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NCC: It’s untrue that 95.7m SIM cards have been rendered invalid



The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has denied reports that 95.7 million subscriber identification module (SIM) data have been rendered invalid as a result of poor technology.

In a chat with journalists, Sunday Dare, NCC commissioner for stakeholder management, said the commission is currently verifying data of subscribers across the country.

He said the subscriber data so far captured by mobile network operators (MNOs) are being cleaned-up, verified and harmonised in accordance with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) act and as directed by the federal executive council.

Dare said it is the usual global practice for subscriber data to undergo the normal process of verification.

“The operators, at the point of registration, are expected to capture specific data – biometrics (picture and fingerprint), name, address etc. Once they capture it, they put it together, and from time to time, they send it to NCC through secure electronic means,” he said.

The NCC commissioner explained that upon getting the data to the central system, the commission verifies what has been submitted by the operators as has always been the case.

According to him, “we issued subscriber registration regulations in 2011 together with registration specifications and these have remained substantially the same since then.

“What we now have is an additional layer of verification via a presidential directive and an enabling law – that all data-collecting agencies of government should harmonise their data with NIMC – because statutorily it is only NIMC that has the powers to create a national citizens’ database. So, NCC falls within the category of data collecting agencies.

“So, as we collect SIM registration data, FRSC collects (for drivers’ licence), immigration collects (for International Passport), etc. – they said to submit everything to NIMC.”

Dare added that there is no “serious problem” with SIM data, as the NCC is working with network operators to correct any identified gap.

“In simple terms, NIMC has a statutory duty to create a national citizens’ database and it has been approved by FEC that NCC and all data collecting agencies should submit their data to NIMC for harmonization,” he said.

“Don’t forget that INEC has over 88 million records of peoples’ data for permanent voters card (PVC) – the same way we also have data of people that have SIM cards.”

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FirstBank Hits N1 Trillion In Transactions Processed Through Its Firstmonie Network



Nigeria’s premier financial services provider and Bank of first choice, First Bank of Nigeria Limited has announced that its Firstmonie network has processed a cumulative transaction value of N1 trillion from its relaunch in January 2018. The network also achieved nationwide coverage in record time, enabling access to financial services for many locations that never had a way for its residents to access financial services. This is in line with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)’s objective of bringing banking services close to all Nigerians, irrespective of where they live.

FirstBank’s Firstmonie service provides financial/banking solutions to rural and semi-urban locations across the country, such as account opening, cash deposit, cash withdrawals, airtime purchase, bill payments and much more. Through this channel, the Bank is committed to providing convenient services that endears trust and provides ease of access to banking products, thereby saving time and travel costs for users of our network.

According to Dr. Adesola Adeduntan, the Chief Executive Officer, First Bank of Nigeria Limited; “The Firstmonie scheme is supporting the Federal Government’s empowerment and job creation agenda as over 22,000 Nigerians, through this scheme, contribute to the increased economic activities of their neighborhoods. Our partner network is growing and we are particularly delighted about the progress we are making in actively driving nationwide Financial Inclusion, exposing communities to opportunities for growth, jobs, empowerment, and improved live conditions. Yet again, we are delighted to score another first in promoting financial inclusion in the country.”

“We appreciate our partner network and remain committed to working together to achieve even greater impact on the lives of Nigerians”, he concluded

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Ntel appoints new managing director



NatCom Development; Investment Ltd., operators of the Ntel 4G/VoLTE Network says it has appointed Babatunde Omotoba as its Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer.

The Acting General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Ntel, Damian Udeh, said on Monday in Lagos that the appointment was with effect from May 7.

Mr Udeh said until the appointment as the CEO, Mr Omotoba had served for three years as a high performing non-Executive Director at ntel, on various committees of the board.

He said Mr Omotoba would take over from Ernest Akinlola who recently resigned as the Managing Director/CEO.

