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World Bank Commends RSG’s Investment On Entertainment…Wants Stop To Piracy

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As the ION International Film festival comes to an end in Port Harcourt, most of the participants have given kudos to the Rivers State government for the successful hosting of the world event which lasted from December 9th to December 12, 2009.

One of the commendations is from Ismail Radman, World Bank Senior Economist, Finance and Private Sector Development in Africa who lauded the state Governor Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi for his immense contributions towards the development of the entertainment industry in the state and Nigeria as a whole.

The world bank executive who spoke with The Tide during the event said “it was good to be in Port Harcourt to witness the global event for the first time in Africa.

“I sincerely appreciate the warm welcome, the peaceful environment, security and hospitality of the state.

He stressed that the movie industry in Nigeria is expanding and providing job opportunities to many. He noted that the event is a rare opportunity for practitioners in the industry to partner with other movie industries in the world especially Hollywood of America and Bollywood of India which are rated first and second movie industries in the world respectively.

The World Bank economist however, urged the federal government to come, out with policies that would curb piracy which he said is a major problem in the industry. He also called for effective distribution network as a way of eliminating piracy and move the industry forward as well as more private sector participation in the movie industry.

According to him Hollywood and Bollywood are where they are today because of the huge investments from the private sector. He said Nollywood should be able to learn from the experience of these industries to improve on its standards equipment and other facilities.

Addressing the guests during the closing ceremony held at the Polo Club on Saturday, the State Governor, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi lauded the organisers of the event for a job well done. He noted that Nigerian movie makers had a lot to learn from the event as it affords them the opportunity to partner with other professionals in the movie industry across the world.

He assured of government’s commitment towards the development of the entertainment industry in the state and tasked them to improve on their standards that could stand the test of time.

At the end of the event some movies that were nominated for the event got awards. They include; You Didn’t See Anything in Kingshasha, a documentary by Ngangura Mwoese from Congo; “Examination Malpractice”, a youth project by Emoedumba Joshua from Nigeria, “Micheal Jackson Shinning” by Trevor Parham of the USA got award under the music video category, ‘Renouncing Angelica’ by Temi Ojo of USA also won award under the short film category as well “From A Whisper” by Wanuri Kanya of Kenya which got award under the Narrative feature category.

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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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