Connect with us

General news

NSE advises engineers to adopt measures against residential, industrial electrical fires

Published

on

Cables

Lagos, March 14, 2019 The Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) on Thursday in Lagos called for the use of the right cables in industrial and residential areas to avert building fire and other accidents in the nation.

The society made the call at a one day workshop, tagged “Effective Selection and Wiring for Residential and Industrial Purposes”, organised by the Apapa branch of NSE in Ijora.

The participants discussed measurements, measures, technology and skills to be deployed for safe wiring as well as addressing issues of counterfeiting of cables.

Mr Michael Awe, one of the guest speakers, while delivering his lecture said that choosing the right cable was important because someone must pay for the errors made during installation.

“Whenever you commit an error during wiring either in residential or industrial areas, somebody somewhere will pay.

“No matter how big or magnificent a building is, wrong electrical connection can raze it down,” he said.

Awe explained that electrical engineers must be careful not to undersize or oversize cables to avert disasters.

He listed factors for choosing the right cables to include temperature, distance, current carrying capacity, voltage and the environment for installation.

“Cable selection is very important. Whatever radius chosen should not hamper the performance of the cables,” he said.

Awe advised engineers to take issue of sizing of cables as priority, adding that aluminium cables would not do well in the environment that require copper.

He listed the various categories and specifications for installation of cables in oil and gas environment, offices, residential areas, industrial areas and water logged environment among others.

Mr Peter Igwe, General Manager, Cometstar Manufacturing Company Ltd., said in his lecture that the firm hit the market in 2016 to address the problem of quality of cables.

He raised alarm on counterfeiting of cables and educated engineers on how not to fall victim of huge number of substandard cables flooding the nation’s market.

He said that the firm had been at the forefront of ensuring distribution of certified cables which were fire retardent and was collaborating with the NSE and other regulatory agencies to ensure use of the right cables in Nigeria.

He urged engineers to also watch out for the mechanical strength of cables and put adequate protection around installation to avert accidents as well as damage to cables due to human activities.

“The load carrying capacity of cables is very important,” he said.

He used the opportunity to educate the engineers on the use of high tension cables, underground cables, communication cables and other cable varieties.

Mr Sunny Ejeje, Chairman of the Apapa branch of NSE, while speaking noted the need for constant learning through workshops.

He said that the NSE had an industrial visit that revealed the enormity of the problems of counterfeiting.

“You will discover fire disasters everywhere from air-conditioners and others and we got concerned, are our cables no more efficient?

“So, we organised this workshop to address this problem from Alaba International Market to other stakeholders.

“If we go to the right sources to buy cables, the people producing fake will not sell,” he said.

Foreign

New Zealand confirms no new case of COVID-19 for 10 consecutive days

Published

on

By

New Zealand reported no new case of COVID-19 on Monday for 10 consecutive days, with the combined total of confirmed and probable cases staying at 1,504, according to the Ministry of Health.

The total number of confirmed cases reported to the World Health Organization remained at 1,154, said a ministry statement.

The number of people who have recovered reached 1,481, with only one case remaining active, it said, and the number of COVID-19 related deaths remained at 22.

The NZ COVID Tracer app has now recorded 476,000 registrations, an increase of 8,000 on Sunday.

(XINHUA)

Continue Reading

Education

Return to roundtable or face consequences, FG tells striking ASUU

Published

on

Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige says there will be consequences if the striking Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) refuse government’s overture to return to the negotiating table.

Ngige disclosed this on Sunday in a statement signed by his media aide, Emmanuel Nzomiwu, in Enugu.

The statement said Ngige spoke in his hometown Alor, Anambra, where he donated palliative worth N15 million to vulnerable households to cushion COVID-19 effects.

He said that the Federal Government could activate relevant labour laws to deal with the situation.
He said that the law permits the Federal Government to approach the National Arbitration Panel (NAP) and even the National Industrial Court (NIC).
The minister said that the ASUU strike was all about the disagreement on the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).

“Any other reason given by ASUU is an alibi. I invited ASUU for a zoom meeting in compliance with COVID-19 guidelines, but they insisted on meeting me face to face.

“We have labour laws and hierarchy of arbitration. There is the NAP and NIC. If I am tired, I can refer it there.

“So the better thing is for them to come and negotiate on firsthand basis where we are not bringing an external arbitrator,” he said.

