The implementation of the I-Council project at the Port-Louis Municipal Council, in line with the Government's vision to digitize local authorities, improve management efficiency and effectiveness, and provide better services, was launched today in Port Louis.
The Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Local Government and Disaster Risk Management, Dr. Anwar Husnoo, the Mayor of the Port-Louis Municipal Council, Mr. Mahfooz Cadersaib, and other personalities were present.
In his speech, Deputy Prime Minister Husnoo recalled that the Ministry has embarked on a series of digitization projects and technological innovations through the I-Council pilot project that was launched in 2018 in the Moka District Council. The project, he reminded him, has already been implemented in the District Councils of Savanne and Flacq, and the Municipal Council of Port-Louis, adding that it will soon be implemented in all local authorities.
The I-Council project, he stressed, will allow local authorities to organize and oversee the projects being implemented at all levels, including the legal, contractual, procurement and financial procedures of the project, and the implementation processes from conception to completion. payment stages. He indicated that the system will also help control expenses, allow adequate management of resources and provide a detailed report on the progress achieved, as well as the monitoring of projects.
In addition, he stressed that since 2015, the Government has been investing massively in various projects throughout the country to meet the needs of the population. With a view to providing a better quality of life for the population, modern infrastructure and better services in a timely manner, the Government has significantly increased the funds allocated to local authorities in the 2021-2022 Budget, he said.
The Deputy Prime Minister was optimistic that the implementation of the I-Council project will provide a convenient tool for Council decision-making through optimized resource management. The system optimizes the deployment of resources and funds in a more controlled manner, which will allow the Council to carry out its mandatory responsibilities efficiently throughout its jurisdiction, he added.
For his part, the Mayor, Mr. Cadersaib, said that the City Council will embark on a more innovative strategy to provide a more enhanced and improved digitized service to the population. The project, he added, will allow the Council to work on its weaknesses and improve its services and thus provide better quality and more timely services to residents.
The I-Council Project
The I-Council Project comprises the use of the Global Positioning System, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and a bespoke Council Project Management Software created in-house by Moka District Council officials.
The main services provided by City Councils are covered by the following GIS systems: City Council Project Management System, Fleet Management System; Collection Service Management System; drainage management system; Maintenance of the Asset Management System; Road Management System; Urban Planning Management System; Public Lighting Management System; and bare land management system
The Federal Government inaugurated the National Soil Analysis and Geographic Information System (GIS) laboratories in Abuja, towards sustainable food production, using modern technology.
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Mohammad Abubabakar, inaugurating the laboratories in Abuja on Monday, praised the development.
The Nigerian News Agency reports that the National Soil Testing and GIS Laboratories are under the Department of Agricultural Land Management and Climate Change Services in the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
The new soil testing laboratory in Abuja is an addition to the other three older national soil testing laboratories in Kaduna, Ibadan and Umudike, which have also been renovated and upgraded with modern soil testing equipment.
Abubabakar said the inauguration was another bold step towards sustainable food production, using modern technology for healthy Nigerian soils.
“The inauguration of these GIS and Soil Analysis Laboratories is very important in our task of guaranteeing the nation's food security.
“These laboratories are necessary for the promotion of technology-driven agriculture, which is the focus of the Ministry as contained in the National Agricultural Technology and Innovation Policy (NATIP).
“Over the years, gaps have been identified in the way we manage our soils, which is affecting fertilizer use and land use planning in the country.
“My ministry is determined to close the gaps, which is why the fourth National Soil Laboratory was established in Abuja.
“I am aware that the department (Department of Farmland Management and Climate Change Services) has been at the forefront in disseminating information and carrying out projects on the effective and efficient management of our land resources.
“The labs we are opening today will further strengthen the department's capacity in this regard,” he said.
He said the ministry now had four national soil laboratories in Abuja, Kaduna, Ibadan and Umudike, each equipped with mid-infrared spectrophotometer (MIR) for dry chemical analytical procedures.
“The team has the ability to test large numbers of soil samples quickly, the four labs will go a long way in expanding our soil testing capacity,” he said.
In his speech, Dr. Ernest Umakhihe, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, said that the ministry was now in a position to provide technology-driven services for the effective management of land resources around the world. country.
“The establishment of a new National Soil Testing Facility in Abuja, in addition to the existing three, is intended to ensure that farmers and other stakeholders in neighboring states in the north-central region of the country do not have to travel far to obtain soil testing services. ," he said.
In addition, Mr. Shehu Bello, Director of the Department of Farmland Management and Climate Change Services, said that the establishment of the team would ensure that farmers do not continue to blindly apply fertilizers on their farms.
