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Arrangements have been concluded by the Senator representing Cross River Central Senatorial District at the National Assembly, Senator John Owan Enoh, to train 66 youths who will be drawn from 66 wards in the 6 local governments of the central senatorial district of the state.
Beneficiaries of the programme will be trained in the area of web-design, internet fundamentals, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) so that they would become self reliant.
Owan disclosed this while addressing youths at the 3rd edition of the Leadership/Empowerment and Capacity Building programme organized by the National Assembly lawmaker to motivate youths of his constituent become self reliant.
The lawmaker maintained that the world was fast becoming a global village whereby somebody can seat in his bedroom and do business across international boundaries via the internet network without coming in close contact with the other person who is patronizing his business and urged youths in the area to make themselves available for the training so as not to be left behind.
He said that nowadays people no longer make money in a primordial way but via the internet and urged the youths to key into the programme so that they can connect themselves with their counterpart in Nigeria and across the shores of the country.
The lawmaker stated that he is aware of many Nigerians who had gotten their breakthrough in different areas of human endeavour via the face book, twitter, whatsaap platform and several other social media networks without coming in contact with those patronizing their businesses or aided them to achieve such strides.
He charged youths to key into the programme so as to acquaint themselves with the going-on in the society so as not to be left behind adding that a time has come whereby several businesses are being done via the internet.
The lawmaker explained that people who refused to upgrade their knowledge of the internet will be pushed out of business because they weren’t internet base and urged youths of his constituency to get armed themselves with the knowledge of the internet so as not to be seen as a social misfit.
Owan, an immediate past Chairman, Finance and Appropriation Committee in the House of Representatives stated that 66 youths would be picked from the 66 wards in the six local government areas that make up the central senatorial district of Cross River State to commence training in the area of web design and others to enable them make money via the internet.
The lawmaker, who spoke on the theme, ‘Cross River Central Youths Tapping into the Wealth of the Internet for self employment,’ said that knowledge acquired at the end of the training programme will help youths build capacity in the area  of Information and Communication Technology ICT.
He said that when such skill is been acquired by the youths, beneficiaries of such programme can on their own make money via the internet rather than lurking around to seek for monetary assistance.
The National Assembly lawmaker urged the delegates at the conference to be good  ambassadors of the senatorial district.
He stated that beneficiaries of the ICT programme would go home with a customized laptop to enable them kick-start their small scale enterprise in the ICT sub-sector.
The lawmaker appealed to the beneficiaries not to sell the laptops adding that a time has come when youths of the central senatorial district needed to take their destinies into their hands.

 

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Virtual Learning, Setback To Accommodation Investments –Report

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Advent of the 6th Generation Network (6G) technology would hamper accommodation investments globally, especially the student accommodation, a report of new Estate Intel has indicated.
The report, titled, “The next frontiers of growth in African real estate, 6G, and alternative asset classes”, noted that the advent of 6G by the end of this decade would spur more schools to migrate from physical classrooms to virtual learning, which would have adverse impact on student accommodation investments.
“If we look at student accommodation in developed countries, such as the United Kingdom, or the United States of America, we would see great developments in the last 30 years.
“But today, the world is different and tomorrow would even be far more different. With the advent of 6G by the end of this decade, holograms will become a reality.
“And, therefore, teaching mode will be very different from the one we know today, where we will move from a physical mode to a virtual mode. This will have an impact on student accommodation.
“We all know in key markets such as Nairobi, Lagos, Abidjan, Senegal, among others, there are growing numbers of students locally and regionally as these cities are hubs in their respective regions.
“But then, the question I have is what will be the future of student accommodation with education being done in the Metaverse”, the report stated.
It further claimed that environment, social and governance, 6G, and alternative asset classes were the next growth frontier for commercial real estate globally, adding that Africanising the 6G agenda was very essential.
Speaking on office spaces in the future, the Estate Intel asserted that gone are the days when massive office spaces were needed, describing that this can be seen happening internationally, where remote work wiped US$450bn (the size of Nigeria’s GDP)off office real estate.
“We in African cities should pre-empt so that we don’t create an oversupply of offices. Again, it will be stress that the advent of 6G in a short while, will radically change the way we work”, the report urges.

