Sunday, 3 February 2019

First Edition of Glocalisation and Branding Summit to hold in Abuja

No fewer than 1000 firms and industry stakeholders, including Small and Medium scale Enterprises (SMEs) will next month gather at the first edition of  “Glocalisation and Branding Summit,”  in Abuja. 

Speaking about the event, themed “Accessing Global Markets Using Local Creativity and Personal Branding,” Chief Executive Officer, Vivacity PR, Kemi Areola noted that the free-to-attend event, which is a Corporate Social Responsibility of the organisation, would bring together global and local brands to explore areas of synergy, discuss financial options, impacts of technology and social media on branding and techniques that would make brands stand out.

Areola said “Glocalisation and Branding Summit,” would enable companies showcase their products and services and foster synergy that would address challenges confronting brands across the world.
She noted that branding remained critical barrier to the growth of most organisations, adding that the platform would enable businesses to network and develop strategies that would enhance the visibility of their products and services.

According to her, discounted media publicity would be provided to interested firms to enable them showcase their services and products, while they are able to take advantage of the a goodie bag initiative of the firm, where FREE products and services would be advertised at the event holding in Abuja in March this year.

“We encourage organisations to get involved.  The event cuts across all the sectors of the economy. We are looking forward to partner with as many companies as possible, especially through sponsorships. As at the third week of January, over 300 firms had registered for the event,” Areola said.

She stated that though the maiden edition of the event would be hosted in Nigeria’s capital city of Abuja, the programme would be hosted in cities across the world in subsequent editions.

Register FREE! to attend: Click here

Kingsley Jeremiah
Business Reporter 
The Guardian

GBSng19, organised by Vivacity PR, is the first ever Glocalisation and Branding Summit in Nigeria, designed to assist organisations with strategies on how to brand their business image for both global and local markets.

The Summit will target SMEs, Intrapreneurs, Entrepreneurs and Multinational organisations with the aim of creating strong and sustainable business alliances across a number of key sectors — ICT, PR, Fashion, Cosmetics, Automobile, Art, Law, Finance, Culture & Tourism, Retail, Hotel & Hospitality, Education, Mining, Renewable Energy, Infrastructural Development, Real Estate, Health, and more.

The Summit is scheduled to take place on 7th March, 2019 at NAF Conference Centre, Abuja. The following day, will give host to an executive dinner for a small number of participants.

Our Mission:

To reinforce Nigerian brand images by amplifying local communication strategies to create awareness in global markets.

Theme: Accessing Global Markets using local creativity and personal branding


Vivacity PR is a global company within local reach headquartered in Nigeria but diligently serving clients in Africa, Europe, USA and beyond.

We specialise in building and protecting reputations with effective and affordable communications and promotions. We use intelligent, highly targeted/focused PR and marketing campaigns to achieve desired results.

We also provide a full professional public relations service utilising a wide range of skills, spanning over a ten-year practical experience.


Opportunity to liaise with and provide services to, over 1000 businesses in attendance and online followers.

For more detailed information, please contact us on +2349095635227 or send an email to


Monday, 24 September 2018

Best of Nigeria Investment Expo to be held at Excel, London on 3rd & 4th Oct 2018

Nigeria Investment Gateway Limited ( and Codub Group of Companies ( will together be hosting the largest Nigerian investment Expo #BONIE2018 ( on the 3rd and 4th October 2018 at the ExCel London. 

This promises to be a sellout event with support from Nigeria Investment Promotion Council (NIPC), which is the Federal Government Agency established in 1995 to promote, co-ordinate and monitor all investments in Nigeria. 

“Nigeria Investment Gateway (NIG) currently has a portfolio of over $1bn from her investing partners and is inviting Nigerian owned SMEs and Entrepreneurs to come to the first ever Sole Investment Exhibition in London designed to bring Senior Nigerian Government Officials and Successful Entrepreneurs together with Key Investors from across sectors and continents”. 

With additional support from the Nigerian-British Chamber of Commerce (NBCC), there is no reason to miss this must-attend event in London. NBCC is the foremost bilateral Chamber in Nigeria with the objective to promote trade and Investment between Nigeria and Britain since its establishment in 1977. With affiliation to the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), it gives her access to a network of 52 chambers of commerce across the UK and the commonwealth. 

