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Opolo Global Innovation Set To Educate, Highlight Benefits Of The UK Innovation Tour

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In preparation for the upcoming UK Innovation tour, another edition of the research to enterprise webinar series has been organised by Opolo Global Innovation through her R&D Unit to educate and highlight the benefits of being part of the tour amongst others.

The R2E (Research to Enterprise) webinar series will feature several interesting topics on: – The DDI Programme: Creating a Globally Significant Network of Data-Centric Innovators by John Scott, Head of Delivery, Data-Driven Innovation, University of Edinburgh.

The Edinburgh Futures Institute and Innovation at the University of Edinburgh by Professor Gbenga Ibikunle.

Date: Wednesday 30 November 2022
Time: 3:30 PM (WAT)
Register to attend via bit.ly/3V07SBk

Opolo Global Innovation Set To Highlight Benefits Of The UK Innovation Tour
In 2019, the Southern Swamp Associated Gas Solutions project was commissioned, and the SPDC JV is planning to reduce associated gas flaring further through its Forcados Yokri gas-gathering project, of which large parts are set to be completed in 2022. Despite such efforts to reduce continuous flaring, unfortunately flaring intensity (the amount of gas flared for every tonne of oil and gas produced) at both SPDC- and SNEPCo-operated facilities increased in 2021 owing to short-term operational issues. Flaring from SPDC-operated facilities increased by around 5% in 2021 compared with 2020. The increase was primarily because of the extended outage of the gas compression system in SPDC’s shallow-water operations. The system was restored and became operational from January 2022. Flaring at SNEPCo-operated facilities rose by around 160% in 2021 compared with 2020. This was mainly because of an increase in flaring on the Bonga floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel. Repairs to a flex-joint on the Bonga FPSO’s gas export riser in the second quarter took longer than expected, in part because of weather conditions. While repairs were under way, the FPSO continued to produce oil and therefore flaring was necessary for safety reasons. The repairs were safely concluded in July 2021. Although flaring intensity levels rose in 2021, SPDC and SNEPCo over the last 10 years have almost halved the combined amount of hydrocarbons they flare from 1.5 million tonnes in 2012 to 0.8 million tonnes in 2021. This reduction is the result of a strict flaring reduction management process and both SPDC and SNEPCo will continue to work in close collaboration with joint-venture partners and the government to make progress towards ending routine flaring of associated gas. NIGERIA LNG EXPANSION UNDERWAY Global demand for LNG continues to grow as the world increasingly seeks reliable supplies of lowercarbon energy. Shell’s investment in Nigeria’s gas infrastructure for export is expected to help 6 This is according to a data provided by global research and consultancy business Wood Mackenzie. the country benefit further from revenues. Shell Gas B.V. and its partners took a final investment decision in 2020 on a new LNG processing unit – known as Train 7 -- at NLNG. The expansion is expected to create around 12,000 jobs for Nigerians during construction and stimulate growth of the local oil and gas service sector, with 55% of engineering and procurement of goods and services being sourced in-country. Train 7 is expected to ensure Nigeria’s continued place as a global player in a lower-carbon energy source. Once operational, Train 7 will add around 8 million tonnes per annum of capacity to the Bonny Island LNG facility, taking the total production to around 30 million tonnes per annum. In 2021, NLNG began awarding procurement and construction contracts. Early works started at the site. The first phase of the worker village is expected to be ready for occupancy in 2022 and the new material offloading facility ready for use by the end of 2022. NLNG’s Train 7 is expected to come onstream in the middle of the 2020s. KEY LICENCE RENEWED FOR DEEP-WATER SNEPCo has interests in four deep-water blocks in the Gulf of Guinea, two of which it operates. Today, nearly one-third of Nigeria’s deep-water oil and gas production comes from the Bonga and the nonoperated Erha fields.6 Since production began in 2005, Bonga alone has produced more than 950 million barrels of oil with the 2021 average oil production per day at 105,000 barrels. The Bonga FPSO vessel has a total production capacity of 225,000 barrels of oil per day and 150 standard cubic feet of gas export per day. In 2021, the availability of the FPSO vessel increased to 80% from 70% in 2020. In addition to Bonga, SNEPCo’s exploration activities have led to several significant discoveries of oil and gas over the last two decades, including the Bolia and Doro fields (Shell interest 55%). Nigeria Briefing Notes Helping to power Nigeria’s economy 13 In the right investment climate, SNEPCo believes that there are opportunities to expand. In 2021 the OML 118 (Bonga) production sharing contract was renewed and the lease extended for 20 years. Bonga North and Bonga South West Aparo (BSWA) oil fields are two such potential opportunities. Bonga North is a proposed tie-back project to the existing Bonga FPSO with Phase 1 comprising 14 wells. BSWA is a development of a new FPSO with Phase 1 comprising 23 wells. SUPPORTING RENEWABLE ENERGY STARTUPS Millions of Nigerians are excluded from the country’s power grid and Shell Companies in Nigeria have established and provided substantial funding for a not-for-profit, impact-investing company called All On. Operating as an independent company, All On works to bring reliable electricity – often from renewable energy sources -- to off-grid urban and rural customers. This support aims to build a solid pipeline of viable businesses that can create the scale required to address Nigeria’s access to energy gap. In December 2019, SPDC and SNEPCo made a significant additional 10-year financing commitment of $160 million in All On, bringing the total commitment to $200 million. By the end of 2021, All On had provided investment capital to over 40 renewable energy start-ups in its portfolio – an increase of more than 30% from 2020. One such company is Infibranches Technologies Limited, to which All On has committed $2 million, which is expected to enable the indigenous technology company to expand sales of solar home systems via its more than 13,000 agent banking partners across Nigeria. With the support of the Rockefeller Foundation, the All On Hub was established in 2020 to provide nonfinancial support and build the capabilities of off-grid energy entrepreneurs. In 2021, the hub supported 81 ventures – nearly double the 41 supported in 2020. Also in 2021, All On, Odyssey Energy Solutions and the Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet launched a $10 million equipment financing facility as part of the DART pilot programme in Nigeria. 7 Hydraulic flying leads support the delivery of hydraulic fluid and/or chemicals between subsea equipment. 8 Subsea trees are an assembly of valves and other components used to monitor and control the production of a subsea well. DART will combine demand pooling, aggregated purchasing of solar equipment, and access to affordable finance to unlock economies of scale for solar companies, achieve cost savings for end-users, and accelerate the growth of the renewable energy sector in Nigeria and beyond. DEVELOPING LOCAL CONTENT AND SKILLS Shell Companies in Nigeria contribute to the growth of Nigerian businesses that can provide technical and support services to the industry. This includes the manufacture of tools and technical kits, the operation of helicopter flights in the Niger Delta, and strategic partnerships between foreign and local companies to stimulate technology transfer and capacity development. While there are government-required programmes in some areas, such as the Nigerian and Community Content Strategy embedded in the Assa North/Ohaji South gas development project, Shell Companies in Nigeria deliberately seek to contract local businesses wherever possible. In 2021, Shell Companies in Nigeria awarded $800 million worth of contracts to Nigerian-registered companies. Of these, 92% were companies with at least 51% Nigerian ownership. SNEPCo has awarded major engineering and construction contracts to companies that are indigenous, have local staff, or possess domestic capabilities in the country. At present, the manufacture and rebuild of hydraulic flying leads7 (HFLs) is being carried out in-country by wholly indigenous companies. Pressure Controls Systems Nigeria Limited, another Nigerian company, continues to refurbish old subsea trees.8 Sometimes, a lack of access to capital hinders Nigerian companies from competing for and executing contracts effectively. Shell Companies in Nigeria have provided access to nearly $1.6 billion in loans to 901 Nigerian vendors under the Shell Contractor Support Fund since 2012. These loans help improve their tendering opportunities.

