SDGs Solutions Convergence is a programme adopted by Ogun State Bureau of Information Technology, in collaboration with LEAD Resources, to train Civil Servants from various Ministries on how to identify problems, and proffer and implement relevant solutions in their Ministries.
Two editions of the SDGs Solutions Convergence have been facilitated by LEAD Resources at Ogun Tech Hub. The Solutions Convergences covered an introduction to the Sustainable Development Goals, the application of Design Thinking in Problem Solving, and the need to leverage emerging technologies to generate relevant solutions.
Last week, a dry run of the previous Solutions Convergence was facilitated by LEAD Resources at Ogun Tech Hub. This was done to equip the staff of the Bureau of Information Technology (BIT) with the knowledge required to conduct a Solutions Convergence for the Ministry of Finance and the Auditor General’s Office. Simply put, the dry run was aimed at “training the trainers.”
The dry run held for two days. On the first day, the participants of the dry run were reminded of what they were taught in the previous Solutions Convergence. They were given extra materials and tips for effective training. They were also taught how to carry participants along when conducting their Solutions Convergence for the Ministry of Finance and the Auditor General’s Office.
On the second day, the participants of the dry run were divided into three teams to conduct a test Solutions Convergence by themselves. By so doing, the areas for improvements were spotted for corrections. At the end of the dry run, the participants saw the need to put more effort into preparing for the Solutions Convergence for maximum output and solutions generation.
At LEAD Resources, we pride ourselves as solutions architects that seek to contribute to the achievement of the Global Goals by proactively identifying opportunities, stimulating innovations, and generating solutions to problems/challenges in our polity.
Oluwatobiloba Dairo is an Associate Solutions Architect at LEAD Resources, where she is exploring a rapid Knowledge Acquisition path, building digitized competencies relevant for Career Development, and stimulating solutions for individuals, organizations, and the Government. She is a graduate of Mathematics and an advocate of women in Leadership. She is interested in Financial and Data Analysis.
Dukia Gold is a precious metals transaction platform developed to provide holistic solutions to the myriads of challenges in the solid mineral industry in Nigeria. It is available for download at Google Play Store.
WHY DUKIA GOLD?
Nigeria has suffered endemic corruption in virtually every sector and sphere. Daily, many are churned out of the system with a couple of disadvantages that propel them to descend into the pit of corruption and wickedness against their fellow men. However, there are always a select few who have hearts to fight lawlessness in their spheres of influence. This Dukia Gold is a contribution of such people.
The state-of-the-art solution was developed to introduce transparency and order into Nigeria’s precious metals industry, especially as it pertains to gold. The solution automates transactions from end-to-end such that all stakeholders benefit expressly and accordingly.
Dukia Gold was born of another platform. It was not created with the intention to take the world by storm as it were; it was developed to be a proof of concept by a group of young, local developers. The solution which opened the way for the development of Dukia Gold is called Hamora.
Hamora is the premiere online, socio-cultural platform which aggregates the culture and heritage of Ogun state. It is a crowd-sourcing platform which allows for indigenes of the state to share their own content in history, artifacts, commerce, business, projects, festivals and related socio-cultural topics. The Hamora platform was developed between October and December, 2019 by the Technology and Innovation team of LEAD Resources, Marcellus Nwankwo and Ayo Lala.
After development, Hamora was showcased to the Digital Advisory Economy Group. The Chairman of the Digital Advisory Economy Group (the Former MD. of Chams Technology, Lagos), Mr. Williams, appreciated the thought process, the work process, the delivery of the presentation and the potential of the platform.
Williams verified the true creators of the Hamora platform to be “local web
developers,” the Technology and Innovation team of LEAD Resources, Marcellus
Nwankwo and Ayo Lala. In the moment, he suggested to the Chief Solutions
Architect of LEAD Resources, Mr. Kehinde Sogunle, that another application be
developed, one that he envisioned would be ground-breaking, proving that such a
thing can be created by Nigerian youths.
a formal meeting was held where they discussed the scope of what the young
developers were to accomplish and in no time, work started. It started out as a
proof of concept as the developers presented a minimum viable product within
two weeks. In no time, this minimum viable product became a product that was
sought for by major stakeholders.
The developers thereafter had to review and deepen the platform. This led to the collaboration of the Dukia Gold team with Heritage Bank Plc. The work process for Dukia Gold is such that it incorporates the transactional and storage facilities of a bank, which of course is now Heritage Bank Plc.
Gold was launched on the 9th of June, 2020 by 9 am via Zoom – Meet
and Chat. In attendance were over 425 guests including stakeholders such as:
Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, Professor
Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, GCON;
Minister of Mines & Steel Development, Arc. Olamilekan Adegbite;
Minister of State, Mines & Steel Development, Dr. Uchechukwu Ogah;
Minister of Finance, Budget & National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed;
Minister of Industry, Trade & Investment, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo;
Executive Governor, Ekiti state, Mr. Kayode Fayemi;
Chairman, Heritage Bank, Jani Ibrahim;
Managing Director, Heritage Bank, Mr. Ifie Sakibo;
Managing Director, Lagos Commodities & Futures Exchange (LCFE), Mr. Akin
Managing Director, PAC Capital, Mr. Humphrey Oriakhi;
Managing Director, NewWaves Ecosystem, Mr. Femi Williams;
Executive Secretary, Solid Mineral Development Fund, Mrs. Hajiyaf Fatima
Director, Global Head, Advisory and Capital Markets, AFREXIM Bank, Mr. Ibrahim
Chief Solutions Architect, LEAD Resources, Mr. Kehinde Sogunle;
Amongst many other relevant
HOW TO USE
Dukia Gold comprises all the necessary tools for a seller to begin and complete transactions. First, the application is downloaded from Google Play Store and installed accordingly. After installation, the user is prompted to complete a registration process.
can register in Non-Licensed category as:
Recycled Gold Seller (such as
housewives and gold owners)
can register in Licensed category as:
registration is complete!
The application intelligently engages in Know Your Customer (KYC) verification using facial recognition technology against Bank Verification Number (BVN), thereby verifying accounts for sellers, real time. A unique DUKIA membership code is created after successful registration. Subsequent log in to the application is via facial recognition, fingerprint or password.
log in, the user is taken to the home page which contains the tools for all
transactions. The miner or seller then proceeds to any of the buying centres at
Heritage Bank nationwide to sell his or her gold. The miner or seller initiates
the transaction on the mobile app.
The buying centres are equipped with sophisticated electronic weighing scale and X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) devices which give undisputed certificate of quality with the percentage of gold and other elements in the sample. The seller is attended to by a world-class precious metals assay and evaluation expert.
evaluation of the sample, the seller consents to the offer and Heritage bank
credits the sellers’ account electronically. The gold sample is packaged in a
tamper-proof bag for vaulting and onward processing and subsequent storage in a
platform complies with all relevant local and international standards such as
OECD, OBMA, Responsible Gold Buying and NDPR guidelines. It is thoroughly
user-friendly and proudly Nigerian.
Dukia-Gold application has taken the solid mineral industry in Nigeria by storm
and gradually, its relevance is spreading beyond the shores of the nation, just
like a dream!