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  •  Solar Cells game changer for nation s alternative power sources Buhari
    Solar Cells, game changer for nation’s  alternative power sources  – Buhari
     Solar Cells game changer for nation s alternative power sources Buhari
    Solar Cells, game changer for nation’s  alternative power sources  – Buhari
    General news1 week ago

    Solar Cells, game changer for nation’s  alternative power sources  – Buhari

    President Muhammadu Buhari, in the course of the week, directed the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) to produce more solar cells to boost the alternative power sources in the country.

    Chief Executive Officer of NASENI, Prof. Mohammed Haruna made this known to State House correspondents after briefing the president on the activities of the Agency on Friday in Abuja.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the president gave the directive when the Chief Executive Officer of NASENI, Prof. Mohammed Haruna, updated him on the activities of the Agency on Friday in Abuja.

    President Buhari is the Chairman of NASENI.

    According to Haruna, the president also directed the implementation of modular irrigation project and the production of more farm implements, to boost agricultural activities.

    President Buhari also received a delegation of SUN Africa LLC, USA, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Aug. 4. Speaking at the event, Buhari expressed the hope that the rapid integration of solar power into the country’s energy mix woujd  lead to an increase in electricity access to underserved and unserved communities.

    According to him, the Federal Government has embarked on several reforms aimed at revitalizing Nigeria’s energy sector aimed at improving energy access to communities across the country.

    He commended the interest of the U.

    S. developer to invest in Nigeria’s power sector.

    He pledged that the Federal Government would remain committed to collaborating with the private sector in improving energy access, creating jobs and industrial development.

    The president highlighted some of the reforms embarked upon by this administration to address Nigeria’s energy needs.

    Earlier in the week, the president received Letters of Credence of Canadian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Amb. James Christoff and Ambassador of Mexico to Nigeria, Juan  Oritz, on Tuesday in Abuja.

    At the event, Buhari commended collective efforts of nations towards tackling security challenges across the globe, and within Nigeria, urging more collaboration to check terrorism, banditry and insurgency.

    The Nigerian leader told the diplomats that successes in taming insecurity had been recorded through collaboration across borders, and more could be achieved.  

    President Buhari, on Aug. 3, administered the Oath of Allegiance and the Oath of Office on three new Permanent Secretaries of the Federal Civil Service.

    NAN reports that the Permanent Secretaries include Lydia Jafiya from Adamawa; Udom Okokon Ekenam from Akwa Ibom and Farouk  Yabo from Sokoto State.

    The president performed the ceremony shortly before the commencement of the weekly virtual meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC), at the Council Chambers of the presidential villa, Abuja.

    The FEC meeting approved 2.59 billion dollars for the development of Badagry Deep Seaport in Lagos State.

    The council also approved N2.6 billion for the procurement of utility vehicles and gadgets for security agencies operating in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.

    The APC National Chairman,  Alhaji Abdullahi Adamu presented the newly appointed Director-General of the party’s Presidential Campaign Organisation,  Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau to President Buhari.

    The presentation was made at the State House Abuja on Thursday.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the chairman also introduced the party’s presidential campaign spokesperson, Mr  Festus Keyamo to the president.

    Adamu was accompanied by the presidential candidate of the APC, Sen.  Bola Tinubu,  alongside the vice  presidential candidate of the party, Sen. Kashim Shettima.

    The president also congratulated two of his aides, Sarki Abba and Amb. Lawal Kazaure, on being conferred with the highest civilian national honours of Niger Republic.

    Abba is the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Household and Domestic Matters while Kazaure is the State Chief of Protocol.

    Also during the week under review, President Buhari joined the entertainment industry, particularly artistes and musicians, in commiserating with ace instrumentalist, singer and song writer, Bongos Ikwue, who lost his wife, Josephine Ifeyinwa, 73. He also joined family, friends and associates in mourning the death of former Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mustapha Balogun.

    President Buhari had sent condolences to family, friends and associates of Prof. Akin Mabogunje, who passed on at 90. Buhari declared that Mabogunje’s “departure will be greatly felt by the nation, especially the academia”.

    President Buhari also condoled with former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, over the demise of his elder sister, Mrs Maryamu Dimka, who died on Wednesday.

    Maryamu was the wife of Late Commissioner of Police, Mr S.

    K. Dimka, and survived by children including Mrs Elizabeth Rimdans, one time Resident Electoral Commissioner in Anambra and Bauchi State.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Buhari orders mass production of Solar Cells to boost power supply
    Buhari orders mass production of Solar Cells to boost power supply
     Buhari orders mass production of Solar Cells to boost power supply
    Buhari orders mass production of Solar Cells to boost power supply
    General news2 weeks ago

    Buhari orders mass production of Solar Cells to boost power supply

    President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) to produce more solar cells to boost the alternative power sources in the country.

