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Ambode Promises Road Networks To Link Neighbouring States

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Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Wednesday reiterated that his administration was committed to making the state economically viable by connecting roads in Ikorodu and Epe to the  neighbouring states.
Ambode also said that the present administration would link Mile 2 to Badagry,  Seme border in  Nigeria and with Nigeria’s neighbouring countries.
The governor said this while addressing some citizens of the state after he had  inspected the 7.5 kilometre Agric-Owutu -Ishawo Road project in Ikorodu area of the state.
He pledged that the road would be delivered in April 2019 with plans to extend the road by another 5.5 kilometres from the  Lagos State boundary to Arepo in Ogun.
Ambode added that the need to link the state through road network would be replicated at Lagos-Epe Road.
He said that the Lagos-Epe Road will  from Epe boundary in Mojoda be  linked with the Ijebu-Ode/Ore Road.
“In order for us to improve on the economic integration of the  South western states, we will extend the road network from Lagos State boundary to Arepo in Ogun.
“We will also extend it by  5.5 kilometres to link it with  the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
“The Lagos-Epe Road will also be done to link the boundary of the state in Epe axis at  Mojoda with the Ijebu-Ode /Ore Road.
“The state government will do same with the  Mile 2/Okokomaiko Expressway as it will award the contract  that will link Okokomaiko to Seme border”, he said.
The governor said that  with that arrangement, the state government would have connected its road networks with those of the country’s  neighbouring states.
Ambode added that this would  improve the economy of Lagos State and ensure that residents  in the surbub were comfortable.
He urged the residents to exercise patience while  the project he mentioned  lasted.
The governor said that in addition to good roads, the state government was planning  other developments like cinema, shopping mall and recreational parks for the axis.
“Our people will need to exercise patience and bear with us.
“You must have noticed that your businesses have started improving and the economic values  of your landed properties have gone up while the project is ongoing,” Ambode said.
Ealier, the state Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Mr Ade Akinsanya, said the Agric-Ishawo – Arepo Road was strategic.
He said that on completion, it would  ease traffic pressure on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway,  especially,  for motorists  coming from and going to Ikorodu.
Ambode added that it would also improve the quality of lives of Lagosians.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the governor had earlier inspected the Imota Rice Mill project, Igbe-Igbogbo Road project and the Public Works Corporation asphalt yard in Imota.

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CAC Registers 245,000  SMEs Free Of Charge

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The Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) says it has registered more than 245,000 Small and Medium Enterp-rises  free of charge.
The Registrar-General, Alhaji Garba Abubakar,  said in Abuja on Wednesday that it did this with the approval of the Federal Government.
The Federal Government, he said, approved the free registration of 250,000 business names as part of its intervention to assuage the economic effect of Covid-19.
He said the Federal  Government paid 50 per cent of the cost of registration to CAC and more than 245,000 business names were consequently registered.
Abubakar explained that the process was electronic and applicants also got their certificates electronically.
He added that the numbers were divided between the 36 states of the federation and the FCT noting that Lagos, Abia and Kano States had the largest numbers.
He said free registration of 6, 606 business names was approved for 33 states while Abia, Lagos and Kano States would have 7, 906, 9,084 and 8,406 respectively.
Abubakar noted that aggregators were appointed and paid to collect SMEs information and submit same to CAC.
He explained that the commission provided special access for the aggregators for effective service delivery since they were responsible for scanning and uploading of documents.
He added that CAC had to take over from one of the aggregators appointed for two states but failed to deliver.
Abubakar said also that the intervention of CAC and appointment of substitute aggregators to take over in the two states sped up the process, already nearing completion.
“We are hoping that by end of September the exercise will come to an end,’’ he said.

