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Chinese Delegation Tours Nigeria’s Tourism Spots

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A 45-member delegation from the Chinese University of  Hong Kong has begun a tour of  the country’s tourist spots. 

Chief Olusegun Runsewe, Director General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), told journalists on Friday in Lagos that the tour  was part of  efforts to make the country a tourism destination.

He said the delegation, made up of 40 students and five professors, would visit major tourism and cultural spots  in Lagos and some states.

The tourists, he said, would be in the country for two weeks, noting that “ this is a testimony of  marketing the nation’s tourism potentials at the international scene.

“NTDC will open more doors of opportunity that would enhance influx of tourists for economic development.

“The turn-out of  tourists in certain destinations and the World Tourism Organisation (WTO) pronouncement that Africa is now prime tourism destination  prompted NTDC to maximise the opportunities from such arrivals and receipts.

“ The visit will give the tourists first hand information about the nation’s tourism potentials and Nigerians hospitality.

“ I strongly believe that selling  this country must not be through propaganda, but through efforts to make those visiting feel the people and experience our hospitality,’’ he said.

Prof. Lawal Marafa, a Nigerian lecturer at the Chinese university, said the visit would enhance cultural interaction and broaden both countries’ relationship in tourism.

Ms Jiang Xu, Head of the Chinese delegation, described Nigerians as energetic and hospitable people.

She said the delegation was in the country to have basic knowledge about the country’s tourism potentials.

Mr Calvin Chung, another tourist, promised to be Nigeria’s  ambassador in marketing her tourism potentials, saying the delegation would return home and tell the success story of the visit.

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CSOs To Hold Confab On Fuel Subsidy Removal

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Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Nigeria operating under the aegis of Civil Society Coalition for Economic Development (CED), on Thursday, said plans were afoot to organise a conference on ‘Fuel subsidy removal’ in Nigeria.
The coalition, which comprised 82 groups, disclosed this at a press conference in Abuja on Thursday, stressing that they were committed to pushing for subsidy removal as well as engaging other stakeholders in some sectors of the economy to see reasons with the government on the need to lay fuel subsidy payment to rest.
The convener of the group, Comrade Yusuf Dan Maitama, further said that the proposed theme of the conference is “Subsidy removal and the Future of Nigeria’s Economy,” adding that there was no better time for the total removal of fuel subsidy than now given the economic challenges the nation is going through.
According to the coalition, the conference which is slated for Tuesday and Wednesday next week will take place in Abuja and Lagos, featuring world-class resource persons in the oil and gas sector in order to refocus activities of Nigeria’s oil and gas sector and to secure the nation’s resources for its critical mass rather than private pocket benefactors.
The coalition lamented that the fuel subsidy regime which had been in place for the past 20 years, has enriched a few individuals and denied citizens of what was supposed to be a collective wealth, adding that moves by the present administration to end the subsidy regime were the right step.
Citing further reasons for the conference, the coalition posited that the Nigeria National Petroleum Company’s commitment to implementing a policy that ensures total removal of subsidy should be supported by all.
“The fuel subsidy regime has in the last 20 years done more harm than good to the economy of the nation and it appears Nigeria is the only country in the world that has a fuel subsidy regime in place.
“We have slated a conference for Tuesday and Wednesday, 2022 and we are going to assemble top class oil experts to speak on reasons fuel subsidy regime should be put to rest,” the group said.
Recall that the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, had a few days ago disclosed to the Senate Committee on Finance that the Federal government would offer a N5,000 transportation grant to poor Nigerians to cushion the effect of fuel subsidy removal in 2022.

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NSE Tasks FG On Incentives For Renewable Energy Investors

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The Nigerian Society of Engineers, NSE, has called on the Federal Government to set up incentives that would encourage engineers and investors to invest in renewable and clean fuels, in order to curb over-dependence on fossil fuels, and to achieve the net zero target by 2050.
Former Director of Energy Commission of Nigeria, Engr. Prof. Abubakar Sambo, said this while delivering the keynote address at the 2021 Nigerian Content Workshop organized by the Nigerian Society of Engineers in Port Harcourt.
Sambo, who is a fellow of the society, advised that Nigeria must take a cue from countries like Saudi Arabia, who despite being an oil rich nation, are investing heavily on renewable energy.
Represented by a University Don, Prof Cosmas Anyanwu, Sambo said the Nigerian energy master plan recommends that the country should make use all forms of energy in the country.
“We can achieve net zero with renewables because the plants absorb carbon iv oxide, so even if carbon is emitted with biomass, plants will still absorb them unlike with oil and gas.
“So we must move towards renewables as fast as we can. Renewable enegy is abundant in Nigeria, so nothing prevents us from tapping what we have.
“My advice is for the government to pursue vigorously investments in both fossil fuels and renewables; the energy masterplan stipulates that we use all energy sources where we find them, and also encourage the adoption and usage of renewable energy in Nigeria.
“Investors in renewable energy should be encourage to access low interest loans. There should be green certificate, whereby energy produced from renewables is sold at higher price than the ones produced from the thermal plants, it will do a lot of good to the economy and also encourage young engineers to embrace this technology.”
Also, NSE President, Engr Babagana Mohammed, called for the methodological transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy.
“The quest for clean energy has taken the centre stage in the affairs of nations all over the world. While Nigeria is still largely relying on hydro-carbon fuels as sources of energy, even with the hazardous effects that they bring, the developed nations have moved on to the future, with clean, renewable energy.
“Even though we agitate for transition from fossils to renewable energy in Nigeria, we have not lost sight of the need to be methodical about that transition.”
For his part, the Group Managing Director of Alphaden Group, Engr Paschal Anyawu, advocated for the setting up of mini gas plants for the processing of liquefied natural gas and compressed natural gas, for speedy industralization.
“The industrialization of this country cannot happen without petrochemicals and the foundation of petrochemicals is gas. Gas is more than just a fuel, gas is used in the production of power, fertilizer, perfume, and many other areas. The fastest way to industrialized is to monetized our gas. We should have gas pipelines across the country.”

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Farmer Cries Out Over Cattle Invasion

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A farmer in Aluu Community in Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State, Mr Nwo Nna, has cried out over cattle invasion of his farmland and crops.
Nna made this known in a chat with newsmen in Aluu recently.
He said that the most worrisome aspect of the development was the neglect by the herders of the Anti-Grazing Law passed by the Rivers State House of Assembly.
The farmer who discribed such as vexatious and  provocative, appealed for intervention by relevant agencies in order to secure their future.
“I got to my  farm on Saturday morning only to see my vegetables, cassava, yam and the entire farm devastated by cows”, he said.
He  expressed regrets that his farm, which was not at the road  had experienced such  attack for the second time.
The farmer noted that it would have been a different ball game, if he had met the herders in his farm.
“The saving grace was that  I did not meet them. They should be called to order to avoid problems”, he said.
He also sought for urgent intervention of  the Rivers State Government, Myyetti Allah and other relevant authorities to warn the herders to keep off people’s farms in the interest of peace.
The farmer further explained that it was becoming a regular practice for herders to parade their cows along the roads, and such  cows  stray into farm lands and  destroy people’s means of livelihood.
While declaring that Rivers people are hospitable, the farmer warned stranger elements, who do not have respect for the laws of the land as well as terrorise other people’s means of livelihood, to take their lawlessness elsewhere.
Other farmers who also responded  called for the establishment of a system that monitors the  activities of herders.
According to them, it will enable those who take their cows into farms to be identified and adequately sanctioned in the event of any invasion by the cows.
This, they said will bring a lasting peace and as well  serve as a deterrent to others.

By: King Onunwor

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