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Nigeria mulls using local languages to teach science subjects

Worried about students’ low interest in science and technology subjects, the Federal Government has announced plans to teach them in local languages. The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, made the disclosure at the weekend when he presented mobile science kits to pupils of Ekulu Primary School, Enugu. He explained that a research carried out by his ministry showed that the use of foreign language in teaching the subjects was responsible for the low interest. Onu said the research indicated that a child who lived with his parents in the first five years was likely not to understand science and technology subjects taught in foreign languages. It was learnt that schools’ curriculum might be reviewed to incorporate the use of local languages in primary and secondary schools. According to him: “Teaching our children in foreign languages would create a serious challenge, especially when they had become familiar with the indigenous languages while liv

It's time for an innovation revolution in Africa by Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi

In an increasingly globalized world, innovation has become a key differentiating feature that can define long-term business success, which in turn leads to economic growth and consequent job creation. Fostering innovation has however often been the privilege of wealthy nations, given the high R&D costs associated with it and the investments in human capital required to succeed in this undertaking. Paradoxically, innovation in Africa has existed despite a prevailing developmental environment plagued by deficits in skills, technologies or infrastructure. Likely, African innovation stems from the extreme need there exists to find immediate, sustainable solutions for critical problems the continent has been facing, and which threatens to hinder its next phase of development, if not addressed properly. It also relies on Africa’s extensive supply of ideas, which are quietly nursed within the minds of its own people. With the fastest growing population on earth, Africa has ther

How engineers can help Nigeria out of recession’

Moved by the urgent need to get Nigeria out of recession, experts have urged engineers to rise up as innovators to provide products and services which offer something different from the norm. The call, they said became necessary because of the multifaceted role of the engineering profession towards engendering quick recovery from economic recession by stimulating growths and development of the country. Leading the call at a public lecture and induction of new members organised by the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Victoria Island Branch, the Managing Director of Midwestern Oil and Gas Company Limited, Charles Odita, said engineers should play the expected role of a problem solver through initiatives that are geared towards cost reduction in conceptualisation and design through to completion process in manufacturing. The country, he said, requires engineers at a time like this, to be solution driven, collaborate with other professionals, utilise local raw materials and ma

Assessing Petroleum Industry Governance Bill BY Nkechi Isaac

The National Assembly has since 2000 held series of public hearing on the highly contentious Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB) with a view to passing same into law. The absence of the PIB which seeks regulatory framework for the sector has led to lots of investment losses for the country. In assessing the effects the absence of the bill has had on the country, particular attention should be paid in understanding the history of the PIB, trends of countries endowed with natural resources, negative effects of the absence of the PIB and analysis by stakeholders in the sector. History of the PIB The Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) now Petroleum Industry Institutional Framework Governance Bill (PIGB) was initiated as a legal framework for undertaking reforms in the Nigerian oil and gas industry. It has lingered in the National Assembly since year 2000 and is yet to receive the parliamentary nod to pass it into law. The PIB is an executive bill for an act to provide for

How Africa can perform better in the new round of UN development goals by Prof. Ademola Adenle

The aim of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals is to transform lives around the world over the next 13 years. The 2030 agenda includes commitments to 17 goals and 169 targets in tackling sustainable development challenges. These challenges are mainly in the developing world, particularly in Africa. The agenda sends a strong signal that efforts are underway to help tackle the biggest challenges in the world. These include climate change, poverty, diseases, energy crisis, food insecurity and water scarcity. The SDGs were agreed once the time-frame for the Millennium Development Goals had come to an end. African countries failed to meet a number of the Millennium Development Goals. For example, it was the only continent that failed to halve extreme poverty by 2015. The continent is home to the largest number of poor people on earth. But the poverty rate in Eastern Asian countries declined from 61% in 1990 to 4% in 2015. This leaves a fundamental question:

