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.

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.

UNIDO to provide 25 million jobs for Nigerians

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has announced plans to provide 25 million new jobs for Nigerians over the next decade.

The agreement is the outcome of a series of negotiations between the government and UNIDO.

Country Director of the organization, Mr. Patrick Kormawa said that its major focus will be in the area of small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs).

“We need to focus not only on the traditional skills in the trade and craft skills, but innovative vocational skills essential to significantly contribute to job creation and wealth creation for the economic and social well being of all Nigerians,” Kormawa stated.

He noted that UNIDO is collaborating with the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) and other agencies, charged with the mandate of providing support for the growth of small businesses in the country.

“The need for industrial skills development has become greater than before, if Nigeria is to increase the contribution of the industrial sector to the GDP from four per cent to 10 per cent in the next four years.”

“We need investment in industrial infrastructure and people to attain the needed skills and innovation for this to happen. It is projected that Nigeria needs to provide 25 million new jobs in the next decade. Such jobs will come largely from the SMEs” he said.

Mr Kormawa also said achieving the present administrations transformation agenda solely depends on the development of the skills of its people.

On his part, the Director General of the ITF, Prof. Longmas Wapmuk says its major beneficiaries will be the youths.

The DG, while commending UNIDO for the initiative, said the MoU would help to strengthen its link with industries through assessment of skills gap and training needs.

Details of the MoU includes standardisation and certification of training programmes and activities, and putting in place a national framework to promote youth employment through skills acquisition.

On funding arrangement for the programme, Prof Wapmuk said the partnership would enable both institutions to mobilise funds through links to other agencies and partners.