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10 Nigerian Youths Get Full Scholarship to Study in China

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Adebayo Shittu, minister of Communication (m) flanked on his left Pan Haiyang, director, Public Relations Huawei Technologies Company Nigeria Limited; Olanrewaju Odekunle, deputy managing director, Huawei Technologies Company Nigeria Limited and the 10 successful participants during the inauguration of the ICT for Change program in Abuja, recently.

Huawei Technologies Company Nigeria Limited CSR flagship program ‘Seeds for the Future in the Year 2008’ is further yielding results.

The program seeks to develop local ICT talent, enhance knowledge transfer, promote a greater understanding of the telecommunications sector, and also improve and encourage regional building and participation in the digital community.

Recently, the program had been implemented in 96 countries and over 30,000 students from 280 universities have benefitted from the program; among them, more than 2,700 university students have gone on a study trip to the Huawei headquarters in China.

In line with the Seeds for the Future program, Huawei Technologies Nigeria Limited signed an MOU with the Federal Government of Nigeria in 2015 to train 2,000 Nigerian Youths in ICT.

So far, a total number of 1,345 youths have been trained in the Abuja and Lagos Huawei training centers on telecommunication power system; Information and Communication Technologies Fundamentals; Huawei Certificated Datacom Assistant; and Base Telecom Station and Microwave Installation.

The best 20 participants would be sent to China for further training from the ongoing ICT for Change Program, in which ten candidates have been recently selected after an intensive training program, examination and interview process.

The 10 successful candidates proceed to Beijing and Shenzhen China commenced on 11th September 2017 and will end on the 22nd.

Speaking at the Kick off ceremony, Mr. Adebayo Shittu, minister of Communications, expressed his appreciation on behalf of the Federal government of Nigeria to Huawei Technologies for their consistent support in the area of human and institutional capacity development, promotion of technological innovation, knowledge transfer and ICT infrastructure construction.

Furthermore, he assured Huawei of the Federal government’s unflinching support as they have partnered with the Ministry of Communications.

Mr Pan Haiyang, the public relations director of Huawei Technologies Company Nigeria Limited, said in his speech that Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has a significant impact on the economy development.

“As a global leading ICT Solutions provider, Huawei believes that only enterprises that align their core ability and operations with their social responsibility, can achieve long-term and sustainable development.” he said.

Oluwasikemi Victoria, one of the successful participants expressed her joy to have scaled through the final selection process while lauding the firm for giving back to the society.

“The intensive training was an eye opener for me to the wonderful opportunities in the ICT sector; I would also like to thank the management of Huawei for ensuring transparency throughout the whole selection process.” she said.

Other successful participants are Awal Abdulganiyu, Wama Adi, Oyinlola Iyanu Benson, Abubakar Baba Ladan, Isah James Lata, Nneka Chikaeze Opurum, Tolulope Ifeoluwa Awobayo, Sunday John Bolufawi and Elijah Seyifunmi Adelusi.

Over the years Huawei has been investing in ICT skills and knowledge in an effort to boost employment, foster the development of knowledge-intensive products and services, and enhancing the ICT skills of the future generations.

Some of Huawei’s interventions include: 2012, Huawei donated ICT scholarship at the University of Lagos; 2014, the sum of N80Mwas donated to Africa University of Science and Technology for the construction of an ICT lab and Scholarship; 2015, 1,000 Girls were trained on basic ICT knowledge in Abuja and Lagos and 2016, ten candidates were selected from various MDA’s for training in China.

So far Huawei training centers in Abuja and Lagos have trained more than 20,000 Telecommunication Engineers, contributing to the development of telecom talents in Nigeria.

 

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Africa’s Renewable Energy set to Soar by 2022 – IEA

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Paolo Frankl, head of the renewable division at the Paris-based International Energy Agency (IEA), has said that strong demand is set to give a huge boost to renewable energy growth in Sub-Sahara Africa over the next five years, driving cumulative capacity up more than 70%.

From Ethiopia to SA, millions of people are getting access to electricity for the first time as the continent turns to solar, wind and hydropower projects to boost generation capacity.

“A big chunk of this growth is hydro because of Ethiopia, but then you have solar … in SA, Nigeria and Namibia, and wind in SA and Ethiopia as well,” said  Frankl.

He forecast installed capacity of renewable energy in the Sub-Sahara region almost doubling from around 35GW now to above 60GW given the right conditions.

Ethiopia has an array of hydropower projects under construction, including the $4.1 billion Grand Renaissance Dam along the Nile River that will churn out 6 000MW upon completion.

“Africa has one of the best potential resources of renewables anywhere in the world, but it depends very much on the enabling framework, on the governance and the right rules,” Frankl said at a wind energy conference.

