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Lagos State Government has been urged to commence immediate update of the state’s mapping project to guide development and improve land administration in the state.
A former Surveyor-General of the Federation, Peter Nwilo, made this call at the Lagos State Young Surveyors Network’s workshop in Lagos.
He said the existing mapping has become obsolete and needs to be updated, adding that Lagos has been blazing the trail while others states are just developing.
Nwilo noted that the existing survey mapping in the state was done during the tenure of Babatunde Fashola, hence the need to update it.
Experts have recognised that the full and total coverage of Lagos State with high resolution imagery, survey control monuments, continuous operating reference system (CORS) and enterprise geographic information system (EGIS), had placed the state in the forefront of most mapped cities in Africa.
Nwilo, who is also Head Department of Surveying and Geoinformatics, University of Lagos, said the survey mapping must be sustained with regular updates to ensure that the spatial content of the geospatial data is most current for effective use of development control, planning and engineering design.
He also commended the state government for setting the pace in survey mapping and planning in Nigeria, adding that survey remained the root of any development in the country and must be given deserved attention for development to take proper effect.
Nwilo noted that government had not invested much in surveying profession, adding that there was a lot to be done. He stated that one of the major challenges affecting surveying profession was ignorant, urging professionals to be involved in politics in order to make an impact that would lead to desired development.
The expert said he was impressed with what the Lagos State Young Surveyors Network were doing, urging them to work and read hard, be innovative as well as learn new techniques.
Speaking on “Building the Future of Young Professionals in Surveying and Geospacial Industry,” one of the guest speakers, Olumide Adewebi, told the audience the rudiments of leadership. He said it was the responsibility of leaders and professionals to add value chain.

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Help us disseminate the message of local content policies, NCDMB charges journalists

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Pauline Onyibe, Yenagoa

The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) at the weekend charged the media to help disseminate information on how local content policies and strategies can best be practiced in Nigeria.
Speaking in Port Harcourt during a workshop organised by the board for a group of select journalists from the South South region, Ginah Ginah General Manager Corporate Communications and Zonal Coordinator of NCDMB, who represented the Executive Secretary Simbi Wabote, in his welcome speech maintained that the media has a role to play in ensuring that that there is a local content practice in the country.
Maintaining that the country has been very much behind in the practice of local content policies, Ginah said: “We are lagging behind and the only way to come on board is through sustainable development. We are lagging behind to the extent that the world has left us behind.”
Disclosing that oil was going to disappear in the near future, the GM stated that there is no sustainable development without local content adding that it, however, has to be done constructively.
Stating that Nigeria wasted more than 60 years under developing itself, Ginah said” “If the policies of local content were in place earlier before now, there won’t have been any like thing kidnaping and pipeline vandalization.”
Also disclosing that millions of naira can be saved if the host communities are incorporated into the scheme of things, the GM said the board has come up with a host community participation guidelines adding that it will surely bring peace and lower the cost of production.
The board he said had been able to disengage about 1000 expatriates stating that that this time before any project is embarked on, a Nigerian must be part of the project

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China suspends planned tariffs scheduled for Dec. 15 on some US goods

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China has suspended additional tariffs on some U.S. goods that were meant to be implemented on December 15, the State Council’s customs tariff commission said on Sunday, after the world’s two largest economies agreed a “phase one” trade deal on Friday.

The deal, rumors and leaks over which have gyrated world markets for months, reduces some U.S. tariffs in exchange for what U.S. officials said would be a big jump in Chinese purchases of American farm products and other goods.

China’s retaliatory tariffs, which were due to take effect on Dec. 15, were meant to target goods ranging from corn and wheat to U.S. made vehicles and auto parts, reports Reuters.

Other Chinese tariffs that had already been implemented on U.S. goods would be left in place, the commission said in a statement issued on the websites of government departments including China’s finance ministry.

“China hopes, on the basis of equality and mutual respect, to work with the United States, to properly resolve each other’s core concerns and promote the stable development of U.S.-China economic and trade relations,” it added.

Beijing has agreed to import at least $200 billion in additional U.S. goods and services over the next two years on top of the amount it purchased in 2017, the top U.S. trade negotiator said Friday.

A statement issued by the United States Trade Representative also on Friday said the United States would leave in place 25% tariffs on $250 billion worth of Chinese goods.

