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FG Partners NASENI on Solar Panel Production

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Prof. Chinedu Nebo, minister of Power

The Federal Government has expressed readiness to support the National Agency for Science Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) in the production of solar panels for renewable energy.

Prof. Chinedu Nebo, Minister of Power, made this known when he inspected the NASENI solar panel manufacturing plant in Karshi, in Abuja.

Nebo said, “with the low level of electricity generation in the country which is mainly through gas fired turbines, the Federal Government is now focusing on solar to compliment it.

“We want to grow renewable energy resources utilization and deployment in Nigeria. With the low level of electricity generation and transmission in the country the only way to reach the rural communities is through renewable technology. This is one of the technologies that are far away from the national grid,’’ he said.

He said that with the launch of the Operation Light-up Rural Nigeria (OLRN), using renewable energy, it had become imperative to develop Nigerian solar manufacturing plants.

The minister said the Federal Government was ready to patronize products from the agency, especially for the OLRN.

“Patronising them will give them more encouragement to go into mass production and sales of the solar panels across the country. Solar is the only thing you can deploy to every part of Nigeria and get electricity. We have challenges with wind because the onshore wind velocity is not quite amenable with wind turbines and only select part of the country will use that,” he said.

He said that partnering with NASENI was part of government effort to ensure local content development in the power sector and the creation of jobs for Nigerian youths.

“I will say this is a learning visit and step to forge a relationship with NASENI solar company. It is also to ensure that we even train most of the technical people that will be going out there to deploy this technology in our rural communities. That is why the Ministry of Power will like to collaborate with NASENI in the deployment of solar power technology in the country,” he said.

The minister commended the professional and diligent methodology of quality control of the panels.

He stressed the need for NASENI to improve on its marketing and to always comply with international standard.

“We will be promoting NASENI; we will tell our partners that we prefer NASENI solar panels because Mr President is so concerned when it comes to local content development. Once the solar panels continue to be of international and best standard why go outside. We will patronise NASENI no doubt about that,’’ he said.

Earlier, Mr. Mohammed Haruna, NASENI executive vice chairman, said the 7.5mw pilot plant was already producing high quality solar panels that could be found in the market.

“The solar factory as you have seen is a demonstration plant and it was started as part of our research and development and we want to prove that it can work in Nigeria.

“So, it is a 7.5mw pilot plant and it is producing solar panels of high quality standard and the products are available in the market,’’ he said.

He said that the project started in May 2012 and became a Limited Liability Company in 2013 after surmounting so many challenges.

Nebo also visited a small hydropower installation at Gada village near Akwanga, Nasarawa State.

The small hydropower was built by NASENI engineers tapping into the River Mada.

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BPP Moves to Deploy Modern Technology in Public Procurement

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Mamman Ahmadu, director-general, Bureau of Public Procurement, BPP, has said the agency would employ modern technology, an anti-corruption strategy, in public procurement to advance the reform process.

Ahmadu, represented by Mr. Jemilu Abdulahi of Regulations and Database of BPP, stated this at the 4th Zonal Stakeholders’ Interactive Workshop on the Development of Category Matrix for the National Database of Contractors, Consultants and Service Providers, CCSP, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

Segun Imohiosen, head, media and public relations, BPP, in a statement, quoted Ahmadu as saying:

“The matrix is a digital way to go to categorise and classify a contractor, consultant, and service provider in their areas of competence for effective performance without any intrusion into other areas.”

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NCDMB Partners Dangote Refinery on Local Content Implementation

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Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) has praised the management of Dangote Petroleum Refinery and Petrochemical Free Trade Zone Enterprises (DPRP) over its adherence to the local content law in the execution of its projects and declared its intention to further partner with it for effective implementation of the Local Content policy in the country.

Mr. Akintunde Adelana, Director, Monitoring & Evaluation, NCDMB, who represented the board’s Executive Secretary, Engr. Simbi Wabote, made this disclosure weekend during the DPRP Nigerian Content Sensitization/Awareness Creation Programme, titled: “Let’s Walk the Nigerian Content Talk Together,” at Lekki Free Trade Zone, Lagos.

According to him, “the Dangote Refinery project is expected to close a major gap in the supply of petroleum products in the country. We consider this as a very important project and we are willing to partner with the company to ensure full implementation of the local content policy. We embarked on this journey with the company a long time ago and we are ready to partner with the Dangote Group.

“Part of what you see to today is part of our efforts to ensure that the company and its contractors comply with the local content policy and they have put in a lot of efforts in this regard.”