He assured the minister that the equipment would be used for staff training and for its intended purpose
The wind farm is now fully operational for the Egypt Electricity Transmission Company and the New and Renewable Energy Authority.CAIRO, Egypt, December 2, 2021 / APO Group / -
Assembly and commissioning of 96 SG 2.6-114 wind turbines in less than 10 months; Long-term maintenance provided through a 15-year service contract; Generation of 1,000 GWh per year increasing the installed wind power capacity in Egypt by 18%; First renewable energy project in Egypt to be powered through a 220 kV gas-insulated substation developed by Siemens Energy.
Siemens Gamesa, a world leader in the renewable energy industry, has strengthened its presence and commitment to the growth of clean energy in Egypt, with the commercial operation of the 250 MW West Bakr wind farm located 30 kilometers northwest of Ras Ghareb in the Gulf of Suez Area. The company has successfully installed 96 SG 2.6-114 wind turbines for renewable energy generation company Lekela through a turnkey engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract. The company will provide long-term maintenance through a 15-year service contract.
The wind farm is now fully operational for the Egypt Electricity Transmission Company and the New and Renewable Energy Authority. It is the first renewable energy project in Egypt to be energized through a 220 kV gas-insulated substation (GIS) developed by Siemens Energy, which is highly reliable and requires a minimal amount of maintenance.
As part of the Government's Build, Own and Operate (BOO) public-private partnership scheme, the wind farm will provide an additional 250 MW of clean energy to the grid, helping the country achieve its goal of increasing the percentage of electricity generated. from renewable sources to 42% by 2035. The project will also avoid more than 530,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year.
With more than 600 people involved in the project, from more than 10 different nationalities, the wind farm created local jobs, with 85 percent being Egyptian, which impacted the local economy. Seventy percent of the project's construction scope was delivered by local partners with all civil work and most of the electrical and logistics work performed by local subcontractors. All wind turbine towers were also manufactured in Egypt. In addition, a Community Investment Plan has been established to focus on business, educational and environmental initiatives to correct the socio-economic development challenges faced by the country's societies.
Throughout the facilities, Siemens Gamesa supported local communities. In June 2020 they delivered the necessary medical devices to Ras Ghareb Central Hospital in their fight against the pandemic, while in January this year they reused and recycled the used wood pulp. Additionally, wooden pallets and crates were recycled and handed over to a local supplier to create handmade chairs and beds for the local community.
In addition, Lekela, with the support of Siemens Gamesa, collaborated with the Egyptian Ministry of the Environment to ensure that the West Bakr wind farm met the highest environmental standards. A plan was implemented that monitors the flight patterns of birds in the area with the aim of controlling operations through the application of various mitigation options, including an on-demand closure program, during migratory seasons throughout life of the project according to the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA). ) guidelines, in order to ensure that all wildlife is protected.
Despite the challenges presented by Covid-19, the top priority had been to support the health and safety of all employees, contractors, and partners involved in construction. Two million hours without a Lost Time Incident have been recorded since the start of construction in January 2020. In addition, the project was completed in complex weather conditions with higher than usual wind speeds that did not impede safe and successful execution or caused significant delays. .
"I am very happy to have been able to complete the installation of the West Bakr wind farm in less than 10 months despite Covid-19 and extreme weather conditions," said Ayman Saad, Managing Director of Siemens Gamesa Egypt. "I couldn't be more proud of our teams that greatly served our partners and helped support the country's goal of achieving 20% renewable energy by 2022," he added.
Faisal Eissa, CEO of Lekela Power Egypt, said: “Since the wind farm has reached commercial operation despite being built during a pandemic, I would like to especially acknowledge the work of our partners, including the Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energies. , Siemens. Gamesa, Siemens Energy, the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company, the Egyptian Electricity Holding, the Egyptian Regulatory Agency and the New and Renewable Energy Authority, to deliver this project quickly and safely ”.
As Africa is slowly tapping into its wind energy potential, economic and sustainable development is at the forefront of Siemens Gamesa's dedicated efforts to diversify Egypt's energy mix. West Bakr will join the eight projects totaling 1,249 MW that the company has successfully completed in Egypt, ensuring sustainable development in the country.
At the Egypt-Spain High Level Business Forum held yesterday in Cairo, attended by Dr. Mostafa Madbouly, Prime Minister of Egypt and Mr. Pedro Sánchez, President of the Government of Spain, Miguel Ángel López, President of Siemens Gamesa , reaffirmed the Company's commitment to Egypt to support its renewable energy goals and continue to fight climate change and make what matters a reality for generations to come.
Siemens Gamesa is the market leader in Egypt, with more than 20 years of experience, an installed base of 1.5 GW and a 91% market share.