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Rising debt profile: States’ debts exceed 50% of their annual revenue –FRC

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Rising debt profile: States’ debts exceed 50% of their annual revenue –FRC

•Owing over N5.8trn

 

 

In this report, PAUL OGBUOKIRI notes that the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja owe over N5.8 trillion out of Nigeria’s total debt profile of over N25.7trillion and that most of the states’ debts exceed 50 per cent of their annual revenue

 

 

According to the Debt Management Office (DMO), the total Public Debt Data as at Nigerian states and federal debt stock data as at June 30, 2019 reflected that the country’s total public debt portfolio stood at N25.70trillion. Further disaggregation of Nigeria’s total public debt showed that N8.32trillion or 32.38 per cent of the debt was external while N17.38trillion or 67.62 per cent of the debt was domestic.

 

Similarly, total domestic debt was N3.97 trillion with Lagos State accounting for 12.08 per cent of the total domestic debt stock while Yobe State has the least debt stock in this category with a contribution of 0.68 per cent to the total domestic debt stock. DMO disclosed that the total public debt grew marginally by 2.30 per cent when compared to the figure of N24.387 trillion (US$ 79.437 billion) as at December 31, 2018. It said the increases continued from Q1 when an increase of N560.009 billion in the total public debt was recorded, saying increase in domestic debt which grew by N458.363 billion was largely responsible.

 

“Increases were recorded in the domestic debt Stock of the FGN, states and the FCT. External debt also increased by N101.646 billion during the same period.

 

“In relation to the Debt Management Strategy, the Ratio of Domestic to External Debt stood at 68.49 per cent to 31.51 per cent at the end of March 2019. The total public Debt to GDP ratio was 19.03 per cent which is within the 25 per cent debt limit imposed by the government.”

 

According to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), debts owed by states are in multiple categories: foreign debt, domestic debt, Central Bank of Nigeria bailout funds and the Budget Support Facility arranged for them by the Federal Government. Most states’ debts exceed their annual revenue Out of the huge debt profile of the country, the total domestic debt of 36 states in Nigeria as at end of the Q2 2019 stood at N3.8 trillion.

 

Lagos State, which has the highest domestic debt among all 36 states, also has the highest foreign debt. Other states with high foreign debts include Kaduna, Edo, Cross River and Ogun, the Debt Management Office, DMO, said. Experts say most of the states’ debts exceeded 50 per cent of their annual revenues.

 

The Fiscal Responsibility Commission (FRC) had since 2016 warned that the debt profiles of about 18 states exceed their gross and net revenues by more than 200 per cent while Lagos, Osun and Cross River states record over 480 per cent debt to gross revenue. It said the debt may have increased by 2017 since there were no efforts by the states to clear them. FRC said the development was contrary to the guidelines of the Debt Management Office on debt sustainability. The guidelines said that the debt status of each state should not exceed 50 per cent of the statutory revenue in the previous 12 months.

 

The report stated: “In the light of the DMO’s guidelines on the Debt Management Framework, specifically, sections 222 to 273 of the Investment and Securities Act, 2007 pertaining to debt sustainability, according to the guidelines, the debt to income ratio of states should not exceed 50 per cent of the statutory revenue for the preceding 12 months.”

 

An analysis presented in the FRC report, however, showed that most states flouted the directive. In fact, the debt status of many states exceeded the debt to revenue ratio by more than 100 per cent.

 

The analysis was based on the debt profile of the states as of December 31, 2016.

 

The states with the highest debt to gross revenue ratios were Lagos (670.42 per cent), Osun (539.25 per cent), Cross River (486.49 per cent), Plateau (342.01 per cent), Oyo (339.56 per cent), Ekiti (339.34 per cent), Ogun (329.47 per cent), Kaduna (297.26 per cent) and Imo (292.82 per cent). Others were Edo (270.8 per cent), Adamawa (261.96 per cent), Delta (259.63 per cent), Bauchi (250.75 per cent), Nasarawa (250.36 per cent), Kogi (221.92 per cent), Enugu (207.49 per cent), Zamfara (204.91 per cent), and Kano (202.61 per cent). The debt to net revenue ratio of the states put some of the states in even more precarious situations.

 

The debt to net revenue of Lagos, for instance, is 930.96 per cent, while that of Cross River is 940.64 per cent. States whose debts did not exceed 50% of their revenue According to the NBS report, the only states whose debt did not exceed the 50 per cent ratio by more than 100 per cent are Anambra, Borno, Jigawa, Kebbi, Sokoto, Yobe and the Federal Capital Territory.

