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HON. DAPO LAM-ADESINA COMMENCES VOCATIONAL TRAINING UNDER THE PHASE ONE OF OMO OLOORE POVERTY ERADICATION/BUSINESS SUPPORT SCHEME

Four hundred and twenty nine (429) People from Ibadan North East/South East Federal Constituency are presently undergoing vocational training in preparation for empowerment to establish businesses of their own. The legislator representing Ibadan North East/South East federal constituency in the House of Representatives Abuja, Hon. Adedapo Lam-Adesina is set to redeem one of the critical fulcrum of his 8point cardinal programme as he has kick started the vocational training of the unemployed in fashion designing, mechanical grinding,small scale businesses and tricycle riding at his two constituency offices in Ibadan. Hon. Dapo Lam-Adesina who is a member of the House Committees on Poverty Alleviation and Labour,Productivity & Employment lamented the present astronomical rate of unemployment in the country where 27% of skilled and unskilled youths are jobless, owing to poor statistical population planning by previous concerned authorities. "The realities are evidently c

Engineering: more than math and science By Julie Olson

I am a female engineer in a male-dominated industry. As females, we are underrepresented in the field and I would be excited to see that change. We can all start by changing the way we talk about engineering and other STEM-related fields. When people describe an engineer's job, they tend to describe a career comprised solely of math and science, but that doesn't tell the whole story. Yes, much of the work I do as an engineer uses math and science skills I've acquired through schooling and on-the-job experience. But if the conversation stops there, you miss the most compelling parts of my job — creativity, problem-solving and a real-world, tangible impact on the community around me. These are the parts of my job that spoke to me when I chose this career path and that I believe will speak to bright young females who are considering theirs. There is a critical need to change the dialogue around the engineering profession. Studies have found that girls believe a career i

Now that Bike could generate your needed electricity

Millions of people around the world are without access to electricity at any given time – but the man behind 5-Hour Energy drinks claims to have found the answer. The ‘Free Electric’ solution from Billions in Change uses a simple stationary bike to generate 24 hours of electricity, and it’s backed by Living Essentials CEO Manoj Bhargava. The bike requires just one hour of pedalling to produce a whole day’s worth of electricity, and the CEO and philanthropist is calling it ‘the cheapest, most practical way’ to create electricity around the world. The Free Electric solution is based on human mechanical energy, harnessed through a simple stationary bike. Homes in much of the world have electricity for just a few hours a day, if at all, but the Free Electric solution aims to change this. Even highly developed areas sometimes face crisis when electricity becomes suddenly unavailable, during natural disasters or blackouts. With no connection to ‘the grid,’ this bike can prov

Whatsapp set to cut support for BlackBerry OS, Android 2.1, 2.2 and Windows 7.1 devices

Whatsapp will no longer be working on Blackberry Operating System from the end of 2016. The report comes in as the social messaging giant posted about it officially in a blog post. Whatsapp is one of the most used social messaging application and off late, they have been introducing quite a few interesting feature. After being taken over by Facebook, it seems that the social messaging application has taken a notch up, when it comes to the quality of its features. Whatsapp set to cut support for BlackBerry OS, Android 2.1, 2.2 and Windows 7.1 devicesWhatsapp will be cutting down support for the versions of the Blackberry Operating system, even the latest version of the OS, which seems quite a handy one. At the time of their launch in the year 2009, smartphones were either Nokia or Blackberry devices and not it really feels bad to be cutting of the services. The developers have decided to cut off from the operating system, because the OS does not provide the features and the additi

How to stop the cheating of teachers in Niger by Ibrahim Dooba

Since 2015, teachers in Bida local government told me that there was a particular desk officer in the LGA who deducted their salaries monthly.  I did a little digging and found that many people have found cause to complain about the guy.  It was discovered that he has been sharing salaries with some teachers for up to seven years because he sold the appointment letters to those teachers.  Also, in some months, salaries were deducted without explanation. When confronted, he was reported to have said: “Do whatever you want!  Tell whoever you want.” The victims actually proposed two solutions to me. However, my first resolve was to go to the guy and tell him off.  But an uncle told me that in matters like this, I should first tell the most superior officer.  In this case, it was the permanent secretary in the ministry of education.  Actually, earlier, this permanent secretary had solved the problem of a corrupt principal immediately I informed him about it.  So I was confide

Kachikwu: We’ll Reduce Oil Exports, Focus On Domestic Market

                         Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources and Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), has said that Nigeria would increase crude oil production to meet local demand and not to essentially sell it in the international market. Kachikwu explained that the oil output would remain unchanged from the January level of 2.2 million barrels a day, but export would be reduced to focus on local refining and supply of petroleum products to the Nigerian market, which requires at least 500,000 barrels a day. Nigeria is a net importer of refined petroleum products, in spite of being one of the world’s largest producers of crude oil, on account of low refining capacity and an oil and gas industry riddled with corruption and complex deals. President Muhammadu Buhari appointed Kachikwu as head of the NNPC, the state-owned oil monopoly, to reform the industry. Under Kachikwu, the moribund refineries have been resusc

FINALLY RETURNING HOME AFTER SPENDING 340 DAYS IN SPACE

 NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly prepares to return home, after spending 340 days in space. On Tuesday, March 1, US astronaut Scott Kelly is finally returning home, after spending 340 days in space. He traveled 144 million miles around the Earth. He performed 400 experiments. He posted 700 mesmerizing photos to Instagram. Scott Joseph Kelly (born February 21, 1964) is an American astronaut, engineer and a retired U.S. Navy Captain. A veteran of three previous missions, Kelly was selected for this special year-long to the International Space Station, which began in March 2015. Kelly commanded the International Space Station (ISS) on Expedition 26. Kelly’s identical twin brother, Mark Kelly, is a former astronaut. The Kelly brothers are the only siblings to have traveled in space.  Also, Kelly was featured on the cover of Time Magazine’s December 2014/January 2015 Issue and was included in one of Time’s Top 100 Most Influential People in the World for 2016. During the January 201

