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  •  A company known as Sambus Geospatial Nig Ltd has offered 5 million worth of software and technical support in rendering Geographic Information System GIS solutions to combat COVID 19 spread in the country Mrs Akua Aboah the Managing Director of the company with its headquarters in Ghana made this known while speaking with newsmen on Wednesday in Ilorin She said the effort was part of the Corporate Social Responsibility CSR of the company to help in assist Nigerian in the fight against COVID 19 Since the first case of COVID 19 was reported health organisations responders of all types and individuals want to have quality information on the evolutions of COVID 19 spread caption id attachment_815621 align aligncenter width 859 Ncdc Dashboard On Covid 19 caption Scientifically such information requires geographical data and analysis to arrive at relevant facts and figures The GIS technology is inevitably required in every location intelligence solution and consequent to this our company has been offering support to government agencies health departments non profit organisations and industries monitoring COVID 19 According to Aboah this is possible by using complimentary software resources provided by Environmental System Research Institute ESRI to build dashboards which gives essential geographic data to monitoring COVID 19 in the country He said the Operations Dashboard created by Sambus Nigeria has been adopted by the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control NCDC representing COVID 19 data across the country He said the company ensures that ESRI s Disaster Response Programme DRP is well leveraged on in the country s region by providing resource donations training and technical support to organisations as part of her CSR Aboah said this would enables the maximisation of location intelligence across the country using GIS applications to efficiently proffer solutions that facilitate decision making in response to the COVID 19 pandemic The platform designed by Sambus Nigeria features data from NCDC WHO among other authorities which is quickly integrated and visualised in real time with specific attributes of varying locations This is affected in a GIS application known as ArcGIS and represented in an Operations Dashboard that enables the public access to COVID 19 spatial data Data represented include infected locations number of reported cases active and recovered cases as well as deaths across the country She reiterated that real time locational data is how we will know where exactly the disease was recorded maintain an accurate assessment of contact tracing and curb the spread of COVID 19 quickly so the world can be rid of this pandemic Also speaking with newsmen Miss Esther Moore the General Manager of the company also reaffirmed the company s position in offering geospatial support and assistance to organisations at the frontline She said this is through innovative reporting platforms that can be used to analyse and cross reference symptom reports based on location for easier testing She said Sambus Geospatial is the sole authorised distributor for ESRI s Geographic Information System GIS Software ArcGIS in Nigeria Ghana Liberia Gambia and Gabon with over 30 years of experience in the Geospatial Industry Edited By Celine Damilola Oyewole Felix Ajide NAN
    COVID-19: Company supports Nigerians with N5m worth software on geographic data monitoring
     A company known as Sambus Geospatial Nig Ltd has offered 5 million worth of software and technical support in rendering Geographic Information System GIS solutions to combat COVID 19 spread in the country Mrs Akua Aboah the Managing Director of the company with its headquarters in Ghana made this known while speaking with newsmen on Wednesday in Ilorin She said the effort was part of the Corporate Social Responsibility CSR of the company to help in assist Nigerian in the fight against COVID 19 Since the first case of COVID 19 was reported health organisations responders of all types and individuals want to have quality information on the evolutions of COVID 19 spread caption id attachment_815621 align aligncenter width 859 Ncdc Dashboard On Covid 19 caption Scientifically such information requires geographical data and analysis to arrive at relevant facts and figures The GIS technology is inevitably required in every location intelligence solution and consequent to this our company has been offering support to government agencies health departments non profit organisations and industries monitoring COVID 19 According to Aboah this is possible by using complimentary software resources provided by Environmental System Research Institute ESRI to build dashboards which gives essential geographic data to monitoring COVID 19 in the country He said the Operations Dashboard created by Sambus Nigeria has been adopted by the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control NCDC representing COVID 19 data across the country He said the company ensures that ESRI s Disaster Response Programme DRP is well leveraged on in the country s region by providing resource donations training and technical support to organisations as part of her CSR Aboah said this would enables the maximisation of location intelligence across the country using GIS applications to efficiently proffer solutions that facilitate decision making in response to the COVID 19 pandemic The platform designed by Sambus Nigeria features data from NCDC WHO among other authorities which is quickly integrated and visualised in real time with specific attributes of varying locations This is affected in a GIS application known as ArcGIS and represented in an Operations Dashboard that enables the public access to COVID 19 spatial data Data represented include infected locations number of reported cases active and recovered cases as well as deaths across the country She reiterated that real time locational data is how we will know where exactly the disease was recorded maintain an accurate assessment of contact tracing and curb the spread of COVID 19 quickly so the world can be rid of this pandemic Also speaking with newsmen Miss Esther Moore the General Manager of the company also reaffirmed the company s position in offering geospatial support and assistance to organisations at the frontline She said this is through innovative reporting platforms that can be used to analyse and cross reference symptom reports based on location for easier testing She said Sambus Geospatial is the sole authorised distributor for ESRI s Geographic Information System GIS Software ArcGIS in Nigeria Ghana Liberia Gambia and Gabon with over 30 years of experience in the Geospatial Industry Edited By Celine Damilola Oyewole Felix Ajide NAN
    COVID-19: Company supports Nigerians with N5m worth software on geographic data monitoring
    COVID-192 years ago

    COVID-19: Company supports Nigerians with N5m worth software on geographic data monitoring

    A company known as Sambus Geospatial Nig. Ltd. has offered ₦5 million worth of software and technical support in rendering Geographic Information System (GIS) solutions to combat COVID-19 spread in the country.Mrs Akua Aboah, the Managing Director of the company with its headquarters in Ghana, made this known while speaking with newsmen on Wednesday in Ilorin.She said the effort was part of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) of the company to help in assist Nigerian in the fight against COVID-19.“Since the first case of COVID-19 was reported, health organisations, responders of all types, and individuals want to have quality information on the evolutions of COVID-19 spread.[caption id="attachment_815621" align="aligncenter" width="859"]Ncdc Dashboard On Covid 19 Ncdc Dashboard On Covid 19[/caption]“Scientifically, such information requires geographical data and analysis to arrive at relevant facts and figures.“The GIS technology is inevitably required in every location intelligence solution and consequent to this, our company has been offering support to government agencies, health departments, non-profit organisations and industries monitoring COVID-19.’’According to Aboah, this is possible by using complimentary software resources provided by Environmental System Research Institute (ESRI) to build dashboards, which gives essential geographic data to monitoring COVID-19 in the country.He said the Operations Dashboard created by Sambus Nigeria has been adopted by the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) representing COVID-19 data across the country.He said the company ensures that ESRI’s Disaster Response Programme (DRP) is well leveraged on in the country’s region by providing resource donations, training, and technical support to organisations as part of her CSR.Aboah said this would enables the maximisation of location intelligence across the country using GIS applications to efficiently proffer solutions that facilitate decision making in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.“The platform designed by Sambus Nigeria features data from NCDC, WHO, among other authorities which is quickly integrated and visualised in real-time with specific attributes of varying locations.“This is affected in a GIS application known as ArcGIS and represented in an Operations Dashboard that enables the public access to COVID-19 spatial data.“Data represented include infected locations, number of reported cases, active and recovered cases as well as deaths across the country.’’She reiterated that real time locational data is how we will know where exactly the disease was recorded, maintain an accurate assessment of contact tracing and curb the spread of COVID-19 quickly so the world can be rid of this pandemic.Also speaking with newsmen, Miss Esther Moore, the General Manager of the company, also reaffirmed the company’s position in offering geospatial support and assistance to organisations at the frontline.She said this is through innovative reporting platforms that can be used to analyse and cross-reference symptom reports based on location for easier testing.She said Sambus Geospatial is the sole authorised distributor for ESRI’s Geographic Information System (GIS) Software; ArcGIS in Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, Gambia, and Gabon with over 30 years of experience in the Geospatial Industry.Edited By: Celine-Damilola-Oyewole/Felix Ajide (NAN)

