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One Year Anniversary: President Tinubu Out Performed Himself – Trade Minister

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The Minister of Industry, Trade, and Investment, Dr Doris Uzoka-Anite, has expressed her confidence in President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s commitment to driving significant progress for Nigeria within just one year in office. She praised the President’s economic policies, social intervention programs, and poverty alleviation initiatives, emphasizing their potential to bring about lasting benefits for the Nigerian populace.

During a recent address at her office in Abuja, Dr. Doris highlighted the transformative impact of the Renewed Hope mandate, which has prioritized inclusive governance, irrespective of political affiliations. She commended President Tinubu’s outstanding performance and the proactive approach taken by his cabinet in formulating policies aimed at national growth and development.

“Since our inauguration, we the cabinet members have been on our toes working fervently to bring into reality his life-changing policies. In my ministry; we have initiated the Skill-Up Artisan Program, Loan and Grants, MSMEs and SME loans, ease of doing business, global access to capital markets, developing homegrown products to save forex and a host of others.”

“We have relaunched the Nigerian Trade Policy 2023-2027, connected Nigerian SMEs to the global value chain, formed a strong partnership with the World Trade Organization and ITC, we have inaugurated initiatives such as the Trade Portal, Trade Intelligence unit and Trade facilitation unit. We have also renewed our partnership with countries like; Qatar, India and The UK by signing a bilateral agreement that will facilitate a smooth trade partnership between Nigeria and the countries.”

Additionally, she noted the administration’s strides in the reform and boost of the non-oil sector by investing heavily in the identification of export barriers and easing all bottlenecks, launching the Trade Facilitation and Liberalization Subcommittee, increasing revenue of the Lagos Trade Fair complex to over N400Million, initiating reforms at the National commodity exchange Exchange window to enhance free flow and exchange of commodities between Nigeria and other partner countries and also creating export processing zones at the 6 Geo-Political zones in Nigeria’s to ensure the speedy export of produce to countries in other to attract more investment and more forex liquidity into the system.

Dr. Doris also lauded President Tinubu’s initiatives in hawking and selling the Nigerian brand to foreign investors who have shown great prospects to create more jobs and bring their investments into the country. She also disclosed the giant strides of President Tinubu in ensuring more private and public partnerships to drive the Industrial Revolution in the country.

“We have attracted a total of over 30 billion dollars in investment commitment into Nigeria, we have also initiated an investment mobilization initiative which will enhance the increment of local and foreign investment portfolios in the country. We have launched the Nigerian Investment Summit and the Nigeria Diaspora funds.”

The Minister also emphasized the vast opportunities unlocked by President Tinubu in the Industrial sector with the 200Billion Presidential Palliative Program, rejigging of the Nigerian cotton and textile industry, ensuring the automotive industry source for 40% of their materials locally, conversion of Trailers and Cars from PMS driven to CNG driven, the proposed launched of the SME connect platform, granting exemption certificate of export duty for over 50 manufacturers, establishment of the National Job Centre and the Launch of The National Talent Export Programme NATEP aimed at creating over 1Million Jobs for Artisans.

Dr. Doris concluded by urging Nigerians to remain patient and optimistic, assuring them that the government’s policies and initiatives will yield positive outcomes for the nation. She expressed confidence in President Tinubu’s vision and commitment to reshaping Nigeria’s economic landscape, emphasizing the administration’s dedication to fostering a prosperous future for the country.

 

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OSSAP-TVEE, Ministry of Labour Signs MoU on Skill Development

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The Office of the Special Assistant to the President on Technical, Vocational and Entrepreneurship Education (OSSAPTVEE) Friday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Labour and Employment on the development of skills among youths in the country.

The ceremony, which took place at the office of the Minister of Labour and Employment, Hon. Nkeiruka Chidubem Onyejeocha, was witnessed by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mr. Ismaila Abubakar, directors of the Ministry as well as the OSSAP-TVEE Team.

In her brief remarks before the signing ceremony, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Technical, Vocational and Entrepreneurship Education, Madam AbiolaArogundade, expressed delight at the signing of the agreement describing it as a milestone in the collaborative development and upscaling of skills in Nigeria.

Madam Arogundade, who noted that the percentage of the high-skilled labour in the country currently is at the abysmal low of 15 percent, added that her office is currently engaged in  conducting  a skills mapping survey across the 36 states of the Federation to identify relevant skills required in the Job Market,  

She also pointed out that her office is in collaboration with the TETFUND and the National Bureau on Technical Education (NBTE) both to ensure adequate funding support for its programmes and the Certification of Vocational Skills beneficiaries for proper job placement, among other programmes currently being executed by the office.


