Kwara state jamb office task candidates for NIN

Ahead of the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations, prospective candidates on Thursday thronged the National Identity Number registration centre in Omu-Aran, Kwara State, to obtain their numbers.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board had told candidates willing to partake in the 2020 UTME to obtain their NIN.

A correspondent of NAN reports that the students, especially those in SS3 and other UTME prospective external candidates, had arrived the centre in large number as early as 7.00 a.m. to be registered.

Some of the applicants, who spoke with NAN at the NIN centre inside Irepodun Local Government Secretariat in Omu-Aran, lauded the collaboration between JAMB and the National Identity Management Commission over the initiative.

They described the development as using a stone to kill two birds”.

Mr Ojekemi Benson, an SS3 Student of Ogbo Grammar School, Omu-Aran and a UTME candidate, described the registration process as very smooth and stress-free.

Benson also expressed satisfaction with JAMB’s requirement for National Identity Number for the 2020 UTME examinations, saying such a gesture would promote national growth and development.

Miss Rebecca Adelodun, a prospective UTME external candidate, called for the establishment of more registration centres to accommodate the high number of applicants.

Mr Tope Jimoh, the NIMC Supervisor in Irepodun Local Government Area of the state, told NAN that the centre had envisaged the high number of applicants and had made adequate arrangements in that regard.

“We had envisaged the upsurge in the number of applicants based on the new development and we are very much on top of the situation,” Jimoh said.

The Spokesman for JAMB, Dr Fabian Benjamin, had in a statement in September noted that National Identity Card requirement would help check examination malpractices.

“Candidates are enjoined to register as the board will no longer be responsible for the capturing of candidates� biometrics ahead of the examination, as all information required will be uploaded from the data captured by the NIMC.

“Henceforth, the NIN will be compulsory for the UTME registration,” Benjamin said. (NAN)

Entrepreneurs got Excites in Kwara by PEBEC

Ilorin – Taxi color

The North-Central edition of ongoing Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC)’s Listen Implement Track (LIT) sub-national tour in Kwara saw business community in the region interact directly with business regulators including the Corporate Affairs Commission, Federal Inland Revenue Service, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control and many others in a bid to be better equipped and utilise the over 140 reforms successfully implemented so far.

The event hosted by Kwara State government on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at the State Banquet Hall, Ilorin had in attendance business community, government stakeholders, and regulators.

Themed “Lituation”, the event aims to engage business owners across the country more closely as collaborators in the ongoing efforts by PEBEC through its secretariat, the Enabling Business Environment Council (EBES), to boost entrepreneurship by offering business owners and stakeholders a progressive environment to function.

Since the sub-national tour kicked off in October with Lagos State, PEBEC has made two stops in the South-East and North-Central geo-political zones.

Special Adviser to the President on Ease of Doing Business and Head of the Enabling Business Environment Secretariat, Dr. Jumoke Oduwole, debunked the notion of Kwara being a civil service state noting, It is refreshing to be in a state where it is obvious that its government is already thinking deeply and preparing for a post-oil dependent Nigeria. With a focus on skill acquisition, agribusinesses, and other forms of enterprise, I have no doubt that Kwara will be one of the states that will most take advantage of our sub-national reforms.”

Oduwole also noted that officials from visiting member states of the North-Central region including Plateau and Nassarawa attended a technical session facilitated by PEBEC earlier in the day, which sought to educate participants about the impact of an enabling the environment on their economic development and get them on board the Business Made Easy reform agenda.

Delivering the keynote address, His Excellency, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, the Governor of Kwara State, ably represented by the Deputy Governor, Mr. Kayode Alabi, said, We have decided not to brood over the past, but challenge ourselves to do things differently as we rewrite the story of our state. Kwara must reclaim its glory.”

Entrepreneurs at the event, including Abdulsalam Toheeb, CEO, Farm Ignite; Aanu Oriyomi, Founder, Meesquared Royal Ventures and Ayo Olajiga, Co-Founder/CEO, FoodPro Limited all verified the impact of the PEBEC reforms and initiatives on the bottom lines of their businesses.

The Director-General of the Arewa Investment Promotion Council, Abdullahi Abdulmajeed, presented an overview of the business reforms being undertaken by state government, while listing outcomes which project into the administration’s vision for the future of business in the state.

To further guarantee the successful implementation of ongoing and planned reforms, business owners were advised by the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council to share their concerns about or complaints against regulatory bodies using the mobile and web-based platform, which processes and resolves all issues within a 72-hour time frame.

AgroNigeria, Kwara, NACCIMA, Others For Farm2Fork Talks

A dialogue ‘Farm2Fork’ which is targeted at fashioning the modalities to usher in a prosperous era in Nigerias agricultural sector is set to hold in Ilorin, Kwara state, with the theme; ‘Eliminating the Impediments to a Prosperous Commodity Agribusiness’

The dialogue which is organised by AgroNigeria in conjunction with the Agricultural Trade Group of the National Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industries Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), Organised Private Sector Exporters Association (OPEXA), and the Federation of Agriculture Commodity Associations of Nigeria (FACAN) will hold on Tuesday December 3 and Wednesday 4 at the Main Auditorium, Government House, Ilorin, Kwara State.

Richard Mark-Mbaram, Chief Executive Officer of AgroNigeria, an integrated agro-centric media and Communications Company and a Co-Convener of the Dialogue, while speaking in Lagos said that the platform is imperative to facilitate the needed solutions to challenges bedeviling agribusiness in the country.

He said that the talk will among other things leverage on the positive momentum generated by recent economic actions of the government with a view to ensure that the Nigerian economy and its critical stakeholders benefit there-from.

