The National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC), says it is partnering with some Korean companies to produce more Electric Vehicles in Nigeria.
A statement from the council said on Friday in Abuja that Mr Jelani Aliyu, its Director-General, disclosed this at the Nigerian-Korean Business Summit on Wednesday in Seoul, South Korea.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports the summit had as its theme: ”Advanced Technology for a New Nigerian Human Experience’.
Aliyu said: “With the advanced capabilities in the Korean automotive industry, what can we do together in Nigeria, how do we work together to scale up the production of Nigeria relevant Electric Vehicles?
“The NADDC has built 18 Automotive Training Centres across Nigeria, where we can partner with potential Korean companies for training in EV Technology.
“A majority of our people still live in rural areas and that through decentralized development their lives can be enhanced right where they are so that there is no need for them to migrate to the cities.
” Actually, I believe there is a need to introduce super advanced internet enabled technology to all our rural areas, drones for logistics and healthcare, 100% renewable energy mini grids, satellite connected educational networks.
”The D-G further said that there was an exciting opportunity for Nigeria and Korea, to work together through highly efficient hardware and software, to enable these super solutions for the Nigerians.
Aliyu reiterated: ”The future is bright, and together our two nations can develop solutions that can be manufactured and deployed in Nigeria to lift millions into abundance, peace and prosperity.
”NADDC has encouraged and supported both local and multinational automotive companies to start producing EVs in Nigeria.
” As a result of that, Hyundai Nigeria has started the assembly of the Hyundai Kona EV, Jet Systems Motors has deployed the Jet Systems Electric Van, and Max-e has developed an electric motorcycle that has been tested and proven in rural Nigeria.
” Aliyu also said that the agency had developed 100 per cent Solar Powered EV Charging Stations as pilots.
”This is to prove that you can power e-mobility completely off grid.
We put them up at three universities, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, University of Lagos and University of Nigeria, Nsukka,” the D-G said.
Gov Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State has applauded Mr Emmanuel Ezikeanyi, who invented the Igbo cultural calendar in the state, saying it will help in promoting Igbo culture and tradition.
Ugwuanyi made the commendation in Nsukka on Thursday during the Iwa ji (New Yam Festival) of Nsukka Asadu (Nsukka town) and launching of its Igbo cultural calendar organised by Nsukka Town Union.
The nine communities that made up Nsukka Town Union are; Nguru Nsukka, Nru, Owere, Nkunano, , Ihe, Echara , Umuoyo and Umakashi.
He said that the cultural calendar was a landmark in preserving Igbo cultural heritage because it would help the present generation know dates of cultural events and their significance.
“This cultural calendar is commendable as it will enable the people to know, not only dates of events but as well as the significance of cultural events.
“I commend the inventor (Ezikeanyi) for his passion in promoting Igbo culture and tradition.
“The state government will give him the necessary support so that he can help other communities in the state to develop their own cultural calendar,” he said.
The governor, who was represented by the Commissioner for Culture and Tourism in the state, Mr Ugonna Ibe, commended Nsukka town for organising the yam festival and launching of the cultural calendar.
Speaking, Chief Joseph Onyeke, the President General, Nsukka Town Union, said that the calendar was the first of its kind in the history of Nsukka Town.“We are here today to witness the launching of Nsukka Asadu traditional yam festival and dating system packaged in a calendar form.
“This cultural calendar is the first of its kind in the history of Nsukka town“This calendar will help our people know dates of our cultural events, thier significance as well as serve as a reference point to generations yet unborn,” he said.
Onyeke expressed appreciation to guests from far and near, especially Gov Ugwuanyi, who in spite of their busy schedules, decided to come and witness the epoch event.
Ezikeanyi, the inventor of the cultural calendar, said that he published the first edition in 2014 and since then it had become an annual publication.
Ezikeanyi, a graduate of Adult Education and Administration, University of Nigeria Nsukka said his aim of inventing the calendar was to give Igbo people alternative dating system from the conventional English calendar.
“My target is to ensure that Igbo people have a unifying calendar and dating system that will reflect days and time of our cultural events.
“To create Igbo traditional dating system and ensure that Igbo people have alternative dating system from the conventional calendar“I want every community in Igbo land to have this calendar designed according to their cultural native events.
It will help them to know the specific date of all traditional events of the year,” he said.
