4 UNILAG Students Win 2018 Coca-Cola Global Management Challenge

A team of four students from the University of Lagos (UNILAG) has emerged winners of the maiden edition of the Coca-Cola Global Management Challenge after six weeks of intense competition.

The team made up of final year students of the school include: Abdullahi Salimat, Department of Finance; Adeniyi Talabi, Department of Systems Engineering; Oyekan Idris, Department of Accounting and Olubodun Sulaiman, Department of Business Administration came tops in the competition for their innovative business solutions.

They will represent Nigeria for the first time at the international finale coming up in Dubai, in April, 2018.

In the words of Nwamaka Onyemelukwe, manager, public affairs and communications, Coca-Cola Nigeria:

“Basically what we have done with the competition is to provide a platform for these undergraduates to express themselves as well as discover their entrepreneurial skills.

We are certain that all of the participants have been impacted and are now better prepared to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams.”

Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, vice chancellor of the University of Lagos, stated as regards the Coca-Cola Global Management Challenge:

“This couldn’t have come at a better time. The initiative ties into the University’s objectives to be a solution driven business school that leverages the knowledge of business simulation and power software to train 21st century class of business executives.

We are really grateful to Coca-Cola for sponsoring this project.”

Ryan Fayan, coordinator, Global Management Challenge expressed delight with the contestants for giving their best.

In his words:

“It’s quite impressive, the solutions they brought to the table. It goes to show the amount of budding business talents waiting to be discovered in Nigeria. I am quite optimistic that the winning team will do extremely well at the finals in Dubai.”

Winners Of National Science, Technology And Innovation Expo 2018 [Abuja]

Winners have emerged in the National Science, Technology and Innovation Expo 2018, which held from March 5-9, 2018, with the theme “Fast-tracking sustainable development of Nigeria through science and technology”.

Organized by the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, the National Science, Technology and Innovation Expo 2018 brought scientists, researchers, inventors, innovators and investors from all parts of Nigeria and outside the country to achieved the following:

  • Showcase the immense science and technology potentials available in Nigeria.
  • Brought to the fore the great role science and technology can play in the rapid industrialization and socio-economic development of a nation.
  • Provided opportunity for innovators and inventors to advertise their breakthroughs with the aim of connecting with relevant stakeholders and investors for the commercialization of such technologies.
  • Gave the over 297 research institutions, technology entrepreneurs and organisations with a combined figure of 555 projects to present their innovations and inventions to be scrutinized by a committee for creativity and ingenuity, and relevance in providing solution to pressing societal problems.

Winners Of National Science, Technology And Innovation Expo 2018

Research Institutes Category

The assessment saw inventors and innovators compete in four categories from which the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) came first under the research institutes category, the Federal Institute of Industrial Research, Oshodi (FIIRO) Lagos, was second, while Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC) got third position.

Tertiary Institutes Category

The first position in tertiary institute category went to Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State, Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna, came second, while third position went to Federal University, Ndufu Alike Ikwo, Ebonyi State.

Nnenna Nwosu who is a scientist and senior lecturer at the Federal University of Ndufu-Alieke Ikwo (FUNAI), Ebonyi State developed linguascript keyboards that could text and type in Igbo, Hausa and Yoruba languages to ensure Nigerian languages don’t go into extinction.

The author of the project, Nnenna Nwosu, explained that the plug and play keyboards incorporate all the alphabets of the three major languages.

The innovation is a specialised keyboard that uses numerals representing vowels and consonants instead of the conventional Latin orthography, with each number representing a letter, which could type or send messages using the number.

The linguascript keyboard was designed for both mobile phones and computer keyboard accessories to make indigenous languages accessible to everybody so as to afford IT users more reasons to think and type in their own languages.

JETS Category

In the junior engineers, technology and scientists (JETS) category, Government College Science and Technical College, Garki, Abuja, was first, Calvary Arrows College, Gboko, Benue State came second, while Government Secondary School, Bwari got third position.

Technology Entrepreneurs Category

In the technology entrepreneurs category, Bemsbuch International Ltd.; Alpha and Technical Service and Engr. Agada Sunday Ojonimi came first, second and third respectively.

The Federal Government of Nigeria recognized and rewarded the winners with 9 million for their various groundbreaking innovations with first position across all categories clinching 1 million each while the second won 750, 000 and third positions got 500, 000 respectively.

In his closing remarks, the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu expressed optimism that the outcome of the Expo would advance commercialisation in the country.