Speaking further, Wabote described the Local Content Act as the quantum of composite value added to, or created in the Nigerian economy by a systematic development of capacity and capabilities, through the deliberate utilization of Nigerian human, material resources and services in the Nigerian oil and gas industry.

He said the country recorded loses prior to the enactment of the local content policy, which he noted, came from jobs executed abroad by International Oil Companies (IOCs), operating in the country.

“The narrative then was that nothing can be done in-country. Plants and modules were fully fabricated offshore without any structure in place to achieve knowledge transfer. Before 2010, we had no active dry-dock facilities. The few we had were abandoned and left to rot away. Today, we have four active dry docking facilities in Port Harcourt, Onne, and Lagos,” he added.

He said the board’s mandate is to develop local capacity in key areas such as manufacturing and fabrication and promote indigenous ownership of assets and utilization of indigenous assets in oil and gas operations.

Wabote added that the board’s responsibility also include linking  the oil and gas industry  with other sectors of the economy, enhance multiplier effect of oil and gas investments in economy and develop pool of competitive supply chain rooted in oil bearing communities.

Reading riot acts to defaulters of the Nigerian Content Policy, Wabote said non-compliance with the law, will result to the suspension of projects/contracts, penalty of five per cent of project sum, withdrawal of NCDMB’s services, and project cancellation unrecoverable sunk cost.

Other penalties for non-compliance, according to the Executive Secretary, are escalation to other regulators to withdraw or suspend license, withdrawal of approvals or de-classification of contractor from pre-qualification list, application of the full weight of the law in accordance with Section 68, and publication of non-compliant operators in newspapers and professional gazettes.

Also speaking at the occasion, the Chief Operating Officer, DPRP, Mr. Giuseppe Surace, said the programme was organized to create awareness among the company’s contractors on the requirements of NCDMB, as part of moves to ensure the local content policy take roots in their day to day operation.

“The programme was organized to ensure that our contractors are well informed about the Nigerian Content Act and this is expected to assist them with the execution of not just the Dangote project, but other projects in their portfolio,” he added.

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Philips Launches App-Based Portable Ultrasound System in Nigeria

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Philips Africa a leading health technology company focused on improving people’s health, has recently launched Lumify, a new mobile, app-based approach to ultrasound delivery that brings secure cloud-enabled technology and high-image quality to broader network of healthcare providers.

The first App-Based ultrasound system that will extend the reach of ultrasound applications to a broader network of healthcare providers using mobile technology was unveiled during Medic West Africa 2018 Lagos.

Speaking at the event, Anari de Wet (Business Marketing Manager, Ultrasound – Philips) said the Philips’ Lumify is an entirely new way of delivering ultrasound technology to healthcare providers and their patients, while offering high-quality imaging on a compatible smart devicethrough a subscription model.

Anari de Wet noted that the Lumify is designed for emergency departments and urgent care centers, as well as other clinical settings; it operates from a compatible smart device connected to a Philips ultrasound transducer.

“Users will also have access to an online portal where they can manage their device and access Philips’ support, training and IT services.”

With this intuitive, easy-to-use integrated system, clinicians can begin their Reacts session with a face-to-face conversation on their Lumify ultrasound system. Users can switch to the front-facing camera on their smart device to show the position of the probe.

They can then share the Lumify ultrasound stream, so both parties are simultaneously viewing the live ultrasound image and probe positioning, while discussing and interacting at the same time.

According to Jasper Westerink, CEO, Philips Africa, Lumify ultrasound is designed to drive transformation in care delivery and digital health, a dynamic combination that can extend the reach of ultrasound in a remarkable way.

“Lumify’s unique combination of connectivity, simplicity, portability and flexibility enables clinicians to perform ultrasound examinations across a variety of clinical settings, from cardiology suites down to under resourced semi-urban and rural areas.

Finally, clinicians as well as family doctors at small outpatient clinics can perform scan themselves, speeding up the diagnosis process and possible treatments.” he said.

The Lumify is part of Philips’ App-Based ultrasound ecosystem, an open innovation platform aimed to deliver the benefits of ultrasound early in the health continuum and expand access among more healthcare providers.

The Lumify ultrasound can help healthcare providers guide diagnosis, treatment and management in ways for which, ultrasound isn’t currently used. Built on a flexible subscription-based delivery model, users, healthcare providers and institutions, have access to and can manage solutions based on their changing demands and needs.

The first-generation Lumify transducer is now commercially available across East Africa. The L12-4 transducer supports a variety of clinical applications, including soft tissue, musculoskeletal, lung and vascular scanning.

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