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Chapter update: Nigeria February 2010

Report on recent trip to South Africa
Contributed by Giandomenico Massari

The Internet Society Nigeria Chapter, The Nigerian Society of Engineers Port Harcourt Branch, the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Rivers State and the Rivers State Government, Nigeria have been in  partnership in a programme tagged “ICT4ALL”. In this programme they are evangelizing ICT to make ICT awareness common in schools and using ICT to boost agriculture with the “Growing Connection” concept. On 8-13 February 2010, the ISOC Nigeria Chapter and the NEPAD team travelled to South Africa to visit an agricultural project and the NEPAD African Secretariat in Midrand, South Africa were they met with the CEO of NEPAD, Dr. Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, who is a former Prime Minister of Niger Republic.

The ISOC/NEPAD team visited several Earth Box farms in Johannesburg and Durban, South Africa. The team was taken to the farms in the two cities by Jonathan Norton of Operation Lion Heart of South Africa.
On return back home to Nigeria, the ISOC/NEPAD team has held meetings and is working towards the implementation of the project here in Nigeria. A time-line in executing the project in Nigeria has been slated.

3rd from right, Dr. Tex Wariboko (Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor and Rivers State Coordinator on NEPAD) and 4th from right, Dr. Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, (CEO of NEPAD) in the NEPAD CEO’s office in Midrand, South Africa on 12 February 2010
    3rd from right, Dr. Tex Wariboko (Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor and Rivers State Coordinator on NEPAD) and 4th from right, Dr. Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, (CEO of NEPAD) in the NEPAD CEO’s office in Midrand, South Africa on 12 February 2010

nigeria-1.jpgL-R: Engr. (Chief) Giandomenico Massari (ISOC Nigeria Chapter), Dr. Tex Wariboko (SA to R/S Gov & coordinator NEPAD Rivers State), Ashford Etela (NEPAD Rivers State), Christy Bobo-Jama (NEPAD Rivers State), Engr. Otueneh Otunte John (ISOC Nigeria Chapter) & Jonathan Norton (Operation Lion Heart, South Africa) in an agricultural farm in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa on 11 February 2010
nigeria2.jpg    L-R: Engr. (Chief) Giandomenico Massari (ISOC Nigeria Chapter), Dr. Tex Wariboko (SA to R/S Gov & coordinator NEPAD Rivers State), Ashford Etela (NEPAD Rivers State), Christy Bobo-Jama (NEPAD Rivers State), Engr. Otueneh Otunte John (ISOC Nigeria Chapter) & Jonathan Norton (Operation Lion Heart, South Africa) in an agricultural farm in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa on 11 February 2010

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