 

The report noted that debt to revenue ratio is very important in debt analysis as it can give an indication of the capacity of the debtor to service and repay the debt. However, the FRC noted that it should not be concluded that a state had over-borrowed because its debt to revenue ratio was more than 50 per cent.

 

 

It stated, “It should be noted that the fact that some states exceeded the threshold of 50 per cent of their total revenue is not an indication that they over-borrowed as the debt limits of the governments in the federation are yet to be set.

 

“Furthermore, only total revenue is used for the foregoing analysis as comprehensive data on the states’ Internally Generated Revenue were not available. In any case, the IGR on the average is not more than eight per cent of the states’ total revenue except for Lagos State. In essence, the non-inclusion of the IGR may not distort the result of the analysis.

 

“Therefore, there is a need for each of these states to work towards bringing their respective consolidated debts within the 50 per cent threshold of their total revenue in order to guarantee general public debt sustainability in the country.”

 

Meanwhile, figures from the NBS indicate that Lagos State had the largest share of the foreign and local debts among the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory. Lagos state’s foreign debt stood flat at $1.42 billion (N513.33 billion) in Q2 2019 when compared to the same period in 2018.

 

Following Lagos on the foreign debt profile is Edo state with $277.74 million while Rivers state followed on domestic borrowing with N266.94 billion, during the same period under review.

 

States with the highest foreign debt profile Lagos N479.04 billion, Delta N233.56 billion, Rivers N266.94 billion, Akwa Ibom N206.41 billion and Cross River N168.82 billion States’ total domestic debt The total domestic debt stock of the 36 states and FCT Abuja is N3.9 trillion as at June 2019.

 

Lagos State has the highest figure of N479 billion, Rivers State came second with N266 billion, Delta on the third position with N233 billion and Akwa Ibom forth with N206 billion and Yobe with the least domestic debt of N27 billion.

 

Any cause for alarm? Despite growing concerns over the country’s debt level, Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, said the challenge is not in debt level but how to raise revenue as an alternative. This came as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said that Nigeria’s Debt-to-GDP ratio is good but too risky.

 

In an Independent Day report on October 1, 2019, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) described how Nigerian state debt profiles serve as impediments to democratic values and dividends. The report observed how successive governments accumulate debts for new ones serving as obstacles for the provision of capital projects.

 

 

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Customs, NNPC working to ease fuel supply to border communities –Attah

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Joseph Attah, the National Public Relations Officer of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), in this interview with PAUL OGBUOKIRI listed the gains on the ongoing partial closure of Nigeria’s land borders and the collaborative efforts between NCS, NNPC and DPR to ease fuel supply to the border communities. Excerpt

 

 

How has the partial closure of the land borders affected Customs revenue generation?

 

Are we sure Nigeria is not losing in terms of revenue since there is no more imports through the land borders of the affected areas? Nigeria as Nation is not losing in any way in terms of cargo throughput at the port, we have recorded increase. In terms of revenue, we are recording increase.

 

We were making between N4 and N5 billion in a day before but now, it has increased to N5 and N6 billion daily. The revenue collection is on the increase and on the side of security; we are recording improvement in the security situation in the country.

 

Gone are the days when you wake up to the news of bandits sacking villages here and there especially in the North West. You hardly hear such things now and that is as a result of cut is supply of things that encourage or instigate such act of criminality Some of the criminal elements no longer have the working tools, they no longer have the supply of the dangerous weapons like arms, ammunition and chemicals used for improvised explosive devices. Again, looking at local economic activities, farmers are smiling to their banks especially poultry farmers, the rice farmers and others. There has been a paradigm shift from the foreign food items to our local products which are more nutritious.

 

The farmers are getting more money and they are expanding their farms which mean engaging more hands which is more job opportunities. So, it has been a win, win situation for the country.

 

NNPC has said there is reduction in consumption of petrol since the closure of the fuel stations close to the borders. Are the borders going to remain closed indefinitely?

 

It is true that the ongoing border drill has exposed a number of things. One of which is the fact that we have been subsidising fuel for our neighbouring countries. So certain tough and decisive actions that have been taken by government are exposing these things. For instance, the restriction of discharge of fuel to 20 km distance to the border has also significantly exposed how the figures of fuel consumption in the past have been. As a result of that decision, some Nigerians especially are having tough times in the supply of energy has been a challenge.