Following the recent visits to Nigeria from the leaders of the global economy ranging from President Emmanuel Macron of France, Prime Minister Theresa May of the United Kingdom and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, it reiterates the massive investment opportunities that exists within Nigeria and highlights the growing interest of the European countries to expand their trade network and engage with the Nigerian economy POST BREXIT. 

Lanre Osibona SSA to President on ICT  
"I want to contribute in making the 4th Industrial Revolution, Nigeria's own revolution.
Nigeria will be a hub for young, vibrant and energetic Skilled Workforce for the #4IR".

Kanu Foundation bolsters philanthropy with business and insights 

“As a Director and Ambassador for the Nigeria Investment Gateway Limited and Founder of Kanu Heart Foundation, I am keen to promote Nigeria and Nigerian businesses to investors as well as raise funds for worthwhile heart-related causes.
I will be at #BONIE2018 #BestofNigeria on the 3rd and 4th of October 2018 and would love to meet you there and share ideas on how we can drive investment into Nigeria. 


To gain more insight on Investment Opportunities and to understand why there is the sudden surge in interest by world leaders to invest in Nigeria you are invited to attend Best of Nigeria Investment Exhibition BONIE2018. 

Exhibitors and Sponsors will have access to our investors and ‘Deal Rooms’ and so we advise that you book your exhibitor space(s) now! 

There will be plenty of advice on expanding businesses and a unique opportunity to meet genuine investors in an international environment. It is essential to come if you are looking for investment or funding for a project or business idea. 

For investors, it will be an impressive showcase of the virtually untapped opportunities available across many sectors. Nigeria is Africa’s largest nation, with vast mineral resources, agriculture produce, and fantastic tourist attractions, yet still has some amazing investment opportunities. 

NIGL look forward to welcoming you, along with many very high-profile invited guests, to The Best of Nigeria Investment Exhibition, BONIE, at the Excel, London on the 3rd and the 4th of October.


Best of Nigeria Investment Exhibition (BONIE2018)NIE is organised by Nigeria Investment Gateway (NIG)—a company registered both in the United Kingdom and Nigeria with offices currently in London, Abuja and Lagos and CODUB Group of Companies. We also function as an important gateway platform for potential investment and business opportunities; thereby facilitating substantial increase in Foreign Direct Investments into the Nigerian Economy. NIG is established with the purpose of enabling socio-economic inclusion, business and community engagement and development amongst Nigerians in the diaspora through a range of economic activities, including a prestigious annual investment exhibition and a series of seminars showcasing why Nigeria is ripe and ready for foreign investments post-Brexit.

The Co-Host, CODUB and our main supporter The British International Institute for Leadership and Management (BIILM) are experienced in organising large international events and have been hosting events since 2009 in the UK and Nigeria.


Thanks to all our sponsors and supporters including El-Rehob Corporate Business Consultants, CDP Partnership Limited, Shamar Educational Foundation, RAPHBAMY Nigeria, NVIS, Vivacity PR, Kogi State, Bayelsa State, Delta State, World International Forum for Women, NIPC, NBCC, The Training Room Hire Company, London Chamber of Commerce, British Expertise International, AFFORD, Business Day, Financial Nigeria, Guardian Nigeria, Glam Africa, Nigeria Magazine, Africa Investor, The Voice Media UK, and many more…


Date: Wednesday 3rd – Thursday 4th October 2018

Venue: Platinum Suite, ExCel London, E16 1XL, UK

Register your media interest here:

For further information and press enquiries please email or contact:

Nigeria: Kemi Areola, Pubic Relations +234 8137603115| +234 90 95635227

UK: Dee Broni, Marketing and Business Development Director +44 203 086 8187 | +44 7538 848 855.

