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Shell, Intel Task Teachers, Students On Science Education

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In order to fast-track the socio-economic and technological development of the nation, Nigeria’s flagship oil and gas exploration and production company, the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) and the world leading company in silicon innovation, technologies, products and initiatives, Intel Corporation, have challenged teachers and students in post primary schools across the country to show more interest and commitment to the teaching and learning of science-related subjects.

Both leading companies in their areas of concern, threw the bold challenge while speaking as major sponsors of the Sixth Nigerian Secondary Schools Science Fair and Quiz Competition at the Rivers State University of Science and Technology (RSUST), Nkporlu, Port Harcourt, recently.

Shell General Manager, Social Performance and Community Affairs, Mr Tony Attah, who dissected the multinational oil and gas company’s huge investments in the education sector, especially in promoting science education in the country, and the Niger Delta region in particular, said only sustained efforts at teaching, learning and understanding the core sciences would put Nigeria on the right pedestal to jump-start its development aspirations in a technology-driven age.

Represented at the two-day event by the Manager, Social Performance and Sustainable Community Development, Mr Emeka Obi, he said that it was to encourage the realization of this vision that Shell initiated programmes, more than 50 years ago, to enhance the study and acquisition of science-laden knowledge and skills at post primary and tertiary levels of education in Nigeria.

The Shell manager noted that this has resulted in the sponsorship of 2,700 new secondary school and 850 university students every year, and a total 12,000 secondary school and 2,000 undergraduate scholarships annually.

According to him, Shell is also helping to boost education in Nigeria through the provision of school blocks, furniture, libraries, laboratories, and other initiatives, in addition to the practical, hands-on Shell Intensive Training Programme (SITP) to facilitate employment for university and polytechnic graduates in the strategic oil and gas industry.

He stated that in order to speedy up the deployment and application of modern technologies and scientific modules in the development process, Shell, Intel, the Education Trust Fund (ETF) and other stakeholders have collaborated to develop a web-based science and mathematics programme to boost information and communication technology (ICT) education in secondary school in the country.

In addition, he noted that the Nigerian Secondary Schools Science Fair and Quiz Competition was a rewarding initiative of the SPDC JV, Intel, ISED and CINFORES, to elevate interest and enhance performance in science subjects in the education system, and tasked stakeholders in the sector, especially state governments, teachers and students to key into the various initiatives aimed at advancing education standard in Nigeria.

Also speaking, Corporate Affairs Manager, Intel West Africa, Mr Olubunmi Ekundare, said with the initiative, the world leading silicon technology company has continued to fulfill its major objective of ensuring that quality education, particularly in mathematics, science and engineering is moved to the fore front of the development of education, which he noted was in line with the Federal Government’s Vision 202020 goal.

Ekundare stressed that the partnership with SPDC JV and the ETF to align secondary schools curriculum through the web-based skooolnigeria and brainfriendnigeria programme templates for teaching and learning was in tandem with Intel’s global World Ahead Initiative, conceived to connect the next billion people to uncompromised technology around the world, adding that with this, “Intel seeks to empower people to live better lives and reach their full potential”.

The corporate affairs manager pledged the readiness of Intel to strengthen its partnership with stakeholders to improve the standard of teaching and learning in schools, and implored both teachers and students in secondary schools across the nation to take advantage of the initiative to broaden interest and encourage robust and excellent performance in the school system, adding that science education was key to the nation’s greatness.

In his remarks, Executive Director, ISED, Dr Jerry Orhue, recalled that from a humble beginning in 2004, the Nigerian Secondary Schools Science Fair and Quiz Competition has become a melting point for the convergence and discovery of best talents and brains in science and engineering development in Nigeria.

Dr Orhue, noted that amazing whiz kids and youthful scientists discovered from the series of exhibitions and contests across the country have turned out to be world-class inventors and innovators, and stunning the scientific world with their creativity and courage.

He charged the students to relentlessly challenge their creative abilities even in the face of daunting impossibilities in order to excel, adding that if they explore further with determination to satisfy their curiosities, they could transform to be the world best.  

 

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Solar Firm Targets 30m Nigerians By 2030

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Greenlight Planet, a global leader in solar home energy products, has delivered clean energy access to more than two million individuals in Nigeria.
On a mission to power, the lives of the underserved, Greenlight Planet began distributing its Sun King solar home energy products in the country in 2011. The company has focused on rapid innovation of its product offerings and distribution strategy ever since.
Speaking on Greenlight Planet in Nigeria, Global Business Leader,  Sun King EasyBuy, Mr DhavalRadia, said, “Over the last 7 years, we have sold more than 500,000 life-changing Sun King solar solutions in Nigeria through strategic distribution partnerships and our own pay-as-you-go distribution channel.
Customers have been quick to recognise that an investment in Sun King products pays for itself over time, with several customers experiencing dramatic improvements in household savings, increased productivity for their small businesses and additional study–time for their children.”
He added that the quality and reliability of Sun King solar home systems has helped the organisation build a loyal customer base over time. “While we are humbled by the warm acceptance of our products so far, for us this is just the beginning to reaching the 101 million individuals still living without basic access to electricity in Nigeria. To ensure that our products are affordable for even the most cash-constrained households, we launched our ‘EasyBuy’ pay-as-you-go distribution channel in early 20173 .
According to him, Sun King products enabled with EasyBuy (PAYG technology) now allow potential users with limited access to financing to pay for their Sun King products in small instalments over time. “With twenty-four flagship Sun King stores across 23 active states, and a large network of nearly 1,200 local sales agents (“Sun King Energy Officers”), the Sun King EasyBuy door-to-door sales channel is accelerating Greenlight Planet’s growth in Nigeria while also boosting employment opportunities within local communities”, he said.
He said that the organisation’s vision was to establish a world-class distribution and energy financing eco-system for the vast off-grid populations of rural Nigeria. “With our rigorous efforts and continued innovation, our goal is to power 30 million lives by 2030 in Nigeria.