    Chief Executive Officer of NASENI, Prof. Mohammed Haruna made this known to State House correspondents after briefing the president on the activities of the Agency on Friday in Abuja.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Buhari is the Chairman of NASENI.

    According to Haruna, the president also directed the implementation of modular irrigation project and the production of more farm implements, to boost agricultural activities.

    He said: “The President is impressed that NASENI is delivering on its mandate.

    I gave him the usual quarterly briefing and he is happy with what we have done in this quarter.

    “Therefore, he has directed us to do more, particularly in the modular irrigation project that we are commencing form Adamawa State, the solar cells production and also agricultural implements.

    ” The NASENI boss informed Journalists that the agency has been able to impact the power sector, leading to the establishment of a factory in Karshi, Abuja.

    According to him, the factory has the capacity to produce 7.5 megawatt of solar energy.

    “Through our research and development activities in solar, it is so successful that through local innovations we now have a factory, 7.5 megawatt capacity Limited Liability Company.

    “The company is 100 per cent owned by government in Karshi-Abuja, producing solar modules of highest quality.

    “These modules are installed in many places, we have dealers who buy these and distribute and we participate in installations in private and government buildings.

    “7.5 megawatts cannot meet the needs of the nation and that is not making the price of solar power affordable because the cells used are imported.

    “Solar cells are products of silicon and silicon is obtained from silica, which is nothing other than the sand that we have abandoned,’’ he said.

    He said this informed the president’s approval for the Agency to obtain the facility from China in order to achieve 100 per cent made in Nigeria products, “When that is done, solar power supply will be affordable because the most expensive component is the cells,” he said.

    The NASENI boss disclosed that a unit of the agency, the Nigerian Machine Tools Osogbo in Osun State also produced protective wares for security men.

    According to him, the company is also in the process of assembling Armoured Personnel carriers, in collaboration with Azerbaijan and Indonesia.

    “The Nigerian Machine Tools Osogbo has been doing a lot in the production of protective wares; anti-ballistic helmets, and other bullet proof vests and boots among others.

    “With NASENI’s collaboration with Indonesia and Azerbaijan, we have trained people on how to assemble Armoured Personnel carriers as well as produce certain components of the carrier,” he said.

    Haruna also revealed that the agency produces laboratory equipment for science students in primary, secondary and tertiary institutions across the country.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  NASENI urges NUC to overhaul entrepreneurship education curriculum
    NASENI urges NUC to overhaul entrepreneurship education curriculum
     NASENI urges NUC to overhaul entrepreneurship education curriculum
    NASENI urges NUC to overhaul entrepreneurship education curriculum
    General news2 weeks ago

    NASENI urges NUC to overhaul entrepreneurship education curriculum

    The National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) on Monday called on National Universities Commission (NUC) to overhaul the curriculum used in teaching entrepreneurship courses in the nation’s universities.


    The Executive Vice Chairman NASENI, Prof. Mohammed Haruna, canvassed this at the ground breaking of the permanent site of its Skills Development Centre and North Central Science and Engineering Integrated Laboratory, Keffi, Nasarawa State.

    Haruna, who is also the Chief Executive of the agency, said most tertiary institutions in the country had no qualified lecturers and the enabling environment to teach entrepreneurship.

    The NASENI boss explained that entrepreneurship was a practical course taught only by practicing entrepreneurs.

    He said that experts in management sciences and marketing with no training in entrepreneurship were not competent enough to teach entrepreneurship courses.

    Prof. Haruna assured that NASENI skills development centres across the country would collaborate with willing tertiary institutions in their catchment areas to bridge the manpower gap.

    He said that the inauguration of NASENI skills development centre, Keffi symbolised government’s commitment to the development of technology base for the nation.

    Haruna said the centre would serve as a knowledge transfer centre for the development of traditional design technology and standardisation.

    This, according to him, is aimed at quality control with a view to enhancing the marketability of products developed by adopting indigenous technology and methods.

    “This in turn will facilitate job creation and economic empowerment of our teeming populace especially youths.

    “The establishment of Keffi skills centre will also complement the efforts of both the state and federal governments on job creation.

    “For peace to prevail in any society, citizens, particularly the youth, must be meaningfully engaged and gainfully employed through capacity building for the generation of job opportunities”, he said.

    He said the establishment of the skills development centres across the country would also help the nation to leapfrog into the 4th industrial revolution.

    “We cannot afford to be left behind as low technology base is the bane of underdevelopment”, he said.