The Consultant to the Governor and project Manager, OGUN State Land Administration and Revenue Management System (OLARMS), Mrs Oyindamola Oyelese, has admonished property owners within government acquisition area to make use of government respite, initiative to process their Certificate of Occupancy and realize the full potential of their property. Oyelese made this known at the sensitisation programme and town hall meeting organised by OLARMS, at the MKO Abiola Trade Fair complex, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, the State capital She stated that Certificate of Occupancy (CofO) would be issued to applicants within 40days after full payment is made, saying that accessible office have been opened at MKO Abiola Trade Fair complex to attend to those who are not knowledgeable in the usage of computers. She noted that property owners were also encouraged to make payment before 30th November to attract a discount of 25% while payment before 31st of December would also attract a discount of 10%. Listing the affected areas in Abeokuta, the Deputy Director, Geographical information System (GIS), Surveyor Ope Okunaya, stated that the following area have been under the government acquisition which fell under the Secretariat Complex Acquisition site (A) were; Ikereku-Olokuta, Abule-Ori (train station), Ajebo, Ijeun-Lukosi, Laderin, Agbopa, Kemta/Idi-Aba to Iyana Mortuary, NNPC, Abule-Oko and Agunrete. The Surveyor General of the State, Surveyor Ken-Salem Onososen, in his remark stated that the Secretariat Complex is divided into “A” and “B”, noted that A is for those within OGUN Central while “B” is yet to be reviewed. He admonished the Baales, Community Development Association and Community Development Committee Chairmen to make use of this rare opportunity, advice their people to ratify their landed properties, stating that it is opened to both Private and Commercial land owners. He said that the document which would be required and requested for at the Bureau of Land and Survey, including; purchase receipt, survey plan and other survey information. Also, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Lands (Legal), Barr. Emmanuel Akande, said that the Land Use Act, gives the Governor the right to acquire lands for government purposes, saying that make the Governor introduced the programme to make individuals and cooperate bodies apply for comfort of their homes and get a sigh of relief. In their responses, residents of the affected areas have raised concerns on the government programme, stating that it has not been introduced at the right time and the grace period giving to them was very short, calling on the government to extend the expiration date for more people to key into the programme. One of the concerned residents, the Chairman, Ifedore Ijeun Lukosi, Pastor Adeniyi Matthew, who said that when he built his house at Ijeun Lukosi, they were informed that it was free government acquisition, but now I was informed that it is under government acquisition. He also noted that those who were given the C of O under the Homeowners' Charter programme were not accepted in other banks aside from Gateway Mortgage bank, saying that government need to address all these loopholes. The consultant therefore assured that their request on the limited time which would be considered, saying that all other issues raised there would be appropriately put before the governor and address accordingly.
It is really important to monitor the condition of our cultivated land and people involved in animal production can check the condition of the grasslands.MASERU, Lesotho, November 5, 2021 / APO Group / -
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) provided training to build the capacity of relevant national institutions to use Earth observation data and machine learning to produce annual national land use maps and extract land use statistics.
Lesotho's landscape suffers from severe land degradation and soil erosion caused by human activity as well as climate change. Up-to-date land use information on the state of national natural resources is essential for evidence-based decision making in protecting the natural resource base and safeguarding rural livelihoods.
The training was conducted within the framework of the FAO project “Land Cover Data for Integrated Watershed Management (ICM) in Lesotho” financially supported by the European Union through GIZ. The project is coordinated by the Ministry of Water, ICM Unit, on behalf of the Government of Lesotho.
Participants in the week-long training are now able to produce annual land use maps and extract statistics at national and subnational levels, and share the results using web GIS technology.
“Land cover data is crucial in any planning. It is really important to monitor the condition of our cultivated land and the people involved in animal production can check the condition of the grasslands. We were preoccupied with the meadows, brush and cultivated land; knowing the shrinking or increasing land cover classes will be crucial for this, ”said Selebalo Ramakhanna, Senior Soil Research Officer, Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, who attended the training.
“This GIS is a useful tool in pedology, hydrology and forestry. It will give a general picture of the country's natural resources now and in the future. Lesotho is one of the degraded lands of the world. He will have a role to play in the planning and consequent development of the country, ”said Professor Fisseha Itanna of the University of Lesotho.
Better planning, better investments
The country's first Land Cover Atlas, jointly developed by the Government of Lesotho and FAO in 2015, served as the first benchmark used by the government for many applications, enabling land monitoring and planning.
Land cover information is used at both the technical and decision-making level, to produce indicators that can be used to prioritize investments, identify sensitive areas requiring urgent interventions, and to communicate information transparently.
“The government must keep this information up to date to ensure the continuity of these activities and to further develop in response to the emerging needs of the country. This training is part of building the capacity of the government and partner institutions to generate and use statistics from the plant cover database and the atlas that FAO is providing under this project ”, he added. said David Mwesigwa, FAO project coordinator, Lesotho.
In addition, land cover data will be used as part of the government's Integrated Watershed Management (ICM) program - a joint initiative of the government and partners; the European Union and Germany - which seeks to restore and conserve the natural resources of Lesotho and the Orange-Senqu River basin.
