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FG To Promote Framework On Tech Entrepreneurship -Minister

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Minister of State, Federal Ministry of Industry Trade and Investment, Mrs Aisha Abubakar, says the Federal Government will continue to promote regulations and policy framework on tech entrepreneurship ecosystem.
The minister, who said this yesterday in Abuja at the launch of the ecosystem research paper, noted that the research will provide policymakers with the tools to manage and leverage on digital disruption.
Abubakar, who was represented by Mr Adewale Bakare, Director Industrial Development Department said, “we see the creativity and ingenuity of our Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and the enabling environment will make them thrive.
According to her, the research will provide policymakers with the tools to manage and leverage on digital disruption.
“We will use the report to provide solution, come out with policies to help promote and guide ICT entrepreneurs in Nigeria,” she said.
Also, Mrs Titi Akinsanmi, Google Policy and Government Relations Lead and the experts, told NAN that Nigerians has the potential to develop the tech entrepreneurship ecosystem but the framework and enabling environment is lacking.
Akinsanmi said that resilience among citizens, the steaming youthful population, harnessing market potential and the right framework will propel start-ups and the tech entrepreneurship ecosystem.
Akinsanmi said that the drive to help digital economy of Nigeria to succeed is dependent on the citizens.
According to her, the government needs to make policies that will allow Small and Medium Enterprises the ease of doing business so as to complement inputs from entrepreneurs.
Mr Mimshach Obioha, Programme Director Ventures Platform Foundation, said that the Nigerian tech ecosystem was still at its infancy and required huge support from all stakeholders.
Obioha said that the world had been powered by raw materials that needed to be transformed into assets to boost the economy of any nation.
He said that Nigeria with its large population and large resources with many entrepreneurs can transform the country and Africa.
According to him, oil as a source of revenue is obsolete and the country needs to create an alternative revenue generation channel, which technology can offer.
He further said that the tech entrepreneurship ecosystem if properly supported had the potential to create jobs.
Mr Bankole Oloruntoba, Managing Director Enspire Hub, said that ICT hubs should ensure they actively build on their capacity and programmes.
Oloruntoba added that the capacity of an ICT hub could launch it in its relevant space.
Mr Segun Araroini, a Partner of Value Minds, said ICT hubs could synergise by creating a virtual networking platform to develop the ecosystem.
Recall that Tech Entrepreneurship Ecosystems Research Paper by OC & C Strategy Consultants, Ventures Platform Foundation and Google was recently launched in Abuja.
Also, Mr Dikko Radda, Director-General, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), said that the world was being technologically driven, saying that the government needed to do more to launch Nigeria in the ICT global space.
Radda further said the report findings and with support from private ICT institutions would enable the government to build the environment and ensure ICT start-ups and entrepreneurs development.
On his part, the Executive Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, Prof. Umar Danbatta, said that poor infrastructure was the bane to the success of technology entrepreneurs.
Represented by Mr Henry Nkemadu, Director Policy Competition and Economic Analysis, Danbatta said that the commission was supporting ICT hubs, tertiary institutions that created hubs.
“NCC has done a lot to bridge the gap in ICT skills and we are supporting ICT hubs and tertiary institutions that have created ICT hubs.
“We realised that poor infrastructure is the bane of techprenuers taking root in the country and we are committed to ameliorating the situation,” he said.
Our source reports that the research discovered that financial capital, skilled talent, networks, market potential, culture, regulations and infrastructure had limited the progress of start-ups and ICT entrepreneurs.
The report, however, observed that the tech ecosystem had developed in Lagos and Abuja with unique networks of entrepreneurs while the government was also developing initiatives that will consider each state’s need.

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Firm Calls For Partnership With FG On Bridge In Real Estate 

