Connect with us

Business

How To Save Govts’ Enterprises

Published

on

The Managing Director of Federal Super phosphate Fertiliser Company (FSFC) Limited, Kaduna, Engineer Abdullahi Kanti, has declared that privatisation presents the best chance for the survival of Nigeria’s ailing public enterprises.

Speaking at a valedictory board meeting for government representatives on the board and the official handover of the remaining 10% government equity in the company to the workers, Kanti said. I strongly believe in privatisation. I was the MD of FSFC under federal ownership and now MD under private sector ownership and the difference is clear”.

He pointed out that bureaucratic bottle necks under government ownership prevented the company’s growth and profitability. He also noted under privatisation the staff were better remunerated and therefore, more motivated.

In his remarks at the occasion, the Director General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), Dr. Christopher Anyanwu, advised the management and board of the company that while focusing on building and growing the company, they must also ensure that corporate governance is enthroned.

He also urged the board to ensure that standards are maintained “Do not just focus on rolling out products, but ensure that best practices are observed at all times. Keep an eye on best practices and ensure that safety standards are observed and workers are not exposed to unnecessary hazards”, he said.

Anyanwu said the management and board with its record achievements in such a short time of taking over was a proof that success could be achieved where there is commitment and honesty.

The BPE boss added that being able to put an old and disused plant into functionality is a credit to their leadership and vision. He reminded them that though government was no longer represented on the board, the post-privatisation monitoring functions would be effectively enforced.

Earlier, the chairman of the Board, Major General Aliyu Kama (Rtd) announced that the federal government had awarded a contract of about N6 billion to FSFC to supply fertiliser. He said the contract was a vote of confidence by the federal government on the management and staff.

He thanked the staff in particular for their commitment and focus that helped the company record the successes it has so far recorded.

Prince Kunle Quadri National president, Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (right), decorating Mr. Clement Akanibo as the 2009-2010 chairman, Port Harcourt district, during the institute’s investiture/inauguration of 2009-2010 excutives at Delta Hotel, Port Harcourt, recently. Photo: Chris Monyanaga

Prince Kunle Quadri National president, Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (right), decorating Mr. Clement Akanibo as the 2009-2010 chairman, Port Harcourt district, during the institute’s investiture/inauguration of 2009-2010 excutives at Delta Hotel, Port Harcourt, recently. Photo: Chris Monyanaga

Continue Reading

Business

FG Launches Blueprint For Africa’s Digital Trade

Published

on

The Federal Government of Nigeria has launched a comprehensive strategy to spearhead Africa’s digital trade revolution, aligning with the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) framework.
The initiative, a key component of President Bola Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda, is aimed at leveraging trade as a driver of economic growth and continental unity in accordance with AfCFTA’s objectives.
According to Vice President Kashim Shettima, in his X handle (formerly twitter), “Nigeria is in a unique position to spearhead the continent’s technological transformation”.
He said the strategy includes implementing AfCFTA’s Digital Trade Protocol, developing technical talent hubs, enhancing digital infrastructure investments, and promoting innovation and entrepreneurship.
Shettima stated this while delivering a keynote address during a stakeholders’ summit with the theme, “Digital Trade in Africa: The Renewed Hope Strategy”, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The Vice President emphasised the need for public-private sector synergy and assured continued government investment in digital infrastructure and human capital development.
On his part, the Minister of Communications, Innovation, and Digital Economy, Bosun Tijjani, highlighted the Tinubu administration’s substantial investments in all aspects of the digital trade protocol, aiming at harnessing opportunities both in Nigeria and across the continent.
He stated that innovative policies and programmes, such as the Three Million Technical Talent programme, the data protection policy, and increased investments in digital infrastructure, were equipping Nigeria’s young population for current and future opportunities.
Tijjani stressed the critical role of technology in facilitating trade across Africa, noting that the unprecedented opportunities within the single market area could be best leveraged through effective collaboration and networking enabled by digital technology.

