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Bakers To Add 20% Orange Fleshed Sweet Potato Puree In Bread

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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.

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Navy Destroys 14 Illegal Refineries, Confiscates N2.7bn Refined Products

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Troops of the Nigerian Navy conducting Operation “Dakatar Da Barawo” confiscated crude oil and other illegally refined products worth N2.7billion in June.
This is contained in a statement issued by the Director of Information, Naval Headquarters, Commodore Adedotun Ayo-Vaughan in Abuja.
“The various NN platforms deployed for ‘Operation Dakatar Da Barawo, Calm Waters 11’ and Tripartite Joint Border Patrol, have continued to sustain aggressive patrols to curb the menace of crude oil theft and illegal oil bunkering.
“Accordingly, several Illegal Refining Sites (IRS), metal storage tanks, wooden boats, dugout pits and ovens were destroyed between June 13 and June 19”.
He said five suspects were and the operatives destroyed 14 Illegal refining sites.
The Navy also said that 80 storage tanks, 22 wooden boats, 40 ovens, two-speed boats, a tanker, truck, barge and a Toyota Sienna car were recovered during the various operations during the period.
Similarly, Navy ship VICTORY in Cross River intercepted and impounded three wooden boats laden with drums of suspected illegally Refined Petrol (PMS) around Ikang channel, suspected to be transported to Cameroon.
However, the Navy said, the boats, as well as the products, were taken into custody.
Ayo-Vaughan said,”Forward Operating Base (FOB) Bonny in Rivers” also intercepted two wooden boats laden with about 400,000 litres of suspected stolen crude oil at Iwokiri.
The wooden boats and products, he said, were destroyed.
Similarly, he said, the Navy ship SOROH in Bayelsa intercepted a wooden boat laden with about 60,000 litres of suspected illegally refined AGO.
Subsequently, the boat and contents, he added was destroyed.

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FAAC: Federal, States, LGs Share N680.780bn May Revenue Allocation

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The Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) has shared May 2022 Federation Revenue Allocation to the federal, states and local government councils to the tune of N680.783billion.
This is contained in a communiqué issued at the end of June 2022 FAAC meeting held in Abuja.
According to the communiqué, the N680.783billion total distributable revenue comprised distributable statutory revenue of N385.004billion, distributable Value Added Tax (VAT) revenue of N198.512billion and Electronic Money Transfer Levy (EMTL) revenue of N97.267billion.
In May, 2022, the total deductions for cost of collection were N36.996billion and total deductions for transfers and refunds were N186.672billion.
The balance in the Excess Crude Account (ECA) was $35.377million.
The communiqué confirmed that from the total distributable revenue of N680.783billion; the Federal Government received N229.563billion, the state governments received N241.824billion and the local government councils received N175.942billion.
The sum of N33.454billion was shared to the relevant states as 13percent derivation revenue.
Gross statutory revenue of N589.952billion was received for the month of May, 2022.
This was lower than the N635.037billion received in the previous month by N45.085billion.
From the N385.004billion distributable statutory revenue, the Federal Government received N185.197billion, the state governments received N93.934billion and the local government councils received N72.419billion.
The sum of N33.454billion was shared to the relevant states as 13percent derivation revenue.
In the month of May, 2022, the gross revenue available from the Value Added Tax (VAT) was N213.179billion.
This was higher than the N178.825billion available in the month of April, 2022 by N34.354billion.
From the N198.512billion distributable Value Added Tax (VAT) revenue, the Federal Government received N29.777billion, the state governments received N99.256billion and the local government councils received N69.479billion.
The Federal Government received N14.590billion; the state governments received N48.634billion and the local government councils received N34.043billion from the N97.267billion Electronic Money Transfer Levy (EMTL).
According to the communiqué, in the month of May, 2022, Companies Income Tax (CIT) and Value Added Tax (VAT) recorded considerable increases, Import Duty increased marginally while Petroleum Profit Tax (PPT) and Excise Duties decreased marginally.
Oil and Gas Royalties decreased significantly.

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FG Hands Over Licences To 57 Marginal Oil Field Investors, ‘Morrow

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The Federal Government has announced that the successful investors in Nigeria’s 57 marginal oil fields for the 2022 bid round would get their various Petroleum Prospecting Licences, tomorrow.
On May 31, 2021, the defunct Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) issued letters of award to investors for the production of crude oil from 57 marginal fields.
Last January, the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC) announced that a total of 128 awardees emerged as successful bidders in the bid round and had made complete and part payments for signature bonuses in the oil fields.
It also disclosed at the time that 33 awardees did not make payments during the 45 days window given to successful bidders to pay the required signature bonuses for the oil fields and as such had lost their awards to suitably qualified reserve bidders.
Providing updates on the bid round in Abuja, last Saturday, the Chief Executive, NUPRC, Gbenga Komolafe, announced that the successful awardees would get their licences by Tuesday.
He said, “In fulfillment of the promise made early this year, the NUPRC will on Tuesday in Abuja, issue Petroleum Prospecting Licences to successful awardees of marginal fields in the 2020 bid round, pursuant to the provisions of the Petroleum Industry Act 2021.
“It will also unveil the implementation template for the host communities’ development trust for commencement of the provisions under Section 235 of the PIA, 2021, to positively impact against restiveness in the host communities.”
Komolafe said implementing the development trust would guarantee seamless operations, boost investors’ confidence and provide enabling environment for sustainable improvement of the country’s hydrocarbon resources.
“These will mark the conclusion of some of the most urgent and critical tasks inherited by the commission when it was inaugurated in October, 2021, after the signing into law of the PIA 2021,” he stated.
The commission had in March this year informed all participants in the 2020 marginal field bid round programme that it had put all necessary machinery in place to progress the bid round exercise to conclusion in line with the PIA 2021.
In furtherance of that resolution, the commission constituted an in-house work team to distill and address the concerns of awardees with a view to close out issues affecting multiple awardees per asset and formation of Special Purpose Vehicles by awardees in line with the respective letters of award.
“Awardees were therefore enjoined to avail themselves of the resolution mechanism provided by the commission in the overriding national interest,” Komolafe stated.
He added, “The successful coordination and resolution of the issues culminated in the emergence of the successful awardees that would be handed over licences on Tuesday.”

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