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How to Get Nigeria Out of Poverty, Insecurity – Dr. Ndubuaku

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The National Secretary, Academic Staff Union of Research Institutions (ASURI)، Dr. Theophilus C N. Ndubuaku reiterated that the inauguration of the National Research and Innovation Council will solve a lot of our national issues especially the problems of poverty and insecurities.

Dr. Ndubuaku expressing confidence in the National Research and Innovation Council (NRIC) Bill disclosed this during a media chat with a group of journalists in Abuja on Thursday.

Dr. Ndubuaku noted that the continued neglect in research in Science and technology (S&T) by the successive government is the underlying cause of insecurity and Poverty that is threatening to dismember the nation.

Dr. NdubuaKu said that, “neglect to research since Nigeria independence has been responsible for our richly endowed nation turning to the poverty Capital of the world and degenerating to a failed State”.

“Science and technology is a tools used by many developed nation like China, India, Japan and others. At independence Nigeria was far better than those nations, but today we are backwards because of negligence in research, science and technology”.

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“The implementation of the National Policy on Science and Technology was turned down for not less than 13 times from 1966 till January 7. 2016 when President Muhammadu Buhari inaugurated the NRIC., he noted.

In a previous report by Premium Times, President Muhammad Buhari said that he is aware of the potential of science and technology, if Nigeria must take it rightful position as Giant of Africa.

During his first meeting with NRIC, PMB said “I am aware that Nigeria must accord high priority to science and technology if it must take it’s rightful place among the leading economies in the world “.

“The vision of Nigeria’s to become 20 largest economies by 2020 is to focus attention on science, technology and Innovation” .

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He maintained that, Nigeria is either second to none or maybe USA in terms of human and natural resources endowment from God, which means Nigeria should be among the richest nation’s in the world.

According to Dr. Theophilus Ndubuaku who said “establishing NRIC is the solution to the current high rate of unemployment, Mass poverty, widespread ritual killings, kidnapping and so many social menace that brings Nigeria profile to all time low in West Africa”.

The NRIC Bill is set to address numerous problem confronting research Institute like, self-funded research by researchers to keep their careers and near zero allocation to research Institutions. More so, Nigeria career researchers are the poorest cadre of public service as they use all their resources for self-training and publications of their works.

Dr. Theophilus Ndubuaku debunked the insinuation by TETfund that they are funding research Institutes as the universities research Institute is tailored only to how classroom lectures are being delivered and not towards National Developmental Research.

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Dr. Ndubuaku, urged Mr. President to give a speedy accent to the amended Bill and possibly appoint the Executive Secretary to supervise the amendment if any so that the country can move forward.

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What this Radiologists revealed about the controversial 5G Technology..

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A radiologist from University of Uyo Teaching Hospital, Dr Wilson Effiong said 5G is non-ionizing radiation, which means it lacks sufficient energy to break apart DNA and cause cellular damage, saying that 5G had more speed and capability.,’

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Effiong made this assertion as Electrical and electronic experts have called for adoption of 5G mobile technology for Nigeria not to be left out of the ongoing global technological industrialisation and development evolution.

Effiong said it was also an improvement of all other technologies , which Nigeria must adopt for growth.

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He said that 5G does not cause COVID-19 stating that, “5G is non-ionizing radiation, which means it lacks sufficient energy to break apart DNA and cause cellular damage,’’

Nigerian Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (NIEEE) made a 5G Health Symposium webinar on Saturday to clarify some myth about the 5G technology. adsbygoogle || []).push({});

Speaking on controversies around 5G and radiation from antennas, they said that 5G mobile technology was faster and safer and used less oxidation and energy, making it safer than its predecessors.

Mr Bako Wakil, Director, Technical Standards and Network Integrity, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), said Nigeria had no 5G technology at the moment and stressed the need for policy formulation towards its adoption.

Wakil said that MTN was given the opportunity to try the capability of the network in two cities in 2019 after which the 5G was “decommissioned“.

He explained that 5G was safer than its predecessors because it has far less radiation than that of 1G, 2G, 3G and 4G networks.