Develop free skills and tools
Lesotho's land cover data will establish the current situation and identify long-term trends in the country's main natural resources. The data will facilitate the measurement of land degradation at different scales ranging from plot level to national level. The methodology is based on a combination of multitemporal remote sensing (satellite, airborne and UAV imagery) and primary data collection tools and instruments, some of which are currently used by the different ministries responsible for land and water resources.
During the first half-day of the workshop, participants were first exposed to the key element of the newly developed land cover mapping methodology by FAO, and the supporting theoretical framework. Afterwards, the remainder of the workshop was devoted to practical exercises during which participants were able to carry out all the stages of the production chain of land cover data. Finally, they could individually create a national land use map for the base year 2021. The training was based on the use of free online tools selected by FAO and customized for Lesotho. As a result, participants could both develop new skills and add new tools to their arsenal.
FAO has also developed a Land Cover Dashboard to facilitate the extraction of vegetation cover statistics and environmental indicators derived from the EO. The dashboard is in a prototype version and will be refined based on feedback from Lesotho national institutions.
"We are filling this gap by taking advantage of new technologies and methodologies, and in particular free open observational data and the use of cloud computing to accelerate computation, as well as machine learning and artificial intelligence. to move from visual interpretation of satellite images to almost automatic quantitative analysis of spectral data. and the textural characteristics of images, ”said Lorenzo DeSimone, FAO Geospatial Officer.
FAO is helping a number of countries to modernize their national statistical offices, using Earth Observation (EO) data as an alternative data source and adopting standardized EO methods.
For grazing communities
At the local / community level, land cover information will help farmers and end users, through extension assistance, to better plan their grazing systems. Land cover data can actually detect degradation hotspots that should be prevented from continuing to graze until healthy vegetation recovers.
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Experts explained that geographic mapping of urban settlements, population, mineral and natural resources, location of properties, unsecured locations, disaster areas, among other strategic sectors of society, could help the government. to plan well.
They say the current war on insecurity in the country could be tackled through proper use of mapping systems, especially with unmanned aerial systems.
They also noted the importance of space technology and geospatial technology and stressed the need to deploy them for sustainable development.
Space technology, a technology related to the entry, retrieval of objects or life forms into space, is evident in areas such as weather forecasting, remote sensing, global positioning systems (GPS) , satellite television and some long-distance communication systems that rely on space infrastructure.
Geospatial technology collects and analyzes geospatial data (all data that is indicated at a geographic location).
Experts who spoke in separate interviews with the Nigeria News Agency , stressed the need for Nigeria to deploy space and geospatial technologies to boost sustainable development and good governance.
Professor Jide Kufoniyi from the Department of Surveying and Geoinformatics at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, described the mapping system as the technology for acquiring, processing, managing and disseminating geospatial information ( IG).
Kufoniyi further said that geospatial information is any information referenced to a location, while a mapping system would include geospatial data acquisition equipment, such as satellite and aerial platforms carrying appropriate sensors.
He listed geospatial data acquisition tools such as land and hydrographic surveying equipment, data processing, management and dissemination equipment, such as computers and appropriate software.
The donation explained that geospatial information from any location can be acquired regardless of whether it is inhabited, uninhabited, accessible or not, secure or not.
“We just need to use the right mapping system and technique. If it is an unsafe and hazardous environment for human involvement in data acquisition, we may use images from Earth observation satellites or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) depending on the level of precision and detail required.
“The current war on insecurity in the country will be greatly aided by mapping systems, especially unmanned aerial systems. ''
He acknowledged that this technology had existed over time, but that the country had fallen behind in its deployment for a better society.
Kufoniyi explained that the lack of adequate access to Earth observation satellite images, inadequate geodetic infrastructure for mapping purposes, especially for applications such as urban and land management in cities with multi-storey buildings. levels, which require 3D geospatial data had hampered the deployment of the technology.
He listed other issues to include non-digital geospatial information archives, insufficient capacity utilization and insufficient knowledge transfer, an outdated system of training geospatial professionals, technologists and technicians in map production.
He added that the lack of adequate awareness among producers about the benefits of the technology has contributed to its challenges.
“Change is often so quick to catch up for organizations and staff that there is inadequate infrastructure support, especially electricity and ICT.
“The government, for its part, has not given in to the constant call to properly fund mapping activities.
“No less than 2.5 percent of the national budget each year has generally been advocated, but the amount allocated is often far below that percentage,” he said.
Don said that good governance and sustainable development require access to the right geospatial information, because according to him everything we do, no matter what, is happening somewhere.
He said citizens and governments need to be able to answer the spatial question of where each development activity is located.
“To achieve this, it is necessary to implement a Geospatial Data Infrastructure (GDI) at the national, state and local levels.
