Kaduna Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (KADCCIMA) will hold its annual Education Fair from Nov. 1 to Nov. 6, in Kaduna.
This is contained in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Abuja by KADCCIMA 1st Vice President, Ishaya Idi. Idi said that the Fair has the theme ‘Result Oriented Approach to Education for National Development’.
He said it would be the second to be organised by the chamber and will have the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu as Special Guest.
According to him, the objective is to offer opportunity for students and parents to interact directly with education providers and administrators.
Idi added that the education fair would provide networking opportunities for all stakeholders in the education system.
“During the 3-day event, there will be exhibition of books and other educational materials along side paper presentations from seasoned educationists, policy makers, administrators, professionals and publishers.
“The Fair will offer rare opportunity to expose amazing and fantastic Nigerian homemade toys, textbooks and other educational products,” the KADCCIMA vice president added.
The Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) began a sensitisation programme on the imperatives of trade agreements for market access in international trade on Tuesday in Kaduna.
The programme was organised in collaboration with the Kaduna Chamber of Commerce, Industry Mines and Agriculture (KADCCIMA) and targeted at exporters.
It aimed at creating awareness in exporters about advantages of international trade in goods and services and the enormous benefits to national economy.
It also aimed at enlightening exporters about the challenges in market access through trade agreement windows.
NEPC’s Smart Office Coordinator in Kaduna State, Alhaji Kasim Yahaya, said at the opening that exporters should take advantage of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).
AGOA is a piece of legislation approved by the U.
S. Congress in May 2000 to assist the economies of sub-Sahara African countries to improve economic relations between the United States and Africa.
The legislation will lapse at the end of 2025. Yahaya said exporters should take advantage of the legislation to export more and improve their private and the nation’s economy.
He advised exporters to also leverage on the ECOWAS Trade Liberalisation Scheme established in 1979 and the African continental Free Trade Area Agreements established in 2018 for market access.
Yahaya noted that economic cooperation between nations had become a dominant factor in contemporary international relations with countries increasingly pursuing economic prosperity through bilateral and multilateral networks.
He argued that the ECOWAS economic trade liberalisation scheme must be implemented aggressively if the sub-regional bloc is to live up to expectations.
Yahaya stressed NEPC’s commitment to creating a world market for Nigeria’s non-oil products export.
In his remarks, President of KADCCIMA, Alhaji Sulaiman Aliyu, said the chamber considered non-oil exports as economic game changer, noting that thankfully, the Federal Government placed emphasis on non-oil exports.
Some producers and exporters at the workshop urged the NEPC and other relevant stakeholders to provide the enabling environment for exporters to thrive.
They called on government to minimise the cost of export and to set standards for the activity.
Dangote Group CEO and Chairman of the Manufacturing Association of Nigeria (MAN), Mansur Ahmed, has assured Nigerians that the upcoming Dangote Oil Refinery will help address the volatile fuels crisis in the country.
This comes against the backdrop of outpouring of praise from President Muhammadu Buhari, Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai and Defense Minister Bashir Magashi.
Dangote Group is one of the winners of the Kaduna International Fair which ended on Sunday.
Ahmed also said that the refinery, which is due to start operations later in the year, will also have a positive impact on Nigeria's economy through foreign exchange conservation and massive job creation.
He described the positive impact as monumental and unprecedented in Nigerian history.
Ahmed, who was speaking at the weekend Special Dangote Day at the ongoing 43rd Kaduna International Trade Fair, said Dangote Group Chairman Alhaji Aliko Dangote is passionate and eager to change the trajectory of the economy. Africa through industrialization.
The group's CEO also officially introduced Dangote fertilizer to the Kaduna market and public, where he spoke enthusiastically about how the new product can help address issues associated with agricultural yield.
He praised the organizer of the Trade Fair, the Kaduna Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (KADCCIMA) for organizing another successful Trade Fair.
Dangote Industries Limited is the main sponsor of the Trade Fair with the theme: Re-Strategies of the Nigerian Economy for Global Competitiveness.
In his speech, the president of KADCCIMA, Alhaji Suleiman Aliyu, described the association with Dangote as very important to deepen commercial activities in the country.
He said that the support of the Dangote Group for the success of the Fair cannot be quantified.