According to him, ASUU as an employee lacks the right to dictate to the Federal Government on how to receive wages.

“The important thing is for your salaries and wages to come to you. As a workman, you receive your pay as compensation for services rendered. So, that is on the statute everywhere,” he said.

Ngige said that some of the people drawing salaries from the Federal Government coffers were ghost workers.

He said that there had been a shortfall in tax returns by the various universities over time which accumulated to over N800 billion.

He said that the Joint Tax Board (JTB) had penalised the Federal Government for nonremitance of the monies to the benefiting state governments.

The minister said that it was sad that ASUU had been uncompromising in the dispute.

“We had discussions and they said some of the agreements we had in Memorandum of Action 2019, were not implemented vigorously.

“We agreed that they will be paid N25billion for their earned academic allowances and another N25billion for revitalisation of university system.

The Federal Government paid the first tranche of N50 billion and N25 billion. Thereafter, there was the issue of National Minimum Wage and its consequential adjustment,” he said.

He said that the Federal Government spent N160 billion in the process.

Ngige said that the Federal Government could not pay ASUU the next tranche of N25 billion in October last year.

“They said there is a breach. We said we are owing. That we can pay it. So, we restructured it and agreed that the government can pay them 20 billion and another 20 billion for earned academic allowances between April 2020 and May.
“We all agreed,” Ngige said.

Edited By: Maureen Atuonwu (NAN)

Continue Reading

General news

Research outfit releases findings on Nigerians’ response to COVID-19 pandemic

Published

on

A data analysis firm, ResearcherNG, has released five major findings from its survey on perception and attitude of Nigerians to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The research which was released on Sunday in Abuja, aimed at understanding public behaviour and the effect of the pandemic on the lives of people.

In a statement, Ms Farida Adamu,  Lead Consultant on the research, said the findings were  from the survey conducted between April 6, and April 30.

She said the ResearcherNG sampled the opinion of 1,122 Nigerians to arrive at the conclusions.

Stating the five major findings, she said that 43 per cent of the population sampled said they knew someone who took pay cuts, lost their jobs, with some of them affected in either.

The Coronavirus  did not only affect healthcare systems across the world but crippled businesses and affected economies in eventful ways.

ResearcherNG in seeking to validate experiences of people, shared mostly via online channels,  asked respondents what their current views weasre.

“Forty three per cent said they had either lost their jobs/businesses, taken pay cuts or knew someone who had similar experiences.

“Thirty two per cent said they still had their jobs and full pay,  two per cent of our respondents said they got financial support from their employers, while one per cent were uncertain about their next pay.

“Fourteen per cent of our respondents said they considered taking a loan to ease financial stress,” she said.

The firm also found out that 55.5 per cent of the survey respondents said they now attended religious events online only, while 18.6 per cent said nothing had changed about the way they practiced religion.

Furthermore, the firm’s findings revealed that one of the most important issues that had trailed public space since the outbreak of the Coronavirus was about its origins.

It noted that lots of conspiracies and theories had emerged about where the virus must have emerged from.

On where the Coronavirus came from, most of the respondents, 43.8 per cent actually, thought it was developed intentionally by someone in a lab.

They bowed to the theory that surfaced on the internet that the disease originated from a lab in Wuhan, China.

The research finding also revealed that Nigerians had higher levels of confidence in the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), than they did with the rest of Government in their response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Nigeria confronted the Coronavirus at a time where trust in many public institutions was abysmally low.

ResearcherNG measured perception toward the NCDC and the rest of government by asking respondents how confident they were in the response of the NCDC versus that of other government agencies,” she  added.

She said that social media was the primary source of news on COVID-19 related issues for most Nigerians.

According to the findings, Nigerians also think the media are covering the outbreak of the Coronavirus well.

55.8 per cent of respondents said they have been following news about the Coronavirus outbreak very closely, and get most of  the COVID-19 related information from social media,” she said.

News Agency of Nigeria , reports that as at May 30, Nigeria had a total of 9,855 confirmed COVID-19 cases according to statistics released by the NCDC.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Donald Ugwu (NAN)

Continue Reading

Foreign

Israeli defense minister apologizes over Palestinian’s death

Published

on

By

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz apologized on Sunday for Israeli police’s shooting to death an unarmed, autistic Palestinian man in East Jerusalem on Saturday.

