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A look inside Google’s new AI centre in Ghana

 A look inside Google’s new AI centre in Ghana

Google ’s new Artificial intelligence (AI) research laboratory in Accra, Ghana is the first of its kind on African soil.

The tech giant aims to support researchers with the tools and environment necessary to develop AI products to solve numerous problems faced across the continent within the agriculture sector.

The AI Centre will also make use of AI to improve health care – not just the health of human beings but also that of plants.

Google AI center Accra Ghana

Google AI center Accra Ghana

Japanese Government Expresses Interest In Nigeria’s Auto Industry

 The government of Japan through the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) seeks to establish an automotive industry in Nigeria, aimed at strengthening trade bilateral relations between the two countries.

This was revealed, when the permanent secretary, Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr. Evelyn Ngige, received the chief representative of the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), in Nigeria, Mr. Yuzurio Susumu in her office in Abuja.

The permanent secretary appreciated JICA’s collaboration in the review of trade and industrial policies which includes coordination, cooperation and implementation of such policies in Nigeria.

Dr. Ngige urged JICA to leverage on Japan’s trade and industrial policies as a working document in the review of Nigeria’s Trade and Industrial Policies to achieve optimum results.

The permanent secretary further highlighted other areas of collaboration which includes; training of young professionals of the ministry, e-commerce, animation, artificial intelligence and other capacity building programmes stressing that “We need closer engagement with JICA” Ngige.”

Earlier, the chief representative of JICA in Nigeria, Mr. Yuzurio Susumu, stated that the Government of Japan is always ready to collaborate with Nigeria to strengthen trade bilateral relationship between the two countries as his government seeks to establish an automotive industry for Africa, of which Nigeria is the focal point.

Mr. Susumi further stressed that “the world is now moving to a green economy for industrial growth and development and Nigeria cannot afford to be left behind on this global initiative.”

He further explained that other areas of collaborations between the two countries include; trade facilitation, e-commerce, capacity building among others.

OPEC to finance part of the pipeline linking Nigeria to Morocco

Morocco and Nigeria manage to give new impetus to the trans-African gas pipeline project. In this search for funds to try to finance what is already considered a mega-project, the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) will finance 14.3 million dollars for the development of the plan, which translates into 13.5 million euros.

This funding is expected to go towards the second phase of the project's development. The pipeline would link Morocco to Nigeria via an undersea infrastructure that would run along the West African coast and reach Europe. OPEC would be in charge of providing this new financing for what would be a preliminary study, according to the Moroccan Ministry of Economy and Finance in a press release.

The project, which would cover a total of 7,000 kilometres and some thirteen countries, "aims to become a catalyst for economic development in the northwest African region", in response to the cessation of Algerian gas exports after Algeria decided to unilaterally break diplomatic relations with Morocco.

NCC Issues Licenses To MTN, Mafab Comms to commence 5G Operation in Nigeria

 NCC Issues Final Letters of Licence Awards to 5G Spectrum Winners

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has confirmed issuance of the final letters of award of the Fifth Generation (5G) Spectrum Licences to MTN and Mafab Communications, winners of the 3.5GHz spectrum auction conducted by the Commission on Monday, December 13, 2021.

Management of the Commission led by its Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta confirmed this to the Board of Commissioners at the Board's Special Meeting, which took place on Wednesday, April 20 and Thursday, April 21, 2022, where the Board considered updates from Management on the status of the spectrum auction.

With the issuance of the final letters of awards of 5G spectrum and in line with the Auction's Information Memorandum (IM), the two licensees are now expected to accelerate deployment of 5G network that will usher Nigeria into a more robust Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) and a more digitised Nigerian economy.

In line with the terms and conditions of the 5G license, the licensees are expected to commence roll out 5G services effective from August 24, 2022.

The 5G network, when deployed, will bring a lot of benefits and opportunities that will engender accelerated growth and smart living in the country. The technology is also expected to bring substantial network improvements, including higher connection speed, mobility and capacity, as well as low-latency capabilities.

Following a transparent, diligent, fair and credible auction of 3.5GHz on December 13, 2021, the National Frequency Managenent Council (NFMC), chaired by the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, had on February 22, 2022, officially handed over the spectrum allocation for 5G deployment as well as Federal Government-approved National Policy on 5G to the Commission.

Subsequently, the Commission, on February 24, 2022, confirmed the full payment of $273.6 million each by the two spectrum winners, in addition to spectrum assignment fee paid by MTN, for the 5G spectrum licence.

The Commission is optimistic that effective implementation of the National Policy on 5G will accelerate the actualisation of the national targets in the Nigerian National Broadband Plan (NNBP) 2020-2025, the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) 2020-2030, as well as other sectoral policies designed to enhance Nigeria’s digital transformation.

While the licensees are expected to meet the timetable regarding their 5G network rollout obligations, the NCC requires collective efforts and support of the private-sector and government toward transforming every aspect of the nation’s economy through 5G, which will herald greater transformation than what the nation witnessed with the 1G, 2G, 3G and 4G.


Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde

Director, Public Affairs

May 4, 2022

Meta plans to release new virtual reality headsets for remote work between now and the end of 2024

 According to a detailed report from The Information, Meta plans to release no less than four new virtual reality headsets between now and the end of 2024, as the Facebook parent company aggressively pursues founder Mark Zuckerberg’s vision for the metaverse.

The internal roadmap seen by The Information says the first of these headsets is due to be released around September this year. It’s codenamed Project Cambria and is a high-end VR and mixed-reality stand-alone device that will be sold as a tool for remote work, rather than for gaming. In an earnings call last week, Zuckerberg said that the focus for Cambria was “eventually replacing your laptop or work setup.”

Key to this is very high-resolution image quality that will make it easy to read (and write) text inside the headset. Cambria also uses outward-facing cameras to pass through a view of the user’s real-life surroundings, enabling mixed reality, as opposed to full virtual reality, experiences. These features, coupled with its relatively low onboard processing power, differentiate Cambria sharply from other high-end headsets like Vive Pro, which are designed primarily for gaming and require a powerful PC to operate. Insiders at Meta’s Reality Labs call the device “a laptop for the face.” Cambria will reportedly be priced at $799 or higher.

Next after Cambria, in 2023, will be a new version of Meta’s low-end Quest headset, which currently starts at $299. Then, in 2024, both Cambria and Quest will be refreshed with further new versions. At least, that’s Meta’s plan. According to The Information’s report, the social networking company is struggling to adapt to life as a maker of hardware and operating systems, which along with supply constraints has caused frequent delays to its planned push into VR — as well as to the augmented reality glasses it is developing in parallel.

Many other challenges face Zuckerberg’s quest to have us all joining work meetings through VR goggles in Meta’s Horizon Workrooms app. One is compatibility for Meta’s custom VR operating system with common workplace software. Another is the so-far unproven public appetite for VR, or for Zuckerberg’s vision of the metaverse as an immersive, pervasive VR internet where people will work, socialize and shop using avatars. But the Meta CEO is taking a long view. During the recent earnings call, he said Meta was “laying the groundwork for what I expect to be a very exciting 2030.”

ECOWAS Leaders have lifted economic and financial sanctions imposed on Mali

 Leaders from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) gathered to assess efforts to secure timetables for restoring civilian ...


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