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Anglican Bishop urges govts to save SMEs from collapse

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Most Revd Alexander Ibezim, Bishop of Anglican Diocese of Awka has called on the Federal and State Governments to save small and medium enterprises across the country from collapse.


Ibezim made the call in his Charge at the 2020 Awka Anglican Diocesan Synod on Sunday.

Synod is an annual event held to assess the progress of the diocese, review the laws governing each dioceses and enact new ones to address the challenges facing the diocese.

The bishop tasked leaders at various positions of authority to be proactive in their economic policies such that businesses would not go under.

He expressed concern that the hardship occasioned by the Coronavirus pandemic and the attendant lockdown had adverse effect on businesses and economy at large.

Ibezim said insecurity was another negative factor affecting investment negativity and urged the security agencies to tackle the menace.

“Nigeria as a nation has enormous potential which would be realised if our leaders choose to be active and just.

“Nigeria, right now, is on the verge of collapse, so many things are not done right.

“The Upper and Lower Houses are not forthcoming with reformative laws and worst still, persons are slaughtered on daily basis by herdsmen and bandits that terrorise the peace of the nation.

“Nigeria, with its population and economic size can attract international investors.

“But the scare of incessant and brutal attacks and other security threats make it almost impossible to have these foreign investors in the country and it in turn affects the growth of Nigerian economy.

“The federal government has to do the needful and save the nation from, insecurity, difficulty and hardship,” he said.

Ibezim called on  federal government to support small scale industries as a way of minimizing unemployment rate in Nigeria.

He implored Christians to imbibe the attitude of believing God and fulfilling Gods purpose in their lives.

The event was held at the All Saints’ Anglican Church Amaenyi ” The God of eternal destiny and His Major attributes”.

The Primate of Church of Nigeria and Archbishop of Abuja Province, Most Revd Henry Ndukuba was represented by the Bishop of Ikwo diocese, Rt. Reverend Kenneth Ifemena at the synod.

This year’s synod is the first time the Diocese of Awka is holding the Synod in the city of Awka, outside the Cathedral since it’s inception.

Edited By: Maureen Atuonwu (NAN)

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Nasarawa Govt plans 3 star hotel in Lafia

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The Nasarawa State Government says it plans to construct a 3 star hotel in Lafia, as part of efforts aimed at exploring the tourism potential of the state.


Mr Dogo Shammah the state’s Commissioner of Information, Culture and Tourism said this while speaking with News Agency of Nigeria , in Lafia on Monday.

“We intend to build a three star hotel in Lafia, because when investors come to the state, they will need a good environment to stay and in the state capital, we don’t have such type of environment yet.

“So, government has plans ahead for next year to build a three star hotel that will serve as tourists haven in the state,” Shammah said.

He added that the state government also planned to build a film village and resort in Wamba Local Government Area (LGA) of the state to further explore the state’s tourism potential and generate more Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).

He said that Wamba was chosen for the project because of the abundant tourism potential of the area.

“This state film village and resort is going to be a place that will give our youths the opportunity to develop their talents and their potential so they will be reckon with and will go places.

“We have the potential in the state, all that is needed is for the youth to be given a push and this very film village and cultural resort will attend to that, it is also going to be an opening for job creation,” he said.

Shammah said that the building when completed will be a first of its kind in the sense that it will have international touch in terms of structure and design, which will be unique in the Northern Nigeria.

“It will meet international standard, a lot of people will be invited including friends of the governor and associates across the globe so that they can come and contribute​ to funding the project. That will be their own contribution to his administration,” he said.

Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Ali Baba-Inuwa
Source: NAN

 

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Group wants NNPC to champion contract transparency in extractive industry

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The Contract Transparency Network (CONTRANET) a civil society network, has urged the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to champion the implementation of contract transparency in the extractive value chain in line with Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) standards.


The group disclosed this in a communique on Monday, signed by all members and issued at the end of its virtual meeting on advocacy strategy for the adoption and implementation of contract transparency in the extractive industry in the country.

CONTRANET is a civil society network drawn from the media, rights groups, and community based organizations focused on deepening transparency and accountability across the value chain of the sector by making contracts open for citizens’ engagement.

The members are, Centre for Transparency Advocacy, Publish What You Pay Nigeria, Order Paper Advocacy Initiative, Policy Alert, Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre, Global Rights, Koyenum Immallah Foundation, African Network Environment and Economic Justice and Sustainable Environment and Peace Initiative.

Others include Community Outreach For Development and Welfare Advocacy, Institutional and Sustainable Development Foundation, Initiative for Participation Accountability and Inclusive Development, Association of Niger Delta Host Community Leaders, Global Awareness for Development Initiative and Coolfm/Wazobiafm.

Also, there are Youth Forum on EITI, Citizens Centre for Integrated Development and Social Rights, Women in Extractive, Responsible Citizenship and Human Development Initiative, and Save a Soul Foundation Zamfara.

“We commended NNPC for signing on to EITI as a supporting company and called on them to champion the implementation of contract transparency in the extractive value chain according to EITI standards.

“This will complement the success recorded by the launch of an online register of beneficial owners of mining assets and ensure that Nigeria retains the satisfactory progress status achieved in 2019 as the first Anglophone country to do so,” they said.

