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Insurance Expert Wants Guaranteed Investments In Non-Oil Exports

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The Managing Director, Mutual Benefits Assurance, Dr Akin Ogunbiyi, has urged the Federal Government to guarantee investments in the non-oil exports.
Ogunbiyi gave the advice at the 2014 Nigeria Non-Oil Export and Investment Development Conference in Lagos, on Saturday.
The theme of the conference organised by the Publishers of Business Journal is: “Nigeria: Beyond Oil and Gas’’.
Ogunbiyi said that government should also pay attention to agricultural produce, agro-allied industries, manufacturing, development of solid minerals and revival of all aspects of the economy.
He said that the fall in the price of oil in the international market called for urgent diversification of the economy.
“The key issues in non-oil export is enabling environment that will allow money to be invested in those areas.
“This will happen if the nation’s leaders will be sincere to give investors what is required,’’ Ogunbiyi said.
He said that currently, there was no framework to guarantee investments in the non-oil export.
According to him, it is incumbent on us as a country to pay the much deserved attention to agricultural products.
Ogunbiyi said Nigeria existed and cater for its population before the oil windfall, adding that the nation’s overdependence on oil over the years had adversely affected agriculture.
He said the country could go back to producing palm oil, cocoa, cassava and other non-oil products as well as site manufacturing outfit to enhance their values.
Also,  the Managing Director of Nigerian-Export Import Bank (NEXIM), Mr Robert Orya, said that the issues of diversifying the economy should be taken seriously.
Orya, represented by Head, Strategic Planning in NEXIM, Mr Tayo Omidiji,  spoke on: “The Drive for Non-Oil Export: The NEXIM Perspective’’.
He said that NEXIM would guarantee credit facilities to exporters and business advisory to Small and Medium Scale Industries.
The managing director said the bank would also intervene in the manufacturing, agro-processing, solid minerals and services sector like transport, tourism and entertainment industries.
In his remark, the Publisher of Business Journal, Mr Prince Cockey,  said that this was the time to discuss the way forward for the Nigeria’s economy without oil.
He said that it was important to pay attention to the non-oil export to sustain the nation’s economic growth.

L-R: Executive  Chairman, Rivers State Internal Revenue  Service,  Onene Osila Obele-Oshoko, board member,  Christian Ogbowu and Mrs Tams Fiberesima-Peters, during the media dinner organised  by RIRS.  in  Port Harcourt, recently. Pix Egberi A. Sampson

L-R: Executive Chairman, Rivers State Internal Revenue Service, Onene Osila Obele-Oshoko, board member, Christian Ogbowu and Mrs Tams Fiberesima-Peters, during the media dinner organised by RIRS. in Port Harcourt, recently. Pix Egberi A. Sampson

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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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