The company's Group General Manager, Bello Dan-Musa, said the company will not rest on its oars in reviving the economy through its many philanthropic steps, with Social Responsibility schemes and the Aliko Dangote Foundation being represented.
Representatives of the different Business Units of the Dangote Group also spoke about the company's products. They are: Alhaji Abdulsalam Waya (Dangote Sugar), Alhaji Ahmed Tijana (Dangote Cement), Mr. Isaac Oladele (Dangote Fertilizer) and Mr. Ifeanyi Tobi (Dangote Salt).
By Ismail Abdulaziz
Africa's leading sugar maker, the Dangote Sugar Refinery (DSR) unveiled an innovative sugar brand, labeled: New Look, Same Great Quality.
The unveiling ceremony for white granulated white sugar took place at the 42nd Kaduna International Fair on Thursday.
The sugar fortified with vitamin A excited the participants who flocked to the special Dangote day to inquire.
Speaking at the unveiling ceremony, DSR representative Bello Sadik described DSR as the market leader, saying the refurbished product is part of the effort to provide the consumer with higher quality.
Acting President of Kaduna Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (KADCCIMA), Alhaji Suleiman Aliyu, said Dangote Group had "beaten a record" in all its investments and businesses .
He congratulated Dangote Group President Alhaji Aliko Dangote for the repackaged sugar product and several other innovations.
“Dangote came to rescue Nigeria to make it self-sufficient in food and other products,” he said.
Other products that were on display on Special Dangote Day include: Dangote Cement, Dangote Salt, and Dangote Fertilizer.
In his speech, the representative of the Dangote group at the event, Mr. Hashem Ahmed, said that the company has subscribed to the federal government's upstream integration policy to make Nigeria self-sufficient in the sub-sector. sugar.
Hashem said that Dangote was passionate about growing the Nigerian economy, which has motivated his current massive investment in sugar and his partnership with KADCCIMA and the Kaduna State government.
He said the company was currently working on its integrated sugar complexes in Adamawa, Nasarawa and Taraba states, adding that when completed they would have significant impacts on the growth of the economy.
He said the theme of this year's trade fair, Promoting domestic production to alleviate current economic challenges, is appropriate given the COVID-19 pandemic that has hit the world, causing borders to be closed.
He said the conglomerate would not rest on its oars until Nigeria, and indeed Africa, established itself in an enviable position among the nations. (NOPE)
The Kaduna Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (KADCCIMA) says when Ajaokuta Steel Company begins production, it will save the country billions of dollars being expended on steel importation.
Mr Ishaya Idi, Chairman Commerce Trade Group of KADCCIMA stated this in Abuja on Wednesday while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria on the constitution of a committee for the revival of the steel company.
Recall that the Federal Government had on Monday constituted a committee on revamping of Ajaokuta steel company following bilateral discussions that had been held in Sochi, Russia, between the Nigerian and Russian governments.
The committee, Ajaokuta Presidential Project Implementation Team (APPIT), is aimed at economic diversification agenda of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.
The Ajaokuta Steel Project is to be resuscitated on the basis of a Government-to-Government agreement with funding from the Afreximbank and the Russian Export Centre.
Reacting on the development, Idi said there was no doubt that when the plant finally got on stream, it would rejuvenate the economy and save a lot of money being spent on the importation of steel.
“This is a welcome development, this move is laudable and I commend the government for the initiative.
“I urge the committee to devote all its energy in order to deliver the project in no distant future. My concern about the membership of the committee is the non inclusion of the organised private sector.
“This is in order to have all inclusive approach to the realisation of this life-giving economic development scheme of our dear nation,” he said.
Edited By: Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)
Dr Nasiru Gwarzo, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment has commended the Kaduna Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (KADCCIMA) for successful conduct of 41st Kaduna International Trade Fair.
Gwarzo made the commendation at the closing ceremony of the fair on Sunday in Kaduna, saying that the fair achieved feat with participation of 13 countries and 9 states.
He noted that the 41st Trade Fair recorded successes due to improved turnout of people and participation of exhibitors, investors and dignitaries.
“Improvement in the number of people; dignitaries, the presence of the military that added color to the fair,our neighbours, number of countries has increased to 13, and number of states from 6 to 9 as well as increase in the number of local manufacturers.
“Over 50 exhibitors and so many made in Nigeria products including made in Nigeria armoured vehicles,” he said.
