Ogun Govt Partners ECOWAS Commission On Economic Zone

Ogun Govt Partners ECOWAS Commission, UNIDO On Economic Zone
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The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission in conjunction with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) is set to establish an agro processing cluster and special economic zone in Ogun State.

The Head of Division, Private Sector Department of UNIDO, Dr. Enobong Umoessien, who disclosed this, said the project would improve economic ties among West African states.

He made this known on Wednesday when he led a delegation on a courtesy call on the Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, at his office in Abeokuta, the state capital.

Dr. Umoessien hinted that the economic zone would be sited between the borders of Ogun State and the Benin Republic, adding that it would be the first ECOWAS “Smart City” to serve as a hub for business relations within the West African region.

He said, “The project would integrate agricultural processing, light industry, create jobs and encourage women and youth involvement in the development process as well as control migration.”

The UNIDO official, who revealed that the government of Benin Republic had already passed a law endorsing the designated site of the zone between the country and Ogun State, explained that the visit was to encourage the Nigerian government to play its part in order to facilitate the project.

He added that the ECOWAS Commission was already creating a mega highway from Lagos to Cote d’Ivoire and Dakar, to ease distribution and marketing of goods within the West African region.

In his response, Governor Amosun said that his administration was fully ready to collaborate with the agency on the proposed project, saying three locations in the state would be made available out of which the agency could choose from.

He acknowledged that establishing an agro processing and logistic hub within the region would be in the interest of the member countries towards enhancing trade relations among them.

According to the governor, some of the proposed locations offered by the state government for the economic zone include Seme border area, Ihunbo – Ilase belt as well as Ipokia belt.

Obiano Partners UNIDO On Entrepreneurial Education

Obiano Partners UNIDO For Entrepreneurial Education
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Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano has signed a trust fund agreement with the United Nations for Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) for the ‘Learning Initiative for Entrepreneurs’ Life Project’.

The partnership programme is aimed at upgrading teachers, students in senior secondary schools, undergraduates, graduates, as well as those in technical and vocational institutions, toward creating small scale businesses and attaining financial freedom.

The governor disclosed this at the Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia where the Regional Director of UNIDO, Mr Jean Bakole lauded his efforts towards improving education in the state.

He noted that the initiative was at the heart of his administrative policy in human capital development, adding that it would reduce the challenges of youth restiveness in the state.

“This UNIDO partnership with Anambra State government is at the heart of what this administration wants to do: to give lifelong skills to our youths that are in technical education and we have made it simpler because tuition is free and so we have gotten a very large enrollment and I’m comfortable that in less than two-three years, these youths will graduate and on their own they will start being very productive from day one instead of lying idle. That is one way to solve crime on a lasting and permanent basis. Today, Anambra is the safest state in Nigeria but we are planning to make sure we create an army of youths that are very gainfully employed. So by the time you employ 95 percent of youths, the stock where the criminals will come from would have diminished immensely,” he said.

In his response, Bakole, who is also UNIDO representative to ECOWAS, said the project would consolidate a future of productivity and creativity for youths in the state.

He expressed hope that it would invariably uplift and stabilise Nigeria’s economic base, stressing that the initiative was a breakaway from traditional education to a new approach.

“We are with a new approach where youths and women can be creators. We are not here to use paste and copy, we are here to upgrade the skills of those people to be creators because this is the epicenter, this is the foundation of industry. Why are the other countries that rule the world moving ahead? When you see a country like Turkey, a country like Vietnam and Russia so squared, it is because those young people are trying to go beyond what they are learning. They are creators and we will like youths in Africa to do the same and in particular, when we come to Nigeria, this is one of the brilliant states, Anambra, which has contributed in terms of human capital to economic and to the leadership of the country,” the UNIDO representative said.

Chinese Company Partners Anambra In Agriculture, Power Others

Anambra, Willie Obiano, China CAMC Engineering Limited A project contracting company, China CAMC Engineering Limited is set to partner Anambra State in four key sectors of development.

A delegation from the company and some finance partners facilitated by the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) revealed this during a courtesy call on the Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano.

Leading the delegation, the Managing Director of the company, Mr Yu Tao, expressed their interest to partner the state in the sectors of agriculture, power, health, as well as oil and gas.

He promised that the company would support Anambra State in areas of staple food processing and agricultural mechanisation.

Mr Tao also highlighted the construction of airport and other transport system, where they intend to engage in intercity and inter-state rail projects.

He said they were convinced that they made the right choice by coming to Anambra State with the level of development they saw in the state.

Governor Obiano on his part welcomed the partnership interest of the group, especially in the area of oil and gas, as well as power.

He assured them of security, saying that his administration has made great efforts to ensure that investments and business ventures in the state thrive under a very conducive atmosphere.

The Governor further sought their partnership in the development of water transportation and creation of Export Free Zone in the state.

While he promised that his government would play its part to ensure that the deal was struck soon, there were exchange of souvenirs and group photographs to seal the meeting.

Uduaghan Reiterates Need To Generate Alternative Income

UduaghanGovernor Emmanuel Uduaghan has reiterated his administration’s commitment towards creating alternative source of wealth for Delta State.

Governor Uduaghan noted that this is the driving force behind the Delta Beyond Oil vision.

He stated this during an inspection of some facilities, including a leather shoe factory at the Delta State Small and Medium Scale Enterprise Base under construction in the Issele-Uku area of the state.

The governor said the project, which is in partnership with the United Nations International Development Organisation (UNIDO%2

Development Partners Pledge $2billion For Electricity Sector

A total of 2 billion dollars is expected to be contributed by development partners by 2018 for the development of Nigeria’s power sector.

The Country Representative of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation, UNIDO, Dr. Patrick Kormawa, who announced the pledge in Abuja, said that the gesture is aimed at improving generation, distribution and transmission of electricity.

The UNIDO Country Representative said that the 2 billion dollars is expected to be given as grant to ensure efficient power supply in the country, as increased financial support for the sector was necessary.

Dr Kormawa also pledged continuous support for other sectors of the economy begging for urgent attention.

Major players in the power sector and members of civil society organisations converged on Abuja to brainstorm on how to maintain sustainable service delivery in the post privatisation era.

The Minister of Power, Professor Chinedu Nebo, explained that shortage of gas supply, vandalism and fragile transmission grids are some of the hiccups the Federal Government has to contend with, in spite of the financial commitment by development partners.

However, the Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Power, Patrick Ikhariale, warned against fraudulent practices by the investors to ensure that Nigerians enjoy services provided by the succeeding generation and distribution companies.


UNIDO To Establish 6 Crop Processing Zones In Nigeria

The federal government and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) will collaborate to establish six staple crop processing zones in the country.

At a methodology workshop held in Abuja, the Senior Technical Adviser to the Minister of Agriculture, Mr Adetunji Oredupe said that the zones will be dedicated to facilitating modern processing capacity of value food chain in Kano, Kogi, Niger, Lagos, Anambra and Rivers states.

Mr Oredupe said that the processing zones will serve as a platform for private sector driven agro-processing investment.

He further revealed that government is also providing various incentives to support private sector agriculture investors.

Delta State Signs $820,000 MoU with UNIDO To Establish Shoe Factory

To ensure that its new mantra “Delta Beyond Oil” becomes a reality, the Delta state government has signed an $820,000 Memorandum of Understanding with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO).

The agreement will see to the establishment of footwear and leather businesses to provide job opportunities and boost the state’s socioeconomic development.

Country representative of UNIDO, Dr Patrick Kormawa, expressed the confidence that after intensive training, the programme will churn out 2,000 established businesses in the state in the next two years.