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Umahi Charges Engineers, Investors On Harnessing Resources

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Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi,  has challenged engineers and investors to harness abundant human and material resources to achieve the needed Industrial revolution in the country.
He gave the challenge at Adada House Nsukka, weekend, at the 18th Herbert Macaulay memorial lecture.
The lecture, entitled “Potentials prospects, and drawbacks of steel and petroleum industries development in Nigeria”, was organised by the Faculty of Engineering, University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN).
The Tide’s source reports that the venue of the event was moved outside UNN  to Nsukka town because of the ongoing nationwide warning strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
The Governor, who was represented by his deputy, Mr Eric Igwe, said the theme of the lecture was apt as steel and petroleum resources were very vital for the development of any nation’s economy.
“Development of infrastructure in any nation without these two resources remain an uphill task.
“Our nation is abundantly endowed with steel and petroleum but we have not developed capacity to harness them to serve our nation population,” he said.
Umahi urged engineers in universities to find out what prevented the country from full and proper exploiting of these key resources to national development.
“No country has ever developed by just selling raw materials without refining them to finished products.
“Refining of these products, more value is addressed, jobs created, bye-products developed to new products,” he said.
He expressed appreciation to the faculty of engineering for the recognition and honour given to him to chair the 18th Herbert Macaulay memorial lecture.
Speaking on theme of the lecture, Governor Abdullahi Sule of  Nasarawa State said contributions of late Macaulay to engineering profession  in the country, being the first engineer were numerous.
According to him,  Macaulay who was the first licensed engineer in the country in 1893, contributed immensely through research, training as well as practicing of the profession.
”Macaulay trained and practiced as engineer, architect and surveyor in those days when there was little distinction between these disciplines.
“There is no doubt that this training equipped him for his pioneering role as nationalist in the fight for Nigeria political emancipation.
“Macaulay’s legacies should serve as an inspiration to all engineers in the country,” he said.
Sule, who was represented by his Deputy Governor, Dr Emmanuel Akabe, said that engineers in Nigerian universities should go into a serious research on how the country could drive maximum benefits from steel and petroleum resources.
“Engineers in tertiary institutions especially those in UNN as the foremost university in the country, should  lead others  to advise government properly on the best way to solve the problems in steel and petroleum industries.
“This is important as no government will reject professional
advice from the ivory tower,” he said.
The Governor noted that getting the problem of steel and petroleum industries solved would help boost the economy as well as reduce the number of unemployed youths in the country.
He expressed his gratitude to the faculty of engineering for finding him worthy to come and deliver the all-important Herbert Macaulay memorial lecture.
In his remark, Prof Emeka Obe, Dean, Faculty of Engineering, UNN said that in 1978, the faculty Board of Engineering, recognizing the pivotal role played by the person recognized as the founder of Nigeria nationalism, Herbert Macaulay towards Nigeria independent resolved to establish a biennial lecture in his honour.
“The theme for this 18th lecture is important because steels and petroleum are drivers of modern economy, thus they are very strategic for Nigerian’s industrial development.,” he said.
The Dean, however appealed for help to enable the faculty to have a 1000 capacity lecture theater, new and separate building for seven departments, among others.
Earlier, Prof Charles Igwe, the Vice-chancellor of UNN, said that the university had always recognized the great contributions of Macaulay in engineering as well as Nigeria in general.
“Engineers, surveyors architects and other professionals should learn from the professional lifestyle of Macaulay and make every effort to leave good footprints on the sand of time,’ he said.
The VC, represented by UNN’s Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic, Prof Johnson Urama, expressed optimism that the 18th lecture would provide solutions to many challenges facing steel and petroleum industries in the country.

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Commission Raises Alarm On New Hackers’ Tricks

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has alerted telecom consumers and members of the public on an ongoing cyber-vulnerability which allows a nearby hacker to unlock vehicles, start their engines wirelessly and make away with them.
The NCC’s Director of Public Affairs (DPA), Dr Ikechukwu Adinde, made this known in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.
Adinde quoted the latest advisory released by the Computer Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT) established by the NCC.
“The fact that car remotes were categorised as short-range devices that make use of Radio Frequency (RF) to lock and unlock cars informed the need to alert Nigerians on this emergent danger.
“The vulnerability is a Man-in-the-Middle (MitM) attack or, more specifically, a replay attack in which an attacker intercepts the RF signals normally sent from a remote key fob to the car.
“It manipulates these signals and re-sends them/ later/ to/ unlock the car at will.With this latest type of cyber-attack, it is also possible to manipulate the captured commands and re-transmit them to achieve a different outcome altogether”, the statement revealed.
It explained further that “Multiple researchers disclosed a vulnerability, which is said to be used by a nearby/ attacker to unlock/ some Honda and Acura car models and start their engines wirelessly.
“The attack”, it continued, “consists of a threat actor capturing the RF signals sent from your key fob to the car/ and resending these signals to take control of your car’s remote keyless entry system”.
The DPA, however, said the NCC-CSIRT, in the advisory had offered some precautionary measures or solutions that could be adopted by car owners to prevent falling victim.
According to the cyber-alert unit of the Commission, when affected, the only mitigation was to reset ones  key fob at the dealer’s.
“Besides, the affected car manufacturer may provide a security mechanism that will generate fresh codes for each authentication request, this makes it difficult for an attacker to ‘replay’ the codes thereafter.
“Additionally, vulnerable car users should store their key fobs in signal-blocking/ ’Faraday pouches’ when not in use”, the statement added.
Adinde advised car owners in these categories to choose Passive Keyless Entry (PKE) as opposed to Remote Keyless Entry (RKE), which would make it harder for an attacker to read the signal due to the fact that criminals would need to be at close range to carry out their nefarious acts.
He explained that the PKE is an automotive security system that operates automatically when the user is in proximity to the vehicle, unlocking the door on approach or when the door handle is pulled.
He also said that the user locks it when walking away or touches the car on exit.
He added that the RKE system, on the other hand, represents the standard solution for conveniently locking and unlocking a vehicle’s doors and luggage compartment by remote control.
In a related advisory, he said the NCC, based on another detection by CSIRT, wishes to inform the public about the resurgence of Joker Trojan-Infected Android Apps on Google Play Store.