Friday, 2 March 2018

An Open Letter to Me

Hello Miss Vivacious,

I would like to let you know that, this child here is a woman I truly admire.
Her tenacious spirit to me, is one of a kind. 
I've seen her weep and wail cos she can no longer take the pain. 
I've seen her fall down so many times, she might as well just live on the ground. 
I've been there when she questioned the essence of her existence and purpose to life. 
I've been there when she has gone though things you can't even imagine. 
But true to her blessed child, Jesus baby, forever smiling style I've seen her rise. 
I've seen her soar. I've seen her do things that even she didn't know she was capable of. 
I've seen blessings fall on her and I've watched her bust her gut to get through in a world she didnt care to be in. 
On the day 27-02-18,  I'm mad proud of who she has become through hardwork, dedication and His blessings. I love you Oluwafolakemi and I'm scared of the greatness you will one day thrust upon my shoulders cos each and every day you continue to amaze me but I sure know we are beyond capable . Happy birthday darling, don't ever let anyone tell you, you have to settle for less or you aren't good enough. Dont ever let anyone clip your wings and beat down your spirit.
Baby girl I implore you to keep your eyes on the ball and make sure you don't leave this world without contributing your all to making it a better place.

Oluwafolakemi Vivacity

Vivacious hailings to those who continue to root for me and women just like me. Be all you can be peoples. 💋
#Myjourney #Mystory #Mypain #Myjoy #Mycommitment #Myday

Thursday, 2 November 2017

FLOSS SIGNATURES TABLET-PC- Best Npower Tablet Device In Terms of Battery Strength

With the high level of technological advancements globally, most countries of the world have resorted to the production and consumption of Gadgets, Automobiles, Electronics, Appliances to mention but a few for self-consumption and distribution to other countries.

In a bid to follow this good trend, a group of young talented Nigerians came up with their very own idea of producing Tablets-PCs and Mobile phones for local consumption within the country. Part of this led to the invention of FLOSS SIGNATURES TABLET-PC

FLOSS SIGNATURES Tablet-PC birthed out of our very own Country Nigeria and they are best known for their unique products ranging from Tablet PC, Mobile phones and coming soon will be Floss Laptop computers.

FLOSS SIGNATURES Tablet-PC has been underground for a while now with works like deployment of E-Learning Tablets to Schools, Branding to specification (including school and company Logo, branding on OS and at the back cover of the Tablet). With their unique features, they are geared towards taking over the Nigerian/African Tablet-PCs and Mobile phone industry.

FLOSS SIGNATURES is currently involved in several projects like the ongoing Federal Government Job creation initiative (N-Power) and the distribution of E-Learning tablets to private schools across the country.

is one of the eight (8) available gadgets N-Power Nigeria is making available for selection for its volunteers in all the Batches recruitment and FLOSS Tablet-PC have been reviewed to be the best. Here is a list of the key features of Floss Signature Tablet-PCs;

1) 7500 mAh Non-removable Battery
If you’re after a Tablet that will give you longer time on your online business platforms, typing of an official memo, social media and other official and unofficial assignments, Floss Signature should be your choice. No any other N-Power device has 7500mah battery Life and the duration can take you up for close to more than half a day on social media.

2) 10.1-inch screen size, 800*1280 resolution

With the 10.1-inch screen size and 800*1280 resolutions, Floss Tablet-PCs are big enough for anyone to use with the fonts and images bold making viewing easy. Architects for example, this is a good gadget that would enable professional sketches and designs for Clients and they also come in handy and fit easily into handbags, briefcases, back packs and they can be easily carried around

3) 5MP front camera

With the 5 Megapixel front camera, images and videos are captured in good quality and this can serve as a great tool for video calls, official recordings, video call meeting and eyewitness stories. (Mostly common in the field of Journalism)

4) 8 MP back/rear camera with LED flash (Upgradeable to 13MP on request)

The 8 Megapixel back/rear camera with LED flash come in handy mostly at night or cases where there is power outage or environments without electricity, the Led flash will automatically come on when the camera is turned on and snapshots or recordings won’t be a problem. The 8 megapixel aids high quality images and videos.

5) 1.3 GHz Quad-core A7 Mediatek Processor

With the 1.3 GHz Quad-core A7 mediatek Processor, you won’t have to worry about power consumption because it enables lower power consumption, higher performance per watt, faster web page load times, high performances for demanding applications, fasting multitasking and higher quality gaming.

6) 2GB RAM (Upgradeable to 4GB based on request)

In the most basic terms, the 2GB Ram is the phone’s workspace area, the temporary, fast access part of the brain it uses to store the applications you’re currently using. The main benefit of having this large space is that more apps can stay open in the background, reducing the endless opening/closing cycle.