  •  Mr Frank Evbuomwan Managing Director of Edo State Geographical Information Service EDOGIS has called for more community awareness to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus disease in Nigeria Evbuomwan made the call when he distributed palliatives to communities in Ovia South West Local Government Area of Edo on behalf of the state government to cushion the effect of lockdown against COVID 19 pandemic Represented by the Vice Chairman of the council Mr Fred Aimienwanwu the GIS boss said the call for more community awareness became necessary because of the rising community spreading of the virus across the country He noted that though enough sensitisation have been carried out on how to prevent the spread of the disease but stressed that many Nigerians still believe that the virus is not real While many believe that the disease is being exaggerated others sees as a means to make money by politicians They have chosen to ignore the fact that some prominent personalities have died as a result of the disease Many developed countries like the United States and the UK have suffered untold fatalities due to the effect of the pandemic I think we need to do more of sensitisation on the danger of non adherence to the rules to prevent the spread of the virus in the country as spelt out by the government There can never be too much of enlightenment on this matter Evbuomwan said He urged the people to remain hopeful as government would from time to time evolve other measures to alleviate their suffering Evbuomwan urged the beneficiaries to use the items judiciously and adhere to the laid down rules such as wearing of face masks in public washing hands regularly keeping social distance and keeping their environment clean One of the beneficiaries Mrs Efionayi Ihenegbe who commended the governor for providing the palliatives also appreciated Evbuonwan for making sure the items got to those who really needed them The News Agency of Nigeria reports that items distributed included bags of rice cartons of vegetable oil spaghetti macaroni malt drinks and bottled water among others Edited By Abdulfatah Babatunde NAN
    Covid-19: Edo GIS boss advocates more community awareness
     Mr Frank Evbuomwan Managing Director of Edo State Geographical Information Service EDOGIS has called for more community awareness to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus disease in Nigeria Evbuomwan made the call when he distributed palliatives to communities in Ovia South West Local Government Area of Edo on behalf of the state government to cushion the effect of lockdown against COVID 19 pandemic Represented by the Vice Chairman of the council Mr Fred Aimienwanwu the GIS boss said the call for more community awareness became necessary because of the rising community spreading of the virus across the country He noted that though enough sensitisation have been carried out on how to prevent the spread of the disease but stressed that many Nigerians still believe that the virus is not real While many believe that the disease is being exaggerated others sees as a means to make money by politicians They have chosen to ignore the fact that some prominent personalities have died as a result of the disease Many developed countries like the United States and the UK have suffered untold fatalities due to the effect of the pandemic I think we need to do more of sensitisation on the danger of non adherence to the rules to prevent the spread of the virus in the country as spelt out by the government There can never be too much of enlightenment on this matter Evbuomwan said He urged the people to remain hopeful as government would from time to time evolve other measures to alleviate their suffering Evbuomwan urged the beneficiaries to use the items judiciously and adhere to the laid down rules such as wearing of face masks in public washing hands regularly keeping social distance and keeping their environment clean One of the beneficiaries Mrs Efionayi Ihenegbe who commended the governor for providing the palliatives also appreciated Evbuonwan for making sure the items got to those who really needed them The News Agency of Nigeria reports that items distributed included bags of rice cartons of vegetable oil spaghetti macaroni malt drinks and bottled water among others Edited By Abdulfatah Babatunde NAN
    Covid-19: Edo GIS boss advocates more community awareness
    General news2 years ago

    Covid-19: Edo GIS boss advocates more community awareness

    Mr Frank Evbuomwan, Managing Director of Edo State Geographical Information Service (EDOGIS), has called for more community awareness to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus disease in Nigeria.

    Evbuomwan made the call when he distributed palliatives to communities in Ovia South West Local Government Area of Edo, on behalf of the state government, to cushion the effect of lockdown against COVID-19 pandemic.

    Represented by the Vice Chairman of the council, Mr Fred Aimienwanwu, the GIS boss said the call for more community awareness became necessary because of the rising community spreading of the virus across the country.

    He noted that though enough sensitisation have been carried out on how to prevent the spread of the disease, but stressed that many Nigerians still believe that the virus is not real.

    “While many believe that the disease is being exaggerated, others sees as a means to make money by politicians.

    “They have chosen to ignore the fact that some prominent personalities have died as a result of the disease.

    “Many developed countries like the United States and the UK have suffered untold fatalities due to the effect of the pandemic.

    “I think we need to do more of sensitisation on the danger of non-adherence to the rules to prevent the spread of the virus in the country as spelt out by the government.

    “There can never be too much of enlightenment on this matter,’’ Evbuomwan said.

    He urged the people to remain hopeful as government would, from time to time, evolve other measures to alleviate their suffering.

    Evbuomwan urged the beneficiaries to use the items judiciously and adhere to the laid down rules such as wearing of face masks in public, washing hands regularly, keeping social distance and keeping their environment clean.

    One of the beneficiaries, Mrs Efionayi Ihenegbe, who commended the governor for providing the palliatives, also appreciated Evbuonwan for making sure the items got to those who really needed them.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that items distributed included bags of rice, cartons of vegetable oil, spaghetti, macaroni, malt drinks and bottled water among others.


    Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

  •  The World Health Organisation WHO says expertise in polio eradication that has put Africa on the verge of being certified free of wild poliovirus has been brought to the frontlines of COVID 19 fight The WHO Regional Office for Africa in Brazzaville Congo disclosed this in a statement posted on its website and also on its twitter handle on Friday network of responders from WHO Polio Eradication Programme and partner organisations is providing critical resources and skills to tackle the COVID 19 pandemic While testing is the core of any strategy to contain the virus the region has had a relatively low number of tests performed Since the outbreak started nearly two million tests have been carried out in the WHO African Region with an average test rate of 15 3 per 10 000 population To boost diagnosis the WHO coordinated polio laboratory network comprising 16 laboratories in 15 countries is now dedicating 50 per cent of its capacity to COVID 19 testing Hundreds of tests are carried out every day using polio testing machines in Algeria Cameroon Cote d Ivoire Ethiopia Madagascar Nigeria Senegal and South Africa The statement quoted Dr Matshidiso Moeti the WHO Regional Director for Africa as saying in Africa no one has the footprint of the polio programme nor the expertise for mounting effective response campaigns So with COVID 19 threatening to overwhelm health systems the extensive polio response network is once again lending crucial support as countries build up systems to contain COVID 19 she said Contact tracing has been a central pillar of the WHO polio programme s support to the COVID 19 response Mobile phone applications originally developed for health workers to use in polio outbreak response and disease surveillance have been adapted by WHO to be used against COVID 19 In Zimbabwe for example over 100 disease surveillance officers are using these tools for case investigations and contact tracing in many provinces where COVID 19 has been confirmed In addition WHO Geographic Information System GIS centre in Brazzaville is using its huge experience in outbreak response and disease surveillance to support countries with a range of GIS and software technology and manual solutions to respond to COVID 19 The GIS team is now working around the clock supporting countries to take up the technology for COVID 19 response More than 2 000 polio response experts from WHO UNICEF Rotary as well as STOP consultants from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are supporting the COVID 19 response in the African Region A quarter of WHO polio staff are dedicating more than 80 per cent of their time towards COVID 19 efforts with 65 per cent anticipating a commitment of six months or more Alongside the support to the COVID 19 response WHO polio staff are also maintaining critical functions and planning to resume mass polio immunisation campaigns once the situation permits The statement further quoted Moeti as saying It is important that the support to COVID 19 response does not jeopardize the progress made in stopping all forms of polio transmission in the region The fight against the pandemic should not come at the detriment of other health emergencies Across the continent COVID 19 has disrupted mass polio vaccination campaigns in line with the global physical distancing recommendations that limit COVID 19 transmission The suspension of high quality immunisation rounds may risk new polio outbreaks due to low coverage Edited By Wale Ojetimi NAN
    Polio eradication expertise backs Africa’s COVID-19 response –WHO
     The World Health Organisation WHO says expertise in polio eradication that has put Africa on the verge of being certified free of wild poliovirus has been brought to the frontlines of COVID 19 fight The WHO Regional Office for Africa in Brazzaville Congo disclosed this in a statement posted on its website and also on its twitter handle on Friday network of responders from WHO Polio Eradication Programme and partner organisations is providing critical resources and skills to tackle the COVID 19 pandemic While testing is the core of any strategy to contain the virus the region has had a relatively low number of tests performed Since the outbreak started nearly two million tests have been carried out in the WHO African Region with an average test rate of 15 3 per 10 000 population To boost diagnosis the WHO coordinated polio laboratory network comprising 16 laboratories in 15 countries is now dedicating 50 per cent of its capacity to COVID 19 testing Hundreds of tests are carried out every day using polio testing machines in Algeria Cameroon Cote d Ivoire Ethiopia Madagascar Nigeria Senegal and South Africa The statement quoted Dr Matshidiso Moeti the WHO Regional Director for Africa as saying in Africa no one has the footprint of the polio programme nor the expertise for mounting effective response campaigns So with COVID 19 threatening to overwhelm health systems the extensive polio response network is once again lending crucial support as countries build up systems to contain COVID 19 she said Contact tracing has been a central pillar of the WHO polio programme s support to the COVID 19 response Mobile phone applications originally developed for health workers to use in polio outbreak response and disease surveillance have been adapted by WHO to be used against COVID 19 In Zimbabwe for example over 100 disease surveillance officers are using these tools for case investigations and contact tracing in many provinces where COVID 19 has been confirmed In addition WHO Geographic Information System GIS centre in Brazzaville is using its huge experience in outbreak response and disease surveillance to support countries with a range of GIS and software technology and manual solutions to respond to COVID 19 The GIS team is now working around the clock supporting countries to take up the technology for COVID 19 response More than 2 000 polio response experts from WHO UNICEF Rotary as well as STOP consultants from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are supporting the COVID 19 response in the African Region A quarter of WHO polio staff are dedicating more than 80 per cent of their time towards COVID 19 efforts with 65 per cent anticipating a commitment of six months or more Alongside the support to the COVID 19 response WHO polio staff are also maintaining critical functions and planning to resume mass polio immunisation campaigns once the situation permits The statement further quoted Moeti as saying It is important that the support to COVID 19 response does not jeopardize the progress made in stopping all forms of polio transmission in the region The fight against the pandemic should not come at the detriment of other health emergencies Across the continent COVID 19 has disrupted mass polio vaccination campaigns in line with the global physical distancing recommendations that limit COVID 19 transmission The suspension of high quality immunisation rounds may risk new polio outbreaks due to low coverage Edited By Wale Ojetimi NAN
    Polio eradication expertise backs Africa’s COVID-19 response –WHO
    Health2 years ago

    Polio eradication expertise backs Africa’s COVID-19 response –WHO

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) says expertise in polio eradication that has put Africa on the verge of being certified free of wild poliovirus has been brought to the frontlines of COVID-19 fight.

    The WHO Regional Office for Africa in Brazzaville, Congo disclosed this in a statement posted on its website and also on its twitter handle on Friday.

    “À network of responders from WHO Polio Eradication Programme and partner organisations is providing critical resources and skills to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.

    “While testing is the core of any strategy to contain the virus, the region has had a relatively low number of tests performed.

    “Since the outbreak started, nearly two million tests have been carried out in the WHO African Region, with an average test rate of 15.3 per 10 000 population.

    “To boost diagnosis, the WHO-coordinated polio laboratory network comprising 16 laboratories in 15 countries is now dedicating 50 per cent of its capacity to COVID-19 testing.

    “Hundreds of tests are carried out every day using polio testing machines in Algeria, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Nigeria, Senegal and South Africa.’’

    The statement quoted Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO Regional Director for Africa, as saying: “in Africa, no one has the footprint of the polio programme nor the expertise for mounting effective response campaigns.

    So with COVID-19 threatening to overwhelm health systems, the extensive polio response network is once again lending crucial support as countries build up systems to contain COVID-19,’’ she said.

    Contact tracing has been a central pillar of the WHO polio programme’s support to the COVID-19 response.

    Mobile phone applications originally developed for health workers to use in polio outbreak response and disease surveillance have been adapted by WHO to be used against COVID-19.

    In Zimbabwe, for example, over 100 disease surveillance officers are using these tools for case investigations and contact tracing in many provinces where COVID-19 has been confirmed.

    In addition, WHO Geographic Information System (GIS) centre in Brazzaville is using its huge experience in outbreak response and disease surveillance to support countries with a range of GIS and software technology and manual solutions to respond to COVID-19.

    The GIS team is now working around the clock supporting countries to take up the technology for COVID-19 response.

    More than 2,000 polio response experts from WHO, UNICEF, Rotary, as well as STOP consultants from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are supporting the COVID-19 response in the African Region.

    A quarter of WHO polio staff are dedicating more than 80 per cent of their time towards COVID-19 efforts, with 65 per cent anticipating a commitment of six months or more.

    Alongside the support to the COVID-19 response, WHO polio staff are also maintaining critical functions and planning to resume mass polio immunisation campaigns once the situation permits.

    The statement further quoted Moeti as saying: “It is important that the support to COVID-19 response does not jeopardize the progress made in stopping all forms of polio transmission in the region.

    “The fight against the pandemic should not come at the detriment of other health emergencies.’’

    Across the continent, COVID-19 has disrupted mass polio vaccination campaigns in line with the global physical distancing recommendations that limit COVID-19 transmission.

    The suspension of high-quality immunisation rounds may risk new polio outbreaks due to low coverage.


