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* Emeka Okoye, Managing Director, OpenLink Software West Africa said at the opening of its new regional West African headquarters:"Our plan is to forge a strong Partnership with the Nigerian Government, private sector and the ordinary people." The aim, he stated is: To create a West African Software Development hub in Nigeria. The qualities that transformed India into a major IT hub is evident in Nigeria, with the exception of the Infrastructure and government policies. "We can work hand in hand with the Government and other IT partners to put Nigeria on the IT map," he restated.

* Avaya Inc, global provider of communications networks and services for businesses, announced that Universal Solutions, its master distributor for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), has increased its regional team. Hany A. Ross will look after planning, direction and support for the Middle East and Africa technical support services team. Louay Osman has been appointed as Chief Technical Officer, focusing on channel development for converged telephony and data switching solutions.

* An executive director of South African cellular network, Cell C, the managing directors of Nashua Mobile and Click & Call, two of their wives and a chartered pilot were killed in a helicopter crash near Graskop in Mpumalanga on Sunday night. Cell C sales director, Ruco Durand, his wife, Yvette, Nashua Mobile MD, Simon Herbert, his wife, Kelly, Click & Call MD, Jarren Koppel ­ brother of singer Danny K - and the pilot, Louis Nel were all killed in the accident. The Bell 407 helicopter was one of three that had been chartered by the company to ferry staff members back to Johannesburg, following a workshop at Earth Lodge in Sabi Sabi.

* Nigeria’s leading Information and Communications Technology magazine, IT & Telecom Digest has appointed Segun Aregbeyen, editor.