Digital Encode Wins 2017 RIMAN Risk Management Leadership in Nigeria Award

Digital Encode Limited has been awarded the 2017 Risk Management Leadership in Nigeria Award by Risk Managers Association of Nigeria (RIMAN).

The Award was presented to Mr. Obadare Peter Adewale, the Co-Founder and the Chief Operating Officer of Digital Encode Limited.

Digital Encode Limited was also recently honoured by the African Quality Achievement Awards (AQAA) 2017 as Africa’s Most Innovative Quality Cyber Security Consulting Firm of The Year 2017.

MMIA Lagos Receives ICAO Certification [2017]

The Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) has finally been certified in line with the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) standards and best practices.

In the last 12 months, the Federal Government, desirous of getting the Lagos international airport to operate under an ICAO certification, had taken various measures to prepare it to scale the rigorous ICAO audit, some of which included investment in the upgrade of infrastructure, elimination of touting, ensuring stable power supply and cooling systems, clean toilets and other allied conveniences, and the dismantling of multiple checkpoints for passengers and baggage by Customs, Quarantine, NDLEA and FAAN airport security officials.

ICAO had earlier in the year sent a team of auditors to visit the country, go round the airport prior to granting the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) the approval to audit the Lagos airport in line with its standards as well as the Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations (NCARs).

Director General of NCAA, Capt. Muhtar Usman, who presented the audit certificate with number NCAA/ARD/AC/001 to the Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Mr. Saleh Dunoma, in Lagos yesterday, said the certificate is valid for three years unless cancelled, suspended or revoked. According to Capt. Usman:

“With the certification, FAAN is the certified Aerodrome operator for the provision of required airport services, facilities, systems and equipment at Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos, in line with International Standards And Recommended Practices.

The certification is a clear indication that the Lagos airport has met regulatory safety requirements on a continuous basis and that it is providing uniform conditions for safe and efficient operation of aircraft from all other states, as required by Article 15 of the Chicago Convention and the certification is an enabler for the attainment of a regional hub for Lagos and one of the critical safety targets of NCAA.”

He further explained that the certificate entitles the holder (FAAN) to operate the MMIA Lagos airport for the purpose of take-off and landing of aircraft engaged in flight for scheduled and non-scheduled commercial operations.

He, however, pointed out that the certificate has the following limitations – ARFFS: CAT 9, Day/Night Operations. IFR CAT of Operations: CAT 11. 

The NCAA boss advised the FAAN management to see the certification as a fresh challenge with which comes the capacity and striving to ensure sustenance of the certificate.

The NCAA boss concluded by revealing that the certification of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, is in its final stage. The Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA), Port Harcourt International Airport, Port Harcourt, Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, and Kaduna International Airport, Kaduna, will be certified by July 2018. 

Dana Air Becomes IATA Member [2017]

Dana Air has been formally announced as the newest member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

The IATA membership is coming just two years after the Nigerian airline passed its International Operations Safety Audit (IOSA) and was admitted into the association’s global safety registry.

The Accountable Manager of Dana Air, Mr. Obi Mbanuzuo in respect to the airline’s latest achievement said:

“Becoming a member of IATA is a significant milestone for us at Dana Air and this only demonstrates our level of professionalism and commitment to operational efficiency in terms of providing our guests with safe, seamless and world-class air transport service in Nigeria.

Apart from the fact that this membership will further strengthen our relationship with other international airlines, we see it as an opportunity to take our amazing products to the global stage through interline and code-share agreements.

You would recall that Dana Air is the first and only Nigerian airline to have undergone an operational audit conducted by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority and its foreign partners – The Flight Safety Group, and we are determined to reinforce our strategic route network within and beyond Nigeria.’’

Ibrahim Magu Is Awarded GPMII ‘Man of Valor’ [2017]

Ibrahim Magu, acting EFCC Chairman has been bestowed with the award of Man of Valor by Global Peace Movement Initiative International (GPMII) in recognition of his dedication, commitment and doggedness in the fight against corruption.

President of the GPMII, Dr. Mike Uyi, who presented the award to Mr. Ibrahim Magu at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Headquarters on September 8, 2017, noted that the purpose of the award was to honour the EFCC boss for successfully leading the anti-corruption fight.

In the words of Dr. Mike Uyi:

“Magu has done excellently well, so far and he has changed the world’s perception about Nigeria as a very corrupt nation. One will think that he is a giant.

Looking at him now, one can clearly see that the might is not in appearance and in shape or in size, but it is in the act and actions. He has made Nigeria well respected in the world today.

A man who has the heart to face all kinds of storm.

Impunity has been stamped out with the name ‘Magu’. When you hear his name, you must look above your shoulder. He clearly stands outs and that is why we are here to honour him.

Magu has made Nigeria proud.”

While receiving the award, Mr. Ibrahim Magu pledged:

“The fight against corruption is for future generation. I will continue to fight corruption until my last second in office. I want to assure Nigerians that I will never disappoint them. We have the right leadership and I am very much motivated to do more. It is a total war.”

NPF Inaugurates iPolice-Hawk Eye Mobile App [2017]

The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has inaugurated a mobile application known as  iPolice-Hawk Eye Crime Reporting System to eradicate insecurity in the country particularly kidnapping.

The iPolice-Hawk Eye Mobile App allows users to report crimes anonymously to the police by video, voice or text.

According to Representative of the FCT Commissioner of Police, DCP Arungwa Nwazue:

“The inauguration of the mobile app is in line with the collaborative approach to security and policing that is gaining ground across the world.”

The Nigerian Police Force (NPF) inaugurates the app, in partnership with Lagos-based tech firm, Web Assets Nigeria Limited, U.S. based tech firms BBGN&K, and tech giant Microsoft.

Microsoft supported the app with facial recognition technology as well as KPI Key Performance Indicator to help monitor performance and response to crime by officers.

In addition, the developer of the app and Managing Director, Web Assets, Kayode Aladesuyi said:

“Hawk Eye is a revolutionary technology because of the enterprise tools it provides police to respond, address and manage crimes as soon as they are reported.”

Citizens can download the app for free, select the crime type to be reported, capture image, video or call for help. The app uses the GPS on the user’s phone to get user’s location for immediate response.

The system for the first time in the history of Nigeria police provide visibility across chain of command. This means that every crime reported is seen and monitored all the way from division, area and state command all the way to Force HQ. Meaning officers can no longer fail to show up without someone knowing or arrest people without someone knowing.

The app is available in English and Nigeria languages and could be downloaded from various mobile platforms.