By Sunday Isuwa, Abuja  The National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP) has granted the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) the patent right for the local production of Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs). The production of the UGVs was a Research and Development (R&D) effort of the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) Kaduna. The UGVs are capable of supporting all phases of NAF operations either in hostile environments or concealed areas. A statement by the NAF headquarters said after production, the vehicles would be used for security patrol and other critical national installations. The AFIT Commandant, Air Vice Marshal Isyaka Bukar, received the patent right certificate on behalf of the NAF today, 12 July 2017. He expressed the determination of the NAF not to relent in the pursuit of innovative projects, being mindful of the impact on national development and preservation of foreign exchange. Air Vice Marshal Bukar also requested for NOTAP’s continued support,...
By Tunde Oguntola, Abuja The federal government has announced a tripartite partnership with the  United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and CNN network to  boost the country’s creative industry. The minister of Information and Culture,  Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who announced the partnership in Lagos yesterday a roundtable meeting said under the partnership, the film industry will be used as a lens through which the country will project various aspects of the Nigerian culture, tourism and similar areas. Using the film industry as a pivot, Alhaji Mohammed reiterated his earlier statement that the creative industry is Nigeria’s will be the nation new oil, saying statistics from other countries, including the UK and the US, attest to this. “We are kick-starting the project with a 13-episode production showcasing the various stages in a movie production. These include the choice of location, which will allow us to showcase the various beautiful sceneries available in Nigeria; the...
By Nkechi Isaac, Abuja Deforestation is the largest source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Nigeria: it is responsible for 40 percent of national CO2 emissions (SNC, 2014). According to the second national communication to the UNFCCC, baseline scenario emissions from deforestation will increase from 9.5 MtCO2e/year in 1990 to 26.5 MtCO2e/year in 2030 (based on a conservative deforestation rate of only 2.6 percent). The National Forest Conservation Council of Nigeria (NFCCN) estimates that a large portion of the forests in Nigeria will be cleared within a few decades if current rates of deforestation are not reduced. All these lead to climate change that will impact on sectors that are strategic for the growth of the economy, such as agriculture, livestock, and water resource management. Increasing temperature, coupled with changes in precipitation patterns and hydrological regimes, will only exacerbate existing vulnerabilities. In a paper on sustainable fuelwood management in Nigeria which he presented...
By Nkechi Isaac, Abuja Though Nigeria’s 2015 general election was seen by many as free and fair, it had a fair share of irregularities attributed largely to the inability to produce real time data and other technical and man-made challenges. As the 2019 election draws near, the Federal Government has shown commitment to ensuring the next general election is free and fair. It has begun training and embracing futuristic technologies that will ensure free and fair polls. Speaking when he received the prototype of the solar-powered electronic voting solution with cloud-based (computing) collation of election results developed by the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) in Abuja, the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, said the voting machine would address issues and challenges that bedevil election processes in the forthcoming elections. He said: “The electronic voting solution developed by NASENI is the solution to the nation’s election issues. It...
By Tunde Oguntola, Abuja The federal government has promised to assist the Republic of Niger to successfully transit from analogue to digital broadcasting under the Digital Switch Over (DSO) project. The minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, made the assurance yesterday in Abuja when he hosted the visiting Minister of Communication of Niger, Madam Sani Koubra. He said Nigeria would make available to Niger the legal framework for its DSO project, as well as its expertise in the area of signal distribution, Set-Top-Box (STB) manufacturing and content production. The Minister said the Nigerian government has the political will to make the DSO a success story for the benefit of all Nigerians and to the ECOWAS Community in the areas of the application of the Digital Dividends, despite the challenges. He listed the challenges facing the DSO as including the availability and cost of STBs and the Content of Broadcast. According to him,...
By Nkechi Isaac, Abuja Even as it battles to end the current economic recession, Nigeria still has to grapple with the International Telecommunications Union’s (ITU) deadline of switching from analogue to digital transmission by June 2017. We missed two previous deadlines set by the ITU in 2012 and 2015. With the Federal Government making efforts to develop various sectors of the economy to begin to contribute significantly to the National Gross Domestic Product, stakeholders in those sectors are harping on the need to reduce massive importation and concentrate on developing the economy via indigenous technology. It is no secret that the economy is driven by 90 percent of foreign technologies even when there are indigenous technologies capable of handling some of these technological needs. The government has shown commitment in the development and patronage of local technologies and this has materialised in strategic partnerships to reduce foreign technology importation. Speaking recently during a...
By Nkechi Isaac, Abuja The Federal Government has urged female students from various secondary schools across the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, to pick interest and develop their capacity in Information and Communication Technology (ICT), saying it is the next frontier for national development. The director-general of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami stated this at the International Girls ICT Day 2017 commemorative event organised by IBI Centre, Veritax Solutions, Media Range Limited and icom.ng in Abuja. He said the girls with ICT skills would never be out of business because the skills are transferable which means they would be able to work almost anywhere in the world. He said: “Looking at your age, you are all lucky to be in the digital natives circle of the world’s redefined demography by technology. You are at natural advantage of having armful of opportunities to grasp unlike the digital...
By Nkechi Isaac, Abuja Good as it seems, most countries still suffer huge infrastructural deficits, seeing through paucity of funds and capacity; experienced and qualified professionals to reduce the shortfall identified in projects and service delivery. Nigeria’s dismal profile in basic infrastructure and the need for cross sector partnership alternatives to bridge the gap cannot be overemphasized. A World Bank and Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility data has indeed underscored the importance of the private sector in growing the economy of developing countries steadily from 1997. That was when many governments turned to the Public Private Partnership, PPP, model for designing, building, financing and operating new and existing public facilities for service  improvement and project delivery. Speaking at the 10th Africa Finance Corporation Summit, aimed at charting a way for infrastructure financing in Africa, the Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, said the Federal Government would make the public private partnerships work in spite...
By Nkechi Isaac, Abuja Even as it battles to end the current economic recession, Nigeria still has to grapple with the International Telecommunications Union’s (ITU) deadline of switching from analogue to digital transmission by June 2017. We missed two previous deadlines set by the ITU in 2012 and 2015. With the Federal Government making efforts to develop various sectors of the economy to begin to contribute significantly to the National Gross Domestic Product, stakeholders in those sectors are harping on the need to reduce massive importation and concentrate on developing the economy via indigenous technology. It is no secret that the economy is driven by 90 percent of foreign technologies even when there are indigenous technologies capable of handling some of these technological needs. The government has shown commitment in the development and patronage of local technologies and this has materialised in strategic partnerships to reduce foreign technology importation. Speaking recently during a...
BY DAVID ADUGE-ANI Managing director of Abuja Technology Village (TV), Ms Hauwa Yabani has disclosed that by the year 2019, all the facilities in the project site of the village would be developed and actual operations will commence. In an interview with LEADERSHIP yesterday, Yabani also revealed that the physical infrastructure on the project site, located along the Airport Road, which is being developed by the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) is about 90 percent completed and ready for private sector participation. “Now by 2019, I can say that it is good enough to say that we will have all the facilities in ATV developed and we will commence actual operation within the site by then. What I can also tell that 90 percent of the infrastructure at the project site has been developed and we thought we are ready for the participation of the private sector.” She stated that her office has advertised available...