July 4, 2024

[GIST] Siemens, PANA Infrastructure collaborate to enhance Nigeria’s power sector

[GIST] Siemens, PANA Infrastructure collaborate to enhance Nigeria’s power sector

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Siemens, a leading global technology company and PANA infrastructure have announced their collaboration to tackle Nigeria’s electricity infrastructure sector.

  The partnership, according to them, is aimed at modernising and upgrading Nigeria’s electric power infrastructure through the provision of grid automation, creating job opportunities in the country, and smart infrastructure solutions across Nigeria.

  The agreement signed between Siemens and PANA Infrastructure, focuses on enhancing grid reliability and stability, deepening electrification rates to meet the rapidly growing demand for electricity in Nigeria.

  They stressed that the collaboration, solidified through a formal agreement, signifies a pivotal step towards addressing Nigeria’s pressing electricity challenges while fostering economic growth and technological advancement in the region.

  Chief Executive Officer of Siemens Sub-Saharan Africa, Sabine Dall’Omo, said the collaboration underscores their commitment to fostering sustainable development and advancing technology in Nigeria.

  “By combining Siemens’ expertise in smart grid technologies with PANA Infrastructure’s deep market insights, we aim to ensure a reliable power supply and drive economic progress in the region.

  “Siemens reaffirms its commitment to Nigeria, with a focus on identifying and developing strategic business opportunities within the region. By leveraging a go-to-market strategy that includes knowledge platforms, collaborative business strategies, integrated sales and marketing teams, and global support, Siemens strives to bring significant business value to the Nigerian market,” said Dall’Omo.

  Chairman of PANA Holdings, Daere Akobo, said the collaboration with Siemens is a pivotal opportunity to transform Nigeria’s power sector with commitment to addressing the country’s critical power infrastructure with the use of advanced low voltage, medium voltage, and smart grid management technologies.

  “This collaboration is in alignment with the transformation agenda in the power sector by the Nigerian government to significantly improve power supply in the country, in a manner that translates to economic progress for all Nigerians,” he said.

  They stressed that the partnership would concentrate on unlocking Nigeria’s potential in the industrial power sector for substantial investments in industrial modernization.

  “This initiative aims to revolutionize Nigeria’s industrial landscape by harnessing the power of advanced technologies and solutions to enhance productivity, efficiency, and quality. Through local capacity development, enhancing employees’ skills and capabilities, Siemens and PANA Infrastructure will pave the way for a new era of industrial excellence in Nigeria,” they said.

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July 3, 2024

[GIST] Climate: Lagos commits to full implementation of resilience strategy

[GIST] Climate: Lagos commits to full implementation of resilience strategy

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Piqued by the climate change realities, Lagos State government, yesterday, expressed its commitment to achieving resilience dividends associated with the full implementation of strategy by harnessing the contributions and shared responsibility of various actors.

The state’s Commissioner for Economic Planning & Budget, Ope George, disclosed this during the 2024 Lagos Resilience Forum hosted by the Lagos State Resilience Office (LASRO) in Ikeja, Lagos.

The forum is aimed at identifying emerging issues to be integrated into the state’s resilience building agenda.

George noted that the forum is an all-inclusive and collaborative engagement of diverse resilience building stakeholders across various sectors convened to reassess the state’s resilience building efforts with a view to improving on them.

This, he said, would be achieved through the discovery of new opportunities for growth and adaptation, integration of resilience thinking into statewide operations, and the amplification of resilience knowledge and innovations for sustainable growth.

The commissioner stressed that the vision for a resilient Lagos, an innovative, inclusive and prosperous city that leverages the appropriate governance and the infrastructure mechanisms to empower its people to thrive, adapt and grow sustainably, was developed through a comprehensive process involving the ideas and perspectives of various stakeholders, including the academia, civil society organisations, government agencies, local council entities, among others.

According to him, implementation of resilience building initiatives and its evaluation for better and improved performance require shared responsibility and continued partnership of various resilience building stakeholders, which is the purpose of the gathering.

In her welcome address, Chief Resilience Officer of LASRO, Dr Folayinka Dania, said that the forum aimed at identifying emerging issues to be integrated into the state’s resilience building agenda.

She said that LASRO was inaugurated in 2019 as a multidisciplinary strategic planning office, tasked with identifying initiatives aimed at building the social, economic, physical and environmental resilience of the state.

Also, Special Adviser to the Governor on E-GIS and Planning Matters, Dr Olajide Abiodun Babatunde, called for integration of cultural practices in building Lagos resilience programmes as they hold certain inherent benefits for Lagos development trajectory.

Former Chairman, Presidential Economic Advisory Council of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr Adedoyin Salami, who delivered the keynote address, noted the importance of citizens’ participation in Lagos resilience strategy.