ENGINEERING AND ITS CHALLENGES ON THE FEMALE FOLKS, THE WAY FORWARD

According to the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), Engineering is a profession in which knowledge of mathematics and natural sciences gained by study, experience, and practice is applied with judgment to develop ways to utilize economically the materials and forces of nature for the benefit of mankind. The Faculty of Engineering in the University of Maiduguri comprises of seven (7) departments, which are The Department of Agriculture and environmental resources engineering, Chemical engineering, Civil and Water resources engineering, Computer engineering, Electrical and Electronics engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Food Science and Technology. As it is generally known engineering is too often seen as a male career option, and there is large disparity in the ratio of men to women studying engineering and technology courses all over the world, especially in Africa; University of Maiduguri is no exception to this. It should be noted that there must b

MISSING LINK IN NIGERIA’S DEVELOPMENT: INSUFFICIENT ENGINEERS IN THE POLICY SPACE BY ENGR OTIS ANYAEJI

Protocols. Greetings. In keeping with traditions of the great and honourable the NIGERIAN SOCIETY OF ENGINEERS, I stand before you, members and friends of the Society, to take the oath of office of President, the Nigerian Society of Engineers, with you beautiful and great people as witnesses. What a privilege, further rewarded with the honour of addressing your goodselves as custom demands, of my vision for engineering, the Engineer, and the Engineering family in Nigeria in the near term (2016 – 2017), the medium term and the long term. It is therefore necessary that I put before you those issues that are considered the key success factors in the urgent task of using engineering to drive change, which the country recently overwhelmingly voted for. And which in any case is the other name of engineering, whose synonym is development. Those other issues that are still important but fall under the rubrics of good housekeeping, and administrative niceties would be taken u

FG To Support Local Tiles Producers To Reduce Importation Gap

                         Mr Kayode Fayemi, Minister of Solid Minerals Development, has said that the ministry will support local marble and granite tiles producers to reduce importation gap. Fayemi told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on a working visit to FUJIAN Stone Company Limited in Karu, Nasarawa State on Thursday. He reiterated that the ministry would pay attention to value addition to mining companies in Nigeria that would support the ministry to achieve Mr President’s diversification plan. He noted that the company which covered an area of 3,000 acres could only produce 200,000 square metres annually, creating huge gap opportunity for importation of marble and granite. “Nigeria needs four million square metres of marble and granite annually; the bulk of tiles we are using in Nigeria are imported; the ministry will support this company to produce more. “The Managing Director of the company said that averagely, the company is spending N10 million to buy diesel eve

Samsung Corporate Citizenship cements commitment to Africa at Samsung Forum 2016

       Samsung prioritises access to education, healthcare and skills for employability in Africa to help achieve continent's Sustainable Development Goals Samsung Electronics Africa today announced that it will bolster its Corporate Citizenship efforts in Africa in a bid to help the continent achieve its Sustainable Development Goals. Speaking at the 2016 Samsung Africa Forum, Abey Tau, Corporate Citizenship and Public Affairs Manager, said: As a global citizen, we felt it was important to use our technology to give back to society. We do this in four ways: by creating new learning opportunities so that young people can enjoy access to better education; by using our technical expertise to develop and provide access to new healthcare solutions; by supporting youth employment through vocational training and skills development; and by reducing our impact on the environment. According to the World Bank, Sub-Saharan Africa accounts for more than 50% of all out-of-school child

Professor Olayanju To Deliver FUNAAB 51st Inaugural Lecture

                                  A Professor of Agricultural Mechanisation, Tajudeen Olayanju, would deliver the 51st Inaugural Lecture of the University on Wednesday, March 9, 2016. The lecture, which is titled, "Man, Material and Machine: The Tricycle for Agricultural Mechanisation", takes place at the FUNAAB Ceremonial Building, beginning at 2pm, while the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, is expected to chair the occasion. Professor Olayanju's research focus is in Agricultural Engineering with a bias towards Machine Design. The lecture is expected to examine the three factors of production; Man as a designer, Material either plant or animal that exhibits characteristics that have to be understood before an efficient and effective Machine could be built in order to mechanise agriculture. According to the Don, the raw materials available in Nigeria such as agro-allied or solid mineral have peculiar characteristics and qualities, which only local engineers

BASICS OF INDUSTRIAL SAFETY by ENGR. HUMPHREY O. AMADI

1.0      PREAMBLE Safety is a panacea for the sustenance of life and property, without safety there will be no security anywhere, be it at home, school, industry, hospital, offices etc. Upon this backdrop, there is a growing emphasis on the place of safety in the workplace. Laws, conventions, regulations and guidelines have continued to build up dealings with safety issues. Organizations are increasingly being held responsible and accountable for safeguarding the health and safety of their employees and the environment. Since industry is a conglomerate of workers, environment and machinery it becomes  pertinent that industrial safety must be a watch word in action and deed.   2.0      INTRODUCTION 2.1     Safety is defined as a state of being free and protected from dangers, hazards or accidents arising from the environment or workplace (Laboratory, workshop, house, road, school etc). It is generally concerned with the prevention of accidents, promotion of occupation