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Shettima Says Innovation Key to Putting Nigeria in Rightful Position on World Map

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By: Michael Mike

Vice-President Kashim Shettima has said that innovation is essential to attainment of Nigeria’s dream of becoming one of the top countries in the world, urging Nigerians to bring up innovative ideas and actions to advance the ongoing transformation agenda in the country.

Speaking at the third i-FAIR cohorts graduation ceremony of the nine-month mentorship programme for budding innovators and entrepreneurs on Thursday in Abuja, the Vice President implored Nigerians to support the Israel-Nigeria Innovation Fellowship for Aspiring Inventors and Researchers (i-FAIR) initiative to advance the transformation agenda in the country.

Shettima who was represented by the Special Adviser to the President on Economic Affairs in the Office of the Vice-President, Mr Tope Fasua, commendded the graduands for boosting the Nigerian population efforts to achieve the transformation agenda of the Federal Government.

He said: “We live in a kinetically dynamic and digital world, where we are seeing today’s reality and tomorrow’s innovation by power of technology, Artificial Intelligence (AI), machine learning, internet and others.

“We commend the Innov8Hub for what it has been doing so far amongst our youth and the innovative at heart.

“We have seen numerous innovative display, many of which have been commercialized and are having impact on Nigeria and beyond.

“We believe this is merely the beginning, I appeal to all and sundry to show maximal support to the idea behind the hub, as it is indeed transformative.

“Our very survival in a fast paced world depends on it.”

The Ambassador of Israel to Nigeria Michael Freeman, on his part, said the programme comprised twelve components spanning health, climate change, and agriculture, and embodies the spirit of innovation and resilience.

“I-FAIR was established by the Israeli embassy in collaboration with the Nigerian government; this initiative epitomizes the collaboration and innovation pivotal to the Israel-Nigeria relationship.

“President Bola Tinubu’s Renewed Hope agenda resonates deeply with the ethos of the i-FAIR programme in championing empowerment, growth, and prosperity for Nigeria.

“This is with a focus on nurturing the talents of our youth, this programme aligns seamlessly with President Tinubu’s vision of propelling Nigeria towards excellence, notably in digital economy where job creation is paramount.”

He attributed success so far achieved to invaluable partnership by the embassy with TetFund, Air Peace and Zell Innov8 and other collaborators, whose unwavering support has been instrumental in shaping the transformative journey.

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Yusuf Tuggar, represented by Ambassador Bolaji Akinremi, Director, Economic, Trade and Investment at the ministry, traced the success of the programme to the partnership between Israel and Nigeria.

Tuggar said, “This is evidence of innovation. We have no doubt this government and the administration standout as the most innovative government Nigeria ever had.

“It is pertinent to mention that the idea of I-FAIR is predicated on the need to overcome domestic challenges with innovative made in-Nigeria solutions tailored around inspiring Nigeria to become a start-up nation.”

Minister of Communication, Innovation and Digital Economy, Dr Bosun Tijani, said it was important to prioritise transformation agenda to achieve meaningful growth.

He said:We must prioritise the complete deployment of fibre active network which Nigeria must achieve in the next two-three years and we have backing of the President.

“Also, for AI, every developed country in the world is freaking out about development in AI. For the reality, they do not have the workforce to power it.

“If we do not take advantage of being part of the AI, even if it is just to provide the workforce, we are wasting time.

“In the two to three years, AI will prompt how you think and what you do. AI will prompt development,” he said.

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Governor Buni speaks on trade fairs and opportunities in Yobe

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By: Yahaya Wakili

Yobe State Governor, Hon. Mai Mala Buni CON, has revealed that trade fairs are widely believed to provide access to research findings, new technologies, and ideas towards actualizing scientific and economic advancement for industrialists and policymakers through face-to-face interactions.

He highlighted some abundant and yet untapped resources in terms of solid mineral resources, deposits of oil, vast arable land suitable for both irrigation and rain-fed agricultural activities, and the highest livestock population in the country.

Governor Mai Mala Buni disclosed this at the Yobe State Special Day at the 15th North East joint domestic trade fair held at Bauchi, the Bauchi state capital.

