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Managing Director of Premium Pension Limited, Wilson Ideva, in this interview with with journalists, speaks on the new Contributory Pension Scheme in Nigeria, compares it with the old defined benefit scheme, highlights the impacts of the scheme on the nation’s economy, among other issues. SOLA ALABADAN...

Universities across Africa must link up their agricultural research and teaching programmes to help modernise farming on the continent, a conference heard. Speakers told the UN’s third Financing for Development conference in Ethiopia this week that universities should align their agricultural science efforts and collaborate with each other to compete internationally. Nkosazana...

By Emmanuel Okwuke, Lagos   President Muhammadu Buhari has pledged that his administration will take decisive actions to correct the neglect of research, science and technology by past governments. He stated this in Abuja recently, after being briefed on the activities of the Ministry of Science and Technology. President Buhari declared that his administration will...

The first Malaria vaccine has received the green light from European regulators, opening the door for vaccination campaigns for infants in Africa. This a big leap forward for the RTS’s vaccine after decades of research. Also known under the commercial name Mosquirix, the vaccine is intended to protect children aged six weeks to 17 months against the mosquito-transmitted...

Mauritius’s incoming president, scientist Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, has pledged to target science diplomacy and to export the island’s “good practices” in research. The government proposed Gurib-Fakim as the new president on 1 June, just days after then-president Rajkeswur Purryag resigned. The parliament confirmed her appointment this week. Gurib-Fakim is a chemistry...

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has called for increased investment in a nuclear technology that could tackle the global food crisis. Induced mutation, where the mutation rate in crop seeds is increased by exposure to radiation or certain chemicals, creates a large number of genetically different plants that can then be screened for desirable traits such...

During President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to the United States recently, the United States (US) Trade and Development Agency provided a grant to Quaint Global Energy Solutions for a $160 million solar power project being developed in Kaduna. “This project is a great example of how the US and Nigeria are working together to increase electricity access under President...

A UN programme to improve access to research funding and technology for poor nations is set for approval this week, according to sources close to the negotiations. The Technology Facilitation Mechanism will include a website and, possibly, a mobile phone app that will unite all UN programmes related to research and development in science. It will also map global science...

Governments could come under pressure to make information on biological resources openly available, following a decision approved at last week’s conference of parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Brazil. According to its decision, the COP “invites parties and other governments, as appropriate, to provide free and open access to all past, present,...

The Next Einstein Forum (NEF) has launched the search for fifty-four of Africa’s top young science and technology ambassadors, one from each African country. The selected NEF Ambassadors will join the NEF Fellows Class as young science and technology champions from Africa. NEF Ambassadors will attend the NEF Global Gathering in March 2016 in Dakar, Senegal, where they...