The National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) has commenced training for geospatial data producers in states within the Northern region, urging them to ensure availability of data that would enable development.
The training is organised under the Geo-Referenced Infrasturcture and Demographic Data for Development (GRID3) project implemented through NASRDA in collaboration with other stakeholders.
GRID3 is part of a bigger global initiative programme aimed at improving access to data for decision making among the member countries.
Head, Cadastral Mapping and Urban Space Applications Division of NASRDA, Dr Matthew Adepoju disclosed this in an interview with the newsmen in Abuja.
Adepoju, also Chairman, GRID3 Project Implementation Team, said the training piloted in six states, including the FCT according to geo-political zone, began on April 6 and expected to end on April 30.
The states for the pilot training included Kaduna for North Central, Niger for North West, Bauchi for North East, Lagos for South West, Enugu for South East and Cross River for South South regions.
Adepoju said the North regional training started on April 6 and expected to end April 16, while the second phase for Sourthern region would hold from April 19 to 30.
Adepoju explained geospatial data as data or information that have explicit association with a location relative to the Earth or a technology that allows for mapping of locations.
The project chairman further disclosed that with the training, state governments are expected to share the geospatial data of resources in their states, their locations on the GRID3 portal.
“GRID3 Nigeria project aims to increase access to data for use by State government decision makers, donor agencies, non-profit organisations, private sector partners through the continuous availability of a robust and updated GRID3 geodatabase.
“It also aims to improve capacity of data managers to make data available to be integrated into planning processes for decision makers through capacity building activities across the country.
“The ultimate goal of the project is to ensure that Nigerian people, particularly the poor and vulnerable, benefit from an evidence-based resource distribution and data driven policy-making by decision makers,” he said.
He added that the project would also increase coordination in the collection and management of data in Nigeria through the GRID3 portal.
According to him, with Nigeria joining comity of space faring nations in 2003 and the launch of NigeriaSat-1 satellite, have provided opportunity for scientists to engage in research using remote sensing data.
RSPHB Hails Rotary Over Maternal Health Support
The Rivers State Primary Health Board has commended Rotary Club International District 9141 for the donation of fetal Doppler, ultrasound scanner and Incubator to Oyibo Comprehensive Health Centre.
The agency’s medical health representative for Oyibo, Dr. Victoria Ewoh, said the equipment will reduce maternal mortality and complement government effort in boosting healthcare at the grassroots.
She described rotary as a foremost charity organization poised to improve community wellbeing and healthcare delivery.
The equipment, she further assured will be utilized to touch the lives of mothers and children, noting that state government is doing all in it powers to improve on health care delivery in the communities, “ I can assure you that there will be reduction of fetal deaths with these equipments”, she added.
While unveiling the facilities, District Governor of Rotary International District 9141, Mightyman Aye Dikuro said the donation forms part of Rotary mission to advance world, understanding, goodwill, peace and improvement of health, including support for education and alleviation of poverty.
This objective he explained is imbedded in activities of the club all over the world to uplift communities and transform lives.
Aye Dikuro assured that Rotary is ready to partner government in the district which covers Rivers, Bayelsa , Delta and Edo States in reducing health challenges, as he urged the community to ensure they protect the equipment and sustain more projects.
On his part, Chairman of Committee of the clubs that embarked on the project, Timi Bubagha, said the donation was borne out of needs assessment done by the club in the area, as it discovered that that there is need for improved maternal health.
Mr. Bubagha who is the President of Rotary Club Garden City added that the clubs are poised to do more for communities, and urged the officials and community to ensure the items are put to good use.
Community leader and member of Oyibo Chiefs Council, Chief Precious Emeruka lauded Rotary for the donation, as he described it a dream come for the community.
Chief Emeruka praised the State Government for endorsing Rotary Project, and assured that the community would ensure that the items were utilized and secured.
NITDA’s N12bn Project Will Enhance Start-Up Act Implementation – FG
The Federal Government said the N12 billion project of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) would boost the implementation of the Nigerian Start-Up Act 2022 (NSA).
Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof Isa Pantami, said this at the inspection of the ongoing Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre implemented by NITDA in Abuja recently.
The projects were two buildings inter-connected, one of which would serve as the actual Digital Innovation Entrepreneurship Centre and the second as NITDA headquarters.
Pantami said it is the responsibility of government executives to ensure that any approval by FEC under their supervision is implemented according to the agreement.
“When it comes to capacity, the rooms, the offices, the training centres, all these are in alignment with what the FEC approved twice on November 11, 2020 and April 5, 2021.
“There are several ways our citizens are going to benefit. We have the NSA 2022, an Executive Bill by this administration”, he said.
Pantami added that the building would further consolidate on economic diversification, for which the sector already laid the foundation of contributing 18.44 per cent to the Gross Domestic Product of the country.
The Minister said the project was approved and projected to be completed in 36 months from the date of approval in November 2020.
Pantami also said N9.56 billion was approved on November 11, 2020, with VAT and other taxes included.
VP Wants National Innovation Ecosystem Rebranding
Vice-President of Nigeria, Yemi Osinbajo, has called for the reappraisal and rebranding of the national innovation ecosystem to drive technological and socio-economic development in the country.
Osinbajo made the call at the opening of a two-day National Innovation Workshop at the International Convention Centre, in Awka, Anambra State recently.
The workshop, tagged “Promotion of Inventors of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI)”, was organised by the Senate Committee on Science and Technology, and the Nigerian Institute of Science Laboratory Technology.
Osinbajo, who was represented by the Minister of State, Federal Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Chief Henry Ikoh, said the workshop would offer Nigeria an opportunity to reappraise and rebrand its ecosystem.
“This will be with emphasis on technology and entrepreneurship.The way to go to bridge the gap between the poor and the rich is through thinking out of the box, innovation and commercialisation of thoughts.
“Nigeria will be great again only when we begin to shift our emphasis from consumer nation to production, and we need innovation to produce”, he said.
Also speaking, Anambra State Governor, Chukwuma Soludo, said there was the need for a national policy to promote STI, saying, it is the new way of life.
“Without STI, nothing happens. In Anambra, we recognised this fact and we have been taking proactive measures to make Anambra the home of talents for STI in the country.
“We need to replicate same across the country by having a legislative framework to mainstream STI in our schools to catch them young.
“The policy will also mandate Nigerians and the Nigerian government to promote indigenous inventors and innovators by patronising them. If they innovate and invent, and nobody patronises them, their ideas will die,” he said.
In his lecture, Sen. Anyim Pius Anyim, former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, said there was an urgent need to draw attention and to prepare the country for the fourth industrial revolution.
“Human race is in transition in a dimension of technological revolution which will affect the way we live, work and relate, and so we must prepare and adjust the way we think.
“In a short while from now, talents and innovation are going to be the only dependable capital assets. As a nation, we need a legislative agenda to harness our available human resources.
“We need to groom and nurture Nigerian youths into the path of science, technology and innovation to key into the opportunities.The fourth industrial revolution will present and place our economy on a sustainable path for growth,” he said.
In her remarks, Sen. Uche Ekwunife, Chairman, Senate Committee on Science and Technology, said the workshop was to connect innovators, inventors, academia, policy makers, entrepreneurs, tech companies and students from across the country.
The programme featured demonstration sessions, prize funds to outstanding innovation and award presentation to best Nigerian inventor.
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