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WCRD 2021: NCC Concluding Processes on E-Waste Regulation- Danbatta

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The Executive Vice Chairman, Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC), Professor Umar Danbatta has said it is on the verge of concluding processes to issue the regulation on Electronic Waste which it drafted three years ago.

Danbatta who disclosed this at a world press conference to commemorate the 2021 World Consumer Rights Day (WCRD), stated that the objective of the Regulation is to manage E-waste; promote reuse, recycling and other forms of recovery; improve environmental management system of operators in the telecom industry; and reduce greenhouse emissions as well as enhance sustainable development efforts.

According to him, the theme for World Consumer Rights Day for 2021, “Tackling Plastic Pollution” will raise awareness and engage state and non-state actors on the global plastic pollution crisis. This is coming three years after the NCC drafted the Nigerian Communications Commission Industry e-Waste Regulations in 2018.

The telecom regulator who noted that many ICT and telecom devices have plastic components, whose waste materials could worsen plastic pollution, said “we reckon that improper disposal of such disused ICT-plastic embedded products have grave implication on public health, and especially in achieving Goals 11, 12 and 13 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030.

“These goals speak to the imperative of adhering to practices that enhance Sustainable Cities and Communities, Responsible Consumption and Production; as well as Climate Action respectively.

Furthermore, he said NCC, worried by the recurrent cycle of fraudulent deployment of fake and substandard mobile devices – usually made of iron and plastic components, collaborated with the Office of the National Security Adviser and other relevant government agencies to inaugurate a committee to implement Mobile Devices Management Systems (DMS).

“This initiative is designed as a Public-Private Partnership aimed at combating the proliferation of fake, counterfeit, substandard and cloned communication devices in the telecommunications industry. The expected result of this initiative is that, only genuine materials malleable to enduring usage are available for consumer use.

“The Commission also implemented a strict type-approval process that ensures all equipment used in the telecommunications industry are of a suitable standard, both for the good of the consumers and for the preservation of our environment.

“This coincidental connection between the 2021 theme for World Consumer Rights Day, “Tackling Plastic Pollution”, and the proactive initiatives of the Commission towards protecting the environment as well as efforts on tackling electronic waste in Nigeria tells the story of a shared vision for a satisfied consumer,” e said.

Danbatta added that the Nigerian Communications Act 2003 – enjoins the Commission to protect the interest of the consumers, which the Commission has done religiously, through subsidiary legislations, guidelines and directions that proactively address consumer concerns and stipulate responsibilities of all stakeholders.

In his welcome remark, the Executive Commissioner Stakeholder Management, Barrister Adeleke Adewolu, said NCC has been unwavering in its commitment to the primacy of the consumer in the architecture of telecommunications industry in Nigeria.

“For this reason, the NCC has received many awards, and we will not rest on our oars. This also explains why we have organised today’s conference to recall policies, initiatives, programmes and activities of the Commission towards protecting the rights and addressing the concerns of the Nigerian telecom consumer,” he added.

Also, the chairman, industry consumer advisory forum (ICAF-NCC), Prince Ighoovie Majemite, said over the years NCC has created a veritable enabling environment for a robust telecommunication industry that speaks to good customer experience.

According to him, NCC steadfastness in protection of the industry and consumers rights and privileges are not compromised. “Today, in the course of this event we shall be unveiling another ICAF initiative in collaboration with NCC…. The telecommunication handbook.

“This book is very informative and educative. It captured the necessary things consumers need to know in the telecommunication industry without ambiguity. Our success is achieved under the able leadership of the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr. Isah Pantami, the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Professor Umar Danbatta and his management team, Majemite concluded.

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Nigeria’s NIN-SIM Linkage Tops 51 Million As Government Extends Deadline to 6th May

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The Nigerian government has extended the deadline for the registration and linkage of national identity number (NIN) and subscriber identity module (SIM) by one month to 6th May, 2021.

A statement by Dr. Ikechuwku Adinde, Director, Publica Affairs, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) stated the decision was taken yesterday Thursday April 1, 2021 at the meeting of the Ministerial Task Force on the NIN-SIM data linkage chaired by the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, FNCS, FBCS, FIIM.

 The meeting was attended by key stakeholders, including the EVC/CEO of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), DG/CEO of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), DG/CEO of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Representative of the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) and the Chairman of the Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON).  Others included the NCC Executive Commissioners Technical Services and Stakeholder Management, MD/CEOs of MTN, Airtel, EMTS (9Mobile), NTEL, Spectranet and SMILE, as well as the COO of Glo.

 According to the statement, the request for the extension was presented to President Muhammadu Buhari and he endorsed it. Based on the updates of the NIN-registration process, over 51 million people have been assigned NINs. There are many people, who have enrolled and are in the process of being assigned NINs. With each individual having an average of 3 to 4 SIMs, the total number of SIMs tied to NINs would be close to the total number of registered SIMs in the country.  

 Adinde noted that the current number of monthly enrolments has increased significantly to about 2.6 million registrations.  There has also been a remarkable increase in the number of enrolment centres across the country with about 3,800 centres available for enrolments. There are also many more new centres in the pipeline.