Ezikeanyi however, appealed to Enugu State government, corporate organisations and philanthropists for sponsorship to enable him to do more in promoting Igbo culture.
The occasion was chaired by Chief Sam Onyishi, Chief Executive Officer of Peace Mass Transit Ltd, who hails from one of the communities in Nsukka town.
While Chief Walter Ozioko, the Chairman of Nsukka LGA was among dignitaries present.
Highlights of the event were, traditional wrestling, masquerade display and donations to launch the cultural calendar by guests
The NDLEA has arrested an ex-footballer, Emmanuel Okafor, at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja for cocaine trafficking.
Its Director, Media and Advocacy, NDLEA, Mr Femi Babafemi stated on Sunday in Abuja that Okafor was arrested on arrival from Sao Paulo, Brazil via Addis Ababa.
He flew in on an Ethiopian Airlines flight.
Babafemi stated that the suspect had 1.4kg of cocaine concealed in the handles of his bags and in the top edges of the bags.
He added that the 33-year-old indigene of Arochukwu Local Government Area of Abia was arrested on Sept. 26 after anti-narcotic officers unravelled where he concealed the illicit substance.
“During preliminary interview, Okafor said he was a footballer at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu FC, where he played for four seasons before leaving for Sri Lanka in 2014. “He said that he moved to Brazil from Sri Lanka after playing for two seasons, but could not advance his football career in Brazil as he did not have official documents,’’ Babafemi stated.
He added that another Brazil returnee, Chinedu Ibeh was also arrested on Sept. 26 upon arrival at the Lagos airport from Sao Paulo, Brazil, also via Ethiopian Airlines.
He stated also that Ibeh hails from Ahiazu in Mbaise Local Government Area of Imo and was found to have concealed 3.2kg of Black Cocaine popularly known as “Lucci’’ in false bottoms of his two bags.
“In his statement, he said he was to be paid N3.1 million on successful delivery of the drug in Nigeria,’’ the NDLEA spokesman stated.
NAN) Prof. Peter Osanaiye has recommended that the Federal Government create a central database with a unique national security code to address the security challenges in Nigeria.
Osanaiye, a professor of statistics at the University of Illorin, spoke on Wednesday in Keffi at the 45th Annual Statistical Conference 2022. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the three-day conference has as its theme: “Security Challenges in Nigeria and Associated Consequences: A Statistical Overview.
” The conference is organised by the Nigerian Statistical Association in collaboration with the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).
He said the central base should probably be located in the NBS made up of databases of biometrics and other relevant information.
The professor said the relevant information and biometrics should be gathered from the Nigerian Communication Commission’s mobile operator’s subscribers, and the Central Bank of Nigeria’s Bank Verification Numbers (BVN).
He said information should also be obtained from the FRSC drivers licenspce, and Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS)’ s citizen international passport details.
“Also, the National Identity Management Commission’s identity cards which capture the citizens’ details and other relevant databases from other agencies.
“Such integration of databases will involve combining data residing in different sources and provide users with a unified view of having the benefit of identity management and its impact on combating insecurity in Nigeria.
” It will also result in transformation of governance for reducing corruption, crime and criminality.
” Osanaiye also recommended that NBS establish and strengthen the unit in charge of security information for capturing and collating security challenges data.
He said this data would be collected from the local government level and crime reports from the Police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, FRSC, NIS and other agencies.
According to him, this will make available security information in Nigeria for sharing, analysing and updating.
Osanaiye also recommended the strengthening of existing intelligence methods to meet global best practices and exploit emerging opportunities for security management.
He said the causes of the security challenges in Nigeria include weak security systems, corruption, elite exploitation of ethnicity and religious difference, and loss of socio-cultural and communal value system.
According to him, corruption is the most potent factor responsible for the insecurity challenges in Nigeria.
“If you chase corruption away, up to 80 per cent of the problems of insecurity will be solved,” he said Prof. Polycap Chigbu, a professor of statistics at the University of Nigeria, made a presentation titled “Fanning the Flames: , Security Challenges and Economic Development”.
According to him Nigeria’s economic growth rate from 2015 to date has been erratic.
Chigbu listed some of the causes of insecurity in Nigeria to include illiteracy, youth security challenges, poor funding of education and strike actions by the staff of tertiary institutions, and inaccurate population census numbers.
He gave some recommendations to help solve the insecurity challenges in the country which include the reorganisation of the country’s security architecture.
