Kenule Beeson Saro-Wiwa Polytechnic (formerly Rivers State Polytechnic) is a tertiary learning institution in Bori City, Khana Local Government Area in Rivers State, Nigeria. It has two campuses, one for the School of Management Sciences and the other for the School of Engineering, it is approved as a state-owned polytechnic by the National Board for Technical Education.
Recently, an engineering student of the school, test-drive his assembled vehicle along with the Rector, Dr Oneniye-Ofori Georgewill.
Kennedy Ekezie-Joseph is the founder of the Calabar Youth Council for Women’s Rights; a non-governmental organization based in Nigeria that expands access to rights for women by tackling female genital mutilation, gender-based violence, domestic abuse, and promoting access to education for the girl-child.
He was honoured with a Queen’s Young Leaders Award by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth of England at the age of 20 for the work he is doing to promote women’s rights in Nigeria, also honoured by President Obama’s YAL Initiative and he is a One Young World Ambassador.
Last week, I mention that the Nigerian youths should try another strategy to solve the contemporary social problems confronting the Nigerian society since then have been asked to mention the strategy.
Take a look at the work of 21-year-old Kennedy Ekezie-Joseph in Cross River State and draw out how you can contribute to the development of the people at grassroots levels to solve the contemporary social problems confronting the Nigerian society.
Nation-building is the responsibility of every Nigerian, including me, not just the responsibility of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Before you join any protest ask yourself what have you contribute to the development of the people at grassroots levels?
The Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered the freezing of three bank accounts allegedly linked to the Lagos State government and former governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, over an alleged N9.9 billion fraud following an exparte application brought by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC).
It should be noted that, Nigerian leaders have been either utterly inept or woefully visionless or both, they are leaders with the visions and policies to transform the nation into an industrialized society, but the system is corrupt and Nigerian political leadership had grown continually in corrupt practices. If we want our leaders to transform the nation into an industrialized society, we must help them kill Nigeria’s first public enemy, CORRUPTION.
The first revolution before Nigerian youth is to eradicate corruption from the system even though we are anti-graft agency and we can’t do this by protests or agitation for change of government when it’s not election period, just one day protest the Naria went up from N358.5 to a dollar at the parallel market in Lagos to N359.
The youth must think of an approach that wouldn’t hurt the economy, at the same time that wouldn’t compromise their objectives, the approach the youth can use is to collaborate with the anti-graft agencies to fight corruption.
Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, Saturday in Abuja reacted to a video circulating on the social media by the “s,” inciting Nigerians, home and abroad, to join a planned “revolution” march against the Federal Government on August 5, with the sole aim of forcing a regime change in the country.
Adamu unequivocally said such a call “amounts to treasonable felony and acts of terrorism and will therefore not stand idly-by and watch any individual or group in the society cause anarchy in the land.”
While acknowledging the rights of Nigerians to embark on protest, the police chief noted that
“such rights should not translate to a violent and forceful change of government which clearly is the meaning of revolution.”
He added that Nigeria is a democratic republic and has well-defined processes for change of government, exercised periodically during various cycle of elections.
Adamu, in a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, warned
“the organisers, sponsors, allies, supporters, associates and sympathisers of the group ‘Global Coalition…”.
It’s high time Nigerian youths should know that protest or revolution is an outdated and ineffective strategy to bring about a political change in the country, try another strategy.
Instead of Sowore Omoyele and his party, the African Action Congress (AAC) to strengthen the activities of their party through grassroots development programs towards the 2023 General election, by that, they can contribute to the development of the people at the grassroots level, they thought of revolution.
When the Nigerian government and security forces proclaimed the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) a terrorist organisation, nobody begs them before they suspended the demonstrations.
Initially, IMN was confronted with one problem, how to free its leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky but now the group is confronted with two problems, i.e. how to free its leader and how to challenge the government’s proscription in the court even the Iranian government can’t secure the release of Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.
If the African Action Congress (AAC) should go on with its proposed revolution despite the arrest of its chairman, Sowore Omoyele, what befall IMN and IPOB might befall the African Action Congress (AAC), with that the INEC will deregister the party and that would be the end of the African Action Congress (AAC).
The statements made by Atiku Abubakar, Fela Durotoye and Obiageli “Oby” Ezekwesili regards to the arrest of Sowore Omoyele by DSS operatives are worrisome, I asked myself do these people have another country apart from Nigeria or they didn’t know the difference between a call for protest and a call for revolution because if they do, they wouldn’t condemn the arrest of Sowore Omoyele except they are being sentimental.
Meanwhile, the IGP, Mohammed Adamu, has warned that a planned revolution march organised by the Global Coalition for Security and Democracy in Nigeria is an act of treason and terrorism, if Atiku Abubakar, Fela Durotoye and Obiageli “Oby” Ezekwesili thought that to march for revolution is constitutionally guaranteed, then they should join on Monday.
Sowore Omoyele inciting self-immolations, like what helped incite the Arab Spring and some people saying Sowore‘s right to protest is constitutionally guaranteed, maybe those people should set themselves on fire, to show their support for him.
In 2018 when German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited Nigeria, she and President Buhari talk about the opportunities on how to strengthen Nigeria populations and energy was top on their agenda of what they discussed and the outcome of the discussion was the signing of Electricity Road Map agreement between the Federal Government of Nigeria and German-based Siemens on Monday.
This is a welcome development, Siemens and its consortium partners, Orascom Construction and Elsewedy Electric completed the Egypt mega project in collaboration with the Egyptian Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy last year, which add a total of 14.4 gigawatts (GW) of power generation capacity to Egypt’s national grid, enough power to supply up to 40 million people with reliable electricity, with the project, Egypt and Siemens set a new world record for execution of modern, fast-track power projects, delivering 14.4 GW of power in only 27.5 months.
