COMPUTING

Computer News - In Brief

- Kano State Government in Nigeria has agreed to release N171.4 million for the take-off of an ICT Park situated at Ado Bayero House in Kano city; which is expected to be a major site for ICT businesses - such as software, hardware and outsourcing - in the state.

- As a way of embracing ICT for efficiency, Rwanda Revenue Authority will soon, launch an application for issuing Tax Clearance Certificates (TCC) online.

- No fewer than 158 teams from all tertiary institutions across Nigeria will compete for a place at the regional finals of the 2009 edition of the Imagine Cup competition, a global software development competition, organised by Microsoft. Winner of the competition will join other teams from other parts of the world for the global finals, which would hold in July in Egypt.

- Tunisia's First Lady, Mrs Leila Ben Ali received from the United Nations Global Alliance for ICT and Development (GAID), the "Enabling Technology Excellence Award" in token of her efforts for the integration of the disabled as the president of the BASMA association for the promotion of employment among disabled persons.

- Although confident it the future of the IT sector in Nigeria, the Chairman of Zinox Technologies Limited, Leo Stan Ekeh, reported to local newspaper Vanguard that Nigeria would be a different and better place if the Government were to inject N150billion to provide subsidized computers and free internet access for all Nigerians.

- At least 120,000 laptops are to be received by children across Uganda under the government-championed One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) programme. In Sierra Leone, the plan is to distribute 5,000 XO laptops by 2011, according to Mohammed Kaindaneh, secretary general of the Human Rights Respect Awareness Raising Campaigners (HURRARC). Fundraising to pay for the project, which will cost about US $1 million, will take place over the next two years.

- The long awaited electronic driving licenses are finally out for distribution in Rwanda. The Minister of Infrastructure Eng. Linda Bihire was the first Rwandan to receive a driving license followed by the ICT Minister in the President's Office Prof. Romain Murenzi. Several other ministers followed in the queue presenting their payment receipts and picking their licenses.

- The Pretoria High Court has dismissed the State IT Agency's (SITA's) R5 million claim against business consultancy Tedaka Business Consulting, with costs. The organisation said it is still awaiting a report from the High Court judge and would then “chart a way forward”. However, it is understood that one of the main reasons for the case being thrown out is that SITA failed to prove Tedaka was awarded the contract legitimately.

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