Galaxy Backbone last week joined forces with software giants, Microsoft Nigeria to create employment opportunities for young Nigerians through the Employable Skills Development Internship Program (ESDIP) .
The project is on the Microsoft platform, the Government Wide Messaging and Collaboration (GWMC).
The ESDIP Initiative is a project targeted at providing capability development programs and training in the federal public sector for the already deployed GWMC platform, while also enhancing adoption and usage of the platform.
Galaxy backbone is a government agency charged with the responsibility of providing a common information and communications technology platform for Federal Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies.
It claimed that by the joint partnership with Microsoft, it will enhance modernization in government via the increased adoption of the already deployed government wide messaging platform, elevate the security stature of government data, by ensuring all sensitive government communications move from public mail infrastructure to the secured and 1-gov.net platform.
CEO, Galaxy backbone, Gerald Ilukwe, said, that “the Government Wide Messaging and Collaboration platform is about efficiency, cost-savings, increased productivity and the effective delivery of public services to the citizenry by modernizing the way public officials communicate within government. For Galaxy, there is a linkage with the employable skills development internship program.
The essence is to empower public officials and the interns to be more effective and efficient in their endeavors”.
In view of the strategic nature of the project, Microsoft will lend its support in certain key areas including “Change Management” – with a view to building capacity, drive benefits management and encourage early and rapid adoption of the solution by end users.
The organization will also partner with the Integral Assets Limited on recruitment of Interns, delivery of train the trainer sessions for Interns , on-site activation of devices and training of government officials, amongst others.
Speaking on the partnership, Olayinka Oni, Chief Technology Officer, Microsoft Nigeria explained that “the objective of the program is to train interns to develop transferable and employable skills that will facilitate their placement in organizations. At the same time, leverage the interns to support the GWMC program through the distribution of devices and training of recipients in the use of the devices.”
How To Promote Your Songs As An UPCOMING Artiste In #Nigeria – Jaychoc
Unless you have a major label money behind you, the ability to promote your music yourself is one of the most important skills you have to know. With the little money you have, You can hire some PR people to run media Promo and Hypes for you, it is up to you to make sure people know about the music you are making by engaging some contacts where ever you are. Getting started can be a little Stressful, however. These steps i compiled will help you start out on the right foot, and make sure all of the right people are standing up and taking notice of you.
1. Identify Your Goals - When trying to promote your music, don’t try to cover too much ground at once. Look at the way larger artists are promoted – they have specific campaigns that promote their new music or video. Once you choose what to promote, you will be able to make clear goals for yourself, i.e. if you want to promote thru blogs/websites, then your goal is to bring traffic to the site. With these goals in mind, you’ll find it easier to come up with promotion ideas, and you’ll be better able to judge the success of your promotions.
2 Know When to Act Small - This step ties in with targeting the right audience and identifying your goals – you can save a lot of time spinning your wheels by keeping the small stuff small. While it’s always useful to keep other people up to date with what’s happening in your career, that guy from club vegas doesn’t really need to know every time your are playing a half hour set at the local bar/club, especially if bloggers/websites hasn’t given you much coverage yet. When you’re getting started, the easiest place to start a buzz is your local area. Build up the small stuff to get to the bigger stuff.
3. Find Your Niche - The sad truth is, every radio station, blogs, or fan for that matter, you are trying to reach is likely being bombarded with info from other music hopefuls. You must be able to stand out. Try to find something that will make people more curious about you – give them a reason to want to know more. Being Different worked wonders for Terry G, Burna Boy at the start of their career . You don’t have to tread same line that’s not your thinking you are gonna get the same attention the present top artiste is getting… Just find yours and work On it.. Burna Boy has that different tone … Those who tried to copy are no where to be found now.
4. Branding - Get your name out there. Make up some artworks, posters or anything else you can think of that include your name or band’s name. Then, leave the stuff anywhere you can. Pass them out at your favorite eatery,clubs , leave them on the poster the light posts – go for it. Soon, your name will be familiar to people even if they don’t know why, and when they see your name in the paper advertising an upcoming show, they’ll think “hey…I know that name, Am going and let’s see what he can offer.
6 Keep Track of Your Contacts - As you go through all of these steps, chances are that you are going to pick up a lot of new contacts along the way. Some of these contacts will be industry people and some will be fans. Never lose track of a contact. Keep a database on your computer for the industry people you have met and another database of fan contacts. These databases should be your first port of call for your next promotional campaign – and these databases should always be growing. Don’t write anyone off, even if you don’t get much feedback from them. You never know who is going to give you the break you need.
6. Grow your Database - When keeping tracks of the contacts you have, don’t be afraid to help your database grow by adding some “dream” contacts to your list. Is there an agent you want to take notice of you? Then include them on your press release mailing list or promo mailing list when you have big news to share. Let them know you’re still working and still building your career – pretty soon, they may be knocking on your door.
LASTLY Most Importantly !
7. Bribe/Sort People - This is the hardest but the most important tip to stand out from the crowd is when you are expecting free stuff. DJs, Bloggers and OAPs love getting something for nothing, and also you’ll whip your fans into a frenzy (and get new fans) by giving stuff away. Some ideas:
Put some money behind the bar at a show and give free drink passes to all the industry people who come to check you out.
Give people on your mailing list an exclusive download once a month (be it a new song or an alternate version of a song)
At gigs, raffle (for free) mix CDs made by the band – everyone who signs up to your mailing list at the show gets entered in the drawing.
Finally Pray and Work Hard And Surely Success Will Come….
Compiled By - Oke Femi ‘Jaychoc’ ( Petr. Engr., Online Media Expert/Advertiser, PR. Nigerian Music Analyst)
The National Identity Management Commission, NIMC has said that the Non- Intelligent 11 digits National Identification Number, NIN is what will genuinely reveal the identity of registrants at any point in time.