“The dialogue will hinge on the key narrative that the Nigerian private sector in agriculture is keen on fostering a Proactive Partnership for Prosperity (PPP) with the public sector. Right from local production to processing, logistics, consumption and exports, there exists cross-cutting challenges which can only be comprehensively addressed by having all stakeholders around the table.

“This is what the Farm2Fork Dialogue seeks to achieve. In essence, the dialogue is designed not only to interrogate the causative issues resulting in the current reality of agro-commodity deficits in the country, but to evolve a trajectory for short-medium and long-term solutions this premised on an inclusive template”, he said.

Three suspects plead guilty to internet fraud in Ilorin

The Ilorin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Friday arraigned four suspects on offences that border on internet and other related fraud. The suspects: Chilaka Dickson, Abdulahi Abubakar, Olayiwola Azeez and Enoch Oluyode � were docked on four separate charges before Justice Mahmood Abdulgafar of a Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin, the State capital. The charge against one the defendants reads: “That you, Abdulahi Abubakar ( Alias David John) sometime between July and October, 2017, at Ilorin within the Judicial division of the Kwara State High Court, while acting as one Barrister David John; a Legal Practitioner and notary public in Kwara State with Yahoo mail account as did cheat one Anthony Galind with email by fraudulently inducing him in delivering to you the sum of $200.00 (Two hundred dollars) under the guise of procuring a marriage certificate between him and an alleged Melissa Cromwell, a representation you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 95 of the Penal Code and punishable under Section 322 of the same law. ” The defendants, with the exception of Enoch Oluyode, pleaded guilty as charged. But Oluyode claimed innocence of the criminal charge brought against him. Items such as phones, laptops, money and a bag full of charms recovered from the defendants were tendered and admitted as exhibits. Prosecuting counsel, Andrew Akoja, urged the court to convict the defendants that pleaded guilty and fix a date to open the case against Oluyode. Justice Abdulgafar adjourned the matter till November 19 for further hearing.

Water plants inaugurated in Kwara state

The Federal Government on Thursday in Ilorin inaugurated two million cubic metres water plants in Malete, Moro Local Government Area of Kwara. The construction and upgrading of the waterworks were at the instance of the Lower Niger River Basin Development Authority (LNRBDA). The Minister of Water Resources, Alhaji Suleiman Adamu, who inaugurated the project, alongside the Managing Director of LNRBDA, Dr Adeniyi Saheed Aremu, said the government was committed to the provision of clean water to the people. Speaking to Journalists on the sidelines of the project inauguration, Adamu said the federal government was making effort to ensure water sanitation, one of the objectives of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG). The minister said that provision of clean water was a fundamental human right of every citizen. He assured that the government would not rest until Nigerians have access to clean water. “Anything pertaining to water sanitation is critical to us. “Water is the most important ingredient of life. “We are doing everything that we can to ensure that Nigeria meets its target for Sustainable Development Goal (SDG). “Even without a sustainable goal, people are entitled to clean water and sanitation because it is a basic human right,” Adamu said. “But it is a fundamental human right of everybody to be given access to clean water for health and development.” He congratulated the management of the LNRBDA for this the project, saying the scheme means a lot to the government. The minister, who also spoke on the launching of ‘Open Defecation Free Campaign’, said the federal government would ensure that the country was free of the menace in the next six years. “We are prepared for the launch of the open defecation free (ODF) campaign on Nov. 19, in Abuja. “As I keep saying, the launching is not the end; it is just the beginning. “We have also been working on this ODF programme for a long time, but we need to scale it up,”the minister said. The Managing Director, Turning Point Engineering Limited, Mr Kayode Sangoyomi, who handled the project, said that it was awarded in 2013 with the capacity to supply two million cubic metres of water to residents of Malete and its environs daily. “The project comprises of a new dam of about 8.2 metres high, 400metres. “Another component of the project is treatment plant. “The former one has a capacity for 22.5 cubic metres per hour (225,000 litres per hour) while the new one, which will complement the existing one, has a capacity of 50,000 litres per hour,” Sangoyomi said. The minister also commissioned the Sobi Water Works, which was rehabilitated by the LNRBDA.

Nigeria plans to ban importation of steel products

image from Nigeria steel company

Nigerian government has announced plans to ban the importation of steel products into the county to encourage local investors in the sector.

“My ultimate aim is that we ban steel importation into the country totally,” Nigeria’s Mines and Steel Development said.

“But before we do that, we must be able to satisfy local consumption from local production and have some excess for export, that is where we are heading,” the minister said.

The minister was speaking at a familiarisation visit to Kam Industries Limited, a privately owned steel manufacturing industry in Ilorin, Kwara State.

If it comes into effect, the ban will be a part of Nigeria�s tilt towards protectionism. The country closed its borders in August to limit smuggling in of rice and illegal export of petroleum products.

Adegbite said that though the ministry was responsible for steel production and development in the country, it is not in control of the quality of steel that came into the country.

This, he said, was the responsibility of Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON), adding that the ministry is working with the organisation to ensure that steel that come into the country is controlled and meet the right standard.

The minister’s comment to make Nigeria steel sufficient comes weeks after Nigeria got a bilateral agreement with Russia to resuscitate the Ajaokuta steel rolling mill.

Construction of Ajaokuta Steel Co. began in 1979 with assistance from the then-Soviet Union, but the facility never started production and has sucked up $8 billion of public money. Repeated attempts to revive the flagship project by transferring it to private investors failed and the government terminated the concessions.

Resuscitating Ajaokuta Steel would go some way to realizing President Muhammadu Buhari’s plans to diversify the economy away from oil and encourage local production. Ajaokuta was designed to produce as much as 3 million metric tons of steel a year, and would have largely eliminated the need for imports.

Adegbite has since expressed his desire to see mining to contribute 3% of the country’s GDP by 2025.