So, a lot of discussions have been going on. Last week, the Comptroller General of Customs and his counterpart in NNPC and DPR were at the National Assembly to meet the a joint committee on this issue and they had robust discussions and suggestions have been made and already palliative measures are being considered including the possibility of getting a number of the fuel stations that would eventually be approved after thorough investigations to make sure that the fuel is not diverted. Having said that, all in all, stakeholders are in agreement that this decision even though tough, it is for the overall interest of the country in terms of the economy and security and so far, we have arrested 424 illegal migrants. You can imagine the consequence of having half of that number of people coming into the country daily with the mindset to kidnap or engage in one crime or criminality.

 

Those are the challenges we have been facing before August 20, when the operation started. We also seized NPK fertilisers which are raw materials for improvised explosives, we have seized over forty five thousand bags of rice, 4874 kegs or jerry cans of PMS, 7178 kegs of vegetable oil, 444 motorcycles and 621 vehicles and lots of other seizures. The ones that we can quantify in terms of monetary value so far amounts to N3, 823, 565. A lot have been achieved and will continue to be achieved until such a time that the reasons that necessitated this action are dealt with and objectives of the operations achieved.

 

With the tight security measures at our borders, have smugglers shifted their attention to the port considering the huge seizure of rice made by the Service recently at the Tin Can Island Port. Is there increase in smuggling through our ports?

 

 

Let’s make it clear, the seizure made of expired rice at our ports some of them were not necessarily new. Somehow, some people brought some of these things and could not have their way to get them cleared into the market and they abandoned them for reasons best known to them. But then, the closure of the land borders meant that we have to step up our surveillance around the sea and airports because when the land border gets hot, the tendency is to explore the opportunity of the seaport or the airport.

 

It was in the process of this tightening and profiling of virtually everything around the seaport and airport that some of these things were discovered in unutilised bill of lading and physical examination and search led to the discovery of those rice that were already expired. Having said that, I won’t say that there would be no such possibilities; some of the smugglers are desperate people, they will use all sorts of ways to see if they can have it in the market for monetary gains.

 

We are mindful of that and not also forgetting the recent seizure of poultry products at Murtala Muhammad International Airport which is a very rare catch. We link all these to the actions at the land borders because if the land border gets hot as it is now, the tendency is for smugglers to look for alternative routes.

 

But then I think the seaport and the airport are the hardest ways because there is more equipment there, it is a restricted area and not as porous as the land borders especially in some parts of the north . So, the seaport is not like land borders, so also the airport. Once you disembark from the aircraft, there is a place you have to go through.

 

The opportunity for you to cash in on any outlet is highly limited.

 

Sometime back, Customs launched interconnectivity with Benin Republic, not long after that, the border was shut, what is the correlation between the interconnectivity and the border closure?

 

 

The decision to partially close the land borders was a painstakingly considered one. The interconnectivity you are talking about just happened recently, the partial closure of the land borders has a history that dates back to the days of President Obasanjo. Recall that such closure was done and was immediately opened because of interventions here and there and since then, a number of MoU have been signed with our neighbours to comply with ECOWAS protocol which mandates them to escort every container which is in transit to Nigeria to their border with Nigeria.

 

Under that protocol, once something arrives at your country, you are not supposed to open the container, you are to provide escort to the border but they have been breaking the seal and opening the containers which is a flagrant disregard of the dictates of the ECOWAS protocol. We have had series of treaties with them, MoUs we have signed and broken as soon as they were signed until at a point when they came to say that they are not as strong as Nigeria, they don’t have enough money to buy patrol vehicles.

 

While they continue to flagrantly abuse, disregard the treaties to their own national advantage, we on the other side have been confronted with myriad of security challenges ranging from armed banditry, smuggling, proliferation of light weapons and illegal migration all of which have added to make the life of average Nigerians less secure on the street and in their houses. The smuggling of food items especially rice has made the robust support of the Federal Government to the agricultural sector not to be able to yield desired dividend.

 

Over the years, successive governments have been a little bit reluctant to take this decisive action. Today as a nation, as a people, we are blessed with a leader that is bold and decisive and said enough is enough and has taken this action in the interest of Nigeria and Nigerians. So, on the issue of connectivity, we can only talk about connectivity when these fundamentals are dealt with, addressed and streamlined. The connectivity can then work because it is an electronic process.

 

The Customs Service has done well in recent times in terms of revenue collection for the country. What is the driving force?