The governor, who was represented by his deputy, Alhaji Idi Barde Gubana, was impressed with the theme for this year’s event, “Combating security challenges and the way forward for Nigerian economic transformation.”

He pointed out that the diverse people of the state showcased their cultural heritage at the festival from all seventeen local government areas of the state.

Buni commended the Ministry of Commerce, Industry, and Tourism contingent and state officials for showcasing the cultural heritage of the state.

Governor Buni expressed gratitude and appreciation to the Bauchi state governor, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed, for hosting the event.

The North East Colliation of Chambers of Commerce Industry, Mine, and Agriculture presents an award to Governor Mai Mala Buni CON in appreciation of government support for the chamber of commerce.

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By: Mamman Mohammed

The Executive Governor of Yobe State, Hon. Mai Mala Buni CON, today, assured the State University of additional funding from the state and local governments to meet the realities of the current economic challenges.

He gave the assurance when the governing council of the university paid him a courtesy visit at the Government House, Damaturu.

The governor said his government is mindful of the economic challenges facing all sectors of society, and the university is no exception.

He expressed the readiness of his administration to provide the university with more resources to continue with the pursuance of academic excellence.

“The future of the state and our people rely on the university to produce the manpower needed for good governance and quality services to the state.”

He charged the governing council to reach out to agencies like the Tetfund and development partners to source for more funds.

“Other tertiary institutions are benefitting from these agencies. You should also take this advantage and scout for additional funds for the university,” he advised.

The governor noted that the northeast states are working to establish 10 megawatts solar power electricity project to improve power supply in the region.

“We are also working on the North East Development Commission to consider another 10 megawatts solar power project to further improve power supply in the sub-region,” he added.

Gov. Buni expressed optimism that the two projects, when completed, would stabilise electricity supply in the Northeast region.

Meanwhile, the state government is converting 170 boreholes connected to the national grid to hybrid solar powered supply, with 10 boreholes in each of the 17 local government areas.

Earlier, the Chairman of the council, Barrister Ahmed Mustapha Goniri, said the funds allocated to the university have become unrealistic with the increasing rate of inflation.

Goniri said more funds are needed to meet the basic and other requirements of the university.

“More funding is required to meet the needs of the University for it to excell as a Centre of academic excellence” the council chairman said.

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I am Primed to Rule Botswana -Butale

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I am Primed to Rule Botswana -Butale

By: Michael Mike

The presidential candidate of Botswana Republican Party, Biggie Butale has given reasons why he is contesting for presidency.

Botswana is expected to go to the polls in October. According to the Africa Centre for Strategic Studies, Botswana is long regarded as one of Africa’s most stable and enduring multiparty democracies.

The current president, Mokgweitsi Masisi of the Botswana ruling party Democratic Party, was elected April 2018 and he will be standing for re-election .

But Butale believes he can upstage him at the polls, insisting he was primed to take-over from president Masisi to end what he termed hereditary tendency in the country.

He promised that his presidency will improve the welfare of his people by diversifying the economy to attract more investments into the economy.

The Botswana Republican Party presidential candidate in the coming election who spoke to journalists in Abuja called for democratic reforms in his home country.

He said: “For a democracy to be true, there should be a rotation of government because if you have one-party rule for 60 years, one would wonder if it is a mature democracy.

“But I believe that Batswana are in a position to change that and solidify our democratic culture.”

Butale also stressed the importance of unity across the continent.

He said the whole of Africa is waiting for Nigeria to wake up to its responsibility as the country holds the key to Africa prosperity.

According to him, “I am here in Nigeria; not only am I aspiring to be the President of Botswana but I am also a pan-Africanist. I believe that if we all hold hands together and walk together, we will all go far.

“I believe that Nigeria holds the key to Africa’s prosperity because it has a critical mass of educated citizens,” he said.

He therefore challenged Nigeria to awaken its vast potential to lead Africa into a prosperous future.

Butale explained, “Nigeria is a sleeping giant and until the potentials of the critical mass are harnessed and utilised, it is a sleeping giant and Africa will also sleep along with Nigeria. I believe it takes one person to wake up a sleeping giant.

“For Nigeria to rise, it needs one person and I am coming with this seed to plant it. We need Nigeria to be a modern seed,” he added.

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