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NITDA Enhances AI Developers In Abuja

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The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy has opened the application for the group training of Artificial Intelligence (AI) developers in Abuja. NITDA on Wednesday disclosed that the application opened in a statement on X (formerly Twitter) with the agency also saying that the group training is for the Cohort 11 AI developers. “The free monthly program at National Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (NCAIR), Abuja, aligns with NITDA’s goal to train one million Nigerian developers,” the statement read.

Nigeria Set To Exploit AI For Research – Minister

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Minister of Communication, Innovation and Digital Economy, Dr Bosun Tijani said Nigeria need to develop a national strategy to harness the power of Artificial Intelligence for its sustainable growth. The Minister made this known when he shared a document titled, ‘Co-creating a National Artificial Intelligence Strategy for Nigeria’ on his X handle today saying the AI should be viewed as a multi-purpose technology transforming production and service delivery, with a potential to impact positively on Nigerian economy and social growth.

Unemployment: King Charles’s NGO, Prince Trust To Train Nigerians

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A non-profit organization, Prince’s Trust International (PTI), founded by King Charles III of England, has been launched in Lagos State, Nigeria to address the urgent issue of youth unemployment emergency. The launch was graced by high-profile functionaries, including the Deputy British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Ben Llewellyn-Jones. Llewellyn-Jones during the event stated that PTI’s is programmed to bridge existing skills gap through training of the youths to be more proficient in skill.

MTN Cut off 4.2 million Subscribers after NIN Linkage Deadline

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Mobile Telephone Network (MTN) has cut off services from 4.2 million users of its network following its refusal to link Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) with National Identity Numbers (NINs) after the February 28th deadline. The firm disclosed this in its Earning Report for the year ended December 31, 2023. It noted that 19 million lines on its network are currently being verified, and 4.3 million have been verified as of February 2024. MTN said, “We also had approximately 4.2 million lines disconnected for which the subscribers did not submit their NIN. Several of these lines were low-value subscribers, minimizing the revenue impact.

NDPC Investigates 17 Major Cases of Data Breach

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The Nigeria Data Protection Commission (NDPC) has disclosed that it is investigating 17 major cases of data breaches which reportedly occurred across different sectors such as finance, government etc. This disclosure was made by Dr Vincent Olatunji, the National Commissioner/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the NDPC during the Global Data Privacy Day, where he stated that the Commission had received over 1000 complaints of data breach, resulting in investigations.

Johannisson Emerges Rack Centre New CEO

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Rack Centre, West Africa’s Carrier and Cloud neutral data centre has announced the appointment of Lars Johannisson as its new chief executive officer. Johannisson, an accomplished leader with extensive experience in transformative industries, assumes the role effective January 2024. According to the group chief officer of Rack Centre, Jasper Lankhorst, the company Is excited to welcome Lars into the leadership team of Rack Centre with his wealth of experience and robust industry knowledge.

Tecno Announces New AI Assistance In Latest HiOS Update  

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Tecno Mobile has once again pushed the boundaries of technological innovation with the announcement of its latest operating system update, focusing mainly on artificial intelligence (AI) to enhance user experience. The new HiOS update promises to redefine how users interact with their Tecno smartphones, promising a slew of AI-enhanced features aimed at improving functionality, customization, and overall device performance. The latest HiOS update signifies Tecno’s commitment to leveraging AI technology to deliver a smarter, more efficient mobile experience. From professional-grade camera settings to smart network management and language translation capabilities, Tecno aims to equip its users with the tools they need to navigate the digital world effortlessly.

2Africa Subsea Cable Lands Akwa Ibom

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Days after being declared public interest in Portugal, the 2Africa submarine fibre optic cable, will links Europe, Asia, and Africa has landed in Qua Iboe, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria. The cable, dubbed the largest cable project in the world is measured at 45,000-kilometre. According to Minister of Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy, Bosun Tijani, via his X handle wrote: “This is a significant milestone that has been delivered with the support of President Bola Tinubu, whose directive to all relevant agencies to support the ease of approvals was critical to the successful landing of this cable in Akwa Ibom, a first for the Niger Delta region,”

EU Begins Investigation Into TikTok's Possible Online Content Breaches

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The European Union has launched a formal investigation into possible online content breaches by TikTok, including content rules safeguarding children. The EU's executive arm, the European Commission, said it had opened official proceedings against the Chinese-owned short video platform over a potential breach of the Digital Services Act (DSA). EU industry chief Thierry Breton in an X post on Monday said he took the decision after analysing the short video app's risk assessment report and its replies to requests for information. He said protection of children was a "top enforcement priority" for the DSA. “As a platform that reaches millions of children and teenagers, TikTok must fully comply with the DSA and has a particular role to play in the protection of minors online,” Breton said. “We are launching this formal infringement proceeding today to ensure that proportionate action is taken to protect the physical and emotional well-being of young Europeans. We must spare no effort to protect our children.”

Climate Change: NASA Launches New Mission To Aid Study


The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has launched a new satellite mission to study ocean health, air quality, and the effects of climate change. The new mission known as PACE, the Plankton, Aerosol, Climate, and Ocean Ecosystem satellite, launched aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.

Bolt To Empower Female Drivers in Nigeria


Mobility and ride-hailing service provider, Bolt has committed N1.25 billion to empower female drivers in Nigeria. The commitment is part of a new campaign launched by the mobility service provider called ‘Women at the Wheel’ which seeks to address the under-representation of women in the mobility sector. The campaign seeks to help women access the additional earning opportunities provided by working as a driver on a ride-hailing platform.

Mobile Subscriptions Hit 222 Million - NCC


The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC has revealed that the total number of subscribers rose from 195.13 million as of December 2021 to 222.23 million. The commission added that the growth signifies a complete shake-off in the decline that plagued the telecoms industry in 2021 when the total number of mobile subscriptions dropped by 4.42 per cent from 204.15 million in December 2020 to 195.13 million in December 2021.