In his words:

“Through the work of your hand and the power of imagination, you have shown that Nigeria is the home of the rising sun. You have shown that we have the brain to dream and think.

You have shown that STI holds the key for our beloved country to become truly great. You have shown that the future belongs to Nigeria, if we pay more attention to technology and innovation.’’

The National Science, Technology and Innovation Expo 2018 also saw the presentation of science kits produced by a parastatal under the ministry, the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) to 19 secondary schools from the six geopolitical zones of the nation.

Professor Albert Olayemi Makes Scientific Research Breakthrough On Aviation Fuel

Professor of Microbiology, Albert Olayemi at the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) has made a scientific breakthrough in the microbiological analysis of aviation fuel and fuel handling systems.

According to the University of Ilorin’s latest Bulletin, the research entitled: “Microbial Contamination of JetFuel and Fuel Handling Systems”, was commissioned and sponsored by CITA Petroleum Ltd., based in Lagos.

The publication explained that the breakthrough research would enhance the quality of fuel supply to the nation’s aviation sector.

As stated in the bulletin

“The first of its kind in Sub-Saharan Africa, Prof. Olayemi’s research was recently published on Amazon and is garnering intense critical acclaim in national and international media.

As a result of the research’s pioneering status and the potential to has a lasting impact on the global aviation industry.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has specially invited Prof. Olayemi to make a presentation at the forthcoming Aviation Systems Management Symposium, being hosted by IATA in Miami, Florida, U.S. between April 15 and April 20.’’

The publication explained that the study urged quality control agencies to intensify monitoring to enhance quality of supply to the aviation industry. It said that the research would help incorporate microbiological standards into the specification requirements of Jet A1/allied products.

According to the bulletin, microbial are micro-organisms like bacteria and fungi that are capable of existing in water where it interfaces with fuel. It said these microorganisms use alkanes and additives in fuel as foodstuff. According to it, the most destructive of the microbes that grows in the aircraft fuel environment is the fungus Hormoconis resinae.

The bulletin stated:

“This is the most common cause of microbial corrosion in aircraft fuel tanks.

At the presentation of the study report, Albert Olayemi commended the management of CITA Petroleum for compliance with the numerous industry and company’s proprietary Policies, Standards and Procedure (PSP) covering the entire supply storage and distribution chain.

Albert Olayemi, who lectures at the university’s Department of Microbiology, said contaminated fuel was one of the causes of equipment failure. He added that it was the second leading cause of plane crashes globally after pilot errors.

The expert said the first of such study in Nigeria was aimed at assessing microbial contamination of aviation fuel and fuel handling system at CITA Petroleum Tank Farms located in Lagos, Port-Harcourt and Abuja.

‘PositiveNaija Series 2017: Convocation of Green Eagles’ Published

Towards an objective, verifiable, refreshing and valuable sense of Nigerian patriotism, nation building and impactful scholarship, the PositiveNaija Series 2017: Convocation of Green Eagles has been published.

PositiveNaija Series 2017

Authored and published (in March 2018) by Toju Micheal Ogbe, the first of its kind book is a historic and educational resource, which reliably informs the world of the positive excellence of Nigeria and Nigerians globally for the year 2017. In addition, it features the best 9 essays of the 2017 PositiveNaija Essay Competition with the overall best essay of the Competition by Mr. Olawale Lekan Christopher being the Foreword of the Series.

With a harmonious blend of poetry, inspiring thoughts and ideas, the 300-page book dedicated to all Nigerians provides valuable understanding to what is required for our advancement as a people.

Within the current context of the Nigerian society and the Nigerian people, this publication champions a redefinition of the standards of Nigeria’s values-based system with core emphasis on the virtues of love, truth, justice, peace and wisdom – a testament of our conviction in the manifestation of Nigeria’s greatness.

The PositiveNaija Series 2017: Convocation of Green Eagles by Toju Micheal Ogbe therefore achieves the following:

  • Documents aptly, the positive excellence of Nigeria and Nigerians globally.
  • Inspires Nigerian patriotism, nation building as well as a platform for excellence.
  • Acts as a historical record of the ingenuity of the Nigerian people.
  • Acts as an educational resource advocating positive values and impactful scholarship.
  • Serves as a strategic advocate of responsible journalism.
  • A creative and resourceful guide for best practices for publishers, bloggers, writers, webmasters, digital marketers, etc.