“The draft national geo-information policy defines GDI as a set of basic facilities and services, which encompasses the acquisition and distribution of geospatial datasets, the provision of standards and regulations for production, access, use, cost and distribution of geo-information. '
Professor Joel Igbokwe of the Department of Surveying and Geoinformatics, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, described mapping systems as technologies that facilitate the collection of geospatial data for the purpose of producing maps of parts or of the whole. the physical surface of the earth. Igbokwe stressed that the main function of mapping systems is the production of maps of different themes and scales and they are vital for national development.
Dr Rakiya Babamaaji, head of the natural resource management division of the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), said that space science technology and geospatial technology, when deployed in the agriculture, can stimulate products and ensure food security.
Babamaaji believed that geospatial technology could be used to map and monitor the location of natural resources, take inventory of vegetation, be used in smart agriculture, water resource management, among others.
Babamaaji, who spoke on space-based smart agriculture for food security in Nigeria, said this was in line with the government's mandate to ensure food security and enable the country to achieve the second goal of sustainable development, aimed at ending hunger and increasing the availability of food.
“We are trying to use space technology in agriculture and we have a program called Space Base Smart Agriculture for Food Security in Nigeria that will address the problem of low yields.
“We also have the Crop Watch Project, a platform used to monitor agricultural activities across the country using geospatial technology.
“As part of this project, we will bring together all available spatial data with restrictions on farming so that farmers can find out what is happening on their farms.
“The project will provide farmers with climate data, allowing them to know when to plant, when to apply fertilizers, different types of soil in terms of fertility,” she said.
The official said they will work with relevant stakeholders in the country, including the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the China Remote Sensing Center as technical partners to carry out the Crop Watch project.
Another area she said the program would address was the supply chain, where the start of the farming season until harvest time would be looked at.
Babamaaji, however, denounced the lack of data, the unavailability of funds to support the project and the lack of awareness among farmers of the importance of space technology for agriculture.
She recalled that the agency's leadership advocated new and advanced satellites that would facilitate data provision and help better plan towards improved precision agriculture.
The President of the Geoinformation Society of Nigeria (GEOSON),
Dr Matthew Adepoju said the geo-information studies curriculum and its related courses need to be changed to accommodate modern advancements in geospatial technology.
Adepoju said the level to which geoinformation is progressing has exceeded the standard for studies at higher education institutions in the country.
“Part of the area that has affected the adoption of geospatial technology in the country is the area of capacity building.
“Our universities and polytechnics need to revamp their curriculum to accommodate modern advances in geospatial technology and mapping techniques.
“At the level where they are now, when the graduate comes out, there is so much for the graduate to develop.
“Universities are simply structured to recruit graduates who go looking for jobs, whereas the program should be structured to bring out job creators.
“There is a lot of work that a young GIS graduate, Survey can do well-equipped from school,” Adepoju said.
The president also blamed outdated government policies on geospatial technology on the industry's delayed development.
According to him, the practice had survived thanks to a Survey Coordination Act created in the 1960s.
“We need to review the legislation, because we have a Survey Coordination Act of 1965 and if you look at the development that has taken place since the 1960s, a lot has changed.
“At that time, space in the country was still at the scientific level and now the application of space science and technology has broadened the scope.
“Unfortunately, we don't have a law that regulates the practice. "
GEOSON President said that geospatial technology can be deployed to locate citizens' assets for proper taxation, in healthcare especially for telemedicine, in national security, flood and disaster management, among others. sectors.
He said, however, that with GEOSON's commitment to secure a new law to regulate the sector and comply with global standards, the National Assembly also agreed to enact the law before the end of the Ninth Assembly.
The enactment of the law will undoubtedly enable the country to harness the potential of space and geospatial technologies for sustainable development and good governance. (Characteristics)
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Nigeria's transmission company, TCN, has announced that it will begin the installation of a brand new gas-insulated substation, GIS, in Gwarimpa, Abuja.
TCN Director General, Public Affairs, Ndidi Mbah, in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday, said installation work on the project would begin on October 27 and end on November 9.
“The new 2 × 60 mega-volt GIS gas-insulated substation, MVA, is part of TCN's efforts to strengthen the high-voltage transmission ring project around Abuja,
“This will increase the power available to Abuja Disco for its customers in the Abuja metropolis and surrounding areas.
“During the installation period of 14 GIS, the delivery of bulk electricity to the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) will not be affected.
“TCN has developed adequate plans to ensure that the amount of power supplied by AEDC is maintained,” she said.
Ms Mbah said the installation of TCN's new GIS substation would not affect Abuja Disco's bulk supply to its customers.
According to her, the Gwarimpa GIS substation project, when completed and inaugurated in circuit, will increase the bulk power supply quantum in Abuja and its surroundings.
She said TCN will continue to run new transmission projects even if it completes the old ones.
Ms Mbah said this was in line with her power grid maintenance, expansion and rehabilitation program aimed at building a more stable and efficient grid.