7) 32GB internal storage + SD card up to 64 GB

There is little or no doubt that Tablets are the new consoles for Gamers. Three mega-trends are causing this change; ever improving hardware platforms, shifting software business models and consumer’s increasingly high demand for convenience. With the big memory capacity of the Floss Tablet-PC, high quality games can be installed, Medical practitioners can use it as a tool for Medical Records, drugs prescription, pictures, videos, eBooks and many information can stored.

8) 3G Support ( dual sim support)

The 3G dual Sim support allows two Sim cards in the Tablet. It also ensures fast internet connection for browsing.

9) Android 5.1 Lollipop

Android ‘lollipop’ is a codename for the android mobile operating system developed by Google and with the Android 5.1, there is an improvement in the notification which can be accessed from the lock screen and displayed within applications as top-of-the-screen banners.

Floss Signatures specs in details;


· 2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900

· 3G: WCDMA / 2100

· 4G: No



· Back / Primary: 8 MP with LED flash

· Front/ Secondary: 5MP

· Features: Geo-tagging, Auto-focus


· OS: Android 5.1 Lollipop

· Chipset: Mediatek MTK8321

· Processor (CPU) 1.3GHz Quad-core A7 Mediatek Processor

· GPU: PowerVR SGX531MP2


· Type: PS HD Capacity touch screen

· Size: 10.1 inches

· Resolution: 800 by 12980


· Internal: 32GB

· RAM: 2GB (upgradeable to 4GB on request)

· External: SD Card up to 64GB


· WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 /b/g/n, Wifi hotspot

· Bluetooth: Yes 4.0

· GPS: YES with A-GPS

· Radio: YES

· USB: Yes, USB 2.0

· 3.5mm Headphone jack: Yes


· Weight: 640 grams

· Dimension 246 * 175 * 10.2

· Colour: Black/ Silver/ Pink/ Gold


· Capacity: 7500 mAh lithium Battery

· Standby Time: Hours internet use

· Talk Time: -


· GPS: Yes

Contact Floss Signatures:

Friday, 4 August 2017

“SMART CITIES NIGERIA SUMMIT” set to hold on the 8th -9th of August, 2017 at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja

It is a common knowledge that more than fifty four percent of the world’s population live in urban cities. Continued urbanization will add more people to the urban population and invariably more challenges on government to make our cities more efficient, safer and conducive for our citizens.

Our world is becoming instrumented, interconnected and intelligent. The systems and technologies that underpin so much of how the world works are smarter. We live in a time of unprecedented advances in every sector of human endeavour. In the ICT industry of developed economies alone, we are seeing the coming of age of a whole new generation of intelligent systems and technologies: more powerful and accessible than ever before.

Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of our country. We are wrestling with both an infrastructure gap, after years of underinvestment, and an innovation gap from poor innovation performance in the business sector over the years. Improving both is essential to improve our fundamental economic prospects. By linking infrastructure and innovation, we increase the potential to help close both our infrastructure gap and our innovation gap.

Our towns and cities are growing rapidly. This demands innovative approaches. Every State in Nigeria however has its own priorities and challenges. While some cities priority may be the modernizing and improving of their transportation portals, others could be bridging communication gaps by making data available to its citizens through various hot spots across the city.

The Nigerian Smart City Initiative is not a silver bullet or a magic wand from government designed to make all cities and government operation ‘smart’ with one shot. Rather it’s a conscious effort by government, working with the private sector and all other stakeholders to forge a public private partnership to develop scalable, replicable, interoperable and measurable solutions that will make our cities and citizens smarter. It starts by doing simple things, the smart way. One step at a time. That is why we are willing to work and partner with everybody in the IT space towards this project.

IT companies will have the chance to team up with cities and infrastructure companies to help advance smart city/smart infrastructure technologies and systems in Nigeria. It is an opportunity to demonstrate and scale up Nigeria IT innovations and to show how IT can be linked with physical infrastructure to deliver business and public benefits.

In driving the Nigerian Smart Cities Initiative further and as part of the objectives of the Ministry of Communications in ensuring a digital and knowledge based economy for the country, the Ministry, her Parastatals, and other Partners in collaboration with Afritex Initiative is pleased to invite you to the Smart Cities Summit Nigeria scheduled for the 8th-9th August, 2017 at the Congress Hall, Transcorp Hilton Abuja, from 9am daily. The theme of the summit is ‘Leveraging on Technology Solutions To Improve Efficiency of Cities’

The two day multi-stakeholders international summit will among others take a critical look at the level of preparedness, unique challenges, and emerging solutions necessary for a sustainable smart city initiative for the country.

