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Reasons FG must salvage SMEs

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efore long,many technology companies may begin to fold up due to lack of activity or business contracts.
Recently, some local Business Process outsourcing(BPO),firms are lamenting that bussinesses are being handed over to foreigners, who in turn are muscling them out of business.
BPO, according to wikipeadia, is the practice of performing tasks, providing services or manufacturing products for another company.
BPO is a subset of outsourcing that involves the contracting of the operations and responsibilities of a specific business process to a third-party service provider.
Some couple of days ago,over 4,000 staffs were disengaged from MTN outsourced call centre:Communication Network Support Services Limited (CSNNL), because of contract expiration.
The call centre was outsourced in 2008 CSNNL, but after a peach recently, it lost to iSON, an indian firm.
The list of mass sack is endless in the industry and these people are being returned to the labour market, which is a major reason for the federal government to salvage future collapse of some of these companies.
Meanwhile, at a recent stakeholders’forum organised by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Information and Communications Technology (ICT) stakeholders, disclosed that there is need to review existing local content policy in ICT,which was drafted in 2013, with a view to fine-tuning it, for better presentation at the National Assembly, for speedy passage into law.
According to a member of the House of Representatives, Honorable Oghene Emma Egoh, who raised concerns over the implications of not having a Local Content Development Law in ICT, called on stakeholders to expedite action in the formulation and presentation of local content bill in ICT before the National Assembly and assured stakeholders of speedy hearing of such bill, either as an executive bill or a private bill.
Stakeholders are troubled because Nigerians are losing jobs and contracts in the ICT sector to foreigners that are doing businesses in Nigeria, which they said have resulted in capital flight and heavy depletion of the Nigerian economy.
They heaped the blame on the lack of  Local Content Development Act for ICT, which could have protected the interests of Nigerians and Nigerian-owned businesses, if it had existed.
Speaking on phone to Daily Sun, a stakeholder,Chairman Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (Alton),Mr Gbenga Adebayo, government must protect local content, there must be a law that should protect smaller companies , if not disengagements will continue to happen.
“Bigger companies have the financial strength to kill smaller ones and this could be the end of some of these companies”.
On the implications of not having an existing local content law in ICT, National Coordinator, Office for Nigerian Content Development in ICT, Mr. Inye Kemabonta, said, it will spell doom for the sector if not urgently addressed. He called on all stakeholders to rise to the challenge and ensure that the issue of local content in ICT is addressed to a logical conclusion, in order to encourage fair competition and to protect the interests of Nigerians and their businesses.
The stakeholders were worried that licensed telecoms operators in the county are majorly foreigners who do business in Nigeria by bringing in foreign staff to handle the jobs that Nigerians could successfully handle, if given the opportunity.
The stakeholders also blamed the Nigerian government for licensing more of foreign operators in the ICT sector, at the detriment of local investors that have small businesses in the country.
The former President of the Association of Telecoms Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), Lanre Ajayi, also expressed worries over the manner at which Nigerians are losing ICT jobs and contracts to foreign companies.

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Mobile phone safety for kids

As a parent, you must take preventive measures to minimise your child’s exposure to the harmful effects of mobile phones. These include:
•Do not give cell phone if your child is under 16 years. A child’s brain is too sensitive to withstand the effects of mobile radiation.
•Do not let your child hold a mobile phone directly up to his head. Use an air-tube headset instead.
•Do not let your child make calls in buses, trains, cars, and elevators. The mobile phone works harder to get the signal out through the metal, which increases the power level.
•Do not let your child use cell phone when the signal is weak. It will increase the power to the maximum, as the phone attempts to connect to a new relay antenna.
•Limit the use of cell phone around children.
•Make sure that there is no mobile phone mast or network tower near your home or your kid’s school.
•Do not let children take mobile phones to school.
•Do not leave mobile phones in your children’s bedroom at night.
•Courtesy: momjunction.com

