By Nkechi Isaac, Abuja The importance of science and technology development in the development of nations cannot be over-emphasised. Indeed, science and technology has been identified as the key driver for the national and socio-economic development of any nation because of its cross cutting impact. The utilisation of science in development cuts across every other sector that drives the national or socio-economic development of any nation. Countries like Korea, China, Germany and many others currently seen as some of the most developed in the world were able to attain rapid industrialisation riding on the wings of science and technology. The dip in the price of crude oil and its resultant catastrophic effect on the nation’s Gross Domestic Product has driven the Federal Government to explore other ways of boosting the nation’s economy. This development accounts for the interest in developing the science and technology roadmap to drive development in the sector...
BY ISAIAH BENJAMIN Kaduna State Government has commenced training for 13,000 Senior Secondary School teachers across the state on information and Communication Technology (ICT) under its secondary school e-learning project. Malam Idris Aliyu, Deputy Director Schools, in the state Ministry of Education, Science and Technology who made the disclosure at Kaduna ICT Hub, venue of the training, added that the move was part of government efforts to expose students and teachers to ICT, so as not to lag behind in the current ICT-driven world. He stressed that the training which commenced on Friday and ongoing was to get the teachers ready for the take-off of the Senior Secondary School e-learning project across the state in September this year. It would be recalled that the state government had earlier announced plans to distribute computer tablets to all senior secondary school students in the state under its e-learning project. To this end, Aliyu said that 10,000 tablets,...
By Nkechi Isaac with agency reports A non-governmental organisation, African Forests Forum , has urged African institutions to place a premium on private afforestation initiatives to restore the ecology. Speaking during the opening ceremony of a 5-day regional workshop on knowledge and experience sharing by public and private sector in Accra, Ghana, the AFF executive secretary, Prof. Godwin Kowero, said Africa stood a chance of profiting from tree plantation if private forestry was well-developed and strengthened. He said; “If the private sector is not strengthened or operating effectively, we would not make progress in the whole forestry sector. “Ghana, for instance, has progressively declined in size and quality of her forest resources. Total carbon stock dropped off from 564 million tonnes in 1970 to 380.9 million tonnes in 2010. The story is no different in other parts of the continent as African countries face difficult choices to support rational and optimal use of...
By Nkechi Isaac, Abuja Telecommunication and ICT industry has a very important role to play in today’s economy. Basically this industry is supporting other industries. In the age of information, the speed and convenience of information exchange decides the development of the economy. A vibrant telecommunications and ICT sector is required to drive and expand national production frontiers across all sectors of the economy. Nigeria’s telecommunication and ICT industry owns great potential. The liberalisation of communication in the telecommunications industry has already increased services enormously. Yet relatively low penetration of mobile subscription and the potential of data generated revenue suggest the potential for further medium term growth. By third quarter of 2016, it had contributes 4.4 percent of total GDP and was the second fastest growing sector in absolute terms. Having the biggest population and economy in Africa, Nigeria has more than 230 million GSM users and a total of 23 million...
…Network integrity, procurement process is intact, says CEO By Chima Akwaja, Lagos Emerging Markets Telecommunication Services Limited (EMTS), previously trading as ‘Etisalat Nigeria’ yesterday officially unveiled its new brand identity, 9mobile, with a new logo and website. Chief executive officer of the company, Boye Olusanya said the telecom operator’s network integrity and procurement process for telelecommuncations infrastructures remains resilient and are done from Nigerian even He said with the migration to a new name and brand, 9mobile promises to sustain and continuously provide innovative and value-adding propositions which it has delivered since inception 9 years ago. Olusanya, said the new brand identity reflects the bold and creative attributes which the organisation shares with its valued subscribers. The vivacity of the brand will enable the company connect more with its subscribers especially the youth. “In our nine years of operations, we have remained at the forefront of innovation and take pride in consistently delivering superior experiences...
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,...