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FRSC Opens Four Specialised Drivers’ License Centres For Tanker Drivers July

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THE Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) has concluded plans to open four specialised drivers’ licensing centres across the country in July. This is to ensure that only competent persons drive trucks and tankers on Nigerian roads.
The Corps Marshal, Mr. Boboye Oyeyemi, according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), said this during an interview with newsmen in Abuja yesterday.
According to Oyeyemi, the four specialised centres would be opened in Suleja (Niger), Warri (Delta), Kaduna (Kaduna) and Lagos (Lagos State) in order to ensure that only trained tanker drivers engage in tanker driving.
“Not all drivers can operate trucks and not all tanker drivers have the required capacity to handle such machines. In two weeks time (July), we are going to open specialised drivers license centres for tanker and truck drivers, where we will be training and retraining tanker drivers to ensure safety on the roads.
“That is why Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD-NUPENG) is partnering with us to re-train all…

Russia’s Secret Hypersonic Nuclear Missile Yu-71 Can Breach Existing Missile Defense Systems: Experts

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Russia’s new Yu-71 hypersonic missile is said to have maximum speed of about 7,000 mph. Costas Metaxakis/AFP/Getty Images
Russia is currently working on a new hypersonic missile, which can carry nuclear warheads and breach existing missile defense systems, according to military experts. The new weapon is part of Russia’s plans to modernize the country’s strategic missile force.

Russia is said to have spent several years developing the “Yu-71” missile, under a project codenamed “Project 4202.” The missile is claimed to have a maximum speed of 11,200 kilometers per hour (about 7,000 mph or Mach 10), and is also said to be highly maneuverable. Russia has so far carried out four tests of the Yu-71, with the most recent test flight conducted on Feb. 26, Russia’s Sputnik News reported, citing a recent report by Jane’s Intelligence Review.

“This would give Russia the ability to deliver a guaranteed small-scale strike against a target of choice; if coupled with an ability to penetrate missil…

Breaking: Buhari Dissolves NNPC Board

President Muhammadu Buhari has dissolved the board of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) with immediate effect. This was contained in a letter signed on Friday by Danladi Kifasi, head of the civil service of the federation. Buhari had been expressing dissatisfaction with the corporation in recent times. On Tuesday when he met with the 36 states governors, the president said he had it on good authority that “a lot of illegal activities were taking place in many government corporations, particularly the NNPC”.

More Nigerians embrace solar power as public supply tumbles

Solar power may not be very cheap, but more people now see it as the solution to incessant outages, CHUX OHAI writes

During the 2015 Silverbird Man of the Year event, which was held in Lagos about a month ago, Chairman of the Silverbird Group, Ben Murray-Bruce, unveiled a solar-powered car said to have been built to his specification by Kia Motors.

Murray-Bruce told his awed audience that the electric car, as some people now call it, required neither petrol nor gas to function. The vehicle, which was different from any other that Nigerians have ever known, could only be fuelled with energy sourced directly from the sun.

Once fully charged with the aid of sunlight, he had added, the car could be driven for a total of eight hours.

The event had attracted mixed reactions across the country. Although some people treated it as just another novelty, others, who were more discerning and, probably, aware that scientists had predicted that by the year 2050 solar power would become the largest …

Nigeria's refineries to resume production next month: official

Lagos (AFP) - Nigeria's four refineries will resume production next month, a spokesman for the state-run oil group said Thursday, raising hope of an end to perennial petrol shortages that have plagued Africa's largest crude producer.
"The refineries at Warri, Port Harcourt and Kaduna will resume next month after a successful turn-around-maintenance (overhaul) of their facilities," Ohi Alegbe of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) told AFP.
"The turn-around-maintenance has been on for some time. We did not just want to make any noise about it. The refineries will start production as soon as they have delivery of crude oil for refining," he said.
The NNPC has four refineries -- two in Port Harcourt in the south, one in northern Kaduna and another in southern Warri, with a combined installed capacity of 445,000 barrels per day.
A network of pipelines and depots located throughout the country link these refineries.
Nigeria produces a massive two milli…

INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE IN DEVELOPING AN INFRASTRUCTURAL RANKING AND SCORECARD FOR NIGERIA