Wakil said that NCC was measuring exposure limits from mobile frequencies in line with global standards, to ensure safety stating that, as safe as water was for human use, its abuse could cause harm.

“In NCC we have been measuring and assessing base station radiations. All equipment coming into Nigeria are allowed after they are certified.

“Radiation coming from mobile base stations or mobile sets are not harmful. We should as a country have a policy, 5G is going to transform our people and country.

“We have been carrying out measurements of 5G radiations at NCC and it is safe. Although it is safe, it is important to adopt safety measures, even water, if not properly used can harm you.

“NCC has feedback mechanisms where we go round the country in our consumer outreach programmes as well as our town hall meetings, where we ensure stakeholders and consumers meet to address all consumer needs and complaints,’’ he said.

He said that by 2025 over a billion machines were expected to be connected globally carrying out complex operations like surgeries, self-driving cars, etc which Nigeria must key into.

While taking questions from participants, Wakil said that radiation from microwave ovens was far higher than that required by the 5G mobile network.

He noted that microwave ovens needed more than 10 times the energy frequency needed by 5G mobile technology to function, thereby making 5G much safer.

Earlier, Prince Akeem Adeyemi, Chairman House of Representative Committee on Communications, while declaring the webinar open, said that there was currently no approval for 5G in Nigeria.

Mr Uwazie Kingsley, Technical Director, Huawei Technical Support Centre, Nigeria, while making his presentation, said that 5G had the key to the fourth industrial revolution driven by efficient effective machines operations.

Kingsley said that the COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the need for working remotely, adding that 5G was the platform needed for other industries to inter-twine with telecommunication.

Citing drones as example, Kingsley said that the device was limited because it uses Wifi adding that, 5G would remove the current limitation of heights and speed to drones operations.

“5G is going to remove those limitations of height and speed, it will mean that the drones can no longer be brought down and the Police can use it for surveillance,’’ he said.

He said that Nigeria cannot afford to be left behind as researches have begun into 6G, which is expected to use holograms.

Dr Abayomi Afe, Public Health Physician, a specialist in infectious diseases, a researcher and Consultant, said that disease needed an environment, agent and a human host to enable it to thrive.

Afe who spoke on the topic, “Health and Radiation Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic“ said COVID-19 was a new pattern of the respiratory disease, which is unknown.

“The only way to know anyone who has the virus is through laboratory test which includes collection of swaps from the nose and deep down in the throat,” he said.

He said that the country was making progress in its effort to flatten the COVID-19 curve, while listing various health guidelines on curbing COVID-19 and how to stay safe.

“As at last week a new symptom was discovered in children that is why you must seek medical help for all health issues and not self-medication,” Afe said.

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2020 Budget: The Token for Federal Ministry of Science and Technology

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“Budget of Sustaining Growth and Job Creation” is the year 2020 executive budget proposal of President Mohammadu Buhari presented to joint session of the National Assembly, Abuja on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 with N10.33 trillion been the total budget. However, N10.33 trillion is estimated as the total Federal Government revenue in 2020 and comprises oil revenue N2.64 trillion, non-oil tax revenues of N1.81 trillion and other revenues of N3.7 trillion. This is 7 percent higher than the 2019 comparative estimate of N7.594 trillion inclusive of the Government Owned Enterprises. According to President Buhari “investing in critical infrastructure is a key component of our fiscal strategy under the 2020 Budget Proposals.

An aggregate sum of N2. 46 trillion (inclusive of N318.06 billion in statutory transfers) is proposed for capital projects in 2020”. Although the 2020 capital budget is N721.33 billion (or 23 percent) lower than the 2019 budget provision of N3.18 trillion, it is still higher than the actual and projected capital expenditure outturns for both the 2018 and 2019 fiscal years, respectively. However, at 24 percent of aggregate projected expenditure, the 2020 provision falls significantly short of the 30 percent target in the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) 2017-2020. Budget deficit is projected to be N2.18 trillion in 2020. This includes draw downs on project-tied loans and the related capital expenditure. This represents 1.52 percent of estimated GDP, well below the 3 percent threshold set by the Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2007, and in line with the ERGP target of 1.96 percent.

