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Swedish Institute Nominates CFA, Osibona & Others as Part of the 2019 Innovation Ecosystem Programme

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In a quest to discover ways of solving more problems across the globe, the Swedish Institute created the Innovation Ecosystem Programme as a platform for knowledge exchange and problem solving, between innovation field experts within the private sector, public sector and academia, with the help of Swedish expertise and experience.

The list of the 2019 participants, includes Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata Jnr. “CFA’, Co-Founder of GoDo Hub, Director, Innovation Support Network Hubs and Director, Founder Institute Lagos. CFA, has strongly been at the forefront of technology development and innovation adoption in Nigeria, for over a decade now, through the presentation of a weekly show on Channels Television and a column in the Punch Newspapers.

 

Other participants from Nigeria include Lanre Osibona, Senior Special Adviser to the President on ICT;  Kenechukwu Osakwe, Members Services Coordinator, AfriLabs; Prof. Benjamin Chukwuma Ozumba, Former, Vice-chancellor, UNN and Enogieru Osasenaga, National Program Manager, Wennovation Hub.

The Swedish Innovation ecosystem program, is a five day programme, scheduled to hold from June 10 to June 14, 2019, in Stockholm, the capital city of Sweden.

The topic for this year’s edition is, “Start-ups and the Innovation Ecosystem in Sweden”. During the visit, the participants will pay visits to start-up hubs in Sweden, learn about the political agenda and how the public sector empowers the innovation system.

 

They will also meet with Founders and entrepreneurs of the world’s biggest start-ups, as well as, large innovative corporations, during the visit.

In a statement released by the Head of Economic Affairs and Trade Promotion, Embassy of Sweden in Abuja, Fanny Nylander, explained that, Sweden has always been an innovative country.

 

It further reads, ‘Sweden is home to innovations, such as, Bluetooth, Skype and Spotify and its capital, Stockholm, is currently producing the highest number of so-called ‘unicorns’, (or, billion-dollar tech companies), per capita, after Silicon Valley.

 

For the Swedish Institute, innovation means, knowledge, that gets turned into new value, in the form of products, services, or, new organizations, in both the private and public sectors.’

The visit will ensure that, the participants get to look into the research and academia’s roles, in the innovative eco-system, thus, CFA is joining other global participants, who are notable for working in the innovation ecosystem, with clear institutional connections in the private and public sectors, as well as, the academia.

The programme aims at intensifying dialogue, greater knowledge exchange, broader lasting and reciprocal relationships, between international decision-makers, Swedish industry, government agencies, academia, start-ups and entrepreneurs.

It is believed that, the experiences garnered, will help these Nigerian innovation leaders, as they strive to ensure that innovation, truly thrives not just in Nigeria but across Africa.

Ugo Onwuaso is an ICT enthusiast. He believes technology should be used for general good. He holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from the Lagos state University.

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Ajisebutu, 21st Century Tech Boss Visits House of Reps Speaker, Seeks Support for ICT Sector

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l-r: Femi Gbajabiamila, Speaker of House of Representatives and Wale Ajisebutu, vice chairman/CEO, 21st Century Technologies limited when the latter paid him a visit in Abuja recently.
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Wale Ajisebutu, vice chairman/CEO, 21st Century Technologies limited, has solicited the support of the House of Representatives in creating an enabling environment for accelerated, cost effective infrastructure to increase Nigerian’s access to ICT.

 

Ajisebutu who made the call when he visited Femi Gbajabiamila, the new Speaker of House of Representatives, said that ICT as an enabler for sustainable development.

 

He congratulated Gbajabiamila on his election as the Speaker of the House of Representatives, saying that he deserved to lead the House.

 

“ I have no doubt in your ability to lead, your election is a testament to your faith, leadership qualities but also the strength of your character, and relations capacity, I pray God to guide you.

 

Gbajabiamila, also assured the 21st Century Technologies boss of the House of Representatives willingness to work with ICT sector to ensure the speedy development of the country.

 

Ajisebutu is a tireless advocate and champion in the ICT sector who has built one of Nigeria’s largest information technology hubs and has chosen to keep quiet about it.

 

His company, 21st Century Technologies Limited (21CTL) is today fully mobilized and well positioned converged multi-service provider with arms and legs in telecommunications; software; online marketplace; ICT training and so on.

 

His company 21CTL was founded and registered in 1997 and began operations in 1999, all in the 20th Century; a testament to Ajisebutu’s vision of better tomorrow for his dear country-Nigeria.

 

A chattered accountant by profession, Ajisebutu understands the economics of business management so well that it is almost second nature. He is a perfectionist who believes that every Nigerian deserves nothing but the best quality of service.

 

 

 

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World Bank Selects FUTO as Centre for Future Energies, Electro-chemical System

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The World Bank has selected the Federal University of Technology, Owerri as Africa centre of excellence in Future Energies and Electro-Chemical System, otherwise called ACE-FUELS.

It was gathered that ACE-FUELS would facilitate the university to run an international Masters Degree programmes in Electro-Chemical Technology, Future Energies, Nanotechnology and Corrosion Technology.

Speaking at a media parley on Wednesday, organized by the university to mark the Vice Chancellor’s three years in office, the VC, Professor Francis Eze stated that the university management had concluded plans to gather wastes for the production of energy.

He further advised Nigerian institutions to embrace the new technology, adding that it was the current global practice.

The VC said, “As we have continued to improve on the aesthetics of the campus environment through the maintenance of green lawns, proper waste disposal and management are also billed to be converted into energy. This is the current trend in most of the civilized world and we are emulating it. It would be of immeasurable help in power generation”.

He stated FUTO was established as a specialized university to impart practical knowledge and requisite skills needed to fast-track the technological development in the country.

Eze however, revealed that it was to deepen and expand  research activities and innovation that his administration created the office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research, Development  and Innovation

The VC did not omit to state that his three years in office had been a mixture of accomplishment and challenges.

He listed encroachment on FUTO land, hostile and uncooperative attitude of host communities, lack of staff quarters, inadequate power supply, ill-equipped library and laboratory facilities, poor road networks and inadequate hostel accommodation among others as some of the challenges faced by the university.

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Facebook to Leverage Deep Tech with Campus Roadshow

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Facebook has embarked on a University roadshow offering students the opportunity to share their ideas and learn more about technology.

As part of its continuation of its 2018 FbStart programme, the roadshow is aimed at educating and attracting students to build solutions that utilise advanced technologies to solve problems and build solutions for the future, using Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, Internet of Things, Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR).

Joining the tour will be Facebook’s Developer Circle leads and Accelerator programme alumni from last year who will be providing mentorship to would-be developers, talking about the kind of workshops they run, sharing their success stories and experience from the programme, as well as the impact of Facebook Developer Circles in their communities.

The tour will feature pitch sessions for students and startups that have ideas and would like to the apply to the programme, giving them an opportunity to receive feedback from would-be mentors. The tour has already visited University of Lagos (Unilag), Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), University of Port Harcourt (Uniport), University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) and Bayero University Kano (BUK), with additional stops to go, including University of Jos (Unijos) on Friday, June 21.

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