Viqta.com http://www.viqta.com Tech, scholarships, opinions and general information Thu, 07 Dec 2017 15:59:50 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.8 Don’t Sell Yourself Into Slavery, Make Your Leaders Accountable http://www.viqta.com/dont-sell-slavery-make-leaders-accountable/ http://www.viqta.com/dont-sell-slavery-make-leaders-accountable/#respond Thu, 07 Dec 2017 15:59:50 +0000 http://www.viqta.com/?p=788 “For me to do my job effectively, we need to continue to earn public confidence. That involves transparency and accountability.” The above quote is credited to American politician Elizabeth Esty, the current U.S. Representative for Connecticut’s 5th congressional district. I don’t know anything about her sincerity in making this statement. But, in the ideal world, […]

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“For me to do my job effectively, we need to continue to earn public confidence. That involves transparency and accountability.”

The above quote is credited to American politician Elizabeth Esty, the current U.S. Representative for Connecticut’s 5th congressional district. I don’t know anything about her sincerity in making this statement. But, in the ideal world, this is how elected leaders ought to think.

Sadly, I think it will be hard to find any politician around here that thinks this way. I’m sure the few that may come close are likely to be rendered ineffective by the majority that wishes no good to the masses of this country.

Change

There has been so much talk in recent weeks about how Nigerians and other Africans seeking greener pastures outside their homelands were being enslaved in Libya. That’s quite sad. But lack of transparency and accountability by our leaders – more preferably, rulers – is to blame for this.

The insincerity, selfishness and lack of concern by these politicians have put many average Nigerians in serious quagmire. A huge number of these people can hardly meet their basic needs. This could be as a result of low income, unpaid salaries, or outright lack of job. Little wonder then than many are seeking to find their way out of here.

I won’t discourage anyone that thinks the grass is greener on the other side, even when it may not be. But I don’t think it’s worthwhile travelling through Libya and going on the high seas to reach Europe.

What Are The Issues?

It is no secret that we mostly have people who don’t care a hoot about us in political offices. How many corrupt political office holders can we convincingly say were made to pay the just price for sharp practices? I can’t honestly remember any. In a society where impunity thrives, there is hardly much to be hopeful about.

So, I don’t blame you if you want out of here. But I won’t support inter-country land and sea travel to reach Europe. You probably already know why, but let me shed a little light on this all the same.

Slavery

The trending news recently is that about migrants that were being sold as slaves in Libya. Imagine people who paid to reach Europe ending up being sold as slaves. That just doesn’t make sense. According to a recent exclusive report by the CNN, human beings were being sold for as low as $400! That’s crazy.

It is saddening to learn some of these people paid up to N0.5 million, probably more, for their journey and still ended up as slaves. There is even story of women there being used as sex slaves. They are repeatedly being impregnated and maltreated. Awful.

Libya is not an entirely safe country for the citizens, let alone people who are from elsewhere. There is no real government to command as much as respect as the late Muammar Gaddafi used to. There are militant groups and rebels everywhere. Yet, people in their desperation felt such a country was safe to pass through.

Migrants in areas controlled by recognised government has hope. I don’t know what becomes of those sold as slaves in rebel strongholds. Is this risk worth living Nigeria for? I don’t think so.

Death

Well, let’s say you are lucky to make it through Libya. Do you have any idea of what awaits on the high sea? We often hear of migrants dying on the high sea as a result of storms or other factors. It is even said that some get thrown overboard.

There was a report recently of how 26 young Nigerian girls were found dead on the Mediterranean sea. As a formality, sort of, the government commiserated with the families of the deceased, describing their deaths as ‘monumental loss and a sad moment for our country.’ Talk about medicine after death.

Have things seriously degenerated to the level of wanting to brave such hazardous adventure to reach Europe? I think this could only be worthwhile if there was war in the country, something we don’t pray for.

You may feel I’m one of those benefitting from the current system, with this being why I sound this way. Definitely not. I’m a confirmed ‘ajepako’ and have been one all my life. I just don’t think this highly risky journey is worthwhile.

Organ harvesting

When people embark on journey of this kind, they never know what may happen at their destination or on the way. Among the risks that could be involved is an illegal practice called organ harvesting.

I assume you have probably heard something about this. The practice often involves killing a person to obtain his or her internal organs. The recent Libyan slavery phenomenon has brought this to the fore again. Who knows what slave masters can do to or with individuals they buy?

Researchers have observed an increase in illegal organ trade. A report by Global Financial Integrity estimated that those involved make up to $1 billion and even higher in profits every year.

There is, of course, ready market for human organs in many countries for diverse reasons. You probably have an idea what some devilish people around here can do with such. Over in the United States, many thousands of people are said to be on waiting list for organ transplantation due to lack of donors.

In a 2005 article, Sheri R. Glaser narrated the case of a Uzbek woman who lost her husband to suspected illegal organ traffickers. The man was promised a job in Canada. He was found dead alongside his children and others who wanted to relocate with him days after they were thought to have travelled. Organs were missing.

