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"Mobile devices have increased payment activities in Nigeria by more than 600 percent.

Reports show that an array of mobile devise like smartphones and tablets, which also includes phone/tablet hybrids known as phablets and the lesser-powered feature phones- have drastically increased payment transaction activities in the African Nation."

. Nigeria: 'Ecommerce Driving Digital Change in Nigeria' New business models and evolving consumer behavior are driving the digital change Nigeria is experiencing.

Nigeria: 'Ecommerce Driving Digital Change in Nigeria'

Online shopping today is well known for its convenience and good deal. Consumers are demanding more from eCommerce providers and taking advantage of online shopping, choosing from a variety of options without jumping from one market to another. In this light, for a business to remain relevant in the next five years and beyond, two key developments hold sway namely: "Bringing your store online. This step is very vital in sustaining the life span of the enterprise. Because in years to come, many Nigerians will prefer to shop online, thus leaving the sellers with no choice than to join the moving train.

" Second, updating your stores and providing adequate details information about stocked items. According to a recent survey, Nigerian mobile users install an average of 25 apps on their phones. Nigeria: Govt Initiates Online Records Update of Public Workers. By Olawale Ajimotokan Abuja — The federal government has begun the Online Records Update of the public servants in the MDAs currently enrolled on the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS).

Nigeria: Govt Initiates Online Records Update of Public Workers

A circular signed on Tuesday by the Head of Civil Service of the (HoS) titled: "Employee Online Records Update and Service-Wide Implementation of the Human Resource (HR) Module of the Integrated Personnel and Payroll System (IPPIS)", and issued to all the MDAs, said the move is hinged on the successful pilot implementation in the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, which is replicated in the remaining MDAs to pave way for the roll out of the HR Module of IPPIS. It added that the MDAs that are yet to forward their structures to the OHCSF to comply to enable their set up on the portal so as to provide immediate access to their employees within the stipulated time frame. You can now pay for Facebook ads in naira. Nigeria: NIRA Moves to Deepen Domain Name Registration. By Emma Okonji Worried about the low rate of domain name registration in Nigeria, which stood at less than 100,000 registrations as at December 2016, the Nigeria Internet Registration Association, the body managing the country's domain name registration, is considering new strategies in 2017 that will raise the consciousness of Nigerians to register with the country code Top Level Domain name, (ccTLD), the .ng domain name, which is Nigeria's identity in cyberspace.

Nigeria: NIRA Moves to Deepen Domain Name Registration

The new strategies, according to the President of NiRA, Reverend Sunday Folayan, would be part of the activities to extend the reach and increase the registration of .ng this year and provide opportunities to NiRA accredited registrars and to registrars of other ccTLDs. He said NiRA is on the verge of signing Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) that will provide opportunities for NiRA accredited registrars to have access to the registries of other ccTLDs in Africa without undergoing the accreditation process of those ccTLDs.

Nigeria’s BuyChat helps traders connect digitally with customers. Nigerian startup BuyChat has rolled out its commerce-enabled chat app that connects traders with customers and allows for purchases to be made digitally.

Nigeria’s BuyChat helps traders connect digitally with customers

Launched in beta in November and set for full launch next month, BuyChat is the result of an experiment called Balogun Market, based at the famous market on Lagos Island. This pilot project validated the founding teams premise, that chat-commerce could work for traders in African city market clusters, and produced its roadmap for the launch of commerce-enabled messaging app BuyChat. Nigeria: Legend Passes 150,000 Households in Abuja With 350 Kms of Cable Offering Double and Triple Play Offers to Householders. London — The steadily increasing roll-out of fibre in Africa's cities is leading to a new breed of bandwidth providers offering fibre-to-the-home double and triple play offers.

Nigeria: Legend Passes 150,000 Households in Abuja With 350 Kms of Cable Offering Double and Triple Play Offers to Householders

In the Nigerian capital Abuja Suburban Fibre Company is offering these services under the Legend brand. Russell Southwood spoke to its Chief Marketing Officer Gabriel Gab-Umoden. Suburban Fibre Company used to run a fibre route to nearby Benin that had its heyday when Nitel was running the SAT3 landing station very badly. As part of that business, it had a metronet network in the Nigerian capital Abuja has now morphed into a fibre-to-the-home provider, offering double and triple play service offerings. It has now built out a 350 kms backbone that passes 150,000 houses:"We have 1,500 subscribers and growing. NIPOST to provide e-commerce, e-government services – Minister. The Federal Government said on Monday that the Nigerian Postal Service, NIPOST, would be repositioned to provide e-commerce and e-government services in 2017.