Chigbu said adequate military technologies and proper logistics should be put in place, adding that modern technology needed to be deployed in combating insecurity and addressing the country’s security challenges.
The professor said that a regular population census should be conducted to enhance proper planning for both adequate security architecture and the economy.
He said better and increased collection of statistical data associated with security challenges should be encouraged.
Chigbu also recommended the amendment of the 1999 Constitution to accommodate state and local Police in Nigeria’s security architecture.
He said the government needed to improve the welfare package of the military and security personnel to boost their morale, as he urged well-meaning Nigerians to support them.
“The armed forces should be encouraged to work in synergy to achieve more significant successes.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governorship Candidate in Enugu State, Mr Peter Mbah, has said that Nigerian youths are the greatest victims of leadership failure in the country.
Mba disclosed this during the 2022 MEDRUS Leadership Forum Organised by the Medical Research and Humanitarian Society (MEDRUS), University of Nigeria Enugu Campus on Friday in Enugu with the theme “Leadership in Modern Times, Youths Bridging the Gap”.
The gubernatorial flag bearer pointed out that bad leadership posed a great challenge to Nigeria youths in achieving their potentials.
He said that collapse of leadership in Africa had a reverberating effect on youths of the continent particularly in Nigeria and good example of this, reflected “the collapse in the different malaises suffered by the youths”.
According to him, the level of nepotism that is currently in the country, the collapse of security, the menace of students staying at home for upwards of seven months due to the inability of government and the lecturers’ union to agree on issues of funding of universities has a linkage to this collapse.
He said, “From whatever prism one may want to look at it, students are victims of the leadership failure that has afflicted Nigeria”.
Mbah said the overview of Nigeria and Africa as a whole, showed a deplorable leadership situation, where in spite of the undeniable potential and natural resources, the leaders had been unable to generate any meaningful scale of economic returns for the people.
“This has resulted in high poverty rates we faced today across the country and the continent.
“It has led to huge infrastructure gaps that prevent our teeming youth from expressing themselves in their chosen endeavours; very low rates of job creation, resulting in high and rising rates of unemployment across the country.
“Youths who are our most valuable resources are now seeking expressions for their dreams outside the continent, sometimes even at the risk of losing their lives in the process.
“When any youth succeeds in escaping out of Nigeria, it is celebrated with fanfare on social media as if they had escaped from a Hitler Concentration Camp,” Mbah said.
The governorship candidate said it was bothersome with the manner Nigerian youths in the last one or two decades had been escaping the country in very lamentable circumstances.
He noted that many of them perished in the process and when asked why they chose such risky adventures in the bid to leave the country, they said living in Nigeria had become as risky as travelling on the Mediterranean.
“Nigeria has lost hundreds of her prime human assets with potentials to rescue her tomorrow from the tragedy that lies ahead,” he said.
Explaining further how youths bridge the gap in modern times, Mba said average youth in Nigeria was not yet equipped for leadership.
According to him, the shortcoming could be addressed by consciously deepening the youth’s understanding of the concept of leadership.
He however, advised the youths never to be afraid to admit that they were human if they finally found themselves in position of leadership.
“Never imbued with your own weaknesses and fears, rather, build your teams to complement your shortcomings and mitigate areas where you are likely to go overboard.
“Feel free to seek advice on difficult issues from coaches and mentors, so as to keep growing to become the sort of leaders who will ultimately contribute to raising our society and the country as a whole to achieve their lofty potentials,” he advised.
Earlier, in his welcome address, the President, MEDRUS, Mr Stephen Anigbo, said the group used its platform to bring different individuals together with the aim of evaluating and inspiring quality leadership in them.
He stressed that the theme for the event was selected to set the country on a prosperous trajectory, adding that in the past year, Nigeria youths had expressed their desire for a better society.
“On this note, intellectuals were invited for this year forum to educate and inspire youths who are the future leaders.
Youths, he said, were the incredible pusher of progress in any society, adding that if they unite and work together, they could help reduce poverty in the country.
Anigbo added that the need for youths to build their future and that of Nigeria was at its pinnacle.
Experts, stakeholders recommend flood-control tips to save nation’s agricultural produce – NAN Survey Experts, stakeholders recommend flood-control tips to save nation’s agricultural produce – NAN Survey Flood By Reporters Umuahia, Sept. 19, 2023 Experts in environmental matters and farmers have expressed worry over the current wave of flooding in different parts of the country and its effects on agricultural produce.