He noted that the contribution of KADCCIMA to the development of national economy was well appreciated and reiterated government commitment to work with the agency to achieve the vision of sustainable and inclusive growth of the economy.
Gov. Nasir El-Rufai also congratulated KADCCIMA for successful hosting of the fair in the state.
El-Rufai, who was represented by Idris Nyam, Commissioner for Business, Innovation and Technology, noted that Kaduna was a fertile place for investment especially in agriculture urging prospective investors to feel free and invest in the state.
Also speaking, the President KADCCIMA, Dr. Muhibbat Dankaka, thanked the investors, exhibitors and other stakeholders who assisted in making the trade fair successful.
Dankaka commended El=Rufai for providing conducive environment for investors, manufacturers and other participants to carry out their activities peacefully during the fair.
The president also commended the Nigerian military for supporting KADCCIMA and agreeing to partner with the chamber every year.
Nigeria News Agency reports that awards were presented to some dignitaries and best exhibitors.
The fair witnessed high turnout as families and other consumers were seen patronising vendors displaying local and foreign goods.
Edited By: Rabiu Sani Ali
The Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano (AKK) gas pipeline project will provide the needed energy to revive the moribund textile and other industries in northern part of the country, says the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
The NNPC Group Managing Director, Malam Mele Kyari, stated this in Kaduna on Thursday, at the ongoing 41st Kaduna International Trade Fair, organised by the Kaduna Chambers of Commerce, Mines and Agriculture (KADCCIMA).
Kyari, who was represented by the Managing Director, Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company, Ezekiel Osarolube, said that NNPC was doing everything possible to extend gas supply to northern part of the country.
“Construction work on the AKK Pipeline, which is designed to move gas to power industries in the Northern corridor is billed to commence in the second quarter of this year.
“Upon completion, we envisage that the AKK project will make gas cheaper and provide more environment-friendly fuel to power most of the moribund textile companies in Kaduna and Kano.
“This will revive the industries and create job opportunities for our teeming youth,” he said.
He described NNPC as the “chief enabler” of the Nigerian economy, through its various interventions in critical sectors of the economy.
He said that the corporation has over the years guaranteed seamless nationwide supply and distribution of petroleum products.
“The sanitised fuel supply and distribution network has thus far banished the ugly episodes of petroleum products scarcity and snaky fuel queues across the country.
“With reliable fuel supply system in place, commuters, businesses, transporters and other stakeholders can now engage in fruitful commercial endeavours without the perennial monster of fuel scarcity.
“This is a clear demonstration of how the corporation enables business activities in the country,” Kyari said.
The NNPC boss commended KADCCIMA for organising a hitched-free international trade fair in the last four decades, describing it as a “huge contribution” to the national economy.
He said that the fair has offered the NNPC a unique opportunity year-after-year to interact with its numerous clients and share experiences, successes and challenges.
According to him, the theme of the fair, “Unlocking Nigeria’s Economic Potentials through Regional Integration”, aligns with NNPC’s focus of linking all the regions together with cost-effective energy.
“This we hope will unleash respective potentials for national economic growth.”
Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)
The Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) has restated its commitment in promoting interface between industries and agriculture for sustainable national economic growth and development.
The Managing Director and Chief Executive, NDIC, Umaru Ibrahim, made this known Kaduna, at the ongoing 41st Kaduna International Trade Fair organised by the Kaduna Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (KADCCIMA).
Ibrahim, who was represented by the Director, Communication and Public Affairs, Dr Sunday Oluyemi, said that NDI would ensure safe, sound and stable banking sector that offers strong support to the agricultural sector.
He noted that the desire to spur agricultural sector performance has continued to be a cardinal objective of the current administration, leveraging on active support and collaboration of critical stakeholders like KADCCIMA.
According to him, achieving the lofty goals require the close support and collaboration of all critical stakeholders.
“NDIC, like other critical stakeholders in the financial system is fully aware of it’s obligations towards the fulfillment of the Federal Government economic policies.
“We are particularly aware that for agriculture to recapture its place as the top revenue earner for the nation, our farmers at all levels will require safe and secure access to financial services.
“Therefore, as a critical pillar in the Nigerian financial system, NDIC will continue to promote the needed link between industries and agriculture by ensuring sound and stable banking sector,” he said.
The managing director said that the NDIC and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) have been taking steps to strengthen the operations of the Microfinance Banks (MFBS) with a view to making them relevant to the needs of farmers.