According to him, the government has the duty to provide the necessary data for citizens to promote the opportunity for Lagos development through resilience.

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[GIST] DigitalSENSE Africa honours Ekuwem, Odusote, others

[GIST] DigitalSENSE Africa honours Ekuwem, Odusote, others

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Theimmediate past Secretary to the Government of Akwa-Ibom State, Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem, alongside the Chairperson, Board of Trustees of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA), Ibukun Odusote; Managing Director, Condata Systems Limited, Dr Chris Nwannenna; Chairman, Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria, Gbenga Adebayo and Managing Director, Wizzyhub Technologies, Francis Uzor, were honoured at the inaugural DigitalSENSE Africa awards.

Other awardees included the Managing Director of Digital Realty Nigeria, Ikechukwu Nnamani; Executive Director, Paradigm Initiative Nigeria (PIN), Gbenga Sesan, and Managing Director, Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN), Muhammed Rudman, among others.

Confirming these at the weekend, the Lead Consulting Strategist, DigitalSENSE Africa and Group Executive Editor, ITREALMS Media group, Sir Remmy Nweke, said that recognition in the corporate category included Upland College, Digital Realty Nigeria, Welcome Centre Hotels and the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

As said him, Ekuwem emerged as the DigitalSENSE Africa Broadband Advocate of the decade; Odusote was acknowledged as DigitalSENSE Africa Empowerment Advocate of the decade; Nwannenna as IG4D Advocate of the decade; Adebayo, an engineer, was honoured as Africa Telecoms Advocate of the decade and Rudman was named the Internet Personality of the decade.

He said that the recognition was part of the programme to mark the 15th year of hosting the Nigeria DigitalSENSE forum on Internet Governance for Development.

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July 2, 2024

[GIST] Abioye dedicates varsity teaching hospital in FCT

[GIST] Abioye dedicates varsity teaching hospital in FCT

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Bishop David Abioye of Living Faith has prophesised that persons seeking healthcare at Margaret Lawrence University Teaching Hospital (MLUTH) would not only find healing, but also receive restoration.
He made the declaration at the weekend during the dedication of the facility, which he referred to as “a wonderful, unique edifice” located at River Park Estate in Abuja.
“It is my pleasure to declare this place blessed, and it is blessed,” the cleric said.  

The dedication was preceded by dancing and praises by attendees, including staff of the hospital and mother of the founder, Mrs Margaret Odili.
Founder of Margaret Lawrence University and real estate magnate, Paul Odili, described the event as remarkable, saying it meant handing the facility over God, “who never fails.”     

According to him, the coming on stream of MLUTH represents a significant milestone in the evolution of healthcare services in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), with its modern design, advanced medical infrastructure and a multi-disciplinary team of professionals.
“We are dedicated to delivering unparalleled care and superior patient outcomes,” he promised.”

Highlighting the specialised services at the tertiary medical institution, the Chief Medical Director (CMD), Dr Alejandro Rodriquez, a consultant surgeon, said Nigerians would not have to travel abroad any more to get advanced medical care, as it is now available at the hospital in Abuja.
He listed radiology, digital X-Ray, gynaecology, urology, orthopaedic, paediatrics, among others as the hospital’s areas of strength.  
“We have state-of-the-art facilities and advanced technology to handle any health concern,” he added.    

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[GIST] Firm unveils innovation hub to foster AI skills, arts creativity

[GIST] Firm unveils innovation hub to foster AI skills, arts creativity

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One of Nigeria’s leading power generation firms, Egbin Power, has commissioned an innovation centre designed to equip students with entrepreneurial, practical, and creative skills needed to thrive in the modern educational landscape.

The innovation hub, named ‘Bright Gyimah Centre for Innovation’ within the Powerfields Groups of Schools in Ikorodu, owned by Egbin Power (a member of the Sahara Group), offers students the opportunity to develop skills in Information Technology, Artificial Intelligence, and explore their creativity in arts, music, culinary, and hospitality fields.

Head of Corporate Communications & Branding at Egbin Power Plc., Felix Ofulue, said the initiative aimed to create a dynamic learning environment that fosters creativity and innovation.

He reiterated the company’s commitment to nurturing future leaders that will drive progress and prosperity in the country, noting that the initiative demonstrates the firm’s dedication to advancing education and highlights their readiness to continuously groom future leaders.

Bright Gyimah’s daughter, Caroline Uzoigwe, commended the board and management of Egbin Power for naming the innovation centre after her late father, a former General Manager of the plant.

“Education has gone beyond just the classrooms and textbooks, it involves being able to practicalise and implement knowledge. That is why this centre for innovation is significant. It is laudable and meaningful. The management deserves commendation for this initiative because it shows commitment to the growth and development of the school, the students and the education sector,” she said.

