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Adrian Selects GenCell A5 Fuel Cell Solution to Power 800 Telecom Base Stations

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GenCell Energy, the fuel cell power solution provider and manufacturer, has announced that Adrian Kenya, a leading African telecom integrator, will install the new GenCell A5 Off-Grid Power Solution at 800 telecom base stations across Kenya.

Shipment and installation of the GenCell A5 fuel cell solution will begin in Q4/2018. Replacing costly, noisy and highly polluting diesel generators with green fuel cell power will enable Adrian Kenya to realize an expected savings of $84 million over 10 years and reduce its carbon footprint by 248,000 tons1.

The GenCell A5 is the world’s first affordable off-grid primary power alternative to diesel generators. It provides cost-effective, ultra-reliable, noise-free and weather-independent power for off-grid and poor-grid telecom base stations at a lower OPEX than diesel generators.

“For the last 20 years, diesel generators have been the dominant primary power source for off-grid or poor-grid base stations. But today they are no longer a good fit for modern businesses that seek to minimize OPEX costs or for the environmentally conscious world in which we live.

“GenCell’s ability to create hydrogen from low-cost ammonia to power its fuel cells is a true technological breakthrough with profound impact for the telecom industry.

We can now enjoy all the benefits of fuel cells—ultra-reliability, low maintenance, no noise, and zero emissions—with a compelling business case that is too good to ignore. Installing the GenCell A5 Off-Grid Power Solution is good for our business and the environment,” says Bernard Njoroge, Managing Director, Adrian Group.

The low maintenance of the GenCell solution further reduces its OPEX for Tower Management Companies (Towercos) and Mobile Network Operators (MNOs).

Unlike diesel generators that require time-consuming and expensive monthly fueling and maintenance at each tower, a single 12-ton tank of ammonia provides the GenCell A5 with enough fuel for a year of 24/7 operation. In addition, the GenCell IoT Remote Manager enables remote diagnostics, monitoring, and maintenance of each fuel cell device, reducing the frequency and costs of onsite engineer visits.

“We are delighted to announce that Adrian Kenya is the first commercial customer in Africa for the GenCell A5 Off-Grid Power Solution following its launch two weeks ago. Adrian Kenya’s decision to replace 800 diesel generators with our fuel cell power solution is an affirmation of our business case and our company vision.

“We believe that many other Towercos and MNOs will switch from polluting diesel generators to our robust, green fuel cell solutions to power their off-grid and poor-grid towers. The significant OPEX savings of the GenCell A5 solution will make rural connectivity more affordable and accelerate the deployment of communications and other services to the 1.1 billion people who live beyond the grid,” comments Rami Reshef, GenCell CEO.

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National Identity: NIMC Requires N150bn To Enroll Every Nigerian

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The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) says it requires N150 billion to enable it to enroll every Nigerian on the identity card programme in the next three years.

 

Alhaji Aliyu Abubakar, Director-General,National Identity Management Commission (NIMC)  made this known in an interview in Kano on Sunday.

 

Abubakar said that the commission would need N50 billion annually for the next three years to be able to enroll everybody in the country on the identity project.

 

“With this we should be able to enroll everybody in the country.”

 

He said that no fewer than 170 million people were estimated to be registered for the national identity in the country in the next three years.

 

According to him, we have so far enrolled 31million persons and we will continue to partner relevant stakeholders so as to enroll everybody in the country in the projected period.

 

He disclosed that the commission and other agencies involved in biometric assembly had resolved to work together for the success of their respective assignments.

 

“Lack of cooperation among different agencies capturing data is one of our challenges, but that has been resolved as we have now agreed to work together,” Abubakar said.

 

He said that the commission would partner National Orientation Agency (NOA) to enlighten people, especially at the grassroots, on the need for them to come out en masse and be enrolled.

 

He stated that the commission had no fewer than 900 registration centres across the country and urged people to visit the centres to enroll.

 

Abubakar commended Kano and other state governments for the support they had given to the commission and appealed to them to sustain the tempo.

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Galaxy Backbone Bags Award for Digital Innovation in Federal Government

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The Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA), an Industry-led stakeholder organization, recently concluded their annual .ng awards ceremony.

Through the .ng Awards, NIRA seeks to recognize and acknowledge those who are contributing to the growth of the .ng domain name registration and promotion of the DNS Industry.

The awards, celebrates the achievements and innovation of Nigerian Internet initiatives.

At the 2018 Awards, Galaxy Backbone won the award for the organisation leading the pack in Digital Innovation in the Federal Government. This award, confirms Galaxy Backbone’s status as the Digital Infrastructure & shared services provider to Federal government Agencies.

In the last 5 years, Galaxy Backbone (GBB) has continued to drive digital innovation and inclusion amongst government agencies through the delivery of digital services that improve the way agencies engage and communicate with other agencies and the citizenry.

The 2018 .ng Awards serve to promote and commend the excellent achievements of members, stakeholders and the general public, who contribute towards building a sustainable economy using technology, uplift the image of .ng locally and internationally and stimulating the development of local content on the Internet space.

In 2016, GBB’s CEO Mr. Yusuf Kazaure, while delivering a speech at the 14th Innovation Africa Digital (IAD) Summit 2016 which held in Abuja stated Galaxy Backbone’s commitment to driving digital growth in the nation.

