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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...
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 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 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 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...
…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 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 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 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...