The National Association of Master Bakers and Caterers of Nigeria (AMBCN) has endorsed the inclusion of Orange Fleshed Sweet Potato (OFSP) puree in bread production.
The National President of AMBCN, Alhaji Mansa Umar announced this yesterday in Abuja.
Umar spoke at an AMBCN seminar held in collaboration with Sano Foods Limited on inclusion of 20 per cent OFSP puree in bread production.
The president said the decision was to cut down the cost of bread production in Nigeria following the recent increase in prices of all baking materials in the country.
He said there was need to consider inclusion of farm produce that the country have in abundance in bread production to cut down the price of bread.
Umar said the inclusion of OFSP puree was a good development as it had more nutritional value and would help to reduce cost of production.
“We have mobilised our national executive members from all states to be part of this innovation at Abuja because of its importance and urgency,’’ the president said.
He urged government agencies, banks and state governments to give necessary support to the initiative.
The National Secretary of the association, Mr Jude Okafor said “this is a very successful innovation; the national body of AMBCN is fully in support of this new initiative’’.
Okafor said the aim was to ensure that the implementation cut across all states for the benefit of all Nigerians.
Head Processing and Operations of Sano Foods Mr Solomon Ojeleye, also praised the initiative.
“OFSP is rich in beta-carotene and fibre with high nutritional value in vitamin A for eye health, vitamin B6 for healthy metabolism and nervous system.
“And vitamin C for immune health, with vitamin D which plays an important role in carrying out vital functions in the body system,’’ Ojeleye said.
Business Development Manager of Agric. Capital Mr Richard Nwadimuya,said the company would work with various farming groups to ensure that OFSP roots were made available in the country.
Managing Director of Agro Park Mr Sola Olunowo, appealed to bakers to imbibe the project and promised that it would be successfully implemented.
“We are partnering with Sano Foods and Master Bakers in this initiative, our plan is to cultivate 5,000 hectares in three phases. This is our area of expertise and it’s not new to our organisation,’’ Olunowo said.
The FCT Chairman of AMBCN, Mr Ishaq Abdulkareem commended Sano Food for the initiative and appealed to the federal, state government and private sector for support.
According to Abdulkareem, the price of bread is becoming worrisome as the prices of raw materials keep increasing daily.
He said that consequently, there was need to look inwards in order to reduce the cost, and for some businesses not to close down.The Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) says Nigeria will soon move away from total dependence on crude oil to exporting non-oil resources and products.
The Regional Coordinator of the Council, South-South, Mr Joe Itah, said this during a One-Day Round Table Stakeholders’ forum on Cassava and Palm Producers in the Non-Oil Exports Sub-Sector in Yenago, yesterday.
He said “The spate of economic uncertainties around the most economies of the world has shown us that it is time to really sit up and seek to do things differently to enhance the economy.
“It is in pursuit of this goal that the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) established the One-State-One-Product project which in itself is an offshoot from the Zero Oil Plan Initiative.
“The Zero Oil plan is a Federal Government driven economic arrangement enshrined within the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) to develop and promote 22 choice products where Nigeria has competitive advantage for export.
“It was first introduced in 2016 to lift the nation out of the then recession.
“Presently, the initiative is an integral part of the Nigerian Export Economic Sustainability Plan (NESP).”
Itah identified the main product in Bayelsa as cassava, with palm oil as an alternate product.
He added that “But there are few more other products of interest in Bayelsa that could do well in export including sea foods and rice among others,” he added.
In his presentation, the Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr David Alagoa,said what they needed was setting a task force for all exporters to follow.
He said one of the focuses with export was that one must register his or her company to make the person a businessman or woman.
“For you to go into exporting mode you must do a research before venturing into such a business, knowing the markets to export your goods.
“You must not start big in a business, but you can start small, for you to grow it gradually before it becomes what you want it to be.
“People are exporting all sort of things, the leaves they wrap moimoi with, brooms are selling abroad twenty time what they cost here, back of cannel shell can be exported also,” he said.
In her speech, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Ms Patience Abah, said the Bayelsa government was ready to partner private sector to enhance economic development.
She commended the organisers of the forum, saying that it was a welcome development for Bayelsa exporters.
CAC Registers 245,000 SMEs Free Of Charge
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.
IPMAN Seeks Foreign Partnership For Robust Refinery Deal
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.
1,818 MSMEs Benefit From Covid-19 Recovery Package In Delta
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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