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Zulum, Sirika Boost Skills With 12,000 Copies Of Prof Pantami’s Books

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The Executive Governor of Borno State, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, and the Honourable Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, have supported efforts to boost skills in the country by obtaining 12,000 copies of a recent book on Skills Rather than Just Degrees by the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Professor Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami), who is also a Professor of Cybersecurity at the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Imo State.

It should be recalled that the book was unveiled on Thursday, 24th of November, 2022 at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja.  Mr. Brad Smith, the President of Microsoft Corporation, wrote the Foreword to the book.  Skills Rather than Just Degrees focused on the importance of skills and their potential impact in addressing the problems of unemployability, unemployment, and underemployment.  The book is a research and production work implementing the paradigm shift advocated by Professor Pantami and is in alignment with the approach being adopted in leading educational and technological countries like the United States of America, Finland, and India, among others countries.

The book was endorsed and unveiled by the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Professor Abubakar Adamu Rasheed. Professor Idris Muhammad Bugaje, Executive Secretary of the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) was one of the personalities that endorsed the book.  A number of Vice Chancellors also endorsed and reviewed the book, including Professor M.A. Abdulazeez, Vice Chancellor of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Professor Owunari Abraham Georgewill, Vice Chancellor of the University of Port-Harcourt and Prof. Sagir Adamu Abbas, Vice Chancellor of Bayero University Kano.

