on the internet, the general manager of the station, Mr. Ayinde Soaga, had said that the directive may have a negative impact on the quality of its programmes.

Soaga who spoke on the impact of the order to the station said  he informed NBC as far back as November last year that the station had begun streaming on the web, “so, why are they now writing such a letter to us, four months after informing them”.

Source: Leadership

Nigeria: Minister Tasks Lawmakers Over ICT Bills

The Minister of Communication Technology, Omobola Johnson, has stressed that lawmakers have a critical role to play in the development of the nation's Information Communication Technology (ICT) sector through advancing legislation that will increase the availability of ICT networks services and devices to Nigerians.

Source: Leadership

What hosting the Emmy Awards semi-final will mean to Nigeria

Nigeria recently hosted the semi-final of the 2011 international Emmy Awards for the first time. Catherine Agbo writes on the relevance of that milestone to the motion picture industry

The profile of Nigeria was taken a notch higher recently when the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) secured the right for the country to host the semi-final events of the 39th edition of the international Emmy awards.

Source: 13/08/2011.Source: Catherine AgboSource: Leadership

Nigeria: NTA-Star TV Targets 50 Channels

A pay television operator, NTA-Star TV said it planned to increase its channels to 50 by the end of this year. Chairman of Startimes Networks of China, the major investor in the Pay TV,  Pang Xin Xing, who disclosed this at the one year anniversary of the firm in Abuja, stated that his company had invested $17 million (about N2.6 billion) since the commercial launch of the Pay TV in 2010.

NTA-Star TV is the joint venture of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and the Startimes Network of China.

Source: Leadership

ITU Symposium on ICTs and Climate Change held in Ghana

Ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP-17) in Durban, South Africa, participants at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Symposium on ICTs and Climate Change in Ghana have renewed calls for global leaders to recognise the power of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change.

Source: Leadership

Nigeria: Subscribers Shun NCC's N6.1 Billion Sim Registration

The ongoing SIM Card Registration by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) may soon hit a brick wall due to apathy from telephone subscribers in Nigeria. The NCC had budgeted N6.1 billion for the exercise though a source in the Commission told the Leadership newspaper that only N2.1 billion had so far been released to it. The commission launched the programme in Abuja three weeks ago with the intention of registering all SIM card users in the country.

Source: Leadership

Nigeria: JTB Plans E-Registration for Taxpayers

As the Joint Tax board get set to commance the e-registration of tax payers, one state from each geo-political zone would participate in the pilot scheme.

This was disclosed by the JTB Secretary, Alhaji Lawal Abubakar when the committee paid a courtesy call on the emir of Bauchi, Alhaji Rilwanu Sulaiman Adamu at the week-end. The secretary revealed that a state from each geo-political zone of the country would serve as a pilot to the exercise, and said that the states are Bauchi, Jigawa, Kwara, Delta, Abia and Oyo.

Source: Leadership
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