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Pantami Says USSD Challenge Faced by MTN Users will be Resolved Soon

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The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Isa Pantami have assured that the challenge encountered by MTN users through the Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) channel will be resolved soon.

 

Earlier: Banks disconnected MTN customers from Banking Channels

Millions of MTN customers on Friday were stranded as they were disconnected from banking channels including the Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) and banking apps.

According to Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), MTN has up to 77.35 million subscribers.

Customers complain on Friday of being unable to recharge their MTN lines using USSD and other banking methods

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This also affected other banking services with USSD.

It is said that banks wrote back to aggregators to revert back to the old commission or face being blocked from banking service.

The channels were blocked at midnight leaving MTN customers stranded, as they face declined transactions.

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U.S. Officials : Suspected Russian Hackers Broke Into Federal Agencies

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In what is tagged as one of the most sophisticated hack in half a decade, email systems were breached at the Treasury and Commerce Departments.

President Trump acknowledged on Sunday that hackers acting on behalf of a foreign government — probably a Russian intelligence agency, according to federal and private experts — broke into a range of key government networks, including in the Treasury and Commerce Departments, and had free access to their email systems.

Officials said an investigation was on to determine if other parts of the government had been affected by what looked to be one of the most sophisticated attacks on federal systems in the past five years. it is said that a series of national security-related agencies were also targeted.

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The Trump administration said little in public about the hack, which suggested that while the government was worried about Russian intervention in the 2020 election, key agencies working for the administration — and unrelated to the election — were actually the subject of a sophisticated attack that they were unaware of until recent weeks.

The Trump administration said while the government was worried about russia hacking the election, key agencies where subject to what has now becom one of the most sophisticated attack in five years.

“The United States government is aware of these reports, and we are taking all necessary steps to identify and remedy any possible issues related to this situation,” John Ullyot, a spokesman for the National Security Council, said in a statement.

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NITDA Establishes Nigeria First Artificial Intelligence and Robotic Center

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The Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Mr. Kashifu Inuwa has said that the National Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (NCAIR) built by their Agency, will foster the development of emerging technologies in preparing Nigeria for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Inuwa, gave the assurance in a remark on Friday during the official commissioning of the Centre, in Wuye District Abuja.
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He said the project is one among many of NITDA’s developmental programmers in accordance with the Agency’s core mandate of facilitating the growth of Information Technology (IT) development in Nigeria.

PRNigeria gathered that the Centre is fully equipped with a Digital Innovation Lab, which will serve as a one-stop shop for digital innovation support; a Makerspace and Fabrication Lab (Fab Lab) Infrastructure that will support Innovation-Driven Enterprise (IDEs) for potential entrepreneurs to convert their ideas into products and services; Printed Circuit Board Facilities; 3D Printer; Co-working space for startups, and training facilities.

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Federal Government Approves Digital Identity Registration for IDPs

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Nigeria’s Federal executive council (FEC) has approved a policy on digital identity for internally displaced persons (IDPs) and a request for the construction of a digital innovation and entrepreneurship center.

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The Minister of the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, presented memos on a draft National policy on digital identity for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Nigeria and a request for the construction of a digital innovation and entrepreneurship center at the Federal Executive Council (FEC) which took place on the 11th of November, 2020.

The policy seeks to integrate IDPs, regardless of challenges that they face, such as lack of documentation and vulnerability.

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