    Edited By: Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

  •  The Ekiti Government on Friday signed a Memorandum of Understanding MoU with O odua Infraco Resources Ltd to lay a 606 kilometre broadband infrastructure in the state The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the development came barely a week after the governor signed an Executive Order reducing the Right of Way charges from N4 500 to N145 per metre Gov Kayode Fayemi during the signing of the MoU in Ado Ekiti explained that the move was in line with his administration s commitment to the promotion of a knowledge economy The governor said that the reduction in the cost of laying fibre in the state had already generated healthy competition in the ICT sector He said that the project would open up significant opportunities attract new businesses and enhance quality healthcare service delivery as well as digital education The governor said that the initiative would not only turn Ekiti into a digital hub but also a destination of choice for domestic and international technology companies Fayemi said the broadband policy would be coordinated by a Digital Infrastructural Committee made up of various relevant government institutions critical to the implementation of the initiative For us the roadmap is first the fibre connectivity itself the second is the adequate data centre infrastructure the third is the e learning programme which will cover our educational institutions then our safe city our security programme will also be included Our Geographical land Information System GIS we would digitalise all our land record of course commercial investment as well as digitalisation of our government assets and our health education initiative he said The project expected to be completed in 14 months according to the Managing Director of O odua Infraco Resources Limited Mr Sammy Adigun would be officially flagged off in October 2019 The Commissioner for Infrastructure and Public Utilities Mr Bamidele Faparusi who also spoke at the event announced the readiness of the state government to provide additional incentives to the communication industry This he said was in line with its timeline on development goals especially the knowledge economy Edited By Vivian Ihechu Mufutau Ojo NAN
    Ekiti to lay 606-km broadband infrastructure
     The Ekiti Government on Friday signed a Memorandum of Understanding MoU with O odua Infraco Resources Ltd to lay a 606 kilometre broadband infrastructure in the state The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the development came barely a week after the governor signed an Executive Order reducing the Right of Way charges from N4 500 to N145 per metre Gov Kayode Fayemi during the signing of the MoU in Ado Ekiti explained that the move was in line with his administration s commitment to the promotion of a knowledge economy The governor said that the reduction in the cost of laying fibre in the state had already generated healthy competition in the ICT sector He said that the project would open up significant opportunities attract new businesses and enhance quality healthcare service delivery as well as digital education The governor said that the initiative would not only turn Ekiti into a digital hub but also a destination of choice for domestic and international technology companies Fayemi said the broadband policy would be coordinated by a Digital Infrastructural Committee made up of various relevant government institutions critical to the implementation of the initiative For us the roadmap is first the fibre connectivity itself the second is the adequate data centre infrastructure the third is the e learning programme which will cover our educational institutions then our safe city our security programme will also be included Our Geographical land Information System GIS we would digitalise all our land record of course commercial investment as well as digitalisation of our government assets and our health education initiative he said The project expected to be completed in 14 months according to the Managing Director of O odua Infraco Resources Limited Mr Sammy Adigun would be officially flagged off in October 2019 The Commissioner for Infrastructure and Public Utilities Mr Bamidele Faparusi who also spoke at the event announced the readiness of the state government to provide additional incentives to the communication industry This he said was in line with its timeline on development goals especially the knowledge economy Edited By Vivian Ihechu Mufutau Ojo NAN
    Ekiti to lay 606-km broadband infrastructure
    General news3 years ago

    Ekiti to lay 606-km broadband infrastructure

    The Ekiti Government on Friday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with O’odua Infraco Resources Ltd. to lay a 606-kilometre broadband infrastructure in the state.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that  the development came barely a week after the governor  signed an Executive Order reducing the Right of Way charges from N4,500 to N145 per metre.

    Gov. Kayode Fayemi, during the signing of the MoU in Ado- Ekiti, explained that the move was in line with his administration’s commitment to the promotion of a  knowledge economy.

    The governor said that the reduction in the cost of laying fibre in the state had already generated healthy competition in the ICT sector.

    He said that the project would open up significant opportunities, attract new businesses and enhance quality healthcare service delivery as well as digital education.

    The governor said that the initiative would not only turn Ekiti into a digital hub but also a destination of choice for domestic and international technology companies.

    Fayemi said the broadband policy would be coordinated by a Digital Infrastructural Committee made up of various relevant government institutions critical to the implementation of the initiative.

    “For us,  the roadmap is first the fibre connectivity itself, the second is the adequate data centre infrastructure, the third is the e-learning programme which will cover our educational institutions, then our safe city, our security programme will also be included.

    “Our Geographical land Information  System (GIS), we would digitalise all our land record; of course, commercial investment as well as digitalisation of our government assets and our health education initiative,” he said.

    The project, expected to be completed in 14 months according to the Managing Director of O’odua Infraco Resources Limited, Mr Sammy Adigun, would be officially flagged off  in October 2019.

    The Commissioner for Infrastructure and Public Utilities, Mr Bamidele Faparusi, who also spoke at the event, announced the readiness of the state government to provide additional incentives to the communication industry.

    This, he said, was in line with its timeline on development goals, especially the knowledge economy.


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    Edited By: Vivian Ihechu/Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)

  •  Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Tuesday to provide 2 5 billion Canadian dollars about 1 8 billion U S dollars to help seniors during the COVID 19 pandemic According to the announcement senior Canadians will be receiving a one time payment of up to 500 Canadian dollars about 355 U S dollars to help offset any increases in the cost of living due to COVID 19 Any senior who is eligible for the Old Age Security OAS pension will receive a payment of 300 Canadian dollars about 213 U S dollars and an additional 200 Canadian dollars will be sent to seniors eligible for the Guaranteed Income Supplement GIS No application is required to receive this one time payment Canadian seniors are facing additional economic challenges as many live on a fixed income and have expressed concerns about their ability to make ends meet during the pandemic time There are currently 6 7 million seniors who are eligible for the OAS pension and 2 2 million who are eligible for the GIS in the country Canadian seniors also continue to be hardest hit by COVID 19 with deadly outbreaks in long term care homes across Canada Some 20 percent of the more than 71 000 COVID 19 cases in Canada are linked to long term care homes while 80 percent of the more than 5 000 deaths in Canada are seniors who live in long term care and assisted living facilities Trudeau said the outbreak and spread of COVID 19 has exposed some uncomfortable truths including how we care for seniors in Canada We ve seen heartbreaking tragedies in long term care facilities and nursing homes right across the country Overworked staff Understaffed residences Grieving families There are serious underlying challenges facing these facilities And in the coming months the federal government will be there to help the provinces find lasting solutions he said The Trudeau government has reached agreements with the provinces and territories to top up the wages of some essential front line workers including those in long term care facilities As of Tuesday afternoon there have been 71 105 COVID 19 cases and 5 167 deaths reported in the country XINHUA
    Trudeau announces financial aid for senior Canadians
     Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Tuesday to provide 2 5 billion Canadian dollars about 1 8 billion U S dollars to help seniors during the COVID 19 pandemic According to the announcement senior Canadians will be receiving a one time payment of up to 500 Canadian dollars about 355 U S dollars to help offset any increases in the cost of living due to COVID 19 Any senior who is eligible for the Old Age Security OAS pension will receive a payment of 300 Canadian dollars about 213 U S dollars and an additional 200 Canadian dollars will be sent to seniors eligible for the Guaranteed Income Supplement GIS No application is required to receive this one time payment Canadian seniors are facing additional economic challenges as many live on a fixed income and have expressed concerns about their ability to make ends meet during the pandemic time There are currently 6 7 million seniors who are eligible for the OAS pension and 2 2 million who are eligible for the GIS in the country Canadian seniors also continue to be hardest hit by COVID 19 with deadly outbreaks in long term care homes across Canada Some 20 percent of the more than 71 000 COVID 19 cases in Canada are linked to long term care homes while 80 percent of the more than 5 000 deaths in Canada are seniors who live in long term care and assisted living facilities Trudeau said the outbreak and spread of COVID 19 has exposed some uncomfortable truths including how we care for seniors in Canada We ve seen heartbreaking tragedies in long term care facilities and nursing homes right across the country Overworked staff Understaffed residences Grieving families There are serious underlying challenges facing these facilities And in the coming months the federal government will be there to help the provinces find lasting solutions he said The Trudeau government has reached agreements with the provinces and territories to top up the wages of some essential front line workers including those in long term care facilities As of Tuesday afternoon there have been 71 105 COVID 19 cases and 5 167 deaths reported in the country XINHUA
    Trudeau announces financial aid for senior Canadians
    Foreign3 years ago

    Trudeau announces financial aid for senior Canadians

    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Tuesday to provide 2.5 billion Canadian dollars (about 1.8 billion U.S. dollars) to help seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    According to the announcement, senior Canadians will be receiving a one-time payment of up to 500 Canadian dollars (about 355 U.S. dollars) to help offset any increases in the cost of living due to COVID-19.

