One person died while three others were injured in a lone accident on Wednesday along Ore-Okitipupa axis in Odigbo Local Government Area of Ondo State.
The Unit Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Ore, Mr Sikiru Alonge, confirmed the accident to the News Agency of Nigeria in Ore. Alonge told NAN that a private Toyota Camry car marked Lagos, KSF 77 EZ carrying four people had a lone accident due to speeding.
He noted that one male, one female adults and two male children were involved in the accident.
“Four people were involved in a lone accident because of speeding.
One male child died while the other three sustained injuries.
“The corpse of the deceased has been deposited at the General Hospital morgue in Ore while others who sustained injuries were taken to the same hospital for treatment,” Alonge said.
He warned motorists to always maintain normal speed limit, shun speeding and other traffic rules’ violations which could lead to crashes.
The Kaduna State Government, said troops of Nigerian Army have frustrated some bandits along Kaduna-Zaria road and neutralised two of them.
The Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr Samuel Aruwan confirmed the development in a statement issued on Wednesday in Kaduna.
Aruwan said the troops repelled the bandits around Fondisho general area, along the Kaduna-Zaria road in Igabi local government.
He added that operational feedback to the Kaduna State Government revealed that the troops responded quickly to credible intelligence and set up an ambush position at the location.
“On entering the area, the bandits sprang the ambush and came under intense fire as they were stoutly repelled by the troops, two of the criminals were thus neutralized,” Aruwan said.
The commissioner said the state government praised the troops for their swiftness in responding to the intelligence report.
“The government conveyed its appreciation to the troops and other security forces, while encouraging them to sustain the determined efforts to rout all criminal elements.
“Since many of the bandits escaped with gunshot wounds, the government hereby appeals to communities in the general area to report any questionable persons seeking medical attention.
“The security operations room can be reached on 09034000060 and 08170189999,” Aruwan said.
The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), says it will continue to create opportunities for MSMEs to penetrate local and international markets.
The Director-General of SMEDAN, Olawale Fasanya, said this at the opening of the Micro, Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (MSMEs) Opportunity Fair 2022 in Benin on Wednesday.
Fasanya said lack of access to market was one of the challenges that was preventing MSMEs from expanding as well as being competitive.
“The idea of the Opportunity Fair is to impact MSMEs, It is a way to assist them to access market, technology, finance, networking, capacity building.
“If all these are put in place, it means their businesses will run better.
” He said the fair was a one -stop shop to solve the challenges of MSMEs as the different regulatory and business promotion bodies as well as financial institutions were on ground to provide support.
Also speaking, Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo, said that one could not underscore the fact that MSMEs were the engine of any economy, as they remained the largest employers of labour.
Obaseki said the theme for the Fair, ‘Expanding Market Access for Nigerian MSMEs’, reinforced his administration’s objectives to partner with private sector to promote enterprise and skills development in the state.
”‘In Edo, we have been intentional in creating the right atmosphere for the development of small businesses, which have been anchored on the state skills development drive.
” The governor was represented by Hon Afishetu Braimoh, the Commissioner for Industry, Trade and Cooperative in Edo. The governor urged MSMEs owners attending the Fair to leverage the platform provided to showcase their products, services and innovation.
Speaking in his capacity as Commissioner, Braimoh said the state had initiated a project tagged “Farm to Table” where 20 made in Edo products would be promoted to the shelter of top shops in the state.
Braimoh said that the Fair would help MSMEs tackle challenges of lack of market information, access to market as well as harnessing of export potential.
Represented by Mrs Evelyn Imode, the Director, Trade and Promotion in the ministry, the Commissioner said, “this exhibition is a clarion call on all Edo people to improve their patronage of goods and services made in the state.
” “MSMEs activities in the state range from processing to production of consumer goods, from supply of input to the real estate, distribution, and creative industries, among others.
” In her remarks, wife of Edo Governor, Mrs Betsy Obaseki, who declared the Fair opened, commended the organisers as well as sponsors for providing an opportunity for MSMEs to grow their businesses.
Obaseki said that Edo government was passionate about the growth and sustainability of MSMES, noting that the Production Hub in the state had provided a space for businesses to enjoy minimum cost of production.
Wife of the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Liang Jianchun, on Wednesday declared her love for Nigerian dance and arts.
Jianchun, during a visit to the Nike Art Gallery in Lagos, described those aspects of Nigerian culture as unique and beautiful.
According to her, Nigerians are accommodating, hospitable and friendly.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Jianchun was taken round the three-floor gallery with an indepth explanation of the works in the gallery.
She was taught dance styles peculiar to the three ethnic groups in Nigeria as she danced along with members of the consulate who accompanied her.