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IPMAN Seeks Foreign Partnership For Robust Refinery Deal

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The Chairman, Rivers State Chapter of Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN),  Mr King Eppie, has said that he would be seeking the partnership of foreign bodies as part of his plans to strengthen the association.
Eppie said this when he spoke in a chat with newsmen in his office in Eleme, Eleme Local Government Area, Rivers State, Wednesday.
He pointed out that such plans would also encourage business growth especially to some of his members whom he said are  experiencing stormy business weather.
According to him, the challenging business condition was as a result of  non functional refineries in the country, stressing the need to seek for partnership.
He said that since its core business area was petroleum products, that his leadership would do all within its reach to improve the  system.
The Rivers IPMAN boss,  expressed hope that the ailing refineries in the country would bounce back to life.
“ I will be happy to see the refineries working again. Most of our members are suffering and business is no longer what it used to be, that’s why I want the refineries to come back to operation”, he said.
About the issue of legal battle in the association, he said that his team has been vindicated by the Apex court by declaring him the authentic chairman of IPMAN in Rivers State.
He recalled that the association was in a legal battle for about eight years, but expressed joy over its victorious end.
To those who were on the other side of the divide, he said that he has extended an olive branch to them as part of his plans to run an  all inclusive government.
“ The platform for those who went to court against us has been created for them to come back to the fold. IPMAN is one in the state and we are open to all, that is why we want everyone to come back”, he said.
The Tide learnt that the IPMAN chairman is  barely one week in office after years of legal battle that greeted the association as a result of leadership tussle.

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1,818 MSMEs Benefit From Covid-19 Recovery Package In Delta

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No fewer than 1,818 Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) have benefited from Federal Government and the World Bank Covid-19 Action Recovery Economic Stimulus (NG-CARES) in Delta.
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa addressed the beneficiaries at the launch of funds disbursement in Asaba on Wednesday.
He commended the Federal Government and the World Bank for the partnership to provide succour for those affected by the pandemic in the country.
He said that now that the scheme had been domesticated in the state, the beneficiaries were in the first phase of the programme.
Okowa also lauded the Nigeria Governor’s Forum (NGF) for supporting the federal government to ensure that the programme was approved by the World Bank for implementation in Nigeria.
He also thanked the World Bank for the intervention and for working with state governments in the country towards cushioning the socio-economic effects of Covid-19 pandemic on the people, particularly the poor and vulnerable.
According to Okowa, today’s ceremony is a major step at putting MSMEs that are badly hurt by the pandemic on the path of recovery and growth.
He said this was “more so, with the disbursement of funds to the first set of 1,818 beneficiaries who have met the World Bank stipulated eligibility criteria within the initial six months.
“A total of 2,529 MSMEs are expected to receive grants to support post-covid-19 loans, operational costs and to enhance their IT capabilities.
“Indeed, we are glad to be part of the CARES programme of the Federal Government.
“The focus of intervention clearly aligns with the priority of the state government to give relief to those whose lives, businesses, jobs and means of livelihood have been distorted by the pandemic.
“The programme, which we have domesticated as the Delta CARES, is a two-year emergency recovery programme.
“It is aimed at supporting state governments’ budgeted programme of expenditures and interventions.
“It is to enable them to expand access to livelihood support, food security services, and grants for poor and vulnerable households and firms,” he said.
He said that the programme would also directly support 25,269 poor and vulnerable households with social transfers, basic services and livelihood grants.
The governor said it would as well support 13,976 farmers to boost food production and ensure smooth functioning of the food supply chain.
“The outlined figures are the targets stipulated by the World Bank, but do not preclude the State Government from scaling up if the need arises.
“It is my expectation that those charged with the implementation of Delta-CARES will be faithful in executing the mandate so that the desired results are achieved, bearing in mind that it is a Programme for Result (PforR),” Okowa said.
On his part, Dr Barry Pere-Gbe, Chairman, Steering Committee for Delta-CARES and State Commissioner for Economic Planning, commended Okowa for providing the funds for the programme.
Pere-Gbe was represented by the Commissioner for Youths Development, Mr Ifeanyi Egwunyenga.
He said that the main focus of the programme was to bring succour to residents whose means of livelihood had been disrupted by the impacts of Covid-19.
He said that the programme was hinged on three thematic area.

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