Gantz, who is also the leader of the centrist Blue and White party and Israel’s “alternate” prime minister under a unity government deal, made the remark during the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem.

Video footage showed him seating alongside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who made no remarks related to the deadly shooting.

“We are really sorry about the incident in which Iyad Halak was shot dead and we share in the family’s grief,” Gantz said, adding that “this matter will be investigated quickly and conclusions will be reached.”

The incident took place near the Lions’ Gate in East Jerusalem‘s Old City.

The police issued a statement, saying that Halak carried “a suspicious object that looked like a pistol.” Police officers on patrol “called upon him to stop and begun to chase after him on foot, during which they also opened fire at him.”

The object was Halak’s mobile phone, according to the Hebrew-language Ha’aretz newspaper.

Halak, 32, lived in the neighborhood of Wadi al-Joz in East Jerusalem. His family said that Halak, diagnosed with autism, was on his way to an institution for people with special needs when the incident happened.

His funeral is scheduled to take place later on Sunday.

Following the shooting, police officers involved were questioned by the Department of Internal Police Investigation.

Police Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said in a statement that a gag order has been issued on the incident, banning the publishing of information on the identity of the policemen involved and further details of the case.

Palestinian and Israeli human rights groups condemned the shooting. On Saturday night, dozens of Israelis and Palestinians rallied in Jerusalem in a joint call against police violence.

(XINHUA)

Continue Reading

Foreign

New Zealand reports no new COVID-19 case for 9 consecutive days

Published

on

New Zealand has reported no new case of COVID-19 for nine days in a row, a statement from the New Zealand Ministry of Health said on Sunday.

New Zealand’s combined total number of confirmed and probable cases stays at 1,504, of which 1,154 are confirmed, it said.

The country currently has 1,481 people reported as having recovered from COVID-19, unchanged from Saturday.

The death toll remained at 22.

The total number of tests completed to date is 280,983, an increase of 2,111.

New Zealand is currently at COVID-19 Alert Level two, and public gatherings of fewer than 100 people are allowed.

People are encouraged to download the NZ COVID-19 Tracer app, developed by the New Zealand government to facilitate contact tracing and case identification.

It currently recorded 468,000 registrations, an increase of 10,000 since Saturday.

AIB

Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

Continue Reading

Foreign

New Zealand reports no new COVID-19 case for 9 consecutive days

Published

on

By

New Zealand has reported no new case of COVID-19 for nine days in a row, said a statement of the New Zealand Ministry of Health on Sunday.

New Zealand‘s combined total number of confirmed and probable cases stays at 1,504, of which 1,154 are confirmed, it said.

The country currently has 1,481 people reported as having recovered from COVID-19, unchanged from Saturday. The death toll remained at 22.

The total number of tests completed to date is 280,983, an increase of 2,111.

New Zealand is currently at COVID-19 Alert Level two, and public gatherings of fewer than 100 people are allowed.

General public are encouraged to download the NZ COVID Tracer app, developed by the New Zealand government to facilitate contact tracing and case identification. It has currently recorded 468,000 registrations, an increase of 10,000 since Saturday.

(XINHUA)

Continue Reading

Foreign

Roundup: Chinese tech supports Ecuador’s response to COVID-19

Published

on

By

A public security network designed by Chinese engineers has become a strategic tool of Ecuadoran authorities to protect public health and social stability amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Juan Zapata, general director of the Integrated Security Service ECU 911, Ecuador‘s integrated emergency service hotline, recently told Xinhua that the Chinese-made technological platform that supports the country’s emergency response system has been incredibly important during the global health crisis.

ECU 911 began to operate in Ecuador in 2012 and currently has 16 command centers nationwide. The system integrates police services, video surveillance with thousands of cameras, GPS, geographic information, and a smart analysis of resources, among others.

“Its state-of-the-art technology has been essential for the coordination of institutions in the country, because practically everything has been done through video surveillance,” Zapata said.

The emergency unit assumed new responsibilities after Ecuador entered a health emergency in mid-March, with the technological platform assisting in the implementation of anti-virus measures, including a nationwide quarantine, curfew and vehicular restrictions.

“We are doing this work through our 5,800 video surveillance cameras. In other words, the technology has been put at the service of the national EOC (Emergency Operations Committee) and the regional EOCs for decision-making,” he said.