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Firm Calls For Partnership With FG On Bridge In Real Estate 

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A Nigerian Tech Firm, PX PropertyHub, has called for partnership with the Federal Government in order to showcase its efforts to bridge the gap in the real estate sector.
The General Manager, Operations/Legal of the company, Barr. Nonye Nwabueze, made the remark during the official unveiling of the firm’s innovative online real estate platform in  Abuja, recently.
Nwabueze said there was a need for collaboration with the Federal Government to help Nigerians build long lasting wealth through Real Estate, leveraging on technology and experience.
“The Federal Ministry of Works and Housing is doing so much in this regard, trying to create several mortgage financing activities.
“We are calling for partnership to showcase what the Federal Government is equally doing in the sector to provide affordable housing for Nigerians and checkmate the activities of fraudsters in the sector”, she said.
She noted that the new technological-driven option by PX PropertyHub stands out, saying that it was  a massive and fast-growing digital platform.
“The platform showcases available property to everyone resident in and anywhere in the world. It is a global platform and we are not stopping at this.
“We also have what we call ‘PX Stay’, where we equally showcase hotel owners, apartments, car rentals and others. Jt is actually a listing platform for anyone who wants to buy, sell or rent genuine properties,” she said.
Chief Charles Ndudim, a beneficiary of the platform, said the issue of housing must be treated as a fundamental basic right of every citizen in the country.
He said the Federal Government and the corporate world must collaborate to deal with the issues and challenges in the real estate sector just as is being done in other climes.
“In other developing countries such as Nigeria, to deal with the issue of housing, we have to see it as a fundamental human basic right of every Nigerian.
“Every man under the sun needs a roof over his head, but there are economic implications and challenges in the sector as not everybody can afford it.
“However, what other developing countries have done is to find ways of creating intervention programmes for the poor people, especially in the rural areas”, he said.
“So, government and the corporate world must come together and collaborate in such a way as what PX PropertyHub is doing to aggregate all these houses and make them visible to meet the needs of all Nigerians.
“I, therefore, encourage everyone to take advantage of this revolutionary platform that is making life easier like Amazon and the likes,” he said.
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the firm, Chuka Okafor, said he is a young entrepreneur who saw a gap in the real estate sector and decided to proffer solutions to the issues and challenges in the sector.

He stressed the need for investors to take advantage of the hassle-free and convenient platform to rent and purchase their house dreams.
Okafor said the platform can also connect holiday makers with preferred hotel and any tourist destination.
“PX PropertyHub is a modern Real Estate Platform, connecting buyers, sellers and owners with the industry’s top professionals through technology that empowers you by making all things Real Estate simple, intelligent and seamless.
“We have built our Real Estate Hub to serve as a platform that streamlines the tedious process of selling, buying, renting, managing, and financing property”, he said.

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Delta Poly Invents Smart Campus, Solicits For Funds

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Delta State Polytechnic, Ogwashi-Uku (DSPG), has developed a prototype of a “Smart Campus” expected to operate with technological systems, regulate movement and ensure digitisation.
The Rector of the institution, Prof. Emmanel Achuenu,  while elaborating on how the smart campus works, said the institution was technologically-driven with research results and development in Abuja during the week.
Using their campus as a case study, Achuenu said they deployed solar energy to power the model campus.
“We decided to deploy solar energy in increasing the provision of energy to a model campus like this. In our campus, we have a solar laboratory where students are supposed to be trained on how solar functions and the installation, but we have gone ahead to run an institution like this with solar generators”, he said.
Achuenu added that they also tried to put a security system in place to monitor movement within the campus using smart Identity cards configured for each student and staff at the entry point of the institution.
“For you to be able to secure this system, every student and staff in the environment is supposed to have a smart ID card we configured according to the need.
“To enter the gate, all you need to do is swipe your card in the smart system provided there and you gain access”, he said.
He, however, solicited funding from agencies of the government to support the institution to be able to move all their ideas and technologies beyond prototype.
”We are asking for any funding agency to come to our support so that we can mass produce the majority of what we have here. If we can have our automatic detectors in every environment, it will help check on our security challenges”, he said.
The Tide’s Source recalled that DSPG participated at the just-concluded Science, Technology and Innovation expo and had other products on display.
The other products included: Juice extractor, peanut coating machine, ice block making machine, automatic hand washing machine, ventilator and melon shelling machine.

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