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Akwa Ibom may pioneer uninterrupted power supply in Nigeria

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Governor Udom Emmanuel says he is working to ensure that Akwa Ibom becomes the first state to achieve uninterrupted electricity supply in Nigeria.

Speaking at the 25th Nigeria’s Power Sector Stakeholder monthly meeting held in Uyo, Governor Emmanuel said a substation is being built at Ekim as a test run facility for uninterrupted power supply to five Local Government Areas around the clock before moving gradually to other areas.

He noted that out of the 115 megawatts produced by Ibom Power Company, it can only evacuate 80. The Governor expressed optimism that with the calibre of stakeholder’s monthly meetings being held, the passion and commitment, there will be a great success in the nation’s power sector.

The Governor lamented the regular vandalism of power facilities, stating that it is a major problem which puts greater burden on the social services by Government.

He called on all hands to be on deck from the consumers, generating and transmitting companies in the ongoing efforts to address challenges in the sector pointing out that with such approach, they were nearing solutions to electricity problems in Nigeria.

The Governor said he has inaugurated a committee tagged: “Power for all by 2019” to ensure that every house owns a digital meter explaining that the cardinal point of the five point agenda of his administration is also the motivating factor to ensure electricity generation and distribution He thanked the Minister and other stakeholders for the presentation of the Meter Access Provider Regulations 2018 to him and the acknowledgment of Akwa Ibom as number one power state in the country.

The Governor explained that the Akwa Ibom State based Metering Solution Company can meet the need of the entire country and called for collaboration with Distribution Companies in that direction.

According to the Governor, “We provide almost 1,800 Metres everyday but that is based on demand and we have the capacity to do much more than that.”

He assured that given the opportunity, the state based company can meet the entire gap of four point six five million.

The Governor said as at now, the state Government had spent one hundred and forty four billion naira on Federal roads and assets within Akwa Ibom and called for refund. The State Chief Executive announced that by September this year, work will start on a new 500 megawatt generation substation at Ibeno.

In an address, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola said the substations in Uyo and Calabar were completed and ready to be energized pointing out that the substation in Uyo is to be expanded.

The Minister said the Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN was making progress and delivering results, one of which was the regulation that will ultimately democratize access to metres for power sector consumers.

He said over the last one month, the World Bank has approved four hundred and eighty six million dollars to support TCN’s transmission and expansion projects among other things.

According to the Minister, “Negotiations are still progressing to secure funding for rural electrification, DISCOS, GENCOs and TCN on how to implement the new customer policy and increase connectivity to the 2,000 megawatt that is available.

There are indications according to the Minister, that what is outstanding is the agreement on the Tariff that will be paid by eligible customer.

He explained that substations in Keffi, Karo, Abeokuta, Nasarawa and other places have been completed and now in service stating that it was a continuous understanding by TCN to expand its capacity across the Nation.

He spoke of the appreciation of solar power in some parts of the country explaining that government was moving away from theorizing on power to the actual position of efficient power to support businesses.

The Minister who thanked NERC for concluding matters on regulations earlier presented to the meeting said that implementation was the next step and solicited the cooperation of all stakeholders in the value chain.

He stated that the promise of steady power is real, noting that with perseverance, Nigerians will enjoy uninterrupted power supply which is the final destination of the journey.

The Minister advised against any intention to blackmail government and hold the citizens hostage by generating companies and assured critical stakeholders doing businesses in the power sector of government’s support and partnership.

Earlier, the Managing Director of Ibom Power Company, Engineer Meyene Etukudo spoke of efforts by the company to live up to its responsibility but lamented high indebtedness by its creditors.

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Check out this new Apple iPhone XR with a big screen that comes in 6 colors

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Apple just introduced the iPhone XR, a new iPhone that starts at $749 and has a 6.1-inch screen — giving it more screen real estate than the iPhone 8 Plus, which has a 5.5-inch screen.

The phone will be available to order on October 19 and will start shipping on October 26.

The new device is one of three new iPhones Apple introduced Wednesday at its annual event in Cupertino, California. It also unveiled the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max, along with the Apple Watch Series 4.

At that $749 price tag, the iPhone XR is cheaper than either of the other two iPhone models, which start at $999 and $1,099.

What separates the iPhone XR from the other devices is its LCD display, which has a lower resolution than the iPhone XS and XS Max, resulting in a lower price point. It also has a single-lens camera and is made with aluminum.

The iPhone XR will also come in six colors (black, white, red, yellow, coral, and blue) and three storage sizes (64 GB, 128 GB, and 256 GB).

Here’s the iPhone XR in blue:

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And here’s the device in coral:

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Here are the specs:

  • A 6.1-inch “Liquid Retina” LCD edge-to-edge display.
  • No home button.
  • Apple’s A12 Bionic chip.
  • Face ID using Apple’s True Depth camera system.
  • Wireless charging.
  • 1.5 hours more battery life than the iPhone 8 Plus.
  • A single 12-megapixel rear camera lens.
  • Portrait-mode photos using a software feature Apple called “Depth Control.”

