Nasarawa State carted home four (4) Awards of Titans of Technology
His Excellency Engr. Abdullahi A.Sule has given the Nasarawa State ICT Bureau a pat on the back for their hard work which has lifted ICT usage in the state , leading to many developmental achievements.
The Governor disclosed this as he received the Management and staff of the Bureau for Information and Communication Technology (BICT) who were at the Government House to present the State ICT Policy to the Gov. Sule, as well as present the third edition of ICT achievements, the Bureau Score Card and the awards of Most Innovative State of the Year and ICT Innovation Governor of the Year 2022 which were received at the Titian’s of Technology Awards recently.
Appreciating the effort of the Director General of Bureau for Information and Communication Technology and the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on ICT, Governor Abdullahi Sule said the growth of ICT in the state was made possible because of their effort and other staff of the organisation.
Urging them to sustain the tempo, the Governor said the need for ICT compliance in all government institutions is imperative, saying the new ICT policy that have been drafted by the bureau is apt.
Leading Management and staff of the Nasarawa State Bureau for Information Communications Technology, the Director General, Shehu Ibrahim said the Governor has blazed the trail in the area of ICT, saying his efforts has given a leeway for the growth of ICT, hence the awards of the most innovative state of the year.
He appreciated the confidence the Governor had put on them, which had made them succeed, assuring that the best was yet to come from the Nasarawa State ICT team.
Nasarawa State recieving ‘Most Innovative State of the Year’ presented by Former Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Communications Commission Engr. Ernest C. A. Ndukwe (2000 – 2010) to the Nasarawa State Director General and Senior Special Assistant to the Governor at the 2022 Titans of Technology Awards.,
Nasarawa State wins Most Innovative State of the Year, His Excellency Engr. Abdullahi A. Sule wins ICTInnovation Governor of the Year,, Director General BiCT Shehu Ibrahim wins Outstanding Promoter of Digital Economy and Senior Special Assistant to Governor , Haruna Sani Sani wins ‘Excellence in Innovative Service Delivery ‘ at the Titans of Technology Awards
Titans of Technology Awards now in its 18th year was established as a platform to celebrate Hi-tech most important movers and shakers; pioneers, Innovators, men, women, organisations and institutions who blazed the trail and used ICT to improve the way of life in our society. It is a recognition of overall excellence, of unflinching commitment and a lifetime of efforts in the service of ICT and humanity.
Titans of Technology Awards popularly known as Nigeria Tech Industry Grammy was established as a platform to celebrate Hi-tech achievements hosted by ace ICT journalist Don Pedro Aganbi, one of Nigeria’s top celebrated information communication technology (ICT) broadcast journalist
Two separate private companies based in the United States and India, GGRL Agro Limited & Prasad Remington, have agreed to set up a 30 hectares pilot hybrid seed production and processing plant in Doma, headquarters of Doma Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.
Representative of the companies and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), US-based Prasad Remington Seed Company, Dr. Dileepkumar Guntuku, disclosed this while on a courtesy visit at the Government House, on Friday.
While emphasizing on the significance of quality seeds on food production, Guntuku said the goals of the companies he is representing, is the breach the deficit in terms of production capacities of smallholder farmers in Africa, which remains at 1.5 tonnes per hectare, unlike the 10.5 hectares in the US.
Guntuku, who barely returned from inspecting the project site along the Doma Dam, couldn’t hide his excitement with the potentials of business opportunities in the state.
He said his companies are willing to contribute not only to the Nigerian economy but also help towards addressing global food security by ensuring that farmers have access to quality seeds that will enhance production.
He explained that this has become more imperative with prediction that by 2050, the population of the world is expected to reach 9.5bn which will put more pressure on food.
Gutunku pointed out that quality seeds are essential elements if the world will meet the rising food demand.
He said the two companies are together moving into Africa, particularly Nigeria, Ghana and Rwanda, with Nasarawa State chosen for its pilot project.
“Both the companies are into seed manufacturing and the processing industry. We produce the seeds and after post harvesting, we make the investment to set up the large factory,” he said.
