Outage threatens multi-billion naira equipment at UCH

The National President of Association of General and Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria, Dr. Ade Tade, on Thursday, urged the Federal Government to improve on power supply to specialists and teaching hospitals in the country. He said poor power supply was threatening the multi-billion naira equipment supplied by VAMED to some hospitals. Tade stated this during a facility tour of some...

De-Industrialization of Nigerian economy

FACTS have begun to emerged how the poor electricity supply in the country has led and contributed to factory closures and declining manufacturing sector in Nigeria, leading millions of job loses. In fact, in the Textile/garment as well as Chemical/Leather sectors of the economy, constant power failure in the country has either led to and was a major factor to...

Chavez launches $15 mobile phone with a name to make his mother blush

It is perhaps the world's cheapest mobile phone. It is the latest offering from Hugo Chavez's socialist revolution. And its name is derived from a slang word for penis. Behold the Vergatorio. Venezuela's president launched the handset on his TV show with a Mother's Day call to his mum and predicted it would conquer all rivals. "This telephone will be...

Shoes made for talking … to your phone

A startup is working on a product that can tell you exactly what it's like to walk a mile in someone else's shoes — because the insoles record every touch of pressure. ESoles Inc., which makes custom insoles for athletic shoes, has created prototype insoles with pressure sensors that relay their information wirelessly to a nearby cell phone. Then an...

How rail will solve problem of mass transit

Perhaps in no other African city is efficient rail system most desirable than Nigeria, the continent's most populous country, and Lagos, its economic nerve centre. With the near total collapse of the rail system built by the colonial administration, and consolidated upon by the early nationalists of the first republic, there has been a growing gap in Nigeria's transportation...

NCC to set up Cyber Security Centre – Ndukwe

Ernest Ndukwe, Executive Vice Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) assures that the Commission is in the process of establishing a Cyber Security Centre to look at the gains the country can harness from Cyberspace as well look at Cyber security which is very important in modern business transactions. Giving this assurance at the Cyber Security Conference and Exhibition in Abuja,...

Non-autonomy for NCAA denies Nigeria direct flights to US

Nigerian airlines are still very far from direct flight operations on the Nigeria-United States route in spite of resources and energy expended by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and repeated visits by American aviation officials on inspections to Lagos, BusinessDay can now reveal. Reason: The Federal Government is yet to meet the vital requirements demanded by Washington before Nigerian...

U.S. High-Speed Train Projects Get a Push

It may be old hat in Europe and Asia to rocket through the landscape on a 200-plus-mile-an-hour train. But in America, all that promoters of high-speed passenger rail service have to show for three decades of effort are dusty feasibility studies stretching from Florida to California. Yet by committing $13 billion in stimulus and budget funds to high-speed train travel...

Climate-Change Bill Will Become Law This Year, Waxman Predicts

U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman predicted that a plan to limit greenhouse gas emissions will become law by the end of the year. President Barack Obama urged lawmakers to reach agreement on a bill during a meeting today with committee Democrats, Waxman said outside the White House. “The president says he wants legislation, he wants...

Dangote partners Huawei for National Fibre Optic Network in Nigeria

Dancom Technologies (“Dancom”), a subsidiary company of Dangote Group and Huawei Technologies (“Huawei”), a leading next generation telecommunication solutions provider, have concluded an agreement for Huawei to build a national Fibre Optic Network, the first part of which will cover the Eastern region of the country. Huawei will provide an end-to-end solution for Dancom, including equipment, maintenances, managed services, and...

NDE Lists Obstacles to Self-employment

THE Yobe State coordinator of National Directorate of Employment (NDE), Alhaji Adamu Ba'aba, has identified "lack of funds" as bane of creating employment, because only 65 of 297 or 25 per cent of trained graduates in the state were equipped with tools and take-off grants. The coordinator made this known recently in an interactive session with reporters in Damaturu on...

SOLVING THE ENERGY CHALLENGE IN NIGERIA BY MALCOM FABIYI, PhD

The top item on President Yaradua's seven point agenda is the revitalization of the power sector. In fact the power and energy sector has been agenda number one on the list of Nigerian governments for as long as I can remember. Yet the failures have been colossal. Obasanjo, I recall, dispatched heavy hitters like Bola Ige, Lionel Imoke and...

SPEECH DELIVERED BY ENGR. K.A. ALl, FNSE ON THE OCCASION OF HIS INVESTITURE AS THE 26TH PRESIDENT OF THE NSE

SPEECH DELIVERED BY ENGR. K.A. ALl, FNSE ON THE OCCASION OF HIS INVESTITURE AS THE 26TH PRESIDENT OF THE NIGERIAN SOCIETY OF ENGINEERS ON THE 12TH OF JANUARY, 2008. Let me begin by giving praise to Almighty Allah SWT for His mercies. It is by His Will that we witness another smooth transition in the leadership of our esteemed Society...

Ikeja Branch celebrates VC of OAU Engr Michael Faborode

FOR four hours last week, Michael Oladimeji Faborode, a professor of Agricultural Engineering and Vice-Chancellor, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, was the cynosure of all eyes at a reception organised by engineers, under their professional group, the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Ikeja branch. At the Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Lagos venue of the event organised to celebrate their colleague...