Demand The Rightful From Your Leaders

Maybe this country would have been better if people can use the same desperation they have to travel out to demand accountability from their leaders. How come we are so blessed with both human and natural resources yet majority live in penury?

Yet, we see people who ought to work to improve our lives living large. While they keep telling us the economy is experiencing a tough time, we hear almost every time how millions and billions of dollars are being misappropriated.

Truth be told, we cannot continue to shy away from making this political office holders accountable to us. It’s time to make the supposed rights we have to work for us. We should stop being fooled and distracted while we get milked to the bone.

It’s disappointing that we are already hearing some people campaigning for a former vice president despite being aware of his antecedents. The present government has failed us; it’s been a while since we started noticing the so-called change was a ruse. But is that man any better?

We Don’t All Have To Run…Yet

We can all choose to run away. But we need to have it in mind that no place is like home. We can only be second-class citizens or slaves elsewhere. Let’s demand to be the king we ought to be in our homeland.

There are just too many things going wrong in the country, so much impunity. If we don’t demand change, I don’t see life improving for the average man. Civil society groups and activists we need you!

How I wish we have politicians in Nigeria that think along the same line as people such as Elizabeth Esty. I mean Individuals who have concerns for those who elected them. Shame on those who collect things from these lots to vote for them, thinking those are dividends of democracy. Shame! What a country!

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How Can Restructuring Happen in Nigeria? http://www.viqta.com/can-restructuring-happen-nigeria/ Thu, 14 Sep 2017 17:41:21 +0000 http://www.viqta.com/?p=763 Some time back ‘change’ was the keyword. But not long after, some of us were left wondering whether what we started seeing was the so-called change. And now, ’restructuring’ is the word floating around everywhere in Nigeria. Respected figures in the country have also added their voice on the need for this. Nobel Laureate Wole […]

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Some time back ‘change’ was the keyword. But not long after, some of us were left wondering whether what we started seeing was the so-called change. And now, ’restructuring’ is the word floating around everywhere in Nigeria. Respected figures in the country have also added their voice on the need for this.

Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka expressed support for same at a recent event. Even certain persons with seeming ulterior motives are among others supporting the idea.

But what do people have in mind when discussing restructuring? This is no doubt a rather ambiguous concept, as we can see in the country. What it entails for a person may not be what another conceives. How likely is this to happen?

Restructuring-change

What is Restructuring?

To restructure, according to the Cambridge Dictionary, is ‘to organize a company, business, or system in a new way to make it operate more effectively.’ Restructuring Nigeria, in this case, rightly means re-ordering our system of government – of doing things – for things to run more efficiently. The hope is that this will enable every Nigeria to enjoy better quality of living.

Nigeria operates federal system of government, or so we are made to believe. Ideally, this is the best we could probably ask for, considering the great diversity of people. Let’s tell ourselves the truth: our experience is not the perfect federalism you might have read about in textbooks.

The relationship between federal and state governments is far from the ideal. The former is superior, too much so, to the latter. There appears to be excessive accumulation of power at the centre.

The outcome of the current situation of things is the increasing calls for restructuring. But, as we have seen, this seems to mean different things to different people.

How Do You View Restructuring?

This question might sound redundant or maybe stupid. But the truth is that restructuring may mean anything you conceive it to be.

Greater power for federating units

Some see it as giving more powers to the state. The current federal arrangement is not the best we can have. States have become beggars of sort to the centre. During periods of economic crises, it is not uncommon to see them running cap-in-hand to the federal government for revenue sharing.

States have no control over resources in their domain; everything belongs to the central government. This inability to control exploration of resources by individual states has a connection to most political issues around this part.

Revenue derived from a state gets shared out to others, even those contributing nothing. Now, will such a state or people there be happy? The other time I heard on-air that tax proceeds from alcohol consumption get to states that prohibit consumption. While I’m not the type that drinks alcohol, I think this is unfair!

Regionalism

Some other actors think restructuring is going back to regional government of yesteryears. These cannot be said to be wrong, though. The current system, in my own view, appears to have made some parts of the country lazier. For instance, agriculture, which some of these could focus on, is left to suffer. Regionalism may not be a bad idea really, from this perspective. Competition could make us better.

Secession

Restructuring, for some, is being allowed to secede from the country. Let us go if you won’t help our situation. Well, everyone knows what cooks his beans. Available evidence suggests this may not necessarily be the best, though. Consider the Sudan example.

Unfortunately, I do not always believe that the other man has my best interest at mind. That’s what experience here can do to you. Most of these political actors do not have your interests at heart. If you want to be objective, you will observe that all those bent on running this country aground are not all from a particular part. They all come from different sections.

I find it saddening, therefore, when some clueless, ordinary Nigerians exhibit their folly on public forums, such as Nairaland. Any report of a bad incidence leads to tribal name calling. A pity.