NIPOST to provide e-commerce, e-government services – Minister

The Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, made this known when he featured at the News Agency of Nigeria Forum in Abuja. Mr. Shittu said the e-commerce and e-government services would be in addition to its mandate of letter and parcel distribution. He said it was popular knowledge that ICT was the way to go for all economies today, whether an economy under recession, under slow growth or a fast growing one. “ICT assists in making life better, it enables businesses to be run more efficiently and even enables governments to be run properly and more beneficially to the citizenry. Like Facebook, Apple to Start Billing Nigerian Users in Naira. "A Lot of People Have Started to Patronize Bitcoin", Says Nigerian Executive. Bitcoin has seen growing adoption in Nigeria, especially since the economy fell into recession earlier this year following much lower global oil prices.

"A Lot of People Have Started to Patronize Bitcoin", Says Nigerian Executive

The economy’s contraction by 2.06% between April and June 2016 has increased concerns regarding Nigeria’s banking system, with the nation’s currency greatly devalued, sending bitcoin at an all-time high of $1,228.09 in Nigerian money, according to the lowest offer on local bitcoins. In this context, Nigeria Today reports that Umaru Ibrahim, managing director and CEO of the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) stated at a workshop organized by NDIC that: Another phenomenon emerging in the banking and financial landscape is the emergence of what is known as bitcoin. I understand that a lot of people have started to patronize bitcoin. Swiftmedicals.com: Nigeria’s foremost online healthcare hub – Gistmaster.

SwiftMedicals.com, formerly known as SwiftPharm.com, is an online healthcare hub that allows for the sourcing and purchase of healthcare products from anywhere in Nigeria..

Swiftmedicals.com: Nigeria’s foremost online healthcare hub – Gistmaster

The company is focused on availing individuals and institutions in diverse regions, the full spectrum of healthcare products available in Nigeria, not just in their vicinity. The name change was prompted by the fact that we now offer a more holistic service delivery and we can boldly certify that we are your one-stop shop for all healthcare products for individuals and institutions. As Nigeria’s foremost online healthcare hub, Swiftmedicals.com merges healthcare, InfoTech and logistics while using value chain management to deliver efficiency to our end users.

Our services which are provided using our website and mobile app now make it easier for customers to access our quality and cost-effective healthcare products whenever and wherever needed. This post first appeared on Linda Ikeji’s Blog. Nigeria: Internet Users in Nigeria Down to 93.2 Million in October. The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) on Tuesday said the number of internet users in Nigeria's telecommunications networks had reduced to 93.2 million by October.

Nigeria: Internet Users in Nigeria Down to 93.2 Million in October

The telecommunications industry umpire made the disclosure in its Monthly Internet Subscribers Data for October, obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos. The data revealed that internet users on both Global System for Mobile communications (GSM) and Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) networks had decreased by 391,679 in October. It showed that of the 93.2 million internet users in October, 93.1 million were on GSM networks, while 38,309 users were on CDMA networks. Also, the GSM service providers lost 378,015 internet customers after recording 93.1 million users in October, as against 93.5 million it recorded in September.

Nigeria leads South Africa, others in online shopping — Business — The Guardian Nigeria. Shoppers still don’t trust eCommerce sites A recent survey has shown that Nigerians shop more online than other sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries.

Nigeria leads South Africa, others in online shopping — Business — The Guardian Nigeria

According to GeoPoll, which conducted the survey on five African countries including Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, Kenya and Ghana, said though there have been significant growth in online shopping on the continent, but SSA still don’t trust e-commerce sites. GeoPoll is the world’s largest mobile survey platform, with a network of 200 million users in Africa and Asia. According to the survey, 66 per cent of Nigerians buy items online every few months compared with 60 per cent in South Africa and 45 per cent in Kenya.

However, at least 55 per cent of Ghanaians and 51 per cent of Ugandans have never bought anything online. The report discovered that many of those who had tried online shopping had only tried it once. Nigeria: Charges to Agencies - Govt Gives Airlines Deadline to Automate Payments. By Lawani Mikairu The Federal Government yesterday gave all domestic and international airlines operating in Nigeria January, 2017 deadline to automate their payment of charges to aviation agencies. The measure is aimed at ending the airlines indebtedness to the agencies arising from the 5% Ticket Sales Charge/Cargo Sales Charge (TSC/CSC). The aviation agencies have been battling with the airlines, especially domestic airlines, to reconcile and pay outstanding debts.

This has resulted to legal battle between some of the operators and some agencies. Confirming this development, Mr Sam Adurogboye General Manager, Public Relations, NCAA, said the automation option is being introduced to ensure transparency, accurate billing and prompt payments of charges due from the airlines to the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) in line with the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations(NCARs) 2015, Vol.2, Part 18.12.5.

