Runway Jazz: Fashion and Music Meet At International Jazz Day Celebration

Runway Jazz The much anticipated event, Runway Jazz, which brought together lovers of the classy worlds of music and fashion at the Eko Hotel & Suites, Lagos was truly an unforgettable night.

The event highlighted incredibly thrilling performances from both local and foreign artistes, accompanied by a riveting fashion show featuring top designers like Yomi Casual, Queen Ahneva, Wearable Art and Frank Osodi.

Jazz and fashion lovers, all beautifully dressed for the occasion, enjoyed every moment of it as the musical arts rocked the stage leaving the audience craving for more.

Comedian Bovi kept the audience entertained with his quick and witty presentations through the night.

Runway Jazz resonated a high level of class, style and grace as notable dignitaries graced the event.

They include the Consul General of the American Embassy, John Bray; Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Chief Femi Otedola, Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe, Folusho Phillips, Frank Nweke Jnr, and several celebrities from the entertainment industry.

The historic and entertaining concert marks the global celebration of UNESCO’s International Jazz Day, and shares the mandate to promote global peace, unity, diversity and dialogue among nations through music.

It was an evening to remember and it left guests in high spirits.

With the successful outing, one would be right to say the Runway Jazz should be a credible addition to the entertainment calendar for years to come.

 

Nothing Is More Important Than Food- Agriculture Minister

 The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwunmi Adeshina on Tuesday vehemently and unequivocally stated that “nothing is more important than food”.

The minister said this while addressing participants at the 19th Nigeria Economic Summit, holding in Abuja, with a live broadcast on Nigeria’s Multiple award-winning Television Station, Channels Television.

He noted that “a nation that does not feed itself, but becomes a threat to its own sovereign existence” warning that “growing our own food, processing what we produce, becoming competitive in export markets and creating jobs across all our economy are crucial for national security”

This warning comes after the Director General of the National Economic Summit Group (NESG), Mr Frank Nweke Jnr warned earlier of the impending threat to national security posed by the importation of food into the country.

Adeshina berated the over-dependence on oil warning that “diamonds may last forever but oil does not last forever”.

“The future trajectory of earnings from crude oil does not look good” warning that other countries have found “shale oil and shale gas”.

He noted that Nigeria must free itself from over dependence on crude oil and shift its attention to agriculture “the sector where we have the greatest potential to achieve this and this is the time”.

With only 40 per cent of 84 million hectares of arable land being cultivated, 263 billion cubic metre of water, two of the largest rivers in Africa, cheap labour to support agriculture, the minister insisted that “Nigeria has immense agricultural potential”.

He further maintained that the jaw-dropping 167 million population “makes us a huge market, we must not be the market for others” adding that “we must grow our own food, we must feed ourselves, we must create markets locally for our own farmers”.

He said his ministry, through the Rapid Transformation of the Agricultural Value Chains has embarked on a major transformation of the agricultural sector to unlock the potential of agriculture and drive the economy.

Food Importation Undermines National Security- DG NESG

The Director General of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG), Mr. Frank Nweke Jnr. on Tuesday restated the group’s choice of agriculture as the theme for the 19th Economic Summit holding in Abuja.

Going by estimates, Nweke, who noted that the country spends about $5-$10 billion on importation of food annually as well as estimates that says 60 cents of every dollar earned as a country is spent on food importation, warned that “it undermines not just food security but in fact national security”.

Adding that “if you cannot feed yourself, I don’t know what else you can say as a human being, not to talk about as a nation. It is dangerous”

The former information minister said “ the choice of agriculture was very deliberate, very strategic because we think it holds the greatest promise for the diversification of Nigeria’s economy” as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast show held at the Transcorp Hilton, Abuja ahead of the 19th Nigeria Economic Summit.

He added that the group has realised that people are having considerable problems in accessing credit, equipment, market, storage and evacuation of goods “so all of these issues are going to be discussed in various sessions in the next three days”.

He said that an agricultural process “is not the business of the government, from a policy perspective of trying to create a conducive environment”.

He warned that the summit is not trying to usurp the function of the government but rather trying to ensure that entrepreneurs, citizens and commercial farmers put hands together to ensure that agricultural endeavours move forward in terms of investment and development.

He berated the over dependence on oil to generate revenue for the country noting that “it really makes our country vulnerable”.

With the theme “Growing Agriculture as a Business to Diversify Nigeria’s Economy”, he revealed that the 19th Summit further aims to change the general notion that agriculture is a “social service” but a “business”.

He further said that there are people, who on account of the new set of policies, the new initiatives, the programmes and the kind of push that has been given to agriculture under the current Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Akinwunmi Adeshina and President Goodluck Jonathan, have embraced agriculture and found it “feasible, viable, doable and profitable”.

 

2013 Budget: Nweke Jnr describes demand for increased benchmark price as tragic

Frank Nweke Jnr, the Director General of the Nigeria Economic Summit Group (NESG) on Thursday said that his group does not support the House of Representatives’ demand to increase the benchmark price of crude oil in the 2013 budget from $75 to $82.

Mr Nweke, who was a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, said that the NESG also does not support the “perennial altercation between the legislature and the executive” arms of governments.

“This latest jack-up in the benchmark price for the 2013 budget is ill-advised. When I first got information about this yesterday, I described it as tragic,” he said.