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Nigerian Schools to teach maths, science subjects in Nigerian languages

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The Federal Government says primary and secondary schools in the country will soon start teaching Mathematics and Science subjects in indigenous languages.

The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu said this at the inauguration of the inter-ministerial committee on the teaching of Mathematics and Science subjects in local languages in Abuja on Wednesday.

The inter-ministerial committee involved Federal Ministry of Science and Technology and Ministry of Education.


He said the inter-ministerial committee would help to develop the capacity of the local languages to serve as effective tools for teaching mathematics and science subjects.

According to him, the project will help Nigerian students to understand mathematics and science subjects better.

He said the project would also promote the application of science and technology for national development.

The minister expressed concern of the government over the low interest in mathematics and the science subjects by students…

Nigerian University, FUTA, To Launch Satellite Into Space

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The Federal University of Technology, Akure, announced yesterday that it would on Thursday launch a satellite into space in partnership with other local and international organisations and countries. The university said the satellite belonged to Japan, Ghana, Mongolia, Nigeria and Bangladesh, and would be launched into Space from Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, USA.
Read full statement below: "The Federal University of Technology, Akure, FUTA, scientific prowess will get a big fillip on Thursday June 1st at 10.55pm (Nigerian time), when the SpaceX Falcon9 Rocket launches Birds 1 satellites, comprising 5 CubeSats belonging to Japan, Ghana, Mongolia, Nigeria and Bangladesh, into Space from Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, USA.
"The Nigerian CubeSat, code name NigeriaEdusat-1, is designed, built and owned by The Federal University of Technology Akure, FUTA, in collaboration with National Space Research and Development Agency, NASRDA, Abuja, Nigeria, and Kyushu Institute of Tec…

Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology

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Dear Researcher, The annual Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology is an international award which honors young scientists for their outstanding contributions to neurobiological research based on methods of molecular and cell biology. The winner and finalists are selected by a committee of independent scientists, chaired by Science’s Senior Editor, Dr. Peter Stern. Researchers who are not older than 35 years are invited to apply. The winner receives
Prize money of US$25,000
Publication in Science of an essay by the winner about his/her research
Full support to attend the Prize Ceremony held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in the USA
An invitation to visit Eppendorf in Hamburg, Germany
Up to three finalists are honored, too! Application deadline: June 15, 2017 Congratulations to Gilad Evrony on winning the 2016 Eppendorf & Science Prize for his work on developing technologies to sequence and analyze the genomes of single cells from the hum…

Event: Engr Tasiu Gidari Wudil to Deliver the 2017 Olu Awoyinfa lecture organised by NSE Ikeja Branch

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As part of its efforts to sensitise the General Public on the Rights and Obligations of Electricity consumers in the country, the Nigerian Society of Engineers, under the leadership of Engr Akin Akintola is dedicating the 2017 Olu Awoyinfa distinguished Annual lecture to address the subject matter.
On hand to deliver the Keynote Address is the Vice President of the Nigerian Society of Engineers,  Engr Gidari Wudil Tasiu, FNSE.  While other personalities from across the various sector of the economy are also expected at the event. It would also be an occasion for induction of the newly elected Corporate Members of the NSE.  The event which will be chaired by the President, Engr Otis Anyaeji, FNSE will hold as follows: Date: Thursday June 1st 2017 Venue: Ralph Alabi Engineering Centre, Plot 32 Oba Ogunji Road, Beside Forte Oil Filing Station via Pen Cinema Agege, Lagos Time: 11.00 am prompt
Olu Awoyinfa Distinguished Annual lecture is an annual event instituted in honour of the NSE Ikeja …

How to start pipe production mill By Adewale Sanyaolu

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The increasing hostilities in the oil rich Niger Delta region has created an opportunity for investments in pipe production. Prior to now, pipelines were considered to be part of their host communities’ assets, and as such, were highly catered for and protected.
But the situation has taken a turn for the worse as such assets are now subjected to constant attacks by Niger Delta agitators, who consistently blow up oil and gas pipelines in a bid to get attention from government.
At the end of such activities the International Oil Companies (IOCs) bear the brunt most as their pipelines used in transporting crude oil from oil and gas field to export terminals remain constant targets of attack.
Shell Petroleum Development Corporation (SPDC) in its 2017 briefing notes lamented that crude oil theft from its pipeline network resulted in a loss of about 5,660 barrels of oil a day (bbl/d) in 2016, which is less than the 25,000 bbl/d in 2015 while the number of sabotage-related spills declined t…

Oil and Gas: PETAN Recommends Infrastructure Deficit Map

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The Petroleum  Technology  Association  of  Nigeria  (PETAN) has advised that an infrastructure  Deficit  Map  be create as the county looks forward to attracting investment in the oil and gas sector to  show  areas and opportunities available  for  investment.
The call was part of the resolutions contained in a communique issued at the end of the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) 2017 held recently in Texas, USA by PETAN, signed and made available to LEADERSHIP by its Chairman, Bank  Anthony  Okoroafor.
The communique noted that with a graphic infrastructure Deficit map in place, alongside right policies and right infrastructure, investors’ interest would be aroused greatly to the benefit of the sector and the country at large.
The line-up of activities on the Programme  for  2017  includes: Opening  of  the  Pavilion  by  the  erudite  and  visionary  honorable  minister  of state,  Petroleum,  Dr  Ibe  Kachikwu Panel  session  with  the  Theme  “Global  Energy  Dynamics:  Chall…