“PayU” simplified payment system debuts in Nigeria. “PayU” simplified payment system debuts in Nigeria A global online payment service provider “PayU” has been introduced in Nigeria with innovations that will continue to make the market more competitive. The PayU Payments Nigeria Limited with trading name as “PayU”, according to its Country Manager, Juliet Nwanguma, is a recently established payment business in Nigeria and fully approved by the Central Bank of Nigeria in line with its initiative to promote cashless economy. The company which simplifies online payment transactions, forms part of the leading and trusted PayU group of companies (PayU Group) owned by Naspers, which provides payment processing and related services to merchants and consumers. The PayU Group’s strength lies in its local approach to payments: valuing local language and culture and by establishing a local presence in Nigeria, this further underscores the Group’s values.

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Cross River, Huawei Sign Contract To Make Calabar Nigeria’s First Smart City. The Cross River Government and Huawei Technology of China yesterday signed a contract to make Calabar Nigeria’s first smart city. Governor Ayade, who was excited at the development, said the execution of the contract will herald the full digitalization of Calabar and the entire state. The governor, while commending the Chinese firm for being favourably disposed to doing business with the state, expressed his gratitude to the company for offering to sponsor some aspects of the 2016 Carnival Calabar. Ayade disclosed further that the smart city project will ensure availability of cheap wifi services everywhere in Calabar. “This will be the first time that data would be provided from the cloud. With this digital cloud, it will offer opportunity to get information with ease and comfort, including boosting research and academic works. Nigerian entrepreneur launches female shoes e-commerce platform.

A Nigerian IT entrepreneur, Okeke Vincent Chidozie and founder of Dovichi Services, has launched Justhershoes.com, an e-commerce platform that focuses on sales of female shoes online. The entrepreneur who was among the 60 lucky entrepreneurs selected by Facebook to participate in the last Facebook Partner Developer Programme in Lagos some months ago said at the launch that Justhershoes.com is an e-commerce platform where ladies can source and buy any kind of female shoes they want and that ‘’even in recession, people still want to look good, they will always opt for tangible fashion products that will help them accomplish this’’. The entrepreneur also said he had secured partnership with top local and international dealers, and they are positioning Justhershoes.com as the largest online female shoe store in Nigeria, with plans to move beyond Nigeria early next year. “For I and my team, we are quite passionate about the internet business, and we found e-commerce quite interesting.

Nigeria's road shame goes online in hope of better days. Former Jumia COO launches Nigeria’s first online-only bank. Ercin Eksin. ‘92 million mobile phone users connected to Internet in Nigeria’ - Lolu Akinwunmi's Observatory. A total of 92,181,978 GSM subscribers use Internet through mobile telecommunications networks, the National Bureau of Statistics has said. Naija247news - Ogun Down Lagos, Others in FX Google Search. A recent regional interest on Nigeria’s foreign exchange google search released by Google Nigeria revealed that Ogun state leads with 100 per cent, while Oyo follows with 32%, Rivers 17%, Ondo 17%, Delta 16%, Lagos 15%, Cross River 14% respectively. Mobile bookings dominate for Nigeria's hotels. One of Nigeria’s leading accommodation sites, hotels.ng, has revealed that around 60% of bookings so far this year have come from mobile phones. The site, which picked up $1.2 million in funding just over a year ago, has more than 7,000 hotels in Nigeria on its platform.

It said in a blog post that, so far this year, 62% of bookings are coming via mobile phones, 32% from desktop and 6% from tablets. Nigeria: 403,528 Apply for 500,000 Teaching Jobs in 36 Hours. Stanbic IBTC, Google partner on digital inclusion in Nigeria. Ministry unveils ‘Made in Nigeria e-Portal’ As part of efforts to make Nigerian products globally available, the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment has unveiled the nation’s e- Commerce portal.

Nigeria's Mobile App Market To Experience 15% Growth Rate - Analysts. Nigeria’s mobile application market is set to experience significant growth in the coming years as smart phone ownership and broadband internet acquisition continues to rise. According to industry experts, the potential growth will be fostered by the declining prices of mobile phones and gadgets, and would encourage customers to patronize local mobile applications. “The sub-$100 smartphone is steadily becoming a reality globally. 8.7% of Nigeria’s GDP Contribute by E-commerce, Telecoms, others - FINANCIAL WATCH. Investors get 150 extra days for free e-dividend registration. Nigerian electronic banking growing fast as millions of dollars are spent on e-payments. Nigeria: Financial Losses to Online Fraud Declining - Central Bank.

