Europe’s leading data preservation and access technology developer, Piql, renowned globally for digital preservation in both private and public sectors, has berthed in West Africa.
Norway-based Piql AS with headquarters in Drammen, in collaboration with Piql West Africa, based in both Accra, Ghana and Abuja, Nigeria will help drive digital preservation in the African sub-region.
According to a press statement issued today in Abuja, by Mr Esona Onuoha, founding partner for Piql West Africa Ltd, stated that “Mr. Kanu Emejuaiwe, has been appointed as the Country Manager, Nigeria for Piql West Africa and Mr. James Aggrey-Orleans is the Country Manager for Ghana, the new initiative will help to preserve valuable data for both the private and the public sectors specifically in Nigeria and Ghana and generally in the West African sub-region.
“Nigeria, being the largest economy in Africa, and Ghana, as one of the fastest growing democracies and a leading economy in Africa, have been selected to implement the digital preservation module by Piql.”
On a project funding application to NORAD, the Norwegian agency for development cooperation, the advantages of Piql for the region were clearly highlighted. The projects explored focused on specific framework impediments and challenges within value chains related to digitization, metadata generation, digital transformation and access to authentic information, – as well as secure data storage and long-term digital preservation of valuable information and its related transactions within both the public and private sectors with a primary focus on Ghana and Nigeria,” Mr. Onuoha said.
Adding that, “The challenges around the digital transformation value chains in Ghana and Nigeria are to a great extent common, and the aim of the project is to enable cross-border synergies to increase the impact of the project in the two countries, with other countries and synergies in West Africa planned in the future.”
Mr. Esona Onuoha said Nigeria and Ghana were chosen as the pioneer hubs for Piql because “Ghana and Nigeria are good countries to start in because of the availability of a relatively high number of skilled technology workers.”
Besides, “Ghana has traditionally been seen as a good test market for Nigeria (the largest Economy in Africa). And there are also many initiatives that promote business between Ghana and Nigeria that could be harnessed to drive change”, Esona said.
Temple Data, a leading Ghananian technology firm, has recently signed an agreement with Piql West Africa. On this, Mr. James Aggrey-Orleans said, “Working with our partners Temple Data, I have seen first hand the value that digital preservation can bring to our economies, history and culture.”
On the developmental impact level, Mr. Kanu Emejuaiwe, Country manager, Piql Nigeria, stated that “Piql will aid good governance in Nigeria and improve the quality of life of the populace by providing and equipping decision makers with accurate, relevant information in a timely manner at reduced human and material cost.”
The Piql solution is the only data that is offline, digital, and migration-free. The key material is photosensitive film known as the piqlFilm which is used to store data. The stored data is searchable like any digital storage medium.
Already, the Norwegian Embassies in Nigeria and Ghana with the support of the host governments and chambers of commerce in the region have already authenticated and acknowledged the arrival of Piql in the West African sub-region. Also, some public institutions including the West African Examinations Council, Nigeria Police Force and the Imo State Government have already been targeted to be on the Piqi platform with ongoing discussions on the way forward for record preservation, management and its monetization.
Mr. Esona Onuoha is a successful entrepreneur and marketing professional with diverse interests in business ventures across creative industries, media, real estate and energy in West Africa and diaspora. He founded Independent Energy Nigeria Ltd, Ofa Marginal oil field operators and pioneered Nigeria’s first and fastest growing social impact transit media marketing platform, KekeAds, about twelve years ago.