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Technology has globalised communications. Now we have to globalise compassion and citizenship.

what is your message to the those people attending the Guardian's New York summit next week? My message to the industry is this: work with us to seize the great opportunities of our time. The advance of information technology and the advent of social media have given us powerful new tools not only to reach people, but to promote action by them. Over the past year, the United Nations has spearheaded an unprecedented global conversation among more than one million people from all regions and backgrounds, particularly the poor and excluded, on their priorities for the post-2015 development agenda. In September,  we issued a report  that captured those voices and presented a vivid picture of the world people want. Our challenge now is to make that future a reality. More than 12 million people now follow the United Nations on social media, and we are seeing like-minded individuals and groups come together to support causes such as the eradication of poverty and to promote mutual

Nigerian Society of Engineers, 2013 International Conference, Abuja 9th-13th Dec 2013 (details)

Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) CALLING!!!!!! Now that the first early bird registration has closed, the fees for this year NSE Conference starting from Nov 1st 2013 are as follows: Fellows Registration:      40,000 Corporate Registration: N40,000 Graduates Registration:  N10,000 Spouses Registration: N5000 Students Registration: N2,000 International Participants: $250

FROM ‘OPON-IMO’ TO ‘ALLON KARATU’ (Moving Osun State ICT revolution to Kano?) by Auwal Sani Anwar

The first time I met Gov. Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State, I came off with a feeling like I had just been hypnotized. It was at the launching of a book written by Salihu Moh’d Lukman titled ‘2015: Manifesto of Nigerian Opposition Politics’ at the Yaradua Centre in Abuja in January, 2013. He was given an opportunity to talk to the audience and talk he did. The crux of his talk was the need for Nigerian politicians and people to put their acts together so as to make this nation work. His passion, method and choice of words were the instruments of the ‘hypnosis’ that I was talking about. One minute, he would be whispering to get your attention; in the next, the decibels could reach high heavens. I was transfixed. In the end he concluded by saying that ‘Nigeria is the country that will show the world that blacks are human beings.’ The rousing applause said it all. But as I gradually came out of the trance, a small voice asked me, ‘Could he be for real?’

Technology is the way out for Employment Generation in Nigerian, says Barth Ukaegbu, Lagos Chairman, NATE

Mr. Bartholomew Ukaegbu is the Chairman, Nigerian Association of Technologists in Engineering, Lagos Branch. In this interview with  Okechukwu Nnodim , he says technologists should start small-scale industries in areas of their professional competences How  relevant are technologists to Nigeria’s economic development? Let me start by telling you that Nigeria is striving to be one of the 20 industrialised nations of the world by the year 2020. The relevance of technologists is not far fetched, in the sense that most of the functioning engineering outfit in the country are being manned by members of NATE. Is it in the building of roads, bridges, buildings, PHCN facilities and other infrastructural systems? Most of these facilities are manned by members of this noble association. And that is why we are saying that the issue of dichotomy, as it concerns B.Sc. and HND holders should be looked into by the government. The transformation agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan has been

"Education is not a way to escape poverty - It is a way of fighting it." Julius Nyerere

International Workshop on Education and Poverty Eradication Kampala , Uganda, 30 July to 3 August 2001 "Education is not a way to escape poverty - It is a way of fighting it." Julius Nyerere, former President of the United Republic of Tanzania 1. Context Poverty Eradication and Education During the World Education Forum held in Dakar in April 2000, the international community underscored the need to eradicate extreme poverty and gave its collective commitment to work towards this aim through education. A commitment to poverty eradication was also one of the most important outcomes of the World Summit for Social Development held in Copenhagen in 1995, where abject poverty was considered a severe injustice and an abuse of human rights. Its action programme proposes to support livelihood systems and survival skills to help poor people to combat poverty. Subsequently, the United Nations General Assembly declared the period 1997 to 2006 as the First United Nations D

Innovation, Catch-up and Leapfrogging: Policy Implications for Emerging Economies

Seminar  Series: Science, Technology, and Globalization Project Special Event Invitation Only - Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer Building December 4, 2013 8:30-10:30 a.m. One of the puzzles about why some countries have stronger economic growth than others revolves around the so-called 'middle-income trap', the situation in which a country that has grown strongly gets stuck at a certain level. In this book, Keun Lee explores the reasons why examples of successful catching-up are limited and in particular, why the Asian economies, including China, have managed to move, or are moving, beyond middle-income status but economic growth has stalled in some Latin American countries. This is one of the first studies to demonstrate using patent analysis that the secret lies in innovative systems at the firm, sector and country levels which promote investment in what the author calls 'short-cycle' technologies and thereby create a new path different from that of forerunning countr

It's time to construct your social media strategy By Martin Brown

Over the past year or so we have seen growth and a big change in attitudes to social media, perhaps particularly with Twitter, which is now an accepted element in today’s communication mix. Those who a few years back were adamantly against social media have now joined, often with a fanfare of “we’ve arrived, we’re innovative” and with some organisations once totally anti social media now proclaiming expertise in helping others. In 2012 I wrote in The Guardian (Why the construction sector should engage with social media) that one of the barriers to social media take-up, and hence by default a barrier to collaborative working communications, BIM, learning and sharing and general construction improvement is the reluctance of directors and senior managers to recognise, embrace or enable social media. Of course there are as ever some great exceptions to this. But all too often directors have tinkered out of curiosity, and empty LinkedIn and Twitter accounts now tell a differen


Engr Robert Ife Akintunde fnse was a past Chairman, NSE Ibadan Branch and became the President of the prestigious Nigerian Society of Engineers NSE in 1987 and 1988. He was also the Vice P resident of the World Federation of Engineering Organisations for two terms having being first elected in Arusha, Tanzania in1991 and re-elected at LA Havana, Cuba in 1993. He is one of the few Engineers from Nigeria listed in the edition of the American Association of Engineering Societies , Who's Who in Engineering. We joyfully felicitate with this great Papa Engr as he successfully celebrates his 80th Birthday today 2nd November, 2013. "They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing" says the Scriptures. To our respected Papa, we say Long Life and Prosperity. Aseyi samodun ooo. Dear Members, I hereby implore you to drop your congratulatory message here for this great icon.

Engr. Ali Rabiu: Where is Nigerian Engineers today? Who is to blame?

To answer these questions, one needs to do a passionate analysis. The Nigerian Engineer today is truly in bad shape.  Both the Nigerian Engineer and Government are to blame.  But more the government.  The Government is in charge of policy.  Even in developed countries, the government creates the environment where its citizens function. A favourably operating environment is created through policy framework. For example and to be specific here, if Ajaokuta Steel Co. Ltd was completed as planned, along with Delta Steel Co. Ltd and if other inland Steel Rolling Mills were functional, the Steel Sector would thrive.  There would be reduced importation, jobs would be created and the relevant down-stream industries would come into existence.  Steel Development is a critical infrastructure for any country, talk less of developing countries like Nigeria with enormous market potentials.