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A Nigerian Tech Firm, PX PropertyHub, has called for partnership with the Federal Government in order to showcase its efforts to bridge the gap in the real estate sector.
The General Manager, Operations/Legal of the company, Barr. Nonye Nwabueze, made the remark during the official unveiling of the firm’s innovative online real estate platform in  Abuja, recently.
Nwabueze said there was a need for collaboration with the Federal Government to help Nigerians build long lasting wealth through Real Estate, leveraging on technology and experience.
“The Federal Ministry of Works and Housing is doing so much in this regard, trying to create several mortgage financing activities.
“We are calling for partnership to showcase what the Federal Government is equally doing in the sector to provide affordable housing for Nigerians and checkmate the activities of fraudsters in the sector”, she said.
She noted that the new technological-driven option by PX PropertyHub stands out, saying that it was  a massive and fast-growing digital platform.
“The platform showcases available property to everyone resident in and anywhere in the world. It is a global platform and we are not stopping at this.
“We also have what we call ‘PX Stay’, where we equally showcase hotel owners, apartments, car rentals and others. Jt is actually a listing platform for anyone who wants to buy, sell or rent genuine properties,” she said.
Chief Charles Ndudim, a beneficiary of the platform, said the issue of housing must be treated as a fundamental basic right of every citizen in the country.
He said the Federal Government and the corporate world must collaborate to deal with the issues and challenges in the real estate sector just as is being done in other climes.
“In other developing countries such as Nigeria, to deal with the issue of housing, we have to see it as a fundamental human basic right of every Nigerian.
“Every man under the sun needs a roof over his head, but there are economic implications and challenges in the sector as not everybody can afford it.
“However, what other developing countries have done is to find ways of creating intervention programmes for the poor people, especially in the rural areas”, he said.
“So, government and the corporate world must come together and collaborate in such a way as what PX PropertyHub is doing to aggregate all these houses and make them visible to meet the needs of all Nigerians.
“I, therefore, encourage everyone to take advantage of this revolutionary platform that is making life easier like Amazon and the likes,” he said.
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the firm, Chuka Okafor, said he is a young entrepreneur who saw a gap in the real estate sector and decided to proffer solutions to the issues and challenges in the sector.

He stressed the need for investors to take advantage of the hassle-free and convenient platform to rent and purchase their house dreams.
Okafor said the platform can also connect holiday makers with preferred hotel and any tourist destination.
“PX PropertyHub is a modern Real Estate Platform, connecting buyers, sellers and owners with the industry’s top professionals through technology that empowers you by making all things Real Estate simple, intelligent and seamless.
“We have built our Real Estate Hub to serve as a platform that streamlines the tedious process of selling, buying, renting, managing, and financing property”, he said.

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Delta Poly Invents Smart Campus, Solicits For Funds

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Delta State Polytechnic, Ogwashi-Uku (DSPG), has developed a prototype of a “Smart Campus” expected to operate with technological systems, regulate movement and ensure digitisation.
The Rector of the institution, Prof. Emmanel Achuenu,  while elaborating on how the smart campus works, said the institution was technologically-driven with research results and development in Abuja during the week.
Using their campus as a case study, Achuenu said they deployed solar energy to power the model campus.
“We decided to deploy solar energy in increasing the provision of energy to a model campus like this. In our campus, we have a solar laboratory where students are supposed to be trained on how solar functions and the installation, but we have gone ahead to run an institution like this with solar generators”, he said.
Achuenu added that they also tried to put a security system in place to monitor movement within the campus using smart Identity cards configured for each student and staff at the entry point of the institution.
“For you to be able to secure this system, every student and staff in the environment is supposed to have a smart ID card we configured according to the need.
“To enter the gate, all you need to do is swipe your card in the smart system provided there and you gain access”, he said.
He, however, solicited funding from agencies of the government to support the institution to be able to move all their ideas and technologies beyond prototype.
”We are asking for any funding agency to come to our support so that we can mass produce the majority of what we have here. If we can have our automatic detectors in every environment, it will help check on our security challenges”, he said.
The Tide’s Source recalled that DSPG participated at the just-concluded Science, Technology and Innovation expo and had other products on display.
The other products included: Juice extractor, peanut coating machine, ice block making machine, automatic hand washing machine, ventilator and melon shelling machine.

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Unclaimed 5000 Digital International Passports Bothers NIS

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The Passport Control officer of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), Rivers State Command, DCI Bala Dangana, has expressed worry over a large number of unclaimed passports at the Passport office in Port Harcourt.
Dangana said this when he received the  Comptroller General of Immigration in charge of zone G, Mr. Dominic Asogwa, in Port Harcourt, recently.
He said about 5000 passports were ready for collection, but the applicants are yet to show up.
Noting that the Passport Unit usually issues passports unconditionally to owners, he said the success story so far recorded was due to the digital system of the Command which has so far simplified the whole process.
He further noted that the era of delay  in passport printing and issuance were over, and urged applicants to not let past experiences deter them from applying for their passports.
“The Command is up-to-date on passport issuance and printing. We are almost done with that of last year. We have printed up to November, and sure that we are top on the business”, he said.
Earlier in his speech,  Asogwa  said he was in the office on the order of the Comptroller- General of Immigration, Idris Jere, to ascertain the position of things as it concerns passport collection.
“I am here to appriase with the directive  of the Comptroller-General that all applicants of international passport have collected them without delay”, he said.
Asogwa also pleaded with members of the public to reach out to their loved ones who have applied for passports to hurry and claim them.
He lauded Dangana and his team over what he described as the “high level of professionalsm cum creation of additional units in the passport unit which has added colour to the system”.
Meanwhile, the Passport Control officer  further informed that the Command has, by extension, placed calls and sent Short Message System (SMS) to some of the passport applicants in order to make room for easy collection.

By:  King Onunwor

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