    The NASENI boss commended the efforts of Nasarawa state government in reviving crafts schools and Technical Colleges for skills acquisition, which he described as ‘must’ for industrial development.

    Earlier, the Emir of Keffi, Dr Shehu Yamusa III, thanked President Muhammadu Buhari and NASENI for the establishment of the agency’s skills development centre in the area The traditional ruler said that the centre would go a long way to reduce youth unemployment in Keffi in particular and Nasarawa state in general.

    Also, Alhaji Mohammed Idris, Chairman of National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Keffi Chapter, expressed gratitude of Keffi Youth to Buhari administration for its numerous youth empowerment programmes since assumption of office.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  FG establishes agric mechanisation devt institute in Lafia
    FG establishes agric mechanisation devt. institute in Lafia
     FG establishes agric mechanisation devt institute in Lafia
    FG establishes agric mechanisation devt. institute in Lafia
    General news2 weeks ago

    FG establishes agric mechanisation devt. institute in Lafia

    The Federal Government, through National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI), has established Agricultural Machinery and Equipment Development Institute (AMEDI) in Lafia, Nasarawa State.  

    Speaking at the ground breaking of the institute on Monday in Lafia, Executive Vice-Chairman of NASENI, Prof. Mohammed Haruna, said the development was part of federal government’s intervention in agriculture to revolutionise farming and food processing in Nigeria, using technology.  

    He said that the institute had the mandate of building on the successes of NASENI in the production of agricultural equipment from cultivation through the food value chain to post-harvest, processing and food preservation.  

    Haruna said that the institute would serve as a pilot location for the implementation of the agreement between Nigeria and Czech Republic on research, development of equipment and training of Nigerians in the field of agriculture.  

    He said that the institute would also focus on processing agricultural waste to renewable energy.  

    “The institute will also serve as a pilot location for the implementation of agreement between NASENI and a Jordanian agency on food safety to guarantee quality and acceptability of Nigeria’s farm produce for export,” Haruna added.  

    Also speaking, Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, commended NASENI for championing the course of technological innovation and advancement in the country.  

    Represented by Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the President on Foreign Affairs and Development Strategies, Amb. Abdullahi Omaki, Gambari assured that the present administration would continue to leverage science and technology to drive agricultural development in the country.  

    In his address, Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State lauded the federal government for the establishment of AMEDI in Lafia.  

    He noted that the establishment of the centre was geared toward transforming the agriculture sector into an industrial hub through job creation, youth empowerment, skills acquisition and value addition.  

    Sule said that AMEDI would complement the role of the state’s skills acquisition development centres and deepen the availability of skilled manpower to match the influx of companies coming to do business in the state.  

    He assured that state government would continue to collaborate with NASENI for other interventions in order to galvanise its development efforts.  

    In his remarks, President, Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), Mr Ali Rabiu, congratulated NASENI for living up to its mandate.  

    He said that COREN would support the centre with a curriculum that would ensure production of quality and top notch graduates who would be ready to deliver indigenous facilities, equipment and infrastructure that would address the country’s socio-economic challenges.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  NASENI to empower 4 000 homes with solar scheme system in Nasarawa
    NASENI to empower 4,000 homes with solar scheme system in Nasarawa 
     NASENI to empower 4 000 homes with solar scheme system in Nasarawa
    NASENI to empower 4,000 homes with solar scheme system in Nasarawa 
    General news3 weeks ago

    NASENI to empower 4,000 homes with solar scheme system in Nasarawa 

    Prof. Mohammed Haruna, Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive, National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI), says the agency will launch solar scheme homes system empowerment in 4,000 homes in Nasarawa State.
    Mr Peter Ewu, Special Assistant to the NASENI boss, in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja, said Haruna made the disclosure when he received a delegation of stakeholders from Nasarawa at the agency’s headquarters.
    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the delegation visited the agency in a bid to ensure a successful inauguration of Agricultural Machinery Development Institute (AMEDI), Lafia, and NASENI Skill Development Centre and North Central Zonal Engineering and Science Integrated Laboratory, Keffi.
    The NASENI boss explained that the inauguration of the institute in Lafia and the laboratory in Keffi would create employment opportunities for both formal and informal sectors in the state.
    He also said that the establishment would ensure the training, skills acquisition and empowerment of youths on different skills such as engineering and scientific.
    Haruna, therefore, solicited the support and cooperation of Nasarawa stakeholders towards the successful inauguration of the institute and the laboratory which would be carry out by Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari.
    He informed the delegation that Gambari, who double as the Special Guest, would inaugurate and lay foundation of the AMEDI Lafia, while the Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa would perform the groundbreaking ceremony at Keffi.
    Earlier, leader of the delegation, Aminu Maifata, Executive Chairman, Lafia Local Government, commended NASENI boss for the innovative and transformative strides in the agency.
    Maifata also applauded Prof. Haruna for being an exemplary leader and illustrious son of Nasarawa State.
    He assured full support and assistance of the delegation in ensuring that the event is successful.
    He said that Nasarawa State would continue to be a state of repute in growth and development of the country.
    NAN recalls that in a quest to diversify Nigeria’s economy in line with President Muhammadu Buhari administration agenda, NASENI received a presidential approval for the establishment of North Central Zonal Institute in Nasarawa State.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  NYCN commends NASENI boss over achievements on human capital development
    NYCN commends NASENI boss over achievements on human capital development
     NYCN commends NASENI boss over achievements on human capital development
    NYCN commends NASENI boss over achievements on human capital development
    General news2 months ago

