BY YAHYA SARKI,KEBBI Small scale farmers and other stakeholders of the agriculture sector in Kebbi have been warned on the dangers of climate change as it affects agricultural production which is the mainstay of the state. This indication was highlighted in Birnin Kebbi during a 1- day sensitization workshop organised for small scale farmers and stakeholders in agriculture by Oxfam, an international charity organisation working to eradicate poverty through agriculture and West Africa Network for Peace (WANEP), a regional organization working towards building relationships for peace in West Africa . During the presentation of a report carried out in some northern states of the country , Kebbi inclusive , small scale farmers especially women have been identified to be most vulnerable to climate fluctuations and extreme weather conditions because of their dependence largely on rainfall and seasonal agriculture . The implication the result said were increased hunger, poverty and even violent clashes . Titilope...
By Nkechi Isaac, Abuja - A team of experts from different African countries says only technological development holds the key to the much desired transformation in Africa. In a communiqué issued at the end of the Senior Expert Dialogue (SED) in Abuja with the theme “Science technology and innovation (STI) and the African transformation agenda: Making new technologies work for Africa’s transformation”, the group of experts maintained that Africa would not witness relative economic growth without the strong deployment of STI. While acknowledging the on-going effort to realise the African leaders’ commitments as expressed in Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa (STISA) 2024 and the African Union’s Agenda 2063, a long-term perspective plan to optimise the use of Africa’s resources for the benefit of all Africans, the experts said Africa must grow and sustain its growth using STI. “African leaders have at various fora and through several actions committed themselves to effect...
…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, 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 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 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 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 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 The principal investigator of the Pod Borer Resistant (PBR) Cowpea project in Nigeria, Institute of Agricultural Research (IAR), Zaria, Prof. Mahammad Ishiyaku, has said Nigeria can save over N16 billion annually on reduction of insecticide’ spray requirement on cowpea. Presenting a keynote address with the theme “Myths and scientific facts about GM crops: Case study of PBR cowpea project in Nigeria” during the North West zonal media familiarization tour and seminar on biosafety and biotechnology in Zaria, the university don said Nigeria would make so much economic benefits when the GM cowpea is commercialised. He said: “Economic benefits include reduction of insecticide spray requirement from 6-8 liter per hectare to 2-3 liter per hectare @ N1200.0 per liter = N5400.0 reduction in production cost per hectare planted with PBR cowpea, if of the 3 million hectares 1 million is planted to PBR cowpea the savings from cost of insecticide...
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...