    Any senior who is eligible for the Old Age Security (OAS) pension will receive a payment of 300 Canadian dollars (about 213 U.S. dollars), and an additional 200 Canadian dollars will be sent to seniors eligible for the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS). No application is required to receive this one-time payment.

    Canadian seniors are facing additional economic challenges as many live on a fixed income and have expressed concerns about their ability to make ends meet during the pandemic time.

    There are currently 6.7 million seniors who are eligible for the OAS pension and 2.2 million who are eligible for the GIS in the country.

    Canadian seniors also continue to be hardest hit by COVID-19, with deadly outbreaks in long-term care homes across Canada.

    Some 20 percent of the more than 71,000 COVID-19 cases in Canada are linked to long-term care homes, while 80 percent of the more than 5,000 deaths in Canada are seniors who live in long term care and assisted living facilities.

    Trudeau said the outbreak and spread of COVID-19 has exposed some uncomfortable truths, "including how we care for seniors in Canada."

    "We've seen heartbreaking tragedies in long-term care facilities and nursing homes right across the country. Overworked staff. Understaffed residences. Grieving families. There are serious, underlying challenges facing these facilities. And in the coming months, the federal government will be there to help the provinces find lasting solutions," he said.

    The Trudeau government has reached agreements with the provinces and territories to top up the wages of some essential front-line workers including those in long-term care facilities.

    As of Tuesday afternoon, there have been 71,105 COVID-19 cases and 5,167 deaths reported in the country.


    (XINHUA)

  •  President Muhammadu Buhari says the Federal Government will sustain the deployment of Geographic Information Services GIS and similar technologies to help farmers achieve increased production The President made this known when he received a delegation from the Surveyors Council of Nigeria SURCON led by the President of the International Federation of Surveyors Prof Rudolf Staiger at the State House Abuja on Thursday He expressed delight that many states had adopted GIS for both urban and rural development noting that government was also on track in using similar technologies to support farmers to increase their yields Buhari said his administration would continue to work with members of the survey and geo informatics profession to provide quality infrastructure that will bring prosperity to Nigerians Our government in the past five years has embarked on critical infrastructure development and rehabilitation projects across the country We are designing and building roads bridges rail tracks airports and affordable housing all over the country Our goal is simple we will develop quality infrastructure that will bring prosperity to millions of Nigerians in both our urban and rural areas To achieve this we are working with surveyors engineers and town planners I am therefore confident that the 344 new surveyors inducted into the register of the Surveyors Council of Nigeria will be very busy in the coming years he said The President also recognised the roles and numerous contributions of members of the profession to national development citing the design and development of the Federal Capital Territory as an example Indeed this beautiful city of Abuja which was conceived in 1976 is an excellent example of the good work delivered by your profession As you are aware the city we are seeing today was designed and built through the collaboration of many local and international surveyors engineers and geospatial experts he said Staiger told the President that he was in the country to witness the induction of 344 new surveyors into SURCON register According to him he will also participate in the investiture of the maiden edition of the Distinguished Sen 1 Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan Award for the Development of Survey and Geoinformatics in Nigeria For me it is a great opportunity to personally interact with the President whose international reputation of honesty integrity and selfless services stands him out as one of the greatest sons of Africa he said Staiger added that the association was proud to be associated with the Nigerian leader and his administration s determination to revive Nigeria
    We’ll sustain use of technology to enhance farmers yield – Buhari
     President Muhammadu Buhari says the Federal Government will sustain the deployment of Geographic Information Services GIS and similar technologies to help farmers achieve increased production The President made this known when he received a delegation from the Surveyors Council of Nigeria SURCON led by the President of the International Federation of Surveyors Prof Rudolf Staiger at the State House Abuja on Thursday He expressed delight that many states had adopted GIS for both urban and rural development noting that government was also on track in using similar technologies to support farmers to increase their yields Buhari said his administration would continue to work with members of the survey and geo informatics profession to provide quality infrastructure that will bring prosperity to Nigerians Our government in the past five years has embarked on critical infrastructure development and rehabilitation projects across the country We are designing and building roads bridges rail tracks airports and affordable housing all over the country Our goal is simple we will develop quality infrastructure that will bring prosperity to millions of Nigerians in both our urban and rural areas To achieve this we are working with surveyors engineers and town planners I am therefore confident that the 344 new surveyors inducted into the register of the Surveyors Council of Nigeria will be very busy in the coming years he said The President also recognised the roles and numerous contributions of members of the profession to national development citing the design and development of the Federal Capital Territory as an example Indeed this beautiful city of Abuja which was conceived in 1976 is an excellent example of the good work delivered by your profession As you are aware the city we are seeing today was designed and built through the collaboration of many local and international surveyors engineers and geospatial experts he said Staiger told the President that he was in the country to witness the induction of 344 new surveyors into SURCON register According to him he will also participate in the investiture of the maiden edition of the Distinguished Sen 1 Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan Award for the Development of Survey and Geoinformatics in Nigeria For me it is a great opportunity to personally interact with the President whose international reputation of honesty integrity and selfless services stands him out as one of the greatest sons of Africa he said Staiger added that the association was proud to be associated with the Nigerian leader and his administration s determination to revive Nigeria
    We’ll sustain use of technology to enhance farmers yield – Buhari
    Agriculture3 years ago

    We’ll sustain use of technology to enhance farmers yield – Buhari

    President Muhammadu Buhari says the Federal Government will sustain the deployment of Geographic Information Services (GIS) and similar technologies to help farmers achieve increased production.

    The President made this known when he received a delegation from the Surveyors Council of Nigeria (SURCON) led by the President of the International Federation of Surveyors, Prof Rudolf Staiger, at the State House, Abuja, on Thursday.

    He expressed delight that many states had adopted GIS for both urban and rural development, noting that government was also on track in using similar technologies to support farmers to increase their yields.

    Buhari said his administration would continue to work with members of the survey and geo-informatics profession to provide quality infrastructure that will bring prosperity to Nigerians.

    ‘‘Our government, in the past five years, has embarked on critical infrastructure development and rehabilitation projects across the country.

    ”We are designing and building roads, bridges, rail tracks, airports and affordable housing all over the country.

    ‘‘Our goal is simple, we will develop quality infrastructure that will bring prosperity to millions of Nigerians in both our urban and rural areas.

    ‘‘To achieve this, we are working with surveyors, engineers and town planners. I am, therefore, confident that the 344 new surveyors inducted into the register of the Surveyors Council of Nigeria will be very busy in the coming years,’’ he said.

    The President also recognised the roles and numerous contributions of members of the profession to national development, citing the design and development of the Federal Capital Territory as an example.

    ‘‘Indeed this beautiful city of Abuja, which was conceived in 1976, is an excellent example of the good work delivered by your profession.

    ‘‘As you are aware, the city we are seeing today was designed and built through the collaboration of many local and international surveyors, engineers and geospatial experts,” he said.

    Staiger told the President that he was in the country to witness the induction of 344 new surveyors into SURCON register.

    According to him, he will also participate in the investiture of the maiden edition of the Distinguished Sen.1- Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan Award for the Development of Survey and Geoinformatics in Nigeria.

    ‘‘For me it is a great opportunity to personally interact with the President whose international reputation of honesty, integrity and selfless services stands him out as one of the greatest sons of Africa,’’ he said.

    Staiger added that the association was proud to be associated with the Nigerian leader and his administration’s determination to revive Nigeria.