    NYCN commends NASENI boss over achievements on human capital development

    National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) has commended Prof. Mohammed Haruna, the Executive Vice Chairman, National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) for his giant stride achievements on human capital development.

    The NYCN Chairman, Keffi Local Government Chapter, Alhaji Mohammed Idris, made the commendation in a statement on Wednesday in Keffi, Nasarawa State.

    Idris also applauded NASENI for ensuring the implementation of collaboration between Nigeria and Jordan on technology transfer, training, food security and agriculture mechanisation which were outcomes of the recent agreement signed between the agency and the Gheras, Decapolis and Ebsilon Group, Hashemite, Jordan.

    The youth leader said the agency, under Prof. Haruna, had proved beyond reasonable doubt its capacity to deliver development goods through its achievements in the production and promotion of local content with its numerous innovations.

    He also hailed the agency for the establishment of many entrepreneurship centres across the country which had the capacity to train youths in various new and emerging technologies and to make them self-reliant.

    ” We the leadership of NYCN Keffi Local Government, the native town of the NASENI boss, are pleased with how he is repositioning and transforming the agency in line with its mandate.

    ” We are glad that NASENI, under Prof. Haruna’s watch, has evolved a new approach to addressing the need for a viable and or the laying of a sustainable foundation for the industrialisation of Nigeria.

    ” We are also grateful to NASENI boss for offering employment opportunities to many indigenes of Keffi and Nasarawa State.

    “This is what we have been yearning for in our locality. We need more people who value human capital development.”

    Idris, therefore, called on other sons and daughters of Keffi and Nasarawa states to emulate the efforts of NASENI boss in providing empowerment opportunities for the younger generation.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  2023 CSO INEC partner to increase CVR PVC collection in 15 states
    2023: CSO, INEC partner to increase CVR, PVC collection in 15 states
     2023 CSO INEC partner to increase CVR PVC collection in 15 states
    2023: CSO, INEC partner to increase CVR, PVC collection in 15 states
    General news3 months ago

    2023: CSO, INEC partner to increase CVR, PVC collection in 15 states

    NESSACTION, a Civil Society Organisation, in collaboration with INEC, on Tuesday launched Continuous Voter Registration (CRV) and Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVC) collection drive in 15 states.Executive Director NESSACTION, Mr Eniola  Cole,  said at the launch of the project on Tuesday in Abuja that the exercise was also in collaboration with Yiaga  Africa and UNDP.Cole  said the measure was taken because the group discovered that there was low registration of CVR and collection of PVC according to INEC’s data released.He the situation prompted the decision  to tackle the challenge  ahead of the 2023 General Elections.She said that the CVR and PVC Collection Drive (CPCD) project sought to render support to INEC on inclusivity safeguards campaign in the CVR and PVC collection process .She added that it would also strengthen INEC’s civic and voter education awareness campaigns and push for increased voter turnout at the 2023 elections.“To do this  we have developed resources with support from Yiaga Africa and UNDP.“This is  to train 45 INEC registration area officers and community mobilisation officers in part of FCT and Nassarawa states on the CPCD project implementation strategies and the offline registration process .“We will also be making logistical provisions through a bus transportation scheme in each LGA of Nasarawa and AMAC and Kwali Area councils, FCT.“These community buses will be deployed to areas of need identified by INEC officials to get those with uncollected PVCs to INEC offices for collection of their PVCs along with those with incomplete registration process.”Cole said that the bus scheme was being deployed in recognition of the current economic trends to encourage those in difficult terrains to take advantage and go to the LGA offices to collect or register their PVC.She added that NESSACTION deployed 150,000 voter education materials for community outreaches and engagements at the grassroots, to raise awareness on the CVR and PVC exercise.She said this was to also get people to know their mobilisation officers and capture data on incomplete registration while addressing issues they faced through the link bit..In his remarks, INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC),Yahaya Bello  commended NESSACTION for the initiative .Bello said that the commission had a 30- day  period to end the CVR process.“Our hands are already starting to get very full right now, in front of the FCT office, there are more than 300 people who are struggling to go in and get registered.“This initiative by NESSACTION could not have come at  a better time than now any time.“We have a very able partner so this will reduce our own burden  and ensure that  people are very much aware of the CVR  programme and also participate.”Bello urged Nigerians to take advantage of the initiative to get registered for CVR and collect their PVCs as well to participate in the election.Mr Mohammed Haruna, INEC’s National Commissioner in Charge of Nasarawa, FCT, Kaduna and Plateau, said that the NESSACTION’s initiative was very much needed in times like this .Haruna said that the initiative would make PVC collection very high and urged Nigerians not to wait till last minute rush to collect it .He called on NESSACTION  to also help INEC to decongest the over crowded polling units by encouraging voters to change their polling units to the new units created by the Commission.He said this would reduce zero votes in those polling units as recorded during the just concluded  FCT Area Council Elections.Mr  Michael Agada , Senior Programme Officer, Yiaga Africa, said the collaboration with NESSACTION  was in line with the organisation’s effort to  increase the number of registered voters by 60 per cent.Agada said that the #60percentofus project sought to change the mindset of voters that their votes mattered and that if 60 per cent of voters registered to vote, then Nigeria would attain 60 per cent turnout in the 2023 elections .