Jianchun was also taught the mode of greeting in Yoruba, Hausa and Igbo. “Lagos is a big city with beautiful culture.
The people and the weather are friendly; the culture is open to all; and Nigerians are hospitable.
“I love Nigerian colourful paintings and arts generally; they are beautiful.
I can see the real fine arts from Nigerians; am really surprised and this is very impressive.
“I love Lagos and Nigeria, loaded with beautiful culture, I have been taught how to dance and I promise to practise more when I get home.
“The dances tell more of how unique Nigerian culture is.
The dances also reveal the diversities.
“Nigeria is a beautiful place for tourists.
I hope more Chinese nationals will come and visit Lagos and Nigeria in general,” she said.
According to her, Nigeria and China have similarities in the areas of population, rich history and diversified cultures.
She said with improved collaboration, a brighter future was guaranteed for the two countries.
Jianchun noted that her favourite Nigerian cuisine was suya.
The Chief Executive Officer of Nike Art Gallery, Nike Okundaye, who was elated receiving Jianchun, said she was always ready to welcome more tourists from China.
Okundaye explained the value of arts and vital aspects of Nigerian culture.
She urged more Chinese nationals to consider Nigeria as the most suitable destination for tourists.
Parliament passed the National Local Content Bill, 2022, aimed at encouraging the promotion of local content in all sectors except oil, gas and petroleum.
Among others, the bill seeks to impose local content obligations on a person who uses public money or uses Uganda's natural resources or carries out an activity that requires a license to give priority to Ugandan citizens and resident companies owned by citizens.
in public procurement.
Key among them is section 4 of the bill which mandates a local content entity to give preference to goods that are manufactured in Uganda as well as services that are provided to my Ugandan entities.
The bill was approved on Tuesday, September 6, 2022 during the plenary chaired by President Anita Among, following a request by the president to reconsider certain clauses of the bill approved by the 10th Parliament.
"The bill is in conflict with the East African Monetary Union.
Under Article 13 of the Customs Union Protocol, the [East African Community] The EAC partner states agreed to remove all existing non-tariff barriers to trade and not to impose any new ones," President Yoweri Museveni said in his letter to the president.
The president also expressed reservations about the enactment of a Department of Local Content under the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, in an attempt to implement the Law. "It is not feasible for a department to approve local content plans of the bidders, for each individual acquisition for the entire country," the President stated in his letter The Committee on Finance, Planning and Economic Development, Hon. Keefa Kiwanuka, said the oil and gas sector should be excluded because it is unique in characterizing a long-term, profitless investment that requires international players, adding that the law that governs the The oil and gas sector was aware of this and attended to a provision of local content.
“The government signed contracts with e select companies in the sector us violate the current legal regime and therefore, deviating from it can lead to sanctions”, Kiwanuka highlighted.
The parliament also assigned the responsibility for enforcing the local content law to the Department of Procurement Policy and Management of the Ministry of Finance.
The Minister of State for Finance, Planning and Economic Development (Planning) Hon. Henry Musasizi, proposed an amendment that was adopted by the House on the role of developing and implementing local content plans.
This application of local content was left in the hands of the various Acquisition and Disposal Units of the Ministries, Departments and Agencies to ensure that efficiency in the acquisition process is not undermined.
Deputy Dokolo Woman, H.E. Cecilia Ogwal, in support of the above, stated that the evaluation of the entire procurement system should be subject to local content.
“This is a broader issue that should also focus on hiring beyond goods and services because some companies don't hire local people at all,” she noted.
Parliamentarians agreed that the government integrates cooperative development into its local content promotion strategy and the Buy Uganda, Build Uganda (BUBU) Policy.
Hon. Patrick Nsamba (Northern Kassanda County MP), who introduced the bill, said it will ensure Ugandan products are consumed and local businesses participate in public procurement.
Gov. Mai Mala Buni of Yobe on Wednesday donated three houses to the three widows of late Sheikh Goni Aisami, an Islamic cleric recently murdered in the state.
Presenting the houses’ documents to the Emir of Bade in Gashua, Alhaji Abubakar Umar Suleiman, Gov. Buni said the donation was in fulfilment of his promise to support Goni’s family.
Represented by Ustaz Babagana Kyari, Special Adviser to the Governor on Religious Affairs, Buni said the widows had houses of their own to look after their children.
Responding, Suleiman thanked the governor for the love and support to the family of the renown cleric.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Buni had earlier offered automatic employment to two children of the deceased.
NAN recalls that Aisami, a native of Gashua, was allegedly shot dead on Aug. 19 by two soldiers in Jaji-Maji, Karasuwa Local Government Area of the state.
