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Chinese ambassador hails relations with Nigeria at 50, tasks Africa China on better collaboration

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Cui presents the award

It was a celebration of a good and fruitful diplomatic relationship between China and Nigeria on Friday in Abuja.

At an award event organised by the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Nigeria for the 50 years of ties between the two countries, the Chinese 14th ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Cui Jianchun thanked Nigerians for their great friendship.

In his speech at the event that gave awards of friendship to 50 Nigerians called friends of China, he expressed satisfaction at the thriving good relations between the two countries.

He had noted that the award was slated for October 1, even though the relationship was 50 last February.

Cui noted that October 1 was chosen for the event due to the importance of the date to the two countries.

While October 1 is Nigeria’s Independence Day, it is China’s National Day since the days of the People’s Republic in 1949.

Ambassador Cui makes his speech

Ambassador Cui re-echoed his agenda, the GDP 5GIST. The GDP in the 5GIST project represents – growth, development, and progress among the two sides.

The goals of the GIST are broken down into political support for each other; economic cooperation; military collaboration; international coordination and people-to-people bond.

Cui is upbeat that with the agenda pursued conclusively, the years ahead for the two countries would be brighter and of the higher impact than imagined. He said he would devote all his efforts and energies towards the actualization of the agenda.

He used the occasion of the event at the Chinese Cultural Centre, Abuja to reassure Nigeria of the continued commitment of the Chinese government to work more with Nigeria in mutual growth.

The 50 persons honoured as contributors to the growth of the relationship were drawn from the education sector, including 12 teachers who use their profession to promote learning of Chinese language and culture.

Cui and Emewu discuss better ties, collaboration

Others were from the media, academia, public service, the security system, the banking sector, and many more.

He used the opportunity to urge the awardees to do more for the relationship of China and Nigeria, assuring them that China stands ready to give them support especially at the people-to-people relations.

Among the awardees was Ikenna Emewu, Editor-in-Chief of the Africa China Economy (ACE) Magazine.

Further, at a private interaction between Cui and Emewu after the award event, the top envoy who had announced to the audience of the new book on China by Emewu, China: Rise and Global Influence in the 21st Century, while handing him the award, praised the organisation’s steadfastness in working for the creation of awareness of the goods of China using the media.

Mr. Cui at the private forum with Emewu said the embassy and the government of China appreciate the role of the ACE in telling the true story of China, as against the propaganda and falsity planted to tarnish the clout of China in global affairs.

He assured the ACE that the embassy would do all within its powers to encourage it to do more for the days ahead.

In his response, Emewu thanked the ambassador and also promised that the media organisation would not relent in its passion for the objective.

He also promised the ambassador that the ACE would support all his projects to make Nigerians and the world to know about the positives of China and especially how the country has sincerely contributed positively to the economic growth and industrialization of Africa.

Emewu admires the two books the ambassador presented him

He told the envoy that its resolve to tell the China story truthfully must be sustained as it keeps populating the media space with professional truths and ethical reports of the right things China is doing in Nigeria and Africa.

ACE operates on its online platform and hard copy publications.

Ambassador Cui also presented Emewu with two copies of a classical book on Chinese economic growth – The Road to Reform by Zhu Rongji.

Also at the private discussion were the Chinese deputy ambassador, Mr. Zhao Yong, and other senior diplomats such as Mr. Wu Baocai of the political parties cooperation department.

Nigerian engineer builds drone to detect kidnappers, terrorists dens

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A Nigerian Robotic Engineer, Dr. Olusola Ayoola has developed a Carbon Emission Tracker (CET) Drone for aerial surveillance in detecting hideouts of criminals within caves and forest areas. Dr. Ayoola is the founder of Robotic and Artificial Intelligence Nigeria (RAIN), an indigenous AI firm based in Ibadan, Oyo State. In an interview with TechDigest.ng, Ayoola revealed that criminals hiding in caves and forested areas cannot escape the innovative capability of drone surveillance offered by the Carbon Emission Tracker Drone (CETD).