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FG To Achieve 40% Switch From Fuel, Other Products

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The Federal Government is targeting to achieve a 40 per cent energy switch from the consumption of Premium Motor Spirit (petrol), Dual Purpose Kerosene (kerosene) and Automotive Gas Oil (diesel), to the use of Liquefied Petroleum Gas.
According to the government, efforts are currently intensified to promote the wider use of LPG in households, power generation, auto-gas and industrial applications.
The government disclosed this through the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources in a document obtained by our correspondent in Abuja on Friday on the achievements of the FMPR between 2016 and 2018.
Providing explanation on its LPG penetration programme, the ministry stated that the Federal Government initiated the LPG Expansion Programme in order to effectively drive the switch to LPG consumption across the country.
It said, “The LPG Penetration Framework is designed to reduce the national energy consumption of PMS, DPK, AGO by achieving a 40 per cent fuel switch to LPG in 10 years.
“The programme will also promote the wider use of LPG in households, power generation, auto-gas and industrial applications towards the attainment of five million metric tonnes domestic utilisation and creation of an estimated 500,000 job opportunities nationwide in five years.”
The FMPR noted that overall, improvements in the standard and quality of living in rural communities were also expected for the programme.
It said the LPG Penetration Programme along with the Nigeria Gas Flare Commercialisation Programme were components of Nigeria’s intended nationally designed contributions under the Paris agreement for reducing annual greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2020.
On the NGFCP, the government stated that the programme was a key component of the Nigerian Gas Policy which had the aim of reducing the environmental and social impact caused by flaring of natural gas, protect the environment, prevent waste of natural resources, and create social and economic benefits from gas flare capture.
“The design of the key programme transaction, commercial framework and documentation have been completed. When fully implemented it will improve gas supply for power generation, industrial use and LPG penetration in the economy,” the FMPR said.
In November, say that the Federal Government was targeting a revenue of $1bn annually and a total of 300,000 direct and indirect jobs from the commercialisation of flared gas.
The government said flared gas could be harnessed to stimulate economic growth, drive investments and provide jobs in oil producing communities and indeed for Nigerians through the utilisation of widely available innovative technologies.
In the NGFCP document obtained by our correspondent in Abuja, the NGFCP Programme Manager at the FMPR, Justice Derefaka, stated that the Federal Executive Council approved the NGFCP as the mechanism for implementing Nigeria’s commitment to eliminate routine gas flaring.
The government stated that the recently gazetted Flare Gas (Prevention of Waste and Pollution) Regulations 2018 was the legal basis for the implementation of the NGFCP and the payment regime (penalties) for gas flaring.
It stated that the regulation adopted the polluter pays principle, similar to a carbon tax, adding that “results of work done to trigger up to 85 projects that will utilise flared gas, generate approximately 300,000 direct and indirect jobs and annual revenue generation/Gross Domestic Product impact estimated at $1bn/annum are also highlighted.”
The NGFCP is developed by the FMPR, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Department of Petroleum Resources and the implementation team of the NGFCP comprising of adviser teams from the World Bank and USAID under the leadership of a ministerial steering committee that reports to the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources.

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EEDC To Deal With Buyers Stolen Electrical Installations

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The Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC), says it will redouble efforts to deal decisively with buyers of stolen and vandalised electrical installations in 2019.
The company’s Head of Communications, Mr Emeka Ezeh, said yesterday in Enugu that EEDC would step up its efforts in apprehending buyers of vandalised electrical installations.
According to him, it is believed that the buyers are the ones who motivate vandals to continue indulging in such nefarious act.
“If there is no one buying the items, there won’t be that motivation for the vandals to engage in this act,’’ he said.
EEDC spokesman, who recalled that two buyers were jailed in 2017, expressed the hope that after due process of the law, those apprehended in 2018 would also serve their terms in prison.
“We will not relent in this struggle and we hope that this will serve as deterrent to many others that are engaging in such criminal activities of buying stolen or vandalised EEDC property,’’ Ezeh said.
He said that it was worrisome that while EEDC had been striving to improve on its service delivery, some individuals were engaging in illegitimate activities to frustrate both the company and its customers.
“This singular act costs EEDC a lot financially, and ends up subjecting our customers to a lot of inconveniences,’’ he said.
He, however, solicited the cooperation and support of the various vigilante groups and state security agencies to apprehend and prosecute the vandals accordingly.

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