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What to look for when buying a mobile phone

By Ajibola Olaniyan

Just like the computer, there must be some particular function that a user  needs in a mobile phone before purchasing , and it needs to do with their features. Here are the major phone features: screen type, screen size, connectivity, battery size, operating system and software version.   Screen type/ size  Just as your television at home, so is the phone screen type. It has Liquid Crystal Display (LCD), Light Emitting Diode (LED) and Thin Film Transistor (TFT).
A LED TV is just a new generation of LCD TV. The difference is that an LED TV is not using fluorescent tubes, but rather a series of light emitting diodes (LEDs), while TFT elements are directly deposited into a substrate that is usually made of glass instead of the traditional semiconductor creation process. TFT produces better images and are less prone to crosstalk compared to traditional LCD.
We have different sizes of screen phones, this has nothing to do with their makes of capacities but rather as Original Equipments Manufacturers (OEMs) wanted it,  for instance, 2.4 inch, 3.5 inch,  4.1 inch, 4.5 inch, 5.1 inch, 5.5 inch, 6.1 inch and  6.5 inch. The implication is simply that the bigger the screen, the bigger the phone.

Connectivity  
Infrared, Wireless (Wi-Fi), Bluetooth, Mobile Hotspot Tethering, and so on. Most of the early mobile phones come with Infrared (slow in sharing) and most of them are fading away from the market, the recent ones are replaced with Bluetooth (fast in sharing), wireless is used for internet connectivity for browsing while hotspot is used for internet sharing connectivity.

Battery size
Battery size determine the type of phone: feature or smart phoneThe multiple the valves in the engine the faster is moves and the higher the fuel consumption, just as it is in the vehicles, same way with phone, the multiple the features the higher the battery consumption. For instance you cannot compare the battery consumption of a phone you are using to browse with the phone only meant for calls. That is why the phones are made that the higher the features of a phone the higher its battery capacity.

Operating system
Just as your computers with different operating system, so are the mobile phones too. We have four major mobile phone operating system  (OS), Microsoft Windows, Android, Blackberry, and Symbian, but they have similar features. Examples of Microsoft Windows phones are HTC, Samsung, Nokia, LG and so on. Some of Android phones are Nexus, Nokia, Infinix, HTC, Samsung, Apple iphone, LG e.t.c. Few of Blackberry phones are Blackberry Bold, Blackberry Curve, Blackberry Torch, Blackberry Passport, Blackberry Porsche and many others. Examples of Symbian phones are majorly on Nokia phones like Nokia C-series, Nokia E-series, Nokia N-series, Nokia X-series amidst of others. However, the OEMs have stopped the production of Symbian OS phones production since 2011.
Meanwhile, all these phones operating systems have their different versions, and the higher their versions the higher their performances


Intel empowers 40,000 girls

By Sampson Unamka

Intel, organiser of the She Will Connect programme, has disclosed that it has been able to reach out to about 40,000 girls in Nigeria in the last 24 months and  would not relent in reaching out to even more.
The company stated this during a recent meeting for its potential partners and the public to intimate them on the success of the programme. According to the Corporate Affairs Manager, Intel Africa, Babatunde Akinlola, the programme was launched in 2014 and the tech firm wants to reduce the disparity “in terms of income, employment, so that women can use technology and the Internet to leverage the state.”
“Our goal was to bridge the digital divide, enable girls get access to the Internet and use the resources on the Internet to improve their well-being.
“Technology is no longer a luxury, it is a necessity, and that is why we believe that if we are able to enable our girls and women, they can change the face of our society,” he said.
Director Digital Empowerment, Intel, Marne Dunn, took a session to showcase the application, which would enable women have easy access to the Internet.
On his part, Intel’s African Programme Manager, Suraj Shah, said the idea behind the event was to let people to know the various gains of having the program, to enable

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12-year-old boy kills landlady as condition to be initiated into a cult

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A 12-year-old boy, who allegedly robbed and killed his landlady at Abraka, Ethiope East Local Government Area, Delta State, yesterday, was among those paraded for various offences by the state Police Command, yesterday.

