Francis Usifo, founder of Verge POS, has been named as one of the finalist to compete at the finals of the 10th Mobile Premier Awards (MPA) in Barcelona, Spain.
Alongside 15 other contestants, Mr. Usifo will pitch his innovation before an international jury of experts and professionals to compete for the Best App of the Year.
Founder of Verge POS, Usifo, won the Appcircus Lagos event last October  to qualify as a finalist for the Mobile Premier Awards.
CEO of AppCircus, Carles Ferreiro, the mobile apps events culminating in the Mobile Premier Awards, revealed how they have evolved:
“In this decade mobile innovation has changed radically. The projects have gone from being focused on technology to focusing on solving the needs of users, with apps flooding our everyday lives. The apps have come to reflect the concerns of our time recently, so the focus is on user empowerment and collaborative economy, in fact this year we see many such examples at the MPA.
The mobile industry and especially apps have staged one of the biggest social changes of the last decade and this trans-formative process is in full swing.
According to recent studies, in 2015 apps were already the world’s largest channel of content distribution and services, having surpassed such established industries as cinema or video games.”
Organizers of the event say a prestigious international jury will select the three best apps that will receive the following prizes: Best App of the Year, for best overall app; Best Audience Award, as voted for by the public, and the Big Impact Award, given to the app with most impact of people’s day-to-day lives.
SEVEN Energy International, the independent Nigerian integrated gas development, production and distribution group, has joined the globally acclaimed Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights initiative.
Seven Energy International was admitted into the Corporate Pillar category and becomes the first indigenous firm in the Nigerian oil and gas industry to be accorded such recognition.
The Voluntary Principles Initiative is a multi-stakeholder initiative involving governments, companies, and non-governmental organisations that promote implementation of a set of principles that guide oil, gas and mining companies on providing security for their operations in a manner that respects human rights.
Phillip Ihenacho, Chief Executive Officer of Seven Energy, said they were excited that the Plenary had approved the application of Seven Energy to join the prestigious Voluntary Principles Initiative after a rigorous selection process.
In the words of Mr. Ihenacho:
“This recognition underscores how we have conducted our operations across our host communities in a manner that promotes public safety and respect for the rights of the people.
We remain committed to the development of Nigeria’s gas resource and will continue to support local and national economic growth by operating in a way that recognises and respects the rights and safety of the people impacted by our business.”
Ihenacho added that over the years, Seven Energy had implemented a number of initiatives such as the Green Team Initiative, which is a community engagement process where community leaders and youths are engaged to maintain and monitor pipeline rights of way.
It has implemented community enlightenment programmes aimed at ensuring safety of the company’s facilities and those people living within the pipeline rights of way.