Subject: Governance & Policy

  • 3 recommendations for policy makers as Nigeria moves to regulate blockchain technology

    3 recommendations for policy makers as Nigeria moves to regulate blockchain technology

    Technology law and policy consultant, Timi Olagunju provides a few recommendations for policy makers following the desire of the Nigerian House of Representatives to put in place a legal framework for the regulation of the blockchain technology in the country

  • NCC and a seeming two-faced stance on broadband infrastructure in Nigeria

    NCC and a seeming two-faced stance on broadband infrastructure in Nigeria

    It appears the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) is not on the same path with the Nigerian National Broadband Plan towards driving Internet penetration in the country. Earlier in the year, NCC licensed two additional Infrastructure Companies (InfraCos) towards deepening broadband penetration. And according to Vanguard, NCC’s Executive Vice Chairman, Umar Danbatta urged the InfraCos to rollout […]

  • Nigerian House of Representatives wants cryptocurrency and other blockchain technologies regulated

    Nigerian House of Representatives wants cryptocurrency and other blockchain technologies regulated

    The lower chamber of the Nigerian National Assembly — the House of Representatives — has called on the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Nigerian Deposit Insurance Commission (NDIC) to come up with a regulatory framework for blockchain technology in the country. According to Business Day, the call was made after adopting a bill […]

  • Securities and Exchange Commission considers e-IPOs

    Securities and Exchange Commission considers e-IPOs

    The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Nigeria Stock Exchange, Central Securities and Clearing System, and six other organisations have come together under a committee to ponder the modalities involved in issuing Electronic Initial Public Offers (e-IPOs) in the country. e-IPOs facilitate online offerings of a private company’s stock to the public. According to the Central […]

  • Some evidence suggests Bayelsa State Government hacks its citizens

    Some evidence suggests Bayelsa State Government hacks its citizens

    Hacking Team, an Italian based company that sells intrusion and surveillance software allowing governments to hack into computers recently got hacked after a data breach by unknown hackers dumped over 400GB of internal documents on torrent sites. The validity of the documents have been refuted by the company but researchers claim the documents are valid, […]

  • Connectivity In Nigeria At Risk As Pinnacle Sues The NBC

    Connectivity In Nigeria At Risk As Pinnacle Sues The NBC

    Signal distributor, Pinnacle Communications has filed a lawsuit against Nigeria’s National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) for 1.2 trillion naira (whoa!) over an alleged breach of a contract. According to Pinnacle, the NBC had agreed on a deal in which one of the terms was that “only two signal distributors were to be licensed at the initial […]

  • Look What NIRA Did With Your Premium .NG Domain Money

    Look What NIRA Did With Your Premium .NG Domain Money

    You remember the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA) recently reviewed the status of over 1800 (not-so) premium .ng domains. Domains like aero.ng, acid.ng and freebies.ng, which were previously auction for outrageous prices, are now available for the “regular” price of N15000 (about $75). But did you ever wonder what NIRA did with all that “premium” […]

  • There Are Over 142 Million Active Telephone Numbers In Nigeria

    There Are Over 142 Million Active Telephone Numbers In Nigeria

    The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has announced that the number of active telephone lines in Nigeria has risen above 142 million; 142, 589,775 in February 2015, to be very precise, showing an increase of 1,766,938 lines from the previously recorded 140,275,599 in January 2015. Of the 142, 589,775 active numbers, the GSM service providers have […]

  • Premium .ng Domain Names Now Available At Regular Prices

    Premium .ng Domain Names Now Available At Regular Prices

    Recently, the .ng registry reviewed the premium list and have reduced the number of domains available on the premium list. This means that some domains that were originally unavailable are now available for registration at regular prices. As at 31st December 2014, about 18,000 .ng domain activities were already recorded; and the Nigeria Internet Registration […]

  • The NCC and 5 Telcos Now Owe The APC N500 million in Damages

    The NCC and 5 Telcos Now Owe The APC N500 million in Damages

    Back in January, ahead of the General Elections then set for February 14, 2015, the APC setup an SMS-based crowdfunding platform to raise funds for the General Buhari Campaign. They enlisted the services of 5 major telcos in Nigeria – Airtel, Etisalat, Globacom, MTN and Visafone – to make this possible. It was an instant […]