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Covid 19: NITDA DG Admonishes Startup to Possess Entrepreneurial Mindset

The National Information Technology Development Agency, (NITDA), has urged Start-ups to gain an entrepreneurial mindset.  This was communicated during the online capacity building exercise for the Start-ups in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic in April 2020.

With regulations around Social Distancing and prohibition of large gatherings, NITDA leveraged digital technology to continue with its planned activities such as the start-up clinic. The Clinics held virtually for five days and were attended by 20 start-ups.

Mallam Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, DG NITDA delivered a motivational speech to the Start-ups during the virtual closing ceremony and remarked that the world economic order will change after the COVID-19 Pandemic. He pointed out that many businesses might close. He advised the start-ups to build the capabilities and strategies required to operate in a post-pandemic world. He added that entrepreneurs need to be more unconventional in their approach to problem-solving.

The DG encouraged the Start-ups to think about ensuring that they create functional entities, ensuring continuity of their businesses. He highlighted that an entrepreneurial mindset is required for the existence of the business and this determined the kind of success that can be achieved/attained.

Mallam Abdullahi encouraged the participants to impart their vision, dreams and principles into the company from the onset and ask themselves meaningful questions so they are able to focus more strategically. He also encouraged them to see themselves as possible unicorn companies, a feat he believed that they could become within a short time by following the playbooks of successful startups, three simple rules: beginning with a plan to disrupt an existing industry; injecting capital to grow as rapidly as possible and tolerating high risk in a rush to conquer and dominate the market segment. Mallam Abdullahi noted that Nigeria enjoys a competitive advantage in the region, because of her digitally native population and untapped market. He added that the government is creating an entrepreneurial environment for the start-up to thrive.

Dr Amina Magaji Sambo, National Coordinator, Office for ICT Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIIE) urged the participants to adhere to all the guidance availed them during the period and ensure that they keep updating the office of their progresses and challenges.


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ICANN68 to be Held as Remote Public Meeting

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has announced that its ICANN68 Policy Forum, which was to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, will now be held via remote participation only. The ICANN Board of Directors made the decision that ICANN68 will not proceed as an in-person meeting. Instead, the Board has directed the ICANN org to explore additional community feedback and suggestions, in order to develop a meaningful and productive ICANN68 Policy Forum remotely.

The meeting, scheduled for 22nd to 25th June 2020, will be the second time in a row that ICANN will be holding a Public Meeting solely with remote participation. ICANN67, which was originally slated to hold in Cancún, Mexico, from 7th to 12th March 2020, was held as ICANN's first entirely remote virtual meeting following the declaration of COVID-19 as a public health emergency of international concern by the World Health Organization.

With an increasing number of countries issuing stay-at-home, lockdown, or social-distancing orders to its citizens to slow the spread of COVID-19, gatherings and international travel are effectively on pause for the foreseeable future. With the health and safety of ICANN's community as a top priority, ICANN declared that convening ICANN68 as an in-person meeting is no longer feasible.

Following the success of ICANN67 as a Virtual Community Forum, ICANN sought the ICANN community's feedback on how to improve future virtual meetings. In its decision, the Board also directed ICANN to coordinate with the ICANN community on the best way forward in order to meet the expected outcomes of an ICANN Policy Forum. It was said that the community's feedback will be incorporated into the planning and execution of ICANN68.

ICANN thanked the Kuala Lumpur host committee and other regional partners in the Asia Pacific (APAC), who had provided their support and expertise throughout the planning process for ICANN68.

ICANN had announced that those interested in attending the virtual meeting will still be required to register. An announcement will be posted once registration is open. To learn more about the ICANN remote participation, visit ICANN Public Meetings.

Source: ICANN


The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly transformed how we interact as individuals and in groups. In particular, there has been an appreciable migration of several meetings, lectures and other forms of interactions to online platforms.

Furthermore, the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami), FNCS, FBCS, FIIM notes that the implicit requirement of social distancing has increased the adoption of online platforms and e-payment systems. This, no doubt, he said, is a positive development that will support our implementation of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) for a Digital Nigeria. However, this migration to home-based unsecure digital platforms, often with outdated security systems, can make users more vulnerable to cyberattacks.

The Cybersecurity Teams of the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy (MCDE) have intercepted the following cases, amongst others:

  1. Phishing attacks aimed at infecting systems or extracting sensitive information;
  2. Campaigns that defraud citizens by offering essential products and services at suspicious prices;
  3. Fake news and misinformation aimed at spreading panic, creating instability and promoting distrust; and
  4. Video-teleconferencing (VTC) hijacking (also called “Zoom-bombing”).

The Honourable Minister of MCDE urges everyone to be extra-cautious and reinforce security measures while interacting online, especially when carrying out banking transactions online. It is important to observe basic cyberspace rules such as:

  1. Ignoring suspicious online offers;
  2. Being circumspect in sharing VTC details;
  3. Using complex passwords;
  4. Keeping software up to date; and
  5. Refraining from sharing unverified information.

The Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy is committed to keeping Nigerians safe online. To this end, we were informed that the Ministry and its parastatals will issue regular cybersecurity advisories.