Should You Be Optimistic About Restructuring?

Well, that’s for you to decide. I am not optimistic, if you care to know. The sham ‘democracy’ we practice around here may not allow that to become a reality. Majority decision required for that may not be feasible, considering the lopsided arrangement of the National Assembly, the legislature. You got the clue?

With the system of government we operate around here, I do not think a saint can make things to improve for better. The dubious checks and balances or separation of powers won’t let that work. For instance, a bill with good intention may never scale through the legislature, if some interests would suffer.

How likely do you think it will be to make the lawmakers reveal their entire earnings, along with allowances? They might tell you the constitution allows them to keep it secret. So how about amending that constitution? It’s not happening.

The legislature and the judiciary are not necessarily minnows to the executive, as one Mr. Lloyd Ukwu wrote in an article. We have heard stories. They are all to blame, I dare say. The whole experience is just depressing.

However, I agree with Mr. Ukwu’s call for a National Conference. This should contribute ideas for the drafting of a new constitution. The outcome needs to be put to the people to vote on in a referendum. It is only then that a constitution can rightly claim that the people in a country agreed to live under it.

The only other solution I can think of is costly and may not be worthwhile in the longer term. Don’t ask me what that is. I don’t want law enforcement disturbing my peace. I beg you.

Are You Part of The Problem or Solution?

Restructuring starts with each one of us, I would say. We also need to realize that the problems that led to the increasing calls for this are the result of the decision and indecision of people like you and I.

If we only sought to live right and justly, we might not have found ourselves in this quagmire. Will you be vindicated by your creator and posterity by what you are doing currently? Think about it.

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Wireless IP Camera vs. PoE IP Camera: Which is Better? http://www.viqta.com/wireless-ip-camera-vs-poe-ip-camera-better/ Mon, 31 Jul 2017 23:53:28 +0000 http://www.viqta.com/?p=759 More and more people are taking up IP network-based technique of video surveillance owing to the flexibility and simplicity they afford users. When talking about IP cameras, these are available in two major variants: wired and wireless. The difference between these two types simply being that a wireless IP camera relies on the use of […]

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More and more people are taking up IP network-based technique of video surveillance owing to the flexibility and simplicity they afford users. When talking about IP cameras, these are available in two major variants: wired and wireless.

The difference between these two types simply being that a wireless IP camera relies on the use of a fitted antenna in making connection to a network. The second version, PoE IP camera, involves the use of a network cable for creating a connection. Focus will be on these two in this piece to help you, to a certain degree, in deciding the one to choose, or perhaps even go for both.

Security ip camera

What is a wireless IP camera?

The answer to that question is probably obvious already. As described earlier, a wireless IP camera is one that utilizes an en suite wireless antenna to transmit video signals after setting up a connection to a network access point. For this to be possible, however, a user will first need to configure the camera. You have to allot it an IP address plus a port to make it feasible to access the device through a network.

You can complete this either manually or automatically using DHCP equipped routers. As a user, you are able to easily access the camera thanks to its integrated firmware. This is built to work with popular web browsers, including Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and some others.

What is a PoE IP camera?

PoE is just an acronym for Power over Ethernet. This describes a system that enables transmission of electrical power along with data using a single Ethernet cable without having any safety issue. PoE IP camera is essentially a network-based camera that utilizes the same network cable for transmitting both electrical power and stream video signal. The camera has its own software. You can control it seamlessly from any computer in your local area network or via the Internet.

Advantages of Wireless IP Cameras over PoE IP cameras

Clutter free

One of the benefits that come with a wireless IP camera is that it does not rely on cables to work. This sets it apart from PoE IP camera. Criminals can destroy cables that are used for network connection in the case of the latter. But this is less probable with wireless security cameras since such shady individuals may have no clue at all where you set them up.

Structure preservation

Besides, a wireless IP camera is best suited in situations where it might not be a great idea or may be awkward laying network cables. This is especially the case in places such as historical or heritage structures or museums. Significant damage may occur if cables were to be laid at locations such as these.

Portability

These cameras can be taken from one place to another easily without worry over availability of cables at the secondary location. An entire wireless setup can be transferred seamlessly to a new area. This makes wireless IP cameras perfect for provisional arrangements such as open-air events or fairs.

Advantages of PoE IP cameras over wireless cameras

Speedy transmission

A PoE IP camera, on the other hand, boasts more rapid rate of video transmission in comparison to its wireless counterpart. PoE network are known to be faster than Wi-Fi. Communication between the camera and client software involves less response time. So, there will be less lag time in getting video feeds direct from the camera.

Reduced risk of fire

The risk of fire event is lower with a PoE IP camera. This is in particular true because it does not rely on AC outlets to supply electric power separately. You certainly know what can ensue when an issue develops with those outlets as a result of overload or another factor. The low voltage an Ethernet cable carries makes it more dependable than regular power cables.

