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OLX, LASTMA Encourage Commuters to Observe 7 Safety Tips

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The rain has been quite heavy this season, although the farmers would be extremely grateful for the rain; those who drive or own cars are concerned about the effect the rain would have on their vehicles.

Leading online classifieds site OLX.com.ng provides a platform for Nigerians to buy and sell vehicles quickly and conveniently. In addition to facilitating trade, OLX partners with government agencies and corporate organizations that are relevant and offer value to vehicle users.

Recently, OLX worked with LASTMA to educate Nigerians on 5 very important precautions to take to ensure they are safe when driving during the rainy season.

Olawale Musa, general manager of LASTMA advised road users that the following precautions should be taken when driving during the rainy season.

Drive Slowly
Road users are advised to be patient while driving in bad weather. To avoid major accidents we advise that you limit your speed to a maximum of 60km/h or even less as the case may be.  

Driving slowly also prevents the car from being damaged by hidden potholes. Road users should also use their hazard lightsto alert other road users who have poor visibility. =

Have Your Battery Checked
Getting stranded in the rain with a dead battery is not fun, and can easily be avoided. The typical lifespan of a battery is between 3-5 years.

Wet weather can stress your battery, and humidity can cause terminal corrosion and minor electrical grounds that can drain it overnight.  If your battery is over three years old, it is advisable you have it checked especially during the rainy season.

A good indicator that the battery is getting weak is when it starts to sound sluggish during start up.  Any mechanic can perform a simple test for battery strength. Buying a new battery is a whole lot better than getting stranded in the rain.

Make Sure Your Tyres Are In Good Condition
Do not underestimate the importance of good traction for the slippery roads. Make sure your tyres are appropriate for the raining season by consulting a tyre repairer aka vulcaniser. Ensure that all tyres including the spare are properly inflated.

Fill the Windshield Washer Fluid Reservoir and Check Wipers
Your windshield wipers will be used a lot during the rainy season. Top off the fluid and make sure you have a set of good blades.

Water deposits can clog the tiny nozzles on windshield washers over time thankfully, these can be cleaned easily with a fine needle, which can also be used to nudge and re-aim the nozzles to adjust the spray pattern.

If the washers are badly damaged, replacement washers with better spray patterns are relatively cheap and easily available.

Keep Your Fuel Tank full
A fuel tank that is nearly empty could result in condensation forming on the inside walls of the fuel tank. Fluctuating temperatures can result in water getting inside the tank. It’s never a good idea to run your tank to near-empty any time of the year because you run the risk of getting stranded.

Call For Help
If you are involved in an accident or in any form of an emergency; Lagosians can dial these toll free lines 767 or 112.

Upgrade Your Car On OLX
If you feel your car is not rainy season compliant, sell your old car on the OLX site using an OLX Champ and search for great deals on the site to buy exclusive offers on verified cars.

The OLX Group operates a network of online trading platforms in over 40 countries. It builds market leading classifieds marketplaces that empower millions of people to buy, sell and create prosperity in local communities.

With over 300 million monthly users worldwide, OLX Group makes it fast and easy to buy and sell almost anything online, such as household goods, phones, cars and houses.

Through consumer brands including Avito, dubizzle, letgo, OLX, Stradia and Storia, more than 10 million things are listed on its market-leading apps and platforms every single month.

The OLX Group is powered by a team of 4,000 people, operating from 25+ offices across five continents. The team is united behind a single mission to enhance people’s lives by facilitating win-win exchanges.

 

 

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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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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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