Additionally, the summit will offer huge business opportunities for providers of smart city technologies to exhibit and pitch their solutions and products to Federal, State and Local Government top officials, and private real estate developers who are all expected to attend the summit.

Letters of invite have been extended to Foreign Governments, States and Local Governments, foreign embassies, bilateral organizations and the private sector who are all expected to share their experiences and suggestions towards the Nigerian Smart City Initiative.

In May 2017, The Honourable Minister of  Communications, BARR ABDUR- RAHEEM ADEBAYO SHITTU represented His Excellency, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, [GCON] at the Transform Africa Summit in Rwanda, where he led a delegation of Nigerian ICT stakeholders to network and brainstorm with other African Heads of Foreign Delegations on issues affecting the making of Africa ‘Smarter’.

The Ministers of several West African Countries have indicated interest to attend the summit including Ministers of ICT for Rwanda, Kenya and South Africa to share their personal experience after hosting similar events in their countries. The ‘Smart Cities Summit Nigeria’ initiative is not intended to be a one-off summit. More elaborate technical stakeholder’s engagements will continue to take place with different sectors in the ICT ecosystem well after the summit. We will also continue to work with our partners to design and proffer practical steps and solutions that will assist the Federal Government in formulating a unified and national robust Policy that will have a corresponding implementable framework towards the smart cities Nigeria initiative.

The members of the Local Organizing Committing of the Smart Cities Summit Nigeria have been tasked with the opportunity to reflect the different sectors of smart city development whilst also leveraging on their areas of core competence.

Going forward therefore, the Ministry in collaboration with her Partners and Afritex Initiative, intends to make this summit a yearly event designed to provide a common platform to review progress done, have a better understanding of emerging challenges, diagnose and articulate more responsive and pragmatic solutions, whilst evolving new strategies on our smart cities initiative that will take us to the promised land.

It is pertinent to note again that smart cities are not built by one organization or a sector of government but by a collective effort of all stakeholders.

The global practice usually is to constitute a Consortium made up of critical stakeholders in the smart city space who would come together in a public private partnership model to help drive and implement the project. The Ministry will look into this approach and several other initiatives to determine the best method that is not only effective but also sustainable in line with global trend.

We know that going smart would not be easy. In fact, it is a huge challenge giving the lack of critical infrastructure in the country. Constant power for instance is a major challenge for any smart city initiative for the country. Cheap, clean and dependable power supply is the bedrock of any smart city project. So also, is effective broadband penetration and affordable data service. The Nigerian ICT Road Map 2016-2019, the National Strategic Plan 2016-2024, the broad band policy and the new Power Sector Reforms of this administration, are some of the ways government intends to address these challenges.

There is never a time to be fully ready for a smart city project. It is a process in the wheel of city urbanization and renewal. Nigeria is ready and eager to embark on that process. This does not mean building only new smart cities, it also means making our existing cities and villages more efficient and more effective using technology available at our disposal. Again, doing simple things the smart way, one step at a time!

In order to encourage healthy competition among Cities and States, the Ministry in collaboration with its Partners, will soon launch ‘The Smart City Challenge’. The idea is to encourage Local Governments, Cities, States Governments, and the built industry to take revolutionary steps to go to the level of digital technology. Details of the competition and the prize money will be worked out with our Partners and made available to the press.

In closing, we must always remember that we must put the interest of our nation first in all things that we do, and only the best of things that we do. Nigeria is on a journey of greatness, and together we shall arrive at the destination of our dream.

‘Smart Cities Nigeria Summit’ is set to hold on the 8th -9th of August, 2017 at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja.

God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

for more information



Oluwakemi Ann-Melody Areola
Special Assistant (New Media)
To Honourable Minister of Communications
Federal Republic of Nigeria

Tel: +234 (0) 9095635227

Tuesday, 16 May 2017


When it comes to reasons to visit Lagos, there are lots of it. But one particular reason stands tall for me as to why I'd love to visit Lagos as frequent as possible and I want to share it with you our vivacious readers.