  •  FG calls for proposals on Czech Nigeria technology transfer
    FG calls for proposals on Czech-Nigeria technology transfer
     FG calls for proposals on Czech Nigeria technology transfer
    FG calls for proposals on Czech-Nigeria technology transfer
    General news3 months ago

    FG calls for proposals on Czech-Nigeria technology transfer

    The Federal Government through the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure(NASENI) has called for solution-based research proposals that address socio-economic problems of the country.

    Dr Muhammed Dahiru, Chairman of the Presidential Implementation Committee (PIC) on Technology Exchange  between Nigeria and the Czech Republic, disclosed this in Abuja on Wednesday.

    The event was tagged: Launch of Call for Research and Development Proposals for Delta-2 Programme.”

    He said the launch was simultaneously hosted by the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic (TA CR) with at least eight other participating countries.

    Dahiru said it was the first part of the project procedure scheduled on “TA CR Delta 2 Programme for bilateral cooperation in applied research and technology transfer for agriculture, mining and general manufacturing.

    “Research and development (R&D) proposals are now invited from Nigerian academic community, research and development institutions as well as private companies and independent researchers on three priority areas,’’ he said.

    The PIC chairman mentioned these areas to include: agriculture and food technology, mining and industrial development and general manufacturing for SMEs development.

    He recalled that the inauguration of the PIC on Technology Exchange between Nigeria and the Czech Republic took place in December 2020.

    According to him, this was in response to the need for the implementation of the existing Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Nigeria, represented by NASENI and the Czech Republic, represented by the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic (TA CR).

    He said the MoU would subsist until its expiration in 2024, listing the priority areas to include: biotechnology and pharmaceutical research, agriculture and food technology, mining and industrial development.

    Others, according to him are: energy technology, sustainable transportation technology, environmental protection and sustainability, information and communication technology, nano-science,nano technology and advanced material, genomic medicine among others.

    Dahiru stated that in the PIC’s Terms of Reference, the committee was expected to collaborate with relevant stakeholders and partners to ignite a process of fostering growth and expansion of  infrastructure, manufacturing and innovation in the country.

    Prof. Mohammed Haruna, Co-Chairman of the PIC, said the call for public proposals for the Delta-2 programme was one of the projects to be implemented under the agreement.

    He said the Delta-2 Progranmme was the cooperation model of the TA CR running for the period from 2020 to 2025, through which TA CR sponsors applied research and innovation of manufacturing companies and innovative institutions.

    Haruna said the technologies would be sourced from Czech Republic’s manufacturing companies, tertiary, research and development institutions.

    He further disclosed that the Czech government had allocated approximately the sum of 10.5 million U.S dollars as research fund through the TA CR.

    Accordingly, he said NASENI on behalf of the Federal Government had supplemented this sum to the tune of N2 billion or 5.7 million U.S. dollars.

    Haruna expressed optimism that technology acquisition and domestication through the collaboration would help Nigeria bridge the technology gap existing among the Western nations.

    He also said it would facilitate transition to a manufacturing economy, adding that deployment of technology was crucial to mitigating socio-economic and security challenges.

