October 9th, 2017 will not be forgotten in a hurry as witnessed in another anniversary of the World Post Day in NIPOST Osogbo District Office.
One of the key events of the anniversary was a paper presented by Mrs Idowu, B.O. ,senior Postal Controller in the District entitled ”Transforming the Post in an Enabling Economy to Align with Global System”.
Brief history of the universal postal union (UPU)was recalled as it came into being on 9th October,1874 as a unique agency for co-ordinating the postal policies among member nations. She referred to the economy of the world being in coma and Nigeria also not left out. She quickly pointed out that Nigeria had course to thank God because ”we are out of economic recession”.
However, she posited that the Federal government needs to focus on the potentiality of NIPOST to make her function very well in line with global posts.
According to her, NIPOST has been functioning well in her traditional roles of postal delivery, counter services, private mail bag delivery and the like. Also, new products such as logistics, IPS, sales of online NECO,WAEC registration cards and Electronic Money Transfer(I.F.S.) were introduced and effective but need improvement to generate more revenue.
Furthermore, that ,” to post post into prosperity, transformation must take place’ ‘She defined transformation as complete change in someone or something; which means that transformation ” we are clamouring for, could come through us (as NIPOST staff), the government ,in terms of policy implementation and financial commitment and also our customers patronages who are our partners in sustainable development of our services”. Therefore, according to the paper presenter, to transform the post in an enabling economy, the following panacea must be explored and effectively put in place:
– More investment in infrastructures and stronger government commitment to the postal sector, in order to enter the digital age more easily
– Efforts should be intensified to making NIPOST join the league of organizations issuing vehicle license, driving license and international passport as it is done in advanced countries.
– NIPOST should monitor both legal and illegal courier services.
-There should not be any digital gap between urban and rural areas, which means internet facilities must be installed in all offices .
– All staff should be marketers and marketing focused.
-Positive change ,must start with staff; change your orientation and think positively.
-Every product should be adequately valued eg. EMS, Logistics, Postcash etc; tell people about NIPOST products and be customers friendly.
– Do NIPOST business as your personal business. Let your slogan be ”if NIPOST succeeds it means Iam a success”.
Mrs Idowu rounded off the presentation by concluding that to transform the post in an enabling economy to align with global system is possible if there is improvement in infrastructures, innovation and better addressing system.
Finally, she said’ NPOST is firmly focused on the future and taking steps to
modernize ,grow her capacity and range of services but also not forget to motivate NIPOST staff in terms of better remuneration.
INVENTORS /INNOVATORS IN NIGERIA
It’s always said that ‘’a vision without a task is a dream; a task without a vision is drudgery, and a vision and a task is the hope of the world’’.
Despite the pioneering feat of the West in innovations /inventions in one form or the other, Africans, nay, Nigerians have proved the discordant voices wrong who always say that’’ nothing good can come out of the black race’’ In this millennium, the visions and aspirations of Nigerians are so sharp and great that they are recognized not only in Nigeria but internationally. Below are some of Nigeria’s innovators /inventors:
- SAHEED ADEPOJU-Nigerian
Saheed Adepoju is the inventor of the INYE 1&2 tablet computers designed for the African markets. Similarly, he is a co-founder of Encipher Limited, a Nigerian based technology Company that introduced the first android powered tablet into Nigeria.
INYE -1 was unveiled in April 2010. It’s a 7-inch resistive screen tablet. It runs android 2.1 and allows users to connect to the internet using its in-built Wi-Fi Card and to use an external 3G modem from GSM networks. It offers about 3 hours of battery life and allows HDMI output to HDMI capable devices.
INYE-2 was unveiled in May 2011. It’s an 8-inch capacitive screen tablet. It runs Android 2.2
And allows users to connect to the internet using its in-built Wi-Fi Card as well as it’s in-built
SIM. It allows about 8 hours of battery life and allows users to connect to other USB devices.
2. JELANI ALIYU (MFR) Nigerian
He’s credited with designing General Motors’ leading auto brand, Chevrolet Volt. Jelami Was born in Kaduna State, Nigeria in I966. He originates from Sokoto State, Nigeria and Earned an associate degree in architecture from Birnin -Kebbi Polytechnic in 1988. After graduation from the Polytechnic, Jelani worked at the Ministry of Works, Sokoto And later proceeded to the United States of America (USA) for additional qualification. He graduated in 1994 with a degree in Automobile Design from the College for Creative-Studies, Detroit, Michigan and was employed by General motors.
