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Kano Traders Partners Custom, NAFDAC On Compliance



Kano traders partners customs, NAFDAC on compliance

By Mustapha Buhari, Kano

Kano state chapter of
Market Traders Association of Nigeria, (MATAN) is to collaborate with Nigerian Customs Service, (NCS), Kano, Jigawa and Katsina States Area Command and National Agency For Foods, Drugs and Administration, (NAFDAC), Kano office in ensuring strict compliance to the laid down rules governing the business activities in the state.

Chairman of MATAN, Comrade Abba Aminu Imam, made the disclosure during separate courtesy visits paid to Comptroller of NCS and NAFDAC director.

Media Aide of the association, Mustapha Isah Kwaru, made the disclosure in a statement issued to newsmen in Kano on Thursday.

While at the customs area command, Comrade, Abba Imam observed that there was urgent need to bridge the existing gap between NCS and MATAN in areas of compliance and regulations as well as other policies of the Federal Government regarding import, export of contraband products.

The chairman acknowledged the prevailing cordial relationship between traders and customs, noting that other formidable mechanism should be unmarked to maintain the cordiality.

Towards this end, MATAN chairman advocated for the establishment of joint strategic and interaction committee to map out effective techniques for inclusive deliberations to strength solid working relationship.

He applauded the giant initiatives put in place by NCS in making trade and commerce more easier for Kano business community.

Responding, the customs comptroller, Suleman Paiko, expressed delight over the visit and assured that the agency would not hesitate to proffer solutions to problems associated with import and export activities.

At the NAFDAC office, chairman of MATAN, urged the agency to initiate concrete steps towards making registration and inspection of products very easy.

He described NAFDAC as a strategic stakeholder in the development of trade and commerce.

Responding, NAFDAC director, Shaba Mohammed solicited the support and cooperation of the association in tackling production and sales of fake and substandard products across the state.

According to Shaba, the agency is ever ready to partner with MATAN in areas of sensitization and enlightening traders on the existing laws, regulations and policies relating to production and marketing of foods, Drugs and cosmetics.

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Kano State Government Developing a Transport Policy – Ganduje



Kano State Government developing a transport policy – Ganduje

By Abba Dukuwa, Kano

-Amaechi calls on stakeholders to deploy ways of attracting private investors to the transportation sector

-as National Council on Transportation meeting holds in Kano

Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje Of Kano State says his administration has developed a transport policy which after implementation will improve sector performance and attract private investment.

“Under this reform, a new transport authority will soon be established to regulate and manage the transport system in the State he said”.

According to him…transportation is one of the major factors required for sustainable socio-economic development, adding that these therefore warrant convening formal discussions on the sector to harvest practical recommendations that can improve it for better operations.

The Governor represented by his Deputy Dr.Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna stated this Friday while declaring open the executive session of the 16th edition of the National Council On Transportation held in Kano.

He commended the selection of the theme for the council of transport meeting-“SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORTATION: A PANACEA FOR NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT”, saying the theme gives him impression that the country is on the path of over coming national development challenges based on the fact that transport industry is a sector if exploited optimally will stimulate the needed economic transformation in the country.

The Governor also revealed that his administration in its effort of ensuring safety of lives of road users has introduced a Computerised Vehicle Inspection designed to reduce road traffic crashes and fatality.

“These efforts have helped tremendously in sanitizing traffic flow,improved commercial activities and accorded the metropolis a modern out look Ganduje said”.

He also expressed his appreciation on the various projects being executed by the Federal Government through the Federal Ministry Of Transportation which he says when completed will go a long way in contributing to the socio-economic development of Kano State.

On his part, the Minister Of Transportation,Rotimi Amaechi disclosed that the draft of National Transport policy is being reviewed by a cabinet committee headed by the Vice President preparatory to its approval by the Federal Executive Council.

He went on to mention that the Federal Ministry Of Transportation recently inaugurated an Inter-ministerial steering committee with private sector in order to provide leadership oversight for the execution of the Road Transport Transformation Programme.

While explaining that the ministry is fully involved in the on going development of the medium and long term development plans for the year 2021-2025 and the agenda 2050,the minister also called on all the stakeholders in the transportation industry to deploy ways of attracting the private investors to the sector so as to fast track closing of the transport infrastructural gaps of the nation.

Speaking on behalf of the Senate Committee on Marine Transport, Senator Ibrahim Oloriegbe assured that the National Assembly will continue to support government policies and initiatives that will promote the growth and development of the Nigerian transport sector and is ready and commitment to provide required legislation in that effect whenever the need arises.

He however pointed out it has become necessary to brainstorm on policies that will guide and support the development of the Nigerian transport sector at this period of globalisation.

The meeting was attended by the Commissioners of Transportation from the 36 States of the federation and FCT and other stakeholders in the transportation sector.

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Borno Governor Visits Sudan As Borno Signs MOU to Partner Arab Bank on Wheat, Gum Arabic Export



Borno Governor visits Sudan as Borno signs MOU, to partners Arab Bank on Wheat, Gum Arabic Export

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state was yesterday at the headquarters of Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA) in Khartoum, Sudan, where Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), was signed between the Bank and Borno government on exporting wheat and gum Arabic produced by farmers in the state.

Governor Zulum who was received by the Bank’s Director General, Sidi Ould Tah, and other top executive, highlighted with video documentary produced in Arabic language, the challenges Borno has severely faced as a result of terrorism attacks on communities as well as the ongoing rebuilding and economic recovery efforts with huge opportunities in agriculture, given the state’s vast and fertile land resources for irrigation and rain fed agriculture.

Governor Zulum arrived the Sudanese capital at the weekend alongside Nigeria’s former Minister of State for Agriculture, Bukar Tijjani, a Borno indigene, who is an expert on international agricultural development, commissioner for local governments and emirate affairs, Suguna Mai Mele, Chairman of Borno’s Mega Farms Project, Musa Inuwa Kubo, as well as the governor’s Adviser on Sustainable Development, Partnerships and Humanitarian Response.

Borno is one of Nigeria’s leading producers of wheat and gum arabic, while the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA) was established by 18 Arab countries (the League of Arab States) in 1973 and began operations in 1975 with the objective of strengthening economic, financial and technical cooperation between Arab countries and African regions through financing opportunities for economic development in African countries.

Governor Zulum ’s team proved Borno’s potential as a major producer of wheat and gum arabic, among other food and cash-crops, seeking partnership for increased value chain and export, to tap into the Arab Organization for Agricultural Development in the bank’s operational structure.

The bank’s team, which earlier made overview presentations on Nigeria’s wheat, gum arabic and date palm productions, obliged Governor Zulum’s request with discussions to go towards identifying specifics for both parties and implementing them.

Our correspondent reports that Governor Zulum was well received during the visit amid enthusiasm from the Bank in apparent response to high estimation and global respect acquired by the governor due to his style of leadership that is widely referenced.

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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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