As the world responds to a pandemic the likes of which has not been seen in over a hundred years, the Internet is agog with conspiracy theories, and tales of the apocalypse being disseminated at a speed which is hitherto unrivalled.  One of such conspiracy theories is around the introduction of the 5G mobile connectivity and the fear that it is linked somewhat to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

It must be noted that the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) has stated that there is no correlation between 5G Technology and COVID-19 while adding that 5G is an advancement on today’s 4G technology, designed to transform the world positively. The Commission, through its Director, Public Affairs, Dr. Henry Nkemadu also informed Nigerians that there is currently no deployment of 5G in Nigeria. To read more of the NCC clarification, please click on the link

5G is the next generation of mobile broadband. It will provide exponential speed, hence faster downloads and uploads. It will also drastically decrease latency which refers to the time it takes for devices to communicate with wireless connections. Although work on mobile 5G has been on for nearly 10 years, it only started being rolled out to a few cities worldwide last year. A little bit of history is helpful to understand just how much of a difference 5G will bring to the world of mobile technology.

1G was the first generation of cell phone technology, which was analogue, delivered on phones which had poor voice quality and short battery life. 2G brought with it a new set of standards governing wireless telephone calls. It was digital, an improvement which allowed cellular phones to provide data along with voice. Fundamental services such as SMS, roaming, conference calls and real-time billing were introduced with 2G. The maximum speed of 2G is 50Kbps on General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) or 1 Mbps with Enhanced Data Rates for GSM Evolution (EDGE). The next generation, 3G, made it possible to surf the net directly on our mobile phones, opening up web browsing, video downloading, and picture sharing to mention a few. True 3G has maximum speeds of up to 21.6 Mbps. The fourth generation, 4G, was introduced to deliver speeds that enabled video streaming and support a large ecosystem of applications which require sustained, reliable connectivity. The purpose of 4G was to provide high speed, high quality and high capacity to users. It also improved security and reduced the cost of voice and data services. 4G, the fourth generation, is the bedrock of gaming services, high-definition mobile TV, video conferencing and cloud computing.

5G is the fifth-generation broadband. It promises significantly faster data rates, higher connection density, much lower latency, among other improvements. Some of the plans for 5G include device-to-device communication, better battery consumption, and improved overall wireless coverage. The max speed of 5G is aimed at being as fast as 35.46 Gbps, which is over 35 times faster than 4G.

Some of the advantages of 5G include:

  • Significantly improved broadband speed and latency
  • Infrastructural efficiency
  • Remote control capabilities for heavy machinery
  • Full vehicular automation
  • Improved healthcare delivery
  • The Internet of Things

It is hoped that the world will recognise that 5G broadband will bring great development and it will ensure that humanity can unfold its greatest potential until now, preparing us for innovation such as we had hitherto only dreamed about.


The CoronaVirus (official name: COVID-19) epidemic has been labelled a pandemic by the World Health Organisation. The virus is reported to have originated from Wuhan in China. As of the 17th of March 2020, more than 198,177 people in at least 165 countries had been infected with COVID-19. In order to protect people and curb the spread of this dreaded infection, there is ongoing global education and awareness about the virus, its spread, advice on crowd movements/gathering, border closures in many countries, limited international travel, work from home directives by countries, organisations etc.

The world economy is under threat. Across the globe, there are fears of shortages as factories and shops are closing/closed to stop the spread of the virus. There is a sharp decline in economic activities worldwide. There are fears of recession and governments are being advised to shore up their reserves to protect their economies.

The virus is unrelenting in its reach, even as The Canadian Prime Minister is billed to be in isolation for fourteen days this month because his wife tested positive for the virus.  Although the mortality statistics reports are skewed more towards the elderly and those who suffer chronic illnesses, it is still a debilitating illness with no immediate cure in sight. Money is being pumped into vaccine research at the moment, but it is feared, this might not be ready within a short period.

Whilst progress to curtail the spread had been made in some countries in Asia, the spread of the virus appears to have garnered life in the United States of America, Europe and Africa.

As a result of this disease, the world has gone “remote”. Some of the well-known preventive measures being undertaken include:

  1. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has called off the Lesser Hajj and restricted inbound flights from some countries
  2. The Pope’s messages were delivered via Tv screens at the Vatican on the 7th March 2020
  3. Football matches are being played in stadiums without spectators or cancelled
  4. Many global events are being conducted virtually, including the ICANN67 meeting for which NiRA staff and Directors were billed to travel to Mexico.

Now more than ever, the Internet has become the best platform for all to conduct their businesses. Whether it is buying and selling, service provision, education or governance, online interactions have become imperative in a world which is battling one of the most pervasive epidemics in recent times. Any business that knows its onions will recognise the times and ensure that they can be found online, with their business conducted, payments made and feedback provided virtually.

This is the time for you to get a .ng domain name, which will assist you to project your business online, and keep your lights on, no matter how much isolation the world experiences as a result of this pandemic. This is also a good time to check that your domain is being hosted locally, with the global economy reeling from the effects of the pandemic on various market indices. Making payments in a foreign currency will definitely cost you more this week than it did last week, for example.

Get your .ng domain name today, take your business online. 

Our hearts go out to all the people who have contracted this virus, and to every family missing them because they are in isolation. We pray that the Almighty grants them quick recovery. Our hearts also go out to those who have lost dear ones,  or those whose businesses or jobs have been negatively impacted.

Finally, let us keep our hands germ-free at all times and should you feel ill and suspect you are infected by the virus,  isolate yourself and call these NCDC emergency hotlines: 08000-970000-10 and 08000corona. An ounce of prevention, they say, is better than a pound of cure. We pray for God’s protection against this insidious virus.

We are urging all to be safe, and stay up to date with information from the National Centre for Disease Control’s information regarding this outbreak. The information can be found at


Muhammed Rudman

President, NiRA