We will never forget the key role you played in the overhaul of our Industrial Development Master Plan (IDP), in the return of UNIDO to CameroonADDIS-ABABA, Ethiopia, October 14, 2021 / APO Group / -
The government of Cameroon expressed its gratitude to the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) for its considerable support to the processes of structural transformation and economic diversification of the country over the past five years, thanks to the coordination of the Director out of the ECA Office for Central Africa. - Antoni Pedro, under the leadership of the Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of ECA - Vera Songwe.
Several members of the Government paid tribute to Mr. Pedro recently appointed to the post of Deputy Executive Secretary of ECA in charge of program support. Among them: Prime Minister - Joseph Dion Ngute, Minister of Economy, Planning and Territorial Development - Alamine Ousmane Mey, Minister of Industry - Gabriel Dodo Ndoke, Minister of Commerce - Luc Magloire Atangana Mballa, Minister of Small and Medium Enterprises, Economy and Handicrafts - Achille Bassilikin III, Minister Delegate to the Minister of External Relations in charge of Relations with the Commonwealth - Felix Mbayu, and Minister Delegate to the Minister of the Environment, Nature Protection and Sustainable Development - Nana Aboubakar Djalloh.
Mr. Pedro has already taken up his new post at ECA headquarters in Addis Ababa.
During the farewell meetings with government officials, Mr. Pedro received praise for the strategic policy advisory services and technical support that the ECA Office for Central Africa, located in the capital of China. Cameroon - Yaoundé, has given the country, since her arrival as head of the office in August 2016, reinforced by the vision of Executive Secretary Vera Songwe, who has been appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General to lead the Commission for a year later. In her reforms, the Executive Secretary called on each sub-regional office to become a center of excellence in an area critical to the development priorities of the respective sub-region. In Central Africa, the choice was simple: economic diversification, cemented by the adoption in September 2017 of the Douala Consensus on economic diversification through industrialization driven by resources and trade!
The main achievements of ECA-Cameroon cooperation over the past five years include: promoting the discourse and practice of economic diversification through the Douala Consensus; lead the formulation of the AfCFTA strategy for Cameroon and identify the Kribi-Douala-Edea Growth Triangle (KED) as a launching pad for the operationalization of the country's industrial development master plan (PDI).
"We will never forget the key role you played in the overhaul of our industrial development master plan (PDI), in the return of UNIDO to Cameroon and in the design of our next special economic zone for the timber sector. in our forest-rich eastern region, "Minister of Industry Gabriel Dodo Ndoke told Pedro.
Minister Dodo Ndoke asked the outgoing director to continue maintaining ties with Cameroon and to serve as the country's ambassador by mobilizing political advice and technical support to the country, while he was at ECA headquarters.
Over the past five years, ECA has also worked with Cameroon to lay the groundwork for the emergence of a productive pharmaceutical industry in the country; recalibrate the country's digital economy strategies and train senior officials to align national development plans with Agendas 2030 and 2063.
Through its Yaoundé office, during the same period, ECA also provided an analysis on the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19 on Central Africa (including Cameroon) and the remedial measures to be taken in view. avoid a double threat to the health and economic sectors, as well as an analysis on better road safety measures as factors for undisturbed economic growth.
The Commission also supported designated institutions in developing an integrated approach to climate, land, water and energy strategies and the National Climate Change Observatory (NOCC) in promoting resilience to climate change.
ECA also helped the Cameroonian authorities to integrate accountability measures into development planning and provided training to planners in the country on how to cope with the huge urban sprawl caused by around 70% of the population concentrated in the urban areas. cities across the country by 2050.
“I am very touched by the appreciation that the Government of Cameroon has expressed regarding the collaboration with ECA under the leadership of our Executive Secretary, whose credo has been and remains - IDEAS FOR A PROSPEROUS AFRICA, with many these ideas having shaped the country's trajectory on important issues such as the African Continental Free Trade Area, the digital economy and job-creating growth based on economic diversification, ”said Mr. Pedro before his departure for Addis Ababa.
“It has been a very rewarding five years thanks to the much-needed support from a hard-working group of staff from the ECA office for Central Africa, to whom I am very grateful.”
"I also take this opportunity to express my most sincere gratitude both to the Government and the Cameroonian people, to the Governments and peoples of all our Central African Member States, to the leadership of the CEMAC and ECCAS commissions and the COPIL. , to the United Nations family in the sub-region, and to all our development partners, including the private sector.
The newly appointed Deputy Executive Secretary in charge of program support at ECA said he would continue to follow the important work being done by ECA in Central Africa in general and Cameroon in particular - which he sees as the whirlwind. economic progress. diversification in Central Africa.
Meanwhile, the staff of the ECA Sub-Regional Office for Central Africa collectively and individually expressed their gratitude to Mr. Pedro for his leadership.
Current manager - Jean Luc Mastaki - “Mr. Pedro's contributions to the work of the ECA and to the development of Africa are the mark of exceptional technical and managerial capacities.
