Tuesday September 23rd, 2014
Tuesday September 23rd, 2014
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Multiple Customs, Police checkpoints back at Lagos-Badagry Expressway

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one of the police checkpoints

Few weeks after the retirement of the immediate past Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, road blocks along the Lagos Badagry Expressway have returned with the Badagry – Seme end having about 11 and nine police and Customs checkpoints respectively.

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‘Agric transformation favours peasant farmers’

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The Director General of Unique Farmers Association, UFAN, Chief John Paul Adama has said that Agricultural Transformation Agenda, ATA, of President Goodluck Jonathan administration most favorable to peasant rural farmers as the scheme has eliminated intrigues in the country who deny armers of their entitlements.

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Why we are investing N2.2b in rice production — Wems Agro

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Rice-farm

Following Dangote’s $1billion investment in rice production in Nigeria, another company has pledged to invest about N2.2 billion in cultivating about 25,000 hectares of land at Akotogbo in Ondo state with a promise to create 2500 jobs.

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Nigeria automotive industry development bill scales through

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Innoson-cars

The Nigeria Automotive Industry Development Bill 2014 on Thursday scaled through second reading at the Senate.

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60% of aircraft operated by Nigerians are on lease – NCAA

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The Acting Director-General, Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Mr Benedict Adeyileka, on Thursday said that more than 60 per cent of the aircraft operated by Nigerian airlines were on lease.

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Port regulation: NPA accountable to Shippers’ Council—Amiwero

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Seaport

By Godwin Oritse Following the appointment of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council, NSC, by the Federal Government as economic regulator for the port industry, the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, is now accountable to the Council. President of the National Council of Managing Directors of Licensed Customs Licensed Agents, NCMDLCA, Mr. Lucky Amiwero stated this in an

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Unilever charges Nigeria on Post-2015 Development Agenda

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Unilever, an Anglo-Dutch multinational company which50 percent of its global business is domiciled in Nigeria has called on the government to integrate Post-2015 Development framework on the country’s development agenda in order to facilitate poverty reduction, boost job creation and sustainable environment.

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CITN tasks NASS on passage of PIB

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TAX

The Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN), has urged the National Assembly, which resumed from its two-month vacation, yesterday, to ensure speedy passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), to accelerate development of the oil sector to boost the country revenue.

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States insist on subsidy removal as FG, States, LGs share N611b

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The federation’s dwindling monthly revenue has maintained its trend as the three tiers of government had to share only N611. 767. billion from accruals into the Federation Account and earnings from the Value Added Tax, VAT in the month of August this came just as State Commissioners of Finance again called for the removal of the fuel subsidy as a major way of addressing the paucity of funds

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Power: NACCIMA calls for cancellation of fixed electricity charge

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The Nigerian Association of Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA) has called for the cancellation of electricity tariff fixed charge to consumers in the country.

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NIIMP: FG targets 30m jobs, 70% GDP by 2043

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Job-search

The Minister of National Planning Commission, NPC, Dr. Abubakar Sulaiman says the proposed implementation of the newly approved National Integrated Infrastructure Master Plan, NIIMP would generate about 30 million jobs in 30 years across all sectors of the economy.

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NIM to deepen entrepreneurial, innovative skills

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Nigerian Institute of Management, NIM, has announced plans to promote entrepreneurial and innovative skills among youths in the country, with its proposed industrial park.
Speaking at a press briefing to announce its forthcoming Annual Management Conference, Mr. Nelson Uwaga, President and Chairman of Council, NIM, said the park will be fashioned after the University of Cambridge model and will lead to the empowerment of large number of youths.

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N10 bn refunded by NNPC shared by FG, states, LGs - FAAC

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The Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) on Tuesday shared N611.77 billion to the Federal, states and local governments for the month of August. Among the shared money is the N10 billion refunded to the federation account by Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.

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Energy firms owe Nigerian banks N2.6trn

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BANK

Energy firms are owing banks in Nigeria about N2.644 trillion as at end-December 2013, the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, has stated.

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Lagos, only sub-national govt to get W-Bank’s $600m facility — FASHOLA

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Babatunde Raji Fashola

Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State has disclosed that Lagos is the only sub-national government in Africa that has benefited from the $600 million facility of the World Bank.

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Mixed feelings trail Sept 22 school resumption

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Candidates writing the UTME at the University of Abuja, Saturday.

As part of measures to prevent a possible pandemic outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease, EVD, among pupils and students, the Lagos State Government is yet to state categorically, resumption date of all public and private nursery, primary and secondary schools for the 2014/2015 session.