Lagos, or Las Gidi as it is widely referred to by lots of Nigerians, was created way back in May 27th, 1967. Not that you need the history class but still.... Anyway, Lagos is considered to be the most populous state in Nigeria with over 16 million people as of 2015. This figure largely disputes the 2006 general census which cited Lagos to be approximately 9 million people.
Lagos is one of the most popular cities in Africa and the World at large. The economy of Lagos is so good that experts say if Lagos were to be a country, it would be the 5th largest economy in Africa.

Lagos is a city surrounded by the Atlantic ocean, with the third mainland bridge linking the Lagos island and the mainland. It is the longest bridge in Africa.

If you're a Nigerian and you say you've never been to Lagos, people are not hesitant to tell you of how much you're missing out. Even tourists coming into Nigeria on vacation or business desire to visit or stay in Lagos. If you are one such person, who hasn't been to Lagos or you're visiting Lagos on a business trip or vacation, then you must check out the luxurious Sugarland Shortlets and apartments.

Sugarland shortlets and apartments are a 2/3 bedroom apartment located in Ikeja and Ikoyi. It is suitable for individuals, corporate organisations, and families. Each suite is spacious and exquisitely furnished with a separate lounging area, balcony, a kitchen equipped with a microwave, refrigerator, and top class cooking utensils.

Sugarland offers 24hours electricity and security, free Wi-Fi, cable television, swimming pool, bathrooms with running water, heating, shower and bath tub. There isn't a better experience of home away from home.

With over 12 years of experience in hospitality, sugarland shortlets and apartments have mastered the art of delivering comfort to all clients beyond their expectations. Sugarland places heavy emphasis on customer satisfaction, and quality service offering. Which is why all staff are tasked to offer nothing short of excellence in service delivery.

In addition to all these wonderful packages, sugarland also offers cab/car rental services to clients, courtesy of call a cab/car rental services limited.

Call a cab/car rental services was established out of the need for customer safety and ease of travel for your duration of stay in Lagos. From the airport to any choice of your destination in and around Lagos, you will be assigned a luxury ac-filled car and a driver. Care doesn't get better than this. Call a cab also provides services to banks and other corporate organisations.

Now you have another reason to visit Lagos, why not give sugarland a ring on 08023527816, or 0909380275 for bookings and reservations. For more information or inquiries you can also contact or visit their website on, and like the Facebook page sugarland apartments or on instagram as sugarlandapartmentsng.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017


The alliance for affordable Internet (A4AI) is the world's largest technology sector that is responsible for bringing together top government officials, high-flying private sector personnels, and members of the civil society to work as a team for the paramount purpose of reducing the cost of Internet connection, to enable members of the general public easy and affordable access to the web. The A4AI-Nigeria coalition is an institution that stands for the reform of policy and regulations in infrastructure sharing and open access, spectrum, consumer awareness and pricing transparency, and taxation and finance. The meeting holds on Tuesday, the 25th of April, 2017, from 8:30am to 2:00pm. The venue is Sheraton Lagos Hotel in Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria. The meeting is available to all registered stakeholders. It will also include the presentation of the 2017 Global affordability report, and the Africa and Nigeria snapshots. There is also going to be a discussion session on public access and net neutrality, and also updates on the good work so far done by A4AI-Nigeria working groups in handling key barriers to affordability in Nigeria. Don't forget you can also join the multi-stakeholder coalition and one or more of its working groups by signing up on the A4AI-Nigeria page. For inquiries and feedbacks, contact at We hope to see you there.

Sunday, 23 April 2017


The Honourable Minister of Communications, Barr. Adebayo Shittu has said that the ministry is ready to collaborate with the Nigerian Army on Information Communications Technology (ICT).

The Minister said this when he visited the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) recently in Defense Headquarters, Abuja.

Shittu recalled the visit of the COAS some months ago in his Office where the collaboration was first initiated and he deemed it fit to reciprocate the visit in order to further strengthen the collaboration. He said the Ministry is set for the collaboration and all the agencies under the Ministry would be engaged to help in deploying technology in all aspect of the Military activities and operations where necessary.
He commended the achievements made so far under the leadership of the COAS in fighting Boko Haram and other miscreant groups; he however, encouraged him to do more so as to completely wipe out terrorism in the country.