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Agency’s  Head Makes  Case For Biosafety Law

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Director-General of National Biotechnology Development Agency(NABDA), Prof. Abdullahi Mustapha, has said that successful operations of biosafety laws in Nigeria will bring significant benefits to farmers and aid rapid economic transformations.
Mustapha said this at the Modern Biotechnology and Biosafety Regulation Sensitisation Workshop organised for NABDA’s Board Members by Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology (OFAB), Nigeria Chapter in Abuja recently.
“Successful operations of biosafety laws in the country ensures that Nigeria’s well over 70 million farmers will keep reaping continuously, the significant benefits of agricultural biotechnology.
“This is similar to economic transformations currently experienced in Argentina, Brazil, India, Sudan, Togo, Ethiopia and South Africa that have all adopted this modern approach to boost their food and cash crop production,’’ he said.
The Director-General stated that by having a National Biosafety Management Agency in place to ensure safe and responsible practice of the technology, the country would have commenced a silent revolution towards attaining laudable goals.
Mustapha listed these goals to include, transforming agriculture from subsistence to commercial and business levels.
He said farmers all over the world were witnessing improved yield, which also means improved access to food, not only for their families, but also  producing excess for export.
“It should be noted that the adoption of higher yielding biotech crops by farmers across the world will continue to deliver substantial agronomic, environmental, economic, health and social benefits to farmers and society at large,” he said.
He said another goal is to address food security challenges of growing population by not only making food available in sufficient quantity, but in quality, to meet dietary needs for active and healthy lifestyle.
Mustapha also mentioned empowering agricultural research institutes to continue with their work on biotech crops and ultimately commercialise the positive outcome of their research findings for farmers’ benefit.
He further said another goal was consolidating the diversification of economy from oil revenue to a more sustainable revenue generation from massive food/cash crop activities supported by modern agricultural biotechnology.
“The importance of this to a country like Nigeria known as a non-importer of major food items, moving from that to becoming an exporter nation of agricultural produce cannot be overemphasised,” he said.
The NABDA boss said the workshop was to empower and provide an update on the recent developments in the agricultural and biosafety regulation sectors and across the country at large.
“Our expectation is that as stakeholders in this sector, you will join us in the campaign for the enhancement of food security, climate change mitigation, nutritional enhancement, and flattening the curve of Covid-19”, he said.

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HP Boosts Data Scientists’ Productivity With Mobile Work Stations

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An American multinational IT company, HP Inc., has unveiled new ZBook mobile workstations, the HP ZBook Studio G9, HP ZBook Fury G9, and Thunderbolt G4 Dock to help boost productivity for data scientists.
The Global Head, Advanced Compute and Solutions, HP Inc., Jim Nottingham,   in a statement, said professionals needed  power to  create with speed and fluidity, no matter where they were.
He said today’s Z by HP announcement, blends cutting-edge technology with the versatility of a combined ecosystem to make every creative idea a reality.
Nottingham said: “Creative professionals want personalised hardware and software experiences that provide them the freedom to pursue their passions and create without their technology or location holding them back.
He said the new ZBook Fury G9 and ZBook Studio G9 would help media and entertainment artistes, product development professionals and data scientists tackle multiple heavy workflows.
“Powered by a desktop-class Intel® 55-watt CPU and up to a professional-grade NVIDIA RTX™ A5500 Laptop GPU or AMD Radeon™ Pro GPUs, the ZBook Fury is so powerful that it makes creators and technical professionals forget it is a laptop.
“They deliver performance, stabilisation and optimisation for the most popular creative applications”, he said.
Nottingham continued that the HP Thunderbolt G4 Dock on the hand seamlessly connects the entire Z ecosystem, boosting security, productivity and connectivity, which allows users to take control of their desks and reduce cables.
He said 66 per cent of employees report that they preferred to use a dock at home.
“The HP Thunderbolt G4 Dock brings up to 280 Watts of power and has the ability to fully charge any laptop or mobile workstation with superfast Thunderbolt 4 technology,” he said.

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