 

The Nigeria Customs Service as constituted is driven by target and it is not afraid to take bold actions and decisions that are in the right direction. To this end, strict adherence to standard operating procedures by the service and strategic redeployment and other administrative measures were stepped up Gone are the days when an officer will overstay in a command; robust deployment of ICT infrastructure that is increasingly blocking and shutting down all avenues that were hitherto available and also enabling vices to thrive is playing very key role in this. We also have a leadership that says do this and I will do this and if you do that, he does what he promised to do, a leadership that rewards hardwork and punishes wrongdoing. That is also a source of motivation.

 

These are what keep us going higher.

 

There were speculations that the partial closure will be lifted in January, we have about four countries we share border with, have they come to the table concerning what the government is expecting. Are they ready to comply?

 

I wish I know their mindset, I can only confirm to you that discussions, meetings and consultations are ongoing. The gaps are narrowing; we are understanding ourselves better because Nigeria as a nation has been unambiguous on the reasons for the partial border closure of the borders and what should be done.

 

We read about an award you recently bagged in the media, tell us about it.

 

The award ceremony was organised by Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) in collaboration with Crisis Communication Centre. These are prominent organisations in this country that concern themselves with issues of security agency management.

 

Well as you saw, virtually all the security agencies especially those who made the final list were there. Customs, in the area of crime prevention came up as one of the finalists considering seizures of drugs, partial border closure which is considered as actions that greatly impact on the nation against criminality in the country.

 

Customs came as one of the leading crime prevention agencies of the government and with that effect, they were given certificate of excellence. On the area of public information, Customs came up as one of the finalists and was also given certificate of excellence.

 

But among those who were given the certificate of excellence, customs again came as the best overall and clinched the trophy for public information using the robust sensitisation of the “Exercise Swift Response” and a number of issues, crisis and challenges that have been sorted from the past decisions which customs have been involved in in the last one year.

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Nigeria will lose N1trn in 20 years to e-Customs deal –Experts

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Nigeria will lose N1trn in 20 years to e-Customs deal –Experts

•Call for outright cancellation of deal, abrogation of 1% CISS

 

Experts in Customs operation and Nigeria port industry have raised a fresh alarm on the controversial Customs Modernisation Project, otherwise known as e-Customs project, calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to cancel the deal out rightly or risk having the country lose a whooping sum N1trillion to the yet to be identified promoters of the project and their foreign collaborators.

 

 

They described the project as a scheme concocted by the promoters to lay their hands on the 1per cent Comprehensive Import Supervision Scheme (CISS) fund collected saved for the Federal Government by the Nigeria Customs Service.

 

The Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed suspended the contract a couple of weeks ago. She had directed compliance to the order of the legislature through the ministry’s Permanent Secretary for the suspension of the $300 million Customs modernisation contract following a resolution and letter addressed to her by the House of Representatives.

 

In the letter titled ” Suspension of Proposed Concession Arrangement for the Customs Modernisation Project”, jointly signed by James Faleke, Chairman Finance; Jerry Alagbaoso, Chairman Public Petition and Yuguda Hassan Kila, Chairman Customs, the lawmakers described the proposed concession as curious The letter with reference number NASS/ CHR/9/2019/JOINT/001 dated October 30, 2019, sources disclosed resulted to the minister directing the Permanent Secretary for compliance

 

 

They wrote: “The House of Representatives on Thursday 10th October 2019 at the plenary passed resolution No. HR132/10/2019 mandating a joint committee on Finance, Customs and Public Petitions to investigate the curious proposed concession agreement between the consortium Bionaca Technologies West Africa Limited- Sponsors) ,Bergman Security Consultant and Supplies – (Co sponsors), African Finance Corporation (lead financiers) and Huawei (lead technical service provider).”

 

 

The lawmakers added their action is pursuant to Section 88 (1)( a) and (b) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria , as amended , which confers on the National Assembly power to conduct investigations They urged all parties involved including the Nigeria Customs Service and Infrastructure Concession and Regulatory Commission to maintain the “Status Quo Ante pending outcome of investigation” Speaking to the Sunday Telegraph on the suspension, prominent freight forwarder and former president of thw National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF), Dr Eugene Nweke lauded the minister for complying with the order of the House of Representatives. He, however, called on President Buhari to cancel the contract and institute a probe of the project.