Head Hunter: Chief Executive Officer at a Manufacturing Company in Anambra

Job description Our client is a leading indigenous manufacturer of exclusive quality electrical products and a provider of electrical services listed on the first tier of the Nigerian Stock Exchange. They seek a qualified and goal-oriented individual to fill the role of Chief Executive Officer who will take their ambitions to the next level. CEO Position Summary: The CEO reports directly to the Board of Directors (Board) which is guided by established governance policies and bylaws defining their roles and responsibilities. She/He will be responsible for implementing the Company’s strategic plan including all operations, corporate communications, policy development and business development activities in line with the vision of the founders. Key Roles & Responsibilities: Identify and drive ambitious and sustainable growth in line with the approved company long-term strategic plan and provide an organizational structure for implementing the company’s overall strategic

NSE, NIMechE, APWEN team up with Tony Elumelu Foundation in Application Training Outreach Programme

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TEXT OF THE PRESS CONFERENCE BY PRESIDENT, NIGERIAN SOCIETY OF ENGINEERS ON NNAMDI AZIKIWE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, ABUJA PROPOSED 6 WEEKS CLOSURE

TEXT OF THE PRESS CONFERENCE BY PRESIDENT, NIGERIAN SOCIETY OF ENGINEERS ON NNAMDI AZIKIWE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, ABUJA PROPOSED 6 WEEKS CLOSURE HELD  AT EPRD HALL, NATIONAL ENGINEERING CENTRE, ABUJA. Background The Federal Ministry of Transport (Aviation) held a Stakeholders’ Forum on January 5 th , 2017 at Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja on the proposed closure of Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA) Abuja, for maintenance repairs works. The HMS (Aviation) noted as follows: a.       The FGN has taken a decision to temporarily close the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja for 6 weeks commencing from March 8, 2017 to carry out comprehensive renovation works on the Airport Runway in order to meet International Civil Aviation Standards. b.       The Kaduna International Airport has been designated as the alternative airport to be used during the period of closure. c.        FMoT collaboration with relevant MDAs and organizations focusing on tra

Energy insecurity, a time bomb waiting to explode! By Oneal Lajuwomi

The International Energy Agency (IEA) defines energy security as “the uninterrupted availability of energy sources at an affordable price. Energy security has many aspects: long-term energy security mainly deals with timely investments to supply energy in line with economic developments and environmental needs. On the other hand, short-term energy security focuses on the ability of the energy system to react promptly to sudden changes in the supply-demand balance.” Nigeria is blessed with abundant natural resources, arable land and a teeming young population. The Nigerian economy has lived off oil and gas for survival since time immemorial. Nigeria has been caught in her own web of uncertainty due to various policy somersaults over time and kleptomaniac leaders holding sway in government. Energy security – availability plays a major role in growing and sustaining world economies. Most leading economies are constantly improving on more reliable sources of energy particularl

Airport shutdown, ‘Unmarketing’ Nigeria By Wole Olaoye

In this era of change, you must forgive stakeholders like us who insist that we must do things differently in order to achieve better results. We have condemned the kleptomania of past years and the lack of vision that led to the dilapidation of our national assets. So, let’s fix the problems. But first, let’s not just throw money at problems; let’s deploy intellect. The plan to close the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport for six weeks to effect repairs on the runway is a very bad idea. It smacks of intellectual indolence. I am totally in agreement with the President of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Engr. Otis Oliver Anyaeji that an airport doesn’t have to be closed to effect repairs on the runway. One wonders why Aviation Minister Hadi Sirika has not considered saddling the NSE with the task of overseeing the rehabilitation of the runway considering that they have the expertise in all areas of engineering. Why does the aviation minister insist on washing his face

SOUTHWEST GOVERNANCE INNOVATION CONFERENCE 2017 BY DIPO FAMAKINWA

SHARING PRACTICES THAT WORK Permit me to welcome everyone to this interaction with you, our friends in the media, and to thank you for the support that you have given DAWN Commission since its inception in July 2013. It is our pleasure to have you here and we hope that our meeting today shall be fruitful. DAWN Commission, the agency set up by the Governments of the States of Western Nigeria to manage their regional integration programme has as a critical core of its mission the strengthening of the Governance process as a foundational requirement for effective public service delivery across the Region. In furtherance of our mandate to foster regional cooperation and build synergy of actions among all the States of Western Nigeria, the Commission, with the support of the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) Programme – Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn (PERL), it gives me great pleasure to announce our plans to hold a three-day conference, tagged

