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Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Sophos: 66% Nigerian entities report increased phishing - NaijaAgroNet

Sophos, a global leader in next-generation cybersecurity, today announced the findings of its global survey, “Phishing Insights 2021,” which reveals that phishing attacks targeting organizations ramped up considerably during the pandemic, as millions of employees working from home became a prime target for cybercriminals.

The majority (66%) of IT teams in Nigeria said the number of phishing emails targeting their employees increased during 2020.

Monday, September 13, 2021

Acholonu calls for protection of micronutrient IP rights - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

The sole Nigerian patent holder for the design and technology of micronutrient powder, Dr. Kenny Acholonu, has called on regulatory agencies and stakeholders to ensure protection of Intellectual Property (IP) rights, reports NaijaAgroNet.
Dr Kenny Acholonu
Speaking at the weekend, the quadruple patent holder, urged players in the Nigerian scientific community covering medical, pharmaceutical, and most importantly nutritional products to make certain they recognise and protect intellectual property rights.

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Nasarawa unveils action plan for nutrition - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology


The Nasarawa State Government has unveiled a multisectoral plan of action for nutrition, reports NaijaAgroNet.
Just as the Civil Society Scaling-Up Nutrition in Nigeria (CS-SUNN) has applauded the initiative, describing it as a major landmark for the state.

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Ken Lohento joins 2021 AgriHack judges - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology


The Digital Innovation Strategy Consultant with the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), Mr. Ken Lohento, has been named alongside Ebunoluwa Bolodeoku of Heifer International and six others as confirmed judges for the 2021 Pitch AgriHack, reports NaijaAgroNet.
Ken Lohento
Other members of the judge panel, 
NaijaAgroNet gathered include Elisee Kamanzi and William Matovu of Heifer International, Nixon Gecheo of AGRA, Barbra Musata of Corteva Agriscience, Grace Vuhya Obeda and Hafou Toure-Samb of African Development Bank.

Niteo, Green Glass Africa partner on power solutions - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology


The quest to improve access to power and thus boost national productivity has received a positive response with the partnership between Niteo Limited, an indigenous power integration firm and Green Glass Africa, Germany, to provide Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) across Nigeria.
BIPV is an innovative customized solution that enables the integration of Solar Modules into building facades, rooftops, wall cladding, bus shelters and gatehouses among others facilities producing electrical power in addition to the aesthetic enhancements.

This solution is a welcome development especially in urban areas such as Nigeria State Capitals where there is a current trend of utilizing glass for curtain walls of buildings and reduction in space availability. With BIPV,  every available space on building wall claddings, rooftops, bus shelters, factories and warehouses now have the capacity to generate power.

Speaking at the inaugural BIPV seminar in Lagos Nigeria weekend, Eng. Adedayo Afolabi, Managing Partner, Niteo Limited, revealed that solar solutions are all about harnessing the power of the sun to produce electrical energy. 

He stated that while challenges are a part of life, the secret of progress is to understand how to spot and take advantage of the opportunity inherent in challenges. Nigeria, he noted, has power challenges which solar solutions can tackle effectively because of the sheer amount of sunlight available everyday.

With climate change as a growing source of concern, the increasing use of solar solutions, particularly BIPV, will help Nigeria positively reduce its carbon footprint and avert environmental disaster.

Kevin Noukam Tiangueu, Co-CEO, Green Glass Africa, in his presentation provided an in-depth exposition  of the BIPV technology, its application in real-life projects, with relevant case studies and ROI calculations.

According to Kevin, "With BIPV, the target is to transform every building to a power generating set so that each building or structure essentially powers itself." He noted that the real advantage of the BIPV is that it can be customized based on the customer's application, specifications and available space. The bespoke product can be designed based on the size and shape of the available space, or the colour preferences of the customer.

The solar power startup expert explained that BIPV is flexible, so much so that the customer's goals and ideals can be integrated into the design to improve the outlook. BIPV is a multifunctional product with constructive, architectural, aesthetic and power generation functions and capabilities. He revealed that another advantage of the BIPV is that it is fire resistant class A, making it a good construction material for buildings.

Igor Mbakom Tchiengang, Co-CEO, Green Glass Africa noted that BIPV is a solution for Africa. He said that BIPV is versatile, with immense potential and suitable for a variety of projects. BIPV can completely or partially replace building material in addition to generating power, improving transparency and efficiency.

On the product lifespan, he noted that BIPV has a lifespan of 25 years before the commencement of degradation. Working with Niteo Limited, customers will get top of the range after-sales support and service, he stated.

The Managing Partner, Niteo Limited remarked that the existing PVs do not have the functionality of BIPV. BIPV, he posited, may well be the future of solar installation and indeed building construction in Nigeria within a short time. He called on architectural services providers and renewable energy enthusiasts to explore the incredible potential of BIPV.

Monday, August 23, 2021

Open grazing: 3 Southern states yet to enact law - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology


Anambra, Edo and Cross Rivers states yet to enact a law prohibiting open grazing of cattle, The Nation learnt on Sunday.
Southern States Governors meet in Lagos recently.

The Southern Governors Forum (SGF) on July 5 agreed on a September 1 deadline for the anti-open grazing law to be signed by all member-states.

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Flood control: Oyo Govt insists it'll continue to fund project - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology


In upholding his pledge to continue to serve the interests of the people of Oyo State, Governor 'Seyi Makinde has expressed his avowed commitment to the timely completion of the World Bank-backed Ibadan Urban Flood Management Project (IUFMP).
The governor has also appealed to the World Bank not to withdraw its conditional no objection for the Second Pool of Long Term Investments (PLTI2) BERs, and make available funding for the contracts.

Friday, August 6, 2021

COVID-19 food price hikes in least developed countries raise concerns - NaijaAgroNet

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Food insecurity has been a long-standing concern in least developed countries (LDCs), but COVID-19 is exacerbating this problem, derailing progress towards UN Sustainable Development Goal 2, which aims to achieve “zero hunger”.
Source: UNCTAD secretariat calculations based on data from FAOSTAT.
Data points for the difference in inflation rate compared to the pre-pandemic period for two outliers – South Sudan and Sudan – are not displayed to ease readability.

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Breastfeeding week 2021: Breast is best says Prof. Abayomi - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology


Lagos State Government has declared that breast is the best for children under two years, reports 

The Lagos Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, made this declaration at a news conference, in commemoration of the World Breastfeeding Week, in Alausa-Lagos.
Prof. Emma Akin Abayomi
“Breast is the best ... for the first 2 years” he asserted.