The transition to a low-carbon trajectory to reduce harmful greenhouse gases is creating opposition from the coal industry and fuelling uncertainty in countries where job creation was linked to coal mining.

In Africa, this tension and its impact on new investment have been best illustrated by SA’s state-owned Eskom and its reluctance to sign new deals with independent power producers, according to analysts.

 

“The continent has a lot of potential, but the problem is financial and political issues, so all of our projects are being delayed for quite a long time, like with Eskom,” said Mason Qin, business development manager for southern and eastern Africa at China’s Goldwind.

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U.S Urges FG to Invest more in Science, Research

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The American Academy of Arts and Sciences has urged the Nigerian government and the private sector, to allocate adequate funds to the ministry of Science and Technology, to realise its full potential and advance development of the nation.

Jonathan Fanton, President, of the academy, made the call at a dinner to mark 40th anniversary of Nigerian Academy of Science (NAS) located in Lagos.

Fanton, who identified science and technology as the key to national development, added that the benefit that would accrue to its citizenry would be massive, if properly funded.

According to him, investment in sciences will boost production and healthcare delivery among others in the sense that it will aid in capacity building, researches and innovations.

“I recommend significant increase in funding for basic sciences by government, industries private sector, for this will go a long way to ensuring food security, poverty reduction and improve academic standard .

“Such investment will also avail children the opportunity to embrace science as their courses of study both in secondary and tertiary institution of learning.

“Because laboratories in schools among others will be well equipped to enhance easier learning,” he said.

Prof. Mosto Onuoha, President, Nigerian Academy of science said the goal of the organisation was to ensure that the gains of science and technology were brought to bear in the solution of national problems.

Onuoha, who identified science as critical in national development, said it cut across all spheres of life and economy which include health, water, sanitation, hygiene, electricity, transportation, Agriculture and education.

The president reiterated that no remarkable progress would be made worldwide without sciences adding that it was a transformation agent.

He however, said improved investment in the sector would go a long way to boost the capacity of professionals in the area of research, students’ performance, environmental sanitation and health care delivery.

Onuoha, who identified inadequate fund as one of the changes bedeviling the academy however, urged the Federal Government, industries as well as philanthropists to prioritise investment in the sector for quality and efficient service delivery.

He however, expressed the determination of the academy to ensure better future for the citizens particularly the younger generation.

“Science has solutions to diseases, water borne problems, energy. There are lots of problems befalling man kind that science can effectively resolve.

“Our people die of environmental and sanitation problems and these issues can only to be tackled scientifically.

“Our goal and aspiration is to see young children embracing science technology, develop interest in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Agriculture and Biology as against what is obtainable now.”

Similarly, Donald Duke, former Governor of Cross Rivers State, while congratulating the academy for giant strides, made so far, however, urged them to collaborate with governments at all levels to ensure that science was well captured in schools curriculum.

Duke, who reaffirmed that “we are moving faster to the technological world’’, said this required every Nigerians to embrace it and as well be science compliance or else you would be left behind.

According to him, if science and technology are well captured in school curriculum, it will go a long way to enhance school performance and national development.

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NITMA 2017 Gathers Momentum, To Reward Professionals

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By peter oluka

National Information Technology Merit Award (NITMA), the flagship award of the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) is set to reward corporate organisations and individuals for keeping for their professionalism and innovations over the years.

With a track record of success since 2009, NITMA is credible, forward looking and important in promoting long term sustainability of the IT sector and developing Nigeria’s knowledge society.

It is a responsibility NCS does not take lightly to acknowledge, celebrate and reward corporate organizations and individuals who are outstanding in their various Information Technology (IT) practice and have also contributed immensely to the development of the profession in Nigeria.

NITMA is awarded only to companies and individuals with valid licenses to practice Information Technology (IT) in Nigeria i.e must be registered by: Nigeria Computer Society (NCS); Computer Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria (CPN) and Corporate Affairs Commission (for corporate organizations).

Award Highlights:

  • Conferment of fellowships
  • IT Personality of the Year Award
  • Industry Award
  • Special Recognition Awards
  • Scholarship Awards

NCS, annually through NITMA, recognizes and rewards excellence and tremendous contributions in the development and deployment of Information Technology in the country and the Diaspora. Category awards are based on IT specialization, NCS standards and global best practices. Professional fellowships are also be conferred on deserving members.

High profile NITMA awards are uncommon incentives and goals for members of Nigeria’s IT community to strive towards. The special recognition of exceptional performance encourages others to strive for similar success.

The annual event attracts not just professionals, innovators, researchers and entrepreneurs, but also policy makers and decision makers in the private and public sectors.

The 2017 edition is billed to hold as follow:

Venue: MUSON Centre, Onika, Lagos

Date: Thursday, November 30th, 2017

Time: 5.00pm prompt

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