He said they were at the Government House to sought for the support and cooperation of the Governor.
Responding, Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, thanked the companies for choosing the state to do their business, stressing that agriculture is a top priority to the people of the state.
Engineer Sule said his administration is always on ground to advise potential investors on areas that will be of maximum benefits to both the investor and the state.
According to the Governor, even though Nasarawa State is not among the top maize producers in the country, the idea of setting up the maize seeds plant will push the state to compete with the major producers like Kaduna State.
He used the opportunity of the highlight on the comparative advantage of the state in the area of agriculture, adding that currently, Nasarawa State is number in the country when it comes to sesame production, second in terms of yam and fifth in rice production.
“Nasarawa is doing well in agriculture at the moment. And one of the things that has gone well for us, we thank the almighty God and all our other stakeholders is the fact that there is ensuing security,” he stated.
He expressed the determination of his administration to reposition the state to take a leading stage in the area of food and crops production in the country.
“Any time I am looking at the numbers and I am not sure Nasarawa State is not one of the best five, I just jump into some other things. We are an agricultural state. We should be able to afford the top five everywhere we are. And that’s the way it is,” he said.
Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, has inaugurated the state steering committee for the Agro-Climatic Resilience in Semi-Arid Landscapes (ACReSAL), which will replace the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP).
Engineer Sule inaugurated the committee at a ceremony at the Government House, on Friday.
According to the Governor, ACReSAL is even bigger than NEWMAP, encompassing not only issues of erosion, but also agriculture and combating desert encroachment, which he noted, makes it imperative for Nasarawa State to key into the programme.
He explained that a lot of money running into billions of naira are being sunk into such intervention programmes by the Federal Government and World Bank, adding that Nasarawa State must not be left behind, with a view to taking advantage of the programme.
The Governor said his administration appreciated both the Federal Government and the World Bank, whose intervention under NEWMAP, saw to the construction of rainstorm drainage from the Emir’s Palace, through the Rice Mill area, which has so far, addressed the perennial problem associated with floodings.
“By the grace of God, the last rains that we had, we did not witness the usual problems associated with floodings in that area. Instead, we now have a different area around the Musa Ilu Road,” he said.
Engineer Sule expressed confidence that the committee members, under the Chairmanship of Hon. Yakubu Kwanta, Commissioner for Environment, will be able to achieved its stated objectives.
“I feel highly excited that we should be able to achieve the goals that we set for. I have no doubt that the competences that we put together amongst you, being the most relevant persons as far as ACReSAL is concerned, I have no doubt whatsoever that you will be able to deliver,” he stated.
Other members of the committee are, Hon Nuhu Oshafu, Commissioner Agriculture and Natural Resources, Co-Chairman. Alhaji Aliyu Abdullahi Agwai, permanent secretary, Aluzi Emmanuel Mamman, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Hajiya Hauwa Ogah, Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Women Affairs, Paul Azegi, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works, Transport and Housing, as well as Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources, while Elias Napoleon, Project Coordinator will serve as secretary.
The development objective of the ACReSAL Project for Nigeria is to increase the implementation of sustainable landscape management practices in targeted watersheds in northern Nigeria and strengthen Nigeria’s long-term enabling environment for integrated climate-resilient landscape management.
The project comprises of four components. The first component, dryland management will implement integrated watershed management planning and addresses challenges of large-scale watershed degradation in northern Nigeria. It consists of following sub-components: (i) strategic watershed planning; (ii) landscape investments; and (iii) special ecosystems.
The second component is community climate resilience. It consists of following sub-components: (i) community strengthening; and (ii) community investments.
The third component, institutional strengthening and project management includes investments to improve the enabling institutional and policy foundation for multisectoral integrated landscape management and climate resilience, as well as support to project management. It consists of following sub-components: (i) institutional and policy strengthening; and (ii) project management.
The fourth component, contingent emergency response (CERC) is a financing mechanism available to borrowers in investment project financing (IPF) operations to enable quick deployment of uncommitted funds to respond to an eligible crisis or emergency.