     

  •  Mr David Afolayan an Environmentalist and Geographic Information Science GIS expert has cautioned Nigerians on the dangers of lighting fire to burn bushes and refuse especially during harmattan Afolayan in an interview with Nigeria News Agency in Ibadan on Friday said that to prevent fire outbreaks people must desist from burning bushes and refuse He noted that different categories of people engaged in this act for various reasons including those who wanted to clear their farmlands hunters in search of games and households burning their refuse Afolayan said the harmattan season presents an opportunity for fire to rage due to low humidity and high temperature which support combustion and then it spreads He said We have heard of the news of various fire outbreaks and one thing that is consistent is the lack of adequate preparation on the part of the government and its institutions meant to tackle the outbreaks The emergency response team should be equipped and technology should be deployed to know where incident of such is likely to take place There is technology like GIS software that can help map out and identify areas predisposed to fire incidence and then adequate measures can be taken to prevent it or combat it as the case may be he said He also said that environmental laws should be implemented to prevent fire outbreaks and other disasters He called for joint efforts to tackle environmental issues such as including the communities to identify their roles in protecting their environment and ultimately their lives through positive attitudes Afolayan enjoined people to be careful with household appliances and to ensure that they switched them off when not at home We need to engage the professionals in the wiring of our houses and desist from using substandard products Another thing that people do is to put heavy electrical load on a substandard wire This may also cause fire to break out anytime We must also ensure that uneducated or unqualified people are not used as electricians to wire houses this will just be a time bomb waiting to explode if allowed We should have such laws that will prevent quacks from handling professional duties he said The GIS expert further urged individuals to take up the responsibility of caring for the environment and people around them Edited By Vivian Ihechu Donald Ugwu
    Expert enlightens on dangers of bush burning
     Mr David Afolayan an Environmentalist and Geographic Information Science GIS expert has cautioned Nigerians on the dangers of lighting fire to burn bushes and refuse especially during harmattan Afolayan in an interview with Nigeria News Agency in Ibadan on Friday said that to prevent fire outbreaks people must desist from burning bushes and refuse He noted that different categories of people engaged in this act for various reasons including those who wanted to clear their farmlands hunters in search of games and households burning their refuse Afolayan said the harmattan season presents an opportunity for fire to rage due to low humidity and high temperature which support combustion and then it spreads He said We have heard of the news of various fire outbreaks and one thing that is consistent is the lack of adequate preparation on the part of the government and its institutions meant to tackle the outbreaks The emergency response team should be equipped and technology should be deployed to know where incident of such is likely to take place There is technology like GIS software that can help map out and identify areas predisposed to fire incidence and then adequate measures can be taken to prevent it or combat it as the case may be he said He also said that environmental laws should be implemented to prevent fire outbreaks and other disasters He called for joint efforts to tackle environmental issues such as including the communities to identify their roles in protecting their environment and ultimately their lives through positive attitudes Afolayan enjoined people to be careful with household appliances and to ensure that they switched them off when not at home We need to engage the professionals in the wiring of our houses and desist from using substandard products Another thing that people do is to put heavy electrical load on a substandard wire This may also cause fire to break out anytime We must also ensure that uneducated or unqualified people are not used as electricians to wire houses this will just be a time bomb waiting to explode if allowed We should have such laws that will prevent quacks from handling professional duties he said The GIS expert further urged individuals to take up the responsibility of caring for the environment and people around them Edited By Vivian Ihechu Donald Ugwu
    Expert enlightens on dangers of bush burning
    Environment3 years ago

    Expert enlightens on dangers of bush burning

    Mr David Afolayan, an Environmentalist and Geographic Information Science (GIS) expert, has cautioned Nigerians on the dangers of lighting fire to burn bushes and refuse, especially during harmattan.

    Afolayan, in an interview with Nigeria News Agency in Ibadan on Friday said that to prevent fire outbreaks people must desist from burning bushes and refuse.

    He noted that different categories of people engaged in this act for various reasons, including those who wanted to clear their farmlands, hunters in search of games and households burning their refuse.

    Afolayan said the harmattan season presents an opportunity for fire to rage due to low humidity and high temperature which support combustion and then it spreads.

    He said: “We have heard of the news of various fire outbreaks and one thing that is consistent is the lack of adequate preparation on the part of the government and its institutions meant to tackle the outbreaks.

    “The emergency response team should be equipped and technology should be deployed to know where incident of such is likely to take place.

    “There is technology like GIS software that can help map out and identify areas predisposed to fire incidence and then adequate measures can be taken to prevent it or combat it as the case may be,” he said.

    He also said that environmental laws should be implemented to prevent fire outbreaks and other disasters.

    He called for joint efforts to tackle environmental issues such as including the communities to identify their roles in protecting their environment and ultimately their lives through positive attitudes.

    Afolayan enjoined people to be careful with household appliances and to ensure that they switched them off when not at home.

    “We need to engage the professionals in the wiring of our houses and desist from using substandard products.

    “Another thing that people do is to put heavy electrical load on a substandard wire. This may also cause fire to break out anytime.

    “We must also ensure that uneducated or unqualified people are not used as electricians to wire houses; this will just be a time bomb waiting to explode if allowed.

    “We should have such laws that will prevent quacks from handling professional duties,” he said.

    The GIS expert further urged individuals to take up the responsibility of caring for the environment and people around them.


    Edited By: Vivian Ihechu/Donald Ugwu

  •  The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC says it is considering creating additional polling units across the country before the 2023 general elections INEC Chairman Mahmood Yakubu said this in a statement issued by the commission s Director of Voter Education and Publicity Mr Oluwole Osaze Uzzi on Thursday in Abuja The statement quoted Yakubu to be giving the hint when he received Geographic Information System GIS support equipment donated by the European Centre for Electoral Support ECES in Abuja on Wednesday Yakubu said that at the moment Nigeria had 119 973 polling units more than 57 000 voting points making a total of more than 180 000 polling units and voting points Yet if you look at some of the satellite images and you place dots on spots where there are polling units in relation to the vast area where we have no polling units So GIS in our operation with the equipment that we have will be a great facilitator in the efforts of the commission in that respect he observed Yakubu said that the Commission was already collaborating with the National Population Commission NPC to achieve the objective of delimiting constituencies and creating new polling units that would cater for the voting needs of Nigeria s increasing population The INEC chairman appreciated the support of the development partners and acknowledged that the donated equipment would assist the commission in area of delimitation of constituencies which was one of the constitutional responsibilities of INEC Your assistance will be great in addition to what we have been trying to do the commission is considering the possibility of creating additional polling units before the 2023 general elections Nigeria is a huge country the population is rising and each time I and the commissioners travel around the country we see new settlements emerging We wonder how would these new settlements be served by polling units so that Nigerians do not have to travel long distances to vote on election day Yakubu said National Commissioner in charge of the GIS Laboratory Dr Mohammed Lecky said the GIS laboratory in which the donated equipment will be utilized was part of the INEC Strategic Plan and Strategic Plan of Action The plan of action according Lecky is designed to improve access to accurate complete and geospatially referenced high resolution electoral data for decision making across all functions of the commission Over the course of its value added work the INEC GIS laboratory would collect store process and make available electoral spatial delimitation data This will include generating directional spatial maps for election day activities and making available atlas of results of elections using adequately trained staff in mobile spatial data collection technology Lecky said The Programme Coordinator of ECES Ms Maria Mauro commended the commission s continued efforts at improving the electoral system Mauro said ECES would continue to assist the commission in a variety of ways to achieve its goals Edited By Kayode Olaitan
    NEC to create more polling units before 2023 general elections
     The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC says it is considering creating additional polling units across the country before the 2023 general elections INEC Chairman Mahmood Yakubu said this in a statement issued by the commission s Director of Voter Education and Publicity Mr Oluwole Osaze Uzzi on Thursday in Abuja The statement quoted Yakubu to be giving the hint when he received Geographic Information System GIS support equipment donated by the European Centre for Electoral Support ECES in Abuja on Wednesday Yakubu said that at the moment Nigeria had 119 973 polling units more than 57 000 voting points making a total of more than 180 000 polling units and voting points Yet if you look at some of the satellite images and you place dots on spots where there are polling units in relation to the vast area where we have no polling units So GIS in our operation with the equipment that we have will be a great facilitator in the efforts of the commission in that respect he observed Yakubu said that the Commission was already collaborating with the National Population Commission NPC to achieve the objective of delimiting constituencies and creating new polling units that would cater for the voting needs of Nigeria s increasing population The INEC chairman appreciated the support of the development partners and acknowledged that the donated equipment would assist the commission in area of delimitation of constituencies which was one of the constitutional responsibilities of INEC Your assistance will be great in addition to what we have been trying to do the commission is considering the possibility of creating additional polling units before the 2023 general elections Nigeria is a huge country the population is rising and each time I and the commissioners travel around the country we see new settlements emerging We wonder how would these new settlements be served by polling units so that Nigerians do not have to travel long distances to vote on election day Yakubu said National Commissioner in charge of the GIS Laboratory Dr Mohammed Lecky said the GIS laboratory in which the donated equipment will be utilized was part of the INEC Strategic Plan and Strategic Plan of Action The plan of action according Lecky is designed to improve access to accurate complete and geospatially referenced high resolution electoral data for decision making across all functions of the commission Over the course of its value added work the INEC GIS laboratory would collect store process and make available electoral spatial delimitation data This will include generating directional spatial maps for election day activities and making available atlas of results of elections using adequately trained staff in mobile spatial data collection technology Lecky said The Programme Coordinator of ECES Ms Maria Mauro commended the commission s continued efforts at improving the electoral system Mauro said ECES would continue to assist the commission in a variety of ways to achieve its goals Edited By Kayode Olaitan
    NEC to create more polling units before 2023 general elections
    Politics3 years ago

