…Passes vote of confidence on Obiano as National Leader From: Laide Raheem, Abeokuta The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Ogun State chapter, has declared its support for the Victor Ike Oye-led national executive of the party. It also expressed vote of confidence on the Anambra State governor, Willie Obiano, as the national leader of APGA….
Director-General, National Office for Technology Acquisition Promotion and Transfer (NOTAP), Dr. Dan’azumi Mohammed-Ibrahim, said on Monday, that PZ Cussons in collaboration with his agency had upgraded three chemical laboratories at N115 million.
He said in Zaria, Kaduna State, that the laboratories included the recently inaugurated one at the National Research Institute for Chemical Technology (NARICT), Zaria.
Others according to him, are that of Moddibo Adamawa University of Technolgy, Yola and University of Calabar.
The D-G said the laboratories were meant to develop human capacity with a view to providing necessary infrastructure to undertake innovative research and development in the country.
“The world is moving away from resource-based to knowledge-based economy and any nation that does not develop its knowledge infrastructure will remain a consumer nation for the rest of its life.”
He said it was high time for the private sectors to come-in and assist especially the education sector that was not well-funded.
The D-G observed that relying on government alone would not yield the desired results, “hence, the need to extend tentacles of partnership to the industries especially multi-nationals.
“The multi-nationals are making huge income from their activities in Nigeria and we believe that it is part of their corporate social responsibilities to the society.
“To ensure that human capacity is developed and provide necessary infrastructure for the human capacity to use in undertaking research and development.
“So that technologies are chunk-out to reduce the level of foreign technology consumption,” he said.
He said the partnership between PZ and NOTAP was aimed at achieving the noble objective of encouraging competitive research and development for national growth.
Mohammed-Ibrahim lamented that over 90 per cent of the technologies that powered the nation’s economy were imported.
According to him, the imported technologies covered construction and banking sectors, information and communication technology (ICT), among others.
“Where do these technologies generate from? They are generated from universities, research establishments and polytechnics.
“But if you look at the way our universities and research establishments are funded, you realise that we will not have much coming out from the system.
“Notwithstanding the funding, still some subsistence technologies are coming-out from the system,” the D-G maintained.
He, however, said Nigeria “is a nation that is aspiring to compete at global level, therefore, we cannot just rely on what is coming from our own system.
“We have to allow technologies to come into Nigeria and study those technologies adopt them to become our own; in my opinion that is how we can develop,” he added. (NAN)
— 15th August 2017
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— 15th August 2017
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— 15th August 2017
…58.75% Credits in Maths, English Language From: Ighomuaye Lucky, Benin The National Business and Technical Examinations Board (NABTEB) has said of the total number of 57,387 candidates that sat for the May/June 2017 NABTEB examination, 33,712 candidates scored five credits and above, including English Language and Mathematics, representing 58.75% Registrar/Chief Executive of NABTEB, Prof. (Mrs.)…
— 15th August 2017
From: Linus Oota, Lafia The Federal Government has wadded into the gully erosion crisis in Nasarawa State following the alarm raised by Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura over the threatening floods that has claimed lives and sack many communities. Governor Al-Makura had called on the Federal Government to urgently intervene in the crisis before it would…
Entertainment— 13th August 2017
By Christian Agadibe Having carved a place in Nollywood as an A-list actress, Ebube Nwagbo branched into movie production and did well for herself. The Anambra State indigene and star of Arrested By Love in this interview with Entertainer, opens up on her career, most challenging role and new movie, Not Enough. How did you…
South-West Report— 10th August 2017
New yam commemorations set troubled Ekiti community aglow From Wole Balogun, Ado-Ekiti The new yam festival to celebrate a bumper harvest was held recently in Ikere-Ekiti, a major community in Ikere Local Government of Ekiti State. It helped douse the tension due to some ugly developments that pitched some sections of the town against government….
Abuja Metro— 9th August 2017
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Oriental News— 9th August 2017
…As community celebrates Nwafor Festival From Jeff Amechi Agbodo, Onitsha Ogidi people in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State have celebrated their annual Nwafor Festival to mark the end of the planting season in their community. The festival, which lasted for four Igbo market days and mainly celebrated by the menfolks, was also…
Features— 15th August 2017
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Literary Review— 11th August 2017
By HENRY AKUBUIRO Acclaimed Nigerian folklorist, Dr. Bukar Usman, will be a feast for the eyes as the International Conference on Alhaji Mamman Shata Katsina and Mahamadou Gao Filingue gets underway at the University of Tahoua, Niger Republic, on Thursday, August 17, 2017. Jointly organised by the University of Tahoua and Pleasant Library and Book…
Lifeline— 15th August 2017
•Commuters urge Lagos State govt to repair damaged portion By Kehinde Aderemi Lagos is synonymous with gridlocks. From the Island to the Mainland, Ikeja through Ikorodu to Oshodi and Sango, no part is spared. People languish in traffic for hours on end. This is one of the perennial challenges visitors and residents of the metropolis…
Education Review— 15th August 2017
• At this year’s school-graduating ceremonies, pupils showcase our rich culture as parents share stories of how they waded through flood to take their kids to school • How you can help your child make the best of this holiday By Jet Stanley Madu At the recent graduation ceremony of Ricphe Nursery and Primary School,…
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TSWeekend— 14th August 2017
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