Letter to a Young Engineer by Bob Breeze

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This letter, from a father to a son, was written by professional engineer Bob Breeze upon his son’s graduation as a mechanical engineer. The letter was published in a collection entitled, Letters to Young Engineers, published by the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and edited by Daniel Hoornweg, UOIT associate professor and Jeffrey Boyce Research chair. Inspired in part by Ranier Maria Rilke’s Letters to a Young Poet, the book was presented to recent engineering graduates at the university to inspire and encourage their continued development as professional engineers. Congratulations on your graduation! You have good reason to be proud of your accomplishments. Now take time to reflect: Take time to think about your personal and professional goals. Reflect as well on what it means to be an engineer in this ever-changing world and, more importantly, what it means to be a fully contributing member of society. How will you take your place in your community, this country, and the…

OSINBAJO SIGNS 3 FAR-REACHING EXECUTIVE ORDERS TO EASE BUSINESS, FAST TRACK BUDGET SUBMISSIONS & PROMOTE MADE IN NIGERIA PRODUCTS

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In exercise of the presidential authorities vested in the Executive arm of government, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, on Thursday signed three executive orders that will significantly change some of the ways government business and operations are conducted in the country forthwith.
Ahead of the signing, the Acting President held an interactive session at the old Banquet Hall of Presidential Villa with all relevant government officials, including ministers, permanent secretaries and heads of departments and agencies among others. The session was meant to directly engage government officials who would be implementing the orders and the new instructions.
The executive orders also stipulate sanctions and punitive measures meant to address violations where necessary.
Specifically, Prof. Osinbajo signed three executive orders giving specific instructions on a number of policy issues affecting:
*the promotion of transparency and efficiency in the business environment designed to facil…

Dear Class of 2017… by Bill Gates

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Congratulations! You’ve just accomplished something I never managed to do—earn a college degree.

Between your commencement speaker and every aunt and uncle at your graduation party, I am sure you are getting a lot of advice. At the risk of piling on, I thought I would share a few thoughts.

New college graduates often ask me for career advice. I was lucky to be in my early 20s when the digital revolution was just getting under way, and Paul Allen and I had the chance to help shape it. (Which explains my lack of a college degree—I left school because we were afraid the revolution would happen without us.) If I were starting out today and looking for the same kind of opportunity to make a big impact in the world, I would consider three fields.

One is artificial intelligence. We have only begun to tap into all the ways it will make people’s lives more productive and creative. The second is energy, because making it clean, affordable, and reliable will be essential for fighting poverty an…

Experts, entrepreneurs call on linking education with careers

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Experts and entrepreneurs from technology startups, educational institutions, vocational centers, and development organizations have underscored the significance of linking education with careers as a way of ensuring jobs creation and youth economic empowerment.

They spoke during a seminar organized jointly by the Islamic Research and Training Institute (IRTI) and Human Development Department of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) Group, in partnership with King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) and King Abdulaziz University (KAU), Jeddah.

Sub-themed “Linking Graduates with Careers for Youth Economic Empowerment”, the seminar was held on the sides of the 42nd Annual Meeting of the IDB Group in Jeddah, with the aim to formulate policy and strategy recommendations for creating a connection between education and labor market expectations.

The speakers stressed the importance of reforming education systems to encourage innovation and experimentation, especially in IDB …

Millions Of Pieces Of Plastic Are Piling Up On An Otherwise Pristine Pacific Island

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Henderson Island, in the South Pacific, is thousands of miles from any major industrial centers or human communities. But it's filled with trash — more than 37 million pieces of it, researchers say. Jennifer Lavers/University of Tasmania
More than 37 million pieces of plastic debris have accumulated on a remote island in the South Pacific, thousands of miles from the nearest city, according to estimates from researchers who documented the accumulating trash.
Turtles get tangled in fishing line, and hermit crabs make their homes in plastic containers. The high-tide line is demarcated by litter. Small scraps of plastic are buried inches deep into the sandy beaches.
It's the highest density of debris reported anywhere in the world, scientists say. Their research on trash accumulated at Henderson Island, largest of the the Pitcairn Islands, was published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
The island is uninhabited and visited by scientists only once or…

As Jelani Aliyu, Famous Chevrolet Volt Designer Officially Resumes as Automotive Council Boss

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Mr. Jelani Aliyu this week, formally assumed office as the Director General of National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC). This followed his recent appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari. 
The Acting Director General, Mr. Luqman Mamudu handed over the leadership baton to Mr. Aliyu at a brief ceremony witnessed by the entire management team of the Council in the presence of the management who expressed high hope of renewed impetus in the implementation of the Nigerian Automotive Industry Development Plan (NAIDP) as well as other programmes and activities of the Council. 
He takes over from Engr. Aminu Jalal whose tenures expires this year. Engr Aminu Jalal has midwifed the National Automotive Policy 
Who is Jeelani Aliyu, the New Automotive Council Boss? 
Jelani Aliyu, hails from Sokoto State, Nigeria and is General Motors Lead Exterior Designer and the designer of the Chevy Volt. General Motors is the world’s largest automobile maker. The car has been described as a…

Nigerian youths require pro-industry education by M. A. Johnson

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Education is the spark of life when we’re considering national growth, and it’s the first step to technological development of any nation. Some nations attach high premium to education because they operate what experts refer to as “knowledge-based economies.” It’s not surprising that developed nations still make education the cornerstone of their developmental efforts. While in Nigeria, our educational system is in shambles because of several factors that time and space will not permit me to discuss. When you view our educational system, the odds are skewed against the nation’s higher education with its failure to meet growing demand of the industry.
Scanning through this year’s budget proposal, I observed that Nigeria’s education sector has the least capital allocation of about N56 billion which is lower than 26 percent of the nation’s budget recommended by the United Nations. For several years, education has received measly and diminishing percentages of the national budget. In 201…