Speaking on behalf of the Governing Council, Powerfields Group of Schools, the Director of Governance and Sustainability, Sahara Group, Ejiro Gray, emphasised the importance of equipping students with skills for the future.

She said that the innovation centre is a transformative initiative offering in-demand 21st-century skills, empowering students to cultivate their entrepreneurial spirit and become innovators.

The Administrator of Powerfields Group of Schools, Ngozi Emezue, mentioned that the facility would provide experiential learning, boost students’ confidence, and enable them to translate theoretical knowledge into practical applications.

Chairman of the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA), Matthew Amadi, applauded the governing council for continuously elevating the standard and making it a one-stop learning institution that sets itself apart among others.

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[GIST] African Brands announces date for innovators forum

[GIST] African Brands announces date for innovators forum

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The African Brands is gearing up to host its 2024 edition of African Brands innovators forum. The event tagged, “Meeting the brands innovation challenge,” is scheduled to hold on July 15, 2024.

In a statement made available to newsmen recently in Lagos, organisers of the event disclosed that it would feature thought-provoking keynote sessions, engaging panel discussions, hands-on workshops, and unparalleled networking opportunities designed to empower attendees with the knowledge, tools, and inspiration needed to revolutionise the branding landscape.

According to the statement, participants can look forward to an immersive experience that will spark new perspectives, fuel collaboration, and spur transformative ideas to drive the evolution of African brands.

There will also be awards presentation tagged ‘Africa most innovative and most admired awards’, to celebrate reputable brands that have domesticated innovation in all ramifications.

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July 1, 2024

[GIST] Elizade varsity gets NUC’s nod to run Architecture

[GIST] Elizade varsity gets NUC’s nod to run Architecture

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The institution’s Head of Public Relations, Williams Olufunmi, said the university was given the approval in a letter signed by the commission’s acting Director of Accreditation, Abraham Chundusu.

Olufunmi said the approval was based on the outcome of the resource verification visit by a panel of experts from the commission to the university.

He disclosed that a fortnight ago, the university was also given the approval to run full-time Doctoral degree, Masters in Engineering, and Postgraduate Diploma in Civil Engineering, with effect from the 2024/2025 academic session.

According to him, the acting Executive Secretary of NUC, who conveyed the approval in a memo to the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Kayode Ijadunola, congratulated the institution for the feat, urging it to continue in its task of providing human and material resources for the development of the approved programmes.

Recall that the NUC team, during its assessment, had praised the huge infrastructure outlay of the institution, and commended the maintenance culture, as well as the clean, serene, and conducive learning environment.

Prof. Ijadunola, while commending the NUC team for its thorough assessment, assured that the school will continually deliver on its mandate of producing wholesome graduates, who are not only employable but are ready-made employers through its entrepreneurial skill sets, which are in high demand in the global market.

The Registrar, Mr Omololu Adegbenro, said the university is not compromising on discipline and standards in ensuring that its graduates impact not only their generation, but generations to come as role models both in academics and morals.

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[GIST] Destiny Trust inaugurates multimedia learning space for kids in Lagos community

[GIST] Destiny Trust inaugurates multimedia learning space for kids in Lagos community

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A NON-GOVERNMENTAL Organisation (NGO), The Destiny Trust (TDT), has inaugurated a multimedia learning space for children in remote communities.

The learning space is located at the Ansar-Ud-Deen Primary School, Arapagi, Ibeju-Lekki Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Lagos State.

According to a statement by TDT’s Chief Operating Officer (COO), Athina Jeje, the learning centre is part of efforts to ensure that vulnerable children have access to quality education.

The COO said: “Setting up multimedia learning spaces in hard-to-reach communities is a vital part of our mission to provide quality education to children everywhere.

“Our multimedia learning spaces offer both online and offline access to digital learning content, along with solar electricity to ensure a stable and renewable power source.

“Each space is equipped with smart TVs or smart boards, learning tablets, high-speed Internet, and access to a vast digital library available off-line, making learning more effective, interactive, engaging, and accessible.

“Our broad education technology initiative promises to revolutionise learning for underserved children and their teachers.

“Additionally, teachers will receive intensive training on using technology in the classroom and maintaining the multimedia devices.”

Jeje also said that the establishment of the learning centre would contribute to bridging pupil-teacher ratio gaps and provide access to “standardised basic education content.”

Also speaking at the event, the Wajoba of Ibejuland, Mukail Kasali, while extending the community’s appreciation to TDT for the intervention, said for the Ansar-Ud-Deen School, which had been in existence for about 100 years, the learning centre would a significant contribution to technology education access for children in the area.

He said that the community had never witnessed such a significant private-sector-led education project.

He also lamented the absence of a secondary school in the riverine communities, which prevents many children from continuing their education beyond primary school due to the risk and cost of crossing the Lagoon daily to attend secondary school.

