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THE NIGERIAN ENGINEER FLYING AGAINST THE WIND BY ISQIL NAJIM

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" The sad reality is that most of these graduates are becoming experts in negativity and why and how things cannot work..…” ..Isqil Najim

He went to school with intention of being a change maker and a problem solver. He was told that if he can be the best in his class he will build the best bridges, great automobiles and railroads. He was shown the images and works of great engineers and scientists of years gone by. Albert Einstein is just too exalted not to be emulated. The discoveries of Sir Isaac Newton brought changes to science worlds, just as the work of many more distinguished scientists, and technologists all over.
Then he thought of Bill gates, Steve Jobs, Thomas Edison, Louis Pasteur, Guglielmo Marconi and other innovators who had made their mark in tech industry. He pictured in his mind a glorious career path that can also bring him fame, money and respect. Driven by the inspiration of these great achievers and the promises therein, he went into school with resolve to wo…

Nigerian commences plans to develop policy for commercial deployment of 5G technology; seek stakeholders input

The Nigerian Communications Commission has commenced plans to develop a policy for the commercial deployment of fifth generation technology and is seeking the inputs of stakeholders.
The commission, in a statement on Thursday, explained that the trial conducted on the technology in 2019 indicated that 5G technology had improved performance over previous ones and would be beneficial for Nigeria’s socioeconomic development.
The statement signed by the Director, Public Affairs at the NCC, Dr Henry Nkemadu, stated that the deployment of 5G technologies would promote the national digital economy and improve the way Nigerians live and work.
The NCC said 5G had been deployed commercially in other countries and the International Commission for Non-ionising Radiation Protection had classified the radiation from 5G as non-ionising and safe for human beings.
“Following global trends in telecommunications development of 5G, the commission in November 2019 embarked on a proof of concept trial with MTN…

Maikanti Baru: The man who saw all, did all

“Nothing is so strong as gentleness, and nothing is so gentle as real strength.”This saying captures the life and times of Dr. Maikanti Baru, former Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). He still looms so large in the mirror of life, it is difficult to think he has passed; a passage that tempts one to ask God, “Why?”But no respectable faith permits that question, and, certainly, not Baru’s faith.A God-fearing person, he had gone for a programme in Arabic Studies in Egypt upon retirement to know Allah more and to serve Him by preaching His marvellous works.This writer got close to him, when without any previous contact, he responded to his message to share some information within five minutes.The communication continued, getting more and more personal until his words, which were filled with wisdom, were silenced by circumstances that led to his death.Dr. Baru was so humble and gentle, one could mistake him for a shy person. He was man who even f…

Engineering Community Mourns as respected and distinguished Engr Ibrahim Khalil Inuwa dies

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Death has been announced of one of the finest and respected engineers in Nigeria in person of Engr. Ibrahim Khalil Inuwa, OFR, FNSE. A former President of NSE and COREN today, Monday, 11/05 /2020.Until his death he was one of the past presidents of COREN and past National President of NSE. He has since been buried according to Islamic rite. May God Almighty accept his soul with mercy and grant him Jannatil Firdaus.Profile of ENGR. I. K. INUWA, OFRBorn on 15th April, 1949 in Gwale L.G.A, Kano City, Kano State. He had is primary education at Kofar Kudu Junior Primary School, Emir’s Palace, Kano1956-1959, and at the Gwale Senior Primary School, Kano 1960-1962. He received his secondary education at Government College Kaduna 1963-1967 where he obtained West Africa School Certificate with Division One and Rumbas College Kano, 1968-1969 for his Cambridge Higher School Certificate. He attended Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria 1970-1973 where he graduated with B.Eng degree in Mechanical Enginee…

AGBILI MARTIN APPOINTED THE REGIONAL COORDINATOR OF INTERNATIONAL FIREFIGHTERS DAY (IFFD) FOR AFRICAN CONTINENT

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EFCC Arrests Two Chinese For Offering N100m Bribe To Its Top Officer

The Sokoto Zonal Office of the EFCC, has arrested two Chinese: Mr. Meng Wei Kun and Mr. Xu Koi for offering a sum of N50,000,000 as bribe to its Zonal Head, Mr. Abdullahi Lawal.The suspects were arrested on Monday, May 11, 2020 in Sokoto.The bribe was allegedly offered in a desperate bid to compromise ongoing investigations of a construction company, China Zhonghao Nig. Ltd, handling contracts awarded by the Zamfara State Government in the sum of N50,000,000,000.00 (Fifty Billion Naira) between 2012 to 2019.The zonal office of the Commission is investigating the construction company, in connection with the execution of contracts for the construction of township roads in Gummi, Bukkuyun, Anka and Nassarawa towns of Zamfara state; and also the construction of one hundred and sixty eight (168) solar- powered boreholes in the 14 local government areas of the state.  Alarmed by the consistency and professionalism of investigation being conducted, the company reached out to  Lawal with an o…

NNPC records N211bn from petroleum products sales in February Published

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation on Tuesday announced that its downstream subsidiary company in charge of bulk sales and distribution of petroleum products, Petroleum Products Marketing Company, recorded ₦211.62bn sale of white products in February 2020.
NNPC’s Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Kennie Obateru, explained that the figure contained in the corporation’s February 2020 Monthly Financial and Operations Report was significantly higher compared to the previous month’s record which stood at ₦151.79bn.
The report showed an increased trading surplus of ₦3.95bn garnered by the corporation in February 2020, when compared to the ₦1.87bn surplus that was posted in January 2020.
The 111 per cent growth in the month, the report stated, was largely attributable to improved performance of the Nigerian Gas Company as a result of its low expenses.
Other reasons cited for the increased trading surplus were the reduced deficits post by the downstream units, refiner…

LASG VISITS MAGODO WETLAND, RESTATES ZERO-TOLERANCE ON ILLEGAL PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT

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LASG VISITS MAGODO WETLAND, RESTATES ZERO-TOLERANCE ON ILLEGAL PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT
The Lagos State Government has restated its policy of Zero-tolerance on illegal physical development as the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Idris Salako carried out an assessment visit of the Magodo wetland on Tuesday.
During the visit, the Commissioner observed the state of development within the wetland, where some buildings were either tilting or showing cracks and other signs raising questions about their integrity.
Commissioner Salako reiterated that the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, being responsible for the maintenance of orderly, livable and sustainable environment in the State, would continue to implement the State's Policy of "ZeroTolerance" on all illegal physical developments, including the regrettable encroachment of the Sensitive/Ecological Zones.
He explained that this move became imperative in order to preserve …