“What good ideas! what great initiatives! What momentum for the mobilization of strategic partnerships! What an energy! what inspiration! ECA is lucky and should seize the opportunity to benefit from your leadership at the level of Deputy Executive Secretary ”, concluded Mr. Mastaki.
“You have greatly inspired us to make the ECA Office for Central Africa a center of excellence on economic diversification,” said Adama Coulibaly - who heads the Office's sub-regional initiatives section.
"We will continue the good work to meet the challenges of the future with all the learning and tools that we have drawn from your leadership," added Mr. Coulibaly.
Some of the most important projects on Cameroon recently initiated by Mr. Pedro to be operationalized by the Office in the immediate future include funding brokering from the Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) for the establishment of a special economic zone on the timber value chain, and training of Cameroon's national planners on the appropriation and use of ECA's geographic information system (GIS), a tool for spatial planning and investment decision-making .
How Oyo Women Farmers Respond to NiMet 2021 Weather Forecast
News analysis by Ibukun Emiola, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)
At the start of the planting season, farmers in the Oke-Ogun region of Oyo state expressed concern over the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) prediction that the rains will stop at the start of the season. 2021 and how to proceed with the development.
The agency's area director for the southwest, Mr. Adewale Ajeyomi, had previously advised women to use climate-smart solutions to overcome the early cessation of the rains.
He said: “There has been a change in the weather system due to climate change caused by development everywhere, buildings and all kinds affect wind patterns, temperature and many other things. Deforestation is part of the problem of climate change.
Ajeyomi noted that the northern part of Oyo state, the Saki region, which is on the outskirts of Ibadan, would experience fluctuations in weather according to recent forecasts from NiMet.
“This means that the temperature can be a bit warmer, and during the rainy season, they are going to experience periods of drought. It is expected to rain, but at some point the rain will stop.
“Farmers can plant according to their normal pattern this time around, with the exception of the Oke-Ogun areas, which is the northern fringe of Ibadan.
“Farmers need to use climate smart solutions; they should be climate smart, do some irrigation or get our newsletter or updates from our office or on our website, weekly or sometimes daily updates to guide their activities. ''
To fight against the scourge, the small farmers of the platform of the Small Scale Farmers Organization of Nigeria (SWOFON), learned the techniques of irrigated agriculture.
Regardless of this initiative, Ms Musilatu Ashiru, leader of Saki East SWOFON, said: “We practice irrigated agriculture by hand. We wet the plants ourselves because we lack modern technology to grow a proper irrigation crop.
“We need water; so we want boreholes to continue irrigated agriculture, we plant vegetables, tomatoes and pepper. For irrigated agriculture, you can have pepper all year round.
"We should have been cultivating our land for yam planting since last year, but most people haven't been able to cultivate their land since last year let alone plant yam and the rainfall. irregularities have started again, ”she said.
In addition, Alimotu Sulaiman, coordinator of SWOFON in the local government area of Iseyin, said farmers in the area want to be equipped to practice irrigated agriculture.
She said: “Irrigated agriculture is practiced by farmers in the North; nothing prevents us from practicing the same thing here in the south.
"What we plan to do is acquire land for agriculture and install equipment for irrigated agriculture, which is what we want."
Recounting his ordeal during the 2020 agricultural season, Yemisi Ojeleye of the Garri processing plant in Oje Owode, in the Saki East local government area of the state, said that the poor yield of the last season of plantation had had a negative effect on production.
She said, “As we run out of cassava supply from farmers, it affects our work and then drives up the price of Garri.
“There are more than 200 women working in this processing plant. But the cassava shortage has reduced the number of women coming to work. ''
In addition, Latifat Muritala, a small farmer in the local government area of Olorunsogo East, said: during the planting season in 2020 ''.
Beyond forecasts and their implications for agricultural activities, Nigerian farmers are calling for sustainable solutions to the effects of climate change.
Jide Oguntokun, a large-scale farmer in Ido, Oke Owa and Lanlate, said climate change has affected his livelihoods so much.
“The government is asking people, especially young people, to go to the farm, but there are issues that need to be addressed if farming will be productive for the people in the business. We need to look at how to support agricultural initiatives.
“We have to start looking at 2021 for food sufficiency because COVID-19 will only be a minor thing in the face of impending famine and famine to come,” he said.
To corroborate this, a climatologist from the University of Ibadan, Professor Ibidun Adelekan, said: “If the seasons are delayed, it will affect agricultural production and good yield.
However, Geographic Information System analyst David Afolayan said that a major solution is the need for public-private partnerships that will promote climate-smart farming techniques that take advantage of geographic information systems technology ( GIS).
“Since climate change is caused by human activities over a long period of time, efforts should be made to ensure climate friendly practices and tree planting to correct damage to the ozone layer, thus reducing the adverse effects of climate on nature.