Savings and convenience

PoE IP camera can save you some money. This is considering there is no special need for AC power outlets. You are also free to set up your camera wherever you deem suitable since you are not inhibited by dependence on power outlets. This way, you can put up your security camera in places that are ordinarily hard to reach. An example of such is the roof of your home.

You should be able to make a decision more easily between wireless IP cameras and PoE IP cameras with the information provided here. Each one obviously has its pros and cons. But the qualities you consider more important will ultimately determine which is better for you.

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Nigeria LNG Limited Overseas Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme 2017 http://www.viqta.com/nigeria-lng-limited-overseas-postgraduate-scholarship-scheme-2017/ Thu, 27 Apr 2017 07:29:57 +0000 http://www.viqta.com/?p=755 Are you a graduate looking for opportunity to undergo your Master’s degree studies abroad at no cost? If yes, you may want to check out the Nigeria LNG Limited Overseas Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme 2017. About the Scholarship This scheme by Nigeria LNG Limited (NLNG) supports suitably qualified candidates for their Master’s programmes in the United […]

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Are you a graduate looking for opportunity to undergo your Master’s degree studies abroad at no cost? If yes, you may want to check out the Nigeria LNG Limited Overseas Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme 2017.

Nigeria LNG

About the Scholarship

This scheme by Nigeria LNG Limited (NLNG) supports suitably qualified candidates for their Master’s programmes in the United Kingdom. The company says it seeks to grow the number of highly-skilled professionals in the country with these scholarships. The scheme was launched in 2012, with the first set of beneficiaries leaving for the UK the following year. Scholarship value ranges from $60,000 to $69,000, depending on programme of study.

Are You Qualified to Apply?

You are probably delighted about this opportunity to study abroad. But first things first: are you eligible to apply for the Nigeria LNG Limited Overseas Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme 2017? In answering that question, we need to start by saying your course of study should be one of the following:

• Engineering
• Geosciences
• Environmental sciences
• Management sciences
• Information technology
• Law
• Medicine

The other requirements are that you must:

• Be a Nigerian living within the country
• Have a minimum of second-class (upper division) first degree in a relevant field of study
• Have completed the mandatory NYSC programme
• Not be older than 30 years
• Have not less than an 8.0 IELTS
• Have provisional admission to study in any of the earlier-listed disciplines at a select UK institution
• Possess an international passport with validity of at least a year from September 2017
• Be able to get UK Tier-4 student visa and show evidence of being able to travel by September 2017, if successful
• Not be a direct relative of an NLNG Limited employee

How Do You Apply?

Here are the steps you need to follow to apply for the Nigeria LNG Limited Overseas Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme 2017:

– Visit the NLNG website
– Click on ‘Our CSR’ menu
– Select ‘Education’ from the drop-down menu and click on the Scholarship link on the displayed page

You will be redirected to the scholarship portal where you will need to provide scanned copies of the following along with your application:

• International passport bio-data page
• First (Bachelor’s) degree certificate
• Provisional admission letter from select UK institutions
• IELTS result
• Local government area (LGA) letter of identification

Do ensure you provide all the relevant information and documents when applying. Failure in this regard could lead to disqualification.

You have until 12 May, 2017 to submit your application.

Shortlisted candidates will need to successfully negotiate a selection interview or test before getting an award. So you want to ensure you provide correct contact information and check your email box frequently.

Good luck!

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Nigeria LNG Limited Undergraduate Scholarship Award 2017 http://www.viqta.com/nigeria-lng-limited-undergraduate-scholarship-award-2017/ Thu, 27 Apr 2017 07:24:10 +0000 http://www.viqta.com/?p=751 Interested and suitably qualified Nigerian undergraduates are invited to apply for the Nigeria LNG Limited Undergraduate Scholarship Award 2017. Read on to find out if this is the opportunity you have been waiting for. About the Scholarship This programme was originally targeted at the host communities of Nigeria LNG Limited (NLNG) at inception in 1998. […]

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Interested and suitably qualified Nigerian undergraduates are invited to apply for the Nigeria LNG Limited Undergraduate Scholarship Award 2017. Read on to find out if this is the opportunity you have been waiting for.

Nigeria LNG

About the Scholarship

This programme was originally targeted at the host communities of Nigeria LNG Limited (NLNG) at inception in 1998. It was extended to the rest of the country five years later. Since its creation, the education intervention programme has seen awards being made to more than 2,800 undergraduates, according to the sponsor. Beneficiaries enjoy financial support for the entire duration of their study programme. Interestingly, the award amount has been increased to N300,000 per awardee for each academic session – up from N100,000.

Are You Eligible?

NLNG says the following are the requirements for those interested in the Nigeria LNG Limited Undergraduate Scholarship Award 2017:

• Be a full-time 100-level student in any university in Nigeria
• Have excellent or very good O’ Level results at ONE sitting
• Be a top scorer in the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) examination (whatever that means)
• Not currently benefitting from any other scholarship award
• Not be a direct relative of an NLNG employee

How and When Do You Apply?

