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Economy: Dangote Urges FG, Others To Be Proactive

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The Chairman, Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, yesterday said government and other major stakeholders must be more proactive to ensure that diversifying the nation’s economy became a reality.
Dangote made the call at a consultative roundtable meeting organised by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in Abuja, with the theme: “Going for Growth 2.0”.
He explained that diversification of the nation’s economy seemed illusive, adding that all hands must be on deck to ensure the diversification becomes a reality.
According to him, it is unacceptable for a big country like Nigeria to continue to depend on importation.
“If you look at the economy of Asia, its mainly export and in our own case, we have the domestic market. We are a country of more than 200 million people.Our market is huge.
“Our import in 2019 was about 47 billion dollars. It is not sustainable, we cannot have 200 million people and we are still importing most of the things we consume.
“We need to be more serious this time around, we have been talking about diversification, it is becoming illusive, is it impossible to diversify? No, it is possible but we need to be focused.
“We must work on how to achieve that and with the kind of people that gathered here today, we can realise that and make our country to be a producing nation,’’ he said.
According to him, most of the raw materials his companies use are all imported except for a few iron rods.
The richest man in Africa also advised those in banking sector to also diversify, especially to the manufacturing sector.
Dangote also urged the government to still review the cost of doing business in the country, adding that it would help to encourage business owners to invest, hence boost the economy.
He said effort must be put in place to provide power in the country as Small and Medium Enterprises and other big industries depended on it, saying the need to have stable power supply is key to reviving some of our factories that had been in comatose.’’
Dangote noted that diversification was possible but long term funds with low interest rate should be given, as well as support by the CBN on foreign exchange.
He lauded CBN for its intervention in ensuring that the low interest rates were given to critical sectors.

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ICT Skills’ll Deliver Economic Independence To Nigerian Girls – NITDA

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The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has said that if Nigerian girls are taught relevant Information and Communication Technology (ICT) skills at a young age, they will be set up for economic independence in future.
The Agency who made this remark through a press release signed by its Head, Corporate Affairs and External Relations, Mrs Hadiza Umar, joined the global community to mark the “Girls in ICT Day.” The day which is marked annually on the fourth Thursday in April falls on the 23rd April this year.
In the statement, Mrs Umar said that the Agency is highlighting the need to promote technology career opportunities for girls and women in ICT, the world’s fastest growing sector.
She said, “During this year’s celebration, NITDA is drawing attention to the critical need for more girls and women to participate actively in the ICT sector of our economy. The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) had estimated skills shortfall of over two million jobs in the ICT sector within the next few years. This opens a huge opportunity for girls and young women who have the ability to learn Coding, Apps Development, Computer Science and other ICT related courses.
“This will not only make them ready for a successful career in the ICT sector, but ICT skills are rapidly becoming a strong advantage for students in just about any other field they might choose to pursue. With technology playing vital role in all manner of careers, from Arts to Social Sciences, and from Law to History, to Graphic Design, learning ICT skills at a young age will set girls up for economic independence. Furthermore, the ICT sector needs more girls and women and celebrating a day like this reminds us that ICT helps to improve the lives of people everywhere.
“It contributes significantly towards better healthcare, better environmental management, better communication, and better educational systems that transform the way children and adults learn. NITDA, in its proactive manner and in line with the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy as well as in furtherance of bridging the gender imbalance in ICT in Nigeria, has embarked on series of Capacity Building programmes for women and girls across the country. Girls with ICT skills can expect to earn good wages and enjoy huge career opportunities.

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Keystone Bank Disowns Ex-staff, Fake Investment Company

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Keystone Bank Limited has alerted customers of the activities of one Mr. Obinna Onuselogu, who parades a company, Triple C Investment Limited, as an affiliate of the bank with the aim of defrauding unsuspecting members of the public.
The bank, in a statement yesterday, said Onuselogu, who used to be a staff, was no longer in its employ.
It added that anyone who transacts any business with him purportedly in the name of the bank does so at his/her own risk.
“Please note further that Keystone Bank is neither related nor affiliated to any company known as Triple C Investment Limited, which Mr. Onuselogu claims to be its chief executive officer.
“Anyone who transacts any business with him purportedly in the name of Keystone Bank does so at his/her own risk,” the statement said.
It was learnt that the ex-staff has been using the name of the bank and its executives claiming to be in partnership with the bank with the intent of defrauding unsuspecting members of the public.
The bank said it was working on a legal process and security agents to put an end to the unscrupulous activities of the so-called Tripple C Investment and its agents.

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Fishermen Union Warn Against Dead Floating Fish Consumption

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The Bonny Indigenous Fishermen’s Cooperative Union has set up a 20-man task force to work with the police and arrest any person or group of persons found with the polluted floating fish along Bonny sea and creeks.
President of the union, comrade Promise Bristol, made this known in a chat with newsmen in Bonny.
Bristol observed that a large quantity of different species of fish were found dead, floating on the sea, from the Atlantic Ocean to the communities and fishing ports in Andoni and Bonny Local Government Areas.
According to him, the species of fish included croaker, popularly known as “broke marriage”, “shine nose”, mackerel, among others.
Bristol lamented that the incident had brought untold hardship to the fishermen in the areas, saying that fishing is their only source of livelihood and appealed to government at all levels to come to their aid.
Bristol said the cause of the death of the fishes was unknown and warned members of the public against their consumption, pointing out that consumption of such fishes could be detrimental to human health.

 

Tonye Nria-Dappa

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