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Bauchi Governor’s SSA on Empowerment Trains 100 Youths on Entrepreneurship Skills



The Senior Special Assistant to the Bauchi State Governor, Comrade Khalid Barau Ningi in collaboration with five public and private organisations has trained about 100 young entrepreneurs on entrepreneurship skills acquisition.

Speaking at the closing ceremony of the two seminar with critical stakeholders as participants, Khalid Barau said the seminar is to train the participants on modern entrepreneurship.

The Senior Special Assistant said the seminar is to give opportunity to the participants to explore entrepreneurship opportunities in order to advance their capacity.

“I partnered with about five organisations to carrying out this seminar and the aimed is to explore opportunities for young entrepreneurs in Bauchi state to tap from other opportunities.”

“Initially my office secured the partnership of Almuhibbah Foundation, Bauchi SDGs office and other organisations for this assignment, and all the organisations sent a resources person. Alhamdulillah the seminar it was successful.”

He said the training focused on leadership in entrepreneurship, planning and managing in businesses, financial management and control in businesses and opportunities for entrepreneurs in the Federal Government.

Comrade Khalid Barau assured youth and women on the determination of the administration of Governor Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed to come up with empowerment initiatives to improve their living conditions and for self reliant.

” This is the beginning, more empowerment programs are coming to empower young entrepreneurs and to revive abandoned and collapsed industries.”

Some of the participants who spoke to newsmen, expressed gratitude to the Governor’s Senior Special Assistant on Empowerment for coming up with the initiative, describing it as the first of its kind in the state.

“This is the first time government official is coming up with such initiative and we thank him for that and we call on others to emulate.”


PAN Faults FG’s Plan To Reduce Import Duty On Vehicles – Car Talk-Nigeria



Peugeot Automobile Nigeria (PAN) Limited has faulted Federal Government’s plan to reduce import duties and taxes for tractors, buses, and passenger vehicles, noting that it would serve as a disincentive to Nigerian automobile plants and increase unemployment.

Chairman of PAN Nigeria, Hon. Ahmed Aliyu Wadada, who stated this in Kaduna on Thursday, urged the Federal Government to quickly reverse the plan, which aimed at boosting the economy in the wake of Covid-19 and other economic challenges, noting that such a policy would create unemployment problems.

He warned that such policy would further harm the ailing automobile industry and the companies involved in accessories, as well as debilitate the local contents and the steel and petrochemical industries, which are to serve the local automobile plants, that President Muhammadu Buhari is doing everything to revive.

He added, “We got very disturbing information by the media aide to the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria that Federal Government is slashing down import duties and other taxes on tractors, buses, and passenger vehicles. This is of concern to us on behalf of other automobile plants, as the leading automobile plant in Nigeria.

“Federal Government should take a look at the policy and reverse it for the betterment of Nigerians. Such policy somersault is injurious to the survival and development of the automobile industry, instead of creating employment opportunities, it would create employment problems due to lower activities by automobile plants.

“What informed the position of the government is to cushion the socio-economic problems of Nigeria but it should not be addressed on ad-hoc basis measure. Tackling the socio-economic problem of Nigeria should be better done in a more sustainable and permanent way. If you create employment opportunities for the citizenry it is a more effective and better way of dealing with it.

“Nesbitt Investment Nigeria Limited recently acquired PAN with a plan to inject $150 million within three years. But with such a policy in place how will PAN survive? And what will be the encouragement for Nesbitt Investment to inject such money when the corridor of importation is wide open and the automobile companies will not be able to compete.

“We are calling on the Federal Government to reverse the policy. The government should resuscitate the steel and petrochemical industries which it has been struggling to do. We are doing our best to migrate from assembling plant to a manufacturing company, which is all-encompassing. But if you open the corridor of importation that would serve as a disincentive to the automobile industry.

“No automobile plant does CKD (Complete Knockdown) because of the policy on the ground, but our plan is to migrate from SKD (Semi Knockdown) to CKD. What encouraged Nesbitt Investment to acquire PAN from AMCON (Asset Management Company of Nigeria) is the business environment, the policy of President Buhari administration which before now was encouraging.”

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SMEDAN supports 9, 000 Bauchi Petty Traders, Artisans With Palliatives



Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) is to donate the sum of N30, 000 each to 9, 000 petty traders and artisans drawn from Bauchi state as COVID 19 palliative.

North east zonal coordinator of SMEDAN Isah Mohammed Doguwa disclosed this Thursday during a town hall meeting with leaders of some traders and artisans associations held at destination hotel Bauchi.

He explained that the gesture was meant to compensate petty traders and artisans as a result of the economic hardship caused by COVID 19 lockdown in the nation in recent time.

According to him,the survival funds has been approved by the president under the Nigeria Economic Sustainability Plan (NESP) to cushion the effect of COVID 19 on the economic activities of the citizens acknowledging that traders and artisans help government in jobs creation.

The SMEDAN coordinator opined that if government gives every skilled an enabling environment for their skills to be harnessed, poverty would be reduced drastically in the nation.

Doguwa enumerated the beneficiaries to include tailors, cart pushers, barbers, plumbers, shoemakers, electricians, hair dressers, transport workers and mechanics etc urging them to open banks accounts promising that the money would be paid to them directly.

“The scheme aims to provide 9,009 beneficiaries in each of the 36 states of the federation and FCT by leveraging duly registered and recognized associations would benefit”,he said.


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Cross River Bagging Company Now Sole Supplier to CSS Group-Opara



Governor Been Ayade

By Amina Yahaya


One of the several industries set up by the Cross River State Governor, Sir Ben Ayade, the Cross River Bags and Packaging Company has been chosen by CSS Group, an agricultural conglomerate as its sole supplier of bags for its agricultural produce.

Chairman of CSS Group, Kennedy Opara disclosed the choice of the state’s bagging company during a courtesy call with his team on the Governor at the Government House Calabar.

Opara disclosed that CSS, before now, relied on China for bags supply which it use to bag its products “but when I heard that Ayade has set up a bagging company, I said to myself, why should we be spending that money on China when my best friend and brother is producing bags? It is better I invest in what he is doing.”

Offering reasons for CSS Group’s choice of the Cross River State-owned company, Okpara said: “We decided that instead of us to continue sending money out by ordering bags from China, why can’t we come here and meet you to inform you that we need a tamper-proof bag. A bag that cannot be tampered with tomorrow. That is what we are looking for.”

According to him, “We do not have any business going elsewhere because you see, if you do not patronize what you have, what you have will not recognize you.”

While commending Governor Ayade on what he described as an aggressive agro-industrialization initiative, the former Chairman of the Nigerian Pilgrims Commission said: “Your aggresive agro-industrialisation drive is second to none. This is a state that before now, agriculture was not known, but you have changed the narrative.”

The CSS boss further hinted that his company and its Isreali partners have trained a number of Cross Riverians in the mechanics of Agricultural production, expressing optimism that the collaboration with Cross River in the area of bagging would yield dividends.

Governor Ayade while lauding Okpara for making the state’s bag outfit his company’s preferred choice, said “it was proof that Nigerians are now interested in buying made in Nigeria goods,” adding that the move will further deepen the economy of the state.

On the status of the many industries established by his administration, the governor stated that “we have pressure coming from people who want to buy off our factories.

“So the privatization council is working on that. But the good news is that we’ve got a friend and brother who is here to patronize us.

“I want to thank you so much and thank you that you are here with a cheque in the pocket ready to make a deposit for our bags, this is a huge encouragement that will deepen our economy.”

“Cross Riverians should now know that our factories are bearing fruits,” the governor said.

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