It was another day for entrepreneurs to showcase their wares and gifting in the Croc-city (city of crocodiles) – Kaduna State. The venue of the event was the Arewa House, in the ever-busy and bubbling heart of the town. The time was 12 O’clock. Young Sa’id Haruna thought it expedient to bring together start-ups in an organised setting to showcase their products. “I just wanted to have a platform that would bring together various businesses from all parts of the country for a start,” Haruna stated. “This was borne out of the fact that I’ve met people who have good businesses but don’t have the right networking to take it to the positions they actually want their businesses to get to. ” One unique thing about the event was that, it was not all about having people interact with these entrepreneurs on their tables/stands, some entrepreneurs did presentations using power points. The event was to create avenue for organizations to bring their goods and services closer to the people and thus widen their horizon. Samira Haruna Sanusi of the Samira Sanusi Sickle Cell Foundation was on hand to explain why government and individuals in general needed to come together to help people suffering from sickle cell anaemia. She emphasized the need to establish specialized care center’s for these group of persons. President of Friends for Food, Maryam Meyer, told participants at the event that her quest to do food was not an idea that hit her by accident She narrates her sojourn to self-discovery: “While I was in secondary school, Zamani College to be precise, I had a clique of friends who would always get food from anywhere during school hours. Nothing ever stood as a barrier for us because we were determined. During one of the crisis in Kaduna, I was forced to stay indoors and that was how I unearthed the talent in me. Had all the things I needed to polish my talent, so I had a good time during the curfew that lasted for weeks. After the crisis, I hit the ground running with Friends for Food. ” Other organizations that graced the event were BooAfric, Rose Africa, Wadi Bandaraki Foundation, Youth For Youth Initiative, Farmham among many others.
Written By Ejura Adama For the first time in a long while Niger State experienced the influx of droves of investors into the state, willing to be a part of its economic growth. The two-day summit, which kicked off on the 14th of August 2017, was tagged Impact Investing for Advancing Agricultural Economy and Innovation, and Was graced with the presence of former Heads of State Abdulsalami Abubakar and Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, among other dignitaries. The aim of the two-day investment summit, organized by the Niger State government, was to initiate a paradigm shift in combating the economic challenges of the country and was a necessary step, taken in line with the Federal. Government’s diversification policy from overdependence on oil revenues to agriculture and other sustainable sources of income. The Commissioner for Investment, Commerce and Industry, Mrs. Ramatu Yar’Adua, said that the aim of the summit was to market the state as an investment destination for agriculture, considering its enormous potential, which is largely untapped. Yar’Adua said that agriculture was key to moving the country out of recession, and assured would-be investors of the state’s commitment to creating a conducive and enabling environment for business. The investment summit was declared open by the Vice President of the country, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, who expressed pleasure at the initiative taken by the Governor of the state, Abubakar Sani Bello. He said he hoped that other states would take a cue from the state. Also speaking at the event, former Head of State Chief Olusegun Obasanjo admonished the state government to put into use suggestions made at the summit. He also indicated his desire to attend other such summits in the future. The president, Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, made a commitment to invest $450m in agriculture development in Niger State over the next three years. He said the funds would be used to establish a large-scale rice-processing mill with the capacity to process over 200,000 metric Tonnes of rice. In addition, a state-ofthe-art, fully integrated sugar refining industry would also be established. Side attraction at the summit was an exhibition of locally made products, such as Shea butter, locally processed rice and the like. The summit came to an end with the signing of an MOU between the Niger State government and investors. The need to train women cannot be overemphasized. To this end, the British Council pitched in on June 22 2017 with a seminar style event, offering young women (aged 18 to 35) the opportunity to discover their creative side and also, the opportunities available across the creative sector value chain. An entertaining and enlightening event, the speakers spared nothing in ensuring their audience was left highly inspired. The event, tagged ‘Creative Hustle’, created an avenue for young women to explore career opportunities in the creative industry. The Executive Director, Programmers of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and author Eugenia Abu and development consultant Simi Fajemirokun were on hand to light the torch and lead the way. Ms. Abu celebrated the members of the audience and counselled that if they were to ever make any meaning out of life, they could not afford to look down on themselves. “Ideas are everywhere, so, to be candid, they are cheap. Seeing this, the best way to Make your idea stand out is to package it like a product. “Know more about your idea, research about it, because many must have trodden that path before you. Know what obtained and what goes in the present. “After you package your product, you have to blow your own trumpet as decently and modestly as you can,” she also said. Lively and to the point, Eugenia Abu told the audience to never joke with their trade and to always strive to make the best and Out-do stereotypes. “If you are a newscaster or anchor and you want to interview someone, never ever start with the clichéd question ‘Can we meet you?’ Always research extensively about your subject and begin with the things they love. Show that you are thinking on your seat and even though you are not trying to prove a point to anyone, be smart. Follow up questions and never leave any loose ends; it could be the substance of your interview. Best of all listen while interviewing. If, you don’t you could miss the most important things. Nothing could be more embarrassing, especially, if it is a live interview,” she told her attentive audience. Ms. Abu had a slew of advice for those in the creative industry and finished by saying, “Know your worth and know your stuff. If you don’t, you will sell yourself short.”
The Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) has justified its recent raids of auto marts across the country saying the exercise is in line with the extant law. Besides the NCS challenged any auto dealer who bribed customs any officer before getting their vehicles cleared to come forward and name the officer, saying such officer would not only be dismissed but prosecuted. The Public Relations Officer of the service, Mr. Joseph Attah, told our correspondent in Lagos that the recent raid of car shops was in line with Section 147 of the Customs and Excise Management Act (CEMA) which empowers it to search shops suspected to be having smuggled items. He disclosed that over 3000 vehicles have been seized across the country between January and now. Daily Trust had exclusively reported last week how some auto dealers grumbled over alleged rip-off and harassment by officials of the customs who raided their shops in commando style in search of smuggled vehicles. However, the customs’ spokesman who justified the action said the raid was to ascertain the genuineness of vehicles displayed at car shops, if they were imported through the approved route and if the right duty has been paid. According to him, many of the importers came through unapproved routes. He said any vehicle imported through unapproved route was a smuggled one. He stressed that no customs officer would disturb an importer who has done the right thing even as he denied allegations of extortion leveled against the officers and men of the service. Attah said, “The question is who is extorting who and for what reason are you being extorted? Do the right thing. Those shouting about extortion are people who want to do the wrong thing. The present government policy prohibits importation through the land borders and our responsibility as the Nigeria Customs Service is to implement the policy of government. Whereas some of these smugglers are arrested at the border, any smuggler who beats customs officers at the border is still subject to arrest wherever or whenever the vehicle is found,” he said.
The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has banned five songs by major Nigerian musicians — Olamide, Davido and 9ice — having considered them offensive for broadcast. The banned songs are Olamide’s “Wo” and “Wavy Level”, Davido’s “Fall” and “If (Remix)”, and 9ice’s “Living Things”. The corporation released the list Tuesday, saying it banned the five songs from being aired across the Nigerian airwaves, reported online news medium, Premium Times. The Federal Ministry of Health had in a tweet on Friday, said the video to Olamide’s “Wo” violated the Tobacco Control Act. The 28-year-old rapper, who is signed to his own record label, YBNL, had returned to Ladi Lak in Bariga where he was raised to shoot the video of his latest single. “This is our position: the video contravenes the Act. Innocently or otherwise, Tobacco promotion advertising sponsorship is banned in all forms,” the NBC said. It could not immediately be ascertained why the songs of the two other musicians were banned. In June this year, the federal government, through the Ministry of Health, had launched a campaign to ban smoking in public places, including bus parks, shopping malls and health care centres. The Health Ministry, in a communiqué, said according to Section 9 of the Nigeria Tobacco Control Act, once convicted, offenders are liable to a fine of at least N50,000 and/or six months imprisonment. Tweeting the information via its official Twitter handle, the ministry claimed that the video, which features ghetto scenes in which youths are seen smoking, encouraged second-hand smoking. This is not the first time that an Olamide song will be banned by the regulatory agency. In 2016, just a few months after the ban of one of his songs, “Shakiti Bobo,” NBC also banned “Don’t Stop”, a track from Olamide’s fifth studio album, “Eyan Mayweather”, for its vulgar lyrics. Defending the decision at the time, the NBC said the song was banned from being played on the airwaves for its “obscenity, being indecent, vulgar language, lewd and profane expressions”. Rapper Falz had also in June, criticised Nigerian musicians who glamourise fraud with their lyrics, a criticism fans took to be directed at 9ice for “Living Things”. Source: ThisDay
SI Magazine Ltd has inaugurated five persons into the maiden edition of her Search Inwards Social Ambassadors (SISA) Programme. The event which took place at the Bee Better Centre, Gudu District, Abuja, saw notable personalities in attendance. In her welcoming speech, the Editor-in-Chief and founder of SI Magazine Ltd, Hajiya Khadijah Abdullahi-Iya, said her love for humanity and strong faith in the Nigerian youth was the motivating factor behind the programme. She said, “SI Magazine is devoted to humanitarian endeavours. That is the main essence of our being.” One of the facilitators and mentor, Mr Kamri Apollo charged the participants to be good ambassadors of their communities in every right. He reiterated the need for a change of mindset in their actions and disposition. Another facilitator, Adaora Onyechere, encouraged the participants to take full advantage of the programme to make their impact count in their communities no matter how little it may seem. She said as youths, putting the country first in all of their endeavours is the right step towards a greater Nigeria. Highlight of the event was the introduction of the ambassadors who are: Sanmi Adeyeye, Amal Ahman, Grace Dickson, Yahaya Muhammed and Seriki Ozovehe, to the guests. SISA is an initiative powered by SI Magazine and Beyond Mentors Community Care Initiative to train younger generation on how to care for their community; thus imbibing the culture of volunteerism in them.