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Minister Lauds Conducive Business Environment In C’River

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The Minister of Industry,
Trade and Investment, Dr. Olusegun Aganga, has commended the administration of Governor Liyel Imoke for creating a conducive environment which has turned the state into investors’ haven.
The minister made the commendation in Calabar, recently, while commissioning ultra-modern integrated feed mills, Eastern Premier Feed Mills Company Limited, a subsidiary of Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc.
Aganga described Governor Imoke leadership as visionary, business friendly and proactive, attributes he said have encouraged investors to do business in the state.
“I commend Governor Liyel Imoke for operating a business friendly environment for investors. In the last three years, they have always had something fantastic to say about the state and its people. I cannot thank you enough for creating such environment in the country,” he said.
“General Electric went round the country in search of where to establish its business but finally chose to invest in Calabar and I am happy they are investing more money in a technical school to train the young ones in line with it capacity needs to support its multi billion dollars investment in the state,” Aganga maintained.
He disclosed that the country was witnessing tremendous growth under the present administration through its various policies and reforms to stimulate the industrial sector, adding that the Industrial Revolution Plan was aimed at accelerating Nigeria’s industrialisation, diversify its economy as well as increase revenue.
“We cannot only depend on oil because the nation has a large expanse where everything can grow and we cannot become rich if we must remain the eighth oil producing nation in the world, and we should not only produce raw materials but also be involved in production and processing.”
The minister lauded Flour Mills for being one of the first to key into the industrial revolution plan by investing in various businesses to create employment in many parts of the country.
Imoke said the commissioning was a celebration of confidence which the investors have in the local economy which shows that Nigeria is not only safe and good to do business but has opportunities to do business.
According to him, “I am excited that Flour Mills will increase its investments in the state, and in few years, Cross River will become Chicken Republic. I appreciate the President because what we are seeing today is a realisation of his transformation agenda to turn Nigeria into the largest economy in Africa.”
The governor explained that the state, through its policy, has created the right environment to become investors’ haven to attain the status of a key destination through PPP, stressing that “we do not only want to be investors’ haven but also the next industrial hub in Nigeria.”
The Chairman, Flour Mills Plc, Mr. John G. Coumantaros, disclosed that the mill was the largest in sub Saharan Africa with capacity to create 1000 direct and indirect jobs  with the hope of turning Cross River into a “Chicken Republic,” adding that its products are intended to produce biggest, fattest, most tendering and delicious chickens in Nigeria.

 

Friday Nwagbara, Calabar

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Eid-el Kabir: NSCDC Mobilises 1,210 Personnel In Edo

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Edo Command of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has deployed 1,210 personnel to ensure maximum security during the forthcoming Eid-el Kabir celebrations.
The command’s Public Relations Officer, Efosa Ogbebor, in a statement on Friday in Benin, said NSCDC would provide maximum security at various Eid praying grounds, palaces, monuments and recreational centres across the state during the festivities.
Ogbebor stated that the NSCDC Commandant in the state, Mr Gbenga Agun, assured residents of security of their lives and property before, during and after the festival.
“I have directed all commanders, heads of tactical units, Area Commanders and Divisional Officers to ensure smooth, crime-free and secure celebration before, during and after the Eid-el Kabir festival.
“The personnel deployed have been tasked with critical responsibilities of safeguarding national assets and infrastructure, a core mandate of the corps, protection of lives and property and crowd control, amongst others.
“NSCDC personnel will work in collaboration with other sister-agencies”, he said.
The NSCDC boss appealed to members of the public to give maximum cooperation to the personnel and support them with useful information about criminal elements.
The Commandant felicitated with all Muslims and wished them joyous Eid-el Kabir celebrations.

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Delta Assembly Recalls Suspended Lawmaker

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The Delta State House of Assembly last Thursday in Asaba recalled its member, Mr Matthew Omonade (APC-Ughelli North I), after 29 days of suspension.
The recall was announced during plenary by the Speaker, Mr Dennis Guwor, following an adoption of the report by the ad-hoc committee set up to investigate Omonade.
The Tide’s source recalls that the assembly had on May 14 suspended the lawmaker over alleged gross misconduct.
“The house has, therefore, lifted the suspension following the adoption of the recommendations of the committee.
“He is expected to resume plenary and other legislative duties on the next sitting day”, Guwor said.
Earlier, the Majority Leader, Emeka Nwaobi (PDP-Aniocha North), who chaired the committee, said after a thorough investigation, it recommended that Omonade be sounded a note of warning against future occurrence.
He said the committee also recommended that the recalled lawmaker be made to study the rules of the house.
According to the committee’s recommendations, Omonade should know that laws are universal and can be domesticated in any state or country without anyone being accused of plagiarism.
Nwaobi said since he had remorsefully apologised to the Governor, Speaker and the entire House, the committee recommended that the suspension be lifted.
In their various submissions, Mr Oboro Preyor (PDP-Bomadi) and Mr Austine Uroye (PDP-Warri South I) supported the committee’s recommendations.
The recommendations, unanimously adopted by members via a voice vote, were seconded by the Minority Leader, Mr. Edafe Emakpor.
The House also approved Governor Sheriff Oborevwori’s request to review and implement a new tariff regime for the 8.5 Megawatts Asaba Independent Power Plant (IPP), operated by Messrs Bastanchury Power Solutions.
The governor’s request was contained in a letter read during plenary by the Speaker.
In the letter, Oborevwori explained that the upward review of the electricity tariff from N31.74 per Kilowatt to N75 per Kilowatt became necessary due to the current economic realities.
He said this would enable the company to sustain its services to the state.
Oborevwori, however, noted that the State Government, through the Ministry of Energy, recommended a reviewed amount of N63 per Kilowatt, inclusive of VAT, hence the need for the House’s approval.
The Majority Leader moved a motion for the Assembly to receive the governor’s letter for consideration.
Leading the debate, Nwaobi said it was no longer news that the economic situation informed the governor’s request and, therefore, urged the House to give it speedy approval.
The motion, which was unanimously adopted by the assembly, when put to a voice vote by the Speaker, was seconded by Mr Oboro Preyor (PDP-Bomadi).

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Sallah: FRSC Deploys 654 Personnel In Delta

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The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Delta State Command, has deployed 654 personnel, including regular and special marshals, to various locations in the state to ensure safety during the Eid-el-Kabir celebration.
Sector Commander, FRSC, Mr Muftau Irekeola, said this on Friday in Asaba while addressing personnel of the Command in preparation for the Eid-el-Kabir special patrol.
Irekeola said a total of 654 personnel, 19 operational vehicles, one ambulance, one power bike, and others would be deployed in the state.
The Sector Commander, however, said the command was partnering with private tow truck owners, saying that the command’s tow truck was not in good condition.
“If it is more than 30 tons truck, we will call FRSC, Onitsha Command, for towing because Onitsha is less than four kilometers away from Asaba”, he said.
He urged motorists to drive with caution, and pay attention to other road users.
“During rainy season, the grip of their tyres on the road is reduced because of the rain, they need to speed less. In fact, they are supposed to go on a reasonable speed.
“Even the passengers should not board overloaded vehicles, they should talk to the driver and if he is not listening they should drop at the next available bus stop.
“They can alert any FRSC officials or security agency on the road”, he said.

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