The deficit will be financed by new foreign and domestic borrowings, Privatization Proceeds, signature bonuses and draw downs on the loans secured for specific development projects. In terms of debt servicing which has become one of this administration big criticism.2020 budgets, provide the sum of N2.45 trillion for debt service. Of this amount, 71 percent is to service domestic debt which accounts for about 68 percent of the total debt. The sum of N296 billion is provided for the Sinking Fund to retire maturing bonds issued to local contractors.

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The foregoing on 2020 budget is to provide an over view of what the proposal key details entails. However, the concern of this piece is to address cogent aspect of the budget as its affect science and technology in Nigeria. The pattern of budget allocation for the science and technology sector over the last few years’ shows that the allocation to this sector, as not been encouraging, especially if we must consider how critical this sector is to the overall economy development of our nation. For instance in the appropriation bill for the year 2020 N87.35 Billion is allocated for the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology (FMST). A breakdown of this show that for capital project N37.55.billion and recurrent expenditure N49.80 billion. A review of the outgoing year 2019 budget N66, 823,303,434 in the 2019 for the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology (FMST). According to the Appropriation Bill 2019, N35, 020,953,172 is proposed for recurrent expenditure and N31, 802,350,262 for capital expenditure.

According to the 2020 budget details, Federal Ministry of Science and Technology (FMST) are among the top 12 capital and recurrent allocations in the 2020 budget. But unfortunately, it occupied the 12th position on both side. This portrayed that budget for S&T is still not a cardinal priority for us in Appropriation Bill 2020 just as it happen in 2019 budget and others before now. While we acknowledge the importance of all sectors and their relevance, we must also prioritise our development agenda as S&T remains critical. The top 12 capital allocations in 2020 budget are; Works and Housing N259.20 billion; Education N162.74billion; Power N127.67billion;TransportN123.07billion;DefenceN99.87billion;HealthN90.88;AgricultureN79.79billion;Water resourceN78.34billion;Humanitarian affairs and Disaster N54.45billion;Aviation N53.85billion;Industry,trade and investment; Science and Technology N37.55billion

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At recurrent allocations side Defence top the table with N778.59 billion as the war against boko Haram is still much around, one would not expect less for that sector. Education followed next with N490.20 billion; Police affairs N395.83billion; Health N336.32 billion; Interior N219.46 billion; Youth and Sport N168.33 billion; Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) N114.91 billion; Petroleum ResourcesN75.60billion; Foreign Affairs N67.56 billion; Office of the Secretary to the Government of the of the Federation (OSGF) N59.60billion; Agriculture & Rural Development N58.67 billion; while Science and Technology N49.80 billion occupied the 12th position.

The ministry as established has the following mandates:
*Formulation, monitoring and review of the National Policy on Science, Technology and Innovation to attain the macro-economic and social objectives of Vision 20:2020 as it relates to science and technology; *Acquisition and application of science, technology and innovation contribution to increase agricultural and livestock productivity; *Increasing energy reliance through sustainable R&D in nuclear, renewable and alternative energy sources for peaceful and development purposes; *Promotion of wealth creation through support to key industrial and manufacturing sectors; *Creation of technology infrastructure and knowledge base of facilitate its wide application for development; *Application of natural medicine resources and technologies for health sector development; *Acquisition and application of Space Science and Technology as a key driver of economic development; and *Ensuring the impact of R&D results in the Nigerian economy through the promotion of indigenous research capacity to facilitate technology transfer. With Seventeen (17) key agencies

At a time the current government planning to diversify the economy away from crude oil and seek for alternative means to leverage its growth and jobs creation target as well as revenue generation. Critical sectors like Science, Technology, Innovation and Research potentials are nonetheless real and cannot be easily written off. Unlocking this potentials as well as achieving sustainable development is also pragmatically hinged on Science, Technology, and Innovation and Research development.