    Zdenek Krejci, Czech Ambassador to Nigeria, said Nigeria was a significant partner to all African countries.

    Represented by Beata Matusikova, Head, Economic and Commercial Affairs at the Embassy of Czech Republic, he noted that Czech Republic and Nigeria were developing stronger ties through technology transfer.

    Highlight of the event was the presentation on how to participate in the Delta-2 Programme, by John Mbiimbe, Head, ICT at the PIC Secretariat and goodwill messages.

    The News Agency of Nigeria   reports that the event was attended by scientists, professionals, businessmen, academics, cbankers among others(


  •  Buhari receives briefing on NASENI s Modular Irrigation assembled helicopter
    Buhari receives briefing on NASENI’s Modular Irrigation, assembled helicopter
     Buhari receives briefing on NASENI s Modular Irrigation assembled helicopter
    Buhari receives briefing on NASENI’s Modular Irrigation, assembled helicopter
    General news1 year ago

    Buhari receives briefing on NASENI’s Modular Irrigation, assembled helicopter

    By Ismaila Chafe

    President Muhammadu Buhari received a briefing on the Modular Irrigation System, an innovation that allows farmers to irrigate their farms independently without relying on river basins.

    The Executive Vice President / Director General of the National Agency for Scientific and Technical Infrastructures (NASENI), Professor Mohammed Haruna, who briefed the President, presented a sample of the innovation to Buhari at the Presidential Villa on Friday, Abuja.

    Speaking to State House correspondents after the presentation, Haruna said that a solar-powered pump has been developed to draw water from the borehole for small and large-scale irrigation projects.

    According to him, the system is transportable and will allow individual farmers to irrigate their farms themselves.

    He said: “The modular irrigation system is an innovation and an invention for the agricultural sector.

    “It's a process in which we have developed a program so that individual farmers can irrigate their farms without waiting for river basins.

    “In this case, we have developed a solar-powered pumping system; the water can come from a borehole, if there is no river or stream nearby.

    “As a result, these are mobile devices; the pumping machine and solar power supply are also mobile, a farmer can fold it up in his house and bring it to the farm whenever he needs it.

    “The good thing about the program is that we have demonstrated, in collaboration with NIRSA (Nigeria Incentive Risk-based Sharing System for Agriculture), a parastatal body of the Central Bank of Nigeria), that it is possible to have three agricultural seasons in a year.

    “So this means that a farmer can be engaged in his own activities without necessarily looking for alternative employment.

    “Three harvest seasons per year, that's what the modular irrigation system is. It is a collaborative effort between NASENI and NIRSAL.

    Haruna assured that the modular irrigation system would be widely available in the country for farmers.

    “We want it to be nationwide, but the program started from Adamawa State.

    “The sample that you saw, illustrated and the video, is where we started as a pilot. We have now presented this issue to the President and his directive is that wherever possible all farmers should benefit, ”he said.

    According to him, the aim is to make the mechanism affordable for interested farmers across the country because the capacities are enormous.

    He said that depending on the size of the farm, the farmer could take the least, the medium or the large, or could acquire more than one, saying the costs will vary.

    “When there is a stream or river nearby, you don't need to drill a borehole, that means it can be pumped from there. Where there is none on the farm, a borehole is needed.

    “A large farm may require more than one borehole due to the yield. So, it's affordable.

    “But as I say from the pilot project, because we invested so much to have the prototype and deploy it on the farm and see it, it cost us more, but with the intervention and some subsidies from the Bank. central, it is possible that we have a range from N25,000 to the highest at N125,000. This is our goal. "

    Haruna revealed that he also briefed the president on the progress of the agency's helicopter assembly initiative, saying all necessary components had been received from Belgium.

    According to him, engineers and technicians are now trained in the assembly process, maintenance and commissioning.

    He said: “Up to now, the helicopter's status now, we have received completely disassembled components from Belgium and we have trained our engineers and technicians on all aspects of its assembly, maintenance and repair process. commissioning.

    “We have also trained pilots, in collaboration with the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority.

    “This helicopter has been fully assembled, helipad and other facilities in place, very close to here. It's on our site in Karshi, Abuja.

    “The Ministry of the Environment, the Ministry of Aviation, the Civil Aviation Authority and other agencies that have mandatory regulatory activities to do are in the process of performing.

    “So far, it's a successful project.

    He said he discussed "pre-fabricated technology" with the president, which he said is a method of having building facilities, house building materials designed, a factory designed, a classroom or laboratories designed. , in which the materials are composite materials.

