Retired AVM Victor Udoh has urged the Armed Forces to invest more in technology, Research and Development (R&D) and training of personnel to be able to harness the benefits of space technology.
Udoh, who is also the Head, Airbus Defense and Space in Nigeria, made the call in Abuja at the Second Annual Lecture organised by the Nigerian Institution of Space Engineers (NISE).
The annual with the theme: “The Role of Nigeria Security Agencies for Peaceful Uses of Outer Space”, was held in honour of retired Brig. Gen. Micheal Agu, a renowned engineer and the pioneer chairman of the institution.
Udoh said that although space was a free platform for citizens to use but should not be deployed into disturbing the peace of the nation.
“Outer space is not a place of sovereignty. Outer space can be used within the ambit of the law for military activities.
“The law prohibits keeping weapon of mass destruction or any nuclear weapon establishing military formations in space but assets like satellites that can be used for surveillance, intelligence, imagery and can be put in space for positive use.
“The Nigerian military should train more officials to utilise these assets to solve our security challenges.
“We have various security challenges which technology and intelligence will solve.
“The role of the armed forces is to invest more in technology and train personnel to harness these assets,” he said.
“Space is not cheap, it is expensive to go out there in space and we must invest in the assets as well as the human beings themselves because any weapon is as good as the man behind it,’’ he said.
Udoh said that the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) showed that very little went into technology, Research and Development (R&D), compared to other developed nations.
He however expressed delight at the progress that the country was making in developing technology, adding that the Defence Headquarters was putting measures in place to establish an R&D outfit to boost intelligence among officers.
Prof. Seidu Mohammed, the Director General of the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) said that space technology over decades had impacted on the society.
Mohammed said that the agency was engaging young engineers in the training, designing and manufacturing of Nigerian satellites for sustainability of space technology.
He recalled that NASRDA engineers designed a Nano-Satellite in 2017 with features to handle environmental issues, adding that they were also working on developing another one with infrarred features to focus on agriculture.
The President of Nigerian Society of Engineers, Mr Adekunle Mokuolu, said that there was need for remote sensing in the application of handling security issues.
According to Mokuolu, space technology has the potential to help Nigeria achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
Dr Spencer Onuh, the National Chairman of NISE, earlier in his opening remarks recalled that the UN established the UN Office for Outer Space (UNOSA) in 1967 to provide equal access to the outer space.
Onuh said that the Outer Space Treaty (OST) was signed by UN member states and the treaty binds on parties utilising space for peaceful purposes.
He, however, noted that the first president of the institution deserved the honour because he initiated the formation of the Space, Engineering Division which resulted into the establishment of NISE.
Prof. Turner Isoun, former Minister of Science and Technology, said that space technology was very strategic in many aspects of the economy.
“Space technology is strategic in many sectors of our country like in agriculture, communications, navigation, and so we must deploy best minds and best technology to upgrade our domestic product.
“For instance, the communication sector for many years was not contributing to the GDP but today ICT sector is contributing almost 10 per cent.
“Satellite technology is very critical and more importantly, it is the frontier of technology and Nigeria should be there in order to increase the economy and protect security.”
Isoun called on Nigerians to repose confidence in the country’s satellite and ensure patronage accordingly.
Agu, on his part expressed gratitude for the lecture organised in his honour, adding that he had been involved in the space sector for some time.
“No security outfit can handle security challenges alone and with collaboration, coordination, issues of insecurity will be surmounted,’’ he said.
NIGERIA NEWS reports the event was held on Thursday concurrently with the first Conferment of Fellowship Awards of some members of the institution.
The engineers are Yusuf Mshelia, Ibrahim Mohammed and Brig. Gen. Micheal Agu received fellowship awards, while Prof. Seidu Mohammed of NASRDA and Air Vice Marshal Victor Udoh received honourary awards from NISE.
Snapshat is Down today Sunday May 12
Snapchat is down in many parts of the world and many are not having it as they all took to Twitter to cast their frustration and report. And at the same time, it seems Twitter cannot handle the number of people entering the 240 character site.
The Downtime is real and as at the time of reporting this by NIGERIA NEWS, Snapshot is trending with over 600k Tweets all around the world.
Snapchat is down, Twitter is not functioning into full capability, something is going on, hope no one is attacking our internet space.
Xiaomi releases Redmi Note 7, price, feature and full reviews
Xiaomi a few days ago released another budget phone with amazing specifications including the long-lasting price, amazing camera and within a budget of an average person. The new variant of Xiaomi is called Remi Note7 which is already being released to the market according to information available to NIGERIA NEWS
The price below for the new Xiomi phone is available in Nigeria naira, Kenya Shilling, and Ghana cedis for better understanding full specs of the camera, battery and build up materials are also available
New Features of the Redmi Note 7
Design: Redmi Note 7 marks the greatest shift in design in the series, sporting a new premium style with the front and rear covered in Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5. The gorgeous 19.5:9 Dot Drop display measures 6.3 inches diagonally and has a FHD+ resolution of 2380 x 1080. The Redmi Note 7 screen’s high pixel density and accurate colors (84% NTSC color gamut) offers one of the finest visual experiences in its class.
On the back, Redmi Note 7 sports the Samsung ISOCELL Bright GM1 backside illuminated CMOS sensor that has 48 million physical pixels. When taking pictures, the sensor uses Samsung’s Tetracell technology that merges four pixels to work as one large 1.6µm pixel. This greatly increases light sensitivity and makes the resulting 12MP image much brighter and clearer, even in low-light conditions.
Furthermore, Xiaomi couples Redmi Note 7’s cameras with the latest AI features, including the night mode photography feature that was introduced along with Xiaomi’s flagship Mi MIX 3, as well as AI scene detection, AI beautify and AI portraits that allow users to create amazing photos with ease.
Performance and battery life of Redmi Note 7 :
The batter of the Redmi Note 7 is fully supported by Qualcomm®Snapdragon™ 660 AIE SoC, with a 2.2GHz maximum clock speed, ensuring uncompromised peak performance when playing games and processing data.
Redmi Note 7 carries on the Redmi tradition of excellent battery life with its large 4000mAh battery, which will last over a day for almost all users. Recharge via the USB Type-C port, and enjoy shorter charging times thanks to support for Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 4. Redmi Note 7 also includes an IR blaster capable of controlling numerous home appliances, such as televisions or air conditioners. In addition, it comes with Smart PA audio for louder and higher-quality sound.
Redmi Note 7 Price and availability in Nigeria:
Redmi Note 7 will come in Space Black, Neptune Blue, and Nebula Red. It will retail at NGN 66,900 for 4GB+64GB, and NGN 75,500 for 4GB+128GB. Starting from April 29, 3GB+32GB version will be available first on Jumia. 4GB+64GB and 4GB+128GB versions will be on sale through offline channels from May 6.
Specifications Redmi Note 7
KEY FEATURES of Redmi Note 7
48MP Ultra clear camera, 48MP+5MP AI Dual Rear Camera
13MP Front Camera
Snapdragon 660 Octa Core, up to 2.2GHz
Immersive viewing experience: 6.3” Water drop full screen display; 2340*1080 FHD+ , 409PPI
The 5th Corning Gorilla Glass, Strong resistance to falling
Low power consumption with 4000mAh big battery
Gradient Color, Glass Body
Network: GSM B2:1900/ B3:1800/ B5:850/ B8:900 MHz
WCDMA B1:2100/ B2:1900/ B4:1700/ B5:850/ B8:900 MHz
LTE B1:2100/ B3:1800/ B4:1700/ B5:850/ B7:2600/ B8:900/ B20:800/ B38:2600/ B40:2300 MHz
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