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Photos: The Infinix Hot S3X arguably has the world’s best smartphone screen display

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Smartphone display screens are pivotal aspect of a smartphone’s overall functionality. Asides the fact that it makes up at least 78% of the entire phone’s physical build, every operational aspect of the smartphone from the camera, RAM/ROM, processor etc is projected onto the screen. It is the final point of all the algebra and mathematical alignments that go on inside the phone.

Smartphones have undergone a major design change in the last few months. Screen sizes have gone up and display designs have changed a lot. Pretty soon users can buy phones with bendable screen which is why consumers are continually anticipating the next best thing that would render other smartphone screen display output old and irrelevant.

A 5.5-inch panel is no longer the default screen size. By trimming the size of front-facing bezels, modern phones have created room for 6-6.3-inch screens in the same form-factor. Thus, a trend has been set in motion with smartphone screens that come with a cut-out at the top which is the “notch” and a screen that stretches to almost all corners.

The trend that brought forth the smartphone with arguably the world’s best screen display

The Infinix Hot S3X arguably has the world?s best smartphone screen display

Upon close analysis of the Infinix Mobility brand, they seemed to have bitten off more than it chew with a brand’s mantra that singled out young persons as its target audience while fusing tech and fashion as its product focus but its recently released Hot S3X device shows that Infinix remains on the right path when it comes to creating smartphones with exceptional tech features and aesthetics.

The Infinix Hot S3X arguably has the world?s best smartphone screen display

The Infinix Hot S3X arguably has the world?s best smartphone screen display

 

The Hot S3X has a daunting screen display that is made up of a 6.2-inch notch screen smartphone with a full-view display that projects imagery in HD+ which ultimately means a resolution of 720 x 1500 pixels and 267 pixels per inch density.

The Infinix Hot S3X arguably has the world?s best smartphone screen display

The Infinix Hot S3X arguably has the world?s best smartphone screen display

 

It also features 500 nits screen brightness; the device will let the user experience the world almost literally. The images will be significantly larger and more vivid due to the extra viewing space. This will improve the visual experience for both movies and gaming.

Picture taking is an experience to savour on the Hot S3X as the 16MP A.I Selfie and dual rear cameras (13MP+2MP) with dual LED flash are capable of taking photos that have quality to those taken with a professional DSLR camera.

The Infinix Hot S3X arguably has the world?s best smartphone screen display

The Infinix Hot S3X arguably has the world?s best smartphone screen display

 

Other specification on the Hot S3X include: 1.4GHz Octa-core 430 Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 4000mAh battery with 2A quick charge, 4G LTE connectivity, 3GB/4GB RAM, 32GB/64GB ROM expandable up to 128GB RAM through micro SD card, Android V8.1 Oreo + XOS Hummingbird V3.0 and so much more.

The phone with arguably the world’s best smartphone screen display comes in colour variants such as Berlin Grey, Milan Blue, Ice Blue and is currently on sale within every authorised Infinix retail store nationwide for N62,000.

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Nigeria and China to sign $328 Million agreement on ICT as President Buhari arrives Beijing

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On Saturday, President Buhari arrived Beijing to attend the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) holding September 3 – 4, 2018.

 

During the 6-day official visit of the Nigerian President, he is expected to join his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping to witness the signing of an agreement on the National Information and Communication Technology Infrastructure Backbone Phase 11 (NICTIB 11) between Galaxy Backbone Limited and Huawei Technologies Limited (HUAWEI) at the cost of US $328 million facility provided by the Chinese EXIM Bank.

 

The bank facility is for the development of NICTIB 11 project which is consistent with the current administration’s commitment to incorporating the development of ICT into national strategic planning under the National Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP).

 

President Buhari and his Chinese host will also witness the signing of the MOU on One Belt One Road Initiative (OBOR). It may be recalled that in 2013, the Chinese leader proposed the initiative of building the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road, with a view to integrating the development strategies of partnering countries.

 

During the High-Level Dialogue between Chinese and African Leaders and Business representatives on the margins of FOCAC, the Nigerian delegation is also expected to sign no fewer than 25 MOUs, including those proposed by the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC), Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), and Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA).

 

Earlier, the President on arrival at Capital International Airport, Beijing at about 9:04 am (Nigerian time), was received by top Chinese government officials including the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr Zhou Pingjian.

 

Nigeria’s Ambassador to China, Baba Ahmed Jidda and his wife Zahra; the Deputy Chief of Mission, Ambassador Bakori Aliyu Usman; Consular-General of Nigeria, Guangzhou, Shairudeen Oloko; Consular-General of Nigeria, Shanghai, Anderson Madubuike; and Defence Attaché, Brig-Gen. Temitope Ademola were also among those who received the President.

 

President Buhari will tomorrow meet Nigerians living in China before the kick-off of FOCAC on Monday when he will join President Jinping and other African leaders for roundtable sessions which will essentially discuss the report of FOCAC since the 2015 Johannesburg Summit, including the implementation of the ‘‘ten cooperation plans’’ adopted at the last meeting.

 

The Summit is also expected to adopt the Beijing Declaration and the Action Plan for the development of China-Africa cooperation and fashion out new opportunities to grow Nigeria-China comprehensive strategic partnership from 2019 to 2021.

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