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As this piece makes case for science and technology in Nigeria, it is in our opinion that for S&T, understanding the political economy and socio-economy context is off due diligence as a matter of course when it comes to budgeting for S&T, knowing the vast of opportunities that come with it. The non-transition over the years by Nigeria’s economy from traditional mono-cultural economy oil is bane her development economically. Nigeria needs a genuine transition, a change of orientation from a consuming nation to a manufacturing economy which creates jobs or bequeaths equitable wealth distribution on citizens.

While we must commend the president for early presentation of the budget to the national Assembly, also we must charge legislature to fulfill their own part to fast-tracking the debate and committee hearing from MDAs and Parastatals .As Nigerians would not entertain delayed passage of budgets that has done incalculable harm to the economy over the years. Infrastructure projects, which catalyse economic developments, suffer most with late implementation. Local investments are delayed as investors tarry to see how their businesses could be affected. This malaise cripples jobs and wealth creation.

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Ogbonnaya Onu and Mohammed Abdullahi Searching for Technology to Fix Nigeria Economy

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No doubt, at the heart of every economic development lies technology the world over. Those judicious roles played by technology that fuels economic development just like it is the lack of it resulting from poor policies that ruins the industrialization of any countries. Today, the new source of competitive advantage is technology centricity: deeply understanding how technology can boost economic development.

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Authentically, what increasingly separates winners from losers is the ability to transform opportunity into result. And has the famous English philosopher John Locke rightly said” I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thought”

We live in a real life situation where things work and must work perfectly, and as desired. push({}); It is where and when expectation and fulfilment meet. The benefit of tapping into vast quantities of technological knowledge available worldwide is not quantified.

The primacy of technology as indispensable cannot be overemphasized. Technology impacts positively on an individual’s quality of life and it’s functionality has implications on the national economy as epitomised by the facts that, all activities around us now has input of technology: business transaction, classroom teaching, examination conduct, office process automation, health and life saving equipment, election conduct, ease of communication, security of life and property and many more.

One important visible hands of technology is to leverage biotechnology to address local agricultural challenges and the focus on problems such has pests, disease, drought and low nutritional content of staple crops has impact on economic development.

Also, both in the service and manufacturing sector, technology remains imperative and an engine to drive economic development. It therefore, goes without saying that technology play a critical role in the development of individual and how the individual interacts with others in the society with a view to wealth creation and national productivity as well as overall economic development of a nation.

 Indeed, with technology, economic activities would optimally benefit domestic industry, since it will create the secondary sectors of industrial processing. This could, however in the context of the imperative of technology provide a virtuous circle of a performing economic development. Just how crucial a vibrant domestic industry is to the economy is reflected in the technology application.

A thriving technology application has a multiplier effect on agriculture, banking, medicine, transportation, health, security, electric power generation, and manufacturing and for mankind in general. It is no gain saying that technology provides incentive for a dynamic and creative economy via gainful industrialization. Technology strengthens industrial development and encourages domestic enterprise.

To move Nigeria from the periphery to the dominant centre of global industrial power, demand the swift application of technology development. We however, appreciate as well encourage Nigeria government through the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology and all the seven-teen (17) parastatals and agencies under her, the academicians, scientist, inventors, researchers, innovators and all stakeholders in the science and technology, innovation, research, development and innovation system to see beyond the horizon by pushing technology application frontiers toward, as driver of our economic development.

No other sector in Nigeria knows this fact today as much as you do. Only you do know. And have the responsibility to bring out technology-the unseen hands behind global economic development. Not only that, but to commence an advocacy that “science and technology is a task that must be done if Nigeria must come out of its present economic wood”. We see possibility of an onward economic development with growing groundswell of interest as demonstrated by the current Honourable Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu and Minister of State Science and Technology Barrister Mohammed Abdullahi as well as all stakeholders in the sector. This will spur for more scientific research and technology development. Very importantly, technology is worthwhile and it hold the key as we keep exploring it benefits to further the resolution of our economic development.

Technology remains one of the crucible pathway to shared prosperity in Nigeria for the good of all. Creating technology-driven economies will demand greater investment in smart government policy that supports technology development. Nigeria industrialization can only be successful with science and technology, innovation, research and development and this will help us to be compete favourably in the 21st century global markets and beyond.

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