Computer News - In Brief

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- The tendering process for the award of the computerised driving permits to Face Technologies was marred by irregularities, investigations by Uganda Parliament's finance committee have revealed. The committee recommended that the project should only continue if URA is responsible for approving the design, processing, issuance and control of the database. Face Technologies is a South African company and was awarded the tender by the works, transport and communications ministry.

- The Guan land of Ogun State is to experience a near 'Silicon Valley' as hardware vendors in the Nigerian IT industry have intensified efforts to build a multi-billion naira business district in the town. This is following complaints by the stakeholders in the industry that the Computer Village Ikeja and the Tinubu Square Lagos Island where computer accessories are sold are still unfriendly to corporate business environments.

- Kenya Commercial Bank last week launched the mobile phone-based banking product dubbed KCB Connect. The product will enable KCB account holders to access details of their accounts through short message service (SMS) through their phones. The product attracts a Ksh.25 transaction charge.