The Minister suggested that the COAS should consider establishing a strong ICT department in the Nigerian Army and Military Academy, assuring him of necessary support to complement his effort in fighting crime and terrorism, stating that war cannot be fought with arms alone but with technology as well.
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen. Tukur Buratai thanked the Minister for finding time out of his tight schedule to reciprocate the visit. He commended the Minister for the good job he is doing in reforming the telecom industry and using ICT to add to the growth of the GDP.
Lt Gen Buratai added that, the role of ICT is key to military operations and also the use of cyber space where today one can fight war or battle right from ones office, stating that this cannot be achieved without the support of the Ministry, hence the collaboration.

Press Office Ministry of Communications
20th April, 2017

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Introducing The 2017 National Conference on Cyber Crime and Financial Fraud

The world is one digital village. Virtually everything we do is done online. We are required to update our personal information online, give out banking details, make online payments, private chats, and lots more.

Unfortunately, there are critical aspects that threaten the efficiency of this advancement in technology, which is a major cause for concern. People are defrauded daily, people loose money online to cyber criminals, and any tom, dick, and harry can easily trace your location and those of your loved ones using your online information.

There are cyber criminals among us, online terrorists, and fraudsters. For this reason, the second annual cyber conference has been organized to enable practitioners, , policy makers, individuals, corporate and telecommunication companies to understand and tackle the lingering issues facing the security of digital information both locally and internationally.

This conference will expose the activities and dangers of transnational organized crimes, cyber security threats, terrorism, money laundering, and so on, and its effect on national security. It will also enable participants to be better equipped in the identification of potential cyber criminals and intended patterns and grant efficient technical responses, policies, and reliable technologies in the prevention and remedy of these threats.

This conference will also highlight the level of financial inclusion in the Nigerian financial sector, as well as the intricacies of mobile payment. The theme for this years' conference has been segmented into three (3) sessions; the first session will discuss the use of technology in securing mobile payment systems, while the second session will be on reducing the threat of cyber crime on Nigerian economy and critical national infrastructure, and the third session will discuss how to use innovation and technology to tackle corruption and financial fraud.

Participants will be exposed to  the common crimes committed online daily, and how they affect the Nigerian society. Participants will be better educated on financial fraud, online abuse, terrorism/terrorist funding, money laundering (which is evident in so many organizations), corruption, kidnapping, trafficking in illicit drugs and persons, armed robbery, oil theft, sexual exploitation, and so many more.

This year promises to be fully packed, with various practitioners and researchers from various fields coming together under one roof. It will also involve interactive sessions with both international and national regulatory law enforcement institutions and technology companies. Participants also stand a chance in gaining opportunities with government, businesses, and civil societies.

Meet some of our speakers for this years' conference;

LAWAL MUSA DAURA, Director-General Department of State Security Services

Lawal Musa Daura mni (born August 5, 1953) is the acting Director General of the Nigerian State Security Service following Ita Ekpeyong’s dismissal on July 2, 2015 by Muhammadu Buhari, the President of Nigeria.

He was born on August 1953 in Daura, a town in Katsina State, Northern Nigeria. He received a bachelor’s degree from Ahmadu Bello University in 1980 and also trained at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, Nigeria.
Daura began his career in 1982 at the State Security Service where he rose to the position of director. In 2003, he was appointed, Deputy Director Presidential Communication, Command and Control Centre at the Presidential Villa, a position he held till 2007. On July 2, 2015, he was appointed director General of the State Security Service.

STUART SYMINGTON, United States Ambassador to Nigeria

William Stuart Symington IV (born June 14, 1952) is an American diplomat who is currently serving as the United States Ambassador to Nigeria and was the former U.S. Special Representative for the Central African Republic. He is the grandson of former U.S. Senator from Missouri W. Stuart Symington III

Symington was the State Department’s Representative at the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia from 2005 to 2006, Political Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq from 2004 to 2005, and Deputy Director of the Department’s Office of West African Affairs from 2003 to 2005.
He served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Niamey, Niger from 2001 to 2003, Political Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Quito, Ecuador from 1997 to 2001, and a Pearson Fellow in the Office of U.S. Congressman Ike Skelton from 1996 to 1997.
Symington received a B.A. from Brown University and a J.D. from Columbia Law School.
He served as the U.S. Ambassador to Djibouti from 2006 to 2008.
He served as the U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda from 2008 to 2011.
Symington was nominated by President Barack Obama as the United States Ambassador to Nigeria on June 29, 2016. He was confirmed by voice vote on September 29, 2016. He was sworn in on October 31, 2016.