Continue Reading

Business

Oil Bearing Communities Okay Exploration In Ogoni Adopt Indigenous Company

Published

on

A body under the auspices of Ogoni Oil Bearing Communities has resolved that oil exploration should commence in Ogoni.
The body also adopted an indigenous company, Ogoni Royal Resources and Energy Limited, to operate the Ogoni oil fields located within the Oil Mining Lease (OML) 11.
The adoption followed a motion moved by a prominent community leader in the area, Chief Sylvester Kogbara, during a meeting of Ogoni oil producing communities, at Kpite, in Tai Local Government Area of the State.
The decision of the body to adopt an Ogoni indigenous company to explore oil in Ogoni was  taken by the stakeholders after a motion by Chief Sylvester Kogbara from Bodo Community, based on the provisions of the Local Content Act which empowers indigenous firms to participate in oil exploration activities.
Kogbara said: “That the Ogoni Royal Resources and Energy Limited has been adopted as the only indigenous company to mine, process, export and extract oil and gas from Ogoniland. I so move”.
In his address at the meeting, President of Ogoni Oil Bearing Communities (OOBC), Chief Donald Gberesuu, described as unfortunate, the plights and act of marginalisation of the oil bearing communities in the area in the scheme of things perpetrated by certain Ogonis he described as “greedy”, and the Nigerian government.
Gberesuu said: “The plights and act of marginalisation of the Ogoni Oil Bearing Communities in the scheme of things by certain greedy Ogonis and the Nigerian State, is quite unfortunate.
“The oil bearing communities are not subservient and shall not relegate our responsibilities to middlemen and interrupters who are fronting greed and usurpation of common opportunities.
“The Ogoni oil bearing communities hold title to our lands as individuals and as community who should decide the usage of their land, in respect of the oil beneat”.
The body cautioned against division in the rank and file of Ogoni and called for unity of purpose among the people to actualise the objectives of the Ogoni struggle.
Earlier in his remark, the host of the meeting, HRM, King  Samuel Nnee, had declared that the meeting was for the Oil bearing communities to deliberate on issues of development concern, especially on oil exploration resumption in Ogoni.

Continue Reading

Business

Customs Alerts Nigerians On Online Auction, Recruitment Fraudsters 

Published

on

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has warned the public to be wary of  fraudsters using the name of the Service to perpetrate illegal activities on the social media.
Speaking against the background of advertorials on the social media by some unknown persons indicating that the NCS is currently auctioning some seized items, including vehicles and essential items.
In a statement by the National Public Relations Officer, Abdullahi Maiwada, the NCS said the fraudsters have been exploiting public trust and ignorance to promote fictitious auctions and sham recruitment exercises supposedly endorsed by the Service.
It stated that, “The attention of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, has been brought to the escalating activities of fraudulent entities preying on unsuspecting individuals through social media platforms, falsely claiming association with the Service for purposes of auctions and recruitment.
“These individuals exploit public trust and ignorance, promoting fictitious auctions and sham recruitment drives supposedly endorsed by the our service.
“The Service wishes to clarify that auctions of seized/overtime goods are never conducted via social media platforms.
“Any such claims on social media should be treated as fraudulent and promptly reported. All seized/overtime goods have a laid-down Standard Operating Procedure, SOP, for disposal in line with the Nigeria Customs Service Act  2023.
“It is pertinent to state that the only portal for e-auction in NCS is http://auction.nigeriatradehub.gov.ng.
“For authentic updates about the operations of NCS, we strongly encourage the public to verify information exclusively through the NCS website, www.customs.gov.ng.
“Our commitment remains unwavering in protecting the public from fraudulent activities. We implore all Nigerians to exercise vigilance and prudence when approached with unverified offers or announcements as  regards NCS auctions or recruitment”.

“Any suspicious activities should be reported to any nearby customs formations”.

Nkpemenyie Mcdominic, Lagos

Continue Reading

Trending