According to Kazaure, “We are fully conscious of the need to be in the vanguard of Nigeria’s digital growth especially within the public sector. Over the years, we have made significant investments in human and technological resources based on our vision to be the leading enabler of digital inclusion in Africa”.

With this award, we are further challenged to deliver world class digital services to agencies and parastatals in government. GBB will continue to operate, improve and upgrade its common services platform to meet international standards and deliver excellence in service to its Clients and stakeholder community.

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HURIWA Asks Buhari to Sack Adeosun, Others over Forgery

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Kemi Adeosun, minister of Finance

The Human Rights Writers’ Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has told President Muhammadu Buhari to sack Kemi Adeosun, minister of Finance, and other members of his cabinet accused of certificate forgery.

 

The association demanded that President Buhari relieves from their offices such persons like Mr. Obono Obla, his senior Special Assistant on prosecution over the West African Examination Certificate.

 

HURIWA said the silence of President Buhari to damaging allegations amongst some of his top officials was an indication that Nigeria was becoming a country of fraudsters.

 

HURIWA also stated that such tendencies to accommodate persons with questionable academic credentials will rubbish the national policy on education, constitutionally enshrined in Section 18 (1), which emphasizes merit and honesty at all times.

 

HURIWA recalled that the West African Examinations Council, WAEC, on June 5th 2018, described as “altered and invalid” the results and certificate it allegedly issued to Mr. Okoi Obono-Obla, chairman, Special Presidential Investigative Panel for the Recovery of Property.

 

In a statement forwarded to DAILY POST by Emmanuel Onwubiko, national coordinator, HURIWA recalled that WAEC whilst testifying before the House of Representatives ad hoc Panel investigating Obono-Obla’s alleged forgery, WAEC Registrar, represented by the Femi Ola, deputy registrar, said available evidence indicated that the results were “altered” and thus “invalid.”

 

“Considering the results, particularly on what is before me, I would say what I have brought here is the authentic and genuine one; his is not because it has been altered and such alteration renders it invalid,” Mr. Ola told the panel.

 

“From our record, the genuine candidate is Ofem Okoi Ofem, 09403/247 of Mary Knoll College, Ogoja.

 

“The exam number and number of subjects are the same. The difference is the grade in English literature in which he claimed to have scored C6 despite being marked absent in the true, certified copy,” he added.

 

HURIWA recalled that when asked by the National legislators how he would qualify Obono-Obla’s results, the WAEC Registrar said it was “fake, not genuine.”

 

HURIWA recalled that Mr. Aliyu Pategi (APC, Kwara), chairman of the Reps Investigative Panel, lauded WAEC for striving to maintain its “integrity and probity.”

 

Quoting news reports, HURIWA stated that the House committee Chairman added that the implication was that Obono-Obla gained admission to the University of Jos with a fake WAEC result.

Also, HURIWA asked president Buhari to sack with immediate effect the Finance Minister Mrs. Kemi Adeosun for making use of allegedly forged NYSC discharged certificate which amounted to a serious misdemeanor that should fetch her a criminal prosecution and jail if proven in the competent court of law.

 

“The current administration must desist from polluting the international image of Nigeria by toleration many persons of questionable academic credentials who are working in the federal government of Nigeria when there are millions of highly qualified Nigerians from diverse fields searching frantically for employments.

 

“The silence of the current government to the cacophony of allegations of certificate forgery involving top rated government officials shows that the corporate image of the country is imperiled and if this silence and failure to act persists, then the rest of the world will see Nigeria as a country of certificate forgers.

 

“Corruption also includes such crime like forgery of academic credentials which runs contrary to section 15 (5) of the constitution which makes it obligatory that government must abolish all corrupt practices and abuse of power.”

 

HURIWA disclosed that it has briefed some patriotic lawyers to head to court to secure the legal sanction of all the identified persons in government with fake certificates just as it has started drafting a bill to compel the forensic investigations of all the academic qualifications tendered by all federal government officials to weed off the holders of forged certificates and sanitize the federal government.

 

HURIWA reminded Buhari that the Black’s law dictionary clearly identified certificate forgery as a grave criminal offence and as a specie of fraud even as the Rights group wondered why a government that makes heavy weather of its anti-corruption campaign is the same that accommodates top officials with highly questionable academic credentials.

 

HURIWA told Buhari that “both the Criminal and Penal Codes that apply in the southern and northern parts of Nigeria prohibit forgery, citing Sections 463 of the Criminal Code which provides for three years imprisonment for forgery while sections 362 to 364 of the Penal Code deal with forgery with punishment of up to 14 years imprisonment with option of fine or both.”

 

“It becomes life imprisonment if, amongst others, the thing forged purports to be a document which is evidence of title to public debt of Nigeria or a state, or of another country, or forges a document that purports to be a debt of Nigeria, or signature of the president or governor of a state.

 

“Also, both forgery and perjury are criminal offences, the Criminal Code views perjury as an offence whether made under judicial oath, that is a court proceeding or document or not, while under the Penal Code, perjury must be an evidence given under oath or under express provision of law compelling a person to state the truth.

 

“Forgery and perjury are both criminal offences that go to one’s integrity and credibility.

 

“It vitiates the moral and legal trust that public service demands. It calls to question a person’s qualification and competency. And we must etch new paradigms in public services by proceeding in the Courts of Law against forgers and those who lie under oath.”

 

 

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