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Nigeria Loses N59bn To Textile Smugglers…NTMA Urges Govt Intervention

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The United Nations (UN) says Nigeria has lost about N59 billion to smuggling and fake textile products in the country leading to the collapse of more textile industries in Nigeria.

Consequently, the Nigerian Textile Manufacturers Association (NTMA) has called on the federal government to urgently take stringent measures to check the ugly trend.

The Director-General of NTMA, Paul Olarewaju who made the call in Lagos also spoke of the problems facing the sector. He said there has been a general distress in the nation’s manufacturing sector with the textile industry worst hit because it is a major player in the sector.

“Although these problems have been presented to the appropriate government agencies, these has been no action from the government especially concerning the N70 billion revival funds set up about two years ago, which is yet to materialise, “Olarewaju said UNIDO report revealed that from the $ 1.3 billion (234 billion) revenue accruable to the federal government from duties and taxes from imported textiles, over $325 million (59 billion have been lost to smugglers whose activities have gone unchecked for so long.

Olarewaju noted that smugglers now produce fake and counterfeit products in the country. In order to beat customs check at the border, he said most smugglers import fake made-In-China textile materials with the inscription of a Nigerian brand name.

According to him, the textile industry has its unfair share of Nigerians’ penchant for foreign goods, smuggling, faking and counterfeiting of Nigerian-made fabrics. He said the industry currently faces problems of infrastructural decay, inconsistent government policies, multiple taxation and high cost of doing business among others.

At a meeting of textile stakeholders in Abuja, UNIDO Consultant, Navdeep Singh Soani, lamented that between 2003 and 2008, the number of active textile mills in Nigeria declined from 50 to 25, with a sharp drop in direct employment from 60,000 to 24,000.

Within the period, he said these was a steep fall in cotton lint production from about 90,000 tons to 60,000 tons, attributing the situation to the deterioration in supply of power, black oil, and the escalating influx of smuggled and counterfeit textile.He, however, noted that the textile industry was the most important in the agro-based industry and called for the full enforcement of the ban on importation to check smuggling.

The UNIDO report, called for the release of N70 billion intervention funds by September, just as stakeholders want government to address urgently and on a sustainable basis, the energy problem and take immediate step to halt the unabated rise in diesel prices as most industries are generator-driven.

Managing Director, Rivers State Microfinance Agency, Sir Victor Halliday (right) welcoming Hon. Magnus Abe, Secretary to Rivers State Government to RIMA Stand at the 1st South-South Economic Summit in Calabar, recently.

Managing Director, Rivers State Microfinance Agency, Sir Victor Halliday (right) welcoming Hon. Magnus Abe, Secretary to Rivers State Government to RIMA Stand at the 1st South-South Economic Summit in Calabar, recently.

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Stakeholders Meet To Assess Nigeria’s Preparedness For AFCFTA

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Stakeholders are expected to converge in Lagos today to take a look at the Nigeria’s preparedness to maximize the gains of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). 
The Tide learnt that stakeholders will be converging at the instance of a popular online newspaper, Primetime Reporters, to assess the progress made so far by the Federal Government through the National Action Committee on AfCFTA agreement.
The event which is the Third Annual Lecture and Awards of the online medium has as its theme: “Assessing Nigeria’s Preparedness to Maximize the Gains of AfCFTA.” 
The event will also witness conferment of awards on eight eminent Nigerians who have distinguished themselves in various fields of human endeavours.
The Managing Director/Editor-In-Chief of Primetime Reporters, Mr. Saint Augustine Nwadinamuo, made this known in a statement made available to The Tide in Lagos on Monday.
According to him, the event will hold at the National Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), Kofo Abayomi Street, Victoria Island, Lagos beginning from 10.00am.
Nwadinamuo said that the event would be chaired by a renowned legal practitioner, Barr. Osuala Emmanuel Nwagbara of the Maritime and Commercial Law Partners, Lagos, while the Director General, Lagos Chambers of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), Dr. Muda Yusuf, would be the lead paper presenter.

By: Nkpemenyie Mcdominic, Lagos

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EFCC Nabs 419 Kingpin Over N250m Fraud

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has arrested a leader of a deadly 419 syndicate, Abayomi Kamaldeen Alaka (a.k.a Awise) over an alleged attempt to swindle an innocent Nigerian of N250 million. 
The Tide learnt that the syndicate operates from a shrine at Ashipa Town, near Abeokuta, Ogun State.
According to a statement made available to The Tide in Lagos on Sunday, by the EFCC, Awise’s arrest followed a petition by his victim, Juliet Bright who lost N250m to the fraudster after she was tricked to provide money for sacrifices and invocations to heal her of an ailment.
The statement said Bright was introduced to Alaka by one Akinola Bukola Augustina (a.ka. Iya Osun) whom she met on Facebook in the course of her search for solutions to her health challenge. 
What drew her to Augustina was the latter’s post under the name, Osunbukola Olamitutu Spriritual Healing Centre.
 Once Bright contacted Augustina, the latter promised to heal her if she could pay N16 million. 
The victim paid the money through an Access Bank account belonging to one Mohammed Sani, who later turned out to be a Bureau De Change Operator.
After paying the money without receiving healing, Augustina transferred the victim to other members of the syndicate, notably Awise. 
Bright revealed that she met Awise at his shrine in Ashipa Town and was hypnotized and subsequently transferred various sum through bank accounts and in cash to the suspect and his syndicate members, until she lost N250 million to them.
Despite all the monies collected from her, her health conditions has never improved.

By: Nkpemenyie Mcdominic, Lagos

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Expert Wants Farmers To Grow Plant Produce For Export

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An expert in Quarantine Agriculture, Dr Vincent Ozuru, has advised Nigerian farmers to give more attention to growing plants produce that could be exported.
He said that plant like the hibiscus, popularly known as Zobo is on high demand in some countries around the world, today.
Ozuru who gave the advice while speaking to aviation correspondents at Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa, noted that some plants produce, particularly hibiscus, had yielded huge revenue to the Federal Government through export.
According to him, Nigeria exported about 1,983 containers of hibiscus to Mexico alone in 2017 and earned $35 million within nine months of that year.
The agricultural quarantine expert explained that the export of the plant had a setback as a result of storage pest discovered by the Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service in some consignments.
“The issue has now been taken care of and the export is resuming again, and all matters have been resolved with the stakeholders across the value chain.
“Mexico is the largest importer of Nigerian hibiscus, and our farmers should brace up to the challenge.
“The good news is that Nigeria has a vast growing belt in hibiscus, and the harvest is available all year round.
“We need to take advantage of this opportunity to earn foreign exchange for ourselves and for the country at large, even with the commitment of the present administration to diversify the economy”, he said.
Ozuru called on Nigerian farmers to show more commitment to the growing of export produce and also endeavor to get ready information on it in order to increase their income.

By: Corlins Walter

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