The information generated by video surveillance serves to provide data for areas wishing to ease restrictions and move towards a “new normal.”

ECU 911‘s video surveillance system is essential for managing the health emergency, former Undersecretary of the National Directorate of Social Rehabilitation Ricardo Camacho told Xinhua.

The government has praised the work of ECU 911, with Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno saying that the inter-institutional coordination of ECU 911 and its immediate action “allows us to save lives.”

As of Friday, Ecuador has reported 38,571 cases and 3,334 deaths from COVID-19.

(XINHUA)

Continue Reading

General news

Anniversary: APGA applauds Zamfara Govt for tackling insecurity

Published

on

The All Progressives Grant Alliance (APGA) in Zamfara has commended the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-led government for restoring peace in the state.

The APGA governorship candidate at the 2019 general elections, Dr Sani Shinkafi, made the commendation at a news conference in Gusau on Saturday.

Shinkafi noted that the PDP-led government deserve commendation in its one-year of administration considering the way it tackled the terrible security challenge that bedevilled the state.

Gov. Bello Matawalle embarked on confronting the menace with great valour using his versatile experience as former Chairman, House Committee on Security and Intelligence.

The State Government also embarked on partnership with the Federal  Government under President Muhammadu Buhari and various key security stakeholders such as security outfits, former defence ministers, traditional leaders, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) leaders and Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF).

“After various consultation, a fact stands out that the crisis has taken ethnic dimensions, most especially after the creation of Hausa Yan Sakai vigilante groups by the immediate past administration.

“Establishment of committee headed by the former Inspector-General of Police, Muhammad Abubakar, for finding solutions to end banditry in the state by the state government can be identified as a leading factor for the success recorded,” Shinkafi said.

He recalled that before PDP took over the affairs of the state, rural areas and nomadic settlements were relegated educationally and economically, and this situation created an avenue for high crime rate.

“This informs government’s decision to provide schools, clinics and earth dams for the people and idea of Rural Grazing Areas (RUGA) came up as one of the solutions to the problem.

“The dialogue resulted in the release of thousands of captives abducted by kidnappers across the state, including the neighbouring ones.

“With this development, socio-economic education activities across the 14 local government areas of the state have been revived.

“Our rural markets closed down earlier due to insecurity have also been reopened, inter-ethnic relationship improved and over 80 per cent peace restored across the state,” he said.

The former APGA national secretary and governorship candidate explained that the opposition party was partnering with the PDP-led administration for the progress of the state.

He therefore urged people to continue to cooperate with the present administration irrespective of political differences for the state to move forward.

Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

Continue Reading

Foreign

Chinese tech supports Ecuador’s response to COVID-19

Published

on

By

A public security network designed by Chinese engineers has become a strategic tool of Ecuadoran authorities to protect public health and social stability amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Juan Zapata, general director of the Integrated Security Service ECU 911, Ecuador‘s integrated emergency service hotline, recently told Xinhua that the Chinese-made technological platform that supports the country’s emergency response system has been incredibly important during the global health crisis.

ECU 911 began to operate in Ecuador in 2012 and currently has 16 command centers nationwide. The system integrates police services, video surveillance with thousands of cameras, GPS, geographic information, and a smart analysis of resources, among others.

“Its state-of-the-art technology has been essential for the coordination of institutions in the country, because practically everything has been done through video surveillance,” Zapata said.

The emergency unit assumed new responsibilities after Ecuador entered a health emergency in mid-March, with the technological platform assisting in the implementation of anti-virus measures, including a nationwide quarantine, curfew and vehicular restrictions.

“We are doing this work through our 5,800 video surveillance cameras. In other words, the technology has been put at the service of the national EOC (Emergency Operations Committee) and the regional EOCs for decision-making,” he said.

The information generated by video surveillance serves to provide data for areas wishing to ease restrictions and move towards a “new normal.”

ECU 911‘s video surveillance system is essential for managing the health emergency, former Undersecretary of the National Directorate of Social Rehabilitation Ricardo Camacho told Xinhua.

The government has praised the work of ECU 911, with Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno saying that the inter-institutional coordination of ECU 911 and its immediate action “allows us to save lives.”

As of Friday, Ecuador has reported 38,571 cases and 3,334 deaths from COVID-19.

(XINHUA)

Continue Reading

Contact US: editor @nnn.com.ng, nnnnews247 @gmail.com

Read Also