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TINAPA Boosts Indigenous Entrepreneurs

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The Management of TINAPA Business Resort and Leisure, has announced a one year free shop rent for indigenous entrepreneurs who wish to do business in the area.
The Managing Director of the Resort Centre, Arch. Bassey Ndem, announced this while addressing indigenous entrepreneurs on the investment opportunities available in and around the TINAPA, at the weekend.
According to him, “one emporium goes for N200 million while each of the shops is given out at the cost of N500,000 per year.”
He declared, “for the management of TINAPA, we know that things are difficult for now. We are ready to give it to you free for one year. Please come and do business with us.”
Arch Ndem, while enlightening the indigenous entrepreneurs said, “this is the ideal environment to do business and you will surely enjoy doing business with us.”
He announced that a Cross Riverian has bought a ship which will encourage businessmen and women in this part of the world. The ship is called “TINAPA EXPRESS”.
He used the opportunity to commend the owner of the shipping line and urged other Cross Riverians to emulate him, adding that, “last week over 40 importers visited the TINAPA Business to find out the area they can do business together with us.”
According to the Managing Director, each inch of TINAPA has business opportunity especially for indigenous entrepreneurs as well as others within the catchments area.
In his remarks, the chairman of the occasion, Chief Asuquo Ekpenyong, thanked the management of TINAPA for organising the one day interactive session with indigenous entrepreneurs in the state.
According to him, “this is a very big opportunity for us indigenous entrepreneurs to invest in TINAPA so that tomorrow nobody will say we were not informed on the various business opportunities abound in the area.”
He, therefore, called on the management of TINAPA Business Resort to ensure that this enlightenment campaign is organised more regularly to offer indigenous entrepreneurs the needy opportunity to invest.
The one-day workshop witnessed presentation of papers such as “Government as a Facilitator for Investment Entrepreneurs, by Mr. Gerald Ada, Special Adviser to the State Governor on Investment Promotion, “Investment Incentives for indigenous entrepreneurs in the agricultural sector, by Hon. Mbang Oju, Commissioner of Agriculture, “International Linkage Opportunities for Indigenous Entrepreneurs, by High Chief Edem Duke, Chairman, Calabar Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture.
Our correspondent reports that more than 500 indigenous entrepreneurs attended the one-day workshop.

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SON Tasks Technocrats On Success Of AfCFTA Implementation

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African technocrats have been challenged to ensure successful implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (AfCFTA) to the overall benefit of the people.
Director General, Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Mallam Farouk Salim, gave the charge at the opening ceremony of the African Organisation for Standardisation (ARSO) 65th Council meeting in Accra, Ghana.
According to Salim, the continent’s political leaders have done their bit by signing the agreement thus passing the challenge of successful implementation to the technocrats.
He commended the role played by ARSO particularly in the development and harmonisation of continental standards by member states of the organisation.
The SON chief executive emphasised the need for all standards bodies in Africa to promote faster adoption of Continental Standards, harmonisation of Conformity Assessment facilities and enter into mutual recognition agreements to facilitate movement of goods across African borders and with the rest of the world without inhibition.
These, he said, would ensure that standards are not used as technical barriers to free intra and inter-African trade
Salim posited that development and harmonisation of standards at regional and continental levels are critical components for the success of the AfCFTA agreement implementation.
The SON boss disclosed that Nigeria, in collaboration with the ARSO Central Secretariat, recently organised a virtual stakeholders’ awareness forum on 43 automobile African standards that are in the process of being adopted as Nigerian Industrial Standards for implementation.
He commended the impressive participation of stakeholders in the country and enjoined them to voluntarily upgrade the standards after adoption.
Salim said that the Accra meeting was also to receive and review reports from member nations of ARSO charged with the responsibility of championing the active involvement of non-member countries in continental drive for standards and conformity assessment.
According to him, Nigeria has successfully championed the active membership of Sierra Leone while Gambia is at the verge of becoming an associate member of ARSO, following encouragement and support from Nigeria.

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ITF Holds Training Forum For Stakeholders In PH, ’Morrow

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In order to upgrade and expand staff skills and capacities, the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) is holding an interactive forum for stakeholders in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, tomorrow.
The Tide gathered that the forum is to update and strengthen human capital development and add additional skills for staff.
The interactive forum with the theme: “Up-skilling and Re-skilling the workforce for result-oriented performance in the post pandemic era, the role of ITF”, is being organised by the Rumuokwuta Area office of the ITF.
Sources at the organisation disclosed that the forum is expected to present an opportunity to receive objective and sincere feedbacks from stakeholders, companies and other clients.
The Tide gathered that the mechanism adopted by ITF has over the years assisted the training fund in reshaping its policies and strategy directions.
ITF was established four decades ago and has pursued vigorously its mandate.
The organisation has not only raised training consciousness in the economy but has also helped in generating a corp of skilled indigenous manpower which has been mining and managing various sectors of the national economy.
It has expanded its structures, developed training programmes, reviewed its strategies, operations and service in order to meet the expanding and changing demands for skilled manpower in the economy.

By: Ike Wigodo

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Stakeholders Want Policies To Harness Gas Resources

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An earlier plan by the defunct Petroleum Equalisation Fund (PEF) to equalise the consumption of gas, especially Liquefied Petroleum Gas may no longer fly as the government said subsidising the transport cost of the commodity in the face of a liberal market may not work.
This is just as stakeholders were demanding for deliberate policies that would enable the country to harness gas resources to benefit from the global energy transition agenda.
While the defunct PEF had disclosed earlier this year that a scheme to pay for the transportation of gas as part of an effort to encourage the use of cooking gas in homes across the country was being considered, the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) said such a move may be unnecessary.
Executive Director, Distribution System, Storage and Retail Infrastructure at NMDPRA, Ogbugo Ukoha said although Nigeria has gas in large quantities, bottlenecks undermine realisation of full potential.
Speaking in Abuja recently on equalisation for gas, Uhoha said: “the Act provides for liberalisation. We can’t set prices, we can’t equalise it.”
According to him, the market would stabilise at some point and deal with prevailing issues. The Independent Petroleum Producers Group (IPPG), headed by Abdulrazaq Isa, has also noted the right policies were necessary if Nigeria would benefit from its gas resources.
Stressing on the evolving industry landscape, ongoing industry reforms, IOCs’ divestment, and the role indigenous exploration and production companies can play in this new era in guaranteeing the nation’s energy security, Isa said: “Nigeria cannot afford to be left behind in view of the global energy transition agenda. Natural gas should be considered as a transition fuel with deliberate policies formulated to attract investment into the sector.”
While noting that the PIA enactment will set a solid growth foundation for the entire industry, the IPPG Chairman said it was imperative that effective regulations are formulated to derive the full benefits of the Act.
According to Isa, ‘’industry-wide consultation in the enactment of regulations is required to promote inclusivity and ensure robustness of regulations’’.
The IPPG Chairman also identified key challenges being faced by the industry in the areas of security, funding, high operating costs, lengthy contract cycle, amongst others.
’’We look forward to collaborating with the NUPRC in finding long lasting and sustainable solutions to these challenges,’’ Isa said.

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