 “The Chairman of the EFCC addressed the meeting and stated that the NIN-SIM linkage would support the Federal Government in checkmating the activities of fraudsters and cybercriminals.  The Honourable Minister noted the importance of obtaining feedback from all stakeholders in order to ensure that the NIN-SIM linkage process is one that cannot easily be compromised.

“Dr. Pantami wishes to thank Nigerians for their patience and compliance with the Federal Government’s directive on the NIN-SIM registration exercise.  He reiterated government’s commitment to continually taking decisions aimed at easing the pains of the citizens with regard to issues related to NIN and SIM registration,” the statement concluded.

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Nigeria, Kenya, SA Most Affected By Malware Hiding in Devices-Study

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  • In 2020, 25% of Kaspersky private users in South Africa, 40% in Kenya and 38% in Nigeria were attacked by such threats

There is a common misconception that the most dangerous threats to encounter on modern users’ digital journeys are likely to appear during Internet surfing.

The reality however, based on the most recent analysis of cyberattacks in South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria within 2020 by Kaspersky experts demonstrates that users are in fact more likely to face malware related attacks hidden within their devices.

Such threats are classified as ‘local’, which means they are detected either on users’ devices or on portable data storage devices, such as flash drives. In 2020, 25% of Kaspersky private users in South Africa, 40% in Kenya and 38% in Nigeria were attacked by such threats. To provide a comparison, web attacks only affected 9% of users in South Africa, 11% in Kenya and 8% in Nigeria.

When looking at corporate users in these regions, the numbers are similar: 23% of corporate users in South Africa, 29% in Kenya and 35% in Nigeria encountered such local threats within 2020.

Unfortunately, there has been an increase in the sophistication of such threats – which may be hiding on the user’s device within a seemingly legitimate file for a while, to fly under the radar, and only strike later.

“The cyber threat landscape across Africa is constantly evolving,” says Denis Parinov, a cybersecurity expert at Kaspersky. “A few years ago, there were much more drive-by attacks – cases when different malicious software is downloaded and being run while the user simply browses the Internet. Nowadays, most of the web-threats “stays in browser”: they specialise in content replacement, browser locking or clickjacking, online-skimming, cookie stuffing, etc.

“Now the situation when a user could download a malicious file directly is not too often. It’s more common for a malware to be disguised as something else to hide from the security solutions, remaining an unseen threat to users. The good news however is that modern security solutions are too advanced for such malware to fly under radars – it is more likely to be blocked either during the initial scan of the file by a security solution that happens by default, or within the very moment such programs attempt to launch.”

To protect against cyber threats including malware, Kaspersky recommends keeping to the following guidelines:

  • Do not follow dubious links from letters, messages in instant messengers or SMS
  • Regularly install updates for the operating system and applications
  • Install applications only from official stores
  • Use complex and different passwords for accounts
  • Regularly copy important data from your device to the cloud, to a USB flash drive or hard drive
  • Do not give applications access to those functions that they do not need
  • Install a reliable security solution such as Kaspersky Internet Security (https://bit.ly/3168MCA)

In addition, companies are encouraged to provide training to improve cyber literacy among their employees. For example, the automated platform Kaspersky ASAP (https://bit.ly/3cZ8frF) helps to develop safe behaviour skills and form sustainable cybersecurity habits. The solution allows the company to assess the current knowledge of an employee in the field of cybersecurity, and in accordance with this, determine the set of skills that the employee needs, depending on job duties and risk profile, and build a timetable for the program.

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Roaddo Set to Unveil e-Commerce App for Nigerian Market

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  • Creates one app for multiple on-demand services

Photo of the Roaddo team: Joyce Onyegbula, Marketing & Communications Manager; Chisom Ezeani, Marketing & Communications Associate; Fred Adun, Founder/Visioner, Roaddo; Felicitas Obiefuna, Quality Assurance Lead, and Nosa Adun, Operations Manager at the media parley held in Lagos on Thursday, 18th March 2021.

Roaddo, a digital ecosystem which connects buyers and sellers and also offers instant delivery of goods and services is proud to announce the go-live date of the Roaddo App slated for the 6th of April, 2021.

The Roaddo App is conceived to ensure the convenience of the shopper and to unlock market access to the sellers and service providers.

Commenting on the Roaddo App, the founder /visioner, Fred Adun revealed that aside the convenient shopping experience for buyers, the Roaddo App will also address widespread youth unemployment by giving Nigerians a platform where they can leverage their skills to sustainably earn a living.

“In addition to unlocking market access, Roaddo had also leveraged technology to affordably make a variety of on-demand services; including cab rides, hourly help, beauty services and artisans readily available to Nigerians”, Adun revealed.

With over 60 products and services available on the Roaddo App, the discerning shopper with an uncompromising eye for quality is assured of convenience, ease of access and prompt delivery to preferred locations, thereby elevating the shopping experience.

Roaddo, a wholly Nigerian brand offers buyers a chance to shop from the comfort of their homes and have the items delivered within one hour.  With our network of partners and service providers, our commitment is to ease logistic challenges encountered by buyers as well as to offer prompt and efficient delivery of goods and services.

“When life gets busier, get back some “me time” with the Roaddo; a multiple on-demand services app”, Adun enthused.

With the current public health challenge, Roaddo app is a timely solution to ensure exposure to crowded spaces remain limited while goods and services remain readily accessible to buyers.

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