The PositiveNaija Series 2017: Convocation of Green Eagles is available for all and can be obtained in both hard copies and soft copies. Kindly visit: https://www.positivenaija.com/positivenaija-series/ for more information and excerpts.

Toju Micheal Ogbe is a Nigerian author, strategist, anthropologist, journalist, historian, researcher, diplomat and poet. He is passionate about a Nigeria that is genuinely united by love and with a common vision towards peace and sustainable progress. He is the founder and editor-in-chief of both PositiveNaija & The Nigerian Diplomat.

PositiveNaija is a multimedia news, information and forum platform, which began in January 2015 with the vision of having the most reliable platform for informing the world of the truly impactful, positive, valuable, inspiring, educative and worthy news/updates associated with Nigeria and Nigerians globally based on consistent objectivity and excellence. The aim is to gradually but firmly establish in the consciousness of Nigerians the practicability and possibility of their hopes, aspirations, passions, goals and success by adhering to the principles of hardwork, accountability, competence, justice, love, unity, critical thinking as well as other relevant positive values.

Chile Eboe-Osuji Elected President Of International Criminal Court (ICC)

Judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) at a plenary sitting have elected Justice Chile Eboe-Osuji, a Nigerian as the president of the court for a three-year term.

Judge Robert Fremr from the Czech Republic was elected First Vice-President with Judge Marc Perrin de Brichambaut of France as Second Vice-President.

Chile Eboe-Osuji, who became the first Nigerian to be elevated to the court in 2012, would serve as ICC president for the next three years.

Chile Eboe-Osuji

In the words of President Chile Eboe-Osuji:

“I am deeply honoured to have been elected by my peers as President of the International Criminal Court. As I take up my duties, I feel encouraged that I am able to rely on the wide experience of the two Vice-Presidents, Judge Robert Fremr and Judge Marc Perrin de Brichambaut, both of whom I have closely worked with previously. I look forward to working together with them as well as with all the judges, all the Officials and the staff of the Court in a spirit of collegiality.

I also look forward to collaborating with the Assembly of States Parties, civil society and the international community at large, acting together to strengthen and reinforce the Rome Statute system, the 20th anniversary of the adoption of which we celebrate this year.

I am also grateful to the previous President, Judge Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi, and Vice-Presidents, Judges Joyce Aluoch and Kuniko Ozaki, for their work and leadership.”

The Role of the ICC Presidency

The ICC Presidency – consisting of the President and the two Vice-Presidents – plays a key role in providing strategic leadership to the ICC as a whole.

The Presidency coordinates with the other organs and seeks the concurrence of the Prosecutor on matters of mutual concern.

In accordance with the Rome Statute, the ICC’s governing treaty, the Presidency is responsible for the proper administration of the Court, with the exception of the Office of the Prosecutor.

The Presidency oversees the activities of the Registry and provides input into a broad range of administrative policies affecting the Court’s overall functioning.

Furthermore it conducts judicial review of certain decisions of the Registrar and concludes Court-wide cooperation agreements with States and international organizations.

The International Criminal Court (ICC) was established on 17 July 1998, by a conference of 160 States which established the first treaty-based permanent international criminal court. The treaty adopted during that conference is known as the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

The court investigates and, where warranted, tries individuals charged with the gravest crimes of concern to the international community: genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and the crime of aggression.

Profile of Chile Eboe-Osuji

  • The new president holds an LLB from the University of Calabar, Nigeria (1985), an LLM from McGill University, Canada (1991), and a PhD in international criminal law from the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2011).
  •  He was elected to ICC in December 16, 2011, thus making him the first judge of Nigerian descent in that Court. He won the office in the fifteenth ballot in the Assembly of States Parties with 102 votes.
  • He has taught international criminal law as an adjunct professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Ottawa, Canada, and has an extensive record of legal scholarship and publications.
  • Judge Eboe-Osuji served as a legal expert to Nigeria’s delegation to the ICC-ASP Special Working Group on the Definition of the Crime of Aggression and practised law as a barrister, appearing in many criminal, civil and constitutional cases before national courts in Nigeria and Canada.
  • Prior to joining the ICC, Judge Eboe-Osuji was the Legal Advisor to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, during which time he led the writing of submissions to the European Court of Human Rights and the United States Supreme Court.
  • He also served as the Principal Appeals Counsel for the Prosecution in the Charles Taylor Case at the Special Court for Sierra Leone (2007-2008) and has held several posts at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, including Head of Chambers (2008-2010) and Lead Prosecution Trial Counsel (2000-2003).