He said that the MFBS have been re-categorised with different capital requirements, adding that NDIC and CBN were equally financing the development of the National Microfinance Banks Unified Information Technology (NAMBUIT) platform.
He said that the platform was designed to address the challenge of technology in the operations of MFBS.
“Similarly, NDIC has taken the bold step to proactively address the implications and risks of technological innovations in the nation’s financial services industry.
“We have established a new “Fintech and Innovation Unit”, working and collaborating with innovators in the financial and non-financial sectors of the economy.
“Together we are identifying, developing and promoting technology-driven solutions that would protect depositors and improve the safety and soundness of the financial system,” he said.
Edited By: Celine-Damilola Oyewole/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)
The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Alhaji Muhammed Bello, has called on all states to invest more in science and technology innovation toward expanding the nation’s workforce.
The Minister who was speaking at the 41st Kaduna International Trade Fair on Wednesday in Kaduna said so much economic potential are embedded in science and technology.
Represented by Mrs Ekubela Adem, the minister said the FCT was at present investing heavily in rural and urban infrastructure through road connectivity and had set up a strong monitoring mechanism to succeed.
Bello commended the Kaduna State Government for organising the International Trade Fair which he said had brought various investors to improve the state’s economic activities.
Earlier in his opening remarks, President of Kaduna Chamber Industry, Mines and Agriculture (KADCCIMA), Dr Farda Dankaka, stressed the urgent need for the government to tackle insecurity to enhance economic activities.
He commended the Federal Government for the tremendous efforts being made to tackle the security challenges facing the country.
” You will agree that a lot still needs to be done to overcome the unfortunate problems of insurgency, banditry, and kidnapping.”
He suggested that President Muhammadu Buhari should have another look at the security architecture of the country with a view to re-strategising and come up with a win-win solution.
However, he said that Nigeria could only benefit maximally if the state of the country’s infrastructure, notably: power, road networks were upgraded significantly.
Dankaka said KADCCIMA waa willing to partner with FCT to attract foreign investors particularly in the tourism sector to Abuja.
He called for an urgent upgrading of tourism facilities in the city whichbhe said should include good road network, power, hotels and security.
Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Peter Dada (NAN)
NNN: Three days into the 41st edition of the Kaduna International Trade Fair, exhibitors have decried low patronage of their goods.
The Nigeria News Agency , reports that the fair was organized by the Kaduna Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (KADCCIMA).
NAN also reports that the trade fair complex which is located at Kaduna-Zaria Road, Rigachikun, Kaduna State, witnessed low turnout of customers.
Malam Ahmed Kofar-Ruwa, an exhibitor from Kano who sells herbal drinks, told NAN that the 2020 Kaduna trade fair was the 10th he graced to promote his goods.
“This is the 10th year I am coming here, this year’s sales is poor, people are not coming, there is no patronage, only a few come and go, they only seek to know the prices of products, test and go away.
“They don’t buy; But four to five years ago, I recorded huge sales, I don’t know what could be responsible for this but I can attribute it to the security challenges and hardship faced in the country.
A coordinator at one of the exhibition stands who sells Fabrics and kitchen utensils, Adeola Adams, said that she had been coming to the fair to sell her goods since 2010.
She said that sales at the ongoing trade fair is low compared to previous years.
“This year’s sale is too low compared with previous years, the people’s purchasing power is very low, so they couldn’t buy, the government should improve the economy of the country so that ordinary Nigerians could at least afford basic things.”
Another exhibitor, Magdalene Johnson, said that the fair has lost its flavour.
“Everywhere is just quiet, the government should open the border and let money circulate, things are really expensive so people could only afford to buy food,” she noted.
Mr Godwin Emeka, an electronic dealer who also said he was participating in the fair for the 10th time, corroborated the low sales.
“This is my 10th year, there are no sales, nothing is happening, maybe it is because of the hardship in the country.
“As we all know that the economy is bad, I also believe that the border closure is part of the low patronage.”
An official of KADCCIMA who craved anonymity, told NAN that the low turn out is as a result of the security challenges and the economic situation.
He, however, said that they at KADCCIMA are optimistic as the fair just began few days ago.
He said appropriate security measures have been put in place to ensure the success of the trade fair.
Edited By: Isaac Ukpoju