The network said that the Federal Government should commence multi-stakeholder consultations on how to proceed with the implementation of contract transparency in the extractive sector in accordance with all her international commitments.

It added that the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development , the NNPC and Mining Cadastre Office should collaborate with the NEITI and other stakeholders, to develop and adopt a framework for the implementation of contract transparency in the extractive sector in Nigeria.

“Civil society organisations should engage the office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice through the Open Government Partnership Secretariat to commence the review of the necessary legislative and policy frameworks that will make the implementation of contract transparency in the extractive sector a reality in Nigeria,” the members said.

Participants at the meeting agreed to continue to advocate for good standards in the extractive value chain and collaborate with all stakeholders to ensure that a framework for the implementation of contract transparency in the extractive sector in Nigeria was developed, adopted and implemented.

Edited By: Franca Ofili/Razak Owolabi
Source: NAN

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Nigerian traders decry Ghanaian authorities’ refusal to open locked shops

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The Nigeria Union of Traders Association in Ghana (NUTAG), on Monday decried Ghanaian authorities’ refusal to open shops owned by Nigerians, even after several meetings between top officials of both governments.


The President of NUTAG, Mr Chukwuemeka Nnaji disclosed this in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja.

According to him, it is unfortunate that Nigerian traders’ shops have remained locked even after visits by Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, Speaker of House of Representatives and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to Ghana.

“The locking of shops belonging to Nigerians by Ghanaian authorities hinders our doing business lawfully.

“The Ghanaian government should have as a matter of bilateral relations paid attention to us by being open in its decision to tackle our trade difficulties in the host country.

“I think every plea from the Nigerian government has fallen on deaf ears of the Ghanaian authorities, which is ready to destabilise and destroy our businesses to favour their citizens.

“Our shops are still shut down; most shops shut down since Dec. 2, 2019 were only opened to give tax assessment for the current year by Ghana revenue authorities.

“I am aware most of our members complied; all the documents on Ghana Investment Promotion Council (GIPC) presented are original not fake,’’ he said.

Nnaji said it was not true that Nigerian traders did not have genuine documents for the shops.

“I think the Ghanaian government is working on an agenda aimed at discouraging the influx of Nigerians to Ghana and the growth of Nigerian businesses in their country.

“I wish that our government would take this Ghanaian agenda very serious to stop Nigerians from losing all their life earnings in Ghana,” he added.

Nnaji said that many Nigerian traders had already returned home with their families following the closure of their shops.

He also said that those who could not relocate to Nigeria before their shops were shut down “are now stuck in Ghana with little or no money to be able to survive.”

Nnaji said that the association had begun the compilation of names of people severely affected by the action of the Ghanaian authorities for evacuation by the Federal Government.

Edited By: Dorcas Jonah/Emmanuel Yashim
Source: NAN

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Nsukka residents laud INEC on credible election in Edo

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Some residents of Nsukka town in Nsukka Local Government Area of Enugu State have commended INEC for conducting a credible, free and fair governorship election in Edo, on Saturday.


The residents spoke in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria in Nsukka on Monday.

They attributed what they described as violence-free election to the fact that INEC operated as a neutral umpire and gave all the political parties that fielded candidates level-playing playing field during the exercise.

Dr Ifeanyichukwu Abada, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Political Science, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, said that INEC deserved commendation for presiding over a credible, free, fair and violence-free governorship election in Edo.

Abada, the immediate past head of the department, said that what INEC did in Edo had restored the confidence of many Nigerians in the commission, urging it to do same in the October 10 governorship election in Ondo State.

“I commend INEC for conducting a credible, free and fair governorship election in Edo. I urge the commission to do same in Ondo State during the October 10 governorship election.

“The result of Saturday’s election in Edo has shown that power indeed belongs to the people and that the era of godfatherism in that state is over.

“I urge the APC governorship candidate to show maturity and spirit of sportsmanship by accepting the outcome of the election, as the people of the state have spoken,” he said.

Mr Fabian Onah, the chairman of People Democratic Party (PDP) in Nsukka Local Government area, commended the people of Edo for trooping out in their numbers to vote for the candidates of their choice.

“The victory of Gov. Godwin Obaseki in the governorship election on Saturday reflected the voice of Edo people.

“I commend INEC and security agencies for providing a conducive environment that ensure the success of the election. I want to urge them to keep it up.

“I also urge Obaseki to be magnanimous in victory and Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the APC candidate, to show a spirit of sportsmanship by accepting the outcome of the election,’’ he said.

“The Edo election should be a lesson to politicians in the country, especially those who see themselves as political godfathers, that only God crowns a king,” he said.

Mr Anthony Ozioko, an APC chieftain in Nsukka, hailed the exercise, saying that the electorate came out to vote without any molestation or intimidation.

Ozioko attributed the loss of the governorship election by APC to what he called the misunderstanding between Obaseki and a former APC National Chairman, Mr Adams Oshiomhole, which resulted in the former leaving APC to join PDP.

“With the victory of PDP Edo, the number of states being controlled by APC has reduced and if care is not taken, this may affect the party’s performance in the 2023 general elections,’’ he said.

Edited By: Abiodun Oluleye and
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