    NEC to create more polling units before 2023 general elections

    The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it is considering creating additional polling units across the country before the 2023 general elections.

    INEC Chairman Mahmood Yakubu said this in a statement issued by the commission’s Director of Voter Education and Publicity, Mr Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi on Thursday in Abuja.

    The statement quoted Yakubu to be giving the hint when he received Geographic Information System (GIS) support equipment donated by the European Centre for Electoral Support (ECES) in Abuja on Wednesday.

    Yakubu said that at the moment Nigeria had 119,973 polling units, more than 57,000 voting points, making a total of more than 180,000 polling units and voting points.

    “Yet, if you look at some of the satellite images and you place dots on spots where there are polling units in relation to the vast area where we have no polling units.

    “So, GIS in our operation with the equipment that we have will be a great facilitator in the efforts of the commission in that respect,’’ he observed.

    Yakubu said that the Commission was already collaborating with the National Population Commission (NPC) to achieve the objective of delimiting constituencies and creating new polling units that would cater for the voting needs of Nigeria’s increasing population.

    The INEC chairman appreciated the support of the development partners and acknowledged that the donated equipment would assist the commission in area of delimitation of constituencies which was one of the constitutional responsibilities of INEC.

    “Your assistance will be great in addition to what we have been trying to do; the commission is considering the possibility of creating additional polling units before the 2023 general elections.

    “Nigeria is a huge country, the population is rising and each time I and the commissioners travel around the country; we see new settlements emerging.

    “We wonder how would these new settlements be served by polling units so that Nigerians do not have to travel long distances to vote on election day,” Yakubu said.

    National Commissioner in charge of the GIS Laboratory, Dr Mohammed Lecky said “the GIS laboratory in which the donated equipment will be utilized was part of the INEC Strategic Plan and Strategic Plan of Action.

    The plan of action, according Lecky is designed to improve access to accurate, complete and geospatially referenced high-resolution electoral data for decision making across all functions of the commission.

    “Over the course of its value-added work, the INEC GIS laboratory would collect, store, process and make available electoral spatial delimitation data.

    “This will include generating directional spatial maps for election day activities and making available atlas of results of elections using adequately trained staff in mobile spatial data collection technology’’, Lecky said.

    The Programme Coordinator of ECES, Ms Maria Mauro, commended the commission’s continued efforts at improving the electoral system.

    Mauro said ECES would continue to assist the commission in a variety of ways to achieve its goals.


    Edited By: Kayode Olaitan

  •  Prof Mahmood Yakubu the Chairman Independent National Electoral Commission INEC has said the Geographic Information System GIS equipment donated by European Centre for Electoral Support ECES would help in delimitation of constituencies Yakubu said this in a statement signed by Mr Rotimi Oyekanmi his Chief Press Secretary on Thursday in Abuja According to him the equipment is received at The Electoral Institute the research arm of the commission Yakubu said while receiving the equipment that the commission was already collaborating with the National Population Commission NPC in the area of delimitation of constituencies While thanking ECES for the kind gesture he said the equipment would strengthen the commission s ability to serve Nigerians better INEC National Commissioner Dr Mustafa Lecky said the GIS Laboratory where the equipment would be utilised was part of the INEC Strategic Plan and Strategic Plan of Action The plan of action according to him was designed to improve access to accurate complete and geospatially referenced high resolution electoral data for decision making across all functions of the commission Over the course of its value added work the INEC GIS Laboratory would collect store process and make available electoral spatial delimitation data This include generating directional spatial maps for election day activities and making available atlas of results of elections using adequately trained staff in mobile spatial data collection technology Lecky said The Programme Coordinator of ECES Maria Mauro commended the commission s continued efforts to improve the electoral system She said ECES would continue to assist INEC in a variety of ways to achieve its goals Edited By Chidinma Agu Muhammad Suleiman Tola
    ECES donates GIS equipment to INEC for constituency delimitation
     Prof Mahmood Yakubu the Chairman Independent National Electoral Commission INEC has said the Geographic Information System GIS equipment donated by European Centre for Electoral Support ECES would help in delimitation of constituencies Yakubu said this in a statement signed by Mr Rotimi Oyekanmi his Chief Press Secretary on Thursday in Abuja According to him the equipment is received at The Electoral Institute the research arm of the commission Yakubu said while receiving the equipment that the commission was already collaborating with the National Population Commission NPC in the area of delimitation of constituencies While thanking ECES for the kind gesture he said the equipment would strengthen the commission s ability to serve Nigerians better INEC National Commissioner Dr Mustafa Lecky said the GIS Laboratory where the equipment would be utilised was part of the INEC Strategic Plan and Strategic Plan of Action The plan of action according to him was designed to improve access to accurate complete and geospatially referenced high resolution electoral data for decision making across all functions of the commission Over the course of its value added work the INEC GIS Laboratory would collect store process and make available electoral spatial delimitation data This include generating directional spatial maps for election day activities and making available atlas of results of elections using adequately trained staff in mobile spatial data collection technology Lecky said The Programme Coordinator of ECES Maria Mauro commended the commission s continued efforts to improve the electoral system She said ECES would continue to assist INEC in a variety of ways to achieve its goals Edited By Chidinma Agu Muhammad Suleiman Tola
    ECES donates GIS equipment to INEC for constituency delimitation
    General news3 years ago

    ECES donates GIS equipment to INEC for constituency delimitation

    Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, the Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has said the Geographic Information System (GIS) equipment donated by European Centre for Electoral Support (ECES) would help in delimitation of constituencies.