Zulum, Sirika Boost Skills With 12,000 Copies Of Prof Pantami's Books
Zulum, Sirika Boost Skills With 12,000 Copies Of Prof Pantami's Books

In a bid to boost skilling in Nigeria, Professor Babagana Zulum obtained 10,000 copies of the book for distribution in schools and other institutions in Borno State.  Senator Hadi Sirika also obtained 2,000 copies for distribution in institutions across the country.  Both high-profile personalities were motivated to do this after reading the book and acknowledging the high quality of the content and its capacity to inspire Nigerians to embrace skills as a catalyst for national transformation.  They also encouraged well-meaning Nigerians and institutions to follow their example. It is hoped that other stakeholders will try and circulate the book in their communities.

The Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, under Professor Pantami’s leadership, remains committed to implementing the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) in order to ensure that Nigeria’s digital economy remains a leading light and support the country becomes the talent capital of the continent and also the world.


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2022: How NITDA Nigeria Revolutionized Digital Literacy In Nigeria

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African British Set To Honour Mama Diaspora, Sophia Group, Alayo Homes Excellence Awards, Viva Properties, Others To Receive Award …ABIRO Awards 2021 Tagged; Unsung Heroes Excellence Awards, Realtors Exhibitions, and African Beauty Pageant The selected individuals and organisation’s great contributions to humanity thereby empowering thousands of people in the country is a huge success to Nigeria economic growth, this event will feature multiple Award Winning Real Estate Celebrities, PWAN Harmony Realtors; Viva Properties MD/CEO, Ms. Vivian Emmanuel; Alhaji Rotarian M.A. Jimoh Alade; Pastor Olushola Ajani; Alayo Homes among others who will be receiving excellence awards due to consistent services to humanity.The African British Group (AFBIG), led by its Chairman, Otunba (Rotarian) Ja’afaru Braimoh is on course to champion the awakening of the Unsung Heroes Excellence Awards, Realtors Exhibitions, and African Beauty Pageant in Nigeria commencing in Lagos State to celebrate and recognize outstanding Nigerians. To achieve this, the African British Group, alongside its partners has put together the maiden edition of the African British Group with the Theme; “Uniqueness in Diversity and Purposeful Leadership”. According to the organisers, the African British Awards seeks to recognize exceptional individuals who have considerably contributed, through business development and investment, to growth and development in Africa. They maintained that the selected leaders have used their positions and power to impact positive change on the continent. The event which will take place on Saturday, 4 December 2021, at Excellence Hotel Ogba in Lagos, will be attended by many dignitaries and a host of key stakeholders, industry players in the business sector. Speaking about the importance of the ceremony, African British International Group Chairman, Rotarian (Otunba) Jafaru Braimoh, said, “These men and women play a critical role in developing the Nigerian economy and, in proxy, the African economy. The challenges the business sector encountered during the pandemic have created an opportunity to drive sustainable wealth creation and economic development through policies that foster innovation and digitalisation, addressing severe societal challenges. AFBIG is strategically positioned to invite stakeholders in form of partnerships that will foster the growth and development of the Nigerian economy. The Awards Committee said, “The initiative of AFBIG is to recognize our heroes, engage key stakeholders in the business sector is a commendable step to revitalizing the economy and positioning it to attract greater global flows for sustainable economic recovery. For your real estate investment decision in Lagos & other states across Nigeria. Contact VIVA PROPERTIES for free advice consultations and inspections on affordable and genuine lands/homes. DM/Call/WhatsApp: 08173177741/07089132078. To participate in the beauty pageant contest, click here http://bit.ly/3BxXCGu to register or send Curriculum Vitae (CV) to afribritishawards@gmail.com for the African British Beauty Pageant 2021 of African British Award, Real Estate Exhibition, and Beauty Pageant Maiden Show slated for Saturday 4th of December, 2021 at Excellence Hotel, Ogba, Lagos by 12noon. Eligibility: Age limit: 18-45years Good looking Height: from 5 upward Must have two attires: One English wear, one Native wear. Ready to attend the show at the set date. Assessment would be on the WhatsApp group. Note: it’s going to be strictly by invitation. Media partners for the event include BusinessEcho Magazine (Print and digital news) http://www.businessechomagazine.com and ROTA Media News www.rotamedianews.com by ROTA MEDIA CONCEPTS. TAGS

By Rukayya Sadauki.

It is a brand-new year, and 2022 was all but a memory, and for those whose lives were transformed positively by the NITDA, the year will continue to be indelible for their lives.

Since he assumed office in 2019, Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi set eyes on transforming the digital landscape of Nigeria to demonstrate that the internet is not only a platform for social engagement and whatnot but also massive job opportunities and skills for millions of Nigeria as the country increasingly becomes more integrated into the global economy and digital infrastructure.