 

“If what we are reading on the pages of newspapers is anything to go by, everything about the deal is fraud because as at today, Nigeria Customs Service is undergoing reformation and modernistion that has digitalized most of its operations. That modernization reflects on its revenue which in recent times has consistently remained above one trillion naira year-on-year. It is

in view of that I strongly advising Mr. President to cancel it out rightly.” He said: “From 2013 to September 2019, total CISS collected, for 20 years when the alleged bogus contract is supposed to last over N1 trillion will be collected and will go into the pockets of the unknown Nigerian promoters of this false project and their foreign collaborators.”

 

 

He commended the House of Reps for resolving to conduct an investigation into the deal, saying the House should organise a Public Hearing on the matter for industry operators knowledgeable on Nigeria Customs transformation to come forward and throw more light on why it is needless for the country to itself to be conned of such huge sums of money. Dr Nweke had earlier called on President Buhari in an Open Letter to abrogate the collection of the one per cent CISS, saying it has no function and has continued to attract unpatriotic Nigerians who always want to lay their hands on the national treasury.

 

 

In the letter titled “Re: Agitation for the Concession of the e-Customs Modernization – An Appeal To Restore and Preserve National Interests,” Dr Nweke said: “ We hereby call on Your Excellency, Mr. President, to officially, cancel the continuous collection of 1% of FOB value -tagged as; Comprehensive Inspection Supervision Scheme -CISS, a cost functionless fee, still imposed on the shippers under the Nigeria Customs Services administration of the PAAR regime.”

 

 

In the same vain, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Vanguard for Democracy, has called for a probe of the deal. In the organisation’s official Facebook page, it urged the concerned committees of the House of Representatives to expedite action on the probe aimed at revealing the details about the deal. “We are calling on the House Joint Committee on Finance, Customs and Public Petitions to hasten their efforts at unearthing the facts surrounding this deal.

 

“We the citizens demand that the House breaks its silence and make facts available to the public on the issue surrounding this $300 million deal that has question marks all over it. We need answers,” it posted.

 

 

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Imo moves to sanitise outdoor advertising

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Imo moves to sanitise outdoor advertising

The Imo State government has commenced action through the newly-established Imo Signage and Advertisement Agency (IMSAA) to bring order and structure to the outdoor advertising and visual communication industry in the state.

In its maiden media briefing, the Director- General of the agency, Sir Okere Bidwell Nkemakolam said: “IMSAA was established to manage, regulate and control the Signage and outdoor advertising environment in Imo state.

This mandate includes but not limited to regulation and control of signages in business outlets, placement of billboards and other outdoor signs, brand activations and events, temporary signs and mobile advertisement.”

 

Prior to the establishment of IMSAA, payment for outdoor advertisements and others were being collected by various entities in the state but Sir Bidwell Okere stressed that with the establishment of the agency, all payments relating to signages and structures for outdoor advertising will now be collected by IMSAA

 

 

He stressed that any action contrary to that would be in breach of the Law No.36 of 2019 of Imo state.

 

 

 

 

 

 

While assuring that the agency would be professionally run by persons who are versed in the global best practices in the industry, Okere urged relevant stakeholders to cooperate with the agency to deliver on its mandate. The agency was established on the strength of the IMSAA law signed into effect by Governor Emeka Ihedioha on December 4.

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Nigeria needs more ports for growing trade volume –Iheanacho

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•Says Lagos is overwhelmed, Port Harcourt decommissioned

 

 

Former Minister of Interior and Chairman Integrated Oil and Gas Limited, Capt. Emmanuel Iheanacho (rtd) has said that Nigeria needs to maximize her vast coastline by building deep seaports that can cater for her growing cargo volume.

 

 

He said this has become necessary in view of the fact that the Lagos ports have been overwhelmed by the country’s huge trade volume which has doubled over the years, even as the Port Harcourt Port has been decommissioned. He listed Badagry deep seaport, Ikot-Abasi, Ibaka sea ports and Tomaro inland ports as viable options to decentralise cargoes in the ports in the country.

 

 

“We have got to maximize the opportunity of having these ports. Some of them have to be private sector driven while the government should bother about creating enabling environment to encourage private sector investments,” he said.

 

Capt. Iheanacho, who is also the Chairman of Genesis Worldwide Shipping and the promoter of the Kumaro Refinery and Kumaro Oil and Gas Free Trade Zone, spoke at the sideline of the recent National Transport Summit held in Abuja.

 

He also called on the Federal Government to provide enabling environment, encouragement, support local private sector participation in the carriage of Nigerian crude oil, adding that time has came for Nigeria to change from the practice of selling its crude on Free on Board (FOB) to Cost Insurance and Freight (CIF). According to him, Nigeria’s revenue base has been growing and, “We have seen the need to improve the size of the ports available in Nigeria.