He explained that the CEDT also utilizes the geo-spatial intelligence technology capable of scanning the entire expanse of forests, game reserves and other uninhabited spaces thereby making it difficult for criminals to escape detection. “We discovered the Carbon Emission Detection Based Aerial Surveillance which allows for a drone to sniff out hideouts through the carbon their activities emit. As long as human life exists in a forested location, there must be carbon emission, be it under a cave, under a canopy or inside a bunker. “This novel solution comes with a barrage of many other possibilities and insight into how we can bring back security to our dear Nation and other nations in Africa. We cannot overemphasize the role of geospatial intelligence. So, wherever government cannot be physically present, the government’s intelligence must always be. “With this new technology, we can quickly scan the entirety of our forests and games reserves to generate a real map of which spots of these hitherto assumed uninhabited forests have suddenly spiked up in human activities. “If this is an indication of a criminal enclave rapidly developing across the country, then it helps us nip the growth in the bud before it becomes another combative force’’, he said.

Ayoola appealed for assistance from the federal government to enable RAIN to expand its research and development initiatives and develop other transformative digital innovations so as to uplift Nigeria’s technological capabilities. He added that his firm is home to talented young innovators who are dedicated to searching for digital technology-powered solutions to diverse economic and social problems. “I will need the federal government to weigh in on the capability of RAIN, I mean Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Nigeria. We need to expand physically, financially and technically. We do not have all the resources which our counterparts in the USA and China have. “If the government decide to fund RAIN directly, Nigeria can overtake many countries in these areas. Sometimes all you need is willing followership, for good leaders to thrive. At RAIN we have the best crop of youths who have dedicated themselves and their talents to finding solutions to National problems’’, Ayoola added.

Other digital technology inventions by Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Nigeria (RAIN) include solutions for management of the energy sector, a modular road traffic light system, an artificial vision for the blind, personal security wireless perimeter fencing for private homes and for saving soldiers from ambush. A first-class graduate of Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Ibadan, and obtained a Distinction in Masters Degree and doctorate degree in Robotics for Extreme Environments in the University of Manchester UK. He had worked with a Robotics Firm to address some of the UK’s Nuclear Decommissioning challenges before returning to Nigeria.

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Railway Corporation confirms bandits attacked train, track

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The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) has confirmed that the reported bandits’ attack on the Abuja-Kaduna railway track and train is rue.

The Managing Director, Fidet Okhiria confirmed to The Guardian that there was actually an attack that damaged the railway track between Dutse station, Abuja and Rijana in Kaduna.

After Senator Shehu Sani announced the attack on the train he was one of the passengers, there has been pandemonium on the social media as the report has proceeded beyond mere photos to video shots of the damaged track and train car.

Sani on his Twitter account wrote that he escaped death as terrorists ‘bombed’ Kaduna-Abuja train

The bombing incident on the track was on Wednesday, while the train be boarded ran into the damaged track on Thursday.

In a tweet, the former lawmaker alleged that terrorists had attacked a Kaduna-Abuja train on Wednesday with explosives.

He alleged that the terrorists also opened fire on the engine driver and tank of the train.

“Yesterday, terrorists attacked the Kaduna-Abuja railway with an explosive and opened fire on the train, targeting the engine driver and the tank.

“This morning, I was on board when our train ran over another explosive damaged rail track. It took a miracle for us to escape,” he said.

Nnamdi Kanu pleads not guilty as lawyer asks for his transfer to Kuje

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Kanu with his lawyers in court Thursday

Leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu on Thursday pleaded not guilty to the charges of treason and terrorism preferred against him at the Federal High Court Abuja.

Kanu took his plea at the re-arraignment before Justice Binta Nyako after delayed and postponed plans to bring him to court and said he was not guilty of any of the seven amended counts filed against him.

Kanu was intercepted in Kenya and brought back to Nigeria at the end of June and eventually brought to court today.

At the hearing, his lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor applied to the court to transfer his client to the Kuje correctional facility instead of the custody of the DSS where he has been detained without access to his family and even lawyers.