    He added, “The normal architectural design of the house is done, everything is done in the field, and then these components are put together. In three weeks, you can have a complete house ready.

    “It's not new technology. It has been around for a long time in Europe, because of the extreme weather conditions.

    “It is now that we see that it is necessary to acquire this technology, to domesticate it and to use it to meet the challenges we face, to rebuild the northeast, even the northwest and n anywhere.

    “Originally we acquired it only for the laboratories, for a quick installation of the laboratories, both the building and the equipment of NASENI, but now with the existing challenges it becomes necessary that we acquire this technology in large part, so that the reconstruction of our villages and hamlets can be faster.

    “Even the other centers that we are building are today's technology.

    “The important thing is that 100% of the raw materials to develop these flame retardant and weather resistant composite materials are available in Nigeria. "

    Regarding NASENI's partnership with state governments and the private sector, the head of the agency said "it is working."

    He said “there are some private sectors that have marketed patented or proven NASENI products and then mass produced them.

    “INNOSON Motors, GEOMTECH which produces NASENI prepaid meters, Keke NASENI and now we have two companies that have emerged. NASENI is helping them to have a solar manufacturing plant as well, just like we have in Karshi.

    "So many state governors have shown interest by visiting our youth skills development facility, helping them tap into what's available in states, across the country."

    Regarding the national project for the rehabilitation, refurbishment and redeployment of tractors, he revealed that six States had so far committed to it.

    According to him, so far about six states are actively involved in the implementation of the laudable project, adding that the tractors repaired, rehabilitated, redeployed to farms are actively working. (NAA)


  •  Feature Boosting engineering infrastructure for sustainable development
    Feature: Boosting engineering infrastructure for sustainable development
     Feature Boosting engineering infrastructure for sustainable development
    Feature: Boosting engineering infrastructure for sustainable development
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    Feature: Boosting engineering infrastructure for sustainable development