Interswitch emerges most efficient payment processor in Nigeria – EPIS AWARDS. Nigerian e-commerce site, DealDey, gets acquired by Ringier. Real estate gets digital platform. Facebook deepens Nigerian partnerships at Social Media Week in Lagos. Nigeria’s over $10b e-commerce grows with shopsmart entry. Digital Bridge Institute to become Nigeria’s first ICT university. New Tool Helps Nigerians Bust Fake Doctors. Lagos state’s Balogun market goes global using electronic commerce. Nigeria Creates Social Media Accounts For Investors. Untitled. Nigeria loses $287m annually to ICT piracy – Adebayo Shittu. Nigeria: Gameloft Opens Africa Office in Nigeria. Nigeria: Firm Unveils Online Travel Service for Customers. An Instagram page is changing how Muslim women in Nigeria share personal problems. Orange to acquire 100% of Cellcom Liberia. Naija247news - Digital Mobile Betting Making Alot of Nigerians Millionaires – GM Surebet247.

Population density, ICT to boos Nigeria’s insurance market this year — Expert – Daily Times Nigerian Newspaper. Network Africa: Nigeria Police Adopt New Emergency Response Strategy. E-commerce: Ecobank enlists 62 SMEs on MyMall platform - New Telegraph Nigerian Newspaper. Nigeria: Lagos Computer Village Traders Lament Influx of Online Stores. Nigeria: Federal Government Will Digitalise Civil Service Operations in 2016, Says Oyo-Ita. Nigeria: 1source Nigeria Introduces 'E-Distributor' Solution. Federal government to create ICT hubs across Nigeria.

Nigerian firms lose N2.62bn to hackers in six months - New Telegraph Nigerian Newspaper. ‘E-clearance will improve security at airports’ ‘NO ONE IN NIGERIA WILL BE PAYING FOR VOICE CALL IN THE NEXT FEW YEARS’ -NCC – Papertalk Nigeria. Nigeria: Verve Launches Revolutionary Mobile APP - 'Verve World' Beyond insurance: How TopCheck aims to transform Nigeria's financial services industry. Online insurance platform berths in Nigeria. Nigeria: Preparing Nigeria for Internet of Things. Kaspersky Lab reveals: 14% of users in Nigeria faced cyberthreats emanating from the Internet, 46% encountered malware that spread in local networks. E-commerce remains core driver of Nigerian economy —Sobanjo. Carmudi study: 98% Nigerians search for cars online. Is e-commerce really helping Nigeria's economy? Nigeria's online business is booming. Internet Users On Nigeria’s Telecoms Networks Hit 93 Million – NCC. E-commerce will fast track economic diversification’ Facebook has over 15 million users Nigeria.

Nigeria to Deploy Drones to Fight Oil Theft. Yudala online goes live with mega deals - The Nation Nigeria. NPC mulls biometric-based population census - The Nation Nigeria. CBN will curb internet fraud, says director  - The Nation Nigeria. Airtel, Wari Partner To Expand Financial Inclusion In Nigeria. MTN Nigeria Places $1M Order for Biometric Enrolment Devices - FindBiometrics. Nigeria needs to slash internet costs to boost billion-dollar e-commerce sector - supermart.ng founder – Daily Times Nigeria Newspaper.

E-marketing firm Pumoh.com unveiled in Lagos - The Nation Nigeria. Mobile Devices Mean Big Payment Growth In Nigeria. Nigerian e-commerce rising exponentially. Nigeria eyes N4.8bn from call centre investment. Tech start-ups in Lagos attract international capitalists. Nigeria Tech Enclave Springs Up in Lagos Suburb. Survey shows Nigerians are willing to buy fuel online - TechMoran. Less than 30% of Jumia Nigeria shoppers pay with credit card - MD - TechMoran. HotelNowNow.com Wants to Give Nigerian Hotels More Business - TechMoran. Hotels.ng secures $1.2m investment for expansion. Huawei: data centre investment will boost Nigerian connectivity. Nigeria has 83 million internet subscribers on telecom networks.

'Nigeria's Cloud Tech Market Worth U.S.$100 Million Yearly' Oil Price Decline Raises Question For Nigeria: Can A Well-Funded Tech Sector Ease Economic Woes? Digital policing: Lagos builds 100 ICT centres for police. Nigeria's SecureID to build smartcard manufacturing unit in Lagos. Nigeria gets first Bitcoin exchange for native Naira currency. Nigeria's Internet Users Hit 48 Million. Smile to cover 60 cities in Nigeria by 2015. BiztechAfrica Mobile,Technology & IT News Africa. Guardian News Website - Nigeria’s $550m e-Commerce sector grapples with logistics, funding challenges. Nigeria’s e-Commerce Market Potential Worth $10bn – Minister - Nigerian News from Leadership Newspapers. Nigeria's Mobile Money Sector Leaps With Glo Xchange (Page 1 of 3) PricePadi set to launch in Nigeria. ICT’s contribution to Nigeria’s GDP ’ll hit $50bn by 2019 – Okere, CWG boss.