 

Remember that we have to maximize these ports for our need as well as to serve the landlocked countries like Chad. Nigeria should look at the trade needs and develop ports to serve those needs.

 

 

The demand factor we should focus on is the underlying trade. How do we compare the volume of trade in 1959, 1969 and consistently over the years? If the trade has doubled over this period, then there is need to have ports infrastructure improved proportionally.” He said: “You can see the problems we are having in Lagos ports. You can see the volume of trucks and tankers lined up along the port corridors.

 

It is obvious that the capacity is inadequate in relation to the demands in terms of the capacity of vessels calling at the ports.

 

Look at the volume of trade and the roads. What improvement has been made on the Lagos port access roads infrastructure linking the hinterlands over the years?” he asked. He noted that that the numerous obsolete buildings on Creek Road Apapa should have been bought by the Federal Government, demolish and convert them into marshalling areas for cargoes.

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Jaguar Land Rover’s 3D-printed paw ensures new vehicles are top dog

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Jaguar Land Rover has developed a unique 3Dprinted dog paw to help engineers assess the durability of future cars – with a little help from Yogi the Labrador and the new Land Rover Defender.

 

 

The ‘RoboYogi’ paw was used to test the rear bumper’s ability to withstand a dog’s claws scraping the paint before and after dog walks, with results showing it can withstand more than a decade of use by dogs – highlighting how Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles are designed to meet the demands of owners’ lifestyles.

 

 

Yogi the Labrador, a resident at the National Guide Dog Breeding Centre, was tasked with jumping in and out of the new Land Rover Defender boot, with every step recorded by pressure mapping technology.

 

The data allowed the team to benchmark this real-world outdoor scenario against ‘RoboYogi’; from how a mid-sized dog clambers in and out, to the pressure applied by the claws and the pads on its feet. Nine-year-old Yogi’s paw was then used to model and 3D-print a spring-loaded replica, allowing the claws to follow contours and apply pressure evenly across the bumper.

 

 

Spring-loaded claws also proved a cost-effective solution as they are easily replaceable. The life-like paw is now used by Jaguar Land Rover to complete a standard 5,000 cycle abrasion test; during which ‘RoboYogi’ scratches the panel at random ten times followed by a linear scratch to one side, before repeating the process. The new Land Rover Defender proved to be the ideal testbed because of its iconic side-hinged door featuring a flat rear bumper for dogs to climb onto, compared to the more traditional split tailgate or rounded boot opening on other Land Rover models.

 

The new method was developed collaboratively across Jaguar Land Rover by experts in Materials Engineering team, working with the Additive Manufacturing and Robotic Engineering teams. Julie Nicholls, Senior Engineer in Materials Engineering at Jaguar Land Rover, explains: “Our performance testing covers plenty of scenarios that our cosmetic parts are exposed to, but sometimes we have to think outside the laboratory to come up with bespoke solutions.

 

Creating globally renowned vehicles means applying a quality mindset at every stage of a product’s lifecycle to ensure we meet the needs of our customers’ lifestyles. In this case we were able to achieve it by getting a dog, printing a paw and using a robot.”

 

Prioritising the comfort and safety of our furry friends is a well-trodden path for Land Rover, which offers a range of Pet Packs on the Discovery, including a full height luggage partition, a loadspace rubber mat, and loadspace liner tray.

 

Suzanne Boggan, Dog Care and Welfare Supervisor from the National Guide Dog Breeding Centre, said: “Whether you are the proud owner of a pet dog or – as is the case with our dogs – they play an even more vital working role, we recognise the importance of working with responsible manufacturers like Jaguar Land Rover to ensure vehicles are fit to carry animals safely.

 

 

We were delighted Yogi could lend a paw to the engineers – we hope it will help more design teams make future models easier for our canine companions to get in and out of.”

 

The Jaguar Land Rover Additive Manufacturing Centre produces more than 80,000 parts a year for a variety of applications, including functional prototyping, design mock-ups and manufacturing assembly aids and fixtures. Jaguar Land Rover is also able to 3D print parts for production cars with the Jaguar XE SV Project 8 – the most extreme performance Jaguar ever – one of the first to use them.

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NADDC, FRSC boss to speak at auto awards 2019

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All is now set for the 2019 edition of the Nigerian Auto Journalists Association (NAJA) Auto Awards slated to hold Tuesday at the prestigious Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.