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Dear Respondent

INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE IN DEVELOPING AN INFRASTRUCTURAL RANKING AND SCORECARD FOR NIGERIA The quantity and adequacy of infrastructure owned by a nation bears direct impact on the social economic and environmental well-being of the people.
It therefore becomes important to have a basis for evaluating/monitoring progress of development of this important national asset in order to guarantee continuous improvement on a sustainable basis.
This survey, sponsored by the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) seeks to provide a scorecard system for measuring and reporting the progress recorded by progressive governments on the development and management of the Nigerian national infrastructure. As a key stakeholder in this important endeavor, I now have the honor to invite you to participate in this survey in order to give your view and perception on the current state of development of this infrastructure with a view to providing a basis to track the progress and compare current…

Lagos signs Ikeja, Ikoyi, Apapa model city plans

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The Lagos State Government has signed three model city plans to guide physical development of different areas of the metropolis in the next 10 years.

This is in line with its determination to ensure a better, safe and economically viable human settlement in the metropolis.

They are the Ikoyi/Victoria Island, Agege/IfakoIjaiye and Apapa model city plans.

The immediate past Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mr. Toyin Ayinde, said during the presentation of the plans after their official signing, that they were approved by the State Executive Council under Governor Babatunde Fashola.

According to him, the model city plans had earlier been signed for implementation.

He added that the three plans would be printed in book format for easy access by members of the public.

“When you plan, you create order; when you are orderly, you are organised; when you are disorganised, you will be agonised. Therefore, the importance of the plan is to ensure that planning is properl…

Indonesia to rejoin OPEC in move to secure oil supplies

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Indonesia's energy ministry said Friday the country will rejoin the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries this year to forge a closer relationship with oil suppliers.

I Gusti Nyoman Wiratmadja Pudja, director-general of oil and gas at the ministry, said Indonesia will reactivate its membership in November after all OPEC members approved its application to rejoin the oil cartel at a meeting in Vienna last week.

The Southeast Asian country left the group in 2008 after nearly five decades of being the only Asian member amid declining oil reserves and investment. The country joined OPEC two years after it was founded in 1960.

Indonesia hopes membership will strengthen its ability to secure oil supplies and attract investment to its domestic energy industry.

It is Southeast Asia's largest oil producer, but the nation of 250 million people has imported for years because of aging wells and exploration failures. Consumption is continuing to rise but an unpredictable legal sy…

Lagos oilfield to begin production this year

With the award of a rig contract to carry out the drilling and completion programme for the Aje shallow-water field offshore Lagos, the first oil production is expected to begin in the state by December this year.

The operator of the Oil Mining Lease 113 has, on behalf of the joint venture partners, entered into a rig contract with Saipem for the Scarabeo 3 drilling rig to carry out the drilling and completion programme for the Aje Field Cenomanian oil development, Panoro Energy said in a statement on Monday.

The joint venture partners led by Yinka Folawiyo Petroleum Company Limited (the operator) had in October last year taken the final investment decision to develop the first phase of the Aje field.

According to the statement, the Scarabeo 3 rig is a semi-submersible rig currently stationed offshore Lagos. The rig will be moved 18 nautical miles to the Aje drilling location and will be used to carry out well operations for the first phase of the Aje Cenomanian Oil field development…

Invitation: NICE-SA RUST to organise Workshop for Students

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Let's hear the NICESA South/South Coordinator... Ogbonna Stephen on Software Expo. We know how powerful he is on software.. Trust me.!! You don't want to miss out nor to be told the Story.
Courtesy: Nicesa President, Osunde Clinton

Tanzanian entrepreneur wins first Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation

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A Tanzanian chemical engineer has won the first Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation with his specialised water-filtration system.

Dr Askwar Hilonga’s innovation – a sand-based water filter that cleans contaminated drinking water using nanotechnology – has earned him prize money of UK £25,000 (TZS79 million).

Each Nanofilter is engineered for a specific body of water and absorbs the contaminants present – from heavy metals or minerals, such as copper and fluoride, to biological contaminants like bacteria and viruses, and pollutants such as pesticides.

The United Nations reports that up to 115 people in Africa die every hour from diseases linked to contaminated drinking water and poor sanitation. In a 2014 report, former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said AIDS, TB, malaria and other infectious diseases would not be defeated until the battle is won for safe drinking water, sanitation and basic health care.

After an impressive 33 academic publications, Hilonga’s trademarked Nanofil…