The NIN will be pulled and given to Nigerians and legal residents after successful enrolment
The Director Corporate Communications of the Commission, Mr Okwudiafor Anthony, who revealed this further explained that the National Identity Management System is entirely different from mere Photo Card issuance that was carried out in previous schemes.
He said the NIN is the Individual’s Identity and the numbers are what will be used for authentication and verification through a sub-system.
He pointed out that the unique Smart Card that will be issued to all those that have registered and collected their NIN is unique because it is chip based card and 100% poly carbonate with 18 security features of international standard.
He also revealed that the Card also has 13 applications, including a payment solution, a match-on-card and an e-PRI.
The Director emphasized that the enrolment for the NIN is a continuous exercise from Mondays to Fridays with additional pre-enrolment portal that allows individuals to pre-enroll through the portal (www.ninenrol.gov.ng). The portal is capable of serving over one million pre-registration a day.
Okwudiafor added that the on-line pre- enrolment allows applicants to input their demographic data and print out the pre-registration slip that has a 2D Barcode and proceed to any nearest NIMC enrolment center to capture their biometrics and electronic signature which completes the process and issue the NIN.
He reiterated that the NIMS project is focused on Identity Management which is real time live processing of data from every location in line with the international standards (ICAO, ISO, IEEE, etc.) and best global practices.
Okwudiafor also revealed that more enrolment centers will be opened in all the LGAs areas across the Nation in addition to mobile enrolment centers in high traffic locations like the military, pre-military, universities, MDA’S and remote areas to cater for the grassroots.
He enumerated the benefits of the NIMS project which include providing a convenient and simplified process for enrolment into the National Identity Management System.
The National Identification Number (NIN) will help protect individuals from identity theft and fraud by providing a simple, reliable, sustainable and universally acceptable means of conforming individual’s identity at all. The system will make it difficult for criminals to use false or multiple or ghost identities. The system will also enhance the work of Law Enforcement Agencies
The National Identity Management System will also curb the ghost workers phenomenon in civil/ public service which will consequently help the Government in National planning.
From many government establishments like the Federal Inland Revenue Service, Ministry of Agriculture, to states like Lagos, Osun among many others, glowing stories have been shared on how simple implementation of tech solutions magically stamped out ghost workers, reduced spending, increased productivity and raised revenue generation within hours of introduction.
However, the problem has been to have a policy that will see this adoption, generally, in both the country’s social and political sectors.
However, in a related bid, the country has spent billions of Naira, funding the country’s official corruption watchdog, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, which many have argued has not achieved a landslide.
Comparing roles of the two in this interview, President, Records and Information Management Awareness, RIMA, Foundation, Dr. Oyewole Oyedokun said that while EFCC would only instil fear in the hearts of perpetrators which may not stamp out corruption, technology will bring a lasting solution and take the country light years ahead of other emerging economies. Excerpts:
By Ikenna Asomba
Many people will have this question; why RIMA Foundation?
Well, RIMA Foundation is an acronym for Records and Information Awareness Foundation. It was set up to help develop the information management industry in Nigeria and Africa as a whole.
The IM industry has the potential to help stimulate the economy of the country and also that of the continent. It has got potentials to provide both employment and investment opportunities.
Today, different individuals working in different organizations in the information management industry don’t have a common platform where they can come together, neither do they have any institute that could help them enhance their career. Now the foundation has taken it upon itself to help some of these people and some of these organizations.
You will be surprised that so many big organizations have challenges when it comes to managing information. And there seem not to be organizations that are specialized in proffering solutions to some of these problems. RIMA Foundation is trying to create awareness for such people.
With the growth of ICT, is information management rocket science?
Like I always tell people, information management is not only about technology; you can actually manage information even without IT. But the advent of Information Technology has also really helped a great deal.
For instance, if you manage information and records manually, there are so many limitations, but if you have to manage it using technology it makes it a lot more easier. For example, technology gives you the flexibility in file sharing and collaboration.
Having a file uploaded in Nigeria, could be shared by 20 people in 20 countries of the world simultaneously. But this is impossible in a manual process, where you have to transport the documents to them one after the other. So, you can see how helpful technology can be.
Also, in the area of storage, you could have millions of files stored in a file room or warehouse. And if you have to store all those file, it can be stored just on a DVD or small flash-drive that you can carry about in your pocket or bag.
But without IT, such documents could be stored in a warehouse having over 50, 000 archive boxes. So, technology has been tremendously helpful to the information management industry.
Why is information management a very critical part of our life, yet seems so unpopular among people?
Information is an asset to any organization. So, if any organization is protecting its other assets, leaving information behind, it’s a huge mistake.
For instance, an organization should have a policy, should have standards they are working with, they should have procedures and they should have plans and certifications in place that will guide the management of information within their organization.
But most of them, are not conscious of this fact. Information that is not properly managed, could wreck a multi-billion dollar company. In fact it wrecks governments the more. It’s actually suicidal to take information management as a secondary thing.
But in this country it’s easy to see the little money that is supposed to be invested in information management, embezzled and when trouble comes it sets either the company or government involved way back in terms of growth.
Ironically, we are crying over corruption and are spending huge sums to only instil fear when simple adoption of technology solutions that would make information open to all, would check the menace and send us ahead of other emerging economies.
Can you regard Nigeria as conscious of information management?
Well, it’s not a yes or no affair. If not for some of the political and leadership challenges, perhaps we would have gone beyond where we are today. If you take that the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Information now has a portal, information about events of the ministry are uploaded instantly, you will agree that things are getting better.
In the past, when you check some state websites, you see stale information. Even some states where they have a new administration, you still could see the photographs of the past governors on their website. So, that’s to tell you how far the level of awareness has gone.