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Sugar sector to contribute 411MW of electricity

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Electricity-new

The National Sugar Development Council, NSDC, said the sugar sector could contribute 411 megawatts of electricity to the national grid, in line with the federal government’s quest to boost energy supply in the country.

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FG explains policy on renewable energy

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Renewable-energy

The Federal Government has said that the proposed National Policy on renewable energy and energy efficiency was conceived to boost electricity supply nationwide.

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Global fuel use to rise 38% by 2040

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Fuel-dispenser

THERE are indications that world petroleum and other liquid fuels consumption may rise to 38 percent by 2040, spurred by increased demand in the developing Asia and Middle East, according to projections in International Energy Outlook 2014, IEO2014.
The IEO2014, recently released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, EIA, however, stated that though Nigeria increased its output from deepwater fields in recent years, onshore production has declined.
It added that infrastructure constraints and incidents of oil theft and attacks on pipelines have curbed production growth and are expected to continue in the near-to mid-term. It also said that the West African OPEC crude and lease condensate production will increase to 5.3 million barrels daily (MMbbl/d) in 2040, from 4.4 MMbbl/d in 2010.
The report noted that Angola is expanding its offshore deepwater production, and as relative geopolitical stability improves, is likely to develop onshore exploration and production areas as well.
To meet the government’s goal of maintaining oil production at around 2 MMbbl/d, state-owned Sonangol plans to make substantial exploration and development investments in deepwater and ultra-deepwater areas of its Congo Fan region.
It will also develop pre-salt resources in the Kwanza and Benguela basins. It estimated that around $30 billion is expected to be invested in 12 deepwater developments between 2013 and 2020.
The report said that the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC, will maintain a cohesive policy limiting supply growth, rather than maximising total annual revenues. It also said that no geopolitical events will cause prolonged supply shocks in the OPEC countries that could further limit production growth.
Accordingly, world oil prices will trend downward, from $113 per barrel in 2011 to about $92 in 2017, and then increase steadily to $141 per barrel in 2040.
It also said that OPEC producers will invest in incremental production capacity to enable them to increase crude and lease condensate production by 14.2 MMbbl/d from 2010 to 2040. This will account for between 41 and 47 percent of total crude and lease condensate production worldwide over the course of the projection.
The IEO2014 further said that crude and lease condensate production in OPEC’s North African member countries, Libya and Algeria is projected to decline from 3.2 MMbbl/d in 2010 to 3.0 MMbbl/d in 2040.
It noted that the potential for growth in Libya’s production is high, but the country has been unable to stabilize production amid social and political unrest.
After the 2011 overthrow of the Muammar al-Gaddafi regime, Libya’s crude and lease condensate production returned to pre-revolution levels of about 1.6 MMbbl/d in October 2012. But with ongoing political unrest and mechanical problems, production levels have continued to decline, to less than 0.5 MMbbl/d.
Until a permanent government is in place, it will be difficult to improve conditions sufficiently to attract the foreign investment needed to repair and improve Libya’s production infrastructure. As a result, the country’s prospects for increased production are unlikely to improve substantially for several years.
The report also said that North African OPEC member Algeria has also encountered difficulties in improving its petroleum production.

State-owned Sonatrach was forced to delay its target date to raise crude oil production to 2.0 MMbbl/d by 2010, with actual production at around 1.1 MMbbl/d in 2013.
Exploration investment in Algeria’s oil sector has declined since 2006, as a result of amendments to the country’s hydrocarbon law that were unfavorable to foreign investment. The law was amended again in 2013 in an attempt to attract more foreign investment, but positive results are not anticipated until well into the midterm, and perhaps later.
It however noted that the Middle East OPEC member countries, which accounted for 68 percent of its total crude and lease condensate production in 2010, are projected to increase their crude and lease condensate production by 12.8 MMbbl/d. this will account for 90 percent of the total growth in OPEC crude and lease condensate production from 2010 to 2040.
Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Iraq combined have a large share of the world’s oil reserves and resources that are relatively inexpensive to produce. Saudi Arabia has been the only holder of substantial spare oil production capacity, and played a critical role as the major swing supplier in response to disruptions in other supply sources and economic fluctuations that affect oil demand.
Both Iraq and Iran have the reserves needed to raise their capacity and production well above current levels. This is if they can successfully address some of the internal and external above-ground constraints that have kept their respective oil sectors from realising their potential for more than 30 years.
The report added that there is considerable uncertainty in projecting the extent to which these countries will be able to overcome the difficulties that impede supply growth.
It stated that regardless of the uncertainties in oil supply projections, producers in the OPEC Middle East region are likely to continue playing a key role in balancing global demand and supply. As a result, their output levels may be negatively correlated, with higher realisations of capacity and production in one country reducing the amounts of capacity and production in other countries that are needed to balance global markets.
The remaining Middle East OPEC producers are expected to make smaller, but important, contributions to supply in the future. For example, nearly all of Kuwait’s current reserves and production are in mature fields, but prospects could improve with the success of Project Kuwait.
This is a plan first proposed in 1998 to attract foreign participation and to increase oil production capacity from four northern oil fields: Raudhatain, Sabriya, al-Ratqa, and Abdali.
The four fields were said to contain a mix of heavy and light oil resources. Additionally, it may be possible for Kuwait to boost oil production from the partitioned neutral zone, PNZ that the country shares with Saudi Arabia, which could hold as much as 5 billion barrels of oil.