According to NLNG, interested candidates are to follow the steps below to apply:

– Visit the NLNG website
– Click on ‘Our CSR’ menu
– Select ‘Education’ from the drop-down menu and click on the Scholarship link on the displayed page

You will be redirected to the scholarship portal. There you will need to provide scanned copies of the following along with your completed application:

• Passport photographs
• WASC/NECO result
• JAMB result
• University admission letter
• Student ID card
• Local government area (LGA) letter of identification

If you are planning to apply for the Nigeria LNG Limited Undergraduate Scholarship Award 2017, make sure you do that before 30 April, 2017.

It is very important that you provide correct contact details for relevant communication.

Good luck!

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 – Specs, Features and Price http://www.viqta.com/xiaomi-redmi-note-4-specs-features-price/ Wed, 12 Apr 2017 12:12:25 +0000 http://www.viqta.com/?p=747 Xiaomi made a convincing statement about its repute of offering superb devices at amazing prices with its Redmi Note 3. That smartphone was a massive success with millions of units sold last year. The Chinese company has since launched a follow-up to that device in the aptly-named Xiaomi Redmi Note 4. What does this one […]

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Xiaomi made a convincing statement about its repute of offering superb devices at amazing prices with its Redmi Note 3. That smartphone was a massive success with millions of units sold last year. The Chinese company has since launched a follow-up to that device in the aptly-named Xiaomi Redmi Note 4. What does this one have to offer?

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4

Design and Display

The design of this Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 successor is largely similar to the previous device. But the all-metal body is even now better. It took various steps to deliver the impressive aluminium look the device sports, according to Xiaomi. The Redmi Note 4 is slimmer at 8.4 millimetres and the rear is less slippery. For the display, it rocks a sharp 5.5-inch Full HD (1080p) display for quality images. The IPS touchscreen, which promises great wide-angle viewing, features a 2.5D glass that adds a curvy feel.

Camera

If you are an Instagram addict, you are not likely to be let down by what the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 brings to the table. On the rear is a 13-megapixel shooter with an f/2.0 lens, phase detection autofocus and dual-tone LED flash. This is capable of Full HD video recording. For your selfies, there is a 5-megapixel front-facing snapper also featuring an f/2.0 aperture lens. You can shoot HD (720p) videos with the secondary camera.

Performance and OS

Under the hood, the Redmi Note 4 hides an eight-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor which looks ready for serious business. There is also an option of a 10-core MediaTek Helio X20 chipset. It is offered in three variants in terms of RAM and storage. RAM ranges from 2 GB to 4 GB and storage from 32 GB to 64 GB. It appears there is also a 16GB version. An Adreno 506 GPU crunches graphics on the device. It is safe to say you should expect great performance on the phablet. It runs Xiaomi’s MIUI 8 software, based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow

Sundry Specs and Features

Users are in for super-fast mobile data download speeds with 4G LTE connectivity, which supports voice over LTE. Connectivity features also include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1 and IR Blaster. There is a fingerprint scanner in the mix for added security. Its humongous 4,100mAh battery offers fast-charging tech for good measure.

Pricing and Availability

The sale of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 has been on for a while. The starting price for the 2GB/32GB model is about $150. This is virtually the same price at which the comparable model of the Redmi Note 3 sold last year. But considering the current foreign exchange situation, you should now expect to pay at least about N70,000 to get a unit of this amazing device. And, of course, variants with greater memory and storage space attract higher prices.

 

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 at a Glance

– All-metal design
– 5.5” Full HD IPS touchscreen
– 13MP PDAF rear and 5MP front cameras
– Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 or deca-core MediaTek Helio X20 processor
– 2GB/3GB/4GB RAM
– 16GB*/32GB/64GB onboard storage
– MIUI 8 (Android 6.0 Marshmallow)
– 4,100mAh battery with fast-charging support
– Fingerprint scanner
– 4G LTE
– IR Blaster

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NNPC Chevron University Scholarship Awards 2017/2018 http://www.viqta.com/nnpc-chevron-university-scholarship-awards-20172018/ Sat, 25 Mar 2017 15:01:54 +0000 http://www.viqta.com/?p=744 It is that time again for Nigerian students in universities across the country to apply for the NNPC Chevron University Scholarship Awards 2017/2018. Continue reading to know whether you are eligible to apply and how to.   About the Scholarship Programme The National University Scholarship awards, a product of the Joint Venture (JV) between Chevron […]

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It is that time again for Nigerian students in universities across the country to apply for the NNPC Chevron University Scholarship Awards 2017/2018. Continue reading to know whether you are eligible to apply and how to.

 

Chevron NNPC logo

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About the Scholarship Programme

The National University Scholarship awards, a product of the Joint Venture (JV) between Chevron Nigeria Limited and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), have been offered for several years already and this year will not be an exception. A number of awards are up for grabs for the 2017-2018 session. This might just be your turn to benefit from the largesse.