3. SEYI OYESOLA- Nigerian
He is a co-inventor of CompactOR or’’ Hospital in a Box’’, a solar-powered life-saving Operating room which can be transported to remote areas of Africa and set up within Minutes. Seyi is a Nigerian trained Doctor and inventor, who had his basic science and Medical education at the The University of Lagos, Nigeria with a specialist in anaesthesia and Critical Care in the UK and USA In order to help bring surgically care to the grassroots in the continent, he co-developed CompactOR, or the ‘’Hospital in a Box’’, a portable medical system that contains Anaesthetic and surgical equipment. One major advantage of this invention is that the Operating suite is; light enough to be dropped into inaccessible zones by a helicopter And can be powered by solar panels
4. GERALD ODO- Nigerian
This teenager at age 15, fascinated with toys, created his own fashion of toys with scrap Materials, using painted plywood syringes, water, wire, small tubes along with motorcycle Battery to power the product. He made a dump-truck, excavator, and a helicopter.
5. DURO-AINA ADEBOLA, AKINDELE ABIOLA, FALEKE OLUWATOYIN and BELLO ENIOLA (Nigerians)
In 2012, these four secondary school girls were credited to have invented urine- Powered generator which they showcased at Maker Faire Africa.According to these girls, the machine works thus:-Urine is put into an electrolytic cell, which cracks the urea into hydrogen Nitrogen and water-The hydrogen is purified with a water filter and is pushed into the gas Cylinder -The gas Cylinder pushes the hydrogen into Cylinder borax which removes Moisture from the hydrogen gas-The purified hydrogen is then pushed into the generator1-Litre of urine gives 6 hours of electricity.
6. MICHAEL ULCOMA-Nigerian
At age 13,in 2016, Michael ULCOMA created a battery operated fans which he Christened Blue Wind Fans. When the fans are fully charged, can last up to 13 hours They are of different sizes eg. Tabletop, free-standing, etc. The materials he uses are Mostly aluminum wires and old cartons for packaging.
7. TIMOTHY ADDIGI TERFA-Nigerian
Engineer Timothy Addigi Terfa , a UK trained Nigerian Engineer in 2016 built a Customized a tractor which he branded ‘ijodo’ meaning ‘labour’ in his native Tiv Language. According to Addigi, the tractor was built with materials sourced In Nigeria and was designed with the ability to cover a wide range of farming jobs.
8. CYPRIAN EMEKA UZOH Nigerian
Cyprian holds more than 126 United States of American patents and over 160 patents Worldwide in semiconductor technology including US Patent No-6709562 ‘’ method Of making electroplated interconnection structures on integrated Circuit Chips, which Earned him the the inventor of the year Award in 2006 from the New York intellectualProperty Association.
Source: Creators archives/Zikoko, NL I P WATCH Website
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A NEW PANDEMIC TORMENTING THE WORLD
I t is no longer strange globally of the recent ‘Hitler’ called CORONAVIRUS or COVID -19 killing thousands of people without a machine gun or bullets.
What is this monster killing without bullet or machine guns, without mercy? According to the World Health Organization (WHO) Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered Coronavirus.
The World Health Organization (WHO) says that COVID-19 virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
For a better understanding of how the symptoms are, It is germane to notice the following:
- DRY COUGH
- SHORTNESS OF BREATH, ACHES AND PAINS
- SORE THROAT
HOW TO PREVENT INFECTION FROM CORONAVIRUS
- Wash your hands regularly with soap and water or clean with alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- Keep at least I metre distance between you and people coughing or sneezing
- Avoid touching your face
- Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing(you may use mouth/nose mask)
- Stay indoor if you feel unwell
- Avoid smoking or other activities that weaken the lungs
- Practise physical distancing by avoiding unnecessary travel and stay away from a large crowd
The World Health Organization hints that those with mild symptoms should self isolate and contact their medical provider or a COVID-19 information line for advice on testing or referral.
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It is pertinent to remember the information given by the Nigeria Health Minister-Prof. Ehanirie Osagie that ‘no private hospital in Nigeria has been authorized to treat coronavirus’. Let us help ourselves and help others against this deadly disease by obeying the medical expert’s counsels. Only accredited hospitals must attend to a suspected patient.
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