    When the 150-Member Committee on National Engineering Infrastructure, set up in 1991 by the Federal Government recommended the establishment of National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI), they were aware that engineering is the engine room of economic development.The membership of the committee comprised scientists, engineers, administrators, federal and state civil servants, economists, lawyers, bankers and industrialists among others.With the hindsight of history, they knew that it was engineering infrastructure that ignited the first industrial revolution in Europe and the United States from 1760 to 1840.The Federal Government concurred with the recommendations of the 150-member committee and set up NASENI in 1992, with the late Prof. Gordian Ezekwe as the first Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.Since Ezekwe left office in 1997, eminent engineers and scientists were appointed by the Federal Government as chief executive officers of NASENI.The mission of NASENI is to establish and nurture appropriate and dynamic science and engineering infrastructure-base for achieving home-initiated and home-sustained industrialisation through the development of relevant processes, capital goods and equipment necessary for job creation and national economic well-being among others.The intervention areas of the agency are: Advanced Manufacturing Technology (AMT), Education Intervention, Energy Intervention, Mechatronics, Nanotechnology and Reverse Engineering.If NASENI has not performed as expected, the blame cannot be on the establishment alone, but on failure to provide the needful to enable it live up to expectation.Prof. Mohammed Haruna, the current Executive Vice-Chairman of NASENI, alluded to this when he appeared before the Senate Joint Committee on Finance and National Planning to answer questions on the agency’s 2021 financial projections.Haruna in his presentation lamented that the agency had never received one per cent remittance from the federation account as provided for by the 2004 National Assembly Act.According to him, the Act stipulates that NASENI shall draw from the federation account, one per cent revenue accruing to the federal treasury beginning from year 2000, but the agency has never received a kobo from the federation account as stipulated by the law.After listening to Haruna’s submission, the committee, led by Sen. Olamilekan Adeola, ordered the Accountant-General of the Federation, to from September this year, commence the disbursement of one per cent allocation from the federation account into the coffers of NASENI.His words: “The Act setting up NASENI was the Act of the National Assembly and the Accountant-General of the Federation cannot be allowed to flout the law.“Therefore, since the AGF is here, please ensure that the executive starts implementation of the law from September this year because NASENI has the potential to develop and industrialise the Nigerian economy through the core mandates given to it by the extant laws.”The COVID-19 pandemic ravaging the world has shown the innovativeness and ingenuity of the engineers and scientists working with NASENI and other Nigerian institutions.Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, the Minister of Science and Technology announced recently that the Federal Government has commenced the local production of ventilators and disinfectant spraying devices to battle the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.Onu spoke in Abuja when he launched the newly produced devices by NASENI.He said the first consignment of the devices will “support breathing efforts of Nigerians who are already down with the pandemic.“As its response to the COVID 19 disease, the agency has manufactured a set of disinfectant sprayer devices to assist in sanitising Nigerian cities, streets and the environment including ventilators,” he said.Onu, represented by the Minister of State, Mohammed Abdullahi, said the Buhari administration was not resting on its oars to prevent Nigerians from dying as a result of COVID-19.“Aside the ventilators which aid COVID-19 patients in breathing, NASENI has manufactured sprayer devices ranging from NASENI-Safety Tunnel; NASENI-Single Disinfectant Chamber, Disinfectant Delivery on KEKE NASENI, Disinfectant delivery device on Hilux, Disinfectant Delivery Device on Tanker and the Environmental Disinfectant Blower.”Hajiya Ramattu Aliyu, the Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory, who inspected the COVID-19 equipment, said the fight against the disease ab initio was a challenge to the ingenuity of Nigerian scientists, engineers and all other fields of medicine to support the government to ward off the pandemic.“Necessity is the mother of invention” the minister said, even as she commended the initiatives by NASENI.She expressed confidence that the devices would help sanitise Nigeria environments when fully deployed.According to Aliyu, it will be a thing of pride to deploy technologies and initiatives by Nigerian scientists and engineers to solve Nigeria problems, especially a pandemic like COVID-19, now that it seemed there was no particular nation in the world with the magic wand to assist others.The minister commended the management of NASENI and the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology for the initiative to manufacture locally produced ventilators and disinfectant safety devices.The minister also said that the intervention would not only save the country from further depletion of scarce foreign reserves but also the feat marked the opportunity for Nigeria intellectual community to once again pride itself to have used science, technology and innovation to solve Nigeria health challenge.She pledged that the Federal Capital Territory Administration was ready to work with NASENI to deploy NASENI ventilators to manage cases of COVID-19 in all activated hospitals and isolation facilities within the Federal Capital Territory.The minister said inter alia, after the inspection: “I think this development of NASENI interventions for the fight against COVID-19 is really an achievement that had come with a very great delight.“The innovations not only could safely disinfect persons totally even with their own clothes on, but also clear evidence that Nigeria is getting somewhere.“It is a testimony that we are not only locked-down to cry helplessly for outside world’s help as a nation, but this is a worthy response to the challenge by our very brilliant scientists and knowledgeable people to go back to the drawing board to proffer solutions to societal problems with what they have acquired in school, various trainings and technologies experiences.“Rome was not built in a day, God willing the very best of our own people would come out this time around.“God willing Nigeria will come out with a breakthrough that the world would celebrate soon.“Nigeria too would come out with our own vaccines and not all the time we would have to be looking up to other nations to save us, rather we shall save ourselves as Nigerians.“I am surprised at what I am seeing and also I am impressed by the ingenuity demonstrated by scientists and engineers in NASENI.”Prof. Mohammed Haruna, Executive Vice-Chairman of NASENI who spoke, said that  “given the right support and proper funding, NASENI has the capacity to roll out 40 ventilators per week and also produce various safety disinfectant devices for COVID-19.”Besides NASENI, Nigeria’s tertiary institutions are not left out in the quest to boost engineering infrastructure to solve contemporary problems, including the ravaging COVID-19.The University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), recently launched a contactless digital hand-cleaning machine, produced by the institution’s Faculty of Engineering, that uses sensor to monitor body temperature, dispense hand sanitiser, detergent and water.The Vice-Chancellor of UNN, Prof Charles Igwe, who spoke at the launching said that the machine was an improvement over the manual hand cleaning machine that dispenses detergent and water.“This machine is different from what we have seen before, it performs four functions at a time without the user making any physical contact,” Igwe said, after using the machine to clean his hands and measure his temperature.He challenged the Faculty of Engineering and other faculties in the university to come up with more fabrications, products and designs that would have a direct impact on the society.“We should go beyond writing research papers and engage in the fabrication of machines, equipment and designs that will solve the numerous problems in our society,” he said.Igwe congratulated the Dean of Faculty of Engineering, Prof. Emeka Obe and his team for the feat.Obe, while explaining the processes that led to the manufacturing of the machine, said that it was produced within four weeks by the Auto Service Centre of the faculty.“The production cost, estimated at over N300,000, was contributed by the staff in the service centre,’’ the dean said.He appealed for sponsorship to enable the faculty to mass produce the machine which he believed would simplify the process of monitoring.Unarguably, the developments at NASENI and other Nigeria’s engineering research centres are indicative of the innovativeness and ingenuity of Nigerian engineers and scientists.What is required to boost infrastructure that will promote national growth and prosperity is adequate funding. Government and other stakeholders should do the needful.(NANFeatures)