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Nigeria to review power MoU with Germany

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By Chris Ochayi The Federal Government has said that it will examine and review existing Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, signed with Germany in the power sector with a view to strengthening and making them workable. The Minister of Power, Prof Chinedu Nebo, disclosed this in Abuja last week when he received in audience the newly

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FG targets $80bn trade with Asia in 2yrs

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The Federal Government and Nigeria’s ambassadors across the Asian countries held a strategic meeting in New Delhi, India, for the first time in over 50 years and resolved to work on doubling the volume of trade between Nigeria and Asia to over $80billion (N13.2trillion ) within two years.

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Honeywell invests N1bn to boost FG’s cassava policy

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Cassava Tubers

The Federal Government’s transformation agenda in the Agricultural sector, weekend, received a boost, as Honeywell Flour Mills Plc said it has invested N1 billion in the upgrade of its mills for increased cassava flour inclusion.

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NARTO raises alarm over hijack of loaded tankers

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The National Association of Road Transport Owners, NARTO, has raised alarm over the hijack of their trucks by heavily armed men who escape with them fully loaded with petrol and siphon the fuel and set them ablaze afterwards.

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Shell divests from 8 crude oil marginal fields in 5 years – Official

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Oil Installation

Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) on Friday confirmed that it had divested eight Oil Mining Leases (OMLs) in Nigeria from 2010 to date.

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Mixed grill for businesses as Ebola impacts economy

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economy

By YINKA KOLAWOLE, LAWANI MIKAIRU, FRANKLIN ALLI, MICHAEL EBOH, PRINCEWILL EKWUJURU & JONAH NWOKPOKU The incidence of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) brought into Nigeria on July 25 by the late Liberian-American, Patrick Sawyer, has elicited different reactions from operators on its possible impact on business activities in the country. Investigations carried out by Financial

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Why people fail in their business

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Starting your own business can yield amazing rewards but at the same time, it’s a pretty big risk. One of the biggest reasons why people fail is that they enter into a business and do not have profitable market.

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I started my business with N200

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Men-in-business-pics

If you live in Lagos or visit Lagos frequently, you might have heard or visited Paradise Hotel and Bars or tested its fresh fish pepper soup popularly known as ‘point and kill’.

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Access Bank plans N70bn rights issue

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There are indications that Access Bank Plc is planning to raise its capital by way of rights issue.

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4 killed in Rivers cult war

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PORT HARCOURT — Four persons where feared dead yesterday in Ibaa community, Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State as rampaging cultists took over the community, shooting sporadically.

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E-payment has improved Onne ports operations — Munir, Port Manager

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Port Manager of Onne Port, Umar Munir, has said that the introduction of e-payment by the authority’s management has helped in improving operations at the ports.

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Multiple charges killing domestic airlines

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Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu.

Air Peace is a new entrant into the nation’s aviation industry, having only last Monday got its Air Operator’s Certificate, AOC, from the regulatory agency, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA. Coming at a time some existing airlines in the country are closing shops due to harsh operating environment, chairman of the airlines, Barrister Allen

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IEI-Anchor Pension targets N3bn share capital

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Pix: A Protest by Nigeria Union of Pensioners, Lagos state, on non payment of Pensioners arrears and gratuities by Lagos state Government, at Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja. Photo: Bunmi Azeez

The Managing Director of IEI-Anchor Pension Managers, Solomon Okoli has assured shareholders that the company has overcome its teething problems and is now positioned for sustainable growth and profitability.

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