The Nigerian Army Resource Centre (NARC), Abuja, today held the Wednesday edition of the weekly Subject Experts Briefing at Hall B, TY Buratai Block, NARC Abuja. Three Subject Experts assigned to cover the State of Israel, Islamic Republic of Iran, North Africa and Turkey, and China made briefings on some of the current happenings in their respective areas of expertise.
The first presentation was by Brigadier General SN Eze, Subject Expert on Israel and Iran. He gave an overview of the latest happenings in those countries and elucidated more on the plan by “Iran to Mount 550,000 Rooftop Solar Units By 2025”. One will recall that the issue of solar energy and invariably the state of Nigerian electricity generation had been previously discussed at the centre. However, the presenter sought to highlight solar energy developments in other countries further and bring the continuing challenge of power generation and distribution in Nigeria. The presentation was informative and robust, highlighting the vast sums of money already expended thus far on electricity generation within the country and the impact of a lack of energy. The presenter drew analysis and lessons for Nigeria and recommendations that sparked robust discussion during the interactive session.
The second presentation was by Brigadier General CA Ovbude, Subject Expert North Africa and Turkey. He focused on the assertion by “World Travel and Tourism Council that Middle East Tourism Revenues could Grow to $246 Billion in 2022”. Brigadier General Ovbude highlighted the benefits of tourism particularly, to the middle eastern region and suggested the possibilities of such fear by Nigeria. He however noted the challenges facing the Nigerian tourism and stated that, that notwithstanding, tourism still holds great potentials as revenue generating venture for Nigeria. At the end of his presentation, he proferred solutions and ways forward for Nigeria.
The final presentation was made by Major General KO Ogundele (Rtd), Subject Expert on China. After an overview of happenings in China, he drew the attention of the audience on the continued existence and dangers of the COVID-19 pandemic. He anchored his concern over reports “Mainland China Recorded First Covid-19 Deaths since January 2021and Over 4,000 New Infections on Sunday 20th March 2022”. He then reiterated the continued menace of Covid-19 across the world and in Nigeria, highlighting the need to maintain high vigilance and continue to observe COVID-19 protocols.
Present at the briefing were the Executive Director Consult, NARC Abuja, Major General JGK Myam, Director of Research, Professor CBN Ogbogbo and other management staff, Senior Research Fellows and Research Fellows, Consultants, senior officers, and other staff of the Centre.