Kanu listening to the court proceedings Thursday in Abuja

But the court did not grant the application.

Outside the court, Ejiofor told journalists that he was not pleased with the way Kanu was arraigned which he said wasn’t open as journalists were totally banned from the courtroom.

He complained also that even his team of lawyers were stopped from accessing the courtroom and only him allowed to be there.

He cautioned the Nigerian government to make sure that Kanu’s trial is made open to the whole world to see and should not be a clandestine affair.

He further asked that the federal government should not be allowed in law to benefit from its wrong as Kanu was illegally abducted from Kenya and forced back to Nigeria for trial.

Before the short court proceedings today, one of his lawyers, Aloy Ejimakor had complained bitterly outside the courtroom that he would not accept to go into the court alone as the rest of the lawyers in Kanu’s team were barred from the trial.

He said the approach was not acceptable in the delivery of justice and doubted if the FG had plans to make the process credible.

Many Igbo leaders, lawyers, politicians were stopped from getting into the court to witness the trial.

Some of them included Dr. Emeka Ezeife, former governor of Anambra State, Eze Nd’Igbo Abuja, Eze Gibson Nwosu, Senator Ifeanyi Uba of Anambra State who had applied to the court to enable him to meet Kanu in detention.

Many lawyers and journalists expressed their displeasure with the security style of barring them from a trial that has every ingredient of politics and sentiments and asked the judiciary and the security system to make sure that does not repeat in Kanu’s next adjourned hearing.

China’s first solar exploration satellite sent into space

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By Feng Hua, People’s Daily

China’s first solar exploration satellite named Xihe was sent into space aboard the country’s Long March-2D carrier rocket from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in north China’s Shanxi province on Oct. 14.

The satellite is expected to fill in the gap in high-quality observation data on the source regions of solar eruptions by conducting the world’s first space exploration of solar Hα spectral imaging.

The sun-probing science and technology experiment satellite, whose main scientific payload is a solar space telescope, weighs 508 kg and has a designed lifespan of three years. It will operate in a sun-synchronous orbit at an altitude of 517 km and with an inclination of 98 degrees, which allows it to go over Earth’s North and South Poles and carry out 24-hour continuous observation of the sun.

The solar Hα spectral line is one of the most useful spectral lines for the study of the responses of the photosphere and chromosphere to solar activities.

Through data analysis of the spectral line, scientists can get information about physical changes in the sun during solar eruptions, such as its atmospheric temperature and velocity, and study the dynamic processes and physical mechanisms of solar eruptions.

With the rapid development of aerospace technology, more than 70 satellites have been sent into space globally for solar observation since the 1960s. They have focused on observational studies of sunspots, solar flares, and coronal mass ejections.

“Exploring and studying solar activities and coming up with countermeasures can reduce or avoid their adverse impact on the Earth,” said Zhao Jian, director of the Earth Observation System and Data Center of the China National Space Administration (CNSA), who believes it absolutely necessary for China, a major country in aerospace, to carry out solar exploration in time.

The country has formulated two solar exploration projects, which were named after Xihe, the sun goddess in charge of time and calendar in ancient Chinese mythology who has been well known as the mother of the sun, and Kuafu, a giant in Chinese mythology who chased after the sun, according to Zhao, who said the projects represent China’s solutions and contributions to solar exploration.

While the recently launched satellite Xihe represents China’s first step toward solar exploration, the Kuafu mission is designed to develop and launch another solar observation satellite—the Advanced Space-Based Solar Observatory. As part of the space-science pilot project of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), the Kuafu mission is scheduled to be launched in 2022.

The successful launch of Xihe marks China’s official entry into the era of solar exploration, Zhao said, adding that the satellite bears great significance as it will conduct the world’s first space exploration of solar Hα spectral imaging and involve new methods and new technologies for astronomical velocity measurement and navigation based on spectral information.

Solar exploration has become a hotspot of global space exploration missions. China ranks second in the world in terms of the number of published research papers on solar observation, but all the satellite-generated data used by Chinese scientists came from foreign spacecraft, according to Zhao.