 

Expected at the awards ceremony as guest speakers are Jelani Aliyu, the Director-General of the National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC), Boboye Oyeyem, Corps Marshal of the Federal Roads Safety Corps (FRSC. It will also provide the opportunity for guests to network.

 

The Lagos State Commissioner for Transportation is expected to honour the event. Other very important dignatories expected at the event are chief executives and other decision influencers of auto companies, insurance firms, auto dealers and distributors including marketers of automobile related products and services.

 

According to Mike Ochonma, Chairman of Nigerian Auto Journalists Association, everything has been put in good shape to ensure that that award ceremony turns out to be a successful and remarkable experience.

 

Winners at the different award categories were carefully scrutinized by members of the Nigeria Auto Journalists Association. With the theme, “EV in Nigeria- What Hope For The Future”, the historic event with a very important global recognition among automakers and others in aftermarket is organised by automotive journalists in the country with the aim of recognising corporate stakeholders across different segments in the industry.

 

 

Those to be honoured, according to the organisers include auto-based organisations and other automotive products and ancillary products like tyre brands , lubricants and individuals that are adjudged to have relatively stood out among other competitors in their respective segments in the country’s auto industry within the year.

 

Nigeria auto awards, which is held annually and recognised in every part of the world, is adjudged by industry stakeholders as the only respected and most-valued industry event in the country that involves all the motoring journalists in Nigeria drawn from the print, electronic and online media in the voting process.

 

There are various accord categories while the high point of the awards night is the awards in the Car-Of- The-Year (COTY) award category. Others are awards in the Luxury Car of the Year, Heavy Duty Truck of The Year, Most Innovative CEO Of The Year, Auto, Pick-up of the Year, Showroom of the Year and many others. New additions to the awards segments this year include the Fastest Growing Auto Brand of the year and Auto Rally of The Year and Online Auto Marketing Platform of The Year.

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Transporters visit Fashola, seek priority for road maintenance

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Federal Government has been urged to expedite action on the rehabilitation of roads across the country in order to save the travelling public the agony of taking their vehicles through some bad routes in parts of the country.

 

This was part of the recommendations made by a delegation of frontline transport owners and leaders of the recently inaugurated Public Transport Owners of Nigeria Association {PTONA} when it paid a visit to the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, in his office in Abuja.

 

Led by PTONA President, Engr. Isaac I. Uhunmwagho, the transport owners pointed out that a good network of roads in all parts of the country would not only save the motorists a lot of headache, but also enhance productivity and boost the nation’s economy.

 

The visitors also canvassed for the re-introduction of what they described as “smart tolling” of vehicles on the highways, in a manner commensurate with vehicles weights and impact on the roads.

 

According to them, the reintroduction of tolling which the Federal Government had earlier in October given hint of, would help raise sufficient funds for roads construction and repairs, at a time government has been sourcing for funds to invest on infrastructural development.

 

He decried a situation whereby heavy static loads are left on roads and bridges thereby causing early damage to the infrastructures, and urged government to make effort to address the situation in order to halt further destruction of the highways.

 

Similarly, the transport owners advised government to limit the weights of heavy duty vehicles which prematurely cause roads damage and destruction.

 

Commenting on the visit, Uhunmwagho, who is also the Chairman of Efosa Express and EFEX Executive, expressed gratitude to Fashola for the audience granted to the delegation and the assurances that the proffered suggestions would be given serious consideration. Before departing, the visiting transport owners agreed with the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing that a continuing working relationship would be maintained between them.

 

With Uhunmwagho during the courtesy visit to the Works Minister, were a trustee of PTONA, and Chairman of E. Ekesons Bros and Sons Ltd, Chief Eugene Ojukwu; Chief Dan Okemuo of Dan Dollars Motors; and another trustee, Greg Inyaba.

 

Others were Chinedu Onyishi of Peace Mass Transit; Simon Onwana of ABC Transport; Valentine Uduebor of Famous Motors; and Christian Ogueri of Ugorising Transport.

 

Public Transport Owners of Nigeria Association was inaugurated a few months ago in Lagos following years of fruitful coalition talks by the affiliate transport bodies, namely the Association of Luxury Bus Owners of Nigeria {ALBON]; Association of Mass Transit Operators of Nigeria (AMTO); and Association of Benin Transport Owners (ABTO}; as well as other transport owners.

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