On Aug. 27, Lance Cpl John Gabriel and Lance Cpl Adamu Gideon were dismissed by the Nigerian Army, and handed over to Police Command in the state for prosecution.
Mr Shri Balasubramanian, the new Indian High Commissioner to Nigeria has commended Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) for engaging the Diaspora in nation building.
The envoy said this on Wednesday during a courtesy visit to the NiDCOM Chairman, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, in Abuja.
He said that the commission’s strong link with its Diaspora in the last three years of its establishment towards national building was laudable.
The High Commissioner expressed willingness to collaborate with the Commission, to successfully share the Indian Diaspora experience.
He said that the Diaspora was a very positive force to India’s development.
The Diplomat stated that more than 60,000 Indians had made Nigeria their homes across the 36 states of the country, adding that a larger number was residing in Lagos.
The Indian High Commissioner stressed that the relationship between both countries had remained robust and cordial even before Nigeria got her independence.
He said there were more than 135 Indian companies in Nigeria and nearly 20 billion dollars worth of investments were generated in Nigeria.
The High Commissioner said “continuity and change is part of life for Indians while collaboration is a great step to the development of India and Nigeria”.
He said that three to four generations of Indians were in Nigeria and were comfortable with the system.
Responding, Mrs Dabiri-Erewa welcomed the partnership and collaboration, saying that “life is about learning, as long as you are a human being, you should always be ready to learn”.
She said there was a lot to learn from India and her Diaspora.
The NiDCOM boss assured Balasubramanian that the new partnership would enhance socio-cultural exchanges and fast track development of the two countries.
Gov. Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State has constituted a 30-member committee to distribute food items and other commodities to the poor and vulnerable persons in the state.
This is contained in a statement signed by Ismaila Misili, the Director-General, Press Affairs, Government House, Gombe and made available to newsmen on Wednesday.
According to the statement, the items were procured by the state government.
They included bags of rice, sorghum, beans, millet and groundnut oil.
Misili stated that the government’s gesture was meant to cushion the effect of high cost of food items and other socio-economic challenges in the country on the poor.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the committee has the Paramount Ruler of Kaltungo, Alh. Saleh Mohammed, as its Chairman, while Alh. Sa’adu Hassan is the Secretary.
The Committee’s terms of reference included to identify the beneficiaries, coordinate and distribute the items across the entire state.
France’s Ministry of Economy, Finance, and Industrial & Digital Sovereignty on Wednesday announced an action plan to develop cyber risk insurance.
According to the ministry, the digitisation of the economy creates new vulnerabilities for companies, and contributes, in particular, to the emergence of cyber risk.
“As they increase in volume, frequency and complexity, cyber attacks today have the potential to threaten the survival of a business,’’ the ministry said in a press release, adding that “resilience to cyber risk is therefore a major issue of sovereignty.
“Cyber risk is still relatively uninsured, and represents only nearly 3 per cent of damage insurance contributions for professionals,’’ the ministry said.
The action plan contained four major parts, clarifying the legal framework for cyber risk insurance, promoting a better assessment of cyber risk, improving the sharing of risk information between policyholders.
While other plans were insurers and reinsurers with innovative solutions of insurance, and increasing the efforts to raise awareness of cyber risk to companies.
Ms Tosan Edodo-Emore, Chairman, Zoe Maritime Resources Ltd., has described the Lagos International Maritime Week (LIMWEEK) as a solution provider to maritime challenges facing Nigeria and Africa in general.
Edodo-Emore said this in a statement on Wednesday in Lagos.
She added that LIMWEEK provides an invaluable platform for stakeholders, regulators and policy makers to gather together annually, brainstorm and provide solutions .
“It is a private sector initiative that has received the support of the Federal Government of Nigeria, through the regular participation of the Nigerian Navy, the Federal Ministry of Transportation and all its parastatals.
“It is an international event which provides an opportunity for Nigeria to cement relationship with trading partners, of which last year, Sune Krogstrp, the Ambassador of Denmark to Nigeria, gave the goodwill message .
“This year, Mrs Emmanuelle Bllatmann, the Ambassador of France to Nigeria, will give the goodwill message,” she said.
Edodo-Emore also the convener of the LIMWEEK, said that the event would act as a stimulant and catalyst in the development of the maritime industry in Africa.
She said that the the theme of the LIMWEEK 2022 is: “New Technoligies for Greener Shipping in Africa.
” Edodo-Emore said that eminent personalities in the maritime industry drawn locally and internationally would feature in the roundtables on various subjects such as maritime transportation, logistics and port development.
Others are maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea, marine environment, maritime training, education, law& arbitration, women in maritime and others.
She said that the 2022 LIMWEEK would come on Sept. 13 to Sept. 15 at the Lagos Oriental Hotel.