NNPC to set up oil and gas museum in Oloibiri

  The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on Thursday unveiled plans to set up an oil and gas museum in Oloibiri, the historic town where oil was first drilled in Nigeria. This was disclosed by Bello Rabiu, NNPC chief operating officer, Upstream, who said it was part of plans to increase government revenue. NNPC presented the Act to establish the National Oil and Gas Museum and Research Centre in Oloibiri, and recommended the construction of the museum with clear budgetary allocation from the federal government under the control and management of the National Commission for Museum and Monuments. “It is better to refine and upgrade the capacity of the Petroleum Training Institute, in Warri and the National College of Petroleum Studies, Kaduna, in order to avoid duplication of functions and more importantly ensure optimal utilization of funds,’’ NNPC said. Oloibiri had been the centre stage for Nigeria’s oil revolution after it moved away from agriculture.

Nigerian Civil Engineering Students' Association, NICE-SA plans to Storm Campuses

Greatest #NICESAITES!  The executive coordinating team of the Students' Affiliate, Nigerian Institution of Civil Engineers (NICE) humbly led by Comr. Olaosebikan Olayinka is about to take our membership size to another level.  For some years now, since the first coordinating team led by Comr. Chidi Okekeozor, it has been the crux of NICE-SA's agenda to continue to expand this glorious profession amongst Nigeria Civil Engineering students and graduates in other for the association to live up to its enviable status as the largest student body in Nigeria, promoting professionalism and offering mentorship for a greater CVE community.  It is our pleasure to announce to you #NSC17.  What is NSC? NSC is an acronym for #NICE-SA Storms Campus. Our aim, amongst others, is to build a lively and more activated NICE-SA as a build up to the climax of the year, NICE conference. NICE-SA will be storming campuses across the higher institutions of learning by zones. We will

#NIC2017: NIMechE, Royal Academy of Engineers plans schools’ innovation challenge competition in Nigeria

Moved to ensure the growth of young engineers, the Lagos State chapter of the Nigerian Institution of Mechanical Engineering (NIMechE) has concluded plans to host an innovative challenge in engineering. The initiative tagged: “NIMechE Innovation Challenge 2017” , sponsored by Royal Academy of Engineering (UK) will feature about 10 tertiary institutions that offer mechanical engineering within Lagos and its environs. The competition will commence earlier this month. Speaking on the programme, Chairman of Lagos Chapter, Engr Mrs. Funmi Akingbagbohun, said the programme is to support the discovery of new ideas and solutions in the areas of agriculture, power supply, renewable energy and automation which could potentially create jobs, promote development as well as entrepreneurship in Nigeria. Akingbagbohun hoped that the programme would address issues of capacity building and strengthening engineering profession, which will result in Nigeria growth especially in gaining

AFRICA CATALYST 16/17: PRESS CONFERENCE FOR THE NIMechE INNOVATION CHALLENGE 2017

AN ADDRESS BY THE CHAIRMAN LAGOS CHAPTER OF THE NIGERIAN INSTITUTION OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERS (NIMechE) ENGR. (MRS) FUNMI AKINGBAGBOHUN, (FNIMechE) ON THE OCCASION OF THE PRESS CONFERENCE FOR THE NIMechE INNOVATION CHALLENGE 2017. THURSDAY 5 TH  JANUARY, 2017. Executives and Members of NIMechE and NSE here present, Members of the Press corps, Representatives of Universities here presents, Mechanical Engineering Students here presents, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, I am very delighted, to welcome you specially to this Press Conference. On behalf of the NIMechE family and the Nigeria Society of Engineers, I thank you most sincerely for honouring us with your esteemed presence. At a time where as a nation, we are shifting our focus inwardly through the adoption of local alternatives and the promotion of local solutions to our challenges, NIMechE Lagos is pleased to announce a ground breaking effort in that direction, the NIMechE Innovation Chall