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply for the NNPC/Chevron National University Scholarship Awards 2017/2018, you must be:

• A full-time, second-year (200-level) student in a Nigerian university.
• Enrolled for any of the following study programmes:

1. Accountancy
2. Agricultural Engineering and Agricultural Science
3. Architecture
4. Business Administration and Economics
5. Chemical Engineering
6. Civil Engineering
7. Computer Science
8. Electrical and Electronic Engineering
9. Environmental Studies and Surveying
10. Geology and Geophysics
11. Law
12. Mass Communication and Journalism
13. Mechanical and Metallurgical & Materials Engineering
14. Human Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy
15. Petroleum Engineering

The organisers say you cannot apply for any other scholarship awards by Chevron Nigeria Limited, or its affiliates, advertised simultaneously. This means you cannot apply for other programs such as the ongoing Agbami medical and engineering scholarships.

Application

Visit the scholarship page and click the “How to Apply” tab to submit an application for the NNPC Chevron University Scholarship Awards 2017/2018. But first you need to have scanned copies of the following documents ready:

• Recent passport photograph (not older than three months) with white background, measuring 450 by 450 pixels and not larger than 200KB in size.
• School ID card
• Admission letter
• O’ Level result
• JAMB result, and
• Birth certificate
• Local government area letter of identification

Applicants need to give each of these a name that depicts what the document represents.

NOTE: It appears you are going to need your National Identification Number (NIN) issued by the NIMC. Therefore, you will do well to have that ready when applying, although you may be able to add it later.

Check the scholarship page for more comprehensive information on the application process, including frequently-asked questions (FAQs).

Deadline and Selection

Your application for the NNPC Chevron University Scholarship Awards 2017/2018 should be submitted on or before 9 April, 2017. Shortlisted applicants will get invitation to participate in a qualifying test for eventual awards. You need to make sure you submit correct email address and telephone number(s).

Good luck!

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2017 NWAG Scholarships for Female Undergraduates in Nigeria http://www.viqta.com/2017-nwag-scholarships-female-undergraduates-nigeria/ Wed, 08 Mar 2017 13:21:12 +0000 http://www.viqta.com/?p=739 The Nigerian Women Association of Georgia is inviting applications for the 2017 NWAG scholarships for female undergraduates in Nigeria. Read on to learn more about these scholarships and how to apply. About the Scholarship The NWAG scholarships for female undergraduates in Nigeria have been offered annually since the early 2000s. They are the brainchild of […]

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The Nigerian Women Association of Georgia is inviting applications for the 2017 NWAG scholarships for female undergraduates in Nigeria. Read on to learn more about these scholarships and how to apply.

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About the Scholarship

The NWAG scholarships for female undergraduates in Nigeria have been offered annually since the early 2000s. They are the brainchild of an Atlanta, Georgia-based non-profit organisation called the Nigerian Women Association of Georgia (NWAG). The group offers scholarship to a female student from each of the states in the country, including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), every year. The awards are not restricted to those in universities; female students in other tertiary institutions are also eligible.

Successful applicants for the 2017 NWAG scholarships for female undergraduates in Nigeria will get Naira equivalence of $200 each. Please note that these are one-time scholarships.

Eligibility Conditions

The requirements for you to be able to apply for the 2017 NWAG scholarships for female undergraduates in Nigeria are:

• Be a Nigerian from any state of the Federation
• Be a female student in any tertiary institution within the country

Simple requirements, you’d say?

Application and Deadline

Well, this is the part where many students may be turned off. You need to supply the following to apply for the 2017 NWAG scholarships for female undergraduates in Nigeria:

• Proof of state of origin (letter from the office of the local government you hail from or letter of ‘origination’ from your school)
• A recent photograph of yourself
• Photocopy of your latest student ID card
• A letter of recommendation from either your Faculty Dean or Head of Department
• Two letters of recommendation from any two of these people: pastor, imam, local government chairperson, village head or your lecturer
• A typed explanation no longer than half-page on why you think you should be considered for the scholarship
• A double-spaced, typed, two-page long essay on the topic, “Women are marginalized in leadership positions in Nigeria,” writing from the perspective of a woman activist and proposing how to advocate rights of women in government and challenge gender discrimination and early/child marriage

Phew! That’s a lot, you say? If you are willing to provide the requirements needed to apply for the 2017 NWAG scholarships for female undergraduates in Nigeria, you are to forward them along with completed application form, available on NWAG’s website, to either of the following:

nwagscholarship@yahoo.com

OR

P.O. Box 14542,
Atlanta,
Georgia – 30324,
United States.

NOTE: All documents must be in either Word or PDF format.

The subject of your email should be your name and state of origin, if applying via email. You can get more information on the scholarship page linked to earlier.

You have until 31 May, 2017 to submit your application for the 2017 NWAG scholarships for female undergraduates in Nigeria.

Good luck!

