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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,...
Nigeria’s telecommunications sector contributed over N15 trillion to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) since the liberalisation of the sector, according to the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). The Executive Vice-Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, made the disclosure at an interactive session with newsmen in Lagos on Tuesday. Danbatta said the sector’s contribution to the GDP increased from eight per cent in the fourth quarter of 2016 to nine per cent in the first quarter of this year. He said that since his assumption of office about 18 months ago, the industry had been adding between N1.43 trillion and N1.45 trillion to the economy every quarter. Danbatta said that his administration had been implementing the eight-point agenda it set out for itself to achieve. He said that the quality of service offered by Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) had not been impressive but that there had been an improvement in the first quarter of this...
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...
Nigeria is to launch Africa’s first nanosatellite (an artificial satellite with a wet mass between one and 10 kg 2.2–22 lb)  into the orbit, the Director-General of National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), Prof Seidu Mohammed, has said. Mohammed told the Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in New York that the Nigeria’s nanosatellite would be launched alongside four other countries between May 23 to May 27. The NASRDA chief disclosed that the nanosatellite would be launched “within the window of May 23 and 27” from the launch base at Miami, Florida, U.S. According to him, the latest satellite to be launched is another feat achieved by the Nigerian engineers. Mohammed said: “Nigeria, along with other four countries – Japan, Ghana, Bangladesh and Nepal – in the last one year, came together to work in a constellation to build about five nanosatellites. “You may ask ‘what are these nanosatellites for?’ It’s...
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...
BY ANAYO ONUKWUGHA Rivers State Governor, Chief Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike has expressed regret that the Federal Government is yet to give science and technology, the priority attention it deserve. Wike, who disclosed this when the national executive council of the Science Teachers Association of Nigeria (STAN), paid him a courtesy call at Government House, Port Harcourt, called for increased investments in science  and technology for the nation to experience rapid development. The governor stated that science teachers should be encouraged with necessary incentives to carry out their responsibilities of preparing Nigerian children for developmental roles. He said, "Nigeria cannot develop unless the nation invests in the teaching of science and mathematics at all levels. That is the way to go. We cannot talk of Development without science and mathematics. There must be the needed encouragement and incentives for teachers of mathematics." Wike, who commended STAN for their contributions to the development of science education over the last six decades,...
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...
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...

9Mobile Unveils New Logo, Website

…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 Nkechi Isaac Maize (also known as ‘corn’ in some countries) is one of the most common and important food crops across Africa. It is widely eaten in various forms and more than 900 million Africans depend on maize every year because it is often cheaper than rice and wheat, two of the other most consumed cereals. A report released by the IITA estimates that about 800 million tons of maize is produced worldwide every year. According to the report, though the United States remains the world’s largest producer with 42 percent of all maize produced globally, Africa contributes significantly in this production with 6.5 percent of this volume which is still insufficient for local consumption. Nigeria remains Africa’s largest producer with nearly 8 million tons per annum. It is closely followed by South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda. It was therefore a nightmare when Nigeria like the rest of Africa woke up to...