In a survey conducted by the News Agency of Nigeria in the South-East, they offered some tips to checkmate the phenomenon and avert poor crop yields and food shortage.
Speaking on the issue, Prof. Christian Madu, a Professor of Environmental Management and Control, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, said that flood washes away soil nutrients, thus leading to poor farm yeilds.
Madu also told NAN in Enugu that flood, most times, destroys crops, such as yam, cassava and rice by washing them away or burying them beneath the sand.
He identified causes of flooding as blockage of the waterways of the rivers and streams in an area, poor topography and inadequate drainage system, amongst others.
He opined that the problem could be effectively tackled through awareness creation among farmers on the dangers of flooding, especially on agricultural produce.
He further recommended that farmers should be encouraged to take proactive measures to reduce flooding that could destroy their farmlands and investment.
He said: “Residents should ensure that waterways are protected, especially by removing non-degradable materials, such as plastics, to ensure free-flow of rain water.
“Encouraging urban sustainability both in town planning and development of structures to ensure that waterways are not blocked.
“Government at all levels should encourage tree planting to hold up the soil from being washed away.
” He also advised farmers to desist from farming on flood planes and lowlands to check yearly or recurring flooding on farmlands.
Contributing, the Coordinator of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in the South-East, Mr Thickman Tanimu, reinforced the recommendation further.
He said that flooding could be contained through continuous advocacy and sensitisation of farmers on ways and means to checkmate the menace.
Tanimu said that the agency had moved from reactionary to proactive emergency and disaster management measures.
He said that the Federal Government had mandated the agency to carry out a comprehensive assessment of all agrarian communities affected by flooding recently to see how it can provide some succour to them.
“The Federal Government through the agency will continue to carry out sensitisation for farmers for them to plant in safe places and avoid flood plains and lowlands during cultivation.
“We will also impress on our stakeholders and state emergency management agencies and local governments to do the same advocacy.
“The advocacy or sensitisation will not be stopped until our people (farmers) start taking the right precautions to check avoidable farm losses,” Tanimu said.
Also, Mr Anayochi Njoku, a retired Programme Manager at the Imo State Agricultural Development Programme, said that flooding disrupts the soil surface and leads to loss of nutrients and reduction in yields.
Njoke lamented that some farmers usually found it difficult to repay agricultural loans after losing their produce to flood.
He further said that large scale fish farmers also suffer huge losses when flood overflows embankments causing the fishes to escape.
He said, “A lot of farmers have been forced out of business because of monumental losses caused by flood.
” He said that huge losses of farm produce to flood usually lead to shortage in food supply with the concomitant hike in the price of the available ones.
Similarly, a yam farmer in the state, Mr Udochukwu Agu, said the effects of flooding on agricultural produce depended on the timing of the disaster.
According to Agu, flooding at the begining of the planting season, when the yams have just been planted, can lead to total damage to the crops, giving way to poor yield.
He said, however, said that the effect could be minimal if flooding happened in the middle of the farming season toward the harvest period.
He opined that the situation could be salvaged, “if proper damage control is applied, regardless of the timing of the floods”.
He recommended the application of appropriate fertilisers and mulching to counter the effects of floods.
“Floods generally reduce the marketability of our yields but when we take appropriate measures we are sometimes able to save the situation.
“Such measures increase the cost of production and prices in the end but it is necessary,” Agu said.
In Abia, Dr Sunday Jackson, the Executive Secretary of SEMA, said that flooding impacts negatively on agricultural produce.
Jackson said that the state had become flood prone due to climate change and high rainfall every rainy season.
Jackson said that the frequency and intensity of the flood had resulted in loss of lives, property and people’s means of livelihood, including farmlands.
He said that 45 communities had reported cases of flooding, while 14 of the 17 Local Government Areas were already affected.
A farmer, Mr Ikenna Onyemachi, called for urgent government assistance to cushion the effects of flooding.
“This year’s rain is destroying our crops and we fear that we might not have much harvest this year.
“It has been raining incessantly since the beginning of September and this has not been favourable to us because our farms are being flooded,” he said.
The Programme Manager, Anambra Agricultural Development Programme, Mr Jude Nwankwo, said that perennial flooding and its devastation on farming could be checked with dams in riverine communities of the state.