According to him, Mr Omotoba is a seasoned administrator with over 30 years of General Management, Telecoms, Transportation, Power, Aviation, Financing, Private Equity, Investment, Due Diligence, Auditing, Consulting, Construction and Structural Engineering experience.

”As the Group Chief Operating Officer of Ancestral Holdings for four years, he managed various group companies in various sectors including: Telecoms, Financial Services, Construction and Transportation, Power, Real Estate; among others.

”He has also executed various safety critical infrastructural projects in the aviation sector of the Nigerian economy, including the Total Radar Coverage of Nigeria Airspace.

”As an investor, he structured and invested more than $200 million in over 12 projects with total transaction size in excess of $1.2 billion in the United States of America and in Nigeria.

”As an accountant, he managed due diligence reviews, and performed audits, fraud investigations, financial consulting, and diagnostic reviews.

”He also carried out value-for-money review for the over $1 billion Nigerian Government Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF) consulting contracts,” he said in a statement.

Mr Udeh said Mr Omotoba assisted in developing the planning and budgeting, financial reporting and assets and liabilities management programmes for one of the largest banks in Nigeria.

He said as an engineer, Mr Omotoba worked as Resident Construction and Structural Engineer on several Nigerian government infrastructural projects in eight states of Nigeria and in Kubwa, Maitama and Asokoro Districts of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Mr Udeh said Mr Omotoba had held diverse positions across various sectors: Manager in Arthur Andersen (now KPMG Professional Services) and Nigeria Office; Vice President, Private Equity at Smith Whiley & Co. in the United States of America.

He said the new CEO was also the Head, Private Equity and Secretary to the Investment Committee of Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) in Nigeria, before his appointment as Honourable Minister and member, Federal Executive Council, Federal Republic of Nigeria in December 2008.

According to Mr Udeh, Mr Omotoba was a Member of the Governing Council of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and National Council on Privatisation (NCP).

”He served as a Senior Adviser to Africa Finance Corporation.

”A well sought after speaker both at home and abroad, Babatunde Omotoba has a Bachelor of Engineering Degree (B.Eng) in Civil Engineering with “First Class Honours” from the University of Benin (Nigeria).

”He also has an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University (USA), where he majored in Finance, Entrepreneurship, Management Strategy and Real Estate.

”He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (FCA); Member of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (MNSE) and an Associate member of Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (ACIT),” he said.

Mr Udeh said Mr Omotoba started his career in 1987 as Trainee Structural Engineer with Civ-Structs Associates, Kaduna (Nigeria), where he designed and supervised various projects including Central Bank Staff Housing in Birnin Kebbi Road, Sokoto.

Mr Omotoba is currently the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Ancestral Holdings, a conglomerate with over $2 billion in investments.


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MTN Nigeria gets new chief technical officer



MTN Nigeria says it has appointed Mohammed Rufai as its chief technical officer.

In a statement released on Monday, the telecommunications company said Rufai would be responsible for its technology strategy, design and plan all its network operations.

Rufai, who joined MTN Group in 2002, is a graduate of Computer Science from the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi and has certifications from Cranfield University, Duke Corporate Education, India and the Lagos Business School.

Prior to this appointment, Rufai worked with MTN Group where he was the general manager, Technology in South East Africa and Ghana region.

He joined MTN Nigeria as an RF/BTS support engineer in Kano and became a general manager by 2009. By 2015, he was appointed
chief technical officer for MTN Ghana.

Commenting on the appointment, Mazen Mroue, MTN Nigeria’s chief operating officer, said, “We are excited to welcome Mohammed home from his excursion across the continent.

“From the beginning, he has demonstrated professionalism in all engagements, and a drive to improve processes and outcomes continuously. His extensive experience and leadership will serve us well.”

Rufai’s appointment is effective from May 1.

On Friday, MTN Group announced the appointment of a new chief executive officer and board including Lamido Sanusi, emir of Kano and former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria.

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