The Egypt megaproject, Siemens was successfully energized six substations that will transmit electricity generated by the new power plants, also provided training to 600 Egyptian engineers and technicians, to operate and maintain the new power plants.
If all hands on deck, Siemens will success in Nigeria.
The Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) is a government-owned and operated corporation responsible for providing postal services in Nigeria. It has more than 20,000 employees and runs more than 5,000 post offices and the government want to restructure and commercialise the operations of NIPOST, which will, in turn, give Nigerians six new companies.
The reforms, which include reforming the top management of the organisation, creating commercial business units, diversifying the range of services, and rightsizing the workforce, are aimed at making the postal system self-financing in four years.
One of the six companies expected to break out from the restructuring and commercialisation of NIPOST is microfinance bank, the NIPOST microfinance banks would have structures in the 774 local governments, banking services will be extended to all the under-banked and unbanked communities across the country.
According to the World Bank, only about 40% of adult Nigerians owned bank accounts as of 2017, the proposed NIPOST microfinance is expected to reduce the number of financially excluded persons and provide those in that locality with an opportunity to take a loan of (N)50,000 to do small business and help grow their business.
The other six companies are NIPOST Property and Developing Company, a NIPOST transport and logistics company, a NIPOST e-commerce company and a NIPOST e-government services company apart from the NIPOST digital services company.
Air pollution is one of the biggest threats for the environment and affects everyone: humans, animals, crops, cities, forests, aquatic ecosystems. Here today we are going to look in deep the causes, present air pollution rate in Nigeria and the most importantly, what are the possible solutions to tackle this treat to nature caused by the inhabitants of the earth?
Let’s begins with this; Water, I mean water. Yes, it is no longer enough simply to kill the bacteria contained in a water in order to make it drinkable, since the pollution produced by man has altered the very chemical composition of the natural water supply.
In 1392King Charles VIof France published an edict that outlawed the emission of foul smelling gases in Paris.
Still on the agenda
Air pollution is caused by the presence in the atmosphere of toxic substances, mainly produced by human activities, even though sometimes it can result from natural phenomena such as volcanic eruptions, dust storms and wildfires, also depleting the air quality.
Nigeria produces more than 3 million tons of waste annually, and uncontrolled waste burning is one of the practices that contribute to deteriorating air quality. Almost every Nigerian is exposed to air pollution levels exceeding WHO guidelines and inflicting significant air pollution damage costs.
Air pollution was responsible for about a million premature deaths in Africa in 2016. Nigeria has a mortality for air pollution of 307.4 for every 100,000 people, the second worst in all of Africa. More people die from air pollution in Nigeria than in South Africa, Kenya, and Angola, combined.
Air pollution is a critical risk factor for noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) worldwide, causing about 24% of all adult deaths from heart disease, 29% from lung cancer, 25% from stroke, and 43% from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Major sources of air pollution in Nigeria include tailpipe exhaust from cars and trucks, smoke from the open burning of residential trash, diesel generators, road dust, industry, and soot from the use of biomass-fuelled cook stoves indoors.
The air pollution levels in cities such as Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Kano, and in particular Onitsha, a port city on the bank of the Niger River in southern Nigeria, is still at health-damaging level.
Onitsha recorded the world’s worst levels of PM10 (particles of less than 10 micrometers) air pollutants in 2016 with an annual mean concentration of 594 micrograms per cubic meter (μg/m3 ). This was 30 times above the World Health Organization (WHO) annual guideline of 20 μg/m3 for PM10.
Combustion of fossil fuels, like coal and oil for electricity and road transport, producing air pollutants like nitrogen and sulfur dioxide.
Emissions from industries and factories, releasing large amount of carbon monoxide, hydrocarbon, chemicals and organic compounds into the air.
Agricultural activities, due to the use of pesticides, insecticides, and fertilizers that emit harmful chemicals
Waste production, mostly because of methane generation in landfills.
Nigerian government can control Air pollution through the following ways:
1. Renewable fuel and clean energy production
The most basic solution for air pollution is to move away from fossil fuels, replacing them with alternative energies like solar, wind and geothermal.
2. Energy conservation and efficiency
Producing clean energy is crucial. But equally important is to reduce our consumption of energy by adopting responsible habits and using more efficient devices.
3. Eco-friendly transportation
Shifting to electric vehicles and hydrogen vehicles, and promoting shared mobility (i.e carpooling, and public transports) could reduce air pollution.
4. Green building
From planning to demolition, green building aims to create environmentally responsible and resource-efficient structures to reduce their carbon footprint.
In addition, monitoring air pollution levels has become very important to detect pollution peaks, better control air pollution and eventually improve air quality.
To this end, learn how to measure air quality ?
With measuring devices using laser-based technologies, chemiluminescence, flame ionization, etc. These devices are, for instance, located close to the traffic, far from the traffic and close to industrial zones. All the collected data are compiled into a value scale, called the Air Quality Index (AQI).
The Chairman, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Col. Muhammad Abdallah (retd), has disclosed that President Buhari has Approves Recruitment Of 5000 NDLEA Personel.
Abdallah made the disclosure on Friday at the Public Destruction of Drug Exhibits by Taraba Command of NDLEA in Jalingo.
He said that the gesture would go a long way in improving operations of the agency on campaign against drug addiction in Nigeria.
Increased consumption of illicit drugs among the youths in Taraba was worrisome, appealing to families to brace up to their responsibilities.
According to Abdallah, effective drug prevention must involve positive engagement of children, youths and adults with their families, schools, workplace and community.
He commended Gov. Darius Ishaku of Taraba for his support to the agency in addressing drug problems in the state.