The recent visit to Ghana by the Speaker of House of Representatives, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila to Ghana helped change the basis of the trade war between Ghanaian and Nigerian spare parts dealers in that country, according to the Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation (NIDO), Ghana chapter.
Vice-President of NIDO-Ghana, Mr Kingsley Attoe, who disclosed this in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday, praised Gbajabiamila for intervening, saying it was timely.
“Currently, Nigerians are waiting to see the outcome of the meetings he had.
“Two days ago, he met the speaker and Nigerian traders separately. Yesterday, he met with Nigerian business executives.
“There are talks about setting up a Nigeria-Ghana Business Council with the hope of domesticating it in both countries.
“NIDO believes more still has to be done. The problem is less of government-to-government but more of people to people.
“We need to look for a way to sensitise citizens of both countries to the need for Ghanaians to understand Nigerians and encourage Nigerians to invest more in their country,” Attoe said.
He expressed the hope that the Gbajabiamila’s visit would lead to the amicable settlement of the issues at stake between the Nigerian Union of Traders Association in Ghana (NUTAG) and the Ghana Union of Traders. (GUTA)
NAN reports that in the course of his visit to Ghanan on Thursday, Gbajabiamila called on the Ghanaian government to review the law requiring businesses to have a capital base of one million dollars before they can start business, a provision, which Nigerian traders find very stringent and an attempt to discourage them from doing business in Ghana.
“We encourage you to revisit the component of the law that requires a capital base of $1,000,000.
“We are all African. We all have towns and villages and know only too well that the majority of our traders across the continent are petty traders.
“The prospects of them being able to raise a capital base of one million dollars before they can trade in goods that maybe worth less than one thousand dollars clearly is a major challenge,” he said.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Emmanuel Yashim (NAN)https://nnn.ng/gbajabiamilas-ghana-visit-changes-basis-of-war-between-nigerian-ghanaian-traders-nido/
Environmentalist harps on mitigation of climate change effects
An environmentalist, Mr Adewole Taiwo, on Monday listed tree planting, use of alternative energy sources, and proper waste sorting as some strategies to mitigate climate change effects.
Taiwo, a Director at Recyclepoints, made the recommendations in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Lagos.
He said it was imperative for Nigerians to clean up their environment and address climate change issues with more commitment.
“We must all take responsibility for our immediate environment, clear our drainages, bag our waste properly and sort recyclables.
“Some people still do not believe in the impacts of climate change just like some do not believe that the COVID-19 pandemic is real.
“However, the impacts of climate change are getting more glaring every day, for example the flooding we currently experience can testify that climate change is real and we need to carry out more awareness about it.
“The major challenge in sensitising Nigerians on the negative impacts of climate change effects has to do with lack of information, education and proper enlightenment among the people,” he said.
Taiwo urged Nigerians to practice sustainable lifestyles and habits to help curb the negative realities of climate change effects in the country.
He also encouraged the imitation and replication of developed countries strategies of mitigating climate change effects in their environment.
“To mitigate climate change effects, we can start by reducing our carbon footprint generation by making use of alternative sources of energy and fuel.
“We can also reduce the emission of green house gases into the environment when we live sustainably by walking where necessary instead of riding a car or vehicle.
“We need to plant more trees and reduce waste generation to curb the increasing greenhouse gas emission into the environment.
“We are imitating more developed countries in adoption of their strategies to mitigate climate change effects by observing some of these international events, already we have so many organisations that are now into renewable energy.
“We commend the German delegation in Nigeria doing everything possible to promote renewable and alternative energy sources in the country.
“We also have many non-government organisations embarking on tree planting and clean up with support from these developed countries,” Taiwo said.
According to the environmentalist, the government at all levels can play a vital role in curbing climate change impacts on the environment through policy implementation.
“We have lots of environmental policies out there but the problem has to do with government implementation.
“An important point to note here is that the world’s worst polluters are human beings and not plastics,” he said.
Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Chinyere Joel-Nwokeoma
ENSG woos investors to beautiful tourist sites
The Enugu State Government on Monday called on international and local investors to take advantage of the state’s naturally endowed and beautiful tourist sites.
The state’s Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Mr Ugonna Ibe, made the call in Enugu during a press conference to announce the state’s line-up of activities for World Tourism Day 2020.
The conference was organised by the Ministry in collaboration with i-Tour Africa.
Ibe said that the state government was ready to assist any potential investor in the tourism sector, adding “we are also open to Private-Public-Partnership (PPP) with any investor to develop these tourism potentials’’.
According to him, the tight security and peace put in place by Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, and the homely nature of our people and communities makes Enugu State number one tourist destination in Nigeria.
The commissioner noted that Enugu State occupies a strategic position in the country being the capital of the old Eastern region and with a rich historical culture “making it a place to be for leisure and tourism’’.
Ibe said that the state was richly endowed with natural resources such as hills, beaches, rivers, blue-deep lakes, fine waterfalls, caves and clean streams and springs (cold and hot) yearning for investment.
According to him, these gifts of nature in their natural and virgin states are virtually found in many communities in the state.
“The tourism sites are: Ezeagu tourism complex; Udi range of hills – Milikin-Hill, Onyema-Hill etc; Awhum falls; Opi chain of eight lakes; and Oji, Ajali, Duru, Ebonyi and Ezu Nmamu Rivers.
“We also have Nyaba, Akwuke and Ekulu beaches that can challenge any modern coastal beach anywhere in the world.