PAUL ARKWRIGHT, British High Commissioner to Nigeria

British High Commissioner to Nigeria
Paul Thomas Arkwright CMG (born 2 March 1962) is a British diplomat who is High Commissioner to Nigeria.

Arkwright was born in Bolton, and grew up in Lancashire. He is the son of Thomas Arkwright and Muriel Hague. He grew up in Bolton.He attended the prestigious independent school, Ampleforth College, known as the Catholic Eton. He gained a BA in English in 1983 from Trinity College, Cambridge.
Arkwright joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 1987. He was based in West Berlin (British Military Government near the Olympiastadion) from 1988–1991, seeing the overthrow of the Berlin Wall at first hand. From 1993–1997 he was a First Secretary to the UK Mission to the UN. From 1997–1998 he worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France; this led to him being a First Secretary from 1998–2001 at Paris. From 2001–2005 he was part of the UK Delegation to NATO in Brussels.
From 2006–2009 he achieved a senior post in the FCO, becoming Head of the Counter-Proliferation Department (CPD).
Arkwright was British Ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands 2009–2013. He was Director, Multilateral Policy at the FCO 2013–2015, and was then appointed High Commissioner to the Federal Republic of Nigeria, taking up his post at Abuja in October 2015.
He was appointed Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in the 2016 Birthday Honours for services to foreign policy.

Gen. BABAGANA MONGUNO (Rtd.), National Security Adviser

National Security Adviser
Mohammed Babagana Monguno is a retired Nigerian Army Major General and current National Security Adviser appointed on July 13, 2015 by President Muhammadu Buhari. General Monguno was Chief of Nigeria’s Defence Intelligence Agency from July 2009 to September 2011.

Monguno is the nephew of Shettima Ali Monguno, a former Federal Cabinet Minister for Internal Affairs, Mines and Power and hails from Borno State. Monguno attended King’s College, Lagos,[2] was a member of the Nigerian Defence Academy 21st Regular Course with other officers such as Alex Sabundu Badeh and Emeka Onwuamaegbu. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Architecture and Masters in International Relations.[citation needed] Monguno is married to Nafisah Munir, the daughter of former Nigerian Ambassador to Turkey, Muhammad Lawal Munnir. He also has three children, Amir, Munnir, and Samir.
Monguno previously served as the Chief of Logistics at the Nigerian Defence headquarters and later as Commandant of the Nigerian Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC). Monguno also served as Commander, Guards Brigade, Deputy Commandant, National Defence College, and Chief of Defence Intelligence. Prior to his retirement from the Nigerian army he was considered for Chief of Army Staff position.[7][8] Monguno voluntarily retired from the Nigerian Army in September 2013 after turning 56, the age ceiling for Major General in the Nigerian army.

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Friday, 7 April 2017


The Minister of Communications, Barrister Adebayo Shittu disclosed that the Ministry will soon establish a National ICT Park and Exhibition Centre in Abuja. This is part of his efforts to take ICT into the 4th Industrial Revolution.
He stated this recently in his Office when the Digital Africa Directors paid him a courtesy visit. He noted that the establishment of the Centre will encourage investment in the ICT Sector. Speaking further he also informed them of the proposed ICT University which will also produce the required skilled manpower for Africa to partake in the 4th Industrial Revolution.
The Minister solicited for the active participation of all stakeholders, and asked Digital Africa to rally round for the actualization of these laudable objectives, stating that proposals have been made to name Campuses of the University after benevolent and supportive companies.
Shittu said he was ready to encourage and support any organization that has good and durable Master Plan that would move Nigeria forward in the ICT Sector; he however assured them of the Ministry’s endorsement and that he will honour their invitation in the forthcoming 5th edition of Digital Africa Conference and Exhibition.
In his speech, the leader of the Delegation and Director, Africa Digital who represented the Chairman, Dr. Evans Woherem said their visit was to extend the Chairman’s appreciation to the Minister for his support in their last year’s conference which was held in collaboration with NITDA and also to present a formal report of the Conference.

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Federal Ministry of Communications
6th April, 2017