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Telecom consumers to head for Court over 5% tax



Abuja—Telecommunication subscribers, under the aegis of the National Association of Telecoms Subscribers, have vowed to challenge the legitimacy of the proposed five percent excise duty on telecoms services in court, the Punch reports.

The association said the excise duty on telecom services, which would translate to an extra five percent consumption tax on calls, SMS, data, and other telecom services, was insensitive and draconian.

They added that the proposed tax would further impoverish consumers whose purchasing power had been weakened in recent times.

The President of the association, Adeolu Ogunbanjo, stated this to Punch while commenting on the recent allegation by the Ministry of Finance, Budget, and National Planning that the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami was well aware of the inclusion of the five percent excise duty on telecoms services.

Isa Pantami speaking at the maiden edition of the Nigerian Telecommunications Indigenous Content Expo, had denied being duly consulted about the new proposed telecom tax by the finance ministry.

“The Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy is not satisfied with any effort to introduce excise duty on telecommunication services.

“Firstly, I have not been consulted officially and part of the rulemaking is to invite stakeholders to make contributions, I was not consulted officially. Secondly, if we have been contacted, we would have challenged the submission.”

Responding to the communication minister, the Ministry of Finance, Budget, and National Planning said, “Against the comments by Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, concerning the five percent excise duty hike on telecoms services.

“It is worth noting that there was a circular stating the planned hike which was addressed to the communication minister and other relevant ministries and agencies of government.”

Commenting on this, Ogunbanjo said, “The Minister of Finance is insisting on implementing the excise tax, this shows insensitivity particularly when the substantive minister of the affected sector is pushing back.


DBI boss, Prof. Ajiya bags award for contributions to IT industry




Abuja—The President of Digital Bridge Institute (DBI), Prof. Mohammed Ajiya on Wednesday was conferred with the Award of Prescient and Prowess of IT in Nigeria.

Ajiya who was nominated for the award by an interest group of the Nigeria Computer Society—Academia in Information Technology Profession (AITP) bagged the award for his contributions to the growth and promotion of IT.

He was equally honoured for his human capacity development and enhancement of professionalism in the academic sector in Nigeria.

A statement by Akin Ogunlade, Head, Public Affairs Unit of DBI disclosed that the presentation of the award was done at the ITED2022 International Conference organised by the AITP in collaboration with the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) at NILE University, Abuja.

Prof Ajiya receiving the award lauded the organisers of the programme and thanked them for recognising his contributions as well as that of other awardees to the industry.

The President/CEO was accompanied by the Head and a member of the staff of the Public Affairs Unit, Mr. Akin Ogunlade and Temidayo Olaloye.

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DBI commences training of 459 staff of Federal Ministry of Power




Abuja—The Digital Bridge Institute (DBI) has commenced training on ‘Proficiency in Internet and Office Productivity Tools’ for four hundred and fifty-nine (459) staff of the Federal Ministry of Power ( FMoP).

The training which started on Monday 31st October will end on the 15th of November 2022.

While declaring the training opened, the President of DBI, Prof Mohammed Ajiya in his opening remark, welcomed all the FMoP staff who were participating in the training.

A statement by Akin Ogunlade,
Head, Public Affairs Unit quoted the DBI boss as saying that DBI is an ICT top tier Institution in Nigeria with seasoned instructors to guide them through their training programme adding that the training would be useful for them in their units and departments.

He encouraged the participants to put in their best in participating because the course: Proficiency Internet and Office Productivity Tools is an everyday Internet competence which is a setup skill towards internet use and allows viewing, creating and modifying of our general office documents.
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Speaking at the opening session of the special capacity building training, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Power, Temitope Fadeshemi, said the ministry intends to undertake the training for staff in various areas to bridge identified gaps in improving service delivery.

The Permanent Secretary, who was represented by the Director, of Human Resources, Ministry of Power, Mrs Victoria Adeosun, said: “Constant training and re-training of staff in the civil service is vital for effective and efficient service delivery and optimal performance of staff towards higher productivity and achievement of the set goals of any organization.

“It is in recognition of this that the management of the Federal Ministry of Power placed a high priority on training as one of its top agendas.

“The Federal Ministry of Power intends to undertake the specific capacity building training for staff in various areas to bridge identified gaps to improve service delivery. Though training like this is not new, it is unique considering the stark records of the institutions handling it.

“The objective of the special training is to re-abreast the entire staff of the ministry with core guiding documents of the civil service. Other skilled areas that are very central to the work of civil servants are Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Project Management, which this training will address.”

While thanking the Minister of Power for approving the conduct of the training, the Permanent Secretary said: “I want to thank the management and staff of NERC for their significant roles in sponsoring this specialized training for the staff of the ministry, my gratitude goes to the management of DBI for making this training programme a success.”

The training was declared opened by the DBI boss, representative of the FMoP and Permanent Secretary, Mrs Adeosun.

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DigiNxt 2022: DBI president highlights importance of new technologies, hails Pantami




Lagos—President of Digital Bridge Institute (DBI), Prof Mohammed Ajiya has again highlighted new technologies and their importance in a digital world at DigiNxt 2022 Forum held in Lagos on Friday, 21st October 2022.

He stated this as one of the speakers at the event tagged “Digital Economy: The New Wealth.”

Anita noted that the forum provided an important platform to discuss the impact, gains and opportunities driven by the policies that have been put in place by the Federal Government to create an enabling environment for emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and blockchain for national development.

According to Akin Ogunlade,
Head of Public Affairs Unit, the DBI Boss commended the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Professor Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami for developing over 17 policy instruments which are vigorously implemented to support the growth of the Digital Economy ecosystem in Nigeria.

Ajiya noted that one of the drivers of these policy instruments, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), is equally under a dynamic leader, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta partners with DigiVation Network to set the standard in putting together the forum.
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He commended them for their vision, innovation and commitment to the growth of the digital economy project.

Ajiya informed of NCC’s intervention in the empowerment of Nigerians on digital literacy through the Advanced Digital Appreciation Programme for Tertiary institutions in Nigeria (ADAPTI) which has led to the empowerment of over 100,000 participants from tertiary institutions in the country.

“It is a very exciting time for the digital economy, both locally and globally. Innovation is rife, and we are in the midst of rapid and extensive technological evolution. Phenomena previously only seen in science fiction are rapidly becoming reality.

“So-called ’emerging technologies’ have begun to cross over from the realm of emerging to being prevalent in everyday life and offering effective solutions to everyday problems,” he said.

He thanked organisers of the programme for their insights and inspiration.

Other invited Speakers at the event included the DG, NITDA Mr. Kasifu Inuwa, DG NIMC Engr. Aliyu Aziz, CEO/MD of Galaxy Backbone Prof. Muhammed Abubakar, and DG NOTAP Dr. Dan Azunmi amongst others.

The DBI President was accompanied by the Head of the Lagos Campus Mr. Sani Tsoho Yakawada, and Mr. Akin Ogunlade Head, Public Affairs Unit.

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