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NASENI Agrees to Work with NASRDA to Design Drones, Rockets

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National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI)  and the National Space Research & Development Agency (NASRDA) have agreed to work together for the development of Nigeria’s space resources, local content, design and fabrication of space technologies for overall socio-economic growth and development of the country.

NASENI Agrees to Work with NASRDA to Design Drones, Rockets

Olusegun Ayeoyenikan, deputy director of Information of NASENI,  in a statement, noted that the collaboration between the two agencies was made possible when Dr. Halilu Shaba,  director general of NASRDA, paid a courtesy visit to the management of NASENI led Prof. Mohammed Haruna, executive vice chairman/chief executive in Abuja .

The agreements will include NASENI assisting NASRDA in fabrication and design of drones and rockets thereby developing local capacities in those areas and also to conserve the country’s foreign exchange, stressing that such collaboration will spur local production to make the nation self reliant as most hi-tech equipment used in space technologies are imported into the country.

Explaining the reasons for the visit, Dr Shaba disclosed that “there was no better time to visit NASENI than now to congratulate the Agency on Federal Government’s approval to release the one (1) percent Federation Account funding mechanism to NASENI as contained in its establishment Law.”

He said further that the feat which was attributed to the leadership prowess of Prof. Haruna came as a major breakthrough for the entire Nigeria’s science, technology and innovation system because the singular effort would open further doors to positive actions by successive governments to make science and innovation funding a priority in Nigeria.

According to him, before this NASENI’s feat, the budgeting system of the country had never been in favour of Nigeria’s science, technology and innovation system which had made the socio-economic development efforts of the country very difficult.

While commending the rare hope which NASENI’s special fund brought to the sector, he said there was need for every well-meaning stakeholder to rally support for the Agency.

“Without investment in science and technology and innovation as a matter of priority, it will be difficult continuously to achieve economic growth and development of our country”, he said.

He stressed further that “the way out therefore is for the government to make funding of the sector a major focus and our coming to NASENI is to identify with this great feat of achieving special funding of 1 percent federation Account for NASENI which we believe signalled the beginning of good things to come for the science, technology and innovation system”.

In his response, the NASENI Chief Executive said the Agency had never engaged in any venture all alone without collaboration and synergy with others because NASENI was not established to reinvent the wheels. He said “when you collaborate, you gain more speed, make more successes, progress and that way you prevent needless duplication of efforts and waste of resources.”

The NASENI boss assured NASRDA of unbroken working collaborations, going forward, in all the areas which have been identified and many more.


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Plane Crash: APRA Commiserates with PR Society, Government and Citizens of Malawi

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African Public Relations Association (APRA) has expressed heartfelt condolences to the Public Relations Society of Malawi (PRSM, an institutional member of APRA), the government and citizens of the Republic of Malawi over the tragic plane crash that claimed the lives of the Vice President of Malawi, H.E. Dr. Saulos Chilima, and nine others on June 10, 2024.

In a condolence letter dated June 11, 2024, and addressed to Benson Linje, the President of PRSM, the continental association described the incident as a “huge loss, not only to the people of Malawi but also to the African continent.”

The letter reads: “We write to express our profound shock and sadness at the tragic plane crash that caused the death of H.E. Dr. Saulos Chilima, the Vice President of Malawi, and nine others on Monday, June 10, 2024. On behalf of the African Public Relations Association (APRA), we extend our heartfelt condolences to you, our colleagues in the Public Relations Society of Malawi, and the great people of Malawi”.

The letter also states, “As always and especially this time of national mourning, we stand in solidarity with the people of Malawi. We share in the pain and the grief at tending this huge loss, not only to the people of Malawi but to the African continent.”

“The Council and all members (institutional, corporate and individual) of APRA offer heartfelt sympathies and will continue to remember the great people of Malawi in our entreaties.”

APRA, in the letter, prayed that the cherished memories of the departed would bring strength and that the support of friends, colleagues, compatriots, other pan-Africanists and lovers around the world will help to bring PRSM and the people of Malawi comfort on the tragic incident.

APRA also prayed that the families, friends, and loved ones of the deceased find strength and be comforted over this tragedy.

“Please rest assured that, as we mourn the passing of these distinguished personalities and individuals, we also celebrate their lives and contributions to the Republic of Malawi and our dear continent. May their souls rest in peace,” the letter closes.