As part of its effort to bolster digital literacy and skills among Nigerian youth, NITDA under Malam Kashifu was able to train 67 members of the Youth and Environmental Development Association (YEDA) on digital marketing.

Journalists were not left behind as the agency managed to train over 100 journalists in 2022 on digital journalism as more and more Nigerians rely on the internet for news updates which means the internet is here to stay in Nigeria.

Kashifu Inuwa Abdullah was also instrumental in training over 300 women on digital skills in a bid to empower women to play active roles in digital content and job opportunities online which is in line with the policy priority of the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy. This giant stride recorded by Kashifu Inuwa would go down in history as one of the most realistic legacies to empower women and help them be financially independent in the long run.

210 hub managers had been mentored in 2022 alone. 300 participants of MDAs were trained in digital skills in 2022. Over 1500 junior secondary school teachers were trained in digital skills such as online schools, copy editing, online sales, and other necessary skills that are vital to economic development.

Moreover, the NITDA under Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi liaised with Kano State Government to train 53 senior executives on e-government and how to cut down the cost of governance in the state.

With 573 civil servants trained in management leadership; 6644 youths were trained in the Digital Skills transformation Programme across the country; and 1858 beneficiaries were 2022 trained in phone repairs in Nigeria.

NITDA under Kashifu Inuwa did not stop here as the agency keeps trailblazing and preparing the country for digital transition. Scholarships were offered to 652 students: 42 Ph.D. students and 610 MSCs students.

When it comes to empowerment, NITDA distributed 530 laptops and desktops to Nigerian students in 2022. 966 tools of different varieties were provided to trainees, and 485000 have been trained on NART to mention but a few.

  As a result of compliance with National Data Protection Regulation, over 75 domain names had been registered in 2022. 5764 people were trained on NDPR. 985 audits were filled, and the market value of the NDPR soared for the first time ever to 1.2 billion naira.

While these achievements did not take into account several other projects the agency under Kashifu Inuwa embarked, Nigeria is well in a better position to become a hub of digital excellence over the next few years.

With a total population of over 200 million people, training Nigerians on the proper utilization of digital content would present massive opportunities for Nigerian youths who are in a desperate search for jobs to keep their bodies and souls together.

As a result of the training, over 7500 jobs were created in 2022 with multiplier effects. Making a dent in the unemployment rate using digital literacy and skills remains the top policy priority under Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi as he keeps exploring ways and opportunities for Nigerians.

As we enter 2023, our hope is NITDA would continue to demonstrate its willingness to accelerate our digital transition and pave the way for socioeconomic growth.

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FG Priorties Transforming Nigeria Into Hub For Talent And Innovation

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The Director General, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Kashifu Inuwa, CCIE has said the Federal Government is prioritising efforts to establish Nigeria as a leading hub for talent and innovation in Africa.

Inuwa said this at the closing ceremony of five days digital literacy training for the Mainstream Rural Women Participation and Gender Techpreneurship and Provision of IT Tools for 60 participants organised by NITDA in Oyo town, Oyo state.

FG Priorties Transforming Nigeria Into Hub For Talent And Innovation

The NITDA DG, who was represented by the Ag. Director, Corporate Planning and Strategy, Dr. Aristotle Onumo urged the participants to utilise the knowledge and skills the training offered them to build a career and a new future for themselves in the digital economy space.

He described the training program as a means of “empowering the youths and stimulating the creativity in improving the studious skills of our young people so that they can play their critical roles in the digital economy space.”

“We also hope that all that you have learned today will not stop here but you will become an advocate of the digital economy programs by reaching out to your own people and teaching them what you have learned,” he added.

FG Priorties Transforming Nigeria Into Hub For Talent And Innovation
FG Priorties Transforming Nigeria Into Hub For Talent And Innovation

The Director General of NITDA emphasised the importance of creating a supportive environment to maximize the benefits of the digital economy and technology for individuals and communities, including the agency’s beneficiaries.

The facilitator of the training and Chairman, House Committee on Communications, Honourable Prince Akeem Adeniyi Adeyemi commended the efforts of the Agency and its supervisory ministry, the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy for ensuring that digital literacy is penetrating every nook and cranny of the country.

He said, “NITDA has been living to expectation by ensuring that the economy of this country is being driven not only by oil but by ICT.”

Hon. Adeyemi advised the youths to utilise this skill and knowledge the training offered them and ensure that the community also benefits from it.  

“We shall not rest on our oars until a critical mass of our youth benefitted from digital literacy,” he added.

Participants in the five days training were equipped with a laptop, internet dongle, and cash stipend for the establishment of micro-enterprises.

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