“There is also a need for collaboration to merge technology with native intelligence to overcome current climatic conditions to optimize crop planting.
“This will allow us to predict when farmers will be able to plant and have seeds adapted to the climate; which means they have been modified to adapt to climate change, ”Afolayan said. (NANFeatures)
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By Ijeoma Olorunfemi
Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, Minister of Science and Technology on Tuesday reiterated the need to develop Geospatial technology for operational efficiency and good governance.
Geospatial technology is a term used to describe the range of modern tools contributing to the geographic mapping and analysis of the Earth and human societies.
Onu made the call at the opening of a three-day stakeholder’s workshop on the Geo-Referenced Infrastructure and Demographic Data for Development (GRID3) Ward Boundary Validation and National Geospatial Data Infrastructure (NGDI) Bill Review in Abuja.
Onuh said geospatial technology was the bedrock of many technologies, and “the workshop would strengthen the National Geo-information Policy and the critical components of the country’s soft infrastructure embedded in geospatial technology.”
“Technological innovation is useful for national development.
“The ward boundaries and the NGDI are very useful in achieving operational efficiency and good governance in elections, population census, boundaries, social investment programme and also the COVID-19 Geospatial tracking systems.
“It is important to note that the GRID3 project would help improve effective coordination in the collection and management of data in our dear nation.
“This will ensure that Nigerians benefit from an evidence based response, result distribution and data driven policy making,’’ he said.
He assured the stakeholders of the FG’s support towards achieving the aim of the project.
Onu also called on the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) to deploy its satellite assets in helping the nation address insecurity problems.
According to him, the country needs conducive environment where citizens can travel safely, live peacefully and where jobs can be created for young people.
Mr Clem Agba, Minister of State, Budget and National Planning, said the national, states, local government areas, ward boundaries and the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) had been recognised as vital entities to national development.
He then stressed the need for all stakeholders engagement.
According to Agba, updated harmonised boundaries will inform emergency operations, routine operations, planning and statistical Infrastructure.
He decried that there were still challenges in harmonising the boundaries, resulting to the use of paper maps which prevented use of standard boundary files across different locations.
The minister said GRID3 programme was collaborating with government agencies and relevant stakeholders to harmonise boundaries which would facilitate the implementation of the Medium Term National Development Plan 2021 to 2025 and the Nigeria Agenda 2050.
He added that the GRID3 database already had 1,247 datasets across the 36 states of the federation and the FCT and in 12 sectors which include agriculture, education, energy, security among others.
“Nigeria had already started getting the benefit of this programme, the GRID3 Nigeria operational ward boundaries have significantly contributed to the polio eradication in Nigeria.
“Geo-Information System-based (GIS) maps helped health workers develop effective micro plans at ward level to visit every settlement and reach target populations.
“The GRID3 project has produced 774 LGA GIS-based maps for the National Primary Health Care Development Agency to support the COVID-19 vaccination across the country.
“This is also in line with the project’s plan to roll out its support to routine immunisation by accurately delineating health facility catchment areas and ensure no child is missing on the map,’’ he said.
He disclosed that the FG was developing a monitoring and evaluation tool called `The Eye Mark’.
“The Eye Mark, is a mobile and web application that would incorporate the geospatial capabilities at different administrative units for Nigerians to appraise projects by Ministries, Departments and Agencies,’’ he said.
The Director-General of NASRDA, Dr Halilu Shaba, said that good governance would not be realised without properly securing the nation’s boundaries.
Shaba said, “the time has come for Nigeria to harmonise and unify all the various operational boundaries to ensure interoperability and removal of wastages in generation of similar datasets.
“This workshop is aimed at removing the duplicity through consensus building amongst stakeholders to assess the available operational boundaries, datasets and agree on the fourth layer leading to policy formulation which the implementation will have direct impacts on citizens,’’ he added.Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Halilu Shaba, D-G of NASRDA and other dignitaries at the GRID3, NGDI bill review workshop in Abuja
He noted that stakeholders would consider and agree on the Draft of the NGDI bill which was overdue for legislative procedures.
Dr Matthew Adepoju, Chairman, Project Implementation Team of GRID3 said there was a Federal Executive Council resolution on NGDI, hence the review of the bill draft.
Adepoju said that through the project, dataset was made available in different sectors of the country and also available on www.grid3.gov.ng.
“This is a critical infrastructure that Nigeria needs for policy formulation and project implementation,’’ Adepoju said.
GRID3, launched in March 2018 and supported by Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation for developing countries aims to facilitate the production, collection, use, and dissemination of high-resolution population.
It is also to support infrastructure and other reference data in support of national sectoral development priorities, humanitarian efforts, and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
GRID3 in Nigeria is aimed at increasing access to data for use by decision makers, donors, non-profit organisations and private sector partners in the country.
The project implementation team is domiciled in NASRDA in partnership with relevant stakeholders. (NAN)(NAN)