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4th MSME Awards: Gombe Receives Golden Medal in Ease of Doing Business



4th MSME Awards: Gombe Receives Golden Medal in Ease of Doing Business

By Daily Hint Reporter, Gombe

Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe state has received an award of the best performing state and number one in ease of doing business among the 36 States and the FCT.

The award was presented to him by the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN during the 4th MSME awards and Dinner held at the Banquet Hall of the presidential Villa in Abuja.

The Awards ceremony was the climax of a week-long celebration of excellence, hard work and innovation in the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) sector in Nigeria.

Recall that Gombe State had emerged as the best among states that have provided attractive environments that promote business growth in Nigeria as contained in a result of the State Ease of Doing Business Survey undertaken by the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) as a status report on the current attractiveness of states business climates for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

Speaking at the occasion, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo congratulated Gombe state for emerging top on the ease of doing business log. He also commended Governor Yahaya for his support to the small and medium sized enterprises in his state.

On the MSME awards, Vice President Osinbajo said the Federal Government is encouraged by the resilience and innovation of young Nigerians across different sectors and is committed to doing more to support their growth and prosperity.

“Let me leave you with President Muhammadu Buhari’s words of commitment to MSMEs in Nigeria: he said, “we will continue to stand by you, to support you and create opportunities for you to grow and prosper.”

The VP commended the creativity of the 2021 winners of the awards, noting that “the awards have inspired many young entrepreneurs to greatness and some of the stories are simply incredible.”

Speaking to newsmen shortly after the event, Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya said ” I feel really satisfied and delighted that the reforms we are undertaking and the efforts we are making in general have been recognised to the extent that we have been adjudged to be the number one state that provided the enabling environment for businesses to thrive”.

He said the recognition will spur him to do more for the people to feel the impact of what both the federal and the state governments are doing in terms of providing support to the small and medium enterprises and businesses at large.

He said ” With an enterprising workforce, vibrant market, robust infrastructure, peaceful atmosphere and favorable regulatory environment, Gombe state has all that is needed for MSMEs to thrive and succeed “.

Twelve (12) MSMEs across the country won awards in different categories, including ZIA SPICES representing Gombe State which emerged best MSME Clinic participant- female category.

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Gov. Buni Charges Damaturu Market Contractors on Quality, Timeframe



Gov. Buni Charges Damaturu Market Contractors on Quality, Timeframe

By Usman Bello, Damaturu

Yobe state Governor, Mai Mala Buni in the company of his Deputy Idi Barde Gubana and other government functionaries today visited the Damaturu Ultra Modern Market to inspect the level of work.

The Governor charged the contractors to speedy up pace of work for timely completion of the project.

“You should work hard to meet up with the December dateline of completion.

“The more the delay, the more the possibility of attracting variation due to rising costs of building materials,” he said.

According to the Governor, the government would not tolerate compromising of standard.

“You should execute this project in accordance with the contractual agreements and specifications” Governor Buni warned.

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Gov. Zulum Appoints Loskuri As New GM Monday Market



Gov. Zulum Appoints Loskuri As New GM Monday Market

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri.

Borno State Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum has approved the appointment of Mustapha Loskuri as new General Manager, Maiduguri Monday Market.

The Governor’s spokesman, Malam Isa Gusau announced the appointment in a statement released on Friday.

Loskuri, until his appointment was Senior Lecturer at the Department of Sharia and civil law, Mohammed Goni College of Legal and Islamic Studies Maiduguri.

He is also a private legal practitioner at M. A Bulama and Co. Chambers.

Loskuri is taking over from Alh Modu Kolo Dunoma who served from 2016 to October 2021.

Governor Zulum, the statement said, congratulates the new General Manager, while expecting the highest level of commitment, dedication and integrity from him.

The Governor also thanked the outgoing General Manager, who had exhibited diligent commitments during his tenure. The Governor wish him well in his future endeavors.

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Fraud: EFCC, MATAN Partner To Safeguard Kano Traders



Fraud: EFCC, MATAN partner to safeguard Kano traders

By Mustapha Kwaru, Kano

Kano zonal command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) is to join forces with Market Traders Association of Nigeria, (MATAN), Kano chapter to safeguard the business community and investors from falling prey to fraudsters.

The Zonal Commander of EFCC, Faruk Dogon Daji dropped the hint when members of the association led by its Chairman Alhaji Abba Aminu Imam paid a courtesy visit to the commission’s office in Kano.

A statement issued by Media Aide of the association, Mustapha Isah Kwaru, hinted that, Dogon Daji, was represented at the event by the Deputy Zonal Commander, Mr. Micheal Nzekwe.

The statement explained that, the zonal commander told MATAN that, the commission is poised to ensure that traders are shielded from attracted by persons involved in fraudulent activities and other financial crimes.

He said the commission’s mandate is geared towards tackling all forms of frauds and other financial crimes in order to protect the trading and financial activities from being hijacked by criminals.

According to him, there is an urgent need for an active and unified collaboration between the association and EFCC in sanitizing trading activities from engulfing into the hands of fraudsters.

He described MATAN as a critically stakeholder in fight against financial crimes.

“Fighting corruption, fraud and financial crimes, is not restricted crusade to government institutions alone. Crucial stakeholders like traders association, are needed to join the vanguard and make it more successful”, the zonal commander said.

“As a commercial centre, Kano is overwhelmed with various financial related crimes. The agency could only realises fruitful results when the association participate actively to champion the success”, he further added

Thus, he noted, EFCC can easily control the ugly trend through support and partnership of market traders.

He implored the association to report any suspicious elements who might sneak into the market areas trying to defraud unsuspecting traders under the guise making quick profit through proxy investment

In his response, Comrade Imam, declared total support of MATAN in the fight against financial crimes.

Towards this end, the chairman advocated for the establishment of a joint working committee between MATAN and EFCC for strong synergy on how best to battle financial crimes related to business activities.

The Chairman, said the association will select some of its members who will work with EFFC operatives to form a strong alliance in the areas of intelligence and reformation sharing.

Alhaji Abba expressed the association’s unalloyed support and cooperation to make commercial activities very clean, unspicious and devoid of uncertainty.

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