“Again, the Obinofia, Akpugoeze and Awa mangrove-tropical forests infested with Bezier wild lives and the Odoro Achi hot lake to mention but a few. These eco-beauties are what nature presents to us that desire harnessing,’’ he said.
The commissioner noted that there were other historic landmarks that had been identified but not harnessed, such as the relics of Okpogho Oghe/Legga Nsukka iron smelting and the Ugwu-Uto Pyramid of Nsude among others.
“These landmarks have been tested through carbon dating and found that they dated over 3,000 years ago. This proves that technology existed here in the state even before the western countries,’’ he said.
Ibe said that the state government had been desirous to build its diversification from oil dependent economy to tourism-based economy; where a lot of local people would be employed through services they render to tourists.
Speaking, the Founder of i-Tour Africa, Mr Uche Ugwu, lauded Gov. Ugwuanyi for the security and peace his leadership had brought to the state, which had singled Enugu State out as “a first-rate tourists destination’’.
Ugwu said that his organisation was partnering the state through the ministry to “restart tourism and give it a pride of place in the socio-economic polity of the state’’.
“We have a line of activities, which will culminate on the World Tourism Day being Sept. 27. First is this particular press conference.
“We are billed to conduct the first tourism road walk/show in Enugu metropolis otherwise called the `coal city’ on Sept. 26.
“On the D-day, Sept. 27; there will be a tourism carnival and a carnival ride from Enugu metropolis to Ezeagu Waterfalls. Where people will view and feel the natural beauty of the Ezeagu Waterfalls.
“We will be having curators that will educate us more on the Waterfalls; other current and historical things concerning Ezeagu and Enugu State people in general,’’ he said.
Ugwu, however, said that the lined-up events would adhere strictly to the COVID-19 Protocols to ensure health of all.
The World Tourism Day is celebrated yearly on Sept. 27 and this year’s theme is “Tourism and Rural Development’’.
Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz
Nigeria to participate in agriculture transformation initiative -FAO
The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) on Monday says Nigeria has expressed its interest to join the Hand- in-Hand initiative to accelerate agricultural transformation and sustainable rural development.
Mr David Tsokar, FAO National Communication Officer, made this known in a statement in Abuja.
The statement said that the country was ready to join the other 20 countries currently involved in this new initiative.
“There are incidents of floods in most parts of the country, where much of the food is produced, like we have in Kebbi state; we have also seen growing conflicts over land resources;
“ Yet many farmers still face challenges related to market access and these affect farming and food production.
According to the statement, the Hand-in-Hand initiative was launched in 2019 by FAO’s Director General, Qu Dongyu, to support evidence-based, country-led and country-owned investments for eradicating poverty and ending hunger and all forms of malnutrition.
“The initiative will help countries to develop independent investment plans to close food gaps, end malnutrition, support economic development and reduce environmental impacts with concrete evidence.
All of which will lead to the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals particularly goals number one and two on poverty eradication and ending hunger,”
The statement said that through the initiative, FAO would bring its technical expertise in all ares of its mandate, with emphasis on innovation and digital technologies.
FAO, however, assured commitment to support the country’s development through the initiative, innovation digitalisation of agriculture and called for a quick ratification and domestication of pending international legal instruments.
According to the statement, the minister of Agriculture, Alhaji Sabo Nanono said the initiative was a good one and timely for the country to ensure food security and nutrition to all Nigerians.
“ Despite the plethora of challenges that have threatened food security in the country, the current administration is focused on empowering the rural people through modern food and agricultural systems that emphasize a value chain approach to feed its people and create jobs,” he pointed out.
The statement said that the minister directed that a letter expressing Nigeria’s interest to participate in the initiative be drafted immediately.
Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz
KDSG attracts 25 new business worth $500m – El-Rufai
Gov. Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state, says his administration has attracted 25 new businesses worth over $500 million as it continues to open up the business space in the state.
El-Rufai made the disclosure on Monday at the opening of the 5th Kaduna Investments Summit.
He said that the over $500 million was invested by local and foreign companies.
The governor explained that the summit was one of the means through which the government showcase and market Kaduna State to national and international audiences as the prime investment destination in Africa.
This year’s theme is “Infrastructure, Industrialization and Innovation.”
According to him, the target of the government is to make Kaduna as the number one state for doing business and the largest recipient of foreign direct investment in the country.
He said among the recent investments were the setting up of a tomato processing plant by TomatoJos, an Agro company, and Damau Milk Farm by Arla, designed to transform livestock production from a culture into a business in the state.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari, who joined the virtual summit as special guest, commended the efforts of the Kaduna State Government to establish its credentials as the investment destination of choice in Nigeria.”These efforts have received just recognition in the response of the business community which has put in new investments in the state.
“It is hardly a surprise that Kaduna State has emerged as the leading destination for foreign direct investment within Nigeria.
“This is a further affirmation of the ranking of the state as Number One for Ease of Doing Business by the World Bank’s Doing Business Report 2018.” the president said.
“It is a fitting statement of the resilience of the Kaduna State Government that it is able to host #KadInvest 5.0 amidst the severe disruptions caused by COVID-19.
“This is the sort of focus that can help the country to navigate the challenging consequences of the pandemic,” Buhari added.
News Agency of Nigeria reports that keynote speakers at the 2-day summit include President of African Development Bank, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, former Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi, Mr. Bismark Rewane, Prof. Doyin Salami and Chinelo Anohu.
Edited By: Maharazu Ahmed