 

The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Zanna Mohammed, who briefed reporters on the arrest of over 60 kidnappers, robbers, murderers, cultists and ritualists in the last three weeks, said the teenager confessed that he committed the act because a cult group told him that one of the conditions for initiation was that he must have been involved in a criminal act.

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Super Falcons striker, Asisat Oshoala, comes to Falz defence with regards to statement about glorifying fraudsters

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Nigerian professional footballer, Asisat Oshoala, who plays as a forward in the Chinese Women’s Super league for Dalian Quanjian F.C., took to her Instagram to express deep concern about how people are now proud to be fraudsters.

 

 

In Falz’ defense, she insisted fraudsters shouldn’t be glorified.

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Zimbabwean Church leader in s*x scandal as photos naked photos and sex acts with 33 girls is exposed

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A Zimbabwean church leader, Nyasha Light Nyatsungo is enmeshed in a sex scandal and might also be facing legal action, after his ex-girlfriend flooded social media with his nude photo.
It was gathered that the Nyatsungo allegedly sent a nude picture of his Cape Town based ex–side chick, Shingi Mavenge, to his other girlfriend only identified as Beula who later broadcasted it on social media.
According to H-Metro, in an apparent fit of rage, Mavenge posted a WhatsApp chat she had with Nyatsungo’s wife identified as Nyasha Nhahumbi as well as a group chat with some of her former lover’s concubines.
According to Mavenge, she has gotten information that Nyatsungo has at least 33 girlfriends and has ditched his wife of eight years.
She adds that Nyatsungo bedded a girl who was their neighbour as well.
Mavenge said that the church leader’s wife revealed that they even consulted their local pastor in Mutare who failed in his attempts to mend Nyatsungo’s ways.
According to H-Metro, Nyatsungo, a married father of two, has denied ever circulating the picture, labelling Mavenge as a bitter woman whom he just flirted with on Facebook and nothing more.
“This Nyasha guy must be stopped in his tracks. He is going to pay for all the damage that he has done to me. He was the only one who had that leaked picture and I am shocked why he would forward it to some other girl,” fumed Mavhenge who is working on taking legal action.
 
“I started dating this guy in 2015 and never knew he was married. He lied.”  fumed Mavenge yesterday.
“That guy is full of lies and at some point, we opened a group chat with his wife and some of his girlfriends. He normally targets single mothers” added Mavenge.
H-Metro was furnished with six other cellphone numbers of his girlfriend that include Fadzai, Mutsa, Essy, Juliana, Barbra among others. Mutsa confirmed she once had a relationship with Nyatsungo have since terminated it since she discovered he was married.
Mavenge confirmed they met once in Johannesburg when she had to fly from Cape Town to meet her man sometime in April.
“That night he didn’t even have money. I had to pay the R800 for the accommodation as he had no money. He wanted to have sex with me but I flatly refused. He even wanted it without protection and I said No. he looked terrible with clothes in a plastic shopping bag. I want to write a letter to Pastor Rex who is the head of (the church) in Harare so that this guy be stopped with his tricks and lies,” added Mavenge.
When contacted over the phone in Mutare Nyatsungo confirmed he knew Mavenge but never had a relationship with her.
“I know her and we once flirted on Facebook. We never had a relationship as she is alleging. I don’t know why she is bitter. I haven’t seen the nude pictures she is talking about but I heard about it from Beula. We live in a democratic country. She can go ahead and sue me if she feels her rights have been infringed upon. All the allegations she is making are false and I don’t know her motive in trying to tarnish my image,” said Nyatsungo.
He said he was still with his wife whose phone rang without response yesterday afternoon. Despite his denials, H-metro was furnished with pictures of Nyatsungo and Mavenge, the time they met in April.

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