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2017 Best Data Plans in Nigeria for Mini Data Users http://www.viqta.com/2017-best-data-plans-nigeria-mini-data-users/ Sat, 04 Mar 2017 11:03:51 +0000 http://www.viqta.com/?p=737 Mini data users? Who are those? Well, that is just a term I feel like using for people who subscribe to daily or weekly data plans. Any data user can fall into this category at one time or the other. You could fall back on these plans on another network if the one you subscribe […]

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Mini data users? Who are those? Well, that is just a term I feel like using for people who subscribe to daily or weekly data plans. Any data user can fall into this category at one time or the other. You could fall back on these plans on another network if the one you subscribe to monthly is having issues. The plans typically cost no more than N500. So then, are you an acute or chronic mini data user? Whichever you consider yourself, we present the best data plans in Nigeria that you may find interesting. Focus will specifically be on daily (including more than one day) and weekly plans.

Nigerian mobile networks logos

Image: Google Images/WapLoadedTech

You may check out the best monthly data plans in Nigeria if you prefer monthly subscription.

Daily Data Plans

Years ago, you had to pay about N150 or more for just 30 MB of internet browsing data. A 10MB data plan went for N100. Today, you can get 30 MB for N50 on Glo network. You get 10 MB at that price from Etisalat. Glo and Airtel offer 30 MB for N100. Etisalat gives N50 MB for the same price and Glo, 60 MB. MTN’s N200 daily plan offers you 100MB. You can have same data allocation on a plan that lasts three days on Airtel at N200. Glo offers 200 MB with validity of five days for that price. Airtel also has a special plan which gives you 5 MB daily for five days for a charge of N100. Here are the codes:

Airtel

N100 (30 MB) – *410#
N100 (5 MB daily for 5 days) – *401#
N200 (100 MB, 3-day validity) – *412#

Etisalat

N50 (10MB) – *229*3*8# or text MI3 to 229
N100 (50MB) – *229*3*1# or text MI1 to 229

Glo

N50 (30 MB) – *127*14#
N100 (60 MB) – *127*51#
N200 (200 MB, 5-day validity) – *127*56#

MTN

N100 (30 MB) – Send 104 to 131
N200 (100 MB) – Send 113 to 131

Caveat on Etisalat’s N50 data plan: I’d like to advise you to proceed with caution as regards the N50 data from Etisalat. This is necessary since it is included in this best data plans in Nigeria piece. I had to subscribe to it for some reason last year and was unable to deactivate auto-renewal following usual procedure afterwards. The plan was repeatedly renewed. When I reached out to customer care, details that are usually required to do a SIM swap were requested from me. I had to abandon the SIM in question because I felt the requirements were excessive and unnecessary.

Weekly Data Plans

Airtel offers a weekly, 80MB data plan for N300 and a 14-day, 750MB plan for N500. Etisalat’s weekly plan of N200 is for 200MB data, while that of MTN which costs N500 offers 750 MB. Glo gives subscribers an unrivalled 1.6 GB for N500 weekly. Take the codes:

Airtel

N300 (80 MB) – *417#
N500 (750 MB, 14-day validity) – *418#

Etisalat

N200 (200 MB) – *229*2*10# or text LCD to 229

Glo

N500 (1.6 GB) – *127*57#

MTN

N500 (750 MB) – Text 103 to 131

Glo again offers some of the best data plans in Nigeria for mini data users. But unlike in the case of monthly data plans, it only leads some of its rivals here just marginally. One thing you may find especially interesting is the Nigerian-owned company’s Flexi Recharge rate. This allows you browse for just N1/MB without an active plan! At that rate, even the company’s unbeatable N100 data plan isn’t worth the money. It represents even more, at least of equal, value than most the data plans in Nigeria mentioned here.

Rejoice, O ye mini data users! 😀

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2017 Best Consumer Monthly Data Plans in Nigeria Costing N8,000 or Less http://www.viqta.com/2017-best-consumer-monthly-data-plans-nigeria-costing-n8000-less/ Wed, 01 Mar 2017 15:56:55 +0000 http://www.viqta.com/?p=734 One can now say more convincingly gone are the days when you had to pay through your nose for data. These days, prices have slumped significantly, to the pleasure of an average customer like me. ;D I think these have become so cheap that you may be called an ‘enemy of progress’ if you are […]

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One can now say more convincingly gone are the days when you had to pay through your nose for data. These days, prices have slumped significantly, to the pleasure of an average customer like me. ;D I think these have become so cheap that you may be called an ‘enemy of progress’ if you are still in the habit of scouting for tricks and loopholes in the systems of the mobile telecommunications companies (telcos). Just saying, with all the relatively cheap data plans in Nigeria these days.