Article 3 of the MoU,
requires the two bodies to collaborate to achieve an effective and efficient implementation of the President’s 8 point Agenda with respect to Job Creation by creating a descent and sustainable jobs per year to Nigerians, particularly the Youths and to work together to achieve the goals of Labour Employment and Empowerment Programme (LEEP).

This, according to the Article, include the creation of 2.5 million jobs annually especially in the area of vocational and entrepreneurship skills, collaborate among themselves on planning, execution and evaluation of LEEP by ensuring the effective utilization of the resources and expertise and to coordinate regular meetings and progress reports that will be scheduled to assess the achievements and challenges of the programme.

While Article 5 of the MoU also confers on the OSSAP-TVEE the responsibility of  conducting  a skills mapping survey to identify relevant skills required in the Job Market, the Offices agrees to develop a comprehensive curriculum aligned with the identified skills and to oversee the certification process as contained in Article 4  subsection 2 of the MoU.

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Biola Arogundade Gives Hope

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Abiola Arogundade oozes class and panache no doubt; meeting her for the first time will sweep you off your feet as her oratory and highly cerebral prowess will attract you to her. All her life, she is a result-oriented person as he talks less and believes in more action.

The Ondo State-born lady, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on technical vocation and entrepreneurship education, cut her teeth first with the British House of Commons from 2004 to 2009, where she served as a Policy Researcher and Adviser for the All Parliamentary Party Group for Africa. Where she advised on critical Foreign Direct Investment matters, presenting comprehensive analyses to influential figures, and steering high-stakes discussions on debt relief and governance-related issues in Africa.

 She also served at the Lagos State Government, as the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Economic Planning from 2009 to 2015. Her tenure was marked by pioneering the establishment of the Evidence-Based Impact Assessment Unit, where she meticulously analysed budget allocations’ effects on the economy, redirected funds for maximum impact, and presented comprehensive reports to the executive council. Last weekend on the 8th of June, in her capacity as SSA EVEE, she once again showed the stuff she was made of when she unveiled her Unleash Potentials, Driving Economic Potentials U-Lock Programme while participants graduated after months of intense training and they were presented with startup grants worth N500,000. The event which was held at Asokoro, Abuja had an attendance of over 120 participants, including top government officials, aides, ministers and other captains of industry. Arogundade disclosed that the U-lock program was conceptualized to bring hope to the youth demography and also teach them the potential of learning handiwork and transit from the white-collar world to creating jobs and employment through unlocking potentials. She also gave out solar-fitted mobile kiosks to winners. She also through the Corporate Affairs Commission CAC registered their businesses and also ensured they opened a bank account with Providus Bank to ensure smooth transactions and free flow of funds for economic gains.  

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Nwobi Hails Dumo-Lulu Briggs At 60

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Ms. Rosemary Nwobi, the Corporate Affairs Officer of Platform Petroleum, recently conveyed her warm wishes for Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs, the Chairman of Platform Petroleum, on his 60th birthday. Her heartfelt message highlighted Chief Lulu-Briggs’s tremendous philanthropic endeavors and his unwavering commitment to improving his community and the people around him. She described him as a remarkable individual, accentuating his selfless nature and willingness to assist anyone in need, regardless of their background.

Ms Rosemary Nwobi also lauded Chief Lulu-Briggs for his significant impact on the lives of many, noting his generosity and dedication to nurturing talent and empowering others. She added that the Rivers State High Chief and the Chairman of Platform Petroleum Limited is a remarkable person whose impact can be felt by all sundry, especially those whose paths have crossed his. She further divulges that he is one of the few detribalised men who does not care about your background before taking a chance to assist when anyone is in need. She writes, “On the occasion of your birthday, I celebrate the millions of lives you have impacted through your generosity and your heart of gold. I want to celebrate you for making yourself readily available and making sure that those around you tap from your affluent repertoire of knowledge and wealth of experience. Chairman sir, you have created a platform for men and women to grow and you have given us your wings to fly and soar on which shows how selfless of a man you are. Your sheer generosity and your ability to spot talents have made many grow from influence to influence. As you celebrate today may you continue to grow in good health and wealth. I celebrate God’s grace and greatness in your life.”

It was gathered that the Celebrant Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs who is also the paramount head, of Oruwari Briggs War Canoe Houses of Abonnema, the Chairman of Petroleum Limited and the CEO of DLB Group of Companies is set to begin a sequel of activities to mark his 60th birthday as he will be celebrated to the high heavens by friends, family and associates in the coming weeks.

 

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