Nwankwo regretted that every year, farmers in the riverine communities of Anambra East, Anambra West, Ogbaru and Awka North Local Government Areas were being compelled to harvest their crops prematurely due to massive flooding.
He blamed the unwholesome development on the lack of control on the inflow of waters into the farmlands.
He said, “If there were dams, the operators would know how best to control the waters.
” Nwankwo argued that the negative effects of flooding has impeded the growth of agricultural activities, especially in riverine communities.
He further said that victims of flooding often complained of colossal losses and the difficulties they usually encountered going back to business.
The President, Civil Servants in Agriculture in Anambra, Mr Donatus Orjinta, described the negative effects of flooding on agriculture as obvious and multiple.
Orjinta said that some members of his cooperative group had recorded huge losses due to the effects of flooding on their farms.
He said that it was regrettable that most victims in the state were abandoned to their fate, pointing out that the situation had forced many out of farming.
He, therefore, appealed to NEMA, Anambra SEMA and other relevant institutions to come to the aid of flood victims, especially farmers, in the state.
A university lecturer, Ms Akachi Nworgu-Okonji, has called for a more punitive legislative sanctions for violence and discrimination against women in the country.
She said that the current provision of two years imprisonment or option of half-a-million naira fine was grossly inadequate.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Nworgu-Okonji is a lecturer in the Faculty of Law at the University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus.
She spoke at a one-day town hall meeting organised by WomenAid Collective (WACOL) and 5050 Action Women, in collaboration with the Ford Foundation.
The interactive event was organised in Umuahia for women groups and other stakeholders, including traditional rulers, religious and community leaders.
It was designed to change the norms and practices that promote violence against women and girls in Abia.Nworgu-Okonji argued that the violation of the extant law on violence and discrimination against women should be met with a more severe punishment.
She, therefore, proposed five years imprisonment or N1 million fine or both as against what obtained presently.
She spoke on the topic, “Harmful cultural norms against women and girls and their negative impact on community development”.
She identified spousal battery, female genital mutilation, child marriage, disinheritance of women and economic discrimination as some of the negative traditional practices.
Nworgu-Okonji attributed the general underdevelopment of most communities in the South-East to the prevalence of such negative norms against women and the girl child.
She said that investigation revealed that gender-based violence causes more death and disability among women between the ages of 15 and 44 than cancer, malaria, accidents and war.
Another resource person, Mr Wilson Alamba, a retired civil servant in Abia, spoke extensively on the “Strategies towards ending harmful norms that promote violence against women and girls: the role of stakeholders”.
There was a consensus among the participants that the traditional institutions, including the traditional rulers (Eze-in-Council) and village maidens, otherwise called the “Umuada”, should take steps to discourage harmful traditional practices in their communities.
Nworgu-Okonji urged them to embrace the advocacy to end the negative traditional practices for their communities to progress with the present global reality.
According to her, “if they can embrace change in technology, why would they not embrace change in culture?
“Change is constant and when it comes, we should be ready to accept it,” she said.
She said that aside from the national and state policies, there were no deliberate community actions and by-laws to end gender-based violence and harmful traditional practices.
The workshop, therefore, charged the traditional rulers and their Eze-in-Councils to come up with community by-laws and coordinated interventions to protect women’s rights.
It also advocated equal rights for both the boy and girl children in educational opportunities, family inheritance and economic empowerment.
It specifically urged families to give the girl children good education and basic hands-on skills in order to make them self-reliant and beneficial to their family and community.
The workshop further advocated for the sensitisation and mobilisation of men to play the role of change agents.
It advised men to cultivate the culture of writing their wills to avert family crisis during the sharing of their property, after their demise.
It was also advised that existing legislations, including the Child’s Right Act, Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act, amonst others, could be used to end violence against women and the girl child.
Earlier, the Programme Officer and Head of Communications, Mrs Egodi Igwe, spoke on the activities of WACOL geared toward promoting and protecting the rights of women and young ones.
Igwe said that the organisation specifically focuses on gender and human rights, good governance and democracy, reproductive health and rights as well as conflict resolution and mediation.
She said that the group, which was founded by its Chief Executive Officer, Prof. Joy Ezeilo, in 1997, had offices in Abia, Abuja, Bayelsa, Cross River, Ebonyi, Edo, Imo and Katsina.
She described any culture that recognises one gender above the other as unjust and should be done away with.