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June 30, 2024

[GIST] Oyakhilome, Oke-Osanyitolu, others speak on Christ Embassy church building fire

[GIST] Oyakhilome, Oke-Osanyitolu, others speak on Christ Embassy church building fire

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The Believers LoveWorld Incorporated, also known as Christ Embassy, in Oregun area of Ikeja, Lagos, last week, caught fire in the early hours of Sunday when the President of Believers LoveWorld Incorporated, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome and members of the church were worshipping God at the church’s campground in Ogun State.

Although, journalists were not allowed into the church premises to ascertain the extent of damage, the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Lagos State Fire Services, Nigeria Police Force, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Neighbourhood Watch and the Nigerian Red Cross Society, among others were seen earnestly working to put out the inferno.

Meanwhile, the founder of the church, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, has said that the burnt building is a sign of good things to come. He stated this, during a church service held at the headquarters in Ogun State.
He said: “It is the house of God. Alright, it is been burnt down, we will clear out the place, build a better one; a more beautiful one and let the devil link his wounds.”

Fielding questions from newsmen at the scene of the fire outbreak, the Permanent Secretary of LASEMA, Dr. Oluwafemi Damilola Oke-Osanyitolu appealed to the public to desist from any information that is not emanating from reliable sources, saying that LASEMA and other government agencies under the watch of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu are capable of handling emergency situations in the state.

He explained that though the fire was massive, no casualty was recorded. He denied the allegation that the responders were not allowed access to the church premises when the fire outbreak started in the morning at 7:00a.m.

Oke-Osanyitolu said: “Emergency disaster is everyone’s responsibility, and not just the state government or the agencies. You can see that all the key stakeholders are working together. For instance, NEMA, LASEMA, Lagos State Fire Service have put a lot of things in place and the most important thing is that our people need to key in. Look at it, we are fighting fire in this place and people are misinforming the good people of Lagos State. We want the good people of Lagos State to desist from spreading wrong information. We have put a lot of things in place, we have fire hydrants, among others.

“From what I have seen the church has basic fire fighting equipment, and the men were trained to fight any fire incident. The church has fire hydrant and one way or the other, we worked as a team with them, and that is one of the reasons that despite the fact that the fire was massive, it did not spread to other buildings in the area. There was no mortality and so, we are on top of the game. The church cooperated with us and we worked as a team. We looked at things holistically and that is why we were able to have a success story in managing the emergency disaster.”

On if the state would sanction people who do not comply with government rules, he said: “We will get to that enforcement later. However, we are not shy from enforcement, but it has to be gradual. We have started conducting advocacy, sensitising people and trying to enlighten our people. I am sure our people are going to do the needful.”

Head of Research and Rescue Unit of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Lagos Territorial Office, Ibitayo Adenike, confirming that the incident started in the morning hours of Sunday, said: “Although the fire started early in the morning, the exact time was not certain because we started receiving calls at about 7:00a.m. We came and since then we have been working together. The cause of the fire is not yet known, but all the responders are working together and the fire is now under control. To the best of my knowledge no worshipper was in the building and there was no casualty.”

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June 29, 2024

[GIST] At FUSE Festival, Peekok arts stages Jagunlabi

[GIST] At FUSE Festival, Peekok arts stages Jagunlabi

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Twelve years after its first appearance at the Rose Theatre, Kingston, UK, the play, Jagunlabi, was staged again to educate global youths and help them to understand their purpose in life. The show aimed to inspire and awaken the giant within young people. 

This time, Peekok Youth Arts Initiatives staged the drama at the Arthur Cotterell Theatre (ACT), Kingston Upon Thames, London, on Friday, June 28, 2024. 

According to the initiatives visioner/ founder, Oyetunji Olu- Akinloye, “Jagunlabi will headline as the opening main show of the FUSE International Festival, UK.” He explained, “Jagunlabi (we birthed a warrior) is a full-fledged drama performance with many themes primarily focused on human purpose. 

“In Africa, every child is born with specific and unique purpose. A child’s name often motivates what the future or destiny of the child is beloved to be. Jagunlabi performance will unravel that mystery.”

The play highlights themes of courage, selflessness, determination, eradication of social ills, violence against children and women, and significantly, bravery. 

FUSE International Festival, Olu-Akinloye, observed, is the ideal platform to share and celebrate creative and talented artists from across UK, Nigeria and around the globe. 

The FUSE Festival replaced the International Youth Arts Festival (IYAF), which has taken place every summer since 2009. Over 80 events across film, music, theatre, visual arts take place over the 10 days of the Festival, which is curated and presented by the Charity Creative Youth, UK. 

Jagunlabi is expected to open the FUSE International Festival and further assist to strengthen the different artforms: dance, music, visual art and film show, between the age group 5- 30.

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