    Yakubu said this in a statement signed by

    Mr Rotimi Oyekanmi, his Chief Press Secretary, on Thursday in Abuja.

    According to him, the

     equipment is received at The Electoral Institute, the research arm of the commission.

     

    Yakubu said, while receiving the

     equipment, that the commission was already collaborating with the National Population Commission (NPC) in the area of delimitation of constituencies.

    While thanking ECES for the kind gesture, he said the equipment would strengthen the commission’s ability to serve Nigerians better.

    INEC National Commissioner, Dr Mustafa Lecky, said the GIS Laboratory, where the equipment would be utilised, was part of the INEC Strategic Plan and Strategic Plan of Action.

    The plan of action, according to him, was designed to improve access to accurate, complete and geospatially referenced high-resolution electoral data for decision-making across all functions of the commission.

    “Over the course of its value-added work, the INEC GIS Laboratory would collect, store, process and make available electoral spatial delimitation data.

    “This include generating directional spatial maps for election-day activities and making available atlas of results of elections using adequately trained staff in mobile spatial data collection technology,” 

    Lecky said.

    The Programme Coordinator of ECES, Maria Mauro, commended the commission’s continued efforts to improve the electoral system.

    She said ECES would continue to assist INEC in a variety of ways to achieve its goals.


    Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Muhammad Suleiman Tola

  •   Mr David Afolayan an Information Technology expert says industry collaboration with government on Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics STEM education will help students understand and proffer solutions to the nation s challenges Afolayan who is the Chief Executive Officer of GIS Konsult Ibadan stated this in Ibadan on Thursday in an exclusive interview with the Nigeria News Agency According to him Nigeria can leapfrog into technological development by fostering relationship between industries and the academics He noted that most of the developed countries did the same when they reinvented their education sector to be technology and innovation driven In most developed countries technology has been fully incorporated into education and it is being deployed by pupils and students to solve real life challenges Environmental issues are also being addressed through technology by primary and secondary school students because they had mentors from the industry We can adopt this method also those in the industries can reach out to schools to assist with Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics STEM education Students will learn better under this method and solutions can then come from them to solve our problems because they don t just cram to pass in this instance but understand what is being taught and applying it will be easy Former President Barack Obama of USA during his administration did collaboration between the industry and the academics which he called ConnectED and the collaboration paid off greatly Our students are not just competing with their counterparts here but globally as well so we need to prepare them adequately to be the best wherever they find themselves I believe having mentors and role models from the industry is the way forward because government cannot do it all alone he said Afolayan further said that the quest to contribute his quota in promoting education led to his collaboration with the Association of Nigerian Geographers The collaboration with the association since 2015 was to empower the teaching of Geography in secondary schools and promote the subject as important in understanding other science subjects Over the years more than 500 lecturers and volunteers have keyed into this vision of mentoring schools and we have foreign collaborators as well like the manufacturer of GIS software who gave software grants to schools We started with 200 schools and now we have resources for all the schools in Nigeria we have GEO AWARENESS programmes for secondary school students and GEOHACTHON for their tertiary institution counterparts This has helped them to come up with amazing solutions to the various challenges facing the country Afolayan said He underscored the importance of incorporating technology into education saying this was the way to go in revamping the sector in Nigeria Edited by Wale Sadeeq
    Expert seeks industry-govt. collaboration on STEM education
      Mr David Afolayan an Information Technology expert says industry collaboration with government on Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics STEM education will help students understand and proffer solutions to the nation s challenges Afolayan who is the Chief Executive Officer of GIS Konsult Ibadan stated this in Ibadan on Thursday in an exclusive interview with the Nigeria News Agency According to him Nigeria can leapfrog into technological development by fostering relationship between industries and the academics He noted that most of the developed countries did the same when they reinvented their education sector to be technology and innovation driven In most developed countries technology has been fully incorporated into education and it is being deployed by pupils and students to solve real life challenges Environmental issues are also being addressed through technology by primary and secondary school students because they had mentors from the industry We can adopt this method also those in the industries can reach out to schools to assist with Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics STEM education Students will learn better under this method and solutions can then come from them to solve our problems because they don t just cram to pass in this instance but understand what is being taught and applying it will be easy Former President Barack Obama of USA during his administration did collaboration between the industry and the academics which he called ConnectED and the collaboration paid off greatly Our students are not just competing with their counterparts here but globally as well so we need to prepare them adequately to be the best wherever they find themselves I believe having mentors and role models from the industry is the way forward because government cannot do it all alone he said Afolayan further said that the quest to contribute his quota in promoting education led to his collaboration with the Association of Nigerian Geographers The collaboration with the association since 2015 was to empower the teaching of Geography in secondary schools and promote the subject as important in understanding other science subjects Over the years more than 500 lecturers and volunteers have keyed into this vision of mentoring schools and we have foreign collaborators as well like the manufacturer of GIS software who gave software grants to schools We started with 200 schools and now we have resources for all the schools in Nigeria we have GEO AWARENESS programmes for secondary school students and GEOHACTHON for their tertiary institution counterparts This has helped them to come up with amazing solutions to the various challenges facing the country Afolayan said He underscored the importance of incorporating technology into education saying this was the way to go in revamping the sector in Nigeria Edited by Wale Sadeeq
    Expert seeks industry-govt. collaboration on STEM education
    Education3 years ago

    Expert seeks industry-govt. collaboration on STEM education

    Mr David Afolayan, an Information Technology expert, says industry collaboration with government on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education will help students understand and proffer solutions to the nation’s challenges.

    Afolayan, who is the Chief Executive Officer of GIS Konsult, Ibadan, stated this in Ibadan on Thursday in an exclusive interview with the Nigeria News Agency .

    According to him, Nigeria can leapfrog into technological development by fostering relationship between industries and the academics.

    He noted that most of the developed countries did the same when they reinvented their education sector to be technology and innovation driven.

    In most developed countries, technology has been fully incorporated into education and it is being deployed by pupils and students to solve real life challenges.

    Environmental issues are also being addressed through technology by primary and secondary school students because they had mentors from the industry.

    We can adopt this method also; those in the industries can reach out to schools to assist with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education.

    Students will learn better under this method and solutions can then come from them to solve our problems, because they don’t just cram to pass in this instance, but understand what is being taught and applying it will be easy.

    Former President Barack Obama of USA, during his administration, did collaboration between the industry and the academics, which he called ‘ConnectED’ and the collaboration paid off greatly.

    Our students are not just competing with their counterparts here but globally as well; so we need to prepare them adequately to be the best wherever they find themselves.

    I believe having mentors and role models from the industry is the way forward because government cannot do it all alone,” he said.

    Afolayan further said that the quest to contribute his quota in promoting education led to his collaboration with the Association of Nigerian Geographers.

    The collaboration with the association since 2015 was to empower the teaching of Geography in secondary schools and promote the subject as important in understanding other science subjects.

    Over the years, more than 500 lecturers and volunteers have keyed into this vision of mentoring schools and we have foreign collaborators as well, like the manufacturer of GIS software who gave software grants to schools.

    We started with 200 schools and now, we have resources for all the schools in Nigeria; we have GEO-AWARENESS programmes for secondary school students and GEOHACTHON for their tertiary institution counterparts.

    This has helped them to come up with amazing solutions to the various challenges facing the country, Afolayan said.

    He underscored the importance of incorporating technology into education, saying this was the way to go in revamping the sector in Nigeria.

    Edited by ‘Wale Sadeeq

     

     

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