Some of the participants, including Eze Innocent Nwamu, the Traditional Ruler of Isiala Onicha Ngwa in Obingwa Local Government Area and Chief Ogba Nwokoro, the President-General of Item Community in Bende, described the advocacy as capable of bringing the needed cultural reforms in the communities.
The University of Nigeria Nsuka (UNN) has commended consortium of Michigan State University (MSU) and leadership of Alliance for African Partnership (AAP), for promoting research and scholarship in Africa.
The Vice Chancellor of UNN, Prof. Charles Igwe, made the commendation at an Alumi Reception, on Wednesday in Abuja.
Igwe said that the AAP had created opportunity for the staff of UNN who participated in international collaborative research, thereby boosting the varsity viability and ranking in the league of universities.
According to him, the event affords him opportunity for gratitude and a special appreciation to MSU and leadership of AAP in all their commitment.
“The MSU’s strong desire to contribute to the development of research and scholarship in African continent is indeed remarkable.
“It is worthy of note that the admission of the UNN into the APP consortium has further exposed us to the immeasurable benefits of partnering with other African universities.
“The partnership has helped us to address a number of problems peculiar to our continent, ” he said.
Igwe said that the AAP was birthed at a time when African universities desperately needed such collaborations to help bridge the gap on research on the continent.
He added that the consortium had offered grants to its members to address critical research problems.
“I am pleased to acknowledge that some staff of the UNN have benefited from AAP’s Partnership for Innovation Research in Africa (PIRA) grants.
`they also benefitted from the Transforming Institution Strategic Grants and the African Future Research Leadership Grants.
“So, we are here to deepen the bond of our partnership.
We are here to build a formidable bridge of relationship between alumni of the MSU and the UNN and this has been made possible by the AAP, ” he said.
Mr Steve Hanson, the Association’s Provost and Dean of International Studies and Programmes of Michigan University, said that the UNN students could study all over the world and come out with best.
Hanson said that the purpose of AAP was to build the next generation of African researchers so that they could become specifically leaders in their community.
He said the AAP was a collaborative and cross disciplinary platform to address global challenges in a sustainable way, adding that the AAP was consortium of MSU.
Also, the Regional West Africa of Ford Foundation, Dr Chichi Aniagolu, expressed worry over the state of universities in the country.
Aniagolu called on relevant stakeholders and other meaningful Nigerians to join hands to provide necessary facilities that would strengthen the universities in the country.
The panel of judges for the Nigeria Prize for Science said that two outstanding scientific works have won the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Ltd. (NL 100,000 dollars prize.
Prof. Barth Nnaji, a former Minister of Power and Chairperson of the Advisory Board for the prize made the announcement at a news conference in Lagos on Wednesday.
The theme of the event organised by NLNG for the 2022 edition is: “Innovations in Sustainable Food Security”.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the panel of judges for the Nigeria Prize for Science received 107 entries from scientists worldwide for the 2022 edition.
A panel of judges led by Prof. Christian Agbo, from the Department of Agriculture, University of Nigeria Nsukka reached the decision on the winning entries.
Other members on the panel were Ms Funke Opeke, the Chief Executive Officer of MainOne and Prof. Mohammed Magaji, from the Department of Agronomy, Usman Danfodiyo University, Sokoto.
Nnaji said that one of the outstanding works was on:”Gains in Grain Yield of Released Maize (Zea Mays L.
) Cultivars under Drought and Well-Watered Conditions” by Muhydideen Oyekunle and Shehu Ado. He said that the second one was on: “Development of Process Plant for Plantain Flour” by Sesan Ayodeji and Emmanuel Olatomilola.
According to him, the two groups will split the 100,000 dollars grand prize.
On the judges’ report, the chairman said that the works addressed food security which was a key component of the national agenda.
He said that the works were in line with goal two of the Sustainable Development Goals which sought sustainable solutions to end hunger in all its forms by 2030 and to achieve food security.
Nnaji further said that the choice of the judges reflected a multi-disciplinary approach relevant to the theme in focus.
He said the advisory board was particularly pleased that in evaluating the entries, the judges upheld the objectives of the prize which sought to identify and promote excellence in utilising scientific knowledge.
“Muhyideen Oyekunle, a Maize Breeder and Prof. Shehu Ado, an Agricultural Expert’s work on: “Gains in Grain Yield of Released Maize (Zea Mays L.