Nigerian mobile networks logos

Image: Google Images/WapLoadedTech

As of the last post on the best data plans in Nigeria 2016, Glo Nigeria reigned supreme. Has anything changed since then? What do these networks now have to offer us in monthly data plans? You will get answers to those questions and more in this post. The focus will be on consumer data plans and, by that, I mean those best suited to non-corporate (non-business) users. I don’t think majority of such users will need to spend more than N8,000 on data every month these days. The monthly plans of interest here will be classified into low, moderate and heavy usage categories. The arbitrary descriptions of these are:

Low usage plans – those costing less than N2,000.
Moderate usage plans – those priced between N2,000 and N4,000.
Heavy usage plans – those with prices higher than N4,000, but less than N8,000.

So without further ado or ‘over-ceremony,’ let’s have a closer look at the best data plans in Nigeria for persons looking to spend no more than N8,000 in a month.

Low Usage Plans

MTN and Airtel offer you 1.5 GB monthly for N1,000, while Etisalat gives just 1 GB. But the usual suspect, Glo, flogs all of them out of the water with an offer of 3.2 GB! Etisalat also has a N1,200 data plan which gives an allocation of 1.5GB data. However, if you are reluctant about coughing out a ‘whopping’ N1,000 monthly, the same company has an offer of 500 MB for N500. Here are the codes to catch the offers:

Airtel

1.5 GB (N1,000) – *496#

Etisalat

500 MB (N500) – *229*2*12# or text ‘LCD2’ (without the quotes) to 229
1 GB (N1,000) – *229*2*7# or text ‘AND1’ to 229
1.5 GB (N1,200) – *229*2*25#

Glo

3.2 GB (N1,000) – *127*53#

MTN

1.5 GB (N1,000) – Text ‘106’ (without the quotes) to 131

Glo offers more data allowance per Naira in this category of best data plans in Nigeria.

Moderate Usage Plans

Like in the case of their N1,000 plans, Airtel and MTN offer you similar browsing data for N2,000. Each of them allocates 3.5 GB, which is only slightly more than what Glo offers for N1,000! Yet, Etisalat can only offer 2.5 GB for N2,000. Glo, in its case, provides 7.5 GB for the same price. Add N500 more and you get a total of 10 GB! Airtel offers 5 GB for the same N2,500. A worse offer is 3.5 GB for N2,500 from Etisalat – hm, who wants that?

Pay N3,000 and get 12 GB internet browsing data from Glo, while N3,500 only gets you 3.5 GB from Etisalat. Airtel has 7GB browsing data for N3,000, while Etisalat gives 6.5 GB for the same price. Glo provides 18 GB for N4,000; you get half of that for the same price from Airtel. Find the subscription codes for each offer in this category of best data plans in Nigeria below.

Airtel

3.5 GB (N2,000) – *437#
5 GB (N2,500) – *437*1#
7 GB (3,500) – *438#
9 GB (4,000) – *438*1#

Etisalat

2.5 GB (N2,000) – *229*2*8# or text AND2 to 229
3.5 GB (N2,500) – *229*2*26# or text AND22 to 229
5 GB (N3,500) – *229*2*9# or text AND3 to 229

Glo

7.5GB (2,000) – *127*55#
10 GB (2,500) – *127*58#
12 GB (3,000) – *127*54#
18 GB (4,000) – *127*59#

MTN

3.5 GB (N2,000) – Send 110 to 131

Glo again takes the crown here.

Heavy Usage Plans

This category of the 2017 best data plans in Nigeria is for others with prices not higher than N8,000. Airtel’s Mega 5 (10GB) and Mega 8 (16GB) plans go for N5,000 and N8,000, respectively. Etisalat offers a measly 11.5 GB for N8,000. Glo has 24 GB for N5,000 and double that data amount for N8,000. In its own case, MTN offers only a N5,000 (10GB) plan in this best data plans in Nigeria category. Here are the codes for the diverse plans:

Airtel

10 GB (N5,000) – *452#
16 GB (N8,000) – *460#

Etisalat

16GB (N8,000) – *229*2*5# or text MB6 to 229

Glo

24 GB (N5,000) – *127*2#
48 GB (N8,000) – *127*1#

MTN

10 GB (N5,000) – Send 116 to 131

It is obvious that Glo once again smacks its rivals in this category of the best data plans in Nigeria on the basis of value for money. Etisalat data plans appear to be the most costly right now. One can easily see why some networks appeared interested in purported data price hike of last year. Glo is clearly winning the price war. This is so unfair! 😀

Important Considerations

Although people often tend to focus more on price, that is not the only factor in determining the best data plans in Nigeria. Individual circumstances determine what is best. While Glo data plans are budget-friendly, they are practically useless if network quality is terrible in your area. There are people who place higher premium on connection quality, including yours sincerely. Many users do not need a data overload.

These days that we can now enjoy blazing-fast 4G LTE connectivity, it is another factor to consider. You can use your existing SIM for LTE data on Etisalat, but it appears you need a special SIM on Glo. Such and other special points need to be factored into the decision on best data plans in Nigeria.

It is left to you to determine what matters most to you – price or connection quality. But the temptation to save money may prove too strong for many. After all, who doesn’t like to have extra money for other expenses?

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