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Immigration Service to Unveil User-Friendly eVisa Channel

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Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) has unveiled plans, to inaugurate a more accessible e-visa application channel for short visits in line with the Nigeria Visa Policy 2020.

Immigration Service to Unveil User-Friendly eVisa Channel

Te new channel will streamline visa processes, foster foreign direct investments, and boost tourism.

DCI Kenneth Udo, the Service public relations officer, in a statement on Monday in Abuja, said the plan was announced by Kemi Nandap, comptroller general of NIS, during an address delivered at the graduation ceremony of the 12th Command Course of the Immigration Command and Staff College, in Sokoto.

The CG who was represented by George Didel, assistant comptroller general (ACG), said the new channel was designed to streamline visa processes, foster foreign direct investments (FDIs) and boost tourism.

She said: “We must embrace these reforms and implement effective internal control and monitoring mechanisms.

“This is to track the presence and activities of all foreigners in Nigeria”.

The CG reiterated her commitment towards the full implementation of the e-Border Project.

Nandap said this included installing e-gates at international airports in Lagos and Abuja and integrating the Advance Passenger Information System (API).

She said: “As well as Passenger Name Record (PNR) to enhance border control and clearance systems.

“These centres are expected to significantly improve intelligence sharing and operational coordination to enhance National Security.

Nandap emphasised the need to revitalise NIS’s Divisional Offices and called for improved participation in Security Council Meetings.

She said this would be at the State and Local Government levels, as well as other ad hoc duties, with utmost professionalism and interagency collaboration.

Nandap charged formation heads to work assiduously towards ensuring the success of the automation of Passport application processes, which was intended to reduce human interface, curtail sharp practices, and enhance efficiency.

She said the ongoing rollout of enhanced e-Passports would continue both locally and at the foreign missions until the full transition was achieved.

The CG urged all NIS formations to participate actively in the nationwide sensitisation campaign against irregular migration, especially the Smuggling of Migrants(SOM)

However, she reiterated NIS’s commitment to capacity-building for all Service cadres, stressing the importance of engaging partners and stakeholders in sustaining training and capacity-building programs.

She pledged to improve the welfare of NIS officers through timely promotions, affordable housing, and health care schemes.

Nandap urged the course participants to be agents of transformation and to uphold the highest standards of professionalism.

The highlight of the event was the award of the “Passed Command Course” (PCC), and all participants, while directing staff, received the “Dagger Merit Award (+)”, in recognition of their dedication and hard work.

 


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Layer3 Celebrates Dual Wins @ 2024 Africa’s Beacon of ICT Merit and Leadership Awards

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Layer3, IT solutions provider in Nigeria, proudly announces its triumph at the prestigious Africa’s Beacon of ICT Merit and Leadership Awards 2024.

Layer3 was honored as the “Cloud Provider of the Year” and “Enterprise Solutions Provider of the Year,” recognizing its significant contributions to the advancement of information and communications technology, particularly in the realm of cloud services.

These awards underscore layer3’s unwavering commitment to facilitating digital transformation among Nigerian organizations through the utilization of cutting-edge IT computing services and a steadfast dedication to excellent service.

These accolades highlight Layer3’s profound impact on the industry over the years, fostering growth and development in the technology landscape.

The event which featured keynote speeches and addresses by industry experts focused on AI and its relevance for the future provided a forum where the industry’s top brass was ably represented.

Layer3 was represented for receipt of the awards by Theresa Adeyinka its CSO and David Oyo Ita its Head, Strategy and Business Development.

On behalf of the organization, David Oyo Ita, extended his appreciation to the awards committee for bestowing these esteemed recognitions upon Layer3. He also conveyed heartfelt thanks to the customers who tirelessly supported Layer3 throughout the course of the year.

He also highlighted that the awards were the result of the collective efforts of the entire Layer3 team, who are unwavering in their commitment and dedication to delivering ‘peace of mind to our customers.

“We are incredibly honored to receive these awards, which reflect our commitment to excellence and innovation in the ICT industry,” said David Oyo Ita.

“These recognitions inspire us to continue pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in the cloud and enterprise spaces. We are dedicated to helping our clients navigate the digital landscape with confidence and success.”

As Layer3 continues to make significant strides in the industry, these awards serve as a testament to its unwavering commitment to innovation, customer satisfaction, and driving digital transformation across Nigeria.

Layer3 remains steadfast in its mission to provide top-notch IT solutions, empowering businesses to thrive in an ever-evolving technological landscape.


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