) Cultivars under Drought and Well Watered Conditions” provides us with a unique opportunity.
“The maize seeds they selected courtesy of a breeding programme has been tested to be high yielding and water stress tolerant.
” Prof. Sesan Ayodeji, from Federal University of Technology, Akure and his colleague, Mr Emmanuel Olatomilola’s work on “Development of Process Plant for Plantain Flour” is important for reducing spoilage of farm products and package for distribution as well as value addition for farm products, “he said.
The advisory chairman commended the NLNG board and management for instituting, sponsoring and sustaining what was arguably the biggest science prize in Africa.
In his remarks, Mr Andy Odeh, NLNG’s General Manager, External Relations and Sustainable Development said that the science prize was growing in strength as the 2022 verdict depicted.
Odeh said that the advisory board and NLNG were working behind the scenes to review the prize for bigger impact and inclusiveness for the good of society.
He said that science could provide solutions to most of the country’s challenges and urged relevant stakeholders and the public to continue to support NLNG through the Nigeria Prize for Science.
He noted that stakeholders could do this by making scientific breakthroughs the biggest enabler of development in Nigeria, adding that industry and public investors should consider the commercial value of the winning works.
The general manager commended the winners for the big feat and called on all past winners of the prize to synergise and become a think-tank that could generate and sustain the flow of ideas, innovation and scientific advice to the public and private sectors.
He further said that this would make scientific ideas and innovations beneficial to the people, thereby helping to build a better Nigeria in line with the vision of the organisation.
Odeh added that the winning works had the potential to significantly impact the country’s food security positively through stable, efficient and sufficient system of food production.
Dr Uwaoma Uche, an Associate Professor of Mass Communication, has eulogised the late British Monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, as one that gave integrity to leadership as the Head of the Commonwealth.
Uche is the Dean, College of Social and Management Sciences, Gregory University, Uturu in Abia. His reaction to the death of the 96-year-old is contained in a statement he made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Umuahia on Saturday.
He stated: “Queen Elizabeth II gave integrity to leadership and exemplified dignity in carriage and conduct of protocols of a responsible and responsive leadership.
“Her essence of diplomacy at local and international sphere was distinct and indispensable in the world political arithmetics.
” Uche further described the Queen as: “A dotted family woman and dress essence exemplified.
” Also, Prof. Ifeanyichukwu Abada of the Department of Political Science, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, said that the Queen would essentially be remembered for her role in Nigeria gaining independence on Oct. 1, 1960. Abada recalled in an interview with NAN in Abakaliki that it was during her reign that the British Parliament enacted an Act that gave the country her independence.
The former Head of Department said: “Nigerians will continue to remember her for granting the country freedom from her country (Britain) that colonised Nigeria.
“If she did not approve it, who knows what could have happened to the country.
“It was not only Nigeria that she granted independent but other African countries colonised by Britain.
” The don said that it was unfortunate that successive Nigerian political leaders “did not follow the good leadership footsteps of Britain.
“If our leaders had followed the good examples of our colonial masters in managing our human and material resources, we would not have had this level of poverty and security challenges in the country,” Abada said.
He prayed God to grant the Queen’s soul enternal rest, “having used her life on earth to render selfless service to mankind”.
Others, who also spoke glowingly about the life and legacies of the British longest serving mornarch, described her as “an instrument for global peace”.
An Abakaliki-based social critic, Mr Maxwell Udenta, described the Queen as “an ambassador of global peace”.
Udenta said that the deceased stood for peace across the world, mediated and preached for peace during many global crises and also touched lives positively.
According to him, the death of the Queen has created a vacuum.
He said that under her leadership, nations of the Commonwealth enjoyed robust bilateral relations and coordination.
Udenta said that the friendly bilateral relations between Nigeria and Britain yielded many mutual agreements, including the repatriation of some stolen wealth and monuments from Nigeria.
He also said that during her reign, many Nigerian military personnel were trained by the British Army. Another public affairs analyst in Abakaliki, Mr Micheal Eweru, said that the British economy, which has remained strong among the nations of the Commonwealth, could be ascribed to the Queen’s support and coordination.
“Hopefully, her son and successor, Charles lll, will do better,” Eweru said.
NAN reports that Charles III formally ascended to the throne on Friday at the age of 73. He succeeded his mother, who was on the throne for 70 years and died on Thursday, Sept. 8 at 96.